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Tributes 2008-01-05

James Joseph Brizzi, 52

CAMPBELL – There will be funeral services at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Rossi Brothers Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Youngstown, for James Joseph Brizzi, 52, who passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, at University Hospital in Cleveland after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded in love by his family and friends.

James was born Oct. 14, 1955 in Youngstown, the son of Josephine (Parise) Brizzi and the late Frank Brizzi.

He was a 1974 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and a graduate of Youngstown State University with a bachelor of science degree in education.

James was an avid fan of NASCAR, the New York Yankees, Miami Dolphins, and riding his Harley Davidson.

James will be forever cherished in the hearts of his mother of Campbell; his sister, Deborah Laveck of Austintown; his nephew, Jodi St. John Laveck (Heather) of Howland; his loving companion, Susan Anderson of Cuyahoga Falls; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and devoted friends.

He touched the hearts of many lives with his genuine kindness and sincerity, to know him was to love him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank; his paternal grandparents, Vincenzio and Rose (Chatan) Brizzi; and maternal grandparents, Joseph and Erminia (Tisone) Parise.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend personal thanks to the doctors and nurses at University Hospital who went above and beyond any expectations. They gave him hope, dignity, strength, and respect in his battle and to the family and friends who stood by Jamie’s side through it all, thank you.

Patricia J. Brunovich, 68

YOUNGSTOWN – Private services were held Friday at the Sacred Heart Church for Patricia J. Brunovich, 68, who passed away Tuesday at Select Specialty Care Hospital.

Patricia was born March 10, 1939 in Youngstown, a daughter of William and Helen Vukovich Kalischak.

A 1957 Campbell Memorial High School graduate, Patricia was a member of the Sacred Heart Church. She retired in 1997 as a housekeeper from Cafaro Hospital.

She is survived by her mother; three brothers, John (Tina) Brunovich of Campbell, Ted (Kay) Kalischak of Canfield and Robert (Sandy) Kalischak of Bullhead City, Ariz.; a sister, Helen (Tony) Bucci of Boardman; eight nieces; three nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and grandmothers, Agnes Brunovich and Frances Kalischak.

Funeral services were entrusted to the Wasko Funeral Home.

Carolyn “Sandy” Carosella, 60

NEW SPRINGFIELD – There will be services at 11 a.m. Monday at the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown for Carolyn “Sandy” Carosella, 60, who passed away Friday morning at Hospice House.

Carolyn was born July 18, 1947 in Cutler, a daughter of Clyde D. and Lenna B. Newell Hubler. She was a life long area resident.

She was a homemaker and a part time teacher. She was a Boardman High School graduate and received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the Youngstown State University in 2004. She loved to cook and spend time with her family and grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she leaves behind two sons, Tony (Michelle) Carosella of Springfield Township and Nino Carosella of New Springfield; three daughters, Michele Carosella of Springfield Township and Angelina and Lynette Carosella, both of New Springfield; two sisters, Linda Hritz of Poland and Debra Caro of Boardman; five grandchildren, Alyssa Carosella, Tyler Blake, Amber Pine, Lauren Stout, and Joseph Carosella; a companion, Edward Bieterman of New Springfield; a close friend, Diane Sievert; four nephews; two nieces; and a great-nephew.

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

Material contributions may be made to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

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Clarence R. Cowart, 77

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at noon on Monday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Clarence R. Cowart, 77, who departed this life Tuesday at Camelot Arms Care Center.

Mr. Cowart was born Oct. 31, 1930 in Alliquippa, Pa., a son of Edward E. and Essie French Cowart.

He retired as a craneman in 1985 for Republic Steel after 34 years and was a former member of the New Bethel Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army.

He leaves a son, Jerome Cowart of Columbus; a daughter, Rita Cowart of Maryland; his caregiver, Naomi B. Oates; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Cowart; and a sister, Artie Sligh.

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

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Elmer “Ed” Lee Daniels, 69

WARREN – Elmer “Ed” Lee Daniels, 69, passed away Friday, Jan. 4.

Ed was born March 19, 1938 in Flemingsburg, Ky., a son of the late Ross and Stella Gray Daniels.

He was a 1956 graduate of West Union High School. He was previously employed with Galion Ironworks, PPG Crestline, then moved to this area in 1966, working 30 years as a maintenance supervisor at General Motors, retiring in 1996.

