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August 28th, 2011

David Walter Snyder, “The Duke,” 76

August 28, 2011

David Walter Snyder, “The Duke,” 76, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, at home.

He was born March 22, 1935, in Nescopeck, a son of the late Charles and Bernice (Laycock) Snyder.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in October of 1954, and was trained as an aircraft mechanic. After serving his country for 20 years, he retired as a Master Sergeant.

June 20, 1957, he married the love of his life, Brenda Joyce Jordan, who preceded him in death Oct. 16, 2007.

August 26th

Richard Babco, 67

August 26, 2011

Richard Babco, 67, of Logan, Indiana County, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown.

He was born Oct. 14, 1943, in Logan, Banks Township, a son of the late John W. and Elizabeth (Kraynak) Babco.

Aug. 28, 1965, he married Laura Belle Huey, who preceded him in death April 9, 1999.

Mr. Babco was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Glen Campbell.

He worked in the coal strip mining industry doing augering with Andy Freno and then working with the Kraynak Coal Company prior to his employment with Hoffman Diamond Products of Punxsutawney.

August 25th

Kimberly A. Gloden, 53

August 25, 2011

Kimberly A. Gloden, 53, Punxsutawney, formerly of Springdale, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh.

She was born Aug. 29, 1957, in Natrona Heights, a daughter of Elsie Baksis of Springdale and the late Robert Dehus.

Ms. Gloden was affiliated with the Walston Club in Punxsutawney and enjoyed cooking, painting, motorcycles, and watching home interior and real estate shows on television.

August 24th

Emma P. Zimmerman, 98

August 24, 2011

Emma P. Zimmerman, 98, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at McKinley Health Care Center, Brookville.

She was born Dec. 19, 1912, in Grange, a daughter of the late Charles B. and Maggie P. (Fry) Plyler.

She was married to Walter J. Zimmerman, who preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1978.

Mrs. Zimmerman was employed as a school teacher in the Punxsutawney Area School District, and she was a member of the Progressive Study Club, the NEA and PEO, as well as a life member of the Punxsutawney Historical & Genealogical Society.

Richard Shawn Haines, 40

August 24, 2011

Richard Shawn Haines, 40, Florida, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, in Florida.

He was born Jan. 14, 1971, in Spangler, a son of Wanda (Bott) Fisher.
Mr. Haines was employed as a hair stylist at Fantastic Sam’s.

In addition to his mother, surviving relatives include his step-father, Willis Fisher; two sisters, Tonya Bond and husband Randy, and Amber Keith and husband Jamie, all of Punxsutawney; a step-brother, William Fisher of Punxsutawney; a nephew, Dallas Bond of Punxsutawney; his long-time companion, Billy Ferringer of Florida; an a number of aunts and uncles.

August 23rd

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 22, 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 22, 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.

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