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Doris M. Bishop, 88

CANFIELD – Doris M. Bishop, 88, of 3427 W. Western Reserve Road, passed away Monday at Salem Community Hospital emergency room following a sudden illness.

Doris was born Oct. 8, 1917 in North Lima, the daughter of Chester and Elma Shank Hixson, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a welder at Commercial Intertech during WWII and was also employed at several other companies in the area over the past years. She was a member of the Paradise United Church of Christ, where she had been a former choir member.

Her husband, William A. Bishop, whom she married Aug. 15, 1953, preceded her in death Aug. 10, 2001.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Judith Baer of New Waterford; a son, Chet Smith of Poland; a sister, Mrs. Velma Reese, currently of Salem; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Grant Hixson.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Paradise United Church of Christ.

There will be services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, with the Rev. Steve Geitgey officiating.

Burial will be at Paradise Cemetery.

Family suggests that material tributes be made to Paradise United Church of Christ Building Fund.

Friends may view this obituary, send condolences or sign the guestbook online at www.seederly-mongandbeck.com.


Clara M. Brock, 85

WARREN – There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel, for Clara M. Brock, 85, of 27 Hickory Lane, formerly of Mineral Ridge, who died early Sunday morning at Regency Hospital in Ravenna.

Clara was born Dec. 5, 1920 in New Martinsville, W.Va., the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Hickman) Morgan.

She had been a supervisor in the cafeteria for the Weathersfield Schools, retiring in 1982. Clara was a member of the Mineral Ridge United Methodist Church, the Rebekah Lodge of Mineral Ridge and the former Meander Garden Club. She also enjoyed crocheting and reading.

Her husband, Ray L. Brock, whom she married April 10, 1938, died Nov. 22, 1974.

She leaves three sons, Dean (Jean) Brock of Warren, Frank (Marge) Brock of Niles and Charles (Billie) Champlin of Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters, Anita Thompson of Mineral Ridge and Wilma (George) Keller of Morrisville, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Thomas; three brothers; and two sisters.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The Rebekah Lodge will hold a service 8 p.m. Thursday evening.

The family requests that material contributions be made to the Mineral Ridge United Methodist Church.

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


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Leona Marie Burton

BOARDMAN – Leona Marie Burton passed away July 23.

She was born Aug. 27, 1910 in Youngstown, the daughter of Gottlieb and Ellen Jane Ziegler.

Leona, beloved wife of the late Eugene J. Burton, who preceded her in death in 1963, was a source of love and strength to her family until the end of her days.

Leona was an active member of the Sacred Heart, the Blessed Sacrament and St. Charles Churches. As a beautician, she owned her own business in Howland for many years. After moving to Boardman in 1969, she was employed in sales with Hughes & Hatcher. She was an avid card player, especially bridge.

Leona is survived and dearly missed by her daughters, Barbara McCardell of Howland, Kathy Blouch of Westlake and Jane (John) Zador of Howland; her son, Eugene Burton of San Diego; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Aside from her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and eight brothers.

Her family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to her loving caregivers, who held Leona’s hand and gently guided her through her journey with Alzheimer’s disease.

Friends may call 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Catholic Church in Boardman, where services will be 1:30 p.m., with Fr. Fred Trucksis of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Warren officiating.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Antonine Sisters Day Care, 2675 Lipkey Road, North Jackson, OH 44451, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to McCardell-White-McFarland Funeral Services, 271 North Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481.

Please send condolences and view this obituary at www.mcfarlandfuneral.com.

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Paul P. Dulovic, 85

AUSTINTOWN – There will be a memorial Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church for Mr. Paul P. Dulovic, 85, who passed away July 5, 2006.

Vaschak-Kirila Funeral handled the arrangements.

Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, Dedicated To Caring Since 1907


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Nancy L. Esposito, 65

GIRARD – Nancy L. Esposito, 65, passed away Sunday July 23, at Ashley Circle Nursing Care.

Nancy was born April 26, 1941 in Youngstown to the late Mark and Elizabeth Shappard Bond.

She was a bookkeeper from 1981 to 1984 for Clyde Cole Cadillac and sold Avon for many years. Nancy was a member of the First Christian Church, where she was a former choir member.

