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Barbara L. Bellino, 85

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial held on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at 11 a.m. with the Very Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Siffrin officiating for Barbara L. Bellino, 85, loving mother and grandmother passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center.

Barbara was born June 30, 1924 to the late Frank and Barbara (Peduzzi) Perry in Youngstown.

A graduate of the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, she was employed as a registered nurse at St. Elizabeth for over 20 years. Barbara was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church.

Barbara was an avid bridge player, attaining the status of Life Master. She also was an avid golfer, sports enthusiast and an outstanding cook, specializing in Italian dishes. The main focus of her life was family, from siblings to great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children, Shirley (Barry) Fentz of Racine, Wis., Frank (Judi) Bellino of Youngstown and Joseph (Mary) Bellino of Newport Coast, Calif.; a sister, Rose (Lew) Campbell of Mesa, Ariz.; brothers, John Perry Sr. and Dominic (Laura) Perry; three grandchildren, Michael (Joy) Perlman, Anthony Bellino and Isabel Bellino; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Frank C. “Chips” Bellino, whom she married on Oct. 9, 1946; and a brother, Paul Perry.

Friends may call on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, from 10 to 10:55 a.m. at St. Edward Church, 240 Tod Lane in Youngstown.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions can be made in Barbara’s name to St. Edward Church, 240 Tod Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504.

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Richard Benner, 65

MASURY – Richard Benner, 65, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Richard was born May 21, 1944 to the late Russell and Marie Brock Benner.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked as a aircraft machinist for 33 years at the Youngstown Air Force base.

He is survived by his wife, the former Debra Bowman, whom he married Feb. 8, 1989; his children, Carey Benner of Youngstown, Christine (David) Vinion of Youngstown and Richard Benner Jr. of Masury; a sister, Linda Gruber of Salem; a brother, Lee (Jackie) Benner, also of Salem; and a granddaughter, Olivia.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Lieder.

Memorial services will be held on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard .

Visitation will be two hours prior to the service, from 4 to 6 p.m.


Eileen Mae Brace, 69

POLAND – Eileen Mae Brace, 69, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Mrs. Brace was born Oct. 19, 1940, in Farrell, Pa., a daughter of Harry and Mae Sullivan Davis.

She was a 1958 graduate of South High School and was a wonderful homemaker. Eileen enjoyed family above all else and was a good friend to all. She spent much of her time doing for others and was a source of love and strength to so many. She will be forever missed by all who loved her. Eileen also enjoyed making crafts.

She leaves her husband, James Richard Brace, whom she married April 28, 1960; two daughters, Cheryl (Kevin) Williams of Struthers and Cathy (Daniel) Halatek of Poland; son, James Richard Brace Jr. of Struthers; adoring grandmother to Meghan Eileen Williams, Kevin James Williams, Jacob Daniel Halatek, Leah Mae Halatek and Michael Francis Hutch.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Ann Craig.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

The family requests that flowers not be sent to the home. Any memorial tributes may be made in the form of contributions to Angels for Animals, where her grandson volunteers, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406 or to the Potential Development Center School for Autism, where her granddaughter volunteers, 209 W. Woodland Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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Donna C. Cracraft, 83

BOARDMAN – Memorial services will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. Dec. 15, 2009, at the Boardman United Methodist Church for Donna C. Cracraft, 83. She passed away Dec. 4 at Shepherd of the Valley-Boardman.

Mrs. Cracraft was born March 25, 1926, in Youngstown, a daughter of Charles M. and Ethel Shingledecker Harris.

She graduated from South High School in 1944 and attended Youngstown State University. She had worked as an office manager for Dave Gibson Farm Insurance in Boardman.

Her first husband, Richard M. Beatty, whom she married in 1948, died in a 1966 and her second husband, Robert Cracraft, whom she married March 9, 1973, died April 11, 2005.

She was a member of the church and the United Methodist Women, the Boardman Historical Society, the Garden Club and several card clubs. She was secretary and a past president of the Suburban Garden Club.

Surviving her is a daughter, Carol Beatty (Jim Huhn) of North Oaks, Minn., a son, Kirk R. (Fran) of Glendale, Ariz.; a grandson, Trent Huhn; and a sister-in-law, Arvella Harris.

Preceding her in death besides her husbands and parents was a brother, Earl Harris.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davis Funeral Home.


Michael S. Csizmadia, 62

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Michael S. Csizmadia, 62, who died Thursday afternoon.

