Evelyn A. Folkwein Widomski Bennett, 82
NILES Evelyn A. Folkwein Widomski Bennett, 82, of 184 Oak Knoll St., died at 4:23 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, following an extended illness.
She was born in Youngstown on July 2, 1927 to John and Anna (Ruskovich) Seach.
A 1946 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She was a sales clerk for 10 years at Strouss Department Store and for five years at McKelveys.
She was a member of the Niles First United Methodist Church, Niles Moose Club-Ladies of the Moose No. 113 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Niles Eagles Lodge. She was a senior regent and served on the Academy of Friendship and College of Regents of the Niles Moose Club.
She enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, baking, dancing and especially family activities.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, Reuben Bennett; three sons, the Rev. Edward Harold (Shirley) Folkwein of Billings, Mont., Ronald Alan (Linda) Folkwein of Glendale, Ariz., Kenneth Lovett (Debra) Folkwein of Lowellville; stepchildren, Philip Widomski of Boardman, Kenneth Widomski of Canfield, Brenda Majecic of Vienna and Diane Lee Bennett of Norfolk, Va.; sister, Betty Amendolea of Boardman; four grandchildren, Lauren, Justin, Shawn, Dana Folkwein; five grea-grandchildrren; and several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Edward Folkwein and Felix Widomski; infant daughter; two infant sons; brother, John Seach; and stepson, Victor Bennett.
Calling hours will be Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.
The funeral will be Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, where family and friends may also call one hour pior to the service.
Private burial will be Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
Memorial contributions may bemade to any childrens hospital.
Please visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to send condolences.
Margaret A. Bricker, 96
SALEM Margaret A. Bricker, 96, of 1648 North Lincoln Ave., died at 9:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Blossom Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born July 26, 1913, in Butler Township, the daughter of the late Willie E. and Carrie W. (Oesch) Burson.
Margaret was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in North Georgetown and a 77-year member of the Willow Grove Grange. She enjoyed cooking and crossword puzzles.
Her husband, Charles F. Bricker, whom she married Aug. 31, 1940, preceded her in death Aug. 12, 1998. Her brothers, Ralph, Paul, Raymond J., Elbert and Virgil Burson; stepmother, Myrtle Burson; and stepbrother, Robert Lora also preceded her in death.
Survivors include two sons, Raymond (Becky) Bricker and Joseph Bricker, both of Salem; four daughters, Barbara (Dale) McKarns of Hanoverton, Sally (Roger) Bentley of Salem, Marsha (Randy) Ricker of Annapolis, Md. and Carol Brown of Salem; a stepsister, Mary Jane Lora Mitler; 11 grandsons; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor, the Rev. Carolyn Wagar-Hier officiating.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at North Georgetown Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Georgetown Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 27485 W. Main St., North Georgetown, OH 44465 or Mobile Meals, 1995 East State St., Salem, OH 44460.
Jack A. Bronson, 85
WARREN Jack A. Bronson, 85, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 27, 1924 in Warren, the son of the late Lloyd and Reba Fairchild Bronson.
Jack was a graduate of Champion High School, with four-year letters in three sports, and earned a degree in industrial management from The Ohio State University. He retired from Republic/LTV Steel in 1984 as district manager of the Mahoning Valley. In 2007, he was inducted into the Champion High School Achievement Hall of Fame.
He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II.
Jack was a member of the Champion Christian Church, serving in multiple leadership positions, including lifetime elder. He was a current member and past president of the Champion Rotary Club, a 32nd Degree Mason Scottish Rite - Cortland Masonic Lodge No. 529, a past president and board member of the Champion Senior Housing (Woodland Meadows), and a member of the Myasthenia Gravis Association, and Republic Steel Salary Supervisors Club.
In the past, he served as president of the Childrens Rehabilitation Center, a trustee of Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital, a board member and past chairman of the American Iron and Steel Engineers, and board member of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. He was longtime supporter of Champion Schools and the community, and was honored with the Outstanding Community Leadership Award by the Ohio Educational Service Centers Association in 2006.
He enjoyed reading, woodworking, and traveling and was an avid Ohio State University sports fan.
Survivors include a daughter, Laura B. (Robert) Hill of Columbus; a son, Jack D. (Chris) Bronson of Medina; four grandchildren, Walter (Joette) Unks, Kristine (Paul) Kuszmaul, and Hannah and Jake Bronson; and five great-grandchildren, Bryce, Cole and Gage Kuszmaul, and Sarah and Jonah Unks.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, the former Wilda VanDervort on Oct. 5, 2009, and one daughter, Beverly S. Smith.
