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Joseph W. Bonacci, 61

YOUNGSTOWN – Prayers will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by the Rev. Kevin Peters at 1 p.m. at St. Brendan Church in Youngstown for Joseph W. Bonaci, 61, who passed away Sunday morning with his loving family by his side.

Joseph was born Oct. 17, 1947 in Sharon, Pa., a son of Joseph C. and Maria Spadafora Bonacci.

Joseph was a 1966 graduate of Farrell High School and attended the University of Hawaii, and graduated from the Police Academy.

Joseph worked at Westinghouse, State of Ohio Investigations, Mahoning County Sheriff Department, Youngstown State Police Department, Oakland Police Department in Florida and retired from the Youngstown Police Department.

He started the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Seminar, being taught nationally, he also authored the “Officer Survival During High Risk Situations, co-founded the nationally acclaimed nonprofit child safety program, “Somebody Cares,” taught at rape crisis centers nationally and was president for four years of the Police Self-Defense Instructors. Joseph was a State Certified Police Instructor and went worldwide to teach including Russia and Spain.

He was a member of the church and was a former member of St. Anthony and St. Edward Churches. A devote Catholic, he instilled his faith to his family and had a special devotion to St. Joseph and had a unconditional love and respect for everyone he met. He served his country valiantly in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam, obtaining the rank of Sgt., where he was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters and the Army Commendation with five oak leaf clusters.

Joseph achieved in martial arts between combat tours, the prestigious titles of 1969 “All Okinawa Karate Champion of 1970” and “All Japanese Karate Champion.” He conducted the first kickboxing tournament on ESPN at South High Field House in 1977.

Joseph was a member of the F.O.P. Lodge 28, United States Karate Association, the United States Karate Federation, Buckeye Sheriff’s Association, International Counter Terrorism Association, Ohio Private Detectives and Security Associations, Greater Crime Clinic of Youngstown, Stunt Masters of America, Screen Actors Guild, Federation of United Martial Arts Against Crime, and a founder of the American Institute of Martial Arts. He also received several special awards, a 10th degree Black Belt in Karate, 7th degree Black Belt in JuJitsu, 2nd degree Black Belt in Judo, and was inducted in the Karate Hall of Fame in 1987.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, the former Kathleen L. Devlin, whom he married Jan. 16, 1971; two sons, Ryan Michael Bonacci of Newport News, Va. and Christopher Michael Bonacci and his fiancee, Shawna Pagani, whom he is marrying on Sept. 26; a brother, Pete (Mary) Bonacci of Hermitage, Pa.; a sister, Josephine Arcuri of Farrell, Pa.; three grandchildren, Sammantha Bonacci, Christian Bonacci and Serena Grenga; several nieces and nephews; and he was especially close to his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Louis Devlin, Sharon Blosser-Reed, Sean Devlin, Malin Peters and Rev. Kevin Peters.

Besides his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Bonacci; three sisters, Angeline Johnson, Theresa Fleet and infant, Angela; his father-in-law, Edward H. Peters; and mother-in-law, Mary L. Peters.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 Tuesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions can be made of Bonacci Tuition Fund at Diocese of Youngstown Credit Union, 1500 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH 44505 in Joseph’s memory.

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

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Diane E. Carpenter-Aaron, 68

FOWLER –. Diane E. Carpenter-Aaron, 68, died on Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pa.

She was born, May 8, 1941, in Meadville, Pa., the daughter of the late Neil DiBell and Josephine Root DiBell.

Diane was a member of St. Bernadette Church in Masury.

She had served as a 4-H Advisor, was on the county 4-H Advisory Committee, and had served as Dean of Women at 4-H Camp Whitewood for many years. Diane also served on the Trumbull County Board of Mental Retardation.

She had been co-owner of the Bloomfield Livestock Auction, worked as the Executive Manager of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, had owned and operated the Airport Inn Restaurant in Vienna and served as the Fowler Township Clerk for eight years. Diane was owner of the Wildflower Farm in Fowler which hosted farm tours for thousands of preschool children.

