Loretta Angeloff, 72
YOUNGSTOWN - Loretta Angeloff, 72, of the citys west side, passed away early Wednesday evening, April 1, 2009, surrounded by her family.
Loretta was born Sept. 13, 1936 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Carach Butchko, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a graduate of North High School, where she was class valedictorian. She was a homemaker and worked as a bookkeeper for many years.
Loretta was a member of Holy Ghost Orthodox Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her family. Loretta also liked bowling, bingo, reading, and playing cards.
Loretta leaves three sons, Thomas (Cheryl) Angeloff of Youngstown, Mark Angeloff of Indianapolis, and Christopher Angeloff of Youngstown; three daughters, Patricia (Michael) Halls of Columbus, Stephanie DiDomenico of Boardman, and Arlene (Mark Montozzi) Angeloff of Lake Worth, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Allyson, Amy and Amanda Halls, Ashley and Alexandra DiDomenico, and Nicholas Angeloff and Thomas Angeloff; a brother, Daniel (Elizabeth) Butchko of Canfield; and two sisters, Janet (Ed) Sivecz of Poland and Carolyn Horvatich of Texas.
She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Loretta was preceded in death by Thomas Angeloff.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where a prayer service will be held at 6 p.m.
Family and friends may also call from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday at Holy Ghost Orthodox Church, 18 S. Richview Ave. in Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow at Belmont Park Cemetery in Liberty Township.
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Mabel M. Daff, 100
AUSTINTOWN Mabel M. Daff, 100, passed away Wednesday afternoon at Hospice House, surrounded by family.
She was born Jan. 12, 1909 in Blaine City, Pa., daughter of the late Leo and Ella (Drummer) Weakland.
A homemaker, she was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and had served many years as a precinct worker of the Mahoning County Board of Elections. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, bingo, traveling, casinos, and family gatherings.
Her husband, Harry G. Daff Sr., whom she married Aug. 29, 1929, passed away March 8, 1980.
Mable is survived by three children, Jeannette Haselow of Austintown, Leo J. (Sarah) of Coitsville Township and Harry G. (Beverly) Daff Jr. of Austintown; Lois Daff (wife of Richard H. Daff) of Cleveland; sisters, Margaret Wickham of Washington, Pauline LaRoss of Florida and Cecelia Fahnstock of Pennsylvania; a brother, John Weakland of Oregon; 15 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, Mabel was preceded in death by a son, Richard H. Daff; three sisters, Thelma Clark, Isabella Weakland and Katherine Reese; a brother, James Weakland; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Austintown, preceded by a short prayer service at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel at 9:30 a.m.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the Hospice House.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Sgt. Robert W. Edwards, 27
FT. EUSTIS, VA. Services will be Monday at noon at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Sgt. Robert W. Edwards, 27, stationed with the U.S. Army, formerly of Youngstown, who departed this life March 27, 2009 in Virginia.
Sgt. Edwards, lovingly known as Rob and E was born Jan. 2, 1982 in Youngstown, a son of Robert Miller and Darlene Edwards.
He was a 2000 graduate of Ursuline High School, where he played football. He enjoyed sports and free style rap. He was an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and was awarded a Purple Heart.
He leaves to cherish his precious memory, his loving wife, the former Jasmine Gutierrez, whom he married Oct. 16, 2006; his mother, Darlene, of Youngstown; father and stepmother, Robert and Marilyn Miller of Akron; sisters, Ashley Miller, Tera Miller and Robinetta Miller; brother, Derrick Miller; stepbrothers, Randy Troy Anderson, Ronald Jackson and Zethran Jackson; his grandmother, Bessie Miller of Youngstown; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, including Jerome and Larry Barksdale, whom he was raised with; and other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lindell Edwards and DeAndre B. Edwards.
Friends may call Sunday, April 5, 2009, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Larry Edwin Gayles, 56
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church for Mr. Larry Edwin Gayles, 56, who departed this life Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Camelot Arms.
Mr. Gayles was born Jan. 3, 1953 in Youngstown, a son of Rivers W. Jr. and Erma Foster Gayles.
He had been employed with LTV Steel. He attended the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He loved football and was a former coach for the Northside Knights Little League Football Team. Larry loved his family and socializing with family and friends.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a brother, Alvin Gayles of Youngstown; two sisters, Jackie (Jerome) Miller of Liberty and Francesca Gayles of Youngstown; a daughter, Teyonia Moorer; nieces, Shawneka Gayles and Alicia Gayles; nephews, Arzell Muldrow, Donta Muldrow, Jovan Gayles, Donnie Talley and Marcus Gayles; and a host of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donnie Gayles; a sister, Renee Gayles Muldrow; a nephew, Vincent McCarley Jr.; and grandparents, Rivers W. Sr. and Evelyn Driscall Gayles and Elizabeth Jones.
Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
Ida Lou Jennings, 85
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be Saturday, April 4, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Ida Lou Jennings, 85, who departed this life Saturday, March 28, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mrs. Jennings was born Sept. 7, 1923 in Tennille, Ga., a daughter of Milo Danely aka Henry Baker and Ida Mae Scott.
She worked at Youngstown State University in environmental services, retiring after 23 years of service. She was a member of VFW Donald Lockett Post 6488. She loved reading and caring for others. She adored children and was called Mother of the neighborhood.
She leaves to cherish her memory. a son, Nathaniel Danley of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Crystal Danley of Columbus, Nathaniel Wilson, Natalie Wilson and Tajianna Harris. all of Youngstown; great-grandson, Ryan M. Danley of Columbus; a cousin, whom she reared, Debra (Lawrence) Raines of Hubbard; and a host of other family and friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert.
Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Agnes Marie Kolar
SHAKER HEIGHTS Agnes Marie Kolar, formerly of Austintown, passed away Monday, March 30, at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland.
Agnes was born on Sept. 11, 1925 in Youngstown to Ben McMurtrie and Virginia Teska.
She was a 1943 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. She was employed as an assembler for General Electrics Trumbull Lamp Plant for 14 years and was an avid reader.
Agnes leaves her daughter, Mary Kolar-DeNunzio; son-in-law, Robert DeNunzio; her granddaughter, Marina, with whom she made her home; cousins, Agnes (Clinton) Davis of Kinsman, Phyllis (Robert) Connor and Josephine Cornwall of Niles, Stanley McMurtrie of Paducah, Ky. and Robert (Christiane) Teska of Toledo; and her goddaughter, Margaret (Greg) Foster of Warren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Kolar, whom she married Aug. 8, 1959; stepfather, Joseph Vennetti; aunts, Mary Worosz, Victoria Hall and Helen Rudy; and uncles, Albert and Stanley Teska.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home, 4600 Mayfield Road, South Euclid, OH 44121 and from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 4, at SS Peter & Paul Croatian Catholic Church, 421 Covington St. in Youngstown. A funeral Mass will follow at noon.
Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Youngstown.
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Dr. John P. Morrison, O.D., 84
TOLEDO Dr. John P. Morrison, O.D., 84, passed away April 1, 2009 at Kingston Care Center surrounded by his loving family.
John was born in Findlay to Tad and Chloia Morrison on July 20, 1924.
He was a graduate of Scott High School in Toledo and of the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, where he was a member of the Phi Theta Upsilon Fraternity.
John served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal during World War II. He was part of the European Theatre earning two Bronze Stars, an American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, and Eame Theater Ribbon. He retired from optometry after 58 years of employment with Buckeye Optical in Columbus, D.O.C., JCPenney and Walmart in Toledo. John loved crossword puzzles, morning coffee, napping in a chair, or just resting his eyes. He especially enjoyed being surrounded by loving friends and family. John held several positions within the Optimist Club.
John was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Hugh and Rex; sister, Joann Miligan; and wife, Phyllis Montgomery Morrison.
He is survived by their children, JoAnn Kinsel (Bill) of Atlanta, Jane Morrison of Reynoldsburg, Anita Morrison of Chicago, Neil Morrison of Columbus, Tina Miller (Steve) of Columbus, Reda Riley (Jeff) of Medford, N.J., Robert Morrison of Hillsdale, Mich. and Heather Elliott (Allen) of Toledo; and nine grandchildren.
John was also preceded in death by wife, Sharon Fullenlove Morrison.
He is survived by her children, Candace Garza (Mike) of Oregon, John Fullenlove (Rachelle) of Northwood and Kenneth Fullenlove of Northwood; and her seven grandchildren. A host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and special friends also survive, who will miss him dearly.
Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.) with a memorial service following at 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Optimist International Foundation, P.O. Box 952126, St. Louis, MO 63195-2126.
Please visit www.walkerfuneralhomes.com to send online condolences to the family.
Margie J. Pugh, 81
MINERAL RIDGE There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Ridge for Margie J. Pugh, 81, who passed away Thursday morning at the home of her daughter.
Margie was born June 15, 1927 in Mineral Ridge, a daughter of the late Andrew and Edna (Vandergrift) Bickerstaff.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Ridge, where she had served as Deacon and Elder. She retired in 1986 as a cook from the Mineral Ridge Schools after 15 years. Margie was a member of the Mineral Ridge Firemans Ladies Auxiliary, and enjoyed ceramics and high school sports.
Her husband, David A. Pugh, whom she married Jan. 11, 1947, passed away in 1983.
