Archive - Feb 2012 - Obituary
Margie Astorino, 63, Walston, died Monday, Feb.27, 2012, at Mulberry Square Eldercare and Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney, after a 21-year, courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Oct. 26, 1948, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Ross and Antoinette (Belott) Astorino.
She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Walston, as well as a member of the Walston Club.
William E. Beezer, 82, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Fla.
He was born Jan. 16, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Edward and Caroline (Lamison) Beezer.
He moved to the Punta Gorda area a year ago from Thomasville, Ga.
Mr. Beezer worked in pharmaceutical sales before retiring.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Mr. Beezer was Protestant by faith.
Eleanor Joan (Clinger) Kent, 82, Punxsutawney, formerly of Clarion, died Feb. 27, 2012, at her home.
She was born July 23, 1929, in Corsica, a daughter of the late George Leo and Alice Ethel (Snyder) Clinger.
Oct. 14, 1959, she married her husband of 43 years, Ralph Owen Kent, who preceded her in death Oct. 14, 1993.
Mrs. Kent worked at the Brookville Glove Factory as a seamstress; the O-I Glass plant in Clarion; Clarion University; Clarion Hospital; and Clarion Area Schools as a cook and dietary aide. She was a member of the O-I Auxiliary.
Ronald Newcome, Jr., 70, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Dubois Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 11, 1941 in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ronald W. Newcome, Sr. and Mabel (Dinger) Newcome.
Sept. 8, 1962, he married Donna Belle Smith, who survives.
He was the Pastor of the Maple Grove Church of God.
He loved his family, his church family, hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He spent a lot of his time at the church.
He was a loving caretaker to his wife and a loving father to his children.
He was an equipment operator for the P&N Coal Company.
James R. Dinger, 71, Harrisville, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice in Butler.
He was born July 20, 1940, in Knox Dale, a son of the late Charles I. and Anna May C. (Miller) Dinger.
April 29, 1961, he married Helen E. (Shaffer) Dinger, of Harrisville, who survives.
Mr. Dinger was employed as a machinist at Pulva Corp. of Saxonburg, retiring in June 2011 after 16 years of service. He was formerly employed at the former Cooper-Bessemer Co. in Grove City.
He was a member of the West Unity Community Church in Harrisville.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.
She was born Jan. 2, 1943, in Falls Creek, a daughter of the late William David and Mary C. Barnett Stauffer.
Ms. McMillen attended Reynoldsville High School.
She was formerly married to William Dale McMillen, who preceded her in death March 10, 1991.
Ms. McMillen was a waitress for 22 years at Truck Stops of America.
She was an active member of her church, the First Assembly of God in Punxsutawney.
Mary Jane Bodenhorn, 91, County Acres Personal Care Home, Titusville, formerly of Punxsutawney, went to be with the Lord Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.
She was born May 1, 1920, in Colombus, Ohio, the youngest daughter of the late James and Nannie Mae Sims.
She was the beloved wife of Paul N. Bodenhorn Sr., whom she married Jan. 26, 1943, and who preceded her in death Dec. 27, 1974.
Mrs. Bodenhorn had been a secretary for Canoe Township for 20 years and held many positions while living at Mahoning Towers.
Betty Stear Long, 97, a longtime resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Feb. 1, 2012, at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh, N.C., after a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 25, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jean and Frank Stear.
After graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1931, she attended Indiana State Teachersâ€™ College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.
Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Heath Center in Brookville.
A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Arrangements are under the care of the Furlong Funeral Home, Summerville.
Pearl David (P.D.) Lott, 94, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Beacon Ridge in Indiana.
He was born July 6, 1917, in Big Run, a son of the late David and Elizabeth A. (Wise) Lott.
Dr. Lott began his education in a one-room country school in Jefferson County, skipped two grades and graduated from Big Run High School. A 1937 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College (IUP), he later earned both a masterâ€™s degree and a doctorate in education from Penn State University.Â