BOARDMAN A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Luke Catholic Church in Boardman for Margaret Peggy Pompoco Ault, 75, who died at her residence Saturday night, surrounded by her loving family.
Peggy was born April 21, 1940, in Struthers, a daughter of James and Katherine Millard Pompoco.
She attended St. Nicholas grade school and Struthers High School, graduating in 1958. She worked at Kmart and then as a toll booth operator for the Ohio Turnpike Commission, retiring in 2000.
She married her high school sweetheart, Allen Butch Ault, on Feb. 11, 1961, and he passed away Dec. 7, 1985.
Peggy was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic minister and was a member of the churchs bocce league. She was a past member of the Boardman PTA. After she retired, Peggy wintered in Ft. Myers, Fla. with her companion, Jerry. Her greatest joy was being with her family and eating out on Saturday evening with her friends. She found great joy in hosting her family for Sunday dinners.
Peggy leaves her two sons, Bob Ault (partner Buck Bucklin) of Wadsworth and Michael Ault of Boardman; three daughters, Patty (Ken) Brown of Canfield, Kimmie (Mike) Vanasdale of Boardman, and Terri Ault of Boardman; one sister, Elaine (Don) Powell of Boardman; six grandchildren, Kenny (Molly) Brown of Gahanna, Michelle (Tim Bestic) Brown of Austintown, Johnathan (Gianna Sansone) Vanasdale, Tiffany (Shawn Haynes) Vanasdale, Jared (Alexis Madeline) Vanasdale and Taylor Vanasdale, all of Boardman; her longtime companion, Jerry Compton; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Butch; and one brother, James Pompoco.
Friends may call Thursday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers and on Friday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church in Boardman, one hour prior to Mass.
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GIRARD Dianna M. Blackstone, 76, passed away on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, at her residence with her family by her side.
Dianna was born Aug. 22, 1939, in Renova, Pa., the daughter of Harry W. and Patricia Wiggins Mackey.
Dianna graduated in 1957 from Niles McKinley High School and was on the committee for their class reunions for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Girard, a former member and past-president of Girard Junior Womens, and was a PTO member and Room Mother for all of her children during their school years.
Dianna loved life and lived her life to the fullest. She enjoyed golfing, and was on the Hubbard Ladies Golf League, she played volleyball for many years at the city gym, played tennis at the Liberty Racket Club and also with her friends in Florida for many years. She was an avid reader, loved going to Florida with her husband and her walks on the beach, enjoyed going on trips with her friends and yoga classes, but most of all she dedicated her life to her family.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 58 years, Thomas G. Blackstone Sr., whom she married, June 14, 1957; her children, Kathleen (Frank) Tomasino of Girard, Thomas G. (Marilyn) Blackstone Jr. of Campbell, and Sheri L. Blackstone of Girard; sisters Sandra A. Mackey of Columbus, and Debbie J. (Bill) Hayes of Boardman; brothers Stanley W. (Melanie Adams) Mackey of Tampa, Fla., and Terry L (Kathy) Mackey of Columbus; her grandchildren, Ralph (Candace) Rivera, Marie (Nick) Love, Brent Kovachik, Faith Kovachik, Danielle Kovachik and Ryan Forte; her great-grandchildren, Jaden, Jill and Sophia Rivera and Addison Altaffer; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Steven.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Church Hill United Methodist Church, 189 Churchill-Hubbard Road, Liberty Twp.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
Dianna will be laid to rest at Girard City Cemetery.
The family requests that any material contributions be made to Akron Childrens Hospital MahoningValley-Beeghly Campus, 6505 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512 or Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation to Dr. Michael Evan and Dr. Antonio Chahine and Staff at the Blood and Cancer Center, MVI Home Care and Hospice of the Valley for the exceptional care and compassion, that was given to Dianna.
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YOUNGSTOWN Services will be held Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Mrs. Caroline L. Smurf Caffee-Smith, 67, who departed this life suddenly Monday, Aug. 31,2015, at 8:30 a.m. at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.
