October 17th, 2011
PUNXSUTAWNEY â Jessica Newcome got a jump start on her teaching career as soon as she graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, having majored in early childhood education.
"A friend of mine had called and said there might be a position for an aide for the day care," Newcome said Monday. "Ann (Smith, retired SS.C.D. School principal) hired me right out of college. I called about being an aide, and Ann hired me as the director."
Mamie L. (Jarbeck) Bosak, 74, DeLancey, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Sept. 22, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Michael and Madeline (Leba) Jarbeck.
She was married to Lawrence Bosak, who survives.
Mrs. Bosak was a homemaker and a graduate of St. Adrian Roman Catholic High School.
She was a lifelong member of St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church and a former president of its Rosary Altar Society and the church choir. She also maintained beautiful altars, as well as the church's annual festival.
Melvin E. Reasinger, 86, Coopersburg, passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at his residence.
He was born in Sandy Township, a son of the late Howard and Beatrice (Reasinger) Rhodes.
He was the husband of H. LaRue (Schwartz)Reasinger, who survives, for more than 65 years.
Mr. Reasinger was employed as a master printer for Moore Business Forms for more than 40 years, until retiring in 1988.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a volunteer firefighter and fire police officer at the Coopersburg Fire Company. He also worked for the Coopersburg Ambulance.
Dorothy âOckieâ Joyce Shaffer, 76, Rossiter, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at UPMC-Presbyterian, Pittsburgh.
She was born Sept. 4, 1935, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Levi and Ethel (DeHart) Shaffer.
She worked in housekeeping at Havrillaâs Personal Care Home in Rossiter for the past seven years. She will be remembered as a kind and conscientious person.Â She had previously worked at Green Acres Personal Care Home and at Rola-Jensen.
Donald L. Weisdock, 78, Newburgh Heights, Ohio, formerly of Punxsutawney, departed this life Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, to be with the Lord.
He was born June 7, 1933, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late George and Ethel Weisdock.
In 1974, he married the former Peggy Shepler, who survives.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The course was covered. The wind was blowing. The rain clouds were threatening.
But despite all that, the Punxsutawney Chucks' won the Allegheny Mountain League Championship, 363-374, over the Elk County Catholic Crusaders.
"Weather was an extreme factor," Punxsy head coach Josh Conrad said. "We were the only people on the course because the wind was so bad. Hitting a green in regulation was an incredible accomplishment."
Conrad also said the two teams had to deal with the large amount of fallen leaves, which had flooded the course.
WEST SHAMOKIN â After playing seven tough matches in West Shamokin at a tournament, the Lady Chucks varsity volleyball squad walked away with third place.
Punxsy eventually fell in the semi-finals to Elderton, but Punxsy head coach Lisa Kephart was pleased with her team throughout the day.
"We definitely put fourth great effort," she said.
Saturday's tournament began with the Lady Chucks in the East Pool, playing two sets of 21 against both St. Joseph and West Shamokin.
Punxsy swept St. Joseph, 25-17, 25-12, for its first game of the day.
PUNXSUTAWNEY âÂ The Punxsutawney Chucks boys' soccer team met a tough opponent in Philipsburg Saturday in Punxsutawney, but Tyler Presloid notched another hat trick, earning his team the 3-2 victory.
"We were able to hold them off," Punxsy head coach Phil Shenkle said. "They were a very quality opponent, so we were very happy to come away with a win."
Punxsy led 2-0 at halftime after Presloid scored two goals; the first was assisted by Tanner Evans, and the second came from Trevor Peace.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â It's a typical example of the battle of the sexes, with a taste of Groundhog Day to spice it up: A nodding Punxsy Phil says yes to an early spring, but Phyllis, shaking her head, says no, and wants six more weeks of winter.
But don't call an attorney just yet: It's not a case of domestic discord at Phil's Burrow. In this case, Punxsy Phil and Phyllis are salt and pepper shakers.
(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 1, 1896)
MISS NANCY A. Y. HOOVER DEAD
She Was Stricken With Paralysis
and Passed Away a Week