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Clara J. Bell, 75

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church for Mrs. Clara J. Bell, 75, who departed this life Sunday, April 12, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mrs. Bell was born June 6, 1933 in Youngstown, a daughter of George and Fannie Freeman Williams.

She was a 1951 graduate of North High School. A homemaker, Mrs. Bell enjoyed watching TV (especially basketball) and shopping. She was a member of the Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved children, Bonita L. Bell of Bedford and Crystal Bell of Campbell; four grandchildren, Eric Barcley of Youngstown, Sade Blackshear and William Heard, both of Campbell and Nadirah Howard of Bedford; two great-grandchildren, Damontae Blackshear of Campbell and Angelise Barcley of Ironton; a host of nieces and nephews, including Ronald Williams of Youngstown; and other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Redonia Bell, whom she married Aug. 7, 1954 and who passed away Dec. 12, 2005; a son, Redonia A. Bell; a grandson, Dion R. Bell; a sister, Leola Steals; and three brothers, her twin brother, Clarence and Eddie and Nathaniel Williams.

Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Patti Sue (Vinson) Best

CANFIELD – After a courageous battle with ALS, Patti Sue Best surrounded by her family, peacefully made her journey into heaven to receive HER crown of glory on Holy Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Patti was born to Jay Vinson and Ruby (Letner) Vinson on May 22, 1947 in Hagerman, Idaho.

She was installed as honored queen of Job’s daughters in 1963 and graduated from Hagerman High School in 1965.

On Dec. 5, 1969, she married the love of her life, David Edward Best in Elko, Nevada and relocated to the Youngstown area.

Patti worked for many years as a waitress at the Hasti House Restaurant before receiving her LPN nursing degree from the Choffin Career Center in 1991. Throughout her nursing career Patti worked at Cafaro Hospital, Akron General Hospital and Whispering Pines Nursing Home. Patti founded the “The Lighthouse Ministry,” and for many years was the youth director at the Bethlehem United Church of Christ now known as the Faith Community Church. Patti’s love of Christ and His message of salvation evidenced itself through her constant dedication to many children, teenagers and young adults. As a spiritual counselor and advisor she won many young hearts for Christ.

Patti enjoyed teaching, supporting and constantly encouraging “The Group” through many activities that included ski trips, white water rafting, dinner theatre’s, plays, community luncheons and community service projects. She received the Community Builder’s Award from the Mason Poland Lodge No. 766 in 1999.

Patti leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 39 years, David Edward Best; her children, Shelli Ellen (Chuck) Freeze, David Edward (Rachele) Best Jr. and Amanda Jay (Shaun) Updegraff; as well as her nine precious grandchildren, Vinnie, Sierra, Danny Sue (Honeycake), Anthony, Charlie, Max, Hallie, David Wallace (D.W.) and Shaun Michael. Patti is also survived by her sister, Evelyn (Gary) Rawlings of Jerome, Idaho; brothers, Dale (Alice) Vinson of Wenden, Ariz. and Kenny (Jennifer) Vinson of West Jordan, Utah; her “sister,” Sissy (Kenny) Norris of Youngstown; and many very dear nieces and nephews.

Patti was preceded in death by her parents, Jay and Ruby Vinson.

Calling hours will be held at the Kirila Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Faith Community Church, where a funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

The family requests that all monetary donations be marked as “gift for child” and made to Compassion International, on behalf of Oscar A. Membreno Q, ES-758-0048, Colorado Springs, CO 80997. Oscar Alexander Membreno Q of El Salvador, South America was adopted by Patti, David and “The Group” of Faith Community Church on Sept. 5, 2000.

The family wishes to extend great thanks for the constant outpouring of cards, prayers and thoughts from friends and the members of the Faith Community Church during the last several months. Much gratitude is also expressed to Dr. Daniel Koontz and Dr. Raymond Onders of the University Hospital of Cleveland, the MDA/ALS Division of Akron, Ohio, the ALS Society of the Northern Ohio Chapter as well as Sandy, Nadine, Samantha, Nicole, Kelly, Donna, Tracey and Grandma Cheryl Freeze for all the undedicated support, calls, prayers, meals and childcare over the last few months. 

