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Thursday, December 8, 2016

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STRUTHERS – Clara A. Andrews, 95, died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, 2016, at Maplecrest Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Clara was born Dec. 21, 1920, in Campbell, a daughter of Pompeo and Girolama “Mamie” (Gaiarsa) Ghioldi.

Raised in Campbell, she was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School. After graduation, she was employed for 10 years at Weatherbee Coats as a seamstress.

On Feb. 28, 1946, she married Robert J. Andrews Sr. and became a dedicated homemaker. In 1949, they moved to Struthers, where they raised their family and enjoyed 62 years of marriage together. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2008.

Mrs. Andrews was a member of Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, a former member of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of AARP.

Clara enjoyed tending to her rose bushes and planting her annual flower gardens, watching the birds outside her window, particularly the cardinals, traveling with her husband, and cooking and baking. She especially loved this time of year and the Christmas festivities.

Mrs. Andrews is survived by her daughter, Margaret “Peggy” (David) Maloney of Struthers; three sons, Robert J. Andrews Jr. of Brunswick, John A. Andrews of Streetsboro, and William T. Andrews of Struthers; four grandchildren, Laura Ann (David) Siarkowski, David R. (Mandy) Maloney, Robert J. (Anita) Andrews, and Jennifer A. Maloney; and three great-grandchildren, Fiona Claire and Orion Morgan Maloney, and Joshua David Siarkowski.

In addition to her parents and husband, Clara was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfonso and Paul Ghioldi; and a sister, Evelyn Burgmyer.

A prayer service will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St. in Struthers, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, with Fr. Martin Celuch officiating. Interment will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in Clara’s name to one of her favorite organizations, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Clara’s family would like to express their appreciation and thank the staff of Maplecrest Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and All Caring Hospice for the wonderful care they gave to her.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


LAKE MILTON - Dorothy Lou Durig, 81, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

She was born on May 21, 1935, in Lake Milton, the daughter of the late Norman E. Mick and Marie Anna (Harrison) Mick.

Dorothy married Charles M. Durig on May 21, 1955, and they enjoyed 41 years of marriage together until he passed away on Nov. 7, 1996. She lived her entire life in Lake Milton as a housewife and raised four wonderful children.

Dorothy loved all animals, especially walking the dogs for exercise, feeding the cats, reading the newspaper, and loved going to her granddaughter, Shauna’s volleyball games.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles “Max” Durig; and one brother, Dean Mick.

She is survived by four sons, Douglas Durig of Lake Milton, Charles and Karen Durig of Streetsboro, Scott and Sharon Durig of Berlin Center, and Mark and Katie Durig of Fincastle, Va.; eight grandchildren, Seth, Claire, Tyler, Nikki, Cameron, Caleb, Shauna and Brandon; three great-grandchildren, Kaydence, Cody, and Nevaeh; and two nephews, Larry and Leon Mick.

Per Dorothy’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

A memorial service will be held at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at 6 p.m.

The family will receive friends for calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m.

Dorothy will be laid to rest beside her husband, Max, at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St. in Newton Falls.

Family and friends may visit www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com to view Dorothy’s obituary online or to send condolences to the family.


STRUTHERS - John Grant Gingery, 84, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, 2016, at his residence.

John was born Dec. 9, 1931, in Youngstown, a son of Ward and Kathryn Herman Gingery.

A lifelong resident of Struthers, John was a graduate of Struthers High School, January class of 1950. John started out as a millwright helper for Sharon Steel Company in Lowellville and later worked in the electric furnace of Sharon Steel in Farrell, Pa. After 41 years of service, he retired as a head melter in 1991.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean conflict. He served in Korea from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1954. He received the Korean Service Medal, Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

John was a member of the Struthers Gridiron, Struthers VFW Post No. 3538, the American Legion Post No. 0158, the F.O.E. Post No. 1035, and the Struthers Historical Society. He was also a member of the former Struthers Athletic Club. An avid golfer, John belonged to several golf leagues and had two holes-in-one at Rolling Hills and Diamond Back golf courses.

His wife, the former Geraldine Joseph, whom he married Feb. 19, 1955, died Oct. 10, 2014.

He leaves one daughter, Daria (Robert) Travaline of Lowellville; three sons, John (Ruth Ann Beatty) Gingery of Poland, Robert Gingery of Struthers, and Michael (Melony) Gingery of Parkersburg, W.Va.; six grandchildren, Kerri Gingery, Lindsey (Adam) Richey, Mario (Kirsten), Katie, and Vince Travaline, and Tyler Gingery; and two great-grandchildren, Micah and Everlee.

In addition to his parents and wife, John was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Louise Blisard.

Family and friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers, where a funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., with Deacon John Terranova officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at St. John Cemetery.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.


LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Richard A. Wydick Jr., 53, passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Youngstown.

Richard was born July 25, 1963, the son of Richard A. Wydick of Florida and Lona (John) Pastore Consier of Liberty.

