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BOARDMAN - John R. “Jack” Siersdorfer, 87, passed away, with his family at his side, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, after a 30-year long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Jack was born Sept. 19, 1926, in Youngstown, a son of Fred and Amy (Kern) Siersdorfer, and loving husband of Verna (Muir) Sierdorfer.

Jack retired from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local No. 396, having worked for many local companies throughout his career. He served on both the unions’ Refrigeration and Examining Board and the Health and Welfare Board earlier in his career. He was taught his craft by his stepfather- in-law, Wilbur Drake of Niles. Prior to his career, he was a postman in the Canfield area.

He attended Youngstown College (Youngstown State University) after returning from the service to his country with the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in the Philippines as a cook. He would write loving letters home to his mother weekly.

His parents followed their three sons’ journey on a world globe that has remained in the family since.

Jack loved his family and golf. He was an avid golfer and was on many leagues during his lifetime, but his love was his family. They would enjoy golfing together on Saturdays, family vacations, and good times together throughout his life. During retirement, Jack and Verna had a residence in Ft. Myers, Fla., where they gathered more friends and good times were plentiful. He was a past member of the Cornersburg United Methodist Church and the Western Reserve United Methodist Church of Canfield.

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Verna (Muir), whom he married July 1, 1950; his daughter, Nancy (Roger) Irwin-Wright of Canfield; his only grandchild, Attorney James M. Irwin of Cleveland, whom he was so proud of; a brother, Fred Siersdorfer and his wife, Marianne, of Pittsburgh; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, John A. Siersdorfer (1965-1985), whom he loved very much and missed daily; his mother and father, Fred and Amy Sierdorfer; brother William Siersdorfer; and sister-in-law Phyllis Siersdorfer.

There will be a memorial service to honor his life on Friday, Sept. 19, at noon, with calling hours from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman.

The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

The family wants to thank the nurses and staff of the Hospice of the Valley for their loving care and compassion during Jack’s transition.

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MCDONALD - George M. Bucan, 73, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles.

George was born Feb. 22, 1941, in Youngstown, the son of Mike and Sophia (Mikacinich) Bucan.

He was a graduate of McDonald High School and later served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1967.

George was employed by Packard Electric for 30 years, retiring in 1993.

He was a member of the AMVETS in Vienna, and the Naus Club. He served as a union representative, and was a past president of the Ohio Labor Press Association.

George was a long time baseball and softball coach and played in various bowling leagues, and was an avid Cleveland sports fan. His greatest passion was attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.

George leaves behind a son, George Jr. (Maryann) of McDonald; a daughter, Christine (Chip) Nietert of McDonald; sisters Katherine (Gib) Woods of Williamsfield, Bernice (Joe) Kren of Girard and Teresa (Larry) Linton of Northfield; grandchildren Austin and Jack; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours for George will be held Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with the service to follow at 2 p.m., at Crown Hill Chapel Mausoleum in Vienna.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

The Selby Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.


NEWARK, DEL. - Cheryl Fimognari, 59, formerly of Brookfield, passed away Wednesday evening, Sept. 10, 2014, at Union Hospital in Elkton, Md., following a courageous battle with cancer.

Cheryl was born on Nov. 7, 1954, in Sharon, Pa., the daughter of Frank and Jean E. (Liles) Daly.

She was a graduate of Brookfield High School, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts degrees from Youngstown State University.

Cheryl was first and foremost a compassionate, loving mother and grandmother.

She savored every moment with her children and grandchildren, while nurturing a garden bursting with life, taking a quiet walk around the Buhl Park pond, a long talk by the fire during the snowy winter, or anytime they could all share time with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was an inspiring educator in the Brookfield School District for 27 years, beginning with grade school English then high school English literature. She cared deeply about her responsibility to the community’s students, often referring to them as ‘her other kids.’ She was particularly proud when she was fortunate to teach the children of her former students. Among many curriculums she designed, “Ms. Fim” taught a Film Appreciation class on cinematic adaptations of literature.

Cheryl adored the arts, particularly English lit, classical music and poetry. A tireless reader, she always had several books in progress and when finished she shared them with family and students. In her youth she played the flute, and went on to perform in the high school band and the Shenango Valley Community Orchestra. Impassioned by the history and culture of small town American life, she loved to travel by train and visits to places of artistic or former significance. Always the gentle teacher, she shared these experiences and illuminations with her family, friends and students, encouraging them, without judgment, to each find the passion within.

