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Jerrilynne R. “Jerri” Bellman, 66

PHOENIX, ARIZ. – On March 5, 2009 Jerrilynne R. “Jerri” Bellman, 66, passed away after losing a courageous battle to cancer.

She was born Aug. 14, 1942 to James E. Leonard and Rosemary (Leonard) Lucarell in Youngstonwn.

She leaves behind her caring and loving husband, Stephen G. Bellman; her three daughters, Ginny (Bob) Penn, Jacquelyn Strayer and Michelle (David) Bishop;.two sisters, Kay Harmon and Jeanette Harrington; and one brother, James Leonard She enjoyed her nine grandchildren, Stefani, Robb, Randy, Tommy, Sarah, Brian, Savannah and Renee. Previously departed was her grandson, Joshua Strayer.

Jerri enjoyed friendship, ocean waves, palm trees, pets, crossword puzzles, and being with her family. Previously, she was a unit secretary at Scottsdale Hospital.

The family wishes to thank all who cared for her, especially Steve and Hospice of the Valley. Special thanks to Hanna for all your wonderful care of mom, Steve and Banjo.

Casey Blunt, 90

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Monday, March 9, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Alpha Omega First Baptist Church for Mr. Casey Blunt, 90, who departed this life March 4, 2009.

Mr. Blunt was born April 21, 1918, in Youngstown, a son of Reese and Mattie Smith Blunt.

He was retired from U.S. Steel after 36 years, were he held numerous positions. He was a member of the Alpha Omega First Baptist Church.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, the former Doris Pardue, whom he married Sept. 2, 1942; two sons, Egbert Blunt and Marvin Blunt of Youngstown; two brothers, Alfred (Martha) Blunt and Julius (Joann) Blunt; two sisters, Helen Blair, all of Youngstown and Ponnie Hill of Detroit; four grandchildren, Tonya (Donald) Washington, Raylin Blunt and Kayla Blunt, all of Youngstown and Charles Jefferson of Baltimore; two great-grandchildren, Tiara McDowell and Tyree Washington, both of Youngstown; and a host of family and friends.

He will be loved, missed and remembered by all who loved and knew him.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Curtis R. Carlson, 56

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Curtis R. Carlson, 56, died suddenly Friday, March 6, 2009.

Curtis was born Sept. 14, 1952, in Youngstown, the son of Raymond and Betty Rathburn Carlson Sr.

He worked for the past 31 years as a self-employed carpet-floor tech, currently working for the past six years for Simko Management Corp. and previously for 25 years in the Graham, Texas, area.

Curtis loved life and enjoyed traveling, especially to the beach, and playing golf for the Churchill, Amen Corners and North Hills Leagues. Four years ago, he was proud to have played the major golf courses in the Monterey Peninsula area of California, including Pebble Beach Golf Course. He also enjoyed his bowling league at Kay Lanes and was a member of the IFH Club and the Eagles Lodge, both of Girard.

He is survived by his life partner, Megan Begala; his sister, Beth Ann Carlson (companion Bob Hunt) of Liberty Township; and his brother, Raymond W. (Ruth Ann) Carlson Jr. of Monterey, Calf.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Scott and David.

Family and friends will be received Monday, March 9 at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Daniel R. Cuzic, 80

STRUTHERS – Services will be on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers for Daniel R. Cuzic, 80, who passed away Thursday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Daniel was born March 16, 1928, in Carbon, Pa., a son of John and Alice Harrod Cuzic.

He was in the Marine Corps from March 18, 1946 to May 7, 1947.

He married Margaret Havalo on Feb. 19, 1949.

He lived in the area his whole life and was a licensed stationary engineer at Youngstown Sheet and Tube and retired from General Motors. He was a member of St. Nicholas Church.

Daniel was a devoted family man.

He leaves his wife, Margaret; his son, John (Sharon DeLaney) Cuzic of Midland, Mich.; a daughter, Patricia Cuzic of Struthers; two brothers, Joseph Cuzic of Fairfield, Calif. and James Cuzic of Youngstown; and two sisters, Katherine Young of Frederick Md. and Madeline Cuzic of Boardman.

