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NEW MIDDLETOWN – In loving memory of Douglas S. Brown, 74, who passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on June 29, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Douglas was born in Mt. Clemens, Mich., on April 5, 1943.

Douglas was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence S. Brown, and mother Deloris E. Brown Andrychuk.

Douglas was one of five children, sister Marylin (Brown) Cataldo of Springfield, Mass., brothers David Brown of West Palm Beach, Fla., Duane Brown of Cheyboygan, Mich., and sister Faye Schlieckbier of Battle Creek, Mich.

Douglas was married to Bethany (Herfurth) Brown since March 6, 1965.

Douglas had two daughters, Mary Beth (Brown) Preston (Kevin) of New Castle, Pa. and Jayne (Brown) Satterlee (Paul) of North Jackson.

He leaves behind three very special grandchildren, Paul Douglas Satterlee, Emily Lauren Rutkowski, and Lynzi Jayne Satterlee, and one very special great-granddaughter, Brooklynn Schuyler Rutkowski.

Douglas was a very successful owner of D&J Tool & Die for 40 years in Vassar, Mich. He will be greatly missed by his loving family.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 550 N. Broad St. in Canfield on July 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. until the time of Doug’s memorial service at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor Rebecca Zielke.

Arrangements by the Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat Inc. in Austintown.

Visit www.cremateohio.com to send condolences to Doug’s family.

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GIRARD - Ralph B. Chuey, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Ralph was born May 29, 1930, in Youngstown, to Andrew and Mary (Bunofsky) Chuey.

He graduated from Struthers High School in 1948, and was promptly drafted into the U.S. Army, where he proudly served his country in the Panama Canal zone during the Korean conflict. Shortly thereafter, he began a 40-plus-year career driving a local delivery truck for Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake. 

Nobody who knew him would deny that Ralph was a go-getter. Once at a party, he stole his buddy’s good-looking date, Miss Colette Martin. They were wed on Oct. 7, 1967. Their beautiful life together brought them two daughters who were the lights of his life. He worked tirelessly to provide for them and set an amazing example of hard work and dedication.

Ralph formerly served as a zoning inspector for the city of Girard. He was a true patriot who belonged to both the American Legion and the V.F.W., as well as having served as a democratic precinct committeeman. He was politically active and was involved in many local campaigns throughout the years. 

In his spare time, Ralph enjoyed gardening, collecting antiques, complaining, Youngstown State University football, anything related to Cleveland sports, cheering for whatever team his son-in-law, Pat was currently coaching, and watching John Wayne movies with a fresh box of cheese crackers and a cold beer. He was a true Civil War buff and spent his most enjoyable hours dressing in costume and teaching others about the Civil War, particularly Ulysses S. Grant. He especially enjoyed taking part in the school tours at the Girard Historical Society Barnhisel House Museum, where he also played an instrumental role in the museum’s restoration. 

Those who will carry on his legacy include his loving wife of almost 50 years; his daughter, Erin (Pat) Meyer of Huntington Beach, Calif., and his daughter, Shawna Chuey and Quentin Miles of Washington, D.C.; three grandchildren, Chris, Emma, and Sophia; his brother, Tom (Pat) Chuey of Poland; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would especially like to thank Dan Hromyak and Leslie “Dani” Diana for their support and devotion to their “Uncle Ralph.”

Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 21, at 11 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.

The family will receive relatives and friends today, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ralph will be laid to rest at Girard City Cemetery, with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial contributions be made to the Girard Historical Society in Ralph’s memory.

Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family. 

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NORTH JACKSON - Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the North Jackson Church of the Nazarene, 113 Rosemont Road in North Jackson for Pauline M. Burky Cribley, 91, who died Monday at her residence.

Pauline was born Dec. 22, 1925, in Akron, a daughter of the late Emil Sebastian and Mary Kathryn Morgenstern Beach.

Pauline was a homemaker and had also worked as a nurse’s aid at Copeland Oaks. She was a member of the North Jackson Church of the Nazarene and was a faithful reader of her Bible.

She had a quick wit and an incredible sense of humor. Pauline loved flowers and feeding the birds and enjoyed gardening in the beauty of God’s world.

Her first husband, Robert W. Burky, whom she married Oct. 8, 1948, died June 12, 1969. Her second husband, Dale L. Cribley, whom she married Dec. 20, 1997, died Feb. 7, 2017.