She is survived by her husband, Edward M. Esposito Sr., whom she married Oct. 26, 1961; her children, Edward (Kathleen) M. Jr. of Dayton, Scott A. of Michigan, Christine E. (Michael) Crosby of Cortland and Laurie L. (James) Harley of Girard; a brother, Raymond of Kent; and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Blackstone Funeral Home, where there will be services at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Interment will be at Churchill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

This obituary may be viewed at www.Blackstonesfh.com.

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Robert P. Hogan

NEW BEDFORD, PA. – Robert P. Hogan, of state Route 208, P.O. Box 385, died Monday morning at his residence.

He was born in Salamanca, N.Y., the son of Patrick and Helene Conlan Hogan.

A graduate of Salamanca High School, Mr. Hogan attended Kent State University. He retired from Conrail Railroad in 1987 and served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Frances Hynton at home, whom he married Sept. 9, 1950; four daughters, Victoria Morosky of Hubbard, Martha Lattyak of Volant, Pa., Ann Wojtowicz of Killbuck, Ky., and Ruth Renko of New Bedford; four sons, Mark Hogan of Industry, Pa., Matthew Hogan of Runnemede, N.J., Paul of Beaver, Pa., and David of Pulaski, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Smith Funeral Home in New Wilmington, Pa.

Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in New Bedford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County United Way.


Mary J. McClelland, 77

HUBBARD – There will be services at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Mary J. McClelland, 77, of Ruth Drive, who passed away Sunday at home following a short illness.

Mary was born June 21, 1929 in Front Royal, Va., a daughter of Charles and Carrie Deavers Findlay, and came to Hubbard in 1965.

She leaves her husband, Francis M. McClelland, whom she married July 11, 1947; two daughters, Karen Mascioli and Alice McClelland, and a son, Alan McClelland, all of Hubbard; four brothers, Walter Findlay of Wintersville, Richard Findlay of Steubenville, Roger Findlay of St. Cloud, Fla., and Bob Findlay of Toronto, Ohio; two sisters, Orabelle Grimm and Elizabeth Bentley, both of Toronto, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Tricia Mascioli and Cody McClelland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Charles Findlay and Thomas Findlay.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home, Providing Funeral Service Since 1850


Mary Catherine O’Leary, 61

TRENTON, MICH. – Mary Catherine O’Leary 61, passed away June 20 at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center.

Mary Catherine was born Sept. 5, 1944 in Parma, the daughter of John and Mary (Maud) Sullivan.

She was retired from Fifth Third Bank.

She is survived by a daughter Mary Frances O’Leary of Trenton.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Sullivan and John Sullivan.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard, where there will be a funeral service at 2 p.m. today.


George E. Pekkanen Sr., 91

POLAND – George E. Pekkanen Sr., 91, died Sunday evening at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman.

Mr. Pekkanen was born Feb. 7, 1915 in Poland, a son of Edwin and Alena Namie Pekkanen.

He was a 1933 graduate of Poland Seminary High School.

Mr. Pekkanen enlisted in the Army in 1942 serving in the European Theater with the 82nd Airborne Division, servicing in Africa, Sicily, Italy, Normandy and the final assault in Berlin.

He began working with Ohio Edison in 1947, retiring in 1977 as stationary engineer. He enjoyed gardening and sports.

His wife, the former Elma Parkanen, whom he married May 19, 1947, died July 4, 1993.

He is survived by a son, George E. Pekkanen Jr. of Salt Lake City; two sisters, Elsa Metting of Liberty Lake, Wash., and Elma (James) Ramsey of Poland; two brothers, Walter (Giovanna) Pekkanen and Leo Pekkanen, both of Poland; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Sylvia Stoner and Gertrude Elder; and a brother, William Pekkanen.

Family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel where services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be donated in Mr. Pekkanen’s name to the Shepherd of the Valley Foundation, 5525 Silica Road, Austintown, OH 44515.

Condolences may be sent at www.beckerobits.com.



George Petro, 76

CAMPBELL – George Petro, 76, formerly of Woodland Avenue, passed away Saturday evening at his daughter’s residence, after courageously battling a brain tumor for the past three years.

