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WANDA L. BISTARKEY

AUSTINTOWN - Private services were held on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, for Wanda L. Bistarkey, 73.

Wanda was born July 20, 1943, in Youngstown, the daughter of Andrew and Rebecca Sandru Bistarkey.

She was employed and retired from Packard Electric.

She leaves her sister, Virginia (Sam) Traino and brothers Theodore (Jerri) and George (Marcia) Bistarkey, all of Austintown. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Andrew Bistarkey; a half brother, Carl Sandru; and a niece.

Arrangements were handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home of Austintown.

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JOYCE A. BAIR

YOUNGSTOWN - Joyce A. Bair, 77, died Jan. 16, 2017, at Omni West Assisted Living.

Joyce was born April 25, 1939, in McClellandtown, Pa., a daughter of Robert Frost and Geraldine McBride.

Joyce was a member of the First United Methodist Church of West Austintown and the Women of the Moose Niles Chapter 113. She enjoyed playing bingo, playing cards, auctions, and shopping.

She is survived by three daughters, Pam (Will) Midkiff of Canfield, Candace (Edward) Hall of North Apollo, Pa., and Lori (Gus Guzman) Smith of Inman, S.C.; one son, Brian Bair of Youngstown; two sisters, Sandra (Jim) Ashby of Austintown and Wendy (Jerry) Williams of Poland; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by one brother, Barry Frost; and one grandchild, Kelly Baird.

Services will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St. in Struthers.

Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Friends and family will be received Friday from 2 to 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

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ELIZABETH A. DOLAK

CANFIELD - Elizabeth A. Dolak, 91, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, Jan. 15, 2017.

Elizabeth was born March 5, 1925, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Charles T. and Margaret McGuire Foley, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a 1943 graduate of Chaney High School. Following graduation, Elizabeth worked at General Fireproofing, supporting the effort of the United States during World War II.

Elizabeth was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was a dedicated wife and homemaker. After raising her family, Elizabeth worked for a number of years for Woolworth’s, and then for Strouss’ Department Store in downtown Youngstown, in the silver department.

Betty was an avid reader, especially enjoying both local and American history. Later in life, she enjoyed playing bingo with her friends at Windsor Estates in New Middletown. Elizabeth was a longtime member of St. Michael Church where she was an active participant in the Altar Guild.

Betty’s high school sweetheart and husband of 61 years, Joseph S. Dolak, whom she married July 15, 1944, passed away Dec. 5, 2005.

She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, James J. (Linda) Dolak of Poland and Gary E. (Melanie) Dolak of Leetonia; four grandchildren, Lisa (Damian) Davenport of Salt Lake City, Bethany Dolak of Canton, Corey (Sarah) Dolak of Strongsville, and Ryan (Ashley) Dolak of Margate, Fla.; and three great-grandchildren, Fletcher Davenport, Ellie Dolak, and Trent Dolak.

Besides her husband; her brother, Charles Thomas Foley; and her sister, Kathleen Mary Kurtz, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, at St. Michael Church, 300 N. Broad St. in Canfield, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Betty will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

Elizabeth’s family would like to thank the administrators and staff of Windsor Estates for the quality care and support provided during the time she lived there. Betty’s family also thanks Masternick Memorial Health Care Center and Hospice of the Valley, for the support and excellent end-of-life care provided.

In lieu of flowers, Betty’s family requests memorial contributions be made to the Resident Activity Fund at Windsor Estates Assisted Living, 5240 Windsor Way, New Middletown, OH 44442.

Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary, and to send condolences online to Betty’s family.

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GRACE LOUISE (BURCH) GOLDMAN

STRUTHERS - Grace Louise (Burch) Goldman was born in Youngstown on Sept. 29, 1929 (when asked her birth date she would quickly reply “9-29-29”), a daughter of Lydia (Cubick) and Ed Burch. They moved to Struthers and Grace attended Struthers Schools through graduation in 1947.

While in high school she was a member of the Archery Club and NHS, and also participated in all the art shows.

Grace was an active member at her church, the Poland Avenue U.P. Church, know as the Struthers Parkside Church, where she assisted in the nursery and helped repaint the basement Sunday school rooms when the new addition was being built.

Grace began working at General Fireproofing Co. following graduation as a billing clerk.

