February 26th, 2012
James R. Dinger, 71, Harrisville, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice in Butler.
He was born July 20, 1940, in Knox Dale, a son of the late Charles I. and Anna May C. (Miller) Dinger.
April 29, 1961, he married Helen E. (Shaffer) Dinger, of Harrisville, who survives.
Mr. Dinger was employed as a machinist at Pulva Corp. of Saxonburg, retiring in June 2011 after 16 years of service. He was formerly employed at the former Cooper-Bessemer Co. in Grove City.
He was a member of the West Unity Community Church in Harrisville.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
She was born Jan. 2, 1943, in Falls Creek, a daughter of the late William David and Mary C. Barnett Stauffer.
Ms. McMillen attended Reynoldsville High School.
She was formerly married to William Dale McMillen, who preceded her in death March 10, 1991.
Ms. McMillen was a waitress for 22 years at Truck Stops of America.
She was an active member of her church, the First Assembly of God in Punxsutawney.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Because of limitations on the number of matches high school wrestlers are able to participate in each season, it was only within the last six years that Punxsy saw its first 100-win wrestler in Matt Means, who graduated in 2006. Means finished his career with 110 wins.
Last year, 2011 graduate Kody Young joined Means in the 100-win club and surpassed Means' win total to become the winningest wrestler in PAHS history with 144 individual victories.
This season, two Punxsy grapplers joined the 100-win club, in seniors Neko Cappella and Seth Spack.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Last Saturday, fifth-grade basketball teams from Indiana, Homer City, Brookville, Purchase Line and Butler traveled to Punxsutawney for the fifth-grade elementary basketball tournament hosted by SS.C.D. and the Punxsutawney Community Center.
A pair of Punxsy teams competed, one in the boys' division and one in the girls'.
The girls' team finished with a 3-1 record, with its only loss coming to Ligonier Valley.
Punxsy started the tournament with an 8-6 victory over Indiana Saturday morning.
UNIVERSITY PARK â Last weekend, after months of scandal and media scrutiny surrounding their school, Penn State students took to the floor at the Bryce Jordan Center for the annual IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon â better known as THON â and showed just what the phrase âWe are Penn Stateâ means.
And two PAHS graduates â Brittany Baker and Keri Dinsmore â helped Penn State shatter last yearâs record, raising $10.7 million for pediatric cancer research and to help emotionally and financially support families affected by pediatric cancer.
BROOKVILLE â âThe bus stops hereâ was the slogan of the day when U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompsonâs (R-5) bus tour paid a visit to the Jefferson County Courthouse Friday during his 2012 election announcement tour.
âWeâre in the middle of a four-day, 16-county, 23-stop 700-mile campaign bus kickoff,â he said, adding that he does three things when running for reelection: He works hard, he does the right things, and he communicates with his constituents.
Thompson said he likes the message it sends when heâs running for re-election every two years.
BROCKWAY â Wednesday night, more than 150 people attended a public hearing to voice their concerns about a gas companyâs proposal to drill in Brockway borough.
Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25), state Rep. Sam Smith (R-66) and state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-78), called the meeting to give Brockway residents the opportunity to get answers from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Flatirons Resources, the company whose proposal has caused dissatisfaction for local residents.
Mary Jane Bodenhorn, 91, County Acres Personal Care Home, Titusville, formerly of Punxsutawney, went to be with the Lord Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.
She was born May 1, 1920, in Colombus, Ohio, the youngest daughter of the late James and Nannie Mae Sims.
She was the beloved wife of Paul N. Bodenhorn Sr., whom she married Jan. 26, 1943, and who preceded her in death Dec. 27, 1974.
Mrs. Bodenhorn had been a secretary for Canoe Township for 20 years and held many positions while living at Mahoning Towers.
Betty Stear Long, 97, a longtime resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Feb. 1, 2012, at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh, N.C., after a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 25, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jean and Frank Stear.
After graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1931, she attended Indiana State Teachersâ College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.
Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Heath Center in Brookville.
A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Arrangements are under the care of the Furlong Funeral Home, Summerville.