Valerie B. Wertz

12/17/1919 - 04/15/2023


Obituary For Valerie B. Wertz

Valerie B Wertz Dec. 17, 1919 – Apr. 15, 2023

Valerie B. Wertz, 103, of Hollidaysburg, passed away unexpectedly Saturday at UPMC Altoona. She was born in Hollidaysburg, the daughter of the late William C. and Nellie (Myers) Albright and, on Nov. 21, 1949, in Hollidaysburg, she married Richard Holmes Wertz. He preceded her in death Feb. 25, 2006. She is survived by: her daughter, Linda Wertz Mekelburg (Andrew) of Clear Spring, Md. and two grandchildren, Cory Mekelburg in California and Elise Kahn (Nabeel) of Dallas, Tx. She was preceded in death by: a sister, Virginia Diehl; a brother, William Albright Jr.; and a niece, Joanie Diehl. Valerie was proud of her work at Sylvania during World War II, where she produced proximity fuses which became vital to the war effort. She was a member of Hollidaysburg YMCA Ladies Auxiliary and the Hollidaysburg Homemakers Club. Valerie happily followed her husband during his Air Force career: first at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter S.C., then to Sculthorpe Norfolk England where he was stationed at the Air Force Base there, back to Sumter AFB and, ultimately retiring back to their hometown, Hollidaysburg in 1961, where she devoted her life to her family and friends. She was an excellent cook and gardener and had a positive impact on everyone she met. Valerie was the best mother and grandmother anyone could wish for. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2023, where her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m at PLANK, STITT & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 421 Montgomery Street, Hollidaysburg, PA (, with Pastor James Zaebst officiating. Committal will be at Alto Reste Park Cemetery. The family suggests that donations be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Valerie. Condolences may be made at or Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook.

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  • 04/18/2023

    Dear Linda and family, your Mom was such a sweet, kind and wise woman. Her life was so inspiring to all who had the blessing of knowing her. She truly was an amazing lady who will be missed by the Brush Mountain neighborhood . Take comfort in knowing that we will all meet her again and cherish those 103 years of memories. I am so sorry for your grief. With love, Karen Kiraly

  • 04/17/2023

    Sending our biggest hugs and love to you. Mimi was an incredible lady and loved by so many ... not that we need to tell you! We'll remember her always for for her adorable laugh, kind heart, and the silly way she told stories. Crying club is open for business, so you just text or call any time you need <3 -Carissa and Beer


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