PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney "Light Up a Child's Life" in Punxsutawney got off to a fast start Monday, with a little over $5,000 raised on the first day of broadcasting on WPXZ FM 104.1.
Lindsey Herzing, Make-A-Wish regional manager, said the first day was fabulous, kicked off at Ragley's True Value Hardware in Punxsutawney, and they are broadcasting all week from Miller Brothers Furniture from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
Diane M. Tangren, 57, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Miss Tangren was born Dec. 12, 1957, in Indiana, Pa., a daughter of the late H. Ray Tangren and Jean B. (Droney) Tangren of Punxsutawney, who survives.
She was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church.
Diane enjoyed visiting with her family, music, dance and working on puzzles.
Mildred Anna (Berkeybile) Burkett, 94, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Home, Pa.
She was born March 13, 1920, in Pittsburgh. She was the youngest child of James and Anniebelle (Martin) Berkeybile.
She was raised near Pittsburgh near Hazelwood, where she met her husband, Luther Burkett.Â They lived there for 13 years before moving to Punxsutawney.
Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four siblings, Floyd, Charlie, Wilda Duffy and Olive Keifer; a grandson, Shawn Haggerty; and a son-in-law, Jack White.
Bonnie Jeanne Brocious, 90, formerly of Timblin, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday morning, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
Bonnie was born on Aug. 4, 1924, in Dora, the daughter of the late William and Jeanette Milliron Geist. She was married to Wilmer Brocious on March 17, 1944. He preceded her in death on August 2, 1971.
R. Lynn Bennett, 67, of Rossiter, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at home.
He was born Dec. 20, 1946, in Punxsutawney, a son of Avanell E. (Humble) and the late Robert E. Bennett.
He was a member of the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder.
He was a former employee of Loree Footwear, PennDOT and IUP Housekeeping.
Sharon Leone Grose, 69, of Big Run, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
She was born on Jan. 14, 1945, in Crestline, Ohio, a daughter of the late Lester and Vivian (Nolder) Bausch.
Sharon served in the United States Navy.
On May 26, 1990, she married Roby Junior Grose. He preceded her in death on June 13, 2014.
She was a familiar face of the Big Run Bank, where she had worked over 33 years through many changes of ownership, such as Citizen's Keystone, Integra and, most recently, Marion Center Bank. She took pride in her work as teller and customer service.
Myrtle E. (Meckley) Sprankle, 86, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Sprankle was born Aug. 31, 1928, in Marchand, a daughter of the late William H. and Lula B. (Gearhart) Meckley.
Mrs. Sprankle is survived by her loving husband, William L. Sprankle Sr. of Punxsutawney. They were married Nov. 22, 1946.
She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church. Her family and faith always came first in her life.
John J. Smith, 85, of Punxsutawney, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.
All arrangements are private for family and under the direction of the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
Online condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com.
Stephen M. Boddorf, 57, of Summerville, Pa., went to be with the Lord, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Penn Highlands Healthcare in DuBois, Pa.
Born Oct. 12, 1957, in Brookville, Pa., he was the son of the late Robert and Barbara Keck Boddorf.
Steve was a graduate of Brookville Area High School. On Feb. 14, 2005, Steve was married to Doris Jean Pago at the Hawthorn Methodist Church. She survives in Summerville.
Steve was employed at Beverage Air in Brookville as a class A machine operator. He would have been employed 39 years in January.
Friday night, the Route 36 Rivalry was alive and well, with two different Punxsy-Brookville contests being held. In Brookville, the boys' basketball team (John Matthews pictured above) ran past the Raiders for a 59-49 victory. In wrestling, Brookville evened the score with a 60-6 win over the Chucks.
For recaps from the games, see Saturday's edition of The Spirit.