March 25th, 2014
Samuel W. Servey, 82, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, March 24, 2014, at Mulberry Square.
He was born Oct. 25, 1931, in Clarion, a son of the late H.B. and Irene (Clark) Servey.
Mr. Servey was a United States Army Veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict.
Sam worked as a salesman for Stoehman Bread for more than 22 years.
He enjoyed playing cards, watching college football, eating candy and collecting railroad memorabilia.
Larry Allen Martz, 50, of Mayport, died suddenly on Sunday, March 23, 2014, near Hagarstown, Md., as the result of an automobile accident.
He was born Jan. 22, 1964, in Punxsutawney, a son of Mervin and Shirley (Smith) Martz.
He was married to Penny Marie Meckley on Sept. 25, 1993, in Ringgold.
He was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Local 66 of the Operating Engineers.
Billie Austin Beatty, 92, of (Newtonburg) Mahaffey, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, March 24, 2014.
Mr. Beatty was born June 30, 1921, in (Newtonburg) Mahaffey, a son of the late Willis and Elizabeth (Stigers) Beatty.
Aug. 18, 1944, he married Esther A. (Peace) Beatty in Hallton, Pa.
She preceded him in death Sept. 7, 2001, after 57 years of marriage.
Billie was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II.
While in the service, he earned the Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooting Medal.
He was also in the CCC, having served at Parker Dam State Park.
PUNXSUTAWNEYâ€” Some people are born with an enormous amount of talent, and for one local little boy, that talent is music.
Seven-year-old Alex Shumaker has been playing the drums since he was 5 years old.
A self-taught drummer, he has the amazing ability to listen to a song and then perform it on the drums.
Read all about Alex in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Heidi Cressley's journey to serving the community she lives in through counseling its members saw its beginnings in two things: the gentle nudging from others that she'd be good at it and the fact that a mental health issue had played a role in her family's history.
Now, as an independent counselor with her own practice â€” operating out of an office located in the First Church of God in Punxsutawney and through Sewickley-based Samaritan Counseling Center â€” Cressley can put her gifts to use serving those in need of help with their own
mental health issues.
On Saturday afternoon, Jefferson County Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted the annual Bowl For Kidsâ€™ Sake event at Groundhog Lanes in Punxsutawney.
Top fundraisers for the event also posed for a picture (from left): Jill Martin-Rend, third-highest fundraiser, $155; Betty Peffer, second-highest fundraiser, $160; and Cody Warnick, top fundraiser, $470.
Lots of bowlers came out to support the cause, and some of them (top photo) even paused to pose for a photo.
For a full story recapping the event, see Wednesdayâ€™s edition of The Spirit.
Dennis B. Keck, 66, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 22, 2014.
He was born July 9, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Alfred E. and Helen L. Keck.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970 as a PFC.
He received many medals and a Purple Heart during his years of service.
He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Punxsutawney and also worked for the Baltimore Life Insurance Company.
He was an active member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Punxsutawney.
He enjoyed antiquing, fishing, golf and sports.
A. Kay Reitz, 84, of Mayport, died Thursday March 20, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Born Jan. 10, 1930, in Corbettown, Pa., he was the son of the late Mervin C. and Valera Painter Reitz.
Kay married Verna A. Minich Smathers on June 30, 1971. She preceded him in death on July 24, 2009.
He was self employed as a dairy farmer.
Kay belonged to many farm-related organizations. His hobby was restoring antique tractors.
He belonged to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Ohl.
Mary C. Painter, 83, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Oct. 21, 1930, in Starford, Pa., a daughter of the late Carl F. and Scharlotte (Tucker) Stamler.
On Aug. 31, 1949, she married Theodore Wayne Painter in Maryland. He preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 2004.
She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church of Rossiter.
She enjoyed crocheting, church, church meetings, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.
This tri-axle dump truck driven by a Punxsutawney man ended up in a ditch when a tire blew while traveling on Route 210 in North Mahoning Township in Indiana County on Saturday.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.