NORTH JACKSON Iona Adams, 75, passed away on Dec. 8, 2013, at St. Elizabeths Hospital Medical Center Main Campus Emergency.
Iona was born April 29, 1938, to Samuel and Mary (McGary) Bert in Washington, Pa.
Iona married her childhood sweetheart, Ronald Adams, on May 10, 1954, sharing 58 years of marriage. Together they had five wonderful children.
Iona was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She always put her family first in her life and leaves them with memories to fill many lifetimes.
She never missed watching her family playing sports. The umpires and officials definitely knew her voice. She would let them know when they made mistakes.
Iona made sure her family knew the true meaning of family, and to always put family first. She was adamant on taking them on trips, going on several vacations.
Her children swear it was Iona who willed the Pirates to their first winning season in twenty years. In addition, she was faithful to her Steelers, Penguins, and of course, Duke University.
She also loved her Ohio State University Buckeyes.
Iona leaves to cherish her memory, her children, daughters, Melody (Daniel) Corbett of North Jackson, Terry (James) Infante of North Jackson, and Cindy (Patrick) Pesa of Boca Raton, Fla.; son, Ronald Bud (Missy) Adams Jr. of North Jackson; grandchildren, Jake (Ann) Corbett, Jennifer Corbett and fiancé Brent Graham, Billy Corbett and fiancé Emily Cooke, Hilary (Dave) Karabin, Kelly (Anthony) Ciavarella, Shannon (Scott) Bellino, Samantha (Scott) Domes, Bruce Montgomery Jr, Jacki Adams, Jillian (Kevin) Koenig, and Jaemi (Jesse) Stamm; great-grandchildren, Nicolas Corbett, Caitlyn Corbett, Allie Corbett, Lacie Corbett, Anthony Ciavarella, Olivia Ciavarella, Sofia Bellino, Roman Bellino, Reese Domes, and Everett Domes; and sister, Carol Burgess of Washington, Pa.
Iona was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Carla Montgomery; and sister, Leila Camps.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
A funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held at the Columbiana Cemetery Chapel, Columbiana, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, for Jeffrey Bowen, 57, of Austintown, formerly of Columbiana, who died Oct. 13, 2013, at Briarfield Manor, Austintown.
Mr. Bowen was born Jan. 21, 1956, the son of the late Bernard and Marjorie J. Hilliah Bowen.
He was a graduate of Columbiana High School and attended Kent State University and Case Western University, attaining a Masters degree in Social Work.
He was a social worker for Eastern Mental Health and later Turning Point. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, served on the FISH Samaritan Board and was active with Angels for Animals.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana.
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YOUNGSTOWN Norbert W. Busch, 50, of the citys west side, departed this world peacefully Sunday morning, Dec. 8, 2013, at his home following a two-year battle with cancer, with his loved ones by his side.
Norbert, who was also known to many as Norb or Norman, was born April 15, 1963, in Cleveland, a son of Willie and Erika Metz Busch, and came to this area in 1993.
Mr. Busch was self-employed and was considered a jack-of-all-trades.
Norb will be remembered for his love of animals, and for his ability to make anyone smile. He loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and often remarked that he never felt as free as when he was on a ride.
Norb leaves his wife, Julie Pezzuolo Busch, whom he loved and cherished for 20 years; his mother, Erika Mutti Adorjan, whom he adored; his only sister, Karin (Robert) Cerny and her children, Nicholas and Tyler Cerny; three step-children, Ronnie, Tony, and Leigha, who he loved as his own; and many, many dear friends and extended family members, who will miss him dearly along with the rest of his family.
His father is deceased.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a funeral service will follow at 6 p.m.
Norberts family extends special thanks to the doctors and staff of the Hope Center, and to the staff of Crossroads Hospice, for the kindness shown and care given to Mr. Busch and his family during his illness, making circumstances bearable.
FTW, Norb! (Forever Two Wheels).
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BURGHILL Robert Cebula, 79, passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 7, 2013, at St. Joseph Health Center, Warren.
He was born Nov. 4, 1934, in Youngstown, the son of John and Mary Lou Petrick Cebula Jr.
