Deborah Ann Shade

June 12, 1953 - Oct. 14, 2020


Deborah Ann Shade, 67, Hollidaysburg, passed away Wednesday at her residence surrounded by loved ones after a fierce fight against cancer. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Robert J. Kruise and Regina Haigh. On Sept. 11, 1971, she married John H. Shade. They spent 49 wonderful years together.

In addition to her husband, Deborah is survived by two brothers: Bill Stahl and his wife, Darlene; and their children: Bill, Tom, Barbara and Michael; and Tom Stahl and his wife, Debbie, and their son Christopher. She is also survived by a son, Shannon Shade and his wife, Kim, and their four children: Amanda, Alana and her husband, Larry, Issac and Ethan; four sisters: Mary Reed and her son, Bill, and Deb’s treasured niece, Samantha and her husband, John; Brenda Kenawell and her children, Summer and Justin; Terri Harker and her husband, John, and their children: Emily, Katie and John; and Tina Dively and her husband, Kip. Deb was loved dearly by her four great-grandchildren, and was a beloved aunt to her cherished Bonnie Kay Matheny and her husband, Mark, and six children.

She was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Shade, who is survived by Charles Benz and two grandchildren; and her esteemed Aunt Midge.

In 1993, Deb became a Realtor, first at Century 21 and later at Howard Hannah, where she enjoyed working with fellow colleagues and staff. She loved her career and took pride in helping young families find their dream homes. She wanted all of her clients to feel special. Deb went out of her way for people and worked for FEMA helping victims of natural disasters.

Deb believed in the power of prayer and was faithful through her many hardships. She treasured many friends and neighbors in Altoona and in Taveras, Fla., where they had a winter home. Deb enjoyed making wine with her sister, Mary, and her good friend, Karen Salsgiver. They won many awards for the fruits of their labor. Her home was always filled with friends, family and neighbors. She was the picture of generosity and strength. She was a bold woman who was unafraid to voice her opinion and always stood up for her values.

Friends will be received from 1 until the 6 p.m. funeral service Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Anthony P. Scaglione Funeral Home, 1908 Seventh Ave., Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.