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John C. Austin, 79

FARRELL, PA. – John C. Austin, 79, of 906 Wallis Ave., passed away at 1:52 p.m. Wednesday at 1017 Washington St. in Farrell, the home of his niece and caregiver, Sherry Chambers.

He was born Jan. 7, 1928 in Sharpsville, Pa., a son of Charles and Ophelia Moyer Austin.

A graduate of Sharpsville High School, he served with the U.S. Army and was employed by Valley Mould Co. in Hubbard before retiring in 1994.

His wife, the former Jo Ann Honzu, whom he married March 10, 1974, passed away Nov. 18, 2007.

John enjoyed working crossword puzzles and was an old movies buff.

He is survived by a daughter, Karen Austin of Euclid; a son, Stafford of Youngstown; a stepson, Robert Honzu of Detroit; his caregiver and niece, Sherry Chambers and husband Donald of Farrell; two sisters-in-law, Louise Austin of North Carolina and Della Austin of Youngstown; five brothers, Raymond Austin and wife Peggi M. of Sharpsville, James Frederick, Chester, and Kenneth Austin, all of Farrell, and Maceo Austin and wife Laura of New Castle, Pa.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lois Brantley and Charlotte Boone; and three brothers, Roland, Stanley and George Austin.

Friends may call from 11 to 11:50 a.m. Tuesday at the Second Baptist Church in Sharpsville, and at the home of his brother, Raymond and wife Peggi M. at 134 Mercer Ave. in Sharpsville.

There will be a funeral service at 12 p.m. Tuesday at the church with Rev. James McKeithan, pastor, officiating and military honors by VFW Post No. 7597 in Farrell.

Condolences may be sent to the family by fax at (724) 347-1917 or e-mail to

Arrangements are being handled by the Wilbert L. Shannon Funeral Home Ltd., 33 Broadway Ave. in Wheatland, Pa.

Anne V. Bartos, 78

VILLA MARIE, PA. – There will be services Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell and at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church for Anne V. Bartos, 78, who passed away Friday morning at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mrs. Bartos was born Feb. 20, 1929 in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of John P. and Anna M. Vargo Lukas.

She was a nurse at Northside Hospital and had taught at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing.

Anne was a member of the church and the Catholic Nurses Association.

She was a 1947 graduate of New Castle Senior High School, a graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing in New Castle, and a graduate of Youngstown State University with a B.S. degree.

Besides her husband, Thomas J. Bartos, whom she married Jan. 6, 1951, she is survived by a son, Thomas (Barbara) of Boardman; a sister, Joan White of Tionesta, Pa.; a brother, Thomas J. Lukas of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter-in-law, Debra Bartos of Crestview, Fla.; five grandchildren, Rebecca, Vikki, David, Michele, and A.J.; and two great-grandchildren, Nick and Katie.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, James; and two brothers, John and Robert Lukas.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Wasko Funeral Home.

Mary K. Cantwell, 85

RICHFIELD – Mary K. Cantwell, 85, was a daughter of Ed and Olive Flinn; the beloved wife of Paul Sr.; a loving mother of Paul Jr. (Patricia); a grandmother of Matthew (Rebecca), Mark (Michelle), and Joshua (Lisa); a great-grandmother of Joseph, Hannah, Nayla and Derek; and a sister of Anna Jean Miller, the late Bud McClure and John McClure. She leaves many nieces and nephews.

Mary was born in Youngstown and lived in New Middletown from 1954 to 2000. She attended St. Paul the Apostle Church.

A wonderful homemaker, Mary enjoyed crocheting and will be remembered for hosting many family gatherings and her wonderful cooking and baking.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Mt. Augustine Regina Health Center, 5232 Broadview Road., Richfield, OH 44286.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Augustine Regina Health Center, followed by interment at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery in East Palestine.

Arrangements are being handled by the Ripepi Funeral Home, 440-888-0800,

Scott D. Fetterolf, 57

ELYRIA – Scott D. Fetterolf, 57, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born in Elyria and had been an area resident for most of his life.

Scott received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Youngstown State University. He had been employed by numerous agencies including Child Guidance, Greensburg United Methodist Church, and was most recently the owner and operator of Scott’s Folkatorium. He was a member of Rivertree Christian Church and the Extra Miler Club whose motto is “The shortest distance between two points is no fun,” one of the many themes of Scott’s life.

Scott has been described as an eccentric collector and an eclectic musician. While his favorite things to collect were license plates, bobble head dolls and fruit stickers, he was more importantly a collector of stories and people’s hearts.

He loved to take time for odd and amazing things, but most amazing was his love for God, family and every person his wandering path crossed.

