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Lawrence J. “Hunky” Amrich, 76

FT. MYERS, FLA. – Lawrence J. “Hunky” Amrich, 76, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. He was a native of Youngstown.

He was a retired firefighter and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Veterans Club of America, American Legion Post No. 274, VFW Post No. 100097 and the Moose Lodge No. 1499.

Survivors include his wife, Katharine Amrich; one son, Lawrence W. Amrich of El Paso, Texas; four grandchildren, Shelly, Sean, Kimberly, and Larry Amrich; and two stepsons, Guy and Lee Horton.

The Affordable and Trusted Cremation Center at Horizon Funeral Home in Ft. Myers is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Marie Barber, 88

“Together Again”

NEW SPRINGFIELD – Rev. Russ Adams will be officiating the services at noon on Tuesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman for Helen Marie Barber, 88, who died Friday morning at Austinwoods Rehabilitation Center. She had a full and happy life.

Mrs. Barber was born April 2, 1920 in Calla, the daughter of Charles and Pearl Johnston Jordan.

She was a 1938 graduate of Canfield High School and worked as a sales clerk at Isaly’s, Stambaugh-Thompson, Sears and Almart.

Her husband, David R. Barber, whom she married July 22, 1950, died Sept. 24, 2001.

She leaves two sons, Gerald (Beverly) Barber of Austintown and Ronald (Delores) Barber of Villages, Fla.; and two grandchildren, David W. Barber of Kent and Beth A. Barber of Las Vegas.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Lester Jordan and Charles Jordan.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Aldo H. Bettile, 84

CANFIELD - Aldo H. Bettile, 84, left this earthly world, following a brief illness, at 4:19 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, to be eternally with Our Heavenly Father.

Aldo was born July 26, 1924 in Quecreek, Pa., the only child of the late Vergilio and Lena Fararno Bettile, who immigrated to the United States from Soave, Italy. Aldo came to the Youngstown area in 1950.

Mr. Bettile served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army as a surgical technician, and was awarded several commendations, including The Purple Heart.

After the war, Aldo worked for 30 years for Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Brier Hill Works, retiring as an electrician lineman in 1979.

Aldo was a member of St. Charles Church, enjoyed ballroom dancing at the Idora Park ballroom, square dancing, traveling, and he enjoyed the five years he spent living in Florida. Most importantly, Aldo really loved spending time with his family and friends.

Mr. Bettile leaves his beloved wife, Rose Marie Oshansky Bettile, originally from Conemaugh, Pa., whom he met in 1948 and to whom he was married for the past 59 years; three daughters, Sandra (Paul) Cornille of Tampa, Fla., Gloria (James) Naumoff of Poland, and Diane (John) Comer of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Anthony J. (Kim) Bettile of Canfield; seven grandchildren, Brian Niro, Jeffrey Naumoff, Katie Naumoff, Jessica Comer, Anthony B. Bettile, Brittany Bettile, and Matthew Comer; and two great-grandchildren, Elijah Hal and Jacob Niro.

Aldo will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, and continue at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Church in Boardman.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

Aldo’s family would like to thank the staff at the Veterans Administration for their help and guidance during the last several years, and to thank the medical staff at St. Elizabeth Health Center for the care given to Mr. Bettile.

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Elaine Elizabeth Favre Cestone, 79

CANFIELD – Elaine Elizabeth Favre Cestone, 79, lost her struggle with lung cancer Friday evening at Greenbriar Health Center

Elaine was born Sept. 5, 1929 in Kiln, Miss., the daughter of Jesse and Justine (Stiglett) Favre. 

Elaine was raised by her beloved foster mother, Miss Camille Dreyfus of Woodville, Miss.

She is survived by one daughter, Camille Antoinette Favre, and two sons, Patrick B. Cestone Jr. (Carla) and John S. Cestone, all of Canfield; four grandchildren; five brothers; and four sisters.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; her foster mother, Camille; her son, Christopher Scot Cestone; one brother; and two sisters.

Her family will receive friends and relatives from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the McVean, Hughes and McClurkin Funeral Home, 711 Wick Ave. in Youngstown, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, at the funeral home.

Family requests memorial contributions be made to Southern Care in Youngstown, or to The Resident Activity Fund at Greenbriar Heath Care.

Elizabeth Cicchillo, 91

BOULDER, COLO. - Elizabeth Cicchillo, 91, died Sept. 30 in Boulder after a long illness.

