YOUNGSTOWN - John W. Bakos, 85, of the citys west side, passed away Thursday afternoon, Sept. 18, 2014, at Hospice House.
John was born July 9, 1929, in Campbell, a son of the late John J. and Julia Kondas Bakos, and was a lifelong area resident.
He served his country in the U.S. Army following World War II, and worked for Youngstown Sheet & Tube for 37 years, retiring as a craneman.
Mr. Bakos was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown. He enjoyed fishing, collecting stamps and coins, and going to Mountaineer Casino and Racetrack in West Virginia. Most of all, John enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
John leaves his beloved wife of 60 years, Mary Delgenio Bakos, whom he married May 8, 1954; two sons, Michael Bakos of Ashtabula and Timothy (Becky) Bakos of Austintown; six grandchildren, Christina, William (Addie), Nicole, Alan, Callie, and Adam Bakos; and a daughter-in-law, Cathy Bakos.
A son, John R. Bakos, preceded him in death.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, and will continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Johns family.
YOUNGSTOWN - A funeral service celebrating the life of Ms. Diane Cooper will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Washington Funeral Home. Ms. Cooper departed this life Sept. 12, 2014, at University Hospital in Cleveland.
Ms. Cooper was born June 22, 1958, in Youngstown, a daughter of Wilson and Nina Wallace Cooper.
She was a graduate of East High School and she attended Youngstown State University. She was formerly employed as a home health care provider. She was a dedicated mother who will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving companion, Darrell Dawson, with whom she made her home; her loving children, Melicia and her husband, Alvin White, Jarrell Murray of Deerfield, Fla., Jermaine Cooper of Clarion, Pa.; her brother, Wilson Cooper; two grandchildren, Maiesha and Alvin White Jr; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Belmont Park Cemetery.
Please visit jewashingtonfuneralservices.com to leave condolences and to sign the online guestbook.
BOARDMAN Donna (Wester) Davis, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 16, surrounded by her family at St. Elizabeth Health Center after a brief illness.
Donna was born on April 25, 1928, in Youngstown, to her parents, Atty. Arthur E. Wester and Cecilia (Olson) Wester.
She was of the Protestant faith and was a lifelong member of the First Covenant Church.
Donna was a 1946 graduate of Boardman High School, she attended Mary Washington College in Virginia, and was a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She was a former teacher in the Boardman Local School District and later worked for many years with her husband, Jim, at Warren Wholesale Supply Company in Warren. Donna was also a volunteer Candy Striper at the former Southside Hospital, where she aided in the recovery of patients by providing some of the comforts of home while they convalesced. Most of all, however, Donna will be remembered as a homemaker, wife, mother, and grandmother.
She married her high school classmate, James R. Davis Sr. on June 23, 1951, and they enjoyed nearly 63 years in matrimony before his passing on March 9, 2014. Together, Jim and Donna were active in many activities and organizations, including the Boardman Boosters, Boardman Kiwanis, the former Fonderlac Country Club and the Elks Club of Pompano Beach, Fla. For the first time in over 60 years, the Boardman Spartans opened their football season three weeks ago without Jim and Donna in attendance.
Active throughout her life, Donna loved the company of family and friends. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in innumerable athletic events and she especially loved wintering at her condo in Florida. Her home was always a warm and welcoming venue during the holidays and the place where she and Jim hosted their annual clambake for many years.
Donna is survived by her three children, James Jr., William, and Jeffrey (Kim) Davis, all of Boardman; her grandchildren, Shane Davis of Macomb, Ill., Brittan Davis of Cleveland, and Kellee Davis of Boardman. She also leaves her sister, Bets (Al) Lang of Issaquah, Wash., and close friend, Lois Deskin of Canfield.
Besides her parents, Donna was also predeceased by her husband, Jim, and close friends, Jeanne and Bob Zabel. Together again, they are all free from the complexities of age and infirmity and they remain forever young in our hearts.
Friends and family will be welcomed for a celebration of Donnas life on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Anstrom Chapel of the Lane Family Funeral Homes, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that any material contributions be made to The Boardman Booster Club, P.O. Box 3174, Boardman, OH 44513. Also, special thanks are extended by the family to the doctors, nurses, and staff in the SICU at St. Elizabeth Health Center for their professional excellence and personal concern for Donna during her hospital stay.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
CANFIELD - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, 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, for Mary Ann LaLumia Hoffman, who died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mary Ann will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends, for her smile and wonderful personality.
She was born Jan. 19, 1930, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Emanuel LaLumia and Anna Santangelo LaLumia.
Mary Ann graduated from Villa Maria School in Pennsylvania.
She worked at Xerox Corporation for 15 years as a Customer Representative and field trainer for office personnel. She was an accomplished pianist and member of the American College of Musicians. She taught piano to beginners, as well as advanced pupils, before and after her employment at Xerox Corp.
