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March 19th, 2014

Irene (Bernardo) Prutznal-Grube, 86

March 19, 2014

Irene (Bernardo) Prutznal-Grube, 86, of Punxsutawney, passed away, Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Grube was born Dec. 21, 1927, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Fiore and Susie (Vadassy) Bernardo.

Ms. Grube was Catholic by faith. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and doing crafts.

March 18th

Robert George “Hex” Hetrick, 56

March 18, 2014

Robert George “Hex” Hetrick, 56, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., died Friday, March 14, 2014.

He was born Oct. 11, 1957, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Donald Frank Hetrick and Jane Marie (Charcalla) Hetrick.

His mother survives and resides in North Tonawanda.

Mr. Hetrick worked as a heavy equipment operator for Tonawanda Coke, Kirchner, LLC. He enjoyed his work and spent a lot of his time at his job.

Mary Ann Dambrosia, 56

March 18, 2014

Mary Ann Dambrosia, 56, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Hershey Medical Center.

She was born July 23, 1957, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Thomas Arthur Dambrosia and Annabelle Marie (Baranick) Dambrosia, who survives and resides in Punxsutawney.

Mary Ann was a 1975 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.

She was a member of S.S. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church.

She was helpful in supporting fundraising activities of the church, such as the trash and treasure sale and selling the homemade pierogies and Easter bread.

March 17th

Paula Kay McGee, 57

March 17, 2014

Paula Kay McGee, 57, Punta Gorda, Fla., died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Lee Memorial Hospital, Ft. Myers, Fla., as a result of a motorcycle accident caused by a tire blowout.

Paula was born on June 24, 1956, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of Harry “Gene” and Gerri (Wagner) McGee.

Surviving are her parents of Altoona; two brothers, Michael and wife Debbie of Midlothian, Va., and Steve and wife Tammy of Oceanport, N.J.; and Paula’s fiancé, Jesse Warmack of Punta Gorda, Fla., who suffered numerous injuries from the accident.

Bruno Farbo, 74

March 17, 2014

Bruno Farbo, 74, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Farbo was born Jan. 10, 1940, in Walston, a son of the late John and Katherine (Trapizone) Farbo.

He is survived by his wife, Karyn Kay (Limerick) Farbo, of Punxsutawney.

They were married May 4, 1968.

Mr. Farbo was a member of the Army Reserves from 1958-1965.

In his early years, he worked for the former Pramco Manufacturing and Johnston Furniture.

James G. Murray, 72

March 17, 2014

James G. Murray, 72, of San Clemente, Calif., passed away peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

James was born July 22, 1941, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Leslie J. and Marie (Smith) Murray.

On June 27, 1959, he married the former Juleann Sweeney, who survives.

He was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in San Clemente.

Before retiring, Jim was a carpenter.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hiking, camping and traveling. He loved the ocean.

March 12th

Thomas Frederick Redding, 77

March 12, 2014

Thomas Frederick Redding, 77, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 18, 1936, a son of the late Clark F. "Gags" and Clara V. (Hoover) Redding.

Mr. Redding served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

On Feb. 7, 1959, he married the former Judith B. Spencer, who survives.

He had previously worked as a jet mechanic in New York and was a retired member of the Carpenters Union and B&O Railroad.

His enjoyments were his family, golfing, hunting and working in his garden.

James E. Adams, 65

March 12, 2014

James E. Adams, 65, of Punxsutawney, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Adams was born Oct. 23, 1948, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Mervin J. and Gertrude (Bush) Adams.

He is survived by his wife, Diana L. Adams of Punxsutawney.

He was a member of Pine Creek Independent Baptist Church in Kittanning.

James loved hunting, fishing, woodworking and just working with his hands, building or repairing anything that needed to be fixed.

March 11th

Dollie Elizabeth Smith Barnett, 90

March 11, 2014

Dollie Elizabeth Smith Barnett, 90, gently passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Twinbrook Medical Center.

Dollie was born April 23, 1923, in Grange, Pa., the daughter of the late Allene B. and Harry J. Smith.

She lived her entire life in the Punxsutawney area until she moved to Erie in 2001.

Dollie was always known as a very “sweet lady” who extended kindness and love to everyone. She will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched over the years.

Besides being a housewife, Dollie worked with her husband in their garage, Barnett’s Auto Repair, in Grange, Pa.

Gary Daniel Douthitt, 36

March 11, 2014

Gary Daniel Douthitt, 36, of Mahaffey, Pa., died Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital in Punxsutawney.

The son of Dennis Gary Douthitt and the late Elaine Marie (Rorabaugh) Douthitt, he was born on Feb. 19, 1978, in Punxsutawney.

Gary earned an associate’s degree in HVAC from Penn Tech.

He was a self-employed farmer who raised beef cattle.

He had also been employed at Rorabaugh Lumber Company in Burnside, Pa.

Gary’s main focus in life was his family. He loved spending time with his wife, Sara, and his son, Ethan.

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