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Robert W. Bowman, 60

BOARDMAN – There will be services at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Luke Church in Boardman for Robert W. Bowman, 60, who died Thursday morning at his residence.

Robert was born Dec. 6, 1946 in Youngstown, a son of John and Frances Herman Bowman, and was a lifelong area resident.

He had worked in maintenance for Precision of Ohio for several years. He had been a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving in Vietnam. He had also been a member of the church and was a graduate of Ursuline High School.

He leaves his wife, the former Renae Norkiewicz, whom he married July 9, 1977; two daughters, Robyn Wolf of Twinsburg and Regan, at home; and a brother, Alan Bowman of Eden Prairie, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jack Bowman.

Friends may call from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

Arrangements are by the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

Contributions may be made to the church or the American Cancer Society.


Cynthia P. Cattoni, 63

POLAND – There will be funeral services Monday at 11 a.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home, Inc. for Cynthia P. Cattoni, 63, who died Friday, Nov. 23 at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She was born March 17, 1944 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Albert and Helen Jakubec Mihaly.

She was a graduate of Struthers High School. She was employed by Southern Bell of Florida and later with Ohio Bell. She was a former member of St. Nicholas Church and a homemaker.

She is survived by her sons, Patrick and Vincent Cattoni; a daughter Jennifer Cattoni, all of Poland; a sister, Elizabeth Fisher of Lowellville; and an aunt, Erma Gibson of New Port Richey, Fla.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Irma Jakubec, who raised her.

Friends will be received Monday, Nov. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Kirila Funeral Home, Inc., 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers.

Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.



Albert J. Celli, 85

YOUNGSTOWN – Albert J. Celli, 85, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, at Austin Woods in Austintown.

He was born Dec. 4, 1921 in Youngstown, the son of the late Felix and Alice (Zarlinga) Celli.

Albert was a graduate of South High School and served in the U.S. Army. He was employed as a parts man for Hubbard Towlift.

Albert is survived by a brother, Joseph Celli of Girard; a sister, Helen Gross of Youngstown; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Celli; a niece; and a great nephew.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, at the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 E. Indianola Ave.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at St. Patrick Church.


Danelle N. Durig, 24

NILES – There will be a funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Danelle N. Durig, 24, who passed away Tuesday at The Cleveland Clinic following a battle with breast cancer.

She was born July 21, 1983 in Warren, a daughter of David W. Durig Sr. and Randi Naples, and was a lifelong resident of Niles.

Danelle graduated from Niles McKinley High School in 2002. She excelled in many extra curricular activities including speech, volleyball, art club, and band, as well as the feature twirler for the Niles High School Marching Band. She was a former Miss Majorette of Ohio. Her hobbies also included snow skiing and being a member of the Shining Stars Dance and Baton Competition Team. She was a 2007 alumnus of the Kent State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. She was currently employed as an intern with Phillips-Sekanick Architects in Warren.

Danelle is survived by her father of Lordstown; her mother of Niles; a sister, Karla Durig of Niles; a stepsister, Julia Durig and a stepbrother, David Durig Jr., both of Lordstown; maternal grandmother, Marvolyn Naples of Niles; paternal grandparents, Carl and Verda Durig of Mineral Ridge; and her fiancé, Michael Ostrode and his entire family.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Taussig Cancer Center, c/o The Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Ave./R-34, Cleveland, OH 44195.

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


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Cynthia Ann Garovich, 70

NEW MIDDLETOWN – Cynthia Ann Garovich, 70, passed away Nov. 22, at her home.

Cynthia was born July 28, 1937 in Youngstown, the daughter of Louis and Hazel (Gavin) Houser.

 She was a graduate of St. Patrick’s and Ursuline High School. She worked for Gordon Brothers for 25 years as a service manager. She also worked at Byzantine Catholic Central and St. Ann’s School as a school secretary. She also worked at GMAC.

Cynthia was a member of St. Patrick’s Church. She was a kind, generous, caring person who always tried to make the world a better place. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she loved her grandkids and they lover her back. She was an avid animal lover and an avid book reader, as are her family.

She was married to Joseph S. Garovich Aug. 11, 1962. He passed away July 23, 2003. Joseph was a loving and devoted husband.

Cynthia is survived by two daughters, Lori (Alan) Garovich-Szabo of Columbiana and Audrey “Re Re” Garovich-Hanley of Hubbard; and four grandchildren, Noah, Jonah, Bridget and Zachary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; a brother, Louis Houser; and a sister, Audrey Houser.

Calling hours will be Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home, 711 Wick Ave. in Youngstown.

