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YOUNGSTOWN - There will be funeral services on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 4 p.m., at the New Covenant Worship Center, Church of the Nazarene, 1900 Canfield Road, Youngstown, for Shirley Jeanne (Palisin) Craven, 79, of Park Vista Retirement Community, who died Thursday, April 23, 2015, with her family by her side.

Shirley was born May 13, 1935, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Michael E. and Maxine (Miller) Palisin.

She graduated from South High School in 1954.

Shirley was a homemaker and worked in the food service industry. She lived in Dade City, Fla., Jensen Beach, Fla., and New Castle, Pa., before returning to Youngstown.

She was a member of the New Covenant Worship Center, Church of the Nazarene.

Shirley is survived by a son, Paul D. (Shari) Craven of New Castle; a brother, Rev. Robert (Joan Howe) Palisin of Concord, N.C.; a granddaughter, Jamie (Edward) Clarke of Wexford, Pa.; and four nephews, Capt. Robert E. (Pam) Palisin II of Manasas, Va., Thomas A. (Lia) Palisin of Fairview Park, Jeff H. (Marita) Palisin of Massapequa, N.Y., and Brian M. (Jessie) Palisin of Ridgeway, S.C.

Besides her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Craven, whom she married in 1961, and who died April 25, 1981.

Family and friends may call on Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at the New Covenant Worship Center, Church of the Nazarene, with funeral service to follow at 4 p.m.

Arrangements are being handled by the Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman.

Please visit wwwthompsonfh1932.com to view this notice and send condolences to the family.

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PARMA - Lisa Karen (House) Dillon, 39, formerly of Warren and Boardman, died Wednesday morning, April 22, 2015, at Parma Medical Center, after complications due to pneumonia.

Lisa was born April 4, 1976, in Arlington Heights, Ill., a daughter of Pastor Darrell and Karen Meloy House.

Lisa’s family lived in Fairfield, before coming to the Boardman area in 1987. She graduated from the Gospel Baptist Church School in 1996.

Lisa enjoyed crocheting afghans, and loved children and spending time with her family. She joyfully celebrated her 39th birthday on April 4, with her parents, leaving them thankful for that very special day.

Besides her parents of Boardman, Lisa leaves one sister, Shari House of Thailand; two brothers, Pastor Jeff (Carrie) House of Park City, Mont., and Stephen (Kelly) House of Boardman; one nephew, Caleb House of Park City; and two nieces, Victoria House and Mackenzie House, both of Park City.

Funeral services will be held today, at 11 a.m., at the Gospel Baptist Church in Poland. Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery, Poland.

Family and friends will be received today from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. at the church, with Pastor Ronald Royalty officiating.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Robert A. Edwards, 65, passed away peacefully, at his home, with his loving wife by his side, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Robert was born June 6, 1949, in Youngstown, to parents Alfonso and Genevieve (Korda) Edwards.

He married Sharon P. McCourt on Sept. 13, 1995.

Robert graduated in 1968 from South High School in Youngstown and started attending Youngstown State University until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He proudly served his country and became a sharpshooter while serving in Vietnam. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971, he entered into Officer Training School and became a captain in 1997. He retired from the Army after 25 years of service.

Robert was very active in many community activities in recognition to becoming a Masonic member of Argus Lodge 545, F&AM. He became Master of Argus Lodge in 2004. Robert was the only member of Argus and one of only a few members of the 24th Masonic District to attend all lodge inspections. The district is composed of 24 lodges and four Ohio counties, with approximately 6500 members. A 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, Robert was also a member of York Rite, The Al Koran Shrine and the Aut Mori Grotto and its clown unit, and Grotto Veterans Unit, where he was known as “Who Me.”

Robert was a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He enjoyed travel, woodworking, and playing cards, but most of all, he enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren.

Robert retired in 2000, as a sergeant detective, after 25 years of service to the Youngstown Police Department. He was the financial secretary for the Youngstown Fraternal Order of Police 28.

Robert is survived by his loving wife; his mother, Genevieve Mavrikis; children Leslie (Mike) Seman, Robert (Sergei) Edwards of Cleveland, and Kristine (Jerry) Miller of Washington Court House; siblings Katherine Mancuso of Texas, Frank Edwards of Poland, Linda Hyland of Boardman, and Nikkaleen Hatfield of Youngstown; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be Monday, April 27, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, with visitation one hour prior to service. Pastor Steve Spurlock of the Newton Falls Baptist Church will conduct the services.

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

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MCDONALD - Kenneth James Flere, 62, passed away suddenly, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at his home.

