Helen Kolesar Beatty, 95
YOUNGSTOWN Helen Kolesar Beatty, 95, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 16, surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Helen was born Aug. 3, 1914 in Struthers, the daughter of John and Helen (Grabi) Walters Sr.
She was the owner of Kolesar Display Company with her husband, Charles Kolesar for 35 years and was then employed as an interior decorator with Furniture Land. Helen was a writer with The Youngstown Vindicator, where she wrote a column about interior decorating. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Church in Ligonier, Pa.
Helen will always be remembered by her daughter, Loretta Gianfrancesco, with whom she made her home in Ligonier; her son, Charles W. (Rhonda) Kolesar of Memphis, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Irene Wagner of Fallon, Nev.
Besides her first husband, Charles M. Kolesar and her second husband, Donald Beatty, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Nicholas, Andrew, John Sr. and Joseph Walters; and a sister, Betty Bobb.
There will be funeral services at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Stephen of Hungary Church, 854 Wilson Ave., Youngstown, OH 44506, with the Rev. Nicholas Mancini celebrating the Mass for Helen.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
Ruthy Diana Germany Chatman, 54
COLUMBUS Ruthy Diana Germany Chatman, 54, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009.
She was a member of the Elijahs House Community Church.
She was predeceased by parents, Rev. Jack and Lorene Germany and James Goodchild Sr.; brother, James Goodchild Jr; aunts, Mae Frances Banks and Alma Smith; and brother-in-law, Clifford Wright Jr.
She is survived by loving family, sister, Rubye Wright; nephew, Robert Germany; Palmer Chatman; nieces, Briana and Mercedes Germany, all of Columbus; aunt, Idell Carter, Youngstown; uncle, Wilbur Payne of Alabama; loving cousin, Linda Carter of Youngstown; special brothers, Pastor Brian Van Ness and G. Jamal Ford, both of Columbus; special sisters, Beverly Robinson and Anna Mathews, both of Columbus and Shirl Schlenchar of Youngstown; special friends, Shirley Bridges, Pastor Carolyn Richardson, Beverly Crump, Luvenia Jackson and Dr. Nina Batarsch, all of Columbus and Diane Greenwood of Atlanta; and a host of other relatives and many friends.
There will be a homegoing celebration at 6 p.m. today, Dec. 18, 2009, at the Power and Glory Ministries, 7370 Tussing Road, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service.
Private interment will be at Glen Rest Estates.
The family may be contacted at 614-296-6784.
Arrangements entrusted to the Smoot Funeral Services, 1166 Parsons Ave., 614/444-1GOD (1463).
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John H. Davidson III, 50
LAKE MILTON A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grace Lutheran Church in Austintown for John H. Davidson III, 50, who passed away Sunday.
John was born Nov. 6, 1959, in Youngstown, the son of John H. Jr. and Regina (Nemenz) Davidson and was a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, class of 1978 and attended both Ohio State University and Youngstown State University.
He worked as a bartender for several area establishments. John was also a member of the church.
John leaves one sister, Amy Davidson of North Lima; and one nephew, David Constas; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Silver Lining Cancer Fund, c/o Amy Davidson at Hope Center for Cancer Care, 835 Southwestern Run, Youngstown, OH 44514.
Arrangements were by the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Marthetta Marti Finch, 74
SALEM Marthetta Marti Finch, 74, of 1103 East Pine Lake Road, died at 1:05 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at the Salem Community Hospital.
Mrs. Finch retired 12 years ago as a Speech and Hearing Therapist for Salem City Schools where she had worked for 25 years.
Her husband, Joseph R. Finch, whom she married June 14, 1954, survives her, along with a son, Richard (Lynn) Finch of Ravenna; daughter-in-law, Diane Finch of Boardman; a brother, Robert (Barbara) Reese of San Diego; and five grandchildren, Joe, Katie Candice, Jenna and Anton.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday and one hour prior to the services on Monday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Hope Cemetery.
Helen Greaves, 83
McDONALD Helen Greaves, 83, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Shephard of the Valley.
Helen was born Feb. 4, 1926 to the late Earl and Mary Games Masters in Scranton, Pa.
She was a member of the Girard United Methodist Church, Eastern Star Chapter No. 458, past member of Girard Senior Citizens, and a member of the Hillside Pep Club.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan Greaves of McDonald and Patricia Patti Ann Ferenczy and son, Joseph Ferenczy of Grove City, Pa.; sister, Marie Hoffman of Scranton; brother, James (Marie) Masters of Dunmore, Pa.; three grandchildren, J. Chad Ferenczy, Carli True and Amanda Reidenbaugh; one beloved great-granddaughter, Lily True; and a special nephew, C. Jay Hoffman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Bill W. Greaves, whom she married June 25, 1949, and died Aug. 25, 1978; sister, Gladys Schuler; and brothers, Earl Jr. and John Masters.
Graveside services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Dunmore Cemetery in Dunmore, Pa.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
Victor H. Hill, 75
NILES Victor H. Hill, 75, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at 5:20 p.m. at Hospice House in Poland.
