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Emma Jean Appelman, 99

MISSION VIEJO, CALIF. – Emma J. Appelman, 99, formerly of Youngstown, passed away of natural causes on April 3, 2009, at Atria Senior Living Home.

Emma was born June 20, 1909, in Beaver, Pa., the daughter of John and Gene (Irons) Wilson.

She was married on Aug. 8, 1927, to Leonard T. Appelman in New Castle, Pa.

Emma was the office manager for National Cylinder Company of Youngstown. Emma and Leonard moved to California in 1966, and she continued to work in the same capacity for the Chemtron Corp.

She leaves a son, Leonard G. Appelman, and daughter-in-law, Ellen of Sun Lakes Country Club, Calif.; a daughter, Judith Shoemaker, and son-in-law, Richard of Mission Viejo; three grandchildren, Lee and Jenifer Shoemaker of Mission Viejo and Nicole Rothbauer of Greenford; and three great-grandchildren, Tyler and Brant Rothbauer and Vanessa Shoemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard T. Appelman; a brother, John Wilson; a sister, Jean (Carlyle) Smith; and a grandson, Gregory Appelman.

Emma was a member of the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Hills, Calif.

She loved to knit, read and travel to Canada in the summer.

Emma was a kind loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. “She will be truly missed.”

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Dorothy Mae Beaver

DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. – A memorial service in honor of Dorothy Mae Beaver, who passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St. in Boardman, where visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2009.

She was born Oct. 30, 1919 in Youngstown to Arthur and Mary Price.

Her husband, Leroy B. Beaver, whom she married Aug. 3, 1940, passed away Feb. 23, 1993.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra (Nichlas) L. Rast and Pamela (Patrick) L. Leonard; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

John L. Beck, 75

CANFIELD – John L. Beck, 75, of Lisbon Road, passed away early Saturday morning at his home, May 30, 2009, from complications of cancer.

He was born Nov. 6, 1933, in Youngstown, the son of the late Floyd and Marietta (Little) Beck.

Mr. Beck was a lifelong area resident and still resided in the home he had built on the family farm 54 years ago. He attended Greenford school and worked as a Structural Iron Worker for 39 years for Local 207 of Youngstown.

John was a member of the Midway Mennonite Church of Columbiana and the Mahoning County Farm Bureau Association. He enjoyed deer hunting and farming and especially growing watermelons, which he shared with his friends. He also enjoyed history, especially the Civil War era.

John is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. (Lehman) Beck, whom he married June 20, 1954; two sons, Lee (Karen) Beck of Greenford and Mark (Jill) Beck of Columbiana; one sister, Darlene (William) Smith of Youngstown; two brothers, Paul (Marilee) Beck of Tish Amingo, Okla., and David (Anne) Beck of Poland; five grandchildren, Brandy (Bryan) Hively of Canfield, Dan (Jeanne) Beck of Salem, Adam (Melissa) Beck of Salem, Heidi (Randy) Troyer of Columbiana, and Heather (Ry) Torhan of Columbiana; and five great-grandchildren, Savannah and Samuel Hively, Wyatt Beck, Caden and Morgan Beck.

Mr. Beck was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Hollie Beck.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at the Midway Mennonite Church in Columbiana with the Rev. Herman Myers officiating.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Burial will be in Midway Cemetery.

The family suggests that material contributions be made to Midway Mennonite Church or Make-a-Wish Foundation, P.O. Box 29119, Phoenix, AZ 85038-9119.

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Susan Marie Rouan Boros, 52

DEERFIELD – Prayers will be Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Saint Edward Church, celebrated by Msgr. Robert Siffrin, for Susan Marie Rouan Boros, 52, who passed away Friday morning at her residence.

Susan was born Oct. 24, 1956, in Youngstown, a daughter of Eugene W. and Pauline L. Erisky Rouan. 

She was a 1974 graduate of The Rayen School and had worked as a case worker for the Mahoning County Job & Family Services. Susan was of the Catholic Faith. She enjoyed her children and her family and loved to travel and enjoyed her pets, bingo and crafts.

