Memorials and Obituaries

Joseph Lee Miller

Joe and his companion, Remi.

For those of us at the Church of the Brethren, Joe was a quiet man. We will miss seeing him sharing his place alongside his mom, Soni, sister Melissa and her family in Sunday morning worship. He was a loving, caring family man.

Joseph “Joe” Lee Miller, 44, of Tyrone passed away unexpectedly Dec. 6, 2022.

Joe is survived by his loving mother, Sandra (Albright) Miller; grandmother Eleanor Miller; brother Benjamin Miller; sister Melissa (Benjamin) Gehlman; nieces Elaina and Maura; nephew Corey Gehlman; and his beloved and loyal companion, Remi. Joe is also survived by his many friends and co-workers whom he loved as family. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Terry L. Miller, who was his role model in life.

Joe’s life was a life of service. He served in the United States Air Force as Security Police. He then entered the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, serving at the Huntingdon barracks as a Trooper in the crime unit.

Joe was an avid outdoorsman, and he shared his knowledge and passion of hunting and fishing with his nieces, nephew, and his friends. Joe will be remembered for his smile and his servant heart.

Friends will be received Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, at the Tyrone Church of the Brethren from 12 until 2 p.m., with celebration of life to begin at 2 p.m. with State Police Honors.

Donations can be made to: Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation

3625 Vartan Way Harrisburg, PA 17110; The Bald Eagle Volunteer Fire Company, 13389 S. Eagle Valley Rd., Tyrone, PA 16686; and Tyrone Church of the Brethren.

Arrangements by Richard H. Searer Funeral Home, Inc.

Garrett W. Campbell

As a young boy, Garrett was baptized here and was active in our youth group and in helping with VBS. Our prayers go out to his family.

Garrett William Campbell, 37 of Tyrone, Passed away on August 23, 2022. He was born at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada on June 28, 1985, the son of Andrew Campbell and Melanie Keith. Along with his parents he is survived by two sisters: Rochelle (Joshua) Byrne and Sarah (Jared) Daughenbaugh; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a 2004 graduate of Tyrone Area High School, a former member of the freemasons. Garrett served honorably in the US Army and served two combat tours in Afghanistan.

He enjoyed writing, being outdoors, hunting and fishing, drawing and art, he loved his dog, and spending time with his family.

Services to be laid to rest will be held September 26, 2022 at Blair Memorial Park at 2:00pm. A Celebration of life will be held after the service at Bree-Z-Acres, Warriors Mark, PA 16877.

Contributions in Garrett’s memory may be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society or to K9s For Warriors 114 Camp K9 Road Ponte Vedra, FL 32081

Murray D. Fetzer Sr.

April 6, 1940 – Aug. 29, 2022

Murray was a part of our fellowship for many years. He served when and where he could. He has been and will always be held in the highest regard.

SEP 1, 2022

Murray D. Fetzer Sr., 82, of Tyrone, left his earthly residence Monday, and went to heaven on angel wings to be with his Lord and Savior. He was born in Tyrone, the son of Gertrude Fetzer Faust. He was adopted and raised by his grandmother, Edna V. Fetzer, who died Jan. 16, 1967.

He married Linda L. McGraw on Feb. 9, 1980.

Surviving are his wife, Linda, and three children: Lori Kay Jones (Lee) of Tallahassee, Fla., Murray D. Fetzer II (Lannette) of Tyrone and Noelle Capparelle (Toby) of Bellefonte; a stepson, Sean McGraw (Sara) of Alexandria, Va.; eight grandchildren: Rachel Gomez of Miami, Fla., Susan Fetzer of Reading, Isabelle Fetzer of State College, Jayden and Parker Capparelle of Bellefonte, Griffin McGraw, Royer McGraw and Piper McGraw of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Cheryl Koltay of State College; and two nieces, Wendy Koltay and Tina Kinton in California; a nephew, Jack Koltay of State College; a brother, Jay Faust (Sally) of DuBois; a niece, Jonelle Putt; and a nephew, Jason Faust.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna V. Fetzer; his father, Leroy Fetzer; brothers: Murray, Leroy and Robert Fetzer; and sisters, Evelyn and Doris.

Murray was a graduate of Tyrone Area High School in 1959. He was employed at Westvaco Paper Co. and later was in the U.S. Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps in Washington, D.C.

After returning home, he was employed by Chicago Rivet and Machine Co. for 36 years. He was also on the staff of Derman Funeral Home in Tyrone for many years.

