MINERAL RIDGE - There will be funeral services at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman for Doris C. Anderson, 76, who passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born Jan. 9, 1940, in Scarbro, W.Va., the daughter of Philip and Oneta Alice (Ramsey) Douglass.
Doris was a homemaker and also worked at Shepherd of the Valley as a nurses aid. She was of the Protestant faith. She enjoyed crocheting, bar bingo, and Facebook, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.
Her husband, Donald E. Anderson Sr., whom she married June 22, 1981, passed away Nov. 6, 2014.
She will always be remembered lovingly by her nine children, Edward R. Weaver, Rex R. (Marie) Weaver, Oneta W. (Harry) Urbach, John P. Weaver, Karen (Jim) Martin, Patti Anderson, Lynn Guy, Donald E. (Debbie) Anderson Jr., and William Anderson; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Dale (Judy) Douglass; and numerous, loving nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
Family and friends may visit www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Doriss family.
NEW CASTLE, PA. - Amanda Jean Allen, 36, passed away the morning of Dec. 6, 2016, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Born in Iowa City, Iowa on Oct. 25, 1980, she was a daughter of Timothy Van Brogen of Iowa and Catherine Hendricks of Arizona.
On Oct. 13, 2000, she married Shawn Allen, he survives her at home in New Castle.
Amanda was a graduate of Rhema Christian Academy in New Wilmington., Pa. She was a homemaker who loved her husband, kids, dogs, camping, quads, motorcycles, and billiards. She belonged to a billiards league. She also loved white tigers, dolphins, butterflies and the color purple.
Besides her husband and parents, Amanda is survived by three sons, Robert Blake, Brandon Michael and Dakota James Allen of New Castle; a stepmother, Cheryl Van Brogen; her maternal grandparents, William and Charlotte Mabe Hendricks; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Harry L. and Cynthia Aeschbacher Allen; seven uncles; and four aunts.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Donald and Jeanette Van Brogen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road in New Castle.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Robert Cypher officiating.
Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Please visit www.cunninghamfh.com to send online condolences to the family.
LORDSTOWN - Prayers will be held Friday 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 the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for Nancy Kathryn (Flynn) Brode, 84, who passed away Sunday at her home, with her family by her side, after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimers.
Nancy was born Oct. 11, 1932, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late James and Jeanette (Hershey) Flynn.
Nancy was a 1950 graduate of Ursuline High School.
Her passion was her faith and family, especially raising her eight children.
She was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
Nancy loved to watch her grandchildren play sports, read, travel and go to casinos.
Her husband, Paul H. Brode, whom she married April 16, 1955, passed away Dec. 16, 2013.
Nancy leaves her eight children, Lisa Hlinka, whom she made her home with in Lordstown, Gregory (Marilyn) Brode of Austintown, Lori Brode of Boardman, Gary (Delane) Brode of Ft. Myers, Fla., Shelley (John) Kotch of Austintown, Paul Brode Jr. of Youngstown, Melissa Niebauer of Annapolis, Md., and Amy (John) Vaught of Austintown; 14 grandchildren, James Hlinka Jr., Jaime (Ray) Lebok, Jessica (Kevin) Kihm, Gary Brode Jr., Nathan and Dustin Brode, Chelsea, Alex, and Ian Kotch, Jacob and Troy Niebauer, and JD, Samantha, and Jordan Vaught; a great-grandson, Landon Kihm; and a sister, Patricia Murphy of Canfield.
Nancy was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Helen Flynn.
Family and friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Nancys family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for all of their care and compassion and want to request material tributes to take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.
NEW MIDDLETOWN - Lena C. Bulisco, 94, formerly of Bessemer, Pa., passed away the morning of Dec. 5, 2016, at Masternick Memorial Health Care Center.
Born on Dec. 9, 1921, in New Castle, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Jennie Cardella Gallena.
On Aug. 31, 1946, she married her beloved husband, Patsy S. Bulisco, and the two of them spent 52 wonderful years together until he preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 1998.
Lena was a member of St. Anthony Church. She also was a former member of the South Hills Athletic Association Auxiliary and the American Legion Bessemer Auxiliary.
Lena will always be remembered as a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family above all else, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Lena is survived by her children, Gerald Bulisco and wife Karen of Maple Grove, Minn. and Jacalyn Anness and husband David of New Middletown; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Gallena.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St. in New Castle.
