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Mary E. Burkosky, 91

AURORA – There will be services at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Szabo & Sons Funeral Home, and at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen of Hungary Church, for Mary E. Burkosky, 91, formerly of Struthers, who passed away Friday afternoon, Dec. 14, at Hillcrest Hospital.

Mary was born Sept. 21, 1916 in Youngstown, a daughter of Anthony and Katherine Snekszer Turk.

She was an elevator operator for the Mahoning National Bank, retiring in 1981. She was a member of the church and William Penn Branch 28.

Her husband, John Burkosky, whom she married Feb. 16, 1942, passed away in July of 2001.

She is survived by a son, Frank Burkosky of Solon; a daughter, Marcia Marr of Solon; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Turk.

Besides her husband, Mary was preceded in death by three brothers, Father John Turk, Father Joseph Turk and Anthony Turk and a sister, Sister Barbara Turk.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Harry Chapman, 92

CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home and 1 p.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church for Harry Chapman, 92, formerly of Hermitage, Pa., who passed away Tuesday morning at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mr. Chapman was born May 5, 1915 in Sharon, Pa., a son of Harry J. and Francis Birt Chapman.

A traffic rate analysist, Mr. Chapman attended Sharon High School. He was a member of the Masons, 32 degree; a former usher for St. John’s Episcopal Church and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Sharon for 17 years.

He is survived by his wife, the former, Clara Perry, whom he married June 28, 1986; a son, Rick (Ruth) Chapman of Hermitage; a daughter, Gayle Chapman of McKeesport, Pa.; a granddaughter, Tricia (Dean) Gregory of Sharon and great-granddaughters, Alyssa and Alaina; grandson, Kris (Roxanne) Chapman of Greenville, Pa. and great-granddaughters, Marley and Lily; and grandson, Nick (Amy) Chapman of Painesville and great-grandchildren, Connor and Mya; stepsons, David (Kathy) Perry of Canfield and Roy (Eleanor) Perry of Boardman; and granddaughter, Shelly Turpin of Poland and great-granddaughter, Alex; grandson, David Jr. (Michelle) Perry of Poland and great-grandchildren, David III, Matthew, Chris and Caitlin; grandson, James (Tiffany) Perry of Canfield and great-granddaughter Abigail; granddaughter, Sandy (Jeff) McCreery of Poland and great-grandsons, Cameron, Shane and Reed; grandson, Kevin Perry of Seattle; and grandson, Roy Perry of Boardman and great-grandchildren, Nick, Cassandra and Ashley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerry Chapman; and his first wife, Mildred.

The family will receive friends today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be held at 4:45 p.m.

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Helen Rita Dagati, 87

WARREN – Helen Rita Dagati, 87, formerly of Girard, died Sunday, Dec. 16, at her residence in Warren.

She was born Dec. 14, 1920 in Uniontown, Pa., the daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Yanov) Smerek.

She had been employed by Packard Electric. She was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard, the Altar and Rosary Society, the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, St. Rose Seniors, Girard Senior Citizens, Eagles FOE and Girl Scout Troop 55.

She married her husband, Anthony “Tops” D’Agati, June 26, 1942, and he passed away Dec. 8, 1966.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Joseph (Jennifer) Dagati of Canfield; a daughter, Barbara Hill of Warren; two sisters, Elizabeth Furman of South Carolina and Molly Smerek of Albuquerque, N.M.; and three grandchildren, Sarah Marino, Anthony Dagati and Lindsey Hill.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Helene Dagati; two brothers, John and Stephen Smerek; and two sisters, Mary Smerek and Ann McCoy.

There will be calling hours today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Church, with prayers at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Donations may be made in her name to Catholic Charities.

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Elizabeth H. Danyi, 84

NILES – Elizabeth H. Danyi, 84, of 861 John St., died at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home in Niles following an extended illness.

She was born July 9, 1923 in Niles to Michael and Theresa (Lah) Gemik, and lived in Niles all her life.

Mrs. Danyi was a member of St. Stephen’s Church and the Mount Carmel Church Infant of Prague Guild. She enjoyed reading books from the McKinley Memorial Library.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandy (Paul) Hogan of Niles; three sons, Stephen Danyi of Girard, Richard (Sharon) Danyi of Columbus and Dr. John (Paula) Danyi of Christiansburg, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stephen P. Danyi, whom she married Oct. 18, 1941, and who died June 8, 1983; two sisters, Theresa Ferencz and Mary Kiraly; and a brother, Michael Gemik.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 19, at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at St. Stephen’s Church, with the Rev. Thomas Kraszewski officiating.

Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery.

Ida Emma De Piero, 96

AUSTINTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Austintown for Ida Emma De Piero, 96, who passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Brookdale Senior Living Center, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Ida was born June 26, 1911 in Bugnara, Italy to Giacinto and Giovanna Clemente Di Piero, and came to America in 1916.

She attended The Rayen School and worked at Strouss Hershberg before moving to Cleveland and then to Oakland, Calif., where she worked for the Parker Hannifin Corporation, retiring in 1975 with 30 years of service as an administrative assistant.

She is survived by three nieces and three nephews.

Ida was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Pasquale Di Piero and Dante Di Piero; and four sisters, Gilda Di Piero, Dena Di Piero, Clara Sferra Jones, and Ann Tomillo.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Brookdale Senior Living, Clare Bridge Cottage in Austintown and Southern Care Hospice staff for their loving attention to Ida during these difficult days.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel. Prayers will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Southern Care Hospice and Clare Bridge Cottage.

Renee M. Fiol, 50

STRUTHERS – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers with the Rev. Bernard Bonnot officiating, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service at The Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home in Boardman for Renee M. Fiol, 50, who passed away Sunday, Dec. 16.

Renee will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends.

She was born June 3, 1957 in Youngstown, the daughter of Caneva (Kenny) and Loretta (Saxie) Centofanti Guerrieri.

Renee was a 1975 graduate of Ursuline High School and Lewis, Weinberger and Hill Beauty Academy. She was a hair dresser at DD’s Beauty Shop in Struthers for the last 16 years.

She enjoyed bowling, cooking, dancing, and especially doing the twist, but most importantly she loved taking care of and spending time with her family. She had been a member of St. Nicholas Church, the Wednesday’s Ladies Variety League at the holiday bowl, and the Second Saturday Card Club.

Renee leaves behind to hold on to her wonderful memories, her husband, Manuel Fiol, whom she married April 21, 1979; a son, Michael Fiol of Florida; a daughter, Nicole Fiol of Struthers; a sister and brother, Regina (Jim) Filbert and Alesio (Kelly) Guerrieri, both of Boardman; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carmine and Lydia (Caballero) Procida of New York; a lifelong friend, Patty (Ron) Patrick of Poland; many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at The Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.

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James F. Harris, 95

WILLIAMSPORT, MD. – James F. Harris, 95, died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Homewood Nursing Home.

He was born Sept. 1, 1912 to Fred W. Harris and Ilo G. Crum Harris, and moved to Hagerstown, Md. with his son in 2003.

Mr. Harris was the co-owner of the Harris Super United Market on Mahoning Avenue in Austintown. Starting at the age of 13, he first delivered groceries from a Model T Ford in a “grocery on wheels.” In 1925, his father moved his long established grocery from Four Mile Run Road to Austintown Corners. Friends said, “Why would you want to go way out there?” Working in the store for 45 years with his brother, William, the long time “Austintown Institution” was closed in 1972.

After his marriage to Charlotte Myers of the Fred H. Myers Jewelry Family on Feb. 14, 1943, he moved to Warren, where he lived for 50 years. He was a member of the Central Christian Church of Warren, the Central Christian Workers class and a 60 year member of the Old Erie Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Masons, Scottish Rite Lodge Council Chapter Consistory Valley of Youngstown.

He leaves a son, Fred M. of Hagerstown; a sister, Dorothy Wood of Hubbard; two grandchildren, Jennifer Bagwell of Woodlands, Texas and Rebekah Cerame of Severn, Md.; and a great-granddaughter, Lillian Cerame.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; his brother and business partner, William C.; and sisters, Clara Gregg and Mary Kaiser.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home, with Rev. Don Baird of the Community Christian Church in North Canton officiating.

Interment will follow at Crown Hill Burial Park.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made to the Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44483.

Ohio arrangements are entrusted to the McFarland & Son Funeral Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481.

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Robert J. (Licek) Leighton, 69

AUSTINTOWN – Robert J. (Licek) Leighton, 69, died Monday, Dec. 17, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

He was born in Pittsburgh, the son of the late John and Gladys Licek, and moved to Youngstown in 1946 with his family.

He was a graduate of South High School.

Robert lived most of his adult life in New York City and California and came back to Youngstown in 2002.

