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Alva Guy Barr Jr., 87

RAVENNA – Alva Guy Barr Jr., 87, formerly of Sharon, Pa.. He is survived by his wife, Cecelia (Glavan); son, Jim Barr of Niles; daughters, Janet (Jack) Pumphrey of Canfield, June Briggs of Shalersville and Candy (Mike) Toth of Freedom; brother, Ezra Barr of Girard.

Calling hours will be Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Green Family Funeral Home and Crematory Service in Mantua, where funeral services will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Burial will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Mantua Village.

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Charles E. Brown, 71

YOUNGSTOWN – Charles E. Brown, 71, passed away Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Brown was born Dec. 9, 1935 in Worthington, W.Va., a son of Walter and Arbutus Dotson Brown.

He attended Struthers schools and was a retiree of LTV Steel, where he worked for 30 years. He was an avid Cleveland Browns fan. He loved to fast dance and was committed, each Sunday morning, to watching the 8 a.m. service of Fred Price, whom he claimed as his pastor.

Mr. Brown leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Priscilla; two sons, Charles T. Brown and David T. Riley, both of Youngstown; six daughters, Sandra (Vincent) Vaughn, Cheryl McKinney, Pamula Perez, Tomica R. Norris and Sydney Brown, all of Youngstown and Timara S. Brown of Campbell; two brothers, George (Mary) Brown and William T. Williams and a sister, Patricia Bright, all of Youngstown; adopted son, Eddie Asberry of Campbell; a stepsister, Mae Williams of Florida; 26 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Joe Williams; a brother, John Brown; two grandsons, Charles T. Brown and Charles Kelley; and a great-grandson, Jayshawn Spires.

Services will be at noon on Monday at Everlife Worship Center where friends may call one hour prior to the services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home.

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Annetta P. Canzonetta, 90

WARREN – Annetta P. Canzonetta, 90, of 1306 Perkinswood Blvd. S.E., died peacefully at her home from a brief illness, while being surrounded by her loving son and daughter and family members at 2:55 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

She was born Aug. 12, 1916 in Niles, a daughter of Michael and Marian Russo Brutz.

She married Tony Canzonetta Jr. on June 10, 1950 and moved to Warren.

Mrs. Canzonetta was employed for 13 years in production for the Niles Steel Products Co. and also the cafeteria staff at John F. Kennedy High School in the 1970s. She was a also a homemaker.

She was a wonderful and caring mother who will be deeply and sadly missed and never forgotten by her son and daughter. “She was the love of our life. It was never be the same without her.” She was there for her children and family, they always came first.

Mrs. Canzonetta was a woman of great character and stamina. She was a role model to her family and a person who never complained.

She enjoyed reading, gardening flowers and vegetables, traveling and was an outstanding cook. Mrs. Canzonetta was an avid football fan and especially loved the University of Notre Dame, where both her brothers played football.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Warren, and a member of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini League. She prayed the Novena daily.

She leaves a son, Thomas and a daughter, Marilyn, who lived with her at home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Canzonetta Jr., who died May 8, 1983; two brothers, James and Marty Brutz; four sisters, Isabelle Coates, Rose Martinelli, Matilda Brutz and Rosa Brutz.

There will be a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 19, at St. James Catholic Church.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home. The Rev. Fr. Charles Crumbley will officiate.

Burial will be in the All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.



Harry Dale Dennison Sr., 71

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Harry Dale Dennison Sr., 71, died Thursday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Harry was born May 3, 1935 in Hubbard to the late Alden and Gladys Dennison Woods.

Mr. Dennison was a press operator for W.T. Pettit Co. in Liberty Township for 36 years. He was a member of the New Life Christian Fellowship, the Liberty Historical Society and the Liberty Senior Citizens and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and woodworking, especially making hobby horses.

He is survived by his wife, Anna B. Martin, whom he married Aug. 21, 1955; his children, Harry Dale Dennison Jr. of Liberty Township, Laura Renee (David) Blue of Girard and James Steven (Wanda) Dennison of Hubbard; his sisters, Naomi Hollabaugh and Ruth E. Micha, both of Girard; a brother, Warren Lee Dennison of Liberty Township; and a grandson, Brian Minnick.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Deliah Ann, and a sister, Marion Verhest.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard, where there will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday.

Interment will be at Churchill Cemetery.

