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Tributes 2007-12-15

Rose M. Altiero, 86

“Together Again”

LOWELLVILLE – Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Rossi Brothers Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville for Rose M. Altiero, 86, who passed away Thursday evening with her family by her side.

Rose was born Nov. 27, 1921 in Campbell, the daughter of Anthony and Christina (Quiquere) Danchise.

She was a lifelong resident of Lowellville until moving to Struthers with her two daughters during her illness these past 15 months.

She was a site manager for the Mahoning County Nutrition Program in Lowellville for 20 years and worked at Ernie’s Dairy. Rose was a member of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, the Mount Carmel Society Ladies Auxiliary, Lowellville Senior Citizens, Lowellville Bocce League and a former member of the Ladies Guild. On Jan. 19, 1988, the mayor of Lowellville proclaimed Rose Altiero Day in honor of her work and dedication with the Lowellville Nutrition Program and Community.

Her husband, the love of her life, Carl R. Altiero, whom she married Jan. 10, 1942, passed away Aug. 5, 1987.

Her true passions were doing yard work and enjoying her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren especially during the holiday dinners. Rose enjoyed family vacations and traveling.

She will always be remembered by her daughters, Millie (Frank) Cwynar and Arlene (Mike) Fiorentine, both of Struthers; a son Chuck (Gina) Altiero of Poland; nine grandchildren; Jodi (Chuck) Coleman, Jeff (Theresa) Barone, Michele (Chris) Quattro, Tom (Tammy) Kopnicky, Tami (Dave) Slaina, Michael Fiorentine, Lisa (Geoff) Malcomson, Nicole (Ryan) Hively, and Chuckie Altiero; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Lunette Battaglini, Ann Miconi, and Mary Galterio; and a brother, Joe Danchise.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home where the Ladies Mt. Carmel Society will hold a prayer service at 5 p.m.

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Josephine Frances Bartoli, 95

POLAND – Josephine Frances Bartoli, 95, died Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Mrs. Bartoli was born Jan. 20, 1912 in Verona, Italy, a daughter of Marcello and Angelina Giari Lavezzare.

She was the owner and operator of DeMine’s Surgical Appliances until she retired at age 75. She was a member of the Holy Family Church in Poland.

Josephine loved to travel, and in 1983, she was able to visit her native homeland. It was a dream come true for her. Josephine was a strong, independent, energetic, and giving woman. There were no limits to her devotion and love for her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Jo Coleman of Poland; a stepson, William (JoAnn) DeMine, Jr. of Port Richie, Fla.; a sister, Chesta (Bob) Miley, of Florida; a grandson, Michael Coleman of Struthers; three granddaughters, Carrie Coleman of Youngstown, and Christine Coleman and Paula Coleman, both of Poland; and a great-grandson, Jeffrey Coleman of Poland.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William G. DeMine; her second husband, Alfred Bartoli; a daughter, Marcella DeMine; an infant son, Raymond DeMine; and a brother, Peter Lavezzare.

Family and friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday.

Family and friends may also call from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Margaret H. Buser, 86

HUBBARD – There will be services at 9:15 a.m. Monday at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home, and at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, for Margaret H. Buser, 86, who passed away Friday at Liberty Health Care Center.

Margaret was born Jan. 7, 1921 in Youngstown, a daughter of Michael J. and Rose Anne McSharry Gillespie, and was a lifelong area resident.

A 1938 graduate of Ursuline High School, she was a former member of St. Edward Church and a current member of St. Patrick Church. She was also a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen Ladies Auxiliary.

Her husband, Cyril P. Buser Sr., whom she married Oct. 4, 1944, passed away Feb. 23, 2004.

Margaret leaves a daughter, Peggi (Butch) Edwards of Campbell; two sons, Cyril P. (Marsha) Buser of Hubbard and James T. (Janice) Buser of Fuquay Varina, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Candace (Daniel) Perry, Stacia Dagres, Kimberely (Jesse) Paradiso, Samantha Edwards, Jonathan Edwards, Amy (Jeremy) Debevec, Adam Buser and his fiancee Tami, Amanda Buser, Jay (Tammy) Buser, and Matthew Buser; and nine great-grandchildren, Aidian, Madayha, Virginia, Anthony, Daniel, Morgan, Ethan, Olivia, and Jackson.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Sullivan and Rose Anna Bonham; two brothers, Peter Gillespie and John Gillespie; and a great-grandson, Jesse Paradiso.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Ernest Chavis, 79

CAMPBELL – Ernest Chavis, 79, of 10 Blackburn St., passed away at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Guardian Health Care Center from an extended illness.