Daniel was preceded in death by his brother, Frank Cuzic; an infant brother, John Jr.; and a sister, Mary Louise Cuzik.

Arrangements handled by the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

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Atty. Robert N. Dineen, 76

BOARDMAN – There will be a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Saint Charles Church, celebrated by Father Shawn Conoboy, for Atty. Robert N. Dineen, 76, who passed away Thursday morning at Hospice House.

Atty. Dineen was born Aug. 15, 1932, in Cleveland, the son of Fred and Helen Reyle Dineen.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, his MBA from Indiana University and his Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve.

Atty. Dineen retired in 1994 as a partner in Manchester, Bennet, Powers and Ullman. He was a member of the Mahoning County Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association. He loved sailing. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and attained the rank of first lieutenant.

Besides his wife of 48 years, the former Virginia C. Leib, he leaves a son, Mark Dineen of Boardman; a daughter, Dr. Anne Dineen of Cranston, R.I.; and two grandchildren, Reyle and Elizabeth.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Material contributions may be made to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Arrangements are being handled by the Fox Funeral Home.

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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; one great-grandchild, Jaclyn Grisdale of Poland; one godchild, Randy (Amy) Schrock of Fairfax, Va.; and two dear friends, Ruth Birskovich and John Olenik of Youngstown.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Gwendolyn; 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

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Frances Helsigan Honda

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Frances Helsigan Honda passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 26, 2009, at Community Hospice of N.E. Florida.

Frances was born in Youngstown Oct. 31, 1919, where she met and married her beloved “Nicky” Feb. 4, 1940; they were happily married until his death in 2006. God blessed them with two children, Miffy Honda Calhoun and Nicholas Paul Honda. Theirs was a “love for all ages” according to their two granddaughters, Amy and Lissie.

Frances enjoyed cooking very much and always looked forward to entertaining family or friends. She enjoyed spending time with her family and liked to play cards and read.

While raising their family in Youngstown, Frances spent countless hours in volunteer work at the local hospital guild, as well as taking a very active part in the Women’s Guild of the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church.

After raising their son and daughter, she and Nicky moved to Boca Raton, Fla., where they spent many happy years.

She looked forward to, and thoroughly enjoyed periodic visits from, her son, daughter and grandchildren, Nicholas Paul II, Amy and Lissie. As the years went on, Frances was blessed with four great-grandchildren whom she adored.

Frances is survived by her daughter, Miffy (David) Calhoun of Jacksonville; son Nicholas (Donna) Honda of Springfield Township; her sister, Mary Helsigan; her grandchildren, Dr. Nicholas Paul Honda II of Columbus, Amy (Darin) VanLandingham of Atlanta and Alyssa (Hank) Hurst of Fernandina Beach; and her great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Trip Hurst and Abigail and Alexander VanLandingham.

A memorial service was held at the Quinn-Shalze Funeral Home in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009.

Donations may be made to the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church, 626 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.

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Barbara Jean Hopper, 94

BRADENTON, FLA.- Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Barbara Hopper, 94, who died Thursday in Bradenton.

Barbara was born July 25, 1914, in Youngstown, the daughter of James and Teresa Fabanish, and moved to Florida in 1996 from Memphis, Tenn.

Barbara retired from Dillard’s in Memphis, where she had been a sales associate. She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and a former member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown. She enjoyed reading and politics.

Barbara is survived by her children, Dennis V. (Joyce) Hopper of Bradenton and Janet (Ronald) Walesiak of Needles, Calif.; grandchildren Rodney V. Hopper, Barbara and Julie Ogden; and great-grandchildren Chantel and Bryan Hernandez, Jacob, Jessica and Jeremy Hopper, Melissa, and John G. (Gordon) West.

