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Placido William Arena, 93

HILLSVILLE, PA. – Mr. Placido William Arena, 93, also known as “Bill,” passed away Saturday, March 28, 2009, at his residence

He was born on May 11, 1915, in Hillsville, the son of the late Matteo Arena and Mattia Arena.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Evelyn Stetts, in 1995.

Bill will be sadly missed by his three daughters, Mrs. Shirley and husband Chuck Bellstrom of Hillsville, Mrs. Mattie and husband Tony Bondi of Poland and Mrs. Beverly Cummings of Stow.

Mr. Arena was employed by the Michigan Limestone Division of U.S. Steel for 40 years until his retirement in 1975.

In his earlier years, Bill had owned a gas station in the center of Hillsville. Bill enjoyed working on cars, bowling and watching hockey games and movies. All who knew him said he was a gentleman, always willing to help family and friends. He was an officer with the Mohawk Lions Club, the former U.S. Steel president of Local No. 4251, an honorary member of both the Johnson and St. Lucy Clubs and former vice president of St. Lawrence Holy Name Society

He is also survived by his sister, Jennie Orvosh of Virginia; three grandchildren, James William Bellstrom and wife Alicia of New Middletown, Bryan Cummings and wife Nicole of Parker, Colo., and Rena Bondi of Poland; and three great-grandchildren, Miss Ashley Bellstrom, Mr. Richard Cummings and Miss Azella Cummings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; his sisters, Grace Simari, Catherine Galletta, Florence DeAndrea and Mary Nascivera; also his brothers, Anthony and Joseph Arena.

Arrangements are being handled by the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak St. in Bessemer, Pa., where the family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

The funeral service will be at Christ the King Parish, St. Lawrence Church in Hillsville at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, with Fr. James Downs officiating.

Interment will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Hillsville.

The family requests that material contributions be made in Bill’s name to Jameson Hospice of Lawrence County, 1000 South Mercer St., New Castle, PA 16101 or the American Heart Association.

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Agnes Baum, 78

BROOKFIELD – Agnes Baum, 78, passed away at 1:55 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2009, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

Agnes was born June 10, 1930, in Emeigh, Pa., the daughter of the late Freeman and Elsie (Michaels) Ruby.

Agnes was a homemaker and attended the Brookfield United Methodist Church. She enjoyed bowling, bingo and playing cards.

Agnes was married to Raymond C. Baum and he preceded her in death on May 23, 1986.

Agnes is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Mary Agnes) and William (Elaine), all of Brookfield; sisters Helen Michaels of Amarillo, Texas, and Mary Bertha Swetzer of Masury; and two grandchildren, Laura Hoke and Kenneth Baum Jr.

Besides her husband and parents, Agnes was preceded in death by a son, Thomas James Baum.

Calling hours will take place today, March 30, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Homes Madasz Chapel, Brookfield.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Bill Johnson, pastor of the Brookfield United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial will take place at Brookfield Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to the American Lung Association, 3770 Starr Centre Dr., Canfield, OH 44406.

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

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Ronald Allyn Brown, 76

BROOKFIELD – Ronald Allyn Brown, 76, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2009, at midnight at his residence.

Mr. Brown was born on July 6, 1932, in Cleveland, the son of James Neil and Florence Jean (Edmonds) Brown.

As a young man growing up in Cleveland, he enjoyed riding as well as taking care of his favorite horse, “Red.”

Ronald went on to serve our country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His decorations and citations included the Combat Infantry Badge, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Korea Service Medal with two bronze stars and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

After his time in the service, he went on to marry the former Joanne Virginia Hewitt on Sept. 3, 1955, and together they would share more than 53 years of marriage.

Ron was proud to be a very meticulous and articulate person throughout his life, which led him on to successfully become the District Sales Manager for Western & Southern Life Insurance Company, where he would work for more than 34 years. Ronald was also a proud member of the First Baptist Church of Howland, where he enjoyed taking care of the church and its grounds.

He survived by his wife, Joanne, at home; his two sons, Robert Brown and his wife, Felicia, of Hubbard and Kenneth Brown and his wife, Nancy, of Orrville; three daughters, Carrie Baker of Sharon, Pa., Kim Brant and her husband, Randy, of Hubbard, and Lori Johnson of Brookfield; his brother, Paul Brown and his wife, Beverly, of Chesterland; a sister, Cheryl Truxall and her husband, Steve, of Sherrodsville; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Howland, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.

