Obituaries

John ‘Pen’ Ambler

John “Pen” Ambler, 81, Roaring Spring, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, at Maybrook Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Williamsport, son of the late Jesse Paul and Margaret (Magee) Ambler. Surviving are his wife, Patricia A. Romagnino, with whom he shared 36 ...

Rose Marie Bookhamer

Rose Marie Bookhamer, 78, Eleventh Street Tower, Altoona, passed away Sunday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Andrew and Frances (Dunio) Consalvo. She married Gerald E. Bookhamer on Oct. 27, 1962, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 1998. Surviving are a ...

Richard R. Cartwright

Richard R. Cartwright, 75, Altoona, died Sunday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Rollen C. and Gertrude G. (McCoy) Cartwright. Surviving are a daughter, Michelle Blass; a grandson; a sister, Carol; and a brother, John. He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene J. ...

Elizabeth Mae Edwards

Elizabeth Mae Edwards, 103, Altoona, passed away Monday at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Geeseytown, daughter of the late Jacob E. and Essie Mae (Claycomb) Burket. She married Glenn A. Edwards and he preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 2010. Surviving are two ...

John G. Ellis

John G. Ellis, 76, of York, formerly of Tyrone, died Tuesday at UPMC Pinnacle Memorial, York. He was born in S. Philipsburg, son of John and Mary (Pleskonko) Ellis. He married Patricia M. Pallon on Sept. 3, 1966, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Tyrone. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, ...

Nancy Eileen (Bartholow) Fochtman

Nancy Eileen (Bartholow) Fochtman, 73, Bedford, passed away Monday at UPMC Bedford. She was born in Bedford, daughter of the late Leo and Anna Dean (Kidd) Bartholow. Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Douglas Fochtman; a daughter, Susan Fochtman Corley; two grandsons; and a brother, John ...

Larry R. McClellan

Larry R. McClellan, 69, Longs, S.C., formerly of Tipton, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Chester R. Jr. and Anna Jane (Lewis) McClellan. Surviving are three sons: Christopher L. of Altoona, Bradley A. McNeal of Tyrone and Dylan R. of ...

Deanna Lynne Palladini

Deanna Lynne Palladini, 73, Altoona, died Friday morning, Jan. 12, 2018, at UPMC Altoona. Arrangements are by Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona. A complete obituary will appear in Saturday’s Mirror.

Ben Allen Ostrander

Ben Allen Ostrander, 55, Altoona, died early Saturday morning. He was born in Altoona, son of the late David Samuel Sr. and Helen Lottie (Toomey) Ostrander. Surviving are two children: Sierra Nicole Holt and Joshua Allen Ostrander, both in Georgia; two granddaughters: Samantha Holt in ...

Anna May Porta

Anna May Porta, 78, Flintstone, Md., formerly of Altoona, passed away Saturday at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Warren David and Mary Margaret (Pfahler) Mosey. Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Paul Porta; three children: Mark ...

Patrick H. ‘Pat’ Weber

Patrick H. “Pat” Weber 73, Ashville, died Sunday. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Edgar and Martha (Reilly) Weber. Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Mary Ann (Flaro); six children: John, James, Mildred, Carrie, Jean Ann and Kevin; 17 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters. He ...

Jeanette Grace ‘Becky’ Gates

Jeanette Grace “Becky” Gates, 87, Altoona, died Saturday afternoon at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Mill Creek, daughter of the late Eugene and Edna Rutherford. She married Howard I. “Sonny” Gates on Nov. 1, 1976, in Winchester, Va. Surviving are her husband, Sonny; two sons: Michael ...

James W. Gromiller

James W. Gromiller, 86, of Easton, Conn., died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at home. He was born in Hollidays­burg, son of the late James F. and Aveline Filtz Gromiller. He was the husband of the late Gertrude “Trudy” Fox Gromiller. Surviving are four children: James P. Gromiller and his ...

Larry R. McClellan

Larry R. McClellan, 69, Longs, S.C., formerly of Tipton, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at his home. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home Inc., Bellwood. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at the ...

Ben Allen Ostrander

Ben Allen Ostrander, 55, Altoona, died early Saturday morning Jan. 13, 2018. Arrangements by Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc. are incomplete. A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday’s Mirror.

Patrick H. Weber

Patrick H. Weber, 73, Ashville, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at UPMC Altoona. Arrangements by Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville, are incomplete. A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday’s Mirror.

John W. Birely Jr.

John W. Birely Jr., 78, Lancaster, formerly of Altoona, passed away Friday. He was born in Altoona, son of the late John W. and Betty Vipond Birely. He married Gabrielle “Gay” Eckenroth, with whom he had shared 32 years of marriage as of Dec. 14, 2017. Surviving are his wife; two ...

Frank A. ‘Bud’ Epple

Frank A. “Bud” Epple, 93, a resident of The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg, formerly of Altoona, passed away Saturday at the home. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Frank and Vesta (Rhodes) Epple. Surviving are nine nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters: ...

Marcella Y. ‘Marj’ Hay and John G. ‘Jack’ Hay

Marcella Y. ‘Marj’ Hay July 31, 1933 - Dec. 12, 2017 John G. ‘Jack’ Hay June 3, 1925 - Dec. 14, 2017 Marcella Y. “Marj” Hay, 84, died Dec. 12, 2017, and John “Jack” Gardner Hay, 92, died two days later on Dec. 14, 2017. Both passed peacefully in Spokane, Wash., in the ...

Betty F. (Fisher) Kelly

Betty F. (Fisher) Kelly, 92, formerly of Saxton, passed away Friday morning at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg. She was born in Saxton, daughter of the late Chester and Dollie (Miller) Fisher. Surviving are three daughters: Jonie Shaffer and husband, Warren, of Middle-town, Karen ...