Edward J. Becker, 75
HUBBARD Edward J. Becker, 75, died Thursday morning, Oct. 1, 2009, at his sisters residence.
He was born March 7, 1934, in Cincinnati, a son of Edward G. and Anna Catherine McFall Becker and lived most of his life in the area.
Mr. Becker worked for Coca-Cola for 10 years, and enjoyed old tractors and fishing.
He leaves his wife, Joann Becker; a son, Ray Becker of Hubbard; three daughters, Cathy Becker, Sue (Roy) Baird and Tracy Becker, all of Lafollette, Tenn.; a sister, Nancy (James) McMillen of Hubbard; and four grandchildren, Kendra, Marie and Jordann Baird and Cheyene Storm Becker.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
There are no calling hours or services.
Arrangements were handled by the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home.
Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
Lawrence Larry Bilchik, 61
CLEARWATER, FLA. Lawrence Larry Bilchik, 61, passed on Sept. 28.
Visitations were held on Friday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. and a chapel service followed at 7 p.m. at the Moss Feaster Funeral Home in Dunedin, Fla.
Alma L. Ricks Fritz, 90
AUSTINTOWN - Alma L. Ricks Fritz, 90, of North Four Mile Run Road, and formerly of North Main Street, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Oct. 2, 2009, at her home with her family at her side.
Alma was born July 5, 1919 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Charles and Flora Bowser Kramer, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was graduate of East High School, was a homemaker, and worked for Plakie Toys for 25 years, retiring in 1980.
Alma was a faithful member of the Cornersburg Baptist Church for many years.
Almas first husband, Edward A. Ricks, is deceased. Her second husband, Robert R. Fritz, whom she married Aug. 18, 1983, passed away May 1, 2003.
She leaves her daughter, Janice Repula of Austintown; eight grandchildren, Tom Repula, John Repula, Barbara Harkabus, Daniel Repula, Jeannine Montgomery, Donna Marie Bjork, Dena LaPore and Devone Ricks; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; a sister, Donna (Andrew) Petre of Warren; and three brothers, Donald (Judy) Kramer of Warren, Joseph (Phyllis) Kramer of Canfield and William Kramer of Youngstown.
Alma will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Besides her husbands, two sons, Wayne and Edward Ricks; a grandson, Edward Ricks; a great-grandchild; two brothers, Edward and Carl Kramer; and a sister, Jane Moses, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct., 4, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.
Funeral services will take place on Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
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Brian S. Hibbard, 57
NILES Brian S. Hibbard, 57, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at his home after suffering a massive heart attack.
Brian was born Sept. 17, 1952 in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of Harry W. and Rikki (Crick) Hibbard and was a 1971 graduate of Chaney High School.
Brian was currently working for L.B. Foster Co. and was a former member of Laborers Local 125 in Youngstown.
Brian was of the Catholic faith and a member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and enjoyed flower gardening, reading, playing chess and spending time with his grandchildren.
Brian is survived by his wife, the former Brenda Hayes, whom he married May 6, 1978; his mother, Rikki Hibbard of Mineral Ridge; two children, Thomas (Allyson) Hibbard of Hubbard and Molly Hibbard of Niles; a brother, Steven (Carole) Hibbard of Modesto, Calif.; a sister, Judy (Fred) Waite of Austintown; and four grandchildren, Sarah and Julie Hall, and Riley and Leonard Hibbard.
Brian was preceded in death by his father.
Calling hours will take place on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Niles Chapel, where a funeral service will take place at 7:30 p.m.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Steven K. Hirt, 62
POLAND Steven K. Hirt, 62, of 7538 N. Lima Road, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at his home from complications of cancer.
Mr. Hirt was born on Oct. 28, 1946 in East Palestine, the son of Ed and Edna (Leisure) Hirt.
Steven retired from S.B.C. after working there for 30 years. He was a Vietnam Army veteran. Mr. Hirt was an avid golfer and fisherman.
Steven was preceded in death on Sept. 6, 1993 by his first wife, Kathy S. Hirt, whom he married on March 10, 1968.