Besides her husband, Kenneth A. Boros, whom she married April 26, 1980, she leaves two sons, Kenneth Boros Jr. of Massillon and Nicholas Boros of Albuquerque, N.M.; four brothers, Eugene (Nancy) Rouan Jr of Springhill, Fla., Thomas  (Mary) Rouan of Boardman, Robert (Andrea) Rouan of Austintown and Richard (Deborah) Rouan of Austintown; five sisters, Carol (Dane) Carder of Springhill, Fla., Margaret (Terry) Fagan of Poland, Paula Rouan of Austintown,  Mary Lou (Daniel) Watson of Valley Bend, W.Va., and Catherine (Joseph) Merolillo of Austintown; numerous nieces and nephews; and her caregiver for the last several years, Linda Powers. 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Ann Rouan.

Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Almerinda Ciarniello, 89

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel for Almerinda Ciarniello, 89, who died Saturday morning at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Almerinda was born Jan. 15, 1920, in Bagnoli del Trigno, Italy

She came the United States in 1935 from the Moliniaize-Abruzzi region of Italy.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of McDonald.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Dominic Ciarniello, whom she married Aug. 24, 1941, he died July 15, 2000; a daughter, Violet Angiuli; son, Donald Ciarniello; and son-in-law, Dominic Angiuli.

She is survived by her son, Dominic “Jack” (Chrystal) Ciarniello of Canfield; three grandchildren, Carol Marie (Paul) Schewitzer, Ralph (Susan) Angiuli and Robert Angiuli; two great-grandsons, Isaiah Schweizer and Nicholas Angiuli.

Friends may call Monday 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Mary Cuhran, 92

STRUTHERS – Mary Cuhran, 92, of Elm Street, died May 27, 2009 at Meridian Arms Nursing Home.

Mrs. Cuhran was born Nov. 4, 1916 in Briar Hill, Pa., a daughter of Joseph and Agnes Tilisky Manijak.

She was a member of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of its Altar and Rosary Society, and the Infant Jesus of Prague

Her husband, John Cuhran, whom she married Feb. 19, 1938, died July 18, 1989.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Agnes (David) Shears of Austintown; two sons, John (Joan) Cuhran of Boardman and Joseph Cuhran of Struthers; one sister, Justine Nesdostup of Youngstown; a brother, Frank (Ruth) Manijak of Akron; four grandchildren, Johnny Cuhran, James Cuhran, Jeanette Barnes and David Shears; four great-grandchildren, Brittany Barnes, Maria Barnes, Kathryn Cuhran and Kyle Cuhran

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Soltis and Helen Turocy; two brothers, Steve Manijak and Joseph Manijak; and one grandson, Danny Shears.

Services will be held at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church on Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Friends will be received Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers, where prayer services will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

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Marie Di Piero, 92

YOUNGSTOWN – Marie Di Piero, 92, passed away Friday, May 29, 2009, at Humility House in Youngstown.

She was born March 13, 1917 in Girard, the daughter of the late James Moliterno and Teresa (Morano) Moliterno.

She was the wife of the late Rene Di Piero, whom she married April 25, 1942 and passed away Feb. 26, 2009.

The family includes son, Louis (Diann) Di Piero of Atlanta, daughter, Linda (Jim) Jones of McDonald and daughter, Renee (Stan) Kumor of Hendersonville, N.C.; sister, Helen Ezzo of St. Petersburg, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rene Di Piero; her parents, James and Teresa Moliterno; her sister, Rose Ezzo; and great-granddaughter, Kaitlin Sturgeon.

She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, where she belonged to their Senior Citizens and Altar Rosary. She was past secretary of the Bugnarese Club and past president of the Wolves Club. She also belonged to various card clubs.

The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff and family of the Humility House for the great care and love shown to Marie.

There will be a memorial Mass on Saturday, June 6, at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Arrangements were handled by the Fabrizio Funeral Home.

Edward Garltic, 83

STRUTHERS – Edward Garltic, 83, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at his home.

He was born May 31, 1925, in Steubenville, a son of the late James and Olive Jobes.

He was an avid bowler and Cleveland Browns fan and enjoyed collecting coins and stamps. He worked as a printer for The Youngstown Vindicator, retiring in 1980.

Surviving are his children, Loretta (Jeff) Restle of Struthers, with whom he made his home; Omar (Patti) Garltic of Youngstown, Delores Khoury of Struthers, George (Rachelle) Garltic of Struthers, Estella (John) Nelson of Struthers, Mark (Vanessa) Garltic of Struthers, Elaine Richards, Lois Jane Schilling and Edward Jobes; a sister, Estella Daugherty of Albuquerque, N.M.; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta E. Writsel Garltic, whom he married in 1959 and who died April 6, 1991, and a brother, Stanley Garltic.

