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Archive - 2014

December 23rd

Mary M. “Bonnie" (Bianco) Britton, 80

December 24, 2014

Mary M. “Bonnie" (Bianco) Britton, 80, of Falls Creek died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Penn Highlands, DuBois.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1934, in Walston, Pa., the daughter of the late Jacob and Pauline (Knopick) Bianco.

Mrs. Britton was a homemaker and devoted mother and grandmother.

December 22nd

Local couple spreading joy with Christmas display

December 22, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For many, Christmas is a magical season of giving and receiving. However, for some, it is a season that brings creativity to life.

For local resident Bonnie Bennett, it is a season where her creativity comes to life.

Every year, Bennett sets up her Christmas village scene with tiny houses, shops and little figurines.

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

December 21st

Arlene Louise Saffer, 76

December 22, 2014

Arlenna Louise Saffer, 76, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at home.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1938, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Clara (Couch) Tyger.

She married James Walter Saffer in May 1957, who is a U.S. Navy veteran. He survives.

She previously worked at Rola Jensen and County Market for over 20 years.

Daniel Howard Reed, 70

December 22, 2014

Daniel Howard Reed, 70, of Reynoldsville, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at home.

He was born April 1, 1944, in DuBois, a son of the late Charles Ira and Ruth Lorraine (McAdoo) Reed.

On May 30, 1970, he married the former Deborah Cecelia Sones. She survives.

Mr. Reed was a station electrician for Penelec for 21 years. His hobbies were fishing, woodworking and gardening.

Robert E. Burns Sr, 84

December 22, 2014

Robert E. Burns Sr, 84, of Fairview, passed away on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He was born in Reynoldsville, Pa. on July 7, 1930, to the late Edward C. Burns Jr. and Ruth G. (Bone) Burns.

Robert was raised and educated in Reynoldsville, graduating from Reynoldsville High School. After high school, he began working at Bussards Auto until he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in the Korean Conflict. Robert received a Purple Heart for injuries he received while serving.

December 19th

Light Up a Child’s Life campaign concludes with total over $77,000

December 20, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Another successful "Light Up A Child's Life" campaign wrapped on Friday at Miller Brothers Furniture in Punxsutawney, with an approximate total of $77,460 raised through the annual radio-thon on WPXZ 104.1 F.M.

Lindsey Herzing, regional manager for Make-A-Wish, thanked Punxsutawney once again for the great support.

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

Peggy Ann Lloyd, 83

December 19, 2014

Peggy Ann Lloyd, 83, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

Peggy Ann born Dec. 27, 1930, in Apollo, a daughter of the late McHenry and Chloe (Shuler) Postlewait.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynda Fuchs and husband Jeffrey of Syracuse, New York; sister Sally J. and husband Rev. James Lantz of Valier; granddaughters Leah Fuchs and partner Lars Kalnajs of Boulder, Colorado, and Marla Sendall and husband Tim of Cambridge, United Kingdom; great-grandsons Izaac and Amos Fuchs; and nieces and

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday Cookies

December 19, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday Cookies

’Tis the season for best-in-show desserts, and a batch of homemade cookies is the perfect holiday gift for the friends, neighbors, and schoolteachers in our lives. Sandwich walnut cookies, allergy-friendly molasses cookies, and sparkling vanilla sandwich cookies will do the trick for all your cookie-giving needs.

December 18th

Day 4 of Make-A-Wish campaign sees total surpass $30,000

December 18, 2014

It was Day 4 of the "Light Up a Child's Life" campaign for Make-A-Wish on Thursday morning, and both PAMS and PAHS participated in the campaign. Pictured are members of the PAHS Choir, who sang Christmas carols. As of Thursday morning, Lindsey Herzing, Make-A-Wish regional manager, said the campaign had raised almost $24,000. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Make-A-Wish was at Miller Brothers Furniture, where the campaign continued with the annual auction. Herzing said that this year, they are doing something a bit different by showing everything that is being bid on.

Cheryl Marie Sibley McMinn, 88

December 18, 2014

Cheryl Marie Sibley McMinn, 88, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 3, at her home in Dunedin, Florida.

She was born Dec. 21,1925, in Brockway, to Lorena and Everett Sibley.

On Nov. 9, 1942, she married Wayne J. McMinn Sr., who preceded her in death on Feb. 27, 2009. They were members of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney until they retired to Florida.

Cheryl worked as a secretary in the records department at the Adrian Hospital and retired as a secretary for the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C in 1977.

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