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Robert “Bob” Bly, 84

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Robert “Bob” Bly, 84, who died Sunday afternoon at Sterling House.

Bob was born March 13, 1923 in Chicago, a son of Samuel and Marian Gordin Bly.

He was a 1941 graduate of The Rayen School and a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. Bob loved sports and animals, especially dogs.

He leaves his great-niece and caregiver, Marianne Kalis, who would like to thank the staff at the Sterling House for all the care and compassion given to Bob.

Friends may call Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.


Samuel Bulatko, 81

CAMPBELL – Services will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Wasko Funeral Home and 10 a.m. in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, for Samuel Bulatko, 81, who passed away Saturday night at the Hospice House.

Mr. Bulatko was born Jan. 3, 1926 in Farrell, Pennsylvania, a son of Pete and Sophie Lasko Bulatko.

He retired from The Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company where he was a brick layer.

He was a member of the church and its Men’s Club.

His wife the former, Mary Dimoff, whom he married Aug. 13, 1949, passed away Dec. 22, 1990.

He is survived by his children, Mary Ann (Phillip) Madda of South Euclid, Samuel G. (Dianne) Bulatko of Struthers, and Dora (Robert) Benson of Struthers; a sister, Ann Bell of Arizona; three brothers, Paul Bulatko of Arizona, Peter Bulatko of Campbell, and John Bulatko of California; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Chuck, Andy and Mike Bulatko.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Wasko Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be held at 6 p.m.

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Laura DiDomenico, 79

NILES – Laura DiDomenico, 79, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at St. Joseph Health Center Eastland in Warren.

She was born Dec. 19, 1927 in Youngstown, the daughter of James and Pauline LaCivita Pizzola.

Laura was a 1946 graduate of East High School, a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, and the Monday Night Rosary Group. She enjoyed baking and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Marino DiDomenico, whom she married Nov. 18, 1950, died July 4, 2001.

She will be deeply missed by a son, Carmen (Ann) DiDomenico of Niles; a daughter, Phyllis (Brian) Lucas of Girard; three brothers, John (Teresa) Pizzola of St. Lucie, Fla., Felix (Ann Marie) Pizzola of Struthers, and Joseph (Barbara) Pizzola of Canfield; three grandchildren, Kristine (Brad) Poppell, Michael Match and Colleen DiDomenico; and two great-grandchildren, Bradley and James.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James Pizzola.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles, where the Mt. Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct prayers at 6:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niles, with Fr. Larry Frient officiating, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.

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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Katherine Ilene (Tankovich) Dota, 68

AUSTINTOWN – Katherine Ilene (Tankovich) Dota, 68, passed into eternal life Sunday evening, Nov. 25, at her home in Austintown after a two year battle with cancer.

Katherine was born Oct. 10, 1939 in Youngstown, the daughter of Stephen and Anna Verlenich Tankovich, and lived in this area her whole life.

She was an avid reader, talented writer and enjoyed participating in Serbian cultural events with friends and family. She had the gift of humor and her mere presence brought laughter to those around her. Her greatest love was for her four grandchildren. She will be missed dearly.

She took pride in her Serbian heritage and was an active member of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown. A graduate of Youngstown’s East High School, she worked as an administrative assistant for 10 years before leaving to marry and raise a family.

Katherine is survived by her husband, John Dota, whom she married on Feb. 23, 1963, and to this union two daughters were born, Mrs. Christine (Michael) Engoian and Mrs. Colleen (Vincent) Riccardo, both of Canfield.

She is also survived by four grandchildren, Rachel and Vincent Riccardo Jr. and Anastasia and Jacqueline Cook; a brother, Donald; sister-in-law, Catherine Tankovich and brother-in-law, Richard Dota. Also surviving Katherine are five nieces and five nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her two sisters, Mary Tankovich and Dorothy Thomas.

Katherine devoted her entire life to her family. She enriched the lives of her loved ones, spending countless memorable and joyous times together. She will forever be in the hearts of her family and friends.

Friends may call on Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a 10 a.m. service at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, located on Laird Avenue in Youngstown, with Father John Rajlich officiating.

Burial will follow at Belmont Park Cemetery.

A special thank you to the caring and devoted staff at The Hospice House in Poland for the exceptional care given to our mother during her illness. Also we would like to extend thanks to Dr. Grossman, Dr. Mashburn, and the Hospice nurse, Emma Miles, who provided special care and attention during the most critical hours of need.

Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home

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Cleveland M. Ennis, 68

SAN DIEGO – Memorial services were held for Cleveland M. Ennis, 68, who passed away Friday, Nov. 16, at his home in San Diego.

Cleveland was born Oct. 31, 1939 in Dozier, Ala., the son of Mack M. and Willie Mae Fayson Ennis and moved to San Diego in 1970.

He was a graduate of East High School and served in the U.S. Navy. He was formerly employed at General Motors Corporation and retired from Nelson and Sloan Construction Company in San Diego.

He leaves to mourn his passing a daughter, Ms. Vonda (Marcellus) Levett of Youngstown; two brothers, Walter (Kathy) Ennis of Akron and Mack (Yvonne) Ennis of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; two sisters, Lela M. Randall of Niagara Falls and Sandra Haynes of Youngstown; a granddaughter, Alicia Levett of Youngstown; and his longtime friend, Marie Ruiz of San Diego.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the hospice staff of San Diego and also a special thank you to Alvin Miller, Shirley Tunstall, Gus and Maria Dasher, Calvin Griffin, Mike and Linda Jones and J.P. Dompson.