He played baseball and softball his entire life, many years with UAW No. 1112 teams, most recently with the Akron Silver Leagues, traveling throughout the country and Canada, winning numerous National Championships. He was an avid Kentucky Wildcat’s fan, enjoyed watching his grandsons play Boardman Spartan Football, loved to hunt and fish and spent winters in Dade City, Fla. He loved to travel to the ocean with his family and friends.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, companion, and friend to many.

He leaves to mourn, two daughters, Kimberly (James) Noday of Boardman and ReGina (Vito) Bounavolonta of Canfield; four grandsons, Vito, Nicholas, Dominick, and Anthony; his companion, Patricia Brunner of Warren; her children, Christy (Tod) Allen and Chad Butcherine; her grandchildren, Makenzie, Gabriel, and Caden; three sisters, Grace (Frank) Henning of Amelia, Ruth (Robert) Nelson of Sheffield, and Edna (Sidney) Dillow of W. Portsmouth; and a brother, Roscoe (Jenny) Daniels of W. Union.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Kaye Daniels, whom he married June 29, 1958, and who died July 2, 1995; a brother, Richard Daniels; a sister, Hazel Moore; and four half brothers, Orville, Rythe, Ray, and Arnold Daniels.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Blackstone Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the services Monday.

Interment will be at Girard City Cemetery.

Material contributions may be made to the Ireland Cancer center at University Hospital.

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Warren H. Hamilton, 55

AUSTINTOWN – There will be a funeral service at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Warren H. Hamilton, 55, who passed away Friday morning at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Warren was born March 4, 1952 in Youngstown, a son of Edward and Lois (Fairbanks) Hamilton.

He worked at McDonald’s on Raccoon Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Debra Barnhart, whom he married Oct. 21, 1972; his mother, Lois Hamilton of Chula Vista, Calif.; a daughter, Joyce Pratt of Campbell; two sisters, Linda (John) Baksa and Kathy (Lawrence) McBride, both of Hubbard; three brothers, Eddie, Michael, and Timothy Hamilton, all of Chula Vista; a grandson, Drake York of Campbell; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home prior to the service.

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

Rosemarie “Roe” Hessman, 66

PITTSBURGH – Rosemarie “Roe” Hessman, 66, formerly of Youngstown, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 8.

She was born Jan. 5, 1941, a daughter of the late Michelina Circella and Albert DelFlore.

Roe was a graduate of North High School and worked in various positions in Youngstown before starting her own business, R-Forms, which she ran for more than 30 years.

She leaves her three daughters, Jacqueline (David) Dohar of Stow, Michele Hessman of Los Angeles, and Jeri Hessman of Arlington, Va.; her beloved grandchildren, Jake, Taylor, DJ and Lucy; and her two brothers, Jim DelFlore of Youngstown and Patrick (Linda) DelFlore of Longwood, Fla. She also leaves behind many loving friends.

The family will hold a memorial service to celebrate Roe’s life at a later date.

Ruth Anna Keslar, 88

NEW WATERFORD – Jan. 3, 2008, Ruth Anna Keslar, 88, formerly of McCloskey Road, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Thursday at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Mrs. Keslar was born May 27, 1919 in East Fairfield, a daughter of Raymond and Nora Stooksberry Pike, and had lived in the area all her life.

She was a homemaker and attended the East Fairfield United Methodist Church. Ruth had been a member of the Pandora Rebekah Lodge No. 743 and the Tri State Explorer Club.

Her husband, Howard McIntosh Keslar, whom she married June 15, 1940, died August 22, 1988.

She is survived by her six daughters, Mrs. David (Joyce) Habeger of Salem, Mrs. David (Beverly) Mannen of Houston, Mrs. Neil (Beatrice) Herbkersman of Eaton, Mrs. Herb (Marcia) Bortner of Columbiana, Mrs. John (Dawn) Daugherty of Poland, and Mrs. Michael (Terri) Fetters of Kent; three sons, Ernie (Janet) Keslar of East Palestine, Keith (Joyce) Keslar of New Waterford, and Howard (Pattie) Keslar of Columbiana; a brother, James L. Pike of Columbiana; as well as, 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Gayle Keslar.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the East Fairfield United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Michael Namy officiating.

Burial will follow at East Fairfield Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements are by the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana.

Material tributes may be made to the East Fairfield United Methodist Church Fund.

