Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Robert Dean Hetrick, 55, of Altoona, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Blair County.
He was born March 15, 1957, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Robert Lee Hetrick and Winona M. (London) Hetrick.
His mother survives and resides in Punxsutawney.
He served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam era.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by two sisters, LeeAnn Hetrick and Linda Kerns Stanford and husband Steve, all of Punxsutawney; and a brother, Barry Hetrick and wife Kimberly of Punxsutawney.
Dora Lynn Sherry, 46, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at
Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born April 16, 1966, in New Castle, a daughter of Clarence E. Brown and the late Dr. Mattie Arnell Brown.
On April 25, 1987, she married Arthur Sherry. He survives.
She was a gentle, kind-spirited woman.
Dora was very artistic, and she enjoyed painting, drawing and graphic arts.
She was very good at working on computers.
Wilber Boyd Bair, 85, of Rossiter, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born Feb. 25, 1927, in Banks Township, Indiana County, a son of the late Lemon Clair and Sarah Jane (Pearce) Bair.
He was a member of the United States Army, serving during World War II, where he earned the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
On Dec. 23, 1950, he married the former Margaret Ruth Wilt. She preceded him in death on Aug. 30, 2007.
Mr. Bair attended the First Church of God.
Joann Virginia Kunkle Jeffries, 70, of Home, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
A daughter of Lyle W. and Virginia Bracken Kunkle, she was born Dec. 17, 1942, in Indiana.
Mrs. Jeffries was a graduate of Marion Center High School.
Joann was a caregiver and also a van driver for Indian Haven.
She was an animal lover and enjoyed gardening, yard work and all outdoor activities.
Joann was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Melvin Shepler, 83, of Industry, Pa., passed away early Monday morning, Feb. 18, 2013, with his family at his side.
He was born Oct. 16, 1929, in Henderson Township, Pa., a son of Homer and Leila Pearl Shepler.
A U.S. Navy veteran, he served during the Korean War in the Atlantic Fleet aboard the USS New Kent PA-217.
He was an electrician with Pittsburgh Tube Mill for 32 years and was a member of Fairview Reformed Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder and youth leader.
He was also a Little League coach and Boy Scout leader.
Wilbur Bair, 85, of Rossiter, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney.
Mrs. Abigail â€śGayleâ€ť Anderson, 90, of Lake Wales, Florida, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at her home.
She was born June 1, 1922, in Marion Center, Pa., and married her husband, Emory A. Anderson, Sr., on Dec. 19, 1941.
They lived in Lake Wales from 1957 until 1964 and returned to Lake Wales from Punxsutawney in 1986.
She was a loving wife and mother and a beautiful example of love and caring for her family.
She was a bookkeeper and a secretary alongside her late husband in their
Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Lake Wales Womanâ€™s Club.
Francis J. "Cheech" Esposito, 82, Brockway, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 8, 1930, in Brockway, a son of Frank and Maria Carmella Provenzano Esposito.
He was previously married to Martha Hoskavich, who survives, of Brockway.
He was the owner of Esposito Beverage in Brockway from 1951 until 2006.
He was a member of St. Tobias in Brockway.
Cheech was a lifetime member of the S.O.I. Club in Brockway and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Clark A. Rhodes, 85, of Punxsutawney, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Rhodes was born Nov. 20, 1927, in Adamsburg, a son of the late John P. and Alta E. (Norris) Rhodes.
Clark is survived by his wife, Marilyn A. (McQuown) Rhodes, of Punxsutawney.
They were married July 1, 1950.
Mr. Rhodes served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and the Air Force during the Korean War.
He was retired from the Linde Company, a subsidiary of Union Carbide after 39-and-a-half years of service as a District Business Manager.
C. â€śRayâ€ť Pearce, 53, of Mahaffey died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at his home, where he most wanted to be, surrounded by the love of his family and friends.
The son of Calvin Edsel and Imogene â€śJeanâ€ť (Muth) Pearce, he was born on Dec. 18, 1959, in DuBois.
Ray was a graduate of Purchase Line High School.
A man who greatly enjoyed spending time in the outdoors, Ray especially loved hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed traveling and experiencing the freedom to head out on road trips.
Ray was a social member of the Sons of the American Legion in Glen Campbell.