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Jack E. Brown, 80

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Presbyterian U.S.A., 1933 Canfield Road in Youngstown, for Jack Elwin Brown, 80, who died Friday evening, May 1, 2009, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 28, 1928, in Youngstown, the son of the late Elwin Miles and Mary Herbert Brown.

Jack graduated in 1946 from South High School and in 1953 from Carnegie Mellon of Pittsburgh, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

He was a project engineer for Youngstown Sheet and Tube for 25 years and for the Weirton Steel Co. in Weirton, W.Va., for 12 years. He retired in 1998.

Jack was a member of Christ Church Presbyterian, where he served many years as a Church Elder and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a Marine.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Marion L. Jackson, whom he married June 7, 1952; four children, Karen J. (Gary) Folkwein of Youngstown, Keith E. (Teresa) Brown of North Carolina, Kenneth C. (Pam) Brown of Worthington and Kirk D. (Susan) Brown of Canfield; a brother, Paul (Gail) Brown of Columbus; and nine grandchildren.

Friends may call on Tuesday, May 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market Street in Boardman, and on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Christ Church Presbyterian in Youngstown.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Christ Church Presbyterian, 1933 Canfield Road, Youngstown, OH 44511 or to Senior Independent Hospice, 6705 Tippecanoe Road Bldg. E, Canfield, OH 44406.

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Mary J. Brueser, 84

MARION – Mary J. Brueser, 84, formerly of Youngstown, passed away Friday, May 1, 2009, at Marion General Hospital.

She was born July 28, 1924, in Youngstown to the late Joseph and Anna E. (Dutton) Douglas.

On Aug. 31, 1943, in Youngstown, she married Clarence Brueser; he preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 2002.

Mary was a resident of Marion for the past 10 years. Previously, she lived in Youngstown, where she worked for many years at the Best Buy Book Shop.

She is survived by her daughter, Sally (Bradley) Burrell of Marion; and two grandsons, Dale Burrell of Bedford Heights and David Burrell of Marion.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James A. Douglas.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield, with the Rev. Bradley Burrell officiating.

Friends and family may meet from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the chapel in the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Bible Fellowship, P.O. Box 925, Marion, OH. 43301.

Boyd-Born Funeral is handling the arrangements for the family.

Florence Burrell, 77

“Together Again”

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at St. Christines Church for Florence Burrell, 77, who entered into rest Friday afternoon.

Florence was born on May 19,1931, the daughter of the late Joseph Martin Mazur and Mary Sophie Sonoga-Mazur.

She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Florence was a homemaker, a very loving mother and grandmother.

Florence was a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association Branch SR 202, member of bereavement ministry at St. Christines Parish, Silver Sneakers at Highway Tabernacle Church.

Florence will be sadly missed by many, including her two sons, Duke (Lonnie Jr.) Burrell and his wife, Nicki of Hubbard and Rick (Ellen) Burrell of Liberty; two daughters, Linda May Swartzen of Boardman and Connie Marie (Russell) Vinion of Austintown; one brother, Richard J. Mazur of Raleigh, N.C. She is also survived by four grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Burrell, whom she married July 22,1950 and died Nov. 7,2006; one sister, Marie Frances Mazur; and one brother, Joseph L.R. Mazur.

Contributions can be made out to Hospice Of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512

Calling hours will be on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.

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Mary Ann Campana, 96

NILES - Mary Ann Campana, 96, of Autumn Hills, formerly of Lakewood and Youngstown, died early Friday morning at the nursing home.

Ms. Campana was born April 8, 1913, in Barrea, Province L’Aquilla Abruzzi, Italy, to Salvatore and Maria Lombardozzi Campana.

In 1921, at the age of eight, she immigrated to the United States with her family to be reunited with her father, who was working in the steel mills. It was a 14-day journey to Ellis Island.

Raised in Youngstown, Ms. Campana was educated in the Youngstown Public Schools, attending Oak Street Elementary, Lincoln School, and East High School. She graduated from Youngstown College with a degree in merchandising.

