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Obituaries

John B. Richardson

John B. Richardson, 68, Altoona, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at UPMC Altoona. Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1405 Fifth Ave., Altoona, PA 16602, where a funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. A complete ...

Gerald L. ‘Woody’ VanOrmer

Gerald L. “Woody” VanOrmer, 78, Altoona, died Monday evening, Nov. 16, 2020, at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness. At Woody’s request, there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home, Altoona. A complete obituary will appear in Saturday-Sunday’s Mirror.

Gloria June Vetakis

Gloria June Vetakis, 74, of Altoona, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Thomas Vetakis; a daughter, Melissa M. Bush; a grandson, Jarrett Mahon; brothers: Robert T. Hammel and Steven Hammel; and ...

Jody A. Walter

Jody A. Walter, 50, Blue Knob, passed away Monday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Roaring Spring, son of William and Sally (Helsel) Walter. He married Helen K. Bookhamer on Jan. 19, 1996. Surviving are his wife; his parents; two sons, Scotty and Dakota Walter; a brother, William Walter Jr., ...

Henry C. Weinberg

Henry C. Weinberg, 90, Altoona, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday after an extended illness. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Jules and Esther (Colbus) Weinberg and stepson of the late Jeanette Weinberg. Henry is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Maxine (Stein); sons ...

Anna Mae Albright

Anna Mae Albright, 91, Roaring Spring, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday morning at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Roaring Spring, the daughter of the late Ross Herbert and Margaret Elizabeth (Walter) Decker. She married Charles R. “Red” Albright on ...

Louise M. Burley

Louise M. Burley, 95, resident of The Winds at Mattern Orchard, passed away Tuesday morning at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late John and Elsie (Appel) Ammer. On Jan. 10, 1946, she married Robert E. Burley in San Francisco. He preceded her in death Sept. 19, ...

Jerome ‘Nix’ Carl

Jerome “Nix” Carl, 87, Dysart RD, died Tuesday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Dysart, son of the late James and Ellen (Sherdon) Carl. He was preceded in death by: daughter, Sharon Becker on March 24, 2000; brothers: Clarence, James, Martin and Paul; and sisters: Helen Fleck, Grace Kranz ...

Paul Casale

Paul Casale Feb. 24, 1927 – Nov. 17, 2020 Paul Casale, 93, Cresson, passed away Tuesday at home. He was born in Portage, the son of Carmelo and Giuseppina “Josephine” ( Moschella ) Casale. Deceased family members include his parents; brothers, Samuel and wife, Shirley, and Dr. ...

Mason George Jr.

Mason George Jr., 86, Altoona, died Monday evening at his residence, after a brief illness. He was born in Richmond, Va., a son of the late Mason and Mary (Kanode) George. On Apr. 14, 1951, he married Patricia A. White in Altoona. She preceded him in death March 11, 2009. Surviving are: four ...

Lucille J. Houck

Lucille J. Houck, 86, Seven Stars, died Tuesday. She was born in Waynesburg, the daughter of the late Russell and Donna (Wherry) Johnson. On March 1, 1958, at the Upper Spruce Creek Presbyterian Church, she married Glenn E. Houck, who preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 1996. She is survived by ...

Elda Marshall

Elda Marshall, 66, formerly of Altoona, passed away after a valiant but unsuccessful fight with COVID-19 on Oct. 27, 2020, in her home state of Georgia. She was a loving wife to Ron Marshall for 37 years, loved her family and loved Jesus. Her faith and spirit will live on through her devoted ...

Amy L. Taylor

Amy L. Taylor, 49, Claysburg, died unexpectedly Saturday at Conemaugh Nason Memorial Hospital, Roaring Spring. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Fred Ritchey and the late Catherine (Dumm) Ritchey. Surviving are: her husband, John; her father; a sister, Wendy; two brothers: Christopher and ...

Ronald Jon Smith

Ronald Jon Smith, 53, Fairfax, Va., formerly of Portage, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at home. He was born in Danville, the son of Ronald and Janice (Koshak) Smith. He was preceded in death by his grandparents John and Helen Koshak and Leo and Angela Smith; aunt Stephanie Stefanko, ...

Robert M. Wills

Robert M. Wills, 70, Altoona, passed away Monday at his home. He was born in Altoona, son of Robert E. Wills and the late Ruth A. (Askey) Wills. Surviving are his father; two daughters: Jennifer L. Trainer and Jady L. Arcurio; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Jeff ...

Robert Lewis Beck

Robert Lewis “Bob” Beck, 76, Altoona, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Ruben M. and Thelma (Wilson) Beck. He was twice married, first on April 14, 1967, to Helen Marjorie Williams, who preceded him in death on March 6, 2000, then to ...

James H. Chirdon

James H. Chirdon, 80, Hastings, formerly of Patton, died Monday. He was born in Patton, son of Alfonce and Mycletta (Wills) Chirdon. Surviving are his wife, Geraldine (Simon); two children: James Chirdon and John; two stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death ...

Thomas Ray Ferry Sr.

Thomas Ray Ferry Sr., 79, Martinsburg, died Saturday. He was born in Yellow Creek, son of the late Donald and Cora May (Steele) Ferry. Surviving are his companion, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and brothers. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. today, Nov 18, 2020, at the ...

Mildred ‘Millie’ (Babish) Finkley

Mildred “Millie” (Babish) Finkley, 85, died Monday. She was born in Portage, daughter of the late John and Helen (Serke) Babish. Surviving are two brothers: William and James; a sister, Dorothy; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll; two sisters: ...

Mason George Jr.

Mason George Jr., 86, Altoona, died Monday evening, Nov. 16, 2020, at his residence after a brief illness. Due to COVID-19, visitation and services will be held privately at Jones Funeral Home. A complete obituary will appear in Thursday’s Mirror.