GREENWOOD, S.C. Larry J. DiPietro, 70, husband of Evelyn DiPietro and father of Gabrielle Gabby, died at home under Hospice care Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.
Born in Youngstown on Dec. 6. 1943, he was the son of the late Sarafino and Mary DiPietro.
He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, participated in the choir and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. A 1962 graduate of Ursuline High School, he had been employed by Capsugel since 1973 in the IT Department.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Sam, John and Ralph DiPietro.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 46 years and his daughter, are sisters Evelyn (Armand) Prezioso of Niles, and Esther Palumbo of Girard; brother William (Linda) DiPietro of Hubbard; sister-in-law Leona DiPietro of Youngstown; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; and a special friend, Sandy Schick.
There will be a Mass at St. Rose Church in Girard at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in his memory.
CANFIELD A funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. James Korda on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Schiavone Funeral Home, for Kenneth C. French, 74, who died at Hospice House early Tuesday morning.
Kenny was born March 20, 1940, in Youngstown, a son of Kenneth E. and Mary I. Pelini French.
He grew up on the northside and graduated from Ursuline High School in 1958. His memberships include Teamsters Local 377 and Eagles Aerie 213. While in the U.S. Army, he was stationed at Fort Knox and Fort Gordon. He was a truck driver and had worked for T.C. Redi-Mix Concrete until 1994. His decorum was absorbed by family and friends.
He will be sadly missed by his two daughters, Helen Marie (Charles) Daff, with whom he made his home in Canfield, and Tracy (Manny) Santiago of Youngstown; two sisters, Patricia (Herbert) Weikes of New Jersey and Margaret M. (Stephen) Dunder of Boardman; three brothers, John (Carol) French of Boardman, Anthony French of Austintown, and Joseph (Michelle) French of Youngstown; grandchildren Kenneth (Ebie) Daff, Jaime Torres, Andrew Daff, Cierra Torres, Taylore Daff, Alexandria Morales, Michael Santiago, and A.J. Zajac; four great-grandchildren, Aubree, Adriana, Nathanial, and Lailah; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his best friend and caregiver, Charles Daff, he will be sadly missed by his canine companions, Sadie, Gunner, and Roscoe.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, the former Joanne H. Kopnisky, whom he married Jan. 26, 1961, and who died Aug. 10, 1991; and a brother, Thomas French.
Family and friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice House for their care and support.
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YOUNGSTOWN - Stephanie Toy Glover, 62, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in her home surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness.
Stephanie was born on April 19, 1952, in Youngstown, the second child of Roosevelt Sr. and Dessiree Townsend Glover, along with her twin brother, Sterling.
A 1972 graduate of South High School, Ms. Glover was employed by the Youngstown Board of Education as an Educational Assistant for 41 years.
Her hobbies included studying and teaching the bible, cooking, decorating, and sewing. Stephanies life philosophy and sincere prayer was that every member of her family would be saved and come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. She loved caring for her entire family and was a guardian angel to her nieces and nephews.
Ms. Glover was the founder of Women on Excellence and President of the Youngstown Chapter of the Townsend Family Reunion. She was also a member of AFSCME Chapter No. 1143.
Stephanie leaves to cherish her love and memory, her mother, Dessiree Glover; her twin brother, Sterling; brothers Neil, Roosevelt (Anna) and Todd, all of Youngstown; eight nieces and nephews; and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews.
Stephanie was preceded in death by her father, Roosevelt Sr.
Funeral services are today at 11 a.m. at the Victory Christian Center in Liberty.
CANFIELD - Debra Jo Grover went home to meet her heavenly Father on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, with her family by her side, at the Hospice House.
Debbie was born on Feb. 19, 1951, in East Liverpool, a daughter of Marilyn (Souder) Beilhart and the late James Beilhart.
In 1969, Debbie graduated from North Lima High School and went on to marry William David Grover on Sept. 20, 1971.
Debbie was a member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in North Lima for nearly 60 years. She was a true witness and testament to God throughout her life and her battle with cancer.
She graduated from Choffin Career and Technical Center in 1986, with a nursing license as an LPN.
She was a very caring and nurturing woman, who wanted to help others and did so in her nearly 30 years of nursing.
