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Archive - Mar 2011

March 18th

Richard Decker, 67

March 18, 2011

Richard Decker, 67, Marion Center, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.  

He was born June 21, 1943, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Bud and Jessie Decker.

He was married to his wife of 44 years, Tootie.

Mr. Decker served in the U.S. Army, based in Korea, with an honorable discharge in 1963.

Mary M. Wiant, 88

March 18, 2011

Mary M. Wiant, 88, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

She was born May 1, 1922, in Knox Dale, a daughter of the late Joseph B. and Bertha A. (Dinger) Martin.

She was married to Merle Newhouse, who preceded her in death. She then married Frank L. Davis, who also preceded her in death. She then married Arnold Wiant, who also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Wiant was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Punxsutawney, and she was a retired store manager, having worked for Artley's, Dora Dale and Fashion Bug in DuBois.

Phillip Paul Pavlak, 92

March 18, 2011

Phillip Paul Pavlak, 92, Punxsutawney, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at home.

Mr. Pavlak was born April 27, 1918, in Brackenridge, the youngest son of Vincenty Pawlak (Krakow, Poland) and Rosalla (Wojick) Pawlak (Warsaw, Poland).

He was married to Verda Mae (Davis) Pavlak, who preceded him in death April 25, 1995.

He lived the majority of his life in Natrona and Natrona Heights.
Mr. Pavlak was employed at Allegheny Ludlum Steel for 46 years, except for time in the service of his country during World War II.

William “Bill” C. Charles Jr., 77

March 18, 2011

William “Bill” C. Charles Jr., 77, Glen Campbell (Smithport), died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Hamilton, a son of the late William Clair and Bertha (Johnson) Charles Sr.

Aug. 14, 1965, he married his wife of more than 45 years, Ruth A. (Brickell) Charles, who survives, of Glen Campbell.

Mr. Charles was a member of the Smithport United Methodist Church.

March 17th

PUNXSY BOYS' BASKETBALL BANQUET AWARD-WINNERS

March 17, 2011

‘Frog Man:’ Peepers peeped Thursday

March 17, 2011

BIG RUN — On the luckiest day in March, the spring peepers have spoken — er, peeped.

John London, the official Frog Man, or “Peeper Watcher” of Big Run, reported that while walking through the Big Run swamp, he heard the frogs peep around 5:47 p.m. Thursday — St. Patrick’s Day — thus heralding the arrival of spring, according to the legend.

Last week, London said he hoped the tiny peepers would peep before the annual Peepers Banquet, which is scheduled for Sunday at the War Memorial — and Thursday, he got his wish.

Council OKs purchase of new truck for Elk Run

March 17, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Monday, Punxsutawney Borough Council approved the purchase of a new fire engine for the Elk Run Fire Company.
Elk Run Chief Bryan Smith said the bids were opened last Friday, with Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inc., based in Holden, La., as the low bidder at $372,509.

The truck will be constructed in Louisiana and contain a six-person cab, a 1,000-gallon water tank, a 30-gallon compressed air foam system (CAFS) tank, and a 1,500-gallon per minute Darly pump.

Daffodil Days

March 17, 2011

Lula M. Covert, 90

March 17, 2011

Lula M. Covert, 90, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at her home.

She was born Oct. 25, 1920, in Coolspring, a daughter of the late William and Alice I. (Burkett) Frederick.

She was married to Earl C. Covert, who survives, of Punxsutawney. They were married 67 years.

She attended the Chestnut Grove Independent Church.

March 16th

John E. “Jack” Kovalyak, 81

March 16, 2011

John E. “Jack” Kovalyak, 81, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

He was born Nov. 24, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John and Anna (Kallas) Kovalyak.

He was married to Shirley (Dorworth) Kovalyak, who preceded him in death. They were married Aug. 30, 1952.

Mr. Kovalyak was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byznatine Church.
He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. He was hard-working and independent all his life, and was very fond of his four-legged friends, especially his dog, Roxy.

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