John Ambrose, 97
YOUNGSTOWN John Ambrose, 97, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at Omni West Assisted Living in Youngstown.
He was born June 24, 1912 in Monessen, Pa., son of the late John Joseph Ambrose and the late Philomena (DeVito) Ambrose.
He was the husband of Virginia (McKnight) Ambrose, whom he married Sept. 28, 1935
His family includes two sons, Lawrence Ambrose of Leominster, Mass. and Thomas (Elizabeth) Ambrose of Chagrin Falls; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; his wife, Virginia Ambrose; and his daughter, Judith Lucente.
John was a 1931 graduate of Monessen High School, where he played football. He was a past member of the St. Dominics church. He worked as an inspector for P&LE railroad, and as a Rigger at a steel mill in Monessen. He was an avid sportsman and a baseball and football fan.
There are no calling hours.
Private burial services will be held on Wednesday at Fabrizio Funeral Home.
The family is requesting any donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Daniel M. Baehler, 32
AUSTINTOWN Daniel M. Baehler, 32, of Cider Mill Crossing, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009.
Mr. Baehler was born April 23, 1977, in Salem, a son of David and Frances Mackall Baehler and was currently living in Austintown with his wife and dogs.
Daniel was a plant supervisor for General Motors in Lordstown. He graduated from Columbiana High School and went on to attend Youngstown State University where he graduated with a bachelors degree in operations management.
Besides his parents of Columbiana, he leaves his wife, the former Suzanne A. Maloney; a brother, Benjamin (Erica) Baehler; a sister, Rebecca (Phil Gerner) Morjock; brothers-in-law, Brad Maloney, Frank (Katie) Gallagher, John (Franchesca) Swierz and sisters-in-law, Jenny (Kevin) Paskvan and Kelly (Michael Tarr) Gallagher; his maternal grandmother, Margaret Mackall; his in-laws, Donald (Debbie) Maloney and Jo (John R.) Swierz; his wifes grandparents, Donald (Peggy) Maloney; and six beautiful nieces and nephews that he loved with all his heart, Grant, Gregory, Colin, Jillian, Marley and Zane.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Richard Mackall; and his paternal grandparents, Randall and Eleanor Baehler.
Dan was Suzannes savior and he married the love of his life on May 16, 2009. Dan loved spending time with Suzanne and their two puppies, Murphy and Darby. He would take them everywhere with him when he could. He loved all his friends like brothers and sisters and spending time with his nieces, nephews and family. He was funny, sensitive and loving and he took care of everyone he knew. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Columbiana with the Reverend Charles Terrell officiating.
Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Austintown.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana and at the church one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.
Monetary tributes may be made to the Grant Gerner College Fund c/o Grant Gerner 122 N. Elm Street Columbiana, OH 44408
Please visit www.familycareservices.com to sign the guest register and send condolences to the family.
Joseph J. (Cicatiello) Costello, 83
YOUNGSTOWN There will be a Mass of Christian Burial said Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church for Joseph J. (Cicatiello) Costello, 83, who died early Sunday morning in St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Joseph was born March 19, 1926, in Youngstown, a son of Samuel and Julia Fusco Cicatiello.
He was a bricklayer with USX, retiring with its closing in 1981 with more than 28 years of service.
He was a member of the church and an Army veteran, attaining the rank of Sergeant, and was an avid gardener. He also enjoyed the outdoors, coin collecting and stamp collecting, and he had a keen sense of the stock market.
He is survived by a sister, Lena Fair of Liberty Township; a sister-in-law, Theresa Costello, with whom he made his home; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Angelo Costello, Pete Costello, Anthony Costello, Samuel Cicatiello and Thomas Cicatiello; three sisters, Caroline Oliver, Cecelia Vossevel and Mary DAmico; and his parents.
Family and friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Schiavone Funeral Home.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Irene E. Gonda, 83
YOUNGSTOWN There will be a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at St. Edward Catholic Church in Youngstown, for Irene E. Gonda, 83, who passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Irene was born May 3, 1926 in Sweet Cake, Pa., a daughter of Stephen and Mary Prokop Pushkar and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a teacher for the Liberty School System for 20 years, retiring in 1989, and was a member of the National Education Association. She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church, was past president of Mahoning Valley Garden Club, and a member of AARP.
