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Jeanne E. Hamlin

April 26, 1928 - Jan. 18, 2020

Jeanne Elizabeth Hamlin, 91, Altoona, passed away peacefully at home with her family on Saturday and she is now at peace with her heavenly father. 

Surviving are a son, Richard F. Hamlin, of Altoona; a daughter and son-in law, Patricia (Wayne) Reed of Columbia, MD.; a son and daughter-in-law, K. Scott (Laurel) Hamlin. of Altoona; five grandchildren: Charles Lego, Kellie Lego, Andrew Reed, Dallas Hamlin and Ohara Hamlin; a sister and brother-in-law, Martha (Stephen) Poore, of Chichester; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother: John F. Wolfe; a sister, Ann T. Sherman; a sister and brother-in-law, Florence H.(Charles) Bryant; and several beloved cocker spaniel pets over the years including: Happy, Bonnie, Teddy and Muffin, who lived for 17 years.

Jeanne was a high school teenager during WWII and she organized fundraisers to support the troops; raising money to purchase a jeep by selling war bonds. She married right after high school and moved to Altoona in the late 1950s. In her younger married years, Jeanne served as a Welcome Wagon lady, volunteered at the Altoona Hospital and was an active member of Ward Avenue Presbyterian Church, while raising three children. She loved to entertain and enjoyed being around people. 

Jeanne will be best remembered for her years of dedicated work and service at the former Granny's Restaurant in Altoona. Jeanne entered the workforce after 25 years as a stay-at-home mom. She came on board as a hostess, greeting customers, working the cash register and helping to bus tables when things got busy. She loved working with Big Mary, Lisa, Jewell, Barbie and many others. She knew all the regulars on a first name basis. After several years and a name change from Perkins to Granny's, Jeanne worked her way up to become an assistant manager and eventually manager of Granny's. When she retired, with over 25 years of service, people would often stop her in the grocery store or other area locations to tell her that they remembered her from Granny's long after Granny's had closed. Even at 91, Jeanne would still smile when someone mentioned her work at Granny's. Her family remains proud of her dedication and work ethic to achieve such accomplishments. 

In her retirement, Jeanne continued to volunteer for the Red Cross working on blood drives and donating blood herself until she was no longer able to do so. Jeanne remains a member of Ward Avenue Presbyterian church and attended church on a regular basis until she was no longer able. She enjoyed the hymns and often closed the hymnal before it was over as she had memorized the choruses of her old favorites. 

There will be no public viewing. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Santella Funeral Home, Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Jeanne to Family Hospice of UPMC, 201 Chestnut Ave. Altoona, PA 16601.

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