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AUSTINTOWN - Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, for Mary Oretha Brothers, 84, who passed away Monday morning.

Mary was born Feb. 19, 1930, in West Point, Ky., a daughter of the late James A. and Frances (Jamison) Wardrip.

Mary was employed in the cafeteria at Austintown Schools for 20 years, retiring in 1992. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed gardening. Mary also loved to travel with her family in a motor home. She also had a love for her dogs and cats over the years.

Her husband, Bert Wayne Brothers, whom she married in June of 1952, passed away Sept. 20, 2005.

Mary leaves her son, Danny (Rhonda) Brothers of Austintown; two grandchildren, Kari Brothers of Canfield and Timothy W. Brothers of Austintown; and a brother, Jerry Wardrip of Indianapolis.

Mary was also preceded in death by three sisters, Mable Burdine, Maureen Wardrip, and Betty Persinger, and two brothers, Gene and William Wardrip.

Family and friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Entombment will take place at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Mary Louise “Tootsie” Castle, 96, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, surrounded by her family at Heritage Manor. Her quick wit and sense of humor will be missed by many.

She was born on Sept. 10, 1917, in Dublin, Ga., the daughter of William Sr. and Marietta (McClendon) Shivers, who preceeded her in death.

Tootsie had been a resident of Youngstown since 1919, and graduated from The Rayen School in 1935. Over the span of nearly 50 years, Tootsie worked as a laborer at General Fireproofing, a housekeeper for several families and the operator of the Rose Café, before retiring as a laundry worker from Northside Hospital in 1983.

As a charter member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church, she served faithfully on the Building Committee and as a Willing Worker in the kitchen ministry. Tootsie always loved to cook, providing her signature spaghetti and meatballs, homemade biscuits, fried chicken and peach cobbler for every family reunion, out of town houseguest and friends and family at Sunday dinner.

Her husband, Eddie “Cass” Castle whom she married in 1949, died Jan. 5, 1997.

Tootsie is survived by her granddaughters, Linda (Dallas) Humphrey, Mari (Ronald) Keels and “Jason’s wife” Jennifer Roller, all of Youngstown; great-grandchildren Dallas Jr., Christopher, Courtney, Joshua, Trey and Ronald Jr.; five great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Dorothy Shelton ; special niece, Janice Gillam; and a host of family and friends.

She was preceeded in death by her brother, William Shivers Jr.; sisters Lucille Brooks, Alice Rogers and Irene Shivers; son Edward “Moon” Shivers; grandson William Shivers; and great-granddaughter Kendall Jai Roller.

The family expresses deep gratitude to Heritage Manor and Hospice of the Valley for their loving and thoughtful care of Tootsie.

Homegoing services will be held today, Sept. 2, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 351 W. Rayen, Youngstown. Calling hours will be held one hour prior to service from 4 to 5 p.m.

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WEST MIDDLESEX, PA. - David Scott Erb, 76, of Hubbard Road, died Sunday morning, Aug. 31, 2014, at his residence at 2 a.m.

Mr. Erb was born in Sharon, Pa., Oct. 14, 1937, to the late Maynard and Sarah Jane Edeburn Erb.

He married Sandra L. Young on July 15, 1961.

He retired from Sharon Steel and served his country in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Germany four years. David was a member of the West Middlesex United Methodist Church. He was the youngest member to serve on council of Government for Shenango Valley. He was a former member of the West Middlesex and Shenango Township Fire Departments. He formerly served on the West Middlesex Council and coached little league.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy of the residence; three sons, Gregory Erb and wife Mary Kay of Canfield and Andrew Erb and wife Diana and Jason Erb, all of West Middlesex; six grandchildren also survive; two brothers, John Erb of Lady Lake, Fla., and Rev. James Erb of New Wilmington, Pa.; five sisters, Helen Richardson of West Middlesex, Mary Stafford of Farrell, Pa., Sara May Miller of Mercer, Pa., Esther Sanderbeck of West Middlesex, and Julie Moore of Akron; and a brother-in-law, Edward Taylor of Muncie, Ind.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Erb and a sister, Martha Taylor.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 3126 Main St. West Middlesex.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, from 4 until 7 p.m. The Rev. Wade Barto will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Haywood Cemetery, West Middlesex.

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AUSTINTOWN - There will be funeral services on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman, for Jean D. Egolf, 93, who died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Austinwoods Nursing Center, with her family by her side.

