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Rosalind Berardino, 86

YOUNGSTOWN – The family regretfully informs all her dearly beloved relatives, friends, and former colleagues that because of circumstances beyond their control, the memorial service originally planned for Rosalind Berardino at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Church of Jesus Christ has been canceled.

Rosalind passed away last Sunday afternoon, Nov. 25. She 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 10 years at the Butler Institute of American Art. She loved to travel and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

Rosalind will always be remembered by her son, Gary (Anita) Ciminero of Warwick, R.I., her daughter, Felicia (Bryan) Ciminero-Parlos of Youngstown; her two grandchildren, Steven (Allison McCall) Ciminero and their twin daughters of Wayne, Pa. and Sabina (Ellis) Ciminero-Eckland of Chicago; and a sister, Carrie Falcione of Niles.

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

All are encouraged to honor her memory and pray for her at their respective churches.

To honor her memory, all may also wish to make a contribution to the Missionary Fund of The Church of Jesus Christ, c/o Pastor Henry Cardillo, 2329 Hunters Ridge, Boardman, OH 44512.


Chloe E. Channel, 80

POLAND – Chloe E. Channel, 80, of 456 Laird Ave., passed away Friday, Nov. 30, at Whispering Pines of Columbiana.

Chloe was born April 21, 1927 in Akron, the daughter of Rev. Lathron and Etta E. Fulk Higelmire, and was a lifelong area resident.

She retired in 1991 from the accounting department of America Paper Products in North Lima. Ms. Channel was previously employed at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Youngstown.

Chloe was a member of the Boardman Christian Church and also attended the Greenford Christian Church for many years.

Ms. Channel was a 1946 graduate of Alliance High School. She enjoyed motorcycling and traveled with the Retread Motorcycle Club for more than 30 years, with her pet Doberman in her sidecar.

Ms. Channel is survived by three daughters, Laretta (Louis) Luggie of Columbiana; Cynthia Guest of Palm Bay, Fla., and Celeste (Kevin) Hyland of Youngstown; a sister, Marie Huston of Hot Springs, Ark.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Chloe was preceded in death by a brother, L.H. Higelmire Jr.

There will be no public services or calling hours. The family will have a private service at a later date.

The family suggests that material contributions be made to MVI Hospice Care, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.

Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary and send condolences.


Tommy L. Childs, 71

YOUNGSTOWN – Tommy L. Childs, 71, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Childs was born June 5, 1936 in West Virginia, a son of Joseph and Mabel S. Brown Childs.

He was a truck driver.

Mr. Childs leaves to mourn his loss three sons, Tommy Shipman of Charleston, W.Va., James Childs of Charlotte, N.C., and Mario Shipman of Youngstown; six daughters, Delana Shipman and Tamika (Parnell) Harrison, both of Youngstown, Lisa, Theresa, and Renee Childs, all of Charleston, and Nicole Shipman of Cocoa, Fla.; a sister, Ann Brooks of Charleston; a special niece, Olivia Jennings of Youngstown; 16 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and two best friends who were like brothers, Phillip Johnson of Sutton, W.Va. and James Talley of Youngstown.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joseph Jr. and James Edward Childs.

There will be calling hours only from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home.

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Joseph W. “Pappy” Craft Sr., 78

HUBBARD – There will be funeral services at 6:30 p.m. Monday evening, Dec. 3, at the Rossi Brothers Funeral Home, 4442 South Avenue in Boardman for Joseph Craft Sr., 78, who passed away Friday afternoon, Nov. 30.

Joseph was born May 16, 1929 in Punxsutawney, Pa., the son of Doyle and Ethel (Modern) Craft.

He was a tow motor operator for Aluminum Color Industries and an avid fisherman who enjoyed camping. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles on South Avenue.

Joseph will always be remembered by his wife, Susannah (Beatty) Craft, whom he married Dec. 31, 1951; his three children, Joseph W. Jr. (Sue) Craft, Cathryn Craft, and Caren (Fred) Craft; eight grandchildren, William (Suzanne) Craft, John (Angela) Lattyak, Carrie Lattyak-Johnston, Teddy Grzejka, Lexa Sue Craft, Paul Craft, Joseph W. III (Danielle) Craft, and Crystal Craft; 11 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Joann Craft; two sisters, Marian (Melvin) Whitfield and Alice “Ann” Hawk; a brother, Terry “Ted” (Betty) Craft and many dear friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Susannah and Terri Jo Craft; a son, Paul Eugene Craft; and 15 brothers and sisters.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. until time of services Monday evening at the funeral home.

