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BESSEMER, PA. - Vivian R. Cunningham, 100, passed away peacefully at her residence, with her family around her.

She was born in Leesburg Village, Va., on her family farm, on March 13, 1915. She was one of seven children to the late Leonard R. and Ethel Galloway Orr.

Vivian was a Leesburg High graduate and attended Grove City College for two years.

She married the late Monas W. Cunningham on March 14, 1934. He preceded her in death in 1988.

Vivian had worked for many years as a clerk at Weingartners Florist and Gifts and was the organist for the Cunningham Funeral Home in Bessemer for her husband, her son and grandson. Vivian was a long-standing member of the Bessemer Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed quilting, having completed over nine quilts with the Bessemer quilting group, She enjoyed golfing and missed the days spent on the courses with Arley Ann Nord and Irene Percic, her dear departed friends. Vivian also enjoyed going to the casinos with friends and her grandson. Many a story was shared during the drive and dinner was always at Hoges restaurant.

Vivian leaves behind her son, H. Ralph (Sally) Cunningham of Bessemer; grandsons Bryan (Joy) Cunningham of Bessemer, Terry (Lucy Pannute) Cunningham of Enon Valley, Pa., and Monas (Jay) (Sheri) Cunningham of New Middletown; great-grandchildren Daniel (Sherry) Cunningham, Justin (Lauren) Cunningham, Cody Cunningham, Michael Cunningham, Corey (Lauren) Cunningham, Monas (Naomi Neff) Cunningham, and Carly Cunningham; and a great-great-grandson, Carson. Vivian also is survived by a brother, Emmett (Geri) Orr of Grove City, Pa. and sister Esther (George) Pastrick of Florida.

Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Rex Orr and Harold Orr; and sisters Sara Lytle and Leona Lytle.

Family will receive friends on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Bessemer from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the funeral home in Bessemer.

In lieu of flowers, donations may go to the Bessemer Presbyterian Church and or the charity of the donor’s choice.


YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Ms. Catherine Douglas-Veney, 97, who entered eternal rest Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at Danridge Burgundi Manor.

Ms. Douglas-Veney was born April 1, 1918, in Staunton, Va., a daughter of King and Estelle Thompson Thomas.

She enjoyed a blissful marriage to David Veney for 25 years, until his death in 1995.

She was a former member of the Price Memorial AME Zion Church, where she aided in the fundraising efforts for the church’s building fund. She found joy in completing crossword puzzles, reading and volunteering at local hospitals.

She leaves to cherish her memory, three loving children, Roberta (William) Davis of Twinsburg, and Robert A. Douglas Jr. and Leta Thomas Sims, both of Youngstown; 12 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Joseph Douglas; and 12 siblings.

Friends may call on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.


CANFIELD – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, at the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown on Wick Avenue for Susan Benedict Gomez, 93, who passed away Monday evening at her home.

Susan was born Oct. 15, 1921, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Andrew and Julia (Miklos) Benedict.

She was a lifelong area resident, a graduate of The Rayen School, a longtime member of the church, where she was an elder and a deacon, as well as a member of the church’s Women’s Association.

Susan was also homemaker and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Her husband, Victor Gomez, whom she married March 13, 1942, passed away Feb. 4, 1979.

Susan leaves two sons, Richard Gomez and his wife, Mary, of Columbus, and Dennis Gomez and his wife, Carol, of Boardman; four grandchildren, Laurie Henes, John, Jeffrey and Brian Gomez; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She also leaves her dear friend and caregiver, with whom Susan lived the past 10 years, Karen Pavlansky. Karen was like a daughter to her, along with Karen’s children, Allison Pavlansky, and Danielle (Phillip) and Ella Pantalone, who thought of Susan as their grandmother. She will also be greatly missed by her beloved dog, Penny.

Besides her parents and husband, Susan was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, two half sisters and one stepbrother.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, where services will be at 11 a.m.

The family would also like to express their sincerest gratitude and thanks to MVI Home Care and Hospice.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.

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BOARDMAN - Opal “Inez” Vegso, 92, passed away Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman.

Inez was born June 10, 1923, in Ardmore, Okla., daughter of the late John L. and Sarah Ethel Mundell.

She was raised in Texas, where she met her husband, William Vegso. They were married Dec. 26, 1942, and moved to Ohio, where they lived until his passing on Feb. 8, 1993.