Richard owned and operated Iron Security Door for 20 years. He was drawn to nature and found peace in the outdoors. He loved hunting and was an avid NASCAR fan.

Besides his parents,  he leaves his children, whom he loved more than anything in the world, Spencer, Abigail, Danielle, and Wesley, all of Grandview, and Tristan of New Middletown; his sister, Lori Wydick of Kentucky; his brother, Brian Wydick of Boardman; his grandparents, George and Rose Wydick of Girard; and his nephew, Matthew Morehead of Kentucky.

His family cherished and loved him, and he will be sadly missed.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rocco Pastore, and Andrew and Helen Wydick; and a great-grandmother, Erminia Parise.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard, officiated by Pastor Myron Daum.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

The family requests any memorial contributions to made to the Blackstone Funeral Home to help defray funeral expenses.

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


NEWNAN, GA. - Evelyn R. Money, 90, succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease on Dec. 4, at her home in Newnan.

Born in Youngstown on Sept. 19, 1926, she was the daughter of Oliver H. and Ruth A. (Matz) Diffenbach.

Mrs. Money attended Wooster College and worked as a bank teller before becoming a full-time homemaker. She established warm, welcoming homes in Struthers, Boardman, Crown Point, Ind., and Perry, Ga. before moving to Newnan to be closer to her younger daughter.

She was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as regent in two states where she lived and was a member of Tri Kappa service sorority. She arranged a program by the Up With People group, sponsored an American Field Service exchange student from South Africa, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was active in Book Browsers. She enjoyed playing bridge, planning trips and traveling, reading, and eating good food.

She was raised and married in the Presbyterian church and became a Lutheran after her marriage. In Ohio, she was active in the altar guild at the Martin Luther Lutheran Church. After moving to Indiana, she helped establish the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and later attended the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She returned to her Presbyterian roots joining the Perry Presbyterian Church when she moved to Georgia.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years of marriage, Dale; son Richard (Patricia) of Villa Park, Ill.; daughters, Marilyn (Paul) Irwin of Bloomington, Ind. and Suzanne (Mark) Evans of Newnan; granddaughter Jennifer Irwin (Alan Wiggins); and great-grandson Brandon Irwin Wiggins of Plymouth, Mich.

Please visit www.higginshillcrestchapel.com to express online condolences to the family.

A memorial service will be held at the Perry Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you make a tribute/memorial donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in the name of Evelyn Money.

Arrangements by the Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home in Newnan, (770) 253-4723.


COLUMBUS - Catherine Margaret (Lewis) Looker, 94, passed away on Nov. 25, 2016.

She was born Feb. 3, 1922, to the late Ray Forest and Mary Pauline (Flaherty) Lewis in Akron.

Catherine married Fred James Looker and moved to Youngstown, where they raised three daughters.

Catherine was strong-willed and independent and never wavered from her core values that included honesty, loyalty and fairness. These tenets guided her, whether raising her family, being a great neighbor or a trusted friend.

Her greatest joy was being there for her family. After raising her daughters, Catherine became the first mailwoman in Youngstown.

Always a passionate antique collector, buying and refinishing furniture, she never missed a garage sale. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing cards and doing puzzles.

Catherine is survived by her daughters, Annette Black of Gaithersburg, Md., Gay McQuirt of Columbus and Lynn White and her husband, Bill, of Mashpee, Mass,; grandchildren Brian Black, Jaimie McQuirt, Zachary McQuirt and Samantha White; great-grandchild Jenna Black; and her brother, Fred Lewis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Looker; brother Ray Lewis; and sister Lorraine.

Friends may call from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at the Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, 515 High St. in Worthington, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Park, 102 Canton Road in Akron.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, 530 Officecenter Place, Suite 100, Gahanna, OH 43230.

Please visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com to leave online condolences.


PERRYSBURG – There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman, officiated by Pastor Margaret Fox for Darlene M. Burrows Ponzi, 68, who passed away on Monday at Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Darlene was born July 30, 1948, in Youngstown, a daughter of Powell E. and Mary Theresa Sheridan Burrows.

She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School with the class of 1966.

Darlene was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Perrysburg. She was involved in their Bible study at the church, and was also a 50-year auxiliary member of V.F.W. 1423.

Darlene was a home health aide, and her hobbies included walking, antique cars, shopping and listening to music.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her brother, Richard (Joann) Burrows of Mineral Ridge; her sister, Noreen Burrows of Youngstown; her niece, Dawn; nephew Joe; and her great-niece, Alyasa. Darlene will also be sadly missed by her very dear friends, Patty and Tony Lehrman, Vera Pesci and family, Kathy Jarosz, Selinda Schultz and Kate and Tim Bell; her aunts and uncles, Rita Sheridan, Nora Larson, John and Mary Sheridan, Mike and Judy Sheridan, Bob and Janice Burrows and Joann Burrows; and several cousins.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.

Her family requests that monetary donations be made in Darlene’s name to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 800 S. Detroit Ave., Toledo, OH 43609, or to the First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Second St., Perrysburg, OH 43551.

