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Julia B. Bartholomew, 84

STRUTHERS – Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Julia B. Bartholomew, 84, who died Monday morning at her son’s home.

Julia was born March 18, 1923 in Youngstown, a daughter of Frank and Viola Munteer Conti.

She was a lifelong area resident, living most of her life in Lowellville and was a graduate of Lowellville High School.

Her husband, Samuel “Al” Bartholomew, whom she married April 29, 1943 died Oct. 8, 1973.

She leaves her son, Ronald (Sue) Bartholomew of Struthers; three sisters, Ruth (Mike) Nemitt of Newton Falls, Lucille (Ed) Rivalsky of Struthers, and Hazel (Bill) Nock of Lowellville; three grandchildren, Kimberly (Darryle) Flesher, Brian (Robyn) and Jeff Bartholomew; and five great-grandchildren.

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

Gerald Lee Bucy, 67

COLUMBUS – Gerald Lee Bucy, 67, died Saturday, Dec. 8, in Columbus. He was affectionately known as “Gill,” “Jerry, or “G” to his family and close friends.

He was born May 17, 1940 in Pike County and he graduated from Unioto High School in Chillicothe.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during both the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, as a Machinist Mate 2 aboard the USS Cony, DD-508.

When he returned to Ohio, he married Nancy Ann Myers of Georgesville on March 5, 1965 and together, they had four children and five grandchildren.

Gerald retired from both Westinghouse and General Motors (Fisher Body) located on the west side of Columbus. He was a member of both the UAW and IBEW. He was never one to spend retirement sitting down, so he continued to assist the staff of ELW Company which brought him much enjoyment.

His parents, Charles and Theda, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 42 years; son, David Michael Bucy and wife, Michelle of Pickerington; daughter, Laura Ann and Janine Aquino Bucy of Worthington; son, Jason Kenneth Bucy of San Francisco; daughter, Becky J. Crosby of Blacklick; and grandchildren, Charlotte and Abigail Bucy, Olivia, Owen and Ashley Crosby.

Also surviving are four brothers and two sisters, Kenneth Bucy and wife, Sarah of Orient, Dale Bucy and wife, Anne of Silver Springs, Steven Bucy and Michael Bucy, both of Warren, Juanita Tate of Statesville, N.C. and Janice K. Rosen of Warren; 13 nieces and nephews, living in both Ohio and North Carolina; and special friends and family including, Dorothy and Donnie (Lucy) Borders, Dick (Sharon) Rowe, Dave (Juanita) Pratt, Mike (Mary) Kelley, Ron ( Marilyn) Schellhaus, and the entire staff of ELW Co. in Grove City.

Our dad was a truly wonderful individual who was well known and loved by many in Georgesville, West Jefferson, Grove City and throughout Columbus. Gerald never met a stranger. All who met and knew him were aware of how special he was. He will be greatly missed by his wife, sons, daughters, young grandchildren, and his many friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Rader McDonald Funeral Home, West Jefferson, with remarks by oldest son David M. Bucy.

Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Georgesville.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Boyer Funeral Home in Waverly, Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Rader McDonald Funeral Home.

Victor Manuel Carrion, 76

CAMPBELL – Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Wasko Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. in the First Spanish Baptist Church of Youngstown, for Victor Manuel Carrion, 76, who passed away Saturday evening in St. Elizabeth Health Center, Boardman.

Mr. Carrion was born July 6, 1931, in Gurabo, Puerto Rico, a son of Francisco and Jova Gomez Carrion, coming to Struthers and Campbell 56 years ago.

He retired from J&L Steel as a steelworker after 34 years of service.

He was a founding member of the First Spanish Baptist Church of Youngstown. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and loved playing cards.

