Our Blog page is a great way to keep in touch. I’m sure you all have some great stories and adventures to tell us about! Photos are welcome! If you send an email to your friendly webmistress, I’ll post your story or picture to this page. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessings, Marilyn Stein Underhill
August 22, 2021: Our web server in California went dark for at least 24 hours, meaning that you could not connect to our website. Everything should be fine by now, but if you are having any difficulty in downloading these web pages, please let me know. Thanks, M.
†August 20, 2021: An obituary for our classmate, Larry Cope, was added to the memoriam page. Larry died June 25th, 2021, at home in Cape May, NJ.
August 17, 2021: Bill Birely’s page on this website was just updated.
August 12, 2021: The Punxsutawney Area High School Auditorium has been renamed the James A. Colonna Performance Hall. Click here to read the story and see a photograph of the renamed auditorium
†Augest 8, 2021: We just learned that our classmate, Larry Cope, died. When additional information comes available, we will post it.
August 3, 2021: The following is from Bill Staley who went to Punxsy schools through third grade. He was good friends with Terry so Terry included him in our class list. He includes a photo from his third grade, along with the names of the students. If you want to respond to him direct, here’s his email: email@example.com
“To give you some history on myself I lived at 530 North Main Street until my parents moved to Florida in 1952. I have class photographs from Kindergarten through the third grade. Just looked at them today. The third grade photo has all of the names of the students printed on the back. My mother did a good job on listing all of the students in order. Did not know until recently my great, great, grandfather (Conrad Stehle) and grand mother (Charlotta Wingert Stehle) moved to the Punxsutawney area about 1846 from Germany. I could not find this information for some time due to the spelling of their last name (Stehle). For some reason all of their children had the current spelling (Staley). They were both buried at St. Peter’s German Reformed Church. It looks like the Reformed Church cemetery might have moved and the bodies moved to another cemetery. Terry will always be in my thoughts.”
To see his additions to the beginnings page, click here.
July 26, 2021: From Nance Finley regarding the very successful July Luncheon:
We had a good turn out today. We had a good time reading old yearbooks and just catching up in general. Hope to see you at our next get together. We met at 2:00 in the afternoon to avoid the lunch crowd and just enjoy some treats from the past like the pizza burgers and of course ice cream! It’s so nice to be able to be outdoors and enjoy the summer weather again. In attendance was Carole Shaffer Williams, Kay Evans and Henry Walker, Billie and Bill Barnett, Joe and Doris Heitzenrater Swarmer, Bill Chelgrin, Red Nolder, Frank Reitz, Butch White, Gary Stokes, and Nance. See if you pick us out. Hint: Click on picture to enlarge.
July 19, 2021: We’ve updated Bill Chelgren’s page by adding a short autobiography of his activities after graduation, and added photographs of his fabulous billboards.
July 4, 2021: The DuBois, Pa., Courier-Express, on July 2, 2021, reported the effort to rename the PAHS auditorium the
James A. Colonna Memorial Auditorium.. The complete article is reprinted here.
July 1, 2021: Here’s Bill Chelgren’s latest
Bill Boards. (
Bill Board #!,
Bill Board #2) They draw attention to the Crosstown Ministry Food Pantry. What a nice
Class Act! Please feel free to contact him directly if you have any comments. Just click on his email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 20, 2021: A note from Nance Finley. Thanks for the positive response to our first get together. We had such a good time at our first outing this year, we've decided to do it again. Mark your calendar for Friday, July 16, 2pm at Joe's Drive In.
Three pictures from the get together. Click picture to enlarge. In case you couldn't identify the classmates, here are the names: First pic is Joe Swarmer, Carol Shaffer, Billy Barnett and Kay Evans. 2nd pic is Bill Chelgrin, Mic Cesario, Doris Heitzenrater and Lee Blose. 3rd pic is Billy (Donna) Barnett, Kay Evans, Bill Reinhart, Butch, Lee Blose and Doris.
June 13, 2021: Click here to see the photographs recently posted of the 1960 PAHS band, thanks to Jerry Popovic.
June 11, 2021: A note from Nance Finley:
We are going to try to start our monthly "luncheons" again now that the mask requirements are lifted here in Punxsy. Instead of lunch, we thought it would be fun to try to relive the good ole days when we had soda pop, french fries and ice cream after school. Remember?
We chose Joe's Drive In because it's outdoors, and has plenty of parking & a bathroom! We'll meet after the lunch crowd at 2 p.m. (although they do serve lunch too). We plan to sit outside weather permitting. You can check their menu online. www.joesdrivein.com
Mark your calendar. Our next gathering will be on Friday, June 18 at 2 pm at Joe's Drive In, 308 Indiana St, on Rte 119, Punxsy, PA.
Please let us know if you can come.
Nance, Joe & Doris, Butch & Pat
June 3, 2021: Bill Chelgrin just completed his second
Billboard He featured Jerry Popovice this time. If you want to respond to Bill, her’s his email. email@example.com
You can see two
billboards by clicking here, here and here.
April 28, 2021: Jerry Popovic has sent us wonderful pictures of and sound from the album recorded by the PHS Band in 1960. These will all be posted on this website soon. Stay tuned (literally!).
April 27, 2021: Update - Bill Chelgrin’s email address is now firstname.lastname@example.org and Bill Birely’s currente-mail address is email@example.com.
April 23, 2021: On April 15, 2021, The Punxsutawney Spirit ran an article honoring Butch White for his 35 year’s of involvement in Punxsutawney coaching and sports. A copy of this article, in two sections, may be seen here. Part 1 Part 2. Also you can find this article in his page in the classmates section on this website. Congratulations, Butch!
March 3, 2021: My heart is saddened to have to report two more deaths. James A. Colonna, 89, our bandleader, died March 2, 2021, and Allen R.
Skip Kubeldis died on the evening of Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at the age of 78. As you see from reading Jim Colonna’s obituary what a full life he led. We were fortuate to have him as our band leader.
Skip never forgot his days at PAHS and attended many class rerunions and luncheons.
February 26, 2021: Sadly our
cheerleader Terry Gumbert died early this morning in hospice care. His obituary is posted on this website.
December 12, 2020: Guess what Nance Finley is up to now? Making birdhouses for raising money for charity, of course! To see the story in The Punxsutawney Spirit, click here.
` November 20, 2020: A snapshot of our Thursday, October 16, 2020, luncheon at the New Anchor inn. Those shown are Kay Newton Depp, Carole Shaffer Williams, Red Nolder, Gary Stokes, Butch White, Joe Swarmer, Doris Heitzenrater Swarmer, and Edna Ishman Wray. Photgraph by Nance Finley. All are welcome at these monthly get togethers. See the opening page for current details.
November 4, 2020: Nance Finley suggested that those unable to attend the 60th PHS reunion send a written memory which we will print out and display at the luncheon. These replies you can see below by clicking on a name. Please do not miss the uplifting response from Harold Reed.
†September 29, 2020: Sadly we record that Gerald (Jerry) Beatty passed away on September 28, 2020. After graduation from the Punxsutawney Area High School, he majored in Metallurgical Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and afterward was employed by a number of steel companies. Jerry’s accomplishments in the steel industry include 3 patents for making electrical steel. He died peacefully at home after a long illness. Survived by his wife, Ruth. To his obituary.
September 14, 2020: From The Punxsutawney Spirit:
They were the first class to walk the hall of the brand new Punxsutawney Area High School. The Class of 1960 held their 60th reunion on Saturday and ate their meal at the Punxsutawney Area Community Center, which was the old high school and later the old junior high. Pictured in front of the Chuck Daly Memorial Gymnasium with George “Butch” White are those in attendance: (front, from left) Nance Finley, Doris Heitzenrater and husband Joe Swarmer, Sandra Baun and husband Tom Richards (behind), Kay Depp, (Back) Gary Stokes, Jim Smith, Edna Ishman Wray, Carol Shaffer, Terry Brocious and wife Connie Lexell Brocious, and George “Butch” White and his 1955 Mercury. By Staff Writer.