She leaves two daughters, Delpa (Randy) Eddinger of York, S.C. and Rose Burky of Rock Hill, S.C.; two sons, John (Marcia) Burky of Lima and Les (Maria) Burky of Berlin Center; three stepsons, Rick Cribley, David Cribley and Ryan Cribley; and five grandchildren, Travis Eddinger, Jennalee Chagin, Melissa Burky, Tiffany Polombo and Adam Polombo.

Besides her husbands, Pauline was preceded in death by six brothers, Waldo, Wilmer, Norman, Eugene, Delbert and Edger; and five sisters, Leona, Kathryn, Edith, Emily and Caroline.

Friends may call on Sunday from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St. and on Monday for one hour prior to the services at the church.

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

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COLUMBUS - Margaret J. Ellashek, 96, formerly of Boardman, died Sunday, July 15, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, following a brief illness.

Margaret was born Sept. 13, 1920, in Youngstown, the daughter of Alfred and Rachel Neill Sidaway. She was a lifelong resident of Boardman until moving to Columbus in 2016.

She was employed as an executive secretary at General Electric in Youngstown for 15 years, retiring in 1983.

She was a very active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Cornersburg. She was also a member of the Boardman South AARP No. 4545, where she had served as secretary.

Her husband, Carl F. Ellashek, whom she married Nov. 8, 1941, died July 1, 1997.

She leaves her daughter, Karen M. (John) Guerrieri, with whom she made her home; her son, Dr. James E. (Joyce) of Boardman; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Sarah Doak and Evelyn Smreck.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Cornersburg, where friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church memorial fund.

Arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

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SALEM - Georgette Snyder Gregory, 61, entered eternal rest on Saturday, July 15, 2017, surrounded by her devoted family.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. today, July 20, 2017, at the Pricetown United Methodist Church in Newton Falls.

A service memorializing Georgette will begin at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Jeff Lanzer officiating.

Join the family for light refreshments and fellowship following the service.

Georgette was born in Salem, to George Snyder and Sara Shoemaker Snyder on Nov. 9, 1955.

She married Michael “Mike” Gregory on Feb. 11, 1983, in Salem.

She was well-known at Westfalls Family Restaurant in Lake Milton where she worked as a cook for many years. She loved to read, crochet, bowl, play bocce, and spend time with her grandsons.

Georgette was preceded in death by her husband, Mike, and her parents, George and Sara.

Georgette is survived by her son, Daniel Meyers (Bryan) of San Antonio; her daughter, Angel Evans (Brad) of Hartville; her daughter, Amanda Szijj (Eric) of Salem; and a special nephew, who she raised, Jackson Pleacher of Newton Falls. She will be greatly missed by her four grandsons, Carter, Dylan, and Eli Evans and Gavin Szijj. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Manypenny and nephew Perry Manypenny, both of Leetonia.

“The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Hospice House and the special angels who serve as nurses.”

Donations are respectfully requested to be made to Hospice House of Poland, in lieu of flowers.

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MARCO ISLAND, FLA. - Jean Elizabeth Gutierrez, 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 16, 2017, surrounded by her loving family with whom she lived. Formerly of Boardman, Jean moved to Naples, Fla. in 1983.

She graduated from Chaney High School in Youngstown, and married Delmar “Del” Gutierrez on March 26, 1943, just before he left to serve in the U.S. Army.

An active member of the Mahoning United Methodist Church in Youngstown, she was a member of the Wesmeth Sunday school class and served as class president. She was also president of the United Methodist Women and served as secretary of the Youngstown District of the United Methodist Women. She also served as a lay delegate of the United Methodist Women for several years.

Jean was a member of Miriam Chapter No. 278, Order of the Eastern Star. A member of the East Naples United Methodist Church, she sang in the Chancel Choir and served as president of the United Methodist Women. Jean also served as secretary-treasurer of the “Sugar ‘N Spice” bowling league for several years.

