YOUNGSTOWN Jacqueline Jackie Abrams passed away Oct. 15, quietly, at her home in Youngstown. She was 87 years old.
Mrs. Abrams was born Jacqueline Albert on June 26, 1927, to Yetta and David Albert in Brooklyn, N.Y.
She is survived by her three children, Mitchell Abrams and wife Patricia, Richard Abrams and wife Karen, and Katherine Koblenz and husband Andrew. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jessica Dravis, David Abrams, Samantha Abrams, Rachel Straus, Daniel Koblenz and Michelle Koblenz. Mrs. Abrams also had three great-grandchildren, Michael Dravis, Cameron Dravis and Eli Straus.
Jackie was raised in Brooklyn, where she attended public schools, including a high school focusing on the performing arts. Her love of theater played a major role in her interests and activities throughout her life. She also loved the beach and thrill rides, often recalling happily going to Coney Island throughout her childhood. Although raised in the city, she learned and loved to ride horses as a young child. Her father was a retired U.S. Calvary officer, who taught her to ride in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. She was also an accomplished seamstress. Her mother had been a seamstress, and she taught Jackie to sew at a young age. In addition, Jackie was a talented artist.
Jackie was married to Michael Abrams in 1948, and they lived happily together until his passing in 1998. When first married and living in New York, Jackie worked as a secretary and office administrator for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Not only did she perform administrative duties for Mr. Rogers office, but she also booked guest stars for his television show. She also managed all functions of his national fan club, from appearance requests to autograph and souvenir requests. She took art classes at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and took every opportunity she could to go to the theater.
In 1957, they moved from the New York City area to Vestal, N.Y., where Mr. Abrams began his professional career with IBM. Jackie was an active member of the Binghamton Civic Theater. She starred in and directed many productions and was the president of the organization for many years. Jackie and her husband were involved in developing a mainstreaming program for children with learning challenges in the public school system, and several charitable organizations, including the American Red Cross, the United Ostomy Association and the United Jewish Federation.
In 1991, she and her husband moved to Liberty, where she became a member of the Congregation Rodef Sholom, also serving on the Temples Board of Directors. She joined the Ohio Watercolor Society and had her work exhibited in many local art shows and won many awards for her paintings. She became a docent at the Butler Art Museum and volunteered there for many years. Jackie was involved in the Western Reserve Opera Guild and the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, where an opera scholarship was set up in memory of her late husband, Michael Abrams. She was active with the Youngstown Symphony Guild and served on the Board of the Symphony Guild.
A memorial service will be held at Rodef Sholom, on Elm and Woodbine in Youngstown, beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Calling hours will be begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Temple.
The family is requesting that donations be made in memory of Jackie to either Rodef Sholom or the Butler Art Museum.
The Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home in Youngstown is handling the arrangements.
LEETONIA Ralph H. Basinger, 86, passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 20, at home, with his loving family by his side.
Mr. Basinger was born on Jan. 21, 1928, in North Lima, a son of Henry and Pauline (Longanecker) Basinger.
He graduated from North Lima High School in 1946, where he was a captain of their basketball team. Ralph was a member of the North Lima Mennonite Church, where he served as Trustee in past years.
Ralph married the former Carolyn Mae Detwiler on Dec. 27, 1952. Together, they raised five children. She passed away on July 1, 1999.
Ralph worked hard as a farmer and a bricklayer. He enjoyed his work as a dairy farmer for many years. He served as a conscientious objector during the Korean War for a state hospital in Cleveland, where he was an orderly and also ran the state hospital farm. He joined the Bricklayers Local No. 8 Union in 1957, and was the bricklayer foreman at the Southern Park Mall project. He was known for his fireplace construction. He also enjoyed raising registered Holstein Cattle and registered Belgian Draft horses, one of which won Grand Champion at the Columbiana Fair. In his spare time, Ralph liked to watch tractor and horse pulls.
