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Margaret Alberta Gordon, 85

COLUMBIA STATION – Margaret Alberta Gordon, 85, of 35000 Cooley Road, formerly of New Middletown, died Wednesday morning at The Villa Camillus Center in Columbia Station.

Mrs. Gordon was born Feb. 15, 1922 in Coitsville, a daughter of Walter and Daisy Edwards Ellis.

She was a member of the Free Methodist Community Church in New Middletown and loved to play Bingo.

Her husband, Woodrow Wilson Gordon, whom she married July 1, 1950, died April 27, 1995.

Mrs. Gordon is survived by a son, Thomas W. Gordon of Columbia Station; a stepson, William R. (Linda) Gordon of Ellwood City, Pa.; a daughter, Ruth Ann Monroe of Orlando, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Kay Frances Gordon Hovis; and one brother, Jack Ellis; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by numerous brothers and sisters.

Family and friends will be received Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers, where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m.

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Lois V. Justice, 86

COLUMBIANA – Lois V. Justice, 86, formerly of Park Place, died at 5:10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Essex No. 2.

She was born March 14, 1921 in East Palestine, daughter of Hosea R. and Zelda M. Keller Peppel and had lived in Columbiana for most of her life.

Lois was a member of the First Friends Church at Salem and the Philathea Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death on Dec. 15, 1996 by her husband, James M. Justice, whom she married March 10, 1973.

Surviving are two sons, Gary L. Scullion and Alan J. Scullion, both of Columbiana; four stepsons, Theodore Justice of Lock Haven, Pa., Timothy Justice of Astabula, James T. Justice of Ignacio, Colo., and Tracy Justice of Camano Island, Wash.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Hans (Karen) Scherner of Delaware; a sister, Gladys Melnick of Boardman; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Thomas.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Warrick-Kummer Funeral Home with Pastor Peter Fowler of the First Friends Church and the Pastor Douglas DeMar, Chaplain of Essex of Salem No. 2 officiating. Burial will follow in the Columbiana Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of First Friends Church or Hospice of the Valley.

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Effie Mae King, 77

GIRARD – Effie Mae King, 77, formerly of Washington, Pa. and West Alexander, Pa., died Wednesday, Dec. 5.

She was born May 13, 1930 in Arden, Pa., a daughter of Walter J. and Barbara McCartney Fisher.

Mrs. King was a homemaker and once a member of the Claysville (Pennsylvania) American Legion Auxiliary.

Her husband, Ray King, whom she married Oct. 9, 1948, died Oct. 3, 1991.

Surviving are four sons, Gary Barnhart of Youngstown, Barry Lee King of Waynesburg, Pa., Bryan King of North Carolina and Ryan King of Waynesburg; two daughters, Darlene Briant of Prosperity, Pa. and Marion Greathouse of Girard; two brothers, Walter Fisher of Willowick and Matt Fisher of Washington, Pa.; three sisters, Elizabeth Multunas of Sturgeon, Pa. and Ann Nordquist and Donna Allen, both of Washington, Pa.; 24 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Deceased are a son, Raymond King Jr.; a granddaughter, Alina Rae King; a brother, Gene Fisher; and two sisters, Harriott Chase and Josephine Duncan.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Ave. in Washington, Pa., where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, with the Rev. Floyd Marasco officiating. Burial will follow at West Alexander Cemetery.

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William James McGarry, 85

YOUNGSTOWN – William James McGarry, 85, of Meadowbrook Ave., died Thursday morning at his residence.

Mr. McGarry also known as Bill was born Nov. 25, 1922 in Youngstown, a son of William and Nellie Baker McGarry. He was raised in Campbell and later resided in Youngstown.

He was a 1941 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School. An Army veteran of WWII, Bill served in the European Theatre with the 3rd Army, 6th Armored Division, 76th Medic. He was proud to have fought in the Battle of the Bulge under the command of General George Patton.

Returning to Youngstown, he then married Gertrude Fedorchak on May 30, 1949. He was a fire fighter for the Youngstown Fire Department for 30 years. During his career as a fire fighter, he also sold cars for various dealerships including Gough Motors and Donnell Ford. Bill also was employed as a driver for Gold Cross Limousine service in Struthers.