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

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Travis James Dunn, 19

YOUNGSTOWN – Travis James Dunn, 19, of the city’s westside, passed away Friday afternoon, March 27, 2009, at his home.

Travis was born July 3, 1989, in Youngstown, a son of Ronald and Linda Platt Dunn, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 2007 graduate of Chaney High School.

He leaves his father and mother, Ron (Anndalynn) Dunn of Youngstown, and with whom he made his home; his biological mother, Linda Dunn of Canfield; his brother, Ronald Edward Dunn Jr. (fiancée Megan Gregory) of Youngstown; his sister, Starr Patrick of Youngstown; his stepbrothers, Tyler and Jakob Bradford; his paternal grandmother, Nancy Dunn of Canfield; his maternal grandfather, James Platt of Canfield; aunts and uncles, John William, Jr. (Marlene) Dunn of Boardman, Nancy (William) Kunkle of Canfield, Karen (Bob) Maxwell of Raymond, Jenny Houston of Oklahoma, Margaret Wardle of Texas and Joyce Stockdale of Youngstown; and several cousins.

His paternal grandfather, John William Dunn and his grandmothers, Genevieve Platt and Mary Ann Kitt are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 7 p.m.

Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences online.



Ethel Ellsmore, 85

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Ethel Ellsmore, 85, who died Saturday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She was born Sept. 24, 1923, in Beach Creek, W.Va., a daughter of Thomas and Ada (Wolford) Mounts, and she came to this area as a teenager.

She spent her adult life as a homemaker, raising her four children. She enjoyed playing bingo, but her greatest joy was her devotion to her family and especially her grandchildren.

She married Nelson W. Ellsmore on Nov. 13, 1944, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1984.

She is survived by four children, Janet (Eugene Hanshaw) Kling of Austintown, Gloria (Thomas) Marhefky of Southington, Thomas (Karen) Ellsmore of Austintown and Nelson (Helen Irving) Ellsmore of Youngstown. She also leaves behind three sisters, Marie Stokes of Niles, Gladys (Bob) Darby of Austintown and Geraldine Billet, also of Austintown; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Bryan Kling.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

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


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Rita L. Merz, 60

COLUMBIANA – Rita L. Merz, 60, died Saturday in Youngstown after being stricken at her home of an aneurysm.

Rita was born July 30, 1948, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Stephen and Anna Popson Blasko.

She was a graduate of South High School, Youngstown (Class of 1966).

She was a member of the Downtown Lions Club and a long-time dedicated employee of the Mahoning County Clerk of Courts, Tony Vivo. Prior to that, she was secretary for Attorney Joseph Bryan for many years. She also was employed by Judges Harold Richert and Martin Joyce.

Rita enjoyed her hobbies of solving puzzles, reading, bicycle riding, dancing and shopping. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her five grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Paul; three daughters, Susan (J.C.) Parker, Lisa (Lee) Russell and Beth (Eric) Nelson; two sisters, Jackie (Tom) Repchic and Michelle Beam; two brothers, Steve (Mary Lou) Blasko and Michael (Rita) Blasko; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a nephew, Tommy Repchic.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Leetonia, with the Reverend Thomas Eisweirth officiating, preceded by a brief prayer service at the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home, Leetonia.

In lieu of flowers, tributes may take the form of a donation in her memory to the Downtown Youngstown Lions Club, P. O. Box 1262, Youngstown, OH 44501.

As a great giver in life, Rita gave in death as an organ donor.

Please visit www.familycareservices.com to sign the register and send condolences.

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Frank W. Morrison Jr., 59

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the McCauley Funeral Home for Frank W. Morrison Jr., 59, who passed Saturday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center from pneumonia following a short illness.

Frank was born May 10, 1949, in Columbus, a son of the late Dr. Frank and Kathlyn Bixler Morrison and came to this area in 1951.

Frank was a Marine veteran, where he spent more than 22 years of service to his country and was employed by the Department of Defense as an accountant, retiring in 2006. He was highly decorated receiving numerous awards and badges and was noted for his marksmanship.

He was a 1967 graduate of Ursuline High School and a graduate of Cleveland State University.

