Obituaries

Bernice Marie Rittner

Bernice Marie Rittner, 86, formerly of Cresson, died Wednesday, April 3, 2019. in New Mexico. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Gibbons Funeral Home, 1688 Liberty St., Ashville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 25, ...

Mary Lee Shope

Mary Lee Shope, 72, Coalport, died Friday. She was born in Glasgow, daughter of the late Cecil C. and Mildred L. (Moberly) McClellan. Surviving are her husband, Wayne C. Shope; three children: Kasandra L. Black, Wayne C. Jr. and Allyson A. Flick; four grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; ...

Joanna K. ‘Jo’ Watts

Joanna K. “Jo” Watts, 87, Bellwood, died Monday evening at Altoona Center for Nursing Care. She was born in New Jersey, daughter of Ross A. and Anna H. (Felton) Hufford. Surviving are two sons: Ross M. and Jonathan M. Watts of Bellwood; a stepson, David R. Watts in Tennessee; and ...

Robert J. Simington Sr.

Robert J. Simington Sr., 76, Altoona passed away peacefully Friday at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, after an extended illness. He was the son of the late Melvin Robert and Anna (Bumberger) Simington. After 27 years together, he married Christine Cornelius. Surviving are his wife, ...

Theodore R. ‘Ray’ Stombaugh

Theodore R. “Ray” Stombaugh, 91, Martindale, died Friday. He was born in Portage, son of Albert and Agnes (Helsel). Surviving are his wife, Lucille; five children: Joyce, Stephen, Albert, Donna and Philip; and five siblings: Shirley, Melvin, Janet, Margie and Marlene. He was preceded in ...

Dorothy L. ‘Dottie’ Berger

Dorothy L. “Dottie” Berger, 70, Altoona, died peacefully Monday, surrounded by her family. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Robert W. and Mary Elizabeth (Koch) Anthony. On Dec. 27, 1969, she married David A. Berger at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. In addition to ...

Arthur R. ‘Artstar’ Britten III

Arthur R. “Artstar” Britten III, 32, Blandburg, died Wednesday at UPMC after suffering injuries from an automobile accident. He was born in Altoona, son of Arthur R. Jr. and Tracy “Dean” Britten. He was never married. Surviving are three children: Bryanna Britten of Tyrone, Riley ...

Cherie M. DelGrosso

Cherie M. DelGrosso, 85, Altoona, passed away at her home on Friday, April 19, 2019. Arrangements are by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata. A com­plete obituary will appear in Tuesday’s Mirror.

Ronald Robert Kobak

Ronald Robert Kobak, 78, Northwood, passed away peacefully Thursday, at Epworth Manor, Tyrone. He was born in Northwood, son of Nicholas and Mary Jane (Friday) Kobak. On Dec. 5, 1980, he married Shirley Ann Mayhue. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Julie Brenneman and husband, James, of ...

Vera M. Laratonda

Vera M. Laratonda, 81, Hollidaysburg, died Thursday, April 18, 2019. Arrangements are by The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park. A complete obituary will appear in the Mirror at a later date.

David C. Mattern

David C. Mattern, 71, Hollidaysburg, died Thursday at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Richard and Ethel (Leamer) Mattern. He married Betsy L. Cameron in 1971, and she preceded him in death in 2005. Surviving are two daughters: Meghan Myers ...

William G. Munn

William G. Munn, 56, Altoona, died peacefully early Thursday morning at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Altoona, son of the late James O. and Virginia (Swan) Munn. Surviving are his wife, Heather A. McArdle; his daughter, Elizabeth V. McArdle-Munn at home; his ...

Joseph ‘Joe’ Pennington

Joseph “Joe” Pennington, 84, Duncansville, passed away Wednesday at UPMC Wednesday after a brief illness. Arrangements are by Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata. A complete obituary will appear in the Mirror at a later date.

Bernita B. ‘Gabby’ Petrusky

Bernita B. “Gabby” Petrusky, 93, Altoona, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday at her residence. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Jesse Miles and Eva Jeanette (Martin) Helsel. On March 3, 1951, she married Joseph Edward Petrusky in Brisbin, and he preceded her in death ...

Josephine ‘Jo’ Stevens

Josephine “Jo” Stevens, 95, Ebensburg, died Thursday. She was born in Bens Creek, daughter of the late Ferdinand and Helen (Migda) Sady. Surviving are two stepdaughters: Susan (Michael) Walsh and Anne (David Kulesva) Stevens; three sisters: Helen Lear, Eleanor Perry and Rose Kleman. She was ...

Lois E. (Brubaker) Bottomfield

Lois E. (Brubaker) Bottomfield, 95, Hollidays­burg, died Thursday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Woodbury, daughter of the late Elmer J. and Rebecca (Byers) Brubaker. She married Joseph E. Bottomfield in 1947, in Hollidaysburg, and he preceded her in death in 2008, after 61 years of ...

Pastor Rodney Lynn Lingenfelter

Pastor Rodney Lynn Lingenfelter, 71, closed his eyes at last in this broken world and opened them again in his eternal home by receiving his promise of eternal life from his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Wednes­day. He was born in McKee, son of the late Charles and C. Pearl (Shaw) ...

David C. Mattern

David C. Mattern, 71, Hollidaysburg, died Thurs­day at The Village at Morrisons Cove. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Sorge Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hollidaysburg, where a funeral service will follow immediately after the visitation at 7 p.m. A ...

Rose R. Merritts

Rose R. Merritts, 77, Williamsburg, died on Tuesday. She was born in Clearfield, daughter of the late James and Edith (Shirey) Cole. Surviving are her companion, Mark Wyland; eight children: Cindy Stephens, Pam Shaffer, Bridgett, April Davis, Donald, Rick, Dale and Ross; many grandchildren; and ...

William G. Munn

William G. Munn, 56, Altoona, died peacefully early Thursday morning, April 18, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, 2019, at Hillside Community Church, Bellwood. A service to celebrate William’s life will be held at 7 ...