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Tributes 2007-12-16

Anthony J. Airato, 66

AUSTINTOWN – Anthony J. Airato, 66, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

He was born in Youngstown on December 17, 1940; the son of the late Joseph and Rose Airato.

Anthony was an electrical engineer, earning his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and his Master’s Degree from Syracuse University. He retired from IBM in Owego, N.Y., after 28 years of service.

He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown and Knights of Columbus, in both Vestal, N.Y., and Austintown. He was an avid golfer and a perennial fan of the Cleveland Browns and Indians.

He married Mary Ann (DeSantis) Airato on Aug. 7, 1965; she passed away Jan. 28, 2004.

Anthony is survived by a daughter, Joanne Marie (Mark) Merriam of Binghamton, N.Y.; two sisters, Anita (Bill) Silves and Sarah J. Airato, both of McDonald; and three grandchildren, Mason Anthony, Illanna Rose, and Abigail Josephine.

He will be sadly missed by many others, including aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Airato.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at McClurkin Funeral Home, Girard.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Church in Austintown, with prayers at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m.

Entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

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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. today 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, 2007 in St. Elizabeth Health Center.

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

She was a member of Holy Family Church in Poland.

Mrs. Bartoli was the owner and operator of DeMine’s Surgical Appliances until she retired at age 75.

Josephine loved to travel, and in 1983, she was able to visit her native homeland. It was a dream come true for her.

She 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 one daughter, Carol Jo Coleman of Poland; a step son, William (JoAnn) DeMine Jr. of Port Richie, Fla.; a step daughter, Lois Culkin of Buffalo, N.Y.; a sister, Chesta (Bob) Miely, of Fla.; one grandson, Michael Coleman of Struthers; four granddaughters, Carrie Coleman of Youngstown, Christine Coleman of Poland, Paula Coleman of Poland, and JoEllen (Paul) Chaney of Warren; two grandsons, Scott (Betty) DeMine of Champion, and Robert (Debbie) DeMine of Las Cruces, N.M.; and eight great-grandchildren

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

Family and friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, where funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m.

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George R. “Joe” Beckwith Jr., 34

VIENNA TOWNSHIP – George R. “Joe” Beckwith Jr., 34, died Thursday Dec. 13, 2007 at his residence.

George was born Jan. 4, 1973 in Ashtabula, a son of George R. Sr. and Linda Beckwith.

He had worked for the past four years for the Vindicator ICD.

He enjoyed reading Sci-Fi books and his computers.

George leaves his fiancee, Tuori Marie Shacklock; his daughter, Riley Jo Solida of Girard; and all of the Vindicator ICD friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Riley Beckwith.

Arrangements are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.

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Ellis Owen

Bequeath, 89

MCDONALD – Ellis O. Bequeath, 89, passed away peacefully at his son’s home in Mercer, Pa., Friday morning after a long struggle with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and more recently, Lymphoma.

Ellis was born Nov.19, 1918 in McDonald, the son of Harry and Rachel (Richards) Bequeath.

He graduated from Mineral Ridge High School in 1937 and later from Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo., where he met his wife.

He married Yolanda Schroeder April 28, 1944.

Ellis served as Pastor of Summit Assembly of God in McDonald from 1943 to 1945 and ministered as pastor and interim pastor in other churches.

He was also an Ohio District Christ Ambassador director for Assembly of God youth in the 1950s.

He was employed at Lordstown Ordinance Depot until its closing in the 1950s and then joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves in Vienna. He retired from the Vienna Air Base in 1983 after 35 years as the Management Procedures and Safety Officer.

He was a member the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 2122, where he was treasurer and later president.

Ellis also served as president of the Weathersfield Twp. Civics Club for many years and was happy to award scholarships from the organization to Girard High School seniors.

He loved working on the family farm with his brothers and spending time with family. He also enjoyed both family and church gatherings and attending the Canfield Fair with his wife and children.

Ellis loved people and had a way of making people feel comfortable and welcome in any situation.

He is survived by three children, Marilyn Bequeath of Howland, Juanita Bequeath of Youngstown, and Ronald Bequeath of Mercer, Pa. He also leaves a brother, Adam Bequeath of McDonald; two sisters, Charlotte Daniels of Champion and Eunice Richley of Youngstown; six grandchildren, Renee (Rev. Brian) Wallace of Gibsonia, Pa., Tom Barfay, Ilana White, Ian, Laura, and Levi Bequeath; and one great-grandson, Andrew Wallace.

