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Mary Lucille Bonace, 84

NEW MIDDLETOWN – Mary Lucille Bonace, 84, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Pembrooke Place.

Mrs. Bonace was born May 12, 1925, in Erskine Quarry, Pa., a daughter of Nazzarino and Angela Mangine Moretti.

Mrs. Bonace worked as a nurses aide for St. Elizabeth Health Center in the Nursery for over 20 years, retiring in 1989. She also was a member of the St. James the Apostle Church in New Bedford.

Her husband, Frank Bonace, whom she married May 29, 1948, died Dec. 13, 1975.

She is survived by two daughters, Angela (William) Barber of New Middletown and Karen VanAtta of Muldraugh, Ky.; two brothers, Eugene (Marie) Moretti of Lowellville and Donald (Helen) Moretti of Struthers; five grandchildren, William Barber, Christopher Barber, Jason VanAtta, Levi VanAtta and Heather VanAtta; and nine great-grandchildren, Christopher, Brock, Codey, Elizabeth, Gavin, Alexandria, Brayden, Zachery and Madison.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Patrick and George Moretti.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. James the Apostle Church in New Bedford, with Father John Rebel officiating. Interment will follow at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Lowellville.

Family and friends will be received Tuesday at 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Lowellville, where prayer services will be held Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.



Joseph Deak, 75

YOUNGSTOWN - Joseph Deak, 75, of the city’s west side, passed away early Sunday morning, June 7, 2009, at Hospice House in Poland Township.

Mr. Deak was born June 17, 1933, in Youngstown, a son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Chellice Deak, and was a lifelong area resident.

Joe was a 1951 graduate of Chaney High School, and worked at Youngstown Steel Door for 33 years.

Joe was a member of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church. He enjoyed golfing and fishing, and he loved the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Mr. Deak leaves his beloved wife, Lillian Thompson Deak, whom he married April 7, 1956; his son, Joseph C. (Deborah) Deak of Madison; his daughter, Dianne (Rick) Hanuschak of Youngstown; seven grandchildren, Joseph, Douglas, David and Alyson Deak and Brett, Kayla and Ashley Hanuschak; and two sisters, Margaret Yakovich and Betty Kirin, both of Youngstown.

Joe will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Besides his parents, three brothers, Frank, John and Steve Deak; and two sisters, Helen Marinelli and Irene Deak, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

Family and friends may also call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Canfield, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m.

Internment will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.

Mr. Deak’s family would like to thank the staff of the Hope Center for Cancer Care, the Celtic Nurses, and Hospice of the Valley for all the care given, and kindness and concern shown during Joe’s illness.

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

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences on-line.



Frederick P. “Fritz” Freisen, 80

YOUNGSTOWN - A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Christine Catholic Church in Youngstown for Frederick P. “Fritz” Freisen, 80, who died late Saturday night at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

He was born April 9, 1929 in Youngstown, a son of Frederick J. and Dorothy M. (O’Brien) Freisen, and he resided in this area all of his life.

He was a 1947 graduate of Ursuline High School and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War from 1951 to 1955. He had worked as a traffic signal and fire alarm technician for the City of Youngstown for 33 years before retiring in the late 1980s.

He was a member of St. Christine Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Korean War Veterans Association, VFW Post No. 93 and American Legion Post No. 732. He also enjoyed bowling and was very proud that he once rolled a perfect 300 game.

He is survived by his wife, the former Janet E. Terlecky, whom he married Oct. 7, 1972. He also leaves behind two daughters, Amy (Brian) Aurandt of Austintown and Holly (Greg) Potters of Natick, Mass.; one granddaughter, Victoria Aurandt; a brother, James (Betty) Freisen of Ashtabula; and a sister, Margaret “Peggy” McBride of Canfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

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



Gerald A. “Jerry” Kidd, 52

AUSTINTOWN - Gerald A. “Jerry” Kidd, 52, passed away early Friday morning, June 5, 2009, after suffering injuries at his home heroically protecting his family.

Gerald was born Aug. 22, 1956 in Youngstown, a son of the late William and Cecilia Wallace Kidd, and was a lifelong area resident.

Jerry was a 1974 graduate of Fitch High School and worked for 32 years for General Motors, retiring just this past April.

