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June Ethyl Baer, 87

AUSTINTOWN – June Ethyl Baer, 87, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, in Lansing, Mich.

She was born April 24, 1920 in Mineral Ridge to Lewis and Tinabelle (Hood) Seifert.

June attended school in Mineral Ridge, and later worked at a munitions factory during WWII. Shortly after the war she married Ray Baer and then settled in Austintown, where he was a carpenter for many years.

She was very active at the Church of Christ in Mineral Ridge. She enjoyed being active in her children’s events, feeding the birds, and walking the dog.

June is survived by her children, Susi (Joe) Rook of Holt, Mich. and Don (Ellie) Baer of Richland, Wash.; grandchildren, Jonathan, Nathanial, Ben, and Travis; and sisters, Betty Walker, Lois Russell, and Harriet Gifford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Baer, and siblings, Lewis Seifert, Dorothy Bloomfield, and Hazel Hoffman.

There will be a memorial service held at later date.

Contributions may be made to the Building Fund for the Mineral Ridge Church of Christ.

Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.


Thelma C. Barker, 76

AUSTINTOWN – Thelma C. Barker, 76, died at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at her home surrounded by her loving family; dear friend, Virginia; and her nurse, Linda.

She was born Sept. 8, 1931 in Stark, Ky. to Robert and Myrtle (Waggoner) Barker and moved to the Niles area in 1950.

Thelma was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, and friend.

A strong woman of faith and endurance, Thelma was a member of the Niles Christian Assembly and Dorcas Fellowship. She enjoyed flower gardening, country music, and Christian hymns.

She is survived by her husband, Beecher Barker, whom she married Nov. 13, 1948; a daughter, Elaine (John) Westerfeld of Austintown; a grandson, David (Nicole) Packard of Austintown; three grandchildren, Branden, Noah and Nicholas Packard; and a brother, Dairl (Carla) Hanshaw of Niles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents, who raised her, Charles and Hattie (Roberts) Waggoner; a brother; and two sisters.

There will be calling hours today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home in Niles.

The funeral will be Thursday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Kerr Cemetery.

A special thank you to Hospice of the Valley for their kind and compassionate care and to caregiver, Sheila Sharkey.

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Alberta L. Booker

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church for Mrs. Alberta Booker, who passed away Monday.

Mrs. Booker was born Sept. 20, 1928 in Youngstown, a daughter of James Marcellas and Louise Chappell Jackson.

She had been employed by the Youngstown City Schools until retiring in 1982.

She was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, where she served on the kitchen staff and loved attending Sunday School. Her hobbies included cooking and baking, ceramics, crocheting and playing bingo and keno with her buddies.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Carol Denise Quinn and Cynthia “Cyndi” J. Jackson, both of Youngstown; a stepson, Richard Nathaniel Booker of Texas; a niece, whom she reared, Joanne Wade; three “adopted” daughters, Caprice Mitchell, Shirlene Hill and Carletta Jones, whom she helped rear; a daughter-in-law, Misha Booker; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 31 years, Frank Booker Jr.; a sister, Lillian A. Buggs; a brother, Willie Lee Kyles; and a stepson, Richard Lee Booker.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.

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Marian Mass Rhodes Braxton, 68

YOUNGSTOWN – Marian Mass Rhodes Braxton, 68, accepted the call of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and went home to rest at 7:03 a.m. Thursday morning, Nov. 22, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

She was born June 14, 1939 in Youngstown to William Henry Mass Jr. and Owedas Nadine Robinson Mass.

Marian had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She loved to study the Bible and actively practiced her faith. She was a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church. The Robinson and Mass families were among the charter members of the church in 1961.

She graduated from The Rayen School in 1959. Among her places of employment were U.S. Steel and Warren General Hospital, where she worked in dietary service. She loved cooking and crocheting.

Marian Braxton leaves her daughter, Machelle Lynette Rhodes; her sons, Charles Rhodes Jr. and Perry David Braxton; stepdaughters, Cheryl and Valarie Braxton; a brother, Rev. James Mass and his wife, Phyllis; a niece, Octavia Estelle Ross; a nephew, James A Mass Jr; a great-niece, Takeyonia Rainey; a great-nephew, Brian Rainey; a sister, Rev. Patricia Sampson and her husband, Ed; two granddaughters, whom she dearly loved, Jessica Rose and Marissa Marian Rhodes; an aunt, Nellie Bruce; her uncles, John Mass, Tom Veal, Charles Rhodes Sr. and Perry Braxton; a goddaughter, Melanie Hightower; and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends, including her very special friend, Sarah Hightower.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

To honor Marian’s request, there will be no funeral services.

Friends wishing to share their condolences may send cards in care of Charles Rhodes Jr. to 1513 Overland, Youngstown, OH 44511 or to the Mass family in care of Rev. and Mrs. James Mass, 223 Granada Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504.


