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Tributes 2007-12-27

John S. Carradine, 76

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a memorial service 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for John S. Carradine, 76, who passed away at his home.

He was born Nov. 10, 1931 in Youngstown, a son of the late Samuel J. and Orsella (Chenetti) Carradine.

He retired as an operating engineer for Pallotta Construction. He was a member of the teamsters and a former member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

John is survived by four daughters, Debra Pappas and her son, Brandon of Strongsville, Lori Sandine and her son, James John of Strongsville, Karen (Joseph) Iannotti and their daughter, Brittani of Strongsville, and Vicki (Ron) Slama and their son, Anthony of Reminderville; two sisters, Mary Pallotta of Boardman and Celeste (Elmer) Grischow of Austintown; and a sister-in-law, Joan Carradine of Ellsworth.

Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Carradine; and a brother-in-law, Henry Pallotta.

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Franco Ciccone, 58

MIDDLEBURY, VT. – There will be services Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, both in Struthers, for Franco Ciccone, 58, who passed away at his residence Sunday morning.

Franco was born July 3, 1949 in Pacentro, Italy, a son of Carlo and Maria Avolio Ciccone.

He graduated as valedictorian and National Merit Scholar from Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown in 1968. He earned a B.A. summa cum laude from Notre Dame University in 1972. He was an English teacher, director of the yearbook and newspaper, and a tennis coach at Cardinal Mooney High School form 1972 to 1975. He studied for a Ph.D. in the department of English and worked as a teaching assistant in English at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. from 1975 to 1981. In 1978, he earned an M.A. in English from Indiana University and in 1981, he completed the Ph.D. exams ABD in English at Indiana University.

He was part-owner and manager of Demitasse Cafe in Middlebury from 1982 to 1986. From 1986 to 1995, he was a software systems engineer at Electronic Data Systems in Dayton. From 1995 to 2000, he was an I.T. consultant at Bombardier Capital in Colchester, Vt. and from 2000 to the present, he was an independent I.T. consultant. He also participated with his wife, Professor Patricia Zupan, in Middlebury College academic and student activities.

He was noted locally as a gourmet cook, a gracious and jovial host, a devoted friend, a beloved mentor to college students, and a genius wit and punster. Franco was also past president of the Middlebury Community Players from 2004 to 2005 and from 2005 to 2006, two years prior to his death. He was of the Catholic faith.

Franco leaves behind his mother, Maria of Struthers; his wife, Patricia Zupan, originally of Cleveland, whom he married Nov. 24, 1979; a daughter, Marisa Zupan-Ciccone of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and a brother, Sergio Ciccone of Charlotte, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carlo Ciccone.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Lila May Flickinger, 83

LOWELLVILLE – Lila May Flickinger, 83, of Lowellville, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007 in the Hospice House.

Mrs. Flickinger was born July 9, 1924 in New Middletown, Ohio, a daughter of Clyde and Lizzie Floor Wire. In 1944, she moved with her parents from New Middletown to Shangri La Riding Stables in Poland Township. After getting married, she moved to Lowellville and had lived there since.

She attended the Springfield Township Schools. At the age of the 14, she was the primary Sunday school teacher at the Free Methodist Church of New Middletown. She was also a Sunday school teacher and the children’s Sunday school superintendent at the Zion Lutheran Church of New Middletown. She was a former member of both churches.

Mrs. Flickinger worked as a veterinary assistant for Dr. S.L. Weary Jr. for 15 years. She enjoyed being a homemaker and loved crafts, gardening, flowers, and canning.

Her husband, Edward Flickinger, whom she married Oct. 8, 1955, preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 2005.

She leaves her brother, Ezra “Jim” (Carolyn) Wire of Schuylkill-Haven, Pa.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret and Dorothy Wire; and her brother, Oscar Wire.

There are no calling hours or services.

Interment was in the Petersburg Cemetery.

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John O. Gibson Sr., 71

STRUTHERS – There will be services at 10 a.m. Friday at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers, and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, for John O. Gibson Sr., 71, who died Monday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

John was born March 17, 1936 in Youngstown, a son of Francis (Hoot) and Sarah McClaren Gibson, and was a lifelong area resident.

