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December 2nd

Joseph Bryan Lukehart, 43

December 2, 2012

Joseph Bryan Lukehart, 43, Covington, K.Y., died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Punxsutawney.

He was born Aug. 27, 1969, in New Orleans, La., a son of J. Kipp Lukehart and Sharyn “Shug” (McLaughlin) Lukehart.

He was married to Molly (Godfrey) Lukehart, who survives.

He was an avid sports fan and golfer.

He loved his family and was a kind and caring person.

He graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School and attended Westminster College.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Lindsay and Meagan Lukehart.

November 29th

James M. Barkley

November 29, 2012

James M. Barkley died Nov. 25, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz., after a short illness.

After spending most of his life in the Northeast United States, Jim moved to Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico, in 2005.

He volunteered for the ACA organic farm and for the Lake Chapala Society as head of the Audit Committee.

Jim was known for his wry sense of humor and loved nothing more than trading jokes with friends.

November 27th

Charles “Joe” Vassallo, 87

November 27, 2012

Charles “Joe” Vassallo, 87, of Cherry Street, Emporium, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.

He was born Nov. 22, 1925, in Emporium, a son of the late Charles and Rose Gennacaro Vassallo.

On Sept. 25, 1952, in Emporium, he married Mary A. Johnson, who passed
away April 28, 2003.

On July 31, 2004, in Brockway, he married Jeanne Krauss, who survives.

Mr. Vassallo was a veteran of two wars, having served during World War II for three years with the Merchant Marines and during the Korean War for 26 months with the U.S. Army.

Donald Edward Meneely, 88

November 27, 2012

Donald Edward Meneely, 88, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, after a very caring, very supportive and very comfortable stay in the “private” Assisted Care Home of Julia Nobia in Plano, Texas.

Don was born on March 3, 1924, in Punxsutawney, where he grew up and graduated from high school in 1941.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the U.S. Navy destroyer Schbick (DD639) in the south Pacific, and he attained the rank of Ensign during the war.

After the war, Don graduated with a BA in Business Administration from University of Pittsburgh in 1949.

November 26th

Harold W. Schurr, 82

November 26, 2012

Harold W. Schurr, 82, passed into heaven in the early morning of Nov. 23, 2012, at Lillington Hospice with his bride, Annabell, by his side.

He was born on July 29, 1930, in Home, Pa., a son of George and Blanche Schurr.

Harold served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 to 1951 during the Korean War, leaving with an honorable discharge.

He then joined the B&O Railroad and retired after 33 years of service.

He and his wife then decided to move to Sanford, N.C., to enjoy their retirement years.

Harold loved to fish and enjoyed several years of fishing in local lakes.

November 23rd

Ted Lee Harriger, 59

November 24, 2012

Ted Lee Harriger, 59, of Leander, Texas, died unexpectedly on Nov. 17, 2012.

Ted was born in Brook-ville on Sept. 8, 1953, spent his childhood years growing up with his family in Sigel, Pa. and is a graduate of Brookville High School, Allegheny College and SUNY in Fredonia, N.Y. He moved to Texas after college to pursue his career as a 
geologist.

November 22nd

Donald Dee Forrest, 66

November 22, 2012

Donald Dee Forrest, 66, of Punxsutawney, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Dec. 8, 1945, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Arthur Clinton and Helen Jean (Grube) Forrest.

On Aug. 14, 1965, he married the love of his life, the former Nancy Arlene Vanhorn, who survives.

They met one another on a seesaw at Gobbler’s Knob while attending a FFA and FHA school picnic.

He was a member of the Scotland Avenue Church of God.

Don worked as a truck driver for many years until his blindness forced him to retire.

Antoinette Clemento, 85

November 22, 2012

Antoinette Clemento, 85, Punxsutawney, formerly of Pittsburgh, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born July 23, 1927, in Carnegie, a daughter of the late Ralph and Rose Clemento.

She was a member of the Holy Souls Roman Catholic Church of Pittsburgh.

She worked in retail sales for 40 years and retired from Keystone Shoes.

Surviving relatives include a sister-in-law, Lois Clemento
of Punxsutawney; two nephews, Richard Clemento and wife Mickey of Northern Cambria and Bill Clemento and wife Terry of Punxsutawney; a

Louise M. Smith, 90

November 22, 2012

Louise M. Smith, 90, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born April 10, 1922, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William and Esther (Vanderpool) Henneman.

On May 29, 1946, she married Blair E. Smith, who preceded her in death on April 15, 1978.

She formerly attended the Punxsutawney Church of God and the Punxsutawney Alliance Church.

She enjoyed puzzles and cooking, but most of all, she enjoyed her grandchildren.

November 20th

William "Bill" A. Condron, 66

November 20, 2012

William A. Condron, 66, of Big Run, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at VA Medical Center in Oakland.

Mr. Condron was born Feb. 10, 1946, in Echo, a son of the late Regis Condron and Luella (Neville) Condron.

March 3, 1967, he married his loving wife, Bernice A. (Mauk) Condron, who survives, of Big Run.

Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War.

He was a member of the CMA Church in Punxsutawney, where he coached youth basketball.

He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion and the NRA.

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