John M. ‘Moose’ Mottner

John M. “Moose” Mottner, 90, Altoona, died Wednesday evening at Golden LivingCenter-Hillview after a brief illness.

He was born in Gottoredorf, Germany, son of the late Michael and Anna (Dietrich) Mottner. He married Elsie Steinbugl, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are two sisters: Ann M. Baumgartner of Altoona and Caroline Cooney of Bel Air, Md. He will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Julie Hinterberger.

John was a 1941 graduate of Altoona High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, and he retired from Conrail as a machinist after more than 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Altoona, where he served as an usher for many years, a life member of Unter Uns and Bavarian Aid Society, and a member of the Swiss Club and Knights of Columbus.

John enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling and was a member of the Blair County Bowling Hall of Fame.

Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. today at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Altoona, by Monsignor Timothy Stein. Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery.

Donations may be made to St. Mary Memorial Fund.