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Tributes 2007-12-01

Donna M. Burkey, 49

NORTH LIMA – Donna M. Burkey, 49, of Woodworth Road, died Friday morning at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Mrs. Burkey was born Jan. 18, 1958 in Youngstown, a daughter of George H. Sr. and Gloria Mae Adams Christie, and was a life long area resident.

She was a 1976 graduate of Poland Seminary High School. She worked as a laborer for most of her life and was a Presbyterian by faith.

Her husband, Bobby Lee Burkey died July 4, 1990.

She is survived by one daughter, Donna (David) McCreary of North Lima; one son, Bobby Lee Burkey IV of North Lima; two sisters, Gloria Jean McDowell of North Lima and Georgia Ann (Charles) McCoy of Homeworth; one brother, George H. Chrisite Jr. of Campbell; two grandchildren, David and William McCreary; two nieces, Renee Woods and Allison Christie; four nephews, David Woods, Edward McCoy Jr., David McCoy, and George E. McDowell II.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one niece, Gloria Jean McDowell; one sister, Dolly M. Woods; and her first husband, John H. Marino Sr.

Family and friends will be received Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, where funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m.

Interment will follow at Lowellville Cemetery.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.



Joe W. Dodson, 71

BOARDMAN – There will be services at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Covenant Church for Joe W. Dodson, 71, who died Friday morning at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mr. Dodson was born May 13, 1936 in Struthers, a son of Wirth E. and Winifred M. Moore Dodson.

Joe was a graduate of Struthers High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne Division.

He worked at the Republic Steel Corp. as a welder and then retired in 1999 from General Motors in Lordstown, where he worked in the paint department.

Mr. Dodson was an active member of the First Covenant Church where he had served on the Diaconate. He was also a former member of St. Albans Lodge No. 677 F.&A.M.

Joe leaves his wife of 30 years, the former Eileen Young, whom he married April 16, 1977; his daughters, Dawn (Mick) Ferguson of Austintown and Roberta “Bobbi” Treharne of Boardman; sons, Richard S. of Alexandria, Va. and Brian (Jennifer) of Naperville, Ill.; and six grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church.


Thelma J. Freeburg, 77

NORTH LIMA – Thelma J. Freeburg, 77, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at her home, following a three month illness.

Thelma was born July 20, 1930 in Grove City, Pa., the daughter of Merle and Ethel (Shaffer) Rogers.

She resided in Farrell, Pa. during her school years and then moved to Woodworth in 1949. She was a homemaker and a member of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Youngstown. In previous years, she was a member of the Boardman band boosters.

Thelma enjoyed the Atlanta Braves, her pets and crocheting.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer L. Freeburg, on Dec. 13, 2004, whom she married July 20, 1949.

Thelma is survived by two daughters, Cathie (Al) Noble and Debbie Rolston, both of Boardman; two sons, Gary Freeburg of San Diego, Calif. and Richard Freeburg of Lake Placid, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Rogers.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima.

Visiting hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at North Lima Cemetery.

The family suggests that material tributes be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

Friends may visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary and send condolences.


Mary Kathryn (Confer) Mallow, 84

CAMPBELL – Mary Kathryn (Confer) Mallow, 84, of Campbell, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 in Hospice House.

Mrs. Mallow was born Jan. 9, 1923 in Brookville, Pa.

She lived in the Youngstown area since the 1950's and was a homemaker. Mrs. Mallow loved to collect dolls and cookbooks.

Her husband, Don Mallow, whom she married Aug. 4, 1948, died Sept. 30, 1974.

Mrs. Mallow leaves four sons, Edward Confer of Chester, W.Va., Robert (Diane) Mallow of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, William (Linda) Mallow of Homeworth, Ohio, and Craig (Cathy) Mallow of Lincoln, Neb.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers.

Private funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday. Interment will follow in Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Mallow’s name to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514 or to the AIDS Foundation, c/o Ursuline Mother House, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Ann J. Milligan, 86

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN - Ann J. Milligan, 86, of the city’s west side, passed away early Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2007 at Hospice House in Poland Township.

Ann was born March 9, 1921 in Fayette County, Pa., a daughter of the late George and Anna Zafcin Dolovacky, and came to the area in 1940.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Brendan Church, where she belonged to the Altar & Rosary Society.

