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Sally R. Campbell, 83

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel for Sally R. Campbell, 83, who died early Monday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

She was born Sept. 27, 1926 in Youngstown, a daughter of Harry J. and Rose (Schuler) Willock, and she resided in this area all of her life.

She was a 1944 graduate of Chaney High School. She worked as a teacher and administrator for the Mahoning Pre-primary school for 32 years before retiring.

She was a member of the Mahoning United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Youngstown Saxon Club Branch No. 22, the N.A.E.Y.C., and she was a volunteer at the Forum Health Northside Medical Center gift shop.

She married William E. Campbell on Dec. 6, 1946, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 2003.

She is survived by two children, William E. (Alana) Campbell Jr. of Hubbard and Susan L. (Liam) Fanucchi of Fresno, Calif. and two grandsons, Shaun and Blake Fanucchi.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Mariann Farr.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Ruth Cook, 90

NORTON SHORES, MICH. – Funeral services for Ruth Cook, 90, who died early Sunday morning at her Michigan residence, will be held at noon on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Drive, Boardman. Ruth was formerly of Boardman, and of late resided in Seminole Shores Assisted Living in Norton Shores, Mich.

She was born Nov. 15, 1919 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late William and Pearl Abrahamson Hartill.

Ruth graduated from The Rayen School and had been a loan secretary for First Federal Savings & Loan (now First Place Bank) for 20 years, retiring in 1989. She had also worked part-time for Burkland’s Florist for many years.

Ruth was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Fortnightly III, the Irish Club, Salvation Army Auxiliary, National Red Hat Society, and the Royale Flames.

Her husband, John (Jack) Cook, whom she married Aug. 21, 1943, died May 2, 1969.

She leaves two daughters, Nancy (Bob) Garlough of Grand Rapids, Mich., Natalie (Jeff) Lawson of Tega Cay, S.C.; grandchildren, Jeff and Kristin Lawson, Chris Lawson and his fiancee, Missy Ruppert, Eric Lawson, Jon and Melissa Garlough, Jeremy Garlough and Elizabeth Rieck, and Kristen Garlough; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Jane (Gene) Evans and Natalie (Richard) Hinely.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by Thompson Funeral Home.

The family requests material tributes to take the form of contributions to the Memorial Fund of Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Drive, Boardman, OH 44512 or to the Salvation Army, 1501 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511.

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Dawn M. Davis, 41

EAST PALESTINE – Dawn M. Davis, 41, a long time East Palestine resident, passed away at the Cleveland Clinic on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. after a long and determined battle with complications from a stem cell transplant she underwent in July 2009.

Dawn was born in East Liverpool on Dec. 8, 1967. She was the second child of Carl and Lynda Britton Barnett and had lived in this area all of her life.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her two children, Benjamin Davis and Madison Bieber, both of East Palestine; her two sisters, Laura Pike of Tamworth, N.H. and Rae Morgan of Toledo. She is beloved by her niece, Heather and her nephews, Harry and Ethan. Throughout her recent illness, Dawn was supported by her aunt and uncle, Mary Anne and Larry Britton and family, and many members of the extended Taucher family.

Dawn attended East Palestine High School, graduating in 1982. In October of 2006, she completed her LPN nursing degree, graduating from Columbiana County Career Center with plans to pursue a career in nursing.

For many years, Dawn was a regular, friendly face behind the counter of former East Palestine restaurant C&L Pizza. Later, she operated her own successful childcare business from her home on East North Avenue. Many will remember her as the friend or neighbor who was always available to listen and offer a shoulder of support. Dawn was a doting aunt and possessed enduring commitment as a daughter and sister, always beside her family, adding her unique sense of humor to any gathering, her quick wit and distinct perspective was often the reason behind the laughter at a get-together. Dawn displayed a kindness and generosity of spirit that is rare in the world and her beautiful smile will be missed by all who were fortunate to know her.

Friends and family will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Van Dyke-Swaney-Rettig Funeral Home in East Palestine.

A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Mr. Robert Taucher officiating.

