Obituaries

Patricia R. Stiffler

Patricia R. Stiffler, 71, Bedford, died Sunday. She was born in Bedford, daughter of the late Donald E. and Edythe V. (Brown) Timmerman Sr. She married James R. Stiffler, who preceded her in death. Surviving are a son, Courtney Guyton; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was ...

Robert P. Swanger

Robert P. Swanger, also known as “Cuz,” 84, Altoona, passed away late Thursday evening at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of the late S. Paul and Sarah G. (Wesley) Swanger. Surviving are eight cousins: Patricia Auker, Rick Auker and wife, Carol, and Jeffrey Auker and wife, ...

Helen E. Wesner

Helen E. Wesner, 88, Altoona, died Friday evening, April 5, 2019, after a brief stay at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Altoona. A complete obituary will appear in Wednesday’s Mirror. Arrangements are by Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona.

Betty J. Ergler

Betty J. Ergler, 90, Altoona, died Sunday, April 7, 2019, at UPMC Altoona. Arrangements are by The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona. A complete obituary will appear in the Mirror at a later date.

Robert Vernon Klein

Robert Vernon Klein, 95, Teaneck, N.J., formerly of Altoona, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday with Barbara, his wife of 70 years, by his side. Surviving are his wife; three daughters: Ellen Weiss, Susan (Derrick Luppino) and Jodie Klein (Steve Reznikoff); five grandchildren: Ryan and ...

Donald V. McConahy Jr.

Donald V. McConahy Jr., 69, Altoona, passed away Friday at his residence. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Donald V. McConahy Sr. and Doris G. (Hoffman) Falk, who survives him. Also surviving are numerous nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Amos ...

William G. Olson

William G. Olson, 87, Hollidaysburg, passed away Friday afternoon at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Holliday­sburg, son of the late Arthur B. and May R. (Rhodes) Olson. He was twice married; first to Derwene M. Goshorn, who preceded him in death on Feb. 15, 1987, and then to Mary L. Worley, ...

Richard L. ‘Dick’ Fletcher

Richard L. “Dick” Fletcher, 84, Portage, died Friday. He was born in Jenners, son of the late Clair and Cecil (Noel) Fletcher. Surviving are his wife, Eunola (Adams); three children: Vanessa, Valerie and Keith Bryant; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Myra. He ...

Jacob Curtis ‘Jake’ Grubb Jr.

Jacob Curtis “Jake” Grubb Jr., 84, New Enterprise, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019. He was born in Roaring Spring, son of the late Jacob Curtis Sr. and Elda Mae (Lynn) Grubb. Surviving are a daughter, Stephanie; four sons: Paul, Russell, Craig and Scott; six grandchildren; two sisters: Jan and ...

Robin L. (Porta) Kern

Robin L. (Porta) Kern, 59, Altoona, passed away peacefully Thursday evening at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Camden, N.J., the daughter of the late James A. and Ruth C. (Hall) Porta. On Sept. 20, 1997, she married Randy C. Kern in Altoona. Surviving are her husband; two daughters: Candy Porta ...

Carol (Glasgow) Lesniak

Carol (Glasgow) Lesniak, 59, Ashville, died peacefully Saturday at her residence with her family by her side. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Marion S. and Donna M. (Walk) Glasgow. Survived are her husband of nearly 27 years, Gary, whom she married July 4, 1992, in Patton; a ...

Delores M. McManamy

Delores M. McManamy, 90, Duncannon, formerly of Wellwood, died Friday, April 5, 2019. She was born in Bellwood, daughter of the late Clarence and Alma Campbell. On Dec. 16, 1950, she married Earl “Pappy” at Bellwood Church of the Brethren. Surviving is a daughter, Karen Conroy and ...

Ross D. ‘Whitey’ Merritts

Ross D. “Whitey” Merritts, 89, Duncansville, died Thursday evening at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Canoe Creek, son of the late Ross and Vergie (Leamer) Merritts. Surviving is a brother, Thomas William Merritts Sr. He worked at the former Mattern Orchard, Hollidays­burg. Whitey ...

William G. Olson

William G. Olson, 87, Hollidaysburg, passed away Friday, April 5, 2019, at UPMC Altoona. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2019, at Plank, Stitt & Stevens Funeral Home, 421 Montgomery St., Hollidays­burg. A complete obituary will appear in Monday’s Mirror.

Ruth Gertrude (Garman) Shiffler

Ruth Gertrude (Garman) Shiffler, 94, Lewisburg, formerly of Altoona, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2019. A full obituary and service details can be found at cronrathgrenoblefuneral home.com.

Michele L. (Wike) Stewart

Michele L. Stewart, 52, Altoona, died Friday. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Donald Wike and Yvonne Snyder. Surviving are her husband, Howard; a daughter: Stacie Wike, a son, Brandon Wike; a sister, Reba Gelbke; two grandchildren; and her companion, Antonio LaCroce. She was ...

Robert A. ‘Bo’ ‘Bubbles’ Summerville

Robert A. “Bo” “Bubbles” Summerville, 66, Cresson, died Thursday. He was born in Johnstown, son of the late Emerson D. and Grace H. (Ritchey) Summerville. Surviving are five siblings: Larry, James, Cindy, Helen and Raymond. He was preceded in death by a brother, David. Friends will be ...

Elmer H. Warfield

Elmer H. Warfield, 80, Patton, died Friday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Patton, son of the late Edwin and Caroline (McConnell) Warfield. Surviving are two daughters: Melissa Warfield of Patton and Jodi (Mark) Gartland of Martinsburg; five grandchildren: Chelsea, Caitlin and Brayden ...

Mendle A. Covitch

Mendle A. Covitch, 87, Tamarac, Fla. and Altoona, passed away Thursday at UMPC Altoona. He was born in Cassandra, one of five children and the only son of the late Barney and Esther (Farkas) Covitch. In 1957, he married Henrietta “Honey” Greenberg in Philadelphia. They enjoyed 55 years of ...

Marilyn J. French

Marilyn J. French, 74, Altoona, died Thursday. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late George H. and Elma G. (Gillilland) Ross. On July 5, 1975, she married Robert F. French in Altoona. He preceded her in death on April 4, 1992. Surviving are three children: Timothy S. Ross, Karen Quarry ...