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JoAnn Amendola, 74

STRUTHERS – There will be services Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, both in Struthers, for JoAnn Amendola, 74, who passed away Monday afternoon at her residence with her family by her side.

JoAnn was born Jan. 13, 1933 in Belgrad, Yugoslavia, a daughter of Marco and Rosina Gfrerer Subolic, and came to the United States in 1951.

She was a volunteer at St. Elizabeth Health Center for many years. She was a member of St. Nicholas Church. She belonged to numerous clubs, including her monthly card club of 35 years. She was a member and past officer of the Glow Girls and the Women’s Auxiliary of the Struthers Knights of Columbus Council No. 4224. She was also an avid knitter, needlepointer and quilter.

She is survived by her husband of Struthers, Nick M. Amendola, whom she married Nov. 3, 1956; a son, Nick (Michelle) Amendola of Lowellville; a daughter, Deborah Stricklin and her fiance, Ken Walcott of Boardman; and three grandchildren, Rachel Stricklin and Mauro and Gia Amendola.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Anna Ilic.

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

Material contributions can be made to MVI Hospice Care, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.

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Frances Callan

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – Frances Callan passed away Friday, Nov. 30, at her home after a long illness. 

She was known for her generosity, her amusing stories and her inimitable thank you notes. She loved books, flowers, cats, playing the piano and her many friends.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Mason Jr; a sister, Ida Callan; and many beloved friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frances and Faith Callan.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mt. Vernon Highway in Alexandria.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Capital Hospice or the Humane Society of Fairfax County.

Private interment will be at Girard City Cemetery next week.

The McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard is handling local arrangements.


Michael Choros, 85

YOUNGSTOWN- Michael Choros, 85, passed away early Tuesday morning, Dec. 4, 2007, at his home following a brief illness. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Mike was born Jan. 26, 1922 in Ukraine, a son of the late Iwan and Anna Choros, and came to Youngstown from Austria in 1951.

He worked at U.S. Steel, Ohio Works, for 29 years and retired as an inspector in 1980.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, was a church councilman and a volunteer for the church pyrohy project. He was also a member of the Ukrainian National Association St. John the Baptist Lodge No. 230, the Ukrainian Providence Association, the Ukrainian Congress Committee, and S.U.M.A.

He leaves his wife, Elizabeth Bositz Choros, whom he married Oct. 15, 1950; his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth “Liz” and Glenn Pyatt of Austintown; and his grandchildren, Samantha and Eric Pyatt.

Two brothers, Gregory and Steve Choros; and a sister, Mary Bren, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary on-line and send condolences.

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Christine K. Fabian, 86

BOARDMAN – There will be funeral services Thursday, Dec. 6, at 12:30 p.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home, 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers, and at 1 p.m. at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, for Christine K. Fabian, 86, formerly of Struthers, who died Monday, Dec. 3, at Greenbriar Healthcare Center.

She was born Sept. 25, 1921 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Joseph and Susanna Kacian Vilcheck.

She was a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church and was a homemaker.

She is survived by a son, Thomas J. (Monica) Fabian of Struthers; a brother, Steve Vilcheck of Chicago; a sister, Helen Elm of California; and grandchildren, Melissa A. Fabian and Joseph M. Fabian, both of Struthers.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Fabian, whom she married Oct. 29, 1946 and who died Feb. 20, 1995; and several brothers; and a sister.

Friends will be received Thursday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be at St. John Cemetery.

Visit www.kirilafh.com to view this obituary or send condolences to the family.

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Jenalee Fisher, 95

AUSTINTOWN – There will be a funeral service Friday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Jenalee Fisher, 95, who passed away Monday, Dec. 3, at Camelot Arms.

Jenalee was born June 12, 1912 in Murray, Ky., the daughter of the late Wrather Baxter and Ina Coursey Eaker.

After high school, she attended Slippery Rock State Teachers College. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Youngstown State University.

She was a teacher at Woodside Elementary School for many years.

Jenalee was a member of the Evangel Baptist Church in Boardman, where she was a Sunday and Vacation Bible School teacher. She was also a member of the YSU Alumni.

