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Dolores “Dee” Balint, 71

LIBERTY – Dolores “Dee” Balint, 71, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, at her home.

She was born March 15, 1936 in Youngstown, a daughter of John J. and Gwendolyn Geraldine Rhodabaugh Suhy and was a lifelong area resident.

Dee was a homemaker and of the Catholic faith. She enjoyed walking in both Liberty and Mill Creek Parks.

She leaves a daughter, Sandra Irwin of Girard; a brother, John J. (Sis) Suhy of Youngstown; two sisters, Gwendolyn “Dolly” Davis of Smith Mountain Lake, Va. and Carol Bigelow of Liberty; a granddaughter, Amber (Brad) Allen of Youngstown; a great-grandson, Hunter Allen; her life long partner, Bob Balint of Youngstown; several very special nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, John Levitsky; and a sister, Barbara Ann Sauline.

Calling hours and funeral services will be private.

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Doris J. Burton, 78

GLENDALE, ARIZ. - Doris J. Burton, 78, of Glendale and formerly of Westminster Avenue in Austintown, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Sun Health Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Ariz. after a brief illness.

Doris was born Aug. 4, 1929 in Hubbard, a daughter of the late Ralph and Velma Allbright Wiseman, and moved to Arizona in February of 2004.

While in Ohio, Doris was a homemaker and worked at Easco Aluminum for 24 years.

She leaves her son, Gary Burton of Glendale; her daughter, Judy Catlett; and two grandchildren.

Her husband, Charles H. Burton, whom she married March 22, 1947, passed away July 8, 2000. Four brothers, Ralph Wiseman, Paul Wiseman, Gene Wiseman and James Wiseman, are also deceased.

Private funeral services will be held locally today, Dec. 14.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown.

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Donna M. Coleman, 72

BOARDMAN – There will be services at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home and 1 p.m. at Saint Dominic Church for Donna M. Coleman, 72, who died Wednesday morning at Saint Elizabeth Health Center.

Mrs. Coleman was born May 5, 1935, a daughter of Theodore and Isabelle Splain and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a 1953 graduate of Ursuline High School. She received her diploma in nursing from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1956. She further received a bachelor of nursing from Youngstown State University in 1977.

Her work experience consisted of instructor of the Choffin Practical Nurse Program. She also spent time as an instructor in the Allied Health Department at Y.S.U. Previously, she was an instructor in Diversified Health Occupations at the Gordon James Career Center. She was director of nursing at Potters Medical Center in East Liverpool. Her experience was as a pediatric instructor at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. She initially had been employed as an office nurse and with the Visiting Nurse Association. She was employed by Penn-Ohio Medical Equipment, which led to running her own business “M-2000,” specializing in medical equipment.

Her memberships, past and present, had been the Association for Practitioners in Infection Control, the Ohio Hospital Association, The Ohio Society for Hospital Nursing Service Administrators, The National League for Nursing and The Cleveland Area League for Nursing. She also belonged to the St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center Alumni Association, The Ohio Vocation Association, and The American Association of University Women.

She was an accomplished duplicate bridge player, achieving the rank of silver life master, and also served as president of the unit which is part of the Youngstown area. She was a certified bridge teacher and an accredited director of club games.

She is survived by her husband, Charles, whom she married Jan. 26, 1957; her mother, Isabelle Splain; two daughters, Lynne (Gary) Rosati of Youngstown and Lori (David) Carmendy of Columbus; a son, Charles (Jodi) of Columbus; a sister, Isabelle Wilson of Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, Dennis Splain of Boise, Idaho; and nine grandchildren. She will be missed by all the lives she touched.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Reemer Ann Echols, 46

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at noon on Monday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Reemer Ann Echols, 46, who departed this life Saturday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Ms. Echols was born June 26, 1961 in Youngstown, a daughter of Frank G. Sr. and Rose Marie Murray Echols.

She was a supervisor at Wendy’s restaurant. She was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church.

She leaves her mother, her stepfather, Samuel A. Jennings and three sisters, Tracie L. Echols and Katina Echols, all of Youngstown and Samone McCullough of Massillon; two brothers, John Murray and Curtis Bailey, both of Youngstown.

Her father; a son, Michael Thomas; a brother, Frank Echols Jr.; her grandmother, Mattie Murray; and an uncle, James “Pee Wee” Murray, preceded her in death.

