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Alice M. Andrish, 82

CANFIELD – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Michael Church for Alice M. Andrish, 82, who passed away Tuesday morning at Grande Village Nursing Care Center in Twinsburg.

Alice was born April 16, 1927 in Youngstown, the daughter of Cecil and Katherine (Whitenberger) Dornbrock.

She was a graduate of Chaney High School, and had worked as a tax preparer with H&R Block for 10 years, retiring in 1996.

Alice was a member of the church and its Altar Guild. She was also a member of the Bears Club.

Her husband, Paul Andrish, whom she married June 16, 1951, passed away May 4, 2000.

Alice leaves two children, Rick Andrish of Phoenix and Cathy (Eric) Wyant of Twinsburg; one brother, Robert Dornbrock of Buffalo, N.Y.; as well as three grandchildren, Justin (Erin) Dudley of Phoenix and Kristen and Brandon Wyant, both of Twinsburg.

Besides her parents and husband, Alice was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil Jr. and Ralph Dornbrock.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel, where closing prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

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Oris H. Bacon, 87

COLUMBIANA – Oris H. Bacon, 87, passed away at 3:28 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at his home.

He was born March 2, 1922 in New Springfield, the son of Harry A. and Anna V. (Gamble) Bacon.

Oris was a 1940 graduate of New Springfield High School. He worked at Harold Tool as a die maker for 14 years. Mr. Bacon also farmed and was a certified mechanic for Riehl Farm Equipment of Columbiana and Witmer’s Inc. of Columbiana. Oris served stateside in the Navy during World War II, was a member of the First Christian Church of Columbiana and a member of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International.

Mr. Bacon is survived by his wife, E. Dale (Collier-Lange) Bacon, whom he married on May 30, 1946. He is also survived by two daughters, Martha (Dan) Schaefer of New Springfield and Leslie Best of Columbiana; one son, Lowell (Nancy) Bacon of Columbiana; one brother, O. Edgar Bacon of New Waterford; nine grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Oris was preceded in death by one son, Martin Scott Bacon; one daughter, Judy Lee Hartford; two brothers, Roy and Darrell Bacon; and one great-grandson, Drew Allen Cagot.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2009, at the First Christian Church in Columbiana with Mr. Jerry Pingley officiating.

Burial will be at New Springfield Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana and one hour prior to the funeral at the church, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, May 8, 2009.

Family suggests that material contributions be made to the First Christian Church in Columbiana or the Church of God of New Springfield.

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Genevieve I. “Jenny” Bortz, 86

NEW MIDDLETOWN – Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middetown for Genevieve I. “Jenny” Bortz, 86, who died Sunday.

Genevieve was born April 28, 1923 in Vandergrift, Pa., a daughter of Lisle and Netti Walker.

She married Donald T. Bortz on Oct. 20, 1941.

She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Apollo, Pa.

Genevieve leaves behind her son, Donald E. Bortz of Columbus and two daughters, Norma Jean Bortz of New Middletown and Marilyn (Timothy) Christian of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, who died Feb. 25, 1994; a brother, Norwood “Red” Walker; and a sister, Alma Louise Walker.

Friends may call Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown.

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Elizabeth Sarah Butch, 83

BELOIT – Elizabeth Sarah Butch, 83, of 409 North St., died at 12:17 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, at Alliance Community Hospital.

She was born Nov. 10, 1925 in Franklin Square, the daughter of the late Homer Lafayette and Annie (Wilms) Baird.

Before her retirement in 1992, she had worked for TRW Metals and PCC Metals in Minerva for 26 years. Previously, she had worked for the Salem China and the French Saxon China in Sebring. She had attended Leetonia High School. She was a member of the AMVETS Auxiliary, V.F.W. Auxiliary, the Salem Eagles Auxiliary and the Salem Slovak Club.

Survivors include two sons, John Butch Jr. of Beloit and Vincent (Gaylene) Butch of Alliance and two grandchildren, Kevin (Sarah) Butch and Bret (Tara) Butch.

Her husband, John Butch Sr., whom she married Sept. 11, 1948, preceded her in death on March 12, 1986.

She was also preceded in death by eight brothers; five sisters; and two infants.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home, with Father Thomas Dyer officiating.

Burial will be at Highland Memorial Park.

Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alliance Hospice, 885 S. Sawburg Road, Suite 106, Alliance, OH 44601.

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John H. Calior II, 63

VIENNA – Mr. John H. Calior II, 63, died on Monday (05-04-2009) at his home. In March of 2009, John was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He lost his battle with the disease.