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Shirley R. Glod, 69

FOWLER – Shirley R. Glod, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 24, at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 21, 1938 in Struthers, a daughter of Clifford and Dorothy Barger Christy, and lived most of her life in this area.

Mrs. Glod worked in the Bursar’s office at Youngstown State University for many years and also worked in banks while living in the Philadelphia area.

She was of the Protestant faith. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She leaves her husband, John W. “Jack” Glod, whom she married Aug. 17, 1956; a son, Michael J. Glod of Fowler; two daughters, Cheryl “Cherie” (Glenn) Johnson of Hubbard and Christine (Mike Herring) Barrett of Langhorne, Pa.; a sister, Betty Yozwiak of Canfield; six grandchildren, Jared, Monique, Kristopher, Zachary, Daniel and Derek; and several nieces, nephews and cousins..

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Ann Christy; a half brother, Clifford Christy Jr.; and a stepbrother, John Calabrese.

Family and friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard, where there will be funeral services Thursday at 11 a.m.

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


John “Jack” Keith, 79

CORTLAND – John “Jack” Keith, 79, died Friday, Nov. 23, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

He was born Dec. 2, 1927 in Grant Town, W.Va., the son of the late Orlando R. Keith and Roxie Olean (Davis) Keith.

A Cortland resident sinse 1947, Mr. Keith was a self-employed plumber for 50 years and a member of the BTJ Plumbers Union Local 396. He had been a member of the Cortland Volunteer Fire Department and was very active with the Cortland Lions Club where he had served as past president.

Jack was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting, horse racing and playing cards.

He is survived by his wife, Lois R. (Dakin) Keith, whom he married May 20, 1977; two stepdaughters, Joan Dales of Cortland and Linda Raphoon of Mississippi; three stepsons, Ed Griffiths of Cortland, Bill Griffiths of Bazetta and Bruce Seiple of Cortland; two brothers, Frank Keith of Cleveland and Tom Keith of Berea; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Besides his parents, Mr. Keith was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna (Hefner) Keith in 1976; a daughter, Pam Galonski; a stepson, Ray Griffiths; a stepdaughter, Beverly Payne; three sisters, Paulene Hawkins, Floe Keener and Bertie Armstrong; and a grandson, Michael Raphoon.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Shafer-Winans Funeral Chapel, 164 North High St. in Cortland, where the funeral service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to the Cortland Lions Club.

Arrangements are being handled by the Shafer-Winans Funeral Chapel in Cortland.

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


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James F. Laurie Jr., 53

WICKLIFFE – James F. Laurie Jr., 53, formerly of Youngstown and Liberty Township, died Thursday, Nov. 22, at his residence in Wickliffe, near Cleveland.

He was born in Youngstown in 1954 and moved to the Cleveland area in 1965.

Mr. Laurie was a self-employed painter. He was known for his sense of humor and willingness to help family and friends with home remodeling. He was a devoted father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, the former Carol Zore; a son, James F. III of Cleveland; his daughters, Amber Sandy (John) of Willoughby and Marie Wooden (Derek) of Virginia Beach, Va.; a stepson, Jack Guarino of Willowick; a stepdaughter, Mickie Newland (John) of Euclid; his grandchildren, Taylor, Alyssa, Ava and Giovanni Sandy, and Ashley and Brett Wooden; his parents, James F. Sr. and JoAnn (Rich) of Mentor; a brother, Vincent (Pam) of Wickliffe; a sister, Linda Ott (Tom) of Willowick; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be at noon on Wednesday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 7575 Bellflower Road in Mentor.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home, 38001 Euclid Ave. in Willoughby.


Nancy Stanley Leiter, 56

YOUNGSTOWN – Nancy Stanley Leiter, 56, formerly of East Springfield, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

She was born Dec. 11, 1950 in Steubenville, a daughter of Evelyn Ford Stanley of East Springfield and the late P. Arthur Stanley.

She earned her B.S. at Malone College and her master’s in reading from West Virginia University. She was a school teacher in the Carrollton School District where she was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a member of the Canfield Presbyterian Church and a former member of the United Methodist Church of the Cross in East Springfield.

She is survived by her mother; her husband, Gary Lee Leiter, whom she married July 30, 1983; two children, Keith T. Leiter of Youngstown who is a student at the University of Cincinnati and Megan A. Leiter of Youngstown who is a student at Wright State University in Dayton; two sisters, Ruth Farmer and husband, Enoch and Karen Goddard and husband, Fred, both of East Springfield; three nephews, Andy Farmer and wife, Deida, Doug Farmer and Cory Goddary; and a niece, Kristin Goddard.

There will be funeral services for Nancy at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Everhart-Bove Funeral Home, 110 West Main St. in Richmond, with the Rev. Leonora Peters officiating. Burial will follow at the Richmond Union Cemetery.

Friends may call two hours prior to the services from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Nancy’s memory to the Scholarship Fund at the East Springfield Church of the Cross.

Please visit www.everhart-bovefuneralservices.com to send condolences online.


Nancy J. Loew, 71

AUSTINTOWN – There will be a memorial service at a later date for Nancy J. Loew, 71, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, at Hospice House in Poland.

Nancy was born Aug. 18, 1936 in Butler, Pa., the daughter of the late Harry and Betty Hurn Tuxford.

She worked for Strouss’s Music as an organ and piano teacher. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Church for more than 35 years.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Gary Loew, whom she married in 1965; a son, James Loew of Youngstown; and two granddaughters, Lillian and Laura Loew.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Harry Loew.

Arrangements were handled by the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.





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