A procession will leave the funeral home Saturday at 10:45 a.m. to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony Church at 11:30 a.m., officiated by Father James Downs.
Interment will take place at St. Anthony Cemetery.
Please visit www.decarbofuneralhome.com to offer online condolences to the family.
BOARDMAN - Born in Daytona Beach, Fla., Ginette Stolarik Berry, 39, passed away Dec. 2, 2016.
She is survived by her husband, Tyron; sons Tyler, Anthony and Zachary; father Edward (Robin) Stolarik; mother Crystal Giovanni; brother Mark (Amy) Beacom; sisters Jennifer (Dave) Habeger, Tiffany (Jon) Bartczak, Krystel (Mario) Price and Denise (Matthew) Miller; aunts Carol Stolarik and Rhonda (John) Pulley; cousin Michael Pulley; and numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Please visit www.heritagecremationsociety.com to share condolences and special memories with the family.
Arrangements are handled by the Heritage Cremation Society. (330) 875-5770.
YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Szabo & Sons Funeral Home and 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Apostles Parish/St. Stephen of Hungary Church for William J. Bennett, 96, who passed away peacefully Sunday morning at Park Vista Retirement Community.
Bill was born Sept. 17, 1920, in Youngstown, a son of John and Barbara Orosz Bene.
William was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army as a cryptographic technician in Burma and India. Bill was honorably discharged in January of 1946. He was a member of the church and worked as a salesman for Bearings Inc. for many years, retiring in 1985.
Bill loved woodworking, playing Let It Ride and craps. He also loved watching the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bill was married to his first wife, Mary L. Horvath on Sept. 25, 1948. She passed away Feb. 8, 1981.
He married his second wife, Catherine Vuvkovich and she passed away Feb. 6, 2016.
Bill is survived by a daughter, Marian (Kenneth) Tirpack of Boardman; a son, Raymond (Denise) Bennett of Sylvania; a daughter-in-law, Diane (Andy Kicos) Bennett of Boardman; and a son-in-law, Jerome Seman of New Middletown.
Bill is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Jennifer (Ryan) Ward, Kenneth Tirpack, Melissa (William) Dominick, Ryan (Debbie) Seman, Jason (Sara) Bennett, James (Melissa) Bennett, Danielle (David) LaRosa, Michael Bennett, Justin (Elizabeth) Bennett, Courtney (Nick) Ramos, and Krysta Bennett. He also has 16 great-grandchildren and expecting the 17th in March of 2017; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary; his second wife, Catherine; a daughter, Barbara Seman; a son, James Bennett; two brothers, John and Julius Bennett; along with two sisters, Mary Lukach and Anne M. Frew.
Williams family wishes to give a special thanks to Park Vista Assisted Living staff, MVI Home Care, and Dr. Frank Rich for your kindness, care and attention.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Szabo & Sons Funeral Home.
Internment will be held at Calvary Cemetery.
AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP - Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel for JoAnn Elizabeth Young Donahue, 86, who passed away Monday, Dec. 5, at Humility House.
JoAnn was born Jan. 1, 1930, in Ohltown, the daughter of Melvin R. and Helen May (Keeling) Young, and lived in Mineral Ridge all of her life.
During World War II, she was a dancer with the USO, entertaining the troops fighting for our freedom.
JoAnn retired in 1984 from Packard Electric as an inspector. She was of the Methodist faith and had been a member of the Mineral Ridge Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
She leaves three daughters, Sharon K. (Kenneth) Rhodes and Susan R. (Ken) Cameron, both of Mineral Ridge, and Terri L. (Richard) Dando of Austintown; one sister, Sandra L. (Lee) Coates of Stow; seven grandchildren, Angel Cameron, Zac (Jamie) Cameron, Tracy (Jim) Carney, Michael Rhodes, Ryan (Tiffany) Gardner, Ashley (Jason) Lasher, and Trevor (Crystal Hapsic; as well as 14 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, JoAnn was preceded in death by and infant daughter, Lynn Donahue; one brother, Melvin Bud Young; and one sister, Phyllis Taylor.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel, where services will begin at 11 a.m.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
TOLEDO Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday at the Third Baptist Church for Joseph Huff, 86, who departed this life on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania.
