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NORTH LIMA - A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Dominic’s Church, for Gertrude G. Ferencak, 96, formerly of Boardman, who passed away peacefully Sunday morning.

Gertrude was born Jan. 1, 1920, in Youngstown, a daughter of Michael and Mary Tekach Timko.

She was a 1937 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and was a secretary for Anthony Vivo. Gertrude was active at St. Dominic Church, Catholic Daughters, Rosary Altar and a member of the Boardman Historical Society.

Her husband, Irwin L. Ferencak, whom she married Oct. 29, 1938, passed away Feb. 8, 1972.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Georgia (Alexander) Kidd of Boardman; two sons, Gerald (Dolores) Ferencak of Struthers and Thomas (Diane) Ferencak of Tallahassee, Fla.; a brother, David (Janet) Dates Austintown; three grandchildren, Alexander (Nina) Kidd IV, Laura (Brett) Schaller and Nicholas Ferencak; and one great-grandchild, Sarah Schaller.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Dominic’s Church.

Material tributes can be made in Gertrude’s memory to the Assumption Village Activities Fund, 9800 Market St., North Lima, OH 44452.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.


MCDONALD – Lewis “Lou” Kenner, 84, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Washington Square Nursing Home in Warren, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Lou was born Nov. 9, 1931, in Vandergrift, Pa., the son of Arthur and Revennia Kenner.

Lou proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. “As a young man, Lou made the most important decision of his life by accepting Christ as his Savior, and because of this, we can find comfort in knowing that he is heaven, waiting on his friends and family to join him.”

Ensuring his children had this same opportunity was a very important part of his legacy and will be carried on for generations to come. Lou attended the Open Door Community Church in McDonald in the later years of his life.

For many years, Lou operated as an independent aluminum siding and window contractor. Known for his uncanny construction skills, he enjoyed helping friends and family with their projects and his yearly visits to Houston, knowing his children had a project waiting on him. These are some of the most precious memories they will cherish. 

Lou constructed his cabin in Cook Forest, Pa., and enjoyed spending time there. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working and most importantly spending time with his family. 

Lou was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Kenner, who passed away in 1988; and his sister, Audrey Wilkins.

Lou is survived by his son, Arthur and wife Brenda of Montgomery, Texas; his son, Robert and wife Cena of Alvin, Texas; his daughter, Barbara Iacobucci and husband Brian of Austintown; daughter Wanetta Kenner of Alvin; grandchildren Nicholas Iacobucci, Christopher Anderson, Meagan Grieco and Erin Kenner; his brother, Sheridan Kenner of Girard; and special friend, Mrs. Dorothy Kish.

The family would like to thank Pastor Art Nicolli of the Open Door Community Church, the staff at Washington Square Nursing Home, the Youngstown VA and Hospice of the Valley for their support and care of their father. 

Funeral services will be today, Aug. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.

The family will receive relatives and friends today from 11 a.m. until the time of service. 

Lewis will be laid to rest at Girard City Cemetery beside his wife.

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


BOARDMAN – A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Austintown, officiated by Pastor Rick Stauffer, for Donald M. Bishop, 82, who passed away peacefully Saturday morning.

Donald was born May 15, 1934, in Youngstown, a son of Mitchell M. and Gwendolyn J. Williamson Bishop.

He was a 1952 graduate of South High School and was a supervisor at Packard Electric, retiring in 1984.

Donald was a member American Legion Post 301, Zion Lutheran Bible study and the Youngstown Inter Group (YAIG).

He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Korea from 1953 to 1957.

His wife, the former Jessie Kindel, whom he married in 1960, passed away in 2001.

He leaves to cherish his memory, three sons, Donald (Annette) Bishop of Girard, David (Michelle) Bishop of Beaver Township and Douglas (Cindi) Bishop of Green Township and eight grandchildren.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.


POLAND - Joseph M. Surko, 76, was reunited with his wife, Maryann, on Aug. 28, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Surko was born Oct. 31, 1939, in Struthers.

He attended Struthers High School and went on to enlist in the U.S. Army, where he served for two years. Joseph worked at Youngstown Sheet and Tube (LTV) and Republic Steel for 30 plus years. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica. Joseph loved gardening, outdoors, going to car shows, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was known for making people laugh. He also enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Browns.

His wife, the former Maryann Marchionda, whom he married June 6, 1965, died Feb. 6, 2011.

He is survived two daughters, Karen (Tony) Frattaroli of Poland and Diane Surko of Struthers; three sons, Joseph A. (Danielle) Surko of Poland, Thomas Surko of Youngstown, and Daniel Surko of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Mya Snyder and Phillip Synder III; and one sister, Shirley McAllister of Boardman.

Besides his parents and wife, Joseph was preceded in death by one sister, Beverly Kessler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, Wednesday at 10 a.m., with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements are being handling by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


BOARDMAN - Michael Austin Nakoneczny, 51, died on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Greenbriar Nursing Home.

He was born Sept. 15, 1964, in Detroit.

Michael was a plumber by trade, but most recently was employed at Firestone Test Centers.

He enjoyed classic country music and fishing.

He leaves his son, Michael (Stephanie) Nakoneczny of Boardman; his mother, Rose Kennedy of Boardman; his brother, Christopher (Connie) Nakoneczny of North Port, Fla.; his grandson, Michael W. Nakoneczny; and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Nakoneczny.

In honoring Michael’s wishes, there will be no services.

The Davis-Becker Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The family asks that any memorial donations be made in Michael’s name to Hospice of the Valley, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


SCIPPIO, Kim, 54, of Streetsboro; calling hours Friday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Staton-Borowski Funeral Home in Warren.
HAMMAR, George L., 78, of Youngstown; calling hours Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.
KENNER, Lewis “Lou,” 84, of McDonald; calling hours today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
JONES, Edna, 78, of Youngstown; L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
MCBRIDE, Jeffrey L., 56, of Hermitage, Pa.; calling hours today from 4 to 6 p.m. at Victory Christian Center in Lowellville; Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home in Youngstown.
NAKONECZNY, Michael Austin, 51, of Boardman; Davis-Becker Funeral Home.