He had been a meat cutter and meat manager for Value King for 30 years and was a U.S. Army veteran.

A 1954 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, he was a member of Struthers V.F.W. Post No. 3538.

He was a member of the church and its Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in Struthers.

John was an avid bowler. He was a member of the Holiday Bowl Seniors League on Fridays and a member of the Sunday Night Mixed League at West Side Lanes. He was honored as the secretary of the year by the Youngstown Men’s Bowling Association in 1994.

He will be sadly missed by his family who loved him dearly.

He leaves his wife of 50 years, the former Phyllis Cavucci, whom he married Feb. 16, 1957; two sons, John Jr. (Kathy) of Virginia Beach, Va. and Anthony (Heidi) of Willoughby; three daughters, Cathy (David) Zemkosky of New Middletown, Phyllis Gibson of Struthers and Michelle (Bill) Simcox of Struthers; a brother, Bill (Gloria) Gibson of St. Mary’s, Pa.; a sister, Donna (Pat) Heering of Michigan; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim Gibson.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

John was a member of Alcoholic’s Anonymous with 40 years of sobriety. As such, the family requests material contributions take the form of donations to the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic Youngstown Site.

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Kenneth R. Gretsinger, 86

AUSTINTOWN – There will be memorial services at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Kenneth R. Gretsinger, 86, who went to be home with the Lord Wednesday morning.

Kenneth was born March 27, 1921 in Ellsworth, the son of Louis and Lida (Lenhart) Gretsinger.

He was a Navy veteran of WWII serving on the Battleships U.S.S. Indiana and the U.S.S. Washington.

Kenneth owned and managed K&B Furniture until his retirement in 1980. He attended the senior services at Highway Tabernacle Church, was a life member of the V.F.W. and a former member of the Masons and Shriners where he was very active for several years. Kenneth also was an avid golfer and enjoyed boating.

He leaves his wife, the former Jane Wolfe, whom he married March 31, 1976; five children, James (Ana) Gretsinger of Muscatine, Wis., William (Pam) Gretsinger of Boardman, Dennis Gretsinger of San Diego, Patricia (David) Foltz of Houston, and Kenneth (Penny) Gretsinger of Streetsboro; two stepchildren, John (Deborah) Egner of Boardman and Donna (Rick Aparicio) Egner of Pompano Beach, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Kenneth was preceded in death by a son, Charles Gretsinger; two brothers, Ralph and Paul Gretsinger; and a sister, Gladys Lamp.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home.

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Eileen F. Kavalesky, 63

HUBBARD – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Cathedral for Eileen F. Kavalesky, 63, who died Tuesday evening at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Eileen was born Feb. 4, 1944 in Youngstown, the daughter of Kenneth C. and Florence Sullivan Dalbey.

She graduated from Ursuline High School in 1962. She worked in the corporate office at Phar Mor. She was a member of St. Edward Church.

Eileen is survived by two sons, Tony J. Kavalesky III of McDonald and Christopher E. Kavalesky of Hubbard; a daughter, Kimie Kale of Hubbard; seven grandchildren, Ashley and Brendon Kale, Spencer Stewart, Sarah and Mary Kavalesky, Nick Onderko and Sammy Kavalesky.

Family and friends may call Friday, Dec. 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home.

Margaret P. Klepfer, 80

ENON VALLEY, PA. – Margaret P. Klepfer, 80, of 2604 state Route 351, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Salem Community Hospital following a long illness.

Mrs. Klepfer was born Sept. 2, 1927 in North Lima, a daughter of Hurlan A. and Myrtle M. Bartholomew Burkey and had lived in the Enon Valley area most of her life.

She was a Justice of the Peace and a tax collector for the Little Beaver Township for several years. She also worked for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as a toll collector at Gateway.

She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Petersburg, Ohio. She had also been a member of the Republican Committee in Lawrence County, Pa.

Her husband, Harold W. Klepfer, whom she married Aug. 31, 1945, died Dec. 18, 2000.

