STRUTHERS - Irene Susan (Anderson) Agnone, 65, died at 7:47 p.m. Sunday at the Cleveland Clinic.
She was born on Aug. 31, 1948, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Walter and Katherine (Mentzer) Anderson.
Irene has been a resident of the area and attended The Rayen School and graduate of the Youngstown Choffin School of Practical Nursing. She had previously worked at Diamond Head Nursing Home and lastly, for Maxim Home Care. In her early years, she was a coach of softball and cheerleading. She loved the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially Troy, and spending time with her grandchildren when she was able to do so.
She is survived by her children, William R. Agnone of Youngstown, Melissa K. (Edwin) Aaron of Yorktown, Va., Melanie L. (Paul Martin) Agnone of Struthers, and Nick M. (Karen A. Pitzulo) Agnone of Struthers; the father of her children, William Richard Agnone of Austintown; and her grandchildren, Connor, Cayden, Courtney, Kaige, Billy, Eddie, Katharina, Alex, and Kameron.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Roberta Myers and two grandchildren.
A time of visitation will be held on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home, with a short prayer service following the visitation.
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HUBBARD Everett Audley Boak, 74, passed away Saturday Aug. 23, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Everett was born Oct. 30, 1939, in New Castle, Pa., a son of Charles Everett and Mary Keis Boak, who preceded him in death.
He was a truck driver for McLean in West Middlesex, Pa., Transcon and ABF for over 50 combined years, and was a member of the Teamsters Union.
He loved gardening, spending time with his grandchildren, and helping others.
He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Naomi L. (Michael) Swesey of Greenville, S.C.; and his granddaughters, Sierra M. Brummett and Selena Brummett.
There are no calling hours or services.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.
LADY LAKE, FLA. - There will be services held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Beulah E. Card, 99, formerly of Hubbard, who passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Lady Lake, Fla.
Beulah was born Jan. 10, 1915, in Coitsville, a daughter of Charles Francis and Sarah Ellis Shipton.
She was a secretary for Rad Tank & Welding in Hubbard for many years. During World War II, Beulah was a Rosie the Riveter. Beulah was the first woman pilot to fly a plane in the Youngstown area and get her license. She and her husband, Donald, flew to every state except Hawaii.
Her husband, Donald H. Card, whom she married May 29, 1935, passed away Oct. 21, 1999.
She will be sadly missed by her family; her daughter, Beverly Crawford of the The Village, Fla.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves her sisters, Josephine Jeanot of Seminole, Fla., and Rose Spalla of Poland.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her daughter, Thelma Jean Almasy; and her brothers, Wayne Shipton, Bert Shipton, Richard Shipton, Homer Shipton, and Charles Francis Shipton.
There will be calling hours Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, one hour prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Beulah will be laid to rest at Jackson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Casabella Court, The Villages, FL 32162.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.
WILLIAMSBURG, VA. Mrs. Marie Miller Estok, 74, formerly of Coitsville, passed peacefully on Aug. 17, 2014, at the Hospice House in Williamsburg.
Marie was born on May 12, 1940, in Youngstown, the daughter of Willard E. and Margaret Miller.
She graduated from North High School in 1959 and studied at Youngstown State University. She married, started her family and lived in Hubbard, before moving to Struthers, where she was very active in many community activities. Marie was a member of the Coitsville Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. She was a member of the Coitsville Garden Club and enjoyed gardening and flower arranging.
Marie moved to Virginia with her family where she served as a Stephens Minister through the United Methodist Church in Seaford, Va. Through this service, she made many new friends who enhanced her life. She always kept in touch with her lifelong special friends in Ohio. She also drove school bus, worked at Busch Gardens, and Watermens Museum in Yorktown, Va., and belonged to the Homemakers Club in Brandywine. Marie always enjoyed all family gatherings and loved to see her grandchildren.
Survivors are her husband, Thomas Estok of Seaford, Va.; a son, Thomas M. Estok of Williamsburg; three daughters, Mrs. Suzanne (Kevin) Norsworthy of Barhamsville, Va., Mrs. Heather (Shawn) McLaughlin of Toano, Va., and Leigh Ann (Jason) Koptish of New Kent, Va.; six grandchildren, Mason and Maddie Norsworthy, Kaleigh and Davis McLaughlin, and Noah and Parker Ann Koptish; two sisters, Mrs. Joyce (Bruce) Wiggins of Columbiana and Phyllis Johnson of Coitsville; a brother, Jay E. Miller of Coitsville; and nephews and nieces.