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Mary Barbara Storkovich Fox, 92

YOUNGSTOWN – Mary Barbara Storkovich Fox, 92, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 15.

Mary was born in Clover Creek, Pa. on July 21, 1914, the daughter of Marko and Dora Ratkay Storkovich. The family later moved to Brady’s Bend, Pa. where Mary attended East Brady High School and enjoyed growing up with her four wonderful brothers. As a young woman, Mary visited family in California several times, and in 1943 she joined the Marine Corps in California. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Mary left the service and returned to Butler, Pa. where she worked in an ammunitions plant during World War II. She later came to Ohio, where she worked at the Ohio Leather Works in Girard.

In May 1946, Mary married James Fox in Greensboro, N.C. They lived in Rimersburg, Pa. until moving to Youngstown permanently in 1952.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Michael Storkovich, Nikola Storkovich, Joseph Storkovich, and George Storkovich. In 1948, Mary and Jim had a son who was stillborn and Mary always missed him and had a love for children, especially little boys.

Mary was a wonderful and loving mother who always wanted the best for her family. She was a great homemaker whose cooking and baking was totally enjoyed by her husband and daughters. Mary was of the Catholic faith and extremely proud of her Croatian heritage. Whenever she was able, she and her family would go to Strossmayer’s Croatian Picnic Grounds or to St. George’s Lodge.

She leaves her husband, James; and daughters, Deborah Ann Fox and Dolores Diane Fox, both of Boardman; a special nephew, Douglas Storkovich of San Rafael, Calif.; her loving dog, Lisa Marie; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

“Mom, you gave us the unconditional love that only a mother can give. We will never forget. Your beautiful blue eyes, lovely smile, and all the sweet ways about you will be missed more than could ever be expressed by mere words. You were and will continue to be the heart of our family.”

Calling hours will be Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel, where a prayer service will be conducted at 4 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 19, at St. Patrick’s Church in Brady’s Bend with internment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Brady’s Bend.

The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to Drs. Cubbison, Sweeney, Gady, the fourth floor of St. Elizabeth Health Center; a special thanks to Georgeann De Rose, R.N. of the Council on Aging for her compassion and support, and the local Multiple Sclerosis Society who helped so much.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Howard Wilson “Howdy” Heldman, 90

BOARDMAN – Howard Wilson Heldman, 90, of 4018 Dover Road, formerly of Como Street and Creed Street in Struthers, died Wednesday morning at his residence.

Mr. Heldman, also known as Howdy, was born Dec. 21, 1916, in Struthers, a son of Otis W. and Eva Warner Heldman. He was a lifelong area resident of Struthers.

Howdy was a 1934 graduate of Struthers High School and received his B.S. in education from Miami University in 1938 and his master’s in education from Westminster in 1940. Howdy tried out for the Cincinnati Reds.

He taught at Port William School from 1938 to 1939 and then became the physical education teacher for Struthers High School in 1939. For 18 years, Howdy was principal of Struthers High School, retiring in 1980 after 40 years in the school district. After retirement, he served as administration assistant for Security at Astro Shapes in Struthers.

He coached track at Struthers from 1941 to 1957 and was director of the Sectional and District Track Meet from 1947 to 1959. He was the Struthers High School football coach from 1947 to 1951 and basketball coach from 1947 to 1951 where he was director of its Sectional and District Tournaments from 1970 to 2001. Howdy also taught physical education at Youngstown State University.

He directed the Class AAA and A Sectional and District State Basketball Tournament for nearly 30 years, directed the Sectional of the State Class A meet and volunteered for the State Special Olympics for 20 years. He was inducted into the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989 for his contribution to athletics. He officiated football, basketball and track for more than 40 years.

Howdy served on the Struthers Board of Education from 1982 to 1994 and served as Mayor of Struthers from 1983 to 1991. Howdy was a member of the National Education Association, Ohio Educational Association, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Knights of Pythias, the Western Star Lodge No. 21 F&AM and the Struthers Lions Club. He was also a member of the Struthers Presbyterian Church and attended the Brownlee Woods Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Heldman’s wife, the former Theresa Irwin, whom he married in 1940, died in 1974.

