Betsey Ann Dodgson, 73
BOARDMAN Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman for Betsey Ann Dodgson, 73, who passed away Thursday at her home, surrounded by loved ones, following a two-year illness.
Betsey was born April 15, 1936 in Lebanon, Ind., the daughter of Alfred E. and Virginia L. Evers Gibbons.
She was a member the church and a homemaker.
Surviving her is her loving husband, Dr. Wilfred Bill Dodgson, whom she married Dec. 21, 1955; four daughters, Deborah (Ed) Boyce of Ballwin, Mo., Theresa (Bruce) McConnell and Rebecca (Al) Fiore, both of Boardman, and Julie Dodgson of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a son, Douglas (Jayne) Dodgson of Lakeland, Fla.; five grandchildren, Andrea (David) Fausnaugh, Dominic and Marc Fiore and Sarah McConnell and Andrew Dodgson; two brothers, Robert L. Gibbons of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Dr. A. E. Gibbons of Waco, Texas; and her beloved Golden Girls.
Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at the church.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the Church Memorial Fund, Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive, Boardman, OH 44512.
Arrangements handled by the Davis Funeral Home.
Michael J. Bonasera Sr., 94
WARREN There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Marys Church with Celebrant Fr. Bernard Schmalzried, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. service at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel for Michael J. Bonasera Sr., 94, who passed away Saturday morning, Oct. 24, 2009, at St. Joseph Health Center.
Michael J. Bonasera Sr. was born April 13, 1915 in Buffington, Pa., the son of Pasquale and Ninfa Danca Bonasera.
Michael was a 1934 graduate of Hickory High School and came to Warren in 1942 from Sharon, Pa., where he had lived since 1920.
He was a veteran of WWII, having served in the Army Transportation Corps., and attaining the rank of Sergeant. His military service included tours of duty in England and the Philippines.
Michael retired in 1980 from American Welding, where he was a machine operator for 32 years. He was an award-winning machinist, and was one of the first machinists to machine parts for Jet and Rocket engines. He was a great teacher and was able to pass on his vast knowledge to future generations of machinists.
He was a member of St. Marys Church, and enjoyed traveling, golf, tending to his garden, and music, and had taught accordion lessons for 45 years. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include, his wife of 67 years, Lena R. Maggiano Bonasera, whom he married Oct. 10, 1942; a daughter, Janet M. (Charles) Richards of Warren; two sons, Michael J. (Susan) Bonasera Jr. of Seattle and Atty. Thomas J. (Julie) Bonasera of Columbus; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Dan Matthews of Coos Bay, Ore.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lee Matthews; a brother, Charles Bonasera; and his sisters, Constance LaMagro, Grace Ciolfi, Sunda Sebastian, Josephine Roman, Rose Russo and Mary Welch.
Calling hours will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. and Monday morning from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel.
Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 26210 Emery Road, Suite 307, Cleveland, OH 44128.
Barbara Ann Swob Brigham, 72
CANAL FULTON Barbara Ann Swob Brigham, 72, passed away at Aultman Hospital in Canton on Oct. 8.
She was born in Piqua on June 23, 1937 to Ray and Rose Swob.
Barbara graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield with a bachelors degree in education.
A respected teacher and loving mother of four, Barbara dedicated her life to the reading and educating of children. She was known for celebrating all holidays, especially Christmas as she found deep pleasure in giving gifts to others. Barbara enjoyed traveling, volunteering at church, tending flowers, bird-watching and singing.
She was a card shark at pinochle and a lifelong learner, as evidenced when she started taking piano lessons in retirement.
Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Richard.
She is survived by her husband, Robert, whom she married on June 8, 1960; her children, John and Heidi Brigham of Walla Walla, Wash., Dr. Mark and Ann Brigham of Clinton, Lynda and Mike Thompson of Alpharetta, Ga. and Dr. Cathy Brigham and Roy Tompkins of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren; and her sister, Dorothy and Paul Kasler of Piqua.