September 14, 2020: Class photo from the 2020 reunion. Be sure to click it to enlarge. We are currently formatting additional material from the 2020 class reunion and will place it in a new folder. Please stay tuned.
July 21, 2020: Donna Marlene Smith, 78, née Himes, of Gray Court, SC, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 12, 2020. She was born in Punxsutawney, PA, the oldest child of the late Helen and Howard Himes. Marlene graduated from Kent State University before enjoying a successful career in industrial safety. An avid reader, she enjoyed traveling, woodworking, live music, and attending outdoor festivals. To her obituary as reprinted from Legacy.com.
February 19, 2020: Yesterday, Andrea (Fostiak) Hicks sent an update on her family. Very nice! I have posted this information on her file in the Classmates page.
January 17, 2020: Sadly, both Cookie Burkett and Kae Basile died earlier this month. Their obituaries have been added to the Memoriam page.
Mansion on Mahoning Street. I’m helping restore stained glass windows and inventory the vintage glass collection. Butch is helping setup up an AirBnB like he had at the Shadow Chaser Cafe. We had a pre-opening last night.
Our Latvian Chaplains, 1999
November 29, 2019: Classmate Dr. Harry E. Fletcher, Global Ambassador, will speak on December 6, 2019, at a Eurasia Leadership Conference in Riga, Lithuania, for the purpose of providing ongoing leadership development for the field leaders in this challenging region of our world. Harry has had an important role in the prison ministry in Riga so his time there will surely be a time of remembrance as he continues to share God’s love with those in prison. Donations of support for this international conference can be made by calling the home office at 804-553-4090 and talk with Janet Nepomuceno at ext. 223. Let Harry know of your generosity so your kindness is tracked correctly: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us show our support for this vital ministry that our classmate continues to lead. God is good all the time.
November 15, 2019: Joyce McQuown has a new address.
September 14, 2019: Darlene Mae
Pork Lamer née Bender, 77, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Darlene was a 1960 graduate of Punxsutawney High School. Sad as it is to hear this, Darlene led a full life with a large family. Her obituary from The Punxsutawnry Spirit.
September 9, 2019: the Classmates page now gives updated address for Margaret
Peggy Gustafson née Schwab.
September 4, 2019:
Nance Finley sent this amazing update on her latest major life’s project. wrote Terry Gumbert, who added:
To fulfill a dream is one of the greatest accomplishments we can attain. There is no doubt Nance has checked off a major entry on her bucket list.
May 30, 2019: Thanks to Sandi Neutz for these photographs. of Suzanne (Hetrick) Hoover at work in New York City.
May 25, 2019: See Nance Finley’s wonderful new studio - the former Episcopal Church.
April 8, 2019:
The Classmates page now serves as an
Electronic White Pages and includes all 235 seniors in the 1960 class of the Punxsutawney Area High School. Click on the name of a classmate and, if we have the data, you will see the home address, telephone number, email address, and name of his/her spouse. We can only provide the information we have so please, if you can, help us update this list by sending an email to email@example.com. There is ample space for anything you send.
March 28, 2019: Our Alma Mater is now on this website.
March 12, 2019: Terry Gunbert sent us a copy of the obituary of Jane Means, which we have placed in the memoriam page. Thanks, Terry. Jane died October 30, 2005.
February 2, 2019: Groundhog Day greetings from Judy and Don Hester.
January 29, 2019: Earl Charles Shields, 76, of Albion, NY, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Buffalo General Hospital. Earl was a Vietnam Veteran in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1968, achieving the rank of Sergeant. Earl was a regular attendee at our reunions over the years. Thanks to Joe Swarmer for letting us know of this classmate’s passing. His obituary from The Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, Medina, NY.
January 23, 2019: Sadly another classmate, Martha Ann (Newman) Cessna has left us. She passed away on Jan. 20, 2019 at Christ the King Manor in DuBois. Martha’s dream was the Air Force and she lived her dream. Martha retired with 20 years of service from the Air Force operations and personnel command in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., in 1971 as a Master Sergeant. She received numerous medals and accommodations for her excellent performance of duties during her service. God bless her for this service. Her obituary, as taken from The Punxsutawney Spirit.
December 22, 2018, from Pat Swanson Neal:
Merry Christmas to all. See you in the spring
May the blessings of this Christmas Season bring you Love, Joy, Health and Contentment
and may 2019 be a Year of Fulfillment for You and Yours. You are often in my thoughts.
Forwarded by Terry Gumbert
December 4, 2018: Very, very sad news from Pat Neal: Cookie Burkett White has Alzheimer's disease and is in a home. And Martha Cessna is at Christ the King Manon, DuBois, with same disease!
October 29, 2018: Sadly we've lost another PHS 1960 classmate, Marie LaRue Swanson née Wright. Her obituary was published today in The Punxsutawnry Spirit.
October 28, 2018: !NEW! The Classmates page now includes all 234 seniors in the PHS 1960 class. Additionally each name holds a link to a page specific to that person. Each of these individual pages can contain enormous amounts of data – so there is no reason to hold back. Just e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will quickly post it under your name.
October 25, 2018: Mini-reunion: Myron Caylor from the U.K., Barbara Caylor Aaron of Hilton Head, SC, and Marilyn Stein Underhill of South Carolina, met for a day of friendship at the beautiful villa of Barbara and Neal Aaron. Myron was a 1960 classmate while Barbara was a 1957 PHS graduate.
October 12, 2018: Our very talented Nance Finley recently had some of her unique art work showcased at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital by the Punxsutawney Arts Association. See the write up in The Punxsutawney Spirit.
September 23, 2018: Added considerable new data to the Memoriam page.
July 30, 2018: Added delightful pictures of attendees at the mini-reunion in Punxsutawney, July 6-7.
†June 18 2018: The obituaries of Ruby Powell, née Vasbinder, and of Patricia Graham, née Slee, were added to the Memoriam page.
April 28, 2018: Refomatted and reposted the program for the 1959 Fall Soirée. Enjoy!!
April 13, 2018: The 1959 Christmas Program has been reposted and can be seen here. Enjoy this holiday one more time!!
†March 29, 2018: Sadly we have lost another classmate; Joseph G. Prutznal has died. His obituary from The Buffalo News, April 2, 2017, is reprinted here.
March 20, 2018: The program for the Spring Soirée has been reposted and can be seen here. Welcome back to Fog Island!
†February 17, 2018: The obituary for Ray Hetrick was found and added to the Memoriam page. He died in West Plains, Mo, and was buried near Punxsutawney. Also a nice picture of Donald Brothers, in military uniform, taken about the time he entered the military, was found and added to his obituary.
February 13, 2018: Very nice note from Don Hester. He and Judy now live in Sarasota, FL. Their note reads as follows:
Marilyn: Judy and I recently had a week's visit here with Bob and Ann Howard. Bob has had a respite from his ongoing health issues and headed to Florida. A great time talking of games and girls. Picture of Bob, Ann, Judy, and Grace Germonto Tongue, our English teacher and great sports fan while she was at PHS and now lives in Sarasota. A good visit and lunch with her.
Feburary 9, 2018: Groundhog Day is celebrated far and near; Mountain Flavors, Highlands, NC, is a weekly newspaper column written for many years by Marilyn Stein Underhill. Click here, to read the groundhog column. Blessings, Marilyn Stein Underhill
February 8, 2018: Joyce McQuown Smith, is our Punxsutawney Ambassador Extraordinaire, and her interview which appeared in the the Green Valley News, AZ, two days ago, about Groundhog Day, as well as a nice photo of her, is given here.
February 6, 2018: Our classmate. Julie Suzanne Hetrick, sent this picture to me from South Africa at Christmas. Lucky Suzanne spent six weeks there during the time when it is summer there (and winter here). Click on picture to see it full size.
February 4, 2018:
Follow Your Dream, that is the title given to the cover story of the Christmas, 2017, issue of Punxsutawney Hometown Magazine. It is about the very satisfying nursing career of Linda McFoos, née Hutchins. Not only is she on the magazine’s cover, but her story, along with additional pictures (including one with two daughters), continues on three pages inside the magazine. Here is a link to this now archived issue. Be sure to read it.