Mr. Hirt is survived by two sons, Brandon Hirt of Louisiana and Lance Hirt of New Waterford; one brother, Sam (Melanie) Hirt of Nashville, Tenn.; one grandchild, Sydney Hirt of Alexandria, Va.; and his companion of five years, Terrie Price.
Mr. Hirt was preceded in death also by his sister, Barbara Curl in 1983.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at the Columbiana Cemetery Chapel with Joe Congemi officiating.
Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana handled the arrangements.
Friends may visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary, sign the guest register or send private condolences.
Stephen K. Katula, 91
PEORIA, ARIZ. Stephen K. Katula, 91, formerly of Sun City, Ariz. and Campbell, passed away Sept. 3, 2009, at the Immanuel Campus of Care.
He was born April 23, 1918 in Campbell, to John and Katherine Furin Kotuha and graduated from Campbell Memorial High School in 1937.
He enrolled in Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the depression working at various jobs in National Parks in Oregon and Utah, where he took up photography as a hobby.
This would become his lifes work, after he joined the U.S. Navy in January of 1941 and was sent to Navy Pilot Training Station in Corpus Christi, Texas as a photo lab tech.
After further training at the Pensacola Photo School, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred and became one of the Greatest Generation. He was sent to the Aleutians as an aerial photographer and served in Attu while the U.S. Forces were fighting a suicidal Japanese force.
Later, he was sent to Iwo Jima, Japan and Korea. After the war, he was involved with the 1946 Bikini Atoll Atom Bomb tests in the Pacific, setting up cameras on the USS Saratoga Carrier and other ships. Several hours after the blast, which involved high winds and a mushroom cloud, he boarded the listing ships before they sunk to retrieve his cameras. Fortunately, he did not become a cancer victim later in life as many did.
Chief Katula left the Navy in 1946, then later re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served 15 years. He would photograph the sun from Sacramento Peak Observatory in Sunspot, N.M., early in the morning, in a joint venture with top United States colleges.
When he retired from the Air Force in 1963, he eventually settled in Buckeye, Ariz. and worked for the U.S. Post Office for 13 years.
He leaves his wife of 42 years, the former Virginia Blackstock of Lincoln, Neb.; sons, Stephen Katula Jr. of Texas and Roger Katula of Wasilia, Alaska; and daughters, Catherine Kral of Placerville, Calif. and Sandra McClennen of Houston. He leaves his grandsons, Andrew an Iraqi veteran and Christopher Kral, both of Placerville. He also leaves stepchildren, Vicki Austin and Robert Schwarck of Lincoln and Larry Schwarck of Moab, Utah. He leaves a sister, Helen Matthews of Kettering and many nieces and nephews in the Campbell area.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Hoffman Tomich; brothers, Michael and Theodore Katula, all of Campbell, Andrew of Glendale, Ariz. and Nicholas of Allentown, Pa.
Anna M. Kosa, 97
AUSTINTOWN Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman for Anna M. Kosa, 97, who passed away Sept. 29 at the Humility House.
Mrs. Anna Kosa (Blotor) was born in Aliquippa, Pa. on Nov. 7, 1911. She was the middle daughter of Simeon and Anna Popoviciu Blotor, who both immigrated from Romania at the turn of the century.
She graduated from Aliquippa High School in 1929 and attended business school in Pittsburgh.
She was a bookkeeper and a secretary and enlisted in the Womens Marine Corps at the start of World War II. She was stationed in Washington, D.C. and in Hawaii and attained the rank of sergeant.
Mrs. Kosa was an especially lovely and talented young woman. She competed in at least one beauty pageant at the Chicago Worlds Fain, where she made Court. She played piano and sang publicly in trio with her sisters, Lucretia (Kate Gilgor) and Jean Blotor.
After the war, Mrs. Kosa lived in Alliance briefly before marrying well-known Youngstown designer/decorator, Victor Kosa. They married on Feb. 9, 1947 and he died on Nov. 5, 1981. Between the ages of 36 and 40, she bore three children and she was a wonderful homemaker, always producing something beautiful or delicious.
