Archive - 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Growing up in Punxsutawney, Ashley Parsons knew from
the time she was a very little girl that she wanted to be a nurse and help others.
Mervin W. Jordan, 101, Covode, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 5, 1911, in Covode, a son of the late John and Minnie (Wachob) Jordan.
On March 3, 1941, he married Margaret (States) Jordan, who survives.
He was a member of the Covode United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed farming, dogs, family, growing zinnias and gardening.
He was a truck driver for many different employers and companies.
Irene C. Hopkins, 88, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.
She was born July 10, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Hannon) McCullough.
She was married to James M. â€śHoppyâ€ť Hopkins, who preceded her in death on April 29, 2008.
She was a member of the SS.C.D. Roman Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.
She was a great wife, homemaker and beloved mother to all her children and grandchildren.
She was brought into this world to do what she knew best, and that was to love her husband and children.
Robert A. Hoffman, 80, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at home.
He was born Aug. 3, 1932, in Moulton, Texas, the son of the late Virgil and Mary (Filip) Hoffman.
He married Linda (Lellock) Hoffman on July 3, 1957.
He worked as a driller for Petty Geophysical, the Dowell Company and Perry Drilling.
He also was employed as a Service Manager for Lellock Motors.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A part of the life that each one lives is grieving the loss of those that he or she loves, and doing so is one of the most difficult, diverse parts of life as we all know it.
In an effort to help those who are going through the grief process â€” or even those who know someone else going through it â€” two local women are teaming up to bring a new program to the community of Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” If you missed the Eddie James Aug. 31 concert at Barclay Square due to the football game and other scheduling conflicts, then Wednesday is your chance to see him for free at the Alliance Church located in Young Township.
Drinda Smith is the organizer of the original event, which was held to honor the memory of her son, Joel Riggleman, 19, and teens Sean McConnaughey, 18, and Dylan Behrendt, 19, all of Punxsutawney, who
died in a car crash near Dayton in November of 2011.
Smith said James had contacted her several weeks ago and said he and his
(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.)
February 3, 1897
P.P. Long, proprietor of the Racket store, in the Beyer building, G.H. Wise, of the firm of Wise Bros, and P.C. Edelblute, of the Edelblute Brosâ€™ dry good establishment are at Clearfield this week attending court.
Georjean Brady, 71, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at home.
She was born Nov. 17, 1941, in Stump Creek, a daughter of the late Fred â€śBarneyâ€ť and Mary (Magolis) Quashnock.
On May 26, 1962, she married William C. Brady. He survives.
She was a loving wife and mother.
She enjoyed fishing with her husband, painting, arts and crafts, crocheting and her friends at the Senior Center.
Georjean was named the Jefferson County Senior Corps-RSVP top volunteer for February in 2012, by Community Action, Inc.
Christopher Brandner, 28, of Glen Campbell, Pa., died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Glen Campbell.
He was born May 29, 1984, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., a son of Jerold W. and Eileen Joy (Williamson) Brandner.
He was a welder by trade.
He is survived by his father, Jerold W. Brandner, Jr.; two sisters, Catherine Byers of Mahaffey, Pa., and Rachel Morgan of Wylie, Texas; two nieces, Ava Mattis and Audrey Byers, both of Mahaffey, Pa.; his grandparents, Stanley and Rose Smith of Glen Campbell, Pa.; and by one aunt, Althea Galiowski, of North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Joyce Hughes, 80, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital in Punxsutawney.
She was born May 24, 1932, in Harpursville, N.Y., a daughter of Reuel and Georgia (Starbird) Smith.
She was married August 28, 1954, in Harpursville, N.Y., to John H. Hughes, who survives.
She attended Cornell University.
She was a homemaker.
She was a strong believer in education and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Punxsutawney and was very active in various committees.