Marguerita Mary Freidenburger Felton Alm, 86
NORTH LIMA Services will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. at the Davis Funeral Home for Marguerita Mary Freidenburger Felton Alm, 86. She passed away Wednesday afternoon at Hospice House.
Mrs. Alm was born Jan. 1, 1923, in Youngstown, a daughter of W. Scott Felton and Mary Bussinger Felton.
She graduated from South High School and was a bookkeeper for Beil Electric Inc.
Marguerita was a member of the Martin Luther Lutheran Church, its Ruth Circle and the church treasurer until June of 2007. She was a member of Meander Lodge OES and of the Sweet Adelines.
Her husband, Norman Charles Alm, whom she married June 1, 1945, died Feb. 18, 1984.
Surviving her is a daughter, Norma C. (Wesley) Duff of Cortland; two sons, Scott F. (Janice) Alm of North Lima and Charles N. (Cheryl) Alm of Citris Springs, Fla.; eight grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death besides her parents, are three brothers, Robert, William and Frank Friedenburger; and a sister, Mary Helen Friedenburger Alman.
Friends may call Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
The Miriam Chapter, OES will hold services at 6 p.m. on Monday.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the Church Memorial Fund, Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 420 Clearmont, Youngstown, OH 44511.
Robert W. Cabuno, 72
BOARDMAN There will be services on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Robert W. Cabuno, 72, who passed away Thursday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Robert was born Nov. 11, 1937 in Struthers, a son of Andrew and Elizabeth Bovenzi Cabuno. He lived in Struthers most of his life.
He was a member of St. Nicholas Church in Struthers, where he was an altar boy and attended grade school. He graduated from Struthers High School in 1955.
He worked for many years in the car business. He also served in the U.S. Army and was an avid golfer.
Robert married the former Barbara E. Varga in 1963, and she passed away in 1992.
He leaves four sons, Tony Cabuno of Boardman, Bobby (Patty) Cabuno of Struthers, Danny Cabuno of Columbus and Joey Cabuno of Boardman; one daughter, Mary (Anthony) DeVicchio of Boardman; one brother, Nick (Carol) Cabuno of New Middletown; one sister, Mary Lou Tiberio of Struthers; 12 grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Josephine Cabuno.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three brothers, Mike, Andy and Jim Cabuno; and one daughter-in-law, Dawn Cabuno.
Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.
Memorial contributions can be made in Roberts name to the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers, 700 Fifth St., Struthers, OH 44471.
Please visit www.clementefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
Diane L. Cook, 64
AUSTINTOWN - Services will be Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Diane L. Cook, 64, who died unexpectedly at her home Wednesday morning.
Diane was born Feb. 10, 1945 in Youngstown, the daughter of Steve J. and Hazel Dinger Salmasi.
She was a 1963 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. She was a member of the Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She had been a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader, and in addition to spending time with her family. She loved the outdoors and working in her garden.
Diane is survived by her husband, Kenneth R. Cook, whom she married Nov. 13, 1964; her mother, Hazel Salmasi of Austintown; a daughter, Carrie (William) Cene of Austintown; a son, Mark (Jennifer) Cook of Houston; a brother, Dennis (Terri) Salmasi of Lake Livingston, Texas; and five grandchildren, Tyler, Chad and Bradley Cook and Nicole and Nathan Cene.
She was preceded in death by her father, Steve Salmasi.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Association in Dianes memory.
Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences.
Joseph C. Cook,. 80
NILES Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, with the Rev. G. Ben Reed officiating, for Joseph C. Cook, 80, of 400 E. Wilson Ave. in Girard, who died Dec. 23, 2009, at 11:40 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mr. Cook was born Feb. 4, 1929, in Youngstown, a son of Joseph Atkins and Sarah Jane Seaton Cook, spending his lifetime in this area.
A member of the church, he served as the maintenance man there for over 13 years, and previously was employed by the former Halsey Taylor Corporation. He played for the former church softball team in the church league, was an Ohio State Buckeye fan, and an avid fan of baseball, especially the Cleveland Indians. He was a 1948 graduate of Howland High School.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah L. Mauro; and two sisters that died during childhood years, Grace Margaret and Elizabeth.
Joseph is survived by his wife, the former Betty Charlene Paul, whom he married Aug. 2, 1952; and a brother, William E. Cook; and his wife, Joann of Columbiana.
Friends may call Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home, 614 Warren Ave. in Niles. Friends may also call Monday at the church for one half hour prior to the service.
Burial will be at Pineview Memorial Park.
