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January 4th, 2015

Chamber director reflects on 2014; looks ahead at 2015

January 5, 2015

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to 2015, but is also celebrating its accomplishments of 2014.

Michele Neal, Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said one of the positives is that they welcomed some new members in the past year.

Neal said there were some old members in the chamber who expanded their businesses like The Medicine Shoppe, adding a second pharmacy in the Primary Health Network building.

Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.

Barbara A. Sutter, 78

January 5, 2015

Barbara A. Sutter, 78, of Rossiter, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

Ms. Sutter was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Smicksburg, a daughter of the late Virgil and Bessie (Gray) Stiteler.

She was a member of Chestnut Grove Church.

Barbara A. Smith, 69

January 5, 2015

Barbara A. Smith, 69, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.

She was born May 28, 1945, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Paul and Edith (Dinger) Hauck.

On Jan. 25, 1969, she married Donald D. Smith, who survives.

Barbara was Christian by faith and attended different churches over her lifetime.

She had worked at S&T Bank as a teller and most recently worked at the Stahlman Store as a clerk.

She enjoyed reading, TV, cooking and baking and working.

Lois Jean Neal, 81

January 5, 2015

Lois Jean Neal, 81, of Timblin, died Jan. 2, 2015, at her residence.

Born Feb. 6, 1933, in Punxsutawney, she was the daughter of the late Arnold E. and M. Marie (Martin) Shumaker.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Timblin United Methodist Church. Lois loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved camping, sitting around the fire with her grandchildren and her two cats, Catdog and Frankie.

She will always be remembered as a good woman, one who loved all and was loved by many.

Richard Eugene “Gene” Miller, 88

January 5, 2015

Richard Eugene “Gene” Miller, 88, of Indiana, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at St. Andrews Village, Indiana.

He was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Rochester Mills, a son of the late James P. and Floy (Weaver) Miller.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Rochester Mills and enjoyed being a youth fellowship advisor.

Connie M. Bellerillo, 84

January 5, 2015

Connie M. Bellerillo, 84, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born Jan. 1, 1931, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Rend) Micale.

On June 19, 1965, she married Carl R. Bellerillo, who preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 2007.

She was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church of Punxsutawney. She was on the school board for 16 years, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America for 19 years, a Girl Scouts leader for 31 years and gave many donations to various charities over her lifetime.

January 2nd

Naomi Jane (Condron) Schreckengost, 72

January 3, 2015

Naomi Jane (Condron) Schreckengost, 72, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Dec. 3, 1942, in Echo, Pa., a daughter of the late Regis and Luella (Neville) Condron.

On July 23, 1960, she married Fred Doyle Schreckengost. He preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 1973.

Naomi enjoyed playing Bingo, nurturing her house plants and preparing meals for her family. Her biggest enjoyment was spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Paul Albert Michell, 84

January 3, 2015

Paul Albert Michell, 84, of Hyde Avenue, Ridgway, Pa., went to be with his family in Heaven on Jan. 1, 2015.

He died at Highland View Health Care Center in Brockway.

He was born in Cloe, Pa. on March 8, 1930, to the late Paul W. and Hazel M. Johnson Mitchell.

He was married on June 25, to Doris Virginia Cook, who preceded him in death on Nov. 26, 2011.

Ira Eugene "Shorty" Fillhart, 81

January 3, 2015

Ira Eugene "Shorty" Fillhart, 81, of Punxsutawney, died Friday Jan. 2, 2015 , at his residence.

He was born in Rathmel on Nov. 20, 1933, to the late Milo and Laura (Yohe) Fillhart.

Shorty was married on Sept. 11, 1954, to Ruth M. Dallenbach Fillhart of Punxsutawney. She survives.

He was an employee of Doverspike Brothers Coal Co., where he retired after 44 years of service.

Shorty was an avid trout fisherman and loved Ford Mustangs, Cadillacs and being with his family. He also enjoyed his church family and fellowship dinners.

January 1st

Frances Marie (Geist) Voytus, 77

January 1, 2015

Frances Marie (Geist) Voytus died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Oct. 12, 1937, in Punxsutawney, the last surviving member of the family of Charles Eugene and Mary Elizabeth (Stiver) Geist.

She married Frank William Voytus on Oct. 27, 1956. They spent 46 wonderful years together before his death on Jan. 5, 2003.

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