Asilene Booker, 62
AUSTINTOWN A memorial service celebrating the life of Ms. Asilene Booker, 62, will be Saturday at 5 p.m. at the J.E. Washington Funeral Home.
Ms. Booker was born Jan. 21, 1947 in Bessemer, Ala., a daughter of Lee A. and Helen Perry Booker, coming to the valley many years ago.
She was a 1965 graduate of South High School and she was formerly employed with the Detroit Public Schools as a teacher.
In 1999, she received her masters degree in education from Marygrove College in Detroit. She attended the Tabernacle Baptist Church.
On March 2, 2009, our heavenly Father cast his eternal light onto St. Elizabeths Emergency and Diagnostic Center and beckoned her home.
She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Nathaniel Booker of West Bloomfield, Mich.; two brothers, Joe Booker of Columbus and Sebb Booker of Youngstown; two sisters, Barbara Hills of Youngstown and Helen Booker of West Bloomfield; two nieces, Iesha Hills of Youngstown and Saunese Wright of Warren; three nephews, Jonathan Booker and Leroy Booker, both of West Bloomfield and Robert Hills of Youngstown; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Lee and Leroy Booker.
Friends may call Saturday from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at the J.E. Washington Funeral Home.
Condolences may be emailed to JEWASHTON@aol.com or faxed to (330) 782-2050.
Ministry of comfort provided by the J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.
Steven Morris Bowman, 47
COLUMBUS Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Third Baptist Church in Youngstown for Steven Morris Bowman, 47, formerly of Youngstown, who departed this life Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Regency Manor in Columbus.
Mr. Bowman was born Feb. 18, 1962 in Youngstown, a son of Marcellus R. Sr. and Elizabeth V. VanStory Bowman.
He was a salesman for the Ham & Moore Company. He was a graduate of South High School and earned a culinary degree. He was a member of the church.
He leaves two daughters, Johanna of Youngstown and Brianna of Columbus; a brother, Marcellus R. Bowman Jr. and two sisters, Sharon E. Darden, both of Columbus and Naoma Denise Cookie (Gregory) Thompson of Liberty; an uncle, Herbert Bowman and an aunt, Willa Mae Huff, both of Youngstown; two special friends, Frank D. Mason Jr. of Youngstown and Aaron R. Hawthorne of Columbus; a granddaughter; and a host of other relatives and friends.
His parents and two sisters preceded him in death.
Viewing will be today from noon to 4 p.m. at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Helen P. Bundy, 85
MINERAL RIDGE Helen P. Bundy, 85, formerly of Girard, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at Briarfield at the Ridge.
Helen was born June 3, 1923 to the late William and Anna Wannat Porchnavi in Cuddy, Pa.
She worked 30 years as an secretary assistant manager for the Mahoning Country Club, retiring in 1981.
She is survived by her daughters, Judith Ann Jones of Lake Milton and Deborah E. (Thomas Sr.) Koniowsky of McDonald; three grandchildren, Melissa Hall, TJ Koniowsky Jr. and James Jones; and three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Madison and Evan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford H. Bundy, whom she married Sept. 18, 1943, and he died Dec. 13, 1970; a sister, Mary Schonhut; a brother, Andrew Porchnavi; and a great-grandson, Cole.
A private service will be held today at the Blackstone Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Girard City Cemetery.
The family requests that any material contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley in Helens memory.
Barbara Jean (Bulah) Collins, 69
YOUNGSTOWN Mrs. Barbara Jean (Bulah) Collins, 69, departed this life on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mrs. Collins was born June 12, 1939 in Youngstown, a daughter of James and Dorothy Davis Bulah.
She was a 1957 graduate of North High School. After graduating, she attended Renees Beauty School. Barbara had been employed with Packard Electric for over 19 years, retiring in 1981. She was a licensed cosmetologist and a consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics, and attended the Restoration Ministries.
