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Eula M. Barnes, 92

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at noon on Thursday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. for Eula M. Barnes, 92, who departed this life Sunday, March 8, 2009, at Ivy Wood Manor.

Mrs. Barnes was born April 24, 1916 in Little Rock, Ark., a daughter of Queenetta Warford.

She had been a nurse’s assistant at Manhattan State Hospital.

Her husband, Robert Barnes, whom she married in 1940, died in 1951.

She leaves her children, Rita M. Johnson of Bronx, N.Y. and Robert L. Barnes of Albany, Ga.; a sister, Queenetta Brown Warford of Syracuse, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, three children, Brenda Clark, Lorraine Barnes and Eric Gaskin, preceded her in death.

Viewing will be from noon to 4 p.m. today.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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William “Bill” Bosheff

VIENNA – William “Bill” Bosheff, died at 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Hospice House in Poland.

He was born in Niles, the son of the late Peter and Helen (Kovac) Bosheff. Bill was a lifetime Trumbull county resident.

After school, Bill entered the Merchant Marines. He also served in the U.S. Army in the 1st Calvary Division in Korea and was seriously wounded on Oct. 7, 1951. He received the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge and two campaign stars. He then worked for many years for the Army Corps of Engineers and was proud of working to dredge the St. Lawrence Seaway, to preserve the seaway to commercial traffic.

Bill was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Trumbull County Chapter No. 11. He enjoyed horse racing, fishing and boating. He was very knowledgeable of, and loved sharing that knowledge, of commercial shipping on the Great Lakes.

He is survived by his wife, Ann (Markijohn) Bosheff, whom he married June 4, 1966; two sons, Bill P. (Teri) Bosheff and Brian I. (Tracy) Bosheff, both of McDonald; one grandson, Josh; one granddaughter, Brooke; one brother, Steve Bosheff of Murietta, Calif.; two sisters, Eleanor Dimmick of San Jose, Calif. and Mary Williamson of Mineral Ridge; and several nieces and nephews.

One brother, John Bosheff, preceded him in death.

Arrangements are being handled by the Lane Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield.

There will be no calling hours.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Burial will be at Vienna Township Cemetery in Vienna.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross or the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11, 2044 Youngstown Road S.E., Warren, OH 44484.

Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences and view this obituary.


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John J. Bresko, 89

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home and 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church for Mr. John J. Bresko, 89, who entered into rest early Tuesday morning.

John was born Jan. 27, 1920 in Youngstown, the son of the late Michael Bresko and Mary (Holodiar) Bresko. He was a graduate of Chaney High School.

John was a carpenter with Local No. 171 and worked at Mill Creek Park as a carpenter, which he enjoyed very much. He was a Staff Seargant in the Army, serving in World War II in the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, “Gratis” Construction Co., in which he help build the Assumption Hall at St. Mary’s, St. Mary’s Golf League & Golden Pillars Senior Citizens and Catholic War Veteran’s John J. Buckley Post No. 1292.

John will be sadly missed by many, including his loving wife, Margaret (Foltinsky) Bresko of Youngstown, whom he married Feb. 10, 1941; two sons, Thomas Bresko, of Boardman and John Bresko of Indianapolis; and two daughters, Carol (Ed) Burkhardt, of Maineville and Peggy (Robert) Krok of South Bend, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Ed Burkhardt, Todd Burkhardt, Debbie Falvey, Julie Schmitt, Jon Burkhardt, Amy Cordero, Stacey Grace and Shannon Romine; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Bresko and his sister, Mary Siemasko.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.

Panachida will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Please visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.

Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, Dedicated To Caring Since 1907

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Frances Jean “Putzer” Butch, 73

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – A Right of Committal will be held at a later date at Calvary Cemetery for Frances Jean “Putzer” Butch, 73, who passed away Monday morning surrounded by her family and friends at her home.

Frances was born May 13, 1935 in Youngstown, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Bernard) Fasanelli. She was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of The Rayen School class of 1953 and had worked for the Western Reserve Care System as a clerk in the Medical Records department at both Northside Medical Center and Southside Hospital for 15 years.

She was a loving mother and grandmother, and a member of St. Christine Church. Her hobbies included gaming, bingo, and trips to Geneva on the Lake. Most importantly, Frances loved spending time with her grandchildren and watching them grow.

