November 18th, 2014
James S. Barilar, 83, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Barilar was born Dec. 2, 1930, in Sykesville, a son of the late James and Theresa (Lupo) Barilar.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Nase) Barilar, of Punxsutawney.
He was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church.
He worked for the B&O Railroad and later for Season-All Windows and became the supervisor for Thermal Guard.
He was a long-time coach of Little League and loved all sports. He was a member of the Punxsutawney Eagles and the Elks.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Love often happens when you least expect it.
For some couples, love begins as early as junior high. For others, it happens a bit later. Love can happen unexpectedly, and for one couple who are celebrating their 70th anniversary today, that was the case.
Snuffy (Eugene) and Jean Smith have been married for 70 years, and during those 70 years, they have had their share of ups and downs, but their love for one another and love for the Lord has gotten them through it.
Read the full story in Tuesday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The third-grade students in Mrs. Myersâ€™ class at SS.C.D. were visited by John and Marge Frantz, who did a special Flag Program in honor of Veterans Day this week.
John, an Army veteran, is currently a member of the Jefferson County Veterans Honor Guard. He is a member of the American Legion Post 62.
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of The Spirit.
Evelyn Jean White, 75, of Juneau, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Mrs. White was born Nov. 28, 1938, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John and Edna (Sutter) Williard.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry W. White, Sr.
Evelyn was a volunteer for Punxsutawney Area Hospital and Community Action, Inc., where she was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2012. She loved bingo, doing yard work, word searches and was avid at crocheting. She was a devoted grandmother and spent as much time as she could with her grandchildren.
There are three favorites that are still getting a little playtime as new inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It may have been cold outside, but inside the Punxsutawney Eagles, area business owners, borough council members and school board members all gathered to learn what business had been chosen as the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerceâ€™s 2014 Business of the Year. This yearâ€™s recipient was Frank Roberts and Sons.
Read the full story in Friday's edition of The Spirit.
Richard Henry Ellenberger, 90, of Big Run, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at Mulberry Square.
He was born Oct. 27, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Franklin Philip and Ella Mae (Smyers) Ellenberger.
Richard was a member of the St. Phillips United Methodist Church in Big Run.
Mr. Ellenberger was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in World War II. He was a charter member of the VFW Post No. 9044 in Big Run.
Mr. Ellenberger was a Free and Accepted Mason with the Milnor Lodge No. 287 of Pittsburgh for 57 years.
BIG RUN â€” "This is the day set aside each year to honor service members for what they have contributed to our nationâ€™s defense, which, in turn, allow all of us life's freedoms in this great country," Post Commander Jim Pallone said.
No matter what branch of the military you or your loved ones have served in, Tuesday eveningâ€™s Veterans Day program, held at the Big Run War Memorial by the Big Run V.F.W. Post 9044, was to honor the service to our great country.
Read the full story in Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
James E. â€śDodâ€ť Wyant, 80, of Mayport, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at his home.
James was born March 12, 1934, in Timblin, Pa., to Ira E. and Pearl (Burkhouse) Wyant.
James was a lifetime resident of the area, and honorably served in the U.S. Army.
He worked for many years as the Redbank Township Supervisor, but also loved farming on his land. Running the tractor and raising cattle for his family were two of his favorite things to do on the farm.