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Tributes 2007-12-12

P. Ethel Arbogast, 78

BOARDMAN – There will be memorial services at 5 p.m. Friday at the Westminster Church for P. Ethel Arbogast, 78, of Meadowbrook Ave., who passed away Saturday morning at Caprice Health Care Center.

Mrs. Arbogast was born Dec. 5, 1929 in Philadelphia, a daughter of John L. and Elizabeth M. Klee Graden.

She was employed at Sears for 20 years as an advertising manager and later as the first woman to sell major appliances. She also owned and operated Pro-Tutor.

Mrs. Arbogast had been a longtime member of the American Women’s Business Association and was its past president. She served for many years as the chairwoman of the Antique Show at the Boardman United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth H. Arbogast, whom she married April 23, 1949; a daughter, Pamela E. Arbogast, and a son, John E. Arbogast, both of Youngstown; two brothers, Fr. John Graden of Stella Niagra, N.Y. and Joseph Graden of Toledo; a sister, Jeanne Graden, and a stepsister, Mary Jo Graden, both of Chicago; her grandchildren, Timothy Arbogast and Sandra Stratton, both of Youngstown; and her stepmother, Dorothy Graden of West Covina, Calif.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that tributes be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

“It’s only for a while that we must part, so bless the memories within your heart. And then when you too come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and a `Welcome Home.’”

Arrangements are being handled by the Davis Funeral Home.


Mary Frances (Murphy) Blumenschein, 87

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. Edward Church for Mary Frances Blumenschein, 87, formerly of Academy Drive in Liberty Township, who died Sunday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center Boardman Campus.

She was born Mary Frances Murphy to Irish immigrants who immigrated for the employment opportunities of the steel mill communities in northeastern Ohio at the turn of the century. She graduated from St. Brendan School and Chaney High School where her immediate next door neighbor and classmate friend was Frank Sinkawich - Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Georgia. Her father, Anthony Murphy, passed away when she was five years old.

Mary Frances graduated from the Youngstown Hospital Nursing School as a registered nurse and spent most of her career in private duty nursing for the families of many prominent business leaders in the community. Upon retiring from nursing, she and her husband, Carl, along with friends Bob and Marge Chizmar, set up a not-for-profit company, Northeast Ohio Better Nutrition, whose mission was to educate the community on the use of vitamin supplements and natural foods. This was leading edge at the time in the 1970s before the national awareness of these issues in recent years. They represented companies such as Bronson Laboratories. They studied this topic in depth and drew into the area nationally recognized speakers on this subject. They offered this service to the community with only a pass-through cost because many of those who needed better nutrition could not afford it.

With her nursing profession and through Northeastern Ohio Better Nutrition, she encountered many people with serious problems and treated them with kindness. Her son, Robert, said that “she taught her family to love, try to help others, and have real joy in trying to do the right things in life. She was a good Mom and we will miss her.”

Mary Frances followed the path of her mother, Catherine O’Hara Murphy, from Ireland, who graduated in the first nursing program at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Her daughter, Ashley-Carol followed both and graduated as a registered nurse and now lives in Los Angeles. She set a good example for those who knew her.

She leaves a son, Robert Blumenschein of Chicago; a grandson, John of Chicago; a granddaughter, Lauren (Brian) Ludden of Chicago; a daughter, Ashley-Carol (Emmanuel Jr.) Barling of Los Angeles; and a grandnephew, Michael (Dawn) Graham of Lake Charles, La.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy Blumenschein.

Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the McVean, Hughes, & McClurkin Funeral Home.


Katherine L. “Trink” Bushong, 88

POLAND – Katherine L. “Trink” Bushong, 88, died Saturday afternoon at Caprice Health Care Center.

Katherine also known as “Trink” was born Dec. 11, 1919 in Youngstown, a daughter of Thomas R. and Katherine L. Antibus Gough Sr. She was raised in Struthers and lived in the area all of her life.

Trink was a 1939 graduate of Struthers High School. She was a clerk for Woolworths in Youngstown and then A.G. Bitner’s Drugstore in Struthers and Dixon Drugstore in Boardman. She retired in 1980.

She was an active member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Struthers, participating in many of its activities.

She leaves her husband, Herman H. “Hank” Bushong Jr., whom she married May 27, 1939; and her daughter, Lynn Ann (Jerry) Kavan of North Canton.

Besides her parents, Trink was preceded in death by her son, Gary Arthur; two brothers, Harry Gough and Thomas Gough Jr.; and two sisters, Alice Jackson and Mary Reedy.

Funeral services will be Friday at noon at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers where friends may call Friday from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Christ Lutheran Church, 250 Sexton St., Struthers OH 44471 or to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Robert K. Chalfant Sr., 39

LAKE MILTON – There will be a memorial service held at a later date for Robert K. Chalfant Sr., 39, who passed away Friday, Dec. 7, due to complications from diabetes.

