YOUNGSTOWN - Michele Maree Cassile-Arroyo, 65, peacefully departed this life Saturday morning, May 23, 2015, after a courageous 12-year battle with cancer, rejoining her loved ones in Heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She departed at home surrounded by her loving family.
Michele never lost hope while battling her cancer and remained a positive beam of light for everyone around her, even in her darkest moments. Known to all who loved her as the "beautiful light fairy" she was a lover of all things good, a free-spirited social butterfly with a selfless heart and beautiful soul. Those who knew her were blessed by her magical embrace, leaving them with a permanent mark on their inner soul.
Michele was born March 18, 1950, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Roll Buzz and Marjorie Martin Cassile. As a Navy brat she lived in many places, including California, for which she had a profound fondness, until returning to Youngstown to raise a family of her own.
Michele was an environmentalist and advocate for social justice. She never lost her flower power nature, and she stood up for anyone and anything that suffered injustice. Her place at the B&O Station in downtown Youngstown brought together friends, family, and community who shared her vision through artistic expression and fellowship.
An amazing artist and pianist, her spirit poured into all she did. She loved the Butler Museum of Art and often played piano there upon request. She remained an active member of the Youngstown artist community throughout her life.
Michele was a gentle soul, who never turned away a stray animal or a dying plant, nursing them all back to health. She gave all her wonderful plants and animals a permanent place on her beautiful land and in her 100-year-old historic home.
But Michele's greatest joy was being a mother and grandmother. She was known by her granddaughters Laura, Alison, and Julianna as their very own personal fairy and taught them about beauty through nature, laughter, love, music, and art. Thus planting the seeds for our future artists and lovers of nature, Gramma Shell's little fairies.
Michele married her one true love, Robert Arroyo, on April 26, 2015, in a private ceremony after 31 years together.
Their legacy is as follows; their son, Erik (fiancé Catherine Fetter) Cassile-Arroyo of Youngstown; daughters, Sandi Cassile-Arroyo of Youngstown and Melanie Rogers of Georgia. A blended family, Laura (Jason) Arroyo-Rupe of Hawaii, Jolene (Edward) Arroyo-Baldado and their grandchildren, Laura, Alison and Julianna, of Youngstown; Mariah (Vincent) Mramor and grandchildren, Elle and Peyton, of Arizona; and Randall (Shanel) Arroyo and grandchildren, Teo and Liam, of Florida.
Along with parents, her brother, Howard Cassile, precedes her in death.
Micheles family will receive friends on Thursday, May 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Micheles family.
NILES Doris J. Capito, 85, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Cleveland Clinic.
She was born April 22, 1930, in Niles, the daughter of the late Joseph and Angela LaPolla.
She was a 1948 graduate of Niles McKinley High School. She had worked for Strauss at the Eastwood Mall as a sales clerk. Doris was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niles and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Warren Knights of Columbus No. 4484.
She enjoyed crafts, seamstress, baking, card club and working various kinds of puzzles.
She is survived by her children, Guy Martin Marty (Maureen) Capito of Akron, Patricia (David Shaffer) Shelley, Thomas Tom (Nora) Capito, and Lisa (Bob), all of Niles; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Anthony LaPolla of Arizona; and a sister, Carolyn (Anthony) Skiffey of Austintown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Guy J. Pint Capito, whom she married June 16, 1951, and passed away Nov. 9, 2012; a daughter, Karen Capito; two grandchildren, Robbie and Troy; a great-grandson, Jaden; and 10 siblings.
Family and friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel in Warren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niles with the Rev. John-Michael Lavelle officiating.
Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.
The family would like to thank the flight team and Cleveland Clinic third floor medical staff for their excellent care.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Capito family.
AUSTINTOWN - Funeral services will be held Wednesday at noon at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, for Joan R. Deck, 76, who passed away Saturday morning at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.
Joan was born Dec. 3, 1938, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Marion E. and Doris J. (Shannon) Deck.
Joan graduated from The Rayen School and attended Youngstown State University. She was employed by General Electric for 10 years, and then she became a molder at Packard Electric until her retirement.
Joan had a love for animals. Her greatest love though was for her family especially her nieces and nephews.
Joan leaves her sister, Helen (Jerry) Hetson of Hubbard; and many nieces and nephews, cousins, good friends, and a favorite aunt.
Joan was also preceded in death by her brother, David Deck.
Family and friends may pay their respects Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.
Burial will take place a Tod Homestead Cemetery.
Material tributes may take the form of donations to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.
BOARDMAN Wilton L. Fowler, 91, died on May 23, 2015, at Shepherd of the Valley Boardman.
He was born on Dec. 10, 1923, in Youngstown, the son of the late Wilton H. and Lottie Rogers Fowler.