When her mother-in-law passed in May of 1949, she quit her job as she and Bill returned to his father’s home to care for him, since he was blind. They lived in Youngstown for awhile with their first two children, then purchased a small farm in Poland in order that their children could have ponies or horses and Grace became an active 4-H leader. The whole family was always at the Canfield Fair. The family transferred to the Poland Presbyterian Church, where they became involved.

Grace enjoyed traveling and camping. She visited all 50 states, staying in tents, campers, and motor homes, as well as lodges and motels. Grace also enjoyed cruising, attending many isles in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as trips to Hawaii and Alaska.

Because Grace did not have a formal job, that meant that Grace was available for many volunteer jobs and she served as a Cub Scout den mother, a school room mother for her children, and chaperoned various school trips and Poland High School band trips.

She moved to Texas, Michigan, West Virginia, and Florida, often returning to Ohio for a short time or a few years.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bob and Dave; as well as her youngest daughter, Lisa, a paralegal in New Mexico.

She leaves her son, Brian (Marilyn) in Texas; her daughter, Beth (Ken) Miller in Youngstown; two granddaughters; two grandsons; five great-granddaughters; and four great-grandsons.

As per Grace’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service.

The date of the graveside memorial at Lowellville Cemetery in Poland Township will be announced in the Spring.

The family wishes to thank the many services provided by Hospice of the Valley and suggests memorial contributions in Grace’s name be given to them at 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

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CHARLES D. GRAPENTINE

YOUNGSTOWN - A memorial celebration of life will be held for Charles D. Grapentine, 77, who passed away Monday evening at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Charles was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Youngstown, the son of Charles J. and Josephine M. (Toporcer) Grapentine, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, class of 1957, and was a television repairman with Tony’s T.V. from mid 1950 until 1985. From 1985 until 1998, Charles worked on his own, repairing televisions.

He was a member of the Fitch High School class of 1957 Breakfast Club which meets at Denny’s in Austintown on the first Wednesday of every month.

“Chuck” enjoyed roller-skating, working on electronics, and flea marketing. He was an avid collector of glassware, pocket watches, among other things.

Chuck leaves two children, Mark (Frances) Grapentine of Roebling, N.J. and Eileen (John) Wolfe of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; seven grandchildren, Stacey, David, Erin, Victoria, Michael, Ashley, and Steven; as well as five great grandchildren, Owen, Tyler, Kieran, Ryan, and Hadley.

Besides his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by one sister, Nancy Lerch.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611, in Chuck’s name.

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

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TERRANCE S. GRAY

YOUNGSTOWN - A memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Terrance S. Gray, 69, who passed away Monday afternoon at Hospice House.

Terrance was born on June 27, 1947, in Charleston, W.Va., a son of Walter S. and Hazel Virginia Rucker Gray. He came to this area when he was 7 years of age.

He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and received the Purple Heart. He was an industrial engineer at General Fireproofing and was recently employed at Anglin’s Auction.

Terrance was a member of the Steelworkers Union and also had his CDL License. He had a love and passion for rock and roll, especially The Beatles, Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd. He was a proud and avid supporter of all veteran organizations.

Terrance married the former Augustine D. Pyle on Oct. 14, 1972.

Besides his wife, he leaves one sister, H. Lynn Zoerb of Austintown; a brother, William Darrell Gray of Austintown; a niece, Lisa (Ron) Kreitzburg; a nephew, Roger Perod Jr.; a great-niece, Andrianna Perod; great-nephews Kyle and Noah Kreitzburg and Karl Gray; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. He leaves his best friend, Keith Hoffman.

Terrance was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Hubert Lee Gray.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, one hour before the service, from 11 a.m. to noon.

A special thank you to Dr. Reema Taneja and Hospice for the compassionate care they provided to Terrance.

Material contributions can be made to the family to help with expenses.

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SEMMIE C. GILMORE

YOUNGSTOWN - A funeral service celebrating the life of Brother Semmie C. Gilmore will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Andrewes A.M.E. Church. Bro. Semmie C. Gilmore, 67, departed this life on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Bro. Gilmore was born Sept. 30, 1949, in Youngstown, a son of Jasper and Dorothy Jennings Jackson Gilmore Jr.

