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May 28th, 2014

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.

May 26th

Thomas W. Siesky, 57

May 26, 2014

Thomas W. Siesky, 57, of Victor Avenue in Warren, Pa., formerly of Brookville, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Warren General Hospital.

He was born Aug. 7, 1956, in Brookville, the son of Jane Brooks.

He is survived by his companion, Susan Slater, of Warren, Pa.

Thomas worked as the owner and operator of the American Hotel in Brookville.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he loved sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pirates. He was previously a member and active in Ducks Unlimited.

Gifford “Bud” Sheesley, 83

May 26, 2014

Gifford “Bud” Sheesley, 83, of Economy, Pa., died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, May 24, 2014.

Born May 30, 1930, in Hamilton, Pa., he was the son of the late Robert and Lossie Smith Sheesley.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Barbara Sheesley; two brothers; and five sisters.

Surviving are four daughters, Robin Sheesley (Honalee) of North Carolina, Sandy (David) Novak of East McKeesport, Bonnie Story of Wisconsin and Darlene (George) Batch of South Carolina; seven

May 23rd

JD Taladay, 82

May 23, 2014

After a life fully lived, JD Taladay, 82, departed this Earth much later than he expected, on May 22, 2014.

Born Sept. 27, 1931, in Punxsutawney he was baptized Jerome Cosmas Damian at the church of the same name, where he was a lifelong parishioner.

Many called him Jerry; he invariably referred to himself as simply JD.

A 1949 graduate of SS.C.D. High School, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant and served in a combat zone during the Korean War.

May 22nd

William “Bill” Becker, 94

May 22, 2014

William “Bill” Becker, 94, Snyder Road, Brookville, Rose Township, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Brookville Hospital, peacefully, surrounded by family.

He was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Brookville, a son of John Becker and Theresia M. (Kasparek) Becker.

He was married to Bertha A. (Snyder) Becker for one year, before she preceded him in death July 30, 1945.

Feb. 28 1947, in Oakland, Maryland, he married Althea B. (Snyder) Becker, who survives, and they celebrated 67 years of marriage.

William briefly served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army.

Ruth M. (Bodenhorn) Hoch Trithart, 97

May 22, 2014

Ruth M. (Bodenhorn) Hoch Trithart, 97, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Jefferson Manor Health Center, Brookville.

She was born Dec. 23, 1916, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jacob and Ethel L. (McCormick) Bodenhorn.

She was first married to Preston S. Hoch on June 16, 1948. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1971.

She then married Arment N. Trithart on Aug. 7, 1975. He preceded her in death on May 2, 1992.

She was the last remaining of her family.

She attended the Wesleyan Methodist Church.

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