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Anna M. “Tanya” Barron, 97

AUSTINTOWN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael’s Church for Anna M. “Tanya” Barron, 97, formerly of Austintown, who died Sunday afternoon at St Elizabeth Boardman Campus.

Tanya was born Oct. 14, 1910 in Arcadia, Pa., the daughter of Rudy and Katharyn (Perakovic) Ivanowicz.

Tanya and her late husband, William “Peanuts,” had a comedy and dance act in Youngstown and the Midwest. Later in her life, she worked as a waitress at Paul’s Steak House in Austintown. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canfield.

She is survived by a nephew, James Woytec of Florida and her dear friends, Marilyn and Wendelin Heini and Eleanor Novotony.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William, whom she married Nov. 17, 1958, and who died July 6, 1966; four sisters and a brother.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 am Wednesday at the church.

Services are being handled by the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

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Catherine L. Berarducci, 81

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church with Celebrant Fr. Donald E. King, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. service at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel for Catherine L. Berarducci, 81, who passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, following a pulmonary embolism.

Catherine was born Oct. 6, 1926 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Louis and Mary Bonamace Vacca Sr.

She was a graduate of East High School and came to Warren in 1954 from Campbell. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and cooking.

She married Anthony R. “Tony” Berarducci Sept. 4, 1948 and he preceded her in death June 22, 1993.

Catherine is survived by three daughters, Lucy (Barry) Reinhardt of Howland, Cathy (Terry) Naples of Howland, and Joyce (Jay) Austin of Strongsville; six grandchildren, Ryan and Bethany Reinhardt, Scott Naples, and James, Jason, and Jacob Austin; and a brother, Louis (Carolyn) Vacca of Heath.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Ann May.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel.

Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Blessed Sacrament Church, 3020 Reeves Road NE, Warren, OH 44483.

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Ruth Ann Craig, 65

POLAND – Ruth Ann Craig, 65, of Poland, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2007 at the Briarfield Manor.

Mrs. Craig was born Feb. 7, 1942 in Farrell, Pa., a daughter of Harry and Mae Davis.

A 1960 graduate of South High School, Mrs. Craig was a homemaker. She was an avid bowler and liked to sew.

Her husband, Charles L. Craig III, whom she married Nov. 25, 1960, died April 3, 2002.

Mrs. Craig leaves her two daughters, Kimberly (Stephen) Horne of New Middletown, Ohio and Tammi Flaherty of Springfield, Ohio; her son, Charles (Betsy) Craig IV of Newnan, Ga.; a sister, Eileen (James) Brace of Poland, Ohio; and four grandchildren, Jessica and Stephen Horne and Kayla and Craig Flaherty.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Craig was preceded in death by her parents.

There are no calling hours or services.

Arrangements are by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland.

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Susan Elizabeth Ann Fisher, 54

WEST MIDDLESEX, PA. – Susan Elizabeth Ann Fisher, 54, of 582 Deercreek Road, passed away at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at her residence with her family by her side.

Mrs. Fisher was born March 1, 1953 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Albert B. and Florence McGurvy Morris Sr.

Susan was a long time employee of The Center For Learning in Villa Marie, Pa.

She was an active member of St. James the Apostle Church in New Bedford, Pa. where she was a member of the Christian Women’s Organization and served as a Eucharistic minister.

An avid crafter, she also enjoyed cooking and was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph P. Fisher at home, whom she married Aug. 13, 1983; her mother Florence Morris of West Newton, Pa.; three daughters, Julie Angelo of New Middleton, Lori Fisher-Ball and her husband, Walt of Hubbard and Cari Iwanejko and her husband, Ron of New Bedford; four brothers, Albert C. Morris of Smithton, Pa., John Morris and his wife, Donna of Jacobs Creek, Pa., Glenn Morris of Huntington, Pa., Philip Morris and his wife, Carrie Belle of Vernon, Pa.; four sisters and their husbands, Catherine and James Teaters of Ruffsdale, Pa., Janet and Warren Beckinger of Pulaski, Pa., Patricia and John Gebhart of New Castle, and Judy and Paul Leska of Jacobs Creek; five grandchildren, Joey, Jack, Abigail, Kayla and Wayne; her beloved great-niece, Brittany A. Haag who resided with her; and 18 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Michael Morris; and an infant granddaughter, Katie.

There will be a memorial Mass at St. James the Apostle Church at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the hospice of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon, PA 16146.

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Robert “Bonnie” R. B. Higgs, 73

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Robert “Bonnie” R. B. Higgs, 73, who departed this life Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mr. Higgs, lovingly known as “Bonnie” was born Sept. 6, 1933 in Emporia, Va., a son of Julius and Ola Jarrett Higgs. He was a former resident of Queens, N.Y. for 30 years, moving to the Youngstown area in 1987.

