Peter P. "Pete" Dionis

Date of Death: 5/8/2018

Peter P. “Pete” Dionis

November 16, 1937- May 8, 2018


Peter P. “Pete” Dionis, 80, Altoona, passed away Tuesday at his residence.  He was born in Altoona, son of the late George and Rose (Seidel) Dionis.  He married Beverly Burket on June 3, 1961 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Altoona. She preceded him in death on November 25, 2015.

Surviving are a son, Chris Dionis (Lori), of Altoona, a daughter, Linda Burns (Scott) of Hollidaysburg; four grandchildren:  Casey and Colin Burns and Zach and Alex Dionis, a special nephew: Ed Dionis and many nieces and nephews.

Pete was the last member of his immediate family. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark David Dionis who died in 1971; six brothers: George, John, Luke, Paul, Joseph and Carl Dionis and four sisters: Rose Schafflhuber, Louise Dionis, Martha Ansman and Sister Madonna, CSA.

Pete was a 1955 graduate of Altoona High School and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, Charlottesville and the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA.  He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War.

He retired from The City of Altoona Police Department as a detective and for many years, he was the head of the Narcotics Division. After his retirement, Pete worked in security at Carol Cable.

Pete was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Altoona and was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Bavarian Aid Society. He enjoyed hunting, spending time at his cabin, gardening, following Pittsburgh Pirate Baseball, attending any activity that involved his grandsons and caring for his beloved pets.

Friends will be received from 9 am until an 11 am funeral Mass, Friday, May 18, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1405 5th Avenue, Altoona, 16602. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Pete’s memory to: Mending Hearts Animal Rescue, PO Box 97, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 or St. Vincent DePaul Food for Families, 2201 Union Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601.


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