Mildred Y. Barone, 91
STRUTHERS Mildred Y. Barone, 91, died Tuesday afternoon at the Masternick Memorial Health Care Center in New Middletown.
Mrs. Barone, affectionately known as Grandma Millie, was born Jan. 29, 1918 in Canton, a daughter of Dominic and Josephine Palumbo Martia. She was raised in Canton and moved to this area in 1937.
Grandma Millie was a wonderful homemaker, taking care of her husband of 58 years, her 11 children, and caring for her grand babies as often and whenever she could. She actively participated in PTA and St. Nicholas Boosters, while proudly maintaining her beloved home on Sylvan Avenue, and at the same time baking homemade bread, making cheese from cows milk, sewing, and hosting her famous Sunday spaghetti dinners.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Struthers, where she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society, Infant Jesus of Prague, and baked for the church sales.
Her husband, Vincent J. Barone, whom she married June 5, 1937, died Aug. 30, 1995.
She leaves six daughters, Rosemary (Steve) Klim, Jo Ann (Robert) Stoops, Patti (Gene) Pompeii, Janet (Mike) Annichine and Debbie (Frank) Vaio, all of Struthers, and Laina Millie (John) Sturm of Lowellville; five sons, Ralph Skip (Gladys) Barone of Lowellville, James (Susan) Barone of Lowellville, Joseph (Margaret) Barone of Boynton Beach, Fla., David (Marlene) Barone of Struthers and Michael Stymie Barone of Struthers; one sister, Rose Altieri of Canton; 34 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Paul Martia; and three sisters, Helen Pascarella, Madeline Long and Mary Dastalfo.
Services will be held Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland and at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Struthers.
Interment will be held at a later date at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Lowellville.
Friends will be received today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care given to their mother by the staff at Masternick Memorial Health Care Center.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
Alcena Habeger, 97
CANFIELD Alcena Habeger, 97, died Tuesday evening at Meridian Arms Care Center in Youngstown.
Alcena was born Aug. 9, 1912 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late William and Roenna (Shafer) Gardner.
She had been a homemaker and a member of the Faith Community Covenant Church, Parkview Rebekah Lodge No. 719 in Canfield and a 1933 graduate of Francis Payne Boltin Nursing School, where she received her R.N. degree.
Her husband, Donald H. Habeger, whom she married Nov. 1, 1940, and he died Nov. 8, 1999.
She is survived by four children, David (Kathy) Habeger of Mantua, William (Barbara) Habeger of Austintown, Donald (Kathy) Habeger of Ellsworth and Laura (Jack) Barton of Austintown. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Algia Berlin; two grandsons, David and James Habeger; and a great-grandson, Brandon Habeger.
The family requests that material contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley.
There are no calling hours and memorial services will be held at a later date.
The Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends may visit at www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Dianne Hilston, 63
GIRARD Dianne Hilston, 63, passed away Wednesday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Dianne was born Dec. 17, 1945 in Youngstown.
She worked 31 years as a school bus driver for Girard City Schools, retiring in 2008.
She was a member of St. Rose Church, volunteered at Easter Seals in Youngstown and enjoyed playing bingo.
She is survived by her daughter, Lorie L. Pope; her granddaughter, Chelesie Pope, with whom she made her home; and two brothers, Jack (Nancy) Rice of Jefferson and Ed (Mary) Rice of Girard.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bernice Morris Rice; her husband, Theodore F. Hilston Sr., whom she married Nov. 13, 1965, and who died Feb. 2, 2007; her son, Theodore F. Teddy Hilston Jr.; and two sisters, Dorothy Baragona and Sandy Maiorana.
Services will be held on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home, where visitation will be from 5 p.m. to the time of service.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to the funeral home to defray the funeral cost.
Esko P. Inkinen, 62
CANTON Esko P. Inkinen, 62, a loving and devoted father and grandfather, passed away Nov. 21, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, after a brief battle with cancer.
Esko was born on Dec. 31, 1946 in Lahti, Finland, the son of the late Jussi and Ruth Inkinen.
He proudly served in the UN Peacekeeping Forces in Cyprus from 1965 to 1966, before joining family in Canada.
Esko came to the United States in his early 20s and settled in the Youngstown area to build a prosperous home improvement business.
Since 1992, he also worked for the USPS as a rural mail carrier in the Newton Falls area.
Esko enjoyed time with his family, especially winters skiing and summers at the cottage. A true loving patriarch of his family, Esko unselfishly gave his loyal support, time and devotion to family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
Esko is survived by his two daughters, Erika Delia (Dean) of Cleveland and Elizabeth Inkinen-Juergensen of Canton; six grandchildren, Ron Flick (Ashley), Hollie Flick, Jeremy Flick, Alexis Juergensen and Aaron Esko Juergensen; sister, Raili Uusitalo; and brother, Jaakko Inkinen of Helsinki, Finland.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Martti Inkinen and Antti Inkinen of Lahti, Finland.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m.at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 388 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44502.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Midlothian Free Medical Clinic, in care of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Please sign the Reed online guest book at www.reedfuneralhome.com to send condolences or share a fond memory with the family.
The Reed Funeral Home, Canton Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Steven F. Lucas, 49
CINCINNATI Steven F. Lucas, 49, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009.
He was the loving husband of Elizabeth A. Lucas; beloved father of Nadia Lucas; devoted son of Gerald and the late Marlene Lucas; brother of Gerald (Anita) Lucas Jr., Christine (David) Smith, twin sister, Susan (David) Lingenfelter and the late David (Kim) Lucas. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the McClurkin Funeral Home, 222 S. State St. in Girard on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Graveside service will be on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Hubbard Union Cemetery, at 10 a.m.
Memorials may be made to the Cincinnati Church of the Brethren, 950 Nassau St., Cincinnati, OH 45206.
Lessie G. Oliver, 81
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be at noon on Monday at the World Fellowship Interdenominational Church for Mrs. Lessie G. Oliver, 81, who departed this life Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mrs. Oliver was born Sept. 10, 1928 in Anderson, S.C., a daughter of Smith and Mader Asbury Robinson.
She was a homemaker, a member of the Holy Bible Church of God, served as mother of the church, chairman of the trustee board, assistant Sunday School teacher, musician and assistant financial treasurer for the Senior Missions.
She leaves four children, Linda R. Oliver, Diane (William) Artis, the Rev. W.T. Oliver Jr. and Geneva L. Tate, all of Youngstown; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles, Willie, Phillip Robinson and Arthur Hill; and a sister, Louise Robinson.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
Rosie J. Wheeler, 89
GIRARD Rosie J. Wheeler, 89, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center in Youngstown.
She was born Nov. 12, 1920 in Cass, W.Va., the daughter of the late Anton and Anna Cragel.
She was a waitress and also worked in several other services industries.
She was married to Noel S. Wheeler, who passed away in June 1952.
She is survived by two sons, Noel S. (Ida) Wheeler of Pittsburgh and Harry (Linda) Wheeler of Hubbard; a daughter, Linda Lockhart of Fredrick, Md.; four sisters, Mary Kelly of Marlinton, W.Va., Jennie Cragel of California, Ann Haywood of Florida and Helen Zenevich of Hubbard; eight grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Jane and four brothers.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard and Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the VanReenen Funeral Home in Marlinton, W.Va.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at VanReenen Funeral Home.