John D. Battaglia, 79
GIRARD John D. Battaglia, 79, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at The Cleveland Clinic.
John was born May 19, 1930 in Reggio Calabria Italy, the son of Forturnato and Carmela Battaglia.
John retired from General Motors, where he was a welder. He was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the Army and received three Bronze Stars. While in the Army, he was involved in the Inchon Landing, Outpost Harry, Kunaw Valley and the battle of Heartbreak Ridge.
John was a member of St. Rose Church, VFW Post 419 in Girard. He enjoyed golfing and bowling, and loved Notre Dame. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
John is survived by his wife, the former Arlene Fahr, whom he married on May 13, 1961. He is also survived by his son, John and Melissa Battaglia of McDonald; three daughters, Mary and Remo DiFelice of Austintown, Carla and Patrick Tondo of Girard and Ann and Mark Biamonte of Girard; three brothers, Pasty Battaglia of Austintown, Raymond and Linda Battaglia of Girard and Dominic and Marlene Battaglia of McDonald; and one sister, Catherine and Victor Christy of Girard. He leaves seven grandchildren, Patrick, Morgan, Nina, Gianna, CaraMia, Isabella and Carmen Giovanni.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Dominic.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home.
The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Rose Church. There will be prayers Saturday at 9:30 a.m., prior to the church Mass at the McClurkin Funeral Home.
Margaret L. Becker, 70
STRUTHERS Margaret L. Becker, 70, of 120 Overlook Blvd., died Tuesday afternoon at her residence from complications of Alzheimers Disease.
Margaret, known as Margy, was born Sept. 27, 1938 in Youngstown, a daughter of Frederick and Margaret Hynes Trucksis.
She attended St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Elementary School, and Ursuline and Struthers High Schools. In 1967, she satisfied a long-standing concern and enrolled in the former Youngstown South High Night School, where she became the honor graduate and was selected to speak for the class at the commencement program.
Margy was married to Daniel H. Becker on Aug. 5, 1955 in Angola, Ind., where they eloped when they left Struthers High School.
From 1956 through 1961, she served as a devoted Army wife and homemaker, giving birth to her first daughter, Kim Rachel in the Army Hospital at Fort Chaffee, Ark. and Kandace Ann and Kelly Louise at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Upon return to civilian life in 1961, she began working with Dan, his father, Hazen and his aunt, Rachel at the former D.A. Davidson Funeral Home, which became Davidson-Becker. She began working with Rachel providing cosmetic and hair styling for deceased ladies. She later also worked in an administrative capacity.
In 1963, she gave birth to Kate Marie and in 1966 to Daniel Hazen Davidson. She became active in the PTA, the Struthers Junior Reading Circle, the Struthers Rotary Wives and St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church.
In 1966, she became a partner with her husband in the founding and operation of Becker Ambulance Service, which became Gold Cross Ambulance and Medical Service until they sold the company to the Rural Metro Corporation in 1995.
In 1973, Margy, with her best friend, Margaret Peggy Gough Jacubec Pavlov, purchased Mitchells Paint Store in Struthers. They renamed it Phelans Paint and Paper and spent 14 happy years assisting hundreds of customers with their paint, wallpaper and decorating products and advice. After the sale of Phelans, Margy continued to provide all decorating services for the Becker Funeral Homes.
Margy enjoyed traveling, first with Dan and the children in their motor homes to all the contiguous United States, Canada and Mexico and later the two of them to Alaska and elsewhere. They also traveled throughout the world on cruises and through Europe, renting automobiles as opposed to organized tours. She loved her homes and gardens on Overlook and Summerland Key in the Florida Keys.
Margy was known for her uplifting spirit, ever present smile, quick wit and contagious laughter.
In 1998, she became a breast cancer survivor. Also that year, Margy began having memory problems and was ultimately, diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease. Always a fighter, she became a patient at University Hospitals Memory and Aging Center in Cleveland.
For years, she volunteered for every clinical study or experiment that she was eligible for. For their 50th wedding anniversary in 2005, the Margy and Dan Becker Memorial Research Fund was established at the Center. Due to the interest and success of that effort in 2006, she was the subject of an Associated Press Newspaper Article, where her story and photo were published nationwide to tell the story of Alzheimers and the University Hospital/Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Alzheimers Research Programs.
She leaves her husband, of nearly 54 years, Dan; daughters, Kim Rachel and her husband, Rob Horyn of Nantucket, Mass., Kandace Ann and her husband, David Hagendorn and Kelly Louise Becker, all of Poland and Kate Marie Becker and her husband, Darell Hammond of Washington, D.C.; son, Daniel Hazen Davidson and his wife, Lisa of Struthers; sisters, Mary Ann Enders of Mars, Pa. and Caroline Williams of Medina; brothers, Rev. Fred Trucksis of Warren and John Trucksis and his wife, Darlene of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; grandchildren, Rachel, Katherine and William Horyn, David and Anna Hagendorn, Robert and Frederick Rumberg and Ellen and Hazen Becker; her closest friend, Peg Jacubec Pavlov; and Margys wonderful caregivers that served over the years, Judy Denmeade, Geri Page, Maggie Rosen, Norma Smith and Regina Yurick.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 North Main St. in Poland and at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 764 Fifth St. in Struthers, where the Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Fred Trucksis and the Rev. Bernard Bonnot. Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
The family asks that material tributes be made in the form of contributions to the Margy and Dan Becker Research Memorial Fund at University Hospital Memory and Aging Center, 3619 Park East Drive, Beachwood, OH 44122.
