January 6th, 2015
Helen Jean Colvin, 73, of Reading, Pa., passed away Jan. 3, 2015, in her residence, of natural causes, surrounded by loved ones.
Helen JeanÂ was the wife of the late Robert T. Colvin. Born in Punxsutawney, she was the daughter of the late James Palmer and Helen (Mackey) Palmer.
Helen JeanÂ was of the Catholic faith. SheÂ held various jobs and retired from US Airways in Pittsburgh after many years of service.
Dennis Robert Sovich, 51, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, following a brief battle with cancer.
Denny was born in Punxsutawney on May 24, 1963, to the late Nick and Connie Sovich.Â He was a member of theÂ PAHS Class of 1981.Â Denny was employed at Coldwell Banker in Sarasota.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Michael J. Porada, 75, of Punxsutawney, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, at home, surrounded by his family.
He was born on Nov. 28, 1939, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Michael M. Porada and Anna (Knopick) Porada.
He was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church and a graduate of the SS.C.D. High School in 1957.
On Feb. 23, 1963, in Fort Benning, Georgia he married the former Linda Tewart, who survives.
He served as a member of the United States Army Reserves.
Dominic DelRosso Jr., 85, of Punxsutawney, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, following a previous vehicle accident.
He was born on May 19, 1929, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Dominic DelRosso Sr. and Annie (Aldamito) DelRosso.
Dominic was a veteran of the United States Navy during World War II.
He was a member of SS.C.D. Catholic Church in Punxsutawney.
Mr. DelRosso spent most of his life working in the coal mining industry. In his spare time, he liked to build and remodel houses.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€”Â The Lady Chucks basketball team played host to Clearfield on Monday night in the first PAHS sports action of the new year, and Punxsy got things going in the right direction for 2015 with a 63-34 victory over the Lady Bison.
For a full recap from the game, see Tuesday's print edition of The Spirit.
Tuesday's PAHS athletics schedule includes:
â€˘ Junior High / Varsity Wrestling vs. Curwensville, 6/7 p.m.
â€˘ 7/8/9 Boys' Basketball at Elk County, 4 p.m.
â€˘ JV / Varsity Boys' Basketball at Elk County, 6/7:30 p.m.
Carolina (8-8-1) 27 vs Arizona (11-6) 16
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to 2015, but is also celebrating its accomplishments of 2014.
Michele Neal, Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said one of the positives is that they welcomed some new members in the past year.
Neal said there were some old members in the chamber who expanded their businesses like The Medicine Shoppe, adding a second pharmacy in the Primary Health Network building.
Read the full story in Monday's edition of The Spirit.
Barbara A. Sutter, 78, of Rossiter, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Ms. Sutter was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Smicksburg, a daughter of the late Virgil and Bessie (Gray) Stiteler.
She was a member of Chestnut Grove Church.
Barbara A. Smith, 69, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Christ the King Manor, DuBois.
She was born May 28, 1945, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Paul and Edith (Dinger) Hauck.
On Jan. 25, 1969, she married Donald D. Smith, who survives.
Barbara was Christian by faith and attended different churches over her lifetime.
She had worked at S&T Bank as a teller and most recently worked at the Stahlman Store as a clerk.
She enjoyed reading, TV, cooking and baking and working.
Lois Jean Neal, 81, of Timblin, died Jan. 2, 2015, at her residence.
Born Feb. 6, 1933, in Punxsutawney, she was the daughter of the late Arnold E. and M. Marie (Martin) Shumaker.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Timblin United Methodist Church. Lois loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved camping, sitting around the fire with her grandchildren and her two cats, Catdog and Frankie.
She will always be remembered as a good woman, one who loved all and was loved by many.