Ms. Campana was a pioneer in Ohio, National, and International aviation. Her interest surfaced when she was visiting relatives near the Youngstown Airfield. She told her cousin she wanted to fly and was told, “Don’t be silly; girls don’t fly.” Mary Ann’s response was, “Why not? Men fly, girls fly, anybody can fly.”

Her flying endeavors remained a secret to all with the exception of her sister, brother-in-law and instructor. She earned money for flying lessons by working at her high school cafeteria and later at the G.C. Murphy store in Youngstown. In 1932, at the age of 18, she achieved the distinction of being the first licensed woman pilot in Ohio.

On July 4, 1933, with only 44 hours of prior flying time, Ms. Campana established the world’s endurance record in Light plane class for a non-refueled flight. Flying above Youngstown in a 500-pound Taylor Cub Plane with a 40-horsepower engine and loaded with 40 gallons of gasoline, she flew for 12 hours and 27 minutes without a parachute, breaking the old record by 1 hour and 10 minutes before electrical storms forced her down.

In addition to her aeronautical accomplishments, Ms. Campana was a successful business woman. At the age of 18, she worked as a sales clerk at the G.C. Murphy Co. 5 & 10. From 1936 through 1964, she was employed in managerial and buyer positions for Strouss-Hirshberg in Youngstown, Polsky’s in Akron, and the May Company in Cleveland. In 1965, she and her business partner, Leonard C. Rosenberg founded and organized Polly Anna stores, a chain of children’s clothing shops located in Akron, Cleveland and Mentor. She served as vice president and retired in 1981 after 16 years.

After retirement, she received numerous commendations and honors for accomplishments. She received letters of proclamations from President Ronald Reagan, senators, and state and local officials, as well as the National Association of Aeronautics. She was especially proud of being named Cavaliere of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, which the Italian government bestowed on her in 1991, and in 1969 the Wolves Club Den VI, Youngstown, cited her as Youngstown’s first aviatrix pioneer in aviation for her courage, accomplishments, and invaluable contributions to business and the community of Youngstown.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Anne DiCola, Edna Brown, Alda Wilson and Argie McLane.

Services will be held Monday at 9:15 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel, and 10 a.m. at St. Charles Church in Boardman with Fr. Philip Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery.

Friends will be received today from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Marcia Carothers, 57

STRUTHERS – Marcia Carothers, 57, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2009, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 29, 1951, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Louis Perry and the late Martha (DeMain) Perry.

Family includes her sons, Brian Carothers of Youngstown and Donald Jr. and Kelly Carothers of Austintown; and her sister, Rosemary and Dan O’Hara of Canfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She was a 1970 graduate of East high School.

She was employed by Alltel as a financial representative, and prior was employed as a clerk at Mahoning County Court.

Calling hours will be at the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 East Indianola Ave., in Youngstown, on Wednesday, May 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Her services will be at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2009.

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James P. Caruso Jr., 69

YOUNGSTOWN – James P. Caruso Jr., 69, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009 due to cancer.

He was born April 29, 1940, in Youngstown, the son of the late James Caruso Sr. and Dorothy Britton.

He was a brick layer at Youngstown Sheet & Tube, and then retired as a spray painter at G.F.

Family includes his wife, Josephine (Beck) Caruso of Youngstown, whom he married Nov. 5, 1962; a son, James P. Caruso III (Karen) of Boardman; and daughter, Jody (Dean) Clingerman of Girard; five grandchildren, Dean, Jacob and Kyle Clingerman, and Carina and Jimmy Caruso; sisters Dorothy Barrella of Boardman, Hilda Hall of Ashland, Tenn., and Janice Fuller of Girard; and brothers Alex Caruso of Youngstown, Frank Caruso of Lordstown, Peter Caruso of Hammond, Ind., and Tony Caruso of Austintown.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lucy Murzda and Nancy Albright.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 East Indianola Ave. in Youngstown, where there will be funeral services on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Nicholas T. Christie, 62

GIRARD – Nicholas T. Christie, 62, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2009, while in Florida.

