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August 7th, 2014

Walter Ray Smith, 81

August 7, 2014

Walter Ray Smith, 81, of Hamilton, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at home with his family.

He was born July 15, 1933, in Grange, a son of the late Coy McCoulter Smith, Sr. and Velda Jane (Whitesell) Smith.

He attended the Hamilton United Methodist Church.

Mr. Smith was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.

On Dec. 8, 1956, he married the former Mary Irene McKee. She survives and resides in Hamilton.

Walter worked as a laborer at Jefferson Machine until his retirement. He was also a caretaker for Deemer brothers.

August 4th

Gretchen H. Bullers, 92

August 4, 2014

Gretchen H. Bullers, 92, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Mahoning Riverside Manor, Punxsutawney.

She was born July 12, 1922, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Robinson) Hall.

On May 30, 1942, she married W. Irvin Bullers, who preceded her in death
on July 11, 1994.

She was a member of the First English Lutheran Church of Punxsutawney.

She was active in the Punxsutawney Area Historical & Genealogical Society and Eastern Star.

She loved to play Bridge and was in multiple Bridge clubs.

August 1st

Ralph Arthur Nelson, Sr., 60

August 1, 2014

Ralph Arthur Nelson Sr., 60, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at Alle-Kiski Hospital in Natrona Heights.

He was born on Jan. 16, 1954, in Newark, New Jersey, a son of Ralph A. Nelson and Joan (Sandominick) Nelson. They both survive and reside in Elkton, Virginia.

On May 10, 1975, he married the former Christine Ann Tomaszfski. She
survives and resides in Punxsutawney.

Mr. Nelson worked in technical sales support for Ametek, which is a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, located in Blawnox, Pa.

July 31st

Lawrence E. Reitz, 80

July 31, 2014

Lawrence E. Reitz, 80, Route 36, Brookville, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at home.

He was born March 26, 1934, in Brookville, a son of George I. Reitz and Althea Dempsey Reitz.

On Sept. 7, 1956, in Brookville, he married Hazel I. Shaffer, who survives.

While still in high school, Lawrence began working for the business George I. Reitz and Sons in Brookville, which his father had founded in 1944.

He continued to work for that same company until his retirement in
1996.

He was a lifetime member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Brookville.

July 30th

Marie P. Farcus, 93

July 30, 2014

Marie P. Farcus, 93, Walston, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at her home.
She was born April 3, 1921, in Walston, a daughter of the late Samuel and Rachel (Bianco) Belott.

In January of 1938, she married John E. Farcus, who preceded her in death on March 25, 1968.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church of Walston.
She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and spending time with her family and was always willing to lend a hand whenever it was needed.

She was a member of the Altar Rosary Society.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Richard Titus, 76

July 30, 2014

LEXINGTON, OHIO: Do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. That simple principle became Richard Titus’ life compass as he honorably served his family, his country and his Marine Corps.

Master Gunnery Sergeant Richard Titus passed away Wednesday morning, July 30, 2014, in OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield (Ohio) Hospital. He was 76.

Born Richard Allen Titus on July 11, 1938, in Kane, to Gregg and Margaret (Miller) Titus, he graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1956.

Irene (Cukanna) Smee, 92

July 30, 2014

Irene (Cukanna) Smee, 92, of Harrisburg, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in the Harrisburg Hospital.

She was born May 22, 1922, in Punxsutawney; the daughter of Frank and Rose (Hvavka) Cukanna.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Joseph Smee Jr; her son, Joseph Richard Smee of Blue Bell, Pa.; her daughter, Judy Jacobs of Orlando, Florida; six grandsons, Jason Smee, Christopher Smee, Joshua Smee, Ryan Jacobs, Bradley Jacobs and Matt Jacobs; and her sister, Sue Morris of Sykesville.

Janet A. Schiafone, 73

July 30, 2014

Janet A. Schiafone, 73, of Euclid Ave. Brookville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.

The daughter of William Hart Commons and Elizabeth Taylor Commons, Janet was born on Oct. 14, 1940, in Barnesboro, Pa.

On May 20, 2000, she married William Joseph Schiafone Sr., who survives, in Brookville.

She worked as a custodian for the Brookville Area School District for more than 25 years.

Dominick G. “Mickey” Bettino, 86

July 30, 2014

Dominick G. “Mickey” Bettino, 86, of Niagara Falls, New York, died on July 30, 2014.

Beloved husband of the late Rosemary (nee Yenzi) Bettino; devoted father of Annemarie C. Bettino, Thomas D. (Karen) Bettino and Yvonne (John) Adams; loving son of the late Dominick and Antoinette (nee Cicero) Bettino; dear brother of the late Albert Bettino, Stanley Bettino, Christine LaSalle, Lee Bettino, Michelina "Kelly" Reele, Ambrose Bettino, Giovanni Bettino and John Bettino; Dominick is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

July 29th

Jacqueline “Jacki” Young, 69

July 29, 2014

Jacqueline “Jacki” Young, 69, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at home.

She was born April 1, 1945, in New Castle, England, a daughter of David L. and Gladys (Foster) Grove.

On June 28, 1986, in St. Louis, she married Robert E. Young, who survives.

She attended the First Assembly of God Church in Walston.

She enjoyed traveling, church, hiking, camping and her family.

She retired as a senior sales representative for CNA Insurance Co. She then went on to become a real estate agent.

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