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March 7th, 2012

Betty Stear Long, 97

March 8, 2012

Betty Stear Long, 97, a long-time resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh, N.C., after a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 25, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jean and Frank Stear.

After graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1931, Mrs. Long attended Indiana State Teachers College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.

March 6th

John Smilo, 87

March 6, 2012

John Smilo, 87, Glen Campbell, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Aug. 5, 1924, in Grant Township, Indiana County, a son of the late Joseph and Justina (Ivanko) Smilo.

June 15, 1957, Mr. Smilo married his wife of 54 years, Irene (Hook) Smilo, who survives.

He served as Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Smilo was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in Urey, where he had actively served his church in many capacities through the years.

Catherine L. “Cathy” (Gernat) Wesdock, 80

March 6, 2012

Catherine L. “Cathy” (Gernat) Wesdock, 80, Punxsutawney, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 5, 2012.

She was born Jan. 6, 1932, in DeLancey, a daughter of the late John and Anna (Gaydos) Gernat.

She graduated from Punxsutawney Area High in 1949.

Nov. 11, 1961, she married Thomas G. Wesdock, who preceded her in death Feb. 16, 2005.

March 5th

William D. Campbell, 59

March 5, 2012

William D. Campbell, 59, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, March 4, 2012.

He was born Oct. 20, 1952, in Sewickley, a son of the late William George and Audrey Grace (Uncapher) Campbell.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, tinkering around, spending time with his family and being a practical joker.

Mr. Campbell was a former member of the ISDA and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles.

Phyllis Arlene Kunselman, 81

March 5, 2012

Phyllis Arlene Kunselman, 81, Cloe, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Yatesboro, a daughter of the late Ira A. and Evelyn (Kennedy) Mauk.

Aug. 29, 1948, she married C. Merle "Guber" Kunselman, who preceded her in death April 15, 2006.

Mrs. Kunselman was a charter member of the F.O. Eagles No. 1231.

She was employed by Sylvania, Cameron, Rola Jensen and was a manager of Paris Cleaners before retiring in 1992.

Gladys C. Morrison, 92

March 5, 2012

Gladys C. Morrison, 92, Laurelbrooke Drive, Brookville, formerly of East Main Street, Brookville, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at McKinley Health Center.

She was born Sept. 24, 1919, in Falls Creek, a daughter of the late Arthur and Lottie (Matthewes) Chittester.

June 8, 1946, in Brookville, she married William L. Morrison Jr., who preceded her in death Jan. 8, 2012.

A homemaker, Mrs. Morrison was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Brookville and a past Matron of Honor of the O.E.S. No. 320 of Brookville.

Catherine L. Wesdock, 80

March 5, 2012

Catherine L. Wesdock, 80, Punxsutawney, died Monday, March 5, 2012.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

March 4th

John William "Bill" Lott, 82

March 5, 2012

John William "Bill" Lott, 82, Big Run, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 27, 1929, in Reynoldsville, a son of the late Irvin and Ethel (Scaddin) Lott.

He was married to Vivian (Carney) Lott, who preceded him in death July 4, 2009.

Mr. Lott was an operating engineer for the Bracken Construction Co. and served as a 3rd Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was a member of Dad's Horseshoe Club and was a past president of the Groundhog CB Club.

Phyllis Kunselman, 81

March 5, 2012

Phyllis Kunselman, 81, Rossiter, died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

March 2nd

Mildred Bellas, 94

March 3, 2012

Mildred Bellas, 94, formerly of Rockland Avenue, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Wellington Heights.

She was born May 7, 1917, in Idamar, a daughter of the late John and Catherine (Cicaniak) Kutney.  

She was the last surviving member of her family.

Nov. 25, 1939, she married Dominick Joseph Bellas, who preceded her in death July 6, 1990. They were married for 50 years.

She was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

Mrs. Bellas enjoyed her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed crocheting.

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