Ken was born Sept. 12, 1952, in Youngstown, a son of the late Louis P. Jr. and Mary A. Rakowsky Flere, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1970 graduate of McDonald High School and worked as a millwright for U.S. Steel in McDonald, up until the mill closed. Ken later went to work for Grant Street Scrap, for Main Auto Wrecking, for Atlas Metal Recycling, and was currently employed with Metalico as a metal trader.

Mr. Flere was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed the demolition derbies at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds, along with stock car racing at the Canfield Fairgrounds. Ken was a great mechanic, and never met an engine or motor he couldn’t fix.

He was of the Catholic faith, and was a member of SNPJ Lodge, No. 643.

Ken leaves to cherish his memory, his sister, Mary Lou Flere of McDonald; two nieces, Lucinda (Brad) Lang of McDonald and Mary (Buzz) Utsinger of Boardman; two great-nieces, Allison and Ashley Lara; a great-nephew, Joshua Lang; and many cousins in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Kentucky, Texas, and Florida.

Ken will be truly and sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A brother, Louis P. Flere III, passed away in 2003.

Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. this morning, Saturday, April 25, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 225 S. State S, Girard.

Interment will follow at Kerr Cemetery in Mineral Ridge.

Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Ken’s family.

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STRUTHERS - Services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the Christ Our Savior/St. Nicholas Church, both in Struthers, for Marcia L. Markovich, 65, who passed away on Thursday afternoon.

Marcia was born April 14, 1950, in Youngstown, a daughter of Ernest D. and Mary Jacisin Pirrung.

She lived in the area her whole life and was a secretary of Pastoral Ministries for many years. She was a member of the Christ Our Savior/St. Nicholas Church of Struthers and volunteered at bingo, CCD, the church festival and in the church office.

Marcia married her beloved husband, Stephen J. Markovich, on Sept. 14, 1974.

Besides her husband, she leaves a stepson, Todd L. (Carrol) Markovich of Neosho, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Christine N. Markovich of Conneaut Lake, Pa.; one brother, Raymond J. (Ann) Pirrung of Struthers; a sister, Emma Lee (Alfred) Hamrock of Highland, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also leaves her friend and companion, her dog, Angel.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

Visit www.clementefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

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BOARDMAN - Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, for William “Danny” Maloney, 55, who passed away Thursday at Hospice House.

Danny was born June 8, 1959, in Youngstown, a son of the late Thomas and Nancy (Patton) Maloney.

Danny was a 1978 graduate of Poland Seminary High School and a 1982 graduate of ATES Institute. He was employed with Mahoning Paint Corp. for 31 years. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and NASCAR. He was also an avid Notre Dame fan. His greatest love was for his family, especially spending time with his granddaughters.

Danny leaves his wife, the former Lisa G. Beca, who he married July 15, 1995; daughter Jennifer L. Kale and son-in-law Joshua N. Kale of Boardman; granddaughters Savannah and Alyssa; his brother, Timothy Maloney of Poland; and his favorite little dog, Chloe.

Danny was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Family and friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

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CANFIELD - Gertrude “Trudy” (Hadden) Partlow, 88, passed away peacefully, Thursday morning, April 23, 2015, at the Inn at Ironwood.

She was born on Dec. 9, 1926, in Wrens, Ga., daughter to the late Herbert A. Hadden and Betty Nett Neal. 

Trudy was married to George W. Partlow Sr. in 1945, and moved to Youngstown that year during her husband’s service in World War II. She worked as a waitress at Raver’s Restaurant in downtown Youngstown and was very proud of her many years there. Trudy retired to Frostproof, Fla., just recently returning to Youngstown in 1995. 

Trudy was of the Methodist faith. She enjoyed playing in the Wedgewood “Golden Girls” Bowling League, but what she will be remembered most for was her love for her family. Trudy took extraordinary care of her home, husband, and family, and her love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was deep and abiding.

Left to celebrate Trudy’s memory are her children, Patricia A. Hively, George W. Partlow Jr., Mary Jean (Richard A.) Mitchell, and Charles D. (Mary F. Desjeans) Partlow; her grandchildren, Mark R. Hively, Michelle Hively Rushing, Wendy C. Butler, Shannin D. Molody, Robert J. Craciun, and Matthew A. Partlow; her great-granddaughters, Randi Rushing, Riley Rushing, Claire Hively, Amelia Hively, Brooke Brady, Elyssa Molody, and Cailin Mitchell; and her many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, Trudy was preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, George W. Partlow Sr.; and her two brothers, Joe Neal Hadden Sr. and Herbert A. Hadden. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, 5797 Mahoning Ave. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. 

