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Leslie K. Humphrey Barron, 51

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, at 1 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Leslie K. Humphrey Barron, 51, who made her transition Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008 at her home.

Mrs. Barron was born April 19, 1956 in Youngstown, a daughter of Willie and Carrie Bennett Walker.

She had previously been employed with Infocision. She enjoyed writing stories, cooking, old movies and playing cards. Leslie was a caring and giving person.

She leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Walter and Carrie Bennett of Youngstown; her husband of 15 years, Olen, whom she married July of 1993; two sons, Jason Walker of Columbus and Dallas Humphrey of Youngstown; sisters, Guinevere Osirio of Alliance, Gwendolyn (Joseph) Thomas of Youngstown and Balkis Walker of Maryland; two nephews; five aunts; three uncles; and a host of family friends and associates.

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

The family requests that no flowers be sent.

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Elizabeth J. "Betty" Beil, 86

YOUNGSTOWN – Elizabeth J. “Betty” Beil, 86, of Youngstown, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008 at The Pickering House, a hospice facility in Lancaster, Ohio.

Mrs. Beil was born March 23, 1921 in Youngstown, Ohio, a daughter of Michael H. and Rose A. Fortnat Carsell.

A 1940 graduate of Wilson High School, Mrs. Beil was an office manager and receptionist for Dr. Paxton Jones for over 20 years. She had also worked as a bookkeeper for American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. Mrs. Beil also volunteered at Beeghly Oaks, where she worked in the gift shop and played bingo with the residents.

She was a member of Holy Family Church in Poland and a member of the Arthritis Aquatics Keystone Rehabilitation water aerobics class. Mrs. Beil also loved to read and knit.

Her husband, Bernard J. Beil, whom she married Nov. 8, 1947, died July 4, 1977.

She leaves two daughters, Rosemarie “Sissy” (Bob) Simons of Cincinnati and Marcie (Mark Nusser) Beil of Lancaster; one granddaughter, Holly (Ray) Henry of Youngstown; and one grandson, Michael (Jamie) Simons of St. Augustine, Fla.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Merceda Carsell and Madeline Delfs; and a brother, Henry Carsell.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at Holy Family Church at 10 a.m. with Rev. Msgr. William J. Connell officiating.

Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, where a prayer service will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Beil’s name to The Pickering House, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, OH 43130 or to Holy Family Church, 2729 Center Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.



Wanda J. Bernard, 86

AUSTINTOWN – Services will be Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel and at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for Wanda J. Bernard, 86, who passed away Wednesday morning at her home surrounded by her family after a brief illness.

Wanda was born Sept. 13, 1921 in Youngstown, the daughter of Alex and Victoria Kupinsky Bielecki.

She had attended the John Marshall School in Chicago and later graduated from Chaney High School. She was a dedicated homemaker and a charter member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Mrs. Bernard was also a past president and charter member of the Mothers of Twins Club, past president of the Austintown Schools PTA, served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, and was a gray lady volunteer at St. Elizabeth Hospital for over 20 years.

Her husband, Donald D. Bernard, whom she married Aug. 30, 1941, died March 19, 2002.

She is remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother by her family.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie B. (Jack) Sovik of Austintown; two sons, Donald (Bonnie) Bernard of Columbiana and Dr. Dennis (Carolyn) Bernard of Kiawah Island, S.C.; and Diane (Roy Nard) Mastronard of Austintown, whom she considered a daughter; two sisters, Eve Bielecki of Menlo Park, Calif. and Irene Garcia of Youngstown; 13 grandchildren, Tracy (John) Bernard-Linesch, David (Laura) Bernard, Christopher (Lisa) Bernard, Paul (Karen) Bernard, Jody (Jamie) Zenn, Scott, Ryan, and Todd Bernard, Jonathan Sovik, Megan Sovik, Amanda Eckman and Cheyne and Sarah White; and 15 great-grandchildren, Alexa, Maria, Dante and Gianna Bernard, Jake and Xander Linesch, Zachary, Noah, Taylor, and Logan Zenn, Emily, Molly and Gracie Eckman and Madison and Lona White. She also leaves Brandon Cunningham whom she considered part of her family.