He graduated from Hartford High School and retired from Delphi-Packard in 2006, as a jack stacker. He worked 34 years.
He was also a self employed farmer. At one time, he drove a school bus for the Badger schools.
He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle in Vienna.
His other love was the Trumbull County Fair. He started by showing 4-H in 1947 and then moved to the fair board, where he was member for over 50 years. He was the first 4-H Fair King.
He served as long time entertainment and advertising committee chairperson, bringing many big name acts to the fair. He was responsible for starting the first tractor pull and demolition derby at the fair. He worked with the 4-H dairy and livestock sale program.
He was also in charge of opening day activities. He was elected to the Ohio Fair Managers Assoc. Hall of Fame.
His community activities include past president of the Warren Mens Bowling Assoc. and of the Trumbull County Jersey Cattle Club. While serving as Grand Knight of the Kinsman Knights of Columbus, they placed first in the state of Ohio for their programs.
He was a member of the Two Gallon Club for blood donors. He was also honored by General Motors Community Award program. He belonged to the former Hartford Grange No. 1479 and the Trumbull County Farm Bureau.
He sponsored basketball, softball and bowling teams in the Warren area and was an original member of the Scrappers Backers in Niles. He sold coffee at work and then donated the money to Autumn Hills Nursing Home at Christmas.
He was an American Heart Assoc. fund raising chairman and years ago, he drove a car at Sharon Speedway.
He is survived by his wife, Geneva Lackey Cebula, whom he married June 2, 1962; three daughters, Bobbi (William) Everidge of Cortland, Carolyn (Dave) Evinsky of McDonald, and Teresa (Brian) Rossi of Burghill; one son, Thomas Cebula of Burghill; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Devon Everidge.
Friends and relatives may call at the Galloway-Onstott Funeral Home, 3451 St. Route 7., Hartford on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery.
YOUNGSTOWN Services were held Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, for Infant Cordell Jamar Phillips Mann, 21 days, who returned to his Heavenly playground on Monday, Nov. 23, 2013, with the angels anxiously awaiting him.
Baby Cordell was born Nov. 2, 2013, a son of Curtis Mann Jr. and Deneja Phillips.
He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Reggie Ware III and Peyton Mann, both of Youngstown; grandparents, Darrell Sanders of Columbus, Shanel Phillips, Sherrice Dawson, and Curtis Mann Sr.; great-grandparents, Beverly Phillips, Rufus Humphrey, Desonia Drummond, Amber Mann, Karleen and Jessie Sanders, all of Youngstown; and a host of other relatives.
Arrangements entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
YOUNGSTOWN John Jack Lloyd Graft, 72, passed away Nov. 25, 2013.
He was born in Youngstown on April 18, 1941.
He was a Vietnam veteran, who served his country as a data processer for the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Graft was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Lloyd and Helen L. Graft.
He leaves to cherish his memory, son. Paul Graft of Reno, Nev.; brothers, Charles W. Graft of Sandusky, Robert Graft, and Kenneth Graft of New Middletown; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Sterling-McCullough-Williams Funeral Home, 632 Belmont Ave. in Youngstown.
The Rhoden Memorial Home in Akron, 330-724-1201, is handling the arrangements.
HUBBARD Edward Howard, 76, died Saturday morning Dec. 7, 2013, at Vibra Hospital.
He was born Jan. 14, 1937, a son of Fred C. and Vestina Wilson Howard.
Mr. Howard studied Chemistry at Youngstown State University and worked at Thomas Steel Strip in Warren, where he was a supervisor of the Chemistry Lab, retiring in 1994. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hubbard, where he served as a Deacon and an Elder. Ed loved vacationing at the beach and going to the mountains. He enjoyed gardening, sitting outside watching the birds, and reading. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their sporting events.
He leaves his wife, the former, Judith A. Evans, whom he married on June 6, 1958; two sons, Paul E. (Linda) Howard of Warren and Matthew W. (Lucinda) Howard of Portland, Ore.; two daughters, Tamra L. Tammy Howard of Austintown and Jill R. (David) Agler of Hubbard; three brothers, Arthur Howard of Pineville, Ky., William Frank (Rosemary) Howard of Newton Falls and Fred C. (Helen) Howard of Newton Falls; two sisters, Clara A. Evans of Warren and Zelma C. (Donald) Sipka of Newton Falls; six grandchildren, Ashley (Garret) Merkley of Beaufort, S.C., Abagail and Addison Agler of Hubbard, Madison, Bucanon and Kennedy Howard of Portland; and two great-grandchildren, Liliana and Harper Merkley.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Thomas Howard.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Hubbard.