She worked in nursing homes in Youngstown for many years before finding a permanent choice in home health care. She truly enjoyed the one on one time with her patients. She retired from Home Care with Heart in later August.
Debbie was an avid gardener. She loved planting flowers and tending to them. Her days were spent planting, watering, and mowing. She also was a huge lover of crosswords puzzles. Cryptograms were her favorite.
She cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren, sister, and her beloved dog, Ginger.
Debbie is survived by her mother, Marilyn Wire of Columbiana; her children, Amy (Ryan) Wyman of Lowellville, Anna Grover of Canfield, and Will Grover of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Collin and Christopher Wyman, and Kallista Grover; sisters Geraldine (Jeff) McKinney of Great Falls, Mont., Ebbie (Gerald) Bliss of Great Falls, Robin (Paul) McCain of Casper, Wyo., and Zoanne McKinney of Great Falls. She also is survived by her stepmother, Lynda McKinney of Ft. Benton, Mont.
She was preceded in death by fathers James Beilhart and Phillip McKinney; mother Sarah Jane Jaffe; stepfathers George Wire and Seymour Jaffe; sisters Gaylynn McKinney and infant Lydia Jean McKinney; brothers Christopher Beilhart, Bill Dillon, and infant Phillip McKinney; and her ex-husband, William David Grover.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in North Lima.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers.
The family would like to thank the Hospice House and St. Joes Cancer Center for their excellent care.
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YOUNGSTOWN - Patricia A. Jones, 72, died Oct. 20, 2014, at the Blood and Cancer Center.
Patti was born in Youngstown, Dec. 8, 1941, a daughter of John Manski and Eleanor Calabrette.
She was a 1960 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and worked in the office at General Motors, before retiring in 1999.
Patti loved going to Seneca Allegany with her friends and also enjoyed her flowers and gardening.
She is survived by her mother, Eleanor of Austintown; one sister, Kathy Seergae of Volant, Pa.; four nieces; and six great-nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Buster.
There will be no services or calling hours.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers.
The family requests all gifts take the form of donations in Pattis name to American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406, or Blood and Cancer Center, 3695A Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406.
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YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Jimmie L. Lamp Jr., 56, who passed away at home on Wednesday.
Jimmie was born on Dec. 8, 1957, in Youngstown, a son of Jimmie L. Sr. and Maye Brown Lamp, and lived in the area his whole life.
He was a member of the Gospel Baptist Church in Poland and worked at the Purple Cat. Jimmie belonged to the Golden String Bowling League, the Iron String Life Enhancements (ISLE) and enjoyed swimming and shopping.
Jimmie leaves his mother, Maye Huff and stepfather Paul Huff of Youngstown; a sister, Beatrice A. Stack of Canfield; one uncle, M/M Frank Lopez; one aunt, Cynthia Kwiecinski; and three cousins, Jimmie, Joe, and Keith Lopez.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmie L. Sr.
The family wishes to thank Pinehurst for the care they showed for Jimmie.
Friends may call two hours before the service on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.
Material tributes may be donated in Jimmies name to The Golden String, 12 S. Phelps St., Youngstown, OH 44501.
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SALEM - Joseph Ben Wukotich Jr., 73, died at 2:10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Liberty Health Care Center in Youngstown.
He was born Oct. 28, 1940, in Salem, the son of the late Joseph and Mildred (Rosberg) Wukotich Sr.
He was a 1958 graduate of Salem High School. He worked at Cole Valley Motors in Warren for 10 years, and previously at Barrett Cadillac in Youngstown as a service writer and retired in 2001.
He was a member of the Luthern Church. He enjoyed the Cleveland Indians and watching his grandchildren play sports.
He is survived by his wife, Janeen (Sallaz) Wukotich, whom he married Oct. 28, 1983; one stepson, Michael Scarnecchia of Cortland; one stepdaughter, Tracy (Brian) Zeiler of Niles; three brothers, Don (Dee) Wukotich of Willston, Paul Wukotich of Columbiana, and Peter Charles (Lynn) Wukotich of Salem; five grandchildren, David Hughes, Dana Hughes, Ashley Dryer, Allyson Scarnecchia, and Alyssa Scarnecchia; and one great-grandchild, Aiden Dryer.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home, with the Rev. Don Wukotich officiating. Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at Stark Memorial.