Mr. Chavis was born Jan. 7, 1928 in Franklin, N.C. to the union of Charlie and Betty Harshaw Chavis.

His survivors include his wife, Lucille Harris of Campbell; two stepsons, James Harris of Youngstown and Nasser Hassen of Campbell; two stepdaughters, Anna Harris of Las Vegas and Robin Harris of Campbell; a brother, Claude M. Chavis of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Charles W. Chavis, George Chavis, and Ray C. Chavis; and two sisters, Ethel Mae Woods and Alma Chavis.

There will be funeral services at 1 p.m. Monday at the Hillcrest Memorial Park Chapel in Bedford Heights.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Sibley-Murray Funeral Home.


Kenneth E. Covell, 71

POLAND – Kenneth E. Covell, 71, died early Thursday morning at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Covell was born March 18, 1936 in Youngstown, a son of Charles L. and Elizabeth McIntyre Covell. He was raised in Brownlee Woods and later resided in Poland.

Ken was a 1954 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. From 1958 to 1964, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve and in December of 1958 was an Honor Graduate of Automotive School in Fort Knox, Ky.

He worked at General Motors, retiring as supervisor in 1991 after 25 years of service. He also was a millwright for Republic Steel from 1957 to 1966, and prior to Republic was employed at Al’s Sohio Station in Struthers.

Ken was a member of the Poland Presbyterian Church and a member of the former Bethlehem United Church of Christ, where he served as Deacon, Elder, Youth Counselor, Sunday School Superintendent, and Director of Materials for the Sunday School.

He was coach and manager for the Poland Little League Baseball Association and in 1972 was honored as “Father of the Year” for the Poland Little Bulldogs. Ken was a “jack-of-all-trades.” He was very creative and succeeded in whatever task he was presented with. He also was gifted mechanically and had a passion for automobiles. He enjoyed fishing, bow-hunting, and most of all, spending time with his friends, the “Arby’s Gang,” and especially the loves of his life: his family.

To those who knew him, Ken was a servant to anyone in need: his family, friends, and strangers.

Mr. Covell leaves his wife, the former Sally Stickel, whom he married June 21, 1958; a daughter, Sherry (Anthony) DeWitt of New Middletown; two sons, Mark (Laura) Covell of Poland and Bryan (Cathy) Covell of Stow; a sister, Donna Schmidt of Youngstown; a brother, Charles (Marilyn) Covell Jr. of Berlin Center; and four grandchildren, Reanna Covell, Grafton Covell, Bryce Covell, and Kendra DeWitt.

Besides his parents, Ken was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Anderson; a brother-in-law, William Schmidt; a niece, Kelly Anderson; and a nephew, David Anderson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Poland Presbyterian Church.

Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, and Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.

The family requests memorial tributes take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Helen F. Cuculich, 83

AUSTINTOWN – There will be services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman and 10:30 a.m. at Saint Peter and Paul Church for Helen F. Cuculich, 83, who died Thursday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mrs. Cuculich was born April 27, 1924 in Poland, a daughter of Anton and Josephine Vlasic Globun and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Saint Peter and Paul Church and past member of its Altar and Rosary Society and its Daughters Club.

Besides her husband, Frank G. Cuculich, whom she married Aug. 10, 1946, she leaves two daughters, Rosanne (Al) Wall of Boardman and Theresa Hale of Austintown; a brother, Peter Globun of North Lima; a sister, Caroline Roseman of Poland; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Frank T. Cuculich; a son-in-law, Roy Hale; and three brothers, Anton Globun, Michael Globun and Walter Globun.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Saint Peter and Paul Church, 421 Covington St., Youngstown, OH 44510.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.

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Ruth L. Duncan, 85

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home for Mrs. Ruth L. Duncan, 85, who entered into rest Thursday evening at Austinwoods Nursing Home.

