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YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel for Christine M. “Fun Size” Bovo, 46, who passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 10, at her home.

Christine was born Dec. 28, 1970, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Lawrence J. Bovo and Shirley (Heeter) Bovo.

Fun Size, as she was known by her friends, was a graduate of Chaney High School, class of 1989, and was currently employed as a teller at Farmers National Bank.

She was a loving mother, daughter, granddaughter, fiance, sister, aunt and friend.

She enjoyed riding on the back of her fiance’s motorcycle and would often say that her job was to ride on the back of the bike and look good, not to drive them.

Christine is survived by her mother, Shirley of Youngstown; one son, Dakota C. Kuhley of Youngstown; her fiance, Steve “Big Tank” Stevenson of Youngstown; two brothers, Lawrence J. and Steven Bovo, both of Youngstown; her maternal grandmother, Ann Louise Heeter of Youngstown; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Fun Size was preceded in death by her father, Larry; her paternal grandparents, Bruno and Labrada Bovo; and her maternal grandfather, Robert Heeter.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by services at 2 p.m.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Lane Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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

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MASURY – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Hubbard, with the Rev. Michael Swierz officiating, for Mildred L. Baksa, 99, formerly of Hubbard, who passed away on Tuesday Dec. 12, 2017, at O’Brien Memorial Health Care Center.

Mildred was born June 22, 1918, in Hubbard, a daughter of Michael and Susanna Klucher Baksa.

She was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. Mildred worked in the insurance industry for many years.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Edward Baksa, and her sisters, Ethel M. Baksa and Adeline Hagan.

There will be calling hours on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, prior to the Mass from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. She will be laid to rest at St. Patrick Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard.

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

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MINERAL RIDGE – Joan “Jean” Begalla passed away peacefully Dec. 14, 2017, at 1:13 p.m. at the Vista Care Center in Mineral Ridge.

Born in Skellytown, Texas to Lenis and Opal (Robinson) Tatro on Sept. 29, 1931.

Jean traveled through most of the states and made homes primarily in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Ohio.

Married to John R. Begalla in July 1971, they resided at 16 Blackburn Drive in Campbell, where they owned and operated Tender Loving Care Pet Grooming until Mr. Begalla’s passing of heart failure in November of 1991. John and Jean were the loves of each other’s lives.

The Begallas were long time members of the Gospel Baptist Church in Poland.

Jean loved nature, animals, gardening, enjoyed sewing, reading, and visiting with family. She was a long time Red Cross volunteer and donor. Jean also loved to learn and achieved a long time goal of getting her GED in 1994 at the age of 63.

Survived by daughter Cristina Smuke (Ed) of Cortland; sons Lenis Goff (Cindy) of Edinburgh, Pa., Cliff Goff of Youngstown, and Tom Goff; grandson Shaun Peterson of Struthers and Joshua Peterson (Meagan) of Edinburgh; granddaughter Laurie Peterson of Campbell; great-granddaughters Amanda Peterson Campbell, Abigale Peterson, Emily Peterson, and Melinda Gigax; great-grandsons Austin Gigax and Timothy Peterson; great-great-granddaughter Maylin Campbell; stepsons John Begalla of Springfield, Ky. and Michael Begalla (Diane); granddaughters Valerie Ellis, Andrea Moore and Cassandra Janecka of Houston; Rick Begalla, whereabouts unknown; and sisters Judy Banks (David) and Linda Werth (Paul) of Mt. Carmel, Ill..

Jean will be cremated immediately and a small private family service held at a later date to join her cremains with her husband, John, at Green Haven Memorial Gardens, 3495 South Canfield-Niles Road in Canfield.

The family asks if you would like to remember her to send donations to Down Syndrome Association of the Valley in Boardman, the Red Cross, or Hospice of the Valley.

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AUSTINTOWN – John Burton “Jack” Collier, 86, passed away Dec. 7, at Briarfield Manor.

He was born Aug. 25, 1931, in Youngstown, the son of James Howard and Marion McGeehan Collier.

Jack was a 1949 graduate of Boardman High School and attended Amherst College where he was a member of Psi Epsilon Fraternity. He graduated from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with a MBA in 1956.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Jack was an outstanding athlete excelling in football, basketball, and softball at Boardman High School and basketball and softball at Amherst. He was a longtime member of the YMCA and the Youngstown Country Club where he set the amateur course record for golf in 1970 with a score of 65.

