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William N. Armaline, 54

CAMPBELL – A memorial service will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home for William N. Armaline, 54, who passed away Thursday morning at his residence.

Mr. Armaline was born March 16, 1953 in Youngstown, a son of Rocco Armaline and Madelyn Colla Armaline Sgambati.

He was a 1971 Campbell Memorial High School graduate and attended Ohio State University. He played football and baseball for Campbell Memorial High School, and loved his Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavaliers.

He will be sadly missed by everyone, especially his mother, Madelyn; his son, Nicholas and daughter-in-law Rickie of Campbell and Michael of Campbell; and Toni Armaline.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rocco and his stepfather, Anthony Sgambati.

The family will receive friends one half hour before the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

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John H. Edmundson, 70

MINERAL RIDGE - There will be funeral services at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel for John A. Edmundson, 70, who died Saturday at his residence.

John was born Oct. 22, 1936 in Turtle Creek, Pa., the son of the late Victor and Florence (Fulton) Edmundson.

He had last worked for Old Port Cove in security in Palm Beach, Fla. and had previously worked for Republic Steel as a Lieutenant in Security. He had served with the U.S. Army and formerly been a member of the V.F.W. and the Moose Lodge in Florida. John enjoyed going to flea markets, comedy, and watching the Soprano’s on television.

He is survived by a son, Dean J. Edmundson of Niles; two sisters, Kathryn Kollat with whom he made his home and Elizabeth McGeary of Austintown; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William A. Edmundson.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Lee S. Ellsworth, 91

KEY LARGO, FLA. – Lee S. Ellsworth, 91, passed away Saturday, Sept. 29, at his home in Atlanta.

Lee was born July 1, 1916 in Echo, Pa.

He attended Rural Valley High School and received a B.S. in education from Indiana State Teachers College in Indiana, Pa. where he was a member of Phi Sigma Pi Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh with a masters in education, supervision, administration and curriculum. While attending Pitt, he was an elementary teacher at the one and two room school houses of Hills School, Sagamore School and Peters School in the Cowanshannock Township School District.

In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army Air Corp as an Aviation cadet, then a Cadet Colonel. Sixteen months later, at Ellington Field in Houston, he was certified as an Army Air Force pilot with honors. In addition to flying B-17, 24s, and 32s, he was head of the Engine Ground School at Fort Worth Army Air Field in Fort Worth, Texas. After military duty and receiving his master’s degree at Pitt, he became superintendent of schools where he was responsible for the mergence of the Murrysville, Export and Delmont Schools into the Franklin Area School District. He also worked as Superintendent in Waynesboro and Washington, Pa. and Struthers.

He is survived by his wife, Winifred Ellsworth of Key Largo, with whom he spent 66 wonderful years; four children, Cheryl D’Amato, Kathy May, Cynthia Yelkin and Carleton Ellsworth; eight grandchildren, Wil and Noelle D’Amato, Carleton and Leah Ellsworth and Cemal, Alisa, Kera and Sedat Yelkin; and a great-grandchild, Marshall Yelkin.

The family will receive visitors at the Carson/Boyer Funeral Home Inc., 724 Main St., Rural Valley, Pa. 16249, 724-783-7331 on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Salem United Church of Christ (Hill’s Church), located at 4963 Hills Church Road, Kittanning RD, PA 16201, 724-783-6822.

Services will be conducted by Pastor Todd Marino and lunch afterwards will be provided by the S.U.C.C. Ladies Circle.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Salem United Church of Christ (Hill’s Church address above) or Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Drive N.E., Atlanta, GA 30319, 404-869-3000 (or local Hospice).

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Rose G. Ferrando, 87

CANFIELD – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel for Rose G. Ferrando, 87, who died Monday morning at the Hospice House.

Rose was born Jan. 17, 1920 in Fairbanks, Pa., the daughter of William and Verna (Ford) Principini and was raised by her mother and step-father, Robert Bruce.

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church where she was very active in her younger days. She graduated from Scienceville High School.

Rose loved to china paint and taught china painting. She had been president of the area group, local chapter and the state association of china painters.

She is survived by her children, Raymond R. (Kathy) Ferrando of Royal Oak, Mich., Judy L. (Tim) McPhillips and William (Mike) (Barbara) Ferrando, both from Canfield; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Irene Bathory and brothers; Gene and Tino Bruce, all from Hubbard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond H. Ferrando, whom she married Feb. 22, 1941, and who died Nov. 25, 2004; sisters, Josephine Henderson, Dorothy Kistner; and brothers, William, Jerry, Robert and David Bruce.