There are no calling hours or services planned.

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Catherine Harvischak, 88

POLAND – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John Orthodox Church in Campbell for Catherine Harvischak, 88, who passed away Friday morning at Beegley Oaks Nursing Home.

Catherine was born Sept. 27, 1920, in Porace, Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Andrew and Katherine Bakos Harvischak.

She was a member of the church and its Ladies Altar Society and was on the building committee for the church.

Catherine was a seamstress, retiring in 1983 from Working Men’s Overalls in Youngstown.

She leaves to cherish her memory, four sisters, Anna Harvischak of Youngstown, Mary Murcko of Charleston, Pa., Pauline (Frank) Fesz of Campbell and Helen Colaluca of Poland; one brother, Thomas (Sonja) Harvischak of Campbell; nieces, nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The Harvischak family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Parastas at 7:30 p.m.

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Edith Louise Jones

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Washington Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Rozier officiating for Mrs. Edith Louise Jones of Youngstown.

Mrs. Jones was born May 19, 1924, in Baxter, W.Va., a daughter of Walter and Henrietta Benson Russell, and came to this area many years ago.

She was employed at St. Elizabeth Health Center and Cafaro Osteopathic Hospital, retiring in 1987.

She was a member of the Phillips Chapel C.M.E. for over 40 years, where she served on the usher board. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. She was well known for her cooking.

On May 29 our Heavenly Father cast his eternal light upon her residence and beckoned her home.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories, two daughters, Emma Jones of Youngstown and Vickie Lynn Russell (Hoffman) of Estates, Ill.; one son, John Newton Jones Jr. of Youngstown; one sister, Irene Russell Smith of Youngstown; her granddaughters and caregivers, Patrice and Kimberly Frederick; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Walter II, Clarence and Henry Jones; a sister, Seretta Jones; a daughter, Jacqueline Jones Frederick; and a son, Maurice Leonard Jones.

Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Washington Funeral Home.

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Julie M. “Juggie” (Novak) Kaurich, 88

CENTER TOWNSHIP, PA. – Julie M. “Juggie” (Novak) Kaurich, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at her home.

She was born April 5, 1921, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Postich) Novak.

Julie graduated in 1939 from Woodrow Wilson High School. She worked for the Pepsi Cola Co. and Truscon Steel in Youngstown until she was married to Stephen on June 22, 1946. After moving to Aliquippa, she worked at the Valley Bargain Center in Beaver Falls until 1958. After the birth of her daughter, Joyce, she worked at Joseph Hornes Department Store, retiring in 1987 after 17 years.

Julie was a member of Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, the Sevdah Adult Tamburitzan group, and the Croatian Fraternal Union.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her three sisters, Barbara Mesnak, Katherine Yazvac, and Caroline Barnes.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Stephen F. “Stefa” Kaurich of Center Township; a daughter, Joyce D. Crumbo of Alexandria, Va.; two nieces, Marilyn and Carolyn Mesnak of Youngstown; and a brother-in-law, Carl Yazvac of Youngstown.

She will be sadly missed and warmly remembered by all who knew her.

Friends will be received today from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Darroch Memorial Chapel, 2640 Mill Street in Aliquippa,, where prayers will be offered on Monday, June 1, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with Fr. Joseph Klepner officiating.

Interment will be held in the chapel at Calvary Cemetery, 248 South Belle Vista Ave. in Youngstown at 2 p.m Monday.

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Ava Marie Mullen, Infant

YOUNGSTOWN – Private funeral services were held on Saturday for Ava Marie Mullen, Infant, who died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

She was born Thursday, May 21, 2009, in Boardman, the daughter of Wellington Cornegay and Jennifer L. Mullen.

Surviving are her parents; her sister, Amira Mitchell; her grandparents, John and Lois Mullen of Youngstown; and great-grandparents Harry and Lois Slayton of Youngstown and Margaret Mullen also of Youngstown.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, Jack Mullen and Albert Bush.

Interment was at Calvary Cemetery

Contributions may be made to the Touched by Nathan Foundation.

