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Willa Askew, 87

YOUNGSTOWN – Mrs. Willa Askew, 87, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Mrs. Askew was born June 9, 1920 in Georgiana, Ala., a daughter of Lawyer and Savannah Fields Gipson.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Olive F.B.H. Church.

Mrs. Askew leaves to mourn her loss two sons, Daniel (Betty) Askew of Youngstown and Joseph Askew of Cincinnati; a daughter, Sarah (Ben) Adams of Dayton; an aunt, Eula Lee Hubert of Newton Falls; a daughter-in-law, Gloria Atkins-Askew of Youngstown; and special friends, Francine Ohler, Dorothy Tutwiler, Betty Carter, and Jessie Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bishop Stirlon Askew, and her parents.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, where friends may call one hour prior to the services.

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

Jennie M. Bonelli, 85

STRUTHERS – Jennie M. Bonelli, 85, of Maplecrest Nursing Home, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 5, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Boardman.

She was born May 1, 1922 in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of the late Thomas and Josephine (Maglione) Boni.

Her husband, Joseph Bonelli, died Oct. 30, 1979.

Mrs. Bonelli was a homemaker and a member of the St. Nicholas Church in Struthers.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. John (Judy) Takach and Mrs. William (Joyce) Calabrette, both of Struthers; two sisters, Dora Costa and Marie Bove, both of New Castle; six grandchildren, Mrs. Donald (April) Jessop, Mrs. Edward (Lainie) Gerak, Mr. John Takach and his wife, Tracy, Billie Jo Parker, Mrs. Kyle (Jennifer) DeBrosse and Daniel Calabrette and his wife, Erin; 13 great-grandchildren; and her beloved friend, Josephine Cabuno.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Nicholas Boni, Samuel Nocera, and Lawrence Nocera.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Kirila Funeral Home, 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas Church with Father Martin Celuch officiating.

A funeral procession will leave the funeral home at noon.

Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Campbell.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the William F. & Roger M. DeCarbo Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the staff of Maplecrest Nursing Home for the care extended to Jennie.

Please visit to send on-line condolences.

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Antonina “Nina” Campagna-Chapman

YOUNGSTOWN – Antonina “Nina” Campagna-Chapman passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 5.

She was born Oct. 22, 1917 in Franklin, Pa. to the late Anthony and Frances Campagna.

Antonina “Nina” worked for Hills Department Store from 1964 until she retired in 1984. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards, political discussions, reading books, her morning coffee and the daily newspaper.

She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Hutchenson of Eustis, Fla.; a son, Lee Chapman of Youngstown; a daughter, Margaret Chapman of Murrieta, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Amy and Mark Chapman, both of Boardman.

Besides her parents, Antonina was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael, Vincent and Francis Campagna.

“A special thank you to the East Wing staff at Omni Manor in Youngstown for their constant care, love and support to her these last two years.”

There will be a private service and interment at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Franklin.

As an expression of sympathy, the family requests contributions be made in Antonina’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3695 Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 301, Canfield, OH 44406 or Hospice of the Valley.

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Mary Elizabeth Divins, 93

NAPLES, FLA. – Mary Elizabeth Divins, 93, died on Dec. 4, 2007, in Naples, at the home of her daughter, Ruth Walker.

A graveside service will be Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10:30, at the New Springfield Lutheran Cemetery.

Mary was born on Aug. 30, 1914, in Johnstown, Pa., the only child of John Stanley and Mary E. (Giles) Merzik.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, W. Henry, and a daughter, Patericia Owen.

She is survived by a son, Grant Divins of L.A; daughters, Mary Jane Brooks of Austintown, and Ruth Walker, of Naples; and six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Roy J. Fink Jr., 74

YOUNGSTOWN – Roy J. Fink Jr., 74, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Youngstown.

He was born April 21, 1933 in Youngstown, a son of the late Roy J. and Mary L. Sykes Fink Sr.

A U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean conflict, he was a Petty Officer in the Seabees.

Roy was a police officer for 29 years with the Boardman Township, Ohio Police Department and served as assistant chief for 13 years.

He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge No. 766 Poland, Ohio F.& A.M. and Fraternal Order of Police Boardman Lodge No. 43.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Evelyn Fink; three brothers, Leonard Fink and Robert Fink, both of Youngstown and Charles Fink of Florida; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, David Fink; and two sisters, Nancy Fink and Janet Callahan.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Dean C. Whitmarsh Funeral Home, 134 West Church St., Fairchance, PA 15436 where services will begin at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ken Walls officiating.

Interment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Uniontown, Pa.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Youngstown, time and location to be announced.

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Clara Jean Irwin, 93

AUSTINTOWN – There will be private graveside services for Clara Jean Irwin, 93, who died early Thursday morning, Dec. 6, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.

Clara was born May 8, 1914 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Samuel M. and Elise H. (Symon) Irwin.

She traveled to Washington in 1942, where she was employed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an executive secretary until her retirement in 1972.

Clara spent her retirement years traveling and spending the winter months in Spain. She was of the Presbyterian faith.

She returned to Youngstown in 2004 and in July of 2006, she became a resident at Victoria House in Austintown.

She was a member of the A.A.R.P. and the N.A.R.P. and was employed by the N.A.R.P. for several years after her retirement.

Clara is survived by two nieces; a nephew; her life long friend; and many friends at the Victoria House and in the Washington D.C. area.

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

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

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Lenzola “Lynn” Johnson

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at noon today at the New Bethel Baptist Church for Lenzola “Lynn” Johnson.