She was a homemaker, a great cook, and enjoyed doing word puzzles and watching football, especially the Dallas Cowboys.

She is survived by her son, Randy Vegso and his wife, Kathy, of Canfield; three grandchildren, Dan Krill of Virginia, Lisa Roberts and her husband, Jason, of Dallas, and Jeff Vegso of Austintown; one great-granddaughter, Riley Belle Roberts; her son-in-law, John Krill of North Lima; one brother, Don Mundell; two sisters, Reba Teeter and Lucille Nichols; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Inez was preceded in death by her daughter, Claudia Krill; two brothers, Thomas “Buster” and Jack Mundell; and a sister, Bernice Hardison.

Inez‘s wish was not to have any visitation or services.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shepherd of the Valley for their kindness and care, given to Inez during her stay there.

Arrangements are by the Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Struthers.


“Together Again”

ALLENDALE, N.J. - Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, for Michael Kraynak, 89, formerly of Austintown, who passed away Sunday afternoon.

Michael was born March 25, 1926, in Youngstown, the son of Michael and Anna Orincak Kraynak.

He was U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving our country from 1944 to 1946.

Michael went on to work as a supervisor at Loblaws and later retired as a millwright from Republic Steel.

He was an active member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church.

Michael also served as a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Greek Catholic Union and the St. Nicholas Church Group.

Michael’s wife, the former Helen Uhlar, whom he married Nov. 4, 1961, passed away May 10, 1999.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his daughter, Michele (John) Pesanello of Mahwah, N.J.; his son, Christopher (Amy) Kraynak of Burns Harbor, Ind.; his siblings, Helen Kraynak, Edward Kraynak, Fr. Nicholas Kraynak, William Kraynak and Emil Kraynak, all of Youngstown, and his sister, Mary Whitacre of Salem; and his six grandchildren, Matthew (Ashley) Kraynak of Atlanta, David Kraynak of Kalamazoo, Mich., PFC Thomas Kraynak of Camp Lejune, N.C., and John Michael, Laura, and Nicholas Pesanello of Mahwah.

Besides his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his brothers, Andrew and John Kraynak; and his sisters, Marge and Ann Kraynak.

The Kraynak family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Thursday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, at the Apostolic Faith Temple Church, for Elder Richard George Martin Jr., 51, who departed this life Thursday, July 30, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Elder Martin, affectionately known as “Junior,” was born Oct. 24, 1963, in Fairmont, W.Va., a son of Richard G. Sr. and Isabella Gordon Martin, and came to this area from Bronx, N.Y., 10 years ago.

He attended New York City Schools and Youngstown State University and was taking online Bible classes. Mr. Martin had been employed with Con-Way Department Store in New York, and was presently employed at HC Companies as a lead supervisor. He was a member and elder at the Apostolic Faith Temple Church, and a volunteer counselor at the Warren United Methodist Center.

He enjoyed gourmet cooking, grilling and most of all, spending time with his beloved family. He was always concerned about his family and friends, and therefore, was in constant contact with them just to make sure they were okay.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his parents of Youngstown; his wife, the former Melba Abron, whom he married March 15, 2008; six daughters, Margaret Martin and Ebony Martin both of Bronx, Rayonna Booth, Monique Abron, and Latashia Martin, all of Youngstown, and Keeshia Martin of New York City; five grandchildren; a sister, Wanda (Jeffrey) Clark of Youngstown; a brother, Lance Martin of Neptune, N.J.; and a host of nieces, nephews, first cousins who were like sisters and brothers, and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the church.

Arrangements are entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.


POLAND - James E. Mollenkopf passed away quietly at the home of his daughter, Linda (James) Crissman, on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

“Jim,” the eldest son of James J. and Helen (Stover) Mollenkopf, was born in Petersburg, on Feb. 12, 1935.

He graduated from New Springfield High School in 1953, and became co-owner and manager of Petersburg Milling Company in Bessemer, Pa., with his mother. After that business closed, he worked for Wittmer Feed and Dairy, and Big Blue Trucking Company.