Besides his wife, the former Aurea Cuevas, whom he married Jan. 12, 1955; he is survived by his children, Zoraida (Jose) Santiago of Campbell, Jose A. (Stephanie) Carrion of Damascus, OH, Rosa M. (David) Berrios of Campbell, and Carmen I. Labra of Campbell; his brothers and sisters, Luz Maria Carrion of New York, Porfirio Carrion of Puerto Rico, Lidya Rodriguez of Campbell, Daniel Carrion of PA, and Amalio Carrion of New Jersey; his grandchildren, Desiree Carrion, Manny Santiago, Alexis Santiago, Isaiah Carrion, Jacob Carrion, Marco Labra and Chandler Carrion.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Enrique Carrion

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

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Lewis R. Corll, 89

HUBBARD – Lewis R. Corll, 89, died Sunday evening, Dec. 9, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 2,1918 in Hubbard, a son of Plummer and Emma Ryser Corll, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Corll was a self-employed dairy farmer for more than 50 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Corner House Christian Church in Hubbard and a member of the VFW and the Moose Lodge in Farrell, Pa. Lew had served with the U.S. Merchant Marines and enjoyed hunting.

His wife, the former Helen Melnik, whom he married Oct. 13, 1945, died Nov. 12, 2002.

He leaves a son, James L. Corll of Hubbard; three daughters, Judy C. Lutz of Hubbard, Margaret L. (Mark Burton) Corll-Burton of Brookfield, and Patricia L. (Ray) Thomas of Washington, Pa.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Oscar and Edward Corll; and two sisters, Elizabeth and Helen Corll.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home.

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

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Alma Carol Delino, 87

NORTH LIMA – Alma Carol Delino, 87, of North Lima, formerly of W. Wood St. in Lowellville, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 in Assumption Village.

Miss Delino was born April 21, 1920 in Youngstown, Ohio, a daughter of Dominic and Angeline Cilenti Delino.

A graduate of Lowellville High School, she worked as a crane operator for Republic Steel from 1940 to 1944. She also worked as a waitress, worked for GE and for Youngstown Sheet and Tube. She was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Lowellville. Miss Delino was a great seamstress and loved to sew.

Miss Delino leaves numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Miss Delino was preceded in death by two brothers, Patrick and Lawrence Delino; and four sisters, Fannie Collins, Josephine Chuey, Gilda Caleris and Melya Augustine.

A funeral mass will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church with Rev. Msgr. John A. Zuraw officiating. Interment will follow in Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Lowellville, where a prayer service will be held at 10 a.m.

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Virginia “Ginny” Fiddler, 84

YOUNGSTOWN – Virginia “Ginny” Fiddler, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 8, at Maple Crest Nursing Home in Struthers, after a long illness.

Ginny was born Nov. 13, 1923 in Oil City, Pa.

She worked proudly for 48 years as an operator at AT&T (formerly Ohio Bell). After retiring, she worked for seven years at EyeCare, “helping the old people,” and greeting patients at the door.

She was a long time parishioner of St. Nicholas, where her children attended grade school and later St. Luke Church in Boardman. Ginny enjoyed just about everything in life, especially outdoor work, tending to her garden, and talking to and about her grandchildren.

She laughed even up to her final days and everyone in the nursing home loved her.

She is survived by her sisters, Bertha Monks and Patricia Scierka, both of Oil City; a son, Dennis J Fiddler of Youngstown; a daughter, Danielle (Tobey) Kaczensky of Rockville, Md.; and granddaughters, Alexis (Massimo) Fabbri of Washington, D.C. and Krista (Matthew) Sermon of Edgewater, Md.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel L. Fiddler.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Oil City where a funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Her family would like to thank everyone at Maple Crest Nursing Home and Hospice of the Valley.

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Jessica Ann Huff Granger

SLOCOMB, ALA. – The life of Jessica Ann Huff Granger was dedicated to unselfish giving, savoring the little special moments in life, and inspiring the lives’ of others.

She was born Sept. 19, 1957 in Youngstown, the third child born of Fannie J. Huff and Walter J. Huff Sr. but spent her life in the close-knit community of Slocomb.

