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Carmen ‘Herm’ Roberts

Dec. 21, 1925 - Oct. 24, 2015

Carmen "Herm" Roberts, 89, Altoona, passed away peacefully on Saturday at the home of his daughter, Beth, and husband, Ed, in Hollidaysburg.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Dominick and Stephanie (Mancuso) Roberts. He married the late Catherine Rock on July 9, 1949, in St. Mark's Catholic Church. She passed away on Jan. 21, 2014.

He is survived by two daughters: Beth (Edward) Onkst and Lynne (Terry) McDonald, all of Hollidaysburg; a sister, Rose M. Roberts of Altoona; four brothers: Anthony (Carol), John (Marilyn), Dominick (Marian), all of Altoona, and James (Theresa) of Baltimore, Md.; a sister-in-law, Betty Roberts of Hollidaysburg; five grandchildren: Aaron (Kristina) Onkst, Drew and Dustin Onkst, all of Mechanicsburg, Dalton McDonald of Newport News, Va., and Alyse (Ken) Parks of Bellwood; four great-grandchildren: Taylor, Hudson and Isabella Carmena and Andie McKenna Onkst, all of Mechanicsburg; many beloved nieces and nephews; and special family members: Joe, Autumn and Elaina Petta.

He was preceded in death by two brothers: Marion and Joseph; and a sister-in-law, Julie.

Carmen was a supervisor for the Vincent Horowitz Shoe Co. with 35 years of service. He was also a co-owner of the Phoenix Restaurant and Roberts Beverage Distributor along with his brother, Marion.

At the age of 17, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp serving as a private first class from August 1943 to November 1945. He participated in action in the Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima, Asiatic Pacific, Panama Canal and Guam.

Carmen was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Carmen was a member of the Bavarian Aid Society, Sons of Italy and Park Hills and Sinking Valley Country clubs.

He enjoyed golfing and softball, where he sponsored many softball teams through the Phoenix Restaurant.

Carmen was happiest when he was surrounded by his family.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hollidaysburg, by Father Anthony Legarski, followed by military honors. Committal will be at Calvary Mausoleum.

In memory of Carmen, contributions can be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, P.O. Box 738532, Topeka, KS 66675-8532.

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