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Obituaries

Irene T. Engelman

Irene T. Engelman, 83, Macungie, formerly of Altoona, died Friday at Luther Crest, Allentown. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Ludwig and Margaret (Strassburger) Maier. She married Alphonse E. Engelman. Surviving are four sons: Thomas E. Engelman and wife, Linda, of Allentown, ...

Robert E. Gates

Robert E. Gates, 65, Altoona, passed away Friday at UPMC Altoona. Known as Flip, he was born in Massachusetts, son of the late Patricia Gates. He married Cindy Thompson. Surviving are his wife; two daughters: Heather Cramer (Laramy) of Coalport and Jessica Gates of Altoona; two sisters: ...

Tammy Hockenberry

Tammy Hockenberry, 52, Altoona, passed away Friday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Don Hocken­berry Sr. and Mary Hooper. Surviving are her parents; her stepfather, Ron Hooper; a sister, Paula Branter (Paul); a brother, Don Hockenberry Jr.; two nieces: Elizabeth and ...

Paul G. Lane

Paul G. Lane, 49, Williams­burg, passed away Saturday morning, Feb. 9, 2019, at UPMC Altoona after a lengthy illness. Arrange­ments are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg. A complete obituary will appear in the Mirror at a later date.

Marion P. Lebendig

Marion P. Lebendig, 94, Hollidays­burg, passed away Thursday at her residence. She was born in Passaic, N.J., daughter of the late Louis and Lottie Preiskel. Surviving are her sons: Stephen Ellis of Virginia Beach, Va., and David Andrew of Altoona; a daughter, Sue Ellen in California; ...

John Luciano

John Luciano, 99, Altoona, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, at Calvary Baptist Church, Altoona, and from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at the church, Pastor Ron Anderson officiating and Gary ...

Kay E. (Suckling) (Burke) Wright

Mrs. Kay E. (Suckling) (Burke) Wright, 87, Martinsburg, died Friday afternoon at The Village at Morrisons Cove. She was born in Roaring Spring, daughter of the late Edwin and Anna (Curfman) Suckling. She was twice married, first to the late Max W. Burke and then to the late James W. Wright. ...

Raechel Anne Zorger

Raechel Anne Zorger, 33, Youngstown, Ohio, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at her residence. She was born in Roaring Spring, daughter of Michele E. (Hoover) Zorger and Robin R. Zorger. Surviving are a daughter, Kylah Helscel of Canfield, Ohio; her father, Robin R. (Terrie) Zorger of Tyrone; her ...

Mary L. Cochran

Mary L. Cochran, 73, Cresson, died Thursday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Johnstown, daughter of the late John J. and Stella Cochran. Surviving are three children: Melissa (Ron) Stasik, and Marlin and Jeffrey Charles; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters: Margie and Evelyn; a ...

Erma A. (Ciampoli) Kennedy

Erma A. (Ciampoli) Kennedy, 103, Hollidays­burg, passed away Thursday, Feb., 7, 2019, at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be ...

Virginia L. ‘Ginny Lynn’ Piddington

Virginia L. “Ginny Lynn” Piddington, 63, Lilly, passed away Thursday at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Blair E. “Honker” and Virginia (Leap) Robine. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Robine; and a sister, Susie Rice. ...

Rita M. Rodgers

Rita M. Rodgers, 100, Munster Township, died Wednesday. She was born in Munster Township, daughter of the late John and Ruth (Bishop) Noel. Surviving are five children: Joyce McGough, Margaret McCloskey, Patty Scanlan, Bill Rodgers and MaryAnn Clark; many grandchildren; and two sisters: Jean ...

James Martin Raymond ‘Henry’ Settle

James Martin Raymond “Henry” Settle, 60, Conway, S.C., died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. He was born in Altoona, son of the late James and Joanne (Adams) Settle. Surviving are three children: Justin Settle, Liz (Brad) Waite and Beth Settle; three grandchildren; and five sisters: Deb Gartland, ...

Ardale Marie ‘Dale’ (Fornbacher) Shannon

Ardale Marie “Dale” (Fornbacher) Shannon, 72, of Florida, formerly of Altoona, was called home by Jesus on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, following numerous medical conditions. She now has no more pain and suffering. She was born in Altoona, the eldest child of Edward J. and Reeda (Stehley) ...

Heather Dianne (Hileman) Stewart

Heather D. (Hileman) Stewart, 44, rural Williams­burg, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday evening at Magee-Women’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Phillip E. Hileman of rural Williams­burg and Louisa “Dolly” ...

Edana R. ‘Dana’ Chokey

Edana R. “Dana” Chokey, 57, Jupiter, Fla., formerly of Mishawaka, Ind., and Altoona, died tragically at her residence on Wednes­day, Jan. 30, 2019. She was born in Indiana, daughter of the late Eugene Chokey and Betty (Kaser) Blessing. Surviving is a stepdaughter, Nickie (Tom) ...

Mary E. Colyer

Mary E. Colyer, 78, Hollidaysburg, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning at the Pres­by­te­ri­an Village at Hollidays­burg. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Harry and Mary Colyer. Surviving are two sisters: Gertrude A. Parsons of Altoona and Violet Murphy of ...

Louise Ardell Forsht

Louise Ardell (Albright) Forsht, 92, Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Altoona, died Sunday after a lengthy illness. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Charles H. and Laura E. (Miller) Albright. On June 22, 1946, she was married to Veryl D. Forsht in Enola by the Rev. Dr. Harry L. Saul, ...

Miriam L. Hoover

Miriam L. Hoover, 91, East Freedom, passed away late Tuesday at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. She was born in Martinsburg, daughter of the late Cladius A. and Sara (Guyer) Hershberger. On Oct. 24, 1953, she married George Dean Hoover at Martinsburg Memorial Church of the ...

Gerald E. ‘Jerry’ Jackson

Gerald E. “Jerry” Jackson, 74, Hollidaysburg, passed away Wednesday at UPMC Altoona. He was born at home in Duncansville, son of the late George L. and Dorothy (Hoover) Jackson. He married Kathryn “Kitty” Yingling in 1964. Surviving are his wife of 54 years; a daughter, Jaime Gensamer ...