Anthony Assogna, 61
YOUNGSTOWN There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Monday, Dec. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Edward Church for Anthony Assogna, 61, who passed away Dec. 18 at Concord Care of Hartford.
Anthony was born Aug. 27, 1948, in Youngstown, the son of Eli and Ada Tattarelli Assogna.
He was a 1966 graduate of Ursuline High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Anthony was an avid football fan, especially for Ohio State.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving Anthony are his cousins, Edith (Frank) Lattanzio, and their sons, Frank and Ron; as well as many other cousins.
Calling hours will be Monday from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Schiavone Funeral Home.
Hilda Loretta Bowser, 89
LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS Hilda Loretta Bowser passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, in League City, Texas, at the age of 89.
She was born Feb. 6, 1920, in Youngstown to John and Dina Schaffer.
Hilda was preceded in death by her husband, James; sisters Clara Keevy, Florence Schaffer, Veronica Schaffer and Sister Mary Ida Schaffer, H.M.; brothers Joseph, William, Fred and Edward Schaffer and great-grandchild Damien Miles.
She is survived by her daughters, Jean Bowser and Rita Bowser; sons James Bowser and wife Loretta, David Bowser and wife Emma and Richard Bowser and wife Susan; sister Rose Schaffer; brother Henry Schaffer; grandchildren Jeanne Wells and husband Blair, Shawn Bowser and wife Shannon, Chad Bowser, Josh Bowser and wife Lisa, Sue Bowser, Donna Armstrong and husband Jim, Theresa Miles, Phillip Bowser and wife Rhonda, Matt Bowser and Brian Bowser; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous other loving family and friends.
Visitation will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 3131 El Dorado Blvd., Webster, Texas 77059.
Interment will take place Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, with Father Tom Eisweirth officiating, under the direction of McVean, Hughes and McClurkin Funeral Home, 711 Wick Ave., Youngstown OH 44505.
Atty. Gregory A. Brown, 61
BOARDMAN There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home for Atty. Gregory A. Brown, 61, formerly of Aurora, Ill., who died Friday at his residence.
Atty. Brown was born Dec. 28, 1947, in Battle Creek, Mich., a son of Dr. Robert A. and Ruby C. Crowell Brown.
Greg was a 1966 graduate of Boardman High School and a 1971 graduate of George Washington University. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Delaware and later received his Masters degree in Tax Law at George Washington University.
Atty. Brown was Vice President of Integrity Bankcard Consultants, Inc. and was formerly a consulting attorney for Cherry Communications.
He was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown and was an active member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club. Greg was an ardent sports fan, especially following the Cleveland Browns and Indians. He also took great pleasure in the game of golf.
He leaves his father, Dr. Robert A. Brown of Boardman; his fiance, Maureen Razzino of Aurora, Ill.; his sister, Marcia M. (James W.) Lewis of Louisville, Ky., his brother, Douglas J. Brown of Santa Monica, Calif.; two nephews and a niece.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503.
Anthony J. Tony Corradetti, 76
POLAND Anthony J. Tony Corradetti, 76, passed away early Saturday morning, Dec. 19, at the Hospice House, after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke on Dec. 11.
Anthony was born Dec. 1, 1933, in Youngstown, the son of Frank and Philomena (Bernard) Corradetti.
Tony was a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in April of 2000, after 40 years of dedicated service. He was a member of St. Luke Parish and was a special person who was always willing to help anybody, anywhere, and at any time.
Tony was a director of the Greater Youngstown Bowling Association and was an active bowler in two mens leagues. He accumulated many accomplishments bowling. He bowled and cashed in both State and National Bowling Tournaments, and was a Senior Bowling Tournament Champion. He traveled the country to bowl in tournaments with his best friend, his son Tony Jr. Tony also played softball for many years, played AA baseball, and was an avid golfer who had a hole-in-one and bowled a perfect game in the same year.
Tony served his country with the U.S. Army, during the Korean conflict. Tony was full of life and love and was loved and adored by all.
Tony was a wonderful husband and spoiled his wife, Cathy (Hanna), whom he married Oct. 10, 1959; was a wonderful father, who taught and mentored his three children well, his son, Anthony G of Poland; two daughters, Kara (Dave) Goist of Cranberry, Pa. and Kristie (Bart) McPherson of South Euclid; his two grandsons, Joey and Danny Goist, who were the apples of his eyes and played all day with them when his beloved Browns beat the Steelers that evening; his sister, Angeline Cittadini of Austintown; two brothers, Joe Corradetti and John (Rose) Corradetti, all of Austintown; two sisters-in-law, Mary Hanna of Poland and Betty Hanna Phillips of Miami; brother-in-law, Jack Powers of Arvada, Colo.; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Tony was preceded in death by his five sisters, Elizabeth Verdreame, Louise Peachock, Theresa Savarin, Santina and Mary Corradetti; and his three brothers, Bennie, Victor, and Dominic Corradetti.
There will be a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, Dec. 21, at St. Luke Church with the Rev. Joseph Fata celebrating the Mass.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
Ezio Dino DAgostino, 78
BOARDMAN There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday at Saint Charles Church, celebrated by Father Philip Rogers, for Ezio Dino DAgostino, 78, who passed away Friday morning at Hospice House surrounded by family.
