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December 20th

Antoinette (Belott) Astorino, 88

December 21, 2011

Antoinette (Belott) Astorino, 88, a lifelong resident of Walston, died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

She was born Oct. 12, 1923, a daughter of the late Samuel and Rachel (Bianco) Belott.

June 6, 1946, she married Ross Astorino, also a lifelong resident of Walston, who preceded her in death Nov. 13, 2001, ending a union of 55 years.

Mrs. Astorino graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1941. She was employed by Jordan’s Furniture Store, which required a daily walk from Walston to Punxsy.

George Colburn Bowers, 95

December 21, 2011

George Colburn Bowers, 95, died Dec. 16, 2011, while visiting family in Gladwin, Mich.

He was born March 2, 1916, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late William Arthur and Edith Blanch (Winslow) Bowers Sr.

Mr. Bowers was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.  

December 19th

George J. Shedlock, Jr., 78

December 20, 2011

George J. Shedlock, Jr., 78, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Aug. 25, 1933, in Moran, a son of George J. and Elizabeth (Holeva) Shedlock Sr.

He married Mary Lou (Anthony) Shedlock, who preceded him in death Jan. 25, 2005.

Mr. Shedlock was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was also a member of many lodges, including the American Legion, Eagles Lodge No. 1231, the Walston Club and Labor International Union No. 905.

Mary Louise Hosack Wayland, 86

December 20, 2011

Mary Louise Hosack Wayland, 86, DuBois, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Allegheny County, a daughter of the late James and Hilda (Brocious) Hosack.

Sept. 10, 1955, in Ringgold, she married Robert O. Wayland, who survives.

She was the owner/operator of Wayland Agway from 1959-1992. The business is still in the family.

Mrs. Wayland was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church in DuBois.

She was also a member of the Bereans at First United Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

December 18th

Lillian K. Swartzlander, 88

December 19, 2011

Lillian K. Swartzlander, 88, Luthersburg, passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home after a short illness.

She was born Feb. 23, 1923, a daughter of the late Wilbur and Olive (Nolder) Kirk.

Aug. 13, 1954, she married Joseph Swartzlander, who preceded her in death Nov. 16, 2004.

December 15th

Alexander Simon Dubensky, 81

December 16, 2011

Alexander Simon Dubensky, 81, of DeLancey died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born March 7, 1930, in DeLancey, a son of the late Michael L. and Mary (Quashnock) Dubensky.

He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church in Punxsutawney.
April 18, 1959, he married the former Mary Ellen Zelman, who preceded him in death Aug. 10, 1993.

Mr. Dubensky was a U.S. Army veteran and served his country during the Korean conflict.

He worked as a machinist for Star Iron Works for more than 30 years.

Margaret L. Stiteler Orr, 70

December 16, 2011

Margaret L. Stiteler Orr, 70, of Indiana, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh.

She was born in 1941 in North Mahoning Township, a daughter of the late James H. and June L. (Van Horn) Coon.

She married Richard Orr, who survives, of Indiana.

Mrs. Orr was an active member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Smicksburg for her entire life.

She was a homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her family.

Floyd Melvin Stanford, 90

December 16, 2011

Floyd Melvin Stanford, 90, passed away peacefully Nov. 16, 2011, at the Veterans' Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas.

He was born Jan. 10, 1921, in Rimersburg, a son of the late Richard M. Stanford and Gertrude (Bell) Stanford.

June 26, 1941, he married Dorothy Aldine (Mottern) Stanford.

They had three children, Carol Kay Stanford and Ricky Vay Stanford, both of Bryan, Texas, and the late Richard Ray Stanford. They also had nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

December 14th

Dannie Allen Austin, 65

December 15, 2011

Dannie Allen Austin, 65, Punxsutawney, passed away, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.

He was born June 14, 1946, in Hanson, Ky., a son of the late Rufus Elbert and Girdie Lee (Ruby) Austin.

He was married to Christine J. (Stoffella) Austin, who survives, for 31 years.

Mr. Austin loved his family and friends above all else. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.

Donald J. Frye, 65

December 15, 2011

Donald J. Frye, 65, DuBois, died suddenly at home Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.

He was born July 8, 1946, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late Blair and Edna (Leasure) Frye.

He was married to Karen (Shaffer) Frye, who survives.

Mr. Frye served for 15 years with Company B, 728th Maintenance Battalion of the Clearfield National Guard. He was a retired railroad trackman for the B&O and Conrail Railroads.

He was a volunteer for the AARP and Protestant by faith, an active member of the Tri-County Church of God.

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