BOARDMAN Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 at St. James Episcopal Church, 7640 Glenwood Ave. in Boardman, for Susan Bannon, of Red Bank, N.J., formerly of Pittsburgh and Youngstown, who died Friday, Sept. 5 in New Jersey.
Susan was born Sept. 10, 1942 in Hackensack, N.J., a daughter of the late Charles and Florence Gosling Gompert. Susan resided in the Youngstown area for over 30 years.
She received her BA and MA from Youngstown State University and had worked for the Youngstown Sheet and Tube, The International Institute, and Children and Family Services. Most recently, Susan was a tour guide for the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium at Sandy Hook, N.J.
Her laugh and fierce spirit will be deeply missed by her husband, George; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy (Joe) Brokesh and Nancy Bannon (Brian MacDevitt); her brother, David Gompert; and her beloved grandchildren, Taylor, Chloe, Jake and Georgie.
Friends may call on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman.
The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Franklin Frank D. R. Dillon, 70
WEST MIDDLESEX, PA. Franklin Frank D. R. Dillon, 70, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 7, 2008, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 20, 1938, in Youngstown, a son of Matthew P. and Della Marie Moore Dillon and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Dillon was of the Assembly of God faith and worked for Zambelli Fireworks in New Castle, Pa. for 11 years, retiring in 2006. He previously owned and operated Keystone Security and Investigations in New Castle for 20 years, was a former Pulaski Township police officer, drove bus for Anderson Bus Co., was a school bus driver and worked for Republic Steel Corp.
Frank enjoyed fishing and served with the U.S. Navy for four years.
He leaves his wife, the former Mona L. L. White Walters, whom he married March 11, 1995; one son, David Walters of New Castle; six daughters, Debra (William) Crissey of Cleveland, Della (Jesse) Connor and Shirley (Mark) Rossner, both of Middleburg, Fla., Theresa (Horace) Davis of Pensacola, Fla., Lisa (Kenneth) Sumey of Edinburg, Pa. and Christine Walters of New Castle; two brothers, Ezra Dillon of North Jackson and Matthew P. Dillon of Arizona; one sister, Dorothy Drake of Pulaski, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Hazel Keener and Florence Davidson.
There are no services or calling hours.
Arrangements are being handled by the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.
Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
James Edward McGinnis, 91
YOUNGSTOWN Prayers will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m., celebrated at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for James Edward McGinnis., 91, who died at the Hospice House with his family at his side.
Mr. McGinnis was born July 31, 1917, in Oxford, Mass., the son of John J. and Jennie C. (Fenner) McGinnis. His family moved to Youngstown when Mr. McGinnis was still a young boy.
During the Depression, Mr. McGinnis worked in 3C Camps (Civilian Conservation Corps) in various parts of the country, prior to enlisting in the Army. Mr. McGinnis was a veteran of WWII, serving as a sergeant with the 135th F.A. 37th Division throughout the South Pacific on Guadalcanal and Bouganville and earned a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in action.
After the war, Mr. McGinnis remained active in veteran community affairs, serving as a member and past president of the Mahoning County Veterans Commission. He was life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He was past commander of the United Veterans Council, charter member of AMVETS (National) in which he held many offices, including State and District Commander. He was chairman of the Annual Memorial Day Parade, as well as Parade Marshall in 1990. He was selected Veteran of the Year in 1982. He was past chairman of the Grave Decorating Committee of Mahoning County, member of the 37th Division Association and past president of the Youngstown Chapter and of the National Executive Committee.
Mr. McGinnis was also the host/moderator of the Veterans Show, weekly on WBBW radio. He was an active member of the committee to Keep the Man on the Monument in downtown Youngstown. His biography is listed among the Whos Who in the Midwest edition, from 1980 to 1981.
Mr. McGinnis was a graduate of Youngstown College with a B.A. degree in 1950. For over 50 years, he worked for the Patterson Buckeye Company as an accountant, officer manager, and eventually as treasurer and comptroller, retiring in 2003.
He also enjoyed memberships in the Knights of Columbus (third degree), the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Mahoning Valley Gaelic Society, the National Society of Public Accountants, the Youngstown State Alumni Association (Sigma Kappa Phi), as well as being a charter member and usher at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish.
