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June 4th, 2014

Edna L. Shaum, 89, Oliveburg

June 4, 2014

Edna L. Shaum, 89, Oliveburg, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Penn Highlands Healthcare, DuBois.

She was born June 29, 1923, in Gaskill Township, a daughter of the late Grover C. and Larue (Cassiday) Rhoads.

She was married to Oscar Dee Shaum, who preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 2009.

She was a member of the Oliveburg Presbyterian Church.

She was a former employee of Stewarts Drug Store.

Surviving relatives include a sister, Mary Jordan of Oliveburg, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Raymond E. Raybuck, 75

June 4, 2014

Raymond E. Raybuck, 75, of Kissimmee, Florida, formerly of Indiana, Pa., quietly passed away on May 4, 2014, due to complications from pneumonia and COPD.

He was born June 21, 1938, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Paul H. and Helen Mary (Sadler) Raybuck.

His mother survives and resides at the DuBois Village.

On Sept. 7, 1979, he married the former Deborah A. Vennard in Homer City. She survives.

Ray proudly served in the U.S. Army Combat Engineers for 11-1/2 years, serving three tours in Vietnam.

He was a member of the First Army Pistol Team, where he won several awards.

June 1st

Amber R. Ratay, 28

June 1, 2014

Amber R. Ratay, 28, Punxsutawney, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at home.

She was born Nov. 18, 1985, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Russell G. and Renda (Plyler) London.

She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Walston.

She was a graduate of Punxsutawney Christian School.

She was a shift manager at McDonald’s.

May 30th

Paul Angelo Zinzella, 63

May 30, 2014

Paul Angelo Zinzella, 63, of Rossiter, died Thursday, May 29, 2014, at home with his family.

He was born June 6, 1950, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Harry Zinzella and Adela Marie (Ferrara) Zinzella.

His mother survives and resides in Rossiter.

On Jan. 20, 1979, he married the former Regina Sue Wasicki. She survives.

He enlisted in United States Army as a senior in high school and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving as a member of the 135th Assault Helicopter Company, Experimental Military Unit (EMU).

Lawrence (Larry) White, 86

May 30, 2014

Lawrence (Larry) White, 86, died peacefully at his home on May 16, 2014, in St. Marys, Georgia, from effects of a major stroke suffered two weeks earlier.

He was born in Indiana, Pa., the son of Foster J. and Elda (Reeger) White, and grew up in Canoe Ridge and Juneau.

He graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1947 and attended two years at Anderson College in Anderson, Indiana.

He married Nelda Faye Randall, then took up residence on a farm above Juneau.

In addition to farming, he repaired appliances for his brother Forrest and worked other jobs in the Punxsy area.

May 28th

Costanzo "Buck" Verdill, 88

May 28, 2014

Costanzo "Buck" Verdill, 88, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.

Mr. Verdill was born Aug. 25, 1925, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late James and Caroline (Rich) Verdill.

On Aug. 14, 1948, he married Eleanor (Leasure) Verdill, who preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 1988.

He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church.

Buck worked 40 years for Cement Local 526 of Pittsburgh as a cement
finisher and a life member for the Elk Run Fire Department.

His pride and joy was gardening and planting flowers around his home.

James L. Sprankle, 90

May 28, 2014

James L. Sprankle, 90, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Sprankle Personal Care Home.

He was born April 19, 1924, a son of the late George and Carmen (Harwick) Sprankle.

He attended the First Assembly of God Church.

He was a retired tree trimmer for Penn Lines.

He was a veteran of World War II, where he served with the United States Air Force, and was a member of the Rossiter American Legion.

He enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, gardening and going to sales and auctions.

Carole G. Mankovich, 67

May 28, 2014

Carole G. Mankovich, 67, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at her home.

She was born Feb. 7, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edward A. and Geraldine (Beech) Gerst.

On May 23, 1971, she married Dr. Dennis G. Mankovich, who preceded her in death on March 20, 1990.

She was a graduate of Slippery Rock University.

She was a member of the Library Board and the Irving Club. She enjoyed quilting, teaching and reading.

Helen R. Berger, 95

May 28, 2014

Helen R. Berger, 95, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Mulberry Square.

She was born May 21, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Homer G. and Margaret (Heitzenrater) Dunmire.

She attended Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.

She enjoyed playing Bingo and crafts.

She was a waitress until the age of 75.

Surviving relatives include a sister, Vera Morford of California, and several nieces and nephews.

May 27th

Leonard W. Burkett, 73

May 27, 2014

Leonard W. Burkett, 73, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Burkett was born June 20, 1940, in Brookville, a son of the late Leonard J. and Ruth (Stormer) Burkett.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances C. (McDonald) Burkett.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a Military Police Officer.

Leonard worked many years as a foreman for G.E. in Erie before returning to Punxsutawney to work for Yenzi Coal Company before retirement.

He absolutely loved to ride his Harley as much as he could. He also enjoyed fishing and flower gardening.

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