Samuel E. Boyd Jr., 49
BOARDMAN Samuel E. Boyd Jr., 49, died Wednesday evening at Hospice of the Valley Hospice House.
Sam was born June 1, 1960 in Youngstown, a son of Samuel and Doris Carlson Boyd.
He attended Boardman High School and was a 1995 graduate of Youngstown State University with an Associates degree in Graphic Arts.
Sam worked at Peter J. Schmidt and later in maintenance at the Canfield High School. He was a member of Poland Masonic Lodge, F&A.M. No. 766, where he served as Grand Marshall. He served in the U. S. Navy from 1982 to 1984.
Sam loved fishing, the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and NASCAR. He enjoyed restoring furniture, drawing and listening to music.
Sam leaves his mother, Doris of Boardman; three sisters, Georgianne B. Denny of Boardman, Debra (Billy) Joyner of Raleigh, N.C. and Bobbi (Kevin) Cabuno-Blevins of Las Vegas; his former wife and best friend, Lori Murphy of Boardman; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his father, Sam was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Marguerite Stewart, Howard and Doris Ellis; and good friend and brother-in-law, Larry Denny.
Services will be held Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers, with the Rev. Gary Rozier officiating.
Friends will be received Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be held at 5 p.m.
The family request that contributions go to Hospice of the Valley Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
Betty C. Chambers, 86
BOARDMAN Prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the Fox Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Church, celebrated by the Rev. William Rock for Betty C. Chambers, 86, who passed away Sunday morning.
Betty was born June 15, 1923 in McKees Rocks, Pa., a daughter of John A. and Ella J. Scanlon Chambers Sr. and was an area resident since 1935.
She was a graduate of East High School and a member of St. Dominic Church. Betty was City Manager of All Right Youngstown Parking, retiring in 1990.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a brother, Paul J. (Margene) Chambers of Canfield; two sisters, Janet I. Lyons of Boardman and Patricia J. VanArsdale of Apopka, Fla.; and 27 nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, Betty was preceded in death by three brothers, John A. Chambers Jr., Robert M. Chambers and Edward L. Chambers; and three sisters, Mary M. Harris, Helen J. Lektorich and Dorothy M. Chambers.
Material tributes in Bettys memory can be sent to the St. Dominics St. Vincent DePaul Society, 77 E. Lucius Ave., Youngstown, OH 44507.
Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
Richard R. Ciolli Sr., 66
BOARDMAN A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Charles Church for Richard R. Ciolli Sr., 66, who passed Tuesday evening at Select Specialty Hospital in Youngstown.
Mr. Ciolli was born in Youngstown on Feb. 12, 1943, a son of Carmen and Rose Sferra Ciolli and was a lifelong member of the community.
He graduated from Boardman High School in 1961 and five years later married the former Joan Sebastian on Nov. 19, 1966
Rick was employed by the 7-UP Bottling Company for 22 years as a vending manager. He then worked in merchandising for Papermate Products and recently retired from Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company.
He was a member of St. Charles Church and the Johnson Club. Along with being an avid golfer, Rick was an old car enthusiast and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jill Ciolli (Rob Bardel) of Portland, Ore.; a son, Richard R. (Stacey) Ciolli Jr. of Austintown; two sisters, Lorraine (Kevin) Griffin of Playa Vista, Calif. and Mary (Richard) Galbally of Ann Arbor, Mich.; three grandchildren, Payton, Hank and Tori; four great-nieces, Tiffany, Erika, Samantha and Nicole; a great-nephew, Michael; god daughter, Chris; and his buddy, Butch.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will receive friends from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, prior to mass at the church.
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Michael DeSantis Sr., 110
HUBBARD Michael DeSantis Sr., 110, died Thursday morning, Dec. 3, 2009, at his home.
He was born May 26, 1899 in Charlieroi, Pa., a son of Quinton and Angela Volpi DeSantis and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. DeSantis was a welder for Republic Steel for 38 years. He was a member of St. Patrick Church, Hubbard, the Knights of Columbus and the Adua Lodge. Michael enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing cards with the Hubbard Senior Citizens
His wife, the former Mary Pasquarella, whom he married Oct. 13, 1919, died Aug. 9, 1993.