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Dorothy Brooks, 87

POLAND – Dorothy Brooks, 87, passed away at Assumption Village Nursing Home under Hospice Care on Easter Sunday after a two year struggle with Alzheimers.

She was born Dorothy Frances Smatana on Nov. 21, 1921 in New Kensington, Pa., a daughter of Michael and Lucy Komara Smatana. Her mother died when she was 8 years old, and she was subsequently raised by an aunt and uncle in Erie.

Dorothy was graduate of Erie Academy High School, after which she worked as a executive secretary for the Lawrence Hotel.

She and her family moved to Poland in 1950 where she was a member of the Poland Presbyterian Church and the Women’s Auxiliary, Trailwoods Garden Club, and a frequent volunteer. Dorothy was an accomplished bridge player, cook, gardener, and created beautiful needlework all while taking care of her husband and three children with grace and style.

Dorothy is survived by her husband of 65 years, Donald Brooks, whom she married March 11, 1944; three children, Rebecca Brooks of Boston, Wendy Bean of Powell and Christopher Brooks of Canfield; two grandchildren, Alana Brooks at Ohio State University and Lauren Bean at Ohio University; and two cousins, Jack Komara of Erie, Pa. and Betty Nejedlik of Reminderville.

Besides her parents, aunt and uncle, Dorothy was preceded in death by two sisters.

Memorial services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Poland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Gerald Fennell officiating.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.

Contributions may be made to the Poland Presbyterian Church, 10 Poland Manor, Poland, OH 44514.

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Rose Cameron, 91

AUSTINTOWN – Rose Cameron, 91, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Pickerington.

She was born to Frank and Rosa (Macak) Kuta in Kipling on May 17, 1917.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Earle Cameron Sr.; sister, Helen Kever; brothers, Karel and Frank Kuta; second husband, Ed Shobel; and stepson, Bill Shobel.

Survivors include her daughter, Sarah Rickert; sons, Rod (Patricia) Cameron and Earle (Patricia) Cameron; sister, Emily Kistler; brothers, Tony (Mildred) and Bob (Shirlee) Kuta; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Kerry (Tony), Kimberly, Karen, Kristin, Sharon and Joshua; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.

The Newcomer Funeral Home, N.E. Chapel, 3047 East Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus, is honored to serve the family of Rose Cameron.

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Betty Jane Campbell, 88

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. – Betty Jane Campbell, 88, passed away Jan. 30, 2009 in Jacksonville.

She was born Sept. 9, 1920 in Youngstown, to Elton and Elsie Birchard.

She graduated from South High School in Youngstown and from Youngstown State University.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Niles, for more than 60 years and Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon W. Campbell of Niles and a son, Richard W. Campbell.

She is survived by four sons, Dr. Donald Campbell (Debby) and Robert Campbell (Jane) of Jacksonville, Gordon Campbell (Guianeya) of Culiacan, Mexico and James Campbell (Micha) of Columbus; and nephew, Bill Oldham (Mary) of Houston.

A memorial service will be at the First Christian Church at 33 N. Arlington Ave., Niles, OH 44446, with the Rev. Cynthia Klingemier officiating, at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2009.

Michael Francis Capan, 76

NEW CASTLE, PA. - Michael Francis Capan, 76, of Hickory View Drive, died Sunday morning, April 12, 2009, at Hospice House, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Mr. Capan was born March 26, 1933 in Carbon, Pa., a son of John and Catherine Sculac Capan.

He was a 1951 graduate of Bessemer High School, and was a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Capan was a member of the Victory Christian Center and worked for Carbon Limestone for over 40 years, and Gennaro Pavers as a high lift operator, retiring in 1998.

He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and repairing motors. He was a member of the Croatian Club in Bessemer.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Mildred Ogden, whom he married June 23, 1960; one brother, Pete (Mary Jane) Capan of Lowellville; two sisters, Rose Grimm and Mary (Nick) Novello, both of Struthers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Mr. Capan was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Joe, Frank and Steve Capan; two sisters, Ann Lingel and Caroline Cicuto; and a brother-in-law, George Grimm.