He is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews and their children.

Ellis is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, the former Yolanda Schroeder, who passed away May 24, 2006.

He is also preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Garfield, who was killed in WWII, and Homer Bequeath and Russell Bequeath, both from McDonald.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tues., Dec.18, 2007 at Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel, where there will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made to Highway Tabernacle Assembly of God Church, Youngstown, Ohio, in Ellis’s name.

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Doris Handwork Berry, 88

NORTH LIMA – There will be a funeral service held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Doris Handwork Berry, 88, who passed away at 7:55 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Assumption Village.

Doris was born Feb. 10, 1919 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Henry and Naomi (Barton) Graham.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Greenford Christian Church. She enjoyed BINGO and wrestling, with “The Rock” being her favorite wrestler.

Doris is survived by her children, Marsha Fink of Warren, Ronald (MaryAnn) Handwork of North Lima, John R. “Jack” (Trudy) Handwork of Cape Coral, Fla., Harold R. (Joyce) Handwork Sr. of Salem, Judy (Andy) Patrick of Vienna, and Charles “Chuck” (Kathy) Handwork of Newark; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her first husband, John R. Handwork Sr.; her second husband, Richard Berry; four sisters; and a brother.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Assumption Village for the wonderful care given to their mother over the last eight years and also to Hospice of the Valley for the care that was given over the last several weeks.

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Carmel Rose Bodine, 81

BOARDMAN – Carmel Rose Bodine, 81, formerly of Poland, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, in the Greenbriar Nursing Home where she had been a resident since September of 1998.

Mrs. Bodine was born Dec. 17, 1925 on Penn Avenue in Youngstown, Ohio, a daughter of Daniel and Marie Andella Favicchio.

She was a 1944 graduate of East High School. Mrs. Bodine was employed as a hair stylist at Strouss for many years until opening her own hair salon called “The Clip Joint” in Poland.

Her husband, Edgar Lee Bodine, whom she married April 2, 1949, preceded her in death on June 26, 2003.

Mrs. Bodine leaves her two cousins, Frances (Michael) Grannito of Youngstown and Alvin (Alice) Bodine of Longwood, Fla.; her sister-in-law, Margaret “Peggy” Bodine of Youngstown; four nieces, Danielle Higgins of Port Orange, Fla., Michelle (John) Puccio of Hollywood, Fla., Monica Marcovecchio of Plantation, Fla., and Heather Bodine of Canfield, Ohio; three nephews, Michael (Heather) Porcase, Dr. Fred (Karla) Porcase, all of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jeffrey Bodine of New Middletown; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Mrs. Bodine was preceded in death by her two sisters, Frances (Frederic) Porcase in 1986 and Marie (Ralph) Marcovecchio in 2006; and her brother-in-law, Thomas Bodine in 2005.

There were no calling hours or services.

Interment was in Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Bodine’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601.

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Kathryn P.

Eberhart, 89

BOARDMAN – Kathryn P. Eberhart passed away Monday at her home.

There will be no services or calling hours for her.

Mrs. Eberhart was born Jan. 15, 1918 in Boardman, a daughter of Frank and Corrine Francis Powell.

She was a 1936 graduate of Boardman High School. She had volunteered as a Welcome Wagon Lady in the 1950s, was Past President of Boardman P.T.A. and a lifelong member of Boardman United Methodist Church.

Surviving her is her husband, Robert E. Eberhart, whom she married Dec. 1, 1945; two sons, Mark of Boardman and Jeff (Lorrie) of Tampa; three grandchildren, Whitney and Josh of Tampa, Fla.; and Mark (Jenni) of Denver. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren, Avery, Elise and Addison.

Preceding her in death besides her parents is a brother, Paul Powell.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio 44512.

Arrangements handled by Davis Funeral Home.

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Raymond Willard Gilbert, 90

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be private graveside services held at a later date for Raymond Willard Gilbert, 90, formerly of Girard, who passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 12.

Raymond was born March 11, 1917 in Niles, the son of Charles and Grace (Fansler) Gilbert.

He worked as a banberry operator for Packard Electric for 23 years, retiring in 1982. He was of the Protestant faith and had attended St. Columba Parish in Youngstown. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during WWII.

