STRUTHERS - Ernest Edwin Bowes, 87, died Nov. 21, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Bowes was born April 9, 1927, in Youngstown, a son of Ernest and Sigrid Hogan Bowes.
He was a 1945 Woodrow Wilson High School graduate. Ernest worked at Youngstown Sheet and Tube for 34 years as a Armature Winder. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. Ernest was a handy man who could fix anything and enjoyed working on cars.
His wife Norma, whom he married May 14, 1949, died Feb. 16, 2010.
He is survived by his son, William E. (Marianne) Bowes Sr. of Struthers; one daughter, Elizabeth (Tom) Schomaker of Taylor Mill, Ky.; four grandchildren, William (Bridget) Bowes Jr., David (Ashley) Bowes, and Kevin and Alex Schomaker; four great-grandchildren, Landon, Anna Belle, David Jr., and Bailey; one brother-in-law, Thomas Thomson; and one niece, Barbara Planton.
Besides his wife and parents, Ernest was preceded in death by one sister, Marjorie Thomson; and one brother, Robert Bowes.
Services will be held at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Saturday, at 11 a.m.
Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown.
Friends and family will be received Saturday, from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff at Omni Manor for their excellent care.
They would like all gifts to take the form of contributions in care of MVI Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
LAKE MILTON Thomas Ronald Baclawski, 70, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after a long illness.
Tom was born in Akron, on Jan. 3, 1944, to the late Benjamin Bernard Baclawski and Isabel Eleanor Hrapow Baclawski.
Tom leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Sandra Kay Weygandt Baclawski, four children, Thomas Andrew Baclawski of Lake Milton, David Michael Baclawski and wife Kristin Batary Baclawski of Medina, Anne Marie Baclawski of Charlotte, N.C., and Benjamin Paul Baclawski and wife Misty Lyons Baclawski of Canfield; seven grandchildren, Devon, Kyler, Brennan, Arielle, Nathan, Keegan, and Brady; and one sister, Leona Marie Baclawski of Lake Milton.
Tom graduated from the University of Akron with bachelors degrees in Biology and Engineering and a maters degree in Civil Engineering. Tom devoted over 30 years to the Ohio EPA in the drinking water division. He was a dedicated member of St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Newton Falls.
Tom enjoyed sharing his time after retirement between Lake Milton, and Melbourne Beach, Fla. Tom loved his family unconditionally, enjoyed living life, including fishing, tennis, working outdoors and helping neighbors and anyone who needed a hand. Toms warm smile will remain in our hearts and memories forever.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Sts. Mary and Joseph Church in Newton Falls at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Burial will follow at Vaughn Cemetery in Lake Milton.
Family and friends may visit at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel today, Nov. 26, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to email condolences.
LOWELLVILLE - Bruce A. Coppola, 55, died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.
Bruce was born Jan. 4, 1959, in Youngstown, a son of J.M. Coppola and Beverly Dovich Patrick.
A lifelong resident of Lowellville, Bruce was a 1977 graduate of Lowellville High School. Bruce owned and operated his own construction business called Coppola Corporation, since 1977.
He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Society in Lowellville and the Ellsworth Sportsmans Club. In his free time, Bruce enjoyed training his horses and had a passion for Corvettes.
Bruce is survived by his father, J.M. (Sara) Coppola of Mercer; mother Beverly (James Jr.) Patrick of Hubbard; his companion of over 20 years, Rene Thayer, with whom he made his home; daughter of his heart, Grace Thayer and granddaughter Isabel Thayer, both of Lowellville; and three sisters, Cynthia (Andrew) Naples of New Castle, Pa., Cheryl Coppola, and Barbara (Edward) Estok, both of Lowellville.
A prayer service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 244 McGill St., Lowellville, followed by A Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 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.
Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
AURORA, ILL. - Russell L. Dunkerley, 76, passed away Nov. 23, 2014, at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, Ill.
He was born Nov. 2, 1938, in Youngstown.
