GIRARD Mary Ellen (Saare) Boomhower, 69, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
Her journey began in Youngstown on Oct. 23, 1945, where she was born to Richard and Bettie (Prosser) Duncan.
Mary Ellen spent the majority of her life in the Valley, where she attended school, married and raised her precious family.
Mary Ellen began at an early age suffering the debilitating effects of juvenile diabetes, but was a pioneer of medical treatment throughout her life, being of the first recipients of developing diabetes research, such as the insulin pump and pancreatic and kidney transplants. Her life was chronicled in her book, Feet First, in which she delivers the message that, with the support and love of ones family, coupled with an unwavering faith in God, one can achieve the emotional strength necessary to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.
She then went on to travel the country as a Christian motivational speaker, addressing medical organizations and conventions, sharing her inspiring story of conquering adversity and finally receiving the local Triumph of The Human Spirit award and was recognized in the U.S. Congressional Record. Her life exemplified her motto of Never, never, never give up.
She had worked as a secretary and sales for Universal Development in Liberty, and had previously worked for Standard Slag, JC Penney in Liberty and the Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a member of the New Life Lutheran Church in Liberty Township, and loved to cook.
Mary Ellen is survived by her loving children, Heidi (Nick) Zagotti and Philip Saare, both of Liberty Township; her precious grandchildren, Daniel and Hannah Zagotti; her brother, James (Denise) Duncan; her sister, Eva Jacobson; stepson Joe (Carol) Boomhower; and family, nieces and nephews; as well as her close, canine companion, Andy.
Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; and husband Jesse Boomhower.
The funeral and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Mary Ellen will be laid to rest at Lake Park Cemetery.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
YOUNGSTOWN - Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church West Austintown for Cheryl L. Bodnar, 60, who passed away early Thursday morning at Hospice House.
Cheryl was born March 14, 1955, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Donald and Shirley (Schenck) Williams.
Cheryl was a 1973 graduate of South High School and a graduate of the Youngstown College of Business and Professional Drafting. She was a legal secretary for the Cafaro Company. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women and was active in Relay for Life. Cheryl enjoyed playing cards, shopping, and baking cookies. Her greatest love was for her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.
Cheryl leaves her husband, Michael Bodnar, whom she married Aug. 22, 1981; three daughters, Kerry Sierra, Theresa (Stanley) Kosinski, and Marisa Bodnar, all of Youngstown; a son, Michael Paul (Dana) Bodnar of Youngstown; nine grandchildren, Kayla (Ryan), Jena, Ashley, Amber, Madison, Abby, Jordan, Erin and Dalton; a great-grandchild, Jonah; two sisters, Sandra (John) Avery of Lake Milton and Grace Stacchiotti of Girard; and two brothers, Donald (Darlene) Williams of Austintown, David Williams of Clearwater, Fla.; and a brother-in-law, Robert Mancini of Howland.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Diana Mancini; and a brother, Freddy Williams.
Family and friends may pay their respects Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Material tributes may take the form of donations to the Childhood Blood and Cancer Fund Akron Childrens Hospital and sent to Showers Family Center, Akron Childrens Hospital, One Perkins Square, Akron, OH 44308.
Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
BOARDMAN - After a long battle with cancer, heart attacks, and strokes, John C. Van Fossan peacefully passed away in his sleep during the early hours of Monday, Aug. 31, 2015.
John, or as he was affectionately known by his friends, JV, was born in Youngstown in 1952.
He married his wife, Patricia (Perrotta) in 1990, and they have been together ever since. They had one child, Amanda, now 23, and John dedicated his life to her. He and his wife credited the happiest day of their lives to the day they became parents. From attending every one of her bowling matches to creating a comprehensive book of accomplishments for her and each of her team members, there is no doubt that John was his daughters biggest fan. The most memorable time of Johns life was following Amandas bowling team to their state championship victory.
John graduated from Mohawk High School in 1970, and went on to graduate from Youngstown State University with a degree in Advertising. He spent the majority of his life in advertising, until his health started to fail him.
He loved to golf, bowl, study history, and travel. Some of his fondest memories were of traveling to Florida with his wife and daughter to visit his mother, Eleanor, and stepfather Robert Wheale. John was a creative man and will always be remembered for the way his sense of humor lit up the lives of those around him.