Michael was born Dec. 21, 1946 in Youngstown, the son of Louis and Elizabeth Csizmadia.

Michael worked at Gateway Industries. Michael loved watching TV with his Gateway family. He will be sadly missed by his Gateway family house 10 and a brother, Louis (Sylvia) of Youngstown.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Elizabeth.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday prior to services at the funeral home.

Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

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Mary Jane Curtis, 89

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Monday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church for Mary Jane Curtis, 89, formerly of Rexford Road, who died Wednesday evening at Park Vista Retirement Community.

Mrs. Curtis was born Jan. 4, 1920, in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph H. and Helen J. Greene Lewis.

She graduated from Ursuline High School in 1937 and was employed for 19 years at JC Penney in the accounting department as a cashier, retiring in 1985.

Mrs. Curtis was a member of St. Christine Church and a past member of the Altar and Rosary and a member of the JC Penney retirees.

Her husband, James E. Curtis, whom she married July 8, 1941, died Oct. 7, 1962.

She is survived by a son, James E. (Lynne) Curtis Jr. of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; two daughters, Carol (James) Wilson of Boardman and Kathleen (Robert) Conricote of Youngstown; seven grandchildren, James (Jamie) Wilson, Jeff Wilson, Carrie (Tony) Meranto, Katie Conricote, Molly Conricote, Sara Conricote and Robert Conricote; and two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Maria Meranto.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Wales; and her stepfather, Mickey McCracken.

Family and friends may call today from 2 to 5 p.m. at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home.

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Donald Jay Detwiler, 81

“Together Again”

AUSTINTOWN - Mass will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown for Donald Jay Detwiler, 81, who passed away Friday after a long term illness.

 Donald was born April 20, 1928, the son of Marcus E. and Estella (Schloneger) Detwiler.

He was a kind person, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He will be remembered for his devotion to family and his work ethic. Donald also loved gardening and sharing his produce with friends and neighbors. He had a beautiful singing voice and a love of music. He was a retired foreman in the Youngstown Sheet & Tube steel mill and also worked for Austintown schools.

Donald is survived by his nine children, Donald M. (Joann) Detwiler, Larry Detwiler, Terri (Duane) Gresh, Christine Detwiler, Karen (J.R.) Lindquist, Kevin (Jamie) Detwiler, Eric (Zora) Detwiler, Mark (Lori) Detwiler and Johanna (Lee) Slivinske; 13 beloved grandchildren, Duane (Adrienne) Gresh, Daniel (Sue) Bobbie, Mark Bobbie, Jacob Gresh, Jordyn Detwiler, Michael Detwiler, Sonya Detwiler, Devin Detwiler, Rachel Detwiler, Weslie Detwiler, Sasha Detwiler, Erika Detwiler, and Ashley Slivinske; three great-grandchildren; Riley Baker, Myah Bobbie, and Aiden Gresh; five brothers, Ellis (Caroline) Detwiler, Kenneth (Marlene) Detwiler, Richard Detwiler, John (Cheryl) Detwiler, and David (Nancy) Detwiler; three sisters, Lucille (Warren) Witmer, Lorene (Martin) Ruby, and Janice (James) Ziegler of Dalton; and many nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Frances (Janosik) Detwiler;  parents Marcus E. and Estella Detwiler; brother Rollin Detwiler; and a grandson Dillon Detwiler.

Calling hours will be Tuesday from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4490 Norquest Blvd., Austintown, OH 44515.

Arrangements are being handled by Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.


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Marguerite “Peg” Elizabeth Thomas Hess, 92

SALEM – Marguerite “Peg” Elizabeth Thomas Hess, 92, of 156 Ohio Avenue, a former East Fourth Street resident, died at 12:46 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

She was born July 16, 1917, in Hanoverton, the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary (Speidel) Thomas.

Mrs. Hess and her husband, Keith, were the owners of the former Home Furniture. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, C.D. of A. (Catholic Daughters of America), a Girl Scout Leader, an avid card player and an avid golfer.

Her life was her children and her grandchildren.

Her husband, Keith D. Hess, whom she married Aug. 18, 1938, preceded her in death Nov. 28, 1991.

