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Raymond L. Baker, 77

POLAND – Prayer services will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel and at noon at the Holy Family Church for Raymond L. Baker, 77, who passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning.

Mr. Baker was born Nov. 29, 1930 in Campbell, the son of Michael and Anna Dill Baker.

Mr. Baker was a 1948 graduate of Ursuline High School and was a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Toledo. He saw action during the Invasion at Inchon and received 3 Battle Stars during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1952.

He was a 1956 graduate of Youngstown State University and later was an instructor in their School of Engineering for seven years. He worked for 35 years at US Steel, first in Industrial Engineering and later in the Open Hearth. In 1980, he transferred to US Steel Fairless Works in Fairless Hills, Pa. He retired as Area Manager, Steel Producing in 1991. He was president of the Kappa Sigma Kappa fraternity.

Over the years he was a member of St. Christine’s, St. Charles and Holy Family parishes and the U.S. Steel Retirees Golf League.

Besides his wife, the former Audrey “Dottie” Ruane, whom he married Jan. 21, 1956; he leaves three sons, Mark (Ruby) of Yucaipa, Calif., David (Ursula) of Poland and Michael (Maureen) of Newtown, Pa.; a brother, Joseph Baker of Struthers; and six grandchildren, Shannon, Christie, David, Matthew, Caitlin and Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Marge Hanuschak , Helen Baker, Eleanor Naymick, and Ethel Martin.

Calling hours will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Helen Comminos, 91

BOARDMAN – Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church for Helen Comminos, 91, who died Wednesday evening at Beeghly Oaks.

Mrs. Comminos was born Sept. 20, 1916, in Youngstown, a daughter of George and Evelyn Vaveris Broumas.

She was a graduate of South High School and worked as a seamstress.

Helen was a member of the church, a charter member of Daughters of Penelope, holding district and national offices, The Knitting Club and Pan Arcadia Society.

She also worked at Southside Hospital in the Pink Lady Gift Shop and was a Beeghly Oaks Hospital Volunteer. She was a 1997 Golden Rule Award Recipient, the 1993 YWCA Woman of the Year and WKLN Outstanding Service to the Community Award Recipient.

Her husband, Peter Comminos, whom she married Jan. 10, 1943, died July 15, 1978.

She leaves a son, William Comminos of Ruskin, Fla.; a daughter, Evelyn Moore of Oakland Park, Fla.; a sister, Mary Laughlin of Poland; and two grandsons, Peter B. Moore and Zachary T. Moore.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, John Broumas and Lt. Col. Andre Broumas.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday.

Arrangements are by the Fox Funeral Home.

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


Cyril Furman, 93

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Historic Lutheran Church of St. John, for Mr. Cyril Furman, 93, of the city’s westside, who entered into rest early Thursday at Hospice House.

John was born in Youngstown, the son of the late John and Mary (Brosko) Furman Sr..

A graduate of Chaney High School and Youngstown College, Mr. Furman also served in the U.S. Army, Air Corp.

He was an accountant at Hearn Paper Company - Salem Label, and co-founded CEFCO Vinyls in Girard, with his brother Ed in the 1960s.

He was a member of the church, a Master Mason at the VFW Post 5532, and the American Legion Post 131.

His wife, the former Mary Barbb, whom he married July 14, 1945, passed away March 24, 2001.

Cyril will be sadly missed by many, including his sisters-in-law, Jennie Repasky of Campbell and Betty Furman of South Carolina; nieces, Patti (Larry) Corsale of Girard, Fran Basista of Florida, Betty Swader of South Carolina, and Sandra Barbb of Michigan. She also leaves her nephews, Bill and Ron Kondart of Philadelphia, Ed Furman of Mentor, and Kenneth and Christopher Barbb of Michigan.

Besides his parents and wife, Mr. Furman was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Furman; brothers, Edward, John and Joseph Furman; and his sister, Edna Rychlicki.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, and on Monday from 10 to 10:30 at the Historic Lutheran Church of St. John.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Historic Lutheran Church of St. John, 1429 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509, and to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Rd., Poland, OH 44514.

Visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.

