LEETONIA Delores Jean Do Barringer, 85, passed away early Thursday afternoon at the home she shared with her daughter.
Delores was born on June 26, 1929 in Georgia, a daughter of Grady and Mabel (Styles) Davis.
She graduated from Canfield High School in 1948, and was a member for over 40 years at the First Presbyterian Church of Columbiana.
Delores married Leo Barringer on June 27, 1950, and together they would have five children.
She enjoyed making wood crafts. With her husband, Do had a craft shop called DoLeo Crafts. They appreciated spending time together. She was a Girl Scout leader and a Den mother. She found being a second grade Sunday school teacher at the First Presbyterian Church the most rewarding. She also belonged to the Order of the Eastern Star of Ohio. Delores was a strong-willed survivor who will be missed by all who knew her.
She leaves to cherish her memory, three daughters, Melody McCoy and her husband, Thomas, of Leetonia, with whom she made her home, Pamela Barringer-Kenney of Salem, and Linda Hayes of Leetonia; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She also leaves her kitty of 14 years, Cecilia, whom she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo; her daughter, Mary Barringer-Manton; her son, Bruce; and two brothers, Jack and Gary.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, 154 S. Elm St., Columbiana, OH 44408, with Pastor Fritz Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at Green Haven Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, 154 S. Elm St., Columbiana, OH 44408.
The Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana is entrusted with the arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.
SALEM - Friends and family can gather on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m., at the Faith Community Church in Youngstown, with funeral to follow at noon to honor Nancy J. Chagnot, who passed Friday, Dec. 19, at Salem Regional Medical Center.
She was born Nancy Joan Thomas on April 26, 1924, in Trumbull County, daughter to Thomas J. Thomas and Josephine Jones Thomas.
She resided on Logan Avenue in Youngstown from her birth until 1996. She had five siblings, William, Jack, Robert, Margaret and James A. and graduated from The Rayen School in 1942. Nancy worked at GE Mazda Lamp during World War II.
She married fiancé Ralph R. Chagnot shortly after his discharge from the Air Force on Dec. 15, 1945. They celebrated 55 beautiful years of marriage until his passing in 2000. Together, they had two sons, Ralph R. III and Jeffrey L. Chagnot.
Nancy later worked as advertising manager for Al-Mart Department store and for Nancy Childress Public Relations. She was a devoted member of the Faith Community Church, where she was an elder on council, secretary and past president of Women's Fellowship and a past member of the choir. Also was a member of the Youngstown Quota club, where she held the office of recording secretary for several years.
Nancys hobbies included playing cards, reading books, reading The Vindicator daily, listening to music and doing crossword puzzles. She was a worldwide traveler and enjoyed heading south to Florida for the winter with her husband in their retirement years. She was a faithful spectator at her grandchildrens baseball games and school activities. She spent many years as a homemaker and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She spent her final years at The Courtyard at Lexington assisted living facility in Salem, where she relaxed, played cards and bingo, met wonderful new friends and could be close to her grandchildren. She celebrated her 90th birthday this year at Fellows Riverside Gardens with family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Josephine Thomas; husband Ralph R. Chagnot; sons Ralph III and Jeffrey L. Chagnot; brothers Jack and Robert Thomas and William Hunt; and a sister, Margaret Downer.
She leaves to mourn her passing, a grandson, Thomas B. Chagnot of Youngstown; a granddaughter, Celeste (Jake) Kasten; two great-grandsons, Nathan and Colton of Salem; a brother, James (Arlene) Thomas of Sagamore Hills; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins who loved her dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Faith Community Church, 1919 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44502.
Arrangements by the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services in Salem.
Please visit www.apgreenisenfh.com to leave condolences.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MICH. - Judith Judy A. (Padurean) Chain, formerly Valentine, 75, formerly of Columbiana, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Dec. 19, 2014, at the Church of Christ Care Center in Clinton Township, Mich., under the care of Great Lakes Hospice.
She was born in Petersburg, on Aug. 14, 1939.
She is survived by five sisters and one brother; her children, Michael Valentine (Pam) of Cortland, Jeff Valentine of Texas, Joe Valentine of Tennessee, Chris Crook (Barry) of Leetonia, Paula Palmer (Terry) of Michigan, Gary Chain (Cindy) of Tennessee and Melinda Chain of Tennessee; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Per Judys wishes, she will be cremated and there will be no calling hours or services.
