STRUTHERS Funeral services will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home for Irene E. Arrowsmith, 90, formerly of East Liverpool, who passed away Dec. 16, at St. Elizabeth Health Center. She left this world peacefully, with her family at her side.
Irene was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Dudley, England, the daughter of Samuel and Laura Arrowsmith, and emigrated to the United States with her mother, while still a young child.
She spent most of her life in East Liverpool and was employed by Homer Laughlin China for over 40 years. During these years, she made many friends and was well-loved by all who knew her.
She was a lifelong member of St. Stevens Episcopal Church.
In the last years of her life, she resided in good care at Maplecrest Nursing Home in Struthers, where she made many friends by sharing her love with staff members and other residents alike.
Irene leaves behind a brother, Robert; a nephew, Joseph and his wife, Mirta, of Campbell. She also leaves behind a great-nephew, Matthew Arrowsmith and a great-niece, Samantha Arrowsmith. Irene loved both of them dearly. Many nieces and nephews will mourn her passing, as well as her good friends, Alexander Valentin and Tira Stowers.
The Arrowsmith family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the 7 p.m. funeral service.
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BOARDMAN - A memorial service will be Sunday, at 3 p.m., at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St., Boardman, for Lucy June Cailor, 79, who died Thursday at home, surrounded by her family.
Lucy was born June 14, 1935, in Niles, and was a graduate of Youngstown University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the Youngstown Hospital Association School of Nursing.
She began as a nursing arts instructor before starting a family with her husband of 25 years, the late L.M. Skip Cailor.
She is survived by two sons, Randy (Cathy) Cailor of Atlanta and Brad (Lisa) Cailor of Columbus; and a daughter, Cheryl (Tony) Tarantino of Boardman, with whom she made her home; five grandchildren, Tony and Carmen Tarantino, Jennifer, Stephanie and Michelle Cailor; and a sister, Bert Johnson of Bishop, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Lena (Moritz) Liberatore, and a sister, Joan Barnes.
Lucy Cailor was an exemplary advocate for children, who began her service to the community when she held various offices for the West Boulevard PTA. As her children grew up, she was president of Center Middle PTA and committee member at the High School PTA. Lucy was on the Executive Board of the Ohio State PTA, where she served as the Health and Education chairman for the State PTA.
In 1975, Mrs. Cailor ran for the Boardman Board of Education. Her pink Cailor Cares signs popped up all over the community and helped to get her elected as one of the first women on the Boardman Board of Education. During her tenure that lasted until 1983, Lucy served as president of the board and was the first member ever elected as a director of the executive committee of the NE Region Ohio School Board. She also was president of the Fortnightly IV Federated Club.
Lucys lifelong concern for children with special needs and learning disabilities led her to be an advocate for children through her involvement with many health and education organizations throughout the community. She was treasurer for the Association for Children With Learning Disabilities, the public education chairman for the March of Dimes, chairman of the Mahoning County AIDS Task Force, a member of the education committee of Trumbull County AIDS Task Force and a member of the advisory committee of the Head Start GRADS program for Mahoning and Trumbull counties. She also worked as a Health educator in the Youngstown Schools for many years.
With debilitating arthritis and failing health in recent years, Lucy's involvement was limited to being No. 1 fan to her grandchildren. She was seen most weekends at her grandsons football, basketball, and baseball games. Lucy described her greatest joy was to be an example that it is important to become involved in schools and the community to show how much I care.
Friends and family will be received Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Boardman Schools Board of Education Scholarship Funds, 7410 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Friends may visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
ELLWOOD CITY, PA. Donna Hunter, 55, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at Autumn Grove Care Center in Harrisville, Pa.
She was born Sept. 21, 1959, in Massachusetts, the daughter of Harold Waller and the late Helen (Colon) Waller.
Donna was an animal lover.
Surviving are three sons, Robert Hunter of Austintown, Joseph Hunter of Youngstown, and Codey Hunter of Ellwood City; her father, Harold Waller; three sisters, Debbie Virgallito, Bonnie Colon and Doreen Hunter.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Waller.
There will be private services and burial.
Arrangements entrusted to the Young Funeral Home Ltd. in Butler, Pa.
POLAND - Marion June Farnell Hurtuk died peacefully at home on Thursday, while listening to her daughter recite the 23rd Psalm.
Born on Dec. 31, 1929, she was the beloved wife of George Stephen Hurtuk for 61 years.
Together, they had four children, Lynn (John) Hawkins of Mentor-on-the-Lake, Janice Hurtuk of Boardman, Robert (Kathy) Hurtuk of Poland and Michael (Martha) Hurtuk of Poland, all of whom loved and admired her for her sweet disposition. She was an inspiration and a blessing to her six grandchildren, Ilona, George, Robert, Elise, Kevin and Ryan.
