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AUSTINTOWN Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church for Helen Brahos, 90, who passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23.
She was born in Paleokastro, Greece, in 1926, the daughter of Rev. Demetrios Siatras and Presvitera Zaharoula Siatras.
She was married to the late Constantine (Kostas) Brahos, whom she married Jan. 31, 1944.
She leaves behind a son, Demetrios (Jim) Brahos of Austintown; a daughter, Katherine Brahos Kermetz; and a son-in-law, Lewis Richard Kremetz.
She was the second oldest of five siblings. Her brother, Constantine (Kostas) Siatras and sister Sanoukou (Anna) Triantafilou both live in Greece. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, and cousins.
Her oldest sister, Despina, passed away from an epidemic at the tender age of 8. The youngest sister was named after the first sister, Despina (Despo) Siatras Bandi, who also passed away 15 years ago.
She worked very hard from a very young age and endured the hardships and tragedies of World War II.
She had belonged to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Youngstown since 1951, and was a past member of the St. Nicholas Philoptochos Society.
She worked hard and will be remembered for her kindness to everyone she knew.
Friends will be received on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a Trisagion service at 4:30 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Youngstown, and on Monday, Aug. 29, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
May God bless her always.
Contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 220 N. Walnut St. in Youngstown.
Visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.
AUSTINTOWN Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel for Josephine Borsick, 89, who passed away peacefully, with all of her family at her bedside, on Aug. 24, 2016.
Josephine was born Oct. 9, 1926, a daughter of the late Antonio and Rosemary Leone.
Josephine graduated from South High School in 1945. She worked 17 years at GE Coil Plant, retiring in 1989. She was a member of St. Christine and St. Joseph Church and was a member of the St. Christine and Holy Name Senior Citizen Clubs.
Josephine loved cooking, family get-togethers and having her family around her. She was always welcoming anyone to her dinner table. Josephine was an avid reader. She was always generous, donating to St. Jude, the Rescue Mission and food banks. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren always delighted her.
Until her illness, she loved exercising at home and Silver Sneakers.
Josephine is survived by her two daughters, JoAnn Bukovina and Judi (Michael) Peplowski, both of Austintown; two sons, Charles (Shelley) Sakely of Austintown and John Sakely of Youngstown; a stepdaughter, Sandy (Jack) Wiliams of Niles; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Josephine was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Sakely; her second husband, Stanley Borsick; great-grandson Emilio Bukovina Martinez; a sister, Mary Geraci; and a brother, Anthony Leone Jr.
Family and friends may call Saturday from 9 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, material tributes may take the form of donations to St. Jude.
BERLIN CENTER There will be a memorial service at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., for Ruth N. Canankamp, 83, who passed away peacefully at home Monday evening, with her loving husband at her side.
Ruth was born March 7, 1933, on the family farm in Berlin Center, a daughter of the late Edward L. and Ethel Pearce Craig, and was a lifelong area resident.
She graduated from Berlin Center High School in 1951, and had been a secretary for Western Reserve Middle School for 38 years, retiring in 1996.
Ruth was a member of the Berlin Center United Methodist Church, where she was the organist for many years, taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women.
Ruth was a member of the Early Ford V8 Club of America, where she had served as secretary and president.
Along with her husband, she had a great passion and enjoyed the travels experienced with the Ford V8 Club. She was an accomplished seamstress, sewing everything from clothing to bedspreads and curtains. Ruth also enjoyed playing cards, especially 500 and had belonged to several card clubs.
Her family was very important to Ruth and she loved spending time with her family and friends.
Besides her husband, Ken, whom she married Oct. 24, 1952, she leaves two daughters, Colleen Truitt and Lisa (Bill) Porterfield, both of Berlin Center; four grandchildren, Wesley, Erica, Kelly and John; and two great-granddaughters, Alexis and Lily. Ruth also leaves two brothers, Richard Craig of Ellsworth and Joe Craig of Berlin Center; and a sister, Donna Forney of Salem.
Besides her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Craig.
Friends may call on Monday for one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the Berlin Center United Methodist Church, 15611 Akron-Canfield Road, Berlin Center, OH 44401.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
BOARDMAN Prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the Fox Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m. at St. Dominics Catholic Church for John Joseph Christoff, 85, who passed away Wednesday morning at Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family.
John was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Youngstown, the son of Louis and Elizabeth Rako Christoff, and was a lifelong area resident.