Family and friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.
Funeral services will take place at the Champion Christian Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, where family and friends will be received one hour prior.
Interment will be private at Champion Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Champion Christian Church - Permanent Endowment Fund, 151 Center St., West, Warren, OH 44481.
Anna (Popa) Coman, 95
NEW CASTLE, PA. There will be funeral services held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in Youngstown for Anna (Popa) Coman, 95, formerly of Pulaski, who passed away early Monday morning in the Jameson Health Care Center.
Anna was born Oct. 10, 1914 in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Anna Nyerges Popa. Anna lived in the same house most of her life, where she was raised, then raised her family there.
She was a 1931 graduate of New Castle High School.
She was a member of the church, where she volunteered with cooking and baking, and she belonged to the Pulaski Township Fireman Ladys Auxiliary.
Anna voted in every election in the last 50 years and received a proclamation from the state for her perfect voting record.
Her husband, Alex Coman, whom she married Oct. 3, 1936, passed away on May 23, 1993.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her two sons, Nick of Florida and Dan of Maryland; two brothers, Charles of Youngstown and Daniel of Michigan; two sisters, Irene Koluk of Canada and Mary Jane Tompkins of California; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, John and Raymond Coman; one sister, Elaine Dumitru; and one brother John Popa.
The Coman family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m., where a prayer service will be conducted at 4 p.m. and on Monday morning at the church from 10 to 11 a.m.
Please visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary.
Johnny J. Deavers, 49
YOUNGSTOWN Johnny J. Deavers, 49, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009.
JD was born on Aug 12, 1960 in Naha, Japan, a son of Charles and Aiko Deavers.
He worked in many resturants in Youngstown and was employed at the Silver Mirror for many years. His last employer was R&J Trucking. He was an honors graduate from the New Castle School of Trades in welding. He loved working on older model cars and served as a cook in the U.S. Navy.
JD is survived by his brother, William Deavers; three sisters, Amy Smith, Mary Siciliano and Charlene Simpson; his daughter, Jessica Merrel; two stepchildren, Kelly Kroynovich and Jeff Storti; and four grandchildren, Stephen and Phillip Seabolt, Jayden Storti and Ella Stiver.
JD was preceeded in death by his mother and father, Charles J. and Akio (Susie) Deavers.
Elsie C. Eley, 69
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Morning Star Baptist Church for Elsie C. Eley, 69, who departed this life on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Ms. Eley was born Dec. 17, 1940 in Youngstown, a daughter of Wright and Connie Cohoon Eley Sr.
She was a homemaker and a member of the church.
She leaves a sister, Mary Bunting of Youngstown; two brothers, Willie and Henry Eley of Columbus; several nieces and nephews, including Duyjuan (Shondra) Eley of Youngstown, whom she reared; several great-nieces and great-nephews, including Catarah Eley.
Her parents; a sister, Carrie Eley Robbins; and eight brothers, John, Dennis, Wright Jr., Ervin, Boysie, James, George and Robert Eley, preceded her in death.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
Dorothy Mae Kane, 94
CANFIELD Private funeral services will be held for Dorothy Mae Kane, 94, who passed away Wednesday at Humility House.
Dorothy was born Sept. 8, 1915 in Berlin Center, a daughter of the late Lester D. and Mabel (Carver) Ritchey.
A homemaker, she was a former member of St. Christines Catholic Church.
Her husband, Paul H. Kane Sr., whom she married Oct. 5, 1938, passed away Oct. 14, 1980.
Dorothy is survived by six children, Patricia A. (Ross) Fox of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Kathleen (James) Rickards of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., Dorothy M. Kane of Austintown, Paul H. (Bonnie) Kane Jr. of Rochester, Minn., William E. (Susan) Kane of Canfield and Janet Kane of Canfield; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by two sisters, June Reinhart and Treva Bowman; and one brother, Darhyl Ritchey.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Help Hotline Crisis Center Inc., P.O. Box 46, Youngstown, OH 44501.
The Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel has been entrusted to handle the arrangements.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Sandra L. Parise, 53
YOUNGSTOWN Service will be on Monday at 1 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Sandra L. Parise, 53, who passed away at her residence on Tuesday.