He was a member of the Gardner Guards from its inception and participated for several years. He had the distinct honor of performing at Shawnee on the Delaware on the Fred Waring Show in 1957 and marching in the 1961 Inauguration Parade for President John F. Kennedy. He was also a member of the Jaffa Drum and Bugle Corps of Altoona. He was a life member of the Elks Lodge No. 212, the Hookies and Neptune Fire Companies, a life member of the Tyrone Eagle Monogram Club and the Jaffa Shrine of the Mountain Lodge No. 281.

Murray was also a life member of Tyrone Church of the Brethren and attended Tipton Baptist Church. Murray was a wonderful and dear husband, father and friend who believed in his Lord and Savior with his whole heart. There is no doubt he is walking with the Lord. He will, however, be sadly missed by everyone here.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, at Derman Funeral Home Inc., Tyrone; and from 10 until the 11 a.m. service Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at Tipton Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Alto-Reste Park.

Tyrone Church of the Brethren family says goodbye to Helen M. Mengel

Helen was an active member here in the church for many years. She spent a great deal of time working as part of the kitchen crew serving snacks for VBS, meals on Sundays and funeral meals. She was very good at remembering and sending Christmas cards to members of the congregation. We appreciated her outgoing nature and love for the church. And now we want to remember her with all the love and respect we have for her.

Helen Marjorie Mengel, 94, of Tyrone, passed away Sunday April 10, 2022 at home.

She was born on September 13, 1927 in Tyrone to the late Joseph and Iva Mae (Huntsman) Diehl.

She is survived by her children, Sharon L., Margaret L., David C. (Ruth Mora), and Joseph C. Mengel; son-in-law, George Ritter; grandchildren, Sonja Anderson, Ann Ritter (Leo Korein), Emily Mengel, Jillian Mengel, Madeline Mengel, Neyshmi Mora, Melissa Mora, and Nickol Mora (Luke Effler); great-grandchildren, Taylor, Alma, Laurel, Arthur, and Gloria; and her sister, Eleanor Miller of Tyrone. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, David Grove Mengel; daughters, Suzanne L. and Andrea L. Mengel; and siblings, Jane Corey, Robert, William F., George, Bernard, Joseph and Charles.

Helen spent her career as a cafeteria cook at TAHS. She was a member of Tyrone’s Church of the Brethren, and American Legion Auxiliary of Tyrone. She was also a Democratic Committee Woman in Snyder Township for many years.

Helen’s life was her family and to Helen, everyone became family. She lived on her beautiful mountain top, surrounded by nature, and her door was always open. Helen loved reading, cooking and baking, and her favorite game of pinochle.

The home she and her husband built, one room at a time, was always bustling, and you never knew who would walk through her door next; but they were always greeted with her beautiful smile and something to eat!

Friends will be received from 10-11 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2022, followed by a celebration of life at the Tyrone Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Eric Fether officiating.

Contributions in Helen’s memory may be made to Tyrone’s Church of the Brethren, 500 W. 18th St. Tyrone, PA 16686.

Arrangements made by Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc.

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Our church family joins together in saying good by to Charlie Diehl.

Charles “Charlie” A. Diehl
March 27, 1929 – January 4, 2022

Charlie was a respected man in our community and most of all in our church. We will miss his quiet wisdom, friendship and smile here at the church. If you knew Charlie, you knew his many gifts. We are thankful to have known him.

Charles “Charlie” A. Diehl, 92, of Tyrone, passed away Tuesday, surrounded by family. He was born in Tyrone to Joseph and Iva (Huntsman) Diehl.  On Sept. 23, 1949, he married Catherine “Cassie” Kobuck, in Winchester, Va.

Surviving are his children:  Linda (Ash) Weaver of Tyrone and Chuck (Crystal) of Tyrone; grandchildren:  Jaime Lynch, Angel (Nate) Harbst, Christopher (Shannan), Nichlas (Ashley) and Annette (Sean) Williams; great-grandchildren:   Jaidon and Emily Lynch, Jonathan and Sage Harbst, Lola and Azalea Williams, Everly Diehl; and sisters, Helen Mengel and Eleanor Miller. Along with his wife, Cassie, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Melanie Estright and siblings:  Robert, George, Jane, William, Bernard and Joseph.