Survivors include four daughters, Penny Jo (Richard) Hess Esterly of Wernersville, Pa., Margaret “Peg” (William) Hess Gotschall of East Liverpool, Helen Jane “Janie” Hess Malmsberry of Salem, and Mary (Rich) Hess Bell of Salem; two sisters, Helen (William) Thomas Maple of Hanoverton and Ruth (Elmer) Thomas Knecht of Lisbon; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Kay Ann Hess Steely, and two brothers, Earl and Charles Thomas, also preceded her in death.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Saint Paul Catholic Church with Father Thomas Eisweirth officiating.

Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stark Memorial. C. D. of A. Services will be held Monday at 7:45 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul School Foundation, 925 East State Street, Salem, OH 44460 or Our Lady’s Purse, St. Paul Catholic Church, 935 East State Street, Salem, OH 44460.


Carol A. Jones, 69

GIRARD – Carol A. Jones, 69, died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

She was born June 23, 1940 in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Bertha.

She retired in 1999 from Packard Electric after 30 years of service.

She is survived by three sons, Paul Davey of Niles, Robert Nitzsky of Girard and Vernon Nitzsky of Girard; a daughter, Susan Nitzsky of Girard; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Keeping with her wishes, no services were held.

Arrangements were handled by McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.


Edna Lee, 88

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be at noon on Monday at One Hundred Twenty Church of God in Christ, Route 616 in Youngstown, for Mrs. Edna Lee, 88, who departed this life Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at her residence.

Mrs. Lee was born Oct. 29, 1921, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Joseph and Olive Bellamy Spence.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Clairton, Pa. She was also a member of the Top Hatters.

She leaves her children, Elaine Bryant of Washington, D.C., Raymond (Mary) Lee of McKeesport, Pa., Alice E. Lee of Youngstown and Olive (Lawrence L.) Harris, with whom she made her home; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Her parents; her husband, James M. Lee Sr.; and a son, James M. Lee Jr., preceded her in death.

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.

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Donald “Donnie” J. Lucido, 55

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. - Donald “Donnie” J. Lucido, 55, formerly of Struthers, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at the Hospice House, surrounded by his mother and his children, following a one-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Lucido was born Sept. 18, 1954, in Youngstown, a son of Angelo Lucido and Ann Traficanti-Campolito.

He was a 1972 graduate of Struthers High School, and worked as a trainer for numerous health clubs. He was an avid bowler and worked at the Holiday Bowl in Struthers. He managed Club Olympia in Boardman for several years and other local clubs. He also managed clubs in Oklahoma, Dallas, and North Carolina. Mr. Lucido loved working out and keep in shape. He also enjoyed watching college football and the Dallas Cowboys.

He was the world’s best, son, father, brother and will be sadly missed by all who knew him..

Besides his mother, he leaves his daughter, Rhiannon Lucido of Niles; his son, Jeremy Lucido of Akron; a sister, Patricia (Sam) Lucente of Boardman; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandparents, Dominic and Julia Traficanti.

Family and friends will be received Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m.

Contributions may be made in Donnie’s name to the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St., Struthers, OH 44471.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


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John P. Manning Sr.

YOUNGSTOWN – John P. Manning Sr. returned to the Lord on Dec. 11. 2009.

He was born on Sept. 3, 1920, in Youngstown. His parents, Michael Manning and Mary Gilmore, were Irish immigrants from County Galway and County Mayo respectively.

From 1926 to 1935, he attended St. Edward’s School in Youngstown where he completed his grade school education. He spent his high school years at The Rayen School, graduating in 1939.

While at Rayen, Mr. Manning was in a number of activities. He played football, earning two letters. He was the basketball manager from 1938 to 1939. He competed in track and was on the intramural basketball team. While in high school, he worked at McKelvey’s department store on the delivery truck.

After graduation, John worked in shipping at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube, Cold Strip Plant, until the end of 1941. In January of 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until his discharge in February of 1946. He served stateside, assigned to anti-aircraft and light tank detail. Early in 1944, he was sent to the Pacific Theater, where he served in the Amphibian Tractor Battalion in the Philippines and Japan.

While stationed in Osaka, he played football as center for the I Corp Headquarters in Osaka Stadium against the 33rd Division. It was the first American football game ever in Japan. While in Japan he served as water commissioner for the government in Japan and taught math to American soldiers.

After the military, John came home to Youngstown where he attended Youngstown State while working at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company. He enrolled at Ohio University in September of 1946 and graduated in 1949 with a B.S.C. Degree. While at OU, he made the Inter-fraternity All-Star Team as a center. In 1950, he attended graduate school at Youngstown State, in Business Administration, and majored in five subjects: Accounting, Math, Economics, Business and Finance.

