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GIRARD – Judith D. Ballenger, 69, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Main Campus Emergency Room.

Judith was born Sept. 28, 1944, in Youngstown to parents, Raymond L. and Edna Mae (Ludwick) Evans.

Judith married David R. Ballenger on Jan. 1, 1965, and together they had two beautiful daughters.

Judith was a foster parent, and a devoted mother, wife and Christian. She was a member of the Corner House Christian Church in Hubbard. Judith had worked as a clerk at Family Bible Book store in Girard. She belong to the National Association of Women Gymnastic Judges, and was a pianist and organist for the Four Miles Run Church and the New Hope Christian Church.

Judith will be greatly missed by her husband, David; daughters, Bobbie Ballenger of Naples, Fla. and Lisa (Bill) Wells, Stoneville, N.C.; brothers, Paul (Cindy) Evans of Lordstown and Raymond (Mary) Evans of Fredericksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Caleb, Isaac, Abigail, Lydia, Hannah, Adah, Phoebe, Nathanael and Malachi; six grand-puppies, Landon, Peanuts, Casey, Sunshine, Simba and Leo; plus many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Edna Mae Evans.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 18, 2014, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Corner House Christian Church, Hubbard.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Corner House Christian Church.

Interment will be held at Kerr Cemetery.

Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.

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HUBBARD - There were private services held Thursday April 10, 2014, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Rose M. Cifalde, 110, who passed away Monday April 7, 2014, at home.

Rose was born Sept. 3, 1903, in Youngstown, a daughter of Anthony and Mary Grace DeCarlo Anzivino.

Her husband Carmen R. Cifalde, whom she married August 24, 1924, passed away Oct. 17, 1980.

Rose will be sadly missed by her son, Anthony Cifalde and her daughter, Mary Grace Cifalde both of Hubbard; three grandchildren, Stacy, Linda L., and John; four great-grandchildren, Jason, Gianna, Alyssa, and Jennifer; and her dog Zero. She also leaves several nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and cousins.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; her sons William Cifalde, and John Cifalde; her grandson, William Cifalde Jr.; her brothers, Rocco Anzivino, Frank Anzivino and Joseph Anzivino; and her sisters, Mary Andio, Laura Cefalde, Grace DelRose, Betty Billet, and Carmel Colangelo.

A special thanks to Dr. Ted Faull, Dr. Esmeralda, the Southern Care Hospice, and the Patriot Home care for all the compassionate care given to Rose.

Rose was laid to rest at Belmont Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral’s website www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.

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AUSTINTOWN – There was a private service held today at the Fox Funeral Home for Genevieve “Jennie” Dorante, 92, who passed away peacefully Monday evening at Humility House.

Jennie was born June 13, 1921, in Sicily, Italy, a daughter of Joseph and Josephine Gallo Dorante and was a Youngstown area resident since childhood.

Jennie was a homemaker and a long-time parishioner of St. Columba parish.

She leaves to cherish her memory her brother, Carl Dorante of McDonald; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Jennie was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Dorante; and sisters Frances Sferra and Eleanor Chiappetta.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.

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AUSTINTOWN - Howard D. Deceder, 87, died Tuesday afternoon at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.

Mr. Deceder was born, April 22, 1926, in Aliquippa, Pa., the son of the late Patsy A. Sr. and Dorothy (McElhaney) Deceder. Howard resided in Austintown for the past 52 years.

He worked as a plumber and pipe fitter for Local 87/396 for over 50 years. He loved going fishing and enjoyed wood working. He was a very proud man, and taught his children how to be strong, and how to over come any obstacle in life.

He leaves behind, his wife, Alice R. (Jones) Deceder, whom he married on April 22, 1948; his children, Dennis (Sue) Deceder of Malta, Diane (Ron) Egley of Youngstown, Sherry Carney of Canfield and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Linda (Thomas) Simpson of Youngstown, and Carol (David) Lipscomb of Girard; his grandchildren, Steven and William Deceder, Kevin (Lori), Robert, and Melissa Carney, Dawn and Nicole Simpson, and Eric Lipscomb; nine great-grandchildren; and his half sister, Pam Spencer of Tyler, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; and one sister.

Friends may call Friday, April 18, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel

Family and friends may view this obituary at www.lanefuneralhomes.com. to send condolences.

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FARRELL, PA. – Joseph R. Mirizio Jr., of 321 Fredrick Drive, passed from this life Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 4:24 a.m. surrounded by his family at his home following an extended illness. He was 82.

He was born in Farrell to Joseph and Anna Marimpietri Mirizio Sr.

He was married to the former Joanne L. Franek July 30, 1955, and she preceded him in death Nov. 4, 2001.

