November 19th, 2014
Colleen D. Humble, 63, of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Ms. Humble was born Jan. 9, 1951, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jim Craft and Jane (Cameron) Craft-Bartlebaugh.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Humble.
Colleen was a member of the Rossiter Calvary United Methodist Church.
She was a member of the Rossiter American Legion and was an avid bingo player.
John Mahlon Fitzwater, 84, Pennsylvania Avenue, Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.
Born on April 6, 1930, in Canton, Pa., John was the son of the late George Edson Fitzwater and Florence Hall Fitzwater. He was the youngest of six children.
John made his home with his life partner, Betty LaMarca.
Lois Elaine Sebring Burkett, 75, of Brookville, was called home by her heavenly father after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer for over three years, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.
Mrs. Burkett was born May 16, 1939, in Grant Twp., Indiana County, Pa., a daughter of the late Harold and Elsie (Bartlebaugh) Sebring.
She married Nelson V. Burkett on Dec. 6, 1958, in Worthville, Pa. He survives.
She retired from the Brookville Area High School as a cafeteria cashier. She also attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Brookville.
Barbara Jean (Zganjer) Minor, 85, Portage, entered into new life Nov. 17, 2014, at Maple Winds Care Center.
She was born April 30, 1929, in Beaverdale, a daughter of Charles and Anna (Lige) Zganjer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William R. Sr.; infant brother Rudolph; infant sister Frances; and brothers Frank, Steven and George.
James S. Barilar, 83, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Barilar was born Dec. 2, 1930, in Sykesville, a son of the late James and Theresa (Lupo) Barilar.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Nase) Barilar, of Punxsutawney.
He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church.
He worked for the B&O Railroad and later for Season-All Windows and became the supervisor for Thermal Guard.
He was a long-time coach of Little League and loved all sports. He was a member of the Punxsutawney Eagles and the Elks.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Love often happens when you least expect it.
For some couples, love begins as early as junior high. For others, it happens a bit later. Love can happen unexpectedly, and for one couple who are celebrating their 70th anniversary today, that was the case.
Snuffy (Eugene) and Jean Smith have been married for 70 years, and during those 70 years, they have had their share of ups and downs, but their love for one another and love for the Lord has gotten them through it.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The third-grade students in Mrs. Myersâ€™ class at SS.C.D. were visited by John and Marge Frantz, who did a special Flag Program in honor of Veterans Day this week.
John, an Army veteran, is currently a member of the Jefferson County Veterans Honor Guard. He is a member of the American Legion Post 62.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Evelyn Jean White, 75, of Juneau, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Mrs. White was born Nov. 28, 1938, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John and Edna (Sutter) Williard.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry W. White, Sr.
Evelyn was a volunteer for Punxsutawney Area Hospital and Community Action, Inc., where she was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2012. She loved bingo, doing yard work, word searches and was avid at crocheting. She was a devoted grandmother and spent as much time as she could with her grandchildren.
There are three favorites that are still getting a little playtime as new inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.