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Wilford E. Carnes, 73

WARREN – There will be services at a later date for Wilford E. Carnes, 73, of 506 N. Park Ave., who died Thursday morning in the emergency room. of Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital

Wilford was born June 30, 1933 in Canfield, the son of the late Irving W. and Opal Margaret (Orr) Carnes.

He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1980 after serving 30 years. Wilford enjoyed working crossword puzzles.

His first wife, Louise Carnes, died in 1983.

He is survived by his fiancee, Maxine Karr of 28 years; two daughters, Nancy (Dennis) Bykkonen of Calumet, Mich. and Becky Carnes of Lorium, Mich.; a sister, Doris Duffy of Lordstown; a brother, James (Janet) Carnes of Lake Milton; a great-grandson, Nicholas Cowger and his mother, Chandra Karr, both of Johnstown; and Nicholas’s grandmother, Bonnie Karr of Leavittsburg.

Besides his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Pooch Carnes; a son, Thomas Carnes; and his stepmother, Opal Gillette Carnes.

There are no calling hours.

Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, in charge of arrangements.

Friends and family may view obituaries and send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.



Paul L. Davis, 88

AUSTINTOWN – There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Paul L. Davis, 88, who died Thursday afternoon at his home.

He was born Aug. 18, 1917 in West Austintown, the son of the late Roy and Grace (Schrum) Davis.

He retired in 1982 from Wean United, where he had been a machinist.

Paul was a member of the Wedgewood Park Church and had done volunteer work for 15 years for the Rescue Mission. He had served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Pacific Theatre and was also a member of the Canfield American Legion Post. He enjoyed gardening and carpentry.

Paul’s first wife, Margaret Brandyberry, died in February of 1982.

He is survived by his second wife, the former Alverda (Donahue) Grope, whom he married October of 1982; two sons, John (Carole) Davis of Canfield and Charles (Twyla) Davis of Westerville; five stepchildren, J. Robert (Phyllis) Grope of Ft. Worth, Texas, James F. (Sally) Grope of Boardman, Dennis R. (Margaret) Grope of Ft. Worth and Richard (Kim) Grope and Connie Coriston, both of Austintown; two sisters, Wilma Williams of Austintown and Helen Hively of Canfield; a brother, Ralph Davis of Canfield; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Davis.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family requests that material contributions be made to the Rescue Mission of Youngstown.

Friends and family may view obituaries and send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.



Solomon Farbman, 78

BOARDMAN – There will be services at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home for Solomon Farbman, 78, who died Thursday afternoon at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Farbman was born Dec. 7, 1927 in Youngstown, a son of Myer and Rose Lapidus Farbman.

He was a life insurance agent and consultant for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Prior to that, he and his brother Sam operated produce markets in Warren and Youngstown.

Sol was a true family man who enjoyed playing poker and bowling with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Ruth Schermer; a daughter, Marsha (Larry) Hirschl of Farmdale; a son, Barry (Trudy) of Austintown; grandchildren, Michelle (Dean) Rumbaugh, Atty. Rhonda Sue (Jim) Mike, Dr. Robert Alex (Erica) Hirschl and Atty. Elizabeth Farbman; and great-grandchildren, Josh and Jared Mike.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Steven; a nephew, Mitchell; a brother, Sam; and a sister, Yetta.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Contributions may be made to Temple El Emeth.

Arrangements are being handled by the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.


Lois E. Keirsey, 73

CLEVELAND – Lois E. Keirsey, 73, of Lena Avenue in Cleveland, formerly of Warren, died at 12:25 p.m. Thursday at her residence following a lengthy illness.

She was born Nov. 29, 1932 in White Ravens Croft, Tenn., the daughter of Leonard E. and Evelyn (Dotson) Emery. She was a Warren area resident since 1973, moving to Cleveland five years ago.

Lois was a loving homemaker and enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and word search games.

Her husband of 41 years, Charles E. Keirsey Sr., whom she married Jan. 2, 1949, preceded her in death March 21, 1990.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Keirsey of Cleveland, with whom she made her home, and Susan Williams and husband “Bill” of Albion, Pa.; four sons, Charles E. Jr. and wife Suzanne of Cleveland, Gary L. and wife Debbie of Mineral Ridge, John F. of San Francisco and Jeffrey S. and fiancee Melissa Emery of Warren; nine grandchildren, Lisa, Walter, Lena, Matt, Josh, Vance, Rachel, Ryan and London; four great-grandchildren, Tommy, Tara, Tyra and Stephanie; and a sister, Vanice Nelson of Kentucky.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Travis Keirsey.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Monday the Roberts-Clark Chapel, where there will be funeral services at 1 p.m. Monday with Pastor Bill Carter officiating.

Burial will be at Kerr Cemetery in Weathersfield Township.

Material contributions may be made to the Cleveland Clinic Hospice, 6801 Brecksville Road No. 10, Independence, OH 44131.


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William J. Leonard, 79

YOUNGSTOWN – William J. Leonard, 79, passed away Thursday evening at Park Vista Care Center.

He was born April 27, 1927 in Youngstown, the son of the late Patrick and Anna (Welsh) Leonard.

William was employed at Commercial Inertech as a lab tech, retiring in 1992 after 32 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

He was a member of St. Edward Church in Youngstown and a graduate of East High School, where he was King of his Class. He was also a graduate of Notre Dame University. He was a founding member of the Sunday Morning Breakfast Club.

William played football at both East High School and Notre Dame University.

From 1942 to 1944, he played for the East High School football team, where he was first-team All-City in 1943 and 1944, was first team All-County in 1944 and was second team All-Ohio in 1944.

In 1945, he played end for the Notre Dame football team. His long reception set up the disputed score against Navy, which ended in a 6-6 tie at Cleveland Stadium.

