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J. William Anderson Jr., 88

BOARDMAN – There will be services at noon on Saturday at the First Covenant Church, for J. William Anderson Jr., 88, who died Thursday, April 12, at Beeghly Oaks.

He was born Aug. 8, 1918 in Youngstown, a son J. Williams and Esther Johnson Anderson, and was a lifelong area resident.

Bill began his career with Ohio Bell as an installer and eventually worked in management, retiring in 1980. He was a 1936 graduate of South High School, where he excelled in sports, especially in baseball and basketball.

Mr. Anderson served his country during WWII in the E.T.O. as a staff sergeant with the 315th Field Artillery Battalion.

He was a member of the church and was involved with the youth groups for many years. He was also a member of VFW Post No, 5432, where he had served as commander and was very active.

Bill was a former Pony Baseball and Softball Chairman of the Board and longtime Director, having served on the board from 1969 to 2000. He began his career with Pony as the manager for the 1955 Youngstown Pony all-star team that finished second in the Pony League World Series. He also managed the team that finished as runners up in the Little League World Series in 1954. After his coaching career ended, he began his service as a field director for Pony in 1956. In 1965, he was promoted to region director and then to Colt region director in 1969. Later that year, he became a part of Pony’s International Board of Directors and served on the board until 2000.

In 1997, he became the East Zone vice president, a title he held for nearly 25 years. While on the board, he served in a number of capacities including three terms as chairman of the board. He also served as rules committee chairman, Girls Softball committee chairman and served on the finance, bylaws and several ad hoc committees. He also served as tournament director multiple times for the Pony, Palomino and Thoroughbred World Series.

In 1989, he was inducted into the Youngstown Baseball Old Timers Association Hall of Fame. He had also received the highest awards a Pony volunteer can be awarded, Pony Wall of Fame Award and Joe E. Brown Award.

His wife of 64 years, the former Edith “Edie” Hemphill, whom he married Nov. 7, 1939, died Dec. 19, 2003.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Ruth (Les) Larson of Denver and Beth (John) Hjelm of Libertyville, Ill.; five grandchildren, Sandra (Jeff) Whitaker of Charlottsville, Va., Todd (Wendy) of Thornton, Colo., Karl Brewick of Denver and Andra and Lisa Hjelm, both of Libertyville; five great-grandchildren, Josie and Michael Whitaker and Miranda, Jarred and Dominic Brewick; and nieces, Karen Harding, Patti (Blaise) Prentiss and Christine (Ron) Gartner.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home, 75 E. Midlothian Blvd., and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Pony Baseball and Softball, P.O. Box 225, Washington, PA 15301.


Berniece C. Averill, 102

STRUTHERS – There will be funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel, for Berniece C. Averill, 102, formerly of Boardman, who passed away at 2:10 a.m. Sunday, April 15, at Maplecrest Nursing Home in Struthers.

Berniece was born Oct. 17, 1904 in Orland, Ind., the daughter of the late Thomas and Addie (Haines) Cravens.

A homemaker, she was a legal secretary for Judge Wood in Angola, Ind. before she was married. She lived in Beirut, Lebanon, during the 1960s doing charity work and was a “Gray Lady” at South Side Hospital.

A former member of the Canfield Methodist Church, she was also a member of the First Covenant Church in Boardman, the Canfield Garden Club and was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Angola. She was also known for her delicious pies and especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

She leaves her daughter, Jean Thompson of Canfield; three grandchildren, Carrie (James) Mestichelli of Boardman, Kenton (Lori) Thompson of Hudson and Eric (Mary Ann) Thompson; and two great-grandchildren, Brock (Hannah) Thompson and Chad Thompson.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Captain Roy Averill, whom she married Aug. 27, 1927, and who passed away Nov. 18, 1993; a sister, Choral Cornish; a brother, Russell Cravens; and a great-grandson, Justin Thompson.

Calling hours will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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




Mary Merola Bess, 97

NILES – Mary Merola Bess, 97, of 2565 Niles-Vienna Road, died at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.

She was born June 28, 1909 in Niles, the daughter of Sam and Mickelina Nuzzi Merola.

Aunt Mary moved from Niles to Baltimore in 1930 and was employed at a Christmas Tree Ornament Factory. Her family displays these ornaments, which she made for them, every year on their tree. She was also employed for 10 years as a cook for the Dominican Nuns in Baltimore and as a cook helper at the Lord Baltimore Hotel for 15 years before retiring in 1990. She moved back to Niles 10 years ago.