Besides her parents and husband, Wanda was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Bernard; two sisters, Helen Kazy and Jessie Havas; and a brother, Walter Bielecki.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley in Wanda’s memory.

The Bernard family would also like to thank the staff of Hospice of the Valley and Dr. T. Singh and his staff for their compassionate care during Wanda’s illness.


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Mary Cataffa, 85

EAST ROCHESTER, PA. – Mary Cataffa, 85, of 142 Lyon Ave., 15074, and formerly of South Davis Street in Girard, passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, 2008, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian.

Mary was born May 24, 1922 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Michael and Anastasia “Stella” Wuckovich Senediak, and was a lifelong resident of the area until moving to East Rochester in Aug. of 2002.

Mrs. Cataffa attended Chaney High School, was a homemaker, and also worked for 35 years as a self-employed beautician and cosmetologist, operating Cataffa’s Beauty Salon in Girard until the late 1980s.

She was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church and the St. Mary Sisterhood.

Mary leaves two sons, Richard (Jo) Cataffa of Girard and John “Buddy” (Faith) Cataffa of East Rochester; five grandchildren, Richard Jr. (Valerie), Scott, Jeffrey, Sherri, and Kimberly (Benjamin) Campbell; two great-grandsons, Richard III and Bennett; three brothers, Frank (Trudy) Senediak of Austintown, Charles (Margie) Senediak of Austintown, and John (Norma) Senediak of Lanexa, Va.; and four sisters, Ann (Phillip) Damore of Scottsdale, Ariz., Evelyn (Frank) Gazella of Carnegie, Pa., Kay Konyshak of Indianapolis, Ind., and Dolly (Dominic) Tesone of Columbus.

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

Her husband, John W. Cataffa, whom she married Oct. 11, 1941, passed away Dec. 1, 1979. A brother, Peter Senedak, is also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will be held at 6:45 p.m.

Funeral services will be begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

This obituary may be viewed at kinnickfuneralhome.com and condolences sent to the family.

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Larry E. Christy, 60

CORTLAND – Larry E. Christy, 60, of 3456 state Route 5 N.E. in Cortland, died at 4:19 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Health Center Eastland in Warren.

He was born Dec. 20, 1947 in Warren, the son of Quay and Beulah Slover Christy.

He was a 1966 graduate of Niles McKinley High School. He was employed as a painter at General Fireproofing for 18 years and owned and operated Paw Prints Pet Grooming for 18 years. He was a member of The Brothers Regime Motorcycle Club until November of 2007.

Larry participated his dogs in various dog shows around the area. He was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Vietnam war having served in Japan.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Candace Bianco Christy, whom he married Oct. 19, 1984; a daughter, Jodi Clark and her husband, Chad of Niles; a brother, Sonny Christy and his wife, Margaret of Austintown; three grandchildren, Gavin, Kamrym, and Madisyn Clark; a niece, Tina Christy; and his dogs, Ozzie and Harriet.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles where life is honored, remembered, and cherished.

Please visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to e-mail condolences.


Levinia Cornelius, 93

HUBBARD – There will be services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Levinia Cornelius, 93, formerly of John White Road and Stoneybrooke Village Park, who passed away Tuesday at Beeghly Oaks.

Levinia was born Jan. 24, 1915 in Youngstown, a daughter of William and Levinia Lewis Cook and was a lifelong area resident.

She attended Youngstown State University and was a line worker at Sherwin-Williams for many years.

She was a member of the Covenant Life Fellowship of Hubbard and enjoyed china painting.

Her husband, Jesse Cornelius, whom she married in 1944, passed away in 1990.

She leaves a son, Sam and his wife, Sandra Cornelius of Houston; a daughter, Judy Kirby Weidner of Youngstown; four grandchildren, George, Daniel, and David Weidner and Christine Cornelius; 11 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom Cook of Hubbard; and a sister, Betty Daniluk of McDonald.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Edward Kirby; three brothers, Roy, Sam, and William Cook; and a sister, Annabelle Gainard.