He leaves two sons, Michael (Angela) DeSantis Jr. of Niles and Anthony Frenchy" (Dolly) DeSantis of Hubbard; three daughters, Alice Casey of Hubbard, Angela Fetchet of Youngstown and Phyllis (Robert) Laskovics of Bessemer, Pa; a brother, John DeSantis of Akron; a sister, Rose Pasquarella of Hubbard; 21 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Eunice Williams; two brothers, Louis and Dominic DeSantis; two sisters, Jenny Papa and Mary Campana; and a great-great-grandson.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:15 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church.
Family and friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Senior Independence Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road., Canfield, OH 44406.
Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
Grace Dyckman, 91
CANFIELD Services will be at noon on Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel for Grace Dyckman, 91, who passed away Wednesday morning.
Grace was born Sept. 19, 1918 in Lenox, Mass., the daughter of John A. and Frieda (Mausberger) Gardner and came to this area in 1943.
She worked for General Electric, Canfield Bakery and Strouss Department Store during her career, but most importantly, she was a loving wife, mother and homemaker.
Grace was a member of the Canfield United Methodist Church, and A.A.R.P.
Her husband, Charles A. Dyckman Jr., whom she married May 11, 1940, passed away Sept. 2, 1968.
Grace leaves five children, Lois Dyckman of Willoughby Hills, with whom she made her home for the past two years, Faye (Dan) Gardner of Pickerington, John (Marge) Dyckman of Aston, Pa., Roy Dyckman of Canfield and Ted (Pam) Dyckman of Norwalk; one sister, Peggy (Harry) Miles of Pittsfield, Maine; as well as five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, Grace was preceded in death by a grandson, Albert Dyckman and a sister, Ellen Erwin.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today and again from 11 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel.
The family request that donations be made to the church memorial fund or to Hospice and Palliative Care Partners of Ohio in Cleveland in Graces name.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Kenneth E. Earwood, 77
NEW MIDDLETOWN Kenneth E. Earwood, 77, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, after passing at his home.
Ken was born April 2, 1932, in Andrews, N.C., a son of Willard and Hopey Hoxworth Earwood.
Ken worked as a millwright for Youngstown Sheet and Tube for 33 years and retired from the Chrysler Automotive Plant in Twinsburg after 10 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.
Ken was a member of the former First Baptist Church of Struthers. A master craftsman, he loved woodworking and the outdoors. Ken was passionate about his family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them.
He is survived by his wife, the former Roseline Straley, whom he married Sept. 9, 1973; three daughters, Deborah Earwood of Fayetteville, N.C., Darlene (John) High of Seaford, Va. and Chrystal (Mike) Planey of Uniontown; son, John (Jenny) Rose of East Fairfield; brother, Charles (Pam) Earwood of Hemphill, Texas; four grandsons, Kenneth (Dottie) Earwood, Bryan (Kirsten) High, Robert High and Michael Planey III; three granddaughters, Ashley and Taylor Planey and Jessica Rose; three great-grandchildren, Ashley, Kenny and Nathan Earwood; and many nieces, nephews and other family members.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, June and Charles Montgomery and sister, Marian Melozzi.
Services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St. in Struthers, with Pastor Vince Hardy officiating. Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery, where military honors will take place.
Friends will be received Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
Henry Gillam, 80
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church for Mr. Henry Gillam, 80, who departed this life Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009.
Mr. Gillam was born March 18, 1929 in Warrenton, Ga., a son of Eugene and Stella Dotson Gillam.
He worked as a second heater helper at LTV, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, the NAACP, and the Buckeye Elks. He enjoyed all sports and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He was an Army veteran.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 45 years, the former Mary L. Duvall; five children, Brian Duvall of Seattle, Henry (Cecelia) Gillam Jr., Dvonne and Deneen Duvall and Tanya Hopkins (whom he reared) all of Youngstown; a brother, Sylvester Gillam of Warrenton; three sisters, Willie Mae Tucker of New Rochelle, N.Y., Emma Carter of Maryland and Elane Gillam of Virginia; eight grandchildren, including twin grandsons, Damion and Donte King whom he reared; three great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Gillam.
Friends may call Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
Donald E. Greenberg, 79
COLUMBUS Donald E. Greenberg, 79, passed away peacefully at his home in Columbus on Dec. 2, 2009.
He was born Jan. 2, 1930 in Youngstown.
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Moses I. and Lillian Greenberg of Lisbon, and nephew, Michael Greenberg.
Donald was a shoe salesman for over 30 years, and in 1998 founded Families for Improved Care, a non-profit organization advocating tirelessly to improve conditions for Ohio nursing home residents.
