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Archive - Mar 2011 - Obituary

March 11th

Samantha Jo Painter, 22

March 11, 2011

Samantha Jo Painter, 22, Big Run, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at home.

She was born March 11, 1988, a daughter of Ernest Ray and Diana Sue (Haag) Painter Jr., who survive, of Punxsutawney.

Miss Painter was a 2006 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. She then completed an online dog grooming course.

She attended Chestnut Grove Independent Church.

Miss Painter was a daycare attendant at Little Dreamers Daycare in Big Run.

March 9th

John M. McMillen, 92

March 9, 2011

John M. McMillen, 92, Marion Center, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

He was born in 1918 in South Mahoning Township, a son of the late Samuel A. and Emma (Martin) McMillen.

He was married to his wife of 63 years, Helen M. Plyler McMillen, who survives.

Mr. McMillen was a member of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church for 63 years, having served as elder and a board member for more than 30 years.

For 35 years, he was a director with the Indiana County Conservation District, and was named district director emeritus.

Samantha Painter, 22

March 9, 2011

Samantha Painter, 22, of Big Run, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at home.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Big Run.

Joline C. Pifer, 80

March 9, 2011

Joline C. Pifer, 80, DuBois, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, march 7, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

She was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Willis and Dorothy (Anderson) McGee.

Mrs. Pifer was a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church and was a 1949 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

March 8th

Otis Warren Engle, 87

March 8, 2011

Otis Warren Engle, 87, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda, N.Y.

He was born July 8, 1923, in Timblin, a son of Samuel Boyd and Augusta (Casson) Engle.

He was a 1942 graduate of Punxsutawney High School and a veteran of World War II.

Mr. Engle retired from International Paper Company in 1985 after 35 years of service.

Joline C. Pifer, 80

March 8, 2011

Joline C. Pifer, 80, DuBois, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

She was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Willis and Dorothy (Anderson) McGee.

Mrs. Pifer was a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church and was a 1949 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

Vivian Claire Wright, 83

March 8, 2011

Vivian Claire Wright, 83, Glen Campbell, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born April 11, 1927, a daughter of the late Edward and Alda (Stewart) Goss.

She was married to Gerald Wright, who preceded her in death March 14, 1997.

Mrs. Wright was the owner of Wright's Personal Care Home in Glen Campbell, and she was a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Rossiter Fire Company.

March 7th

Harold “Mike” Wesley Bish, 92

March 7, 2011

Harold “Mike” Wesley Bish, 92, Negley, Ohio, formerly of New Galilee, died Saturday, March 5, 2011.

He was born Oct. 9, 1918, in Oak Ridge, a son of the late Guy W. Bish and Pearl (Davis) Bish.

March 6th

Eugene R. "Red" Bowser, 83

March 6, 2011

Eugene R. "Red" Bowser, 83, Punxsutawney, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 12, 1927, in Bagdad, a son of the late Floyd and Grace (Wolfe) Bowser.

April 15, 1951, he married Joan M. (Smith) Bowser, who survives, of Punxsutawney. They were married 59 years.

Mr. Bowser attended the Albion United Methodist Church.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
Mr. Bowser was retired from the B&O Railroad as an engineer.

March 4th

Douglas M. "Gunny" Craft, 53

March 4, 2011

Douglas M. "Gunny" Craft, 53, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the VA Medical Center in Oakland.

He was born Dec. 9, 1957, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James Craft and Sarah (Cameron) Craft-Bartlebaugh.

He was married to Susan L. (Snyder) Craft, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Mr. Craft served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant from 1975 until 1995, before retiring as a career Marine.

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