Anne Dorthea Ambriola, 102
NORTH LIMA Private funeral services were held at St. Charles Church on Tuesday, Dec. 28, for Anne Dorthea Ambriola, 102, formerly of Canfield, who died on Christmas Eve after a lengthy illness.
She was born on Aug. 20, 1907, the daughter of Rose Villani and Anthony Paonessa. Her father died when she was one and a half years old. Her mother then married Michael DeBartolo, who raised Anne and her younger brother, Tony (Edward) as his own.
Anne graduated from The Rayen School in 1925. She then went on to study nursing, graduating from the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1928, and earning a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree from Western Reserve University in 1951.
Anne was career oriented. She served in the United States Public Health Service during and after World War II, serving tours of duty in Germany and occupied Japan. She was employed by the Youngstown City Schools as a nurse, assigned to Princeton Junior High School. Prior to her public service, she assisted her father in his construction business, bidding contracts and doing most of his bookkeeping and payroll. In addition, she took an active hand in raising her five brothers and sisters, teaching them the importance of self reliance, hard work and education.
She married John Ambriola in 1956. Mr. Ambriola was an importer and distributor of Italian food products with businesses located in Youngstown and New York City. Upon her retirement from the Youngstown City Schools, Anne assisted John in his cheese distribution business, often times driving him to sales calls as he got older, and processing his paperwork.
Anne shepherded her family until the end.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her sisters, Sylvia Mangie and Delores McCaffrey, both of whom died in 2009; her brothers, Edward J. DeBartolo, James DeBartolo and Frank DeBartolo; and her beloved niece, Marilyn Cawood.
She is survived by her brother-in-law, George; her sister-in-law, Adeline; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Material contributions are requested to be made to Youngstown State University Department of Nursing, c/o University Development, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555, in Annes memory.
Arrangements were handled by the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.
Laszlo Lou Kiss, 68
CANFIELD Laszlo Lou Kiss, 68, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at his home.
Lou was born Jan. 5, 1941 in Budapest, Hungary, the son of the late Janos and Luiza (Sumner) Kiss.
Lou retired after 38 years with General Motors, where he was a Salvage Repairman. He enjoyed collecting miniature cars which he would race often, boating and fishing.
Lou was the most loving husband, father, brother and caring grandfather and will be sadly missed by his wife, the former Juanita Workman, whom he married Oct. 3, 1964; a son, John David (Faith Roth) Kiss of Nashville; a sister, Millie (Paul) Dourm of Mineral Ridge; a brother, Donald (Janice) Workman of Parma; and five grandchildren, Scott, Deanna, Anthony, Tabatha and Robert.
Besides his parents, Lou was preceded in death by a daughter, Dianna Lou Noble on Feb. 23, 2008.
Calling hours will take place on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel and again on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.
A funeral service celebrating Lous life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Frank A Manchi Sr., 96
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services were held today at 10 a.m. at the Schiavone Funeral Home for Frank A Manchi Sr., 96, formerly of Indianola Road, who died Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at Maplecrest Nursing Home, where he was for only three months.
Frank was born Dec. 7, 1913, in Masontown, W.Va., a son of Ilario and Mary Iglozzi Manchi.
He retired in 1975, with more than 40 years service at Republic Steel Corp. in its Seamless Mill.
He is survived by two daughters, Suezette (Tim) Pennnington of Cincinnati and Tessa Galloway of Boardman; a son, Frank A. Manchi Jr. of Hubbard; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, the former Billie Sue Simpson, whom he married Nov. 4, 1942, and she died Feb. 2, 2001; four brothers, Romeo C., Joseph, James M. and Italo; and three sisters, Inez DiMaio and Thelma and Lyda Manchi.
Frank was also an U.S. Army veteran, discharged as a Staff Sergeant and Carbine Expert.
Burial was at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Kaydin Christian Megginson, 1
YOUNGSTOWN Infant, Kaydin Christian Megginson, 1, went home to be with his Lord on Dec. 27, 2009.
Kaydin was born Dec. 15, 2008, the son of Curtis Lee Megginson III and Natalia Hopson.
Kaydin lived the past year with much love from his family. Everyone will continue to pray for Kaydin, knowing that he is in a better place.
Kaydins memories will continue to be a source of strength for his family, especially his parents, Curtis and Natalia; his two brothers, his twin, Marcel Matthew and Curtis Lee IV; two sisters, Najana Hopson and Trinity DeJesus; maternal grandparents, Elsa and Morgan Hopson; paternal grandparents, Curtis L. Jr. and Evelyn Megginson; and his aunts and uncles, Little Roy, Atalia, Corina, Keith, Sonya, and Matthew.
There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at the funeral home.
Family and friends may call from 8:30 a.m. until time of services on Thursday at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
John Thomas Mercer, 82
COLUMBUS John Thomas Mercer, 82, was born Feb. 12, 1928, died Dec. 20, 2009.
John was born to Channing and Bernice Mercer in 1928 in Nebraska.
The family moved to Ohio in 1936, where they farmed and later, he was part owner of the family dairy farm.
John attended the Ohio State University, but his college career was interrupted by military service in World War II, serving in the occupation of Japan and the Philippines.