Mr. Manning started his employment at the Koppers Company in February 1950. He was their office manager for 31 years. He handled all traffic, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventories, and all union negotiations. John retired in May of 1981. He also worked many years for the diocese of Youngstown as an accountant.

John Manning was very active in our community. The following is a list of the many organizations and fundraising drives he has served on: Hospice of Youngstown, St. Edward School fund for Ursuline & Mooney, Ursuline High Boosters, Ursuline High School Nick Johnson Committee, Mill Creek Child Care Center, Youngstown Traffic Club, Chesterton Club, SCORE of Youngstown State, Stambaugh Pillars, Sierra Club of Youngstown, Manning Investment Company, Doris Burdman Home, Mill Creek Child Development Center, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Ursuline Sisters Solo Deo Club, St Edward Mission Club, St Edward PTA, Northside Citizens Coalition, Oblate Sisters Cinquata Club, District XI on Aging, Goodwill Industries, Mahoning Transitional Homes, Newman Club Member, Chairman of Inter -fraternity Greek Week Affair, Jewish Community Center, Youngstown St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, Mahoning Valley Gaelic Society Charter Member. He worked on many area fundraising drives, to name a few, Youngstown Public Libraries, United Way, Youngstown Cancer Drive, Diabetes Drive for Northside Hospital, Gilliagans Campaign for Governor, White House on Education for Ohio, and Ursuline Capital Campaign.

He was also an avid Notre Dame and YSU fan.

He was made an honorary alumni of Ursuline High School in 1998.

John Manning married Kathleen Reagan on Sept. 16, 1950. She passed away July 23, 1991 after 41 years of marriage.

He is survived by five sons; Michael (Linda) of Liberty, Fr. Patrick of Walsh University in Canton, Thomas (Alice) of Youngstown, Edgar (Shirley) of Boardman and Liam (Nicole) of Raleigh, N.C.; four daughters, Kathleen (James) Zidian of Boardman, Marian (Mark) Acerra of Girard, Margaret Bishop of Mathews, N.C., and Martina (Dominic) Marzano of Struthers.

He also leaves his beloved grandchildren of whom he was so proud, Meredyth Ray, Jessica McKenna, Dylan and Zachary Acerra, Patrick, Thomas and Meaghan Manning, Katie Taylor, Gregory Thompson, Elliot and Liam Bishop, Kellie, Colleen, Erin, Mikayala and Sean Manning; three great-grandchildren, Madison, Oliva and Will; and one sister, Claire Nissen

In 1998, he took the entire Manning clan to visit their ancestral home in Ireland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 41 years, Kathleen Anne Reagan; as well as a daughter, Colleen Anne; and a grandson, Sean; a sister, Helen; and two brothers Edward and William.

Calling hours will be Monday at St. Edward The Confessor Catholic Church from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J., D.D., Ph. D., will preside at the Funeral liturgy at St Edward Church at 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions take the form of donations to the Hospice of The Valley, The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, or Ursuline High School.

McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Anthony J. “Butch” Maro Sr., 88

LIBERTY – A funeral Mass will be said Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Padua Church for Anthony J. “Butch” Maro Sr., 88, formerly of Murray Hill Drive, who died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic.

Butch was born Mar. 28, 1921 in Youngstown, a son of Joseph & Antoinette Bartholomew Maro.

He was an assembler for General Fireproofing, retiring in 1982.

He was a member of the church, Sharon American Legion Post No. 299, a graduate of The Rayen School, and a decorated World War II veteran.

He is survived by a son, Anthony J. (Carol) Maro Jr. of Liberty; a brother, Robert (Anne) Maro of Youngstown; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Maro of Liberty; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, the former Lucy DiFiore, whom he married July 30, 1949, and who died Oct. 18. 1983; a son, the Rev, Richard F. Maro; a brother, Angelo Maro; and a sister, Grace Campetro.

Friends and family may call on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Schiavone Funeral Home.

A very special thank you to the management and staff at Heritage Manor for their outstanding care support and dedicated service to “Butch” from the Maro family.

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Thomas Edward Massaro, 70

PUNTA GORDA, FLA. – Thomas Edward Massaro, 70, passed away Dec. 10, 2009.

He was born in Youngstown Oct. 10, 1939, the son of Dominic and Helen Massaro.

