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Tributes 2007-12-09

Harold W. “Army” Armstrong, 81

COLUMBIANA – Harold W. “Army” Armstrong, 81, of 307 Blueberry Drive, died at 4 p.m. Friday in the Woodlands at Hampton Woods in Poland.

He was born Dec. 3, 1926 in Lisbon, son of Carl and Annabelle Lodge Armstrong, and had lived in Columbiana since 1952.

Harold had been an Owner-Operator of Ace Hardware of Columbiana for 40 years.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Columbiana, was a Life Member and Past Commander of Benjamin Firestone Post No. 290 American Legion at Columbiana and a Life Member of York Drexler Post No. 5532 VFW at Washingtonville, Past President of the former Columbiana Kiwanis Club, and Past Director and Past President of the Columbiana Chamber of Commerce. He was named “Man of the Year” of the Chamber of Commerce in 2006.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and served in the Army of Occupation in Korea following Japan’s surrender.

Following his discharge from the Army, he attended Ohio Wesleyan University, where he received his degree in Business Administration.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Lee Smith Cross Armstrong, whom he married Dec. 9, 1983; three daughters, Mrs. Frank (Charity) Barcelona of St. Charles, Ill., Mrs. Richard (Carolyn) LaLumia of Boardman, and Mrs. Paul (Beth Ann) Bell of Manassas, Va.; a step daughter, Cathy Lee Bernstein of Youngstown; a son, Walter Armstrong of Columbiana; a step son, Dale W. Cross Jr. of McDonald; a sister, Florence Hanke of Mansfield; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

His funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Warrick-Kummer Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Parker officiating.

Burial will follow in the Columbiana Cemetery.

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

The Honor Guard of Benjamin Firestone Post No. 290 will render military honors.

Please visit www.familycareservices.com to sign the register book and leave condolences online.

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Breen Thomas Craig, 49

BARNESVILLE – There will be services at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Breen Thomas Craig, 49, of the Sunrise Acres Ranch, who passed away Friday morning after a long illness.

Breen was born Jan, 4, 1958 in Youngstown, the son of Kenneth L. and Rosalie Billock Craig. Prior to moving to Barnesville, he lived with his dad in Youngstown and at the David Reese Home in Midland, Mich.

A 1981 graduate of the Leonard Kirtz School in Austintown, Breen worked at the Masco workshop in Boardman and at the Belco workshop in Belmont County. He was also employed at Burger King in Midland and St. Clairesville, and at the Ohio Dept. of Highways roadside rest area in Barnesville.

His activities included being a participant in the Special Olympics in Youngstown, Midland, and St. Clairesville; being active in the Living World Drama in Cambridge; and being active in the Cambridge area Young Life Association. Breen was also a huge Star Trek fan and loved the Cleveland Indians.

He attended the Pleasant Valley Church in Girard, the Highway Tabernacle Church in Youngstown, and most recently the Faith United Methodist Church in Cambridge.

Breen leaves behind three brothers, Ken (Roan) Craig of Youngstown, Mike (Paula) Craig of Cambridge, and Tim (Erin) Craig of Bradenton, Fla.; two sisters, Patricia (Dan) Curtin of Stockton, Calif. and Bonnie (Jim) DeCarlo of Loudon, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews; and several grand nieces and grand nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call three hours prior to services at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Material contributions may be made to the Sunrise Acres Ranch, P.O. Box 376, Barnesville, OH 43713.

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Irene (Wal) Delfs, 70

RACINE, WISC. – Irene (Wal) Delfs, 70, passed away Friday, Dec. 7.

She was born Nov. 1, 1937, the daughter of John and Nadine (Chubick) Wal Sr.

Irene was raised in and attended schools in Youngstown, and received a B.A. from Youngstown State University.

On Oct. 26, 1957, she was married to Alan Delfs in Youngstown. She earned her M.A. in education from UW-Milwaukee.

Irene devoted more than 35 years at Gateway Technical College in Racine where she was a math instructor since 1966. She enjoyed traveling, especially bus trips to Green Bay; crossword puzzles, and visiting with friends.