Friends and family may call on Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Hubbard Defibrillator Fund or to the charity of the donors choice.
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NORTH LIMA Lea Mae Himes, 80, of West South Range Road, passed away at 2:06 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at her home.
Mrs. Himes was born April 2, 1933, in Lisbon, a daughter of the late Arch J. and Grace (DeRhodes) McCord.
Lea was a homemaker and member of the South East Friends Church in Salem. She was also an avid doll collector, enjoyed gardening and canning, and was a big fan of Elvis Presley and Andy Griffith. She will be dearly remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and aunt.
She is survived by her loving husband, Paul A. Himes Sr., whom she married Aug. 4, 1951; daughters, Cynthia (Ray) Rice of New Middletown and Kristie Lowe of Youngstown; son, Larry A. (Sheila) Himes of Columbiana; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Paul A. Himes Jr.; sisters, Marie Kyser, Donna Barnes and Thelma Warren; and her brother, Carl McCord.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark R. Wilds officiating.
Private burial will take place Friday morning at the New Springfield Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rich Center for Autism at YSU, c/o Lisa Long, 1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555.
Friends may also visit www.eells-leggett-stauffer.com to view Leas memorial webpage and to send condolences online.
HUBBARD There will be services held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Robert H. Fairfield Jr., 71, who passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at home.
Robert was born Oct. 26, 1942, in Pittsburgh, a son of Robert H. Sr. and Melvina Wolfe Fairfield.
He was a mechanic for 40 years at Strausbaugh Dodge in Youngstown and Ramtuff in Struthers.
Robert enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, football, and especially loved the Steelers.
He was a social member of VFW Post 3767.
He is survived by his wife, the former Anne Frank, whom he married May 28, 1966; his daughters, Eileen (David) Jones and Lois Fairfield, both of Hubbard; and three grandchildren, Christopher Klug, Matthew Jones, and Mark Jones.
He also leaves his sisters, Carol (John) Jordan, Donna OBrien, and Debbie (Eddie) Friedenberger, all of Pittsburgh.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert H. Fairfield III; and a sister, Lucille Meyer.
There will be calling hours on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.
BOARDMAN There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Christines Church for Laura Agnes (Thrasher) Johnson, 98, who died in peace last Wednesday night at her home, surrounded by family.
Laura was born in the Year of Our Lord 1915, in Londonderry, Vt., the daughter of Harry L. and Mary M. Halligan Thrasher, coming to Youngstown when she was a child.
She graduated from St. Columba Grade School, Ursuline High School, Youngstown State University and Westminster College, earning a Masters Degree in Education. Laura taught in several grade schools in the Youngstown School District for 28 years and earned a Jennings Scholarship for excellence in 1976. She was a proud member of the Catholic Collegiate Association, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International and the Mignonette Garden Club.
Laura is survived by two sons, Christian W. Johnson of Los Angeles and Richard E. Johnson of Boardman; two granddaughters, Nicola M. Johnson and Emma S. Johnson, both of Boardman; four nieces, Joyce Kale-Pesta, Sharon Sabatka, Carol Lavelle, and Betsy Bennett; one nephew, William Thrasher Jr.; 11 grandnieces and nephews; and five great-grandnieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, Bernie E. Johnson, Laura was preceded in death by her sisters, Harriet Thrasher and Elizabeth Bessie Thrasher Spangel; and her brother, William Thrasher.
The Johnson family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell and will receive family and friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. before Mass at St. Christines Church.
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POLAND - Prayers will begin Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Holy Family Church at 11 a.m. for Angela Moser, 73, who passed away on Saturday morning at her home.
Angela was born on April 24, 1940, in Loka pri Zusmu, Slovenia, to Anton and Monika (Salomon) Kos. Angelas parents died when she was an infant and she was raised by her grandmother and aunts.