A funeral Mass will be Monday at noon at St. Patrick’s Church in Youngstown. There will be prayers at the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Monday prior to the church mass.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Forum Health in her name.


George F. Higbee, 87

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, with prayers at 12:15 p.m. at the Rossi Bros. Funeral Home, South Ave. in Boardman, for George F. Higbee, 87, who passed away Friday morning, Nov. 23, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

George was born Aug. 5, 1920 in Pittsburgh, the son of George and Margaret (O’Neal) Higbee.

He was a supervisor at Republic Steel for 42 years, retiring in 1976. He was a member of the church and its Holy Name Society, the Boardman Knights of Columbus where he was an original founder and a Grand Knight, and a member of the Monsignor Mears Council of Youngstown 4th Degree.

George was former State Deputy and served our country during WWII as a member of the U.S. Army.

He will always be remembered by his wife, Dorothy (DeTallo) Higbee, whom he married July 17, 1945; a son, George (Marguerite) Higbee of Boardman; grandchildren, Cara Higbee of Chicago, Lauren Higbee of Cleveland, and Genna at home; and a niece, Barbara (Higbee) Bartko of Greensboro, N.C.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harry and Eugene Higbee, and two sisters, Mary Jane Congonello and Peg Carmichael.

Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at the funeral home.

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R. Fred Jones, 70

BOARDMAN – R. Fred Jones, 70, of Boardman, formerly of Everett Ave., died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 at Ron Joy Nursing Home.

Mr. Jones was born Feb. 16, 1937 in Youngstown, a son of Thomas and Blanche Parker Jones.

A 1955 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Mr. Jones worked as a millwright for Youngstown Sheet and Tube, retiring after 17 years. Mr. Jones was a U.S. Marine Corps. Veteran and enjoyed woodworking, genealogy, and spending time with his family. He was a life-long member of the former Brownlee Woods United Presbyterian Church now known as the Heritage Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Jones leaves his sister, Blanche Barnhizer of Poland; two brothers, Thomas (Emma) Jones of Struthers and James (Jane) Jones of McDonald; a brother-in-law, Robert Bradley of Austintown; two nieces, who were also his care givers, Mary Anne Creatore of Boardman and Luanne Murray of McDonald; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Mr. Jones was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Durbin and Mildred "Peg" Bradley.

Funeral services will be held at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. where family and friends will be received from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Interment will be in Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mr. Jones' name to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley, 962 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44510.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Mary Louise Lamb, 86

NORTH LIMA – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman, with Rev. Philip Rodgers officiating, for Mary Louise Lamb, 86, who peacefully passed away Nov. 22, early Thanksgiving morning.

Mary will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends.

She was born Oct. 9, 1921 in Youngstown, the daughter of Thomas and Marie (Carney) Loftus, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mary was a homemaker along with being employed as an LPN nurse for the Cafaro Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, and Dr. Scarnnechia and Dr. Dentcheff, where she retired from nursing in 1980.

She was a graduate of The Rayen High School, and received her LPN in 1957 from the Choffin School of Practical Nursing.

Mary had great faith and was truly a Christian woman. She had been a long standing member of St. Anne Catholic Church and St. Edward Catholic Church, both in Youngstown.

Mary was a devoted mother who always took great pride in caring for her daughters and giving of herself to others.

Her husband, William Lamb, whom she married July 5, 1945, died March 26, 1972.

Mary leaves behind to hold on to her memories her three daughters, Helen (James) Lafferty of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Kathleen (Mark) Barkley of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Anne (Richard) Canacci of Saybrook; and a sister, Katherine Gries of Boardman.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Tom, Jimmy, and Jack Loftus.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at The Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman, and Monday from 12 to 1 p.m. at the church.

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

Material contributions in Mary’s name can be made to the Assumption Village Nursing Home or to the Villanova University College of Nursing Villanova, Pa.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of the Assumption Village for their exceptional care and support given to Mary during her time of illness.

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Mary L. Lellio, 76

HUBBARD – Mary L. Lellio, 76, died Thursday morning, Nov. 22, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center.

She was born April 11 1931 in Masury, a daughter of Steve and Caroline Emery Nagy, and was a lifelong area resident.

A 1949 graduate of Brookfield High School, she was a homemaker and a member of St. Patrick Church and of the Hubbard Football Moms since 1971. She loved her husband and family, especially her grandchildren. She loved spending time at her cottage at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Mary enjoyed her many friends, knitting, and crocheting.