Feburary 3, 2018: Click here to see this great photo idea from Terry Mason of his grandchildren playing
Punxsy Phil. Bren is on the left; Mackenzie on the right. Honestly hope they predict a short winter. Some things are just too precious for words!
P.S. Please send us the cute pictures of YOUR grandchildren.
January 26, 2018: This external Website, hosted by the Punxsutawney School District, lists all the closed elementary schools in the Punxsutawney School District. It lists about 120 schools, most of which were very small. It gives photographs for most of them. Was one of them your elementary school?
January 11, 2018: Click here to get a ticket to the Class of 1960 Fall Soirée.
January 9, 2018:
Thanks to Bill Staley, we now have the names, which we have posted here, of the students in the class picture of Miss Smith’s first grade class at West End Elementary School. This class, this teacher, is remembered by Terry Gumbert, who wrote
she was the first teacher I irritated so much .. with my cut and paste assignment going wrong (had a piece left over), she leaned back in her chair and pulled her hair. Many of us, I’m sure, have similar memories!
†January 4, 2018: We just learned that classmate Pauline O. (McDaniel) Roy, 75, of Smicksburg passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at her home. Her obituary from The Punxsutawney Spirit is posted here. To add to the sadness, classmate Sharon (Wineberg) Compton , died on January 3, 2018.
December 20, 2017:
We are always happy to help treasure memories, as afterall this is our main purpose. Butch White thought you, especially those of you who shared the West End area of Punxsutawney in the late 40’s and 50’s, would enjoy reading this
Letter to the Editor written to the Punxsutawney Spirit at the time of Mrs. Strano’s death. It brought to mind many memories of that time.
November 29, 2017:
Just reformatted the set of photographs from the Big Run Elementry School. All students but one were identified. Can someone help us identify
The Unknown Scholar? Her picture is shown on the left.
As always we welcome new material to post. In this regard we just added four group pictures from earlier class reunions to the Reunion page.
October 18, 2017: Nance Finley sent this wonderful photo of the recent Big Run Girls Get Together at the Depot Diner in DuBois. In this photograph, from left to right, are classmates Thelma Bowser, Nance Finley, Bridget Niel, Pat Swanson, and Janet Johnson. Note that this photo proves that Elvis has definitely not left the building. Nance included a note that they called Pat Lantz DeRosa in NY. She’s recently retired and planning a trip to Punxsutawney in the near future.
October 15, 2017: The pictures from the class reunions, as well as those of Old Punxsutawney ("memories") can now be viewed in a reformatted slideshow.
August 11, 2017: Click here to see Pictures from the Chuck Daly Banquet, held at the Punxsutawney Country Club, July 17, 2017.
July 17, 2017: This note from Cydney Daly for all of us: Time to say goodbye to Punxsutawney for another year. Bittersweet to leave...love the people of this town...especially my "Punxsy family"
P.S. Cydney - We will miss you too!
And thank you for the very nice picture.
June 26, 2017: Nance Finley has devoted her lifetime to the world of art. Over the years we have been blessed with examples of her many varying styles and creations. The Jefferson County History Center has just honored her with a ribbon for her works entitled
The Four Seasons.
This note regarding her award from Nance: “I painted these when I first moved back to PA, trying a
Grandma Moses style. I didn’t have any new work available for the Laurel Art Festival this year, so entered this set of four. I used acrylics and felt tip pens. The Jefferson County History Center awarded me their ribbon because
I’m a Jefferson Country artist and my delightful set of paintings highlight the Amish among us. (their words, not mine!). It will hang in the Jefferson County History Center in Brookville From January to June 2018. My brother joked that it took a whole year for that Amish buggy to get across the front of the house! Enjoy! Nance
The Four Seasons:
June 17: A photograph of Chuck and Terry Daly chaperoning our 1960 Prom. This is one of their daughter, Cydney Daly’s, favorite photographs of her parents. Cydney provided this photograph to the Chuck Daly Foundation for our exhibits at PHS, and Nance Finley kindly forwarded it. Thanks Nance.
† June 15: Sadly, Theresa A. (Terry) Daly, widow of coach Chuck Daly, passed away two days ago. Her obituary as given by the Aycock Funeral home, Jupiter, Fl, is reprinted here. Survivors include her daughter; Cydney (Rob Magnuson) Daly, grandchildren; Sabrina and Connor, sister; Josephine Kocur, brothers; Valentine Cierlitsky, and Stanley Cierlitsky. The obituary for her late husband, who died in 2009, is given here as well.
† June 1, 2017: Sad News - Rev. Joseph Quay Pearce, 74, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Joe was born and raised in the Punxsutawney area by his parents, Joe and Esther Pearce. After graduating, he earned a bachelor’s degree from God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Joe returned to Punxsutawney and married the love of his life, Lois Cressley. They married in June of 1966, shortly before he was drafted into the service for his country. She and their three childfen survive him. Joe answered his call to the ministry after being discharged from the service, beginning with a small church in Spring Boro, Pa. The couple then moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where Joe completed his Master of Divinity and was ordained at Nazarene Theological Seminary. They then moved to Ohio, where Joe spent the rest of his pastoral career. He also served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, where he attained the rank of major. Upon retiring in 2007, Joe and Lois returned to the Punxsutawney area to be closer to their extended families. He loved his family and cherished time spent with them. Joe loved being a pastor, and his congregations loved him and his family. To his extended obituary in The Punxsutawney Spirit, June 1, 2017.
April 15, 2017: We were recently sent photographs of students – including many of us – in various classes at the Mary A. Wilson Elementary School. These pictures are posted here. If you recognize yourself or some of your friends, please let us know by sending an E-MAIL to email@example.com. It is good to see such material preserved on our website before it is forever lost. And importantly, should you have other material related to our class, please let us know and it too will be preserved on this website. Don’t be shy- we have 4.25 gigabytes of free storage, which can hold about 100,000 high-resolution photographs!
April 12, 2017: We have just added an index for the class yearbook. You can use it to find which pages in the yearbook mentions you or any classmate.
March 25, 2017: Somethings are very special: First the 1960 Senior Soirees - next excerpts from the Hi-Lights for the 1960 graduation. Also here are the programs for the All Night Senior Graduation Party and the Christmas Program. There is no practical limit to the amount of material we can present on this website, so please send us more.
March 24, 2017: Photographs from the West End Elementary School when we all were very, very young. Weren’t these wonderful times! If you see yourself or a classmate in these pictures, please pass this on to us.
February 20, 2017: Myrna Ableman Hant and her darling husband Bill from LA, Julie Suzanne Hoover from Merida, Mexico,, and Dwight and I started the celebration of our 75th birthday year at our Saint Simons's Island , GA, winter home this past week including Suzanne's actual birthday.Spending quality time together over good food, lively conversation, side trips, and lots of wine made for a memorable time.The high 70's temps all week were a gift, for sure. Myrna and I had been in touch via calls and email and Suzanne and I have always managed to get together. We felt like we just picked up the thread where we last were together. True friendship knows no geography but is a product of the heart. Pictures of our time together will be sent later this week........
Myrna is very bright with considerable expertise on women's issues and aging and her husband Bill and Dwight had much to discuss as both men have similar interests in the world of science. Suzanne is intelligent and so committed to environmental issues. We exchanged gifts and one of Suzanne's gifts was a kilo of chocolate made by Belgian chocolatiers using Merida cacao beans. The chocolate is sold in Paris, NYC, and other quality chocolate stores. We will be eating chocolate for a long time:)
Celebrating 75 is really a gift and I plan to use it wisely. Stay healthy and happy and rejoice in years of friendship.
Blessings, Marilyn Stein Underhill
February 9, 2017: Butch White invites everyone to come to his new Shadow Cafe for coffee & dessert, either following the PHS luncheon, being held on Friday, February 10, at noon, or anytime Mon.-Sat. 8 - 2 pm in the old Arcade bldg.
