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November 2nd, 2012

Karen L. McKain, 61

November 2, 2012

Karen L. McKain, 61, of Smicksburg, passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at UPMC Shadyside.

Ms. McKain was born May 28, 1951, in Punxsutawney. She is survived by her parents, Robert V. Stiteler and Natalie A. (Niel) Stiteler of Smicksburg.

Karen was a 20-year veteran of the US Air Force, retiring as a Staff Sergeant.

She was a member of the Salem Lutheran Church in Smicksburg. Her hobbies were gardening, reading, crocheting, shopping and collecting shells on the beach.

October 29th

Althea M. Peace, 83

October 29, 2012

Althea M. Peace, 83, Reynoldsville, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at home.

She was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Elmira, N.Y., a daughter of the late Herman Murray and Iva Bliss Murray.

Dec. 24, 1946, she married Robert C. Peace, who preceded her in death on April 30, 2002.

Mrs. Peace was a homemaker. She was Protestant in faith.

Surviving relatives include a son, Gregory W. Peace and wife Cynthia of Reynoldsville; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Marlin Murray of Reynoldsville.

Helen Eileen Rishel, 82

October 29, 2012

Helen Eileen Rishel, 82, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at DuBois Nursing Home.

She was born Aug. 10, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Isaac M. McKee and Emma M. (Cole) McKee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Blaine E. Rishel, on Nov. 12, 2009.

She was a member of the Scotland Avenue Church of God in Punxsutawney.

Mrs. Rishel was the co-owner of Wholesale Auto Parts before retiring.

She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Robert J. Shields, 83

October 29, 2012

Robert J. Shields, 83, of Rossiter, Indiana County, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in his home.

He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Norma (Mains) Shields; father of Bobby Shields, Bill Shields, Linda (Matt) Messina and Albert Shields; grandfather of Michael Messina, Candace Shields, Nicholas Messina, Samantha Shields, Thomas Messina, Valerie Shields and Lisa Messina; brother of Teresa (Edward) Fitzroy, Kitty Pivirotto and the late Sarah Shields.

He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

October 28th

Patricia S. Jarbeck, 64

October 28, 2012

Patricia S. Jarbeck, 64, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Mrs. Jarbeck was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late A. R. Sweeney and Josephine (Dessy) Sweeney.

She was married to her loving husband, William J. Jarbeck II, who survives, of Punxsutawney.

Pat and her husband were foster parents for many children whom they raised.

She worked for County Market, the Chamber of Commerce and the Groundhog Festival Committee for many years.

She loved card games with her friends and her dogs, Bear and Baby.

October 26th

Lois P. Smochek, 83

October 26, 2012

Lois P. Smochek, 83, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center in Punxsutawney.

She was born Aug. 12, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John R. and Ardna (McCracken) Bell.

She was married to William P. Smochek, who preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2011.

She was a homemaker.

October 23rd

Harold Randall "Randy" Vaughn, 54

October 23, 2012

Harold Randall "Randy" Vaughn, 54, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 31, 1957, in Phillipsburg, a son of Harold E. Vaughn, who survives, and the late Jennie Mae (Goss) Vaughn.

Harold was last employed as a diesel mechanic at Krise Bus Co. and was previously employed by Laidlaw Bus Co.

Harold, or Randy, as many have known him, touched many lives, including those of his family, co-workers and students on the buses he used to drive.

His life's journey led him to helping all people as much as he could; wherever he could.

October 21st

Donna Mae Depp, 78

October 21, 2012

Donna Mae Depp, 78, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at home.

She was born Jan. 9, 1934, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late William Henry Rugh, Sr., and Clara Elaine (Barnett) Rugh.

On May 17, 1952, she married the love of her life, Robert Dean Depp.

Together they enjoyed 60 years of marriage.

Donna worked as a school bus driver in the Mapleview area.

She was a kind and easygoing bus driver who had surprise gifts for the little ones who were reluctant to get on the bus for the first time.

Richard C. Read, 93

October 21, 2012

Richard C. Read, 93, of Mahaffey, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Mahoning Riverside Manor.

Mr. Read was born March 8, 1919, in Kermoore, a son of the late George Read and Julia (McCracken) Read.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.

Nov. 11, 1983, he married Donna R. (Kuntz) Read, who survives, of Mahaffey.

He was a credit manager and salesman for B F Goodrich Tires (L F & J B Beard and Cook Inc.) for many years before retiring.

He was a member of the Mahaffey Alliance Church.

October 19th

George Steven Barenick, 90

October 19, 2012

George Steven Barenick, 90, Indiana, passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at his residence.

He was born April 27, 1922, in Rossiter, Pa., a son of Parencik and Anna (Veselenak) Barenick.

George was employed for several years at U.S. Steel as a crane operator.

After his retirement from U.S. Steel, he continued to work as a carpenter and also provided maintenance for the railroad.

He served during World War II in the Army as a chauffeur for an Army major and general.

At one time, George was on the same ship as Winston Churchill.

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