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John Baker, 79

AUSTINTOWN - John Baker, 79, passed away Tuesday evening at his son’s home in Poland. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

John was born May 3, 1927 in Youngstown, a son of the late Michael and Julia Laba Baker, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a January 1946 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, and was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII.

John was a steelworker for 33 years at Republic Steel in Warren, retiring in 1988, and enjoyed golf and fishing.

He leaves a son, Michael J. (Christie) Baker of Poland, Ohio; a daughter, Johnene M. (Bata) Rosici of Marlboro, N.J.; three grandchildren, Victoria Rosici, Elizabeth Rosici, and Lucas Rosici; a brother, George (Mary) Baker of Youngstown; and several nieces and nephews, including Georgette (Doug) Centafanti and Gregory (Fran) Baker.

A brother, Michael, and a sister Julia, are deceased.

Private funeral services were held today (Thursday).

Please visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com where this obituary may be viewed and condolences sent.

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Ruth Patton Baldwin, 92

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be calling hours from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman, followed by the funeral service at noon, for Ruth Patton Baldwin, 92, who died Sunday, Dec. 3, at Saint Elizabeth Health Center.

She will be laid to rest at Hubbard Union Cemetery. There will be no service at the cemetery.

Ruth was born July 1, 1914 in Hubbard, a daughter of Wilbur and Isabelle Patton.

Mrs. Baldwin was a 1932 graduate of Hubbard High School. She was a member of the Disciples Christian Church, formerly the Boardman Christian Church, for nearly 40 years. Ruth was an avid golfer for more than 30 years and was a charter member of Leffingwell Country Club in Canfield and served as a first president of the Women’s Golf League. She was also a former member of the Mill Creek Women’s Golf League. She enjoyed flower arranging and belonged to the former Mistletoe Garden Club for 20 years, and played bridge with her neighborhood bridge club members for more than 30 years.

She was a loving wife of the late Alvin S. Baldwin, whom she married Feb. 15, 1936.

She loved her family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much. She was the beloved mother of sons, William Baldwin of Newport Beach, Calif. and Ronald Baldwin of Bowie, Md. and a daughter, Shirley Nestor, who died this year. She was the grandmother to eight grandchildren and a great-grandmother to 12 great-grandchildren. She was a loving sister to Grace Koehli of Columbus, Phyllis Hungerford of Hubbard and Louis Patton of Wichita, Kan.

Besides her husband and daughter, she was preceded in death by her brother, Wilson Patton; and her sister, Isabelle Hungerford.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Baldwin’s name to the Disciples Christian Church (formerly the Boardman Christian Church), 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman, OH 44512.

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

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Alador Balogh, 89

CAMPBELL – There will be services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hungarian Presbyterian Church for Alador Balogh 89, who passed away Tuesday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Alador was born May 22, 1917 in Youngstown, a son of Minehart and Ilonka Toth Balogh.

He graduated from Campbell Memorial High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in WWII.

He was a carpenter with the local union and later was a sheet metal worker for Liberty Erection Service, retiring in 1980.

Mr. Balogh was a member of Hungarian Presbyterian Church, where he was a past trustee and elder. he also was a member of Sulgrave Lodge No. 696, Struthers VFW Post 3538, Youngstown American Hungarian Club, the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America No. 22, Campbell Senior Citizens and 1418 Senior Citizens.

Alador is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Kosec of Austintown; a son, Alador M. (Kathy) of Campbell; three grandchildren, Denise Coviello, Dawn Kosec and Alyssa Balogh; a brother, William Balogh of Coitsville; and two sisters, Josephine Samuels of Youngstown and Tillie Puskarsik of Campbell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Gresko, whom he married Oct. 21, 1940, and she passed away in 1980; three brothers, Tom, Brownie and Levente Balogh; two sisters, Pamela Kouras and Florence Pramuka; and a granddaughter.

Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Szabo & Sons Funeral Home in Youngstown.

Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery.


Mary A. Basanda, 94

CANFIELD – There will be services Friday at 9 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home Boardman-Canfield Chapel for Mary A. Basanda, 94, who passed away Tuesday afternoon at her home.

Mary was born Sept. 24, 1912 in Czechoslavkia, a daughter of Michael and Ann Antonic.