She is survived by her children, Richard (Donna) Delfs of Union Grove, Wisc., Susan Delfs of Kenosha, Wisc., and Janet Delfs of Phoenix.; granddaughter, Heather Delfs; grandsons, Ryan Delfs and Ryan Peil; her former husband and friend, Alan Delfs; brothers, John (Macrina) Wal of Youngstown and Robert (Carole) Wal of Mineral Ridge; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her friend and companion, Ralph Miller.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home in Racine. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Please visit www.draeger-langendorf.com to send condolences.

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Margaret Elizabeth Fenderson, 73

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Fenderson, 73, formerly of Cleveland, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Hospice House.

Mrs. Fenderson was born June 6, 1934 in Morristown, Tenn., a daughter of Tivis Houston and Annie Kate Yoe Treece, and came to Youngstown in 1998.

A 1952 graduate of Morristown High School and a homemaker, Margaret enjoyed writing of all sorts: poetry, memoirs, short stories, etc.

She leaves to cherish her memory her brother, George R. (Deloris) Treece, with whom she made her home, and a host of family and friends.

Mrs. Fenderson was preceded in death by her father, Tivis H. Treece; her mother, Annie Kate Smith; her husband, Leon; and a sister, Catherine Diane Smith.

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

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Willard E. Ferrall, 91

LANCASTER, PA. – Willard E. Ferrall, 91, formerly of Columbiana and Leesburg, Fla., died at the Essa Flory Hospice Center Tuesday, Dec. 4. He had been a resident at Willow Valley Retirement Community since 1987.

He was the husband of the late Margaret Brillhart Ferrall, who died in 2003.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Willard taught social studies at Fairfield School and at Salem High School between 1937 and 1941. He went on to work at The National Union Bank in Columbiana, retiring as executive vice president in 1975.

He served with the U.S. Army during WWII and was honorably separated as a Major after the Korean Conflict.

Willard was recently a member of the Willow Street United Church of Christ and had previously been a long time member of the Grace United Church of Christ in Columbiana, where he was a member of the church's consistory and of the First Presbyterian Church in Leesburg.

He was a former member of the Columbiana School Board, a member of Kiwanis, and of the American Legion and Allen Lodge No. 276, F.&A.M.

Born in Columbiana, he was the son of the late Albert S. and Margaret Wallace Ferrall.

Willard is survived by a daughter, Susan Ferrall Bailey, of Geneseo, N.Y.; a son, James A. (Rebecca Tahyi) Ferrall of Woodbridge, Va.; and four grandchildren, Kate Bailey and Rachel Bailey Jones and Adam and Peter Ferrall.

There will be private services.

Please consider sending a memorial contribution to the Willow Street United Church of Christ, 2723 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street, PA 17584, or Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Bachman Funeral Home, www.bachmanfuneral.com, Strasburg, Pa.


Marian P. Francis, 83

YOUNGSTOWN – Marian P. Francis, 83, of the city’s west side, passed away Monday afternoon, Dec. 3, at her home.

Marian was born May 23, 1924 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Joseph and Ange Pandone, was a graduate of The Rayen School and lifelong area resident.

She did secretarial work for several local attorneys and retired in the 1970s. She was a member of the Eagles Aerie No. 3298 in Austintown.

Mrs. Francis leaves her husband, Robert Francis, whom she married in 1948; four sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no services or calling hours.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences.


Richard J. Koffel, 67

EAST LIVERPOOL – Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, for Richard J. Koffel, 67, former Sheriff of Columbiana County, who died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 6, while visiting Washington D.C.

Born in Elkton on July 27, 1940, son of the late Paul Koffel and Virginia Eells Koffel, he was educated in the Elkton and Lisbon School Systems, where he graduated in 1958 prior to entering the U.S. Marine Corps.

Following military service, he joined the Lisbon Police Department in 1963 and four years later became a member of the sheriff’s department as a deputy, serving under the late Russell Van Fossan, and later under Robert “Brassy” Beresford. In 1980, he was promoted to detective for the sheriff’s office by Sheriff Beresford.

While serving as a detective, he was appointed in 1983 as Columbiana County Sheriff and was elected to serve in that position for four consecutive terms until his retirement in 2000. Recently, he worked for the Columbiana County Municipal Court as a Court Security Officer.