He was born Feb. 18, 1934 in Belington, W.Va., the son of the late Eugene Hill and Christine Currence Hill Gettig.
Mr. Hill attended Warren G. Harding High School and was a service driver for the GM Fab Plant for 27 years, retiring in 1997.
He was a U.S. Air Force honorably discharged veteran, serving for eight years.
Victor was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Niles and golfed for Van Huffel, and the Sunrise Senior Golf Leagues. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards and helped coach girls softball. His social life was sitting on his porch spending time with his neighbors and manicuring his lawn.
Survivors include his wife, the former Janice Smither, whom he married on Nov. 25, 1965; one son, David (Melissa) Hill of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three daughters, Vicki (Eli) Raptis of Girard, Tammy (John) Handler of Mentor and Cindy Gettig of Rhode Island; one sister, Creta (Terry) Batchelder of Lordstown; one brother, Neil (Nancy) Gettig of Champion; and four grandchildren.
Other than his parents, Victor was preceded in death by his stepfather, Bruce Gettig, who raised him as a child.
Memorial services will be held at the Central Baptist Church, 1301 North Road in Niles, at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, where family and friends may gather one hour prior to the service. The Pastor Barry Knaub will officiate.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512-2198 or to the Central Baptist Church.
Ryan Lee Mirkin, 23
LIBERTY - Ryan Lee Mirkin, 23, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Hospice House, surrounded by his family and friends, following an eight-month battle with adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC).
Ryan was born March 28, 1986 in Youngstown, the beloved son of Jeff and Carol Mirkin.
He graduated with honors in 2005 from Liberty High School and earned a BS in health care administration and long-term care this year from Ohio University. While at OU, he was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and the Sustainable Living Organization.
Ryan was smart, curious and eager to learn new ideas. He enjoyed reading, walking in the park, swimming, spending time with friends and laughing with his family.
He had a passion for helping others and particularly enjoyed spending time with the elderly. Even while struggling with his own illness, he interned at Heritage Manor, where he took great pleasure in getting to know the residents and working with the staff.
Above all, Ryan was kind, courteous, caring and compassionate. He had a genuine interest in others and cared deeply for his family and friends. His infectious smile and keen sense of humor remained with him through his illness.
There was only one Ryan. He had the rare gift of making people happy. He will be greatly missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister, Casey; maternal grandfather, Arthur Greenfield (and friend Judy Davis); paternal grandparents, Sam and Dolores Mirkin; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Family members who have passed on before him include his great-grandparents and maternal grandmother, Rena Greenfield.
Calling hours are today, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Temple El Emeth, followed immediately by a memorial service at noon.
The family requests that contributions be made to Hospice House.
Jeanette Jaye S. Osborne, 72
YOUNGSTOWN - Jeanette Jaye S. Osborne, 72, passed away suddenly Wednesday morning at her residence.
Jeanette was born Oct. 12, 1937, in Youngstown, the daughter of Michael and Anna (Obravac) Zemko and was a lifelong area resident.
Jeanette will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Jaye graduated from Fitch High School in 1955, then graduated from Youngstown State University in 1959. Her degree in Education lead to a 44 year career, teaching fifth grade math and science. She retired from Frank Ohl Middle School in 2006 to spend more time with her beloved grandchildren.
Jaye was an active member of the First Federated Church of North Jackson, where she served as an Elder and was on many boards and committees of the church. She was also a member of Miriam Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Her hobbies included golf, shopping and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard E. Osborne, whom she married Aug. 12, 1961, and who died Feb. 9, 2002.
Jaye is survived by her two sons, Jay R. (Susan) Osborne, MD of North Jackson and David E. (Barbara) Osborne of Boardman; sister, Kathleen (Walter) Duzzny of Austintown; three grandchildren, Lindsey, Madison and David Jay Osborne. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her friends and loved ones will miss her deeply.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and sister, Anna Marie Zemko.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel with funeral services to be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the First Federated Church.
Interment will be at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Albert Paolone, Sr., 85
BOARDMAN - Albert Paolone, Sr., 85, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center following an extended illness.
Albert was born Feb. 2, 1924 in Greensburg, Pa., a son of the late Arsenio and Maria Luigia Columbo Paolone, and came to this area with his family as a child.
Al attended East High School before joining the U.S. Navy during WWII. He participated in the landing at Normandy Beach on D-Day, driving a landing craft to the beach.
After the war, he worked for U.S. Steel, Ohio Works, co-owned A&A Television Repair with his brother Angelo, and was a distributor for Wheeler Potato Chips.
Al was a member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown, was a life member of Amvets Post No. 44, and served as the posts commander in 1963-64. He enjoyed tinkering with electronics, cars, lawn mowers, and loved being an all-around handyman.
Mr. Paolone leaves four children, Dee (John) Deem of Struthers, Albert Paolone Jr. of Coitsville, Linda Paolone of Youngstown and Diane (Jack) Conrad of Austintown; a sister, Mary Ann Cerimele of Austintown; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
Al will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Dannie, Angelo, Joseph and Ernest Paolone; two sisters, Violet Sheridan and Angela Paolone; and a grandson, Nicholas Paolone.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 18, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where the Amvets will hold a service at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Interment with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences online.
