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YOUNGSTOWN - Joseph J. Chance, 88, of the city’s west side, passed away Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, 2014, at Hospice House, after a lengthy illness.

Joseph was born Jan. 15, 1926, in Youngstown, a son of the late Carlos and Angeline Alverenzo Ciancia (Chance), and was a lifelong area resident.

He attended Chaney High School, and later earned his GED while in the service. Joe served his country during World War II as a navigator and bombardier in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in LaJunta, Colo., Roswell, N.M., and Biloxi, Miss.

He worked for 34 years for Republic Steel, retiring in 1983 as a supervisor in the B&C shipping department. In addition, Mr. Chance had a 50-year career as a registered IRS Practitioner, working with his sons, Terry and Joe.

He was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown.

Joe was proud of his Italian heritage, and he was very proud of his immediate and extended family. He enjoyed studying world and American history, and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe leaves his loving wife of nearly 67 years, Gloria M. Croutch Chance, whom he married Nov. 1, 1947; three sons, Terry Chance of Austintown, Gary (Marianne) Chance of Berlin Center, and Joseph A. (Michele) Chance of Austintown; six grandchildren, Tony (Julia) Chance, Gina (Jeff) Kirlik, Kerri (Mark) Dixon, Eric (Linda) Chance, Shannon Kohl, and Joellin Chance; four great-grandchildren, Autumn, Justice, Corrine, and Jack; two brothers, Albert Chance of Youngstown and Thomas (Marie) Chance of Austintown; and many nieces and nephews.

Brothers, James, Carl, and Philip Chance, and sisters, Phyllis Romeo, Rose Chance, Anita Greico, Mary Jane Bielik, Norma Jean Mahon, and Loretta Bucher, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave.

A committal service will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Chance’s name to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

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

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BOARDMAN – Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, at the Christ Church Presbyterian, for Dorothy B. Evers, 97. She passed away Tuesday morning at Shepherd of the Valley, Boardman.

Miss Evers was born Nov. 13, 1916, in Buffalo, N.Y., a daughter of Louis B. and Emma P. Mohrmann Evers.

She is a 1933 graduate of Bennett High School, and 1934 graduate of Bryant Statton Business School, which are both in Buffalo. She had worked for 56 years at Home Savings and Loan, retiring in 2003. Dorothy was the executive secretary for Russell McKay for six years, and for Don McKay for 32 years.

While at Home Savings and Loan, she was a member of their choir and bowling league, chaired all the picnics and Christmas parties and also wrote the newsletter column. Dorothy was also a member of Stambaugh Pillars, Youngstown Federation Women’s Club, Yo-Mah-O – Profession Secretaries, and a board member and secretary of Monday Musical.

A charter member of the church, Dorothy was involved in its choir and women’s organizations and served as an elder.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marian Emma Evers.

Friends may call Friday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Material tributes may be made to the Christ Church Presbyterian, 1933 Canfield Road, Youngstown, OH 44511.

Visit www.beckerobits.com send condolences to the family.

Arrangements handled by the Davis-Becker Funeral Home.

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NILES - Richard D. Eldridge, 63, passed away peacefully at 1:37 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at the St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, following an extended illness.

He was born in Youngstown on Sept. 5, 1951, the son of Richard V. and Ellen Alice (Engle) Eldridge.

He was a 1969 graduate of McDonald High School and attended Westminster College. For over 30 years, “Rick” worked as a dispatcher in the steel and heavy hauling industry and most recently was working at Ohio Intra Express. He enjoyed all sports, avidly watching and competitively playing all types, from golf to softball.

Rick is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Gentile) Eldridge, whom he married on Oct. 17, 1981 and two brothers, Bradley T. Eldridge of Rome, N.Y., and Christian M. Eldridge of McDonald.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Susan Eldridge.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home. A service of Christian Burial will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. James Walker will officiate.

Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.

Visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to view this tribute and send condolences.

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AUSTINTOWN - Elmer E. Good, 84, died on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at 2:50 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

He was born on Sept. 12, 1930, in Youngstown, the son of the late Jacob and Jane Williams Good.

Elmer was a Chaney High School graduate and also a graduate of Youngstown State University. He was a dietary coordinator for Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic.

Mr. Good was an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, and his rank was Master Sergeant.

Survivors include three grandchildren; two nephews, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore “Ted” Powell of Austintown, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert “Bob” Powell of Cleveland; and his good friends, Mr. and Mrs. John Cardin of Boardman.