He graduated from South High School with the class of 1949. John was a veteran who served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
He worked as a millwright for General Motors, retiring in 1996, and also worked part-time as a realtor for Damico Realty Company.
He had been a lifelong parishioner of St. Dominics Parish, its Holy Name Society, Booster Club and Knights of Columbus.
John loved to travel, especially with his wife, Diana, to Rome and with his family to Hawaii. He enjoyed golf, fishing, skiing, rafting and all things that included spending time with his family.
His wife, Diana R. Wilson, whom he married Jan. 13, 1956, died on Oct. 31, 2013, just short of celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his two daughters, Mary Beth (Gary) Komsa of Poland and Ann Marie Christoff of Canton; five sons, John L. Christoff of Melbourne, Fla., Michael C. (Ginna) Christoff of Poland, Mark A. (Mary Beth) Christoff of Mineral Ridge, William F. (Karen) of Pittsburgh, and Kenneth F. (Jennifer) Christoff of New Middletown; 15 grandchildren, Michael J. (Ashley) Christoff, Mollie (Joel) DeSocio, Mathew J. (Danielle) Christoff, Catherine Komsa, Sarah Komsa, Mark Christoff, John Paul Christoff, Eric Christoff, Nicholas Christoff, Bryce Christoff, Alexander Christoff, Christian Christoff, Samantha Gurd, Brendan Gurd and Maria Christoff; and four great-grandchildren, Jocelyn and Sasha Christoff, and Carmen and Luke DeSocio.
Besides his parents and his wife, John was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Faith Rose Christoff; two brothers, Chris and George Christoff; and a sister, Helen McDonald.
Friends may call on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Fox Funeral Home.
Johns family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of the Valley.
Material tributes can be made in Johns memory to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St. Boardman, OH 44512.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
HOWLAND - Anita Chase, 78, formerly of Girard, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at the Hospice House in Poland.
Anita was born March 12, 1938, a daughter of Sam and Mary Scarnecchia.
Anita retired after 34 years from Packard Electric. She was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard.
Anita enjoyed crocheting, crossword puzzles and watching game shows. Her greatest pleasure was her grandchildren and spending Sunday mornings with them, eating donuts and making meatballs.
She is survived by her children, Brenda Eagle of Howland, John (Karen) Chase of Girard, and Amy Lambert of Canfield; her grandchildren, Kiaunte (Jason) Graham and Malarie (Corina) Eagle, Jake, Zane and Samantha Chase, and Sidney and Alexandra Lambert; great-grandchildren Audrey, Grace and Luke; brothers Sam Scarnecchia of Florida and Ron Scarnecchia of Niles; and sister-in-law Carmella Scarnecchia of Girard.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Chase, whom she married Nov. 30, 1957, and who died April 12, 2012; and brother Joe Scarnecchia.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.
Anita will be laid to rest at Girard City Cemetery next to her husband.
The family requests any memorial contributions be made to Hospice House, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.
The family wishes to thank St. Josephs Hospitals emergency room, for their compassionate and comforting care that was given to their mother and also to the Hospice House.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the Chase family.
SOLON Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at the World Fellowship Interdenominational Church for Mrs. LaRita Doreen Dunham, 53, who entered eternal rest on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.
Mrs. Dunham, lovingly known as Rita, was born July 22, 1963, in Okinawa, Japan, a daughter of Theodore and Dorothy M. Goodwine Gayles.
She was a 1981 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, and attended both Choffin Career Center and Youngstown State University. LaRita received her LPN license and worked at various nursing homes.
She was a member of the World Fellowship Interdenominational Church, and was a former member and organist of the Mt. Olive Fire Baptized Holiness Church.
She loved music, especially playing the organ, was a member of the former Jesus Celebration Choir, and loved to workout at the gym.
She leaves to mourn her passing, but rejoice in her peace, her mother, Dorothy Moody of Youngstown; her husband, Danny L., whom she married July 6, 1996, and her daughter, Danielle Dunham, both of Solon; her sister, Kimberly Gayles-Curtis, a niece, Jacquelyn and nephew Michael Curtis Jr., all of California; and a host of family and friends.
Her father and a daughter, Gabrielle Dunham, preceded her in death.
Friends may call on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home in Youngstown.
NEW MIDDLETOWN Justine (Manijak) Nedostup, 94, was born July 9, 1922, in Tomasovca, Slovakia near Spisska Nova Ves. She came to the United States in 1935.
After marrying Nicholas Nedostup in 1943, they made their home on Shirley Road and were lifetime members of Our Lady of Sorrows at St. Matthias Church.