She crocheted, baked, canned, grew and arranged flowers, painted rooms, sewed and hung draperies and took fine care of her family. She loved to walk, she loved to read and she loved her home.
Mrs. Kosa leaves two sons, Samuel Kosa and his wife, Bobbie (Popa) of Jackson Township and Thomas and his wife, Ellen (Mancino) of Austintown; her daughter, Dr. Ann Kosa of suburban Atlanta; granddaughters, Dr. Michelle Kosa Veneziano of Columbus, Katherine Kosa of Raleigh, N.C. and Laura Kosa of Jackson Township; a grandson, Jason Cosa of Austintown; and great-grandsons, Tim and Mark Veneziano and Christian and Kai Cosa. She also leaves her nephew, Pete Gilgor of Alliance, his children and the entire extended Kosa clan.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
Salvatore A. Marino, 75
NILES Salvatore A. Marino, 75, co-founder and president of the Trumbull County and Area Boxers Legends of Leather, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at 2:25 a.m. at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.
He was born Nov. 27, 1933 in Niles, the son of John and Philomena Ravella Marino.
He attended Niles McKinley High School and Kent State University Trumbull Campus. He earned his GED in the Army, but in recent years he participated in the class of 1951 activities.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1956 to 1958, part of which time was spent in Panama, and was employed at National Gypsum in Niles for 44 years before retiring in 1996. He was a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles.
Sal was a man of many talents hobbies and interests. He enjoyed raising Beagles under the Golden Hollow kennel name as well as rabbits and homing pigeons. He was a lifelong avid sports enthusiast, writing freelance sports columns for numerous newspapers in the area for 40 years, including a weekly boxing column entitled Keep Punching most recently for The Review. In addition to the Legends of Leather, he was also an active member of the Akron and Cleveland Boxing Clubs, continuing his lifelong love for boxing and supporting and promoting local area boxers and boxing history.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, the former Marilee Williams, whom he married May 21, 1960; four children, Michelle (Sam) Doutrich of Parker, Colo., Salvatore T. (Michelle) of Warren, Felix M. of Niles and Nicole R. Marino (William Pillsbury) of North Jackson; four grandchildren, Andrew (Christa) Doutrich of Ramstein AB, Germany, Audra Doutrich of Greeley, Colo., Kyle Marino of Blair, Pa. and Micaela Marino of Warren; and brothers, Leo (Rosemary) Marino of Niles and Dominic (Bernice) Marino of Warren.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph Sr., Thomas and John Jr.; sisters, Theresa Williams and Carmela Marino; and an infant brother and two infant sisters.
Sal never met a stranger. Known to start a conversation with anyone, anywhere, his outgoing, friendly nature and gift of gab were shared with old time friends and new acquaintances alike. A lifelong resident of Niles, he was often recognized in the area by residents whose lives he touched. Rarely dwelling on the negative, he frequently tried to be encouraging with his words. He loved to talk and share lively stories that often ended with laughter.
Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles, where the Mt. Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct prayers at 4:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.
Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.
Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Niles.
Visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to send condolences.
Forest Hudson Miller, 87
GUSTAVUS TOWNSHIP Forest Hudson Miller, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, peacefully with his family by his side.
He was born April 30, 1922, in Indiana, Pa,. the son of Walter I. and Marguerite (Hudson) Miller.
A lifelong area resident, Forest, along with his brother, Lawrence, his two sons, and his nephew, was owner of W.I. Miller and Sons in Gustavus. As a long time grain farmer, Forest was very much a steward of the land and was well versed on land conservation. One of his greatest prides in life was the fact that he was privileged to get up every morning and work the land alongside his sons, his brother, his nephew, and grandchildren. Forest was never one to shy away from a good conversation, especially if it involved farming. He loved to share many stories with his grandchildren about his life and times of many years ago. Besides farming, Forest loved traveling and had visited many countries on several continents. He also enjoyed the love of cars, trucks and semis. His favorite pastime was going out to eat fish on Fridays and enjoying popcorn on Sunday nights with his family.