The family expresses deepest appreciation to all of the dedicated doctors, nurses, aides and staff at the Cleveland Clinic, recognizing their countless hours of care and comfort provided for Dawn.

In lieu of flowers, her family welcomes donations to the Columbiana County Health Department Cancer Detection Program, P.O. Box 309, Lisbon, OH 44432

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Theresa DiLisio, 81

“Together Again”

BOARDMAN – Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Kubina-Yuhasz Funeral Home in Boardman for Theresa DiLisio, 81, formerly of Diamond, who passed away early morning of Nov. 14, at Ron Joy Nursing Home.

Theresa was born July 25, 1928 in Harrisburg, Pa., the daughter of Anthony and Ann Barber Lentine.

She was a retired beautician and a homemaker. She was also a member of the Akron Seventh Day Adventist Church. She loved gardening and spending time with her family.

Besides her husband, Harry J. DiLisio, whom she married Nov. 19, 1946, and who died March 13, 2004, Theresa was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, Anthony Lentine Jr.

She will be sadly missed by her son, Kurt (Julie) DiLisio Sr. of Diamond; her daughter, Deborah (George) Mottle of Boardman; her sisters, Catherine Scaperotto of Poland, Mary Dillon of Hubbard and Antonette DeGennaro of Columbus; her brothers, Dominic (Marian) Lentini of Hubbard and Thomas Lentini of Youngstown; her grandchildren, Jennifer (Matthew) Yuhasz of Newark, Ohio, Kurt (Jennifer) DiLisio Jr. of Canfield, Matthew (Jennifer) DiLisio of Diamond and Theresa Mottle of Boardman; her great-grandchildren, Gabriella and Kaitlyn Yuhasz and Rocco and Gino DiLisio; and several nieces and nephews.

Interment took place at Eckis Cemetery in Milton Township.

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Eugene Dukes, 78

GIRARD – A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the McClurkin Funeral Home for Eugene Dukes, 78, who died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center in Canton.

He was born in Cleveland on Nov. 10, 1931. He was a resident of Girard for over 40 years.

He had been a professor at Bowling Green University and a former Director of the Girard Free Library. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and House of Loreto.

Over many years, he and his wife, Margaret had been foster parents to 36 children.

He married Margaret Dukes on July 9, 1966, she passed away, Aug. 7, 2006.

He is survived by five children, Jeremy Dukes in Girard, Polly (Jeff) Fabry in Texas, Amy Dukes of Girard, Becky (Thomas) Sohngen of Niles and Lisa Dukes of Mississippi; a brother, Leonard Dukes of Cincinnati; a sister, Doris Nitsios of Ithaca, N.Y.; and nine grandchildren.

Norma Jean Duncan, 78

WARREN – Norma Jean Duncan, 78, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

She was born Jan. 16, 1931 in New Brighton, Pa., the daughter of Edward H. and Anna (Bell) Wurzel, and had lived in Trumbull County since 1953.

A graduate of New Brighton High School, Mrs. Duncan was a member of the Tod Avenue United Methodist Church in Warren, where she was involved with the Trinity Class and the Willing Workers. She was also active with United Steelworkers Local 1375 and its Retirees Rainbow Breakfast Group, Scope, AARP, and was a charter member of Soar Chapter 28-5.

Surviving are her husband, Lawrence J. Duncan Sr., whom she married July 4, 1953; three sons, Lawrence J. (Vicki) Duncan Jr. of McKinney, Texas, Dale R. Duncan of Austintown and Christopher E. Duncan of Middleburg Heights; a grandson, Jared (Sarah) Duncan; a great-granddaughter; and a brother, Melvin “Bud” Wurzel of Beaver Falls, Pa.

Preceding her in death are her parents; a sister, Mary Alice Ryan; and four brothers, Edward H. Jr., Donald C. and Robert C. Wurzel, and Warren J. Brewer.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the Tod Avenue United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mark Vincent officiating. Interment will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield.

Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Material contributions may be made to the Tod Avenue United Methodist Church, 155 Tod Ave., N.W., Warren, OH 44485.

Arrangements are entrusted to the McFarland & Son Funeral Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481.

