Judith Marie ‘Judy’ Beeler

June 18, 1939 - Nov. 15, 2018


Judith Marie “Judy” Beeler, 79, Altoona, died unexpectedly on Thursday morning at her residence.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Joseph L. and Gertrude A. (Ivory) McNelis. On Feb. 27, 1960, she married Donald J. Beeler at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Altoona.

Surviving are her husband; nine children: Michael J. Beeler (Patricia Robinson) of Spokane, Wash., Patrick J. Beeler and wife, Christina, Kathleen A. Sheedy and husband, Scott, and Timothy S. Beeler, all of Altoona, Kelly A. Beeler of Phoenix, Ariz., Joseph A. Beeler and wife, Melissa, of Bellwood, Daniel P. Beeler of Sinking Valley, Susan M. Jarrett and husband, Shawn, of Altoona and Christopher D. Beeler and wife, Elisa, of Altoona; 27 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sally J. McNelis Bowerman in Maryland; and a sister, Kay McNelis of Altoona.

Judy was a 1957 graduate of Altoona Catholic High School and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Cath­olic Church, Altoona. She was a member and current president of the Christian Mothers; a member of the Christian Family Move­ment; a member of the Marriage Encounter group; a member of the Cursillo Movement through the church; a member of the Arise Program; a member of the choir; and she was active with Our Lady of Lourdes fish fry at Lent and with funeral dinners at the church. She was the recipient of the 2015 Gold Cross Award for her dedicated activities at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Altoona.

Judy enjoyed crocheting, camping and playing pinochle. She especially enjoyed being a granny to the kids.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, where a vigil service for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Altoona, the Rev. James Dugan celebrant. Committal rites will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona, with entombment to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations please be made to the Christian Mothers Elevator Fund at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 2716 Broad Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.