Mary Ann was an active member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Youngstown.
She leaves to cherish her memory, three children, Robbie Hoffman and Mark Hoffman, both of North Carolina, and Michael (Caryn) Hoffman of Florida; eight very dear grandchildren; a brother, Anthony (Edith) LaLumia of Wichita, Kan.; three sisters, Peggy (Chuck) Jourden of Albuquerque, N.M., Emily (Moss Aubrey) LaLumia, Tijeras, N.M., and Rita (Ed Mahoney) LaLumia, Nashville, Tenn.; along with many nieces and nephews, whom she adored; close and caring cousins and friends. She also leaves a very special friend, Ginny Markovich of Canfield.
Besides her parents, Mary Ann was preceded in death by her son, Rex Hoffman; her sister, Angela Stark; and her two brothers, Alex LaLumia and Walter LaLumia.
There will be a time of gathering for family and friends from 9:30 a.m. until 9:55 a.m., prior to the service on Monday, Sept. 22, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of 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 to send condolences to Mary Anns family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary Anns name to Angels for Animals, 4750 West South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406, or to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown, OH 44505.
AUSTINTOWN - Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, for Marjorie A. Jennings, 91, who died Friday afternoon at Humility House in Austintown.
Marjorie was born Oct. 22, 1922, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Julius and Ethel (Brust) Boggio.
Mrs. Jennings proudly served her country in the Navy during World War II. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Canfield, as well as a member of the North Coast Waves. She enjoyed playing the organ and traveling. She always made everyone smile and will be sadly missed by her family.
She leaves behind her daughter-in-law, Carolyn Jennings; grandchildren Jason Jennings of Youngstown and Keri Jennings of Austintown; great-granddaughter Malena Jennings; and adopted grandson, Jason Graves-Klaric.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Emory J. Jennings; two sons, Roger and Richard Jennings; brother Julius Boggio; and stepbrother Morris.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
The family would like to thank the staff of Humility House for their wonderful care.
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.
YOUNGSTOWN - Stephen W. Kana, 83, of the citys west side, passed away Friday morning, Sept. 19, 2014, at his home following a lengthy illness.
Stephen was born Aug. 3, 1931, in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Grace Winail Kana, and was a lifelong area resident.
He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was part of the Signal Corps.
Mr. Kana worked for the Isaly Dairy Company on Mahoning Avenue for 22 years, and then worked for General Motors at the Lordstown Fab plant for 22 years, retiring in 1992.
He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown, UAW Local No. 1714, and was a member of St. George Lodge No. 66, CFU. Steve enjoyed bowling, gardening, flowers, and playing golf, carding two holes-in-one during his playing days.
Steve leaves his beloved wife of nearly 63 years, Betty Lampe Kana, whom he married Oct. 27, 1951; three children, Eileen Ellsworth of Youngstown, Thomas Kana of Youngstown, and Jeannie (Joe) Serrecchio of Austintown; seven grandchildren, Steve Baker, Joseph Baker, Stephanie Ellsworth, Kelley (Jarred) Johnson, Erica Kana, Brain Serrecchio, and Jamie Serrecchio; seven great-grandchildren, Nicki, Eric, Joseff, Daniel, Hanna, Mikayla, and Nico; and two brothers, Jerry (Dolly) Kana of Poland and Bo (Marge) Kana of Canfield.
Two brothers, Joseph and Dick Kana, preceded him in death.
Family and friends may call from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Steves family thanks the staff of Hospice of the Valley, the staff at Omni Manor Care Centers West Wing, and the staff on the Sixth Floor, West Extension at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, for the kindness shown and care given to Steve and his family during his illness.
Memorial contributions may be made in Steves name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., 44512; or to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, through http://www.stjude.org/waystohelp.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Steves family.
EAST PALESTINE - Harold C. Lipp, 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, after an extended illness.
He was born on Sept. 10, 1925, the son of the late Curtis C. and Nina Cunningham Lipp.
He was a graduate of Springfield Local High, class of 1943, and graduated from The Ohio State University as an Agricultural Engineer in 1950.
He was employed by the Northern Ohio Machinery Co., The Salem Brosius Engineering Co. and worked 34 years in the cement industry at the Bessemer, Pa. plant. At his retirement, he was employed as Plant manager for the S.M.E. cement plant.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Lipp, and sisters Eleanor Dykes, Elizabeth Powers, and Evelyn Johns.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Marian White; a daughter, Linda Lipp of New Waterford; sons Richard Lipp of East Palestine, Dr. Ronald (Kathy) Lipp of New Middletown, and Alan (Elisabeth) Lipp of Savannah, Ga; five grandchildren, Jaclyn Lipp, Eric Lipp, Jeremy Lipp, and Alysa and Emily Lipp; and also a mother-in-law, Ada White.
