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Tributes 2008-01-16

Richard A. “Rick” Anderson, 36

HUBBARD – Richard A. “Rick” Anderson, 36, died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 13, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 2, 1971 in Youngstown, a son of Richard G. and Roxie Anderson, and was a lifelong area resident.

Rick worked at Montville Plastics and Rubber Company in Middlefield, and was a member of the Coalburg United Methodist Church. He enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles, fishing, hunting, and wrestling.

In addition to his parents of Hubbard, he leaves his wife, the former Francine A. Christy, whom he married Oct. 30, 1990; two daughters, Nicole M. Anderson and Kristen M. Anderson, both at home; a brother, Donald “Jamie” Anderson of Girard; and a sister, Jeanette Jones of Hubbard.

He was preceded in death by an uncle, George Anderson.

There are no calling hours or funeral services.

Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.


Margaret Ellen (Howells) Ball, 58

UNIONTOWN – Margaret Ellen (Howells) Ball, 58, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12.

She was born in Warren and raised in Austintown.

She was a 1967 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and a 1970 graduate of Youngstown State University. Margaret was employed by the University of Akron where she worked in the Law Library.

She is survived by her husband, James; sons, Jason (Julie) and Brian; grandson, Thad; her father, Raymond Howells; and brother, Randall (Patricia) Howells of Salem.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Harriet Howells.

Funeral services will be today at 11 a.m. at the Hopkins Lawver Uniontown Funeral Home (330-733-6271), 3553 Northdale St., one block northwest of the Square of 619 and Cleveland Avenue in Akron, with the Rev. Richard Beck officiating.

Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 525 North Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.


Nancy A. Barber, 84

BOARDMAN – Nancy A. Barber, 84, died Monday afternoon at Hospice House.

Nancy was born Jan. 15, 1923 in Youngstown, a daughter of Alex and Mildred Mrmosh.

She had been an executive secretary at United State Steel.

She leaves two stepsons, Glenn Williams of Miami and Brian Williams of Boardman.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Sylvester Mrmosh and Michael Mrmosh; and a sister, Helen Granito.

There are no calling hours or services.

Arrangements are by the Fox Funeral Home.

Contributions may be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott, Poland, OH 44514.

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


Thomas M. Block, 86

GARRETTSVILLE – Thomas M. Block, 86, died Saturday morning, Jan. 12, at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 14, 1921 in Miltonsburg, a son of the late John and Elizabeth Blatt Block.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during WWII.

He was a salesman for the Wonder Bread Baking Company, retiring after 33 years of service. He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown. He enjoyed golf, fishing and especially dancing and listening to big band music.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Gnipp Block; a son, Thomas S. Block of West Farmington; a daughter, Sherry (George) Swanson of Parkman; a sister, Helen Horse of Wheeling, W.Va.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home, Inc., 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers and Saturday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown, where there will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m.

Interment will be at St John Cemetery.

Please visit www.kirilafh.com to view this obituary and send condolences to the family.

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Eugene Lawrence Christopher, 80

SANTA ROSA, CALIF. – Eugene Lawrence Christopher, 80, formerly of Girard, passed away in Santa Rosa Thursday, Jan. 10.

He was a graduate of John Carroll University. He was U.S. Marine Corps veteran and worked in the paint industry for more than 40 years. He owned his own paint store in Mayfield Heights, and locally was the salesman for Dunn Edwards Paints for 18 years. Eugene was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, and past member and a past Grand Knight of the Kings of Columbus. He was an avid golfer.

He was the loving father of Deborah Harlan and Dennis Christopher, both of Cleveland; dear brother of Jack Christopher of Florida; adored grandfather of five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Carmella James and two brothers, Samuel “Bud” and Richard Christopher.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Rose Church where visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Local arrangements are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home.


Martha M. Cook, 102

HOWLAND – Martha M. Cook, 102, of 3222 Heather Glynn Drive, Mulberry, Fla., formerly of Howland, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 14, at her daughters residence in Mulberry, following complications of a stroke.

Martha was born Dec. 30, 1905 in Cambuslang, Scotland, the loving daughter of the late Daniel and Helen (Hunter) McMillan, and was a resident of the Howland area since 1948.