Ruth was born Dec. 21, 1921 in Monessen, Pa., the daughter of the late Stephen and Veronica (Belco) Swartz, and came to this area in 1922.

She was employed as a title clerk with South Side Merchants, retiring in 1986 and was a member of St. Christine Catholic Church.

Mrs. Duncan will be sadly missed by many including her sons, Paul (Kathy) Duncan of Boardman and Kevin (Lisa) Duncan of Poland; a daughter, Christine (Richard) Simerlink of Youngstown; a sister, Agnes Paull of Youngstown; and seven grandchildren, Stephanie, Sheri, Stacie, Kevin Jr., Colleen, Kenny, and Paul Jr.

Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Edward Swartz.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the staff at Austinwoods Nursing Home for all of their kindness and loving care.

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Ronald Glenn Harrison II, 19

CAMPBELL – There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Wasko Funeral Home, and at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, for Ronald Glenn Harrison II, 19, who passed away Wednesday evening.

Mr. Harrison was born Nov. 23, 1988 in Youngstown, a son of Sherry Uhrin and the late Ronald G. Harrison, and was a lifelong area resident.

He worked for Warren Fabrication and was a member of St. John Catholic Church, where he served as an alter boy. He was also a member of the South Side Boxing Club.

Mr. Harrison is survived by his mother; his maternal grandparents, Steve and Ramona Uhrin, with whom he made his home; a cousin, Patrick Hymes, all of Campbell; and his paternal grandmother, Iva Dean Harrison of Virginia Beach, Va.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his aunt, Laurel Uhrin; and his paternal grandfather, James Harrison.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Donald J. Johngrass, 59

STRUTHERS – There will be services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers, and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, for Donald J. Johngrass, 59, who died Thursday afternoon.

Donald was born June 5, 1948 in New Castle, Pa., a son of Samuel and Ann Polis Johngrass, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the church.

He leaves his mother, with whom he made his home; two brothers, Gene of Las Vegas and Richard of Florida; three sisters, Mary Ann Colaneri and Roslyn Bendel, both of Poland and Jackie DeLaurentis of Boardman; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


Leonard J. Mintus, 80

WARREN – Leonard J. Mintus, 80, passed away Friday Dec. 14, at 12:40 p.m. at the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

Leonard was born May 12, 1927 in Rowes Run, Pa., the son of the late John and Mary Kwak Mintus, and was a Warren resident most of his life.

Leonard was a graduate of Leavittsburg (LaBrae) High School and was drafted into the U.S. Army two months after graduation. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, having served with the 88th Signal Blue Devil Division as a radio operator stationed in Italy. He was honorably discharged.

He was a crane operator at the melt shop of Copperweld Steel Co., retiring in 1986 after 44 years of service.

He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren, the Youngstown Saxon Club, St. Joseph Holy Name Society, and the Sts. Cyril and Methodius 50 Plus Club; he had been a past boy scout Webelo leader and was a HAM radio operator.

Leonard was very proud of his Polish Heritage. He always had a positive and cheerful attitude and was there with a smile and conversed with everyone he met. He was an avid fan of both college and professional football teams. He enjoyed boating on Lake Erie, fishing, polka dancing, working in his yard, vacationing on Put-in-Bay and attending the annual inter-lake yachting association regatta in Put-in-Bay. He enjoyed spending quality time with his children and grandchildren and was a great inspiration to them. He enjoyed telling them his war time experiences and stories of WWII.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marie Novakovich Mintus, whom he married Aug. 20, 1955; a daughter, Linda (Gary) Henrich of Aurora; a son, Dennis (Cindy) Mintus of Warren; grandchildren, Melanie, Evan, Larissa, and Steven Henrich; a sister, Michaeline Hayda of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Antonette Ciszek, Ann Ziert, and Marie Vogt; and six brothers, Walter, Andrew, Stanley, Fred, Theodore, and John Jr. Mintus.

Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Rd. N.E. in Warren.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday at Blessed Sacrament Church with Celebrant Msgr. John Zuraw and Co-celebrant Rev. Donald E. King, preceded by a 10:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Interment will be at All Souls Cemetery with Military Honors.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 1390, Warren, OH 44482-1390.

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Hillyet Mobley Sr., 101

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Hillyet Mobley Sr., 101, who departed this life Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mr. Mobley was born Oct. 18, 1906 in Salisbury, N.C., a son of John and Irea Duff Mobley.

