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Daniel Antal, 76

WARREN – Daniel Antal, 76, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 27, at St. Joseph Health Care Center after a short illness.

Born Feb. 5, 1931 in Youngstown, he was the son of the late Paul and Anna (Kolesar) Antal.

Dan was a graduate of Chaney High School and attended The Ohio State University. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army, where he was a corpse man working in a MASH unit.

Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, Dan began work at Thomas Steel Strip Corp., where he worked in the lab and also on the line. He retired from Thomas Steel in 1995 after more than 30 years with the company.

Dan was a dedicated member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aeire No. 311 in Warren, the Westside Maple Leafs, and the Warren Moose and Elks lodges. He enjoyed golfing and did so on a weekly traveling golf league that traveled to various courses in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Dan was also an avid bowler. He was a member of the Seniors Bowling League on Wednesday mornings at Crest Lanes.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Ann (Hromco) Antal, whom he married July 17, 1957. Together they shared 50 years of marriage and a daughter.

He is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Anne Antal and her fiance’ Dana Srbinovich Jr. of Warren; a grandson, Patrick Mason, and a granddaughter, Anjolena Mason, both of Warren; two sisters, Susan Antal and Mildred Kovach, both of Austintown; a brother, Andrew Antal of Youngstown; five nephews; and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Julia Vagasky, and a brother, Paul Antal.

The Rev. Steven Ritter will conduct a funeral service Saturday, Dec. 1, at noon at the Roberts-Clark Funeral Chapel, where family and friends may visit for two hours prior to the service from 10 a.m. to noon.

Burial will be held at the Pineview Memorial Park where full military honors will be observed.

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



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Alberta Mae Bakondy, 88

NORTH CANTON – There will be services at noon on Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel, for Alberta Mae Bakondy, 88, formerly of Canfield, who passed away Tuesday morning at her residence.

Alberta was born Feb. 7, 1919 in Sharon, Pa., the daughter of George W. and Buela (Rathburn) Hall. She spent most of her life in the Sharon area, moving to Canfield in 1988.

She was a homemaker. She had been a manager for Quaker Dry Cleaning Company in the 1940s and was a department manager with Strouss’ in Sharon.

Her husband, Joseph Bakondy, whom she married in September of 1941, passed away in December of 1991.

Alberta leaves a daughter, Vonda (Thomas) Temelkoff of North Canton; two brothers, Frank E. (Joyce) Hall of Howland and Delbert G. Hall of Salt Lake City; four grandchildren, Linda (Mark) Schuller, Thomas C. (Karen) Temelkoff, Timothy B. (Stephanie) Temelkoff and Todd A. (Paula) Temelkoff; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Weider and Vanita Lempka and a brother, Oval Hall.

Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the funeral home.

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




Rosalind Berardino, 86

YOUNGSTOWN – Rosalind Berardino, 86, passed away Sunday afternoon, Nov. 25.

Rosalind was born Sept. 3, 1921 in Niles, the daughter of Nicolas and Elizabeth Carano.

She was a teacher with the Youngstown City School System for 20 years. After retirement, she worked as a docent for ten years at The Butler Institute of American Art and loved to travel. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

She will always be remembered by her daughter, Felicia (Bryan) Ciminero-Parlos, with whom she made her home; a son, Gary (Anita) Ciminero of Rhode Island; two grandchildren, Sabina (Ellis) Eckland and Steve (Allison McCall) Ciminero; three great-grandchildren, Blake, Cate, and Liz; and a sister, Carrie Falcione.

Besides her first husband, Felix Ciminero, she was preceded in death by her second husband, Elliott Berardino, and two sisters, Marie Mascioli and Gloria Carroll.

There are no calling hours or services per Rosalind’s request.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Rossi Bros. Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

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Edward J. Blott Jr., 77

GIRARD – Edward J. Blott Jr., 77, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, at Hospice House.

He was born April 24, 1930 in Youngstown to the late Edward J. and Alice Bird Blott Sr.