Sandra was born on March 2, 1956 in Youngstown, a daughter of Patsy F. and Donna Gray Ciccotelli. She lived in the area her whole life.
Sandra was of the Catholic faith and was an avid reader and wrote poetry and novels. She enjoyed collecting antiques and traveling.
Sandra worked for the Clemente-McKay Ambulance as a paramedic and a decade after she left that job and saved a doctors life when she climbed through his shattered windshield and administered CPR until a life flight helicopter landed on the interstate.
Sandra was a beautiful women with a big personality and a great sense of humor and a beautiful soul. She lived her life always putting others first and never asking anything in return.
Sandra leaves behind her father, Patsy Ciccotelli of Youngstown; a companion, Sandy MacDonald of Youngstown; two sons, Patsy J. Parise of Provincetown, Mass. and Joseph M. Parise of Eagan, Minn.; one brother, Daniel (Betty) P. Ciccotelli of Youngstown; two sisters, Patricia E. (Nick) DePinto of Poland and Virginia A. (Bob) Curtis of Campbell; also several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Sandra was preceded in death by her mother, Donna.
Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.
Please visit www.clementefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
Mathew Pellitt, 94
YOUNGSTOWN Mathew Pellitt, 94, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009.
Mathew was born June 16, 1915 in Youngstown, the son of Joseph and Mary Antonia (Franco) Pellitt.
Mathew was a caretaker at Crandall Park for 30 years and for 10 years serviced the buses for Greyhound. He loved to ballroom dance with his wife, Virginia going three times a week. Mathews love and memories will always be with his two sons, Joseph Pellitt of Roanoke, Va. and Atty. Robert (Carla) Pickerington; three grandchildren, Aaron, Chad and Stephanie Pellitt; and his sister, Josephine Marian of Youngstown.
Besides his wife Virginia, whom he married Oct. 8, 1944 and passed away May 8, 1987, Mathew was preceded in death by two sisters, Carmel Cuccarese and Minnie Cvetkovich; and his brother, Peter A. Pellitt.
There will be funeral services at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home.
Mary J. Pitzulo, 87
CANFIELD Mary J. Pitzulo, 87, of Knauf Road, formerly of Lowellville, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at the Hospice House.
Mrs. Pitzulo was born Oct. 18, 1922 in Youngstown, a daughter of Joseph and Sandra Ross Amendol, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mrs. Pitzulo was a member of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, and a former member of the Mt. Carmel Society. She loved to cook, play bingo and enjoyed traveling to Florida, and most of all spending time with her family.
Her husband, James L. Pitzulo, whom she married Aug. 28, 1948, died June 13, 2004.
She leaves two daughters, Sandra Albanese of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Nancy (Pat ) Klingensmith of Canfield; a son, Anthony (Marilyn) Pitzulo of Indianapolis, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, Carol Zieroff, Stacey Pitts, Bill Repko, Ryan (Amanda) Repko, James Pitzulo, Daniel Pitzulo, Renee (David) Chase, Laramie Brewer, Mandy Brewer, Leslie (Grant) Deaton and Tamara (Tony) Antonaccio; nine great-grandchildren, Griffen Madden, James Pitzulo, Gracia Pitzulo, Gabe Pitzulo, Madilyn Chase, Grant Jackson Deaton, Kirsten Pitts, Leonard James (L.J.) Pitts and Czara Klingensmith; three sisters, Helen (Lou) Chuirazzi of Niles, Jean Sandora of Florida and Carmel Morabito of Youngstown; one brother, Bill (Bertha) Amendol of Youngstown; and a sister-in-law, Thelma Amendol of Youngstown.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Art Amendol; and two brothers-in-law, John Sandora and James Morabito.
Mrs. Pitzulos family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the Hospice House, the University Hospital in Cleveland and Briarfield Manor in Austintown for the wonderful care given to her.
Family and friends will be received Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Lowellville, where prayer services will be held Monday at 10 a.m
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church. Interment will follow at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
Shawn Kai Reagle, 54
AUSTINTOWN A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for Shawn Kai Reagle, 54, who passed away suddenly at his home.
Shawn was born July 22, 1955 in Youngstown, the son of Myron R. and Catherine V. Springer Reagle.
Shawn was a 1973 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. He was a pipe cleaner at Robinson Pipe Cleaner at Sharon Steel. He also enjoyed camping.
Shawn leaves his sister, Sabra (Philip) Szczyglowski of Great Mills, Md., and his uncle, Ross Springer of Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Shawn was preceded in death by his parents.