Family and friends will be recieved Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland, where funeral services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Private interment will follow at the Graceland Cemetery in New Castle.

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William “Bill” M. Carney, 74

BAY VILLAGE – William “Bill” M. Carney, 74, died peacefully surrounded by his loving daughters, Cathleen Marein (Mark), Coleen Figueira (Brent), Theresa Jackson and Patricia Dunbar (Marcus), and their devoted children.

He was the son of the late Capt. Michael P. and Marion (Tyndall) of Youngstown; dear brother of Maureen O’Connor (Richard), Peggy McVicker, Jim (Marlene), Kieran Canacci, Barbara Matthews (Tom), Timothy (Barb) and the late Helen Bartholomew. He also leaves a wife of 52 years, Marcella (Sigler); children, Marion Frehmeyer, William, Bridget Scileppi, Michael, Susan Beeman, Barbara Finowski and John and Marcy Krance, along with 30 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Holy Family Hospice, 6707 State Road, Parma, OH 44134.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2009, at St. Edward Church, followed immediately by burial at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

The Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, 440-333-9774, is in charge of arrangements.

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Santino “Sam” Centofanti, 80

STRUTHERS – Private services were held yesterday at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers for Santino “Sam” Centofanti, 80, who passed away Tuesday morning, April 7,.2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Santino was born on Nov. 1, 1928 in Sulmona Valley, Italy, a son of Ralph and Maddalena Centofanti.

He came to the United States in 1946 and worked at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. for over 40 years. He was a member of St. Nicholas Church in Struthers. He also enjoyed working in his tomato garden.

Santino married the former Matilda F. Martinelli on Aug. 6, 1955.

Besides his wife, he leaves one son, Ralph S. Centofanti of Struthers; one daughter, Nancy A. (Bryan) McGinnis of New Wilmington, Pa.; one sister, Antoinette DiRusso of Lowellville; and two grandchildren, Natalie and Daniel McGinnis.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery in Coitsville.

Arrangements were handled by the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

Material contributions can be made to St. Nicholas Church, 764 Fifth St., Struthers, OH 44471.

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Mary Theodore Cosetti

AKRON – A beloved family matriarch, peerlessly creative seamstress, celebrated cook, master gardener and devoted longtime partner to her late husband, Raymond Cosetti, Mary Cosetti, died April 12, 2009, just four months short of her 100th birthday.

Born Sept. 1, 1909 in Glassport, Pa., Mary was the second and last surviving of six children of Emidio and Josephine Theodore, immigrants from the Marche and Abruzzo regions of Italy. Mary’s siblings were the late Earl Theodore (Elizabeth), Eugene Theodore (Alice), Carl Theodore, Cecelia Theodore Severino Byo (Ernie) and Bertha Theodore Constantine (Jack).

A nearly lifelong resident of Youngstown, Mary Cosetti was an enthusiastic member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where her husband was a church Elder. Mary’s reigning passions were her sewing machine, knitting needles and all other forms of sewing accouterments that enabled her to produce everything from countless artisan quilts to custom fashion designs to one-of-a-kind doll clothes for her delighted granddaughters.

Largely self-taught and prolifically productive until well into her 90s, Mary excelled at the art of quilting, tatting, knitting and creating elaborate cut-work tablecloths.

After her husband’s retirement, Mary and Raymond divided their time between three favorite destinations, Cape Coral, Fla., where they enjoyed sunny winters with a sister and brother-in-law, as well as Pittsburgh and Akron, where their son, daughter and grandchildren lived. A tireless and loving caregiver to all her family and friends, Mary Cosetti’s accomplishments as a seamstress were eclipsed only by her uncommon devotion to her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mary Cosetti is survived by her son, The Honorable Judge Joseph L. Cosetti (Dr. Marilyn Sullivan-Cosetti) of Pittsburgh; daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Cosetti Fesler (William) of Akron; granddaughters, Kim Fesler Bruns (the late Richard S. Bruns) of Akron and Dr. Maura Cosetti M.D., of New York City; grandson, John Cosetti (Kim) of White Plains, N.Y.; and great-grandson, Christopher Bruns of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the Tod Homestead Cemetery Chapel, 2200 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505, 330-743-3194.