Jim will be sadly missed by his two daughters, Linda (James) Crissman of Struthers and Lora (David) McNutt of Boardman; grandchildren Gregory, Joshua, and Ashley Crissman, all of Ohio, and Stephanie (Joe) Mollenkopf-Anderson of Florida; great-granddaughters Skylar, Kelly Joe and Jennifer Anderson of Florida; grandson Nicholas Mollenkopf; great-granddaughter Rachael Mollenkopf of Delray, Fla.; granddaughter Ashley Mollenkopf; and great-granddaughter Jayden Sheffield of Florida; and his faithful companion, dog Lady. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Persing and Natalie (Gary) Cowan; brother Allen Mollenkopf; and brother-in-law Bill Wharry.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, the former Doris Mae Wylam, who died on July 20, 2010; sons James and Richard Mollenkopf; brother Richard Mollenkopf; and sisters Janice Gibson and Mary Wharry.

Jim had been a member of the Fairview Immanuel Baptist Church prior to its closing, where he had been on many boards, including the diaconate, trustees and pulpit committee. He enjoyed going out to dinner with his family and friends, following basketball and football games on TV, and working. He was always happiest driving his truck, down the road to the next stop.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A short celebration of Jim's life will take place at 1 p.m.

The family would like to thank MVI Hospice for their wonderful, compassionate care of Jim throughout his illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material donations be made to MVI Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.


YOUNGSTOWN - A funeral service celebrating the life of Mr. Joe “Jesse” Louis Teague Sr. will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Mr. Teague departed this life July 31, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Mr. Teague was born Oct. 17, 1942, in Shadygrove, Ala., a son of Clergy and Myrtis Foster Teague Sr., coming to the valley many years ago.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army National Guard and the Merchant Marines. He was formerly employed with General Fireproofing Company, Smaldino’s Restaurant and Acme Boning Co. He was a member of the Tabernacle Baptist church, where he sang in the mass and men’s choirs. He was a proud supporter and volunteer for the local President Obama Campaign.

He was a loving father, brother and friend, who will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving siblings, Betty Jean (Jesse) Hall, Angela (David) Teague, Mary Tolbert, all of Ramer, Ala., Tommy (Portia) Teague, and O.B., Johnny and Robert Teague; his loving children, Charles (Catalina) Mitchell of Youngstown, Joe L. (Vicki) Teague Jr. of Bellefontaine, Brian (Patricia) Teague, and Justin (Randi) Teague, all of Boardman, Dawn James-Revis of Youngstown, and Sonya Gilmore of Columbus; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Clergy Teague Jr. and Pete Teague; and a daughter, Tonya Gilmore.

Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the J.E. Washington Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends Friday one hour prior to services at the church.

Interment will be at Belmont Park Cemetery.

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Ministry of comfort provided by the J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.


POLAND - Lucille Adele Ladigo, 96, died Monday morning, Aug. 3, 2015, at St. Joseph Health Center.

Mrs. Ladigo was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Struthers, daughter of Walter and Helen Turner.

Lucille was a graduate of Struthers High School and was a longtime employee of Men-Guer Chrysler Plymouth in Struthers. She was a member of the Poland United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed spending time with her husband, Leon, at their Guilford Lake cottage. It was a gathering place for family and friends to enjoy many days of fun and laughter. Lucille loved playing the organ and was an avid card player and bowler. She also was an animal lover and she and Leon had many pets over the years.

Her husband, Leon, whom she married Aug. 26, 1939, died Nov. 23, 1989.

Although she and Leon had no children of their own. She is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends who she loved dearly and was very generous to. “Lucy,” as she was fondly known by many, never forgot anyone’s birthday.

Services will be held at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel, on Thursday at 11 a.m., with Pastor Michael Grant officiating. Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

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CUNNINGHAM, Vivian R., 100, of Bessemer, Pa.; calling hours Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cunningham Funeral Home.
BUCCI, Stephanie A., 21, of Boardman; calling hours Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home.
EWING, Nellie M., 83, of Poland; calling hours Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown.
GOMEZ, Susan Benedict, 93, of Canfield; calling hours Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown; Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.
HOSA, Helen, 91, of Canfield; calling hours Saturday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers; Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
KOLIAS, Fotios “Fred,” 74, of Canfield; calling hours Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home in Youngstown and Friday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
MILLER, Harold Leroy Jr., 84, of Newton Falls; calling hours Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at James Funeral Home.
LADIGO, Lucille Adele, 96, of Poland; calling hours Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel.
SHOEMAKER, Robert “Bob,” of Rockport, Texas, formerly of Boardman.
TEAGUE, Joe “Jesse” Louis Sr., of Youngstown; calling hours Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at J.E. Washington Funeral Home.
VEGSO, Opal “Inez,” 92, of Boardman; no calling hours; Kirila Funeral Home in Struthers.