Obie D. Adkins III, 46
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday at the Jerusalem Baptist Church for Obie D. Adkins III, 46, who departed this life Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mr. Adkins was born Nov. 28, 1962, in Youngstown, a son of Obie D. Jr. and Lovely A. Hopkins Adkins.
He was a factory worker for Kraft Maid.
He leaves his wife, the former Tonia L. Jones, whom he married April 11, 1997; his children, Dominique Jones, Ciera Hayes, Michael S. Moore Jr., Damon L. Jones and Marquale A. Jones, all at home; siblings, Dale (Brenda) Hopkins of Bucyrus, Lynette Adkins, Vicky Adkins and Lisa Adkins, all of Youngstown, Sheila Adkins of Jonesboro, Ga., Crystal Jones, Angela, Rochelle, Alvena, Jennette, Fellicia, Marie, Alexander, Willard, Jesse, Liston, Victor and Mary Scott, all of Youngstown; and seven grandchildren.
His parents; two sons, Abie D. and Anthony Crockett; a brother, Michael Adkins; and a sister, Diane Scott, preceded him in death.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.
Sidney Thomas Cowboy Benson, 71
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 102 Penn Ave. in Youngstown for Sidney Thomas Cowboy Benson, 71, a lifelong resident of Youngstown, who passed away at his residence early Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, after an extensive illness.
Mr. Benson was born July 21, 1938, in Youngstown, a son of Sylvester Jr. and Pearl Lomax Benson, both deceased.
He attended East High School and was employed as a car detailer for various area car dealerships before retiring. He enjoyed movies, fishing and being with friends.
Sidney will always be remembered by family and friends.
He leaves three sisters, Joan B. White of East Orange, N.J., Carol E. (McCoy) Hayes and Nancy Perry, both of Youngstown; a brother, James Dotson of Warren; a very close uncle, Andrew Ham Benson of Youngstown; and a host of family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester Benson Jr. and Pearl Lomax Benson Dotson; a brother, Cedric Dotson; and a stepsister, Maybline Dotson.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.
Walter Bombeck Jr., 89
BROOKFIELD Walter Bombeck Jr., 89, died Saturday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Bombeck was born in Dayton on April 6, 1920, a son of Walter J. and Jewel (Thompson) Bombeck.
A 1940 graduate of Sharon High School, Walter attended the Phillip University in Enid, Okla. before enlisting in the U. S. Army Air Corps. on Feb. 3, 1941.
He graduated from Pilot Training as a Staff Sergeant on Nov. 10, 1942 and became known as one of the Flying Sergeants. He received many commendations and citations during his service including the Air Medal for his participation in more than 63 missions as a pilot of a B-25 aircraft against the enemy in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. Lt. Col. Bombeck served also in Japan during the Korean Conflict and was also awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his service as a Missile Commander during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He went on to serve for 24 years with the U.S. Air Force before his retirement in 1964 attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After his military career, Walter returned to his home and continued his flying career with Beckett Aviation at Youngstown Airport until his retirement in 1985. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, playing golf, fishing and most of all enjoyed spending time with his family.
Lt. Col. Bombeck leaves his wife, the former Dorothy Reinhart, whom he married Oct. 16, 1944, and shared 65 years of marriage; his three sons, Major (Ret.) Jeffery Bombeck and his wife, Patricia of Plattsburg, N.Y., Gregory Bombeck and his wife, Cynthia of Eagle Creek, Ark. and Magistrate Scott Bombeck and his wife, Kimberly of Brookfield; 13 grandchildren, Seth, Sara, Josh, Abraham, Khristian, Hjalmar Roo, Tui Marie, Walter, Gregory, Kenneth Ike, Jens, Christopher and Samantha; five great-grandchildren; and a half brother, Robert Bombeck of Sharpsville, Pa. also survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Hardman; and his stepsister, Violet Stuard.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday evening, Dec. 4, 2009, at the Lane Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield.
A military funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home provided by the Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard.
Burial will be at Brookfield Township Cemetery.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view the obituary and send condolences.
Odessa Harris-Clinkscale, 83
YOUNGSTOWN Mrs. Odessa Harris-Clinkscale, 83, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Pembrook Place.
