Thora M. Shall

Thora M. Shall, 95, Portage, formerly of Wilmore Heights, passed away Tuesday at her daughter’s residence in Portage.

She was born in Vintondale, daughter of the late Elmer Gallagher and Bertha (Schroyer) Pugh-Gallagher.

Surviving are four children: Philip and wife, Debra (Vandenberg), of Ebensburg, Sharon Alexander and husband, Ed, of Portage, James of Portage and Daniel of Altoona; 11 grandchildren: Philip, Heather and Amber Shall, Ed, Stacy and Brent Alexander, Jessica and James Shall Jr. and Jarret, Nathan and Brittany Shall; four great-grandchildren: Emma Alexander, Eric Gergly and Caitlynn and Rosalee Smith; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

Thora was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley W. Shall, in 2001; two stepsiblings: Joseph Pugh and Irene (Pugh) Howell; and seven siblings: Lloyd, Harold, Merle, Elmer and Millard Gallagher, Martha Culley and Thelma Capara.

Thora was a former member of the St. Anne Society and a Eucharistic minister. She loved the “Lawrence Welk Show,” music, singing with her daughter and dancing. She also loved her flowers and collecting owls, and she was a great cook and the best baker of homemade goods, especially known for her breads and pies.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013, at Matthew R. Decort Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Portage, where a vigil will be held Thursday evening. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Wilmore, Father Robert Reese as celebrant. Committal will be in St. Bartholomew Church Cemetery.

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