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January 1st, 2015

Frances Marie (Geist) Voytus, 77

January 1, 2015

Frances Marie (Geist) Voytus died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Oct. 12, 1937, in Punxsutawney, the last surviving member of the family of Charles Eugene and Mary Elizabeth (Stiver) Geist.

She married Frank William Voytus on Oct. 27, 1956. They spent 46 wonderful years together before his death on Jan. 5, 2003.

Esther Ruth Spangler, 73

January 1, 2015

Esther Ruth Spangler, 73, of Summerville, Pa., died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at Penn Highland Healthcare in DuBois, PA.

Born Sept. 12, 1941, in Brookville. She was the daughter of the late Hazel Sowers Neal.

Esther was a graduate of Brookville High School. She was married to Lee George Spangler on Sept. 28, 1962, at the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, where she was still a member. She belonged to the Ladies Home Mission and the Eastern Star.

She enjoyed sewing and scrapbooking.

Esther was a school bus driver for the Brookville Area School District for more than 25 years.

Martha J. Holt, 87

January 1, 2015

Martha J. Holt, (nee North) of Line Lexington, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at Doylestown Hospital. She was 87 years old. She was the beloved wife of Scott Holt, who survives.

Born in Panic, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Ira Earl and Mary Zimmerman North. She was the loving mother of Tom (Jennifer) and Daniel (Nancy) Heitzenrater, Mary Mellor and Larry (Jacqueline) Heitzenrater; sister of Naomi Lyle; grandmother of Alex and Cassidy Heitzenrater, Christine and Rose Mellor and Jessica, Zachary and Sarah Jane Heitzenrater.

Suspicious suitcases set off a scare

January 1, 2015

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — Suspicious packages that were found in the parking
lot at Walmart in Young Township

Thursday were found not to be dangerous following an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Hazardous Device and Explosive Section (HDES) unit.

According to Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police, two suspicious packages, consisting of two suitcases that were left in the Walmart parking lot near the Lawn and Garden portion of the building and were discovered at approximately 7 a.m. on Thursday.

December 30th, 2014

Chucks claim Truance Holiday Classic title

December 31, 2014

The Punxsy Chucks out-dueled a tough Clarion squad on Tuesday night at PAHS to earn the boys’ title in the Carl A. Truance Holiday Classic Tournament. The members of the boys’ team are pictured here with their plaque.

For a full recap, see Wednesday's edition of The Spirit.

Dobson’s Store to close its doors

December 31, 2014

After about 49 years in business, Dobson's Store in Worthville will close its doors today. Pictured is owner Elmer Dobson behind the counter on one of the country store's last evenings of operation. He opened the store in 1965 after the conclusion of his military service. He said he plans to leave the building where it is, as part of the history of Worthville.

Billy R. Loughry, 89

December 30, 2014

Billy R. Loughry, 89, of Rochester Mills, passed away Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at UPMC Montefiore, Pittsburgh.

Mr. Loughry was born July 21, 1925, in E. Mahoning Township, a son of the late George and Elmira (Wynkoop) Loughry.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty L. (Wissinger) Loughry of Rochester Mills.

He was the owner and operator of excavating and coal stripping companies. He was very involved in community service and loved deer and big game hunting and farming. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

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December 29th

Fred Walker, 75

December 29, 2014

Fred Walker, 75, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Walker was born Sept. 21, 1939, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Howard and Mary Lucille (Smith) Walker.

In 2003, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol Ann (Kensinger) Walker, to whom he devoted his life.

Ray W. Peace, 84

December 29, 2014

Ray W. Peace, 84, of Big Run, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at his home.

He was born on July 30, 1930, in McGees Mills, Pa., the son of the late August Albert and Martha Florence (Bouch) Peace.

Mr. Peace worked for Bowser Lumber Company as a debarking machine operator before his retirement. He was also a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.

Ray was married to Josephine Dolores Penvose in October 1960. She preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 1999, after nearly 39 years of devoted marriage.

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