Robert was born Dec. 18, 1967 in Ravenna, the son of the late Donald and Barb Moredew Chalfant.

He enjoyed working on cars with his sons and NASCAR.

Robert is survived by his wife, Nevada Ruby Chalfant, whom he married Feb. 22, 1992; two sons, Will Ruby and Robert Chalfant, both of Austintown; a daughter, Shylo Chalfant of Austintown; and a sister, Nancy Chalfant of Diamond.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

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

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



Thomas A. Cowher Sr., 76

SANDUSKY – Thomas A. Cowher Sr., 76, a resident of Ohio Veterans Home, died Thursday, Dec. 6, at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky.

He was born Nov. 27, 1931 in Youngstown.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was past president of the Optimist Club and the Ruritan. He was a school booster for the Western Reserve School District.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lurana (Butcher) Cowher; a daughter, Diana (Donald) White of West Middlesex, Pa.; sons, Thomas Cowher Jr. of Gibsonia, Pa. and John Cowher of Poland; eight grandchildren; a great-grandson; and nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Gladys (Enyert) Cowher and a brother, Elmer Cowher in 1969.

There will be a memorial service Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. at the Ellsworth Presbyterian Church, 224 Ellsworth Road in Ellsworth with the Rev. Bonnie Dutton, the Rev. Jim Kimmell and Myron Young officiating.

Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio Veterans Home, 3416 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870 or Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.

The Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave. in Sandusky is handling the arrangements.

Please visit www.toftfh.com to send condolences.


Harold Davis, 73

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH. – Harold Davis, 73, passed away at his home Sunday, Dec. 9.

He was born May 12, 1934 in Youngstown, the son of Emanuel and Mildred Davis.

Harold was a retired school administrator in Youngstown and in Ferndale, Mich. He was an accomplished athlete at North High School in Youngstown and Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. where he lettered in football, basketball and track. He was Westminster’s only three time first team All-American and was recently inducted into The College Football Hall of Fame in 2004 as a quarterback. He was also a ninth round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1957.

He was the beloved husband of the former Shirley Clarett for 49 years; dear father of Harold (Adrienne) Wade of Plymouth, Mich. and Michael (Shelly) of Pontiac, Mich.; brother of Frank (Myrtle) of Youngstown and Ann White of Youngstown; and three grandchildren, Brandon, Jared and Tyler.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Lulu Suttles; and a sister, Lois Tew.

Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m., with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m. at the Newman A.M.E. Church, 233 Bagley St. in Pontiac.

The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made to the Newman A.M. E. Church Building Fund in memory of Harold Davis.

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Regina E. DeBucci, 88

COLUMBIANA – There will be services Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown for Regina E. DeBucci, 88, of Parkside Health Care Center, formerly of New Middletown, who passed away Monday morning.

Regina was born Sept. 19, 1919 in Youngstown, a daughter of Sam and Emma Orlando Carolini, and lived in the area her whole life.

She was a homemaker and a former member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Youngstown and its Mother of Crucifix group.

Regina married Vincent A. DeBucci on Oct. 30, 1941. He passed away Sept. 20, 1992.

Regina leaves behind a son, Richard (Jackie) DeBucci of New Middletown; a sister, Adel Conti of Boardman; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Vincent N. DeBucci; a daughter, Rita J. Brock; two brothers; and two sisters.

Friends may call Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Material contributions may be made to New Springfield Food Baskets, P.O. Box 48, New Middletown, OH 44442.

Arrangements are being handled by the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown.


Dorothy Mae Gettmann, 94

NEWTOWN FALLS – There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Dorothy Mae Gettmann, 94, who went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 10.

Dorothy Mae was born Aug. 1, 1913 in San Francisco, a daughter of Presley Richard and Mary Elizabeth Charles. After a time, her family moved to the central coast of California where she met and married her husband, Karl A. Gettmann, who later became an ordained minister.

Dorothy served the Lord as a pastor’s wife and helpmate during the years to follow, often moving to different cities and towns to spread the gospel as well as raising four children. She and her husband served as missionaries in Venezuela and Panama from 1953 to 1961.

After returning to the United States, Dorothy and Karl pastored various churches until retiring from the Calvary Bible in Cambridge. They moved to Austintown in 1999 and were members of the Bailey Road Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Mary Ellen (Tony) O’Neill of San Luis Obispo, Calif., Barbara J. (Joe) Shelor of Greeley, Colo., Karl R. (Lavonn) of Georgetown, S.C. and Alan C. (Barbara) of Diamond; 17 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Karl; two sisters, Mildred and Pauline; two brothers, Wallace and James; a grandson, Karl David; a great-granddaughter, Rachel Stern; and great-grandson, Jesse Broderick.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Center Baptist Cemetery in Cambridge at 3 p.m. Friday.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences to the family.



