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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Mary Ann (McKinney) Boone, 69, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Mrs. Boone, a native of Youngstown, was raised in Girard and Oberlin.

She was a member of Youngstown’s Junior Civic League and former assistant manager at Nordstrom.

She leaves behind her beloved husband, Kenneth “Tom” Boone; daughters Tracie Rhodes Edwards, Cynthia Rhodes LeVert, Mika Rhodes and Kristin Boone; stepdaughter Jenise (Kim Allen) Veris; stepson Kenneth C. Boone; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters Esther Walker, Ruth Dotson, Calvesta Walker, JoAnna McKinney, Darlene McKinney, Christine McKinney, Delores Dykes and Mary Magdalene McKinney; and brothers James McKinney, Joseph McKinney and David McKinney.

Her father, L. Douglas McKinney, and sisters, Elizabeth and Caroline McKinney, predeceased her.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m., at the White Hill AME Zion Church, 2255 Old York Road, York, SC, (803) 684-9173. There will be no viewing.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Carol A. Doran, 72, of Brownlee Woods, passed away early Monday morning, May 4, 2015, at Briarfield at Ashley Circle in Austintown following a lengthy illness.

Carol was born Aug. 7, 1942, in New Castle, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Anthony Procopio.

Carol was a homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family.

Mrs. Doran’s husband, Jerome M. “Jerry” Doran, passed away March 30, 2015.

Carol leaves two sons, Jerry Jr. (Karen) Doran and Michael (Amy) Doran; a granddaughter, Bailey; and two brothers, Joseph Jr. (Cathy) Procopio and Richard (Kathy) Procopio, each of New Castle.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

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PENSACOLA, FLA.– Charles J. Gerlach passed away April 30, 2015, at the age of 81, in Pensacola, where he was living with his daughter and son-in-law.

He was a 21-year U.S. Army veteran, who served in Korea and Vietnam, and was awarded a Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanie Gerlach; his daughters, Christiane Smith and Sabine Ahrens; his son, Gary Gerlach; and his grandsons, Gary Gerlach Jr. and Kyle Gerlach.


YOUNGSTOWN - Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, at the Oak Baptist Church, 320 Elk St., Youngstown, for Mrs. Ethel K. Hall, 88, who departed this life Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Park Vist Retirement Community.

Mrs. Hall was born on Dec. 31, 1926, in Talbotton, Ga., a daughter of Henry L. and Lillian Walter Howard.

Mrs. Hall was a homemaker and a former member of the New Grace Baptist Church.

She leaves her children, Mary Ann (James) McIntosh of Chattanooga, Tenn., twins Neva Jacobs of Columbus and Eva (Mont-T) Ladson of Youngstown, and Lorraine Hall of Youngstown; several siblings, including Emma Lou Little of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Victoria L. Benn, Jessica Ladson Whitaker and Craig Ladson II; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The doors of the church will be opened at 1 p.m., Friday.

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


YOUNGSTOWN - Memorial services will be at 11:30 a.m., Friday, at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home, for Mr. Leon Jackson, 87, who departed this life Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Hospice of the Valley.

Mr. Jackson was born April 16, 1928, in Youngstown, a son of Sylvester Sr. and Marion Bell Jackson.

He retired from Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company as a machine operator and was a member of Creme De LaCrem.

He leaves his wife, the former Sadie Hill, whom he married June 6, 1954; two children, Sidney and Jennifer Jackson; siblings Thelma Bronson of Sacramento, Calif., Sylvester (Gertrude) Jackson Jr., Mary McCullough and Louise (Raymond) Shaw, all of Youngstown, Debra Easter of Cleveland, and Beatrice Lymone of Valejo, Calif.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Friends may call from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, at the funeral home.


BOARDMAN - Margaret “Peg” Maharick passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 3, 2015, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1929, in Youngstown, a daughter of Katherine (Patton) and Gerald Stephenson.

Peg attended The Rayen School and went on to explore a career in the cosmetic industry. Known for her glamour and beauty, Peg was employed by Strouss Hershberg’s Department Store to represent Charles Of The Ritz. She was also employed by the May Co., Cleveland. Peg hosted and modeled for many special events at The James Modarelli Jewelers and the Peg Kish Dress Shop. Peg also devoted 20 years as a sales manager for Olan Mills Photography Studio, where she was honored numerous times as an outstanding sales representative.