She leaves her husband, Andrew Lellio, whom she married Aug. 13, 1954; they renewed their vows on their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004. She also leaves a son, Andrew J. (Kathy) Lellio of Hubbard; two daughters, Kathy M. (Billy) Grimwood and Mary Jo Zoccole, both of Hubbard; two brothers, Steve (Audrey) Nagy of Arkansas and Frank (Deanna) Nagy of Florida; a sister, Irene Fox of Masury; and five grandchildren, Lauren, Andrew, David, Kayla, and Haley.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:15 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church.

Family and friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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


Ann M. Matasic, 96


CANFIELD – Funeral services will be Monday at 9:45 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, and at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church, for Mrs. Ann M. Matasic, 96, formerly of Youngstown’s West Side, who entered into rest Thursday evening at Omni Manor Nursing Home.

Ann was born Sept. 8, 1911, in Midland, Pa., the daughter of the late John and Anna (Popovacki) Brozic.

She was a homemaker and a member of the church.

Her husband, Michael R. Matasic, whom she married April 18, 1936, passed away May 1, 1993.

Mrs. Matasic will be sadly missed by many, including her daughters, Geri (John) Tomko of Canfield and Margaret (William) Pennell of Chardon; a brother, George Brozic of Las Vegas; two sisters, Agnes Nemec of Boardman and Mildred Badjun of Struthers; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Ann was preceded in death by four brothers, Thomas, Phil, John and Robert Brozic; and three sisters, Caroline Zitnik, Dorothy Brozic and Mary Parks.

Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank everyone at Omni Manor Nursing Home for all the care and compassion given to Ann.

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Jeanne Katherine Nolle, 85

HUNDRED, W.VA. – Jeanne Katherine Nolle, 85, former long time resident of Youngstown, lost her courageous battle with cancer on Friday, Nov. 23.

She was born Nov. 17, 1922 in Hundred, the daughter of the late Clarence and Edna (Clovis) Butcher.

Over a forty year period her primary occupation involved Food Service Management in various organizations, businesses, and correctional facilities. Her employers included the Young Woman’s Christian Association in Akron; Blossom Hill School for Girls in Akron; and the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, W.Va., where she was the first female section chief. She also owned and operated Mountain Valley Inn in Georgetown, W.Va.

She always had great empathy for young women and their concerns and she derived some of her greatest satisfactions from helping them over the years. She also loved nature and had a long standing concern about the social and economic problems arising from human overpopulation.

She is survived by her son, David Butcher Nolle of Hundred; her granddaughter, Tanya Lynette Stephenson and her husband, Ernie; and three great-grandchildren, Mikeala, Alexander, and Kaitlyn Stephenson, all of Hampstead, Md.

Her marriage to Thomas W. Nolle, Jr. ended in divorce.

After a private service, her ashes will be buried in a plot next to her parents in Todd Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.

The Tennant Funeral Home, PO Box 1200, Hundred, WV 26575 is in charge of arrangements.

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


Angelo Anthony Rossi, 86

POLAND – Services will begin Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church, for Angelo Anthony Rossi, 86, who passed away Thursday at the Hospice House.

Angelo was born Sept. 4, 1921 in Campbell, the son of Patsy and Lucy Cutrone Rossi.

After graduating from Campbell Memorial High School in 1940, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He served in the Pacific Theatre in Iwo Jima and Bougainvillea and was awarded two Purple Hearts. He then worked as a machinist at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Corporation for more than 40 years before retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the Holy Family Church and a 3rd degree member of the Poland Knights of Columbus Council No. 4471. He was also a member of the Campbell VFW Post No. 560, the Campbell Italian American War Veterans and the disabled American Veterans.

Angelo is remembered by his family as a true family man who enjoyed photography, carpentry, gardening, making homemade pasta and baking pitzells. He especially enjoyed the tradition of celebrating St. Joseph’s Day and cheering on his Pittsburgh Steelers.

He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Yuhas, whom he married Aug. 9, 1947; his seven children, Mark (Victoria) Rossi of Canfield, Patrick (Carolyn) Rossi of Mineral Ridge, Frank (Vanessa) Rossi of Poland, Anthony (Leeann) Rossi of Boardman, Maureen Culver Rossi of Poland, Joseph (Susan) Rossi of Salem and Angela (Kurt) McTigue of Poland; three sisters, Lucy “Pat” Masi of Campbell, Mary Lucido of Youngstown and Rose (Albert Michael) Teutsch of Campbell; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Henry and Frank Rossi.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to either the Hospice House or American Legion Post No. 560 in Angelo’s memory.

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


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Katherine Ann Scarpine, 93

AUSTINTOWN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Youngstown for Katherine Ann Scarpine, 93, who died Thursday evening at Hospice House.

