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AUSTINTOWN - Howard Austin, 98, died Tuesday evening, March 3, 2015, at Humility House.

Howard was born April 26, 1916, in Wheeling Junction, W.Va., a son of William and Maude Dailey Austin. He was raised in Poland and resided in Boardman for over 50 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II.

Howard worked at the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company, Brier Hill Plant for 30 years.

His wife, the former Elsie Irene Mansfield, whom he married Sept. 7, 1940, died March 1, 2008.

He is survived by one daughter, Carole Jean Kosa of Youngstown; two sons, Howard Eugene Austin of Youngstown and David Wayne (Diane) Austin of Canfield; and one grandson, William Charles (Julia) Schwartz of West Middlesex, Pa.

Besides his parents, Howard was preceded in death by one brother, James Austin; and three sisters, Helen Stock, Thelma Anderson, and Alice Ackerman.

Funeral services will be held Friday, at 2 p.m., at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland.

Friends will be received Friday, from 1 to 1:45 p.m., at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Frank D. Anness, 100, died early Tuesday morning at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman.

He was born in Freedom, Pa. on July 14, 1914, to the late, Victor and Drusiana Anness.

He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 101st Airborne during World War II. Frank retired from Youngstown Sheet & Tube in 1974, following 30 years of employment. Following his retirement he went to work with the United Steel Workers Union.

Frank was a member of the Croatian Club, the I.T.A.M. Club and will be deeply missed by his loving family.

He leaves his two sons, Martin (Lu) Anness of Poland and Edward Anness of Youngstown; and his grandchildren, Brentton, Brittany, Hannah and Noah Anness.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Edna Clark Anness; his second wife, Ann C. Hudak; three brothers, Orlando, Angelo and David Anness; and two sisters, Nellie DiRenzo and Florence Romito.

Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St., Poland, with Deacon Ray Hatala officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be prior to the service, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at the funeral home.

The family requests that any donations be made to the Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission, 345 Oak Hill Ave., Suite 100, Youngstown, OH 44502.

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GIRARD – Larry J. Bowser, 67, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 5, 1948, in Arnold, Pa., the son of the late Hulbert and Olive Flick Bowser.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War. Larry worked as a custodian for Victory Christian Schools for 11 years and retired from Delphi Packard Electric in 2001, after 28 years on the assembly line.

He was a member of the First Christian Assembly Church in Liberty Township. There are three words that best describe Larry: devoted, selfless, and loving. He was first and foremost devoted to Jesus and everything else flowed out of that. He worked selflessly for God in many capacities, usually behind the scenes. He cleaned the church, mowed the church yard, worked in the nursery, taught children’s church and Sunday school, went on a missions trip, worked church dinners, helped build additions to the church, worked with the youth group, and worked with a county-wide youth Christian organization called Blast.

For more than 25 years, he and his wife have conducted a song service once a month at Omni West Assisted Living facility. Larry was devoted to raising his four children and loved them more than himself. Sports were prominent in the family and Larry never missed one of his children’s games and attended many of the games of their friends. He coached baseball, softball, and basketball for many years.

Larry has been devoted to his grandchildren and has always been the willing babysitter. He lovingly played dress-up, built tents, and anything else they wanted to do. As a custodial parent of his grandson, Nathan, he again, never missed an athletic event or school function, and again, enjoyed going to the games of Nate’s friends.

He and his wife, Joyce, had been married for 30 years, and their love and devotion to each other grew stronger with each passing year. They were inseparable and worked tirelessly together, always encouraging each other in their faith. He selflessly opened his heart and his home to anyone who needed a place to live, whether it was for a few months or several years. He welcomed friends of his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He even moved so he could bring his mother and mother-in-law to live with him.

The comment that has been made most about him was how deeply he loved everyone, including nieces and nephews, friends and even strangers. He would start conversations with everyone, and in a few minutes he counted them as friends. He will be missed by many. His desire has always been that everyone would come to love the God he served.