She was born Jan. 6, 1948, in Columbus, the daughter of the late Claude Caffee and May Barrett Caffee.
She was a retired RN, working with various home health care facilities. She was a member of the Jerusalem Church of Youngstown, where she served in the choir, on the Usher Board and also the Kitchen Committee.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, Claude Chris Bogan of Columbus and Cameron W. Smith of Youngstown; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Deirdre (Mark) Wallace of Youngstown; a sister, Beverly Shouse of Columbus; four grandchildren, Claude R. Bogan Jr, Kendall and Kordell Smith of Columbus and Breyonna Smith of Campbell; her god sister, Veronica Thurston of Youngstown; a special friend, Ann Dare of Columbus; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Fredrick Caffee and Larry Robinson; and three sisters, Marsha Horton, Barbara Hamilton, and Wilma Ware.
Friends may call one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home.
Please visit our website at www.fdmasonmemorialfh.com for more information.
POLAND - Mary Patricia Dawson, 63, of Maple Drive, passed away at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at 1:42 p.m.
Mary was born in Ellwood City, Pa. on July 14, 1952, to the late Orville and Maryon Nicklas Yahn.
She is survived by her husband, William E. Dawson Jr., whom she married on April 7, 1984.
Mary worked as an agent for the James and Sons Insurance Agency in Boardman. She was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Boardman where she sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Quilt Girls. A 1970 graduate of Riverside High School and a 1991 graduate of Geneva College, Mary enjoyed traveling and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, William, Mary is survived by four sisters and their husbands, Marsha and Brian Trapold of Pittsburgh, Barbara and James Mannarino of Pittsburgh, Maggie and Barry Jennings of Fombell and Anne and Bob Dawson of Ellwood City.
Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
A memorial service will be offered for Mary at the funeral home on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. by her pastor, David Joachim of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
A fund to help the family with medical expenses has been setup at www.gofundme.com/marydawsonmemorial.
The family requests that you visit www.tomonfuneralhome.com to view the obituary and sign the guestbook.
WARREN Ember Lyn Daniels, 50, passed away suddenly Monday morning, Aug. 31, 2015, at the emergency room at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
She was born Sept. 5, 1964, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Ken Roth and Sarah Barninger Roth.
She was a 1982 graduate of Brookfield High School. She was employed as a Dialysis Technician, most recently for the Center for Dialysis Care in Canfield for several years, until illness forced her to retire.
She is survived by her husband, Donald K. Daniels, whom she married March 24, 1984. She also leaves behind a son, Kevin S. (Tia) Daniels of Niles; a daughter, Ashley L. Daniels, at home; a grandson, Dominic Daniels; and a granddaughter, Zariah Daniels.
She was preceded in death by her mother; her stepfather, Ken Roth; and her biological father, James McCabe.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, 533 North Park Ave., Warren, where family and friends may call for one hour prior to services from 6 to 7 p.m.
CANFIELD - Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., for Vincent Matthew Gongaware, 25, who passed away Tuesday morning at Caprice Health Care Center.
Vincent was born Nov. 5, 1989, the son of Gary and Wendy Stabile Gongaware.
Besides his parents, he leaves brothers and sisters, Aaron (Amy) Gongaware of Cuyahoga Falls, Christopher (Ashley) Gongaware of Columbus, Noel Gongaware of Fort Myers, Fla., Elizabeth Gongaware, Zabrina Gongaware, Michael Gongaware and Larry Sudberry, all of Canfield.
Vincent also leaves his grandparents, John and Mary Stabile and Minerva Gongaware, all of Boardman.
Friends may call on Friday at the Lane Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel for one hour prior to the service.
Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and give their condolences.
CANFIELD - Eleanor Susie Gentile, 79, died at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at Austinwoods Nursing Home in Austintown.