In his earlier years, Semmie worked at Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. He also worked as a nurse’s aide and security guard before retiring. He was a member of Rising Sun FOM No. 90, Brothers of Covington Hall No. 59 and a patron of Eastern Star Covenant No. 48.

Bro. Gilmore was an avid fisherman, he loved football and was a die-hard Steelers fan. He also enjoyed spending time with family and loved to attend family functions. He also served a few years in the U.S. Marines.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved fiancée, Sylvia C. Harris; his children, Aaron L. Sanders Sr. of Louisiana, Stacy (Jason) Sylvester of Youngstown, and Semmie Gilmore Jr. of Columbus; his stepchildren, Belinda Abron, Cecilia (Derick) Parker, Lela Harris, and Ralph Harris; his siblings, William K. (Carrie) Gilmore of Virginia Beach, Va., Robert Gilmore, Cheryl (Rick) Boudrey, Sabra “Shelly” Gilmore, Yvonne (Jerald) Drummer, and Pamela (Israel) Jusino, all of Youngstown; 39 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Connie Cheers; and his brothers, Arthur Gilmore and Henry Sellers.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, one hour prior services at the church, and Masonic rites will be performed from 10:45 to 11 a.m.

Please visit jewashingtonfuneralservices.com to leave condolences and to sign the online guestbook.

Ministry of care and comfort provided by the J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.

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MONIQUE LYNETTE HALL

YOUNGSTOWN - A funeral service celebrating the life of Ms. Monique Lynette Hall will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the New Bethel Baptist Church. Ms. Hall, 42, departed this life Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Monique was born Sept. 17, 1974, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Elder Charles H. and M. Deloris Turnage-Hall Sr.

She was a 1993 graduate of East High School and later attended Choffin Career Center and Youngstown State University. She was a former manager at PCX Clothing Store, and she was formerly employed in the medical and security fields. She enjoyed music, skating and dancing. She loved to spend time with her loved ones and friends, especially her children. Monique was also an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, M. Deloris Hall; her loving children, J’Saun Nicholas-Ikee Hall, Ja’len Kemar McQueen-Hall, and Mya Deloris McQueen-Hall; her siblings, Alice Beck, Charles (Rosie) Hall Jr., David Hall, Mary Hall, Linda Hall, Sonya (William) Cheverez, Tony (Jennifer Eiland) Cochrane, Keith Hall, and Charles and Annette Mitchell; her aunts, Cherry Turnage-Robinson, Sandra Turnage, Wanda Thomas, and Bradie Higgs; her uncles, Gary Hudson, Joel Bryant, and Elton Turnage; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ceola Hall, Charles and Rosa Lee Turnage; her father; her infant daughter, Chyna Nicole Hall; her uncle, Charles A. Turnage Jr.; her siblings, Nicole Elizabeth Turnage, Theresa Mooring, Sheila Hall, Sandra Ballard, Charlene Williams, Freeman Bankston, and Pearl Thornton; a nephew, Robert Mooring; and her loving companion, Jumal McQueen.

Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the J.E. Washington Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Please visit jewashingtonfuneralservices.com to leave condolences and to sign the online guestbook.

Ministry of care and comfort provided by the J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.

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BETTY V. HARRIS

CANFIELD - Betty V. Harris, 95, wife and mother, charter member of the Christ Church Presbyterian, and World War II veteran, passed away Monday evening at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman, following a short Illness.

She was born June 18, 1921, to the late Frank and Sophie Haenny Steele.

Betty graduated from South High School in Youngstown, class of 1939, and then attended William and Mary College, after which, she was trained at Peters Comptometer School and was employed by Truscon Steel in the accounting department until entering the U.S. Navy. She served in World War II as a member of Navy W.A.V.E.S. and was stationed at Norfolk, Va., earning the rank of SK first class, and continued to belong to W.A.V.E.S. National North Coast Unit 21 during her lifetime.

On Feb. 15, 1946, she was united in marriage to Harry W. Harris at the First Christian Church on Wick Avenue and enjoyed 50 years of loving marriage until his death in November of 1996.

Betty was a co-leader of the first Brownie and Girl Scout troop of the Christ Church, a wonderful mother of twins, and member of the women’s organization and Bible study, Sarah-Ester Circle. She was also president of CCL, Child Conservation League, a child study group, for many years. In addition, she was an avid golfer for 30 years at the former Leffingwell Hills Country Club, which is now Diamondback golf course.