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Harry L. Brawley, 47
McDONALD Harry L. Brawley, 47, passed away Monday July 27, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Harry was born Oct. 13, 1961 in Ashtabula, the son of Harry H. and Esther (Eiloo) Brawley.
He was member of the 1979 graduating class of Ashtabula High School. Harry served in the Air Force for eight years.
Harry was the manager of the Sports Zone Tavern in McDonald.
He is survived by his brother, Michael S. and Megan Brawley of Elyria; and two sisters, Debra A. and John Shelby of West Middlesex and Sharon K. and Taylor Tsai of Dorset. He also leaves his nieces and nephews, Ben and James Shelby, Claire and Chloe Brawley and Logan Tsai
There will be a memorial gathering from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Sports Zone Tavern in McDonald on Friday afternoon for Harry.
Dorothy L. Fisher, 78
AUSTINTOWN Dorothy L. Fisher, 78, passed away Tuesday morning, July 28, 2009 at her home.
Dorothy was born Feb. 3, 1931 in Donora, Pa., a daughter of the late John A. and Mary E. Rodjom Janoso, and came to this area with her family as a child.
Dorothy was a 1949 graduate of Chaney High School, was a homemaker, and was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown.
Mrs. Fisher leaves her husband of 57 years, Carl W. Fisher, whom she married July 26, 1952; her son, Carl R. Fisher of Austintown; two daughters, Nancy (Glenn) Burton of Ellsworth and Debbie (Ken) Brown of Sarasota, Fla.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard (Mary Anne) Janoso of Allentown, Pa. and Kenneth (Donna) Janoso of Kent.
Dorothy will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
A brother, Jack Janoso is deceased.
Family and friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 31, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, and continue at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.
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Barbara A. Kalenits, 79
COLUMBIANA Barbara A. Kalenits, 79, formerly of Youngstown died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at Parkside Medical Center in Columbiana, where she had been a resident since 2002.
Barbara was born Sept. 1, 1929 in Youngstown, the daughter of Willard and Emma Morgan Owens.
She was a loving mother and was also employed as an assembler at the former International Paper Company of Youngstown, and later as a caregiver of her parents and other family members.
She was a member of the Mill Creek Baptist Church in Youngstown.
She is survived by her four children, Suzanne and Edward Whittaker of Amherst, Barbara BJ and Charles Longbottom of Columbiana, David and Mary Kalenits of Streetsboro and Charles and Annette Kalenits of Berlin Center; eight grandchildren, Kristen Whittaker, Jon Longbottom, Lyndsay (Longbottom) Blakeman, Ashley (Longbottom) Kistler, Sara (Kalenits) Wheelock, Justin Kalenits, David Kalenits and Tina Kalenits; three great-grandchildren, Lexus Blakeman, Jayce Blakeman and Grant Wheelock; two sisters, Carole Adams of Texas and Loretta Groce of Pennsylvania; a brother, Thomas Owens of California; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Gwendolyn Greene.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana with Pastor Ken Clark officiating.
Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Youngstown.
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Hedwig Korchnak, 79
YOUNGSTOWN Hedwig Korchnak, 79, passed away Friday evening, July 24, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Hedwig was born March 28, 1930 in Vienna, Austria, a daughter of the late Jacob and Hedwig Libal.
She was a high school graduate, was a homemaker, and was a member of St. Matthias Church in Youngstown.
Mrs. Korchnak leaves three sons, Charles (Sherri) Weymer of Elizabethtown, Pa., Gregory (Claudia) Korchnak of Fenton, Mich. and Robert Korchnak; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Rudy Strobel in Europe.
Mrs. Korchnaks husband, George M. Korchnak, passed away in 2004.
Family and friends may call from 9 to 9:30 a.m., Friday, July 31, at St. Matthias Church, 915 Cornell St. in Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 9:30 a.m.
Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.
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John Manenti, 85
GIRARD John Manenti, 85, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at the Hospice House.
John was born March 24, 1924 to the late Carmen and Mary Gabriel Manente in Girard.
John worked for U.S. Steel McDonald for 30 years as a master boilermaker. He then worked for General Electric in the Austintown Coil plant for 10 years.
He was a member of St. Rose Church V.F.W. Post No. 419 and enjoyed gardening.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater and participated in the Liberation of the Philippine Islands. He was stationed on the Battleship USS Pennsylvania as a 3rd class fire control officer.
He is survived by his wife, Gay Smith Manenti, whom he married May 16, 1953; a son, Dr. John Mark (Karen) Manenti of Canfield; three brothers, Anthony of Austintown, Joe of Girard and Sam of Mineral Ridge; and two grandchildren, Victoria and Amelia Manenti.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Manente and Carmel Manente Cole; and two brothers, Dominic and Steve.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at noon at St. Rose Church, where visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., prior to the service at the Blackstone Funeral Home. Internment will follow at Girard City Cemetery with honors.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for their care and dedication.