Mr. Huff was born June 29, 1930, in Brighton, Ala., a son of William L. and Albirtha Ellison Huff.
He was a trouble shooter for Toledo Water Department and was owner & operator of Dependable Hauling.
He was a golf caddy, which lead him to love the game of golf and was a member of the church.
He leaves his wife, the former Dorothy Carpenter, whom he married June 2, 1984; stepchildren, Theodore (Crystal) Carpenter of Youngstown, Daryl (Linda) Carpenter of Colonial Beach, Va. and Deborah Bankhead of Youngstown; siblings Ruth Huff Hamilton and Mr. and Mrs. James Huff, all of Lorain; sister-in-law Ethel Huff of Toledo; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 28 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; four sisters and a foster brother.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
HUBBARD There will be a memorial service held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Gloria J. James, 72, who passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at home.
Gloria was born Oct. 23, 1944, in Youngstown, a daughter of Charles A. and Florence Hivner Marinelli.
She was a 1963 graduate of Ursuline High School.
She attended St. Columba in Youngstown and St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Hubbard, and was a member of Hubbard Fortnightly VI, TOPS, and enjoyed line dancing.
Gloria was the owner and operator of Glos Cleaning Service for many years.
Her husband, Raymond S. James, whom she married Sept. 28, 1968, passed away April 5, 1999.
She will be sadly missed by her family, her daughter, Paula (Anthony) Patrone of Liberty Township and her grandchildren, Nicole, Marisa and Anthony. She also leaves her brother, Charles J. (Judith) Marinelli of North Jackson.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband.
There will be calling hours on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Gloria will be laid to rest beside her husband, Raymond, at Hubbard Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road in Youngstown, for Wilfred Ernest Kingsley, Jr., 86, who died early Monday evening at his residence.
Mr. Kingsley, known as Ernie was born Feb. 23, 1930, in Detroit, a son of the late Wilfred Ernest and Mary Elizabeth (Gutherie) Kingsley, Sr.
He graduated from Mineral Ridge High School in 1948, and served in the Navy Reserves for two years following graduation.
He was an operating engineer for Local Union No. 66, retiring in 1995. Ernie was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and the Operating Engineer Local Union No. 66 for 60 years.
His wife, the former Cornelia Rickert, whom he married June 5, 1950, died March 9, 2013.
He leaves two daughters, Victoria (Francis) Riggle of Cortland and Joan (Randy Grimm) Kingsley of Austintown; two sons, Tom (Sue) Kingsley of Boardman and Scott Kingsley of Austintown; 14 grandchildren, Robert Kingsley, Jennifer (Eric) Tomocik, Dr. Megan (Todd Nelson) Testa, Heather (John) Hershberger, Paul J. Safarek, Katie (Jeremy) Brown, Kristina Devellin, Kelly (Kevin) Flesher, Justin Real, Brooke Kingsley, Kerry Kingsley, Nicole Kingsley, Thomas (Jenna) Watson and Logan Watson. Ernie also leaves 28 great-grandchildren, and a special cousin, Fern (Claire) Kingsley of Sudbury, Canada.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. on Friday at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
GIRARD Lester Gene Eugene Whitmire Jr., 83, passed away at 9:49 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at Select Speciality Hospital in Youngstown after a lengthy illness.
He was born on Aug. 20, 1933, in Butler, Pa., the son of the late Lester Eugene and Velma (Wonderly) Whitmire Sr..
In 2015, he was presented with the honor of his 50 Year award with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 66. He was a heavy machine operator and a social member of the Girard Army-Navy Garrison, VFW, Sons of Italy, Eagles and the American Legion. He served on the honor guard at the American Legion and assisted in providing funeral honors for our veterans. He had also been a member of the Lions Club and the Elks.
He did enjoy traveling with the American Legion Group, hunting and liked the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He is survived by his children, Melanie Lynn (Grant) Whitmire-Deem of New Springfield, and Terry Whitmire of Norfolk, Va.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gail (Peg) Whitmire of Michigan.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie.
Services will be on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home, 75 East Midlothian Blvd. in Youngstown. Fr. Brienz will be officiating the services.
A time of visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Please make donations in Genes memory to any local veterans group.