Barbara was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Massillon.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 127 Cherry St. N.E. in Massillon.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff at Aultman Hospital, especially to those in the Palliative Care Unit.
Barbara had requested that in a lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Barbara Brigham Scholarship Fund being collected at: Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 39, Clinton, OH 44216, for the benefit of graduates from the Springfield Local School District.
Visit www.atkinsonfeucht.com to place tributes.
Irene G. Bucila, 86
NORTH LIMA -Funeral services will be held on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, and at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Catholic Church for Mrs. Irene G. Bucila, 86, who entered into rest early Friday at the Assumption Village Nursing Home, where she resided for the past six years.
Irene was born Nov. 5, 1922 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary Bolchazy Geressy.
She was a 1940 graduate of South High School, and had been employed at Kings Jewelers, and also as a secretary to the late Attorney James Granito. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Christines Church.
Irene will be sadly missed by many, including her husband, Wesley, whom she married April 27, 1946; two daughters, Carole (Michael) DOnofrio of Pittsburgh and Marilyn (Robert) Abramski of Boardman; and five grandchildren, Mark (Jennifer) D'Onofrio, Brian (Danica) DOnofrio, Lisa DOnofrio, Jason (Dana) Abramski and Kevin Abramski. She also leaves four great-grandchildren, Isabella, Griffin, Dominic and Caelan DOnofrio.
Besides her parents, Irene was preceded in death by two brothers, Alexander and Frank Geressy; and a sister, Mary Pope.
Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to everyone at the Assumption Village, and to Hospice of the Valley for the special care and compassion given to Irene during her illness.
Please visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.
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Mary A. Cacivilano, 90
STRUTHERS Prayers will begin at 1:15 p.m. on Monday at the Fox Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. at Saint Nicholas Church, celebrated by Father Robert Bonnot for Mary A. Cacivilano, 90, who passed away Friday morning at her residence.
Mrs. Cacivilano was born May 31, 1919, in Youngstown, a daughter of Thomas and Helen Dailey Reardon and was a lifelong area resident.
She worked at the Mahoning National Bank as a file clerk and retired as director of operations at the Westside Branch.
She was a member of the church. She was a member of the 300 Club and the Quota Club. She was the secretary treasurer of the Camelot Lanes League and had participated in the Senior Olympics.
Her husband, Nicholas A. Cacivalano, whom she married Nov. 6, 1937, died Nov. 11, 1991.
She leaves two daughters, Marian (Frank) Jordan of Struthers and JoAnn Pontuti of Boardman; a sister, Norma Italiano of North Jackson; seven grandchildren, Anthony Jordan, Frank Jordan, Nicholas Jordan, James Jordan, Brent Pontuti, John Pontuti and Deborah LaBerto; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Donald Cacivilano; three sisters, Eileen Reardon, Kathleen Reardon and Agnes McCabe; and three brothers, Donald Duke Reardon, Thomas Reardon and Enos Reardon.
Friends may call today from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd., Suite 445, Independence, OH 44131.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
Constance D. Caputo
GIRARD Constance D. Caputo passed away Friday, Oct. 23.
She was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Niles, daughter of the late Salvatore and Filomena Ricciardi Ragazzo, both deceased.
Connie was a member of St. Rose Church, Mt. Carmel Society of St. Rose, graduate of Niles High School, and was a Trumbull County Recorder for 30 years.
She was married to Samuel J. Caputo, whom passed away 1962.
Connie leaves one son, Frank (Susan) Caputo of Girard; a sister, Yolanda Meek of Girard; and grandchildren, Samuel (Kathleen) Caputo and their daughter, Gianna, Kimberly Caputo and Frank Caputo.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Paula J. Caputo; a brother, Philip Caputo; and sisters, Margaret Naples and Maria Fredericka.
A funeral Mass will be Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Church, with prayers at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Calling hours are Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery
Jack E. Cline, 64
HUBBARD Jack E. Cline, 64, died Friday morning, Oct. 23, 2009, at Pembrooke Place.