Mrs. Clinkscale was born Oct. 16, 1926, a daughter of Ed and Ophelia Harris. She was reared by her step-mother, Mrs. Alta Mae DuBose after the death of her father.
She attended The Rayen School and Youngstown State University.
Mrs. Clinkscale was a member of the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church and served as the First Lady for 38 years. She served on the Board of Christian Education, President of Disciples of Christ Usher Ministry, Advisor to the Sisterhood, President of the Altar Guild, Chairperson of Vesper Services, and Chairperson of Womens Day. She was an active member of Baptist Minister Wives Council Past President, Protestant Family Services and Church Women United.
She had been an advisor for 13 years to LJSs (Senior High School Girls Club), Jury Commissioner, Precinct committee woman for 33 years, First African American to hold an elected office in the Democratic Party, served as corresponding secretary, the second African American to serve as Council person.
Mrs. Clinkscale served in many capacities in civic organizations which included Youngstown Area Urban League, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), A. Philip Randolph Institutes (Youngstown Chapter), Pink Carnation Club, Northside Oldtimers, Associated Neighborhood Centers, Southside Coalition, Black Leadership Conference, National Council of Negro Women, Federated Democratic Women of Ohio, S.O.A.R., National Association Investors Corp. and an Advocate for Battered Women.
She served on the Youngstown Park and Recreation Board, Clarence Robinson Center Board Directors, Model Cities Joint Planning Council, Consumer Advisory Commission, United Negro College Fund, Western Reserve Transit Authority (served as president for two years), and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.
Womens Awards/Certificates Youngstown Area Urban League-Outstanding Community Service, Della M. Fordham/Northside Oldtimers Inc.-Community Service Award, United Negro College Fund-Meritorious Service Award, Western Reserve Transit Authority-Appreciation Democrat Woman of the Year-Presented by the John F. Kennedy Democrat Club (1989)
She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Pastor Henry Clinkscale, Jr. on Sept. 10, 1944.
She leaves to cherish her precious memory, four daughters, Darnell Louise (James) Williams of Cleveland, Miss. and Rose Ann Clinkscale, Sandra Jean Harden and Judith Elaine Paul, all of Youngstown; eight grandchildren, Dwayne Antoine Henry Williams of Cleveland, Miss., Earnest Deright Paul Jr. of San Bernardino, Calif., Rodney Lamar (Delova) Williams of Ellenwood, Ga. and Edward Robert Harden Jr. (Andrea) and Clinton Sterling Harden, both of Youngstown, Staacie Michelle Harden of Cleveland, Ohio, Michael James Harden of Glenville, W.Va. and Chomney Lynette Williams of Jackson, Miss.; 13 great-grandchildren, Dwayne McKnight, Asksania White, Deon Harrington, Kaydence Elaine Paul, Vitinia Curb, Duval Davis, Rodney Lamar Williams, Destiny Williams, Micah Jones, Ethan A. Harden, Elijah Clinton Harden, Michael J.R. Harden II, Janyla Scott; and a host of relatives, church family and friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Pastor Emeritus Henry Clinkscale Jr.; a daughter, Terrell Lynette Clinkscale; sisters, Otha Lee Bridges and Ruby Mae Gordon; and a grandson, Henry Kareem Paul.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church.
Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
Sylvia Colonna, 89
YOUNGSTOWN There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown, preceded by a 9:30 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman for Sylvia Colonna, 89, who passed away early Sunday morning after a brief illness.
Sylvia will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends.
She was born Feb. 4, 1920 in Youngstown, the daughter of Andrew and Josephine (Lazzazzera) Greco and was a lifelong area resident.
Sylvia was a homemaker and was a graduate of The Rayen School.
She was a member of St. Dominic Church, its Altar and Rosary Society, and the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild. Sylvia also volunteered at St. Dominic School and was a Den Mother of the Boy Scouts.