She leaves to cherish her precious memory, her beloved husband, Joseph, whom she married in November of 1981; a son, Byron Johnny Duncan of Campbell; three stepsons, Roderick Twyman of Stone Mountain, Ga., Stanley Collins of Nashville, Tenn. and Joseph Collins Jr. of Youngstown; two stepdaughters, Latasha Waters of Springfield and Sandra Raye (Marc) Redmond of Dayton; a brother, James (Helen) Bulah of Las Vegas; three sisters, Darlene Williams of Baltimore, Majorie Bulah of Sarasota, Fla. and Glenda Bulah of Girard; 16 grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son; and a sister, Mary Miller.
A memorial service will be held today, March 6, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Restoration Ministries, 336 Breaden St. in Youngstown, with Pastor Robert Felder officiating.
Irene F. Collins, 75
GIRARD Irene F. Collins, 75, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic.
She was born on Aug. 6, 1933 in Boone County, W.Va., the daughter of the late McKinley and Letille (Miller) Lovejoy.
She and her husband owned Als Lawn Mower Shop, where she was a good mechanic. She enjoyed bingo and was an active member of the Hope Baptist Church in Girard.
She married the late Albert Collins on Oct. 21, 1949, and he passed away Oct. 30, 1999.
She is survived by a son, Charles (Etta) Collins of Niles; three daughters, Caroline (James) Vint of Niles, Kathy (Jeff) Hillyer of Girard and Diane (Patrick) OConnell of Girard; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Eliga Stone, Ernest Stone and Lee Lovejoy; and three sisters, Florence Scott, Alma Gillispie and Sylvia Flury.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard with calling hours from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.
Interment will be at Churchill Cemetery in Liberty Township.
Donations may be made in her name at the funeral home.
John A. Fleeger, 70
POLAND John A. Fleeger, 70, died Wednesday evening at the Hospice House.
John was born Oct. 2, 1938 in New Castle, Pa., a son of Ralph and Mary Wrona Fleeger. He was raised in New Castle and came to this area in 1974.
He was a graduate of Shenango High School in New Castle and completed Metallurgy courses at Youngstown State University.
John was a certified professional manager and worked as general foreman for Youngstown Sheet & Tube and later LTV. John also worked in environmental clean up for LTV in Indiana Harbor. He retired in 1993 after over 40 years of service.
After retirement from LTV, he was maintenance foreman for Boardman Township Parks for six years, retiring in 2000.
John was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving from 1956 until 1959. He was stationed at the Marine Air Base in Jacksonville, Fla. and was transferred to Japan in 1958. In 1959, he was awarded the Marine of the Month of the 1st Marine Air Wing. Previous to that, he was awarded Marine of the Month of the squadron and Marine of the Month for his group.
John was an avid fisherman, enjoying both trout fishing in Pennsylvania and walleye fishing on Lake Erie.
Besides his wife of 47 years, the former Sandra Lokovich, he leaves two sisters, Stella Gonet of New Castle and Myra (Joseph) Bucceri of Reedsville, Pa.; one brother, Ralph Fleeger of New Castle; one goddaughter, Suzanne (Dominick) Carnevali of Johnstown, Pa.; two sisters-in-law of Butler, Pa.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his infant son, John Adam Fleeger.
Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel with the Rev. Gary Rozier officiating.
Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Private interment will follow Monday at the Graceland Cemetery in New Castle.
Johns family would like to express their sincere gratitude for their nurse Linda, and Dennis and Tom and the rest of the Hospice support team for the wonderful care they provided.
Contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road in Poland.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
Arthur A. Graf Jr., 98
YOUNGSTOWN Arthur A. Graf Jr., 98, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Mr. Graf was born Jan. 4, 1911 in Cincinnati, a son of Arthur and Josephine Cox Graf Sr.
He was a 1929 graduate of Hartwell High School in Cincinnati and received his bachelor's degree in business from Miami University in 1935.
After graduation, Mr. Graf worked in the farm implement business until 1953. From 1953 until retiring in 1974, he worked as the administrative assistant for four different members of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Graf then sold real estate in Arlington, Va. until 1993. After his second retirement, he relocated to Mt. Vernon until 2001, when he moved to Youngstown.
