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Obituaries

Elizabeth J. "Tootie" Henry, 75

July 23, 2014

Elizabeth J. "Tootie" Henry, 75, of Brookville, died Tuesday July 22, 2014, at the McKinley Health Center in Brookville.

Born Oct. 15, 1938, in Kissinger Mills, Clarion County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Wesley Rayburn Mathers and Jean Louise Slagle Mathers.

Elizabeth was a graduate of Redbank Valley High School. On Aug. 30, 1958, she was married to M. Alan Henry in New Bethlehem. She worked as a secretary until she retired in 2002. Elizabeth was a member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Brookville. She enjoyed singing, being with family and her church.

Hazel B. Yeager, 94

July 22, 2014

Hazel B. Yeager, 94, a 70-year resident of New Bethlehem, died early
Monday morning, July 21, 2014.

Born Dec. 6, 1919, in Worthville, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Paul and Dollie (Geist) Nolf.

She married Walter L. Yeager on June 27, 1940. He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 2000.

Hazel worked as a cashier at the A&P Store and Comet Market.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in New Bethlehem. 

Hazel enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She was a caring person who liked doing things for others.

Samuel J. States, 77

July 22, 2014

Samuel J. States, 77, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.

A son of the late Charles and Alma (Filler) States, he was born on Oct. 11, 1936, in Punxsutawney.

On March 20, 1965, he married Joy (Bell) States, who survives.

Samuel was a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and traveled to ports worldwide. He managed the kitchen on the ship and brought his culinary skills to good use throughout his life, especially through coordinating many dinners at his beloved church.

John Matthew Piszker, Jr., 72

July 22, 2014

John Matthew Piszker, Jr., 72, of Punxsutawney, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at home with his family.

He was born March 26, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late John Matthew Piszker, Sr. and Thelda Louise (McQuown) Piszker.

He was Catholic by faith.

Mr. Piszker was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served on the USS Independence during the Vietnam War.

On Dec. 11, 1965, he married the former Mary Ellen Depue. She survives and resides in Punxsutawney.

John worked as a service manager at Stockdale Mine Supply until his retirement after 39 years.

Brian James “Teazle” Himes, 53

July 22, 2014

Brian James “Teazle” Himes, 53, of Punxsutawney, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Himes was born March 2, 1961, in Punxsutawney, a son of the the late James D. Himes and his mother, Maxine L. (Minick) Himes of Punxsutawney, who survives.

Brian was a heavy equipment operator for McDonald & Owen Lumber of Brookville.

He was a member of the Punxsutawney Eagles, and he loved bowling, playing pool, riding his motorcycle, cars, racing and long walks in the outdoors.

George Day, Jr., 82

July 22, 2014

George Day, Jr., 82, of Reynoldsville, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at Christ the King Manor.

He was born March 7, 1932, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late George Day, Sr., and Laura (Smith) Day.

Mr. Day was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean War.

On Nov. 22, 1951, he married the former Patricia Ann Welton. She survives and resides in Reynoldsville.

He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Reynoldsville.

George worked for McDowell and Jackson China and also farmed. He and his wife owned and operated a greenhouse for many years.

Mark A. O’Donnell, 50

July 21, 2014

Mark A. O’Donnell, 50, O’Donnell Road, Sigel, Pa., died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at home.

He was born Sept. 13, 1963, in Brookville, a son of Joseph Francis O’Donnell, who survives, of Sigel, Pa., and Anna Marie Eisenman O’Donnell.

Mark was a self-employed farmer and well tender with Seneca Resources in natural gas.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 983 of Brookville, Pa., and the Brookville Firemen’s Club.

Surviving relatives include a son, Corey O’Donnell; a brother, Paul F. O’Donnell of Columbia, Maryland; and a sister, Mary Jane O’Donnell of Sigel.

John Franklin Finnegan, 62

July 20, 2014

John Franklin Finnegan, 62, of Baxter, Pa., died Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Brookville Hospital.

He was born Feb. 10, 1952, in Mahoning County, Ohio, the son of Donna Jean Canja, who survives, of Struthers, Ohio.

John was later adopted by the late John Edgar and Nellie Belle Finnegan.

John graduated from Milton Hershey High School and later obtained a bachelor’s degree in Powdered Metallurgy from Penn State.

John was married to Mary E. Lucas on June 20, 1987, in Punxsutawney.

He was employed at Humphrey Charcoal until becoming disabled.

Donald W. Henry, 84

July 20, 2014

Donald W. Henry, 84, Punxsutawney, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at home.

He was born Jan. 25, 1930, in Alabama Center, New York, a son of the late Edward J. and Beatrice V. (Derwick) Henry.

On Sept. 19, 1957, he married Kathleen Watson, who survives, of Dover, Delaware.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was a salesman in the roofing industry for more than 40 years and retired in 1998.

Don was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church and a 50-year member of Nanticoke Masonic Lodge of Federalsburg, Maryland.

Brittany Nicole Burnette, 25

July 18, 2014

Brittany Nicole Burnette, 25, died Thursday, July 17, 2014.

She is survived by her children, Gabbryella L. Jones of Punxsutawney and Harlen T. Baker; her mother, Judith D. Jones of Punxsutawney; a sister, Amber J. Jones (Kenny Ball Jr.); a brother, Cory D. Burnette; two nephews, Ian M. Jones and Kameron L. Corvin; a niece, Jaylin D. Corvin; aunts and uncles Sharon and Mike Sanner, Raymond D. Jones, Chrissy Yost, Matthew W. Jones and Kathy Jones; and her maternal grandparents, Tom and Joy Preston.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Ray and Ruth Burnette.

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