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KATHRYN BEVERLY BAIRD

YOUNGSTOWN - A memorial service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, for Kathryn Beverly Baird, 87, who passed away Friday evening at Circle of Care in Salem.

Kathryn was born Feb. 6, 1927, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Charles and Martha (Brown) Baldwin.

Kathryn was a 1945 graduate of South High School. She enjoyed gardening, crafting, painting, crocheting, reading, traveling, cooking and music. Kathryn loved animals, especially birds and cats. She was also a supporter of Angels for Animals.

Her husband, George Calvin Baird Jr., whom she married Aug. 7, 1948, passed away in 2000.

Kathryn leaves her son, George “Edward” (Kathleen Foreman) Baird of Hanoverton, and two grandchildren, Marcie and Matthew Baird.

Family and friends may pay their respects Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Material tributes may take the form of donations to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

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E. THERESA BONELLI

STRUTHERS - E. Theresa Bonelli, 98, died Sept. 22, 2014, at Maplecrest Nursing Home.

Mrs. Bonelli was born Jan. 7, 1916, in Struthers, a daughter of Louis and Tresa Sekely Begala.

She was a 1934 graduate of Struthers High School. Theresa worked as a clerk in the family business at Begala Grocery Store in Struthers, before working at Strouss’s and GC Murphy’s. She was a member of the Christ Our Savior Parish at Holy Trinity Church. She was a wonderful cook and was famous for stuffed cabbage, kolachi, and pies. She was a gifted artist and she enjoyed music, dancing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Her husband, Anthony, whom she married Sept. 24, 1940, died Apr. 2, 1954.

She is survived by one daughter, Susan Missik, of Struthers; two grandchildren, Kimberly Sue (Bob) Sauerwein of Columbiana and Lisa Marie (John) Missik-Gaffney of North Jackson; and three great-grandchildren, Mitchell Sauerwein, Joseph and Stephen Gaffney.

Besides her parents and husband, Theresa was preceded in death by one son, Richard A. Bonelli; two brothers, Louis and William Begala; and four sisters, Vilma Smith, Helen Lesnansky, Irene and Teresa Begala.

A prayer service will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St., Struthers, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the staff at Maplecrest who treated her like family, especially Terrie, Becky, Vicki, Sylvia, Denise, and Lyn.

Friends may visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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DELLA MAE GREER

YOUNGSTOWN - Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, at the Christ Centered Church, for Mrs. Della Mae Greer, 77, who departed this life Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mrs. Greer was born July 2, 1937, in St. Claire, Ala., a daughter of George and Minnie Scott Axel.

She was a health care worker at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Greater Liberty Baptist Church, mother of the church and its culinary ministry. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates fan.

He husband, John Greer, died on March 28, 1960.

She leaves her children, Luebertha Greer and Brenda Greer, both of Youngstown, and Titus (Karla) Greer of Columbus; two sisters, Minnie (Harold) Queener of Youngstown and Demprey Haley of Montgomery, Ala.; a brother, Neil Axel of Montgomery; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons Wayne E. Greer and Nathan J. Axel; and four brothers, David, Henry, George, and Bill Axel.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

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

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PHYLLIS LORRAINE (BRASHAW) HALE

LAKE MILTON - Phyllis Lorraine (Brashaw) Hale, 93, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

She was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Rush, Ill., to the late George W. and Iva M. Brashaw.

Mrs. Hale was raised on a farm and married Jack M. Hale in 1942. Jack farmed and drove truck while Phyllis began selling tupperware. Her success with tupperware led the family to Akron when they were awarded a distributorship.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in 1997; son David W. Hale; grandson C. Ted Crown; and siblings Robert, Calvin, Ruth, Clifford Burell, Eula and Clayton Russell.

She is survived by her children, Alan R. (Joan) Hale, Sandra L. (Clifford) Crown, Linda C. (Carol Dobbins) Hale; daughter-in-law Jean Hale; her grandchildren, Christy Hale, Wendy Hale, Mark Hale, Martha (Hale) Stonaker, Tamara (Crown) Basinger and Michael (Cyndi) Hale; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m., at Craig Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 1797 Grandview in Lake Milton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Craig Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

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GEORGE W. KENDALL

FARRELL, PA. – There will be services held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard, for George W. Kendall, 86, who passed away Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Whitecliff Health and Rehabilitation Center in Greensville, Pa.