He was a member of the Bull Elephant Club while on Capitol Hill. Mr. Graf was a general handyman with special skills in mechanics and woodworking. He actively followed the athletic careers of his three granddaughters.
His wife, the former Joyce Ellison, whom he married July 26, 1939, died Feb. 23, 2005.
He leaves his two sons, Stephen (Carol) Graf of Poland and Douglas Graf of Columbus; a brother, Richard (Kay) Graf of Elyria; three grandchildren, Kimberly (Ken) Grisdale of Poland, Allison Graf of Poland and Stefanie Graf of Gahanna; and two dear friends, Ruth Birskovich and John Olenik of Youngstown.
Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Catherine Fernald and Margaret Raab; and his brother, George Graf.
There will be no calling hours or services.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
The family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to The Orion Project at www.theorionproject.org.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
Cleo Barbato Jacobs, 96
EUHARLEE, GA. Cleo Barbato Jacobs, 96, of Milam Bridge Road, passed away Thursday morning, March 5, 2009, at Heartland Hospice.
Ms. Jacobs was born Feb. 23, 1913 in Franklin, Pa.
She was a retired bookkeeper, having worked with the Mahoning Valley Distribution Agency.
She was preceded in death by her husband, F. Philip Jacobs in July of 1968.
Survivors include her sons, Edward and Pat Jacobs of Canfield and Carl E. and Pat Jacobs of Euharlee; grandchildren, Bruce and Crystal Jacobs, Lance and Pam Jacobs, all of Euharlee, Scott and Phyllis Jacobs of Acworth, Ga., Kory and Dawn Jacobs of Euharlee, Mark and Tricia Jacobs of Canfield; great-grandchildren, Casey Jacobs and Chris Jacobs of Kennesaw, Ga., Cody Jacobs of Adairsville, Ga., Jessica Jacobs and Daniel Booker, Jenny and Matt Irons, all of Acworth, Amanda Jacobs, Joshua Jacobs, Kristina Jacobs, Tyler Jacobs, Nicki Slinkard Jacobs, Jeremy Jacobs, Alexis Jacobs and Philip Jacobs, all of Euharlee, Gwendolyn Jacobs and Kelliann Jacobs of Canfield; and a great-great-granddaughter, Mia Jacobs, also survives.
Memorial services will be conducted Sunday afternoon, March 8, at 4 p.m. at the Owen Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Kenny Jacobs officiating.
The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Please visit www.mem.com to post tributes for Ms. Cleo Barbato Jacobs and her family.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive S.E., Cartersville, GA 30120, are handling the arrangements for Ms. Cleo Barbato Jacobs.
Samuel B. Lamanna Jr., 92
AUBURN, ALA. Samuel B. Lamanna Jr., 92, formerly of Boardman, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at Bethany House EAMC Hospice in Auburn.
He was born May 21, 1916 in Youngstown, a son of the late Samuel B. Lamanna and the late Antoinette (Maida) Lamanna.
Mr. Lamanna was preceded in death in 1996 by Philomena (Pennel) Lamanna, to whom he was married for almost 50 years; his son, Richard, who passed away in 2006; two brothers, Carmen and John; and two sisters, Elsie Pennel and Eda Perry.
He is survived by Rose (Pennline) Lamanna, whom he married in 1998. Survivors include Mr. Lamannas daughter, Mary Ellen Thomson of Auburn and her husband, David; Mr. Lamannas five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his sister, Nell DiSalvo of Boardman. He is also survived by Rose (Pennline) Lamannas son, Stephen (Mary Ellen) Pennline and daughter, Arlene (Bob) Hinchcliffe and their children and grandchildren.
He was an active member of St. Luke Catholic Church and the Holy Name Society, acting as a greeter and volunteering his time wherever needed. He made many lifelong friends through the church.
He was a World War II Army veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star.
