March 11th, 2014
Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary teacher sorority in Brookville with a membership consisting of active and retired teachers, recently spent several hours at the Emerickville United Methodist Church making school uniforms for children in kindergarten through eighth grade in Ethiopia.
Pictured are Sandy Lasher (left), an active second-grade teacher, and Jamie Reitz, a retired teacher, with the finished product of the sororityâs work for the day.
Dollie Elizabeth Smith Barnett, 90, gently passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Twinbrook Medical Center.
Dollie was born April 23, 1923, in Grange, Pa., the daughter of the late Allene B. and Harry J. Smith.
She lived her entire life in the Punxsutawney area until she moved to Erie in 2001.
Dollie was always known as a very âsweet ladyâ who extended kindness and love to everyone. She will be missed by the many people whose lives she touched over the years.
Besides being a housewife, Dollie worked with her husband in their garage, Barnettâs Auto Repair, in Grange, Pa.
Gary Daniel Douthitt, 36, of Mahaffey, Pa., died Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital in Punxsutawney.
The son of Dennis Gary Douthitt and the late Elaine Marie (Rorabaugh) Douthitt, he was born on Feb. 19, 1978, in Punxsutawney.
Gary earned an associateâs degree in HVAC from Penn Tech.
He was a self-employed farmer who raised beef cattle.
He had also been employed at Rorabaugh Lumber Company in Burnside, Pa.
Garyâs main focus in life was his family. He loved spending time with his wife, Sara, and his son, Ethan.
Thomas Jay Gaul, 82, Luthersburg, formerly of the Paradise area, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Ridgeview Elder Care.
He was born July 27, 1931, in Helvetia, a son of the late Harmon and Bessie Galentine Gaul.
He was married to Grace Lucille Miller Gaul, who preceded him in death.
He was a truck driver for Agway for 27 years, then Sky-Haven Coal for 10 years.
He enjoyed antique tractors, gardening and selling at local Farmers
He resided in Paradise area more than 40 years before moving to Georgia, then to Luthersburg.
On Saturday, members of the Punxsutawney Area High School Art Club kicked off Youth Art Month with a huge slate of festivities as PAHS.
Students opened up their studios and workshops to host youngsters from the community, and Punxsutawney Borough Mayor Richard Alexander (back row, center) was on hand to officially declare March to be Youth Art Month in Punxsutawney.
Spirit reporter Michael Waterloo was also in attendance, going station to station to capture some of the fun activities offered.
For more photos from the event, see Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Big Brothers Big Sisters recently held a dinner at the Heritage House in Brookville, inviting prominent figures in the local community to raise support for the program.
Pictured (from left) are: Eli Harris with Big Brother Rick Tote, Estella Kay Hughes with Big Sister Carol Schuckers, Jefferson County Commission Chairman Paul Corbin, local Big Brothers Big Sisters program coordinator Heidi Stahlnecker and Commissioner Jim McIntyre.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Michael Matthew Burba, 92, of Arcadia, Pa., died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital in Punxsutawney.
The son of the late Joseph and Stefkia (Sadowniczak) Burba, he was born on Sept. 29, 1921, in Arcadia, in the same home where he resided all of his life.
Mike was a member of the Church of the Resurrection and attended the Glen Campbell parish site.
David G. âChipâ Wonderling, 63, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at Brookville Hospital.
He was born Nov. 26, 1950, in Brookville, a son of the late Gerald David and Helen (Espy) Wonderling.
On July 9, 1971, he married the former Rosemary Battaglia. She survives.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
âChipâ retired in 2001 after 31 years as a foreman for Brockway Glass.
After retirement, Chip was also the driver for the Laurel Laser & Surgery Center.
Doree H. Long, 86, of Punxsutawney, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 10, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born Dec. 7, 1927, in Coolspring, Pa., the daughter of the late David R. and Florence (Lingenfelter) Hetrick.
She graduated third in her class from Punxsutawney High School in 1945.
She married John E. (Jack) Long of Punxsutawney on June 18, 1951.
She worked as a legal secretary for Jesse P. Long, Attorney at Law, for 59 years before her retirement.
James Edward Gearhart, 87, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Christ the King Manor.
He was born April 13, 1926, in Luthersburg, a son of the late Samuel and Mary (Alsbaugh) Gearhart.
Mr. Gearhart was a United States Army veteran, having served during World War II.
He previously worked in assembly for General Motors, drove piggyback trucks and drove horses across the U.S.
He enjoyed bowling, going tobogganing and being with his family.