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

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Katherine B. “Kathy” Hawkins, 66

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Redeemer Lutheran Church for Katherine B. “Kathy” Hawkins, 66, who died Wednesday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She was born April 24, 1941 in Youngstown, the daughter of Ralph and Theresa (Schwellinger) Hersman, and was a lifelong area resident.

Kathy was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she had been active in teaching Sunday school classes and leading Bible study groups. She was a graduate of Fitch High School. Her proudest achievement was being a professional grandma.

She is survived by her husband, Donald, whom she married Feb. 13, 1960; daughters, Lisa (Ben) Iannarelli of Cleveland, Leslie (George) Babinchak of Austintown, Beth (George) Syrianoudis of Canfield and Erin (Rick) Zumbar of Salem; a brother, David (LaDene) Hersman of California; and 13 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

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

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Zandra Belinda (Hall) Smith, 56

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a memorial service at noon on Saturday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Zandra Belinda (Hall) Smith, 56, who departed this life Tuesday at Hospice House.

She was born May 5, 1951 in Youngstown, a daughter of Henry E. Sr. and Dorothy L. Tudwell Hall.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and attended Youngstown State University majoring in art.

She leaves her husband, Cornell Smith, whom she married May 22, 1977; her children, Navy Chief Petty Officer Curtis E. (Felicia) Cox of Stafford, Va. and Camille “Nikki” (Glen) Clinkscale of Burlington, N.C.; siblings, Henry F. Hall Jr. of Cleveland, Karen F. Gilbert, Melody S. Hall and Kimberly (Craig Sr.) Whitfield, all of Youngstown and Nita Faye (Robin) Holland of Aurora, Colo.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Her parents, a sister, Mary A Feagins and a brother, Mark A. Hall, preceded her in death.

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

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Steven Peter Stanos, 81

BOARDMAN — There will be services at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church for Atty. Steven Peter Stanos, 81, who died Wednesday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center of lung disease.

Mr. Stanos was born March 2, 1926 in Youngstown, a son of Peter and Frocene Eliapoulos Stanos.

He attended Market Street U.S. Grant and Hayes Junior High School and graduated from The Rayen School in 1944. Attorney Stanos received his Bachelor in Commerce from Ohio University in 1948 and his Bachelor of Law Degree from Youngstown College of Law in 1957. He passed the Ohio State Bar Association examination in 1957 and was issued his juris doctorate in 1959. He was a private practice attorney for 50 years.

Before practicing law, he had been the treasurer of the Renner Brewery. Atty. Stanos was a member of the Mahoning County, Ohio State, and American Bar Associations.

He was a lifelong member of St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Church in Boardman, a member and past president of its parish council and served on its permanent building committee. He was a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association and The Eastern Orthodox Men’s Society. Steve was also a former member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America, being appointed by former Archbishop Iakovos. He was a charter member of the Youngstown Easter Seal Society and in 2001 he received the Easter Seal Society Anthony Vivo Community Service Award.

Steve was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, the Rotary Club of Youngstown, the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, the Youngstown Shrine Club and Tippecanoe Country Club. He had also been a director and trustee of Belmont Park Cemetery.

Besides his wife, the former Kathryn Mason, whom he married May 4, 1963, he leaves a daughter, Artemis (John) Anos of Chicago; three sons, Dr. Peter (Jennifer) Stanos of Columbus, Nicholas Stanos of New York, and Dr. Steven (Dr. Sarah) Stanos Jr. of River Forest, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Sophia, Mary Kathryn, Steven Patrick, Diana, Nicholas, Margaret, and Elisabeth; a sister, Kanella Varveris of Boardman; and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Artemis Mason of Boardman.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Pardee Stanos; and a sister, Irene Stanos.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Fox Funeral Home, where there will be a Trisagion Service at 4:15 p.m.

Atty. Stanos will lie in state Monday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Contributions may be made to either St. John Greek Orthodox Church Restoration Fund, 4955 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, OH 44512 or The Easter Seal Society, 299 Edwards St., Youngstown, OH 44502.

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Gizella A. Takacs, 86

FOWLER TOWNSHIP – There will be a private memorial service Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Fowler Community Church on State Route 305 in Fowler following the morning worship service, for Gizella A. Takacs, 86, of 2426 Sodom Hutchings Road in Vienna, who passed away at 8:26 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Cortland Health Care Center in Cortland.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921 in Cleveland to Charles and Esther (Kun) Arva.