He leaves his sister, Peg Kolan of Pittsburgh and a brother, William (Pat) Licek of Youngstown.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Licek; and a sister, Lisa Donatelli.

There will be no services or calling hours.

There will be a private memorial service Saturday, Dec. 22.

Kathryn A. Ludwick, 78

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MASURY – There will be services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Corner House Christian Church in Hubbard for Kathryn A. Ludwick, 78, who passed away Tuesday at the John XXIII Home in Hermitage, Pa.

Kathryn was born Sept. 1, 1929 in Masury, a daughter of Reese and Marie Kalh Evans, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a sales person at Strouss’ Department Store in Sharon, Pa. for 10 years, retiring in 1970. A lifetime member of the church, she was also a member of its Happy Wanderers Club.

Her husband, Jack T. Ludwick, whom she married Aug. 28, 1946, passed away May 4, 2000.

She leaves two sons, James R. (Christine) Ludwick of Masury and William F. (Sue) Ludwick of Carmel, Ind.; a daughter, Carol (Jim) Morrow of Hubbard; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jack Ludwick; and two sisters, Rose Marie Hacker and Sue Virginia Dawson.

There will be calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the John XXIII Home c/o Auxiliary Craft Class, 2250 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, PA 16148.

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Dorothy Pauline McAllister

FALLBROOK, CALIF. – Dorothy Pauline McAllister passed away Wednesday, Dec. 12, after a long illness due to a heart condition. She lived in Fallbrook for the past five years and fell in love with her neighbors and this beautiful little town.

She was born Dorothy Pauline Metro, the third daughter of Joseph and Irene Metro of Youngstown.

Dorothy grew up in Youngstown where she attended school with her sisters, Virginia, Margaret and Josephine.

The beautiful blue-eyed Dorothy met dashing Edward T. Krazel Sr. in Youngstown and soon married and started her family. Together they had eight children, five girls and three boys.

Dorothy and her family moved to Southern California in 1957 where they established their home in Buena Park, Calif. The family belonged to St. Pius V Roman Catholic Church in Buena Park where they made many lifelong friends and where Dorothy raised her children. She was a loving mother and friend to all.

She loved her children and grandchildren, music, sewing, her friends, church activities, cooking and bingo (and other games of chance). She was noted for her warm outgoing personality and willingness to help wherever she could. Those who loved her will miss her kindness, strength and caring nature.

Dorothy is survived by her two sisters, Virginia Hvizgyak of Barden and Margie Maruschak of Youngstown; her eight children, Edward T. Krazel Jr. of Elk Grove, Calif., Barbara Mroz of Fallbrook, Monica Whitfield of Douglas, Kan., Denise Frankhart of Perris, Calif., Maryellen McCracken of Whittier, Calif., David Krazel of Bremerton, Wash., Donna Zenesky of Redlands, Calif. and Thomas Krazel of Fullerton, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Michel James Mroz of Fallbrook, Jesse James Cipala of St. Paul, Minn. and Jamie and Andrew J. Whitfield, both of Douglas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George McAllister of Las Vegas.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Berry, Bell and Hall Mortuary, 333 N. Vine St., Fallbrook, CA 92028, phone number (760) 728-1689.

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Elsie K. McDevitt, 88

YOUNGSTOWN – There will a Mass of Christian Burial said Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church for Elsie K. McDevitt, 88, who died Tuesday morning at Austin Woods Rehabilitation Center.

Elsie was born June 29, 1919 in Youngstown, a daughter of Joseph and Carmela Graziana Myers.

She was a homemaker and was self-employed as the owner of Elsie’s Knife and Fork Restaurant in downtown Youngstown. Her most recent employment was with Cicero’s Restaurant in the uptown area as a hostess.

She was a member of the church. She enjoyed collecting antiques throughout the years and caring for others.

She is survived by a sister, Lucy Continenza of Austintown and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Beverly McDevitt, who died in 1985; four sisters, Delphine Wauschek, Sarafina Scocca, Carmel Abby and Florence Bahny; and a brother, Frank Myers.

Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Schiavone Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Victor Joseph O’Block, 87

VIENNA – Victor Joseph O'Block, 87, passed away Monday, Dec. 17, at his residence.

Mr. O'Block was born Feb. 7, 1920 in Cliff Mine, Pa. to the late Ernest and Mary Podobnik O’Block.