She came to the United States in 1965 and married the late Bozidar (Bill) Ratajc. They were the proprietors of R & D Sausage Company in Cleveland, where Angela had lived until 2007 when she moved to Poland.
In Cleveland, she was a Parishioner at St. Marys Church and then joined the Holy Family Parish when she moved to this area. She was also a member of the Strasko Club, a Slovenian organization in the Cleveland area.
Angela loved gardening and spending quality time with her family and friends and was always happy to cook for them. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends.
Angela is survived by her daughter, Barbara Pearlman and her husband, David and her two grandchildren, Jake and Livi, who were so dear to her. She is also survived by her brother, Anton Kos and his wife, Mary Jane and their children, Monica Bokesch, Sonia Aaron and Anton Jr.; her nieces and nephews in her home country to Slovenia; as well as many great-nieces and nephews. Angela will be dearly missed by her best friend, Frances Bence. She also is survived by her daughter, Liliana.
Angela was preceded in death by her husband, Bozidar Ratajc; her brother, Drago Kos; and her sister, Ivanka Lipovsek.
Family and friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests that tributes take the form of donations to the charity of their choice.
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CAMPBELL Funeral services will be today at 10 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home for Stella D. Prislipsky, 97, who passed away Saturday morning.
Stella was born Feb. 13, 1916, in Campbell, the daughter of Frank and Antoinette Husicki Smutek.
She was a 1934 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.
Stella was a member of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. Joseph the Provider Catholic Church.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her son, Michael Preston of Campbell.
Her husband, Michael, whom she married in 1946, passed away in 1966.
Stella was preceded in death by her parents; and her sisters, Frances Walicki, Agnes McClain and Josephine Mesleve.
The Prislipsky family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends today from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
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YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services were held last Friday at the New Bethel Baptist Church for Mrs. Linda M. Price, 57, who departed this life Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mrs. Price was born Dec. 31, 1955, in Youngstown, a daughter of John E. and Viola M. Reed Hill.
She was an administrative secretary at St. Elizabeth Health Center. She was a member of the church and its choir. She attended Kent State University, Youngstown State University and Tri-County Community College.
She leaves her husband, Robert A. Price Jr., whom she married June 30, 1979; two daughters, Angela N. Price and Shaina C. Price, both of Blacklick; two brothers, John (Diane Glover) Hill and Edward (Trina) Hill, all of Youngstown; a sister, Annie (Ronald) Baskins of Richmond Heights; and grandchildren, DaOtiona Hill and Damnion Hill Jr., both of Youngstown.
Calling hours were held last week at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
STRUTHERS - Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers for Elsie Spiker, 87.
Elsie Rogerson Spiker was born on July 18, 1926, at Glenn Thorpe in Timperley, Cheshire, England, the sixth of nine children born to William and Beatrice Lees Rogerson.
She entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Dec. 8, at Maplecrest Nursing Home, where the staff gave her excellent care during her last days. She had been there for two weeks.
Her father died in 1937, when Elsie was 11 years old. At 14, she went to work as did her older sisters in order to support the household. Her one older brother was in the British Army in Burma. Living in a small village outside the manufacturing city of Manchester, the German bombers visited almost nightly and for two years, the family slept in the cellar rather than getting up every night and taking shelter there. Some nights, the working members of the family did not get home before the bombers started and frequently spent nights lying in ditches with their mother worrying and wondering who was and/or was not coming home.
She met Elmer Spiker on a blind date in 1943, and on that very first date, he asked her to marry him. It must have been love at first sight for both of them since they wasted no time and married on June 20, 1943, at Maidstone, England when she was almost 17. Her older sister signed the permission papers for her to marry underage, as they both knew their mother would not have consented.
After the war was over, Elsie and her infant daughter, along with other English war brides, came to the United States on the S.S. Uruguay in 1946 to New York, and from there via train to Tarentum, Pa., where she was met by her husband. They made their home in Natrona Heights with his parents for a while until Elmer was laid off from his job. He had enlisted in the service directly from high school and had no job to return to when the war was over. His sister told him that they were hiring at the steel mills in Youngstown, so he went to work for The Rod and Wire in Struthers some time in 1948.