He was born Jan. 21, 1945 in Youngstown, a son of Robert V. and Peggy Abel Cline and was a lifelong Hubbard resident.
Mr. Cline was an operator for Delphi Packard Plant No. 10 for 39 years before retiring in 2006. He served with the United States Army and enjoyed motorcycle riding.
His wife, the former Shara Lynn Lewis, whom he married Sept. 2, 1975, died Aug. 6, 2005.
He leaves a son, Brian A. Lewis of Hubbard; two daughters, Kelley Triplett of North Brunswick, N.J. and Christina (Frank) Rich of Hartford; two brothers, Bob (Marlene) Cline and Jerry (Debbie) Cline, both of Hubbard; a sister, Shirley (Albert) Ferguson of Fort Myers, Fla.; three grandchildren, Christina, Nathan and Luke.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
Mary M. Coler, 90
POLAND - Mary M. Coler, 90, passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at 3:25 a.m. at Hospice House in Poland.
She was born Aug. 11, 1919 in North Lima, the daughter of Elam and Anna Barger Best. Mary resided in this area all her life.
She was a graduate of Petersburg High School. She worked as a welder at Truscon Steel during World War II and Keystone Thrift Bakery. She worked at uptown Sears and retired from Sears at Southern Park Mall. Mrs. Coler was a member of the Sears Retirement Club and the New Springfield Trinity United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading and traveling,
Mary married Levi Coler on March 21, 1942, and he preceded her in death June 22, 1988.
She is survived by her two children, Gordon (Carol) Coler of Poland, with whom she made her home and Cheryl Dillow of Tarpon Springs, Fla. She also leaves seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Leroy (Virginia) Zouck of New Springfield; and one brother, Ronald (Judy) Best of Columbiana.
Mary was preceded in death by eight brothers, Elim, Harry, Howard, George, John, Frank, Roy and Donald Best; and two sisters, Elizabeth Black and Evelyn Schultz.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in New Springfield with the Rev. John George officiating.
Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boardman.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at the Seederly- Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at the Trinity United Methodist Church in New Springfield.
Friends may visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary, sign the guest register or send private condolences.
Sandra R. Cortell, 72
POLAND Private services were held Saturday, Oct. 24, at Calvary Cemetery for Sandra R. Cortell (Zarlengo), 72, who peacefully passed away at her home, surrounded by her family on Oct. 22.
Sandy was born in Youngstown on Sept. 29, 1937 to Anthony and Josephine (Caruso) Zarlengo.
She graduated from Liberty High School in 1955 and completed a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Youngstown State University. Sandy worked for Niles City Schools early in her career and continued to work for the past 37 years as a substitute teacher for Liberty Local Schools. She was a member of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown, The Wolves Club, and Youngstown Panhellenic Association. Sandy was an exceptional cook and baker, who loved creating new recipes, traveling, and participating in the activities of her five energetic grandchildren who cherished spending time with their Nanny.
She and her husband, Dominick, whom she married on July 21, 1962, especially enjoyed entertaining friends and family in their Florida winter home.
Sandy had a love of life that was infectious to all of those around her. Her vibrant personality, quirky sense of humor, and sparkling smile lit up any room in which she walked. It was obvious to those who had the pleasure of meeting Sandy, that she had an extraordinary gift of making everyone around her feel special. Not only was she a beautiful woman inside and out, she was truly the glue that held her family together. Sandys warm and loving personality touched so many people, who will continue to celebrate her exceptional life by keeping her memory in our hearts forever.
She will be sadly missed by her husband, Dominick, to whom she was married for 47 years; her three daughters, Joleen (Tom) Lewis of Canfield, Denise Cortell of Canfield and Donna (Ron) Haas of Bel Air, Md.; five grandchildren, Sydney, T.J., Alexandra, Ali and Jared; and two brothers, Joseph (Beverly) Zarlengo and Vincent Zarlengo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister-in-law, Diane Zarlengo.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
Olive Monica Dennis, 78
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP Private services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home for Olive Monica Dennis, 78, who died Friday afternoon at Forum Health North Side Medical Center.