Jean was born Aug. 25, 1921, in Portsmouth, the daughter of the late Clarence and Mildred (George) Huston. She was formerly from Niles and previously lived in Salem.

She worked for The Shield of Faith Ministry Center in Girard for over 25 years and was a homemaker.

Jean was a member of the Highway Tabernacle, and was involved in her church all her life. She taught Sunday school and was involved with the singles group and missionaries at church. She loved to crochet for others and growing flowers in her garden every year.

Her husband of 39 years, James F. Egolf, whom she married on Jan. 31, 1942, died March 12, 1981.

Jean is survived by three children, James L. (Sharon) Egolf of Salem, Patricia (Tom) James of Warren, and Cheryl L. (Jerry) Mimna of Lisbon; daughter-in-law Carol Egolf of Fayetteville, Ark.; a sister, Billie (Dick) Gutteridge of Spring Hill, Tenn.; brother-in-law Bob (Ginny) Egolf of Canfield; 11 grandchildren, David (Barb) James, Tim (Angela) James, Megan Bennett, Josh (Michelle) Mimna, Molly (Zack) James, Heather (BJ) Kaskalavich, James T. (Heather) Egolf, Tamara Egolf, Jessica Egolf, Jennifer (John) Urguidi, Holly (Jeremy) Andrews; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, Jean was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey L. Egolf, who died November of 2003; a sister, Thelma Frederick and her husband, Fred; and two stepbrothers, Harold McMullen and John McMullen.

Family and friends may call on today, Sept. 2, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home, Boardman, and on Wednesday one hour prior the service.

Jean was a wonderful grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Please visit www.thompsonfh1932.com to view this notice and send condolences to the family.

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“Together Again”

POLAND – There will be Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown, with Father Chris Luoni and Monsignor Peter Polando officiating, for Joseph “Ace” LoCicero, 88, who passed away Aug. 30, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Joseph will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends for his passion and love he had always shown to everyone.

He was born Nov. 22, 1925, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph and Mary LoCicero, and was a lifelong area resident.

Joseph was a 1944 graduate of Ursuline High School, where he was an All-City and All-County football player. He also attended Youngstown College, where he played football under Dwight “Dike” Beede and had received numerous football scholarships across the country. His great inspiration and mentor was the late Nick Johnson.

Joseph served as a Sergeant First Class/Tank Commander in the U.S. Army in the 5th Infantry Division from 1950 to 1952, and received the Korean Service Medal, two bronze stars and the United Nations Service Medal.

He was a former member of St. Dominic Church, where he and his wife taught CCD classes, and he was most recently a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church. Upon Joseph completing his Cursillo, he remained active in the Cursillo Movement.

Joseph retired from the Youngstown School System as a teacher after 38 years and was an active teacher for an additional 10 years. He was a member of the Mahoning & Trumbull County Beagle Club and the Shenango Valley Beagle Club for 40 years. He was also a member of the Miraculous Medal of Mary. He enjoyed gardening, wildlife and nature, running his dogs, and spending time with his family. Joseph loved the lunches with his football friends, his Saturday family get togethers, and going out twice a week with his son, Dave.

He leaves behind to hold on to his precious memories, his four children, Dee (George) Pitko, Dave LoCicero, Joe LoCicero and Carl (Renee) LoCicero all of Poland; and four grandchildren, Christie (Pete) Pitko-Villoti, Aaron Pitko, and Rachel and Maria LoCicero.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Susan C. LoCicero whom he married Aug. 28, 1950, and who passed away Nov. 23, 2012; two brothers, John and Peter LoCicero; and four sisters, Teresa Castro, Jay Flick, Frances Longo and Bea Martino.

Family and friends may call Wednesday from 9 to 9:50 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown. A Christian Mass will follow.

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 4268 Patricia Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 3695 Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

The family would like to give a special hug to Lori Kinkela, Joseph’s caregiver and friend.

Joseph’s family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the St. Elizabeth Medical Staff, Greenbriar Staff and his family physician, Dr. Alex Vrable, for all the compassion and care they gave Joseph.

Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book, and send condolences to the LoCicero family.

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - There will be services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home, for John E. Orr, 66, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.

John was born March 7, 1948, in Youngstown, a son of Ray J. and Marion Stafford Orr.