She is survived by her sons, Dr. William Paul (Marilyn) Gutierrez of Marco Island and James Delmar (Janine Stiffler) Gutierrez of Tionesta, Pa. She is also survived by her six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, grandson, Joseph W. Gutierrez, his children, Phoenix and Rory Gutierrez, grandson Joshua T. Gutierrez (Dina) and their children, Aidan and Liam Gutierrez, granddaughter Cheyanne Beatty (Dustin) and their children, Teya, Caleb, Zachery, and Maddox, granddaughter Chelsea Gutierrez (Trent), granddaughter Chenoah Hager (Tim) and their children, Fiona and Anya, and grandson Dakotah Gutierrez (Talia); sisters-in-law Nancy (Ross) Allenbaugh and Joann (Vic) George, both of Naples; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her beloved husband of 67 years, Del, who died in 2011, Jean was also preceded in death by her brother, Ward Nagel; and sister Naomi Hunsinger.

Relatives and friends may call on Sunday, July 23, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Fuller Funeral Home, 4735 Tamiami Trail East in Naples.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 26, 7 p.m. at the East Naples United Methodist Church.

She will be laid to rest alongside of her husband at Sarasota National Cemetery in Florida.

Visit www.FullerNaples.com for online condolence.

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YOUNGSTOWN - A Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m., today, July 20, 2017, at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, with Father Mykhaylo Farynets officiating, for Mary Jean Getsy, 88, who passed away peacefully on July 16, 2017.

Jean was born May 26, 1929, in Loretta, Pa., a daughter of Robert and Madeline (Plunkett) Miller.

Jean was a devoted member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, where she worked in the Rectory for 15 years, and helped make pirogies. She was also a member of the Greek Catholic Union Lodge 252.

Jean was a homemaker and a true matriarch of her family.

She was an avid bingo player, loved dancing, and was a wonderful seamstress.

She enjoyed baking, especially her homemade bread and cinnamon rolls at Easter and Christmas time. One of her greatest joys in life was spending time with her great-grandbabies.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her children, George (Alma) Getsy, Diana (Tim Brannigan) Getsy Holiday, and Debbie (Richard) Hornick; 14 grandchildren, Jamie, Jenn (Chuck), Erin (Donald), Bob, George, Jim, Angela (Chris), Joe, Dan, Nick, John, Catherine, Kyle, and Jeff (Amanda); as well as 13 great-grandchildren; her brother, George Miller of Streetsboro; and her half siblings, Robert Miller and Robin Sevek, both of Carrolton.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, George Getsy, whom she married July 15, 1950, and who passed away on Oct. 30, 2012; and her siblings, Gerald, Augustine, and Genevieve Miller, and Ruth Hollern.

The Getsy family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m., today at the church.

Interment will take place at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Hospice of the Valley for their compassionate care of Jean during the last few weeks of her life.

Visit www.waskofamily.com to view the obituary and send the Getsy family condolences.

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NORTH BENTON - Samuel H. Huffstetler, comedic, music/movie whiz, and animal lover, went home to the Lord on Friday, July 14, 2017.

He was born on May 3, 1959, in Warren, to Gene and Harlene (Eckels) Huffstetler.

He took immense pride in his work at General Motors where he provided for his family for 39 years.

He spent a large portion of his life outdoors. Whether it be hunting, fishing, shooting his bow, riding his motorcycle, or scrambling over at Nelson Ledges, he was always alongside of his family while doing so.

He praised and worshiped the Lord Jesus Christ and was a member of the Pine Lake Christian Church, where he was baptized.

“Sam” loved his beautiful, patient, and gentle-hearted bride of 31 years, Cindy, his two loving daughters, Katie and Sara, his rescue pup, Daisy, his precious grandbaby, Zoey, and the numerous birds, squirrels, and wildlife that inhabited his front-yard.

His life will forever be cherished in the memories of his wife, Cynthia (Emerson) Huffstetler; mother Harlene Huffstetler; two sisters, Karen Huffstetler and Carol Graham (Nick); two daughters, Katie Huffstetler (fiancé Jeremy Ryan) and Sara Huffstetler (fiancé Christopher Zikeli); granddaughter Zoey Ryan; father-in-law Darwin Emerson; two nephews, Anthony Graham and Joseph Bindas; two nieces, Nicole Justice and Christy Leiter; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; adopted pup, Daisy; and grandpups Sheldon and Beau.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Huffstetler; grandparents Florence and Park Eckels, Fred and Mary Etta Huffstetler; numerous aunt, uncles and cousins; and animals Sarge, Dodger, Dusty, Jamie, Bo, Prince, Max, Danny, Smokey, and his flying squirrels, Chip and Dale.

Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with service to follow on Friday, July 21, at the Pine Lake Christian Church, 636 Pine Lake Road in Sebring, where Tom Palmer will officiate.

Donations in Sam’s memory may be made to Angels for Animals in Canfield or the Pine Lake Christian Church in Sebring.

Arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel.

Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.

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SALEM – Sandra “Sandy” Hrusovski, 75, died peacefully, Sunday evening, at her home.

Sandra was born Jan. 15, 1942, in Youngstown, the daughter of Harold and Luella “Sally” (Seifert) Gosnell.

Sandra married James F. Hrusovski Sr. on July 20, 1960, sharing 53 years of marriage until his passing on Dec. 10, 2013. Together their union produced two children.

Sandra leaves to cherish her memories, her children, son James Jr. of Salem and daughter Sherri of Salem; grandchildren Mykie (Lindsey) Hrusovski of Cleveland, Brandon (Kayla Ringo) Hrusovski of the U.S. Navy, and Andrew Hrusovski of Salem; great-granddaughter Emma Hrusovski; her brother, Chip (Janice) Gosnell of Indiana; sister Susan (Bill) Wayne of Austintown; and brother-in-law Roger Grafton of Howland.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Janet Grafton.

She was a 1959 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and worked as the activities director for Salem Convalescent Center for over 20 years until her retirement in 2000.

In her spare time, Sandra enjoyed being with her family and friends, making everyone feel welcome in her home. She took great pride in her gardening and being outdoors. Sandra enjoyed attending social events, watching the Triple Crown each year, and attending casinos with family and friends. Above all, she took much pride in her family cherishing every memory that was made.

She was dearly loved by her children, grandchildren and extended family very much.

Per Sandra’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Material tributes may take the form of donations to the donor’s choice.

Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, North Jackson Chapel.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the VFW, 2065 Coitsville-Hubbard Road in Hubbard, for Mr. Robert “Bobby” Hilson, 65, who departed this life on Monday, July 10, 2017, at his residence.

Mr. Hilson was born July 13, 1951, in Youngstown, a son of Otha and Lillian C. Wilson Hilson Sr.

He was a commercial and graphic artist for Strouss, Kaufman’s and Ace Sign Company. He graduated from Cleveland Community College with a Bachelor’s Degree.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his sister, Evonia Hilson; brothers Otha Hilson Jr. and Lidel, all of Youngstown; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Willie Golden.

Arrangements are entrusted to the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

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AUSTINTOWN - James Patrick Heffron, 67, passed away early Wednesday morning, July 19, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, following a three-year illness.

James was born Oct. 17, 1949, a son of the late Thomas B. and Gladys Rochow Heffron, and was a 1968 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School.

After high school, he honorably served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Calvary during the Vietnam War.

Mr. Heffron worked for RMI Titanium in Niles for over 40 years, retiring as a millwright in 2013. A jack-of-all-trades and a master of all, Jim always had a project in the works. There wasn’t a thing he couldn’t make or repair, or a job he couldn’t complete.

Jim was a member of the YPPC Gun Club, and was a member of the NRA. He enjoyed trap-shooting and target-shooting, and he loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, taking a cross-country trip to Las Vegas in 2013. He also liked visiting casinos and he especially liked to play keno.

Jim liked gardening, planting flowers, gold prospecting with his son, Jimmy, and feeding birds. He even became a soccer referee because of his son, Brad’s, love of the game. Jim loved spending time with his neighbors, and he helped anyone with anything, if he was asked.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Debra Carfolo Heffron, whom he married April 6, 1974; his sons, James Jr. (Heather Page) Heffron and Dr. Bradley (Phoebe) Heffron; sisters Barbara (Bill) Pitts and Dolores (Emerson) Shick; a brother, Thomas (Janice) Heffron; a brother-in-law, Robert (Susan) Carfolo; a sister-in-law, Sue Carfolo; many nieces, nephews, and extended family members; and his “fur-baby grandchildren,” Munchkin, Mac, Gia, Frankie, and Baron.

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

Besides his parents, his in-laws, Basil and Margaret Carfolo, and a brother-in-law, Chris Carfolo, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 21, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown (casual dress requested), where a memorial service will take place at 7 p.m.

