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Maria Bua-Casella, 86

“Together At Last”

ITALY – The parents of Vincenza Maiorana “together at last” Maria Bua–Casella and Giuseppe Casella.

Maria Bua-Casella, 86, of Braidi, Sicily, Italy, passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at her home.

She was born July 7, 1923 in Braidi, Sicily, Italy, the daughter of Giuseppe Bua and Provvidenza Taranto–Bua.

Maria married Giuseppe Casella on April 15, 1939. He passed away Oct. 5, 1994.

She is survived by three sons, Antonino and Carmelina Casella of Patti, Italy, Carmelo and Marilena Casella of Patti, Italy, and Sergio and Gina Casella of Montalbano, Italy; two daughters, Vincenza and Antonino Maiorana of Girard, Ohio and Provvidenza Casella–Limina and the late Carmelo-Limina of Braidi, Sicily, Italy; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Carmelo Bua.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, at St. Rose Church in Girard.

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Larry B. Dellinger, 67

NILES – Larry B. Dellinger, 67, of 2991 Anderson Morris Road, died Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at 11:40 a.m. at his residence following a four-and-a-half-month illness.

Larry was born Jan. 4, 1942, in Warren, a son of Nicholas and Amelia Stauffer Dellinger, spending his lifetime here.

A U.S. Army Korean Conflict veteran, he had been employed by Soda Construction and worked for several other companies as a carpenter, and was a member of Local No. 171. He was also a bridge construction worker for his employers.

He independently built three homes, was a “Jack of all trades,” and was extremely creative and artistic. He enjoyed fishing, camping, all aspects of nature and was an ardent NASCAR fan. He was an avid Harley Davidson rider and enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert “Sonny” Dellinger; and four sisters, Marion McCloskey, Jeanette Gallite, Lorraine Piecuch and Lillian Dellinger.

Larry is survived by his family, which includes his wife, the former Carol N. Vigorito, whom he married Feb. 22, 1972; his two daughters, Nicole L. Niewoehner, formerly of Corpus Christi, Texas, recently returning home and Nina M. Miller and her husband, Richard of Austintown; his grandson, Jonathon Taylor Niewoehner; five sisters, Dorothy Mariani of Masury, Betty Shorthouse of Winter Park, Fla., Gladys Barnhart and her husband, Ray of Pulaski, Pa., Thelma Johnson of Howland and Sally Bacher of Mineral Ridge; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no services or calling hours. The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Senior Independence Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Building E, Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements and care have been entrusted to the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home, Niles.

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John “Ski”

Dischiavo, 86

YOUNGSTOWN – There was a Mass of Christian Burial held on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Youngstown with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio officiating for John “Ski” Dischiavo, 86, who passed away on Thursday evening, Aug. 6, 2009, with his loving family by his side.

Ski will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends.

He was born Oct. 23, 1922 in Youngstown, the son of Antonio and Contina (Tisone) Dischiavo, and was a lifelong area resident.

Ski was employed as a structural iron worker for over 40 years and was a 1946 graduate of The Rayen High School.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, the Structural Iron Workers Local No. 207, the VFW, and the Jewish Community Center.

Ski loved golfing and participated in many golf leagues around the area, along with making a hole in one at the Hubbard Golf Course in 1949. He also enjoyed making wine with his family and bowling, where he had a high game of 257.

He was a United States Marine veteran of World War II, where he participated in Battles in Guam and Iwo Jima. He obtained the rank of Private First Class and received the Good Conduct Medal.

He leaves behind to hold on to his memories his wife, the former Elizabeth Ondovick, whom he married Sept. 9, 1950; three children, Toni (Bob) Herchik and John (Debbie) Dischiavo, both of Las Vegas, and Mona Dischiavo of Youngstown; his loving six grandchildren, Gemma, Tait, John, Toni, Gigi and Dominic; two sisters, Mary Cappezuto and Ann Pearl; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Beside his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Vincent Stevens.

Burial took place at St. John Cemetery, Lowellville.

Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

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Noreen Jane (Kirkner) Dornbrock, 83

ROANOKE, VA. – Noreen Jane (Kirkner) Dornbrock, 83, formerly of Poland, passed away July 22, 2009, in Roanoke.

Noreen was born Aug. 22, 1925, in Youngstown, a daughter of William J. and Mary McPike Kirkner. She was raised in Youngstown and moved to Poland in 1955. Noreen moved to Roanoke and Our Lady of the Valley in 2004.

A 1943 graduate of Chaney High School, Noreen received her Bachelors in Communication and Theater from Ohio University in 1947. She worked for WKBN Radio and TV for seven years, before moving to Poland in 1955.

Noreen was active in many community organizations. She served as clerk to the Poland Zoning Commission beginning in 1969, also as clerk to the Poland Township Board of Zoning Appeals beginning in 1971. She was past president of the Youngstown Alumni Chapter of Chi Omega Sorority, Trailwood Gardeners, Friends of the Poland Library, and was active or held offices in the following; AFS Poland Adult Chapter, Poland Swim Club (one of the first 100 families), Youngstown Pan-Hellenic Assn., Catholic Collegiate Assn., Women’s Guild of the Youngstown Playhouse, Poland Township Historical Society, Holy Family Choir, Friends of American Art and Docent at the Butler Institute, Youngstown-Warren Chapter of the Ohio University Alumni Assoc., Carnival Dance Club, Ohio Genealogical Society Mahoning and Trumbull Chapters, Board of the Youngstown Civic Theater, Poland High School Boosters Club, Y-Neptune Swim Club at the Youngstown YMCA, several bridge clubs and Poland Community groups and a member of the Institute of Learning and Retirement at YSU. Noreen was a member of Holy Family Church in Poland.

Her husband, Cecil Harmon Dornbrock, whom she married Aug. 28, 1948, died Dec. 1, 1997.

She leaves three children, Mary Kay Brown of Roanoke, Deborah (Mark) Costello of Castle Rock, Colo. and David C. (Kim) Dornbrock of Battle Ground, Wash.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Noreen was preceded in death by her brother, Norbert Kirkner; and her sister, Janet Dunn.

A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church in Poland.

A reception for family and friends will follow the Mass at the Becker Family Center located at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.

Noreen’s family request that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Friends of the Poland Library or the Youngstown Playhouse.

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Rosa Lee Emerson, 64

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Rosa Lee Emerson, 64, who departed this life Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Mrs. Emerson, lovingly known as “Baby Sister,” was born April 10, 1945, in Montgomery, Ala., a daughter of Willie Martin and Mary Lewis.

A homemaker, she enjoyed crossword puzzles, social card games and cooking.

Her husband, John, whom she married in 1964, passed away Feb. 11, 1979.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Mary Jordan of Youngstown; father, Willie Martin of Alabama; caregiver and cousin, Tedarro J. Williams Sr. of Youngstown; two sisters; and a host of family and friends.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Beverly Jean Graham, 80

WARREN – Beverly Jean Graham, 80, entered peacefully into the arms of the Lord on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at 12:12 p.m. at Brierfield at the Ridge Care Center in Mineral Ridge, following complications from Alzheimer’s.

Beverly was born the loving daughter of the late Harold and Edna (Brophy) Majors on Oct. 12, 1928, in Ellwood City, Pa., and had resided in Warren since 1969, moving here from Ellwood City.

She was a 1946 graduate of Ellwood City High School and was employed as a Postal Clerk with the Warren Postal Service for 20 years, then later retired from her duties at the Youngstown Postal Services in 1989.

Beverly was a member of the First Christian Church in Niles, and had a great interest in reading and writing short stories and had written many biographies of interesting people in the Niles Times for many years. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family and grandchildren and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

On Oct. 9, 1971, Beverly was united in marriage with Carl H. Graham Jr. and had shared 38 loving years together. Her memories will be cherished by her family, husband, Carl H.; sons, Kenneth W. Coast and wife Cheryl of New Middletown, Dennis A. Coast and wife Kimberly of Leavittsburg and Mark R. Coast and wife Holly of Hampton, Va.; stepson, Timothy Graham of Struthers; daughter, Pauline Wazelle and husband, Floyd of Warren; brothers, Harold D. Majors and Regis J. Major, both of Ellwood City; sisters, Shirley L. Duff and Foretta A. Nye, both of Ellwood City; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Niles, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the services. The Rev. Cynthia Klingemier will officiate. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery Mausoleum.

Material contributions may take the form of tributes to the First Christian Church in memory of Beverly, c/o 33 N. Arington Ave., Niles, OH 44446 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o 3736 Boardman-Canfield Road, P.O. Box 321, Boardman, OH 44406, or to the Niles McKinley Library.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road N.E. in Warren.

“Dedicated To Serving Your Loved Ones”

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Veronica Hanuschak, 87

CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. Michael Byzantine Church for Veronica Hanuschak, 87, who passed away Thursday afternoon at Beeghly Oaks Nursing Home.

Veronica was born Oct. 28, 1921 in Raineytown, Pa., the daughter of George and Sophia Melikant Hanuschak and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a 1939 June graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and worked for the Mahoning County Recorders Office for 47 years, retiring in April of 1987.

She was a member of the church and enjoyed traveling in her free time.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sisters, Margaret Hanuschak of Campbell, with whom she made her home and Helen Zelina of Erie, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, John, Mike, George, Dan and Mickey Hanuschak; and one sister, Ann Jankowski.

The Hanuschak family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home.

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Marvin “Marv” W. James, 77

NORTH LIMA – Marvin “Marv” W. James, 77, passed away at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at the St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center from complications of a stroke.

Mr. James was born May 31, 1932 in Leavittsburg, the son of the late Orville and Thelma (DePriest) James.

Marv retired as a tire recapper from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Youngstown after 20 years. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran during the Korean War era. Mr. James enjoyed reading, attending car shows and playing Wii bowling and pool.

Marv is survived by his beloved wife, Billie (Sheely) James of almost 53 years, whom he married on Aug. 18, 1956. He was the loving father of daughters, Dorothy James of Boardman and Robin James of Boardman; son, John (Kim) James of North Lima; stepson, Mark Harvey of Southington; and devoted and proud grandfather to Kelly (Cory) Husted, Jodi James, and Jordan James. He leaves a sister, Helen (Al) Grafe of New Philadelphia; sister, Ruthie Griffith of Mansfield; his best bud brother, Robert (Peg) James of Centreville, Md.; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends and car enthusiast buddies.

Mr. James was preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret; one brother, Thomas; one sister, Marjorie; and one stepson, Charles Harvey.

He also leaves his beloved pet, Daisy and cherished memories of Lucky and Cuddles, his special pals.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima with Rev. Melinda Q. Lacefield officiating. A military honors service will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 290 of Columbiana.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, and one hour prior to the service, both at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that material contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association.

The family would like to express their appreciation and thanks for the fine care Marv received at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center and all his doctors and nurses during the course of his illness for the wonderful care they provided in recent and past years.

Arrangements were handled by the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home.

Friends may visit to view this obituary, sign the guest register or send private condolences.

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Dorothy R. Novotny, 78

YOUNGSTOWN - Dorothy R. Novotny, 78, formerly of Struthers, died Saturday morning, Aug. 15, 2009, at Park Vista.

Miss Novotny was born Nov. 13, 1930 in Struthers, a daughter of John and Katherine Skokan Novotny.

