John T. "Jack" Tongue, 90, formerly of Altoona, died May 16, 2014, at his residence in Florida.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late John T. and Bertha (Marx) Tongue. He married Theresa C. Friedenberger on Nov. 20, 1948, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Altoona, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 28, 1991.
Surviving are a son, Jack and wife, Cathy, of Reading; a daughter, Theresa Schineis and husband, John, of Palm City, Fla.; five grandchildren: Travis Tate and wife, Sarah, Michael Tongue, Erik Schineis, Kristen Tongue and Adam Schineis; two great-grandchildren: Caroline and Kathryn Tate; a son-in-law, Tim Tate of Heathsville, Va.; and two sisters: Helen Marie Steinel in New Jersey and Patricia O'Brien of Selinsgrove.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joanne Tate; and Helen O'Brien.
Jack was a 1942 graduate of Altoona High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, serving in Lae, Papua New Guinea, in a construction battalion. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from St. Francis College in 1949 and a master's degree from New York University in 1950. He retired from the state of Pennsylvania in 1985 as a disability determination administrator.
Jack was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Altoona, and also belonged to the American Legion, VFW, Bavarian Aid Society, Swiss Rifle Club and National Rehabilitation Association. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with his family.
Friends will be received from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Stevens Memorial Chapel, followed by a memorial service at 10 a.m. by Monsignor Timothy Stein. Committal will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Altoona.
Arrangements are by The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona.