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Obituaries

Mary Kathleen Barrett

Mary Kathleen Barrett, 69, Altoona, went home to be with her Lord and Savior and reunite with her beloved husband of 48 years. She was born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late Benjamin Francis and Emily (Murray) DeMarco. On Oct. 14, 1968, she married Duane William Barrett in Burlington, N.J., ...

Robert A. ‘Bob’ Capstick

Robert A. “Bob” Capstick, 88, Altoona, went home to his Lord and Savior on Saturday at Hillview Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Altoona, son of John A. and Ollie (Beck) Capstick. He was a member of the Altoona Bible Church where he was a member of the upper room class and ...

Joan Marie Claar

Joan Marie Claar, 89, of Queen, died Monday at home. She was born in East Freedom, daughter of Sheldon and Gertrude (Weyandt) Benton. She married Frederick Mayberry Claar and he preceded her in death. Surviving are: a daughter, Diana L. Clapper; and a son, Alan Claar; five grandchildren, 11 ...

Joseph F. Mercer Jr.

Mr. Joseph F. Mercer Jr., 53, of Woodbridge, Va., died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., after an apparent heart attack. Joe was born in Altoona, son of the late Joseph F. Sr. and Ida B. (Johnson) Mercer. He married Catherine J. Black March 12, 1986, in ...

Steven P. Passarello

Steven P. Passarello, 53, of Altoona, passed away Sunday. He was born in Norwich, Conn., son of Paula (Delmonte) and the late Steven A. Passarello. He married Michelle Murphy in 2011. Surviving are: his wife of eight years; three sons: Steven A. of Pittsburgh, Cameron M. and Dominic J., both ...

Frances Nancy Speckhart

Frances Nancy (Smeal) Speckhart, 80, of Altoona, died at Hillview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday Oct. 24, 2019, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. A full obituary will be in Sunday’s Altoona Mirror. Arrangements are by Stanley J. ...

Eugene E. ‘Gene’ Stoltz Sr.

Eugene E. “Gene” Stoltz Sr., 84, Altoona, died peacefully Sunday afternoon at home after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family. Gene was born in Patton, son of the late Maurice and Mary (Huber) Stoltz. He was twice married, first to Anna Storm, who preceded him in death, and ...

Elizabeth M. ‘Betty’ Vandevander

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Vandevander, 91, of Bellwood, died early Monday morning at her home. She was born in Bellwood, a daughter of the late James and Anne (Houck) Shaner. On June 10, 1950, she married Leonard B. Vandevander at Trinity United Methodist Church, Bellwood, and he preceded her ...

Scott Wissinger

On Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, Scott Wissinger, Professor Emeritus at Allegheny College, passed away at the age of 65. Scott was born on April 7, 1954 in York, to Don and Flossie Wissinger. Scott was married to Sue Wissinger and together they raised a son, AJ. In addition to his wife and son, ...

Stanley E. Lehman

Stanley E. Lehman, 69, Altoona, died Tuesday at UPMC Altoona after a lengthy illness. He was born in Roaring Spring, son of the late John William and Lois (Hinton) Lehman, and was raised in Martinsburg by the late Bill and Emma Jane Hinton. Surviving are a son, Shawn P.; a daughter, Tracy S. ...

Kathy Barrett

Kathy Barrett, 69, Altoona, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Denver, Colo. A service to celebrate her life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Inc. Bellwood. A full obituary will appear in Wednesday’s edition.

Jean R. Focht

Jean R. Focht, 97, was taken to her eternal home in Heaven on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, where she has met her God and savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, face to face. On this date, she also joined her beloved husband of 71 years of marriage, Dean R. Focht Sr., who preceded her in death on Aug. 9, ...

Lloyd A. ‘Squirrel’ Forshey Sr.

Lloyd A. “Squirrel” Forshey Sr., 94, of Hollidaysburg, died Monday at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg. He was born at home in Pinecroft, the son of the late Guy L. and Rebecca V (Pfahler) Forshey. He married Glenda Sorge in 1946. Surviving are his wife of 73 years; two sons: Lloyd ...

Victoria C. ‘Vickie’ Gjurich

Victoria C. “Vickie” Gjurich, 100, of Cresson, died Monday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Gallitzin, the daughter of the late Carlo and Zelmira (Bertoccini) Fabbri. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law: Milan and Janice Gjurich; her granddaughter, Dr. Dana Gjurich and her husband, ...

Bob A. Hammond

Bob A. Hammond, 66, of Altoona, died Sunday in Jefferson County. He was born in Altoona, the son of the late William and Jewel (Bridgland) Hammond. He married Wallee Supaksirikul in 2001. Surviving are his wife of 17 years; and two sisters: Ruth Ann DeHaas of Hollidaysburg and Cathy Ann Clapper ...

Harry T. Irwin

Harry T. Irwin, 91, Antis Township, died unexpectedly Saturday evening at his home. He was born in Antis Township, son of the late Fred F. and Easty (Miller) Irwin. On Nov. 21, 1950, he married Mary Ann Nachtman in Cumberland, Md., and she preceded him in death on March 24, 2019. He is ...

Mary Meredith

Mary Meredith, 76, died Saturday at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. She was the daughter of John and Ruth Meredith. Surviving are her brother, Donald; her sister, Sarah; and cousins: John, Susan, Lauren, Samwell, Becca, Caroline and Shari. She was preceded in death by her parents; and ...

Karen Marie Reagan

Karen Marie Reagan, 60, of Boonville, Mo., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. Karen was born in Wilmington, N.C., to Paul and Daisy Reagan. Born into a military family, she called many places her childhood home, but ...

Eugene E. Stoltz Sr.

Eugene E. Stoltz Sr., 84, died Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2019, peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, after an extended illness. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at Jones Funeral Home where a vigil for the deceased will be held during the ...

Martha L. Tatanish

Martha L. Tatanish, 87, Smithmill, died Saturday. She was born in Philipsburg, daughter of the late Wasco and Anna (Semetosky) Lashinsky. She married Alex Tatanish. Surviving are two daughters: Coleen Heim and Marleen Durfee; a son, Alex; three grandchildren; and two sisters: Ellen Longenecker ...