He is survived by his wife, the former Joyce Ferrell, whom he married Jan. 12, 1985; his children, Amy (Bruce) Montgomery of Austintown, Douglas (Leslie) Bowser of Hudson, Jeffrey (Marci) Bowser of Howland and Kevin Bowser of Girard; sister Barbara Earley of Pittsburgh; brother Ottis (Joyce) Bowser of Cranberry, Pa.; and five grandchildren, Kayla, Emily, Cortni, Nathan and Julia.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at noon at the Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church in Liberty Township.

Family will receive relatives and friends from 11 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at the church.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, any material contributions be made to Teen Challenge, c/o the First Christian Assembly Church, 3243 Cardinal Drive, Youngstown, OH 44505.

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YOUNGSTOWN - June (Meserlin) Brownlie, 92, passed away peacefully, Monday, March 2, 2015.

She was born June 6, 1922, in East Orange, N.J., daughter of the late Albert and Janette (Bogert) Meserlin.

In her younger days, June worked for several years with Prudential Insurance and the Schering Corporation. She moved with her husband, Raymond Brownlie, to Youngstown in 1966. She was an active member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and served there as an elder.

June was always very active with her fine skills as a painter and put her creativity to work in many different ways. She taught water color at Park Vista and the Butler Institute of American Art, where she gained the status docent emeritus. June’s designing abilities can be found everywhere. She designed the 75th anniversary logo for the City of East Orange, the logo for the Eastminster Presbytery, and she designed, painted for, and decorated many churches.

June was a member of the Mahoning Valley Water Color Society and her work was exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, and at the International Miniature Art Expo in Nutley, N.J.

Left to mourn June’s passing are, her sons, Barry (Lana) Veverka-Brownlie of Los Angeles, Ken Brownlie of Cleveland, and Craig (Suzanne Brendze) Brownlie of Rochester, N.Y.; and her grandchildren, Matthew, Trevor, Rachael and Aaron Brownlie.

Other than her parents and her loving husband of 68 years, Raymond H. Brownlie, who passed away on Aug. 24, 2013, June is preceded in death by her sister, Lorraine Schwartz; her brothers, twins Albert and Robert Meserlin, and her twin brother, Harold Meserlin; and her daughter-in-law, Jeanne Brownlie.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.

Interment will take place on a later date at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to Senior Independence Hospice & Home Health, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

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

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STOW – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Friday, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown, for Liberta Jean “Bert” Batyske, 79, formerly of Austintown and Canfield, who passed away Tuesday evening, under Hospice Care, at her daughters home, surrounded by her family.

Liberta, also known as Bert, was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Dominic and Mary (Casanta) Vitucci.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Liberta was a graduate of Ursuline High School, class of 1953, and retired from the Gorant Candies Company in 2009, as a supervisor for the Packing Plant. She was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed cooking and baking, golfing, bowling, “gaming” and was an avid reader. Liberta had also belonged to bowling leagues at both Camelot and Wedgewood Lanes.

Liberta leaves four children, Leonard (Patti) Batyske Jr. of Winter Garden, Fla., Mary Ann (Lou) Burick of Stow, and Karen (Troy) Melquist and Michael Batyske, both of Las Vegas; as well as eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren expected in August.

Besides her parents, Liberta was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard E. Batyske Sr., whom she married April 27, 1957, he passed away March 28, 2003. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Dominic Vitucci.

Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until noon at the church.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

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

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DEARBORN, MICH. - Mariann P. Cellio was born Feb. 4, 1918, in Youngstown, a daughter of Donato and Mary Dennison Maine.

She was a 1936 graduate of Chaney High School and married James T. Cellio on Nov. 11, 1939.

While living in McDonald for 48 years, Mariann was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was also instrumental in assisting the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in establishing their convent there.

After the passing of her husband, James, in 1989, Mariann lived in Canfield with her daughter, Patricia and son-in-law Richard Hura.

She belonged to St. Michael Parish for the remainder of her life. She was active in charitable work for the American Cancer Society and crocheted hundreds of lap robes for seniors in long-term care. While spending the last 10 years of her life living with her daughter, Carol Durkin in Dearborn, Mariann was known for her devoted adoration to the Blessed Mother and would pray the rosary for anyone in need.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, and meals surrounded by family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; daughter Patricia; four brothers; two sisters; and great-granddaughter Lilly.

