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September 25th, 2011

John M. Reken, 85

September 26, 2011

John M. Reken, 85, Home, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011.

He was born July 10, 1926, in Beyer, a son of the late John and Ann (Ocel) Reken.

Jan. 31, 1953, he married Helen (Beresnyak) Reken, who survives.
They celebrated 56 years of marriage together.

He served his country during WWII with the U.S. Army. He was also a member of Dayton Sportsmen's Club, Sagamore VFW, William Penn Assoc. and UMWA Local 1619. He enjoyed the outdoors.

Mr. Reken worked as a farmer and also as a coal miner for 42 years, working for the North American Coal Co.

Nellie M. Rugh-Lowers, 64

September 26, 2011

Nellie M. Rugh-Lowers, 64, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Shippenville.

She was born Aug. 28, 1947, in Alliance, Ohio, a daughter of the late Louis W. and Blanche (Finnegan) Lowers.

Ms. Lowers loved reading and talking with family and friends. She was a kind-hearted person, a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

September 23rd

Dr. Thomas E. Cressley, DDS, 89

September 23, 2011

Dr. Thomas E. Cressley, DDS, 89, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at his home.

He was born March 13, 1922, in Glen Campbell, a son of the late Clayton and Marvel (Gibson) Cressley.

Aug. 13, 1950, he married Florinda (Anderson) Cressley, who preceded him in death Dec. 16, 1997.

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

Dr. Cressley was a retired dentist and a graduate of Glen Campbell High School, Waynesburg University and the University of Pittsburgh Dental School.

Margy D. Kuntz, 77

September 23, 2011

Margy D. Kuntz, 77, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 22, 1933, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John Kopnitsky, Effie (Reams) Kopnitsky and Ruby (Geist) Kopnitsky.

Ms. Kuntz worked for Lorree Footwear and Standard Pennant Company. Later, she was a seamstress for the Stitchers Mound.

Elizabeth Woods, 86

September 23, 2011

Elizabeth Woods, 86, Rossiter, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Dec. 30, 1924, in Winslow Township, a daughter of the late Blair W. and Hazel B. (Uplinger) Vandervort.

She was married to Delmont "Smokey" Woods, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Mrs. Woods worked many years as an LPN. She also worked private duty and was an excellent caregiver and a midwife.

She had many friends and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

September 22nd

Barbara Ann Pifer, 63

September 22, 2011

Barbara Ann Pifer, 63, Reynoldsville, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medial Center, DuBois.

She was born May 10, 1948, in Henderson Township, a daughter of the late Harry Blair and Inez Naomi (Pifer) Kerr.

May 18, 1968, she married Charles A. Pifer, who survives, of Reynoldsville.

Mrs. Pifer graduated with honors from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1966.

She was a former employee of Standard Pennant in Big Run.

Mrs. Pifer was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ in Reynoldsville.

Marian Lee Powers, 69

September 22, 2011

Marian Lee Powers, 69, of Big Run, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, as a result of a traffic accident.

She was born Dec. 14, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Mervin Roy and Virginia (Rhodes) Sebring.

Jan. 10, 1959, she married Lonnie Lee Powers, who survives.

She was a member of the Big Run Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder and the treasurer.

September 21st

Opal J. (Fuller) Brown, 90

September 22, 2011

Opal J. (Fuller) Brown, 90, Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 4, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Homer C. and Freda M. (Raybuck) Fuller.

She was married to William Brown, who preceded her in death.

Surviving relatives include a son, Robert Taylor of Michigan; two daughters, Muriel Braunns and June States, both of Punxsutawney; a sister, Gladys Pounds of Punxsutawney; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Joyce L. Keeler, 74

September 22, 2011

Joyce L. Keeler, 74, of Garnerville, N.Y., and Ballston Spa, N.Y., went to be with her Lord Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Ballston Spa.

She was born June 9, 1937, in Camden, N.J., a daughter of the late Rev. Jesse and Edith (Oberholtzer) Stayer.

She was married to Harry E. Keeler, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Keeler was a graduate of Collegeville Trappe High School and attended Millersville College.

She worked for many years in real estate and property management. She retired in 2001 as executive director of Indian River Estates in Vero Beach, Fla.

William C. Lingenfelter, 82

September 22, 2011

William C. Lingenfelter, 82, Punxsutawney, a guest at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center,  passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Edward Haag and Ada Lingenfelter.

He was Methodist by faith.

Mr. Lingenfelter was a member of the Punxsutawney Eagles and the Army Navy Club. He loved hunting, fishing playing guitar and country music.

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