Russell was retired from the Veterans Administration Office of the Inspector General after 25 years of service as a Healthcare Internal Auditor and prior to that, worked as a Controller at Goodyear Tire in Ohio.
Russell graduated from South High School, Youngstown, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Youngstown University in 1963. He was a Certified Public Accountant, and earned/received numerous awards, certifications, service/performance accommodations, etc. from the Veterans Administration, as well as various Accountant associations for his service over the course of several years, up until his retirement, at which time he received a 25-year recognition award from the Veterans Administration as the Duke, (which was their term of endearment for him), in November of 2003. He was also a longtime active member of the Masonic Lodge No. 862 in Riverside, Ill.
Russell was a loving husband, brother, and uncle, (in addition to having/showing unconditional love and compassion to Tammy), embraced Sandras family as his own, and touched many lives with love during his time on earth. He loved having family gatherings, entertaining, and of course he was the Barbecue chef extraordinaire when it came to grilling out on the deck. He was an avid Cleveland Browns and Indians fan along with Da Bears K (when the Bears were winning, of course), and in his spare time enjoyed going to baseball games in additional to making those times with family special events.
Russells family would also like to express their appreciation to the Seasons Hospice staff, who made it possible for Russell to make the trip home to meet our Lord, both blessed and peaceful, Dr. Alice Daniele, and Kari Palishen both of Dreyer Medical, and the VNA of Fox Valley for all of their assistance and support.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra and her daughter, Tammy of Aurora; sister Vera Alice Russell of Ohio; niece Vera Lynn (Bill) Barnes of Ohio; great-niece, Courtney Russell and her son, Christian of Ohio; and longtime friend, Tyson Kuhrmeier of Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Vera; brothers, James and Thomas; and former wife, Lucille.
Funeral services will be held at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, 5797 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, OH 44515, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, where Pastor Jack Acri will celebrate Russells life.
Family and friends may visit from 2 p.m. until the time of the service and Russell will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boardman on Monday.
Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN - A private family celebration will be at a later date for Alice I. Gray, 81, who passed away Thursday morning at Hospice House, with her loving family by her side.
Mrs. Gray was born March 28, 1933, in Youngstown, and was a daughter of George M. and Catherine Irene Dugan Cannon and was a life-long member of the community.
Mrs. Gray was a homemaker and once her children were grown, she worked at Fussy Gussy Dry Cleaners on Belmont Avenue for approximately five years.
She was a former member of St. Edward Church, was a room mother at the school and also a member of the Parent Teachers Association. Mrs. Gray was the summer program director of the Community Chest at Churchill Park, was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan, a graduate of Ursuline High School, attended Youngstown College and her family was the utmost importance.
Mrs. Gray leaves to cherish her memory her children, Christine (John) Fleming Jr., with whom she made her home; Patrick (Mary) Gray of Adrian, Mich., Machele Maus of Pittsburgh, and Celeste (Andy) Frankle of Canfield; grandchildren Nicholas Joseph (girlfriend, Dr. Stephanie Heller) Maus, Dr. Stephanie (Kevin) Ruddy, Mallary Maus, Bryan Gray, Nicholas (Abby) Frankle, Robert (Carmen) Frankle, Jason (Robyn) Frankle, David Frankle and John Fleming III; and great-grandchildren Riley Frankle and Benjamin Frankle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert C. Gray, whom she married Jan. 27, 1957, and who passed away Oct. 22, 2005; a sister, Wilma Healey and her husband, William; and a grandson, Tyler Fleming.
The family wishes to thank Kim, Hospice nurse, Barb and Diane, Hospice aids, and Barb from Comfort Keepers for their wonderful care and attention that they gave to their mother.
Please visit www.mccauleyfuneral.com to send thoughts and condolences to the family.
Arrangements by the McCauley Funeral Home, serving the valley for more than 112 years!
YOUNGSTOWN Bernice Brill Hasden, 88, died peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Heritage Manor.
