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William “Bill” Thomas Carraway, 62

RANDOLPH – William “Bill” Thomas Carraway, 62, passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, Wade Park Campus.

He was born Oct. 18, 1945 in Farmville, N.C., a son of William and Thelma (Eastwood) Helmick.

Bill was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Carraway of Youngstown; life partner, Helen Houck of Randolph; mother, Thelma Helmick of South Hill, Va.; brothers, John (Rita) Carraway of Vinegrove, Ky., Carl Helmick of Norlina, N.C., and Sherman Helmick of Youngstown; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Carraway.

Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St. in Ravenna, where funeral services will be officiated by Pastor David Ballert at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Interment will follow with military honors at Hillside Cemetery in Randolph.

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Patricia Ann Dilworth, 69

EAST PALESTINE –There will be private funeral services at the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home for Patricia Ann Dilworth, 69, who went into eternal rest Thursday, Nov. 29, following a two month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Patricia was born March 14, 1938 in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of John and Mary Mazur Presnar.

She moved to the East Palestine area following her marriage to the love of her life, Patrick J. Dilworth, on Nov. 7, 1959 in Clarion, Pa.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Pattie Jo (Chris) Wilson of New Springfield; her grandchildren, Matt and Lindsey Timmins, and Patrick J. Dilworth III, all of New Springfield; and a sister, Mary Lou Gilliland of New Castle.

She was preceded in death by her son, Patrick J. “Darby” Dilworth Jr., who died Aug. 23, 1988, and a granddaughter, Trisha Marie Timmins, who died Oct. 15, 1986.

Patricia, lovingly known to her grandchildren as “Dass” enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, such as reading, watching her soaps, tending to her flowers, and taking care of her family. Therefore, at her request, she wishes her calling hours to be casual dress, just as she remembered everyone.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Glenview Cemetery.

The family has asked that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.


Howard F. McCurdy, 64

NORTH JACKSON – There will be services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel, for Howard F. McCurdy, 64, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, at his home.

Howard was born April 14, 1943 in Harrison Twp., Pa., the son of Archie Lester and Betty Jane (Harold) McCurdy.

He was a 1962 graduate of Har-Brack High School and was an Army veteran.

Howard worked for General Motors on the assembly line in Lordstown for 30 years, retiring in 1997.

His hobbies included working on cars.

Howard is survived by two children; Mark McCurdy, with whom he made his home, and Debbie (David) Wince of Canfield; five sisters and two brothers, Pat (Bill) Simms of Natrona Heights, Jean (Don) McClure of Sarver, Gayle (Gordon) Brenneman of Freeport, Carol (Reg) Tabacheck of Springdale, Jim (Pat) McCurdy of Freeport, Dave (Debbie) McCurdy of Brackenridge, and Betsy (Rick) Markovich of Saxonburg; and six grandchildren.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel.

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

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Myers “Jack” Meredith, 94

STRUTHERS – Mr. Myers “Jack” Meredith, 94, passed away at his daughter’s residence in Struthers on Nov. 25.

Mr. Meredith was born Feb. 8, 1913 in Meridian, Miss. to William and Ada Thames-Meredith, and moved to Struthers when he was very young.

He attended the Struthers School System and served during WWII. After his discharge, he married Willie Mae Pollard. He was employed at Youngstown Sheet and Tube and retired from there in 1975. He was a member of Covenant Lodge No. 59 and was very active until his health no longer allowed him to do so.

He leaves to mourn, his daughter, Mrs. Beverly (Raymond) Boyd; four granddaughters, Ms. Sabrina Kennedy, Ms. Latoya Walker, Ms. Anna Boyd, and Ms. Alicia Boyd; three grandsons, Mr. James M. Walker Jr., Mr. Raymond D. Boyd Jr., and Mr. Jordan Boyd; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Mrs. Willie Mae Meredith in 1991; and a brother, Mr. Kline Meredith.

Calling hours will be Monday, Dec. 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, 1951 McGuffey Road.

The Covenant Lodge No. 59 will have services at 10:30 a.m. followed by going home services for Mr. Meredith.


Mary L. Mershimer, 87

NEW MIDDLETOWN – Mary L. Mershimer, 87, of East Calla Road in New Middletown, Ohio, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007 at the Greenbriar.

Mrs. Mershimer was born Nov. 21, 1920 in Slippery Rock, Pa., a daughter of George and Mabel McConnell Hall.

A graduate of West Sunbury School, Mrs. Mershimer worked in the office of Electrolux for over 20 years. She was a member of the Poland United Methodist Church for over 50 years, where she served on many committees, and was a Sunday school teacher for 45 years.