Mr. Blott served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. He then went on to receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan. He was employed with General Electric and Cilco Corporation in California, retiring in 1990.

He is survived by his son, Richard (Pamela) Blott of Dearborn, Mich.; a daughter, Sharon C. Johnson of Atlanta; a sister, Martha Blott of Girard; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette T. Thompson Blott, whom he married July 5, 1952 and who died March 30, 2007.

Material contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Private services were held Wednesday at the Blackstone Funeral Home.


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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Joan H. Economos, 92

WARREN – Joan H. Economos, 92, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Autumn Hills Care Center in Niles.

She was born May 6, 1915 in Warren, the daughter of George and Demetra (Copetas) Asimakopoulos, and had lived in Warren since 1938, moving from Youngstown.

Mrs. Economos and her late husband, Harry, were owners of the Saratoga Restaurant in downtown Warren, now in its fourth generation of family ownership. She was the face of the Saratoga Restaurant, manning the cash register for more than 50 years.

She was a graduate of South High School in Youngstown. She belonged to St. Demetrios Hellenic Orthodox Church, the Daughters of Penelope, the Morning Light Chapter No. 80 Order of the Eastern Star, and the Warren No. 77 Social Order of Beauceant.

Surviving are her son, D. James Economos of Warren; her daughter, Demetra (Norman) Black of Stamford, Conn.; six grandchildren, Dorian Miller, Chrisi, Jennifer, and Eric (Angela) Economos, and Max and Nicholas Black; three great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Andrew Miller, and Evan Economos; and a brother, Elia G. (Lynn) Asimakopoulos.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Harry D. Economos, whom she married Jan. 23, 1938 and who died Aug. 18, 1990.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at St. Demetrios Hellenic Orthodox Church, with Fr. Stelios Menis officiating.

Interment will follow at Crown Hill Burial Park.

Friends may call from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home, with a Trisaghion Memorial Service at 7:30 p.m.

Material contributions may be made to any of the following: St. Demetrios Hellenic Orthodox Church Building Fund, 429 High St. N.E., Warren, OH 44481; Trumbull County Mobile Meals, 323 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44481; or to the donor’s favorite charity.

Arrangements are entrusted to the McFarland & Son Funeral Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481.

Please visit www.mcfarlandfuneral.com to send condolences.

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Mary Alice “Mae-Mae” Harris, 72

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Union Baptist Church for Mary Alice “Mae-Mae” Harris, 72.

At 2 p.m. Nov. 26, “our” world lost a precious gift, Mary Alice “Mae-Mae” Harris. The daughter and eighth child out of fourteen children from Nelly and Avery Wilson, Mary passed away a few days before her 73rd birthday.

Mary graduated from Chaney High School in 1954, where she was reportedly at the top of her class academically. Mae-Mae went on to work for the Woolworth Dept. Store in downtown Youngstown, where she developed her culinary skills, which she used the rest of her life for the pleasure of others. One thing she was known for was her ability to cook; for she didn’t necessarily enjoy the act of cooking, but she reveled in the joy people got from her meals. Later, Mae-Mae earned the title of “Insurance lady” from her hard and compassionate work as an insurance agent for the Supreme Life Insurance Company.

Mary is survived by her sisters, Edith Driscall, Doris Wilson, and Barbara Taylor; her brothers, Paul and Larry Wilson; her second husband, David C. Harris of Maryland; three children, Clyde Bert Williams, Mary Alice Dotie, and Angela Anjelique Harris; eight grandchildren, Michael De Wayne Hills Jr., Julian D’Vaughn Hills, Eillan James Jennings, Aleece DeShaunae Dotie, Alliyah JaMeese Williams, Mariam DeShaun Dotie, and Kavon and Kavel Birchfield; three great-grandchildren, Stephon, Zaire, and Zamari Hills; her goddaughter, Silvia Randolph; and her extended family and friends.

Taking her passion for education with them, her children earned bachelors, masters, and associates degrees, various academic scholarships, certificates, and awards.