They were happy together in Struthers and their remaining five children were born while living there. Elmer died on May 20, 1970, leaving the rearing of the youngest three children to his wife.
Elsie had assorted jobs after Elmer died, a rural paper carrier for The Vindicator, a short order cook at a truck stop in North Lima, a house mother at the old Crittenden Home in Youngstown, and finally as a housekeeper at St. Edwards Rectory in Youngstown for many years before retiring when she was about 70. After that she worked at Lois Candies for her dear friend and companion, Jim Loizos, who died in September of 2006.
Elsie enjoyed playing cards and belonged to two card clubs until she became ill and unable to drive anymore. She loved gardening and even after she became ill, insisted that one of her children, usually Bill, water and take care of her plants. She was active in her church and the Ladies Group at Christ Lutheran in Struthers.
Mostly she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her older sister, Mary, once said that Elsie was the only person she ever knew who had no guile in her, no deceit of any kind. She was exactly what she appeared to be, a wonderfully kind and giving person.
She leaves to cherish her memory, the following children, Christine (Jack) Statler of Canfield, Donna Urchak of Struthers, Bill (Cindy) Spiker of Struthers, who took care of most of the household repairs and yard work, Duke (Cathie) Spiker of Enon, Mary Spiker of Struthers, with whom she made her home and who lovingly took care of her for many years and Jim (Paula) Spiker of Livonia, Mich.
The following grandchildren survive, Shelly Moulin, Dave Holt, Bill (Nicole) Spiker, Amanda Spiker, who helped take care of her grandmother with much love, Matthew (Michelle) Spiker, Rose (Steven) Alphenaar, Victoria Spiker, Jim (Laurie) Spiker, Alex (Lindsey) Spiker and Karly Spiker. Her great-grandchildren include, Grace and Blake Spiker and Danielle and Kellie Holt.
One sister, Audrey (Brain) Wood of Chelford, Macclesfield, England also survives, as does a host of nieces and nephews scattered throughout England, Wales, Scotland, The Netherlands, Australia, Kentucky and Florida.
She also leaves her dear cats, Molly and Mafalda, also of Struthers. She always loved cats.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Elmer; her companion, Jim Loizos; her parents, William and Beatrice Rogerson; her son-in-law, Mike Urchak; and the following siblings, Mary Farrell, Beatrice Owen Gibson, Margaret Strawson, Harold Rogerson, Kathleen Gettler, Phyllis Jensen, and Geoffrey Rogerson; and her beloved cat, Micah.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests any gifts take the form of contributions to Second Chance Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 4867, Austintown, OH 44515.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
RAVENNA Howard Reese Smith, 75, passed away peacefully into eternal life on Dec. 8, 2013, at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna of natural causes.
He was born on Aug. 18, 1938, in Youngstown, the son of the late, Harry Lester and Susan (Jones) Smith.
Howard married the love of his life, Barbara Claire Pierce, on Aug. 29, 1959, and they enjoyed 54 blessed years of marriage together.
Howard worked as an auto worker for General Motors for many years.
He was a member of the U.S. Army and the National Guard.
Memories of Howard will be carried on by his loving family, his wife, Barbara of Diamond; his daughter, Pamela Bondy of Lordstown; his son, Greg Smith of Newton Falls; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Per Howards wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held.
Arrangements are being handled by the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad St. in Newton Falls.
Family and friends may visit www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com to view this obituary online or to send condolences to the family.
CUYAHOGA FALLS Mary Simons, 56, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, after a courageous five year battle with kidney cancer.
Born in Whitestone, N.Y., on Jan. 31, 1957, Mary grew up first in Whitestone and then Pleasant Valley, N.Y.
She lived in Poland for over 20 years before moving to Cuyahoga Falls in February.
She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
Mary was always a positive person and her strength and optimism were an inspiration to all who knew her.
Throughout her life, Mary accomplished many things, but was particularly proud of reviving the swim team at Poland-Seminary High School, as well as her participation in a clinical trial for a cancer drug that went on to help many people.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris and her brother-in-law, Mike Wetzel.