She was a 1949 graduate of Struthers High School, a 1952 graduate of Youngstown Hospital Association School of Nursing and a 1962 graduate of the University of Nebraska, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

Miss Novotny was a member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Byzantine Catholic Church. Miss Novotny worked as a nurse for the United States Air Force, for over 20 years, and was honorably discharged in 1979 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

She worked as an operating room nurse for the Youngstown Hospital Association, a flight nurse and an operating room nurse stationed in Tachikawa Air Force Base in Japan. Miss Novotny received a Meritorious Service Award for launch site support for the United States manned space programs Gemini and Apollo and the Joint Service Commendation Medal for meritorious service as Chief Nurse ARMISH-MAAG Hospital, headquarters United States Military Mission with the Imperial Iranian Army and the United States Military Assistance Advisory Group to Iran. She was a member of the Society of Air force Nurses, the Aerospace Medical Association, the New Mexico Public Health Association, and past president of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

She is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth Rosse of Hillsville, Irene Kollar of Boardman and Mary Mehley of Struthers and one brother, Michael Novotny of Youngstown.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, John Novotny, Joseph Novotny and James Novotny and four sisters, Margaret Hudock, Anne Sussman, Mary Novotny, and Helen Boccio.

Panachida services will be held Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.

Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Infant Jesus of Prague Byzantine Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Burke and Rev. Msgr. Alexis Mihalik officiating. Interment will follow in the St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Lowellville.

The family would like to thank Senior Independence Hospice and the staff at Park Vista Nursing One for all of there love and care given to her.

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Gay Ramsay, 61

McDONALD – Gay Ramsay, 61, died suddenly on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman.

Gay was born Dec. 4, 1947, a daughter of the late James and Isla MacCallum Ramsay.

Gay had worked for General Electric in Youngstown and also General Electric - Ohio Lamp in Warren, retiring in 2003. She had presently been working for the Renal Group in Boardman as a file clerk.

Gay enjoyed watching NASCAR, working on her needlepoint, her Friday Night Group meetings and watching her nephews play football.

She is survived by her sisters, Terri Presco of McDonald, Robin (Chet) Infante of Niles and Traci (Mike) Witkoski of McDonald; and her brothers, Alan (Judy) Ramsay of Lexington, Ky., and Craig Ramsay of McDonald.

She was known as “Grandma Gay” to her beloved nieces and nephews, Lissy (Brian) Reynolds, Travis (Trish) Presco, Heather (Jeff) Bowser, Scott (Danielle) Presco, Lindy (Billy) Napier, Geoff (Stephany) Presco, Ryan Witkoski, Bobby (Renee) Infante, Andrew Presco, Amy (Witkoski) Hornikel, Alex Infante, Joe Witkoski; and 11 great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard, where visitation will be from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

Interment will take place at Girard City Cemetery.

Jaron Lawrence Roland, 20

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Jaron Lawrence Roland, 20, who departed this life Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009.

Mr. Roland was born Oct. 22, 1988, in Youngstown, a son of James L. Roland and Karmanixt Burt.

He was a 2007 graduate of The Rayen School and was attending Youngstown State University. While at Rayen, he played football and sang in the choir. He also played little league football with the Northside Knights.

He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Karamanixt; father, James; two children, Jayce and Mariah; a sister, Jayne’ Roland; two brothers, Jamayle Roland and Jarell Burt; and grandparents, James and Katie Roland; all of Youngstown; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas and Eva Burt; and great-grandparents, Theodore and Amanda Pappachristor.

Friends may call Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Atty. George B.

Sofranko Jr., 54

ELLSWORTH – A Mass of Christian Burial will offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, at St. Michael Catholic Church, preceded by closing prayers to be recited at 9:40 a.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel for Atty. George B. Sofranko Jr., 54, who passed away at 1:54 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, in Select Specialty Hospital in Boardman.

George was born July 12, 1955, in Warren, the son of George B. and Anne (Reno) Dunstan Sofranko Sr.

George was a 1973 graduate of Western Reserve High School and attended Kent State University and graduated from Youngstown State University. George received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Capital Law in Columbus and held licenses in Ohio and Florida. George was an active attorney in Mahoning County and fought for the welfare of the disabled.

A member of the Ohio and Florida Bar Associations, George was a deputy sheriff with Mahoning County; was Clerk of Courts for Mahoning County Court No. 5 in Canfield and was the Drug Court Coordinator for Mahoning County Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services Board.