Mary owned and operatered a local bar. She was a member of St. Charles Church. She enjoyed sewing, singing and dancing.

Mary is survived by her caregiver, Melva Abufhele and her family with whom she made her home in Canfield.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Michael Basanda.

Friends may call Friday from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at the funeral home.


Agnes M. Carney, 83

COLUMBUS – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 4490 Norquest Blvd., Youngstown, with Fr. Steve Popovich as celebrant for Agnes M. Carney, 83, who passed away Sunday at her residence in Columbus.

Agnes was born June 20, 1923 in Cleveland to the late Joseph and Francis Serridge.

Agnes was a foster parent for many years with the Catholic Service League, a unit clerk in labor and delivery at St. Elizabeth Hospital and finally retired from Dr. Chaisson’s office in 1975. Her love for quilting was truly a ministry.

She is survived by children, James Carney Jr. of Ashtabula, Michele Carney of Youngstown and Claudia (Richard) Page of Columbus; grandchildren, James Carney, Michele Carney, Andrew Page and Daniel Page; and a niece, Mary (Dennis) Self.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James John Carney Sr.; sister, Ellen Serridge; and daughter-in-law, Carol Carney.

There will be a graveside service at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Ashtabula.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of choice in her memory.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Schoedinger Northeast Chapel in Columbus with Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home handling local arrangements.


Margaret Barbara Chopp, 82

INVERNESS, FLA. – Margaret Barbara Chopp, 82, died Tuesday at the Citrus Memorial Health System in Inverness.

She was born April 15, 1924 in Campbell to the late John and Barbara (Skuba) Komarc and moved to Inverness in 2005 from Coitsville Township.

Mrs. Chopp was a homemaker and a Catholic by faith.

Her enjoyments in life were traveling, crossword puzzles, board games and reading. She was known by her family as a wonderful cook and a great baker.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Matthew Chopp; two daughters, Barbara and her husband Mark Brunner and Margaret and her husband Ken Balogh, all of Inverness; three grandchildren, Colin and Brendan Brunner and Matthew Chopp; and a great-granddaughter, Grace Brunner.

She was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Matthew Chopp.

Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Jesse Cross, 88

GIRARD – Mr. Jesse Cross, 88, was called to his eternal home of rest on Nov. 29, at St. Elizabeth Health Center following a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 2, 1918 in Swainsboro, Ga., to the late Homer and Ozell Starks Cross.

His family lived and performed farm labor in a community called Cross-Green. It was in this community that he met Miss Jessie Bell Tillman. After Jessie Bell moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., he moved there also and they were united in marriage on Aug. 26, 1942.

In 1948, they moved to Girard and he worked at Republic Steel Mill in Youngstown. They continued to live and raise their family in the Girard community.

Mr. Cross was well known, loved and respected throughout his community. Many young men visited his home to sit and chat with him in his favorite spot, in the garage. He loved to discuss some of his favorite experiences and jokes from the time he worked in the steel mills and to talk about his favorite sport team, the New York Yankees.

He leaves to cherish his memories a son, Neal E. Cross of Merriam, Kan.; two daughters, Agnes Thomas of Columbus and Margaret Mack of Ft. Lauderdale; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Macedonia (Carroll S.) Hardy and Annie Mae Holton, both of Brusnwick, Ga.; several nieces and nephews; a special daughter-in-law, Dorothy Cross; and special friends, Richard Fleischer and Slyvia Primus.

He was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife, Jessie Bell Cross and several nieces and nephews.

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Minnie L. Bagley Stanley Curtner, 84

AUSTINTOWN – There will be services at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Struthers Church of Christ, for Minnie L. Bagley Stanley Curtner, 84, matriach of one hundred two descendants, who departed her earthly home Wednesday, Dec. 6, with her family at her side.

She was born May 12, 1922 in Gilmer County, Ga., a daughter of Charles V. and Alice E. Dugger Bagley and came to Struthers in September of 1956.

Minnie was a member of the Struthers Church of Christ.

Her first husband, John B. Stanley, whom she married Aug. 22, 1936, died Nov. 11, 1964.

Her second husband, Richard L. Curtner, whom she married June 10, 1967, died Aug. 1, 1990.

