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Marla Jessie (Seidel) Heinz

March 18, 1940 - Jan. 3, 2020

Mrs. Marla Jessie (Seidel) Heinz, 79, Altoona, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at her residence after a brief illness.

She was born to parents John Phillip Seidel, Pfc. 2nd Div. USA WWI, and Gladys May Nearhoof Seidel, originally of 700 Pleasant Valley Blvd.

She grew up the youngest of two daughters, and graduated from Altoona High School in 1959. Immediately following graduation, Marla parlayed her kind disposition and love of talking with people into a 41-year career as a customer service representative with Bell Telephone Co. Prior to her retirement, Marla married Russell Milton Heinz of Altoona, in 1998.

The couple enjoyed traveling together, and selling furniture, jewelry and other items at antiques and collectibles shows up and down the eastern seaboard. Marla also spent her time volunteering at various community organizations throughout her life. She was particularly proud of being an active participant with the Foster Grandparent Program at Logan Elementary School, right up until the time of her death.

Surviving are her cousin, Linda K. (Nearhoof) Myers of Leesburg, Va., whom she grew up with and remained close to; and her second cousins: Lisa Mason of Pittsboro, N.C., Kami Myers of Ashburn, Va., Christopher Myers of Ashburn, Va., and Amy Myers-Payne of Leesburg, Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell (2003); her parents, John (1976) and Gladys (1984); and her beloved older sister, Eleanor M. Seidel (1961).

The inurnment of ashes took place with a private family service at noon Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Alto-Reste Park.

The family declines flowers, but is grateful to receive letters of condolences c/o The Estate of Marla J Heinz, 40668 Woodside Place, Leesburg, VA 20175.

The family appreciates donations be made in Marla’s honor to Blair Senior Services Inc., 1320 12th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.