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Alice A. Hetmanski, 65

HUBBARD – Alice A. Hetmanski, 65, died Monday afternoon, Nov. 16, 2009.

She was born Feb. 13, 1944, in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Mary Keshock Chervinko and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Hetmanski was co-owner and operator of Studio 2000 Hair Salon in Youngstown for 20 years and had previously worked for General Electric. She was a member of the SS Cyril and Methodius Church of Youngstown, the Altar and Rosary Society, Infant Jesus of Prague, the Ladies Guild, was a Eucharistic Minister, served on Parish Council and was very active in the church environment.

Alice enjoyed watching her grandsons, Brandon and Jaret play hockey and baseball and her granddaughter, Abigail play soccer. In her spare time she enjoyed playing the nickel slots at any casino.

Her husband, Edward J. Hetmanski Sr., whom she married July 15, 1967, died March 26, 2002.

She leaves two sons, Edward J. (Jill) Hetmanski Jr. of Warren and David A. (Melissa) Hetmanski of Hubbard; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Mary Helen and infant, Evelyn.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home and at 12:15 p.m. at the SS Cyril and Methodius Church.

Family and friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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W. Frank Keir, 75

SALEM – W. Frank Keir, 75, of Yates Road, died at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009.

He was born Oct. 2, 1934 in Youngstown, the son of the late Willard D. and Elizabeth (McDermott) Keir.

Frank was a retired carpenter and a 53 year member of Local 171 in Youngstown. He was a 1953 graduate of South High School in Youngstown. He also graduated from Choffin School and the Salem Trades Class of Architectural Design and Drawing. He began his career working for his father’s company, the Willard Keir Company in Youngstown.

As active members of the Tri-State Antique Car Club, the Western Reserve Antique Car Club and the A.A.C.A. (American Automobile Club of America), Frank and his wife, Carol enjoyed numerous cross country adventures. Frank was also a former member of the Salem Square Wheels (square dance club) and the Hanoverton Lions Club.

Frank always lived the saying, “Remember me with smiles and laughter, for that is how I will remember you. If you remember me with tears, then don’t remember me at all.” Even after a seven year struggle, Frank always had a smile and is now walking in Heaven.

Survivors include his wife, Carol (Aiken) Keir, whom he married April 6, 1956, they were married 53 years; four children, all living in Salem, Roy (Teri) Keir, Krista (Dave) Snoddy, Ron Keir and Alan (Tina) Keir; and seven grandchildren, Kelly, Kimberly, Kristine, Justin and Ryan Keir and Cassie and Bryan Snoddy.

A sister, Nancy Barber, also preceded him in death.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Winona United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bill Church officiating.

Burial will be at the Highland Christian Church Cemetery with a luncheon to follow.

Calling hours will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stark Memorial and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions may be given to the Winona United Methodist Church, Memorial Fund, 32114 Winona Road, Winona, OH 44493.

Virginia Loyce “Gena” (Adams) Martin, 88

GREEN – Virginia Loyce “Gena” (Adams) Martin, 88, currently residing near her son in Canfield, passed away Nov. 17, 2009 at Humility House from complications of a stroke.

Gena was born on April 29, 1921 in Linton, Ky., the daughter of Jim F. and Maggie Belle (Hargrove) Adams.

She was an honors graduate of Trigg County High School, where she excelled in studies, sports, spelling, penmanship and music.

Gena and her three sisters, Mallie, Clara and Jimmie, formed a quartet, sang at church and on the radio. She and Mallie also sang with Boots Randolph.

Gena was married briefly to Lillard Brown, and she was blessed in 1941 by the birth of her son, Larry Brown.

During World War II, Gena worked for Goodyear, where she painted stars on Goodyear Blimps. Throughout her life, she was a photographer at Federman’s Dept. Store, and a bookkeeper and secretary for both Glover Mtg. and LBL Mold & Die. She was respected for the excellent quality of her work.

Following the war, Gena married Robert E. Martin, and they had 41 happy years together until his death. They spent many summers with family, fishing and playing in Canada. In later life, they spent the winters in Florida, where they enjoyed fishing, friends and family.