She was a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles and the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society and enjoyed cooking, visiting with her family and greeted everyone with a smile and a “Hi Doll.”

Her husband, Philip Bess, whom she married Feb. 19, 1930, and died April 30, 1949.

Mary lived independently until her stroke six months.

She will be deeply missed by a brother, Tony Merola of McDonald; several nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews; and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews who loved her very much.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Pauline Calienda Merola; five brothers, Rocky, James, Frank, Phillip and Louis Merola; and two sisters, Josephine Rossi and Julia Merola.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles, where the Mt. Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct 6:30 p.m. prayers.

A Mass of Christian Burial and a celebration of her life will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, preceded by a 9 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at St. Stephen Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Joseph and Josephine Rossi Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.

Please visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to send condolences.

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James “Sport” Butler, 92

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for James “Sport” Butler, 92, who passed away Sunday, April 15, at Caprice Health Care Center.

Mr. Butler was born June 14, 1914 in Georgia, a son of James and Fannie Butler.

He was a 1932 graduate of Scienceville High School in Youngstown.

He was a self-employed cement contractor and was owner/operator of Butler’s Billiards. He loved and participated in all facets of sports.

His wife, the former Sarah Harvey, passed away in 1974.

He leaves to cherish his memory and mourn his loss his daughter, Elaine P. Redmond of Columbus; a granddaughter, Denessa D. Bell of Columbus; six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews, including his caregiver, Timothy Butler of Youngstown; and other family and friends.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Aletha Hanley, Fannie Mae Smith, Hattie Payne and Corrine Chambers; and two brothers, Timothy J. and Booker Butler.

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


John L. Colonna Sr., 96

BOARDMAN – There will be funeral services Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Catholic Church for John L. Colonna Sr., 96, who passed away unexpectedly Monday at his residence.

He was born Oct. 24, 1910, the son of Michele and Lucia Barile Colonna, in the Brier Hill Section of Youngstown.

He attended The Rayen School and worked at the U.S. Post Office, retiring after 33 years in 1973 as head clerk of the South Side Branch.

He played football and baseball for a local team, the Chippawas. It is here that he would pick up his nickname, “Dizz,” for the crazy, out-of-control way he would run the bases. He was an avid sports fan and golfer, continuing to play until the time of his death.

He was a member of St. Ann’s Church and later St. Dominic Church, where he did volunteer work for the church, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society for more than 50 years. He was known for his wonderful personality and friendly demeanor and was loved by everyone who knew him.

John was devoted to his family and his church and will be sadly missed by his son, Jack (Sperry) Colonna of Boardman, and daughters, Barbara (Tim) Mulholland of Boardman, with home he made his home, and Donna (Steve) Gulas of Canfield; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a brother, Michael (Sylvia) of Boardman.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary A., whom he married Aug. 28, 1937, and died Dec. 15, 2000; his brother, Joseph; and his sisters, Ann Lucarelli and Lucy Greco.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Schiavone Funeral Home.

The family request that material contributions be made to the St. Dominic Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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Elva “Sis” Jane Conrad, 71

YOUNGSTOWN – Elva “Sis” Jane Conrad, 71, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Sis was born March 16, 1936 in Woodland, Pa., the daughter of Gerald A. and Lola (Dixon) Robenolt, and came to the area from New Jersey in 1956.

Sis was a homemaker and was of the Lutheran faith and an avid bingo player.

Sis was married to Robert T. Conrad Sr. and he preceded her in death.

Sis is survived by her mother, Lola (Dixon) Robenolt-Le’Cerf, and two sons, Robert T. (Laura Jean) Conrad Jr. and Richard (Julia) Conrad, all of Youngstown; her brothers, Leo and Ardel G. “Buddy” Robenolt, both of Austintown; and her grandchildren, Jessica Bott and Olivia Jane and Richard Thomas Conrad.

Besides her husband, Sis was preceded in death by her father; an infant daughter, Veronica Lee Conrad; and a sister, Margaret “Babe” Hartley.

Family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Lane Funeral Home Austintown Chapel, where a funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m..

Interment will follow at Brunstetter Cemetery.

