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September 21st, 2011

Rita A. (Bianco) Puglese, 76

September 21, 2011

Rita A. (Bianco) Puglese, 76, Orlando, Fla., passed away peacefully Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

She was born Dec. 22, 1934, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary (Liptak) Bianco.

She was married to Samuel J. Puglese, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Puglese enjoyed dancing, playing cards, cheering on the Buffalo Bills, swimming in her pool, telling stories of her full and adventurous life and cooking for her friends, family and anyone else who walked through the door.

September 20th

Mary (McCurry) Minster, 57

September 20, 2011

Mary (McCurry) Minster, 57, Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.

She was the daughter of Charlotte McCurry of Bakerstown and the late John McCurry.

She was married to Ernest J. Minster, who survives.

Mrs. Minster's compassion and kindness was great, and she gave all for her family. She extended her heart to all, and her love was felt by many.
Her commitment to caring for all children was demonstrated through her service as a Catechism teacher and school board member.

Lucinda Lee Shrecengost, 59

September 20, 2011

Lucinda Lee Shrecengost, 59, Mercer, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at her home.

She was born March 9, 1952, in Kittanning, a daughter of the late Clifford and Eleanor (Marshall) Shaffer.

Ms. Shrecengost was a retired seamstress, having worked for 13 years at Sportswear in Punxsy and for nine-and-a-half years at G&K in Sharon.
In her free time, she enjoyed quilting, and cross stitching.

September 19th

William C. Lingenfelter, 82

September 19, 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.

September 18th

Merrian L. Sherry, 68

September 18, 2011

Merrian L. Sherry, 68, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born Jan. 23, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John K. and Bernice L. (Shirey) Sherry.

Miss Sherry worked for Loree Footwear, starting in 1959. Later, she was employed by National City Bank for 19 years and Marion Center Bank for 11 years.

Her life revolved around her family and friends. She loved traveling and was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

September 16th

Karen Elaine Deats, 52

September 16, 2011

Karen Elaine Deats, 52, DuBois, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois.

She was born Sept. 29, 1958, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Leroy and Lois (Peace) Cressley.

Ms. Deats was a homemaker.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Big Run.

Surviving relatives include two daughters, Rebecca Milliron and husband Dallas of Punxsutawney, and Judy Deats of Punxsutawney; and three grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Cressley.

September 13th

Mary Belle (Finch) Mottern Michaels, 82

September 13, 2011

Mary Belle (Finch) Mottern Michaels, 82, of Sprankle Mills, went to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, while at home.

She was born July 16, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Martin E. and Pearl (Neville) Finch.

Mary Belle married Cloy “Joe” Mottern, who preceded her in death. 

Oct. 30, 2002, she married Joseph “Bert” Michaels, who survives.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be greatly missed. She enjoyed eating at Punxsy Phil’s and the Country Villa.

Margaret E. Smith, 95

September 13, 2011

Margaret E. Smith, 95, Marion Center, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Sept. 25, 1915, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William and Alice (Aber) Haag.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husbands, Earl Campbell, Harold Hetrick and Meigs Smith.

She was a member of the Marion Center Presbyterian Church and the New Salem Presbyterian Church in Ohioville. She was a member of the Mahoning Hills Senior Center and loved bingo and gardening.

September 12th

Colton Elbel Baughman, 22

September 12, 2011

Colton Elbel Baughman, 22, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at home.

He was born April 6, 1989, in Punxsutawney, a son of Bruce Baughman and Sandra Elbel, who survive.

He attended Clarion University and was a 2007 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School, where he ran cross country and track.

Colton was a member of the Oliver Township Fire Co.

An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, motorcycles and hanging out with family and friends.

He was employed by Weatherford Well Head of Punxsutawney.

David H. Burkett, 62

September 12, 2011

David H. Burkett, 62, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born March 16, 1949, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Kermit F. and Earlajane (Jones) Burkett.

Mr. Burkett was a loving and devoted husband to his wife, Karen Kent, whom he married July 14, 1973, as well as a loving and devoted father to the other true love of his life, his daughter, Kelly Rieth, both of whom survive.

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