She was born May 7, 1926, in Youngstown, the only child of the late Samuel and Anna Rosenblum Brill and was a Youngstown northsider almost her entire life.
She was a graduate of The Rayen School, Class of 1944 and attended The Ohio State University.
She married her husband, Meyer Hasden, on March 19, 1950, and they created a wonderful family life with their two daughters, Ann Dee and Nancy in the Youngstown area.
Bernice was a forward thinking entrepreneur and was one of the first female business owners in the area. Together with her husband, Meyer, they opened Uniforms Inc. in 1961 and grew the business for over 50 years, as it moved from downtown locations on Boardman, Commerce, and Federal Streets before finally moving to its current location on Belmont Avenue in Liberty Township. She created wonderful relationships with her customers and sales representatives, who continue to ask about her.
Bernice was a 2001 nominee for the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce Athena Award, a member of the North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) and was a mentor in the uniform industry. She was a former president of Bnai Brith Women, and a member of Temple El Emeth and its sisterhood. She enjoyed preparation for holidays, playing Mah Jongg, attending the symphony and musical theater, and traveling with her loving family and many life-long friends. She took pride in raising her beautiful cleome flowers.
Bernice leaves her children, Ann Dee (Jan) Brahms of The Woodlands, Texas and Nancy (Barry) Wagner of Liberty and grandchildren Lisa and Steven (Tammy) Brahms and Brad (Brooke) and Kenny Wagner.
The family appreciates the care provided by the staff at Levy Gardens Assisted Living, and Heritage Manor and to Mary Lou Buzin for her companionship over the last four years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Meyer Hasden on Oct. 20, 1997.
Funeral services will be held at Anshe Emeth Cemetery, Itts Memorial Chapel, 544 Granada Ave. today, Nov. 26, at noon.
Calling hours will be held 45 minutes before the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bernices memory can be made to Levy Gardens Assisted Living Activities Fund, 584 Granada Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505, or to Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Youngstown, OH 44505.
May her memory be for a blessing.
BROOKFIELD - Margretta R. Judy, 80, passed away Friday afternoon at St. Marys Alzheimers Center with her family at her side.
Margretta was born May 6, 1934, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Gehris and Ruth Larkins Bletzer.
She graduated from Boardman High School in 1952, and had attended Muskingum University. Margretta was an executive secretary for Sharon Tube Company for many years where she retired.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
She leaves her husband, James R. Judy, whom she married Aug. 1, 1957; two sons, James (Diana) Judy of Brookfield and Jon (Sue) Judy of Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; three grandchildren, Amy (Andy) Junkins, Whitney Judy, and James Michael Judy; two step grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, Margretta was preceded in death by a brother, Gehris Bud Bletzer and a niece and a nephew.
The family will greet friends and relatives at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1 Trinity Place, Greenville, Pa., followed by a service of burial at 11 a.m.
Arrangements are by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.
Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and give their condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be held Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at 11 a.m., at the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for Irene Catley Jefferson, 95, who departed this life Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.
Mrs. Jefferson was born April 3, 1919, in Beaumont, Texas, a daughter of Benjamin H. and Mary Lou Dowell Catley. She lived in this area since she was two years old.
She was a graduate of Chaney High School and had been employed as a Legal Secretary for the Law Firm of Howard, Dickerson and Fugett. Later, at the start of World War II, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she became the first black secretary to be hired by the Signal Corp, Military Personnel Division at the Pentagon. Following the end of the war, she returned to Youngstown and became Executive Secretary of the Laborers International Union of North America, Local 125, retiring in 1961.
She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church.
She leaves to cherish her memory two granddaughters, Tonya (Shawn) Hawley and Stuelleyn Jefferson Hill; two daughters-in-law, Lenora Elaine Jefferson and Earlene Jefferson; three grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Besides her husband, William Jefferson, whom she married June 26, 1961, and he passed away May 23, 2004, she was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; her only son, Benjamin David Smith; step son Stewart Edward Jefferson; two sisters, Bertha Catley Floyd and Lena Catley Layton; and three brothers Benjamin Catley Jr., and twins L.D. and L.V. Catley.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
POLAND - Prayers will begin Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, followed by A Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Angela Merici Parrish, Sacred Heart Church for Lawrence W. Kennedy Jr., 79, who died Monday morning at Beeghly Oaks.