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

Clyde M. Hazlett Sr., 76

STRUTHERS – Clyde M. Hazlett Sr., 76, died Sunday afternoon at Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House after a short illness.

Mr. Hazlett was born Jan. 13, 1931 in Youngstown, a son of Issac and Nellie Hazlett.

He worked as a crane operator at Republic Steel for more than 29 years, retiring in 1987.

Mr. Hazlett was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling and fishing. He was a member of various golf and bowling leagues in the area.

His wife, the former Loretta Nedostup, whom he married March 30, 1951, died Oct. 27, 2006.

He leaves four sons, Kenneth Hazlett of Cleveland, Michael (Sandra) Hazlett of Andover, Clyde (Mary) Hazlett Jr. of Struthers, and Carl (Tami) Hazlett of Warren; a sister, Virginia Colucci of Austintown; nine grandchildren, Brittany, Eric, Nicole, Kendra, Rachel, David, Roger, Melissa, and Missy; and eight great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Mr. Hazlett was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Clyde; three brothers, Jackie, Ralph and Herb; and a sister, Verna Pelar.

It was the wishes of Mr. Hazlett that there would be no calling hours or services.

A private committal service will be held at St. John Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

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Sandra Y. Johnston, 77

POLAND – There will be services at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman and at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church for Sandra Y. Johnston, 77, who died Sunday morning at Hospice House.

Mrs. Johnston was born March 5, 1930, a daughter of Salvatore and Agatha Rodi D’Angelo.

She was a graduate of South High School.

Sandy was an award-winning advertising manager and art director for Livingston’s Women’s Department Store in Youngstown. She was also a fashion columnist for three local newspaper publications.

She was a member of the church and a member and past president of the Youngstown Business and Professional Women’s Association. Her professional biography appeared in the 1972-1973 edition of “Who’s Who of American Women.” She was a co-owner, along with her husband, of Irish Bob’s Pub in Youngstown.

She is survived by her husband, Robert, whom she married Feb. 12, 1955; two sisters, Mary (James) Pezzano of Lake Charles, La. and Sarah Hilbert of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

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Steve A. Lazor, 71

CORTLAND – There will be funeral services Thursday Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. at St. Nicholas Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church, with Fr. Kenneth Bachofsty officiating, for Steve A. Lazor, 71, who passed away Monday morning Oct. 1 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Steve was born Dec. 13, 1935, in Warren, the son of Andrew and Katherine Kol Lazor.

He was a January 1954 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, and worked in the trucking industry for more than 52 years, and was self employed for the last 14 years. He was a life long member of St. Nicholas Carpatho-Russian Church, where he was a member of the Choir. He enjoyed his family, business, and making anyone he met laugh.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Mozina Lazor, whom he married June 6, 1959; sons, Charles Lazor of Vienna, David (Danielle) Lazor of Liberty, Daniel (Lisa) Lazor of Cortland, and Christopher (Wendy) Lazor of Uniontown; and three granddaughters Diandra, Daelyn, and Anné.

His parents and two brothers Nicholas and Andrew Lazor preceded him in death.

Calling hours will be Wednesday Oct. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel where a Panachida service will take place at 4:45 p.m.

Friends may also call Thursday morning at the church, one hour prior to services. Burial will be at Pineview Memorial Park.

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Joseph Ronald Lee

BRADENTON, FLA. – Joseph Ronald Lee went to be with his Lord and Savior, Sept. 22.

He was born Nov. 4, 1983 in Youngstown, the son of William and Norene (Bertleff) Lee.

Joe leaves behind his mother; a brother, Sean Lee; two sisters, Chris (Stony) Moore and Kim (Tom) Jarvis; eight nieces and nephews, Melissa, David, Christina, Jeffrey, Autumn, Zachery, Nevan and Mia; a great-niece, Kayli; an uncle, Ronald (Barbara) Bertleff; and many close friends.

There will be a Celebration of Life gathering for family and friends at the Gulfside North Pavilion on Coquina Beach in Bradenton at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, with Don Cahill officiating.

