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Paul S. Baringer, 83

CANFIELD – Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 7, 2006, at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel for Paul S. Baringer, of Canfield, who passed away at 5:25 a.m. Sunday, July 2, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Paul was 83.

Paul was born on Sept. 9, 1922 in Niles, Ohio, and was the son of the late Leroy and Edith (Smith) Baringer.

Paul attended Youngstown State College and was a self-employed Certified Public Accountant for more than 35 years, retiring in 1986.

Paul was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps having served during WWII. Paul was a Tech Sgt. and was a flight maintenance gunner 748. He attended the AAF Airplane and Mechanics School and the AAF Factory School. Paul received the AAF Aircrew Member Badge.

Paul took part in Air Combat Battles in the Balkans, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Rhineland, Central Europe, and Air Offensive Europe. Paul received the Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with three bronze clusters, the European-African-Middle Eastern with one bronze battle star and one silver star.

Paul was a prisoner of war for 15 months, from Feb. 19, 1944 to April 26, 1945.

Paul was an active member of the Canfield United Methodist Church and its many activities and organizations. He was a member of Canfield Community Club, Canfield Care Net, SCORE a local business organization for many years, and was very active in local POW Groups, where he served as past commander.

Paul is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Amelia “Millie” Lapadus, whom he married on Sept. 10, 1949; two children, Dr. David Baringer, M.D. of Cleveland and Pamela (Mark) Shanley of Crescent Springs, Ky.; a brother, Harold (Sheryl) Baringer of Canfield; and six grandchildren, Stephanie, Matthew, Amanda and Jacob Baringer, and Ian Shanely and Dana Shanely.

Paul was preceded in death by a sister, Letha Baringer.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 6, 2006, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association or to the church.

Friends and family may view obituaries and send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.



Constance “Connie” Biviano, 81

NILES – Constance “Connie” Biviano, 81, died at 6:20 p.m. Monday.

She was born Nov. 27, 1924 in Niles, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Zaccone Sebbio.

Mary graduated from Niles McKinley High School in 1942 and from Youngstown College in 1967 with a degree in education with honors. She worked for 22 years as a fifth and sixth grade middle school teacher for LaBrae Schools before retiring in 1989.

She was a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles and enjoyed cooking, gardening and reading.

Her husband, John A. Biviano Sr., whom she married Sept. 4, 1948, died Aug. 29, 1975.

She will be deeply missed by two sons, John A. Biviano Sr. and wife Donna of Stafford, Va., and Thomas Biviano and wife Catherine of Boardman; a daughter, Lisa Hall and husband Dan of Niles; three brothers, Russell Sebbio of Niles, Ignace Sebbio and wife Adeline of Austintown and Frank Sebbio and wife Klareen of Warren; five grandchildren, Mario, Marina, Nathan, Sarah and Katie; and her caregiver, Marjorie Witmer.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Anthony and Joseph Sebbio, and two sisters, Rose Latone and Sadie Sebbio.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Joseph Rossi Funeral Home, in Niles, where the Mt. Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct 7:30 p.m. prayers.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, preceded by a 9 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi Funeral Home in Niles.

Condolences may be sent at www.josephrossifuneralhome.com.


Victoria Bluedorn-Garcia, 47

GIRARD – Victoria Bluedorn-Garcia, 47, died Saturday, July 1, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Victoria was born Aug. 3, 1958, to Lloyd R. and Marguerite Richards Bluedorn, both of Girard.

She was a 1976 Ursuline High School graduate and then received her LPN license from the Hannah E. Mullins School of Nursing in Salem.

Ms. Garcia was a homemaker, an LPN for a Florida hospital and was a member of St. Rose Church.

She is survived by her parents; her stepmother, Ruth Bluedorn; her children, Lauren V. Garcia of Youngstown and Madison M. Garcia; two brothers, Robert D. Bluedorn of Girard and James C. (Rebecca) Bluedorn of Warren; her nephew, Jimmy; her nieces, Andrea, Jenna and Emily Bluedorn; and a stepsister, Debbie Leary of Alliance.

There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Church, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Material contributions may be made to the National City Bank Liberty branch for her children.

Arrangements are being handled by the Blackstone Funeral Home.



Helen Elia, 76

BOARDMAN – Helen Elia, 76, of 414 Argyle Ave., and formerly of Rexford Road and Emery Street in Youngstown, passed away Sunday evening at her home following a two-year battle with cancer. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Helen was born Dec. 24, 1929 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Karol and Louise Martauz Bak, was a graduate of Wilson High School and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a homemaker and also worked as a dietary aide for the Youngstown Hospital Association, and as a sales clerk for McCrory’s in downtown Youngstown.

She was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church, its Ladies Adoration Society, and was a trustee on the Executive Board of the church.

A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Mrs. Elia enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Her husband, Paul Elia, whom she married June 27, 1964, died Oct. 14, 1999.

She leaves a son, Paul (Della) Elia of Struthers; two daughters, Sharon Elia and Louann Elia, both of Boardman and with whom she made her home; two sisters, Gertrude Kent of Boardman and Elizabeth (Michael) Yacko of Medina; a grandson, A.J. Elia; and a granddaughter, Emma Elia.

