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POLAND – Prayers will be held on Monday at 9:15 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic’s Church for James R. Duby Sr., 86, retired professional engineer, who passed away early Friday morning at Hospice House.

James was born March 19, 1930, in Youngstown, a son of the late James P. and Margaret A. (Nelson) Duby.

James was a 1948 graduate of Ursuline High School and received his B.E. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Youngstown State University in 1952. He was a retired registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio. Various positions included Goodyear Aircraft in Akron and U.S. Steel in Youngstown. James transferred to RMI Titanium Co. in Niles in 1980 when U.S. Steel closed.

He retired from RMI Titanium in 1992 as supervisor-mechanical design. He was a longtime member of the Mahoning Valley Gaelic Society. There he served on numerous committees, was trustee for many years and was financial secretary for several years. James was honored as Gael of the Year in 1993.

James was a former Limited Service faculty instructor in machine design at YSU. He was a life member and former board member of the Mahoning Valley Industrial Management Association, past chairman of the MVIMA membership drive, was elected to the board of control in 1973 and was vice president of District III in 1975. He was program chairman of U.S. Steel’s engineering Explorer Post 249. James also has past memberships to the Association of Iron and Steel Engineers and Boardman Boosters. He was also a member of St. Dominic’s Church.

James enjoyed traveling, watching sports on TV, and crossword puzzles. He loved to attend plays, listen to music, go to restaurants, and dance. His greatest love was spending time with his family.

His wife, Alberta Carney Duby, whom he married Nov. 27, 1952, passed away Dec. 5, 2003, after 51 years of marriage.

James is survived by his seven children, Dr. John C. Duby (Dr. Sara Guerrero-Duby) of Oakwood, Nancy Duby Carlon (Edward) of Chapin, S.C., Thomas B. Duby of Boardman, Barbara Duby Wilson of Springfield, Pa., Diane Duby Teets (Michael) of Canfield, Gregory J. Duby (Sherri) of Poland, and Atty. James R. Duby Jr. of East Lansing, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Christine Carlon Keating (Brendan), Bryan C. and Mary F. Duby, Ryan M.(Stacy) and Michelle A. Teets, Kylie Rose Duby and Jack M. Duby; two great-grandchildren, Randell “RJ” Keating and Claire M. Keating; and his special friend, Kathy Morley.

James was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jane Duby; and a son-in-law, John Wilson.

Family and friends may call on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.


COLUMBIANA – Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. John Russian Orthodox Church, with the Rev. Andrew Nelko officiating, for Julie E. (Holibonich) Rich, 85, formerly of Campbell, who passed away Thursday.

Julia was born April 4, 1931, in Campbell, the daughter of Mike and Helen Vargo Holibonich.

She was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and attended Youngstown State University.

Julia retired from the Campbell City Schools as a secretary and following her retirement, she worked for Sister Jerome. She was a parishioner of St. John Russian Orthodox Church, and its “O” Club.

Julia enjoyed golf, bowling, playing cards and cooking, and everyone loved coming to her house for spaghetti.

Her husband, Charles A. Rich, whom she married May 14, 1960, passed away April 12, 2002.

Julia leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Charles Rich of Campbell, Diane (Vince) Mediate of Columbiana, with whom she made her home, and Sharon Rich of Struthers; and her grandchildren, Lexy Rich of Howland, Juji (Julia, who was named after her), Rocco and Race Mediate of Columbiana.

Besides her parents and her husband, Charles, Julia was preceded in death by her two sisters, Helen and Anna; and her seven brothers, Charles, Michael, George, John “Jay,” Ben, Frank and Andrew.

The Rich family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home and again Monday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service.

Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Julia’s family condolences.


LIBERTY - Sunday Emprich, 68, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, at her residence.

Sunday was born Feb. 9, 1948, in Youngstown, and was the daughter of Emery E. and Katherine (Greathouse) McRoberts Sr.

Sunday enjoyed gambling and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her siblings, Emery E. (Pam) McRoberts Jr. of Girard, Jenny (Bob) Weimer of Youngstown and Ronald B. Snyder of Liberty; her ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughters, Katherine Toney and Tracy Toney; and her sisters, Penny Mackey and Wilma Newton.

Per Sunday’s wishes, there will be no services.