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Vito Mariano, 63

BROOKFIELD – Vito Mariano, 63, of 7804 Oak Drive, NE, died Sunday, Sept. 30 at Sharon Regional Health Care System following an extended illness.

Mr. Mariano was born in Sharon, Pa. May 25, 1944, a son of Nicola and Teresa (Constandine) Mariano.

A 1963 graduate from Brookfield High School, Vito went on to protect our country in the U.S. Army where he achieved Master Sergeant after 26 years of service.

Vito retired in 1984 from G.A.T.X. in Masury after 20 years as a welder.

He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sharon where he was active in many capacities. He was a former volunteer at the Buhl Club in Sharon. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, working on cars, and making 1/25 scale model cars.

He is survived by his wife, Judith L. Hackett, whom he married May 18, 1967; two sons, Mark A. (Kay) Mariano of Girard and Michael A. (Allie) Mariano of Indianapolis, Ind.; his siblings, Mary L. Trehan of Hubbard, Antimo “Tim” Mariano of Masury, Carmela Edelston and Joseph Mariano, both of Hubbard; his grandson, Christopher; his five step granddaughters; and his 11 step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services will be Thursday 11 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Fr. Douglas Dayton.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Madasz Funeral Chapel in Brookfield. Burial will be private.

As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests that contributions be made to the church or the Eastern Regional Kidney Foundation, 45 Edgewater Drive, Youngstown, OH 44515.

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Glen A. McCormick, 80

NORTH LIMA – Glen A. McCormick, 80, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, at Hospice House in North Lima, after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 4, 1927 in North Lima, the son of Homer and Georgia (Bowser) McCormick.

Glen was a graduate of North Lima High School. He worked in construction for many years and retired in 2001 as the Beaver Township Zoning Inspector. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Mount Olivet United Church of Christ where he served in the past as an adult Sunday school teacher and had been a member of the choir.

Mr. McCormick was a retired member of the Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Department and past member and president of the Beaver Ruritan.

Glen is survived by his wife of 60 years, Grace Suzanne (Schmidt) McCormick, whom he married on July 6, 1947 in Columbiana. Other survivors include his children, Arthur (Millie) McCormick of Glendale, Ariz., Glenda Roepke, James (Dixie) McCormick and Patty McCormick, all of North Lima. Mr. McCormick is also survived by 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Charlotte Work of Wheelsburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Jean Clark.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Mt. Olivet U.C.C. in North Lima, with Rev. Melinda Q. Lacefield officiating.

Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima and one hour prior to the service at the church.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Hospice House for the loving care they gave to Glen and the family.

Material contributions can be made to the church memorial fund or the Hospice House in North Lima.

Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Homes handled the arrangements.

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Ronald Leigh Muffly

GIRARD – Ronald Muffly passed away Sept. 26, from pulmonary fibrosis.

He was born May 31, 1928 in Girard, the last of eight children born to Della and John Muffly of Pa.

After returning from duty in the Navy, he became a fireman on the Pennsylvania Railroad. He then joined the Girard Police Department, working his way up to Detective. The desire for warmer weather prompted a move to Coronado Island where Ron became the head of security for the Hotel Del Coronado. When his daughter, Shirleen moved to Ramona, Ron and his wife, Shirlee moved to Ramona as well, where Ron became the caretaker of the Oak Tree Ranch.

After retirement, full time RVing became Ron and Shirlee’s life and they traveled all over the United States.

Ron leaves behind his wife, Shirlee of 60 years; a daughter, Shirleen (Rick) Dreyer; six grandchildren, Ryan (Elizabeth) Dreyer, Michael (Tracie) Dreyer, Teresa Lott, Amanda (Sheldon) Allen, Melissa and Lindsay Dreyer; seven great-grandchildren, Lawrence Lott, Savannah, Madison, Lilly and Logan Dreyer, and Hailey and Zoe Lorenz; and a beloved dog, Buckeye.

There will be services Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Ramona United Methodist Church.

Joann Elizabeth Hill Olverson, 66

CAMPBELL – Homegoing services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Campbell, for Mrs. Joann Elizabeth Hill Olverson, 66, who departed this life Thursday, Sept. 27, at her residence.

Mrs. Olverson was born June 19, 1941 in Anderson, S.C., the firstborn child of Robert Allen Hill Sr. and Josephine Johnson Hill.

She married Orlando Olverson in June of 1959 and to that union five children were born.

