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Alfonso Charles Avery, 63

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Alfonso Charles Avery, 63, who departed this life Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at the Beeghly Oaks Nursing Home.

Mr. Avery was born Nov. 26, 1944 in Birmingham, Ala., the son of Alfonso and Audrey Buckholter Avery.

He was a graduate of the Chicago city school system.

He was employed at the Alden’s department store, in Chicago for 19 years. He was currently the custodian at Gutknecht Towers in Youngstown. He loved fishing and social games.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory, a daughter, Lanesia (Theodis) Hoskins; and a stepson, Cedric Anderson, both of Chicago; a sister, Libby A. (Cleveland) King of Cortland; two brothers, Jerry (Velma) Avery of Farrell and Todd (Dawn) Revis of Youngstown; a stepbrother, Aaron (Ruby) Gray of Chicago; three grandchildren, Kenny, Isaiah and Trinity of Chicago; his devoted companion and caretaker, Donella Jackson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides his father, Alfonso Avery, and his mother, Audrey Dowell, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Raymond Anderson; a nephew, Jermaine Mims; and a stepmother, Julia Avery.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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Robert Eugene Beeson, 77

SALEM – Robert Eugene Beeson, 77, died Thursday evening at 9:20 p.m. at Forum Health Northside Medical Center in Youngstown.

Born Aug. 6, 1930 in Wilkinsburg, Pa., the son of the late Albert and Eleanor Lasser Beeson.

Robert retired in 1996, after 14 years with the Ryder Truck Rental Co. in Columbus, where he was employed as shop foreman. He previously worked 18 years at Saunders Truck Rental.

He was a member of the Columbiana Baptist Church and was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Survivors include, his wife, Eleanor E. (Wooten) Beeson, whom he married July 8, 1950; three sons, Robert (Toni) H. Beeson Jr. of Salem, Joseph (Becky) Beeson of Singapore, and Jimmy (Jill) Beeson of Columbus; one sister, Yvonne Sueumn of Mountain Home, Idaho; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Zina Michelle Beeson; one brother, Albert Beeson III; one sister, Shelby Dimko.

Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Ken Clark officiating.

Calling hours are from noon to 2 p.m. on Monday.

Burial will be held at Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to BIG Reach Center of Hope Greenford Christian Church, 11767 Lisbon Road in Greenford.


Carl Bellatto, 81

YOUNGSTOWN – Private services were held earlier today for Carl Bellatto, 81, who passed away on Thursday morning.

Carl was born on Nov. 4, 1926 in Trasscco, Italy, the son of Gabriel and Adeline Tollis Bellatto. He came to the U.S. as a child in 1927.

He served in the Army during WWII. He worked as a motor inspector and electrician at LTV and then was self-employed.

He was a member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Byzantine Catholic Church in Boardman and the Youngstown Morra League.

Carl married the former, Edna M. Fry, on April 15, 1950.

Besides his wife, he leaves one son, David A. Bellatto of Grafton; three daughters, Debra (Ray) Babik of Rogers, Patricia Silsbe of Youngstown, and Tammy (Dan) Bruno of Boardman; two brothers, Robert Bellatto of North Lima and Louie Bellatto of Canfield; and one sister, Kitty Fabilli of Struthers. Also seven grandchildren, Raymond, Bill and Dan Babik, Traci Mullen, Toni and Casey Bellatto and Sarah Trenik; seven great-grandchildren, Alexis, Wyatt, Blane and Brandon Babik and Rick, Lucas and Jessica Whorley.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Carla Mullins; and two brothers, Pat and Tony Bellatto.

Funeral arrangements were by the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.


Amelia J. “Amy” Burnett, 80

YOUNGSTOWN – Amelia J. “Amy” Burnett, 80, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at Heritage Manor in Youngstown.

She was born Dec. 19, 1927 in Youngstown, daughter of the late Anthony Anzevino and the late Mary (Muchway) Anzevino.

She was the wife of the late Samuel Burnett, whom she married Aug. 4, 1951.

Family includes daughters, Carole and Lee Inskeep of Boardman, Terry and Richard Bailik of Pulaski, Pa., Susan Burnett of Youngstown, and Lisa Burnett of Youngstown; sister, Roseann DeVecchio of Poland; stepgranddaughter, Amy Smith; and stepgrandson, Rick Bailik.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She was a 1946 graduate of The Rayen School.

She enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with family and vacationing.

Calling hours will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 East Indianola Ave.

There will be services at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Anne Margaret Cole, 95

BOARDMAN – Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Saint Charles Church for Anne Margaret Cole, 95, who died July 1 at Shepherd of the Valley.

Mrs. Cole was born Dec. 3, 1912, in Youngstown, a daughter of Lawrence and Pearl Stepay Rubeck. She was a graduate of East High School and YSU. She retired in 1977 as a school teacher, having taught at Saint Dominic School and Princeton Junior High School. Anne was a member of Saint Charles Church and its Ladies’ Guild and was a Lay minister. She was also a member of the OEA (Ohio Education Association) and the AAUW.

Her husband, Robert C. Cole, whom she married in 1938, died in 1956.

She leaves two sons, Robert C. (Elvera) Cole of Poland and Michael Cole of Boardman; and three grandchildren, Christina, Bobby and Angela Cole of Poland.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Roger Cole; a brother, Michael Rubeck; and a sister, Mary Stiveson.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Fox Funeral Home and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at church.

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

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Joseph A. Cuccarese, 66

CANFIELD – Funeral services for Joseph A. Cuccarese, 66, who died at Hospice House Wednesday morning with his family by his side, will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Kubina Yuhasz Funeral Home, 5925 Market St.in Boardman.

Mr. Cuccarese was born Nov. 1, 1941 in McKees Rock, Pa., the son of James and Lena I’Orio Cuccarese and moved to this area in 1966.

Joseph was employed as a highlift driver at the General Motors plant in Lordstown for 27 years, retiring in 1993, and was a member of UAW Local 1112. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, the former, Ruth Griffiths, whom he married on Sept. 26, 1967; by his sons, Joseph of Campbell and Eric and his companion, Jennifer Templeton, of Youngstown; his granddaughter, Morgan; his sisters, Carmel Jean (Don) Bauerle) and Angeline (Terrance) Connors, both of Pittsburgh; his brother, James also of Pittsburgh; and his nephew, Mark Connors.

Besides his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his nephew, Jeffery Connors.

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

Interment will take place at the Lake Park Cemetery.


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John “Jack” Vincent DeSantis, 79

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman and 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for John “Jack” Vincent DeSantis, 79, who passed Monday at his residence surrounded by his family.

Mr. DeSantis was born May 10, 1929, in Youngstown, the son of John and Ann Bernard DeSantis.

He was a 1947 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School.

Jack retired Jan. 31, 1983 as a general foreman for the Pipe Mill of Republic Steel in the Inspection Department after 34 years. He was also a current Youngstown City School Crossing Guard at Williamson and Market Street. Jack was in the men’s choir and an usher at Sacred Heart Church. He was a veteran of the Korean War from 1951 to 1953.

Jack was a lifelong Cleveland sports fan and never missed an Ohio State game.

Jack devoted his life to his family, showing his love in every way.

He was the main caregiver to his wife, the former Cassie Carney, who passed away Oct. 12, 2005 from ALS. They were married June 23, 1951. His care for her was gentle and patient. He always knew how to make her comfortable and met her every need.

He had dinner with each of his daughters every night of the week. On their birthdays he would continue their mom’s tradition of eating out at their favorite restaurant. They will cherish every one of those dinners together.

Whenever one of his daughters came to him with life’s heartaches and problems, they left without them as he always had the right words to comfort them.

He was so proud of his grandchildren. He cherished Michael, his wife, Melissa and his great-granddaughter, Mia.

His granddaughter, Kelly was his “pal”. He went to all of her dance recitals since she was a child. He’d cook for her and as she grew she’d cook for him.

Through the years he put his own needs aside for his grandchildren.

“We will always love you, Papa.”

He enjoyed eating out once a week with his longtime friend, Wayne. They lingered over a second cup of coffee with a good conversation and looked forward to the next week. As Wayne said, “Jack never had a bad word to say about anyone, even if they deserved it.”

Jack was well traveled, spending time in Florida during the winter. He traveled across the United States. He and his wife, Cassie and daughter, Denise, spent six weeks in Capri, Italy.

Also his most recent adventure was traveling to various casinos. He spent time in Atlantic City, Presque Isle, Detroit, Seneca Allegheny, The Meadows and Niagara Falls.