John was born Dec. 16, 1945 in Youngstown, the son of Joseph Walter Calior and Ruth Theresa Sharrer.

He grew up in Brookfield and was a teacher for Warren City Schools, where he taught the sciences including International Baccalaureate. He retired in 1998.

Mr. Calior attended Pennsylvania Military College and graduated a commissioned officer with a B.S. in Science. He then served as an armored cavalry unit commander during the Vietnam War. His decorations and citations include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple Heart with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal with 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster.

Following the war, John served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, he retired from service with honor on Dec. 16, 2005.

After his service in Vietnam, he was stationed in Bavaria, Germany, where he met Gabriele Stark. They were married Jan. 22, 1971.

Upon completion of his tour abroad, John and Gabriele settled in Vienna, where they had two daughters, Theresa and Anja. John continued serving, first in the National Guard and then in the Army Reserve, where he taught young officers strategy and tactics.

He devoted much of his time upon retirement in service to victims of brain injury. He was the Vice President of the Brain Injury Association of Ohio and the Panel Chair of the State Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional. He also volunteered for Ohio Cares, an organization that aids soldiers who return from service with brain injuries.

He leaves his wife, Gabriele of Vienna; his oldest daughter, Theresa Calior-Hall and her husband, James, and their daughter, Izzy Calior, of Fuquay Varina, N.C. and his youngest daughter, Anja Calior of Warren. He is also survived by his sisters, Margaret Walko of Hudson and Kathleen Cailor-Ross of Brookfield.

He will be remembered as intelligent, strong and the most honorable man we will ever know.

A private burial was held at Dugan Cemetery.

A time of reflection and remembrance will be held at a later date for family and friends.

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Kathleen Thompson Drouhard Cleckner, 82

SALEM – Kathleen Thompson Drouhard Cleckner, 82, died at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 4th.

She was born Nov. 16, 1926 in Cleveland, the daughter of the late Harvey E. Thompson and Frances Backus.

She was a Cleveland High School graduate. Before her retirement, Mrs. Cleckner had worked at Worthington Plastics and Warren Molded as a press operator for 30 years. She had also been a Red Cross volunteer.

Her husband, Emery “Bud” Cleckner, whom she married April 7, 1962, preceded her in death Oct. 25, 1993.

Survivors include four sons, Wade Drouhard of Canfield, James Maizele of Austintown, John Calvin of Salineville and Robert Campbell of Bradenton, Fla.; two daughters, Suzanne Taylor of Columbiana and Diana Lusk of Chico, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A son, Gary Drouhard and a brother, Harvey Thompson, also preceded her in death.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, one hour prior to the services.

Burial will be at Hope Cemetery.

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Ramona (Ita) Colon, 88

YOUNGSTOWN – Ramona (Ita) Colon, 88, passed away on May 4, 2009, from complications following surgery.

She was born in Puerto Rico on May 2, 1921, to the late Angel Perez and Jacinta Velez.

She was married for 43 years to the late Leocadio Colon.

She lived in Youngstown moving here in 1954. She returned to Puerto Rico in 1978 and 10 years later returned to be near most of her children.

She leaves behind six sons, Jose Angel (Maria) Colon of Florida, Ricardo (Elizabeth V.) Colon of Puerto Rico, Hector M. (Maria) Colon of Youngstown, Hector D. (Maria) Colon of Lordstown, Antonio (Josefa) Colon of Puerta Rico and Abraham Colon of Florida; four daughters, Anabel “Ana” (Stephen) Florio of Florida, Ramonita “Rae” (Samuel) Fisher of Poland, Evelyn (Douglas) Jones of Boardman and Angie (Jose A.) Roque of Georgia; 24 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Juana Maria Perez of Puerto Rico.

Ramona loved children so much that she became a foster parent for many years. She was once asked, “What do you have to give these children?” and she replied “I don’t have much, but I will always have more than enough love to give.”

She was honored by the Sons of Boriquen in 1971 as Mother of the Year. She was a member of St. Rosa of Lima Catholic Church in Campbell. She participated in her beloved Charismatic Prayer Group, visiting the sick and often leading prayer groups.

She was the life of the party, loved to sing even if off-key and many times made up her own songs. She always took pleasure in little things and saw beauty in everything and never asked for more.

Her grandchildren were her joy and family gatherings were cherished. She always looked forward to the annual family gatherings at the Fisher’s on Christmas Eve, delighting in having family around.