Throughout her life, Gena was a woman of faith, active in several Baptist churches. She was youth counselor at the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church and was last a member of the Firestone Park Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and was chairwoman of the Decorating Committee and Bereavement Committee. Gena was first and foremost a mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. Family was most important to her. She also enjoyed photography, needlework, gardening, cooking, and painting scenery and dogs, especially Samantha.

She was active in different Garden Clubs and past president and vice president of the Uniontown Junior Women’s Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; her parents; her sister, Jimmie Woody; brother, Ben Adams; and brothers-in-law, Jim Morris, Frank Woody and Robert Marmaduke.

Gena is survived by her son, Larry and daughter-in-law, Suzanne; grandchildren, Teryl L. Brown and Larry L. (Mary Beth) Brown; and great-granddaughter, Maggie. She is also survived by brothers, Bobby (Pat) and Bill (Sandy) Adams; sisters, Mallie Morris, Clara (Bill) Carr, Mary Marmaduke, Norma (Ronnie) Swank, Carolyn (Don) Harrison and Patricia (Bob) Oberbillig; and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family expresses deep appreciation to the staff of Humility House and to friend, Betty Harris, for the care of Gena.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road (Route 619 in Green) with the Reverend Patricia Adams Oberbillig.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the funeral home. Interment will be at East Liberty Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Humility House Garden Fund, 755 Ohltown Road, Austintown, OH 44515.

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Charles Lee McGill Sr., 80

KINSMAN – Charles Lee McGill Sr., 80, died on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Greenville, UPMC Hospital.

He was born on March 11, 1929 in Hubbard, the son of Mary Virginia (Marshall) McGill and Orland Edward McGill.

A member of the 1947 Kinsman High School Class, Charlie served in the U.S. Army, during the Korean conflict. In 1958, Charlie started the McGill Septic Tank Company and was currently serving as the company’s president. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where he was the first altar server and helped with the construction of the current church building. Charlie was a member of the Harry Lees American Legion Post No. 506 of Kinsman, and was a member of the National Precast Association.

A believer in giving people a second chance in life, Charlie was a very generous person. He supported the local charities and was there to lend a helping hand for whomever and whenever it was needed. Charlie had a great ability to tell stories and put smiles on faces, even if you were feeling down and out. He often was seen by others as a father figure and made a difference in many people’s lives. Charlie was known to take in stray dogs and had numerous dogs around him from a young age. He enjoyed going to flea markets, gardening, spending time on his bulldozer and fishing.

On April 11, 1954, he married Patricia Ann Knepper. She precedes him in death along with his parents; a grandson, Kevin James McGill; and three brothers, Joseph McGill, Orland (Ed) McGill and Frank McGill.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara A. (Bib) McElhinny and M. Christine McGill, both of Kinsman; two sons, Charles L. McGill Jr. of Kinsman and James R. McGill of Jamestown, Pa.; four grandchildren, Jessica, Michael and James McElhinny Jr. and Adam McGill; two brothers, John M. McGill of Warren and Roy J. (Mary) McGill of Kinsman; longtime companion, Kathy Flowers; and many friends and neighbors.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 6397 state Route 87 in Kinsman, with the Rev. Kevin McCaffrey officiating. Burial will follow at Kinsman Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Baumgardner Funeral Home, 8569 Main St. in Kinsman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kinsman American Legion Post No. 506, P.O. Box 288, Kinsman, OH 44428.

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Tyler Thomas Neral, 16

BROOKFIELD – Tyler Thomas Neral of 6850 Warren-Sharon Road, found peace at 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in the emergency room of St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. He was only 16.

Tyler was born in Warren on June 4, 1993, and was an honor roll student currently in his junior year at Brookfield High School. He also worked part time at Water Drop Media in Brookfield.

In his spare time, he enjoyed restoring his 1979 Chevy Camero, playing video games, art and paintball. Most of all, Tyler loved his friends, his family and his dog, Bailey.

