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BILL SHELDON 'MR. BILL'

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman for Bill Sheldon, 61, who passed away Wednesday morning.

Mr. Sheldon was brought into this world in 1953 in Youngstown, the son of William and Marie (Steele) Sheldon.

A 1972 Boardman High School graduate, he had worked as a press operator for G.F. for 20 years. He recently had worked as a custodian for Austintown Schools for 20 years, where he was affectionately known as “Mr. Bill.”

Bill was an avid outdoorsman and a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan. He also liked the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ohio State, and NASCAR racing. He had attended many games and races in his lifetime.

Surviving him are his loving wife, the former Janet Moschella, whom he married in 1980; his children, Richard J. (Karen) Hedrick of Canfield, Jerilynn (Dennis) Timms of Struthers, and Michael D. (Tracey) Hedrick Sr. of Austintown; two sisters, Susan (Rev. Michael) McHale of Austintown, and Sherry Merola of Kingwood, Texas; a brother, George Kluchar of Liberty; his five grandchildren that he was totally devoted to, Zachary and Shelby Timms,  Alyssa Lynn, Michael D. Jr., and Richard Hedrick; nephews Michael and Matthew (fiancé Deanna Hawk) McHale, Ronald (Kari) and John (Cheryl) Novak; great-nephew Billy Novak; and his devoted beagle, Sammy.

Friends may call on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. and on Monday from 12 to 12:45 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and never complained about anyone or anything.  He was a loving, caring, strong-willed family man. He never passed up a chance to spend time with them.  He most recently traveled to Florida where you could find him in the early morning hours fishing in the ocean trying for the “huge” catch of the day. He also got to travel out West to the casinos of Las Vegas.  He was especially happy when the Browns won the last game that they played against the Steelers.

How do you sum up such a wonderful man’s life in a few paragraphs? He was a devoted family man, unique, a loving husband, brother, grandpa (Papa), father, uncle, caring, funny, green thumb, cook, baker, soup maker, animal lover, traveler, strong, determined, a ray of sunshine, faithful, provider, fisherman, hunter, friend to many, and an unlucky gambler (ha-ha).

Officiating the services will be Dr. Bradley Call of Coshocton and the Rev. Michael McHale.

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ELIZABETH 'BETTY' J. COBLE

WARREN - Elizabeth “Betty” J. Coble, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Shepherd of The Valley Lutheran Home in Niles, surrounded by her daughters.

She was born Aug. 29, 1928, in Neville Island, Pa., the daughter of Adolph and Janette Bowman Tomana.

Betty was a graduate of Farmington High School in West Virginia and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Warren, formerly known as Sts. Cyril and Methodius. She enjoyed word search puzzles, watching the Game Show Network, and listening to her music. Her family was her everything. Betty was very loving and accepting, as she always made sure that anyone who entered her home felt welcomed.

Her husband, Roy “Jim” Coble, whom she married April 14, 1951, died April 13, 1998.

She will be deeply missed by her six daughters, Cindy (Joe) Poling of Howland, Mary Toro of Delaware, Ohio, Cathy Coble (Curt Hall) of Warren, Becky (Ralph) Pallotta of North Jackson, Jane (Tom) Rossi of Niles, and Sarah (Marcus) Hill of Niles; a brother, John Tomana of Idamay, W.Va.; two sisters, Hazel Kelly of Cortland and Jean DeFazio of Monongah, W.Va.; 12 grandchildren, Matthew (Joette) Coble, Amanda Poling, Morgan and Christopher Brogdon-Hill, Adam and Samuel Kumar, Jordan Wittway, Alex Hill, Sophia and Rose Pallotta, Thomas and Elizabeth Rossi; and two great-granddaughters, Kennedy and Lennox Coble.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Denny Tomana, and three sisters, Elaine Cogar, Alice Harker, and Dottie Roscoe.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Services of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.

Material contributions can be made to Hospice of The Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Family and friends can visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to view this obituary and sign the guest book.

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EVELYN M. GOELLER

“Together Again”

AUSTINTOWN – Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, for Evelyn M. Goeller, 94, who went home to the Lord on Tuesday evening, at the Hospice House, surrounded by her family.

Evelyn was born June 26, 1920, in Niles, a daughter of George and Martha (Habeger) Baker.

She attended Austintown Fitch High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, played violin, and met the love of her life, Carl G. Goeller, before graduating in 1939.

She and Carl were married Dec. 31, 1941, in Youngstown. They moved into the Habeger family farm house, a wedding gift from her mother. Many years of renovations were done, and it remains the lovely home it is today, where Evelyn continued to live, proudly explaining that the home had been in the family for 114 years and is recognized by the Austintown Historical Society.

Her amazing knowledge of family history was passed down to her nieces to preserve for generations.

Evelyn was a home maker, with a great love for the outdoors, animals, birds, and flowers. Special times were spent with her husband on vacations, boat trips, listening to music, and reading poetry to each other. She was a bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Goeller Adjustment Co., for many years.