She is survived by her five daughters, Maxine (Glenn) Stewart and Deborah Fosnaught, both of East Palestine, Ohio, Charlene (Robert) Libengood of Blairsville, Pa., Margaret Christmann of New Brighton, Pa. and Lori Klepfer of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Erma Kyser of Columbiana; a sister-in-law, Ruth Burkey of Columbiana; a brother, Walter (Betty) Burkey of Columbiana; seven grandchildren; and six great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Esther Fisher and a brother, Robert Burkey.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at the Van Dyke-Swaney Funeral Home, East Palestine, Ohio with the Reverend John Bartholomew officiating. Friends may gather one hour prior to the services.

Burial will be in Petersburg Cemetery.

Memorial tributes may be made to the Enon Valley Fire Department or the Salem Community Hospital.

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Elizabeth A. Loto, 82

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be said Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church for Elizabeth A. Loto, 82, who died Christmas Day at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Elizabeth was born Oct. 3, 1925 in Youngstown, a daughter of James and Armalinda Schiavone Pantalone.

She was a homemaker and worked at General Fireproofing during WWII. She was a member of the church and its Infant Jesus of Prague Guild. She was an avid reader. She enjoyed her Italian heritage and was devoted to her family. She was a 1943 graduate of The Rayen School.

She is survived by a son, James L. Loto of Youngstown; three grandchildren, James N. Loto, Jennifer A. Loto and Jeana M. Loto; a sister, Naoma Panno of Youngstown; a brother, Donald (Sylvia) Pantalone of Youngstown; and two great-grandchildren, Camden and Joseph.

She was preceded in death by parents; her husband, Nicholas A. Loto, whom she married July 29, 1944 and died Oct. 26, 1996; and her grandson, Joseph R. Loto who died April 10, 2005.

Family and friends may call today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Schiavone Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Samuel “Sam” Mamone, 82

BOARDMAN – Samuel “Sam” Mamone, 82, of Boardman, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, Dec. 21, 2007.

He was born March 25, 1925 in Morgantown, West Virginia, the son of Giovanni “John” and Maria Bilotta Mamone.

As a young boy, he moved to Farrell Pennsylvania, where he attended Farrell schools. He later attended Hartford High School, where he was a standout on the basketball team and lettered in baseball.

Mr. Mamone was employed by LTV Steel Corporation, formerly Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company, as a Turn Supervisor in the Seamless Pipe Mill. His expertise and dedication earned him numerous accolades and awards. He was well-known and highly respected by all his colleagues. He retired in 1987 after 40 years of service.

Sam was a United States Army veteran. He served his country during World War II as Crew Chief on the P-47 Fighter Jet of the 85th Squadron in the Army Air Force in France, Austria and Germany. He was awarded the Army Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He also received personal letters of congratulations for outstanding military combat from General Omar N. Bradley and President Harry S. Truman.

Among his many interests were music, traveling and dancing. His greatest love was his family. His outgoing personality, radiant smile and generosity touched all who knew him. His celebration for life will always be cherished.

He will be sadly missed by his two sons, his daughter-in-law and two grandsons. He leaves son, Dennis and wife, Anna Mamone of Boardman, with whom he made his home, a son, Richard A. Mamone of Boardman and his grandsons, Tyler Mamone and Cody Mamone.

Sam was preceded in death by two sisters, Josephine Panella of Struthers and Mary Sheridan of Poland; and four brothers, Joseph Robert Mamone of Struthers, Nicholas Mamone Sr. of Hermitage, Pennsylvania, John R. Mamone Sr. of Youngstown and an infant brother, Salvatore Mamone of Farrell, Pennsylvania.

Calling hours will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave., Youngstown. Military honors will be provided by the Trumbull County American Legion Post.

Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home in Boardman.

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Robert S. McKimm, 91

BOARDMAN – Robert S. McKimm, 91, died Monday, Dec. 24, at Greenbriar Nursing Home in Boardman.

He was the son of the late Barney and Grace (St. Claire) McKimm.

Mr. McKimm was a foreman for Black & Decker and retired in 1979. A U.S. Army veteran, he served from June 6, 1945 to Oct. 26, 1946.

He married Marguerete M. (Rougeux) McKimm, on July 5, 1939, and she passed away Oct. 17, 1992. He then married, Dorothy L. McKimm on March 11, 1994 and she passed away on Oct. 14, 2007.

