Obituaries

Lane E. Hale

Lane E. Hale, 77, Altoona, died Monday morning at his residence. He was born in Harrisburg, son of the late Hershel C. and Madeline J. (Murphy) Hale. Surviving are his great friends: Camille Wing, Mary Eckert and Iva Brown. He was preceded in death by a brother. Lane was a U.S. Army veteran. At ...

Helen Florence Keith

Helen Florence Keith, 91, formerly of Juniata Gap, Altoona, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. Friends will be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. memorial service Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata, the Rev. ...

James R. McDonald Sr.

James R. McDonald Sr., 75, Windber, formerly of New Jersey, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at UPMC Altoona. He was born in New Jersey. Surviving are two sons: James Jr. of Windber and Michael and wife, Alexandra, in New Jersey; and a granddaughter, Paloma. Arrangements are by Sorge ...

Robert C. McPhee Jr.

Robert C. McPhee Jr., 59, Bellwood, died Saturday at Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, following an extended illness. He was born in Altoona, son of Robert C. and Barbara J. (Walk) McPhee. Surviving are a son, Robert C. III; his father, Robert C. McPhee Sr.; a sister, Cynthia ...

Sister Rose Mary ‘Lucille’ Modzelewski

Sister Rose Mary “Lucille” Modzelewski, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth for 64 years, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at the age of 81. A native of Erie, she taught in Michigan before studying and ministering as an X-ray technologist at Mercy Hospital, Altoona. She ...

James E. Poirrier

James E. Poirrier, 77, Altoona, passed away Saturday at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., son of the late James E. Poirrier and Cecelia Vaughn Ceglinski. He was raised in the home of his stepfather, Elmer “Ski” Ceglinski. On June 14, ...

Jolene M. Steinbrunner

Jolene M. Steinbrunner, 90, Altoona, passed away Saturday at Amber Terrace. She was born in Newry, daughter of the late F. Gerald and Wyoma F. (Ritchey) Holland. On June 29, 1962, she married R. James “Stoop” Steinbrunner, and he preceded her in death on May 28, 2003. Surviving ...

Irene F. ‘Renie’ Yeager

Irene F. “Renie” Yeager, 87, Patton, died Sunday. She was born in Patton, daughter of the late Henry and Clementine (Couturiaux) Butler. Surviving are her husband, William F.; a daughter, Sheila (Ed) Cammarata; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by six ...

Michael Zaher

Michael Zaher, 91, Lilly, died Sunday. He was born in Barnsboro, son of the late John and Esther (Gall) Zaher. Surviving are his wife, Helen (Kunish) Zaher; a son, Joseph (Kimberly) Kuisick; two grandchildren: Christy and Joseph; and a sister, Mary Ann Madev. Michael was a U.S. Army veteran. He ...

Robert F. ‘Drakie’ Drake

Robert F. “Drakie” Drake, 80, Fredericksburg, rural Martinsburg, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 10, 2019, at his residence. Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg. A complete obituary will appear in Tuesday’s Mirror.

William W. Garman

William W. Garman, 59, Smoke Run, died Sunday in Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Vera C. Garman. On May 13, 1978, he married Kathleen Marie Troy in Coalport who preceded him in death on March 23, 2005. Surviving are a son, Eugene F. Garman; two daughters: Billie Jo Baylis and ...

Paul George Lane

Paul G. Lane, 49, Williamsburg, passed away Saturday morning at UPMC Altoona after a lengthy illness. He was born in Roaring Spring, son of Rodney P. Lane and the late Alice M. (Leonard) Lane. Surviving are his father of Williamsburg; a daughter, Alicia K. Lane; a son, Dustin P. Lane; his ...

John Luciano

What a celebration there was in heaven on this day, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. It was a day John had lived for and looked forward to his entire life. He loved and served the Lord with a passion since he gave his heart to the Lord at the age of 10. His love and giving spirit was felt by so many ...

June L. Sherry

June L. Sherry, 89, Ebensburg RD, died Saturday. She was born in Patton, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Sheehan. Sur­viving are five children: Carol, Martin, Eileen, Lynne and Boyd; 22 grandchildren; and nine siblings: Michael, Alice, Fredrick, Ralph, Donna, James, Linda, Patricia and ...

Martin John ‘Marty’ Swovick

Martin John “Marty” Swovick, 87, Tyrone, formerly of Reightown, passed away peacefully Sunday morning at Epworth Manor, where he had been a resident for the last couple of years. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Walter J. and Mary Magdalen (Krish) Swovick. Surviving are four ...

Peggy Lee Booterbaugh

Peggy Lee Booterbaugh, 66, New Brighton, entered her eternal home on Tuesday at Heritage Valley Health System, Beaver, with her loving daughter by her side. She was born in Philipsburg Hospital, Clearfield County. She was the youngest of six children to the late Denver and Laudell (Gallaher) ...

Bert J. ‘Tom’ Bowmaster

Bert J. “Tom” Bowmaster, 92, Duncans­ville, died Friday at his residence. He was born at home in Leamersville, son of the late Albert and Rhoda (Bowser) Bowmaster. He married Mary Ann Plunket in 1948. She preceded him in death in 1980. Surviving are a daughter, Shirley M. Wike and ...

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 ...