Mrs. Fisher is survived by, her husband, James Michael Fisher, whom she married July 21, 1943; four children, William Schollenberger of East Liverpool, Ruth Ann Anderson of Kalispell, Mont., Susan Petrek of Celebration, Fla., and Kathleen Smith of Lady Lake, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Ryan Petrek.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Dec. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

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


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Myrtle House, 90

BOARDMAN – Myrtle House, 90, of 323 Meadowbrook Ave., formerly of Hamilton, Ohio, died Sunday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman.

Mrs. House was born in Annville KY. on Oct. 23, 1917, a daughter of Andy J. and Mary Frances Price McGee.

She worked for several department stores in Hamilton as a clerk for 30 years before her retirement in 1978. She was a member of the Gospel Baptist Church in Poland, Ohio and a former member of the Richmond Road Baptist Church in Hamilton, and the Western Avenue Baptist Church, also in Hamilton. Mrs. House was a very active church member, where she taught Sunday School, and served in the Women’s Missionary Society.

Her husband, William H. House, whom she married Jan. 2, 1936, died Nov. 10, 1996.

She is survived by one son, Darrell (Karen) House of Boardman; four grandchildren, Shari House, Jeff (Carrie) House, Lisa Dillon and Stephen (Kelly) House; three great-grandchildren, Caleb House, Victoria House and Mackenzie House.

Besides her parents and her husband, she is preceded in death by four brothers, Alfred, Charles, Virgil, and Fred McGee and two sisters, Flora Morgan and Lula Boggs.

Family and friends will be received Thursday evening from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at the Gospel Baptist Church, 6235 Clingan Rd. in Poland, where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m.

Family and friends will be received Friday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the Chapel of the Rose Hill Burial Park, 2421 Princeton Pike, Hamilton, OH 45011, where a service will be at 1 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be given in Mrs. House’s name to the Gospel Baptist Church, Missions Program, 6235 Clingan Rd., Poland, OH 44514.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences



Vonda Reid Keeler Jones, 81

GUSTAVUS – Vonda Reid Keeler Jones, 81, died on Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.

She was born on May 4, 1926, in Johnston, Ohio, the daughter of Albert Reid Keeler and Kathryn (Goldstrohm) Keeler.

A lifelong area resident, Mrs. Jones was a 1944 graduate of Johnston High School, and graduated from Youngstown State University. In her high school years she waited on people at Islay’s Dairy Restaurant that her parents owned and operated. While putting herself through school, she worked at Blazon Toy factory of Jamestown, Pa. for 11 years, and was also employed at Grinnell and Federal Machine Welding, Plant No. 4.

Mrs. Jones taught third grade at Bloomfield and taught third and fifth grade for Maplewood for 16 years, until she retired in 1974. She was an Avon consultant for 25 years and was active as a Scout Leader. Mrs. Jones was a member of Vernon United Methodist Church, and United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Hartford Eastern Star No. 518, Kinsman Legion Auxiliary, the Fowler Civic Club, Neighbor Breakfast Club of Vernon and the Gustavus Women’s Club.

On Feb. 5, 1950, she married Earl E. Jones Jr. Married for 47 years, he preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1997. She was also preceded in death by a son, Raymond P. Jones; three sisters, Margret Smith, Eltha Keeler, and June Smith; and two brothers, Albert Keeler and Elmer Kenneth Keeler.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda M. Walton of Cold Water, Mich.; a brother, Thomas I. (Shirley) Keeler of Kinsman, Ohio; a grandson, Zachary; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the Baumgardner Funeral Home, 8569 Main St., Kinsman, Ohio, with Rev. John R. Benigas officiating.

Burial will follow at West View Cemetery in Vernon, Ohio.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512 and the Vernon United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 67, Orangeville, OH 44453.

Visit www.baumgardnerfuneralhome.com to sign guestbook.

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Edith L. Latimer, 75

STRUTHERS –There will be memorial services at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Edith L. Latimer, 75, who passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, at her home.

Edith was born April 13, 1932 in Youngstown, the daughter of James and Grace Lehman and was a lifelong area resident.

She worked as a nurses aid at Boardman Community Care for 23 years, retiring in 2002. She enjoyed crocheting for many years but mostly, Edith loved spending time with her family and friends.