There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
Jose Reyes Rosario, 88
YOUNGSTOWN There will be services at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at the Youngstown Spanish Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 155 Lansdowne Blvd. for Jose Reyes Rosario, 88, of Carlotta Drive, who departed this life Monday, Dec. 28, at Humility of Mary Health Partners.
Jose was born June 7, 1921, in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, a son of Antonio and Eugenia Reyes Rosario. He is one of many first Hispanic pioneers moving to Youngstown in 1948.
He worked for Youngstown Sheet & Tube for many years. A faithful and honorary member of the church, in which he served as head deacon, Jose enjoyed sharing his beliefs with others and was beloved by friends in the conferences of Cleveland, Lorain, Youngstown and Puerto Rico.
Jose is survived by his five children, Jose A. (Brunilda) Reyes Jr. of Campbell, Luis M. Reyes of Greenville, Pa., Mary Lou Reyes of Youngstown, Maria Reyes-Collins of Hubbard and Jorge L. Reyes of Youngstown. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Angelina, April, Walter, Sherry, Jennifer, Michelle, Davell, Jaime, Annabel, Jermaine and Jeremy; his great-grandchildren, Taylor, Dakota, Raymond, Nikolas, Christian, Carli, Janessa, Vayda and Antonio; and his siblings, Marta Reyes Crespo, Trinidad Reyes, Selenia Lauriano and Victor, Cruz, Aurio and Cecilia Reyes.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Luz Maria Acevedo-Reyes, to whom he was married for 38 years; his siblings, Onoria Reyes, Sarah Estrella, Victoria Morales and Tonita Reyes; and his parents, Antonio and Eugenia Reyes Rosario.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. until time of services on Sunday at the church.
The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral in Boardman has been bestowed the honor in arranging the funeral services of Jose.
Joseph A Joey Traino, 69
AUSTINTOWN Private family funeral services were held this morning for Joseph A. Joey Traino, 69, who passed away at Hospice House on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 30.
Joey was the 12th child born to the late Samuel and Rose Lepore Traino on July 1, 1940 in Youngstown.
While living in Youngstown, he worked at the Syro Steel Company and owned and operated Joes Carpet Cleaning. In 1980, he moved to Columbus, where he continued his carpet cleaning business.
Joey is survived by three brothers, Ralph, Sam (Virginia) and Vincent (Pam); eight sisters, Mary Mester, Ann Sibeto, Frances Reents, Antoinette (John) Simon, Connie Iaconis, Joann (Vito) Leardi, Rosalie (Fred) Nolfi and Rita (Vito) Restaino; and many nieces and nephews.
Joey was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Lena Caimano; and an infant sister, Frances Traino.
Arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Frances P. Weber, 90
AUSTINTOWN Frances P. Weber, 90, passed away at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Hospice House in Poland.
Frances was born Dec. 1, 1919 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Conrad and Isabelle Ducaster.
Frances was a homemaker and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Frances is survived by her husband, John Weber, whom she married Oct. 30, 1954; and three grandchildren, Tammy McMillen of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Kismith McMillen at home and Steven Mendzala of Boardman.
Besides her parents, Frances was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Mendzala; four brothers; and an infant sister.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, preceded by closing prayers to be recited at 9 a.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations in Frances name to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
Mary Elizabeth Liz Webster
CANFIELD Prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by the Rev. Terrence Hazel at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Church in Canfield for Mary Elizabeth Liz Webster.
Mary was born in Niles, a daughter of James and Della Dwyer Sullivan, and was a Niles McKinley High School graduate.
She was a partner and owner operator with her husband in several area restaurants, including the Cloverleaf Restaurant in North Lima and the 7 & 14 Family Restaurant in Columbiana.
Although she worked outside the home, her greatest joy was being a homemaker and raising her son.
Mary was a member of St. Michael Church.
Her husband, Joseph R. Webster, whom she married June 22, 1946, died June 5, 1995.
She is survived by her son, Randall T. Webster of Canfield; several nieces and nephews; and faithful companions and watchdogs, Jake and Charly.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by six brothers, John, James, Michael, Thomas, Patrick and Francis; and a sister, Ellen Thomas Burke.
Friends may call today from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.
Material tributes can be made in Marys memory to the Family Life Center at St. Michael Church, 281 Glenview Drive, Canfield, OH 44406.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Assumption Village for the compassionate love that they gave to Mary.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.