He leaves to cherish his precious memory, four daughters, Shirley (Scott) Heddleson of Mansfield, Bonnie (John) Conrad of Boardman, Karen (Dennis) Aikens of Leetonia and Marianne (David) Burgess of New Waterford; a son, John (Carol) Basinger of Leetonia; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mildred Jacobs, and a great-granddaughter, Cana Carolyn Deger.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. at the North Lima Mennonite Church, 90 Mennonite Drive, North Lima, with Pastor Robert Wengerd officiating.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, 154 S. Elm St., Columbiana, and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in Ralphs memory to the North Lima Mennonite Church, 90 Mennonite Dr., North Lima, OH 44452.
The Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guest book or send private condolences.
AUSTINTOWN - Eugene P. Dobrindt, 90, formerly of Manchester Avenue on Youngstowns west side, passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 20, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, following a lengthy illness.
Eugene was born July 12, 1924, in Youngstown, a son of the late John S. and Edith McClay Dobrindt, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a 1942 graduate of Chaney High School, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, participating in landings in North Africa, Italy, and at Normandy Beach on D-Day.
He worked for 40 years for the Davies Can Company, Adcraft Division, where he was a shop steward and a plant foreman.
Gene was a member of the former Our Lady of Hungary Church in Youngstown. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, bowling, and traveling, and most of all, he enjoyed the time he spent with his family.
His wife of over 60 years, Irene Beaudis Dobrindt, whom he married Aug. 25, 1945, passed away March 16, 2006.
Mr. Dobrindt leaves three children, Jeanette (Gilbert) Newman of Vero Beach, Fla., Dennis Dobrindt of Youngstown, and Gary (Dr. Edwina Burke) Dobrindt of Canfield; three grandchildren, Brian (Jenn) Newman, U.S. Army Colonel Dean (Kecia) Newman, and Tyler Dobrindt; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Newman, Kashmira Newman, and Abraham Newman; and a brother, John (Mary Beth) Dobrindt of Austintown.
Besides his wife, two sisters, Pat Waller and Darlene Havrila, and a half-brother, Vincent Dobrindt, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael Church in Canfield.
Interment with military honors will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens, where Eugene will be laid to rest next to his wife.
Genes family thanks the staff of Briarfield Manor in Austintown for the kindness shown and care given to Mr. Dobrindt and his family during his stay there.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Dobrindts name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, 44512.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Genes family.
HUBBARD - There will be funeral services held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at St. Johns Orthodox Church in Hermitage, Pa., with Father David Mastroberte officiating, for Mildred H. Gilliland, 82, who passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mildred was born March 2, 1932, in Sharon, Pa., a daughter of George and Nancy Senchisin Kaye Kubyako.
She was a 1950 graduate of Farrell High School. Mildred worked in the cafeteria for 25 years for the Hubbard School System.
She was a member of St. Johns Orthodox Church in Hermitage.
Mildred was one of the founding members of Hubbard Football Moms, a past president of the Democratic Club of Hubbard, and a member of Red Hats in Bradenton, Fla.
She loved spending time with her family, cooking, and spending winters in Florida.
She will be sadly missed by her family, her husband, Patton M. Gilliland, whom she married on Oct. 3, 1959; her children, Thomas Tim (Joanne) Gilliland of Hubbard, Nancy (Dale) Thompson of Liberty, and Etta Mae (Helmut) Grosseible, Josie Jean (Ken) Sedlacko, and Richard Rick (Beth Ann) Gilliland, all of Hubbard; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She also leaves her brother, George (Brenda) Kaye of Richmond Heights, and several stepbrothers and stepsisters.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Julia Kaye; sisters Nancy Ann Korelko and Mary Jane Gilliland; and her granddaughter, Amanda Lynn Zwick.
There will be calling hours on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., with a Panachida service at 7 p.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home, and Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, one hour prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m., at St. Johns Orthodox Church in Hermitage.
Mildred will be laid to rest at St. Johns Orthodox Cemetery in Hermitage.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 840 Southwestern Run, Youngstown, OH 44514.
Friends and family are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.
