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NORTH LIMA - We said goodbye to Jack C. Barber, 81, who lost his struggle with lung disease on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.
Jack was born on May 7, 1935, in Youngstown, the son of John G. Barber and Thelma Horning.
He worked as a safety supervisor at Youngstown Cartage Co. for 30 years. After the company closed, he started his own mechanic repair shop called Uncle Dudleys Garage.
Jack was an avid hunter and fisherman, who built and raced a variety of vehicles. In his later life, he enjoyed going to casinos.
He was a long time member of the Calvary United Methodist Church.
Jack leaves his loving wife, Pauline; his daughters, Vicki and Lori; and his grandson, Steven. He also leaves his sister, Judy (Micky) of Florida; and his sister-in-law, Donna.
Preceding Jack in death were his parents; and his brother, Don.
Visitation will be held on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church in North Lima.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. with Pastor Renae Meggitt officiating, followed by a luncheon and fellowship.
After the luncheon, Jack will be laid to rest at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of Mahoning Valley.
Arrangements for Jack were entrusted to the Borowski Funeral Services.
Please visit www.oakmeadowcremation.com to send condolences to the family.
HAGERSTOWN, MD. - Franklin Pierce Erck, III, 81, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at Meritus Medical Center.
Born March 1, 1935, in Youngstown, he was the son of the late Franklin P. Erck Jr. and Grace V. (Smith) Erck.
Frank was employed with YMCAs in Ohio and Maryland for 26 years. While he was the executive director of the YMCA in Hagerstown, he started the YMCAs Car Raffle Fundraiser, local chapter of the IMC and founded the True Grit Scholarship Program. After leaving the YMCA, he was employed with Home Federal for 18 years.
Frank was a member of the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, a previous member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Boardman and a previous member of the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown, serving as both deacon and elder. He was also a community service leader as a member of the Rotary and Rotary Foundation, serving as president, HCC Athletics Booster Club, serving as president, HCC Sports Hall of Fame, Hagerstown Community Concert Association, serving as board chair, San Mar Childrens Home Board of Directors, serving as board chair, Home Builders Association, Economic Development Commission, Excise Tax Task Force, Red Cross board, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, charter/life member of Ohio Lodge of Research Grand Lodge of F.&A.M. of Ohio, and served on the board of advisors with University System of Maryland at Hagerstown and assisted with the scholarship activities.
Frank is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol J. Erck; two daughters, Andrea Erck of Youngstown and Jennifer Finn of Hagerstown; three sons, Casey Letizia of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., David Erck of Youngstown and Franklin P. Erck IV of Portland, Ore.; one sister, Anne Edwards of Oakland, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held 10:32 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 10813 Donelson Drive in Williamsport, Md. The Rev. Mark A. Sandell will officiate.
Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd. in Hagerstown. For the convenience of friends, the funeral home will open at noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 10813 Donelson Drive, Williamsport, MD 21795 or the YMCA Heritage Club of Hagerstown, 11100 Eastern Blvd. N, P.O. Box 1857, Hagerstown, MD 21742.
ELLSWORTH Maxie Lee Thompson Jr., 70, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at his residence.
He was born Sept. 22, 1946, in Warren, the son of Maxie and Lucille Schrader Thompson Sr.
Maxie was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and a graduate of Auto Body School. His artistic talent carried over into his attention to detail in the auto body work he completed on cars and motorcycles. He was even recognized for his custom work in a motorcycle magazine.
He will be deeply missed by a sister, Nancy DeFabio of Niles; a niece, Denise Bliss of Cortland; and great-niece and great-nephew Damaris Bliss and Dane Bliss, both of Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; and a brother-in-law, Dominick DeFabio.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Burial will be at North Jackson Cemetery.
Material contributions can be made to a charity of ones choice in his name
Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Please visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com where family and friends can light a candle, sign the guest book, and send e-mail condolences.
AUSTINTOWN - Services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Lucious Howard Julious, 74, who departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at Hospice House.