Besides joining her mother and father in Heaven, Mary joins her sisters, Lauranell Johnson Frazier, Mildred Geraldine Wilson, Maude Cam Wilson, and Carolyn Rose (Chibby) Ballard; her brothers, John Henry Johnson, Fredrick Wilson, Avery Lancaster Wilson Jr., and James Leroy Wilson; her first husband, Clyde Bert Williams Sr.; and her best friend, Florence Johnson, who passed away Nov. 21, 2007.

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

Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.

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Joseph Johnson, 80

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Joseph Johnson, 80, who departed this life Friday, Nov. 23, at Beeghly Emergency room.

Mr. Johnson was born June 22, 1927 in East St. Louis, Ill., a son of Will and Ollie Lydell Johnson.

He worked for the City Asphalt & Paving Company for 30 years and was the owner and operator of Johnson’s Paving, retiring in 1990. He also was the proprietor of the Paris Inn in Campbell for 30 years. He enjoyed cooking, sports, and watching television. He especially loved and enjoyed being with his grandchildren.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory, his beloved wife of 48 years, the former Catherine Beedles, whom he married July 3, 1959; his children, Thomas Neal of Austintown, Michael Cobb and Lynn Johnson, both of Chicago, Earl C. Johnson of Youngstown, and Kevin S. Johnson of Columbus; seven grandchildren, Nelton Neal, Kimberly Neal, Jawawn Traylor, Jamail Johnson, Bruce Alexander, Seraeah Johnson and Tresean Johnson; three sisters, Artie McWheter and Delano Johnson of St. Louis, Ill., and Willa Mae Slaughter of Chicago; his mother-in-law, Aszlina Beedles, of whom he was very fond; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family, and friends.

Friends may call Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Anderson “Andy” S. McGee

NORTH JACKSON – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. James Church for Anderson “Andy” S. McGee, who passed away Tuesday evening at Briarfield at the Ridge.

Andy was born Feb. 25, 1939 in Timmonsville, S.C., a son of the late Woodrow Wilson McGee and Ruby Lee (Anderson) McGee.

He was an electrician for General Motors for 19 years. For the past 30 years he was the owner of AM Door and Supply Co. in North Jackson and enjoyed building many commercial buildings.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in North Jackson, a member of the former Meander Masonic Lodge in North Jackson, and enjoyed golfing, flying, and shooting pool.

Andy was a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of the Mahoning Valley Home Builders Association and a Spike member of the National Home Builders Association.

He is survived by his wife, the former Loretta Sklepko; two sons, Anderson John (Roberta) McGee of Niles and Bart (Sherry) McGee of North Jackson; three sisters, Edith (John) Orlando of Liberty, Jeanette McGee of Margate, Fla., and Dianne (Bill) Maluvac of Porter; six brothers, Woodrow W. (Sue) McGee of LaPorte, Ind., James (Kelly) McGee of Bellbrook, Michael (Cecilia) McGee of Australia, Dr. Gerald (Julie) McGee of Muncie, Ind., Mark (Amy) McGee of Florence, Ky., and Richard (Judy) of Westville, Ind.; and four grandchildren, Anderson John Jr., Shannon, Bart Jr., and Brittany.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to services.

This obituary may be viewed at www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.


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Gladys Penny, 77

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be home going services Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Gladys Penny, 77, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Gladys, affectionately known as “Ma,” was born Oct. 29, 1930 in Hahira, Ga., a daughter of the late Sylvester and Essie Mae Miller Register.

She was a graduate of Hahira High School and attended Fort Valley State College in Fort Valley, Ga. She married Vernon Penny Sr. Nov. 17, 1949 and they relocated to Youngstown.

Gladys worked many years at Foy’s BBQ Restaurant and Catherine’s Dress Shop. She was a longtime member of the Greater Friendship Baptist Church, where she sang in its Marion Choir.

She was a loving, kind, and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Gladys enjoyed baking and cooking for her family. She was well-known for her famous “Cream Cake.”