Mrs. Dennis was born Oct. 19, 1931, in Old Colwyn, Wales, the daughter of Anadlys and Olive M. Kitchen Roberts. She moved to Youngstown in 1972
Mrs. Dennis husband, Emyr Dennis, whom she married April 4, 1953, died July 15, 1999.
She is survived by a son, David (Mary) Dennis of Youngstown; a daughter, Julie (Marty) McKenna of Liberty; three sisters, Leila Hanni of Youngstown, Olga Tree and Sylvia Yarwood, both of Wales; three grandsons, Ian (Jessica), Ryan and Jordan.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Dennis and a brother, Michael Roberts.
The family request that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.
David Dwayne Dunn, 42
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Szabo & Sons Funeral Home for David Dwayne Dunn, 42, who passed away on Thursday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
David was born July 31, 1967 in Abington, Pa., a son of Hervey and Judith Kennedy Dunn. He came to Youngstown as a child.
David was a correction officer for the Ohio State Penitentiary, where he loved his job and proud of his work. Prior to that job, he worked for CCA private prison.
He attended the Victory Assembly of God Church, was an avid Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He loved the music of Cameo and the Funkadelic. He graduated from Ursuline High School in 1986.
David is survived by a daughter, Reonee Dunn of Copley and her mother, Salima Harris Dunn of Copley; his mother, Judith Dunn of Youngstown; his father, Hervey Dunn of Youngstown; and three brothers, Hervey Jr., Everett and Brock (Penny) Dunn, all of Youngstown. He also leaves many close friends, including Mike Jenkins and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Szabo & Sons Funeral Home.
Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery.
William P. Bill Espy Sr., 64
MASURY William P. Bill Espy Sr., 64, formerly of Hubbard, passed away with his family by his side at 3:20 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at home following a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Bill was born Sept. 25, 1945, in Sharon, Pa., the son of the late Charles Donald and Assundy (Pauline) Espy.
Bill worked as a stool maker for Valley Mold and Iron, and after its closing, Bill went on to work part-time as a funeral attendant with the Harold Stevenson Funeral Home in Sharon, Pa. and the Reed Stevenson Funeral Home in Sharpsville.
Bill loved woodworking and collecting sport cards and coins. He belonged to the Uecker Club, Sharpsville Pedigrees Bowling League and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
He was married to the former Donna C. Collins on Aug. 21, 1965, who survives, and together they shared the love of three children, Kimberly (Michael) Bingham of Niles, William P. Espy Jr. of Masury and Donald (Jenny) Espy of Masury; six grandchildren, Kyle Espy, Marissa Kettering, Robert and Brandon Bingham, and twins, Audrianna and Amber Espy; a brother, Donald (Charlotte) Espy of Dayton, and a sister, Shirley (David) Steinis of Michigan.
Calling hours will take place on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Bill will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to either the American Cancer Society or to Hospice of the Valley.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
LAKE MILTON Mr. Tom Etto passed away at his home in Lake Milton Friday evening Oct. 23, 2009, with his loving family by his side.
Mr. Etto was born in Warren, the son of the late Nick and Pearl (Hillier) Etto on April 11, 1947.
Tom was a life time resident of Lake Milton and had worked at WCI for 33 years, retiring in 2001. He loved working on cars and riding his motorcycle.
Mr. Etto is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and David Helmick of Berlin Center; his son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Karen Etto Jr. of Lake Milton; a sister, Betty of Fort Myers Fla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Bob Lance of Berlin Center; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Shirley Etto of Sebring, David and Carol Etto of Austintown and Donald and Eileen Etto of Lake Milton; one granddaughter, Erin Helmick; and three grandsons, David and Daniel Helmick and Parker Sabo.