Remembrances may be made to the Rockynol Retirement Community, 1150 W. Market St., Akron, OH 44313 and Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333.

Edward M. Durkin, 100

SCOOTSDALE, ARIZ. – In loving memory of Edward M. Durkin, 100, filled with wisdom and nostalgia.

He was a former employee of McKelvey’s store in Youngstown and Korrick’s store in Phoenix, where he served both as head of interior design and fashion coordinator until retirement.

Passing on to join his wife, Ruth Durkin, his love and forever his world on March 31, 2009.

Edward was born Jan. 30, 1909 in Youngstown.

He is leaving behind John H. Durkin Sr. (son), Anna May Pennel (sister), George C. Durkin (brother), seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. “Our morning coffee talks will be missed dearly.”

Prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2009, at the Fox Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Saint Patrick Church, celebrated by Father Edward P. Noga.

Friends may call Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Michael William Grammer, 56

CORTLAND – Michael William Grammer, 56, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2009, with his wife at his side.

He was born in Wheeling, W.Va. on Dec. 28, 1952, the son of the late William F. and Lora E. (Donley) Grammer.

Mike was employed for the past 25 years with the Ohio State Parks as a manager, spending 18 years at Pymatuning State Park and the last seven years at Mosquito Lake State Park. He was a recipient of the ODNR’s highest award, the Meritorious Life Saving Award, a graduate of the Ohio Certified Public Manager’s program and had received several Innovation Ohio honors.

Mike was a loving husband and father, and is survived by his wife of 32 years, Karen (Gossett) Grammer; twin daughters, Katherine and Victoria; and two sisters, Sharon Stone (Glen) of Villa Rica, Ga. and Jenny Ordway (Eric) of Dallas, Ga.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home, 615 Hanover Street in Martins Ferry where friends will be received Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Thomas A. Magary officiating.

Interment will follow at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Lafferty.

Wake service will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

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Harold R. Henderson, 84

NORTH BEAVER TOWNSHIP, PA. – Harold R. Henderson, 84, was born June 5,1924 in Enon Valley, Pa., the son of the Late Charles and Jean Forsythe Henderson.

He died April 9, 2009, in the same home where he was born and raised, following a six month battle with cancer.

Harold was a minister of music of the Woodbury Presbyterian Church in Woodbury, N.J. for 32 years, an organist for the Boardman United Methodist Church for 15 Years and three years at the historic Lutheran Church of Saint John in Youngstown.

Harold graduated from the Mt. Jackson High School, received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York City, and his Masters degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton N.J. He graduated from Eastman School of Music and he had also attended Julliard School of Music in New York City.

Harold was a lifetime member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon and on various committees. He belonged to the North Beaver Garden Club and the Boardman Rotary. Harold had done extensive traveling and enjoyed all culture and art.

Harold was well known in the area for his musical talents and his teaching of the piano and organ. He enjoyed landscaping his home and maintaining beautiful rhododendrons, flowers and various plantings.

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

A memorial service will be at the Bethel Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2009, under the direction of the Rev. Dave Lingle.

Harold is survived by many friends, cousins and extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Bethel Presbyterian Church 154 Petersburg Road, Enon Valley, PA 16120.

Harold was laid to rest in the family plot at Bethel cemetery.

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Elsa Jane Holub

NEWTON FALLS – As the sun rose on a glorious Sunday, April 12, 2009, Elsa Jane Holub entered peacefully into eternal life.

On Nov. 6, 1938 in Youngstown, Arpad and Mary Losoney Lovas welcomed the birth of their daughter, Elsa Jane.

Elsa received her formal education in the Jackson-Milton School District, graduating in 1956 from Jackson-Milton High School.