Yolanda J. Higgins, 70

BROOKFIELD – Yolanda J. Higgins, 70, of Merwin-Chase Road, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 9, at her residence.

Mrs. Higgins was born Jan. 31, 1937 in Youngstown, the daughter of Thomas and Nancy (Musillo) D-Annessa.

She was a 1955 graduate of South High School and had been a homemaker most of her life. She was an active member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Vienna.

Yolanda is survived by her husband, Donald T. Higgins, whom she married Dec. 28, 1957; a son, John T. Higgins and his wife Amy of Brookfield; a daughter, Dawn Marie Detelich and her husband Mark of Brecksville; three grandchildren, Kennedy Dawn Higgins, Braden John Detelich and Cole Thomas Detelich; two brothers, Tony D-Annessa and his wife Diane of Marietta, Ga. and Henry D-Annessa of Montreal, Canada.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Jean Pruchniewicz.

There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. today at the Madasz Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Frank Zanni, Pastor.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services today.

As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests contributions can be made to the Kidney Foundation.

Family and friends may visit www.madaszchapel.com to send condolences.



Margaret Ferguson Howell, 84

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services at 11 a.m. Friday at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Margaret Ferguson Howell, 84, who departed this life Friday, Dec. 7, at her home.

Mrs. Howell was born July 14, 1923 in Memphis, Tenn., a daughter of Rufus and Mattie Mitchell Ferguson, and came to this area in the early 1950s.

She loved cooking and was a devoted mother. She worked for many years for families in the area, namely for Mr. and Mrs. Fred Todd, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dutton, and Ms. Joann Ceccotilli. She attended the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Margaret married the late Esters “Howard” Howell and began their wonderful family.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory two sons, Marvin (Linda) Howell of Virginia and Melvin (Levinia) Howell of Youngstown; two daughters, Yvonne and Mary Howell, both of Youngstown; a stepdaughter, Marseille Ballard; a close friend, Alicia Adams; 14 grandchildren, including Yolanda Gray, David Shine, Yvette and Melvin Howell Jr., all of Youngstown, and Marvin (Timishia) Howell Jr. of Florida, all of whom she reared; 32 great-grandchildren, including Robin Shine of Youngstown, whom she also reared; six great-great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Besides her husband, her parents; a daughter, Betty Jean Copeland; and a grandson, Keith Copeland; preceded her in death.

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

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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James V. Pisciuneri, 85

NEW CASTLE, PA. – James V. Pisciuneri, 85, died Monday afternoon, Dec. 10.

He was born Oct. 30, 1922 in Hillsville, Pa., the son of the late Rocco V. and Concetta Gallo Pisciuneri.

He was a 1940 graduate of Bessemer High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, having served in the European Campaign. He was a member of St. Vitus Church.

Mr. Pisciuneri was a retired courier for the LTV Corporation of Youngstown and was a former foreman at Michigan Limestone Corporation.

He is survived by a brother, Henry Pisciuneri of New Castle, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Clara Seminara, Rose Crimeni and Eleanor Mora, and four brothers, Louis Pisciuneri, Frank Pisciuneri, Ralph Pisciuneri and Rocky Pisciuneri.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 12, at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 941 S. Mill St. in New Castle.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Vitus Church.

Entombment will be at Parkside Cemetery Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Castle Area Honor Guard, P.O. Box 7728, New Castle, PA 16107.

Please visit www.decarbofuneralhome.com to send online condolences.


Presbytera Anna Spirtos, 86

NORTH CANTON – Presbytera Anna Spirtos, 86, passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Community after a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 12, 1921 in Campbell to the late Nicholas and Nomiki (Tsagaris) Ballas of Youngstown.

She was a member of St. Haralambos Greek Church. She was chairman of UNICEF for nine years at St. Anaigyioi Church in Rochester, Minn., secretary of Society of Philaptochos, secretary and treasurer of Daughters of Penelope of Huntington, W.Va. and Rochester, vice president of Church United in Rochester. She was also a volunteer and interpreter for Greek at the Mayo Clinic for 10 years.

She had worked for Blue Cross & Blue Shield in Youngstown as an accountant for 15 years.

She is survived by her beloved and sincere husband, Anthony Spirtos, whom she married July of 1955; a nephew and niece, Nicholas and Virginia Ballas, grandnephews, William and Thomas Ballas, all of North Canton; a nephew, Michael Ballas of Boardman; a sister-in-law, Helen Ballas of Campbell; and many nieces and nephews of the Spirtos family living in Youngstown and Poland.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Venetia Stratas; and a brother, William Ballas.

