Obituaries

James A. Swope

James A. Swope, 78, Saxton, died Thursday at The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg. He was born in Lansing, Mich., and was raised in Saxton by his mother, Martha, and his “pap,” Chalmer Roland. He married Carol (Knisely), who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his ...

Donald J. Biter Sr.

Donald J. Biter Sr., 79, Cresson, died suddenly Wednesday at his home. He was born on his mother’s leap-year birthday, in Altoona, son of the late Alvin J. and Leona E. (Link) Biter. On May 17, 1958, he married Agnes Charlotte Wright, and her death this past January, broke a marriage of ...

Lillian B. ‘Eig’ Cameletti

Lillian B. “Eig” Cameletti, 81, Cresson, a resident of St. Benedict Manor, died Wednesday at the manor. She was born in Munster Township, daughter of the late Pius and Grace (Hite) Krug. Surviving are four siblings: Virginia (Bernice) Strohmeir of Loretto, Dori (Ray) Archihofsky of ...

Julie A. (LeCrone) Foor

Julie A. (LeCrone) Foor, 58, Altoona, died Thursday at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Donald W. and N. Fay (Gailey) LeCrone. Surviving are her fiance, James Carroll, of Altoona; a son, Dylan Foor and wife, Heather, of ...

Judith E. Gorba

Judith E. Gorba, 78, Portage, died Wednesday. She was born in Duncansville, daughter of the late Harry and Virginia (Helsel) Diehl. Surviving are children: Bernie (Renee), Gwen (Thomas) Porreca and Walter (Kristen); five grandchildren; and siblings: Bonnie (Pastor Carl) Wolfe and Barbara ...

Illene Elizabeth Irvin

Illene Elizabeth Irvin, 92, Tyrone, died Thursday at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Altoona. She was born in Hones­town, daughter of the late Roy A. and Tevola (Rossman) Gates. On Aug. 4, 1950, she married Raymond Blair Irvin Jr. in Lancaster, and he died Jan. 1, ...

Kenneth L. Rowles

Kenneth L. Rowles, 76, LaJose RD, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at his home. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, and from 9 until the 10 a.m. funeral service Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at Gibbons Funeral Home, 1085 Main St., Coalport. A complete obituary will appear in ...

Melvin G. ‘Cowboy’ Schandelmeier

Melvin G. “Cowboy” Schandelmeier, 84, Bellwood, died Thursday at his residence. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Charles E. and Katherine (VanCour) Schandelmeier. On May 28, 1953, he married Donna Jean Waite in Hollidaysburg. Surviving are his wife, Donna; four children: Kate M. ...

Barry N. Snyder

Barry N. Snyder, 61, Tipton, died Tuesday at his residence. He was born in Tyrone, son of the late Richard E. Snyder Sr. and Barbara A. (Zimmerman) Peterson. Surviving are three sons: Ryan N. of Tipton and Brent M. and Phillip L., both in North Carolina; a sister, Vickie Pollock of Petersburg; ...

Doris J. Snyder

Doris J. Snyder, 85, Altoona, died Tuesday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Edward and Clarabell Steckroth. On July 26, 1958 she married Donald E. Snyder. Surviving are her husband of 62 years; a son, Erik M. Snyder (Maryann Ott) of Altoona; a daughter, Janel D. ...

Anthony D. “Tony” Branda

Anthony D. “Tony” Branda, 71, of Altoona, passed away peacefully Wednesday at his residence after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Altoona, the son of the late Dominick “Doc” Branda and YoLanda Raia. On Sept. 29, 1973, he married Judy C. Woodcock in Altoona. Surviving are ...

Rodger A. Chamberlain

Rodger A. Chamberlain, 58, Duncansville, formerly of Altoona, passed away Wednesday at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring. He was born in Norristown, son of Andrew and Mary Louise (Cox) Chamberlain. Surviving are his parents of Roaring Spring; a daughter, Heather (Adam) Strayer ...

Robert E. Charlton

Robert E. Charlton, 81, of Duncansville passed away Tuesday night at UPMC Altoona after an extended illness. He was born in Pittsburgh, the son of the late Alvin and Louise (Kettle) Charlton. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Margaret (Ferraro) Charlton; two sons, Mark ...

Elaine A. (Spallone) Clinger

Elaine A. (Spallone) Clinger, 67, Altoona, died Wednesday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Nicholas and Dolores (D’Amata) Spallone. She married Thomas Clinger Sr. in 1971, and he preceded her in death in 2005. Surviving are four children: Brenda Clinger, Lisa ...

Judith E. Gorba

Judith E. Gorba, 78, Portage, died Wednesday. She was born in Duncansville, daughter of the late Harry and Virginia (Helsel) Diehl. Surviving are children: Bernie (Renee), Gwen (Thomas) Porreca and Walter (Kristen); five grandchildren; and siblings: Bonnie (Pastor Carl) Wolfe and Barbara ...

Donald H. ‘Donny’ Henderson

Donald H. “Donny” Henderson died Monday in Blytheville, Ark. He was born in Altoona, son of Gladys and David Henderson. Surviving are his wife, Sharal (Storey) Henderson; daughters: Jessica Henderson (David) Morris and Elizabeth Henderson (Neil) Thornley; his mother; six grandchildren; and ...

Francis H. ‘Sonny’ McMullen

Francis H. “Sonny” McMullen, 89, Ashville, died Thursday. He was born in Cresson, son of the late Albert and Pearl (Frontz) McMullen. He is survived by two sons: Steven (Alaina) and Wayne (Gretchen); a granddaughter, Celia Rose; and a brother, Robert (Mary); and numerous nieces and nephews. ...

James Porter Myers IV

James Porter Myers IV, 21, Altoona, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, at UPMC Altoona. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 2019, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona. A complete obituary will appear in Sunday’s Mirror.

Stephen Port

Stephen Port, Altoona, passed away on Wednesday surrounded by loving family. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Lieberman) Port, the love of his life for nearly 60 years of marriage; his children: Joshua and Leeanne (Olicker) Port, Moses and Joanna (Reinis) Port, Joseph and Tessa ...

Betty Lou Stambaugh

Betty Lou Stambaugh, 79, Altoona, passed away Wednesday morning at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Helen Dobie. On July 5, 1958, she married Robert Stambaugh in Altoona. Surviving is her husband of 62 years, Robert; her children: Dale (Kathy) Stambaugh ...