She enjoyed cooking and was an excellent baker. Sylvias whole life was about her family and she truly loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She leaves behind to hold onto her precious memories her husband, Michael Colonna, whom she married Feb. 22, 1941; three children, Michael (Jeanne) Colonna of Basking Ridge, N.J., Ray Colonna of Canfield and Karen Colonna of Boardman; two grandchildren, Kimberly (Craig) Elander of Basking Ridge and Dr. Todd (Katherine) Colonna of Bethesda, Md.; and four great-grandchildren, Katie and Matt Elander and Madison and Michaela Colonna.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Meli Greco and three sisters, Angie Marinelli, Settie Ramunno and Emma Greco.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.
Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.
Material contributions may be made in Sylvias name to the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 202, Independance, OH 44131.
Mary I. (Pelini) French, 88
YOUNGSTOWN A Mass of Christian Burial will be said Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church for Mary I. (Pelini) French, 88, formerly of Bears Den Road, who died Nov. 29, 2009, at Assumption Village in North Lima from complications from pneumonia.
Mary was born Feb. 23, 1921 in Bulger, Pa., the daughter of Saverio Oddi Pelini and Annunciata (Nancy) Orsini Pelini, who came to the United States through Ellis Island from Petterano, Italy, moving to Youngstown in 1926, where she was a lifelong resident.
Mary was a graduate of The Rayen School and had attended Youngstown State University.
As an administrative secretary, Mary worked at Youngstown Sheet & Tube for 18 years, and as a secretary in the Dietary Department at Forum Health Northside Medical Center prior to her retirement.
Mary was a member of St. Christine Church, where she served as a volunteer in the CCD Office, as well as the Genesis II Progam. She was also an avid volunteer in the Auerbach Adult Education Program, serving as a reading tutor, finding joy in helping others.
A devoted mother and grandmother, Mary loved cooking for her family, writing, dancing, singing and completing crossword puzzles.
Surviving Mary is her children, Kenneth French of Canfield, Patricia (Herb) Wiekes of Colt Neck, N.J., John (Carol) French of Boardman, Margaret Mary (Stephen) Dunder of Boardman, Anthony French of Austintown and Joseph (Michelle) French of Youngstown; and her only surviving sibling, Irma Pelini of Austintown. Also surviving are her grandchildren, whom she thoroughly enjoyed, Helen Marie, Tracy, Thomas Jr., Lisa, Stephen, Elizabeth, Kelly, John Jr., Michael, Carrie Jo, Dominic III, Megan, Joseph Jr., Christoher and Daniel; and 23 great-grandchildren,
Preceding Mary in death was her husband, Kenneth Ellwood French, whom she married Aug. 19, 1940, and he died in 1961; her son, Thomas and daughter-in-law, Joanne French; brothers, Carl and Anthony Pelini; and sisters, Millie Orlando and Margaret Pelini.
Family and friends will be received at the Schiavone Funeral Home today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, from 9 to 10 a.m.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Mary who died peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her loving family, wishes to thank the Assumption Village staff and Hospice of the Valley for their compassion and care of their mother.
Shirley J. Hess, 73
NILES Shirley J. Hess, 73, of 155 East State St., passed away peacefully at 8:35 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Hospice House, following a short illness with cancer.
She was born in Garrison, W.Va. on June 19, 1936 to Emil and Effie (Moore) Wiseman.
Shirley retired in 1999 after working 20 years as a hostess and waitress at Alberinis Restaurant in Niles.
She was a member of the Niles First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed listening to Elvis Presley music, family activities and playing cards and bingo with her friends at Central Park Apartments.
She is survived by two sons, Mark (Lori) Hess and William (Susan) Hess; two daughters, Terri (JonPaul) Jones and Beverly Peigowski, all of Niles; nine grandchildren, George, Crystal, Matthew, Jennifer, Warren, Taylor, Elizabeth, Emily and Ethan; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Terry (Mary) Wiseman of St. Augustine, Fla.; and a sister, Carol (Kenneth) Thompson of Ashburn, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Jason Tutoki.
Calling hours will be today, Dec. 1, 2009, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.
The funeral will be Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Henry Pearce will officiate.
Burial will be at the Niles City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley.
Visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to send condolences.