She was a graduate of High School in Scotland, and was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Niles, where she had taught Sunday school classes and sang in the church choir. Martha enjoyed knitting in her sparetime and will be sadly missed by all that knew and loved her.

She had entered into marriage with David Cook on Dec. 3, 1927 and spent 37 years together until his passing on Aug. 10, 1964.

Martha’s memories will be cherished and remembered by her loving family, daughters, Norma Claire Chittock of Lakeland, Fla., Rhea McMillan Gilmour of Niles, Eleanor Joyce Daum of Warren, and Kathleen Battles of St. Louis; a sister, Meg Leighton of McDonald; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, David Cook; a brother, Alf McMillan; and seven sisters, Mary, Christine, Mell, Marion, Susan, Isabell, and Rhea McMillan.

Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 18, at the First Baptist Church, 26 East Church Street in Niles, where the family will greet and receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Officiating will be Pastor G. Ben Reed.

Burial will follow at Niles City Cemetery.

A family luncheon will follow in the Fellowship Hall at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road, NE, Warren, OH 44483, 330-394-6200. “Dedicated to Serving Your Loved Ones”

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John P. Creatura, 63

YOUNGSTOWN – A memorial service will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Rossi Brothers Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, for John P. Creatura, 63, who passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 15.

John was born Dec. 1, 1944 in Youngstown, the son of Daniel and Mary (Scarpine) Creatura.

He was the owner and operator of Creatura’s Barber and Styling in Austintown for 40 years. John was a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.

He will always be remembered by his long time companion, Julia Jones; his son, John S. (Mandy) Creatura; his daughter, Michelle (Sonny) Kasner; his stepdaughter, Jessica Jones; his stepson, Brian Jones; three grandchildren, Michelina and Capri Creatura, and Alexis Kasner; a brother, Daniel Creatura Jr.; and two sisters, Maryann Weinell and Bonnie Verdinek.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Rossi Brothers Funeral Home.

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Robert L. Croasmun, 88

LEAWOOD, KAN. – There will be services at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Covenant Church for Robert L. Croasmun, 88, formerly of Boardman, who died Saturday at home after a long illness.

Mr. Croasmun was born July 13, 1919 in Youngstown, a son of Sydney and Inez Smathers Croasmun and was a Youngstown area resident for 86 years.

Bob was a graduate of South High School and a 1940 graduate of Marietta College where he received his AB degree. He then earned his JD degree in 1943 from the University of Michigan Law School.

He served his country during WWII in the Army Air Corps at various posts in the United States. As an attorney, he worked for most of his career as assistant secretary of the McKay Machine Company, later part of Wean United, from which he retired in 1981.

Mr. Croasmun was a longtime member of the First Covenant Church in Boardman, where he served at various times as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, and chairman of the church. He was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. He was also a former active member of the Austintown Rotary and Junior Achievement.

He was an avid reader, and during his retirement, he served a term as president of the Friends of the Boardman Library. Bob’s other interests included reading about American history, traveling, and activities at the church.

He leaves his wife of 61 years, the former Beatrice R. Johnson, whom he married Sept. 21, 1946; his sons, William (Pat) of Leawood and James (Lyn) of Suffern, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Matthew (Hannah) Croasmun of New Haven, Conn. and Bethany Croasmun of Leawood; his niece, Lori Kester of Boardman; and his nephew, Tom Kester of Charlottesville, Va.

His sister and brother-in-law, Ruth Ann Croasmun (Merle) Kester are deceased.

Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the First Covenant Church, 5210 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, OH 44512, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.


Philip J. Damiano, 82

CANFIELD – A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Church for Philip J. Damiano, 82, who passed away Monday evening at his residence.

Mr. Damiano was born May 10, 1925 in Youngstown to the late Vincent and Angelina (Colla) Damiano.

Philip retired from Strausbaugh’s Dodge with more than 37 years of service.

He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Luisa (Rongone) Damiano, whom he married Feb. 14, 1984; a son, Rick J. (Rebecca) Damiano of Arlington, Texas; four stepchildren, Remigio Romito of New Jersey, Fred (Judy) Romito of Austintown, Evelyn (Michael) Kohowski of Richmond, Va., and Jerry (Brenda) Romito of Charleston, S.C.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. Frank Damiano of Boardman.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Renee Romito; a daughter-in-law, Denise Romito; three sisters, Rose Mullarky, Josephine Williams, and Angelina Damiano; and four brothers, Vincent, Nicholas, Samuel, and Anthony Damiano.

