Sarah G. Balzano

Sarah G. Balzano, 87, Dysart, died Sunday at UPMC Altoona.

She was born in Dean, daughter of the late Howard and Julia (Funicelli) Swires.

Surviving are four children: Phil (Cheryl Sutton) of Ashville, Ted (Mary McCloskey) of Gallitzin and twins Sallie Bender (Tim Burkhart) of Carrolltown and Susan Balzano (Jim Risban) of Gallitzin; 11 grandchildren, including a grandson, Greg Shingle, who resided with her; 12 great-grandchildren; and two brothers: Daniel (Dottie) of Benton and Tim (Sherry) of Fallentimber.

She is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Judi Swires of Dysart and Joyce Swires of Ashville; a brother-in-law, Paul Niebauer of Ebensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, on Jan. 7, 1978; a son-in-law, John Bender; a grandson, Andy Reed; five brothers: Theodore, Thomas, Ralph, Alan and Henry; and two sisters: Margaret Dillon and Marian Niebauer.

Sarah worked at the Ebensburg Center for 15 years and retired in 1987. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. today, April 22, 2014, at Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Rev. Joseph Fleming as celebrant. Committal will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Ashville.

Sarah G. Balzano

Sarah G. Balzano, 87, Dysart, died April 20, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.

Arrangements by Gibbons Funeral Home are incomplete. A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday’s Mirror.