Joe was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in West Middlesex, Pa. He was a graduate of Farrell High School, class of 1949, where he lettered in football as a running half-back. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock State University and a Master’s degree from Westminster College. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict, he taught at Brookfield High School and Youngstown State University.

For many years, he was the owner of the former Franek & Co. and the current J.R. Mirizio Real Estate firms in Farrell, where he was a licensed insurance agent and licensed Pennsylvania real estate broker. He was also a certified general appraiser. He semi-retired in 2003.

Joe was a member and past president of the Farrell Wolves Club, attending numerous conventions, and he enjoyed assisting on the scholarship committee. He was a past member of the Farrell Lions Club. He was a member and past president of the Greater Mercer County Board of Realtors and was a Realtor Emeritus for 40 years. He was a member of the Farrell Advisory Board of the 1st National Bank and The Italian Home in Farrell and a former member of the Kennedy Catholic High School Boosters Club.

A licensed pilot, Joe enjoyed casino bus trips, family gatherings and eating out at many local restaurants and going to the movies. In earlier years, he traveled extensively with his beloved Joanne, his high school sweetheart.

Surviving are his four children, Paula Mirizio-Clouse, wife of James, of Somerset, Ohio, Joseph F. and wife Kimberly of West Middlesex, Pa., Shari Mirizio-Perry, wife of Charles of Sharon, Pa., and Jon L. and wife Meg of Hermitage, Pa. There are 13 grandchildren: Kelly Clouse, Andy Clouse and wife Leslie, Nick Clouse, and Clare Clouse, Brittany Osborne and husband Jason, Brandon and wife Stephanie and Austin Mirizio, Amanda Moore and husband Adam, and James, Katie and Lauren Tucker; as well as Joseph R. and Ryan J. Mirizio. The six great-grandchildren are Alexis, Luke and Bo Clouse, Hudson Osborne and Lilly and Cooper Moore. He also leaves nephews, Stephen J., William, Robert, Michael and Tom Mirizio; and nieces Rosann Mirizio-Georgen, Peggy Mirizio-Hayes, Ann Sheasley and Claudia Geroni. Three sisters-in-law survive: Rose Morgan, Mary Mirizio and Antoinette Babos.

The last of his siblings, he was preceded in death by a sister, Theresa M. Geroni; and brothers Stephen A., Peter J., William A. and Alex Mirizio. A nephew, Peter Mirizio, is deceased

Friends may call on Monday, April 21, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the A.E. Pustinger Funeral Home Ltd., 1310 Idaho St. in Farrell.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3613 Sharon Road in West Middlesex at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Msgr. Robert M. Malene, Pastor, and the Rev. Msgr. Salvatore P. Mitchell, retired Pastor, as con-celebrants.

Burial will be at St. Ann Cemetery in Hermitage.

Tributes in his memory may be made to the Church of the Good Shepherd or Our Lady of Fatima-St. Ann Church, 601 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, PA 16121.

Condolences may be emailed to pustinger@verizon.net.

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COLUMBUS – Funeral services will be at noon on Friday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. for Robin Carol Matthews, 52, formerly of Youngstown, who departed this life Monday, April 14, 2014, at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Columbus.

Ms. Matthews was born June 19, 1961, in Youngstown, a daughter of LeBron Matthews Jr. and Freddie Jo Weeden Matthews.

She was a chef for Garland’s Bar-B-Que, a steelworker, a member of the Emanuel Presbyterian Church, and a mother of an inspiring author, Elisheva, who wrote “Through It All Jesus Kept Me Strong.”

She leaves her children, LaToya Matthews III of Columbus, Kenneth Adams of Youngstown and Sabrin A. Adams of Cincinnati; siblings, Nallie (Clarence) Kitchen, LaBron Matthews III and Edna M. Matthews, all of Youngstown, and Jerry Matthews of Columbus; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Freddie Jo Figueroa and Angelic Matthews.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday at the funeral home.

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MINERAL RIDGE - Diane Miller, 58, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center in Youngstown.

Diane was born Jan. 26, 1956, in Warren to parents Charles and Evelyn Bungard.

Diane married Bob Miller on May 26, 1979, and together they had three wonderful sons.

Diane was co-owner and office manager of Printing Services, Etc. She loved being a mother, watching her boys play sports, always being there for them with school activities and watching them grow into young men. Her main focus was always on the care of her children and her husband.

Diane is survived by her husband, Bob; sons, Danny of Columbus, Scott of Cornersburg, and Kevin of Wadsworth; mother, Evelyn Bungard of Berlin Center; and brother, Dave (Linda) Bungard of Salem.

Diane was preceded in death by her father, Charles.

Visitation will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel. The funeral services will follow at noon at the funeral home.

Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

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