Rosemary Cremens, 82
POLAND Rosemary Cremens, 82, formerly of Struthers, died Monday evening at Hampton Woods Nursing Facility.
Rosemary was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Youngstown, a daughter of Anthony and Agnes Loftus Rouan. She was raised in Youngstown and moved to Struthers in 1955 until residing at Hampton Woods three years ago.
She attended St. Dominics grade school and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1946.
Rosemary worked at Youngstown State University, first as a part-time employee in the bookstore, then working her way to the position of administrative assistant in the Busars Office. While employed there, she spent several years as president of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA). She retired from Y.S.U. in 1993, after 27 years of service.
She was a member of the Y.S.U. Retirees Association, OCSEA, and a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church.
Rosemary enjoyed crocheting, reading, and raising dogs. She enjoyed traveling with her sisters, especially on their trip to Ireland, but her true joy in life was watching her grandchildren grow and taking pride in their many accomplishments.
She leaves her two daughters, whom she raised alone, Diana Cremens and Marybeth Myers, both of Struthers; two sisters, Dorothy R. Gebhard of New York and Anne C. Anastis of Howland; three grandchildren, Kevin M. Myers, Brian C. Myers and Jennifer R. Myers; sister-in-law, Kay Rouan of Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Besides her parents, Rosemary was preceded in death by her sister, Sarah L. and brother-in-law, Charles V. Byrne; brother, Paul A. Rouan; and brothers-in-law, Paul C. Gebhard and John P. Anastis.
Prayer services will be held Monday at 10:15 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers and a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church with Father Bernard Bonnot officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Friends will be received Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Rosemarys daughters would like to extend their sincere gratitude for the care and support of Dr. Santuccio Ricciardi and his staff, as well as the nurses and aides at Hampton Woods.
The family requests that memorial contributions go to the Ohio Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 202, Independence, OH 44131.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
Jonas William Cunningham Sr., 85
YOUNGSTOWN There will be a funeral service at noon on Monday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home, for Jonas William Cunningham Sr., 85, who departed this life Monday, Dec. 21, at St. Elizabeth Health Center after an extended illness.
Mr. Cunningham was born April 30, 1924 in Vandy Griff, Pa., a son of Frank and Clementine Ray Cunningham.
He retired from U.S. Steel in 1972. He graduated from New Castle School of Trades with a degree in carpentry. He also was a member of the 700 Club, and served in the Army during World War II.
He loved gospel music, his family, and always enjoyed life. Never one to meet a stranger along the way, he was considered Dad Cunningham to all who knew and loved him.
Mr. Cunningham is survived by his wife and faithful caregiver, the former Frances E. Patterson, whom he married Dec. 25, 1968; sons, Ronnie Lee (Geraldine) Cunningham of Las Vegas, Otis (Noelle) Huff of Fayetteville, N.C., Kevin Cunningham of Youngstown and Jonas (Nitra) Cunningham Jr. of Howland; daughters, Christine (Floyd) Gaskins and Jada Cunningham, both of Youngstown, Janet Cunningham of Toledo and Renita Patterson of Montgomery, Ala.; grandchildren whom he reared, Sean Patterson and Daria Brown, both of Columbus, Angela Johnson of Solon and Tess and Shanel Cunningham, both of Youngstown; his brother, James (Iris) Cunningham of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Mary Queener of Youngstown; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Dorothy Dabney; and a brother, Leroy Cunningham.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Michael R. Harley Jr., 66
YOUNGSTOWN Michael R. Harley Jr., 66, of the citys west side, passed away Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2009, at his home.
Michael was born Jan. 14, 1943 in Youngstown, a son of Michael R. Sr. and Mary Pompura Harley and was a lifelong area resident.
Mike Harley Jr., as was his style, fought a courageous one-year battle with cancer, and won eternal peace on Wednesday. He was at a special place called home, surrounded by the ones he loved so dearly.
Mike and his unique personality and loving ways will forever be missed by his daughters, Michelle (Keith) Fink of Youngstown, Denise (Bill) Price of Youngstown and Nikki (John) Braun of Youngstown; his son, Michael Harley III and his companion, Shannon Rockwell of Youngstown; six grandchildren, Austin Fink, Logan Fink, Phoenix Harley, Terra Braun, Kyle May and Kailey May; two sisters, Mary Ann Harley-Slaven of Lake Milton and Betty Westur of Youngstown; and Mikes companion and fiancé, with whom he was together for 16 years, Carol Bukovac.
Mike will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Besides his parents, Mike was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shelby Lynn Braun.
Family and friends may call on Sunday, Dec. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road in Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 11:15 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, and continue at noon at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church in Youngstown.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences on-line.