February 8, 2017: Just heard from Jerry Popovice. “Yes, we live in Washington, just north of Seattle - Mill Creek to be exact. We’ve been in Washington since 1970 - interrupted by a 3 year tour of duty in California from 73 to 76. I retired from the Navy in 1980 and moved to Ferndale (just north of Bellingham near the Canadian border) where we lived until 2011. In 2011 we built a house here in Mill Creek to be closer to our daughter and her family. Most tribes along the Washington coast, British Columbia, and Southeast Alaska carved totems. It’s becoming a lost art although some of the local tribes do at times carve new ones. Welcome to the 75 club - I entered last June - how time flies when your having fun. Just seems like yesterday we were at the
all night party in Punxsy after graduation. Attached is a picture of Billie and I at our 50th wedding anniversary dinner back in November of 2014 - that’s the most recent picture I have of us. Take care. Cheers to all.
January 25, 2017: Butch White opened Shadow Chaser Cafe (coffee shop) in the Old Arcade Building. The two thumbnails on the left are links to full-size images of the inside and outside of the café. Let the good times roll!
† January 10, 2017: Loretta L. (Wineberg) Payne, 74, of Punxsutawney, passed on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Loretta was born Oct. 9, 1942, in Punxsutawney, and was the daughter of the late John Joseph and Naomi (Peg) Wineberg. On July 18, 1964, she married Bill Payne, who preceded her in death on March 5, 2004. She was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ. Loretta worked at Bell Telephone as a switchboard operator and was a seating hostess at the Pantall Hotel until she and Bill started Bill’s Appliance Center. Together, they ran the Maytag business for years. She also made many crafts and sold at local craft shows. To her obituary in The Punxsutawney Spirit.
† January 5, 2017: Anna May Andy (Chesley) Sheriff, 73, DuBois, passed away Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at the DuBois Nursing Home. She was married to Ronald Charles Sheriff, Sr.; he preceded her in death on May 30, 2015. Anna attended the Indiana Hospital School of Nursing. She is survived by two sons, Richard Heitzenrater and his fiancée Linda Simpson of Punxsutawney and Ronald Boo Paul Heitzenrater of Maryland; four grandchildren; and four siblings. To her obituary in The DuBois Express.
† December 20, 2016: Mary Evelyn (Pape) Gallingane, 75, a longtime resident of Daytona Beach, Florida, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at the Hunters Crossing Assisted Living Facility in Gainesville, Florida, following a long illness. She lived in Pennsylvania for many years before moving to Daytona Beach in 1981. She worked in many area nursing homes and was an active member of the Prince of Peace Catholic community. She enjoyed football, NASCAR and collecting angels, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. To her obituary in The Punxsutwney Spirit.
† November 28, 2016: Nancy Mae (Braunns) Hauck of Sharon, formerly of Punxsutawney, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 in Nugent Convalescent Home, Hermitage. She was a daughter of Leonard Braunns and Emma Jones Braunns, raised and educated in Punxsutawney. She worked for Pramco and Punxsy Sports Wear as a seamstress. Following her marriage, she moved to Sharon, where she was employed as a seamstress for a dry cleaning company. Nancy was a member of Oakland Avenue United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, traveling, cooking and her kitty, Harley. To her obituary in The Punxsutwney Spirit
October 5, 2016: PUNXSUTAWNEY One of the members of the Chuck Daly Foundation recently returned from a visit with the late former Punxsutawney High School basketball coach Chuck Daly’s wife. George C.
Butch White (’60) donates his time as founder of the non-profit organization, along with Dyrk Couser (’56) as the finance director, and Nance Finley (’60) as the project director. Butch’s wife, Karen, recently visited Chuck Daly’s widow, Terry, in Florida.
July 15, 2016: Another picture from the July, 2016 Mini-reunion. Shown are Mary Coble Brewer, Butch White, Max Clark, Cookie Burkett, Pat Swanson, Marci Clark, and Nance Finley. Max Clark spent many years on a water treatment project in China and just recently moved back to the USA so his young daughter, Sophie, could have an American education. In fact, Max Clark & Family have purchased a home in Chapel Hill, NC and enrolled Sophie in a school there. If you have more to add, we’ll post it here. Welcome home, Max, Marci and Sophie!
July 1, 2016: From Nance and Pat: Make sure classmates know they can still send in letters to Mrs. Daly. I put them in a 3 ring notebook, so more letters can be added. Any experiences or thoughts you may have regarding Chuck Daly and/or Terry, his wife, who was on staff at PHS during our school years would be greatly appreciated. Mrs. Daley enjoyed the notes already received.
There are two photos in this email (attachment for those who can’t receive direct photos). The first of is Cydney Daly admiring the Daly Gymnasium Plaque, and the second, is of this great group who attended the June PHS 60 Luncheon.
† June 26, 2016: Sadly, our classmate, Mary “Kay” Notarian, died earlier this month. Mary was born in Punxsutawney, PA, to the late Ben and Catherine Notarian. Mary enjoyed taking cruises and spending time with her boxer, Bailey. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother. Her obituary, taken from The Tampa Bay Times, is given here.
June 16, 2016: Imagine the happy reunion when classmate Joyce McQuown Smith and her husband Harry travelled from Green Valley, Arizona, to meet with classmate Sandi Allison Neutz and her husband Paul in their Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, home. Both classmates were popular majorettes and close friends. See the photograph of the Smiths.
June 13, 2016: What a bit of serendipity to have lunch after church on Saint Simons Island, GA, with classmate Ron Young and his wife, Cheryl. (See their picture.) We are amazed at the number of winter friends we meet from Punxsy, Clarion, and DuBois. Y'all come down next winter and see us or give us a call!
June 6, 2016: Recently Jerry Popovice, Bill Smorey, and Terry Gumbert were remembering some of their military adventures and Jerry came up with this great photograph. Jerry said it was taken on June 29, 1960, in Pittsburgh on the day we got sworn in. From there we were placed on a train to Chicago and ultimately to Great Lakes Training Center just north of Chicago.
June 3, 2016: From “Our Ambassador of Goodwill” Nance Finley: Cydney Daly had a whirlwind visit in Punxsy, and it went very well. We gave her the “Cliff note” tour of Punxsutawney High School, the Community Center, Gobbler's Knob, Historical Society, Barkley Square and had lunch with the some of our classmates at Anchor Inn. Her visit ended with the first annual Chuck Daly Memorial Golf Tournament. She graciously signed the book, “Daly Wisdom”. She fell in love with Punxsy and we fell in love with her! See the full-size picture with Punxsutawney Phil!
† May 30, 2016: A Note from Joe Swarmer that he received word that our classmate, Tom Ecelberger, husband of our classmate, Patty Seger, has passed away. His obituary was given in the Punxsutawney Spirit.
May16, 2016: This photograph shows those attending the May 13, 2016 PHS 60 luncheon. They were: Lee Blose, Nance Finley, Pat Swanson, Butch White, Joe Swarmer, Doris Heitzenrater, and Kay Newton. Click image to see a larger view.
March 17, 2016: A classmate asked Terry Gumbert if Mr. Mitchell had been involved with the golf team during our years at PHS. He checked and found two references to golf in yearbooks while we were in high school, the first from the 1958 yearbook, the second from the 1960 yearbook. Click image to see a larger view.
† May 3, 2016: Joseph Halchin, our science teacher, died on April 1, 2016 at age 99. He was a teacher at the Punxsutawney Area High School for 38 years, where he taught physics. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Edinboro in 1939, master’s degree in education in 1949 from the University of Pittsburgh and master’s degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He was very talented in woodworking and enjoyed giving his creations to family, friends and church members. He was a dedicated teacher, as well as a loving father and grandfather. His obituary as printed in The Punxsutawney Spirit.
March 17, 2016: Click here to see our class officers, and the Chuck Swingsters, as printed in the Punxsutawney Spirit.
March 14, 2016: Terry Gumbert, R.N. in Viet Nam. Click here to see much, much more. We must never forget how much we owe to our servicemen and women!
† March 13, 2016: Sad news - Betsy J. Meanor, 73, of Sharon, Pa., passed away Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at home. Betsy was born on June 28, 1942, in Punxstawney, a daughter of the late John W. Meanor and Bette Meanor Wallwork. She is survived by her sisters, Joy Lynn Meanor and Pamela Boyer of Punxsutawney and Cheryl Steffey of Edwardsville, Illinois; her brother, Tim Meanor of Cumming, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.
