John "Pen" Ambler
January 28, 1936 ~ January 14, 2018
John "Pen" Ambler, 81, also known as the Bridger,
of Roaring Spring, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 14th at
Maybrook Hills Health and Rehab Center.
He was born in Williamsport, son of the late Jesse Paul and Margaret (Magee) Ambler. Pen married Patricia A. Romagnino with whom he shared 36 years of marriage.
Also surviving are three step-daughters: Jeanne Elms and husband Jerry of Franklin, TN, Ann Marie Franco and husband Scott of Hollidaysburg, Kathleen DeLange and fiance Jesus M. Casanova "Chivi" of Altoona; a step-son, Michael Kuhn and wife Sharen of Hollidaysburg; fourteen grandchildren, and a brother, Thomas E. and wife, Suzanne P. of Naperville, IL.
Pen was a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School, class of 1953; and Grove City College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Education. He retired with 18 years of service from the Blair County Office of Mental Health and Retardation; was self-employed with Shepards Guide; prior to that he worked on survey corps with RMB Engineers in northern Indiana. He had been a teacher in Michigan City, IN; and he also worked for the Department of Public Assistance.
Pen founded the Blair County Rock and Mineral Club; he belonged to Friends of Mineralogy, and collected rocks and minerals for more than 50 years.
He attended Center City Church, Altoona, as well as First United Methodist Church, Hollidaysburg.
Pen always took the time to help others and if there was ever a 'need' in the MH&R office, he would see that the need was met.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Center City Church, 801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602 or the Bailey House, 119 Washington Street, Harrisburg, PA
James Lavere Quickel
September 04, 1927—September 08, 2017
World War Two veteran Sgt. James Lavere Quickel (USMC) was relieved of duty on September 8th, 2017. He was born on September 4th, 1927 to James Monroe Quickel and Edna Marie (Cleaver) Forsythe in East Berlin, PA. James was married to Nadine R. (Sieg) Quickel until she passed away May 25th, 1988.
James is survived by three sons, Bradley J. (Melissa) Quickel, Sanford S. (Sandra) Quickel, and Anthony L. (Cynthia) Quickel. Along with his sons, he is survived by grandchildren Esther, Scott, Ben, Shaun, and Anthony, as well as great grandchildren Daniel, Ziva, Zara and Isla. Also living are Molly and Leah Snyder, who considered him Pappy Quickel.
James had a passion for mineralogy. His mineral collection, which ranks among the best in the state of Pennsylvania, is on display at Bryn Mawr College. Among his other achievements were being a champion rattlesnake competitor at such places as Morris, Sinnamahoning, and Cross Forks, PA. He was a revered homing pigeon competitor in the 1950s and 1960s, when he won many competitions. For many years, James served as a scoutmaster with Troop 85 in New Oxford, PA and was a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow. His sons Bradley and Sanford achieved the rank of Eagle and Life scouts respectively, for which he was very proud of both. His grandson Anthony also went on to achieve the rank of Eagle.
James wore the title of United States Marine with great pride. He was a combat veteran in China in 1946-47. In addition to his service in China, he was also stationed as a radio operator in Guam. His memories of his service were happy, and he continued to be in contact with fellow servicemen until they preceded him in death.
Whether it was racing motorcycles or hunting, he was happiest sharing time with his sons Brad and Sandy. Their love of the outdoors formed a special bond over the years. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time at Sandy’s cabin in Cameron County or during his many trips to visit Brad in Maine. He had a great love for all three of his daughters-in-law and all of his grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the incredible job they did while James was a resident.