Dorothy M. (Over) Hanawalt

10/06/1924 - 07/04/2022


Obituary For Dorothy M. (Over) Hanawalt

Dorothy M. (Over) Hanawalt
Oct. 6, 1924-July 4, 2022

Dorothy M. (Over) Hanawalt, 97, Hollidaysburg, formerly of Altoona, passed away Monday at the Lutheran Home at Hollidaysburg.
She was born in Altoona, the daughter of the late James Andrew and Anna Gertrude (Wilson) Over. Dorothy married Gaius Alden Hanawalt, who preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 2009, after 66 years of marriage.
Dorothy is survived by seven children: Kenneth Lee Hanawalt and wife Susan of Pittsburgh, Deborah Ann Shelow and husband Gerald J. of Bellwood, Gaius Allen Hanawalt and wife Cathy of Woodland, Dorothy Louise Colna and husband Joseph of Frenchville, Patricia Jean O’Brien and husband Pat of Mount Vernon, WA, Janie Marie Messner and husband Ray of Altoona and Mary Hanawalt Lee and husband Joseph of Dillsburg; a son-in-law, Walter Armstrong of Bellwood; fifteen grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Elaine Armstrong, who passed away on April 16, 2017 and daughter-in-law, Lee Hanawalt, wife of Kenneth.
When Dorothy was in grade school, she and her grandma took the train for piano and dance lessons in New York City. She later attended Altoona Catholic High School and received credits in Art from Juniata College.
She played organ/piano in many churches for services, weddings and funerals. Dorothy enjoyed gardening and loved to share with her friends and neighbors.
Friends will be received from 2-4 pm, Thursday, July 7, 2022 at The Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 8th Ave., Altoona, Pa. 16602.
A funeral service will be held at 10 am, Friday, July 8, 2022 in the Stevens Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Hamer officiating. Interment will be held at the Alexandria Presbyterian Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be made at or Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook page.

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  • 07/06/2022

    I extend my condolences to the Hanawalt Family. My late brother, Mark, and parents Matt and Mary Elizabeth Gable and I lived next door to the Hanawalt family on 29th street for a few years in the mid 1950's. I remember your mother as being a very nice lady, who remained friendly to my mother after we moved to Lakemont. I remember Gaius and Ken especially. Ken was particularly kind to me. Just a few years ago, Bill Ward informed me at lunch that your father, not only took part in the Normandy Invasion, but also personally stormed a German "pill box" which saved many soldiers' lives. Characteristically of that Great Generation, I did not learn of his heroics until a few years ago. Kindest regards, Christopher Gable

  • 07/06/2022

    You were my favorite resident you will truly be missed you made me smile and lol you were a warm hearted women I love you Dorothy may you rip till we meet again


  • Divine Comfort Arrangement

    Mary Lee sent Divine Comfort Arrangement for Dorothy M. (Over) Hanawalt - July 06, 2022

    Sweet dreams, sweet lady. We love you! The Lee family

  • Garden of Memories

    Christopher & Karen Davis sent Garden of Memories for Dorothy M. (Over) Hanawalt - July 05, 2022

    You Will Be Deeply Missed Grandma. Cubby, Karen, Stevie, Alex, Joshua, Brittany and Emma

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Funeral Directors

Joseph J. Stevens III

Matthew J. McConville

Christopher J. Feathers

David J. Mason