She was born on June 13, 1936, in Sugar Creek Township, Pa., the daughter of the late Claude Robert and Florence Rachel Stone Morris.
Eleanor was a 1955 Austintown Fitch High School graduate and worked as a cashier for Loblaws Grocery Store and then finished her career at an independent grocers on the corner of Market Street and Midlothian in Youngstown.
She loved to fish and deer hunt with her husband, Sam, and quickly learned the art of cooking Italian food, especially homemade pasta, which her husband, Sam, loved. She also specialized in homemade cherry pie and buckeyes for her children and grandchildren.
Eleanor gave her life to Jesus Christ as her savior on May 18, 1972, and was married to Samuel James Gentile Sr. on July 22, 1972, he preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 2005. She helped establish and was a charter member of the Heritage Baptist Church in Ellsworth.
Survivors include her three stepchildren, Pastor Samuel J. Sam (Edna) Gentile of Canfield, Shirley Neider of Struthers, and Janet (Robert) Mesol of Struthers; 13 stepgrandchildren, several step great-grandchildren, and two step great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Mary Kanchok of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; and nieces and nephews Evelyn Kanchok, Ruth Hedglin, Arnold Kanchok, and Robert Morris.
Other than her parents and husband, Eleanor was preceded in death by one stepgrandson, and two sisters, Sarah Morris and Margaret Granlee.
Funeral services will be held at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, where her stepson will celebrate Eleanors life. Family and friends may visit one hour prior to the service.
Eleanor will be laid to rest next to her husband at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
CANFIELD - Services celebrating the life of Rev. James Jim R. Grope will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Wedgewood Park Evangelical Church.
Jim was born July 23, 1922, in Youngstown, the son of Matthew and Elsie (Bossert) Grope and was a lifelong area resident.
Jim graduated from Boardman High School, Philadelphia School of Bible and Akron Bible Institute. He retired in 2000 as minister of theMcKinley Community Church in Warren. He also served his country during World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.
Jim was a member of the Wedgewood Park Evangelical Church and the American Legion Post 177 of Canfield.
He will be sadly missed by his children, Judy (Walter) Deiley of Canfield, Janet Lee (Terry) Boros of Atlanta and James (Patty) Grope Jr.. of Canfield. Jim will also be missed by his 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marjorie (Weyrick), whom he married May 9, 1943; brothers Ray, John, Charles and Matthew Grope; sister Dorothy Mae Bissenden; and great-grandson Mark Dorsey Jr.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday evening, at the Lane Family Funeral Home Austintown Chapel and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, at the church prior to services.
The Grope family requests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to the church or Hospice of the Valley in Jims name.
Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary or send condolences to the family.
WEST LIBERTY - Benge W. Holz, 91, former longtime resident of Canfield, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 18, in West Liberty.
Born in Detroit, she was the daughter of Nettie and Jack Wolfson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; and her son, Keith Holz. Benge had a brother named Miles Wolfson, who passed away earlier this year in Valley Forge, Pa.
Devoted to serving others, Benge volunteered with Forum Health at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center in Youngstown. She also served as a member of the Canfield Park and Recreation Board for the City of Canfield, where among other things, she participated in the development of Fair Park. Because of her contributions, one of the walking trails at Fair Park is named in her honor. Benge also served on the park board in Youngstown as well.
Benge is survived by her nieces and nephews, one of which she has lived with for the past five years near Springfield, Ohio, Barrett Wells.
A memorial service will be held in the outdoor pavilion at Fair Park on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. The address is 320 Oak St., Canfield.
Arrangements are by the Jennings Farley Funeral Home & Crematory.
Please visit www.jenningsfarley.com to direct email condolences.
POLAND - Debra Lee Katz, 55, died Aug. 29, 2015, at Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House.
Debra was born Dec. 11, 1959, in Youngstown, daughter of the late Ronald and Doris Winkleman Katz.
She was a 1978 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and was employed with Giannios Candies. Debra enjoyed arts and crafts and spending time with family, especially her nieces, nephews and great-nieces.