A private memorial service will be held in Williamsburg on Sept. 6, 2014, and burial will be at the Jackson Coitsville Cemetery in Coitsville.
MCDONALD - Rochelle Ruman Ensor, 53, passed away peacefully at 6:20 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, surrounded by her family at the St. Joseph Health Center of carcinoid cancer.
She was born in Warren on Nov. 1, 1960, the daughter of Steve T. and Sylvia J. (Palko) Ruman.
A 1979 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, she attended Youngstown State University and studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, becoming a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She was a gifted artist and belonged to Trumbull Area Artists and Trumbull Area Gallery. Her hobbies included photography, the outdoors, animals, horseback riding, skiing and traveling.
Rochelle worked at the Niles Bank, Cold Metal Products and recently was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Gasearch in Liberty Township. She was a member of St. Marys Church in Mineral Ridge.
Rochelle courageously battled carcinoid cancer for 19 years, which included multiple liver surgeries, procedures, a clinical trial in Columbus and a liver transplant. She amazed everyone who knew her, including her medical caregivers, with her strength, determination and will to live. However, when the time came she surrendered to the illness with wisdom and grace.
Rochelle is survived by her husband, Wayne Ensor, whom she married on Aug. 26, 1999; mother Sylvia J. Ruman of Liberty; sister Lisa Marie Ruman of Westlake; aunt Mary Ann Casey of Niles; uncle Pete Ruman of Niles; and many cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Steve T. Ruman, who died Sept. 28, 2013; grandparents, Steve and Agnes Palko and Steve and Anna Ruman; and aunts and uncles, Frank Ruman, Bill and Denise Ruman, Walt and Sophie Ruman.
Calling hours will be Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home. Service of Christian Burial will be Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Thomas Kraszewski will officiate. Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank St. Joseph Cancer Center and Dr. Chahine and staff.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Welfare League, 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road SE, Vienna, OH 44473.
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CLEVELAND - Services will be Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home, for Mr. James Fred Fletcher, 65, formerly of Youngstown, who passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at his home in Cleveland.
Mr. Fletcher was born Dec. 12, 1948, in Youngstown, a son of Walter J. and Nell Mahone Fletcher.
He was a 1966 graduate of East High School. After graduating from high school, James entered the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He had been employed as a laborer at U.S. Steel. He was affiliated with the AA Cleveland Chapter, and enjoyed doing art.
He leaves to cherish his beloved memory, his sister, Evonne Patterson of Youngstown; his brother, Scott (Marcia) Fletcher of Warren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, the former Diane Starkey; and his sister, Gwendolyn Brown.
Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
SALEM - Barbara Lou Headland, 77, died at 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 24, 2014, at Essex III.
She was born May 2, 1937, in Leetonia, the daughter of the late Perry and Naoma (Beall) Grady.
Barbara was a graduate of Leetonia High School and attended Malone College for two years. Before her retirement, she was manager of medical offices in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California for 31 years. Barb also assisted her husband, Mark, in over 50 years of ministry. She was lead soloist in most churches and sang in two church womens quartets. She also served as youth Sunday school teacher and senior girls Awana leader, all while working full-time.
She was a member of the Salem First Friends Church.
Her husband of 58 years, Rev. Mark Headland, whom she married June 2, 1956, survives her along with a son, Phil (Cathy) Headland of Lititz, Pa.; daughters Deborah Youngman of Eagleville, Pa. and Diana (David) Kind of Phoenixville, Pa.; sisters Helen Hartman of Salem, Verona Lippiatt of Salem, Marlene Grady of Salem, Ann Oliver of Wooster and Irene Herman of Salem; grandchildren Brockton and Brian Youngman, Dr. Branden Youngman, Brianna Markgraf, Heather and Jensen Kind, and Phillip and Nicholas Headland.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home, with the Rev. Pete Fowler officiating. Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.
Please visit www.starkmemorial.com to view her obituary andsend condolences online.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP There will be services held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at New Life Lutheran Church in Liberty for Melvin A. Hepburn, 86, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital in Youngstown.
Melvin was born June 27, 1928, in Butler, Pa., a son of Cecil and Freda Milhime Hepburn, and came to this area in 1937.
He was a line worker at General Fireproofing Equipment for many years, and a member of the New Life Lutheran Church and its choir.
