January 9th, 2012
Bertha A. (Kauffman) Hoffman, 84, Erie, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Pleasant Ridge Manor East.
She was born Oct. 29, 1927, in Clearfield County, a daughter of the late Henry and Catherine (Lee) Kauffman.
She was married to James W. Hoffman, who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Hoffman was an 11-year resident of Erie and enjoyed time spent with her family and friends. She lived in Punxsutawney for more than 30 years.
(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 22, 1896)
Bind Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bruner
And Ransack the House
Robert Edward Anderson Sr., 79, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, in Melbourne, Fla.
He was born April 17, 1932, in Greensburg, a son of the late Joseph and Bessie (Matthews) Anderson.
He was married to Mary Johnston Anderson, who survives.
Mr. Anderson was employed as a teacher for the Punxsutawney Area School District.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean conflict, and was a member of the Westmoreland Lodge No. 518 and Accepted Masons.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.
Clyde K. Mohney, 89, Punxsutawney, died Sunday Jan. 8, 2012, at Dubois Regional Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 20, 1922, a son of the late John C. and Fannie M. (Smith) Mohney.
He was a dairy farmer all his life.
He was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Mohney enjoyed life; he was an avid reader and an avid hunter.
He enjoyed all of the flowers that surrounded his home, and he also enjoyed watching the birds at his bird feeder.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The last time the Lady Chucks and the Clearfield Lady Bison basketball teams met each other Dec. 20, the game was a high-scoring affair that ended in double overtime with Clearfield outscoring Punxsy 60-55. Friday night, the two teams met again in another shootout-style game, and Punxsy's Taylor Newcome put up 36 points to help ensure that the Lady Chucks grabbed a 68-55 victory on their home court in the rematch.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The selection of 12 jurors and four alternates for the upcoming trial of Steven Patrick Rebert will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
Rebert, formerly of Emporium, faces double homicide charges in the shooting deaths of Victoria Lynn Shugar and her husband, James Shugar â€” also known as Wayne Shugar â€” both 61, who were found dead April 12, 2010, in their Coal Tipple Road home, Brockway.
The Honorable John Henry Foradora (not pictured) administers the oath of office to the Jefferson County Commissioners Tuesday at the courthouse. Pictured are (from left) Commissioner Jeff Pisarcik and Auditor Brenda Scarantine; Commissioner Jim McIntyre and his wife, Eileen; and Paula Corbin and Commissioner Chairman Paul Corbin.
Thomas E. Austen, 69, Sigel, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at home.
He was born June 15, 1942, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Edwin Armstrong and Margaret B. (Hanlon) Austen.
May 14, 1977, in Sigel, he married Barbara J. Burford, who survives.
Mr. Austen worked in elementary education for the Brookville Area School District for 10 years and retired as the safety supervisor from National Fuel Gas.
Mary D. Coblentz, 37, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at DRMC West.
She was born Sept. 8, 1974.
She was married to John R. Coblentz, who survives.
In addition to her husband and parents, surviving relatives include four daughters, Amanda, Katie Ann, Fannie and Barbara; five sons, Marvin, Mahlon, Ervin, Daniel and Henry; and her brothers, sisters and many friends.
Friends will be received from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at 2442 Canoe Ridge Rd., Rossiter.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home.
Emma Lester Hetrick, 96, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born Oct. 9, 1915, in Anita, a daughter of the late Philip and Clara (Humm) Lester.
July 25, 1947, she married Fred A. Hetrick, who preceded her in death Aug. 19, 1980.
She lived all her married life in New Bethlehem.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Punxsutawney and was an avid quilter.
Surviving relatives include two step-granddaughters, one step-grandson, one step-daughter-in-law and several nieces and nephews.