She loved attending yard sales and was well known for her ability to “bargain.” She was a horse enthusiast and enjoyed both raising and showing them.

Diane was a very kind and caring person. She would open both her heart and home to any person or animal in need. Besides being a very compassionate person, she was also strong-willed, an advocate for causes she believed in, and loved spending time with her family and friends. Diane was very active and involved in her grandchildren’s lives and always put her family first. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends and all the people who had the privilege of knowing her.

Diane is survived by her husband, Paul Aaron, whom she married on July 15, 1988; mother, Josephine DiBell of Cortland; three daughters, Leanne (Douglas) Carpenter-Rex of Granville, Amy Jo Carpenter of Girard and Janice (Timothy) Williams of Warren; her “adopted daughter,” Cheri Biros of Boardman; her brother, Thomas A. Mullen of Warren; two sisters, Margaret Elser of Norwich, N.Y. and Ruth Bingham of Roswell, N.M.; and four grandchildren, Amanda and Justin Rex of Granville, Elizabeth Diane Williams of Warren and Michael Marshall at home.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home in Warren with calling hours today from 5 to 8 p.m., and one hour prior to service on Wednesday.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at Dugan Cemetery in Fowler.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Diane E. Carpenter-Aaron Scholarship Fund, 959 Newark-Granville Road, Granville, OH. 43023.

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Donna J. Carter, 72

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – Donna J. Carter, 72, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, Sept. 6, 2009, at Hospice House, following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Donna was born Aug. 15, 1937 in Youngstown, a daughter of Frank and Jennie Bodnar Gaca, was a graduate of South High School, and a lifelong area resident.

She was a homemaker and had owned and operated the J. Carter Drywall Company with her late husband. Donna also worked at General Electric’s Mazda Lamp Plant for a brief time.

She was a member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown.

Donna leaves three daughters, Linda (Jeff) Kosec of Poland, Janice Lautner of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Darlene (Scott) Dobbins of Marietta, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Derek, Bryan and Tyler Kosec, Lauren and Jenna Lautner, and Sarah and Shelby Dobbins; her father, Frank Gaca of Youngstown; and two brothers, Frank Jr. (Karen) Gaca of Youngstown and Ronald (Kathleen) Gaca of Poland.

Donna truly enjoyed the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her husband, James G. Carter, whom she married in 1957, passed away in 1987. Her mother, Jennie, and her loyal cat, Lucky, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home and continue at 11:30 a.m. at St. Christine Church.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House/Hospice of the Valley in care of the funeral home.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to sent condolences online.

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Ralph W. Connor, 87

VIENNA– Prayers will be held Thursday at 9:15 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown for Ralph W. Connor, 87, who passed away Sunday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Ralph was born Dec. 8, 1921 in Cleveland, the son of William F. “Bucky” and Isabella (Miller) O’Connor.

Ralph attended The Rayen School. He was a Combat Engineer for the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. Ralph was a structural iron worker for the Iron Workers Local 207 for 65 years. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 3307 and a member of the Loyal Order of Cooties.

His wife, the former Christine M. DeRosa, whom he married Nov. 24, 1949, passed away Oct. 17, 1996.

Ralph leaves his two sons, Jim Connor of Youngstown and Bill Connor of Vienna; his two grandchildren, Kim Connor of Austintown and Michael Linder of Washington State; and three great-grandchildren.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

The family will be receiving friends Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Ralph’s family requests that material tributes take the form of donations to the Youngstown Easter Seals, 299 Edwards St., Youngstown, OH 44502

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Robert Thomas Ellwood, 82

NILES – Robert Thomas Ellwood, 82, passed away at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at St. Joseph Health Center.

He was born in Niles on April 5, 1927, to Kenneth M. and Margaret E. (Mahoney) Ellwood.

