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December 14th

Anna “Rita” (Porada) Clark, 71

December 15, 2012

Anna “Rita” (Porada) Clark, 71, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born Jan. 26, 1941, in Rossiter, a daughter of the late Michael M. and Ann (Knopick) Porada.

On May 20, 1967, she married William Francis Clark, who survives.

Mrs. Clark was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church.

She was everyone’s “Aunt Rita” — a very friendly, loving and nurturing woman who took care of everyone. She loved her family and enjoyed being with them.

Katherine D. “Kae” Fleming, 92

December 15, 2012

Katherine D. Fleming, 92, Connecticut, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Norwalk, Conn.

She was born July 18, 1920, a daughter of the late Carl D. and Florence (Miller) Dock.

On Oct. 11, 1942, she married Harry C. Fleming, Jr., who preceded her in death on June 13, 1990.

She was an avid golfer and held many positions at the Longshore Women’s Golf Association in Westport, Conn., and enjoyed paddle tennis and Broadway.

December 12th

Arman F. Bonante, 88

December 12, 2012

Arman F. Bonante, 88, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the DuBois Regional Medical Center.

Born on Dec. 28, 1923, in Troutville, Pa., he was the son of the late Andrew and Pompa (Rubino) Bonante.

A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater.

On June 24, 1944, he married Bessie M. (Frantz) Bonante. She survives.
For 53 years, he was the owner and operator of Bonante’s Garage in Sykesville.

He attended Grace United Methodist Church in Sykesville for many years.

Emory Elkin, 86

December 12, 2012

Emory Elkin, 86, of Smicksburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Forbes Regional Hospital.

He was born on March 11, 1926, in Loop, Pa., the son of Duff and Nellie (Marshall) Elkin.

Emory graduated from Dayton High School and was a member of Dayton Glade Run Presbyterian Church.

He worked at Dow Chemical Company as a supervisor for 20 years and then at Little Mahoning Pipeline as a supervisor for 20 years before his retirement in 1991.

December 10th

Richard E. Heffner, 76

December 10, 2012

Richard E. Heffner, 76, of DuBois, passed away, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Heffner was born Aug. 5, 1936, in Washington Township, a son of the late Benjamin F. Heffner and Ruby Mae (Hartzfeld) Heffner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth A. Brady.

Mr. Heffner loved fishing with his great-grandchildren, hunting and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

December 9th

John Fortsch, 69

December 10, 2012

John F. Fortsch, 69, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Fortsch was born Nov. 8, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Clarence J. Fortsch and Sara (Benson) Fortsch.

He is survived by his brothers, Thomas Fortsch and wife Gladys of Tennessee and Conrad Fortsch and wife Bonnie of Punxsutawney; his step-sisters, Karen McCauley of Punxsutawney, Barbara Black and husband Stanley of Punxsutawney and Patricia Manucha and husband Edward of New York; long-time companion Ken J. Stubbs of DuBois; and several nieces and nephews.

December 7th

Dorothy Mae Nicholson, 75

December 7, 2012

Dorothy Mae Nicholson, 75, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Nicholson was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Eugene and Faye (Young ) Jordan.

On March 27, 1956, she married her husband, Harold M. Nicholson, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Mrs. Nicholson attended the First Church of God.

She enjoyed collecting angels, vacationing in Myrtle Beach for the winter, going to church camp and spending time with her grandchildren.

December 6th

Harry V. Nicholson, 81

December 7, 2012

Harry V. Nicholson, 81, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at home.

He was born Dec. 1, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Harry Lee and Iva O. (Williams) Nicholson.

On August 16, 1957, he married Helen I. (Fox) Nicholson, who preceded him in death on Oct. 4, 1997.

On July 24, 1999, he then married Bernice L. (Kramer) Nicholson, who survives.

He was an elementary principal in the Punxsutawney Area School District for 15 years.

He also taught in the Punxsutawney and DuBois Area School Districts for 20 years.

Herman Rehar, 83

December 7, 2012

Herman Rehar, 83, of Kramer, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Christ the King Manor after a lengthy illness.

He was born Nov. 21, 1929, in Penn Hills, a son of the late Anton and Jennie (Marincic) Rehar.

Mr. Rehar worked at Brockway Clay for 22 years and retired from the Reynoldsville Casket Company.

He served in the U.S. Army, 5th Armored Division, during the Korean Conflict.

He was Catholic by faith.

Mr. Rehar loved entertaining his friends by playing the accordion.

December 5th

Vincent L. Haney, 96

December 5, 2012

Vincent L. Haney, 96, of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at DuBois Nursing Home.

Mr. Haney was born Jan. 26, 1916, in Cloe, a son of the late William A. Haney and Minnie Mae (Yost) Haney.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Mae (Vadasy) Haney, on Jan. 10, 2012.

He attended the Cloe United Methodist Church.

Mr. Haney was a carpenter by trade for many years and also worked for the B&O Railroad.

He was very creative at remodeling homes and was the founder of Haney Builders.

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