Obituaries

Diane L. Balkavich

Diane L. Balkavich, 58, Antis Township, died Saturday at Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Pauline J. (Dalby) Hummel. Surviving are her husband, Thomas A.; a son, James (Allie) Dillard of Bel Air, Md.; two ...

Annie Bauer

Annie Bauer, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and homemaker, 91, of Altoona, died Saturday at her residence, after a brief illness. She was born in Ganister, daughter of the late Vasil and Elsie (Fecenko) Fek. On Oct. 24, 1953, she married Joseph Michael Bauer at St. ...

Dorothy Bigalow-Servello

Dorothy Bigalow-Servello, 77, Altoona, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday. She was born in Tyrone, daughter of the late James Sr. and Helen (Hileman) Bigalow. On April 20, 1962, she married George W. Servello. Surviving are her loving husband of 56 years, George W. Servello; ...

Terri L. Carles

Terri L. Carles, 55, Altoona, passed away Sunday afternoon at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Robert “Lefty” Leroy and Mary Katharyne “Kitty” (Boland) Carles. Surviving are two daughters: Carrie L. Carles of Bellwood and Christina Batts of Tyrone; six ...

Mary Ruth Churella

Mary Ruth Churella, 90, formerly of Patton, passed away Friday. She was born in Hastings, daughter of the late Alban and Marie (Strittmatter) Dillon. Surviving are six children: Cathy (Tom) McCort, Dan (Alice), Gary (Debby), Polly, Peggy (Steve) Grieve and Emily (Paul) Dausch; 13 grandchildren; ...

Debora J. (Murtiff) Garland

Debora J. (Murtiff) Garland, 60, Carson Valley, passed away Sunday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Melvin and Lois (Servello) Murtiff. She married Kim Garland in 1975, and he preceded her in death in 2003. Surviving are her boyfriend of 15 years, Richard H. ...

Richard A. ‘Dick’ Illig Sr.

Richard A. “Dick” Illig Sr., fondly known as “Pap” to many, 87, Cresson, passed peacefully on Saturday at Cambria Care Center, Ebensburg. He was born in Ebensburg, son of the late Cyril “Bill” and Cecilia (Sharp) Illig. Surviving are two sons: Richard Jr. and David (Ben), both ...

Theona Patton Kotz

Theona Patton Kotz, 64, Altoona, went to be with the Lord on Monday morning at her home. She was born in Oak Ridge, Tenn., daughter of the late Joe Rhea and Kathleen Patton. On Aug. 31, 1973, she married Wolfgang “Bill” Kotz at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. Surviving ...

June Marjorie Shope-Whetstone

June Marjorie Shope-Whetstone, 93, a resident of Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Martinsburg, passed away Sunday, morning at the home. She was born in Martinsburg, daughter of the late Henry C. and Elizabeth A. (Hartman) Barr. She was twice married; first to Charles C. ...

Charles L. ‘Chuck’ Whitfield

Charles L. “Chuck” Whitfield, 83, Altoona, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday. He was born in Altoona, son of the late Howard E. and Ethel (Mock) Whitfield of Altoona. In 1957, he married Betty A. Brown in Greensburg. Surviving are his beloved wife of 61 years; two children: ...

Gina M. Wahl

Gina M Wahl, 90, formerly of Gallitzin, died Sunday. She was born in Gallitzin, daughter of the late Anthony and Giovannina (Santoni) Mazzetti. Surviving are daughter Carol (Anthony) Benedict of Gallitzin and Richard (Joan) Wahl of Williamsport; three grandchildren: Karen (Ryan) Lundy, ...

Curtis B. Whysong

Curtis B. Whysong, 77, Imler, passed away Sunday. He was born in Pavia, son of the late Harold and Annie (Lamburn) Whysong.. Surviving are his wife, Gloria (Hart); five children: Michelle Claycomb, Stephanie Whysong, Michael Whysong, Edon Miller and Roy Miller; three grandchildren; two ...

Annie Bauer

Annie Bauer, 91, Altoona, died early Saturday morning, Dec. 29, 2018, at her residence after a brief illness. Friends will be received from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral liturgy at Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in America, 2027 13th Ave., Altoona. A complete obituary will appear in ...

Arthur R. ‘Art’ Kulik

Arthur R. “Art” Kulik, 75, Altoona, died Friday evening, Dec. 28, 2018, at his residence. A complete obituary will appear in the Mirror at a later date. Arrangements are by Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona.

Connie L. McNally

Connie L. McNally, 63, Bellwood, died Saturday. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late James F. and Marlene Y. (Wilt) Harris. She married Kenneth A. McNally, who preceded her in death Dec. 27, 2018. Surviving are a daughter, Brandy McNally; a son, Robert McNally; five grandchildren; a ...

June Marjorie Shope-Whetstone

June Marjorie Shope-Whetstone, 93, a resident of Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Martinsburg, passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 30, 2018, at the home. Arrangements are by John K. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg. A complete obituary will appear in the Mirror at a later ...

Charles L. ‘Chuck’ Whitfield

Charles L. “Chuck” Whitfield, 83, Altoona, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at his residence. Friends will be received from 1 until the 2 p.m. funeral service Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 at Wehnwood United Methodist Church, Altoona. Arrangements are by The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth ...

Diane L. Balkavich

Diane L. Balkavich, 58, Antis Township, died Saturday morning, Dec. 29, 2018, at Hillview Health­care and Rehabilitation Center, Altoona. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Inc., Bellwood. A funeral service will be held ...

Erdie ‘Doll’ Illig

Erdie “Doll” Illig, 85, Loganton, passed away Saturday at Lock Haven Hospital, Lock Haven. She was born in Ashville, daughter of the late Milford and Maryann (Pelton) Shingler. She married Francis P. Illig, who preceded her in death. Surviving are a daughter, Frances Warfel (Mark) of ...

Kenneth A. McNally

Kenneth A. McNally, 63, Bellwood, died Thursday at UPMC Altoona. He was born in Altoona. Surviving are his wife, Connie L. (Harris) McNally; a daughter, Brandy McNally in Tennessee; a son, Robert McNally of Duncansville; five grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a sister, Judy Grimminger, of ...