Wilton was the supervisor of the plant of GATX William B. Pollock Co. before retirement. He was veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a 64 year member of the Free & Accepted Masons Sulgrave Lodge No. 696 and also a member of Ashlar Chapter Royal Arch Masons, St. Johns Commandry Knights Templar and the El Koran Shrine of Cleveland. He also was a member of the American Legion.
Surviving are his son, Raymond (Joyce) Fowler of Austintown; two daughters, Marlene Fischer of Willmington N.C. and Lori Lucia of Austintown; and a sister, Vern Shoemaker of Austintown. Wilton also leaves seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Naylor, whom he married in March of 1971, and who passed away in December of 2009; one daughter, Diane Crawford; one brother, George Fowler and three sisters, Jean Kotouch, Francis Stamolis and Lois Hinkson.
There will be no calling hours or services per Wiltons request.
The Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home, Youngstown, is in charge of arrangements.
LOWELLVILLE - Sherry J. Gizzi, 67, died May 22, 2015 at Cleveland Clinic.
Mrs. Gizzi was born Oct. 16, 1947, in Warren, a daughter of James and Lillian Deetscreek Markle.
She was a 1965 graduate of Niles McKinley High School. Sherry worked as a proof reader at Niles Bank for a few years.
After marrying the love of her life, Dick, Sherry devoted her time to raising her family.
Sherry also was owner/operator of Sherrys Bit of Sunshine for as few years, where she did flower design.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church. Sherry took great pride and dedication in decorating the Holy Rosary Church for all occasions.
Sherry was a lover of all animals, was an excellent cook, and was known for her eggplant dish. She was very devoted to her family, friends, and loved ones, and always making you feel at home.
She leaves her husband Dominic Dick Gizzi, whom she married May 17, 1969; two sons, Dominic Jimmy (Jenny) Gizzi of Lowellville and Tom Gizzi of Lowellville; and three grandchildren, Giavanna Gizzi, Hannah Johnston-Gizzi, and Jessica Johnston-Gizzi.
Besides her parents, Sherry was preceded in death by two sisters, Gloria Pallante and Irene Jagnow; and one brother, James Markle.
A prayer service will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Lowellville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. John Jerek officiating.
Friends and family will be received Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Intensive Care unit G62 and unit doctors for their excellent care.
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CANFIELD - Felix J. Phil Herubin, 77, passed away Friday evening, May 22, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown with his family by his side, after suffering a heart attack one week before.
Felix, who was also known as Phil, was born Aug. 27, 1937, in Youngstown, a son of Joseph S. and Anna Hlubik Herubin, and was a lifelong area resident, growing up in the Brier Hill neighborhood.
He was a 1955 graduate of The Rayen School, where he was class president, and served afterwards in the U.S. Army. Phil served for 25 years as a firefighter and inspector for the Youngstown Fire Department, retiring in 1990. Prior to that, he worked for General Electric in Youngstown.
Mr. Herubin enjoyed following sports of all kinds, and he was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers. Phil loved to play golf and was an especially talented golfer, and he tutored his grandsons, Jake and Mike, who played on the Ursuline High School golf team. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, his brother firefighters, his friends from Brier Hill, and the new friends he made along lifes way.
Phil leaves his wife of 53 years, Lois J. Perez Herubin, whom he married in August of 1961; two sons, John F. (Therese) Herubin of Mentor and Joseph J. (Leora) Herubin of Newton Falls; a daughter, Cynthia (Ronald) Francisco of Youngstown; five grandchildren, James, Veronica, Jake, Michael, and Elena; a brother, Joseph (Bella) Herubin of Canfield; and a sister, Maryann (Stanley) Shuette of Canyon City, Colorado.
Besides his parents, Joseph Herubin and Anna Herubin Sackela, Phil was preceded in death by a son, James J. Herubin.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at the funeral home, and will continue at noon with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Michael Church in Canfield.
Committal services will follow at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Herubins name to the Jimmy Herubin Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ursuline High School, 750 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Phils family.
LOUISVILLE Phillip P.K. Jones, 59, passed away unexpectedly at home May 20, 2015.
Phil grew up in Youngstown, where he graduated from Chaney High School in 1974 and he moved to Massillon in 1981.
Working as a truck driver for 36 years, he spent most of his career at Yellow Freight (YRC). He was a member of the Massillon Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 190 and served on the Massillon Board of Education from 2000 to 2005. In his free time, he enjoyed going out to breakfast, watching cooking and weather shows, and holding his grandchildren.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 40 years, Christine (Blandford) Jones; daughters Dr. Lindsey (Ronald) Simon-Jones, Amanda (James) Zemko, Rachael (George) Jones and Katlyn (Sean) Romigh; grandchildren Jimmy, Maddie and Ben Zemko, Parker and Lillian Romigh and Adria Simon; mother Delores Jones; brothers John (Susan) and Tom (Cathy) Jones; sister Elizabeth (Pete Zatvarnicky) Jones; nieces Abbey and Michelle Jones; and nephews, Eric Blandford and Bryan Jones.