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Anna Mae Gildea, 86

NILES – Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Kraszewski on Saturday, July 5, 2008 at 1 p.m. at St. Stephen Church for Miss Anna Mae Gildea, 86, formerly of Russell Avenue, who died July 2 at 11:50 a.m. at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Home.

Miss Mildea was born Dec. 15, 1921 in Akron, the daughter of Thomas and Nellie McCormick Gildea, residing in Niles since childhood.

She made her home with her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Ralph Pallante.

“Annie” shared her special love with their children, Thomas (Jan) Pallante, Maureen (Richard) Rindfuss, Kathy (David) Yingling, and Nancy (Val) Yakimovich.

In August of 1981, she retired as head clerk from the City of Niles Water and Light Department, where she had been employed for 37 years. A member of the church and the Niles Catholic Women’s Club, she was a 1939 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Alice Tominey and Helen Pallante; and a nephew, Mark Tominey.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews, including Peggy Cranston, Pat, Ralph, and Kevin Tominey.

Friends may call Saturday at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will be at St. Stephen Cemetery.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512, or the Tuition Angel Fund of the church, 129 W. Park Ave., Niles, OH 44446.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home, 614 Warren Ave. in Niles.

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Kathy J. Hokanson, 51

STRUTHERS – Kathy J. Hokanson, 51, of Midlothian Blvd., died Thursday morning at Caprice Health Center.

Mrs. Hokanson was born Friday, June 7, 1957 in Youngstown, a daughter of Joseph and Dorothy Greisser Kearns.

She was a 1975 graduate of East High School and was a homemaker.

Her husband, Harry R. “Rick” Hokanson Jr., whom she married April 1, 1989, died June 9, 2008.

Mrs. Hokanson is survived by two brothers, Bob Kearns of Myrtle Beach, and Bill Kearns of Youngstown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

There will be no calling hours.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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Robert G. Hood, 80

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – There will be services at noon Saturday at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Robert G. Hood, 80, who passed away Thursday at Omni Manor Health Care Center after an extended illness.

Robert was born Oct. 1, 1927, a son of Harvey L. and Lucile Denison Hood and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a sales person and part owner of Design Systems, which specialized in Butler Steel Buildings. He was a 52 year member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church, where he was a choir member and a trustee. He also was a member of Liberty Historical Society and had served as a trustee.

Robert enjoyed music and loved animals.

He leaves his sister, Lorena Hood of Liberty Township, with whom he made his home; a daughter, Susan (Russell) Simpson of Leetonia; a granddaughter, Brandon; and a great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Kenneth Hood; and an infant sister, Nancy Hood.

There will be calling hours Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 1451 Churchill Hubbard Road, Youngstown, OH 44505.

Interment will be at Hubbard Union Cemetery.

Friends and family may visit www.stewart-kyle.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

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Tammy Ann McClendon, 47

MURRELLS INLET, S.C. – Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Tammy Ann McClendon, 47, formerly of Youngstown, who departed this life Thursday at Medical University of South Carolina.

Mrs. McClendon was born April 17, 1963 in Youngstown, a daughter of Hosea B. and Anniebelle Murray Walker.

She was a cashier for Foodline Inc.

She leaves a son, Chauncey Walker; a sister, Barbara Phifer, both of Youngstown; a nephew, Shondale (Markette) Phifer; a niece, India Weatherly, both of Columbus; foster mother, Edna Gatewood and Phifer family; and great-nieces and great-nephews, all of Youngstown.

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Norman J. Reese Sr., 73

HUBBARD – Norman J. Reese Sr., 73, of 1301 Collar Price Road, died at 9:02 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2008 in the emergency room at the Forum Health-Trumbull Memorial Hospital from a heart ailment.

He was born in Apollo, Pa. on May 27, 1935 to John J. and Vera (Waddle) Reese.

Norm retired in 1990, with 32 years of service as a supervisor with the RMI Company.

He was a Third Degree Mason, and a very active member of the Niles Masonic Lodge, a member of the Niles First Baptist Church, a 1953 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, former volunteer trainer for the Niles McKinley High School football program and in recent years, during the summer months, he grew and sold fruits and vegetable from his South Main Street vegetable stand.

He especially enjoyed activities with his family and was considered by many as a workaholic and has lived in Niles most of his life.

