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Sara B. (Cummings) Banninga, 95

YOUNGSTOWN – Sara B. “Sally” Banninga, 95, of 3254 White Beech Lane, died Jan. 10, 2007 in the Brookville Hospital.

She was born Dec. 7, 1911 in Knoxdale, the daughter of the late Robert S. and Alice Shields Cummings.

On Sept. 14, 1957 in Youngstown, she married Dr. Hubert S. Banninga, who preceded her in death Sept. 17, 1987.

She worked for the Bell Telephone Co. for more than 30 years, in both Pennsylvania and Ohio, as an operator, teletype instructor and supervisor. She was a member of “The Telephone Pioneers of America” and also assisted her husband in his medical practice.

She enjoyed traveling the world and reading.

She is survived by a sister, Marguerite Truman of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews; a stepdaughter, Janet Perry of Michigan; and two stepsons, Rev. Hugh Banninga of Michigan and Scott Banninga of Youngstown, OH.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Roberta Stearn and Ruth Monnoyer; and three brothers, Lott E., Harold S. and Robert W. Cummings.

There was no public visitation.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Interment will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Knoxdale.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rebecca M. Arthurs Library, 223 Valley St., Brookville, PA 15825 or to the donor’s charitable choice.

Funeral arrangements were handled by the McKinney Funeral Home.


Florence G. Brayer, 91

POLAND - Florence G. Brayer, 91, of the Blackburn Home, died Saturday evening at Shepherd of the Valley.

Mrs. Brayer was born in Poland Township Feb. 22, 1915, a daughter of the late Willis and Frances Schmidt Stanley.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Struthers Presbyterian Church, and a former member of the Lowellville Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir and attended Sunday school.

Her husband, Stephen Brayer, whom she married Feb. 6, 1935, died Oct. 16, 1991.

She is survived by six nephews, William (Geraldine) Liggett, John (Louise) Liggett, Kenneth (Nancy) Morrow, John (Joyce) Pavlov, Robert (Nancy) Stanley, and Bruce Stanley; two nieces, Patricia (Richard) Hensch and Beverly (Chuck) Shadley; and one sister-in-law, Arlene Stanley.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Willis Stanley; and three sisters, Dorothy Stanley, Frances Pavlov and Ruth Liggett.

Family will receive friends Tuesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers, where services will follow at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions be given in Mrs. Brayer’s name to the Struthers Presbyterian Church, 110 Poland Ave., Struthers, OH 44471

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

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John Crowll, 85

BOARDMAN – Services will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell and at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen of Hungary Church on Wilson Avenue in Youngstown for John Crowll, who passed away Friday at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mr. Crowll was born Oct. 2, 1921 in Campbell, son of John and Margaret (Cybak) Crowll.

He retired from the Koppers Co. after 36 years, serving as a chemist and supervisor.

He graduated from Campbell High School in 1939 and attended Youngstown State University, where he received a degree in chemistry.

A veteran of WWII, Mr. Crowll made the crossing on the Queen Mary and arrived D-day plus 18 and was awarded four bronze stars as well as various campaign medals. He served at the rank of sergeant.

He was a member of St. Stephen of Hungary Church, where he was a member of the silver and gold club. Mr. Crowll supported several charities.

His wife, Irene Nagy, whom he married Jan. 5, 1948, is deceased, as is his sister, Ann Duchek of Campbell.

He leaves two sons, Bryan Crowll of Poland and John Lee Crowll of Virginia; his daughter, Elizabeth Crowll-Rodriguez, formerly a resident of New Mexico, had resided with him for the last several years.

Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Campbell.

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Lewis Albert “Babe” Drake, 94

MINERAL RIDGE – Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel for Lewis A. Drake, 94, who passed away Saturday morning in Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Lewis, also known as “Babe,” was born Sept. 24, 1912 in Mineral Ridge, the son of Lewis Allen and Mary (Ohl) Drake, and was a lifelong area resident.

He retired as a truck driver from Warren Sanitary, which was originally the Riverside Dairy, in 1977. Prior to that ,he had worked for his father at the Drake and McConnell Grist Mill from 1927 until the late 1930s, and then for the W.A. Harshman Trucking Co. starting in 1937. He is believed to be the oldest direct descendant of the Ohl Family, founders of the Village of Ohltown. He had been a member of the original Ohltown United Methodist Church, where he was baptized.

His wife, the former Dorothy Anne O’Bryant, whom he married Jan. 4, 1937, passed away Feb. 25, 1992.

Lewis leaves four children, Lewis Albert Jr. (Joyce) of New Jersey, Douglas Allen (Leilani) of Boardman, Peggy (Philip) Smida of Canfield, and Cynthia (Jeff) Snoke of Poland; nine grandchildren, Lewis Albert III, and Shari Drake, Heather (Dave) Celona, Douglas Jr., Danielle, and Jonathan Drake, Philip Smida II, Anthony, Nicholas, and Julianne Dota; and two great-grandchildren, Nicholas, and Matthew Celona.

