Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Arthur G. â€śArtâ€ť Edwards, 84, of Mars, formerly of Punxsutawney,
Reynoldsville, Sharon, St. Marys and Indiana, Pa, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Born on June 4, 1928, in Home, Pa., Indiana County, he was the son of the late Giles Stephens and Luella Dick Edwards.
He was raised on a farm in Marchard, Pa., in Jefferson County and graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1946.
He honorably served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Motorcycle Military Police Division in Western Germany from 1950 to 1953.
James Stephen Lesnick, 57, of Pompano Beach, Fla., passed away at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. Lesnick was born on Oct. 10, 1955, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Francis D. and Caroline (Walchack) Lesnick.
He was a 1973 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and a 1977 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in hotel management. He was also a member of St. Pious Roman Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. Lesnick held the position of concierge at the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mark Gallaher, 46, of Glen Campbell, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at his residence.
Born Nov. 9, 1966, in Spangler, Pa., he was the son of the late James Gallaher and Vivian (McCoy) Gallaher.
He was a logger by trade.
Gallaher is survived by a son, Joshua Gallaher of Rossiter; a daughter, Kayla Weakland of Cherry Tree; two granddaughters, Layla Riley Weakland
and Cameron Briel Gallaher; and two sisters, Nancy Rudy of Millersville and Caroline Atte of Pittsburgh.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Justin Gallaher.
Terry Allen Graul, 62, of Allentown, died Friday, April 19, 2013, in Pocono Medical Center, Monroe County.
He was the husband of Dorrie V. (Voorhis) Graul. They celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary on July 23, 2012.
Born in Punxsutawney, he was the son of the late Earl Henery and Evelyn Mae (Bennett) Graul.
He was a 1968 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
For the last 13 years, Terry had been a truck driver for CPC Logistics in Allentown.
A member of Trout Unlimited, Terry was an avid fly fisherman. He loved the outdoors, camping and fishing for trout.
Cyrilla C. Himes, 78, of Youngstown, Ohio, formerly of Covode, Pa., passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown.
Cyrilla was born on Feb. 23, 1935, in Covode, the daughter of Ralph and Catherine (Beck) Jordan. She married Earl Himes on May 21, 1955. He survives.
Cyrilla was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. She worked at
Nelson Bedding in Youngstown, Ohio, for many years.
Anna Wilma Sharp, 85, of Glen Campbell, died Saturday, April 20, 2013.
She was born June 29, 1927, in Curwensville, a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Twila (Haag) Condon.
On April 7, 1945, she married John Albert Sharp.
He preceded her in death on March 26, 2008.
She enjoyed raising her 12 children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She liked traveling, spending time on the pontoon boat and being with her family and her dog, Pippy.
Cindy Joan Mills, R.N., 40, of Westernville, N.Y., wife of William J., passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, N.Y., after a brief illness.
She was born in Newton, N.J., on Feb. 5, 1973, a daughter of Austin A. and Judith Karin Erickson Young.
Cindy grew up in Blairstown, N.J., graduating from Warren Hills Regional High School.
Thereafter, she furthered her education at Raritan Valley Community College, eventually earning her bachelorâ€™s degree in nursing.
A legend is lost. Anna Mary "Punxsy" Edmondson, 88, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013, at her home.
Anna Mary was born April 17, 1925, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Thomas F. Edmondson and Anna (Rozdilsky) Edmondson.
She was a member of SS. Cosmas & Damian Catholic Church.
In her young adult life, Anna Mary was employed by the Bryant Electric Company, a subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Company, in Bridgeport, Conn., where she assembled gyros for torpedos that sunk two battleships
and a cruiser.
She ended her career at Bryant as the Boiler Room Manager.
Andrew S. Laska, 89, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Wellington Heights.
Mr. Laska was born on March 8, 1924, in Sportsburg, a son of the late Zolti and Julia (Grabetz) Laska.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marie (Quashnock) Laska on Jan.
He was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School and a member of the Sportsburg United Methodist Church.
Mr. Laska was a US Army Veteran of WWII, having served in the Pacific.
Matthew Paul Ruffner, 34, Chief Warrant Officer 3, of Susquehanna Township, Pennsylvania, formerly of Level Green, Pa., died Tuesday April 9, 2013, as the result of injuries sustained while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
Born Nov. 18, 1978, in Punxsutawney, Matthew was the son of Charles and Diane (Gardner) Ruffner of Glen Campbell.