Gloria Jean Hipple Rhodes, 70, Clarion, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at her home after a heroic battle with pancreatic and liver cancer.
Gloria was born Aug. 22, 1941, in Titusville. She was the daughter of the late Jeanne (Russell) Hipple Williams and the late Harold Hipple. She was the step-daughter of the late Harry Williams.
May 27, 1995, she married the love of her life, Arnie Rhodes. They shared sixteen-and-a-half years together.
Gloria was known as âDuchess of the Kane District,â where Arnold served as District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church.
Mary A. Craven, 79, Punxsutawney (Hamilton area), died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born March 13, 1932, in Marchand, a daughter of the late Richard P. and Ruth (Lewis) Enterline.
Dec. 16, 1950, she married Milton L. Craven Sr., who preceded her in death.
Mrs. Craven was a member of the Grange Church of God.
Thomas B. Barkley, 79, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at home with his family at his side.
He was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph H. and Sarah Ruth (Orr) Barkley.
Dec. 20, 1953, he married Joan Work, who preceded him in death Dec. 23, 1970.
Feb. 3, 1974, he married Louise Lewis, who survives.
Mr. Barkley was a member of the Presbyterian Church, where he served as a church elder.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1950.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Current Cincinnati Reds' and former Punxsutawney Area High School catcher Devin Mesoraco, known for his generosity to the Make-A-Wish campaign in Punxsutawney over the years, is displaying his Christmas spirit in another manner related to his lifelong-dream-turned-career this year by contributing to the renovation of the Rich Kuntz Memorial Field complex this week.
This Christmas is a very special one for me, as it is my first as "Uncle Zak."
My gorgeous niece came into the world in January of this year, so this is her first Christmas, and although she lives more than 2,000 miles away in Canada, she's spending her first Christmas in the States with us.
Emma Jean has brought joy into the lives of us all, and we're all incredibly excited that she is visiting us.
And personally, she has given me a renewed sense of the giving aspect of the Christmas holiday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â After 12 years as a member of Punxsutawney Borough Council, President Susan Glessner resigned Friday as president and as a member of council, effective immediately.
Glessner, who had two years left on her term, said the reason she decided to resign at this time is because with the new council coming in, it would be a good time for her to move on so the incoming council will have the chance to start fresh.
Glessner said she was originally approached to join council by current Councilman William Spencer, and she was appointed in 2000 when Jim Infantino resigned his seat.
BROOKVILLE â Sasha Young grew up listening to a police scanner.
So it seemed only natural when she followed in the footsteps of her family members and became a fifth-generation firefighter.
But that's not the only hat she wears.
Three to four times a week, she puts on a headset a little different from her firefighting helmet and assumes the role of a 911 dispatcher.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Despite fighting its way to a virtual tie on the mat with Clearfield, Punxsy's junior high wrestling team fell victim to a number of forfeits over a much-larger Bison squad and lost Wednesday's match 66-30.
ALTOONA â The Punxsy seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams have worked hard to earn their Christmas break, which will run until Jan. 4, 2012. But before the break came a pair of tough games against Brookville and Altoona-White.
In the eighth-grade game at Altoona Wednesday, Punxsy hung with Altoona in the first half to trail by just five points at halftime, but Al- toona broke the game open against the Chucks to outscore them 25-12 in the second half and earn a 43-25 win.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Had Steven Whiteâs mail route not taken him to Sutton Street, he may not have discovered a spiritual path that led to his recent ordination as a deacon in the Byzantine Catholic Church.
âI was a mailman, and I parked out front (of the church),â White, of Juneau, said. âHe saw me and said, âDo you want to see our restoration?ââÂ