Patricia Ann Huncik, 79
PULASKI, PA. Patricia Ann Huncik, 79, died the morning of Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Presbyterian University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Mrs. Huncik was born May 23, 1930 in Sharon, Pa., a daughter of the late Terrance and Helen Roberts Meenihan.
She is survived by husband, William T. Huncik, whom she married May 21, 1955 at the Sacred Heart Church in Sharon.
Mrs. Huncik was a clerical worker for Wheatland Tube Corporation and later a clerk for Hills Dept. Store in Lincoln Knolls Plaza.
A member of St. James the Apostle Church, she was a member of its Christian Women Group. Possessing love for life, charm, sense of humor and an unselfish heart, Patricia was loved by everyone she met. Always seeing life on the lighter side, she laughed everyday of her life, even through her last months of physical illness.
The Hunciks were blessed with many children and grandchildren. Family life was of the utmost importance to Patricia.
Additional survivors include five daughters, Bernadine Kulijof and husband Jeffrey of Raleigh, N.C.; Barbara Pagan and husband Al of Pittsburgh, Carol Huncik of Raleigh, Margaret Kurucz and husband John of Lancaster and Norene DeLuca and husband Bill of Pittsburgh; two sons, Mark D. Huncik and wife Elisa of Raleigh and Kevin Huncik and wife Kara of Johns Island, S.C.; one sister, Norene Udell of Youngstown; along with seven grandchildren, Anthony Kulijof, Amanda Kulijof, Katie Pagan, Noah Karucz, Larissa Karucz, Anastasia Huncik and Olivia DeLuca.
Preceding in death was a son, Billy Huncik; a sister, Rita Bartel; and two brothers, George Meenihan and Terry Meenihan.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road in New Castle, Pa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. James the Apostle Church celebrated by the Rev. Fr John Rebel. The procession will leave the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. for the church.
Burial will be at St. James Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. James the Apostle Church.
Please visit www.decarbofuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send online condolences.
Lillian Lloyd, 94
YOUNGSTOWN There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church in Youngstown for Lillian Lloyd, 94, who passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 26, 2009.
Lillian will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends.
She was born April 6, 1915 in McKees Rocks, Pa., the daughter of Martin and Rosella (Pepper) Kuzan.
Lillian was employed at General Electric Lamp Plant in Youngstown and Metal Carbides in Boardman.
She was a member of St. Christine Church, the Ohio Federation of China Decorators, the China Painting Club and the Akron China Painting Society.
Lillian enjoyed free hand painting of porcelain lamps and china, and loved nature and animals.
Her husband, Leo Lloyd, whom she married April 23, 1938, died Dec. 28, 1991.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Carol (Bruce) Logan of Youngstown and Jayne DiBlasio of Austintown; and four grandchildren, David (Marian) Burks, Daniel Logan, James Logan and Kati Logan.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Timothy Burks; two brothers, Jack and Stanley Kuzan; two sisters, Annie Kuzan and Lucille Bradford; and her beloved dog, Barney.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, from 9 to 9:55 a.m. at St. Christine Church in Youngstown.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.
Gino S. Mancuso, 21
AUSTINTOWN Gino S. Mancuso, 21, departed this earth to join his Lord and Savior on Nov. 27, 2009.
Gino was born July 16, 1988 in Huntington, W.Va, the son of Daniel F. and Marianne M. (Joseph) Mancuso.
Gino was a senior at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh majoring in Computer Information Systems. He would have graduated with a bachelors degree in May of 2010. Gino graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in June of 2006 ranked 1st in his class with a 4.0 GPA. He was a two year letterman in Cross Country and was named to the Federal League All Scholar Team in 2006. He was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed weight lifting, running and skate boarding. He also had a great love for music, was a self taught drummer in a couple of local bands and most recently enjoyed part time work as a disc jockey.
He will be sadly missed by his parents, Dan and Marianne; brother, Nicholas J. Nico; sister, Cara Gaetano; grandmother, Ann Joseph; aunts and uncles, including Paul Joseph, Lou and Angela Joseph of Youngstown, Dominic DeGuiseppi of Phoenix, Angela and Joseph Chahine of Canfield, Mark Mancuso of Youngstown, Van and Janet Mancuso of Maple Grove, Minn. and Dave and Julie Mancuso of Henderson, Nev.; along with many caring cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, James Joseph, Gene Red and Joyce Mancuso.
