Jonathan Booher Obituary (1979-2021) – Greensburg, PA
Jonathan David Booher, 41, of Greensburg, passed away on Saturday May 22, 2021. I cannot express or summarize the life of our son Jonathan Booher. His life is not a list of accomplishments and achievements. His life is the sum of the memories cherished in all of our hearts and the significant differences he made in the lives of his family and many friends. Jonathan’s greatest passions have always been his relationships with family and friends. An intensely private person, Jonathan has spent the best hours enjoying all the good in life with those he loves most, advising and helping his friends and clients in need. He quietly lived his life as a gentleman and a man of honor. He never sought notoriety or recognition. It wasn’t in his blood, he had better be the best friend, mentor, advisor he could be for all he knew. He was a kind and gentle soul who gave of himself to those who needed him when and where he was needed. Those who knew him best know that these are the greatest truths in Jonathan’s life and the greatest tributes that can be paid to him. These are also my memories of him. Our lives have been lived in the fullness of one another. Love was always talked about, never left out. The memories are clear and bright. We can all think that we have a hole in our hearts where Jonathan once resided. There is no hole. It is there in all our thoughts and memories. He is always with us and always will be. Our son is still alive for us. Nothing has been lost except time. God keep our tears in a bottle. He will always remember us and he knows our struggles, our lives, our loves and our losses. Allow God to put some of your tears in the bottle he is keeping for Jonathan. Always give your love and show compassion like Jonathan always did. It is a great service in his memory. For those of you who may not know Jonathan, we offer a few pieces of his life. These do not capture him. These are just flashes of a life well lived and gone too soon. But they can be useful to some who would have liked to know him better. Born July 18, 1979 in Arlington, Virginia, Jonathan was adopted from Vance and Vicki Booher’s home on September 5, 1979. The family returned to Pennsylvania in 1982 to take over Mountain View Inn. Jonathan attended Valley School of Ligonier until grade nine, then graduated from Latrobe High School in 1998. Jonathan was an outstanding soccer and lacrosse player in Valley and was a soccer beginner and letterer. three-year-old at Latrobe. He competed as a forward with the Foothills Blast Cup football team for three years. His dreams of Division 1 soccer were derailed by a serious soccer ankle injury in 1998, resulting in multiple fractures and numerous ankle screws and pins. Jonathan graduated from the College of Charleston in South Carolina with a degree in French and a minor in Accounting and Business Management. The highlight of his time at university was a semester abroad to study French in Provence and live with a French family. At the same time, Jonathan lost nearly a year of study while battling and beating stage 4 Hodgkin lymphoma, eventually achieving full remission in December 2001. After college, Jonathan joined the Family-owned Mountain View Inn, initially as a part-time bartender, but becoming responsible for beverages for the entire operation, and gained recognition for his expertise in wine from the Culinary Institute of America. He was instrumental in developing the Inn’s Wine Spectator’s award-winning wine list. Following the Inn’s closure in 2009, Jonathan joined his father, Vance, and brother, Erik, as a full-time professional real estate agent. In 2015, he helped open RE / MAX Leading Edge, the family’s newest commercial venture and has been an active owner / agent since then, winning numerous RE / MAX and Association selling awards. Westmoreland County Realtors. Jonathan was also an avid fisherman, spending many beautiful days and weeks at our Georgian Bay Fishing Club in Ontario, Canada. A “summer camp for adults”, the Yankanuck Club organizes many of our most beautiful moments together as a family. Jonathan had also grown to love fly fishing after a trip to Montana years ago with his father, and had built on that passion with Steelhead fishing adventures in Erie and New York with his loved one. friend, Mike Lazzaro. Jonathan is survived by his father, Vance Booher, his mother, Vicki Booher; his brothers, Erik and Douglas Booher, his sister, Zorica Tomic Booher; his stepmother, Alicia Santiago Virguez; and the love of his life, Maria Santella. Her aunt, Rebecca Booher, and her aunt, Linda, and her uncle, Jim Stoner, and their daughters, cousins, Emily and Sally, as well as their cousins, Helen and Tony Bush and Betsy Mooney, and their cousins, Ned, Nathan, Shane and Patrick Bair and Marcus Morelli, Sue and Mark Morelli also mourn his passing. His presence among us remains, full of his beautiful smile and his shining eyes. The memories will live on forever. There will be no hole in our hearts because they are full of joy to have known this wonderful man. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Friday, May 28, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Main St., Greensburg, with Reverend Dr. Martin Ankrum officiating. The service will be streamed live by visiting https://www.firstpresbyteriangreensburg.com/memorial-service.html. The KEPPLE-GREFT FUNERAL HOME is responsible for the arrangements. Instead of flowers, Jonathan’s family will start an organization in his honor. Information about this charity will be shared when available. For condolences and online information, please visit www.kepplegraft.com.
Posted in Tribune Review from May 27 to 28, 2021.