Mattie B. Jones, 65
GIRARD There will be a funeral service at noon on Monday at the Friendship Baptist Church in Girard, for Mrs. Mattie B. Jones, 65, who departed this life Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mrs. Jones was born Nov. 28, 1944 in Louvale, Ga., a daughter of Albert and Ruby L. Bennett Thomas.
She was a child care provider. She was a member of the church, its usher board and choir. She was a graduate of Stewart County High School.
Her husband, Walter L. Jones Sr., whom she married June 24, 1962, died Oct. 18, 2005.
She leaves her children, Batrese Jones and Karen (Carl) Belt, both of Columbus, Jacqueline Jones (Eddie) Shepherd of Youngstown, Cassandra (Michael) Hall of Atlanta and Walter L. Jones Jr. of Girard; grandchildren, Keevon Jones, whom she reared, Dante Jones, Mario D. Hammond Jr., Ashley, Brittany and Kayla Hall and Kaylin and Carl Belt III; seven brothers; and four sisters.
Beside her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; and a granddaughter, Bria N. Hall.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.
Walter Melnik, 88
POLAND - Walter Melnik, 88, of Shetland Lane, passed away Monday evening, Dec. 21, 2009, at Park Vista of Youngstown following an extended illness.
Walter was born Nov. 24, 1921 in Campbell, a son of the late Stephen and Eva Litwin Melnik, and was a lifelong area resident.
Walt was a 1940 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and subsequently served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. In the Air Corps, Mr. Melnik attained the rank of Master Sergeant and was a weather forecaster and hurricane and typhoon hunter.
After serving in the military, Walter attended Case Western Reserve University and was a 1949 graduate of the Cleveland Engineering Institute. He also attended the University of Chicago, where he studied meteorology.
Walter worked as a structural engineer for Boardman Steel for 27 years, retiring in 1989. Previously, he had worked for Clingan and Frost Architects for 13 years, did consulting work for Gunner Field airport in Wisconsin and for Caterpillar Club in Montgomery, Alabama.
Mr. Melnik was a member of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown, where he was a member of the church choir and was a lector. He was also a member of the church council, was a member of the building committee and was an advisor to the construction of the St. Anne Church complex in Austintown. He was also an advisor to the construction of the Holy Trinity parish shrine project. For his dedication to the church community, Walter received the Papal Award for his outstanding service to the church.
Walter was a member of the Cursillo Movement, the League of Ukrainian Catholics, the Mahoning-Shenango Alumni Association, the Ukrainian National Association, and the Ohio Cultural Society. He was a partner in the Skyway Lane Bowling Center in Coitsville Township in the 1960s, and was a member of the Holy Trinity - St. Anne golf league and of the Gaelic Society golf league.
Mr. Melnik was also a member of DAV Chapter No. 2, was a member of the Air Force Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and of the Air Weather Association.
His wife, Anne T. Lapin Melnik, whom he married April 20, 1963, passed away April 23, 2005.
Mr. Melnik leaves three sisters, Anna (Charles) Kihm of Austintown, Olga Kowalczyk of Lowellville and Maria (Edward) Tirpack of Campbell; and several nieces and nephews.
Walter will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Peter P. Melnik, who was killed in World War II in 1945.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will be conducted at 2 p.m., followed by the recitation of the rosary. A Cursillo bible vigil will also take place.
Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church on Rayen Avenue.
Interment with military honors will follow at the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Lowellville, where Walter will be laid to rest next to his wife.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online.
Dennis Sheehan, 58
NEW WILIMINGTON Dennis Sheehan, 58, passed away peacefully, at home, on Dec. 23, 2009 after a five-month battle with Pancreatic Cancer..
He was born March 20, 1951 to John J. and Helen (Hvozda) Sheehan in Sharon, Pa., the third of six children.
He attended Sharon City Schools (69), and recently attended his 40th High School Class Reunion. Dennis was a graduate of Allegheny College (Political Science, 73).
He married Peggy Ann (Koosh) Sheehan on Sept. 13, 1980 at the Sacred Heart Church. They celebrated their 29th anniversary this past September.
Mr. Sheehan co-owned Sheehan Plumbing & Heating Inc. for 34 years, and was the secretary/treasurer of the company. He was proud to be a part of the company that was owned by family and one of the oldest operating plumbing businesses in the state of Pennsylvania. Dennis also owned Sheehan Stables, currently holding part or whole ownership of seven Standard bred racehorses. He enjoyed spending time golfing, watching his horses train or race, and spending time with family. He also enjoyed spending time at his cottage on Lake Chautauqua in NY.
