Archive - 2013
Sophia Gabriel Pearce, newborn infant, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Born Dec. 13, 2013, Sophia was the daughter of Kenesha Channelle Pearce of Glen Campbell and Derek Robert Miller of Indiana.
Surviving relatives include her maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Wendy (Burge) Pearce of Glen Campbell; her maternal great-grandfather, Robert Pearce of Home; her paternal grandparents, Patty (Himes) Grant and husband Dave of Indiana and Jim Miller and wife Tracy of Rossiter; and her paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Grace Himes of Rochester Mills.
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, 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, 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 â€śBettyâ€ť (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, 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 â€śMurfâ€ť Smith.
Neal enjoyed stock car racing.
JEFFERSON COUNTY â€” 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.
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.
(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.)
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.
Make-A-Wish will be broadcasting live on WPXZ 104.1 starting Monday.
To donate, call 814-938-8888.
The 2013 Make-A-Wish schedule is as follows:
â€˘ Miller Brotherâ€™s Furniture, West Mahoning Street Dec. 16-20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
â€˘ Ragleyâ€™s True Value Hardware, North Findley Street Monday, Dec. 16, 7 to 9 a.m.
â€˘ Foxâ€™s Pizza, North Findley Street, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7 to 9 a.m.
â€˘ Caterinaâ€™s, North Findley Street, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 7 to 9 a.m.
â€˘ Punxsy Area Middle School, Beyer Avenue, Thursday, Dec. 19, 7 to 8 a.m.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” There is a saying that â€śGod works in mysterious ways,â€ť and we don't always know why things happen the way that they do, but He does.
For one brave little boy, the battle to survive began the moment he was born.
Mitchell Bartlebaugh was born with what the doctors diagnosed as Pierre-Robin Syndrome, a condition that left him with an underdeveloped bottom jaw and a tongue that fell back into his throat, causing him to be unable to breathe, accompanied by a cleft palate.
Now 3 years old, little Mitchell is a happy little boy, despite what he has had to endure.