He leaves his companion of 30 years, Joan Pochiro Basta, with whom he resided during his brief illness; a daughter, Marsha Ann (Ed) Kliem of Toledo; a brother, Otis Heldman, of Poland; two grandchildren, Michele (Bryan) Hausner of Atlanta and Jennifer (Scooter) Stopera of Toledo; and three great-grandchildren, Sydney and Wilson Stopera and Jackson Hausner. Among many grandchildren on Joan’s side of the family, Howdy leaves four grandchildren whom he and Joan raised, Laurence Button, Joanna Button, Demetrios Chaparas and Niko Chaparas.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers,, donations be sent to the Howdy Heldman Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Struthers Board of Education, 99 Euclid Ave., Struthers, OH 44471.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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Mary Italiano, 88

YOUNGSTOWN – Mary Italiano, 88, passed away Wednesday, March 14, at St. Elizabeth Health Center after suffering a stroke at her home.

Mary was born Dec. 2, 1918 in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Julia Nagy.

She attended East High School.

She married the love of her life, Joseph Italiano, on Aug. 10, 1940, and they were blessed with 67 years of beautiful marriage.

Along with her beloved husband, Joseph, Mary leaves with great pride her two children, Bridget Antonelli and husband Ronald of Liberty Township and Joseph Italiano Jr. and wife Vicky of Boardman; her grandchildren, Sherri McKeown and husband Daniel of Boardman, Ronald J. Antonelli and wife Tammy of Raleigh, N.C., and Julie Italiano of Cincinnati, who were her pride and joy; four great-grandchildren, whom she adored, Sean and Ryan McKeown and Mario and Marissa Antonelli; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary was know for being a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was her life; nurturing and caring for them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Julia Nagy; her two brothers, Albert and John Nagy; and four sisters, Irene Naples, Barbara Mirto, Helen Cianciola and Violet Casanta.

Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at the Schiavone Funeral Home.

There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. Monday, March 19, at St. Edward Church.



Doris Aileen Metz, 78

HUBBARD – Doris Aileen Metz, 78, formerly of Sharon, Pa., passed away at 1:15 a.m. Friday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She was born March 28, 1928 in Sharon to Jerome C. and Sara Elizabeth (Black) Faust.

A 1946 Sharon High School graduate, Mrs. Metz was a secretary, starting her employment at Westinghouse Corp. in Sharon and ending her career and retiring from the First United Methodist Church of Hubbard.

She had a great love for animals, was an avid reader and loved embroidery, playing cards and crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her husband, Wilfred W. Metz of their residence in Hubbard, whom she married Aug. 22, 1953; two daughters, Deborah Metz of the residence and Darlene (Bob) Strasser of Canfield; and two grandchildren, Jake Durham and J.P. Bierman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Vern Andrew Faust.

Calling hours will be from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Smith Funeral Home, 3126 Main St. in West Middlesex, Pa., where there will be a funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Carolyn Griffeth, pastor of the Canfield Presbyterian Church in Canfield, officiating.

Burial follow at Haywood Cemetery in West Middlesex.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.


Warren W. Miller, 82

CORTLAND – Warren W. Miller, 82, of 3308B Trappers Trail, died at 7 a.m. Friday at his residence

He was born June 24, 1924 in Youngstown, the son of Warren and Mary Wehr Miller.

Warren was a 1942 Youngstown South High School graduate and was credit manager for May Company stores. He also owned and operated Insly-Prints Printing Co. in Youngstown before retiring in 1995.

He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Warren and Warren Elks Club No. 295. He enjoyed golfing and was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII, having served in the European Theatre.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Lois Allar Miller, whom he married Feb. 7, 1948; a son, Donald J. Miller and wife Anita of Howland; two daughters, Kathleen Migliozzi and husband Patrick of Vienna and Mary Jo Larson and husband Robert of Columbus; a daughter-in-law, Lana Miller of Houston; eight grandchildren, Stacie DelliQuadri and husband Carmine, Christopher Migliozzi and wife Angela, Patrick Migliozzi, Jonathon Rausch, Danielle Rausch, Michael Rausch, Nicholas Miller and Nathan Miller; and two great-grandchildren, Carmine DelliQuadri and Carly DelliQuadri.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas P. Miller; a great-grandson, Patrick DelliQuadri; and a brother, Donald Miller.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Joseph Rossi Funeral Home in Niles.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Warren, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery, where Warren will be honored for his military service by the Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi Funeral Home.

Visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to send condolences.



Stavroula C. “Stella” Nyktas, 88

NORTH CANTON – Stavroula C. “Stella” Nyktas, 88, who was loved and respected by all of those whose lives she touched, formerly of East Third Street in Salem, passed away at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Home in North Canton.

