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Donald C. Ashman Sr. 89,

HUBBARD – Donald C. Ashman Sr. 89, died Saturday morning, Aug. 2, 2008 at Heritage Manor.

He was born April 6, 1919 in Youngstown, a son of Fred and Mattie Braley Ashman and was a life long area resident.

Mr. Ashman worked for Youngstown Building Materials for 20 years, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of St. Patrick Church and enjoyed working in his yard. Don served with the Army in WWII and was a Prisoner of War in Japan for 3 1/2 years.

His wife, the former Marge M. Madeline, whom he married June 24, 1946, died Feb. 24, 2007.

He leaves a son, Donald C. (Judy) Ashman Jr. of Hubbard; one daughter, Karen A. (Ron) Mathews of Hubbard; two brothers, Robert Ashman of Boardman and Richard Ashman of North Carolina; three sisters, Phoebe Mayle and Hattie Sebo, both of Hubbard and Martha Woods of South Carolina; and five grandchildren.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert Ashman; seven sisters, May Mascardine, Marion Bogdan, Mildred Douglas, Margaret Newman, May Riley, Miss Margie; and a sister, who died in infancy; five brothers, James, Paul, William, Dave and Fred Ashman.

There are no callings hours or funeral services.

The Ashman Family would like to extend a special thanks to Heritage Manor for their kindness and loving care shown during this time.

They request that contributions be made to Heritage Manor, 517 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504.

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Arrangements were handled by the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home.

Benjamin Franklin Baker Sr., 97

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Benjamin Franklin Baker, Sr., 97, who died July 30, 2008 at the Youngstown Hospice Facility – Assumption.

Mr. Benjamin Franklin Baker was born December 23, 1911, a son of Hayward and Dena Hickerson Baker of Alverton, Pa.

He worked for Monga Mine Coal Company in Pennsylvania for several years. He relocated to Youngstown, where he worked and retired from Strausbaugh Motors. He was a mechanic.

He was a Muslim and a member of the Youngstown Islamic Center.

He leaves to cherish his memories his daughters, Minnie Kirksey of Chesapeake, Va., Michelle (Jerry) Jann of Youngstown, Burman Burwell (Michael) of Toledo, and Diane Cisse (Owen) Beckles of Youngstown, with whom he lived; a grandson, Franklin Virgilio Baker of Toledo; a son, Wardell Langston of Youngstown; a sister, Frances Smith of Greensburg, Pa.; 21 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, Benjamin Franklin Baker Jr.; wife, Minnie E. Baker, to whom he was married for 58 years; brother, Ralph Baker; and sisters, Dena Baker, Gertrude Baker, Edith Ravenell, Irene Harris and Alice Mosley.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Helen Cretella, 84

GIRARD  –  Helen Cretella, 84, passed away Saturday morning August 2, 2008, with her family by her side.

She was born September 20, 1923 in Ludlow, Pa., the daughter of Peter and Mary (Rohun) Jurenko.

Helen taught at St. Rose Catholic School for 26 years, retiring in 1991.

She was a member of St. Rose Church

She married Louis J. Cretella on May 16, 1946.  Louis passed away March 19, 1996.

Helen is survived by four daughters, Cecelia “Cookie” (Nick) Heinzer of Girard,  Mary Ellen (Joseph) Vince of Frederick, Md.,  Judith (Bob) Miles of Girard, and Joanne Cretella of Durham, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Nick, Louis, Jonathan, Joseph, Kimberly, Michael and Emily; and two great-grandsons, Samuel and Jacob.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Louis; three sisters, Ann Chila, Mary Maksimowski and Sue Litch; and one brother,  Peter Jurenko Jr.

Her funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Rose Church.  There will be prayers at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the church mass.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard

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Gordon L. Delauder, 73

AUSTINTOWN – Gordon L. Delauder of Austintown, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at his residence. He was 73.

Mr. Delauder was born in Belington, W.Va., on March 30, 1935, a son of Lloyd and Rachel Cross Delauder.

He worked as a press operator for American Paper Products.

Gordon was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary and The Saxon Club, where he played bocce. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking, but most of all he loved his family.

His wife, Jennie M. Barone Delauder, whom he married Aug. 23, 1958, passed away March 28, 1992.

Survivors include a son, Gordon D. and his girlfriend Vonda of Champion; a daughter, Carla and her husband David Ramunno of Vancouver, Wash.; Gordon’s fiancée, Anna Fear of Austintown; and one grandchild on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lloyd Ralph Delauder; two brothers, Everett and Dorsey Delauder; and three sisters, Marietta Cole, Virginia Kukwa and Genève Hill.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Calling hours will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home – Austintown Chapel. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude for two special nurses: Lisa Stas RN and Mary Jo Connelly RN, and the medical care provided by Dr. Lawrence Goldstein and Dr. Masud Bhatti, and their office staff.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Family and friends may visit to send condolences online.

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Nina R. Fusco, 85

VIENNA – Nina R. Fusco, 85, formerly of Niles, died at 2:28 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 at her residence.