She was educated in the Youngstown public schools and later received a nursing certificate from the Choffin Career Center. She retired from Sateri Retirement Center in Boardman where she worked as a nurse’s assistant.

Her Christian life began early at the Price Memorial AME Zion Church. She later converted to Baptist and joined the Union Baptist Church of Youngstown. During her transition from Union B.C., she joined the Upper Room Missionary Baptist Church of Philadelphia under “watch care,” where her brother-in-law is pastor. After much prayer, the Lord led her to the Christian Bible Baptist Church where she was a member until her passing.

Joann loved making a difference in the lives of people. She was a community activist, always willing to help others. She was instrumental in sponsoring many individuals and their family members dealing with substance abuse. She served on the 648 Board of Youngstown and the Donofrio Rehabilitation Center.

She was an active member of the McGuffey Seniors On the Move, the AARP Local Committee for membership, the National Council of Negro Women and the NAACP. She participated in the Easter Seal Hope Club, was the founder of BWNC (Black Women–N–Christ), and the 55 Plus Birthday Club. She organized the Red Hat Society of Campbell, where she served as Queen Mother.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, four children, Orlando Olverson Jr. of Tulsa, Okla., Darryl (Barbara) Olverson (retired U.S. Air Force) of Plano, Texas, RaShon M. Olverson (George R.) Chavis Jr. of Los Angeles and Brian C. (Lisa) Olverson of Columbus; three sisters, Jayne E. Hill (Bishop Joseph C) Aiken of Dresher, Pa., Linda M. Hill (Richard) Spencer of Blacklick and Agnes P. Hill (Stanley) Tyndall of Philadelphia; four brothers, Robert A. Jr. (Charlene) Hill of Boardman, Adger M. (Brenda) Hill of Pflugerville, Texas, Qaiyim (Latifah) Abdul-Raheem of Newalla, Okla. and Donald A. Hill of Columbus; seven grandchildren; a special daughter, Theresa Olverson Wiggins; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other wonderful family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard Allen Olverson; and her special companion, Alvin Powell.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the Community Room of Sycamore Place, 31 Tremble Ave. in Campbell on Saturday, Oct. 6.

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Mary Louise Profato, 86

NILES – Mary Louise Profato, 86, of 1500 McKinley Ave., died at 5:57 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

She was born Sept. 3, 1921 in Beaver Falls, Pa., the daughter of Emilio and Antoinette Rimoldi Turconi.

Mary was a 1939 graduate of Beaver Falls High School and was employed as a payroll clerk at General Electric in Niles for 25 years. She was a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles. She also enjoyed crossword puzzles, knitting, and was an avid Cleveland Indians fan.

Her husband, John Profato, whom she married June 17, 1944, died Jan. 29, 1999.

She will be deeply missed by three sons, Bernie (Kathy) Profato, Barry (Pam) Profato, and James (Pam) Profato, all of Niles; two daughters, Annette (Tom) Martin of Poland and Kathie (Tom) Bordas of Newton Falls; two brothers, Aldino (Mary Ann) Turconi and Joseph (Patty) Turconi, both of New Galilee, Pa.; two sisters, Edith Turconi of New Galilee and Katherine (Tony) Mannerino of Beaver Falls; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles where the Mt. Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct prayers at 7:30 p.m.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles.

Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery.

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

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

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Carl W. Rafoth, 94

AUGUSTA, GA. – Carl W. Rafoth, 94, died Sunday, Sept. 30, at Windemere Nursing Home.

Born July 4, 1913 in Youngstown, Mr. Rafoth moved to Augusta from Ohio in 1983.

He worked for the Isaly Dairy Company for 48 years and retired from the company as vice president of Sales.

Mr. Rafoth was an avid golfer. In Augusta, he co-founded with Mr. R. Price the Forest Hills Senior League, beginning with eight members in 1983. There are now more than 100 members in the group.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Hylda M. Rafoth, who died June 16, 2006 in Augusta.

He is survived by four sons, Dr. Robert F. Rafoth of Augusta, Atty. Carl D. Rafoth of Boardman, Mr. James D. Rafoth of Canfield, and Dr. Bennett A. Rafoth of Indiana, Pa. He had 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Youngstown.

The Poteet Funeral Homes, West Chapel, 3686 Wheeler Road, Augusta, GA 30909 (706-860-0009) is in charge of arrangements.

