Mary Ann (Hendricks) Bloom

Feb. 5, 1933 - May 2, 2017

Mary Ann (Hendricks) Bloom, 84, Altoona, passed away Tuesday.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Dr. Charles S. and Marguerite (Bathgate) Hendricks. On Aug. 15, 1959, she married Lawrence S. “Larry” Bloom.

Surviving are her husband, Larry of Hollidaysburg; a son, Mark H. (Jill) of Sparks, Md.; a daughter, Julie W. (David) Citron of Dorset, Vt.; four grandchildren: Kyle Bloom at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Lindsey Bloom of Sparks, Md., and Samantha and Charles Citron, both of Dorset, Vt.; and a sister, Margaret (Ticky) Hendricks of Hollidaysburg.

Mary Ann was a 1950 graduate of Altoona High School. She then graduated from Pennsylvania College for Women, now Chatham College, Pittsburgh. She had previously worked for Mellon Corporation and then Secretary Pool for Congress, Harrisburg, finally doing the work that she loved to do. She taught at both Fairview Elementary School and Keith Jr. High School in Altoona, where she created and directed the boys’ choir. For 19 years, she and her best friend owned and operated A Different Drummer, a store featuring handcrafted gifts made in America.

She was active all of her life, serving on the Hollidaysburg School Board for 14 years, including in the position of chairman of Altoona Area Vo-Tech Operating Committee. She was very involved in the Blair County Arts Foundation, serving several years as head of the Mishler Committee and helping to save the Mishler Theater. Mary Ann also took part in all facets of theater with the Altoona Community Theater, including stage manager and chorus, as well as various other positions. She will be remembered for playing the lead in ACT’s first musical, “The Boyfriend,” and for her greatest achievement, the musical “MAME.”

She had many musical talents. The most memorable was her talent as a pianist and organist, including accompanying Jewish Center shows. She was an organist for several churches and used her piano talent to perform duets with the organ at First Presbyterian Church, Hollidaysburg, where she was a member for more than 50 years.

Mary Ann was loved by all who knew her. She will never be forgotten by her friends, her family and the community where she lived her entire life.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona. A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Stevens Memorial Chapel, the Rev. Cindy Carlisle officiating. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Mary Ann’s memory be made to Blair County Arts Foundation, 1212 12th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601; Altoona Community Theatre, 1213 12th St., Altoona, PA 16601; or to First Presbyterian Church of Hollidaysburg, 601 Walnut St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.

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