Peter F. Affagato, 88
NEW CASTLE, PA. Peter F. Affagato, 88, of Edison Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of Bessemer, Pa., passed away the morning of Jan. 17, 2010, at Edison Manor.
Peter was born April 30, 1921, in New Castle to the late Carl and Anna Romano Affagato.
He married the former Betty J. Johns in 1951 and she preceded him in death in 2005.
He retired as an inspector after 43 years of service at Republic Steel Corp. Peter was a member of Christ the King Parish. He was also a member of the Mahoning Sportsman Club and former president of the Johnson Club. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid New York Yankee fan. He was known for his working on and fixing small engines.
Peter is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Maripat Affagato of New Castle; a brother, Carl Affagato and his wife, Inez, of Boardman; a sister and brother-in-law, who were his special caregivers, Rose and Jim Gagliano of Bessemer; and two grandchildren, Calle Affagato and Peter Affagato.
In addition to his parents and wife Betty, he was preceded in death by brother Joseph Affagato.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home & Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road.
A blessing service will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev Fr James Downs, pastor of Christ the King Parish will officiate. Burial will follow in St Lawrence Cemetery.
Visit www.decarbofuneralhome.com to send online condolences.
Joseph A. Joe Cuccarese, 63
POLAND There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers, with the Rev. Bernard Bonnot officiating, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman, for Joseph A. Joe Cuccarese, 63, who passed away Saturday evening, Jan. 16, 2010, with his loving family by his side.
Joe will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends.
He was born Aug. 27, 1946 in Youngstown, the son of Joseph and Angeline (Coletta) Cuccarese and was a lifelong area resident.
Joe was employed as a Category Manager for the last 10 years with Rite Aid Corporation and was a member of St. Nicholas Church.
He was a 1964 graduate of East High School, where he played football and baseball, and then received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Youngstown State University.
Joe was an avid sports fan always rooting on the Yankees and enjoyed golfing, but he truly loved just spending time with his family, especially his grandsons.
He leaves behind to hold on to his memories his wife of over 40 years, the former Victoria Fusillo, whom he married on Aug. 9, 1969; three daughters, Christine (Shane) Lancaster of South Carolina, Carla (James) Patti of Struthers and Caren (Kevin) Purcell of Poland; five grandsons, Noah, Lucas and Jacob Patti and Ethan and Aiden Lancaster; three brothers, James, Frank and Thomas (Sheri) Cuccarese,; and three nephews, Michael, Angelo and Nicholas Cuccarese.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.
Gayle L. Donald, 67
APOLLO BEACH, FLA. Gayle L. Donald, 67, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010.
She is predeceased by her husband, George Donald, and her brother, Douglas Kossakowski.
Survivors include her son, Jason Donald; daughter, Marie Woolsey (Patrick); brother, Dennis Richard Kossakowski; sister, Noreen Sondra; mother, Marie Patrick; grandchildren, Jessica, Nick and Kyle; and great-grandchildren, Aaron and Teagon.
A funeral service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Care.
The family will be receiving friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Visit www.SouthernFuneralCare.com to sign the guestbook.
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for James Lansing Haley, who departed this life Friday, Jan. 15.
Mr. Haley was born July 9, 1930, in Maysville, Ky., a son of Lansing and Katherine Moore Haley, coming to this area 55 years ago.
He had been employed at Penna Dry Cleaners and General Motors as a Skilled Trades Pipefitter from 1966 until his retirement in 1993.
He was an Army veteran, having served in the Korean War and was discharged as a SGT-T7.
He was a former member of St. Andrewes AME Church. He was also a member of Covenant Lodge No. 59, Royal Arch Chapter No. 39, AlAsir Temple No. 210 and AEAONM Shrine No. 210, all of Youngstown.
He was also a 32nd Degree Mason Bezaleel No. 15 Consistory of Cleveland. He had been Past Master Covenant Lodge No. 59 and Past Potentate Al Asir Temple No. 210.
He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 57 years, the former Emma Jeanne Preston Haley; three sons, Lansing (Monica) of Southingon, and James and Eugene (Belinda) Haley, both of Youngstown; a daughter, Katherine (Vince) Talley of Dayton; a sister, Virginia Jones of Worthington; and a brother, Joseph Haley of Aberdean; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Haley; three sisters, Katherine Haley, Alma Taylor and Thelma Cooper; and a grandchild, Ashley Haley.
Friends may call Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Masonic service beginning at 7 p.m.
Friends may also call on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m., with funeral services starting at 11 a.m.
