Obituaries

Mary R. Ivory

Mary R. Ivory, 92, Hollidaysburg, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg. She was born in Butler, daughter of the late John and Alda (Shakely) Knox. On April 4, 1953, she married Charles William “Bill” Ivory, who preceded her in death ...

Robert Clair Koontz

Robert Clair Koontz, 89, RD New Enterprise, died Monday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in New Enterprise, son of the late Wilson and Edith Smith Koontz. He is survived by two children: Debra Roberson and Alan; three grandsons; and a brother, Bernard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary ...

John M. Negri Sr.

John M. Negri Sr., 90, Altoona, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Altoona Center for Nursing Care. Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. ...

Joanne M. “Queen Bee” Stephens

Joanne M. “Queen Bee” Stephens, 85, Duncansville, died Monday, April 1, 2019, at Hollidays­burg Veterans Home after an extended illness. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Stanley M. and Madeline M. (Crist) Luther. She married Eugene A. Stephens on Feb. 7, 1959, at the ...

Samuel ‘Sam’ Westover

Samuel “Sam” Westover, 84, Woodside Drive, Kent, Ohio, passed away on Sun­day at the Western Re­serve Hospice of UH Portage Medical Cen­ter in Ravenna, Ohio. He was born in Altoona, son of Ruth Cartwright and Amos Westover. He married his wife, Marietta Burket, in 1952. Surviving are ...

Sandra J. Brumbaugh

Sandra J. Brumbaugh, 63, rural Roaring Spring, passed away early Monday morning at UPMC Altoona following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Natrona Heights, daughter of the late George H. and Shirley J. (Knipple) Ermin. On April 3, 1980, she married Richard C. Brumbaugh in ...

Nancy E. ‘Bucky’ Campbell

Nancy E. “Bucky” Campbell, 81, Altoona, died Sunday at her home. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Kenneth and Beatrice (Spicer) Bathurst. On Feb. 25, 1956, she married Richard F. Campbell and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2009. Surviving are three daughters: Christy ...

Barbara E. ‘Bobbie’ Damico

Barbara E. “Bobbie” Damico, 83, Tyrone, died Monday at Maybrook Hills Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and Healthcare Center, Altoona. She was born in Akron, Ohio, daughter of John and Annie Lee (Patton) Williams. On Feb. 12, 1955, she married Basil D. Damico in Winchester, Va., and he preceded ...

Dorothy J. Gilligan

Dorothy J. Gilligan, 96, Coalport, died Sunday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Beaver Valley, daughter of William and Millcent (McCracken) Shope. She married Earl H. Gilligan in 1939, and they shared 61 years of marriage until his death on Feb. 21, 2001. Surviving are a daughter, Jetta ...

Martavene Hope ‘Martie’ Koch

Martavene Hope “Martie” Koch, 83, formerly of Altoona, died Sunday afternoon at The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late John and Ada (Croft) Johnsonbaugh. On Oct. 13, 1955, she married Richard W. Koch, and he preceded her in death on March 11, ...

Elizabeth Pauline McMullen

Elizabeth Pauline McMullen, 85, Hastings, died Monday. She was born in St. Boniface, daughter of the late Alvin and Edna (Baker) Thomas. Surviving are her husband, Kevin; five children: Jeff, Robin Malloy, Shawn, Craig and Jody; many grandchildren; and siblings: Gertrude, Janet and Alvin. She ...

Kendra Sue Musselman

Kendra Sue Musselman, 27, Martinsburg, passed away Satur­day, at the home of her aunt in Windber Heights. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Craig Musselman and Vicki Marlin. Surviving are her father and stepmother, Craig and Melissa Musselman; her mother, Vicki Marlin; her ...

Andrea B. (Jaskowiak) Parise

Andrea B. (Jaskowiak) Parise, 59, Altoona, formerly of New Jersey, died Saturday at her residence. She was born in Witterhausen, Germany, daughter of the late Josef and Maria (Veth) Jaskowiak. Surviving are two daughters: Jessica Merritts and husband, John II, of Duncansville, and Jennifer ...

Joanne M. ‘Queen Bee’ Stephens

Joanne M. “Queen Bee” Stephens, 85, Duncansville, died Monday, April 1, 2019, at Hollidaysburg Veterans Home after an extended illness. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at Jones Funeral Home, Altoona. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, ...

Elizabeth I. Strom

Elizabeth I. Strom, 53, Bedford, died Wednesday morning. She was born in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late William and Janet (Fitzpatrick) Campbell. Surviving are her husband, Donald Strom; five children: Gennifer, John, Timothy, Joseph and Sarah; and four grandchildren: Quincy, Mya, Izzabelle ...

Samuel ‘Sam’ Westover

Samuel “Sam” Westover, 84, Woodside Drive, Kent, Ohio, passed away on Sunday at the Western Reserve Hospice of UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, Ohio. He was born in Altoona, son of Ruth Cartwright and Amos Westover. He married his wife, Marietta Burket, in 1952. Surviving are his ...

Marie C. Beard

Marie C. Beard, 96, Gettysburg, died Saturday evening. She was born in Gallitzin, daughter of the late George and Marie (Boland) Chirdon. She was the wife of the late George C. Beard who died Feb. 17, 1996. Surviving are six children: William Beard and wife, Elfrida, of Altoona, Richard Beard ...

Sandra J. Brumbaugh

Sandra J. Brumbaugh, 63, rural Roaring Spring, passed away early Monday morning, April 1, 2019, at UPMC Altoona, following a courageous battle with cancer. Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg. A complete obituary will appear in the Mirror at a later date.

James P. ‘Jim’ Helsel

James P. “Jim” Helsel, 78, Altoona, died Thursday. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Fredrick Sr. and Shirley (Garth) Helsel. Surviving are his wife, Joyce (Wingard) Helsel; three daughters: Kimberly Helsel, Becky Cooper and Cindy Pooler; a son, Steve Helsel; two grandchildren: Joshua ...

Joseph Edmund ‘Joe’ Knepper Jr.

Joseph Edmund “Joe” Knepper Jr., 87, Brooklyn, Md., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at his home. He was born in Altoona, son of Joseph E. Sr. and Adae Mae (Brown) Knepper. Joe graduated from Altoona High School in 1949, and he was still in contact with his remaining ...