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Obituaries

Darlene A. Harr

Darlene A. Harr, 87, of Imler passed away Thursday at home. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Millard and Elizabeth (Whysong) Smith. She married Charles “Fred” Harr on April 30, 1952, in Winchester, Va. He preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2014. Surviving are four sons: Dwayne ...

John N. ‘Pete’ Helsel

John N. “Pete” Helsel, 83, of Claysburg passed away Thursday at home. He was born in Roaring Spring, son of the late James and Ella (Imler) Helsel. He married Dolores Ickes on Aug. 8, 1959, in the parsonage of Claysburg United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife of Claysburg; three ...

Emma Theresa ‘Winky’ Housner

Emma Theresa Housner, 94, called “Winky” due to her maiden name, Winklbauer, passed away from natural causes on Tuesday at Windy Hill in Kingwood, W.Va. She was born in Altoona. She had three brothers: Bun, Shorty, and Tubby; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She grew up in ...

Jebediah J. McCready

Jebediah Jameson McCready, 1, Bakers Summit, died Wednesday at UPMC Children’s Hospital. He was born in Altoona, son of Jason M. and Brandy L. (Bender) McCready. Surviving are his parents; grandparents: Dan Sr. and Louann McCready, and Tom and Beverly Bender; and great-grandparents: Adrian ...

John A. Watchey

John A. Watchey, 75, Hollidaysburg, passed away Thursday morning at his daughter’s residence in Cheswick. A full obituary will be in Saturday’s Altoona Mirror. Arrangements are by Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc.

Karen A. Westover

Karen Ann (Dworak) Westover, 65, La Jose, died at her home. She was born in Altoona, daughter of Alvin Dworak and Mary Grimes Dworak. Surviving are her husband, Ronald N. Westover; her daughter, Kristy Adams and husband, Thomas Baker, all of La Jose; and brother, John Dworak of Lilly. She was ...

Donald Charles McElheny

Donald Charles McElheny, 76, Guntersville, Ala., passed away Monday, June 1, 2020, at Huntsville Hospital. He was born in Juniata, son of Arthur Regis and Mildred Agnes (Krug) McElheny. Surviving are his wife, Faye Tyler of Guntersville, Ala.; three children: Michael McElheny of Nashville, ...

Jeffrey H. Saltsman

Jeffrey H. Saltsman, 46, Altoona, died on Father’s Day, June 21, 2020, in Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of James E. Saltsman and Sally A. (Dick) Davis. Surviving are his son, Jeffrey H. Saltsman II of Altoona; his mother of Altoona; three brothers: Dale Davis and Robert and William ...

Mark Thomas Balmforth

Mark Thomas Balmforth, 60, Austin, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. He was born in Pensacola, Fla., son of the late Stanford C. and Barbara (Dieges) Balmforth. Surviving are siblings: David M. Balmforth, Anne E. Coppersmith and Paul D. Balmforth. He was preceded in death by siblings: Diane ...

Victoria G. ‘Jenny’ Farren

Victoria G. “Jenny” Farren, 95, Puritan, passed away Sunday at Cambria Care Center, Ebensburg. She was born in Portage, daughter of the late Stanley and Mary (Bednarcyk) Solarczyk. Surviving are a brother, Joseph Solarczyk; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her ...

David Wesley Fike

David Wesley Fike, 78, Tyrone, passed away Tuesday at his home. He was the son of the late Charles and Florene (Gensimore) Fike. On Aug. 18, 1973, he married Darlene Atchinson in Camp Hill. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons: Charles and Brian (Kristen); a granddaughter, ...

Thomas D. McCullough

Thomas D. McCullough, 86, a resident of Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, died Sunday. He was born in Strongstown, son of Lawrence and Ivy (Sowers) McCullough. Surviving are his wife, Gloria; children: Bill Craddock and Debbie Howard; many grandchildren; and stepchildren: Brian and Mary. He was ...

David Lawrence Nowlin Jr.

David Lawrence Nowlin Jr., 67, Houtzdale, died Sunday at Select Specialty Hospital, Johns­town. He was born in Altoona, the son of Donna M. (Williams) Nowlin and the late David L. Nowlin Sr., who died Feb. 12, 2019. He never married. Surviving are his mother of Tyrone; two sisters: Debra ...

Mitchell Wade Ray

Mitchell Wade Ray, 45, Tyrone, died Sunday at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Altoona. He was born in Altoona, son of Samuel D. and Treva (Riggleman) Ray. Surviving are his parents, his loving husband of 25 years, Donald R. Smith, a sister, Treva DeSimone, and a nephew, ...

Deloris I. Ott

Deloris I. Ott, 92, formerly of Hollidaysburg and Boalsburg, passed away Tuesday morning at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Altoona. She was born in Tyrone, daughter of the late David A. and Irene (Little) Shawley. On June 20, 1948, she married Fred D. Ott in ...

Jude M. Wargo

Jude M. Wargo, 43, Pittsburgh, formerly of Altoona, passed away unexpectedly Friday at his home. He was born in Altoona, son of Wally V. and Rose Marie (Gioiosa) Wargo. Surviving are his parents; a sister, Alicia Wargo of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother, Damian (Maria) Wargo of Haverton; three ...

Doris R. Bentzel

Doris R. Bentzel, 93, Martinsburg, died Monday morning at The Village at Morrisons Cove. She was born in Ohio, daughter of the late Howard and Hazel Hathaway. She was formerly married to the late Kenneth R. Bentzel. Surviving are two daughters: Pamela J. (Kenneth) Oakes and Brenda K. (Randy) ...

Robert W. ‘Bob’ Detwiler

Robert W. “Bob” Detwiler, 84, New Enterprise, passed away Saturday. He was born in New Enterprise, son of the late Merle C. and Elda M. (Replogle) Detwiler. Surviving are his wife, Carol Dawn (Clouse) Detwiler; three children: Brian R., Dawn M. Housel and Todd A.; four grandchildren; and ...

Brandon M. Hiles

Brandon M. Hiles, 36, Claysburg, passed away at Conemaugh Nason Hospital. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Giselle Hiles. Surviving are a daughter, Kylie J. Downs; his stepfather, Joel Shawley; and his aunt, Paulletta Burk. All services are private at Sorge Funeral Home & Crematory ...

Douglas ‘Doug’ Kauffman

Douglas “Doug” Kauffman, 46, Shippensburg, passed away Sunday at his home, with his family by his side. He was born in Altoona, son of Earl and Joan Sutton Kauffman. In addition to his parents, Doug is survived by his wife, Heather Theimer Kauffman; seven children: Mariah Throckmorton ...