She was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed cooking.
Her husband, Paul R. Gonda, whom she married Jan. 26, 1946, passed away March 12, 1995.
She is survived by her children, Paulette Arbie of Grafton, Mark Gonda of Youngstown and Brian Gonda of Liberty Township; four granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; and four nieces.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and three sisters.
Memorial contribution may be made to St. Edward Catholic Church, 240 Tod Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences with the family. .
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Irene Harmon, 79
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Irene Harmon, 79, who passed away Wednesday afternoon at her home.
Mrs. Harmon was born April 30, 1930, in Youngstown, a daughter of Senola McMullen and Cleo W. LaCelleaux.
She was a homemaker who loved her family with her whole heart. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, cooking, painting, traveling and shopping.
She leaves to cherish her memory three children, Theresa Harmon of Las Vegas, Carletta Harmon Jones of Sharon, Pa., and Lyn Curtis Harmon of Canton; siblings Norman (Denise) McMullen of Detroit and Gardenia Summerville of Cleveland; eight grandchildren, Shajuan Bush, Brandon Bush, Tori I. Johnson, Dustin R. Hennings, Adelino C. Fontes III, Kelvin B. Jones II, Brandy R. Jones, and Queyanna L. Harmon; four great- grandchildren, Johnny R. Wallace III, JaVaughn M. White, Jayden Bush and LaNiyah Solaana N. Jones; goddaughters Cynthia Jackson and Carol Quinn; a favorite uncle, Alfred Sykes; favorite aunt, Gwendolyn Sykes of Alaska; a favorite cousin, Edith Butler; a favorite sister-in-law, Martha N. Knight of Bartow, Ga.; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandmother who reared her, Katie L. Brown; her husband, Lessley C. Harmon, who passed away in 1963; her son, Leon Harmon; stepson Larry B. Harmon; brothers George McMullen and Paul (Dan) Bryant; sister Catherine McMullen; uncle Ben Thomas; cousin Julia Robinson; and longtime companion, Carl Fountain.
Friends may call on Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Harry W. Hixenbaugh, 82
AUSTINTOWN Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Harry W. Hixenbaugh, 82, who died early Sunday morning at Forum Health Northside Medical Center in Youngstown.
He was born Dec. 26, 1926 in Hundred, W.Va., a son of Isaac and Edna (Harlan) Hixenbaugh, and he came to this area in 1950.
He was employed at Packard Electric as a truck driver and tow motor operator for 35 years, retiring in 1989. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Germany during World War II.
He was a member of the American Legion and he enjoyed playing bingo and poker, traveling to Las Vegas, and he was an avid bowler.
Harry was a kind and loving man and he will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, the former Carol Host, whom he married Oct. 23, 1950. He also leaves behind six children, Sandra (David) Cramer of Harbor City, Calif., Michael Hixenbaugh, also of Harbor City, Tom (Jane) Hixenbaugh of Gaston, S.C., Terry Hixenbaugh of Austintown, Randy (Beth) Hixenbaugh of Youngstown and Kit (Ann) Hixenbaugh of Torrance, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Jacob Unger and Sarah, Evan, Terry Allen, Autumn, Nicole, Josh, Cody, Matthew and Rebekah Hixenbaugh; eight great-grandchildren, Garrett, Kane, Astin, Dawson, Olivia, Tallen, Merinda and Taylor; two brothers; Ronnie (Lou) Hixenbaugh and Bill (Dawn) Hixenbaugh, all of Warrenton, Ga.; and two sisters; Kay (Grover) Jobes of Thompson, Ga. and Betty (Fred) Anderson of Aliquippa, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parent; a brother, Edd; and three sisters, Rosalee Hixenbaugh, Lib Himelrick and Caroline Harrison.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the New Brighton Church of Christ in New Brighton, Pa.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Joseph E. Retort, Sr., 82
EDINBURG, PA. Joseph E. Retort, Sr., 82, of Carbon-Micco Road, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at Jameson Memorial Hospital.
