Archive - 2014
Leonard W. Burkett, 73, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, at his home.
Mr. Burkett was born June 20, 1940, in Brookville, a son of the late Leonard J. and Ruth (Stormer) Burkett.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances C. (McDonald) Burkett.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a Military Police Officer.
Leonard worked many years as a foreman for G.E. in Erie before returning to Punxsutawney to work for Yenzi Coal Company before retirement.
He absolutely loved to ride his Harley as much as he could. He also enjoyed fishing and flower gardening.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Throughout the country, our fallen heroes were honored at Memorial Day observances, including here in Punxsutawney with a parade through downtown and a memorial service that was held under blue skies and bright sunshine in Barclay Square.
For full coverage from events in Punxsy, Big Run and Rossiter, as well as several photos, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Thomas W. Siesky, 57, of Victor Avenue in Warren, Pa., formerly of Brookville, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Warren General Hospital.
He was born Aug. 7, 1956, in Brookville, the son of Jane Brooks.
He is survived by his companion, Susan Slater, of Warren, Pa.
Thomas worked as the owner and operator of the American Hotel in Brookville.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he loved sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pirates. He was previously a member and active in Ducks Unlimited.
Gifford â€śBudâ€ť Sheesley, 83, of Economy, Pa., died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Born May 30, 1930, in Hamilton, Pa., he was the son of the late Robert and Lossie Smith Sheesley.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Barbara Sheesley; two brothers; and five sisters.
Surviving are four daughters, Robin Sheesley (Honalee) of North Carolina, Sandy (David) Novak of East McKeesport, Bonnie Story of Wisconsin and Darlene (George) Batch of South Carolina; seven
Just a reminder, The Spiritâ€™s office will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day, and no paper will be distributed on Monday.
Normal office hours and distribution will continue on Tuesday.
Please celebrate safely and responsibly!
On Tuesday evening, Rainbow Express Preschool celebrated its graduation ceremony at the Missionary Alliance Church in Punxsutawney.
Pictured here are the The PM Cookie Monsters
For a full list of the graduates and helpers, as well as more photos, pick up up today's issue to The Spirit.
Athletes from Punxsutawney and Brookville competed at the PIAA State Championship track and field meet this Friday. Among the more noteworthy competitors was Brandi Cooper, who placed seventh overall in the pole vault. Check out the full story in Saturday's edition of the Punxsutawney Spirit.
On Wednesday, the Punxsutawney Rotary Club presented Hannah Rummel (center) with the Glenn M. Means Award, recognizing her as the 2014 Outstanding Vocational Student at Jefferson County DuBois Area Vocational Technical School.
Pictured at the presentation are David London, Punxsy Rotary representative; Heather Anderson, Jeff Tech counselor; and Rummel, with her parents, Debbie and Kurt Rummel.
Read all about Rummel in Saturday's issue of The Spirit.
McDonaldâ€™s representatives (from left) Shift Manager Sherry Huber, Manager Karen Love and Shift Manager Cheyenne Helman display some of the goods they collected for their Support The Troops campaign recently.
As a result of the campaign, 56 care packages will be sent over to troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
After a life fully lived, JD Taladay, 82, departed this Earth much later than he expected, on May 22, 2014.
Born Sept. 27, 1931, in Punxsutawney he was baptized Jerome Cosmas Damian at the church of the same name, where he was a lifelong parishioner.
Many called him Jerry; he invariably referred to himself as simply JD.
A 1949 graduate of SS.C.D. High School, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant and served in a combat zone during the Korean War.