Vera Rita Ruggiero, 94

NILES – Vera Rita Ruggiero, 94, of 1500 McKinley Ave., died at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at Forum Health Northside Medical Center following an extended illness.

She was born in Niles Oct. 30, 1912 to John E. and Nora Ann (Ellwood) Waters and lived her entire life in the Niles and Girard area.

Vera was a member of St. Rose Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and the Senior Parishioners Group. She volunteered for the American Red Cross Blood Program, Hospice and the Girard Emmanuel Community Care Center. She retired in 1977 after working several years at Livingston’s Department Store in the Eastwood Mall.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Beale of Cortland and Lorraine Forris of Greensboro, N.C.; five grandchildren, John Beale, Edwin (Sara) Beale III, Cynthia Beale, Jacquelyn (George) Lanterman, Matthew Forris; and five great-grandchildren, Joshua, Dan, Danielle, Austin and Dylan.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, LaVerne Hyland and Gladys Hoffman.

The funeral will be Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home where family and friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice or the Emmanuel Community Care Center.

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Edward J. Schmutzer, 65

NORTH BENTON – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann Catholic Church in Sebring for Edward J. Schmutzer, 65, who passed away Saturday evening at his home.

He was born May 10, 1942 in Youngstown, a son of the late John F. and Anna (Wachuck) Schmutzer.

Mr. Schmutzer was a U.S. Airforce veteran. He was the owner and operator of E & S Enterprises, and a member of the Youngstown Saxon Club. He was a very active and proud member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Sebring. Ed enjoyed playing softball and baseball with his children, and always greeted people with a smile and a positive attitude.

He is survived by his wife, the former Stacey Morgan, whom he married in July 1986; two children, Amber (Jason) Meador of Ramstein AFB, Germany and John P. Schmutzer at home; a stepson Brian W. Gortney II of Fla; and two sisters, Jeanette (Bernard) Check of Austintown and Marian (Henry) Oles of Texas.

Besides his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his first wife, Sondra A. DeFiore, who passed away in 1983.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel. All services will be at the church on Thursday morning.

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Milan J. “Stan” Stanoikovich, 70

DeTOUR VILLAGE, MICH. – Milan J. “Stan” Stanoikovich, 70, formerly of Trotwood, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 25, in DeTour.

He was born Jan. 16, 1937 in Youngstown, the son of immigrants.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in engineering from Youngstown State University and his MBA from Xavier University. Stan retired from Mound Applied Technologies in Miamisburg, where he worked in the nuclear weapons program.

Stan had a great love for all of his friends and extended family in Ohio and in DeTour Village, where he spent many summers and then, much of the last 10 years learning to make cabinets. He was selfless, working tirelessly to succeed so that he could give others the things he had.

He was preceded in death by his best friend and wife, Lois (Miller) in 1987.

Stan is survived by his two sons, Michael (Amy) Stanoikovich and Stephen (Ronda) Stanoikovich, both of Dayton; his five grandchildren, Blake, Tyler, Jack, Logan and Abigail, whom he loved deeply; and his sister, Mildred (Rudy) Blazina of Youngstown. In addition, he left behind many great and loving friends.

A memorial service will be held in celebration of Stan’s life on Friday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 25 Westbrook Road in Brookville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the DeTour Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 397, DeTour Village, MI 49725.

Reamer Galer Funeral Home, 24549 S M-129 in Pickford, Mich. is serving the family.

Shirley Jane Tegethoff

NEW CASTLE, PA. – Shirley Jane Tegethoff, of North Point Drive, passed away Sunday morning, Sept. 30, after a year-long illness.

Shirley was born Nov. 14. 1928 in Masontown, Pa. to Samee and Ben Wolkoff and grew up in the Pittsburgh area.

She graduated with honors from Taylor Allerdice High School.

She married Lawrence Horlick in 1946 and moved to New Castle in 1950. She remarried to William Tegethoff in 1966, and he preceded her in death in 1985.

She lived for 15 years with Bill in Lima, where she was a social worker for the Lima State Hospital for the criminally insane. In Lima, she was active on the board of her synagogue as well as in many organizations assisting the mentally handicapped.

