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Parkview students spread ‘Christmas Magic’ this holiday season

December 22, 2013

Parkview's kindergarten and first-grade students try to help Santa Claus remember the magic word for Christmas in a play titled “Christmas Magic.”

Pictured are the students performing the program for their parents and the second graders on Wednesday in the school's multi-purpose room.

Read the full story - including the entire cast list - in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Way Back When

December 22, 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 8, 1897

Will Remove to New York

Ramona J. "Sis" Strange, 85

December 22, 2013

Ramona J. "Sis" Strange, 85, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at home.

She was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Raymond Melborn and Florence Ella (Wells) Shick.

In 1964, she married the love of her life, Jack D. Strange, "JD Strange" as he was known by many.

They loved to dance with one another, enjoyed training horses and raising Banty chickens for show and won every ribbon possible.

He preceded her in death on April 7, 1999.

She had a love of animals and enjoyed caring for stray cats and feeding the birds.

Charles Theodore Kuchar, 60

December 22, 2013

Charles Theodore Kuchar, 60, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Wellington Heights in Punxsutawney.

He was born May 14, 1953, in Kittanning, Pa., the son of the late Charles and Margaret (Lenzi) Kuchar.

He was a logger in the timber industry.

He is survived by his longtime friend and companion, Diane Neville of Punxsutawney.

Doris Ann Gearhart, 78

December 22, 2013

Doris Ann Gearhart, 78, of Mahaffey, passed away suddenly after a brief illness, on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mrs. Gearhart was born June 20, 1935, in Stranach, the daughter of the late Cecil and Ruth (Rafferty) Witherite.

She was married to Gerald "Red" Gearhart of Mahaffey. He survives.

Doris attended the CMA Church in Mahaffey.

She was the cookie and ladybug lady at Kuntz Motors.

Ruth I. Bussard, 85

December 22, 2013

Ruth I. Bussard, 85, of Dayton, Pa., passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at her home.

She was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Smicksburg, Pa., the daughter of Virgil C. and Ruth Isabell (McClelland) Stiteler, and was lovingly raised by her grandparents, Charles and Minnie (Wells) Stiteler.

Ruth was a resident of the Dayton area most of her life. She was a member of the Dayton United Methodist Church and was an active member of the United Methodist Women of DUMC.

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