Happy summers were spent at their cottage at Lake Milton. She loved both the sail boat and pontoon boat and enjoyed quiet times fishing from them. The cottage was always open to family and friends, where good times made lifetime memories for many.

Evelyn was a member of the Austintown Community Church, being honored as a 50-year member a few years ago. She loved singing in the choir with her husband and friends. She was a member of Ruth Circle, working on the Canfield Fair project and making hundreds of lap robes with “the girls” to donate to area homes.

Her husband of 58 years, passed away Aug. 5, 1999.

Evelyn will be sadly missed by her son, Bruce C. (Debbie) Goeller of Youngstown; her grandson, Eric (Lisa) Goeller of Ft. Myers, Fla.; her great-grandson, Evan Goeller of Ft. Myers; her sister, Patricia Woodworth of Canfield; and nieces Nancy Farmer, Wendy (Bill) Racki, and Shelby Dickey, all of Youngstown.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brother, Kenneth (Ruth) Baker; and her nephew, Kenneth Baker II.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Hospice House for the compassionate care given during her stay, and requests that material contributions be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, where services will be held at 3 p.m.

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

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MARY MARGARET HOLLENBAUGH

MILTON, PA. – Mary Margaret Hollenbaugh, 80, entered into rest and went to be with the Lord at 1 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born to Albert and Edna Hall Stull on April 13, 1934, at the family farm near Ohiopyle, Pa.

Mary was a 1952 graduate of North High School in Youngstown. In 1958, she graduated from Zion Bible College, now Northpoint Bible College, in Haverhill, Mass.

On Sept. 30, 1960, she married the Rev. James Hollenbaugh, who predeceased her on June 12, 2013.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Curtis and Jennifer Hollenbaugh of Lancaster, Pa., Dale and Kriste Hollenbaugh of Port Huron, Mich., and Mark Hollenbaugh of Milton; eight grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Jean Stull, of Mt. Pleasant, Pa.; and one sister, June Panza of Hubbard.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years; her parents; a sister, Katherine Shacklock; a brother, Albert Stull; and a daughter, Linda Ruth Hollenbaugh.

Family and friends are welcome to call at a viewing from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, and a memorial service at 11 a.m., Monday, at the First Presbyterian Church, 47 Walnut St., Milton, with the Rev. Philip Bongiorno officiating.

Interment will be at Milton Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of the Shaw Funeral Home in Milton.

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HELEN RUTH JOHNJULIO

NEW WILMINGTON, PA. - Helen Ruth Johnjulio, 89, of the Overlook Medical Center, passed away at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

She was a former resident of State Rt. 208, in New Bedford, Pa.

Helen was born to Mary Janosko and Michael Polak on Dec. 30, 1924, in Youngstown.

She married Richard N. Johnjulio Sr. on May 26, 1951.

Helen was an active member at St. James the Apostle Parish in New Bedford. She also served in the Parish’s Christian Mothers. Helen was an avid bingo player and a Steelers football fan.

Helen is survived by two sons, Dominic M. Johnjulio and his wife, Karen, of New Bedford, and Richard N. Johnjulio Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Edinburg, Pa.; one sister, Mary McHugh of Boardman; four brothers, Andrew Polak of Dunedin, Fla., John Polak of Mineral Ridge, Joe Polak of Youngstown, and Michael Polak of Boardman; two grandchildren, Ryan and Melody; and one great-grandchild, Kanyen.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; husband; sister Jane Cefalde; and two brothers, Pete and Jerry Polak.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, 310 West Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington, PA 16142.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at St. James the Apostle Parish in New Bedford. Father James Downs will officiate.

Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage, Pa.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. James the Apostle Parish, Route 422, New Bedford, PA 16140.

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CHARLOTTE A. MINHINNETT

AUSTINTOWN - Charlotte A. Minhinnett, 70, died on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:11 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born on Oct. 17, 1944, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Charles and Anna Gbur Minhinnett.

Charlotte was an Ursuline graduate and a member of the St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Canfield. She was a waitress for Plaza Donuts on Belmont Avenue in Liberty for 40 plus years. Miss Minhinnett loved to crochet, cook, and bake, but what she loved to do the most was spend time with her family.

Survivors include her children, Derek (Judy) Smith of California, Jenny A. (Brian) Moore of Youngstown, and Beatrice (Barry) Miller of Austintown; eight grandchildren; one sister, Ilene Miller of Austintown; her best friends, Vivian and Larry Seifert of Liberty; her godson, Joe Seifert; and the father of her daughters, Charles Mayes of Youngstown.

Other than her parents, Charlotte was preceded in death by two sisters, Georgeanne Zelinsky, and Beatrice Ridge.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

Following the calling hours, Charlotte will be cremated.

Friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send e-mailed condolences.

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THEODORE A. OSTAVITZ

YOUNGSTOWN - Theodore A. Ostavitz, 88, of the city’s north side, peacefully passed away, surrounded by loving family, Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, 2014, at Pembrooke Place Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Youngstown.

