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October 11th

Alma Smith, 81

October 11, 2012

Alma Smith, 81, of Murray, Utah, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012.

She was born on Feb. 16, 1931, in Creekside, Pa., a daughter of the late Blair Neal and Alta Welder Neal.

She married Ivan Q. Smith, who preceded her in death.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Jennifer (Jim) Brass of Murray, Utah, and Vanda (Bill) Erdos of Bethel Park, Pa.; five grandchildren, Jamie Brass, Katie Beechler, Scott Brass, Abby Brass and Erin Erdos; and a great-grandson, Peyton Beechler.

A memorial service will be held at Circle Hill Cemetery in Punxsutawney at a later date.

October 10th

Bernard Eugene “Pokey” Smith, 84

October 10, 2012

Bernard Eugene “Pokey” Smith, 84, guest at the Jefferson Manor, formerly of Brookville, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Jefferson Manor surrounded by his family.

Mr. Smith was born Jan. 7, 1928, the son of the late Percy Parker Smith and Leona Geer Smith, in Grange, Pa.

Feb. 9, 1949, in Punxsutawney, he married Wilma Grace Pearce, who preceded him in death Oct. 13, 1998.

Mr. Smith was a World War II US Army veteran — Hq. Co. #1 Det. Ft. Jackson, S.C.

He worked as a miner and later retired as a caretaker for Deemers in Brookville.

October 9th

Robert Henry Rand, 69

October 9, 2012

Robert Henry Rand, 69, Saltsburg, passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 24, 1943, in Fort Fairfield, Maine, a son of Floyd and Mary (Dishong) Rand.

Bob was an electrician and longtime employee of Don Huey Construction.

He had also previously worked as a coal miner for Lady Jane Collieries and Tunnelton Mines.

Bob was known as a hard worker who took pride in his work. He was known for his kind, loving and outgoing personality.

Bob was also a very patriotic individual.

Melvin Dean Steele, 70

October 9, 2012

Melvin Dean Steele, 70, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at home.

He was born Feb. 6, 1942, in Home, Pa., a son of the late Alvord Boyd and Irene (Johnson) Steele.

On June 20, 1964, he married Marsha Jane Shelley. She survives.

Dean enjoyed working with wood, watching racing and helping his friends.

October 8th

Everett M. Bell, 86

October 8, 2012

Everett M. Bell, 86, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Clearfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane (Griffith) Bell. They were married Jan. 1, 1949.

Surviving relatives include two sons, William Bell of Grampian and James Bell of Punxsutawney; two daughters, Patricia Robinson of Grampian and Lorie Park and husband Daniel of Brookville; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Mabel R. Peffer, 99

October 8, 2012

Mabel R. Peffer, 99, of Marion Center, passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Communities at Indian Haven in Indiana.

Mrs. Peffer was born Oct. 10, 1912, in West Mahoning Township, a daughter of the late Daniel C. Ruffner and Emma (Fitzgerald) Ruffner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph J. Peffer.

Mabel was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Punxsutawney.

Mabel was an avid reader and loved to crochet. She worked for many years in the cafeteria at Marion Center High School.

Daniel G. Payson, 74

October 8, 2012

Daniel G. Payson, 74, of Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Punxsutawney.

He was born May 18, 1938, in Indiana, a son of the late Charles Sr. and Dorothy Buggy Payson.

Mr. Payson was a graduate of Indiana Area High School and Westmoreland Community College.

He was the former owner of Indiana Auto Supply and True Value Hardware, both of Indiana, and the Punxsutawney Auto Parts.

Most recently, Dan had been employed at NAC Carbon Products, Inc., of Punxsutawney.

October 7th

Joseph M. Serge, 91

October 7, 2012

Joseph M. Serge, 91, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Serge was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Rosario Serge and Catherine (Caliguire) Serge.

Nov. 11, 1947, he married the love of his life, Anne (Schepis) Serge, of Punxsutawney, who survives.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II as a pharmacist's mate aboard the USS Independence.

Mr. Serge worked as a carpenter for the B&O Railroad — Chessie System.

Elizabeth A. Brady, 73

October 7, 2012

Elizabeth A. Brady, 73, of Anita, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

Mrs. Brady was born July 31, 1939, in Hyde, Pa., a daughter of the late Edward L. King and Doris H. (Hart) King.

She is survived by her husband, Richard E. Heffner, of DuBois.

Elizabeth enjoyed crocheting, square dancing, singing and spending time with all of her grandchildren.

October 5th

Robert Bryce “Rocky” Blair, 76

October 5, 2012

Robert Bryce “Rocky” Blair, 76, of Reynoldsville, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital.

He was born Dec. 24, 1935, in Carbondale, Pa., a son of the late Rollin and Jesse (Marsh) Blair.

On Aug. 11, 1979, he married the former Cheryl Diane Boyer. She survives.

He was an excellent body shop repairman and painter. He owned Blair’s Auto Body for more than 30 years.

A carpenter by hobby, Mr. Blair built his own home and was handy at everything.

He enjoyed traveling and watching NASCAR.

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