Bill was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church, a member of the AMVETS, a Mahoning County Junior Vice-Commander of the Veteran of Foreign Wars and formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Firemen’s Credit Union.

Besides his wife, Gert, he leaves three daughters, Diane (Nick) Colla of Boardman, Colleen Tober of Canfield, and Sally (John) Devaney of Columbus; three sisters, Eileen (Stanley) Fiorini of Port Charlotte, Fla., Marilyn (Tom) LaPaze of Boardman, and Janet Wilcox of Durham, N.C.; one brother, Charles McGarry of Poland; nine grandchildren, Nick (Nadine) Colla, Erica (Steve) Rohan, Kate Colla, Casey Colla, Gary (Jennie) Tober, Daniel (Erin) Tober, Molly Devaney, Sara Devaney and Anne Devaney; and five great-grandchildren, who affectionately called him, “Papa Billy,” Jenna and Jimmy Vivo, Stephen and Luke Rohan, and Abigail Lynn.

Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by one sister, Donna Tofil; one brother, John McGarry; a son-in-law, Gary Tober; and a great-grandson, William Rohan.

Mr. McGarry’s family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice of the Valley, especially Kathy Camuso, Susan Kelley, and Christine Hoover.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, with Father Carl Kish officiating.

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

The family requests memorial contributions take the form of gifts to Hospice of the Valley.

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Edward J. Sullivan, 89

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Monday at the Rossi Brothers Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman for Edward J. Sullivan, 89, who passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 6.

Edward was born Aug. 12, 1918 in Youngstown, the son of Edward J. Sr. and Lizzie (Hohuart) Sullivan.

He was a machinist with General Fireproofing, where he served as secretary-treasurer of the union.

Edward was a Youngstown lightweight champion in the 1940 Golden Gloves and runner-up a year later. His dedication and loyalty to the sport of boxing has been unswerving. He found his reward in working with area boxers. He had the distinction of developing such notable boxers as Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Harry Arroyo, Roland Commings, and Lenny Villers.

Boxing in the area has benefited handsomely because of him. He was inducted in the Curbstone Hall of Fame in 1988 for Boxing.

Edward served his country as a Corporal with the U.S. Marines during WWII.

His wife, the former Brenda Ferko, whom he married Oct. 30, 1945, passed away Sept. 5, 1993.

He will always be remembered by his son, Edward M. (Phyllis) Sullivan of Boardman; two grandchildren, Amy and Michael Sullivan; and a sister, Louise O’Brien of Youngstown.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Paul Sullivan.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Jane Francis Yurga, 59

NILES – Jane Francis Yurga, 59, of 314 Lincoln Ave., died at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Joseph Health Center Eastland in Warren.

She was born Sept. 6, 1948 in Pittsburgh, the daughter of James and Genevieve Glenn Pepper.

Jane was a 1966 graduate of Ford City High School and a 1970 graduate of Mercyhurst College with a bachelor’s degree in education.

She was employed as a teacher from 1971 to 1973 in the Philadelphia School System and from 1973 to 2003 in the Niles City School System, having taught mostly at Lincoln Elementary, before retiring in 2003.

She was a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, church festival, bingo, memorial lunch volunteer, and Niles Community Services volunteer. She enjoyed playing bingo and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Jane, who was very proud of her Irish heritage, will be deeply missed by her husband, Dale Yurga, whom she married Feb. 22, 1973; two sons, Steven Yurga of Warren and Gregory Yurga of Niles; a grandson, Jacob Joshua; two brothers, James Pepper of Florida and Kevin (Ruth) Pepper of Ford City, Pa.; five sisters, Patsy (Henry) Shevchuk of Ford City, Eileen (Dr. George) Iskander of Northridge, Calif., Mary Donovan of Marblehead, Mass., Margaret Hrabovsky of Ford City, and Bettyann Laidlaw of Meridian, Pa.; six nieces; and 12 nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Michael Pepper.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles, where the Mt. Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct prayers at 5 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the church, with Fr. Larry Frient officiating, preceded by a 9 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home Inc., where life is celebrated, honored, and remembered.

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