Nicholas was born Oct. 6, 1946 in Mercer, Pa., a son of the late Robert and Ruth Mars Roloff, and the late Nicholas Christie.

He worked as a boilermaker for Local No. 744 for 34 years, retiring in 2004.

Mr. Christie leaves his wife, Joyce Skok Christie; his son, Peter Christie of Poland; two grandchildren, Madison and Joshua; a former daughter-in-law, Christina Christie; his brother, Bob of Naples, Fla.; and nieces and nephews, Bob, Mark and Kelly Roloff, all of Naples.

Nick will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Besides his parents, his grandparents, Thomas and Ella Mae Mars, and a cousin, Roger Black, are deceased.

There are no calling hours. Private funeral services were held for Mr. Christie.

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Charles L. “Chuck” Cope, 84

COLUMBIANA – Charles L. “Chuck” Cope, 84, of 42137 SR 14, died at 12:54 a.m. Saturday at the Salem Community Hospital following a brief illness.

Mr. Cope was born August 12, 1924 in Fairfield Township, Columbiana County, OH, a son of the late Roy and Helen Newhouse Cope and had lived in this area all of his life. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII. He was the owner and operator of the Miller Furniture in Columbiana for 39 years.

He was a member of Benjamin Firestone Post #290 American Legion of Columbiana and York Drexler Post #5532 of Washingtonville.

He is survived by his wife, the former Carolyn A. Day, whom he married September 21, 1979; two daughters, Patricia A. (Terry) Poulton and Tami (Brian W.) Pearl, Sr., both of Columbiana; two sons, C. Tucker (Linda) Cope of Columbiana and John W. (Kathy) Cope of Tampa, FL; a step daughter, Parker (Austin) Beiling of Columbiana; a step son, James E. (Christina) Parker of Boyton Beach, FL; a sister, Dorthy Mossor of Columbiana; three brothers, James (Marsha) Cope of Paris, OH, Donald (Janet) Cope of Loveland, CO, and Howard (Harva) Cope of Columbiana; twelve grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Hall Cope and a daughter, Linda Conkle.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana with James Cope officiating. Burial will follow in Columbiana Cemetery where the American Legion Honor Guard will accord military honors. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Monday. Memorial contributes may be made to the Benjamin Firestone Post American Flag Fund.

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Lois E. Cross

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – A memorial service was held April 24 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Port Orange, Fla., for Lois E. Cross, formerly of Youngstown, who passed away Saturday morning, April 11, 2009.

Lois was born Aug. 1, 1912, in Youngstown, to George H. and Esther (Anderson) Leonard.

She married Bill Cross in 1932 and had five children, Dale W., who passed away in 1978, Gary R. and wife Carole of Conover, N.C., twin daughters, Lynne and husband Mitch Suchora of Miami and Lorraine Isakson of Boardman and the youngest, Charlene and husband Jim Von Bampus of Pompano Beach, Fla.

She was an excellent seamstress, an avid tennis fan and a member of The Jehovah Witness Faith for over 70 years. She was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; son Dale W.; and grandson, Todd Isakson.

Lois will always be loved, remembered and missed by her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all who knew her.

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Warren Francis Drescher III, 78

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Warren Francis Drescher III, 78, of Boardman and Fort Lauderdale, passed away on March 7, 2009.

Warren was born in St. Louis on Nov. 9, 1930.

He spent his childhood years in Kirkwood, Mo., and later moved to Youngstown, where he started a lifelong career in building design and construction. In time, Warren’s drive for success lead him and his beloved wife, Nancy, in establishing and operating a land surveying and civil engineering business which has thrived for over 35 years.

In the 1960s, Warren was an aspiring SCCA race car driver, competing throughout the United States and Canada. He was also an avid sports car enthusiast, having recently restored his former race car, a 1955 Morgan Plus 4.