She leaves her sister, Darlene (Domenico Jr.) Aliberti of Austintown; two brothers; nephews Dominic Aliberti, David (Brandi) Katz Jr., Michael, Andrew and James Katz; nieces Tiffany and Kaylee Aliberti, Julia Katz, Jessica (Brian) Lippillo and Michelle Katz; great-nieces Delaney and Adalyn Lippillo, Lilly and Charlotte Katz; uncle Ronnie Williams; and cousin Chrissy Seltzer.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her nephew, Daniel Katz.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St., Struthers. Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery.
Friends will be received on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and prior to the service on Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made in her name to Hospice of the Valley Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at the Rising Star Baptist Church, for Ms. Norma J. Lewis, 54, who transcended to her heavenly home on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.
She was born Nov. 19, 1960, in Youngstown, a daughter of Norman M. and Doris Mae Clinkscale Moore.
She was a 1979 graduate of East High School. She worked at St. Elizabeth Health Center as a housekeeper. She was a member of the Rising Star Baptist Church, where she served in the Usher and Choir Ministries. She loved making flower arrangements and being with her family.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a son, Roosevelt III (Sierra) Lewis; her daughter, Crystal (Robert) Dixie; foster sisters, Cynthia Daniels, Sylvia Williams, and Yolanda Ayers, all of Youngstown; three brothers, Norman Jr. (Latika) Moore of Youngstown, and Melvin and Shawn Moore, both of Columbus; two foster brothers, Robert (Joanne) Williams of Illinois and Norman Williams of New Jersey; five grandchildren, Brandi Robinson, Tylend J. Lewis, Robert G. and Christian Dixie and Shaun Thomas; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her natural parents; foster sister, Laverne Ford; foster brother, Millard Williams; foster parents, Robert and Betty Williams; brothers Jerry and Kevin Moore; and niece Unique Moore.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements were entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.
YOUNGSTOWN Thomas Eugene Lawson, 69, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 29, at his residence, with his family at his side.
Tom was born on Oct. 12, 1945, in Youngstown, son of Jack and Viola Patton Lawson.
He was a 1965 graduate of East High School. Tom was a 34 year employee of GF Furniture Corporation in Youngstown, as a customer service representative and retired at the time of their closing. Prior to GF, he worked for Atlas Trucking Co. and the GM McKelvey Co.
Tom was a member of the Austintown Eagles 3298 and bowled in the Friday night mix double bowling league .
Tom was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Cornersburg, he loved the church, served as an usher, Bible school helper and volunteered for many of the church activities.
He is survived by four sisters, Marylou Lawson and Jean Zupko of Youngstown, who he shared his home with, Ruth Kritter of Canfield and Lynette ( Bob ) Marshall of Austintown; sisters-in-law Anna Lawson and Angie Lawson; two brothers Jim (Barb) Lawson of Austintown and Robert ( Fran ) of Youngstown; along with a very special great-nephew, Adian Schwab, who was like a son to him, his Rock; and many nieces and nephews that loved him.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Chamberlin; brothers Jack , Ervin and George Lawson; a sister-in-law, Eileen Lawson; brothers-in-law Linwood Chamberlain, Robert Kritter, and Jerry Yohman; and nephews John Lawson and Mike Lawson.
Family and friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fox Funeral Home.
FOE 3298 will hold an Eagle service at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the Zion Lutheran Church, Cornersburg, 3300 Canfield Road, Youngstown on Saturday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Duane Jesse officiating.
The family will receive friends and family from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to Services.
Internment will be at Lake Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Memorial Fund In Memory of Thomas Lawson.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN - Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home, for Mrs. Mary E. Newkirk, 90, of 5871 W. Delason Ave., who departed this life, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center, following surgery.
Mrs. Newkirk was born June 14, 1925, in Oakmont, Pa., the daughter of Frances Tolbert.