Larry was born Jan. 21, 1935, in Youngstown, the son of Lawrence W. and Elizabeth Jane (Nicklin) Kennedy.
He was a 1953 graduate of Ursuline High School and later served in the U.S. Air Force flying over 1000 missions in the Far East as an Airborne Radar Operator. He then worked at the Strouss-Hirshberg Co. as a warehouseman/ truck driver for 26 years before retiring in 1986.
He was a member of the church and the ARCO Club, was an avid reader, especially loved History, and was well known as a really witty guy. He could coin a phrase like no other.
He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Louise Koliser; a son, Theodore (Ted) Kennedy of Poland; a sister, Peg Yanek of Poland; and three brothers, Bob (Bobbie) Kennedy of Poland, John (Bernadette) Kennedy and Fulton (Colleen) Kennedy, all of the Harrisburg, Pa. area.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Kennedy.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Higgins-Reardon, Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel.
The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to MVI Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave. Youngstown, OH 44505.
Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences.
ST. JOSEPH, MINN. - Steve P. Mariash, 91, formerly of Austintown, passed away Friday morning, Nov. 21, 2014, at his home.
Steve was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Youngstown, a son of the late Alex and Anna (Mracko) Mariash. He was a life-long area resident until the passing of his wife in March of 2014, after which he lived with his son and daughter-in-law in St. Joseph.
He was a graduate of Chaney High School, and was a World War II veteran. Steve worked at U.S. Steel at the Ohio Works for 35 years.
Steve was a member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown, where he served as an usher for over 30 years. He also was the Austintown Fitch High School football equipment coordinator for 12 years, and an Ohio State Track & Field Official for 39 years.
His wife, Mary Louise Mariash, whom he married in 1957, passed away March 14, 2014.
Mr. Mariash leaves to cherish his memory, his son, Stephen (Jerri) Mariash, and two grandchildren, Cameron and Corbin.
Family and friends may call from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, at St. Joseph Church on New Road in Austintown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown, where Steve will be laid to rest next to his wife.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
In lieu of flowers, Steves family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Joseph Church.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Steves family.
MELBOURNE, FLA. - A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown for Dale Lee McKee, 54, who died on Feb. 26, 2014, after a long battle with lung cancer.
Dale was born Jan. 10, 1960, in Warren, the son of James and Delores McKee Sr.
He was a long time resident of Melbourne, formerly of Youngstown, and worked as an auto mechanic.
Mr. Mckee leaves behind his parents, James and Delores McKee Sr.; son Dale McKee Jr. of Youngstown; granddaughter Paisley Mckee; siblings James (Hilda) McKee Jr. of Hubbard, Diana McKee of North Carolina, Mary McKee of Michigan, and Michele (Michael) Mercer of Austintown; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dorothy and George Davis; paternal grandparents Nellie and Harry McKee; aunt and uncle Ruth and Chuck Morris; and niece Angel Abbas.
Dale was buried at the National Cemetery in Brevard, Fla.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
BROOKFIELD - Bonnie Faye Oliver passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.
Bonnie was born July 9, 1935, in Jackson, Ky., the daughter of Leonard and Clara (Lykins) Farris.
She attended Breathitt County High School, where she was a majorette and a cheerleader. The family relocated to Youngstown, where she graduated from South High School.
Bonnie was employed at A&P grocery store, Photomat, Operation Blessing, PTL Club, 700 Club, and the Trumbull County Board of Elections. She was a member of the Brookfield Auxiliary Association and St. Dominics Church. She held her family, her faith, and doing community service most dear. To those that knew her, Bonnie was vibrant, caring and generous with her love and support.
