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September 9th, 2012

Edward C. Geist, 51

September 9, 2012

Edward C. Geist, 51, Punxsutawney, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

He was born in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Clair and Elsie (Burkett) Geist.

In October of 1985, he married Laurie J. DeFoor, who survives.

He was a member of the First Church of God of Punxsutawney.

Mr. Geist enjoyed hunting and working, and he loved spending time with his family.

He was a well tender for J.R. Resources and worked for the company for 27 years.

September 6th

Eugene J. "Luke" Blackburn, 84

September 6, 2012

Eugene J. "Luke" Blackburn, 84, of Home, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born April 29, 1928, a son of Matthew and Mary (Brindlinger) Blackburn, at Standard Shaft, Pa.

Eugene worked as a cable inspector for Alltel - Murrysville.
Luke was a World War II veteran serving in the Marines.

He was also a member of the Smicksburg Lutheran Church, Sagamore VFW, Punxsutawney Legion and owned Luke's Sporting Supply.

September 5th

William E. Van Horn, 79

September 5, 2012

William E. Van Horn, 79, Dayton, was at home with his wife when he was ushered joyfully to Heaven and into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on September 4, 2012.

Mr. Van Horn was born on Nov. 23, 1932, in Kittanning and was the third child of Dorsey and Berdella (Goldstrohm) Van Horn, who preceded him in death, along with a brother, Robert Van Horn and sister, Blanche (Roberts) Van Horn.

He married his high school sweetheart, Gail Schrecengost, on June 6, 1953, and they recently celebrated 59 years of marriage together.

September 4th

Sally Anne (Getch) Breth, 81

September 4, 2012

Sally Anne (Getch) Breth, 81, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Nov. 27, 1930, in Brookville, the daughter of the late Griffith Schreckengost and Mary Getch.

She was married to Duane Eugene Breth, who preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 2007.

She was a probation officer for Jefferson County Child Welfare/Adult Probation.

She loved working crossword puzzles and crocheting and had an extensive collection of angels.

She was also an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns.

Terrence Joseph Rhodes, 50

September 4, 2012

Terrence Joseph Rhodes, 50, of Reynoldsville, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the home of his daughter.

He was born July 7, 1962, in Syracuse, N.Y., a son of the late Scott Daniel Rhodes and Carol Ann (Darby) Kromer. His mother survives and resides in Punxsutawney.

Terry enjoyed raising his daughters and getting to enjoy his grandchildren.

He also enjoyed fishing, sitting around a campfire with friends and watching NASCAR races.

Annabelle Grace Yeaney, 90

September 4, 2012

Annabelle Grace Yeaney, 90, of Mayport, Pa., passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, peacefully at her home.

She was born March 12, 1922, in Youngstown, Ohio, a daughter of the late William A. and Grace Genevive Smith.

April 18, 1941, she married her best friend, Woodrow W. Yeaney Sr. He preceded her in death on April 4, 1996.

Annabelle and her husband owned Anwood Farms in Mayport and The Halfway House Tavern in Shannondale, Pa.

Above all, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

September 3rd

Mary Ruth Reitz, 81

September 3, 2012

Mary Ruth Reitz, 81, of Laurelbrooke Landing, passed away at Brookville Hospital on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012.

She was born May 31, 1931, at Cloverdale Farm in Stanton, Pa., the youngest child of the late Harry Webster and Jessie Ruth (Brosius) Reitz. 

She never married.

After graduating from Brookville High School and Grove City College with an associate degree, Mary Ruth worked as a secretary/bookkeeper at Brookville Equipment; as a secretary to Milton Eisenhower, president of Penn State; and as a secretary for James Hysong, superintendent of Brookville Area Joint Schools.

Raymond “Junior” Shank, Jr., 76

September 3, 2012

Raymond “Junior” Shank, Jr., 76, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at home.

He was born Aug. 29, 1936, in Indiana County, a son of the late Charles and Edna Mae (Wright) Shank.

Mary Katharyn “Kate” Patterson has been his life partner for the past 42 years.

Mr. Shank worked as a heavy equipment mechanic and as a coal miner.

He was a member of the American Legion in Rossiter and Punxsutawney, the Punxsutawney Eagles and St. Joe’s Club in DeLancey.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He loved his dog, Brownie.

August 31st

Barry Stephen Kern, 60

August 31, 2012

Barry Stephen Kern, 60, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

He was born April 6, 1952, in Quincy, Mass., a son of Robert L. and Sara A. (Jackson) Kern. They survive and reside in Cordova, Tenn.

He met his wife-to-be, Karen Denise Lockard, when she was only 16 years old; they later married on March 31, 1973, and would have celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2013. She survives.

Mr. Kern worked at Beverage Air in Brookville for 36 years.

Anna Ruth Young, 88

August 31, 2012

Anna Ruth Young, 88, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at home.

She was born Sept. 3, 1923, in Bellwood, a daughter of the late Ralph and Edith (Cole) Waltman.

She married Eugene Mercer, who preceded her in death on June 1, 1974.

She became the wife of Joe J. Young, who preceded her in death on June 5, 2002.

Anna enjoyed spending time with her family, playing Bingo and crocheting, and she had previously enjoyed fishing with her husband.

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