Mr. McGinnis leaves to cherish his memory his wife of more than 67 years, the former Catherine Irene Cronk, whom he adored and married July 12, 1941; three daughters, Mrs. Barbara (Shelby) Cash and Kathleen, both of Poland and Mrs. Patricia (Richard) Milheim of Zanesville; three sons, James B. McGinnis of Cincinnati, John E. McGinnis of Wilboughley Hills and Robert M. (Connie) McGinnis of New Wilmington, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and three sisters.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences.
Sophie T. Neher, 87
POLAND Private services were held this morning at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Struthers for Sophie T. Neher, 87, of 5838 Poland Struthers Road, who passed away Saturday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Sophie was born May 19, 1921 in Youngstown, a daughter of Matthew and Mary Elizabeth Jergus Sich Hudak.
She married James Joseph Neher on Aug. 23, 1941.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Guild.
Sophie leaves behind her daughter, Patricia (Thomas) Zoblisien of Jacksonville, N.C.; one brother, Stephen Hudak of Youngstown; one sister, Veronica Komara of Canfield; five grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Sophie was preceded in death by her husband, James; four brothers, Joe Rehovsky, Albert Schuley, John Schuley and Victor Hudak; and two sisters, Rose Martinko and Mary Socash.
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Attorney Armond V. Rossi, 85
POLAND There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio officiating, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman, for Attorney Armond V. Rossi, 85, renowned area funeral director, who was peacefully called home on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008 from complications of diabetes with his beloved family by his side.
The legacy that was started and the lives he has touched over the years with his caring and dedication to the tri county community will live on in the hearts of all.
Armond was born June 8, 1923 in Youngstown, and was a lifelong area resident. He was the son of the late Louis Rossi Sr. and Isabella (Guglielmo) Williams.
He followed in the family business to continue the tradition and legacy with his brother, Louis Rossi Jr., as a funeral director and embalmer with the Rossi Bros Funeral Home up until 2007. He then was an employee but mostly a mentor to Chelsey Santucci, his two nephews, Louis and Joseph Rossi and the entire staff of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home on Market Street, to help carry on the traditions, caring service and love he has been accustomed to all his life.
Armond was a proud graduate of East High School, received his bachelors degree from Youngstown College, his funeral directors and embalmers degree from Cleveland College of Mortuary Science, where he was president of his class, and a law degree (LLD) from Youngstown State University.
Armond was extremely active with the community, where he belonged to and was past president of the Tri County Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, Arco Club, Amerital Club, Youngstown Sons of Italy Lodge No. 858, Julian Altier Lodge I.O.S.O.I. Alphi Phi Delta Alumni, Youngstown State University Alumni, YSU Penguin Club as a Trustee, Mahoning County Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, ITAM Post No. 3, Wolves Club Den VI, Latin Culture Foundation, Knights of Columbus 3rd. and 4th. Degrees Council No. 3144, Firefighters Pension Board and the Cardinal Mooney Hall of Fame Committee and Athletic Boosters.
The honors that Armond has received were having the highest GPA in embalming school up until 1947, being honored for being the first chairman of The Diagnostic & Evaluation Clinic, named Cook of the Week by The Vindicator for his Italian cuisine, honored for his countless work with the Wolves Club, and has been named Man of the Year by Ciao Productions, and was Italian Business Man of the Year from the Greater Italian Fest.
Armond was a lifelong active member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown, where he was an usher, on the finance committee, parish council, vestibule club and festival committee. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of WWII.
He was extremely proud of his roots from the East Side of Youngstown and his Italian background which was Alvignano, Caserta and Tursi and Colobraro, Matera Italy.