A 1945 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he honorable served on the USS Wickes in the Pacific Theatre. He retired in April of 1989 after working 33 years as the production planning dispatcher at Republic Steel-LTV Steel. He was a member of St. Stephen Church, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and a 30-year Scout Leader.

Bob was well known throughout the Mahoning Valley for being the leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day. He traveled to schools, nursing homes, Relay for Life events, and especially marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

He was an avid Notre Dame, Indians, Browns and Niles McKinley Red Dragons Fan. A Niles football season ticket holder since 1960, he always participated in renovation projects to the stadium. He participated in the Rely for Life events and for many years walked in the cancer survivors’ lap.

He will always be remembered for being the steady QB and pitcher when playing with his boys and the neighborhood kids.

He is survived by his wife, Alberta “Bert” (DeYoung) Ellwood, whom he married on Dec. 15, 1956; four sons, Kenneth (Marci) Ellwood Sr. of Niles, Shawn Ellwood Sr. of Niles, Patrick (Becky) Ellwood of Girard, Robert (Christine) Ellwood of Asheboro, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Sami Lu Ellwood of Niles; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth (Mike) Coburn, Heather (Marc) Means, Kenny Ellwood Jr., Ashley Ellwood, Allison Ellwood, Shawn Ellwood Jr., Brennan Ellwood, Nolan Ellwood and Alena Ellwood; three great-grandchildren, Ethan, Kyle and Abi Coburn.

He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis M. Ellwood, who passed away on May 19, 2007 and a brother, Kenneth M. Ellwood.

Calling hours will be today, Sept. 8, 2009, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Saint Stephen Church. The Rev. Thomas Kraszewski will be the celebrant.

Burial will be at Meadowbrook Cemetery.

Family and friends may visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to send condolences.

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Michael F. Furgan, 95

YOUNGSTOWN – Michael F. Furgan, 95, who passed away Sept. 6, 2009.

Michael was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Campbell. He had worked for Wean United and was a great out door sportsman, especially enjoying hunting, fishing, golf and baseball and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

He leaves his wife, Ann; his three children, Robert (Maria) Furgan, Joyce (Dave) Ornelas and Mitzi (Dan) Norris; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Helen, his second wife, Veronica; his daughter, Roberta; and his grandson, Michael.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in Campbell.

Burial will be at St. John Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to St. John the Baptist Church renovation fund.

Arrangements by the Kirila Funeral Home Inc.

Visit www.kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.

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Kenneth L. Greaver, 73

GIRARD – Kenneth L. Greaver, 73, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

He was born May 19, 1936, in Lost Creek, W.Va., the son of the late Kenneth P. and Violet (Lyall) Greaver.

Ken was a Korean War veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Valley Mould and Iron, Hubbard in 1990 after working 36 years.

He had a passion for old cars and attending car shows. He enjoyed square dancing and loved his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carol (Anderson) Greaver, whom he married Nov. 1, 1958; two sons, Jeff Greaver of Girard and Kenn (Julie) Greaver of Boardman; a brother, Jerry (Billie) Greaver of Salem; a sister, Barbara (Don) Haydoo of Walton Hills; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard, with calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m.

Interment will be at Churchill Cemetery.


Alan L. Hihn, 63

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Alan L. Hihn, 63, who passed away Saturday at Hospice House.

Alan was born Feb. 23, 1946 in Cleveland, a son of the late Michael and Helen (Folberth) Hihn.

He served in the U.S. Air Force, and retired from ThermaTex, where he was a salesman.

He is survived by two children, Cindy (Joe) Defalco of Niles and Christopher Hihn of Youngstown; one sister, Carole Scott of Berea; three brothers, Michael Hihn of Boise, Idaho, Robert (Rita) Hihn of Patchogue, N.Y. and Richard Hihn of Middleburg Heights; and four grandchildren, Andrew, Brittany, Danielle and Leslie.

