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April 21st, 2011

Max L. Moore, 86

April 21, 2011

Max L. Moore, 86, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at his home.

He was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Everett J. and Cosie (Smith) Moore.

He was married to Eleanor "Jane" Moore, who preceded him in death May 18, 2009.

Mr. Moore was co-owner and operator of Everett Moore Coal Company. He was a member of the Moose and the Punxsutawney Country Club.

He loved golfing, tinkering with old lawn mowers, tractors and dozers. He was known for his daily trips into town with his dog Snickers and loved watching reality shows and "Judge Judy."

Grace P. Neal, 85

April 21, 2011

Grace P. Neal, 85, Indianapolis, Ind., died Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Rittenhouse Assisted Living.

She was born March 20, 1926, in Big Run, a daughter of the late Gilbert and Nell (Smouse) Patterson.

In July 1946, she married Robert Neal, who survives. They were married for 64 years.

Mrs. Neal was a graduate of Big Run High School, and in addition to being a dedicated mother, she worked as a secretary for MFA Insurance.

She was a member of the Valier United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Neal enjoyed gardening, her pets and being a homemaker.

April 20th

Norma J. Mottern, 67

April 20, 2011

Norma J. Mottern, 67, Stump Creek, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney.

She was born Nov. 27, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Marie (Lockard) Peace, who survives, of Punxsutawney, and the late Merle G. Peace Sr.

In December 1992, Mrs. Mottern married her husband, Gaill Mottern, who preceded her in death.

She was employed by the Area Agency on Aging, where she was a caregiver and also delivered the Tribune Review with her husband for many years.

April 19th

John Brudnock, 88

April 19, 2011

John Brudnock, 88, Inverness, Va., died Sunday, April 17, 2011, at home.
He was born in DeLancey, a son of the late Metro and Mary Catherine Brudnock.

His wife, Mary, preceded him in death in 2005.

He moved to Florida from Baden in 1973 and was a retired M/Sgt in the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Brudnock graduated from Punxsutawney High School and was a former member of Baden Lions Club.

Surviving relatives include two sons, Jerry Brudnock of Inverness, and John B. Brudnock of Doral, Fla.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

April 18th

Thomas Edgar Davidson, 76

April 18, 2011

Thomas Edgar Davidson, 76, Midland, Va., died April 12, 2011, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

He was born July 19, 1934, in Mahaffey, a son of the late Eugene E. and Anna Marie (Murray) Davidson.

He was married to Louise Davidson, who preceded her in death.
Mr. Davidson served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged after three years of service.

He retired as a forest warden with the Virginia Department of Forestry after 30 years of service and was a charter member of the Catlett Volunteer Fire Department.

April 17th

Helen Snyder, 86

April 18, 2011

Helen Snyder, 86, Punxsutawney, died Friday, April 15, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Oct. 26, 1924, in Juneau, a daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Tretzler) Lezak.

She was married to Arnold M. Snyder, who preceded her in death in 1992.

Mrs. Snyder was a secretary. She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Punxsutawney.

Surviving relatives include two nieces, Stacey Love of Punxsutawney, and Heather Serian Kunselman of Smyerstown; four nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; and several great-great nieces and nephews.

April 15th

Josephine Beyo, 92

April 15, 2011

Josephine Beyo, 92, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Wellington Heights.

She was born Oct. 27, 1918, in Rossiter, the daughter of the late Nicola and Bisolina (DelPrincipe) Finamore.

In August 1953, she married Michael B. Beyo, who preceded her in death.
Although born in Rossiter, Mrs. Beyo was raised in Pescasseroli, Italy. She returned to the United States in 1939.

Mrs. Beyo was a seamstress at Pramco in Punxsutawney. She was also the co-owner of Beyo's Keystone Service Station in Punxsutawney.

April 11th

Alexander “Jake” Testut III, 66

April 11, 2011

Alexander “Jake” Testut III, 66, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

He was born on Long Island, N.Y., a son of the late Alexander Testut II and Dorothy Wottawa.

Mr. Testut was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years before his medical discharge.

He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

April 10th

Blaine E. Todd, 79

April 10, 2011

Blaine E. Todd, 79, Salem, N.J., passed away Monday, April 4, 2011, at the Memorial Hospital of Salem County.

He was born in 1932 in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John and Edna (Lingenfelter) Todd.

He was the fifth child of three brothers and four sisters.

In 1951, Mr. Todd graduated from Punxsutawney High School and began a two year stint in the U.S. Army, where he served a 16-month tour in Korea.

In 1953, he was the Fort Worth Golden Gloves Boxing Champion.

April 8th

Gary Lee Pontani, 65

April 8, 2011

Gary Lee Pontani, 65, Starford, went to be with his Lord Thursday, April 7, 2011, at UPMC-Shadyside, Pittsburgh.

He was born March 25, 1946, in Indiana, a son of the late Herman Armand and Dorothy Aileen (Shaw) Pontani.

Mr. Pontani started his career as a postmaster in Starford, then went on to Clymer, Homer City and finally retired as postmaster of the Punxsutawney Post Office.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Indiana VFW Post 1989, a former member of the 40-8 Club and NAPUS.

Mr. Pontani was a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

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