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COLUMBIANA - Marcia L. Beckner, 69, died on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at her residence.

She was born on Nov. 20, 1946, in Salem, a daughter of the late Harold and Ruth Firestone Holloway.

Marcia was a graduate of Columbiana High School and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Leetonia. She had worked as the office manager for Donnell Ford in Boardman for 30 years. She was instrumental in the organization of St. Paul’s participation in Relay For Life and the Donnell Ford golf outing. Marcia enjoyed spending her time outdoors, but mostly, she enjoyed spending her time with her granddaughter.

She is survived by her son, Michael (Lita) Himes of Columbiana; two sisters, Kathy (Jim) Vannoy of Bardstown, Ky. and Beverly (Robert) Washabaugh of Columbiana; her beloved granddaughter, Jessica Lee Himes; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Kari Lankford officiating.

Burial will be at Crest Haven Memorial Gardens in New Waterford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Silver Lining Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 401, Canfield, OH 44406.

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


YOUNGSTOWN - A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. today, May 6, 2016, at Lake Park Cemetery for Emma M. Evangelist, 92, who passed away peacefully on May 4, 2016.

Emma was born Oct. 15, 1923, in Williamsburg, Pa., a daughter of Barbara Podrebarac and Martin Krpicak.

Emma was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in 1942. During the war, she worked at McKenzie Manufacturing and also for General Electric for five years before becoming a homemaker for her family. Emma was the primary caretaker for her son, Gregg for most of his life. She attended Mass at St. Dominic’s Parish.

She enjoyed to read, listen to the radio, and used to play baseball. She was an avid Cleveland Indians and Browns fan, and also cheered locally for the Youngstown State University Penguins.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her sons, Victor Evangelist of Salem and Gregg Evangelist of Youngstown; as well as many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Victor C. Evangelist, whom she married Sept. 14, 1946, and who passed March 24, 1997; her brothers, Louis, George, Michael, Joseph, John, and Frank Krpicak; and her sisters, Katherine Krpicak, Mary Carkido, Ann Delon, and Ruth Parent.

The family has entrusted Emma’s care to the Kubina-Yuhasz-Wasko Funeral Home.

Visit www.waskofamily.com to view the obituary and send the Evangelist family condolences.


GIRARD - Jeffrey DiTunno, 54, passed away unexpectedly late Monday evening, May 2, 2016, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, after becoming ill at home.

Jeffrey was born Jan. 25, 1962, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph R. and Mary Fanning Bacon DiTunno, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1980 graduate of Girard High School. Jeff worked for many years at the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center.

He greatly loved music, especially Bruce Springsteen, and Jeff also enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends. Jeff had a wonderful sense of humor and was terrific at making everyone laugh.

Mr. DiTunno leaves two brothers, John “Jack” DiTunno of Girard and James DiTunno of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a sister, Phyllis DiTunno of Girard; an uncle, Anthony DiTunno of Girard; two aunts, Patricia Morrow of Austintown and Louise Capaldi of McDonald; nieces and nephews, Tiffany Vivelo, and her son, Dominic Skiffey, Joe Vivelo, and Jason and Justin Shelton; and a sister-in-law, Lori DiTunno of Niles.

Jeff will be truly and sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Besides his parents, a brother, Joseph D. “Jody” DiTunno, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard, where funeral services will follow at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, due to Jeff’s sudden passing, his family requests memorial contributions take the form of donations to the funeral home to help with final expenses.

Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary, and to send condolences online to Jeff’s family.


SAGAMORE HILLS - Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery for Anna M. Faber, 94, who died Monday morning at Elm Croft of Sagamore Hills Assisted Living.

Anna was born Nov. 27, 1921, in Youngstown, the daughter of Paul and Marie (Meyers) Faber.

She worked as a factory worker in the textile industry for many years until she retired. Anna was a member of the Western Reserve Baptist Church.

Anna is survived by three nieces, Debra Wilson of San Diego, Cyndi (Scott) Jocoby of Hampton, N.H., and Terri (Simon) Hornung of Hudson; three nephews, Robert Wilson of Phoenix, David (Karen) Wilson of Columbus and Paul (Kathy) Wilson of Avon; and nine great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Ellen Wilson.

Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.


YOUNGSTOWN - Ralph V. Hippo, 51, passed away Saturday evening, March 26, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer, at Autumn Hills Care Center in Niles.

Ralph was born on July 15, 1964, in Youngstown, a son of the late Paul and Esther (Coudriet) Hippo.

He was a 1983 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Youngstown, and found employment with Bliss Manufacturing in Newton Falls.

In his free time, he enjoyed playing Texas Hold’em, shooting pool, and going to stock car races with his friends and family. He had a gift of humor that made everyone around him laugh.

