January 26th, 2015
Punxsy's own Devin Mesoraco reportedly signed a four-year extension with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, avoiding arbitration with the team.
For more on this story, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
H. Geraldine "Jerry" Pifer, 86, formerly of Big Run, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Mulberry Square Eldercare.
She was born on July 29, 1928, in Sykesville, a daughter of the late Grover C. and Ethel Wilma (Daisher) Kramer.
On June 26, 1947, she married Delbert Franklin Pifer.Â The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.Â He preceded her in death on April 28, 2008.
She was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ.
Jerry and her husband owned and operated Pifer's Sterling Service Station in Big Run.
Ruth Eleanor Adamson, 94, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born on April 24, 1920, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Axel Theodore and Anna Mary (Jones) Nelson.
Mrs. Adamson graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School.
She married Myron J. Hutchins in 1941, who preceded her in death. She subsequently married Ralph Edward Adamson, who was a U.S. Navy veteran. He preceded her in death, as well. Ralph was more than just her husband. He was her companion, a devoted father and her best friend. Ralph was a good man who was loved by many.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” During this season of cold and sometimes freezing weather, if you're looking for a way to warm up, then you'll want to head to the 11th annual Groundhog Day Chili and Hot Wing Cook Off to be held Saturday, Jan. 31.
This year, it will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at a new location this year â€” the Gobblerâ€™s Knob building.
Gene Roberts, director of the cook off, said the event is usually held the evening prior to Groundhog Day. However, with the Super Bowl falling on Feb. 1 this year, organizers felt that there would be better attendance on Jan. 31.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Our little town recently saw the arrival of country Star Wynonna Judd, and now, to help the country fans out there brave through the winter weather, it's been announced that country legend Vince Gill will be performing on Friday, May 15 at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center.
Gill achieved his big breakthrough in 1990 with "When I Call Your Name," winning the Country Music Association's Single and Song of the Year awards and earning a Grammy.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
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Mary L. Wright, 74, of Mahaffey, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Wright was born April 2, 1940, in Curwensville, a daughter of the late Robert and Ethel (Rowles) Price.
She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Wright of Mahaffey.
She loved gardening, flowers and being a grandmother and homemaker.
Josephine Gaffney, 81, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at the McKinley Health Center in Brookville, Pa.
Born May 22, 1933, in Rossiter, Indiana County, she was the daughter of the late Blair and Bessie Hawthorne Hawk. She was married to the late Thomas Gaffney Sr.
Josephine retired after being a home care aide for over 25 years. She attended the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.
Mary Margaret Brink, 81, of Rossiter, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.
She was born Feb. 8, 1933, in DeLancey (Adrian), a daughter of the late Nicholas Midock and Mary (Brudnock) Midock.
She was Catholic by faith and a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rossiter.
On Aug. 6, 1955, she married her husband, Alexander William â€śBillâ€ť Brink. He preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 2001.
Mary loved to cook, bake and spend time gardening.
Rosalie "Rose" A. Astorino, 76, of Walston, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
Miss Astorino was born March 6, 1938, in Walston, a daughter of the late Charles and Angelina (Adams) Astorino.
She was a lifetime resident of Walston and a devoted member of St. Anthonyâ€™s Catholic Church, where she served as sacristan for many years and was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas.