May 28th, 2014
Carole G. Mankovich, 67, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at her home.
She was born Feb. 7, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edward A. and Geraldine (Beech) Gerst.
On May 23, 1971, she married Dr. Dennis G. Mankovich, who preceded her in death on March 20, 1990.
She was a graduate of Slippery Rock University.
She was a member of the Library Board and the Irving Club. She enjoyed quilting, teaching and reading.
Helen R. Berger, 95, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Mulberry Square.
She was born May 21, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Homer G. and Margaret (Heitzenrater) Dunmire.
She attended Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church.
She enjoyed playing Bingo and crafts.
She was a waitress until the age of 75.
Surviving relatives include a sister, Vera Morford of California, and several nieces and nephews.
Roger Fye (right) and William Schlagel (center) are Jefferson County's first legally recognized same-sex couple, after being married by Judge John Foradora in a ceremony at the Jefferson County Courthouse on Tuesday.
Same-sex marriages have been recognized in Pennsylvania since May 20, when U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones III ruled that the state's statutory ban was unconstitutional.
Schlagel and Fye have known one another for five years and have been partners for two.
Fye is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County, while Schlagel is originally from the Pittsburgh area.
Pamela Boyer (left) and her family raised money in memory of Boyerâ€™s son, Philip, to replace the lifeguard chairs at the George C. Brown Community Pool, and the new chairs will be dedicated at a ceremony on May 31 â€” the first day the pool will be open for the year. Pictured with Boyer is SPLASH representative Lisa Switlick.
Read the full story in Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.
Pat Rougeux, of American Legion Post 62, presented their Americanism Awards to three eighth-grade students chosen by their teachers for their honor, courage, service, scholarship, leadership and Americanism at Monday's Memorial Day Observance in Barclay Square.
Pictured (from left) are Rep. Sam Smith, Pa. Speaker of the House; Betty Kotula, American Legion Post 62; Andrew William Wehrle, VFW Post 2076 essay winner, "What Does Patriotism Mean to Me?;â€ť Emily Cavallo, Matthew Wehrle and Kaitlin Doverspike, Legion Post 62 Americanism winners; and Rougeux.
Leonard W. Burkett, 73, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, at his home.
Mr. Burkett was born June 20, 1940, in Brookville, a son of the late Leonard J. and Ruth (Stormer) Burkett.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances C. (McDonald) Burkett.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a Military Police Officer.
Leonard worked many years as a foreman for G.E. in Erie before returning to Punxsutawney to work for Yenzi Coal Company before retirement.
He absolutely loved to ride his Harley as much as he could. He also enjoyed fishing and flower gardening.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Throughout the country, our fallen heroes were honored at Memorial Day observances, including here in Punxsutawney with a parade through downtown and a memorial service that was held under blue skies and bright sunshine in Barclay Square.
For full coverage from events in Punxsy, Big Run and Rossiter, as well as several photos, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Thomas W. Siesky, 57, of Victor Avenue in Warren, Pa., formerly of Brookville, died Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Warren General Hospital.
He was born Aug. 7, 1956, in Brookville, the son of Jane Brooks.
He is survived by his companion, Susan Slater, of Warren, Pa.
Thomas worked as the owner and operator of the American Hotel in Brookville.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he loved sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pirates. He was previously a member and active in Ducks Unlimited.
Gifford â€śBudâ€ť Sheesley, 83, of Economy, Pa., died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Born May 30, 1930, in Hamilton, Pa., he was the son of the late Robert and Lossie Smith Sheesley.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Barbara Sheesley; two brothers; and five sisters.
Surviving are four daughters, Robin Sheesley (Honalee) of North Carolina, Sandy (David) Novak of East McKeesport, Bonnie Story of Wisconsin and Darlene (George) Batch of South Carolina; seven
Just a reminder, The Spiritâ€™s office will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day, and no paper will be distributed on Monday.
Normal office hours and distribution will continue on Tuesday.
Please celebrate safely and responsibly!