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Hugh R. Meek, 78

GIRARD – Hugh R. Meek, 78, passed away Friday Jan. 4, at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Hugh was born May 26, 1929 in East Palestine, the son of Hugh and Margaret (McCukin) Meek.

Hugh was a PBX repairman for Ohio Bell and retired in 1982 after 33 years of service.

He was a member of St. Rose Church and was an army veteran of the Korean War. He owned thoroughbred horses at the Mountaineer Race Track where he was a member of the Thoroughbred Horse Association.

Besides his wife, Lola (Ragazzo) Demetruk-Meek, whom he married Dec. 4, 1971, he is survived by three sons, Doug and Tim Meek, both of Columbiana and Larry Demetruk of Girard; two daughters, Carol (Phil) DeSantis of Port St. Lucy, Fla. and Mary Ann (Dave) Brown of Girard; a brother, Jack Meek of Casa Grande, Ariz.; a special niece, Sue Ellen Smith of East Palestine; and a special nephew, Dr. Thomas Meek of Odessa, Texas; several nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Watt; and a brother, Dale Meek.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Church.

There will be prayers at the McClurkin Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m. prior to the church mass.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.

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Henry Frederick Miller, 61

AUSTINTOWN – Henry Frederick Miller, 61, of Timberidge Drive, died Thursday morning at the Hospice House.

Mr. Miller was born on Feb. 28, 1946 in Youngstown, a son of Henry and Anna Mae Durkin Miller, and was a lifelong resident.

He was a 1965 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy, serving two terms in Vietnam as a Boatsman Mate 3rd Class. He received the National Defense Service Medal.

Mr. Miller worked for WCI Steel for 41 years, retiring in 2006 from the Transportation Department. He was a member of the American Legion Post 732 of Lake Milton, the VFW Post 3538 of Struthers.

Mr. Miller was the past president of the Poland Little Bull Dogs, and was a score keeper for the Poland Baseball Association. He enjoyed traveling yearly to Las Vegas, and enjoyed taking cruises to the Caribbean with his wife, Carol.

He leaves his wife, the former Carol Lynn, whom he married Sept. 11, 1971; one daughter, Melissa (Bradford) Kaasa of Delaware; one son, Kirk Miller of Youngstown; one sister, Nancy Hagg, of Poland; one brother, John Miller of Youngstown; and four grandchildren, Madelyn, Brayden, Kirk Jr., and Kayla.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Ellen Miller.

Family and friends will be received Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers, where funeral services will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Fred Marhusic officiating. Friends will be received Monday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be given in Mr. Miller’s name to the Hospice House 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514 or Park Vista, 1216 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.

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Helen R. Opretza, 92

CAMPBELL – There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Church for Helen R. Opretza, 92, who passed away Friday morning at the Victoria House in Austintown.

Mrs. Opretza was born March 25, 1915 in Youngstown, a daughter of George and Katherine Tropko Salagi and was a lifetime area resident.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heart Church.

Her husband, George M. Opretza, whom she married July 3, 1934, passed away Aug. 14, 1981.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers; and three sisters.

There will be no calling hours.

The funeral services were entrusted to the Wasko Funeral Home.

William Albert Rosine, 56

THORNTON, COLO. – William Albert Rosine, 56, entered into rest on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007. He was being cared for by Hospice in Louisville, after an extended illness.

William was born Aug. 14, 1951 in Youngstown, a son of William and Shirley (Higgins) Rosine.

He graduated from Hubbard High School in 1969. He was also a Vietnam veteran and enlisted in the U.S. Army in the early 70s. After which time, he moved to Denver. Once there, he became a painter and did home remodeling.

William loved motorcycling, the Rocky Mountains, flea markets, and spending time with his dogs, Ivory, Bama, and Oreo.

He will be greatly missed by his family. He leaves his wife Susan; mother, Shirley; his five children, Tammy Krom of Huntersville, N.C., David (Sherrie) Rosine of Niles, John Rosine, who is stationed in Iraq, Alexis (Jonathon) Kennedy of Sunset, La., and Christopher (Brittany) Rosine of Thornton, Colo.; eight grandchildren; four brothers, Michael Rosine of Hubbard, Mark (Cathy) Rosine of Austintown, Matthew (Paula) Rosine of Hubbard, and Richard (Dawn) Rosine of Cherry Creek, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

His father proceeded him in death on June 11, 2006.

Cremation has taken place.

There will be a memorial service at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church at a later date.

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