She was a graduate of South High School in 1947, and Youngstown State University in 1952, and was a member of the Poland Presbyterian Church.
Marion was preceded in death by her parents and brother.
The family suggests contributions go to the Poland Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St., Poland, with the Rev. William Wolfgang officiating.
Burial will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
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YOUNGSTOWN Private services were held for Margaret M. Kemesky, 90, who passed away Monday morning.
Margaret was born July 9, 1924, in Youngstown, a daughter of George and Julia Molnar Balasko. She lived in this area her whole life.
Margaret was a dispatcher for the Pepsi Bottling Co., and was a former member of Our Lady of Hungary Church. She graduated from Chaney High School.
She is survived by her husband, Edward J. Kemesky, whom she married on Sept. 14, 1946; a daughter, Patricia Van Dyke of Boardman; two granddaughters, Jessica and Heather; and three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Brooklynn, and Aubrey.
Margaret was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Andrew Balasko.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Szabo & Sons Funeral Home.
FORT MYERS, FLA. Mary Lou (Hazen) Lewis, 87, passed away Dec. 17, 2014, at the Gulf Coast Hospital, Fort Myers. Her death was due to natural causes.
She was born in Sharpsville, Pa., the daughter of Belmont D. Hazen and Allien (Brewer) Hazen.
She was the wife of James S. Lewis, whom she married Sept. 3, 1948, at the First Presbyterian Church of Sharpsville. They were happily married for 66 years. They were residents of Florida, spending winters in Sanibel, Fla., and summers in Boardman.
Mary Lou graduated from Sharpsville High School in Sharpsville. She graduated cum laude from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa., with a B.S. degree in Education. She was a member of Theta Upsilon Sorority. She taught school for Saegertown, Pa. and Sharon, Pa. school systems. She also worked as a reference librarian in the Allegheny College Library, while her husband attended Allegheny College as a returned military veteran.
Her first love was that of homemaking and providing care and nurture for her family. Her pride and joy was her daughter, Nancy. She was especially fond of her granddaughters, Lauren and Sarah, and her great-granddaughters, Ila Rose, and Magnolia Ann. She had a strong interest in animals and birds, and enjoyed the beauty and wonders of nature. She was always ready to privately and quietly help those in need.
Mary Lou and her husband, Jim, traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. These trips often included their daughter, Nancy and her family.
Mary Lou was a lifelong Presbyterian. She was most recently a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Boardman.
Her parents predeceased her.
She is survived by her husband, Jim of Sanibel; her daughter, Nancy Schmidt and her husband, Thomas Schmidt, of Clear Lake, Fremont, Ind.; her granddaughters, Lauren Colbert and her husband, Nathan Colbert, of New York City, and Sarah Schmidt of Chicago; and great-granddaughters Ila Rose Colbert and Magnolia Ann Colbert of New York City. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral arrangements are by the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home, 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Calling hours are from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 22, 2014. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at the funeral home. The Rev. David Joachim of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Boardman, will conduct the service.
Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage, Pa.
If desired, memorial donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 603 W. Ridge Ave., Sharpsville, PA 16150, or the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman, OH 44512.
YOUNGSTOWN - Prayers will begin Monday morning, at 9:30 a.m., at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church, for Eugene Louis Potesta Sr., 86, who died Thursday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, surrounded by family and his wife of 64 years.
Gene was born April 20, 1928, in Youngstown, the son of Andrew and Modesta (Donofrio) Potesta.
He was a 1948 graduate of The Rayen School and later began a career at the Youngstown Waste Water Treatment Plant, where he had worked for over 40 years, before retiring as its chief operator.
He was a member of St. Christine Church and the Lowellville Senior Citizens. He also had been involved with the Millcreek Junior Baseball Association as a manager and officer.
He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Virginia DeLuca, whom he married Sept. 22, 1951; two sons, Dr. Eugene (Tricia) Potesta Jr. of Canfield and Mark (Marcee) Potesta Sr. of Troy, Mich.; a sister, Rose Montwori of Boardman; two brothers, Anthony Potesta of Boardman and Rudolph (Patricia) Potesta of Georgia; and six grandsons, Eugene III, Dr. Michael, Drew, Mark Jr., Anthony and Matt Potesta.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Rossi.
Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Marlene Ann Strauss, 79, also of Barberton, passed away on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
Marlene was born July 25, 1935, in Wheeling, W.Va., the daughter of the late David and Mary Doyle.
She is survived by her long-time companion, Ivan Spehar of Liberty Township; her children, Carl Lee Strauss of Jacksonville, Fla., Bernie Strauss of Aimesville, Sherry (Jeff) Cauley of Bonne Terre, Mo., and Laurie Strauss of Doylestown; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie Riley; sister Ceil Budich; brother Bernard Doyle; and a grandson.
A prayer service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m., at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard. The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests any material contributions be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital in memory of Marlene.
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