June 8, 1947 - July 15, 2013
Barbara A. Mitchell, 66, Altoona, died Monday at her residence surrounded by her loving family after an extended illness.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Charles "Bud" and Rose (Iuzzolino) Houck. She married George D. Mitchell on Aug. 10, 1968, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Amy Mitchell Pierson, M.D., and husband, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy, of Barksdale Air Force Base, Shreveport, La.; two sisters: Charlene Lancy and husband, Denny, of Altoona and Mary Douds and husband, Don, of La Vale, Md.; a godson, Jim Steinbugl of Baltimore, Md.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Barbara graduated from Clarion University with a bachelor's degree and from Penn State University with a master's degree. She retired from the Altoona Area School District with 34 years of service as a fourth-grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Lakemont.
Barbara was an avid Altoona Area High School Alumni Association member and was active in her high school reunion committees.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, 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 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2013, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church by Monsignor Michael Becker. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.
The family requests that contributions be made to the Altoona Area High School Alumni Association, 1415 Sixth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, or to the American Cancer Society, Blair Unit, 1004 N. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648, in Barb's memory.