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Archive - Sep 2012 - Obituary

September 25th

Karen Lynn Shaffer, 54

September 25, 2012

Karen Lynn Shaffer, 54, of Glen Campbell, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Feb. 3, 1958, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Sam and Ellen Marie Haslego.

She was married to Theodore Shaffer, who survives.

In addition to her husband, surviving relatives include a son, Scott Mohney; and a brother, Dusty Haslego, both of Punxsutawney; and two granddaughters.

At the family's request, there will be no visitation, and services will be at the convenience of the family.

September 24th

Vernon Carl Snyder, 67

September 24, 2012

Vernon Carl Snyder, 67, of Winder, Georgia, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in Winder.

He was born Aug. 15, 1945, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Carl Albert and Edna Florence (Brocious) Snyder.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict.

In April 2000, he married Dolly Burkett-Lingenfelter, who survives.

Vern was a member of the Winder First United Methodist Church in Winder.

His hobby was operating the Ham Radio.

He enjoyed his cats, especially his cat O’Malley.

September 23rd

Horace M. Steele, 91

September 23, 2012

Horace M. Steele, 91, of Marion Center, went to be with the Lord on Friday Sept. 21, 2012, while surrounded by his family.

He was born in 1921 to Lester D. and Mary (Hopkins) Steele in Rayne Township, Indiana County.

Horace was a much-loved member of the Gilgal Presbyterian Church in Marion Center, where he taught Sunday School, served as a Trustee, an Elder and Clerk of Session.

He was a member of Gilgal Cemetery Association, member and treasurer of Mahoning Cemetery Association, Rochester Mills Rod and Gun Club and Rochester Mills International Order of Odd Fellows Association.

Raymond A. Smochek, 84

September 23, 2012

Raymond A. Smochek, 84, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at Hillsdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Hillsdale, Pa.

He was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Mahaffey, a son of the late Frank and Rose (Mrozek) Smochek.

On Oct. 3, 1949, he married Anna (Gresock) Smochek, who survives, and they were married for 62 years.

He was the last remaining member of his family.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

September 21st

Grace A. Priester Brown, 89

September 21, 2012

Grace A. Priester Brown, 89, of North East, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, peacefully surrounded by her family.

She was born Dec. 18, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Charles and Cora Priester.

Grace married Robert D. Brown in January 1942 and moved to North East in 1950.

She previously worked at several local restaurants and retired from A&B Service in 2005.

Her hobbies included gardening, traveling and always caring for her family. She was well known for her pies.

Grace was a longtime member of the South Harborcreek United Methodist Church.

September 20th

John A. Mallory, 92

September 20, 2012

John A. Mallory, 92, of Montoursville, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in ManorCare South, Williamsport. 

He was born Aug. 6, 1920, in Heilwood, Pa., a son of the late Robert and Elva (McCarty) Mallory.

John married Norma (McClure) in 1943, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 19, 2008.

He served in the Air Force and was a veteran of World War II.

He was retired from Sylvania.

John was a charter member and helped organize the beginning of the First Christian Church of Montoursville.

He was very active in the Church and also served as an Elder.

James D. Rowles, 71

September 20, 2012

James D. Rowles, 71, Troutville, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Punxsutawney.

He was born on Jan. 9, 1941, in Grampian, a son of the late John and Wilma (Lee) Rowles.

He was active in the East Branch Camp and enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors and his dog, Hunter.

He retired from Greenwich Collieries in Cherry Tree after 25 years of service to the company.

Sally Lou Whitesell, 85

September 20, 2012

Sally Lou Whitesell, 85, of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late George Clarence and Maude Marie (Reesman) Hanley.

On April 9, 1944, she married William Lee Whitesell, Sr.; he preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 2000.

Sally knew what being a good mother and grandmother was all about; she enjoyed cookouts, making Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and just spending time with her family.

She also enjoyed wood crafts and getting out to eat or to go shopping.

September 19th

John Levy, 79

September 20, 2012

John Levy, 79, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.

He was born Aug. 24, 1933, in Reynoldsville, a son of the late Ben and Julia (Redding) Levy.

On Nov. 24, 1955, he married Rita (Johns) Levy, who survives.

He was a veteran of the US Army and served overseas.

He was the co-owner of Jefferson Wholesale Grocery Company, where he worked his entire life.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, billiards, reading the Bible, watching movies and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

September 18th

Bertha M. Dubensky, 92

September 18, 2012

Bertha M. Dubensky, 92, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Jan. 29, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Antonio and Angelina Fernichio, and was the last surviving member of her family.

On June 5, 1937, she married Fred Dubensky, who preceded her in death on April 30, 1996.

She was a member of SS.C.D. Church.

Mrs. Dubensky worked as a supervisor at Punxsutawney Sportswear for 24 years and retired after 50 years as Judge of Elections for the Board of Elections.

She enjoyed bingo and cooking.

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