Warren’s passion for adventure lead him and his first mate, Nancy, into the pursuit of sailing and boating, where they shared years of memorable experiences. He ardently acquired a full certification in the U.S. Power Squadron, where he was an active member of both the Coral Ridge and Youngstown, Ohio, Power Squadrons for many years. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Drescher, whom he married on Sept. 19, 1969. He was also blessed with four children, Warren (Pete) Drescher, William Drescher, Michael Drescher and a daughter, Christine Warde. He is also blessed with several grandchildren, Robin Russman, Ande Drescher and Selah Grant.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday, April 4, 2009, at noon at the Rio Nuevo Condominium Clubhouse, where Warren lived and loved for over 20 years with his wife and friends.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donation be made to Hospice Care of Southeast Florida, 1721 Southeast 4th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

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Susan A. Durick, 61

GAINSVILLE, VA. – Susan A. Durick, 61, died on April 22, 2009, at Prince William Hospital in Manassas, Va.

She was born March 28, 1948, in Baltimore to Henry and Mary Ross.

Susan graduated from Seton High School in Baltimore and was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, cooking, pottery and boating. She lived in Pasadena, Md., and attended St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Severna Park, Md., prior to moving to Virginia in 2007.

She is survived by her mother, Mary; her son, James David (Dr. Heather) Durick of Haymarket, Va.; her brother, Mike Ross of Annapolis, Md.; her grandsons, Zachary and Nicolas Durick; her brother-in-law, Joseph Jr. (Mary Lou) Durick of Struthers; her nephews, Dr. Robert Durick of Struthers and Dr. Thomas (Glynnis) Durick of Scotts Valley, Calif.; and niece Dr. Janet Durick of Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Durick was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, James Durick, a 1963 graduate of Struthers High School who died in 2006; her father, Henry; her brothers, Rick and Bob Ross; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph Sr. and Julia Durick.

Services were held Monday, April 27, at the Stallings Funeral Home in Pasadena and interment was at Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville, Md.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Suite 800, Washington DC 20004 or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Lynda A. Hamley, 42

CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church for Lynda A. Hamley, 42, who passed away Thursday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Lynda was born Aug. 31, 1966, in Youngstown, the daughter of John “Jack” and Loretta Siva Hamley, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a member of the church and the Ladies Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union. Lynda also attended the Leonard Kirtz School.

She is survived by her parents, John “Jack” and Loretta Hamley, with whom she made her home; her brother, John (Beth Hoso) of Brunswick; a nephew, Andy “AJ;” a niece, Lauren; two uncles, George (Anna Mae) Siva of Lowellville and William (Terry) Hamley of Meridian, Conn.; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Andrew and Anna Siva, and her paternal grandparents, Alfred and Elizabeth Hamley.

The family wishes that any monetary donations be made to the St. John’s Renovation and Improvement Fund or The Hattie Larlham Foundation, 9772 Diagonal Road, Mantua, OH 44255 in Lynda’s name.

The Hamley family has entrusted their loved one in the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends today from 5 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 4:45 p.m.

Daniel Hruska

FAIRFIELD – The family of Daniel Hruska (formerly of Howland Township), is announcing a memorial service to celebrate Daniel’s life.

The service will be held at the Gustavus Federated Church, 8850 State Route 193, Farmdale, Ohio 44417. The service will be on Saturday, May 9, at noon.

Friends and family of Daniel are invited to join us as we remember and celebrate his life.

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Elaine G. Lesnak, 62

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Jastrzebski, O.P. of St. Dominic Church, celebrating for Elaine G. Lesnak, 62, who passed away Tuesday morning, April 28.

Elaine was born Oct. 9, 1946, in Youngstown, the daughter of Nicholas and Marion (Toman) Pierko.

She worked in the accounting department of numerous department stores. Elaine enjoyed reading, watching movies, cooking and spending time with her granddaughter, Samantha. She was a member of St. Dominic Church.

Besides her husband, Martin J. Lesnak, whom she married April 28, 1973, she will always be remembered by her son, Dr. Martin (Dr. Angela) Lesnak of Huron; her granddaughter, Samantha Lesnak; and her mother, Marion Pierko.

