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January 3rd, 2014

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.

Karen L. (Kerns) Gaston, 65

January 3, 2014

Karen L. (Kerns) Gaston, 65, of San Pedro Calif., formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday night, Dec. 30, 2013, in her home.

She passed away the way she lived her life, with strength and dignity.

After a six-year struggle after having three brain aneurysms and a year and three months of pancreatic cancer, she passed peacefully without any pain or suffering.

She was born to Andrew and Helena Kerns on April 5, 1948, in Punxsutawney.

Karen graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1966.

January 2nd

Frank S. Petro, 62

January 2, 2014

Frank S. Petro, 62, of Tunnelton, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

Born May 6, 1951, in Latrobe, Pa., he was the son of the late Frank and
Margaret (Bohovich) Petro.

Frank lived in the Saltsburg area all of his life and was a 1969 graduate of Saltsburg High School, where he excelled as a wrestler.

Frank started working in the mines in Tunnelton in the 70s, and worked his way up to a job with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where he was employed as an Emergency Response and Training Specialist.

Ogden Clayton Thompson, 75

January 2, 2014

Our beloved, Ogden Clayton Thompson, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at home in Naples, Fla.

He was born June 17, 1938, in Punxsutawney, to the late Clayton Walter Thompson and Sara Ogden Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his sister Ellen Rose Thompson Fohner.

He is survived by his spouse, Nancy Evelyn Eley Thompson; children Eley Ogden Thompson (Kara) and Clayton Walter Thompson, II (Nancy); and grandchildren Sherman, Mitchell, Saunders, Turner, Sophia and Sullivan.

Jere Joseph Toven, 72

January 2, 2014

Jere Joseph Toven, 72, of Brookville, beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed to eternal life peacefully at McKinley Health Center, Brookville, after a strong-fought battle against leukemia, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.

Jere was born on July 15, 1941, in Reynoldsville.

He was a 1959 graduate of Reynoldsville High School.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Joyce (Knapp) Toven. They were married on Oct. 27, 1962, in Mayport Pa.

January 1st

Gerald F. Peffer, 82

January 1, 2014

Gerald F. Peffer, 82, of Marchand, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 1, 2014, surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer.

He was born on Nov. 7, 1931, in the Adrian Hospital, Punxsutawney, a son of the late Reese and Ruth (Brown) Peffer.

In addition to his parents, Gerald was also preceded in death by his loving wife of 43 years, Mary Ellen (Cribbs) Peffer. They were married Feb. 15, 1963.

Gerald served his country in the US Army during the Korean War Conflict,

December 30th, 2013

Clarabelle M. (Murray) Davis, 85

December 30, 2013

Clarabelle M. (Murray) Davis, 85, of Vandergrift, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Kittanning Care Center, in Kittanning, Pa.

She was born June 9, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late George and Edith (Coy) Murray.

Clarabelle lived in the Vandergrift and Apollo area for the last 25 years.

She was a self-employed beautician in Punxsutawney for several years and was also the owner/operator of L&M Crafts in Pitcarin for several years.

Dwight K. Elkin, 87

December 30, 2013

Dwight K. Elkin, 87, of Fowler Township, Ohio, died Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 2013, at Omni Manor Health Care Center in Austintown.

He was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Punxsutawney, Porter Township, the son of the late H. Clair and Bessie Elizabeth Miller Elkin.

Dwight was a 1944 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

He served in the Navy as a ships fireman in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

Dwight was entrusted in the Pacific with piloting the Admiral's shuttle launch between ships in the fleet.

December 29th

Victoria "Vickie" Eugenia (Greene) Woods, 72

December 30, 2013

Victoria "Vickie" Eugenia (Greene) Woods, 72, of Clymer, Pa., died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.

She was born Oct. 22, 1942, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Thomas and Cora (Brickell) Greene.

Vickie was a wonderful, loving mother who raised six children and loved being a grandmother to 14 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

She was a member of the Twolick Baptist Church of Dixonville, Pa.

Vickie shared 52 years of marriage with her husband, Roy Woods, Sr., of Clymer.

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