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October 7th, 2012

Joseph M. Serge, 91

October 7, 2012

Joseph M. Serge, 91, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Serge was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Rosario Serge and Catherine (Caliguire) Serge.

Nov. 11, 1947, he married the love of his life, Anne (Schepis) Serge, of Punxsutawney, who survives.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II as a pharmacist's mate aboard the USS Independence.

Mr. Serge worked as a carpenter for the B&O Railroad — Chessie System.

Elizabeth A. Brady, 73

October 7, 2012

Elizabeth A. Brady, 73, of Anita, passed away Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

Mrs. Brady was born July 31, 1939, in Hyde, Pa., a daughter of the late Edward L. King and Doris H. (Hart) King.

She is survived by her husband, Richard E. Heffner, of DuBois.

Elizabeth enjoyed crocheting, square dancing, singing and spending time with all of her grandchildren.

October 5th

Robert Bryce “Rocky” Blair, 76

October 5, 2012

Robert Bryce “Rocky” Blair, 76, of Reynoldsville, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital.

He was born Dec. 24, 1935, in Carbondale, Pa., a son of the late Rollin and Jesse (Marsh) Blair.

On Aug. 11, 1979, he married the former Cheryl Diane Boyer. She survives.

He was an excellent body shop repairman and painter. He owned Blair’s Auto Body for more than 30 years.

A carpenter by hobby, Mr. Blair built his own home and was handy at everything.

He enjoyed traveling and watching NASCAR.

Wanda Boyer, 91

October 5, 2012

Wanda Boyer, 91, of Reynoldsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at home.

She was born Oct. 21, 1920, in Summerville, a daughter of the late Lee and Dessa (Vandervort) McDonald.

She was the wife of Merle Willard Boyer. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1984.

Mrs. Boyer previously worked as a sales clerk for Gimball’s in Pittsburgh.

Wanda was a former member of the Quilt Club in Punxsutawney.

Her enjoyments were quilting and sewing.

Russell Clyde Henry Sr., 93

October 5, 2012

Russell Clyde Henry Sr., 93, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born March 9, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Russell and Amy (Wolfgang) Henry.

On Aug. 21, 1946, he married Elaine (Hall) Henry, who survives.

They were married for 66 years.

He was a member of the Punxsutawney Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

He liked to ride his motorcycle and rode until the age of 85.

He also enjoyed hunting and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

October 4th

Louise H. Benson, 77

October 4, 2012

Louise H. Benson, 77, of Punxsutawney, passed from this life into God's eternal glory on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.

She died at home, surrounded by family, as the music she loved so well played in the background.

She was born May 13, 1935, a daughter of the late John H. and Edna V. (Lingenfelter) Todd.

She accepted the gift of salvation early in life and was born again at the church of her childhood, Barton Chapel.

Louise grew up on the family farm in Sprankle Mills with her beloved siblings.

Russell Emanuel “Speedy” Schantz Jr., 55

October 4, 2012

Russell Emanuel “Speedy” Schantz Jr., 55, of Reynoldsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at home.

He was born May 20, 1957, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Russell Emanuel Schantz, Sr., and Ethel “Skip” (Geist) Schantz.

His mother survives and resides in Punxsutawney.

Russ previously worked as a dozer operator for Yenzi Coal Company and Valier Coal Company.

He was a member of the Punxsutawney Eagles.

He loved to go fishing.

Robert Blair

October 4, 2012

Robert Blair, of Reynoldsville, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

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

Wanda Boyer, 91

October 4, 2012

Wanda Boyer, 91, of Reynoldsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at home.

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

October 1st

Dr. John Francis (Jack) O’Leary, 94

October 1, 2012

Dr. John Francis (Jack) O’Leary of Bel Air, Md., pharmacology researcher, died Saturday, Sept. 30, 2012, in his home. He was 94.

Jack was born in 1917 to John T. and Winifred Embert O’Leary in Punxsutawney. He graduated there from Saints Cosmas & Damian Parochial High School.

One of 10 children, he was the first in his family to pursue higher education.

After receiving his B.S. in biochemistry from Penn State University in 1942, he was employed by Keystone Ordnance in Meadville, Pa., in the manufacture of TNT for the U.S. Army.

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