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YOUNGSTOWN Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Bethel Church C.O.G.I.C. for Ms. Annie Mae Belle, 68, formerly of Canton, who transcended to her heavenly home on Aug. 24, 2016, at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Health Center, surrounded by her loving family.
Annie was born April 27, 1948, in Hemingway, S.C., a daughter of Theodore Sr. and Bessie Woodberry Bell.
She was a 1966 graduate of South High School and had attended ITT College and had been employed by LTV Steel as a water treatment specialist, retiring in 2002.
She was a former member of the Pentecostal Temple C.O.G.I.C. in Canton, where she served as armor bearer for Pastor Olee Knuckles, helped with vacation Bible school, served on the praise and worship ministry, and culinary ministry. She would serve in any capacity as needed. Most recently, she was a member of the Bethel Church C.O.G.I.C.
She leaves to cherish her memory and rejoice in her peace, her children, Tasha Bell of Lorain, Johnathan Bell of Canton and Jermaine Bell of Youngstown; her siblings, Mae Bell Foster, Lula Davis, Gloria Bell, Robert and Frank Bell, and Hazel (Larry) Smith, all of Youngstown, Theodore Jr. (Wynnette) Bell of Las Vegas, Rose Mary Bell of Boardman, David Bell and Davida (Ronzey) Jones of Canton; six grandchildren; an aunt, Luella Harmon of Youngstown; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Elmer Bell; a sister, Gwendolyn McKee; an uncle, Jabo Woodberry; two brothers-in-law, James McKee and Johnny Foster; a sister-in-law, Linda Bell; and a nephew, Anthony Bell.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements were entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
STRUTHERS Matthew J. Campbell, 34, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at his home due to complications of muscular dystrophy.
He was born on July 21, 1982, in Youngstown, to Susan Lee Campbell.
Matthew attended the Purple Cat in Youngstown, was a DJ for Goldenstringradio.org and was a member of the Purple Cat Music Class Band. He loved Chuck Norris, country music, bowling, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was fond of wearing his black cowboy hat and black leather boots. He loved his cell phone.
Matthew was genuinely a positive thinker and never met a person that he didnt immediately call friend or a lady that he didnt think was beautiful.
Matthew leaves behind his friends and house mates, Ernie White, Sid OMalley, and Robert Morley of Struthers and his many friends at ISLE and the Purple Cat, many of whom he called his family.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Susan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Christ Our Savior Parish, St. Nicholas Church, 764 5th St. in Struthers, where friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Goldenstringradio.org, a radio station run by adults with disabilities.
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BOARDMAN - There will be prayers at 9:30 a.m. at the Fox Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Charles Church, celebrated by Fr. Marian Babjak for Patricia Ann Boughner Collins, 81, who passed away Tuesday morning at Hospice House, surrounded by her family.
Patricia was born May 12, 1935, in Youngstown, a daughter of Jesse and Ann Galkus Boughner, and had been a lifetime area resident.
She was a graduate of East High School with the class of 1953. She was a homemaker and loved to do things with her family. She enjoyed crafting, traveling, going to garage sales with John, watching old shows and movies and especially playing cards with friends and family.
Patricia was a member of St. Charles Church.
She is now reunited with her high school sweetheart, John R. Collins, whom she married Aug. 22, 1953, and who died on Nov. 11, 2011, after celebrating 58 years of marriage.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her two daughters, Darlene Halloran and Trish Collins, both of Poland; a son, John Collins of Akron; a brother, Richard Boughner of Youngstown; two sisters, Marge Matovich and Cathy Curry, both of Niles; four grandchildren, Heather Halloran, Jim Halloran, Joann (Dan) Collins, and Meredith (Jon) Swisher; and a great-grandson, Justin Halloran.
Besides her husband and parents, Patricia was preceded in death by three brothers, Jesse, Bobby and Jimmy Boughner.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donations be made in Patricias name to Friends of Fido, P.O. Box 14155, Poland, OH 44514.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
COLUMBIANA - Linda Lynn Mulligan Dinsio passed on to the next life from Alzheimers disease on Aug. 25, with her daughter, Melissa, by her side.
Lynn was born on July 23, 1937, in Jacksonville, Ala., the youngest child of Thomas and Mary Tate Mulligan. The family relocated to the Brier Hill section of Youngstown in 1940.
While Lynn attended The Rayen School, where she enjoyed performing as a majorette, she developed a love for dance. That love for dance blossomed into Lynns career as a professional ballroom dancer, and she traveled the world as an entertainer.