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

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NEW MIDDLETOWN – Charles A. Valentine Sr., 84, passed away peacefully, Wednesday afternoon, April 22, at Masternick Memorial Health Care Center, with his loving family around him.

Mr. Valentine was born on Sept. 9, 1931, in Rochester, Pa., a son of Oakland and Cecelia (Cleba) Valentine. He came to the Youngstown area as a child and moved to North Lima in 1965. 

He married the former Mary Meenachan on Sept. 13, 1952, and together, they would raise five children. 

Charles was a truck driver for Holly Beverage and Hawthorne Bakery, and retired in 1983 from Youngstown Sheet and Tube, where he worked as a mason.

Charles was of the Roman Catholic faith and a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Columbiana. He belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society at the Sacred Heart Church. He also was a member of the Steelworkers Union.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory, his wife, Mary of North Lima, with whom he would have celebrated 63 years of marriage this year; three daughters, Mary Ann (Larry) Dickson of Columbiana, Patricia Valentine of New Middletown, and Barbara Valentine of North Lima; two sons, Charles Valentine Jr. of North Lima and Phillip (Nancy) Valentine of Greenford; nine grandchildren, Michael Shane (Sue) Blosser, Niki (Frank) Dispenza, Scott (Shannon) Valentine, Jason Sexton, Neil Valentine, Brianna (Bob) Lane, Kenny (Kelly) Wright, Michael Wright, and Jeremy Valentine; 15 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Marge) Valentine of Leetonia; and a sister, Catherine Hirst of Poland.

Mr. Valentine was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Margaret Cheslock and Mary Smith; and three brothers, James, Paul “Butch” and Bernie Valentine.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 27, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, 180 7th St., Columbiana, with Father Dan Cipher officiating. Special music will begin at 11 a.m.

The family will receive friends Sunday, April 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, 11500 Market St., North Lima.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the nurses and staff at Masternick Memorial Health Care Center for the compassionate care and kindness shown to Mr. Valentine.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Charles’ memory to the American Diabetes Association, 4500 Rockside Road, No. 440, Independence, OH 44131, or S.R.C.C.C. at Mt. Olivet (Community of Churches Feeding our Neighbors), P.O. Box 24, North Lima, OH 44452.

The family has entrusted the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima with the arrangements for their loved one.

Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.

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LOWELLVILLE - Nancy L. Sackin died April 23, 2015, at the Hospice House.

Mrs. Sackin was born Feb. 17, 1924, in Lowellville, a daughter of Andrew and Irene Nappi DeLucia.

She was a 1942 Lowellville High School graduate and was a homemaker most of her life. She was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church.

She enjoyed visiting with family and friends and gardening.

Her husband, Anthony “Tony” Sackin, whom she married Oct. 23, 1948, died Feb. 7, 1983.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, Nancy was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Sackin Jr.; two sisters, Mary DeLucia and Julia Berardinella; two brothers, Ralph and John DeLucia; two stepsisters, Sue Bryson and Josephine Shultz; and two stepbrothers, Sam Delucia and Pat Delucia.

A prayer service will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker, 244 McGill St., Lowellville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2015, at St. Christine Church in Youngstown, with the Rev. John Keehner celebrating, for James J. “Wally” Willmitch, 85, who passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

James was born Oct. 14, 1929, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph and Mary (Pupino) Willmitch.

James was a 1949 graduate of Chaney High School and served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He retired in 1980, from the accounting office at U.S. Steel, after 32 years of service. He also worked for 15 years in the accounting office at Astro Shapes, retiring in 1995. James was a member of St. Christine Church and was the treasurer of the Connie Mac Baseball tournament for several years. He was a loving grandfather and an avid fisherman who took great pride in taking his grandsons fishing.

James will always be lovingly remembered by his wife, the former Barbara Romeo, whom he married on Sept. 3, 1959; daughter Linda (Donald) Cutrer of Canfield; two grandsons, Donald and Dean; four extended grandsons, Clay, Ben, Conner, and Carson; many loving nieces and nephews; two sisters, Carmel Kozesky of Youngstown and Joann Willmitch of Austintown; and brother Robert Willmitch of Austintown.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Connie O’Nesti, Dolly Wylie and Geraldine “Jerry” Skidmore; brother Nicholas Willmitch; infant brother Joseph Willmitch; and nephew David Kozesky.

Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, and again on Monday, April 27, at St. Christine Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to James’s family.

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