Judys family requests that any gifts can be made in the form of a donation in her name to Great Lakes Hospice www.greatlakeshospice.com or donate to Columbiana Library, where she spent a lot of time volunteering.
YOUNGSTOWN - Prayers will begin Tuesday 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. Christine Church for Theresa Ann Darland, 84, who died Saturday morning at Meridian Arms Nursing Home.
Ann was born Feb. 7, 1930, in Youngstown, to Joseph Salvester and Mary (Burns) Kunzer.
She was a 1948 graduate of Ursuline High School and worked as a secretary at Connell Steel for 17 years until retiring to raise her family.
Ann was a member of St. Christine Church, the Bears Club Ladies Auxiliary, from 1984 until the early 2000s, and the Saxon Club.
Her husband, Thomas H. Darland, whom she married Sept. 11, 1965, died April 4, 2014.
Ann is survived by her son, Thomas R. Darland of Youngstown.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Catherine Wolf; a twin brother, Richard; and brothers Jack, Tom and Joseph Kunzer.
Family and friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, at the Wasko Funeral Home, and 10 a.m. at the Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. John Catholic Church, for Margaret E. Datko, 85, who passed away Wednesday morning at Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill.
Margaret was born Dec. 24, 1928, in Campbell, the daughter of Jacob and Mary Zajac Stefanik.
She was a 1945 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and retired as an auditor after 40 years of service at RGIS and Kroger Co.
Margarets favorite pastime was to watch Polka Fest on RFD network.
Her husband, Frank A. Datko, whom she married Sept. 11, 1948, passed away Jan. 2, 1998.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, David of Rock Hill, with whom she made her home, and twins Robert (Suzanne) of Fort Mill, S.C. and Gina (Larry) Guerra of Niles; grandchildren Amanda, Allison, Laura, Christopher and Heather; and two great-grandchildren, Alaina and Elliot.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; sisters Mary and Sophie; and brothers Jack and Steve.
The Datko family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends on Monday evening from 4 to 7 p.m.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Margarets family condolences.
NORTH LIMA There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7345 Westview Drive, Boardman, with Father Gerald DeLucia officiating, for Roseelia Jean Roe (Altomare) DiVincenzo, 76, who was carried off by angels to her heavenly home on Friday evening, Dec. 19, 2014.
Roes life and faith revolved around giving to others, especially her family and friends. We were all blessed to be a part of it.
She was born Jan. 22, 1938, the daughter of Michael and Theresa (Fuoco) Altomare. Her parents emigrated from Calabria, Italy, and passed through Ellis Island, and choose to settle in Leetonia.
Roe graduated from Leetonia High School in 1956, and received her nursing degree from St. Elizabeths School of Nursing in 1959.
She worked as an RN at St. Elizabeth and The American Red Cross, before retiring in 1999. Roe was a member of St. Charles Church in Boardman, along with her husband, and they volunteered at Assumption Nursing Home, and provided guidance to countless couples as marriage encounter volunteers for 18 years.
Roe married her devoted husband, Gene V. DiVincenzo, on May 26, 1962, and their 52-year bond was defined by unconditional love. They raised four, forever grateful children, Jeannine (Joseph) Cunningham of Boardman, Eugene (Joseph N.) DiVincenzo of Cleveland, Victor (Dina) DiVincenzo of Boardman, and Maria (Patrick) Gentile of Canfield; and her 10 grandchildren Lia Jo, Gino, Joey, Marco, Mikey, Vinny, Louie, Gia, Emma Roe, and Rocco. They adored Mama Roe, her fried dough and her bountiful hugs and kisses.
Roe also leaves three siblings, Carmela (Joseph) Cassese of Poland, Dr. Louis (Linda) Altomare and Michael (Marcy) Altomare, both of Columbus.
Friends and family may call on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman, and on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Roes family would like to express special thanks to all the angels there who cared for her during her time of illness.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the DiVincenzo family.
POLAND - William A. Fox, 93, died Dec. 18, 2014, at the Hospice House.
Mr. Fox was born Dec. 14, 1921, in Youngstown, a son of Milton and Lena Deisler Fox.
He was a 1940 graduate of Wilson High School and attended Youngstown College for accounting and business.
He worked as a property ledgers clerk for Youngstown Sheet and Tube, retiring in 1976.