Ezio was born Nov. 1, 1931, in Sulmona Italy, a son of Emilio and Filomena DAgostino, coming to the USA in 1956.
He was a dance instructor at Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray and then became an Insurance agent and manager for United Insurance Company of America for 23 years. After retirement he worked as a courier for Southwoods Imaging Center.
In 1978, he initiated the first Boardman High School Soccer team, coaching them to 100 career wins. In 1989, he led his team to a State Championship game. After retiring from coaching, he continued his love for soccer by being a state soccer referee. He was an avid fisherman, boater, hunter and gardener.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Diana (Luscri) DAgostino, whom he married June 27,1964; two daughters, Daniela Marie (Brant ) Schlatzer of Lakewood and Dina Marie (Victor) DiVincenzo of Boardman; five grandchildren, Gino, Marco, Gia, JB and Mathew; a brother, Bruno DAgostino in Italy.
He was preceded in death by both his parents.
Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home in Boardman.
The family wishes that any memorial tributes be made to Hospice of the Valley, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
George W. DeVoe, 91
CINCINNATI- George W. DeVoe, 91, formerly of Warren, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at The Christ Hospital IN Cincinnati.
He was born Jan. 15, 1918, in Warren, the son of the late C. Edgar DeVoe and the late Cathryn Ryan, and lived in the Warren area most of his life.
He was self-employed as an industrial sales representative from 1976 until his retirement in 1983. He had also worked for Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. in industrial sales and was vice president of sales for Trumbull Supply & Manufacturing Co.
Mr. DeVoe graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1936 and Kenyon College in 1940. He was a combat infantryman and scout with the 76th Infantry Division of the 3rd Army from June 1941 through October 1945. Mr. DeVoe participated in battles and campaigns of the Rhineland, Central Europe and the Ardennes. He was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars, the American Defense Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal for exceptional courage against an enemy of the U.S. in Germany on Feb. 9, 1945.
A lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Warren and a life member and former president of the Buckeye Club, he also belonged to the VFW, the American Legion, the Trumbull County Historical Society, the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Corp. and the Packard Museum Association. Mr. DeVoe was also a member of the Trumbull Country Club for more than 40 years.
Mr. DeVoe lived the last 8 1/2 years of his life in Cincinnati with his daughter, Ann, where he was known by his many friends for his quick wit and sense of humor. He was an avid golfer who also enjoyed tennis and playing cards with his buddies. He knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior and knew he would be reunited with his family and his Heavenly Father.
Mr. DeVoe is survived by his daughters, Ann W. DeVoe and Jane (Wendal) Shaw; and two grandchildren, Ashley and Keith Shaw.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jane Olson DeVoe, whom he married May 16, 1946, and who died March 16, 1993; and an infant daughter.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at The McFarland & Son Funeral Home. The Reverends Rick Oaks and Jim Bloom will co-officiate.
Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Interment will follow in the North Orwell Cemetery.
Material contributions may be made to the Trumbull Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1350 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44483.
Arrangements are entrusted to the McFarland & Son Funeral Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481.
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Dr. James Elbert Ervin, 88
LAS VEGAS Dr. James Elbert Ervin, 88, of 3013 Bridgecreek, left for his greater reward on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, with his wife of 52 years, Thelma Ervin, at his bed side.
James Ervin was born Dec. 23, 1920 in Birmingham, Ala. and raised in Kent.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ruby Ervin; brother, Dr. John B. Ervin; sister, Agnes Brown; and nephew, Ronald Brown.
James began his upward climb in life by entering the U.S. Navy in 1943, where he served as a machinist for three years. He received a Bachelors Degree in education in 1949 from Kent State University, where he later attained a Masters, as well as a Doctorate Degree by 1972. He was the first African- American principal in the Youngstown City Schools. He served as the special assistant to the president of Kent State University in 1968 and ultimately the assistant superintendent of Akron Public Schools in 1976.
Dr. James Ervins honorable achievements include, graduating Cum Laude, honorary memberships to the Epsilon Pi Tau (Industrial Arts Honorary), Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honorary), Phi Delta Kappa (Professional Honorary), Cited Phi Beta Kappa by K.S.U. faculty, Whos Who In American Education, Ohio Lives, Dictionary of International Biography, Two Thousand Men of Achievement, Whos Who Among Black Americans and Whos Who In The Midwest.
Dr. James Ervin was very active in his community. He served on the Board of Director Service for Salvation Army of Akron, Rotary International of Akron, Metropolitan Board of Human Services, Summit County and Akron State University Division of Continuing Education. He was a member of the American Association of School Administrators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa, National Education Association, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Social Fraternity, and Boule Club in Las Vegas.
Dr. James Ervin leaves his beloved wife, Thelma Ervin, of 52 years to honor his memory. He is also lovingly remembered by his three children, James Brown of Santa Rosa, Calif., L. Brenda Martin of Youngstown and Robert Ervin (Sharon) of Los Angeles; and a dear daughter-in-law, Hazel Brown.