Mr. Julious, commonly known as Howard, was born Feb. 7, 1942, in Gary, W.Va., a son of Leon and Josephine Murry Julious.
He was a 1957 graduate of South High School, honorably served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and later retired from General Motors as an assembly worker. He enjoyed reading and was a huge history buff.
Mr. Julious had a kind heart and would often give advice by sharing his life experiences, good and bad, with his family. He loved children and is described as being the best granddad ever. He will be deeply missed.
He leaves to cherish his memory, one daughter, Priscilla (Laytton) Shepherd of Austintown; five grandchildren, Michael (LaTonia) Branch of Austintown, LayKesha (Robert) Randall, Ebony Lenoir, Jasmaine Shepherd and Laytton M. Shepherd, all of Youngstown; eight siblings, Leon Julious, Barbara Hall, Brillis Shorter, Deloris Sissy Pierce, Alma Fay Donlow, Sherbie Waller, Toni Chapple and Deborah Coleman, all of Youngstown; 10 nieces; nine nephews; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his stepmother, Gennivie Julius, whom helped rear him.
Friends may call on Monday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Calvin Macklyn Lynch, 65, who departed this life on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mr. Lynch was born Dec. 12, 1950, in Littleton, N.C., a son of Nathan Howard and Georgia Ann Nicholson Lynch.
He was self employed and enjoyed working on cars, challenging others to chess, playing cards and listening to music. He loved his family dearly.
He leaves to cherish his memory, six siblings, George Howard (Rosetta) Lynch of Hampton, Va., Mary Lynch Hicks of Liberty, Clinton (Joann) Lynch Sr. of Dublin, William (Vera) Lynch of Youngstown, Sophia (Joe) Gray of Liberty and Gary (Christine) Lynch of Liberty; three special friends, Zadie Pearce, Angelisa Johnson and Kevin Adams; a daughter, Aiesha Ali, whom he reared; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Nathan Lynch.
Friends may call on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
YOUNGSTOWN - John B. McMahon, 53, passed away suddenly on Sept. 23.
He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors.
He leaves two daughters, Nicole (Alan) Harry and Kailyn McMahon; and a son, John B. McMahon Jr.
He also leaves three granddaughters, Isabella, Lola, and Autumn, who brightened his life. He also leaves a sister, Kimberly Walter; three nieces; and his stepmother, Kathleen McMahon.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret McMahon; father John E. McMahon; and two sisters, Karen Paolone and Linda McMahon.
A private memorial service will be held for the family.
NEW MIDDLETOWN A private service was held on Thursday for William Bill D. Ohlin, 72, who passed away in his home last week.
Bill was born May 18, 1944, in New Castle, Pa., a son of Anthony D. and Mary E. Crawford Ohlin.
He graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1962, and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, from 1962 to 1965.
He served in the U.S. Air Force as an electronic warfare repairman from 1965 to 1969, attaining the rank of sergeant. His military decorations include Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Bill, a skilled tradesman, was a plumbing subcontractor whose work was highly regarded by his peers.
During his lifetime he was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown, VFW Posts No. 267 and No. 2799, the SNPJ Recreation Center, Bessemer Croatian Club, and Johnson Club in Hillsville.
He was an enthusiastic follower of local high school football as well as the Steelers.
Bill was at peace in nature and spent summer evenings in his vegetable garden. He shared his love of hiking and camping with his children.
Bill leaves his son, Staff Sgt. Timothy (LaShonda) Ohlin of Okinawa, Japan; his daughters, Toni (John) Rowe of Bremen, Ind. and Tami (Matthew) LaPilusa of Cooperstown, N.Y.; one sister, Judy (Terry) Wenger of Novelty; brothers Dave (Marilyn) Ohlin of Poland, Jerry (Sandra) Ohlin of New Middletown, and Jeff Ohlin of Melbourne, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Hannah, Leah, and David Rowe, Jazmin and Justin LaPilusa, and Anthony Ohlin.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
His children request that material tributes in their fathers name be made to the Buddy Poppy program or VFW program of the donors choice at vfw.org/Contribute/.
