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CANFIELD - Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman, for Jimmie Sue Coler, 83, who went home to meet her Lord and Savior on Sunday Nov. 22, 2015. She was comforted and loved until her very last breath by her family and friends.

Sue was born June 3, 1932, in Briceville, Tenn., the oldest of eight children, to James Robert and Birdie (Nance) Strong.

She retired in 1992, as the manager and director of Guardian Daycare at the Youngstown Baptist Church, and early child education center, where she had worked for many years. She was most recently a member of the Christ Memorial Baptist Church in Warren and was a former member of the Youngstown Baptist Church and the Columbiana Baptist Church. Sue served the Lord all her life, teaching Sunday school faithfully for nearly 60 years, singing in the choir, and sharing her testimony with all who knew her. She was a kind and loving soul, who centered her life on serving others.

Sue loved to travel, and in August she and her husband, George, finished a lifelong dream of visiting all 48 contiguous states. She loved cooking, sewing, spending time with family, church friends, teaching children and in her own words, wanted to be remembered for loving others, and always striving to help them. Her life verse was Matthew 25:21, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of thy Lord,” which she lived in word and in deed. Sue and her husband, George, were both life members of Escapee R.V. Campers.

She will be greatly missed by many, including her husband of 66 years, George Washington Coler, whom she married June 18, 1949. She also leaves seven children, Barbara Waterbeck Pearson of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Dwight and Christine (Johnson) Coler of Salem, Cindy and Rev. David Luther of Howland, Shirley and Paul Koellner of Puyallup, Wash., Jeff Coler of Columbiana, Judy and Sam Mantas of Hubbard, and Dan and Erin (Lowe) Coler of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. Sue also leaves two brothers, Jack Strong and family of North Jackson and Ronnie Strong and family of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; as well as 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Jimmie Sue was preceded in death by two daughters, infant Kay Arlene Coler and Linda Louise Gennock; three infant great-grandchildren, Ashley Miller, Annabelle Ricciardi, and Even Koellner; also three brothers, Benny, Fred, and Tommy Strong; and two sisters, Nancy Rauch and Nita Sulivan.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, and again from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman, where services will be held at 10 a.m.

The family would like to thank Dale and Wanda Boerio for all the loving help and care given to Sue and her family during their time of need.


YOUNGSTOWN – John R. Berisford, 37, passed away Friday evening, Nov. 13, 2015, at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Elizabeth, with his sister and her husband by his side.

John was born March 3, 1978, in West Virginia, a son of Larry and Mary (Coulson) Berisford.

John graduated from John Marshall High School in 1996 and was a member of their National Honors Society. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s Degree in Education from West Virginia University in 2002. John had a passion for teaching. He taught for two years in the United States before going overseas and teaching for WEI.

John was a member of the swim team and was a Marshall County team leader in 4-H. He was a camp counselor with their Junior and Senior Camp and State Camp. John loved traveling, cooking, and working out. His greatest love was of his family.

John leaves his mother, Mary Livingston of West Virginia; four siblings, Dawn (Raymond) Borosko of Youngstown, Larry Berisford of Texas, Stephanie Berisford of Michigan, and Melanie Berisford of West Virginia; a nephew, Jebediah Berisford of West Virginia; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

John was preceded in death by his father, Larry Berisford; and his grandparents, Robert and Lillian (Meininger) Coulson, and Jessie and John Berisford.

Family and friends may call Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the VFW in Moundsville, W.Va.

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to Marshall County 4-H Camp, P.O. Box 309, Moundsville, WV 26041.

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


YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held on Saturday at St. Patrick Church in Youngstown at 10 a.m., celebrated by the Rev. Edward P. Noga, for Sean Richard Timms, 45, who passed away Sunday morning at the Calvin Center.

Sean was born March 2, 1970, in Youngstown. He was the son of Robert and Katherine Farragher Timms.

He was a 1989 Boardman High School graduate. He attended Youngstown State University.

Sean was a dedicated and loved employee of Fire Line Inc. Sean was a casting leader and had been employed since 2001. Sean purchased the Calvin Center on Jan. 15, 2010. He followed his dream and turned it into an establishment for the arts and health wellness.

The Calvin Center for the Arts is the hub of LCAA sports, EOS Whole Fitness, and The Rust Belt Theatre, to include a few.

Sean also promoted the Youngstown Community Arts, Youngstown SOUP and hosted many charitable benefits.

The Mahoning Commons awarded Sean and the Calvin Center the Neighborhood Improvement Award in 2001.

Sean enjoyed hiking and camping, and he loved spending time with his family and friends at Lake Erie. Sean had an appreciation of art and culture. He was an avid reader and thirsted for knowledge on subjects of History and Industrial History and Political Science.

He leaves to cherish his memory, besides his parents, Robert and Katherine Timms, he leaves his beautiful and talented daughter, Riley Timms; stepsons Kevin Trebella and Andrew Lizzie; and his sisters, Shannon (Brian) Tareshawty and Kristen (Jason) Bostocky, both of Canfield, and Erin Timms of Providence, R.I. Sean also leaves his niece, Gabby and nephews Tyler and Bryson Tareshawty and Zachary Bostocky, all of Canfield. He will be dearly missed by a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. Sean had many lifelong friends who are grieving him. Sean also leaves Karen Tesyk, his loving friend and companion.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, at the Fox Funeral Home, and 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., Saturday morning, at St. Patrick Church.

