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Tributes 2008-06-12

Jennie L. Beight, 89

LOWELLVILLE – Jennie L. Beight, 89, formerly of Poland, died Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at her residence.

Mrs. Beight was born Aug. 8, 1918 in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of Harvey and Mary McConnell Spiker.

A 1938 graduate of New Castle High School, Mrs. Beight worked as a food server for Poland School District for 25 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the Bethel Friends Church in Poland. She loved gardening, going out to eat with her friends, and especially spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Her husband, Ralph L. Beight, whom she married Nov. 21, 1942, died Feb. 21, 1985.

She is survived by her daughter, Rosemary (Bob) Watson of Lowellville; her son, Garry (Cheryl) Beight of Poland; four sisters, Freida Hudspath, Virginia Gee, Anna Hawk and Genevieve Lydic; two brothers, Robert “Cliff” Spiker and Donald (Mary) Spiker; eight grandchildren, Jim (Deb) Watson, Ken Lupton, Tom (Gale) Watson, Bob (Andrea) Lupton, Chuck (Michele) Watson, Beth Scocchera, Kari Beight and Stacie Beight; 12 great-grandchildren, Susan, Brett, Bryan, Keith, Travis, Casey, Robert, Zach, Dylan, Trevor, Austin, and Courtney; four great-great grandchildren, Justin, Miranda, MacKenna and Madison; one sister-in-law, Lillian Drake of Struthers; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to give special thanks to her niece, Dolores Ipe.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert, Harvey, and Wesley Spiker.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Friends Church, 2771 Spitler Road in Poland.

Interment will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield.

Friends will be received Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers and Saturday from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. at the church.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.



William R. “Bill” Booth, 48

AUSTINTOWN – There will be a funeral service on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel with the Rev. John R. Selders officiating, for William R. “Bill” Booth, 48, who passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 1:26 p.m. in the emergency room of St. Elizabeth Health Center after becoming stricken at work.

He was born July 14, 1959 in Youngstown, the son of the late William and Lenora (Johnson) Booth.

Bill was a 1977 graduate of Austintown Fitch and was currently the yard supervisor at Youngstown Iron & Metal for the last 11 years. He was a member of the AMA Club. He enjoyed playing golf, doing yard work, hunting, motorcycling, and spending time in his garage. He was also an avid fan of NASCAR, the Cleveland Indians, and Cleveland Browns.

He is survived by his wife, the former Janet Nagy, whom he married Aug. 26, 2000; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and JoAnn (Mitchoff) Nagy of Austintown; two daughters, Alaina (Will) Rauber and Amelia Booth, both of Austintown; three stepchildren, Jennifer Nagy of Youngstown, Michael and William Gbur, both at home; two brothers, Don (Marion) Booth of North Jackson and Jack (Patty) Booth of Canfield; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Gene) Ross of Austintown and Susan (Richard) Kempe of Austintown; a granddaughter, Nicolette French; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a host of friends; and by his special pet companion, Omar.

Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a niece, Linda Booth; and a great-nephew, Lee Booth.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 13, 2008 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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



Ida Cramer, 88

“Together Again”

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Ida Cramer, 88, who died early Wednesday morning at her home surrounded by her family.

Ida was born March 14, 1920 in Rossiter, Pa., the seventh child to the late William and Clara Bell (Cribbs) Brown.

She married Arthur Alonzo Cramer on April 5, 1941.

Among Ida’s many activities and accomplishments she was a co-owner of a diner, co-owner of the Wedgewood Lanes Snack Bar for 30 years with her husband, a Charter Member, and Women’s Auxillary member of F.O.E. aerie 3298 Austintown, and a member of R.E.A.C.T.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arthur A. Cramer who died August 4, 1990; three sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by her son, Gary (Tina) Cramer of Youngstown; six grandchildren, Amandalynn, Denise, Anthony, Katrina, Lona, and Angeleena; and two great-grandchildren, Cameron and Justice.

Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Internment will be at Green Haven Memorial Gardens where she will be placed next to her husband in the Garden of Love.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for their wonderful services.

Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.


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John Nicholas Deniakis, 33

LOUISVILLE, TENN. – Services will be 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman and 11 a.m. at Saint Charles Church for John Nicholas Deniakis, 33, who died Monday evening as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Mr. Deniakis was born March 9, 1975, in Youngstown, the son of John and Maureen Connelly Deniakis.

