Archive - Aug 2012
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The coal industry has had its ups and downs over the years, but here in the Punxsutawney area, at one time coal was king.
The history of coal industry in Punxsutawney and western Pennsylvania was the subject of a video presentation followed by a discussion at the Lattimer House hosted Wednesday by the Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society.
Shirley Sharpe, Historical Society member, said coal mines originally were like the gold mines out west, where the owner would receive a deed, and the ground and the mineral rites would belong to him.
Barbara E. Cessna, 84, Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
She was born May 13, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Frank C. and Melvena (Smith) Heckman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David J. Cessna, in 2010.
Barbara was the Sunday School teacher and played piano at First Assembly of God Church for many years.
She served her life faithfully for the Lord.
Billy L. Leasure, 73, of Edinburg, passed away the afternoon of July 31, 2012, in Jameson Hospital North.
He was born Sept. 23, 1938, in Marion Center, a son of the late Earl and Arveda (Walker) Leasure.
He was married to the late Edna I. Wyant for 37 years. She preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 2002.
Billy was of the Protestant faith.
He retired after 35 years as a highlift operator for the former Indalex Corporation in Girard, Ohio.
Billy was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He served from Dec. 13, 1961 until Dec. 13, 1963, when he received his honorable discharge.
Leland Harrold Williams, 86, of Hayes, Va., went to be with his Lord on July 29, 2012.
He was born Jan 5, 1926, in Punxsutawney, a son of H. Merrill and A. Winifred Deemer Williams.
Since April 15, 1954, he was married to Joan Lois Henkel of Pittsburgh.
In January of 1944, Leland enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in the 305th Bombardment Group, 422nd Squadron, as a B17 bomber tail-gunner.
MEADVILLE â€”After a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Exton put Punxsy in the losers' bracket earlier this week, the Punxsy 10- and 11-year-old softball All-Stars knew they'd have their hands full in the championship game. Unfortunately for Punxsy, Exton's strong pitching held it to zero runs in a 5-0 shutout, ending Punxsy's run at a state title.
"This game was dominated by great pitching and strong defense by both teams," Punxsy head coach Steve White said after the game.
REYNOLDSVILLE â€” The Brookville Grays and Sykesville Senators finals match up has played out how many thought it would: A stellar defense (Brookville) versus a powerful offense (Sykesville).
"They're (Sykesville) a hard-hitting baseball club; unless you can keep them off their stride its going to be tough to keep them off the bases," said Brookville manager Bob McCullough.
Wednesday night, it would be Brookville's defense that prevailed, giving it a 5-3 win and tying the series at two apiece.
"The ability to repair is almost as important as the will to win," said McCullough.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It must be August when you see back-to-school commercials on television and the 73rd Saints Cosmas & Damian (SS.C.D.) Lawn Festival is ready to begin. The festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday with the proceeds going to the SS.C.D. Catholic School.
"This is my 19th year as the festival chairman; I succeeded Tom and Joanne Uberti after having been their assistant for several years," said Frank Hetrick, festival chairperson.
Hetrick said both of his children, Ryan and Shawn, attended school at SS.C.D. Elementary School and now live in Los Angeles, Calif.
BROCKWAY â€” Have you ever wondered if you are descended from someone famous? Do you ever wonder if your great-great grandparents did something significant â€” fought in a war, served in the political system, immigrated to America with nothing but the clothes on their backs or started their own business?
If you want to find out, you may have to travel only as far as your local library. The Mengle Memorial Library in Brockway presented a genealogies program last Tuesday.
Mildred M. Gearhart-Anibaldi, 89,Â DuBois, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at DuBois Village.
She was born April 8, 1923, in Cloe, a daughter of the late I. Roland and Alice (Baun) Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Anibaldi.
Mildred worked for 25 years at Brownâ€™s Boot Shop in Punxsutawney.
She enjoyed knitting and making afghans and dishcloths. She also loved puzzles, shopping and dining out.
She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.
Mary L. Molinengo, 79, Rossiter, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.
She was born Sept. 8, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a daughter and one of 12 children of the late Walter and Clara (Wojtkowski) Mocek.
Mrs. Molinengo was the last surviving member of her family.
July 2, 1955, she married Arnold Molinengo, who preceded her in death on March 28, 2003.
Mary enjoyed being a volunteer at Punxsutawney Area Hospital from 2005 until April of 2012. She also enjoyed tending to her flowers at home.
She loved her children and grandchildren.