Jim’s family wishes to express heartfelt appreciation to everyone at the Hope Cancer Center and to the nurses at Same Day Care, 2nd Floor of ValleyCare Northside Medical Center. Also, special thanks to the Neuro-ICU nurses at St. Elizabeth Health Center, for the kindness shown and care and comfort given to Mr. Heffron and his family during his illness.

To honor Jim’s memory, his family asks that mourners perform a random act of kindness for a friend, neighbor, or stranger.

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

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BOARDMAN - Joseph Robert “Josh” Soltesiz III walked into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the age of 35. Josh died unexpectedly in Youngstown, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with addiction.

He was born on April 15, 1982, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph and Patricia (Watson) Soltesiz. Josh grew up in Canfield.

He later moved to Johnson City, Tenn., where he attended and graduated from Science Hill High School with honors. After high school, Josh actively served for the U.S. Navy and had the opportunity to be stationed in many parts across the United States. Following his service in the Navy, Josh attended Youngstown State University, where he studied business management.

From his grandfather, Josh inherited a passion for golfing. He was an avid golfer and really found happiness when he could spend his afternoons on the golf course with his dad, Jody and brother Travis. According to his grandfather, Joe, Josh had the “most perfect golf swing.” Josh enjoyed watching movies, going to the beach, especially Siesta Key, Fla., watching the Steelers, and caring for his bulldog nephew, Conan the Barbarian.

Among those Josh will leave behind are his mother, Patricia Soltesiz of Ocala, Fla.; his father, Joseph R. Soltesiz Jr. of Boardman; his sister, Carrie (Luke) Draeger of Seattle; his brother, Travis Soltesiz of Boardman; his paternal grandmother, Nanette Soltesiz of Columbiana; his maternal grandmother, Bonnie O’Brien of Denver; his two nephews, Samuel and Isaac Draeger of Seattle; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Josh was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandparents, Joseph and Norma Soltesiz of Youngstown; paternal grandfather, Joseph R. Soltesiz of Boardman; and his brother, Preston James Soltesiz.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, today, July 20, 2017.

Calling hours for family and friends will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. A celebration service will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic, 2151 Rush Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44507. Josh had a long battle with addiction and his life was ended way too soon. Please consider making a donation in Josh’s name to help save another life from the thief of addiction.

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

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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA. - Karen Ann Kraynik, 59, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 17, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Kraynik was born on Aug. 8, 1957, daughter of Robert and Marjorie Fergus.

She was the beloved wife of Charles E. “Chuck” Kraynik, whom she married on May 3, 1980; loving mother of Allison (Jeremy) Draskovich, John (Lauren) Kraynik and Steven Kraynik; dear sister of Ken Fergus; and adoring grandmother of Cole, Gavin, Mila, Bradley, and Henry. She is also survived by her niece, Gabrielle Prince.

Family and friends will be received today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Road.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Ferdinand Catholic Church in Cranberry Township.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Children’s Hospital in Karen’s name.

Please visit www.devlinfuneralhome.com to view this tribute and send online condolences.

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SALEM - Larry F. Lozier, 64, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Salem Regional Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 10, 1952, in Salem, the son of the late George and Norma Dene (Daugherty) Lozier.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Salem, where he served as an elder.

He retired from King Collision in Boardman after working 12 years as the controller of operations, and was previously employed at Lisbon Chevrolet. During tax season, he worked for H&R Block in Salem and had been working there since 1995.

Larry was a 1970 graduate of Salem High School and a graduate of Youngstown State University. He was also a CPA and continued to further his education, even after retirement.

An outstanding golfer, Larry won many local tournaments and continued to play and enjoy golf up until his death.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Leigh (George Majchrzak) Lozier of Salem; a sister, Georgia Dene (Joseph) Loutzenhiser of Medina; and two nieces, JoDene and Kristen.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church of Salem, with the Rev. Dr. Meta Cramer officiating.

Calling hours will be held at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home today, July 20, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Salem Building Fund, 436 E. Second St., Salem, OH 44460.

Please visit www.starkmemorial.com to view his obituary and send condolences online.

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DIAMOND - Caroline M. Matthews, 93, passed away July 17, 2017, surrounded by her family, at the home she shared with her daughter and granddaughter in Diamond.

Caroline was born in Spangler, Pa., on Oct. 13, 1923, to Joseph and Irene (Staffen) Habosky.

On June 3, 1946, she was united in marriage to John “Jack” Matthews, who preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 2000.