He worked as a machine operator with U.S. Steel, retiring after 46 years of service. He was a member of the Commandment Keepers, where he served as overseer, trustee, and treasurer.

His wife of 55 years, the former Altha Adams, passed away Oct. 13, 2005.

Mr. Mobley leaves to cherish his memory six daughters, Betty Hollis, Rose Bennett, Ruby Hopson, Altha Jane (George) Mobley-Jones, and Gloria Mobley Smith, all of Youngstown, and Sherri (Sanders) Nall of Columbus; four sons, Sylvester (Violet) Mobley, Archie (Alice) Beck, Hillyet (Rosalyn) Mobley Jr., and Joseph Scrutchen, all of Youngstown; 30 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, John Mobley; a daughter, Dorothy Ann Beck; a brother, Irvin Mobley; and two sisters, Dorothy Mobley and Annie Bell Mobley Lawrence.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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John T. “Jack” Shannon, 77

BOARDMAN – There will be services Monday at 10:15 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Charles Church for John T. “Jack” Shannon, 77, who passed away Thursday evening at the Cleveland Clinic after a sudden illness.

John was born June 22, 1930 in Youngstown, the son of John J. and Catherine Collins Shannon.

He had attended the Rayen School and Ursuline High School before serving in the U.S. Army and later in the U.S. Army Reserves. He had attended Youngstown College and worked for Ohio Bell for more than 34 years, retiring as a supervisor for AT&T in 1984. He then began his own company, Mahoning Valley Telephone Co., which he owned and operated for more than 14 years before retiring.

He was a longtime member of St. Charles Church for more than 45 years, he served in its first group of eucharistic ministers, was a former member of the choir, a volunteer at the church festival, a member and past president of the St. Charles Athletic Boosters, and had volunteered his time keeping the parish’s phone system functioning and up to date. Mr. Shannon was especially proud of his part in starting and coaching the St. Charles Football program, its track program and later its girls track team. He is still called coach by many of his former athletes. Jack was also an avid flower gardener and a very proficient handyman. Proud of his Irish Heritage, he along with his wife were also originators of the Mahoning Valley Ulster Project.

He will be remembered as a true family man by his wife, the former Rosamond “Mike” Hottenstein, whom he married Oct. 20, 1956; two daughters, Kathleen Shannon of Boardman and her fiance, Tim Riley and Kristen (Sean) Thornton of Canfield; two sons, Timothy (Kristine) Shannon of Boardman and Daniel (Kerry) Shannon of Syracuse, N.Y.; a sister, Donna Jenkins of Youngstown; a brother, Robert Shannon of Youngstown; and 10 grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Shannon.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at thefuneral home.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to St. Charles School in Mr. Shannon’s memory.



Zandra Belinda (Hall) Smith, 56

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a memorial service at noon today 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. Tugwell Hall.

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

She leaves her father of Youngstown; 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 E. 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 mother, 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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Mary Frances Barr Taylor, 93

WARREN – Mrs. Mary Frances Barr Taylor, 93, of 625 Garland Drive, Weathersfield Township, died at 4:14 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. Joseph Health Center Eastland.

Mrs. Taylor was born Aug. 25, 1914 in Steubenville, a daughter of Oscar and Claire McCoy Barr.

She had been employed by the former Chicago Wall Paper Factory as a paper roller for seven years. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and time with her grandchildren, who with loving affection, called her “Big Nanny” and “Kissie Bug.”

Mrs. Taylor is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Emily (Jim) Elbon, with whom she made her home, Mrs. Janet Yaist, and Ms. Bette Davis, all of Niles, and Ms. Debra Taylor of Girard; two sons, Charles (Dorothy) Tice of Niles and William C. (Donna) Taylor of Austintown; her care giver, Terri Hillier; 22 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Charles Tice, whom she married in 1936, and William O. Taylor, whom she married in 1945 and who died Dec. 24, 2002; a daughter, Mary Katherine Durbin; a son, Vonnie Taylor; and two sisters, Mabel Hallenbaugh and Valerie Lewis.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home in Niles, where funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Ronald Mauer officiating.

Burial will be at Kerr Cemetery.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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