Melvin was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed his dog, Tillie.
His wife, the former Dorothy H. Cutlip, whom he married Oct. 26, 1946, passed away March 4, 2013.
He leaves his daughter, Bonnie Hepburn-Eckenrode of Youngstown.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; a brother; two half brothers; and two half sisters.
There will be calling hours on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard and Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the New Life Lutheran Church.
Melvin will be laid to rest at Churchill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Lutheran Church, 1181 Churchill Hubbard Road, Youngstown, OH 44505.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.
COLORADO Memorial services will be held Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at Lighthouse Covenant Ministries, 1735 Shehy Ave., Youngstown, OH 44506, for Mr. Janiro Kennedy.
Janiro was born March 7, 1951, in New York, to L.B. Wesley Sr. and Arthola (Woods) Kennedy.
He was a 1972 graduate of South High School in Youngstown, and was an avid musician, gathering early influential instruction from playing with the Iron Knowledge Band. He loved rock, jazz, blues and was an original Funk-a-teer.
During his enlistment in the U.S. Army, Janiro was in the company of and played with many famous musicians. He traveled the world, was stationed at Ft. Carson in Colorado and subsequently made his home in Denver, upon his honorable discharge. He was employed by the City of Arvada for over 30 years as a meter tech, with his last six years of employment as an employee of Panera Bread.
Janiro leaves to cherish his memory, three sons, Janiro L.P. Kennedy of Albuquerque, N.M., Perry V. Martin of Youngstown, and Loren Kennedy of Cincinnati; daughter La Carol Kennedy, stationed at Ft. Carson, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; brothers James (Theresa) Kennedy and Damon (Yolanda) Kennedy, both of Youngstown, and Wesley (Vanessa) Kennedy of New York; sister Vernajean (Lorenzo) Wise of Campbell and Wilena (Michael Scott of Youngstown; favorite niece, Ava J. Wise of Youngstown; favorite cousin, Sandra Jones of Chino, Calif.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother; father; and grandparents Henry W. and Corrine (Cora Shuford) Woods of Youngstown.
He was married to Shirley Ann Ellison and Mitzi (Stallworth) Kennedy, both previously of Ohio.
His son, Janiro L.P., was dispatched from New Mexico, undertaking the momentous and lengthy responsibility of sifting through bureaucratic red tape, determining sequence of events, cause of death and transference of personal effects to New Mexico on behalf of his father.
In lieu of flowers, gifts of love can be sent to the Lighthouse Covenant Ministries, in memory of Janiro Kennedy, to be forwarded to Janiro L.P. Kennedy, who has since suffered a stroke, and is undergoing therapy to rehabilitate the right side of his body.
BOARDMAN There will be prayers at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Fox Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Church, celebrated by the Rev. Philip Rogers, for Frank Stitch Kordupel, 68 who passed away Sunday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Frank was born June 13, 1946, in Coburg, Germany, son of Peter and Maria Kordupel.
He graduated from East High School in 1964, Frank worked for Strouss Department Store, the B&O Railroad as a fireman and was a foreman at the Mahoning County Engineers for the past 39 years.
Frank was a member at St. Charles Church in Boardman and was an avid sports enthusiast, who bowled and played softball and baseball for Belleria, Farmers Pride, Youngstown Curve Form and Carolina Catering. He loved golfing and at every opportunity played in many leagues and scrambles throughout the valley. In 1964, when dared by one of his friends, he ran and completed the Boston Marathon. Frank was a Life Banc donor.
Besides his mother, Maria Kordupel of Youngstown, he leaves to cherish his memory his wife, the former Maureen Horvath, who he married Nov. 6, 1987, at St. Michael Church in Canfield; his twin daughters, Kelly and Michelle; and son Bryan, all at home.
He took great joy in watching as his children excel in all the activities about which he was very passionate.
Frank also leaves his brothers, Steve of Youngstown, Peter Jr. of Cortland, Michael of Youngstown, John (Carol) of Youngstown, Joseph (Judi); and nephew Joseph Kordupel of Boardman.
Besides his father, Frank was preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home.
Material tributes can be made in Franks memory to the Frank Stitch Kordupel Memorial Fund, 4700 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
LOWELLVILLE - Phyllis Punky Ann Lupo, 79, entered the gates of Heaven on Aug. 22, 2014, after a year-long illness.
