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GIRARD - Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Hubert Lee Abrams, 89, who was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2015, at home with family by his side.

Mr. Abrams, affectionately known as “Lee”, was born Sept. 25, 1926, in St. Petersburg, Fla., a son of Eugene and Laura Bell Abrams.

He had been employed at General Fire Proofing, and owned Uptown Barbecue. He was an avid football fan of the Cleveland Browns and Youngstown State University; He loved the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and had owned a semi-pro basketball team called the Harlem All Stars. He enjoyed fishing, barbecuing and was a vendor at the flea market, where he sold jewelry and other accessories. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, and was of the Baptist faith.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory, his wife, the former Rose Ingram, who he married Jan. 11, 1968; three children, Randall (Sharrone) Napier of Youngstown, Keith Steward of Cleveland and Sharon Napier of Columbus; one brother, Richard Abrams of Syracuse, N.Y.; two sisters, Maggie Lee of Jackson, Fla. and Ann (Rev. Ronald) Harris of Mins, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ernest Abrams; and two sisters, Maxine Ramsey and Betty Warren.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.


POLAND - Conrad Childers, 84, died Saturday morning, Oct. 3, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Conrad was born March 26, 1931, in Youngstown, a son of David and Grace Watson Childers. He was raised in Youngstown and lived in Pittsburgh, Tucson, Ariz., and Fresno, Calif., before returning to the area and to Poland in 1969.

He attended South High School before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 until 1952. Conrad was a survivor of the Chosin Reservoir. After the Marines, he attended Youngstown State University, University of Arizona, and Fresno State. In 1976, Conrad founded Shane Security Service Inc. He retired in 2006 as president and C.E.O.

Conrad was a member of the Crime Clinic of Greater Youngstown, where he served as trustee for 30 years and as president from 1978 to 1979. He was a member of Wick Lodge F&AM 481, and a 32nd degree Mason of the Valley of Youngstown Scottish Rite. He was also a member of Al Koran Shrine and Youngstown Shrine Club. He was a member and past president of the Cambium Club of Youngstown, and a member of the R.O.M.E.O. Club.

His first wife, the former Geraldine Cantor, whom he married Feb. 14, 1953, died May 27, 2002.

Conrad leaves his second wife, the former Joanne Danko Garrett, whom he married Oct. 26, 2004; one son, John Childers of Poland; three stepchildren, Don (Monica) Ferrick of Lowellville, Bobbie Jo Toth of Boardman, and Terry (Korinda) Ferrick of Struthers; one brother, David J. (Marie) Childers of Howland; two grandsons, Michael J. and John D. Childers; eight stepgrandchildren, Jason (Chrissie) Ferrick, Jamie Lynn (Jeremy) Ferrick, John Lochrane, Robbie (Tosha) Lochrane, Brandy (Eddie) Jorge, Terry Matthew and Jessica Ferrick, and Jason (Tina) Lind; and 16 stepgreat-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and wife, Conrad was preceded in death by a son, James Childers; and a stepgrandson, Joey Lochrane.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Park Cemetery Chapel, with Dr. Charles McGowan officiating.

Contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, c/o Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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ZANESVILLE - Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Ellsworth Presbyterian Church for Margaret L. Danch, 90, formerly of Berlin Center, who died early Monday morning at Willow Haven Nursing Home.

Margaret was born Jan. 3, 1925, in Petersburg, a daughter of the late Garfield and Edith Dugan Best.

She graduated from Springfield High School and Youngstown Hospital School of Nursing. Margaret was a registered nurse for the Youngstown Hospital Association for 40 years, retiring in 1984. Margaret had been a member of the Ellsworth Presbyterian and the Petersburg Presbyterian Churches. She was a former member of the Canfield AARP and the Ohio Nurses Association and loved volunteering and reading. Margaret had volunteered for Hospice of the Valley, the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission in Thoreau, N.M. and was a volunteer advocate for Victims of Crime with the Mahoning County Court.

Her husband, Louis J. Danch, whom she married Sept. 14, 1946, died in December of 1979.

She leaves her daughter, Sylvia L. Burkey and her husband, Eugene, of Adamsville; three grandchildren, Michael (Jennifer) Burkey, David (Kari) Burkey, and Daniel Danch; four great-grandchildren, Cody Burkey, Ty Burkey, Braylie Burkey, and Bronc Burkey; two brothers, Robert Best of Cleveland and Charles Best of Youngstown; and one sister, Judith Pitzo of New Middletown.

Besides her parents and her husband, Margaret was preceded in death by her son, Louis “Bob” Danch; four brothers, William Best, Russell Best, Richard Best, and James Best; one sister, Vera Richey; and one grandson, Robert Danch.