She leaves behind her daughter, Carol; son James J. (Jan) Cellio; grandchildren Michele (Frank) DeLuca, Richard (Alexis) Hura, Jen (Russell) Cellio Miller, Holly (John) Harrington, and Jeff (Courtney) Cellio; and great-grandchildren Caitlin, Alec, Emily, Aaron, Reagan, Sean, Ella, Evelyn, Carter, and Campbell.

Calling hours will be held Friday, March 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Schiavone Funeral Home in Youngstown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Michael in Canfield on Saturday, with burial to follow at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mariann’s memory to the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 50 Warner Road, Hubbard, OH 44425.

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BOARDMAN - Erna M. Fordyce, 80, passed away peacefully at her home, on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

She was born on Feb. 25, 1935, in Portsmouth, where she met and married her husband, James F. Fordyce.

Erna graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1953, and worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Skerloc until Jim’s job took them north.

She is survived by her husband, Jim, whom she married in 1957; her son, Dr. James William (Jenn); and daughter Christy. She had six grandchildren; a sister, Mary of California; and a sister, Hilda of Cleveland.

Erna was preceded in death by her parents, Sixtus and Anna Hansmann.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St., Boardman, with Deacon Mike Kocjancic officiating.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Ron Stoops Memorial Scholarship, c/o Cardinal Mooney High School, 2545 Erie St., Youngstown, OH 44507.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davis-Becker Funeral Home.

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CANFIELD - Funeral services will be at noon, Saturday, March 7, at the Victory Christian Center in Boardman, 8590 Western Reserve Road, Boardman, for Barry Foor, 70, who went home to be with Jesus, his Lord, early Tuesday morning, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Barry was born July 14, 1944, in Breezewood, Pa., a son of the late Cloyd and Edna Foor, and came to this area in the early 70s.

He had been a diesel mechanic, specializing in Allison transmissions for W.W. Williams in Hubbard for over 40 years.

Barry attended the Old North Baptist Church. He had been a coach with Canfield Little League Baseball, where he coached both of his children for many years. He enjoyed working outside and golfing. Barry always loved visitors and especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, teaching them all that he could.

He leaves his wife, the former Ruth Lambert, whom he married Oct. 14, 1963; two children, a daughter, Juanita (Craig) Coggins of Canfield, and their children, Stephen, Megan and Philip, and a son, Michael (Tracy) Foor of Cleveland, Ga., and their children, Hannah, Rebekah and Tessa. Barry also leaves two brothers, Allen Foor and Marlin (Doris) Foor, both of Pennsylvania.

Besides his parents, Barry was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Foor.

Friends may call on Saturday at the Victory Christian Center in Boardman from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, or www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/in-memory-of/?source=/service.php/sp/memorialprototype/page.html/b1f2b011-ea65-49f6-bacd-7ab311cdc488.

Arrangements are by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.

Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and give their condolences.

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CANFIELD – There will be a memorial service held on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 3 p.m., with Pastor Russ Adams officiating, for Eileen Finnie Bradford Gilbert, 86, who peacefully passed away on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2015, at her residence.

Eileen will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends for her smile and her great sense of humor.

She was born July 4, 1928, in Youngstown, the daughter of Henry and Esther (Sussman) Wayne, and moved to Canfield in 1959.

Eileen enjoyed being a homemaker and worked as a patrol woman with the Youngstown Police Department for over 30 years and retired in 1985.

She was a 1946 graduate of South High School and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 28.

Eileen owned and operated Care-A-Way Farms in Canfield, which was a true passion for her, where she raised horses.

Eileen enjoyed swimming and spending time with her family, but she especially loved to watch and feed the birds. She was a great cook and baker and her family will miss her famous rum cake, stuffed cabbage and matzo ball soup.

