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December 26th

Guy J. Gattuso, 91

December 27, 2011

Guy J. Gattuso, 91, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Asheville, N.C.

He was born Jan. 2, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Longo) Gattuso.

He was a member of Saints Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. Gattuso was a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict.

He was a member of the American Legion John Jacob Fisher Post No. 62, the Robinson-Morrison Post of the VFW and the Punxsutawney Senior Center.

For a number of years, he was a regular member of the Polka Club.

Gloria Jean Hipple Rhodes, 70

December 27, 2011

Gloria Jean Hipple Rhodes, 70, Clarion, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at her home after a heroic battle with pancreatic and liver cancer.

Gloria was born Aug. 22, 1941, in Titusville. She was the daughter of the late Jeanne (Russell) Hipple Williams and the late Harold Hipple. She was the step-daughter of the late Harry Williams.

May 27, 1995, she married the love of her life, Arnie Rhodes. They shared sixteen-and-a-half years together.

Gloria was known as “Duchess of the Kane District,” where Arnold served as District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church.

Mary A. Craven, 79

December 27, 2011

Mary A. Craven, 79, Punxsutawney (Hamilton area), died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born March 13, 1932, in Marchand, a daughter of the late Richard P. and Ruth (Lewis) Enterline.

Dec. 16, 1950, she married Milton L. Craven Sr., who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Craven was a member of the Grange Church of God.

December 23rd

Thomas B. Barkley, 79

December 24, 2011

Thomas B. Barkley, 79, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at home with his family at his side.

He was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph H. and Sarah Ruth (Orr) Barkley.

Dec. 20, 1953, he married Joan Work, who preceded him in death Dec. 23, 1970.

Feb. 3, 1974, he married Louise Lewis, who survives.

Mr. Barkley was a member of the Presbyterian Church, where he served as a church elder.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1950.

December 22nd

Dale Houser Brink, 79

December 22, 2011

Dale Houser Brink, 79, Brookville, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

He was born May 16, 1932, in Thompsontown, a son of the late Lawrence and Bernice (Houser) Brink.

July 15, 1954, in Berwinsdale, he married Beverly L. Lewis, who survives.
He was a member of the First Church of God in Brookville.

Mr. Brink spent 28 years in Jamestown, N.Y., working at Crescent Tool Co. until 1976, when the company moved its operation to Sumter, S.C.

Ruth Marie Digges, 81

December 22, 2011

Ruth Marie Digges, 82, Brookville, died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

She was born Jan. 11, 1929, in DuBois, a daughter of Lester J. Haney and Mabel M. Heberling.

She married David (Dick) McManigle, who preceded her in death.

May 12, 1962, she married G. Edwin Digges, who also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Digges was a member of the Brookville Hospital Auxiliary and the Jefferson Manor Auxilary.

She was an avid golfer and bowler who enjoyed entertaining friends and family.

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.

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