Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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YOUNGSTOWN - Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the McGuffey Road Church of Christ for Mrs. Ernestine Price, 86, who departed this life on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, at Austinwoods Nursing Home.

Mrs. Price was born March 13, 1931, in Clayton, Miss., a daughter of Maxwell and Frances Jordan Foster.

She was head florist for Goldie’s Flower Shop for many years.

Mrs. Price was a member of the church.

She leaves her husband, Robert A. Price Sr., whom she married Nov. 22, 1952; children Paula (Paul) Rawls of Hawkinsville, Calif., Robert A. Price Jr. and Vernay Owens, both of Youngstown, Stevie Price and Water Commissioner Gerald Price, all of Youngstown, and Barbara R. Price of West Covina, Calif.; siblings Mamie Mitchell and Sadie Lewis, both of Youngstown, Lucille Tyson of Valdosa, Ga., Ozella Gordon of Murietta, Calif. and Frances Johnson of Fontana, Calif.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Joseph, Curtis and Simmie Foster; and sisters Laquetta Foster, Viola Flores, Leoia Smith and Margaret Williams.

Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.


AUSTINTOWN - Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel for Viola M. Clark, 96, formerly of Berlin Center, who died early Monday morning at Briarfield Manor.

Viola was born April 16, 1921, in Berlin Center, a daughter of the late Leroy and Grace (Eckenrode) Hilles, and was a lifelong area resident.

She graduated in 1939 from Western Reserve High School, where she played basketball.

Viola worked as a foreman for TRW Inc. for 18 years, retiring in 1984.

She loved to play cards, especially 500 and Eucker, and had belonged to several card clubs. Viola also enjoyed taking care of her yard and making sure her yard was well-kept.

She leaves her daughter, Clydene (Larry Garland) of Girard; three sisters, Bernice Sturgeon of Youngstown, Marjorie Chizmar of Austintown, Barbara (Don) Grant of Ravenna; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren and one due in October.

Besides her parents, Viola was preceded in death by a son, Clyde W. Clark; two brothers, Burton Hilles and Richard Hilles; and Ruth Stroup and Carole Chambers.

Friends may call on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.

Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.


BOWLING GREEN, KY. – Hilda Louise Horn Townsend, 89, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 18, at 12:24 p.m. at the Colonial Nursing Home of Bowling Green.

She was born in Akron, to the late John Jackson and Connie Belle Brigance Horn.

She was the widow of William Clayton “Bill” Townsend.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Eva Belle and Christine; brother Lilborn; a grandson, Jimmie; great-granddaughter; two daughters-in-law, Carol and Jennette; and son-in-law Ken.

She was a cafeteria worker for the Akron School System. She was a Baptist. All that knew Hilda, knew her favorite thing was to say “God has been so good to me, I have five children, 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.” She will be watching over them from above now.

She loved to crochet, play bingo (I-17) and play Sore Thumb that she taught to her family and neighbors.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Peterson and husband John, of Bowling Green, Ky., Connie Warmouth and husband Ricky, of Youngstown, and Carol Walker of Bowling Green; her sons, Bobby Townsend of Youngstown, and Billy Townsend of Pennsylvania; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren

A private burial will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at the Greendale Cemetery under the direction of the Bernard M. Townsend Funeral Home, 220 South Main St. in Masontown, Pa.


“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m., at St. Christine Church, officiated by Father John Keehner, for Rita M. Yankle, 87, who died Monday morning at her residence.

Rita was born June 17, 1930, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late George and Daisy (Godward) O’Neil.

She was a 1948 graduate of East High School and a member of St. Christine Church.

Rita was a devoted wife and caring mother to her five sons. She was a loving mother-in-law and a special grandmother, who dedicated her life to her family.

She leaves her sons, William Jr. (Linda) of Frisco, Texas, James (Davene) of Columbus, Thomas (Kimberly) of Canton, Robert (Mary) of North Lima, and Donald (Christine) of Canfield; nine grandchildren, Carlie, Dylan, Chandler, Spencer, Thomas Jr., Kelly, Maggie, Donny, and Jaclyn; and four great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Reese, Madison, and Layla.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband, William G. Yankle Sr., whom she married on April 7, 1951; her sisters, Margaret McMahon and Irene Clarke; and her brothers, George, Thomas and Edward.

The family would like to send their appreciation to her devoted caregivers, Barbara Caffey, Linda Beachum and Mildred Manigault for all the special care they gave to Rita.

Friends and family may call Wednesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

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

Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.


“Together Again”

HUBBARD - Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home for Jean Hetrick, 88, who died Saturday morning, Aug. 19, 2017, at Liberty Health Care.

She was born June 3, 1929, in Youngstown, a daughter of Nicholas and Anna Rock Lucas, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Hetrick, a graduate of East High School, was a homemaker.

She was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and attended church faithfully up until her illness.

Jean enjoyed cooking, gardening and most of all, her Boxer dogs.

Her husband, Harvey L. Hetrick, whom she married Sept. 20, 1958, died April 12, 2017.

She leaves three sons, Chris L. Hetrick of Hubbard, James (Carla Ann) Hetrick of Hubbard and Paul Hetrick of Liberty; a daughter, Jean Ann Hetrick of Alpharetta, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Cherokee and Aloysius.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harvey; three brothers, Joseph, Nichols and William; and four sisters, Anna Marie Gorman, Genevieve Hubert, Elizabeth Polafka and Dorothy Joyce.

