Archive - Obituary
July 16th, 2013
Marian A. Williams, 93, formerly of Spring St., Corry, Pa., died at the Corry Manor on Saturday, July 13, 2013.
She was born on June 30, 1920, in Rochester Mills, Pa., a daughter of the late Max and Ammy Work Crawford.
Marian was raised and educated in Rochester Mills and Indiana, Pa.
She graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1939, and then she worked as a telephone operator in Punxsutawney.
Patricia Elaine Berst, age 69, of Distant, died Monday evening, July 15, 2013, at her home following an illness.
Born Dec. 29, 1943, in Brookville, she was a daughter of the late Ross J. and Sara Leora Zimmerman Ferraro.
Pat married Gregory Berst on June 11, 1994. He survives.
She worked for Rola until its closing, then worked in retail for Brodys and Danks.
Pat loved crafts and collected jewelry. She enjoyed working in her flower beds and shopping.
In addition to her husband, Greg, she is survived by a brother, Lanny Ferraro of Brookville.
Ernest Eugene Certo, 88, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, July 14, 2013,
at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
He was born May 5, 1925, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph and Grace (Spader) Certo.
He was a Navy Seaman 1st Class, serving during World War II on the USS Saratoga, which sailed the Pacific and Northwest Pacific.
The ship was bombed by Japanese Kamikaze pilots off the shores of Iwo Jima; many men perished that day, and Seaman Certo was one of the wounded.
He was the recipient of the Purple Heart and other medals during his service in the United States Navy.
Donald K. Schrock, Jr., 53, of Jay, Maine, passed away on Feb. 11, 2013, following complications from a life-long illness of primary immune deficiency disease.
He was born on July 27, 1957, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., the son of Donald (Kerm) and Janet (Kiehl) Schrock, Sr. of Winthrop, Maine, and both formerly of Punxsutawney.
He was the grandson of Gene and Hazel (Stahlman) Kiehl and Ezra and Jeanette (Snyder) Schrock, all life-long residents of the Punsxy area until their passings.
Connor James Gummo, infant, was born on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, and just a few short hours later, was placed back in the arms of Jesus.
He is the son of Tyler and Brianna Nichole (Henry) Gummo of DeLancey.
He is the paternal grandson of Mark and Kim (Poorman) Culberson, of Punxsutawney, and maternal grandson of David Henry of DeLancey.
Connor was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Linda Lee Craft.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at St. Phillips United Methodist Church in Big Run, officiated by Pastor Dawn Krishart.
Louise Bloom, 76, of Curwensville, passed away Monday July 8, 2013, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.
Born Jan. 19, 1937, in New Millport, she was the daughter of Russell Rea and Mamie (Bloom) Bloom. Miss Bloom was a music teacher, having taught in the Punxsutawney Area School District, retiring after 35 years of service. She received her bachelorâ€™s degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
She was a member of the Curwensville United Methodist Church and was affiliated with the Oak Ridge Union Church in Carnwath.
Fred E. Bell Jr., 67, went home to be with the Lord after a four-year battle with cancer.
Born to Fred E. Bell Sr. and Marian Alice Bell on Jan. 10, 1946, he spent most of his childhood in Punxsutawney and Pittsburgh.
He met his wife, Kathy, in Pittsburgh, and they were married Dec. 2, 1973.
In 1978, the couple moved to Mansfield, Ohio, where Fred worked for General Motors for 29 years and retired July 1, 2006.
Fred and Kathy retired to Arizona in 2010.
He was an avid hunter, could fix almost anything, enjoyed helping his friends and never expected anything in return.
Leah Grace Droske, 19, of Dayton, Pa., passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, at her motherâ€™s home in North Carolina.
She was born March 22, 1994, in Rochester, N.Y., to Ron Droske, Jr. and Suzanne (Gattone) Powell.
Leah lived in the Dayton area most of her life and graduated from West Shamokin High School in 2012.
She recently worked at Dimaioâ€™s Market as a cashier.
Leah loved horses and in her younger years enjoyed working with her dad at the Dayton Feed Mill.
Singing was her passion in life, and she was known for her amazing voice.
Joseph Anthony Palmer, Jr, 83, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Mulberry Square.
He was born August 18, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Joseph A. and Christine Violet (Pape) Palmer, Sr.
On Aug. 9, 1983, he married Rosemarie (Gallo) Perry. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2013.
Mr. Palmer was an Army Veteran, having served during World War II.
Joe worked as an engineer for PennDOT for many years.
He was a member of the John Jacob Fisher Post No. 62 for more than 30 years.
Joe was a resident of Mulberry Square for the past few years.
Sydney Sue Steele, 90, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Butler, Pa., on Nov. 24, 1922, a daughter of Florella Ruth Oesterling and John Lee Shields.
Sydney graduated from Brookville High School in 1940 and earned bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees in reading education at Pennsylvania State University and Clarion State College.
During World War II, she served in the U.S. Navy in Philadelphia as a radio operator, earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
After developing the reading program at the Jefferson County-DuBois