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Obituaries

Jeff Ayers

Jeff Ayers, Curryville, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at his residence surrounded by love. He was the son of the late Donald and Lois Ayers. On April 3, he married Lora Heck at Koontz Church of the Brethren. Together they spent 47 years sharing family, love and laughter. In addition ...

Karen A. Henck

Karen A. Henck, 65, Altoona, passed away Friday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Providence, R.I., daughter of the late Wallace Davis and Barbara (Burley) Ridgen. On Nov. 26, 1994, she married Scott A. Henck. Surviving are her husband; three children: Anthony and Tallie Henck, both who ...

Edmund S. ‘Ned’ Lee

Edmund S. “Ned” Lee, 57, Altoona, died Thursday at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, after a brief illness. He was born in Fort Hood, Texas, son of Asbury W. IV and the late Carrie B. (Barnhart) Lee. Surviving are his father of Altoona; a son, Dylan J. Lee in Washington; a sister, ...

Dr. Andrew E. Michanowicz

Dr. Andrew E. Michanowicz, 91, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Monday at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg. He was born in Swedesburg, son of the late Julian and Joanna (Szkilodz) Michanowicz. He married M. Louise Baer and she preceded him in death in 2004. Surviving are ...

James ‘Jim’ Ott

James “Jim” Ott, 85, Altoona, formerly of Gainesville, Ga., and Duncansville, passed away on Friday morning at his residence. He was born in Duncansville, son of the late Adam and Hilda (Ernest) Ott. Surviving are four children: Darlene (Lance) Ott-Hale of Hollidaysburg, Linda Adler of ...

Terrance A. Ferry

Terrance A. Ferry, 69, Altoona, passed away Thursday at his residence. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Charles and Mary (Rickabaugh) Ferry. Surviving are his son, Scott Ferry, of Hollidaysburg; two daughters: Tammy Ferry and Michele (Matthew) Luciano, all of Altoona; three ...

Cindy L. Gates

Cindy L. Gates, 62, Altoona, passed away Wednesday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Joan (Matthews) Thompson and the late George Thompson. She married Robert E. Gates and he preceded her death on Feb. 8, 2019. Surviving are her two loving daughters: Heather (Laramy) ...

Karen A. Henck

Karen A. Henck, 65, Altoona, passed away Friday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Providence, R.I., daughter of the late Wallace Davis and Barbara (Burley) Ridgen. On Nov. 26, 1994, she married Scott A. Henck. Surviving are her husband; three children: Anthony and Tallie Henck, both who ...

James ‘Jim’ Ott

James “Jim” Ott, 85, Altoona, formerly of Gainesville, Ga., and Duncansville, passed away on Friday morning at his residence. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Duncansville. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, ...

Anna M. ‘Ann’ Smith

Anna M. “Ann” Smith, 93, Altoona, died Thursday at Hillview Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Harry S. and Alberta M. (Dettman) McClellan. On Nov. 13, 1950, she married Merrill E. Smith in Altoona, and he preceded her in death on May 15, ...

Richard A. Stoops

Richard A. Stoops, 56, of Florida, formerly of Altoona, passed away Wednesday. His is survived by his wife, Lisa (Resig); three children: Shawn (Stacy) Wert, Philip Stoops and Amanda (John) Owens; his pride and joy grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Peyton, Scarlett, and Teagan; siblings, aunts, uncles, ...

Wendell N. Weatherholtz Sr.

Wendell N. Weatherholtz Sr., 81, Allport, died Wednesday. He was born in Martinsburg, W.Va., son of the late David and Virginia (Zepp) Weatherholtz. Surviving are his wife, Nancy (Tomco); children: Wendell N. Jr. and Rick Weatherholtz, Jerry English, Preston Weatherholtz, Melissa Bauman, ...

Gary Michael Bradley

Gary Michael Bradley, 68, Cresson, died Tuesday at UPMC Altoona, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in Altoona, son of Michael “Mick” and Iva (McDermott) Bradley. He was the beloved husband of Kathryn (Stossel), whom he married on Aug. 10, 1974. Surviving are sons, Michael ...

Pauline J. Carles

Pauline J. Carles, 99, Antis Township, died Tuesday afternoon at her home. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Charles and Bertha (Wilt) Geddes. Surviving are two daughters: Pamela A. O’Donnel of Lancaster and Marilyn (George) Broadbent of Antis Township; six grandchildren; and ...

Cindy L. Gates

Cindy L. Gates, 62, Altoona, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at UPMC Altoona. Arrangements are by Leslie E. Axe Funeral Home. A complete obituary will appear in Saturday’s Altoona Mirror.

Rick Moyer

Rick Moyer, 59, Gallitzin, died on his birthday, Wednesday, at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, the son of the late Robert W. and Rosemarie (Brannan) Moyer. Surviving are: a brother, Faber; a nephew, Brodi (Alex) Mechuta and their daughter, Ella; close friends, Lisa and Dave Modico and ...

Miriam S. Royer

Miriam S. Royer, 98, of Martinsburg passed away Thursday morning at Homewood Retirement Center. She was born in rural Martinsburg, daughter of the late Preston Cleveland and Fannie (Lehman) Smith. On April 19, 1944, she married Denver G. Royer in St. Matthew’s Church, Martinsburg, and he ...

Charles Anthony Shade

Charles Anthony Shade, 66, Altoona, died Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2019, at his residence, after a brief illness. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Oscar Landis and Iona Gertrude (Lingenfelter) Croft. Surviving are a daughter, Erica L. Middleton of Altoona; three siblings: Roger Croft ...

Sheryl F. Umstead

Sheryl F. Umstead, 75, Duncansville, passed away early Thursday morning at The Winds at Mattern Orchard. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late George W. and Phyllis E. (Brown) McArthur. On Sept. 7, 1963, she married George H. Umstead. In addition to her husband of 56 years, ...

Robert L. Zeigler

Robert L. Zeigler, 75, Hollidaysburg, passed away Thursday morning at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Ernest and Florence (Snyder) Zeigler. On March 22, 1969, he married Vicktora “Vicky” M. McIntosh in Detroit, Mich. She preceded him in death on Dec. 8, ...