Survivors include, his parents, Stephen A. and Amy (Maliner) Neral Jr.; his sisters, Jessica and Samantha Neral; his maternal grandparents, Dave and Jeanne Maliner, all of Brookfield; his paternal grandparents, Stephen A. and Lynn Neral Sr. of Masury; his aunts and uncles, Matt and Kristen Maliner of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Rick and Krissy Neral of Brookfield; his cousins, Kaely, Reily and Andy Maliner, and Cody and Connor Neral; plus his extended friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Michael Maliner.

Calling hours for Tyler will be Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Coalburg United Methodist Church, 1906 Wick-Campbell Road., Coalburg. A service will follow immediately at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Mary Murtha, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship fund in Tyler’s memory at any branch of the Cortland Bank.

Coordination of this tribute for Tyler will be presented by Daniel Briceland of the Briceland Funeral Service LLC. 330-509-3135.

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Geralene Rogers, 93

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Geralene Rogers, 93, who departed this life on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Guardian (Windsor House) Health Care.

Geralene was born Feb. 16, 1916 in Fort Davis, Ala., a daughter of Thomas Fitzpatrick and Marie Peoples.

She had been employed as a clerk with the former F.W. Woolworth Co. and was a member of the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, LaVonne Madison of Youngstown; two brothers, Edward and Thomas Fitzpatrick of Cleveland; two granddaughters, Michalynn M. Jones of Chesapeake, Va. and Jessica D. Jones of Youngstown; two grandsons, James K. (Tracy) Richey of Williamburg, Va. and Robert C. (Jamie) Jones of Youngstown; two great-granddaughters, Megan L. and Michalynn L. Jones of Youngstown; three great-grandsons, Christian J. Jones of Youngstown, Robert C. Jr. and Jordan D. Jones of Columbus; two great-great-grandsons, Tyrell O. Rogers and Paul A. Nadal Jr. of Youngstown; two great-great-granddaughters, Mia P. Nadal and Makayla Jones-Padilla of Youngstown.

She was preceded in death by a son, Paul C. Butts; a daughter, Pamela E. Jones; a sister, Ethel Pryor; a brother, John Fitzpatrick; and a great great-granddaughter, Destiny M. Jones-Padilla.

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

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Clara Louise Schafer, 101

YOUNGSTOWN – Clara Louise Schafer, 101, passed away Monday afternoon at Park Vista Retirement Community.

She was born Dec. 4, 1907 in Youngstown, the daughter of Arch C. and Gertrude S. Wilson.

Mrs. Schafer graduated from The Rayen School in 1927. She attended Martha Washington Seminary, Briarcliff Manor and was a graduate of Weber College.

Mrs. Schafer was past president of the Woman’s Board of the Youngstown Hospital, past president of the Campfire Girls and served on the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurses Association and the Florence Crittenton Home. She was also active in the Junior League of Youngstown, the New Century Club, the Youngstown Garden Club, the Youngstown Country Club and the Youngstown Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth C. Schafer. They were married in 1933 and enjoyed 69 loving years together until his death in 2002.

She is survived by a daughter, Sally (John) Wenaas of Tucson, Ariz.; a son, Thomas Schafer (Anne) of Savannah, Ga.; four grandsons, Jeffery Wenaas (Anne) of Greely, Colo., Gregory Wenaas of Frankfort, Germany, Charles Schafer (Juliana) of Chicago and Bret Schafer of Budapest, Hungary; and three great-grandchildren, Ryan and Jaclyn Wenaas and Isabella Schafer.

Mrs. Schafer was preceded in death by her sister, Marjorie Rayen (Mrs. James); brother, Ernest Wilson (Ann); and grandson, John J. Wenaas.

She enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, golf into her early 90s and traveling many places with her beloved husband.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown.

Friends may call following the service at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.

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Bernard T. Scott, 75

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church for Bernard T. Scott, 75, formerly of Campbell, who passed away Monday evening at the Omni Manor Nursing Home.

Bernard was born April 9, 1934 in Youngstown, the son of Addison T. and Donna J. Standish Scott.

He retired from The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co., Brier Hill Division. He loved going to bingo, playing cards, the lottery and enjoyed his coffee from McDonalds.

