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Mary S. Panasiti

Mrs. Mary S. Panasiti, age 92, formerly of 606 W. 3rd Street and a guest at Epworth Manor Assisted Living, Tyrone, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 4:50 a.m. at Tyrone Hospital. She was born September 15, 1915 in Wertz, Blair County, the daughter of John and Sophia Szczerba (Schellenberger) Szczerba. On June 18, 1949 at Holy Trinity Church in Huntingdon she was married to Joseph J. Panasiti who preceded her in death March 16, 2002. She is survived by a son, Stephen M. Panasiti and his fiancee Alice of Hollidaysburg and a daughter, Mary Jo, wife of Ray Barber of Tyrone, two grandsons – Brandon (Erin) Barber of Pittsburgh and Nathan Barber of Tyrone. Also surviving are two sisters – Sophia Los (Louis) of Huntingdon and Frances (Joseph) Remek of Huntingdon and a brother John Szczebra of Huntingdon. She was preceded by five sisters and one brother.
Mary was a graduate of Huntingdon Area High School, Class of 1933. She was an executive secretary with Republic Steel in Washington, DC and later served as secretary to Commander John D. Penningdon at the PA State Reformatory at Huntingdon. Along with the other members of the Panasiti family, she and her husband owned and operated the Villa Restaurant for 43 years. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, Court St. Rita C.D.A. and was an honorary member of Tyrone Women’s Club. She enjoyed life, her family, and particularly her grandchildren. She also found enjoyment in playing bingo and loved to polka. For the past year she was very appreciative of the attention of the caring staff at Epworth Manor’s Assisted Living Facility.
Funeral mass for Mary S. Panasiti will be Saturday, March 15, 2008 at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church with Father Joseph T. Orr as celebrant. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc. on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. where a wake service and rosary will be said at 8:30 p.m.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 501 Howard Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601.