After graduating from Woodrow Wilson in 1957, Tom later served in the Marine Corps. He worked as a supervisor at East Ohio Gas Co. in Youngstown, Ohio for more than 30 years before retiring to Punta Gorda.

Tom will be remembered for his kind spirit, likable personality, and great sense of humor, which did not dim as he battled Parkinson’s Disease. Tom loved playing sports, coaching his children’s teams and watching his favorite Ohio teams. Tom left a wonderful legacy for his family and friends. Everyone who met Tom loved him.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Bonnie; two sisters, Judy and Patty; two sons, Tom and Mark; a daughter, Bonnie; a stepson, Bryan; six grandchildren, Jacquelyn, Tommy, Brigette, Shane, Kaitlin and Devin; as well as two great-grandchildren, Derek and Gianna.

The family will receive friends from 9 until 10:15 a.m., Wednesday Dec. 16, 2009, at the Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 635 E Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, FL 33950.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 211 W. Charlotte Ave. in Punta Gorda.

A memorial service will be held in Youngstown at a later date.

The family has requested memorial donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, ATTN: Tribute Gifts, Church Street Station, PO BOX 780, New York, NY 10008.

Please visit kays-ponger.com to leave the family condolences and to sign the online guestbook.

Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, Punta Gorda chapel, is in charge of arrangements.


Rosemary Nadzam, 78

CANFIELD – Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, and at 10 at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, for beloved Rosemary Nadzam, 78, who passed away peacefully at home on Friday.

She was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Canton, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Weiderman) Kreuzer, coming here from Louisville in 1953.

Rosemary was a graduate of Louisville High School, and graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Education.

She was locally recognized and loved as Miss Rosemary, the host of the popular Romper Room show in the 1960’s. She also was a teacher in Alliance and the Youngstown City School System, where she retired after 23 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church.

Rosemary will always be remembered by her beautiful smile, her selfless acts of kindness, her unending faith, and her abundant love for her entire family.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Andrew J. Nadzam, whom she married Nov. 14, 1953; a son, Andrew G. (Carla) Nadzam of Jonesboro, Ark.; daughters, Pamela (Joe) Golec of Dillsburg, Pa., Nadine (Steve) Martin of Ellsworth and Nancy (Chris) Connors and Lisa (Mark) Velker, both of Canfield; and a brother, Robert Kreuzer of Longwood, Fla. She also leaves 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding Rosemary in death were her parents; brother, William Kreuzer; and her beloved sister, Betty Singhaus.

Family and friends will be received at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m., where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.

“A Mother holds her children’s hands for awhile; their hearts forever.”

Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, Dedicated To Caring Since 1907


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Nancy Norris, 72

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Church for Nancy Norris, 72, who passed away early Friday morning at Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mrs. Norris was born Feb. 17, 1937, in Altoona, Pa., the daughter of Alfred P. and Lucille Piper Hermes.

Nancy graduated from The Rayen High School in 1954, attended Youngstown State University, and worked for Teamster Local 377. She was a member of St. Edward Church and was a Eucharistic Minister to the Homebound, a church greeter and a member of Seton III.

Besides her husband, David S. Norris Jr., whom she married Jan. 4, 1956, she is survived by four sons, David (Anne) Norris III of Boardman, William (Jan) Norris of Lowellville, Ken (Meg) Norris of Vienna and Tim (Laurie) Norris of New MIddletown; eight grandchildren, Jen, David, Alex, Erika, Timmy Jr., Shelby, David and Krissy; two sisters, Beverly Sisek of Boardman and Patricia Morris of Poland; and two brothers, James Hermes of Naples, Fla., and Robert Hermes of Canfield.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home and on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St Edward Church.

The family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Hospice House.

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Richard W. “Dick” Price, 90

LARGO, FLA. – Richard W. “Dick” Price , 90, died peacefully on Monday, Dec. 7, at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park, Fla.

A native of Bradford, Pa., he was born Dec. 3, 1919 to Thomas “Duke” and Mary Elizabeth Price.

He graduated from Grove City College with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and then taught at their Naval Training School. As an ensign in the Navy, he was stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1946.

He taught and was head of the math department for a short time at Navy Pacific University and also taught at the University of Hawaii. After his service years, he worked various sales jobs primarily as department managers at Sears Roebuck in Youngstown for over 25 years.

Dick was perhaps best known for his passion for sports, especially baseball. He excelled in essentially every sport in high school and college. He pitched on the Navy team. He played for 15 years on Youngstown’s AA Baseball League in the 40s, 50s and 60s, best known for positions of pitcher, short stop and out-fielder. He coached Little League for Donnell Ford (Youngstown) in the 50s winning the championship title six times.