He had been employed as a plant supervisor with High Grade Metals in New York. He owned and operated a carpentry business in New York. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was a former member of the New Hope Baptist Church, a former member of the Masonic Lodge in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a member of the Holly Christmas Savings Club. He had a passion for blues music, carpentry, building structures, and automobiles.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory his beloved wife of 49 years, the former Bradie Graves, whom he married Aug. 22, 1958; a daughter, Debra (Anthony) Williams; 19 sons, Kevin (Janesca), Keith (Sara), Roger, Jermaine, David, Tyshawn (Michelle), Shawn, Eric, James, Jermaine, Jerome (JeLinda), Jamal, Chauncey, Marquise, Marcus, Michael, Devon, Jaquon and Coran; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, William (Evelyn) Higgs of Smryna, Ga., James (Hilda) Powell of Poconos, Pa. and Guy (Ruth) Powell of Laurelton, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Marie Watts of Brooklyn; a brother-in-law; Paul (Sandra) Graves; a special Pomeranian dog pal, Midnight; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father; his mother, Ola Powell; a daughter, Denise Higgs; and a sister, Ida Mae Williams.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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Kathryn Hosterman, 95

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Kathryn Hosterman, 95, passed away Sunday Dec. 2, at her residence.

Kathryn was born Oct. 29, 1912 in Youngstown.

She was a member of St. Edwards Church, McDonald TOPS club, The Avalon Club, and enjoyed feeding the birds from her porch and loving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, William (Joanne) Hosterman of Pittsboro, N.C., Patricia (Fred) Buckner, Kathleen Perry, and Dolly (Greg) Snyder, all of Liberty Twp.; a sister, Betty Conway of Boardman; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Charlotte Franklin; her husband, Raymond, whom she married Feb. 6, 1940 and who died June 8, 1987; and three brothers, George, Loverne, and Lawrence “Whitie” Franklin.

Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Edwards Church preceded by a prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Belmont Park Cemetery.

Material contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice.

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Mary Rose Justice, 80

CANFIELD – Mary Rose Justice, 80, of 9483 Youngstown-Salem Road, died at 8:35 a.m. Monday of cancer at her home.

She was born April 1, 1927 in Salem, the daughter of the late Dean and Carrie (Donley) Zimmerman.

Mary and her husband had owned and operated the Willow Cove Greenhouse for 18 years. She had also been a credit manager for Sears, office manager for D.H. Williams Carpet and Furniture and a bookkeeper and consultant for TenEyck Executive Consultants of Austintown. She retired in 1993.

She was a 1945 graduate of Greenford High School and had worked at the Board of Elections in Mahoning County and Green Township. She was a very active member of the Covenant Christian Church and had been a Sunday School teacher for many years. She had previously been a member of the Greenford Christian Church and the Concord Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, David R. Justice, whom she married Oct. 16, 1946 survives her along with three sons, David Alan (Linda) Justice of Salem, Bradley Dean (Martha) Justice of Canfield, and Robert Dale (Mary) of Salem; a daughter, Susan Laurie (Larry) Bowman of Canfield; two sisters, Rhoda (William) Reynolds of Guilford Lake and Joyce Spletzer of Canfield; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Covenant Christian Church with Frank Davis and Jim McCloud officiating.

Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Stark Memorial and one hour prior to the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Covenant Christian Church, 9983 Market St., North Lima, OH 44452.

Sophie Ann Klimowicz, 91

YOUNGSTOWN - Sophie Ann Klimowicz, 91, formerly of the city’s south side, passed away early Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, at Sunrise Senior Living in Poland.

Sophie was born Sept. 8, 1916 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Casimir and Veronica Kosiba Pasterski, was a South High School graduate and a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Klimowicz worked for 35 years at Republic Rubber, retiring in 1977. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Church, the Polish National Alliance, the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association, and the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America.

She enjoyed traveling, flowers, and praying the rosary daily.

Sophie leaves four nieces, Joann Mansfield of Boardman, Debbie (Jim) Chufo of Hubbard, Marilyn Snyder of Schaumburg, Ill., and Marguerite Paster of Livonia, Mich.; two nephews, Joe Paster of West Hollywood, Calif. and Eddie (Evelyn) Bondarsky of Berlin Center; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

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

Her husband of 44 years, John Klimowicz, whom she married June 26, 1948, passed away Jan. 3, 1993.

Three brothers, Stanley Pasterski, Walter Pastersky, and John Paster, two sisters, Mary Snyder and Eleanore Bondarsky Holicki, a niece, Betty Lou Paster, and a nephew, Johnny Paster, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road. Youngstown.

Funeral services will follow visitation at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, and continue at 11 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church.

Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

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James E. Lohr, 76

LAKE MILTON – There will be services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for James E. Lohr, 76, who passed away early Monday morning at his home.

James was born June 9, 1931 in Belington, W.Va., the son of Benton and Lucile (Board) Lohr.

He was a graduate of Belington High School and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. He retired in 1990 from the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier.

James was a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, and watching sports, mostly football and NASCAR.

His wife, the former Norma Smith, whom he married July 9, 1954, passed away May 30, 2002.

He leaves three daughters, Jan Lohr of Lake Milton, Danita (Rob) Stutler of Sebring and Johnna Baker of Lake Milton; five grandchildren, Wes (Stephanie) Montgomery, Eric Montgomery, Cody Stutler, T.J. Baker and Travis Baker; and a great-grandchild, Maisy Montgomery.

Besides his wife, James was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Wilford, Alfred and Calvin Lohr.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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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 more than 32 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 the Zion Lutheran Church. He enjoyed golf and bowling.

William leaves a daughter, Betty Jean Smith of Austintown; two sisters, Laurabelle Buckham of Riverside, R.I. and Joan A. Amreihn of Boardman; two brothers, Richard (Mary) Measmer of Austintown and James (Connie) Measmer of Sykesville, Md.; a grandson, John Edward “Scooter” Smith and his fiance, Mary of Maryland; his companion and care giver, Nancy Wands of Leesburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by his parents and his previous wives, Betty Barnes and Anne Connelly.

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

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

Kenneth Maurice Moncrief, 52

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services today at 11 a.m. at the Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church for Mr. Kenneth Maurice Moncrief, 52, who entered eternal rest with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 29, at his home.

Mr. Moncrief, who was lovingly known as “Kenny Crief,” was born Aug. 3, 1955 in Youngstown, a son of David Sr. and Fannie B. Hampton Moncrief.

A 1974 graduate of North High School, he was a welder by trade. He was a member of the Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church and former chairperson of its Men’s Day Committee. He enjoyed music and had a passion for sports, especially basketball, and had been a star player in high school.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of Youngstown, the former Karen Russell, whom he married Oct. 6, 2005; five children, Kenneth Moncrief Jr. of Youngstown, Ariel (Cynthia) Ramos of Grove City, Pa., Jason Ramos and Charlene Bradley, both of Cleveland and James (Dione) Bradley Jr. of Hampton, Va.; three sisters, Catherine Atterberry, Doris Jean (Reuben “Gary”) Gordon and Freda (Jerome) Williams, all of Youngstown; four brothers, Eddie (Diane) Moncrief of Youngstown, Rev. David (Cathy) Moncrief and Pellum “Lee” (Mary) Moncrief, both of Liberty and Calvin “Teddy” (Vanessa) Moncrief of Cordele, Ga.; 18 grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

His parents, his sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and James Rease and a brother, Michael Moncrief, preceded him in death.

Friends may today call from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Valerio Dominic Oliva, 21

SIRTORI, ITALY – Word has come to the Oliva family of Girard that their beloved cousin, Valerio Dominic Oliva, 21, passed away on Nov. 30, after an extended hospital stay following an accident.

He was born in 1986 to Albino and Anna Oliva.

He is survived by his parents and his brother, Ricardo. He also leaves behind many dear relatives and friends in Italy, the United States, and Canada.

Valerio came to Girard during the 2003-04 school year as an exchange student at Girard High School. During this time, he resided with his cousins Paul and Joanne Oliva and their sons, Zachary and Jon-Michael.

He graduated from Girard High School in 2004 along with his cousin, Zachary Oliva. Valerio was in his second year of law school at the University of Milan in Italy.

Many of his classmates, teachers, and administrators considered Valerio a close friend. He had a magnetic and loving personality and excelled in foreign languages. His passions were snowboarding, 4 wheeling, and especially windsurfing in Italy.

The Oliva family thanks all of Valerio’s friends for their prayers and support during this past year. The family is especially grateful to the dedicated doctors and nurses of La Nostra Famiglia Hospital in Minza, Italy. They excelled in their loving care for Valerio during this past year.

“Valerio will always be in our hearts. We will miss his laughter and love immensely. But he is now at peace.”

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Dec. 3, 2007, in Italy.

Condolences can be sent to: Albino and Anna Oliva, via Garibaldi 11/A 23896, Sirtori (LC), ITALY.

Linda M. Rodriguez, 54

POLAND – Linda M. Rodriguez, 54, died Sunday morning, Dec. 2, at Akron City Hospital.

She was born July 21, 1953 in Youngstown, a daughter of Nicolos and Bianca Ferrara Benedis, and lived most of her life in the area.

Mrs. Rodriguez was a homemaker and enjoyed traveling and watching QVC.

Her husband, John S. Rodriguez, whom she married Sept. 10, 1971, died Feb. 16, 1980.