Scott is survived by his wife of 25 years, Judy (Lanham); daughters Emily and Carly; mother Dorothy (Hughes) Fetterolf ; sister Sallie Cherubin; sister-in-law Debbie; mother and father-in law Don and Erma Lanham; brother-in-law Jim (Missy) Lanham; sister-in-law Jane (John) Kenneth; and nine nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Randy in 2002; and his father, Peter in 2003.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Greensburg United Methodist Church. Rev. Keith McLaughlin and Rev. Bruce Baquette will officiate.

Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today 4 to 8 p.m. at the Anthony and Biscan Funeral Home, 4178 Massillon Road (corner of Massillon and Steese Roads in Green).

In lieu of flowers, donations, may be made to the Haven of Rest or to a Scholarship Fund for Emily and Carly at any National City Bank Branch.

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Leroy Floyd, 57

YOUNGSTOWN – Leroy Floyd, 57, of 1133 Verona Ave., departed this life at 1:03 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

He was born Dec. 17, 1949, the son of Jimmy and Rosie Leonard Floyd.

Mr. Floyd was a graduate of South High School and the Mahoning Valley Vocational School in Culinary Arts. He was a member of the NAACP and enjoyed playing cards and cooking.

He leaves to mourn his mother, Rosie Floyd; a son, Tywan Harzeez of Baltimore; a brother, Douglass “Fluff” (Patti) Floyd of Youngstown; and a sister, Luella Ware of Youngstown.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Floyd, and a brother, Kenneth Floyd.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Chapel in Youngstown, with calling hours one hour prior to services.

The family will receive friends at the home of Leroy’s brother, Douglass Floyd, at 152 W. Philadelphia.

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Deacon Clarence H. “Pint” Jennings

YOUNGSTOWN – The Rev. Ernest Ellis will officiate a funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Antioch Baptist Church celebrating the life of Deacon Clarence H. “Pint” Jennings, who departed this life Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center.

Mr. Jennings was born May 30, 1934 in Winding Gulf, W.Va., a son of Joseph and Ida Ray Jennings, and came to the valley many years ago

He was formerly employed with Conrail as a truck driver, retiring in 1992 after 40 yeas of service.

Mr. Jennings was a member of the church, serving as a deacon, chairman of the Deacon Board, member of the No. 2 choir, male chorus, and Steel Valley Male Chorus Union.

He joined Humanity Lodge No. 73 AF&AM, where he served as secretary and worshipful master. In 1999, he joined Emmanuel Lodge No. 64 AF&AM, where he served as secretary.

He was an active member of the Cyrus Chapter No. 6 RA Masons, Salaam Temple No. 5, Aaonoms, Mt. Heron Commandry No. 1 K. Templar, Dewell Davis Consistory No. 1.

Mr. Jennings served as Worthy Patron of Queen of Sheba Chapter No. 78 O.E.S. and Worthy Grand Patron of Benevolent Grand Chapter O.E.S. In 2002, he received 33rd Degree of Masonry and he served as Grand Chaplin of M.W. Benevolent Grand Lodge.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, the former Annie M. Robinson, whom he married Dec. 10, 1955; his son, Clarence (Rita) Jennings; three daughters, Karla D. Jennings, Diana L. Evans and Karen E. Jennings, all of Youngstown; a brother, Rev. Joseph (Jewell) Jennings; a sister, Blondiana Williams, both of Youngstown; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Willie Johnson; a son, Brian N. Jennings; three sisters, Katherine Williams, Martha L. Bryant and Ruth Ware; two brothers, former councilman Robert E. Jennings and James E. Jennings; and a granddaughter, Keisha Ruth.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Antioch Baptist Church.

Interment will be at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

Ministry of comfort provided by J.E. Washington Funeral Services. Condolences may be sent to the family at or faxed to 330 782-2050.

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James A. O’Leary Sr., 78

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Fox Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church in Youngstown for James A. O’Leary Sr., 78, who died Saturday morning at his residence.

Mr. O’Leary was born June 13, 1929 in Youngstown, a son of the late James and Ellen Curtain O’Leary.

A 1947 graduate of South High School, he worked as a welder for Truscon and later LTV. He attended St. Patrick Church and enjoyed antique cars and woodworking.

Mr. O’Leary served his country in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

His wife, the former Lois J. Yosua, whom he married May 9, 1964, died March 31, 1996.

He leaves two daughters, Mary Ann O’Leary of Youngstown and Kathy (Terry) Duffney of Columbus; a son, James A. (Cheryl) O’Leary Jr. of Cleveland; a sister, Sr. Mary O’Leary O.S.U. of Canfield; a brother, John O’Leary of Columbus; and four grandchildren, Jeremy Davis, Colin and Garrett O’Leary and Keely Duffney.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Timothy and David O’Leary.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

His family requests material tributes be made to St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown, OH 44507.

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Anthony Pedaline, 91

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Anthony Pedaline, 91, who passed away Saturday night at Briarfield at Ashley Circle.

Anthony was born Jan. 2, 1916, in Youngstown, a son of the late Bernard and Theresa Pedaline.

