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Dennis B. Keck, 66

March 23, 2014

Dennis B. Keck, 66, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 22, 2014.

He was born July 9, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Alfred E. and Helen L. Keck.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970 as a PFC.

He received many medals and a Purple Heart during his years of service.

He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Punxsutawney and also worked for the Baltimore Life Insurance Company.

He was an active member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Punxsutawney.

He enjoyed antiquing, fishing, golf and sports.

Andrew Kay Reitz, 84

March 23, 2014

A. Kay Reitz, 84, of Mayport, died Thursday March 20, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born Jan. 10, 1930, in Corbettown, Pa., he was the son of the late Mervin C. and Valera Painter Reitz.

Kay married Verna A. Minich Smathers on June 30, 1971. She preceded him in death on July 24, 2009.

He was self employed as a dairy farmer.

Kay belonged to many farm-related organizations. His hobby was restoring antique tractors.

He belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ohl.

Mary C. Painter, 83

March 23, 2014

Mary C. Painter, 83, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Oct. 21, 1930, in Starford, Pa., a daughter of the late Carl F. and Scharlotte (Tucker) Stamler.

On Aug. 31, 1949, she married Theodore Wayne Painter in Maryland. He preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 2004.

She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church of Rossiter.

She enjoyed crocheting, church, church meetings, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Coal truck overturns on Route 210

March 23, 2014

This tri-axle dump truck driven by a Punxsutawney man ended up in a ditch when a tire blew while traveling on Route 210 in North Mahoning Township in Indiana County on Saturday.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

WWII veteran Hurd to return to Normandy in June

March 23, 2014

VFW Post 9044 Quartermaster Bob Lott (left) and Post Commander Jim Pallone (right) present a check to Big Run VFW Post Surgeon Wally Hurd to help with his expenses in returning to Normandy this June on the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Way Back When

March 23, 2014

(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
April 4, 1888

A New Industry
Messrs. O. P. Galer, and W. C. Langsford, of Osceola, recently purchased a piece of ground from M. J. Dinsmore and O. H. Nordstrom, on the South Side, for the purpose of erecting an establishment for the manufacture of mining tools and cars.

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