Her husband, Robert Latimer, whom she married in 1958, passed away in 1994.

Edith leaves four children, Barbara (Randy) Schisler of Boardman, Robert Latimer and Jacquelyn Ranalli, both of Youngstown and Margaret (Michael) Semond with whom she made her home; a sister, Cora Mae Gibson of Louisiana; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Debra Latimer; a granddaughter, Laura; a great-grandson, Jonathan; a sister, Harriet Lehman; and four brothers, Art, Chester, Duane and Robert Lehman.

Family and friends may call from 3 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.



Ann Martin, 92

BOARDMAN – Ann Martin, age 92, of 830 Boardman-Canfield Road, died Saturday evening at the Ron-Joy Nursing Home.

Mrs. Martin was born Oct. 25, 1915 in Rukavac Opatija, Yugoslavia, a daughter of James and Mary Kutchel. She came to the United States in 1924 and settled in Lowellville.

She was a former member of the St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown.

Her husband, Constantine “Pinky” Martin, whom she married April 14, 1955, died Aug. 2, 1999.

She is survived by a niece and two nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by one sister, Mary Andervich; and two brothers, James and Joseph Kutchel; and one niece, Margie Becker.

There will be no calling hours.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland.



Sylvester “Sy” James Oliver, 58

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Sylvester James Oliver, 58, who entered eternal rest Dec. 2, at the Hospice House.

Mr. Oliver, lovingly known as “Sy,” was born Jan. 7, 1949 in Urbana, a son of Nathaniel L. and Margaret A. Weaver Oliver.

He was a 1967 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and attended Kent State University Trumbull Campus. He was a member of the Everlife Worship Center. He was a collector of sports cards, comic books, and swords. Being a lover of nature, Sy enjoyed fishing, all types of animals, and the outdoors in general. He was also a gifted skilled wood craftsman.

He leaves to forever hold dear his memory, his parents, Nathaniel and Margaret Oliver of Youngstown; his wife, the former Carol Wright, whom he married May 21, 1983; three children, Benjamin Lee of Mesa, Ariz., Jacques (Lakeya) Peterman Oliver and Stacia (Jonathan) Brown, both of Youngstown; three stepchildren, Tanissa Chatman, Devin Towns and Jason (Shannon) Ellis, all of Youngstown; a sister, Marcella Robinson of Youngstown; 10 grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

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

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Nicholas Daniel Opritza, 88

CANFIELD – Committal services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Greenhaven Memorial Gardens followed by a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Church for Nicholas Daniel Opritza, 88, of Canfield, who passed away Saturday morning at the Woodlands at Hampton Woods Senior Living Residence.

Nick was born on Dec. 28, 1918 in Youngstown, the son of Nick and Anna (Besoiu) Opritza.

He attended South High School and was a WWII veteran serving in the Army Air Corp as Sergeant. Nick was the owner and operator of the “Partsman” company, which was an automotive parts supplier to dealerships and repair shops in the Mahoning Valley and Trumbull county area. Nick was a founding member of St. Michael’s parish.

Nick was an avid bowler, golfer and fisherman who enjoyed both saltwater and fresh water fishing. He owned several boats throughout the years and completed a course in ocean navigation. He was a stained-glass artisan and created many heirloom works of art for his family members. He and his wife, Mary, traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and on a trip through Europe in their RV.

His wife, the former Mary M. Achim, whom he married on July 5, 1945, passed away March 24, 2007.

Nick will be sadly missed by his two daughters, Marsha Opritza of Newton, N.C. and Susan Silvashy of Canfield; and his son, Ronald Opritza of Canfield. He also leaves one sister, Pauline Wise of Boardman; and two brothers, John Opritza of Youngstown and Dan Opritza of Warren; four grandchildren, Nicole and Danielle Opritza of Circleville, OH, Ryan and Ron Silvashy of Canfield; and three great-grandchildren, Kyra, D.J. and Katelyn.

Besides his wife of more than 61 years, Nick was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Smith and one brother, Ernest Opritza.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests material tributes to take the form of donations to St. Michael’s Church in Nick’s name.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.


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Jace R. Russell, 24

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service held Friday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Jace R. Russell, 24, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, at Westmoreland Hospital.