He worked for United Engineering for 39 years before retiring in 1977, and worked for Joe Silvestri Construction Company until 2000. He loved his family and especially enjoyed the time he was able to spend around his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Calling hours will be Sunday, March 8, 2009, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 East Indianola Ave. in Youngstown.
His services will be held at St. Luke Church at 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2009.
Rose Mastrodonato, 92
YOUNGSTOWN Rose Mastrodonato, 92, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at Austinwoods Nursing Center in Austintown.
She was born June 16, 1916 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Dominic Russo and Antoinette (Gaglione) Russo.
She was the wife of the late Jack Mastrodonato, whom she married June 1, 1946.
The family includes daughters, Jeannette (Jack) Derendal of Phoenix and Patricia (Ronald) Voytko of Youngstown; sisters, Clara Navy of Struthers and Mary Russo of Austintown, with whom she lived; brother, Andrew (Rosetta) Russo of Poland; and four grandchildren, Kim Derendal and Daniel Derendal, Rhonda Voytko and Ron Voytko. She also leaves many caring nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Anthony Russo, Dominic Dan Russo, Michael Russo and Nicholas Russo; and sisters, Angeline Popio and Carmel DeOnofrio.
Mrs. Mastrodonato worked for General Fireproofing for a short period of time, where she was affectionately known as Rosie the Rivetor.
She was a member of St. Christine Church. She was an avid bingo player and a member of the Casa Savoia Club.
Calling hours will be today, March 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 E. Indianola Ave. in Youngstown.
Her services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the funeral home.
The family requests that monetary contributions be made at the funeral home for the Kidney Foundation or the American Diabetes Assocation.
Nick Morakis, 84
HIGH POINT, N.C. Nick Morakis, 84, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at High Point Regional Hospital.
Mr. Morakis was born May 16, 1924 in Buffalo, N.Y., a son of Christos and Angelo Psilou Morakis.
A resident of High Point for 11 years moving here from Youngstown, he was president and owner of Morakis & Sons Painting in Youngstown, and was one of the founders and contributors of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Campbell. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in High Point.
Mr. Morakis was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Despina Xepolis; and a brother, Marco Morakis.
On June 13, 1945, he was married to the former Eleanor Martha Testa, who survives of the home. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Lahna Morakis Sutton of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Martisse Lunich and husband, Michael of High Point; one brother, James Morakis and wife, Ellen of Boca Raton, Fla.; and one granddaughter, Nicholah Lunich.
Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in High Point, conducted by Father George Kiricoples. Entombment will follow at Floral Garden Park Mausoleum.
Mr. Morakis will remain at the Sechrest Funeral Service, 1301 East Lexington Ave.
The family requests that any memorials be directed to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 808 North Hamilton St., High Point, NC 27262.
You are invited to visit www.mem.com to share your fond thoughts and memories with the Morakis family.
Richard G. Oslovic, 55
CANFIELD There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Canfield, preceded by closing prayers at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel at 9:20 a.m. for Richard G. Oslovic, 55, who passed away Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic.
Richard was born July 2, 1953 in Youngstown, a son of Frank and Susan (Deamer) Oslovic.
He graduated from Hubbard High School in 1971 and attended Youngstown State University. He was currently an insurance agent with Nationwide for the past 30 years.
Richard was a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church, where he was an usher and founded the St. Michaels Mens Golf League. He had previously taught CCD at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Austintown. He enjoyed golfing and bowling, and was a coach and sponsor for the Austintown Youth Baseball.
He is survived by his mother of Hubbard; wife, the former Diane Caringola, whom he married May 19, 1973; his son, Richard Scott Oslovic of Monroe, La.; and three sisters, Barbara (Earl) Pennell of Cortland, Bernadette (Richard) Hodor of Boardman and Patricia Oslovic of Hubbard.
Richard was preceded in death by his father.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406, in Richards name.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Alice Robenolt, 78
AUSTINTOWN Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Alice Robenolt, 78, who died Wednesday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Alice was born May 28, 1930 in Barnesboro, Pa.