She leaves behind to hold on to her precious memories, her two children, Wayne (Dorian) Finnie of Boardman and Candace Parks of Austintown; four grandchildren, Lynette (Mark) Veauthier, Brad Parks, Steven (Cheryl) Finnie and Kara (Jim) Griffith; eight great-grandchildren, Christopher, Traci, Noah, Xavier, Kiera, Harrison, Bradley and Megan; and a sister, Peggy Laskey of Hermitage, Pa.

Besides her parents, Eileen was preceded in death by her first husband, Chester William Bradford; her second husband, Sidney Gilbert; a granddaughter, Traci Finnie; two sisters, Matilda Bellman and Nettie Adler; and a brother, Albert Wayne.

Friends may call on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 1 until 2:50 p.m., at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

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

Eileen’s family cannot express enough thanks to Tammy McGarry for all the excellent care and compassion that was given to Eileen during her illness.

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SARASOTA, FLA. – Frances Greenberg, 85, passed away in Sarasota, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

She was born in Harrisburg, Pa., on Sept. 23, 1929, to Rose and Harry Yoffee.

Mrs. Greenberg grew up in Lancaster, Pa., where her father owned a small chain of grocery stores.

She graduated from Pennsylvania State College in 1951, with a degree in Journalism. She worked as a copywriter and in promotional advertising at WGAL-TV in Lancaster for a year before moving to New York City, where she became one of the first women to work in promotions for RCA Records, writing ad copies and jingles. For a time, she was the public voice of Nipper, the iconic dog, with his ear to a gramophone in RCA Victor’s famous logo.

Her creative responses to children’s letters to Nipper gained her visibility at the topmost levels of the company, including a visit to her office from Gen. David Sarnoff, chairman.

In 1955, she married Dr. Milton E. Greenberg and moved to Youngstown, where he had established a dental practice. While raising three children, Mrs. Greenberg became involved with the Youngstown Symphony Society,  serving on its board and as its president. She was elected to a lifetime position on the symphony’s board, an honor which has been granted only to a few persons. In addition, the organization established the Fran Greenberg Outstanding Volunteer Award.

 Mrs. Greenberg was also deeply involved with the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, particularly in the role of travel and events planner for the organization’s adult programs. The Butler Institute of American Art also benefited from her extensive donations of time, editing talents and organizational skills.

Starting in the 1970s, Dr. and Mrs. Greenberg began spending part of each winter in Sarasota to which she moved permanently 10 years ago, following Milton’s death in 1997. There, she continued supporting the arts through volunteer roles with the Sarasota Opera Guild and helping to raise funds for the planned Sarasota Museum of Contemporary Art. Her outgoing personality, passion for the arts, and vivid interest in lifelong learning gained her many devoted and lasting friendships in Youngstown, Sarasota and elsewhere.

Mrs. Greenberg is survived by a brother, Alvin Yoffee (Sandra) of Sarasota; son Bruce Greenberg (Kathy) of Ft. Myers, Fla.; daughter Debra Dulberger (Reid) of Memphis; daughter Karen Levy (Jonathan) of Tampa, Fla.; and grandchildren Dori and Zachary Levy.

Mrs. Greenberg died at her home, and in the way she most wanted it, surrounded by family and friends, after having lived life to its fullest.

A memorial service will take place on Friday, March 6, at noon, at the El Emeth Grenada Cemetery Chapel in Youngstown. Friends may call a half-hour prior to service.

A separate celebration of her life will take place on a date to be announced in Sarasota.

 In the spirit of her exceptional generosity and compassion, the family suggests that friends honor Mrs. Greenberg through donations to the Butler Institute of American Art, WYSU Radio, or the Youngstown Symphony Guild.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Juan “Principe” Jose Gerardino Luchessi, 90, passed away peacefully Feb. 24, 2015, at the home of his son, Miguel, in Newton Falls.

He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, May 19, 1924, the son of the late Pedro Celestino Gerardino and Margarita Luchessi Gerardino.

On April 28, 1947, Juan married the late Floria Maria Rodriguez, with whom he spent 20 years together.

Juan worked 14 years in Puerto Rico for a medical equipment repair company. He then owned and operated his own business, Antille Hospital Equipment Repair in Puerto Rico for over 20 years. He lived in New Jersey, where he started Electronics for Hospital. Upon moving to Ohio, he was employed by Youngstown Electric Company as an electrical engineer.