When Lynn was not traveling, she taught dance at Arthur Murrays, where her life changed forever. Amil Dinsio walked into Arthur Murrays because he thought Lynn was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. It did not take long for the couple to fall in love, and they married on Feb. 24, 1968. Lynn and Amil supported each other through any tribulations in their life together.
Lynn always will be remembered for her incredible beauty and exquisite sense of style. Those who were close to Lynn will recall her great love for animals and her contributions to causes advocating the rights of animals.
Aside from her parents, Lynn has joined her sister, Juanita Mulligan Avato; and her two brothers, Thomas and Charles Mulligan.
Those who have not yet joined Lynn include her husband, Amil; her three daughters, Deborah (Kevin) Tice, Atty. Melissa (Daniel P. Miller) Dinsio, and Amie (Michael) Englehart; Lynns niece, Michelle (Alan Gearhart) Mulligan, whom she raised and several other nieces and nephews; and Lynns lifelong, best friend, Regina Rieseck. Lynn also had four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Family and friends may call Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.
Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Marys Alzheimers Center for their exceptional care of and obvious love for Lynn before and after her passing.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.
POLAND - Mildred Dight Haines, 92, died peacefully, Aug. 29, 2016, at her home.
Mildred was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Grove City, Pa., a daughter of the late Everett and Mabel Nelson Dight.
She was a graduate of Grove City High School and came to Poland in 1949.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Roland N. Haines in 1968.
She is survived by her two daughters, Karen (Laurence) Haines Swank of Bowie, Md. and Kimberly (Ted) Dight Sharp of Austintown; three grandchildren, Adam Haines Swank, Laura Sharp Stoneburner, and David William Sharp; and three great-grandchildren, Robbie Stoneburner, and Alexis and Tanner Sharp.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mildred was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.
There will be no calling hours.
A private service was held for the family.
Any memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in Mrs. Haines name to Senior Independence Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Canfield, OH 44406.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN - Memorial services will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Norton Manor, 1400 Springdale Ave., for Larry Ingram, 55, who departed this life Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at his residence.
Mr. Ingram was born Nov. 30, 1960, in Youngstown, a son of Lorenzo and Lula M. Wright Ingram.
He was a security guard for Larrys Tavern and was a former member of the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church.
He leaves his mother; two sisters, LaDonna (Dennis) Tillis, all of Youngstown, and Lisa White of Columbus; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Lorenzo Jr. and Louis A. Ingram.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
YOUNGSTOWN - Prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m. at the St. Christine Church for George L. Hammar III, 78, who passed away Sunday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
George was born Sept. 4, 1937, in Youngstown, a son of Elizabeth McCarthy Riley, and resided in Youngstown most of his life.
He graduated from Poland Seminary with the class of 1955. He was a proud veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and 21 days. George also worked as a WRTA bus driver, a reserve deputy sheriff and as a police officer at Youngstown State University, retiring in 2004.
He was a longtime parishioner of the St. Christine Parish, was an usher and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifetime member of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association and received honors from the Police Chiefs Association.
George loved to entertain children as a clown named Bashful, and during his service time started a group of clowns named Okinawa Island Jesters. He was an avid reader and enjoyed watching television.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of over 47 years, Lydia McCartney, whom he married June 28, 1969. He also leaves two sons, LTC. George L. (Joy) Hammar IV of Lawton, Okla. and Tim (Kerry) Hammar of Canfield; three brothers, Jim Hammar of Windham, Tom Hammar of Poland and Jerry Hammar of Hudson; a sister, Susie Marshall-Jones of Youngstown; four grandchildren; and his constant companion, his Pug dog, Libby.
He was preceded in death by his mother and his stepfather, Thomas Riley.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Fox Funeral Home.
Material tributes can be made in Georges memory to YSU Foundation, Criminal Justice Department, 655 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
POLAND Weston O. Johnstone went home to the Lord on Aug. 26, after 92 years of a life well-lived.
He was born in Sacramento, Calif. on Nov. 9, 1923, to William and Ruby Mae Johnstone, and along with his brother, Dave, they made their home in Piedmont, Calif.
Wes joined the U.S. Army and was sent to Ohio University in Athens to attend the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP), where he met student, Josephine Gilkes, who became his wife on July 25, 1945, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Youngstowns east side.
Wes had a broad background in retail and wholesale merchandising. He worked at McKelveys as a buyer, General Electric and Graybar, U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Nations Business, and then as chief executive of the Youngstown Area Chamber of Commerce. He took early retirement in 1985, and registered with IESC (International Executive Service Corp.), where he assisted the countries of Swaziland and Lesotho in South Africa, Poland, and Russia in developing their respective Chambers of Commerce.