John is survived in death by his wife, Patricia (Perrotta) Van Fossan; daughter Amanda Van Fossan; and mother Eleanor Wheale. His father was Harold Van Fossan (deceased). He also leaves behind three brothers, Michael (Patti) Van Fossan, Edward (Elaine) Van Fossan, and Kenneth Van Fossan. In addition, John had many nephews and nieces who loved him very much.
A memorial service for John will be held at St. James Meeting House in Boardman Park on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of sending flowers, beginning Sept. 12, 2015, donations may be made to the JV Memorial Fund at any Huntington Bank. These funds will go toward funeral service expenses and continuing education costs for Amanda.
In the end, it is not the years in your life that count. Its the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln.
Beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend, we will always carry your memory with us in our hearts.
AUSTINTOWN - Services celebrating the life of Lawrence F. Larry Haefke, 84, will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
Larry was born Dec. 2, 1930, in Youngstown, the son of Lawrence and Esther (Dahmann) Haefke Sr.
Larry attended Austintown Fitch High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He retired in 1996 as owner and operator of the BP service station on the corner of Kirk and Route 46. He had operated service stations for 24 years.
Larry took up golf at the age of 70, achieving two holes-in-one. He golfed in the Bob Roth Golf League. Larry was honored to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He was also formerly a member of the Saxon Club.
He will be sadly missed by his wife of 58 years, Gayle (Jones) Haefke, whom he married April 27, 1957; son Bart (Brenda VanAuker) Haefke; and granddaughter Lyndsie (Jordan) Kyser.
Larry was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Deeds; and brothers Calvin and Joe.
Family and friends may call for one hour prior to services, from noon to 1 p.m., Sunday, at the funeral home.
Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences to the family.
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at 11 a.m, at the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church for Mrs. Vernell Jenkins, 67, who passed away Sunday, Aug. 30,2015, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.
Mrs. Jenkins was born on Aug. 19, 1948, to George E. Wilkins Sr. and Nicie M. Lewis Wilkins in Youngstown.
Mrs. Jenkins was a crane operator for US Steel and she also worked as a program assistant for the Donofrio Homes. She was a member of the Mt. Giliead Baptist Church.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Nicie T. Jenkins, of Youngstown; siblings Lenoras Wilkins and Nora Lee Wilkins, all of Youngstown, and George (Rosetta) Wilkins of Canton; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Juanita Lee; and grandparents Willie and Cecil Wilkins.
Arrangements were handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.
Please visit at www.fdmasonmemoriafh.com for more information.
CAMPBELL Private services were held Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at the L.E. Black Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Phyllis J. Jefferson-Mundy, 74, who passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at her home, while surrounded be her family and loved ones.
She was born Aug. 12, 1941, to the late Gene and Mildred Jefferson in Youngstown.
She was a graduate of Youngstowns East High School and later attended cosmetology school. She worked for Florence Crittenden Home and the Mahoning Country Club.
Her hobbies were playing cards, bingo, sewing, crafts and spending time with her family.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her two sons, Darren (Claudia) Mundy and Sean (Stacey) Mundy, both of Columbus; eight grandchildren, Darren Mundy Jr., Khrystin Motton, Ebony Mundy, Mia Mundy, DaMayah Mundy, Sean Mundy Jr., Troy Mundy and Madison Mundy; and two great-granddaughters, Kissa Mundy and Keona Gowder. She also leaves her brother, Walter (Gayle) Jefferson; sister-in-law Barbara Jefferson; former sister-in-law, Barbara Jean Jefferson; a host of nieces and nephews; and many extended family members and longtime friends.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Ray Jefferson; and her sisters, Sandra Ann Jefferson and Lois Jean Jefferson-Yancy.
BOARDMAN There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Charles Church, celebrated by the Rev. Gerald DeLucia for Irvin H. Skup Jacobs, 89, who passed away Wednesday afternoon at his residence.
Irvin was born Sept. 6, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of Sam and Mae Boley Jacobs, and was a lifelong area resident.
He graduated from The Rayen School and attended The Ohio State University.
