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Tributes 2008-04-16

Marie I. Barber, 93

BOARDMAN – Services will be at 9:15 a.m. Friday at the Fox Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church for Marie I. Barber, 93, who died Monday morning at Beeghly Oaks.

Mrs. Barber was born Jan. 31, 1915 in Youngstown, a daughter of Frank S. and Emily Golden Elder.

She was a 1933 graduate of East High School and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

She leaves four sons, Dominic M. (Marilynn) Barber of Boardman, James M. (Angie) Barber of Poland, Ronald A. (Flo) Barber of Youngstown and Joseph F. Barber of Austintown; a sister, Ruth Pollock of Austintown; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James F. Elder.

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

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Herman Hunter Casey

YOUNGSTOWN – Calling hours will be Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Price Memorial AME Zion Church where a funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. for Herman Hunter Casey.

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Dolores “Dee” (Wilson) Cummings, 79

YOUNGSTOWN – Dolores “Dee” (Wilson) Cummings, 79, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at her home in Youngstown.

She was born in Youngstown on April 2, 1929, the daughter of the late Robert M. and Catherine (McCormick) Wilson.

She was a graduate of Ursuline High School, class of 1948. She worked 23 years for both Youngstown City and Mahoning County. She started in the finance department, moved to office of community affairs and then to the microfilm department at the county court house.

She was a member of St. Columba Cathedral, past president of St. Monica Guild, member of church council, John F. Kennedy club president, Ladies Golden Rose, past president AOH Ladies, AOH Ladies Executive State Officers Holder, AOH Lady of the Year, 1975, and was the first woman inducted into the Mahoning County Democrat Hall of Fame in 2004.

She married John L. Cummings on Oct. 2, 1948, he passed away, Nov. 27, 1998.

She is survived by a son, Larry Cummings of Youngstown; a daughter, Noralynn (Joseph) Palermo of Youngstown; two brothers, James Wilson of Boardman and Robert M. Wilson of Austintown; two sisters, Joan Mauernman of Florida and Norine Gantt of California; and three grandchildren, Brooke (Ed) Dailey-Morris of Chicago, and Marc and Carey Palermo of Youngstown.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Colleen M. Dailey and Cynthia Cummings.

Calling hours are Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McVean, Hughes, & McClurkin Funeral Home, 711 Wick Ave., Youngstown.

Funeral Mass is Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Cathedral with prayers at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial is at Calvary Cemetery.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Ricciardi and the staffs and caregivers at Hospice, Passport Program, Valley Home Care, Liberty Health Care and Ashley at Briarfield.

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Anne Dolores Dietz, 100

NEW MIDDLETOWN – Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown and Mass will be at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown for Anne Dolores Dietz, 100, who died Monday morning with children and grandchildren by her side.

She was born Ann Yurick, on Aug. 27, 1907 in Beaver Falls, Pa., the first child of Andrew and Anna Liptak Yurick. At the age of six months, she traveled to Slovakia with her mother, as her grandmother needed care, and five years later they came to Youngstown to be with her father.

She attended Sacred Heart and St. Matthias Schools, and helped in the raising of her six younger brothers and sisters. While still in grade school, she worked at Tom Bell’s store by the Sheet and Tube Mill, and later at Oles Bakery and in the dietary kitchen at South Side Hospital.

In 1930, she married Frank J. Dietz, and while raising their four children she did painting and wallpapering work with her husband during the Great Depression, and worked as a welder at Truscon Steel during the Second World War. At St. Paul the Apostle Church, she was a member of the Altar Guild and a bingo worker and also worked as a volunteer tutor at New Middletown Elementary School.

In 1960, she and her husband moved into a home in New Middletown that she designed and that he built, and in which she has lived ever since then, sharing food, hospitality, and wisdom with four generations of descendants.

She leaves her son, Frank and daughters, Laverne Romack and Mary Lou Fuchs, all of Poland; her sisters, Mary Garasic of Youngstown, Helen Beckner of Boardman, and Margie Main of Las Vegas; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and a legacy of hard work, determination, and self sacrifice that will last for generations to come.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; daughter, Dolly Green; brothers, Joseph and Edward; sister, Victoria Bacha; son-in-law, Leo H. Fuchs; brothers-in-law, Michael Bacha, Steve Garasic, and Earl Main; and sister-in-law, Margaret Yurick.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown.

