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Archive - Mar 2012 - Obituary

March 15th

Helen Marie (Wolfe) Cook, 1921-2012

March 15, 2012

Helen Marie Cook was born in Sheridan, Wyo., Oct. 27, 1921, to Claude and Hattie Hysell.

During World War II, she moved to the Philadelphia area to assist with the war effort. She met and married Harold Cook, and they settled first in Hamilton and later moved to the family farm near Hamilton.

Helen ran her own business for 30 years and was well known in the area for her beautiful antique shop and expertise in all areas relating to the antique business.

March 14th

Martha MacMillan, 86

March 14, 2012

Martha MacMillan, 86, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at home.

She was born April 6, 1925, in Meadville, a daughter of the late Margaret and Frank Waelde.

She graduated from Meadville High School in January 1943.

She worked for Talon Zipper during the war and was a pilot in the Civil Air Patrol.

James Stanley Vrobel, 50

March 14, 2012

James Stanley Vrobel, 50, Stump Creek, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at home.

He was born Sept. 27, 1961, in DuBois, a son of the late Jerome & Mary (Horzempa) Vrobel.

Mr. Vrobel was a graduate of Jefferson Technical School of Reynoldsville and earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Penn State University.

He worked as an electrical engineer and a certified IR inspector.

Mr. Vrobel was born and raised in DuBois, and for several years, lived in North Carolina, and he had been back in the area the past two years.

March 13th

Michael B. Pollock, 88

March 13, 2012

Michael B. Pollock, 88, of Latrobe, formerly of Punxsutawney and Blairsville, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Latrobe Regional Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Greensburg, a son of the late Michael and Mary (Hanyo) Pollock.

He was married to Lucy E. (Sacco) Pollock, who survives, of Latrobe.

Mr. Pollock was a retired Pennsylvania State Police trooper and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. 

March 9th

Gertrude Ames, 93

March 9, 2012

Gertrude Ames, 93, Mayport, went to be with the Lord Thursday, March 8, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

She was born Aug. 15, 1918, in Oliver Township, Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Wilson and Edna (Brosius) Hoffman.

Feb. 29, 1936, she married Howard Ames, who preceded her in death July 2000.

Mrs. Ames was a lifetime member of the Langville Methodist Church, where she was treasurer for 55 years and enjoyed teaching Sunday School.

Burr Berringer Sr., 86

March 9, 2012

Burr Berringer Sr., 86, Rossiter, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Rossiter, a son of the late Blair and Nellie (Smyers) Berringer.

He was married to Betty Lou (Mullins) Berringer, who preceded him in death Feb. 16, 2007.

Mr. Berringer was employed by I.A. Construction for 34 years before retiring. He was a lifetime member of the Punxsutawney Eagles and Moose.

He enjoyed camping, fishing and was an expert homemade wine maker.

Manley Jay “Butch” Toy, 69

March 9, 2012

Manley Jay “Butch” Toy, 69, Hamilton-Markton Road, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Oct. 26, 1942, in Rouseville, a son of the late John and Margaret (King) Toy.

He is the step-son of Bev Toy, who survives, of North Carolina.

In July 1968, he married Gloria Diane Carcella, who preceded him in death Nov. 19, 2005.

Mr. Toy served in the U.S. Navy.

He had previously worked as a welder for General Electric in Erie.

He enjoyed his family, playing guitar and woodworking.

March 8th

Wanda Marion Carlson, 90

March 8, 2012

Wanda Marion Carlson, 90, Rossiter, died Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Wellington Heights, Punxsutawney.

She was born Jan. 29, 1922, in Pittsfield, Mass., a daughter of the late Walter and Agnes ( Mokrzycka) Robak.

She was married to Kenneth C. Carlson, who preceded her in death April 24, 1989.

She enjoyed living on the family farm, tending to her flowers, watching pets and other nature, and loved her family most of all.

March 7th

Harold “Tot” Stanley Geist, 83

March 8, 2012

Harold “Tot” Stanley Geist, 83, passed away March 7, 2012, in Mayport.

He was born Sept. 10, 1928, in Ringgold Township, a son of the late Paul Stanley and Cozie Viola (Troutman) Geist.

He was married to Isabell L. (Wyant) Geist, who survives.

Mr. Geist was a coal miner and logger by trade.

Betty Stear Long, 97

March 8, 2012

Betty Stear Long, 97, a long-time resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, 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, Mrs. Long attended Indiana State Teachers College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.

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