Olive R. Rosky, 86
BOARDMAN Prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown for Olive R. Rosky, 86, who passed away Wednesday afternoon.
Olive was born May 6, 1923, in Youngstown, a daughter of Howard and Helen Lyons Bedell.
She was a 1940 graduate of South High School and was a time clerk for General Fireproofing, retiring after 37 years of service.
Olive was a member of the church, American Legion, the V.F.W. in Geneva on the Lake, the Eagles No. 213, and the American Business Womens Association. She especially loved spending summers at Geneva on the Lake.
Her husband Edward S., whom she married May 11, 1968, died in 1990.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Jean A, Kettler of Youngstown; a sister, Helen Jean Whan of California; two grandchildren, Richard ( Kim) Putko and Christine (Ted) Jones; and four great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Bedell.
Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman,
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
Anna M. Santelli, 69
POLAND Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wasko Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray (Skip) Linebaugh officiating for Anna M. Santelli, 69, who went to be with her Lord on Wednesday morning.
Anna was born March 22, 1940, in Youngstown, the daughter of Anthony and Agnes Dvornekovic Krall.
She was a 1958 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.
She attended the Victory Assembly and truly loved the Lord.
Anna was a homemaker, loved cooking and was a caregiver to everyone.
Her husband, Frank P. Santelli Jr., whom she married on Nov. 2, 1977, passed away on July 29, 2002.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Richard Rupp of New Springfield Township, Heidi Logan of Austintown and David Rupp; three granddaughters, Lauren Rupp and Hannah and Hailey Logan; one brother, Anthony Krall of Sarasota, Fla.; and two sisters, Agie Smith of New Jersey and Carolyn Wonders of Middlefield.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sisters, Mary Ann Seman and Katherine Krall.
The Santelli family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary.
John W. Soich, 84
NORTH FORT MYERS, FLA. John W. Soich, 84, passed away Dec. 8, 2009, at his home in North Fort Myers.
He was born Feb. 7, 1925 in Youngstown. He resided in Poland and Canfield until moving to Fort Myers in 1986.
He retired in February of 1980, after 40 years of service as a foreman-welder at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo (Allard) Soich; daughter, Sheila Soich (Medina); and parents, William and Dorothy (Shaffron).
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Joann (Boston) Soich; daughters, Linda ( Joseph) Carbon and Sharyn (William) Larson, both of Poland, Laurie (Kenneth) Armstrong of Zionville, Pa.; two stepsons, David (Jody) Beight of Boardman and Rick Beight of Cleveland; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at the Canfield Presbyterian Church, 140 West Main St. in Canfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Hope Hospice, 4470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908, in memory of John Soich.
Loretta R. Vinkler, 82
NEW MIDDLETOWN Service will be on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown for Loretta R. Vinkler, 82, who passed Thursday morning at the Hospice House.
Loretta was born on Feb. 6, 1927 in Struthers, a daughter of Raymond and Grace Ball Massie. She lived in the area her whole life.
She was a cook at the Starlite Cafe and was a self-employed home health aide. She was an honorary member of the High Point Assemble of God Church in Lowellville. She enjoyed cooking and baking.
Loretta married Edward R. Vinkler Sr. on Aug. 7, 1943 and he passed away on Feb. 22, 2004.
Loretta leaves one son, Edward (Carol) R. Vinkler Jr. of New Middletown; three daughters, Diana (Jim) Barnett of Struthers, Linda (Wendell) Braunstein of Cincinnati and Marcia Vinkler of New Middletown; one brother, Raymond (Donna) Massie Jr. of Struthers; also 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Donald, Robert, Ernest and Glen Massie; and one sister, Dorothy Rosenberger.
Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material tributes to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrot Road, Poland, OH 44514 and the Masternack Memorial Activity Fund , 5250 Windsor Way, New Middletown, OH 44442.
Please visit www.clementefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Thomas Anthony Zuppo, 47
GIRARD Thomas Anthony Zuppo, 47, died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, in a traffic accident.
He was born Dec. 20, 1961 in Canton, the son of Anthony and Janet (Carano) Zuppo.
Tom was a 1980 graduate of Girard High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a dispatcher for the Girard Police Department since 1998. He was a member of St. Rose Church, PERS Union and Tuchux. He was active in the Ice House Pool League on the Misfits and Winners Too team.
He is survived by his wife, Marcia Zuppo; his parents, Anthony and Janet of Girard; two daughters, Angela Nobbs of Lake Milton and Melany Nobbs of Girard; three brothers, Anthony Zuppo of Girard, Donald Zuppo of Girard and Steven Zuppo of Boardman; two sisters, Cindy Saverko and Donna Stephens, both of Girard; and four grandchildren, Seth Michael Nobbs, Parker James Heltzel and Madison and Lyndsey Thompson.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the McClurkin Funeral Home, Girard.
Calling hours will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.