In 1946, he served in the U.S. Army for 18 months.

In 1947, he played for the undefeated Notre Dame football team that won the National Championship under the legendary coach, Frank Leahy, whose players were known as “Leahy’s Lads.” The 1947 team, which had two Heisman Trophy winners, Johnny Lujack and Leon Hart, was cited by Sports Illustrated as the best college football team of all time. The Irish, who never trailed in a single game that year, saw 41 of its players from that team go on to play pro football, including William Leonard.

He played two seasons with the Baltimore Colts in 1949 and 1950, spent a year in the Canadian Football League in 1951, was inducted into the East High School Hall of Fame in 1992 and was inducted into the Curbstone Coaches Hall Of Fame in 1997.

He is survived by his wife, the former Helen I. Weber, whom he married Nov. 11, 1952; five sons, Joseph (Debbie) Leonard of Boardman, Michael Leonard of Girard, Tim Leonard of Akron, Edward (Mary Ann) Leonard of Columbus and Denise Leonard of Chicago;. six daughters, Mary Ann (Marty) Kanetsky of Hubbard, Colleen Schmitt of Vandalia, Karen (David) Thigpen of Youngstown, Nancy (Anthony) Orlando of Howland, Susan (Chris) Crowe of Canfield and Patricia (Mark) Brewer of Winston Salem, N.C.; and 12 grandchildren, Matthew, Marty and Marc Kanetsky, Kaitlin and Karen Crowe, Patrick Boppel, Elliott, Spencer and Huntley Brewer, and Tyler, Trevor and Trace Leonard.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ted Leonard; a sister, Joanne Leonard; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Lou Weber and Flora Weber.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home, 711 Wick Ave. in Youngstown.

There will be a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Edward Church in Youngstown, preceded by prayers at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to either the Alzheimer's Association or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Gladys Mauch, 75

HUBBARD – There will be services at 11 a.m. Monday at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Gladys Mauch, 75, who passed away Wednesday at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Gladys was born July 17, 1931 in Mineral Ridge, a daughter of Evan and Carmen Adams Earl, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a bus driver for Hubbard School System for several years. She and her husband were foster parents for many years.

She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and the Hubbard Senior Citizens, was an avid gardener and enjoyed animals.

She leaves her husband, Kenneth W. Mauch Sr., whom she married June 7, 1952; two sons, Kenneth W. (Beth) Mauch Jr. and Jay E. (Tina) Mauch, both of Hubbard; two daughters, Diana (Steve) Begalla of Boardman and Tammy (Mark) Waller of Hubbard; two sisters, Doris Reyes of Windham and Maralee Uncapher of Palm Bay, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Daniel Earl, Robert Earl, Richard Earl, Joseph Earl and William Earl; and three sisters, Luella McGuire, Vera Jackson and Marjorie DellaPenna.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 111 Hall Ave., Hubbard, OH 44425.

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Mary Margaret Miller, 93

CONNEAUT – A private burial was held Thursday at Lake Park Cemetery for Mary Margaret Miller, 93, who died Tuesday evening at Inn-Conneaut Health Center.

Mrs. Miller was born Sept. 19, 1912 in Escanaba, Mich., a daughter of Markus and Catherine Ofak Sudac, and was a resident of Youngstown for 84 years.

She retired as a cashier at Northside Hospital. Mary was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Conneaut,

Her husband, Arthur F. Miller, whom she married in 1903, died in 1957.

She leaves a son, George A. (Helen V.) Miller of Conneaut; a brother, George Sudac of Struthers; three sisters, Barbara Bernard and Ann Smith, both of California, and Katherine Milts of Oregon; seven grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandchild and three great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours.

Material tributes may be made to Hospice House & Headquarters of Conneaut, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119.

Arrangements are being handled by the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.foxfuneralhome.org.


Andrew J. Pletenik, 55

CINCINNATI – There will be services at 11 a.m. Monday at the Cunningham Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel, for Andrew J. Pletenik, 55, who passed Wednesday morning at the emergency room of Mercy Hospital Anderson in Cincinnati.

He was born, May 17, 1951, in Youngstown, a son of Andrew and Emma Jane Mohr Pletenik, and moved to Cincinnati in 1992.

A 1969 graduate of Poland Seminary High School, Mr. Pletenik attended Youngstown State University and worked in sales for I.T.W. Company. He was a member of St. George Byzantine Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Geraldine Olesen, whom he married July 8, 1978; his mother of Poland; a sister, Barbara Jane (David) Roth of Poland; and nephews, Travis and Jaysen Roth.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Material contributions may take the form of donations to the American Diabetes Association, 1815 W. Market St., Suite 108, Akron, OH 44313.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent at www.beckerobits.com.



Frank J. Stroney, 95

NORTH JACKSON – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church in North Jackson for Frank J. Stroney, 95, who passed away early Thursday morning at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Frank was born March 10, 1911 in Hungary, a son of the late Joseph and Katie (Kuspen) Stroney.

He was a mill worker for U.S. Steel for 29 years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in North Jackson, the Niles Scope, the North Jackson Keenagers, the Chorus Group at Niles Senior Citizens and the Minstral Group at Niles Senior Citizens. Frank enjoyed entertaining residents of nursing homes with the Silver Strings.

His wife, the former Maeouida Miller, whom he married Aug. 17, 1940, passed away Dec. 14, 1998.

Frank is survived by four children, Franklin (Linda) Stroney of Owensville, Mo., Collette (Walt) Stevenson of Vienna, Albert (Patsy) Stroney of Columbus and Maeouida (Bill) Kohn of Liberty; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Besides his parents and wife, four sister and two brothers preceded Frank in death.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel where closing prayers will be recited at 10 a.m. Monday morning.

Material contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

Friends and family may view obituaries and send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.


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