More often than not his daughters would accompany him. Upon arrival he would pass out a pile of crisp twenty dollar bills and tell them to go have a good time. His last trip in May was to Mountaineer with his brother, Don and wife, Doris and a course his “girls.”

We were so fortunate to share such fond memories not only in the past few years, but our entire lives. He was the epitome of what the word “Dad” means. He always made us proud and he was proud of us.

“Daddy we love you, we know you’re with Mom and safe in God’s arms. Thank you for everything.”

Jack leaves his three daughters, Debi (Bobby) DiCioccio of Canfield, Denise DeSantis of Youngstown and Kathy “Chickie” (Eddie) Hull of Canfield; his brother, Donnie (Doris) DeSantis of Rochester, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Michael (Melissa) DiCioccio and Kelly Hull; one great granddaughter, Mia DiCioccio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

“We thank you, Uncle Don and Aunt Doris, for your time, love and comfort. Thank you, cousins, Linda Uhl and Lynn Bretz for all of your help these past three weeks. Much love to all of the Carney family who sent cards and visited with their brother-in-law and Uncle Jack”.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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


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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.

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Thomas L. “Tom” Gries, 60

BOARDMAN – There will be funeral services held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman, on Monday, July 7, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Msgr. John Zuraw officiating for Thomas L. “Tom” Gries, 60, who passed away early Tuesday morning, July 1, 2008 from an extended illness.

Tom will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends.

He was born April 25, 1948 in Youngstown, the son of Roy “Bud” and Kathryn (Loftus) Gries.

Tom served in the U.S. Air Force for over 23 years and retiring with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. He made two tours of duty in Vietnam and received the following declarations and citations AF Commendation Medal with 20Lc, AF Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Devices, National Defense Service Medal with 10LC, AF Good Conduct Medal with 6 Devices, AF Achievement Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, NCO PME Grad Ribbon with 10 LC Devices, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Distinguished – Presidential Unit Citation, and the AF Longevity Service Award Ribbon.

He was of the Catholic faith, and belonged to the VFW. He was a 1966 graduate of Boardman High School.

Tom enjoyed working on small engines and aircraft engines along with fishing, hunting, and golfing. He was known for his excellent cooking skills, but especially the wonderful pizzas and canned pickles that he made.

His wife, the former, Laurie Hunter whom he married, Nov. 9, 1991, died May 29, 2007.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Kathryn of Boardman; three children, Eric, Kelly, and Lindsay Gries, all of Austin, Texas; two stepchildren, Jeff (Jamie) Hunter of Sebastian, Fla., and Jennifer Hunter of Michigan; a stepgranddaughter, Taylor Hunter; a sister, Charlene Shane of Boardman; a brother, Robert “Bob” Gries of Youngstown; a mother-in-law, Eileen Park of Florida; a father-in-law, Phillip Park of Florida; a sister-in-law, Lynn Anspach of California; two brothers-in-law, Steve Park of Florida, and Gary Fox of New York; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his father and wife.

Friends may call on Sunday, July 6, 2008 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Monday, July 7, 2008 from 10 a.m. until 10:50 a.m., all at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 47


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Jennifer Carroll Kirr, 41

GIRARD – Atty. Jennifer Carroll Kirr, 41, passed away at 11:39 p.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Hospital in Cleveland.

Mrs. Kirr was born in Warren, on Dec. 29, 1966.

Growing up in Niles, she attended Niles McKinley High School and went on to Eastern Michigan University. Jennifer graduated with her Juris Doctorate from the Toledo School of Law where she received numerous awards and recognition for her outstanding academic performance.

Jennifer gave outstanding service and commitment as an Attorney for the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s office. She was also the Chief Counsel for the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force and served as coordinator for both Trumbull and Mahoning law enforcement agencies. Jennifer received several commendations for her work with the task force including one from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration as well as the Ohio House of Representatives for her work in bringing down a drug trafficking ring.

Mrs. Kirr was a member of the Niles Presbyterian Church her entire life. There she served as an elder and a past deacon. She also loved teaching Sunday School and her beautiful voice could be heard in the church choir. Jennifer was also a proud member of the Ohio Bar Association.

More important than any professional achievements, Jennifer was a devoted wife, mother and daughter. She had an intense faith and belief in helping anyone in need. She gave generously and freely of her talents both professionally and personally.

