Richard J. Lauer

Date of Death: 11/13/2017

Richard J. Lauer

March 21, 1926 – November 13, 2017

Richard J. Lauer, 91, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Altoona, passed away Monday at UPMC Altoona.  He was born in Altoona, son of the late Francis B. and Marie (Schmidhammer) Lauer.  He married Kathryn Adams on October 10, 1953 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife, Kate; two sons:  Richard J. Lauer, Jr. (Lorrie) of Columbia, MD and Mark S. Lauer (Cheryl) of Richmond, VA; two daughters:  Mary Kay Mason (Roger) of Conway, SC and Patty L. Singer (Jerry) of Los Angeles, CA; 3 grandchildren:  Eric Lauer (Ashley), Ashley Cooper (Greg) and Melissa Lauer and 3 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Franny and Jack Lauer and 3 sisters:  Bea Weidley, Bobbie Lauer and Mary Jane Cessna.

Dick graduated from Altoona Catholic High School and attended Penn State University.  He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II.  He retired from U.S.P.S. Altoona Post office with 26 years of service.  He had previously worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

He was a member of and longtime usher at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Dick loved to garden and shared his bounty with friends, neighbors and his church.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. on Friday, November 17, 2017 at The Stevens Mortuary, 1421 8th Ave., Altoona, where a vigil for the deceased will be held.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Father Lubomir Strecok celebrant.  Committal will be at Blair Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Dick’s memory to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 511 20th Street, Altoona, PA  16602.

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