Beatrice Alene Bennett, 80
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Beatrice A. Bennett, 80, who departed this life Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at Valley Renaissance Health Care Center.
Ms. Bennett was born Oct. 7, 1928 in Youngstown, a daughter of George Sr. and Mamie Huff Bennett.
She was a home caregiver and of the Baptist faith.
She leaves her children, Lareese E. Cooper and Joseph L. Sanders; niece, Aline Taylor; great-niece, Sophie Taylor; great-nephew, Derrick Taylor, all of Youngstown; grandsons, Marcus Bennett of Las Vegas and Phillip Lemon of Youngstown; several great-grandchildren.
Her parents; a son, Fred Skip Bennett; three brothers, George Jr., Alfred and Joseph Bennett; and two sisters, Annette and Doris Bennett preceded her in death.
Viewing will be Friday from noon to 4 p.m.
Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Peter Pete Borovitcky, 86
AUSTINTOWN Peter Pete Borovitcky, 86, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, Sept. 9, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Peter was born July 11, 1923 in Youngstown, a son of the late Metro and Anna Pusak Borovitcky, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Borovitcky served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked for 30 years as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1986.
He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, enjoyed woodworking, and most importantly, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.
Pete will be remembered as a fine example of a true gentleman, who was a hard-working, yet gentle man, and who was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Mr. Borovitcky leaves his loving wife of 58 years, Ann Senchesak Borovitcky, whom he married Nov. 26, 1950; two sons, Peter A. (Bonnie Strickland) Borovitcky of Austintown and Gary (Debbie Toska) Borovitcky of Dayton; three grandchildren, Tricia (Ryan) McCabe, Peter A. Borovitcky II and Philip A. Borovitcky, each of Austintown; four great-grandchildren, Abbey, Nolan, Preston and Brycen McCabe; a sister, Catherine Hnatiw of Austintown; and many nieces and nephews.
Pete will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Four brothers, John, Michael, Stephen and Paul Borovitcky and two sisters, Stella Naberezny and Mary Holdash, are deceased.
Family and friends may call on Friday, Sept. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Funeral services will begin on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church .
Interment with military honors will follow at the parish cemetery.
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Olivia Cox Davis, 83
YOUNGSTOWN A homegoing service in honor of Mrs. Olivia Cox Davis,83, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth L. Simon officiating.
Mrs. Davis was born Oct. 25, 1925 in Smithfield, N.C., a daughter of Frank and Mary Barnes Cox, relocating to the Mahoning Valley in 1951.
She was formerly employed as a nurses aide at Forum Health Care Center and she touched many lives throughout her 32 years of service.
She was a longtime and faithful member of the church, serving on the Nurses Guild, New Bethel Clothing Distribution Center, W.B. Lewis-Stella Bailey Mission Ministry, W.B. Lewis Sunday School Class, Wednesday Prayer Group and Wednesday Bible Study.
Mrs. Davis received several awards and certificates for her many achievements.
She was a dedicated wife and mother, who will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
Her husband, Edward Davis Sr., whom she married Oct. 10, 1949, died Jan. 27, 1986.
On Sept. 5, 2009, our heavenly Father cast his eternal light onto St. Elizabeths Health Care Center and beckoned her home.
She leaves to cherish her memory her loving sons, Theodore and his wife, Elizabeth Davis of Youngstown, Edward Jr. and his wife, Joyce Davis of Boardman and William Patrick of St. Louis; her daughter, Nancy and her husband, Julius Anderson of Youngstown; two special daughter-in-laws, Mary E. Davis of Youngstown and Elaine Shug Patrick of Cleveland; 15 grandchildren, Garrissone Anderson, Nachael Anderson, Kevin Davis, Tiffany Davis-Traylor, Michael Davis, Antione Davis, Keith Davis, Christopher Davis, Marcus Davis, Carla Davis, all of Youngstown, Theodore Johnson of Columbus, Zelda A. Davis Wise of Berlin, Md., Crystal Patrick of Cleveland and Aaron Patrick of New York ; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-greatgrandchildren; two special friends, Corrine and Sabrina Scott of Youngstown; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Connell Cox; a daughter, Edna Bowman; a grandson, Shawn Davis; and a great-grandson, Corey Davis.
