Helen Wilda Songer

Helen Wilda Songer, 93, Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Hawthorn, died Saturday at the residence.

She was born in Clarion County, daughter of the late Arlington J. and Ruth (Brown) Deily. She married Fred Allen Songer on June 20, 1942. He preceded her in death in 1974.

She is survived by two daughters: Jill Walker and husband, Denny, of Altoona and Vicky Free and husband, Blair, of Kutztown; three grandchildren: Shaena Kershner, Micah Longo and Melissa Walker; and a sister, Verda Seigworth in Florida.

She was preceded in death by a brother, William “Bud” Deily.

Mrs. Songer was a graduate of Clarion University. She taught English and Latin for 32 years in high schools at Clarion, Hawthorn, Clarion Limestone, East Brady and Red Bank Valley in New Bethlehem.

She was a faithful Sunday school teacher for many years at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Hawthorn. She presently was a member of Christ’s Community United Methodist Church in Altoona.

She was a member of the Clarion County Retired Teachers Association and Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and a former member of the New Bethlehem Chapter No. 230 Order of the Eastern Star.

Helen reveled in her family and her friends. She enjoyed swimming, playing bridge, cooking and sewing. She was an avid fan of Penn State athletics and the Steelers.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no public viewing. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family by the Rev. Peter Raser. Interment will be in the Hawthorn Cemetery, Hawthorn, Arrangements are by The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona.