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December 30th

Nancy North Pitts, 78

December 31, 2012

Nancy North Pitts, 78, of Brookville, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at home.

She was born Feb. 8, 1934, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Robert C. North and Aileen Fulton North.

On Oct. 20, 1955, she married Richard J. Pitts, who survives.

She taught the third grade in the Punxsutawney Area School District for 22 years at Mapleview School, retiring in 1993.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 65 years; a 1952 graduate from Brookville Area High School who then attended Indiana College and Penn State University.

William E. Smith, 81

December 31, 2012

William E. Smith, 81, of DuBois, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois.

Mr. Smith was born Sept. 18, 1931, in Winslow Township, the son of the late Kenneth E. Smith and Dorothy R. (Graham) Smith.

On Oct. 14, 1989, he married Audrey C. (Meier) Smith who survives.

He attended Reynoldsville High School.

Mr. Smith was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict.

He was a retired mechanic of 25 years for Dennison Brothers Chevrolet of Reynoldsville.

Mr. Smith attended the Salem Methodist Church.

Marguerite E. (Pearce) Smith, 95

December 31, 2012

Marguerite E. (Pearce) Smith, 95, of Smithport, Pa., died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney.

The daughter of George C. and Grace (Stiver) Pearce, she was born on March 28, 1917, in Banks Township, Indiana County.

Marguerite was a member of the Smithport Wesleyan Methodist Church, where she had actively served her church in many capacities, including as a Sunday School teacher, as well as being involved with the Missionary Society for more than 30 years.

She thoroughly loved spending time with her grandchildren.

December 27th

Lauretta Shoffner Shekitka, 85

December 27, 2012

Lauretta Shoffner Shekitka, 85, of Bozeman, MT, passed away on
Dec. 19, 2012, in her apartment at Springmeadows.

Lauretta was born on Dec. 7, 1927, at the family home in Dora, Pa., to Charles and Mildred Shoffner.

She attended high school in Kittanning, Pa., and graduated in 1945.

While attending Syracuse University, she met and married the love of her life Andy Shekitka — a dashing Navy veteran and center on the SU football team.

Lauretta and Andy owned and directed All Seasons Camp in Mt. Tremper, N.Y., from 1960 to 1971.

Thomas Shiock Sr., 75

December 27, 2012

Thomas Shiock Sr., 75, of Punxsutawney, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Feb. 9, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John Shiock and Mary Jane (Kukula) Shiock.

In 1957, he married Suzanne (Bish) Shiock of Punxsutawney, who survives.

He began working construction in 1968, working many years for Local No. 910 Construction General Laborers.

He also worked for Jefferson Garage, drilled rigs for P&N Coal and ran the Starlight Drive-In.

Laird B. Braughler, 89

December 27, 2012

Laird B. Braughler, 89, of Monroeville, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012.

He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille (Brennan) Braughler; father of Beverly (Jim) Spare and Robert (Julie) Braughler; grandfather of Adam and Kate Braughler; brother of Lorraine Sterner, Dolan and Duane Braughler, and the late Maralene Emerick, Bernadine Sensabaugh and Ronald Braughler.

Laird was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran and had been employed by GMAC, where he was a dealer relations manager.

He also drove cars for Day Chevrolet.

December 25th

H. Paul Hoover, 82

December 25, 2012

H. Paul Hoover, 82, Valier, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born on Jan.1, 1930, in Loop, Pa., a son of the late Russell and Vera (Fireman) Hoover.

He was the last remaining member of his family.

On July 28, 1956, he married Mary Emma (Braunns) Hoover, who survives.

He was a member of the Valier United Methodist Church and attended the Men’s Breakfasts.

He served in the United States

Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

He worked for PennDOT for 28 years as an equipment operator and retired from there in 1990.

Todd M. Covert, 33

December 25, 2012

Todd M. Covert, 33, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at home.
He was born Nov. 5, 1979, a son of Jerry and Mary (Shiock) Covert.

He was a member of the St. Adrian Roman Catholic Church.

He was a graduate from the Punxsutawney Area High School Class of 1997 and attended Slippery Rock University.

He enjoyed hunting, hiking, music, going to camp, spending time with his nieces and nephew, and most of all, his family.

December 23rd

Verla June Beebe, 87

December 23, 2012

Verla June Beebe, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at High Point Nursing Facility.

She was born Nov. 16, 1925, in Ringgold Township, Pa., a daughter of the late Clair and Meda (Shaffer) Martz.

Aug. 29, 1946, she married Howard Beebe.

Verla grew up on a farm in Punxsutawney and moved to Buffalo, N.Y.

She was employed at Curtiss Wright during World War II, and also as a nurse’s aide at Perrysburgh to be close to her future husband, Howard.

After raising her family, she worked at the Main St. Bristol Home as a cook.

Margaret “Marge” L. (Parada) Brink, 86

December 23, 2012

Margaret “Marge” L. (Parada) Brink, 86, of Glen Campbell, Pa., died Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center.

The daughter of Joseph M. and Anna H. (Korney) Parada, she was born on July 16, 1926, in Kilrun, Indiana County, Pa.

Marge was a member of the Church of the Resurrection, Glen Campbell.

A highlight of Marge’s life was her love for her family and the great enjoyment she received from being amidst her family during gatherings; meals and celebrations.

A homemaker in the true sense of the word, she liked cooking and baking for her family.

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