There will be calling hours Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard.

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Carol, Jennifer, Ranaisha, Jeannine, Alisha and Brandon Crawford

YOUNGSTOWN – In the early hours of Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, angels sent from heaven enveloped Carol, Jennifer, Ranaisha, Jeannine, Alisha and Brandon with their wings and gently flew them to their new mansion in the heavens.

Mrs. Carol Ann Crawford, 46, of Youngstown was born Feb. 15, 1961 in Warren, a daughter of Leroy Lester and Anna Mae Patterson Machamer. She worked as a clerk with Destiny Thrift Shop. Carol was involved with helping others in the community and truly loved her family.

She leaves to cherish her memory her father and stepmother, Leroy and Mary Anne Machamer of Warren; four children, Shannon, Conovas, Retia and Julius, all of Youngstown; and a sister, Shirley (John) Wolbert of Warren.

Her mother, Anna Mae; daughter, Jennifer; and four grandchildren, Ranaisha, Jeannine, Alisha and Brandon have all passed away.

Ms. Jennifer Rashawn Crawford, 23, of Youngstown was born June 9, 1984 in Warren, a daughter of Melvin Washington and Carol Machamer Crawford.

She attended Youngstown City Schools. She was employed as a clerk with Destiny Thrift Shop, and was planning to enter Job Corp.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her father, Melvin of Warren; two sisters, Shannon Crawford and Retia Crawford, both of Youngstown; two brothers, Conovas Sr. and Julius Crawford, both of Youngstown; her grandfather, Leroy (Mary Anne) Machamer of Warren; and a host of family and friends.

Her mother, Carol and four children, Ranaisha, Jeannine, Alisha and Brandon, all passed away.

Ranaisha Renae Crawford, 8, was born Nov. 1, 1999 in Youngstown, a daughter of Antwan Lake and Jennifer Crawford.

Ranaisha was in the second grade, a student at North Elementary School. She enjoyed watching movies and playing with her siblings. She especially took pride in riding her bike.

She leaves to cherish her precious little memory, her father, Anthony, a sister, A’niyha Lake and two brothers, Zy’twan and Antwan Lake Jr., all of Youngstown; grandparents, Lisa Turner, Tommy Lake, and Josephine North, all of Youngstown; great-grandparents, Gwendolyn McCall and Margaret Hicks, both of Youngstown and Leroy and Mary Ann Machamer of Warren.

Her mother, Jennifer; grandmother, Carol; and siblings, Jeannine, Alisha and Brandon, all passed away.

Jeannine T. Crawford, 5, was born Feb. 25, 2002 in Youngstown, a daughter of Brandon Owens Sr. and Jennifer Crawford.

She was a kindergarten student at North Elementary School. She attended New Bethel Baptist Church and Heart Reach Ministries.

Alisha A. Crawford, 3, was born March 23, 2004 in Youngstown, a daughter of Brandon Owens Sr. and Jennifer Crawford. She was a preschool student at P. Ross Berry and Victory Headstart, and attended New Bethel Baptist Church.

Brandon D. Owens Jr., 2, was born June 24, 2005 in Youngstown, a son of Brandon Owens Sr. and Jennifer Crawford. Brandon attended New Bethel Baptist Church.

Jeannine, Alisha and Brandon, all leave to cherish their precious little memories, their father, Brandon; grandparents, Josephine North; great-grandparents, Leroy and Mary Anne Machamer of Warren, and Mamie McQueen of Youngstown.

Their mother, Jennifer, grandparents, Carol Crawford and Steve Owens; and siblings, Ranaisha, Jeannine and Alisha, all have passed away.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. at the church.

Friends may pay respect on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, 1951 McGuffey Road, Youngstown, OH 44505.

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Everett “Toby” W. Dean Jr.

WARREN – Everett “Toby” W. Dean Jr., passed peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

Everett was born on Feb. 22, 1938 in Braxton County, Gem, W.Va., the son of Everett W. and Virginia Ratliff Dean. He was affectionately known by his family and friends as “Toby.”

