HOLLIDAYSBURG — SHOENFELT – Julia (Schettini), 80, Hollidaysburg, died early Friday morning, Aug. 16, 2013, at UPMC Altoona surrounded by family and friends. She was born Sept. 6, 1932, and raised in Barnesboro (Allport), daughter of Jennie (Pandolfo) Schettini and Vito Schettini of Policastrello and Alberobello, Italy, respectively. She married John T. Shoenfelt July 27, 1963. Surviving are her son, Brian, Hollidaysburg; her brother, Michael Schettini; and sister-in-law, Linda, Barnesboro; a sister-in-law, Lila Schettini, Bridgeport, W.Va.; two stepchildren, Mary (Mimi) Millin, Kutztown, and Charlie, Gales Ferry, Conn.; a daughter-in-law, Sue Riley, Widsor Locks, Conn.; seven stepgrandchildren; many devoted nieces and nephews, especially Nancy Mellot and Tracie Schettini, who helped care for her; and her many dear friends and neighbors, especially Tabatha, Julia and Sophia Griffin, Hollidaysburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, John, and six brothers, John, Angelo, Nick, Vince, Peanuts (Vito Jr.) and Joe. Julia attended Barnesboro High School. In her late teens, she began a lengthy battle with Crohn’s disease, which resulted in multiple surgeries and long hospital stays. Later, she was the licensee and co-owner of Danny’s Hideaway, Altoona, during the ’60s and ’70s, as well as a proprietor of the Penn Way restaurant and motel in Cresson until the mid ’80s. Julia liked watching crime dramas, “Seinfeld,” “…Raymond” and “Family Guy” on TV as well as suspense and thriller films. She was the embodiment of hospitality. She enjoyed cooking and baking for friends and family, watching hummingbirds come to her back porch and seeing many beautiful sunsets. She was a deeply spiritual person and loved to pray the Holy Rosary. Julia was forever grateful for the friendship and devotion of her nurse, Julia Bowers; her health aide, Trudy Elbin; her physical therapist, Don Chile; and the staff of the Home Nursing Agency for helping to manage her many chronic illnesses these past years. Friends will be received from 1:30 to 4 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Plank, Stitt and Stevens Funeral Home, Hollidaysburg. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Hollidaysburg, Father Clement Gardner. Committal will be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Hollidaysburg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America in her name. (www.ccfa.org) (www.stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com)
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