Her husband, Michael James Butch, whom she married Jan. 7, 1956, passed away Dec. 1, 2001.

Frances leaves three children, Michael Butch, Tina Chaney and her husband, Ron and Mark Butch and his wife, Nancy, all of Youngstown. She also leaves one sister, Joann Gutierrez of Youngstown; her aunt and close friend, Flo Bevilacqua of Austintown; and six grandchildren, Matthew, Nicholas, Brian, Michael, Justin and Jennifer.

Besides her parents and husband, Frances was preceded in death by an aunt and friend, Antoinette B. “Doo” Conti.

There are no calling hours.

The family request that material tributes take the from of donations to MVI Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505, in Frances’ name.

The family would also like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the nurses and staff of MVI for all the love and care they showed to Frances and her family during her illness.

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Edith M. Carlson, 89

NEW WATERFORD – Edith M. Carlson, 89, passed away early Tuesday morning, March 10, 2009, at Essex House in Salem.

She was born Jan. 11, 1920 in Sebring, the daughter of John and Clara (Plonkey) Cardinal.

Mrs. Carlson was a longtime member of St. Jude’s parish in Columbiana and worked for many years at the Ferguson Farm Market in Columbiana.

Edith was preceded in death on May 20, 1975 by her husband, Walter Carlson, whom she married on Aug. 10, 1940.

Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca (Thomas) Nentwick of Canfield; one sister, Cathryn Leaver of Alliance; two granddaughters, Jennifer and Jacqueline of Canfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Carlson was preceded in death by one brother, Judge John Cardinal and one sister, Ruth Ann Knox.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church in Columbiana on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. with Father Thomas Ziegler officiating.

Friends and family may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2009, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana.

Burial will be at Columbiana Cemetery.

Friends may visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary, sign the guest register or send private condolences.

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Violet I. Clark, 87

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. – Violet I. Clark, 87, went to be with the Lord on March 6, 2009.

She was the daughter of the late Emil and Christina Pautot.

Violet was born in Youngstown, where her love for ice skating began. She was discovered there by a scout for the Ice Capades, and enjoyed many years skating with them. Violet later moved to Virginia Beach, residing there for 30 years while working in sales.

She is survived by her loving children, Charles Hohing of Ohio, Patricia Scoccia of Florida, Anthony Clark of Pennsylvania and Robert Clark of Michigan; two grandsons, Travis Clark and William Fornia; one granddaughter, Kelly Hartman; and one great-granddaughter, Olivia Fornia.

Violet’s strong faith will follow her as well as comfort her friends and family.

The family requests that the services be private.

Please visit www.altmeyer.com to send condolences to the family.


Frank E. Cohol, 78

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Frank E. Cohol, 78, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Cohol was born Jan. 26, 1931 to the late Paul and Anna Handoga Cohol in Girard.

He was employed by U.S. Steel in McDonald and LTV in Warren as a maintenance foreman-millwright for 45 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, and enjoyed golf, bowling and baseball. Frank served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Julia Petkovich, whom he married Sept. 4, 1954; a daughter, Paula Cohol of Willowick; a son, Doug (Jennifer) Cohol of Novi, Mich.; two sisters, Margaret Reese of Girard and Betty Rota of McDonald; and one granddaughter, Sydney Marie Cohol.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ann Green, Helen Peck, Mary Polony, Pauline Turner and Virginia Sharp and four brothers, Mike, Andy, John and Bill.

Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Internment will follow at Greenhaven Cemetery.

Material contributions can be made to American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Valley.

Arrangements are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home.


Charlotte L. DeNuccio, 66

NEW CASTLE, PA. – Charlotte L. DeNuccio, 66, of 1643 Katherine St., died the morning of March 8, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born on Feb. 20, 1943 in New Castle, Mrs. DeNuccio was the daughter of the late Felix and Pauline Wojciehowski Kulnis Sr.

Charlotte married Maurice DeNuccio Sr. on June 17, 1961. He survives.

Charlotte worked in retail for many years. Most recently, she had worked at Wal-Mart as a cashier. Prior to that, she had worked as a cashier/office manager at Kmart on Wilmington Road. Before that, she worked at Fishers Big Wheel as an office manager for several years.

She was a graduate of New Castle High School.