He was a 1993 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and a former member of Saint Charles Parish.

He worked in restaurants in the Louisville area. John was passionate about motorcycling riding through the hills of Tennessee and rode with the Patriot Guard Riders. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan.

He leaves his aunt and uncle who raised him, Mary and Thomas Stabi of Boardman; his grandmothers, Loretta Connelly of Boardman and Mary T. Stabi of Poland; a brother, Keith David Stabi of Boardman; a sister, Katie Lynn Stabi of Boardman; his aunts and uncles, Peggy and Randy Ramhoff of Sandusky, Kathy and Frank Musilli of Canfield, Jeanne and Steve Bernard of Stow and Joanie and John Ramson of Poland; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandfathers, Thomas F. Connelly and Joseph T. Stabi.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home

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

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LuJean “Lu” Darnel Frazier, 24

CLEVELAND – LuJean “Lu” Darnel Frazier, 24, departed this life Saturday, June 7, 2008.

God gave Martha and Darrell Frazier Sr. two gifts on May 25, 1984, when twins were born into this world. As a gift from Heaven, Lu was loved and cherished by friends and family from far and wide places.

Lu was a very loving and devoted mom. She enjoyed reading and music. She loved life and tried to live it to the fullest. She was an exceptional basketball player and also a member of Lowellville High School Band.

Lu’s life was sadly and suddenly taken away from us. “We will never forget the impact Lu had on all our lives. We miss our angel but now she has her own set of wings.”

Lu will be deeply missed, she leaves to mourn her memory besides her parents, three sons, Mark C. Clay, Cloviece White, and Coleone E. White; her older brother, Darrell Frazier Jr.; her twin brother and best friend, Eugene Frazier; her sister, Durrielle Frazier; grandparents, Fernando Rios and Candida Rios; grandmother, Lu Frazier; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many more relatives and friends.

Lu was preceded in death by a grandmother, Willie Jean Adams; grandfather, Harry Frazier; uncle, Harry L. Frazier Jr.; and a brother, Montie D. Frazier.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Everlife Worship Center, where friends may call one hour prior to the services.

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

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Agnes (Gran) Garancovsky

DELPHOS – Agnes Garancovsky (Gran), formerly of Youngstown, died at 5:10 a.m. Sunday, June 8, 2008, at the Van Crest Nursing Center in Delphos. Prior to living at the Center, she lived with her brother, George and his wife, Kay in Delphos.

She was born in Mahoning County on Aug. 22, 1922, a daughter of George S. and Mary Kushner Adams.

Agnes assisted her husband, Frank, as co-owner of the Hamilton Jewelry Store located on Boardman Street in Downtown Youngstown for 30 years. She also worked at Plakie Toys.

She was a member of Saint Nicholas Byzantine Church and its Senior Citizens Club.

Her husband, Frank Adams, whom she married on June 7, 1947, died on June 5, 1986.

She is survived by her brother, George and his wife, Kay Adams of Huntsville; sister-in-law, Sue Palin of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nieces and nephews, George A. (Sachiko) Adams, Patricia (Tom) Hardesty, Doug Adams and Steve (Andrea) Adams; grandnieces and grandnephews, Christine Adams, Kaytie Adams, Jeramy Adams, Jerad Adams, Gianna Adams, Gabriella Adams, Jack (Chris) Palin, Natile Palin and Nicholas Palin.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and her brother-in-law, John Palin.

Friends may call at the Kubina Yuhasz Funeral Home, 5925 Market St. in Boardman on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. where there will be a Panachida service at 5 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home and at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Byzantine Church.

Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery.



Ray Hayes Sr.

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Fifth Avenue Community Church for Ray Hayes Sr., who departed this life June 6.

Mr. Hayes was born March 25, 1947 in Vadalia, Ga., the son of Henry and Susie Forman Hayes.

He had worked for Tamarkin Company, driving tractor trailers for years before leaving to drive for Mahoning Express Transport Company.