Betty was very patriotic, proud to be an American, and served many years as a presiding judge for election day polls.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Harry; twin son, Richard; and two sisters, Marjory Lytle and June Colwell.

Betty is survived by her dedicated daughter, Suzanne and son-in-law Larry Brown of Canfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the Fox Funeral Home 4700 Market St. in Boardman.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Fox Funeral Home, celebrated by Pastor Leo Feher.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Harris to the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406, or American Heart Association 840 Southwestern Run, Youngstown, OH 44514.

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

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PAUL THOMAS BRESTELLI III

BOARDMAN - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Holy Family Church in Poland for Mr. Paul Thomas Brestelli III, 43, who died unexpectedly at home Saturday evening.

Paul was born Sept. 18,1973, in Sharon, Pa., a son of Paul and Darlene (Sopko) Brestelli Jr. He moved to this area as a child.

Paul was a 1991 graduate of Girard High School and had attended Youngstown State University and Penn State. He was a general manager for Aarons Sales and Leasing Company in Cuyahoga Falls and a member of the church.

Paul married the former Kristen Hauck on Nov. 7, 1999.

He loved sports, music and gaming, but his greatest love was his family.

Paul leaves his parents, Paul Jr. and Darlene of Boardman; his wife, Kristen; his children, Karlie and Karter; his sister, Amanda (Brian) Rothbauer of Struthers; his brother, Eric Brestelli of Beaver Falls, Pa.; and his in-laws, Alan and Beth Hauck of North Jackson.

Friends may call Friday evening after the funeral Mass from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Poland Chapel.

Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

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LUCIANO 'LOU' FIUMARA JR

YOUNGSTOWN - Private services were held for Luciano “Lou” Fiumara Jr., 90, who died Monday morning at Hospice House.

Lou was born Aug. 19, 1926, in Youngstown, the son of Samuel and Elisa (Pussino) Fiumara Sr.

He was a graduate of East High School and a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served his country during the Korean War.

His wife, the former Lee Dempesis, whom he married Nov. 27, 1952, died Oct. 29, 1978.

Lou is survived by two sisters, Vickie Murphy of Poland and Elizabeth Celio of Youngstown; his longtime companion, Mary Quaresimo; and 10 nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Tony and Samuel Fiumara.

Per Lou’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or public services.

The family has requested material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel.

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JOSEPH A. PATASCE JR

POLAND - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church for Joseph A. Patasce Jr., 72, who passed away Monday morning at his home.

Joseph was born May 6, 1944, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph A. and Lucy (Pizzuto) Patasce Sr. Joseph.

He was a 1962 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Joseph was owner and operator of J-Pat Trucking. In his spare time, Joseph had a passion for working on cars. He also had a great love for animals.

Joseph leaves his wife, the former Linda D. Buzin, whom he married March 30, 1968; his daughter, Sharon (Michael) Nalli of Aliquippa, Pa.; his first grandson on the way, Michael Joseph Nalli; and a brother, Vince (Barbara) Patasce of Maryland.

Joseph was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Musser; and a brother, Victor Patasce.

Family and friends may call Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church.

In lieu of flowers, material tributes may take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512, and Angels for Animals, 750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

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CHARLES 'CHUCKIE' EVANS TRAYLOR JR

YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Charles “Chuckie” Evans Traylor Jr., 64, who departed this life Friday, Jan. 6, 2017.

Mr. Traylor, affectionately known as “Chuckie,” was born July 30, 1952, in Youngstown, a son of Charles Evans Sr. and Helen Brady Traylor.

He attended Youngstown City Schools, joined the U.S. Navy on Aug. 24, 1973, and was honorably discharged on Aug. 23, 1979. He enjoyed cooking, reading, and loved being with his beloved family.

He leaves to cherish his beloved memory, his daughter, Alissa of California; three brothers, John L. (Vanessa) Traylor of Columbus, Jonathan Traylor of Charlotte, N.C. and Marcus (Holly) Traylor of California; two sisters, Pamela (Tony) Hanserd of Detroit, and Carol A. Traylor of Salinas, Calif.; five nieces, Deona, Kenya, Mia, Tyler and Leahia; three nephews, Cameron, Christopher and Xavier; and a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Diana Finley, Sandra Traylor and Denise E. Traylor.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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BRUCE E. KING

YOUNGSTOWN - Bruce E. King, 58, passed away at 3:50 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at Essex of Salem.

