Archive - 2014
Grace M. Huber, 92, Marchand, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at Wellington Heights in Punxsutawney.
She was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Vandergrift, a daughter of the late Jerry and Lena (Johns) Huber.
She was a member of the Marchand United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
She was the guardian for her nieces, Elena and Sheila Dorr, and her nephew, Karl Van Huber.
On Friday â the eve of prom â PAHS seniors took part in the annual SADD Club Mock Crash assembly.
Pictured is injured passenger Jordan Knox being transported by Paul Doughty (left), a Central Fire Department firefighter and a member of Jefferson County EMS, during Friday's mock crash.
Tpr. D. Matthew Powell, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, spoke to the senior class at Punxsutawney Area High School regarding the dangers of drinking and driving.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â If you're like me âÂ or like most people we know âÂ you don't know what otolaryngology is. But one face that's becoming more and more familiar in town â and in the hallways of Punxsutawney Area
Hospital (PAH) â is otolaryngologist
Dr. Eyad Khabbaz, MD. In layman's terms, that means he specializes in treating ears, noses and throats (ENT).
Ruth Helen Bloom, 93, of Big Run, formerly of Troutville, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Grampian (Chestnut Grove), the daughter of the late Milard and Sophia Sheesley Bloom.
She was a homemaker and founding member of the Bible Fellowship Church in Chestnut Grove.
She was very active with the development of the church from the beginning.
She also loved spending time with her family.
Michael Joseph Dubensky, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, May 2, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Aug. 16, 1930, in Adrian Hospital, a son of the late Peter and Anna (Kostiak) Dubensky.
Mr. Dubensky was a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Michael was a member of S.S. Peter and Paul Byzantine Church.
He was married to the former Elizabeth L. Williams. She preceded him in death in 1977.
Michael shared 30 years of his life with Doris June Ansinger. She survives and resides in Punxsutawney.
The location of Saturday's prom procession has been changed from Barclay Square to the high school auditorium.
The procession will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.
PAHS seniors recently voted for the 2014 Prom King and Queen, and the winners will be crowned Saturday night at the prom.
Members of the court include (front, from left) Alaina Martin, Kasey Martz, Jaysa Neale, Haley Hartman; (back) Kevin Hughes, Tommy Renwick, Johnny Gigliotti and Ryan Presloid.
Read all about the students in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
(Editorâs note: This piece is one in a series of âFamiliar Faces Fridayâ 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. Todayâs familiar face is Nate Pyles.)
By Destiny Pifer
Of The Spirit
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Nate Pyles is a familiar face. You may recognize him as the produce worker at County Market. Or perhaps you have seen him doing his puppet ministry throughout the community.
George S. Gardiner, 91, Punxsutawney, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
He was born June 2, 1922, in DuBois, the son of George A. and Martha (Newell) Gardiner.
On Aug. 24, 1946, he married Mabel V. (Orris) Gardiner. She preceded him in death on May 6, 2008.
George was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
He was a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania and received his masterâs degree in education from the Penn State University.
He was a retired Industrial Arts teacher at Punxsutawney High School, where he taught for 35 years.
Jared Wm. Clemmer, Jr., 84, of Barto, companion of Helen Faust, died Thursday, May 1, 2014, at his residence.
Born in Norristown, he was the son of the late Jared W. Clemmer Sr. and Bertha (Kramer) Clemmer.
He served in the Army during the Korean War.
Jared worked for Merck Sharp and Dohme, most of his life as a truck driver, retiring at age 63.
Jared is well known in the community for his beautiful farm and his many "creatures."