His legacy will continue in his five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Paul Forte, 79
HUBBARD There will be services at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Paul Forte, 79, who passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, at St. Elizabeth Health Center from complications of diabetes.
Paul was born April 12, 1930, in Hubbard, a son of Guido and Antonia Gagliardi Forte. He was a lifelong Hubbard resident and a 1949 graduate of Hubbard High School.
He was an operating engineer for 35 years at E.A. Kleese Company of Vienna and a member of Local No. 66 Operating Engineers.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Hubbard and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean War, where he earned the Soldiers Medal.
He loved spending time with his family and especially watching his grandchildren at sporting events.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, the former Myrnice Tritt, whom he married Sept. 14, 1957; his daughter, Paula (John) Shelton of Hubbard; and two grandchildren, Matthew Paul Shelton and his close friend, Lauren Miller and Nicholas Scott Shelton. He also leaves a brother, Vincent (Alice) Forte of Masury.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, David Forte; and his brother, Alexander Forte.
There will be calling hours today, Dec. 20, 2009, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Burial will be at Hubbard Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association. 1815 West Market St., Suite 108, Akron, OH 44313.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences with the family.
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Virginia Mae (Porter) Freed, 85
BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP A memorial service for Virginia Mae (Porter) Freed, 85, will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 3, at the Disciples Christian Church in Boardman. Virginia, 85, died Wednesday.
Virginia was born May 1, 1924, in Youngstown to Fred and Elva (Whiteleather) Porter.
She attended South High School and married Quentin E. Freed on March 5, 1947.
Virginia cared deeply for those around her and will be remembered for her devotion to cooking and entertaining friends and family. She was a member of the Christian Womens Fellowship and a quilter at Disciples Christian, and a member of the former Amity Sunday school class.
She began working at the Postal Church Service in Boardman in 1964 and retired in 1991.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Diana (Lee) Hensley in 2003; and her husband, Quentin, in 2006.
She is survived by her daughter, Cleo Dietrich and Cleos husband, Arden; her son, Quentin E. Freed Jr.; her brother, Fred Porter Jr.; two sisters, Thelma Criss and Marie Hamilton. Nieces and nephews surviving are David, Lee, Darlene, Dennis, James, Cheryl and Carole. Also surviving are grandchildren, Richard, Rebecca, April, Jonathan, Timothy, Jason, Andrew and Erin and 10 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Disciples Christian Church Memorial Fund, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road in Boardman.
Samuel A. Galano Jr., 78
BOARDMAN A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 7640 Glenwood Ave. in Boardman for Samuel A. Galano Jr., 78, formerly of New Castle, Pa. He passed away Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at the Hospice House.
Sam was born Aug. 30, 1931 in Wampum, Pa., the son of Samuel A. Galano Sr. and Maria Calderone Galano.
He spent most of his life in New Castle, first working on the railroad and then in the auto business. After retiring, he spent time in Seattle, with his son, Samuel, working in the construction business. Sam then returned to Youngstown working in maintenance, first for the Youngstown School System and then for Stackhouse Land Management.
Sam attended the Clen-Moore United Presbyterian Church in New Castle and had been married to the former Margrit Mette for 28 years.
He avidly enjoyed working on the mechanics and bodywork of automobiles. He also took great pride in repairing and restoring things so they would work again. Sam loved music, chording at the piano and singing standards, Italian love songs, gospel music and good food.
In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by two sisters, Val Rozzi and Lillian Smilee; and his first wife, Jane Wojtowicz.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his son, Samuel (Molly) Galano of Boardman; two daughters, Cindy Stackhouse of Canfield and Sandy (Eric) Lang of Youngstown; grandsons, Sam Galano and Eric Lang Jr.; granddaughters, Alexis Stackhouse and Chelsea Tennyson; and one great-granddaughter, Olivia Lang. He also leaves his brother, Vincent (Elma) Galano of New Castle; nieces, Cheryl, Kim and Kristen; nephew, Gary Smilee and his wife, the former Edith Little.
Memorial contributions may be given in Mr. Galanos name to the Hospice House 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514
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Alan Ray Genuske, 57
HOUSTON Alan Ray Genuske, 57, passed into history Dec. 7, 2009.
He was born July 2, 1952 in Youngstown. Alan moved to Houston in 1975, where he lived until his death.
He worked as a Childrens Protective Services caseworker for 30 years until his retirement in 2005. Alan was a stalwart protector of the children of Texas and steadfastly stood between his children and those who would harm them.
Alan was preceded in death by his father, A. Edward Genuske.
He is survived by his mother, Margaret Genuske and his brother, David Genuske and wife, Linda of Canfield. He is also survived by a niece; two nephews; and Ginger Defebaugh, his friend of 35 years.
Nicolina Vaccariello Giddings, 68
Ft. PIERCE, FLA. Nicolina Vaccariello Giddings, 68, died Monday, Dec. 14, at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce.
Born in Cervinara, Italy, Nicolina was a resident of Ft. Pierce for 15 years, moving from Warren. Prior to retirement, she was a baker for Sparkle Bakery in Warren for many years.