Besides his wife, Lewis was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amy Smida; three brothers, Wilbur, Walter, and James Drake; and two sisters, Mary Pugh and Josephine Drake.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and again from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel.

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


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Sandra Hull, 59

BOARDMAN - There will be services Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel and at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Church for Sandra Hull, 59, who passed away Saturday at her home after a 4-year battle with A.L.S./Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Sandy was born Sept. 8, 1947 in Youngstown, a daughter of Stanley and Betty Cercone Tomidajewicz.

She was a 1965 graduate of South High School and attended Youngstown State University. She worked in the cafateria at Boardman High School for 11 years and was also co-founder of D&D Industrial Services for the past 15 years. She was a member of St. Charles Church.

Sandy leaves her husband, David M. Hull, whom she married June 6, 1981; two daughters, Michele (Rocky) Napoli of Canfield and Lindsay Hull at home; a sister, Carol (Robert) Chaffin of Mineral Ridge; and a brother, Richard (Kathlee) Tomidajewicz of Enon.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Gregory Tomidajewicz.

Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the A.L.S. Association, 2500 East 22nd Street Suite 102, Cleveland, OH 44115.


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Joyce L. Juart, 51

YOUNGSTOWN-Joyce L. Juart, 51, formerly of Mineral Ridge, passed away at 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 in her home after a long and courageous battle with diabetes.

Joyce was born July 2, 1955 in Warren, the only daughter of Burrell R. and Mattie V. (Clark) Stitt Sr.

She was a 1973 graduate of Girard High School and attended Youngstown State University.

Joyce was a homemaker and enjoyed doing a variety of art works.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth E. Juart, whom she married Dec. 16, 1972; her mother of Youngstown; one son, Kenneth B. Juart of the home; two brothers, Burrell R. Stitt Jr. of Niles and the Rev. Larry G. (Sharon) Stitt of Warsaw, Ohio; and her special cherished companion, Fluffy.

Joyce was preceded in death by her father.

A funeral service will take place Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 at noon in the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel, where family will receive friends an hour prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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



Cortelle Keefer, 81

LIBERTY TWP. – Cortelle Keefer, 81, died Saturday, Jan.13 at St. Elizabeth Health Center surrounded by her loving family. She had been a resident of Liberty Township all her life.

She was the daughter of Jonathan and Maude Charles Keefer, both lifetime residents of Liberty Township.

Cortelle was born June 12, 1925 in Youngstown. She was a 1943 graduate of Liberty High School and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. She worked briefly as a secretary at the Ohio Leather in Girard. After receiving her nursing degree, she served as Liberty School Nurse for seven years, along with community nursing duties when she was needed.

She worked at St. Elizabeth and Northside Youngstown hospitals before retiring from Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland Twp.

She volunteered as a nurse for the first Liberty Township disaster committee, and served on the Altar Guild for many years at Church Hill United Methodist Church, of which she had been a lifetime member.

Cortelle had been devoted to her family all her life. She leaves a sister, Lorraine Sauce of Liberty Township; two nieces, Nora (Larry) Slimmer and Peggy (Jack) Whitmore of Brookfield; two loving great-nieces, Jenny (Doug) Hemme of Pittsburgh and Jill (Scott) Matthews of Sewickly, Pa.; and a great-nephew, John (Lori) Slimmer of Ashtabula.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard, where visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m.

Interment will take place in Belmont Park Cemetery.

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Raymond L. Lambing, 65

SHARON, PA. – Raymond L. “PA Ray” Lambing, 65, of Woodland Place Skilled Nursing Facility in Mercer, Pa., died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 at 1:05 p.m. in Sharon Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Lambing was born April 4, 1941 in Warren, a son of Joseph and Mary Miller Lambing, and was raised by his grandmother, Katherine Miller.

He was a truck driver and milk hauler for the Middlefield Cheese Factory for 20 years prior to his retirement. He was a true animal lover, attended Howland Schools and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph; and by his aunts and uncles with whom he was raised, Margaret Obermyier, Edna Cangemi, Theda Cerny, Arthur “Smokey” Miller and Albert Miller.

Survivors include three sons, Joseph Lambing and wife Gina of Douglas, Ga., Carl Lambing and wife Crystal of Niles and Paul Lambing of Melbourne, Fla.; a daughter, Leta Lambing of Meadville, Pa.; a sister, Mary Margaret Wingard of Howland; a brother, Albert Lambing of Warren; an uncle, Loyd Miller of Warren; two aunts; and five grandchildren, Jeffries, Jeremy, Samantha, Hayden and Stewart.

Friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Robert P. McDermott Memorial home, 614 Warren Ave. in Niles, where services will be held at 6 p.m.


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Thelma R. Mull, 91

HOWLAND TWP – Thelma R. Mull, 91, died Saturday morning, Jan. 13, 2007 at 10 a.m. in Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home in Howland Twp.

Born Aug. 30, 1915 in Homer City, Pa., she was the daughter of Charles P. and Grace R. (Frederick) Johnston.

Thelma came to the Warren area in 1948 from Leechburg, Pa. She was a homemaker, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Warren, enjoyed playing bridge and belonged to several bridge clubs.

Thelma was preceded in death in 1962 by her first husband Charles R. Hall whom she married in 1938. She married Cyril H. Mull in 1967, and he preceded her in death in 1991.

She is survived by two children, a daughter, Mrs. Nancy J. (Ronald) Mayfield of Howland Twp. and a son, Mr. Robert A. (Carol) Hall of Hendersonville, Tenn.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eileene Taylor of Blairsville, Pa.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 at the Roberts-Clark Funeral Chapel from 4 to 6 p.m. The Rev. Burt McGlawn will conduct a funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, where friends may also visit for one hour prior to the funeral service.

Entombment will take place in the Crown Hill Mausoleum in Vienna Twp.

Material contributions may be made in Thelma’s memory to the Foundation at Shepherd of the Valley at 4100 North River Rd. NE Warren, OH 44484 or to the Radio Ministry of Presbyterian Church at 256 Mahoning Ave. NW Warren, OH 44483

Friends and family may visit www.robertsclarkchapel.com to view this obituary online or to send condolences.


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Tammy R. Myers, 48

AUSTINTOWN – Tammy R. Myers, 48, passed away unexpectedly Friday morning at her home. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Tammy was born Oct. 10, 1958 in Youngstown, a daughter of Barry and Nancy Terlecki Myers, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a 1976 graduate of Girard High School, was a homemaker and worked at Infocision in Austintown. Previously, she worked for seven years at Maui Toys.

Tammy leaves her mother, Nancy Shepherd of Austintown; a daughter, Tricia George of Austintown; two sisters, Kathy (Larry) Kent of Youngstown and Cheryl Mahadeviah of Austintown; a brother-in-law, Thomas J. Hacon Jr. of Youngstown; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her father Barry, and a sister, Deborah R. Hacon, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where a memorial service will follow at 6 p.m.

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


J Robert Oliver, 51

GREEN TOWNSHIP – J Robert Oliver, 51, of Green Township, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 in his home with his family by his side after a long and courageous battle with melanoma.

J was born Aug. 26, 1955 in Youngstown, the son of Myron C. and Ferne E. (Gnagy) Oliver.

He was a 1973 graduate of South Range High School and retired in 2007 from Schwabels Bakery, where he had been a baker for the last 30 years.

J was a very active member of Greenford Lutheran Church, a member of AMA (Aircraft Modelers Association, a member of Short Circuts of Berlin Center, and a former member and past president of the Greenford Ruritan Club. He loved to golf, built his own family home, and enjoyed the art of photography for many years.

A loving husband, father, brother, son and friend, J is survived by his wife, the former Deborah Lynn Mullen, whom he married June 18, 1977; his mother, Ferne of Greenford; three children, Jason Michael, Jared Matthew, and Jenna Meridith, all of the home; one sister, Janice Knittle of Boardman; three brothers, Jeff Oliver of Twinsburg, Jon Oliver of Harrisonburg, Va., and Jerry Oliver of Winthrop, Wash.; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

J was preceded in death by his father.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel.

There will be a funeral service Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 at 11a.m. in Greenford Lutheran Church, where friends may call one hour prior in the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Greenford Lutheran Memorial Fund.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Hospice MVI for all of the care they provided to J and the family.

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


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Florence L. Shipley, 83

YOUNGSTOWN – Florence L. Shipley, 83, of 248 S. Schenley Ave., died Saturday afternoon at her residence.

Mrs. Shipley was born in Struthers March 14, 1923, a daughter of Roy and Elma Martin Wire.

She was a 1941 graduate of Struthers High School, where she was president of her class, a member of the Mill Creek Baptist Church, and had worked at Strouss’ and the Dollar General in Struthers.

Mrs. Shipley volunteered her time with the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley and also in state parks.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Tracy W. Shipley Sr., whom she married Aug. 10, 1941; one daughter, Naomi (Ron) Sparks, of Struthers; two sons, Tracy (Nancy) Shipley Jr. of Greenford and Dr. Ronald (Glennda) Shipley of Youngstown; one brother, Robert Delvaux of New Springfield, 10 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Wire and George Wire; and four sisters, Effie McCutcheon, Gladys Parish, Dorothy Jardine, and Grace Codner.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers, where there will be services Wednesday at 11 a.m. Friends may also call on Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m., prior to services.

