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Gilbert Borom, 92

LAWRENCE, KAN. – There will be a military graveside service at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kan., for Gilbert Borom, 92, who died Wednesday, April 25, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.

He was born Feb. 16, 1915 in Tuskegee, Ala., the son of Molly Borom.

Mr. Borom retired in 1985 after serving 50 years as the head maitre d’ at the Youngstown Club in Youngstown. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country as a Sergeant during WWII. He was a member of the Wymore Church of Christ in Wymore, Neb.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie Shaw at home, whom he married Feb. 7, 1975, in Beaver Falls, Pa.

The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Presbyterian Manor of Lawrence, the First Christian Church, or the Hospice Care of Douglas County, and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66049.

Please visit www.warrenmcelwain.com to send condolences on-line.


Christopher L. Burns, 23

SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. - Services will be Monday at 9 a.m. at Rossi Bros. Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman for Christopher L. Burns, 23, who passed away Tuesday in Novato, Calif., surrounded by his loving family.

Chris was born June 17, 1983 in Youngstown, the son of Randall Burns and Marilyn (Arditi) Burns.

He was employed as a waiter in San Rafael. He was working towards his degree in social work to pursue his passion to helping others struggling with addictions. He graduated in 2002 from Boardman High School where he played football. He attended both Mount Union College and Youngstown State University.

Chris was a fun-loving kid at heart. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing with his brother Jason, and he loved to listen to music. He was a loving, big hearted, generous and compassionate man.

His love will forever be cherished by his mom, Marilyn Burns of Boardman; his brother, Atty. Jason Burns of San Rafael; his dad, Randy (Michele) Burns of North Lima; maternal grandmother, Margie Arditi of Boardman; paternal grandfather, Daniel Burns of North Lima; his half brother, Michael Burns of North Lima; Aunt Judi Burns of Phoenix, Uncle Donnie Arditi of Columbus, Aunt Cookie Featsent of Canfield, Aunt Bonnie Arditi of Boardman and Uncle Dan (Aunt Judy) Burns of Washington State; and many loving cousins.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandfather Donald Arditi, Paternal grandmother Marie Burns, and Uncle Roger Burns.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where there will be a 7 p.m. Cursillo Bible Vigil.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions to be made to the family for Chris’ favorite charities.

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Stephen P. Dutko, 83

YOUNGSTOWN – Stephen P. Dutko, 83, passed away Wednesday in the early afternoon at his home after a long illness.

Stephen was born Oct. 21, 1923 in Struthers, the son of Joseph and Mary (Timko) Dutko Stephen.

In 1985, he retired from Sharon Steel, where was a brick layer. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

His wife, Ann Radovich, whom he married Dec. 8, 1947, passed away Nov. 19, 1997.

Stephen is survived by a son, Kenneth Dutko of Austintown; a sister, Jean Benner of Bethlehem, Pa.; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Kenneth and George; and two great-grandchildren.

Beside his wife, Ann, he was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Miss Sally Ann Dutko; four brothers, George, Emil, Andrew and Michael; and two sisters, Helen Bullock and Katherine Zebrowsky.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home, 711 Wick Ave. in Youngstown.

There will be a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Monday, April 30, at the Immaculate Conception Church. 

There will be prayers at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the church Mass.


Edythe L. “Edie” Frost, 85

NORTH LIMA – Edythe L. “Edie” Frost, 85, of Assumption Village, died Wednesday afternoon.

Edie was born Sept. 29, 1921 in Youngstown, a daughter of George and Mayme McConahy Hess and was a lifelong area resident. She resided in California from 1978 to 1986.

A 1940 graduate of Springfield High School, she attended the Trinity Bible College in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. She worked as a legal secretary for the Bechtel Corporation and Youngstown Sheet & Tube. She worked as a switchboard operator for the Standard Oil Company and retired in 1990. Following her retirement, she volunteered for Hospice of the Valley.

Edie was a member of the Bethel Friends Church in Poland and the Christian Women’s Club of Youngstown, where she was instrumental in starting the After Five Christian Women’s Club. She started several church single groups and dinner groups in this area as well as in California.

She loved spending time with her family and friends, and especially liked family get-togethers and spending time with her church family. She also was a huge Cleveland Indians and a San Francisco 49ers fan.

Edie played basketball in high school and was on the Youngstown Sheet & Tube softball team. She bowled on the Poland United Methodist Church league as well as other bowling leagues.