He will be sadly missed by his three sisters, his twin Bernadine (Lester) Line of Hagerstown, Md., Elaine (Jim) Zagorsky of Boardman and Donna (Joe) Zagorsky of Poland; one brother, Doug (Linda) Scott of Youngstown; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Caroline (Scott) Morris and Lucille Millich; and two brothers-in-law, Joe Morris and Pete Millich.

The Scott family would like to thank the Omni Manor Nursing Home Staff for the care Bernard was given.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that monetary donations be made to help defray the cost of the funeral.

The Scott family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.

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Harriet A. Smith, 99

YOUNGSTOWN – Private services were to be held today at Belmont Park Cemetery for Harriet A. Smith, 99, of Park Vista. She passed away Saturday evening.

Mrs. Smith was born Jan. 16, 1910 in Youngstown, a daughter of Arthur E. and Anna E. Burch Burky.

She graduated from Miami University and had been a part time legal secretary for Burky & Burky Law Firm.

Her husband, W. Irving Smith Jr., whom she married in November of 1936, died Sept. 11, 1975.

Surviving her is a brother, Elton B. Burky of Youngstown and two nephews, Elton A. Burky of Greenville, Maine and Kenneth Burky of Murrysville, Pa.

Arrangements were handled by the Davis Funeral Home.

Margaret “Peggy” Stanton, 67

YOUNGSTOWN – A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home Austintown Chapel for Margaret “Peggy” Stanton, 67, who passed away Monday at her home.

Peggy was born Sept. 19, 1942 in Barberton, the daughter of Francis and Rita (Clapper) Stanton.

She was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and sister.

Peggy was a graduate of North Olmsted High School class of 1960 and received an Associate Degree from Youngstown State University.

She was a long time member of AA ,where she was very active and involved in helping others in the program.

She leaves two children, Don (Lisa) Gnapp of Winter Garden, Fla. and Lori Cruz of Austintown; three grandchildren, Joe Fabian of Austintown, Kurt Gnapp of Winter Garden, and Jordan Cruz of Austintown; two brothers, Pat (Linda) Stanton of Fayette, Maine and Joe (Kathleen) Stanton of Augusta, Maine; five sisters, Christine (Larry) Reed of North Olmsted, Kathy (Jerry) Gabler of Richfield, Rita Stanton of Cleveland, Mary (Will) Smith of Berea and Betty (Ernie) Behrend of Avon Lake; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Peggy was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Gnapp and a brother Michael Stanton.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Myrtle Louise Thornton, 61

AUSTINTOWN – Services will be Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church for Mrs. Myrtle Louise Thornton, 61, who departed this life Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009.

Mrs. Thornton was born Aug. 14, 1948 in Mobile, Ala., a daughter of Isaac and Matilda Harris Madison.

She was a 1966 graduate of South High School and received her B.S. degree in Nursing from Youngstown State University. Myrtle had worked as director of nursing at Rolling Acres Care Center, and at Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital.

She was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, its Deaconess Ministry, chairperson of the Hospitality Ministry, Instruments of Praise Choir and the Education Committee. Myrtle was also a member of the J B S Club of South High School Class of 1966. She was a seamstress, and enjoyed various crafts, especially floral design and decorating.

She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, her mother, Matilda Madison of Youngstown; two sons, Mychal A. Walker of Youngstown and Kevin L. (Carmen) Walker of Euclid; a sister, Evelyn Smith of Morgantown, W.Va.; four brothers, Earl (Joyce) Madison of Maitland, Fla., Ronald (Debra) and Isaac (Janice) Madison III, both of Houston and Michael (Brenda) Madison of Atlanta; five grandchildren, Mychal, Anthony, Kayla, Miya and Brandon; a great-granddaughter, Kah’Laya; and a host of family and friends.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her father, Isaac Madison II; her husband, Percy, whom she married in October of 1986, and who passed away in February of 2001; a brother, Knute Madison; and a sister, Julia C. Lightfoot.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

The family will hold a special home going celebration for all family and friends today, Nov. 18, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

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