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April 27th

Reynoldsville man, 37, dies in wreck

April 27, 2014

HENDERSON TOWNSHIP — A 37-year-old Reynoldsville man died following a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 2:35 a.m. Saturday along Route 119, near Hemlock Road, according to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police.

Ronald Leland McCracken was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder.

Police said the crash occurred as McCracken was traveling north on Route 119, and Gail Marie Weinzierl, 54, Punxsutawney, was traveling south.

April 25th

Father who lost son delivers sobering message to students at PAHS on dangers of drinking & driving

April 25, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The students at Punxsutawney Area High School (PAHS) have listened to many presentations regarding the dangers of drinking and driving, but none were quite as poignant as the program put on by Vern
Hilyer this week called "DUI — A Life Sentence" — not for his son, but for him.

"I'm serving the sentence every day since my son died in an auto accident on Sept. 10, 2005 due to alcohol," Hilyer said, adding that his late son, Brandon Hilyer, was a very talented athlete who played soccer and basketball and was known for his speed on the field.

Harold R. Pearce, 85

April 25, 2014

Harold R. Pearce, 85, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, April 25, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Warren and Bessie (Neal) Pearce.

He was married to Louise Couch on Nov. 5, 1949. She preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 1978.

He then married Irene Martz on Dec. 8, 1979, in Punxsutawney.

He retired in 1990 as the Plant Manager of D.G. Mock Oil Company in
Punxsutawney and also served for years as a Punxsutawney Police Officer.

April 24th

‘All things bright & beautiful’ to be showcased at FCOG Saturday

April 24, 2014

"All Things Bright and Beautiful: A Talent Show & Art, STEM and Creative Writing Exhibit" hosted by The Daylily Learning Center for children ages five to 12 years of age will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney. Pictured are Alayna, Zachary and Katryna Hoffman inviting everyone to come out and enjoy some great area talent.

For details, pick up a copy of today's edition of The Spirit.

Fire Department hosting gun raffle to raise funds this weekend

April 24, 2014

Chris Smith (left) of the Central Fire Department and Peter P. Pape of the Lindsey Fire Company are pictured selling chances at last year's Punxsutawney Fire Department gun raffle. This year’s raffle is scheduled for Saturday night at the National Guard Armory.

For details, pick up Friday's edition of The Spirit.

Familiar Faces Friday!

April 24, 2014

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” features to be written by Spirit reporter Destiny Pifer. The point of the project will be to highlight a member of the community who may be recognizable to many and tell his or her story. Today’s familiar face is Ann Himes Lott.)

By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Ann Himes Lott is a familiar face. You may recognize her as a former caseworker for the Department of Public Welfare, now known as the Jefferson County Assistance Office.

Rev. John N. Kunselman, 77

April 24, 2014

Rev. John N. Kunselman, 77, of Youngsville and formerly of Punxsutawney, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday evening, April 23, 2014.

He was born Oct. 10, 1936, in Elbon, Pa.

Rev. Kunselman attended God's Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating in 1960.

In the summer of 1959, he spent two months in Cuba doing missionary work with the Rev. and Mrs. Shreeve.

He began his ministry at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Springcreek in 1960, serving there until 1967.

Daniel Craig Newcome, 74

April 24, 2014

Daniel Craig Newcome, 74, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born Aug. 25, 1939, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late William and Clara (Beer) Newcome.

He held a master’s degree in education and was a schoolteacher.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy.

April 23rd

Gretchen Irene Pattison, 73

April 23, 2014

Gretchen Irene Pattison, 73, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Sept. 9, 1940, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Ashael and Mary (Welsh) Pattison.

Ms. Pattison was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church and was active and involved with the church events and functions.

Gretchen had previously worked at Prammco/Sportswear, Hoffman Diamond Products, Brookville Glove Factory and, lastly, as a lunch monitor at West End and Longview Elementary schools.

Maxine Seger, 96

April 23, 2014

Maxine Seger, 96, of Lower Burrell, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Fairwinds Manor in Sarver.

Services were private for family, and burial was at Worthville Cemetery.

Arrangements were through the McCabe Funeral Home of Punxsutawney.

(Editor’s note: This piece is one in a series of “Familiar Faces Friday” features to be written by Spirit reporter...
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