George was born June 9, 1928, in Frederick, Md., a son of J. Raymond and Hattie Belle Derr Kendall.

He was a machinist at Sawhill Tubular in Wheatland, Pa. for 44 years, retiring in 1990.

He was a member of the Hubbard Church of the Nazarene, and enjoyed fishing and woodworking.

George was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II, and later served in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of Wheatland American Legion Post No. 432, and their Honor Guard, and West Middlesex VFW Post No. 6233, and their Honor Guard.

George will be sadly missed by his family, his wife, the former Phyllis R. Edwards, whom he married Sept. 4, 1987; his children, Iris F. Kendall of Warren, Shenandoah L. (Byron) Gundaker of Lexington Park, Md., George A. (Mary) Kendall of Allen, Texas, Dorothea J. Dercoli of Girard, Vera E. (Paul) Simeon of Brookfied, Norma L. Reed of Hubbard, and Jay A. (Susan) Kendall of Hubbard; and stepchildren, John Swesey of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Gregory (Pam) Swesey of Hartford, Darryl (Nancy) Swesey of Hubbard, and Kenneth “Buddy” (Theresa) Swesey of Williamsville, Mo.; 23 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.

He also leaves his sister, Annabelle Dugan of Springfield.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.

There will be calling hours on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, one hour prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

George will be laid to rest at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

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

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ROSEMARY BERNARD LABATO

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN - There will be funeral services at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, for Rosemary Bernard Labato, 81, who passed away peacefully in her sleep, at home, on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, with her loving family by her side.

Rosemary was born Oct. 29, 1932, in Youngstown, the daughter of Frank and Rosemary (Lucarelli) Bernard.

She was a homemaker. Rosemary enjoyed babysitting children for many years. She loved cooking, especially at large family gatherings. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed playing cards, doing crafts, sitting on her front porch with tons of flowers, and watching “her” Atlanta Braves.

Her husband, Arthur Labato, whom she married Nov. 3, 1956, passed away Dec. 21, 1974.

Rosemary will always be lovingly remembered by her four children, Regina (Samuel) Racketa of Girard, Dominic (Rosie) Labato of Canfield, Arthur Labato of Youngstown and Rosemary (Richard) Karl of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Richard Maldonado and Kristyna Rose Labato; two sisters, Theresa Makosky of Austintown and Eleanor Parillo of Girard; brother Michael Bernard of Winter Garden, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews; and grandpets Mollie, Rusty, Homer, Addison, Aleah, Harley, Vinnie and Bruno.

Besides her parents and husband, Rosemary was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Ferraro and Minnie Bernard, and five brothers, James, Nicholas, George, Joseph and Patrick Bernard.

Friends may call on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 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 Rosemary’s family.

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FRANK MUROSKO

YOUNGSTOWN - Frank Murosko, 90, formerly of Burbank Avenue on the city’s west side, passed away peacefully on his birthday, Saturday morning, Sept. 21, 2014, at Meridian Arms Living Center, after a long and fulfilling life.

Frank was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Catherine Gurski Murosko, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a graduate of The Rayen School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a fireman for the city of Youngstown for 30 years, retiring in 1983 as an engineer.

Mr. Murosko was a member of St. Mark Orthodox Church in Liberty Township. He enjoyed woodworking and radio-controlled airplanes. Most of all, he was devoted to his family and loved spending time with them.

Frank’s wife of 62 years, Ruth M. Deiwert Murosko, whom he married Sept. 15, 1951, passed away Jan. 21, 2014.

He leaves a son, John “Jack” (Susan) Murosko of Sykesville, Md.; three daughters, Catherine “Joyce” (Robert) Zastany of Gurnee, Ill., Ruth Anne (Kenneth) Locke of Austintown, and Sonia Kobus of Frederick, Md.; nine grandchildren, Eric (Jade) Foley, Lara (Justin) Coulter, Rob (Gina) Zastany, Rebecca Zastany, Mark (Alexandra) Zastany, Daria Murosko, Nick Murosko, Andy Murosko, and Leah Kobus; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sonia Bigelow of Hubbard.