Charlie served our country by joining the U.S. Army in 1949, and was stationed in Alaska, where he learned his skills in welding.  He worked at G.C. Wilsons as a mechanic then, Westvaco Papermill.  Later on, he opened up Diehl’s Garage where he worked on cars with his son as partners.  For 20 years, he served as Snyder Township’s Supervisor and on the Northern Blair County Sewer Authority.

He was a member of Tyrone Church of the Brethren, and a lifelong member of Tyrone’s Sportsman’s Club and Bald Eagle Sportsman’s Club.  He enjoyed trap shooting, fishing, hunting and anything car-related.  Charlie was a busy man, but he always had time for his family whom he loved, and his many friends he made throughout his years of community service and his business.  He was always ready to lend a hand to any projects going on in his neighborhood or to play a game of pinochle.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, followed by a service at 11 a.m. at Tyrone Church of the Brethren.  Military Honors will be held after the service.  Private interment will be at the convenience of the family.

Contributions in Charles’ memory may be made to the Tyrone Church of the Brethren, 500 W. 18th St., Tyrone, PA 16686.

Arrangements are by Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc., Tyrone.

TCOB says goodbye to Charlotte Albright

Charlotte I. Albright, 93, a resident of the Olivia Village, Tyrone, went to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 20, 2021 at UPMC Altoona.

Charlotte was near & dear to our hearts in our church family.  Charlotte loved the church and was willing to do all she could for the church.  She especially loved to help with anything having to do with children.  Charlotte loved to tell the story of her and Merle getting together when the preacher, who was here at the time, asked Merle to walk Charlotte home after church. Charlotte and Merle spent their whole life with this church, caring for and supporting it, the people in the church family & many others. She was a blessing to the church many times over and it was her deep desire to be part of the church. We will miss her deeply.

She was born March 27, 1928 in Tyrone, the daughter of the late Willis F. and Regina (Rodgers) Irvin. She was married Aug. 17, 1946 to Merle D. Albright, who died May 26, 2016. She is survived by eight children, Merle Albright Jr. (Gen) in Florida, Carol Wachter (Ken), and Danny Albright (Judy) of Tyrone, Patty Hippo (Tim) of Altoona, Dale Albright (Louise) of Kulpmont, Barbara Bell (Mark) of Airville, Mary Norris (Dan), and Mike Albright of Tyrone. There are 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Todd Wachter. She was a member of the Tyrone Church of the Brethren for about 78 years and had retired as a nurses aide from Epworth Manor.

Charlotte will be sadly missed by her loving family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Due to the pandemic, there will be no public viewing or church services. Donations in her memory may be made to the Tyrone Church of the Brethren, 500 W. 18th St., or to the Spina Bifida Assn. of Western Penna. at 3000 Stonewood Dr., Suite 100, Wexford, PA 15090. Arrangements by the Derman Funeral Home, Inc.

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TCOB Says Goodbye to Helen Harpster

Helen M. Harpster, 90, a resident of Graystone, Tyrone, died early Monday morning at Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Altoona, after a brief illness.

Helen was a dearly beloved member of our church family. She was always ready with a smile and a prayer. She was well known in the church for her mac & cheese and she made sure the church had coffee in the kitchen. Above all, when she saw a need, she was ready to do her part to help. We will always be grateful for her ways of blessing us through the years. We thank the Lord for knowing her & her family.

She was born in Hensheytown, Antis Township, daughter of the late Eugene E. and Alice V. (McGlinsey) Shaffer.
She was first married to Clair Russell Friday; she then married Melvin E. Harpster on July 2, 1959, in Bellwood, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 2013. Surviving are a daughter, Debbie (Donald) Blazier of Bellwood; two grandchildren, Stephanie D. (Curt) Fulmer of Bellwood and Michael D. (Tyne) Blazier of Tipton; and four great grandsons, Luke, Ben, Jason and Hunter. She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. Shaffer.

Helen was a 1948 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School and a member of Tyrone Church of the Brethren.
She enjoyed reading, playing bingo and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers games with her Graystone friends.

TCOB Says Goodbye to Sid Garber

Sidney Mark “Sid” Garber, 67, of Tyrone, went home to be with his Lord unexpectedly Monday, after a brief illness.

We remember Sid fondly here at Tyrone Church of the Brethren. Sid was a lifelong member of our church. Sid was always easy to talk to and he loved to make his “little pies” (and a lot of them) to be taken to the Heritage Fair at Camp Blue Diamond. Sid served on the church board of administration over the years.

