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NORTH JACKSON – Thomas W. “Tommy” Bowers, 19, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2017, following an automobile accident.

Born July 15, 1998, in Youngstown, he was the son of William T. and Lee Ann (Jarrett) Bowers.

Tommy was a 2017 graduate of Jackson Milton High School. He graduated from MCCTC as a certified diesel mechanic. He loved diesel trucks, rolling coal, smoking tires, and being with friends.

Besides his parents, survivors include his grandparents, Thomas and Norma Jarrett and Sharon Bowers; aunts Laurie Bowers and Christine (Tony) Mari; as well as a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, William Bowers.

Friends will be received at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., where services will take place at 2 p.m.

Tommy was greatly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

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

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WARREN – Aurora A. Battista, 79, passed away Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at her residence, with her family and friends by her side.

She was born June 15, 1938, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Valentine and Ann Pavone.

She was a 1956 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School.

Aurora was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (St. James Church) in Warren.

She enjoyed playing cards, shopping, playing bocce, and socializing with her friends. She loved her family and friends. They were her world.

She is survived by her daughter, Christine (Michael) Milone of Cortland; three grandchildren, Joseph Pastore, and Marlea and Anthony Milone; a niece, Ellen (Tom) Kosa; a nephew, Raymond “Boom Boom” (Tina) Mancini; and her special cousins, Toni Vidrios and Barbara Marinelli.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leonard J. Battista Jr., whom she married March 21, 1959, and who passed away May 19, 2008; a son, Anthony J. Battista; a brother, Leonard “Boom Boom” Mancini Sr.; and a nephew, Lenny Mancini.

Memorial calling hours will be Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (St. James Church), 2532 Burton St. SE, Warren, OH 44481. A memorial Mass will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. Craig McHenry officiating.

Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – Krista Lynn Capezzuto, 38, passed away at her home on Sept. 17, 2017.

She was born in Mansfield, on July 15, 1979, daughter of Anthony and BettyAnn (Murphy) Capezuto.

She was a 1998 graduate of Ursuline High School.

Krista is survived by her father, Anthony of Mansfield; her daughter, Nadia Foster; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Krista was preceded in death by her mother.

There are no calling hours and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are by the Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Struthers.

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NILES - Margaret I. Ellis, 83, passed away at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at the Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home.

She was born in Wildwood, Pa. on Aug. 13, 1934, the daughter of Gabor and Julia (Gergo) Feher.

She was a graduate of Farrell High School and before marriage she was a cashier for the Kroger Grocery Store at Hickory Plaza in Hermitage, Pa.

Margaret was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Niles where she was the organist for over 38 years, retiring in 2002. She enjoyed participating in the church’s quilting group which made and donated quilts to the Lutheran World Relief and other groups who served the needy.

She was a former member of the Ida McKinley Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Ali Baba Caldron of Warren and the church’s Altar Guild.

A loving wife and devoted mother who will be dearly missed, Margaret is survived by her husband, Andy Ellis, whom she married on Sept. 15, 1956, at the Bethleham Presbyterian Church in Sharon, Pa.; two daughters, Margaret Ellis Owens of Columbus and Linda Ellis Moore of Arlington, Va.; two sisters, Esther Demerdash of New Berlin, Wis. and Priscilla Litman of Masury; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, where family and friends may also call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. David Conrad will officiate.

Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 56 N. Chestnut Ave., Niles, OH 44446 or the Salvation Army.

Visit holetonyuhasz.com to view this tribute and send condolences.

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GIRARD - Richard F. Fagnano, 89, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Richard was born June 4, 1928, in Niles, the son of Andrew and Josephine (Perna) Fagnano.

He retired in 1986, after 40 years, from Republic Steel. Richard served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Richard A. (Nancy) Fagnano of Girard, Janice Marion of Girard and JoAnn (Don) Crum of Austintown;  his grandchildren, Jeremy (Shawna), Ali, Joseph (Shana), Danyelle (Freddy), Brittany (Paul) and Andrea (Josh); great-grandchildren Aliyanna, Avery and Sierra; and nieces and nephews.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy A. (Scrocco), whom he married June 23, 1956, and who died on Oct. 12, 2010; his brother, Robert Fagnano; and his sister, Alice Helwig.