Charlotte enjoyed gardening, flowers, her cats, and she loved spending time with the joys of her life, her grandchildren.

Charlotte was a member of St. Camillus Church.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Debi and her husband, Jeff Robinson of Gautier, Miss. and Laura and her husband, Todd Szabo of Boardman; one son, Maurice “Moe” DeNuccio Jr. and his wife, Diane of Leesburg, Va.; one brother, Bill Kulnis of Boardman; seven grandchildren, Michael Robinson, Jeffrey Robinson, Zach Robinson, Samantha “Sam” DeNuccio, Trent DeNuccio, Grant DeNuccio and Emily Szabo; one nephew, Bill Torsello; and two great-nephews, Daniel “Teenie” Torsello and Brandon “Bubba” Torsello.

Mrs. DeNuccio was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Annie Curran and Jeanie Berkebile; one grandson, Matthew Robinson; and three brothers, Felix Kulnis Jr., Joe Kulnis and Bob Kulnis.

Calling hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home & Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road.

A procession will leave the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday for St. Camillus Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. The Very Rev. Fr. Philip Farrell will officiate.

Burial will take place at St. Mary Cemetery.

Please visit www.decarbofuneralhome.com to send online condolences.

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John Michael Easterday, 75

YOUNGSTOWN – John Michael Easterday, 75, a familiar friend of Jesus, went home Sunday, March 8, 2009.

He was born March 25, 1933 and raised in Kansas City, Mo., the son of Herman and Willeta Easterday.

He graduated from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Rockhurst College.

Before moving to Youngstown in 1972 as a retail manager for the Color Tile Company, he had been employed by Uniroyal in Kansas City and the Boeing Airplane Company in Wichita, Kan. In 1976 he met and married Sharlene (Felix) and together they opened Easterday’s Printing Center.

He was an active member of the Bethel Friends Church in Poland, a past President of Kiwanis Club of Youngstown, the Buckeye Eyes and Ears Blockwatch, a member of CBMC, Meals on Wheels and the Care Net Pregnancy Center, as well as several other organizations over the last 30 years.

John is survived by his wife, Sharlene; four sons, John, Tom (Betsy), Ken (Julie) and Dan (Sherrie); four daughters, Patti (Lennie) Hall, Elaine (Richard) Kish, Debbie (Bob) Duzzny and Rita Smith; 11 grandchildren, Lyndsie, Alison and Philip Hall, Amy and Josie Easterday; Josh, John Michael and Katie Easterday; Jamie and Daniel Webster and Samantha Richards; one great-granddaughter, Cameron; one brother, David (Sammy) Easterday; and a sister, Dorothy Lovett; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father and a daughter, Barbara.

Family and friends will be received today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Friends Church in Poland, with Pastor Bobby Murphy officiating.

Family and friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be given in Mr. Easterday’s name to Bethel Friends Church Youth Group, 2771 Spitler Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Joseph Edward “Moe” Garich, 77

YOUNGSTOWN – Joseph Edward Garich, 77, passed away Monday morning, March 9, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, after courageously battling cancer.

Joseph, who was popularly known as “Moe,” was born Feb. 15, 1932 in Youngstown, a son of the late Alexander and Mary Lazorchak Garich, and was a lifelong resident of the city’s west side.

He was a Chaney High School graduate and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After the service, Mr. Garich worked for 34 years for Republic Steel/LTV, retiring as a millwright.

Moe was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, enjoyed all sports and keeping up with current events. He also enjoyed going to Mountaineer Park in West Virginia.

Mr. Garich leaves two sisters, Mary Komsa of Youngstown and Helen Yurchison of Austintown; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, John Garich; and two brothers-in-law, Stanley Komsa and Michael Yurchison.

Family and friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, March 13, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where a memorial service will take place at 10 a.m.

Moe’s family wishes to express sincere thanks to the staff at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Select Specialty Hospital and Omni Manor Health Care Center for the care and support shown to Mr. Garich during his illness.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences on-line.

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Maudestine Y. “Stiney” Gilmore-Gibson, 41

YOUNGSTOWN – A homegoing will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Maudestine Y. Gilmore-Gibson, aka “Stiney,” 41, who departed this life Monday, March 9, 2009, at Hospice House.

Mrs. Gilmore-Gibson was born Dec. 13, 1967 in Youngstown, a daughter of John Wright and Jacqueline Gilmore.

