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|Gallitzin Weekly Item, 4 Mar 1910, Contributed by Mary Bayliss|
|STEVENS – Joseph Stevens, the senior member of the undertaking firm of Joseph Stevens and Son, the oldest undertaker in Altoona and Blair county and one of the best known citizens of Altoona, passed peacefully away at his home at 11:10 o'clock Tuesday night of nervous exhaustion.|
He was born in what was then Huntingdom, but how Blair county on April 22, 1844. He was reared and educated in the vicinity of Frankstown. He was a young man when the Civil war broke out and he entered the union army as a member of the construction corps that saw service in Tennessee and other states in the south.
He was married on February 20, 1870, to Miss Matilda Flaugh, of Altoona, in St. John's Catholic church by the late Bishop Twigg. She survives with ten children: W. Augustin, Mrs. Agnes Luther, of Altoona; Gertrude, at home; Edward, an undertaker at Ashville, Theresa, at home; Charles C., of Juniata; Frank B., Clara E., Vincent L. and Gerald H., all at home. He is also survived by four brothers and one sister, Alderman W. H. Stephens, John Stevens, James Stevens and Mrs. Mary Conroy, all of Altoona, and Thomas J. Stephens of Gallitzin.
The funeral was held this morning from Sacred Heart Catholic church. Interment in Calvary cemetery.