Minnie is survived by five sons, James C. (Loretta) Stanley of Effort, Pa., Jimmy R. (Margaret) Stanley of Phoenix, Jerry L. (Maria) Stanley of Youngstown, Terry B. Stanley and Larry C. Stanley, both of Austintown; a loving daughter-in-law, Hazel R. Stanley of Youngstown; six daughters, Nellie M. (Robert) Meadows of Boardman, Bonnie S. (Bruce) Amrich of Youngstown, Mamie R. (William) Anderson of Boardman, Kathy L. (David) Perry of Canfield, Carol L. (John) Patek of Austintown and Shirley C. (Christopher) Plevniak of Liberty; five brothers, Clifford, Grady, Charles, Harlan and William Bagley and a sister, Katie Stanley, all of Georgia; 30 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husbands, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert (R.L.) Stanley; an infant daughter; two sisters, Sallie Chance and Beatrice Peeler; a granddaughter, Cathi L. Meadows; and four great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the church to support the food pantry. With a heart of gold, Minnie never wanted to see anyone go hungry.

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

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Velma M. (Miglarese) Dama, 76

SALEM – Velma M. (Miglarese) Dama, 76, of Essex I, formerly of Struthers, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday at Essex I.

Velma, who was also known as "Jibby," was born May 5, 1930 in Struthers, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Moscar) Miglarese.

A 1948 Struthers High School graudate, Velma was a sales clerk at Strouss' on the Square in downtown Youngstown and also sold Avon products. She was a member of St. Columba Cathedral.

Velma loved music and learned to play the accordion as a child and taught lessons at Tee Ross Music in Youngstown. She also played in an all-girl band.

She leaves behind her beloved sister, Grace Gbur, and a brother-in-law, Joseph T. Gbur of Salem; a nephew, Ryan; and a great-nephew, Ian.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

There will be services at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and at 1:30 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown.

The family would like to thank the staff of Essex I for all their help and care they gave to Velma during her illness.



Thomas M. Dragos Jr., 35

NILES – Thomas M. Dragos Jr., 35, of 31 Russell Ave., died Tuesday, Dec. 5 at St. Joseph Health Center Eastland in Warren.

He was born Dec. 28, 1970 in Warren, the son of Thomas and Karen Stabile Dragos Sr.

Thomas was a 1989 graduate of Mineral Ridge High School.

He will be deeply missed by his father, Thomas M. Dragos Sr. of Niles; his mother, Karen Porter and her husband Darrell of Niles; a brother, Brian Dragos of Niles; a sister, Valerie Dragos of Niles; his maternal grandfather, Joseph Stabile of Mineral Ridge; and his paternal grandmother, Mary Dragos.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Joseph Rossi Funeral Home in Niles, where there will be a 7 p.m. funeral service, officiated by Fr. Larry Frient.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi Funeral Home in Niles.

Please visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to send condolences.

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Evelyn B. England, 88

GIRARD – Evelyn B. England, 88, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Evelyn was born Nov. 14, 1918 to the late Harvey and Irene O’Donnell Ball in Pittsburgh.

A homemaker, she was a member of the First Christian Church and the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her children, Jack E. England and Robert H. England, both of Girard and Velma J. Johnson of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Cathy Ross, Robin Bruno and Tracy England, Michael Johnson, Stephanie Loveless, Jack England, Ray England, Leeann Kloose and Mike England; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Edward England, whom she married Aug. 1, 1936 and died Sept. 14, 1998; her stepfather, Jim Lockoton; a sister, Velma Snyder; two brothers, William Lockoton and Mervil Ball; and a great-grandchild.

Private graveside services will be held Monday at Girard City Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home.


Maebell Harkness, 81

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services Saturday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for Maebell Harkness, 81, who departed this life Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mrs. Harkness was born June 22, 1925 in Elmore County, Ala., a daughter of John Thomas and Lizzie Mae Greene Jackson.

She retired from Anderson Realty and was a member of the Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church and the Youngstown Area Urban League.

She leaves to cherish her loving and precious memory a daughter, Maybelline (Willie Jr.) Jones of Austintown; a sister, Alberta Fleeton of Hubbard; two grandsons, Keynen and Christopher Jones, both of Austintown; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 11 brothers and sisters, Adell Phillips, Matlene Anthony, Lillie Bell Townsend, Minnie Lee Jones, Francis Ziegler, Gracie Cobb, Morelle, Willie, J. T., Henry and Herman Jackson.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.