“Betty,” as she was known to family and friends, was born Jan. 23, 1917 in Youngstown, where she lived for most of her life. She was the eldest of five children born to immigrant parents Joseph and Elizabeth Hubert.

Betty graduated from East High School and soon entered the workforce to help the family through the great depression. She worked as a bookkeeper for the Stambaugh car dealership until she married Louis Cicchillo in 1947. The couple raised three sons, Hubert (Livia), Richard, and Donald. Betty continued to work as a bookkeeper for her husband’s furnace business until Louis died in 1983.

Betty enjoyed music and played the violin in the high school orchestra as well as mandolin and guitar. Her favorite was Guy Lombardo. She also enjoyed gardening and was a member of the East Garden Club. She was a sports enthusiast who never missed a family softball game and was in a bowling league for many years. Later, she became a fan of professional football.

Betty is survived by two sisters, Madelyn (Carl) Pedaline and Josephine Fischer; her three sons; a granddaughter, Kathryn; a great-granddaughter, Maryann; and several nieces and nephews, including her great-nephew, Scott Jenkins.

One sister, Hilda Ondash, and one brother, Joseph Jr., are deceased.

Funeral services will take place at the Immaculate Conception Church Wednesday, Oct. 8. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m., with Rev. Msgr. John Zuraw officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Betty’s name for the Alzheimer’s Research Fund to Donald Cicchillo 504 Dakota Blvd., Boulder, CO 80304.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Capt. James Emory Cross

WARREN – U.S. Air Force Capt. James Emory Cross will finally be laid to rest 38 years after he was reported missing in action in Laos. On April 24, 1970, Cross, a member of an elite group of pilots known as the Ravens, was piloting a U-17 during a mission when the plane was hit by enemy fire. Another USAF plane witnessed the crash and deemed it not survivable. Various reasons prevented the crash site from being investigated initially and Cross was classified as MIA. Over the course of 38 years, much effort went into locating Captain Cross and his co-pilot Gomer David Reese. Last month the U.S. Government positively identified remains found at a crash site in Laos as those of Capt. James E. Cross and Capt. Gomer Reese.

James Emory Cross was born June 23, 1944 in Warren, the son of Edward J. and Mary Louise (Parry) Cross.

A 1962 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and a 1965 graduate of Ohio University, Cross was active in local politics, such as the Trumbull Americans for Freedom Club, and he was a past president of the Ohio University Young Republicans. At Ohio University, Cross was named Commander of his ROTC unit and was tapped into the Scabbard and Blade, a national military honorary society. Upon graduation from Ohio University, Cross entered law school at George Washington University in Washington, where he attended for a year prior to entering the Air Force in February of 1967. After completing his first tour of duty in August of 1969, he immediately enrolled in a second tour firmly believing in the government’s role in Vietnam. While there he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with a silver star.

Despite Jim’s burly “rough and tough” look, he was an extremely sensitive, compassionate and humble man. His outgoing, dynamic personality brought him a multitude of friends. Jim had high morals and strong beliefs. Among those were his hatred of corruption and dishonesty, and his love of country and family. He always remembered special occasions, seemingly knowing that life was too short to not appreciate what really mattered. Jim also had a strong passion for reading and politics, and his life goal was to serve his country, not only in Vietnam, but also later in Washington, D.C. Those who knew him during his short 25 years had little doubt he would succeed. Jim was an inspiration to all who knew him and his legacy will live on forever.

He is survived by his father, Edward J. Cross of Warren; two brothers, John E. (Shirley) Cross of Howland, and Bill A. (Cindy) Cross of Canfield; three nieces; and four nephews.

His mother, Mary Louise, passed away n 1994.

Capt. Cross will be welcomed home and buried with full military honors at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, at Crown Hill Burial Park, 3966 Warren Sharon Road in Vienna.

Material contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Trumbull County Chapter No. 11, 2044 Youngstown Road SE, Warren, OH 44484.

The Roberts-Clark Chapel was entrusted with the arrangements.

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John M. DeCenso, 95

AUSTINTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and prayers offered at 9:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Mr. John M. DeCenso, 95, who left this world Saturday morning to be with his beloved wife. He died at Assumption Village surrounded by his family.

John was born July 24, 1913 in Bugnara, Abruzzo, Italy to the late Concezio and Maria (Nolfi) DeCenso.

He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. He retired in 1978 from AJAX MagnaThermic after 36 years of service. During WWII, he was employed as a welder in Warren, making the Turret for the Sherman Tank. He was a fan of baseball and was an avid golfer.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Catherine M. (Hripko) DeCenso, whom he married May 1, 1954 and died Sept. 22, 2008. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Mario DeCenso; and a brother-in-law, Leo Andrews.

He is survived by his son, James (Geri) DeCenso of North Lima; a brother, Frank (Jane) DeCenso of Girard; and a sister, Amelia Andrews of Camarillo, Calif.

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

Burial at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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Michael “Mickey” Anthony DeMasi, 86

WARREN – Michael “Mickey” Anthony DeMasi, 86, died at his home Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, having fought a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born May 24, 1922 in Niles, the son of Anthony and Rose Salomando DeMasi, and had lived in the Warren area all his life.

A 1940 Niles McKinley graduate, Michael played football and ran track for the Red Dragons. Upon graduation, Mickey enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country during WWII in the American and Asiatic Pacific Theatres.

Michael worked as a master carpenter throughout most of his life, working for both B & B Construction and the DeBartolo Corporation for 35 years before serving Trumbull County as its building inspector.

Mickey enjoyed dancing with his wife, Jean, and spending time with his family. He was an avid reader, “mall walker” and met with former classmates at monthly luncheons. He also enjoyed attending Packard Music Hall’s big band concerts.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Iarussi DeMasi of 32 years; his daughter, Michele (Reid) Lamport of Poland; his grandchildren, Katie (Nick) Glatzer of Boardman, Jessica Lamport of Poland, Reid A. Lamport of Kent, Vinnie Varie of Howland and Cerissa (Shawn) Ruddy of Austintown; and a great-grandson, Sebastian Ruddy.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brother, Fred DeMasi; his son, David DeMasi; and a stepson, Jeffrey Varie.

Friends may call today, Oct. 5, 2008, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE, Warren, OH 44484.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. James Church with Celebrant Fr. Charles W. Crumbley, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Pineview Memorial Park.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the St. James Church Restoration Fund, 2532 Burton St. SE, Warren, OH 44484.

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Katherine Hnat, 84

POLAND – Katherine Hnat, 84, died peacefully with her family at her side, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, at Caprice Heath Care Center.

She was born May 17, 1924 in Dubrovnic, Yugoslavia, a daughter of the late Andy and Helen Bogdanovic Pervetich. Katherine came to the United States in December of 1936.

She was an assembler of the G.E. Lamp Plant for 10 years, retiring in 1955. She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

Katherine was a very devoted mother and grandmother, who loved to cook, bake and share her food with everyone.

Her husband, Frank Hnat, whom she married May 29, 1948, died Nov. 6, 1981.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son and daughter-in-law, Charles “Chuck” and Deborah Hnat of Poland; a brother, Tony Pervetich of Struthers; her two grandchildren, Jason (Christine) Hnat and Hollie Hnat; and the light of her life, her great-grandson, Caleb Hnat.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Lena Bruno.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Kirila Funeral Home in Struthers, where there will be a memorial service at 11 a.m.

A very heartfelt and special thank you to the nurses and aides of the blue wing at Caprice Health Care Center for the wonderful and loving care shown especially to Katherine and to her family.

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Penny M. LaSage, 60

CANFIELD – There will be a memorial service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel for Penny M. LaSage, 60, who passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Penny was born June 5, 1948 in Watertown, N.Y., a daughter of the late William and Jean (Eveleigh) Lunderman.

She was an office manager with Dr. Logan and Dr. Hubbard. Penny enjoyed crafts and art framing.

She is survived by her husband, George B. LaSage, whom she married Sept. 2, 1967; two daughters, Tami (Brant) Tarwater of Dexter, N.Y., and Bobbie (Jeff Holder) LaSage of Stony Point, N.C.; two sisters, Karen (Richard) Monaghan and Janine Lunderman, and two brothers, William Lunderman and James Lunderman, all of Watertown; and three grandchildren, Jeremy, Alison, and Jordan.

Penny was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel.

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Douglas R. Long Sr., 51

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Douglas R. Long Sr., 51, passed away Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at his residence.

“Doug” was born May 2, 1957 in Summerset, Pa.

He worked for 29 and 1/2 years as a shipper and receiver supervisor for Trinity Co. in Girard and had owned and operated D & L Racing Memorabilia in Girard.

He was a member of the Girard First United Methodist Church, was an avid NASCAR and Jets fan, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He also was a former coach of Little League in Girard.

He is survived by his parents, Blaine (Irene) Long of Austintown and Lois Mussleman Long of Niles; his wife, Lisa A. Boles Long, whom he married Nov. 13, 1976; his children, Brian J. (Jennifer) of Austintown and Douglas R. (Katie) Jr. of Girard; a brother, Bradley A. (Beth) Long of Austintown; and two grandchildren, Brian J. Jr. and Katelyn A. Long.

Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home, where visitation will be held Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Interment will be at Churchill Cemetery.

Bernice Mae Moore, 83

BOARDMAN – Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Fox Funeral Home, Market Street in Boardman, for Bernice Mae Moore, 83, who died Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at 3:15 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman following a brief illness.

Mrs. Moore was born Sept. 23, 1925 in Akron, the daughter of Oscar E. and Arcie Mae Lewis. She lived in the Akron area for 38 years before moving to Youngstown in 1963 and living there for 43 years. She moved to Boardman in 2006.

Bernice leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 60 years, Paul Arthur Moore, whom she married Jan. 3, 1948; her daughters, Joann (Nick) Mitovich of Lordstown, Deborah Fuline of Boardman, and Constance (Gaetano) Maiorana of Mineral Ridge; her son, Edward (Denise) Moore of Boardman; sisters Sherrill Ward of Newport News, Va., and Patricia (Michael) Darnell of Uniontown, Ohio; a brother, Oscar Alan (Jeannie) Lewis of Uniontown; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Norma Brown; and a brother, Thomas Hayden Lewis.

Bernice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and loving friend to many. She was a wonderful homemaker whose family always came first. In her younger years, she was an avid bowler and loved golfing with her husband and their many golfing friends.

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

Burial will be at the Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.

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Eileen Polovischak, 78

STRUTHERS – Eileen Polovischak, 78, passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 4, 2008, at The Hampton Woods Retirement Center, where she had been a resident for two months. She previously resided at Struthers Manor.

Mrs. Polovischak was born Sept. 20, 1930 in Youngstown, the daughter of Beatrice Gibbons Varley and John Varley. Her mother passed away when Eileen was an infant. She was lovingly raised by her grandparents, Bridget and James Gibbons.

She attended Ursuline High School and was a member of Sacred Heart Church.

On Aug. 9, 1948, she married Andrew Polovischak, also of Youngstown, and together they spent many happy years together until his untimely death Dec. 12, 1982.

Eileen leaves to cherish her memory her son, Andrew (Beth) Polovischak Jr. and her daughter, Patricia A. (Joseph) Kochamba of Poland; and her granddaughter, Kelly (Aaron) Hayes of Pittsburgh. She will truly be missed by them, but they take comfort in the thought that she will forever smile upon them.

Eileen was known for being a wonderful mother, grandmother, and true friend. She relished each of those positions. Her granddaughter, Kelly, was the true joy of her life, and Kelly felt that her grandmother was her best friend. Eileen also loved to cook, and part of her will live on through her famous recipes.

Mrs. Polovischak was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, John Varley.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6 at McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home, 711 Wick Avenue in Youngstown.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Sacred Heart Church in Youngstown.

Her family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at Hampton Woods for the loving care they showed Eileen during the final chapter of her life.

Mrs. Polovischak’s family requests that memorial contributions be made to Sacred Heart Church.

Mary Rehovick, 90

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Church for Mary Rehovick, 90, who died late Thursday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman.

Mrs. Rehovick was born Jan. 5, 1918 in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Mary Balun Ondrey.

She attended Struthers High School and graduated in the Class of 1936.

Mary was a homemaker and a beloved mother and grandmother. She also was a member of the church and of Jednota. She loved to play cards and, for many years, bowled for the Wednesday Idlers bowling team.

She is survived by her daughter, Dolores (Gerald) Ferencak of Struthers; her son, John R. (Nancy) Rehovick of Avon Lake; three grandchildren, Laura Schaller of Youngstown, Robert Rehovick of Cincinnati, and Terri Lynn of Rocky River; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, George Ondrey of Struthers.

Besides her husband, John J. Rehovick, whom she married June 1, 1940, who died April 30, 1998, Mary was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy Ondrey, Margaret Opsitnik and Betty Macek; and her brothers, John Ondrey and Frank Ondrey.

Friends may call at the Kubina Yuhasz Funeral Home, 5925 Market St. in Boardman, today from 2 to 5 p.m.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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David Saylor, 54

MINERAL RIDGE – Private funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, officiated by Fr. James Walker, for David Saylor, 54, who passed away Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House.

David was born June 4, 1954 in Warren, the son of Elaine Rossi Wallace and the late Reid Saylor.