Mr. Petro was born Aug. 27, 1929 in Campbell, a son of John and Mary Sikora Petro, and was a lifelong area resident.

He retired as a press operator from General Fireproofing after 43 years of service. He was a member of the church and its Holy Name Society.

He was a Campbell Memorial High School graduate, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of American Legion Post No. 560.

He was an avid golfer, loving all sports and especially loved going to Mountaineer with his wife. Humor was a big part of his life, continuing to make his family and friends laugh even through his illness.

His wife, the former Helen Frances Gorski, whom he married July 12, 1952, passed away June 4, 2003.

He will be sadly missed by his children, Tom (Marilyn) Petro of Lincoln, Neb., Bernard (Janet) Petro of Campbell and Kathy (John) Leek of Poland, with whom he made his home; three brothers, Michael (Dorothy) Petro of Campbell, John (Marlene) Petro of Poland and Joseph (Norma) Petro of Campbell; his six grandchildren, whom he adored and was very proud of, Karen, Mark, Clay and Nate Petro, and Madeleine and Evan Leek; and Tammy, his caregiver for the last year.

He was preceded in death by his wife and parents.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wasko Funeral Home.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Church.

The family requests monetary contributions be made to the Hospice of the Valley.

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Veronica E. Riley, 72

POWELL – Veronica E. Riley, 72, passed away Sunday, July 23, surrounded by her family.

She was born and raised in Colver, Pa.

A loving mother and grandmother, she will be sadly missed by her children, Thomas (Karen) Riley, Annetta (Chuck) Patrick, Kathy (Scott) Miller, Barbara (Thomas) Bonham and Michelle (Jack) Smart; grandchildren, Lauren, Nicole, Sheri, Amy, Amanda, Melissa, Scott, Justin, Hayden and Kathryn; and nieces, nephews and friends.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents, George and Anna Dargay and brothers, George and John Dargay.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Matevish and Matavish Funeral Home, 307 N. Center St. in Ebensburg, Pa., where funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday July 26, with the very Rev. Father Carl Spishak officiating.

Inurnment will follow immediately at Holy Name Catholic Cemetery in Ebensburg.

Memorial contributions may be made in Verna’s memory to the Slovak Catholic Sokol, Museum Scholarship Fund, 205 Madison St., Passaic, NJ 07055.


Helen B. Roscoe, 82

HOWLAND – Helen B. Roscoe, 82, of 2783 Gretchen Drive N.E., died at home July 22, after a nine-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Helen was born March 4, 1924 in Warren, the daughter of Joseph Birich and Agatha Karinch Birich.

Her husband, George Roscoe, whom she married July 9, 1949, passed away May 23, 2003.

Helen loved traveling, playing cards, calligraphy, jigsaw puzzles, going to the Eastwood YMCA and watching sports on television.

She was a member of SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, the 50-Plus Club, the Altar and Rosary Society and the Croatian Fraternal Union.

She was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School class of 1943 and attended Warren Business School.

She was employed at Trumbull Lamp from 1943 to 1951 and later worked at Packard Electric from 1968 until her retirement in 1982.

Helen was a devoted wife and loving mother.

She is survived by her son, Mr. George C. Roscoe; her daughters, Mrs. Elaine (John) Church and Mrs. Jo Ann (Paul Szczyglowski; her sister, Mrs. Ann Fondoulis; and “Little Dog,” who brought her so much happiness in the last two years of her life.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Ficeti; and a brother, Steve Birich.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. today, July 25, at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church in Warren with the Rev. James Walker and the Rev. Donald King officiating.

There are no calling hours.

Burial will be at All Soul’s Cemetery in Cortland.

George and Helen

“Together Forever.”

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 3695 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road N.E., Warren, OH 44483.


Yolanda Joan Schenker, 79

POLAND – Yolanda Joan Schenker, 79, of 1865 Lynn Mar Ave., died Sunday afternoon at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Yolanda was born May 9, 1927 in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of Bartholomew and Mary Apicelli. She lived in New Castle before coming to Poland in 1961.

She was a 1945 graduate of New Castle High School and was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Boardman for more than 45 years.

