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PORT ST. JOE, FLA. - Mary Freeman Anttila, 71, went to be with her Lord and Savior, peacefully in her sleep, on June 17, 2015, in Chengdu, China. Mary was on a China/Tibet tour with her husband, Sam, to whom she had been married for more than 49 years. Mary loved to travel, which was quite evident by the many places in the world she and her husband had visited in their years together.

Mary was a loving, faithful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had a passion for cooking, often creating her own special dishes. She enjoyed working with garden plants. She grew her own herbs to use in her cooking, and she loved spending time with her husband and her church family. She especially enjoyed frequent talks with her daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Before moving to Florida, Mary owned several businesses, including three beauty shops and two restaurants in New Castle, Pa. She earned her college degree from Erie Business College, majoring in Tourism and Travel. After graduation, she taught at the college for three years before moving to Florida. There, she taught at the Faith Christian School until suffering a heart attack, which forced her retirement.

Mary was born April 25, 1944, to Ebbin and Elizabeth Freeman in Las Cruces, N.M.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and a sister.

Surviving her are her husband, Samuel of Florida; brother Charles of Kansas; son Albert O’Conner of Indiana; daughter Yetive Almas of New Castle; and five grandchildren, Sheena Lynn Himes, Adam Samuel David Himes, Jonathan William Thomas Himes, Stephanie LeeAnn Himes, all of New Castle, and Ashley Renee Wright of Washington, Pa. Also surviving are her great-grandchildren, Maximus Gabriel Wright and Lillian Patricia Himes.

Mary touched many lives during her days on earth, and she will be sadly missed by everyone who knew this fine woman. Heaven has lit one more candle to welcome her home.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle. The rites of Christian Burial will be conducted on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Christ Lutheran Church, 1302 E. Washington St., New Castle, with the Rev. Sean Walters officiating. Interment will be at Oak Park Cemetery, immediately following the service.

Please visit www.cunninghamfh.com to offer online condolences.

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STRUTHERS - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. James the Apostle Parish for Sophie Bubela, 104, formerly of Edinburg, Pa., who died Wednesday evening, July 1, 2015, at Maple Crest Nursing Home in Struthers.

She was born Jan. 19, 1911, in Philadelphia, a daughter of Peter and Katherine Strumlock, and had lived in the area for 15 years, coming from the Utica, N.Y. area.

Mrs. Bubela, was a homemaker and was a member of St. James the Apostle Parish in Pulaski, Pa.

Her husband, John Bubela, whom she married June 17, 1944, died Sept. 21, 1980.

She leaves a son, John (Deborah) Bubela of Connecticut; a daughter, Katherine (Robert) Fischer of Edinburg; and four grandchildren.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, two hours prior to the Mass, from 9 to 11 a.m., at St. James the Apostle Parish.

Interment will be at St. John Cemetery in Newport, N.Y.

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

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LIBERTY – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 6, at St. Maron Church, for Martha A. Howard, 87, who passed away Thursday morning, July 2, 2015.

She was born Dec. 27, 1927, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Sab and Lulu (Thomas) Fares.

She was a 1947 graduate of the Wilson High School.

Martha married John Simon in 1952. John passed away in 1979.

Martha was employed for 17 years at the Trumbull County Board of Elections. She was a professional seamstress, a member of St. Maron and the St. Tobias Society, and a member of Liberty football and baseball boosters. She was involved with the Girard Senior Citizens, and the Liberty Historical Society.

Martha is survived by her husband, Harry C. Howard; her five children, Mary Agnes (Clark) Bowman, Jack (Barb) Simon, Louann (Jim) Andres, Jerry (Paula) Simon, and Dianne Simon; her brother, Maron Fares; her 11 grandchildren; and her six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and first husband, Martha was preceded in death by her five sisters, Mae Fares, Agnes Sovak, Mary Eckel, Rose Marie Barkett, and Delia Hannah; and three brothers, Bud J. Fares, James J. Fares, and Thomas Fares.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 6, at 10 a.m., at St. Maron Church, 1555 S. Meridan Road, Youngstown, where Martha will lay in state from 9 to 9:45 a.m., prior to the Mass.

Burial to follow at Greenhaven Memorial Gardens.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN - A Divine Liturgy will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Maron Church on Meridian Road, for Simon “Sonny” Koury, 85. With family by his side, Sonny died peacefully on the morning of July 1, due to complications from an extended illness.

Born June 16, 1930, in Youngstown, to Shahwan and Bessie Abbas Koury, Sonny was the youngest of eight children.

He attended Sacred Heart School, graduated from East High School in 1948, and went on to attend Youngstown College.

As a young man, Sonny began his career by working at Truscon/Republic Steel, but spent time working as a deputy sheriff, was elected president of the Fraternal Order of Deputy Sheriffs of Ohio, as well as at the Fisher Body Plant of General Motors in Lordstown, where he worked until he retired in 1994. Additionally, along with his two sisters, he was the co-owner of Koury’s Food & Beverage, located on Shehy Street.

In 1950, Sonny met “the girl he was going to marry,” Martha Raphael, in Columbus, whom he would go on to marry in 1955.

In addition to raising three sons, he was an active member of St. Maron Parish and chaired several committees throughout the years. As with many of his friends from the church, he would spend his summer weekends at Cedar Lake until its closure in 1970. He was also involved with the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson.

As an avid and skilled storyteller/amateur historian, Sonny’s interests were many and varied. A devoted sports fan, no team could surpass his love of Notre Dame, which he would closely follow, in addition to collecting books and programs on heritage, coaches and players.

A proud east sider, he moved away in 1973, but made it a priority to stay in touch with old friends and neighbors, and could regularly be seen at the East High class of 1948, as well as the Fruit Street reunions. But, perhaps his most abundant love was that of Lebanese culture. Sonny’s trips to Lebanon to visit both family as well as friends were the focal point of many a story, and as an unrivaled storyteller, he entertained people both far and wide.

He is survived by three sons, Mark (Sharon), and Anthony, both of Youngstown, and John (Barbara) of Cleveland; and four grandchildren, Julianne (Brian) Geraghty of Cincinnati, Adele of Cleveland, Sean of Atlanta and Jude of Youngstown. He leaves two sisters, Margaret George and Julia Simon; as well as his longtime companion and family friend, Sue Nakley.

Preceding Sonny in death were his wife, Martha; his sisters, Adele Karam, Victoria Koury, Mary Koury, and Elizabeth Hanna; a brother, Victor; and his parents, Shahwan and Bessie.

The Koury family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell and will receive family and friends on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Maron Church on Meridian Road.

Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Sonny’s family condolences.

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