He was born Dec. 27, 1926, in Hillsville, a son of the late Frank and Rose Retort.
He was married to Charlotte A. (Pagley) Retort, who died on Nov. 17, 1965.
Mr. Retort was a truck driver for CD Ambrosia Trucking, retiring after over 45 years.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 82nd Airborne in the Pacific Theatre.
Mr. Retort enjoyed hunting, gardening and spending time with people. He brought eggs to people in the Hillsville-Edinburg area for many years.
He is survived by one daughter, Deborah J. Tomon and her husband, Ronald of New Castle; three sons, Joseph E. Retort Jr. and his wife, Beth of Pittsburgh and Charles T. and David A. Retort, both of New Castle; two brothers, Donald Retort of Hillsville and Julian Retort of New York; one sister, Theresa Sandullo of Boardman; five grandchildren, Mike, Greg, Ronny and Rachel Toman and Zachary Retort; and two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Ava Tomon.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis Red Retort, and an infant brother Louie Retort; and his sister, Angeline LaRocco.
Visitation will be held at the William F. & Roger M. DeCarbo Funeral Home, 926 Cunningham Ave., on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m..
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lawrence Church. Father James Downs of Christ the King Parish will be officiating. A funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 9:45 a.m..
Burial will be in the St. Lawrence Cemetery. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will perform Military Funeral Rites at the cemetery.
Please visit www.williamrogerdecarbo.com to send condolences online.
Grace Weber, 86
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at The McCauley Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in St. Edward Church for Grace Weber, 86, who passed Friday afternoon at Hospice House surrounded by her family.
Mrs. Weber was born June 21, 1923, in Ravenna, a daughter of Ben and Carmella DeSimio and came to this area with her husband in 1950 upon their marriage.
Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Weber was employed by Dr. W. B. Webb as a secretary and medical assistant, and once she was blessed with her children, she became a homemaker.
Mrs. Weber was a member of the church, a United States Coast Guard veteran, a 1941 graduate of Ravenna High School and a graduate of the Bohecker Business College.
She did taxes for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and was a wonderful baker and cake decorator and enjoyed canning.
Mrs. Weber was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Dick G. Weber, whom she married Sept. 9, 1950, and who passed Aug. 11, 2007.
She leaves to cherish her memory, sons Ben and wife Joyce of Durham, N.C., Richard of Dallastown, Pa., Paul of Columbus and John of Akron; granddaughters, Stephanie, Christine and Rebecca; grandson, Matthew; and a sister-in-law, Marian DeSimio.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Ann; sisters, Isabelle, Lena, Doris DeSimio, Mary White and Lucy Seibert; and brothers, Vincent Jimmy, Louis and Dominic DeSimio.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made to St. Edward Church, 240 Tod Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504 or the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield, OH 44406.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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Thelma M. Willoughby, 95
YOUNGSTOWN A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Austintown for Thelma M. Willoughby, 95, who died Friday evening at her residence.
She was born Oct. 1, 1913, in Pittsburgh, the daughter of William J. and Lillian (Farnen) Schnippert, and she came to this area in 1949.
She had worked as a bus driver for the Mahoning County MRDD for 10 years, retiring in 1979. She was a charter member of St. Joseph Church and was active in the Ladies Guild and the Senior Citizens Group. She also volunteered in the ecumenical program at the MRDD.
Thelma had many hobbies and interests, including camping, gardening, fishing, and traveling. She enjoyed all that God had to offer and she lived her life to the fullest. She was a kind and loving lady and will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.
She married Charles T. Willoughby Sept. 18, 1937, and he preceded her in death Dec. 10, 1986.
She is survived by three children, Charles W. (Romona) Willoughby of Petersburg; Bernard R. (Judith) Willoughby of Austintown and Caroline R. (Gilbert) Porter of Jacksonville, Fla. She also leaves behind 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Susan C. Willoughby; two brothers, Bernard and William Schnippert; two grandsons, Mickey Pyne and Joshua Willoughby; and a great-granddaughter, Julie Ann Caroline.
Friends may call from 5 to 8pm Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of The Valley.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.