His hobby was restoring old vehicles, which he was excellent at doing. Ray could make an old vehicle look like it just came off the showroom floor.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother Susie Flowers of Washington, D.C.; two sons, Marvin P. and Bobby E. Hayes of Youngstown; a daughter, Raynett of Florida; Sallie Hayes-Lawson, the mother of his children of Richmond, Va.; 12 brothers and sisters, Colby Phillips of Youngstown, Arthur, Michael, Benjamin, David, Daniel, Alice Barnett, Delores Spencer, Teresa, Susie, Diane and Jean, all of Washington, D.C.; a loving aunt, Essie Pless of Hubbard, who raised him from a teenager; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; a loving girlfriend, Ms. Susan Bellinio of Youngstown; a devoted friend, Flossie McDonald of Youngstown; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends that loved him.

He was preceded in death by his father; a son, Raymond Hayes; and a sister, Carrie.

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

Arrangements entrusted to L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Louise J. Holmes, 82

HUBBARD – There will be a memorial service at noon on Saturday at the Hubbard Union Cemetery Chapel for Louise J. Holmes, 82, of Hubbard, who passed away May 17, 2008.

She leaves two sons, Jeffrey Holmes of Maryland and J. Curtis Holmes of Florida; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Gust R. Lee of Pennsylvania; and a sister, Loraine Morgan of California.

Her husband, Lewis M. Holmes, preceded her in death.

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Victoria D. Houlihan, 90

MARYLAND – Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the Rossi Brothers Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke Church in Boardman for Victoria D. Houlihan, 90.

Victoria, formerly of Boardman, passed away early Wednesday morning, June 11, in Rockville, Md., where she has resided the past ten years.

Victoria was born Oct. 29, 1917, in New York, the daughter of Michael and Marie (Defede) Sperati.

She was a homemaker and member of St. Luke Church.

Her husband, Francis H. Houlihan, whom she married Aug. 11, 1947, passed away June 3, 1996.

Victoria will always be remembered by her daughter, Mrs. Carol Chabuk of Rockville; her son, James Martin of Mount Lebanon, Pa.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Rocky Sperati of Girard and Anthony Sperati of Youngstown; and her sister, Ann Dittrich of Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.

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Eulee Eugene Jennings

ORLANDO, FLA. – Eulee Eugene Jennings was born in Hubbard, Ohio, to Eulee and Ella Marie Jennings on Jan. 11, 1955, the only son of four children.

Eulee met and married Carolyn Jennings and they had three children. Eulee relocated to Florida with his family 12 years ago and he and his family became members of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Eulee was a member of the men’s choir.

Eulee was known by his friends as “Paul” and had a very positive attitude and outgoing personality towards people and life. One of his closest friends described him as a free spirited individual.

Eulee was a hard working family man, always making sure his family came first. He worked for Syro Steel for almost 20 plus yeas in Ohio, and his remaining years were at Rinker Material, Inc.

Throughout his years, he was very active in sports. He played football, baseball and bowling. His longtime passion included racing and on the weekends you could find him riding his motorcycle with his friends, his daughter or just alone.

Left to cherish his memories are his devoted wife, Carolyn Jennings of Orlando, Fla.; two sons, Lewis of Ft. Myers, Fla. and James of Orlando; a daughter, Ashley of Orlando; sisters, Cecelia Jennings, Patricia Alexander and his twin Eunice Ashler, all of Youngstown; his only surviving uncle, Anderson Brown of Youngstown; his aunt, Leola Dejarett of Hallifax, Va.; his brother-in-law, Calvin Alexander of Youngstown; and two daughters-in-law. He also leaves 11 grandchildren; two nieces; and two nephews; close cousins, AC, Annette, Darla, Doris (Laverne), and Aundra; and a host of other cousins, family members and friends who are saddened by this sudden lost.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Triedstone Baptist Church.

Funeral services will begin at noon at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Vincent McCarley Jr.

YOUNGSTOWN – On Saturday, June 7, 2008, a call from heaven was heard by Vincent McCarley Jr., and as always he was obedient to God’s will.

Vincent, lovingly known as “Vinny,” was born May 25, 1972 in Youngstown, a son of Vincent Sr. and Jacqueline Gayles McCarley.

He was a 1990 graduate of East High School and attended both Kent State and Youngstown State Universities. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and ranked as a petty officer second class (E-5).

He had been employed with Packard Electric for six years before entering his present employment as an inspector with Canfield Connector.

