June 15, 1927 - Jan. 10, 2009
Josephine M. (Gutshall) Patterson, 81, Hastings, formerly of Altoona, died Saturday at Golden LivingCenter-HAIDA Manor, Hastings. Before her brief stay at Golden LivingCenter-HAIDA Manor, Josephine resided with her granddaughter, Josephine Ruckinger and her husband, Jeff, of Blandburg, where the three of them looked forward to the yearly vacations that they took together.
She was born in Mount Union, the only child of the late John R. and Beulah J. (Hamman) Gutshall. She married Robert F. Patterson Nov. 17, 1945, at Fifteenth Street Methodist Church. He died Dec. 13, 1999.
Surviving are children: Carol Skinner, Susan Showalter and Virginia Cruse, all of Altoona, Roberta Frew of Ashville, Jocie Williams of Blandburg and John Patterson of Mapleton Depot; numerous grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a very close cousin, Virginia Kough. She also is survived by special caregivers: Judy Harris, Anna Mae Michaels and Sandy Schirf, who provided loving care.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 13, 2009, at Leslie E. Axe Funeral Home and noon to the 1 p.m. time of funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at Axe & Santella Family Chapel, 1534 Fourth St., Altoona, with Pastor Bernard Bookhammer officiating. Interment at Alto Reste Park Cemetery.
In memory of Josephine, contributions may be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.