Her obituary as published in The Punxsutawney Spirit on Mar. 2, 2016.
Feburary 14, 2016: Another classmate, Harry Fletcher, located!
“Greetings! I was just in Punxsutawney last weekend holding meetings at First United Methodist Church. Then on Sunday afternoon I went to Bloomsburg, PA as I had a Memorial Service to speak at Monday morning. So it was kind of like a Chuck Daly weekend with Punxsutawneyy and Bloomsburg! I was planning to come for the 55th but I have taken on a new responsibility as Interim Preaching Pastor at Osterville Baptist Church on Cape Cod so won’t be able to get away. Love and greetings to all my ’60 alumni! Blessings! In our wonderful Lord,
Harry E. Fletcher, D.Min.
Vice President of International Ministry & Pastoral Care
Good News Jail & Prison Ministry
firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 838-1351
December 31, 2015: Click here to read Terry Gumbert’s touching tribute to “Jigger”.
† December 19, 2015: Marilyn Kay Neiswonger, née White, 73, of Punxsutawney, went to sleep in the Lord Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital. Kay was a 1960 graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School. She worked as a legal secretary for Guy Mamolino and a secretary for Jordan’s Furniture Store until she became a stay-at-home mother. Kay was known for her sense of humor and being a gracious hostess of countless family and church events. She had a self-sacrificial spirit in making sure others’ needs were met before her own. She will be sadly missed by many. Ref: Her obituary in The Punxsutawney Spirit
December 14. 2015: A link to a photograph of those attending PHS 60 December luncheon, as well as one of the Coach Daly Trophy. Note in first picture the glass award item
designed by Nance to be handed out at the Carl Truance Christmas Tournament this month, award to be given..one girl and one boy...for championship playoffs.
November 15, 2015: Hyperlink to the Punxsutawney Spirit’s article on the rededication of the school’s gym to Coach Daly
October 9, 2015: Glenn McMillen Day. Punxsutawney Mayor Richard Alexander recently honored a former Punxsutawney resident with a proclamation on his 73rd birthday. Alexander said Glenn J. McMillen was born in Punxsutawney on Oct. 6, 1942, and was being honored by friends and relatives on his birthday. He said Glenn and his wife have been married for 51 years. They have two children, Chris and Heather. (To the full article in The Punxsutawney Spirit.)
September 14, 2015: Read here the tribute to Chuck Daly and Jim Colonna, along with pictures of members of PAHS 1960, that appeared today in the Punxsutawney Spirit.
† September 1, 2015: Loye “Annie” Frazier, née Ehrgood, 73, of Big Run, passed away following a lengthy illness on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Annie was born on April 7, 1942, a daughter of the late Edward and Naomi Loye Ehrgood. She was married to the late Neil Jefferson Frazier, who preceded her in death in 1971. Her obituary as published in the Punxsutawney Spirit on Septeber 5, 2015.
July 1, 2015: Link to a photograph from the July PHS Luncheon. Those who attended had a great time. Again, what’s missing from this
May 9, 2015: From Nance Finley:Picture from the May PHS Luncheon, showing Skip Kubeldis, Butch White, and Cookie Burkett White. Was great to see Skip doing so well. Despite a medical bump in the road recently, Skip drove up for the luncheon from his home in Derry, PA. We need more to attend. What’s missing from this
† April 20, 2015: Thomas L. Lorenzo, 72, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, at New Life Hospice Residential Center. Born on Aug. 2, 1942, in Punxsutawney to the late Vetus and Margaret (nee Horvath) Lorenzo, he graduated from Punxs-utawney Area High School in 1960. He resided in Huron and Vermilion prior to making Lorain, Ohio, his home. (His obituary as published in The Punxsutawney Spirit on Apr. 18, 2015.)
† March 8, 2015: Sadly in preparations for our fifty-fifth class reunion this September, Pat Swanson Neal learned that our classmate Bob Walter passed away a few years ago. He had Parkinson’s disease.
January 22, 2015: A sad note from Tom Lorenzo’s son, David:
“My father (Tom) was admitted to the hospital early last week and endured an emergency surgery for an ulcer that was bleeding out. It was literally gushing. He went through 15 blood transfusions to save him. He then developed a pneumonia several days later. He was put on CPAP and eventually a ventilator and sedated because he was unable to get enough oxygen.
On Tuesday of this week he was transferred to the Cleveland Clinic. That is where we wished he had been treated from the start. They brought him out of sedation, evaluated, and thoroughly tested. He was mostly unresponsive. Today the results were given. He had 3 major strokes and several minor ones. He is now in a coma. It is unknown what extent the damage is and what percentage he will recover, if at all. I know he valued his email buddies and I wished I had a more up to date contact list. I know he would appreciate your prayers.
Unfortunately for myself I had to return to home in Florida. Debi and my sisters Lisa and Jodi are visiting him on a daily basis. He is not able to receive flowers or gifts in ICU but cards sent to his home address can be retrieved by Debi. I thought that you may wish to know the circumstance in case you are wondering why he has not sent any recent email.
† December 19, 2014: Our loving, kind, and beautiful mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Janet Laureen (Wolfgang) Dana Fry, 73, passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014, after a valiant fight against cancer at her home in Punxsutawney, PA. Janet was born September 5, 1941, in Punxsutawney, to the late James and Ethelyn (Heitzer) Wolfgang. Janet was married and sealed for time and eternity in the LDS Dallas Temple to Don L. Dana who passed away in March 2003. In 2005, Janet married the late Truman Fry, who passed away in October 2014. From her Obituary in The Punxsutawney Spirit.
November 29, 2014: From David Long: A kindergarten picture from 1949. How many classmates do you recognize? Click on the link and see!
November 13. 3014: Pat Swanson Neal sent this great photograph of the classmates who attended the October PHS 60 luncheon of the classmates who attended the October PHS 60 luncheon
† May 2, 2014: George S. Gardiner, 91, Punxsutawney, passed away peacefully at his home on May 1, 2014. He was a retired Industrial Arts teacher at Punxsutawney High School, where he taught for 35 years. After retirement, George became a self-taught master woodcarver, frequently displaying his works at art shows and events around the area. He enjoyed life to the fullest and stayed active with his many interests. (His obituary in The Punxsutawney Spirit.
March 28, 2014: This from Nance Finley: About 20 of us got together today for an impromptu lunch at Gimmicks. We had a great time. Wish you were here! I sat next to Bob Burkett and he told me about the time he went to Callaway Gardens at your suggestion. I told him I did too! Nance (From the webmistress - If you can identify all these nice people, please let me know and I will post them along with the picture given here. email@example.com)
† March 22, 2014: Our classmate, Judith B. Redding née Spencer, passed on March 21, 2014. She is survived by four children, T. Randall Redding of Punxsutawney, Brian Redding and wife Mary Ann of Walston, Denise L. Geist and husband Rick of Punxsutawney, and Jill E. Carey and husband Bill of Punxsutawney; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, William Spencer and wife Jane Ann, and Richard Spencer and wife Vicki; and one sister, Janene Spencer, all of Punxsutawney. Judy enjoyed being outside, working in the garden and going for walks. Her Obituary as given in The Punxsutawney Spirit.
† Febuary 28, 2014: A sad note. Alexander T. Test passed away on Feb. 24, 2014.
† July 8, 2013: Via E-Mail from Tom Lorenzo - Lynn Ingros, of Brighton Township, passed away June 28, 2013. He was a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Navy and spent 22 years as an independent nuclear contractor. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife Alice; two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Sharon, and Jeff and Anne; eight grandchildren, Nick, Jackie, Megan, Jarek, Gabrielle, Alec, Kaden and Veronica; three brothers, Jon, Dennis and Mark; four sisters-in-law, Judy, Mary, Mariann and Judy, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. A private service was held at Noll Funeral Home Inc., 333 Third St., Beaver. Online condolences may be shared at nollfuneral.com. Ref: His obituary in The Punxsutawney Spitit
† March 28, 2013: Sad news from the Punxsutawney Spirit - Leroy Dallas Bloom, 71, of Punxsutawney, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital. He was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Ralph and Effie (McHenry) Bloom. Mr. Bloom was a retired farmer and truck driver and the owner of Bloom Trucking. He enjoyed going to antique tractor pulls with his friends.