He was a 1956 graduate of Burnsville High School in Burnsville, W.Va. He began his military service in the U.S. Army National Guard. Everett continued to serve his country by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. His military career concluded on May 27, 1969 with an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force.

After relocating to this area, Everett was employed as a machinist and fabricator at Taylor Winfield in Warren. After the plant closed, he obtained employment at RAS Manufacturing in Youngstown, retiring from his duties in 2002.

Everett utilized his building skills in the renovation of each of his three homes. He was also a proficient mechanic and enjoyed working on automobiles.

Pleasurable pastimes included watching western movies and preparing family meals, especially those with his famous meatballs.

He held membership in the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6549, where he enjoyed the fellowship of his friends and fellow members.

Wonderful memories of Everett will be carried on by his loving family, his son, Aaron T. Dean of Warren; his daughters, Dawn R. Silvers of Vienna, Denna R. (Mark) Schneider of Vienna, Amberlei J. Dean of Warren and Autumn N. Dean of Warren; his granddaughter, Faith Schneider; his companion, Jonna; his brother, Jack C. Dean of Burnsville; and his sisters, Betty Losh of Burnsville, Jo Heater of Summersville, W.Va. and Nancy (Raymond) Soho of Newton Falls.

Preceding Everett were his parents; his grandson, Caleb Schneider; and his sister, Maxine Losh.

Interment will be at Taylor Cemetery in Rollyson, W.Va.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls.



Ruth M. Duracky, 84

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Infant Jesus Byzantine Catholic Church for Ruth M. Duracky, 84, formerly of Struthers, who died Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Omni Manor Health Care Center.

She was born Sunday, Dec. 9, 1923 in Struthers, the daughter of the late John and Anna Lenchik Tinko.

She was a graduate of Struthers High School. She worked for 20 years at Isaly Dairy in Struthers as a manager and later worked for Isaly’s in Poland. She was a member of the Infant Jesus Church Couples Club, St. Nicholas Church Seniors, the VFW No. 7538 Ladies Auxiliary, Struthers AARP No. 3105, Struthers Garden Club, the Infant Jesus Byzantine Catholic Church, and enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are sons, Gary (Ann) Duracky of Poland and Robert (Mary Anne) Duracky of Struthers; daughters, Sally (Ron) Kukura of Allendale, N.J.; brothers, James and Jerry Timko of Struthers; four grandchildren, Ron Kukura Jr. Stacy Wyent, Beth Jones and Katie Duracky; and two great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph S. Duracky, whom she married June 8, 1946, who died April 14, 1996; three sisters, Ann Timko, Marie Novotny and Pauline DeMocko; and two brothers, George and John Timko.

Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery in Lowellville.

Contributions may be made to the Omni Manor Health Care Center, 3245 Vestal Road in Youngstown.

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


Carmel B. Endress, 80

YOUNGSTOWN – Carmel B. Endress, 80, of Youngstown, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 at the Hospice House.

Mrs. Endress was born March 2, 1927 in Struthers, a daughter of Angelo and Betty Jackintelle Rucci.

Mrs. Endress attended Struthers High School and was a homemaker. Mrs. Endress loved to cook and bake. She also loved to watch cooking shows on television and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Her husband, Harry E. Endress, whom she married Aug. 31, 1950, died Nov. 12, 1998.

She leaves her daughter, Louise (Paul) Monus of Struthers; three grandsons, Matthew Monus of Gahanna, and Thomas and Daniel Monus, both of Struthers; a sister-in-law, Gerry Rucci of Boardman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Nicholas A. Rucci.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Bob Reese officiating.

Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Endress’ family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Hospice of the Valley, the Hospice House, and caregivers, Sheila and Rose, for the great care they gave to both Carmel and her family.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in Mrs. Endress’ name to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Carlos “Charlie” Rafael Garcia Sr., 83

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be at noon Friday, Feb. 1, at the Rossi Brothers Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, followed by a 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Columba Cathedral Church in Youngstown, for Carlos Rafael Garcia Sr., 83, who passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Carlos was born Sept. 15, 1924 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the son of Manuel Garcia and Julia Gornier.