Cherishing her memories are her devoted husband, Willie Granger of Dothan, Ala.; her loving mother, Fannie J. Huff of Slocomb; her five children and two bonus sons, William C. Huff of Korea, Bernadette S. (Randy) Malone of Kennesaw, Ga., Dewayne A. Huff of Warner Robins, Ga., Ezra N. Roy and Corey L. Roy, both of Slocomb and Steven and Stewart Granger, both of Dothan; a brother, Walter J. (Marsha) Huff Jr. of Freeport, Grand Bahamas; six sisters, Regina (Richard) Knox of Columbus, Ga., Marchelle Tolbert, Betina (Milton) Ford, Victoria Gordon, Bobbie (Anthony) Faison and Allison Dent, all of Slocomb; best friend, Vivian Smith of Slocomb; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, devoted friends, and loved ones.

There will be services Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Countyline Missionary Baptist Church in Slocomb.

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Charles H. Hoover, 79

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel, for Charles Hoover, 79, who died Sunday morning at Hospice House.

Charles was born Jan. 31, 1928 in Harrisville W.Va., the son of Dennis and Gladys (Garrison) Hoover, and moved to Youngstown in 1953.

Charles was employed at Continental Insurance as a building inspector for 20 years, retiring in 1989. He graduated from Harrisville High School and West Virginia University in 1951.

He was a member of the Canfield United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the former Indianola United Methodist Church for more than 20 years, where he held many offices of the church and was also a Sunday school teacher.

Charles was Scout Master of troop 52 for 11 years and was honored by Amvets Post 44 as the Outstanding Citizen in 1964. He was a member of the YMCA Volleyball team and was a scholar of the Bible. Personal salvation was important to him and for his family and friends.

Charles is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marye Jean (Ireland) Hoover, whom he married Sept. 3, 1950; six children, Theresa (David) Thoresen of Austintown, Ken (Michele) Hoover of Austintown, Marye Kay (Jim) Erickson of Austintown, Thomas (Brenda) Hoover of Austintown, Lori (James) Haydu of Columbus, and Lynn (Benn) Forte of Columbus; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen (Lee) Mills of Fredericksburg, Va.; a sister in law, May Hoover of Harrisville; and his brother and sister in-law, Dan and Barbara Ireland of Marietta.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Paul and Donald.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the 6:30 p.m. funeral service.

Burial will take place Thursday in Harrisville, W.Va.

The family requests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to the Hospice House.

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Harry W. Kurach, 69

AUSTINTOWN - Harry W. Kurach, 69, formerly of Pasadena Avenue in Youngstown, passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2007, at Meridian Arms Care Center.

Harry was born April 2, 1938, a son of the late Harry and Anna Mushala Kurach, was a 1956 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Kurach was a ticket agent for Greyhound Lines for 35 years, retiring in 1986. He subsequently worked for five years for Rapid Express, retiring in 1991.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown, where he had been a bingo worker. Harry was also a member of the U.N.A. St. John the Baptist No. 230, where he was the recording secretary for 13 years, the Youngstown chapter of the Ukrainian Congress Committee, and was a member of the Ukrainian American Society.

Mr. Kurach leaves a daughter, Karen (Daniel) Testa of Poland, Ohio; two grandchildren, Andrew and Emily; and his former wife, Catherine Bagan Kurach of Boardman.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Tuesday), Dec. 11, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a panachida service will take place at 6 p.m.

Funeral services be on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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Barbara Joanne Limberty, 68

AUSTINTOWN – Barbara Limberty, 68, of Austintown passed away at home early Monday morning following a brief battle with cancer.

Barbara was born Nov. 29, 1939 in Youngstown, a daughter of John P. and Kathryn Thomas Terlecki. She was raised in Austintown and lived in Struthers and Youngstown before returning to Austintown.

Barbara graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1957 and attended her 50 year Class Reunion at the Eagles Club this past summer.

