In Memory of Madison Grace Shura
April 7, 2009 - April 14, 2017
Madison Grace Shura, 8, Tipton, passed away Friday afternoon at her home in the arms of her parents.
She was born in Roaring Spring daughter of Jason F. and Kelly L. (Holdren) Shura. Surviving are her parents of Tipton; a sister, Elizabeth Anne “Libby” at home; paternal grandparents, Donald and Cecelia Shura of Bellwood; maternal grandfather, Terry Holdren of Tyrone; Uncle Brian and Aunt Chrissy Shura of Tipton, Aunt Heather Shura of Bellwood, Uncle Corey and Aunt Kasey Hudson of Tipton and Aunt Katrina Holdren of Pittsburgh; cousins, Hunter and Blake Shura and Shayne Holdren; and special friends, John, Allison, Abby and Carter Clabaugh. She was preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Marge Holdren.
Madison was a second grade student at Myers Elementary School Bellwood and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Altoona. She loved being a girl scout, cheering with the Bellwood Antis High School and East Antis Rams cheer teams, and dancing with the Dance Fusion Dance Company. Madison enjoyed running in 5K races, playing musical instruments, singing and attending school. She loved to cuddle, go fishing with her daddy, vacation in Canada, and playing with her sister, cousins and friends. Madison’s favorite color was pink and she loved unicorns, butterflies, princesses and glitter.
Friends will be received from 12 noon -4pm & 6-9pm Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Inc. Bellwood where a vigil for the deceased will also be held. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11am Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Saint Mark’s Catholic Church, Altoona, Rev. Ronald V. Osinski, celebrant. Private committal rites will be at Blair Memorial Park Antis Township.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Madison’s memory be made to Home Nursing Agency Hospice, Altoona or Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation (www.defeatDIPG.org) PO Box 34277 Bethesda, Md. 20827
In Memory of Emma Nicole Auker
September 30, 1999 - April 17, 2017
Emma Nicole Auker, 17, Altoona, passed away peacefully on Monday at her residence after a long battle with brain cancer.
She was born in Altoona, daughter of Scott and Kimberly (Barroner) Auker. Surviving are her parents; two sisters: Hillary Auker of Boston, Mass., and Sophie Auker of Altoona; her paternal grandparents: George and Anlee Auker of Altoona; her maternal grandfather, John Barroner of Hollidaysburg; her maternal grandmother, Susan Conrad of Altoona; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; her two dogs: Hazel and Molly; and her cat, Kitty.
Emma was a junior at Altoona Area High School, and she had worked at Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewing Co., Greenwood, and DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, Tipton. She was a member of the AAHS cheerleading squad, as well as the gymnastics team, chorus and dance club. She enjoyed going to concerts, dancing and hanging out with her friends and family.
Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at Pleasant Valley Assembly of God, 1001 S. First St., Altoona.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brian Morden Foundation, care of Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, 1330 11th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.
Emma and Maddie both stood up to cancer with such courage and spirit. In the final analysis cancer DID NOT win the battle. We look forward to the day when we will see them again and hope at that time we can tell them there is no more cancer on Earth. <3