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


NILES – Memorial services celebrating the life of Robert Tillery, 79, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, at the Galilee Apostolic Church, 3939 Potomac Ave. in Austintown.

Robert was born Oct. 23, 1936, in Girard, the son of Joseph and Flora Stringfellow Tillery.

Robert was a member of the church and retired from Youngstown Welding and Engineering in 1976. He served his country in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his sister, Betty Jane Prusakowski; brother James Tillery; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Kenneth, Dean, Howard and Bruce; and a sister, Joyce.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday at the church, prior to services.

Please vist www.lanefuneralhomes.com where family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences.


LOWELLVILLE – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville for Anthony N. Mediate, 72, who passed away Thursday afternoon, Sept. 29, surrounded by his family.

Anthony was born on Oct. 3, 1943, in Hillsville, Pa., the son of Vincenzo and Rose (Feo) Mediate.

He was a 1961 graduate of Lowellville High School and earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Youngstown State University.

Anthony worked at the Youngstown Public Library and Youngstown Sheet and Tube Research Center. While employed at Salem Valve, he worked part-time as the treasurer at Lowellville Public Schools. He then went on to serve as full-time treasurer for the Liberty Public Schools and then to Girard Schools. His career spanned into the health care industry, serving as vice president of Premier Health Plan, chief financial officer and vice president of Hillside Hospital and finance director for Medical Resources and St. Elizabeth Health System.

Anthony retired in 2000 due to a rare kidney disease and was eternally grateful to his sister, Jeanne for graciously donating a kidney that enabled him to lead a normal life. Anthony then served as full-time treasurer for 13 years with Lowellville Schools, retiring from that position in 2014. He enjoyed golfing for many years and spending time in South Carolina.

Anthony will always be remembered lovingly by his wife, Anita (Ramunno) Mediate, whom he married Aug. 17, 1963; three children, Toni Lynn (Stan) Feret, Mark (fiancee Lisa Mariotti) Mediate, and Nick Mediate; five grandchildren, Cori (fiancee Conor) Pavlicko, Randy Pavlicko, Jacci (Kelly) Gebert, and Mark and Alex Mediate; two sisters, Mary (Frank) Tarantine, and Jeanne (Bob) Dovich; brother Rocco (Anna Marie) Mediate; brothers-in-law Ernie (Gen) Ramunno, Sam Ramunno, and Dennis Hynes; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides his parents, Anthony was preceded in death by his sisters, Antoinette “Nettie” Mediate and Nellie Lellio; and sister-in-law Carol Hynes.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Interment will take place at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.

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


GAINESVILLE, GA. – Kathleen “Kat” (McNally) Denny, 62, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, following a brief illness.

Kat was born April 25, 1954, in Youngstown, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Gustus) McNally.

She was a 1971 graduate of Chaney High School and attended Youngstown State University. She retired from the city of Gainesville, where she last worked for the street department.

Kat was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She loved gardening and her home was evidence of her green thumb. A proficient knitter and crafter, all her friends and family benefited from her handiwork.

Kat is survived by her husband of 34 years, Gordon Denny of Gainesville; her mother, Betty McNally of Boardman; her aunt, Tressa Wasilewski of Hermitage, Pa.; her brother, William “Mac” McNally of Girard; her sister, Maureen “Mo” LaLama of Boardman; her nieces, Kathleen (Eric) Grunenwald of Boardman and Jennifer (Daniel) Grega of Cleveland; her nephews, Phillip LaLama of Boardman and William (Jennifer) LaLama of Cummings, Ga.; her two grandnephews; and brother-in-law Clayton (Gail) Denny of Ellsworth, Mich.

Kat was preceded in death by her father, William McNally.

There will be a celebration of life at the Elton Beard Cabin in Boardman Park on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at 6 p.m. in the evening.


SWISHER, Forest Gene, 90, of Canfield; calling hours Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.
EVERETT, Theresa, 56, of Austintown; arrangements pending; Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
TILLERY, Robert, 79, of Niles; calling hours Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Galilee Apostolic Church in Austintown; Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
CUREA, Patricia R., 83, of Boardman; arrangements pending; Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home in Youngstown.
DUBY, James R. Sr., 86, of Poland; calling hours Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m.; Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel.