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February 10th, 2012

Martha Lillian Costanzo, 98

February 10, 2012

Martha Lillian Costanzo, 98, of Derry, and formerly of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in the Bethlen Home, Ligonier.

She was born June 26, 1913, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Evritt and Lillie Bell Weiss Dunn.

She was married to Frank A. Costanzo, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Costanzo was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church of Derry.

Surviving relatives include two sons, William J. Costanzo and wife Virginia of Derry, and Charles E. Costanzo and wife Lee of Birmingham, Ala.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Lois L. Dinger, 77

February 10, 2012

Lois L. Dinger, 77, Brookville, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

She was born Feb. 19, 1934, in Dora, a daughter of the late Reed Ernest and Hazel Lucetta (Geist) Kunselman.

Nov. 15, 1952, in Jefferson County, she married Harold E. Dinger, who preceded her in death Aug. 23, 1998.

Mrs. Dinger was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Church of the Nazarene, Brookville, where she was active in church affairs.

February 9th

Clair R. Shaffer, 96

February 9, 2012

Clair R. Shaffer, 96, DuBois, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at his home.

He was born June 14, 1915, in DuBois, a son of the late Harvey and Martha (Horn) Shaffer.

He was married to Dora (Waite) Shaffer, who preceded him in death Feb. 29, 1980.

Mr. Shaffer was a retired self-employed farmer.

He served in the U.S. Army and received a Purple Heart for his service in World War II.

He was Methodist by faith and a member of the Reynoldsville American Legion and Reynoldsville Eagles. He enjoyed farming and hunting.

February 8th

John W. Jenks, 91

February 9, 2012

John W. Jenks, 91, Leechburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at West Haven Manor.

He was born July 18, 1920, in Yatesboro, a son of Eugene H. and Sara (Evans) Jenks.

In 1937, at the age of 16, Mr. Jenks graduated from Punxsutawney High School as his class’ valedictorian and, four years later, graduated as valedictorian of his class at Penn State University, where he also earned the rare honor of being an industrial engineer inductee into Phi Beta Kappa.

Ardovino "Ardy" Racchini, 98

February 9, 2012

Ardovino "Ardy" Racchini, 98, Brookville, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at McKinley Health Center, Brookville.

He was born Jan. 17, 1914, in Conifer, a son of the late Joseph and Madelina (Beducci) Racchini.

July 9, 1950, in Clarion, he married Cecilia Jacqueline (Jackie) Moore, who preceded him in death March 11, 2001.

Mr. Racchini was employed as a barber, a clock maker and repairman, and he also worked on lawn mowers and small engines. He also delivered coal and worked as a coal miner.

Eleanor M. Rayle, 91

February 9, 2012

Eleanor M. Rayle, 91, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

She was born Sept. 20, 1920, in Corning, N.Y., a daughter of the late Arlan and Margaret (Perry) Cole.

Aug. 14, 1937, she married Encil “Gene” Rayle, who preceded her in death April 26, 1998.

She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Punxsutawney.

Mrs. Rayle was a member of the Punxsutawney Country Club and the B.P.O. Elks No. 301 of Punxsutawney.

Surviving relatives include a son, Dale Rayle; a daughter, Linda Theakston; and three grandchildren.

February 7th

Marion "Mimi" Lockard, 78

February 7, 2012

Marion "Mimi" Lockard, 78, Brookville, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Clarion Hospital.

She was born April 13, 1933, in Chest Township, Clearfield County, a daughter of the late Harry C. and Thelma (Witherite) Smith.

Aug. 26, 1950, she married James T. Lockard, who survives.

Mrs. Lockard was a homemaker who enjoyed her family and friends. She also attended the Church of Christ in Brookville.

February 6th

Celestine M. Chenoga, 88

February 6, 2012

Celestine M. Chenoga, 88, Rossiter, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born May 14, 1923, in DeLancey, a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Runko) Lesnick.

Oct. 9, 1940, she married Louis Chenoga, who preceded her in death Nov. 28, 1985.

She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rossiter.

Mrs. Chenoga enjoyed cooking, crocheting, spending time with her family and grandchildren, and her beloved dog, Cooper.

She worked at Rola Jensen in Punxsutawney.

Harold F. Divelbiss, 90

February 6, 2012

Harold F. Divelbiss, 90, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born March 3, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Roy and Jessie (Morris) Divelbiss.

June 17, 1950, in Ford City, he married Anna Belle Tibby, who survives.

Mr. Divelbiss was a member of the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church, as well as the Punxsutawney Country Club, American Legion Post 62 and the Central Fire Company for 42 years.

He was also a former coach and then a player agent for the Groundhog Little League.

February 5th

Loretta G. Bartasavich, 83

February 6, 2012

Loretta G. Bartasavich, 83, DuBois, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at her residence.

She was born July 31, 1928, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John J. and Sara (Taraskiewicz) Guzzy.

Aug. 27, 1949, she married John J. Bartasavich, who preceded her in death Nov. 7, 2006.

She retired as a medical secretary from the DuBois Regional Medical Center after more than 20 years of service.

Mrs. Bartasavich was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Rosary Infant of Prague Society.

She was also a member of the Friendly Club.

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