REYNOLDSBURG A funeral service celebrating the life of Mr. Louis M. Guilford will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church in Youngstown. Mr. Guilford departed this life Oct. 15, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Guilford was born Dec. 1, 1924, in Youngstown, a son of William S. and Gertrude Donatto Guilford.
He attended Youngstown public schools, graduating from South High. Louis was drafted into the U.S. Navy and proudly served as a medic during World War II. Upon leaving the military, he continued his education at Wilberforce University and Youngstown College.
In 1947, Louis married his longtime sweetheart, Pauline Quarles, who passed away in 1989. They were blessed with three children.
Mr. Guilford was formerly employed as an investigator for the Mahoning County Sheriffs Department. He was a former security officer for U.S. Steel, and in 1990, he retired from the security department of General Motors Lordstown plant. He was a loyal member and Trustee Emeritus of St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church and united with St. John A.M.E. Church in Worthington after relocating to Reynoldsburg.
Affectionately known as Big Lou, Mr. Guilford was a loving mentor and friend who was well-respected by city leaders, clergy, and businessmen alike. The Guilford household was a second home to many youngsters during their formative years. As those who knew him can attest, Big Lou never met a stranger.
Louis leaves to celebrate his life and continue his legacy, three devoted children, Brenda (Charles) Taylor of Streetsboro, Louis Jr. (Linette) Guilford of Sylvania, and Paula (Silvester) Harris of Reynoldsburg; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his sister-in-law, Claudette Guilford; special friends, Rev. Amos Lewis, Walter Brown, and Lynette Buchanan; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pauline Quarles Guilford of 42 years; his siblings, William Jr., Gertrude, Jerome, Ira; and granddaughter Silvia Harris.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at the church.
Please visit jewashingtonfuneralservices.com to leave condolences and to sign the online guestbook.
YOUNGSTOWN - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio Jr. as celebrant, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman, for Christine Mary (Palombo) Tootsie Guerrieri, 91, who passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, surrounded by her family.
Known as Tootsie by family and friends, she was born in Youngstown on April 27, 1923, the daughter of Patsy and Margaret (Santillo) Palombo, and married Frank Guerrieri on Nov. 23, 1946.
Tootsie cherished loving and taking care of her family, always attentive and never without advice, making everyone feel special. She had a passion for baking and cooking, originating Friday Pizza Day and passing down the technique and love of homemade cooking and Italian traditions. Tootsie found delight in welcoming everyone to a seat at her kitchen table for conversation and a meal.
She is survived by two brothers, Alex Palombo of Canfield and Felix (Joann) Palombo of Columbus; a sister, Margaret (Dom) Greco of Arizona; eight children, Mary (James) Andric of Poland, Paul Guerrieri of Youngstown, Deborah (Tom) Patterson of Masury, James (Patti) Guerrieri of Delaware, David (Brenda) Guerrieri of Arizona, Diane Guerrieri of Youngstown, Joseph Guerrieri of Boardman and Robert Guerrieri of Arizona; 37 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank Guerrieri; a son, Frank (Noonie) Guerrieri; a brother, Louis Palombo; and a sister, Rachel Magyar.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, from 8:30 to 9:10 a.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home 4700 Market St., Boardman.
Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Guerrieri family.
Tootsies family would like to extend a special thank you to Lori Greenwalt, a long-time family friend who was loved as a daughter, and to the staff of St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center and the Hospice House for all their exceptional care they showed to our mother.
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Victory Christian Center on Liberty Road in Liberty Township, for Ms. Stephanie Toy Glover, 62, who went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at her residence.
Ms. Glover was born April 19, 1952, in Youngstown, a daughter of Roosevelt Sr. and Dessiree Townsend Glover.
She was an education assistant for the Youngstown Board of Education for Chaney and East High Schools, and was a member of the Coitsville Center of Victory Christian Center.
She leaves her mother; siblings Neal Glover, her twin, Sterling Glover, Roosevelt (Anna) Glover Jr., twins Todd and Tracey Glover, and Leslie Glover, all of Youngstown.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.
