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December 3rd

John Patrick Miller, 79

December 3, 2014

John Patrick Miller, 79, died peacefully while holding the hands of his family on Nov. 28, 2014.

Born on March 16, 1935 in Punxsutawney, he was the son of the late John Paul and Mary Lucy Augustyn Miller.

December 2nd

Larry C. Shirey, 70

December 3, 2014

Larry C. Shirey, 70, of New Bethlehem, died on Sunday evening, Nov. 30, 2014, surrounded by his family, at the home of his caregivers, Pam Shirey and Jamie LeVier.

He was born on Jan. 7, 1944, in Mayport, the son of the late J. Russell and Dorothy L. (Kunselman) Shirey. He was married on Dec. 4, 1965, to Sally M. (Bain), who preceded him in death on April 15, 2012.

Larry served his country with the United States Navy from 1961 to 1965.

He was a union coal miner with R & P Coal Co. for 20 years and belonged to the United Mine Workers.

November 30th

Kenneth Edward Phillips, 96

December 1, 2014

Kenneth Edward Phillips, 96, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Hillsdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Hillsdale, Pa.

Ken was born on Jan. 12, 1918, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John Matthew Phillips and Gladys Helene (Jordan) Phillips. He graduated from Clymer High School in 1935.

On April 4, 1942, he was married to Evelyn Matilda ("Tillie") Grube in Punxsutawney at the First United Methodist Church.

Alexander (Metro) Midock, 92

December 1, 2014

Alexander (Metro) Midock, 92, of New Kensington, died peacefully, surrounded by his children, on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the Willows Presbyterian Senior Care, Oakmont, Pa.

He was born Nov. 13, 1922, in DeLancey (Adrian), Pa., the oldest son of the late Nicholas and Mary (Brudnock) Midock.

On Oct. 18, 1947, he married Elizabeth (Walker) Midock of Anita Pa., who preceded him in death. They were married for 64 years.

Mr. Midock was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an active and devoted member of St. Peter and Paul’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Tarentum, Pa.

Anna Jane “Jane” Kennedy, 91

December 1, 2014

Anna Jane “Jane” Kennedy, 91, Indiana, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at St. Andrews Village in Indiana.

She was born Dec. 2, 1922, in Oliveburg, a daughter of the late Clifford and Florence (Reitz) Wachob.

On Nov. 24, 1946, she married Samuel A. Kennedy, who preceded her in death on Sept. 6, 1986.

She was a homemaker and worked for the Quaker Market in Punxsutawney for five years.

She was a member of the Marchand United Methodist Church and also attended the Trinity United Methodist Church in Indiana, Pa.

Edward L. Henninger Jr., 65

December 1, 2014

Edward L. Henninger Jr., 65, of Oil City, President Township, died Friday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2014, at his residence, following an extended illness.

He was born in Big Run, Jefferson County, on Oct. 22, 1949, to the late Edward L. and Olita Ione (Askey) Henninger.

He was a graduate of DuBois High School and attended nursing school at Clarion University. He graduated from college in Arizona after earning a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Mr. Henninger served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 until 1973 and served aboard the USS Henley and the USS Forrestal.

November 28th

Warm Hearts, Warm Hands program reaches out to local kids

November 28, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the cold winter now upon us, Community Action, Inc. Senior Corps-RSVP Program volunteers have been busy knitting and crocheting mittens and scarves for area youngsters.

Formed in 1990, the Warm Hearts, Warm Hands Project was created by the Community Action, Inc. Senior Corps RSVP Program.

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

Christian J. Gaston, 90

November 28, 2014

Christian J. Gaston, 90, went to be with his Savior on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

He was born Dec. 26, 1923, in Rossiter, Pa., the son of the late Tally and Catherine (Stambler) Gaston.

He graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1941.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 36th Calvary Mech Squad.

On July 7, 1944, he married Rosemary Flick, who survives.

He was a life member of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Punxsutawney, where he served in numerous offices and activities.

Janet L. (Wolfgang) Dana-Fry, 73

November 28, 2014

Janet L. (Wolfgang) Dana-Fry, 73, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at her home.

Mrs. Dana-Fry was born Sept. 5, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late James and Ethelyn (Johnson) Wolfgang.

Mrs. Dana-Fry was preceded in death by her husband and eternal companion, Don Dana.

She was a 1960 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.

Viola Baun, 86

November 28, 2014

Viola Baun, 86, of Altoona, formerly of Rochester Mills, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at UPMC Altoona.

Mrs. Baun was born May 13, 1928, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Edward G. and Anna May (Stitt) Guyer.

She was a member of the Fellowship of the Silver Star and the Christian Missionary Alliance Church.

On Aug. 22, 1952, she married her husband, David W. Williams II, who preceded her in death on Nov. 2, 1967.

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