Family and friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.

Visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.


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NILES - Richard W. Kromer, 89, died at 1:33 a.m. on Aug. 20, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

He was born May 20, 1928, in Gates, Pa., the son of Reuben and Christine Camencheck Kromer.

Richard was a 1946 graduate of German Township High School, employed as a coal miner for U.S. Steel at Rubenia Mines in Green County, Pa., member of the Jehovah Witnesses, an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

His wife, Leona Bard Kromer, whom he married May 3, 1955, died Nov. 26, 2016.

He will be sadly missed by a son, Robert Kromer and his wife, Carole, of Niles; two grandchildren, Robert Kromer Jr. and his wife, Marianne, of Niles and Kristen Holland and her husband, Matthew, of Liberty; and four grandchildren, Donovan Jacob, Kennedy Elizabeth, Haley, and Riley Ann.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Family and friends can visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to light a candle, sign the guest book, and send email condolences.


YOUNGSTOWN - Christine A. “Tina” (Passarelli) Martin, 77, passed away early Monday morning, Aug. 21, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Tina was born April 27, 1940, in Youngstown, the daughter of Mark and Josephine (Orlando) Passarelli.

Tina worked as a secretary for the family business, Passarelli Bros. Towing. She was employed by Mahoning County for 27 years, working in their Marriage Department and retiring last year from the Coroner’s Office.

She graduated from Boardman High School in 1958.

Tina loved spending time with her grandchildren and cooking Sunday meals for the family. She enjoyed attending concerts at Mill Creek Park.

Tina leaves behind her daughter, Kimberly (Michael) Madej; her sons, Mark (Bonnie) Martin and Charles Martin; granddaughters Kaitlin and Karly Brogley; and stepgrandchildren Lauren and Adam Madej and Shawna Hendricks.

Besides her parents, Tina was preceded in death by her companion and “love of her life,” Richard Kennedy, who passed away Nov. 1, 2014; her sister, Carol Sbrolla; and brother-in-law James Sbrolla.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at St. Christine Church.

Family and friends may call on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, and again on Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., prior to Mass at St. Christine Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to the Joseph Ohr Youngstown State University Scholarship for Forensic Science.

“Thank you to the staff at Austin Woods and MVI Hospice for taking care of our mom. Thank you to all the family and friends who visited mom.”

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Tina’s family.


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VIENNA - Shirley M. Smith, 89, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, after a brief illness.

Shirley was born Jan. 18, 1928, in Sharon, Pa., the daughter of Clarence and Marietta (Hart) Seiple.

Shirley was a member of the Liberty Assembly of God Church, as wells as in the Bell Choir and a member of the Young At Heart Group there. 

She worked as a custodian at the Pleasant Valley Church for more than 10 years. She spent her life devoted to helping others and enjoyed participating in church activities with friends, gardening, canning, watching soap operas, especially “The Young and The Restless,” but most of all, just spending time with her family. 

Shirley will be sadly missed by her daughters, Sherry Smith of Brookfield and  Linda (Jim) Prem of Florida; her brothers, Robert (Margie) Seiple of Masury and Thomas (Ida) Seiple of Pennsylvania; her six grandchildren, David A. (Dana) Smith Jr. of Cortland, Ashley (Brad) Mifsud of Hubbard, Brittany (Kyle) Coppes of Hubbard, and Jimmy, Jenna and Mazie Prem, all of Florida; and her great-grandchildren, Lillian, Violet and Scarlett Smith and Christian, Grayson and Morgan Mifsud and Hayden Coppes.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Smith Jr., whom she married Sept. 7, 1949, and died Jan. 14, 2012; her son, David A. Smith Sr.; and her twin brothers, John and James Seiple.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23, noon at the Blackstone Funeral Home.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Shirley will be laid to rest next to her husband at Crown Hill Cemetery.

The family requests any memorial contributions be made to the church memory fund or Guide Dogs of America, 13445 Glenoaks Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342.

Please visit blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the Smith family.


ADAMS, Maggie B. (Hatchett), 80, of Youngstown; calling hours Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at Adventist Temple Emmanuel SDA; Conley & Vanden Berg Funeral Home.
CAMUSO, John Michael, 68, of Canfield; calling hours today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Christine Catholic Church in Youngstown; Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.
BRUSS, George C., 72, of Youngstown; calling hours Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman.
EVANSON, Michael R., 59, of Struthers; calling hours Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.
DATKO, Darlene C., 63, of Boardman; Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home.
HAMLEY, John “Jack,” of Campbell; calling hours Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home.
KAKAVROS, Panagiota “Pana,” 92, of Warren; calling hours Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel.
MARTIN, Christine A. “Tina” (Passarelli), 77, of Youngstown; calling hours Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman.
PRICE, Ernestine, 86, of Youngstown; F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
SMITH, Shirley M., 89, of Vienna; calling hours Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
TOWNSEND, Hilda Louise Horn, 89, Bowling Green, Ky.; Bernard M. Townsend Funeral Home in Masontown, Pa.
WALLACE, John P., 73, of Boardman; calling hours Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home.
YANKLE, Rita M., 87, of Youngstown; calling hours Wednesday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at St. Christine Church; Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.