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December 21st

Laura Awilda Reed, 99

December 21, 2012

Laura Reed, affectionately known as “Widdie,” died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash.

Widdie, the daughter of Elizabeth and Orrie Sheesley, was born Aug. 10, 1913, in Reynoldsville, Pa.

Jan. 1, 1941, she married the late Thomas R. Reed.

As a resident of Big Run, Pa., for more than 65 years, Widdie was an active member of the Big Run Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She also was an enthusiastic advisor for the Order of Rainbow for Girls.

December 20th

Homer Charles “Chuck” Brocious, Jr., 60

December 20, 2012

Homer Charles “Chuck” Brocious, Jr., 60, of New Bethlehem, died suddenly Thursday morning, Dec. 20, 2012, in Wheeling, W.V., while working there.

He was born Feb. 13, 1952, in Punxsutawney, a son of Homer C., Sr. and Lucienne B. (Bullers) Brocious.

Chuck was married on March 3, 1979, to Janet A. (Elkin), who survives.

He was a supervisor for Doverspike Coal from 1970 to 1996, Shaw Coal Co. from 1996 to 2000 and then an equipment operator for Baker Hughes.

He also loved to farm and be with his family, who meant the world to him.

Helen L. Keck, 92

December 20, 2012

Helen L. Keck, 92, Punxsutawney, went home to her eternal home on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

She was born May 14, 1920, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Harvey C. and Amanda (Braniff) Lyle.

She married Alfred E. Keck on Aug. 7, 1939, and they had four children.

He passed away on Aug. 2, 2008.

She was a long-time member of the Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church and a long-time resident of Cherry Street, Punxsutawney.

She enjoyed cooking and baking.

December 19th

Theresa Marie Bianco, 98

December 19, 2012

Theresa Marie Bianco of West Middlesex passed away in her sleep at home at 11:19 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. She was 98.

Mrs. Bianco was born July 12, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of Carmen and Carmella Cappella Ferra.

She attended Punxsutawney School Systems.

Following school, Theresa lived and worked in Punxsutawney at a silk mill, a dress store and a five and dime until her marriage to Ralph Bianco on Sept. 25, 1937.

The couple moved to Sharon, Pa., in 1952.

After moving to the area she worked at Ben Franklin and later retired from Treasure Island.

December 18th

Peggy Sue (Rodgers) Bailey, 54

December 18, 2012

Peggy Sue (Rodgers) Bailey, 54, of Clearfield, went home to be with Jesus on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012.

She was born on Nov. 7, 1958, the daughter of William S. and Judith Rodgers.

On Sept. 9, 1983, she married Joseph Bailey, who survives.

Peggy donated much time to several charitable causes and to the church over the years.

Ruth Snyder Fiscus, 82

December 18, 2012

Ruth Snyder Fiscus, 82, a longtime resident of Brookville, passed away peacefully at the Laurel Brook Assisted Living Facility on Dec. 18, 2012.

She was born on Aug. 10, 1930, in Ringgold, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Maurice W. and Veda G. (McGaughey) Snyder.

She worked for 18 years at the Truckstops of America, where she made many friends throughout the years and attended the Immaculate Conception and St. Dominic Catholic churches.

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles, cooking and canning.

December 17th

Ruthann Lynn Kerr

December 17, 2012

Infant Ruthann Lynn Kerr, of Smicksburg, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 14, 2012, the daughter of Cheryl Lynn Shank and Thomas George Kerr.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one sister, Lacy Marie Kerr; her maternal grandfather, Merle Shank, Jr.; her godmother, Chelsea Eileen Hartzfeld; several aunts and uncles; and friend Cheryl Bottenhorn, who was at her mother’s bedside.

Ruthann was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Ruth Shank and paternal grandparents, Betty Lou and George Thomas Kerr.

Anna Marie Gould, 86

December 17, 2012

Anna Marie Gould, 86, of Mahaffey, returned to her savior Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Gould was born March 8, 1926, in Clearfield County, a daughter of the late Cecil C. Wolfe and Lillian (McClinsey) Wolfe.

On Oct. 21, 1950, she married Harry B. Gould, who precedes her in death.
Anna was an active member of the Mt. Carmel Church and the Ladies Aid of Clover Run, holding numerous offices over the years.

Harry "Ed" Dunkle, 82

December 17, 2012

Harry "Ed" Dunkle, 82, of Brookville, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.

The son of Edwin McCullough Dunkle and Priscilla Dorothy Boyd Dunkle, Ed was born Nov. 19, 1930, in Sligo, Pa.

On July 23, 1954, in Brookville, he married Mabel D. "Sis" Carrier, who survives.

Ed served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

Ed served three terms as the Jefferson County Sheriff and was also a past warden of the Jefferson County Jail in Brookville.

December 14th

Anna “Rita” (Porada) Clark, 71

December 15, 2012

Anna “Rita” (Porada) Clark, 71, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born Jan. 26, 1941, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Michael M. and Ann (Knopick) Porada.

On May 20, 1967, she married William Francis Clark, who survives.

Mrs. Clark was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church.

She was everyone’s “Aunt Rita” — a very friendly, loving and nurturing woman who took care of everyone. She loved her family and enjoyed being with them.

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