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Obituaries

Larry R. Grace

A Celebration of Life for Larry R. Grace, 75, of Newry, who died Jan. 14, 2021, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 2021, at the Newry Lions Club. It is requested that family and friends come with a story to remember and share about Larry.

Daryl L. ‘Big D’ Poet

Daryl L. “Big D” Poet, 65, of Crystal Spring, died Sunday. He was born in Roaring Spring, son of the late Robert Arthur and Lois Arvilla (Helsel) Poet. He married Mary Ann Hixson in 2005. Surviving are children: Michael, Mitchell, Andrea Hudson, Natalie Vitaioli and Nathan Keebaugh; ...

Nancee J. (Mentzer) Smelser

Nancee J. (Mentzer) Smelser, of Chambersburg, passed away Wednesday at her residence. She was born in Tyrone, daughter of the late Howard D. and Madeline Ohrtman Mentzer. She was a 1950 graduate of Altoona High School. Nancee was employed as a supervisor with United Telephone and later Sprint ...

Max Phillip Soellner Jr.

Max Phillip Soellner Jr., 74, of Tyrone, died Wednesday. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Max P. Sr. and Teresa Louise (Westwood) Soellner. On Nov. 19, 1963, at Christ United Methodist Church in Tyrone, he married Linda Oakwood, who survives. In addition to his wife, Max is survived by ...

Larry E. Hammaker

Larry E. Hammaker, 55, Duncansville, died Sunday evening at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh following an extended illness. He was born in Altoona, a son of the late Edward H. and Shirley M. (Cox) Hammaker. He married Theresa A. “Terri” Beam on Oct. 17, 1992, in Altoona. Surviving are his ...

Charles W. ‘Chuck’ McLaughlin

Charles W. “Chuck” McLaughlin, 74, Altoona, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, after a brief illness at Surrey Place of Bradenton, Fla. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Charles Beegleand Marion (Atherholt) McLaughlin. He married Melody A. Wohlbruck on Aug. 17, 1968. Chuck is ...