In New Castle, Shirley was very involved in community organizations. She was a board member of Lark Enterprises, a lifetime member and past president of Hadassah and a board member of Temple Hadar Israel. She was also active with the Contact E.A.R.S. Helpline and the Association for the Blind. She performed in many local playhouse productions in the 1960s.

She is survived by her beloved children, Ben Horlick, Joel and Cindy Horlick, Dana Lee and Laurie Fay Horlick, Diane and Bill Tegethoff and Lynn Hagberg; her sister, Rosalyne Weiner; her much loved grandchildren, Justin and Brandon Horlick, Thessaly Klingensmith, Gretchen Tegethoff and Bill, Meredith and Kim Bolin; and many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends.

Besides her second husband, Shirley was preceded in death by three brothers.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road in New Castle, where a funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. by Rabbi Martin Shorr.

Burial will be at Temple Hadar Israel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lark Enterprises, 2725 Ellwood Road, New Castle, PA 16101.

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Roger Lewis Tower, 80

BOARDMAN - Roger Lewis Tower, 80, died Sunday, Sept. 30, at Select Specialty of St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Tower was born Oct. 19, 1926 in Youngstown, a son of Harold and Martha Lewis Tower. He lived in the area most of his life until retiring in Sun City Center, Fla. He returned to this area in 2004.

A 1945 graduate of Boardman High School, Mr. Tower received his bachelor’s of science in industrial engineering from Kent State University. He was an industrial engineer and retired as a supervisor for Jones and Laughlin Steel Company after 31 years. In Florida, Mr. Tower was a realtor for Prudential Reality.

Mr. Tower was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII. He was a member of the Four Square Club, the Poland Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. No. 766, and the Tampa Shrine Club. Mr. Tower was a member of the Poland United Methodist Church.

Besides his wife, the former Ruth Eleanor Fleming, whom he married Feb. 20, 1953, he leaves a son, R. Keith Tower of Canfield; a daughter, Lynn (John) Nelson of Great Falls, Va.; four grandchildren, Katrina, Samantha, Abrianna and Caelah; and one great-grandchild, Blake.

Mr. Tower was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be Thursday, 11 a.m. at the Poland United Methodist Church with Reverend Mike Grant officiating.

Interment will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland and Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church. The Four Square Club will have a service Wednesday at 8 p.m.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Poland United Methodist Church, 1940 Boardman-Poland Road, Poland, OH 44514.

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Bea VanSlack, 85

BOARDMAN – Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman for Bea VanSlack, 85, who went home to be with the Lord Monday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Bea was born Sept. 23, 1922 in League City, Texas, a daughter of the late Rev. George and Bessie Johnson Rusu and came to this area as a child.

A homemaker, she was a member of the Highway Tabernacle Church for more than 50 years where she took pride in singing in the choir, and the Senior citizen group. She was also an avid Cleveland Indians fan, Cleveland Brown’s fan and enjoyed cross-word puzzles, and spending time with her family .

Her husband, Bruce J. VanSlack, whom she married April 26, 1946, passed away April 28, 1990.

She leaves her son, Bruce (Cathy) VanSlack of Boardman; two daughters, Bea Jan (Andy) Williamson of Austintown and Brenda (Fred) Martin of Boardman; six brothers, George Rusu of Youngstown, Ben (Lois) Rusu of Florida, David (Jenny) Rusu of Struthers, Don (Janet) Rusu of Oklahoma, Dan (Trudy) Rusu of Wisconsin and Bob (Karen) Rusu of Canfield; six sisters, Florence (Bill) Altman of New Castle, Pa., Ruth (Bob) Maier of Youngstown, Jane (Jack) Boano of Poland, Mary Yurkovich of Youngstown, Jean (Phil) Pantalone of Euclid, and Diane (Rev. Raymond) Zents Jr. of Warren; nine grandchildren, Joe W. (Robin) Bertin IV, Jenny Williamson, Julie (Patrick) Downey, Joni (Chad) Donella, Jami Bertin, Kristen VanSlack and Rhonda (Andrew) Rosebaugh, Craig Williamson and Amy Williamson; and three great-grandchildren, Joey, Shawn and Daniel.

She was a wonderful wife, loving mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Bonita Kratko; a grandson, Richard Tomidajewicza; brother, Sam Rusu; and a sister, Esther Connolly.

Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

The family requests that material tributes be made to the memorial fund of Highway Tabernacle Church, 3000 Raccoon Road, Youngstown, OH 44515.

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