Robert C. Joyce, 84
BOARDMAN There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Charles Church celebrated by the Rev. Philip Rogers for Robert C. Joyce, 84, who passed away Friday evening at Shepherd of the Valley.
Mr. Joyce was born Oct. 18, 1925 in Youngstown, a son of William and Velma Shaffer, and had been a lifelong area resident.
He was a Woodrow Wilson High School graduate and had worked as a yard conductor with the Erie Railroad. Robert was a veteran, who served his country with the U.S. Navy. He was a member of St. Charles Church.
He leaves his wife, Nora Corcoran, whom he married May 3, 1947; a daughter, Patricia (William) Crawford of Racine, Wis.; two sons, Robert (Lisa) Joyce of Munroe Falls and Timothy (Susan) Joyce of McDonald; six grandchildren, Patrick Joyce, Anthony Joyce, Vince Joyce, Danny Joyce, Molly Polk and Paul Crawford; and four great-grandchildren, Devon, Jordon, Hailey and Trey Polk.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael Joyce; a brother, Harry Joyce and a sister, Margaret Maher.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that any memorial tributes be given to St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7345 Westview Drive, Boardman, OH 44512.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
Mary E. Kozak, 92
CAMPBELL Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. John Catholic Church for Mary E. Kozak, 92, who passed away Saturday evening at her home.
Mary was born June 23, 1917, in Campbell, the daughter of John and Anna Kubofchik Swantek, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a 1935 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School. Besides being an excellent homemaker, Mary was a member of the Church.
Her husband, Michael W. Kozak, whom she married June 14, 1939, passed away on July 1, 1975.
She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Kathleen (Robert) Biasella of Poland, and Vicki (Tony) Gutierrez of Campbell, with whom she made her home; three sons, Jack (Marie) Kozak of Poland, Alan (Lydia) Kozak of Boardman and Bill (Karen) Kozak of Canfield; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sisters, Nikki Spirko and Margaret Leschinsky.
The family requests that no flowers be sent.
The Kozak family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Tuesday from 10 to 11am in St. John Catholic Church, 159 Reed Avenue in Campbell.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary.
Marie (Romonko) Meehan, 97
BOARDMAN Marie (Romonko) Meehan, 97, formerly of Toms River, N.J., passed away Jan. 16, 2010 at Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home.
She was born in Youngstown on May 7, 1912, the daughter of Stephen and Mary Romonko.
After graduating from South High School, she moved to New York and then to New Jersey, where she remained until coming back to Youngstown in 2004.
She was married to Walter Meehan in 1946 until his death in 1989.
She is survived by her nieces, Donna Baldwin of Boardman and Cheryl Gawlikowski of Humble Texas; and a nephew, Rick Shepas of Greenfield, Mo.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Andrew, Michael, Harry and John; and sisters, Catherine and Sophie.
Services will be on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Kirila Funeral Home Inc., 258 Poland Ave. and at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
Janis M. Parker (nee Krause), 81
MEDINA - Janis M. Parker (nee Krause), 81, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.
She was the beloved wife of Russell A.; loving mother of the late Dennis (Rori), Richard (Susan); dear grandmother of Keith, Michael (Michele), Kristi, Steven (Katie); great-grandmother of Zachary, Andrew, Nicholas and Ellie; sister of Elsie Prujan, Martha Wildfong and Clarence Krause, all deceased; sister-in-law of Lois Pfister (Edward), and the late Ronald Paz (Mary); loving aunt of seven; and a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Brunswick.
Janis was employed by the Youngstown Health Dept. for 14 years as a supervisor of an adult day care.
She also worked in various floral shops in the Cleveland and Youngstown areas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be forwarded to St. Mark Lutheran Church.
Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at noon at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1330 N. Carpenter Road at Rt. 303, Brunswick, Oh 44212.
Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 7501 Ridge Road in Parma on Tuesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m.
Richard D. Rhinehart Sr.,
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Heritage Presbyterian Church USA, 1951 Matthews Road in Poland for Richard D. Rhinehart Sr., who died Saturday evening at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.
Richard was born Nov. 4, 1923 in Youngstown, a son of the late John Arthur and Mary Edith Breth Rhinehart and was a lifelong area resident.
Richard graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and had been a machinist for several companies including Wean United, where he had worked for over 15 years, retiring in 1985.
He was a member of the Heritage Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and worship usher. He enjoyed playing Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards, and bus trips to the casinos.
His wife, the former Sarah Gruber, whom he married Oct. 28, 1950; and died Sept. 2, 2001.