Yolanda loved her cat, Alex, and enjoyed shopping, gardening and reading. She was a wonderful loving, mother, wife and homemaker who had a strong will to live and after eight years, lost her courageous battle with cancer.

Her husband, Michael Adolf Schenker Jr., whom she married July 18, 1953, died in December of 2001.

She leaves two daughters, Arlene Warner of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Anita Schenker, with whom she made her home, and two brothers, Alfred Apicelli of Virginia and Donald Apicelli of New Castle.

Besides her husband, Yolanda was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Marie Argiro.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, where a memorial service will be at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions maybe made to the St. Mark’s Building Fund, 280 Mill Creek Drive, Boardman, OH 44512.

Condolences maybe sent at www.beckerobits.com.


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Sherline L. Shipley, 54

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at noon on Friday at the Tabernacle Baptist Church for Sherline L. Shipley, 54, who departed this life Saturday at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 21, 1951 in Youngstown, a daughter of Robert L. and Mattie P. Erkard Lighfoot Sr.

Mrs. Shipley was a 1969 graduate of East High School and National Honor Student. She retired in 1996 from the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center, where she worked as a secretary.

She was a member of the church and Rebekah Lodge and also volunteered with the Christian Study Center.

Sherline will be forever remembered for her, smile, creativity, words of encouragement and her big heart.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, Ernest Shipley, whom she married Oct. 11, 1986; her mother, Mattie P. Lighfoot of Youngstown; her mother in law, Sally M. Shipley of Liberty Township; a son, Collin and his wife, Fiatupu Murphy of Germany; a daughter, Sherline “Lena” and her fianceé, Hank of Youngstown; a brother, Robert Lightfoot Jr. of Youngstown; a sister, Virgerrenia Turner of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Joshua and Jasmyne Murphy, both of Germany; an aunt, Sarah Addison of Youngstown; three special friends, Anna Foster Jacobs, Joyce McCray and Gertha Miller, all of Youngstown; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and her father-in-law, Delmer Shipley.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Washington Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday at the church.

Interment will be at Belmont Park Cemetery.


Christine M. Simms, 83

GIRARD – Christine M. Simms  83, of Girard passed away Sunday, July 23, at Briarfield at The Ridge Care Center.

Christine was born March 16, 1923 in Kentucky, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Eastep.

She is survived by four sons, Charles Hollingsworth of Girard, Grover Hollingsworth of North Ridgeville, Walter Hollingsworth of West Virginia and Roger Hollingsworth of Cleveland; three sisters, Patricia Salyers of Austintown, Carol Trent of Tennessee and Judy Harvey North Carolina; a sister, Irene of Kentucky; 26 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard, where there will be a funeral service for Christine at 2 p.m. Wednesday.


Helen R. Kulifay Sommer, 75

CHESWICK, PA. – Helen R. Kulifay Sommer, 75, formerly of Murrysville, Pa., died Saturday, July 22, at Harmar Village Care Center in Cheswick.

Born March 13, 1931 in Poland to the late Joseph and Mary Ziga Kulifay, she was a 1949 graduate of Poland High School.

Mrs. Sommer was the owner of Delmont Real Estate, retiring in 1976. She was the former president of Westmoreland Board of Realtors, and a member of St. Matthias Church in Youngstown.

Survivors include a son, Alfred T. (Gloria) Russo Jr. of O’Hara Township; two daughters, Kimberly (Michel) Ferris of Leechburg and Karol Mamajek of Meridian; a sister, Mary Klema of Newport Beach, Calif.; four granddaughters, Jennifer Ferris, Nikki Ferris and her husband, Sean Arnold, and Kelsey and Maia Russo; two sisters-in-law, Theresa Kulifay of Poland and Helen Kulifay of Boardman; and a host of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Bonnie and her granddog, Muffy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter Wayne Sommer; and two brothers, John and Joseph Kulifay.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Ross G. Walker Funeral Home Ltd., 217 Freeport Road in New Kensington, Pa., and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel.

There will be a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Matthias Church in Youngstown. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Lung Association, 3110 Old Gettysburg Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Condolences may be sent at www.beckerobits.com.





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