Attending the Antonine Sisters Day Care, became the highlight of her weekdays, enjoying winning at their bingo games and craft days. Her arts and crafts made at the center always decorated her Christmas tree.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Delfi, Juan Jose and Jeovani Colon; two brothers, Carlos and Chevin Perez; and one sister, Manuela Perez.

Ramona will always be missed by family and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be handled by the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 E. Indianola Ave. in Youngstown.

Friends may visit Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

A Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 8, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Rosa of Lima Catholic Church.

Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, following the Mass.

Donations may be made to Antonine Sisters Adult Day Care, 2675 N. Lipkey Road, North Jackson, OH 44451.

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Irene Costakis, 87

BOARDMAN – Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at St. John Greek Orthodox Church for Irene Costakis, 87, who entered into rest early Tuesday morning.

Irene was born Feb. 15, 1922 in New York, the daughter of the late Charles and Olga (Betchunis) Costakis.

She worked at Republic Steel Corp. for 30 years. Irene was an avid golfer and league bowler.

Irene was a lifetime member of St. John’s Ladies Philoptochos Society, and a member of Youngstown Symphony Guild.

Irene will be sadly missed by many, including her two cousins, Steven P. Betchunis of Pittsburgh and Mrs. Bessie Sahinis of Wooster, Mass.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Plato E. Costakis.

Calling hours will be on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.

A Trisagion service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home and from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday at St. John Greek Orthodox Church.

Contributions can be made to St. John's Philoptochos Society.

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Joseph Francis Flanagan, 83

POLAND – Joseph Francis Flanagan, 83, died early Tuesday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Joe was born Sept. 11, 1925 in Youngstown, a son of William P. and Carrie Dietz Flanagan. He was raised in Youngstown and moved to Poland in 1953.

Joe worked as a carpenter for A.P. O’Horo Company. He was also a silver smith. Joe was a member of Carpenter's Union, and enjoyed being an avid ice skater and golfer.

His wife, the former Katherine Frances Volk, whom he married July 4, 1953, died March 1994.

He leaves two daughters, Lynette Leardi of Ranchos De Taos, N.M. and Jody (Donald) Kay of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.; and one grandson, Robert Joseph Gilboy of Bradenton, Fla.

Besides his parents and wife, Joe was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Flanagan and Dorothy Price and one brother, William Flanagan.

A memorial Mass will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Patricks Church in Youngstown, with Fr. Edward P. Noga officiating.

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Donald S. Howard, 58

CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel for Donald S. Howard, 58, who passed away Sunday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center after complications from emphysema.

Donald was born Oct. 22, 1950 in Huntington, W.Va., the son of the late Chester and Yvonne Curry Howard.

Donald attended Cardinal Mooney High School. He was a former maintenance worker for P.&L.E. Railroad. Donald was a self-taught computer tech who helped and taught others computer basics. He loved listening to music, playing his guitar, and sketching and painting.

Donald leaves two daughters, Brianne and Amy Howard; a son, Joel Howard; three sisters, Gail Gentile of Struthers, Patricia Magazzine of Struthers and Sandra (Robert) Hetrick of Spring, Texas; and five brothers, Raymond Howard of Lorain, Robert Howard of Girard, Russell (Dolly) Howard of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Terry Howard of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Tim (Melvina) Howard of Balch Springs, Texas.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Leslie and Christopher Howard.

Friends may call Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Clyde D. Hubler, 83

BOARDMAN – Services will be held at the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown on Thursday at 11 a.m. for Clyde D. Hubler, 83, who passed away Sunday.

Clyde was born in Salem on May 21, 1925, a son of James and Viola Thomas Hubler.

He was a sergeant in the Army during World War II and was a personal bodyguard to General Douglas McArthur in the Philippines.

He married Lenna B. Newell on Oct. 11, 1946.

He was a sheet metal worker with Local No. 33 for 61 years, and retired in 1988. He was a member of the Washingtonville VFW, Eagles of Salem, Moose Lodge of Port St. Lucy, Fla.

He leaves his wife, Lenna Hubler; two daughters, Debra Caro of Boardman and Linda Hritz of Poland; 10 grandchildren, Anthony (Michelle) Carosella, Michelle Carosella, Angie Carosella, Lynette Carosella, Nino Carosella, Robert P. Layshock Jr., Terri (Justin) Gaydos, Amanda S. Caro, John I (Andrea) Hritz and Dylan Z. (Nicole) Hritz; six great-grandchildren, Alyssa Carosella, Lauren Stout, Amber Pine, Tyler Blake, Joey Carosella and Saireth Hritz; a nephew, James (Julie) Hubler; and a niece, Beverly (Edward) Schenk.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Carosella and a brother, Ralph E. Hubler.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown.

