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Verino J. Dandrea

September 20, 1932 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Verino Dandrea Obituary

Verino Joseph “Vin” Dandrea

Died January 9, 2024, age 91

Born September 20, 1932 in Altoona PA, a son of the late Verino and Mary (Iacobucci) Dandrea. On September 3, 1955 he married Mary Louise Snyder in Altoona, who preceded him in death on April 23, 2020.  They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2015.  Surviving are five children and their spouses, Thomas and Patricia Dandrea of St Cloud FL, John and Sandy Dandrea of Catonsville MD, Carole and Neal Gracey of Three Springs PA, Janine and Harold “Skip” Hunsberger of Lewes DE, and Grace and David Schellinger of Downingtown PA. Verino is also survived by seven grandchildren, Marissa (Gracey) Davis of Huntingdon PA, Tara (Gracey) Strauser of York PA, Daryle (Gracey) Yohn of Mapleton Depot PA, Erik Schellinger of Parkesburg PA, Jenna (Schellinger) Mobile of West Chester PA, Aaron Dandrea of Brookyln Park MD, Danielle Dandrea of Crofton, MD, and 6 great-grandchildren, Alexei and Avri Strauser of York PA, Isaiah Yohn of Mapleton Depot PA, Vincent and Hayley Davis of Huntingdon PA and Paige Mobile of West Chester PA. Verino is also survived by his brother and his brother’s spouse, Albert and Lois Dandrea of West Melbourne, FL.  His sister and his sister’s spouse, Anna and Lyle Bixler, preceded him in death.

He was a 1950 graduate of Altoona High School and received his B.S. degree in Music Education from Penn State University in 1956. While at Penn State, he was a member of the concert Blue Band and the Phi Mu Alpha dance band.  After graduation, he became the Instrumental Music Director in the Southern Huntingdon County School District, where he spent his entire teaching career, retiring in 1985 with 30 years of service.  Verino wrote the instrumental music and the first chorus of the current SHCHS alma mater.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in Germany with the Pennsylvania 28th Division.  He was a member of the 28th Division Altoona National Guard Band for several years.

He was a life member of the Madden-Winnick Post 518 American Legion in Orbisonia.  He was a member of the Friends of the Huntingdon County Library and of the Standing Stone Senior Center (SSSC), where he was a member of the SSSC entertainers group and served on the Board of Directors.

He had a lifelong love of music.  He was a well-known area musician, participating in community bands, school musicals and the Altoona Symphony.  He was Director of the Big Band Sound dance band for 16 years, having been a member for 32 years.  He taught private lessons for saxophone and clarinet.  He innovated an instrumental music program at the State Correctional Institution Smithfield where he retired in 2005.

His greatest joy was his family and he spent as much time as possible with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He and his wife traveled extensively to historic 19th century sites, as he maintained a special interest in American History.  He was a voracious reader and an avid fan of the Altoona Curve baseball team, and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins.

He was an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church, had served on session and as a trustee, and was choir director for a number of years.  He was an active member of the Huntingdon church and served on various committees.

There will be no viewing or visitation.  Private internment will be at Rockhill Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

 

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Private Interment

I. O. O. F. Memorial Cemetery
Odd Fellow Cemetery Rd.
Rockhill Furnace, PA 17249

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