Archive - Feb 2014 - Obituary
Retired Lt. Col. Sharlene (VanDyke) Loennig, 61, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Aliquippa, passed away after brave, courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at home surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born Nov. 17, 1952, in Rochester, Pa., a daughter of Lena (Ceccarelli) VanDyke and the late James Merritt VanDyke.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lucia and Nazzareno Ceccarelli, and her paternal grandparents, Josephine and Merritt Howard Van Dyke.
Charles K. Kovach, 95, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Kovach was born April 3, 1918, in Braddock, a son of the late John and Susann Kovach.
On April 17, 1943, he married his loving wife, Erlamon Doreen (Beatty) Kovach of Punxsutawney, who survives.
He served in the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal.
He was a member of St. Peter United Church of Christ.
Eugene â€śGeneâ€ť Ermond Stear, 64, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 27, 1949, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ermond and Ellen Bair Stear.
He married Peg L. Hinderliter Stear in 1972. She preceded him in death in 1997.
Eugene is survived by a brother, Gary Stear and wife Donna of Ringgold; a nephew, Kevin Brestovich of Punxsutawney; and two nieces, Kim Stello of DuBois and Crystal Heckman of Punxsutawney.
Diane M. Williams, 54, of Shenandoah, Va., passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., after a lengthy illness.
Diane was born April 18, 1959, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Dorothy (Weaver) Elbel and the late Glenn Elbel.
On Aug. 16, 1981, she married David Williams of Penfield. He preceded her in death.
Diane was a 1977 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.
In 1999, she graduated from Triangle Tech, where she studied mechanical design.
She relocated to Hampton, Va., where she was a design engineer at Jerry Pittman and Associates.
Judy Ann Voytus, 44, Punxsutawney, passed away suddenly, on Feb. 15, 2014, at her residence.
Born June 30, 1969, in Berea, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Frank Voytus and Frances Geist Voytus, who survives, in Punxsutawney.
Judy is also survived by three sisters, Jeanette and Joyce Voytus, both of Punxsutawney, and Mrs. Greg Jennifer Hobbs of Polson, Mont.; three nieces and nephews, Hannah, Grace and Matthew Hobbs; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and her very special dog, Prissy.
Judy was known for her sense of humor and making people smile. She was a
Jennifer Lee MacIsaac, 54, passed away at Indiana Regional Hospital in Indiana, Pa., on Jan. 28, 2014.
She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on March 15, 1959, the daughter of Donald M. MacIsaac and Bettye Huntley MacIsaac. The family moved to the MacIsaac ancestral farmstead near Marchand, Pa., in the fall of 1960, when Mr. MacIsaac began teaching in the Audio Visual Department at Indiana State College; he remained at IUP, as a professor in the Communications Media Department, until his retirement in 1982.
Ralston A."Humphrey" Curry, 83, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Wellington Heights.
Mr. Curry was born May 6, 1930, in Reynoldsville, a son of the late Raymond and Viola (Startzel) Curry.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Marie (Means) Curry. They were married Aug. 18, 1951.
Ralston began his first business venture with a hot dog wagon. He was known for his special sauce.
He was a bartender for the Punxsutawney Country Club and retired from Harvey Welding Supply Company.
He and his wife, Sara Marie, loved camping.
John Reed, 59, of Reynoldsville, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at his sisterâ€™s home in Punxsutawney.
John was born in Kileen, Texas, on Jan. 13, 1955, the son of Frederick Maxwell Reed and Ruby Arlene Lougee.
As a steel block late-model racecar driver, he often found his way to the front of the pack among the roar of engines and cheering crowds.
For more than 40 years of being behind the wheel of the red, white and blue No. 9, John drew loyal fans to Hummingbird Speedway and Marion Center Speedway.
John was a shop foreman at Jefferson Paving Inc. for more than 20 years.
George L. Kunselman, 80, Hamilton, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born May 28, 1933, in Sprankle Mills, a son of the late Oral and Mary Edna (Black) Kunselman.
On April 26, 1957, he married Laura A. (Neville) Kunselman, who survives.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps and served during the Korean War.
He attended the Hamilton United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the Masons, the V.F.W. and the Perry Township Sportsmenâ€™s Club.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing and also helped run the fish hatchery.
Vernon E. Neese, 60, of Dora, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at his home.
He was born Sept. 2, 1953, in Princeton, Ind., a son of the late Walter and Mary (Alcorn) Neese.
On June 21, 1997, he married Karen L. (Bevac) Neese, who preceded him in death on March 2, 2005.
Vern is a 1971 graduate of Princeton Community High School in Princeton, Ind.
He relocated to Pennsylvania in 1979 and started working in the coal mines, where he continued to work for the past 34 years.
Vern was an avid fisherman, but most of all, he loved riding his Harley.