He is survived by his three daughters and a stepdaughter, Paul and Marie Sauer of Lancaster, Pa., James and Beverly McKimm of Farmington, N.M., Gary and Gail Kirchner of Mt. Joy, Pa. and David and Kathy (Atwell) Pavlansky of North Lima; a son, Raymond McKimm of Millersville, Pa.; two brothers, Earl McKimm and Merle McKimm, both of Randolph, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and his two wives, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Lloyd, William and Stanley McKimm; a stepbrother, Donald Summerson; and a stepsister, Lena Parshall.

The family will receive friends Friday, Dec. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 29, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road in New Castle, Pa., where a funeral service will be Saturday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Fr. Philip Farrell of St. Camillus Church officiating.

Interment will be at Castle View Gardens in New Castle where the New Castle area honor guard will bestow military rites.

Arrangements are being handled by the R. Cunningham Funeral Home Inc. in New Castle.

Marcia Alice Moore, 85

CLEVELAND – Marcia Alice Moore, 85, of Richfield, formerly of N. Fort Myers, Fla., Youngstown, and Cleveland, passed away Monday Dec. 24.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Frederick J. Sr. and Alice Edwards Moore; sister of the late Francis Moore, Frederick J. Moore Jr., Kenneth E. Moore, and W. Thomas Moore; and aunt of Alice Moore McFarland, Kenneth C. Moore, Frederick J. Moore, Frederick (Ted) Moore, and David T. Moore.

She graduated from Boardman High School and Ohio State University and served with the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. She worked as a dietitian at hospitals in Youngstown and Cleveland, ending her career at the former South side Hospital in Youngstown.

At her request, no services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, friends who wish may contribute to Regina Health Center, 5232 Broadview Road, Richfield, OH 44286-9608.

Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel handled the arrangements.

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Victoria Marie Murdoch, 59

POLAND – Victoria Marie Murdoch, 59, of Poland, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007 at her home after a short battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 21, 1948 in Youngstown, a daughter of Dr. Victor and Rose Marie DeMichele Balmenti.

A 1967 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, Mrs. Murdoch went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in education from Youngstown State University. She formerly was an elementary teacher at St. Edward’s School, an officer and secretary of the J.W. Murdoch and Sons, and had worked for Dr. Phillip Balmenti. Mrs. Murdoch was a member of Holy Family Church.

She leaves her husband, John “Jack” Murdoch, whom she married July 6, 1974; two daughters, Christina Gilstrap of Atlanta, Ga. and Jacqueline Murdoch of Pittsburgh; her mother; a sister, Rita Balmenti-Creed; a brother, Dr. Phillip Balmenti, all of Boardman; two grandsons, Garrett and Gavin Gilstrap of Atlanta; and a nephew, Phillip A. Balmenti of San Diego.

A memorial Mass will be held at Holy Family Church Friday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m. with Father Chris Luoni officiating.

The family asks that material tributes be made in the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44514.

Arrangements are by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home of Poland.

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Mario Salvatore Pace, 86

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Mario Salvatore Pace, 86, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, at Liberty Health Care Center.

Mr. Pace was born Sept. 16, 1921 in Italy to the late Salvatore and Amelia Lucente Pace.

Mario worked for Wean United, then was employed by Liberty Schools as a custodian, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed gardening. He served in U.S. Coast Guard during WWII.

He is survived by his wife, the former Florence R. Ripoli, whom he married Sept. 25, 1948; his sons, Sylvester (Joyce) Pace and Robert (Diana) Pace, both of Liberty Twp.; sisters, Yolanda Ross and Lillian Pignatelli, both of Youngstown; a brother, Lawrence Pace of Copley; grandchildren, Robert (Sarah) Pace, Dana Pace, Shawna Marsteller and Richard (Maria) Marsteller; and two great-grandchildren, Nikolette and Johnathon.

There will be services Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home where visitation for family and close friends will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Belmont Park Cemetery.

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Alfred E. Retort, 80

SYLVANIA – Alfred E. Retort, 80, of 4101 New Castle St., formerly of Edinburg, Pa., died Tuesday morning, Dec. 25, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 29, 1927 in Hillsville, Pa. to Vincenzo and Carmela Retort.