She married Matt Maharick on March 12, 1977, and they enjoyed 34 years together, until his passing on Nov. 7, 2011.

Peg had a passion for the culinary arts. She was an extraordinary cook, baker and avid cookbook collector. She delighted the palates of many adoring family members and friends during weekly Sunday dinners, around her lively, festive table.

Her zest for life was vivacious and contagious. Peg brought an abundant measure of laughter to those around her through her unique and uncanny style of humor. Her greatest times were shared with her family and friends.

Peg’s memory will be forever cherished by her children, Joan Arnott (Atty. Jack Lorenzetti, companion), Shelley (Atty. Michael) Hudak, and Patrick (Linda) Maharick; daughter-in-law Connie Restivo; grandchildren Heather (Rich) Hamilton, Noelle (Dr. Tim) Domer, Katie (Dr. Tae) Jung, Taylor Hudak, Vincent, Leigh and Lauren Restivo, and Maggie and Abbie Maharick; great-grandchildren Timmy and Carson Domer, and Julianna and Michael Jung; sister-in-law Jean Stephenson; brother-in-law Max Mohorick; and also, many nieces and nephews.

The family extends abundant gratitude to Linda (Denny) Cowger for her consummate friendship and support.

The family would also like to extend deep gratitude to Dr. Steven Swain and Dr. Lee Snelson and staff for their compassionate care.

Friends may call Thursday, May 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.

A memorial service will take place on Friday, May 8, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Al Yanno officiating.

Her family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the American Lung Association, 25 N. Canfield-Niles Road, Youngstown, OH 44515; the American Heart Association, 840 Southwestern Run, Youngstown, OH 44504; or a charity of choice.


“Reunited Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – Heaven welcomed Harriett L. Pomroy on Saturday, May 2, 2015, who passed away peacefully at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center, after a short illness.

Harriett was born Jan. 23, 1928, in McKeesport, Pa., a daughter of John C. and Anna R. Sheppard Bryce.

She came to this area in 1940, and was a 1946 graduate of East High School.

Harriett was a secretary at The Rayen School from 1946 to 1950, and was the secretary for the Pomroy Sign Company for many years.

She attended the Boardman Baptist Church of Boardman and the First Christian Assembly of Youngstown and was a member of the Christian Women’s Club. She loved to watch the Gaither and gospel DVDs.

Harriett’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved eating her special homemade pancakes.

Harriett enjoyed many winters in Florida and traveling, and also slot machines and casinos. She was a giving person and was known as a peacemaker and enjoyed attending her monthly high school card club.

She loved to send cards to people in their times of need and on birthdays and holidays.

Her husband, Richard L. Pomroy, whom she married Sept. 30, 1950, passed away April 30, 2005.

She will be sadly missed by her family, her son, Gary R. Pomroy; and her daughter, Karen (William) Lovitz, both of Youngstown; her grandchildren, Shon (Shannon) Barris, Sheli (Guy) Mathews, Sherli (Scott) Holbrook, and Sheri (Scott) Swank; and eight great-grandchildren, Chase, Connor, Sydney, Alexis, Hunter, Hope, Zach and Jadon.

She also leaves her sisters, Margaret Marstellar of San Diego; and Edna Mae (Elmer) Jensen of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Her parents and her husband preceded her in death.

Services will be held Friday, May 8, 2015, at noon, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home, with calling hours on Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Friday, May 8, 2015, from 11 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.

Harriett will be laid to rest at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boardman Baptist Church, 1207 Shields Road, Youngstown, OH 44511.


PETERSBURG - Ruth Ann Sowers, 76, passed away on the eve of May 4, 2015, at the Caprice Care Center in Youngstown.

Ruth was born Dec. 14, 1938, in Petersburg. She was the daughter of the late Mike and Anna Mae Allshouse Cetor.

Ruth had been a volunteer caregiver for many years and had voluntarily assisted in the kitchen at Caprice. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in New Middletown.

Ruth leaves behind her sister, Dorothy Solomon of Petersburg; her half siblings, Diane, Cindy, Michael, and Randy, all of Texas; and her guardian, Debbie Humphrey, also of Petersburg.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Shirley Cobb; and brother Michael.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 10 until the 11 a.m. service at the Zion Lutheran Church.

The Rev. Larry Klinker will officiate.