Helen E. Fabian, 89

“Together Again”

STRUTHERS – A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers, and at 9:45 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel for Mrs. Helen E. Fabian, 89, who died Sunday afternoon.

Helen was born Feb. 22, 1919 in Lowellville, to the late John and Mary (Miglich) Susany.

She was a member of the church, the Altar and Rosary Society, and the Infant Jesus of Prague Society. She had been a member of St. Nicholas’ Senior Citizens, and SNPJ Lodge No. 277 for 70 years. She was a homemaker, an Avon representative for 45 years, and was an avid Cleveland Indians fan.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Fabian, whom she married June 8, 1948 and passed June 14, 1992; a sister, Mary Susany and a twin sister, Frances Susany; a brother, William Susany and an infant brother, Frank Susany.

She leaves a daughter, Mary Ann Elias of Struthers; a son, Chuck (Martha) Fabian of Beavercreek; two sisters, Gerry Heffinger of Salem and Barbara (Jim) Hope of New Springfield; two brothers, John Susany of Niles and Robert (Peg) Susany of Lowellville; three grandchildren, Heather (John) Glass, Kelly Fabian and Ryan Fabian; seven stepgrandchildren, Sue Hancox, Mike (Deb) Elias, Nancy Fenskie, Jan Elias, Patty (Michael) Muskal, Bob (Thresa) Elias, and Peg (Lou) Biska.

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

Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the St. Nicholas Church Endowment Fund, 764 Fifth St., Struthers, OH 44471.

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Elemeda Ann Hahn, 88

BOARDMAN – Services will be on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Coitsville Presbyterian Church in Coitsville for Elemeda Ann Hahn, 88, of the Shepherd of the Valley, formerly of Youngstown, who passed away Tuesday afternoon.

Elemeda was born on Nov. 14, 1919 in Brookville, Pa., a daughter of Wesley William and Esther Wolfe Harmon. She lived in the area her whole life.

She worked for the board of elections straw poll for the Vindicator. She was a member of the Coitsville Presbyterian Church and a Sunday school tutor. She was also in the Garden Club.

Elemeda married George V. Hahn on Dec. 1, 1939 and he passed away on Jan. 16, 1997.

She leaves three sons, George W. (Marlene) Hahn of Struthers, Rodney L. (Jan) Hahn of Las Vegas, and Clifford A. (Gloria) Hahn of Poland; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Elemeda was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one brother, James Harmon; four sisters, Dorothy Humbarger, Rogene Stewart Acetelli, Ethel Marko, and Wilda Mae French.

Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers and from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church on Friday prior to the services.

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Mary Ann Hornak, 59

BOARDMAN – Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Saint Charles Church for Mary Ann Hornak, 59, who died Sunday at her residence.

Mary Ann was born May 12, 1948, in Youngstown, a daughter of James P. and Mary Fox Hyland Jr.

She was a 1966 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, attended YSU and was a trained pharmacy technician. Mary Ann was of the Catholic faith.

Besides her mother of North Lima, she leaves two daughters, Jennifer (Jason) Sienkwicz of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Mollie (James) Erne of Springfield; a sister, Cathy (Fred) Mowry of Boardman; two brothers, James P. (Eileen) Hyland III of Boardman and William J. (Donna) Hyland of Poland; two grandchildren, Kirsten and Elizabeth; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home.

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

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Ronald L. King, 59

BRISTOLVILLE – Ronald L. King, 59, of Surfside Beach, S.C., died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at his home in South Carolina.

Born in Wheeling, W.Va., Ronald was the son of the late Raymond and Norma Jean King.

He retired from Leaseway Transportation in 2002 and moved from Ohio to South Carolina to enjoy the warm weather. His fellow drivers in Ohio were always close to his heart. In 2003, he went to work for the town of Surfside Beach. He loved the people he worked with in Surfside and the towns people who became his friends. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends whom he loved very much.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth King; children, Danielle Dakin of Warren, Tim King of Cortland, Tracey Lenney and husband, Dennis of West Farmington, Ken Leonard and wife, Tracy of Warren, Bill Leonard of Niles, Lori Giesy of Cortland and Kim Williams of Chattanooga, Tenn.; grandchildren, Taylor Tarry, Anthony Dakin, Greg King, Ashley King, Kylie King, Jacob King, Lindsey Lenney, Nicholas Lenney, Meggan Williams, Christopher Williams, Doug Williams and wife, Kimmie, Heidi Giesy, Alaura Giesy, Jacob Giesy, Amanda Elser and husband, Ben, Brittany Leonard, Rachel Leonard and Alexa Leonard; great-grandson, Diesel Rush Williams; brother, Donald King of West Farmington; sister, Darlene Cox of California; sister-in-law, Barbara Thomson and husband, Gene of Florida; two wonderful aunts, Althea King of West Virginia and Joann Bruno of South Carolina; uncle, Harlan Clutter of West Virginia; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A brother, Charles “Chuck” King preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2008 at Williams Church, Route 45 in Champion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice, P.O. Box 50640, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578 or the American Heart Memorial Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

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Lillian Toti-Rezanka, 80

CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell and at 10 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church for Lillian M. Toti-Rezanka, 80, who passed away April 8.

Lillian was born Aug. 18, 1927 in Youngstown, the daughter of Luigi and Lucy Conti Toti and was a life long area resident.

Her memory endures in the countless young people she has inspired as a teacher for over 35 years in the Youngstown School District. She was a gifted musician and will be fondly remembered for her tireless efforts as a musical director for so many amateur and professional musical productions throughout Youngstown and the surrounding communities, her performances as an organist and vocalist for many weddings and church services, and her guidance as accompanist to many young musicians.

Lillian will be missed by her loving children, Jerry Rezanka of Campbell, Louis Rezanka, Ph.D. of Boyds, Md. and Lillian Li of Gross Pointe Shores, Mich.; two brothers, Louis Toti of Farmdale and Jerome Toti of PenArgyl, Pa.; and three grandchildren, Richard and Victoria Li, and Louis Alec Rezanka.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family will receive friends, Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home, 216 Coitsville Road, Campbell.

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Jaunita McHellon, 70

BEDFORD HEIGHTS – Mrs. Jaunita McHellon, 70, of Bedford Heights, passed away on Saturday, April 12 at her home.

Mrs. McHellon was born Oct. 9, 1937, in Atlanta Ga., a daughter of George and Flora Mae Sutton Jones, coming to Ohio at a very early age.

She attended East High School, worked as a clerk at Sav-Mor Supermarket, retiring in 1992. She was currently working for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and for Ford Motor Co. in their billing dept. She was a watch care member of Union Baptist Church.

Mrs. McHellon leaves to cherish her precious memory two sons, Anthony, Sr. and Larry McHellon, both of Youngstown; Marshall J. Smith of Atlanta Ga., whom she reared; two daughters, Pauletta “Lois” Boudrey and Barbara (Roy) Swanson-Phifer; two stepsons, Clifford and Devon Davis; a stepdaughter, Georgetta Davis; a brother, George Lee Jones; a sister, Christine Smith, all of Youngstown; two special friends, George Davis and Jean Walton; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold J.; her parents; a brother, Marshall Jones; a sister, Thelma Jones; a grandson, Anthony McHellon, Jr. and a stepson, Tyrone Davis.

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

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

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Marvin Guy Oates Sr., 68

YOUNGSTOWN – A funeral service will be at noon on Friday at True Vine Outreach Ministry, 150 9th St. in Campbell, for Marvin Guy Oates Sr., 68, who departed this life Friday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Mr. Oates was born Feb. 11, 1940 in Youngstown, a son of James and Mamie Watson Oates.

He worked for U.S. Steel for 15 years and City Park and Recreation. He was a former member of the New Hope Baptist Church and was in the Army Reserves. He coached youth baseball, football and softball teams and played for U.S. Steel and Indianola Medical Center softball teams. He was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.

He leaves his wife, the former Eula Mae Huff, whom he married Aug. 17, 1963; children, Marvin (Joanie) G. Oates Jr. of Youngstown, Carla Ingram of Warren, and Margo (Kevin) Parker of Columbus; an aunt, Charlsie M. Garrett; and special cousins, Wayna Hightower and Arlene Greene, all of Youngstown; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

His parents; and a brother, Benny Oates, preceded him in death.

Viewing will be from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church and the family will receive friends at 645 Cohasset Drive in Youngstown.

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Joan V. Reardon, 78

BOARDMAN – Prayers will begin 12:15 p.m. Friday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church for Mrs. Joan V. Reardon, 78, who died peacefully Monday evening.

Joan was born on Dec. 7, 1929 in Youngstown, a daughter of James and Viola Morton Harrison.