A leader, teacher and “true star” to many, Sheriff Koffel trained and taught countless fellow officers throughout the region who respected him. He had a great love for his family and was an avid bicyclist who enjoyed traveling and experiencing life.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Flasco Koffel; a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Lori) Sweeney of Lisbon; a son, Douglas (Cassie) Koffel of Lisbon; and seven grandchildren, Craig Sweeney, Adam Sweeney, Lindsay Bosel, Carlie Bosel, Chad Bosel, Brandon Koffel, and Matthew Koffel.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Glen Allen Koffel and C. Paul “Butch” Koffel.

Friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Dawson Funeral Home.

Rev. Mark Wilds of the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church will conduct a funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, where the Tri-State Veteran’s Burial Group will provide full military honors.

The Columbiana County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Fraternal Order of Police will conduct a service at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

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Yale S. Kroloff, 81

BOARDMAN – Yale S. Kroloff of Boardman and New York City passed away Thursday, Dec. 6

He was born Jan. 29, 1926 in Sioux City, Iowa, to the late Rose Bloch and Archie Kroloff.

Yale graduated from Fairfax High School in Hollywood, Calif., in 1944. He loved running track and was a member of their national record-setting 4x100 relay team.

Yale attended the University of Southern California and graduated from Miami University of Ohio. While attending Miami University, he played the upright bass in the jazz quartet “Campus Owls.”

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 through 1945 as a Seaman Second Class.

Yale married Sally Kyle Dec. 28, 1948, in Youngstown. They lived in Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Connecticut and Ohio.

He began his work career at the former Strouss’ Department Store, but the past 55 years were spent working in the toy industry.

Yale had a lifetime passion for jazz music and had many friends in the jazz world. He also enjoyed reading; playing golf; watching sports, especially the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team where his daughter, Sandy, works; and eating good food, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Besides his parents, Yale was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Ann.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sally Kyle Kroloff; his daughters, Sandra Dengler and husband Jules of Bradenton, Fla., and Pamela Foust and husband Bruce of Richmond, Vt.; his sister-in-law, June Kyle; and his grandchildren, Kyle and Wesley Dengler and Allison and Benjamin Foust.

A private burial will take place Monday, Dec. 10.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation in his memory to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market Street, Youngstown, OH 44512.

The family would like to thank the staff of Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman for their loving care of Yale.


James R. “Jamie” Kroner, 23

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – James R. “Jamie” Kroner, 23, died Thursday, Dec. 6, at his residence.

James was born Aug. 20, 1984 in Sharon, Pa. to Robert Kroner of Girard and Barbara Mott Kroner of Liberty Twp.

He attended the Liberty Schools and was a 2003 graduate of Mathews High School. He was employed at General Motors and attended the Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his brother, Craig Kroner of Liberty Twp., and grandparents, Earl and Phyllis Mott of Hartford, and Richard and Mae Kroner of Brookfield.

Funeral services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church, where visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. until the time of service.

Arrangements are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home.

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Mark A. Livorini, 47

POLAND – There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel, for Mark A. Livorini, 47, who passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning.

Mark was born May 12, 1960 in New Castle, Pa., a son of Val Livorini and Grace Ella Parker.

A 1978 graduate of Boardman High School, he was employed by National City Bank as a Mortgage Loan Originator for 10 years. Prior to working at the bank, Mark worked with his dad, who owned and operated Val Livorini & Son Paving Company.

Mark had a god-given talent of carpentry. He loved riding his bike and was a member of the Motoguzzi Bike Club. He also loved boating on the weekends and taking his four kids (dogs) Mia, Sweety, Ringo, and Rudy for rides.

He was a wonderful husband, son, brother, and friend. He will be deeply loved and missed by all who knew him.

Mark leaves his best friend and soul mate of 26 years his wife, the former Roberta Vanazia; his parents, Grace Ella Myers of Crystal Beach, Fla. and Val Livorini of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; a sister, Susan (James) Doherty of Clearwater Beach, Fla.; and his four kids (dogs) Mia, Sweety Pie, Ringo and Rudy.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.


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Walter V. Loshuk, 63

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Walter V. Loshuk, 63, former local business man, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, in Ft. Lauderdale, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Youngstown.

Walter was a 1962 graduate of Girard High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp as a Lance Corporal from 1962 to 1965. After serving in the Marines, he returned to the Youngstown area and started his own business employing many local residents. In his free time, he enjoyed playing golf and riding his Harley motorcycle.