Gizella retired from Western Electric Company in Solon in 1980. She was a member of their Pioneer’s Club.

Her husband, John Takacs, whom she married Sept. 10, 1938 in Cleveland, is deceased.

Gizella leaves her daughter, Pat of Fowler, with whom she has made her home since 1980; her five grandchildren, Maureen (Rick) Wilson of Akron, John (Ruby) Barfay of Fowler, James Barfay of Vienna, Joseph (Nicole) Barfay of Westerville and Rebecca (Keith) Fisher of Warren; eight great-grandchildren, David R. III and Andrew Wilson, John E. III and Maranda Barfay, Jacob, Tyler and Cheyenne Fisher and Luke Barfay; and numerous nephews and nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Maureen; her parents, Charles and Esther Arva; her sisters, Irene Shisse, Rose Airey, Josephine Kovach, Margaret Kosa and Ethel Ivanovics; her brother, Elmer Airey; her son-in-law, John Barfay; and a grandson-in-law, Keith Fisher.

A private burial will be held at a later date at Dugan Cemetery in Fowler.

William Walter “Wally” Wicks, 60

NEW WILMINGTON, PA. – William Walter “Wally” Wicks, 60, of 255 Orchard Terrace Drive, passed away early Thursday morning, Dec. 13, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 8, 1947 in Youngstown, a son of Harold and Genevieve Wicks.

A graduate of Springfield Local High School, Mr. Wicks went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration and engineering from the University of Akron.

He was retired as a District Sales Manager from Senior Flexonics of New Braunfels, Texas. Formally, Mr. Wicks had worked for Pathway, located out of Oakridge, Tenn. and Badger Industries, Inc. of Zelienople, Pa. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family and sharing his antique car with those around him.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Schiller) Wicks, whom he married Sept. 7, 1968; two daughters, Tracye (Dallas R.) Rose of Springboro and Jennifer Wicks of New Wilmingtown; a grandson, Dallas Nathan Rose of Springboro; and a sister, Barbara Wicks of Phoenix.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Wicks.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Smith Funeral Home, 310 West Neshannock Ave. in New Wilmington.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Sharon Regional Health System, 2320 Highland Road, Hermitage, PA 16148, in honor of William Wicks.

George A. Williamson, 80

NILES – George A. Williamson, 80, of 30 Evans St., died Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 12:20 p.m. at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Williamson was born May 14, 1927 in Niles, a son of George F. and Laura Butler Williamson.

He was an employee of the former U.S. Steel McDonald Works as a millwright for 37 years, retiring in 1980. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during WWII as a guard at the Nuremburg Trials.

George enjoyed card playing, family gatherings, and was an ardent fan of the Ohio State University football team. A lifetime member of the Niles Frontliners, he avidly supported the Niles Red Dragons football team.

He is survived by his wife, the former Dorothy Eileen Wogan, whom he married June 4, 1948; a daughter, Debbie Grim and her husband, Gary of Vienna; a grandson, Keith Lamp and his wife, Shana of Niles; three great-grandchildren, Justin, Brian, and Karryn Lamp; three brothers, Jim of McDonald, Bill of Howland, and Tom of Sun City, Fla.; and three sisters, Dorothy McClurg of Warren, Mary Norman of Girard, and Carol Evinsky of Rochester, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Lamp; five brothers, Leo, Robert, Paul, Gene, and Arthur; and two sisters, June Betts and Anna Williamson.

There will be memorial services at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, with the Rev. Dr. Bernard M. Oakes officiating at the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home, where friends may call one half hour prior to the service.

Burial will be at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.

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Donald F. Zupko, 70

WAPAKONETA - Donald F. Zupko, 70, of 304 E. Benton Street, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895, passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 11, 2007, at St. Rita Medical Center in Lima, Ohio.

Donald was born May 26, 1937 in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Irene Horvath Zupko, and lived most of his life in the Youngstown area before moving to Arizona in 1993 and subsequently to Wapakoneta in 2002.

He worked at General Motors in Lordstown for 23 years, retiring in 1993, and was a member of United Auto Workers Union Local No. 1112.

He leaves a son, Donald F. (Janice) Zupko Jr. of Leominster, Mass.; a daughter, Pam (Steve) Miner with whom he made his home in Wapakoneta; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A sister, Arlene Coudriet, and two brothers, John and Robert Zupko, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a funeral service will take place at 4:30 p.m.

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