Interment will be at Green Haven Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, where prayers will be at 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.


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Kathryn Gligor, 79

POLAND – There will be funeral services Friday at 11 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church for Kathryn Gligor, 79, who completed her journey as an Earth Angel and was called home by our Heavenly Father. Her eternal life began Monday, Jan. 14 at 12:05 p.m.

Her life on earth was filled with happiness, challenges, sorrows and struggles, but her entrance into Heaven was filled with joy and peace.

She was born Aug. 19, 1928, the daughter of Daniel and Anna Hromyak (Mischlanovich) Fisher.

She was a homemaker and retired as an insurance agent from James & Sons, Inc. Previously, she was employed by the Executive Dept. of the former Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co.

Her husband, John Gligor, whom she married Sept. 9, 1951, died Dec. 2, 2001.

She is survived by her three children, John Gligor Jr. of Youngstown, David Gligor of Austin, Texas, and Lisa D. (John) Gligor-Habian of Medina; a brother, George Fisher of Sharon, Pa.; two sisters, Violet Reeves and Sophie Perfilio, both of Sharon; eight grandchildren, Simion John and Kathryn Stella Habian, Samantha Gligor and Daniel Kalish, John III, Jessica, Jennifer, and Justine Gligor; and a great-grandson, Dominic.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Samuel, Rudolph, and John Fisher; and a sister, Mary.

Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. and Friday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the church.

The family requests that contributions be made to the church.

Please visit www.vaschak-kirila.com to view this obituary and send condolences to the family.

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Mary B. Klesch, 96

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NORTH LIMA – Mary B. Klesch, 96, died Sunday morning, Jan. 13, at The Assumption Village.

She was born Dec. 4, 1911 in Donora, Pa., a daughter of the late John and Mary Sekarek Botsko.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown.

Her husband, Charles Raymond Klesch, whom she married Aug. 29, 1934, died March 7, 1987.

She is survived by four sons, Charles Klesch of Lowellville, Raymond (Rita) Klesch of Camano Island, Wash., Richard (Melvine) Klesch of Poland and David (Linda) Klesch of Veradale, Wash.; four daughters, Mary Ann Wardle of Hubbard, Janice (Raymond) Oberholtrer of New Middletown, Betsy Klesch of Morrison, Colo. and Deborah (Gary) Bacon of Rogers; three brothers, James Botsko of Tennessee and Andrew Botsko and E. Charles Botsko, both of Boardman; two sisters, Helen Marconi of Poland and Sue Palan of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Joseph, Stephen and William Botsko; two grandsons, Paul Klesch and James W. Young; a son-in-law, David W. Wardle; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Klesch.

Visiting hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Kirila Funeral Home, 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown.

Interment will be at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

The family requests that contributions be made to St. Paul the Apostle Church or to The Assumption Village Special Unit Activities and/or Marion Living Center Activities.

Please visit www.kirilafh.com to view this obituary and send on-line condolences to the family. 

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Mattie Emma Lawrence, 93

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Friday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Mattie Emma Lawrence, 93, who entered eternal rest with Christ on Saturday, Jan. 12.

Mrs. Lawrence was born July 30, 1914 in Hartwell, Ga., a daughter of Henry and Lula Chapman Martin.

She was a homemaker and a former member of the Shiloh Baptist Church and attended the Fellowship Baptist Church.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory, a daughter, Canary Russell of Youngstown; seven grandchildren, Carman Matthews and Denise Russell, both of Youngstown, Sonya (Gregory) Korneagay of Columbus, Terry (Anthony) Gatling of Michigan, Derek McKelley of California, Demott (Ashantee) McKelley of Georgia, and Trina (Lemuel) Carlisle of Mentor; 14 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Emmett McKelley; her second husband, Leslie Lawrence; a daughter, Delphia Lee Matthews, a son, Homer C. McKelley; a grandson, Roosevelt Matthews; three sisters; and two brothers.

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

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Edna “Miss Eddie” Mesmer, 94

NORTH JACKSON – Edna “Miss Eddie” Mesmer, 94, died Monday morning after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day.