He was an avid golfer and played in the United Auto Workers Second Shift Golf League. Jerry enjoyed all outdoor activities and also played in the UAW Second Shift Softball League. He and his wife loved going to auctions to find antique furniture, which they refinished with great pride.

Jerry enjoyed many activities with his family and especially he enjoyed the time he spent with his grandson, instructing him in sports.

Mr. Kidd leaves his beloved wife, de Lee Combs Kidd, whom he married Dec. 28, 1974; his daughter, Kourtney Kidd of Austintown; his son, Ian Kidd of Austintown; his grandson, Alexander Kidd of Girard; a brother, Kenneth (Sandra) Kidd of Niles; and his mother-in-law, Jean Combs of Corry, Pa.

Jerry will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Besides his parents, a brother William Kidd, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place for Mr. Kidd on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, where friends may also call from noon to 1 p.m.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences on-line.


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Stella M. Lakovich, 85

YOUNGSTOWN – Private funeral services were held tod.ay at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Stella M. Lakovich, 85, who died Friday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She was born June 10, 1923, in Youngstown, a daughter of Paul and Camilla (Rozenski) Halicki, and she resided in this area all of her life.

She spent her adult life as a homemaker and she was a longtime member of St. Stanislaus Church in Youngstown.

She married Anthony Lakovich on Dec. 2, 1950, and he preceded her in death on May 3, 1991.

She is survived by a son, John W. (Joy) Lakovich of Canfield; a sister, Florence Hulburt of Austintown; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a niece, Kathy Hulburt, with whom she made her home; and several other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard; three brothers, Anthony, Stanley and Vincent; and four sisters, Agnes Mravich, Jane Krebs, Josephine Sosnoski and Mary Larsik.

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



Brad A. Liller, 40

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service officiated by Brad’s aunt, the Rev. Barbara Dobranchin, at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, to celebrate the life of Brad Liller, 40, who passed away Friday, June 5.

Brad was born April 9, 1969, in Youngstown, the son of William Ferguson and Martha Liller.

He was gifted as an excellent carpenter and handyman. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed riding four wheelers and dirt bikes.

Brad will be greatly missed and will always be loved and remembered by his mom, Martha, and stepfather C.E. White; his four children, Joshua Liller and his mom, Lisa, Brett Liller, Kassie Vath and Breanna Keener; his sister, Lee (Ernie) Sattarelle of Boardman; his two brothers, Stephen Liller of California and Jeff (Carrie) Liller of Youngstown; and many loving aunts and uncles; and nieces and nephews.

Brad was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Ardith Liller.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday, June 10 at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Avenue, Boardman Chapel.


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John R. Malone

YOUNGSTOWN – Private memorial services will be held at a later date for John R. Malone, who passed away early Wednesday morning at Beeghley Oaks.

John was born July 10, 1924, in Youngstown, a son of James and Cassie Harrison Malone.

Besides his parents, John was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Malone Cirelli and Elaine Malone Untch; and two brothers, James and Robert Malone.

John is survived by two brothers, William Malone of Struthers and Larry Welsh of Syracuse, N.Y., and one sister, Joyce Malone Kekich of Phoenix.

After leaving the Armed Forces, where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division, John worked in the banking industry and resided in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years before returning to Youngstown to enjoy his semi-retirement and continue his interest in banking, as a consultant for his associates in San Francisco.

John will be missed by his family and friends.

“The Malone family would like to thank the staff of Beegley Oaks, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center and Hospice of the Valley for all of the care given to John.”

The family requests that any material tributes be given to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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Keith Whan Sr., 53

RAVENNA – Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman for Keith Whan Sr., 53, who died Saturday afternoon at Robinson Memorial Hospital.

Keith was born March 28, 1956 in Los Angeles, and was raised in North Lima. He graduated from South Range High School in 1974.

Besides his wife, the former Wendy Hilbert, whom he married April 25, 1980, he leaves his mother, Madonna Fleishman of Texas; three sons, Keith (Julie) Whan Jr. of Ravenna, Brent (Ashley) Whan of Canfield and Christofer Whan of Austin town; one daughter, Amanda Whan of Ravenna; one sister, Amy Skelley of Texas; and two grandchildren, Nathan Whan and Lauren Whan.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Mark Whan.

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


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