He leaves his wife, the former Sally Murdock, whom he married June 19, 1961, and several nieces and nephews.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Joseph, Calvin, Ward, Almon and Kent; and three sisters, Agnes, Helen and Grace.

There will be no calling hours.

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William H. Gross, M.D., 84

UNIONTOWN – William H. Gross, M.D., 84, passed away Dec. 11.

Born in Youngstown, he graduated from Hubbard High School in 1941. Dr. Gross attended Georgetown University and graduated from Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia. He worked in Family Practice with his father for 25 years before becoming an Anesthesiologist.

He finished the last 17 years of his career at the Anesthesiology department of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Warren. Dr. Gross, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, was an avid golfer and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Helen; children, Elizabeth (Fred) Leonow, Jane (Ron Balthazor) Hudson, Anne Gross, Bill (Shawne) Gross, and Mary Ellen (Scott) Kurish; a brother, Donald Gross; a sister, Susie (John) Prosser; and five grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at St. James Catholic Church, 2532 Burton St. S.E. in Warren, with Fr. Charles Crumbley as celebrant.

Private burial will take place.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harbor Lights Hospice, 25 S. Main, Suite 7, Monroe Falls, OH 44262.

Arrangements by the Hecker Funeral Home, 330 699-2600.

Norma J. (Yeager) Jacob, 83

BOARDMAN – There will be services at 12:15 p.m. Monday at the Fox Funeral Home and at 1 p.m. at St. Columba Cathedral for Norma Jacob, 83, who passed away at her home Thursday morning.

She was born Aug. 2, 1924 in Defiance. Norma was the oldest of Hazel and Harold Yeager’s 12 children.

She married her childhood sweetheart, William J. Jacob (deceased) on March 2, 1946, in their home town of Defiance. After a brief time in Michigan and Cleveland, Norma, Bill and their three daughters, moved to Youngstown in 1962 where she had since resided at her home in Applewood Acres until her passing. She was a founding parishioner of St. Lukes Catholic Church. She retired from Little Forest Nursing Home as a nurse’s aide and had owned and operated the Howard Johnson Restaurant in Boardman with her husband.

Norma spent her days enjoying the company of her three daughters, 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was a giving and caring mother and grandmother who looked forward to holidays and visits from her brothers and sisters from Defiance. Norma was a wise and wonderful woman who never let the hectic pace of an ever changing world bother her. She longed for a simpler time and the company of those she loved. She is now reunited with her husband, parents and siblings, who preceded her in death, at the feet of Jesus.

She is survived by her eldest daughter, Karen (Donald) George of Canfield and grandchildren, Donald George Jr., Carrie (Pasquale) George, Jacob George and Cassie George; her second daughter, Barbara (Darrin) Beconder of Boardman and grandchildren, Brooke (Bjorson) Frampton, Brein (Bjorson) Marzano, Barrett Bjorson, Gianna Beconder and Nya Beconder; and her youngest daughter, Sandra (Raymond) Fellows of Boardman and grandchildren, Dustin Strines, Jared Strines, Rendin Fellows and Koby Fellows.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Florence M. Schaal Kerr, 99

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Florence M. Schaal Kerr, 99, formerly of Poland Village, died Friday, Dec. 14, at Rolling Green Village in Greenville.

Born April 9, 1908 in Youngstown, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Mae Myers Schaal.

She lived most of her life in Boardman before moving to Poland Village. After her husband R. Burton Kerr retired, they moved to Florida before moving to Greenville, S.C. where they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 15, 1999.

While in Ohio, she was an active member of the Poland Presbyterian Church. She was a Deacon and President of the Women’s Association and also served as President of the Poland Garden Club. In Greenville, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Shirley K. Perkins and her granddaughter, Elizabeth P. Aiken, both of Greenville.

A Memorial Service will be held at Rolling Green Village at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Miracle Hill, 575 W. Washington St., Greenville, SC 29601

The Mackey Mortuary handled arrangements.

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Henry L. Pinter, 83

LOWELLVILLE – Henry L. Pinter, 83, of 731 W. Wood St., died Friday evening at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Mr. Pinter was born Aug. 8, 1924, a son of Joseph and Katherine Benish Pinter, and was the youngest of twelve children.

Mr. Pinter left Chaney High School at the age of 17 to join the Civilian Conservation Corps in order to support his widowed mother. Henry was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Navy, enlisting in 1944.