After graduating from the Ohio State College of Agricultural Engineering, John worked for the Soil Conservation Service, returned to OSU for an education degree and taught math and science for Columbus Schools. He then obtained several OSU Campus properties, which he renovated and housed many students. He was an avid OSU fan, and with his wife, established a scholarship for math, science education, and music education. Most recently, he was involved in Campus Partners for developing and improving the Campus area.
He leaves his loving wife, Linda; children, Patricia and Michael (Robyn); two granddaughters, Madison and Kailyn; and stepson, Andrew Lowry. In addition, John leaves his brother, Stanley; sisters, Beth (John) Keiser, Phyllis (Charles) Ritts, Chris (Richard) Lepsik, Barbara Wobser, Ida (Ed) Krcelic; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Holdsen; his parents, Channing and Bernice; and siblings, Marion, Steve and Karen.
He will be greatly missed by his great-nephews, Spencer, Evan and Andrew Surface; as well as the gang at the Donut Shop.
Those who wish to honor his memory may contribute to the John and Linda Mercer Scholarship Fund at the OSU Office of Development (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Memorial service will be held at a later date.
Loree Pearson, 79
MARYLAND Services will be Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the Antioch Baptist Church for Ms. Loree Pearson, 79, formerly of Youngstown, who departed this life Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.
She was born Oct. 28, 1930 in Spartanburg, S.C., a daughter of Stanyard and Navara Tinsley Pearson.
She was a domestic worker and homemaker. She was a former member of the Antioch Baptist Church for 29 years, its choir and culinary committee. A loving mother and grandmother, she moved to Maryland 10 years ago. Upon moving to Maryland, she joined the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church and was a member of its Circle Ministry.
She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, three children, LoJuana Faye (Kevin) Davis-Bowie of Maryland, Gregory J. Kelch of Youngstown and Steven D. (Celicia) Thompson of Erie, Pa.; two grandchildren; three step grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three siblings, Helen L. White of Washington, D.C., Milton (Yvonne) Pearson of Spartanburg and Marvin Pearson of Miami; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina and Ohio
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter; and four brothers.
Friends may call Thursday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
Jeanett M. Ricchiuti, 82
LOWELLVILLE Jeanett M. Ricchiuti, 82, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at the St. Marys Alzheimers Center in Columbiana.
Miss Ricchiuti was born April 14, 1927 in Campbell, a daughter of Shefano and Lucia Carano Ricchiuti.
She was a 1945 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.
Miss Ricchiuti served our country in the U.S. Army as a Staff Sergeant during the Korean conflict. She served at Ft. Sheridan, Ill. and in Japan. She was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Miss Ricchiuti worked as an assistant manager for Master Craft Dry Cleaning Company for over 30 years in Highland Park, Ill. She was a member of the 1418 Club.
She is survived by two nieces, Lucille Campana of Struthers and Mary Ann Born of Uniontown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Philomena Polumbo and Mary Sacomani; a brother, Peter Ricchiuti; and four infant brothers and sisters.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 2, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave. in Youngstown, with Fr. Regis Heuschkel officiating.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
Helen M. Vogrin, 83
YORKTOWN, VA. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Wasko Funeral Home and at 9:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church for Helen M. Vogrin, 83, who passed away Christmas Day after a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 26, 1926 in Youngstown, the daughter of Blaze and Ivanka (Jenny) Jakupcin Petrin and lived in Youngstown and Canfield until 2004.
She was a lifelong member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and a member of St. George Lodge 66. She worked as a volunteer for over 20 years at St. Annes Ukranian Church Bingo in Austintown.
Helen absolutely loved playing bingo and visiting the casinos in West Virginia and Atlantic City.
Her husband, Michael C. Vogrin, whom she married on May 28, 1949, passed away Oct. 10, 2003.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Tom Vogrin of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Julie (Jack) Haworth of Newport News, Va. and Jim (Kim) Vogrin of Pinckney, Mich.; grandchildren, Mark (Pam) Haworth of Wilmington, N.C., Melissa (Mark) Edwards of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. and Kayla and Aaron Vogrin of Pickney, Mich.; and great-granddaughters, Mackenzie and Abigail Edwards of North Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and brothers and sisters, Anna Asperger, Rose Tesyk, John Petrin, Joseph (Hoppy) Petrin, Mary Vukovich and Martin Petrin.
The Vogrin family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Friday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary.
Lucy Peggy Eubanks Whitlow, 78
YOUNGSTOWN There will be services at noon today at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc., for Mrs. Lucy Peggy Eubanks Whitlow, 78, who departed this life Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic.
Mrs. Whitlow was born Oct. 17, 1931 in Youngstown, a daughter of Percy and Mary Cloppton Eubanks.
She was a graduate of North High School, a homemaker who enjoyed her family and friends dearly, and traveling.
Her husband, L.C. Sonny Shelton Whitlow, whom she married on May 27, 1952, died Jan 16, 1978.
She leaves to cherish her children, Shelton K. (Renee) Whitlow of Cleveland, Milli (Duane) Floyd of Austintown, and Vince (Carmen) Whitlow and Mary E. Whitlow (Big Earl), both of Youngstown; a special niece, Mary Penny Eubanks of Columbus; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Jimmy, Theodore, Bob, Wesley and George Whitlow; and two sisters, Ethel and Nellie Whitlow.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.