On Nov. 10, 1956 in Angola, Ind., Elsa Jane Lovas and John M. Holub were united in marriage. They were blessed with their three children, Lynn, John and Michael.

Elsa was a devoted wife and mother, who dedicated her life to caring for her family. She would always offer her love and support in her daily communications with her children. After the children were raised, Elsa began her professional career in the office of General Electric Corporation in Ravenna. She retired from her duties after 15 years of service.

While a parishioner at St. Michael Church in Newton Falls, Elsa was a member of the St. Michael Ladies Guild. She also was a member of the Newton Falls United Methodist Church.

When her children were involved in various sports, Elsa became a member of the Newton Falls Athletic Boosters Club. She had served as secretary for the organization. Elsa was also active in the Trumbull County Democratic Party.

Cherished memories of Elsa will be carried on by her loving family, her devoted husband, John; her adored children, Lynn M. Grunder of Newton Falls, John J. and Tracy Holub of Franklin and Michael E. and Nancy Holub of Newton Falls; her beloved grandchildren, Taylor John, Jessey, Becca, Jenna, Lindsey and Mikey; and her brother, Robert Lovas of Lordstown.

Elsa was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Eugene Lovas.

The family will receive friends today, April 14, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls.

The service for Elsa will be Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gordon Ferguson officiating.

Interment will be at St. Michael Cemetery.

The family request that material tributes be made in memory of Elsa to the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley, P.O. Box 8651, Warren, OH 44484.

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Joseph “Joe” Klimek, 88

NORTH JACKSON – Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Joseph “Joe” Klimek, 88, who died Saturday morning at Hospice House.

Joe was born Dec. 2, 1920 in Hooversville, Pa., the son of John and Anna (Kovach) Klimek.

Joe retired from Packard Electric in 1986, after 21 years, where he had worked in the parts, supply and service department. He was a member of the Gospel Baptist Church in Poland and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 60 years, Ruth (Blystone) Klimek, whom he married July 3, 1948. He is also survived by his children, Evelyn R. Klimek of Allen Park, Mich.; son, Mark R. (Cheryl) Klimek of Cedarville; and grandchildren, Joseph, Stephanie, Kathryn, Emily R., Kristin N. Klimek and Jennifer (Ben) Halladay.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca; a son, Edward Mark Klimek; three brothers; and three sisters.

Family and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Gary M. Kulik, 56

POLAND – Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, with Deacon Michael Schlais officiating, at the Fox Funeral Home for Gary M. Kulik, 56, who died Saturday morning at Hospice House.

Mr. Kulik was born Oct. 16, 1952 in Youngstown, a son of Chester A. and Christina Caroppoli Kulik and was a lifelong area resident. 

He was a 1970 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and was a press supervisor for Aerolite Extrusion Company. Gary was a former member of Saint Stanislaus Church.

He was a veteran of the Marine Corps, serving from 1971 to 1975.

He leaves a son, Eric Kulik of New Middletown; three daughters, Natalie Kulik Acevedo of Poland, Jessica Kulik of Cortland and Angela Simcox of Florida; a brother, Chester Kulik of Austintown; a sister, Vickie Bondy of Clovis, Calif.; and two granddaughters, Daysie Acevedo and Michaela Simcox.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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Debra Lynn Lindenmuth, 53

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel for Debra Lynn Lindenmuth, 53, who died Friday evening at her residence.

She was born Nov. 8, 1955 in Warren, a daughter of John and Eleanor (Shobel) Cheeks, and she resided in this area all of her life.

She was a 1973 graduate of Mineral Ridge High School. She worked as a clerk/transcriber for the Witten DeMatteis Law Firm in Niles. She also worked as a caterer and bartender at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, and she was a longtime sales associate for Dillard’s department store in the Eastwood Mall.