Funeral services will be held today, Sept. 21, 2017, at 1 p.m., at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard, where family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Committal services will follow at Girard City Cemetery Chapel, where Richard will be laid to rest next to his wife.

Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP -There will be services held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Betty C. Horvath, 66, who passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at home with her family by her side.

Betty was born June 26, 1951, in Youngstown, a daughter of Henry Beech and Marjorie Doris Anderson MacLellan.

She was a 1969 graduate of Liberty High School, received her Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College in 1973, majoring in English and her Master’s Degree from Youngstown State University in 1985.

Betty was a high school teacher for the Howland School District for 35 years, retiring in 2010.

She was a member of the Liberty Presbyterian Church and Delta Zeta Sorority.

Her first husband, Barry Gordon Rottenberg, whom she married Nov. 30, 1974, passed away Oct. 28, 1991.

She will be sadly missed by her family, her second husband, Robert E. Horvath, whom she married June 13, 1998; her daughters, Heather Lee (Joshua) Kramer of Howard and Jessica Bliss (Eric) Brown of Aliquippa, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Kinsley Bliss Brown and Lachlan Blaise Brown.

She also leaves her sister, Carol Ann Bradley of Vienna; nieces and nephews; three stepdaughters; and nine stepgrandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, and her sister, Donna Tabor.

There will be calling hours on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, one hour prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Betty will be laid to rest at Belmont Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tod Park, C/O Girard City Auditor, 100 W. Main St., Girard, OH 44420.

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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STRUTHERS – Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, Sept. 21, at noon at the Wasko Funeral Home, with the Rev. Earlynne Bartley officiating, for Judy M. Jakubek, 78, who passed away Sunday morning at her home.

Judy was born Aug. 6, 1939, in Youngstown, the daughter of Robert W. and Wilma G. Decker Mahaffey.

She was a 1957 graduate of North High School and was a lifelong area resident. Judy worked in the Car Title Department in the Mahoning County Clerk of Courts office for several years. She also worked as a production operator at Easco, Dybrook and then Michigan Hanger, from where she retired.

Judy was a member of the Struthers United Methodist Church. She enjoyed dancing and listening to Motown and country western music.

Judy enjoyed animals and going to Mill Creek Park. She loved baking and was famous for her homemade cinnamon rolls, banana cake and apple pie.

Judy will be deeply missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Sheri and Gary Pezzuolo of Edinburg; her son, Bill Jakubek Jr. of Youngstown; her daughter, Kim Jakubek of Struthers; sister Donna McDaniel of Struthers; brother Robert L. (Sandy) Mahaffey of Girard; brother-in-law Earlie Goad of Hickory, N.C.; her grandchildren, Brooke (Andrew) Feit, Gary II (Emily) Pezzuolo, Blair Pezzuolo, and Julie Jakubek; her great-grandchildren, Janessa Virola, Milana Feit and Lillian Pezzuolo; her special niece and nephew, Linda and Matt Pittmann; three dear friends, Anita Kupec, Rosalyn Hamilton, and Geri Lewis; and a host of nieces and nephews, who she deeply loved.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant daughter; and her sister, Carol Goad.

The Jakubek family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends today from 11 a.m. to noon at the funeral home, prior to the funeral service at noon.

Judy’s family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Chahine and staff, Dr. Joseph Gallo and staff, Dr. Anthony Cutrona, Hospice of the Valley, and Tracie Penwell, RN, for the excellent care, love, and compassion they gave to their mom.

In lieu of flowers, the Jakubek family requests donations be made to Westside Cats on Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown in Judy’s name.

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

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ALLEN, TEXAS – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 12:30 p.m. at St. Angela Merici Parish, with the Rev. Kevin Peters officiating, for Jack M. Kozak, 52, formerly of Poland, who passed away unexpectedly in Denver on Sept. 13, 2017.