She leaves behind her daughter, Therese Poff and her husband, Keith, of Newark; her son, Michael Fimognari and his wife, Heidi, of Pasadena, Calif.; four grandchildren, Tyler and Maci Jean Poff and Atticus and Dorothy Fimognari; her sister, Debbie Keryan and her husband, Pat, of Commerce City, Colo.; her brother, Frank L. Daly and his wife, Diane, of Hubbard; her nieces and nephews, Ryan and Lauren Keryan and Jennifer, Justin and Jared Daly; and her uncle, Art Daly and his wife, Connie; aunts Josie Baker and her husband, Bud, and Marge Jones, all of Brookfield.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jean, on June 12, 1998, her father, Frank, on July 25, 2012, and by her nephew, Dustin Keryan, in 2004.

Friends, family, and former students are encouraged to gather on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 21, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Madasz Chapel of the Lane Family Funeral Homes in Brookfield, to spend time and celebrate Cheryl’s remarkable life.

Burial will take place privately on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the Brookfield Township Cemetery.

If desired, donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or Scholarship America.

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POLAND - Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, for Deborah Ann Horvath, 59, who died early Wednesday morning at home, surrounded by her family.

Deborah was born Sept. 12, 1955, in Youngstown, to Felix and Melba (Kratzer) Gasior.

She was a 1974 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Deborah received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Youngstown State University in 1995, and worked as a home care nurse for 20 years.

Deborah was a member of St. Nicholas Church. She enjoyed cooking Polish foods, especially stuffed cabbage and pirogies, trips to the casino, shopping for her grandchildren, and most of all, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, to whom she was affectionately known as, “Bubba.”

Deborah’s beautiful smile will always be remembered and she will be forever loved and missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, George Horvath, whom she married Feb. 9, 1974; a daughter, Casey (Mathew) Haus of Struthers; three sons, George (Rosa) Horvath of Palm Bay, Daniel Horvath of Melbourne, and Dr. Mark (Candace) Horvath of Canfield; two sisters, Valaria (Joe) Tauntas of Poland and Bernadette (Robert) McClimans of Youngstown; brothers Edward (Sue) Gasior of Struthers, Thomas (Sherry) Gasior of Tampa and William Gasior of Youngstown; and eight grandchildren, Madison Haus, Andrew Haus, Mark Horvath Jr., Nadia Haus, George Horvath Jr., Nick Horvath, Jackson Horvath and Sophie Horvath.

Deborah was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Sharon Stoner and Carolyn Ficke; and her brother, Felix Gasior.

Family and friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of the Valley for all of the care and compassion they showed to Deborah.

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STRUTHERS – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Youngstown, for Dan J. Vlad, 92, who passed away at home.

Dan was born on Nov. 7, 1921, in Youngstown, a son of Dan and Ann Vlad. He grew up in Campbell, and lived in the area his whole life.

He was a 1940 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and served the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a POW, held in Germany for six months. He worked for Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company in the Open Hearth Department for 36 years. He was a member of the VFW in Sharon, Pa. and several POW Organizations. He was also an avid bowler and golfer.

Dan leaves one son, Jeffrey D. (Lori) Vlad of Struthers; two grandchildren, Rachel and Ross; and one great-grandchild, Aavan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Rae Vlad.

Friends may call on Saturday at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material contributions be made to Make a Wish Foundation, 6060 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH 44131.

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CANFIELD - Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Harold L. “Swede” Johnson, 86, who died Tuesday morning.

He was born March 4, 1928, in Youngstown, a son of Gustavus and Hazel Johnson.

At the age of 18, he joined the U.S. Army and served as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. He distinguished himself during the “Battle of the Bulge.” During the European conflict, he won several division titles as a middleweight boxer. He is best remembered by his many friends as “Swede.” He was a salesman and later became General Manager of Youngstown Buick. He later owned his own Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac dealership in Grove City, Pa. He was a Mason and Shriner, earning his 32 degree. He was a member for many years of the Zion Lutheran Church in Canfield.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Hulda V. Johnson; his youngest daughter and son-in-law, Gayle and Jon Caras; his parents; and sisters Bernice Johnson and Judy Liposchak.

He was the patriarch of five generations. He leaves to cherish his memory, his eldest son, Craig Johnson and wife Cathy of Bossier City, La.; a son, Gary L. Johnson and Chris of Austintown; and a daughter, Hope L. Chance and her husband, Jeff, of Canfield. He leaves 12 grandchildren, Christine Fodale (Jerry), Cheri Reddy (Sri), Chad Johnson (Kimbi), and Carey Tribuzio (Mario) of Louisiana, Harold Johnson (Kim), David Johnson (Julie), Gary Johnson Jr. (Heather), Adam Johnson (Cassie) of Ohio, Nicholas Graham of Florida and Tiffani Chance of Ohio, Jennifer and Jessica Caras of Ohio. He also leaves 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

The Johnson family would like to express their gratitude to longtime friend and physician, Dr. David Rich, and the staff of Omni Nursing Home in Youngstown for their loving care.