Jack was a stockbroker with Butler Wick & Company.

He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church for 72 years and more recently belonged to the Canfield Presbyterian Church.

Jack leaves his wife, Janet Owen Collier, whom he married in 1973.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Robert Collier of Winchester, Va.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512, The Salvation Army, 1501 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, OH 44511, Canfield Presbyterian Church, 140 West Main St., Canfield, OH 44406.

Funeral arrangements were conducted by the Szabo and Sons Funeral Home in Youngstown.

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YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at the Price Memorial AME Zion Church for Mrs. Zantha Mae Ellis, 81, who entered eternal rest on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mrs. Ellis was born Nov. 12, 1936, in Cliftonville, Miss., a daughter of Oscar Sr. and Ora Lee Jones Tate.

She was joined in matrimony with Garrett Ellis Sr. on Sept. 14, 1957, and worked at General Electric for 15 years.

Mrs. Ellis was a faithful member of the Price Memorial AME Zion Church, where she served as the lead singer in the choir. She found joy in gardening, cooking great southern meals and completing Sudoku puzzles.

She will be dearly missed.

Mrs. Ellis leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 60 years; four sons, Garrett Ellis Jr. of Campbell, Troy Ellis of Zanesville, and Leonard and Marlon Ellis, both of Youngstown; two daughters, Brenda (Gregory) Guilford of Cleveland and Calandra Black of Youngstown; four sisters, Bernice Gatson of Chicago, Ora Miller of Salina, Kan., Irma (Dwight) Morgan of Raleigh, N.C., and Mattie Williams of Youngstown; a brother, Curtis Harris Tate of Columbus, Miss.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two good friends, Barbara Williamson and Jesse Judge; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers, Oscar, Finis, John and Thomas Tate.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 12 to 1 p.m. at the church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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POLAND – Clara L. Evans, 80, passed away Dec. 15, 2017, at Shepherd of the Valley Skilled Nursing in Poland.

She was born April 8, 1937, in Youngstown, daughter of Howard and Mildred (Mansfield) Killius, and had been a lifelong area resident.

Clara was a graduate of South High School and had worked as a Claims Processor for Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She retired from Professional Risk Management in 2000. After her retirement, she worked part-time as a claims processor for several area companies.

She was a member of the Bethel Evangelical Friends Church in Poland.

She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and reading.

Surviving are her daughter, Barbara (Ray) Moore of Poland; her son, Joseph Evans of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Gabby (Chris) Massey of Boardman and Ashley (Jake) Zimmerman of Lowellville; and four great-grandchildren, Abel and Ruthanne Zimmerman, and Kennedy and Landon Massey. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Thelma Wilson and Virginia Mayerik.

There will be services at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at the Bethel Friends Evangelical Church, with Pastors Steve Rhodes and Bobby Murphy officiating.

Friends may call from 3 to 4:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Interment will follow at the Poland Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material contributions take the form of donations to the food pantry of the church.

The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Shepherd of the Valley Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing who lovingly cared for her these past several years.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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PITTSBURGH – Donna K. Galik, 81, formerly of McCormick, S.C., Boardman, and Cleveland, died on Dec. 15, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Donald J. Galik and the  loving mother of Lynn (Karl) Klingensmith, Lisa (Dale) Rowekamp, Lee (Nancy) Galik, Laurie (Vance) Patton, and the late Leslie (Dan) Willet.  She is also survived by 12 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Basic Catholic Church, 8700 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, OH 44141.  There will be a private interment at Brecksville Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to VNA Hospice, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  www.schellhaasfh.com

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YOUNGSTOWN - Marcella M. Howard, 76, passed away peacefully at Meridian Arms Nursing home on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017.

She was born Oct. 15, 1941, in Springfield, Ill.

Marcella attended McDonald High School and had been a lifelong area resident.

She had worked at St. Elizabeth Health Center in housekeeping for many years and then became a heart technician. She drove bus for Mahoning County MRDD retiring in 2005. Marcella belonged to the Joseph Knight tower girls card club.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Michael J. (Nancy) Howard of Canfield, with whom Marcella made her home. She leaves her daughter-in-law, Karen Howard of Georgia; and Michael D. Howard of Canfield, the father of her children; and her five grandchildren, Riannon, Paige, Heather, Michael and Sydney Howard. Marcella also leaves her siblings, Midge, Donald, Debbie, Jim, Peggy and Tom; plus several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Marcella was preceded in death by her son, Denny Howard, who passed in 2015.