Ann leaves three children, Paul (Cathleen) Milligan of Liberty Township, Thomas (Kathleen) Milligan of Boardman, and Patricia (Rick) Slater of Youngstown; six grandchildren, Sarah, Jeffrey, Michelle and Heather Milligan, and Rebekah and Harrison Slater; three brothers, Martin Dolovacky of Uniontown, Pa., George Dolovacky of Willoughby, and John Dolovacky of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a sister, Mary Barlow of Ambridge, Pa.

She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her husband, LeRoy P. Milligan, whom she married on Aug. 10, 1946, passed away April 29, 2003. Two brothers, Andrew and Joseph Dolovacky, and a sister, Helen Rude, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where the Altar & Rosary Society will hold a prayer service at 4:45 p.m.

Funeral services will begin on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan Church.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

Please visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences on-line.

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Konstantyn Ostapiak, 85

YOUNGSTOWN – Konstantyn Ostapiak, 85, passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2007, at Camelot Arms Care Center.

Konstantyn was born June 20, 1922 in Ukraine, a son of the late Theodore and Anna Ostapiak.

He worked at LTV Steel and was a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Mr. Ostapiak leaves his daughter-in-law, Judy Schumaker of Austintown; a grandson, Christopher Schumaker; and a great-granddaughter, Anastaczia Schumaker.

His wife, Pauline Kawka Schumaker Ostapiak, and a son, Duane Schumaker, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, and continue at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Please visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com to view his obituary and send condolences on-line.


Helen M. Pervetich

STRUTHERS – There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Kirila Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church for Helen M. Pervetich, who died Thursday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She was born March 8, 1929 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late John and Anna (Zifchak) Garchar.

She was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and was a homemaker. She was very devoted to her family.

Helen was a member of the church and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of the Homemakers Bowling League at the Holiday Bowl. She enjoyed playing bingo, watching the Cleveland Indians, and going to Mountaineer race track.

She is survived by her husband, Antun (Tony) Pervetich, whom she married May 6, 1950; four sons, Michael and Andrew Pervetich, both of North Ft. Myers, Fla., Anthony (Pat) Pervetich of Struthers, and James (Nancy) Pervetich of Petersburg; two daughters, Patricia (William) Hall of Struthers and Mary Lou (David) Sandy of Canton, Ga.; a brother, George Garchar of Struthers; two sisters, Annie Zolka of Boardman and Mary Agnes Duchek of Poland; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Andrew, Stephen, Joseph, and Paul Garchar; and a sister, Elizabeth Dicsko.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at St. John Cemetery.

Please visit www.kirilafh.com to view this obituary and send condolences to the family.

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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 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard, where there will be prayers at 10:30 a.m. today.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial today 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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Virginia M. Sorbes, 87

HUBBARD – Virginia M. Sorbes, 87, died Thursday evening, Nov. 29, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She was born Feb. 20, 1920 in Youngstown, a daughter of Charles J. and Mary Ann Costello Simler, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Sorbes was a homemaker and a member of St. Patrick Church in Hubbard and of the Harmony Club for 68 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Her husband, John Sorbes Jr., whom she married July 7, 1948, died April 4, 1992.

She leaves two sons, Fred (Carol) Arnaut and Jack Sorbes, both of Hubbard; two daughters, Gayle Bonaquist and Shirley (Jerry) Ifft, both of Hubbard; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Rita Johnson of Cleveland and Betty McGarry of Youngstown.

Besides her husband, her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home and at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick Church.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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


Thomas R. Strimbu, 55

HUBBARD – Thomas R. Strimbu, 55, of 7085 Stewart-Sharon Road, died at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at home following an extended illness.

Mr. Strimbu was born Oct. 16, 1952 in Dover, a son of Thomas and Louise M. (Williams) Strimbu.

In 1968, Tom attended the Staunton Military Academy in Virginia. He went on to graduate in 1970 from Brookfield High School. Tom then furthered his education by attending classes at Youngstown State and Kent State Universities.

He retired in 1996 from Nick Strimbu, Inc. in Brookfield after more than 40 years holding various positions within the company.

Tom was certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and he obtained his pilot’s license.

Survivors include his mother, Louise of Hubbard; his loving wife, Peggy Ann (Sabulski) Strimbu, whom he married on his birthday in 1982; a very loving and proud father to his children, Maria C. Strimbu and Thomas J. “Tucker” Strimbu, both of Columbus; his siblings, James N. (Czarina) Strimbu of Bonita Springs, Fla. and Susan (Edward) Bee of Hubbard; nieces and nephews; and his godchildren, Kimberly Ercole, Jennifer Resch, Cevan Wellman, and Daniel L. Strimbu II.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1994; by his brother, Daniel in 2006; and by his grandparents, Nick and Eva Strimbu, and Ansell and Lydia Williams.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Madasz Funeral Chapel in Brookfield, with a Celebration of Life service to be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hubbard, with Rev. Timothy O’Neill as pastor.