Anna Agnes (Martinec) Hudak, 90

ANNAPOLIS, MD. – Anna Agnes (Martinec) Hudak, 90, a native resident of the southside of Youngstown for 85 years, died from general debility Dec. 5, at Anne Arundel Medical Center-Chesapeake Hospice in Annapolis.

She resided in the Annapolis area for the last five years.

Anna was born April 16, 1916 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Anna (Lilko) and John Martinec.

Anna was a lifelong member of St. Matthias Church, the Saint Matthias Sacred Heart and Rosary Society, Saint Matthias Infant of Prague Guild, the Garden Echoes and Golden Buckeyes Seniors, The Lansingville Ladies Political Club, the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, Jednota Branch 161 and the Slovak Catholic Sokols Group 17.

She worked for Kohler and Sinkle Dry Cleaners and following the death of her husband did catering and food service at the Murial Room, The Voyager, Fonderlac and Leffingwell Country Clubs, along with the Sokol Center, Teresa’s Villa, and Mary Agnes Catering.

She was preceded in death by her six siblings.

Her late husband, John Andrew Hudak, formerly of Campbell, died in 1964 after 24 years of marriage.

Anna leaves an only child, Kathryn A. Hudak-Novicky; a son-in-law, Lawrence M. Novicky; and three grandchildren, Kathryn “Katy,” Lawrence “Jake” and Michael “Duke” Novicky, all of Davidsonville, Md.

Visiting hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Kubina Yuhasz Funeral Home, 2406 South Ave., where there will be a prayer service at 6:45 p.m.

There will be funeral services Saturday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Matthias Church.


Ella Marie Jennings, 84

HUBBARD – Services will be Friday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church for Ella Marie Jennings, 84, who was escorted by God’s angels to her heavenly home very early Friday morning, Dec. 1.

Ella was born July 29, 1922 in Philadelphia, the daughter of the late Clarence and Cecelia Morton Brown.

She attended Central High School in Virginia. In 1945, she married Eulee E. Jennings and moved to Youngstown and later to Hubbard. In 1954, she united with the Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, where she served six years as president of the Nurses Guild, a member of the Pastor’s Anniversary Committee and a longtime member of the church choir.

She was often called the neighborhood babysitter. She had helped raise more than 25 children and helped many homeless families for years.

Her husband, Eulee, whom she married in 1945, passed away March 13, 1960.

She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Cecelia Jennings, Ollie (Calvin) Alexander and Eunice Ashler all of Hubbard; a son, Eulee E. (Carol) Jennings of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Anderson (Penney) Brown of Youngstown; five grandchildren, Julian, Rocco, Sheneka, Ashley and Shante, whom she help raise; three great-grandchildren, Sidney, Coya and Taleisha; two special friends, Catherine Williams and Penniah Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Phillip and Otto Brown; a sister, Dorothy Bounknight; and two grandchildren.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Frank S. Jordan, 74

PORT RICHEY, FLA. – There will be services at noon on Friday at the Rossi Bros. Funeral Home, Boardman, for Frank S. Jordan, 74, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 29, in New Port Richey.

Frank was born Oct. 1, 1932 in Youngstown, the son of Ralph Sr. and Teresa (Cassese) Jordan and moved to Florida in 1972.

He was a 1952 graduate of East High School and retired from home maintenance and repair.

He will always be remembered by his two sons, Martin Jordan of New Port Richey and Mark Jordan of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Jennifer, Jason and Jared; great-grandchild, Janelle; a sister, Margaret Mezzapeso of Columbiana; three brothers, Arsie Jordan of Girard, Ralph Jordan Jr. of Canfield and Vincent Jordan of Albuquerque, N.M.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, locally and in Italy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Caroline Mikolaj and Eleanor Kopstoffer, both of Girard; and a brother, Samuel Jordan of Austintown.

Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Angela Krispinsky, 59

CANTON – Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, for Angela Krispinsky, 59, who died Friday in Canton.