Services will be Thursday, Dec. 13, starting at 9 a.m. with Orthos, then at 10 a.m. with the Divine Liturgy and then at 11 a.m. the main service will start with his Eminence Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh (Host Metropoltan) and his Eminence Metropolitan Nicholos of Detroit (his nephew), assisted by the Rev. Dr. Nicholos V. Gamvas, Pastor, Rev. Dr. Daniel Rogich, Rev. Fr. Constantine Valantasis, Rev. Fr. Dennis Michelis (Ret.), Rev. Fr. Constantine Shepis (Ret.), Rev. Fr. Joseph Cervo, Rev. Fr. George Treff, Rev. Fr. Dragon Philipovich and Rev. Fr. Basil Shaheen.

Interment will be at Archangel Michael Church Cemetery in Campbell.

Friends may call today, Dec. 12, at St. Haralambos Greek Church where the body will lie in state from 4 to 8 p.m. and prior to the services on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes can be made to the St. Haralambos Dance Group in care of Eleni Paxos.

The Triisagon prayer services will be today at 7 p.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home.

Arrangements are being handled by the Rossi Funeral Home.


Beulah Tinkey, 93

AUSTINTOWN – Beulah Tinkey, 93, passed away Sunday evening at Hospice House in Poland.

Beulah was born May 28, 1914 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Samuel and Carrie (Adams) Pritts.

She was a member of the Girard United Methodist Church

Her husband, Joseph Tinkey, whom she married June 3, 1933, passed away Dec. 27, 1994.

Beulah is survived by a son, Gary W. Tinkey of Salem; two daughters, Cheryl Kotsol of Austintown and Karen Burnside of Canfield; a brother, Russell Pritts of Pennsylvania; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Joseph Richard Tinkey.

There will be calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the McClurkin Funeral Home, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley.


William E. Turner, 77

LIBERTY – William E. Turner, 77, formerly of Girard, went to be with the lord on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Liberty Health Care Center.

He was born June 12, 1930 the son of the late Ernest and Beatrice (Gould) Turner.

Mr. Turner opened and managed the Metropolitan Savings Branch in Hubbard and later was the personnel manager at their main office in downtown Youngstown. He purchased the home Mortgage Company in 1981 and retired in 1996. He was president of the Chamber of Commerce in Hubbard and was a member of the Hubbard and Boardman Rotary Clubs. He was on the board of the Sports World Ministries and the board of the United Way.

Mr. Turner was an avid golfer and derived joy from his two hole-in-one.

He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Church and faithfully attended their Sunday School Class.

He leaves behind his wife, Elaine Macali Turner; his sister, Shirley Duchanois of North Jackson; four daughters, Tammy Baggentoss of Monteagle, Tenn., Sherri Antras of Tallahoma, Tenn., Jeannine Turner and Kim Ballard, both of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a stepson, Rick Macali of Celebration, Fla.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Turner was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bob; and a granddaughter, P.J. Baggentoss.

There will be a memorial service Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Church where friends may call one half hour prior to the service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pleasant Valley Church.

Arrangements are being handled by Blackstone Funeral Home.

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Dale L. Vaughn Jr., 59

AUSTINTOWN – There will be services Friday at 10 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Dale L. Vaughn Jr., 59, who passed away Tuesday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Dale was born Aug. 16, 1948 in Youngstown, a son of Dale L. and Mary Alice Thayer Vaughn Sr.

A 1966 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War. He was employed by Trinity Industries as a welder for over 25 years, retiring this year. Dale was a member of the Youngstown Maennerchor Club and the Eagles Club. He enjoyed fishing.

Dale leaves his mother, Mary Alice Vaughn of Austintown; a daughter, Marla Hiner of Brookfield; two sons, Jason (Debra) Vaughn of Brookfield and Justin Vaughn of Hubbard; a brother, Larry Vaughn of Austintown; and two grandchildren, Brooke and Brian Hiner.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dale L. Vaughn Sr.; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and his aunt, Jean Thayer.

Family and friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.



Mary Zemko West, 87

“Together Again”

AUSTINTOWN - Mary Zemko West, 87, passed away late Monday morning, Dec. 10, at Hospice House in Poland Township.

Mary was born Dec. 28, 1919 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Vasil and Anna Kaminski Zemko, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a homemaker and member of St. Stanislaus Church in Youngstown.

Mrs. West was a loving and devoted wife and mother, and in her later years, the joy of her life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately knew her as “Baba.” She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mary leaves two daughters, Evelyn (Tom) Dowling of Austintown and Patricia (Perry Sr.) Kimmel of Canfield; six grandchildren, Dineen Dowling, Dawn Wrask, Kelly Tobin, Dana Pechatsko, Perry Kimmel Jr., and Dyan Dowling; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Her beloved husband Edward F. West, whom she married June 17, 1941, passed away Oct. 13, 2007. Four brothers, Michael, Steve, Charles, and John Zemko; and three sisters, Katherine Sironovich, Anna Bodnar, and Olga Povec, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., today (Wednesday), and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

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

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