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Obituaries

James P. Simpson

James P. Simpson, 62, Bellwood, formerly of Martinsburg and Saxton, died Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Clara K. (Taylor) Delaney. On April 28, 1979, he married Debra A. Baker in Saxton. Surviving are his wife; two sons: ...

Amber Nicole Wiggs (Port)

Amber Nicole Wiggs (Port), 34, Williamsburg, died Friday at UPMC Altoona, following a brief illness. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of Christy Lonero and Jimmy Dean Wiggs. Surviving are her mother and stepfather, Dan and Christy Lonero of St. Peters, Mo.; her father, Jimmy Dean ...

David Arthur Allison

David Arthur Allison, 86, Huntingdon, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at Westminster Woods, Huntingdon. Arrangements are by Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College. A complete obituary will appear in the Mirror at a later date.

Paul E. Brungo

Paul E. Brungo, 79, Coalport, died Sunday at his home. He was born in Coalport, son of Angelo and Salvatrice (Salazzo) Brungo. Surviving are his wife, Janet (Yahner); children: Paula Lloyd, Mary Teresa Brungo and Michael Brungo; seven grandchildren; and sisters: Joann Finch and Janice Brungo. ...

Justin P. ‘Googles’ Dodson

Justin P. “Googles” Dodson, 35, Altoona, passed away Friday. He was born in Altoona, son of Joseph Dodson, who preceded him in death, and Jean (Schachtner) Paule and stepfather, Frederick Paule II. Surviving are his daughter, Nadia Grace; his mother and stepfather; three sisters: ...

Theodore K. ‘Teddy’ Dybus

Theodore K. “Teddy” Dybus, 45, Ashville, died Saturday. He was born in Altoona, son of Theodore Jr. and Mary Ann (Harker) Dybus. Surviving are two sons: Jacob and Dilan; his mother, Mary Ann and Joe Doughty; two sisters: Margie Judd and fiance, Michael Mortimer, and Nancy Dybus; nieces and ...

Dr. Mary Jane Foster

Dr. Mary Jane Foster, 99, Johnstown, died Saturday in Hollidaysburg. She was the daughter of the late James M. Sr. and Mary Jane (Martin) Foster. Surviving are many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings: Frank M. Foster and wife, Roberta ...

Arthur Y. Gilbert

Arthur Y. Gilbert, 85, Altoona, died Saturday. He was born in Boston, Mass., son of the late Jacob and Leona (Greenberg) Gilbert. Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Jeanne (Lerman); two daughters: Lori Gilbert-Kehoe and Beth St. Germain; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a ...

Louis F. ‘Buddy’ Kovach

Louis F. “Buddy” Kovach, 59, Cresson, died Sunday. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Louis F. Sr. and Lois (Dutko) Kovach. Surviving are siblings: Laurence (Constance), Michele (David) Monahan, Kim Krumenaker and Mary Kay Kovach; 10 nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. He ...

Evelyn C. Mazzocco

Evelyn C. Mazzocco, 93, Gallitzin, died Sunday. She was born in Gallitzin, daughter of the late Paul and Letezia (Maruca) Raymond. Surviving are two daughters: Paula Mazzocco and husband, Anthony Pizzutelli, and Lee Ann (Mark) Leapman; son-in-law, Dr. Thomas Capriotti; five grandchildren: ...

Thomas A. Stewart

Thomas A. Stewart, 64, Altoona, died Sunday. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Chester and Ina (Quarry) Stewart. Surviving are his wife, Lynn (Cooney); eight children: Sherry, Laura Schobel, Joseph, Brian, Melissa Garman, Janie Lafferty, William and Kimberly; 18 grandchildren; nine ...

Amber Nicole (Port) Wiggs

Amber Nicole (Port) Wiggs, 34, Williamsburg, died Friday at UPMC Altoona, following a brief illness. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., daughter of Christy Lonero and Jimmy Dean Wiggs. Surviving are her mother and stepfather, Dan and Christy Lonero of St. Peters, Mo.; her father, Jimmy ...

Hilda Wills

Hilda Wills, 92, Altoona, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday afternoon. Hilda was born in Patton, daughter of the late Peter and Cecelia (Long) Holtz. On June 7, 1947, she married Eugene W. Wills and he preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 1980. Surviving are three daughters: Susan ...

Nancy J. (Carl) Lafferty

Nancy J. Lafferty, 57, of Altoona passed away Thursday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Bellefonte, daughter of the late Gary Carl and Carol (Gildea) Smith. Surviving are her husband, James Lafferty I; a daughter, Jamie Dibeler; two sons: James II and Trenton Lafferty; a grandson, Jackson; and ...

Shelby J. Stapleton

Shelby J. (Wright) Stapleton, 81, Warriors Mark, died Wednesday. She was born in Woodbury, the daughter of the late Wilbert and Mabel Wright. Surviving are three children: Kent Stapleton, April Neff and Annette Shaffer; three grandchildren; and two brothers: Donald and Jim Wright. She was ...

Hilda Wills

Hilda Wills, 92, of Altoona passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon at her residence, surrounded by her family. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona, and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Grace ...

Margaret E. Blackburn

Margaret E. Blackburn, 101, of Altoona, passed away peacefully Monday evening at Altoona Center for Nursing Care. She was born in Altoona, the daughter of the late John and the late Alice (Clemens) Gates. Her husband, Samuel Robert Blackburn, preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1989. Surviving ...

Justin P. Dodson

Justin P. Dodson, 35, of Altoona died Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. A full obituary will follow in a later edition of the Mirror. Arrangements are being made with The Good Funeral Home Inc., Altoona. https://www.altoonamirror.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

Joseph M. Geraci

God promised that He will be with us until the very end, and during the evening of Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, He dispatched guardian angels to escort Joseph M. Geraci to his heavenly home at the age of 73. Joseph was born in Tyrone, the son of the late John P. and Rose (Turiano) Geraci. He ...

Barbara A. Herman

Barbara A. Herman,78, of Claysburg passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at home. Friends will be received from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Leslie-Miller Funeral Home, Claysburg. A full obituary will appear in a later edition of the Mirror.