George was a member of MENSA, was the first man elected to the Quota Club International, member of the Girl Scouts of Lake to River, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

A man of the Catholic Faith, George was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Canfield, and as a kid growing up, George would often be found at St. Paul’s Monastery in Canfield.

George was an avid fan and lover of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians and enjoyed going to rock concerts – he was especially a great fan of Bruce Springstein; and enjoyed attending the Scrappers games.

George is survived by his mother, Anne Dunstan Sofranko of the home; a sister, Patricia Sofranko of the home; and a brother, Don (Darlene) Dunstan of Georgetown, Ky.

George was preceded in death by his father, George B. Sofranko, Sr.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 9:40 a.m. in the funeral home prior to leaving for church.

The family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to St. Paul’s Monastery, Route 224 in Canfield.

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

Edith J. Squeglia, 91

LIBERTY – A Mass of Christian Burial will be said Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Edward Church for Edith J. Squeglia, 91, who died Friday afternoon in Austin Woods Nursing Center.

Edith was born Feb. 23, 1918, in Youngstown, a daughter of Ralph and Antoinette Burnetti Marcovecchio.

She was a sales clerk at Belmark Uniforms in the mall for over 25 years. She was a member of the church, Sacred Heart Auxiliary, Ladies of Charity and volunteered at St. Edward School as a room mother, at Woodside Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital. She was a graduate of South High School.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas J. (Tom) Squeglia, whom she married Nov. 20, 1943; three grandchildren, Kristen Squeglia, Courtney Squeglia and Brian Squeglia, all of Florida; a brother, Anthony (Bess) Marcovecchio of Canfield; and nieces, Tami (Chris) Vitello, Andrea (Greg) Padach, Betty Ann Squeglia, Linda Stanislaw, Monica Marcovecchio and Michelle (John) Puccio.

She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas J. Jr.; sisters, Rosa Marcovecchio and Florence Ambrose; and brothers, Ralph Marcovecchio Jr. and Felix Marcovecchio.

Family and friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Schiavone Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

Anna Tuscano

“Together Again”

AUSTINTOWN - Anna Tuscano passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2009, at her home.

Anna was born March 3, 1927, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Jerry and Adaline Angelo, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of The Rayen School, became a homemaker, and dedicated her life to raising and caring for her family.

Mrs. Tuscano was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown.

Her husband, Frank L. Tuscano Sr., whom she married Sept. 4, 1948, passed away Nov. 10, 2001.

Anna leaves four sons, Lawrence Tuscano of Austintown, Frank L. Jr. (Jeanne) Tuscano of McDonald, Jerry F. Tuscano of Boardman, and David J. Tuscano of Columbus; a daughter, Joanne M. (James) Colella of Poland; 10 grandchildren, Valerie Diorio, Julianna, Frank, and David Colella, and Frank L. III, Gina, Philip, Maria, Jerry, and Michael Tuscano; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Louis “Red” (Jean) Angelo, John (Sandy) Angelo, and Jerry (Loretta) Angelo, each of Youngstown; and a sister, Eleanor (Dan) Capalucci of Boardman.

Besides her husband, a brother, Joseph Angelo; and a sister, Nancy Fusillo, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Aug. 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home and continue at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Norquest Blvd.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

Anna’s family expresses sincere thanks to Alice for being such a good and special friend to their mom and grandma.

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Thomas Waller, 56

YOUNGSTOWN – Thomas Waller, 56, passed away at St. Elizabeth Health Center on Sunday, Aug. 9.

He was born May 30, 1953, in Youngstown, a son of Charlie and Dorthy Waller.

He leaves his father, Charlie; five brothers, John, David, Beondre, Tyrone and Ronell; and two sisters, Sally Ewing and Shirley Waller, all of Youngstown.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorthy; a brother, Charles Jr.; and a sister, Ernestine Gooch.

There will be private services for the family only.

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