He was a long-time active member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Springfield, and had served on the Church Council, as a Sunday School Teacher and a member of the cemetery committee. He also served as a 4-H advisor for 10 years. He enjoyed attending the school activities for his children and grandchildren, farming, hunting and fishing. It was always a special time to be out with the boat on his favorite lake. And dont forget Harold followed his beloved Ohio State University sports.
Calling hours will be Monday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Terry Cunningham Funeral Home at 203 Oak St. in Bessemer, Pa., and on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 13519 Woodworth Road, Box 168, New Springfield, OH 44443. Services will follow at the church, with the Rev. Aimee Raymond officiating.
Burial will be at the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Springfield.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorials go to the church or the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery fund, c/o above address.
CAMPBELL - Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, with Fr. Steve Denas officiating, for Rigas Roy Mantas, 81, who passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Rigas was born June 25, 1933, in Warren, a son of Sotirios and Theodora Manolopaula Mantas.
He was a 1951 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, and served as a tech sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, from July of 1953 to January of 1954.
He was a block operator at B & O Railroad, then worked as a boiler engineer at Van Huffle Tube, and later retired from St. Joseph Riverside Hospital. He was also a reserve deputy sheriff for Mahoning County.
His family will always remember the time they spent camping, fishing, boating and playing or watching sports.
He loved to golf and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Ohio State Buckeyes. He coached Campbell Little League for years, served as the manager and was later President for the organization. He was a member of the church, the NRA, the American Legion, and the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ameila, whom he married on Aug. 18, 1957; his twin sister, Olga; and his parents.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter, Terrie (Mike) Vodhannel of Canfield; his son, Sam (Judy) Mantas of Hubbard; his grandchildren, Jason (Shannon) Vodhannel and Josh Vodhannel; his great-grandchildren, Sloan Marie and Jason Michael Vodhannel, all of Canfield; his nieces, Jennice and Kimberly; and three nephews, Alex, Steve and Keith. He will also be missed by his faithful companion, Lacey, and many long-time friends.
The Mantas family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends today from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home and again Monday morning from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the church.
There will be military honors performed at the cemetery, following the church service.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send the Mantas family condolences.
LIBERTY Private services were held at the Schiavone Funeral Home for Anthony P. Palermo, 94 who passed away Sept. 20, 2014, at Campus Health Care.
Anthony was born March 5, 1920, in Mt. Morris, N.Y., to his parents, Sebastian and Crucififfa Privitera Palermo.
He graduated with a Masters Degree from Ohio University, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Delta. He served on the Pacific Front Special Service as a Radioman and Tail Gunner in the US Marine Corp. during World War II.
On July 12, 1947, he married Mary Frances Agnone and they spent 57 beautiful years together.
Anthony taught American History for 12 years at Youngstown State University and for 30 years in Girard Schools.
He leaves behind a daughter, Madeline Carlton of Deerfield; a son, Phillip Palermo of San Francisco; two sons-in-law, Charles Pamer and Ernest Stout; a granddaughter, Heather Carlton; a grandson, Christopher Turner; and three great-granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anthonys memory to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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YOUNGSTOWN - A graveside service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in Rodef Sholom Cemetery for Robert David Rose, 62, who died Sunday.
Robert was born May 8, 1952, in Youngstown, a son of Philip and Geraldine Hetrick Rose and was a lifetime resident of the city.
Contributions in Roberts name may be made to Rodef Sholom Temple.
PETERSBURG - Betty A. (Veon) Rummel, 84, of Garfield Road, passed away at 4:33 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at the ValleyCare Northside Medical Center where she had been a patient.
Betty was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Darlington, Pa., a daughter of the late Edmund and Anna Jane (Burk) Veon, and was a member of the Petersburg Presbyterian Church. She loved to cook, as well as crochet.
Her husband, Willis A. Rummel, whom she married Aug. 12, 1950, preceded her in death on Nov. 19, 1998.
Three sisters, Mable Green, Virginia and Cora Veon, and a brother, John Veon, preceded her in death.
Betty is survived by three daughters, Linda (Edwin) Lushbaugh of Dover, Del., Janice Pauley, with whom she resided, and Nancy Deiger of North Lima; one sister, Ella Mae (Henry) Zimmer of Columbiana; seven grandchildren, Edwin Lushbaugh Jr., Michael (Jamie) Lushbaugh, Thomas (Diane) Lushbaugh, Nicole (Michael) Sayers, Autumn Pauley, and Sarah and Emily Deiger; and five great-grandchildren, Bryan, Mitchel, Boe, and Kirk Sayers, and Alexander Pauley.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home in East Palestine, with her pastor, Julian Joy, of the church, officiating. Burial will follow at Petersburg Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, and one hour before the service on Wednesday.
Please visit www.oliver-linsley.com to send condolences.