He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army where he was an Ammunition Specialist. He received three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He was a truck driver in New York and also worked for Toys “R” Us. He was an avid coin collector and enjoyed wood working and cabinet making.

Carlos was a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Yankees.

He will always be remembered by his wife, the former Mary Barbara Cappelli, whom he married Jan. 30, 1987; two daughters, Maria (Benny) Burgos of Florida and Wanda Garcia of Campbell; three sons, Carlos R. (Rosie) Garcia Jr. of New York, Juan (Corky) Garcia of Struthers, and Michael Garcia at home; four stepdaughters, Brenda Blazo and Kathy (Ray) Rodriguez, both of Boardman, Patricia (Frank) Pepe of Youngstown, and Christina (Martin) Hernandez Sr. of Austintown; two step sons, Johnny and Steve Blazo, both at home; fifteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Esthel Pastrana of Puerto Rico and Rose Julia Garcia of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home.

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Ruth A. Green, 74

Struthers - Ruth A. Green passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at Austinwoods Nursing Home. She was 74.

Ruth was born in the springtime, on April 18, 1933, the eldest daughter of Paul and Elizabeth Conner Miller. She was a lifelong area resident.

As a young adult she worked at the legendary Isaly Dairy in Youngstown and had a longtime love for camping. Ruth also enjoyed word search puzzles and her day could always be brightened by playing scratch-off bingo.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Zell, who died on Aug. 26, 1971.; her second husband, Ed Green, whom she married Aug. 29, 1978, who died Aug. 18, 2000.

She leaves her daughter, Elizabeth (Craig) Petrie of Plainfield, Ill.; three sisters, Dorothy (Salvatore) Vecchione of Austintown, Mary Lou Stover of Simi Valley, Calif., and Rita (John) Soles of Hubbard; one brother, William (Alice) Miller of Plainville, Conn.; two grandchildren, Tricia Avers-Grace and Kristy McFarland; and three great-grandsons, Richard Avers, Caleb McFarland, and Cassidy Stumreiter.

Besides her parents and husband, Ruth was also preceded in death by two sons, Richard and Ronald Zell; and her twin brother, Paul Miller.

Services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

Friends may call on Friday from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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Atty. Anna C. Hudak-Anness, 86

AUSTINTOWN –Atty. Anna C. Hudak-Anness, 86, of White Beech Lane, Austintown, died at the Hospice House of Boardman, Jan. 28, at 10:50 p.m.

She was born on Feb. 8, 1921 in Youngstown, a daughter to Anna Hovanes-Hudak and George Hudak.

The oldest of five children, she was preceded in death by a brother Joe Hudak of Youngstown, and a brother George Hudak of Ft. Myers, Fla.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Anness; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Emma Hudak of Austintown; and a sister, Mary Hudak of Boardman. She also leaves several nieces and nephews, George Hudak of Billings, Mont., Barbara Johnson of Glendale, Ariz., John J. Hudak of Austintown, Daniel Hudak of Fowler, and Kelly Anderson of North Carolina.

Anna graduated Summa Cum Laude from Youngstown State University, and also graduated from the University of Akron School of Law.

She worked as a staff representative for the United Steelworkers of America, retiring in 1987.

She was a member of the Ohio Bar Association and was a board member of the Y.W.C.A. She was also involved in many community activities, and served on the board as a legal advisor for the St. George Croation Home Lodge No. 66.

She was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church of Youngstown.

She will be buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boardman.

Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, and on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

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Robert Gene Lucas, 83

WINTER GARDEN, FLA. – Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home, Campbell, for Robert Gene Lucas, 83, who passed away Saturday in Celebration, Fla.

Mr. Lucas was born Aug. 3, 1924 in New Middletown, a son of Raymond and Thelma Emch Lucas.

