Shirley ‘Rene’ Rooney

Nov. 11, 1927 - June 18, 2019


Shirley “Rene” Rooney, 91, Hollidaysburg, passed away peacefully on Tuesday.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Earl and Elsie (Taylor) Smith. In 1944, she married Charles W. Rooney, who preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 1997.

Surviving are two daughters: Charlotte (Robin) Thompson, Colleen (Tim) Hughes; a son, Chuck (Cheryl) Rooney; seven grandchildren: Stefanie Dodson, Ryan (Joy) Hughes, Erin (Brett) Rajala, Nicole Britton, Chas, Colten (Jessica) Rooney and Sheridan (Alex) Jones; eight great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn Cherry, Hannah and Mark Hughes, Allison, Hailey and Emily Rajala, Avalyn and Willow Britton; two siblings: Joyce Bucher and Woody (Helen) Smith; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Gwen; and five siblings: James Smith, Leona Wyandt, Melda Wilt, Edith Dodson and Anna Mary Riley.

Rene was a member of Hicks Methodist Church in Duncansville. She was an active choir member and volunteered her time making school bags for Third World countries and creating countless prayer quilts.

Arrangements are E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home Inc., 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rene Rooney can be made to Family Hospice Home Nursing Agency (HNA) Foundation, 201 Chestnut Ave., Altoona, PA 16601 or to Mending Hearts Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 97, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.