He worked for more than 42 years as an assembler for General Fireproofing in Youngstown. He was a member of the Queen of Holy Rosary Church in Vienna and served with the U.S. Army during WWII. He enjoyed Polka dancing and music.

Mr. O’Block is survived by his wife, Anne Gladd O'Block, whom he married Sept. 15, 1951; two children, Anne Marie Birskovich of Bedford and Linda (Daniel) Armeni of Liberty Township; a sister, Katherine O’Block of Youngstown; and two grandchildren, Andrea and Allison Armeni.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Christine Maretich; and five brothers, Frank, Louis, Ernest, Joseph, and John.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Queen of Holy Rosary Church, preceded by a prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery.

Naomi D. Phelan, 83

POLAND – Naomi D. Phelan, 84, of 7410 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road, died Monday morning at her residence.

Mrs. Phelan was born Aug. 16, 1923 in Glencoe, Ohio, a daughter of Carl Oscar and Margaret Pauline Ault Renstrom.

She was a 1941 graduate of Struthers High School, and a charter member of the Holy Family Church in Poland. During WWII, Mrs. Phelan worked for General Fireproofing as a riveter, and then later worked for Sears, retiring in 1986. She was a mother, grandmother, and a homemaker, and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Her husband, Carl Joseph Phelan, whom she married Nov. 17, 1945, died in 1999.

She leaves three daughters, Kathleen (James) Klasovsky of Austintown, Pamela Fisher of Youngstown and Margaret Messer of Austintown; three sons, Patrick (Elaine) Phelan of Austintown, Kevin (Stephanie) Phelan of Youngstown and Carl Joseph Phelan of Ellsworth; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded a brother, James Renstrom.

There will be no calling hours.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers.

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

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Marissa Jeanne Plakosh, 18

POLAND – Marissa Jeanne Plakosh, 18, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 15, after an accidental shooting at her home. She was rushed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Marissa was born on June 22, 1989 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, the daughter of Jeanne (Salata) and Michael Plakosh.

Marissa attended Poland schools through the years and had touched many hearts along the way. She was a 2007 graduate of Poland Seminary High School where she amassed numerous accomplishments. She worked very diligently to excel in school as she was a member of the National Honor Society. She was also a member of the Spanish Club, a participant in Student Leadership, and a recipient of the award for Excellence in Scholarship for the years 2003 to 2007. In addition to Marissa’s academic accomplishments, she was a very talented athlete as she played softball, lettered in golf for three years and also achieved two letters in track her junior and senior year.

Thriving in school and in sports wasn’t enough for Marissa as she maintained two part time jobs at Handel’s and at Fonderlac Country Club during her last two years of high school.

It was Marissa’s dream to attend The Ohio State University as she applied to the school on the first day that they began accepting applications. She was ecstatic when she received the acceptance letter confirming her admission into Buckeye Nation.

Marissa successfully completed autumn quarter 2007 at The Ohio State University while carrying on her scholastic prosperity. She had aspirations of majoring in human nutrition, and despite her short time there, she managed to make many good friends.

Marissa was a Buckeye through and through, and she idolized Coach Jim Tressel. Some of her finest memories took place on fall football Saturdays at Ohio Stadium.

If Marissa knew from birth that she would only have 18 years to enjoy her life, she would have behaved no differently. She had no regrets as she lived everyday to the fullest. She always made the most productive and efficient use of her time. She made it a point to work out every day at the Boardman YMCA, and if the sun was shining, she was outside enjoying every ray.

Marissa was privileged enough to travel extensively throughout her life, and she loved to vacation near any beach, including her aunt and uncle’s homes in Keuka Lake, N.Y. and Ft. Myers, Fla.

Above everything else, Marissa cherished the time that she had with her friends and family. She had an endearing affection for her best friends with whom she would spend countless hours joking and having fun. Marissa’s quick-witted sense of humor spared few from laughter. Even in school, Marissa lived to make people laugh, blessing everyone around her with her radiant smile that could light up a small country.

Marissa leaves behind her mother, Jeanne; her brother, Michael; her father and stepmother, Mike and Debbie (Gentile). She was also beloved by her grandparents, Florence and Mike Plakosh; and her grandfather, Joseph Salata. She will be sadly missed by her great-aunt, Mary Zivchak, who was like a grandmother to her. Two special people, who were an essential part of Marissa’s upbringing, were Donna and Bob Simerlink, who babysat Marissa and Michael from birth. Marissa had several aunts and uncles who have been an integral part of her life, including her godparents, Rick and Bonnie Salata, Joe and Martha Salata, Judy and Tim Babnich, Dr. Robert and Jody Salata, Carol and Gary Bertnick, Dean and Diana Colaianni, and Joe and Michelle Plakosh. Marissa also leaves 14 cousins, with whom she was very close. The holidays will not be the same without her.