She was born Sept. 11, 1918 in Weirton, W.Va., the daughter of the late George and Maria (Moskonisotis) Christofaris.

Stella was the owner of the former Ohio Grill in Salem. She was a member of St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Boardman and belonged to the Daughter of Penelope and Philoptochos Society of the church. She served as a committee person for the Salem Democratic Club.

Her husband, Christian Nyktas, whom she married May 8, 1938, preceded her in death on March 26, 1960.

She is survived by a son, George Nyktas and wife Cathy of Leetonia; four daughters, Elaine Brubaker and husband Carl of Perrysburg, Maria Harrold and husband Michael of Salem, Antonia Culliton of Aurora and Katherine Kapalko and husband Dennis of North Canton; and a sister, Norma Carvelas of Salem. She was the beloved grandmother of Jacki, Michele, Stephanie, Emily, Angela, Elisabeth, Stephen, Athan, Chesney, Aliki and Cassandra and four great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gust and Christopher Christofaris; and a son-in-law, Tim Culliton.

There will be services Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Boardman with Father Thomas Constantine officiating.

Burial will be at Belmont Cemetery in Youngstown.

Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with a Trisagion service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, 4951 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, OH 44512 or Asia Minor Hellenic American Society, 3962 Wood Rush Road, Akron, OH 44333.



Florence M. (Keish) Peltz, 80

CAMPBELL – There will be services Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home and at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph The Provider Church, for Florence M. (Keish) Peltz, 80, who passed away Friday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mrs. Peltz was born Jan. 18, 1927 in Campbell, a daughter of Andrew and Marie Padala Krzys (Keish).

A homemaker, she was a member of St. Joseph the Provider Church, where she was very active in her early years, and the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild.

Her mother and sister died during her youth and she became the primary care giver for her father and seven brothers. She loved flowers and gardening and was a very devoted grandmother.

Her husband, Joseph Peltz, whom she married June 29, 1946, passed away July 16, 1992.

She leaves a daughter Frances Marie (David) Cole, a son Kenneth L. (Ruby) Peltz and a brother Edmund Keish, all of Campbell; five grandchildren, Kenneth L. Jr. (Kathy) and David Peltz of Columbus, Corine (Joseph) Tovarnak of Campbell, Anna Cole of Campbell and Craig (Jane) Cole of San Antonio; two great-grandchildren, Joseph Peltz and Teresa Cole; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and her beloved dog and constant companion, Mimi.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Frances Krzys; an infant brother; and brothers, Peter, Albert, John, Michael, Kenneth and Sylvester Keish.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Wasko Funeral Home.



Robert J. Stein, 85

DAYTON – A memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Youngstown for Mr. Robert J. Stein, 85, who died peacefully Jan. 16 in Port St. Lucie, Fla., following a long illness.

Mr. Stein was born Jan. 21, 1921 in Youngstown, a son of George and Francis Barth Stein.

He was a pilot during WWII and moved to Dayton following the war.

He was married to the former Emereda Schlater, whom he married Feb. 9, 1944, and died Nov. 15, 2005.

Mr. Stein leaves two daughters, Janet (William) Matthews of Dayton and Connie (Howard) Neff of Stuart, Fla.; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, James (Sally) Stein of Austintown; and three sisters, Doris Kolacz, Marjorie (Paul) Thomas, both of Austintown and Alberta (William) Woodworth of Boardman.

Arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.



Donna J. Zona, 67

NILES – Donna J. Zona, 67, of Niles-Vienna Road, passed away Thursday morning, March 15, at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

She was born Sept. 23, 1939 in New Castle, Pa. to the late Albert and Julia Viggiano.

Mrs. Zona was a retired receptionist with Taylor-Winfield and had also worked for Wean United. She was of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed working with flowers.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Zona at home, whom she married Sept. 10, 1960; a sister, Lucille Mazzocco of New Castle; a sister-in-law, June Cletta of New Castle; three very close friends, Rosemary Marino of Niles, Romaine Ruffley of Struthers and Lori Myler of Bath.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Gerald; and a brother, Albert C. Cletta Jr.

Visitation for Mrs. Zona will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St. in New Castle where a Blessing service will be at noon conducted by Fr. John Petrarulo of St. Vitus Church.

Burial will be at St. Vitus Cemetery.




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