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Mary Lou Beebe, 74

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Wickliffe Presbyterian Church for Mary Lou Beebe, 74, who died early Saturday morning at Briarfield at the Ridge.

Mary Lou was born Jan. 22, 1933 in Mineral Ridge and was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Drake) Pugh. She was a homemaker and a member of the Wickliffe Presbyterian Church. Mary Lou had attended and graduated from Choffin School of Nursing.

Mary Lou leaves her husband, Jerry Beebe whom she married July 20, 1951. She also leaves three children, Jill Kaneski of Austintown, Jerry L. (Patricia) Beebe of San Diego, Calif., James D. (Sandy) Beebe of Charlotte, N.C. and three grandchildren, Lisa Assion, Jim Kaneski and Danielle Beebe; and a great-granddaughter, Kailyn Marie Assion.

Friends may call at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.


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Lamont Maurice Belcher, 23

YOUNGSTOWN - Lamont Maurice Belcher, 23, passed away Monday, Oct. 22.

Lamont, a son of Lester West and LouManda Belcher, was born May 12, 1984 in Youngstown.

He attended The Rayen School, participated playing Little League football for the Broncos, and played various other sports. His hobby was cars, and he worked hard at anything he did. He was a loving and caring person who cherished his family very much.

Lamont leaves to mourn his loss his mother; a son, Daylan Reynolds; four brothers, Lester L. Javey, Damon West, LaMarcus Belcher, and Richard Neal; four sisters, Geneva and Cynthia Javey, Alecia (Michael) Wilder, and Rilonda Neal; and grandparents, J.V. and Judith Belcher.

He was preceded in death by his father; grandmother, Dorothy West; great-grandparents, J.V. Sr. and LouManda Belcher and Noble and Marie Harmon; great-great-grandparents, Tillman and Katie Beverly; and two uncles, Staford Belcher and Charles West.

Services will be at noon on Tuesday at the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home.

Friends may call one hour prior to services.

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Eva Bonanno, 83

POMPTON LAKES, N.J. – Private services will be held at a later date for Eva Bonanno, 83, who passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Eva was born Oct. 29, 1923 in New York City, a daughter of Peter and Anna Bilan. She grew up in Garfield, N.J. and later lived in Ringwood, N.J. and Pompton Lakes.

Mrs. Bonanno was an employee of the State of New Jersey for more than 30 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Frank) Carson, of Ringwood; her son, Gene (Sue) Bonanno of Canfield; and four grandchildren, Gina Carson-Margolies, Stacy Carson, Beth Bonanno and Justin Bonanno.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Molly Rypkema.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made locally to the Lori Marsh Assistance Trust, c/o Butler Wick Trust Company, P.O. Box 149, City Centre One, Suite 800, Youngstown, OH 44501.


Betty J. Cybak

GIRARD – Betty J. Cybak, 72, died at 12:32 p.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Mrs. Cybak was born in Marston, N.C. on Nov. 22, 1934, a daughter of Crawford and Lidia Campbell.

Betty was a property manager for North Royalton Condominiums.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Cybak, whom she married Nov. 20, 1993; and seven sisters, Margaerite Rivers, Doris Smith, Priscilla Lewis, Peggy Taylor, Jeannie Baldwin, Elsie Edmunds all of North Carolina, and Patsy Smith of South Carolina. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the funeral home.

Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences online.


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Martha Elnora (Clay) Graham, 85

COLUMBIANA - Martha Elnora (Clay) Graham, 85, formerly of Green Township, arrived at her heavenly home at 1:25 a.m. Friday, departing from Essex 1 in Salem.

Born Feb. 22, 1922 in Greenford, she was the darling daughter of M. Carl and Nora (Rupright) Clay, and was a lifetime resident of the area.

Mrs. Graham had been a school bus driver for Salem for 13 years, an with her husband, operated a small farm in Greenford.

She was a devoted member of the Church of Christ and a 1940 graduate of Greenford High School. She enjoyed making tea towels, floral arranging, and crocheting.

She was greeted in Heaven by her beloved husband, Wilbert Edward Graham, whom she married Aug. 4, 1940, and who preceded her in death in March 1999.

Survivors include five loving daughters, Dessie (Lance) Hartlove of Virginia Beach, Va., Ruth (Nickolas) Deiger of Monongah, W.Va., Lois (Charles) Sheen of Columbiana, Donna (Bob) Husted of Alvaton, Ky., and Blanche (Dana) Dunback of Checotieh, Okla.; two dear sons, Carl Edward “Eddie” (Linda) Graham of Newman, Ga. and Dale (JoAnn) Graham of Bowling Green, Ky.; and many grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and many great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Bowers; a sister, Ethel Baird; a brother, Cecil Clay; and two granddaughters.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Covan of the Struthers Church of Christ officiating.

