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Archive - Dec 2011

December 26th

County court system administrator retiring after nearly three decades of service

December 27, 2011

BROOKVILLE — The chief administrator for Jefferson County Court system is ready to call it a career when, at the end of the month, after 27 years of serving the county in various capacities, she will retire.

Patricia Ellis, Jefferson County Court System administrator, first worked for District Judge George Miller's office. After that, she worked with adult and juvenile probation.

After the two departments split, she worked for juvenile probation, then as the judicial secretary under Judge Edwin Snyder.

Way Back When

December 27, 2011

(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)

Local Intelligence

Must Pass Elementary Examinations

Patricia A. McLaughlin, 67

December 27, 2011

Patricia A. McLaughlin, 67, DuBois, formerly of Hazen, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.

She was born March 1, 1944, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John and Grace (Dinger) Hollenbaugh.

She married Alvin York McLaughlin, who preceded her in death Aug. 31, 2002.

Mrs. McLaughlin was a member of the Lighthouse Community Church in Brockway.

She enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading and painting.

Mrs. McLaughlin was retired. She had been employed at S&T Bank in Brookville for 19 years.

Kelvin Riley Lindemuth, 57

December 27, 2011

Kelvin Riley Lindemuth, 57, Mayport, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mr. Lindemuth was born Jan. 19, 1954, in Texas.

He was a graduate of Brookville High School, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving relatives include his mother, Florence M. Lindemuth; and his daughter; Amanda Dawn McLaughlin and husband Jon of Chico, Calif.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 pm Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

Arthur James Whitesell, 80

December 27, 2011

Arthur James Whitesell, 80, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born March 23, 1931, in Grange, a son of the late Floyd M. and Fannie L. (Gaston) Whitesell.

Nov. 16, 1957, he married the former Bessie I. Horner, who preceded him in death Sept. 7, 1998.

Mr. Whitesell served as a corporal in the U.S. Army with the 8th Army Headquarters in Seoul, Korea, from 1952 to 1954.

He was a member of the Grange Church of God.

Mr. Whitesell worked and retired as a mailman from the U.S. Postal Service.

Guy J. Gattuso, 91

December 27, 2011

Guy J. Gattuso, 91, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Asheville, N.C.

He was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Longo) Gattuso.

He was a member of Saints Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. Gattuso was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict.

He was a member of the American Legion John Jacob Fisher Post No. 62, the Robinson-Morrison Post of the VFW and the Punxsutawney Senior Center.

For a number of years, he was a regular member of the Polka Club.

Gloria Jean Hipple Rhodes, 70

December 27, 2011

Gloria Jean Hipple Rhodes, 70, Clarion, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at her home after a heroic battle with pancreatic and liver cancer.

Gloria was born Aug. 22, 1941, in Titusville. She was the daughter of the late Jeanne (Russell) Hipple Williams and the late Harold Hipple. She was the step-daughter of the late Harry Williams.

May 27, 1995, she married the love of her life, Arnie Rhodes. They shared sixteen-and-a-half years together.

Gloria was known as “Duchess of the Kane District,” where Arnold served as District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church.

Mary A. Craven, 79

December 27, 2011

Mary A. Craven, 79, Punxsutawney (Hamilton area), died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born March 13, 1932, in Marchand, a daughter of the late Richard P. and Ruth (Lewis) Enterline.

Dec. 16, 1950, she married Milton L. Craven Sr., who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Craven was a member of the Grange Church of God.

December 23rd

Thomas B. Barkley, 79

December 24, 2011

Thomas B. Barkley, 79, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at home with his family at his side.

He was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph H. and Sarah Ruth (Orr) Barkley.

Dec. 20, 1953, he married Joan Work, who preceded him in death Dec. 23, 1970.

Feb. 3, 1974, he married Louise Lewis, who survives.

Mr. Barkley was a member of the Presbyterian Church, where he served as a church elder.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1950.

All I want for Christmas is a new clubhouse: Mesoraco's contribution aids in continued Kuntz Field improvements

December 24, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Current Cincinnati Reds' and former Punxsutawney Area High School catcher Devin Mesoraco, known for his generosity to the Make-A-Wish campaign in Punxsutawney over the years, is displaying his Christmas spirit in another manner related to his lifelong-dream-turned-career this year by contributing to the renovation of the Rich Kuntz Memorial Field complex this week.

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