Joseph D. Choma, 62
YOUNGSTOWN - Joseph D. Choma, 62, of the Brandywine Apartments in Cornersburg and formerly of Warren, passed away of natural causes early Monday evening, April 13, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Joseph was born Aug. 11, 1946 in Youngstown, a son of Joseph and Agnes Turnbull Choma, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a graduate of Boardman High School, was a steelworker and also worked at Youngstown Foundry.
Joe was a member of the Cornersburg Baptist Church, and enjoyed swimming, football, and baseball.
Mr. Choma leaves his mother, Agnes Caldwell of Youngstown; two sisters, Carol Teno of Youngstown and Bonnie Wolikow of Youngstown; a half-brother, Thomas T. (Sheryl) Hunn of Cortland; and several nieces and nephews.
Joe will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
His father and a half-brother, Jack Hunn, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman.
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YOUNGSTOWN Coy Cornelius died April 4, 2009, at home in Youngstown.
He was born Aug. 26, 1941 in Leadville, Colo.
Coy was a graduate of Thayer (Missouri) High School (1959), Southwest Missouri State University (B.F.A. 1973), and the University of Arkansas (M.F.A. 1977).
An advocate for the arts and business in Youngstown, Coy created and exhibited metal sculpture and designed fine arts furniture and objects. He also owned and operated a series of successful hair styling businesses.
Committed to community preservation and renewal, Coy redeveloped a 100-year-old warehouse on Federal Street, beginning in 1982. Until it burned in 2005, The Youngstown Mattress Company Arts Center offered a locus for arts activity in the downtown area. In 2007, he began renovating another retail and arts facility at 1931 Belmont Ave. (the former Ambrosio Restaurant). Coy was a past board member of the Youngstown Area Arts Council and served on the Youngstown Board of Trade.
Kind, witty, and charming, Coy had an original perspective and a strong independent streak. Always curious, always interesting, and gifted with more ideas than he could possibly execute, Coy was deeply loved by family, friends, clients, colleagues, patrons, and apprentices. He touched and inspired many.
Coy is survived by his wife, Judy Rogers of Youngstown; his daughter, Sarah Cornelius of Pittsburgh; his son, Carey Cornelius and daughter-in-law, Jackie Cornelius of Orange Park, Fla.; his mother, Mildred Cornelius of Thayer, Mo.; two brothers, Ron Cornelius of Thayer and John Cornelius of Naples, Fla.; and two sisters, Patti Floyd of Ft. Smith, Ark. and Bonni Funk of Orlando, Fla.
His father, Hervel Cornelius, died in 1992.
Schiavone Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to complete Coys landscape design at 1931 Belmont Ave.
A memorial will be planned and announced at a later date.
Donations can be made to J. Rogers Studios, 423 Catalina Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504.
Ezra Lee Darnell, 78
COLUMBUS Mr. Ezra Lee Darnell, 78, formerly of Youngstown, died peacefully at the Villa Angela Care Center in Columbus on Monday, April 13, surrounded by his grandsons.
Lee, as he was affectionately called, was born May 4, 1930 in Wynn, Ark., a son of Harry and Betty Darnell.
He retired from Youngstown Sheet and Tube in the mid 70s and from Western Reserve Care System in the mid 90s. He served as vice president and shop steward of Local 627 (SEIU) for many years, and as board member, vice president then president of Y H A Federal Credit Union for years. He was a former member of the Temple Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church where over the years he officiated as head usher, recreation leader, deacon, assistant faith finder leader and where he worked extensively with the youth. He enjoyed bowling, bingo, playing cards and traveling. He also was a loyal Cleveland Indians and Browns fan.
He leaves to cherish his memory and to mourn his loss, a son, Lester Darnell of Youngstown; a loving and supportive brother, John (Margie) Darnell of Elyria; three wonderful sisters, Priscilla (Chuck) Lumpkins of Akron and Monica Roberts and Lorraine Alexander, both of Los Angeles; a grandson and his loyal caretaker for the past three years, Robert Snaper (Shannon) Darnell Sr. of Columbus, as well as his other two grandchildren whom he raised and adored, Isaac Jennings of Columbus and Joi Jennings of Youngstown; two stepdaughters, whom he loved dearly, Elatrice (Clarence) Boles and Patricia Coleman, both of Youngstown; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of other family member and friends.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Armentha; his parents; two brothers, George and Clarence Darnell; his loving daughter, Judy L. Darnell (Jennings); and two grandsons.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Temple Emmanuel Seventh-day Adventist Church, where calling hours will be one hour prior.