Phyllis was born July 18, 1935, in Lowellville, the daughter of Leon and Vera (Schrader) Slaven.
Friends and family knew her by her childhood nickname, Punky, which was given to her by her father.
A graduate of Lowellville High School, Punky was a stay-at-home mother whose kitchen, heart, and arms were always open to whoever needed them. She was a gentle, kindhearted woman whose generous and giving spirit endeared her to whomever she met.
Punky did volunteer work in the schools, both when her children were young, and recently. She was very involved in her church, the Lowellville United Methodist Church, where she served on multiple committees, and where her presence will be missed both in the kitchen during the dinners she helped to cook, and most especially in the pew every Sunday. She enjoyed bowling, and reading historical books, especially those about the Civil War. She also loved to crochet, and there are many warm, comforting blankets she enjoyed giving as gifts.
Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, all of whom are left with loving, cherished memories of Punky or Gram. She gave her entire heart to her children, whom she loved deeply and without measure, and to her grandchildren, who meant the world to her, and she to them.
She is survived by two loving children, son Michael J. Lupo of Boardman, and daughter Elizabeth (Jeff) Hartman of Lowellville; and beloved grandchildren Sarah Hartman and Josh Hartman, along with his fiancée, Michelle Grant, both also of Lowellville.
She is already deeply missed by a host of extended family and friends.
Her husband, Michael V. Lupo, who she married Aug. 17, 1954, passed away Sept. 3, 2011; she was also preceded in death by a son, Stephen Robert Lupo; her parents; brothers George Slaven, Leon Skip Slaven, Norman Buzz Slaven and Eugene Gene Slaven; and sister Beverly Zarlingo.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Lowellville United Methodist Church, with Pastor Darlene Masetta and Carl West officiating the service for Phyllis.
Family and friends may visit from 10:30 a.m. until time of the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Phyllis name to the Lowellville United Methodist Church, 190 West Wood St., Lowellville, OH 44436.
The Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home has been bestowed the honor and privilege of handling the services for Phyllis.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Phyllis family.
COLUMBIANA Private services were held for Robert E. Mook, 91, formerly of DeCamp Road in Youngstown, who passed away early Sunday morning in Hospice House.
Mr. Mook was born Jan. 26, 1923, in Youngstown the son of Rollin and Etta (Honey) Mook.
He worked in the Inspection Department of Wean United for 43 years, retiring in 1984. Bob was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a former member of the Calvary Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Mill Creek Golf League the Senior Bowling League and the United Retirees.
His wife, the former Joyce Lindquist, whom he married Oct. 26, 1946, passed away Feb. 5, 1994.
Bob leaves one daughter, Gretchen Bowman and husband Robert of Austintown; three sons, Robert W. and wife Monica of Columbiana, Michael R. and wife Gina of Ellsworth, and Mark E. and wife Kathy of Boardman; one sister, Doris Hanna of Florida; as well as 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents and his wife, Bob was preceded in death by two sisters, Etta May Probert, and Helen Ruth McIntyre.
Per Bobs wishes there were no calling hours.
Arrangements are by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice House 9803 Sharrott Road, Youngstown, OH 44514.
Family and friends may view visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
COLUMBIANA - Robert Paul McMurray, 81, died Aug. 24, 2014, at his home.
He was born on Aug. 11, 1933, in New Springfield, son of the late William Harry and Bessie Helen (Gorrell) McMurray.
From 1955 to 1957, he served in the U.S. Army, stationed for the most part in Germany. Afterward, he served in the Reserves until 1961. He worked as a supervisor for the East Ohio Gas Company of Youngstown for 40 years, following in the footsteps of his father, who had worked for the company as well.
On June 18, 1960, he married the love of his life, the former Rebecca Jane Reese, whom he met while donating blood for the American Red Cross, where Rebecca was serving refreshments.
He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Rebecca Jane (Reese) McMurray; and two grateful and loving sons, Robert Paul McMurray II of Cleveland and Rodney Keith McMurray of Columbiana. Robert also leaves behind his two beloved grandsons, Dylan Robert McMurray and Cody James Dole and their mother, Julie McMurray Frederick. Survivors also include, Joe (Beverly) McMurray of Thomasville, Ga.; Lois June (Leon) Casity of North Lima; James Edward (Pat) McMurray of Boardman; and Elizabeth Jean (Gary) Leonard of Columbiana; as well as many nieces, nephews, and in-laws, all of whom he loved very much. Robert also leaves his loving protector and guardian dog, Moe.
