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October 29th

Helen Martha Lyons, 99

October 29, 2014

Helen Martha Lyons, 99, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at home.

She was born in 1915 in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Fred
S. and Zula (Stiver) Heitzenrater.

On March 31, 1937, she married Harry J. Lyons, who preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1988.

She was a member of the First Church of God of Punxsutawney.

Helen was a seamstress and specialized in drapery making.

Ellen Joan James, 82

October 29, 2014

Ellen Joan James, 82, passed away on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ellen was the daughter of the late Silas Alvin and Sara Luellen Rolls of Punxsutawney. She was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School and Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Willoughby, Ohio, a former elementary school teacher and the retired owner of Barbre Nursery Schools in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

October 28th

Earl C. Covert, 93

October 28, 2014

Earl C. Covert, 93, of Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mr. Covert was born on Oct. 15, 1921, in Angola, New York, a son of the late Edwin and Elizabeth (Angove) Covert.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Covert was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Lula M. (Frederick) Covert.

He was a member of the Chestnut Grove Church.

Lady Chucks advance to D-9 Title Game

October 28, 2014

Pictured here are members of the Lady Chucks volleyball team celebrating their 3-1 victory over Karns City in the District IX semi-finals. With the win, Punxsy advances to the finals, where it will face St. Marys in a neutral-site match — at DuBois on Thursday.

For more from the game, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.

Going back in time: Historical Society hosts Spirit Walk in Barclay Square

October 28, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area Historical and Genealogical Society, along with the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, hosted a Spirit Walk on Tuesday evening. Tour groups were led on a moonlit walk back in time to Barclay Square through the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when Punxsutawney was much different.

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

October 27th

Paranormal researcher Zaffis visits PSU-DuBois

October 28, 2014

DUBOIS — When it comes to ghosts and demonic possessions, there are those who believe and those who don't.

Whatever you may believe, the subject can be quite frightening to even think about.

Donna Belle (Smith) Newcome, 77

October 27, 2014

Donna Belle (Smith) Newcome, 77, of Punxsutawney, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. For the past year, she had been a resident of Christ the King Manor in DuBois.

She and her twin brother, Donald, were born on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1936, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Walter and Nora E. (Furman) Smith.

Donna Belle was a 1954 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

On Sept. 8, 1962, she married Ronald Newcome, Jr. He preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 2012. They enjoyed nearly fifty years of marriage together.

Karns City too much for Punxsy JVs

October 27, 2014

Punxsy's JV football team had a rough night Monday against Karns City, as the Gremlins coasted to a 41-0 victory.

Punxsy's Jacob Weaver, pictured above, was able to break a few big runs and ended up with almost 50 on the night.

Punxsy's schedule slows down this week, but tonight is highlighted by the volleyball team's opening-round match against Karns City. The Lady Chucks are the top seed, while the Gremlins are the No. 4 seed. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. in Punxsy.

Lonnie Prescher, 48

October 27, 2014

Lonnie Prescher, 48, Stump Creek, passed away Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, after a lengthy illness. Born March 11, 1966, in Bedford, Pa., he was the son of Haddie Carol Prescher Tipping, who survives in Ohio.

Lonnie is also survived by his longtime girlfriend, Sammie Botelho of Stump Creek; three children, Billie Jo, Shawn and Tonya Kniseley, all of Reynoldsville; three grandchildren, Hayley Kniseley, Tye and Kiera LaBorde; two brothers, Bert and Brock Tipping, both of Ohio; three sisters, Renee Roper and Bridget and Erica Tipping, all of Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen Martha Lyons, 99

October 27, 2014

Helen Martha Lyons, 99, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at home.

She was born in 1915 in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Fred S. and Zula (Stiver) Heitzenrater.

On March 31, 1937, she married Harry J. Lyons, who preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1988.

She was a member of the First Church of God of Punxsutawney.

Helen was a seamstress and specialized in drapery making.

She enjoyed reading the paper and keeping up with current events, crocheting, painting, reading, crafts and her dog, Benji. She was also a vendor at the Hazen Flea Market for more than 40 years.

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