Nicolina was of the Catholic faith. She loved Italian music, cooking, her friends and making people smile.
Survivors include three children, James November (Chris Leatherman) of Cleveland, Rosemarie November (Billy Olsen) of Ft. Pierce and Geno November(Lisa) of McDonald; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson; two brothers, Antonio Vaccariello (Margaret) of Boardman and Crescenzo Vaccariello of Italy and five sisters, Angelina Pacifico of Toronto, Canada, Josephine Grosso and Anna Pompeo (Joseph), both of Boardman, Principia Curtis (Robert) of Pontiac, Mich. and Maria Grazia Lame (Robert) of Boardman.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Dec. 30, at the Holy Family Church in Poland at 10 a.m.
Dera Belle Griffith, 92
BOARDMAN Dera Belle Griffith, 92, of Shepherd of the Valley, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at the nursing home.
Mrs. Griffith was born April 6, 1917 in Youngstown, a daughter of George and Mary OBlenis McWilliams, and was a life long area resident.
She was a 1936 graduate of Chaney High School, and was a member of the Poland United Methodist Church. She worked for many years as a salesperson for Strouss in the Jewelry Department, retiring in 1982. She was a member of the Ladies of the Golden Eagles and loved watching Youngstown State University and The Ohio State University football. She was a long time volunteer for the American Cancer Society, and also volunteered for many other agencies.
She leaves a daughter, Mary Lou Newman of Williamsburg, Va.; a son, James (Pat) Griffith of Boardman; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Cook and James Griffith; and one great-grandchild
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, William McWilliams
There will be no calling hours or funeral service.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers
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Gilda Harshbarger- Picariello, 95
STRUTHERS Gilda Harshbarger-Picariello, 95, of 52 Overlook Blvd., in Struthers, Ohio, beloved mother of Douglas Harshbarger, passed away Dec. 16, 2009.
She was born in Saugus, Mass., on April 23, 1914. Gilda was the daughter of the late Frank and Elvera DOvidio Ferrini.
After being educated in Italy, Gilda and her late sister, Anne Ferrini DiGianantonio came to Poland, Ohio in 1933 and operated a shoe repair and sales establishment on North Main Street for many years.
Moving to Massachusetts in the 1950s, she worked at Wood Electric in Danvers and retired in 1976. Gilda and her second husband, the late C. Peter Picariello, whom she married Oct. 22, 1960, died July 1, 2005, were active in the Italian Community Center in Lynn for many years. Gilda and her husband enjoyed many trips to Ohio and California over the years.
In 1994, she moved to Florida to be with her son, Douglas Harshbarger. While there, they enjoyed many years of retirement and volunteered with St. Vincent DePaul Society with St. Michaels Roman Catholic Church in Bayonet Pointe, Fla.
Returning to Ohio in 2006 with her son Douglas, after a long and happy retirement, but in failing health, Gilda moved into Sateri Assisted Living in Boardman.
Gilda is survived by her son, Douglas Harshbarger of Struthers; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas (Jean) Harshbarger of Struthers; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in Ohio, California and Massachusetts.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald P. Harshbarger; second husband, C. Peter Picariello; sister, Anne Ferrini DiGianantonio; and daughter, Gilda Marie Harshbarger.
The family would like to give special thanks to the nurses, doctors and aides at Sateri Assisted Living and also a special thanks to the nurses, doctors and aides at Southern Hospice in Austintown.
Private services were held and burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Poland, Ohio.
A memorial Mass will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be given in Gildas name to Southern Hospice, 5401 Ashley Circle No. E, Austintown, OH 44515 or Sateri Assisted Living, 102 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman, OH 44512.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
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Tedford Morgan Hendrickson
GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. Tedford Morgan Hendrickson died at his home in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Dec. 5, 2009, with his wife of 62 years by his side.
Ted was born in Youngstown in 1924 to Bert R. and Ethel Hendrickson.
He graduated from Chaney High School in 1942. He married Beverly A. Benjamin in 1947, the same year he graduated from Ohio State University.
He was an avid football fan and the family is glad he got to see Ohio State beat Michigan this year. He was employed as a mechanical engineer for Youngstown Sheet and Tube for 36 years. He was credited with designing equipment that helped to reduce pollution from the steel mills. He also consulted with plants in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Santiago, Chile.
Ted and Bev retired to Grand Junction in 1986 to be close to their grandchildren.
Everyone who knew Ted loved him. He was a wonderful father, husband, provider and friend. He was active in parent-teacher, professional and home-owners organizations as well as serving as elder in the area of stewardship and finance for the Presbyterian Church.
They raised their children in Poland. He was very active in their lives and was so proud of them all. He especially enjoyed watching his sons play football.
In their retirement, Ted and Bev enjoyed many car trips across the country to visit far-flung offspring. One of the highlights of Teds life was a trip to Cairo, Egypt to visit his daughter and her family.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; sons, Ted Jr. (Solly) of Paducah, Ky., John Kip (Barb) of Chicago; daughters, Barbara Kirtland (Dennis) of Grand Junction and Laura Young (Doug), of Bozeman, Mont.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert M. Hendrickson.