He leaves his wife and sugar of over 67 years, Alice M. Sakovich, whom he married in 1941; his three children, Adrian A. (Mary) Rossi of Columbus, Armond A. (Jane) Rossi of Frostburg, Md., and Anne Marie Jarrett of Baton Rouge, La.; five grandchildren, Alex (Lindsey), Adam, Cecilia, John Rossi and Aaron (fiancée, Kristin Walther) Jarrett; two great-grandchildren, Mia and Dominic; a sister, Elvera Cannatti; and two nephews, Joseph (Marcella) Rossi of Canfield, and Louis (fiancée, Jody) Rossi of Youngstown; along with a host of cousins and friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Louis Rossi Jr.; an aunt, Marie Williams; and an uncle, Patrick L. Williams.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, from 1 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, from 8:30 to 9:25 a.m., all at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.
Entombment will take place at Calvary Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the Trumbull County American Legion Post.
In lieu of flowers, material contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH, 44512 or the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Education Fund, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown, OH 44505 in Armonds name.
Rosemary (Sherock) Scirocco-Corsale, 74
GIRARD Rosemary (Sherock) Scirocco-Corsale, 74, died Saturday Sept. 6, 2008 at Liberty Health Care.
Service times for the Mass on Wednesday has been changed.
Calling hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Church with prayers at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Becky Shomo, 66
BOARDMAN Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at St. James Episcopal Church, 7640 Glenwood Ave. in Boardman, for Becky Shomo, 66, who died Sunday afternoon at Hospice House of Poland.
Becky was born Feb. 15, 1942 in Greensburg, Pa., a daughter of the late John and Sarah Patterson Dunbar and came to this area in 1971.
Becky attended Cazenovia College in New York. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, the Ladies Golf Association at Tippecanoe Country Club, and a member of Hitchcock Woods Garden Club. Becky was an avid bridge player and belonged to several bridge clubs, and had volunteered for Easter Seals.
She leaves her husband, Worthington Shomo, whom she married Nov. 2, 1963; two daughters, Sarah (Jeff) Purser of Irvine, Calif. and Pamela (Mark) Tierney of Cincinnati; one brother, John Dunbar of Harwich, Mass.; and four grandchildren, Grace, Ella, Joseph and Scarlett.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman.
The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St. in Boardman or to the Memorial Fund of the church.
Emma Lou Thompson, 74
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church for Mrs. Emma Lou Thompson, 74, who departed this life Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 at University Hospital in Cleveland.
Mrs. Thompson was born April 29, 1934 in Shelby, N.C., a daughter of Wilbert and Idella Kilgore Shade.
She had worked as a bartender in various lounges, retiring in 1996. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family. She attended the Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.
Her husband, Willie James Thompson, whom she married in 1955, passed away March 16, 1960.
She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Gwen Dorsey of Houston; her sister, Nellie McElroy of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Janerio and Cherelle Dorsey; two great-grandchildren, Melvin Smith and Jaden Labore; Payton and Amy Lee whom she reared; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Her parents; a sister, Cora Shade; and a brother, Hubert Shade, preceded her in death.
Friends may call Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
Mabel Lida Ziegler, 88
COLUMBIANA On Sept. 5, 2008, Mabel Lida Ziegler, 88, passed away at her residence, under the care of Hospice of the Valley and surrounded by her loving family.
Mabel was born Oct. 14, 1919 in Salem, a daughter of Howard and Edith (Kirk) Holloway.
An area resident most of her life, she graduated from Goshen High School in 1938. She was a milk tester in surrounding counties for the state of Ohio, farmers wife, partner in Alberts egg route business, homemaker, and part time custodian, along with her husband Albert, at Columbiana schools.
Survivors include her husband, Albert D. Ziegler, whom she married March 20, 1949; three children, Mildred (Harold) Trotter of Columbiana, Wanda Ziegler of New Waterford and Sherman A. Ziegler of Columbiana; three grandchildren, Trina (Brian) Nussbaum, Travis (Gini) Trotter and Jonathan Trotter, all of Harrisonburg, Va.; one great-grandson, Tristan Nussbaum; two brothers, Edgar (Virginia) Holloway of Columbiana, Warren Holloway of Florence, S.C.; and one sister, Lois Barton of Eugene, Ore.
Mabel was preceded in death by her two sisters, Carol Holloway and her twin, Mildred Holloway.
Mabel was a member of the North Lima Mennonite Church.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Columbiana at the Midway Mennonite Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley.
Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Friends may visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary, sign the guest register or send condolences.