He is survived by his mother, Rose Loshuk of Liberty; his life partner, Barbara Dillon of Ft. Lauderdale; his sons, Mark Loshuk of Florida and Michael Loshuk of Connecticut; his daughter, Marissa Loshuk of California; his sister, Jennie (Loshuk) Jordan of Florida; and his sister, Rosalind (Loshuk) Martin of Missouri.

A private service was held today, Dec. 7, in Florida.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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Julien M. May, 22

YOUNGSTOWN - Julien M. May, 22, of Youngstown’s south side, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 5, 2007.

Julien, also known as “Max,” was born Jan. 7, 1985 in Youngstown, a son of Ervin and Sherry Lawson May, was baptized at St. Patrick Church, and was a lifelong area resident.

He played football with the Little Redmen and flag football with the Crown Warriors and was employed with the Hood Ventilation Cleaning Group.

He leaves his mother and step father, Sherry and Dwayne Sellers of Youngstown; his father, Ervin May of Pittsburgh; three children, Jaliyah May of Youngstown, and Julissa and Julayah May of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Lacreshia and Christina May of Youngstown; his grandmothers, Anna Lawson and Byotha May, both of Youngstown; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, including a very special aunt, Melissa Lawson, to whom he was very close.

A brother, Ervin May Jr., and his grandfathers, Ervin May and Ervin Lawson, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Avenue, Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences online.

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John S. “Jack” Miller, 70

STRUTHERS – John Miller, 70, of 538 Como Street, died early Saturday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Miller, also known as Jack, was born April 11, 1937 in Youngstown, a son of John H. and Hazel F. Sheridan Miller, and was a lifelong resident of Struthers.

He was a 1955 graduate of Wilson High School and was certified as a master craftsman. He was employed as a carpenter at Youngstown Sheet & Tube and then LTV for more than 30 years, retiring in 1986.

Jack was an avid gardener and had several vegetable gardens. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed walking. He traveled to Florida often to visit family and always made the Ft. Myers Oktoberfest part of the itinerary. He was also a member of the Johnson Club.

Besides his wife, the former Kathleen Forsha, whom he married July 17, 1958; he leaves two daughters, Cynthia (John) Ferguson of Boardman and Lisa (Dominic) Ricciardi of Ft. Myers, Fla.; one son, David Miller of Temecula, Calif.; six grandchildren, Nicole Genhart, Brian (Missy) Genhart, Stephanie Uhrain, Joshua Ferguson, John B. Miller and Tracy Miller; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a son, John F. Miller, and a brother, Martin Miller.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Robert W. Miller, 85

RAVENNA – There will be a funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Robert W. Miller, 85, of Rootstown, who passed away Thursday afternoon.

Robert was born June 14, 1922 in Kane, Pa., a son of the late William H. and Clara E. Winter Miller.

He retired as a supervisor from Ohio Bell Telephone Co. and was a member of the Pioneers of America.

Robert was also a member of the Randolph Christian Church in Randolph, where he served as Trustee and Deacon. He was a former member of the Four Mile Run Christian Church in Austintown and of Leisure Lake. He enjoyed bowling, small engine repair, and camping.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

Robert is survived by his wife, the former Evelyn Anderson, whom he married June 19, 1943; three sons, Ronald E. (Diane) Miller of Deerfield, James R. (Susan) Miller of Scottsboro, Ala., and Robert A. Miller of Phoenix; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by four brothers, Paul, Edward, Henry, and William; and three sisters, Bessie, Lillian, and Edna.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, prior the services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Randolph Christian Church, 1703 SR 44, Box 341, Randolph, OH 44265, or to Asera Care Hospice, 2820 W. Market St. Suite 100, Akron, OH 44333, in Roberts’s name.

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



Madalene T. Orincsak, 92

LEETONIA – Madalene T. Orincsak, 92, of 38017 Old SR 344, died at 12:57 p.m. Friday at the Salem Community Hospital.

Mrs. Orincsak was born May 29, 1915 in Leetonia, a daughter of the late Henry J. and Theresa Neiheisel Walzer, and had lived in the area all of her life.

She had been employed in the office of Dr. Dardo Torti in Salem for 18 years, retiring in 1992.