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

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Frank A. Gbur, 43

CHICAGO – There will be funeral services Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Catholic Church for Frank A. Gbur, 43, who passed away suddenly, Sunday at his residence.

He was born April 4, 1964 in Youngstown, the son of Frank and Kathleen (Zareva) Gbur.

He was a 1982 graduate of Ursuline High School and a graduate of Southeastern Academy in Kissimmee, Fla. He was a flight attendant for Midway and Southwest Airlines. He was a member of the church.

Frank will be sadly missed and remembered by many, including his mother, Kathleen of Austintown, and his father, Frank (Pamela), of Canfield; his brother, James Gbur of Youngstown; his sister, Michelle (Michael) Zokle of Charleston, S.C.; his stepbrothers, Sean (Jody) Vasko and their children and Eric (Nicole) Vasko and their children, all of Austintown; his aunts, Elaine Long of New Middletown, Judy Kubina of Canfield and Polly Lauderback of Phoenix; two uncles, John Dukes of Glendale, Ariz. and Ed (Cherie) Gbur of Modesto, Calif.; two nieces, Marisa and Gianna Zokle; 10 cousins; and his companion, Bill Corbett.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Helen Gbur and John Zareva.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Please visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.

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Jacob W. “Hoss” Ginn, 81

LEAVITTSBURG – Jacob W. Ginn, 81, went to be with the Lord at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at his home after a brief illness.

He was born May 31, 1925 in Kokomo, Miss., the son of the late Johnny and Lillian Magee Ginn.

He retired from U.S. Steel, McDonald Works, after 17 1/2 years of service as a lieutenant in security. He was a member of the Leavittsburg Church of God.

Jacob was a Master Mason with Varnel Lodge No. 282 of Tylertown, Miss., and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason of Youngstown. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 699 of Leavittsburg and VFW Lodge No. 1090 of Warren, a former member of Moose Lodge No. 186 and member of Shorty’s Sportsman Club of Warren. He enjoyed country music, football, baseball, hunting and fishing. He loved socializing with his family and friends.

At age 17, Jacob joined the U.S. Navy. He also served in the Army and Air Force, actively serving in WWII, the Korean War and during the start of the Vietnam War. He retired in 1964 after 20 years of service to his country.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marcelene “Marcy” Partridge, whom he married Aug. 5, 1950; a son, Johnny L. (Jerrie) Ginn of Salem, Va.; two daughters, Ramona “Mona” (Edward) Valley of Lordstown and Tamatha “Tami” Ginn of Leavittsburg; a brother, Osborne (Irene) Ginn of Tylertown, Miss.; a sister, Lohmer Anthony of Jayess, Miss.; and two granddaughters, Danielle and Kelsey Ginn of Salem.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Lamar Ginn, and five sisters: Johnnie Lee Anthony, Ruth Sexton, Kathryn Bardin, Myra Peavey and Ann Pittman.

Family and friends may visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home in Warren, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Silver Trowel Lodge of Warren will perform a Masonic service at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Pastor Collin S. Roberts will officiate the services.

Burial will be at Meadow Brook Memorial Park in Champion, where Jacob will receive final military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512-2198.



Miles I. Huntington Jr., 82

AUSTINTOWN – There will be services at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for Miles I. Huntington Jr., 82, who passed away early Wednesday morning at Briarfield at the Ridge after an extended illness.

Miles was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Youngstown, the son of Miles I. and Lottie Glover Huntington.

He was a 1942 graduate of South High School and later served as a flight instructor in the Army Air Corps during WWII. After his service to this country, he attended Youngstown College.

He had worked for Ohio Bell for more than 38 years, retiring as district traffic manager in 1979. He was also a member of the Ohio Bell Pioneers, and the Youngstown Management Association. He was a charter member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, where he had served as an usher and on parish council.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jean (McNeeley) Kovacs, whom he married June 8, 1946; three daughters, Mary Jo (Joseph) Ruscak, Nancy (Robert) Alleman and Diane (David) Bees, all of Austintown, two sons, Miles I. (Cheryl) Huntington III of Austintown and Brian T. (Susan) Huntington of Champion; eight grandchildren, Joe, Jessica, Scott, Breanna, Miles, Chelsie, Alena and Emarie; three stepgrandchildren, Angela, Elizabeth and Jacob; and four great-grandchildren, Sam, Anna, Audrey and Emily.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by an infant son; a sister, Helen; and a brother, Henry.

Friends may call from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday morning in the church.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Miles memory.

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

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

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Frank Kucharski, 92

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman for Frank Kucharski, 92, who passed away Saturday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center after a brief illness.

Frank was born Feb. 9, 1915 in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph and Tekla (Lech) Kucharski.

He served in the European Theater during WWII with the U.S. Army in the 609th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 10th Armor Division under General George Patton. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star during his service.

Frank was then an assistant dispatcher for Republic Steel for 30 years. He was a member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman, an avid golfer and a Southern Park Mall Walker. In his younger days, he enjoyed playing basketball.

His wife, the former Grace Paugh, whom he married Sept. 24, 1956, passed away Dec. 19, 1999.

Frank is survived by a sister Irene Strawinski of Canfield; two step grandchildren, Rick and Doug Zenn, both of Portland, Ore.; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Nancy Zenn; four brothers, Ted, Casmir, Stanley, and an infant brother.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to the services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel.,

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



Gaythel L. Meade, 82

AUSTINTOWN - Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Victory Christian Center in Coitsville for Gaythel L. Meade, 82, who passed away Tuesday evening.

Gaythel was born Dec. 28, 1924 in Carter County, Ky., the daughter of Walter and Ettie (Caroil) Bledsoe.

She was a dedicated homemaker with her greatest love being for her family and the time she spent with them. She enjoyed making crafts and attended the Mahoning County Adult Day Care Senior Services.

Her husband, Emit Meade Sr., whom she married June 16, 1949, passed away Feb. 11, 1988.

She leaves to cherish her memory six children, Linda (Don) Bott of Canfield, Christina (Louis) Figueroa of Poland, Debbie Meade of Austintown, Sharon (Mark) Greenwalt of Liberty, Emit (Kathy) Meade Jr. of Austintown and Chet (Pamela) Meade of Warren; 12 grandchildren, Dennis (Shari) Gonatas, Pete (Barb) Gonatas, Mark Bott, Stacey Bott, Melody Livingston, Noel Figueroa, Rachel (Jeff) Scacchetti, Angela Marie Greenwalt, Mark (Jessica) Greenwalt Jr., Ashley Meade, Amber Meade and Stephen Meade; 11 great-grandchildren, Ashley Kraus, Isaiah Figueroa, Christian, Jovanni, Izabella, Nunzio and Gianna Scacchetti, Alexa Crawford, Phillip Crawford Jr., Blake Kohn and Hailey Nicole Greenwalt; and a sister, Jewell Click of Cortland.

She was preceded in death by a son, Walter Monroe Meade; a granddaughter, Jessica Figueroa; a brother, Everett; and two sisters, Goldie and Faye.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Rossi Bros. Funeral Home in Boardman and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday prior to services at Victory Christian Center.

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Sandra L. Miranda, 51

NILES – Sandra L. Miranda, 51, of 412 Washington St., died at 1:06 a.m. Friday, April 13, at Mahoning Valley Hospital in Warren.

She was born Oct. 14, 1955 in Youngstown, the daughter of Robert and Mildred Pemberton Reason.

Sandy was a 1973 Liberty High School and owned and operated Phase Four Video Store in Girard for eight years before retiring in 1996. She enjoyed fishing.

She will be deeply missed by her husband, Albert Miranda, whom she married July 4, 1981; a son, Steven Miranda of Sharon, Pa.; two daughters, Melanie Littleton of Rehobeth Beach, Del., and Teresa Miranda, with whom she made her home; two sisters, Janet Ronci of Youngstown and Peggy Bansberg of Salem; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

There were no calling hours. Private services were held.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

The Miranda family would like to thank White Oak Manor for their care, love and compassion for Sandy.

Please visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to send condolences.


Charles D. “Charlie Brown” Moore, 40

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Ebenezer Church of God In Christ for Mr. Charles D. “Charlie Brown” Moore, 40, who departed this life Sunday, April 15, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mr. Moore was born Dec. 7, 1966 in Youngstown, a son of Leonard and Betty Rozier Moore.

He was a 1985 graduate of South High School and was of the Baptist faith.

He leaves to cherish his memory his father and stepmother, Leonard and Edna Moore; two daughters, Eboni Moore of Raleigh, N.C., and C’ymone Moore of Youngstown; a son, Charles Moore Jr., two brothers, Chase Moore and Shawn Daniels, a sister, Tomica Daniels, two stepsisters, Mrs. Yvonne Ratliff and Diane Haskins, and two stepbrothers, Sam and Joe Haskins, all of Youngstown; a devoted friend Eunice Davis; a companion, Tamika Patterson; and a host of relatives and friends.

His mother, Betty Moore; an aunt, Ruby Banks, who helped raise him; and two brothers, Leonard Moore Jr. and Thomas L. “Pookey” Moore, all preceded him in death.

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

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



Margaret C. Ragan, 83

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel and at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Byzantine Church in Youngstown, for Margaret C. Ragan, 83, who passed away Tuesday morning at Meridian Arms. Prior to her illness, she made her home for a short time with her nephew Ralph and Verina Martin.

Margaret was born July 8, 1923 in Youngstown, a daughter of Michael C. and Barbara Buzinkay Ragan.

She was employed by Packard Electric as a wire inspector for 30 years, retiring in 1980. She was a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Church and its Rosary Society. She enjoyed traveling all over with friends. Her favorite vacation spot was Las Vegas.

Margaret leaves a sister-in-law, Janine Ragan of Niles, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Bertha O’Lenick, Helen Martin, Mary Sabol and Anna Sabol; and five brothers, John, Mike, Andrew, George and Joseph Ragan.

Family and friends may call Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.



Fernando “Fred” Scudieri, 72

PORT RICHEY, FLA. - Fernando “Fred” Scudieri, 72, formerly of Palmer Avenue in Youngstown, passed away Saturday, April 14, at Heather Hills Nursing Center in New Port Richey after a lengthy illness.

Fred was born March 9, 1935 in Sulmona, Italy, a son of the late Mario and Bina Costantini Scudieri, came to America and Youngstown in 1950, and moved to Port Richey in 1996.

He attended East High School, served for a time in the U.S. Army, and worked at General Motors, Lordstown from 1966 until retiring in 1996. Previously, Fred had worked as a tile-setter for Youngstown Tile & Terrazzo and as a produce manager for Century Foods.

Fred was a member of St. James the Apostle Church in Port Richey, where he was a member of the church choir, and was a former member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown. He was a member of UAW Local 1112, the East Suburban Optimist Club in Youngstown, and the Knights of Columbus in Florida. He also was a school crossing guard while in Florida, and was a member of the Fred Childress Parkinson Support Group.

Mr. Scudieri enjoyed singing classical music and opera, cooking, gardening, camping, and most importantly, spending time with his family and friends

He leaves his wife, Gina Bevilacqua Scudieri, whom he married June 29, 1957; a daughter, Maria Scudieri of Pasadena, Calif.; a grandson, Matthew Scudieri of South Pasadena, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Dominic (Marcia) Carano of Hubbard; a sister-in-law, Mary (Tony) Petruccello of Saddlebrook, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Annetta Carano of Struthers; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

A son, Louis Scudieri, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin on Saturday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

Committal services will follow at Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, Fred’s family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hernando-Pasco Hospice, 12107 Majestic Blvd., Hudson, FL 34667.

Please visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences on-line.



Cheryl Ann Sodeman, 58

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the John Calvin-St. Paul United Church of Christ for Cheryl Ann Sodeman, 58, who died Monday at her residence.

Cheryl was born Sept. 26, 1948, in Youngstown, the daughter of William and Ruth Kasony Malley.

She graduated from Struthers High School in 1966 and graduated from Choffin Career Center. She was a licensed practical nurse at Camelot Arms and Carrington South. She enjoyed music and the beach and was an avid film buff.

Besides her mother of Struthers, she leaves a daughter, Michele McBride of Poland; two sons, Brian (Towanda) Sodeman of Baltimore and Philip (Holly) Sodeman of Boardman; two brothers, William (Marjie) Malley of Pittsburgh and Michael (Ali) Malley of Columbus; and six grandchildren, Bridgette, Tommy, Nathanial, Brendan, Madeleine and Matthew.

Besides her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Neal Sodeman, and a daughter, Lauralee Sodeman.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the church.

Material donations may be made in Cheryl’s name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Fund, PO Box 8489, Toledo, OH 43623.

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


Elder Esmond Spillman, 88

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be at noon on Friday at the Phillips Chapel C.O.G.I.C. for Elder Esmond Spillman, 88, who departed this life Friday, April 13, at his home.

Mr. Spillman was born Sept. 6, 1918 in New Hall, W.Va., a son of Henry and Minnie Ruby Spillman.

He was a member of Phillips Chapel C.O.G.I.C., where he served as an elder. He enjoyed attending church, singing and socializing with others. He worked as a coal miner in the coal mines of West Virginia for 30 years, retiring in 1974.

He leaves to cherish his memory seven sons, Dave Spillman Jr. of Robson, W.Va., Paul Spillman of Montgomery, W.Va., Keith Payne of Oak Hill, W.Va., James Payne of Mt. Olive, W.Va., Richard Spillman of Youngstown, James Spillman of Columbus and William Payne of Nashville, Tenn.; four daughters, Tina Spivey, Denise Spillman, Tabatha Spillman and Mary Avery, all of Youngstown; 30 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

His parents; his wife, Evelyn, who passed away in 1998; three daughters, Patrilla Godfrey, Frances Simpson and Nicola Payne; two sons, Nehemiah and John Spillman; two brothers, Zack and John Spillman and three sisters, Annie Mae Terry, Lucille Spillman and Elizabeth Williams, all preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday at the church.

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


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.

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 the St. Maron Parish Education Foundation, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown, OH 44511, where a scholarship has been established in his memory.

Arrangements are by the Schiavone Funeral Home in Youngstown.


Robert L. Wagner, 84

AUSTINTOWN – There will be services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Robert L. Wagner, 84, who passed away Tuesday evening in Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Robert was born March 18, 1923 in Punxsutawney, Pa., the son of Carl and Margaret (Love) Wagner.

He retired as a crane operator from LTV Steel after 35 years of service. Robert was a Navy veteran of WWII and received the American Area Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Area Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with one Bronze Star and the WWII Victory Medal.

He enjoyed bowling, hunting and fishing.

Robert leaves his wife, the former Selina Hetherington, whom he married April 26, 1943; two daughters, Suzanne Wagner of Austintown and Patricia (Earle) Cameron of Mogadore; five grandchildren, Kimberly Mann, Kristin (Curtis) Meder and Joshua (Amy) Cameron, all of Akron, Karen (Ramazan) Arkan of Turkey, and Sharon Cameron of Mogadore; a great-grandson, Zeke Cameron of Akron; two sisters, Pearlene Vinion and Peggy Mauch, both of Youngstown.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Betty Dixon.

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

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



Donald B. Yannitti, 78

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services at noon on Saturday at Rossi Bros. Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Youngstown, for Donald B. Yannitti, 78, who passed away early Wednesday morning.

Donald was born Dec. 14, 1928 in Youngstown, the son of Giovanni Sr. and Isabelle (Caruso) Yannitti.

He worked for Republic Steel (LTV Steel) for 38 years retiring May 31, 1985. Donald was a member of the Steel Workers Union No. 1331 and the LTV Retirees Breakfast Club, D.A.V. Chapter 2 and S.O.A.R. 27-6. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus 274 Bishop Malone Assembly for 50 years, where he was a 4th Degree Knight.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Korean Conflict as part of the 31st Infantry Division. He enjoyed spending time helping others, gardening, and walking.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, the former Florence Campati, whom he married Sept. 6, 1958, and two brothers, Michael (Rose) Yannitti of Lake Milton and John (Jane) Yannitti Jr. of Boardman.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Yannitti, and sister-in-law, Barbara Yannitti.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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William S. Yohman, 74

AUSTINTOWN – Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home for Mr. William S. Yohman, 74, who entered into rest Tuesday evening at Northside Medical Center, with his family by his side.

Bill was born April 5, 1933 in Youngstown, the son of the late Steven and Catherine (Senvisky) Yohman.

After graduating from Chaney High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Kula Gulf. He was employed as an artist cutter at Packard Electric in Warren.

Mr. Yohman will be sadly missed by many, including his wife, the former Carol Ann (Dantico) Yohman, whom he married Aug. 2, 1958; his sons, William S. Yohman of Austintown and Daniel E. (Jeanna) Yohman of Rootstown; his grandchildren; Steven Yohman and Kaylee Yohman; and a granddaughter, Addison, who will join the family in August.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister; Dorothy M. Gibala.

Family and friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.

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