She was born Jan. 26, 1913 in Austintown Township, the daughter of Albert G. and Cora Bell Lorentz Mesmer.

“Miss Eddie” as she was affectionately known by all who knew her, was active in the Youngstown Charity Horse Show in Canfield and was a member of the Mahoning Saddle and Bridle Club. She was employed at Schween-Wagner Studios in downtown Youngstown until 1950, when she moved to Sandy Knolls Horse Farm in North Jackson with her beloved sister, Marmie, where she had a great love of horses and all animals alike. This was where she happily lived out the rest of her life.

She is survived by a special daughter, Georgeane (Ron) Burton of Hopkinton, Mass.; a special son, Bill (Dianne) Zeller of Diamond; several nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews.

Miss Eddie was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Norman, Vernon, Carl, Ted, Frank and John; two sisters, Mabel (Marmie) Millikin and Mary Cornell; and her beloved grandson, Buddy Zeller.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

Friends may call beginning at 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the services.

Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boardman.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Animal Charities, South Avenue in Boardman.

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


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Robert J. Pinkerton, 83

AUSTINTOWN – Robert J. Pinkerton, 83, loving husband, father, and grandfather, departed peacefully for his heavenly home at 5:20 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, at the St. Elizabeth Health Center emergency room.

He was born Aug. 17, 1924 in Girard, the son of the late William and Clara (Rocky) Pinkerton.

Bob retired from U.S. Steel and was a member of the Christ Church in Boardman.

He was a WWII U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served in the Asiatic, Pacific Area from March 11, 1945 to April 9, 1946. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged on April 18, 1946.

Bob was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing all types of cards, most of all poker.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia A. (Dull) Pinkerton, whom he married Nov. 17, 1943; a daughter, Dianne Williams of Austintown; a daughter-in-law, Suzanne L. Pinkerton of Canfield; a sister, Alma Williams of Girard; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Joe) Kunovich of Strongsville, Elizabeth Pinkerton of Strongsville, Rebecca (Mark) Fabian of Springfield, Mo., Matthew Pinkerton of Sarasota, Fla., and Robert A. Williams III of Austintown; and six great-grandchildren, Braedon Fabian, Peyton Hulburt, Alexis and Grace Kunovich, Joelle Fabian, and Thalia Fabian.

Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a son, Robert J. Pinkerton Jr.; two brothers, William and Richard Pinkerton; and a sister, Katherine Miller.

Family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Christ’s Church, 7155 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, OH 44512.

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




Roger R. Ramm Sr., 78

CANFIELD – Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Roger R. Ramm Sr., 78, who died Tuesday morning at the St. Elizabeth Health Center emergency room.

He was born July 18, 1929 in Lakewood, the son of the late John and Helene (Luzius) Ramm.

Roger retired in 1992 from General Motors where he had worked in salvage repair. He was a member of St. Christine’s Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3298 in Austintown, the American Legion Post No. 610 in Brookpark, and U.A.W. Local No. 1714. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, the former Vivian Goretski, whom he married Sept. 17, 1955; a son, Roger R. Ramm Jr. at home; and two grandchildren, Christopher and Emily Ramm.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Robert, and a brother Eugene.

There will be no funeral services.

The Lane Funeral Home, Austintown is handling arrangements.

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


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Robert E. Rupert, 75

NEW WATERFORD – Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the New Waterford Presbyterian Church for Robert E. Rupert, 75, of 20 North Pleasant Drive in East Palestine, who died Dec. 22, 2007, due to pneumonia.

Private interment took place at Columbiana Cemetery on Dec. 24, 2007.

The Rev. Jan Douglass will officiate and those attending are invited to stay after the services for light refreshments and to share stories about Bob.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Bob’s memory to the New Waterford Presbyterian Church, the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, or the athletic department of Crestview High School.

Arrangements are by the Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home in East Palestine.

Visit www.familycareservices.com to share condolences online.


Larry W. Tarr, 51

YOUNGSTOWN – Larry W. Tarr, 51, of the city’s west side, passed away Saturday afternoon, Jan. 12, 2008, at Select Specialty Hospital in Youngstown after a brief illness.

Larry was born Jan. 21, 1956 in Youngstown and was a lifelong area resident.

