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November 20th, 2011

Jon A. Barletta, 62

November 21, 2011

Jon A. Barletta, 62, Punxsutawney, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in Latrobe.

He was born April 7, 1949, in Clearfield, a son of the late Felix A. and Mary (Rezzolla) Barletta.

Mr. Barletta was a member of S.S. Cosmas & Damian Roman Catholic Church.
He attended Boston University and graduated from Gannon University in Erie.

Surviving relatives include two brothers, Robert T. Barletta and wife Victoria of New Castle, and Donald J. Barletta and wife Laura of State College.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

William C. Firment, 81

November 21, 2011

William C. Firment, 81, Altoona, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 19, 2011.

He was born January 22, 1930, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Michael and Veronica (Lellock) Firment.

July 25, 1994, he married Dorothy A. "Dottie" Iorio, who survives, of Altoona.

Mr. Firment attended Punxsutawney Area High School.

He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Church, Altoona, and the Bavarian Aid Society.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean conflict.

In 1992, he retired as a branch manager of Lance Cracker Co., where he worked for 32 years.

Joan Hulin, 82

November 21, 2011

Joan Hulin, 82, Northville, Mich., died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.
Mrs. Hulin was the loving wife of the late Frank J. Hulin.

Surviving relatives include two sons, William and Frank and wife Linda; two daughters-in-law, Anita and Joann; three grandchildren, Camilie, Derek and Samantha; a great-granddaughter, Haylie; and a niece, Diane Clark and husband Pat.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert.
Friends will be received at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Our Lady of Victory Church, 770 Thayer Blvd., Northville, MI, 48167.

Norman R. Pearce, 72

November 21, 2011

Norman R. Pearce, 72, Luthersburg, died Saturday, November 19, 2011, at DuBois Regional Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 22, 1939, in Cherry Tree, the son of the late Edward L. & Alice E. (Downey) Pearce.

Jan. 26, 1963, he married Ruth (Haag) Pearce, who survives.

Mr. Pearce retired from Penelec as a chief lineman. He also owned and operated the Curwensville Tastee Freez.

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and he enjoyed camping.

November 18th

Punxsy native contestant on 'Price is Right'

November 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES — How did Punxsy native Braxton Amundson appear as a contestant on “The Price is Right,” and did he win one of the major showcases on the show?

Well, Amundson believes his vast amounts of swag definitely helped, but due to stipulations by the program, he cannot say yes or no about winning any major showcases, but Punxsy viewers can find out when his episode airs at 11 a.m. Monday on WTAJ-TV (Comcast Channel 18).

Pizza & Prevention breaks another record: $33,128.13

November 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Pizza & Prevention, sponsored by Fox’s Pizza Den, once again set another record for single-day fund-raisers this year.

Oct. 1, Fox’s sold “Big Daddy Pizzas” for $9.11 in commemoration of the 9/11 attacks and first responders. Coupons were also sold for customers to purchase pizzas in the future at the $9.11 price.

Thursday, Fox’s Manager Bob Long presented a check for $33,128.13 to members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department at their department meeting.

Spirit readers to elect second-annual fall MVPs

November 19, 2011

PUNXSUTAWNEY — It is a common practice for sports teams, from the high school level to the professional level, to select a Most Valuable Player.

The title of team MVP is the ulitmate honor, as it carries with it the assumed characteristics of leadership, talent and heart all embodied in one award.

Last year, The Punxsutawney Spirit launched its inaugural Fall Sports Male and Female Most Valuable Player awards, and after an overwhelming response, Punxsutawney Area High School athletes were selected as winter and spring sports MVPs, as well.

Melvin Q. “Bart” McFarland, 99

November 19, 2011

Melvin Q. “Bart” McFarland, 99, Sykesville and Laurelbrooke since 1986, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the DuBois Nursing Home.

He was born May 19, 1912, in Rochester Mills, Indiana County, a son of the late John and Bessie (Gaston) McFarland.

Dec. 11, 1944, he married Margaret “Peg” (Cooper) McFarland, who survives.

 Mr. McFarland was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and he was employed as a punch press operator with H-H Robertson Steel Fabricating Company.

William F. McCracken Jr., 88

November 19, 2011

William F. McCracken Jr., 88, Brookville, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at home.

He was born May 26, 1923, in Brookville, a son of the late William Floyd and Harriet Edna (Ballentine) McCracken Sr.

June 11, 1949, in Corsica, he married Mary R. Temchulla, who survives.
Mr. McCracken was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific Theater, 2nd Division, with campaigns in Saipan and Okinawa.

He worked as an engineer for the Pittsburgh & Shawmut Railroad in Brookville.

Dr. Richard “Dick” Franklin Hoover Sr., 76

November 19, 2011

Dr. Richard “Dick” Franklin Hoover Sr., 76, formerly of DuBois, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada.

He was born July 6, 1935, in DuBois, the son of the late Marion (Harold) and Josephine (Saunders) Hoover.

July 6, 1956, he married Dannalene Gearhart, who survives, of Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada.

In 1999, Dr. Hoover retired from Shopost Ironworks of Winnipeg, Canada. He was the president of the company.

He served as pastor for churches in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Canada.

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