Friends may call for one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.

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BOARDMAN – A prayer service will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 10 a.m. at St. Angela Merici at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Youngstown, for Lois J. Ferry, 78, formerly of Powersway in Youngstown, who passed away on Monday afternoon.

Lois was born Dec. 25, 1936, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Frederick Lee and Ella O’Keefe Smith.

She retired from the J C Penney Company at the Southern Park Mall after 30 years of working in the restaurant and then in the Girl’s Department. She was a 50 year member of St. Angela Merici at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. She was a member of a card club, cooking club with friends and she enjoyed bowling, bingo and baking. Lois liked to spend time with her grandchildren, great-grandson and family and friends.

Lois married Irwin “Sky” Ferry on June 30, 1954, and he passed away on April 26, 1994.

She leaves one daughter, Barbara J. “Bobbie” (William) Kelly of Boardman; one brother, George H. Smith of North Lima; two grandchildren, Dr. Brandy L. (Ciprian) Gilea of Canfield and Jamie L. (Matthew) Paullin of Berea; one great-grandson, Luca Gilea; and a future great-granddaughter, baby Paullin. She also leaves many family and friends.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Frederick Lee Smith Jr.; two sisters, Bernice “Bea” Comstock and Mary Ellen Smith.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Assumption Village and everyone from Hospice of the Valley.

Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

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FLORAL CITY, FLA. - Wilbert “Will” Edward Keller, 91, formerly of New Bedford, Pa., passed away on Sept. 23, 2015.

Will was born on April 8, 1924, in New Bedford, to the late Edward and Bessie Keller.

He served our country in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a master sergeant. During his tours of duty, in World War II, he served in the Asian Theatre, in the “C.B.I.,” or China, Burma, and India, flying transport over the “Hump,” or the Himalayan Mountains. After his retirement from the military, he worked as an inspector analyst at Youngstown Sheet and Tube. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, and fishing in his earlier years.

Will is survived by his sons, Scott Keller and his wife, Susan, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Terry Keller of Campbell; his daughter, Debbie Keller-Cahill and her husband, Steve, of Grove City; his brother, Derald Keller; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Velma Parris; and one grandchild.

The Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home of Floral City is assisting the family with private arrangements.


NEW SPRINGFIELD – Jeanette M. McCoy, 59, passed away at home on Oct. 2, 2015.

She was of the Christian faith and had been a homemaker most her life.

She leaves behind her father,  Robert Sherman Quear; five sons, Michael Klaus, David Klaus and wife Jessica, who is expecting, Gene McCoy and wife Kristy, George McCoy and wife Holly and Robert McCoy and wife Katie; and her only daughter, Jennie McCoy and boyfriend Jeremy.

Jeanette also leaves her grandchildren, Hunter Klaus, Chole and Gabryel McCoy, Anita, Isaiah, Evangeline and Elisha McCoy, and Leon McCoy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; mother Jennie; and brothers Ron and George Quear.

Visitation was Monday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Bessemer, Pa. There was a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, at the funeral home.

Burial was at the Zion Cemetery.


YOUNGSTOWN - There will be funeral services Thursday evening, Oct. 8, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. Boardman, for Margaret L. Simmons, 73, known as “Maggie,” who died suddenly on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 at her residence.

Maggie was born Feb. 7, 1942, in Morgantown, W.Va., the daughter of the late John and Betty J. (Shriver) Simmons. She moved to the Youngstown area as a child.

Maggie graduated from South High School in 1961.

She was a bookkeeper for Big B Automotive in Youngstown for 25 years, retiring in 2004.

Maggie is survived by two daughters, Jennifer L. Freeman of Cleveland, Kelley J. Jenkins of Youngstown; five grandchildren, Margaret (Sue) Freeman, Samantha Freeman, Jemel “JR” Jenkins, Amyah C. Jenkins, and Kayden J. Jenkin; and her childhood best friend, Cindy Burns, of Youngstown.

Besides her parents, Maggie was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosemary McCullough, Diana K. Baber-Torrez; and two brothers, John L. Simmons and Dennis F. Simmons.

Family and friends may call on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home, Boardman, with funeral service to follow at 7 p.m.

Maggie enjoyed spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Green Haven Memorial Gardens for Thomas C. Rhoads, 71, who passed away Sunday morning at Hospice House.

Thomas was born April 23, 1944, in Youngstown, a son of Clyde Charles Rhoads and Verne Fowler Shoemaker.

Thomas graduated from South High School and was a factory worker for Parker Hannifin. He enjoyed going to the casino and spending time with all of his wonderful friends. Thomas was an avid Pirates fan and a life long Packers fan. He loved attending all of his grandchildren’s sporting events.

His beloved wife, the former Jacqueline Wade, whom he married Aug. 27, 1966, passed away Dec. 15, 2007.

Thomas leaves two daughters, Kimberly Rhoads of Columbus and Keri Rhoads of Canfield and her two children, Lily and Sophie Hodge; a son, Darrin Rhoads of Canfield and his wife, Holly (whom he loved like a daughter), and their children, Tylor and Carter Rhoads; his mother, Verne Shoemaker of Boardman; and a brother, Clyde (Dee) Rhoads of Austintown.

Thomas was preceded in death by his father.

The Rhoads’ family would like to thank Dr. Mikhail and his staff at the James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University for all of their expertise and care, and the Hospice House for all of their wonderful compassion.

In lieu of flowers, material tributes may take the form of donations to Pelotonia at, where all money goes directly to research at James Cancer Hospital.

Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.


BOARDMAN – David Taylor, passed away peacefully, after a courageous fight with cancer on Oct. 3, at Hospice House in Poland, surrounded by loved ones.

David was born Sept. 10, 1941, in Port Talbot, South Wales, U.K., son of David Timothy Charles and Kathleen Taylor.

David moved to Boardman in his teens and attended Boardman High School. He became an entertainer as a lead vocalist and musician. He traveled across the United States, from New York to Las Vegas, as well as locally, while performing with various other musicians. One of his prized accomplishments was working on a promotional album titled “Miami to Las Vegas” as Dave Taylor and the Clique.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle (Stephen) Griffiths; two grandchildren, Gwyn and Carys of Measteg, South Wales, U.K.; significant other, Margie Matovich of Niles; a sister, Colleen Daniel of Port Talbot, South Wales, U.K.; a sister-in-law; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Terrence Taylor.

Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at St. Christine Church, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a funeral Mass following at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

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PALM COAST, FLA. - Ginny (Lanterman) Wiegand passed away peacefully Sept. 23, 2015, at Flagler Memorial Hospital, with her loved ones by her side.

Ginny was born Sept. 28, 1936, in Boardman, the daughter of Orrie and Irene Lanterman.

She spent her younger years in Austintown before moving to Florida in 1970.

Ginny was a creative and passionate decorative artist, and loved imparting her knowledge to her students and others who shared the same passion. She was a loved and well-known member of the Palm Coast, Seaside and Missle Tole Decorative Painters Guilds. A true testament to her talent, Ginny had the opportunity to study with master decorative painter, Boris Grafov, at one of his Zhostovo seminars in Florida, and then was part of a small group invited by him to paint at his studio in Russia for two weeks in 2004.

Also in 2004, an ornament she painted was selected to be on the White House Christmas tree. Ginny attended the celebration at the White House, where the former First Lady Laura Bush greeted her. The ornament remains in the White House archives.

Ginny’s connections to Youngstown are long-standing and include a family legacy with ties to Lanterman’s Mill and Lanterman’s Falls at Mill Creek Park, which made the art show she hosted at Fellows Riverside Weller Gallery, from Aug. 27, to Oct. 4, 2010, all the more special to her.

Ginny will be sorely missed by her beloved soul mate, Donald Becker of Palm Coast, originally of Youngstown; her daughter, Cheryl Paulo of Palm Coast; her son, Robert Paulo of Austintown; her brother, Thomas (Mary) Lanterman of Hubbard; and her many extended family members, loved ones and friends.

She is gone, but never forgotten; her memory will live on in her artwork and in their hearts.

Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, William “Pork” Lanterman of Columbiana; and her sister, Sally Wertz of Austintown.


ABRAMS, Hubert Lee, 89, of Girard; calling hours Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home in Youngstown.
CHAMBERLIN, Carol J., 93, of Columbiana,; calling hours Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima.
DRAGOVICH, David Phillip, 55, of New Springfield, formerly of Campbell; calling hours Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana.
FERRY, Lois J., 78, of Boardman, formerly of Youngstown; calling hours Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.
KNAPIK, Mary A., 98, of Youngstown; calling hours Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Church; Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.
JONES, Judith K. (Lorton), 69, of Youngstown; calling hours Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Schiavone Funeral Home.
PANDZA, Matilda “Tillie,” 94, of Farrell; calling hours Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. at J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. in Sharon. 
SUNDY, Paul W. Sr., 70, of Cortland; McFarland & Son Funeral and Cremation Services Co. in Warren.
ROSSI, Dana Jean (Fulton), 53, of Niles; calling hours Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC.
TAYLOR, T. David “Dadie,” 74, of Boardman; visitation Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Christine Church in Youngstown; Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home in Youngstown.
WIEGAND, Ginny (Lanterman), of Palm Coast, Fla., formerly of Austintown.