Archive - 2014
James Edward Gearhart, 87, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Christ the King Manor.
He was born April 13, 1926, in Luthersburg, a son of the late Samuel and Mary (Alsbaugh) Gearhart.
Mr. Gearhart was a United States Army veteran, having served during World War II.
He previously worked in assembly for General Motors, drove piggyback trucks and drove horses across the U.S.
He enjoyed bowling, going tobogganing and being with his family.
Elizabeth M. McGlumphy, 84, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, at her home.
Mrs. McGlumphy was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Sevistock) Wanchick.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. McGlumphy.
Elizabeth was Byzantine by faith.
She loved gardening and time with her family.
She is survived by a son, William J. McGlumphy and wife Melissa of Punxsutawney; two grandchildren, Adam Dotts and wife Brittany and Tyler Dotts; and one great-grandchild, Coy Dotts.
BIG RUN â€” We've had Punxsy Phil tell us that it is going to be a long winter. The Old Farmer's Almanac said the same thing, as did all of the weather gurus from The Weather Channel and AccuWeather â€” but how about the Big Run Peepers?
The little frogs that are barely the size of your fingernail are sticking with the popular forecast of a long winter, and they will peep on April 8, according to the Big Run Peeper watcher Jeff London, owner of Big Run Carpet.
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
March 14, 1888
Cheap Excursion Rates
The Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh railway have arranged for a series of cheap excursions to all principal lane points in Iowa, Minnesota, Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico.
Mary L. Coon, 77, of Smicksburg, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Coon was born June 26, 1936, in Indiana, Pa., a daughter of the late Robert T. and Zelda (Kaufman) Schrecongost.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Coon.
Mary was a member of the New Life Lutheran Church in Marion Center.
She enjoyed bowling, reading, spending time with her family and her grandpuppy â€śCookie.â€ť
She is survived by one son, Tom Coon and wife Leslie of Rochester Mills;
Martha Lucille â€śLucyâ€ť Stephanic, 82, of Rochester Mills, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Feb. 13, 1932, in Jackson Township, a daughter of the late Raymond U. and Violet M. Schrack.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Stephanic, who passed away in 1997; a brother, Raymond G. Schrack; and sisters Elizabeth Stephens and Evelyn â€śPeepâ€ť Clouser.
Punxsutawney Christian School students (from left) Devon Miller, Julia Martino, Luke Fugate, Jake Kuhn and Austin Troutman showcase a few of the tickets for the upcoming Sidewalk Prophets concert being put on by the
Sidewalk Prophets is a popular contemporary Christian band, and the proceeds from the concert will go toward benefitting the school.
The concert is scheduled for June.
For details on how to purchase tickets, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The future of the Pantall Hotel is unclear at this time, but there are reasons for those who are hoping for the best to be optimistic, even though the sheriff's sale has been postponed once again.
To find out the postponed date and for more details, pick up Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Erlamon D. (Beatty) Kovach, 90, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Kovach was born May 12, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Harry and Lenora (Summerville) Beatty.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Kovach. They were married April 17, 1943.
She attended the St. Peters United Church of Christ.
Erlamon loved city life. She and her husband, Charles, traveled the world together and lived many exciting places, eventually returning to Punxsutawney and enjoying time with her family.
Clara Jane Rossi, 86, of Wilora Lake Road, Charlotte, N.C., passed away early Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Novant Presbyterian Hospital.
She was born in Cloe, Pa., on Nov. 30, 1927, a daughter of the late Ward and Ersie Haag Bargerstock.
She worked for Rochester Telephone.
Survivors include two brothers, Harry Bargerstock and wife Marie of Franklinville, N.C., and Fred and wife Gladys of Ontario, N.Y.
Final arrangements were handled by Wilson Funeral and Cremation Services.