Survivors include, her parents, Julianne Williamson Grewell (and stepfather Ned Grewell) and Ronald Carroll (and step mother Kathy); her husband of 17 years, Hans Kirr, whom she married July 28, 1990; two children, Jessica Ann and John “Jack” Truman Kirr both at home; a sister, Annette and her husband, Scott Dockus of Lakewood; a brother, Gregory and his wife, Rachele Carroll of Howland. She was a beloved aunt to four nieces and four nephews.

She was preceded in death by: maternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. A.L. Williamson; and paternal grandparents, William and Wilda Carroll.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Niles First Presbyterian Church.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Lane Funeral Home, Niles Chapel, 415 Robbins Ave.

There will also be calling hours one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Trumbull County Victims of Violent Crimes Task Force.

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

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Emma P. Kish, 84

YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Emma P. Kish, 84, who passed away Thursday morning at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman.

Emma was born Oct. 16, 1923 in Star Junction, Pa., the daughter of Andrew and Rozalie Breznan Kish.

She was a member of the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and in her youth had competed as a gymnast in Sokol competitions.

She is survived by her brother Walter “Woody” and his wife, Donna Lee Kish of Austin, Texas; her sister-in-law and caregiver, Millie Kish of Campbell; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers John, Andrew, Melvin, Alexander, Elmer, Edward and Frank; and two sisters, Margaret and Helen Kish.

Emma’s family would like to thank the staff’s at Shepherd of the Valley south wing and Southern Care Hospice for their compassionate and professional care for Emma.

Friends may call from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Monday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

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

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Howard J. Little

CANFIELD – Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Howard J. Little, who departed this life, June 25, 2008 at his home.

Mr. Little was born Sept. 17, 1968, the son of John D. and Alice White Little Sr.

He was 1987 graduate of East High School.

He loved his family and enjoyed being with his nieces and nephews.

He leaves to cherish his memory, three sisters, Veronica Salters, Perticia Bradley and Carma (Albert) Clark, all of Youngstown; three brothers, John D. (Crystal) Jr. of Youngstown, Willie of Phoenix, and Morris (Robin) Little of Jacksonville; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Helen Jean Martin, 92

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Church, and prayers said at 12:15 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Helen Jean Martin, 92, who died early Thursday morning at her home.

Helen was born Sept. 27, 1915 in Youngstown, to the late Anthony A. and Julia V. (Kovalchik) Kopanic.

She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, and a honorary member of the Army-Navy Post No. 29 Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as chaplain and past president.

Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by her husbands, William T. Evans, whom she married on May 24, 1934 and died July 26, 1965, and Charles E. Martin, whom she married Aug. 19, 1972, and died June 25, 1990.

She was also preceded by three sisters, Ann Dechant, Mary Malley, and Nellie Kopanic; and two brothers, Anthony Kopanic and Paul Kopanic.

She is survived by her two daughters, Carol (Charles) Kennedy of Youngstown, and Marie (Jim) Price of Cortland; foster son, Ronald A. Banks of North Jackson, a brother Michael Kopanic of Liberty, five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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Thomas G. Shaw

KENT – Thomas G. Shaw died July 3, 2008 following a stroke. He was born April 9, 1919, in Cuyahoga Falls.

He was the son of the late Roy T. and Blanch Forsythe Shaw. Tom was a descendent of an old Ohio pioneer family.

He lived in Cuyahoga Falls, Newton Falls, and Warren for most of his life, and most recently in Kent.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Warren and the American Legion Cortland Post. Tom served in the 3rd Army during WWII and took part in the D-Day invasion. A machinist by trade, he worked for over 30 years as an Industrial Engineer at Republic Steel.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Mary Katherine Lisby Shaw of Kent, whom he married Sept. 11, 1948; three sons and two daughters, Thomas G. (Jay) Shaw Jr. of Kent, Margaret Mary (Richard) Bednar of Gainsville, Fla., Richard F. (Linda) Shaw of Pittsburgh, Katherine Ann Daniels of Dania, Fla. and Michael F. (Patricia) Shaw of Sunrise, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nephews and nieces; and a sister, Velma Otterman of Youngstown.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Marian Hoyle.

Calling hours will be Sunday, July 6, 2008 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home with a funeral mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Monday, July 7, 2008, at 10 a.m., burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers or any other tribute, the family requests that contributions be made to The Carl L. Wolfe Liver Transplant Fund c/o Thomas G. Shaw Jr., 1110 Ravenna Road, Kent, OH 44240. Carl is a nephew of Tom.


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