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John Bilowus, 83

STRUTHERS – John Bilowus, 83, passed away early Monday afternoon, March 26, following a brief illness.

John was born July 12, 1923, in Soposzyn, Zowka, West Ukraine, a son of the late Thomas and Catharina Pusiarska Bilowus, and came to Jeannette, Pa. in 1949 and to Struthers in 1953.

Mr. Bilowus worked at Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Campbell Works for 30 years, retiring from the Seamless Department in 1983.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, where he served for a time as a church councilman.

John leaves his son and daughter-in-law, John M. and Patti Bilowus of Boardman; and three sisters, Nellie Pociask of Poland, Ohio, Janina Sodomora of Youngstown, and Helen Bovo of Struthers.

John’s wife, Anastasia Ilkiw Bilowus, whom he married Jan. 27, 1946, passed away July 19, 2005. A brother, Peter, is also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home and at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery in Campbell.

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



Grace Elizabeth Bradshaw, 87

NILES – Grace Elizabeth Bradshaw, 87, died March 26 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Home.

She was born Dec. 9, 1919 in Benson, N.C., a daughter of Charlie Booker Langdon and Lela Gertrude (Bizzell) Langdon.

She is survived by two sons, Garland (Ruth Bradshaw) of Warren and London Jan of Pensacola, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Ellen Hall of Garner, N.C.; and a stepson, John Bradshaw of West Palm Beach, Fla. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Rachael (Bradshaw) Sullivan of Pensacola.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Romey Garland Bradshaw of Newton Grove, N.C. She was also preceded in death by a sister and two brothers, Gladys Sims and Raeford Langdon of Portsmouth, Va., and Robert Langdon of Boone, N.C.

Mrs. Bradshaw graduated from high school in Johnston County, N.C.

After her marriage, she lived with her husband in Newton Grove.

She had a career as a secretary with the federal government, retiring in 1967 from the Naval Ship Systems Command in Norfolk, Va. After retiring in Virginia Beach, Va., for a time she was a volunteer teacher’s aide at an elementary school. She enjoyed travel, music and dancing.

She came to Warren in 1997 and had been a resident of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Retirement Home in Niles since 1998. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel.

Burial will be at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Suffolk, Va.

The family requests that in lieu flowers, contributions may be made to the Shepherd’s Foundation, 5525 Silica Road, Austintown, OH 44515 or the church of the donor’s choice.

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Eloise Ellis, 66

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church for Eloise Ellis, 66, who departed this life Sunday at Hospice House.

She was born July 20, 1940 in Meridian, Miss., a daughter of Oscar and Ada Welch Emerson.

Mrs. Ellis worked in environmental services at St. Elizabeth Health Center and was retired. She was a member of the church and its Kitchen Committee, choir and missions.

She leaves her husband, Emmitt L. Ellis, whom she married March 31, 1960; her children, Tommie (Tonya) E. Ellis of Las Vegas, Terry (Adrienne) Ellis of Salt Lake City and Rolanda (Johnny) Robbins and Tyrone Ellis, both of Youngstown; two sisters, Joyce Coleman of Compton, Calif., and Doris (Woodia) Lewis of Petersburg, Va.; four brothers, Ladell (Jo Jean) Emerson, Henry (Valerie) Emerson and Wayne (Peggy) Emerson, all of Meridian, and Roy (Elmora) Emerson of Las Vegas; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Ellis; four brothers, Alexander, Jimmie, Marshall and Oscar Emerson; and a granddaughter, Audrianna Robbins.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

Arrangements are by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.



Samuel “Booze” Gianfrancesco, 63

FLORIDA – There will be services at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Rossi Bros. Funeral Home in Boardman followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Youngstown, for Samuel “Booze” Gianfrancesco, 63, who passed away early Sunday morning.

Sam was born April 23, 1943 in Youngstown, the son of Anthony and Wanda (Caldwell) Gianfrancesco. He was a long time resident of Youngstown, born and raised on the South Side until moving to Florida.

He was a welder with Truscon Steel where he also served as union representative, vice president, and president. Sam was a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, an active member of AA for 22 years, and the 1323 Club on South Avenue.