She was a housekeeper for Red Roof Inn and was of the Baptist faith.

She leaves her parents, Jacqueline Gilmore Fears of Columbus and John Wright of Mt. Ranier, Md.; her children, Rickkeishia Bankston, Jacqueline Bankston, Say-Love Tutwiler, Marquia Jarmon and Iesha Scott, all of Youngstown; her siblings, Sonya Blackman-Gilmore, Monica Gilmore and Edward Gonzales, all of Columbus, Tomeka Wright (Elmer) Armstrong of Mt. Ranier and Johnell Wright of Youngstown; a special friend, Chipper Clark of Youngstown; and three grandchildren.

Besides her grandparents, Irvin and Maude Gilmore Jr. and Margaret Brooks, a sister, Tonya Gilmore preceded her in death.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.

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Donald A. “Ace” Harman, 59

YOUNGSTOWN – Donald A. “Ace” Harman, 59, died Monday evening, March 9, 2009, at his residence.

He was born June 18, 1949 in Harman, W.Va., a son of Jonas and Betty Garrison Harman and lived most of his life in the area.

Mr. Harman owned and operated Ace Roofing for many years and will continue to be run by his family. An entrepreneur, he operated several bars, masonry, construction, taxi service and auto body businesses. He previously worked at U.S. Steel.

Ace was an ordained minister, enjoyed country music, motorcycling, boxing and was an avid Kelly Pavlik supporter. He was an avid fighter for constitutional rights, having achieved two precedent setting decisions in a single case.

He leaves his longtime loving companion, with whom they shared a daughter (Victoria), Tami Kotouch; two daughters, Donnajean Harman of Hubbard and Victoria Harman of Canfield; three sisters, Nancy Sparks of Youngstown and Ruth Hedrick and Patricia Teeter, both of West Virginia; and three grandchildren, John, Ammie-Marie and Kaytlynne.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Travelodge, 1610 Motor Inn Drive, Girard, OH 44420.

Contributions can be made to the family.

Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view the obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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Irene E. Harris, 85

POLAND — There will be prayers at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Fox Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Edward Church, celebrated by Msgr. Robert Siffrin for Irene E. Harris, 85, who passed away Monday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman.

Irene was born April 6, 1923 in Campbell, a daughter of John and Julia Babedorics Tomich and has been a lifetime area resident.

She graduated from Campbell High School, worked at General Fireproofing and was a homemaker for her family.

Irene was a long time parishioner at St. Edward and a member of the Sacred Heart Auxillary She enjoyed playing cards, baking and most of all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Her husband, Joseph P. Harris Sr., whom she married Feb. 12, 1949, died Sept. 7, 2005.

She will be greatly missed by her two sons, Joseph P. (Jennifer) Harris Jr. of Columbus and William (Meg) Harris of Boardman; a daughter, Ruthanne (Russell) Hoppes of Dublin; two sisters, Helen Sova of Youngstown and Jayne Gumbs of New Jersey; and eight grandchildren, Morgan, Sean, Kaitlin and Colleen Harris, Mark and Adam Hoppes and Briana and Sheila Harris.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Timothy Tomich and two sisters, Margaret Jeffrey and Ann Cvengros.

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

Material contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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


Earl Kimmel, 82

NORTH JACKSON – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Earl Kimmel, 82, who died Monday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Earl was born April 28, 1926 in Austintown, the son of Perry and Goldie (Lawrence) Kimmel and was a lifelong area resident.

Earl retired from Wickliffe Concrete and Supply in 1969, where he had been employed as a truck driver. He was a member of the Highway Tabernacle Church, and served in the Army during World War II. Earl enjoyed hunting, fishing, antique cars and antique tractors.

He is survived by children, Goldie (Dave) Lavezzare of Diamond and James R. Kimmel of North Jackson; grandchildren, David and Rebecca Lavezzare; and sisters, Ruth Purnell of Austintown, Virginia DeWalk of Hubbard and Mary Penney of Austintown.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Upole) Kimmel, whom he married Dec. 18, 1950, and who died Dec. 11, 2008; his brothers, Roy, Perry and Merle; and sister, Marion Moser.

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

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

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Betty Lou Kruppa, 69

BROOKFIELD – A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the Lane Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield, for Betty Lou Kruppa, 69, who passed away at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2009, at her winter home in Cape Coral, Fla.

