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Esther Marie Dorazio

Feb. 6, 1921 - March. 24, 2016

Esther Marie Dorazio, 95, Altoona, passed away peacefully Thursday at Valley View Health and Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Gennaro and Guiseppina (Maitina) Misciagna.

On May 15, 1940, she married Lawrence G. Dorazio, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 1999, after 59 years of marriage.

Surviving are two loving daughters: Concetta J. "Connie" Andros (C. Thomas) and Esther Ann Myers (John G. Sr.); eight grandchildren: Stephanie Myers-Bell, John Myers Jr., Christian Lawrence Andros, C. Thomas Andros II, Craig Damon Andros, Michael John Dorazio, Michelle Elliott and Justin Dorazio; 12 great-grandchildren: Anthony and Alex Andros, Lorenzo and Dominic Myers, Cameron Bell, Anna Sule, Alex Elliot, John Micheal, Mason, Maverick, and Adalynn Dorazio and Brayden Andros; three sisters: Mary Carnell, Evelyn Urbanek and Mary Delores Johnston; a brother, Nick Misciagna; a daughter-in-law, Debra Dorazio; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sons: John Michael and Lawrence G. Jr.; five brothers: John, Michael, Chet, Rocco and Gerry; and two sisters: Josephine Haselbarth and Edith Alterio.

Esther was a 1938 graduate of Altoona High School and attended the Altoona School of Commerce.

She had a very strong faith in God and his mother Mary and she cared for family members all her life. She believed in helping others and was one of the first volunteers in the newly formed "Reach for Recovery" program sponsored by the Blair County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. She volunteered for "Meals on Wheels" and worked as a volunteer for St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Roaring Spring. Her greatest loves were her family and her faith.

She is remembered by the Bible quote, paraphrased from the Book of Proverbs: "A good woman, who can find? For her worth is far more than jewels."

Friends will be received from 9:30 until the 11:30 a.m. funeral Mass Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Altoona. Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Blair Unit, 1004 N. Juniata St., Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.