Burial will be at Hope Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 3695B Boardman-Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406, or a charity of the donors choice.
Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.
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AUSTINTOWN - Thom P. Tom Krug, 56, passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 19, 2014, at his home, following an extended illness.
Tom was born June 11, 1958, in Youngstown, a son of the late William and Beverly Rewarts Krug, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, and worked at Lordstown Rubber, was also a truck driver, and helped work on homes for the handicapped as a maintenance worker.
Tom was a motorcycle enthusiast, and he enjoyed the outdoors.
Tom leaves a brother, John Krug of Austintown; many friends; and his beloved dog, Precious.
Besides his parents, a brother, James Krug, is deceased.
Family and friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m.
Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman, where Tom will be laid to rest next his mother.
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YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, for Mrs. Lois Elaine Lainez, 97, who departed this life Monday, Oct. 20, 2014.
Mrs. Lainez was born Aug. 7, 1917, in New Orleans, a daughter of Edward Proctor and Stella Blackwell Scovell. She was raised by her father and late stepmother, Beulah Scovell.
She was a graduate of Xavier High School in New Orleans. Lois had worked as a seamstress with Abrahams and Straus Department Store in Brooklyn, N.Y., retiring after 31 years of service. A loving homemaker, Lois enjoyed watching TV, word search games, bingo and keeping up with old family photos. She was a member of the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church.
She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, a son, Deacon Edward J. (Elder Cynthia) Palmer of Girard; a sister, Shirley (Orlando) Bajoie of Charlotte, N.C.; three grandchildren, Eileen, Tiffany, and Eddie Jr.; three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Angelo P. Lainez, whom she married Aug. 20, 1945, and who passed away in March 2000; and four sisters, Marguerite Collins, Edna Smith, Gladys Rhodes, and Mary Cleo Ruiz.
Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
SALEM Attorney Robert R. Bob Melnick, 58, was killed Sunday night, outside of Toledo, in an accident on the Ohio Turnpike. When the accident occurred, he was returning from Reserve duty in the Chicago area, where he served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General Corps, in the 91st LOD. Two of his sons, Isaac and Joel, have also recently been serving with the military in Afghanistan.
Attorney Melnick was preceded in death in 2001 by his father, Attorney Arseny Melnick, with whom he practiced law for many years in Youngstown, under the firm Melnick and Melnick.
Bob was a 1978 magna cum laude graduate of Hiram College and a 1981 graduate of Ohio Northern University Law School. In the military, he was also a graduate of the Judge Advocate General Basic and Advanced Courses and the Command and General Staff College. He earned the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and other awards.
He was a member of the Mahoning County Bar Association and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He was a member of the Old North Church and also attended the Salem Bible Church. He was a man of deep faith in God, who loved the word of God, and who was also deeply dedicated to serving his country.
Melnick participated in the Alliance Defending Freedom legal organization and earlier founded the Rutherford Institute of Ohio, a former branch of the Rutherford Institute based in Virginia. He also sat on the boards or advised numerous Christian ministries and churches. From 1986 to 1988, he served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Mahoning County.
Melnick was a very experienced litigator, with extensive expertise across many fields of law, including personal injury law, insurance defense, administrative law, probate, school law, bankruptcy, non-profit corporations, and related areas. Two of his favorite specialties included military law and religious liberty law. He was sought after for his experience in military law, and was well-known throughout the state as a strong defender of religious liberty, especially the rights of home schooling families.
He served on a state committee that recommended the draft law for home schooling in Ohio and also served as an appellate attorney for key home schooling cases in Ohio, with the Home School Legal Defense Association. At the time of his death, he was compiling a handbook on home schooling in Ohio. One of his best known cases involved proficiency testing, which he successfully argued before the Ohio Supreme Court in Rea vs. Ohio Department of Education (1998). Melnick participated in many case law issues around the country related to religious freedom. He truly loved the law and was devoted to Youngstown.
He leaves his wife, Diana; sons Joshua, Joel, Isaac, and Abraham John (A.J.); daughter Melissa; his mother, Gladys, 90, of Boardman; brother Arseny James (Jim) Melnick (Karen) of Fredericksburg, Va.; sister Anne Marie Phipps (John) of Rockwood, Pa.; and numerous extended family.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman.