Cremation has occurred. A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 23, at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road in Grand Junction.
Arrangements are being handled by Callahan Edfast.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial fund at the First Presbyterian Church in Teds name.
Donald L. Hersman, 66
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. Donald L. Hersman, 66, passed away Nov. 18, 2009.
Donald, formerly of Youngstown, was a 1961 graduate of The Rayen School. He served in the U.S. Army Airborne as a paratrooper and began his career as a CPA with Ernst & Ernst in Cleveland. He soon moved into banking, working his way up to CFO and Senior Vice President at Cardinal Federal Savings Bank in Cleveland, while earning his MBA at Baldwin Wallace College. His career took him to Texas, then Florida. He became president and CEO of First Citizens Federal Savings Bank in Florida and later assumed the same position with South Floridas largest credit union, Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union. Donalds passion for leadership was only surpassed by his passion for family.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice; sons, Brian (Lisa) and Bradley (Tracy); granddaughter, Sydney; brother, David Hersman of Moreland Hills; sisters, Diana Burich of Struthers and Debra Walker of New Middletown; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The Kraeer Funeral Home in Coral Springs handled his arrangements.
Donald is interred at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Fla.
Dorothy M. Knapik, 87
BOARDMAN - Dorothy M. Knapik, 87, passed away early Friday evening, Dec. 18, 2009, at Hampton Woods Nursing Center in Poland following an extended illness.
Dorothy was born May 1, 1922 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Lipko Rigelsky, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a 1941 graduate of South High School and devoted her adult life to raising and caring for her family. In her younger years, Dorothy worked at Youngstown Parking Garage in downtown Youngstown.
She was a member of St. Charles Church and enjoyed making pyrohy with her friends at St. Stanislaus Church for many years. She also enjoyed playing cards with her friends in the 500 Card Club" for almost 50 years.
Dorothy leaves two sons, Paul C. (Anissa) Knapik of Boardman and Raymond Knapik of Canfield; a grandson, Ryan Knapik of Boardman; a brother, Richard (Louise) Rigelsky of Leesburg, Fla.; her sisters-in-law, Mary Knapik of Youngstown and Tomily Rigelsky of LaFerria, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Paul C. Knapik, whom she married April 7, 1956, passed away Jan. 4, 2006. Two brothers, Robert and Frank Riley Rigelsky are also deceased.
Family and friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, at the funeral home., A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3 p.m. at St. Charles Church in Boardman.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Special thanks from the Knapik family to the wonderful staff at Hampton Woods for the kindness shown and care given to mom during her stay there.
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Mary Kathleen Koma, 61
YOUNGSTOWN Mary Kathleen Koma, 61, passed away Saturday morning at Beaver Medical Center in Beaver, Pa. from complications following surgery from a ischemic bowel.
Mary was born Jan. 11, 1948, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Thomas and Isabella (Chesney) Blair.
A homemaker, Mary was a member of St. Marys Byzantine Catholic Church in Youngstown and enjoyed shopping and cooking.
Mary was married on Feb. 11, 1965 to David J. Koma and he preceded her in death on June 27, 1994.
Mary is survived by four children, Kim (Robert) King of Sewickley, Pa., David Koma of Youngstown, Dawn Montella of Youngstown and Pete (Julie) Koma, with whom she made her home; two sisters, Karen Wydick of Poland and Doreen (Michael) Deutschlander of Canfield; and four grandchildren, Mindy Koma, Nicole King, Kylie Koma and Carter Koma.
Calling hours for family and friends will take place on from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, where a Panahida service will take place at 3:45 p.m.
A Funeral Divine Liturgy will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Marys Byzantine Catholic Church.
Burial will follow at St. Marys Cemetery in Youngstown.
The family would like to thank the staff at Beaver Medical Center, Kindred Hospital and Beaver Eldercare.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Paul Kramer, 76
STREETSBORO Paul Kramer, 76, of Maple Wood Care Center and formerly of Youngstown, passed away Friday evening, Dec. 18, 2009, at the care center.
Paul was born Oct. 27, 1933 in Youngstown, a son of the late Andrew and Zuzy Kramer, and moved to the Cleveland area in the late 1960s.
He was a graduate of Chaney High School and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Kramer worked at General Fireproofing and Color Tile in Youngstown and also was a bartender at the Bluegrass Restaurant in Cleveland.
He leaves two children, Paul Kramer Jr. and Cheryl Lynn Kramer, both of Boardman and several nieces and nephews, including Andrew Kramer of Ravenna, who cared for him for several years.
Four brothers, John, Andrew Jr., Joseph and Michael Kramer, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a funeral service will take place at 1 p.m.
Interment will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.
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Donna Hope Labuda, 71
STRUTHERS Donna Hope Labuda, 71, died Friday morning, Dec. 18, 2009, at the Hospice House after a long illness.
Mrs. Labuda was born Aug. 23, 1938 in Youngstown, a daughter of LeRoy and Marjorie Wagner Stewart.