Among his many achievements were being inducted into the East Side Civics Hall of Fame, the Baseball Town USA Hall of Fame, and the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame, receiving the Youngstown Baseball Old Timer’s Association “King of the Realm” award in 1991 and in 2005 being named “Man of the Year” by the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame. He played for over 20 years in the Youngstown Old Timers League and then developed an interest in golf in Florida playing nearly every day.

Mr. Price was a member of the Poland Presbyterian Church, Mason Blue Lodge, and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Kwiatkowski of Vallejo, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Sandra Price of Hendersonville, Tenn.; son, Richard Price and daughter-in-law Perin Price of Corona, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Barbara Price of Bradford and Betty Brooke of Columbiana; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; in addition to members of a large extended family.

He was predeceased by his companion and former wife, Dorothy Nagel; son, Ryan Price; brothers, Russell, William, Paul and Thomas Price; and sisters, Elsie Lawless, Bessie Kahle and Laura Price.

Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. in Bradford will assist with burial arrangements.

A private graveside memorial service will take place at a time to be determined.

Memorial donations may be made to the SunCoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.


Malion “Mel” Rapton, 81

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – There were services held in California for Malion “Mel” Rapton, 81, formerly of Youngstown, who passed away on Nov. 17, 2009 from leukemia.

Mel will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends for his ethics and love of his family and children.

Mel was born Nov. 9, 1928, in Youngstown, the son of Greek emigrants, Arthur and Ethel Rapton.

As a young boy he worked in his father’s barbershop, shining shoes and then as a young man he worked in the steel mills in Youngstown. In 1946 Mel’s sales career began as a commissioned salesman in a Youngstown furniture store. In 1961, Mel was asked to relocate to Sacramento to open a Pontiac dealership for his long time friend and mentor Mike Salta. He acted as general manager until 1969 and then obtained ownership of the dealership.

Mel served in the Korean conflict as a Greek Interpreter in the U.S. Army Medical Corps to the allied Greek Army.

Mel was a leader in the auto industry and community. To list all the advisory boards, committees, and awards that he received would take pages, along with all the organizations that he belonged to within their community.

Mel loved his sports, especially golf and he made two “hole in ones” throughout his life-time. He also was a San Francisco 49ers fan, and sponsored a Semi-Pro basketball team from 1964 until the 1970s.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Lois, whom he married in 1957; a daughter, Katina; a son, Curtis; daughter-in-law, Rossana; and two grandchildren, Lexi and Cooper.

Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.

Material contributions can be made in Mel’s name to The Children’s Receiving Home, 3555 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 955821.

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Florence (Elma) Simmons

SAN FRANCISCO – Florence (Elma) Simmons, formerly of Dayton, departed this life on Dec. 4, 2009, in San Francisco.

Mrs. Simmons was born in New Castle, Ky. on Oct. 9, 1914, the daughter of Joe Ernest and Mammie Wilson Fields. She relocated to San Francisco in 1970.

She was a graduate of Dumbar High School in Dayton, was a beautician, and she worked at Chrisfield Bakery.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son, James Jarman Jr. of Dayton; sisters, Juanita Lenyoun of Dayton, Katherine Posey of New Castle, Ky., Frances Frankie Gray of Youngstown and Delores (Alvin) Sickles of Shelbyville, Ky.; a brother, Joe E. Fields of Dayton; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Jarman Sr., John Graves and Henry Simmons; and also her brother, Eugene E. Fields of Urbana.

Memorial services will be held in Dayton at a later date.


Bernadine S. “Bernie” Snowberger, 83

VIENNA – Bernadine S. “Bernie” Snowberger, 83, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.

Bernie was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Warren, the daughter of Adam and Sarah Kalman.

She married Bill Snowberger on Sept. 6, 1947. They were married for 50 years until his passing on July 30, 1998.

She was a bus driver for the Mathews School System for 30 years.

Bernie attended St. Vincent de Paul Church in Vienna and enjoyed playing cards and boating.

Bernie leaves behind her children, Donald (Jane) Snowberger, and Rick (Carol) Snowberger; three grandchildren, Hilary Snowberger of Philadelphia, Megan Snowberger of Narragansett, R.I., and Matthew Snowberger of Sunrise, Fla.; sisters Dolores (Al) Crocket and Marie Szeipitowski, and brothers Arthur (Rosemarie) Kalman and Theodore Kalman.

