October 1st, 2014
James R Shirley, 96, originally of Punxsutawney, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Born on Nov. 26, 1917, he was the son of the late Roy E. and Bertha N. (Long) Shirley.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Virginia Ruth Shirley; one son, Donald R. Shirley and wife Patricia of Palm Harbor, Florida; one daughter, Sandra J. Nungester and husband Don of Spring, Texas; and one niece, Karen Harshman of Punxsutawney.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees, having served in World War II.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Community leaders and friends of Jack D. White, 75, who passed away at home, surrounded by family and friends on Monday, memorialize him as a great friend and one who was willing to give his time to help his community and school district.
White had been a member of the Punxsutawney Area School Board for 17 years and had a part in some of the major construction projects that took place, the construction of the Punxsutawney Area Middle School building and the renovations at Punxsutawney Area High School.
Burton E. Harrold, 87, of Warren, died Monday evening, Sept. 29, 2014, at St. Joseph Health Center. He was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Burt Edward and Hazel Mae Horner Harrold. He and his wife, Ruby, have been Warren residents since 1959, coming from Latrobe, Pa.
Stephen T. Gomola, 81, of Reynoldsville, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at his home.
Mr. Gomola was born April 29, 1933, in DeLancey, the youngest son of the late Steve and Mary (Sivanich) Gomola.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Dolores A. (Molnar) Gomola.
Mr. Gomola was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he was a Captain.
He was a member of Ss. Peter & Paul Byzantine Church.
Ellen L. Kerr, 95, Punxsutawney, died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born June 30, 1919, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jesse and Nettie (Maurer) Snyder.
In 1938, she married Oliver C. Kerr, who preceded her in death in April of 1960.
She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Punxsutawney, where she served as a deaconess and choir member and taught Sunday School for many years.
She enjoyed cooking and baking, being active within her church, playing piano and spending time with family.
Jack D. White, 75, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at his home surrounded by family and friends after battling cancer.
Jack was the eldest son of the late Wayne D. and Martha (Steele) White.
He was raised on North Main Street in Punxsutawney and proudly referred to himself as a West-Ender. He was a graduate of the 1957 Class at Punxsutawney High School, where he excelled in sports, especially track and football.
After graduating high school, Jack enlisted in the United States Army as an Airborne Pathfinder and was stationed at Lee Barracks in West Ger-
Doris A. Cochran, 87, of Rossiter, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born Nov. 2, 1926, in Brookville, a daughter of the late Merle C. and Sarah E. (Harriger) Thomas.
In January of 1968, she married Arnold â€śFuzzâ€ť Cochran, who preceded her in death in 1995.
She was a member of the St. Peters United Church of Christ of Punxsutawney.
She enjoyed bingo, cooking, baking, canning, the game â€śhorse racesâ€ť and picking berries.
She was a very loving and caring person who loved her family and was always there to help and lend a hand.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (pictured) was on hand to present the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts Sunday afternoon at the Fisher Auditorium of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Performing Arts Center in Indiana. First Lady Susan Corbett also spoke at the event and recognized the individuals who received the awards.
To find out more, pick up Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Monday, Punxsutawney Country Club hosted the District IX Championship Tournament. Punxsy ended up on the short end of the club, falling to Bradford. For a full recap of the meet, plus plenty more from Monday's games, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
Today's schedule includes:
â€˘ Boys' soccer vs. Brockway, 5 p.m.
â€˘ Girls' soccer vs. Brockway, 7 p.m.
â€˘ Cross Country at Kane, 4:15 p.m.
â€˘ Volleyball at Bradford, 7 p.m.
Gerald Allen Twigg, 88, of Reynoldsville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Brookside Assisted Living in Brookville.
Mr. Twigg was born May 1, 1926, in Brownsville, a son of the late Gerald and Elmira (Hassett) Twigg.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife, Miriam J. (Davies) Twigg, of Reynoldsville.
He was a WWII veteran of the US Navy.
He was a member of the John W. Jenks Lodge No. 534. He was an avid fly fisherman and hunter.
He was a member of the Punxsutawney CMA Church.