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Clara Loria Kristofco, 102, Altoona, died on Thursday, ending more than a century of devotion to her family and her Catholic faith. A petite woman with an engaging personality and a mischievous spirit, she was born in Ebensburg, daughter of Felix and Angelina (Giraulo).

A graduate of Central Cambria High School, she worked as a legal secretary before her June 15, 1943 marriage to Edward G. Kristofco at Holy Name Church in Ebensburg. Together they shared 66 years of a marital partnership, a model for their children before his death on March 31, 2009.

From the family farm on West Chestnut Avenue, Clara and Ed raised seven children and set them on the path to a successful life. Known in the neighborhood as “Mrs. K.” she was an active member of the Notre-Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church for nearly 70 years. She enjoyed the camaraderie of the choir, the Christian mothers and the ladies’ guild. A member of the “Warriors of the Rosary”, Clara was devoted to Saint Padre Pio and lived by his message to the faithful: “Pray, hope and don’t worry.”

Clara had an adventurous spirit and particularly enjoyed Sunday walks with Ed and travel. She particularly enjoyed visiting her parents’ birthplace in Faiano, province of Salerno, Italy. She has also traveled to Florida, Alabama and, at age 91, California. Skilled in the household arts, she enjoyed canning fruits and vegetables from home gardens and reveled in the flowers from her garden.

Clara is survived by her children and their spouses: William Kristofco (Maureen) of Baltimore, Md.; Rita Redden (Richard Redden, deceased) of Johnstown; Robert Kristofco (Debby) of Birmingham, Alabama; Marian Van Dyke (Warren) of Scottsdale, Arizona; Clare Kristofco (Paul K. Mueller) of Fuquay-

Varina, North Carolina; Michael Kristofco (Rosemary) of Altoona; and Thomas Kristofco (Janet) of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; 10 grandchildren: Colleen Hickson, Caitlin Sieracki and Christopher and Kevin Kristofco, Dana Redden, Joe Kristofco, Adam Kristofco and Elizabeth Nash; and Lauren and Allison Kristofco; 13 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Modico of Altoona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings: Sister Caroline Loria, Sanda Taylor, Alec Loria, Lucy Uncapher, Florence “Cart” Heinrich and a younger brother.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, where a wake for the deceased will be held.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, in the Notre-Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, with the celebrant, Father James Dugan. Interment will be at Holy Name Cemetery, Ebensburg.

To honor her life, memorial donations may be made to the Christian Mothers of Our Lady of Lourdes; or the Edward and Clara Kristofco Memorial Scholarship at Bishop Guilfoyle High School, Altoona.

Condolences may be submitted at or on the Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook page.


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