Forest also drove the school bus for Joseph Badger School District for 25 years. He was a Gustavus Township Trustee for 28 years, a lifelong member of the Gustavus Federated Church, was a member of the Farm Bureau, Gustavus Grange, Ohio Seed Improvement Association since 1947 and served on the Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District Board.
Forest is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marie V. (Sutton) Miller, whom he married Aug. 25, 1945; his daughter, Darlene (Michael) Thomas of Golden, Colo.; two sons, Robert (Patti) Miller and Dean (Leslie) Miller, both of Gustavus Township; his daughter, Janet (Virgil Jr.) Houser of Gustavus Township; his eight grandchildren, Abbey Miller (Douglas) Bacconi , Sarah Miller (Mickey) Moyer, Evan Thomas, Ben (Lisa) Miller, Adam Houser, Ashley Houser, Katelyn Miller and Clay Miller; five great-grandchildren, Mikayla Thomas Turner, Isaiah Jones, Alinee Bacconi, Myleigh Moyer and Hudson Miller; and his sister, Evelyn M. Cox of Englewood, Fla.
Preceding him in death was his parents and a brother, R. Lawrence Miller.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Baumgardner Funeral Home, 8569 Main St. in Kinsman, with the Rev. Karl Bucey officiating.
Burial will follow at Gustavus Cemetery.
Calling hours will be on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gustavus Federated Church, P.O. Box 5, Farmdale, OH 44417 or to Celtic Hospice of North East Ohio, 3530 Belmont Ave. Suite 7, Youngstown, OH 44505.
Visit www.baumgardnerfuneralhome.com to view and sign the guestbook.
Cyril M. Ulicney, 97
BOARDMAN Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Cyril M Ulicney, 97, who passed away Tuesday morning at Hospice House.
Cyril was born May 8, 1912 in Youngstown, the son of the late John and Katarina (Dluhoj) Ulicney.
Cyril was a foreman/arc welder for Raymond International.
His wife, the former Elizabeth R Cover, whom he married Sept. 28, 1941, passed away Oct. 15, 1999.
Cyril leaves his daughter, Carolyn Zavitsky of Boardman; his brother, George (Sally) Ulicney of Austintown; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents and wife, Cyril was preceded in death by his son, Robert W Ulicney; four sisters; and three brothers.
The family will be be receiving friends Monday from noon to 1 p.m at the funeral home.
Mary Louise Warga, 88
YOUNGSTOWN Mary Louise Warga, 88, passed away late Thursday evening, Oct. 1, at her home following a lengthy illness.
Mary Louise was born Sept. 6, 1921 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Frank and Veronica Kraynak, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a graduate of Wilson High School, became a homemaker, and dedicated her life to raising her children and caring for her family.
Her husband, Henry G. Warga, whom she married May 18, 1946, passed away Dec. 29, 1972.
Mrs. Warga leaves two sons, Thomas H. (Donna) Warga of North Jackson and Ronald J. (Susan) Warga of Youngstown; a daughter, Jane Warga of Youngstown, and with whom she shared her home; six grandchildren, Craig S. Miles, James (Kelley) Warga, Nicole (Scott) Putteet, who was a special caregiver to her grandmother during her illness, Joseph Warga, Ronnie Warga and Kristina Warga; seven great-grandchildren, Chase Miles, Connor Miles, Sydney Miles, Kailee Putteet, Cameron Putteet, Aidan Warga and Joselyn Warga; and five sisters, Irene Sinkovich of Boardman, Lucille (Chester) Zyznar of Canfield, Ruth (LeRoy) Aikey of Youngstown, Jean (Frank) DiCicco of Boardman and Betty Jane (John) Malenic of Boardman.
Besides her husband, Mary Louise was preceded in death by a brother, Charles J. Kraynak.
Family and friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 5 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Wargas name to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
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