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February 26th, 2012

James R. Dinger, 71

February 27, 2012

James R. Dinger, 71, Harrisville, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice in Butler.

He was born July 20, 1940, in Knox Dale, a son of the late Charles I. and Anna May C. (Miller) Dinger.

April 29, 1961, he married Helen E. (Shaffer) Dinger, of Harrisville, who survives.

Mr. Dinger was employed as a machinist at Pulva Corp. of Saxonburg, retiring in June 2011 after 16 years of service. He was formerly employed at the former Cooper-Bessemer Co. in Grove City.

He was a member of the West Unity Community Church in Harrisville.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Shirley L. McMillen, 69

February 27, 2012

Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Health Center in Brookville.

She was born Jan. 2, 1943, in Falls Creek, a daughter of the late William David and Mary C. Barnett Stauffer.

Ms. McMillen attended Reynoldsville High School.

She was formerly married to William Dale McMillen, who preceded her in death March 10, 1991.

Ms. McMillen was a waitress for 22 years at Truck Stops of America.

She was an active member of her church, the First Assembly of God in Punxsutawney.

February 24th

Mary Jane Bodenhorn, 91

February 24, 2012

Mary Jane Bodenhorn, 91, County Acres Personal Care Home, Titusville, formerly of Punxsutawney, went to be with the Lord Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.

She was born May 1, 1920, in Colombus, Ohio, the youngest daughter of the late James and Nannie Mae Sims.

She was the beloved wife of Paul N. Bodenhorn Sr., whom she married Jan. 26, 1943, and who preceded her in death Dec. 27, 1974.

Mrs. Bodenhorn had been a secretary for Canoe Township for 20 years and held many positions while living at Mahoning Towers.

Betty Stear Long, 97

February 24, 2012

Betty Stear Long, 97, a longtime resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Feb. 1, 2012, at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh, N.C., after a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 25, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jean and Frank Stear.

After graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1931, she attended Indiana State Teachers’ College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.

Shirley L. McMillen, 69

February 24, 2012

Shirley L. McMillen, 69, Brookville, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at McKinley Heath Center in Brookville.

A complete obituary will appear in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Arrangements are under the care of the Furlong Funeral Home, Summerville.

February 23rd

Pearl David (P.D.) Lott, 94

February 24, 2012

Pearl David (P.D.) Lott, 94, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Beacon Ridge in Indiana.

He was born July 6, 1917, in Big Run, a son of the late David and Elizabeth A. (Wise) Lott.

Dr. Lott began his education in a one-room country school in Jefferson County, skipped two grades and graduated from Big Run High School. A 1937 graduate of Indiana State Teachers College (IUP), he later earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in education from Penn State University. 

February 21st

Betty J. (Rader) Shaffer, 87

February 21, 2012

Betty J. (Rader) Shaffer, 87, of Sligo, formerly of Mayport, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

She was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Ringgold Township, a daughter of the late John and Lucetta (Bodorf) Rader.

She was the beloved wife of William C. Shaffer, whom she married Sept. 6, 1941, and who preceded her in death July 4, 2005.

Mrs. Shaffer had been employed during her lifetime at Hawthorn Manufacturing, Rola Manufacturing and Sylvania.

She was a member of the New Salem United Methodist Church in Salem.

She cherished times spent with family and friends.

Mervin T. Martz, 82

February 21, 2012

Mervin T. Martz, 82, Mayport, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Brookville Hospital.

He was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Worthville, a son of the late Benjamin Franklin and Nellie J. Richards Martz.

Mr. Martz was a 1947 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, and he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

June 2, 1961, in Strattanville, he married the former Shirley M. Smith, who survives.

Mr. Martz worked as a mechanic for Ringgold Equipment in Ringgold for more than 30 years.

He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, trapping and spending time with his family.

February 20th

William Brian Dinger, 47

February 20, 2012

William Brian Dinger, 47, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born May 10, 1964, in Punxsutawney, a son of Everett Eugene Dinger of California and Marie (Wright) Swanson of Punxsutawney, who survive.

Mr. Dinger was the owner of Dinger House Painting.

He was Protestant by faith.

Dorothy (Lloyd) Gilligan, 86

February 20, 2012

Dorothy (Lloyd) Gilligan, 86, formerly of Rosebud, Coalport, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Irvona, a daughter of the late Gwynne N. and Hazel (McGarvey) Lloyd.

She was married to Donald H. Gilligan, who preceded her in death March 12, 1998.

Mrs. Gilligan worked as a secretary for Swank Brick Yard, Irvona, and as a teacher’s aide for Coalport Elementary School.

She enjoyed traveling, camping, figurine painting and reading, and she was a life member of Coalport United Methodist Church.

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