Bill was a member of the Poland Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Wick Lodge 481 F & AM, where he was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the Saxon Club, the Youngstown Shrine Club, and founding member of The Bears Club. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II from 1942 to 1946.
He was an avid golfer and followed all the Poland sports.
He leaves his wife, Peg of Poland, whom he married May 22, 1971; one son, Daniel James (Linda) Fox of Poland; one stepdaughter, Barbara (Jim) Stewart of Poland; one stepson, Jeff (Pam) Swanson of Bluffton, S.C.; six grandsons; and nine great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Jane (Reese) Fox; one brother, John Fox; and one sister, Ruth Jones.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at 1 p.m., at the Poland Presbyterian Church, with military honors.
Contributions may be made to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, 5th Floor, and the Hospice House for their excellent care.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.
Friends may visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
GIRARD Ronald G. Gordon, 49, passed away on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at his residence.
Ron was born Sept. 30, 1965, in Sharon, Pa., the son of Ronald R. and Rose Marie Calleja Gordon.
Ron was a self-employed carpenter and construction worker. He had played in various bands during his younger years, playing the bass.
He is survived by his long-time companion, Gina Lambert; his sister, Rhonda Addison of Indian Trail, N.C.; nieces Amanda and Kimberly; and a nephew, Richard.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond.
As per Rons wishes, there will be no services.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the Gordon family.
MEMPHIS, TENN. - Services were held Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Memphis, for 1st Sgt. Willie Lee Gibbs, 67, who went to be with the Lord late Thursday evening, Dec. 4, 2014.
1st Sgt. Gibbs was born March 20, 1947, in Clayton, Ala., to the late Willie T. Gibbs and Mildred Gibbs. He moved to Youngstown in 1947. He accepted Christ at an early age at the New Bethel Baptist Church.
He attended Grant, Hillman and South High School. He furthered his education by joining the U.S. Army, where he served in Germany and Korea until he retired as 1st Sgt. (E-8) after 23 years of service on May 18, 1990. During his service, Willie was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, and an Army Accomodation Medal.
1st Sgt. Gibbs moved to Memphis in 2002, where he worked for CCA for 17 years as a Sgt. Correctional Officer, until his death. He joined the Vision Temple Ecumenical Church, where he sang in the male chorus. One of his passions was singing. He was a very loving and caring person, who would give his last.
He was married to Annie T. Gibbs on June 5, 1999.
He leaves cherish his memory, three daughters, Mickie Gibbs, Kimberly S. Gibbs and Lisa (Marcus) Peterson; two sons, Untonio (Latoya) Harris and Fredrick (Latoya) Taylor; six brothers, Earl (Vesna) Gibbs, Larry, Arthur E., Sylvester (Delette), Michael A. (Lawanda) and Maurice (Tamika) all of Youngstown; four sisters, Lula Mae Hatcher, Carol Rhodes, Mary F. (Ace) Holmes and Denise (Loren) White of Fort Worth, Texas; an aunt, Bessie Rivers, who reared him, of Youngstown; two sisters-in-law, Beverly Tolliver and Ella Taylor; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
1st Sgt. Gibbs was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Hosea Bumpy Gibbs; four siblings, Jeffery Gibbs, Charles T. Gibbs, Christine Gibbs and Willie Edward Gibbs; a niece, LaTisha Gibbs; two brothers-in-law, Willie L. Taylor and Barry A. Taylor; aunts, uncles and grandparents.
POWELL - John Robert JR Hladon, 82, died in his home on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, after a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer.
He was married to the former Mary Dickerson, with whom he had three children.
He met and married the former Jane Christine Brooks, with whom he spent the rest of his life.
JR will be especially remembered by his love for his family and his passion for aviation, golf, music, watching sports and frequent trips to the gym.
John was preceded in death by his parents and sister Margaret McLoughlin.
He is survived by his dedicated and loving wife, Chris; his sons, John D. (Shelby) Hladon and Paul R. Hladon; his daughters, Mary Hladon (Eric) Caldwell, Kelly Brooks (Dan) Hofelt, Amy Brooks Lewis, and Brenda Brooks (Brian) Kowaluk; his nine grandchildren; his sister, Marian Hladon Shepelevich; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of JRs life will be held at noon on Jan. 17, 2015, at Stone Bridge Golf Village clubhouse in Powell.
Please visit www.shaw-davis.com for full obituary.