He will always be remembered by his wife of 45 years, the former Florence Filo of Florida; three children, son Samuel (Rhonda) Gianfrancesco Jr. of Boardman and two daughters Maria Gianfrancesco at home and Antionette (Lindsey) Woodward of Newton Falls; two grandsons; four granddaughters; a sister, Patty Gianfrancesco of Cleveland; and three brothers, Anthony of Canfield and David and Danny, both of Cleveland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an uncle, Danny Gianfrancesco; and two aunts, Marie Gurrieri and Lena Malandra.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at funeral home.

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James A. “Jim” Herberger

WINCHESTER, VA. – James A. “Jim” Herberger, of Winchester, died Sunday, March 25, at his home.

He was born Feb. 1, 1929 in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of the late Anthony and Ramona Pfenter Herberger.

Mr. Herberger was a machinist with Republic Steel in Youngstown, Melpar in Falls Church, Va., and with the U.S. Government in Carderock, Md., retiring in 1989.

He was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.

Mr. Herberger was a veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict with the U.S. Army military police.

He married Nellie Gloria Torella July 21, 1951 in Lowellville.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years; his son, William James “Bill” Herberger of Herndon, Va.; two grandchildren; and his sister, Kay Vivelo of Cleveland.

His brother, Robert Herberger, preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at the Schiavone Funeral Home, 1852 Belmont Ave. in Youngstown.

There will be a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lowellville, with Father Gerald Delucia officiating.

Interment will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Cemetery in Lowellville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601 or to the American Cancer Society, 2654 Valley Ave., Suite B, Winchester, VA 22601.


Laszlo Hudak, 79

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a memorial service Friday evening at the Schiavone Funeral Home for Laszlo Hudak, 79, who died Saturday evening at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Laszlo was born Nov. 8, 1927 in Budapest, Hungary, a son of Andras and Margaret Rego Hudak.

As a baker, he was educated and trained in the art of baking pastries of many European nationalities while in Budapest. He migrated to America and to this area in 1959.

He had worked for Mr. Paul’s, Butter Maid and Cochran Sparkle Bakeries and most recently at Calalano’s Stop & Shop in Cleveland. He was a member of Bakers and Confectioners Union Local No. 19.

He is survived by two daughters, Lillian D. Avila of Canfield and Andrea Hudak of Hungary; a son, Laszlo “Larry” S. Hudak of Austintown; a stepdaughter, Eva Mihaly of Vancouver, Canada; five grandchildren, Roy, Nicholas and Steven Avila and Nicole and Sandor J. Mihaly; a great-granddaughter, Lucia Rose Avila; and a sister, Mary of Hungary.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Relatives and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Eileen McClure.



Minnie Hurdle, 96

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at noon on Friday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Minnie Hurdle, 96, who departed this life Tuesday at Park Vista Retirement Community.

She was born Nov. 4, 1910 in Bennettsville, S.C., a daughter of Layton H. and Minnie Alston.

Mrs. Hurdle had worked for Pocketbook and Novelty Workers’ Union and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica, N.Y.

Her husband, John Hurdle, died in 1965.

She leaves two sons, William K. (Sue) McCoy of Waskegan, Ill., and Robert (Ruby) McCoy of Youngstown; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Two daughters, Minnie Patterson and Carol Dennis; a grandson, Robert W. McCoy; two brothers, Edgar and Harry Alston; and three sisters, Iola Gregg, Laura Miles and Hattie Cook, preceded her in death.

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


Jane E. McCrory, 95

YOUNGSTOWN – Private memorial services will be held at a later date for Jane E. McCrory, 95, who passed away Monday at Park Vista.

Jane was born Feb. 14, 1912 in College Hill, Pa., a daughter of Robert Hugh and Georgia Davis Edwards.

She was a graduate of Duquesne University and worked as a nurse for the Veterans Administration. She moved to Youngstown from Coconut Creek, Fla. in 1991.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown and the Order of the Eastern Star in Ambridge, Pa.

Surviving her are a niece, Martie Vekas; a nephew, James Huston; two great-nieces and a great-nephew; and four great-great nieces and great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Fran Huston and Martha Ross.

The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to the Church Memorial Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503.


Deanna Jo Orr, 30

HUBBARD – Deanna Jo Orr, 30, died Sunday afternoon, March 25, at her residence.

She was born May 28, 1976 in Youngstown, a daughter of Charles and Marty Duffy Orr, and was a lifelong area resident.

Miss Orr was a homemaker and previously worked at the Salvation Army and the Emerald Diner in Hubbard. She was a member of the Rolling Thunder in Youngstown and a graduate of Girard High School.

Deanna Jo enjoyed music, working puzzles and watching children.

She leaves her father and stepmother, Chuck and Guylaine Orr of Canada; her mother and stepfather, Thomas and Marty Bratton of Liberty; three sisters, Lisa Bell of Hubbard and Rebecca and Annie Orr of Quebec, Canada; her fiancé, Robert McCloud of Warren; grandparents, Martin and Dorleen Duffy of Austintown and Grandma Esther of Cadiz; two nieces, Jane and Shannon Bell of Hubbard; two very special cousins, Melissa Orr and Justin Duffy; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William Orr, Una McCurdy and Mary Duffy.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus, OH 43218-2039.

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

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Dolores M. “Dodie” Pauley, 71

NILES – Dolores M. “Dodie” Pauley, 71, of 927 Nancy St., died at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home following an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 14, 1936 in Niles to John and Mary P. “Mimi” (Prinz) Shirkman.

A 1954 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, she was employed for about 20 years at Youngstown Building Materials and retired in 2000 after working 20 years as a secretary at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Dodie was a member of St. Stephen Church and enjoyed the company of her two dogs, Pookie and Mister.

She is survived by two sons, Ken Pauley and Tim Pauley, and a sister, Virginia M. “Ginger” Lewis, all of Niles.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Ray Pauley, whom she married Sept. 27, 1958, and who passed away Jan. 11, 1992.

The Rev. Thomas Kraszewski will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Stephen Church, where family and friends may visit from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Arrangements are being handled by the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.


Bernard Pomper, 89

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. – Bernard Pomper, 89, of Youngstown and Pompano Beach, died March 19 at his residence in Florida surrounded by loved ones.

He was the beloved husband of 55 years of the late Dorothy Pomper.

He was born in Chicago on June 1, 1917, the son of Louis and Lena Pomper.

He was the owner of Marks Paper Stock for 50 years in Youngstown and, after retirement, worked as a consultant for Associated Paper Stock in North Lima.

A veteran of WWII, he was a member of Squaw Creek Country Club, Palm Aire Country Club, Rodef Sholem Temple and B’Nai Brith. He was a 32nd degree Mason. He was an avid golfer and a great dancer.

He is survived by his two daughters, Linda Knox (Fred) and Barbara Martin (Dr. Barry); four grandchildren, Dr. Kenneth Knox (Julie), Atty. James Knox, Tamee Knox (Dr. Lynn) and Mark Loewinger; five great-grandchildren, Adam, Ryan and Allison Knox, Dreo and Hadlie Polonski; his beloved and devoted wife of 10 years, Lillian Kessler; his step-daughters, Joyce and Sharyn Kessler; step granddaughter; Shana Kessler; and brother, Arthur Pomper.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Maryan Feingold.

Services will be held April 15 at 11 a.m. at the Rodef Sholem Chapel in Todd Cemetery.

Family requests that contributions be made to Rodef Sholem Temple or the Hospice of the donor’s choice.

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William L. Rizer, 92

McDONALD – William L. Rizer, 92, died Tuesday, March 27, at Liberty Health Care Center.

He was born Nov. 6, 1914 in Keyser, W.Va., the son of the late Lawrence A. and Rose Mary (Fairall) Rizer.

He attended The Rayen School and was a WWII Army veteran. As a Private First Class, he flew into St. Mary’s Elise, France, near Normandy beach, in a glider during the D-Day invasion. He was a member of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.

He met and married his wife of 66 years, Mary Parkins Rizer, in England and the couple has made their home in McDonald for 57 years.

He was a coiler in the No. 18 Hot Mill at US Steel, McDonald Works, retiring in 1977. He was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in McDonald, where he was an usher, the Knights of Columbus in McDonald and the Holy Name Society and was active in scouting.