He is survived by loving wife, Barbara; brother, Wesley (Rhoda) Greenberg; niece, Susan (Sergio) Abramof; and numerous loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
A funeral service will be held today at noon at the Rodef Sholom Cemetery Chapel, 2200 Belmont Ave. in Youngstown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care or Pet Promise, P.O. Box 21091, Columbus, OH 43221.
Arrangements are being handled by the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.
Jacquelyn Kihm, 62
GIRARD Jacquelyn Kihm, 62, died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, surrounded by her family at Hospice House in Poland following a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 12, 1947 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late John Kihm and Bernice (Stelnicki) Kihm.
Jackie was a 1965 graduate of Girard High School and a member of St. Rose Church. She was very supportive of animal rights and above all cats.
She is survived by her mother, Bernice of Girard; her sister, Karen (Bill) Goist of Girard; five brothers, Kenneth (Jeanie) Kihm of Girard, David (Kathy) Kihm of Girard, Michael (Tina) Kihm of Girard, Russell (Karen) Kihm of Boardman and James (Denise) Kihm of Girard; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, John and her infant son, James Edward Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the McClurkin Funeral Home, Girard with calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m.
Interment will be at a later date at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Jackies family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice House for all of their love and care given to her.
John M. Lees
CANFIELD Surrounded by his family Susan and Ray Wilson, his daughter and son-in-law, and his son, John Lees. John died Nov. 30, 2009, at his home.
John graduated from South High School and was hired by G.F. Business Equipment. 42 years later, he retired from G.F. as the Director of Industrial Relations for all of G.F. plants located in North Carolina, Michigan and California.
A historical museum was set-up displaying antique G.F. furniture and John was instrumental in locating and installing rare pieces, some of which are presently in the Smithsonian.
He was an avid golfer all his life. He was the son of John and Jessie Lees and had two brothers, David and Andrew, who predeceased him.
There will be no calling hours.
We have greatly appreciated the help and understanding that MVI Hospice has given us and request that any material tributes be sent to them at MVI Hospice Care, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.
Arrangements are being handled by the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.
Please visit www.clementefunerlhomes.com to send condolences and to view this obituary.
William L Bill Lewton Jr., 87
LISBON William L. Bill Lewton Jr., 87, of West High Street, passed away at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at Vista Center following a recent illness.
Mr. Lewton was born Dec. 29, 1921 in Winona, the son of William L. and Lillie (Graham) Lewton, and had lived his entire life in the area.
A 1939 graduate of Salem High School, he owned and operated Lewtons Garage from 1947 until he retired in 1986.
Mr. Lewton was a member of the Lisbon First United Methodist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Valley of Steubenville, member of the Perry F&AM Lodge No. 185, the Royal Arch Masons, was a charter member of the Tri-County 4 Wheelers, member of the Tri-State Antique Car Club, the Vintage Motor Car Club of America in Canton, the Steam Car Club, and a member of the Kaiser-Frazer Owners Club.
He was also a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.
His wife, Eleanor M. (Sobotka) Lewton, whom he married Aug. 24, 1947, preceded him in death on May 20, 2007.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol A. (John) Deichler of Lisbon; son, David L. (Martha) Lewton of Lisbon; grandchildren, Jason Lewton of Phoenix, Jeremy (Jodi) Lewton of Olive Branch, Miss., Zachery Lewton of Lisbon, Meredith Deichler of Chesapeake Beach, Md. and Megan Deichler of Steubenville; and great-grandchildren, Logan and Noah Lewton, both of Olive Branch.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home, with the Rev. Pamela Gable officiating.
Burial will follow at Lisbon cemetery with full military honors accorded by the Salineville American Legion.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where Masonic Services will be held at 8 p.m. The family will also receive guests one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Friends may visit www.eells-leggett-stauffer.com to view this obituary and send condolences online.
Marvaline (Ware) Marrow
RICHMOND HEIGHTS Marvaline (Ware) Marrow, beloved wife of Harold; loving mother of Darrell, devoted grandmother of Isaiah and DAngelo, passed away.
There will be a Wake at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at the Temple Baptist Church, 7500 Cedar Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103, where the funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Public viewing is today, Dec. 4, 2009, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Purnell Jones Funeral Home, 7120 Cedar Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103.
Emery H. Nicholson, 91
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Third Baptist Church for Mr. Emery H. Nicholson, 91, who departed this life Monday, Nov. 30.
