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Elsie Grace Alexander, 90

NORTH LIMA – Services were Friday in Saint Michael Church for Elsie Grace Alexander, 90, who died Wednesday afternoon at the Assumption Village.

Elsie was born Oct. 29, 1916 in Girard, a daughter of Thomas Edward and Elsie Beatrice Ponick McDonough, and was a lifelong area resident.

She worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired in 1984. She had also owned a beauty shop in the 1940s. She was a member of the American Postal Union and the AFL-CIO Local No. 443.

Her husband, Howard C. Alexander, whom she married Oct. 26, 1942, died May 22, 1968.

She leaves a sister, Ms. Betty Jane McDonough of Ellsworth and a niece, Kay Remick of Canfield.

There are no calling hours.

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


Mary Kathryn Barton, 80

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP – There will be funeral services Tuesday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m. at The Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel and at 10 a.m. at St. James Church, with Fr. Charles W. Crumbley officiating, for Mary Kathryn Barton, 80, formerly of Turnberry Court, who passed away Saturday morning at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Mary Kathryn was born Jan. 27, 1927 in Warren, the daughter of James J. and Mary Daykin Hoolihan.

She attended Warren City Schools and was a homemaker.

She married James T. Barton Nov. 29, 1947, and he preceded her in death Nov. 2, 2001.

She was a member of St. James Church and enjoyed playing cards, cooking, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was also an avid Notre Dame fan.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas C. (Donna) Barton of Charlotte, N.C., Richard J. “Rick” (Kathy) Barton of Mineral Ridge, and David A. Barton of Howland; eight grandchildren, Jeff (Erin), Christopher, Daniel, Jason, Scott (Amanda), Brian, and Kevin Barton, and Meghan (Chris) DiDonato; four great-grandchildren, Jordan Marie, Sydney, Nicholas and Austin; two brothers, James C. (Mary) Hoolihan of Champion and David R. (Janice) Hoolihan of Warren; and two sisters, Barbara (Nicholas) Paul of Niles, and Jane (Thomas) Dorff of Warren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Gary Michael Barton.

Calling hours will be Monday, March 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeal home.

Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the St. James Church Restoration Fund, 2532 Burton St. SE, Warren, OH 44484.

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Frances H. Brumbeau, 84

YOUNGSTOWN – A memorial service will be held at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Park Vista Retirement Community Chapel, 1216 Fifth Ave., for Frances H. Brumbeau, 84, who died Feb. 13.

Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, bequests can be made to the National Parks Conservation Association, 1300 19th Street N.W., Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20036.

Arrangements are by the Thompson Funeral Home.


James C. Castellano, 58

CAMPBELL – Private services were held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Schiavone Funeral Home for James C. Castellano, 58, who died Tuesday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

James was born Aug. 30, 1948 in Youngstown, a son of Louis Charles and Josephine Cianciola Castellano.

He was a carpet installer, working with several area companies. He was a Vietnam veteran and a member of the Mahoning Sportsman Club and enjoyed fishing and playing with his dogs. He had completed several college courses after he graduated from high school.

He is survived by a daughter, Jaime (Damien) Lieggi of Youngstown; a son, James (Michelle) Castellano of Austintown; two sisters, Madeline Balogh of Campbell and Angie Vergalitte of Youngstown; a brother, Louis Castellano of Las Vegas; and three grandchildren, Jiovanni Lieggi and Haley and Ryan Castellano.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, the former Karen Diciccio, whom he married in 1975 and who died in 2004.


Elizabeth A. “Betty” Cather, 92

BOARDMAN – Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Fox Funeral Home and at 1 p.m. at Saint Dominic Church for Elizabeth A. “Betty” Cather, 92, who died Friday morning at Beeghly Oaks.

Mrs. Cather was born Jan. 31, 1915 in Youngstown, a daughter of Frank and Sue Santangelo Cerimele.

She was a 1933 graduate of South High School and attended Youngstown Business College. She had worked at G.M. McKelvey’s in sales, U.S. Steel in the office and for Strouss’ Hirschberg in the office.

Her husband, Cecil L. Cather, whom she married Oct. 21, 1963, died Aug. 28, 1985.

She was a member of the church, the Over 55 Club at Saint Charles, the Widows and Widowers Club and the Boardman 45 Club. She loved to play bridge and loved baseball.

