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January 17th, 2014

George Earl Burkett, 78

January 17, 2014

George Earl Burkett, 78, Punxsutawney, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at home with his family by his side.

Mr. Burkett was born Feb. 24, 1935, in Oliver Township, a son of the late Russell and Leona (McAninch) Burkett.

On July 14, 1956, he married Dolores (Reed) Burkett, who survives.

Mr. Burkett was a member of the Grange Church of God.

He is a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Germany.

January 15th

Dorothy Ryen, 96

January 15, 2014

Dorothy Ryen, 96, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Jefferson Manor in Brookville.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1917, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late John and Ruth Deitman.

She was married to Floyd C. Ryen, who preceded her in death on April 8, 2001.

She was a longtime employee of Rola-Jensen of Punxsutawney.

She was a member of the Canoe Ridge Church of God.

January 12th

Edward C. Bartlett, 58

January 12, 2014

Edward C. Bartlett, 58, Brockport, passed away Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at his home.

Born Oct. 26, 1955, in DuBois, he was the son of Dorothy Bowman Infantino. She survives.

On July 5, 1978, he married Suzanne Bricen in Reynoldsville. She survives.

Edward graduated from the DuBois Area High School in 1973 and enlisted in the Air Force after graduation. He served until 1977 and earned the rank of sergeant.

He worked at Owens Illinois Plant 76 in Brockway until his retirement in May 2013.

Edward enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson and was a member of Jefferson County ABATE.

William R. Karnes, 68

January 12, 2014

William R. Karnes, 68, Sykesville, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at DRMC in DuBois.

He was born Aug. 9, 1945, in Erie, Pa, a son of the late Gerald and Leona (Cotherman) Karnes.

On July 6, 1977, he married Mary Karnes of Sykesville. She survives.

Mr. Karnes attended the New Castle School of Trades. He was a truck driver.

In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include two daughters, Nicole Genevro of Sykesville and Jennifer Jones of Marietta, Ga.; one son, Corey Karnes of Sykesville; and four grandchildren.

Dorothy Ellen Smith, 64

January 12, 2014

Dorothy Ellen Smith, 64, of Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Mrs. Smith was born April 28, 1949, in Banks Township, Indiana County, the daughter of the late Jay Albert Fisher and Edna Grace (Fetterman) Fisher.

She was married June 28, 1997, to Harry E. Smith, who preceded her in death.

Dorothy was a member of the Salvation Army where she attended services.

She worked 34 years at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was a loving sister and devoted friend who loved spending time with her family, reading and music.

January 8th

Ronald Lee Smith, 75

January 8, 2014

Ronald Lee Smith, 75, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

At Mr. Smith's request, all arrangements are private and under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.

January 6th

Thomas Andrew Demko, 75

January 6, 2014

Thomas Andrew Demko, former Sheriff of Jefferson County, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Sheriff Demko, aged 75, was born on Oct. 19, 1938, in Punxsutawney, to the late Andrew and Madeline (Filitske) Demko.

He is survived by his wife, Arletta Anne (née Shaffer).

Sheriff Demko was a dedicated public servant who served his country both
locally and nationally for most of his life.

He served in the United States Army during the Berlin and Cuban Crises and retired as a First Sergeant from the Army Reserves.

January 5th

William C. Young, Sr., 60

January 6, 2014

William C. Young, Sr., 60, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Sept. 3, 1953, in Sewickley, a son of the late Joe J. and Anna Ruth (Waltman) Young.

On Feb. 3, 1973, he married the former Georgina Thompson. She survives.

Bill previously enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing.

He also enjoyed working on lawnmowers and weedeaters.

January 3rd

Craig Harold Stewart, 68

January 3, 2014

Craig Harold Stewart, 68, South Mahoning Township, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital, with his family surrounding him.

The son of Harold and Olga (Meszaros) Stewart, he was born July 2, 1945, in Johnstown, Pa.

Mr. Stewart was a member of the Plumville Presbyterian Church.

He graduated from Marion Center High School, Class of 1963, and joined the United States Army, 101 Airborn Division.

He was a welder for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for 35 years and a sled operator for 29 years for the Keystone Tractor Pullers.

Odessa Mae Hutchinson, 94

January 3, 2014

Odessa Mae Hutchinson, 94, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at Mulberry Square.

She was born July 10, 1919, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late William and Carrie Irene (Harvey) Hodgson.

On March 3, 1945. she married Harold "Red" Quentin Hutchinson.

She and her husband loved to dance with one another. They traveled all over to dance together to Big Band music.

He preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 1991.

"Dessie" was fondly known by many people as "the kind, white-haired lady at Dr. Johnston's dental office,” where she had worked over 16 years.

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