She was born Jan. 20, 1947 in Youngstown, a daughter of Theodore and Helen Krispinsky.

Angela was a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. She resided in Massillon and was formerly employed at Alliance Imaging Co.

She is survived by brothers, Ted and Joseph, both of Texas, and John of Alabama; sisters, Gina San Miguel of Tennessee and Mary Helen Fetsko of Struthers; two aunts, Catherine Freedy and Amelia Andrisek; an uncle, Jerome Kriss; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Monetary contributions may be sent to: Children of Zion, Inc., P.O. Box 413, Churchville, MD 21028.


Bernice Cox Miliner, 74

YOUNGSTOWN – Private family services were held Wednesday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Bernice Cox Miliner, 74, who departed this life Friday at her residence after a short illness.

Mrs. Miliner was born May 20, 1932 in Youngstown, a daughter of William and Ollie Curry Cox.

She was a graduate of The Rayen School, a homemaker, and later employed at General Electric Corp. for 15 years. She served with the senior’s program for the Youngstown Area Urban League, was of the Baptist faith, and a member of AARP.

Her husband, Claude Miliner whom she married Oct. 5, 1957, died May 18, 1972.

She leaves three sons, Reginald Keith and Bruce Carlton, both of Youngstown and Stanley Bernard of Surprise, Ariz.; a grandson whom she reared, LaChon Carlton Miliner, now in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Lackland AFB, Texas; three sisters, Ida C. (Herman) Adams of Youngstown, Catheryn Withers of Austintown and Gloria Jean Cox of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother, William (Margaret) Cox Jr. of Youngstown; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.


Kenneth E. Nagel, 61

BOYNTON BEACH, FLA. – Kenneth E. Nagel, 61, formerly of Youngstown, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, at Bethesda Memorial Hospital.

Ken was born Jan. 7, 1945 in Youngstown, the son of Kenneth P. and the late Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Nagel.

He was a 1963 graduate of South High School and upon graduation enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Ken attended The Ohio State University and also attended and graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in finance.

While growing up in Youngstown, Ken was a member of Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church and an active participant in the outstanding youth program run by the Rev. Will George. He also enjoyed being a part of the church softball team for many years.

Ken’s career in finance started at the Dollar Savings and Trust in Youngstown, and career opportunity took Ken and his family to Michigan City, Ind., where he was also a volunteer fireman and a board member for the State of Indiana Parole System.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of banking in 1976. Ken then went to FNB of Antioch, Ill., as Senior Vice President.

Moving to south Florida in 1992, Ken owned and managed Execuscape Landscaping and worked in facilities management before retirement due to ill health in 2001.

Ken truly enjoyed his family and felt blessed to spend time with his children and grandchildren. His other passion was sports and he loved the Cleveland Browns, the Indians and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Ken leaves to cherish his memory his father, Kenneth P. Nagel (LaVerne) of New Middletown; a son, Matthew Nagel of Fort Myers; a daughter, Amber Katris (Jim) of Warsaw, Ind.; daughter, Kendra Seiler (Lance) of Boynton Beach, with whom he made his home; true friend and former wife, Brenda Nagel of Boca Raton; brother, Richard Nagel of Poland; sister, Ruth Finney (David) of New Middletown. He is also survived by grandchildren, Ava and Gabrielle Seiler and Nicholas and Theodore Katris.

Ken was preceded in death by his mother.

Arrangements are being handled by A Cremation Service of the Palm Beaches.

A sunrise memorial service is planned.

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Ethel Parker, 87

BOARDMAN – There will be graveside services Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Lake Park Cemetery for Ethel Parker, 87, who passed away Dec. 1, at Salem Community Hospital.

Ms. Parker was born March 8, 1919 in Youngstown, a daughter of Henry and Mabell Price Parker.

She graduated from the Rayen High School and worked for Ohio Bell, retiring as a supervisor after 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Louis Parker; and two sisters, Vera Parker and Laura Samuels.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davis Funeral Home.


Madeline “Maggie” Poluse, 83

YOUNGSTOWN – Madeline “Maggie” Poluse, 83, formerly of Rhoda Avenue, passed away Tuesday afternoon at Humility House following a brief illness.

Madeline was born May 31, 1923 in Mingo Junction, a daughter of the late John and Katherine Sedlock, and came to Youngstown as a child.