She was preceded in death by her father, Nicholas.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Contributions may be made in Elaine’s name to a variety of charities requested by the family. Please contact Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home for the names of the charities.

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Michael J. Malys Sr., 83

COITSVILLE – Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church for Michael J. Malys, 83, who passed away Thursday morning.

Michael was born Jan. 17, 1926, in Campbell, the son of Walter and Josephine Bis Malys, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1944 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, and then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, earning four Battle Stars, from 1944 to 1946. He returned home to earn his B.S. Degree in education from Youngstown State University in 1953. While earning his degree, he played football for YSU from 1946 to 1950.

Mike retired in August of 1982 from Republic Steel as a certified safety engineer.

He was a member of the church for over 50 years, the Men’s Club, a lifelong member of VFW 1423, Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 570, retired volunteer Coitsville Fireman, past president of Coitsville Volunteer Fireman Assoc., charter member of Coitsville Volunteer Fire Dept., chairman of Coitsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Dependency Board, past chairman and member of the Coitsville Board of Appeals, Asst. Safety Supervisor of Republic Steel Corp., past president of Ohio and Pennsylvania chapters of safety engineers Jr. Achievement advisor, Scout Master and worked on the heart drives, chairman for nine years of Coitsville Board of Trustees, past president of Mahoning Co. Trustees and Clerks, CASTLO community improvement trustee, past chairman for Mahoning Co. Board of Health, member of Blue Ribbon committee on county government and 12-year trustee of Coitsville Township.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, the former Yolanda Gizzarelli, whom he married June 18, 1949; four children, Linda Marie Malys (Peter) Yore of Odessa, Fla., Michael John Jr. (Suzanne) Malys of Conneaut, Joseph Walter (Jeanne) Malys of Phoenix and Robyne Judeth Malys of Largo, Fla.; one brother, John (Joanne) Malys of Boardman; grandchildren Michael III, Dane, Victoria, Lucas and Vanessa; and his beloved pet, GiGi. Mr. Malys leaves behind his Guardian Angel to watch over his loving wife, Yollie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Adolph, Matthew, Joseph and Walter; and a sister, Stella Rich.

The Malys family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Thomas Edward Moore, 62

NILES – There will be no services for Thomas Edward Moore, 62, who passed away April 28, 2009, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

Tom was born March 20, 1947, in Youngstown, the son of Philip Arthur Moore and Zella Marguerite (Hepler) Moore.

He was raised in East Lewistown, and attended North Lima Schools and Wilson High School.

He was a U.S. Army combat engineer and sergeant and a proud veteran. When the 9-11 attack happened, he called his daughter, Lisa Beth, for his ARMY uniform pants, so he could run up to the VA office and say, “Here’s my pants, now fit me so I can go.” He loved his country.

Tom worked at Beckett Aviation at the Youngstown Airport for six years as a lineman. He was a truck driver for 27 years, having several awards including five years citation free and double-hauler of the year, several years straight.

Tom loved walleye fishing, hunting and grilling, and NASCAR, with Jimmie Johnson being his favorite racer. But most of all, he loved life and he loved the open road. His favorite saying was, “GOTTA GO.”

Tom leaves his three daughters, Lisa Beth Moore of Youngstown, Stephanie Lynn Moore of Pittsburgh and Laura Jean Consiglio of Louisiana; two grandsons, Michael Jude Consiglio and Stefano David Consiglio, both of Louisiana; and three sisters, Nancy Boyd of Sulphur, La., Wanda Evans of Youngstown and Helen Vanderpool of Cortland.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, Michael Jude Consiglio Sr.; a brother, Ward Arthur Moore; and sisters, Diane Arlene Moore and Zella “Marge” Wiscott.

Tom will be laid to rest at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

Arrangements are in care of the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home in Warren.

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Patsy A. Romeo, 70

HILLSVILLE - Patsy A. Romeo, 70, died May 1, 2009, at Clare Bridge of Austintown.

Mr. Romeo was born April 8, 1939, in Hillsville, the son of Guiseppe and Mary Augustino Romeo.