Mrs. Newkirk was the widow, of Lorenzo Newkirk.
Mrs. Newkirk retired from Brentwood Originals Pillow Factory in 1994. She was a caring, loving, and giving person in her community.
Mrs. Newkirk will be missed by her family; Mrs. Frances Ward of Cottonwood Ariz., Mrs. JoAnn Callaway of Youngstown, Mr. Richard Ward, of Toulummee, Calif., Mr. Robert Ward of Cottonwood, and Mrs. Beverly Ward Grimes of Los Angeles; and a host of family and friends to mourn her passing.
She befriended and invited into her home, Corene and Sabrina Scott. They are part of her extended family.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Please visit our website at www.fdmasonmemorialfh.com for more information.
GRAYSON, GA. - Joseph A. Packner, 30, formerly of Lowellville, died Aug. 28, 2015, in Detroit.
Joseph was born Aug. 18, 1985, in Youngstown, son of Donald Sr. and Michele Rotunno Packner.
He was a 2004 graduate of Lowellville High School and was employed as a laborer for Avpol International LLC. He was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He enjoyed dirt bikes, four wheelers and bowling, was full of life and always smiling. Joseph was a very loving and caring person who will never be forgotten.
In addition to his parents, he leaves his soul mate, Hollie Marie; his son, Carter Nash Packner; his two brothers, Donald (Crystal) Packner Jr. of Poland and Lucas (Jamie Streb) Packner of Lowellville; maternal grandmother, Mary Ella Rotunno of New Middletown; three nephews, Landon, Riley and Brody Packner; stepniece Gia Carlini; his godparents, Victor Rotunno and Maureen Sabastian; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Alfred Rotunno; and his paternal grandparents, Nora and Walter Packner.
Prayer services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 244 McGill St., Lowellville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 131 E. Wood St., Lowellville, with the Rev. Fr. Christopher Luoni as celebrant. Interment will follow in Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.
Friends will be received on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Lowellville.
The family would like to thank the Detroit Receiving Hospital Burn Unit for the wonderful care and compassion shown during the past two weeks.
Contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
CANFIELD - Virginia Mae Patton, 89, passed away on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at her home.
She was born on Sept. 27, 1925, in Cleveland, the daughter of the late Clyde and Charlotte Lipphardt Green.
Mrs. Patton was a homemaker and she was an avid reader.
Survivors include her children, Leslie (fiancé Charles Seidler) Patton-McKinney, Brian Patton, and Kimberley (Brian) OLeary; one grandson, Jonathan McKinney all of Canfield; and one sister, Florence Tunney Campbell of Brecksville.
Other than her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Frank S. Patton on Oct. 18, 1989. They were united in marriage on April 8, 1950.
Private funeral services were held at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel and Mrs. Patton was laid to rest in the Canfield Cemetery.
BOARDMAN - Avanelle Sandy Shelton, 72, died Aug. 31, 2015, in Nursing Home Assumption Village.
Sandy was born May 22, 1943, in San Diego, Calif., daughter of the late George and Avanelle Farr McBride.
She was a 1961 graduate of Hubbard High School and, after raising her children, went on to earn her nursing degree from Salem Community Hospital in 1983. She was employed as an LPN for Forum Health for 30 years, retiring in 2007. Sandy had a love for nursing and was a wonderful homemaker, before her career began. Sandy enjoyed cooking, baking and was an avid animal advocate. She enjoyed decorating wedding cakes, before becoming a nurse. She was a caregiver to many throughout the years even after her retirement.
She leaves her two daughters, Tricia (Steven) Katz of Harleysville, Pa and Rebecca E. Shelton of Boynton Beach, Fla.; her son, Ronald J (Patricia) Rakyta of Boynton Beach; sister, Kathleen McBride; two brothers, Lawrence McBride and Gerald McBride; four granddaughters, Victoria Shelton, Madison, Hannah and Lily Rakyta; and her beloved dog, Gabby.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ronald Rakyta; and her second husband, William Shelton; her sister, Patricia McBride; and her brother, Thomas McBride.
