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Mable Armour, 80

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 1 p.m. at the Zion Hill Baptist Church for Mrs. Mable Armour, 80, who departed this life Sunday, July 20, 2008 at the St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mrs. Armour was born May 29, 1928 in Youngstown, a daughter of Joseph and Rosalee Graham Brown.

She was a 1946 graduate of North High School and attended Youngtown College (YSU). She was formerly employed at Ravenna Arsenal, General Motors in Lordstown and Youngstown State University.

She was a member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church, its deaconess, choir and Busy Bee ministries, church mother, church history committee president of mission ministry, former usher board member and the church secretary.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening, shopping, traveling and spending precious time with her loving family.

Her husband, Ezell L. Armour Sr., whom she married June 18, 1949, passed away May 15, 1989.

She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, three sons, Ezell (Evang. Monica) Armour Jr., Ronald (Barbara) Armour and Phillip Armour; two sisters, Thelma Williams and Rosalee (Theodore) Anderson all of Youngstown; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Bernard and Theodore Brown; four sisters, Faye Alexander, Marylee Harris, Dorothy McKay and Frances Benjamin; and four grandchildren

Friends may call Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Ann Marie Brainard, 93

NORTH LIMA – Ann Marie Brainard, 93, formerly of Campbell, died Monday morning, July 21, at The Assumption Village.

She was born in Campbell on May 17, 1915, a daughter of the late John and Anna Firda Savka.

She retired as the head waitress at Tippecanoe Country Club in 1965, previously having worked at the Oyster House, Crystal Restaurant and the Mural Room. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, and a former member of its choir and the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild.

She is survived by her son, Edward (Loretta) Brainard Jr. of Campbell; two grandchildren, Edward Brainard III and Christopher (Sandy) Brainard, both of Campbell; two great-grandchildren, Madison and Alexis Brainard; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Brainard, whom she married Sept. 2, 1947, and who died June 22, 1990; three brothers, John, Paul, and Mike Savka; and a sister, Elizabeth Kotel.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Kirila Funeral Home in Struthers.

There will be visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Baptist Church, where there will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m.

Interment will be at St. John Cemetery.

The Brainard family would like to thank the staff of The Assumption Village and Hospice of the Valley for their wonderful care of Ann. “If carign were enough, anyone could be a nurse, thank you for doing so much more for her.”

Please visit www.kirilafh.com to view this obituary and send online condolences to the family.


William R. Connelly, 80

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman and 10 am. at Saint Christine Church for William R. Connelly, 80, who died Saturday evening at the home of his daughter in Lake Milton, OH.

Mr. Connelly was born March 28, 1928 in Youngstown, a son of Martin and Cora Rochford Connelly and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1947 graduate of Ursuline High School and was a member of the 1946 undefeated football team. William was inducted into the Ursuline High School Hall of Fame for football in 1990.

He was a machinist for General Electric, retiring in 1978. He was a member and served as president of the IUE Local No. 734 from 1978 to 1993 he was a staff member and organizer for the international union.

He enjoyed golfing and watching his granddaughter play softball.

He was a veteran of the Army, serving from 1952 to 1953.

Besides his wife, the former Frances V. Ferranti, whom he married Sept. 10, 1949; he leaves a son, Mark Connelly of Atlanta; a daughter, Kimberly (Randy) Velk of Lake Milton; a sister, Betty Hamer of Boardman; two grandchildren, Molly Dennison and Corey Velk; and two great-grandchildren, Colton and Chloe.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Nelson; and three brothers, Thomas Connelly, James Connelly and Martin Connelly.

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

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

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.

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Edgar James Day, 75

WARREN – Edgar James Day, 75, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 9:45 p.m. at Washington Square Nursing Home.

Edgar was born April 30, 1933, the son of the late Frank and Edna (Salen) Day in Warren.

A lifetime area resident, Edgar retired from American Welding in 1993 after 35 years of service. There he held the position of President for the local union.

Edgar attended Sts. Peter and Paul Church, was a member of ITAM No. 29 and No. 30, was one of the founding members of the Champion Football Boosters, past president of Champion Athletic Club. Edgar coached little league and AA baseball for Sims Buick Caffie All Stars; also played in the minors for Pittsburgh.

Edgar also enjoyed woodworking and was a very avid Indians fan. Edgar also served our country having served in the Army.