The funeral service will be held at the Old North Church in Canfield at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, with final visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Burial will be at Tod Cemetery.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Pregnancy Help Center, 4845 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512, or Mahoning Co. Right to Life, P.O. Box 1074, Youngstown, OH 44501.
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Psalm 116:15: Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants.
YOUNGSTOWN - A funeral service celebrating the life of Mr. Thomas McWhorter will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the J.E. Washington Funeral Home. Mr. McWhorter departed this life Oct. 17, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland.
Mr. McWhorter was born May 30, 1951, in Youngstown, a son of Arthur and Leola Adair-Clark McWhorter.
He attended South High School and was formerly employed as a chef with Four Seasons Restaurant.
Thomas attended the Greater Friendship Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and playing chess with his close friend, Jimmy Mitchell. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling to Birmington, Wash. to spend time with his sister and her family. He was a loving husband, father and friend who will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Eileen Greene McWhorter, whom he married July 17, 1976, of Youngstown; his children, Thomas (Vanessa) McWhorter Jr. of Hermitage, Pa., Jason McWhorter of Youngstown, Jacquelyn (Leslie) McWhorter-Keller of Masury, Doasia (Eric) Johnson of Youngstown, and Shantell (Lester) Hughes of Campbell; his sisters, Sarah Thurston of Youngstown, and Mattie Green of Girard; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Joseph McWhorter; his sister, Louise McWhorter; and a grandson, Leslie Keller Jr.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield.
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STRUTHERS - Joseph B. Neider, 42, died Oct. 14, 2014, at his residence.
Joe was born Jan. 13, 1972, in Struthers, a son of Joel and Phyllis Freese Neider.
He was a welder and enjoyed his motorcycle and snakes.
Joe is survived by both his parents; a brother, Joel Neider Jr. of Struthers; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Graveside services will be held at Lake Park Cemetery, Monday at 1 p.m.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers.
Contributions may be made to the family in c/o the Becker Funeral Homes, 11 Spring St., Struthers, OH 44471.
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NEW MIDDLETOWN Helen Sabrin Persing, 95 years young, peacefully departed this life on Monday, Oct. 20, at 1:25 a.m.
Helen was born in Youngstown on Aug. 3, 1919, the daughter of John and Dorothy Petrasavich Sabrin.
Helen was the wife of the late Merlin Persing, whom she married on Oct. 11, 1942.
Helen had been a cashier at K-Mart for 10 years and was a sales rep for Stanley products prior to that. She was a member of The Red Hat Society in the Florida area.
Helen is survived by a daughter, Betty Price of New Middletown; and sons James L. Persing of Kingston, Tenn., Lawrence R. Persing of New Middletown, and Edwin E. Persing of Moon Township, Pa. Helen also leaves behind 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Helen lived an active and full life, working at several jobs until she turned 82. She loved to attend parties and family gatherings and was an avid sports fan. Helen, mom, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma was loved dearly and will be missed by all that knew her.
Besides her parents and husband Merlin, Helen was preceded in death by daughter Joyce Ann Persing; grandchild Robin; sisters Anna, Catherine and Mary; brothers Mike, Steve and Jack; as well as by sons-inlaw Bob Reents and Don Price; and daughters-in-law Joy and Sandy.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Gospel Baptist Church in Poland. Following the visitation, a service will be conducted in the church sanctuary under the direction of Pastor Ronald Royalty.
Helen will be laid to rest at the New Springfield Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home in Bessemer, Pa.
NILES - Harry R. Weezer Pissini, 85, died at 10:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Jan. 22, 1929, in Niles, the son of John and Minnie Belcastro Pissini.
He was a 1947 graduate of Niles McKinley High School and attended Youngstown College for one year. He served as a member of the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952. He was employed for 21 years as manager of the body shop at Baglier Ford and Paz Ford, and he was also a property damage estimator for State Farm Insurance for 21 years, retiring in 1999.
He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, Niles Lions Club, lifetime member of Niles Knights of Columbus Council 1681, VFW, American Legion Post 106, The Mahoning Valley Mustang Club and personally owned or rebuilt over 80 Mustangs during his lifetime. He was also inducted into the Niles Mens Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1997, and was a U.S. Naval veteran of The Korean War.