Irvin was a veteran who served his country with the U.S. Navy.
He worked in logistics for various trucking companies, mostly in the steel industry. He had been a member of St. Charles Parish for 64 years, past member of the Gaelic Club and member and past officer of the Youngstown Traffic Club. Irvin was an avid golfer and was a great fan of Mooney and Ohio State football.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 64 years, Ann Theresa Mullen Jacobs, whom he married on Feb. 3, 1951; his two sons, Michael Jacobs of Columbus and Joe Jake (Tammy) Jacobs of Youngstown; his three daughters, Anne Varga of Columbus, Mary Pat (Rick) Stine of Cincinnati, and Betsy (John) DeNiro of Columbus; 13 grandchildren, Katie (Justin Rollyson), Colleen and Maggie Varga, Sam and Pete Jacobs, Liz, Catherine, and Rachel Stine, Michael and Max Jacobs, Danny, Tess and Kelly DeNiro; and two great-grandchildren, Callie and Mason Rollyson. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Rita Fagan, and Buzzy Mullen; cousins Tom and Mary Rita Carney; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. Charles, prior to the Mass.
The family would like to thank the staff of MVI Hospice, especially Angela, Melissa and Gail, for the loving care that was extended to Irvin.
In lieu of flowers, any monetary donations can be made to MVI Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and to send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN - Prayers will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, for Stephen J. Klacik, 73, who died Wednesday evening at home, surrounded by his family.
Stephen was born Aug. 7, 1942, in Youngstown, the son of Michael and Mary (Joney) Klacik.
He was a 1960 graduate of Chaney High School and attended Youngstown State University. Stephen worked as a service manager at AIM National Leasing for about 15 years, until his retirement. He was also a part-time real estate agent for many years.
Stephen was a member of St. Joseph Church, their mens club and golf league. He was also a Eucharistic minister.
Stephen enjoyed golfing, and was most proud of his hole-in-one at Duck Creek Golf Course on Oct. 6, 2005, on the 17th hole.
He also loved fishing, water sports, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Most of all, Stephen loved spending time with his grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as, Papa, the man, the myth, the legend.
Stephen is survived by his wife, the former Betty Magnoski, whom he married April 11, 1970; four daughters, Vickie Klacik of Austintown, Denise (David) Fedorek of Austintown, Chrissy (Jody) Gwin of Pennsylvania, and Michelle (Tom) Christy of Austintown; two brothers, John (Joanne) Klacik of Boardman and Paul (Julie) Klacik of Austintown; 10 grandchildren, Paul James Marquette, Jonathan, Jenna, Mary and Kourney Fedorek, Braydin and Miley Gwin, and Stefani, Madison and Alyson Christy; and one great-grandson, Jackson Fedorek.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Michael Klacik; and three sisters, Ann Bukovinski, Helen Keneally, and infant sister, Mary Klacik.
Family and friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.
HUBBARD - There will be services held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Robert F. Taylor, 77, who passed away Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Robert was born April 8, 1938, in Six Mile Run, Pa., a son of Fred and Esther Swope Taylor.
He was a crane operator for Youngstown Steel Door for 30 years and later an electrician for WCI Steel for 23 years, retiring in 2009.
Robert attended the Church Hill United Methodist Church, was a member of VFW Albert Street, and was a Mason.
He was a member of the U.S. National Guard for 17 years.
He enjoyed hunting, outdoor activities, was an avid wood craftsman and handyman, motorcycling and riding with his friends, and loved spending time with his family.
Robert will be sadly missed by his family, his wife, the former Beth May, whom he married May 6, 1974, and remarried on July 12, 2013; his stepson, Lance Fustos of New Castle, Pa.; two grandchildren, Jenna Fustos and Zane Fustos; and a great-grandson, Zeke Robinson.
He also leaves his sisters, Helen Hess of Youngstown and Irene (Gary) Howe of Saxton, Pa.; his brother, Edwin (Roxanne) Taylor of Hubbard; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Milton Taylor.
There will be calling hours on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, one hour prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home. At the conclusion of the service at the funeral home, full military services will be provided.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Kidney Group, 1340 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504.
Robert will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery in Sharon, Pa.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.