She was a 1978 graduate of Choffin School of Practical Nursing and attended Youngstown State University. Barbara was an LPN for thirty years, working at both Southside and St. Elizabeth Hospitals. For the last 5 years she worked for Meridian Services. She was also a former secretary for the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers. Barbara took great pleasure and pride in her recent position as an instructor for the American Red Cross, specializing in Babysitter Training even during her illness.

Barbara was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir and a former member of the Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church where she was a soloist and served as a Deacon and Elder. She was also a member of the Saxon Club.

An accomplished singer, Barbara loved sharing her gift of singing and over the years performed with the Youngstown Symphony Chorus, The Youngstown Playhouse, Sweet Adelaines, and in 1988, Carnegie Hall.

Her husband, George Limberty, whom she married Oct. 7, 1981, died Dec. 2, 1996.

She leaves her son, Robert Pacella of New Middletown; her daughter, Christine Honeycutt of Tennessee; a sister, Janet (William) Elias of Austintown; two brothers, Jack (Darla) Terlecki of Gonzales, Louisiana and David (Bonnie) Terlecki of Youngstown; and her long time friend and companion, Ray Timarko; she had a great love for her grandchildren, RJ and Bret Pacella, Danny Smith, Aaron, Erica, Heather, Mariah, Annika and Rocklyn.

Besides her husband George, Barbara was preceded in death by her parents.

A diminutive little fireball, red-haired Barb with her elfin voice and countless friends left in her wake untold number of smiles and chuckles as she made her way through life. Family and friends miss her already.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home where friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Samuel Louis Magni, 77

POLAND – Samuel Louis Magni, 77, of Poland, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 in St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Magni was born April 5, 1930 in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of Louis and Shara DeSalle Magni.

A 1948 graduate of East High School, Mr. Magni went on to Youngstown State University to receive his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He worked as a chemist for Kopper’s Company for 35 years, retiring in 1986. After retiring from Kopper’s Company, he worked at Stambaugh-Thompson in the paint department for 10 years. He was a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Struthers. Mr. Magni was an avid gardener and loved spending time with his granddaughters.

He leaves his wife, the former Theresa Gonda, whom he married June 15, 1957; a daughter, Barbara (Eric) Schornack of Austintown; a son, Kenneth (Debbie) Magni of Austintown; two brothers, Robert (Carol) Magni of Poland; three granddaughters, Kayla and Jessica Magni, and Stephanie Schornack; a grandson, Randy Schornack; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral mass will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church, Poland.

Interment will follow in the Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, where a prayer service will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Mr. Magni’s family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to the CVIC staff at the St. Elizabeth Health Center for their kindness, compassion and great care they gave to Sam and his family members.

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Michael Duane “Panky” Pippin, 49

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at noon on Thursday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Michael Duane “Panky” Pippin, 49, who departed this life Monday.

Mr. Pippin was born April 12, 1958 in Warren, a son of Willie and Ora Lee Gavin Pippin.

He leaves his siblings, Johnny, Ray, and Gary Pippin, all of Dayton, James Pippin of Columbus, Rodney Pippin, Darryl (Patricia) Pippin, Edna (Earl) Johnson, and Sandra (George) Moss, all of Youngstown and Arnetta Jones of Cincinnati; and his companion, Alberta Neeley of Youngstown.

His parents preceded him in death.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to the funeral home for funeral expense.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service Thursday at the funeral home.

Mildred E. Stein, 100

CORTLAND – Mildred E. Stein, 100, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Gillette Nursing Home.

She was born Aug. 28, 1907 in Warren, the daughter of Virgil and Emma (Graves) Gillette and was a lifetime area resident.

She graduated from Howland High School and attended the Warren Business College.

She founded the Gillette Nursing Home with her mother in 1936 and continued to operate it until 1987. Now it is in the fourth generation administration. She was a licensed nursing home administrator and actively managed the nursing home with one nurse per shift and a few essential employees.