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Richard Lee Huddleston Sr., 72

DIAMOND – Richard Lee Huddleston Sr., 72, passed away May 5, 2009

Born in Akron, he was the owner of Lifetime Muffler in Warren. Richard was an avid carpenter and enjoyed ballroom dancing and traveling throughout the states to jitter bug.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Evin and Mary (Lipari); brother, Leonard; and son-in-law, Donnie Wildroudt.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his daughter, Kimberly Wildroudt of Doylestown; son, Richard Lee Jr. of Uniontown; brothers, Jay D (Janet) of Kent, Terrance ( Ellen) of Canton, and Kevin ( Joyce) of Florida; sister-in-law, Glenna of Norton; special uncle and aunt, Sam Lipari and Lucille Labbe; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Road in Akron.

Burial will be at Hillside Memorial Park.

Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Happy Trails Farms of Portage County, 5623 New Milford Road, Ravenna, OH 44266.

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Marleen Hairston Johnson, 50

YOUNGSTOWN – Marleen Hairston Johnson, 50, formerly of Houston, passed away May 3, 2009 at Hospice House in Poland.

Marleen was born Nov. 17, 1958 in Mercer, W.Va., a daughter of Early and Gracie Boyd Hairston.

She was reared in Youngstown and was a 1977 graduate of The Rayen School. She moved to Houston and was a bus operator for 11 years for Houston Independent School District and was highly respected by her co-workers, peers and supervisors.

Ms. Johnson was baptized at an early age at the Tabernacle Baptist Church and she was affiliated with the Visionary Baptist Church in Houston.

She leaves her son, Olton Johnson III of Youngstown; two daughters, Traci N. and Shronda, both of Houston; two sisters, Carolyn Boyd of Roanoke, Va. and S. Gail Johnson of Youngstown; three brothers, Gerald (Anne) Johnson of Jamaica, N.Y. and Early and Melvin Johnson, both of San Jose, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Zapporah, Kayla, Demarcus, Cierria, Kallavon, Kierian and Kidrich; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends and special friend, Spanky.

She was preceded in death by her parents and aunt, Glenna Watkins, who reared her.

Marleen’s love for people and dedication motivated her to start a breast cancer awareness program at Butler Motor Pool. She facilitated information, monetary and mentally where needed. She believed and stood up for things done the right way and voiced her opinion when trying to make a point. She was a very funny, well-liked, loving person that put a smile on a face in an instant.

Thanks to all that was there in her final hours.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.

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Beth M. (Simpson) Ettinger Keating, 86

VALENCIA, PA. – Beth M. (Simpson) Ettinger Keating, 86, passed away on May 4, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, the late Jacob M. Ettinger.

She is survived by her second husband, William Keating; her children, Joy Ettinger, Jill Clark and Robert Ettinger; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Richard Church in Gibsonia, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lighthouse Foundation, Box 366, Bakerstown, PA 15007.

Arrangements by the Schellhaas Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bakerstown, Pa.

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Dolores (Ledsome) Leiter

STRUTHERS – Dolores (Ledsome) Leiter passed away on March 19, 2009.

She was born Jan. 8, 1943 in Struthers.

She leaves two children, Charles Ledsome Jr. of Austintown and Charla (Bill) Morrison of Struthers; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Hazel Stephenson; two brothers, George and James Stephenson; a sister, Ruth Englhart; and her husband, Charles Ledsome Sr.

There will be a graveside prayer at 11 a.m. on May 9. 2009 at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.

Lawrence “Humpy” Matricardi, 78

BOARDMAN – There will be funeral services at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Rossi-Lellio Funeral Home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, both in Lowellville, with the Rev. G. David Weikart celebrating for Lawrence “Humpy” Matricardi, 78, who passed away late Monday evening, May 4.

Lawrence was born April 3, 1931 in Lowellville, the son of Samuel and Angeline (Rotz) Matricardi.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Lawrence was employed at Sharon Steel and was a self employed hairdresser. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Lawrence enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family.