He was a 1966 graduate of Hubbard High School, and was of the Presbyterian faith. John was a machinist at Republic Steel/LTV/WCI for 40 years and retired from R&G Steel of Warren in 2010. He enjoyed boating, water skiing, classic cars, motor sports, NASCAR and model trains.

He will be sadly missed by his son, Benjamin Orr of Youngstown; his daughter, Emily Orr of South Carolina; and two grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Audrey L. Frost of Hubbard, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ray J. Orr Jr. and Edgar Allen Orr.

There will be calling hours on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

John will be laid to rest at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

Special thanks to the Cleveland Clinic for all the wonderful care given to John.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38173-0704, or Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231.

Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral’s website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.

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“Together Again”

BOARDMAN - There will be prayers at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Fox Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Church, for Thomas P. Rober, 81, who passed Friday at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Thomas was born July 12, 1933, in Toledo, son of Clarence and Ruth Page Rober.

Thomas graduated from St. Basil Catholic High School in Pittsburgh in 1952, and graduated from Duquesne University School of Business in 1956. He taught at East High School from 1967 to 1970, and received his Master’s Degree in Education from Kent State University in 1975. Thomas was the Administrator of Business Education for Youngstown City Schools and Choffin for 29 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of St. Charles Church as well as member of the downtown Kiwanis Club and loved his fantasy football for over 30 years.

Thomas’s great joy and love was spending time with his grandchildren.

Thomas will be greatly missed by his sons, Jeff (Kathy) and Keith (Beth) Rober, both of Boardman; his daughters, Linda (Eric) Gilkinson of Columbiana, Renee (Greg) Maderitz of York, Pa.; and his 10 grandchildren, JT and Michelle Rober, Andrea and Drew Rober, Taralyn, Tori and Taylor Gilkinson, and Gregory, Nicholas and Christopher Maderitz. He also leaves his brother, Gerald Rober of Dunellen, Fla., and sister Mary Box of Seminole, Fla.

Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Michelina “Mickey“ Magnifico whom he married Jan. 28, 1956, she passed March 4, 2009. Besides his parents, he also was preceded in death by a sister, Roberta.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman.

His family request that in lieu of flowers, any monetary donations be made in Thomas memory to Make a Wish Foundation, 7629 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

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LOWELLVILLE - Local businessman, Merle G. Secrest, passed away into the arms of God.

He owned M&R Leasing Inc., Salem Honda, The Honda Barn, and Twin Pines Farm. He farmed and raised Paso Fino Horses, one of which he made a “Grand National Champion.” He was hard-working and loved to enjoy himself.

He loved driving his motor home, boating, camping and family get togethers. He loved watching football, the Cleveland Browns, but most of all he loved his church, the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. He had keys and opened for morning Mass, helped with readings and candles, said the Rosary, and received the Sacrament.

Merle loved the outdoors, built a beautiful lake and spent hours on his mower. Merle was an exceptional man, he knew how to make people laugh.

He will be terribly missed by those he leaves behind. A son, Richard; a daughter, Debra; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Donnie and Jim. But most of all he will be missed by his wife, Theresa. They worked side by side since 1969. They played hard, and prayed hard during his illnesses. He held on tight to his faith, but is in a far better place.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, where family and friends may call from 9 until 10:45 a.m., prior to the Mass. Entombment will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

The family suggests that any memorial tributes take the form of contributions in Merle’s name to the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 131 E. Wood St., Lowellville, OH 44436.

A special thank you to Hospice Independence, Katie Wagner, and Ricky Secrest for the wonderful care and support they gave to Merle over the last several months.

Arrangements are being handled by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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LEETONIA – Mary T. Wasylychyn, 91, formerly of State Street, died at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at Parkside Health Care Center in Columbiana.

Mrs. Wasylychyn was born Sept. 29, 1922, in Leetonia, a daughter of the late John and Catherine Ceplece Vrabel and had lived in this area all of her life.

She had been employed as a machine operator at Ballonoff Products in Columbiana for several years. She had previously worked at WM Inc. and Mullins Manufacturing. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Leetonia.

Her husband, John J. Wasylychyn, whom she married June 30, 1973, died March 26, 1988.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Kate Zarnosky and Ann Castrucci and five brothers, Mike Rabel, Steve Vrabel, John Vrabel, Andy Vrabel, and Joseph Vrabel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Leetonia, with the Rev. Stephen Wassie officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Friends may call at the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home in Leetonia from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

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

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