Contributions may be made, in her name, to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.
Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman is handling the arrangemetns.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
ENON VALLEY, PA. - James B. White, 85, formerly of Brownlee Woods and Poland, passed peacefully Monday evening, Aug. 31, 2015, at his home in Enon Valley.
Jim was born June 12, 1930, in Youngstown, a son of the late James and Florence Barron White.
Raised in Brownlee Woods, he was a 1948 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. In 1951, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean conflict, until his honorable discharge in 1955. While enlisted with the Air Force, he attended Oklahoma University. On Dec. 26, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Norma J. Cousins, while he was on leave. Jim and Norma moved to Poland several years after his discharge.
In 1970, Jim, along with his wife and children, moved from Poland to Enon Valley. They established Highland Meadows Farm, a thoroughbred horse farm, which they operated together for over 40 years.
Jim worked as a district manager for Prudential Insurance for 23 years prior to founding his own company, Professional Risk Management. He operated the company until his retirement in 1997.
He was a former member of the Hillman Street Christian Church, where he served as a deacon for many years, and was most recently a member of the Westfield Presbyterian Church in Mount Jackson.
Jim had a passion for playing golf and was well respected in the golf community. He served as past director of the Tippecanoe Country Club.
His wife, Norma, of 62 years, preceded him in death on April 12, 2014.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Traci (Ron) Blasko of Poland; son Dr. Brad (Debbie) White of Enon Valley; four grandchildren, Joshua (Jocelyn) White, Tyler (Becca) White, Jake Blasko, and Mandi Blasko; and three great-grandsons, Bobby, Trevor, and Tanner.
A man who was admired and loved by so many, Jim will always be remembered as man with a great sense of humor, as a genuine family man, a well-respected and honest businessman, and for his generosity to so many.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Reese and Connie Madeline; and a brother, Joseph White.
A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Westfield Presbyterian Church, 1363 Mt. Jackson Road, New Castle, PA 16102. Interment will be at the Westfield Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Friends will be received Saturday from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the church, prior to the service.
Memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Whites name to the Westfield Presbyterian Church.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
COLUMBIANA Leona Elouise Reesh Wilhelm, 95, passed away early Tuesday morning, Sept. 1, at Parkside Health Care Center in Columbiana.
Elouise was born on Sept. 26, 1919, in New Springfield, a daughter of the late Clark and Alice (Heck) Reesh.
She attended Shady Hill Elementary School in New Waterford and graduated from Columbiana High School.
Elouise married Robert N. Miller on July 5, 1942, and he passed away May 29, 1969. She married Clarence K. Wilhelm on Jan. 21, 1984, and together they lived in North Lima while spending most of their winters in Florida.
Elouise enjoyed being a homemaker, and also worked at various groceries. She was a dispatcher with the Columbiana Police Department for nine years, retiring in 1980. Elouise was a member of the Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Columbiana, and of the Faith Circle of the church. She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary Post 290 of Columbiana.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence; one daughter, Lenore L. (Robert) Miller-Franklin of Mannford, Okla.; one son, Richard N. (Sherry) Miller of Seattle; stepdaughters Karen (Ed) Holisky of Columbiana and Melanie (Ron) Krbec-Hayes of Cape Caneveral, Fla.; stepson-in-law Dave Brandt of Manning, S.C.; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also leaves her sister, Leila McCamon.
Elouise was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Reesh; a sister, Mary Sims; and a stepdaughter, Bonnie Brandt.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m., at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 415 S. Main St., Columbiana, with Pastor Sean Myers and Pastor William Wilkins officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, 11550 Market St., North Lima.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made in Elouises memory to the Jerusalem Lutheran Church Building Fund, 415 S. Main St., Columbiana, OH 44408.
The family has entrusted Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima with the arrangements for their loved one.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.