Katherine was born Nov. 25, 1913 in Hillsville, Pa., the daughter of the late Carl and Josephine (Canazarro) Testa.

She had been a meat clerk for Hughes Provision Co., retiring in July of 1969.

Katherine was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, a former member of Daughters of the Eucharist, and a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Her husband, Anthony Scarpine, whom she married Jan 30., 1943, died Sept. 15, 1989.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol (Francis) Renaldy of Austintown, with whom she made her home; two grandchildren, Michael (Karen) Renaldy and John (Jennifer Bennett) Renaldy; two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Zoe Renaldy; and two step great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Justin Bennett.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Ann Crater Dota, Margaret Laprocino, and Antoinette Cagno; and five brothers, John, Paul, Michael, Joseph, and Leonard Testa.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

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



Master Sgt. Ronald W. Sherman, 69

POLAND – Friends are invited to join in a memorial service Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Mount Olivet United Church of Christ in North Lima for Master Sgt. Ronald W. Sherman, 69, retired U.S. Air Force, who died Wednesday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center of a sudden heart attack after being stricken at his residence.

Ron was born March 18, 1938 in Canfield, the son of Ralph and Hepsy Marianne Evans Sherman.

He was a 1957 graduate of Canfield High School. He had worked at Metal Carbides in Boardman for more than 30 years before retiring as a supervisor. He had also served in the United States Air Force for more than 35 years before retiring as a master sergeant.

He is survived by his wife, the former Betty Danchise, whom he married June 6, 1964; a daughter, Belinda Jo (Brian) Poole of Painesville; a son, Derek S. (Roxanne) Sherman of New Springfield; two brothers, Ralph R. (Joyce) Sherman Jr. of Lynchburg, Va. and Roger G. (Donna) Sherman of New Middletown; and two grandsons, Bryson and Blake Poole.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ronald’s family will also greet friends at a reception following the services Sunday at the church.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the ALS Foundation in Ronald’s memory.

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

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



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Geraldine E. Sikora, 62

STRUTHERS – Geraldine E. Sikora, 62, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 at the Hospice House.

Mrs. Sikora was born May 23, 1945 in Youngstown, the daughter of Gerald and Cecil Ditman Weaver.

A 1963 graduate of Lowellville High School, Mrs. Sikora worked in customer service for LeFrance Dry Cleaners, retiring after 25 years. She was a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Struthers. She was also a member of the American Business Women’s Association, Tri-Gold Chapter for 23 years in which she was very active.

Her husband, Joseph A. Sikora, whom she married July 24, 1982, died July 3, 2003.

She leaves her mother, Cecil Wild of Andover; and father, Gerald Weaver of San Antonio; a daughter, Mary (Donald) Clyde of Struthers; two step-daughters, Joanne (Bob) August of Talmadge and Kathy (John) Klimko of Hubbard; a step-son, Joseph (Patty) Sikora of Batesville, Ind.; a brother, Fred (Debbie) Wild of Andover; two grandchildren, Cassandra and Donald Clyde Jr.; four step-grandchildren, Bethanne Studer, Jennifer Sikora, and Carrie and John Klimko; and many other family and friends.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Sikora was preceded in death by her step-father, Fred Wild; and a grandson, Samuel Kenneth Clyde.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Martin Celuch officiating.

Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.

Friends will be received Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers, where a prayer service will be held Monday at 12:30 p.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Sikora’s name to the Tri-Gold Chapter of the ABWA Scholarship Fund, c/o Mary Lou Murray, 10-2 Stratford Green, Canfield, OH 44406 or to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.



Michael B. (Slavkosky) Slavens, 91

STRUTHERS – There will be services at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers and a Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Church in Boardman for Michael B. (Slavkosky) Slavens, 91, who passed away at home.

Michael was born June 5, 1916 in Struthers, a son of Michael and Helen Slavkosky, and was a lifelong area resident.

He graduated from Struthers High School in 1935. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran. He worked at the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. for 43 years as an upsetter in the seamless mill at the Campbell Works. He also received the pro of the month at the mill twice.

Michael was a member of the St. Nicholas Church in Struthers. He played football and basketball in high school. He was an avid golfer and was on the Sheet & Tube golf league. He once scored a hole-in-one at the Dogwood golf course. He enjoyed his garden and wood working at home.