She was an Ursuline High School graduate, a member of the church, and a former member of the Holy Family Church. She was also a former member of the Tippecanoe Country Club and the Caprice Dance Club.

After raising her family, Joan enjoyed golfing and bowling in numerous area leagues including the Holy Family Bowling League and the Millcreek Women’s Golf League. She particularly enjoyed family gatherings with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joan will always be remembered for her great sense of humor, her timeless beauty and her contagious smile.

She is survived by her two daughters, Colleen (Dr. Edward) Novosel of Liberty Township and Judith (Britt) Greene of Poland; four sons, William J. (Karen) Reardon of Liberty Twp., Dennis (Lisa) Reardon of Poland, Terry (Judy) Reardon of Boardman, and Atty. Timothy (Suzie) Reardon of Canfield; her son-in-law, Daniel Schiavone of Boardman; a sister, Lenore Silanski of Lombard, Ill.; 23 grandchildren, Chrissy (Joe) Falleti, Missy (Dan) Rowland, Dr. Edward Novosel, Kelly (Dr. Chad) Volovar, Atty. Amy Greene, Allison and Erin Greene, William Reardon, Jr., Bridget (Nick) Terracina, A.J. (Jaime) Schiavone, Dr. Dana (Ryan) Goldberg, Daniel (Stefanie) Schiavone Jr., Jennifer Schiavone; Kelsy, Amanda and Colin Reardon, John, Terrance, Bailey and Delaney Reardon, Joan, Shannon and Timothy Reardon; four great-grandchildren, John, Colleen and Luke Rowland and Giovanna Schiavone.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, William J., whom she married July 29, 1950 and died Dec. 12, 1986; a daughter, Deborah Schiavone; a granddaughter, Meghan Reardon; four sisters, Mrs. Sally “Sarah” Carey, Mrs. Mary Thompson, Patricia Colonna and Helen Havey; and three brothers, Maurice, Jack and Joseph Harrison.

Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Rainbow Chapter, Jefferson Park, 4635 Richmond, Suite No. 103, Warrensville, OH 44128 in Joan’s memory.

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Myrtle Ovada Witt, 79

COLUMBIANA – Myrtle Ovada Witt, 79, formerly of South Main Street, died at 5:10 a.m. Tuesday at the Parkside Health Care Center.

Mrs. Witt was born Aug. 9, 1928 in Starke, Fla., a daughter of Pate and Clyde M. Gassett, and had lived in Columbiana most of her life, coming from North Lima.

She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church in Columbiana. She had also served as a volunteer at the Salem Community Hospital.

Her husband, Kenneth Wade Witt, whom she married June 11, 1948, died Sept. 23, 2007.

She is survived by three sons, David (Judy Mileti) Witt of North Royalton, Randall Witt of Powder Springs, Ga., and Alan (Joyce) Witt of Columbiana; a sister, Jewell Carson of Pittsburgh; a brother, Coolidge Gassett of Starke, Fla.; two grandchildren, Devin Witt of Columbiana and Tina Alvarez of Atlanta; and two great-grandchildren, Collin Witt and Paige Witt.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana, with Mr. Clarence Mansfield, Minister, officiating.

Burial will be at Columbiana Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to either Meals on Wheels or Hospice of the Valley.

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Fred C. Young, 58

BOARDMAN — There will be a memorial Mass Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Saint Charles Church for Fred C. Young, 58, who died Thursday evening at his residence.

Mr. Young was born Feb. 1, 1950 in Sharon, Pa., the son of Fred and Clara Korab Young.

He was a 1972 graduate of Grove City College. He worked for Conrail as a draftsman and had been the owner of Young’s Deli in New Castle. He was a member of Saint Charles Church and wrote poetry.

Besides his wife, the former Janet Meadows, whom he married Nov. 23, 1974, he leaves his mother of Sharon; three sons, Matthew Young of Orlando, Fla., Nicholas (Silvia) Young of Columbus and Christopher Young of Charleston, W.Va.; two sisters, Donna Young and Karen (Phil) Pitts, both of Sharon; a sister-in-law, Susie Lenhard; one granddaughter, Hannah Young; nephews, Eric Pitts and Mason Lenhard; and nieces, Melinda and Brennan Lenhard.

He was preceded in death by his father.

There are no calling hours.

Arrangements are by the Fox Funeral Home.

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

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