Two sisters, Mary Kaczowka and Stephanie Simchick; and two brothers, Adolph and Alexander Bak, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where a prayer service will be at 8:30 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Polish National Catholic Church in Youngstown.

Interment will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery, Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512, or to the church.

This obituary may be viewed on-line and condolences sent at www.kinnickfuneralhome.com.

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Alexandra Rose Gatelaro, 9

DOVER – Alexandra Rose Gatelaro, the nine-year-old daughter of Anthony J. and Julie Ewing Gatelaro, died Sunday, July 2, as a result of injuries sustained in an accident while riding her bike.

Alex was born Jan. 29, 1997 in Canton.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory in Dover, where there will be Christian Wake services at 7:30 p.m.

A funeral Mass that celebrates Alex’s life will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

A fund had been established in her memory as well. Those wishing to make memorial contributions to the Alexandra Gatelaro Fund may do so at National City Bank, 245 W. High Ave., New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

Those unable to attend or wishing to share a fond memory may sign the online register book for Alex by visiting the “obituaries” link on the funeral home’s web site, www.tolandherzig.com.


Dr. William Lewis Lyon, 82

AUSTINTOWN – Dr. William Lewis Lyon, 82, of 5187 Nashua Drive, died Monday evening at his residence after a long battle with cancer.

Dr. Lyon was born March 10, 1924 in Youngstown, a son of Lavelle L. and Gladys Kashner Lyon and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a dentist, practicing in Struthers for 41 1/2 years.

Dr. Lyon graduated from Struthers High School in 1941. In 1945, he received his bachelor of science degree from Case Western Reserve University and in 1947, received his doctor of dental surgery degree, also from Case Western Reserve University. At Case, he was a member of Delta Upsilon and Delta Sigma Delta fraternities.

He was a former member of St. Nicholas Church in Struthers where he was a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and a past president of the Holy Name Society. He was a former member of St. Michael’s Church of Canfield where he was a Eucharistic Minister and served on the Parish Council. He currently was a member of St. Luke’s Church in Boardman. For many years, he served as an operational blessing volunteer in Canfield.

Dr. Lyon served on the Struthers Board of Education for 16 years where he was a past president. He was a charter member and past president of the Struthers Rotary where he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Ohio State Dental Association, Croydon-Palmer Dental Society, a past member of the Chesterton Club and of the Ursuline Century Club II.

He was an avid hunter, snow skier, bowler, golfer and bridge player.

His first wife, Bridget “Bebe” Kotnik, whom he married in 1946, died in 1985. 

He leaves his wife, the former Shirley A. Woloschak, whom he married in 1989; a daughter, Barbara Andrews of Solon; a son, Timothy (Rebecca) Lyon of Laguna Vista, Texas; a stepson, Dr. Michael J. (Barbara) Woloschak of Canfield; seven grandchildren, Christian Lyon, Jaclyn Lyon, Matthew Lyon, Bridget Andrews, Amy Beth Andrews, Brian (Shawne) Gerst, and Andrew J. Gerst; a great-great-granddaughter, Brooke Taylor Gerst; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a funeral Mass celebrated by the Rev. Joseph A. Fata and the Rev. James E. O’Brien at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, 5235 South Ave. in Boardman. 

Friends will be received at the church chapel from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Material tributes in the form of contributions may be directed to MVI Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.

Arrangements are by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home. 

Condolences may be sent at www.Beckerobits.com.


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Mary Virginia Mickey, 79

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Mary Virginia Mickey, 79, who died early Tuesday morning in Boardman Community Center.

Mary was born Aug. 10, 1926 in Clifton Mills, W.Va., the daughter of the late Hosea and Hazel (Forman) Liston.

She had previously worked for Truscon Steel in the canteen and had also worked for Plakie Toys and F.A. Pilgrim Extrusion in the shipping dept.

Mary was a member of Simon Rd. Church of God and its the W.C.G. and had formerly belonged to bowling leagues. She was an avid sewer and loved crafts.

She leaves her husband, Donald A. Mickey, whom she married Nov. 2, 1963; two sons, Richard Thomas Mohney of Leetonia and David Wayne (Nancy) Mohney of Youngstown; two sisters, Elsie Everly of Bruceton Mills, W.Va., and Lida Carroll of Austintown; and five brothers, Ora Ray Liston of Mill Run, Pa., Errol Liston of Bruceton Mills, Bert Liston of North Jackson, Edward Liston of New Middletown and Hosea Liston of Boardman.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank their pastor Rev. Eddy Howard and the doctors, Dr. Robert G. Spratt, Dr. Santuccio Ricciardi, Dr. Loretta Jacob and all the staff and help for the good care they gave Mary.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Simon Rd. Church of God.

Friends and family may view obituaries and send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.

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Lois Jean Patton, 80

POLAND – There will be funeral services at 1 p.m. Friday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel for Lois Jean Patton, 80, who died Monday afternoon at her residence.

Mrs. Patton was born April 1, 1926 in Youngstown, a daughter of Carl and Ethel Knight Port, and was a lifelong area resident.

A 1944 graduate of South High School, she was employed as a clerk manager for the Fish Dry Cleaning Company. She was a member of the Amateur Radio Operators, an avid listener of the Youngstown Radio Reading Service, and an avid NASCAR fan.

Her husband, Robert W. Patton, whom she married May 4, 1946, died Dec. 17, 2001.

She leaves two daughters, Roberta (Larry) Boston of Poland and Elizabeth (C.W.) Adcock of Amarillo, Texas; two sons, William (Sharon) Patton of San Antonio and Burl Patton of North Lima; a sister, Karletta (Louie) Torba of Villa Maria, Pa.; two brothers, Charles (Pat) Port of Goodyear, Ariz. and Carl (Judy) Port of Pampa, Texas; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Material tributes may take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.



Dawn M. Reed, 29

BOARDMAN – There will be services at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Davis Funeral Home for Dawn M. Reed, 29, who passed away Saturday morning.

Dawn was born Aug. 19, 1976 in Youngstown, a daughter of Robert K. and Annabelle M. Anthony Reed.

She was a graduate of Boardman High School in 1994 and had formerly worked for Sam’s Club in Boardman. She had attended the New Hope Church.

She is survived by her father of Boardman; a daughter, Ashley, 10 and two sons, Alec, 9, and Nicholas, 7, all at home; two sisters, Diane Mengor of Niagara Falls, Canada, and Jean Buchanan of Boardman; and two brothers, Frank Mengor of Boardman and Robert M. Reed of Youngstown.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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Cecile V. (Hudran) Ritz, 92

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Wasko Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, for Cecile V. (Hudran) Ritz, 92, who passed away Saturday night at Humility House.

Mrs. Ritz was born Feb. 10, 1914 in Youngstown, a daughter of Andrew and Veronica Olenick Hudran, and was a lifelong area resident.

She retired from Interstate United Food Services where she was superintendent of the dining room.

She was a member of the church, the Sokols, and the Jednota. She was also very active in the fraternal golf and bowling leagues and its tournaments.

She is survived by her husband, Paul J. Ritz, whom she married Aug. 12, 1991; a sister-in-law, Kathy (Charles) Jones of Lowellville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Joseph, John, Andrew and Michael Hudran; and two sisters, Mary Zordich and Katherine “Kitty” Batzli.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.


Deborah K. Williams, 51

CANFIELD – Deborah K. Williams, 51, of 9698 Lisbon Road, died Sunday afternoon at her residence.

She was born Feb. 27, 1955 in Youngstown, a daughter of Mike and Katherine Lopushansky Dikun.

She graduated from Chaney High School in 1973 and from the Northside Hospital School of Radiologic Technology in 1979, where she won the E.I. DuPont Award for outstanding student.

She was an office assistant for Dawna Reynolds, C.P.A., for nine years, having previously worked at Northside Hospital as a radiologic technologist. She was also an aide at South Range Elementary School, working with children with special needs.

Deborah was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in North Lima and was active in the church and school activities for many years.

She leaves her husband, Mark Williams, whom she married Oct. 17, 1981; two daughters, Melanie Williams at home and Jennifer (Joshua) Foit of Watertown, N.Y.; a sister, Dawna Reynolds of Youngstown; a brother, Mike (Cindy) Dikun Jr. of Boardman; and her mother, Katherine Dikun of Youngstown.

She was preceded in death by her father, Mike Dikun.

Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 14, at the Calvary United Methodist Church in North Lima, where there will be a 7 p.m. memorial service.

Arrangements are being handled by the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima.


David W. Yeany, 88

BOARDMAN – There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at the Western Reserve Baptist Church, 8590 Hitchcock Road in Boardman for David W. Yeany, 88, who died Saturday morning, June 30, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 22, 1917 in Youngstown, the son of the late D. Frank and Ethel L. Shook Yeany and lived most of his life in Boardman.

A 1936 graduate of Boardman High School, David was a Nationwide Insurance Company representative for 41 years. He had previously worked at the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company in the payroll department and in the family business, Yeaney Brothers Coal.

He was a member of the Western Reserve Baptist Church and the former Organization of Protestant Men. He was a trustee of Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, a member of the Mahoning County Farm Bureau, a director of Farmer’s National Bank and a notary public.

David was a country western singer with Buckeye Dave and His Texas Wonders in 1939 and 1940. Most recently, he was interested with the Youngstown-Southern Railroad.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Betty Jane Wolf, whom he married Oct. 14, 1940; two daughters, Judith Ann (Bob) Back of Houston and Diane L. Mady of Poland; a son, David W. (Joyce) Yeany Jr. of Lexington, Ky.; three sisters, Betty Jean Rehn of Cincinnati, and Ethel Louise Meek and Shirley Mae Case, both of Columbiana; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

He will be sadly missed.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilbur A. Yeany and George Yeany; and a grandson, Curtis Yeany.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Western Reserve Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 8590 Hitchcock Road, Boardman, OH 44512.

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