Mr. Etto was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Etto.
The family will receive friends at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at the funeral home at 1 p.m. with Pastor Brad Edder officiating.
The family ask that contributions take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society Mahoning County Unit 525, North Broad St., Canfield, OH, 44406-9274 .
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad St. Newton Falls, OH 44444. (330) 872-5440.
Brandon Antonio Gatling, infant
YOUNGSTOWN Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Monday at Belmont Park Cemetery for Brandon Antonio Gatling, infant, who departed this life Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Infant Gatling was born Oct. 21, 2009, in Youngstown, a son of Brandon W. Gatling and Amber L. McCaskill.
He leaves his parents; grandparents, Kenneth and Sandra Overton and W. T. and Judith McCaskill, all of Youngstown.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.
Ruth Hildegard Harris, 70
BOARDMAN Ruth Hildegard Harris, 70, passed away on Oct. 19, 2009.
Ruth was born Ruth Hildegard Nitzsche on Aug. 7, 1939.
After attending Wilson High School, she attended Ohio University in Athens. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, with a special certificate to teach German. She went on to teach in Delaware, New York, Illinois and Ohio.
She was a life member of the American Association of University Women, where she held many offices. Church life was very important to Ruth. Most recently, she was a member of the Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband, George E. Harris. She leaves three children, two sons, David Ellsworth of Mountain View, Calif. and Bruce Ellsworth of Tokyo and a daughter, Karen Takahata of Saporo, Japan. There are four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at the Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, corner of Midlothian and Southern Boulevards in Youngstown.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pleasant Grove Church Music Fund.
Paul H. Holcomb, 70
CANFIELD Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, for Mr. Paul H. Holcomb, 70, who died Thursday at Hospice House.
Mr. Holcomb was born Feb. 21, 1939, in Youngstown, a son of William and Martha Hughes Holcomb.
He was a Rayen High School graduate and had worked at GM Motors-Lordstown as a forklift operator, retiring in 1994. He was a member of the UAW 1112, the Mahoning Valley Knife Club Association and loved to build model airplanes and trains, but his greatest joy was his family.
Paul leaves his wife, the former Sally A. Maguire, whom he married Nov. 16, 1957; one daughter, Renee R. (Brian) Altiero of Youngstown; three sons, Dale W. (Donna) Holcomb of Parkman, Duane H. (Brenda) Holcomb of Wooster and Dr. Paul H. (Nancy) Holcomb Jr. of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; one sister, Cheryl (James) Updegraff) of Youngstown; two brothers, Ted (Beth) Holcomb of Las Cruces, New Mexico and Bill (Judy) of Struthers; and nine grandchildren, Keith, Kevin, Matthew, Tabitha, Travis, Alanna, Ethan, Eliza and Ira Holcomb.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Jackie McCutheon; and his brother, Tom Holcomb.
Friends may call today from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
Arrangements by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel
Walter W. Bill Johnston, 62
BOARDMAN There will be services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home, 75 E. Midlothian Blvd., for Walter W. Bill Johnston, 62, who died Wednesday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
He was born Feb. 27, 1947, in Lowellville, a son of William G. and Mildred Irene Swindell Johnston and moved to Youngstown at the age of five.
Bill was employed by GM in Lordstown with the Bargaining Committee for the U.A.W. He had previously held positions with Volkswagon in Charleston, W.Va. in labor relations, with Stamping Corp. in Michigan, as a human resource manager and at Oxford Automotive in Masury, as corporate manager of Labor Relations.
Bill was a 1965 graduate of South High School and had attended Kent State University, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite-Valley of Youngstown, a member of the planning committee for the South High Class Reunion, was an avid NASCAR racing fan and enjoyed working around his home.
Bill was a devoted father, brother and son, who will be deeply missed by his loving family and friends.
He is survived by his daughter, Kelly J. Johnston of Michigan and his brother, David B. Johnston of Boardman.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home, where Argus Lodge will conduct a Masonic funeral service at 7 p.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, prior to the service.