Mrs. Orincsak was a lifetime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church where she was baptized, received her first communion, confirmed, graduated from grade school and married. She was active in the church Mothers Club, the Altar and Rosary Society, the LCBA, and the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Association.

She was a graduate of Leetonia High School and was also a member of the Salem Bird Club, the National Audubon Society, and the National Parks Conservation. She loved her craft work, gardening, and also loved to travel throughout the United States and Europe.

Her husband, John J. Orincsak, whom she married July 2, 1935, died July 28, 1971.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. John (Teresa) Simonds of Leetonia, Patricia Dattilio of Columbiana, and Mrs. David (Peggy) Wilkinson of North Canton; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A son, John N. Orincsak, and a grandson, Christopher Orincsak, are also deceased.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, with Father Thomas Eisweirth officiating.

Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home, Leetonia, from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Please visit www.familycareservices.com to send condolences.


Nicholas Speis Sr. 70

PULASKI, PA. – Funeral services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell and at 1:30 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown for Nicholas Speis, 70, who passed away Thursday evening at Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle, Pa.

Mr. Speis was born April 21, 1937 in Campbell, a son of Drosos “Russell” and Margaret E. May Speis.

He was a structural iron worker for 42 years, retiring from Local No. 207, and worked at Medi-Rx for the last seven years. He was a member of St. Columba Cathedral, the NRA and the Lowellville Rod & Gun Club.

He helped build the new St. Joseph Church in Austintown, where he was a member of the Men’s Club and a past usher, and enjoyed photography and reloading. He was a 1956 Campbell Memorial High School graduate and attended Westminster College.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, the former Gladys Koval, whom he married Sept. 12, 1959; his children, Diane (James) Shagla of Youngstown, Nicholas II (Pam) Speis of Lowellville, Leonard (Laura) Speis of Munhall, Pa., and Eric (Marketa) Speis of New Albany; a sister, Marge Virgallito of Beaver Creek; a brother, John Speis of Ravenna; and nine grandchildren, Jimmy, Olivia, Tristan, Nathaniel, Rachel, David, Tyler, Evan and Abigail; and his dog, Cecily.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, George Speis.

The family will receive friends Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home.


Rosemary Steinfurth, 90

DAYTON – Rosemary Steinfurth, 90, formerly of Boardman, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Brighton Gardens of Centerville.

Rosemary was born Oct. 3, 1917 in Youngstown.

She was a graduate of The Rayen School and attended Youngstown State University. She was employed by Ohio Bell for 27 years, retiring in 1978 and was a member of the telephone pioneers. She was a lifelong member of the Martin Luther Church and was the Sunday School treasurer since 1984. She was a 50 year member of OES Miriam Chapter No. 278, the Clotilda Club, and worked for the board of elections for 30 years. She enjoyed golf and bowling.

She is survived by her sons, Dr. Lee (Nancy Jeanne) Steinfurth of Dayton and Jim (Elaine) Steinfurth of Columbus; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy, whom she married in 1939 and who died in 1993; her parents, Jacob and Lillian Yurkshait; two sisters; and two brothers.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Martin Luther Church, 420 Clearmont Drive in Youngstown.

Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery next to her beloved husband.

Contributions may be made to the Martin Luther Church in Rosemary’s name.

Arrangements are in care of Tobias Funeral Home.

Visit www.tobiasfuneralhome.com to send condolences to the family.


Gary R. Suhich, 55

ST. THOMAS, V.I. – Gary R. Suhich, 55, formerly of Campbell, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, at his home in St. Thomas after a short fight with cancer.

Gary was born Feb. 13, 1952, a son of Frank R. and Madeline (Caretto) Suhich.

He graduated from Campbell Memorial High School in 1970 and attended YSU.

Gary’s love of adventure and sailing led him to settle in St. Thomas in 1995, where he was self-employed, taking tourists out on day-sails on his 48-foot sailboat, Jolly Mon.

Gary is survived by his wife, Gayle (McCulloch) Suhich, whom he married July 9, l983; his daughter, Sarah Suhich of St. Thomas; his brothers, Frank F. (Marge) Suhich of Lowellville, and David P. (Carol) Suhich of Lebanon, Ohio.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Turnbull Funeral Home in St. Thomas.