Jace was born April 12, 1983 in Girard, the son of John E. and Kathy Hansel Russell.

He is survived by his mother, Kathy of Youngstown; a brother, Ian Russell of Youngstown; a sister, Tara and her husband, Ricky Morrison of Poland; a niece, Isabella Morrison; maternal grandfather; and his fiancee, Rebecca Berstein.

He was preceded in death by his father; maternal grandmother; and paternal grandparents.

Calling hours will be Friday, Dec. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.



Audrey Elizabeth Sharp, 74

AUSTINTOWN – Audrey Elizabeth Sharp, 74, passed away at 4:25 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Audrey was born May 11, 1933 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Clarence and Bertha (Seaborn) Walters.

She worked for Packard Electric as a harness maker for 24 years.

Audrey enjoyed decorating for the holidays and doing crafts, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Gene, whom she married July 13, 1954. They shared 53 years together. She is also survived by her two children, Rey Beth Sharp and Gene (Diane) Sharp II, both of Austintown; three grandchildren, Deanna (Brian) Seruga, Gene (Destiny) Sharp III, and Gena Rey Sharp; three great-grandchildren, Mia, Nathan, and Arabella; two sisters, Lois Zupko of Austintown and Carole (Thomas) Kapturasky of Youngstown; a brother, Carl (Beverly) Walters of Canfield; and an uncle, Arthur Seaborn of Canfield.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Beverly Nameth, Roseanne Bisso, and Betsy Jo Yeany; and a brother, Sonny Walters.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the funeral home.

Burial will follow at Brunstetter Cemetery.

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


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Helen B. Sirn, 82

BOARDMAN - Helen B. Sirn, 82, of Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman, and formerly of 1941 Ridgelawn Ave. in Youngstown, passed away Tuesday morning, Dec. 4, at St. Elizabeth Health Center after a lengthy illness.

Helen was born Jan. 14, 1925 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late John and Mary Varga Futkos, attended South High School, and later earned her G.E.D.

Helen lived for 30 years in Cleveland and returned to Youngstown in 1969.

She worked for 15 years at the General Motors Fabrication Plant in Lordstown, retiring as a press operator in January of 1987.

Helen leaves three children, Ernest (Charlene) Sirn of Sommerville, Patricia (Thomas) Lukow of Youngstown, with whom she had made her home, and Ronald (Celia) Sirn of Youngstown; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, George (Marilyn) Futkos of Willowick, John Jordan of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Paul Futkos of Boardman; and a sister, Irene Musolino of Youngstown.

Helen enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren, and will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

There are no calling hours.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to Shepherd of the Valley Patient Activities Department, 7148 West Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44512.

Visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obitiuary and send condolences.


Harry E. Woods, 81

STRUTHERS – Harry E. Woods, 81, of Sells Ave., died Monday, Dec. 3, at his residence.

Mr. Woods was born June 26, 1926 in Dexter, Mo., a son of Oscar and Ella Thorne Woods. Mr. Woods lived in Struthers since 1943.

Mr. Woods worked as a crane operator for Republic Steel, retiring after 33 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served during WWII.

He was a member of the Bethel Friends Church in Poland, the Struthers Auxiliary Police Association, a lifetime member of the VFW Post 3538, and a former cub scout leader.

His wife, the former Betty Denmeade, whom he married April 14, 1943, died Sept. 22, 2003.

Mr. Woods leaves his three sons, Harry “Dave” (Rosemary) Woods Jr. of Warren, Larry (Gloria) Woods of Struthers, and Ricky (Connie) Woods of Crystal Lake, Ill.; his sister, Wilma Allen of Windsboro, S.C.; his brother, Bud Woods of Bloomfield, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Joann, Stephanie, Louie, Lori, Melissa, Michael, Chris, Heather, and Jennifer; and eight great-grandchildren, Jackie, Taylor, Vincent, Tyler, Shana, Sydney, Anthony, and Michael.

Besides his wife and parents, Mr. Woods was preceded in death by four sisters, Florence, Katherine, Glenda, and Mary; and two brothers, William and John.

Funeral services will be held at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers, on Friday at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at the Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, and Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mr. Woods’ name to the Bethel Friends Church, 2771 Spitler Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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