Archive - 2012 - Obituary
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.
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.
John A. Mallory, 92, of Montoursville, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in ManorCare South, Williamsport.Â
He was born Aug. 6, 1920, in Heilwood, Pa., a son of the late Robert and ElvaÂ (McCarty) Mallory.
John married Norma (McClure) in 1943, and she preceded him in death onÂ 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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
Germaine "Gerrie" Boschini Dubensky, 75, a resident of Toby Terrace in Brockway, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Nov. 4, 1936, in DuBois, a daughter of the late Louis and Adele (Kolash) Boschini.
She was a member at St. Tobias in Brockway.
Gerrie was a member of the S.O.I Club in Brockway and the Eagles Club in Falls Creek.
She was a past member of the Jefferson County Democratic Committee.
She also enjoyed swimming, walking, being outdoors and going to camp.
She was a Mary Kay Cosmetic consultant.
Nora B. (Lake) Barclay, 93, of Chalk, Hill, Pa., a great lady, went home to be with her Lord and Savior.
She served others rather than herself.
Nora was born June 11, 1919, in Elliottsville, Pa., a daughter of Walter Lake and Sarah (Stanton) Lake.
She was a member of the Chalk Hill Methodist Church.
Ronald Maxwell McGregor, 74, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born May 6, 1938, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Wayne Maxwell McGregor and Evelyn Louise (McDivitt) McGregor.
Ronald is survived by his wife of 50 years, Novelda "Val" (Taylor ) McGregor, of Punxsutawney.
He owned and operated McGregor Industries Inc.
Ron loved traveling with his wife and spending time in the Outer Banks in North Carolina.