Mrs. Labuda worked in the cafeteria at the Struthers City School District, retiring after 25 years. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church and enjoyed playing bingo.
She leaves her husband, Andrew G. Labuda, whom she married July 8, 1961; two sons, Michael Labuda and Mark (Charlotte) Labuda, both of Struthers; her daughter, Andrea (Robert) Weidner of Liberty; and her grandson, Mark A. Labuda Jr., whom she loved dearly.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Patsy and her brother, Thomas.
There will be no calling hours or services. Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
The family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions in Donnas name to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
The family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to the Hospice House and its staff for the wonderful care given to Donna and her family.
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Katherine Laney, 76
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Katherine Laney, 76, who departed this life Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
Mrs. Laney was born July 30, 1933, in Abbeyville, S.C., a daughter of Fred Harper and Pasty Clinkscales.
She was a graduate of The Rayen School and worked for more than 30 years as a nurses assistant with Northside Hospital. She was a member of Kimmelbrook Baptist Church, its pastors aide and culinary committee. She enjoyed bingo and cooking and was a member of the Shafettes Social Club.
She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Louis III (Jalyna) Laney of Locus Grove, Ga., Kim Laney and Lorne (Alisa) Laney, both of Youngstown, and Lamar Laney of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lillie Jefferson of Columbus and Elsie Colvin of Columbus; three brothers, Ellis (Grace) Green of Youngstown, Arthur Fred (Rose) Harper of Atlanta; and her brother, Nathaniel (Merdis) Harper of Allendele S.C., a sister-in-law, Laura M. Green of Youngstown; brother-in-law, Jessie (Elaine) Williams of Akron; and a host of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Larry; and two brothers, Rufus and Frank Green; her ex-husband, Mr. Louis Laney Jr.; and her father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Williams.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
Christine B. Linamen, 52
BOARDMAN Christine B. Linamen, 52, passed away early Saturday morning, Dec. 19, 2009.
Christine was born May 14, 1957, in Martins Ferry, the daughter of Robert and Beverly (Young) Byrne and has lived in Youngstown for 25 years.
She retired from Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield after 16 years of employment. She was an avid Steelers fan, loved reading and cooking, but mostly loved spending time with her family. Christine served her country with the U.S. Army.
She will be always be remembered and loved by her husband, Robert Bob Linamen, whom she married March 21, 1992; her mom, Beverly of Palmyra, Pa.; her daughter, Jennifer (Ramses) Perez of Boardman; her sister, Ade (Mark) Byrne-Lutz of Wichita, Kan.; and a brother, Timothy Byrne of Shippensburg, Pa.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, at the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, where there will be a 7 p.m. service with Pastor Cecilio Cuevas celebrating the life of Christine.
Eugene H. Lippiatt, 76
BERLIN CENTER Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel for Eugene H. Lippiatt, 76, who died Friday afternoon at Blossom Nursing home in Salem.
Eugene was born April 1, 1933, in Youngstown, the son of the late Robert and Lillian (Needham) Lippiatt.
He retired in 1982 from the State Highway Patrol. He had also been an auctioneer and a realtor and had formerly owned Berlin Auto Sales. Eugene was a member of the Ellsworth United Methodist Church, V.F.W. Post No. 9571 in Ellsworth, Saxon Club, Argus Masonic Lodge and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.
Eugene was a collector of John Wayne memorabilia and had an extensive automotive background, collecting old tractors and antique cars.
He leaves his loving wife, Evelyn (Diver), whom he married Oct. 25, 1953.
He also leaves two daughters, Darlene Vanjura of New Middletown and Annette (Jesse) James of Berlin Center; a sister, Joyce Patton of Townsend, Mass.; two grandchildren, Brandy (Patrick) Wolf and Drew Vanjura; a great-granddaughter, Kahlan Wolf; and a special cousin, Glenn (Joan) Dales of Cortland.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Roberta Donnalley.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.
The Masonic Lodge will hold a service Monday evening.
The family requests that material contributions be made to the Ellsworth United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 103, Ellsworth, OH 44416.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Edward J. Moran, 62
AUSTINTOWN Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, and at 10:45 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church, celebrated by the Rev. J. Rudjak, for Edward J. Moran, 62, who passed away unexpectedly Friday evening at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.
He was born June 1, 1947, in Youngstown, a son of the late Vincent E. and Louise (Cleary) Moran.
Ed graduated from St. Patrick School, and was a proud 1966 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. He entered the U.S. Army in July of 1966, serving three years in the United States and Germany.
He began working at Commercial Shearing in 1969, and retired in 2005 from its successor, Parker Hannifin. During those 36 years, Ed worked in the press room, foundry cylinders & pump and gears divisions.
He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church, the Croatian Fraternal Union Lodge 66, and the Steelworkers Local of Youngstown.
He was an avid football fan and loved Notre Dame Football and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Ed will be sadly missed by the many people in his life, especially his wife, the former Patricia Rogan, whom he married June 6, 1981; a son, Aaron Moran; and a daughter, Sarah Moran, both at home. He leaves his nephew, James Calpin of Austintown and his mother-in-law, Frances Rogan of Youngstown.