PALM DESERT, CALIF. Evelyn Scarnecchia, 91, passed away on Sept. 10, 2014.
She was born Nov. 4, 1922, to Arthur and Esther Jones in Connellsville, Pa. Her grandmother nicknamed her Sprink, which spoke of her spirit and spunk!
In 1924, the family moved to Warren and eventually settled in Mineral Ridge.
After World War II, she met Gil and they married in 1949. They headed west in 1955, and bought a home in Santa Ana, Calif. For 30 years, she was employed by the Wrather Corporation at the Disneyland Hotel. In 1984, they retired to Mission Viejo, Calif.
Evelyn was preceded in death by Gil, her husband of 51 years, in 1999, and her four siblings, Jay, Clarney and Donnie Jones and Mary Schink.
She will be missed by her daughter, Donna (Ed) Ross of Palm Desert, and son Gil (Jeanne) Scarnecchia of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; her three grandchildren, Shawn (Chris) Merto, and Mollie and Jake Scarnecchia; her sister-in-law, Kay Jones of Youngstown; and surviving nieces and nephews, Carole White, Becky Kunkel, Patti Kubas, Ronnie Jones, Michael and Jim Fogarty, Jeanne Wieckowski, Mary Beth Conrad and Rick Mahan.
Evelyn relocated to Palm Desert in 2002, and became a full-time volunteer at St. Francis of Assisi Church for several years and was a founding member of the Magnificat Chapter. She had many gifts, but her faith and will to live was an inspiration to all.
Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. today, Sept. 21, at Forest Lawn Ramon Chapel in Cathedral City, Calif., with Rosary at 5:30 p.m.
Church services will be held Monday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in La Quinta, Calif.
Burial will be on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn Ascension Gardens in Cypress, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Magnificat, 42-335 Washington St., F No. 403, Palm Desert, CA 92211.
GUSTAVUS TOWNSHIP - Stanton Lee Hover Sr., 76, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at his home.
He was born Nov. 4, 1937, in Kinsman, a son of Herald and Lillian (Bauer) Hover.
A lifetime area resident, Mr. Hover graduated from Gustavus School. He owned and operated Hover Racing for many years, retiring in 2005. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Warren, and as a young man, was a member of the Gustavus Federated Church. His hobbies included stock car racing and fishing and he was a Dallas Cowboys fan.
Mr. Hover is survived by his eight children, Stanton Hover Jr. of Gustavus Township, Chrystal McCrimmon of Champion, Stacie Franks of Cortland, Steven (Bonnie) Hover of Warren, Michael (Pam) Hover of Warren, Beth Shrock of Girard, Lisa Emerson of Warren, and Candice (Mark) Castro of Warren; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joyce Byrd of Howland.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edwin Hover.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main St., Kinsman.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 6 p.m. until the time of service.
A private burial of cremated remains will take place in Gustavus Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the ALS Association, P.O. Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007.
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GIRARD - Rocky B. Sperati, 84, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Vista at the Ridge Nursing Home.
He was born Aug. 16, 1930, in Campbell, the son of the late Michael and Mary DeFete Sperati.
He worked for Hilhubble in Girard and retired from General Motors in 1995, as an assembler for 25 years. He was a former President of the McDonald Football Association and attended the Girard First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening and bowling.
He leaves to cherish his wife, the former Patricia Jean Fowler, whom he married Nov. 2, 1950; sons Rocco (Leslie) Sperati of Girard and Michael Sperati of Youngstown; daughter Gwen (Carl) Arthur of Warren; daughter-in-law Jennifer Sperati of McDonald; six grandchildren, William Charles Sperati, Joe Sperati, Sara Slattery, Adam Arthur, Connor Sperati and Matthew Sperati; and five great-grandchildren, Paige, Julian, Hannah, Lucas and Olivia.
He was preceded in death by his son, William Sperati; six sisters; and six brothers.
Private funeral services will be held on Tuesday. Family will receive relatives and friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home.
The family request that any material contributions be made to St. Jude in memory of Rocky.
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YOUNGSTOWN - Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at noon at the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church, for Mr. Elijah Williams, 75, who passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Select Specialty.
Mr. Williams was born July 31, 1939, in Youngstown, a son of Harry Williams and Ardena Brown Williams.
He had worked as a detailer at Super Suber Car Wash. Elijah also enjoyed doing independent carpentry work.
His memory will be held by his four children, Dvaille Williams of Youngstown, Sonja (Jay) Williams of Silver Spring, Md., Leila (Allister) Green of Youngstown, and Norman (Tanisha) Williams, also of Youngstown; two brothers, Augustus Williams of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Samuel Williams of Long Island, N.Y.; a sister, Katherine Williams of Willoughby Hills; and a host of nieces and nephews, including Pete Suber, who was his caregiver, as well as other family and friends.
Friends may call Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.