Lenzola was born Dec. 14, 1919 in Brinkley, Ark. to William and Essie Metcalf Howell, and came to Youngstown from Muskegon Heights, Mich. in 1949.

She was a charter member of the Berean Fellowship, where she served for 22 years. She united with the New Bethel Baptist Church in 1986 under the leadership of Pastor Lonnie Simon. She was a faithful member and Sunday school teacher and served diligently on the Deaconess Board.

Lynn faithfully attended the 11 a.m. prayer service and the noon day Bible class. She loved to travel. She visited the Holy Land, Athens, Greece and Rome in 1974. She visited the Holy Land and Cairo, Egypt in 1994 and Ghana Accrun, West Africa in 2001. She enjoyed visiting nursing homes and witnessing about her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Everett, whom she married June 21, 1940; a daughter, Evlynn Washington of Cleveland; a stepdaughter, JoAnn Taylor of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three grandchildren, Everett Ryan, Jennifer Sherman and Jeanetta Parker; five great-grandchildren, all of Youngstown; six stepgrandchildren, all of Grand Rapids; a sister, Jeanne Johnson of Muskegon Heights; her brothers, James (Katie) Howell of Muskegon, Mich., Dr. Frank Howell of Ann Arbor, Mich., Lee (Jennifer) Howell of Los Angeles and Kennedy (Janice) Howell of Inglewood, Calif.; an uncle, Andy Lee (Bernice) Metcalf of Muskegon; a sister-in-law, Mary Jones of New York; and a host of nieces and nephews throughout the United States.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert; her parents; two sisters, Zetta Kendrick and Eva Bacot; and two brothers and their wives, Johnnie S. (Elizabeth) Howell and Chief William R. (Evelyn) Howell.

Her favorite Bible verse was Psalms 103 and one of her favorite songs was “Victory in Jesus.”

Lynn’s last request was “I want all my family members and close friends to know that God has answered my desire and brought me home to be with my Lord. So if you want to see me again, accept Christ as your personal Savior.” Romans 10:9-10.

Friends may call today one hour prior to services at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.

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Katherine M. Miller, 93

GIRARD – Katherine M. Miller, 93, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, at Liberty Health Care Center.

Katherine was born March 29, 1914 to the late William and Clara Rocky Pinkerton in Lancaster, Pa.

She worked as a sales clerk for McKelvey's and Higbees for 17 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of the Girard First United Methodist Church.

Her husband, Arthur A. Miller, whom she married in 1931, died Jan. 27, 1966.

She is survived by her son, Arthur A. (Dorothy) Miller of Girard; a sister, Alma E. Williams of Girard; a brother, Robert Pinkerton of Austintown; and two grandchildren, Kathie Miller and Bruce (Linda) Miller.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert J. Miller; and two brothers, Richard V. and William Pinkerton.

There will be a memorial service Monday at 1 p.m. at Girard City Cemetery Chapel.

Services are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home.

Mary Louise Mulhall, 94

McDONALD – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help in McDonald for Mary Louise Mulhall, 94, who died early Wednesday morning at Autumn Hills Care Center.

Mrs. Mulhall was born June 8, 1913 in Youngstown, the daughter of Matthew and Mary Ann Waddington Kenney.

She was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help and a former member of the Queen of the Holy Rosary.

Her husband, John F. Mulhall, whom she married Oct. 30, 1934, died Feb. 18, 1999.

She is survived by two sons, James Patrick (Joy) Mulhall of Girard and Kevin (Laurie) Mulhall of Niles; four daughters, Marlene (Dick) Knowles of Campbell River, British Columbia, Rose (Ted) Dumas of Warren, Regina (Jack) Adams of Campbell River and Bonnie (David) Jones of Cortland; two sisters, Lucille Menster and Virginia Walters, both of Youngstown; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Mulhall; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, John Edward Jr.; a daughter, Roberta Sue; two brothers, Matthew and Luke Kenney; and four sisters, Marjorie Prutsman, Elizabeth Rodgers, Joan Snider and Dorothy Kenney.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home in Youngstown.

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Mary Jean “Midge” Walsh, 79

BOARDMAN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at St. Edward Church for Mary Jean “Midge” Walsh, 79, who died Wednesday afternoon at her residence.

Mrs. Walsh, also known as “Midge,” was born Dec. 14, 1927 in Youngstown, the daughter of J. Joseph and Flora McLaren Crishal, and lived in the area all her life.

She was a 1945 graduate of Ursuline High School. Mrs. Walsh owned and operated Crishal’s Flowers for many years, retiring in 1992. Midge was a lifelong member of St. Edward Church, where she served on the Liturgy Environment Committee and was a greeter. She was a volunteer for the Lawback Reading Program. She was a member of Seton III, Applewood Maidens Bowling League and Classmates Luncheon Group.

Her husband, William E. Walsh Sr., whom she married Oct. 21, 1950, died Oct. 26, 1980.

She is survived by a daughter, M. Janice Mandarino of St. Joseph, Mich.; a son, Dr. William E. Walsh Jr. of Cincinnati; two beloved grandchildren, Michael and Karen Mandarino; three sisters, Patricia Steele of Poland, Margaret Crishal of North Fort Myers, Fla. and Carol E. Winkle of Aurora, Ill.; and many much-loved nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Audrey Armstrong.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home.

The family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Crishal Family Endowment Scholarship at Ursuline High School.

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