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William George Setree
November 15, 1926 ~ September 6, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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William “Bill” George Setree, Sr., 96, of Rossiter, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at Penn Highlands Jefferson Manor in Brookville.
He was born in Rossiter on November 15, 1926, a son of the late James Setree and Naomi (Hawk) Setree. He was the last member of his immediate family.
Mr. Setree was a United States Army Veteran serving from 1946-1947.
On November 29, 1952, he married the former Elaine P. Beatty. She survives and resides in Rossiter.
Bill worked as an advertising manager at the Punxsutawney Spirit for thirty years and later at Punxsutawney Western Auto until his retirement. He also worked as a long time cook at his brother’s restaurant, The New Anchor Inn. He served on the Punxsutawney Area School Board for thirty years and the Union Hill Cemetery for many years.
He enjoyed fishing, gardening both vegetables and flowers. His harvest was always bountiful, and he liked helping with the canning and picking berries for making jelly each year.
In addition to his wife Elaine, he is survived by seven children, Joan (Don Kemerer) Setree-Kemerer of Rossiter, Rebecca (John “Mingo”) Urchuck or Rossiter, Barbara (Gary) McKeown of Zelionople, William Setree, Jr. of Punxsutawney, Sandra Setree of Rossiter, Janeen (Dave) Love of Rossiter and Scott (Karen) Setree of Rossiter; fifteen grandchildren, Jamie Reddinger, Andra Titus, Melissa Butler, Ryan McKeown, Mark, Michael, Andrew, Matthew Love, Billy King, Kera Koziara, Craig Setree, Hollyann Setree, Cody, Christopher and Jennifer Setree; ten great grandchildren and twins expected in February.
Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Charles, James and infant brother Setree; three sisters, Selma Welsh, Anna Mae Kollar and Eleanor Setree; daughter in-law, Manette Setree.
In accordance to his wishes there will be no viewing. Arrangements entrusted to Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney.
Interment will be at Union Hill Cemetery, Rossiter. Military Honors will be accorded by the Rossiter American Legion.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at the Rossiter American Legion.
Memorial donations may be made in Bill's memory to Union Hill Cemetery Association or Rossiter Volunteer Fire Company.