Besides his parents, Alan was preceded in death by a son, Michael Hihn.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

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



Virgie E. Jennings, 67

COLUMBUS – Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Mrs. Virgie E. Jennings, 67, formerly of Youngstown, who was beckoned by her heavenly father Sept. 3, 2009, at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

Mrs. Jennings was born June 9, 1942, a daughter of George R. and Viola E. McDonald Nicholson. She was born and reared in Youngstown.

She was a lunch aide at the former Grant Elementary School for many years and was also a nurse’s aide for 23 years at the former Assumption Nursing Home.

Mrs. Jennings is survived by her four children, Leila Jennings, Veronica Poole and Elizabeth Starks, all of Youngstown and Roy (Charlotte) Jennings of Columbus; a brother, Kenneth (Janet) Nicholson of Boardman; 23 grandchildren, including DeAndre Jennings, her caregiver with whom she made her home; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Her parents; a daughter, Sylvia Jennings; a brother, Roy Nicholson; a sister, Phyllis Clemons; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, preceded her in death.

Viewing will be Wednesday from noon to 4 p.m. and calling hours will be Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.

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Dorothy C. “Dot” Lesjak, 91

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP – Dorothy C. “Dot” Lesjak, 91, passed away 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born the third of eight children to Lynn O. and Stella (Sigel) Clower on May 15, 1918 in Warren.

A lifetime area resident, Dot was employed for 31 years at Packard Electric as an inspector, retiring in 1978. She also had volunteered at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital for 25 years.

She loved playing bingo and tile rummy and was an avid golfer and bowler. She also enjoyed gardening, but her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Howland Community Church.

Her husband of 46 years, Stanley J. Lesjak, whom she married on Sept. 14, 1940, preceded her in death April 26, 1986.

Also preceding her in death were her parents; stepmother, Effie Scott Clower; a brother, William Clower; three sisters, Lois Barnum, Alice Taylor and Angie Ray; three grandsons, Jason and Justin Ryan and John Thomas Hiestand; and a son-in-law, Gary Hiestand.

Dot will be greatly missed by her three daughters, Sherry Hiestand of Niles, Deborah “Debbie” (Pat) Ryan of West Farmington and Corine “Corky” (Larry) Prince of Howland; and four grandchildren, Kevin (Jamie) Prince of Myrtle Beach, Jeff (Lee Anne) Hiestand of Ona, W.Va., James (Ronda) Hiestand of Plant City, Fla and Lisa (Brad) Carrier of Cranberry Township, Pa. She also leaves nine great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kellyn, Cody, Seth, Kevin Jr., Drake, Camryn, Payton and Leah; brothers, Warren (Helen) Clower and Lynn (Teeny) Clower Jr., both of Vienna; a sister, Mary Ellen (Don) Zimmer of Pinetop, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Fern Clower of Mineral Ridge; and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at the Roberts-Clark Chapel, where friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The Rev. Dr. Brian Byrne will officiate.

Entombment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery Mausoleum.

Material contributions may be made to the Justin & Jason Ryan Memorial Fund, c/o 6996 Oak Hill Drive, West Farmington, OH 44491, the Gary Hiestand Scholarship Fund c/o 2691 Oak Forest Drive, Niles, OH 44446, or Celtic Healthcare Hospice, 3530 Belmont Ave., Suite 7, Youngstown, OH 44505.

Please visit www.robertsclarkchapel.com to view this obituary online or send condolences.


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Lillian Marburger, 96

WARREN – Lillian Marburger, 96, formerly of 700 Buckeye Street NW, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at 11:15 a.m. at Windsor House of Champion.

She was born Oct. 27, 1912 in Strasburg, the daughter of the late James and Ellen Burlyoung Krantz.

Lillian was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, SCOPE of Warren and was a homemaker.

