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Samantha Jo Painter, 22

March 11, 2011

Samantha Jo Painter, 22, Big Run, formerly of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at home.

She was born March 11, 1988, a daughter of Ernest Ray and Diana Sue (Haag) Painter Jr., who survive, of Punxsutawney.

Miss Painter was a 2006 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. She then completed an online dog grooming course.

She attended Chestnut Grove Independent Church.

Miss Painter was a daycare attendant at Little Dreamers Daycare in Big Run.

She enjoyed kids, dogs, watching movies, taking pictures, playing video games and traveling. She was a joker and liked to make everyone laugh.

Miss Painter was a Make-A-Wish recipient in 2005, and she and her family visited Hawaii and had a wonderful time. 

In addition to her parents, surviving relatives include a sister, Nichole Lynn Aul and husband Kevin of Punxsutawney; four aunts, Wanda Skarbek and husband Mike of Reynoldsville, Pam Ross and husband Bryan of Reynoldsville, Valarie Snyder and husband Marty of Punxsutawney, and Lisa Ross and husband Larry of Big Run; two uncles, Dan Painter and Harry Painter and wife Kim, all of Punxsutawney; numerous cousins; her maternal grandfather, John M. Haag of Punxsutawney; and her paternal grandmother, Annabelle Painter of Big Run.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Donna Haag; her paternal grandfather, Ernest Ray Painter; her maternal great-grandfather, Clint Bish; an aunt and uncle, Kathy and James Mills; and a cousin, Shelby Ross.

Friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the Chestnut Grove Independent Church.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the church with Pastor Joseph Spack officiating.

Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Big Run.

Funeral plans are under the direction of the Brenda D. Shumaker Funeral Home, Big Run.

Memorial donations may be made in Sam’s memory to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 312 W. Mahoning St., Punxsutawney, Pa. 15767; the Gateway Humane Society, Falls Creek, Pa. 15840; or to JCARC, P.O. Box 184, Reynoldsville, Pa. 15851.

 Online condolences may be made at www.shumakerfh.com.

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