He will always be remembered by his daughter, Kim (Vic) Giancola and granddaughter, Amber Matricardi, all of Struthers; a daughter, Jodi; six brothers, Pat Petrock of Struthers, John Matricardi of Poland, Fred Matricardi of Boardman, Sam Matricardi of Boardman, Jim Matricardi of Struthers and Don Matricardi of Poland; and a sister, Virginia Scavnicky of Struthers.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mike Petrock.

Friends may call today, May 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi – Lellio Funeral Home, 151 Second St. in Lowellville.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nurses in ICU at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Boardman Campus for their caring and compassionate service.

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Johanna Russell Miller, 75

BOARDMAN – Mrs. Johanna Russell Miller, 75, died on Monday, May 4, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Boardman Campus.

She is survived by her two daughters, Mary Florence of Naples, Fla. and Ann Marie (Andrew) Velchek of New Waterford; her two grandchildren, Miranda and Connor Velchek of New Waterford; her sisters, Moira Flynn and Bridie Connors of Roscrea, Ireland; and many nieces and nephews.

Johanna was preceded in death by her husband, William; her parents, James and Mary Ann O’Connor Russell; her sisters, Margaret Pedersen, Kitty Mulvihill and Elizabeth Landy; and three brothers, James, Paddy and John Russell.

Johanna was born Nov. 30, 1933 in Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland.

She attended the Corville National School in Tipperary. She came to Youngstown in 1956 to visit her uncle, Pat O’Connor, and took a job working at St. Christine Parish Rectory. She later was employed at the Cross Rexall Drug Store, where she met her husband, Bill.

While raising her family, Johanna enjoyed spending time at their summer home in Bobcaygeon, Ontario. Many fond memories were formed by all of the family and friends that she entertained there.

She also loved taking her yearly trips to Florida, shelling on the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

She was an avid golf fan, enjoyed listening to music, and playing games with her family. She especially loved her two grandchildren, who referred to her as “Mimi,” as they were the light of her life. Johanna will be remembered for her Irish eyes, her beautiful smile and her love of a good story or joke.

Her contributions reflected her sterling character, an ever-positive approach, and an unquenchable enthusiasm for life. To her friends and family, she was a model wife, mother, grandmother, friend and community volunteer.

Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon on Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown, OH 44507, officiated by Fr. Edward Noga.

Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Church of Youngstown in Johanna’s memory.

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Robert George Mogulich, 57

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CALIF. – Robert George Mogulich, 57, died at his residence earlier this month.

Robert was born Aug. 5, 1951 in Youngstown, a son of Frank and Viola Mzanski Mogulich.

He was a 1969 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and attended the University of Michigan on a full football scholarship. At Cardinal Mooney, Robert was named in Parade’s “All American High School Team” and in the sports publication Street and Smith, he was highlighted as “100 Best High School Athletes in America.” In 1994, Robert was inducted into the Cardinal Mooney Hall of Fame. A knee injury ended his football career and he returned to Youngstown. In 1975, he received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Youngstown State University.

Robert began his career working for the Department of Defense as general manager and later vice president of operations for Norris Industries in Los Angeles, a manufacturer of the six pack missiles. From there he became Executive Director for Atlantic Research Corporation, and then Aerojet.

Robert was a former member of St. Stanislaus Church in Youngstown.

Robert enjoyed life, fine dining, and taking long walks on the beach with his best friend, his dog “Max.” He will be sadly missed by his family.

He leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Carol Mogulich of Struthers; three nieces and their husbands, Julie and Dave Phillips of Buffalo, N.Y., Marla and Mike Pieton of Hubbard and Monica and Sean Griffith of Monroeville, Pa.; a nephew and his wife, John and Laura Mogulich of Sunnyvale, Fla.; great-niece, Abigail Griffith of Monroeville; and his godfather, Frank Petrony of Boardman.

Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald and Frank Mogulich.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Struthers with Fr. Bob Bonnot officiating.

Friends will be received Saturday from 10:15 a.m. until time of the service at the church.

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Orene Morris, 75

YOUNGSTOWN – Orene Morris, 75, passed away at Ron Joy Nursing Home on Sunday, May 3.

Mrs. Morris was born Feb. 12, 1934, in Dundee, Miss., a daughter of Willie and Hester Shannon Draper.

She was a homemaker and loved to fish.

Mrs. Morris is survived by a son, Lee Morris of Youngstown; two aunts, Allie Mae Ross of Youngstown and Clementine Mills of Columbus; two daughters-in-law, Gloria Draper of New Britain, Conn. and Susan Morris of Atlanta; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nephews; nieces; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie; her parents; a son, James Draper; a brother, Lee Shannon; and a great-grandson, Tyler Oree-Lawson.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, at the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home, where friends may call one hour prior to services.