She is survived by her brother, Duke Gordon Farris of Youngstown; three daughters, Cecilia (Robert) Durrett of Houston, Paula Oliver (Rodney) Bender of Vienna, and Brenda (Jason) Whitehair of Plano, Texas; a son, Robert A. (Lori) Oliver of Hubbard; and grandchildren Braxton, Justin, Nathan Durrett, Roman and Corbin Whitehair, Robert Jr., and Rebecca Oliver.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Robert P. Oliver; four sisters, Oma Gibson, Lee Newby, Billie Yerrace, and Jessye Condello; and four brothers, Harrison, Roy, Kelly, and Virgil Farris.
In honor of Bonnies wishes, a private family service will be held.
She would like everyone to remember, Perhaps my time seems all too brief, dont lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me. God wanted me, now He set me free.
The family wishes to thank Dr. DeMidovich and the nurses and staff at St. Marys Alzheimers Care Center.
MASURY - Josephine Patsey, 86, died Monday morning, Nov. 24, 2014, at OBrien Memorial Nursing Home in Masury.
She was born Jan. 29, 1928, in Pulaski, Pa., the daughter of the late Martin and Mary Zeman Kollar.
Josephine attended Union High School in the New Castle, Pa. area. She was a homemaker all of her married life. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sharon, Pa. for many years. Josephine enjoyed cooking and was known for her homemade spaghetti sauce. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Josephine is survived by one daughter, Arlene (James) Evans and one son, Larry J. Patsey, both of Brookfield; three grandchildren, Nicole (Rob) Rainier of Sagamore Hills, Sean Patsey of Brookfield and Cassandra Davidson of Canal Winchester; six great-grandchildren, Lauren and Jack Rainier and Victoria, Makayla, Andrew and Evan Davidson; and one brother, Phillip (Dorothy) Kollar of Pulaski.
Her husband of 60 years, Joseph Patsey, whom she married July 24, 1948, preceded her in death in 2008. One son, James R. Patsey; five sisters, Mary Hughes, Anna Sikora, Cecilia Kotsol, Katherine Smith and Elizabeth Sebest; a grandson, J.J. Patsey; and three brothers, Martin, Steve and Jacob Kollar also preceded her in death.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Friday at St. Bernadettes Catholic Church in Masury with the Rev. John Lody celebrating the Mass. Prior to the Mass, the family will receive friends from 9 to 10 a.m., Friday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield
Burial will be at Brookfield Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Akron Childrens Hospital, 8423 Market St., Suite 300, Youngstown OH 44512.
Please visit www.madaszchapel.com to make online condolences to the family and view her obituary.
AUSTINTOWN Peter Paul Venorsky, 82, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
Peter was born July 4, 1932, in Youngstown, the son of Peter and Ann (Cvetkovich) Venorsky.
Peter was a 1951 graduate of Chaney High School. Following high school, Peter played Class B and Class AA baseball for Schrolls. He courageously served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956. He retired from Anchor Motor Freight after 28 years of service. Peter was a member of the Western Star Lodge No. 21, 32nd degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, a member of the Trias Chapter 523 and a member of Mirian Chapter 278. He was also on the worship committee at the Calvary Baptist Church, where he was a long standing parishioner. Peter loved his community, his sports teams, particularly the Youngstown Penguins, and spending time with his family whom he cherished more than anything.
Peter will always be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, the former Carole Fercana; three sons, Richard of Austintown, Robert (Kathryn) of Kirtland and James (Michelle) of Chagrin Falls; and seven grandchildren, Hanna, Nicole, Elizabeth, Amber, Daniel, Natalie and Olivia.
Friends may call at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at the Calvary Baptist Church, with services to follow at 11 a.m.
Interment will take place at Green Haven Memorial Gardens, where full military honors for Peters dedicated service to our country will be provided by the great men of V.F.W. Post No. 9571 of Ellsworth.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that contributions be made in Peters name to Hospice House or the Calvary Baptist Church.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Peters family.