He leaves his loving wife, Mary; five children, William F. Rizer of Liberty, Mary R. (Richard) Smith of Austintown, Pamela V. Rizer of Aurora, Colo., and Mark L. Rizer and Christopher C. Rizer, both of McDonald; a brother, Joseph Rizer of Canfield; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard, Donald and Lawrence Rizer, and a sister, Helen Wiegman.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 30, at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, with prayers at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.


Dr. John Stephens Jr., Ph.D.

PALO ALTO, CALIF. – Dr. John Stephens Jr., Ph.D., of Albuquerque, was called home to join his brother Tommy in the company of their “Heavenly Father” at 12:25 p.m. PT Thursday, March 22. John, the son of J. and Anna L. (Roberts) Stephens, died of complications from cystic fibrosis, a congenital condition, at Stanford University Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 11, 1955 in Canton and was baptized at St. Maron Parish in Youngstown, where he was a lifelong member. He resided in Albuquerque with his wife, Linda J. (Brown), for the past 20 years. John and Linda were married July 19, 1986.

John graduated from Summit New Jersey High School, Cornell University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in physics, Stevens Institute of Technology, where he received a master of science degree in metallurgy, and Stanford University, where he earned his Ph.D. in material sciences.

He was a member of the American Society of Metals, the American Society for Testing Materials, which is an organization that sets national and world standards for materials, the American Welding Society and the Testing Materials Society. He served as principal scientist at Sandia National Labs, a Department of Energy Lab, located in Albuquerque. He was widely published with many citations and awards for scientific papers.

He leaves his parents; his wife; a brother, Nick Stephens of Bronxville, N.Y.; his nephews, Zack and Richard Stephens of Bronxville, Jack Brown of Milwaukie, Ore., and Charlie and Sam Olsen of Vancouver, Wash.; and an uncle, Dr. Thomas M. Stephens, Ph.D., of Columbus.

A celebration of John’s life will take place at a special Liturgy at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 22, at St. Maron Parish.

Family, friends and those in attendance at the memorial Liturgy will then be invited to the Maronite Center for a memorial luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions in John’s memory be made to The National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 or St. Maron Parish Education Foundation, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown, OH 44511, where a scholarship had been established in his memory.

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Jerome “Jerry” Edward Thomas, 50

CAMPBELL – Jerome “Jerry” Edward Thomas, 50, passed away Monday, March 26, at Hospice House in Poland.

He was born Aug. 25, 1956 in Youngstown, a son of the late Bartholmew Thomas and Viola (Sylvester) Thomas.

He was a 1974 graduate of Campbell High School, a member of St. Lucy Church and was employed as a bartender at the Ice House Inn.

Family includes his mother, Viola Thomas of Campbell, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bartholmew Thomas, and a brother, Phillip Thomas.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 E. Indianola Ave. in Youngstown.

There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Lucy Church.



Albert F. Wilkes Jr., 81

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Western Reserve United Methodist Church for Albert F. Wilkes Jr., 81, who died Sunday evening at Omni Manor Nursing Home.

Albert was born June 28, 1925 in McDonald, the son of Albert F. and Henrietta (Canby) Wilkes Sr., and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a member of the church and retired in 1980 from U.S. Steel McDonald Works, where he had worked in the store room for 33 years.

He was past president of U.S. Steel Local No. 1307, past president of McDonald Community Federal Credit Union and former financial secretary for McDonald Relief and Hospitalization.

He also was a 32nd degree Mason in St. Alban’s Lodge F&AM, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio No. 93, St. Johns Commandery No. 020 and the Al Koran Shrine. He graduated from McDonald High School in 1944 and served with the U.S. Marines during WWII and the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Wilma “Peg” Dodson, whom he married Jan. 28, 1946; his daughter and son-in-law, Terri Wilkes and Ronald Paris of Boardman; a brother, Arthur Wilkes of Montclair, Calif.; a sister, Henrietta Melton in California; and beloved nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sister, Rebecca Morgan and brothers, John, Guy and Richmond Wilkes.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.

The family requests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to the Church Memorial Fund or Hospice of the Valley.

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

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