Justine was dedicated to her church, belonging to the Infant Jesus of Prague, Rosary Society and a member of Jednota. She enjoyed spending time with her family, babysitting her grandchildren, swimming and picnicking at Wildwood Lake Club.
She will be sadly missed by her loving children, Joyce Siegel of Arizona, William Nedostup of Youngstown, Carol Cerni (John P. Cerni II) of Poland, and Janet Boehm (Timothy) of Canfield; grandchildren Donald (Annette) Siegel of Ann Arbor, Mich., Darlene (Dave) Kline of Portland, Ore., Cara Constance (Nicholas Hirsch) of Aurora, Nicholas (Jennifer) Nedostup of Newton, Pa., William (Amy) Nedostup of Hollidaysburg, Pa., Megan (Peter) Yaniglos of Charlottesville, Va. , John P. Cerni III (Kristin) of Chandler, Ariz., Vincent Cerni (Maria) of Canfield, and Justin Boehm of Cleveland Heights; great-grandchildren Zachary and Eli Siegel, Julia, Daniel, and Charlotte Hirsch, Lane and Owen Nedostup, Alerik and Blaise Nedostup, Parker Yaniglos, Julia, Ava and Eliana Cerni. Justine is survived by her brother, Frank Manijak of Akron.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Nickolas Nedostup; parents Agnes and Josef; sisters Ann Soltis, Helen Turocy, and Mary Cuhran; and brothers Steve Manijak and Joseph Manijak.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows at St. Matthias Church, 915 Cornell St. in Youngstown, where Fr. John Jarek will celebrate her life.
Family and friends may visit prior to the Mass, from 9 to 10 a.m., at the church.
The family has entrusted the care of Justine to the Kubina-Yuhasz-Wasko Funeral Home.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to send them condolences.
GIRARD - Cynthia Newsome, 58, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at her home.
Cynthia was born Nov. 22, 1957, in Youngstown, the daughter of William John and Virginia May (Grates) Crissman.
Prior to her retirement, Cynthia was employed at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center as a housekeeper. Cynthia enjoyed playing cards, Bingo and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
She leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Jolene M. Newsome of Youngstown; sisters Karen Crissman of Port Charolette, Fla. and Victoria Lynn (Jim) Scott of Englewood, Fla.; brothers William Ott (Dorrie) Crissman of Pittsburgh and Corby J. Crissman of Girard; and two grandchildren, Ayonna and Adrian Patterson.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Newsome, whom she married Sept. 24, 1977, and who died April 22, 2000; and her brother, John Gary Crissman.
Per Cynthias wishes, there will be no services.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.
BROOKFIELD Nancy Jane Sis Stewart, 67, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, while a patient at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, following a brief illness.
Nancy was born July 6, 1949, in Sharon, Pa., a daughter to John Z. and Nancy I. (Ziegler) Papp.
A 1967 graduate of Brookfield High School, she met her future husband on a double date and ended up falling in love with the other man from that night. A short time later, she married Fred R. Stewart on July 19, 1969, after he came home from the U.S. Army. Born to this union were two children, Jeffrey and Michelle.
She worked as an accounting clerk for GATX in Masury and CCL in Wheatland, Pa. However, she took the most pride in being a homemaker for her family.
In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, playing on the computer and proofreading sci-fi/fantasy stories for various writers.
Survivors include her mother, Nancy of Brookfield; her husband of 47 years, Fred; her children, Jeffrey A. Stewart and his wife, Kerri, of East Palestine and Michelle L. Micki Stewart of Cleveland; her granddaughters, Jocelyn and Courtney; and her brother, John M. Butch Papp of Atlanta.
She was preceded in death by her father.
A time of gathering to honor Nancy will be held Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Briceland Funeral Service, located on the historic village green at 379 State Route 7 SE in Brookfield.
Please visit www.bricelandfuneralservice.com where expressions of sympathy may be left for her family.
Coordination of this tribute for Mrs. Stewart will be presented by Daniel Briceland, owner and director.
CANFIELD There will be a funeral service held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman with Father Philip Rogers officiating, for Daniel J. Danny Pannozzo Sr., 82, who passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, with his loving family by his side.
Danny will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends for his smile, humbleness and outgoing personality.
He was born Nov. 5, 1933, in Campbell, the son of Vincent and Vincenza (Campajourne) Pannozzo, and was a lifelong area resident.