He leaves his companion, Phyllis Miller; two sons, Richard D. ( Anita) Rhinehart Jr of Gaithersburg, Md. and Earl R. (Sally) Williams Sr. of Youngstown; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents and his wife, Richard was preceded in death by three brothers, Jay Rhinehart, Robert Rhinehart and William Rhinehart; and two sisters, Ruth Wolfgang and Eileen Schock.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.
Charlene Ann Saunders, 62
YOUNGSTOWN Charlene Ann Saunders, 62, departed this life Jan. 13, 2010, at St. Elizabeths Health Center.
Mrs. Saunders was born Sept. 7, 1947, in Youngstown, the oldest of three children born to Charles and Catherine F. Hopkins.
She was a homemaker who gave her life to God at a young age. She was a member of the Temple Emmanuel Seventh Day Adventist Church, where she served as a Sabbath school teacher, mentor and travel coordinator. She volunteered her time as a counselor with the Suicide Prevention Hotline. She spent hours listening and encouraging people that Jesus loved them, while trying to help to them see that life was a precious gift from God. She will be sadly missed by those who knew her.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving and supportive husband, Clinton J. Saunders, whom she married Aug. 23, 1969; her son, William A. and his wife, LaShawna Hopkins of Youngstown; her stepson, Michael Saunders of Hamilton; her sister, Carolyn and her husband, Renard of Bel Alton, Md.; her grandsons, William A. Hopkins Jr. of Canton and Kendall Peterson; her granddaughter, Marquinisha Peterson, both of Youngstown; a niece, Shawntae Cathey of Youngstown; a nephew, Korey A. Hopkins of College Park, Md.; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Catherine L. Hopkins; and stepson, Herbert Carter.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no services.
Ministry of comfort provided by J.E. Washington Funeral Services.
Sandra Smith, 58
BROOKFIELD Sandra Smith passed away peacefully at 1:50 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. She was 58 years old.
Mrs. Smith was born June 11, 1951, in Warren, to Donald and Donna (Fultz) Sinn.
Sandra was a graduate of Newton Falls High School, and went on to marry Gregory D. Smith on Nov. 1, 1976.
Sandra had been a homemaker and had enjoyed caring for animals, especially her cat, Sweetie.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband of more than 33 years, Greg of Brookfield; her sons, Jarrett Smith of Warren, Gregory Smith of Girard, and Jason Wells of Cortland; her parents, Donald and Donna Sinn of Newton Falls; her sister, Linda Sinn of Dublin, Ohio; her two grandsons, Gage and Dylan Smith; and by several aunts, uncles and cousins..
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
At her familys request, a Private Visitation will be held on Monday at the Lane Funeral Homes Madasz Chapel in Brookfield.
As an expression of sympathy, the family requests that contributions may be made to Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, 545 Brunstetter Road, Warren, OH 44481.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Rodney Lee Weaver Jr., 25
YOUNGSTOWN Mr. Rodney Lee Weaver Jr., 25, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Rodney Lee Weaver Jr. was born June 19, 1984, the son of Rodney Lee Weaver and Tamara M. Thompkins.
Rodney was a graduate of the Life Skills of Youngstown and attended Youngstown State University, majoring in Physical Education.
Rodney was formerly employed at Crystals Catering and Big Lots Store. Rodney was a member of the Metro Assembly of God Church. Rodney enjoyed sports and playing the drums.
Rodney leaves behind to cherish his memory, his father, Rodney L. Weaver Sr.; grandparents, Robert L. and Randine Weaver Sr. and Gloris Hall of Youngstown; a son, Raylin Weaver of Warren; three daughters, Anessa L. Osman-Weaver of Columbus, Jailynn Weaver of Warren and Angelina Morgan of Youngstown; a brother, Xavier L. Weaver of Youngstown; four sisters, Ronda Weaver, Kendra Austin and Shalika Austin, all of Youngstown and Terria Barlow of Akron; an uncle, Robert L. Weaver of Austintown; three aunts, Adrian L. Weaver of Columbus, Gloris (Shane) Griffin of Youngstown and Macelia L. Hughes of Pennsylvania; an uncle and aunt, Brian and Sherraine Dothard who reared him; and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Rodney was preceded in death by his mother, Tamara M. Thompkins; a grandmother, Annie Lois Weaver; a great-grandmother, Rosa E. Thompkins; and an aunt, Stevelyn A. Thompkins.
Services will be on Jan. 25, 2010 at noon at the Metro Assembly of God.
Friends may call one hour prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, monetary gifts may be sent to the Metro Assembly of God, 2530 South Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.
Arrangements were handled by the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Funeral Home.