Archive - Obituary
September 2nd, 2013
Keith "Kip" Duane Snyder, Sr., 86, of Punxsutawney, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Shadyside Hospital, with his family by his side.
Keith was born Jan. 6, 1927, in Timblin, a son of the late Elvin Sidney and Agnes Mae (Engle) Snyder.
He was a graduate of the class of 1943 at Punxsutawney High School.
He then attended California State Teachersâ€™ College until his commencement in 1947.
Mr. Snyder served in the United States Navy during World War II.
On Dec. 26, 1949, he married Lois Romayne Martz. She preceded him in death on Nov. 10, 1974.
Danis Sheryl "Sherry" Rager, 61, of Rossiter, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital.
Sherry was born on Sept, 20, 1951, in Niagra Falls, New York, a daughter of the late Thomas Edward Beck, Sr. and DeMaris Loretta (Cessna) Beck.
On July 21, 2007, she married George R. Rager. He survives.
She enjoyed dancing, baking, needlework and being with friends.
Genevieve R. Haverilla, 90, Rossiter, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born July 15, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Angelo and Daily (Coretti) Ferrara.
On Sept. 21, 1946, she married Henry J. Haverilla, who preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 1988.
She was a study hall monitor at Punxsutawney High School from 1963 to 1971; she then founded the Haverilla Personal Care Home, where she continued to work until this past week.
She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rossiter.
Robert â€śBobâ€ť Jay Melzer, Jr. was escorted into Heaven by angels on Aug. 30, 2013, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was 74 years old.
He was born in the Wayne Hotel, Desire, Pa., on Sept, 17, 1938, to Robert â€śJayâ€ť Melzer and Josephine (Jackson) Melzer.
In 1959, Bob married his best friend and the love of his life, Nancy (Keenan) Melzer, in Sykesville, Pa., and they built a home and started a family in Desire, Pa.
They welcomed 4 children â€” Bobbi, Elizabeth, Susan and Doug.
Phyllis Theresa Himes, 87, of Punxsutawney, died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Mulberry Square, where she had been a resident for the past four years.
She was surrounded by family and friends.
Phyllis was born June 4, 1926, in DeLancey, Pa.
She was the daughter of the late Cataldo and Theresa D. (Garvey) Scarantine.
Her father immigrated from Italy in 1899.
On Nov. 10, 1945, she married Reed M. Himes, who preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2001.
J. Kipp Lukehart, 67, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at home.
He was born Dec. 27, 1945, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Joseph M. and Jeanne (Bidwell) Lukehart.
On Aug. 27, 1966, he married Sharyn M. â€śShugâ€ť McLaughlin, who survives.
He was a member of the Weber Club, Corn Cob Club, the Punxsutawney Country Club and the Jefferson County BAR Association. He was also a former district attorney for Jefferson County.
Quay E. States, 90, of Berlin Center, Ohio, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Humility House Nursing Home in Austintown, Ohio.
Mr. States was born July 6, 1923, in Juneau, a son of the late Albert and Violet (Gaston) States.
He was a World War II Veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" States.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Carol Champion of Chandler,
Ariz., and Donna Cook of N. Jackson, Ohio; two brothers, Jack
Joan Pearce, 73, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Oct. 19, 1939, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Robert E. and Elva N. (McCarty) Mallory.
On Sept. 21, 1958, she married Harvey L. Pearce, who survives.
She was a member of the Steffy United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed bingo, her family, auctions, sewing, baking and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a former employee of Wal-Mart.
James C. Young, 92, formerly of New Bethlehem and North Freedom, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at the Brookville Hospital.
He was born on May 3, 1921, in Mayport, the son of Charles and Lucy (Hetrick) Young.
He was first married to Ruby (Brocious), and she preceded him in death in 1985. He then married Evelyn (Schreckengost) Snyder, and she preceded him in death in 2010.
During his lifetime, Jim was a member of the United Methodist Church in North Freedom and Leasure Run.
Florence Jennie Cooper, age 91, of Sagamore, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the home of her son in Richmond, Va.
She was born in 1921 to John Reid and Bertha Dell Aul McCausland in Armstrong County.
Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Sagamore Community Bible Church.
She was a lifelong resident of Sagamore and was a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and watching TV.