Robert J. ‘Barney’ Beringer

March 15, 1926 April 10, 2013

Robert J. “Barney” Beringer, 87, Altoona, passed away Wednesday at Altoona Regional after a brief illness.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Bernard J. and Mary (Burgoon) Beringer. He married Joanne Merilli on May 11, 1963, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

Surviving are his loving wife of 49 years; his extended family: Robert and Theresa Merilli and their children, Philip (Lola), Kathy Wagner and Michael Merilli; as well as three great-nieces: Kyla (Ben), Danielle (James) and Shelby.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Lenore; and three brothers: Joseph, Thomas and Richard. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Barney was a graduate of Altoona Catholic High School.

He retired as a co-op advertising manager from the Altoona Mirror in 1988 with 37 years of service. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. He was a devoted and loving husband, loyal to friends and a devout Catholic who loved and lived his faith.

Barney was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing poker with his special friends. He also enjoyed reading, walking and working crossword puzzles.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Restoration Fund.