She was an avid golfer and played on the SCOPE leagues. She enjoyed Body Shop aerobics, dancing and playing cards and bingo. She was an active member of St. Robert’s Catholic Church.

Caroline’s greatest passion was her family. She was placed on this earth to be a mother and teach her family how to love and be loved.

Visitation will be held on Friday July 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel, 164 N. High St. in Cortland.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Robert’s Catholic Church, 4659 St. Rt. 46 in Cortland, where the family will receive friends for an hour prior to the service.

Caroline is survived by her daughters, Sally (Jim) Palmer, Susan Moore and Donna (Marc) Arnal; her grandchildren, Emily Moore, Joshua and Jessica Arnal and Jim Palmer; and her great-grandchildren, Ellie, Emmie and Gage.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Jason Moore; her son-in-law, James Moore; her sisters, Mary Panic, Helen Lonce, Ann Harding and Nancy Hite; and her brothers, Joe, John, Frank and Wallace Habosky and Mike Panic.

Pleas visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to leave condolences for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made be made to Ryan’s Case for Smiles, checks made payable to Susan Moore, c/o the funeral home. Sue uses the funds to sew beautiful pillow cases for critically ill children in northeast Ohio. Through this program Caroline has helped Sue with many of the thousands of pillow cases already made. It was a program near and dear to Caroline.

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POLAND - Joann Marie DiIanni McHugh, 78, died Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Hampton Woods.

Joann was born Sept. 30, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Louis and Mary Donatelli DiIanni.

A 1956 graduate of Poland Seminary High School, Joann worked as a quality inspector for Packard Electric for over 30 years.

She was a member of the Holy Family Church in Poland.

Joann played in a monthly card game with the girls she worked with from Packard Electric. She enjoyed antiques and did a lot of the local shows in the area. Joann also enjoyed listening to music, reading, word puzzles, and watching her favorite team, The Ohio State Buckeyes. She especially loved cooking, baking, and hosting her family for the holidays.

As a child, Joann spent her summer vacations with her grandparents in Ocean City, N.J., and she carried on the tradition spending her summers at Ocean City with her two aunts, Elizabeth and Mary Impagliazzo, up until her health declined. Another favorite summer pastime that Joann enjoyed well into her 60s was water skiing.

Joann’s husband, Bill McHugh, whom she married Dec. 29, 1956, died June 24, 1991.

She leaves her mother, Mary of Poland; one daughter, Deborah (Jeff) Schultz of Poland; one son, Patrick McHugh of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Patrick Fontaine of Jacksonville and Eric Schultz of Columbus; one brother, Claude (Elaine) DiIanni of Boardman; and her aunts, Elizabeth and Mary Impagliazzo of Ocean City.

In addition to her father and husband, Joann was preceded in death by her son, William McHugh; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Helen McHugh; sister, Mary Louise Perry; and her brother, Louis DiIanni Jr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church in Poland, with Msgr. William Connell officiating.

Friends will be received Friday from 9 until 9:45 a.m. at the church.

Joann’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the wonderful care provided by the staff of MVI Hospice and Hampton Woods.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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CRAIG BEACH - Leslie G. “Kiki” Mewbourn, 66, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017, at his home.

Born Jan. 25, 1951, in Mogadore, he was the son of Austin and Aubre (McLaughlin) Mewbourn.

He retired from Ford Motor Company in 2005. He was a member of the American Legion Post 737 in Lake Milton. He was an avid golfer and loved riding his motorcycle.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; children Denise, Diane, Rusty, Brenda, Dawn, and Pami; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dennis.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary and a son, John.

Friends will be received at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 2 to 5 p.m., where military honors will take place at 5 p.m.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to share a memory or to send a condolence.

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HUBBARD - Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home for Bobby Joe Maynard, 79, who died Tuesday morning, July 18, 2017, at Hospice House.

He was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Turkey Creek, W.Va., a son of Joseph Clark and Mary Eta Bryant Maynard, and had lived in Hubbard since 1963, coming from West Virginia.

Mr. Maynard, a 1955 graduate of Hurricane High School in West Virginia served with the U.S. Army.

He was a self-employed State Farm Insurance Agent for 47 years. “Bob” was a member of the Hubbard Kiwanis and the Hubbard FOP.

He loved his family, taking photos, painting, gardening, golfing and telling stories.

