VIENNA - Helen M. Berdy, 94, formerly of Youngstown, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, March 20, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., following a long and fulfilling life.
Helen was July 29, 1922, in Sharon, Pa., a daughter of the late George J. and Maria Slavkovsky Gancarcik, and came to Youngstown in 1947.
She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown, where she enjoyed volunteering for the parish's pyrohy fundraiser.
Mrs. Berdys husband of 64 years, John P. Berdy, whom she married Aug. 20, 1947, passed away Aug. 26, 2011.
Helen leaves four daughters, Betty (Al) Smail of New Harmony, Utah, Kathy (Bob) Hartenstein of Fort Wayne, JoAnn (Bob) Berry of Vienna, and Nancy (Fred) Raia of Santa Clara, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Tracy, Matt, Heath, Jeremy, Danielle, Daniel, and Breanna; and 11 great-grandchildren, Landon, Robert, Charlotte, Selah, Elliana, Eva, Eden, Paxton, Lily, Hanah, and Davey.
Besides her husband, three brothers, Joseph, Paul, and George Gancarcik, preceded Helen in death.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 4:30 p.m. Family and friends may also call from 10 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 25, at the funeral home.
Funeral services will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home, and will continue at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, 526 W. Rayen Ave. in Youngstown.
Interment will follow at the Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Helen will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Helens name.
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BOARDMAN Major Frank Doc Damiano Sr. D.P.M., 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, March 19, 2017.
Frank was born Jan. 18, 1921, in Youngstown, the son of Vincent and Angelina (Colla) Damiano.
Frank was a doctor of Podiatric Medicine and operated his own practice in Youngstown.
Frank faithfully and courageously served during World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in England and France. During his years of service as a fighter pilot, Frank flew seven missions in his P47 Thunder Bolt plane. He later served as a test pilot for other planes. Following his retirement from the Army Air Corps, Frank served for 20 years in the Reserves, stationed in Vienna, retiring as a major.
Frank was a member of St. Dominics Church and was a founding member of Wolves Den VI and was a past treasurer for 18 years.
Franks wife, Emma (Pasquale), whom he married June 10, 1950, passed away Jan. 16, 1995.
Frank will be remembered lovingly by his three children, Frank (Debbie) Damiano of Youngstown, Christine (Rey) Notareschi of Poland, and Marie (John) Cullen of Boardman; seven grandchildren, Nicole (Rob) Zabel, Natalie (Marc) Sikora, Genna and Vince Notareschi, Marissa, Christine, and Lisa Cullen; and four great-grandchildren, Rocco, Frankie, Leo, and Evelyn.
Besides his parents and wife, Frank was preceded in death by a son, Vincent Damiano; granddaughter Lisa Notareschi; and eight sisters and brothers, Vincent Damiano, Rose Mullarkey, Nick, Samuel, and Angeline Damiano, Josephine Williams, Anthony Damon, and Philip Damiano.
There will be a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman, with the Rev. Marian Babjak celebrating the Mass for Frank.
Friends may call on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of the Mass at St. Charles Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that any monetary donations be made in Franks name to The Wolves Club Scholarship and Charitable Trust, P.O. Box 9021, Boardman, OH 44513.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of 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 to send condolences to Franks family.
KINSMAN - Barth Joseph Gervelis, 67, died on Friday, March 17, 2017, at his home.
He was born on Dec. 11, 1949, in Warren, a son of Emily E. (Chapko) and Stanley Joseph Gervelis.
Barth was a 1967 graduate of Joseph Badger High School and a graduate of Youngstown State University.
He served in the U.S. Army.
Barth worked for Delphi-Packard for over 30 years.
He was a member of St. Patricks Catholic Church of Kinsman.
Barth enjoyed playing tennis and teaching his siblings the game. He was an avid reader and loved to cycle. Barth was known for baking pies, especially during the holidays, and for planting trees at his homestead.
Barth was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include three sisters, Dara A. (Peter) Church of Ypsilanti, Mich., Lisa A. (Bill) Wetta of Westerville, and Tama L. (John) Haferman of Delaware, Ohio; five brothers, Mark S. Gervelis of Canfield, Gary M. (Gwen) Gervelis of Anchorage, Alaska, Aric W. Gervelis of Reno, Nev., Chris D. Gervelis of Bluffton, S.C., and Kurt P. Gervelis of Seattle; and many nieces and nephews.
A private burial was held at All Souls Cemetery of Bazetta.
Please visit www.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com to sign the online guestbook is available.
YOUNGSTOWN Robert Bobby E. Harrison, 57, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born April 25, 1959, in Youngstown, the son of Walter E. and Evelyn A. (Russell) Harrison.
