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May 24th, 2011

Dr. W. Ardell Haines, 91

May 25, 2011

Dr. W. Ardell Haines, 91, son of Waide B. Haines and Ida M. Haines, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

He was born in Punxsutawney and graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1935 Dr. Haines was married to the former Wilma Gall, of Punxsutawney, who survives.

He graduated from Indiana State Teachers College (now Indiana University of Pennsylvania) in 1940 with a B.S. degree in business education. In 1940, he began his career in education at Baldwin Township High School in Pittsburgh, where he taught business education courses in the commercial department.

May 23rd

Dorothy I. Cherry, 85

May 24, 2011

Dorothy I. Cherry, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Saturday, May 21, 2011.

She was born in 1925 to the late Harry E. and Edna Z. (Wills) Duey in Tyrone.

She was married to Andrew Dale Cherry, who preceded her in death June 26, 1999.

Mrs. Cherry was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Clymer. She was a member of the Senior Saints at her place of worship. She enjoyed being a homemaker, raising her family, being a grandmother, helping her friends and personal Bible Study Class at Crystal Waters Nursing Home.

Mildred T. (Pennington) Poeta, 87

May 24, 2011

Mildred T. (Pennington) Poeta, 87, Punxsutawney, formerly of Rossiter, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center surrounded by family.

She was born Sept. 4, 1923, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Daniel and Nancy (Tozar) Pennington. She grew up in McGees Mills.
Dec. 31, 1943, she married Frank Poeta, who preceded her in death Oct. 12, 1979. The couple owned Poeta Trucking of Rossiter for more than 40 years.

Mrs. Poeta was a homemaker and the last surviving sibling of her two brothers and five sisters.

May 20th

Rose S. Zimmerman, 88

May 20, 2011

Rose S. Zimmerman, 88, DuBois, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born March 8, 1923, in Pansy, a daughter of the late William Carlton and Ida (Young) Hetrick.

Mrs. Zimmerman grew up on a farm and graduated from a one-room school after eighth grade.

May 9, 1954, at the Lutheran Church at Ohl, she married W. Wilson Zimmerman, who preceded her in death Feb. 5, 2003.

Mrs. Zimmerman was a homemaker and worked at Sylvania. She also enjoyed sewing and made many beautiful quilts.

May 19th

The Rev. J. Richard Hackenberry, 87

May 19, 2011

The Rev. J. Richard Hackenberry, 87, Summerville, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at home.

He was born June 23, 1923, in Lewistown, a son of the late Charles Elmer and Carrie E. Hackenberry.

Dec. 21, 1949, he married Joyce Vivian Klinger, who preceded him in death Jan. 26, 1998.

Rev. Hackenberry attended the Western Pennsylvania Conference of United Methodist Churches and served for 60 years in ministry, serving 33 churches in eight charges. After his retirement, he served five other churches.

May 18th

Donald Joseph DeSandro, 84

May 18, 2011

Donald Joseph DeSandro, 84, Sun City West, Ariz., passed away peacefully with his wife, Ann, and son Brad at his side May 4, 2011, at the Hospice of the Valley after an extended and valiant battle with COPD.

He was born May 29, 1926, the eldest of four children born to Elmer and Dora (Test) DeSandro.

Upon graduating from Punxsutawney Area High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he enrolled in Penn State University and graduated in 1950 with an industrial engineering degree. He then served as an officer in the Air Force Reserves.

Lisa (Noerr) Rivera, 33

May 18, 2011

Lisa (Noerr) Rivera, 33, Kearneysville, W.Va., formerly of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va.

She was born Aug. 10, 1977, a daughter of Harry E. and Carol (Stahlman) Noerr, who survive, of Punxsutawney.

May 5, 2006, she married Daniel R. Rivera, who survives.

She was an elementary school teacher at the Prince William County School District in Virginia.

Rose (Hetrick) Zimmerman, 88

May 18, 2011

Rose (Hetrick) Zimmerman, 88, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

May 17th

Donald Joseph DeSandro, 84

May 17, 2011

Donald Joseph DeSandro, 84, Sun City West, Ariz., passed away peacefully with his wife, Ann, and son Brad at his side May 4, 2011, at the Hospice of the Valley after an extended and valiant battle with COPD.

He was born May 29, 1962, the eldest of four children born to Elmer and Dora (Test) DeSandro.

Upon graduating from Punxsutawney Area High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he enrolled in Penn State University and graduated in 1950 with an industrial engineering degree. He then served as an officer in the Air Force Reserves.

May 16th

Norma Grace Altman, 83

May 16, 2011

Norma Grace Altman, 83, Rochester Mills, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital.

She was born Jan. 24, 1928, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late John and Iva Mae (Uber) Charlton.

June 1, 1946, she married Harold W. (Jock) Altman Jr., who preceded her in death May 19, 2001.

Mrs. Altman was a member of the Covode United Methodist Church and the Mahoning Hills Senior Center.

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