A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Lucas was a manager of EMCH Spring Service, Inc., his family business, for 43 years, directing it from humble beginnings to million dollar status. He was associated with the Victory Christian Center and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He leaves two daughters, Pamela Rosenberg of Winter Garden, Fla. and Monica Tekac of Pulaski, Pa.; a son, Ken Lucas of Winter Garden, Fla.; a sister, Janalyn Parsons of Bradenton, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Joshua and Leah Tekac, Jaime, Audrey and Chad Rosenberg, Beth Ogarek, Linda Thon, Jean Brewer and Kenn Rosenberg; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Lucas, whom he married Nov. 1945, and she passed away Oct. 1983; and his second wife, Anne Lucas, whom he married March 1984, and she passed away Aug. 2000; and two sons, Ronald and Gregory Kennedy.

The family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home and Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.


John H. “Jack” Matesevac

WARREN – A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at 432 Struthers-Coitsville Road in Lowellville for John H. “Jack” Matesevac, who died Thursday, Jan. 24, at his home.

He was born Oct. 1, 1959 in Campbell to John F. and Ellen Jones Matesevac.

He was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School in 1978. He served in the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1986 as a Communications Specialist and was a member of the Amateur Radio Association.

Surviving are his father, John of Struthers; a sister, Mary Kay Matesevac of Warren; a brother, Christopher Matesevac of Lowellville; three nieces; and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ellen; and a sister, Lisa Marie.

Arrangements are being made by Kirila Funeral Home, Inc., in Struthers.

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


Valeria A. Maxim, 90

MASURY – A memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at 10 :30 a.m. at the Church of Notre Dame, 2325 Highland Road in Hermitage, Pa., for Valeria A. Maxim, 90, beloved mother, grandmother, and a Valley View buyer, formerly of Valley West Apartments in Masury, who passed away at 10:20 a.m. Monday morning at Orange Village Care Center in Masury after an extended illness.

Mrs. Maxim was born Oct. 9, 1917, in Elizabeth, N.J., to August and Eva Kardokas Plitnikas.

She attended Elizabeth schools. She was employed as a clerk and buyer for the former Valley View Department Store in Brookfield where she worked for 25 years. She retired in 1972 to pursue her love of baking and became well-known for her beautiful and delicious cakes and cookies. She was a member of the Church of Notre Dame in Hermitage.

Her husband, Carl C. Maxim, whom she married June 29, 1937, passed away in June of 1977.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Gibson of Hermitage; a brother, George Plitnikas and his wife, Dorothy of Tom’s River, N.J.; three grandchildren, David Lucas and his wife, Marlene of Cumming, Ga., Deborah Clawson and her husband, Phil of Chesterfield, Va., and Janine Dibert and her husband, Gregg of Lewis Center; and five great-grandchildren, Meagan and Karlie Lucas, both of Cumming and Kelsey, Sydney and Eric Dibert, all of Lewis Center.

Besides her husband, Valeria was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Kenneth and Harold Maxim; a sister, Eva Sharon; and a brother, John Plitnikas.

No calling hours.

Interment will be at Brookfield Township Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Orange Village Care Center, 8055 Addison Road S.E., Masury, OH 44438 or Southern Hospice Care, 5401 Ashley Circle, Suite E, Austintown, OH 44515.

Arrangements are being handled by the John A. Palisin Funeral Home, 86 Maple Drive in Hermitage.

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June E. Pennell, 81

POLAND – June E. Pennell, 81, of Poland, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center Emergency Room.

June was born June 8, 1926 in Cleveland, a daughter of Frank and Nellie McClintock Gallaugher.

She attended South High School and was a homemaker. She worked at Isaly's as a young teen and later at Shinner's Meat Market. She was a member of the Poland United Methodist Church.

June also was a member of the St. Nicholas Senior Citizens, the VFW Post No. 3538 Ladies Auxiliary, and the 4:30 Club. She enjoyed baking, playing cards, gardening, and taking her gambling trips. Her biggest joy was spending time with her family.

Her husband, Ray Pennell, whom she married Sept. 29, 1942, died June 4, 2001.