Preceding Edward in death are his parents and sister, Alice Marie Calpin.
In lieu of floral tributes, contributions can be made in Eds memory to the CFU Scholarship Foundation-Rogan Family Fund, 110 Delaney Dr., Pittsburgh, PA, 15235.
Family and friends will be received on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.
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Mary Kay Orlando, 74
DIAMOND Mary Kay Orlando, 74, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Laurie Ann Nursing Home, Newton Falls.
She was born Nov. 9, 1935 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late James Thompson and the late Stella (Davis) Thompson.
She was the wife of Louis Orlando, who she married April 3, 1966.
Family includes husband, Louis Orlando of Diamond; daughter, Melissa Freed of Youngstown; sons, Kevin (Barbara) Hubler of Warren, Lynden Hubler of Warren, Timothy (Melissa) Hubler of West Farmington and Darrell (Karen) Orlando of Girard; brother, Gary Thompson of Champion and first brother, Jimmy Thompson; daughter, Cheryl Hubler; and sisters, Geraldine Niemi and Charlene Novotny.
She was a member of the Mahoning United Methodist Church on Mahoning Avenue. Mary Kay was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and New York Yankees fan. She was an avid football fan and loves sports and flea markets. She was a 1954 graduate of South High School.
Calling hours will be at the Fabrizio Funeral Home, 619 East Indianola Ave. in Youngstown on Monday, Dec. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Her services will be at the Fabrizio Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009.
Deborah Pilmer, 59
LISBON - Deborah Pilmer, 59, of Sherman Street, died at 5:10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Salem Community Hospital.
She was born Jan. 13, 1950, the daughter of the late Jack Pilmer and the late Shirley Pilmer Hempstead and lived in Lisbon all her life.
She graduated from David Anderson High School in 1968 and Ashland University in 1972. She taught second grade at McKinley Elementary School in Lisbon for 30 years, retiring in 2002.
She was a member of the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church and former Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she was an elder, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and played in the handbell choir. She also belonged to the Lisbon Music Study Club and was on the board of directors of Stage Left Players.
She is survived by a sister, Jodine Pilmer of Guilford Lake; two step-sisters, Linda Hempstead of Alliance and Kay Marshalek of Lisbon; a nephew, Stosh (Jennifer) Marshalek of Lisbon; a niece, Katie (Mike) Jones of Lisbon; and two great-nieces, Anna and Madelyn Marshalek.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Weber Funeral Home.
A private service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Lisbon Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Wilds officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stage Left Players, P.O. Box 178, Kensington, OH 44427.
Visit www.weberfh.com to view this obituary and leave condolences.
Keith A. Reash, 56
COLUMBIANA Keith A. Reash, 56, of 428 Park View Dr., passed away at 2:36 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at his residence from a sudden illness.
Keith was born on Sept. 23, 1953, the son of the late Kenneth B. and Anna C. Crosser Reash.
Mr. Reash had worked at Iron City Sash and Door for 27 years, Tri-W Lumber of Leetonia, Columbiana County Educational Services, and more recently as a State of Ohio Educational Aide. Keith was a member of the Grace Church in Columbiana, where he served as a deacon. He was a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 290 for 47 years. He was an avid sports fan.
Mr. Reash was a member of the Quad County Football Coaches Association, a member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association and a member of the Ohio High School Track Coaches Association, a member of the Columbiana High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. He was awarded the 2003 AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the year award.
Keith was the chairperson for the Fix Our Field project at Firestone Park and he was assistant game coordinator for the Penn-Ohio game. Mr. Reash had coached within the Columbiana Baseball Association from Bantam to Little League for many years. He coached soccer for five years, he coached Columbiana High School and Junior High Track and he coached for the Columbiana High and Junior High football for the past 15 years. Most recently he was the head Junior High Football Coach.
Keith is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Shelley Shaffer, whom he married Nov. 14, 1981; two sons, Kris Reash and Tim Reash; a sister, Cathy (Marc) Smith of Austin, Texas; two nieces; a sister-in-law, Cindy (Dan) Wickline; a brother-in-law, Mark Shaffer; a mother-in-law, Billie Ann Shaffer; six nephews; five great-nieces; and 10 great-nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at the Grace Church in Columbiana with the Rev. Rob Joy officiating.
Burial will be at Columbiana Cemetery.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at the Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at the church.
The family suggests that material tributes be made to the Columbiana Athletic Facilities Committee, P.O. Box 74, Columbiana, OH 44408.
Visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this tribute.
Kenneth Remo R. Remias, 59
VIENNA TOWNSHIP Kenneth Remo R. Remias, 59, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at Northside Medical Center in Youngstown.
Mr. Remias was born in Youngstown during the Big Snow on Nov. 22, 1950, a son of John and Elizabeth (Machel) Remias.
Mr. Remias was a 1968 graduate of Mathews High School and went on to attend Youngstown College, where he graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He worked for Delphi Packard in the accounting department for more than 30 years, before his retirement in 2003.
Throughout his life Remo enjoyed golfing, watching baseball and had been an umpire with the Vienna Youth Baseball League for more than 30 years, and had enjoyed walking with his faithful dog hunter. An avid history buff, Ken was a member of the Mahoning Valley Civil War Society and the World War II Memorial Society.