He was a resident of the Youngstown Developmental Center for the last 14 years; prior to residing at YDC, he was a longtime resident at Albert’s Nursing Home. He was one of the original students enrolled at Fairhaven School and Workshop in Niles. David enjoyed listening to music.

He is survived by his mother, Elaine Rossi Wallace of Vienna; a half brother, Kenneth (Kathleen) Wallace II of Vienna; a half sister, Aliza Marie (Jeffrey) McVicker of Vienna; nephews, Tyler, Christian, and Sean McVicker, and Kenneth Wallace III; and a niece, Lena Wallace.

He was preceded in death by his father; and his stepfather, Kenneth R. Wallace PhD.

Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Youngstown Developmental Center I and E Fund, 4891 East County Line Road, Mineral Ridge, OH 44440.

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Mary A. Schrieber, 87

YOUNGSTOWN – Mary A. Schrieber, 87, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, Oct. 3, 2008, at Austinwoods Rehabilitation Health Center.

Mary was born Nov. 1, 1920 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Chizmar Hlebak, and lived on the city’s westside her entire life.

Mary was a student at the Holy Name of Jesus Parish grade school, where she was a lifetime member of the parish, and was a graduate of Chaney High School.

She worked for General Fireproofing during WWII. As part of the “Greatest Generation” she prepared airplane parts for final assembly and, like her brothers who served in the military, she did her part to help win the war.

Mary subsequently worked for the old Century Foods Company as a head cashier and bookkeeper until 1956, when she married her beloved husband and friend, Stephen Schrieber. Husband and wife moved into their westside home in 1957, where Mary lived independently until her recent sudden illness and death.

Mary leaves nine nieces and nephews, among them niece Carol Blackledge and nephew,Bob Hlebak, who provided support and help in Mary’s later years whenever it was needed.

She was an avid reader and an expert crossword puzzle solver.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband; her brothers, Steve, Joe, John, Mike, George and Paul Hlebak; her sister, Ann (Mirto) Hlebak; and a nephew, Mike Hlebak.

She loved her brothers and sister and they loved her. She wrote dozens of letters to them during WWII keeping them informed of family matters and offering support and prayers until they returned home safely. She also loved her husband deeply, and she and her husband traveled and worked together on home maintenance projects. They enjoyed baseball together, and on most Sundays in the summer, you could find them at a Cleveland Indians game at old Municipal Stadium.

Family and friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin on Monday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at the Holy Name of Jesus Church at 10:30 a.m.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, where Mary will be laid to rest next to her husband.

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David Michael Senchak, 46

FENTON, MICH. – David Michael Senchak, 46, formerly of Youngstown, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, in Fenton.

David was born Oct. 1, 1961 in Youngstown, a son of Michael and Mary Lou Tumpak Senchak.

He was a graduate of Holy Name Elementary School and a 1979 graduate of Ursuline High School. He attended Youngstown State University and graduated from St. Elizabeth’s School of Radiologic Technology as a certified radiologic technician.

David continued his education by earning a bachelor of applied science degree from the School of Applied Health at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich. and a master’s degree in business administration from Lake Erie College.

He also was a graduate of Leadership Flint, Class of 1998.

David began his career at Universal Consultants, a privately held radiology service in Ohio, and later became director of radiology at Alliance Community Hospital. He joined McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Mich. in 1995 as an administrator of various services and subsequently was promoted to chief operating officer. He was most recently employed at Crowne Point Endoscopy and Surgery Center in Flint as chief operating officer. He also served as a board member of Greater Flint Community Child Care.

Dave’s favorite past time was fishing, but he also enjoyed playing golf and was an avid sports fan.

He leaves his parents, Michael and Mary Lou Senchak, of Youngstown; his wife, Ann Marie Kolesar Senchak and his children, Anthony and Alexis Rose Senchak of Flushing, Mich.; a brother, Michael S. (Jean) Senchak of Canfield; a sister, Patricia (Nick) DeMain of Austintown; a brother, Ronald (JoAnn) Senchak of Cary, N.C.; and nieces and nephews, Kimberly Berg, Michael R. Senchak, Nicholas DeMain, Dana DeMain, Ignatius Senchak, Angelina Senchak, and Ella Senchak.

A memorial service for David will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Ave. in Youngstown, where family and friends may gather from 9 to 10 a.m. to offer condolences.

Memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to the American Heart Association, 840 Southwestern Run, Poland, OH 44514.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

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