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February 21st

Betty J. (Rader) Shaffer, 87

February 21, 2012

Betty J. (Rader) Shaffer, 87, of Sligo, formerly of Mayport, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

She was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Ringgold Township, a daughter of the late John and Lucetta (Bodorf) Rader.

She was the beloved wife of William C. Shaffer, whom she married Sept. 6, 1941, and who preceded her in death July 4, 2005.

Mrs. Shaffer had been employed during her lifetime at Hawthorn Manufacturing, Rola Manufacturing and Sylvania.

She was a member of the New Salem United Methodist Church in Salem.

She cherished times spent with family and friends.

Mervin T. Martz, 82

February 21, 2012

Mervin T. Martz, 82, Mayport, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Brookville Hospital.

He was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Worthville, a son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Nellie J. Richards Martz.

Mr. Martz was a 1947 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, and he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

June 2, 1961, in Strattanville, he married the former Shirley M. Smith, who survives.

Mr. Martz worked as a mechanic for Ringgold Equipment in Ringgold for more than 30 years.

He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, trapping and spending time with his family.

February 20th

William Brian Dinger, 47

February 20, 2012

William Brian Dinger, 47, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born May 10, 1964, in Punxsutawney, a son of Everett Eugene Dinger of California and Marie (Wright) Swanson of Punxsutawney, who survive.

Mr. Dinger was the owner of Dinger House Painting.

He was Protestant by faith.

Dorothy (Lloyd) Gilligan, 86

February 20, 2012

Dorothy (Lloyd) Gilligan, 86, formerly of Rosebud, Coalport, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Irvona, a daughter of the late Gwynne N. and Hazel (McGarvey) Lloyd.

She was married to Donald H. Gilligan, who preceded her in death March 12, 1998.

Mrs. Gilligan worked as a secretary for Swank Brick Yard, Irvona, and as a teacher’s aide for Coalport Elementary School.

She enjoyed traveling, camping, figurine painting and reading, and she was a life member of Coalport United Methodist Church.

Kenneth Lee Mottern, 89

February 20, 2012

Kenneth Lee Mottern, 89, Sprankle Mills, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.

He was born June 11, 1922, a son of the late Jeremiah “Jerry” and Lulu (Caylor) Mottern.

May 24, 1948, he married his wife of 50 years, Helen (Nolph) Mottern, who preceded him in death in 1998.

Mr. Mottern was born, raised and lived his entire life around the Sprankle Mills area.

He served in World War II as a member of the 101st Airborne division, in which he received a Purple Heart for being wounded at the Battle of the Bulge.

February 19th

Daniel Grant Ruffner, 94

February 19, 2012

Daniel Grant Ruffner, 94, Marion Center, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Hillsdale Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hillsdale.

He was born Sept. 29, 1917, in West Mahoning Township, a son of the late Daniel C. and Emma (Fitzgerald) Ruffner.

Mr. Ruffner was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.

Prior to a lengthy illness, Mr. Ruffner made his home in Florida, before returning to Marion Center.

Surviving relatives include a sister, Mabel Peffer of Marion Center; and numerous nieces and nephews.

February 17th

Arthur N. “Shun” Pardee, 93

February 17, 2012

Arthur N. “Shun” Pardee, 93, Rochester Mills, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Crystal Waters in Rayne Twp., Indiana County.

He was born Oct. 22, 1918, in Rochester Mills, the son of the late Norman and Mary (Smith) Pardee.

June 19, 1943, he married Goldie (Ryen) Pardee, who survives, of Rochester Mills. They shared almost 69 years of marriage.

Connie L. Roush, 64

February 17, 2012

Connie L. Roush, 64, Carlisle, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at her home.

She was born Aug. 25, 1947, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Irvin L. Grube and Edna A. Hippehen.

She married Raymond Roush Jr., who survives, of Carlisle.

Mrs. Roush was a homemaker.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Linglestown.

Eleanor “June” (Baun) Ryen, 81

February 17, 2012

Eleanor “June” (Baun) Ryen, 81, Rochester Mills, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center.

She was born June 10, 1930, in Juneau, a daughter of the late Earl and Edna (White) Baun.

She married Jim Ryen, who preceded her in death April 26, 1997. They raised four children together.

She was a member of the Rochester Mills United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Ryen possessed a great deal of love for her children, grandchildren and her dog, Summer.

February 16th

David N. Griffin, 50

February 16, 2012

David N. Griffin, 50, Valier, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born Oct. 27, 1961 in Salisbury, Md., a twin son of Shirley Ann (Autten) Griffin Bennett, who survives, of Delmar, Md., and the late Norman Elliott Griffin.

Mr. Griffin worked as a painter and performed odd jobs, most recently selling items on eBay.

He enjoyed working with his hands and doing mechanical jobs such as tearing down, fixing and reselling motorcycles and parts.

Mr. Griffin really liked to spend time with his little daughter, Audrey.

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