Friends may call Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Washington Funeral Home and the family will receive friends Saturday one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment will be at Belmont Park Cemetery.
Condolences may be faxed to 330 782-2050 or emailed to JEWASHTON @AOL.COM.
Helen Marie Gora, 88
VIENNA Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Kubina-Yuhasz Funeral Home, 5925 Market St. in Boardman and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown for Helen Marie Gora, 88, formerly of Youngstown, who died Monday at Hospice House following a brief illness.
One of seven children, Helen was born Dec. 27, 1920 in Campbell, a daughter of George and Julia Undullich Vodhanel.
Helen was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School. Prior to her marriage, she worked at the McKenzie Muffler Company and in the billing department of the Strouss Department Store.
She married Merle Gora Sr. on Sept. 12, 1953 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Campbell. Merle died on Jan. 4, 2000.
Although she was currently a member of St. Vincent DePaul parish in Vienna, Helens funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Dominic Church, where she had been a parishioner for more than 40 years. Helen was also a member of the First Catholic Ladies Slovak Association Branch 501. She enjoyed playing bingo and going on bus trips to casinos.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Merle Gora Jr.; her sister, Elaine; and her three brothers, Baron, George and Michael Vodhanel.
Helen also known as Nana is survived by her son, Joseph Gora of Boardman; her daughter, Susan (Richard) Lyons, with whom she made her home; her granddaughter, Christina Lyons, whom she helped raise; and her sisters, Betty Kozar of Youngstown and Mary Sloan of Boardman.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 4 to 7 p.m.
Interment will take place at St. Johns Cemetery in Coitsville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Helens memory either to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514 or to the Oblate Sisters at Villa Maria Teresa, 50 Warner Road, Hubbard, OH 44425.
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Thomas W. Hammer Sr.
CANTON Thomas W. Hammer Sr. passed away on Sept. 4, 2009 at the Arbors of Canton.
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman with a memorial service starting at 3 p.m.
Per Thomas request, cremation has taken place.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Adams Mason Funeral Home and Crematory in Akron.
Janice M. Long, 79
YOUNGSTOWN A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Janice M. Long, 79, of Campus Health Care in Liberty, formerly of Struthers.
Janice was born on Sept. 3, 1930 in Newton, W.Va., a daughter of Bernard and Mary Griffith Cruikshank.
She graduated from Byesville High School. Janice married Samuel M. Long on April 25, 1958. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, cooking and her grandchildren.
Janice leaves her son, Samuel C. Long of Niles; three daughters, Denise (Frank) Simon of Liberty, Debra (Barry) Mederrick of Israel and Brenda Long of Sacramento, Calif.; one brother, Earl Cruikshank of Florida; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Janice was preceded in death by her husband, who died on Jan. 13, 1991; three brothers, Jack, Gene and Russell; three sisters, Bernice Olshawsky, Jenny Heider and Effie Edmunds; and one granddaughter.
Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, one hour prior to the memorial service, at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.
Memorial tributes can be sent in Janices name to the Margy and Dan Becker Research Memorial Fund, University Hospital Memory and Aging Center, 3619 Park East Drive, Beachwood, OH 44122.
Please visit at ClementeFuneralHomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Helen Ann Pizzo, 90
CANFIELD Helen Ann Pizzo, 90, passed away Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009.
She was born Aug. 7, 1919 in Campbell, a daughter of the late Stephen Kubus and the late Anna (Yaniglos) Kubus and the wife of the late Jerry Pizzo, whom she married November of 1942.
Family includes a daughter, Dr. Abby and Jim Barone of Canfield; a son, Jerry and Donna Pizzo of New Mexico; a daughter, Peggi Cassella and Ben Rubenstein of Boston; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-granchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Helen was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.
She was a member of the Jednota Club and the Sokal Club. She enjoyed bingo, baking, cooking and family.
Calling hours will be Friday, Sept. 11 from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 9:30 a.m.at the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 East Indianola Ave. in Youngstown.
