Rep. Murtha to be buried in his district

The 77-year old lawmaker died Monday of complications from gallbladder surgery.

Visitation for Murtha has been scheduled for Sunday and Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Frank Duca Funeral Home in Johnstown.

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A private funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Westmont Presbyterian Church. The congressman will be buried following the service at Grandview Cemetery, not far from his Johnstown home.

Murtha’s spokesman Matthew Mazonkey told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that the lawmaker’s family has decided against burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Murtha, a Marine Corps veteran and the first Vietnam War veteran to be elected to Congress, is eligible for burial at Arlington.

Murtha's family is working with the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who was close to Murtha, to hold a public memorial in the U.S. Capitol in the coming weeks. An official congressional delegation is also expected to be present for the private funeral service on Tuesday.

The family requested that people not send flowers and instead donate money to the UPMC John P. Murtha Cancer Pavilion in Johnstown, Pa. or to the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center in Windber.