Edgar is survived by his four children, Dennis Day, Timothy (Nicky) Day, Edward (Lisa) Day all of Champion and his daughter, Sandy Torres of Warren with whom he made his home. Also surviving him are his siblings; Eleanor (Lynn) Weekley of Newton Falls, Betty (Don) Burruso of Fillingsgrove, Pa., and Don (Florence) Berry of Springboro, OH.; and seven grandchildren.

Edgar was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joseph, Francis and William Day; and two sisters, Margaret Higgs and Mary Waleryszak.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday July 23, 2008 at 7 p.m. at the Roberts-Clark Funeral Chapel. Calling hours will be held from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers and the material contributions be made in Edgar’s memory to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44512-2198.

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


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Lucille F. Fell, 75

HUBBARD – Lucille F. Fell, 75, died Saturday evening, July 19, 2008, at Forum Health Medical Center.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1932, in Sharon, Pa., a daughter of John and Florence Burnett Hassler and moved to Hubbard in 1965.

Mrs. Fell was a homemaker. She was a member of the Coitsville Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and a choir member and belonged to the Women’s Association. She was a former member of the Brookfield Senior Citizens and enjoyed crafts, crosses, angels, camping and fishing.

Her husband, Merle E. Fell, whom she married on Dec. 22, 1962, died on June 27, 1997.

She leaves two sons, Paul (Carol) Foster of Canfield and Merle E. Fell of Hubbard; a brother, James (Ruby) Hassler of Higgins, Texas; three grandchildren, Jessica Foster (Kevin) Vallecorsa, Kevin Fell and Danielle Fell; several nieces and nephews; and her closest friend, JoAnn McCauley.

Besides her husband, preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Raymond King, her twin, Paul, John and Clarence Hassler; half brother, Earl; and half sisters, Viola Wilson, Hazel Kennedy and Ruth Brubaugh.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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Joanne L. Franklin, 65

NILES – Joanne L. Franklin, 65, of 561 Stanton St., died at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2008, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 12, 1943 in Warren, the daughter of James and Mary Ann Cella Fonce.

She was a 1960 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, employed for 17 years at General Motors Lordstown before retiring in 1994, and was a member of the Hi-Low Hobo’s and 29’ers Camping Clubs.

She enjoyed toule painting, crafts, and spending the winters in Florida.

Joanne, who was a good mother, grandmother, and her husband’s soul mate, will be deeply missed by her husband, Paul Franklin, whom she married April 21, 1979; two sons, Sean Flynn and his wife, Kimberly of Niles and Paul Franklin III of Cortland; two daughters, Kim Keefe and her husband, Kevin of Cincinnati and Melissa Todd and her husband, Troy of Leetonia; three brothers, James Fonce Jr. and his wife, Crickett of Warren, Larry Fonce of Warren, and Joseph Fonce of Cortland; a sister, Connie Cavacos and her husband, Pete of Charlotte, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Kaid Todd, Kayla Todd, River Bryan, and Dominic Franklin.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Niles.

Please visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to send condolences to the family.

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Emma Homolya, 86

NORTH LIMA – Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman and at 1 p.m. at Saint Christine Church for Emma Homolya, 86, who died Sunday evening at The Caprice Health Care Center.

Miss Homolya was born June 9, 1922 in Youngstown, a daughter of Stephen and Julia Toth Homolya and was a lifelong area resident. Emma and her family were longtime residents of the Cornersburg area of Youngstown.

Emma was a 1939 graduate of Chaney High School. She received her bachelor of science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1943, her master of education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1946 and did post master degree work at Kent State University from 1972 to 1974.

Emma retired as home economics supervisor for the Youngstown Public Schools in 1978. She was supervisor for 16 years, from 1962 to 1978. Prior to that, she taught at Columbiana High School from 1943 to 1944, Hayes Junior High School from 1944 to 1960, and at Volney Rogers Junior High School from 1960 to 1962. She spent 35 years in the education field.

Along with the school work, she taught food and nutrition and advanced diet therapy in the Nursing Education Department of the Youngstown Hospital Association. When the nursing program moved to Youngstown College, she became the first nutrition instructor in the Nursing Education Department. She served as a dietician at both North and South Units of the Youngstown Hospital Association from 1947 to 1962.

During the school system’s Austerity program, she also taught trade dressmaking classes at Choffin Career Center for three years and taught nutrition and sociology in the Adult Practical Nursing Program at Choffin for three years on a part time basis.

She was a life member of the Mahoning Retired Teachers Association and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. Emma was a member of Saint Christine Church. She enjoyed world travel and visited a good part of the globe.

