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February 2nd

John V. Taladay, 75

February 3, 2011

John V. Taladay, 75, Rockville, Md., passed away in his home surrounded by loved ones Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.

He was born in Punxsutawney and graduated from Penn State University. He moved to Baltimore in the 1950s and later moved to Rockville, where he lived for more than 40 years.

Mr. Taladay spent several years working for the railroad, and worked with some of the first computers in existence. He also worked for the Vitro Corporation for 30 years where he met his wife, Joann, and many wonderful friends. 

February 1st

Carol J. Smith, 61

February 2, 2011

Carol J. Smith, 61, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born March 31, 1949, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Carlo and Mary (Bellerillo) Bruno.

She was married to Thomas Smith, who preceded her in death April 25, 2003.
Mrs. Smith was a member of SS. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church, where she was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Church Parish Council.

She worked as a secretary for Quaker Industries of Punxsutawney.

Leonard B. Ryen, 87

February 2, 2011

Leonard B. Ryen, 87, Rochester Mills, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

He was born March 4, 1923, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late Allen and Amanda (Potts) Ryen.

He was married to Dorothy "Peg" (DePetro) Ryen, of Rochester Mills, who survives.

Mr. Ryen was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the Rochester Mills United Methodist Church, John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534, the Punxsutawney VFW,  I.O.O.F. Lodge in Rochester Mills and the Rochester Mills Rod & Gun Club.

Carl H. McKee, 94

February 2, 2011

Carl H. McKee, 94, of Steffy Church Road, Rossiter, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at DuBois Nursing Home.

He was born Aug. 8, 1916, in Banks Township, Indiana County, a son of the late John W. and Dora C. (Houck) McKee.Mr. McKee was a graduate of Glen Campbell High School.

Mr. McKee was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany and France during World War II.

Jan. 15, 1947, he married Elizabeth Kinter of Marion Center.  She preceded him in death May 20, 1995.

He was a member of Steffy United Methodist Church, where he also taught Sunday School for a number of years.

January 28th

Gerald E. Ferguson, 69

January 29, 2011

Gerald E. Ferguson, 69, Big Run, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at his home.

He was born Jan. 26, 1942, in Dansville, N.Y., a son of the late Esther (Musteri) Ferguson.

Mr. Ferguson was an auto mechanic and attended the Free Grace Church in Punxsutawney.

Surviving relatives include a son, Jason Ferguson of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; three daughters, Terri Sidwell and husband of Todd of Galton, Ohio, Gerri Ferguson of Punxsutawney and Loretta Cassett of Florida; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Margaret "Peg" Edretta Chamberlain Couser, 99

January 29, 2011

Margaret "Peg" Edretta Chamberlain Couser, 99, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011.

She was born Jan. 18, 1912, in Punxsutawney, and lived a long and wonderful life.

She was married to her husband of 60 years, Ralph C. Couser, who preceded her in death in 1995.

Mrs. Couser was involved in numerous charitable organizations and social clubs. She was the president of the Hospital Women's Auxiliary; chairperson of the Red Cross Auxiliary; a Red Cross nurse's aide; and a blood bank donor.

January 26th

Liliana Rose Black, infant

January 27, 2011

Liliana Rose Black, infant, Duncansville, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Altoona Hospital.

She was born Jan. 10, 2011, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Dustin Black and Laurie Buhite.

In addition to her parents, surviving relatives include a brother, Brian, at home; her grandparents, Mark and Dee Buhite and Hidi and Mark Black; her great-grandmother, Linda Urick; and her great-great-grandmother, Rose Eyler.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the Sorge Funeral Home, Hollidaysburg.

Charles M. “Chuck” Hommey, 65

January 27, 2011

Charles M. “Chuck” Hommey, 65, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at Brookville Hospital. After suffering a stroke in August 2009, he was residing at Jefferson Manor Nursing Home in Brookville.

He was born May 7, 1945, in North Charleroi, a son of the late Charles and Margaret (Martin) Hommey.

Mr. Hommey was a 1963 graduate of Rostraver High School in Belle Vernon and earned a B.S. degree in animal science from West Virginia University in 1968.

Betty Mae Manners, 73

January 27, 2011

Betty Mae Manners, 73, Callahan, Fla., died suddenly, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

She was born May 15, 1937, in Covode, a daughter of the late John and Edna (Sutter) Willard.

She was married to Max Lloyd Manners, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Manners was a housewife and a graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

She was Baptist by faith and had resided in Florida for 11 years.

Norman L. Troutman, 55

January 27, 2011

Norman L. Troutman, 55, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

He was born Feb. 18, 1955 in Kittanning, a son of the late Austin and May (Kunselman) Troutman.

Surviving relatives include a brother, Raymond Troutman; and three sisters, Dessie Harmon, Elsie Christner and Alice Robinson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Troutman.

At the family's request, there will be no visitation.

Services are private and at the convenience of the family.

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