Material tributes can be made in Marcella’s name to Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation, P.O. Box 241, Haror Creek, PA 16421.

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

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AUSTINTOWN – There will be a memorial service on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman, for Virginia Hinton, 69, who made her transition to her heavenly home on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, with her family by her side.

She was born June 14, 1948, in Eutaw, Ala., the daughter of Elmore and Easter (Manning) Hinton, and moved to the Youngstown area in 1966.

Virginia was employed for 45 years at the General Motors Lordstown Fabricating Plant, and she was a member of the UAW Local 1112. She enjoyed reading her Bible, shopping, traveling and was an excellent cook. She was also very talented and creative as an artist doing many freehand drawings. Virginia always decorated for every holiday and was the party planner for many family and friend’s events.

She leaves behind to cherish her memories her daughter, Lisa Hinton of Florida; and two grandchildren, Bethany and Bradley Hinton both of Florida; a sister, Alabama Green and a brother, Gilbert (Beverly) Hinton, both of Michigan; and a brother Isaac (Mary) Hinton in Alabama; along with many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, from 10 to 10:50 a.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the entire staff of Hospice of The Valley for the care that was shown to them and Virginia.

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

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AUSTINTOWN – Deborah J. Hoefler-Soccorsy, 53, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at The Cleveland Clinic after a prolonged illness.

Born May 29, 1964, in Youngstown, she was a daughter of Norman and Jeanne Hoefler of North Jackson, and attended the Jackson-Milton School District, graduating with honors in 1982.

Debbie attended Mount Union College and graduated cum laude with degrees in Communications and Psychology in 1986. She pursued a career as a Director for Multiple Sclerosis chapters in both Virginia Beach, Va., and Pensacola, Fla., before moving to Irvine, Calif., where she was employed as an executive secretary in banking.

After returning to the Youngstown area, Debbie married William Soccorsy, and together they started a trucking company and raised their son.

Debbie will be missed by the light of her life, her son, William Anthony Soccorsy; as well as by her parents, Norman and Jeanne Hoefler; a brother, Jeff (Joyce) Hoefler of Berlin Center; a sister, Cheryl (Clay) Leonard and their children, Curt and Claire Leonard of Pittsburgh; and her former spouse, William Soccorsy.

Debbie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bob and Betty Smith, formerly of North Jackson.

Private services were held for the family.

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POLAND - A private memorial Mass was celebrated Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for Dolores H. “Dee” Jones, 85, who died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Shepherd of the Valley in Poland.

Dolores was born July 7, 1932, in Youngstown, the daughter of Ralph J. and Helen L. McNally Smith.

She was a 1951 graduate of Ursuline High School.

She then worked for Ohio Bell Telephone Company for 32 years, starting out as an operator, and eventually being promoted to Senior Statistical Clerk before retiring.

She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and a volunteer at its “Bear Workshop” for children.

She and her husband entertained as clowns at schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other venues in Florida. She had moved from Liberty Township to Florida in the 80s, and returned to the area one year ago from Stuart, Fla.

Dee loved to golf, play cards and shop. She especially enjoyed spending time with her sister and nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Edward E. Jones, whom she married Sept. 16, 1961, died Nov. 5, 1995.

Dee is survived by one sister, Shirley (Randel) Boyles of Ellsworth Twp.; nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia A. Kubala, and her twin sister, Dorothy M. Johnston; and two brothers, Ralph J. Smith, Jr. and Edgar J. Smith.

Burial will take place in Tequesta, Fla.

The family would like to thank Shepherd of the Valley of Poland for the compassionate care and kindness shown to Dee during her stay.

Arrangements are by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences.

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NEW BRIGHTON – Alice M. (Shuback) Johns, 74, formerly of Canfield, passed away.

She was preceded in death by husband James; son Patrick; brother William “Larry” Shuback.

She is survived by daughter Beth (Troy) Johnson; grandchildren Ian and Ella Johnson; sisters Sally Payne and Patty Wiant; brother Rodger (Karen) Shuback; and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held in Ohio at a later date.

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CAMPBELL – Carmen M. Lebron, 89, passed away in the morning on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her loved ones.

Carmen was born April 19, 1928, to the late Isaias Lebron and Jovina Garcia on the Island of Puerto Rico.

Her family, friends, and loved ones will always cherish their memories of Carmen, especially her love of cooking, love of flowers, and love of spending time with her sizable family.