 Sid was born in Tyrone, son of Paul R. and Manita J. “Betty” (Miller) Garber. He was married Feb. 27, 1976, to Dora D. Kyler.

Surviving are his wife Dora; daughter, Amber (Aaron) Delay; granddaughter, Aralyn; stepmother, Patricia Garber; father-in-law, Charles H. Miller; and brother, Larry P. Garber.  He is also survived by numerous “favorite” cousins, sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, and friends that he considered family. Sid was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Diane Snyder.

He was a 1971 graduate of Tyrone Area High School.

Above all else, Sid’s family was most important to him. Sid enjoyed planning and having parties for any occasion or holiday.  He was the life of the party and always had a smile on his face.  Sid was a fantastic baker and his sweets will be missed.

Throughout his life, he played volleyball through the YMCA and at Boots and Jack’s house.  He also enjoyed playing racquetball at Penn State after work.  Sid was a friend to all and could have a conversation with anyone he met.  Going to events in town, such as fairs and festivals took longer than expected as he would stop and talk to everyone he met along the way.  He enjoyed barbecues, wine, summer Sundays, swimming and playing corn hole at Dan and Cathy’s, his weekly church group and shopping.  Sid loved attending family reunions, participating in the auctions and gathering information about his family.  Sid’s laughter, smile and love for life will be missed by all who knew him.

Sid was a lifelong social member of the Blazing Arrow Hook and Ladder Fire Company, a member of the Tyrone Elks Lodge No. 212 and the Tyrone Area Community Organization.  He really enjoyed helping and answering phones for the annual TACO radio auction.

He was born and raised in the Tyrone Church of the Brethren, but most recently attended the Hillside Community Church in Tyrone.

He was an active member of his class reunion committee and was looking forward to the next reunion and how he could make it special and fun for those attending.

Throughout Sid’s life, he was employed at Epworth Manor, Veeder-Root Co., Mr. Donut and Foster’s Bakery.  He began working at Penn State University in 1984 and retired in 2013 to spend time with his family.  He started selling Pampered Chef in 2006.  He loved the products and meeting new people.

TCOB Says Goodbye to Louise Corbin

Louise R. Corbin
June 10, 1926 – Dec. 14, 2020
Louise R. Corbin, 94, of Tyrone, died Monday. She was born in Altoona, a daughter of George M. and Kathleen (Simpson) Rhule.On April 14, 1950, at the Port Matilda Methodist Church, she married James Gibson Corbin. He died Aug. 15, 1987. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, George Rhule III.

TCOB Says Goodbye to Don Mills

Donald E. Mills, 88, Antis Township, died Monday morning October 19, 2020 at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center after a brief illness.

Here at the Tyrone Church of the Brethren, we came to know Don in so many ways. He came to worship with us and before long he became a part of our congregation in the most meaningful ways. He was a very gracious man who took his time and gave it generously where he could. He was our Morrison’s Cove Home representative and he reminded us of the work and mission Morrison’s Cove home is committed to for the Brethren. Don became a member of our Board of Administration and after a time, accepted the call to be our board chairman. Don served in this capacity with grace and caring in the leading of our board. But, most of all, we will remember the friend he came to be among us. God blessed us with Don and we have been very thankful and wonderful memories of him.

He was born January 11, 1932 in Antis Township, son of the late Donald R. and Ruby J. (Weston) Mills.
On March 26, 1955, he married Josephine J. Imler at Bellwood Church of the Brethren, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 2012.
Surviving are his three children, Donald A. (Rhonda) of Antis Township, Nancy J. (John) Coho of Reston, Va., and Janet G. Mills of Antis Township; six grandchildren, Christina, Lauren, Travis, Samuel, Isaac and Stephanie; and six great grandchildren.
Don was a 1950 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School and served in the US Navy on the USS Tripoli during the Korean War. He retired as an OEM sales manager at Veeder-Root, Duncansville.
He was a member of Tyrone Church of the Brethren and a former member of Bellwood Church of the Brethren, where he served as deacon. For 41 years, Don was an active member of the Bellwood-Antis Lions Club. He also served as District Governor for District 14- L in 2003-04 and 2008-09. He served as a board member for the PA Lions Northeast Foundation holding the office of treasurer. Don was a longtime member of the Bellwood-Antis Farm Show Committee, as well as the Bellwood-Antis Community Picnic Committee. He enjoyed gardening, camping, hunting and fishing.

TCOB Says Goodbye to Doris Diehl

Doris Jean (Golden) Diehl, 81 of Tyrone died Wednesday, September 18, 2019. She was born in Tyrone, daughter of the late DeForrest and Marie Boyer Golden. On June 21, 1958 in Winchester, VA she married Joseph Diehl who preceded her in death October 24, 2009. Doris was a member and faithful attender of the the Tyrone Church of the Brethren.
She is survived by two daughters: Penny Jo and husband Toby O’Donald of Houtzdale, Jackie and husband Paul Syktich of DuBois; two sons: Bryan L. And wife Michelann Diehl, Alfred and wife Michele all of Tyrone; three brothers: Ray (Maxine) Golden, Darrel (Martha) Golden, Richard (Deb) Golden; sister Beverly Gross; brother-in-law Alfred Gross; nine grandchildren: Jessica (Matthew) DeCoste, Jennifer Woomer, Rachel (Matthew) Steele, Erika Syktich, Garret Syktich, Bryan (Colleen) Diehl, Nicolette Diehl, Alfred (Rebekah) Diehl II, Makeighla Diehl; seven great-grandchildren: Rhyleigh, Isabella, Lilliana, Eva, Bryce, Anson, Adalina. She was preceded in death by one sister: Berdene Burket.
Doris was a 1957 graduate of Tyrone Area High School and worked in the retail department of Ziff’s both in Tyrone and stayed with the company when it moved to the mall in Altoona.
Doris was a member of the Tyrone church of the Brethren, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Tyrone Area Community Organization. She enjoyed ceramics, cross-stitching, painting sweat shirts, scrapbooking, playing cards and board games, and shopping, shopping, AND more shopping. Her greatest pleasures were taking pictures of her family and friends, family & holiday gatherings, and traveling and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

TCOB Says Goodbye to Beulah Irvin
Beulah M. Irvin, 94, of 72 Hildebrand Ln., Mifflinburg, formerly of Grazierville, entered into rest at 4:19 a.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2019.  Beulah was a long time member of the Tyrone Church of the Brethren.  She loved to support the annual church bazaar with her delicious apple dumplings and always loved to here news of the church after she moved to stay with her daughter, Hope. 
She was born April 16, 1925, in Spruce Creek, a daughter of the late Stuart and Ovah (Glass) Anderson. In 1947, she married Willis F. Irvin, who preceded her in death in 1990. In 1995, she married John D. Little, who preceded her in death in 2000.
She was very active as a volunteer in the Salvation Army, where she was known for her pies and apple dumplings. Beulah was also the V.A.U.S. State Representative at James E. Van Zandt Medical Center, where she had over 18,000 volunteer hours.
She was formerly the president of Howard Gardner Unit 28, and Tyrone American Legion 281, and was also a member of Northumberland Salon 180-8 and 40.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, S. Hope and Ron Hartman of Mifflinburg; two brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Martha Anderson of Huntingdon, and Harvey and Elizabeth Anderson of Spruce Creek; three grandchildren, Jeremey Irvin and his wife Stephanie, Jennifer Snyder and her husband Kevin, and Ronald Hartman Jr. and his wife Heather; seven great-grandchildren; one step-son, Ernest and his wife Joyce; one step-daughter, Carol Miller; step-grandchildren; step-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and dear friends, Stan and Charlotte Pries, missionaries to Brazil.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Carol Irvin, and Helen Jackson; two brothers, Ray Anderson, and Stuart Anderson, Jr.; and 5 sisters, Jessie Woods, Ruth Carson, Helen Loose, Iva Mae Anderson, and June Anderson.

TCOB Says Goodbye to Jennie Gearhart

Jennie Gearhart unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord last Saturday (6/15).  Jennie was a long time member of Tyrone Church of the Brethren and a dear sister in Christ.  While Jennie will be dearly missed, we thank God that she is that place of unimaginable love and peace in the presence of the Lord she loved and served.

Visiting hours will be from 12-2 pm at Derman Funeral Home on Saturday (6/15) followed by a Memorial Service.  You can read her obituary here.

TCOB Says Goodbye to Terry Miller

Terry passed away at home surrounded by his family on Monday (4/29).  Terry was a beloved and committed member of Tyrone Church of the Brethren, and a devoted follower of Christ.  Terry loved this church family and faithfully served as a Trustee for many years.  He will be dearly missed by all.  Friends will be received at the church from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday (5/3), followed immediately by a memorial service with military honors.  Please keep his family in prayer.  Here is a link to his obituary:



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