Her services will be at St. Michael Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009.
Martha Marty Phipps Rogers, 94
CANFIELD A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Christines Church for Martha Marty Phipps Rogers, 94, who died Tuesday morning.
Marty was born Sept. 2, 1915 in New Castle, Pa., the daughter of John and Sarah (Henning) Shenker.
Marty was a charter member of St. Christine Church and a member of the Saxon Club. She retired in 1978 from Sears Roebuck, where she had been a clerk for 18 years. During WWII, she worked for United Engineering in New Castle for a short time.
Marty loved being with her children and grandchildren. She also loved all her friends at Ponderosa Park, where she loved spending her summers.
She is survived by daughter, Sally Phipps Perunko of Canfield and son Chuck (Julie) Phipps of Canfield. She also has one sister, Bertha Shenker of Austintown; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four step grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.
Marty was preceded in death by her husbands, Joseph Joby Phipps, whom she married Oct. 9, 1935 and who died Oct. 20. 1971, and her second husband, Charles Rogers. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Minnie ONeil; brothers, John, Mike and George Shenker; and son-in-law, Charles Perunko.
Family and friends may call from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the church prior to services.
The Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.
Family and friends may visit at www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
William D. Smith, 78
AUSTINTOWN William D. Smith, 78, of 2487 Bainbridge St., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at the Forum Health Northside Medical Center in Youngstown from complications of pneumonia.
Mr. Smith was born on Aug. 24, 1931 in Youngstown, the son of the late William E. and Elsie (Brennan) Smith.
William was a 1949 Canfield High School graduate, and attended N.W. Missouri State University. He worked as a manager at Youngstown Sheet and Tube, as an assembler for Lordstown Assembly Plant and he later owned and operated Bills Tri County Driving School in Canfield, from where he retired in 1980. Mr. Smith served in the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Air force. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Austintown.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Darlene K. (Beck) Smith, whom he married on Dec. 30, 1961. He is also survived by one daughter, Lynn (Courtney) Dahler of Austintown; one son, David W. Smith of Austintown; two sisters, Charlotte (Rich) Confer of Poland and Sandy (Bud) Frazier of Summerfield, Fla.; four brothers, Jack (Norma) Smith of Canfield, Tom (Genevieve) Smith of Howland, Richard (Sue) Smith of Chicago and Frank (Dee) Smith of Spring, Texas; five grandchildren, Brian Smith, Nicholas Bolash, Justin Bolash, Tiffany Smith and Kyle Smith; and four great-grandchildren, Nathan, Jordan, Jace and Jacob.
William was preceded in death by one sister, Beverly and one granddaughter, Cathy Lynn Smith.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Austintown with the Rev. Gregory Fedor officiating.
Burial will be at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima.
Friends may visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary, sign the guest register or send private condolences.
Margaret Ann Tkacik, 87
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be Friday for Margaret Ann Tkacik, 87, who passed away Monday evening at Hospice House.
Margaret Ann was born in Youngstown on Jan. 27, 1922, a daughter of Michal and Franciska Lihan Svidran Tkacik, who had immigrated to the United States from Polomka nad Hronom, Slovakia.
Margaret was a member of first graduating class of 1939 at Woodrow Wilson High School.
During WWII, she enlisted in the Womens Army Corp and served first in the military police and then in the Provost Marshals Office. She trained at Fort Oglelthorpe in Georgia and served in Fort Lewis, Wash. and at the Presidio in San Francisco.
She was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a WAAC Ribbon. She was discharged honorably with the rank of Corporal in 1945.
After the war, Margaret attended Kent State University, the Ohio State University, the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, George Washington University and Florida State University. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in political science with certification in librarianship and adult education.
She accepted employment as a master librarian for the Pan American Union in Washington, D.C. and retired in 1967, after 20 years of service.
She was a member of the Womens Army Corp Veterans Association, the George Washington University Alumni Association, the Florida State Alumni Association and the Ohio State University Alumni Association.
She is survived by her sisters, Veronica Vanish and Alma Neapolitan, both of Boardman; her brother, Frank Tkacik of Youngstown; her nieces, Cheryl Neapolitan of California and Michele Joly of Poland; her nephews, George Vanish and Robert A. (Karen) Neapolitan, both of Boardman; her great-niece, Jennifer Neapolitan of Boardman; and her great-nephews, Alec Neapolitan of Boardman and Joshua and Tommy Joly of Poland.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Monsignor Peter Polando Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Matthias Church.
Visitation will take place at the church from 9 to 9:30 a.m., prior to the Mass.
Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Kubina-Yuhasz Funeral Home in Boardman.
Florence Ward, 97
ALLIANCE Graveside services will be held at Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth, Pa., for Florence Ward, 97, who passed away Monday afternoon at McCrea Manor Care Center in Alliance.
Florence was born April 29, 1912 in Hilliards, Pa., the daughter of David and Ida Mae (McKee) Adams.
She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She leaves five grandchildren, Susan (Gary) Genetta of Berlin Center, Sharon Slider of Lake Milton, Sandra Sekerka of Salem and Michael (Wendy) Ward and Jessica (Ryan) Shull, both of Carlisle, Pa.; as well as seven great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Ward, who passed away in 1993; and two children, Marsha Sekerka and Herbert Ward.
Arrangements were by the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
H. Edward Wellington Jr., 67
AVONDALE, ARIZ. H. Edward Wellington Jr., 67, died Sept. 6, 2009 at home in Avondale.
He was born July 31, 1942 in Youngstown to Harry and Eileen Mangan Wellington.
Edward was formerly of Elgin, Ill. and Youngstown, and moved to Arizona two months ago.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Edward was an avid golfer and bowler, and a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale. Edward was a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and Youngstown State University. He recently retired from Middleby Marshall in Elgin after 26 years.
Edward is survived by his wife, Reyna; daughters, Julia of Pompano Beach, Fla., Marlene (Sal) Bermudez of Oklahoma, Janet Ramirez of Avondale and Christina Ramirez of Avondale; sons, James (Linda) of Boardman and Arturo Ramirez of California; sister, Margaret A. of Boardman; and granddaughters, Gabriela and Arlene Bermudez.
A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.
You may visit www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com to send the family condolences.
Sally L. Wertz, 76
AUSTINTOWN Services will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Friday in the chapel at Green Haven Memorial Gardens, where the family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of services for Sally L. Wertz, 76, who passed away Monday evening at St. Elizabeth Medical Center Main Campus.
Sally was born Feb. 12, 1933 in Youngstown, the daughter of Orrie and Irene (Hartman) Lanterman.
She was a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School class of 1951, and was employed as a bus driver with the Mahoning County MRDD for 21years, retiring in 2002.
Sally was a former member of the Christ Presbyterian Church.
She loved gardening and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her husband, William Wertz, whom she married in 1952, passed away April 11, 1990.
Sally leaves two children, Orrie Wertz and Helen (Ed) Schultz, both of Austintown; one sister, Virginia Wiegand of Ormond Beach, Fla.; and one brother, Thomas Lanterman of Hubbard; as well as five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband and parents, Sally was preceded in death by a brother, William Pork Lanterman.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Anna Duda Yash, 95
AUSTINTOWN Services will be on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Church, both in Struthers, for Anna Duda Yash, 95, formerly of Struthers, who died Wednesday at the St. Elizabeth Health Center. She currently had been living in the Assisted Living at Briarfield Manor in Austintown.
Mrs. Yash was born on Feb. 2, 1914 in Youngstown, a daughter of Frank and Anna Burick Duda.
She worked in the metallurgical lab at Sharon Steel in Lowellville for 11 years.
Her husband, Steve Yash, whom she married on July 18, 1939 died Aug. 6, 1994.
She leaves several nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Mary Turner, Catherine Bednarik and Helen Duda; two brothers Joseph Duda and Andrew Duda and a nephew, Phillip Duda.
Friends may call one hour before the service at the funeral home from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday.
The family requests that any material contributions be made to the Hospice of the Valley at 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Friends may visit www.clementefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.