Michael is survived by his wife, the former Caroline A. Lysz, whom he married Sept. 25, 1948; two sons, Michael L. Slavens of Struthers and Ron (Debbie) Slavens of Boardman; a daughter, Elaine (Paul) Toth of Howland; a brother, Charles Slavens of Salem; and four grandchildren, Amanda Toth and Michael Jay, Christina, and Mark Slavens.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joseph Slavens; and a sister, Helen Olenick.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with a Bible Vigil at 7 p.m.

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Eva Szymanski, 88


BOARDMAN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home in Boardman, for Eva Szymanski, 88, who peacefully passed away Friday morning at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman. Eva will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends.

She was born April 11, 1918 in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph and Antoinette Lagrotta Diorio.

Eva was employed as a young woman for the McKelvey’s Department Store in Youngstown. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Dominic Church and The Casa Savoia Club.

Her husband, Bernard “Ben” Szymanski, whom she married Oct. 3, 1946, died July 2, 2000.

Eva leaves behind a son, Ronald Szymanski of Boardman; a daughter, Mary (Don) Pisegna of Cincinnati; two grandchildren, Paul Pisegna and Jennifer Pisegna, both of Cincinnati; a great-granddaughter, Sophia; and a brother, Joseph Diorio.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Daniel Diorio.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.

Burial will take place at Lake Park Cemetery.

The family will be forever thankful to the special people on staff at Shepherd of The Valley in Boardman for their loving care and support.

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Ruby Lee Thompkins, 79

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – There will be services at 11 a.m. Monday at St. James Church of God in Christ for Mrs. Ruby Lee Thompkins, 79, who passed away Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Mrs. Thompkins was born Dec. 12, 1927 in Logan County, W.Va., a daughter of Lawson and Geneva Shelton Foster.

She was a homemaker and a member of the church, where she was respected as one of the mothers. She really enjoyed her family and loved cooking for them.

Mrs. Thompkins leaves to mourn her loss and to cherish her memory five sons, Algie E. (Loretta M.) Jr. and James R. Thompkins, both of Youngstown, Raymond L. (LaChell) Thompkins of Campbell, Eugene G. (Beverly) Thompkins of New York, and Bobby Joe (Linda) Thompkins of McDonough, Ga.; four daughters, Jackie (Jonathan) Barrett of Liberty Twp., Gloria Thompkins, Maxine (Steve) Watkins, and Kathrine Carlisle, all of Youngstown; four sisters, Hattie Godfrey, Helen Pearson, Barbara Cook, and Claudia Crawford, all of Columbus; 26 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Algie Sr., whom she married June 1, 1964, and who passed away July 24, 2006; her parents; four brothers, Nathaniel, Thomas, Curtis, and Lawson Jr. Foster; three sisters, Ethel Mary Hairston, Travina Linvelle, and Sarah Jane Foster; and a grandson, Donald Thompkins.

Friends may call one hour before services.

Caring arrangements have been entrusted to the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home.

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Olga VanSuch, 83

CAMPBELL – There will be funeral services Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John Russian Orthodox Church for Olga VanSuch, 83, formerly of Tandy Apartments and Robinson Road, who passed away Thursday at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Olga was born July 31, 1924 in Campbell, a daughter of Michael Sr. and Mary Roman Kropinak.

A 1943 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, Olga was a garment worker at Weatherbee Coats, and was a cashier at A&P and Century Foods.

She was a member of the church, the O Club, and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

Olga is survived by a daughter, Sandy (Jim) Bufalini of Zurich, Ill.; a son, George “Butch” (Theresa Blade) VanSuch Jr. of Gaithersburg, Md.; a niece and nephew who were her care givers, Elaine and Jim Johnston of Campbell; many nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant brothers; two sisters, Mary Vasile and Helen Kropinak; and a brother, Michael Kropinak Jr.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home, where a parastas service will be held at 6:30 p.m., and also one hour before services Monday at the church.

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Jacqualyn L. Vickers, 71

NILES – Jacqualyn L. Vickers, 71, of 1500 McKinley Ave., died at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Home in Niles.

She was born Sept. 20, 1936 in Youngstown, the daughter of Francis and Evelyn Gifford Miller.

She was a 1954 graduate of Chaney High School in Youngstown. She was employed as a loan officer at National City Bank for 25 years before retiring in 1998 She was a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles. She enjoyed cooking and bowling.

She will be deeply missed by two sons, Robert (Brenda) Vickers of Niles and Brian (Kelly) Vickers of Oklahoma City; a brother, William (Nancy) Miller of Youngstown; a sister, Delores (Hank) Krut of Canfield; and four grandchildren, Stacey, Robert, Ian, and Addison.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles with Fr. Larry Frient officiating.

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

Please visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to send condolences.




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