Juan lived in Youngstown since 1974, where he enjoyed going to the Sons of Borinquen Club to socialize with friends and acquaintances. He also spent a lot of time on the east side of Youngstown and often attended the First Hispanic Evangelical Church, where he enjoyed listening to the Rev. Cruz Collazo.

He shared many happy times with his daughter, Lourdes, going out to restaurants and stores. Juan was a genius. There was nothing he couldn’t repair or modify. He worked with precision and patience on cars, boilers, furnaces, electrical, plumbing, carpentry and electronics. He loved to read and have profound intellectual conversations with his son, Miguel.

Left to cherish his memory, are his beloved sons and daughters, Juan J. (Lucy), Walter, Federico (Deborah), Miguel A. (Colleen), Milton, Jorge (Theresa), David, Isai, Benjamin (Rachel), Diana, Lourdes (Confesor) Febres, Evelyn, Hilda (William) Weightman, Mildred, Wanda, and Olga; 45 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.

Juan was preceded in death by his brothers, Luis, Miguel, Federico, and Pedro E.; and sisters LydiaTruss and Hilda Mallory.

The family will receive friends at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman with calling hours on Friday, March 6, 2015, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Funeral services will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with Pastor Noemi Lopez officiating.

Family and friends will gather together to pay their final respects from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

Juan will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that any donations please be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, or the charity of your choice.

“Our special thanks to Hospice of the Valley for their immense service, compassion, caring, willingness, support and love.”

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



YOUNGSTOWN – Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Willie J. Lane, 77, who departed this life Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at Austinwoods Care Center.

Mr. Lane was born Dec. 23, 1937, in Campbell, a son of William and Florine Ward Lane.

He was a self-employed artist, who loved to draw, and also created his own comic strip, which was featured in one of the New York papers. He was a 1957 graduate of East High School, where he played basketball.

He leaves a sister, Wilda “Nita” Lane, and a brother, Roland Lane, all of Youngstown; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Gwendolyn Lane; and a brother, Edward Lane.

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WARREN – Frederick D. Moss passed away Monday, March 2, 2015, at his home.

Fred was born Jan. 2, 1962, in Warren, a son of the late L.M. and Lucinda (Moss) Favors.

A graduate of Warren Western Reserve High School, Fred retired in 2002, as a food and beverage store room supervisor at the Atlanta Hilton Towers, after 15 years of service.

Fred was a member of the Third Christian Church, serving on several boards at the church.

He was a very active Mason, both in Atlanta and in Warren. He belonged to the King Solomon Lodge 87 in Warren, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Bezaleel Consistory in Cleveland. In Atlanta, he was also active in Atlanta WC Thomas No. 112, Order of Eastern Star – Peace Chapter, serving as past worthy patron, the Atlanta Consistory No. 24 past thrice potent master, past associate secretary shining C – Atlanta Consistory No. 24 and the Turtle Club – Atlanta Consistory No. 24.

Frederick was also a member of the American Legion.

His memories will be cherished by those he leaves behind, his wife, Angelique C. Scott, whom he married in November of 2008; stepdaughter Indya Scott of Atlanta; and two sisters, Ann Harris and Carrie Allen, both of Flint, Mich.

Besides his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his stepmother, Pearly Mae Favors; two brothers, Arthur Lee Moss and Leon Haus Moss; and one sister, Brenda Faye Moss.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Third Christian Church, 241 First St., SW, in Warren, where the family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

A Masonic Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

Friends will also be received at Fred’s residence, 1416 Highland Ave., SW, Warren.

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

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – Private services will be held at a later date amongst family for Deborah M. Novak, 56, who died Feb. 28, at her residence.

A lifelong area resident, she was born on March 8, 1958, in Youngstown, the daughter of George E. and Margaret A. Novak.

Known as “Debbie” to family and friends, she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1976, where she was a library aide. She was member of St. Matthias Church and worked as an elderly caregiver and a babysitter, and she cleaned houses.

