Eileen Marie (Kindness) Lytle, 89, Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Juniata, passed away Friday afternoon with her loving children by her side.
She was born in Altoona, the only child of Alexander and Isabel (Craig) Kindness. She married Francis Eugene Lytle on Jan. 21, 1950, and he preceded her in death in 2009.
Eileen is survived by five children: William (Dorothy) of Gallitzen, Judith Nocito (Joseph) of Pittsburgh and Richard (Cindy), Gregory (Laurie) and Michelle Lynam (Mark), all of Juniata. She also leaves behind 13 treasured grandchildren: Bill Lytle, Stacey (Lytle) Rostek, Joseph Nocito Jr., Gina (Nocito) Hutton, Ricky Lytle, Dan and Ron Morning, Stephanie, Kristen, Andy and Alec Lytle, Kim (Lynam) Lawther and Greg Lynam; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph, in 1961; and a great-granddaughter, Scarlett Jude Lynam, in 2010.
Eileen was a 1942 graduate of Altoona High School and attended Bryn Mawr Nursing School. In addition to raising her family, Eileen worked in a variety of roles at Blatchford's Department Store, Kaylor's Barber Shop, Sylvania, Petticoat Junction Boarding Home and Proctor Silex, from which she retired in 1987, and was in sales for AVON.
Eileen enjoyed volunteering at Altoona Hospital, working with her friends on the AHS Class of '42 Reunion Committee, playing Bingo, visiting Bonnie's Hair Studio, doting on her grandchildren and hosting fun times with family and friends.
In her later years, she was very fortunate to benefit from the love and care of the Allegheny Lutheran Adult Day Services and Garvey Manor Nursing Home communities.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Church in Juniata from the time of her conversion to Catholicism until her passing. In addition, she was most grateful for the spiritual guidance and concern of Monsignor Robert C. Mazur, and the Cathedral staff and parishioners.
Eileen was sweet and loving and was always the life of the party. She passionately embraced her Scottish heritage, traveling as a child with her parents and the PRR Pipe Band. She would affectionately recall those journeys and especially her father, who himself was a bagpiper. She exemplified her beautiful and unique maiden name, Kindness, seeing the good in everyone and coming to the aid of those in need. She had a beautiful smile, a warm heart and a welcoming hug. She was a marvelous mother and grandmother, and her family was truly blessed by her demonstration of love, compassion, selflessness and grace. Although her spirit lives on, she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Juniata, Monsignor Robert C. Mazur officiating. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Eileen's memory to Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Allegheny Lutheran Adult Day Services or a charity of your choice.