Margie is survived by six children, Mary Jane Shaffer, David (Nancy) Pugh, William (Eva) Pugh and Randall (Bridgett) Pugh, all of Mineral Ridge, Gladys (Danny) Jones of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Gary (Laurie) Pugh of Austintown; three sisters, Susan Costa of Columbus, Mary Ann Gobel of Columbus and Marilyn Whiting of Jefferson; two brothers, Paul Bickerstaff of Niles and Robert Elliot of Atlanta; 16 grandchildren, Rebecca, Jill, Joseph, Danielle, Charles, Brian, Matthew, Donald, Emily, Heather, David, Carly, Nathan, Jonathan, Anthony, and Alexandra; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Mineral Ridge in Margies name.
Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Celia Toms, 76
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. Mrs. Celia Toms, 76, formerly of Liberty Township, was born Oct. 24, 1932 in Kellyton, Ala., a daughter of Joe and Minnie Pearson Leonard. She came to this area from Alabama in 1964.
Mrs. Toms was employed as a teacher by the Youngstown Board of Education and taught at both Lincoln and Roosevelt Elementary Schools.
She was a member of the Zionhill Baptist Church, where she served as a deaconess. She was a member of the Senior Mission and the Women of Faith Ministry. She was a member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the NAACP.
She is survived by her daughter, Regina E. Bills of Liberty; three loving grandchildren, Rodneisha Bills and Eric and Jarred Allen; one brother, Vanza (Mamie) Leonard of Birmingham; and three sisters, Mae Leonard and Frances Leonard, both of Youngstown and Mattie Newings of Detroit.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Toms, who died Dec. 10, 1997; three brothers, Sherman, Oliver and Walker Leonard; and four sisters, Elizabeth Dawson, Minnie Dixie, Catherine Leonard and Alma Johnson.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Zionhill Baptist Church, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
Frank E. Vitikas, 88
AUSTINTOWN Prayers will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Austintown for Frank E. Vitikas, 88, who passed away Wednesday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center after a brief illness.
Frank was born Aug. 23, 1920 in Youngstown, the son of Joseph and Mary (Brandobur) Vitikas.
Frank was a graduate of Holy Name of Jesus Grade School and a 1939 graduate of Chaney High School. He attended Youngstown State University. Frank was employed at General Electric as a machinist for 27 years, retiring in 1985. He was a former member of the Saxon Club. He was an honorary member of the Catholic War Veterans and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3298. He was also a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran.
He was a member of St. Joseph Church and was an usher for many years and was a member of their Mens Club. Frank loved to golf. He had two sanctioned hole-in-ones, one was when he was 77. He also was an avid sports fan.
Frank leaves his wife, the former Edna Houck, whom he married June 9, 1962; a daughter, Joan (Thomas) Ferritto of Cleveland; a stepdaughter, Pat (Ralph) Khourie of Columbus; two brothers, Stephen (Mary) Vitikas of Tuscon, Ariz. and Edward (Joyce) Vitikas of Ellsworth; three grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Helen Vitikas, Mary Labuda, Frances Martin and Sister Mary Alberta V.S.C.; and a brother, Joe Vitikas.
Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Anthony Tony Boots Zizzo, 88
BOARDMAN Private services will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman, with the Rev. Shawn Conoboy officiating for Anthony Tony Boots Zizzo, 88, who passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, with his family by his side.
Tony will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends.
He was born Nov. 2, 1920 in Youngstown in Briar Hill, the son of Dominic and Grace (Gargone) Zizzo and was a lifelong area resident.
Tony was employed as a bricklayer with Republic Steel Company and then worked for General Motors Lordstown Complex for 19 years and retired in 1986.
He was a member of St. Charles Church in Boardman, the VFW in Poland, and the UAW Local 1112.
Tony was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served with HQ Detachment 61st Medical Battalion and received the following decorations, the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European Asiatic Middle Eastern Medal with four Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.
Tony loved gardening, had a strong passion for cooking and enjoyed spending time with people and conversing.
He leaves behind to hold on to his memories his wife, the former Bonnie Fender, whom he married Aug. 27, 1982; two daughters, Jody Shafer of Arizona and Rachel Zizzo of Boardman; a son, Anthony Zizzo at home; four granddaughters, Amanda, Crystal, Samantha and Ashley Shafer; a grandson, Thomas Shafer Jr.; and extended family, Tom (Cathy) Sablak of Boardman and Russell (Peggy) Hutch of Youngstown.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Piersante, who passed away on Aug. 15, 1981; five brothers, Dominic, John Jack, Lawrence Bama, Frank and Arthur Zizzo; and a sister, Anita Connelly Zizzo.
Burial will take place at Lake Park Cemetery with military honors.
Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.