He was a lifelong member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Youngstown.
Mr. Remias is survived by his two brothers, William Remias of Phoenix and Dave Remias and his wife, Lynda of Girard; three sisters-in-law, Margaret Remias of Austintown, Evelyn Remias of Sparks, Nev. and Susan Scheidly of Newton Falls; and by his many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his three brothers, John, Raymond and Donald Remias.
Calling hours will be held Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at the Lane Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield from 4 to 8 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to the funeral services, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Johns Lutheran Church, 1429 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown, OH 44509, with the Rev. Gary Schrecengos as Pastor.
Entombment will be at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.
As an expression of sympathy, the family requests that contributions be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church, 1429 Mahoning Ave, Youngstown, OH 44509 or to the American Cancer Society.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Margaret D. Skocic, 89
NEW CASTLE, PA. Margaret D. Skocic, 89, of 239 West Pittsburg Road, formerly of Edinburg, Pa., died the afternoon of Dec. 18, 2009, in Avalon Nursing Center.
Margaret was born Jan. 21, 1920, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Messaros Makovec.
Margaret was married for 47 years to John M. Skocic, who preceded her in death in 1988.
She was a loving homemaker for her husband and children. Margaret was Roman Catholic and a member of Christ the King Parish. She belonged to the S.N.P.J. and Slovak Club in New Castle.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, John M. and his wife, Jean Skocic, of New Castle and Charles J. and his wife, Toni Skocic, of Westerly, R.I.; four grandchildren, Deborah and husband George McGlothin of New Castle, Nancy and husband Jon Natale of New Castle, Janice and husband Brian Burick of New Castle and Michael Skocic of Westerly, R.I.; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, John, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Andrew Makovec, Jack Makovec, Michael Makovec and George Makovec.
Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 20, 2009, at the Noga Funeral Home Inc., 1142 S. Mill St. in New Castle.
A procession will leave the funeral home Monday morning at 10 a.m. for Christ the King Parish, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. James Downs, from Christ the King Parish will officiate. Burial will be in St. Johns Cemetery in Lowellville.
Friends and family may visit www.nogafuneralhome.com to send online condolences and view the guestbook.
Dorothy V. Snyder, 85
BOARDMAN Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, Boardman for Dorothy V. Snyder, 85, who passed away Friday afternoon at Salem Community Hospital.
Mrs. Snyder was born April 15, 1924, in Youngstown, a daughter of George and Mildred Olga Froman Snyder.
She was a homemaker and a member of the church, its Hanna Circle and was a member and chairwoman of the Altar Guild. She was active with the Girl Scouts, as a leader, chairman of the Girl Scouts Day Camp in Boardman Park and for cookie sales for the district. She was a coordinator and on delivery for Meals on Wheels.
Surviving her is her husband, Francis Clark Snyder, whom she married Nov. 27, 1947; a daughter, Carolyn C. (John) Lyda of North Lima; two sons, Raymond G. (Karen) Snyder of Berlin Center and James M. Snyder of Boardman; three sisters, Mildred C. Adams, of Newton Falls, Maybelle A. DeMore of Krugersville, Texas and Judith D. Weber of Berlin Center; a brother, George W. Snyder of Pulaski, Pa.; nine grandchildren, Karen (Jim) Callahan, Patti Lyda, Jennifer (Tod) Caldwell, Beverly Lyda, Michelle Snyder, Eric Snyder, Danny Snyder, John Lyda and Michael Lyda; and seven great-grandchildren, Camryn, Mikey, Kaitlyn, Celine, Jeremy, Hayden and Nadine.
Friends may call Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.
The family requests material tributes to take the form of contributions to the Church Memorial Fund, Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Dr., Boardman, OH 44512.
Margaret Ann Weaver-Oliver
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Margaret Ann Weaver-Oliver who departed this life Friday, Dec. 18.
Margaret was born May 28, 1928 in Urbana, Ohio, the daughter of James and Joanna Brown Weaver.
She attended Urbana High School. Soon after attending school, she started working at the age of 16 for Mrs. Kaegan as a personal caregiver. She worked for Mrs. Kaegan and her daughter, Diane Martin, for 66 combined years.
Margaret married Nathaniel L. Oliver on July 31, 1948.
She was an active member of Everlife Worship Center. She loved cooking, baking, reading, doing crossword puzzles and taking care of others.
Besides Nathaniel, her husband of 61 years, she leaves to cherish her memory a daughter-in-law, Carol Oliver of Youngstown; and her special daughter, Diane Martin of Warren; four sisters, Betty, Mary, Janet and Joanna; three brothers, Oliver, Bobby and Jerry; six grandchildren, Ben Lee, Jacques (Lakeya) Peterman-Oliver, Stacia (Jonathan) Brown, Jessica, Gabriel and Michael Robinson; and five great-grandchildren, all of Youngstown; and a host of other relatives, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Sylvester Oliver; and her daughter, Marcella Robinson.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Wednesday, from 9 to 10 a.m., at the funeral home.