M. Yvonne McConnell

M. Yvonne McConnell, 76, Altoona, died Sunday at Golden LivingCenter-Hillview.

She was born in Tyrone, daughter of the late Albert H. and E. Blanche (McFarland) Focht. She was twice married, first to John E. Seifer Sr. on Jan. 29, 1960, and he preceded her in death on May 30, 1973. She then married Francis M. McConnell on March 15, 1986, and he died June 13, 2009.

Surviving are two sons: John Seifer of Chambersburg and Scott Seifer of Altoona; a daughter, Marilou Hood in Italy; a stepson, David M. McConnell of Altoona; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and three sisters: Ann Anderson in Ohio, Donna Bonsell of Lancaster and Mary Focht of Bellwood.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Castel; and a brother, Charles “Skip” Focht.

Yvonne retired as an accountant in the billing department at Epworth Manor, Tyrone. She was a member of Tyrone Alliance Church, where she formerly served as treasurer and church pianist. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting baby hats for Altoona Hospital.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Bellwood, and 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Tyrone Alliance Church, the Rev. Carl Schmidt Sr. officiating. Interment will be at Blair Memorial Park, Antis Township.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Tyrone Alliance Church, 2103 Adams Ave., Tyrone, PA 16686; or Home Nursing Agency Hospice, 201 Chestnut Ave., P.O. Box 352, Altoona, PA 16603.