Her husband, Bill, and a brother, Leonard Kalman, preceded Bernie in death.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, at 1 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Vienna, with Celebrant the Rev. Frank Zanni, preceded by a 12:30 p.m. service at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE in Warren.

Calling hours will be Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel.

Entombment will be at Crown Hill Burial Park, where Bernie will be laid to rest next to her husband, Bill.

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Vickie Thomas, 61

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Christian Revival Discipleship Center for Ms. Vickie Thomas, 61, who departed this Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Ms. Thomas was born July 28, 1948, in Youngstown, a daughter of Bill Thomas and Emma Ruth Gardner Thomas.

She attended schools in Struthers before moving to Youngstown, where she attended East High School.

A loving and giving person, Vickie was a homemaker, and was known as a person who if she was your friend, you truly had a friend you could count on.

Vickie leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Tammy L. Thomas of Youngstown; five sons, Lyndale Wilkins, Robert E. Wilkins, James B. Thomas, Dwayne L. Thomas and Edwin L. Thomas, all of Youngstown; two brothers, Clyde Thomas and Tyrone L. Thomas, both of Youngstown; one sister, Stephanie Ghrim of Campbell; 15 grandchildren, Brayshawna L. Thomas of Orlando, Fla., Eric and T’Lisa Jordan, Myet Scott, Gregory Lincoln, Kevonte’ and Dwayne Thomas Jr., Jalai’zjah Thomas, Lania, Nyelynn, Raylynn, Lyndale Jr., Dalyn Wilkins, Alaya Sutton, and Christopher Thomas, all of Youngstown; a great-grandson, Jaylin Jordan; and a host of family and friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, LaTonya D. Thomas; a brother Charles Thompson; and grandmothers, Viola Gardner and Virginia Redick.

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

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


Keith Malcolm Thompson, 89

BOARDMAN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Philip Rogers at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Charles Church for Keith Malcolm Thompson, 89, who passed away Thursday evening.

Keith was born May 11, 1920, in Lake Benton, Minn., a son of John and Selma Vick Thompson.

He was a carpenter for McKelvey Dept. Store Downtown and retired from Higbee Dept. Store in 1982. Keith was the president of the McKelvey Credit Union for many years.

He was a member of the church, the Monday AM Bridge Club, and was a founding member of the Boardman Tennis and Swim Club.

Keith enjoyed bowling and bowled in a league at Camelot Lanes. He served in the Marine Corp in the South Pacific as a aircraft mechanic during World War II.

Keith leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, the former Betty Haus, whom he married Dec. 8, 1945; they just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary; a son, Keith Stephen Haus of Greeley, Colo.; a daughter, Amy Mendenhall of Boardman; seven grandchildren, Kayenta (Joseph) Williams, Rosalie Thompson, Yoselin Thompson, Flor de Maria Thompson, George (Beth) Norris and Sarah and David Mendenhall; a great-grandson, Noah William; a daughter-in-law, Susan Thompson; and son-in-law, Richard Mendenhall.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Sadie, Ruth, Alma and Vivian; and six brothers, George, Robert, Carroll, Arnold, Donald and Kenneth.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at St. Charles Church in Boardman.

Material tributes can be made in Keith’s memory to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514 or to the Second Harvest Food Band, 2805 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown, OH 44509.

Arrangement are by the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.

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Viola Willis

ANAHEIM, CALIF. – Viola Willis, born on Dec. 8, 1917, passed away on Nov. 16, in Anaheim. “Vi” was born in Beaver Falls, Pa. and moved, with her parents, Stanley and Felixia Prsybysz (Presby) and sister, Jennie and brother, Joe to Youngstown.

She was a 1935 graduate of The Rayen School.

Vi was predeceased by her parents; siblings; and daughter, Carol Fron Senedak.

She is survived by daughters, Pat Fron and Wendy Wilson, and granddaughters, Mariah and Taylor Wilson, all of Orange, Calif. She also leaves grandson, Paul (Carolyn); great-granddaughters, Kayli and Alli Senedak; nephews, Tom, Norbert and Mark Presby of the Youngstown area and nephew, Joe Budd of Florida.

Vi moved to Anaheim in 1970 and worked in the medical field until retirement in 1985. She enjoyed dancing and other activities with her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

A private family service is planned.

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