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


NORTH LIMA - Edna D. Swagger, 82, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 7, 2016, at her home, which she made with her daughter, Lori.

Mrs. Swagger was born March 2, 1934, in East Palestine, a daughter of the late Hubert and Grace McCoy Griffith, and had lived in this area and New Springfield all of her life.

At one time, Edna owned and operated a restaurant in North Lima. She was also a lead driver escort for oversize truck loads, but her greatest joy was caring for her large family.

Her husband, William R. Swagger, whom she married June 7, 1952, died Feb. 28, 1999.

She is survived by her three daughters, Lori (Troy) Rinehart of North Lima, Dala (Ronald) Schneider of Leetonia, and Kathy Swagger of Canfield; a son, Robert Swagger of Pennsylvania; a daughter-in-law of New Springfield; her loving grandchildren, Nicole, Erica, Carly, Emily, Sabrina, Samantha, William, and Lacey; and a great-granddaughter, Taylor. She also leaves a dear friend and caregiver, Maggie Hatch.

She was also preceded in death by four sons, William, Roy, Paul and James Swagger and all of her siblings.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana, with Pastor Kari Lankford officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Material tributes in memory of Edna, may be made to Angel for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Please visit www.familycareservices.com to sign the guest register and send condolences to the family.


STRUTHERS – Services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Grace V. Root, 95, who passed away at her residence on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 6, 2016.

Grace was born on April 26, 1921, in Cleveland, a daughter of George Dewey and Florence Kelly Robinson. She lived in the area her whole life and was a homemaker.

She was a member of Christ Our Savior Parish/St. Nicholas Church in Struthers, and she loved children and baking.

Grace married Ivan L. Root in February of 1946, and he passed away in December of 2005.

She leaves one son, Thomas E. (Corie) Root of Ypsilanti, Mich.; one grandson, Thomas E. (Antoinette) Root Jr.; and two great-grandchildren, Ian and Henry Root.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sisters, Mary Robinson and Sarah “Sally” Robinson.

Friends may call today, Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

Visit www.clementefuneralhomes to view this obituary and to send condolences.


FAIRBURN, GA. - Patricia “Deda” Dian Thompkins began her journey to be with the Lord, on Nov. 30, 2016, at the age of 69, at her home in Fairburn. 

Patricia was born Sept. 15, 1947, to the late Wycie Thompkins and Rosa Wilkins Thompkins in Youngstown. 

She worked until her retirement at Southern Regional Medical Center as a SPD tech. Her hobbies after retirement included writing poems and creating biblical shirts.    

Patricia was the author of the Lil Willie Roll-A-Ball book series. She was also the co-author of Expressions of the Heart, Songs of Thompkins Descendants, a volume in which she and her sisters, brothers, and other family members expressed their inner thoughts through poetry. This book was dedicated to her parents, Wycie Thompkins and Rosa Wilkins Thompkins.

Patricia leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Lamore (Michelle) Thompkins; daughters Darla and Angela Jones; one granddaughter, Kyeara (Darsenio) Jackson; two grandsons, Ke’Vonte (Sydney) Jones and Kaeden Thompkins; three great-grandsons, Lea’Trel, Kye’Von and Messiah; three great-granddaughters, Latasia, Danasia and Vanessa;  two brothers, Richard (SunCha) and Robert (Arthurene) Thompkins; three sisters, Dolores (Fred) Watson, Rosa Crum, and Elsie (Ronald) Wilson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Lucius, Larry, David, Thomas, and George Thompkins; sister Gloris Ann Hall; two nieces, Tamara “Tammy” and Stevelyn “Pebbles” Thompkins; and great-nephew Rodney Lee Weaver Jr.

Celebration of Patricia’s life will be held at the Dixie Hills First Baptist Church in Atlanta on Dec. 12, 2016.


EDMONDS, Allen M., 55, of Warren; private arrangements; Staton-Borowski Funeral Home.
DURIG, Dorothy Lou, 81, of Lake Milton; calling hours Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m. at James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
HENIK, Andrew J. 92, of Youngstown; calling hours Sunday from 1:30 to 1:55 p.m. at Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home in Boardman.
KINGSLEY, Wilfred Ernest Jr., 86, of Youngstown; calling hours Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church; Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
MATHES, Christena Mae (Breedlove), 95, of Youngstown; Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
LOOKER, Catherine Margaret (Lewis), 94, of Columbus, formerly of Youngstown; calling hours Saturday from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home in Worthington.
PETROFF, Alice Louise, 65, of Boardman; McCauley Funeral Home in Youngstown.
SWAGGER, Edna D., 82, of North Lima; calling hours Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Warrick-Kummer-Retig Funeral Home in Columbiana.
ROOT, Grace V., 95, of Struthers; calling hours today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.
THOMPKINS, Patricia “Deda” Dian, 69, of Fairburn, Ga., formerly of Youngstown. 
WYDICK, Richard A. Jr., 53, of Liberty Township; calling hours Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
ZITELLA, Raymond Walter, 92, of Poland; calling hours Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel.