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August 23rd, 2011

Ronald E. Gourley, 67

August 23, 2011

Ronald E. Gourley, 67, Hamilton, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, at home.

He was born Jan. 10, 1944, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Donald G. and Henrietta (Kanouff) Gourley.

Nov. 29, 1974, he married Lela Adams Gourley, who survives.

A farm boy at heart, Mr. Gourley was an avid hunter and sportsman who enjoyed farm tractors.

He was a dozer operator for Original Fuels.

John Alvah Hoy, 90

August 23, 2011

John Alvah Hoy, 90, Ludlow, Mass., formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.

Known as "Al" to friends and family, he was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Chloride, Ariz., to the late Charles C. and Gertrude (Ware) Hoy.

Jan. 24, 1946, in Punxsutawney, he married his high school sweetheart and soulmate, Louise (Hoffman) Hoy, who preceded him in death.

He graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1938 and attended two years of business school.

Mary Elaine (Anderson) Skubisz, 82

August 23, 2011

Mary Elaine (Anderson) Skubisz, 82, Anita, passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Horseheads, N.Y., after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born June 12, 1929, in Delancey, a daughter of Ernest "Shine" and Mary (Lazorcak) Anderson.

Sept. 3, 1949, she married Francis Skubisz, who preceded her in death.
A devoted homemaker, Mrs. Skubisz loved to bake and cook, and she kept her mother's Slovak recipes alive year after year.

She was a life-long member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Punxsutawney.

She was a long-time resident of Anita.

August 22nd

Dorothy Jean Gallagher, 75

August 23, 2011

Dorothy Jean Gallagher, 75, Dayton, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Oct. 26, 1935, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Carl and Mable (Little) Rankin.

She was married to her loving husband of 57 years, Walter P. Gallagher, who preceded her in death Feb. 1, 2010.

Mrs. Gallagher was a lifetime resident of the area and a devoted member of Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church. Her gardens were her pride and joy, and she spent much time creating these beautiful landscapes.

William O. Shugarts, 91

August 23, 2011

William O. Shugarts, 91, Troutville, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

He was born April 14, 1920, in Troutville, a son of the late Norman and Willa (Schoch) Shugarts.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.
Jan. 11, 1944, he married Dorothy L. (Heckel) Shugarts, who preceded him in death Feb.18, 2011.

He retired from Crescent Brick Plant in Falls Creek after more than 35 years of service. Previous to that, he worked in the Cramer Mines.

August 21st

Connor Jay Gerg, 16

August 21, 2011

Connor Jay Gerg, 16, Brookville, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011.

He was born Feb. 14, 1995, in Brookville, and was the much beloved son of Beth (Ammerman) and Thomas Gerg, and brother of Christian Gerg.

He played linebacker and fullback on the Brookville Jr.-Sr. High School football team, and was a member of the Gold All-State All-Academic team for scholastic excellence.

He was also a member of the BAHS and American Legion baseball teams, as well as the Brookville Ski Club.

He worked as a lifeguard at the Brookville YMCA.

Pete Harvath, 76

August 21, 2011

Pete Harvath, 76, Ellenboro, N.C., died Thursday, August 18, 2011, at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born May 1, 1935, in Indiana County, a son of the late Adam and Mary (Vascovich) Horvath.

He graduated from Clymer High School in 1955, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Mr. Harvath worked in manufacturing many years for Greensteel-Korok in Dixonville, and in the coal mining industry for Pennsylvania Power and Light/Greenwich Collieries of Ebensburg.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Greek Orthodox Catholic Church of Clymer.

August 17th

Francis J. “Woody” Brauer, 65

August 17, 2011

Francis J. “Woody” Brauer, 65, Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.

He was born Feb. 2, 1946, in Long Island, N.Y., a son of the late Francis S. and Margaret M. (Schneider) Brauer.

He was married to Elizabeth Ann (Bonfanti) Brauer, who preceded him in death Jan. 9, 2009.

Mr. Brauer served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and later served many years in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

August 16th

Verna Sikora, 88

August 17, 2011

Verna Sikora, 88, DuBois, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at Christ the King Manor.

She was born Jan. 19, 1923, in Big Soldier, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Meholick) Mehok.

She was married to Walter J. Sikora, who preceded her in death in October 1979.

Mrs. Sikora was a homemaker.

August 15th

Grace Davis Chelgren, 91

August 15, 2011

Grace Davis Chelgren, 91, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born May 26, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William Henry and Anna M. (Black) Davis.

Sept. 19, 1940, she married Harry Chelgren, who preceded her in death July 27, 1996.

Mrs. Chelgren was a member of the First English Lutheran Church, where she belonged to the Altar Guild.

She was also a member of the Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild and the Community Concert Association. She was active in the aerobics program in Punxsutawney.

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