January 8th, 2015
Joana M. Rocco, 83, of Reynoldsville, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at home.
Born April 15, 1931, in Reynoldsville, she was the daughter of the late John Perry and Susie Toven.
She was a 1948 graduate of Reynoldsville High School.
She was retired from IU6 of Clarion as a teacher's aide for physically handicapped children.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Reynoldsville and a former member of Ladies Auxiliary at the church.
Clifford W. Brothers, 69, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
He was born July 23, 1945, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Minnie Emable (Hughes) and Bernard Brothers.
On Aug. 10, 2002, he married Charlotte Ruth (Bell) Andrews-Brothers, who survives.
Mr. Brothers attended the Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church.
He served in the U.S. Army National Guard.
He enjoyed fishing and gardening.
CORSICA â€” One family is rejoicing after finding their beloved dog, Jack, who went missing after being in a violent car crash this past Saturday.
Kendre Verbeck Myers and her dog, Jack, were on their way back to Clarksville, Tennessee when the accident occurred. The accident occurred at mile marker 73 on I-80 west.
"My jeep rolled three times from the westbound lane to the eastbound lane," Myers said.
A terrified Jack fled the scene and went missing.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
I-80 West is closed at mile marker 65 due to a multiple vehicle crash which is being reported as a fatal accident from multiple news sources.
Traffic is being transferred off of I-80 West at Exit 70 â€“ Strattanville to SR 322 West to Clarion.
More information will be forthcoming.
If motorists do encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers this advice:
-- Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
-- Turn on your headlights.
-- Stay in your lane.
-- Increase your following distance.
The girls' basketball game scheduled for tonight between Punxsutawney and Elk County Catholic at PAHS has been cancelled.
The make-up date has been scheduled for Thursday, with JVs tipping off at 6 p.m. and varsity to follow.
DUBOIS â€” A special ceremony was held for Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Brad Wilson on Tuesday afternoon at his home. Wilson, who was shot serving in the line of duty and is now confined to a wheelchair, was awarded an Action Trackchair, which will enable him to move around outside and in the woods. Pictured (front row) are Wilson and his wife, Erica. Also pictured (back row) are Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Colonel Timothy Mercer of Harrisburg and Pennsylvania State Police Major George Kuzilla, area commander.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Burnett R. â€śBernieâ€ť Haag, 92, of Troutville, passed away on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at Christ The King Manor in DuBois.
Bernie was born on Sept. 12, 1922, in Brady Township, the son of the late Arthur B. Haag and Anna Belle Dusch Haag.
On June 26, 1944, he married Irene Whitesell Haag, who preceded him in death on Aug. 2, 2010.
Bernie was a World War II veteran, having served in Army Tech 4.
He was a 1940 graduate of Brady Township High School in Brady Township, Pa.
He retired as the owner and operator of Haag Tire Service in Reynoldsville after 15 years in business.
Sally Ann Kunselman, 63, of Ringgold, died Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015, at her home after a three-year battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family.
Born on Aug. 9, 1951, in Youngstown, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Florence Mooney Cable.
Sally was a 1969 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
She was married to Russell W. Kunselman on Aug. 10, 1991, in Walston, Pa.; he survives.
She was employed by Sara Gaul as a personal caregiver until she retired in January of 2012.
Helen Jean Colvin, 73, of Reading, Pa., passed away Jan. 3, 2015, in her residence, of natural causes, surrounded by loved ones.
Helen JeanÂ was the wife of the late Robert T. Colvin. Born in Punxsutawney, she was the daughter of the late James Palmer and Helen (Mackey) Palmer.
Helen JeanÂ was of the Catholic faith. SheÂ held various jobs and retired from US Airways in Pittsburgh after many years of service.
Dennis Robert Sovich, 51, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, following a brief battle with cancer.
Denny was born in Punxsutawney on May 24, 1963, to the late Nick and Connie Sovich.Â He was a member of theÂ PAHS Class of 1981.Â Denny was employed at Coldwell Banker in Sarasota.
He was preceded in death by his parents.