Obituaries

Edgar H. Grassmyer

Edgar H. Grassmyer, 91, Altoona, passed away Thursday morning at his residence. He was born in Juniata, son of the late Francis N. and Lottie V. (Holland) Grassmyer. On June 28, 1948, he married Betty L. Walters in Altoona. Surviving are his wife of 68 years; five children: Francis H. ...

M. Jean McDonald

M. Jean McDonald, 86, Imler, died Thursday. She was born in Klahr, daughter of the late Samuel C. and Beckie (Walter) Weyant. Surviving are two children: Shirley Harbaugh and Robert McDonald; three granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy G. ...

Sarah Jane Weakland

Sarah Jane Weakland, 65, Shaw Lane, Warriors Mark, died Wednesday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Michigan, daughter of Anthony and Elsie (Mock) DeCriscio. On Sept. 26, 1969, she married Clarence “Gene” Weakland Sr. Surviving are her husband; two sons: Clarence G. “Sonny” (Beth ...

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Elaine Armstrong

Elizabeth “Liz” Elaine Armstrong, 65, Antis Township, departed from this earth for her home in Heaven with her savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, surrounded by her family after a battle with cancer. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Gaius A. and Dorothy (Over) Hanawalt. On May 29, 1971, ...

Barbara Jane Bistline

Barbara Jane Bistline, 85, Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Altoona, passed away Wednesday after a brief illness. She was born in Duncansville, daughter of the late David Kenneth Sr. and Justine (Webb) Weaver. On Sept. 27, 1952, she married John Edwin Bistline at St. Paul ...

Alan Charles ‘Big Al’ Brennan

Alan Charles “Big Al” Brennan, 60, Lake Stevens, Wash., formerly of Altoona, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 10, 2017, in Portland, Maine. On Saturday, April 8, 2017, he was surrounded by all five siblings at a family wedding in Virginia. Arrangements are being made by the family ...

Mary T. Callahan

Mary T. Callahan, 96, St. Benedict, died Tuesday. She was born in St. Boniface, daughter of the late Charles and Cecelia (Kruise) Becker. Surviving are five children: Nancy Price, Clair, Joann Mooney, Patricia Milosavich and David; 16 grandchildren; and three brothers: Clarence, Walter and ...

Michael E. Cavender

Michael E. Cavender, 64, formerly of East Freedom, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Oakland VA Medical Center, Pittsburgh, after an extended illness. He was born at Hamilton Army Airfield, Calif., son of Wilbur J. and the late Nancy M. (Walter) Cavender. Surviving are a daughter, ...

Bonita A. Daye

Bonita A. Daye, 59, Smithmill, died Tuesday. She was born in Tyrone, daughter of Melvin C. Jr. and Patricia M. (Thompson) Lewis. Surviving are her husband, Russell; a son, John Daye; two granddaughters; and seven siblings: Wetzel, Harry, Melvin III and Mark Lewis and Suzanne Fink, Carol Penn ...

Calvin R. Decker

Calvin R. Decker, 69, Roaring Spring, died Tuesday afternoon at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Roaring Spring, son of the late Ross and Miriam (Hollopeter) Decker. On Jan 20, 1967, he married Patricia A. Hetrick in Roaring Spring. Surviving are his wife; ...

Frank D. Estep

Frank D. Estep, 38, Hollidaysburg, died Saturday at his residence. He was born in Altoona, son of Nancy (Lang) and the late Thomas Estep. Surviving are two sons: Kaden and Parker; his mother; and four siblings: Brenda Hughes, Lisa Suckling and Thomas and Chuck Estep. A memorial service will be ...

William E. ‘Bill’ Taylor

William E. “Bill” Taylor, 62, Hollidaysburg, died Tuesday at UPMC Altoona due to cancer as a result of a lifetime of smoking. He was born in Hollidaysburg, son of the late George and Virginia (Richards) Taylor. On Oct. 8, 1977, he married Diane P. Erb. Surviving are his wife with whom ...

Joyce H. (Grassmyer) Woodring

Joyce H. (Grassmyer) Woodring, 84, Milroy, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, at her residence. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Roy D. and Hope D. (Kapp) Grassmyer. On Feb. 10, 1951, she married Paul M. Woodring, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 2015. Surviving are ...

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Elaine Armstrong

Elizabeth “Liz” Elaine Armstrong, 65, Antis Township, departed from this earth for her home in Heaven with her savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, April 16, 2017, surrounded by her family, after a battle with cancer. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, ...

Emma Nicole Auker

Emma Nicole Auker, 17, Altoona, passed away peacefully on Monday at her residence after a long battle with brain cancer. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Scott and Kimberly (Barroner) Auker. Surviving are her parents; two sisters: Hillary Auker of Boston, Mass., and Sophie Auker of ...

Edward G. Bakale

Edward G. Bakale, 85, Johnstown, died Sunday. He was born in Dunlo, son of the late Stephen and Barbara (Matlin) Bakale. Surviving are three children: Kimberly, Edward Jr. and Jay; five grandchildren; eight siblings: Robert, Mary, Mildred, Eleanor, Delores, Jane, Barbara and Darlene. He was ...

June Adele (Houk) Beckey

June Adele (Houk) Beckey, 96, Altoona, passed away Monday. She was born in Akron, Ohio, daughter of the late Leonard and Trilby (Schlabig) Houk. Surviving are a daughter, Linda Opdyke; a step-grandson; and three step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden V. ...

Joanne Crum

Joanne Crum, 62, Portage, passed away Friday. She was born in Johnstown, daughter of the late Joseph and Ruby (Wilson) Crum. Surviving are a son, Samuel Spade; and six siblings: Gary, Ralph, Roger, Chester, Terry and Jeanne. She was preceded in death by her companion, Francis “Sam” Spade; ...

Kenneth T. Esworthy Jr.

Kenneth T. Esworthy Jr., 53, Altoona, died Saturday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Kenneth T. Sr. and Nellie (Phillips) Esworthy. Surviving are three sons: Matthew Francis, Alexander Theodore and Elliott Esworthy; five siblings: Charlotte, Steve, Camille, Cindy and ...

Donna J. (O’Donald) Pielmeier

Donna J. (O’Donald) Pielmeier, 75, Altoona, passed away Tuesday morning at Maybrook Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2017, at Mauk & Yates Funeral Home Inc., Juniata. Interment will be made at Greenwood Cemetery, Altoona. ...