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Nora Pitoscia, 98

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman for Nora Pitoscia, 98, who passed away Thursday evening, May 28.

Nora was born April 6, 1911, in Youngstown, the daughter of Nick and Jennie (Fusco) Pirlozzi.

She was employed at Forum Health Northside Medical Center in the housekeeping department, retiring in 1974 after 15 years.

Nora was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid Society.

Nora will always be remembered by her daughters, Mary Ann Flynn of Niles, Antoinette Wilkes of California and Josephine Gutwald of Austintown; a son, John Pitoscia Jr. of Arizona; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Louis and Joseph Minotti and five brothers, Benny, Tony, Michael, Philip and Frank Pirlozzi.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, at the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

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Very Rev. Cannon James E. Poorman, 66

RAMEY, PA. – Very Rev. Cannon James E. Poorman, 66, Pastor of St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ramey, passed away at 1:07 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at Memorial Medical Center Conemaugh Health System in Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa.

Fr. Poorman was born Sept. 16, 1942, in Philipsburg, Pa., the son of the late James F. Poorman and Margaret J. Chihon Poorman, who survives in Struthers.

He was a Chaplain of the Our Lady of the Valley Knights of Columbus Council No. 10376 in Houtzdale, Pa. and a member of the Pope John Paul II 4th Degree Assembly No. 0952 of the Knights of Columbus in Clearfield, Pa. He was also an avid historian of the Byzantine Ukrainian Catholic Religion. He held degrees in Theology.

Along with his mother, he is survived by a sister and a brother, Karen Kihm and husband Russell of Boardman and John Poorman of Wooster; also four nieces, Mary and Nicole Poorman, Kari Cantanzeriti and husband Rocco and Christina Strahlem and husband Michael; and two great-nieces, Jami and Jessica Smeltzer.

Fr. Poorman was preceded in death by his father, James F. Poorman, on July 17, 2002 and a nephew, James R. Poloski, on May 16, 2003.

Friends may call on Monday, June 1, 2009, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers, where there will be a Panachida service at 7:30 p.m.

Internment will be at Lake Park Cemetery.

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Victor Frank “Vic” Vickers, 71

GREER, S.C. – Victor Frank “Vic” Vickers, 71, husband of Mary Clark Vickers, of 106 Mount Vernon Circle, died May 30, 2009, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of Youngstown, he was of the Catholic faith, a retired Fleet Manager for Gold Kist, Inc., a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of DAV.

Surviving is his mother, Elizabeth Klucher Vickers of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Tee Rampey of Greer; two sons, Bradley “Brad” Vickers of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Gary Vickers of Jupiter, Fla., also, Beth Bathurst, Karen Vickers, a son, Joseph Vickers, a brother, Michael Vickers of Port St. Lucie, Fla.;. and 13 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his father, Frank Vickers.

Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at The Wood Mortuary, conducted by Father Bart Leon.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday before the service.

Memorials may be made to the Greer Chapter of the DAV, c/o of Ronnie Alexander, 1396 Milford Church Road, Greer, SC 29651.

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Harry C. Zimmerman, 56

YOUNGSTOWN - Harry C. Zimmerman, 56, of Boardman, died April 22, 2009, at Hospice House after a two-month illness.

Harry was born Aug. 15, 1952, in Youngstown, the son of Harry and Wilma O’Neill Zimmerman. He was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1970 graduate of Chaney High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, serving in Denver. Harry first worked for U.S. Steel as a WEMR (welding electrical maintenance repair) and most recently for General Motors in Lordstown as a WEMR.

He was a member of the Western Star No. 21 Lodge F&AM and a 32nd degree Mason of the Valley of Youngstown Scottish Rite, a member of the NRA, and an avid model train enthusiast.

Harry leaves his mother, Wilma “Jean” Zimmerman of Boardman; two sons, Eric (Michele) Zimmerman of South Jordan, Utah, and Kevin (Sandy) Zimmerman of Stafford, Va.; three sisters, Jane Martin of Youngstown, Nancy (Ken) Croutch of Boardman and Wilma (Rob) O’Donnell of Boardman; and five grandchildren, Wesley, Jamie, Emily, Liam, and Megan.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 3, at 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Room at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park, 123 McKinley Ave. in Youngstown, where the family will receive friends from 1 to 1:30 p.m., prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions in Harry’s name to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

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