Barbara Ann Helsel

Jan. 26, 1945 - June 17, 2019

Barbara Ann Helsel, 74, Sinking Valley, died Monday evening at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, following an extended illness.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Russell R. and Mildred F. (Hart) Schall. On Dec. 9, 1965, she married Jerry L. Helsel in Sinking Valley.

Surviving are her husband, Jerry; two children: Wanda L. Vanish and husband, Brian, and Brad S. Helsel, all of Altoona; a granddaughter, Ashley K. Pletcher of Thomasville, N.C.; and a brother, Robert R. Schall in Florida.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Randy Scott Helsel, on March 4, 1971.

Barb was a 1962 graduate of Altoona High School. She retired as a legal secretary for Atty. Jack Eberhardt and Atty. Ben Yeager after many years of service.

She was a former member of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Sinking Valley.

Barb enjoyed reading, playing the piano, horseback riding, baking and cooking. She also enjoyed traveling, especially her yearly trips with Jerry to Virginia Beach for the Shriners Convention.

Friends will be received from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, where a memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Pastor Duane J. Coy officiating. Interment will be made at Carson Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations please be made to the Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 5th Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, the American Cancer Society, Blair Unit, 1004 N. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648, or to Shriners Hospitals for Children, care of Jaffa Shrine, P.O. Box 1984, Altoona, PA 16603-1984.

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