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NEW MIDDLETOWN - Aric Anthony Potochnik, 34, passed away on Oct. 25, 2016. He died peacefully in his sleep at The Cleveland Clinic, with his parents by his side, after a courageous and long battle against brain cancer.

Aric was born on Sept. 30, 1982.

Before his battle with brain cancer began, Aric was a third-year Architecture student at Kent State University. He was a bright, intelligent young man who surely would have rivaled Frank Lloyd Wright, his hero, had he been able to pursue his dream of becoming an architect. He was an outside-the-box thinker who made it through high school on personality alone, despite his brilliance, as many of his school teachers will attest to.

Aric had many talents and gifts. He was a self-taught drummer, although, fortunately for his family, did not own an actual drum set until later in his life, when he lived alone. He was an accomplished artist, and often drew funny cartoons or painted pictures for his family and friends. He was a world-class juggler and he loved making others laugh.

Aric loved nature and being outdoors, and often hiked, cycled, canoed, and camped. He especially loved sitting outside on a nice evening and enjoying a bonfire, which is not surprising, since he had been a borderline pyromaniac as a child.

Aric also loved to travel with his dad and his aunt, Joanne. They enjoyed many trips to the Dominican Republic and Florida’s Gulf Coast together, but his favorite trips were his morning coffee runs with his dad.

Aric also loved children, and had a special bond with his little neighbor friend, Trevor.

Aric will be greatly missed by his parents, Anthony and Karen Potochnik; his sisters, Kari Potochnik-McKenna and Katlin Potochnik; his niece, Olivia McKenna; his grandparents, Rose Marie Potochnik and Bill and Gerry Liggett; and his stepdad, Ron Book. He will also be missed by his cat, Louise, who allowed no one but Aric to hold her.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Kristen Joy Potochnik; and his grandfather, Tony A. Potochnik Jr.

Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St. in Poland.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, at the funeral home, with the Rev. James Berkebile officiating.

A one hour visitation will precede the funeral service.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


AKRON - Ms. Lillie D. Stokes, 60, passed away on Oct. 18, 2016, at Akron City Hospital.

She was born on May 1, 1956, to Charlie Stokes and Bertha Scott, who lived in Talladega, Ala.

Lillie had four siblings, Lizzie Mae Stokes and Deloise Houston, and two brothers, Charlie Stokes and Willie Scott. She also had three children, Felicia Durr, William Durr, and Marcell Stokes; and six grandchildren. She had a special niece, Shauwanda Stokes, who always put a smile on her face.

“One thing that we know about Lillie Stokes is that she loved her family.” She always spoke highly about her hometown, Chicago. Especially, Natalie Scott and Carloyn Garrett, just to name a few. The loved ones who knew Lillie knew when she said something, she meant it. Just remember this was Lillie Stokes.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Lizzie Mae Stokes and Deloise Houston; and a host of uncles, aunts, and grandparents.

She leaves a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A funeral service will be on Saturday, Oct. 29, at noon.

Friends may call one hour prior to the time of service.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the directors of the Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home in Youngstown.


POLAND - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. John Catholic Church, for Margaret M. Biska, 94, formerly of Campbell, who passed away Wednesday evening at Ivy Woods Manor, with her family by her side.

Margaret was born March 26, 1922, in Chicago, the daughter of Frank and Mary Speller Kuruzovich, and moved to Campbell when she was six months old.

She worked in the kitchen for the Campbell City Schools for many years. Margaret was a member of the Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. John Catholic Church, the Croatian Ladies Club and the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association. She enjoyed playing bingo, and was a huge Cleveland Indians fan. Go Tribe!

Her husband, Steve Biska, whom she married April 24, 1946, passed away May 17, 1972.

Margaret leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Lou (Peg) Biska of Boardman and Cathy (Jack) Thomas of Struthers; and her grandson, Jake Thomas, also of Struthers.

Besides her parents and her husband, Steve, she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Mrs. Rose Brines and Mrs. Louise Skripac.

Margaret’s family would like to especially thank her caregivers, Richelle, Maggie, Chris, Regina, Theresa M., and David and Theresa, along with the entire staff of Ivy Woods Manor.

The Biska family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Margaret’s family condolences.


YOUNGSTOWN – A Requiem Mass will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in Vienna for Rose Marie (Zalovchick) Derkach, 98, who passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at the Oasis Center for Rehabilitation and Healing in Youngstown.

Rose was born on Aug. 28, 1918, in Campbell, daughter of the late John and Ann Zalovchick. Rose was raised in Campbell on Tenney Avenue and went to Reed Middle School.

She worked at Weatherbee Coates and Triangle Raincoat Company as a seamstress. Rose also worked at Strouss Department Store in the candy department and at General Fireproofing.

She attended St. John the Baptist Church, St. Cyril & Methodius Church and the Queen of the Holy Rosary Church.

Rose loved her flower and vegetable gardens and cooking.

Rose is survived by her two sons, William J. (Barbara) Derkach of Texas and Kenneth Derkach of Youngstown; her sister, Ann Julius of Virginia; two grandchildren, Bradley Michael Derkach and Stacey Lyn Derkach; and two nephews, Robert Julius and Greg Zalovchick.

In addition to her parents, Rose was preceded in death by her husband, William Derkach Sr.; and five brothers, John, Mike, Andrew, Steve and George Zalovchick.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Struthers and on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in Vienna.

Burial will be at St. John Cemetery.

Please visit www.kirilafh.com to send online condolences.


ARTER, Javier, 17, of Youngstown; L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
CESSNA, Zelda, 90, of Niles; visitation Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at Crown Hill Chapel Mausoleum in Vienna; Selby-Fox Funeral Home in Vienna.
BISKA, Margaret M., 94, of Poland; calling hours Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. John Catholic Church; Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell.
DERKACH, Rose Marie (Zalovchick), 98, of Youngstown; visitation Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Struthers and Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in Vienna.
HAMROCK, Joseph P. Jr., 80, of Lowellville; calling hours Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Lowellville Chapel.
JACKSON, Kenneth, 52, of Youngstown; L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
MATKOSKEY, Charles, 90, of Austintown; arrangements pending; Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
PACK, James A. Sr., 82, of Youngstown; calling hours Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church; L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
STOKES, Lillie D., 60, of Akron; calling hours Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home in Youngstown.
ROBB, Marilyn J., 74, of Struthers; no arrangements; Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
WILSON, Rebecca V. McHugh, 92, of New Middletown; calling hours today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.