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Rose Marie Donnadio, 77

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Youngstown, with Rev. Charles Poore officiating preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service at The Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home for Rose Marie Donnadio, 77, who unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack on Friday, Nov. 30, with her family by her side.

Rose will always live on in the hearts of all that knew her.

She was born May 29, 1930 in Youngstown, the daughter of Steve and Mary Delorenzo Torisk, and was a life-long area resident.

Rose was employed at Marty Ditz Jewelers and then at Islay’s on Himrod Ave., where she meet her true love and then was a homemaker.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a 1949 graduate of The Rayen High School and was the class organizer for their reunion committee. Rose was an excellent baker especially around the holidays and everyone will miss her famous cookies and kolachie. She was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Indians.

Her husband, Louis H. Donnadio, whom she married Sept. 20, 1952, died Sept. 24, 1999.

She leaves to cherish her memories her son, Bill (Dorothy) Donnadio of Youngstown; a brother, William (Judi) Torisk of Poland; and a sister, Wilma (Robert) Diana of Youngstown.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Louis A. Donnadio; a daughter, Deborah Donnadio; and a brother, Steve Torisk.

Friends may call on Monday, Dec. 3, from 4 until 7 p.m. at The Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

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Leo C. Eckenrode, 87

WARREN – Leo C. Eckenrode, 87, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Briarfield at Ashley Circle in Austintown after a courageous battle from a long illness.

Born Sept. 16, 1920 in Warren, he was the son of the late W.F. and Catherine (Geiger) Eckenrode.

A lifetime area resident, Leo was known for his smile that would light up a room and warm “your” heart.

Leo served with the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He retired in 1986 from the Warren Water Department, where he was manager and auditor for more than 15 years. Leo was also a certified public accountant.

He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and of the ELKS. Leo enjoyed bowling, golfing, and baseball, and was an avid Cleveland Indians fan. He also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, reading and traveling. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church.

Leo was preceded in death by his wife, Vahn (Walker) Eckenrode, whom he married Aug. 20, 1945. Together they shared 60 years of marriage and four children.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Donna (Larry) Bates of Kinsman and Mrs. Paula (Gerard) Harris of Kent; two sons, Mr. James (Linda) Eckenrode of Mesa, Ariz. and Mr. Mark Eckenrode of Oxnard, Calif.; six grandchildren, Heather (Carl) Uthe, Christopher Young, Nick, Adam, and Grant Harris, and Jeff Eckenrode; three great-grandchildren, Cory, Jon and Susan Young; and a sister, Mary Fowler of Warren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances, and five brothers, Paul, William, George, John, and Joseph.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Roberts-Clark Funeral Chapel.

The Rev. Charles W. Crumbley will conduct a funeral Mass Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. James Church.

Burial will be held at the All Souls Cemetery, where full military honors will be observed.

“Words cannot express the our love and gratitude to everyone at Briarfield-Ashley Circle, The Ridge, The Inn at Christine Valley, and Hospice of the Valley for their caring compassion towards our Father and our family. Through illness, they became our extended family and friends. For that we will be forever grateful.”

In lieu of flowers, please send material contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Markets St., Youngstown, OH 44512

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

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Peter Homyak, 92

CAMPBELL – Private services were held Friday morning for Peter Homyak, 92, formerly of Struthers, who passed away Sunday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center, with his loving wife by his side.

Mr. Homyak was born June 12, 1915 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, a son of Elko and Paraska Pohna Homyak.

A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Homyak retired as a Craneman at Youngstown Foundry. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and its Infant Jesus of Prague Guild and the Russian Brotherhood.

He is survived by his wife, the former, Marie O’Bruba, whom he married Dec. 13, 1943; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert Homyak; three brothers, John, Joe and Steve Homyak; and four sisters, Anna Evaniuk, Theresa Conners, Anastasia Gallick and Tillie Slee.

There were no calling hours.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Wasko Funeral Home.


Genevieve M. Javorsky, 75

LOWELLVILLE – There will be funeral services Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church for Genevieve M. Javorsky, 75, who died Thursday evening at her residence.

