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November 24th

James D. Himes, 80

November 24, 2011

James D. Himes, 80, Punxsutawney, formerly of Ringgold, Passed away Nov. 23, 2011, at home.

He was born Sept. 4, 1931, in Ringgold, the son of the late Lennie and Hazel (Reed) Himes.

Sept. 11, 1954, he married Maxine Minnich who survives.

Mr. Himes was a former member of the Ringgold United Methodist Church; a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War; and a retired employee of Season-All in Punxsutawney.

Cleda (Lettie) Hutchins, 86

November 24, 2011

Cleda (Lettie) Hutchins, 86, Brookville, formerly a long-time resident of Elm Street in Indiana, passed away Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

She was born Sept. 30, 1925, in Porter, a daughter of George M. and Mary G. (Doverspike) Lettie.

She was married for 52 years to Harold E. Hutchins, who preceded her in death Dec. 20, 1994.

Mrs. Hutchins was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Indiana. She was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and being with her beloved dogs.

November 22nd

Charles A. Bennett, 55

November 23, 2011

Charles A. Bennett, 55, Mahaffey, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Feb. 5, 1956, in Clearfield, a son of Freda (Lee) Bennett, who survives, of Mahaffey, and the late Orvis Bennett.

Mr. Bennett was a 1973 graduate of Purchase Line High School. He was the owner and operator of Bennett’s Body Shop for more than 35 years.

He was an avid turkey hunter and a loving son, brother and true friend who will be truly missed.

November 20th

Jon A. Barletta, 62

November 21, 2011

Jon A. Barletta, 62, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in Latrobe.

He was born April 7, 1949, in Clearfield, a son of the late Felix A. and Mary (Rezzolla) Barletta.

Mr. Barletta was a member of S.S. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
He attended Boston University and graduated from Gannon University in Erie.

Surviving relatives include two brothers, Robert T. Barletta and wife Victoria of New Castle, and Donald J. Barletta and wife Laura of State College.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

William C. Firment, 81

November 21, 2011

William C. Firment, 81, Altoona, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 19, 2011.

He was born January 22, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Michael and Veronica (Lellock) Firment.

July 25, 1994, he married Dorothy A. "Dottie" Iorio, who survives, of Altoona.

Mr. Firment attended Punxsutawney Area High School.

He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Church, Altoona, and the Bavarian Aid Society.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean conflict.

In 1992, he retired as a branch manager of Lance Cracker Co., where he worked for 32 years.

Joan Hulin, 82

November 21, 2011

Joan Hulin, 82, Northville, Mich., died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.
Mrs. Hulin was the loving wife of the late Frank J. Hulin.

Surviving relatives include two sons, William and Frank and wife Linda; two daughters-in-law, Anita and Joann; three grandchildren, Camilie, Derek and Samantha; a great-granddaughter, Haylie; and a niece, Diane Clark and husband Pat.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert.
Friends will be received at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Our Lady of Victory Church, 770 Thayer Blvd., Northville, MI, 48167.

Norman R. Pearce, 72

November 21, 2011

Norman R. Pearce, 72, Luthersburg, died Saturday, November 19, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 22, 1939, in Cherry Tree, the son of the late Edward L. & Alice E. (Downey) Pearce.

Jan. 26, 1963, he married Ruth (Haag) Pearce, who survives.

Mr. Pearce retired from Penelec as a chief lineman. He also owned and operated the Curwensville Tastee Freez.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and he enjoyed camping.

November 18th

Melvin Q. “Bart” McFarland, 99

November 19, 2011

Melvin Q. “Bart” McFarland, 99, Sykesville and Laurelbrooke since 1986, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

He was born May 19, 1912, in Rochester Mills, Indiana County, a son of the late John and Bessie (Gaston) McFarland.

Dec. 11, 1944, he married Margaret “Peg” (Cooper) McFarland, who survives.

 Mr. McFarland was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and he was employed as a punch press operator with H-H Robertson Steel Fabricating Company.

William F. McCracken Jr., 88

November 19, 2011

William F. McCracken Jr., 88, Brookville, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at home.

He was born May 26, 1923, in Brookville, a son of the late William Floyd and Harriet Edna (Ballentine) McCracken Sr.

June 11, 1949, in Corsica, he married Mary R. Temchulla, who survives.
Mr. McCracken was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific Theater, 2nd Division, with campaigns in Saipan and Okinawa.

He worked as an engineer for the Pittsburgh & Shawmut Railroad in Brookville.

Dr. Richard “Dick” Franklin Hoover Sr., 76

November 19, 2011

Dr. Richard “Dick” Franklin Hoover Sr., 76, formerly of DuBois, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada.

He was born July 6, 1935, in DuBois, the son of the late Marion (Harold) and Josephine (Saunders) Hoover.

July 6, 1956, he married Dannalene Gearhart, who survives, of Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada.

In 1999, Dr. Hoover retired from Shopost Ironworks of Winnipeg, Canada. He was the president of the company.

He served as pastor for churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Canada.

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