SALEM James H. Wilson Jr., 88, died at 12:05 a.m., Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at the Sterling House of Salem after a long illness.
He was born June 17, 1926, in Salem, the son of the late James H. Wilson Sr. and Laura (Mulford) Wilson.
He graduated from Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, Vt., in 1944, and served in the Pacific Theater with the 77th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, and was in the Battle of Okinawa and the Allied occupation of Japan during World War II.
After returning from the war, he attended Babson Institute, Wellesley, Mass., graduating in 1948.
He was married to Nancy Morrison of Wellesley on Sept. 18, 1948, who preceded him in death on Aug. 12, 1990.
Mr. Wilson joined his father in the operation of the Salem Tool Company, a firm manufacturing coal mining tools and machinery and served as president from 1967 until his retirement. In addition, he served on the boards of the First National Bank, Society National Bank, Grandview Cemetery and the Salem Country Club.
He is survived by his three children, Susan Wilson Starbuck and her husband, Gary, of Yarmouth, Maine, Kenneth M. Wilson and his wife, Marsha Knuth Wilson, of Salem, and Wendy J. Wilson of Plano, Texas; his four grandchildren, Rebecca Starbuck Pierce and her husband, Michael, of Atlanta, Chad J. Wilson and his wife, Martha McKinney of Machesney Park, Ill., James K. Wilson of Cleveland and Stephen H. Wilson of Columbus; his five great-grandchildren, J. Michael and Jed Pierce and Kenneth, Sara and William Wilson; his sister, Barbara Wilson McCorkhill of Beloit; and several nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held at Grandview Cemetery Chapel.
Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery.
There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Salem Community Foundation, James H. Wilson Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 553, Salem, OH 44460.
Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.
Visit www.starkmemorial.com to view his obituary and to send condolences.
HOWLAND Clement H. Bud Rogers Jr., 84, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Bud was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Youngstown, the son of Clement and Ruby Rogers Sr.
He was a 1948 graduate of Girard High School and later join the Air Force and served during the Korean conflict. He was president of Rogers Lumber Company and owner of Buds Car Wash. Bud enjoyed playing golf and flying his own plane.
He married Pat on Sept. 4, 1960, and together they raised four sons, Clement (Joann) Rogers III of Akron, Randall Rogers of Newport News, Va., Jeff Rogers of Girard and Rhem Gillis of Champion.
Bud is also survived by his grandsons, Joe (Sarah) Gillis and Dan Gillis of Tripp, S.D.; and five great-grandchildren, that brought him such happiness and joy to his life, Jack, Avery, Sam, Joey and Eli.
Besides his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Tapley Rogers and brother Frank.
Bud requested no calling hours or funeral services.
Cremation has taken place and Bud will be laid to rest near his father at Belmont Park Cemetery.
The family requests that any material contributions be made to the Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 66, Vienna, OH 44473, or Northeast Adoption Service, 5000 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44484, in Buds memory.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the Rogers family.
CAMPBELL Services will be Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at noon at the Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church for Mrs. Myrinda Jayne Johnson, 55, who was called to her eternal home by the Lord on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.
Mrs. Johnson was born Aug. 6, 1959, in Sharon, Pa., a daughter of James and Margaret Collier Mosley.
She was a 1977 graduate of East High School and was a majorette. She had been employed with General Motors Lordstown, retiring after 33 years of faithful service. She was a lifelong member of the Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, the East High Reunion Committee, and founder for the Lincoln Knolls Cookouts. She enjoyed dancing, all music, especially jazz, and was an advocate against domestic violence.
She leaves to forever cherish her memory, her parents, James Mosley and Margaret Davis; her husband, Rodger, whom she married Aug. 20, 1986; her children, Myesha and Rodger Johnson, both of Youngstown; sisters Juliana Mosley of Philadelphia, Abigail Mosley of California, and Cristel (Calvin) Hart of San Diego; her brothers, Michael (Linda) Singleton of Houston, Ronald Davis of Youngstown and Darin Davis of Campbell; nine grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
She was greeted at Heavens Gate by her son, Raamon Johnson and her brother, James Mosley III.
Friends may call Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home in Youngstown.
VILLA MARIA, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 1898 Wilson Ave., for Mary Louise Keshock, 91, formerly of Campbell, who died peacefully at Hospice Care at Assumption Village on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Mary Louise was born July 26, 1923, a daughter of Michael and Sophia (Backus) Keshock, both deceased, and grew up in Campbell.