She is also survived by her sisters and brothers, Mary Jane (Guy) Damore of Canfield, William W. Fabanish of Henderson, Nev., and Betty Garback of Austintown; and sister-in-law Veronica Fabanish of Austintown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Elmer Hopper, whom she married in 1938; grandchildren Dennis G. and Judi L. Hopper; and brother John Fabanish.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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Frank Horvatich, 86

BOARDMAN – Frank Horvatich, 86, died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at the Caprice Health Center in North Lima.

He was born March 27, 1922, in Campbell, the son of Frank and Ludmila Frouch Horvatich, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Horvatich was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and received the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal. Following the war, he returned home and worked as a self-employed concrete and construction worker, retiring in 1978.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, the former Dorothy Mattie, whom he married Feb. 11, 1941; two daughters, Roberta (Ron) Shuler of Columbiana and Patricia (Edward) Buttle of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one son, Frank (Charlene) Horvatich Jr. of Boardman; one sister, Ethel Hvisdak of Lowellville; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Violet Smith; and two brothers, Mike Horvatich and Nick Horvatich .

Family and friends will be received Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

Funeral services will be private

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Eva M. Hudson, 94

DEKALB, ILL. – Eva M. Hudson, 94, passed away, March 5, 2009, at DeKalb Area Retirement Center.

She was born May 3, 1914, in Scottdale, Pa., the daughter of John J. and Maude A. (Owens) Menster.

Eva married Melvin J. Hudson July 27, 1935, in Pittsburgh.

Eva was formerly employed as a nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, working for Drs. Gambrel, LaPore and Karmindro in Obstetrics. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Newman Catholic Student Center, both of DeKalb, Catholic Daughter’s of America, DeKalb County Hospice and Kishwaukee Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne “Susie” (Bernie) Pupino of DeKalb; four grandchildren, Scott (Lynette) Pupino of Oak Park, Ill., Amy (Salvatore) Natale of Chicago and Julie Hudson of Washington, D.C., and Dawn Hudson of Maryland; two great-grandchildren, Jessica Jacobs-Li of Oak Park and Elizabeth Pupino of Oak Park; one brother, Jack (Lucille) Menster of Youngstown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; her son, Melvin; three brothers, Joseph, Ralph and Edward Menster; and her parents.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at Saint Michael Catholic Church of Canfield, with Fr. Terrence Hazel officiating. Burial will follow services at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established for Eva M. Hudson in care of the Anderson Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 605, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Local arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

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William James Kovass, 63

BOARDMAN – Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 10, at 12:30 p.m. at the Kubina Yuhasz Funeral Home, 5925 Market St., and a Mass of Resurrection will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Charles Church for William James Kovass, 63, who died March 5 with his family at his side.

Mr. Kovass was born Aug. 1, 1945, in McKeesport, Pa., a son of William and Clara Jodie Kovass.

In 1969, he received his bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Youngstown State University. A prominent area businessman, he was the owner of WK Builders and also of Meander Hospitality, a firm that operated hotels in both Ohio and Indiana.

William was a member of the church and also of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, the YSU Alumni Association, the HBA (Home Builders Association), and the Boardman Township Site Plan Review Committee.

He was a man who enjoyed life and valued friendship, some of his very best times were spent golfing, boating and traveling with his closest friends, Dr. David Pichette, Doug Lumsden Sr., Bob Toth and Lou Zarlenga.

William is survived by his wife, the former Celine Chmielewski, whom he married May 17, 1969; his son, David (Sara) Kovass of Canfield; his three daughters, Julie (James) Lynch of Bainbridge, Jennifer (Michael) Kish of Twinsburg and Suzanne Kovass of Chicago; his brother, Mark (Maria) Kovass of Hobart, Ind.; his eight grandchildren; and his dear friends, Ivan and Sophie Vincenzini and Dick and Mary Yannone, who gave him comfort and support throughout his illness.

Calling hours will take place at the funeral home on Monday, March 9 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation of Northeast Ohio.