She is survived by her nephews, Brian (Laurania) McCully of Youngstown, Douglas (Dianne) McCully of Cedaredge, Colo., Dennis (Patty) McCully of Poland and Robert McCully of Canfield; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and many great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret McCully; a brother, Steve Homolya; and a niece, Elaine Homolya.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Christine Church Building Fund, 3165 South Schenley Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.


Karen Y. Little, 62

YOUNGSTOWN – Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel for Karen Y. Little, 62, who died Monday morning at Mahoning Valley Hospital.

Karen was born March 31, 1946 in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Eugene and Beverly (Yount) Little and came to this area as a child.

Karen retired from Packard Electric in the early 1980s, where she had worked for 20 years. She graduated from Austintown Fitch High School and was of the Protestant faith. She loved to play cards, bingo and listen to country music.

Karen is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and John Balog of Canfield; her nieces, Kristen (Eric) Stuhlmann of Boardman, and Kerri Balog of Canfield; and her second mother, Dorothy Little of Columbiana and her children, Linda Sarabura of Cleveland, Pat Callahan of Indiana and Greg Robinson of Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to funeral services.

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

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Robert V. “Bob” Mahoney, 78

YOUNGSTOWN – A memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Church for Robert V. “Bob” Mahoney, 78, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., formerly of Youngstown, who passed away July 10, 2008 in Florida.

Bob was born in Youngstown, the son of John V. and Lucille Mahoney, and moved to Tarpon Springs in 1999.

He was a graduate of Ursuline High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran having proudly served our country during the Korean War. After graduating from Youngstown State University with a degree in business, he began his professional career as a regional sales manager in the insurance industry. He also was a realtor and stock broker.

A gifted musician, he played several instruments, most notably the clarinet in his professional band called “Bob Stone and his Orchestra.” Bob had raced stock cars and was an avid NASCAR and sprint car fan.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Jean.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a son, John Vincent (Jennifer) Mahoney of San Francisco; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Mahoney of Safety Harbor; a stepdaughter, Bonnie (Bruce) Winters; two sisters, Virginia (Dr. Edward) Caputo of St. Augustine and Loreen ( John ) Pero of Boardman; three grandchildren, Peter Vincent, Lucy Phyllis and Brigette Susan; and four stepgrandchildren, Joshua, Jeremy, Jordan and Jessica.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that material tributes take the form of Mass offerings or donations to Angels for Animals in Bob’s memory.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences.


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Geoffrey L. Morgan

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Geoffrey L. Morgan, who departed this life on July 17 at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Mr. Morgan was born April 14, 1951 in New Castle, Pa., a son of Tommy and Arietha Hambrick Morgan.

Geoffrey married Earnestine Davis, of East Cleveland on May 15, 1972.

He accepted Christ as his Savior and had plans to become a minister.

He enjoyed spending time with his wife, his son and other family members. He was the one who always looked at things logically.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 36 years, Earnestine; his son, Fletcher of the USMC; his mother, Arietha of Laurel, Md.; his father-in-law, Earnest Davis of Cleveland; five brother-in-laws, Paul of Huntsville, Ala., Floyd (Linda) , Carl (Thelma), Earnest Jr. (Mary), all of Cleveland and Antony (Andrea) of Pittsburgh, Calif.; two brothers, Calvin and Marshall; six sister-in-laws, Annette (Lambert), Judy, Marie, Brenda, and Brenda Lee, all of Cleveland and Beverly of Pa.; two sisters, Jean and Bonita; 36 nieces and nephews; 46 great-nieces and nephews; and 12 great-great-nieces and nephews who loved their uncle dearly.

Preceding him in death was his maternal grandparents; his father; his nephew, Manuel “Vinnie” Davis; and his brother, Roger Morgan of Birmingham.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Mike Nicora Jr., 83

HUBBARD – Mike Nicora Jr., 83, died on Sunday evening, July 20, 2008, at his residence.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of Mike and Florence Vantell Nicora Sr. and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Nicora owned and operated Nicora Construction Company for 46 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Hubbard and served as a Staff Sergeant with the 393rd Combat Engineers Special Service Regiment from 1943 to 1945 in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He built the addition to the Hubbard Post Office, volunteered his carpenter skills at St. Patrick Church and School, built Santa’s Workshop for the children of Hubbard, built the very first Phar Mor building in Niles and also the others throughout Ohio and Western Pennsylvania District. He was a member and distinguished past president of the Optimist Club.