Besides the loved ones that she leaves behind, “we also remember the ones that went before her; most notably her two grandmothers, Margaret and Celestine Salata. We hope that they are holding Marissa in their arms, comforting her in heaven.”

Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kubina-Yuhasz Funeral Home, 5925 Market St. in Boardman.

There will be a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Matthias Church, 915 Cornell St. in Youngstown where additional calling hours are planned from 9 to 10 a.m. at the back of the church just prior to the Mass.

As an alternative to flowers, material contributions can be made as donations to St. Matthias Church or to the Youngstown YMCA, Att: Ken Rudge. In addition, a memorial scholarship fund has been established in Marissa’s name. For more information, please contact Francesca Kosec at 330-565-3857.

Friends and family may visit to pay further tribute to Marissa.

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Elizabeth Williams-Scales, 81

YOUNGSTOWN – Elizabeth Williams-Scales, 81, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mrs. Scales was born in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Ruby Elder Williams.

She was a licensed beautician at the Hazelton Beauty Shop and had been employed at the American Paper Co. She was a member of the AARP and of the First Calvary Baptist Church, where she served as superintendent and treasurer of the Sunday School and president of the Missionary Society. She was also a member of the church’s Mother Board and a member of the Red Hat Society.

Mrs. Scales leaves to cherish her memory her brother, Otis (Katherine) Williams of Youngstown; a niece, Candace Lemon of Youngstown; two sisters-in-law, Thelma Williams of Youngstown and Shirley Williams of Trenton, N.J.; and a host of nephews, nieces, great nephews, great nieces, other relatives, and friends.

Her husband, Eddie Scales, whom she married June 25, 1949, passed away April 6, 1975.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary; and two brothers, Edward and David Williams.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Calvary Baptist Church, where friends may call one hour prior to the services.

Caring arrangements have been entrusted to the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home.

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David D. “Woody” Woodford, 50

GIRARD – David D. “Woody” Woodford, 50, of 2086 Coates Drive, entered into heaven and God’s waiting arms, Sunday, Dec. 16.

David was born Aug. 14, 1957 in Warren, the son of Melvin J. and Eleanor “Nonnie” Welton Woodford.

He was a 1975 graduate of Niles McKinley High School and a graduate of Theil College in 1979. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Niles.

A lifelong resident of Niles, David was known for his contribution to fitness in the Niles and surrounding areas. He was the owner and operator of Woody’s Club from 1983 to 1992 and also started a personal training company in 1988, which he was involved with until his death.

As owner of Woody’s Club, David was the first operator to introduce cardio equipment and indoor tanning to Trumbull County. He was a sought-after personal trainer, known for spending extraordinary amounts of time with his clients. David’s passion for fitness was only surpassed by his passion for helping others enrich their lives through fitness.

“Woody” was an avid runner, biker and an accomplished skier. He ran several marathons, participated in many triathlons and long distance biking events and skied some of the most difficult mountains in the Western United States. David was also “Mr. Youngstown” in 1980, a body building accomplishment he kept close to his heart.

David married his beloved wife, Cynthia M. Bermea on Aug. 25, 1984. They have two daughters, Katelyn C. and Alexandra L., both at home.

David is also survived by his mother, Eleanor K. “Nonnie” Woodford of Niles; brothers, Melvin James (Debbie) Woodford of Southington and Michael P. Woodford of Champagne, Ill.; sisters, Rebecca Jean (David) Zofko and Virginia Lee (Edward) Cluse, both of Niles; father and mother-in-law, Felipe and Enriqueta Bermea of Warren; brothers-in-law, Dr. Raymond (Janice) Bermea of Aurora and Edward (Alyssa) Bermea of Madison, Ala.; seven nieces; and seven nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, attorney Melvin J. Woodford and his grandparents.

Funeral services will be held, Friday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Niles, 608 N. Crandon Ave., with the Rev. Dr. Bernard Oakes officiating.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Holloway-Williams Funeral Home, 611 Robbins Ave. in Niles.

Material contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or to Niles Community Services.

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