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Melinda "Mindy" J. Fitzsimmons

March 8, 1979 — April 6, 2024


Melinda "Mindy" J. Fitzsimmons

Fitzsimmons, Melinda “Mindy” Jean, 45, Altoona, formerly of Cresson, passed away at UPMC Altoona surrounded by her family and friends on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Born March 8, 1979, Altoona, daughter of Vivian A. (Del Grande) and the late Mark C. Fitzsimmons, Sr. Preceded in death by brothers, Mark Jr. and Jason Alan. Mindy is survived by her mother Vivian; children, Avery (Trish) and Savannah; her loving and caring companion, James Kessler and his children, Danyelle and Alexus; her siblings, Vanessa Fitzsimmons (Scott Polchito) of Ebensburg, Maria (Frank) Moreland of Lilly, Nathan Fitzsimmons of Cresson; nephew, Jason Moreland; niece, Ava Moreland both of Lilly; her aunt Debby Glunt, that loved her like a daughter; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. Melinda was a quick-witted, free spirit who made everyone laugh. Her antics have always put smiles on faces and will continue to do so as they are retold. Her children, family, close friends, and dog, Khloe meant the world to her, and she loved spending time with all of them. Her favorite things were doing crossword puzzles, watching scary movies and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was also a perpetual night owl who would text or call you in the middle of the night. Mindy battled congestive heart failure so courageously for the past 10 years. She was an inspiration to so many people and she just loved to make people laugh. Her mind and body fought hard, but eventually she tired out and she gained her wings, surrounded by those that loved her. Friends and family will be received Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 3-7 p.m., Anderson Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 233 Keystone Ave. Cresson. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, April 12, 2024 at 10:30 a.m., St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Fr. Leo Arnone celebrant. Burial at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help defer expenses. Arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Cresson, “Honored Provider of Veterans Funeral Care™.” Condolences may be made at

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Anderson Family Funeral Home

233 Keystone Ave., Cresson, PA 16630

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

211 Powell Ave, Cresson, PA 16630

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