Besides his wife, a sister, Mary Bodak, and two brothers, Nicholas and John Murosko, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at St. Mark Orthodox Church, 3560 Logan Way, Liberty Township, where funeral services will take place at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow at Belmont Park Cemetery in Liberty Township, where Frank will be laid to rest next to his wife.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to All Caring Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Bldg. B, Suite 101, Canfield, OH 44406, in Frank’s name.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Frank’s family.

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LUCY PATASCE

BOARDMAN - Services will be Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, for Lucy Patasce, 91, who died Sunday evening at the Vista Care Center in Boardman.

Lucy was born Nov. 14, 1922, in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Sophie Filetti Pizzuto.

She was a beautician and owner/operator of Lucy’s Beauty Shop for many years before retiring. She was a former member of St. Charles Church and enjoyed crochet, sewing, baking and cooking, and most especially growing and nurturing her beautiful rose bushes.

Her husband, Joseph A. Patasce, whom she married in September of 1940, died May 5, 1979.

She is survived by two sons, Vincent E. (Barbara) Patasce of Pasadena, Md., and Joseph A. (Linda) Patasce of Poland; two sisters, Theresa Zukoski and Yolanda Wilson; a brother, William J. Pizzuto; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Patasce; a son-in-law, Richard Musser; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Musser; a son, Victor J. Patasce; two sisters, Frances Fletcher and Mary Ferrari; and five brothers, Joseph, Rocco, John, Edward and Anthony Pizzuto.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to All Caring Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Friends may call from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Wednesday morning, at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute send condolences.

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LORETTA A. RICHARDS

YOUNGSTOWN - Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, for Loretta A. Richards, 63, who passed away suddenly on Saturday.

Loretta was born May 2, 1951, in Youngstown, the daughter of Andrew and Elvira (Giura) Lucansky.

Loretta was a 1969 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. She repaired watches and jewelry at the Watch Box in the Southern Park Mall. Loretta was an avid sports enthusiast and was a fan of Ohio State and the Cleveland Browns. She enjoyed gardening and traveling. She also enjoyed going on Facebook and entertaining everyone. Loretta loved her family, friends and neighbors, and always looked forward to hosting neighborhood parties at her home.

Loretta leaves her husband, Adam M. Richards Jr., whom she married April 8, 1972; her mother, Elvira Lucansky of Youngstown; her daughter, Heather (Andrew) Barber of Boardman; her two sons, Craig (Valerie) Richards of Youngstown and Adam M. (April) Richards III of Campbell; four grandchildren, Nelson, Claire, James, and Jacklyn; her sister, Bernadine (Michael) Jacobs of Toledo; a niece, Elaina Rogers; a nephew, Andrew Jacobs; and many other nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her father, Andrew Lucansky.

Family and friends may pay their respects Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Material tributes may take the form of donations in care of the family at any Huntington Bank in Loretta’s honor, or via Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes.

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DAVID A. SPISAK

BOARDMAN – David A. Spisak, 70, passed away early Saturday morning, Sept. 20, 2014.

David will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends for his friendly personality.

He was born Feb. 26, 1944, in Youngstown, the son of Victor and Christine (Maino) Spisak, and was a lifelong area resident.

David was a 1963 graduate of Boardman High School, and then was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served his country during the Vietnam War and earned the rank of Private 4 Class. He continued to serve his country in the U.S. Army Reserves until he was honorable discharged May 8, 1972.

He was employed for many years as a machinist with various companies throughout the Mahoning Valley.

Later in life, David was very active while living at Vista Care Center in Boardman, where he put together challenging puzzles, which were sold for the profits to be donated to the American Cancer Society. He also helped coordinate and actively participated many of the annual functions at the center, and was named Prince of Valentine’s Day in 2012.

He leaves behind to hold on to his memories, three daughters Shannan (Todd Lang) Spisak of New York, Megan Gilbert of Arcanum, and Erin Spisak of Cleveland; two granddaughters, Alexis and Carsen Gilbert; a sister, Victoria (Ed) Crogan of Arizona; and a brother, Arthur Spisak of Iowa.

Besides his parents, David was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Spisak.

Per David’s request, a caring cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date for immediate family members.

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

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

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ROBERT JOSEPH SIMMONS

AUSTINTOWN – Robert Joseph Simmons, 89, passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Hospice House in Poland, following an extended illness.