June leaves her two daughters, Sandra Beckwith and Shannon (Ray) Boila, both of Poland; two sisters, Darlene (Bob) Rushwin of Youngstown and Joy Singer of Ocala, Fla.; two granddaughters, Kerrie (Scott) Wilson of Austintown and Heidi (Jason) Smith of Poland; one grandson, Raymond (Jackie) Boila of Struthers; four great-grandsons, Jacob and Tyler Smith, Benjamin Wilson, and Vincent Boila; special family members, Rick and Diane Pennell; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda Fiucci and Betty Rosser; three brothers, Owen, Richard and Walter Gallaugher; and a son-in-law, David Beckwith.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Poland United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mike Grant officiating.

Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received Friday 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.

June's family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to Dr. George Ellis and his staff for the great care and concern they showed to June.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in June’s name to Angels for Animals, 4750 St Rt 165, Canfield, OH 44406.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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Catherine I. “Katie” Kalaher Pormen

RENO, NEV. – Catherine I. “Katie” Kalaher Pormen went to her rest surrounded by her loving caregivers on Jan. 14, 2008.

A 1937 South High School graduate, Katie leaves extensive family, in and out of state, dear friends, and loving neighbors.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents, William and Barbara Vitus Kalaher; a brother, William; and sisters, Ann, Alice, Estella, Dorothy, and Marion.

Private services will be held out of state.

At Katie’s request, no viewing was held locally.

In lieu of flowers, her daughters request that tributes be sent to The American Cancer Society.

The family wishes to acknowledge the importance in Katie’s later life of caregivers/loved ones, Shelia Less, Karen Hynes, Debbie Bierdman, Lynn Pilcher and the caring hands of Bailey.


Darlene Inez Pounds, 57

NILES – Darlene Inez Pounds, 57, was called to heaven Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 2008, at the Cleveland Clinic after a courageous five month battle with disease.

She was born March, 4, 1950 in Ravenna to Edwin and Arlene Mace.

She will be sadly missed by her loving husband, David J. Pounds, whom she married on June 30, 1973; a daughter, Adina (Andrew) Collins; a son, Aaron (Jamilyn) Pounds; a stepson, Kevin (April) Pounds; stepdaughters, Melissa (Jim) Hickman and Stephanie (Greg) Groves; as well as 15 grandchildren, Trenton, Alexis, Christian, Arianna, Vanessa, Merissa, D.J., Zac, Kevin, Kristen, Alex, Emily, David, Corrin, and Adison; two sisters, Joan and Susan; two brothers, Richard and Robert; and her mother, Arlene.

She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Niles and was employed at AVI Foodsystems and J.C. Pennys. She enjoyed old car shows, needlepoint, reading, and her large circle of family and friends.

Darlene was honest, genuine, down-to-earth, and enriched the lives of everyone who knew her.

Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home in Niles.

The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor John Preusser officiating.

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Lena V. Rizer, 94

SALEM – Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Davis Funeral Home for Lena Viola Rizer, 94, formerly of Youngstown. She passed away Monday morning at the Essex I in Salem.

Mrs. Rizer was born May 2, 1913 in Frostburg, Md., a daughter of Walter Edward and Emma Elizabeth Tressler Martens.

She was a homemaker and previously had worked for Murphy’s in Maryland and in Ohio.

She was a member of Faith Community Church, and a former member of Hitchcock Woods Christian Church and Hillman Street Christian Church. She was very active as a church worker, choir member, deaconess, and church hostess.

Lena had been an election poll worker for 30 years.

Her husband, John Francis Rizer, whom she married April 9, 1944, died Dec. 17, 1986.

Surviving her are two daughters, Linda (Jim) McClelland of Alexandria, Va. and Shirley (Robert) Lee of Salem; a sister, Laverne Yutzy of Pocahontas, Pa.; a brother, Carl Martens of Frostburg; and four grandchildren, David McClelland, Katherine McClelland, Rebecca McClelland and Jonathan Lee.

Preceding her in death besides her husband and parents are three brothers, Franklin, Robert and Elmer Martens; and two sisters, Eleanor Thompson and Emma Walker.

Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior (10 to 11 a.m.) to the service on Saturday, all at the funeral home.

The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to Meals on Wheels of Youngstown, 1806 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44507.

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