He leaves his wife, the former Lucille LaCivita, whom he married on March 27, 1946; two sons, Michael (Ann Marie) Nicora of Hubbard and David Nicora (Nancy Longo) of Gates Mills; a daughter, Marilyn Hanley of Hubbard; two brothers-in-law, Chuck (Shirley) LaCivita and Jim LaCivita (Phyllis LaCivita), both of Hubbard; five grandchildren, Staci (Drew) Perman of Hermitage, Pa., Brad Nicora of Columbus, Shannon Hanley of West Middlesex, Marcee Hanley and fiance, Shane Keeler of Hubbard, and Todd Hanley of Columbus; loving great-granddaughter, Cecilia Ann Perman of Hermitage; several nieces and nephews; his special Army buddy, Mike Lucatra of Niagara Falls; and his loving dog, Maddie.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his sisters, Anne Davis and Florence Speich.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church in Hubbard.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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Edith May Oeler, 90

COLUMBIANA – Edith May Oeler, 90, of 20 James St., died Friday morning at the home of her daughter in Burnsville, N.C.

Mrs. Oeler was born May 23, 1918 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Merlin and Clara Riesen Flohr and had lived in this area all of her life.

Edith was a member of the St. Jude Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and an avid bowler.

Her husband, William F. Oeler, whom she married Sept. 17, 1940, died Dec. 27, 1999. A sister, Agnes Ford, also preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Mary) Guy of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.; a son, Ray Oeler of Columbiana; a sister, Mrs. Herbert (Dorothy) Poulton of Mission Viejo, Calif.; a brother, Charles (Elizabeth) Flohr of Columbiana; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, 2008 at the St. Jude Catholic Church, Columbiana, with the Reverend Thomas G. Ziegler officiating. 

Burial will be at Columbiana Cemetery. 

Friends may call at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Please visit at www.familycareservices.com to sign the guest register and send condolences to the family.


Anna D. Samek, 89

BOARDMAN – Anna D. Samek, 89, passed away on July 20, 2008.

Anna was born on Sept. 29, 1918 in Arnold City, Pa., to Stephen and Rose (Pasturik) Samek.

She retired from The Corning Glass Co. in Charleroi, Pa. She was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Fayette City, Pa., where she was housekeeper to Fr. Rinn and caretaker for his mother. She moved to Ohio in 1999.

Anna was an avid Pittsburgh Sports fan, and enjoyed the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates especially.

She is survived by her devoted sister, Mary Muzina, with whom she made her home in Boardman; and her children, who were like her own, Dorothy (Bill) McBride of Poland, Bob (Mary) Muzina of Tuckahoe, N.Y., Alicia Muzina of Boardman, and Annette (Dave) Hospodar of Poland; her brother, Steve and his wife, Jean; nephew, David (Janet) Samek, all of Belle Vernon, Pa.; as well as seven great-nieces and nephews; and six great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John; a brother-in-law, John Muzina; and a niece, Rosemarie Muzina.

Calling hours will be Thursday, July 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Eley McCrory Funeral Home, Fayette City, Pa., where a service will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m., and a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Church.

Interment to follow at Belle Vernon Cemetery in Belle Vernon, Pa.

Local arrangements are being handled by the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.

Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, Dedicated To Caring Since 1907

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Paul N. Schneider, 78

AUSTINTOWN – Paul N. Schneider, 78, of Forest Hill Dr., passed away early Sunday morning, July 20, 2008, at the Hospice House in Poland Township.

Paul was born June 6, 1930 in Youngstown, a son of the late Paul P. and Otillia Lambrecht Schneider, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Schneider worked for 45 years for Cold Metal Products, retiring in 1995 as a lab technician.

He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown. He was also a member of the Saxon Club and was a volunteer for the Austintown Fire Department for 20 years.

As a hobby, Paul enjoyed roller skating.

He leaves his wife, Joan Schinker Schneider, whom he married Sept. 18, 1953; a daughter, Pamela (Michael) Pechalk of Cranberry, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Allison of Amesbury, Mass., and Christopher of Cranberry.

Besides his parents, Paul was preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Hamm; and a nephew, Ronnie Hamm.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at the Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences

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John Perry “Jack” Shaffer, 84

NILES – John Perry “Jack” Shaffer, 84, died at 12:55 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2008, at the Select Specialty Hospital at Trumbull Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Jack was born in Youngstown on April 25, 1924, to John H. and Genevieve (Perry) Shaffer and lived his entire life in Niles.