AUSTINTOWN Funeral services will be held on Friday at noon at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, officiated by Msgr. Kenneth Miller, for Kathleen Mary Kurtz, 89, who passed away peacefully Monday morning.
Kathleen Kay was born March 27, 1927, in Youngstown, the daughter of Charles T. Foley Sr and Margaret McGuire Foley.
She was a beloved mother and wife, devoting her life to her family, friends, and employers. Kay lived her life, Do unto others and for others. Never expecting anything in return.
Kay was a 1945 graduate of Chaney High School.
She began her career initially at the Ohio Bell Telephone Company immediately after high school. Later she joined the salesforce of Steiners Draperies in the 1950s, followed by a number of years as a receptionist with Loblaws Foods. She retired from the business office of Hynes Industries.
During her lifetime, Kay attended St. Brendans and the Immaculate Heart of Mary churches. She worked with the Altar and Rosary Society, as well.
Kay was an avid reader, card player, seamstress and meticulous homemaker.
She and her late husband were fond of big band music. They joined friends throughout the region, dancing to the music of that era and particularly frequented the Idora Park Ballroom.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas F. Kurtz Sr., whom she married May 13, 1947; her parent; her brother, Charles Thomas Foley; and daughter-in law Judith Parker Kurtz.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas F. Kurtz Jr. of Longmont, Colo. and David E. Kurtz of Austintown; five grandchildren, Eric (Lauren) Kurtz of Longmont, Christopher (Ann) Kurtz of Denver, Sarah Kurtz of Nashville, Tenn., James (Kristin) Ferguson of Struthers and Kerri Ferguson of Austintown; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Dolak of New Middletown; a brother, John (Arlene) Edward Foley of North Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call on Friday from 11 a.m. to the time of the service at the funeral home.
Interment will occur at the family plot at Calvary Cemetery.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, that contributions be made to Victoria House (memo: Kurtz entertainment fund), 5295 Ashley Circle, Austintown, OH 44515.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.
ALPINE, WYO. - Nancy Ann Lerch passed away at her home on Nov. 29, 2016, at the age of 72, after a long and courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
She was born in Youngstown, on Feb. 28, 1944. She was the daughter of Josephine and Charles Grapentine.
Nancy is survived by two daughters, Betsy Luketic (Mike) and Amy Collett (Chris); one brother, Charles Grapentine; her niece, Eileen Wolfe; nephew Mark Grapentine; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and five great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
Nancy graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1962, and was a resident of Youngstown until September of 2015, when she moved to Alpine with her daughter, Amy and son-in-law Chris.
She worked as a keypunch operator at Youngstown Steel and also worked at Kirkmere Cleaners in Youngstown for several years. She was a devoted mother and lover of animals, especially cats. She enjoyed making crafts and giving them to friends and family. She enjoyed watching ice skating and dancing shows. She loved listening to her Neil Diamond collection and putting together photos albums of her life with her daughter, Betsy.
An informal gathering of friends and family in Youngstown will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Nancys name to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611.
AUSTINTOWN - Arthur J. Leach, 85, passed away early Friday morning, Dec. 2, 2016, at Hospice House, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Arthur was born Nov. 3, 1931, in Erie, Pa., a son of the late George and Florence Bachelor Leach, graduated from Cathedral Prep High School in Erie, and came to Austintown in 1971.
Mr. Leach was the owner/operator of Leach Beer Company in Erie, and later worked as a security officer at the General Motors Fisher Body Plant in Lordstown, from where he retired.
Art was very involved in the Catholic Church as an usher and a reader. He coached baseball and soccer, was passionate about family, faith, and friends, and he enjoyed golf, soccer, and reading.
He leaves his wife of 63 years, Lois Recker Leach, who was his high school sweetheart and whom he married Sept. 7, 1953; two children, Daniel (Suzanne) Leach North Olmsted and Mary Seybert of Canfield; grandchildren, Daniel (Brandie) Leach, David (Anne) Leach, and Dana (Jason) Crowe, and Joey Bobby, Dylan, Emma, Brandon, and Carmen Seybert; and great-grandchildren, Landon, Cecilia, Andrew, Alex, Declan, Siena, and Kayden.
A sister, Jane Taylor, and a brother, Robert Leach, preceded Art in death.