John A. Kloos Sr., 63
GIRARD John A. Kloos Sr., 63, passed away Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at his residence.
John was born Sept. 16, 1946 to the late John F. and Florence Italiano Kloos in Youngstown.
He was a machinist for Wean United, and 18 years for Austin Machine. He was a 1965 South High School Graduate, served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, where he went to trade school and was discharged on Oct. 8, 1969.
He is survived by his wife, the former Erma Slack, whom he married March 12, 1970; a son, John A. Kloos Jr. of Louisiana; a sister, Lynn Gretsinger of Boardman; five grandchildren; 13 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Stephen C. Kloos and a brother, John F. Kloos Jr.
Services will be held on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. prior to the service.
Theresa Shorty Mann-Clarke, 58
YOUNGSTOWN Theresa Shorty Mann-Clarke, 58, departed this life Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.
She was born Aug. 11, 1951 in Youngstown to Kay Francis Hayden-Mann and James C. Terry.
She enjoyed music, dancing, singing, and her grand kids. She worked as a support counselor at the Mahoning Valley Rescue Mission. She was a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church.
She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Tonya Mann (Jodie Brooks), Jerrine Mann (Marqui Battle) and Kay Mann, and a grandchild whom she reared, Seniqua L. Mann, all of Youngstown; five sisters, Eveleyn (Harvey) Stanford, Amber Mann, Diane Clarke, Janice Thompson and Donna Thompson; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of friends and relatives.
She was preceded in death by her son, Gary M. Mann; her parents; stepfather, Virgess Mann; her grandparents; and great-grandparents.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home, where friends may call one hour prior to services.
Elaine L. Patrick
PALM HARBOR, FLA. It is with great sadness that the family of Elaine L. Patrick, announces her passing on Oct. 19, 2009 at her home.
Elaine was born July 2, 1941, in Pennsylvania, daughter of the late John and Florence Stagg Felix.
Formerly of Youngstown, moving to Florida in 1983, she was a switchboard and answering service operator for many years at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.
Her passion was cake decorating, and many people enjoyed her beautifully decorated creations. She also taught cake decorating and had won many awards for her work throughout the years.
Most important, she will be forever remembered for her deep devotion as a mother and grandmother.
She will be deeply missed by her children, Yvonne (her constant caregiver for the past 15 years) and her husband, Dennis, with whom she made her home, Karen (Dean) Adams of Palm Harbor and Raymond (Michelle) Patrick Jr. of St. Petersburg. She also leaves her grandchildren, Derek and Raymond Adams, Ian and Tyler Patrick and Brittani Jarrett; sisters, Margie Lewis of Columbiana, Sharlene Easterday of Struthers and Shirley Douvis of Austintown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her former husband, Raymond Jerry Patrick Sr.; brother, John Felix; and nephew, Keith Bigley.
Her final resting place is Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater.
All that we are or ever hope to be, we owe to our mother, Elaine.
Minnie C. Reese, 98
HUBBARD There will be services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Corner House Christian Church in Hubbard for Minnie C. Reese, 98, who passed away Friday, Oct. 23, at her residence.
Minnie was born Dec. 23, 1910, in La Follette, Tenn., a daughter of William Riley and Sarah Elizabeth Grey Gray, and came to this area as a young adult.
She was a homemaker and a representative for Sarah Coventry Jewelry. She was a member of the Corner House Christian Church and was an avid Avon collector. She enjoyed spending time with her family and caring for several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Ralph A. Reese, whom she married June 13, 1931, passed away May 19, 1990.
She is survived by her son, Jack R. (Jeannette) Reese of North Jackson; her daughter, Sara Jane Leggett of Hubbard; and her brother, Esco Arthur Gray of La Follette. She also leaves 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, her daughters, Dona Wittenauer and Shirley Reese; an infant son, Ralph Reese Jr.; a grandson; a great-grandson; a brother; and eight sisters.