Ralph will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Nicole (Holligsworth) Hippo, whom he married on June 12, 2009; his children, Victoria, Samuel, Brandon, Nathan, Ryan, Sabrina, and Derek Hippo; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Dalambakis, Lynda Livermore, and Christine Hippo; and five brothers, Russell, George, Paul Jr., Michael and Joe Hippo.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Paullett; his brother, Samuel Hippo; and a grandson, Mason Hippo.

A celebration of life for family and friends will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at St. Nick’s Greek Orthodox Church located at 220 N. Walnut St. in Youngstown at 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in the care of Lynda Livermore.

Family and friends can visit www.facebook.com/ohpacms to leave their heartfelt condolences.

Arrangements for Ralph were entrusted with the Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society/Bowser Funeral Service in Niles.


YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 9, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Christ the Good Shepherd at St. Joseph the Provider Church, 633 Porter Ave. in Campbell, with the Rev. Michael Swierz celebrating for Samuel “Sam” Marchionda, 80, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Sam was born April 9, 1936, in Lowellville, the son of Paul and Anna (DeCicco) Marchionda.

Sam worked in construction for 33 years and was a member of the International Union of North America and the Laborers Local No. 935.

He was a member of Christ the Good Shepherd at St. Joseph the Provider Church.

Sam enjoyed cars, especially his 1973 Oldsmobile Cutlass. He also loved to cook for his family and friends, making his famous wedding soup and spaghetti sauce. He enjoyed gardening and planting flowers in the springtime with his children and grandchildren, whom he adored. He played “Happy Birthday” on his harmonica for every birthday in the family.

He was an avid Cleveland Indians and Browns fan.

Sam will always be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, the former Sally Kochmar, whom he married Nov. 28, 1959; four children, Linda Marchionda of Austintown, Bob Marchionda (Denise DeFrank) of Youngstown, Diane (Bob) DiLoreto of Boardman, and Lisa (Chris) DiLoreto of Canton; eight grandchildren, Janine (Sam), Shannon (Dan), Shauna, Krysti, Justin, Jenna, Alyssa, and Gia; four great-grandchildren, Nevaeh, Cameryn, Khloe, and Teagan; and his beloved dog, Gigi.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert and Anthony Lucio, and Carmen Marchionda; and sister Mary Ann Surko.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

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


YOUNGSTOWN - Mr. Petross Conway Leftwich, 87, was born Feb. 10, 1929, in Danville, Va., to the late James and Maggie Tarpley Leftwich.

He was known as “Pat” to his friends, and his siblings affectionately called him “Bro.”

Petross moved his family to Youngstown from Virginia, in 1953, seeking a better life. He obtained a job at Buick Youngstown, where he worked for over 50 years. He was a former member of the Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church. A proud Shriner, Petross was a member of several houses: Rising Sun Lodge No. 90, The Bezallel Consistory No. 15, The Excelsior Chapter No. 39, and the Al Asir Temple No. 210.

He leaves to cherish his memory, four children, Gladys, James, Helen and Russell (Grace) Leftwich; two grandchildren, Angela and Cameron Leftwich; two sisters; two brothers; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home. Masonic services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Funeral services will follow immediately at 10 a.m.


CANFIELD - Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 8. 2016, at 4 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers, for Willard C. Olds, 83, who passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016, in a private airplane accident.

Willard was born March 28, 1933, in Youngstown, a son of Myrrell L. and Lois V. James Olds.

He lived in Mahoning County all of his life, was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and served in the U.S. Navy. Willard owned and managed, at one time, the Southern Park Chrysler Plymouth Dealership. He was an entrepreneur and once owned the Point View Dance Hall in Canfield. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, and the Grand Lodge of Ohio awarded him for his 50 years of membership. He had a love for flying and his passion was flying his own plane.

He leaves one daughter, Jodie Olds (Mark) Turner of Kailua, Hawaii; one brother, Donald Olds of Prescott, Ariz.; one sister, Marilyn Coutts of Phoenix; and one grandson, Tasman Turner.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call two hours before the service on Sunday at the funeral home, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Material contributions may be made in Willard’s name to the Mahoning County Humane Society, P.O. Box 3965, Youngstown, OH 44513.

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


CANFIELD – Funeral services will be at noon on Saturday, May 7, at the Canfield Presbyterian Church, 140 W. Main St. in Canfield, for Atty. D. Kim Stefanski, 62, who passed away Wednesday, May 4, surrounded by family, at his home.

Kim was born Jan. 9, 1954, in Youngstown, son of the late W. Dale and Christine Marie Stefanski.

He graduated from Boardman High School in 1972, and received a Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati in 1976. He was awarded a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1979.

Kim was attorney and risk manager for General Motors, Lordstown Plant from 1979 until 1992, and practiced law with Letson, Griffith, Woodall and LaVelle in Warren, prior to starting his own practice, Stefanski and Associates in 1995, in Canfield. One of the highlights of his legal career was representing Vallourec Star in their Youngstown expansion. For this work, he received the 2011 Business Advocate of the Year Award, from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce.