She leaves two sisters, Vera Cerimele and Eleanor Hadnett, both of Boardman and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Cerimele of Boardman; and several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Michael Cerimele, Arthur Cerimele and Donald Cerimele; and a sister, Rose Marie Cerimele.

Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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


Sue A. David, 92

JEFFERSON – Sue A. David, 92, of Uselma Avenue, died Friday evening at the Ashtabula Co. Nursing Home, where she has been a resident the past five years.

She was born July 30, 1914 in Youngstown, the daughter of Aziz and Lisa (Nagem) Nassar and has been a resident of Jefferson since 1934, coming from Youngstown.

She was married to Joseph F. David on June 3, 1934 in Youngstown, along with her husband, she owned and operated David’s Sugar Bowl, later David’s Lounge and Restaurant for 34 years, retiring in 1968.

She was a member of St. Joseph Calasanctius Church, the Altar and Rosary Society at the church and also involved with the Ladies of the Exchange Club.

Survivors include two sons, Norman J. and Thomas J. David, both of Jefferson; five grandchildren, Cindy, Marc, Michelle, Robert and Ryan David; four great-grandchildren, Nolan, Marissa, Alexis and Jennifer; a brother, Sammy Nassar; and two sisters, Virginia George and Marie Nassief, all of Youngstown.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Rose Mike.

There will be a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Calasanctius Church, 32 E. Jefferson St., with the Rev. Fr. Stephon Wassie officiating.

Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jefferson Home of the Fleming and Billman Funeral Directors, 49 W. Jefferson St.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Calasanctius Church.

Please visit www.fleming-billman.com to sign the guest book and view obituary.


William E. DeFrance, 88

CANFIELD – William E. DeFrance, 88, who passed Friday morning, March 30, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

William was born Sept. 30, 1918 at Deming, N.M., a son of Mac Errett and Myrtle Lewis DeFrance. He lived the majority of his life in Mahoning County, graduating from South High School in 1936.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1940. He was employed as an accountant at the U.S. Steel Co. for 29 years.

He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WWII from 1941 to 1945 in the finance department at Fort Knox.

He was a member of Canfield United Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. He was active as a member of the Canfield Community Club and also served in Operation Blessing.

William is survived by his wife, Carolyn Timothy DeFrance, whom he married Sept. 10, 1949; three sons, William (Nancy) DeFrance, John (Jamie) DeFrance and David (Gail) DeFrance; five grandchildren, Abby (John) Gilbert, Sarah DeFrance, Jennifer DeFrance, James DeFrance and Ellen DeFrance.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. at Canfield United Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Carolyn Griffeth officiating.

Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the church, prior to the service.

His body is being donated to the NEOUCOM’S Department of Anatomy.

The family requests that material contributions take the form of donations to Canfield United Presbyterian Church or to Operation Blessing, 40 W. Main St., Canfield, OH.


John J. Dzurina Sr., 77

AUSTINTOWN – John J. Dzurina Sr., 77, passed away Tuesday, March 20, in his home.

John was born June 4, 1929 in West Aliquippa, Pa., the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Cukrovany) Dzurina.

John was employed in construction where he was a grade man.

John was of the Catholic faith and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a cook to other soldiers.

John is survived by a son, John J. (Marianne) Jr of Lillington, N.C.; a sister, Mary Dzurina of Broadview Heights; two grandchildren, JT Dzurina and Breanne Dzurina; and he was married to Marlene DeNiro Dzurina.

Family will receive friends on Monday, March 26, 2007 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, and one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. in the funeral home on Tuesday, March 27, with full military honors to follow.

An interment service will take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery, 4323 Brodhead Road, Aliquippa, Pa 15001.

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



Alice B. Faust, 85

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Davis Funeral Home, for Alice B. Faust, 85, formerly of Poland, who passed away Friday morning at Omni Manor.

Miss Faust was born June 16, 1921 in Youngstown, a daughter of Ralph E. and Edith L. Davis (Jolley) Faust.

She was a graduate of South High School, Youngstown College and obtained her master’s degree from Kent State University. She was a teacher at Liberty High School from 1943 to 1951 and later at Struthers High School, where she retired in 1983 after 39 years of teaching. While at Struthers, she was the first girl’s varsity basketball and track coach.

She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she was a deacon and a member of the choir, Preceptor Zeta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, the AARP, the Retired Teachers Association, a 50 year member of the Miriam Chapter of Order of Eastern Star, the Order of White Shrine, and Beta Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. She volunteered with the Red Cross and taught first aid for them for 40 years.

Surviving her are several cousins.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 119 Stadium Dr., Boardman, OH 44512.


Fredrick C. Hinchman, 63

YOUNGSTOWN – Fredrick C. Hinchman, 63, died Friday, March 23, 2007, at Hospice House in Poland.

He was born July 2, 1943 in Elkins, W.Va.; the son of the late Clay F. and Pearl (Boyles) Hinchman.

He had been employed by U.S. Steel, Ohio Works and was a member of Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Youngstown. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He is survived by his wife, Sara J. (McMillen) Hinchman, whom he married July 2, 1973; three sons, Joseph J. (Tammy) Ranalli of Mineral Ridge, Gregory D. Hinchman of Bristol, and Anthony J. (Cheryl) Ranalli of Columbia Station; a daughter, Peggy S. (James) Zarlinga of Elyria; five sisters, Amanda Chechitelli of McDonald, Joline Boserman of Girard, Martha Scoville of Girard, Mitzi Osborne of Austintown, and Jean Conner of Winchester, Va.; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Fredrick C. Hinchman Jr.; a brother, Charles Hinchman; and a sister, Naomi Russell.

Calling hours are Monday, March 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. at McClurkin Funeral Home, 222 South State St. in Girard.

A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2432 S Raccoon Road in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House or the church.


Blanche E. Hollister, 78

POLAND – Blanche E. Hollister, 78, of 1783 Mathews Road, died Wednesday morning at her residence after a long illness.

Mrs. Hollister was born Nov. 17, 1928 in Punxsutawney, Pa., a daughter of William and Martha Palmer Depp.

She was a homemaker and a child care provider and a member of the Bible Baptist Temple.

Her husband, Clifford Hollister, whom she married Aug. 16, 1969, died Aug. 29, 2002.

She is survived by one daughter, Sylvia Doughton of Poland; one stepson, Jeffrey (Linda) Hollister of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two sisters, Barbara McMillen of New Waterford, Betty Harrold of Erie, Pa.; four brothers, Dwight (Joan) Depp of Poland, Archie (Beula) Depp of Cool Springs, Pa., Lou Depp of Fort Worth, Texas, Larry (Vicki) Depp of Punxsutawney, Pa., and one grandson, Jason Hobard of Poland. She also had three beloved godchildren, Jeffrey Tedrow of Alliance, Tracy Pinter and Devin Tedrow both of Youngstown.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William Depp and Wade Depp; and two sisters, Margaret Benzinger and Sandra Reitz.

Private funeral services were held at the church.

Arrangements were by Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home of Poland.



Mason Nicholas James

WARREN – Three-and-a-half year-old Mason Nicholas James passed away Friday, March 23, 2007 at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland due to complications resulting from a tumor in his brain stem.

Mason was born Aug. 19, 2003, the son of Tyler and Molly Melago James.

Mason was a great son, a great big brother and a great friend. He attended pre-school at Children’s Rainbow Cooperative Pre-School in Warren. He loved to dance, sing, and play with his family and friends. He also loved to spend time at the fire station, being “Super Mason,” and had a lust for life itself.

Mason is survived by his parents, Tyler and Molly James of Warren; and his little brother, Nathan; his grandparents, Judge Richard and June (Fittipaldo) James of Warren, Mary (Kennedy) and Robert Pollnow of Youngstown, and William and Karen (Kluchar) Melago of Boardman; and paternal great-grandmother, Sally Fittipaldo of Warren; his aunt and uncle, Ashley (James) and Edward Stredney; cousin Skyler James; uncle William Melago; aunt and uncle Troy and Melanie (Pollnow) McClure; cousins Colby and Madeline; cousin Kaitlyn Pollnow; aunt and uncle Jason and Krissy (Lewis) Swiger; cousins Ryan and Cole; aunt and Uncle Matt and Kerrie (Lewis) Cone; cousins Hunter and Gage, as well as a very caring and loving extended family and many friends.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, March 27, 2007 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren, with Fr. Donald E. King officiating, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Pineview Memorial Park.

Mason’s family would like to thank everyone for their continued prayers, love, and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Warren Family Mission, 361 Elm Rd. NE, Warren, OH 44483 or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society Soup Kitchen, 2415 Niles Road SE, Warren, OH 44484.

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Clifford T. Kovacic, 52

YOUNGSTOWN - Clifford T. Kovacic, 52, of 2100 South Schenley Ave., passed away unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, March 22, after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Clifford was born Jan. 20, 1955 in Youngstown, a son of George T. and Mary Yourvich Kovacic, was a 1974 graduate of Chaney High School and attended Youngstown State University for a year.