He leaves his wife, the former Janice M. Gracenin, whom he married Oct. 1, 1966; a son, Michael S. (LuAnn) Maynard of Akron; a daughter, Melanie M. (Travis) Phelan of Hubbard; three brothers, Ken (Ruthann) Maynard of Winfield, W.Va., Allen (Wanda) Maynard of Hurricane and Jerry Maynard of West Virginia; and two grandchildren, Matthew and Megan Spain.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Iris Miles.

Family and friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.

Interment will be at America’s Cemetery in Hermitage, Pa.

Visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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WARREN - Barbara E. “Barb” (Grgurich) Natale, 71, passed away Sunday morning, June 18, 2017, with her loving family by her side.

Barb will be sadly missed but always remembered by her family and friends for her kind heart and straight forward personality. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and teacher.

Born July 23, 1945, in Warren, Barbara was a daughter of Joseph and Ann (Susko) Grgurich, and was a lifelong area resident.

Barb was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University where she majored in Spanish and minored in English.

Barb worked with young woman through grant funding, helping to educate and shape their lives before she retired after 25 years of service with the Warren City Schools as a substitute teacher. She returned to the classroom after retirement teaching part-time at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren for a number of years.

Barb was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, St. James Church. She was also past president of several associations including the 9 Hole Ladies Golf League at Trumbull Country Club, the Warren Junior Women’s League and the Trumbull County Women’s Bar Auxiliary. Barbara was also president of the Condo Board Association.

Barb had many passions throughout her life. She enjoyed golfing, working in her yard, shopping and traveling, especially to New York. She also loved socializing with her family and friends.

She leaves behind her beloved husband of over 49 years, Atty. Anthony M. Natale; a daughter MaryBeth (Scott) Miller of Orlando, Fla.; a son, Anthony J. Natale of Warren; her granddaughter, Emily Miller; and a sister, JoAnn Woodworth of Sarasota, Fla.; along with many friends.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents.

Honoring Barb’s wishes, her family is having a party to celebrate her life on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Enzo’s Restaurant, 2918 Elm Road NE in Warren from 4 until 6 p.m. and everyone is asked to dress in bright casual clothing.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman, the new location.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made in Barbara’s name to the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road SE., Vienna, OH 44473.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – William A. Pratt, 69, of the east side, died Thursday afternoon July 13, 2017, at the Hospice House in Poland.

William was born July 14, 1947, in Youngstown, a son of William and Audrey (Moore) Such, and had been a lifelong area resident.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam War. He had retired from the City of Youngstown Parks Department and had been a caretaker at Crandall Park in Youngstown for several years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

He leaves his companion, Margie Klingensmith, at home; three sons, Merrill, Billy and Raymond Pratt; six daughters, Joyce, Wendy Sicliano, Marleen Rhoades, Lisa Eicher, Jennifer Wilson and Audrie Pratt; three brothers, Jimmy and Buddy Pratt and Mike Marvola; a sister, Lorraine Valentine; many grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Keffer and a sister, Linda Maxwell.

Memorial services for William will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road, NE in Warren.

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

Dedicated To Serving Your Loved Ones.

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BOARDMAN - Carmella Marie “Millie” Persico, 94, died July 18, 2017, at the Hospice House.

Mrs. Persico was born July 9, 1923, in Rochester, N.Y., a daughter of Daniel and Lena Moscaritolo.

Millie was a seamstress for many years having retired from J.C. Penney after working there for 25 years.

Her true passion was quilting, knitting, and sewing, and she was a member of several quilting clubs in the area. She also was in the quilting group at the Canfield Fair. Millie made quilts for several organizations including veterans groups and Hospice.

One of her other interests was cooking for friends and family, and she was known for her cookies and wedding soup.

Millie was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church, where she was in the knitting club and they made prayer shawls and Christening baby blankets for newborns.

Her husband, George, whom she married May 11, 1946, died Dec. 27, 2006.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Lee (John) Steinmuller of Cottage Grove, Wis. and Debra Persico of Denver; one son, Ralph (Jose Porcioncula) Persico of Little Rock, Ark.; two grandchildren, Jill Christine (Bradley) Hopkins of Hinkley, Minn. and Kristie Marie (Daniel) Pecard of Lodi, Wis.; and five great-grandchildren, Sophia, Josephine and Carson Hopkins and Connor and Emma Pecard.