Burial will be at Historic Hope Cemetery.

A time of visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, at the funeral home.


Marjorie A. Johnston, 83

BOARDMAN – Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman, for Marjorie A. Johnston, 83, who died Thursday morning at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Marjorie was born Sept. 29, 1924 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Wade and Stella Guthermuth Jones and was a lifelong area resident.

She graduated from South High School in 1942 and had been a secretary for the Youngstown City Schools and for the Dixon Art Studio, years ago. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Mar-Sing Sunday school class. Marjorie was an avid card player and had belonged to several card clubs.

She leaves her husband of 60 years, Lewis, whom she married July 12, 1947; two sons, Rus (Virginia) Johnston of Warren and Jeffrey (Karen Novak) Johnston of Youngstown; a daughter, Barbara (Brian) Sugerman of Wooster; a sister, Wanda Ramsey of Youngstown; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Walker.

Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

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Terrence Lattanzio, 43

ROGERS - Terrence L. Lattanzio, 43, went home to the arms of Jesus Wednesday, Oct. 17. His son, wife, parents, family, and friends were by his side.

Terrence was born April 10, 1964 in Salem, a son of Umbert and Shirley M. Huffman-Lattanzio, and lived in Rogers all his life.

He was employed by JP Graham and was owner/operator of Fast Flash Trucking. He attended the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Terrence is survived by his son, Costantino James Lattanzio; parents; wife, Rose M. Abner-Lattanzio, whom he married July 2, 2006; two brothers, Anthony and Layne Lattanzio; four step-children, Cody Harmon, Jessica Wilson, Christopher Allison, and Brandie Lawrence; and five nieces and two nephews.

Services were conducted Oct. 22 at the Warrick-Kummer Funeral Home and burial was at the East Carmel Cemetery.

Terrence will be greatly missed, for once you had met him you never forgot him. “Son, you'll never be alone because a part of everyone you touched went with you.”

Visit www.familycareservices.com to send condolences.

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Thomas “Tommy” Joseph Nycz, 52

BOARDMAN - There will be prayers at 9:15 a.m. Monday at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman, and at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, for Thomas “Tommy” Joseph Nycz, 52, who passed away Wednesday at Forum Health Northside Medical Center after a courageous battle with esophageal and gastric cancer.

Thomas “Tommy” was born Nov. 4, 1954 in New Castle, Pa., the son of John Nycz and Helen Krupa Nycz.

He graduated from New Castle High School in 1972 and obtained his black belt in Aikido under Sensai Yomata in New York.

He was a loyal employee of Valley Natural Gases, where his hard work and dedication were rewarded as he was recognized as the Area Manager of the Year several times. He thoroughly enjoyed his job and fellow workers during his tenure at Valley.

Tommy was a very spiritual and religious man. He enjoyed attending St. Charles Borromeo Church. His love for God and humanity directed him to become active in the Masons and Shrine. He was a member of the Youngstown Shrine Club, the Mahoning-New Castle Lodge No. 243 F&AM, the Valley of New Castle Scottish Rite, the Tall Cedars of Lebanon La-Me-Bu Forest No. 144, the Zem Zem Shrine of Erie, Pa., the Mercer County Shrine Club, the Mercer County Wheel Patrol, the Royal Order of Jesters, the Order of Quetzalcoatl, and the Vagabonds of Mecca Jungle No. 1. He worked very hard for the Zem Zem Children’s Hospital of Erie, and enjoyed driving the model T-cars in the parades for the Mercer County Shrine Club.

As a tribute to Tom’s life and work for children, the Mercer County Shrine Club has renamed its annual golf outing to the “Tom Nycz Memorial Golf Outing.”

Tommy was also a member of the K. Pulaski Club, the Cultured German Society, and the Johnson Club. He was awarded the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow by his father-in-law, Louis Young.

Since childhood, Tommy loved to exercise and was a regular at the YMCA. He was a member of D.D. and the Velma Davis Facility from the day it opened, making countless friends among the staff and members. In 2003, his lifelong commitment to the YMCA was recognized in a special section in The Vindicator where Tommy discussed learning to swim at age 10 at the New Castle YMCA.

He had a lust for life and loved people. He had sparkling green-blue eyes and his smile was contagious. One could hear his laugh everywhere. He had a love for people shown by his continuous smile and a twinkle in his eye, meaning he had a story to tell.

Tommy was an avid sports fan, loyally following the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions, as well as the Ohio State Buckeyes because of his step-son, Lou. They enjoyed many games together and had a very special loving relationship.

