February 12th, 2012
(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.)
(April 29, 1896)
THE REDS AND THE BLUES
A Contest To Increase
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John Robert Bazella Sr., 66, Rossiter, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1945, in New Kensington, a son of the late John Casmier and Olive Bertha (Daugherty) Bazella.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran, having faithfully served his country in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, where he was also exposed to Agent Orange that caused years of health issues that he refused to let keep him down.
Oct. 18, 1968, he married Judith Anne Heinsen, who survives.
In 1997, he and his wife moved to the 250-acre family farm in Rossiter.
Jeanette W. Craft, 93, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born June 30, 1918, in Mahaffey, a daughter of the late Stanley and Antonia (Sokolowski) Visnesky.
June 19, 1955, she married Paul W. Craft, who preceded her in death April 26, 1981.
She was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Sykesville.
She was a private practice nurse, a farm wife and a personal investor.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After picking up its first District IX sweep of the sea- son Tuesday at St. Marys, the Lady Chucks basketball team hoped to make it two consecutive sweeps when the DuBois Lady Beavers came to town Friday, and the Lady Chucks pulled the feat off with a thrilling 34-31 victory that came down to the last second.
Punxsy seemed to be in control after outscoring the Lady Beavers 21-12 in the first half, but DuBois stormed back in the second half. DuBois outscored Punxsy, 10-7, in the third quarter to narrow the lead to six points.
DUBOIS â€” Punxsy's boys' basketball team was outscored 27-11 in the first half of Friday night's game at DuBois, and despite battling back and playing stellar defense in the second half, the Chucks were unable to overcome the deficit in a 42-30 loss to the Beavers.
The news wasn't all bad for Punxsy Friday night, though, as with Bradford's loss at Brookville, the Chucks did clinch the No. 1 seed at the District IX Class AAA playoffs in March.
BROOKVILLE â€” Convicted murderer Steven P. Rebert, who was found guilty of two counts of criminal homicide following his jury trial in January, has filed post-trial motions for acquittal or a new trial.
Jan. 24, the jury found Rebert, formerly of Emporium, guilty of double homicide in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn and Wayne Shugar, both 61, whose bodies were found April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
PennDOT, property owners discuss crosswalk devices
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Friday, representatives from PennDOT District 10 met with a group of concerned citizens regarding the placement of pedestrian crosswalk sign activation buttons.
Joe Ferrara, who, along with his wife, Joan VanDyke, owns the building at the corner of East Mahoning and South Findley streets, has spoken at several Punxsutawney Borough Council meetings about his unhappiness with the placement of the walk and donâ€™t-walk activation buttons.
BROOKVILLE â€” Those who were closest to him said Connor Gerg could make friends with anyone.
This was especially true at school and at the Brookville YMCA, Tina Householder said, where Connor spent most of his time.
"Although I wasn't in school with him, I saw that he had such a gift of being friends with everybody," Householder said. "And he often helped the underdog. He was such a kind, kind kid."
Sunday, Feb. 19, the Brookville YMCA is hosting Share the Love, a run/walk event to honor the life Connor lived.
Martha Lillian Costanzo, 98, of Derry, and formerly of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in the Bethlen Home, Ligonier.
She was born June 26, 1913, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Evritt and Lillie Bell Weiss Dunn.
She was married to Frank A. Costanzo, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Costanzo was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Derry.
Surviving relatives include two sons, William J. Costanzo and wife Virginia of Derry, and Charles E. Costanzo and wife Lee of Birmingham, Ala.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Lois L. Dinger, 77, Brookville, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
She was born Feb. 19, 1934, in Dora, a daughter of the late Reed Ernest and Hazel Lucetta (Geist) Kunselman.
Nov. 15, 1952, in Jefferson County, she married Harold E. Dinger, who preceded her in death Aug. 23, 1998.
Mrs. Dinger was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Church of the Nazarene, Brookville, where she was active in church affairs.