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Archive - Sep 2013

September 3rd

Girls' volleyball wins first home match

September 3, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Fresh off its opening tournament, the Lady Chucks of Punxsutawney Area High School opened up their regular season at home against Ridgway on Tuesday evening.

The Lady Chucks played a tough Knoch opponent Saturday, but like one of their warmup songs said, it was "On to the next one."
Unfortunately for Ridgway, they were the next ones.

Punxsy took the match in three straight games (25-18, 25-21, 25-8) to start the regular season 1-0.

Robert Wayne Dinger, 68

September 3, 2013

Robert Wayne Dinger, 68, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Punxsutawney, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 31, 2013, in Sarasota, following a lengthy illness.

Wayne, as he was known to all, was born in Punxsutawney on March 28, 1945, the son of Ervin and Mary Dinger.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Toale Brothers Funeral Home of Sarasota.

A full military burial will take place at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Sarasota National Cemetery, located at 9810 State Highway 72, Sarasota, Fla.

September 2nd

Keith "Kip" Duane Snyder, Sr., 86

September 2, 2013

Keith "Kip" Duane Snyder, Sr., 86, of Punxsutawney, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Shadyside Hospital, with his family by his side.

Keith was born Jan. 6, 1927, in Timblin, a son of the late Elvin Sidney and Agnes Mae (Engle) Snyder.

He was a graduate of the class of 1943 at Punxsutawney High School.

He then attended California State Teachers’ College until his commencement in 1947.

Mr. Snyder served in the United States Navy during World War II.

On Dec. 26, 1949, he married Lois Romayne Martz. She preceded him in death on Nov. 10, 1974.

Danis Sheryl "Sherry" Rager, 61

September 2, 2013

Danis Sheryl "Sherry" Rager, 61, of Rossiter, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.

Sherry was born on Sept, 20, 1951, in Niagra Falls, New York, a daughter of the late Thomas Edward Beck, Sr. and DeMaris Loretta (Cessna) Beck.

On July 21, 2007, she married George R. Rager. He survives.

She enjoyed dancing, baking, needlework and being with friends.

Genevieve R. Haverilla, 90

September 2, 2013

Genevieve R. Haverilla, 90, Rossiter, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born July 15, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Angelo and Daily (Coretti) Ferrara.

On Sept. 21, 1946, she married Henry J. Haverilla, who preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 1988.

She was a study hall monitor at Punxsutawney High School from 1963 to 1971; she then founded the Haverilla Personal Care Home, where she continued to work until this past week.

She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rossiter.

Robert “Bob” Jay Melzer, Jr., 74

September 2, 2013

Robert “Bob” Jay Melzer, Jr. was escorted into Heaven by angels on Aug. 30, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was 74 years old.

He was born in the Wayne Hotel, Desire, Pa., on Sept, 17, 1938, to Robert “Jay” Melzer and Josephine (Jackson) Melzer.

In 1959, Bob married his best friend and the love of his life, Nancy (Keenan) Melzer, in Sykesville, Pa., and they built a home and started a family in Desire, Pa.

They welcomed 4 children — Bobbi, Elizabeth, Susan and Doug.

Phyllis Theresa Himes, 87

September 2, 2013

Phyllis Theresa Himes, 87, of Punxsutawney, died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Mulberry Square, where she had been a resident for the past four years.

She was surrounded by family and friends.

Phyllis was born June 4, 1926, in DeLancey, Pa.

She was the daughter of the late Cataldo and Theresa D. (Garvey) Scarantine.

Her father immigrated from Italy in 1899.

On Nov. 10, 1945, she married Reed M. Himes, who preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2001.

SUMMERVILLE’S LABOR DAY PARADE

September 2, 2013

The Summerville Public Library and the fire department held a Labor Day festival on Monday.

Events included a parade (pictured above), as well as a 5K walk/run, a car show, chicken BBQ, cornhole tournament, hot dog eating contest, Duck Derby and much more.

Strong Women exercise program coming to Punxsy, will start Wednesday

September 2, 2013

Pictured above are participants in the Strong Women program.

Van Dyke Dance Studio will be offering a new course starting Wednesday.

For details, see Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

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