She was a member of St. Christine Church and a former member of St. Brendan Church, its Altar and Rosary Society and its Sixty-Plus Club.

Her husband, Martin F. Poluse, whom she married in 1948, died March 7, 2002.

She leaves two sons, Martin (Mary) Poluse of Painesville and Mario Poluse of Youngstown; three daughters, Mary Poluse of Youngstown, Michele (John) Sajnovsky of Struthers, and Penny Zajac of Poland; a sister, Ann Gyomber, of Youngstown; and seven grandchildren, George, Annie, Valerie, Colleen, John, Pamela and Sarah.

Two sisters, Margaret Lent and Mary Stilliana, and two brothers, Joseph and Emery Sedlock, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home and continue at 11:30 a.m. at St. Christine Church.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Please visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com where this obituary may be viewed and condolences sent on-line.

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Raymond Todd Powers, 67

EVERETT, WASH. – Raymond Todd Powers, 67, formerly of Poland, died peacefully at his residence in Everett on Thursday, Nov. 23.

Todd had been under hospice care since Sept. 1 after living the last two years with rare frontotemporal dementia (FTD or Pick’s disease) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease).

The family has given permission for research procedures at the University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ARDC) for educational and scientific purposes, such as providing data for early, accurate diagnoses.

Todd was born Sept. 3, 1939 in Youngstown. He graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1957 and entered the University of Michigan where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and the Naval ROTC.

Upon graduation in 1962 with a B.S. in science engineering and the rank of ensign in the Naval Civil Engineering Corps, he and his bride left for Port Hueneme, Calif. Following his honorable discharge as a lieutenant in the USNR, he earned his MBA from the University of California at Berkley and moved to Almaden Valley, Calif., in 1966.

He was an associate market analyst for IBM, a stockbroker with several Bay area firms, a trust officer at Wells Fargo Bank, an owner and proprietor of TJ’s Ice Cream, Etc. at Princeton Plaza from 1980 to 1990, and a financial planner at Affordable Planning from 1991 to 2004, before retiring to Everett. Todd was also active as a coach and manager of Almaden Little League baseball teams for several of his 38 years in San Jose, Calif.

Todd is survived by his wife of 44 years, Judith Anthony Powers of Everett; daughter, Rene Catherine Holderman (Thomas) of Kenmore, Wash.; son, Todd Anthony Powers (Robin) of San Martin, Calif.; three grandchildren, Bailey and Rory Holderman, and C. J. Powers; and his sister, Margaret Powers Travers (James) of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Sutherland Powers in 1962; his mother, Elizabeth Powers Gillespie in 1997; and two brothers, Bruce in 1972, and Ridgley in 1981.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Santa Teresa Catholic Church, 794 Calero Drive, San Jose, CA, 95123.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial tributes take the form of contributions to an Alzheimer’s Association or to Providence Hospice, 2731 Wetmore Ave., Suite. 500, Everett, WA 98201-9931.


Adriano Sanchez, 86

YOUNGSTOWN - There will be services Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Rossi Bros. Funeral Home, Boardman, and at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, Youngstown, for Adriano Sanchez, 86, who passed away Tuesday morning at his residence.

Adriano was born Sept. 15, 1920 in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico, the son of Gabriel Sanchez and Monasarte Almodvar.

He came to the United States in 1952 and worked for the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co., retiring in 1982. Following retirement, he worked for Shane Security.

Adriano enjoyed writing poetry, playing the guitar and trumpet, and spending most of his days with his great-grandson, A.J. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, who had been wounded during the Truman war.

His wife, Margarita Acevedo, whom he married Oct. 30, 1945, passed away Oct. 18, 1982.

He leaves to cherish his memory three daughters, Elizabeth (Angel) Aponte, with whom he made his home, Rita Sanchez and Rose (John) Velasquez, both of Youngstown; a son, Ricardo Sanchez of California; 11 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; a sister, Carrie Miller of Oregon; and a brother, Pedro Almodvar of New York.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jose Sanchez and a sister, Rosa.

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

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Ann Sanko, 87

BOARDMAN - Ann Sanko, 87, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, on Monday morning, Dec. 4, 2006.