During the 1970s, he worked for U.S. Steel, Ohio Works, and then for Hughes Tools in Houston during the 1980s. Cliff returned to Youngstown in the 1990s, working for Tamco Industries, and most recently he worked for a temporary job placement service before retiring with a disability in November of 2005.

He was a member of St. Brendan Church. Cliff enjoyed traveling, and in his younger days traveled abroad touring Europe and Asia.

He leaves his mother, Mary Kovacic, with whom he shared his home; and his loyal dog, Blossom.

His father, George Kovacic, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where there will be a prayer service at 3:45 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home and continue at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan Church.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Angels for Animals, 4750 State Route 165, Canfield, OH 44406.

Please visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences to the family.


Thomas J. Love Sr., 69

ORLANDO, FLA. – Funeral services were held March 10, 2007, in Orlando for Thomas J. Love Sr., 69, formerly of Youngstown.

He was born April 28, 1937 in Gainesville, Ga., a son of Milton and Eulalor Love.

He moved to Youngstown at the age of 14, graduating from East High School in 1956.

He was a Vietnam U.S. Navy veteran, serving for 22 years and attaining the rank of CWO3. He was employed as a power plant engineer with Kissimmee Utility, retiring after 17 years.

He was a 33š Mason.

He leaves his wife of 45 years, the former Christine Jefferson; children, Melissa (Jerry) Love-Sawyer, Karen B. (Anthony) Owens, both of Orlando, Thomas J. (Annalisa) Love Jr. of Waldorf, Md.; sisters, Lois Love of Youngstown and Mildred Poole of Olympia, Wash.; a brother, William Love of Washington, D.C.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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William J. Maloney Jr., 59

BOARDMAN – There will be a memorial Mass at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Dominic Church for William J. Maloney Jr., 59, who died Friday evening at his residence.

Mr. Maloney was born, a son of William J. and Catherine Ryan Maloney and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and attended Youngstown State University. He was the credit manager for General Fireproofing Office Furniture for more than 22 years. He was a member of the church. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Germany from 1967 to 1969.

Besides his wife, the former Sue Davies, whom he married Nov. 7, 1970, he leaves four daughters, Laura Maloney of Niles, Barbara (Sean) Sullivan of Hawthorne Woods, Ill., Jaime (Tony) Hansen of Columbus, and Erin Maloney of Ypsilanti, Mich.; three brothers, Thomas of St. Louis, Robert of Akron, and Timothy of Boardman; five sisters, Cookie Pauline of Struthers, Mary Riebe of Salem, Theresa Durkin of North Port, Fla., Margaret Lorenzi and Anne DiTullio, both of Youngstown; five grandchildren, Natalie Shane, Patrick Shane, Sean Sullivan Jr., Molly Hansen and Anthony Cesario.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman.

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

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William L. Means, 80

HUBBARD – William L. Means, 80, of 7066 Tamarack Dr., died Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 3:50 a.m. at Hospice of the Valley Hospice House in Poland.

Mr. Means was born May 24, 1926 in New Castle, Pa., the son of the late E.W. and Ruth M. (Wasley) Means.

He was a member of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Sharon, was a graduate of Sharon High School and served in the U.S. Marines during WWII.

He had worked as a yard superintendent at the former Columbia Iron & Metal in Girard, from where he retired. He had previously worked at the family business, Valley Notion and Supply, which had been located in Greenville, Pa.

He was formerly a member of the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department in Jamestown, Pa., and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

He was the husband of Lillian Marie (Adams) Means, whom he married June 3, 1947. She survives at home.

Also surviving are daughters Patricia Ann Claypool of Jamestown, Pa., Susan Marie Foltz and husband Donald of Columbus, and Brenda Jo Means of Rootstown; son James Edward Means and wife Janet of New London, N.C.; brother Robert J. Means and wife Judy of Sharpsville, Pa.; six grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Harold W. Stevenson Funeral Home, 264 East State St. in Sharon.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Sharon at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, with the Rev. Stanley Swacha officiating.

Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hermitage, Pa.

Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Valley Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514 or to the American Heart Association, 59 N. Crescent Dr., Hermitage, PA 16148.

Condolences to the family may be e-mailed to stevensonfh1@verizon.net.

