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Merrill Bigelow, Sr.

Date of Death: 2/20/2018

Merrill Bigelow, Sr.

Feb. 10, 1930 – Feb. 20, 2018

Merrill Bigelow, Sr., 88, Hollidaysburg, passed away Tuesday afternoon at his residence.

He was born in Juniata, son of the late William and Betsy (Moore) Bigelow.  On Nov. 24, 1952, he married Thelma E. Wray, who preceded him in death Nov. 3, 2013.

He is survived by a son, Merrill Jr. (Regina), of York, PA ; a granddaughter, Megan; and a grandson, Thomas Myers.

Merrill retired as a driver for Lafferty Trucking. 

Cynthia Jones

Date of Death: 2/16/2018

Cynthia Jones

Feb. 17, 1941 – Feb. 16, 2018

Cynthia Jones, 76, Altoona, died Friday afternoon at UPMC Altoona after a brief illness. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Irwin and Edith (Colbert) Knuppenburg. She married Silas Jones, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Jeremy Nagle and his fiancée, Rashell Simendinger, of Altoona; and two grandsons, Brice and Alec.

Margery E. Johnston

Date of Death: 2/10/2018

Margery E. Johnston

Nov. 3, 1926 - Feb. 10, 2018

Margery E. Johnston, 91, Hollidaysburg, died Saturday morning, Feb. 10, 2018, at Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg after a brief illness.

She was born in Turkey Valley, daughter of the late Gilbert and Violet (Bice) Harnish. On March 27, 1944, in Baltimore, Md., she married Calvin S. Johnston, who preceded her in death on July 27, 1982.

Janet Louise Nardella

Date of Death: 2/1/2018

Janet Louise Nardella

Dec. 17, 1935 – Feb. 1, 2018

Janet Louise Nardella, 82, Altoona, passed away Thursday evening at Altoona Center for Nursing Care after a brief illness.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Eugene Anthony and Blanche Alverda (Burket) Spade. On Feb. 25, 1960, she married Raymond Kenneth Nardella in Altoona. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Lawrence Spade Sr. in 2002.

James W. Gromiller

Date of Death: 1/12/2018

James W. Gromiller

June 27, 1931 – Jan. 12, 2018

James W. Gromiller, 86, of Easton, Conn., died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at home.

He was born in Hollidays­burg, son of the late James F. and Aveline Filtz Gromiller. He was the husband of the late Gertrude “Trudy” Fox Gromiller.

Mary Burgoon

Date of Death: 1/6/2018

Mary Burgoon

March 23, 1925 – January 6, 2018

Mary Burgoon, 92, Hollidaysburg, passed away Saturday evening at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg.  

She was born in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late Philip and Margaret (Coyne) Prendergast. On May 23, 1953 she married Francis B. Burgoon in Pittsburgh, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 1998.

Margaret Pearl Taylor

Date of Death: 1/8/2018

Margaret Pearl Taylor

Oct. 25, 1949 – Jan. 8, 2018

Margaret Pearl Taylor, 68, Hollidaysburg, passed away Monday evening at The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of William and Marie (Noel) Cooper. On June 11, 1972, she married Richard D. Taylor in Altoona. He preceded her in death May 13, 2003.

Glenn W. Campbell, Sr.

Date of Death: 1/4/2018

Glenn W. Campbell Sr.

July 4, 1931 – Jan. 4, 2018

Glenn W. Campbell Sr.,86, Hollidaysburg, passed away Thursday morning at UPMC Altoona.

He was born in Roaring Spring, son of the late Zane and Bessie (Wertman) Campbell.  He married Mary Jane Gilliland August 17, 1968 in Altoona.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane of Hollidaysburg; a son, Glenn Jr. of Altoona; a sister, Ethel Isenberg of Hillview; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Greg E.

Helene Wade-Ackeret

Date of Death: 1/4/2018

Helene Wade-Ackeret

Sept. 16, 1928 - Jan. 4, 2018

Helene Wade-Ackeret, 89, Hollidaysburg, passed away Thursday evening at The Winds at Mattern Orchard.

She was born in Johnstown, daughter of the late Stewart and Emma (Stein) Brown. She was twice married; first to Richard S. Wade in 1954 who preceded her in death in 1994 and then to her second husband, James Ackeret in 2006 and he preceded her in death in 2017.

Lillian B. Beck

Date of Death: 1/2/2018

Lillian B. Beck

June 3, 1913 – Jan. 2, 2018


Lillian B. Beck, 104, Hollidaysburg, passed away Tuesday morning at The Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg.

She was born in Mineola, N.Y.

Her husband, Edward, preceded her in death in 1985.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Wanser Hoover of Hollidaysburg; a son, Gary E. Beck of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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