Frank is survived by his sons, Lawrence (Marie) Morrison of El Paso, Texas, who is presently stationed in Saudi Arabia and Damian (Kim) Morrison, who is presently stationed in Guam; his daughters, Adreanne Morrison and Kathlyn Morrison, both of Oceanside, Calif.; his stepmother, Madonna of Youngstown; his sisters, Suzanne (Alfred) Fleming and Betsy (Michael Savage) Pesce, both of Youngstown, Barbara (Bruce) Wilford of North Ridgeville, Madonna (Paul) Alexander of Columbus and Ruth Casson of Flossmoore, Ill.; his brother, Robert (Sherry) Morrison of Shelby Township, Mich.; and 10 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Material contributions may be made to St. Edward Church, 240 Tod Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504 or Ursuline High School, 750 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.

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Marian L. (Munholland) Phillips, 85

BESSEMER, PA. – Mrs. Marian L. (Munholland) Phillips, 85, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Jameson Memorial Hospital in New Castle, Pa.

She was born on March 13, 1924, the daughter of the late LLoyd Munholland and the late Vida (Stoner) Munholland.

She took as her husband, the late William T. Phillips Sr., on Jan. 14, 1944, and they had five children.

Mrs. Phillips was employed by F&R Greenhouse in Bessemer for 17 years before retiring, and during World War II, she served her country as many women did, by working in the factories.

She was a Christian woman of faith.

She is survived by her three sons, Mr. William T Phillips Jr. of Boardman, Mr. John E. and wife Jessica Phillips of New Middletown and Mr. Donald Scott and wife Lynda Phillips of Youngstown; one sister, Carol and husband Bill Megan of Illinois; and three brothers, Mr. Glen and wife Ruby Munholland of Struthers, Howard and wife Clemantine Munholland of Struthers and Bill Munholland of Struthers.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two daughters, Diane and Penny Phillips.

Arrangements were handled by the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak St. in Bessemer.

Private services where conducted by the family.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.


George L. Rossi Jr., 74

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – George L. Rossi Jr., 74, died unexpectedly at home on March 5, 2009. He was a former resident of New Castle, Pa.

Mr. Rossi began a long career in radio and television broadcasting at WQED in Pittsburgh. He then joined the U.S. Army and served for two years as a member of the Armed Forces Radio and Television in Panama. He acted as an announcer, sportscaster and morning show host before moving to sales and senior management positions at WKST radio and WBZY radio in New Castle. He worked several years for Sharon Broadcasting, the owner and operator of Youngstown’s Y103.

Mr. Rossi and his brother, David, founded and operated GDR Film Laboratories. In the 1970s, prior to video tape technology, GDR became the largest 16 mm film processing lab for high school football and basketball teams in Western Pennsylvania.

In retirement, Mr. Rossi revisited his interest in dramatics and performed as King Alphonse at The Medieval Times dinner theater in Myrtle Beach and as Santa Claus at malls in Virginia and South Carolina.

Mr. Rossi is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patti Rossi.

Services were private.


Betty Eileen Shutrump, 87

BOARDMAN – Prayers will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Fox Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Charles Church for Betty Eileen Shutrump, 87, who passed away Friday afternoon at Saint Elizabeth Health Center, Boardman Campus.

Mrs. Shutrump was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Petroleum, Pa., a daughter of Carl and Ruby Jackson Wright.

She was a 1939 graduate of South High School. Betty was a homemaker and a member of “Our Club.” She was a volunteer and a member of the board for the Society of the Blind. Betty was a member of Saint Charles Church and several social groups, including the South Side Bridge Club, and the Madonna Garden Club of Saint Dominic. She was also a member of the Ladies of Charity who drove children with disabilities to appointments.

Her husband, Charles F. Shutrump II, whom she married June 13, 1942, died Aug. 9, 1994.

She leaves her children, Cynthia (William) Simons, Karen (Ralph) Theophilus, Charles F. (Kathy) Shutrump III, and Melissa (Lew) Campana, all of Boardman; seven grandchildren, Kimberly (Toby) Simons Cox, Jason (Cathy) Simons, Erica Galpin, Allison Simons, Alexis Shutrump, Hillary Shutrump and Carlynn Shutrump; and three great-grandchildren, Raegan, Carter and Molly.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Carla Shutrump, and two sisters, Naomi and Goldia.

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

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

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