Hanchar celebrates 90th birthday

Joseph Robert Hanchar, a longtime resident of Johnstown, celebrated his 90th birthday Feb. 16 with friends and family.

He was born in Windber, Pa., to Anna (Hreha) and Michael Hanchar. He graduated from Johnstown High School in 1942 and served in the Army 76th Quartermaster Corps during World War II, from 1943 to 1946.

He married Johnstown native Dorothy Sweeney on Oct. 22, 1949. The couple took their wedding trip to Niagara Falls. Joe and Dorothy Hanchar designed their house, which took Joe Hanchar and Jack Biscotti 11 months to build, from 1952-1953.

In 1950, Joe Hanchar became self-employed with his business, Hanchar Interior Decorating. During his 40 years in business, his work included painting the inside of St. Anthony’s Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick’s churches and the Fulton County Courthouse.

He was elected to the Johnstown Board of Education and later served on the Johnstown City Zoning Board of Appeals, where he was one of the original drafters of the city plan.

Joe and Dorothy Hanchar have traveled to Virginia to visit their daughter, Deborah Hanchar, and to Rhode Island to visit their son, Mark, and grandsons, Scott and Jonathan Hanchar. They have also traveled to Spain, Morocco and the Bahamas, and took a train ride across western Canada, a cruise to Alaska, and a 25th wedding anniversary trip to Hawaii.