Memorials and Obituaries

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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This week we lost a member of the “greatest generation”, a wonderful man of God and a cherished member of our church body.  It was sad to hear that our friend had passed away, but a joy to realize that he is with his wife and the Lord he served for so many years.  You … MoreTCOB Says Goodbye to Lee Adams

Tyrone Church of the Brethren Says Goodbye to a Dear Member and Wonderful Man of God

As many of you know, on Saturday we lost a dear and faithful member of our church family, Larry Albright. His influence, love, friendship and example impacted countless lives over the years. He will be greatly missed by all.  We will be having a funeral service here at the church on Tuesday (the 24th) at 11:00 … More

Tyrone Church of the Brethren Says Goodbye to a Dear Member and Wonderful Man of God