Betty Lou was born Aug. 2, 1939 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late David J. and Martha (Price) Williams.

Betty Lou was a 1959 graduate of Chaney High School, and retired after 30 years with Packard Electric. She was a member of the Redbook Boat Club and the Conneaut Boat Club and was an avid boater.

Betty Lou was married on July 27, 1962 in St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Youngstown to John W. Kruppa and he survives.

She is also survived by two sisters, June L. Balint of Austintown and Marilyn J. (Martin) Markovich of Austintown; two brothers-in-law, Howard Crum of Austintown and Victor Kruppa of Cortland; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann (Joe) Passisfume of Huron; four nieces, Nancy, Patty, Judie and Linda; one nephew, Howard; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides her parents, Betty Lou was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Crum; and a brother, William Williams.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 13, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel.

Burial will take place at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.

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


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Rose P. Mestichelli, 85

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – Graveside services were held this morning, Wednesday, March 11, at Calvary Cemetery with Rev. Charles T. Poore of the Sacred Heart Church celebrating, for Rose P. Mestichelli, 85, who passed away early Monday morning, March 9.

Rose was born May 18, 1923 in Italy, the daughter of Andrew and Mary (Naples) Barba and came to the United States in 1927 at the age of four.

She was employed at Overall Supply and had worked in the cafeteria of the Youngstown Public Schools. Rose was also employed at Camelot Lanes. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church. Rose loved to decorate cakes and enjoyed playing the lottery.

Her husband, Louis J. Mestichelli, whom she married May 31, 1952, passed away Sept. 23, 1964.

Rose will always be remembered by her two children, James Mestichelli and Mary Jo Mestichelli; and her four siblings, William (Vivian) Nicastro, Antoinette (Sam) Ranno, Carmen Barba and Anna Barba.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Katie Herubin, Josephine Naples, Steve Barba and Jerry Barba.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

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Gayle A. Miller, 73

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Gayle A. Miller, 73, who died late Monday night at Hospice House in Poland.

She was born Feb. 1, 1936 in Woodworth, now Poland, a daughter of Laurence A. and Harriet B. (McCullough) Brenneman and she resided in this area all of her life.

She was a 1954 graduate of Boardman High School. She worked as a toll collector for the Ohio Turnpike at gates 218 and 234 for 35 years, before retiring in 2008.

She enjoyed bowling, camping, and doing ceramic work at Creative Ceramics. She was known for her delicious baking, and for her zest for life and she will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Her first husband, Joseph Evinsky, whom she married Feb. 12, 1955, preceded her in death Dec. 4, 1971.

She is survived by her husband, John R. Miller, whom she married April 28, 1975. She also leaves behind three children, Heidi Jo (Joseph) Duarte of Youngstown, Joseph (Laurie) Evinsky II of Eastlake and Jason (Jody) Evinsky of Struthers; 11 grandchildren, Joshua, Rachael, Chad, Hallie, Tyler, Ellen, Cassandra, Trevor, Emily, AshLeigh and Jason II; a great-granddaughter, Rylee Jo; two sisters, Yvonne Beckwith of Warren and Marilyn Clevinger of Austintown; a stepbrother, Stan (Nancy) Thompson of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and four sisters-in-law, Carol Roby of Uniontown, Pa., Eleanore (Steve) Evinsky of Niles, Elizabeth (Sonny) Slusher of Niles and Carol (Pete) Evinsky of Rochester, N.Y.

Besides her first husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Arwood, Roland and James Brenneman.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home, with services immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley.

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


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Frances Elaine Oliver, 50

YOUNGSTOWN – Ms. Frances Elaine Oliver, 50, entered eternal rest on March 7, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Frances was born Dec. 5, 1958 in Youngstown, a daughter of Joseph and Annie Dee Boykins Oliver.

She was a 1977 graduate of South High School and received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Youngstown State University, where she graduated with honors.

She had been employed with St. Elizabeth Health Center and Goodwill Industries. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church and a member of the N.A.A.C.P. She was also a volunteer with Help Hotline, and was president/coordinator for the Oliver Family Reunion. She enjoyed music and the precious times she spent with her grandsons.

