Karen Kay Manocchio

Date of Death: 6/17/2019

Karen Kay Manocchio

Sept. 16, 1941 – June 17, 2019

Karen Kay Manocchio, 77, Altoona, went home to be with the Lord on Monday at UPMC Montefiore, Pittsburgh, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Detroit, Mich., daughter of the late John S. Knicely and Helen P. (Arnsparger) Burk and was raised by her stepfather, Paul Burk.  On July 16, 1960, she married Ralph L. Davis, and he preceded her in death.

Surviving are a daughter, Vicki Lyn Finnegan and Rocco Scalzi ; a son, Scott Alan (Sue) Davis of Altoona; four grandchildren:  Misty Dawn Elder, Kortney (Shawn) Seilhammer, and Josh and Jonathan Settle; six great-grandchildren:  Tyler and Emily Elder, Alexis, Addyson and Payton Seilhammer and Emalyn Settle; and three great-great-grandchildren:  Braxton, Abriana and Oliver.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Paul Burk; two sisters: Kathleen P. Misitano and infant sister, Donna Elaine Burk; and two brothers:  John S. Knicely and Howard “Ronald” Knicely.

 Karen was a 1960 graduate of Clearfield Area High School.  She also graduated from Altoona Vo-Tech as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Coupled with her nursing career, she went on to become an interpreter for the deaf working for O.V.R. (Office of Vocational Rehab) in Altoona.  Karen devoted nearly 30 years of her life to sign language.  All of it done on a voluntary basis, never charging for her services.  She taught sign language for many years, also signing songs in sign language, first with the group “Silent Connection,” then later formed her own group “Sign-N-Motion.”  She did this for many years to promote deaf awareness and help bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf communities.  Her group performed songs in sign language throughout the Altoona area as well as performing as far away as Pittsburg and Harrisburg.

She retired in January of 2005 from the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home after 13 years of service in the nursing department.  Prior to that, she also worked at the Presbyterian Village at Hollidaysburg in nursing.  In her lifetime she worked at many different places of employment: Riverside; Gee Bees; Bilo; head cashier and office clerk at Acme Clicks in Akron, Ohio; Veeder Root, Co; Tritex and different factories in the Altoona Area.  She was a hard worker all her life.

Karen was a member of the Juniata VFW Bernard A. Good Post 8685, the A.J. Iaia Post 827 American Legion Ladies Auxiliaries and the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. 

She was a very strong supporter of all types of service dogs where her group raised and donated much needed monies to people with special needs who were in the progress of pursuing a service dog.  She was an animal lover of all kinds and supported the A.S.P.C.A., Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Allergy Alert Dogs, United States Humane Society, and the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.

She will be greatly missed by her little dog “Cricket.” 

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019, at The Stevens Mortuary, Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona.  A funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at The Stevens Memorial Chapel, officiated by Pastor Timothy Guyer and interpreted for the deaf by Rob Spahn.  Committal will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Karen’s memory to:  Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA  16602, Mending Hearts Animal Rescue Shelter, P.O. Box 97, Hollidaysburg, PA  16648 or the American Heart Association, 501 Howard Ave., Suite D101, Altoona, PA  16601.



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