Wes and Jo attended the Holy Family Catholic Church in Poland, where Wes was a Third degree in Knights of Columbus.
He leaves a legacy of three children, John (Marilyn), Dave and Rick (Tessa); nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial Mass will be held at the Holy Family Church on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m., with a greeting preceding at 10 a.m. and a celebration of life reception following in the church hall.
YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Edna Mae Jones, 78, who passed away, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at the home of her daughter, Terri, surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Jones was born Jan. 30, 1938, in Youngstown, a daughter of Dewey G. and Florence Small Sims.
She attended Youngstown City Schools and had been employed with J.C. Penney Co. and F.W. Woolworth. For over 18 years, she worked as a interpreter with Youngstown Hearing and Speech, retiring in 2007. She was a member of the Jehovahs Witnesses, Campbell Congregation, where she served as a pioneer for the Witnesses. She was baptized Sept. 27, 1969.
She loved line dancing, ballroom and tap dancing. Edna also enjoyed playing the piano/keyboard and baseball, cooking, was a videographer, and was a babysitter for many over the years.
She leaves to cherish her beloved memories, four children, Marcella (Raymond) Simmons of Alabama, Florence Everson, Terri Ingram and Roy (Candace) Jones Jr., all of Youngstown; two brothers, Garland Sims Sr. and Pierce Sims, both of Youngstown; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded by her first husband, Isaac Ingram; second husband, Roy Jones Sr., whom she married in 1976, and who passed away Dec. 28, 2008; four children, Vernon, Isaac and Sandra Ingram, and Edna Clark; two sisters, Mary Sims and Ada Merchant; and four brothers, Robert, Bernard, James and George Sims.
Friends may call on Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at 11 a.m., at the Ruth AME Zion Church, 95 W. Connelly Blvd. in Sharon, Pa., for Mr. Clarence Walter Mitchell Jr., 83, who departed this life on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Lifehouse Riverside Health Center in Riverside, Calif.
Mr. Mitchell was born Oct. 12, 1932, in East Liverpool, Pa., a son of Clarence W. Sr. and Wilma M. Fountain Mitchell.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1953 to 1955, with an honorable discharge. He received his BS degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.
Mr. Mitchell was a agent manager for the I.R.S., a member of the church, bowling leagues, golf league, San Camen League, I.R.S. League, and Lexeington Bridge Club.
He is survived by his children, Jeffery S. Mitchell I of Van Nuys, Calif., and Laura E. Mitchell of San Bernadino, Calif.; brother Gerald Mitchell of Sharon; three grandchildren, Jeffery S. Mitchell II, Kimberly Marie Mitchell-Taylor, and Moremi Elize Olora; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He also leaves his ex-wife, Doloris Brodie-Mitchell, whom he was married to for over 16 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Joanne Richardson.
Friends may call Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements were entrusted to the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.
Please visit www.fdmasonmemorialfh.com If you would like to light a candle or leave a condolence.
YOUNGSTOWN - Alfreda A. Cetor Lewis, 69, left this world to be with her savior on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in the ICU of Cleveland Clinic.
She was born in Petersburg on March 28, 1947, to her parents, Steppo and Anna Marie Mantini Cetor.
She was an amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who fought a long battle with heart disease and stunned doctors for 23 years. Alfreda had a heart of gold, always happy and smiling no matter what she faced.
She will be dearly missed by her husband of 49 years, Fred H. Lewis Jr., whom she married July 29, 1967; her children, Anna (James Whitehouse) Lewis of Youngstown, Leana (Tommy) Woolf of Berlin Center, Fred H. (Jennifer) Lewis of Youngstown, Edward (Ruby Carper) Lewis of Youngstown, and Marilyn (Dan) Turek of Austintown; her grandchildren, Samantha (Brian Bechtel) Ryhal, Victoria (Caleb Shaw) Ryhal, Christine (Nick Talbee) Ryhal, Tommy Woolf III, Layla Woolf, Heaven Lewis, Jazmyne Lewis, Fredrick Lewis, and Savannah Turek; her great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Talbee; great-grandson who is due in January; and her brothers, Joseph (Karen) Cetor, Steve (Donna) Cetor, John (Micha) Cetor, Paul Cetor, and Tom (Linda) Cetor.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Mary Ann Lewis.
Family and friends will gather from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the Schiavone Funeral Home. A prayer service will follow, with Steve Zawilinsky presiding.