Mr. McMurray was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Charles William McMurray and Dale Ray (Judith) McMurray.
Bob participated in many organizations over the years. He served on the Columbiana Board of Education for 13 years. He also served on various committees of the Columbiana United Methodist Church, including Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, Church Council, Trustees, Finance Council and anything else that was needed. He was a 50-year member of the Allen Lodge No. 276 F. & A.M., being a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Order of Eastern Star No. 428, the Scottish Rite and the Al Koran Shrine Club. Robert was a volunteer fireman for the city of Columbiana and was a member of the East Palestine Kiwanis Club as a representative for the East Ohio Gas Company.
Bob always made his family his first priority. He enjoyed attending all the activities that his sons and grandsons were involved in. He could fix anything, sometimes by using the most unusual, creative and innovative techniques you could imagine. He will always be remembered as a loving husband and father, a cherished brother and uncle, and most of all, as a doting, proud and perfect grandfather.
Visitation will be at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, 28 North Main St., Columbiana, OH 44408, from 5 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Allen Lodge will conduct Masonic services at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 210 South Main St., Columbiana, OH 44408, with visitation one hour prior at the church.
Burial will immediately follow at the Columbiana Cemetery, where the American Legion Honor Guard will accord military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church.
Please visit www.familycareservices.com to sign the register and send condolences.
We wish to thank all of the family members, health care nurses and the nurses of the Hospice of the Valley, who have attended to our father over these past years. We want to especially thank his number one caregiver, the one who was always at his side through these physically difficult years, our Mother, affectionately referred to by our Dad as, My Becky. He will be greatly missed.
CANFIELD Mark A. McCarthy, 62, passed away on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Hospice House.
Mark was born Aug. 18, 1952, in Youngstown, the son of Thomas and Lois Arens McCarthy.
Mark had retired in 2009, after 30 years as a heavy equipment operator for Niles Power Plant. He attended St. Rose Church and served his country as a Marine veteran during Vietnam. Mark enjoyed fishing, golfing, camping and loved spending time in Florida.
He is survived by his parents of Liberty Township; brothers Thomas (Doreen) McCarthy of Boardman, Michael (Carol) McCarthy of Liberty, Rick (Cindy) McCarthy of Lake Orion, Mich., John (Sue) McCarthy of Lake City, Fla., Kevin (Andrea) McCarthy of Hubbard, and Frank (Lisa) McCarthy of Milan, Ohio; sisters Janie (David) Nist of Liberty, Kathy (Steve) Sepesy of Berlin Center, Mary Jo (Bill) Ciccotelli of Liberty and Theresa (Karl) Hamilton of Bradenton, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Church, preceded by a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mark will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery, with military honors.
The family requests that any material contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view his obituary and to send any condolences to the McCarthy family.
BOARDMAN - A prayer service will be held Thursday at 9:15 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, Youngstown, for Mr. Frank Petrony, 80, who died Sunday afternoon of an apparent heart attack.
He was born in Youngstown on Dec. 23, 1933, a son of Anthony F. and Victoria (Mazanski) Petrony.
He graduated from Ursuline High School and from Youngstown State University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree.
Frank worked his way from the assembly line to become Executive Vice President of Operations at G.F. Business Equipment Inc. He then became President of Metal Carbides Corporation and, subsequently, he served as President and co-owner of Findley Welding Supply until his retirement in 1997. He served on the Board of Directors of those companies, as well as the Michigan Hanger Co.
Frank also served on the board of trustees for the Assumption Nursing Home, the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic and Youngstown Country Club. He was a member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, Mahoning Valley Industrial Management Association, Elks Lodge 55, Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the YSU Alumni Association, where he served as President in 1987 and 1988.
Frank was also very involved in community affairs. He served as chairman of the Fund Raising Drive to establish Hospice of the Valley in 1980 and 1981, was on the Advisory Board for the YSU School of Business, and was on the committee to raise funds to build the YSU Stambaugh Football Stadium. He was very supportive of Catholic education and was involved in several fund raising campaigns for Ursuline and Cardinal Mooney High Schools. He was an active member of St. Stanislaus Church.