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Evelyn L. LeSueur

ATLANTA – Evelyn L. LeSueur, formerly Evelyn L. Williams, passed peacefully Jan. 14, 2009, in Atlanta, with her eldest daughter by her side.

Ms. LeSueur was born in Parks, Pa., April 28, 1923, to Richard and Lenora LeSueur.

A longtime resident of Youngstown from the age of two years old, Ms. LeSueur joined the U.S. Army at Ft. Knox, Ky., in 1944, and was honorably discharged in 1945.

She married William H. “Bill” Williams of Youngstown Jan. 28, 1945.

Ms. LeSueur was the beloved mother of Kareemah Hadi, formerly Wanda Williams, Maureen E. Randall, and William Williams Jr. and wife Desiree, and beloved grandmother of Evelyn Tracy Randall and Salahudean Gill and wife Olena. On Nov. 11, 2008, Ms. LeSueur became a great-grandmother to Nikita Bin Salahudean Gill.

Before retiring, Ms. LeSueur sold fine jewelry for several years in Youngstown. In 1987, she moved to Akron, where she became a licensed Realtor the following year. While in Youngstown, she was a member of the Third Baptist Church and the Junior Civic League and was also an Eastern Star.

Per her wishes, her ashes will be scattered in San Francisco.

The family asks that any donations in her memory can be made to the Atlanta Humane Society, Attn: Memorial Department, 981 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318.

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Wayne C. Masters Sr., 78

NEWTON FALLS – Wayne C. Maters Sr., 78, of 12 W. Liberty St., passed away March 6, 2009, at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital at 1:33 p.m.

Wayne was born the loving son of Harry and Inez (Warrick) Masters Nov. 23, 1930 in Green County, Pa.

He was a lifetime area resident and worked as a millwright for Van Huffel Tube and then for Dietrich Industries, retiring from his duties in 1992. Wayne attended the First Christian Church in Ravenna.

In his spare time, he enjoyed pitching horseshoes and was an avid Cleveland Indians and Browns fan. He took great pride in his yard work and spending time with man’s best friend, “Willie.”

Cherished memories of Wayne will be carried on by his wife, Marjory (Kathary) Masters, with whom he was united in marriage Aug. 8, 2001; daughters Melinda (Douglas) Carey of Champion and Patricia (Christopher) Hanzel of Newton Falls; son Wayne C. (Arley) Masters of Newton Falls; stepdaughter Carol (Dennis) Kuchta of Braceville; stepson Thomas (Norma) Moon of Iron Stations, N.C.; twin brother Duane Masters of Rock Cave, W.Va.; sisters Iolene Masters and Helma Jean Dawson, both of Newton Falls; grandchildren Michael Carey, Steven Carey, Bradley (Teresa) Masters, Nathaniel Masters and Adam Hallock; stepgrandchildren, Holly (Leonard) Hartman, Rita (Bill) Simpson, Michael (Dana) Kuchta, Ryan Kuchta and fiancee Amanda, Tyler Kuchta, Jamie (Sherry) Moon, Richard (Dani) Moon; great-grandchildren, Eli and David Masters and soon-to-be-born Madison Jane Carey; and 10 step great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; first wife, Jane (Romanov) Masters, whom he married July 1, 1950 and who passed away Oct. 6, 1996; his grandson, Wayne Charles Masters III; his brothers, Harry Masters, who was killed in action in World War II, Bud Masters and Neil Masters; and his sisters, Eshmall Rutan, Velda Miller, Helen Salmons and Lois Chermansky.

Friends may call today from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held on Monday, March 9, 2009, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Jon Pratt officiating. Burial will follow the services at St. Michael Cemetery.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Forum Health at Home Hospice, 8747 Squires Lane N.E., Warren, OH 44484.

Patricia Ann Pacak, 63

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Patricia Ann Pacak, 63, who passed away Thursday at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Patricia was born April 1, 1945, in Youngstown, a daughter of Joseph and Betty McCoy Fox. She was a waitress.