An Army veteran of WWII, Jack retired in 1984 after working 31 years as a supervisor at National Gypsum Company.

He was a Niles City Councilman at Large for 12 years, the City of Niles safety director from 1976 to 1980, and the City of Niles Mayor from 1984 to 1988, he then retired from public office.

He was a member of the Niles Men’s Democratic Club, Loyal Order of Moose, the Niles American Legion, and St. Stephen Church. He was a Eucharistic Minister for homebound parishioners. After retirement, he enjoyed spending winters in Florida, where he loved to fish. He cherished all activities with this children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Ann M. (Bancroft) Shaffer, whom he married on April 27, 1946; three daughters, Susan (Edward) Brill of Tampa, Fla., Nancy (Bruce) Henry of Champion, and Becky (David) DeChristofaro of Niles; four grandchildren, Jonathan (Wendy) Brill of Tampa, Heather (Randy) Smith of Southington, Stacy (Dean) Ziska of Middlefield, and Lindsey DeChristofaro of Niles; and four great-grandchildren, R.J. Smith, Halle Smith, Jake Brill, and Grant Brill.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, July 23, 2008, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen Church. Rev. Thomas Kraszewski will officiate.

Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Stephen Church Tuition Angel Fund.

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Stanley James Slezyak, 84

NILES - Stanley James Slezyak, 84, died at 7:15 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2008 at Briarfield at Ashley Circle Nursing Home in Austintown following a short illness.

He was born in Manifold, Pa., on Nov. 13, 1923, to Jacob and Caroline (Krutak) Slezyak and moved to Niles as a child.

An Army veteran of WWII, Stanley retired in 1983 after working 35 years as a shear operator at Heltzel Iron and Steel. A graduate of Niles McKinley High School, he was a member of St. Stephen Church and Niles Senior Scope Center. He was an avid football and baseball fan and enjoyed watching several games on television at once.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Jerry Slezyak, Richard Slezyak, Ronald Slezyak, Gloria Williams, David Slezyak, Shirley Grant, Cheri Crain, Jeffrey Crain, Gaylene Campbell, Dennis Brownlee, and many others.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida K. (Kover) Slezyak, whom he married on Oct. 8, 1949 and she died on July 23, 1996; two sisters, Anna Slezyak and Mary Slezyak; and three brothers, Charles, John, and Edward Slezyak.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2008 at noon at St. Stephen Church. Rev Thomas Kraszewski will officiate.

Entombment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen Church Tuition Angel Fund.


Steve Vargo, 94

HUBBARD – Steve Vargo, 94, died Saturday morning, July 19, 2008 at Liberty Health Care Center.

He was born on April 24, 1914 in Hubbard, a son of Michael and Susan Boer Vargo and was a lifelong Hubbard resident.

Mr. Vargo was a superintendent for Olberg Manufacturing for 37 years, retiring in 1976. After retiring, he was the supervisor for the Hubbard Park and Recreation Board for 10 years, taking great pride in supervising young adults, and improving and maintaining the parks and playgrounds.

He served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre during WWII. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and was a prisoner of war from Dec. 17, 1944 to April 29, 1945 in Germany. Steve was a national and local life member of the Ex POW’s and served on the board of the Mahoning Valley Ex POW Chapter, he volunteered at the VA Clinic on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown and was a member of the VFW.

Steve was of the Presbyterian faith, and enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, gardening and cooking and rooting for the Hubbard Eagles.

He leaves his wife, the former Mary E. Nagy, whom he married on Aug. 3, 1946; three sons, Stephen M. (Linda) Vargo of Adrian, Mich., Donald W. (Barbara) Vargo of Canfield, and Dr. Ronald G. (Julie) Vargo of Columbus; two daughters, Carol S. (David) Gray of Gloucester, Mass. and Elaine M. Puckett of Girard; a sister, Violet Popa of Masury; 10 grandchildren, Tiffany, Michelle, Aaron, Matthew, Nathan, Kelley, David, Kristine, Steven, and Brianna and three great-grandchildren, Micah, Lydia, and Anna.

His parents; three brothers, Michael Vargo Jr., Frank Vargo, and John Vargo; and two sisters, Pearl Hallsky and Margaret Darko, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Forum Health Northside Medical Center, Liberty Health Care Center and the VA Clinic.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or to the Hubbard Public Library, 436 West Liberty Street, Hubbard, OH 44425.

Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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