Archive - Obituary
William Paul Smochek, 88, DuBois, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at home.
He was born July 16, 1923, in Mahaffey, the son of the late Frank and Rose (Mrozek) Smocek.
He was married to Lois Pearl (Bell) Smochek, who survives.
Mr. Smochek was a famer and miner, and he worked in the construction business, retiring from PennDOT.
He was Catholic by faith.
Mary L. Moyer, 96, Doylestown, formerly of Rossiter, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Doylestown.
She was born June 24, 1915, in Bitumen, a daughter of the late Matthew and Mary (Krempasky) Pisarchik.
She married Frank J. Moyer, who preceded her in death March 6, 2007.
Mrs. Moyer was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rossiter.Â
She loved quilting, cooking and sewing.
Thomas â€śTomâ€ť L. DeFazio Sr., 65, DuBois, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home, DuBois.
He was born April 19, 1946, in Punxsutawney, the only son of the late James and Rose DeFazio.
He was married for 31 years to the late Frances E. DeFazio, joined in union Nov. 20, 1965. She preceded him in death April 15, 1997.
Mr. DeFazio was retired. He was previously employed by Owens-Illinois Brockway and was the owner and manager of DeFazioâ€™s Tasty Freeze in Brookville for 13 years.
Billy M. Shaffer, 82, Worthville, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in Ringgold, a son of the late Arthur and Gussie (Shick) Shaffer.
He was married to Ethel W. (Goodheart) Shaffer, who preceded him in death May 14, 2001.
Betty M. Geer, 31, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Shreveport, La.
She was born June 23, 1980, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Leona M. Courson Geer, who survives, of Mayport, and the late David D. Geer.
Miss Geer attended Punxsutawney Area High School and Jeff Tech.
She was employed as a cleaning personnel staff and enjoyed fishing, spending time outdoors, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
She was a member of Latter Day Saints in Tropic, Utah.
Jamey Eugene Stormer, 41, Somerset, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in Somerset.
He was born Aug. 16, 1970, in Brookville, a son of the late Robert E. Stormer and Margaret (Shirey) Stormer, who survives.
He was a carpenter and member of the Pine Valley United Methodist Church and the Worthville United Methodist Church.
Josephine Shema, 78, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
She was born April 11, 1933, in DeLancey, a daughter of the late John and Helen (Shutyak) Shema Sr.
Ms. Shema was a retired loan officer with S&T Bank with more than 30 years of service. She was also a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church.
Surviving relatives include a niece, Linda Wadell; and three nephews, Larry Shema, William Shema and Andy Shema.
Robert Dale Shick, 90, Punxsutawney, formerly of Treasure Lake, DuBois, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Nelsonâ€™s Golden Years.
He was born June 23, 1921, in Allens Mills, a son of the late Elmer Jesse and Ruth Naomi (Copen) Shick.
Jan. 7, 1951, he married Kathleen â€śKayâ€ť Taylor Hoover Shick, who preceded him in death July 28, 1997.
Mr. Shick was a former employee of Jackson China, where he was a foreman for 10 years. He also was a retired, self-employed home builder and a life member of First United Methodist Church.
Toby Keith Travis, 37, Punxsutawney, died Dec. 3, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
He was born Jan. 24, 1974, in DuBois, a son of Kenneth C. Travis, who survives, of Reynoldsville, and Sally (Kennedy) Travis, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Travis was an artist who liked to draw.
An organ donor, he was also a member of the F.O. Eagles No. 1231.
Sheryl P. McLaughlin, 71, Tuscaloosa, Ala., died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at Hospice of West Alabama In-patient Facility.
She was born in Mercersburg, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William A. Patterson.
She was married to her husband of 50 years, Richard R. McLaughlin.
Mrs. McLaughlin earned a B.A. degree in elementary education at Grove City College.
She served as an assistant director of preschool of the First Baptist Church and later as director of the SS.C.D. preschool from 1993 to 1997 in Punxsutawney.