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October 19th, 2014

Joseph Francis O’Donnell, 87

October 20, 2014

Joseph Francis O’Donnell, 87, of Sigel, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at home.

The son of the late John Patrick and Catherine Songer O’Donnell, he was born July 1, 1927, in Sigel.

He was married to the late Anna Marie Eisenman, who preceded him in death, on Oct. 25, 2008.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict.

Joseph was a lifelong dairy farmer.

He belonged to the St. Dominics Church, of Sigel, and the Knights of Columbus.

October 16th

Barbara Ann Reed, 77

October 16, 2014

Barbara Ann Reed, 77, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Penn Highlands DuBois.

She was born May 11, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Harry and Maude (Smith) Whitesell.

On February 23, 1957, she married Gilbert M. Reed in Emerickville, Pa., who survives.

Barbara loved the Lord. She was a member of the Grange Church of God, where she taught Sunday School and spent many hours volunteering her time.

She worked as a monitor at Mapleview Elementary School for 40 years and was known as Grandma Barb to thousands of students.

Denise (Helbling) Sunderland, 80

October 16, 2014

Denise (Helbling) Sunderland, 80, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at AM/PM Personal Care Home, surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born Dec. 23, 1933, in New Brighton, Pa., a daughter of the late A. G. and Esther (Lehnert) Helbling.

She attended Providence Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1955 as a Registered Nurse. She also graduated from the USAF School of Aviation Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base as a Flight Nurse in 1962.

Denise was a member of the VFW in Punxsutawney, where she served as president for 10 years.

October 15th

Hazel C. Shimel, 84

October 15, 2014

Hazel C. Shimel, 84, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., passed away on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, after a valiant, determined struggle. She was fortunate to die at home with her family.

Hazel was the widow of Ronald L. Shimel and the daughter of the late Radie Almeda Mauk Caylor and Clarence Caylor, and was born Dec. 29, 1929, in Frostburg Pa.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Jacob Caylor, and two sisters, Leona Schaffer and Evelyn Woodrow.

October 14th

Denise H. Sunderland, 80

October 15, 2014

Denise H. Sunderland, 80, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at AM/PM Personal Care Home.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc.

Joy A. States, 82

October 15, 2014

Joy A. States, 82, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.

The daughter of the late James and Helen (Grube) Bell, she was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Punxsutawney.

On March 20, 1965, she married Samuel J. States, who preceded her in death in July of this year.

Joy was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. She spent her career as a bookkeeper and an office manager for her big brother Blaine Bell, at Harvey Company, and later for Hetager Drilling.

Judy I. Stahlman, 63

October 14, 2014

Judy I. Stahlman, 63, of Punxsutawney, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Miss Stahlman was born May 30, 1951, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Albert and June (Pope) Stahlman.

Judy was a professor at Cleveland State University for 28 years. She earned her bachelor's degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her master's degree at Slippery Rock University and her doctorate at the University of Virginia in Charlottsville.

October 13th

Paul M. Strong, 91

October 13, 2014

Paul M. Strong, 91, of Meadow Road, Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at Wellington Heights.

Mr. Strong was born May 7, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Lillian C. (Anderson) Strong.

On April 28, 2012, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Jane (Hicks) Strong. They were married on August 21, 1947.

He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy.

October 10th

Charles Allen McGee, 89

October 10, 2014

Charles Allen McGee, 89, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at sunrise at Ivy Ridge in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Mr. McGee was born Feb. 16, 1925, in Warren, Ohio.

He was the son of the late Joseph A. and Ethel Mundorf McGee of Punxsutawney.

Mr. McGee was a retired pipefitter.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Jean Giffin McGee; sons Charles McGee, Jr. and wife Janet, Tom McGee and wife Claudette, Tim McGee and wife Karen and Mike McGee and wife Nancy; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Richard James Covatch, 80

October 10, 2014

Richard James Covatch, 80, of Punxsutawney, died on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, at UPMC-Montefiore Medical Center in Pittsburgh.

He was born April 21, 1934, in Rossiter, the son of the late Charles and Mary Jane (Barnett) Covatch.

He was married for 50 years to Mary Louise (Maddox) Covatch, who preceded him in death on July 27, 2008.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He was a laborer in the construction industry for many years.

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