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Rachel S. Amadio, 88

YOUNGSTOWN – Rachel S. Amadio, 88, of 2493 Frostwood Dr., died Saturday evening at Brookdale Clare Bridge in Austintown.

Mrs. Amadio was born in Struthers Dec. 20, 1918, a daughter of John Struthers and Alice Rex Stewart.

She was a 1939 graduate of Struthers High School and attended the Free Methodist Community Church in New Middletown.

Mrs. Amadio enjoyed playing the harp and playing bridge. She was an excellent gourmet cook and seamstress.

Mrs. Amadio’s husband, John “Tony,” worked for the Marion Power Shovel Co., and after he retired from the military, she enjoyed traveling the world with him to Pakistan, Turkey, Germany and all throughout Europe. She loved the adventure of traveling through foreign lands.

She is survived by her husband, John “Tony” Amadio, whom she married May 16, 1939; one son, Paul T. (Rae) Amadio of Cary, N.C., and five grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Ellen Mangis; and one brother, Rev. Wilfred Stewart.

Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers, where services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Mrs. Amadio’s family requests donations to the Southern Care Hospice, 5401 Ashley Circle, Suite 3, Austintown, OH 44515.

Friends and family may visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Irene R. June Kenneally Bukovina, 82

GIRARD – Irene R. June Kenneally Bukovina, 82, passed away Sunday Dec. 31, 2006 at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Irene was born April 25, 1924 in Youngstown, to the late Louis and Mary Toth June.

She was homemaker and a member of St. Rose Church.

She is survivedby her children, Irene M. Caracanas, Charlotte Nagi, Patrick Kenneally, Kathleen Mayfield, Marilyn Meyers, Suzanne Cornelius, and Theresa Reuckert;.a brother, Louis June; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Michael Kenneally.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Church, preceeded by prayers at 10:30 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home, where visitaion will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Internment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

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Margaret “Jeanne” Cantwell, 87

SALEM – Margaret “Jeanne” Cantwell, 87, of 357 Morgan Court, formerly of 6th Street, died at 1:45 a.m. Sunday at the Essex of Salem III.

She was born Feb. 5, 1919 in Salem, the daughter of the late Thomas S. and Nellie G. (Stiver) Layden.

She worked for Ohio Edison as a clerk for 25 years and previously worked for the former McCullough’s Department Store as a sales clerk for 10 years.

During WWII, she worked at the Ration Board in Salem.

Mrs. Cantwell was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, a former member of the Salem Golf Club, past member of the Y.W.C.A., where she served on the Board of Directors, and the Salem Hospital Auxiliary and was a 1937 graduate of Salem High School.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Matt (Cathleen) Melitschka of Salem; a sister, Martha Capel of Salem; a grandson, Joshua Melitschka of Cleveland; and a granddaughter, Katharine (James) Vross of Canfield.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Layden; and a sister, Mary Louise Schuller.

There will be services at noon Thursday at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Father Thomas Eisweirth officiating.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home, where there will be a prayer vigil service at 7:45 p.m.

Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society (Columbiana County), 525 N. Broad Street, Canfield, OH 44406 or the Salem High School Alumni Association, 328 E. State St., Salem, Ohio 44460.


Elsie M. Dunlap, 84

LOWELLVILLE – Elsie M. Dunlap, 84, died Sunday morning Dec. 31, 2006 at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She was born April 20, 1922 in Columbus, a daughter of Welthia Amon, and had lived in the area since 1947.

Mrs. Dunlap was a homemaker and a member of the Coitsville Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.

Her husband, Thomas E. Dunlap, whom she married July 18, 1942, died Feb. 28, 2002.

She leaves three sons, Harley E. Dunlap of Poland, Thomas B. Dunlap of Campbell and David A. Dunlap of North Lima; a daughter, Jean E. Roskie of Campbell; a half brother, Jerre Bauman of Littleton, Colo.; two half sisters, Jill Wagner of Boardman and Judy Price of Chandler Hills, Ariz.; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Theodore E. Dunlap; and a half sister, Betty Mills.

There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Family and friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Wedsnesday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the memorial fund at Coitsville Presbyterian Church, 91 Coitsville-Hubbard Road, Coitsville, OH 44505.

Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.


Andrew J. Fedor Jr., 82

POLAND – There will be services Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home and at 11 a.m. in St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church for Andrew J. Fedor Jr., 82, who passed away Friday at the Hospice House in Boardman with his beloved wife by his side.

Mr. Fedor was born Jan. 16, 1924 in Campbell, a son of Andrew J. Sr. and Susan Takach Fedor.

He was a 1941 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, attended Youngstown State University and received a Master’s degree in Education from Westminster University.

