Obituaries

Joseph W. Reasy Jr.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service for Joseph W. Reasy Jr., 71, Dysart, who passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park.

Frances L. Reed

Frances L. Reed, 92, St. Benedict, formerly of Carrolltown and Patton, died Sunday. She was born in Patton, daughter of the late John and Mildred (Shuss) Gavora. Surviving are four children: Samuel L. III, Janine, Bunny and Laurie; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, M. ...

Bernadine M. Yarnell

Bernadine M. Yarnell, 78, a resident of Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidays­burg, died Saturday evening at the home. She was born in Altoona, and grew up in the Newburg section, daughter of the late Owen and Edith (Lumadue) Ball. Surviving are three sons: Larry (Cindy Keith), Todd ...

Leroy Reese Beckwith Jr.

Leroy Reese Beckwith Jr., 71, Port Matilda, died Friday at his residence. He was born in Philipsburg, son of the late Leroy R. Sr. and Eleanor (Lane) Beckwith. He married Mary Ann Carson in November 1990. Surviving are his wife; four sons: Leroy, Carl, Tom and Dennis; two daughters: Kristy ...

John W. Harshberger

John W. Harshberger, 85, Cross Keys, passed away unexpectedly Saturday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Duncans-ville, son of the late George A. and Rose Anna (Madden) Harshberger. He married Anna M. Adamczyk in 1951 in Altoona. Surviving are his wife of 67 years; two daughters: Deborah ...

Lynn S. Kephart

Lynn S. Kephart, 71, Martinsburg, passed away Friday evening at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Rush Township, Centre County. On May 10, 2002, he married Hope M. Noel in Williamsburg. Surviving are his beloved wife; four sons: Michael L., Andrew W. and Mark A., all of Williamsburg, and James ...

Charles E. ‘Chuck’ Koehle

Charles E. “Chuck” Koehle, 79, Hollidaysburg, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at UPMC Altoona Emergency Department. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at Jones Funeral Home, Altoona. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at St. ...

Harold A. Shriner

Harold A. Shriner, 77, Woodbury, passed away Saturday at home. He was born in Roaring Spring, son of the late H. Clair and Mabel W. (Bowser) Shriner. Surviving are a daughter, Diane Miller, of Harris-burg; two sons: Jody C. Shriner of Roaring Spring and Jeff Shriner of Lebanon; a sister, Audrey ...

Barry Surma

Barry Surma, 57, Gallitzin, died Friday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Warren, Ohio, son of the late Joseph and Marion (Dashner) Surma. Surviving are his wife, the former Rue Ann O’Donnell, whom he married May 23, 1992, at St. Patrick Church; two children: Renee and John; three brothers: ...

Ellsworth H. ‘Elzie’ Wilt

Ellsworth H. “Elzie” Wilt, 76, Altoona, went home to his Lord on Saturday afternoon at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of the late John H. and Katherine Viola (Sydney) Wilt. He married Carol L. Tipton-Mock on June 6, 1964, in Altoona. Surviving are his wife Carol; a daughter, ...

Bernadine M. Yarnell

Bernadine M. Yarnell, 78, a resident of Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidays-burg, formerly of Altoona, died Saturday evening, Feb. 10, 2018, at the home. Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at Liebegott-Brown Funeral Home Inc., 1218 Fourth Ave., ...

Violet M. Blontz

Violet M. Blontz, 83, Williamsburg, passed away Thursday evening at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Roland E. and Julia Gladys-Arila (Lear) Luke. On Aug. 19, 1952, she married Mylin E. Blontz Sr., who preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 1975. Surviving are a ...

Emma Jean (Semelsberger) Gates

Emma Jean (Semelsberger) Gates, 90, Hollidaysburg, passed away Friday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Akron, Ohio, daughter of the late Joseph and Tress (Gates) Semelsberger. She married Wade A. Gates, who preceded her in death in 2007. Surviving are two children: Gloria J. and Gary W., ...

Ivan P. Griggs Jr.

Ivan P. Griggs Jr., 87, Butler, passed peacefully from this world on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. He was born in Pittsburgh, son of the late Della and Paul Griggs. He lived in Altoona and Gibsonia, before moving to Butler in 2017. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Georgetta Griggs; three ...

Margery E. Johnston

Margery E. Johnston, 91, Hollidaysburg, died Saturday morning at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg after a brief illness. She was born in Turkey Valley, daughter of the late Gilbert and Violet (Bice) Harnish. On March 27, 1944, she married Calvin S. Johnston in Baltimore, Md., and he ...

Rose Marie Marlett

Rose Marie Marlett, 97, formerly of 2025 Fifth Ave. and Parkview Terrace, Altoona, died Wednesday at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Charles and Marie (Brandle) Langguth. On May 11, 1940, she married Thomas Glenn Marlett Sr. at St. Mary’s ...

Irene ‘Peckie’ Myers

Irene “Peckie” Myers, 92, Cresson, died Friday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. She was born in Cresson, daughter of the late Clifford A. and Ellie (Sheehan) Adams. Surviving are two children: Arlene Nalisnick of Towanda and William (Theresa) of Ashville; four ...

Joseph Eugene Nolan

Joseph Eugene Nolan, 64, Altoona, died Saturday afternoon at his residence. He was born in Altoona, son of the late James W. Sr. and Dorothy A. (Tremmel) Nolan. Surviving are a sister, Kathy A. Mosey; and two brothers: James and Allen Nolan. At the request of the deceased, there will be no ...

Rena J. ‘Pudge’ Wilcox

Rena J. “Pudge” Wilcox, 89, Cassandra, died Wednesday. She was born in Ohio, daughter of the late Jacob and Maggie Wytosick. Surviving are seven children: Barry, Cheryl Monroe-Medonich, Rick, Pam Whitcomb, Renee Hochrein, Sondra Kerch and Jeanie; 13 grandchildren; and three siblings: ...

Jay Layton Confer Jr.

Jay Layton Confer Jr., 71, Altoona, died Friday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Mechanicsburg, son of the late Jay and Evelyn (Gunnett) Confer. On Sept. 4, 1976, he married M. Ilene Amigh in Winchester, Va. Surviving are his wife, Ilene; a daughter, Ruth A. Wolf and husband, William; three ...