There will be calling hours Tuesday, Oct. 27, one hour prior to service time from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Corner House Christian Church in Hubbard.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Corner House Christian Church, 6954 Chestnut Ridge Road S.E., Hubbard, OH 44425.
The Reese family would like to thank Dr. Slemons, MVI Hospice, and Valley Home Health Care for the kind and compassionate care given to Minnie.
Burial will be at Tod Homestead Cemetery.
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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Richard T. Rupe, 60
YOUNGSTOWN Richard Thomas Rupe, 60, loving husband, father, brother, teacher and devout Christian, died quietly at home surrounded by family and friends Oct. 24 2009.
He was born Nov. 2, 1948, on the West side of Youngstown, the son of late Maxine Baum and Robert Rupe.
He was one of four brothers.
He is survived by Robert of Nebraska and Roger of Texas.
His younger brother, Ronald precedes him in death.
On Feb. 8, 1969, he married his high school sweetheart, Kathleen, who survives. They met over 40 years ago at the Idora Park Ballroom. They have three children Jason and Joshua, both of Youngstown and Chelsea Joy of Cleveland.
A 1966 Chaney graduate and long time West-sider. Rick served his country in the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he graduated with a B.S. in Sociology from Youngstown State University and later graduated with a Masters in Education from Kent State University.
Rick was employed by Youngstown Board of Education for over 30 years. He taught Science, Industrial Arts, Tec Prep and coached Track. More recently, he taught robotics at Choffin Career Center. Rick was in the first graduating class of Volney Rogers Junior High, and retired the last year of its operation in 2006 as a teacher there. After retiring, he continued to work with troubled youth in many different community organizations. In 1988, Rick founded Mill Creek Decks with lifelong friends, operating as both architect and carpenter. Dozens of his creations can be seen all over the Mahoning valley. Rick also found time to volunteer for several community programs including the Obama Campaign, Smoke Free Ohio, as well as serving as a Youngstown 5th Ward Councilman.
In 2006, Rick published Life Line Twenty Fifty, a novel that synthesized his ideas about community and responsibility. A devout Christian, Rick was involved with various bible study groups at the Old North Church in Canfield. Rick took solace in nature and over a lifetime, he hiked though many national forests, including the Grand Canyon. A lover of Mill Creek Park, Rick was known to often take his students and church groups for field trips there.
Rick devoted his life to making the people around him and the world he lived in a better place. His tireless devotion to family, community, spirituality, curiosity, dignity and trust profoundly affected everyone who knew him. His life works and values will linger in the thousands of people who were helped, challenged, supported and inspired by him.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.
A private service will be held Wednesday.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
Arlie Slack, 71
YOUNGSTOWN Arlie Slack, 71, passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at Liberty Health Care.
Arlie was born May 11, 1938 to the late Lawrence and Ruby Chalker Mattson in Weathersfield Township.
She worked as a secretary for Martin Chevrolet, 32 years as office manager for Stack House Olds, and Airport Chevrolet.
She is survived by her son, Richard E. (Cathy) Slack of Hubbard; a brother, Eugene Mattson of Youngstown; a grandson, Thomas M. Turcola; and one great-grandson, Codie Turcola.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the service.
Jeffrey Michael Stevens, 31
BOARDMAN There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Church in Boardman, with the Rev. Maciej Mankowski officiating for Jeffrey Michael Stevens, 31, who passed away on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.
Jeffery will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends for his big heart and generosity.
He was born March 6, 1978 in Youngstown, the son of Robert and Geri (Brahney) Stevens.
Jeffery was a partner and manager of Stonebridge Grille and Tavern.
He was a 1996 graduate of Boardman High School, attended Youngstown State University, majoring in Business Administration and then received his Bachelors Degree in recording arts from Full Sail College in Orlando, Fla.
Jeffery was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching all pro sports, along with playing golf, baseball and basketball.
He loved listening to music and socializing with his friends.