Theodore was born March 28, 1926, in Youngstown, the son of the late Alex and Mary Sowron Ostavitz, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Ostavitz served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was one of the soldiers who liberated the Nazi concentration camps. Many photos from this experience are on display at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

He subsequently worked as an inter-plant truck driver with Truscon Steel, retiring in 1979, after 35 years with the company. He also worked as maintenance supervisor at the Comfort Inn for over 20 years.

He was a member of St. Matthias Church in Youngstown.

Ted was a life member of VFW Post No. 8841, and he was a member of the American Legion post in Youngstown. He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3298, was a member of the AARP, the Truscon Retirees, and he was a supporter of Boys Town. Mr. Ostavitz also served as president of Hubbard Conservation Club.

Ted’s wife, Shirley Anne Hern Ostavitz, whom he married March 1, 1969, passed away Aug. 30, 2010.

Mr. Ostavitz leaves 11 daughters, Merrillee (Stanley) Stevens, Denise (Ron) Skowron, Margaret Manion (James Conricote), and Elizabeth Stein (Geordie Kissos), each of Youngstown, Shirley (Frank) Bevins of Nebraska, Patricia (Jesse) Alvarado of Virginia, Michelle (James) Burwell of Virginia, Marianne Badger of Illinois, Donna (Norman) Allen of Pennsylvania, Denise (Joe) Serensky of Berlin Center, and Paula (Jessie) Riggleman of Pennsylvania; seven sons, Edward Sullivan of Youngstown, Sean (Kelly) Sullivan of Texas, Lawrence Sullivan of Columbus, Michael (Rodina) Reynolds of Marysville, Theodore Ostavitz Jr. of Hubbard, Joseph (Michelle) Ostavitz of Florida, and John (Mary Ann) Kirsh of Youngstown; a brother, Edward Ostavitz Sr. of Andover; and over 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Ted was preceded in death by five sisters, Nell Vigarino, Helen Cordova, Jean Surkalo, Marie Barita, and Betty Buchanan; and by two brothers, Joseph and Eugene Ostavitz.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Family and friends may also call from 9:30 to 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at St. Matthias Church, 915 Cornell Ave., Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

Entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Ted will be laid to rest next to his wife.

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GRETCHEN L. SAUNDERS

NORTH JACKSON - Services honoring the life of Gretchen L. Saunders, 67, will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, at the Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard-Ohltown Road, Newton Falls.

Gretchen was born Dec. 1, 1946, the daughter of Paul J. and Elizabeth Jean (McMichael) Johnson.

Gretchen graduated from Mercer High School in 1964, and then graduated from Youngstown State University with her Master’s Degree in education. She retired in 1999 from Warren G. Harding High School, where she had taught for 30 years. She was a member of the Pricetown United Methodist Church and a long-time member of the American Sewing Guild. Gretchen started many chapters of the sewing guild in the area.

Gretchen will be sadly missed by her husband of 45 years, Robert “David” Saunders, whom she married in 1969; her son, Kevin M. (Jessica) Saunders of Lake Milton; her twin brother, Francis “Bruce” (Barbara) Johnson of Hermitage, Pa.; and sister Paula (Samuel) Samolsky of Jeffersonville, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, prior to services at the church.

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

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

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ANTONIOS D. 'TONY' 'THE GREEK' TSIMOURIS

YOUNGSTOWN - Antonios D. “Tony” “The Greek” Tsimouris, 65, passed away on Oct. 22, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, following a lengthy illness. His wife, Mary, and godchild Sofie were at his side.

Tony was born on June 18, 1949, in Kalymnos, Greece. He was the son of Eleni Iakovou Tsimouris and Demetrios Tsimouris.

He attended and graduated from Campbell High School.

Tony had several jobs during his lifetime. He worked as a painter for Five Stars Painting Co. of Indiana, as a laborer at Youngstown Sheet and Tube and at the A&P warehouse in Salem as a butcher. But of all the jobs he held, Tony took most pride in being the assigner of officials for the Tri-County League.

Tony was very active in sports. He was involved in Pony League and Babe Ruth baseball in Campbell and Youngstown. He was an umpire and President of the Youngstown Metro Umpires Association for 10 straight years. He then was commissioner of the Tri-County League. One of his highlighted moments of umpiring was being picked to be an official at two World Series of Babe Ruth Tournaments.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, where he called bingo, but also kept ties to his Campbell roots. He loved his Greek heritage and enjoyed the music and foods of Greece. His fondest memories were those of his homeland, and he wished he would have been able to visit once more.

Tony leaves his wife, Mary Beth (Ragan) Tsimouris, whom he married Oct. 23, 1976; godchild Sofie Passas (Rocky) Marian of Boardman; brother and sisters-in-law Peggy and David Myers of Youngstown and John and Annette Ragan of Youngstown; three nieces; two nephews; one great-niece; and three great-nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

A Christian Orthodox funeral service will be celebrated at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Campbell at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Friends and family may call one hour before services from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.

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