Lillian is survived by her children, Marcia A. Yargo, June M. (William) Lamb and William J. Marburger, all of Warren, Karl W. Marburger Jr. of Providence, R.I., Robert D. (Carol) Marburger of Pahrump, Nev. and Kevin E. (Patricia) Marburger of Cortland; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Karl W. Marburger Sr., whom she married on Jan. 30, 1935; a daughter, Donna Marburger; five sisters; two brothers; one grandson, Michael A. Kagy; and one great-grandson, Harry J. Nidel II.

Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, with the funeral service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at 10 a.m. Fr. Bernard Schmalzried will officiate.

Burial will be at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Strasburg.

Material contributions are requested to be made to St. Mary’s Church, 232 Seneca Ave. NE, Warren, OH 44481, in her memory.

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John J. Marotta

INDEPENDENCE – John J. Marotta, beloved husband of Silvia (Pallotta), loving father of Emily, son of the late John and Geneva (Clayton), brother of Jennifer Payseno and Joe, and dear brother-in-law, uncle and nephew.

Visitation will be today from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Fortuna Funeral Home (1/2 mile north of Pleasant Valley Road), where funeral services will begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Services will be at 10 a.m. at St. Matthias Church in Parma. Interment will follow at Woodvale Cemetery.

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Johanna R. Schilling, 87

STRUTHERS – Johanna R. Schilling, 87, formerly of Manor Avenue, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 6, 2009, at Maplecrest Nursing Home in Struthers, where she was a resident for six years.

Johanna was born July 3, 1922 in Lowellville, a daughter of Michael and Anna (Kossick) Churan.

Johanna graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1940. She was a former member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Struthers and its Altar and Rosary Society, and a Den Mother for Cub Scout Troop 101.

She enjoyed baking, especially homemade fruit pies, working in the vegetable garden, and fishing along with her husband. Together they belonged to the Thunderbird Archery Club. She enjoyed traveling throughout the eastern United States and volunteering at area nursing homes to help make cancer pads for terminally ill patients. Johanna was devoted to her family and shared her appreciation of nature with them, especially through her love of the many birds who visited their backyard feeders.

Her husband, William H. Schilling, whom she married in 1941, died Oct. 23, 2007.

She leaves three children, Billie (Ronald) Sicafuse of Poland, Patricia (Daniel) Canter of Hartford and William Richard Schilling of Poland; a son-in-law, Ronald DeSalvo of Boardman; five grandchildren, Mark Sicafuse of Poland, Sharon Sicafuse of Chester, Conn., Christine (Scott) DeSalvo Miller of Cleveland, Michele Canter of Nashville, Tenn. and Darrell Canter of Vienna; and three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Dillon, and Gabriel Canter.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra DeSalvo; and five siblings, Michael and Mary Churan, Anna Rester, Dorothy Wilkos and Helen Susany.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Columba Cathedral. Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Lowellville.

Family and friends will be received Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 8:45 a.m. until the time of the prayer service at 9:15 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

Mrs. Schilling’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Maplecrest Nursing Home and Hospice of the Valley.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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John Edward Shelton, 58

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be at noon on Friday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for John Edward Shelton, 58, who departed this life Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Shelton was born Feb. 13, 1951 in Akron, a son of John P. and Katherine Stanton Shelton.

He was a construction worker for Shelly & Sands Construction Co. He received certificates from the Ohio Department of Transportation and Troxler Electronic Laboratories Inc. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War.

He leaves his wife, the former Rachelle Williams, whom he married April 15, 1975; children, Theo A. (LaShawn) Williams and Rajohnna Shelton, both of Youngstown; two sisters Dr. Barbara (Howard) Broome of Mobile Ala. and Michelle Howell of Akron; two brothers, Calvin Sidney Shelton and Stephen Dana Powers, both of Akron; 12 grandchildren, including Da’Zha Patterson, whom he reared; and one great-grandson. He will be missed by a host of family and friends.

His parents and a brother, Willie Gregory Powers, preceded him in death.