She was born March 6, 1932 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Igancy and Anna (Sykala) Shura.

Genevieve was a graduate of North High School and a homemaker. She was a member of the church and its Infant Jesus of Prague Guild, a pirohy worker and an officer in the F.C.S.L. Branch 156.

She is survived by her husband, Bohumir Javorsky, whom she married Sept. 13, 1952; a son, Edward Javorsky of Siloam Springs, Ark.; two daughters, Susan (Greg) Pognacik of Siloam Springs, Ark., and Sandra (Tim) King of Wake Forest, N.C.; three brothers, Charles, Chester and Robert Shura; and a sister, Pauline Len; and five grandchildren, Jonathan and Joseph Javorsky, Justin Pognacik and Kathy and Mathew King.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ted, Anthony and infant Frank Shura; and two sisters, Helen and Mary Shura.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at St. John Cemetery.

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

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Gilbert Martin, 89

BOARDMAN – There will be no services or calling hours for Gilbert Martin, 89, who died early Thursday morning at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mr. Martin was born March 31, 1918 in Keyser, W.Va., a son of the late William and Hazel Codner Martin.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and had been a welder at Truscon Steel for 30 years. He was a member of the Mahoning United Methodist Church.

His first wife, the former Theresa Austrino, died in 1976.

Mr. Martin leaves his second wife, the former Dolores Slifka, whom he married March 1, 1980; two daughters, Joann (Jack) Barringer of Boardman and Gerri (Bill) Miller of Orlando, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Connie (John) Smiley of Austintown; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by the Thompson Funeral Home in Youngstown.


Lois F. Peppel, 86

COLUMBIANA – Lois F. Peppel, 86, passed away at 4:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, at Parkside Health Care Center.

Lois was born April 13, 1921 in Signal, the son of Ralph and Olive Morlan Dickey, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Peppel was a cook at Crestview Elementary School for 19 years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of the East Fairfield United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the choir, the United Methodist Women, the Joy Circle of the Church, and Administrative Council and she was on the Visitation Committee of the Church.

Lois was an avid baker and was known for her pies, especially her butterscotch pie. She also delivered for Meals on Wheels and was a member of Elkton Extension Club.

Mrs. Peppel was preceded in death July 15, 1974 by her husband, Paul Birdell Peppel. They were married Oct. 11, 1940.

She is survived by a daughter, Melissa Roberts and husband Grant of Negley; three sons, Larry Peppel and wife Marsha of Warsaw, Ind., James Peppel and wife JoAnne of Columbiana and Jerry Peppel and wife Alice of Columbiana; a brother, Charles Dickey and wife Lois of Lisbon; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Lois was preceded in death by two daughters, Linda Meier in 1988 and Rebecca Ann in 1952; a sister, Patricia Mercer; and two brothers, Ronald Dickey and Robert Dickey.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the East Fairfield United Methodist Church with Rev. Michael Namy officiating.

Burial will be in Columbiana Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that material tributes be made to the East Fairfield United Methodist Church.

You may visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book or send condolences online.

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Charles H. Reents, 65

LOWELLVILLE – Private services were held for Charles H. Reents, 65, who died Monday, Nov. 19, at Boardman Community Care Center.

Charles was born Dec. 20, 1941 in Salem, a son of Homer L. and Ruth MacFarland Reents.

He was a Marine veteran. He was a truck driver for the Pepsi Company in Arizona where he retired.

He leaves his mother, Ruth of Lowellville; a son, Mark; two daughters, Pam and Barbara; and three grandchildren, including Elijah James Reents.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Arrangements were handled by the Thompson Funeral Home.


Hilda M. Sprague, 86

HUBBARD – Hilda M. Sprague, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Sharon Regional Health Care System.

Mrs. Sprague was born May 9, 1921 in Elk Horn, Iowa, a daughter of Hans and Kirsten (Clausen) Hansen.

A top graduate of Russell High School in Russell, Pa., Hilda went on to marry Leo E. “Eddie” Sprague on May 18, 1939.

She was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Masury and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of former VFW Post No. 8860 in Masury.

In her spare time, she enjoyed playing cards, traveling, cooking, and bowling.

