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August 5th, 2012

Dean HeLal, 80

August 5, 2012

Dean HeLal, 80, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at home.

He was born June 3, 1932, in Northfork, W.Va., the son of the late Hussein and Badia HeLal.

He was married to Diane (Cameron) HeLal, who survives.

He was the owner of Punxy Phil's Family Restaurant in Punxsutawney. He previously owned Mr. Dean's Richman Brothers Men's Store and Perkin's Family Restaurant at the Punxy Plaza.

He was a 50-year member of John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534, Free and Accepted Masons and Jaffa Shrine in Altoona, and he was also a member of the Punxsutawney Country Club.

August 2nd

Barbara E. Cessna, 84

August 2, 2012

Barbara E. Cessna, 84, Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

She was born May 13, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Frank C. and Melvena (Smith) Heckman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David J. Cessna, in 2010.

Barbara was the Sunday School teacher and played piano at First Assembly of God Church for many years.

She served her life faithfully for the Lord.

Billy L. Leasure, 73

August 2, 2012

Billy L. Leasure, 73, of Edinburg, passed away the afternoon of July 31, 2012, in Jameson Hospital North.

He was born Sept. 23, 1938, in Marion Center, a son of the late Earl and Arveda (Walker) Leasure.

He was married to the late Edna I. Wyant for 37 years. She preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 2002.

Billy was of the Protestant faith.

He retired after 35 years as a highlift operator for the former Indalex Corporation in Girard, Ohio.

Billy was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He served from Dec. 13, 1961 until Dec. 13, 1963, when he received his honorable discharge.

Leland Harrold Williams, 86

August 2, 2012

Leland Harrold Williams, 86, of Hayes, Va., went to be with his Lord on July 29, 2012.

He was born Jan 5, 1926, in Punxsutawney, a son of H. Merrill and A. Winifred Deemer Williams.

Since April 15, 1954, he was married to Joan Lois Henkel of Pittsburgh.

In January of 1944, Leland enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in the 305th Bombardment Group, 422nd Squadron, as a B17 bomber tail-gunner.

August 1st

Mildred M."Millie" Gearhart-Anibaldi, 89

August 1, 2012

Mildred M. Gearhart-Anibaldi, 89, DuBois, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at DuBois Village.

She was born April 8, 1923, in Cloe, a daughter of the late I. Roland and Alice (Baun) Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Anibaldi.

Mildred worked for 25 years at Brown’s Boot Shop in Punxsutawney.

She enjoyed knitting and making afghans and dishcloths. She also loved puzzles, shopping and dining out.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Mary L. Molinengo, 79

August 1, 2012

Mary L. Molinengo, 79, Rossiter, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

She was born Sept. 8, 1932, in Punxsutawney, a daughter and one of 12 children of the late Walter and Clara (Wojtkowski) Mocek.

Mrs. Molinengo was the last surviving member of her family.

July 2, 1955, she married Arnold Molinengo, who preceded her in death on March 28, 2003.

Mary enjoyed being a volunteer at Punxsutawney Area Hospital from 2005 until April of 2012. She also enjoyed tending to her flowers at home.

She loved her children and grandchildren.

July 31st

Mary L. Molinengo, 79

July 31, 2012

Mary L. Molinengo, 79, Rossiter, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

Arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney.

July 30th

Sara Marie Griffith, 88

July 30, 2012

Sara Marie Griffith, 88, Marion Center, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Crystal Waters Personal Care Home.

She was born March 11, 1924, in West Mahoning Township, Indiana County, a daughter of the late Amos E. and Della Mae Fleck Smith.

Mrs. Griffith was a graduate of Dayton High School.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Rochester Mills Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder and sang in the church choir.
She enjoyed traveling, cooking and latch hooking.

Alda Pauline (Brocious) Shick, 98

July 30, 2012

Alda Pauline (Brocious) Shick, 98, died Monday, July 30, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney.

She was born May 24, 1914, in Ringgold Township, a daughter of the late Osmer and Twila (Dinger) Brocious.

She was married to Preston Shick, who preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 2002.

Mrs. Shick was a member of the Timblin United Methodist Church in Timblin and was very active as a Sunday School teacher.

She sang in the church choir and was a trustee and worked in the Methodist Women's Organization.

July 29th

Maxine W. Demko, 87

July 29, 2012

Maxine W. Demko, 87, of Punxsutawney and Cortland, Ohio, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Nov. 13, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Clarence and Edna (Shovestall) Mowrey.

More than 70 years ago, she became the wife of John Demko, who survives.

Maxine and her husband returned to the Punxsutawney area in 1985 and built a summer home, which they enjoyed very much.

Maxine also enjoyed working outside with her flowers and playing Bingo.

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