Magdaline (Yanoscsik) Timko, 71

LORDSTOWN – Magdaline (Yanoscsik) Timko, 71, passed away Friday, Dec. 7, from leukemia at the Hospice House in Poland.

She was born Oct. 5, 1936 in Lucerne Mines, Pa., a daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Shimmel) Yanoscsik.

On Aug. 27, 1955, she married Richard J. Timko.

She lived in Lordstown since 1970, having previously lived in Cleveland. She was a homemaker and a member of St. James Catholic Church in North Jackson.

Some of her interests included reading, cooking, making homemade bread from scratch, and having family dinners. She was known for her traditional Christmas and Easter Slovak meals.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Richard J. Timko; a daughter, Elizabeth Timko of Lordstown; a son, Kenneth (Lori Ratell) Timko of Lordstown; and two brothers, Michael (Janice) Yanoscsik of Mentor and Gregory (Jackie) Yanoscsik of Painesville.

A brother, Andrew Yanoscsik, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls and at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Lordstown Village Cemetery.

Arrangements by the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls.

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William Robert “Rocky” Vadjunec, 62

YOUNGSTOWN - Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial gathering that will take place on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Cardinal Mindszenty Hall, 545 N. Belle Vista Ave., to celebrate the life of William Robert “Rocky” Vadjunec, 62, who passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view a complete obituary and send condolences.

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Thomas Wagner

CARVER, MASS. – Thomas Wagner, formerly of Struthers and Hubbard, passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 25, at his residence after a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 22, 1933 in Struthers, the son of John and Anna Smrek Wagner.

A 1951 graduate of Struthers High School, he served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from the Puritan Clothing Company in Plymouth, Mass.

He is survived by his long time companion, Jeanne O’Donnell with whom he made his home; three sons and a daughter, Scott (Susan) Vedder of Ormond Beach, Fla., Sherise (David) Henson of Plano, Texas, Christopher (Rebecca) Wagner of New Castle, Pa. and Sgt. Matthew Wagner, serving with the U.S. Marines in Germany; five grandchildren, Scott and Emily Vedder, Taylor and Tyler Henson, and Dylan Wagner; a great-granddaughter, Emily Vedder; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and four brothers, Paul, Albert, John, and Michael; and three sisters, Margaret Pavlansky, Eleanor Granchie and Mary Ridarsky.

There will be a Mass in memory of Tom at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan, 19, 2008, at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Struthers.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360 or your favorite charity.

Funeral arrangements were handled by The Shepherd Funeral Home in Carver and burial took place at Plymouth County Cemetery in Plymouth.


Aileen M. Walker, 93

NORTH LIMA - Services will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. at North Lima Mennonite Church for Aileen M. Walker, 93, who passed away Thursday evening.

Mrs. Walker was born April 19, 1914 in Alberta, Canada, a daughter of Ernest and Ethel Cooke Webster.

She was an RN who had worked at Northside Hospital and later at the Mahoning County T.B. Sanatorium.

Her husband, Cecil G. Walker, whom she married March 30, 1939 died Dec. 29, 1993.

Surviving her are a son, Edward of Colorado Springs, Colo., and two daughters, Ethel Kurtz of North Lima and Kathleen C. Walker of Cleveland; three grandchildren, Dr. Lisa Kurtz, Ruth Kurtz and Brent Walker; and a great-grandson, Phoenix Walker.

Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband are a brother, Frank, and sister, Joan.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Church.

The family requests contributions be made to Care Net Pregnancy Center of Mahoning County, 5385 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512

Arrangements handled by Davis Funeral Home.


Frances Estelle Williams, 80

KANSAS CITY, MO. – There will be graveside services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Belmont Park Cemetery for Ms. Frances Estelle Williams, 80, formerly of Youngstown, who departed this life Monday at her residence.

Ms. Williams was born Oct. 7, 1927 in Youngstown, a daughter of Andrew and Frances E. Hopkins Williams.

She retired as a Major in the U.S. Army after 24 years of service. She was also a graduate of Youngstown State University and a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Ms. Williams leaves a niece, Rhonda Taylor, with home she made her home; three great nieces; and a great nephew.

Her parents; two brothers, Ralph A. and Dr. James E. Williams; two sisters, Edith Mickey Russell and Gladys Williams; and a niece, Marvel Black, preceded her in death.

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