Contributions can be made to the Hospice House.
Earl Thomas Marshall Sr., 90
YOUNGSTOWN Mr. Earl Thomas Marshall Sr., 90, passed away at his residence on Saturday, July 25.
Mr. Marshall was born Aug. 15, 1918 in Prince George County, Va., a son of Oscar Thomas and Elnora Epps Marshall.
He served in the U.S. Army, worked at U.S. Steel and Carnegie Corporation, was a self-employed carpenter, and successfully fulfilled his dream of building his own home.
He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, where he held the position of Trustee. In 1978, he assisted in the building of their current edifice.
He is survived by his wife, Elvena; two sons, Earl Thomas (Minnie Earl) Marshall Jr. of Oak Park, Mich. and Willie Everett Marshall of Youngstown; a sister, Patricia Turner of Cincinnati; nine grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Oscar Craig Marshall; two brothers, Joseph and Paul Marshall; and two sisters, Dorothy Mickens and Catherine Sims.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church, where friends may call one hour prior to services.
Caring arrangements are being handled by the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home.
Tosha Lynn Pankey, 40
HUBBARD Services will be Friday, July 31, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home in Youngstown for Ms. Tosha Lynn Pankey, 40, who departed this life Friday, July 24, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
Ms. Pankey was born Aug. 1, 1968 in Youngstown, a daughter of Sandra Pankey Wallace.
She was a 1987 graduate of Hubbard High School and was a Baptist. Tosha enjoyed being with people, and especially enjoyed bowling, swimming and social cards.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother and stepfather, Sandra and Stanley Wallace Sr.; two sons, Richard and Robert Pankey, both of Hubbard; two brothers, Terrance (Crystal) Pankey of Austintown and Stanley Wallace Jr. of Hubbard; a sister, Toyoa Wallace of Youngstown; grandparents, Ruby and Norline McPeters of Hubbard; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Her grandparents, Benjamin and Dorothy Pankey preceded her in death.
Friends may call Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
William Joseph Siersdorfer, 83
CANFIELD William Joseph Siersdorfer, 83, died Wednesday morning, July 29, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown after a long respiratory illness.
Bill was born Aug. 28, 1925 in Youngstown, a son of Fred and Amy Kern Siersdorfer.
He was a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. During his senior year in high school, he was drafted in the United States Army and served as a paratrooper in World War II.
Bill was a master plumber and pipefitter, retiring after more than 35 years in the trade. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396 and the Western Reserve United Methodist Church.
He leaves his three daughters, Jayne Siersdorfer of Doylestown, Joyce Siersdorfer of Canfield and Jeanne Siersdorfer of Worthington; a son, Brad (Lenora) Siersdorfer of Lithicum, Md.; two brothers, Fred (Marianne) Siersdorfer Jr. of Pittsburgh and John Jack (Verna) Siersdorfer of Boardman; three grandchildren, Melissa (Brian) Dunlay, Renee (Michael) Parsons and Scott Farol; and two great-grandchildren, Rachel and Natalie Dunlay.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Phyllis R. Martin, whom he married Sept. 5, 1948; his parents; and his son, William Scott Siersdorfer.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Western Reserve United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Memorial Fund of Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, Youngstown, OH 44511.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
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Michael Styn, 83
STRUTHERS Michael Styn, 83, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, July 28, 2009, at Hospice House in Poland, surrounded by his family following a lengthy illness.
Michael was born Oct. 6, 1925 in Ustryky, Dolne, Poland, a son of the late Ivan and Kateryna Czaplynska Sztyn.
Mr. Styn served as a staff sergeant during Word War II, and met and married his wife in Scotland following the war. The couple moved to the Youngstown area in 1953, where Michael worked for 26 years as a crane operator for Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Campbell Works, retiring in 1979.
He was a member of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church for 56 years, and also was a member of St. Nicholas Church in Struthers for the past 10 years. Michael enjoyed music, playing the accordion, dancing with his wife, gardening, politics, and playing cards and dominos with his family and friends.
His beloved wife of 54 years, Mary Johnston Styn, whom he married Feb. 23, 1952, passed away Aug. 9, 2006.
Michael leaves two sons, Nick (Connie) Styn of Hubbard and Michael (Mindi) Styn of Ellwood City, Pa.; two daughters, Margie (Jeff) Petry of Dayton and Mary Ann (David) Sefcik of Warren; nine grandchildren, Nicole (Matt) Prezioso, Nick (Melissa) Styn, Chris Styn, Jay, Jenny and Jon Petry, Laura and Kim Sefcik and Michael Jacob Styn; and a great-grandson, Vincent Prezioso.
Besides his wife, a brother, Nicholas Styn, and three sisters, Mary, Anna and Sophie, are also deceased.
Family and friends may call today, July 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where a Panachida will be held at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will begin on Friday at 12:15 p.m. at the funeral home, and continue at 1 p.m. at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers.
Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery in Campbell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Michaels name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.
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