He was a 1977 graduate of South High School and then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army as a medical specialist for 10 years.
Bobby loved his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and was known for telling colorful stories. Bobby had a big heart, always putting others before himself. He loved to cook and was an avid Cleveland Browns fan.
Bobby will always be remembered by his daughter, Jasmine Harrison of Youngstown; brother Perry (Janice) Harrison of Youngstown; two sisters, Marcey (Michael) Taylor of Canfield and Lynda Harrison of Austintown; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his nephew, Andre Harrison Sr.
Friends may call on Saturday, March 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the New Vision New Day Ministries, 1970 Everett Ave., followed by a noon funeral service, with Pastor Selena Moore officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Bobbys family.
YOUNGSTOWN Walter Michael Luczak, 69, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 12, 2017, at his residence.
Mr. Luczak was born on Dec. 24, 1947, in New Castle, Pa., to the late Walter Luczak and Ida Wanda Luczak Wallas.
Michael was a 1966 graduate of New Castle High School and later joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served our country for over 20 years, retiring as a major in 1998. He also held many positions throughout his nursing career at St. Francis Hospital and West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Michael enjoyed cooking and baking and spending time with his beloved dog, Togo.
He is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Freeman and her husband, Todd, of Odessa, Texas, along with two granddaughters. He is also survived by his sister, Joan Wojnar of New Castle, Pa.; and a close friend, Tariq Hamid Khan of Tampa, Fla.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Fox Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
BOARDMAN - Our community has lost a true hero with the passing of Thomas P. Lamb, 56, on March 21, 2017. He was a 10-year survivor of cancer.
During these years, he fought this disease head on and inspired others to continue their fight. He spoke at events for Relay for Life and loved participating in the LIVESTRONG program.
He was born Nov. 3, 1960, the son of Robert and Mildred Mullaney Lamb.
He graduated from Boardman High School in 1978, and after he worked at JC Pennys. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1988. Tom was employed for many years at the Boardman Road Department where he was an active member of the Teamsters Union.
He took his responsibility as a citizen seriously, Tom often wrote letters to the editor to local newspapers concerning issues he was passionate about. He served as precinct committeeman for the Mahoning County Democratic Party.
Tom was very intelligent, caring, and a great story teller. He took great pride in his Irish heritage. He loved sports, especially Notre Dame football and played in area golf leagues. He cherished his trips to Myrtle Beach.
Most of all he loved his family. Tom and his wife Lori were a true love story. They were a team in their journey and sacrificed everything for each other.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Lori Lamb; his children, Nick Lamb, Rob (Jessica) Chiarello and Marc (Briana) Chiarello; his grandchildren, Aiden Chiarello and his mother, Jasmin Daniel, and Eleiana Puggy Chiarello.
Tom leaves his brothers, Charles (Judy) Lamb and William (Lorraine) Lamb. He also leaves, his faithful companions, Chewie and Louie.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Ann Lamb.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Fox Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church by Father Keehner.
Memorial contributions can be made in Toms name to LIVESTRONG, YMCA, 17 N. Champion St., Youngstown, OH 44503, Attn: Marykaye Carlson.
When Irish eyes are happy all the world seems bright and gay, and when Irish eyes are smiling sure, they steal your heart away.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
POLAND - Prayers will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the Holy Family Church, for Elaine Mary Ellen Geoghan Mazur, 87, who died Tuesday afternoon at Hospice House.
Elaine was born June 3, 1929, in Detroit, the daughter of James R. and Arlene (Lynch) Geoghan.
She was a graduate of St. Gregory High School and earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Detroit.
Elaine began her teaching career at St. Rita School in Detroit. Elaine and her husband, Joseph, moved to the Youngstown area in 1964, and she taught kindergarten at the Holy Family School for many years. She also was a substitute teacher.
Elaine started the first girls basketball team at Holy Family and also coached girls softball in Poland.
She was involved in pastoral care at St. Elizabeth Hospital and a member of the Ann Seton Club.
She was very proud of her Catholic faith and was a longtime member of the Holy Family Church.
In her spare time, Elaine enjoyed playing bridge, traveling around the world and to college Bowl games, especially the Oklahoma Sooners.
Above all, Elaines greatest joy was being a wife, mother and grandmother, and she was an amazing cook.
Elaine is survived by her husband, Joseph Nicholas Mazur, whom she married Aug. 21, 1954; two daughters, Maureen Weetman (James Kelly) of Poland and Colleen Mazur (AC McMillion) of Poland; three sons, Joseph (Jennifer) Mazur of Baltimore, Dr. James (Colleen) Mazur of Salisbury, N.C., and Timothy (Theresa) Mazur of Georgetown, Texas; and 11 grandchildren, Mariah (Samuel) Taylor, Michael and Stephen Mazur, Julie Mazur, James, Joseph and Jessica Weetman and Zach and Christopher McMillion.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Family and friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center in and the staff at Hospice House for the care and compassion given to Elaine.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Burial will take place at Poland Riverside Cemetery.