There are no calling hours.
A private memorial service was held for the family.
If desired, memorial contributions can be made in Ginos name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.
Friends may visit www.rossifunerals.com to leave a message of condolence for the family.
Arrangements were handled by the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
Dwayne McCormick, 69
YOUNGSTOWN Dwayne McCormick, 69, passed away Saturday Nov. 28, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Dwayne was born April 27, 1940 to the late Jerry and Thelma Johnson McCormick in Youngstown.
He worked as a construction worker for 30 years for Lev Construction. He served in the U.S. Marines during peacetime. He was of the Christian faith, a member of the V.F.W. in Girard and Army Garrison No. 360 post No. 737 in Lake Milton. He enjoyed outdoors, camping and attending his class reunions.
He is survived by his Fiancé of 24 years, JoAnn White, who he was her best friend and love of her life; daughter, Cindy (Michael) Van Fossan of Georgia; sister, Judy (Fabian) Guerra of Girard; brothers, Leon McCormick of Youngstown and Richard (Sherry) McCormick of Dallas Texas; and a half brother, Jerry Lynn "SY" (Jenny) McCormick of Pennsylvania.
Services will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home where visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., prior to the service.
Interment will be at Rittman Cemetery.
Please visit blackstonesfh.com to view this obituary.
Robert S. McCreery, 83
NEW CASTLE, PA. Robert S. McCreery, 83, of 3505 Meadowview Blvd., passed away the morning of Nov. 28, 2009, at Allegheny General Hospital.
Robert was born Aug. 18,1926 in Youngstown to the late Seward and Blanche McGonigle McCreery.
He was married to the former Theresa Vascetti for 48 years and she survives.
Robert retired from the Liberty Theater, where he was the projectionist and manager. In earlier years, he had worked as a crane operator for Youngstown Steel Door Inc.
He was a member of St. Camillus Church.
Robert was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a Seaman 1st Class aboard the USS Iowa.
He was an avid sports fan and he loved music, playing the saxophone and guitar. Robert also enjoyed flying and was a licensed pilot of small aircraft.
In addition to his wife, Theresa, survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Mary Jo and Alan Miller, Lori and Tom Galbreath and Amy and Larry Temple, all of New Castle; two sisters, Norma Fitzpatrick of Youngstown and Sandy Noday of Canfield; and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his additional children, Kathleen Kaminsky and Lynette Newhouse, both of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Colleen McCreery; a granddaughter, Megan Galbreath; one brother, Seward (Babe) McCreery; and two sisters, June Adair and Laverne Metzgar.
Visitation was held at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home & Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road.
A procession will leave the funeral home at 10 a.m. today for St. Camillus Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Fr. Thomas Lewandowski, Pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be at the veterans section of Parkside Cemetery. Military services will be conducted by the New Castle Area Honor Guard.
Please visit www.decarbofuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send online condolences.
Andrew R. Pecchio, 84
YOUNGSTOWN A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Thursday, Dec. 3, at St. Anthony of Padua Church at 10:30 a.m. for Andrew R. Pecchio, 84, who passed away peacefully on Nov. 29, 2009.
He was born July 31, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of Andrew and Genevieve (Cavelcanti) Pecchio.
He served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army. He worked for the Youngstown Water Department before he jointed the Youngstown Fire Department in 1956. He was promoted to Engineer in 1969. He retired as a Lieutenant on July 3, 1987 after 31 years of public service.
Andrews greatest joy came from spending time with his family, especially in recent years, his eight great-grandchildren. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He was admired by everyone who knew him.
He was cherished by his wife and sons, idolized by his granddaughters and loved by his great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.
Besides his parents, Andrew was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Pecchio.
He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Margaret G. (Scaperotto); his sons, Ronald R. of Youngstown and Andrew J. of Farmdale; a sister, Mary Frances Carroll of Youngstown; and his four granddaughters, Dawn Michelle (Jason) Roberts of Louisville, Jennifer (Matthew) Alandt of Bainbridge and Carla (Matthew) Bowen of Canfield.