Family and friends may gather from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at St. Michael Church on Main Street in Canfield, where a memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.
Although flowers are a beautiful tribute, Arthurs family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512, or to the donors favorite charity.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary, and to send condolences online to Arts family.
NILES - Mary Margaret Williamson Norman, 92, formerly of Girard, passed away Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles.
Mary was born Dec. 29, 1923, the daughter of George and Laura Butler Williamson.
Mary worked as a press operator for more than 43 years before retiring from Metal Products in Niles.
Mary loved to travel, play cards, gamble, and enjoyed her whiskey sours.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Bettie Norman of Girard; her sister, Carol Evinsky of Rochester, N.Y.; her brothers, Bill (Janis) of Howland and Jim (Sara) of McDonald; her granddaughter, Christina (Jon) Miller; her stepdaughter, Paulette Thomas of Mineral Ridge; and several nieces and nephews, including her caregiver and niece, Debbie (Gary) Grim of Vienna.
Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Manny; her sisters, June Betts, Dorothy McClurg, and Anna Williamson; and her brothers, Leo, Bob, George, Paul, Tom, Gene, and Arthur.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Mary will be laid to rest at Niles Union Cemetery.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.
NORTH CANTON - Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., for Georgia (Warner) Reinman, 87, of St. Luke Lutheran Home, formerly of Boardman, who died early Sunday morning at the home.
Georgia was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Lamont and Mona (Humphreville) Warner.
She was a graduate of South High School and a member of the Disciples Christian Church.
Georgia had worked 25 years for the former First Federal Savings and Loan, retiring as an assistant to the loan officer in 1992. She was active in her church and had volunteered for the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown. But most important to Georgia was her family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed.
Her husband, Wilbur Bill C. Reinman, whom she married Sept. 8, 1950, died Nov. 12, 1993.
She leaves her three daughters, Lynne (James) Carney of Midlothian, Va., Leslie (Don) Baird of North Canton, and Lori (Gary) Schilling of Youngstown; and one son, Grant (Ann) Reinman of Farmington, Conn. Georgia also leaves six grandchildren, Joshua (Laura) Baird, Zachary (Katie) Baird, Micah (Becky) Baird , Noelle (Dan) Esway, Colleen (John) Dennis, and Karen (Bryce) Warwick; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Winifred Holland of California.
Besides her parents and her husband, Georgia was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Warner; and five sisters, Monica Fountaine, Barbara Schmidt, Constance Hemberger, Jeanne Westover and Marion Warner.
Friends may call on Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Luke Lutheran Home for their compassionate care given to Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to St. Luke Lutheran Community Foundation, 220 Applegrove N.E., North Canton, OH 44720.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
EAST PALESTINE - Ruth H. Rudloff, 97, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.
Ruth was born in East Palestine on Dec. 14, 1918, the first daughter of the late Robert and Florence (Ashbridge) Zilk, and lived most of her lifetime in East Palestine, with the exception of a few years in Alisia, Pa. and Youngstown.
Ruth graduated East Palestine High School in 1936, and the Youngstown Business College in 1937, where she was a member and officer of Alpha Iota Sorority. She had been employed by the Youngstown law firm of Barnum, Hammond, Stephens & Hoyt, the United States commissioner, during World War II for the attorney of the Office of Price Control, the Union Commercial Bank, the First National Bank, and served 16 years as the treasurer of the East Palestine Board of Education, retiring in 1979.
Ruth was a lifelong member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in East Palestine, where she served many years as a Sunday school teacher, Methodist Youth Fellowship leader, and nearly all of the church committees. She was also a member of the Wesley Wed Sunday school class, Church Women United, and the United Methodist Women where she served as president, vice-president, Circle chairperson, and various other offices. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and also served 18 years as secretary for the FISH board (Friends in Sending Help).
Her hobbies included baking wonderful cookies and cakes, writing poetry and caring for her family. Her poems were used in many church services, school functions and special occasions in the lives of friends and family. On March 29, 2011, her church family honored her during the church service by presenting her and members of her family with books of all the poetry she had written.
She married the love of her life, John E. Jack Rudloff on Dec. 5, 1942, and he predeceased her on April 13, 2011, after 68 years of marriage. Every day of their married life, Ruth and Jack shared time for Bible devotions, a practice she continued until her passing.