Mildred said what was important in life is being happy and being positive. She said “I always told people to try and be as happy as you can every day. I never thought anything would be wrong but that it would be right and most of the time it was”. What she enjoyed most about the nursing home were the people. “They were very nice and had so many nice stories to tell.”

She was a member of the Howland Community Church and enjoyed ballroom dancing with her husband. Her greatest joy came from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she always attended their activities.

She was preceded in death in 1949 by her husband, Arthur C. Stein, whom she married Dec. 24, 1932; her parents; and a brother, Alfred Gillette.

Mildred is survived by a son, Charles E. “Chuck” (Janet) Stein of Cortland; grandchildren, Douglas (Natalie) Stein of Champion, Charles E. Stein Jr. of Howland, Todd (Julieanne) Stein of Cortland, and Amy (Mark) Waid of Cortland; and nine great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Taylor, Allie, Brooke, Carley, Mark, Meg, Maddie, and Molly.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Shafer-Winans Funeral Chapel where friends will be received for one hour prior to the service. Mr. Alan Kropp will be officiating.

Burial will be at Vienna Twp. Cemetery.

The family requests material contributions be made to the Gillette Nursing Home Activities Dept.

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Nancy Lynne

Weimer, 59

BOARDMAN – Nancy Lynne Weimer, 59, was welcomed into God’s heavenly kingdom by his angels on Saturday, Dec. 8, in Boardman.

She was born Jan. 17, 1948 in Youngstown, a daughter of Paul A. Hake and the late Marjorie L. (Breetz) Hake.

Nancy was a 1966 graduate of Boardman High School. She had plenty of Spartan spirit and was employed as a security receptionist for the Boardman Local Schools Board of Education office. She also worked previously as a cheerleading advisor at Glenwood Middle School and as a noon-time aid at West Boulevard Elementary. She valued the importance of education and strived to put a smile on the faces of those she came into contact with each day.

She may also be remembered as a kindred spirit at the Davis Family YMCA, where she worked at the front desk and at the membership office.

She left those around her with the knowledge of the gift of life and life after death. She showed those around her that with God all things are possible. Through her battle with cancer, she touched the lives of many with her faith in God, strong will, sense of humor and continued desire to help others.

Those who were fortunate to share in the joy of her life will forever celebrate her memory. She has moved onto a glorious heaven and will be that guardian angel watching over her loved ones always.

She leaves her husband, Richard, whom she married March 16, 1968; a daughter, Holly (Luke) Watts; a son, Scott Weimer; a brother, Jeffrey (Mary) Hake; and her beloved father, Paul Hake; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie L. Hake.

The family will receive friends today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in Boardman.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tabernacle Evangelical Church, where services for Nancy will be at 11 a.m. Friends and family are invited to a luncheon at the Beard Family Cabin in Boardman Park following the processional and a brief service at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, the family requests contributions be made in Nancy’s honor to the Nancy L. Weimer Scholarship Fund at any Home Savings Bank location. An educational scholarship will be granted to a worthy Boardman High School student each year who exemplifies the characteristics of Nancy's life.

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Patricia M. Williams Woods, 55

AUSTINTOWN – Patricia M. Williams Woods, 55, formerly of Homestead, Pa., died Thursday, Dec. 6, at her residence.

She was born, Feb. 14, 1952 in McKeesport, Pa., a daughter of the late Elmer F. and Evelyn A. Taylor Williams.

She is survived by sons, John Anthony (Angela) Woods of Tennessee and Justin Adam (Jenna) Woods of Hermitage; a granddaughter, Amber Nicole Woods; sisters, Nancy C. James of Murrysville, Pa. and Vivian R. Smith of North Braddock, Pa.; eight nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and great-nephews; and three great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jason Woods.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Forgie-Snyder Funeral Home, 1032 Broadway in East McKeesport, 412-823-8083, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in West Mifflin, Pa.