He is survived by his sons, Rodrick Bloom and Kevin Wayne Bloom, both of Punxsutawney; a daughter, Justina Zambory of Punxsutawney; four grandchildren, Kevin Bloom, Jr. and Kayla Bloom, both of Punxsutawney, and Nickia Glatt and Shane Glatt; three great-grandchildren, Julia Zambory, Lyric Alderton and Mercedes Marie Ginnery; and good friend Pat Hayes of Punxsutawney. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Bloom’s name to the American Diabetes Association at 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311. Online condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com. Ref: His obituary in the Punxsutawney Spirit.
September 28, 2012: Tragically it has been confirmed that remains found along a Pacific Palisades hiking trail belonged to Nance Finley’s grandson, David Goeser, who has been missing since July 22nd 2012. The young man’s parents posted a confirmation Thursday that their son’s remains were found on the trail and that he took his own life. “While we grieve this tremendous loss, we are immensely grateful for the love and support of all who helped us in our search,” the parents wrote. “We would ask that you continue to respect the family’s privacy at this time, and we thank you for your ongoing prayers and support. You have been a true gift.” Nance plans to remain in California for as long as her daughter needs her. Nance’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
September 24, 2012: Eight Punxsy women met at the NJ beach condo of Kirsten Cole Schneller for a time of reminiscing about their lives before and after their 1960 PHS graduation. The friends traveled from seven states and Mexico for this reunion. Picture identification: Front row: Mary Beth Anderson McGill, Carol Grossman Savas, Karen Jeffries Todd. Back row: Sandi Allison Neutz, Kirsten Cole Schneller, Suzanne Hetrick Hoover, Marilyn Stein Underhill. Photo by Mary Kay McAdoo Mitchell
† June 12, 2012: A sad note: Beverly “Bea” (Sutter) Hinderliter, 69, Coolspring, died Sunday, June 10, 2012. She was born January 3, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Dee Glenn and Elizabeth Amy (McCana) Sutter. On November 9, 1963, she married Charles Franklin Hinderliter, who survives.
A 1960 graduate of the Punxsutawney Area High School, she worked for several years at Pramco and Punxsy Sportswear, as well as with her husband at Hinderliter’s Garage for more than 20 years. She was an active member of the Coolspring Presbyterian Church. Ref: Her obituary in The Punxsutawney Spirit.
† April 2, 2012: Ralph E. Miller, 69, Smicksburg, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, Punxsutawney. He was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Charles H. and Vera (Neal) Miller. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Trade City. Mr. Miller was employed for 30 years by PennDOT, where he worked as an inspector before retiring. He loved playing Bingo and maintained his home on the farm where he was born. Mr. Miller made his home at Mahoning Riverside Manor in Punxsutawney for the past four years. Surviving relatives include two brothers, Charles Neal Miller and wife Mary Ann of Christianburg, Va., and John K. Miller and wife Judy of Smicksburg; a nephew, Shawn K. Miller and wife Carrie; four nieces, Nancy E. Rodriguez, Neala A. Miller, Molly Lee Kruckenberg and husband Robert and Meryl Lyn O’Brien and husband Greg; and 10 grand-nieces and nephews. Interment was at the White Church Cemetery, Hamilton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 27552 Rt 954 Hwy N, Smicksburg, Pa. 16256. Online condolences may be made to www.mccabefuneralhomes.com. Ref: His obituary in The Punxsutawney Spirit.
† September 23, 2011: Merrian L. Sherry, 68, Punxsutawney, passed away Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was born Jan. 23, 1943, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late John K. and Bernice L. (Shirey) Sherry. Miss Sherry worked for Loree Footwear starting in 1959. Later she was employed by National City Bank for 19 years and Marion Center Bank for 11 years. Her life revolved around her family and friends. She loved traveling and was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Surviving relatives include a brother, John P. Sherry of Cockeysville, Md., and a sister, Elva Yasolsky of Mesa, Ariz., a niece, Patricia Yasolsky, and three nephews, Stephen Yasolsky, Michael Yasolsky and John B. Sherry. Here is a reprint of her obituary in The Punxsutawney Spirit.
July 6, 2011: A souvenir from the program for the 1960 graduation festivities. If you have more that I can show, please send them to me for posting. Thanks, Marilyn
† Febuary 5, 2011: Donald L. Brothers, 68, of Palmer, Alaska, died Jan. 31, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 18, 1942 in Dayton, a son of the late Clair and Jessie Elizabeth (Neville) Brothers. He attended school in Punxsutawney, graduating with the Punxsutawney High School Class of 1960. On January 26, 1962, in Wichita Falls, Texas, he was united in marriage with his wife of 49 years, Mary Ann Wilson, who survives. (His obituary in the Memoriam.)
† June 6, 2011: Ruby E. Powell, née Vasbinder, 68, passed away Friday, June 3, 2011, at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital. Her obituary from The Punxsutawney Spirit, is given here in the Memoriam.
August 19, 2011: From Terry Gumbert: Today received
hopefully final diagnosis. I have early stage Lyme disease and am being treated with antibiotics. Been up and down, mostly down, for past two weeks with flu like symptoms accompanied by
severe swollen, painful joints over entire body. Was a real bummer.
Doc suggested I find new pets instead of the deer herd! It’s not the deer, I just have to take more precautions to protect myself. He asked if it was worth it and I told him that the 25 years of enjoyment I’ve received is worth the discomfort, maybe not for some folks, but definitely for me.
Anyway I will probably survive this medical bump to harass each of you for a while longer. When he asked how I felt at today’s visit, I said two weeks ago I was 26 years old and NOW I am 70.
August 2, 2011:
Nance Finley, is one of our hard working classmates, and her latest artistic endeavor was featured in the Aug 1, 2011 Punxsutawney Spirit. She is busy restoring one of the five Punxsutawney Phils she and her artistic partner, the late Jeff Marshall created six years ago. Recently
Fireman Phil, on display in front of the Central Fire Department at the Mahoning East Civic Center, was taken into the shop for restoration by Nance. This
Phil was created in memory of Leroy
Cookie Depp, a long-time member of the Central Fire Department, following his passing and to pay tribute to all volunteer firefighters in the Punxsutawney Fire Department. To the full article in The Punxsutawney Spirit. .
January 14, 2011From Karen Todd: Pictures of Elizabeth on her first birthday, Jan 11. No captions here. Some things are cuter than words!
October 15, 2010: A note from Marilyn - Shortly after my mother died in Punxsutawney in April I decided to visit several of her long-standing friends, one of whom is Eleanor Caylor. Her son Myron, our classmate, happened to be visiting with his family at their absolutely beautiful farm, and we had a truly happy reunion. After earning several graduate degrees Myron moved to England where he enjoyed success as the head of a Department of Defence School. I spent a semester in England and loved the countryside. Myron has lovingly restored his 1780 manor house and takes considerable pride in maintaining his properties. I left our afternoon meeting filled with happiness with the knowledge that I now have a quality friend “over the pond” who is a treasured classmate. I am attaching pictures of Myron, Myron’s eight bedroom manor house, and his recent trip to Croatia. Enjoy.
October 1, 2010: More happy news from Tom Lorenzo: “This afternoon, Oct 1, 2010, at the Homecoming Pep Rally for Elyria Catholic HS, our Grand Daughter, Senior Shannon Tomshack was named the Homecoming Queen. She is a member of the HS Tennis Team. She will ride to the Homecoming Football game tonight in a brand new Corvette convertible; and will also preside over the Homecoming dance that follows the football game. She is a beautiful young lady, and we are so proud and happy for her. The photo was taken by my daughter Lisa with her cell phone. Love Tom”
† October 1, 2010: Our junior high science teacher, Joseph F. Kippert, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at his home. His obituary was published in today’s issue of The Indiana Gazette. Mr. Kippert started his teaching career in a two-room schoolhouse in Smicksburg for grades 5 through 8. He also taught grades 6 through 12 in Rossiter and later at the Punxsutawney Junior High School, where he taught science and was planetarium director.