Besides her parents and husband, Millie was preceded in death by two brothers, Anthony and James Moscaritolo; and one sister, Marie Colavecchia.

Friends and family will be received Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St. in Boardman.

A prayer service will be held Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church.

Although flowers are beautiful, the family requests donations be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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ATCHISON, KAN. - Bethany Lynn Root, 34, passed away in a plane crash on July 16, 2017.

Bethany was born April 8, 1983, in Warren.

A graduate of Maplewood High School and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, she was a brilliant student and actively involved in student organizations and athletics. 

After an entrepreneurial run at a custom motorcycle shop in Indianapolis and teaching special education at an inner city charter school, Bethany discovered her passion for aviation with friends in St. Joseph, Mo., and trained to become one of a small handful of female agricultural pilots, also known as crop dusters, in the country, eventually holding an interest in McElwain Ag Sprayers of Wathena, Kan. Last year, Bethany became manager of the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison, where she dreamed to restore vitality in not only the airport, but also given honor to its namesake through air shows, fly-ins, and special events. There were no places Bethany enjoyed being more than in the skies and around friends at airport hangers. She hoped to inspire and empower future generations of girls and women to become aviators by serving as a role model, mentor, and educator to let nothing stand in their way of taking flight. 

An inspiration to all she met, Bethany will be remembered for her beautiful smile, free spirit, infectious energy, and belief that the sky was truly the limit. 

Surviving are her mother, Sallie of Indianapolis; two brothers, Grayson of Cortland and Jameson of Indianapolis; sister-in-law Jenn; nephew Easton; and aunts and uncles Diane Emery of Cortland and Linda and Gary Fincham of Warren. 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles and Margaret Fulks of Warren.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 21, 2017, at the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Bethany will be laid to rest at Pineview Memorial Park in Warren.

Her family is seeking to honor her legacy and passion for flying by developing the Bethany Root Memorial Fund to support education, training, and initiatives for girls and women interested in aviation. Contributions may be made at RootFund.org.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road, NE in Warren.

Please visit www.statonborowskifuneralhome.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

Dedicated To Serving Your Loved Ones.

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AUSTINTOWN - There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at St. Anthony of Padua Church at noon for Barbara A. Ruggiero, who died at her residence, surrounded by her loving family, Tuesday afternoon.

She was born July 13, 1936, in Youngstown, and was the daughter of James “Skinny” V. and Ruby C. Cacuso Palermo.

She was a homemaker and member of the church.

Barbara was a 1954 graduate of The Rayen School and put all her talents to work cooking and raising her family. Her greatest joy was being a full-time grandmother.

She will be sadly missed by her husband of 61 years of marriage, Frank Ruggiero Jr., whom she married July 7, 1956; a son, Frank (Subhashini) Ruggiero; three daughters, Karen (Wells) Gladding, Annette (Charles) Arneman, and Cathy (Mark) Matash; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Joseph Palermo.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Schiavone Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley in Barbara’s name.

Burial will be at Belmont Park Cemetery.

Visit www.schiavonefh.com to share condolences.

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NEW SPRINGFIELD - Brian Reed Scott, 50, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, July 18, 2017, at his residence of an apparent heart attack.

Brian was born March 28, 1967, in Alliance, a son of Thomas Scott and Ann Fitzsimmons Scott.

A 1985 graduate of Boardman High School, Brian was a truck driver for Waste Tech and later Ohio Valley.

Brian loved the outdoors and hunting. He was the epitome of a backwoodsman and could craft anything from nature, including hand-crafting Native American archery equipment. He also loved riding his motorcycle.

Brian was very proud of his Irish Scottish heritage. Brian was so outgoing, he never met a stranger. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Brian leaves to cherish his memory, his father, Thomas (Ann) Scott of Alliance; his mother, Ann Scott of Berlin Center; the love of his life of 25 years, Dawn Sattarelle, with whom he lived; one son, Daniel (Cathy Shirey) Scott of Leetonia; two brothers, Bruce (Julie) Scott of Austintown and Robert Scott of Berlin Center; one grandson, Eric Shirey; one nephew, Hunter Scott; Dawn’s father, Patrick Sattarelle; and Dawn’s six brothers and sisters; as well as nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St. in Boardman, with Deacon Paul Lisko officiating.

Friends may call Saturday from 2 until 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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