Friends may call on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


BOARDMAN – Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers, for Mary L. McCarthy, 41, who passed away Sunday evening.

Mary was born on Aug. 24, 1973, in Youngstown, a daughter of James W. and Ann Mary Carney Murphy.

She lived in the area her whole life and was a 1991 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, and worked at Best Buy.

She was of the Catholic faith, a fan of Notre Dame, an avid reader and enjoyed cooking.

Mary married John T. McCarthy on May 15, 2003.

She leaves her parents of Youngstown; her husband John of Boardman; one daughter, Carney M. McCarthy of Boardman; three brothers, Shawn Michael (Shannon) Murphy of Austintown, James William (Kerra) Murphy Jr. of Boardman, Charles Joseph Murphy of Poland; and two sisters, Cecelia Marie (Matthew) Richard of Woodstock, Ga., and Margaret Mary (William) Hittie of Columbus.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material contributions be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Arrangements by the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Frank S. Lozner, 92, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Rock Hill, S.C.

He was born on Feb. 1, 1922, in Hartford, the son of Karl and Mary (Novak) Lozner.

He was raised and attended school in Warren and Bristolville, graduating from Bristolville High School. He served in World War II in the Africa campaign. He was married to Adabelle Drissen on Nov. 22, 1942.

He worked for Copperweld Steel for 33 years before moving to Kokomo, Ind., where he worked for Continental Steel until his retirement in 1984. He and Adabelle also operated Lozner’s TV and Appliance store in Vienna, for a number of years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Frank played for the McKelveys baseball team, which won three NABF National Baseball Championships from 1953 through 1955. He pitched the McKelveys team to the 1953 Championship, shutting out a team from Birmingham, 4 to 0, giving Youngstown its first NABF Baseball Championship in 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Karl, John, William; and sister Ann Yeagley.

Survivors include his wife, Adabelle; sons David and Tim; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

At the family’s request, a private committal service of his ashes will be held at a later date.


HUBBARD - There will be services held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Rhodena T. Orr, 82, who passed away Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Hospice of the Valley Hospice House.

Rhodena was born Feb. 25, 1932, in Nova Scotia, Canada, a daughter of Duncan and Maria Steele Pero, and came to the United States and Hubbard in 1951.

She was a member of the Victory Christian Center in Coitsville.

Her husband, Robert G. Orr, whom she married Jan. 4, 1952, passed away March 29, 2010.

She will be sadly missed by her family, Robert Jerry Orr, William Lee (Mary Jo) Orr, Brian Lynn Orr, Renee Marie (Ken) Possert, all of Hubbard; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Terrence Orr; her grandson, CW III Hepfner; and several stepsisters and stepbrothers.

There will be calling hours Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Rhodena will be laid to rest at Hubbard Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Victory Christian Center, 15 Bedford Road, Lowellville, OH 44436.

Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home’s website at to share memories and condolences.


ANDERSON, Clyde Jr., 87, of Vienna, formerly of Youngstown; calling hours Sunday from 2 to 3:45 p.m. at Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
BUCAN, George M., 73, of McDonald; calling hours Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Crown Hill Chapel Mausoleum in Vienna; Selby Funeral Home in Vienna.
GIBSON, Mary Ann, 84, of Howland Township; private calling hours; Staton-Borowski Funeral Home in Warren.
FIMOGNARI, Cheryl, 59, of Newark, Del., formerly of Brookfield; calling hours Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield.
HORVATH, Deborah Ann, 59, of Poland; calling hours Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel.
JELINEK, Thelma R., 85, of Bessemer, Pa.; calling hours Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home.
MARLOWE, Gregory, 47, of Champion; Borowski Funeral Service/Oak Meadow Cremation Services in Warren.
LOZNER, Frank S., 92, of Rock Hill, S.C., formerly of Warren and Bristolville.
ORR, Rhodena T., 82, of Hubbard; calling hours Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
SUMMERS, Susan J., 70, of West Middlesex, Pa.; Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell.
RUMAN, Richard, 61, of Niles; Borowski Funeral Service/Oak Meadow Cremation Services in Warren.
WILSON, Freddie, 79, of Youngstown; F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.
VLAD, Dan J., 92, of Struthers; calling hours Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.