A viewing will be held on Thursday from noon to 4 p.m., and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Patricia A. Tarr, 67

AUSTINTOWN – There will be a memorial service at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Austintown Community Church for Patricia A. Tarr, 67, who passed away at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Patricia was born Jan. 26, 1942 in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Dorsey and Linda (Wilson) Strosnider.

She had worked at Gray Drugs, and was a member of the Four Mile Run Christian Church. She was an avid bingo player, loved going to casinos and was a die hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Patricia enjoyed conducting candle parties, and loved her grandchildren dearly and enjoyed going to their activities.

Her husband, Gerald Tarr, whom she married Oct. 1, 1959, passed away June 27, 1991.

She is survived by two children, Jerry (Karen) Tarr of Austintown and Cindy (Tom) Opatken of Austintown; stepdaughter, Geri Lee Neese of Youngstown; nine grandchildren, Kristine, Larry, Tommy, Heather, Blaine, Summer, Lynsey, Kendall, and Haley; a great-grandson, Landon; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Patricia was preceded in death by a stepson, Larry Tarr; a sister, Mary McKinstry; and two brothers, Earl and Walter.

Contributions may be made to the Lane Funeral Home, 5797 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, OH 44515, to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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



Bertha “Aunt Birdie” Williams, 93

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the Tabernacle Baptist Church for Mrs. Bertha Williams, 93, who was known to many as “Aunt Birdie,” passed away Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at Park Vista Retirement Center.

Mrs. Williams was born Sept. 3, 1916 in Youngstown, a daughter of the Rev. Samuel P. and Laura Coleman Phillips.

She attended the Youngstown Public Schools and later moved to Detroit. In 1975, she united in marriage with Edward Williams, who preceded her in death in 1987. In 1988, she returned home to Youngstown.

She was a homemaker and a very devoted church member, belonging to the Tabernacle Baptist Church and The New Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Detroit. After giving her life to the Lord, she was very faithful to her church in whatever capacity she was needed and able to serve. She was very active as a member of the Usher Board and also a Sunday School teacher. She was member of the N.A.A.C.P. and the Eastern Stars. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking and fishing.

Mrs. Williams leaves to cherish her memory, one devoted sister, Mrs. Nettie Jenkins and one brother, James (Freda) Phillips, both of Youngstown; and a brother-in-law, the Rev. Harold Hopkins of Akron. She also leaves stepchildren in Detroit and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Samuel, Richard, Louis, Joseph and Preston Phillips; and four sisters, Laura Phillips, Frances Lewis, Ruth Williams and Audrey Hopkins.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the church.

Services entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.

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Rudy Yurjevich, 82

“Together Again”

NILES – Rudy Yurjevich, 82, of 57 Lakeview Road, passed away at 9:25 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at St. Joseph Health Center of complications following hip surgery.

He was born in Youngstown on Sept. 25, 1926 to Peter and Sofia (Winovich) Yurjevich.

Rudy attended Woodrow Wilson High School and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II. He was well known in the construction business in Trumbull and Mahoning Counties. He retired in 2001 as the owner for 40 years of M & R Construction. He was a member of the Niles Christian Assembly and enjoyed vegetable gardening, fishing, and especially activities with his family.

He is survived by two sons, Gregory Yurjevich and Mark Yurjevich, both of Niles; grandson, Brian Yurjevich; two sisters, Annie (Tom) Mirante of Youngstown and Mitzi (Al) Lazarevich of Poland; brother, Nick Yurjevich of Masury; and several nieces and nephews.

Rudy was preceded in death by his dear wife, Mary (Reigle) Yurjevich, whom he married on Jan. 13, 1952, and who passed away on March 5, 2001; a sister, Martha Newberry; and a brother, Michael Kusic.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.

The funeral will be on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, where family and friends may also call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. John Mizgerd will officiate.

Burial will be at Niles Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Niles Christian Assembly.

Family and friends may visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to send condolences.

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