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Ruth ‘Joan’ Hite

Nov. 16, 1932 - Sept. 26, 2016

Ruth “Joan” Hite, 83, Altoona, passed away Monday at her residence.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late James C. and Sadie M. (Cashman) Powell. On June 19, 1951, she married H. William Hite in Winchester, Va., and he preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 1975.


Surviving are a daughter, Beth A. Forlina (Jeffery); two sons: William A. Hite and Scott A. Hite (Trish); nine grandchildren: Michael, Christa, Todd, Kelley, Nicholas, Heather, Ryan, Kristy and Hailey; and 12 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by two children: Donna J. McDonald and Amy L. Robuck; and two sisters: Vera L. Fairer and Anna I. Ronan.


Joan was a 1951 graduate of Altoona High School, and she attended Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She retired as a private personal caregiver for a number of families. In her earlier years, she worked at Sylvania and as a waitress at Penn Alto Hotel Ballroom. She also loved being a homemaker, and she raised her children on her own after her husband’s early passing. In addition, she enjoyed sewing, quilting and baking.


Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Sept. 28, 2016, at Santella Funeral Home, Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, Pastor Scott Barger officiating. Interment will be at Blair Memorial Park, Bellwood.

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