Robert was born June 15, 1925, in South Fork, Pa., to parents John and Rachael (Cummings) Simmons.

Robert married Betty Nestor on Feb. 12, 1955, and together they had two children. They were blessed with 38 years of marriage, until Betty passed away on Sept. 6, 1993.

Robert worked with Steel Door as a dye setter for 43 years, retiring in 1987. He attended the Austintown Baptist Church, and was a member of the Chatter Box Club.

Survivors include his children, Debra (Herbert) Rothwell of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Robert Simmons Jr. of Austintown; sisters Ruth Myers of Arizona and Mary Lou Deitle of Pennsylvania; and two grandchildren, Andrew and Michael Rothwell.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers John, Paul, Bill Simmons; and sisters Margaret Flederback and Dorothy May Schrift.

Robert knew Jesus and is happy to be with Him now.

The Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, have been entrusted with the arrangements.

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

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OSCAR F. BROWN SR

CASA GRANDE, ARIZ. - Oscar F. Brown Sr., 68, formerly of Youngstown, departed this life Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Santa Fe, N.M., following a car accident.

He was born March 16, 1946, in Youngstown, the son of Essie B. and Sara O. Williams Brown.

Mr. Brown was employed with the U.S. Air Force, serving honorably for 30 years as a Chief Master Sergeant, before retiring Feb. 1, 1996. He was a Dental Manager and Hygienist, serving in Korea and Operation Desert Storm, receiving many honors, the Commendation Medal with 1 Device, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Overseas Short and Long Tour Ribbons and National Defense Service Medal, to name a few.

He attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and the Chief’s Organization, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He was a graduate of The Rayen School and the University of Maryland, receiving an MBA. He held the 1963 City Series Track record for 20 years, having run the mile in 4:27.2 as a Rayen Tiger.

He leaves to mourn, his wife, Vivian I. Sharp Brown of Casa Grande; two sons, Oscar F. Brown Jr. of Maricopa, Ariz., and Douglas (Joanna) Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three brothers, William James (Voncile) Brown of Columbus, Gene Raymond “Poochie” Brown of Toledo and Kenneth Johnson of Youngstown; five sisters, Mrs. Burma Jean (Michael) Burwell of Toledo, Mrs. Maria E. Crosby of Youngstown, Ms. Sara O. Hogue of Toledo, Mrs. Amanda A. (Jihad) Grihm of Atlanta, and Ms. Elizabeth Johnson of Youngstown; five grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Terrance S. “Toot” Brown and Robert Johnson; and one sister, Marcia E. Crosby.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Rising Star Baptist Church, 2943 Wardle Ave., Youngstown. Calling hours will be one hour prior to service from 10 to 11 a.m.

Burial will take place at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Youngstown Funeral Home.

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THOMAS ZICCARDI

“Together Again”

NEW MIDDLETOWN - Thomas Ziccardi, 92, formerly of Poland, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Masternick Memorial Health Care Center, where he resided for the last five years.

Mr. Ziccardi, affectionately known as “Tucker,” was born May 12, 1922, in Lowellville, a son of John and Madeline Ziccardi.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Tucker served during World War II, from 1942 until 1945, as a gunner.

He worked as an auto body repairman for Youngstown Buick, Berger Motors, Steel City Chevrolet and Beede Poorman. He later worked in the maintenance department in the kitchen at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. He retired Aug. 28, 1984. Tucker enjoyed gardening and working on cars for his family and friends. He was a 65-year member of the Lowellville American Legion.

Tucker’s wife, the former Marian Ruth DiLullo, whom he married Sept. 4, 1943, died Dec. 30, 2012.

He leaves three sons, John (Elisa) Ziccardi of New Middletown, who passed away yesterday, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, Thomas (Janice) Ziccardi Jr. of Lowellville and Robert (Debra) Ziccardi of Poland; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and wife, Tucker was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary DiCiccio, Carmel Romeo, and Marian Masey; and four brothers, Anthony Ziccardo, Frank, Joseph, and Michael Ziccardi.

Private graveside services will be held today at Lowellville Cemetery.

Tucker’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the wonderful care provided by the staff at Masternick Memorial Health Care Center.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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