He was a graduate of Bessemer High School and Youngstown College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for the Brick Layer’s Local Union No. 8.

Mr. Romeo was a member of St. Lawrence Church in Hillsville and the Mahoning Sportsmen’s Club. He enjoyed music, playing the keyboard and accordion, photography, wine making and gardening.

He is survived by his sister, Sarah Bova of Lowellville; a brother, Rocco (Marie) Romeo of Australia; a niece, Mary Ann (Salvatore) Sanders of North Jackson; three nephews, Rocco (Michelle) Bova of Lowellville, Carmelo Bova Jr. of Lowellville and Patsy Bova of North Jackson; four great-nieces and nephews, Nicholas and Ellie Sanders, Daniela Bova and Tristan Bova; and numerous other family members in Australia.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Guiseppe Romeo Jr.; a sister, Philomena Augustino; and a nephew, Joseph Bova.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland and 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church. Interment will follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Southern Care Hospice, 5401 Ashley Circle, Austintown, OH 44515.

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LeRoy Leonard Ruffner, 85

POLAND – Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel for Mr. LeRoy L. Ruffner, 85, who died early Saturday morning at his residence.

LeRoy was born Dec. 6, 1923, in Lowellville to the late James and Maude (Rowley) Ruffner.

In 1982, he retired from Local 33 with over 36 years of service as a sheet metal worker.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Europe. He received the Purple Heart from wounds he received in Germany on Dec. 12, 1944. He was a member of VFW Post 9947 in Cornersburg and the Sheet Metal Workers Retirees Club. LeRoy enjoyed. his garden. His passion was fishing, he enjoyed crappie fishing and fishing Berlin Lake with his family

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Viola Frankenburg, Ruth Mullen and Loretta Brenenman; four brothers, Ted, Arthur, Ralph and James Ruffner; and son-in-law Paul DuBois.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Hilda M. (Robinson) Ruffner, whom he married Oct. 13, 1945; his daughter, Janice Ann (Keith) Chamberlin of Columbiana; son Melvin George (Sandra) Ruffner of Austintown; a sister, Evelyn Roland of Akron; five grandchildren, Michael Ruffner of Arizona, Stephen DuBois of Columbiana, Holley DuBois of Youngstown, Melissa Jones of Poland and Christie Ruffner of Columbus; and three great-grandchildren, Sierra, Samantha, and Emily DuBois.

Friends may call one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home.

Burial in Lake Park Cemetery.

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Elizabeth M “Bette” Toot, 85

CANFIELD – Elizabeth M. “Bette” Toot, 85, a long-time resident of Canfield and the Youngstown area, died Monday, April 20, 2009, at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center in Youngstown from complications after suffering a head injury in a fall.

She was born Dec. 4, 1923, in Excelsior Springs, Mo., a daughter of Col. John Livingston and Caroline Jones Milburn. In 1930, her family moved to Youngstown, where she grew up on the north side of town.

Ms. Toot graduated from The Rayen School in 1942 and attended Youngstown College. She was a member of the “Greatest Generation,” working on the home front and supporting the troops in World War II.

In 1944, she married Thomas H. Toot and was a housewife until they divorced in 1959.

She worked as a secretary for Home Savings & Loan Co. from 1959 to 1973, and then became a real estate salesperson with Lou Kreidler Associates and later Del Realty. She obtained a real estate brokerage license and started her own brokerage, Landsites Realty, retiring in 1996.

Ms. Toot enjoyed writing, reading, watching sports and playing tennis when she was younger. A passionate golfer, she was a long-time member of the Mill Creek Ladies Golf League, where she won many awards and played until last fall. Another passion was her pets, including cats and two black lab dogs.

She is survived by her son, Attorney Douglas M. (Lola) Toot of Canfield; her twin sister, Jane Milburn, of Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; a special nephew and niece, John and Patricia Grey also of Fort Myers Beach; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Patricia Cessna.

Friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel on Friday, May 8. Memorial services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Animal Charity of Youngstown and Mill Creek Park Foundation in Youngstown.

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