Etta A. Pastore

Etta A. Pastore, 93, Altoona, passed away Wednesday at Golden LivingCenter-Hillview surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of Vincenzo and Carmella (Mignogna) Grassi. She married Anthony J. Pastore, and he died Dec. 30, 1985.

Surviving are two sons: Jim (Lori) and Mike (Kathie), both of Altoona; four grandchildren: Michael, Amie (Eric Koller), Jimmy and Carley; five great-grandchildren: Michael, Isabella, Emily, Madelyn and Katelyn; as well as Rosemary Lobre, John Lobre, and several other special nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her family and was preceded in death by six siblings: Oliver Grassi, Esther Pellegrino, Titina Cima, Mary Pompa, Herman Grassi and Lena Grassi.

Etta was a 1939 graduate of Altoona High School. She was a member of the St. Anthony Society, Christian Mothers of St. Mark’s Catholic Church and A&J Iaia American Legion Post Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed baking wedding cookies, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and listening to music.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.

In memory of Etta, contributions may be made to Altoona Central Catholic School, Music Department, 1400 Fourth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602.