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BERLIN CENTER There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, at the Canfield Presbyterian Church for Barbara Polley Schrader, 81, who was caring, competent and fun to be around. She died of pneumonia Friday, March 17, at University Hospital Portage Medical Center.
Barbara was born Dec. 20, 1935, in Struthers, a daughter of the late Ernest W. and Jeanette (McClure) Polley.
She graduated from Canfield High School and Grove City College.
Inspiring many children, she taught business subjects at high schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She also taught at Katharine Gibbs School for secretaries in New Jersey.
Family celebrates her many gifts as a beloved mother, matriarch and sister.
Her talent with music expressed itself by singing with national and international championship, Sweet Adelines, as well as participating in church choral and bell choirs.
She loved water and chose her last home to be near her son and Berlin Lake.
She loved the ocean, was a world traveler and was active in the Canfield Presbyterian Church. The Red Hat ladies were right up her ally. Artistic talents were exhibited in museum quality counted cross-stitch heirlooms.
All her life, Barbara cared about animals and supported numerous animal charities and causes.
She leaves her son, Mark and his wife, Susan, of Berlin Center; five grandsons; and six great-grandchildren, all of whom live in the Cleveland area. She is survived by sisters Katie Eells and Jean Boell, who reside in Philadelphia; and two beloved dog companions.
Friends may call on Sunday from 3 p.m. until the time of the service at 4 p.m. at the church.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions in Barbaras name to an animal charity of choice.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN Cynthia J. Spencer, 60, passed away Monday evening, March 20, 2017, at home.
Cynthia was born Sept. 10, 1956, in Youngstown, a daughter of Robert G. and Patricia Jones Simpson.
She lived in the area her whole life and worked at Walgreens in Poland.
She loved animals, especially her two cats.
Cynthia married Bill C. Spencer on April 6, 2001.
Besides her husband, she leaves one son, Robert A. Spencer of Youngstown; and one brother, Tommy (Linda) Simpson of Austintown.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends may call on Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers, from noon to 2 p.m.
There will be no services.
The family wishes to thank Hospice of the Valley for the care and compassion they showed to Cynthia.
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SEBRING - Elroy J. Stimpert, 97, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Crandall Medical Center.
Mr. Stimpert was born in Miltonsburg on Feb. 2, 1920, the son of the late Roy and Elizabeth (Kaufman) Stimpert.
He was a graduate of The Ohio State University, class of 1940, a member of the Tower Club, a U.S. Army veteran from 1942 to 1945, serving at the rank of sergeant, and worked for the USDA as an assistant administrator.
Elroy was a member of the Bethel Friends Church in Poland, served as a Boy Scout leader, a member of the Poland Optimist Club and was active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, where he received recognition as one of the longest matches between Big and Little Brother.
Survivors include his daughter, Candace (Jerry) King of Salem; a son, James Stimpert of Baltimore; two grandchildren, Andrew (Judy) King and Rachel (Chad) Allen; and four great-grandchildren, Preston, Gracelyn, Selah and Kendall.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah Mae (Wade) Stimpert on June 6, 2012.
Calling hours will be held Friday, March 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home in Sebring.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Bethel Friends Church in Poland.
There will also be visitation held at the church on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m.
Burial will take place at Green Haven Cemetery in Canfield.
Memorial contributions can be made in Elroys honor to the Bethel Friends Church, 2771 Spittler Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Friends may visit www.grfuneralhome.com to send condolences and sign the guest register online.
Arrangements are by the Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home in Sebring.
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. for Cora O. White, 91, who departed this life Friday, March 17, 2017, at her residence.
Mrs. White was born May 14, 1925, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., a daughter of Oda and Cora Rice Duncan Sr.
She was a homemaker, member of the Austintown Jehovah Witnesses Congregation and CBU Club.
Her husband, Roy M. White, whom she married Nov. 7, 1943, died Aug. 28, 1996.
She leaves her children, Roy M. White Jr. of San Diego, Gloria J. White Ballard of Austintown, and Gwendolyn White, Gail L. Robbins and Doris J. Griffin, all of Youngstown; siblings Mabel Murphy, Eddie (Marva) Duncan and Oda Duncan Jr., all of Chicago; 22 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Fred Murphy, Andrew, Walter and Johnnie Lee Duncan.
Friends may call from 5 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.