Jeffrey leaves behind to hold on to his memories his parents, Robert (Geri) Stevens of Boardman; a sister, Valerie Stevens of Sarasota, Fla.; his girlfriend, Melinda Giancola of Boardman; his beloved dog, Bella; two uncles, Michael (Laraine) Stevens of Westlake and James (Karen) Brahney of California; an aunt, Mary Ellen (Pat) Carney of Bay Village; and numerous cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John (Agnes) Stevens; maternal grandparents, Jim (Christine) Brahney; and three aunts, Denise Brahney, Arlene Abraham and Patty Roncone.
Friends may call on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at St. Charles Church in Boardman.
Entombment will take place at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, material contributions can be made in Jefferys name to the John and Agnes Stevens Scholarship Fund, c/o Ursuline High School, 750 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.
Harry B. Stillings Sr., 84
GIRARD Harry B. Stillings Sr., 84, formerly of Hartford, passed away Friday morning, Oct. 23, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
He was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Altoona, Pa., the son of Charles and Elsie Johnson Stillings.
Mr. Stillings retired from Valley Mold in Hubbard after working 18 years as a chipper. He also worked at the Warren Wal-Mart.
He was a World War II Navy veteran. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and was part of the Normandy invasion.
Mr. Stillings was a member of the Fowler Community Church and the Hartford V.F.W. Post 3535, where he was a Past Commander. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and his boat. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Gority Stillings, whom he married Aug. 31, 1946; two daughters, Judith and Rev. Harold Wilson and Dianna Stinson and Larry Pierce, all of Girard; one son, Harry B. Stillings Jr. and his wife, Yvonne, of Hartford; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen Gross of Huntingdon, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Aislang Stillings.
Friends and relatives may call at the Galloway-Onstott Funeral Home, 3451 St. Rt. 7, Hartford, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The funeral service will be held at the Fowler Community Church on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at 11 a.m.
Burial will be at Hartford Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Trumbull County Chapter 11, 2044 Youngstown Road, Warren, OH 44484.
Richard F. Trio, 64
BOARDMAN A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at the Holy Family Church, and prayers offered at 10:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel for Richard Trio, 64, who passed away on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.
Richard was born May 7, 1945 in Youngstown.
He was an Austintown Fitch graduate, furthering his education at Youngstown State University, achieving bachelors and MBA degrees.
He was a member of the Holy Family in Poland.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Donna, of 47 years; a son, Richard (Sandra) of Wilmington, N.C.; a daughter, Dani (Kerry Hill) of Charlotte, N.C.; four granddaughters; a grandson; a brother, Frank of Austintown; and sister, Katherine of North Lima.
His passion for life and love of family will remain in the hearts of his many friends, colleagues, neighbors, and students. During his life he was a dedicated HR Executive, Coach, Professor, and most of all Dad. He never quit anything he started and led by example.
Burial at Poland Riverside Cemetery.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences and view the obituary.
Betty Jane Wells, 77
BURGHILL Betty Jane Wells, 77, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, in Jamestown, Pa.
Betty was born on July 28, 1932 in Hartford, the daughter of the late Elmer and Geraldene (Brown) Chilson.
She was a graduate of Hartford High School.
She married Chancey A. Wells on Dec. 26, 1953, and he preceded her in death on March 18, 2003.
Betty was a member of the Fowler United Methodist Church and a member of the Hartford Eastern Star No. 518.
She is survived by two daughters, Bonnie L. (Fred) Hudson of Fowler and Brenda S. (David) Bolger of Burghill; a sister, Dorothy (Allen) Smith of Orangeville; a brother, Charles (Harlene) Chilson of Bristolville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Ruth McCarthy, Donna Young and an infant sister, Luella Chilson.
There are no calling hours or services.
The family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to Southern Care Hospice, 5401 Ashley Circle, Suite E., Austintown, OH 44515 or to the Fowler United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8, Fowler, OH 44418.
Arrangements are under the professional care of the Lane Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.