Obituaries

Robert E. Akins

Robert E. Akins, 88, Juniata, went home to be with the Lord on Monday at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, Md., after a brief illness. He was born in Juniata, son of the late Roy and Eleanor (Henchey) Akins. On Nov. 16, 1946, he married the love of his life, Dorothy M. Rabold, and she ...

Christine A. (Fishel) Aurandt

Christine A. (Fishel) Aurandt, 47, Altoona, passed away Thursday at her residence. She was born in Spangler, daughter of Blair and Mary Ellen (Holland) Fishel. Surviving are her parents of Altoona; a sister, Susan Fishel of Altoona; two aunts: Estelle and Rebecca; and two uncles: James and ...

George H. Combs

George H. Combs, 72, Flinton, died Saturday at his residence. He was born in Pikeville, Ky., son of the late Marcus V. and Nettie Mae (Robinson) Combs. Surviving are his wife, Kimberly Lee (Webb) Combs; four sons: George Darren, Christopher, Todd and Stephen Craig Combs; two daughters: ...

Randall A. Gonzales Jr.

Randall A. Gonzales Jr., 19, Altoona, passed away Monday at his residence. He was born in Altoona, son of Randall A. Sr. and Anita L. (Black) Gonzales. Surviving are his parents; two brothers: Douglas (Ria) Quarry and Kyle; five sisters: Brittany (Nick) Quarry, Julian Black, Brooklyn ...

Joan L. Iaia

Joan L. Iaia, 88, Altoona, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late James and Edith (Pompa) Finochio. On Nov. 26, 1949, she married Leo Iaia, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 2011. Surviving are a sister, ...

Sharon M. Keith

Sharon M. Keith, 68, Flinton, died Monday. She was born in Tyrone, daughter of the late Benjamin Burton and Patricia Lee (Maines) Brower. Surviving are a son, Cletus Allen Borgess; three grandchildren; and four siblings: Margaret Cowher and Harold, David and James Brower. She was preceded in ...

Debra S. Krygoski

Debra S. Krygoski, 63, Altoona, died Saturday at her residence after a battle with cancer. She was born in Mount Carmel, Ill., daughter of the late Terry and Barbara (Fisher) Cardwell. Surviving are two daughters: Thea (Jeff) Thompson of El Paso, Texas, and Amy (Keith) Frederick of Altoona; ...

Anna M. Matthew

Anna M. Matthew, 65, Altoona, passed away Monday at UPMC Altoona after an extended illness. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Paul J. and Francine (Schmidt) Heiss. On June 22, 1986, she married Samuel L. Matthew in Altoona. Surviving are her husband of Altoona; a daughter, Lorie ...

Phyllis Jean Smith

Phyllis Jean Smith, 78, Altoona, died Tuesday afternoon, April 25, 2017, at UPMC Altoona. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 28, 2017, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017, ...

Susan A. Chislow

Susan A. Chislow, 55, Cresson, died Sunday at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. She was born in Johnstown, daughter of the late Glenn and Agnes (Roman) Lautenbacher. On May 19, 1984, she married Robert Chislow. Surviving are her husband; two children: Michael of Pittsburgh and Kristen of ...

Joel S. Dixon

Joel S. Dixon, 51, Mechanicsburg, passed away Saturday at his residence. He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., son of Dona (Gates) Wilt and her husband, Ronald, and the late Eugene A. Dixon. Surviving are his loving wife of 27 years, Mary Elizabeth (Clepper) Dixon; a son, Justin Lumadue and ...

James L. Focht

James L. Focht, 90, Bellemead, moved to his home in Heaven on Monday. He was born in Williamsburg, son of the late David W. and Flora Mae (Woomer) Focht. He was first married to Margaret E. Bowman, mother of his children, and she preceded him in death on July 8, 1980. He then married Doris ...

Eleanore M. (Mackey) Garman

Eleanore M. (Mackey) Garman, 91, Altoona, passed away Sunday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Rollin J. and Hazel (Rife) Mackey. Surviving are a daughter, Dalene E. (Anthony) Fiore of Altoona; three grandchildren: Jennifer (Kevin) Glunt, Joseph (Kary) Fiore and ...

Paul Francis Humm

Paul Francis Humm, 85, Baltimore, Md., formerly of Altoona, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 13, 2017, with his family at his bedside. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Paul W. and Dorothy (Sherry) Humm. Surviving are four children: Mary Teresa (Tom Dickey) Laubach, Susan ...

Victor C. Jacobs

Victor C. Jacobs, 78, Altoona, passed away Sunday at his residence. He was born in Altoona, son of the late William and Dorothy (Weller) Jacobs. On Aug. 26, 1987, he married Crystal N. Woolford in Winchester, Va. Surviving are his wife of 29 years; a son, Gary (Kathleen) Jacobs of Daytona ...

Lucien ‘Lu’ Lessard

Lucien “Lu” Lessard, 81, Loretto, passed away Sunday. He was born in Lewiston, Maine, son of the late Joseph Hubert and Gabrielle (Coulliard) Lessard. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Mary Frances (Itle) Lessard; six children: Brian (Margarita), Gabrielle (John Yuasa), Kevin ...

Cyrus James ‘Jimmy’ Osment

Cyrus James “Jimmy” Osment, 87, formerly of Roaring Spring and Martinsburg, died Sunday evening at Altoona Center for Nursing Care. He was born in Spartanburg, S.C., son of the late Edna H. Finley. Surviving are many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Edith ...

Rhonda Pickren

Rhonda Pickren, 54, Altoona, passed away Sunday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Somerset, daughter of Bob and Donna (Conn) Nair. Surviving are two daughters: Teri Pickren and husband, Caleb Kromer, and Erin Snow and husband, Zachary; three granddaughters: Arwen, Gwendylan and Chloe Kromer; ...

Geraldine M. Ritchey

Geraldine M. Ritchey, 84, Claysburg, passed away Monday at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring. She was born in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Crawford and Vertie (Dively) Diehl. She married Donald “Bud” Ritchey, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 2015. Surviving are five sons: ...

Alys L. Shaw

Alys L. Shaw, 78, McKee, went home to be with the Lord on Monday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Duncansville, daughter of the late Elsworth and Hazel (Brubaker) Helsel. On Sept. 13, 1958, she married Ray L. “Cook” Shaw in Dry Run. Surviving are her husband of McKee; four daughters: ...