Danny was a graduate of South High School, where he excelled in playing basketball, and attended classes at Youngstown State University.
He was employed for over 35 years in management at Republic Steel Company, which was later LTV Steel Company, and retired in 1995.
Danny was of the Catholic faith and had many passions throughout this life. He enjoyed bowling, traveling to his Florida home and socializing at family parties. He also enjoyed spending time especially with his sons and grandchildren and was a true Mr. Fix It. Danny was an excellent and avid golfer, along with having great interest in news, politics and history.
He leaves behind to hold onto his precious memories, his beloved wife of 42 years, the former Lucy Hallof, whom he married Aug. 3, 1974; three sons, Daniel J. Jr. (Angela) of Michigan, Vince (Beverly) of Florida and Gordon (Vicki) Hallof of Lewisville; 13 grandchildren; three sisters, Gertrude Carson, Mary Pantaleo and Jean (Joseph) Rosati; and three brothers, Dr. Anthony Pannozzo, Frank (Patty) Pannozzo and James (Roberta) Pannozzo; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Besides his parents, Daniel was preceded in death by three brothers, Oddy, John and Richard Pannozzo.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:25 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home 4700 Market St. in Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made in Dannys name to Hospice House, 9803, Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
On behalf of Dannys family, they would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the entire staff of the Hospice House for all the care and compassion that has been shown to them during this difficult time.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Pannozzo family.
RICHLANDS, N.C. - Mary Elaine Tarr, 20, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville Chapel in Jacksonville, N.C.
Ms. Tarr was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, James McElvain; paternal grandparents, Anthony and Marilyn Tarr; her uncle, Bill Williams; and best friend, Cathy West.
She is survived by her father, Anthony Tarr Jr. (Glenda) of Youngstown; her mother, Wendy L. Neal-Francosky (James) of Beaufort, S.C.; two brothers, James Cunningham (Amber) of Moundsville, W.Va. and Anthony Tarr (Kate) of Youngstown; three sisters, Shelby Makuch (Josiah) of Beaufort, Jamie Tarr of Youngstown and Kati Tarr (Adam) of Youngstown; one stepsister, Allison Francosky of Youngstown; maternal grandparents, Gary and Pamela Shugarts of Richlands; two aunts, Mary Butto (Michael) of Calcutta and Kathy Tarr (Stephanie) of Youngstown; two nephews, Luka Tarr of Youngtown and Jayden Douds of Youngstown; two nieces, Ella Mae Tarr of Youngstown and Sariah Makuch of Beaufort; three cousins, Laurena Williams, Eva Anderson (Chuck) and Nicole Tarr (Bryan); and special mentors, Bill Burton and Christopher Bonacci, both of Youngstown.
The family will receive friends Saturday morning, prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Please visit www.jonesfh.org where electronic condolences may be left for the family.
YOUNGSTOWN - There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at St. Angela Merici Parish, Sacred Heart Church, with Father Kevin Peters officiating, for Henry Hank Edward Williams, 76, who was called to his eternal rest on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.
Hank was born June 26, 1940, in Youngstown, a son of James W. Sr and Valentina Gutierrez Williams.
He was a 1958 graduate of Ursuline High School, Youngstown State University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and National University in San Diego with a Masters Degree in Psychology.
Hank and NoraLee Brownlee Williams were married Feb. 19, 1966, and from this union they were blessed with two precious children, Wednesday Ann and Henry Eric Williams.
Hank was a member of St. Angela Merici Church.
Prior to his retirement, he worked in administrative positions at Essex Corporation in San Diego, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Winston Salem Company in Cleveland, and the Youngstown Area Community Action Agency, Youngstown.
Hank had a very outgoing personality and his presence was known when he entered a room. He was very generous and had a passion for working with youth. His humor was infectious and you could always count on him for a good laugh. He was proficient in tennis and karate.
He is survived by his 107-year-old mother, Valentina of Youngstown; daughter Wednesday Ann Williams of California; sisters Conchita Williams Hill of Cincinnati, Coralia Williams (Harvey) Keye of Nashua, N.H., Constancia Williams (Roger) Raines of Cleveland, and Carmelita Williams Douglas, with whom he resided; grandchildren Saylah Williams, Ariana Williams and Eric Williams, all of Poland; and daughter-in-law Zenaida Williams of Poland; and a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Hank was preceded in death by his father, James Williams Sr.; son Henry Eric Williams; brother James Williams Jr.; and brothers-in-law John Hill and Bruce Douglas.
Friends may call Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.