He was a member of the Mahoning County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Kim was a Cleveland sports fan and was an avid golfer.

He leaves his wife, the former Paula Graneto; a daughter, Jennifer and her husband, Erich Burchfield, of Los Angeles; a son, John W. Stefanski of San Francisco; one brother, Rande (Karen) Stefanski of Hickory, N.C.; his mother-in-law, LaVerne Graneto; sister-in-law Joan (Dr. Gerald) Giurato; two nieces, Dr. Jessica Stefanski and Jamie Stefanski; and two nephews, Dr. Jeffrey Giurato and Gerald Giurato.

Friends may call today, at the Canfield Presbyterian Church from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., prior to the service at the church.

The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to the memorial fund of the church or to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com where friends and family may view this obituary and give their condolences.


WARREN - Robert T. Robertson, 93, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at his home.

He was born Dec. 13, 1922, in Youngstown, the son of the late John G. and Marjorie (Baker) Robertson.

Robert married the former Mary Lou Anglemyer on June 24, 1954. They had shared 61 years of marriage.

He graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. Robert retired as an engineer from Packard Electric.

Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, having served during World War II. He earned the following decorations and citations: American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal WWII.

He was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church and CBI Roundup Association (China-Burma-India). Robert enjoyed woodworking, worked with Habitat for Humanity, the Red Cross, was a Boy Scout leader and Eagle Scout. Robert also enjoyed being a handyman and doing mechanical work.

Robert’s loving memory will be carried on by his wife, Mary Lou Robertson of Warren; sons James K. (Danielle) Robertson of Kennesaw, Ga. and William T. Robertson of Oberlin; daughters Betty Jo Robertson and Melea (David) McCaughey of Crestwood, Mo.; and grandchildren Chantal (Michael) VanGlist, Madeleine, Clay, and Chase Robertson, and Paul and Sarah McCaughey. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his sister, Marian Conti; brother John Robertson Jr.; and other family members he cared about.

Services will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where Pastor Bill Leitch will officiate.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the church.

Entombment will be at Pineview Memorial Park in Warren, where military honors will be observed.

The family requests that material contributions be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 140 Cherry Ave., Warren, OH 44485, in his memory.

Please visit carlwhall.com to give.


YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, May 9, 2016, at the Elizabeth Baptist Church for Eric Trudel “Trubbie” VanCobb, 36, who departed this life on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at his residence.

Eric was born July 3, 1979, in Youngstown, a son of Eric H. VanCobb and Dierdre Turner.

He attended the Campbell School System and was an inactive member of the Gospel Temple Baptist Church.

He leaves his mother and stepfather, Deirdre and Mark Wallace and father Eric H. VanCobb, all of Youngstown; children Trace VanCobb of Columbus, Dominick Sadler of Youngstown and Kay’Ler Pugh-VanCobb of Warren; siblings Ceeairrah VanCobb, Amber Bell and La’Fra Bell, all of Youngstown, Cameron Smith of Columbus and Pierre Bell of Akron; nieces and nephews Dream and Chase Chatman, Giordyn Gutierrez, Cassius and Camdyn Brown, and Jayden Bell; grandparents Anderson Collier and Jency Milhouse; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William Neville, Rosy Mae Turner, Henry Stores and Mary Lou Lebron; uncle Kevin VanCobb; and niece La’Fray Bell.

Friends may call from 11 to noon at the church.

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


BLACK, Vera L., 74, of Warren; Borowski Funeral Service/Oak Meadow Cremation Services.
EVANGELIST, Emma, 92, of Youngstown; Kubina-Yuhasz-Wasko Funeral Home in Boardman.
FABER, Anna M., 94, of Sagamore Hills, formerly of Youngstown; Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
HOOD, Darlene “DeeDee” McClendon, 61, of Youngstown; calling hours Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church; F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
VANCOBB, Eric Trudel “Trubbie,” 36, of Youngstown; calling hours Monday from 11 a.m. to noon at Elizabeth Baptist Church; F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
MILLER, Mary Louise, 91, of Hubbard; calling hours Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.
OLDS, Willard C., 83, of Canfield; calling hours Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.
PIECUCH, Barbara Ann, 68, of Youngstown; Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home.
STEFANSKI, Atty. D. Kim, 62, of Canfield; calling hours today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at Canfield Presbyterian Church; Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.
RECKERT, Seth M., 38, of Leavittsburg; Borowski Funeral Service/Oak Meadow Cremation Services in Warren.
DOLL TEASLEY, Donna R., 62, of Warren; calling hours Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel.
LA VALLIERE, Richard Paul Jr., 66, of Vienna; Staton-Borowski Funeral Home in Warren.