Other than his parents, Elmer was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Good, and one sister, Louise Powell.

Funeral services will be held at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, where family and friends may visit one hour prior to the service.

Elmer will be buried in the Brunstetter Cemetery in Austintown.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to leave condolences.

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BOARDMAN – Charles “Chuck“ Geer, 78, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at his residence.

He was born May 19, 1936, in Youngstown, the son of Doyle and Betty Fleese Geer.

Chuck attended South High School in 1954. He was a past member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Post No. 213. He retired from General Motors in 2001, and ran many different restaurants, including one in Geneva on the Lake.

Chuck leaves his brother, Jerry Geer of Boardman and many neighbors and friends, with whom he spent much of his time.

Besides his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Kathyrn Grigsby Geer, whom he married July 11, 1966, she passed in 2007. Chuck was also preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Geer.

Per Charles’ wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral services. He was privately buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Burial was handled by Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.

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MCDONALD – A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Mrs. Ida White Gardner, 90, who died Monday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Ida was born Jan. 19, 1924, in Youngstown, to George and Mildred (Molin) White.

She was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. Ida worked at Higheys Florist for 17 years and was also a Bookkeeper at Kmart in Texas.

Ida lived in Pasadena, Texas for 45 years, until returning to the Youngstown area. She was a member of the Boardman Baptist Church and loved spending time with her family, whom meant everything to her.

Her husband, Joseph F. Gardner, whom she married May 27, 1943, died Nov. 14, 1977.

Ida is survived by her son, Joseph Jr. (Janis Louise) of Spring Creek, Nev.; a brother, Bob (Eileen) White of Austintown; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a her son, John J. Gardner; sister Betty Davis; and two brothers, George White and infant brother, George.

Family and friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the Boardman Baptist Church, 1207 Shields Road, Boardman, OH 44512.

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AUSTINTOWN – Veronica D. Slifka Hura, 98, formerly of South Beverly Avenue, passed away peacefully Saturday morning.

Mrs. Hura, who was known by many as “Vennie,” was born on July 31, 1916, in Youngstown, a daughter of Stephen and Marie Willo Slifka, and was a lifelong member of the community.

Mrs. Hura was a graduate of Ursuline High School and a member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown, where she was a member of the Ladies Guild, Infant Jesus Guild, and the Goldenagers, and volunteered for the Footprints Organization. She was a lifetime member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.

Mrs. Hura will be fondly remembered by many for her delicious baked goods, such as her apple pies and kolachi, along with her wonderful homemade stuffed cabbage.

Over the course of raising her family, Mrs. Hura also volunteered her time assisting the needs of the Humility of Mary Nuns at St. Brendan Church in Youngstown and Villa Maria in Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Hura was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Hura, whom she married June 20, 1939, and who passed away April 11, 1987.

Mrs. Hura is survived by her children, Richard (Cathy) Hura of Canfield, Mary Ann (Michael) Sapone of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Elaine Beatty of Boardman and JoAnne (Paul Michael) McCauley, also of Boardman; brothers Cyril Slifka of Liberty Township and John Slifka of Dewey, Conn.; grandchildren Atty. Richard (Alexis) Hura, Holly (John) Harrington, John Sapone, Steven Sapone, Mark Beatty, Meredith McCauley, Matthew McCauley, Kristen Morris and John G. Hura Jr.; and eight great-grandchildren.

Beside her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, John G. Hura; sisters Mary Louise Grossman and Virginia Oehling; brother Adrian Slifka; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Cellio Hura; and a great-granddaughter, Lily Rose Hura.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m., Friday, at St. Joseph Church, 4545 New Road in Austintown.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, at the McCauley Funeral Home and from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., Friday, at the church.

The McCauley Funeral Home – serving the valley for more than 112 years.

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YOUNGSTOWN - William H. Jackson, 95, departed this life Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

He was born March 23, 1919, in Brownsville, Pa., the son of Andrew and Louvelma Matthews Jackson.

Mr. Jackson was employed with Anchor Motor Freight as a diesel mechanic for nine years, before retiring in 1985. He also worked for Egner, Penn Ohio Trucking and Strasbaugh Motors.

He served honorably during World War II as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army with the 478th Quartermaster Truck Company, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, AS-PAC THR Service Medal and the Victory Medal. As a rifle expert, he fought overseas.

He attended the Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, was a Teamster for Local 377 and enjoyed coin collecting.

He was in the first class to graduate from New Castle School of Trade.

He married Lillie Pearl Lumsden Jackson on Sept. 7, 1957.

Besides his wife of Youngstown, he leaves to mourn, four sons, William Karl Jackson of Youngstown, Rev. Cleophus (Jenny) Allen Jackson of New Castle, Pa., Leslie (Neila) Jackson of Dorchester, Mass., and Sanford (Rochelle) Jackson of New Castle; one daughter, Atheldra White of New Castle; one stepson, Eddie C. Jackson of Youngstown; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Patricia E. (James) Greene of Hubbard and Ms. Sherry Calloway of Warren; 35 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 40 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David Jackson; one daughter, Kathleen Stewart; one brother, Joseph M. Jackson; and two sisters, Bertha Wells and Vermel Jackson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at noon at the Sterling-McCullough Williams Youngstown Funeral Chapel. Calling hours are one hour prior to service from 11 a.m. to noon.

Burial will take place at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.

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YOUNGSTOWN - A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. for Mr. Lenzie Morgan Jr., 49, who departed this life Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Morgan was born July 29, 1965, in Youngstown, a son of Lenzie Sr. and Laura Kitchen Morgan.

At the age of 15, Lenzie survived a tragic house fire that was responsible for claiming the lives of his mother and four siblings, and caused Lenzie great bodily injury. Amazingly, he went on to become a Golden Gloves boxer and earned a reputation as one of the best boxers in Youngstown history.

“Lightning” Lenzie Morgan Jr. boasted an illustrious 22-year professional boxing career, with 50 fights that took him all over the world to countries such as Australia, France, England, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil, among other countries. Some of Lenzie’s most notable fights were tooth-and-nail battles against Nigel Benn, Bruce Seldon, Mark Prince, Cristophe Tiozzo, Henry Maske and Merqui Sosa.

When he wasn’t in the boxing ring, he enjoyed watching sports, landscaping, reading the bible, spending quality time with the entire family and playing with his grandchildren.

Because of his talent, Lenzie was specifically selected to train with boxing greats, Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hitman Hearns.

He leaves his wife, the former Diva Bonilla, whom he married July 10, 1999; children Douglas Crankfield of Campbell, Jabre (Analisa) Crankfield of Athens, Ga., and Nathaniel Crankfield of Youngstown; brothers Andrew “Bossie” Tate, Donald Tate and Curtis Monroe Morgan, all of Columbus, Earnest “Buddy” Jackson of Memphis, Tenn., and Charles Frazier of Youngstown; sisters Merry Kitchen, Lovie “Peachie” Benson, Laura Joyce Barnes and Ester “Jeannie” Morgan, all of Youngstown, and Margie Flanagan of Warren; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lenzie Morgan Sr. and Laura Pearl Kitchen Morgan Jackson; and siblings Florence Annete Jackson, Felisha Ann Jackson, Ned Jackson Jr. and Rodney Jermaine Jackson.

He was a member of the Miracle Temple in Youngstown, where he played the drums and was with Buckeye Boxing.

Friends may call from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

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EAST PALESTINE - David T. MacKay, 72, of Howell Avenue, passed away at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease, at the Masternick Memorial Health Care, New Middletown, where he had been a patient for the past few months. Upon his death, Dave’s brain was donated to the University Hospital’s Brain Project for research. He had participated in clinical trials to advance research in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dave was born Feb. 24, 1942, in Dover, a son of the late David H. and Jane E. Thomas MacKay, and had resided in East Palestine since 1964.

He had received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Muskingum College, began his teaching career in East Palestine in 1964, and retired from here after 40 years. He had continued his education after college, receiving a Master’s in Vocational Education from Kent State, and additional Master’s Degrees from Westminster College in Principal Certification and Guidance Counseling.

He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, as well as the Knights of Columbus, of which he was a 3rd Degree. Other organizations included the Jaycees, Kiwanis, Eagles and various teacher organizations on the local, state, and national levels. Dave had been involved in athletics over the years, having played football and baseball in college, and while teaching, had served as a coach with the East Palestine Bulldogs football, basketball, golf and baseball programs. He later became involved with officiating football, basketball, and volleyball. He had a strong passion for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the East Palestine Bulldogs.

Dave was a person who dearly loved his entire family, and truly enjoyed teaching, and will be well remembered by those students that had him as a teacher and/or coach.

