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March 16th, 2011

John E. “Jack” Kovalyak, 81

March 16, 2011

John E. “Jack” Kovalyak, 81, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

He was born Nov. 24, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John and Anna (Kallas) Kovalyak.

He was married to Shirley (Dorworth) Kovalyak, who preceded him in death. They were married Aug. 30, 1952.

Mr. Kovalyak was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byznatine Church.
He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. He was hard-working and independent all his life, and was very fond of his four-legged friends, especially his dog, Roxy.

March 15th

Jeffrey Scott Marshall Sr., 53

March 15, 2011

Jeffrey Scott Marshall Sr., 53, Punxsutawney, died Friday, March 11, 2011. 

He was born Oct. 17, 1957, in Inglewood, Calif., a son of Gloria Jean West, who survives, and the late John Homer Marshall Jr.

Mr. Marshall was a graduate of LaQuinta High School in Fountain Valley, Calif. He then attended Golden West College and Cypress Junior College.

He worked as a creative director, most recently with IUP, teaching the Art Masters Program, specifically for art and theatre. He had previously taught art to elementary and high school Punxsutawney Christian School students.

Larry W. “Red” Miller, 55

March 15, 2011

Larry W. “Red” Miller, 55, Juneau, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at his home.

He was born June 28, 1955, in Warren, Ohio, a son of the late Theo C. and Lornabelle (Hollen) Miller of Mahaffey.

Mr. Miller was employed by Hettager Drilling Company.

He enjoyed being with his family as they trapped and hunted together. Many will remember him as “Red,” in his L88 Camero racing at Clearfield Speedway.

March 14th

Andrew Vincent Petroff, 82

March 14, 2011

Andrew Vincent Petroff, 82, Sewickley, died Saturday, March 12, 2011. 
He was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Michael and Julia (Jurcenko) Petroff.

He was married to his wife of 31 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (Midock) Petroff, who preceded him in death.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean War.

Wilda M. Prushnok Pfeil, 83

March 14, 2011

Wilda M. (Raymer) Prushnok Pfeil, 83, Indiana, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

A daughter of the late Frank and Hazel Raymer, she was born Jan. 30, 1928, in Emeigh.

She was first married to her husband of 41 years, Raymond John Prushnok, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Prushnok Pfeil was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, as well as a dedicated Christian and servant of the Lord. She had many friends and enjoyed corresponding with them frequently.

March 11th

Trisha Lee (O’Hara) McCallister, 46

March 11, 2011

Trisha Lee (O’Hara) McCallister, 46, Plano, Texas, died Friday, March 4, 2011.

She was born Feb. 19, 1965, in Sandusky, Ohio, a daughter of Ernest and Phyllis (Smith) O’Hara, who survive, of Indiana.

She grew up in Huron, Ohio, and was a 1983 graduate of Huron High School.In 1987, she graduated from Bowling Green State University and later attained her CPA license.

Samantha Jo Painter, 22

March 11, 2011

Samantha Jo Painter, 22, Big Run, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at home.

She was born March 11, 1988, a daughter of Ernest Ray and Diana Sue (Haag) Painter Jr., who survive, of Punxsutawney.

Miss Painter was a 2006 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. She then completed an online dog grooming course.

She attended Chestnut Grove Independent Church.

Miss Painter was a daycare attendant at Little Dreamers Daycare in Big Run.

March 9th

John M. McMillen, 92

March 9, 2011

John M. McMillen, 92, Marion Center, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

He was born in 1918 in South Mahoning Township, a son of the late Samuel A. and Emma (Martin) McMillen.

He was married to his wife of 63 years, Helen M. Plyler McMillen, who survives.

Mr. McMillen was a member of the Punxsutawney Alliance Church for 63 years, having served as elder and a board member for more than 30 years.

For 35 years, he was a director with the Indiana County Conservation District, and was named district director emeritus.

Samantha Painter, 22

March 9, 2011

Samantha Painter, 22, of Big Run, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at home.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Big Run.

Joline C. Pifer, 80

March 9, 2011

Joline C. Pifer, 80, DuBois, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Monday, march 7, 2011, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

She was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Willis and Dorothy (Anderson) McGee.

Mrs. Pifer was a member of the Woodland Avenue United Methodist Church and was a 1949 graduate of Punxsutawney High School.

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