Besides his mother of New Castle, he is survived by his loving wife, Denise, whom he married Jan. 7, 1995; his step-son, Atty. Louis Garland of Boardman; father-in-law, Louis Young of Boardman; his brother, Jerry (Shalia) of Liberty; nephews, Mathew and Michael; and his Shih Tzus, Bo Bo, Bevy, and Bunny and his Chi Willow Bay, who all loved him dearly.

Tommy was a special angel sent to us to teach us to live each day with a smile helping others along the way. He touched the lives of many, especially his wife, who will miss him every day of her life. As Tommy would say, “it is what it is Tweetie.”

He was preceded in death by his father.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The Mahoning-New Castle Lodge No. 243 will have a service at 8 p.m.

A very special thank-you to all the nurses and doctors who cared for Tommy at Forum Health Care. Their loving hands helped him leave this world in peace. The family also wishes to thank the Endoscopy Unit at Forum Health for their love and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Zem Zem Shrine, Transportation Fund, 2525 W. 38th St., Erie, PA 16506.

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Deborah Takash

Tabaka, 50

BOARDMAN – Deborah Takash Tabaka, 50, passed away Tuesday at Hospice House.

Mrs. Tabaka was born on Oct. 5, 1957 in Youngstown a daughter of William and Mary Olineck Takash.

Deborah grauated from Villa Marie High School in 1975, then attended Youngstown State University receiving a Bachelor in Education and a Masters +30 for the Gifted in Education. She was employed as a teacher in the Youngstown School System for 22 years.

Deborah was a member of Saint Columba Cathedral and was a member of Y.E.A., O.E.A., N.E.A., N.E.O.P.A., S.T.R.S. of Ohio.

Deborah enjoyed ballet dancing and modeling as a young girl.

She was a loving and caring wife, sister and friend.

She is survived by her husband Kenneth Tabaka whom she married May 21, 1988 and a brother Richard Takach of Boardman.

A Mass of Resurrection was held on Thursday in Saint Columba Cathedral followed by burial in Resurrection Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by the Kubina Yuhasz Funeral Home, Boardman Chapel.


Orlando M. “Lun” Vannelli, 93

HOWLAND TWP. – There will be funeral services on Tuesday October 30, 2007 at 10 a.m. at The Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel with Fr. Charles W. Crumbley officiating, for Orlando M. “Lun” Vannelli, 93, who passed away Friday morning at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland.

Orlando was born November 23, 1913 in Herminie, Pa., the son of Mariano and Phyllis Battista Vannelli, and came to Warren in 1922.

He retired in 1976 from U.S. Gypsum where he was a machinist for eight years. He previously worked at Blaw-Knox in Warren for 25 years.

He was a World War II Army Air Force Veteran, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant

He married Reta E. Verra on October 2, 1937, she preceded him in death on November 12, 2006.

Orlando was a member of St. James Church, the American Legion Post No. 236 Newton Falls, the Slovak retirees club in Warren, and was the former president of the Warren G. Harding Panthers booster club for 10 years.

Orlando enjoyed repairing and refinishing antique clocks, traveling, dancing, and was an avid football fan.

He had been very active in the Democratic Party since 1980, having been a precinct committeeman since 1986 and had served on the executive board of the Trumbull County Democratic Party.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue (Thomas, Sr.) Ruban of Brentwood, Tenn., and a son, Thomas (Mary) Vannelli of Champion; three grandchildren, Marni Ruban, Thomas (Becky) Ruban, Jr., and Lori Vannelli; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Caroline Ruban. Also surviving are three sisters, Ines Sarni of Alhambra, Calif., Lucy Folio of Youngstown and Hermenia Gaylog of Warren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Oresto and Emil Vannelli and two sisters, Pauline Borjorquez and Mary Testa.

Friends may call on Monday October 29, 2007 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel and also Tuesday morning at the funeral home, half an hour prior to services.

Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery with military honors..

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

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Thelma Jean Vargo, 62

CHANDLER, ARIZ. - Thelma Jean Vargo, 62, formally of Youngstown, passed away Oct. 24 at home in Chandler. She fought a long and courageous battle before succumbing to her terminal illness. Thelma was surrounded by loved ones as the Lord called her home to eternal peace; a place where she will be whole again, free of pain and sorrow.

Thelma is survived by her husband of 43 years, Alexander Vargo; daughters, Michele (William) Heath of Chandler and Lisa Gamache of Hillsboro, Ore.; son, Steven (Dana) Vargo of Temple, Texas; grandchildren, Christopher, Calgary, Spencer, Tyler, Rachelle, and Alexis; and those still residing in Youngstown, twin sister, Sylvia (Nicky) Manack; sister, Dolores (John) Paurich; mother-in-law, Jennie Vargo; sister-in-law, Rosemarie Zamary; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Margaret Angelo.

A service will be planned for a later date in Youngstown.

Arrangements were made through A Wise Choice Cremation & Funeral Services in Mesa, Ariz.

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