She was very active in the Mineral Ridge Schools Boosters, where she coached softball, worked concessions, and she help to organize the Mineral Ridge "Make A Difference Day". She was also active with the Girl Scouts, serving as a past Troop Leader. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

Debra was a kind and loving lady and she will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her father, John Cheeks of Mineral Ridge; her fiancée, Michael Andersen, with whom she made her home; three children; Joshua B. (Jody Bakos) Lindenmuth of Girard, Tiffany N. (Deon Sheffield) Lindenmuth of Ambridge, Pa. and Tara A. Lindenmuth of Austintown; her special surrogate daughter, Alisha Yanniello of Hubbard; three brothers, John B. Cheeks of Niles, Mark Cheeks of Mineral Ridge and Eric Cheeks of Austintown; two sisters, Bridgette (John) Hall of Girard and Katrina Armeni of Mineral Ridge; and six grandchildren, Sadie, Johnathon, Zoe, Aiden, Nathan and Jayce.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eleanor, who died April 6, 2009 and a sister, Sherry Kim Cheeks.

Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the funeral home in Debra’s memory.

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Lena N. Lombardo, 93

BUTLER, PA. – Lena N. Lombardo, 93, of 418 W. Brady St., formerly of Hillsville, Pa., died the night of April 12 at Sunnyview Home in Butler, Pa.

Born on Dec. 16, 1915 in New Castle, Lena was the daughter of the late Domenick and Mary Jane Caruso Robb. They both preceded her in death.

Lena married Nicholas R. Lombardo on April 17, 1941. He preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 2000.

Mrs. Lombardo was retired from the Mohawk School District, where she worked for 25 plus years in the cafeteria. She enjoyed cooking, baking and crocheting. Over the years, she was active with the Boys and Girls Scouts, the 4-H, band parents, and the Mohawk PTA. Her greatest love was spending time with her family.

Mrs. Lombardo was a member of the Christ the King Parish. She was also a member of the Christian Mothers. She loved being involved with church activities. She was known for her baking and she helped with the annual Easter Bread Fundraiser at the church and other church dinners.

Survivors include one daughter, Marsha and James Cestrone Sr. of Butler, Pa.; one son, Ronald and Judy Lombardo of Lowellville; five grandchildren, Sharon and husband Richard Willrich, Tracy and husband Michael Hedrich, Joelle Loomis, Aron Cestrone and James Cestrone Jr. and wife Aimee; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews who adored her.

Mrs. Lombardo was preceded in death by her parents; husband; six brothers, Patsy Robb, Frank Robb, Joseph Robb, Tom Robb, Carmen Robb and William Robb; and five sisters, Mary Pugliese, Reda Rich, Florence Romano, Nellie Cercone and Anna Robb.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home & Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road in New Castle.

A procession will leave the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. Thursday for St. Lawrence Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Fr. James Downs, pastor, will officiate.

Burial will take place at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Lowellville.

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Roy McBriar Jr., 85

HERMITAGE, PA. – Roy McBriar Jr., 85, of 1502 Idaho St. Extension, passed away at 2:33 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Sharon Regional Health System.

Mr. McBriar was born in Sharon, Pa. on Sept. 15, 1923, a son of Albert R. Sr. and Alice Griffith McBriar.

Roy attended Sharon High School. He retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad, where he worked on the loading docks. After retiring, he delivered papers for the Sharon Herald Newspaper for 20 years.

Mr. McBriar enjoyed reading western books. He enjoyed watching all sports, but especially enjoyed being involved with his sons’ at Hermitage Little League Baseball.

His wife, Pauline (Vernille) McBriar, whom he married May 4, 1960, passed away on April 9, 1993.

Survivors include four sons, Paul and his wife, Kimberly of Sharpsville, Pa., Kenneth and his wife, Lori of Hubbard, Kevin of Hermitage and Michael and his wife, Jenna McBriar of Vienna; a daughter, Debbie Eckenrod; a sister, Jane Ann Plaster of Canton; five grandchildren; and mother-in-law, Johanna Vernille of Hermitage.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; his brother, Howard McBriar; and his sister, Mary Steen.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon, PA 16146.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the Our Lady of Fatima Church with Fr. Donald E. Berdis.

Internment will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery.