She leaves to forever cherish her loving memory, her son, Tyrell E. Oliver; two sisters, Amanda Gail Rivers and Phyllis D. (Alvin) Stinson; four brothers, Garry E. (Glenda) Oliver, Joseph Rayfield (Felicia) Oliver, Timothy L. (Jill) Oliver and Dwayne A. Oliver; a nephew, whom she helped to rear, Jason Theodore Gilmore; two grandsons, Tyrell C. and Donovan J. Oliver ( and their mother, Dionne Smith), all of Youngstown; and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Waverly Glenn Oliver.

Friends may call Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m.

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

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Frank J. Scarmack, 89

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 13, 2009, for Frank J. Scarmack, 89, of 1216 Park Vista, Fifth Avenue in Youngstown, formerly of 428 Tamplin St. in Sharon, Pa.

He passed away at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at his residence.

Mr. Scarmack was born Jan. 7, 1920, in Farrell, Pa., the son of Nicholas and Emelia Esposito Scarmack.

He attended Farrell schools, and retired with 40 years of service from the former Sharon Steel Corporations Farrell plant.

He was a former member of St. Joseph Church in Sharon, Pa. and currently belonged to the Our Lady of Fatima in Farrell, Pa. He was a member and former director for the North Sharon Volunteer Fire Company, the Italian Home and it’s United Christopher Italian Benevolent Society in Farrell, the Sons of Italy Shenango Valley Lodge 875 in Sharon, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5286 in Farrell, Shenango Valley Catholic War Veterans Post 1446 and Sharon Steel Retiree Organization. As a volunteer for the North Sharon Volunteer Fireman’s Association, he especially enjoyed the fellowship and camaraderie that resulted from regularly calling bingo for more than 20 years.

Mr. Scarmack was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army and served during World War II with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Division, 11th Infantry. He participated in five major European battles under General George Patton. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and an American Theatre Ribbon and received his honorable discharge on Sept. 22, 1945.

Frank was an avid gardener and shared the fruits of his garden with family and friends. He also loved a good game of pool, and was a patient, encouraging teacher. He enjoyed making new friends while living at Whispering Oaks in Hermitage, Pa. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife Frances of 62 years, and seldom left her side.

His wife, the former Frances E. Zoccola Scarmack, whom he married Sept. 13, 1947, survives. Surviving also is one son, Paul F. Scarmack and his wife, Linda Coffey Scarmack of Liberty; one daughter, Kathy L. Scarmack Tobias, wife of John S, Tobias of Rocky Mount, N.C.; two brothers, Arthur Scarmack and wife, Pearl, Farrell and Nicholas Scarmack of Hermitage; grandchildren, Kevin P. Scarmack and wife, Maura Buck Scarmack of Asheville, N.C., Laura M. Scarmack of Pittsburgh, Jeffrey J. Tobias of Rocky Mount, N.C. and Neal S. Tobias of Raleigh, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Andrew, Paul, Patsy, Samuel, James and Joseph; and five sisters, Antonet Rongo, Elizabeth Barone, Bertha Mariotti, Clementine Scarmack, Jesse Amico and Julia Tamber; an infant son, Jeffrey; and an infant granddaughter, Stacey Scarmack.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St. in Sharon. A rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m., prior to the calling hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 13, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in the Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Blvd. in Farrell, with Rev. Donald E. Berdis, pastor, as the celebrant. A brief prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 9:45 a.m., prior to leaving for the church.

Interment will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Hermitage,with full military honors provided by the honor guard from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5236 in Farrell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Buhl Park Capital Campaign, 730 Forker Blvd., Sharon, PA 16146 or to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512

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


Ray A. “Pappy” Schmader, 87

STOW – Ray A. “Pappy” Schmader, 87, loving husband and beloved father, went to be with the Lord on March 8, 2009, after a brief illness.

Friends may call today from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Redmon Funeral Home, where services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.


Dolores H. Summers, 80

YOUNGSTOWN – Dolores H. Summers, 80, died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at her residence.

Dolores was born June 2, 1928 to the late Larkin and Mary Alice Flickenger Mackey in Uniontown, Pa.

She worked 35 years as an LPN at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Western Reserve Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Alice Wilson of Largo, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Summers, who died in 1994; her sister, Mary Jo Swauger; and a brother, Raymond Mackey.

Arrangements are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home.


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