July 27th, 2014
(The Spirit is pleased to share with our readers vignettes of life in the 19th century as originally reported in past issues of the newspapers. These reproduced stories include their original headlines and spelling.)
August 8, 1888
The Cavalry Company
Sheridan Troop, N.G. P, of Tyrone encamped on the fair grounds at this place last night, while on its way to Mount Gretna. The company makes a very fine appearance. The soldiers made themselves quite numerous about town last night, but did not forage any that we know.
Frank Miller's Generous Gift
Pictured is the Church In The Park (CITP) worship team led by Pastor Mark Kephart, worship arts pastor at the First Church of God in Punxsutawney.
There were many attendees who participated in the service that was held on Sunday in Barclay Square.
Read the full story in Monday's Spirit.
Steven John Schopperth, 47, of Punxsutawney, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
He was born June 24, 1967, in Bloomingdale, New Jersey, the son of the late Timothy and Joan (Degelman) Schopperth.
He was a mechanic.
He was married to Paula (Harkleroad) Schopperth, who survives.
He is survived by his wife; one son, Steven J. Schopperth of Punxsutawney; two daughters, Katlyn Schopperth and Ashley Freeman of New Jersey; one sister, Karen Diorio of Las Vegas, Nevada; and one brother, Timothy Schopperty of Hawthorn, New York.
Raymond Joseph DeFoor, 69, of Cambridge, Ohio, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 12, 1944, in Youngstown, and was the son of the late Albert Eugene and Bessie Mae (Hobba) DeFoor.
Mr. DeFoor retired in 1992 from GTE after 30 years of service.
He was a 1963 graduate of Punxsutawney High School and a member of Center United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Robert Ananea.
Frona D. Burkett, 88, of DuBois, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at DuBois Nursing Home.
Mrs. Burkett was born May 26, 1926, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late David L. Buterbaugh and Jessie D. (Clawson) Buterbaugh.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joy James Burkett, on April 15, 1985.
Frona was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Sykesville.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” When you think of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library, do you think of food?
If you don't, maybe you should â€” at least for the next week or so â€” as the Library Hot Dog Days will take place again starting on Monday at Fezell's County Market.
This yearâ€™s event runs Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.
SMICKSBURG â€” Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police reported on Friday an accidental death investigation that took place around 4:55 p.m. on Thursday at a private residence located in West Mahoning Township, Indiana County.
Police were summoned to the residence for a report of an 18-month-old female who had been struck by a vehicle in the driveway of the residence.
The report said that the investigation revealed that the child had crawled under the vehicle while the family was unloading tools.
As a part of the event's opening ceremonies, the winners of the Paint The Town Purple event â€” a new addition to Relay For Life this year that asked businesses to deck their sites out in honor of the fight against cancer â€” were honored.
Paint The Town Purple is just one of many ways folks can get involved with the year-round Relay activities.
Tonjia Renee Testut, 35, of Punxsutawney, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
She was born July 2, 1979, in Punxsutawney, the daughter of the late Alexander and Linda (Harmon) Testut.
She was a nurse.
She is survived by her fiancĂ©, Darryl Asburay; three sons, Jacob Asburay, Zachary Asburay and Tyler Asburay, all of Punxsutawney; and by two brothers, Richard Testut and wife Annette, and Dan Testut and wife Toni.
Joseph Dynako, 87, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Penn Highlands Brookville.
He was born Feb. 12, 1927, in NuMine, a son of the late John and Josephine (Zak) Dynako.
On May 1, 1948, he married Irene D. â€śRenieâ€ť (Sovich) Dynako, who preceded him in death on Jan. 30, 1995.
He was a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Punxsutawney.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, having served during World War II.
Joseph was the owner and operator of Television Service Center in Punxsutawney.