He was a signalman 2nd class on the USS LST273. He received stars and ribbons for his service during the Asiatic Pacific Campaign and the Philippine Liberation. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he passed the U.S. Civil Service exam and was employed as a Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, where he delivered mail to Youngstown families on the North and West sides of town for 30 years before his retirement in 1986.

He met his wife, the former Anne Menichini of Lowellville, on a blind date. They married on Aug. 25, 1956, and made their home in Lowellville in 1965.

Mr. Pinter was a member of the Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville, where he served as an usher for many years. He was a long time member of local bowling leagues, golf leagues, and enjoyed many years playing softball in Lowellville. He remained a loyal New York Yankee fan since his youth.

He was chapter president of the AFS exchange student program and opened his home to international students. Mr. Pinter hosted three students, Fred Diniz of Brazil, Rune Myhre of Norway, and Tom Fischer of Switzerland, all who still loving know him as their “American Dad.”

Mr. Pinter is survived by his wife of 51 years, Anne; a daughter, Michelle (Nick) Amendola of Lowellville; and two grandchildren, Mauro and Gia Amendola. He will be sadly missed by many loving nieces and nephews.

He is now reunited with his son, Daniel, who passed away in 1980 at the precious age of 14.

Besides his parents and son, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Andrew Pinter, Edward Pinter, John Pinter, Joseph Pinter, and Frank Stadler; and six sisters, Julia Vanyo, Elizabeth Krossman, Katie Laczko, Ann Ellis, Margaret Kovacs, and Mary Frye.

Family and friends will be received Monday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Lowellville, where prayer services will be Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

A Funeral Mass will be at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Interment will follow at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.

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Lilian Kilpatrick Rheuban, 83

CANFIELD — Private services were held for Lilian Kilpatrick Rheuban, 83, who passed away Tuesday morning at her residence.

Lilian was born Oct. 25, 1924 in Philadelphia, the daughter of Harry Sr. and Marie (Akins) Kilpatrick.

She was an award-winning folk artist in national (Butler midyear) and local shows. Lilian received an award for residential design of her house and landscape. A prominent and accomplished golfer, she was a past president of the Mill Creek Ladies Golf Association.

She leaves her husband, Atty. Norman A. Rheuban, whom she married Feb. 24, 1945; two daughters, Joyce (Herbert O.) Rheuban Forsberg of Ridgewood, N.J. and Carol Rheuban of New York City; a grandson, Herbert Oscar Forsberg III; and a brother, Harry Kilpatrick Jr. of Ambler, Pa.

Lilian was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Dorothy Kennedy.

There were no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material tributes take the form of donations to the Canfield Historical Society.

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Jacqueline “Jackie” Rhoads, 64

CANFIELD-Services will be Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel and at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church for Jacqueline “Jackie” Rhoads, 64, who passed away early Saturday morning at The Cleveland Clinic after a 2-month illness.

Jackie was born Feb. 20, 1943 in Youngstown, the daughter of Eugene and Regina Froble Wade.

She had worked as a clerk for the Youngstown Public Library for more than 26 years before retiring.

Jackie was a longtime member of St. Christine Church, a 1961 graduate of Wilson High School, and had served as the recording Secretary for the Transplant Recipients International Organization.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas C. Rhoads, whom she married Aug. 27, 1966; her father, Eugene Wade of Tamarac, Fla.; two daughters, Kimberly Rhoads of Columbus, and Keri Hodge of Canfield; a son, Darrin (Holly) Rhoads of Canfield; two sisters, Barbara (Joe) Mansky of Boardman, and Linda Scott of Florida; and four grandchildren, Tylor and Carter Rhoads and Lily and Sophie Hodge.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

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The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to LIFEBANC in Jackie’s memory.

Samuel Robinson Jr., 75

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Monday, Dec. 17, 2007 at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Samuel Robinson, Jr., 75, who departed this life Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Robinson was born May 28, 1932 in Youngstown, a son of Samuel Sr. and Viola McQueen Robinson.

He was employed at Feldman Brothers Produce and L.T.V. Steel, retiring in 1977, and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War.

He leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Cora E. (Iraephraim) Underwood of Youngstown; a sister, Viola “Honey” Robinson of Cleveland; a brother, Harvey “Paul” Robinson of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Aqua (Bernard) Thomas, Tiffany Collier, Brandy Partee and Shasta (Ondrea) Shabazz; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends..

