Obituaries

Jesse Lloyd Baker

Jesse Lloyd Baker, 89, formerly of Hollidaysburg, passed away Dec. 16, 2017, in Sun City Center, Fla. A military memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery Chapel.

Barbara Albertine Boal

Barbara Albertine Boal, affectionately called “Aunt Barbie” or “Peg” by some, 96, State College, died Friday at Juniper Village at Brookline, The Pines, State College. She was born near Centre Hall, daughter of the late Robert Stanley and Marion May (Meiss) Boal. Surviving are a ...

Olive Brawley

Olive Brawley, 93, Patton RD, died Friday at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg. She was born in Ashville RD, daughter of the late Leo and Elizabeth (Burke) Johnston. Surviving are five children: Earl and Bill Hartzog, Cathy Stiltner, Tillie Roman and Monica Cunningham; 15 grandchildren; and ...

Peter P. ‘Pete’ Dionis

Peter P. “Pete” Dionis, 80, Altoona, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at his residence. Friends will be received from 9 until the 11 a.m. funeral Mass on Friday, May 18, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona. Arrangements are by The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., ...

Janet Louise Focht

Janet Louise Focht, 89, Altoona, passed away Friday evening at her residence. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late G. Chalmer McElwee and Verna Leasure. On Nov. 7, 1945, she married Walter W. Focht in Maryland. Surviving are her husband, Walter; three children: Ken W. Focht and ...

Judith L. Frey

Judy Frey, 76, Port Orchard, Wash., died Monday after a short illness. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Jane and Bernard Frey. Surviving are a sister, Joan (Frey) Pore; Joan’s husband, Art; a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and her beloved cats: Bernie ...

Rosemary Kwolek

Rosemary Kwolek, 89, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Beale Avenue, Altoona, passed away Friday at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Victor and Placede (Cawley) Little. She married Leo A. Kwolek, who preceded her in death on Jan. 8, ...

Donald F. ‘Don’ Nori

Donald F. “Don” Nori, 66, Shippensburg, formerly of Hollidaysburg, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Hershey Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Easter Sunday in Altoona, son of Albert and Margaret (Pasquini) Nori of Hollidaysburg. On Jan. 8, 1973, he ...

Walter D. ‘Walt’ Babiak

Walter D. “Walt” Babiak, 69, a resident of Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, formerly of Altoona, went home to be with his Lord early Friday morning at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of Dorothy A. (Young) and the late Walter P. Babiak. He was previously married to Darlene (Page) ...

Esther Jane Chesney

Esther Jane Chesney, 92, Hollidaysburg, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg after an extended illness. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Jobie M. and Margaret E. (Horner) Hockenberry. She married Fred W. Chesney, who ...

Mary Mae (Snyder) Miller

Mary Mae (Snyder) Miller, 87, a resident of The Village at Morrisons Cove, died unexpectedly on Thursday at the home. She was born in Hopewell Township, Bedford County, daughter of the late Samuel and Minnie (Steele) Snyder. On Feb. 8, 1950, she married Ned Miller, and he preceded her in ...

Donna J. Ralston

Donna J. Ralston, 83, Antis Township, died Wednesday morning at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh. She was born in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late John and Catherine (Thomas) Moses. Surviving are her husband, Morrison “Bud” Ralston Jr.; three children: Pamela (Henry) Walker, Daniel ...

Phyllis (Keith) Schaner

Phyllis (Keith) Schaner, 78, Carson Valley, passed away early Wednesday morning at her residence after an extended illness. She was born in Cumberland, Md., daughter of the late Melvin M. and Dorothy (Turnbaugh) Keith. In 1963, she married Bruce H. Schaner in Chambersburg. Surviving are her ...

Jo Ann Vocco

Jo Ann Vocco, 76, Altoona, died Thursday at the Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg. Arrangements are by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata. A complete obituary will appear in the Mirror at a later date.

David J. Bickel

David J. Bickel, 90, Altoona, died Wednesday at his residence. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Charles and Eva (Laufer) Bickel. On Sept. 28, 1949, he married Barbara Jean Yohn in Cumberland, Md. Surviving are his wife; two children: David Bickel of Altoona and Jeffrey Bickel and ...

Donald B. ‘Don’ Keith

Donald B. “Don” Keith, 89, Rohrersville, Md., formerly of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Lady Lake, Fla., died Wednesday. He was born in Coalport, son of the late Charles A. and Mary Ellen (Bowery) Keith. Surviving are three children: Gary, Timothy and Sherry Sykes; six grandchildren; two ...

William B. Kephart Sr.

William B. Kephart Sr., 70, Tyrone, died Tuesday at his residence. He was born in Tyrone, son of the late Oscar and Ruth (Fleck) Kephart. He was formerly married to Theresa Marketto. Surviving are two sons: William B. Kephart Jr. (Dawn) of Hanover and Charles A. “Chuck” Kephart of ...

George Lawrence McTavish

Larry McTavish, 76, formerly of Gallitzin, passed away Tuesday at MD Ander­son Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. Surviving are his beloved wife of 51 years, Linda; a sister, Cindy; and two brothers: Tom and Jon. He was preceded in death by a son, Matthew; and four brothers, Francis, Raymond, ...

Pete Onder

Pete Onder, 80, formerly of Portage, died Tuesday at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, Duncansville. He was born in Snow Shoe, son of the late Michael and Anna (Vozniak). Surviving are his wife, Janice (Clark); and two children: Bruce Wayne and Sharon Lea. Pete was a U.S. Air Force veteran. At ...

Donna J. Ralston

Donna J. Ralston, 83, Antis Township, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh after a brief illness. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home Inc., Bellwood, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2018, at Riggles Gap ...