Alfred retired as a foreman from Sharon Steel Corp. A veteran, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Christ the King Parish of Sylvania. He was a former member of the Christ the King Parish of Hillsville, Pa. where he served as an usher and was a member of the Holy Name Society. He was a third degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 512.

He is survived by his wife, Michelina (Lena) Grilli, whom he married Sept. 26,1953; two daughters, JoEllen Joyce and husband, Kevin of Sylvania and Sr. Lisa Ann Retort, A.S.C.J. of Tallahassee, Fla.; a son, Vincent Retort and wife, Cynthia of Pleasanton, Calif.; two brothers, Eugene Retort of Bessemer, Pa. and Rudy Retort of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Anthony Retort, Gabriel Retort, Meaghan Joyce and Bridget Joyce.

Alfred was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Retort; a sister, Angelina Grilli; and his stepmother, Catherine Retort.

Calling hours will be Saturday, Dec. 29, from 8 to 9:45 a.m. at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home & Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road in New Castle where the procession will leave the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. for the church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church of Christ the King Parish with the Reverend Father James Downs of the Christ the King Parish officiating.

Alfred will be buried at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of N.W. Ohio, 30000 E. River Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

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Isabella Rushing, 88

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Antioch Baptist Church for Mrs. Isabella Rushing, 88, who departed this life Dec. 23, to live with Christ.

She was born April 29, 1919 in Indianola, Miss., a daughter of Charlie C. and Alberta Wythe Freeman.

She was united in holy matrimony to Tommie Rushing Sr. in 1939 and to this union five children were born.

She was a homemaker. She confessed Christ in her life at an early age and was a member of the Paul Capital Missionary Baptist Church in Marion, Ill. When she moved to this area in 1972, she united with the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where she served on the Mother’s Board. She was a good Samaritan and always helped the sick and needy. She loved fishing and gardening.

She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted daughter, Ruby Morris and a devoted son, Willie Hinton, both of Youngstown; a sister, Erie M. Wheeler of Marion; a devoted niece, Janie Daniels; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 21 years; two sons, Tommie Jr. and Andrew W. Rushing; a daughter, Dorothy Meadows; four brothers, Charlie, George, Dave, and Dan Freeman; two sisters, Corine Evans and Alberta Boatner; and a grandson, Esau Jones Jr.

Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the L.E. Black Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.

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Edwin E. Scott, 70

VIENNA – Edwin E. “Eddie” Scott, 70, died from complications of surgery Dec. 25, 2007 at St. Joseph Health Center.

Eddie was born Oct. 4, 1937 in Vienna to the late Dwight and Guyla Scott.

He was a 1956 graduate of Vienna High School and worked for many years for his Uncle Harry at the H.L. Scott Gas and Oil and later for Packard Electric, retiring in 1999 after 30 years of service.

Eddie attended the Paynes Corner Christian Church, was a member of the Moose Club in Mecca, and the local Chapter of the Masons in Vienna. He enjoyed NASCAR and sports, throughout his life he traveled to many races, his most favorable, the Dayton 500 that took place in February. When he was not traveling, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his two little buddies, grandson, Thomas and great-nephew, Mikey.

He leaves behind two daughters, Guyla (Thomas) Svirbly of Niles and Helen Scott of Columbus; two grandchildren, Thomas and Madison Svirbly; and his grand dog, Zoey. He is also survived by five siblings, Nancy (Russell) Burns of Richmond, Va., Jorena (Robert) Kennedy of Vienna, Thomas (Lynn) Scott of Thousand Oaks, Calif., John (Sandy) Scott of Vienna, and Linda (Frank) Czako of Westerville; a brother-in-law, Donald Wilson of Columbus; and an aunt, Ruth Miller of Vienna. He also leaves many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by an infant son; a sister, Mrs. Marylou Wilson; his maternal grandparents, Milliken and Verna Gill; and fraternal grandparents, Charles and Mary Viola Scott.

The family of Eddie would like to express a special thanks to the ICU nurses and doctors at St. Joseph Health Center for taking special care of him and to his neighbor, Leonard Kutnak and dear friend, Cleda Caldwell.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard, where family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at Vienna Township Cemetery.

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Dorothy Martin Semonza, 88

POLAND – Services were held Wednesday for Dorothy Martin Semonza, 88, who died Saturday afternoon at Sunrise Assisted Living.

