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December 25th

Todd M. Covert, 33

December 25, 2012

Todd M. Covert, 33, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at home.
He was born Nov. 5, 1979, a son of Jerry and Mary (Shiock) Covert.

He was a member of the St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church.

He was a graduate from the Punxsutawney Area High School Class of 1997 and attended Slippery Rock University.

He enjoyed hunting, hiking, music, going to camp, spending time with his nieces and nephew, and most of all, his family.

December 23rd

Verla June Beebe, 87

December 23, 2012

Verla June Beebe, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at High Point Nursing Facility.

She was born Nov. 16, 1925, in Ringgold Township, Pa., a daughter of the late Clair and Meda (Shaffer) Martz.

Aug. 29, 1946, she married Howard Beebe.

Verla grew up on a farm in Punxsutawney and moved to Buffalo, N.Y.

She was employed at Curtiss Wright during World War II, and also as a nurse’s aide at Perrysburgh to be close to her future husband, Howard.

After raising her family, she worked at the Main St. Bristol Home as a cook.

Margaret “Marge” L. (Parada) Brink, 86

December 23, 2012

Margaret “Marge” L. (Parada) Brink, 86, of Glen Campbell, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center.

The daughter of Joseph M. and Anna H. (Korney) Parada, she was born on July 16, 1926, in Kilrun, Indiana County, Pa.

Marge was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Glen Campbell.

A highlight of Marge’s life was her love for her family and the great enjoyment she received from being amidst her family during gatherings; meals and celebrations.

A homemaker in the true sense of the word, she liked cooking and baking for her family.

December 21st

Margaret L. (Parada) Brink, 86

December 21, 2012

Margaret L. (Parada) Brink, 86, of Glen Campbell, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Rairigh Funeral Home, Ltd. in Hillsdale.

Laura Awilda Reed, 99

December 21, 2012

Laura Reed, affectionately known as “Widdie,” died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash.

Widdie, the daughter of Elizabeth and Orrie Sheesley, was born Aug. 10, 1913, in Reynoldsville, Pa.

Jan. 1, 1941, she married the late Thomas R. Reed.

As a resident of Big Run, Pa., for more than 65 years, Widdie was an active member of the Big Run Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She also was an enthusiastic advisor for the Order of Rainbow for Girls.

December 20th

Homer Charles “Chuck” Brocious, Jr., 60

December 20, 2012

Homer Charles “Chuck” Brocious, Jr., 60, of New Bethlehem, died suddenly Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2012, in Wheeling, W.V., while working there.

He was born Feb. 13, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of Homer C., Sr. and Lucienne B. (Bullers) Brocious.

Chuck was married on March 3, 1979, to Janet A. (Elkin), who survives.

He was a supervisor for Doverspike Coal from 1970 to 1996, Shaw Coal Co. from 1996 to 2000 and then an equipment operator for Baker Hughes.

He also loved to farm and be with his family, who meant the world to him.

Helen L. Keck, 92

December 20, 2012

Helen L. Keck, 92, Punxsutawney, went home to her eternal home on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

She was born May 14, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Harvey C. and Amanda (Braniff) Lyle.

She married Alfred E. Keck on Aug. 7, 1939, and they had four children.

He passed away on Aug. 2, 2008.

She was a long-time member of the Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church and a long-time resident of Cherry Street, Punxsutawney.

She enjoyed cooking and baking.

December 19th

Theresa Marie Bianco, 98

December 19, 2012

Theresa Marie Bianco of West Middlesex passed away in her sleep at home at 11:19 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. She was 98.

Mrs. Bianco was born July 12, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Carmen and Carmella Cappella Ferra.

She attended Punxsutawney School Systems.

Following school, Theresa lived and worked in Punxsutawney at a silk mill, a dress store and a five and dime until her marriage to Ralph Bianco on Sept. 25, 1937.

The couple moved to Sharon, Pa., in 1952.

After moving to the area she worked at Ben Franklin and later retired from Treasure Island.

December 18th

Peggy Sue (Rodgers) Bailey, 54

December 18, 2012

Peggy Sue (Rodgers) Bailey, 54, of Clearfield, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.

She was born on Nov. 7, 1958, the daughter of William S. and Judith Rodgers.

On Sept. 9, 1983, she married Joseph Bailey, who survives.

Peggy donated much time to several charitable causes and to the church over the years.

Ruth Snyder Fiscus, 82

December 18, 2012

Ruth Snyder Fiscus, 82, a longtime resident of Brookville, passed away peacefully at the Laurel Brook Assisted Living Facility on Dec. 18, 2012.

She was born on Aug. 10, 1930, in Ringgold, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Maurice W. and Veda G. (McGaughey) Snyder.

She worked for 18 years at the Truckstops of America, where she made many friends throughout the years and attended the Immaculate Conception and St. Dominic Catholic churches.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles, cooking and canning.

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