Mr. Nicholson was born Dec. 22, 1917 in Climax, Ga., a son of Rev. Emerson H. and Annie Laster Nicholson.
He was a graduate of The Rayen School, and Youngstown State University. He worked for General Fireproof Furniture for 30 years, retiring in 1983, and LTV Steel (Youngstown Sheet & Tube). He was also an independent T.V. repairman. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and enjoyed traveling.
In 1947, he married the former Dena Bines Nicholson, who died Sept. 15, 2001.
He was a member of the church, serving as assistant superintendent of its Sunday School. He also was a member of the former Old-timers Club and a World War II Army veteran.
He leaves to cherish his memory his caregivers, niece, Betty Haynes and great-nephew, Maurice White and also a niece, Dorothy White of Youngstown; 22 great-nieces and nephews; 57 great-great nieces and nephews; and a host of great-great-great-nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel; and a brother, Edison T.
A special thanks to Dr. Fred R. Pruitt and Hospice of the Valley for their services.
Friends may call Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral home.
Harry E. Nidell, 69
HUBBARD There will be services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Harry E. Nidell, 69, formerly of Liberty Avenue, who passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Liberty Health Care Center.
Harry was born March 30, 1940 in Hubbard, a son of Milton and Amy Shacklock Nidell.
He was a truck driver for Yourga Trucking for many years and was a member of the Corner House Christian Church.
His wife, the former Carol J. Garwood, whom he married March 30, 1963, passed away Aug. 12, 1998.
He leaves a sister, Florence Gingrich of Austintown; his brother, Thomas A. Nidell of North Lima; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; sisters, Ollie Sturdevant and Bessie Niddel; and brothers, Milton H. Niddel Jr. and Floyd Nidell.
There will be calling hours Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Burial will be at Crown Hill Burial Park.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes web site at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences with the family.
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Jacques Politi, MD, 73
COLUMBUS Jacques Politi, MD, 73, died peacefully on Dec. 2, 2009, at Zusman Community Hospice at Wexner Village in Columbus.
He was born on Aug. 10, 1936 in Alexandria, Egypt to Esther and Joseph Politi.
He attended Victoria College then graduated from Medical School at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
He immigrated to the United States with his wife in 1960. He did his General Internship at Forum Health Northside Medical Center in Youngstown and followed this with a Pediatric Residency at Columbus Childrens Hospital.
He served in the U.S. Army as a Captain at Fort Riley in Kansas. Dr. Politi set up his first pediatric practice in Colonial Heights, Va., and practiced there for three years. He then returned to Youngstown.
He was Board Certified in Allergy and Immunology and practiced Pediatric Allergy for the last 25 years of his career. He served as the Chief of Pediatrics at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Tod Childrens Hospital in Youngstown. He served as an associate professor at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. He had a love for thoroughbred horse racing and was an active owner and breeder.
He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, of 50 years. He is also survived by his four children, Diane (Eric) Hetson of Hubbard, Judith Politi of Columbus, Jonathan Politi of Youngstown and Joel (Julie) Politi of Columbus; eight grandchildren; his brother, Albert (Mirielle) of Marseilles, France; and many loving family members.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009.
Shiva will be observed at Dr. Joel and Julie Politis residence on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to Wexner Heritage House, 1151 College Ave., Columbus, OH 43209.
Please visit www.epsteinmemorial.com to sign the online guestbook.
Paul Harvey Robinson, 83
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Paul Harvey Robinson, 83, who went to live with the Lord Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Robinson was born March 13, 1926 in Youngstown, a son of Samuel and Viola McQueen Robinson.
He was a retired, self-employed mechanic and a World War II Army veteran.
His wife, the former Sharon E. Foster, died in January of 1994.
He leaves to mourn his devoted daughter, Vickle Foster Robinson; a sister, Viola Robinson of Cleveland; nephews, Steven M. Robinson, David Robinson Jr., Allen Mitchell, Earl Mitchell, Kenny Mitchell and James Graves; nieces, Jackie Robinson, Karen Stepp-Mitchell and Cora Underwood; and a host of other nephews, nieces and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an older daughter, Mary Wright; brother, Milton Bruce Robinson, Henry Robinson, Rev. David Robinson and Samuel Robinson Jr.; sisters, Elva Mitchell and Katie Robinson; nephews, Carl and Milton Mitchell; and niece, Marie Robinson.
He touched many lives in his lifetime and will be greatly missed.
Friends may call one hour prior to service at the funeral home.