Mrs. Semonza was born June 27, 1919 in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Mabel Adams Schrag.

She worked at the Ravenna Arsenal during WWII. She was a homemaker and took care of her mother. She loved crocheting and animals.

Her husband, J. Semonza, whom she married in 1976, died in December of 1987.

She leaves two sons, Terry (Margaret) Martin of Hubbard and Greg (Patricia) Martin of Youngstown; her grandchildren, T.J. Martin of Toledo and Scott Martin of Hubbard; her stepchildren, Jane Semonza Nugen, Marilyn Semonza Carbone, and Kathy Semonza Pavlansky; and several stepgrandchildren and step great-grandchildren

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Thelma Schrag, June Schrag, Joyce Mshar, and Fay McCabe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Second Chance Animal Rescue in Austintown.

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Wilma Laverne Knopp Souders, 95

COLUMBIANA – Wilma Laverne Knopp Souders, 95, died Christmas Day at Salem Community Hospital.

She was born April 11, 1912, the second of 10 children of Effie and Alvin Knopp.

Wilma attended Germantown School and graduated from Columbiana High School. She received her undergraduate college education from Kent State University and State College in Pennsylvania. In 1939, she received her master’s degree from The University of Pittsburgh.

Countless numbers of children, including some of her siblings, benefited from her 37 years of teaching. Her career began at Germantown School and continued at Eureka, New Middletown, Covington, and Taft Elementary Schools in Youngstown. She was a member of the Grace Church in Columbiana.

Wilma is survived by her stepson, Wade (Eva) Souders of Sebring; her grandchildren, Brandy (Pete) Wang of Florida and Kirk Souders of Akron; two brothers, Warren (Lois) Knopp of Columbiana and Homer Knopp of Canby, Ore.; two sisters, Dorothy August of Greentown and Ruth Emch of Woodville; her brother-in-law, Earl Souders of Ravenna; 21 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces, great-nephews and friends, all who will cherish her memory. She touched the lives of so many.

Wilma was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Souders, whom she married Dec. 22, 1966; her parents; three sisters, infant Edith, Lois Evelyn Knopp, and Marion Robertson Haus; two brothers, Paul Lincoln Knopp and James Alvin Knopp; and three nieces.

There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, with the Rev. Robert Joy officiating.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Clarkson Cemetery.

The family suggests that material tributes be made to the Salem Area Visiting Nurses, 718 E. Third St., Salem, OH 44460, the Senior Nutrition Program Community Action Agency of Columbiana County, 7880 Lincole Place, Lisbon, OH 44432, or the Columbiana Public Library, 332 N. Middle St., Columbiana, OH 44408.

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Anne A. Terlecky, 90

YOUNGSTOWN - Anne A. Terlecky, 90, formerly of the city’s west side, passed away early Tuesday morning, Christmas Day, at Meridian Arms Care Center.

Anne was born Nov. 10, 1917 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Theresa Benko Kisan, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and a member of the church’s Altar & Rosary Society.

Mrs. Terlecky was a loving wife, a devoted mother, grandmother and homemaker who enjoyed her family immensely.

Anne leaves two daughters, Barbara (Richard) Crozier of Austintown and Geri (David) Kaster of Boardman; two grandsons, Thomas (Kim) Crozier and Richard (Mary Beth) Crozier; and five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Derrick, Carmella, Dillon, and Dallas Crozier.

Anne will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her husband of nearly 56 years, John Terlecky, whom she married Sept. 27, 1941, passed away July 7, 1997. Four brothers, Stephen, Anthony, Nicholas, and John Kisan, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church on Covington Street.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

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Mary Ann Vitkay, 83

POLAND – There will be funeral services Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Kubina Yuhasz Funeral Home, 2403 South Ave., and at 10 a.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, for Mary Ann Vitkay, 83, who died Monday at Hospice House.

Mary Ann was born July 1, 1924 in Iselin, Pa., a daughter of Paul and Catherine Kralik Vitkay, and came to this area as a child.

She was a member of the church, its Altar and Rosary Society, its Infant Jesus of Prague Guild and the Croatian Club.

Mary Ann enjoyed spending time with her friends and family and traveling with them.