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MASURY – George Baran Jr., lifetime resident of Masury, passed away Monday morning, Nov. 23, 2015, at his home.

George was born on Feb. 22, 1920, on the family farm in Sharpsville, Pa., the oldest of 10 children, of the late George Baran Sr. and Mary (Krivak) Baran.

He was a 1938 graduate of Brookfield High School and was employed with U.S. Steel for many years before retiring in 1983. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Sharon, Pa.

He loved to golf and was an avid bowler. He bowled in many leagues and tournaments. He also enjoyed playing cards at the Senior Center. He loved spending time with his family, especially planning and cooking for their traditional Fourth of July party for 38 years.

He will be deeply missed by his two daughters, Bonnie (Don) Gibson and Carol Komorek, both of Brookfield; five grandchildren, Lori Gibson of Brookfield, Don Gibson of Michigan, Jeff (Shelly) Komorek of Hubbard, Neil (Vicki) Komorek of Middleburg Heights, and Wendy (Brian) Horvath of Madison; 10 great-grandchildren, Kali (Bryan) Waddell, Nathan, Lauren, Zachary, Asher, Alexandra, Eli, Levi, Noah, and Elizabeth; and one great-great-grandchild, Rowynn Waddell. He will also be deeply missed by his three sisters, Martha Anderson, Leona Baran, Jean Haas; and his brother, William Baran.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eileen V. Baran, whom he married on July 12, 1941, and who passed away on Jan. 29, 1994; three sisters, Ann Koniar, Marian Zippay, and Elsie Baran; and two brothers, John Baran and Paul “Dick” Baran.

Funeral services for George will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, at noon at the First Baptist Church in Sharon, located at 301 W. State St., Sharon.

Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. to noon, prior to the services on Saturday at the church.

Burial will take place at Brookfield Township Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest next to his wife.

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CANFIELD - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, for Angeline Paris Morrell, 92, who passed away Monday, Nov. 23, at Assumption Village.

Angeline was born Oct. 9, 1923, in Campbell, the daughter of Stephan and Grace (Carano) Paris.

She retired form the production department at Easco Aluminum after 30 years. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Angeline was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Church and enjoyed bingo, playing cards, and traveling with her sisters.

Her husband, Michael Morrell Jr., whom she married Oct. 11, 1941, passed away on Oct. 1, 1973.

Angeline leaves one daughter, Carole Vallas of Canfield; and seven grandchildren, Michael (Mary) Vallas, Connie (Michael) Bane, Paul (Tracey) Vallas Jr., Arthur (Colleen) Vallas, Renee (Keith) Micco, William (Julie) Morrell Jr. and Michael (Gina) Morrell. She also leaves three brothers, Bill (Ceil) Paris of Atlanta, Steve (Pat) Paris of West Middlesex, Pa. and Raymond (Carol) Paris; as well as 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, Angeline was preceded in death by two sons, Anthony and William Morrell; three brothers, Patsy, Mike and Dan Paris; and seven sisters, Fannie Pasquale, Sylvia Zarlengo, Mary Gabrish, Beatrice Dash, Evelyn Angelo, Ann Marriotti, and Dora Muntean.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, and again from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, at the church.

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STRUTHERS - Michael A. Orf, 47, died Monday evening, Nov. 23, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, after a battle with cancer.

Michael, affectionately known as “Mike,” was born May 3, 1968, in Youngstown, a son of George and Irene Hempstead Orf.

A 1986 graduate of Struthers High School, he completed his apprenticeship program through the Ironworkers Local 207. Mike worked as a journeyman ironworker and often did work for Youngstown Bridge & Iron through the Ironworkers Local 207.

Mike’s hobbies included spending time with his family, camping, playing video games, and he loved anything “Star Wars.”

In addition to his mother, Irene Orf of Struthers, Mike leaves his wife, the former Cindy Slifka; two sons, Michael A. Orf Jr. and Kenneth Orf, both at home; two brothers, Charles (Mary Jo) Orf of Franklin, Pa. and Kenneth (Debbie) Orf of Lowellville; mother-in-law Linda Slifka of Boardman; and two nephews, Charles and Jacob Orf.

In addition to his father, Mike was preceded in death by his father-in-law, James Slifka.

There will be a private memorial service held for the family.

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ABNER, Betty Lou, 87, of Cortland; private calling hours; Staton-Borowski Funeral Home in Warren.
COLER, Jimmie Sue Strong, 83, of Canfield; calling hours Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel in Boardman.
BARAN, George Jr., of Masury; calling hours Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church in Sharon, Pa.; Lane Family Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield.
GRANT, Andrew Jr., of Liberty Township; calling hours Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Struthers; L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home in Youngstown.
HULAN, John, R., 82, of Howland; calling hours Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Howland United Methodist Church; Staton-Borowski Funeral Home in Warren.
KERR, Patricia Ann, 56, of Niles; no calling hours; Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC.
MASON, James P., 83, of Youngstown; L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
ORF, Michael A., 47, of Struthers; Davidson-Becker Funeral Home.
TIMMS, Sean Richard, 45, of Youngstown; calling hours Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Fox Funeral Home in Boardman and Saturday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at St. Patrick Church.
WILLIAMS, Rev. Emmett N. Sr., 80, of Youngstown; calling hours Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church; J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.