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Frederick James Acre, 75

December 15, 2013

Frederick James Acre, 75, of Anita, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Sept. 16, 1938, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Harold Frederick Acre and Georgeina (Hobba) Podgers, who survives and resides in Punxsutawney.

Fred served in the United States Air Force. He was very patriotic and proud of his service to our country.

On March 10, 1962, he married Helen Marlene Kuntz. They celebrated 50 loving years together.

He worked as a welder, first with Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel, and later for Jefferson Machine for over 25 years.

Gerald "Jerry" Edward Battaglia, 71

December 15, 2013

Gerald "Jerry" Edward Battaglia, 71, of Brookville, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Scenery Hill Manor in Indiana.

Born Oct. 12, 1942, in Brookville, he was a son of the late Edward Dominick and Josephine Frances (Cesario) Battaglia.

Mr. Battaglia was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

"Jerry" was co-owner of the former of Jerry's Pizza Shop in Brookville.

He was a member of the Brookville Eagles No. 983, and a former social member of Brookville and Pine Creek fire companies.

Jerry was a well-known character in the downtown area of Brookville.

Robert M. Boston, 62

December 15, 2013

Robert M. Boston, 62, Rossiter, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

He was born on April 19, 1951, a son of the late Frances and Anna Elizabeth “Betty” (Esposito) Boston.

On April 19, 1975, he married Darlene M. Ankeny, who survives.

He had two daughters and a grandson who he loved greatly.

He was a member of the Uniontown Church of Christ in Cherry Tree.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Air Defense Artillery during the Vietnam War.

He was employed by Jefferson Grocery where he worked as a warehouseman and a truck driver.

Neal D. Davis, 88

December 15, 2013

Neal D. Davis, 88, of Smithville, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana, Pa.

The son of David and Blanche (Neil) Davis, he was born on June 4, 1925, in Canoe Twp., Indiana County.

Neal served in the U.S. Navy as seaman second class during World War II.

He had worked as a truck driver for Interstate Amesite and as a rock truck driver for Benjamin Coal Company.

Neal had hauled local coal for years, as well as driving truck for Murray “Murf” Smith.

Neal enjoyed stock car racing.

Saturday snow keeps county crews busy

December 15, 2013

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Persistent snow showers throughout the day on
Saturday appeared to be a contributing factor in at least one of a number of accidents that took place during the course of the day.

For a full report, see Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Punxsy Masons to hold blood drive Tuesday

December 15, 2013

The Punxsutawney Masonic Lodge is sponsoring a blood drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the cafeteria at SS. Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.

The theme is "This Holiday Give Something that Means Something."

Pictured are members of the Masonic Lodge, (front, from left) Jerry Wright, past master; Pat Villella, Dick Fetterman, lodge members; (back) Ed Halo, Clifford Klinger, Robert Haag, lodge members; Chuck States, worshipful master; Roy Pate, lodge member; and James L. Shaffer, past master.

Way Back When

December 15, 2013

(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
December 1, 1897

Dr. Grube Will Wed
Mr. and Mrs. David Hutchison, of Pittsburgh, have issued invitations for the marriage of their daughter Miss Minnie Newkirk, to Dr. John Grube, of Braddock. The wedding will take place on Thursday, December 9, and the ceremony will be performed by Rev. Mansell, of Hazlewood.

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