She enjoyed hobbies such as art, drawing, crafts, sewing, reading and movies, as well as spending time with family. Debbie also put her later life on hold to care for her elderly, disabled mom.

Surviving are her mother; sisters Lori A. Novak of Youngstown, Karen (Jeffery J. Johnston) Novak and Diane (Dave) Cerimele of Boardman and Nancy (Rob) Fiorenza of Campbell; and a brother, Donald T. Novak of Youngstown. Also surviving are a niece in Salem and a nephew in Campbell.

She was predeceased by her father in 1978.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests monetary donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

The Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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HUBBARD - John Ogarek, 58, passed away Sunday afternoon, March 1, 2015, at his home.

John was born Oct. 30, 1956, in Youngstown, a son of the late John Sr. and Audrey Reents Ogarek, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Ogarek was a 1975 graduate of Boardman High School. John worked for Mahoning Lighting, Gasser Chair, and he worked for many years as the Director of Maintenance for Spence Management.

John was an avid fan of Elvis Presley’s music and of NASCAR. He greatly enjoyed the time he spent with his family and he especially loved his dog, Pookie.

He leaves to cherish his memory his son, Brandon Ogarek of Austintown; his daughter, Kandice (fiancé Tyler Adams) Ogarek of McDonald; his granddaughter, Audreah Adams; a brother, Greg (Beth) Ogarek of Hubbard; his former wife, Joyce Brown of McDonald; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, a brother, Chris Ogarek, and a sister, Vivian Adler, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard, where funeral services will take place at 1 p.m.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, John’s family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution, do so by donating to the funeral home to help with final expenses.

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

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SHARPSVILLE, PA. - Louis M. Offie, 81, of Hall Avenue, passed away peacefully, of natural causes at 1:18 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2015, in Nugent’s Convalescent Home, Hermitage, Pa.

Louis was born in Sharon, Pa., on March 21, 1933, one of three children born to Louis M. and Katheryn Osvath Offie.

He graduated from Sharon High School 1951.

He served Stateside with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and received an honorable discharge.

In his early years, Lou worked at the former John Schuster’s Steakhouse in Masury, where began as a bartender and worked his way up to manager. He later worked for 27 years as a manager at the former Golden Dawn grocery store located in the Thornton Hall building in Sharon. His last place of employment was with the Hermitage, Pa. Walmart, where he worked as a sales associate in several departments.

He was a former member of the Optimist International, and the Sharpsville Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6404.

He was a Cleveland Browns fan and in years past, he enjoyed golfing.

A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he always enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting and school events.

His wife, the former Barbara A. Young, whom he married Sept. 7, 1957, survives at home.

He also leaves his two daughters, Luanne Shernisky of Hermitage and Leslie L. Offie of Youngstown; one son, Michael J. Offie and his wife, Noel, of Copley; one sister, Joanne McFarland of Hermitage; and three grandchildren, Louis Shernisky and his wife, Rebekah, and Terry Shernisky and April Shernisky.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, James Offie who passed away Jan. 20, of this year.

Louis’s family would like to thank the caring staff at Nugent’s Convalescent Home for the wonderful care he received during his stay. “We truly appreciated your special care.”

Calling hours are from 11 a.m. until the time of service today, March 5, 2015, at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.

Please visit the web site www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com to send condolences to his family.

A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m., today, March 5, 2015, in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. C. Charles Eckles, pastor of the I H S Gospel Ministries, officiating.

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NORTH ROYALTON – There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Sts. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Warren for Helen Prokop, 91, formerly of Liberty Township, who passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at Residential Hospice of Southwest General in Strongsville, with her loving family by her side.

Helen was born March 1, 1924, in Barnesboro, Pa., a daughter of Basil and Anna Pojdak Mogish.

Helen was known for her kind and generous heart and her wonderful laugh. She cherished her family and her home and she will be greatly missed.

She was a 1942 graduate of Chaney High School, and before she had children, was a loan officer at the Home Saving and Loan Bank in Youngstown.

Helen loved music and as a young woman, was a member of the all-girl Arion Chorus, directed by the late W.G. Jenkins, and later the choral group sang at her wedding.