A 1941 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, she also attended Youngstown State University. She worked for the Campbell Board of Education for 31 years as a school secretary at Reed Middle School.
She had served as president of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE Chapter No. 141), the Haseltine Ladies Club, the Legion of Mary, the Sacred Heart Society, and the Youngstown Diocese Legion of Mary Curia. She was also an active member of the Golden Circle Seniors, the Byzantine Ladies Association, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (Court St. Anne) and the Infant of Prague Guild (St. Elizabeth).
Mary Louise leaves to cherish her memories, her siblings, Robert of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Sister Rita Keshock of Uniontown, Pa., John (Katherine) of Avon, and Charles (Joann) of Garfield Heights; and her sister-in-law, Mary Jo; and was dear Aunt Mal and great-aunt to many.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Alice, and brother-in-law George Kuzmack; her brother, Edward; and her sister-in-law, Kathryn.
In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions will be applied toward Gregorian Masses in Mary Louises memory.
The Keshock family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the church, prior to the funeral Mass at 1 p.m.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Mary Louises family condolences.
MT. LAUREL, N.J. - Funeral services will be held Monday at noon at the Wasko Funeral Home for Damaris V. Lopez, 80, formerly of Campbell, who passed away Thursday in New Jersey.
Damaris was born Feb. 5, 1934, in Salinas, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Felix and Onelia Perez Vazquez.
She was a member of the Christ Redeemer Church in Mt. Holly, N.J.
Damaris had a passion for crocheting and doing crossword puzzles.
Her husband, Ramon Lopez, whom she married Aug. 20, 1950, passed away during the Vietnam War on March 13, 1968.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Damaris Carmen Gomez of Mt. Laurel, Ramon (Donna) Lopez of Poland, and Belinda (Hilberto) Andujar of Mt. Laurel; her sisters, Mara (Ed) Ostrowski of Campbell, Priscilla Switka of Austintown, and Dixiana (Pedro) Rivera of Orlando Fla.; five grandchildren, Lanee Gomez, Dane Camp and Krista Camp of Maple Shade, N.J., Carla Lopez and Ross Lopez of Poland; and three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Lilliana and Rosalie Camp.
Damaris was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, Ariel Vazquez.
The Lopez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Monday from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home, prior to the noon funeral service.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Damaris family condolences.
WEST SALEM TOWNSHIP - Larry Keith Noble, 68, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, after his courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at his home on Lininger Road in West Salem Township.
He was born in Greenville, Pa., on Aug. 18, 1946, to the late Keith James and Esther J. (Swartzbeck) Noble.
Larry graduated from Greenville High School in 1965 and soon after began working at Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Sharon, Pa. He joined the U.S. Army in 1966, and served his country as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne in Vietnam until 1968. He returned to work at Westinghouse until 1969, when he started work at Penn Power as a lineman, and later as a line leader, until his retirement in 2006.
He married his wife, Peggy (Weller), on Sept. 26, 1986. In 2005, together, they opened Nobles Memory Lane, where they made many memories together, along with their family and many friends. He enjoyed making his many crafts and the seasonal open houses, with his special spitted chickens.
His favorite pastime had to be golfing. He enjoyed playing in local golf leagues, where he kept his buddies laughing. He was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 145, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3374, both in Greenville, and the United Utility Workers of America.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and a good friend to many. He enjoyed hosting many picnics, bonfires, parties and reunions with family and friends.
In addition to his wife, Larry is survived by three daughters, Melissa Vancura and her husband, Ron, of Greenville, Melinda Hazen and her husband, John, of Linesville, Pa., and Becky Noble of Greenville; 10 grandchildren, Evan and Falan Vancura, Breonna, Paige, June, and Nora Hazen, and Thornton, Luella, Elliona, and Spencer Noble-Clark; four brothers, James W. Noble of Zephyrhills, Fla., Donald C. Noble and his wife, Evelyn, of Hadley, Ronald L. Noble of Nebraska, and Jerry A. Noble and his wife, Bridget, of Greenville; three sisters, Carol D. Millero of Transfer, Rose M. Smargiasso and her husband, John, of Greenville, and Penny J. Galus and her companion, Brian Mitcheltree, of Greenville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Sara Weller, and his partner in crime, Bob Noble.
Visitation will be held today, Dec. 21, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Osborne-Williams Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 7375 Columbia Ave., Greenville.
Funeral services will be held at the Bethel Life Worship Center, 246 S. Mercer St., Greenville, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, with the Rev. Kent Bell officiating. Friends may call an hour prior to the service in the church lounge. The service will conclude with military honors by the Greenville VFW honor guard.
Burial will be held at St. Marys Cemetery, Hermitage, Pa.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Bethel Life Worship Center, 246 S. Mercer St., Greenville, PA 16125, or www.blwc.org.
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PHILADELPHIA - Dwight Thomas Peterson, 66, attorney, passed away Dec. 8, 2014, from pneumonia and sepsis at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
Dwight was born May 2, 1948, in Youngstown, the son of an FBI agent, Stanley E. Peterson and a school teacher, Kathryn Thomas Peterson.
He attended St. Patricks School in Hubbard, and graduated from Ursuline High School in Youngstown. He described his childhood as the best, recalling a large loving family, friends, animals, a horse named Skyrocket, music, and exotic cars.
Dwight graduated from St. Louis University in St. Louis and University of Memphis School of Law, in Memphis, Tenn. While in Memphis, he was noted for his Blues parties, with notable Delta Blues musicians, like Furry Lewis, and many others. He began his law practice, later known at The Peterson Law Firm, 40 years ago, with an emphasis on entertainment law. He had numerous exciting cases, including the start of Stars Comedy Club, and copyright infringement, like the Me and Mrs. Jones song, Billie Bond, and the Frankie Lymon case, where his character was depicted in the film version, Why do Fools Fall in Love.
Dwight will be remembered for his charismatic personality, generosity, loyalty and his unique lust for fun. He lived each moment of life to the fullest. He was an equestrian, loved fast cars, collected and raced Porsches. Summarized best by Fred B. Smith, law partner and friend: Dwight may not have been a famous man, yet he was full of greatness. He was wild, crazy and brilliant, dancing the knifes edge with a discipline that exhausted us. He had an uncanny ability to size someone up in 10 seconds, either hes in or hes out. He didnt share in personal worlds, but drew us into his own. Badly good, sadly happy, 'Swedishly Lebanese, Americanly stateless, loyal and lawless, no day too small for adventure or calamity, he beheld the world at once, fascinated and cynical; his soul spanned the full mortal range between heaven and hell. Dwight tempered our love with abrasive truth and we are the better for it. He gave us a lifetime of tales and memories; and a scale by which to weigh our own existence.
To Dwight it could be said: Your pessimism could not accept that final miracle for which you so devoutly yearned. Now you have it, and you chuckle at yourself, and us, relieved, from the other side. The unmistakable fire of your post-mortal existence lights the way through a dozen dimensions. We will find you again.
He leaves his companion, Mary Jane Shultheis of Langhorne, Pa.; his brother, Dr. Gregory Peterson (Ramona) of Des Moines, Iowa; a niece, Erin P. Nathan (Christopher) of Iowa City, Iowa; a nephew, Blake Peterson of Portland, Ore.; and two great-nieces.
A memorial service and final internment will be held on his birthday, May 2, 2015, at St. Patrick Church in Hubbard.
Memorials may be given in Dwight's name to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis.
BEAUFORT, S.C. Robert Charles Bob Roberts, retired Columbiana County Judge, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at his home, from complications of a rare form of cancer known as neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). He was 62.
Bob was born in Salem on Aug. 2, 1952, to Robert E. and Marilyn Roberts.
He graduated from Salem High School in 1970, and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Wittenberg University in 1974, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati in 1977.
Bob dedicated a large portion of his life to the practice of law and the administration of justice. After admission to the bar in 1977, he served terms as both an assistant prosecutor and an assistant public defender in Columbiana County, while maintaining a private law practice as a partner in the firm of Yeagley, Roberts and Kirkland. He was elected to the seat of County Court Judge in 1988, a position which he would serve for 17 years until his retirement from the bench in 2005.
Upon retiring, Bob and his wife, Mary, relocated to their dream home in Beaufort, where Bob became licensed as a real estate broker and joined Mary in forming a real estate agency. Together, they helped many others find their own dream homes in the Low Country of the Carolina coast.