She leaves her son, Joseph (Kristen) Pacak of Coitsville; her mother, Betty McCoy of Lake Mary, Fla.; and four brothers, David A. Fox of New Middletown, Joseph D. Fox of West Minster, Colo., Richard D. Fox of Wisconsin and Patrick J. Fox of Lake Mary.

Patricia was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Fox.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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Leroy “Bud” Phillabaum, 77

BOARDMAN – A memorial service will be held today at 7 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel for Leroy “Bud” Phillabaum, 77, who passed away Thursday morning at Hospice House.

Bud was born Jan. 21, 1932, in Gallatin, Pa., the son of Roy and Goldie (Miller) Phillabaum.

He was a graduate of Brownsville High School, class of 1950, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Bud was the owner and operator of Buds Amico Station in Canfield for 50 years, retiring in September of 1999. He was a member of St. Michael Church in Canfield. His hobbies included woodworking and painting in water colors.

On Dec. 27, 1950, Bud married his high school sweetheart, the former Virginia Dillon.

He leaves his wife of 58 years, Virginia; five daughters, Lucinda Steele of Seattle, Mary (Craig) Blei of Boardman, Terri Crogan of Canfield, Melinda Ramson of Lafayette, La., and Jan Phillabaum of Boardman. Bud also leaves two sisters, Joretta LaCotta of Missouri and Hazel Hugh of Cleveland; two brothers, Marion Phillabaum of Brownsville and Jack Phillabaum of Ky.; as well as eight grandchildren, Nicholas and Alyssa Steele of Seattle, Stephanie, Rachel, Sarah and Abigail Blei of Boardman and Trevor and Taryn Crogan of Canfield.

Besides his parents, Bud was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Jean Phillabaum, and a brother, Raymond Phillabaum.

Family and friends may call today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Robert James Phillips, 82

BOARDMAN – Robert “Bob” Phillips, 82, passed away peacefully at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Boardman Campus, on March 7, 2009, after bravely fighting a long battle with cancer. His family was lovingly at his side.

Robert was born March 6, 1927, in Youngstown, the son of Lewis and Helen Gilmore Phillips.

He was a proud U.S. veteran, serving his country during World War II as a military policeman in Italy.

After returning from the service, he met and married his wife of 60 years, Dolores Baghurst Phillips, in May of 1948. She passed away in June of 2008.

He worked as a driver/salesman and territorial manager for the Penn-Ohio Towel Supply Co. (UNSCO) for 45 years, retiring in 1992. He was an active member of Teamsters Local No. 377 and served for many years as shop stewart. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends and enjoyed golfing, working on cars, and watching football. He was a “jack of all trades.”

Robert was a member of the American Legion.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his son, James Phillips (Debra) of North Lima; his daughter, Kathie Davis (Tom) of Boardman; five grandchildren, Dr. Jason Davis, Stacie Davis, Ryan Davis, Brad Phillips and Kelsey Phillips; and two great-grandchildren, Ashton and Lucy.

He is once again joyfully and eternally reunited with his son, Robert Jr., who died Feb. 24, 1960.

His brother, William; and his three sisters, Dorothy Carney, Virginia Pellitt, and Helen Folkwein, preceded him in death.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, March 10, 2009, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Struthers.

A Mass will be given at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers. The procession will leave the funeral home at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that contributions be made to a favorite charity.

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James D. Rosan, 66

BERLIN CENTER – A memorial service with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Belmont Park Cemetery Chapel for James D. Rosan, 66, who passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

James was born Nov. 9, 1942, in Kellyville, Okla., the son of the late Edward and Helen (Boyd) Rosan.

He was a self-employed contractor in the construction industry and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Jim was a member of the American Legion Post No. 737 in Lake Milton.

He leaves his wife, Judith; daughters Paula, Christine, Pamela and Karen; son James; and eight grandchildren.

Family and friends may on call Monday from 9:45 to 10 a.m. at the cemetery chapel.

Arrangements were by the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

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Amelia Rush, 85

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home and at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church for Mrs. Amelia Rush, 85, who entered into rest Wednesday evening at the Hospice House.

Amelia was born on Sept. 14, 1923, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Andrew Trojack and Catherine (Sefcik) Trojack.

She graduated from The Rayen School. Amelia was a homemaker and attended Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. She belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society and the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild.

Amelia will be sadly missed by many, including a son, Thomas A. (Betty) Rush of Austintown; a daughter, Patricia A. Rush of Youngstown; a sister, Mary Farkas of Austintown; two grandchildren, Christine (Chris) Collins of Austintown and Candice Rush of Austintown; and a great-grandson, Justin Gallagher Jr. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Amelia was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil L. Rush, whom she married May 8,1944, and he passed away Jan. 5,2009; two brothers, John and Andrew Trojack; and a sister, Katherine Hutira.

The family wishes to thank Amelia’s caregivers at St. Elizabeth Health Center and The Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, material tributes may take the form of a contribution in Amelia’s memory to either St. Elizabeth Health Center or The Hospice House.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.

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Margaret T. Ryals, 84

LAKELAND, FLA. – Mrs. Margaret Terese (Miklos) Ryals, 84, died Feb. 26, 2009 in Lakeland at her daughter’s home.

She was born in Youngstown Jan. 28, 1925.

She graduated from Chaney High School (1943) and the Youngstown College of Business.

She moved to Florida as a bride of Bill Ryals of Lake Wales. She worked at Donald Duck Citrus Canning Co. as a secretary.

After several years, she returned to Youngstown and worked as a sales clerk in Strouss-Hirschbergs’ main floor squares. She later retired and worked more than 20 years as the office manager of Monroe Systems for Business.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George William Ryals; her parents, Joseph and Julia (Potemra) Miklos; and a great-granddaughter, Abigail Gapinski.

Left to mourn her death are Donald Ryals of Sarasota, Fla.; a daughter, Joyce Ryals Burgin and husband David Lee Burgin of Lakeland. She was very proud of her six grandchildren, Jessica Ryals Gapinski (Tom), Scott and Erin Ryals, all of the Chicago area, as well as Jake Grover of Washington, D.C., Dakota (Cody) of Lakeland and Haven Jeffrey of Poland. She is also survived by her sister, Julia Maruskin, and her brother, Joseph Miklos, both still residing in Youngstown. She also cherished her many friends that brought her so much joy throughout her life and during her long illness.

Memorial services will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Austintown June 27, 2009, at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make any monetary tributes to Cornerstone Hospice, 2590 Havendale Boulevard, Winter Haven, FL 33881 or celebrate a Mass in her honor at the church of your choice or at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Austintown.

Gertrude A. “Mary” Schmidt, 92

LISBON - Gertrude A. “Mary” Schmidt, 92, of West Maple Street, passed away peacefully at her home at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2009, following a recent illness.

Mrs. Schmidt was born Oct. 4, 1916, in Andover, N.Y., a daughter of the late Edward and Grace (McGraft) Carpenter, and had lived in the Lisbon area most of her life.

She was a homemaker and member of the Lisbon First Christian Church.

Her first husband, Frank “Jim” Wandle, whom she married June 10, 1935, preceded her in death May 2, 1943; her second husband, Thomas E. Schmidt, whom she married June 9, 1949, preceded her in death Feb. 26, 1997.

She is survived and will be dearly missed by her daughters, Grace Gladden of Tulsa, Okla., Caroline (Ronald) Crawford of Lisbon, Betty (Jack) Liggitt of North Jackson, and Jeanie (Dean) Smith of Mesa, Ariz.; a sister, Rita Cooper of Independence, Mo. 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, Mrs. Schmidt was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy, Grace and Elizabeth; a granddaughter, Lynette Smith; and her son-in-law, Earl Gladden.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael St. Clair, of the Lisbon First Christian Church, officiating.

Burial will follow in the Lisbon Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family also suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 120 West County Line Road, Columbiana, OH 44408.