Mary is survived by her husband, Bob of Cuyahoga Falls; father, Herbert (Mary); daughters, Jessica (Marcus) Tullio of Hudson and Allyson Simons of Westerville; grandchildren Isla and Dominic; siblings, Julie (John) Purdy, Herb, Jim, Charles (Sandy), Thomas (Cherie) Pelton, Ella Gufler, Laura Wetzel, Teresa (Steve) Hughes, Dennis (Gretchen), Bob (Debbie), and Dan Pelton; brothers-in-law, Jack (Peg), Tom (Toni), and Jim Simons; as well as many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. James Singler on Thursday at 11 a.m., at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1905 Portage Trail in Cuyahoga Falls, where the family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place at St. Mary Cemetery in Hudson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Cancer Society, P.O. Box 803338, Chicago, IL 60680-3338 or by visiting www.kidneycancer.org.
CANFIELD There will be prayers at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home and a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Church for Paul L. Scheetz, 72 who passed away Sunday morning at Hospice House.
Paul was born Jan. 19, 1941, in Youngstown, a son of the late George and Edna Ellebrecht Scheetz and has been a life-long area resident.
He attended St. Dominic Elementary School and graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School, the first graduating class of 1959. Paul enlisted in the Army after graduating. He was 4th infantry division Arty. at Fort Lewis in Washington and then was deployed to Germany from 1960 to 1963. Paul worked from 1966 until retirement in 2000 at General Motors, Lordstown in the Passenger Plant.
He was a long time parishioner of St. Dominic Parish and belonged to UAW Local Union No. 1112. Paul was involved in many bowling leagues, Tuesday with Hivley Doubles League at Amron; Wednesday with SRI Investment Seniors League, also at Amron, where he served as President; and Thursday with Independent Taxi League at Boardman Lanes.
He golfed often at Meander Golf Course and participated in Mens baseball leagues at Rocky Ridge and at G.M. Lordstown. Paul was an avid sports fan, he was very supportive of his grandsons sporting events at Mineral Ridge and often would travel to all football games. Paul enjoyed watching the Browns, Indians, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Cardinal Mooney football and especially enjoyed Youngstown State University football. He and his wife would never miss a game, often they traveled to the away games as well.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 46 years, the former Susan Elizabeth Melia, whom he married Sept. 23, 1967.
He will also be missed by his daughter, Paula Lynne Scheetz (Tom) Morrison of Mineral Ridge; his two grandsons, Michael Alan McRoberts of Austintown and Jonathan Dale McRoberts of Mineral Ridge; two sisters, Jean Rubenstahl of Boardman and Mary Lou Rogenski of Austintown; a brother-in-law, William R. Melia of Cape Canaveral, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his parents-in-law, Steven L. and Katheryn J. Lutheran; two sisters, Dorothy Laverie and Sr. Margaret Scheetz (OSU); and his godson and nephew, Joseph Rubenstahl.
Paul had a special friend, his buddy, his cat, Smoky.
Any monetary donations should be made in Pauls name to Beatitude House, 238 Tod Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504 or Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Fox Funeral Home.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
CANFIELD Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, for Paul L. Wagner, 76, who passed away Saturday evening at Blossom Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Salem.
Paul was born Sept. 23, 1937, in Youngstown, the son of Paul and Anna (Madden) Wagner. He was raised in the Canfield area for most of his life by his grandparents, Lester B. and Florence Wagner.
Paul retired from General Motors in Lordstown as a Millwright after 30 years of service. He was a graduate of Canfield High School class of 1956. He was a member of the Ohio National Guard Reserves, serving from 1956 to 1957, and he was a charter member of the Ruritan Club of Canfield.
Paul leaves his wife of 56 years, the former Patricia Miller, whom he married in September of 1957; their three children, Carole Ludwig of Salem, Craig Wagner and his wife, Connie of New Middletown, and Paul L. Wagner III of Salem; and five grandchildren, Luke and Daniel Ludwig, and Steven, Paul IV and Bill Wagner. Paul also leaves three brothers, Tom, Gary, and George Wagner and one sister, Christine Smith, all of Niles.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and again from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, where services will be held at noon on Thursday.
The family suggests that material tributes take the form of donations to the charity of the donors choice in Pauls name.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.