He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed.
His father, John Jones precedes him in death.
Phils family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home in Louisville.
Services celebrating his life will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home
He will be laid to rest at Union Cemetery.
YOUNGSTOWN - Funeral services will be at noon on Wednesday at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home for Joseph D. Golec Jr., 84, who passed away on May 23, at his residence.
He was born in Youngstown on March 29, 1931, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Gomez Golec.
Joseph was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Chruch and was a truck driver for McNicolas Trucking before retirement. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Joseph was a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan and loved to garden and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports. He was a loving father and grandfather.
His wife, Virginia L. Golec, whom he married on Aug. 16, 1961, passed away on Feb. 3, 2015.
Surviving are two daughters, Jeanine Murphy of Youngstown and Victoria Mattace of Atlanta; a brother, Paul Golec; and nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Murphy; two brothers; and two sisters.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, 3100 Canfield Road, Youngstown.
POLAND - There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at noon on Wednesday, May 27, at Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers, celebrating the life of Constantine Gus Niro Jr., 77, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on May 23, 2015.
Gus was born on Aug. 3, 1937, in Lowellville, a son of Domenic and Carmela Listorti Niro and was a lifelong area resident.
Gus graduated from Struthers High School and served his country in the U.S. Army. He was the president and owner of Niros Forklift Service and worked as a master mechanic for over 40 years. Following his retirement, he enjoyed being a bus driver for Poland Schools. Gus was a member of St. Nicholas Church. He was a member of and held officer positions in the Castelbottaccio Club, the Pacentro Club and the Mahoning Valley Old Car Club. His prized 1930 Model A Ford won the Model A Restorers Club award for the most original Model A in the world in 1994.
He leaves his loving wife, the former Anna Emma Pacella, whom he married on April 20, 1963; his daughter, Lena of Poland, Debra (Paul) Guzman of Poland; Domenic (Gina) of North Royalton and Michael of Poland. His grandchildren Anthony and Carmela Guzman and Domenic Niro were his pride and joy. Gus also leaves behind three loving sisters, Mary Delisio, Toni Furano and Jennie Dilisio, along with many extended family members and friends.
We will always miss his love, laughter, strength, humor and how he made a lasting impression on everyone he met.
Friends and family may call Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St., Poland, where there will also be a prayer service Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. at the funeral home.
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GREENVILLE, DEL. - Susanne Elsaesser Lassen, 99, pioneer descendant, formerly of Youngstown, died peacefully at her home on Monday, May 18, 2015.
Born in Youngstown on Oct. 8, 1915, at her family home at 509 Wick Ave., she was the daughter of Dr. Armin Emil Elsaesser, a prominent Youngstown surgeon from Switzerland, and Helen Wick Ford of Youngstown, and was the granddaughter of John Stambaugh Ford and Harriet Wick.
She was a member of the Wick, Tod, Ford and Stambaugh industrial pioneer families of Youngstown, whose forebearers were among the first settlers of Youngstown in the early 1800s, and helped establish and develop the iron, steel and coal industries in the Mahoning Valley and nearby Pennsylvania.
She grew up at her familys home, Shadow Run, in Woodworth, and attended the Yale School in Youngstown. An equestrian and an artist, she was a graduate of Miss Holmquists School in New Hope, Pa., where she was the captain of both the schools equestrian team and its field hockey team. She later graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where she pursued her interests in painting and sculpture. A member of the Mill Creek Riding Club and the Mahoning Saddle and Bridle Association, she was active in the 1920s and 1930s, on the horse show circuit, both locally and in the east, and is especially remembered exhibiting with her father, where they won many pair class championships showing their saddle horses. She was also well-known for her oil paintings that were displayed at many local museums and galleries.
On Jan. 28, 1939, she married Danish-born Kai Kierulff Lassen of Toronto, an executive of Canada Steamship Lines, later a Youngstown businessman, who predeceased her in 1989. Near the end of World War II, she returned to Youngstown with her husband, where they resided for over 40 years.
In Youngstown, she served as a trustee of the Butler Institute of American Art and as a vice president of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. She was a member of the Youngstown Hospital Association, the Womens Association of the First Presbyterian Church, the Junior League, the Youngstown Garden Club, and the Youngstown Club. She was also a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames, and the Colonial Dames 17th Century.
She moved to Wilmington, Del., in 1988, to live near her son and his family and one of her daughters.