Helen was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church of Warren.

She was a precinct worker for Liberty Township for 25 years, as well as a former board member for the Monday Musical Club, former member of the Kindred Spirits Bible Study group and the Liberty Historical Society.

Her husband, Peter Prokop, whom she married June 19, 1949, passed away May 23, 2012.

She is survived by her family, her children, Douglas P. Prokop and Laura A. (Charles) Basich, both of Westerville, Marion J. (Vincent) Tuohy of Broadview Heights, and Peter P. (Mimi) Prokop of Madiera; and three grandchildren, Annie, Maggie, and Kevin. She also leaves her brother, Eugene (Doris) Mogish of Chesterland and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Mary Kostyshak; and her brothers, Michael and Nicholas Mogish.

There will be calling hours today, March 5, 2015, from 5 to 7 p.m., with a Panachida service at 6:45 p.m., and Friday, March 6, 2015, prayers at 10 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Helen will be laid to rest at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 180 Belvedere NE, Warren, OH 44483, or Pilot Dogs Inc., 635 W. Town St., Columbus, OH 43215.

Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home’s website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.

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BOARDMAN - Prayers will be at 12:15 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave., Boardman, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 7345 Westview Drive, Boardman, for Anne Mare Reedy Schuler, 88, who died Tuesday morning at her residence.

Anne was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late George C. and Katherine Barrett Reedy, and was a lifelong area resident. 

She graduated from Ursuline High School and attended Youngstown State University prior to marrying her husband, William H. Schuler. They were married Aug. 9, 1947, and William died July 10, 1990. Together, they had 13 children. After their children were grown, Anne returned to YSU, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with a major in Comprehensive Communication in 1982.

While attending college, Anne worked for YSU Career Counseling. Anne was a substitute teacher in English, Speech, Reading and Literature at Poland, Boardman and South Range high schools from 1982 to 1983. She also taught English and Literature at Warren Western Reserve High School in the summer of 1982. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Education, with a major in Guidance and Counseling in 1984. Anne worked as a manager-counselor for the Employee Assistance Center of G.E. Youngstown Lamp Plant, G.E. Bucyrus Glass Plant, G.E. Pitney Glass Plant and was a self-employed counselor for A. M. Schuler Associates. She wrote a program for the Career Counseling seminar which helped displaced workers with lay-off adjustment, personal issues and vocational opportunities.

Anne was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Youngstown State Alumni Association, National Teachers of English, Speech Communication Association and both the National and Ohio Education Association. She enjoyed her family, reading, current events and history. 

Anne leaves her 12 children, Anne M. (John) Wright of Fayettville, Ga., William J. (Patty) Schuler of Canfield, Francy (Bob “Zip”) Clark of Howell, Mich., Kathleen (Craig) Dolphin of New Middletown, Bob Schuler of Boardman, Margie (Mike) Kolich of Salem, George (Terry) Schuler of Poland, Barbara A. (Douglas B.) Waggoner of Green, James E.  (JoAnn) Schuler of New Middletown, Paul T. (Chris) Schuler of North Lima, Doris “D.J.” (Mike) Rigby of Canfield, and Tom (fiance’ Kristin Beeman) of Boardman; a son-in-law, Doug Kabetso of Poland; 42 grandchildren, Bill (Amy) Schuler, Dr. Brian (Dr. Danielle Conti) Schuler, Dr. Christopher (Corey) Schuler, Dr. Trish Schuler, Erin Schuler, Bob (Margaret) Clark, Kerry (Bob) Sixbery, James (fiance’ Alicia) Clark, Tammy (Douglas) Fountaine, Tom (Ann-Marie) Clark, Kathleen (Mike) Soubeyrand,  Carolyn (Jerry) Latronica, Richard Dolphin, Christine (Steve) Solis, Cheryl (Dr. John) Gentile, Jeffrey Dolphin, Dianne (Rey) Dolphin, Patrick Dolphin, Michael (Stacie) Kolich, Melody (Steven) Smith, Mark (Chelsea) Kolich, Mallory (fiance’ Marcus) Kolich, Tracy (James), George (Jami), Jennifer (Yianni), Douglas Waggoner, Sandra Waggoner (Jared Hicks), John Waggoner, Douglas Kabetso, Amanda Kabetso, Jim Schuler, Danny Schuler, Andrew (fiance’ Julie) Schuler, Nathan (Ashley) Schuler, Mark Schuler, Paul J., Mathew, Catherine, Kimberly, Rachael Rigby, Erika Rigby, and Robert Saltsman; and 38 great-grandchildren, Rory, Halle, Emily, Ethan, Andrew, Christopher, Charlotte, Claire, Kira, Lena, Bobby, Claire, Autumn, Ashton, Abby, Keaton, Evelyn, Grady, Elodine, Nathan, Max, Cierra, Gianna, Rocco, Gabriella, Ava, Isabelle, Johnny, Justin, Grace, Ethan, Avery, Lilly, Samuel, Andrew, Julia, Sophia and Macy. Anne also leaves a brother-in-law, Jim Hammar of Garrettsville.