Her greatest joy in life was her family and being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Surviving are son Atty. Randil (Magistrate Deborah) Rudloff of Cortland; son Larry (Lisa) Rudloff of East Palestine; daughter-in-law Susann Rudloff of Cordova, Tenn., five grandchildren, Mandy (Atty. Jeremy Thornton), Brad (Heather) Rudloff, Dr. Matthew (Dr. Krista) Rudloff, Atty. Andrew (Dr. Ashley) Rudloff, and Dr. Nicholas (Dr. Erin) Rudloff; seven great-grandchildren, AnnMarie, Jack, Julianna, Ella, Carter, Wyatt and Ava Rudloff; and several nieces and nephews.
Ruth was preceded in death by her younger sister, Jean Kidd of Indianapolis.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Centenary United Methodist Church in East Palestine, with the Rev. Ron Spore and the Rev. Mark McTrustry co-officiating.
A video celebrating Ruths life will be viewed prior to the service and a time of fellowship will be held after the service in the church fellowship hall.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes be made to the Memorial Fund of the Centenary United Methodist Church, 40 S. Market St., East Palestine, OH 44413, or to the East Palestine Alumni and Friends Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 342, East Palestine, OH 44413.
The family especially thanks the wonderful staff at The Meadows Independent Living, the health care providers at Ohio Living Hospice and Mahoning Valley Medical who provided tender loving care to Ruth in her last days.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home.
Please visit www.oliver-linsley.com to leave condolences.
NILES - Rose Nikki Sussman, 88, died at 8:40 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at her residence.
Nikki was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Niles the daughter of Carmen and Rachel Donnarummo Vivolo.
She was employed at Alberinis Restaurant in Niles, Niles Board of Education, and was owner-operator of Record Rendezvous in Niles and Youngstown.
Nikki was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed her grandchildren.
Her former husband, Lawrence Bo Sussman, whom she married Jan. 20, 1950, died May 19, 1989.
She will be deeply missed by her son, Stuart Sussman and his wife, Eileen, of Niles; her daughter, Edrea Mientkiewicz of Niles; her sister, Jenny Rickard of Ontario, Calif.; six grandchildren, Steven (Tessa), Lauren, Stuart and Nicholas Mientkiewicz and Larry and Rachel Sussman; and two great-grandchildren, Dominic and Lyla.
Nikki was preceded in death by three brothers, Tony and Sam Villio and Carmen Vivolo; and four sisters, Theresa Costello, Louise Andersack, Mary Villio and Josephine Guarino.
Friends may call Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. until the time of the 10:30 a.m. prayer service at the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles.
Burial will be at St. Stephen Cemetery.
Material contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5000 E. Market St. No. 19, Warren, OH 44484.
Friends may visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to email condolences and light a candle.
YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at the New Hope Baptist Church for Ms. Bonnie Ruth Curtis Stevens, 76, who entered eternal rest on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Health Center-Main.
Ms. Stevens was born Nov. 23, 1940, in Pendleton, S.C., a daughter of John W. and Pearlee Smith Brown.
She was a 1958 graduate of The Rayen School. She had worked over 15 years as a toll collector with the Ohio Turnpike Commission, retiring in 1995. A devoted member of the New Hope Baptist Church, Bonnie was a former president of its Mission Ministry, attended Bible Study, was a member of its Nurses Guild and church historian; the N.O.B.D.A. and OPERS.
She leaves to mourn her passing, but rejoice in her peace, three children, Eld. Angela D. (Charles) Strozier of Youngstown; Dwayne W. (Lillian) Curtis of Huber Heights, and DeCheryl P. Mitchell of Woodmere; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
Greeting her at Heavens gate were her parents and a grandson, David E. Norman.
Friends may call Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
THE VILLAGES, FLA. - Deborah A. Tulips Tulipano, 64, passed from this life on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.
Born in Youngstown, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Betty (Thompson) Tulipano.
Deborah was a retired manager for AT&T in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area. She retired in 2014, after a 42-year career. Deborah also served and retired as a staff sergeant from the U.S. Army Reserves. She moved to The Villages from Washington, D.C. in 2014.
Deborah was a world-wide traveler who enjoyed experiencing new places, cultures, ideas, and especially people. She enjoyed golf and woodworking.