Ruth will be laid to rest at the Zion Cemetery.

The Cunningham Funeral Home in Bessemer, Pa. is handling the final arrangements.


“Together Again”

NORTH LIMA - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at the Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Lucy Church 394 Tenney Ave., Campbell, for Eleanor M. Rich, 82, who passed away peacefully, Monday at Assumption Village.

Eleanor was born Sept. 24, 1932, in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Mary (Koly) Hanigovsky.

She was a graduate of Boardman High School, where she was a majorette. Mrs. Rich was also a former member of the Holy Family Church, St. Lucy Church and the Youngstown Osteopathic Hospital Ladies Auxiliary.

Her husband, Dr. William B. Rich D.O., whom she married at St. Lucy Church on May 14, 1955, died May 16, 1998.

She is survived by a daughter, Elaine (August) D’Onofrio of Poland; three sons, John W. Rich of New Middletown, William B. Rich, Jr. and Dr. David (Joanne) Rich M.D. of Boardman; and eight grandchildren, Jennifer (Graham) Lockshaw Smith, David A. Lockshaw Jr., William Dugan and Jeannine, David, Michael, Alex and Vince Rich.

Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, and Friday from 9:30 until funeral services at 10 a.m. at the Christ the Good Shepherd Parish/St. Lucy Church in Campbell.

Burial will be at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Eleanor’s family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the Rich Center for Autism, 1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555.

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THE VILLAGES, FLA. - Glenn L. Wright, 69, passed away May 1, at the Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Fla.

Glenn was born Oct. 4, 1945, in Youngstown. He was the son of Kenneth Wright Sr. and Dulcine Schick Wright.

He was a 1963 graduate of Boardman High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1968. Glenn started his career at Youngstown Steel Door (YSD Industries) in the engineering department as a draftsman and then moved on to drafting supervisor. He then became project manager. Glenn went on to working in the sales division of YSD, out of their Chicago office. He then became vice president and general manager at Barber Brake Beam, part of YSD in St. Joseph, Mich. He retired in 2009, moving to The Villages.

He leaves his wife, Sandra Hafely Wright, whom he married on June 17, 1972; a son, Vaughn Wright of Orlando, Fla.; and a sister, Rena Lea Leasure of Youngstown.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Wright Jr.

Glenn was a fraternal member of the Youngstown Saxon Club. He loved classic cars, especially his 1950 MG. He had an outstanding work ethic and always strived to do his very best at everything he did. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Friends and family may visit from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 9, at the funeral home. There will be a committal service in the Chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Boardman, following the funeral.

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BOARDMAN - Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, for Pamela M. Vrabel, who passed away on Monday.

She was born Dec. 12, 1938, in New York City.

She attended St. Joseph Academy in Staten Island, N.Y. Pamela worked as a realtor with Martha Gottfried Real Estate in Palm Beach, Fla., for 30 years. She was also a member of Palm Beach Board of Realtors, enjoyed her poodles, and enjoyed world traveling with her husband, Steve.

Surviving are her husband, Stephen Vrabel, whom she married June 18, 1986; a stepson, Christopher (Deon) Vrabel of Canfield; and two stepdaughters, Stephanie Leib of Akron and Jacqueline Martin of North Lima. She also leaves five stepgrandchildren, Justin Martin of Boardman, Paige Martin of North Lima, Olivia Leib of Akron, Jenna Vrabel of Canfield and Jamie Vrabel of Canfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home Inc., Youngstown.

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CURRY, John Edward, 62, of Niles; calling hours Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wm. Nicholas Funeral Home and Cremation Services LLC.
BLAIR, Elwood Earl, 56, of Youngstown.
DORAN, Carol A., 72, of Youngstown; private arrangements; Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.
GERLACH, Charles J., 81, of Pensacola, Fla.
FORDE, Frank, 90, of Avon Lake, formerly of Girard; calling hours Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
HALL, Ethel K., 88, of Youngstown; F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
JACKSON, Leon, 87, of Youngstown; calling hours Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.
MILLS, Georgianna, of Southington; calling hours Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home in Warren.
SOWERS, Ruth Ann Sowers, 76; calling hours Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church; Cunningham Funeral Home in Bessemer, Pa.
WRIGHT, Glenn L., 69, of The Villages, Fla.; calling hours Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.
VENARDOS, Carol A., 70, of Austintown; calling hours Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home in Boardman.