She was born May 6, 1923 in Niles, the daughter of Mike and Amelia Pasquini English.

Nina was a 1940 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, was employed as a hostess at Town and Country Motel and Restaurant for 15 years and at General Motors Lordstown as an assembler for seven years, before retiring in 1978.

She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, past president and loyal member of the Mt. Carmel Society for many years, church festival and monthly pizza sales volunteer, organizer and volunteer of the Mt. Carmel Church Bereavement lunches, and organizer, member, and past president of the Mother’s Club of the new Mt. Carmel School. She was also a member of the 39’ers , Niles SCOPE and its variety shows, volunteer for Toys for Tots, and a volunteer at Shepherd of The Valley Nursing Home in Niles.

She enjoyed golfing, bowling, bingo, jigsaw puzzles, casino trips, cooking for her family and friends, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Angelo Fusco, whom she married July 31, 1943, died Dec. 30, 1982.

She will be deeply by a son, Larry Fusco and his wife Judy of Howland; two daughters, JoAnn Parish with whom she made her home, Laraine Bradley and her husband Dave of Niles; a sister, Mary Wieda of Girard; three grandchildren, Denise Rogers and her husband George, Craig Fusco and his fiancee Alicia, Brad Fusco and his wife Andrea; and three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Emma and Zach Rogers.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patty Fusco; a brother, Tony English; three sisters, Lena Nicholas, Ann Rashilla, and Betty Jerina; and a son-in-law, Jacob Parish.

Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society will conduct prayers at 4:45 p.m. and the Mt. Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct prayers at 7:30 p.m. today.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, with Fr. Larry Frient, officiating, preceded by a 9 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at St. Stephen Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284 or Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 381 Robbins Ave., Niles, Ohio 44446.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., in Niles, where life is honored, cherished and remembered.

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Thelma Hunt, 89

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel for Thelma Hunt, 89, formerly of Burkey Road, who died Saturday afternoon at Omni Manor.

Thelma was born Aug. 15, 1918, in Youngstown and was the daughter of the late Oliver P. Sr. and Mildred (Cooper) Barnes.

She was a homemaker and lived in the area all of her life.

Thelma was a member of the Wickliffe Christian Church, where she served on the church board and had served on the building committee and was a member of the choir.

Her husband, George H. (Jack) Hunt, whom she married in 1945, died April 9, 1971.

She is survived by a daughter, Janice Eileen Swart and her husband Stanley of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Warren Barnes of Salem; and two grandchildren, Jennifer Hartley and Allison Claytor.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Robert L. Hunt; twin daughter, Janet Elaine; three brothers, Oliver Jr., Lee, and David Barnes; and four sisters, Mildred Roeder, Margaret Cooper, Anna Mae Gonda and infant sister.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.

The family requests that material contributions be made to the Wickliffe Christian Church.

Friends and family may vist to view this obituary and send condolences.

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John F. Matesevac, 87

“Together Again”

LOWELLVILLE – John F. Matesevac, 87, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 at Maplecrest Nursing Home

He was born in Campbell to the late Steve and Katerine Martinich Matesevac.

He was a former member of St Joseph the Provider Church.

He worked at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company as a crane operator, served in the US Army, during WWII as a medic and received a Purple Heart. He enjoyed baseball and his family especially his grandchildren.

Surviving are his children, Chris Matesevac of Lowellville and Mary Kay Matesevac of Warren; two sisters, Rose Grega and Betty Matesevac, both of Hubbard; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Jones Matesevac, whom he married in 1958, she died in 1998; a son, Jack Matesevac; two brothers, Charles and Joseph Matesevac; and three sisters, Christina Sotlar, Frances Dzuracky and Helen Matesevac.

Friends will be received at the Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Struthers, on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

Interment will be in St. John Cemetery.

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Robert J. “Bob”

Molnar, 30

POLAND – Robert J. ”Bob” Molnar, 30, died peacefully Saturday at the Hospice House, with his family by his side, after his six-year battle with brain cancer.

Mr. Molnar was born Thursday, December 22, 1977 in Conneaut, a son of Fred and Mary Molnar.

He was a 1996 graduate of Springfield High School, where he played on its football team, and a graduate of Polaris Technical School in Cleveland where he received a certificate as a tool and dye maker.

Mr. Molnar worked as a Machine Operator for the Liebert Corporation.

He was a member of the Church of the Rock in Poland.

He loved football; his favorite teams were the Tennessee Titans and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Bob loved playing cards and was a Texas Holdem Champion. He loved video games and all types of music.

During the last six years, he coached football for Springfield Local High School, spoke to several support groups and delivered food and toys to unfortunate families for Blessed to be Blessed, and loved volunteering in general.

Surviving are his wife, the former Brandy Tanner, whom he married August 10, 2002; his mother, Mary Molnar; two brothers, Michael (Jean) McLaughlin of Brookpark and Fred (Missy) Molnar of Poland; two sisters, Michele (Jeff) Gavalier of Struthers and Renee (Jerry) Hillyer of Madison; his nieces and nephews, Christi, Mike and Nadine McLaughlin, all of Brookpark, Jerry, Sam and Jacob Hillyer, all of Madison, and Jeffrey and Brandon Gavalier, both of Struthers; his father and mother-in-law, Ron and Bonnie Tanner of Bessemer; one brother-in-law, Brian (Jody) Tanner of Bessemer; and his grandparents, Florence Ramsey of Bessemer, and Don and Mary Tanner of Bessemer.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Molnar.