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Mary Louise Santagata, 78

BOARDMAN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Church for Mary Louise Santagata, 78, who passed away Monday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Boardman Campus.

Mrs. Santagata was born Jan. 24, 1931 in Cleveland, a daughter of Michaelangelo and Emilia Scarlatto Monaco.

She was a 1949 graduate of John Adams High School in Cleveland and had worked for Elmer C. Breuer Company in the bookkeeping department. She came to the Youngstown area in 1965.

She had spent her life in service to the community. She was a volunteer with the Red Cross, serving both Northside Hospital and the Blood Bank. She had worked for many years with the children at Leonard Kirtz School. At the Second Harvest Food Bank of Mahoning Valley, she used her bookkeeping experience to help maintain the daily operations.

Books were very important to Mary. She was an invaluable resource to the friends of the Boardman Library, serving in several officer positions and acting as chair of the annual booksale, which raised funds for the improvement of the Library and community. In her last years, she worked in fundraising efforts with Hospice of the Valley.

Mary’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.

Her husband of 50 years, Frank Raymond Santagata, died in September of 2000.

Surviving her are two daughters, Sharon Mika and Lorraine (Al) DeChellis, both of Boardman; a sister, Annette (Paul) Balzano of Parma Heights; a brother, Albert (Carol) Monaco of Solon; five grandchildren, Andrew (Jeannette) and Jillian Ashley Mika and Matthew, Jennifer and Nathalie DeChellis; a great-granddaughter, Emma Rachel Mika; also cousins in Ortona, Italy; nieces and nephews; and a brother and sister-in-law, George and Toni Santagata.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are her parents.

Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home and one hour prior (9 to 10 a.m.) to the service at the church on Friday.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5100 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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M. Helen Stewart, 84

YOUNGSTOWN – A funeral service was held at the Beulah Temple United Holy Church for Mrs. M. Helen Stewart, 84, who departed this life Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Ron Joy Nursing Home.

Mrs. Stewart was born March 13, 1925, in Carrollton, Ga., a daughter of Roosevelt and Lillie Zachery Smith.

She had been a custodian for St. Brendan’s School. She was Deaconess, Mother, Financial Secretary and Secretary of the Foreign Mission, and a Sunday school teacher at the Beulah Temple United Holy Church. She was also instrumental in the organization of the Peoples Chapel Mission.

Her husband, Willie B. “Jabo” Stewart, whom she married May 27, 1944, died May 24, 1996.

She leaves her children, Gwendolyn (Robert) Bush and Michael D. Stewart, both of Youngstown and Marion (Hazel) Stewart of Macon Ga.; a sister, Mildred Shaw of Youngstown; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Her parents; her husband; a son, Scottie Stewart; a daughter, Vonnie Reynolds; and a brother, Willie Smith, preceded her in death.

Arrangements were handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

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Alice B. Welsh, 74

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Friday, May 8, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown with the Rev. James Sullivan officiating, preceded by a 9:45 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman, for Alice B. Welsh, 74, who passed away early Tuesday morning, May 5, 2009, with her loving family by her side.

Alice will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends.

She was born April 18, 1935 in Cambridge, Mass., and moved to the Youngstown area in 1955. She was the daughter of James H. and Alice (McGrail) Shea.

Alice was a homemaker and a member of St. Dominic Church, along with being part of the Cursillo Movement. She was active with the PTA and school at St. Dominic’s and the Society for the Blind.

Alice placed her family as the center of her life, especially her grandchildren, and had a love for all types of sports.

Her husband, Robert Welsh, whom she married Nov. 8, 1956, died Jan. 23, 1996.

She leaves behind to hold onto her memory, her five children, Colonel James (Mary) Welsh of Virginia, Steve (Diane) Welsh of Boardman, Darlene (Donald) Smith of Youngstown, Patrick (Linda) Welsh of Boardman and Brian (Holly) Welsh of Youngstown; 12 grandchildren, Sergeant Michael, Sergeant Andrew, Kyleen, Kathleen, Meghan and Robert Welsh, Erin and Emily Smith, Hannah, Colin, Breanne, and Brynna Welsh; a twin brother, Martin Shea, and a brother, Paul Shea, both of Massachusetts.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert Welsh and two brothers, Arthur and Sonny Shea.

Friends may call on Thursday, May 7, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

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