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Alice L. McCombs, 83

MCDONALD – Private services will be held for Alice L. McCombs, 83, who passed away Sunday morning at Hospice House.

Alice was born Nov. 2, 1925 in Beaver County, Pa., the daughter of Hartley W. and Vera May (Hoak) Lohry.

She was a homemaker, loving mother and grandmother. Alice’s hobbies included, going to auctions and flea markets.

Her husband, the late Jack Allender McCombs, whom she married Oct. 5, 1946 in Reading, Pa., and he passed away Dec. 5, 1979.

Alice leaves two sons, Barry J. of Mineral Ridge and Eric (Eileen) of Canfield; one daughter-in-law, Karen McCombs of Boardman; two grandchildren, Hunter and Briahna McCombs, both of Canfield; as well as three brothers, Delano of Mobile Ala., Ray of Beaver Falls, Pa. and Butch of Atlanta; and two sisters, Naomi of Beaver Falls and Marilyn of West Virginia.

Besides her husband, Alice was preceded in death by a son, Jack A. McCombs Jr.

Arrangements are being handed by the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512 in Alice’s name.

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

Lou Mae Sharp, 94

NILES – Lou Mae Sharp, 94, formerly of Poland, died April 11, 2009 at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

Mrs. Sharp was born Sept. 16, 1914 in Dalton, Ga., the daughter of Harold and Mae Stover Stanley. She moved to Struthers in 1922 and to Poland in 1948, where she lived until 2000 before relocating to Niles.

She was a 1935 graduate of Struthers High School, where she was a star on the girl’s basketball team. Mrs. Sharp worked as a server for the former Golden Drumstick, retiring in 1977 after 32 years.

She was a member of the Struthers Baptist Tabernacle and attended the New Life Assembly of God. Mrs. Sharp enjoyed gardening and quilting.

Her husband, Donald Sharp, whom she married Feb. 14, 1935, died Feb. 25, 1980.

She leaves three daughters, Donna Cera of Niles, Jane Filmer of Canfield and Joan (William) Mikesell of Hudson; four grandchildren, Jodi (Ron) Weaver of Canfield, Tod Filmer of Canfield, Lori (Daniel) Baylor of Hudson and Jennifer Mikesell of Stow; and four great-grandchildren, Jordan and Andrew Franklin and Seth and Sara Baylor.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her infant son, Richard; and her brother, Paul Stanley.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers, where family and friends will be received Wednesday from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery.

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Louis H. Winterbauer, 85

GIRARD – Louis H. Winterbauer, 85, passed away at his home Monday morning.

Louis was born Aug. 24, 1923 in Greenville, Pa., the son of Edward J. and Margaret (Barry) Winterbauer.

Louis retired from Packard Electric in 1986 where he was a carpenter for 21 years. Prior to that he worked at McHenrys Cabinet Shop.

He was a member of St. Rose Church, a volunteer at St Rose bingo for many years and a member of Girard Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.

Louis married Arline Vinyard on June 25, 1945, she passed away Oct. 13, 1987.

He is survived by his two sons, Edward J. and JoAnn Winterbauer III of McDonald and Richard A. and Pauline Winterbauer of Girard; six grandchildren, Edward, Stephen and Margaret McDonald, Jodie Colapieto, Mary Bracco and Elizabeth Bell; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Richard and two sisters, Sophia Fedor and Shirley Swabek.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard

A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday at St. Rose Church.

There will be prayers at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home, prior to the church Mass.

Joseph Yablonkai, 94

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home for Joseph Yablonkai, 94, who entered into rest Sunday evening at Meridian Arms Nursing Home.

Joseph was born on Oct. 1, 1914, the son of the late Andrew and Mary (Kepes) Yablonkai.

He worked at U.S. Steel, McDonald Works, in the receiving department. Joseph was also in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945.

Joseph will be sadly missed by many, including his sister-in-law, Mary Yablonkai and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Mary (Kepes) Yablonkai; his four brothers, John, Andy, Steve and Louis Yablonkai; and one sister, Mary Osborne.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.

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