Frank is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Dorothy Dubos, for whom he had lovingly cared for the past eight years; four children, Elaine (Charles) Mauch, Bonnie (Ron) Stoops, Marilyn (Eddy) Handel, and John (Mari) Petrony; 12 grandchildren, Tara (Chris) Reuscher, Jonathan (Christina) and Dan Mauch, Melanie (Justin) Kurzweil, Ron (Jenna), Joe and John Stoops, Brad, Jennifer and Mark Handel, and Luke and Matthew Petrony; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Anthony and Joseph; and his sister, Florence Sosnowski.
Frank was a loving husband, father and papa. He encouraged his children and grandchildren to value their education and he supported them in everything they did in their lives.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stanislaus Church in memory of Frank.
Friends may call today from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, for Mrs. Selina M. Zombeck Ross, 88, who died on Aug. 5, 2014.
Selina was born Feb. 14, 1926, a daughter of William and Salina Adamson Anderson.
She was a child care giver for numerous families.
Selina leaves two daughters; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends may call on Saturday from 12:30 until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements are by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.
MINERAL RIDGE - Jodi Rhinehart, 55, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at home on Aug. 24, following a courageous battle with cancer. Her fun personality and beautiful smile will be missed by many.
Jodi was born on June 9, 1959, to Markus and Della Shaw in Warren.
She graduated from Warren G. Harding in 1977. Jodi was employed with Salvatores Italian Grill since 1998, and at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for the past six years, where she helped welcome babies into the world. Caring for others was her calling and she received much satisfaction from her work. Jodi grew strength from Al-Anon, enjoyed gardening, and spending time with those she loved most. She frequently traveled, especially going to the beach, New York City, and sailing on cruises.
Jodi will be sadly missed by the love of her life, Timothy David, whom she married on Sept. 3, 1983; as well as her children, Timothy (Jennifer) Rhinehart of Wayensville, Estella Shaw Rhinehart of Mineral Ridge, and Emily (Thomas Hahn) Rhinehart, also of Mineral Ridge. Her three granddaughters brought her much joy, Sophie and Ava Rhinehart of Waynesville, and Jacquelyn Rhinehart of Mineral Ridge. She is also survived by her brother, Markus (Carol) Shaw of Warren; and sisters Jane (Gary) Lipscomb of Medford, Shannan Shaw of Warren, and Debbie Keirsey of Niles. She leaves behind her godchildren, Vance and Rachel Keirsey of Mineral Ridge; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Jodi was preceded in death by her parents; and godson Travis L. Keirsey.
Her legacy will continue on thanks to the love and kindness she shared with all those blessed enough to know her.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel.
Her funeral service will occur on Friday, Aug. 29, at St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 348 Robbins Ave. in Niles, at 11 a.m., with Father Hall officiating.
She will be laid to eternal rest at Kerr Cemetery.
She was known by many and loved by all who knew her.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
CANFIELD - Catherine D. Rees, 77, of Canfield, passed away Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at her residence.
Catherine was born Oct. 1, 1936, in St. Albans, N.Y., to parents Edward and Florence (Walsh) Feeney.
Catherine worked for the State of Ohio, Department of Workers Compensation, as a claims examiner, retiring in 1998. Catherine married Richard J. Rees on April 10, 1992. She was a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church, St. Michaels Garden Guild, and a member of the Mended Hearts at St. Elizabeths Health Center.
Survivors include her husband, Richard; children Deborah Ghanadian of California, Linda (Rob) Banaie of Columbus, David (Rhonda) Wilhelm of Boardman Diane (Richard) Calvaruso of Louisville, Ky.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one pet child, Buffy.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; son Edward Wilhelm; her first husband, Ray Wilhelm; and four sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at St. Michaels Catholic Church, Canfield.
Monetary donations may be made in Catherines memory to Hospice of the Valley.
Arrangements for Catherine were entrusted with the Ohio Cremation and Memorial Society/Bowser Funeral Services in Niles.
BOARDMAN There will be a Resurrection Mass at St. Charles Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, celebrated by the Rev. Gerald DeLucia, for Mary A. Stimmer, 82, who died on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mary was born Feb. 1, 1932, in Youngstown, the daughter of Dominic Daniel and Anna Labnovich Kratofil.
Mary graduated from Youngstown State University in elementary education and taught at St. Charles School until becoming a mother in 1961. She devoted her life to her faith, family and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Throughout her life, she was an active volunteer in her church and her community.