He also leaves eight beloved great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Madison, Morgan, Mason, Anthony, Dominic, Sophia and Mia Sophia.
Family and friends may call on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Schiavone Funeral Home.
Thomas E. Peters, 73
POLAND There will be prayers at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at the Holy Family Church, celebrated by his nephew Fr. Kevin Peters and Fr. Richard Whetstone for Thomas E. Peters, 73, who passed away Sunday afternoon at his residence.
Thomas was born Dec. 27, 1935 in Youngstown, a son of Edward H. and Florence Mirphin Peters and was a lifelong area resident.
He attended Youngstown schools, served with the Army Reserve and worked in construction with A.P. OHoro Company, Youngstown Water Department, City Asphalt and Shelly and Sands, where he retired in 2000.
He was a member of the church, Local Teamster 377, a subway member of Notre Dame and a former member of the Gaelic Club.
Besides his wife, Dolores Dee Krohmer, whom he married Oct. 15, 1974, he leaves a son, Daniel T. Peters of Naples, Fla.; a daughter, Karen Faiola of Naples; four grandchildren, Shelby (the apple of Toms eye), Amanda, Jessica and Melanie; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Edward Peters.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Santuccio Ricciardi, Dr. Antoine Chahine and the entire staff at Hospice of the Valley.
Any memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512 or Holy Family Building Fund, 2729 Center Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman.
Family and friends may visit at www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
Amy Sue Pokopatz, 33
STRUTHERS Amy Sue Pokopatz, 33, of Spring Street, died Saturday evening, Nov. 28, 2009, surrounded by her family at the Hospice House in Poland, following a brief illness.
Miss. Pokopatz was born June 26, 1976 in Youngstown, a daughter of Charles Pokopatz and Karen Lewis Webb, and was a lifelong area resident.
Amy was a 1994 graduate of Struthers High School, and also attended the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School. She was a member of the High Pointe Church in Lowellville.
During her years in high school, she played softball for a local club in the area and enjoyed caring for children, especially her son and daughter. Amy loved listening to country music, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Besides her parents, she is survived by her daughter, Jenna Fricker and son, Jacob Fricker, both of Struthers; her paternal grandmother, Margaret Pokopatz of Poland Township; two brothers, Rob Judy of Boardman and Eric Judy of West Virginia; two uncles, John Butch Pokopatz of Youngstown and Bobby (Lynn) Lewis of Austintown; two aunts, Sharon Bowers of Austintown and Jane (Harry) Ringer of Washington, Pa.; three nephews, Joshua, Justin and Jonah Judy; one niece, Jada Judy; numerous cousins; and her companion, Dan Fricker of Struthers.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, John Pokopatz; and maternal grandparents, Robert and Betty Lewis; and two aunts, Jean DeLost and Susan Lewis.
There will be no calling hours.
The family would like to invite friends to attend a memorial service Thursday at 10 a.m. at the High Pointe Church, 5716 Struthers Road, Lowellville, OH 44436.
Amys family would like to thank Dr. Mashburn and the nurses and staff at the Hospice House for all of there love and care given to her.
Memorial contributions may be made in Amys name to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland OH 44514, or the High Pointe Church, 5716 Struthers Road, Lowellville, OH 44436.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
Visit at www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
John Sakoman, 84
LISBON John Sakoman, 84, passed away at Parkside Health Care Center in Columbiana.
Mr. Sakoman was born Feb. 27, 1923 in Youngstown, a son of Peter and Katherine Bolf Sakoman. He was a lifelong resident of the area.
He was a steelworker at LTV for 43 years, retiring in April of 1984.
He was a member of St. George Church in Lisbon, St. George Lodge No. 66, ACC Club in Youngstown and the Friday Nighters Tamburitzan Group.
Besides his wife, the former, Josephine Nuskievicz, whom he married June 27, 1953, he leaves a daughter, Patricia Ann Baker of Elkton; and a grandson, B. Keith Dunkel of Poland. He also leaves a sister, Katherine Kutlick of Canfield.
A sister and three brothers are deceased.
Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Green Haven Memorial Gardens Chapel in Canfield, with the Reverend Nicholas Shori officiating.
