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
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.
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: http://www.altoonamirror.com/obituaries/2019/04/terry-l-miller/
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