Anne’s belief was the strength of the family lies within the individuals that are in it.

Besides her parents and her husband, Anne was preceded in death by a daughter, Janie Kabetso; two sisters, Kathleen (Jim) Kelly and Margie Hammar; and a great-grandson, Jacob Soubeyrand.

Friends may call on Friday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m.

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AUSTINTOWN - There will be services at 11 a.m., Saturday, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, for Ruth Elizabeth Scardina, 92, who died Monday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Ruth was born July 11, 1922, in Mineral Ridge, the daughter of Grant and Sarah Elliot Kincaid.

She was a cafeteria manager at the Frank Ohl Middle School in Austintown, retiring in 1984.

Ruth was a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School.

During a span of 16 years, Ruth had fostered 78 infants. She was a former member of the Four Mile Run Church and was known for her numerous and beautiful plants.

Ruth was first married to Charles B. Hunter and then Samuel Scardina, both of whom are deceased.

Ruth is survived by her son, Charles B. (Linda) Hunter of Austintown; her grandchildren, Pam (Kevin) Stoklosa and Charles B. Hunter; and her great-grandson, Brayden Stoklosa.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Seabrook; and her brothers, Ralph and Robert Kincaid.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service on Saturday.

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

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AUSTINTOWN - Prayers will be held Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Mineral Ridge, for Ernest “Ernie” Yacovone, 80, who passed away late Tuesday evening at Hospice House.

Ernie was born Dec. 17, 1934, in Carovilli, Italy, a son of the late Stefano and Lucia (Sferra) Yacovone, and came to Campbell in 1954.

Ernie was an electrician for IBEW for 42 years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Mineral Ridge, where he was an usher and a member of their Men’s Club. Ernie was previously a volunteer fireman for the city of Campbell, and was a former member of St. Lucy Church and the Carovellisi Men’s Society in Campbell. He was also a member of the Union Local No. 64 and the St. George Croation Lodge No. 66.

Ernie leaves his wife, the former Loretta Merkich Svatosky, whom he married Sept. 17, 2005; his three sons, Ernie (Mary Lynn) Yacovone of Austintown, Jordan (Lori) Yacovone of Austintown, and Steven (Renee) Yacovone of Mineral Ridge; eight grandchildren, Michael, Nicholas, Cara, Alyssa, Steven, Tara, Jenna, and Trevor; sister JoAnne (Ted) Spencer of Campbell; brother George (Sandy) Yacovone of Campbell; two stepsons, Jimmy (Jennifer) Spencer and Steven (Beth) Spencer, both of Toledo; two stepgrandchildren, Amanda and Amber; and his two best friends, his dogs, Lady and Mr. Beans.

Ernie was also preceded in death by his first wife, the former Maria Antonelli, whom he married Sept. 1, 1956, and who passed away May 1, 2003; his sister, Matilda (Angelo) Marino; and his younger sister, Rita Yacovone of Italy.

Family and friends may pay their respects Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ernie’s family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Hospice of the Valley for their excellent care of our husband and father.

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