September 23, 2010: From Terry Gumbert - If you’re in the Punxsy area on October 1st, it’s a great time to have lunch and share happenings with your PHS 60 classmates. This month’s lunch date is on Oct 1 at 12 noon at Laska’s Pizza, North Main Street, Punxsy, across from Country Club? We will try to have a regular lunch date the First Friday of each month... agreed upon last time by those present.... 11 Classmates. For those of you lucky enough to be there - have a great time!
September 22, 2010: From Bill Smorey - Marilyn and Dwight - thanks for the honorable mention on the front page. I really enjoyed setting up the original site and running it for a few years but once AT&T stopped supporting web sites I ran out of time to reconstruct it. Though I retired in 2001 I am still working part time and quite often it seems like a full time job! We are running contracts in both Iraq and Afghanistan supporting our great troops over there and it gets quite hectic from time to time. I also got roped into presiding over our Homeowner's Association and that takes up a lot of time (way too much) also. So much for retiring - but as Joe Paterno once said “what would I do on Saturday’s - cut grass”! So glad you have taken up the challenge of “webmeister” so the site can continue. It is a great site and you’ve done a super job. It has been quite awhile since I was in the Fort Bragg area and visited with Terry G but always look forward to those trips whenever I can make them. He even picked me up once in his shiny old Corvette with the top down and we pretended we were teen agers again!I think he even ran a red light! Eh, Terry? I’m always on call if you need help with any part of the site. Take care. Bill Smorey
September 22, 2010: From Terry Gumbert - “Hello to everybody. Best news from your country boy down in Georgia is that as of about three weeks ago my normal health returned suddenly. Wish it had happened in time for the 50th reunion, but I did enjoy all the wonderful photos folks emailed to me. Our summer has been blessed with a new addition........no, not like Max’s. Rescued a newborn fawn that was being stomped to death by two does. He helped the time go by and kept me busy for several weeks until I turned him out with our herd for good at the age of 4 weeks. Now he drops by for a head scratch and a bottle about three times a day with the rest of the herd. This is our ‘Bertie’. Georgie, ‘my athlete’ is preparing for a half marathon in January and continues to do 5K races with much success in her age category. ‘I watch!’ Prayers that this finds each of you in health and happiness.”
September 21, 2010: Update from Tom and Debi Lorenzo - “Sorry my wife and I were unable to attend this years’ class reunion. She is still employed, and can only get so much time off each year. We had a reunion in Punxsy from August 5th thru the 8th this year; and we felt that family was the primary importance this year. We hope to be able to attend the next reunion in two years. While we were in Punxsy, we did get to spend time with Nancy Finley, Butch & Karen White, Red Nolder, Jack White, and others. So our trip was a great one for sure.
We have 3 children Dave 47, Lisa 45, and Jodi 37 who is the director of a clinic in Greensboro, NC. We have 6 grand children ages 7 to 24; and one great grand daughter who will be a year old in December.
Here is a photo of my wife and I. It was taken by Nancy Finley’s Jukebox, that she allowed us to use for our reunion, at The Pantall Hotel on Friday, August 6th, 2010.”
July 11, 2010: A note from Terry Gumbert on the 50th Reunion.
We had 117 people come. The majority is in favor to hold a reunion every two years from now on, preferably a picnic. We auctioned off a few items, so the next reunion is practically paid for already! Butch got $50 for his desk, from Harry Fletcher, who lives in Cape Cod - so he left the chair behind. Sandra Bond’s husband auctioned off a scarf from the Chuck Daly estate. The newly signed yearbook went for $100 to Linda Hutchins, whose kids cut her original Mirror up! Butch announced that Darlene Bender has suffered a stroke, and we need to keep her in our thoughts. Hope you enjoyed!
July 6, 2010: From Terry Gumbert: This is the saddest email I think I’ve ever had to write. Those of you who know me very well know what Punxsy and our class means to me. No matter where I was in the world, my biggest thrill was attending each class reunion every five years. Seeing you and exchanging memories and stories of where we had been and what we had been doing filled those reunion days with pure joy.
This year was to be no exception and held special meaning being our 50th. This morning I had to cancel all my reservations for medical reasons and I will sorely miss seeing those of you faithful who had planned to attend. Words cannot express my disappointment, but I will be there with you in spirit and pray each of you have all the enjoyment that I know I would have had. A safe journey for all of you.
I hope you enjoy the
Memory Table items that I so enjoyed collecting and reproducing for your pleasure. One favor I might ask would be for anyone taking photographs during the weekend, I would sincerely appreciate receiving email or paper copies so that I might relive some memories through you. Love to you all,
January 3, 2010:. Planning is underway for the big 50th year reunion. Can you believe it? Watch your emails for details. Pat Neal and their team in Punxsy will have the latest and greatest information.
† October 27. 2009: This from John & Priscilla Rolls regarding Gorman Shaffer’s Memorial Service: Pastor Butch White led a memorial service for Gorman Earl Shaffer on Sunday afternoon, October 25, 2009 at Wesley Chapel Methodist Church in Urbana, Md. View description.
† December 14, 2009: Carol Ann Smith, 68, of 4014 Navajo Court, passed away Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at her residence. A native of Punxsutawney, Pa., she was born Dec. 6, 1941, a daughter of the late Clark and Cora Ann Weaver Crawford. She was a grant management specialist for the federal government retiring in 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Larry and Mark Smith; father-in-law, Dwight; and brother-in-law, Dennis. Here is her reprinted obituary from The Punxsutawney Spirit.
† May 9, 2009: Sadly, this is to report the death of our world-fameous basketball coach, Chuck Daly, who died today. A thoughtful obituary is reprinted here. He is survived by his beloved wife, Terry, and a daughter, Cydney.
November 26 2007: Big Run Girls. Photo Courtesy of Nance Finley via Tom Lorenzo.
|Thelma (Bowser) Keller|
|Pat (Swanson) Neal|
|Janet (Johnston) Martin|
|Bridget (Neal) Harrige|
June 13, 2007: Very sad to hear of the passing of Orvie Hoffman earlier this month. I”m sure we will all remember him as a very likable class mate and those of us in old Scout Troop 44 will certainly remember him well. Farewell to a fellow classmate and Eagle Scout. RIP.
October 20, 2006: Dave Long inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. This good news is courtesy of Nance Finley who forwarded an article to me from the Punxsy Spirit. True to form the ‘ole’ Spirit said ‘Trail’ lawyers instead of ‘Trial’ lawyers. Who knows - maybe Dave has taken up hiking? Anyway - here are some excerpts from the article: “The induction ceremony at which Long became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of more than 1000 people during the recent 2006 Annual Meeting of the College in London. A 1960 graduate of Punxsutawney High School, Long is a partner in the law firm of Poyner & Spruill in Raleigh and has been practicing in Raleigh for 39 years. Founded in 1950 the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership in the College cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state. There are currently 5,500 members in the United States and Canada, including Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows.”
Congratulations Dave! We would expect nothing less from a 1960 grad and former Troop 44 Eagle Scout! Well done! Hey Dave, can you help me with this traffic ticket I got recently?
August 4, 2006: New email address added to ‘Classmates’ (click upper left corner icon) for Don Hester. Understand Don and his wife are out touring the country in their RV. I hope we get a good trip report and some photos when they return. Enjoy!
June 19, 2005: Using a recent email from Pat, I’ve updated and added a bunch of email addresses to the ‘Classmates’ page (icon at upper left of this page. Please check your email address to make sure we have it right. If not - please send me a note so I can correct your e-address. Thanks. Bill
June 12, 2005: Terry Gumbert shared this email from Max Clark who is working in China! “Got this real nice email from Max and I don’t think he would mind my sharing his note with you.”
