Debra S. Gotwald

Debra S. Gotwald, 64, of Punxsutawney, died late Friday, September 4, 2020, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.

Born on February 9, 1956, in Punxsutawney, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Geraldine (Klingensmith) Geist.

She was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School and Dubois Business College.

Her favorite pastimes included playing cards with her sisters, reading, and spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren and attending their sporting activities.

She is survived by two sons, Carl (Michele) Gotwald, Jr. and Eric (Angela) Gotwald; five beloved grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle, Cheyenne, Logan and Sara; a sister, Audrey Beatty; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Those preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, are her fiancée and lifelong companion, George Long; two brothers, Donald and Clifford Geist; and two sisters, Betty “Jean” Wells and Barbara “Joyce” Beitz.

Interment will take place at Coolspring Cemetery, Jefferson County.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Punxsutawney Memorial Library or the American Cancer Society.

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