Caring arrangements have been entrusted to the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home in Youngstown.
Heather (Eagler) Ellis, 39
AUSTINTOWN Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Heather (Eagler) Ellis, 39, who died of Huntingtons Disease Sunday evening at Hospice House.
Heather was born July 2, 1969 in Warren, the daughter of Richard and Billie (Prelepa) Eagler.
Heather graduated from Lordstown High School in 1987, then attended Airline Ticketing School in Florida. She attended the Mineral Ridge Church of Christ with her family. Heather loved animals, especially cats. She also loved to water ski, swimming and dance.
She will be sadly missed by her parents of Lordstown; her husband, Robert J. Ellis, whom she married Oct. 15, 1994; her daughter, Vannessa Clairre Ellis at home; and her brother, William J. Eagler of Lordstown.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Eagler.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorial tributes take the form of donations to the Mineral Ridge Church of Christ in Heathers name.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Joan Frye, 86
HERMITAGE, PA. Joan Frye, 86, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 5:15 a.m. at UPMC Horizon Health System in Greenville, Pa. after a brief illness.
Mrs. Frye was born to Raymond and Lena Braden Sarchett in Cambridge on Sept. 26, 1922.
A homemaker, she was a member of the Wheatland-Farrell United Methodist Church in Wheatland, Pa. Mrs. Frye enjoyed gardening, bird watching, reading and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Frye, whom she married Nov. 16, 1946, at home; a daughter, Mary Vannelli and her husband, Thomas of Warren; a son, David Frye and his wife, Barbara of Sharon, Pa; a sister, Kathryn Wilson of Hermitage and four grandchildren, Michael Frye, Philip, Eric and Lori Pisani.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jeffrey Frye; three sisters, Dorothy Schoger, Barbara Reagle and Carolyn Paulson; and two brothers, Harold and Bruce Sarchett.
Funeral services will be held Friday, April 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. C. Charles Eckles, pastor of the I.H.S Gospel Ministries, officiating.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home
Entombment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Friends may visit email@example.com to send condolences by email.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the John Flynn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
Rita Donnelda Gillam, 85
BRANDON, MISS. Rita Donnelda Gillam, 85, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2009, after a brief illness.
Rita was born in Youngstown on Aug. 26, 1923, a daughter of Martin and Mary McCarthy Carney.
She attended The Rayen School and married Clayton P. Gillam in 1951. She moved with her husband and son to California in 1964 and lived there until relocating with her sons family to Mississippi in 2000.
Her beloved husband, Clayton, passed away in August of 1996.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Mary Gillam of Brandon and three grandchildren, Tamara of Flowood, Miss., Jared of Byhalia, Miss. and Shon of Flower Mound, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Blodwyn (Cookie) Gilliam and Rosemary Follweiler and brothers, Paul and Richard Carney.
Arrangements for Mrs. Gillam are being handled by Deans Memorial Funeral Home in Brandon.
Anthony Haynes Jr., 63
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. for Anthony Haynes Jr., 63, who departed this life on Saturday, April 11, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mr. Haynes was born on March 26, 1926 in Muskegon, Mich., a son of Anthony Sr. and Marie Williams Haynes.
He was a steelworker for LTV, a machinist for American Welding in Warren, and a painter for Astro Shapes, before retiring in 2006.
He was a graduate of East High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He was of the Baptist faith, an avid sports fan, a great family man, and a loving husband and father.
He leaves his wife, the former Margaret A. Wilson, whom he married on June 20, 1970; his children, Keith A. (Taunza Adams) Haynes and Tonia M. Haynes; three grandchildren, Maya, Tamron and Ronnie; nieces and nephews, Erica, Michael, Mack, Dwayne and Nathaniel; sister-in-law, Edith Haynes; brother-in-law, Charles Wilson, all of Youngstown; and a host of other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Mark Haynes.
Viewing will be Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Friends may call on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
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 for 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 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 Juilliard 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 the Bethel Presbyterian Church, 154 Petersburg Road, Enon Valley, PA 16120.