Thanks for going to all the work of collecting and displaying the photos. I’m sitting in a remote section of China (Shijiazhuang - a city of 1 million people, in Hebei Province - 65 million), working a wastewater treatment project to build five treatment plants in 4 cities scattered over the province, which surrounds the national capital of Beijing. Anyhow, it’s a tremendous source of satisfaction in ‘getting back to my roots’ to see your photographs. Regards, Max Clark”
June 12, 2005: Another classmate found. Allen K. (Skip) Kubeldis. Skip’s email address is added to the ‘Classmates’ page. Click on the ‘Classmates’ icon at top left of this page.
May 4, 2005: Email address added for Tom Lorenzo on ‘Classmates’ page.
Feburary 18, 2005: Email address correction for Peg (Schwab) Gustafson
Feburary 15, 2005: More new email addresses. Kae Diane Basile and Peggy Bowers Hineman. Check the ‘Classmates’ icon at top left or Guest Book entries.
Feburary 11, 2005: Email address for Sandy (Baun) Richards added to ‘Classmates’ list.
Feburary 7, 2005: Another classmate email added to ‘Classmates’ list: Danny Moot.
Feburary 2, 2005: “Happy Groundhog Day to all”! New email address for Bill and Clare Freas. Click on the ‘Classmates’ Icon at upper left to access all email addresses.
January 28, 2005: New email addresses for Karen Todd Jeffries, Billie Barnett and Sarah Ott. Click on the "Classmates" icon at upper left of this page to access all email addresses.
† January 8, 2005: H Dennis Sherk, one of our science teachers, died today. He led an intereting life, serving earlier in World War II. His book, Guide for television instructors, published by Pennsylvania State College (1961), is out of print, but as of 2016, still available on the internet. He was certainly ahead of his time!
† January 6, 2005: By now many of you have seen or heard of the sad news of the passing of fellow classmate Tom Taylor If not, here are some details:
Thomas P. Taylor, 62, 753 Garden St. Meadville, died Monday, Jan 3, 2005 at Meadville Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Taylor was born Sept 13, 1942, in Punxsutawney, the son of the late Thomas William Taylor and Frances A. Witherow. On June 3, 1962, Mr. Taylor married Carol L. (Haines) Taylor, who survives. Tom previously owned and operated Taylor’s Outlet in Brookville. He is survived by two daughters, JoLynn Lyons and Shelley Taylor; and a son, Christopher of Meadville; two sisters, Diana Bair and Elizabeth Villella and three brothers; William, David and John and five grandchildren.
I’m sure all fellow classmates of PAHS 1960 would wish to express their sincere condolences to his wife Carol (Class of 1961), his children and family in their time of sorrow.
August 15, 2004:. Another classmate located. Tom Reed living in Camas, Washington. See ‘Classmates’ for info on Tom.
July 28, 2004:. Thanks to all who responded with updates to their email and mailing addresses. I forward the info to Pat Neal so she will have the latest updates. I received two very nice updates from former classmates. The first is from Nance Finley who recently moved back to Punxsy and the other from Harry Fletcher who is doing great ministerial work all over the world.
† October 10, 2001: Paul Charles Travis died Thursday, Oct. 4. 2001 at age 61. He was an owner of T&B Ranch, Altoona. He also was a safety instructor in Texas. Born in Punxsutawney, Pa., he moved to Central Florida in 1988. He was a member of the American Association of Horsemanship Safety. He was a director for Dixie Regional Team Penning Association. He was a certified mounted police instructor. He was an Army veteran. Survivors: wife, Mona Travis; sons, Dan Burba, Baton Rouge, La., David Burba, Altoona; mother, Mildred McQuown, Punxsutawney; sister, Anna Hollenbaugh, Dayton, Pa.; one grandson.
From Nance Finley: “Thanks! Got your e-mail. Sorry for the delay. I just got a new computer system and it seems to have a mind of its own! I’m still in Punxsy and have taken up stained glass of all things. After my first piece, which I did for the Presbyterian Centennial (see attached), I was commissioned to do another piece. Maybe I’ve found a new calling at 62! Nance”
And from Harry Fletcher:
It was good to see so many at the Florida Groundhog Day in February 2003. Hope to make it at reunion in 2005.
I am Vice President of International Ministry with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. We supply chaplains for correctional facilities around the world. I just returned from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Sunday. On to the Middle East countries of Egypt,Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq in September; then to Tyumen, Russia in October and back to Bishkek in November. It is great seeing lives transformed by the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. My wife and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary on July 16th. Our two daughters are married to pastors and they are home this week for vacation. My older daughter has three little boys. We are blessed. Thanks for keeping us all informed. Blessings.
Another classmate located!
Just before the holidays I opened my email one day and was pleasantly surprised to have an email from Bob Walters. Bob and I enlisted in the Air Force together and went through part of our basic training in 1960. We met up once again in England when Mary Ann and I were stationed outside London and Bob flew over from (Iceland? or Greenland?)for some R&R leave to RAF Mildenhall. Wonder if he remembers that! We’ve exchanged a couple emails and all of a sudden 40 some years zips by before you know it!! Bob and family are living in Virginia.
“Mid-October: A very happy reunion took place in Highlands, NC, at the mountain home of Marilyn Stein Underhill. Mary Beth Anderson McGill traveled from Florida and Karen Jeffries Todd arrived for the week from Pittsburgh, PA. It was truly a magical time of sharing and caring.” Marilyn.
Thanks Marilyn for sending along the photos for the website. How about some news and photos from other classmates!
(More to come - stay tuned. Click on photos to see enlarged)
Picture 1: Bill Freas. Mary Ann (Serian) Smorey, Kae Diane (Ingram) Basile, Don Hester
Picture 2: Sally (Long), Dave Long, Butch White, ??
Picture 3: Mary Ann (Serian) Smorey, Bill Freas, Bill Smorey, Kae Diane, Kae’s Hubby, Don Hester, Nancy Tuck, Sandy Baun, ??
Picture 4: Time for Hester Burgers!
Picture 5: Hay Ride? Nope - Orange Ride!
Picture 6: Don Hester, Dave Long, Butch White
Comments from some of the attendees:
“.... the Groundhog day celebration was a lot of fun and very well planned and carried out. The Lingenfelters, Collie, Butch and anyone else who had a part, did a wonderful job. It was great to see so many people from Punxsy there, some we recognized, some we did not. Many thanks to the committee for all they did. We could not stay for the evening and next day activities but enjoyed the day anyway just visiting with everyone.” Carl and Claire Barnett
“The reunion was wonderful. I am so glad I was able to attend. The rest of the weekend was equally as rewarding. Had a good time at the dinner and the picnic at the Hesters was great. We picked oranges at Don’s, bringing home a continual reminder of their hospitality. Thanks Don and Judy. It was great seeing all the Punxsy crowd.” Kae Diane and Norma.
“Dick and Judy Lingenfelter did a great job setting this up! It’s a lot of work and they should get a big round of applause from everyone! Collie did a super job at hosting the Groundhog Day luncheon and Butch White was a great master of ceremonies.” Bill and Mary Ann Smorey
|Butch White||Jack White|
|Don Hester||Mary Beth Anderson, Collie|
|Harry Fletcher||Grace Germonto - Former English teacher|
|Sandy (Baun)||Nancy Tuck - All the way from Phoenix, AZ.|
|Mary Ann (Serian)|
|Kae Diane (Basile)|
|Dick and Judy|
Punxsutawney Phil Fights the Terrorists! (Credit to Nance Finlay for the photo!) Since we’re now fighting in caves - wouldn’t this be the perfect "SECRET" weapon!!
Some pics from those of us who couldn’t attend past reunions. Thanks to Nance for starting the ball rolling. C’ mon gang -we’d like to see more!
Nance Finlay at work at Warner Bros. “Hi Classmates”!
† February 4, 1985: Roger A.
Buck Lellock, 42, of Punxsutawney RD 2, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 1985 in the Presbyterian University Hospital, Pittsburgh, as the result of injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident. A son of John and Thelma Smith Lellock, he was born October 29, 1942, at Punxsutawney. Mr. Lellock was a lifetime resident of the Punxsutawney area and vice president of operations for Geneva Management in Washington, D.C. To his obituary in The Indiana Gazette.
Bill and Mary Ann (Serian) Smorey Married - 1962