Mr. Fedor was an educator in the area for more than 30 years, teaching fourth grade at Byzantine Catholic Central School and serving as principal at West Elementary, Adam’s and Roosevelt Schools in Youngstown.

He was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, the Greek Catholic Union and the Ohio Education Association.

Mr. Fedor was a graphic artist and enjoyed traveling, gardening woodworking and fishing.

He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, the former Helen Truhan, whom he married May 23, 1954; two brothers, Julius Fedor of Campbell and Alex (Mary Alice) Fedor of Poland; along with many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home, where a prayer service will be conducted at 4 p.m.

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Kathryn L. Gross, 74

SALEM – Kathryn L. Gross, 74, of 1396 S. Lincoln Ave., died at 10:35 p.m. Saturday at her home.

She was born June 7, 1932, the daughter of the late Andrew and Mildred (Binsley) Hodge.

Mrs. Gross worked for Julian Electric in Salem for 32 years as a sales clerk and bookkeeper, retiring in 2000.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Salem and was active in the Rachael Group of the church. She attended Salem High School and was active in the 1950 class reunion committee.

Mrs. Gross’s special joy in life was her grandchildren and family.

Survivors include two sons, John (Cindy) Gross of Salem and Kenneth Gross and Lydia Gross of Salem; two daughters, Karen (Rev. Jack) Austin and Beverly (George) Panezott, both of Salem; a brother, Robert Hodge of Lisbon; nine grandchildren, Jason, Todd and Seth Austin, Lance and Ryan Gross, Khris McKivigan, Kacie Gross, Sarah Jones, and Bransen Panezott; and four great-grandchildren, Macey Austin, Jason Austin, Rileigh and Brenden McKivigan.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by Richard Gross.

Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Jack Austin and Rev. Leonard Moore officiating.

Burial will be in historic Hope Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Stark Memorial.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem High School Alumni Association, 328 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460 or the First Christian Church Memorial Fund, 1151 E. 6th St., Salem, OH 44460.


Constance “Connie” Lee Hickman, 63

BOARDMAN—Constance “Connie” Lee Hickman, 63, died suddenly Friday, Dec. 29 at her home.

Connie was born Sept. 5, 1943 in Rock Island, Ill., a daughter of Cyriel (Zeke) and Clara Blondell DeWitte.

She worked for Steri Cycle for several years and then for J.C. Penney in the Southern Park Mall for a short time.

Connie was active in the Austintown Rotary. She enjoyed spending time with her children and her grandchildren and also loved decorating and gardening.

She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Meg (John) Werner of Columbus, Lisa (John) Carney of Parkman, Mark Hickman of Columbus and Melissa (Joe) Bruno of Cincinati; four grandchildren, Julianne and Matt Carney and Luc and Olivia Bruno; and two brothers, Rich (Gloria) DeWitte and Tom DeWitte.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and the father of her children, Robert Hickman.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Fox Funeral Home.

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

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Prophet Clyde Hudson, 51

YOUNGSTOWN – Prophet Clyde Hudson, 51, of 143 W. Boston Ave., died Dec. 28, 2006 at The Cleveland Clinic following an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 25, 1955 in Greensboro, Ga., the son of Evelyn Hudson.

He was retired from Delphi Packard, where he was a harness assembler.

He was the pastor of Chief Cornerstone Church. As a young man, he joined Valley Baptist Church, attended Mt. Calvary Ministries and Apostolic Over Coming Holiness Church and Positive Impact Ministries of Roanoke, Va.

Prophet Hudson is survived by his wife, Betty S. Hudson of Youngstown; mother, Evelyn Hudson Robbins of Youngstown; three sons, David Brantley of Warren, Danny Hudson of Leavittsburg and Phillip Hudson of Youngstown; a daughter, Charity A. Hudson of Youngstown; two sisters, Beatrice Hudson and Carolyn Hudson, both of Youngstown; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral will be at noon Wednesday at Valley Baptist Church; Elder James Hawkins will offer the eulogy and Rev. Larry Scoot will officiate.

Prophet Hudson will lie in state from 10 a.m. to noon at the church.

Burial will be in Tod Homested Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sibley-Murray Funeral Home in Alliance.

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Marjorie Ruth Hughes, 84

CANAL WINCHESTER – There will be services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Marjorie Ruth Hughes, 84, a longtime resident of Austintown, who passed away peacefully early Thursday morning while under skilled care.

Marjorie was a 1938 graduate of South High School in Columbus. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Austintown and a prominent member of the choir. She was a charter member of both the Western Reserve Knitting Guild and the Youngstown Chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America. She was also a buyer and instructor for the Knitting Corner, once located in Canfield. She worked as a volunteer with Hospice as well as being a homemaker.

She was a certified bowling instructor and spent many years coaching youth leagues in Youngstown and was very active in the bowling community.

Her husband, Jack W. Hughes, whom she married in 1943, passed away in 1985.