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Frances P. Shuttleworth, 66

MINERAL RIDGE – There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel for Frances P. Shuttleworth, 66.

Frances was born Nov. 5, 1942, in Youngstown, a daughter of Wilbur and Helen (Fox) Stevens.

She was a waitress at Yamato Japanese Restaurant.

Frances was a former member of the Mineral Ridge United Methodist Church and the Ladies’ Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 4192 in Mineral Ridge. Frances most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and taking care of her family.

Frances is survived by her husband, Earl, whom she married Aug. 22, 1959; four children, Deborah (Tim) Koniowsky of Austintown, Sherry (Bart) McGee of North Jackson, Earl (Barb) Shuttleworth Jr. of Kinsman, and Vicki (Scott) Brubaker of Columbiana; two sisters, Tammy (Ron) Greenfield of Lakewood and Bonnie (Dale) Seibert of Rootstown; one brother, James Stevens of Austintown; grandchildren Megan, Timmy, Samantha Koniowsky, Shannon, Bart Jr., Brittany McGee, Earl III, Savana, Daniel, Emily Shuttleworth, and Brooke and Brody Brubaker; one great-granddaughter, Kylie Folkwein; and several nieces and nephews.

Frances was preceded in death by her father; one sister, Delnora Bowser; two brothers, Earl and Wilbur Stevens; and her stepfather, Pat DeLaratta.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Lane Funeral Home Mineral Ridge Chapel.

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

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George Stetts, 85

CANFIELD – Private services were held at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church for George Stetts, 85, who entered into his afterlife Tuesday, March 3, 2009.

George Stetts was born Oct. 5, 1923, in Youngstown, the son of John and Irene Lischak Stetts.

He graduated from The Rayen School, received special recognition at Boy’s State and went on to study at Youngstown State University. He later graduated from a technical college, where he earned a two-year degree.

George is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during World War II.

He worked for LTV Steel, where he was a supervisor and electrician in the electronics department and received recognition for his years of service. He also worked at Sears in the area of electronics.

George emphasized education and had taught electronics in Adult Education at the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School in the 1980s.

He was a member of the Boardman Veterans, where he served as commander, service officer and Chaplain. George helped the families of veterans by presenting reports on the various services to the veterans and by decorating the graves. He also was a volunteer at the various veterans’ functions and dinners. When he served as Chaplain, George would visit the veterans in nursing homes and composed his own verses for various functions.

He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 1331, and SOAR organizations where he participated in various volunteer activities. George volunteered as a Cub Scout leader and a Little League baseball coach, where he always set a good example for his children.

George was a loving, supportive, and dedicated husband and father with a positive spirit.

He leaves his wife of 61 years, Marie Stetts; a daughter, Kathy Stetts (George Mayer Jr.); a son, Donald (Gini) Stetts; stepgrandchildren; and step great-grandchildren.

George was preceded in the afterlife by his brothers and sisters, Mary, Helen, Alice, Julia, Evelyn, Anne, William, Michael and Steven.

George Stetts will be dearly missed by his wife, children, nieces, nephews and by others who had the distinct privilege of knowing him.

Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.

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Wendell E. Totten, 86

YOUNGSTOWN – Wendell E. Totten, 86, died Friday morning at Camelot Arms.

Wendell was born Aug. 7, 1922, in W.Va., the son of Roy and Nettie (Midkiff) Totten.

He was employed as a foreman for General Motors in Lordstown, retiring in 1980. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy, serving on the Maryland in Pearl Harbor.

Wendell was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, Aut Mori Grotto, VFW, and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

He is survived by his children in Hawaii, Earl and Lenora Totten; stepchildren Lora Colla of Austintown, Brenda Morris in Rhode Island, and James Roush and Sharon Cobb, both in West Virginia. He is also survived by a sister, Linda Troutman, and a brother, Kyle Totten, both in West Virginia; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lenora (Gay) Totten, and a brother, Roy E. Totten Jr.

Following Wendell’s wishes, there are no services scheduled.

Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.

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

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