She was the beloved wife of the late Paul R. Stimmer; loving mother of Sandra (David) MacLean and Susan (Scott) Swierad; devoted grandmother of Lindsey, Nicole, Zachary and Rachel; and dear sister of Theresa Vuksanovic and Bernadette Kratofil.
Besides her husband and parents, Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Kratofil; and sisters Dolores and Barbara Kratofil.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Peg Kratofil and her family for their loving and thoughtful care of Mary during her extended illness.
Her family requests that any monetary donations be made in Marys memory to St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908, and Mass intentions are appreciated.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
NEW SPRINGFIELD - Thomas E. Sheely, 56, died Monday morning, Aug. 25, 2014, at the Hospice House, after a brief battle with cancer.
Thomas, affectionately known by many as Fuzzy, was born Sept. 4, 1957, in Youngstown, a son of Walter and Ida Morlan Sheely.
Tom attended Petersburg High School and worked as a heavy equipment operator. Throughout his career, he worked for various area construction companies and was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 66.
Tom loved nature and enjoyed spending his free time outside. He fondly remembered family trips to their cabin in Marienville, Pa. when he was younger. Tom also enjoyed fishing on Lake Erie, Conneaut, and in Ashtabula for walleye and perch, working on cars, and lending a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
Tom was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Petersburg and a former member of the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department.
He leaves his wife, the former Julie A. St. Clair, whom he married Dec. 4, 1999; two sons, Cory (Kelly) Husted of North Lima and Thomas Sheely at home; daughter Savannah Sheely at home; sister Marcia Delvaux of Lisbon; three brothers, Walter Chip (Terri) Sheely of North Jackson, Richard Sheely of Poland, and Dennis (Mary) Sheely of New Springfield.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Lucinda Sheely; and brother Donald Ugg Sheely.
A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 14394 Youngstown Pittsburgh Road, Petersburg. Interment will follow at Petersburg Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St., Boardman and Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.
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YOUNGSTOWN - Cecil W. Thomas, 91, departed this life Friday, Aug. 23, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. at The Hospice House, after an extended illness.
He was born Nov. 24, 1922, in Youngstown, the son of Rev. Robert L. and Hannah Tucker Thomas.
Mr. Thomas was employed with U.S. Steel Corporation for 40 years as a Boiler Maker, before retiring. He was a certified watch repairman.
He was a member of the Third Baptist Church, the N.A.A.C.P., Masons Covenant Lodge No. 43, United Steel Workers of America Local No. 1330, and enjoyed repairing watches and playing the saxophone and drums.
Mr. Thomas served honorably in the U.S. Army as a PFC from 1943 to 1946 during World War II, receiving the American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal.
He married Annie Laurie Martin Thomas on Nov. 5, 1943, and she died March 31, 1985.
He leaves to mourn, four daughters, Mrs. Jacqueline (John) McLendon of Broomfield, Colo., Mrs. Cecile (Larry) Orr of Matteson, Ill., Ms. Deborah Johnson of Youngstown and Ms. Marilyn Coney of Boardman; one brother, Joseph Leroy (Gwendolyn) Thomas of Youngstown; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a goddaughter, Ms. Dawn Turnage; and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six sisters, Ruth Biggs, Jessie Preston, Mary Jackson, Lois Arnold, Inez Trevathan, and Gladys Ramsey; and three brothers, Paul Thomas, Leslie Thomas, and Walter Thomas.
Cecils family would like to express their gratitude and many thanks to A.R.A. Boardman and Fresenius Dialysis Medical Center, and Easter Seals Transportation, along with their entire staff. The family also appreciated the loving care and kindness given by Dr. Bruce Wilner and Dr. Nathaniel Doe of Shepherd of the Valley in Poland and Boardman, Hospice House, ValleyCare Northside Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Health Center for the special care during Cecils final days.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at noon at the Third Baptist Church. Calling hours will be held one hour prior to service from 11 a.m. to noon. A Mason Service will be held at 11:30 a.m.
Burial will take place at Belmont Park Cemetery.
Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Youngstown Funeral Home.
BOARDMAN - Prayers will begin Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon at St. Charles Church, for Kathryn Cass Valicenti, 88, who died Tuesday morning at Assumption Village, surrounded by her family.
Cass was born March 4, 1926, in Youngstown, to Andrew and Elizabeth (McQuaide) Jardien.
She was a 1943 graduate of The Rayen School and attended Youngstown College. Cass owned Boardman Frame House Gallery for 20 years, until her retirement.