She is survived by her three children, her son, John Kai Lassen, his wife, Marion McConnell Lassen, of Greenville, her daughter, Christiana Ford Lassen and her partner, Marilyn Pires, of Long Beach, Calif., and her daughter, Helen Susanne Lassen and her partner, Marsha Bienia, of Easton, Md.; her four grandchildren, Christian Kierulff Lassen of Philadelphia, Laura Wick Lassen Fox of Greenville, William du Pont Lassen of Centreville, Del., and James Tyler Lassen of Greenville; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Emil Peter Elsaesser of St. Louis, and was predeceased by her two brothers, John Ford Elsaesser and Armin Emil Elsaesser Jr.
She will be remembered for her kindness and gentleness to all, her strong devotion to her family, her love of animals, especially her corgis, and her love of birds.
Funeral services and interment will be at the Wick family grave site at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Her family requests that memorial gifts be sent to the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.
Please visit www.chandlerfuneralhome.com to leave online condolences.
The Chandler Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, (302) 478-7100, is handling the arrangements.
YOUNGSTOWN - Prayers will be held at 9:15 a.m., Wednesday, at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated the Rev. Bernard R. Bonot at 10 a.m. at Christ Our Savior (St. Nicholas) Church Struthers, for Philomena J. Antronica Smith, 86, who passed away peacefully Friday morning.
Philomena was born July 12, 1928, in Youngstown, a daughter of Salvatore and Anna Zizzo Antronica.
She was a graduate of South High School and Lewis, Weinberger & Hill Beauty Academy. Philomena was a self employed beautician and a ward clerk at St. Elizabeth Health Center for 20 years. Philomena was a member of Christ Our Savior Church.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of 67 years, Joseph P. Smith, whom she married June 16, 1948; a son, Lawrence E. (fiancée Tina Hudson) Smith of Coral Springs, Fla.; a daughter, Patricia A. (Joe) Anda of Poland; a brother, Sam (Pauline) Antronica; a sister-in-law, Lois Antronica; four grandchildren, Lisa (John Watson) of Holly Springs, N.C., Lawrence J. Smith of Mogadore, and Jarod and Kyle Anda, both of Poland; and one great-grandson, Luke Watson.
Philomena was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Dr. Joseph P. Smith Jr.; two brothers, Louis and Dominic Antronica; and two sisters, Carmel Leone and Anita Tetto.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman.
Material tributes can be made in Philomenas memory to St. Jude Childrens Hospital at www.stjude.org.
Her family wishes to thank an angel sent from God, Donna Macovitz, Dr. Joseph Ambrose and the staff of the 4th floor at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center for their love and compassion given to her.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
COLUMBIANA - Anna Margaret Smith, 83, died on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown.
She was born on Nov. 4, 1931, in New Springfield, a daughter of the late H. Dale and Mary Florence Rupert Hoffman.
Margaret was a member of the Emmanuel Luthern Church in New Springfield and had worked as a bookkeeper for Welsh Motors from 1951 to 1972, and then for Thompson Bros. Mining from 1974 to 2010. She enjoyed reading and watching Cleveland sports, especially the Cleveland Indians. Mostly, she enjoyed spending her time with her beloved grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Elmon Smith, whom she married on Nov. 5, 1955; a daughter, Linda (Todd) Crooks of Columbiana; two sons, Rodney (Kathy) Smith of Westminster, Md. and Kevin Smith of Columbiana; and a sister, Carol (Paul) Kennedy of Worchester, Mass. Also surviving are three granddaughters, Emilee, Sarah and Alyson Smith; and two grandsons, Matthew Smith and Rhys Crooks.
Margaret was preceded in death by a sister, Fay McClurkin.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be at the Columbiana Cemetery, Columbiana.
Family and friends may visit www.familycareservices.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
CAMPBELL - Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home and at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Church, with Father Joseph Rudjak officiating, for George S. Tisler, 68, who passed away Saturday afternoon.
George was born Aug. 14, 1946, in Campbell, the son of Joseph and Anne Perrott Tisler.
He was a 1965 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.
George retired from Youngstown Sheet and Tube.
He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Church, its Mens Club and the Holy Name Society.
George loved all children, and he and his wife, Marti, were foster parents for over 22 years.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, the former Marti Polakoff, whom he married, May 16, 1992; his four children, Shelly (Rob) Tisler of Campbell, Danielle Tisler of Florida, Mary Dobozy of Campbell, and Courtney Applequist at home; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Louise (Joe) Korhan of Austintown; and two brothers, Anthony (JoAnn) Tisler of Struthers and Joseph Tisler of Campbell.
George was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Frank Tisler; and his sister, Yvonne Tisler.
The Tisler family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
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