Dennis considered completing work on the renovations of the Buhl Farm Casino to be an honor, as the park held so many memories. In 2002, he owned the Ohio Triple Crown winner, as named by the Ohio State Racing Commission, Room And Board. He was also a member of the Northwest Pennsylvania Plumbers & Steamfitters, Local 47, the United States Trotting Association; the Meadows Standard bred Owners Association, the Ohio State Racing Commission, the Pennsylvania Harness Racing Commission, and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemans Association. He was a past member of the board of directors for the Western Pennsylvania Quarter Horse Association. Additionally, Mr. Sheehan was a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. He was a parishioner of Notre Dame Church.
Dennis was a member of the Super Pool, a group of college friends who stay in touch through an annual contest selecting winners of professional football games, which culminates in a party on Super Bowl weekend. The contest is highly competitive even though, by rule, no money ever changed hands. He was a participant for 27 years.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Peggy and his daughter, Kelly. He is also survived by five siblings, James O. Jim Sheehan and wife, Barb of Hermitage, Maryellen (Sheehan) Tobias and husband, Fritz of Bay Village, John T. Jack Sheehan and wife, Christine of West Middlesex, Pa., Thomas K. Tom Sheehan and wife, Nancy of Mercer, Pa. and Edward F. Ed Sheehan and wife, Mary of Rocky River. He has 11 nieces and nephews; two grandnieces (Kennedy and Poppy); and three grandnephews, Colin, Cameron and August Gus. Dennis also left behind his thinking buddy, a yellow Labrador, Cooper.
Dennis was preceded in eternal rest by his father, John J.; mother, Helen H.; as well as numerous aunts and uncles.
Viewing is to be held Sunday, Dec. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McGonigle Funeral Home in Sharon.
A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Monday, Dec. 28, at the Church of Notre Dame at noon. For additional information, please contact McGonigle Funeral Home.
Donations may be made in Denniss honor to the Buhl Park Corporation, 730 Forker Blvd., Hermitage, PA, 16148, to support the park he grew up in, the Michael Otto Schmitt Endowment for the Center for Political Participation through Allegheny College, c/o Allegheny College, Box 44, Meadville, PA, 16335, and to the non-profit website that allowed him to feel the love of family and friends during this time, www.caringbridge.org/visit/dennissheehan. Most importantly, please continue to keep Dennis alive by sharing his stories.
Joseph A. Big Joe Sorvillo, 47
GIRARD Joseph A. Big Joe Sorvillo, 47, died Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, at his home.
He was born Oct. 28, 1962 in Youngstown.
Joe graduated from Girard High School in 1980. He was a truck driver for Eagle Express Lines and formerly worked for Bliss Technologies. He was the former owner and operator of Big Joes BBQ in Girard and a member of the IFH Club and St. Rose Church. Joe enjoyed poker, golf, and riding motorcycles.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Dewitt) Sorvillo; his mother, Marietta (Funge) Sorvillo of Girard; his stepmother, Gloria Sorvillo of Austintown and Ft. Myers, Fla.; three stepsons, Roger (Heather) Crawford of Niles, Nicholas (Julie) Crawford of Austintown and Raymond Crawford serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan; mother-in-law, Nancy Pfund of Girard; father-in-law, Thomas (Carole) DeWitt Sr. of Canfield; stepbrother, John (Carol) Burnett of Saxonburg, Pa.; stepsister, Rose (Mickey) Grubbs of Austintown; best Buddy, Einstein; five nieces; nine nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Danny Sorvillo.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Rose Church, with prayers at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m.
Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Loretta Mae Souders, 95
NILES Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bill Sprague officiating at the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home for Loretta Mae Souders, 95, formerly of Sullivan Street, who died Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at 7 p.m. at Windsor House in Champion.
Mrs. Souders was born Oct. 30, 1914, in Mineral Ridge, a daughter of Lindsey Orlen and Sarah Jane Williams Phillips. A member of the Niles Wesleyan United Methodist Church, she had been employed by the former Niles Times. A homemaker, she enjoyed cooking and crocheting, and was known for her specialty afghans.
Her husband, Walter William Souders, whom she married April 8, 1955, preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 1979. Also preceding her in death were three sisters, Margaret Goodhart, Mildred Gunsallus and Isabelle Workman; two infant twin brothers; a brother, James Orlen Phillips; and a stepson, Vernon Souders.
Mrs. Souders is survived by her son, Jimmy Jones and his wife, Ada of Niles; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Friends may call Monday for one hour prior to the service at the funeal home.
Burial will be at Kerr Cemetery.
Arrangements and care has been entrusted to the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home.