Harold was laid to rest in the family plot at Bethel Cemetery.
Brent Allen Majecic, 35
BOARDMAN Brent Allen Majecic, 35, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, in his mothers home in Vienna after a brief illness with Lymphoma.
Mr. Majecic was born in Warren on Sept. 25, 1973, a son of Frank L. and Cheryl (McElrath) Majecic.
He graduated from Chaney High School in 1992 and he enrolled in the Police Academy in Niles. Following the academy, he furthered his education by attending Youngstown State University, studying Criminal Justice. He had attended the Victory Assembly Church in Coitsville.
Brent was a salesman for Verizon Wireless in Boardman for the past five plus years.
In his spare time, he enjoyed playing darts and pool at Papa Louies Italian Kitchen & Motocross Café in Brookfield. He also loved cheering for his Pittsburgh Steelers as well as his Ohio State Buckeyes.
Brent will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Patti M. (Foltz) Majecic, whom he married Aug. 29, 2008; his little buddy and son, Gavin Majecic, at home; his mother, Cheryl of Vienna; his sister, Michelle L. Sherman of Pinellas Park, Fla.; his half-sisters, Pamela and Melissa Majecic, both of Rockhill, S.C.; his paternal grandfather Grand Dad, Frank L. Majecic of Vienna; his father, Frank, Rockhill; his maternal grandmother, Pauline McElrath of Vienna; his aunts and uncles, Doug and Karen Kazear of Vienna, Greg and Brenda Majecic of Vienna, Jerry and Ann Majecic, of Warren, Ted Bryant of Warren and Michael Majecic of Columbus; and his many cousins, as well as some very close friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Marion Majecic; and his maternal grandfather, Allen McElrath.
All of Brents family and friends are welcome to come to the Blackstone Funeral Home, 672 Churchill Road, Girard, OH 44420 on Thursday, April 16, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. to remember Brent and to show your love and support to each other.
As an expression of sympathy, the family has asked that all contributions be made payable to First Place Bank, a special savings fund for Gavin Majecic has been established in his name.
Elsie L. Nelle, 81
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Elsie L. Nelle, 81, who passed away Tuesday morning at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Boardman Campus.
Elsie was born Aug. 24, 1927 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Stephen and Mary (Schuller) Roth.
She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Youngstown and a fraternal member of the Youngstown Saxon Club. Elsie was a member of a private bridge club for many years. She enjoyed painting ceramics, collecting clowns and spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and family.
Elsie is survived by her husband, William Nelle, whom she married May 29, 1951; four children, Joyce (Jim) Semple of Youngstown, Patty (Larry) Middleton of Salem, Kathy (Danny) Gagye of Angola, Ind. and Keith (Diana) Nelle of Struthers; two sisters, Dorothy (Tom) Fizet of Austintown and Ruthann (Lee) Bloom of Cortland; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, Elsie was preceded in death by a sister, Marge Strickland and two brothers, Bob and Tom Roth.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1815 W. Market St., Ste. 108, Akron, OH 44313 or the Society for the Blind, 2750 24th St., Sacramento, CA 95818 in Elsies name.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
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James J. Potina, 83
YOUNGSTOWN There will be funeral services at 9:15 a.m. Friday, April 17, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke Church in Boardman, with the Rev. Joseph A. Fata celebrating for James J. Potina, 83, who passed away early Tuesday morning, April 14.
James was born Jan. 30, 1926 in Youngstown, the son of Ralph and Maddalena (Blanche) Pontino.
He was employed at Republic Steel. James was a volunteer bingo worker at St. Luke Church and loved to fish. He enjoyed watching sports, especially high school and Youngstown State University football.
His wife, the former Mary Smatana, whom he married Nov. 24, 1945, passed away Dec. 10, 2001.
James will always be remembered by his children, Ralph (Martha) Potina of Houston,Texas, Jim (Marianne) Potina of Paducah, Ky. and Paul Potina at home; his grandchildren, Teresa, Patricia and Dominic (Tecca) Potina, Shannon, (Richie) Rovnak and Stephanie Potina; his great-grandchildren, Justine and Joe Rovnak and Vincent and Anthony Potina; two brothers, Joseph (Patty) Pontino and Pete (Vi Crowthers) Pontino; and one sister, Anna (Ed) Pompili.
Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Louise DAugistino, Andrew Pontino, Marie Sahli and Tony Pontino.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to St. Luke School.
Katharina Katy Reschner, 78
SUN CITY, ARIZ. Katharina Katy Reschner, 78, passed away suddenly in Flagstaff, Ariz., this past Saturday evening.
She was born on May 18, 1931 in Mettersdorf, Transylvania (Romania).
Katy and her husband, Martin, immigrated to the United States in 1951. Having lived in Youngstown until 1987, Katharina was actively involved in the Saxon Club, Concordia Chorus, Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons, the Dance Group and the Honterus Lutheran Church. She was known for her crocheting, sewing and needlepoint.
She and Martin would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this September. Katy and Martin moved to Arizona in 1987, where they kept a beautiful home in Sun City.
She leaves behind her husband, Martin; a son, Marty of Youngstown; and a daughter, Kate of Flagstaff. She also leaves behind her brother, John Thomae of Austintown and two sisters, Sofia Pusztai of Brunswick and Margaret Shuger of Youngstown. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her, including her many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held at the Regency Mortuary, 9850 West Thunderbird Road, Sun City, AZ 85351, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 15630 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, AZ 85351.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the church.
Michael Semyan, 87
YOUNGSTOWN - Michael Semyan, 87, passed away early Monday afternoon, April 13, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Michael was born April 22, 1921 in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Elisabeth Harbula Semyan, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a graduate of Chaney High School and served in the U.S. Army in the 8th Infantry during World War II, where he was held as a prisoner-of-war for a time.
After serving in the military, Michael worked for 42 years for General Fireproofing, retiring as a supervisor in quality control.
He was a member of the Mahoning United Methodist Church, the Slovak Culture Club, and of the Disabled American Veterans.
His wife of 59 years, Helen Czohara Semyan, whom he married June 19, 1948, passed away Oct. 4, 2007.
Michael leaves his daughter, Sandra E. McFadden of Cherry Log, Ga.; his grandchildren, Perry Jr. and Colleen; his great-grandsons, Michael and Logan; and his sister, Elizabeth Williams of Youngstown.
Besides his wife, two brothers, George and John Semyan, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.
Family and friends may also call from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the Mahoning United Methodist Church, 2214 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Lake Park Cemetery.
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John Severn, 86
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home for John Severn, 86, who entered into rest Monday afternoon.
John was born on June 8, 1922, the son of the late Steve and Stella (Orejko) Severincek.
He was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School. He was a steel worker at LTV Steel for 36 years.
John joined the Army in 1942 in Ft. Hayes. He served in Rhineland Central Europe and he received the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon, with two Bronze Stars, and the Presidential Citation.
John will be sadly missed by many, including his wife, Mildred (Vid) Severn; two sons, John ( Marjorie) Severn and Steven (Carmelina) Severn; his daughter, Carolyn (Randy) Brian; seven grandchildren, John (Kathy) Severn, Joseph (Rochelle) Severn, Mathew Severn, Randy (Melissa) Brian, David (Meggan) Brian, Vincent Severn and Amanda Severn; four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Emmalene, Samantha and Joseph; and also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.
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Ethel Smallwood, 82
YOUNGSTOWN Ethel Smallwood, 82, died Monday evening, April 13, 2009, at her residence.
She was born March 22, 1927 in Pikeville, Ky., a daughter of Linzey and Alice Trout Hylton and had lived in the area for 50 years.
Mrs. Smallwood, a homemaker, was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church in Pikeville.
She leaves her husband, Ernest, whom she married, Dec. 3, 1949; three sons, Monty (Rose) Smallwood of Boardman, Ellery (Lisa) Smallwood of Youngstown and Bernie Smallwood of Youngstown; three daughters, Judy Webster of Youngstown, Debbie (Bernard) Foster of Niles and Betty (Martin) Kelbel of North Lima; a brother, Pat (Pat) Hylton of Pikeville; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Gary Smallwood; a daughter, Janey Sloan; three brothers, Ray, Pete and Rudy Hylton; a sister, Peggy Coleman; and a grandson, Michael Raymond Gifford.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.
Family and friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Celtic Hospice, especially nurses Ruth and Tom for their caring, compassionate and loving support that was given to Ethel and her entire family.
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