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Philip M. Grace Jr., 65

BYRON, ILL. – Philip M. Grace Jr., 65, died Monday, Feb. 26, in Marco Island, Fla.

Phil was born Aug. 31, 1941 in Youngstown, the first son of Philip M. Grace, Sr. and Jean Raupple Grace.

He graduated from Ursuline High School in Youngstown in 1959 and the University of Notre Dame in 1963. He married Marian Holliday on July 4, 1964 in Youngstown.

He served in the U.S. Army Finance Corps from 1964 to 1966. He was Treasurer of CSX Resources for 19 years. In 1984, he joined the recently formed John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago as its treasurer. He retired from the Foundation in 1999.

He was a founding member of the Foundation Financial Officers Group. He and his wife Marian moved permanently to Byron from Deerfield in 2001, where he served on the Byron planning commission for several years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron.

He was predeceased by his parents and youngest son, Kevin.

Survived by his Beloved wife, Marian of Byron; three sons, Philip (Julianne) Grace III of Charlotte, N.C., Michael (Suzanne) Grace of Charlotte and David (Denise) Grace of Madison, Wis.; his brothers, James (Lettie) Grace of Texas and Robert (Mary Beth) Grace of Florida; his sisters, Marianne (Fredrick) Sullivan of Maryland and Jeanne Grace of Ohio; and eight beloved grandchildren, Michael, Heather, Jack, Hannah, Annika, Nicholas, Sheehan and Kevin.

A Christian Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 5, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron, with the Rev. Timothy Doherty officiating.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon with a 5 p.m. prayer service.

Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Byron.

Memorial fund is established in Phil’s name to the Ogle County Hospice Association, P.O. Box 462, Oregon, IL 61061.

Please visit www.farrellhollandgale.com online.


Fern Jarvis, 86

VIENNA – Fern Jarvis, 86, died Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28, at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.

Fern was born January 8, 1921 in Warren to Thad and Marion (Walker) Barker.

Fern was a 1939 graduate of Fowler High School and attended Youngstown State University. She retired in 1986 after 28 years with United States Post Office in Fowler, where she was employed as an assistant postmaster.

As a former resident of Bradenton, Fla., Fern enjoyed water skiing, parasailing and working at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Bradenton.

Fern was a member of and enjoyed working in the Fowler United Methodist Church, where she participated in the choir and prayer group.

Fern married Russell Jarvis May 16, 1942. Russell passed away Feb. 21, 2000 after nearly 58 years of marriage.

Fern leaves behind two sons, Tim (Peg) Jarvis of San Antonio, Texas, and Bob Jarvis of Niles; a daughter, Vera Jean (Ed) Gates of Vienna; two sisters, Betty Beach of Fowler and Helen (Bud) Martin of Champion; five grandchildren, Tim, Michelle, Rene, Brian and Cameron; five great-grandchildren, Kari, Lindsey, Taylor, Jack and Andie; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Thad Barker Jr.

Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Fowler United Methodist Church, 3426 state Route 193 in Fowler, with the memorial service at noon.

The family requests that any material tributes be sent to the Fowler United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8, Fowler, OH 44418.

Selby-Cole Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

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Ray E. Lee, 80

BROOKFIELD – Ray E. Lee, 80, of 161 Brook Drive, died Wednesday afternoon at his residence under the care of Hospice of Trumbull County.

He was born Dec. 29, 1926 in Girard, a son of Fred and Mary Craiger Lee, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Lee was a graduate of Liberty High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, serving on the USS Lyra in the South Pacific, where he received the Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, American Area Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal. He then attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics and the Embry Riddle of Aviation.

He was a member of the Wick Lodge No. 481 F.& A.M. and a 32nd degree Mason of the York Rite. He was a third time Past Noble Grand of the Odd Fellows of Hubbard and a charter member of the Hello Brothers Club. He also managed the Youngstown Baseball Class B League, and the Pony, Babe Ruth & Double A teams.

He had worked for Marquart Brothers, where he was a food broker, retiring in 1987 after 35 years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Ada “Virginia” Harless, a daughter, Deborah Burnett of Delta; three sons, Fred (Marianne) Lee of Hubbard, Craig (Joann) Lee of Lowellville and Roy (Renee) Lee of Hubbard; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Miles, Joe and Elwood Lee; and three sisters, Georgia Hake, Florence Greathouse and Virginia Lee.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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Barbara M. Lipps, 81

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP – Barbara M Lipps, 81, died 4:09 PM Wednesday, Feb. 28, at St. Elizabeth Health Center following a short illness.