He is survived by his wife, the former Karol A. Freed, and would have celebrated their 47th anniversary on Nov. 25. He had insisted on being married on the 25th as it would be easy for him to remember the date, being one month before Christmas. Dave also leaves two sons, David K. (Margaret) MacKay of East Palestine, and Grant W. (Kerissa) MacKay of Lakewood; and four grandchildren, Rowan, Kathryn, Abigail, and Conrad. He also leaves a brother, Thomas H. (Louise) MacKay of Bluffton, S.C.; and a niece, Katie MacKay.

A second niece, Susan J. MacKay, preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, with the Rev. Christopher Cicero, serving as celebrant. Burial will follow at Glenview Cemetery.

Friends will be received at the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday.

His family would like to express their appreciation to both Masternick Memorial and their staff for their care and comfort during the last few months, and Drs. Charles Wilkins and Denise Bobovnyik.

Please visit www.oliver-linsley.com to leave condolences and view this obituary.

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HUBBARD - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church for James F. Palumbo, 67, who died Monday evening, Oct. 20, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family and close friends.

He was born April 2, 1947, in Youngstown, a son of Vito A. and Theresa M. Williams Palumbo and was a lifelong Hubbard resident.

Mr. Palumbo worked for Lowe’s for 14 years and was previously the superintendent of utilities for the City of Hubbard for over 30 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and worked the festival 50/50 for 15 years. James was a 1965 graduate of Ursuline High School and served with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

James was very active in and also coached the Hubbard Little Eagles midget football league for 15 years, having been President for four years. He had served on the Hubbard School Board and was recently active on the Planning and Zoning Board.

He leaves his wife of 39 years, the former Barbara K. King, whom he married July 24, 1975; two sons, Mario D. (Mandy) Palumbo of Purcell, Okla., and James L. (Robyn) Palumbo of Hubbard; three daughters, Melissa A. (Ryan) Caesar of Hubbard, Michelle M. (Josh) Barr of Hubbard and Theresa M. Palumbo of Youngstown; a brother, William G. Palumbo of Hubbard; and a sister-in-law, Nancy Palumbo of Hubbard; 17 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Richard Palumbo; and a grandson, James Bowers Jr.

Family and friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.

Closing prayers will be held Friday at 9:15 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Hubbard Union Cemetery.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN - Katherine Strzelec, 91, died Oct. 21, 2014, at Park Center Health and Rehab.

Mrs. Strzelec was born Feb. 17, 1923, in Ukraine, a daughter of Karola and Anna Zablocka.

She worked as a housekeeper at Southside Hospital. Katherine was a member of the Christ Our Savior Parish at Holy Trinity.

She leaves three daughters, Christine (Robert) Slifka, and Mary Strzelec, both of Poland, and Helen (Donald) Warmoth of Austintown; five grandchildren, Suzanne Orwig of Toledo, Karen (Cory) Evans of Boardman, Dan (Lisa) Daugherty of Youngstown, Robert (Erika) Slifka of Poland, and Kelly (Mike) Chachko of Poland; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Joseph Strzelec.

Private services will be held at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.

Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.

The family requests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Angelia Diane Thompson-Russell, 52, passed away on Oct. 19, 2014. After a long battle with breast cancer, Angelia passed peacefully at her home, surrounded by family and friends.

Angelia, formerly of Coloma, Mich., was born in Jonesboro, Ark. on Dec. 24, 1961.

Angelia was a volunteer mentor at the school attended by her children. She enjoyed her flower and plant gardens, arts and crafts and spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Angelia is survived by her three children, Sarah Shull-Cerecky and her husband, Wesley, of Wasilla, Alaska, Shane Russell of Salisbury, N.C., and Elizabeth Russell of Youngstown; her seven grandchildren, Rhiannon, Adara, Ayden, Haley, Avery, Angel, Shannon; her father, Cletiaus Thompson and his wife, Carol, of Coloma; her sister, Debra Clark of Coloma; her brother, Richard Thompson of Benton Harbor, Mich.; her cousins, nieces and nephews; and the rest of her family and friends.

Angelia is preceded in death by her mother, Wilda Fern Bradley-Thompson and her aunt, Hazel Bradley-Peckstein.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

The family of Angelia Russell wishes to thank Humility of Mary Health Partners as well as the Hospice of the Valley.

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