Alfredas family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Cleveland Clinic for their excellent care and dedication.
Please visit www.schiavonefh.com to share condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN - Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday evening at the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell, with Deacon John Rentas officiating, for Elliot Bird Laboy, 62, who passed away Monday evening.
Elliot was born, July 8, 1954, in Youngstown, the son of Manuel and Emma Cruz Laboy.
He was a 1973 graduate of East High School and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1975, where he was stationed in Germany as a paratrooper. Elliot was an avid football fan, and enjoyed cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also enjoyed skydiving and working on cars.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Emma of Youngstown; daughter Kristy Laboy of Campbell; son Erik (Marcella) Laboy of Boardman; four grandchildren, Amaia, Erika, Erik Jr. and Cruz; and seven brothers and sisters, Ernest (Carmen) Laboy, Ana (Joe Rodriguez) Rivera, Nelson Laboy, Richard (Irene) Laboy, Edgar Laboy, Sonia Laboy and Michael (Evelyn) Laboy.
He was preceded in death by his father, Manuel.
The Laboy family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell, and will receive family and friends on Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Elliots family condolences.
HUBBARD There were private services held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Gary G. ODell, 79, who passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Gary was born Dec. 17, 1936, in Sackets Harbor, N.Y., a son of Earl R. and Ellen Virginia Everett ODell.
Gary worked in sales, first for International Harvester in New York, and after moving to the area, worked for Erie Lackawanna Railroad, General Fireproofing and several other businesses.
He was veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1954 to 1957, and was a life member of VFW of Sackets Harbor.
He will be sadly missed by his children, G. Michael ODell of Hubbard, Colleen ODell of Hubbard, Erin (Bart) DePascale of Okatie, S.C., Robert (Christine) ODell of Girard, and Shawn (Ellen) ODell of Pickerington; 19 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He also leaves his sister, Earleen Maxon of Sackets Harbor; and his brother, Robert ODell of Renton, Wash.
His parents preceded him in death.
Gary will be laid to rest at Hubbard Union Cemetery, with full military honors presented by the Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.
GENESEO, ILL. - Margaret Virginia Ginny Price, 95, formerly of Girard, died Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society, Geneseo Village in Geneseo. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, at the Pineview Memorial Park Chapel in Warren.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.
Mrs. Price was the last surviving child of Myrtle Johnston Seamen and Sylvanus Seamen. She was born in Carlinville, Ill. on Aug. 12, 1921.
She finished her last year of high school in Girard.
She married Glenn L. Price in 1941. After raising their children in Ohio, they moved to Port Byron, Ill., until Glenn passed in 1995. She returned to the Girard area to be near her other relatives.
She was a member of the Girard Seniors for many years.
After most of those relatives passed she returned to live both near and with her daughter in Erie, Ill. She had been a member of both the First Baptist Church of Girard and the Pleasant Valley Church of Liberty Township. While in Erie, she attended the Baptist Church.
She will be interred in Warren next to her husband.
She is survived by her two children and their spouses, Gary and Susan of Cleveland, and Gail and Don Stoll of Erie; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Please visit www.gibsonbodefh.com to share a memory or condolence.
STRUTHERS Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Clemente Funeral Home, 700 Fifth St. in Struthers, for Christina Helen Duggan Rudy, 65, who passed away Monday morning, Aug. 29, 2016, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
She fought hard for over 30 years, because of her strong will, determination, and great love for her grandchildren.
Christina was born April 18, 1951, in Youngstown, the daughter of Thomas and Beatrice Duggan.
Christina was a 1969 graduate of Cardinal Mooney. She attended Youngstown State University, worked at St. Elizabeth Health Center for 18 years, and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority, where she had the honor of serving as a little sister. She was also elected to be the sweetheart of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Robert Sr., whom she married on Aug. 30, 1985; her children, David (Mandi) Schialdone of Boardman, Joseph (Heidi) Schialdone of Canfield, Robert Jr. (Michelle) Rudy of Rock Hill, S.C., and Kristopher (Tracy) Rudy of Cape Coral, Fla.; one brother, Patrick Duggan of Youngstown; three sisters, Margee (Dr. Douglas) Jones of Wellston, Michelle (Ronald) Mogolich of Idaho, and Mary (Patrick) DeLisio of Struthers; and 11 grandchildren, Dylan, Elli, Torrence, Brandon, Teagan, Hailey, Logan, Zachary, Cody, Courtney, and Kyle; and her beloved puppy, Tex.
Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She also enjoyed going to bingo, playing scratch-offs, watching sports, and cheering for her favorite team, the Green Bay Packers.