Funeral services will be held at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home on Wednesday at 10 a.m., where friends may call from 9 to 9:45 a.m..

Interment will follow in the Westfield Church Cemetery, Mt. Jackson, Pa.

Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home

Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s name to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Rd. Poland OH 44514.

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Irene T. Nemick, 89

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be said Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Cathedral for Irene T. Nemick, 89, who died Sunday morning at Assumption Village.

Irene was born May 31, 1919 in Uniontown, Pa., a daughter of Andrew and Mary Feskette Fusco.

She was a member of St. Columba Parish and its St. Monica Guild, Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary, St. Ann’s Holy Trinity Church Guild, Moose Lodge No. 113 in Niles and a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul Society.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed her family.

She is survived by a son, Frank Nemick of Struthers; two grandchildren, Nannette (Joe) Angelilli and Frank (Janice) Nemick; four great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Taylor Ann, Jarrett Nemick and Simone Izzo; a sister, Mary McInnis of Girard and three brothers, Andrew and Frank Fusco of Youngstown and Michael Fusco of Toledo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Frank Nemick, whom she married Dec. 3, 1939, died Sept. 11, 1967; five brothers, Fred, John, Eugene, Ammadio and James Fusco.

Family and friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Schiavone Funeral Home.

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Anne Mallin Solomon, 87

BOARDMAN - Anne Mallin Solomon, 87, passed away late Saturday morning, Aug. 2, 2008, at her home.

Anne was born July 11, 1921 in Czechoslovakia, a daughter of the late Andy and Meri Halko Kizar, and came to America and Youngstown as a child with her family in 1925.

Anne was raised by her mother and stepfather, Steve Demetra, and was a 1939 graduate of Scienceville High School.

She worked for a time for James A. Henderson Chevrolet and then worked for Barrett Cadillac for 31 years, retiring as a bookkeeper in 1986.

Anne was a member of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, Boardman AARP 4545, and The Fellowship Club.

She leaves two brothers, John (June) Demetra of Poland and Michael (Dorothy) Demetra of Austintown; two stepdaughters, Charlotte Solomon Cassano of Port Clinton and Margaret Mallin Escarcega of Cucamonga, Calif.; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Anne will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her first husband, John T. Mallin, whom she married in Sept. 29, 1956, passed away Dec. 2, 1983. Her second husband, Charles Solomon, whom she married April 8, 1996, passed away July 14, 1998.

A brother, Joey Demetra and a sister, Mary Fecko, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, and continue at 11:30 a.m. at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Anne’s family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice House in Poland Township.

Please visit to view this obituary and condolences on-line.

Sarah L. Vaughn, 27

NILES – Sarah L. Vaughn, 27, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008 of injuries sustained in an auto accident.

She was born July 1, 1981 in Warren, the daughter of John K. and Laura (Davies) Vaughn.

A lifetime area resident, Sarah attended Warren Christian School for five years and Niles McKinley High School for 4 years, graduating in 1999. She played volleyball and softball and was on the speech and debate team. She attended Youngstown State University.

She was employed by Covelli Enterprises.

Sarah was an outgoing, caring person who loved doing for other people. She was very social and often was a peacemaker and moderator among friends.

She loved current events and politics and enjoyed the news Web site DIGG.

She attended Believers Christian Fellowship.

She also loved animals, especially her cats, General and Hobo, and her dogs, Shelby and Leroy.

Sarah will be missed by her parents, John and Laura of Niles; paternal grandfather, Arthur E. Vaughn of Howland; maternal grandmother, Lois Davies Griffith of Warren; numerous aunts uncles and cousins; and her many friends.

She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Amber; grandmother, Dolores Vaughn; and grandfather, Thomas Davies.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Roberts-Clark Chapel and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Believers Christian Fellowship, with Pastor Bill Carter officiating.

The family requests material contributions be made to Someplace Safe, 1540 Tod Ave. NW, Warren, OH 44485.

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Delores P. Zelonish, 78

BOARDMAN – Delores P. Zelonish passed away at 8:17 a.m. Saturday at Northside Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 78.

Mrs. Zelonish was born in Youngstown on June 15, 1930, a daughter of Frank and Anna Hornak Krawchyk.

She was a homemaker most of her life. Dolores enjoyed playing cards; but most of all she loved and cherished her friends and family.

Her husband, Raymond Zelonish, passed away in 1991.

Survivors include two daughters, Jeanette Edwards of Bigfork, Mont., and Cheryl and her husband, Richard Jones of Berlin Center; a sister, Shirley Steigauf of Alliance; a brother, Frank Krawchyk of Austintown; and a granddaughter, Kristin Zelonish Edwards.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel.

Friends may visit one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Family and friends may visit to send condolences online.

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