Jack was born March 15, 1965, in Youngstown, the son of Jack and Marie Frazzini Kozak.

He was a 1983 graduate of Poland Seminary High School and later graduated in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Baldwin Wallace University.

Jack earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1990 and quickly passed the bar exam two months later. He was the VP compliance counsel for Carrington Title Services in Plano, Texas. He was a member of the Texas Bar Association and a licensed attorney in 37 states.

Jack was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen.

He was an avid Miami Dolphins fan. Jack loved his dogs and above all, spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Jack will be deeply missed by his parents, Jack and Marie from Poland; his wife, Ester of Texas; two sisters, Susan Carney of Canfield and Nancy Reali of Hilton Head; three nieces, Ceara and Francesca Carney, and Shiann Reali; his children, Rudy Martinez Jr., Ernest A. Rosales, Lynette C. Martinez, and Ruby R. Martinez; and his grandchildren, Deliliah H. Martinez, Annette S. Martinez, Damien S. Martinez, Andrew Sebastian Rosales, Enessa Amerie Rosales, and Elise Alianna Rosales.

The Kozak family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends on Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church, prior to the 12:30 p.m. funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the Kozak family is requesting monetary donations be sent to St. Angela Merici Parish, 400 Lincoln Park Drive, Youngstown, OH 44506, in Jack’s memory.

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

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WEXFORD, PA. - “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of Gary Stephan Kiraly, 60, who passed away from esophageal cancer on Sept. 18, 2017.” He died peacefully at the Good Samaritan Hospice House in Wexford.

Gary was born in Youngstown on Oct. 24, 1956.

He was the proud owner of Regal Tool & Die Inc., the business which he built from the ground up.

Gary also took pride in being “Coach Kiraly” for many of his children’s sports teams. The little “downtime” Gary had was spent bicycling, hiking, and kayaking. But above all, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Gary is survived by his mother, Irene Kiraly; his children, Matthew (Erica) Kiraly, Jenna (Jason) Davis, Krista (Justin) Crowley, Paije Kiraly and her boyfriend, Bruce Hostetter; his grandchildren, Jude, Julian, Clark and Leila; and his brothers, David (Linda) Kiraly and Steven (Shari) Kiraly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stephan Kiraly.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at Pioneer Pavilion in Mill Creek Park. “Please bring your favorite memory of Gary and a copy of your favorite photo of him for our album.”

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FORT MYERS, FLA. - David C. Peterson, 70, formerly of Canton and Edinburg, Pa., died Monday morning, Sept. 18, 2017, in Fort Myers.

He was born Dec. 27, 1946, in Youngstown, a son of David and Renia (Howard) Peterson. He lived in the area most of his life.

He was a 1965 graduate of Mohawk High School and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. David was a retired millwright for Commercial Intertech and had also retired from W.C.I. Steel in Warren. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Navarre and had been a lifetime member of Mahoning Sportsman Association.

Besides his wife, the former Ruth Kelly, whom he married in 1968, he leaves his daughter, Chris (Jimi) Dickens of Massillon; his son, Greg Peterson of Edinburg; two grandchildren , Zachary and Joshua Dickens; two sisters, Marsha Luc of Lowellville and Susan Buchanan of Edinburg; and two brothers, Russell of Naples, Fla. and Keith of Lowellville.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Peterson.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.

Friends may call Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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SAN ANTONIO - Bro. James M. Moran, S.M., 90, died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at the Marianist Residence Community in San Antonio.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1927, in Girard, the son of the late Martin and Nell (Kinney) Moran.

He had lived a Marianist religious life for the past 30 years.

“Jim” graduated from Girard High School, and served in the U.S. Merchant Marines and was drafted to serve in the Army toward the end of World War II. He served until May 1947, ant then reenlisted. He was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1956, and earned an Associate degree in Accounting from Warren Business College that same year. He worked in data processing at a manufacturing company in Youngstown for the next seven years. From 1965 to 1977, he worked in a variety of medical settings in Indiana and Ohio, mostly as an electroencephalogram (EEG) technician.

In 1973, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and worked for years as a skilled counselor for the developmentally disabled. He was a treatment coordinator, case manager and placement specialist-roles, always focused on service to an often-overlooked population.

At age 60, Jim joined the Marianist religious order. As a Marianist brother, he served in a variety of roles. His most recent service was as an “English as a Second Language” teacher. He served Marianist schools and communities in Mexico, Ireland, South Korea, Italy, Latvia, and India with this skill and remained active teaching at the University of Dayton until his recent illness.

Jim enjoyed traveling, discussing politics, and he had an exceptional memory of people, places, and events from his past. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.

He is survived by nieces Patricia Baltic (Ray), Kathleen Superak, Peggy Davis (Thomas), Karen Reardon, Mary Krygowski (Walter), Grace Moran, Terri McConnell, Florence Ryznar (Rick), and Jane Anne Mach; nephews Martin Moran Michael Moran, Kenny Moran, Martin Mach, and Tony Mach; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

Besides his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brothers, Leo (Evelyn), Ted (Irene), Jack (Dorothy), and Martin (Florence); sisters Cathryn and Helen (John) Mach and nephews Jack Moran, Kevin Moran, and Ralph Moran; and nephews-in-law William Reardon and Dennis Superak.

Bro. Jim had requested to be buried in the Marianist Cemetery in Dayton.

There will be a memorial service in Dayton, today, Sept. 22, 2017, at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Marianist Mission, 4435 E. Patterson Road, Dayton, OH 45430.

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CAMPBELL – Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at the New Bethel Baptist Church for Thomas Veal, 61, who departed this life Sept. 16, 2017, at Mercy Health in Youngstown, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 19, 1956, in Youngstown, to the Late James T. Veal Sr. and the late Emma Russ-Veal.

Thomas’ life training began in part with his acceptance of Christ at an early age in the New Bethel Baptist Church under the tutelage of the late Rev. L.A. Simon.

Thomas was educated in the Youngstown City School District. After high school, Thomas was proud to have served his country, serving in the U.S. Army where he served as a squad leader while also studying accounting and stock control, graduating first in his class.

In 1977, Thomas relocated to Jacksonville, Fla., where he spent 10 years working in the hotel industry, returning to Ohio in the late 1980s. Upon Thomas’ return to the city, he was employed by Clean Net, in which he was given the opportunity after eight years of employment to own his own franchise which he ran for two years.

Thomas was a sports enthusiast and a learned stats man, his knowledge and love for Cleveland sports was legendary.

Thomas was a longtime survivor of renal disease, being one of the oldest surviving renal patients in history, having survived nearly 35 years with this disease which was most of his adult life. Thomas never complained or missed his treatments. He educated himself about renal disease as well became a network patient representative for The Renal Network, helping to educate others about the disease.

Thomas is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ruth M. Veal; daughters Tomika Barnes (Bernard) of Columbus and Tenise Weaver (Steven) of Atlanta; his siblings, LuDella Veal of Youngstown, Jamie Veal of Jacksonville, Veronica Mosley (Dennis) of Youngstown, and James Veal Jr. (Lori) of Memphis, Tenn.; his grandchildren, Jamie, Christopher, Jalen, and Tionci; two aunts, Katie Caige of Youngstown and Savannah Veal of Indianapolis; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Robbie Tate and Gwennetta Russ.

Thomas is also survived by his extended family, which included all of the families on West Delason Avenue on the city’s south side, affectionately known as “D-Block.” He appreciated you all.

Awaiting Thomas at Heaven’s gate are his parents; sister Princess Veal; nephew Eric L. Veal; and his grandparents, Mr. Eddie Russ, Mrs. Emma Dorsey and Mrs. Mattie Caige.

A special thank you to Aldridge Jones, David Simms and The Tenants at Vasu Manor, who showed Thomas a lot of love and concern during his illness. The family would like to also thank all of the attending physicians and nurses at the St. Elizabeth fourth floor ICU, as well as the staff, nurses and physicians at Select Specialty Hospital.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Arrangements entrusted to the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

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