Ann was born Aug. 18, 1919 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary Sanko and was a lifelong area resident.

She was an employee of General Electric Mazda Lamp Plant in Youngstown for 39 years and was a member of St. Dominic Church. She was an active and longtime member of various women’s clubs including several at St. Dominic Church, St. Stanislaus Church and St. Charles Church.

Annie was an independent, outgoing and elegant woman who enjoyed travel and adventure, especially to New York City. Ann was loved and cherished by many people.

She is survived by a daughter, Shirley (Jim) Phillips of Hubbard; two nieces and a nephew whom she also raised, Sandra (Jim) Holleran of New York City, Marsha (Jay) McGlynn of New York City and George Sanko of Boardman; two brothers, Steve Sanko of Youngstown and Mike (Jeanne) Sanko of Boardman; two granddaughters, Karen (Brian) DelSignore of Poland and Lisa (Michael) Cerrato of Dublin, Ohio; five great-grandchildren, Blake, Alec, Jordan, Kamerin and Brienna; and many nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much.

Ann was preceded in death by two brothers, John Sanko and Bill Sanko; and two sisters, Stella Bunjack and Vicki Suhar.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin on Saturday at the funeral home at 9:45 a.m., and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Church, Youngstown.

A committal service will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Leslie and Michelle of Hospice of the Valley for the caring attitude and love that was extended to Ann.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio 44512.

Please visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and sent condolences on-line.

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Nancy Smith, 61

PETERSBURG – There will be services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cunningham – Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel for Nancy L. Smith, 61, who passed Tuesday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mrs. Smith was born July 6, 1945 in Youngstown, a daughter of George and Johanna Kelly Bolina and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a homemaker, a member of The Nativity of Christ Russian Orthodox Church and a graduate of Struthers High School.

Besides her parents of Poland, she is survived by her husband, John “Jack" C. Smith, whom she married July 16, 1965; two daughters, Kelly J. Valiquette of Leetonia and Kathy (John) Davis of East Palestine; a sister, Mary (Lou) Horynak of Canfield; and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by a brother, George “Marty" Bolina; and her grandparents, Martin and Vivian Kelly and George and Mary Bolina.

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

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.



Angeline Y. Spagnola, 81

AUSTINTOWN – Angeline Y. Spagnola, 81, of Omni Manor Health Care Center, formerly of Youngstown, passed away Tuesday evening at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Angeline was born Feb. 20, 1925 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Julius and Florence Marinelli Spagnola.

A 1943 graduate of East High School, she had worked as a secretary for Home Savings and Loan and Gluck Insurance.

She was a member of Highway Tabernacle and its Senior Citizens group. She taught Sunday School for 35 years and was President of the Dorcas Women’s Group for seven years at First Christian Assembly of Liberty.

Angie, as she was affectionately known, was a loving, kind, giving person who doted on everyone, especially her nephews and nieces.

Angeline is survived by a sister, Mary Mazzella of Youngstown; a brother, Paul Spagnola and his wife Ruth of Austintown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Angeline was preceded in death by two sisters, Alberta Gallo and Catherine Terwillagher; and a brother, John Spagnola.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, where a funeral service will take place at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Julius P. Mazzella/YCS Scholarship Fund of Highway Tabernacle.

Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view the obituary and send condolences.


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James W. Stoll, 78

BOARDMAN – There will be services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home, 75 E. Midlothian Blvd., for James W. Stoll, 78, who died Wednesday afternoon at Shepherd of the Valley, Boardman.

He was born Dec. 23, 1927 in Youngstown, a son of George H. and Ruth Williams Stoll.

Jim was a teacher, having taught history with the Boardman School System for 32 years, retiring in 1989. He was also an assistant coach in both football and track for 17 years.

He was a 1946 graduate of South High School and graduated in 1951 from Capitol University with a teaching degree.

Mr. Stoll served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 213 and the American Legion Post No. 472.

His wife, the former June M. Fauver, whom he married Feb. 23, 1952, died June 15, 1988.

He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth (Tony) Carter of Elizabethtown, Ky.; a son, James D. (Marie) Stoll of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and five grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, G. Herbert Stoll.

Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be given to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4300 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505 or to Shepherd of the Valley, 7148 West Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44512.




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