Gladys leaves to forever hold dear her memories, her former husband, Vernon Penny Sr.; five sons, Vernon Penny Jr. and Charles Penny Sr., both of Youngstown, Rev. Calvin (Linda) Penny of Pittsburgh, Ory Lynn (Vivian) Penny Sr. of Akron and Ronald (Donna) Penny of Conyers, Ga.; two daughters, Sherrie (Bernard) Brown of Austintown and Jacqueline Penny-Lynn of Youngstown; two sisters, Flora Eady of Hahira and Verma Lee Walker of Flint, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Arnie and Barnie Register.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Lorraine A. Starr, 50

AUSTINTOWN – There will be funeral services Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel and at 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown, for Lorraine A. Starr, 50, who died Monday evening at the Cleveland Clinic, awaiting a lung transplant.

She was born Dec. 18, 1956 in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Theresa Nitupski Ragan.

Lorraine graduated from Chaney High School and had worked at the Playtex Products Factory in Streetsboro as a line worker. While her children were growing up, Lorraine was very active in the Immaculate Heart of Mary PTA, the Austintown Fitch High School PTA, and also with the Lake to River Girl Scouts as a scout leader. She was a cheerleader advisor for the Austintown Colts and a Fitch Falcon football mom. She was also very active in the church. She was an avid bowler at Kay Lanes and Wedgewood Lanes. She volunteered in the U.S. Marine Corps Key volunteer organization.

She leaves her husband, John E. Starr, whom she married Nov. 1, 1975; her mother, Theresa Ragan of Youngstown; three daughters, Kristen Connelly, Catherine Starr and her fiancé, Frank Donadee and Julie Starr, all of Austintown; a son, Jeffery and his wife, Tia Starr of High Point, N.C.; a brother, Michael Ragan of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Aidan and Noah Connelly, Isabella Donadee and Avery Shaffer; and countless friends and family who loved and supported her till the end.

Her father, John Ragan, preceded her in death.

Friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of contributions in her memory to the Lorraine A. Starr IPF Fund Inc., Account 22969497, c/o of Farmers National Bank.

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


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Sylvia Louise Susa, 81

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Kubina-Yuhasz Funeral Home, Boardman Chapel, 5925 Market St., and a Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, for Sylvia Louise Susa, 81, who died Wednesday morning at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Sylvia was born July 8, 1926 in Uniontown, Pa., a daughter of Andrew and Emilia Lech Czekanski, and came to the area in 1956.

She was a member of the church.

Sylvia is survived by her husband, William Susa, whom she married Feb. 12, 1949; three sons, Gerard W. Susa and William Susa, both of Youngstown, and Jeffrey L. (Barbara) Susa of Austintown; and four sisters, Velma Ramps of Boardman, Frances Johns of Fairchance, P., Emilia (Mickey) Patrick of Youngstown, and Maryann McIntyre of Proctorville.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Ernest, Steve, and Andrew Czekanski; a sister, Sophia Sidor; and a son, William Robert Susa..

Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Internment will be at Calvary Cemetery.


Steven Swartwood, 40

MERCER, PA. – Steven Swartwood, 40, passed away Oct. 28, quietly at his home surrounded by family and friends.

Steven was born July 4, 1967 in Erie, Pa.

He moved to Youngstown in 1998 and soon pursued his passion for photography by attending Youngstown State University to obtain a bachelor of fine arts degree. He graduated with honors and was consistently on the Dean’s List. He was the recipient of the 2003 to 2004 Joseph Salvatore Award, which is presented to an outstanding studio art senior. His art has been exhibited throughout Ohio.

Steven was most proud of his work with Youngstown State University’s SMARTS (Students Motivated by the Arts) Program where he was the programming assistant and taught photography classes to K-12 and at-risk/at-promise youth. He always had a camera close by and his work can be seen throughout the SMARTS Center, including a permanent exhibit of photographs from his work with the SMARTS Kid’s Club Opera Company in the SMARTS Gallery.

There will be a memorial service at the SMARTS Center at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Y.S.U. SMARTS, 258 Federal Plaza West, Youngstown, OH 44503.




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