Gloria J. Carroll, 77

HUBBARD – There will be services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Life Lutheran Church in Liberty Township for Gloria J. Carroll, 77, who passed away Sunday at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Gloria was born Feb. 5, 1930 in Niles, a daughter of Nicola and Sabina Rossi Carano, both immigrants from Italy. She moved to Youngstown when she was a young girl and then moved to Hubbard in 1957.

Before her marriage to her husband Richard, she worked for Working Men’s Overall Supply and was a cashier for Young’s EZ Finer Foods grocery store for seven years. She enjoyed playing cards and belonged to a card club. She also enjoyed going with her friends to dinner on Tuesday nights for many years and taking daylong bus trips with her friends.

Gloria also enjoyed oil painting. She took a correspondence course from Tamans Artist School of Westport, Conn. and also took a class in charcoal at the Butler Art Museum in Youngstown under Clyde Singer when she was a young adult.

Her greatest enjoyment in life was being with her family and spending the holidays with all of them at home.

She leaves her husband, Richard F. Carroll, whom she married Feb. 14, 1953; three sons, Richard Carroll of Indian Trails, N.C., Nick (Connie) Carroll and Phil Carroll, both of Hubbard; three daughters, Debbie (Bill) Wittenauer of Youngstown, Terry (Thane) Lubonovich of Hubbard and Elizabeth (Robert) Wright of Palm Harbor, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Michelle Gaut Scott, Paul Lubonovich, Eric Lubonovich, Victoria Lubonovich, Natalie Wright, Ben Wright, Bradley Carroll and Cameron Carroll; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Carrie Falcione of Niles; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Linda Pennington; and two sisters, Marie Antoinette Sanchez and Rosaland Berardino, who passed away twelve hours after Gloria’s death.

There will be calling hours Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Lodge, 11432 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106.

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George H. Conway, 68

STRUTHERS – George H. Conway, 68, of 572 Sexton St., died Tuesday, Nov. 27, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Mr. Conway was born Tuesday, Dec. 20, 1938 in Philadelphia, a son of Harold S. and Ruth Rishel Conway.

A 1956 graduate of Clearfield High in Pennsylvania, Mr. Conway worked as a final processor for General Motors in Lordstown for 41 years, retiring in 2006. He was a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Struthers for more than 25 years, treasurer of the Credit Union One in Lordstown, chairman of the Election Committee for the UAW 1112 and was on the recreation committee for the UAW for many years.

Mr. Conway is survived by his wife, the former Carolyn Stewart; two daughters, Ruchelle Conway and Annette Nitzsky, both of Struthers; four grandchildren, Christopher George Conway, Alicia Nitzsky, Amber Nitzsky and George Nitzsky III; six brothers, Burton (Betty) Conway and Phillip (Toots) Conway, all of New Market, Va., Edgar Conway of Fairfield, Calif., his twin brother, Jon (Jean) Conway of Cape Coral, Fla., William (Dixie) Conway of Woodland, Pa. and Dean (Mildred) Conway of Morrisdale, Pa.; and a sister, Nadine Bressler of Curwensville, Pa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ida Mae Kester; a nephew, Allen McBride; and a sister-in-law, Fumie Conway.

Family and friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers where there will be funeral services Saturday at 11 a.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions may be made to made to Angels for Animals, 4750 state Route 165, Canfield, OH 44406.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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David Humphries, 81

HUBBARD – David Humphries, 81, died Monday afternoon, Nov. 26, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 21, 1926 in Youngstown, a son of Arthur and Mary Humphries and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Humphries was an electrician for Commercial Shearing & Stamping for 30 years, retiring in 1989. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served during WWII.

David was a ham radio operator with W8AGX as his call sign. He was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed motorcycle riding and boat racing. He was a member of the Lake Erie Boat Club of Conneaut.

He leaves his wife, the former Violet P. “Vicki” Williams, whom he married May 14, 1972; six sons, David Michael (Regina) Humphries of Petersburg, Charles G. (Karen) Humphries of Youngstown, James G. (Anna) Morrison and Jeffrey Morrison, both of Hubbard, Ronald (Cathy) Morrison of Brockway, Pa. and Daniel (Brenda) Morrison of Concord, N.C.; two daughters, Sandi (Dave) Watson of Marion and Vicki Barton of Hubbard; four brothers, Charles Humphries of Youngstown, Arthur Humphries of Canfield, Martin Humphries of Youngstown and Francis “Frank” Humphries of Youngstown; two sisters, Margaret “Peg” Campbell of Austintown and Rita Raver of Youngstown; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister, Annabel Raber; and four brothers, Joe, Jack, Arthur “Deacon” and Walt Humphries.

There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.