Entombment will be at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.

As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley.

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


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Shari Thake, 46

BOARDMAN – There will be services Monday at 1 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, for Shari Thake, 46, who died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Michigan University Hospital in Ann Arbor.

She was born Oct. 15, 1961 in Cincinnati, a daughter of Betty and the late Henry Thake, and moved to Boardman in 1966.

She graduated from Boardman High School in 1980 and attended Youngstown State University earning B.A. degrees in business and accounting.

She leaves her brothers, Timothy T. Thake of Lowellville and Michael Thake of Phoenix; a sister, Kathy (Frank) Perrotta of Struthers; 13 nephews and nieces; and four great-nephews and great-nieces.

She was a homemaker for the loves of her life, fiance, David Long and their three award winning German Shepherds.

Because of her illness, she was involved with the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and was a guest speaker at the PHA conference in Miami with her doctor. She was a very active member in Youngstown All Breeds Training Club and earned several awards for her German Shepherds. Her many hobbies included crafts, cross stitching, and was a master ACC.

Family and friends may call Sunday, Dec. 2, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests material tributes take the form of donations to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association or the Youngstown All Breeds Training Club.


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Ernest J. “Ernie” Williams, 84

BOARDMAN – There will be a funeral service held on Monday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Joseph Thomas officiating, at The Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, Boardman for Ernest J. “Ernie” Williams, 84, who passed away on Nov. 28 in Houston where he spent the winters.

Ernie will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends.

He was born Dec. 9, 1922 in Youngstown the son of David and Elizabeth (Haley) Williams.

Ernie was employed for Golden Age Bottling for 35 years as a mechanic where he retired from in 1973.

Ernie enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing Bingo with his friends especially Jim who he also was a mall walker with.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII where he was stationed in Germany and received the EAME Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal for his service to his country.

He married the former Katherine Dunker who passed away in 1985.

He leaves to cherish his memory his five children, Patricia (Jack) Connelly of Houston, Donald (Ursula) Williams of Youngstown, Judith (Augie) Catalano of Boardman, Robert (Mary) Williams of Youngstown and Shirley (Michael) Bukovinsky of Youngstown, with whom he made his home; eight grandchildren, Lisa Timar, Tina (Patrick) Lehman, Brian (Dr. Kara) Connelly, Angela Catalano, Anthony Catalano, Mark Catalano, Shaun Connelly, and Kimberly (Joel) Losco; and a great-granddaughter, Olivia Lehman.

Besides his parents and wife Ernie was preceded in death by his three brothers Thomas, Fred, and Arthur Williams and a sister Sarah Clark.

Friends may call on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 4 until 7 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 until 11 a.m. at The Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

Burial will take place at Lake Park cemetery with military honors provided by The Trumbull County American Legion Post.

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Alex Yakimoff Sr., 82

YOUNGSTOWN – Alex “Barney” Yakimoff Sr., 82, of the city’s west side, passed away early Thursday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Alex was born on March 1, 1925 in Youngstown, a son of the late George and Josephine Potter Yakimoff, and was a lifelong area resident.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII with the 249th Army Engineers Corps, and had worked for 38 years at Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Briar Hill Works, retiring in 1980 as a crane operator. He was also a vendor for 18 years at the Four Seasons Flea & Farm Market on McCartney Road.

Barney was a member of St. Brendan Church, bowled in the St. Brendan Bowling League, and played golf in the Sheet & Tube Golf League.

Mr. Yakimoff leaves his beloved wife of 57 years, Consuela “Connie” Mortaro Yakimoff, whom he married July 29, 1950; four sons, Alex Yakimoff Jr. of Youngstown, George Yakimoff of Youngstown, Michael Yakimoff of Youngstown, and David Yakimoff of Boardman; a daughter, Regina Yakimoff at home; two sisters, Viola Puskas of Youngstown and Agnes (Martin) Kelbel of Youngstown; and many nieces and nephews.

A brother, Boris Yakimoff, is deceased.

Alex will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin on Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and continue at 1 p.m. at St. Brendan Church.

A committal service with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Please visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com this obituary and send condolences on-line.