Cass was a former member of St. Teresa Carmelite Monastery and a member of St. Charles Church. She was a member of Camp Fire Council, Private Industry Council, Ridgewood Garden Club, and was a founding member of Fonderlac Country Club and the Boardman Swim Club.
Her husband, Frank A. Valicenti, whom she married July 24, 1948, died April 1, 1999.
Cass is survived by her three daughters, Dr. Beth Valicenti of Pittsburgh, Janet (Paul) Williams of Boardman, and Laura (David) Hartman of Pittsburgh; a brother, John Jardien of Poland; and four grandchildren, Drew Williams, Sara Householder, Allison Hartman and Kelly Hartman.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Andrew Jardien and two sisters, Jean Creighton and Patricia Jardien.
Family and friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Armeda Maravola and the staff at Assumption Village for the care and compassion given to Cass.
Material tributes may take the form of donations to HMHP Foundation, 250 Debartolo Place, Boardman, OH 44512.
AUSTINTOWN Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church for Mrs. Lillie Mae Woodberry, 79, who entered eternal rest on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.
Mrs. Woodberry was born May 1, 1935, in Georgetown, S.C., a daughter of Sterret Leggett and Albertha Davis.
She had worked at Southside Hospital and over 14 years, with Beeghly Oaks in housekeeping, retiring in 2000. She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church, president of its Mission Ministry and a Church Mother. She was a former member of the Adult Choir, Chairperson of the Culinary Ministry, a member of the Pastors Aide, Womens Ministry, Decorating and Church Anniversary Committee and the Mahoning Allstars. She was also a member and treasurer of S.O.A.R. and its Culinary Committee chairperson, treasurer of Women of Excellence, member of AARP, volunteer with Steel Valley Little Chargers and the Eastside Little Broncos Little League Football Organizations, and the East High School Boosters.
Lillie enjoyed cooking, sewing, decorating, baking, shopping, traveling, mentoring others, and spending time with her beloved family.
She leaves to forever cherish her memories, a son, Steven (Tameka) Woodberry; five daughters, Lillian Bay Woodberry, Joyce Wood, Martha Ann (David) Carson-Stevens, Elder Valda Gay (Nate) Stevens-McKinney and Emma Woodberry, all of Youngstown; two stepsons, Early Anthony (Rev. Robin) Woodberry and Marvin (Lucy) Woodberry; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Katherine Hunte of Mullins, S.C., Margaret Combs, Ella Jane (Doward) Sumpter, Loretta Garrett, Everleen Scott, Carritha Davis and Claudia Serrano, all of Hemingway, S.C.; five brothers, Hubert Scott of Hemingway, S.C., Roger Scott of Mullins, S.C., Octagan (Marion), Freddie, and Hasper Leggett Sr., all of Youngstown; and a host of family and friends.
Besides her father, mother and stepfather, Albertha and Willie Scott, she was preceded in death by a son, Earl Anthony Woodberry; a sister, Ella Scott; and brothers, Willie M. William, Dozier and Louis Scott, Andrew L. Eady, Billie J. and Jerry Leggett.
Friends may call Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the church, where the Rev. Ernest Ellis will be presiding.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
NEW MIDDLETOWN - William R. Young, 87, died Aug. 25, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Young was born May 8, 1927, in Youngstown, a son of William and Edna Scargill Young.
He graduated from Chaney High School and was owner/operator of Youngs Golden Dawn grocery store in New Middletown, retiring in the late 80s.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II and the Korean War.
William enjoyed golfing, bowling, and watching Seinfeld.
He is survived by his wife, the former Katherine Davanzo, whom he married Jan. 31, 1951; two sons, Dr. Gary (Cheryl) Young of Poland and William (Shelly) Young of Green Springs; one daughter, Bonnie (Wes) Kirkwood of Marysville; nine grandchildren, Shana (Jude) Andres of Sandusky, Darcy Young of Green Springs, Keith Young of Rootstown, Kurt Young of Redwood Shores, Calif., Korey Young of Columbus, Kyle Young of Poland, Kris Young of Alliance, Ben Kirkwood of Marysville, and Jake Kirkwood of Marysville.
Besides his parents, William was preceded in death by one brother, James Young; and two sisters, Edna Mae Cosma and Harriet Cleland.
Private services will be held at Poland Riverside Cemetery, Poland.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel.
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