January 18th, 2011
Joseph Andrew Kukula, 65, DeLancey, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at UPMC-Shadyside in Pittsburgh.
He was born Nov. 23, 1945, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Frank and Margaret (Pluchinsky) Kukula.
Mr. Kukula was a laborer at BFG Electroplating in Punxsutawney, and he also worked for Don Young Contracting of Punxsutawney.
Surviving relatives include a niece, Bonnie Byerly; and four nephews, Donald Blose Jr., Gordon Tover Jr., Danny Toven and Todd Toven.
Marian Alida Peters,Â 98, Clearfield, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Colonial Courtyard, Clearfield.
She was born April 12, 1912, in Venango, a daughter of the late Lee Macartney and Golda (French) Taylor.
July 29, 1935, she married the Rev. Edward Isaac Peters, who preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1981.
Mrs. Peters and her husband served various churches in the Washington Valley, Potter County areas and Kane. They were also custodians of the Mahaffey Camp from 1947 to 1976, and the North Hills Church, Pittsburgh, until 1982.
ST. MARYS â St. Marys senior guard Kayla Hoohuli once again proved why she could go down as one of the best female basketball players in District IX history Monday night, scoring 46 points during the Lady Dutch's 57-48 victory over Punxsutawney.
Punxsy threw everything it had at Hoohuli, but she still scored all but 11 of her team's points while helping St. Marys dispatch a 14-5 deficit. Hoohuli was strongest down the stretch, going 8-of-10 from the free-throw line while providing her team with a 17-13 final quarter to extend upon a 40-35 lead after three.
BROOKVILLE â It was a tale of two halves Monday in Brookville, as the Lady Raiders bounced back from a slow first half to pull away from Redbank Valley late, turning a close game into a 63-31 rout of the Lady Bulldogs.
When Brookville went into halftime with a seven-point lead, it was hard to imagine that the Lady Raiders were going to find a way to just cruise to the one-sided victory. Brookville constantly turned the ball over in the first half and couldn't seem to find a consistent offensive attack.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team bounced back from its only losing streak to date by thrashing Indiana Monday, 39-14.
The Lady Chucks (8-3) dropped two-straight games to Altoona and Hollidaysburg last week, but Monday, they didn't give up more than four points during any quarter while cruising to a huge win.
Punxsy scored 10 points during each of the first two quarters while taking a 20-7 advantage into the break. After jumping ahead 33-11 entering the final frame, Punxsy allowed just a three-pointer during the fourth quarter.
REYNOLDSVILLE â After Feb. 4, Ralph August will no longer be a member of the Reynoldsville police department.
It will be the first time in 39 years that he will not be on the force.
August, known as âTuckerâ to most people, is set to retire. He has been the police chief since 1987, and an officer in the borough since 1972. During the past four decades, August has, in most respects, been living out his dream.
His parents owned a restaurant in town. They retired to Florida, anticipating young Tucker to take over the family business.
Gordon E. Rosian, 54, of Willoughby, Ohio, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Lake West Hospital, Willoughby.
He was born March 6, 1956, in Cleveland.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Willoughby.
Mr. Rosian was a salesman and warehouse manager at Forest City Lumber Co., and in the most recent years had devoted many volunteer hours at the Lake West Hospital.
He was a lifelong sports fan, participating and watching most sports. He was also an avid bicyclist.
Walter Krawzyk, 80, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at his home.
He was born May 21, 1930, in Delancey, a son of the late Peter Krawczyk and Angela (Wozny) Krawczyk.
June 10, 1956, he married Norma M. (Swanson) Krawzyk, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean War.
He was a member of the Punxsutawney VFW and Silver Sneakers.
Mr. Krawzyk loved gardening, camping and fishing.
James C. Harmon, 77, Kittanning, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born July 11, 1933, in Kittanning, a son of Lula (Rickel) Harmon of Adrian, who survives, and the late Patrick Harmon.
He was married to his wife of 56 years, Delphine (Cousins) Harmon, who survives.
Mr. Harmon was a retired welder from Tesone Corp. and a member of the Montgomeryville Baptist Church.
He enjoyed hunting and gardening, and he loved horses.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â The Punxsutawney Fire Department had a very busy 2010 as firefighters responded to 183 calls. Punxsutawney Fire Department Chief Paul Hense reported to Punxsutawney Borough Council at a recent meeting that firefighters responded to 20 structure fires in 2010.
âThe two biggest fires in 2010 were the house fire Nov. 2 on Graffius Avenue, and the New Anchor Inn fire Nov. 8 on Route 310,â Hense said, adding that weather was not very good while firefighters battled the blaze at the historic restaurant.