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Ira G. Pyatt, 81

YOUNGSTOWN – Ira G. Pyatt, 81, died Thursday morning March 22, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 12, 1926 in Caperton, W.Va., a son of Russell A. and Martie R. Martin Pyatt and lived in this area more than 50 years.

Mr. Pyatt worked for Roth Brothers for seven years, retiring in 1977 and prior to this, worked for Hill-Hubble Steel Company in Girard. Ira, a veteran of WWII served in the 2nd Armor Division and was a member of VFW No. 3307 in Youngstown.

He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed fishing, CB radios and gardening.

He leaves his wife, the former June B. Campbell, whom he married Oct. 1, 1949; two sons, Bruce L. (Georgia Carolyn) Pyatt and Glenn J. (Elizabeth) Pyatt, both of Austintown; two daughters, Sandra K. (Gary) Green of Lisbon and Kathy (Jan) Pustai of Montville; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

His parents, five brothers and five sisters preceded him in death.

There are no funeral arrangements or calling hours.

Arrangements are being handled by the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.

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


Phillip E. Samuels, 81

HARTFORD TOWNSHIP – Phillip E. Samuels, 81, died Saturday, March 24, at his home.

He was born Feb. 8, 1926 in Youngstown, to Phillip G. and Mary E. (Funk) Samuels.

A resident of Hartford for 58 years, Mr. Samuels retired from Van Huffel Tube as a machinist after 38 years of service.

He was a veteran of WWarII having served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.

Mr. Samuels served as president of the Hartford Optimist Club, was a life member of the Hartford VFW, and was a member of the Jerusalem Lodge No. 19, where he was a Past Master and 32nd Degree Mason. Mr. Samuels was a member of the Hartford Community Church, where he had served as a deacon; and he belonged to the Hartford Chapter Order of Eastern Star No. 518, where he served as Worthy Patron five times. Mr. Samuels enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Samuels is survived by his wife, Mary L. (Taylor) Samuels, whom he married Oct. 2, 1948, of Hartford; his daughter, Mabel (John) Pelton of Vernon Township; his brother, Harry (Ruth) Samuels of Andover; his four grandchildren, Robert (Beth) Hartman of Hartford, Rebecca (Joe) Valentine of Bergholtz, Larry (Robin) Pelton of Burghill, and Laurie (Jeff) Jones of Rome; eight great-grandchildren; and his loyal dog, Betsy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ray Samuels.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 27, at 11 a.m. at Baumgardner Funeral Home, 8569 Main St., Kinsman,OH.

Burial of cremated remains will take place at a later date in West View Cemetery, Vernon Township.

Calling hours will be on Monday, March 26th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Eastern Star services to be held at 7 p.m., and also on Tuesday from 10 a.m.. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512 or to the Hartford Community Church, P.O. Box, Hartford,OH 44424.

Please visit www.baumgardnerfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook.



Frances V. Smith, 89

LOUISVILLE – A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, March 26, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Canfield, with the Rev. Terrence Hazel officiating, preceded by closing prayers to be stated at 9:30 a.m. at the Lane Funeral Home Canfield Chapel, for Frances V. Smith, 89, formerly of Canfield, who passed away at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at St. Joseph Care Center in Louisville.

Frances was born Oct. 4, 1917 in Struthers, the daughter of the late John and Veronica (Kalafut) Smolko.

Frances was a homemaker and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and its Altar Guild.

Frances married Frank T. Smith May 30, 1939 and they were married for 55 years until his passing on March 22, 1995.

Frances is survived by five children, Kathleen (Charles) Reifinger of Canfield, Theresa (Ralph) Stupka of Canfield, Evelyn (William) Haren of Louisville, Dottie Lloyd of Conway, S.C., and Anita (Steve) Mohn of Youngstown; 15 grandchildren Chuck, Ken and Robert Haren, Linda (Will) Matos, Christine (Tony) Toy, Kerri (Mark) Dunlap, Judy (Harry) Lloyd, Jeanette (Craig) Rotz; David, Amy and Susann Stupka, Jim Root and Michael, Jeff and Kevin Mohn; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Valent, Cyril, Paul, Joseph and Arthur and a sister, Katherine Tomko.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today, March 25, at Lane Funeral Home Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406 who are charge of arrangements.

Memorials may take the form of Masses for Frances at St. Michael Catholic Church or to the St. Joseph Care Center, 2308 Reno Drive, Louisville, OH 44641.