She leaves two daughters, Lisa Rodriguez of Burlington, N.C. and Pastor Laura L. (Isaiah) Rowe of Poland; a brother, Nick “Butch” Benedis of Youngstown; two sisters, Mary Lou (Lawrence) Van Dyke of Youngstown and Annette (George) Kalapos of Florida; a grandchild, Brooklyn Rowe; and her companion, William Keaton.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her twin brothers, Danny and Dominic Benedis.

There are no calling hours.

There will be funeral services at 6 p.m. today at the Victory Christian Center, 3899 McCartney Road in Lowellville.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Contributions may be made to Mission and Outreach Departments, c/o Victory Christian Center, 15 Bedford Road, Lowellville, OH 44436.

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George R. Skrbina, 56

HUBBARD – George R. Skrbina, 56, died Monday morning, Dec. 3, at Hospice House.

He was born April 16, 1951 in Youngstown, a son of Rudy and Ann Hanzelic Skrbina and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Skrbina was the owner of the original Ohio Pig House on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown. He formerly owned Michaelangelo’s and the Royal Oaks Restaurant in Youngstown.

He loved all music and was a big supporter of Tamburitzen music. He won the 1st annual Rib Burn off in Niles in 1978.

He leaves his wife, Regina Romeo, whom he married Feb. 15, 1999; two brothers, Rudy (Jenny) Skrbina of DeKalb, Mo. and Paul (Stephany) Skrbina of Port Clinton; a sister, Terry (Jerry) Cramer of Girard; nieces and nephews, Michael, Garrett, Adrienne, Sarah, and Abby Skrbina, Shannon Swiatkowski, Julie and Lora Cramer, Paolo, Daniel and Cara Ricottilli; and great-niece and great-nephew, Lily and Adam Swiatkowski.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Joe Skrbina.

A celebration of George’s life will be Friday at the Royal Oaks Restaurant, 924 Oak St. in Youngstown.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home.

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Michael Stahara Jr., 82

CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be Thursday at 9:15 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church for Michael Stahara Jr., 82, who passed away Sunday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Stahara was born March 24, 1925 in Youngstown, a son of Michael and Mary Melnychuk Stahura.

A 1943 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, Mr. Stahara was a box designer with The American Box Company and then worked for the street department for the city of Campbell. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church. He was a self taught painting and wood artist. An avid golfer and bowler, he received many trophies and awards, he even shot a hole in one at the local golf course. He also enjoyed fishing and spending time at the family cottage in Berlin.

He is survived by a sister, Olga (Dom) Bovo of Campbell; three nieces, Roberta “Bird,” Tina and Summer; a nephew, Ricky Jr.; and two great-nieces; and two great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Pauline Canyo and her husband Frank; two brothers, John Stahara and Stephen Stahura; and a niece, Paula Canyo.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Orest “O.Z.” Zarlingo, 79

LOWELLVILLE – Orest “O.Z.” Zarlingo, 79, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2.

He was born Nov. 2, 1928 in New Castle, Pa., the son of Adamo Zarlingo and Beatrice Massaro Zarlingo. He was the first of his family born in the United Sates.

O.Z. was the president of the O.Z. Paving Co. which he founded in 1956. Prior to that, he worked with his brothers with Zarlingo Brothers Paving, the Sharon Steel Co., and the Carbon Lime Stone Co.

He was an active member of his community. He sponsored local children’s sports teams, including the champions of the Lowellville softball league “The Wizards.” His company provided improvements to the local athletic field and school yard.

O.Z. and his family had an annual Christmas Eve celebration which was the highlight of the holiday season for all that attended.

He served in the Army Medical Corp in Japan from 1946 to 1948. He was a member of the American Legion. He quit high school to help support his family as a teenager. His education was so important to him that even after founding his own company, he completed high school by taking night classes at South High School graduating when he was 40 years old.

He is remembered by his family and friends as someone to count on whenever a job needed to be done or if anyone needed a job. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, the former Beverly Slaven, whom he married June 14, 1952; a brother, Orlando; sons, Tommy and Danny (Tracy) Zarlingo; a daughter, Shari (Mark) Leonard; nine grandchildren, Danny, Aaron, Brandon, Alexis, Breane, Jessica, Natalie, Jessica S. and Courtney; and three great-grandsons, Tyler, Alex and Micah.

O.Z. had a large extended family and will be deeply missed by all those who had the honor to know him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Rose, Delphine, and Tillie; and five brothers, James, Oriento, William, Eugene and Joseph; and an infant brother & sister.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the caregivers of Greenbrier and Hospice of the Valley for their kindness and compassion.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Rossi-Lellio Funeral Home, 151 Second St., Lowellville, Ohio 44436 where there will be services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.

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