His wife, Lois Gonnella Pissini, whom he married April 25, 1955, died Oct. 23, 1992.
He will be deeply missed by three sons, John Pissini and his wife, Julie, of Warren, Harry Pissini and his wife, Rosanne, of Niles, and Michael Pissini and his wife, Karen, of North Royalton; a daughter Mary Gelsomino of Niles; and seven grandchildren, Michael Pissini, Anthony Pissini, Jessica Pissini, Dominick Pissini, Ashlyn Pissini, Eric Gelsomino, and Gina Gelsomino.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph C. Blackie Pissini Sr. and Donald Pissini; and his beloved dog, Weezie.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles, where the Mount Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct prayers at 7:30 p.m.
A memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Niles. Harry will be honored for his military service by the Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard immediately following the Mass.
Material contributions can be made to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Home, 1500 McKinley Ave., Niles, OH 44446, or Angels for Animals, 4750 West South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.
Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Family and friends can visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book, and send e-mail condolences.
LOWELLVILLE - Anne Carmel Rose Pinter, 87, passed away early Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, 2014, at Masternick Memorial Health Care Center, with her daughter by her side.
Anne was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Youngstown, one of six children of Mauro and Concetta Menichini in Lowellville.
She was a graduate of Lowellville High School, class of 1946, and worked as a floor supervisor at Weatherbee Coats in Youngstown until the arrival of her children.
Anne met her husband, Henry Pinter of Youngstown, on a blind date. They married on Aug. 25, 1956, and made their home in Lowellville. They were married 51 years when he passed away, Dec. 14, 2007.
She was a member of the Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville and, with her husband, served as chapter president of AFS Exchange Student Programs. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, her home was open to international students and their families. She is still called mom by Rune Myhre of Norway, Tom Fischer of Geneva, Switzerland, and her Brazilian son, Fred Diniz, currently of New York.
Anne is survived by her daughter, Michelle Missy (Nick) Amendola of Lowellville and her pride and joy, grandson Mauro and granddaughter Gia Nicole. She also is survived by a sister, Lillian Mangine of Lowellville and a brother, Robert Menichini of Girard. She will be missed by many loving nieces and nephews.
She is happily reunited with her son, Daniel, who passed away in 1980, at the precious age of 14.
In addition to her parents, husband, and son, Anne was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Paul Menichini and a sister, Mary Coppola.
A prayer service will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 244 McGill St., Lowellville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church.
Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at Masternick for their excellent care.
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GIRARD - Irene M. Rearick, 86, passed away Oct. 15, 2014, at Omni Manor Nursing Home.
Irene was born Oct. 22, 1927, in Clearfield, Pa., the daughter of the late Henry and Mildred Drug Merrell.
She is survived by her daughters, Lynn Machel and Beverly Hoover, both of Girard; sisters Nellie Rutter of Pennsylvania, Karen Kephart of New Jersey and Jean Ritzie of Pennsylvania; brother Richard Merrell of Florida; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph R. Rearick, whom she married May 1, 1948, and died Nov. 11, 2001; her son, Thomas Rearick; and nine sisters and brothers.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, at noon at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard. The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.
Irene will be laid to rest at Greenhaven Cemetery.
The family requests any material contributions be made to Hospice of The Valley.
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AUSTINTOWN Marjorie L. Wheeler, 72, passed away Oct. 20, 2014, peacefully at her home.
She was born on May 3, 1942, in Stewartsville, to the late Edward and Margaret (Spence) Velegolla.
Marjorie was a 1960 Bellaire High School graduate. Out of high school, she was a telephone operator for Ohio Bell, and in her later years, she worked retail for Lowes in Fremont and for TJ Maxx in Niles. Marjories greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling, reading Amish books, watching TV and movies, shopping, and dining out.
Left to mourn her passing are her daughters, Shari (Brett Young) Sattig of Stafford, Va., and Traci (Glenn) Williams of McDonald; and four grandchildren, Kaitlyn Young, Brenden Young, Julia Williams, and Madelyn Williams.
Other than her parents, Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde T. Wheeler Jr., whom she married Aug. 22, 1967, and who preceded her on Dec. 9, 2005; and one sister, Helen Howell.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, at noon. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the services. Inurnment will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the Hospice of the Valley in Marjories memory.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.