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January 29th, 2012

Anna Raniowski, 89

January 30, 2012

Anna Raniowski, 89, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

Mrs. Raniowski was born July 19, 1922, in Philadelphia, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Catherine (Kaprel) Cybak.

She was married to Matthew Raniowski, who preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Rossiter.

Mrs. Raniowski loved crossword puzzles, reading, crocheting, knitting and, most of all, her beloved grandchildren.

January 24th

E. Eugene (Gene) Elbel, 82

January 25, 2012

E. Eugene (Gene) Elbel, 82, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1929, in Rossiter, a son of the late Edward and Alice (Smith) Elbel.

June 25, 1949, he married Dorothy E. (Smith) Elbel, who survives. They were married 62 years.

Mr. Elbel enjoyed gardening, hunting, traveling and watching sports.
He was retired as a heavy equipment operator.

Gilbert Michael “Junie” Piszker, 77

January 25, 2012

Gilbert Michael “Junie” Piszker, 77, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Oct. 7, 1934, in Anita, a son of the late Gelly and Annie (Reves) Piszker.

He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. Piszker was a friendly and kind-spirited man. He enjoyed playing the lottery and keeping track of sports.

In his younger years, he was a member of the Anita Baseball team, and he liked paint-by-numbers oil painting.

January 23rd

Winfield Scott Harriger, 87

January 24, 2012

Winfield Scott Harriger, 87, Reynoldsville, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

He was born April 14, 1924, in Winslow Township, a son of the late Scott and Edna (Milliron) Harriger.

July 16, 1954, he married Sarah Annabelle Pifer Harriger, who preceded him in death Dec. 30, 2001.

Mr. Harriger was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reynoldsville.

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

Betty J. Pounds, 87

January 24, 2012

Betty J. Pounds, 87, Marion Center, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at St. Andrew’s Village, Indiana.

She was born April 6, 1924, in Jackson Township, Cambria County.

Jan. 23, 1943, she married her husband, Paul R. Pounds Sr. Their 69th wedding anniversary was the day of her death.

Mrs. Pounds worked at Miller’s Market in Marion Center until her retirement.

In her spare time, she liked to crochet afghans and enjoyed flower gardening. She was also a very talented cook.

Mrs. Pounds was well known for her colorful sense of humor.

January 22nd

Edward D. Battaglia, 95

January 23, 2012

Edward D. Battaglia, 95, of Brookville, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Jefferson Manor.

He was born Nov. 18, 1916, in Kane, a son of the late Charles and Mary (Gillotti) Battaglia.

May 28, 1938, he married the former Josephine F. Cesario, who preceded him in death Nov. 22, 2004.

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

He was also a member of the Brookville Eagles and the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Battaglia was an entrepreneur. In the 1950s, he and his wife owned the R & J Bar in Pine Creek Township, which later became the R & J Motel.

Richard B. Elkin, 87

January 23, 2012

Richard B. Elkin, 87, Punxsutawney, died Friday Jan. 20, 2012, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

He was born Oct. 14, 1924, in West Mahoning Township, Indiana County, the son of the late Duff and Nellie (Marshall) Elkin.

June 26, 1948, he married Kathryn (Nichol) Elkin, who preceded him in death Oct. 17, 1978.

Dec. 8, 1979, he married Ruth (Kight) Elkin, who survives.

Mr. Elkin was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church of Trade City, where he was a Sunday School Teacher.

He loved gardening and traveling.

January 19th

Helen Bobette (Sutter) Lechner, 90

January 20, 2012

Helen Bobette (Sutter) Lechner, 90, Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Bradford and Phoenix, Ariz., died Friday, Jan, 13, 2012.

She was born Aug. 24, 1921, in Valier, a daughter of the late Dee Glenn and Flora (Neal) Sutter, and her step-mother, Elizabeth Sutter.

July 18, 1941, she married Arthur Raymond Lechner, who preceded her in death Sept. 26, 1995.

Mrs. Lechner wasemployed by Zippo Manufacturing Company in Bradford, retiring in 1986 after 35 years of service.

After retirement, she and her husband lived in Phoenix.

Annabelle Painter, 79

January 20, 2012

Annabelle Painter, 79, Big Run, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Aug. 30, 1932, in Big Run (Foxburg), a daughter of the late Edward and Pheobie (Guthrie) Frantz.

Dec. 25, 1949, she married Earnest Painter, who preceded her in death July 28, 2008.

She was Methodist by faith and had attended St. Phillips United Methodist Church in Big Run.

She previously worked in the chenille department at the Standard Pennant Factory in Big Run.

January 18th

Mary Jane Miller, 68

January 19, 2012

Mary Jane Miller, 68, Brookville, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born Dec. 11, 1943 in Tonawanda, N.Y., a daughter of the late Marcel Russell and Hilda Madelyn (Lewis) Wazelle.

May 25, 1974, she married the love of her life, Wayne Arthur Miller, who preceded her in death Oct. 1, 2009.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Nazerene Church in Anita, as well as a member of the Gentian Chapter No. 23 of the Eastern Star in Wyoming.

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