November 20th, 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.
LOS ANGELES â€” How did Punxsy native Braxton Amundson appear as a contestant on â€śThe Price is Right,â€ť 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).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Pizza & Prevention, sponsored by Foxâ€™s Pizza Den, once again set another record for single-day fund-raisers this year.
Oct. 1, Foxâ€™s sold â€śBig Daddy Pizzasâ€ť 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, Foxâ€™s Manager Bob Long presented a check for $33,128.13 to members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department at their department meeting.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” 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. â€śBartâ€ť 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 â€śPegâ€ť (Cooper) McFarland, who survives.
Â 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, 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 â€śDickâ€ť 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.
Elsie Baker, 64, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the VNA Inpatient Hospice, Butler.
She was born Sept. 20, 1947, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late John Boyd Geer and Elsie (Bradshaw) Baker.
Ms. Baker was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Punxsutawney.
Surviving relatives include a son, Clyde Edward Baker of Punxsutawney; three brothers, Athur Evans and John Geer, both of Punxsutawney, and James Evans of Pittsburgh; a sister, Rachel Heckman of Punxsutawney; and a grandchild, Joshua Snaiir.
George Samuel Sawyer, 73, Hilton Head, S.C., passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, with his wife of 50 years by his side.
Born and raised in Punxsutawney, he graduated from Grove City University in 1959.
He then married the former Carol McCullough, and they began their teaching in the Pittsburgh area, where they resided until retiring and moving to Sun City, S.C.
Sam (as he was known to family and friends) enjoyed living in S.C., the weekly breakfast club with the guys, his cats â€” Tico and Fiona and collecting books.
Both the Punxsutawney Chucks and the Brookville Raiders alumni teams honored their most valuable players Nov. 5 after the Route 36 Rivalry alumni game. Eric Painter (left) was given the award for the Raiders as he led the defensive core and served as a captain for Brookville. Bret Rankin (right) was named the MVP for the Chucks; Rankin was called an "animal" on defense by Chucks head coach Tim Zimmerman.