Interment will follow at Columbiana Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given in Mrs. Shipley’s name to the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley, P.O. Box 298, Youngstown OH 44501.



Karen Ann Stevens, 52

AUSTINTOWN – A service celebrating the life of Karen Ann Stevens will be held at 7 p.m. Monday evening at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel. Karen passed away Friday morning in Briarfield at Ashley Circle.

She was born July 29, 1954 in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Margaret (Porvaznick) Tablack and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of Struthers High School and was a 1976 graduate of Y.S.U., where she graduated with honors in nutrition. She was an avid crafter and enjoyed cooking.

Besides being a loving wife and mother, she worked for the Burger King Corporation at the route 46 store from September 2002 until October 2006.

Besides her parents of Struthers, Karen leaves her husband, James Stevens, whom she married May 26, 1978; two children, Joe of Austintown and Kyle at home; one grandson; Connor James “CJ” of Austintown; a twin sister, Kathy Hamilla and a niece, Rachel Hamilla, both of Struthers; and her mother-in-law, Helen DeLarratta of Niles. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Friends and family may view the obituary and send condolences at lanefuneralhomes.com.

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Naomi Weeden, 83

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Wednesday at noon at Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church for Mrs. Naomi Weeden, 83, who departed this life Thursday, January 11, 2007 at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mrs. Weeden was born December 17, 1923 in Birmingham, Ala., a daughter of Jessie and Beulah Akles Willis.

She was a cook at various restaurants and was a great homemaker. She also worked at Strouss Department Store until she became ill in 1981. Even though she could not work at a full-time job, she still continued to volunteer for various organizations and was a devoted woman with Christ.

She was a member of Old Glory Church, where she served as church mother, and various duties under the pastorate of Rev. E. P. Adams.

Her husband, Jerry, whom she marred November 23, 1955, passed away in 1987.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory her children, Dujuane (Sausirae) Weeden, Tyronda Pierce, Floy Willis, Jr., and Sherry Willis; grandchildren, whom she reared, Nellie (Clarence) Kitchen and Lebron Matthews and a host of other grandchildren; great-grandchildren, Sophia, Venus, Rasheira, Ishmaa`ily, Faushia, Kajuane, Dujuane, Jr., Keasia and a host of other great-grandchildren; a sister, Rachel Griffin of Birmingham, Ala.; a special loved one, Kelda Gayles; and a host of other family and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her children, Floy Willis, Freddie Jo Matthews and Cleotha Weeden; and brothers, Melvin, Jerry, Johnny B. Obrown, and Zachirah Willis.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon at Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church.

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

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John A. Welsh, 87

LEETONIA - John A. Welsh, 87, of 39998 S.R. 558, died of complications of old age at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Salem Community Hospital.

He was born April 26, 1919 in New Waterford, son of John Proctor and Alice Lydia Young Welsh, and had lived in Leetonia for most of his life.

Mr. Welsh had been a machinist at the former National Rubber Machinery Co. in Columbiana and was a self-employed dairy farmer for nearly 60 years.

He was a member of the East Fairfield United Methodist Church, the Allen Masonic Lodge No. 276 F&AM in Columbiana, the Farm Bureau and Mt. Nebo Grange. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Member, Valley of Youngstown.

He served as Chief Artillery Mechanic in Panama in the U.S. Army during WWII.

John was preceded in death Nov. 27, 1976 by his first wife, Dorothy L. Evans, whom he married Nov. 26, 1943; and on Aug. 5, 2006 by his second wife, Ruth E. Crook, whom he married Aug. 13, 1977.

Surviving are two sons, Gary (Mary) Welsh and Jeffrey Welsh, both of Leetonia; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Richard (Bonnie J.) Steeb of Shalmar, Fla.; a stepson, Randolph L. Bolsinger of Las Vegas; four grandchildren, Tina (Mike) Mellington, Chad (Candi) Welsh, Todd Welsh and Heather Welsh and a stepgranddaughter, Tiffany Blaney; four great-grandchildren, Taylor and Austin Mellington, and Lindsay and Tyler Welsh; and five step grandchildren.

Besides his wives, he was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis V. Welsh, and a brother, Fred Proctor Welsh.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the East Fairfield United Methodist Church, where his body will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. The Rev. Michael Namy will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Grandview Cemetery in Salem.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Warrick-Kummer Funeral Home in Columbiana.

The Honor Guard of the Benjamin Firestone Post No. 290, American Legion will render military honors.

Friends and family may visit www.familycareservices.com to sign register book and leave condolences.


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