Carmen was a member of the Pentecostal Jehová Nissi Inc., and enjoyed singing and praising the Lord until her very last breath.

She is survived by her daughter, Maria Gonzalez of Campbell; her sons, Angel Acevedo of Campbell and Rafael Acevedo of Boardman; her brothers, Juan Lebron of Campbell, and Luis Lebron of Florida; as well as seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and a host of other family, friends, and loved ones.

Carmen was preceded in passing by her parents; her son, John Acevedo; and brothers and sisters.

Carmen’s family has entrusted the care of their loved one to the Conley & Vanden Berg Funeral Home, 75 E. Midlothian Blvd. in Youngstown.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. The family will receive visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with funeral services beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The interment will be held on Tuesday Dec. 19, 2017, following funeral services at Lake Park Cemetery Association, 1459 E. Midlothian Blvd. in Youngstown.

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MINERAL RIDGE – Joann McBride, 102, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Born Feb. 7, 1915, in Lowellville, she was one of 13 children born to Charles and Marian Rotz.

Mrs. McBride was a homemaker who loved spending time with her family.

Her faith was an important part of her life; she cooked at the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and was a former member of St. James Church in Niles.

She enjoyed her friends, Bingo, and going to dances.

Survivors include her children, William J. Bidinotto and Linda J. (Robert) Davis; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Jeanette, Angeline, Cecilia, Minnie, Nettie, Sam, Lawrence, Jim and Fred; as well as three infant siblings who died at birth.

The family would like to thank the staff of Vista Care at the Ridge, especially Mickey and Donna, as well as the staff of Grace Hospice.

Private services have been held for the family and burial took place at Holy Rosary Cemetery in Lowellville.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to share a memory or to send a condolence.

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CANFIELD – There will be graveside services at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Hall Cemetery in Hubbard for Lawrence D. Mort, 69, who passed away on Oct. 28, 2017.

Lawrence was born Nov. 14, 1947, in Bowling Green, Ohio, the son of Earl J. and Madonna Grafton Mort.

Larry spent his formative years growing up in northeastern Ohio: Struthers, Diehl Lake, Ellsworth, Salem and Columbiana.

He was an attorney and practiced law in New York City. Larry spent much of his adult life in Rochester, N.Y.

He leaves behind his stepmother, Barbara Mort; his children, Shana Glasgow Hankey, Marcus Siotkas, Claire Gardner, Katie and Jonathan Mort, his siblings, Susan (Bryan) Christian, Christine (Arthur) Guenther, Cynthia (Daniel) Kuhn, Amy Buck-Munroe, Earl (Bonnie) Mort, Heidi Mort and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard.

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YOUNGSTOWN - There were private funeral services for Eva M. Polak, 82, who passed away on Dec. 13, 2017.

She was born on April 25, 1935, in Youngstown, daughter of Martin Baal and Katherine Schein.

She worked as a secretary for Bernard Auto Parts for many years. She was a member of St. Christine’s Church and enjoyed cooking.

Surviving are her son, Matthew (Karen) Polak Jr. of Youngstown; two sisters, Helen Baal of Canfield and Agnes Torella of Lowellville; and one grandson, Colton Polak of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David; a brother, Louie; and a sister, Roslyn.

Visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.

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AMHERST – On Dec. 20, 1912, in Gannett, Idaho, the Lord God Almighty delivered John Harry “Pipe” Pugel into the loving arms of his parents.  On Dec. 13, 2017, our Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the angels delivered John back into God’s open arms, after fulfilling his earthly obligations for 104 years.

John’s parents, Mary Magdalene Puhalla and John Milan Pugel, both immigrated to Ellis Island, N.Y., from Czechoslovakia with stepdaughter Anna Blucher.

They soon headed out west to pursue homestead farming and cattle ranching around 1908. They moved around a bit. John and his older brother, Thomas, were born in Idaho. Brother George was born in Ohio, brother Joseph in Colorado, sister Rose in Canada, and sister Sophie in Oregon.

The family eventually returned to Ohio around 1916 and first resided in Cleveland, but in the early 1920s moved to Silliman Street in Youngstown.  After divorcing in the late ‘20s, John’s father returned to the West. In the 1930s, all four sons also traveled west and settled in California.  “Pipe” eventually returned to Youngstown in the late 30s and began a career at the Republic Steel Corporation on Albert Street.