YOUNGSTOWN - A funeral service will be held Thursday, at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Mrs. Margaret Ann Hutera, 76, who died peacefully, Monday morning at the Hospice House.
She was born Feb. 4, 1938, in Youngstown, a daughter of Arthur and Helen Nell Kane Trucksis.
Margaret was a member of St. Brendan Church, Youngstown, and had worked at the Austintown Kmart in the jewelry department for 20 years, retiring in 1999. She loved being around her family, especially her grandchildren, loved baking, especially cookies for weddings, and enjoyed bus trips. She will be fondly remembered as a hoarder of socks and a lover of Kleenex.
Margaret was married to Robert Andrew Hutera on July 28, 1962, and he died Nov. 7, 2000.
She leaves to cherish her memories, three daughters, Karen Ann (Sam) Pallotta, Columbiana, Kathleen Ellen (Albin) Dearing of Poland, and Kristen Lee (Randy) Hamady of Austintown; brother Thomas (Joanne) Trucksis of Girard; beloved cousin, Ruth McQuiston of Poland; seven grandchildren, Samantha and Madelyn Pallotta, Ben, Noah and Gabriel Dearing, Evan and Kiley Hamady, and one Angel in Heaven, Elena Joy Dearing. Margaret will also be remembered by her long-time friend, Carol Cole.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from 10 a.m. till the time of service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions maybe made to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
MINERAL RIDGE - Private funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at the Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home, Boardman, for Gladys J. Lisko, 87, who died Friday evening, Oct. 17, 2014, at Vista Center at the Ridge.
Gladys was born Jan. 19, 1927, in Youngstown, the youngest child of eight, to George and Mary (Smoly) Mislevy.
She was a 1945 graduate of South High School and worked as a bookkeeper at Roth Brothers for a short time. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Dominic Church and formerly lived on Larkridge Drive in Boardman.
Her husband of 62 years, Joseph A. Lisko, whom she married on Oct. 2, 1948, died April 19, 2010.
Gladys is survived by two children, Cheryl D. (Richard) Martinko of Brecksville, and Dale J. (Cheryl L.) Lisko of Girard; a son-in-law, Gene Woloshyn of Lake Forest, Ill.; a sister, Mildred Restuccio of Columbus; four grandsons, Jason Lisko and Joshua Lisko, both of Girard, Andrew Woloshyn of Tallahassee, Fla., and Alex Woloshyn of Ithaca, N.Y.; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, Gladys was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen S. Woloshyn; four brothers, Michael Mislevy, John Mislevy, Stephen Mislevy and Joseph Mislevy; and two sisters, Mary Saupp and Ann Robek.
Interment was at Lake Park Cemetery.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the donors favorite charity in memory of Gladys.
Please visit www.thompsonfh1932.com to view this notice and send condolences to the family.
STRUTHERS A prayer service will be held Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Christ Our Savior/St. Nicholas Church at 10 a.m., both in Struthers, for Robert E. Lightner, 85, who died at his residence on Saturday.
Robert was born in Youngstown on July 15, 1929, a son of Robert and Mary Breckner Lightner. He graduated from East High School in 1948, and married Eleanor E. Lamb on June 22, 1948. Robert worked as an inspector in the pipe department at Republic Steel and was retired. He was a member of the Christ Our Savior/St. Nicholas Church. He was an avid Ohio State, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns fan.
Robert leaves three sons, Robert W., Richard F. and Chris (Beverly) Lightner, all of Struthers; three daughters, Janet (Paul) Majirsky of Berlin Center, Catherine Harris of Campbell, and Laura Finn of St. Petersburg, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; 221/2 great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Joy.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and wife Eleanor, who died Sept. 17, 2013.
Friends may call at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers on Wednesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m.
Please visit www.ClementeFuneralHomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
CANFIELD - Services honoring the life of Raymond J. Rabbi Latessa, 89, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.
Ray was born May 27, 1925, in Youngstown, the son of Charles and Mary (Masko) Latessa.