Hilda is survived by her son, J. Floyd (Monica) Sprague of Brookfield; five daughters, Roberta “ Bobbie” Sprague, Virginia (James) Blair, both of Brookfield; Sandy (Gilbert) Patrick of Greenville, S.C., Mary Ellen (Anthony) Patrone of Girard, and Missy (Steve) Syersak of Orangeville; 11 grandchildren, Kim Spagonletta, Jamie Ayers, Karla Willrich, Hilery Blair, Greg Patrick, Katie Pickering, Nicholas Kennedy, Kirsten Musolf, Craig Syersak, Malorie Syersak, and Miranda Sprague; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Leo E. Jr.; her brothers, Clyde, Martin, and Peter Hansen; and her sisters, Ellen Johnson, Katherine Anderson, and Agnes Larsen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, with Rev. Frank Zanni, Pastor.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Madasz Funeral Chapel in Brookfield.

Burial will be at Brookfield Township Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests contributions can be made to the choice of the donor.

Visit www.madaszchapel.com to view this obituary and send condolences.


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Alice M. Stevens, 76

HARTFORD – Alice M. Stevens, 76, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Concord Care Center of Cortland.

She was born May 11, 1931 in Adena, to J. Dean and Mildred Mae Hendershot Sutherland.

Alice was a 1949 graduate of Hartford High School and a 1953 graduate of the Youngstown Hospital Association. She was employed by the Western Reserve Health System of Youngstown as an RN at the Northside Medical Center from 1963 to May 1, 1996.

She was a member of the Hartford United Methodist Church, the Hartford Eastern Star, the American Nurses’ Association, and the Hartford Grange.

She and her husband, Lloyd, donated part of their farm for baseball fields for the Hartford Optimist baseball program, “Stevens Field.” They also helped start the Youth Club program at the church.

Her husband, Lloyd E. Stevens, whom she married Nov. 30, 1951, preceded her in death Dec. 19, 1986.

She is survived by a daughter, Lory Jayne (Mark) Winters of Hartford; five granddaughters, Jerica and Larissa Jefferson and Cara, Amy, and Kelsey Stevens; and a brother, Robert Sutherland of Reno, Nev.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and two sons, Dean Scott Stevens and Mark Douglas Stevens.

Friends and family may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Galloway-Onstott Funeral Home, 3451 St. Rt. 7 in Hartford.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Hartford Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hartford United Methodist Youth Club, P.O. Box 36, Hartford, OH 44424.


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 the University of Michigan 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 attended Youngstown State University earning B.A. degrees in business and accounting, and graduated from Boardman High School in 1980.

She leaves her brothers, Timothy T. Thake of Lowellville and Michael P. 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 the Youngstown All Breeds Training Club and the Mahoning Shenango Kennel Club, and earned several awards for her German Shepherds. Her many hobbies included crafts, cross stitching, and was a master ACC. She was a Majorette at YSU and a member of the band and flag line at Boardman High School.

Family and friends may call today, 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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Emmanuel M. Vasila, 83


YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church for Emmanuel M. Vasila, 83, who died Thursday morning at Park Vista.

Emmanuel was born Aug. 28, 1924 in Youngstown, a son of Stamatis and Heriklia Ampeliotis Vasila and was lifelong area residence

He worked for Republic Rubber, which became Aeroquip, for 33 years and retired in 1975. He was a union steward for United Rubber Workers for many years.

Emmanuel was a lifetime member of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. He was also a member of AHEPA Lincoln Chapter 89 for 35 years, where he served as president for two years and was on the board of directors many times. He enjoyed dancing and traveled many times to Rhodos, Greece, where his parents were born.

Emmanuel was a WWII veteran and served with the Army Air Transport Command in the China, India, and Burma Campaigns as a corporal. He was awarded two Bronze Stars as a commendation for his overseas duty.

He leaves two sons, Spiro (Nancy) Vasila and Thomas (Melinda) Vasila, both of Columbus; a grandson, Michael Vasila; Emmanuel’s girlfriend, Helen Maryorga; cousins, Despina Kappas, George Ampeliotis and Thomas Ampeliotis, Christo and Stamatia Vasila, all of Canada; and cousins of Rhodos, Greece.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Despina Vasila.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 220 N. Walnut St., Youngstown, OH 44503.

Arrangements are being handled by the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.