Bob was an active part of both of his favorite cities. In Salem, he started out as an Eagle Scout, and throughout his career he served the community and the county in many ways. In addition to his service with the prosecutor and public defender, he was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Salem and served on its board of elders, member of Kiwanis Club, Ruritan Club, Columbiana County Fair board of directors, Salem High School Alumni Association committee member and trustee, the Columbiana County Bar Association, The Ohio Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and member and trustee of the charitable referral service A.I.D of Salem. He volunteered as a little league baseball coach and was an enthusiastic player on the Legends baseball team. He was the recipient of many awards and recognitions from these and other organizations.
In Beaufort, Bob was a licensed real estate broker, a volunteer in the Kairos Prison ministry, and a devoted member of the St. Helena Episcopal Church, where he also served as a docent for the beautiful and historic church facilities.
Bob maintained a lifelong love of horses, owning and frequently riding champion caliber horses. He was a staunch Cleveland Indians fan and made sure to attend opening day whenever possible. A man of endless curiosity and energy, he pursued hobbies, travel and other interests with boundless enthusiasm.
He is survived by his wife, Mary (Fisher) Roberts of Beaufort, and formerly of Salem; former wife Louise (McHenry) Roberts of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter Anne (Erik) Knudson of Charlotte; son Robert M. Roberts of Charlotte; parents Robert E. and Marilyn A. Roberts of Salem; brother Ron (Terri) Roberts of Salem; sister Diane (Paul) Young of Poland; stepsons Tim Treleven of Stuart, Fla., Scott Treleven of Lisbon and John Treleven of Salem; aunt Marge Lenz of Palm Desert, Calif.; three grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his constant companion, Curly the Labradoodle.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jerry and Gladys Roberts of Damascus, and Charles and Mary Lenz of North Lima; and uncles Mike Roberts, Jim Roberts, and Charles Lenz.
A memorial service was held at St. Helena Episcopal Church in Beaufort at noon on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, and a second memorial service will be held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Salem on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at noon. Friends may visit with the family at the church an hour before the service. The Columbiana Bar Association will hold a private memorial service for members of the bar at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Columbiana County Fair Grandstand Fund in Bobs name: Columbiana County Fair Grandstand Fund, P.O. Box 356, Lisbon, OH 44432, or call 330-424-5311.
Bob was greatly admired by many and will be sorely missed by his friends and family.
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AKRON - A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, for Florence London Rearick, who died on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, at Rockynol Retirement Community in Akron.
She was born in Reynoldsville, Pa., on April 17, 1914, and was the daughter of Alice Scholl London and Harry Barton London.
Active in many organizations, Florence was a member of the New Middletown Garden Club, O.E.S. Miriam Chapter, DAR, Republican Women, New Middletown Senior Citizens, the Lupse Card Club, and the Poland United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three siblings; and her husband, Donald Rearick.
She is survived by her son, Donald Jr.; her daughter-in-law, Margaret; three granddaughters, Lorraine, Gwynne, and Stephanie; and two great-grandchildren, Ariel Smith and Graham Lang Jr.
AUSTINTOWN - Funeral services will be held Monday at 8 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, for Mary B. Smith, 68, who died Friday morning at home.
Mary was born Feb. 24, 1946, in Newport, R.I., to Frank and Inez Mendonca.
She most recently worked as a cake decorator at Giant Eagle in Howland.
Mary was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and card clubs. Most of all, Mary enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her husband, Francis D. Smith, whom she married Aug. 29, 1967; two daughters, Lonnie M. (Doug) Bobovnick of Salem and Melissa J. (Paul) Sutara of Austintown; three sons, Daniel R. (Julia) Smith of Boardman, William H. Fain of Austintown, and Joe Dean (Dawn) Smith of Hermitage, Pa.; a sister, Shirley Souza of Newport; a brother, Frank (Eleanor) Mendonca of Middletown, R.I.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Connie Chamberlin.
Family and friends may call Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Generations of Giving Fund, 4500 Norquest Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44515.
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NEW MIDDLETOWN - Michael W. Tobias Sr., 88, died Dec. 20, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Tobias was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Youngstown, a son of Michael and Mary Tenczler Tobias.
He attended Woodrow Wilson High School, before leaving for the U.S. Navy, where he served during World War II.
Michael worked for General Motors and was Deputy Sheriff for Mahoning County. He also worked for a cement company and was owner and operator of Top Valley Gas Stations in Youngstown and Warren. He attended the New Life Church and was a member of the UAW. Michael was an avid football fan and was a season ticket holder at Youngstown State University.