In 1941, John registered with the selective service and entered the Army. He was deployed to the Middle East during World War II, and served in the Persian Gulf Command as a military policeman in what is now modern-day Iran.

During his time overseas, he became pen pals with a young Slovenian woman from Avon Park, Girard, who would later become his wife upon his honorable discharge and return to the USA.

Hermina “Mina” M. Perechlin and John were married April 27, 1946, in Youngstown, but eventually settled in Avon Park. John returned to his job at Republic Steel, while Mina began her career as wife, homemaker and finally mother.

After purchasing a vacant corner lot in Avon Park just two houses away from their rental home, John began the construction of his own home. Except for digging the basement, the electrical wiring and wall plastering, “Pipe” worked daily on their home by himself, upon completing his shift at Republic. Many months later, and after the laying of some 12,000 bricks, Mina and John moved into their new home.

Throughout his adult life, John did some cigar smoking, but his real passion came from packing the meerschaum with the sweet savory aroma of Captain Black tobacco.  It was a rarity to see him without his lips clenched around that mouthpiece, puffing away.  That’s how he earned the nickname, “Pipe.”

Now, John didn’t spend ALL his spare time building his home and smoking. When he and Mina moved in 1951, they brought with them two children, Brenda Joyce and John Thomas.

John was a quiet man. He wasn’t much of a conversationalist, and he rarely had a bad word to say about anyone when he did talk.  But, he loved to spend time with his family, and being with them always made him smile. He also was a tinkerer and “re-purposer.” In his coal cellar converted to a workshop, he would spend time repairing household items or constructing things for the home. Things that couldn’t be repaired would be stripped of all the “I might be able to use that someday” parts. John would say “If I throw it away, next week I’ll end up needing it.” John wasn’t a pack-rat, but he did have boxes of parts, and storage bins filled with “springs and screws” and assorted other goodies. Everything was neatly organized and identified to make his projects easier to complete.

In the arts and crafts phase of his life, he created numerous string art creations of  various subjects.  One of his larger creations was the official logo for the Mahoning Valley Button Box Club. Some of his string art hangs in the halls of Shepherd of the Valley in Niles.  He enjoyed assembling 2D and 3D jig saw puzzles, doing crosswords and word search puzzles, and playing 500 rummy and war. Every spring, he planted a vegetable garden at their Avon Park home.

John completed his employment at Republic Steel in 1974, retiring at age 62 with more than 30 years of service.

He was a lifelong member of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Youngstown, and the SNPJ fraternal lodge No. 643 of Girard.

In 1990, John and Mina sold their home to their son and moved into the Niles Shepherd of the Valley retirement community, where they shared a one-bedroom apartment. John enjoyed walking three to five miles every day when the weather allowed.

In 2005, John and Mina moved to Amherst, Ohio, to reside with their granddaughter, Dr. Corie L. Kovach. In 2013, after hospitalization for pneumonia, John came under hospice care upon his return home.

John had always been a physically fit man, and caregivers, hospice nurses and doctors marveled at the durability and muscle strength that he displayed for a centenarian.

“Pipe” leaves here to continue their earthy chores his wife, Hermina, of 71 years; his children, Brenda J. Kovach and John T. Pugel; his four grandchildren, John E. Kovach, Dr. Corie L. Kovach, John T. Pugel Jr., and James J. Pugel; his great-grandchild, John Wallace Kovach; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Thomas, George, Joseph; and three sisters, Anna Blucher, Rose Dulick, Sophie Kupec.

In accordance with “Pipe” and Hermina’s requests, there will be no formal calling hours or services.

Feel free to visit the funeral home’s website www.blackstonesfuneralhome.com to express your thoughts and memories.

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AUSTINTOWN – Jacqueline Dolores Dragovich Ruggiero, loving wife and mother, 76, passed away in her sleep on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, after enduring a long illness.

She was born April 12, 1941, in Youngstown to her parents, Dusan and Barbara Maretich Dragovich.

Jacqueline was a homemaker and warehouse stocker who belonged to the Teamsters Local 377. She was courageous, caring, and had a wonderful sense of humor. She enjoyed music, woodworking, gardening and spending time with her loved ones. She was and will always be the heart of her family.

Jacqueline was preceded in death by her sisters, Regina Dragovich, Anne Erkman, Mimi Samulka, and Evelyn Testa; and brothers David, Daniel and Ronald Dragovich.

She is survived by her husband, Augustine “Auggie”; son Augustine II and daughter-in-law, Melissa; daughter Danielle Brown and son-in-law, James; three grandchildren; and sisters Barbara Dragovich and Patty Hughes; along with many other beloved friends and family.

Calling hours will be Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Schiavone Funeral Home in Youngstown. F

riends and family will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at St. Joseph Church in Austintown for a Mass at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

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AUSTINTOWN – Terrance “Terry” B. James Sr., 58, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, with his wife, Susan by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Terry was born April 19, 1959, a son of David W. and Doris A. Robinson James Sr.

Terry was a 1977 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and had attended Youngstown State University. He was employed by General Motors for over 40 years. He regularly attended the Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield, his entire life.

Terry enjoyed baseball, golf, chess and playing pool but his greatest passion was doing anything that involved time spent with his family and grandchildren. He was an endearing fan of the Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Lakers. Terry served as a coach for Austintown Community Baseball for many years and helped to maintain the baseball fields.

Terry is survived by the love of his life, his wife the former Susan L. McDonald, whom he married July 3, 1981; his four sons, Marshall (June) Silvernail of Austintown, Terry (Sharon) James of Columbiana, Michael (Amy) James of Columbiana and Tommy James of Austintown. He loved his seven grandchildren, Jake Bullen and Avery Cabuno of Austintown, Alexis and Brycen James of Columbiana and Brayden, Sheldon and Eliana James of Columbiana. He is also survived by his sister, Linda (Frank) Stellato of Struthers; his brother, David (Patty) James of North Jackson; and his twin sisters, Sheri (Frank) Spano of Newton Falls and Lori (Jon) Ramsbottom of Struthers.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Western Reserve United Methodist Church, with Reverend Russ Adams officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, prior to the service, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Austintown Community Baseball , P.O. Box 4090 Austintown, OH 44515.

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

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CARSON, CALIF. - Ruth Elizabeth (Cleary) Twitchell, 78, passed away peacefully, Nov. 26, 2017, at her home in Carson.

She was born Aug. 26, 1939, in Youngstown. She was the daughter of Robert and Emma Cleary of Youngstown, who are deceased.

Ruth leaves two sisters, MaryLou (Bob) Casey of Youngstown and Kathy Cleary of Lexington, Ky.; one brother, Dennis Cleary of Woodbridge, Va.; three sons, Jack (Kathy) and Paul Twitchell of California and Richard Twitchell of Washington; four grandsons; two granddaughters; 13 great-grandchildren; three nieces; and three nephews.

Ruth was a graduate of St. Dominic School, Princeton Jr. High School and South High School. She was in Youngstown in September for her 60th class reunion.

She was a big fan of the Kings hockey team and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There will be a memorial service in California in January.

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AUSTINTOWN – Helen Margaret (Pallay) Toth, 92, passed away on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Briarfield Manor in Austintown.

Helen was born on July 23, 1925, in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Helen (Laszlo) Pallai. Her mother passed away when she was nine years old, and she was raised by her stepmother, Rosa (Kondor) Pallai.

She graduated in 1943 from Youngstown East High School.

She attended the Hungarian Reform Presbyterian Church in Youngstown as a child. Her marriage moved her to Masury, where she attended St. Bernadette Catholic Church, where she was a charter member of both St. Bernadette’s Women’s Club as well as the Knights of Columbus No. 3984 Ladies Council.

Helen was a homemaker who enjoyed traveling, shopping, and visiting with her many friends. She was also a Trumbull County poll-worker at the Stephenson School voting site in Masury for many years.

Helen married Julius Toth on June 7, 1945, in Beaufort, S.C., while he was stationed there with the U.S. Marines after World War II, and he passed away on Jan. 24, 1984.

She is survived by her two sons, Julius (Kathy) Toth of Marathon, Fla. and Officer Jeffrey (Shelly) Toth of Austintown; four grandchildren, Matthew Toth of Cleveland, Marc Toth of Maryland, Christina Toth of Austintown, and Amy (Jay) Dahl of Austintown; two great-grandsons, Dillon Toth of Washington and Gabriel Cunningham of Cleveland; brother William Pallay of Poland; devoted loving nieces, Kay (Andrew) Planet of Strongsville, Joanne (James) Brown of Poland, and Darlene (Robert) Mollica of Boardman, all of whom visited frequently wherever Helen lived; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Judith; brothers John (Gizella) Pallay and Steven Pallay; and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Pallay.