She leaves her wife and life partner, Deborah A. Shea; brothers William Hanley and Thomas Tulipano, both of Florida and Anthony Tulipano (Susie) of Youngstown.
Led by niece Gayle Hilton, Deborah was Aunt Deb to numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by sisters Karen (Tulipano) Donnadio, Bridget McGinnis and MaryAnn Cappezutti.
Memorial services will be held in The Villages and in Youngstown at a later date.
YOUNGSTOWN - A funeral service celebrating the life and legacy of Mr. Lawrence Edward Whited will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church.
Mr. Lawrence Edward Whited was called home by the heavenly angels whispering, Lawrence come home and rest. No more suffering. Eternal peace is awaiting you.
He received his wings Dec. 1, 2016, surrounded by his family.
Lawrence, affectionately known as Larry, was born June 28, 1938, in Youngstown, a son of Equia (Bud) and Myrtle Whited.
He attended East High School, where he lettered in football. He graduated in 1957. He faithfully served in the U.S. Army, receiving his honorable discharge in 1967. He worked at Republic Steel as a crane operator retiring in 1985. After retiring he worked several jobs including, Special Busing, Jewish Community Center, Antonine Sisters, Simon Roofing, Easter Seals, and also as a security guard at several locations, but very well known at K&P Beauty store in McGuffey Plaza.
In his spare time he raised and trained German Shepards and coached for the Pearl Street Mission for many years. He also enjoyed working on cars and was a former owner of two local gas stations. Lawrence was an avid Cleveland Browns fan and active member of the American Legion Post 504.
Lawrence loved to tell stories about what he did and how he did it.
Lawrence married Joan Poindexter Whited and with this union three children were born, Don, Lamont and Wendy.
He leaves to cherish his memory, four sons, Lawrence E. Houser of Youngstown, Troy (Naomi) Houser of Campbell, Don Whited of Columbus and Lawrence Lamont Whited; and his one and only daughter, who was also his caretaker, Wendy (Eric) McQueen of Youngstown.
He also leaves three brothers, Harvey (Jill) Robbins of Atlanta, Ronald (Marlene) Robbins of Campbell and Timothy James of Youngstown; one sister, Selena James of Youngstown; 17 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; his dog/roommate and best friend, Rocky also known, as Boo-Boo or Poochie; and a host of other family and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, William Muchie Clark and Paul Robbins; a sister, Elise Tarpley; granddaughter Cheryl Houser; and his longtime companion, Lillie Langford.
Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Washington Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Please visit jewashingtonfuneralservices.com to leave condolences and to sign the online guestbook.
Ministry of care and comfort provided by J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.
POLAND - Raymond Walter Zitella, 92, died Dec. 4, 2016, at the Inn at Christine Valley.
Mr. Zitella was born July 10, 1924, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a son of William and Josephine Colaccia Zitella.
A graduate of Victory High School, Ray went on to work for Republic Steel. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II in Europe.
Ray was a longtime member of St. Nicholas Church in Struthers before joining Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica in 2015. He also was a member of Golden Eagles, Holy Name Society, Boy Scouts, and the Struthers VFW Post 3538.
Ray enjoyed bowling, golf, and he was a great dancer.
His wife, Philomena Anita Zitella, whom he married June 14, 1947, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica, died Feb. 6, 2015.
He is survived by a daughter, Deborah Ann Zitella of Boardman; a son, Raymond Walter (Norman) Zitella Jr. of San Diego; two grandchildren, Daniel Stuart (Jennifer Watters) Hagg of Portland, Ore. and Leslie Lynn (Scott) Seidel of North Royalton; six great-grandchildren, Braeden Binger, Annalisa Hagg, Axel Stephen Hagg, Liesl Seidel, Arianna Hagg, and Sesilie Seidel.
Besides his parents and wife, Ray was preceded in death by six sisters, Annie Fazzini, Pasqualina Magalotti, Clara Zitella, Caroline Fernandez, Edith Vukovitch, and Jessica Huet; and four brothers, John, Joseph, James, and Leslie Zitella.
A prayer service will be held Monday at 9:15 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St. in Poland, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Friends and family will be received Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Greater East Ohio Area Chapter Alzheimers Association, 70 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 201, Hudson, OH 44236.
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