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




Ivan “Ike” Snyder

SALEM – Ivan “Ike” Snyder passed away peacefully Thursday morning at his residence.

Ike was born July 27, 1931 in Austintown, the son of Harry and Leota (Seigle) Snyder.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator working out of Local 66, retiring in 1993 after 42 years. He was a member of the Northern Ohio Draft Pony Association. He had shown draft ponies for 40 years at the Canfield Fair. He was also a member of the Mahoning County Grange and graduated from Fitch High School.

He is survived by his wife, Esther (Manchester) Snyder, whom he married June 27, 1953; daughters, Betty Jones of Beloit, Nancy Snyder of Orlando, Fla., Cathy Yochelson of Woodstock, Md., and Vicky McMaster of Hammondsville; a sister, Frieda Joseph of Stow; and grandsons, Christopher and Daniel Yochelson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Janet Bagnull and Faye Roth.

The family requests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to the Arthritis Foundation.

There are no services scheduled.

Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel, handled arrangements.

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



Myrtle (Chapman) Solomon, 84

POLAND – Myrtle (Chapman) Solomon, 84, of  Sunrise Assisted Living, passed away Thursday evening, March 22, at Hospice House Sharrott Road in Poland, from complications of Alzehimers.

Myrtle was born Dec. 8, 1922 in Charleston, W.Va., the daughter of Charles Reed and Mindia Tilda (Hyden) Chapman.

Myrtle was employed by the Youngstown Board of Education, where she was a secretary at Madison Grade School. She retired in 1972 after 16 years of service. She formerly worked in the billing department at Strouss’ in downtown Youngstown.

Myrtle was a 1942 graduate of Kingston High School in Kingston, W.Va. She enjoyed sewing and painting. Myrtle worked for Animal Charity on South Avenue in the early 70s, and she enjoyed her poodles and the joy they brought her.

Myrtle married Michael Solomon July 6, 1957. He passed away Dec. 1, 1987.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law,  Judy C. and Tom Reese of Cortland; a brother, Ernest “Buzz” Chapman of Girard; four sisters, Hazel Bartholomew, Doris Chapman and Rosemary Chapman, all of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Ada Chapman of Mount Hope, W.Va.; and two stepgrandchildren, Tom and Susan.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles “Sonny” Chapman Jr.; and sisters, Opal “Sue” Testa, Mabel Lee Coleman, and Maxine Canterbury.

Calling Hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday March 26, at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.

Funeral Service will be at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, at the funeral home.

Family and friends will gather one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Carol V. VanAuker, 80

NORTH JACKSON – Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Carol VanAuker, 80, who died Friday afternoon at the Caprice Nursing Home.

Carol was born May 12, 1926 in Ellsworth, the daughter of Carl C. and Mae (Fenstermaker) Keslar, and was a lifelong area resident.

Carol was a homemaker who enjoyed her family and loved to quilt. She was a member of the Ellsworth Presbyterian Church, where she had served as an Elder, Sunday school teacher, Choir member and a member of King’s Daughters.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, David VanAuker, whom she married June 8, 1946; children, Betty (Dave) Slanco of Berlin Center, Dwight (Melba) VanAuker of Canfield, Dwain (Mary Jane) VanAuker of North Jackson and Virginia Sechler of North Jackson. Carol is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Newell of North Jackson; granddaughters Heidi, Christine, Catherine, Andrea, Paula, Brenda, Cynthia and Lisa; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brothers Ira and Ralph Keslar.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to the Ellsworth Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.

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



Nicholas J. Varie Sr., 79

NAPLES, FLA. – Nicholas J. Varie Sr., 79, formerly of 348 Byron St. in Youngstown, died Monday, March 12, at his residence in Naples.

He was born Aug. 9, 1927 in Youngstown, a son of Arthur and Adeline (Vasel) Varie.

He attended East High School. In 1945, he served in the U.S. Marines in Peking, China.

He leaves his wife, the former Joann Brancifort; a son, Nick Jr. (Lynn); three daughters, Jennifer, Lisa and Gina (Nathan) Martin; a grandson, Vincent; a granddaughter, Ceressa (Shawn) Ruddy; a great-grandson, Sabastian; three sisters, Clara Barbato, Rose D’Amore and Arlene Sabella; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a great-great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jeffrey M.; three brothers, Clarence A., Alex J. Sr. and Alfred C.; and two sisters, Florence Del Preore and Susan Mary Santucci.

Private services were held March 19, in Marco Islands, Fla.




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