She leaves two children, Kathleen L. Waddell of Baraboo, Wis., and Gregory A. (Denise) Hughes of Pickerington; and four grandchildren, Christopher and Jonathan Hughes, both of Columbus, Rebecca Waddell of Norfolk, Va. and Sara Waddell of Baraboo.

Besides her husband, Marjorie was preceded in death by three sisters. She will be fondly remembered by all that knew her.

“Special thanks to Harbor Light Hospice and the caring staff of Winchester Place for their kindness and support.”

Calling hours for friends and family will be from 5 to 8 p.m Tuesday at the funeral home.

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



Carol Ann Jankowski, 61

LOUISBURG, N.C. – Carol Ann Jankowski, 61, went peacefully to be with the Lord on Dec. 28.

Carol was a former elementary school teacher in both Youngstown and Warren for 15 years. She was an active member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh, N.C., and was involved with volunteer service with the Christian Family Living Center in Topsail Island, N.C., for 15 years.

She was preceded in death by Victor Zileski and Beatrice Menaldi Zileski.

She is survived by her husband, Richard M. Jankowski; a daughter, Cara Jankowski of Raleigh; and a brother, William Zileski of Austin, Texas.

There will be memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Carol to the American Cancer Society and/or the National Cancer Institute.

Arrangements entrusted to Renaissance Funeral Home of Raleigh, 7615 Six Forks Road in Raleigh.


Phyllis R. Martin, 98

GIRARD – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony of Padua Church for Phyllis R. Martin, 98, of Park Vista Retirement Community, formerly of South Davis Street, who died Friday afternoon at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Phyllis was born March 3, 1908 in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Rose Spartano Martin Sr.

She was a seamstress first for the Richman Bros. Co. and retired from the Strouss-Hirshberg Co. in 1973.

She was a member of the church, its Senior Citizens Group, Jewish Community Center Health Club and Adult Club. She volunteered her sewing talent to family and friends for making draperies and clothing and doing alterations.

She is survived by three brothers, John, with whom she made her home, James of Youngstown and Frank of Girard; a sister, Concetta Donaldson of North Lima; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary; and two brothers, Anthony and Joseph.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.


Audrie L. Thompson, 82

POLAND – Audrie L. Thompson, 82, died Friday afternoon at Omni Manor.

She was born Jan. 15, 1924 in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of Edmund F. and Helen Rae Fox.

Mrs. Thompson was a 1941 graduate of New Castle High School. She was a homemaker, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in New Castle.

Her husband, John F. Thompson, whom she married June 20, 1942, died June 19, 1998.

She is survived by a daughter, Jeanne T. (Henry) Rostan of Youngstown; a son, Don Rae (Carolyn) Thompson of Poland; a brother, Donald H. (Mary Lou) Fox of Dayton; three grandchildren, J. Michael Thompson of Poland, Jessica R. Thompson of Mendocino, Calif. and Benjamin E. (Heather) Rostan of Poland.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Thomas W. Thompson; and a sister, Shirley Fox Palmer.

Family and Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland and from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, where services will be held at 1 p.m.

Interment will follow in Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences to the family.


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Sally Ann Dubiecki Vidmar, 54

BEDFORD – Sally Ann Dubiecki Vidmar, 54, dear sister of Louise Masad and Michael Dubiecki, aunt of Asia (nee Masad) Salama and Annie (nee Masad) Kavanagh, great-aunt of CD, Brandon, Christopher, Devon, Logan and Hanna, great-great aunt of Giselle died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006.

In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to the Gospel House Church, American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of your choice.

Funeral Services will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007 at Johnson-Romito, a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 521 Broadway Ave. in Bedford, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Mary Lou Zacharko, 64

YOUNGSTOWN--There will be services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Spanish Seven Day Adventist Church for Mary Lou Zacharko, 64, who died Friday evening at her residence.

Mary Lou was born Aug. 16, 1942 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, a daughter of Ignacio Villa Valencia and Aurora Sanchez Salvivar.

She moved to the United States and Youngstown in 1969. She married Taras Zacharko Sr. in 1969, and he passed away Sept. 27, 2001.

Mary Lou was a member of the church, where she loved singing. She also loved cooking.

Besides her mother of Mexico, Mary Lou leaves five children to cherish her memory, Rosa (Felix) Figueroa of Youngstown, Michalina (Michael) Jones of Hubbard, Claudia Zacharko of Youngstown, Taras ( Rosanna ) Zacharko Jr. of San Diago, and Sergio Villa of Savannah, Ga. She also leaves her sisters, Guadalupe, Ofelia, Isabel, Ignacio and Martha; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Melecio.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Spanish Seven Day Adventist Church, 155 Lansdowne Blvd. in Youngstown.

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

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

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