Mendle A. Covitch

July 20, 1931 - April 4, 2019


Mendle A. Covitch, 87, Tamarac, Fla. and Altoona, passed away Thursday at UMPC Altoona.

He was born in Cassandra, one of five children and the only son of the late Barney and Esther (Farkas) Covitch. In 1957, he married Henrietta “Honey” Greenberg in Philadelphia. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage together until her death on May 19, 2012.

Mendle was a devoted father and grandfather. Surviving are a son, Bruce and wife, Lisa, of Altoona; a daughter, Carol Campbell and husband, Charles, of Plymouth Meeting; two grandchildren: Julia and Kyle Campbell; two sisters: Sandra Jacobs and Judi Smith, both of Maryland; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters: Pearl Kline and Dorothy Lariff.

After graduating from Cresson High School, he enlisted in the U. S. Army and served in Korea during the conflict from 1952 through 1954. He attained the rank of sergeant, and was awarded the Bronze Star for valor after covering an explosive device with his body to protect his fellow soldiers.

Mendle and Henrietta owned and operated The Clothes Tree on Allegheny Street in Hollidaysburg, clothing the children, teens and women of Hollidaysburg for many years. He was a civic leader, serving as president and board director of the Hollidaysburg Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce. After retirement, he served as a volunteer small business mentor in the SCORE organization. He was a lifetime member of Agudath Achim Congregation. He was a member of Juniata Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, Altoona, and Jaffa Shrine. He was generous with his time and enjoyed opportunities to serve his community.

Friends are welcome at a graveside service to be held at noon Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Agudath Achim Cemetery, Altoona, Cantor Benjamin Matis officiating.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mendle’s memory to The Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE First Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or Agudath Achim Congregation, 1306 17th St., Altoona, PA 16601.

Arrangements are by E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, Inc.