Her husband, Wayne Mershimer, whom she married on Dec. 11, 1948, died March 20, 1966.

Mrs. Mershimer leaves her daughter, Valerie (John) Mohr of Tipp City, Ohio; a sister, Dorothy (Dr. Rodney) Thorpe of Dayton, Ohio; a brother, Jesse (Frieda) Hall of Charleston, W.Va.; three grandsons, Robert Mohr of Beltsville, Md., and Richard and Will Mohr, both at home; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Mershimer was preceded in death by four brothers, Harry, Roy, William, and Horace Hall; and her sister, Edith Mershimer.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Mershimer’s name to the Poland United Methodist Church, 1940 Boardman-Poland Rd., Poland, OH 44514.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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Maria Pagano Petrella, 101

GIRARD – Maria Pagano Petrella, 101, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Hospice House in Poland.

She was born May 29, 1906 in Roccalumera (Messina), Sicily, the daughter of the late Paolo and Nazerina (Chrisafulli) Trina, and moved to Girard in 1924.

She worked for Ohio Leather and U.S. Steel McDonald Works. She was a member of St. Rose Church, St. Rose Senior Citizens, the Mount Carmel Society, the Grandmothers Club and the Ohio Leather Works Old Timers.

Her first husband, Joseph Pagano, whom she married in Italy in 1924, passed away in 1934. Her second husband, Dominic Petrella, whom she married in 1946, passed away in 1952.

She is survived by four sons, Guy (Irene) Pagano, Sam (Dahlia) Pagano and Andrew (Millie) Petrella, all of Girard, and James (Delores) Petrella of Boardman; a daughter, Angela (Felix) Bevilacqua of Girard; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and her husbands, she was preceded in death by an infant son; three brothers, Anthony, John and Sam Trina; a sister, Carmella Trina; and a grandson, James Petrella.

Calling hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard, where there will be prayers at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Church.

Interment will be at Girard City Cemetery.

Donations may be made in her name to St. Rose Renovation Fund or Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

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Dominic Ruggiero Sr., 79

AUSTINTOWN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Cyril and Methodius Church for Dominic Ruggiero Sr., 79, who died Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Dominic was born Oct. 8, 1928 in Braddock, Pa., the son of Frank and Mary Grainy Ruggiero, and moved to this area as a child.

He worked as a craneman for Youngstown Sheet and Tube, retiring in 1977. Upon his retirement, he worked as a delivery man for Crishals Florist. Dominic was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He enjoyed roller skating, going to Mountaineer and golf, having made a hole in one at Tanglewood Golf Course’s No. 2 green.

Dominic cherished and enjoyed spending time with his five granddaughters, Jamie, Kristin and Lauren Pettola of Canfield, Ashley Ruggiero of Columbus, and Dominique Ruggiero of Poland.

He is survived by his daughter, Janice (Mike) Pettola of Canfield; his sons, Dominic of Poland and Bobby (Terri) Ruggiero of Columbiana; sisters, Christine Kelly, Antomella DoCampo, and Janet Banko; and brothers, Frank, Auggie, and Ralph Ruggiero.

Dominic was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sophia (Kukla), whom he married April 18, 1953 and who died May 18, 1996; a brother, John; and a sister, Philomena Ferraro.

Family and friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 9:30 at the Schiavone Funeral Home.


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Rev. Johnnie Thompson, 68

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – The Rev. Johnnie Thompson, 68, died Wednesday, Nov. 28.

He retired in October of 2005 from General Motors after 23 years as a tool and die maker and was assistant Pastor at the New Beginnings Church in Youngstown.

He leaves to mourn his wife, Rena Gibbons Thompson of Liberty Twp.; a son, Kenneth Maurice Thompson of Snellville, Ga.; four brothers; and a sister.

There will be funeral services at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Sander Creek Baptist Church in Camden, S.C.

Local arrangements are being handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home in Youngstown.

Visit SMWfuneralhomes.com to view this obituary.

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Betty Zoppelt

AUSTINTOWN – Private services were held Thursday for Betty Zoppelt, who passed away Nov. 20, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

She was born in Youngstown, a daughter of Rudy and Minnie Capots Zoppelt.

Betty attended Austintown Fitch High School. She worked for B & C Cleaning as a supervisor for 28 years. She enjoyed cooking and especially spending time with her family.

She leaves a sister, Barbara (Chuck) Elsbury of Youngstown; four brothers, Ronald Zoppelt of Austintown, Ralph (Ruth) Zoppelt of North Jackson, Robert Zoppelt of Austintown and Rudy Zoppelt of Ellsworth; and several nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangement were handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.





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