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December 25th

Olive J. DeFoor, 91

December 25, 2014

Olive J. DeFoor, 91, Ringgold, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.

She was born March 3, 1923, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Roy and Thelma (Stewart) Caylor.

On June 6, 1946, she married Raymond A. DeFoor, who survives.

She was a member of Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.

She worked as a clerk for Paul Beatty Jewelers for many years.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, reading and dogs.

Olive was also a member of the Ringgold Area Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

December 23rd

Reynoldsville woman killed in Young Twp. one-car accident near Crawfordtown Road

December 24, 2014

YOUNG TOWNSHIP — A Reynoldsville woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident that occurred at 4:55 p.m. on Tuesday on Route 310 near Crawfordtown Road, Young Township.

According to PSP-Punxsutawney, a vehicle driven by Regina M. Cable, 75, Reynoldsville, struck a tree and left the roadway while traveling south on Route 310, Young Township.

For unknown reasons, Cable’s vehicle, a 2009 Nissan Altima, was seen traveling off the west shoulder of Route 310, and impacted a embankment.

Gail E. Hockenberry, 64

December 24, 2014

Gail E. Hockenberry, 64, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at UPMC Pittsburgh, after a lengthy illness.

She was born May 13, 1950, in New Kensington, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Harry R. and Carrie E. (Henry) Gaul. She was married to Lee R. Hockenberry, who survives in Punxsutawney.

Gail is also survived by a daughter, Stacey Hockenberry of Latrobe, Pa.

Gail attended Plum Borough Schools, was a member of First Baptist Church in Big Run, and loved the outdoors. She lived most of her life in Punxsutawney.

Mary M. “Bonnie" (Bianco) Britton, 80

December 24, 2014

Mary M. “Bonnie" (Bianco) Britton, 80, of Falls Creek died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at Penn Highlands, DuBois.

She was born on Aug. 14, 1934, in Walston, Pa., the daughter of the late Jacob and Pauline (Knopick) Bianco.

Mrs. Britton was a homemaker and devoted mother and grandmother.

December 22nd

Local couple spreading joy with Christmas display

December 22, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For many, Christmas is a magical season of giving and receiving. However, for some, it is a season that brings creativity to life.

For local resident Bonnie Bennett, it is a season where her creativity comes to life.

Every year, Bennett sets up her Christmas village scene with tiny houses, shops and little figurines.

Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.

December 21st

Arlene Louise Saffer, 76

December 22, 2014

Arlenna Louise Saffer, 76, of Punxsutawney, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at home.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1938, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Clara (Couch) Tyger.

She married James Walter Saffer in May 1957, who is a U.S. Navy veteran. He survives.

She previously worked at Rola Jensen and County Market for over 20 years.

Daniel Howard Reed, 70

December 22, 2014

Daniel Howard Reed, 70, of Reynoldsville, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at home.

He was born April 1, 1944, in DuBois, a son of the late Charles Ira and Ruth Lorraine (McAdoo) Reed.

On May 30, 1970, he married the former Deborah Cecelia Sones. She survives.

Mr. Reed was a station electrician for Penelec for 21 years. His hobbies were fishing, woodworking and gardening.

Robert E. Burns Sr, 84

December 22, 2014

Robert E. Burns Sr, 84, of Fairview, passed away on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He was born in Reynoldsville, Pa. on July 7, 1930, to the late Edward C. Burns Jr. and Ruth G. (Bone) Burns.

Robert was raised and educated in Reynoldsville, graduating from Reynoldsville High School. After high school, he began working at Bussards Auto until he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in the Korean Conflict. Robert received a Purple Heart for injuries he received while serving.

December 19th

Light Up a Child’s Life campaign concludes with total over $77,000

December 20, 2014

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Another successful "Light Up A Child's Life" campaign wrapped on Friday at Miller Brothers Furniture in Punxsutawney, with an approximate total of $77,460 raised through the annual radio-thon on WPXZ 104.1 F.M.

Lindsey Herzing, regional manager for Make-A-Wish, thanked Punxsutawney once again for the great support.

Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.

Peggy Ann Lloyd, 83

December 19, 2014

Peggy Ann Lloyd, 83, of Punxsutawney, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Jefferson Manor, Brookville.

Peggy Ann born Dec. 27, 1930, in Apollo, a daughter of the late McHenry and Chloe (Shuler) Postlewait.

She is survived by her daughter, Lynda Fuchs and husband Jeffrey of Syracuse, New York; sister Sally J. and husband Rev. James Lantz of Valier; granddaughters Leah Fuchs and partner Lars Kalnajs of Boulder, Colorado, and Marla Sendall and husband Tim of Cambridge, United Kingdom; great-grandsons Izaac and Amos Fuchs; and nieces and

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