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March 2nd, 2014

John Ardell "Curly" Shernock, 75

March 2, 2014

John Ardell "Curly" Shernock, 75, of Rochester Mills, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Shernock was born July 7, 1938 in Kittanning, a son of the late George and Mildred (Bable) Shernock.

He is survived by his loving wife, Myrna S. (Williamson) Shernock, of Rochester Mills. They were married July 8, 1977.

He was a maintenance supervisor for Oneida Mines and a bus driver for the Marion Center School District before retirement.

He was also a member of the Moose No. 954 in Punxsutawney. He loved to garden and wash his cars.

Alma Bush, 68

March 2, 2014

Alma Bush, 68, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Bush was born Aug. 28, 1945, in Timblin, a daughter of the late Austin and Della (Mogle) McDonald.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Bush Sr.

Alma was a member of the Church of the Nazerene in Punxsutawney.

She was an avid quilter and an excellent cook and baker. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

February 27th

Sharlene V. Loennig, 61

February 27, 2014

Retired Lt. Col. Sharlene (VanDyke) Loennig, 61, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Aliquippa, passed away after brave, courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at home surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born Nov. 17, 1952, in Rochester, Pa., a daughter of Lena (Ceccarelli) VanDyke and the late James Merritt VanDyke.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lucia and Nazzareno Ceccarelli, and her paternal grandparents, Josephine and Merritt Howard Van Dyke.

February 26th

Charles K. Kovach, 95

February 26, 2014

Charles K. Kovach, 95, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Kovach was born April 3, 1918, in Braddock, a son of the late John and Susann Kovach.

On April 17, 1943, he married his loving wife, Erlamon Doreen (Beatty) Kovach of Punxsutawney, who survives.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal.

He was a member of St. Peter United Church of Christ.

February 23rd

Eugene “Gene” Ermond Stear, 64

February 23, 2014

Eugene “Gene” Ermond Stear, 64, Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was born Sept. 27, 1949, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ermond and Ellen Bair Stear.

He married Peg L. Hinderliter Stear in 1972. She preceded him in death in 1997.

Eugene is survived by a brother, Gary Stear and wife Donna of Ringgold; a nephew, Kevin Brestovich of Punxsutawney; and two nieces, Kim Stello of DuBois and Crystal Heckman of Punxsutawney.

February 21st

Diane M. Williams, 54

February 21, 2014

Diane M. Williams, 54, of Shenandoah, Va., passed away Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., after a lengthy illness.

Diane was born April 18, 1959, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Dorothy (Weaver) Elbel and the late Glenn Elbel.

On Aug. 16, 1981, she married David Williams of Penfield. He preceded her in death.

Diane was a 1977 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.

In 1999, she graduated from Triangle Tech, where she studied mechanical design.

She relocated to Hampton, Va., where she was a design engineer at Jerry Pittman and Associates.

February 19th

Judy Ann Voytus, 44

February 19, 2014

Judy Ann Voytus, 44, Punxsutawney, passed away suddenly, on Feb. 15, 2014, at her residence.

Born June 30, 1969, in Berea, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Frank Voytus and Frances Geist Voytus, who survives, in Punxsutawney.

Judy is also survived by three sisters, Jeanette and Joyce Voytus, both of Punxsutawney, and Mrs. Greg Jennifer Hobbs of Polson, Mont.; three nieces and nephews, Hannah, Grace and Matthew Hobbs; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and her very special dog, Prissy.

Judy was known for her sense of humor and making people smile. She was a

Jennifer Lee MacIsaac, 54

February 19, 2014

Jennifer Lee MacIsaac, 54, passed away at Indiana Regional Hospital in Indiana, Pa., on Jan. 28, 2014.

She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on March 15, 1959, the daughter of Donald M. MacIsaac and Bettye Huntley MacIsaac. The family moved to the MacIsaac ancestral farmstead near Marchand, Pa., in the fall of 1960, when Mr. MacIsaac began teaching in the Audio Visual Department at Indiana State College; he remained at IUP, as a professor in the Communications Media Department, until his retirement in 1982.

February 18th

Ralston A."Humphrey" Curry, 83

February 18, 2014

Ralston A."Humphrey" Curry, 83, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Wellington Heights.

Mr. Curry was born May 6, 1930, in Reynoldsville, a son of the late Raymond and Viola (Startzel) Curry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Marie (Means) Curry. They were married Aug. 18, 1951.

Ralston began his first business venture with a hot dog wagon. He was known for his special sauce.

He was a bartender for the Punxsutawney Country Club and retired from Harvey Welding Supply Company.

He and his wife, Sara Marie, loved camping.

February 16th

John Reed, 59

February 16, 2014

John Reed, 59, of Reynoldsville, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at his sister’s home in Punxsutawney.

John was born in Kileen, Texas, on Jan. 13, 1955, the son of Frederick Maxwell Reed and Ruby Arlene Lougee.

As a steel block late-model racecar driver, he often found his way to the front of the pack among the roar of engines and cheering crowds.

For more than 40 years of being behind the wheel of the red, white and blue No. 9, John drew loyal fans to Hummingbird Speedway and Marion Center Speedway.

John was a shop foreman at Jefferson Paving Inc. for more than 20 years.

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