Arlene Shirley (Ebersole) Mann

May 6, 1925 - Sept. 6, 2018


Arlene Shirley (Ebersole) Mann, 93, Altoona, departed this life to be with the Lord and to be reunited with her beloved husband on Thursday at her residence, surrounded by her family and friends after an extended illness.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late John Elwood and Helen Roberta (Stiver) Ebersole.

Surviving are a son, Scott Howard Mann of Pittsburgh; a daughter, Victoria Mann; and her loving, devoted and selfless caregiver of 17 years, Penny Mae Kissell of Altoona.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Howard Walter Mann, her husband of 72 years and the man with whom she held hands with every single day of their lives together.

Arlene was a graduate of Altoona High School. She graduated from Penn State University with an associate’s degree in art. Arlene was an accomplished painter in oils, and her paintings not only adorned her own home, but the homes of numerous friends and family with whom she lovingly gave her treasured artistic talents to. She was the office manager for 15 years at Anderson Paper and Twine Co., Altoona; the office manager for two years with Mr. Edwin Fay, a local stockbroker; and she was the office manager for six years at H&R Block, Altoona. Upon retiring from H&R Block, Arlene began her career as an entrepreneur with Mann’s Account­ing Service, where she specialized in corporate and small business bookkeeping, as well as individual tax accounting for 15 years. Arlene also served as auditor for Antis Township for more than 10 years.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Altoona, where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School for 20 years. For more than 10 years, she was also a member of the church’s Temple Choir, where she lent her voice for praise of the Lord that she loved so much. She was a past member of the local Eastern Star organization.

Arlene was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed bowling and participated in many area women’s leagues. While her husband was a skilled craftsman who re­modeled and built four homes for their family members, including their own home, Arlene was the mastermind and architectural designer for each of the homes, inclu­ding their “Honeymoon Cottage,” which they had lived and raised their family in since 1955. Arlene and her husband, Howard, enjoyed extensive travel throughout Europe, Africa, the Cari­b­bean and the Hawaiian islands during their numerous cruise ship voyages. However, Arlene’s proudest accomplishment and greatest joy was being a loving and devoted wife and mother who considered her son and daughter the most precious gifts that she was ever blessed with by God. The unconditional love that overflowed from her generous heart, coupled with her kind and gentle spirit, left indelible footprints upon the hearts and lives of not only her family and her friends, but everyone that she ever met.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto Reste Park. A funeral service will be held immediately after at 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, the Rev. Dr. Barry R. Folmar officiating. Interment will be held at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.