Christina was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Beatrice; and her sister, Amy Duggan.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Clemente Funeral Home and will receive friends on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. before the service at the funeral home in Struthers.
In lieu of flowers, any generous donations received will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017, to help combat and find a cure.
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AUSTINTOWN Vincenzo James Santilli, 81, passed away peacefully, Thursday evening at his home.
Mr. Santilli was born on Dec. 22, 1934, in Pacentro, Italy, the son of Nicholas and Antonette (Agustelli) Santilli. He and his family traveled to the United States when he was 17 years old, and he had been an area resident ever since.
After Vincenzo graduated high school, he began working on the railroad for several different companies, and later worked for General Motors in the paint and repair plant, from where he retired after 22 years in 1989.
Vincenzo was very proud of his Italian heritage, and was involved in various Italian organizations. He was a lifelong member of the Pacentro Club and Sons of Italy. One of his favorite hobbies was making his home made wine.
Vincenzo will be lovingly missed by his wife of 42 years, the former Judy Savarin; three daughters, Marie Santilli, Ramona (Tom) Nowak and Tina (Dave) Patterson, all of Pennsylvania; two sons, James and Vince Santilli, also of Pennsylvania; two granddaughters; and two grandsons.
Besides his parents, Nicholas and Antonette, Vincenzo was preceded in death by his two brothers, Mario and Raymond Santilli.
Following his wishes, there will be no services or calling hours.
Professional arrangements are under the care of the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send online condolences to the Santilli family.
AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP - A memorial Mass celebrating the life of Irene Wanda Huszczo Torno will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown. Irene passed away early Monday morning, Aug. 22, at Humility House at the age of 94.
She was born Dec. 15, 1921, in Cleveland, the daughter of John and Antoinette (Schossler) Huszczo, and moved to this area in 1984.
Irene worked in the housekeeping department of the Garfield Heights School system for 14 years until her retirement in 1983. She was a member of the church and a former member of the Saxon Club. Irene loved to polka dance and loving took care of her husband for 17 years after he suffered a stroke.
Her husband, Otto F. Torno, whom she married Aug. 31, 1946, passed away in November of 1996.
Irene leaves two sons, Thomas (Kathleen) Torno and Donald (Susan) Torno, both of Austintown; five grandchildren, Danial (Monica) Torno of Columbus, Ind., Michael (Rhonda) Torno of Kansas City, Mo., Melissa (Grant) Becker and Katie Torno, both of Austintown, and Danielle (Adam) Jackson of Boardman; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Besides her parents and her husband, Irene was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Huszczo.
Friends may call from 10 until 11 a.m. on Friday at the church, where the Mass will begin at 11 a.m.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
CHESAPEAKE, MD. Mrs. Betty Jean Watkins, 79, of Youngstown, departed this life on Aug. 23, 2016, at Hospice of the Chesapeake, Pasadena, Md.
Mrs. Watkins was born Jan. 10, 1937, in Coosa County, Ala., to James McKinney Jr. and Lucille McKinney. At the tender age of 10, she moved to Youngstown along with her parents and her younger sister, Gladys.
She attended Youngstown City Schools and graduated from North High School in 1957. Betty worked at McGuffey Center Inc. for 27 years as a secretary/ receptionist, office manager, and bookkeeper. She also worked at the Youngstown Crime Prevention Resource Center as a vista coordinator and assisted the Youngstown State University Center for Urban Studies with operations and management of the Crime Prevention Resource Center.
Betty was an advocate for the Domestic Violence Program and organized the Block Parent Program for Sheridan Elementary School, to insure the safety of children. Betty also worked as a receptionist for the Oak Hill Renaissance Place. She had been a member of the Price Memorial AME Zion Church since 1948, where she served as a young adult missionary and was president of the mission for four years.
Betty married the love of her life, Hardy Watkins, on Dec. 10, 1957, and to this union, two sons were born, James Watkins and Samuel P. Watkins.
Betty enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family. She traveled throughout the United States and overseas to Belgium, Holland, France, and Germany.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, James A. Watkins of Yakima, Wash. and Samuel (Lisa) Watkins of Bowie, Md.; six grandchildren, Jennifer Earl, Ashley Hatton, Brittney Hatton, Samuel Watkins II, Jamar Watkins, and Matthew Watkins; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Gladys Carwell of Campbell; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lucille McKinney; husband Hardy Watkins; and brother-in-law James Carwell.
Friends may call on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Price Memorial AME Church. Funeral services will follow immediately at 11 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.