William G. "Bill" Madara, 73, Altoona, passed away late Tuesday evening at UPMC Altoona. Born in Altoona, son of the late Gwin L. and Mary Jane (Shaffer) Madara. He married Mavis Crosby, October 4, 2003 in Altoona at Fourth Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife; step-son, Todd Nunamaker(Angie),of Berlin, PA; and cousins: Donna Smith of State College, William Clapper(Peggy) of Chillicothe, Ohio, Valerie Taylor(Scott), in VA, and Jon Mark(Beth) of Huntingdon, PA. Bill was a 1960 graduate of Altoona Area High School and later attended the Computer Systems Institute in Pittsburgh. He later worked at the Altoona Center and then retired from the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home in 2000 where he worked in housekeeping. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Mountain Lodge #281 F.& A.M., the Jaffa Shrine where he was an Ushers Lieutenant, Central PA Observers - State College and Starlight Astronomy - Hollidaysburg. He was very passionate about anything to do with astronomy and meteorology. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM, Sunday, February 1 and from 10 until the 11 AM funeral service, Monday, February 2 at Mauk and Yates Funeral Home, Inc., Juniata, with Pastor John P. Klingeman officiating. A Masonic Service will be held at 6pm Sunday. Interment at Blair Memorial Park.