The family would like to thank Diane Reese and the caring staff at Briarfield Manor of Austintown for tending to the care of Helen for the past 11 years.

Family and friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, and again on Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield where services will take place beginning at noon.

Burial will take place at the Brookfield Township Cemetery.

The family requests that there be no flowers, instead, memorials should be made in Helen’s honor to the Austintown D.A.R.E. Program in care of Austintown Local Schools, 700 South Raccoon Road, Austintown, OH 44515.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to share a memory or to send a condolence.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Janice R. Thorpe, 74, peacefully passed away in the evening on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at Hospice House, with her son by her side.

She was born Sept. 11, 1943, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Thomas Yaist and Arlene Johnston.

She was a 1960 graduate of Boardman High School.

Janice was an animal lover and enjoyed playing bingo and spending time with her family, beloved grandchildren and pets.

Friends, family and loved ones will forever cherish their memories of Janice and her beautiful spirit.

She is survived by her dearest husband, Martin Thorpe of Youngstown; her daughter, Lori (Bo) Ogden of Campbell; her son, Ronald (Kathleen) Ziegler of Poland; as well as seven precious grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Janice was preceded in passing by her parents; as well as by her brother, Thomas Yaist.

There will be a memorial service in celebration of Janice’s life on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at 5 p.m. at the Conley & Vanden Berg Funeral Home, 75 E. Midlothian Blvd. in Youngstown.

The family will receive visitors from 4 to 5 p.m., with the memorial service beginning at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Animal Charity Humane Society of Youngstown in remembrance of Janice.

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GIRARD – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday at Saint Edward Church, celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Robert Siffrin, for Marlene Rouan Woods, 82, who passed away peacefully Saturday morning at her residence with her family by her side.

Marlene was born Nov. 13, 1935, in Youngstown, daughter of William and Margaret Gaffney Rouan.

She was a 1953 Ursuline High School graduate, she continued her friendship with her classmates throughout her life. While living in Wayne, N.J., Marlene was employed by American Tube Co. She retired in 2014 after 30 years as an office manager, and then she returned to the area.

Marlene married her husband Richard T. Woods, at St. Edwards Church, on Oct. 3, 1964, he passed away on May 18, 2007.

She was a parishioner and Eucharistic minister at the Church of Sacred Heart, in Little Falls, N.J., she was also a member of St. Edwards Church.

She leaves to cherish her memory her sister, Nancy A. (John J.) Burke of Liberty and her sister-in -law, Sister Joan Woods of Sisters of Charity of New Jersey. She also leaves her many nieces and nephews, whom she held dear to her heart, Carol Carder, Bill Rouan, Peg Wynn, Marge Fagan, Polly Rouan, Eileen Kosta, Tom Rouan, John Burke Jr., Bob Rouan, Mary Lou Watson, Cathy Merolillo and Rick Rouan.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Eugene W. and his wife Pauline Rouan; and her nieces, Susan Boros and Nancy Ann Rouan.

Friends and family may call from 3 to 4:45 p.m. at St. Edwards Church, 240 Tod Lane in Youngstown. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fox Funeral Home 4700 Market St. in Boardman.

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

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HUBBARD – Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell, and at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, with the Very Rev. Monsignor Michael Cariglio officiating, for Leslie W. Wise, 84, who passed away Friday morning, Dec. 15th, at his home.

Leslie was born Nov. 3, 1933, in Bedford, Ky., the son of Oscar H. and Thelma Jewell Gosman Wise.

He was a graduate of Bedford High School in Bedford, Ky. and went on to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. Afterward he became an Electrician, working for IBEW Local Union 712 in Beaver, Pa., for 40 years before retiring.

Leslie was a member of the church and loved to fish, hunt, go boating and swimming. He had a knack for fixing anything and everything. Leslie was always ready to lend a helping hand to family and friends.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, the former Rita E. Yacovone, whom he married Nov. 17, 1956; his sons, David Wayne (Kate Carr) Wise of Hubbard and Gary James (Renee) Wise of Edinburg, Pa.; his grandchildren, Brianna Marie, David Anthony and Trista Marie; and his sister, Paula Sue Ginn of Bedford, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister and brother, Dorothy Marie Lucas and James Ray Wise.

The Wise family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell and will receive family and friends Monday evening from 4 to 7 p.m.

Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Leslie’s family condolences.

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