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Vanica M. Robinson; two sisters, Katie Robinson and Elva Mitchell; three brothers, Henry, Rev. David and Milton “Bruce” Robinson; and a very special nephew and friend, Milton Mitchell.

Friends may call on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. 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 11 a.m. 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. Mr. Shannon attended Youngstown College and worked Ohio Bell for more than 34 years, retiring in 1984 as a supervisor for AT&T.

John led an effort to help dig Johnstown, Pa. out of the “Big Snow of 1950.” He started his own company, Mahoning Valley Telephone Service, which he owned and operated for more than 14 years before retiring. He installed and serviced the phones for Cardinal Mooney and St . Charles, as well as other local churches, at no charge all those years.

He was a longtime member, more than 45 years, of St. Charles Church. He served in its first group of Eucharistic Ministers, was a former member of the choir, a volunteer at the church festival, and a co-founder and past president of the St. Charles Athletic Boosters. With the encouragement of his former coach, Nick Johnson, Mr. Shannon was especially proud of his part in starting and coaching the St. Charles Football Program in 1966. The program had four straight undefeated seasons in the 1970s. He also created its first 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. His Catholic faith was unwavering until the end, never missed Sunday Mass, and could still recite his Latin prayers he would say as an Altar Boy at St. Columba. He was proud to send his children to Catholic universities: Notre Dame, St. Mary’s, and John Carroll.

He will be remembered as a true family man by his wife, the former Rosamond “Mike” Hottenstein, with whom he was united in marriage by Fr. Kelly at St. Columba on Oct. 20, 1956; two daughters, Kathleen Shannon of Boardman and Kristen (Sean) Thornton of Canfield; two sons, Timothy and Kristine (MacGillivray) Shannon of Boardman, and Daniel and Kerry (Kosco) Shannon of Syracuse, N.Y.; a sister, Donna Jenkins of Youngstown; a brother, Robert Shannon of Youngstown; and 10 grandchildren, Kevin, Christopher, Lily, Debora, Declan, Nolan, Brady, Emma, Keegan, and Finn.

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

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home, where a Cursillo Bible Vigal will be held at 6:45 p.m.

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

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John R. Smith, 81

HUBBARD – There will be services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for John R. Smith, who was known as “Candyman,” 81, who passed away Saturday at home.

John was born Jan. 25, 1926 in Youngstown, a son of Arthur and Harriett Thomas Smith, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a tow motor driver for 33 years at Republic Steel (LTV), retiring in 1980, and also worked at McKelvey’s parking deck in Youngstown for more than 40 years.

John was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hubbard and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII. He enjoyed animals, working on his car and doing yardwork and also loved to spend time with his grandson.

John leaves his wife, the former Ruth E. Smeltzer, whom he married Dec. 17, 1949; two daughters, Sandra M. (Robert) Connolly of North Jackson; Deborah J. Grilli of Hubbard; a grandson, Dominic Grilli; two sisters, Irene Moore Clark of Tampa, Fla., and Ruth Martin of Youngstown.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Harriett Larson; and three brothers, Ted Smith, who was killed in WWII, Robert Smith and Arthur Smith.

There will be calling hours Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Easter Seals Society, c/o Howland Location, 299 Edwards St., Youngstown, OH 44502.

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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. today 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.

Family and friends may visit to view this obituary or to send condolences.

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Roseann A. Yaniglos, 84

NORTH LIMA – Services will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers and at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church for Roseann A. Yaniglos, 84, who died Friday evening at Assumption Village Nursing Home.

Roseann was born Aug. 1, 1923 in Youngstown, a daughter of Joseph and Rose Sypusinski Wroblewski, and had been a lifelong area resident.

A homemaker, she was truly the heart of her family, and her companionship will be sadly missed.

She was a member of the church and had been past president of Poland Council 4471 K of C etts. She was also an avid golfer and enjoyed dancing and traveling.

Besides her husband, Joseph, whom she married June 29, 1946, she leaves two sons, Robert (Renae) of Columbiana and Kenneth of Chardon; a daughter, Nancy (Chet) Grabowski of Poland; a sister, Mary Kudrich of Youngstown; and six grandchildren, Matthew (Paula), Peter (Megan), John and Daniel Yaniglos, Laura (Bill) Boase and Mark Grabowski.

A son, Joseph Jr., and two brothers, Fred and Joseph Wroblewski, are deceased.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.