She was born Nov. 3, 1925 in Seaman, the daughter of William Scott and Emily (Woodworth) McGovney.

She formerly lived in Warren, Andover and Jacksonville, Fla., returning to the Warren area in 2005.

Barbara was a graduate of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Dayton and also was formerly employed by the Andover Bank and by Sun Trust in Jacksonville.

She was a member of the Covered Bridge Chapter No. 591 Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include four children Glenna M. Markwitz of Beachwood, Lisa R. (James) Dudley of Vonore, Tenn., Scott T. (Janet) Thompson of Howland and Roxann B. Donovan of Ridgecrest, Calif., and 6 grandchildren Kelly Dudley, James Dudley, Emily Phipps, Nicole Phipps, Matthew Thompson and Joshua Donovan.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Colleen K. Garley.

Cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service at a later date.

Material contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, N.E. Ohio Affiliate, 10819 Magnolia Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.

Arrangements were handled by the Roberts-Clark Chapel in Warren.



Rhonda Lee McKee, 55

LORAIN – Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Rhonda Lee McKee, 55, formerly of Youngstown, who departed this life Monday at her residence.

Mrs. McKee was born Sept. 7, 1951 in Youngstown, a daughter of Robert Harold and Delphia Jones Lemon.

She was a 1969 graduate of The Rayen School.

She had been employed with St. Elizabeth Hospital for 25 years, retiring in 1995. After retiring from St. Elizabeth Hospital, she worked as a medical records technician for the Department of Veterans Affairs – Brecksville Division for 10 years, retiring in 2005.

She was a member of the Phillips Chapel CME Church in Youngstown. She enjoyed shopping and traveling. She was a collector of black art, elephants and bird cages.

Her husband, George E., whom she married Sept. 29, 1973, passed away May 30, 1985.

She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Rochelle L. Lemon of Marion; a sister, Jacquelyn D. Lemon, a godsister, Yvonne Lawrence, a goddaughter, Keesah N. Gaddy and a sister-in-law/cousin, Sandra L. Williams, all of Youngstown; a host of nieces and nephews including, Kim, Shirell, Candace and Philip; and a host of cousins, other family and friends.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.



Bradley W. Myers, 38

CANFIELD – There will be services at 11 a.m. Monday morning at St. Michael's Church in Canfield for Bradley W. Myers, 38, who passed away early Thursday morning at his home surrounded by family after a two year courageous battle with colon cancer.

Brad was born Oct. 17, 1968 in Youngstown the son of Frederick P. and Karen J. Barney Myers.

He was a 1987 graduate of Canfield High School, and had served a five year apprenticeship with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 396, earning his journeyman status.

He had worked at Johnson Controls for the past 11 years as a service technician and a service representative. A fireman since 1993, he had earned the rank of Captain with the Canfield Joint Fire District.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 396, Argus Lodge No. 545 in Canfield and a member of Camp IF in Warren, Pa. Brad loved the outdoors, hunting, cars and was an avid NASCAR fan.

He will be remembered as a faithful, husband, father and brother by his wife, the former Debbie M. Thornton, whom he married March 28, 1998; his daughter, Sheridan M. “Bitsy” Myers, and son Joseph P. Myers at home; a sister, Brandi (John) Myers-Nairus of Dayton; his parents, Fred and Karen Myers of Canfield; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, J. Donald and Carmel Thornton of Boardman; a brother-in-law, Darren (Christina) Thornton of Austintown; and a sister-in-law, Cheryl Thornton of Boardman.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, where a Masonic service will be at 8 p.m.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Myers Children’s Fund c/o Merrill Lynch, P.O. Box 7366, Macon, GA 31209.

Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences.


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Mary Ann Smith, 74

FLORIDA – There will be services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Mercer, Pa., for Mary Ann Smith, 74, who passed away Tuesday.

Mary Ann was a memebr of the Croatian Fraternal Union, was past president of Sloga Tamburitzans, secretary of Lodge No. 126 of Farrell, Pa., for 23 years and was a memebr of the Od Srca Adult Tamburitzans before moving to Florida.

She leaves her husband, James and two sons, James and wife Lynne and Jerry Mark. She also leaves four sisters, Amelia Kopka, Rose Vayansky, Barbara Todorich and Dorothy Smith; a brother, Joseph Todorich; and three grandsons.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Mercer.


