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December 14th

John A. Pape Sr., 93

December 15, 2011

John A. (Bid) Pape Sr., 93, of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at St. Andrews Village in Indiana.

He was born April 5, 1918, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Carmen and Concetta (Nace) Pape.

Feb. 3, 1940, he married Carolyn (Brown) Pape, who preceded him in death April 9, 1991.

Mr. Pape was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

He was an avid boxer and baseball player in his youth and went on to play professional baseball as a catcher with the Detroit Tigers in 1941.

December 13th

Ruth L. McHenry-Coe, 95

December 14, 2011

Ruth L. McHenry-Coe, 95, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Dec. 9, 2011, at Lincoln Glen Nursing Home in San Jose, Calif.

She was born Oct. 14, 1916, in North Point, a daughter of the late Aubrey Gould and Lucy Marie (Cassiday) McHenry. She was the second of seven children.

She married Robert Coe, who preceded her in death in 1996.

Mrs. McHenry-Coe served in the Navy in World War II.

William Paul Smochek, 88

December 14, 2011

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.

December 11th

Mary L. Moyer, 96

December 12, 2011

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. 
She loved quilting, cooking and sewing.

December 9th

Thomas “Tom” L. DeFazio Sr., 65

December 10, 2011

Thomas “Tom” 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 DeFazio’s Tasty Freeze in Brookville for 13 years.

Billy M. Shaffer, 82

December 10, 2011

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.

December 8th

Betty M. Geer, 31

December 9, 2011

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

December 9, 2011

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.

December 6th

Josephine Shema, 78,

December 7, 2011

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

December 7, 2011

Robert Dale Shick, 90, Punxsutawney, formerly of Treasure Lake, DuBois, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Nelson’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 “Kay” 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.

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