Steve â€śLeftyâ€ť Frank Ballas, 87, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Wellington Heights.
He was born Aug. 11, 1923, in Duquesne, a son of the late John Gabor BalĂˇzs and Julia (Palagyi) BalĂˇzs.
He was married to Betty (Dupak) Ballas, who preceded him in death.
He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.
The co-owner of Blue Tavern in Walston, Mr. Ballas was also an assessor for Young Township. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with his grandchildren.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Punxsutawney Borough Council President Susan Glessner said that despite the many distractions faced by the boroughâ€™s governing body, there were still many accomplishments throughout the borough in 2010.
â€śI feel the members of council handled themselves very graciously through adversity,â€ť Glessner said. â€śWe did have some trying times, and hopefully weâ€™ve moved past them, and we can look forward to a new year.â€ť
Glessner added that council did complete a lot of projects â€” some of which took several years to complete.
CLEARFIELD â€” The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team wasn't happy with the way its match against Clearfield ended, but the Chucks still picked up a huge victory over a squad it has lost to many times.
Behind five wins by fall, Punxsy built a 46-3 advantage, only to squeeze out a 52-44 victory last Wednesday in Clearfield.
"It was great to beat Clearfield finally," Punxsy head coach Bill Burke said. "We're certainly happy about that win, but I was a little disappointed with our finish."
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team allowed a combined seven points during the first and fourth quarters while upsetting Altoona White last Wednesday at home, 31-25.
The Chucks (3-1) were ahead 20-13 at halftime before Altoona trimmed the lead to 24-22 entering the final frame. That's when the Chucks pulled away during a 7-3 final frame.
"This was a good team effort defensively," Punxsy head coach Glenn Good said.Â "There is room for improvement, but overall, it was a good defensive effort. We also rebounded well on both ends of the court."
Agnes M. Piekielek, 90, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Piekielek was born Dec. 22, 1920, in Adrian, a daughter of the late Michael Skarbek and Mary (Sekula) Skarbek.
June 10, 1944, she married John L. Piekielek, who preceded her in death Dec. 13, 2000.
Mrs. Piekielek was a member of the St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church and was devoted to her faith and her loving family. She enjoyed reading and caring for her flower gardens.
M. Gertrude Eggleston, 88, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at Mahoning Riverside Manor in Punxsutawney.
She was born April 22, 1922, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Bernard Henry and Clare (Rowan) Henry.
Sept. 15, 1947, she married Joseph Eggleston, who preceded her in death Nov. 14, 1991.
Mrs. Eggleston was a parishioner at Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.
She was a member of the Homemakers Club; Catholic Daughters of America; Rosary Altar Society; and the Bell Telephone Pioneers.
Rita M. Cook, 81, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at home.
She was born March 13, 1929, in Brockway, a daughter of the late Benjamin Fidler and Margaret (Archibald) Fidler.
June 10, 1950, she married Harry W. Cook, who preceded her in death Jan. 12, 2006.
She attended the First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Cook was a graduate of Brockway High School; contributed to and enjoyed IUP football and her community.
She was a former beautician and she and her husband were the former owners of Jefferson Machine in Punxsutawney.
James L. Behrendt, 80, Brookville, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Nov. 22, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Andrew Behrendt and Elizabeth (Morgan) Behrendt.
Mr. Behrendt was married to Annabell (Parise) Behrendt, who survives.
He was a mechanic at Cadillac Motors in Detroit, Mich., and a parishioner of Saint Anthonyâ€™s Roman Catholic Church in Walston.
Steve F. Ballas, 87, Walston, passed away Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Wellington Heights.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.
William J. â€śFarmer Billâ€ť Aul, 82, Juneau, formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at his home.
Mr. Aul was born Jan. 11, 1928, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Andrew Aul and Dorothy (Quallich) Aul.
June 14, 1960, he married Joan (Mueck) Aul, who survives, of Juneau.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.
He was a Chaplin for the Rossiter American Legion Post No. 582 and enjoyed gardening.