October 19th, 2014
Joseph Francis Oâ€™Donnell, 87, of Sigel, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at home.
The son of the late John Patrick and Catherine Songer Oâ€™Donnell, he was born July 1, 1927, in Sigel.
He was married to the late Anna Marie Eisenman, who preceded him in death, on Oct. 25, 2008.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict.
Joseph was a lifelong dairy farmer.
He belonged to the St. Dominics Church, of Sigel, and the Knights of Columbus.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Concert Association will begin its 2014-2015 season on Tuesday, Oct. 21, with William Florian, former lead singer of the Grammy-winning folk supergroup of the 1960s, The New Christy Minstrels. In his show â€śThose Were the Days,â€ť he will celebrate the spirit of the 1960s at the Punxsutawney Area High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Halloweenfest, sponsored by Punxsy Dental, is an afternoon of fun set for noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Barclay Square. Even bigger and better than last's year debut, the event promises to overflow with plenty of attractions, as well as tricks (of the magic kind, that is) and treats of all sorts for area youngsters and their families to enjoy.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Members of the Punxsy football team were recognized on the field for Senior Night, and on the field, the seniors shined in a 42-6 win, as well.
For the full recap, see Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Those planning to be the only Elsa at the Halloween party might want to let that one go. It's likely she'll be the number one costume this year. Mashable asked the data miners at Google Trends to share what costumes people are searching the most, and unsurprisingly, Queen Elsa tops the list. She's joined by a few of her Frozen castmates, and a whole slew of familiar faces in the pop culture world. So, while that Guardian's of the Galaxy costume may seem like a really awesome idea, thousands of others are planning to wear the same thing.
CLOE â€” Cancer is a disease that no one likes to think about. A silent killer that has taken the lives of millions, there are many forms of cancer, but one form is one that not many truly understand.
It was a beautiful summer day when Susan Evans learned she had cancer. That beautiful day turned into a day filled with fear.
Barbara Ann Reed, 77, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Penn Highlands DuBois.
She was born May 11, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Harry and Maude (Smith) Whitesell.
On February 23, 1957, she married Gilbert M. Reed in Emerickville, Pa., who survives.
Barbara loved the Lord. She was a member of the Grange Church of God, where she taught Sunday School and spent many hours volunteering her time.
She worked as a monitor at Mapleview Elementary School for 40 years and was known as Grandma Barb to thousands of students.
Denise (Helbling) Sunderland, 80, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at AM/PM Personal Care Home, surrounded by her family and friends.
She was born Dec. 23, 1933, in New Brighton, Pa., a daughter of the late A. G. and Esther (Lehnert) Helbling.
She attended Providence Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1955 as a Registered Nurse. She also graduated from the USAF School of Aviation Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base as a Flight Nurse in 1962.
Denise was a member of the VFW in Punxsutawney, where she served as president for 10 years.
At their department meeting on Thursday night, members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department voted to not hold the Halloween Parade this year after Borough Council rejected the department's request to hold trick-or-treat and the parade together in the borough on Oct. 30.
For more from the topic, see Saturday's print edition of The Spirit.
Punxsy's 9th-grade football team picked up a win over Route 36 rival Brookville on Wednesday night. Also in action were the 7th- and 8th-grade football team and the junior high basketball teams.
Pick up a copy of Thursday's Spirit to see full results.
Today's schedule includes:
â€˘ Boys' soccer vs. DuBois, 4 p.m.
â€˘ Volleyball at Brookville, 6 p.m.
â€˘ Girls' Soccer at Karns City, 6:30 p.m.
â€˘ Cross Country at Tri-State Coaches Meet at California University, 1 p.m.