Catherine M. Mastalski, 86, Altoona, passed away Wednesday at her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Rocco and Mary (Reghetti) Stellabotte. She later married Stanley Mastalski.
She is survived by her loving husband; a son, Randy (Becky) Kowalczyk; 6 daughters: Jackie (Rob) Rabenstein, Loreen Rosser, Mary (Tony) Miller, Autumn (Mark) Kleiner, Christina (Rich) Wyrwas, and Elizabeth (Jimmy) Noye; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and her best friend, Pat Taylor.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Kowalczyk; son, Stanley; grandson, Randy Jae Stitt; and 2 brothers: James and Ross Stellabotte.
Catherine was a Catholic High School and the Altoona School of Commerce graduate. She worked for Jay’s Diner, Albright’s personal care home, Sylvania, Mento’s-Family Business, and Home Nursing Agency.
She enjoyed music, especially Barbara Streisand, the casino, and playing Bingo. She loved to sing and dance and give polka lessons. She was a great cook, especially the Italian and Polish traditions. No one ever left her home hungry.
Catherine was a loving mother, grandmother, and aunt. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Friends will be received from 5-7pm, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in the Santella Funeral Home, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am, Saturday Sept. 26, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 511-20th St. Altoona. Committal will be at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Catherine to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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