Michael E. Dionis

Nov. 20, 1979 – Feb. 9, 2018

Michael E. Dionis, 38, St. Petersburg, Fla., formerly of Altoona, passed away Friday in Florida.

He was born in Altoona, son of Edward D. and Judith (Kephart) Dionis.

Surviving are his parents; a brother, Chad E. (Paula) Dionis of Altamonte Springs, Fla.; many aunts, uncles and cousins who loved him very much; and many lifelong friends who will miss him greatly.

Michael was a 1998 graduate of Altoona Area High School. He graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2003 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in safety sciences. Upon graduating, he received the Grace Allman Award for high academic performance in the area of industrial hygiene. Michael was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi while at IUP and was on the Dean’s List all four years. He was also a member of the Safety Sciences Department Honor Society, Rho Sigma Kappa, which recognizes exemplary performance in the safety sciences. He was employed by the Dart Container Corp. as regional safety manager of the Southeast region.

Michael was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan, and he loved hanging out with his football and baseball friends and cousins when visiting Altoona.

Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Satur­day, Feb. 17, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Monsignor Robert Mazur celebrant. Committal will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Michael’s memory to his cousin, Carrie Detwiler, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Checks can be made out to Carrie Detwiler and mailed to Patrick Miles, 201 Aldrich Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.