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Tributes 2007-12-03

Paula Barrios, 90

GIRARD – Paula Barrios, 90, died Saturday, December 1, 2007, at Park Vista in Youngstown.

She was born March 2, 1917 in Mexico; the daughter of the late Mariano and Lina (Magdaleno) Medina.

She came to the United States in 1947. She was primarily a homemaker who also was a seamstress and worked at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in McDonald as a custodian.

She married Bernabe Barrios in 1947; he passed away in 1970

She is survived by four sons, Henry (Peggy) Barrios of Mineral Ridge, Raymond (Becky) Barrios of Niles, Felix Barrios of Mc Donald, and Vincent Barrios of Girard; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Felix, Enrique, Francisco, and Jose.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McClurkin Funeral Home, Girard, with calling hours an hour before.


David E. Bennett, 65

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Western Reserve United Methodist Church for David E. Bennett, 65, who passed away unexpectedly at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the emergency room of Salem Community Hospital after becoming stricken while performing with Aut Mori Grotto Clowns.

David was born May 23, 1942 in Franklin, Pa., the son of the late Frederick W. and Ida M. (Highfield) Bennett.

David was currently the Operations Manager with Great Lakes Cartage for the last 11 years.

David was a graduate of South High School class of 1960 and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy where he served from Oct. 1, 1960 to June 28, 1965 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. He was on the USS Kitty Hawk while it took its maiden voyage across the equator.

David was a member of the Masonic Lodge Sulgrave No. 696 where he was currently Master Mason, a member of the Scottish rite 32nd degree Valley of Youngstown, Excellent High Priest with the Ashler Chapter 213, a member of the Aut Mori Grotto, where he was “Stix” the clown. He was active with the Mahoning County 4H for many years and was a Deputy Sheriff with the Trumbull County Sheriffs Department. He was an avid bowler and golfer.

David is survived by two daughters, Dawn (John) L. Kabetso of Canfield and Gretchen (Bernie Jr.) L. Kalinay of Austintown; a sister, Patricia (Robert) Nelson of Fairfax Station, Va.; a brother, J. Frederick (Margie) Bennett of Hubbard; and three grandchildren, Nathan M. Kalinay, and Karsen R. and Kaelin A. Kabetso.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, where a Masonic service will be at 7:45 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the vestibule of the church.

Burial with full military honors will take place at Canfield Village Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children-Cincinnati 3229 Burnet Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229-3095.

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

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Edward H. “Fast”

Davis, 56

NEW WATERFORD – Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Davis Funeral Home for Edward H. Davis, 56 of New Waterford.

He passed away Saturday morning at the Cleveland Clinic surrounded by his family.

Mr. Davis was born December 9, 1950 in Youngstown, a son of Stuart Davis and May I. Maxwell Davis Bencekovich.

He graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1969. He enjoyed being a starter at Echo Valley Dirt Drags and was a member of United Emmanuel Methodist Church.

Surviving him is his fiancé, Christine Barr of New Waterford; a daughter, Amanda Davis of New Waterford; two sisters, Peggy Davis of Shaker Heights and Lou Ann (Ruffin) Graham of Pepper Pike; a brother, John C. (Lynn) Davis of Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren, Erica and Reece Roberts.

Preceding him in death besides his parents is a brother, Stuart Davis, II.

Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


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 today, 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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Pamella Jennifer Douglas, 58

YOUNGSTOWN – Pamella Jennifer Cleveland Douglas, 58, of 1174 Cherokee Dr., departed this life Thursday, Nov. 29, at 12:15 a.m.

She was born Jan. 5, 1949 in Warren, the daughter of Charles R. and Juanita L. Dunlap Cleveland.

Mrs. Douglas retired in 2003 from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services after 10 years of working as a fiscal officer. She was a supervisor from 1972 to 1993 for the Trumbull County Welfare Department.

She was a member of the Christian Revival Discipleship Center, where she was Mother of the Church. She was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Women Hand in Hand, National Council of Negro Women, NAACP, and the Youngstown State University and Kent State University alumni. She enjoyed shopping and traveling.

Mrs. Douglas was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, YSU, with a B.A. in social work and Kent State with a M.A. in public administration.

She leaves to mourn, her husband, Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. of Youngstown; a daughter, Mrs. Kenya Ayanna Roberts (Rev. James) Howard of Warren; two stepsons, Robert A. (Cassandra) Douglas III of Lafayette, Ind., and Eric D. Douglas of Struthers; a stepdaughter, Marcie L. (Andre) Mason of Maple Heights; mother, Mrs. Juanita Cleveland of Warren; two brothers, Charles R. (Marie) Cleveland Jr. of Lordstown and William Joseph (Jennifer) Cleveland of Tokyo, Japan; two sisters, Mrs. Juanita (Ray) Davis of Union City, Calif., and Mrs. Charlene (Tommy) Benton of Herndon, Va.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles R. Cleveland.

Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Second Baptist Church in Warren.

Calling hours will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Chapel and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Christian Revival Discipleship Center.

Burial will be at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

Family will receive friends at the home of her mother, Juanita Cleveland, 660 Martin St., SW, Warren.

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Mary (Sakalosh)

Johannes, 82

AUSTINTOWN – Mary (Sakalosh) Johannes, 82, of Willowcrest Drive, formerly of N. Fort Myers, Fla., died Saturday morning at the Briarfield in Mineral Ridge.

She was born October 13, 1925 in Youngstown, a daughter of Vasil and Stella Stetts Kusalaba.

Mrs. Johannes was a 1943 graduate of Chaney High School, and worked for many years at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center. After her retirement, she volunteered at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center and the Cape Coral Hospital in Florida. She was a member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Church in Boardman.

Her first husband, John Sakalosh, whom she married September 23, 1944, died December 24, 1988, and her second husband, William Johannes, whom she married October 1, 1990, died January 13, 2002.

She is survived by one son, John (Kimberly) Sakalosh of Austintown; one sister, Catherine Vasko of Poland; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three nieces; and one nephew.

Besides her parents and husbands, she is preceded in death by two brothers, John and Steve Kusalaba; and one sister, Ann Maravich.

Family and friends will be received Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland where the Parastas will be offered at 6:30 p.m..

Funeral Divine Liturgy will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Infant Jesus of Prague Byzantine Catholic Church., with Fr. Christopher R. Burke, officiating.

The Panachida service will be offered Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.



William Thomas Measmer, 78

LEESBURG, FLA.. – There will be services at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for William Thomas Measmer, 78, who passed away Friday, Nov. 30.

William was born Dec. 11, 1928 in Youngstown, a son of William H. and Nellie M. Smith Measmer.

William attended South High School. He worked on the assembly line at Wean United on Hendricks Road for over 40 years, retiring in 1985.

William was a life honor member of the Saxon Club Branch No. 30. He also served as a Mahoning County Deputy and on the Austintown Police Department in the 1960s. He was a former member of Zion Lutheran Church. He enjoyed golf and bowling.

William leaves a daughter, Betty Jean Smith of Youngstown; two sisters, Laurabelle Buckham of Riverside, Ill. and Joan A. Amreihn of Boardman; two brothers, Richard (Mary) Measmer of Austintown and James (Connie) Measmer of Sykesville, M.D.; a grandson, John Edward "Scooter" Smith and his fiance, Mary; and his companion and care giver, Nancy Wands of Leesburg

William is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Betty Barns; and his second wife, Anne Connelly.

Family and friends may call Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests material tributes take the form of donations to Lord of Life 550 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406 or to Hospice of Lake Sumpter 12300 Lane Park Road, Tauares, FL 32778



Odessa E. Strother, 83

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Alpha and Omega First Baptist Church for Mrs. Odessa E. Strother, 83, who passed away Thursday, Nov. 29.

Mrs. Strother was born Oct. 3, 1924 in Lincoln, Ala., a daughter of Eugene and Ervette Davis Wilson.

She was a cook for the Detroit Board of Education, a member of AARP and a member of the Church.

She leaves to cherish her memory four sons, Gerald (Phyllis) McCants of Norfolk, Va., Marvin D. Powell of Battle Creek, Mich., Ronald E. Powell of Arkansas and Gary Strother of Youngstown; a daughter, DaVetta Paul of Youngstown; two brothers, Genus Wilson of Anniston, Ala., and Carl Wilson of California; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David; and her parents.

Friends may call at the Church on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Caring arrangements have been entrusted to the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home.

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Jay A.

Woolensack Jr., 25

HUBBARD – There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Jay A. Woolensack Jr., 25, who passed away Saturday.

Jay was born July 13, 1982, a son of Jay A. and Cathy Pollifrone Woolensack Sr.

He was a 2001 graduate of Hubbard High School and enjoyed bowling.

He leaves a son, Johnathon A. Woolensack; and a daughter, Carrin R. Woolensack, both of Sharpsville, Pa.; his parents of Hubbard; his grandfather, Joseph Pollifrone of Youngstown; and a brother, James J. Woolensack of Hubbard.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Delmer and Margaret Woolensack and Helen Pollifrone.

There will be calling hours Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made at First National Bank, 39 West Liberty Street, Hubbard, OH 44425 in care of the Woolensack Family.

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