There are no calling hours.
Arrangements were made by the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home in Leetonia.
Please visit at www.familycareservices.com to sign the register and send condolences.
Anna Schuster, 87
NILES There will be services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in North Lima for Anna Schuster, 87, who died at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles.
Anna was born Nov. 7, 1922 in Heidendorf, Transylvania, a daughter of Martin and Anna Emrich Barth, coming to Youngstown in 1954.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church. Anna was also a member of the Ladies Circle of the church, the Saxon Club Branch No. 22 and its Culture Group.
Her busband of 53 years, Johann Schuster, whom she married Jan. 10 1940, died Sept. 16, 1993.
Anna is survived by her duaghter, Anna Korditsch of Kitchener, Canada; her sons, John (Trudie) Schuster of Berlin Center and Fred (Pamela) Schuster of North Lima; her sisters, Sophia (Michael) Kloos of Canfield and Maria Welther of Germany; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Beisides her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Maria Schuster; and her brothers, George Barth and Martin Barth.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home, 75 East Midlothian Blvd. and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the church, prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 4300 Belmont Ave. Youngstown, OH 44505.
Catherine T. Kay Shabella, 82
CAMPBELL Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at St. John Church for Catherine T. Kay Shabella, 82, who passed away Sunday morning in St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Catherine was born Oct. 9, 1927, in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph and Katherine Gayan Vallus.
She was a 1945 graduate of Chaney High School and worked as a secretary for U.S. Steel.
She was a member of the church, the Infant Jesus of Prague, the Slovak Catholic Sokols, Ladies Pennsylvania Slovak Catholic Union, Campbell Senor Citizens, St. Joseph and St. Elizabeth Crocheting Circles, Navy Mothers Club and Park Vista Knitting Nannies.
Her husband Michael, whom she married on Oct. 17, 1953, passed away on Feb. 13, 2000.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Michele (Hunter) Liggett of Coitsville and Joanne (Stan) Bundza of Canfield; one brother, Edward Vallus of Poland; two sisters, Ann Tumpak and Irene Fedoruk, both of Youngstown; one aunt, Irene Papas; and her friend, Mary Bukofchan, who were as close as sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, John; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Thomas, Mrs. Marge Gallo and Mrs. Theresa Duffy; and two brothers, Joseph Vallus and Robert Chmura
The Shabella family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
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Baby Aumier Wiggins
YOUNGSTOWN Baby Aumier Wiggins, our little angel, born to Quinton Wiggins and Alexis Harrison, passed away Nov. 24, 2009.
Baby Wiggins is survived by parents and many other family and friends
A private service will be held at the family convenience.
Arrangements are being handled by the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home in Youngstown.
Billie Orr Woodman, 89
YOUNGSTOWN Billie Orr Woodman, 89, wife of Thaddeus A. Woodman Jr., died at her home on Nov. 29, 2009. Mrs. Woodman was 89 and succumbed to a long illness.
Mrs. Woodman was born on April 10, 1920 in Memphis, Tenn. She attended the University of Mississippi, and was an airline stewardess for Chicago and Southern Airlines from 1945 to 1948.
In April of 1948, she married Thaddeus A. Woodman Jr., a prominent businessman in Youngstown for many years and president of Woodman Insurance Agency.
Mrs. Woodman was active in the Youngstown community. She was active in her church, the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, and was a member of many clubs, including the Junior League of Youngstown, Tuesday Evening Dance Club, Coterie, North Hill, Garden Club, Sewing Club and Bridge Club. Most recently, she was a volunteer in the gift shop at the Butler Institute of American Art.
She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Thad; her two brothers, George G. Armistead Jr. and William Roberts Orr; and her beloved granddaughter, Christine Ruth Woodman.
She is survived by her three children, Catherine Woodman Loughlin of Wilton, Conn., Carol Orr Woodman of Arvada, Colo. and Thaddeus A. Woodman III of Columbus.; and two grandchildren, Patrick and Michael Loughlin.
A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Woodman at the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m.
The family will receive guests in the church parlor one hour before the service.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to the Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
Arrangements are being handled by the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.