She is survived by two sons, Bob (Becky) Frost of Canton and Ron (Bev) Frost of Youngstown; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a dear friend, Sharon Keene of California; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, John Hess, George Hess, Bill Hess, Rev. Robert Hess and Richard Hess; and four sisters, Mary Louise Thew, Ethel Russell, Emily Floch and Anna Mae Way.

Family and friends may call from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bobby Murphy officiating.

Memorial contributions may be given in Edie’s name to the Bethel Friends Church, 2771 Spitler Road, Poland, OH 44514, or Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Marie A. Gombita, 82

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services Saturday at 10 a.m. at Rossi Bros. Funeral Home in Boardman and at 11 a.m. at St. Christine Church in Youngstown for Marie A. Gombita, 82, who passed away early Tuesday morning.

Marie was born Feb. 3, 1925 in Youngstown, the daughter of Anthony and Angeline (Acri) Ruffalo.

She retired after 30 years of employment with Lustig’s. She enjoyed crocheting afghans and attending summer concerts in the park with her friends. Her most joy came from being with her grandchildren.

Her husband, Elmer P. Gombita, whom she married Oct. 5, 1945, passed away in 1977.

She is survived by her mom, Angeline, whom she lived and cared for; her two daughters, Carol A. Chizmar, with whom she made her home, and Bobbie (Alfred) Graziani of Springfield; seven grandchildren, Kimberly M. (Ed) Bass, T.J. (Diane) Chizmar, Michael J. Chizmar, Audrey L. (Larry) Labenz, Darrin F. (Davien) Chizmar, Jennifer (Rob) Knodle and Brian (Cathy) Bellino; 13 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Donald Ruffalo of California and James Ruffalo of Youngstown.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her dad Anthony.

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

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Andrew S. Holecko, 85

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthias Church for Mr. Andrew S. Holecko, 85, who died Thursday morning at Pembrook Place, Youngstown.

He was born Oct. 11, 1921 in Czechoslovakia a son of Andrew and Mary Timko Holecko, and moved to this area at age 14. He spent the last six years in Florida, moving back to this area in February.

Andrew was employed by Republic Steel at the Bessemer Plant as a line worker, retiring in 1979, and was a member of the church.

He leaves a niece, JoAnne (Don) Carpenter of Youngstown; two nephews, John (Carole) Jandrokovic of New Middletown and Paul (Kathy) Jandrokovic of Boardman; and a great-nephew, Anthony.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Katherine M. Jandrokovic.

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

Arrangements are by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel.

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Elaine Kenney, 72

HANOVERTON – Elaine Kenney, 72, of 6671 Lakeview Drive, formerly of Greenford, died Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at her home.

She was born Aug. 17, 1934 in Youngstown, a daughter of Harry and Mary Fusco Applegarth, and had lived in this area most of her life.

Mrs. Kenney had been employed as a school bus driver for 25 years for the South Range School District, retiring in 1999.

She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Salem and she enjoyed bowling, walking, traveling and especially her family.

She is survived by her husband, Paul F. Kenney, whom she married Oct. 6, 1951; two daughters, Mrs. Alan (Marilyn) Wenger of North Lima and Mrs. Jeff (Gail) Davis of Greenwood, S.C.; six sons, Paul Kenney of Tampa, Fla., Mark (Lori) Kenney of Columbiana, Terry (Tammy) Kenney of Leetonia, Michael (Susan) Kenney of Canfield, Kirk (Sheri) Kenney of Boise, Idaho, and Patrick (Michele) Kenney of Rogers; a brother, Arthur (Jane) Applegarth of New Springfield; 24 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home in Leetonia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Salem with the Reverend Thomas Eisweirth officiating.

Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Greenford.

Material tribute may take the form of a donation to Hospice of the Valley.

Visit www.familycareservices.com to send condolences to the family.


Tracey A. Lloyd, 39

KENT – Tracey A. Lloyd, 39, of Kent, died Wednesday, April 25.

She was born June 1, 1967, in Lakewood.

She was office manager for her husband’s dental practice and was a member of St. Patrick’s Church.

She is survived by her husband, Brian, whom she married Aug. 26, 1989; a son, Mark Lloyd; her daughters, Nicole Lloyd and Mackenzie Lloyd; her mother, Jeanne (Peter) Widera; her sisters, Dawn (Mark) Chamberlain of Columbiana and Debra (Michael) Lipinsky of Boardman; her mother-in-law, Barbara Lloyd of Youngstown; and her grandparents, Caroline Italiano of Youngstown and Anna Buchman of Cleveland.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Morley, and grandparents, Anna and Stanley Roback.