He retired in 1978, after 36 years of service to the Youngstown Northern Railroad as an engineer.

Anthony was a member of Christ Church Presbyterian in Youngstown and enjoyed watching sports on television.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He is survived by his wife, the former Hazel McMichael, whom he married April 26, 1940; three children, Barbara Fusco of Austintown, Tonie Marie (Mike) Kiktavy of Brunswick, and Richard (Patricia) Pedaline of Austintown; one sister, Rose Minotti of Florida; one brother, Carl (Madaline) Pedaline of Youngstown; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Anthony was preceded in death by a son, Robert Pedaline; a grandson, Gary Fusco; one sister, Mary DeNiro; and three brothers,: Frank, Ralph, and Dominic Pedaline.

Friends may call from 12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Joseph Simko, 84

NEWTON FALLS – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Ridge Road, for Joseph Simko, 84, who passed away at St. Elizabeth Health Center Saturday morning, Nov. 24, 2007.

Joseph was born April 10, 1923 in Coal Run, Pa., the son of George and Mary Churnock Simko. He moved to Newton Falls with his family as a small child and was a lifelong community resident.

A proud WWII U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Simko served as a Fireman First Class aboard the USS Ralph Talbot in the Pacific Theatre. Following his military discharge, he returned to his hometown, working for Republic Steel in Warren. His retirement in 1983 culminated 36 years of employment as a millwright.

His wife, the former Adella Yurgaitis, whom he married Dec. 8, 1945, preceded him in death in April of 1987.

Memories of Joseph will be cherished by his loving children, Carol (Ron) Ference of Newton Falls and Joseph G. (Karen) Simko of Poland; his grandchildren, Mary (Richard) Sacui and Joseph N. Simko, all of Boardman, and Scott (Angela) Svoboda; and his great-grandchildren, Harley, Dakota and Montana of Columbus. He is also survived by his older brother, George Simko of Newton Falls.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Simko.

Condolences may be extended from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral Mass at Borowski Funeral Home, 30 Ridge Road, where Father Richard Lambert will conduct Parastas Services at the opening of calling hours.

Joseph will be laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Newton Township.

Lois Mae Todor, 85

NORTH LIMA – Lois Mae Todor, 85, of Glennellen Sr. Living Community, a former 55-year resident of Seacrist Road in Salem, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at 4 p.m. at Salem Community Hospital.

She was born Jan. 25, 1922 in Homeworth, the daughter of the late Alfred and Elizabeth Ruff Sharpnack.

Lois was a member of the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church and a former Sunday school teacher, a 1940 graduate of Goshen High School and a member of Goshen Grange. She was a former member of the Mahoning County Extension Club and the PTA of Goshen Township.

She and her husband, Wesley Todor, whom she married June 25, 1944, operated a dairy farm for more than 55 years.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a son, Robert and wife Cindy Todor of Salem; three daughters, Joann Weisner and husband Robert of Chesterland, Linda Lucas of Warren, Pa., and Maribeth Stephens and husband Lannie of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three brothers, Gale “Bud” Sharpnack of Homeworth and Leland and Otis Stoffer, both of North Georgetown; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma Barnes and Letha Votaw.

The Rev. Jerrie Brion will officiate funeral services Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Bunker Hill United Methodist Church.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Stark Memorial in Salem and for one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Burial will be at the Bunker Hill Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, 15096 Middletown Road, Beloit, OH 44609.

Stark Memorial has been entrusted with arrangements.

Anthony J. Torella, 55

STRUTHERS – There will be services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Anthony J. Torella, 55, who passed away late Saturday evening at the Hospice House.

Anthony was born Oct. 28, 1952 in Youngstown, a son of Joseph A. and Frances H. Millison Torella.

He served with the U.S. Army Reserves and was the owner and operator of Torella Tile. He was a member of St. Stephen of Hungary Church in Youngstown.

Anthony enjoyed weight lifting and was a muscle car enthusiast.

He is survived by his mother, Frances of Struthers; a son, Eric Torella of Canfield; a daughter, Annaliese Torella of Canfield; and a brother, Mark A. (Cathy) Torella of Struthers.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Ann Patricia West, 92

LIBERTY – There will be a Mass Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Stephens Church in Niles for Ann Patricia West, 92, who passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at her residence.

Ann was born April 27, 1915 in Allegheny County, Pa., the daughter of the late Charles and Agnes Miller.

Her husband, Donald West, whom she married Dec. 27, 1941, died Aug. 20, 1995.

Mrs. West is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Ann West of Liberty; and two grandchildren, Danielle and Graham

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Andrew and Charles Miller; and two sisters, Marie and Nell.

Calling hours will be one hour prior to the Mass at the church.

Lane Funeral Home, Niles Chapel handled the arrangements.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Hospice of Forum Health.

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