He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he was truly a child of God. He served as trustee and assistant church treasurer, youth leader, former member of the Sons and Daughters of Zion Usher Ministry, former van driver, president of the singles ministry, Sunday School teacher, fill-in custodian, audio ministry and a tutor for church and area youth. He was also production coordinator for the “Roy Simmons Show,” a member of the Sharonline Reunion Committee and NAACP.

His presence will be missed by so many loving family and friends, but heaven celebrated his coming with great jubilation.

He leaves to forever cherish his precious memory his mother and stepfather, Jacqueline and Jerome Miller of Boardman; his father and stepmother, Vincent Sr. and Debra McCarley of Youngstown; two sisters, Shawneka Gayles of Columbus and Francesca Gayles; stepsisters, Monica Ward of Youngstown and Maxine Jefferson of Toledo; several other stepsisters and stepbrothers; his grandmother, Henrietta McCarley of Youngstown; his fiancee, Monifa Anderson of North Jackson; and a host of family, church family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rivers and Erma Gayles and Howard McCarley; and his uncle, Donnie Gayles.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where services will follow at 10:30 a.m.

Arrangements are entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.

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Vera Novak, 86

HARTFORD – Vera Novak, 86, formerly of Burghill, passed away Tuesday evening at Concord Care of Hartford.

Mrs. Novak was born March 24, 1922, in Hartford, a daughter of Mike and Mary Kaminski Zipay.

Besides being a homemaker and helping with the family farm, she was the former owner/operator of Sharon Speedway in Hartford from 1949 to her retirement in 1980. She was a member of the Hartford Community Church and it’s Ladies Guild. She enjoyed quilting and ballroom dancing.

Her husband, James Novak, whom she married July 23, 1941, passed away April 17, 1985.

She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, James D. Novak of Davidson, N.C. and Ronald Novak of Burghill; a brother, Bill Zipay of Hartford; four grandchildren, Laureen, Nicole, Brian and Dana; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Joe, John, Mike, George and Paul Zipay; and three sisters, Mary Lucknor, Ann Wittlinger, and Elizabeth Yobe.

Friends and relatives may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hartford Community Church with funeral services at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests material contributions be made to the Hartford Community Church in her name.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Galloway-Onstott Funeral Home.

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James M. Rolfe

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – James M. Rolfe, formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., passed away on June 7, 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Karen (Mulvenna) Rolfe; children, Carrie (Brad Buelow) Rolfe, and Jeffrey (Ana) Rolfe; father, Chester Rolfe; and siblings, William (Marilyn), and Gretchen (Gene) Neal, Cynthia (Robert) Rowley and Rebecca (Francis) Pordum.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Kellar Rolfe.

Friends and family may call on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dietrich Funeral Home Inc., 2480 Kensington Ave., in Amherst, N.Y.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at the Queen of Heaven Church in West Seneca, N.Y., at 10:15 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Teresa’s Center, 1810 Volney, Youngstown, OH 44511.


George Turek, 84

YOUNGSTOWN – George Turek, 84, formerly of South Hazelwood Avenue, passed away late Tuesday evening, June 10, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Health Center from complications of pneumonia.

George was born Aug. 16, 1923 in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Catherine Turek, was a graduate of East High School and a lifelong area resident.

After graduating high school, Mr. Turek served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and subsequently worked at Youngstown Sheet & Tube for 32 years.

George was a member of St. Brendan Church, and was an avid bowler and fisherman.

He leaves his beloved wife, Josephine Podolsky Turek; five children, George (Kathy) Turek and Michael (Christine) Turek, both of Youngstown, Cyrus “Dan” (Marilyn) Turek of Austintown, Brian (Deborah) Turek of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Susan (Al) Farsdale of Walcott, N.D.; a sister, Florence Colasant of Seattle, Wash.; a sister-in-law, Dee Dee Turek of Niles; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; an unborn grandchild due in August; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, George was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Emil (Eldora) Turek, John (Jeanne) Turek, Cyril (Viola) Turek, Stanley (Georgia) Turek, and Ed Turek; three sisters, Veronica Tutko, Mary Casciaro, and infant Helen Turek; and a brother-in-law, George Tutko.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 13, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home on Saturday.

A committal service with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

The Turek family sends many thanks to the staff of Meridian Arms Living Center, not only for giving George wonderful care and devotion, but for also providing him a family atmosphere and a place George knew as “home.”

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences