Eleanor A. "Ellie" Frank, 76, Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Altoona, died Wednesday at the home after a courageous battle with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late John and Eva (Horell) Frank.
Surviving are four brothers: John (Mary), William (Janet) and Vincent Frank, all of Altoona, and Thomas (Anita) Frank of State College; two sisters: Jane Steinbugl of Altoona and Marjorie Frantz of Mechanicsburg; a dear aunt, Catherine Gehl; and many nieces and nephews, whom she dearly cherished.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Frank.
Ellie was a 1954 graduate of Altoona Catholic High School. She retired from Ward Trucking Co. of Altoona after more than 45 years of service. She was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she was a Eucharistic Minister of Communion. She served as a sacristan for many years, where she worked closely with the pastors, especially Monsignor Timothy Stein. She was also a former president of Christian Mothers.
Ellie's last few months were spent as a resident of Garvey Manor, where she was blessed with loving care by the dedicated staff.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 8 to 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Altoona. Committal will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church or to The ALS Association, Development Department, 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.