Ray attended Woodrow Wilson High School before entering into the service. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving from 1943 to 1945. Ray retired in 1992 from O.B.E.S. in Youngstown, where he worked as security. Most of his life, he was self-employed as a painter. He was member of AMVETS in Salem, and enjoyed going to the mountains and scratching off lottery tickets. Rays greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter, Erica.
Ray will be sadly missed by his daughter, Darlene (Tom) Hubble of Lake Milton; son James of Canfield; granddaughter Erica (Nathen) Blust; and great-granddaughter Adelynn. He will also be missed by his sister, Mary Jane Kitanoff and brother Fred, both of Youngstown.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Betty May (Ensign) Latessa, whom he married Feb. 23, 1946, and who died Aug. 31, 2012; brothers Charles, Louie, Bill, Eddie; and sisters Ruth Tribe and Irene Teno.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home.
Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
YOUNGSTOWN - There will be services at 11 a.m., Wednesday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel for Ernest J. Ernie Schuller, 89, who died Sunday morning at Hospice House.
Ernie was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Chelsea, Mich., son of Simon and Christina Sontag Schuller.
He was employed in the accounting department of Truscon Steel Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1980.
Ernie was a 1943 graduate of Chaney High School and had attended Youngstown State University.
Mr. Schuller served his country during World War ll as a member of the U.S. Army.
Ernie was a member of the Church Hill United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Youngstown Saxon Club and the American Legion. He enjoyed playing cards and ballroom dancing at Idora Park. He loved spending time in Florida but most especially, Ernie loved being with his family.
Mr. Schullers wife, the former V. June Smith, whom he married Feb. 15, 1963, died Sept. 13, 2011.
Ernest is survived by his daughter, Lois (Ronald) Julius of Austintown; his brother, Paul W. Schuller of Boardman; his granddaughters, Christine Stacy of Pennsylvania and Sheryl Sweigart of Florida; his great-grandchildren, Trent, Trenton and Alexa; his niece, Cheryl Agnew; his great-nieces, Marilyn and Alecia; and his great-nephews, Robert, Jeff and Dan.
Besides his wife, Ernie was preceded in death by his son, Ronald Wilkinson, and his sisters, Minnie Schuller and Johanna Frederick.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, prior to the service at the funeral home.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
AUSTINTOWN - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan Church for Rocco Rocky Siciliano, 92, who died Sunday morning at Austinwoods, surrounded by his family.
Rocky was born Sept. 20, 1922, in Youngstown, to Augustine and Anna Germano Siciliano.
He was a graduate of Chaney High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. Rocky played both football and baseball for the Army and would have played professionally if he didnt go into the war. He was inducted into the Chaney Hall of Fame, Oldtimers Hall of Fame and Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame. He was involved with the Pony League and the Babe Ruth League on the Westside for 36 years. In 1990, his Babe Ruth team won the World Series in Louisiana and President George Bush invited his team and the coaches to the White House, along with the Cincinnati Reds, who won the World Series that year.
Rocky worked as a rigger and supervisor at US Steel for 40 years, until his retirement in 1980.
His wife, the former Helen Elioff, whom he married Aug. 20, 1944, died March 11, 1984.
Rocky is survived by two daughters, Renee (Frank) Davis of Canfield and Gina Clark of Youngstown; a son, Rocci Siciliano of Austintown; a sister, Mary Popio of Youngstown; three brothers, James (Agnes) Siciliano of Austintown, Tony (Donna) Siciliano of Georgia and John (Ann) Siciliano of Liberty; sister-in-law Berniece DePaolo; six grandchildren, Lisa Groff, Tom Dominic, Christine Martin, Mark Davis, Amanda Tranovich and Stacie Clark; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Tina V. Dominic; an infant son, Mark Siciliano; three brothers, Frank, Frankie and Paddy Siciliano; and a sister, Christine Kalis.
The family would like to thank the staff at Woodlands for the wonderful care they gave Rocky.
Per Rockys wishes, there will be no calling hours.
Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.