She is survived by two sisters, Margaret Vitkay of Poland and Ann (Joseph) Udovich of New Middletown; a niece, JoAnn (David) Guyer of Poland; a nephew, Edward (Louise) Udovich of Akron; two great-nieces, Lora and Cheryl Guyer; and a great-nephew, Andrew Udovich.

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

The family wishes to thank Hospice House and Dr. Spratt for their kindness and help.

Raymond Alan Yerian, 87

COLUMBIANA – Raymond Alan Yerian, 87, of 204 Village Court, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

Mr. Yerian was born Sept. 21, 1920 in North Lima, the son of Elmer and Ora Lipp Yerian and was a lifelong area resident.

Raymond was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Springfield where he served on council for many years and was secretary-treasurer of the Lutheran Cemetery Association.

Mr. Yerian was co-owner and operator of May Chevrolet in New Springfield. After selling the dealership, he worked for Dave Myers Chevrolet in North Jackson until he retired.

Raymond was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the European Theatre, Army Field Artillery Battalion. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and working outdoors in the yard.

Mr. Yerian is survived by his wife, the former Elouise May; two daughters, Kay Ann Bonham and her husband, Richard of Westerville and Jane Frendberg and her husband, Donald of Powell; three grandsons, Kris, Brant and Karey; two granddaughters, Kori and Tracey; and five great-grandchildren.

Raymond was preceded in death by an infant brother, Walter Yerian.

There will be services at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima with Pastor Paul Stork and Pastor Emeritus Robert Brigham, officiating.

Burial will be at Petersburg Cemetery where a military honors service will be conducted by the American Legion Benjamin Firestone Post No. 290 of Columbiana.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in Raymond’s memory.

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Dottie Yokley, 84

SALEM – Dottie Yokley, 84, resident of Courtyard on Lexington in Salem, formerly of 7th Street in Columbiana, passed away on the morning of Dec. 25th, 2007.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents Faye Lillian and Harry Saunders Gordon, and husband, Howard Yokley. Also preceding her were an infant son; brothers, Louis William and Herbert Leroy Gordon; and sisters, Beulah Ruth Flaherty and Virginia Mae Hollabaugh.

Dottie is survived by a sister Elma Jean Krauss of Salem. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews including nieces Catherine Hollabaugh of Salem, Teresa Quezada of Texas; nephews, Larry Symons of Virginia, Norman Symons of Georgia, Gary Gordon of Texas, and John Krauss of Salem.

Dottie was born in Salem and resided most of her adult life in Columbiana.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Columbiana. During WWII Dottie worked on the shell line at the Salem Mullins plant. She also worked at the Russell Company and Franklin Furniture in Columbiana. Dottie was an avid golfer, and enjoyed spending time outdoors with her flower gardens.

Visitation will be at Warrick-Kummer Funeral home in Columbiana from 10 a.m. until the time of the service and 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007. Clarence Mansfield, Minister, will conduct the service.

Burial will follow at the Columbiana Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Youth Fund of The First Christian Church of Columbiana.

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David J. York Sr., 58

EDINBURG – David J. York Sr., 58, of Butch Circle, died Monday evening at Jameson Hospital in New Castle, Pa.

Mr. York was born in Steubenville on June 7, 1949 a son of Millard Mayle and Juanita Stout.

Mr. York was a truck driver for the past 30 years, driving for the R & J Trucking, dispatching for Ausmus Trucking, and most recently Romano Trucking. He was a former member of the Lowellville Rod and Gun Club. His hobbies included hunting and fishing in Lake Erie. He raised and bread Red Bone Hounds and Beagles for hunting. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his mother, Juanita York; wife, the former Sandra L. Husing, whom he married June 18, 1984; two sons, David (Jennifer) York Jr. of Struthers and Robert (Alyssa) York of Hillsboro; a step-daughter, Sandra (Jesse) Sample of Fort Hood, Texas; 11 grandchildren; two sisters, Marty Mayle and Becky Bakaites; four brothers, Richard York, Johnny York, Dana Mayle, and Todd Mayle.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a stepfather, Charles York; and his stepmother, Mary Jane Mayle.

Family and friends will be received Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Lowellville, where funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Friends will also be received Saturday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m.

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