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October 4th, 2012

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.

September 30th

Richard A. Garzoni, 87

September 30, 2012

Richard A. Garzoni, 87, Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Nov. 30, 1924, in Eleanora, Pa., a son of the late Victor and Elva (Soliday) Garzoni.

On Nov. 22, 1946, he married Theresa V. Maruca, who survives.

He was owner and operator of Garzoni and Son Coal Company and Garzoni Excavating for many years and retired from Brocsious Trucking.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Anita, Pa.

Edward L. Vitko, 92

September 30, 2012

Edward L. Vitko, 92, of Indiana, formerly of Adrian, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at home at Clairvaux Commons in Indiana.

He was born Dec. 29, 1919, in Big Soldier, a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Kowack) Vitko. He was the last member of his immediate family.

Mr. Vitko was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II, where he earned the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

On May 4, 1946, he married Clara Elizabeth Jarbeck. She preceded him in death on May 27, 2006.

September 28th

Rose Bernardo (Dicello), 96

September 28, 2012

Rose Bernardo (Dicello), 96, of Green Valley, Ariz., passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 9, 2012.

A native of Cecil, Pa., she married Frank Bernardo of Rossiter in 1940.

They moved to Detroit, where Frank worked for General Motors while Rose became a homemaker.

Rose lived in Michigan for many years, later moving to Florida and eventually settling in Green Valley near her three sons.

Rose was preceded in death by her loving husband, Frank, who passed in 1976; sisters Jessie Russo and Angelina Morabito; brothers Frank and Gennar Dicello; and granddaughter Jennifer.

John B. O'Connor, 77

September 28, 2012

John B. O'Connor, 77, of New Castle, passed away the morning of Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 21, 1935, in West Springfield, Mass., a son of the late John B. and Lucy Nalwalk O'Connor.

He was a 1953 graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass., and graduated from Western New England College in West Springfield, Mass. with a B.S. degree in engineering.

He was first employed at Monsanto Corp. and then at Pratt Whitney Corp. in Massachusetts.

September 27th

Terri Ann Anthony, 43

September 27, 2012

Terri Ann Anthony, 43, of Punxsutawney, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Newnan Piedmont Hospital in Newnan, Georgia, after suffering a brief illness.

She was born May 11, 1969, a daughter of Leroy and Betty Anthony, and the late M. Charlene Furl Anthony.

She graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1987.

Terri worked for many years as a lay midwife and delivered approximately 2,700 babies throughout Pennsylvania, Georgia and Alabama.

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