Please visit www.ClementeFuneralHomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
MINERAL RIDGE - John Louis Strah, 92, passed away at 1:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at the St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
He was born in Niles on Sept. 15, 1924, the son of John and Mary (Danyi) Strah, and lived in Niles most of his life.
John was a 1943 graduate of Youngstowns East High School and a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and a former member of the Knights of Columbus No. 1681, and the Niles Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was a longtime well-known musician.
John worked for many years at National Gypsum Co. in the maintenance department. He was a welder at the RMI Company, a member of the Youngstown Sheet Metal Union and was employed by several area heating and cooling companies. He was the owner of Strah Printing, Strah Welding, maintained a Western Union office, offered leather gifts, camera repairs and locksmith services.
John is survived by three daughters, Theresa (Jim) Hopper of Mineral Ridge, Barbara Farrell of Cortland and Frances (John) Jerome of McDonald; son Michael J. Strah of Niles; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary (Joseph) Harver of Mineral Ridge.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Barbara (Koletich) Strah, whom he married on Sept. 29, 1951, and who died on March 3, 1990; two children, John Joseph Strah and Mary Frances Strah, who both died on May 9, 1963.
Service of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at noon at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, with the Rev. John Michael Lavelle officiating.
Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be at St. Stephen Cemetery.
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YOUNGSTOWN A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Catholic Church, with the Rev. John Keehner officiating, for Helen M. Wasko, 95, who passed away early Wednesday morning.
Helen was born Aug. 16, 1921, in Youngstown, the daughter of George and Katherine Puskar Shuba.
She was a 1939 graduate of Chaney High School.
Helen was a homemaker and the family caregiver, always putting them first. She was a parishioner of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish at Holy Name Catholic Church in Youngstown and was a member of the Rosary Society, the Ladies Guild and the choir.
Helen enjoyed bingo, knitting, crafts and loved playing the Phase 10 card game with her friends.
Her husband, Charles Wasko, whom she married Nov. 25, 1948, passed away Jan. 20, 2010.
Helen leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Carole Kolman (George) of Poland, Gene Wasko (Glenna) of Canfield, and Charles Wasko (Marilyn) of Stow; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and her husband, Charles, Helen was preceded in death by her son, Richard; and her brothers, Msgr. Michael, George, Edward and John.
The Wasko family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Saturday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church, prior to the 10 a.m. funeral Mass.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Helens family condolences.
AUSTINTOWN - Harry Ray R. Wilkinson, 79, of Briarfield Manor, passed away Sunday evening at the home.
Ray was born Aug. 28, 1937, in Toronto, Ohio, a son of Franklin Wayne and Dorothy Ruth Wilkinson.
He graduated from Northern Butler County Joint High School and had worked as a district manager for Automatic Sprinkler Corporation for 31 years. He then worked as a district manager for Grunau Corporation until retiring in 2000.
Ray enjoyed family, golf, classic cars and was a big sports fan, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He leaves his wife of 50 years, the former Barbara Jean Walp, whom he married March 11, 1966; a daughter, Sheryl Mook of Boardman; two sons, Kevin (Virginia) Wilkinson and Scott Wilkinson, both of Boardman; a stepdaughter, Sue (Brett) Buzard of Centerville; a stepson, Curtis (Kathleen) Bodamer of Boardman; 12 grandchildren; and twin great-granddaughters.
Ray also leaves two sisters, Margaret Wilson of Butler, Pa. and Jean Wonner of Beloit.
Besides his parents, Ray was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Jodi Shaw; two brothers, Earl Wilkinson and Bill Wilkinson; and an infant sister, Betty Jane.
Friends may call from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman, followed by a private memorial service.
The family would like to thank the staff of Briarfield Manor for their exceptional care during Rays time with them.
The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley, P.O. Box 430, Youngstown, OH 44501.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.