He leaves a daughter, Kristine (Matthew) Laswell of Boston, Mass.; a son, Larry W. Jr. (Jeannie) Tarr with the United States Marine Corps in Beaufort, S.C.; four grandchildren, Ashton Tarr, Nathan Tarr, Emma Laswell, and Sawyer Tarr; two sisters, Gerilee Neese and Sincearea Opatken, both of Youngstown; two brothers, J. T. Tarr of Youngstown and Gary Tarr of Canton; his step-mother, Patricia Tarr of Youngstown; and many nieces and nephews.

There are no services or calling hours.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.

Please visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences on-line.


Lloyd P. Tickerhoof, 68

LAKE MILTON – There will be funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Lloyd P. Tickerhoof, 68, who died early Tuesday morning at the Trumbull Memorial Hospital emergency Room.

Lloyd was born May 17, 1939 in Shafton, Pa., the son of the late Paul and Elsie (Humelsine) Tickerhoof.

He resided in North Irwin, Pa. until 1971 when he moved to Ohio to work for General Motors. He retired in 2001 after 30 years working in the Material/Handling Dept. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964 in Fort Gorden, Ga. as a radio operator.

For the past 25 years, Lloyd was a dedicated baseball and softball umpire in the Warren and Youngstown area. He loved umpiring and was a member of the Trumbull Interscholastic Umpire Assoc., the Pony League, and the Hot Stove Assoc. He umpired baseball games at the district, regional and state level. He had also umpired the Pony Girls Nationals. His summer highlight was traveling to Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y. to umpire the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Tournament. Aside from umpiring, he also officiated volleyball and basketball for many years. He had also volunteered for the Red Cross in Warren for several years as a C.P.R. and First Aid instructor.

He was a member of the Lakeview Assembly of God in Lake Milton and a 1957 graduate of North Irwin High School. Lloyd was an avid Steelers fan and enjoyed reading and traveling. He enjoyed showing his 1970 Cutlass at shows and parades and recently completed trips to all 50 states.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Glenda, whom he married June 19, 1971; three children, Steven (Brenda) Tickerhoof of Austintown, Daniel (Diana) Tickerhoof of Canal Fulton and Christine (Reed) Whiteleather of Deerfield; nine grandchildren, Tiffani, Alisha, Maria, Steven Jr., Andrew, Stephanie, Caleb, Taylor and Jezerea. He also leaves six brothers, Albert (Judy) Tickerhoof of Orange Park, Fla., Frank (Irene) Tickerhoof of Lampassas, Texas, John (Susie) Tickerhoof of Vancouver, Wash., George (Donna) Tickerhoof of Curwensville, Pa., David Tickerhoof of Greensburg, Pa. and Ken (Vickie) Tickerhoof of North Huntington, Pa.; two sisters, Marion (Dallas) Paden of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Jane Golofski of Slicksville, Pa.; an aunt, Marie McKeever of St. Petersburg; an uncle and aunt, George and Rita Humelsine of Elyria; a cousin, Wanda Sabo of Elyria; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Rebecka, in 2000.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to services on Saturday.

The family requests that material contributions be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, 1422 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH.

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


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Fredrick Samuel Wildes, 87

“Together Again”

STRUTHERS – Fredrick Samuel Wildes, 87, of Wilson Street in Struthers, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Mr. Wildes, also known as “Fred,” was born Jan. 20, 1920 in Barnesville, a son of Frank and Octavia Kemp Wildes.

Fred came to this area as a teenager and was a graduate of Struthers High School. He worked in the Metallurgic Testing Department at Sharon Steel, retiring after 45 years of service.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving during WWII. Fred was a member of the Struthers VFW Post No. 3538, the Lowellville Rod & Gun Club, the United Steel Workers, and various golf leagues. He enjoyed spending his time golfing and hunting.

His wife, the former Rose Abbas, whom he married Nov. 18, 1950, preceded him in death July 17, 2004.

He leaves two daughters, Patricia (Butch) Haefke and Jackie Tate, both of Austintown; two sons, Edward (Mary) Wildes and Fredrick (Mary) Wildes, both of Struthers; a sister, Reba Conaway of Massillon; a brother, Jerry (Helen) Wildes of Lowellville; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and wife, Fred was preceded in death by his son, David Wildes.

Private funeral services were held today at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

Entombment followed at the Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.