He is survived by his wife, Freda, whom he married Nov. 22, 1975; two sons, Robert (Sue) Tobias of Houston and LTC., Daniel (Maki) Tobias of Honolulu; five daughters, Nancy Woodrum of Youngstown, Karen Worstell of Austintown, Jacquelyn Davis of Youngstown, Lori Lennox of Poland, and Michelle Tobias of Boardman; two sisters, Esther (L.A.) Woodworth of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., and Isabel (John) Tarr of Youngstown; one brother, Frank Tobias of Youngstown; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Tobias.
Besides his parents, Michael was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Tobias Jr. and Joseph Tobias; one brother, Louis Tobias; and one grandson, Matthew Tobias.
Services will be held at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St., Poland, Tuesday at 11 a.m., with Pastor Bob Reese officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Friends and family will be received Monday 5 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
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WARREN - Vincent Mariano Sr., 81, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, with his family by his side.
Vincent was born April 29, 1933, in Fredonia, N.Y., to parents Frank and Theresa (LaPagalia) Mariano.
Vincent served his country proudly in the U.S. Army at the age of 17, during the Korean conflict. He was a paratrooper and personal driver for General Westmoreland.
Vincent married Marjorie E. Northrup on Jan. 20, 1951, and together they shared more than 63 years of marriage and had six wonderful children, until her passing in March of 2014.
Vincent worked for Anchor Motor Freight in Lordstown as a professional truck driver, retiring in 1979. Vincent loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and enjoyed just sitting with them and playing with their toys.
Vincent is survived by his children, Linda (Thomas) Spain of Warren, with whom he made his home, Vincent (Becky) Mariano Jr. of Girard, Margie Mariano of Girard, Michael (Rose) Mariano of Cincinnati, Theresa (Chuck) Suzelis of Diamond, and Timothy (Sue) Mariano of Austintown; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Vincent was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and granddaughter Amy Mariano Wolfe.
Visitation will be held Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Vincents memory to the Warren Family Mission, Warren.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
UPPER ARLINGTON - Splendora Dorothy A. (Ponzio) Telfer, 92, peacefully passed away after a one month-long illness on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.
The oldest of six, she was born in Youngstown on June 20, 1922.
Dorothy was a graduate of East High School in Youngstown. Before she married, Dorothy worked in the lab at Northside Hospital in Youngstown.
She married her beloved friend and husband, the late Donald McGill Telfer, on May 28, 1955.
Dorothy loved to cook, bake, and go to the grocer to examine the produce. Above all, her granddaughter, Danielle, was her world, and she was fiercely loyal and protective of those she cared about.
She is survived by her loving daughter, Deborah Deb Telfer; the apple of her eye, granddaughter Danielle McGill Telfer; special niece, Luann Rulli; brother-in-law John Peno Stanek; and other nieces, nephews, and friends.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband; and parents August and Carmela (Martucci) Ponzio; along with siblings Lucy Stanek, Teresa Geveras, Salvatore Ponzio, Carlo Ponzio, and Mary Ponzio.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at the Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, 1740 Zollinger Road, where the family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Celebrant Andrew Hoover is officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Jane Wrench, late of Youngstown , passed away peacefully, December 12, in Charlotte. She was 92 years old.
Jane was born April 28, 1922, in Caernarvonshire, Wales to Thomas and Lydia Wrench. She immigrated to the United States with her parents, her older sister, Mary, and baby brother, Robert in 1929. The family settled in Youngstown.
Jane graduated from The Rayen School in 1942. Upon graduation, Jane found work with the Youngstown Steel Door Company. She worked for the Steel Door until retirement in 1984.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Wyn Torres (James) of Oakland, Calif.; her sister, Claudia May Patrone (Al); and brother Griffith (Margie) of Hayward, Calif.
Brothers Robert of Youngstown and Thomas of San Francisco, predeceased her.
She had many nieces and nephews whom she loved. Jane will be remembered for her ebullient personality. She was an active participant in the Calon Lan Welsh Club. She enjoyed traveling and shopping. She loved doing charitable church work. She was a member of the Boardman Methodist Church. She moved to Charlotte in 2010 to be near her beloved sister, Claudia and her husband, Al; niece Jane Michelle; and nephew Bryan.
Private services will be held in Charlotte and she will be interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Youngstown.