Alice was a member of the Evening Light Apostolic Church in Niles. She was very active in her church, teaching Bible study for the children for many years.
She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Carl (Leo) L., whom she married Aug. 8, 1953; her son, Carl L. (Sandra) of Boardman; her daughter, Lola (Bill) Smith of Austintown; three grandchildren, Heather (Mike) Adamson, Paul (Denise) Robenolt and Michael (Jaclyn) Smith; four great-grandchildren, Dominic Smith, Noah and Jonathan Adamson and Alex Robenolt; two stepgrandchildren, Mahkalya and Oztyn; and her sister, Marion (Raymond) Dixon of Lorain.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents; one sister; and four brothers.
Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Michelina Mickey Rober, 73
BOARDMAN Prayers will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the Fox Funeral Home in Youngstown followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Charles Church, celebrated by Father Philip Rogers, for Michelina Mickey Rober, 73, who passed away Wednesday evening at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Rober was born June 30, 1935 in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Rosalia Pedone.
She was a graduate of Westview High School in Pittsburgh and previously worked for Poling & Bacon Construction Co. and Modern Builders Supply.
Mickey was a member of the church. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and taking care of her grandchildren.
Besides her husband, Thomas P. Rober, whom she married Jan. 28, 1956, she leaves two sons, Jeff (Kathy) Rober and Keith (Beth) Rober, both of Boardman; two daughters, Linda (Eric) Gilkinson of Boardman and Renee (Greg) Maderitz of York, Pa.; two sisters, Maria Magnifico and Toni Alder, both of Pittsburgh; and 10 grandchildren, J.T. and Michele Rober, Andrea and Drew Rober, Taralyn, Tori and Taylor Gilkinson and Gregory, Nicholas and Christopher Maderitz.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Material contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603, New York, NY 10038 or the American Heart Association, 840 S. Western Run, Youngstown, OH 44514.
Family and. friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
Frank Tascione Sr., 71
GIRARD Frank Tascione Sr., 71, died Wednesday, March 4, at Hospice House in Poland.
He was born Jan. 1, 1938 in Girard, the son of the late Carmen and Frances (Mazzillo) Tascione.
He was a 1956 graduate of Girard High School and worked on the railroad for 43 years. He liked to play golf, play ball, fish and play bocce. His bocce team won the championship the last three years.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Beverly (Thomas) Tascione; two sons, Carmen (Debbie) Tascione of Greenville, Pa. and Frank (Cheryl) Tascione Jr., of Austintown; a daughter, Carrie (Jeff) Suchora of Austintown; three brothers, Anthony (Betty) Tascione of Texas, Carmen (Edna) Tascione of Girard and Jim Tascione of Florida; two sisters, Agnes (Mike) Kermic and Clara (Carl) Racketa, both of Girard; and 14 grandchildren, Sean, Craig, and Erica Tascione, Tiffy Roman, Noah and Mason Suchora, Carmen, Chris, Bryan and Erick Tascione, Annie Yeager, Cadon Burger, Annesia Daugherity and Angelo Lamonti.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Flaviani.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Rose Church in Girard.
Arrangements were handled by the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.
Nancy (Barbor) Whitney
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. Nancy (Barbor) Whitney died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009.
She was born Sept. 20, 1941 in Youngstown, the daughter of Walter and Ruth Barbor (deceased).
Nancy is survived by a daughter, Carla Smith of Clearwater, Fla.; a son, Mark (Kara) Whitney of Colorado Springs; three grandchildren, Christopher Smith and Delaney and Jace Whitney; a sister, Imogene (Tony) Manna of Poland; a brother, Russell Barbor of New Market, Md.; nieces, Kirsti, Sherri, Jayme, Janine and Jackie; and a nephew, Russell.
She will be sadly missed by special friends, Carolyn and Terry, and many longtime friends from the class of 1959 of The Rayen School, as well as other friends from the area.
Cremation took place at the Evergreen Funeral Chapel in Colorado Springs.