Alex John Sowa, 81

SALEM – A memorial mass will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at St. Paul of Salem Catholic Church, 935 E. State St., for Alex John Sowa, 81 , formerly of California, who died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007.

Alex was born March 26, 1925 in Chicago Heights, Ill., a son of the late John and Mary Sowa.

He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, earning two distinguished flying crosses and two Silver Stars as well as numerous other awards and citations. He further distinguished himself as an active advocate of civil rights.

He was a Director of the Mechanical Department of Los Angeles County, known currently as Internal Services Department, for 25 years, retiring in 1984.

His wife, the former Helen Noyes, whom he married Oct. 1, 1949, died June 15, 1999.

He leaves his five children, Vicki Sorber of Diamond, Ohio, Captain Mary Campbell of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Steven Sowa of Clovis, California, Loretta Sowa, R.N. of Mars, Pa., and Sue Sowa; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank; and three sisters, Rose, Josephine and Sophie.

Besides his parents and his wife, Alex was preceded in death by a son, John Allen Sowa; a grandson, Keith Steven Sowa; two brothers, Joseph and Casimere and two sisters, Jean and Ann.

Friends may call from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman. A rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m.


Theodore F. Tabaka Sr., 93

BOARDMAN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Kubina Yuhasz Funeral Home, Boardman Chapel, 5925 Market St., and at 10 a.m. at Saint Stanislaus Church for Theodore F. Tabaka Sr., 93, who died Wednesday at his residence.

Mr. Tabaka was born Oct. 12, 1913 in Pittsburgh a son of Frank and Catherine Mogelski Tabaka.

He was a member of the church, its Senior Citizens Club, its Infant Jesus of Prague Guild, a pierogi worker at the church, Catholic War Veterans Post No. 1222 and D.A.V. Chapter 12.

Theodore was employed at LTV Steel in the seamless tube mill for 43 years, retiring in 1978.

His wife, the former Helen J. Byrdy, whom he married July 7, 1941 died Aug. 2, 1999.

He is survived by a son, Kenneth T. (Deborah) Tabaka of Boardman; two daughters, Nancy (Jeffrey) Henderson and Diane Thake, both of Dublin; two grandchildren, Michael Jr. and Christopher Thake both of Dublin; four brothers, Steve Tabaka and Chester Tabaka, both of New Middletown, Frank Tabaka of Poland and William Tabaka of Boardman; a sister, Mary Tabaka of New Middletown; and a daughter-in-law, Eileen Tabaka of Canfield.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by two sons, Theodore F. Tabaka and Lawrence Tabaka; a brother, George Tabaka; and three sisters, Josephine Jasinski, Theresa Serenko and Angela Tabaka.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the funeral home and C.W.V. Post No. 1222 will hold a prayer service at 1:45 p.m.



Judith Beeghly Wallis, 71

AKRON – Judith Beeghly Wallis, 71, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 13.

She was born April 6, 1935 in Youngstown, the oldest of four children born to Charles M. and Janet T. Beeghly.

Judith studied at Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., and Connecticut College in New London, Conn., before marrying Richard C. Wallis and raising three children, first in Youngstown and then in Hudson.

Her activities included the Junior League of Youngstown and Hudson Garden Club, as well as serving as a docent at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. She and her husband settled the last 25 years in Akron.

For 35 years, Judith served as an active member of St. Luke’s Church in Akron, which included teaching Sunday school, serving on the intercessory prayer team, being a part of the women’s ministry, participating in a reading outreach program for children, attending a weekly small group, and involvement in a prayer ministry at a local women’s center.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Richard C. Wallis of Akron; her daughter, Susan Wallis Smith and her husband, Rusty of Missouri; her son, Richard C. Wallis Jr. and his wife Carol of Florida; her brother, Charles M. Beeghly Jr. and his wife Karen of Florida; several grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Judith was preceded in death by her son, David Turner Wallis; her parents, Charles M. and Janet T. Beeghly; and her sisters, Sarah Beeghly and Margaret Beeghly Hogan.

There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at St. Luke’s Church of Akron.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Akron Pregnancy Services, (330) 434-2221, life@akronpregnancyservices.org, Haven of Rest Ministries, (330) 535-1563, hrm@havenofrest.org, or St. Luke’s Church – Missions, (330) 665-2227, office@stlukesakron.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Billow Funeral Home, Fairlawn Chapel.




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