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

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


Angeline Blackwell Monroe, 101

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Friday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church for Mrs. Angeline Blackwell Monroe, 101, of 1735 Belmont Ave., formerly of Rosser Avenue in Hubbard, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, at Guardian Healthcare.

Mrs. Monroe was born Aug. 8, 1906 in Ripley, Miss., a daughter of John Henry and Ethel Foot Blackwell.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church, its choir, No. 2 Usher Board and Mission Ministry, and a former member of the Daughters of Jerusalem O.E.S.

Her husband, Rubel, whom she married Dec. 28, 1924, passed away in 1996.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a son, Leon Monroe of Hubbard; two daughters, Norline (Ruby) McPeters of Hubbard and Glenda Burton of Detroit; two sisters, Bernice Mitchel of Gadsden, Ala. and Geraldine Price of Racine, Wis.; a brother, Porter Blackwell of Ripley; 4 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three children, Wayane, Catherine, and Margaree; five sisters, Bertha, Ethel Lee, Mary, Fannie, and Jauneta; and seven brothers, John, Charley, Robert, Franklin, Lethan, Ed, and Alex.

Friends may call Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Carolyn L. Peachey-Ferrell

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Gospel Temple Baptist Church for Ms. Carolyn L. Peachey-Ferrell, who departed this life Friday, Nov. 23, at The Cleveland Clinic.

Ms. Ferrell was born Dec. 6, 1951 in East Liverpool, a daughter of Joshua and Mary Lou McCaskill Ferrell.

She was employed by Jamestown Industries. She was a member of the Gospel Temple Baptist Church and was a master seamstress.

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Pamela (Henry) Young of Ashburn, Va. and Casondra (Elton) Williams of Cary, N.C.; a brother, James Manley of Toronto, Ohio; two grandchildren, Kevin Ferrell-Ahart and Maya Williams; a niece, Jocelynn Hunter Schneider; three nephews, Kaylyn Manley, and Isaiah and Joshua Lee; three godchildren, Tennille Jones Lewis, Bertha White, and Darrell Dandridge; her companion, Paul Taylor; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sondra Manley.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.

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Sadie Robinson, 66

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at noon on Thursday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Ms. Sadie Robinson, 66, who departed this life Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Ms. Robinson was born Oct. 1, 1941 in Youngstown, a daughter of Edward Hill and Ella M. Robinson.

She was a homemaker.

Ms. Robinson leaves her companion and caregiver, J.V. Belcher; sisters, Ada Garcia of Philadelphia, and Rose Jordan and Mattie Mitchell, both of Youngstown; and Markus (Katherine), Steven (Shawnee), James V. (Heather), and Laver (Adrienne) Belcher, whom she reared. She also leaves a host of nieces and nephews.

Her parents and sisters, Betty Freeman, Shirley A. Hill, and Alice Hill, preceded her in death.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home and at 1417 Shehy St.

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Russell A. Schmidt, 50

MASURY – Russell A. Schmidt, 50, died at 8:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Hospice House in Poland.

Mr. Schmidt was born Oct. 7, 1957 in Sharon, Pa., a son of Alfred and Shirley (Sherman) Schmidt.

A 1975 graduate of Brookfield High School, Russell was the co-owner of H&R Plating in Brookfield for 27 years. He later went on to work for American Cap Co. in Wheatland, Pa.

In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, cheering on the Cleveland Browns, and watching the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. No. 3 and his son, Dale Jr. No. 8, race to victory in NASCAR.

Survivors include his parents; his children, Russell J. (Danielle) Schmidt of Cortland and Jamie L. Harris of Hartford; his brother, Jeff Schmidt of Vienna; his sister, Denise Brannon of Greeley, Colo.; his two grandchildren; and his former wife, Lynn M. Schmidt.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Madasz Funeral Chapel in Brookfield.

Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be private.

As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Family & friends can visit www.madaszchapel.com to send condolences.



Daniel E. Tomidajewicz, 24

SALEM – Daniel E. Tomidajewicz, 24, of 447 Continental Drive, died Monday morning at his home.

He was born Jan. 31, 1983 in Youngstown, the son of Dominic and Frances (Neiheisel) Tomidajewicz.

Daniel was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and a 2001 graduate of Salem High School.

He is survived by his wife, Kayla (Dean) Tomidajewicz, whom he married June 10, 2006; his parents of Salem; a son, Haden X. Tomidajewicz of the home; a sister, Sarah (Jason) Gustwiller of Columbus; mother-in-law, Corrine Dean of Boardman; father-in-law, Scott Dean of Lebanon, Tenn.; paternal grandmother, Rose Tomidajewicz of Poland; maternal grandparents, John and Janice Neiheisel of Judsonia, Ark.; a sister-in law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Henry J. Tomidajewicz.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Thomas Eisweirth officiating.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are being handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.




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