He is survived by his wife, the former Lois Davis Gallagher, whom he married Dec. 13, 2007; three sons, Norman J. Reese Jr. and Frank Skeins, both of Niles, and David Gallagher of Brookfield; one daughter, Bridget Gallagher of Brookfield; seven grandchildren, Dana Skeins and Aaron Skeins, whom he raised, Raelynn Gallagher, Elizabeth Skeins, Heidi Skeins, Amanda Reese, and Jason Reese; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fern I. Shields, whom he married, June 22, 1974, and she died July 11, 2006, and his only brother, Charles Reese, who died several years ago.

Funeral services will be held at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home in Niles on Saturday, July 5, 2008 at noon.

Friends may call the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral services. The Rev. G. Ben Reed will officiate and private burial will be in Kerr Cemetery.


Timara Caprise Robinson-Arbogast

YOUNGSTOWN – Angels called upon the return of God’s most precious gift.

Timara Caprise Robinson-Arbogast came into this world on July 2, 2008, and she returned home shortly after.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory proud parents, Tiara Robinson and Timothy Arbogast; grandparents, Raylette Robinson and Daron Murphy of Youngstown and Martha Summers and John Arbogast of Youngstown; loving aunts, Sandra Statton, Tamesha Wilson, and Darayla Murphy of Youngstown; great-grandparents, Ruth Patterson, Kenneth Arbogast, and Edward (Carolyn) Thomas of Youngstown; and a host of relatives, family and friends.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

Caring arrangements were entrusted to Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home.


Lyle Suverison, 77

FOWLER – Lyle Suverison, 77, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

He was born May 22, 1931 in Warren, son of the late Albert and Grace Brinker Suverison.

Lyle married Claudia Swindler on Feb. 14, 1993.

He was employed at Packard Electric and worked as an engineer. He had 15 patents, which were the most patents at that time. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict and was wounded at the famous battle of Pork Chop Hill.

Lyle was a member of the Fowler Township Historical Society. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed playing cards and games with family and friends, traveling, woodworking, collecting 1/16 scale tractors, and he loved to make people laugh.

He is survived by his wife, Claudia Suverison of Fowler; sons, Jeffery Lyle Suverison of Parma and Stephen (Janeen) Suverison of Boardman; daughters, Deborah (Michael) Yost of Champion, Jacqueline (Robert Bebout) Suverison of Monroe; stepdaughters, Doreen (Joe) Enos and Noreen Rhine of Warren; stepson, Paul (Louise) Spencer of Fowler, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Larry and Delbert Suverison of Fowler.

His parents and a brother, Richard preceded him in death.

Services will be held at the Fowler Community Church on Monday, July 7, 2008, at 11 a.m. where friends can call from 10 a.m. until service time.

Friends may also call from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, July 6, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Dugan Cemetery; Rev. Joel Dickson will officiate.

Material contributions can be made to the Fowler Community Church and/or the donor’s favorite charity.

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Margaret “Peg” Wiley, 90

AUSTINTOWN-- Margaret “Peg” Wiley, 90, died Wednesday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Hospital surrounded by her family.

Peg was born March 8, 1918 in Bridgeport, Ill., to the late Virtner and Nellie (Roberts) Jamison.

She was a member of the Canfield Christian Church, The Bluffton Country Club, the Elks Lodge Ladies Auxiliary, and the Eastern Star in Bluffton.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne W. Wiley, whom she married Aug. 23, 1938, he died April 18, 2008. She was also preceded by a daughter, Dixie Lee Conlon; and a sister, Audrey Johnson.

She is survived by a daughter, Vicki (Joel) Warner of Austintown; five grandchildren, Kevin Conlon, Chris (Debbie) Conlon, Brian Warner, Jennifer (J. Paul) Lonsway, and Jessica Warner; two great-grandchildren, Haylan and Holden Conlon; two sisters, Lou Bonnell and Kate Maus, both of Robinson, Ill.; and a brother, Robert (Virginia) Jamison of Salem, Ill.

Friends may call Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, where the funeral service will be held at 6 p.m.

Friends may also call Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thoma-Rich Funeral Home in Bluffton, Ind.

Burial will take place Tuesday at Elm Grove Cemetery.

Friends and family may visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences and to view this obituary.

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