Calling hours will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory in Kent.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick’s Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s School Endowment Fund, 127 Portage St., Kent, OH 44240.


Martha M. Miller, 91

GIRARD – Martha M. Miller, 91, passed away Wednesday, April 25, at Liberty Health Care Center.

Martha was born June 20, 1915 in Coatesville, Pa. to the late George and Elizabeth Thompson Rice.

She was a secretary and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Her husband, Frank A. Miller, whom she married May 29, 1940, died Nov. 27, 2003.

She is survived by her son, Terry R. Miller of Lebanon, Ill.; three grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters; and three brothers.

Arrangements are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home.


Alan D. Patterson

SUN CITY, ARIZ. – There will be private graveside services for the family at Brunstetter Cemetery in Austintown for Alan D. Patterson, who passed away March 16.

He was born Jan. 18, 1922 in Youngstown.

He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII, with duty in India and the Far East. He worked for the Isaly Dairy Company in Youngstown for 31 years. He was a 32nd degree Mason with the Argus Lodge in Canfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jeannette, who died in 2005, and a brother, Gordon in 1983.

He leaves several nieces and nephews.

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



Betty L. Pleger, 85

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – Betty L. Pleger, 85, passed away Tuesday, April 17 in Ann Arbor.

She was born Oct. 25, 1921 in New Castle, Pa., the daughter of Joseph and Myrtle (Day) Vaughn.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Pleger; her daughter, Rebecca Szabo; and her grandchildren, Jennifer Szabo and Alison Szabo.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Garling.

There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, 5400 Market St. in Boardman.

She will be greatly missed by her loving family.


Mary Jane Sakara, 89

NEW PORT RICHEY, FLA. – Mary Jane Sakara, 89, passed away Thursday, April 26, at Marliere Care Center.

She was born in Youngstown and moved to Florida in 1976.

She leaves a daughter, Marilyn J. Sakara of Santa Fe, N.M., and a sister, Sophie Danchise of Glendale, Ariz.


Lona Mary Tancer, 74

EAST PALESTINE – Lona Mary Tancer, 74, of 50040 state Route 14, died Tuesday, April 24, at her home.

She was born April 16, 1933 in New Waterford, a daughter of Luther C. and Mildred Beight Upole, and had lived in this area since 1980 coming from California.

Mrs. Tancer was a nurse’s aide in the emergency room for the Salem Community Hospital for 12 years, retiring in 1999. She had also worked as a counselor for various rehabilitation centers in the area and was a member of Abundant Life Fellowship in New Waterford.

She is survived by her son, Dan (Paula) Tancer of North Jackson; a sister, Lois Rambo of East Palestine; a brother, Delmar Upole of East Palestine; and a granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Dwight Upole.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Abundant Life Fellowship in New Waterford, where funeral services will be at 5 p.m. with Donald A. Stevenson, Pastor officiating.

Van Dyke-Swaney Funeral Home in East Palestine is in charge of arrangements.

Visit www.familycareservices.com to send condolences to the family.


Filomena E. “Florence” Zaremba, 83

BROOKFIELD – Filomena E. “Florence” Zaremba, 83, of 7364 Warren-Sharon Road, died Thursday, April 26, at home following an extended illness.

Mrs. Zaremba was born Oct. 3, 1923, in Sharon, Pa., a daughter of Vasil “Mike” and Mary (Sirb) Radu.

A 1942 graduate from Brookfield High School, Florence retired from Mrs. Fitzgerald’s Pre-School, where she had worked as a teacher.

She was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Masury, Ladies Auxiliary of the Brookfield Fire Department and various card clubs in the area. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting afghans and bowling.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas J. Zaremba, with whom she lived, and James E. Zaremba and his wife Diane of Hermitage, Pa.; her grandchildren, Robert Zaremba, Thomas J. Zaremba Jr. and his wife Amanda and Christina Zaremba; and her great-grandchildren, Lydell Jordan, DeVaun Jordan and Layla Jordan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward W. Zaremba, whom she married April 29, 1944, and died July 6, 1997; her brothers, Amil, Yaggy, Tran, Charles and John Radu; and her sisters, Aurelia Lienberger and Marie Carl.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Madasz Funeral Chapel in Brookfield, where there will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday, with Rev. Dennis Bewley, Pastor at the Brookfield United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will be at Brookfield Township Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Valley.

Family and friends may visit www.madaszchapel.com to send condolences.

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