He was born Jan. 27, 1958, in Alliance to George H. King and Alberta (Weisenbarger) King.

Bruce was a graduate of Sebring McKinley High School and New Castle School of Trades. Bruce was employed as an auto mechanic at Goodyear.

He was of the Methodist faith and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an avid reader, enjoyed bicycling and cars, and a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by sister Shirley (Ron) Ickes of Alliance; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother James King.

Interment will be held at a later date at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbiana County Hospice, 1120 Village Plaza Columbiana, OH 44408, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by the Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, 75 S. Union Ave. in Alliance.

Friends may visit at www.ctcfuneral.com to register online.

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RAYMOND J. KACHUREK

YOUNGSTOWN - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Austintown for Raymond J. Kachurek, 89, who died Monday at Omni Manor.

“Ray” was born March 11, 1927, in Youngstown, a son of Joseph and Mary Novotny Kachurek.

Ray was a truck driver for over 40 years, retiring in 1988. He was employed with Lyons Transportation Line and he was also a driver for Penn Care Medical Supply in Niles for many years. He also had Ray’s Christmas Trees for 35 years and R & P Player Piano Service.

Ray graduated from Chaney High School and then as a very proud American, at the age of 17, enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War ll, serving in the Philippines.

Ray loved spending time with his family, traveling the United States with his wife, Pat, in their motor home and wintering with her in Florida for 25 years.

He especially enjoyed his daily meetings with good friends at McDonald’s in Austintown. Ray also enjoyed bowling, fishing and playing horseshoes. He was a charter member of St. Joseph Church and a member of Teamsters Local No. 377.

Ray’s wife of 64 years, the former Patricia Ann Husted, whom he married Feb. 19, 1949, died June 21, 2013.

He is survived by his sons, Joseph Kachurek of Youngstown and Michael (Sandy) Kachurek of Austintown; his daughters, Janet “Lulu” (Jim) Zambataro of Brecksville and Lori (Mark) Detwiler of Boardman; his sisters, Rita Johnston of Austintown and Mary Lou (Bill) Hudak of Youngstown; his grandchildren, Lisa Kachurek, Ashley (Tim) Takat, Jason (Liz) Protain, Nicky, Christopher and Jimmy Zambataro, Jessie (Justin) Conrad, Carlyn (Ben) Pecchia, Sunny (T C ) Osman and Sasha Detwiler; his great-grandchildren, Michael, James, Audrey, Mitch, Logan, Tyler, Emmitt, Cassie and Christian; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and wife, Ray was preceded in death by his sons, Gene and James Kachurek; and his brothers and sisters, Agnes White, Michael Kachurek, Helen Semeraro, Martha McClain and Joseph Kachurek.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home where closing prayers will be at 9:45 a.m.

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

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JAMES RAYMOND KACHUREK

YOUNGSTOWN - James Raymond Kachurek, 66, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.

“Jim,” the twin brother of Joe, was born Aug. 18, 1950, to Raymond and Patricia Kachurek.

Jim was the oldest brother to Joe, Gene, LuLu (Jim), Mike (Sandy), and Lori (Mark). He was also uncle to Lisa, Nick, Christopher, Jimmy, Ashley, Jason, Sunny, Sasha, Jessie, and Carlyn; and great-uncle to Mitch, Tyler, Logan, Cassie, Christian, Emmitt, Michael, James, and Audrey.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia; brother Gene; and grandparents Joseph and Mary Kachurek, and Frank and Hazel Husted.

Jim, a retiree of Lordstown General Motors, also worked at the family business, Ray’s Christmas Trees. Jim was a free spirit who traveled the world, a lover of geography and history and an avid reader of both. Having no children of his own, Jim lived vicariously through his nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, Jan. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Boardman Park, in the Boardman Rotary Room of the Lariccia Family Community Center.

Please visit www.oakmeadowcremation.com to send condolences to the family.

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PATRICK 'MONK' MANGEE

YOUNGSTOWN - Patrick “Monk” Mangee, 81, died on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

He was born in Youngstown on Feb. 26, 1935, to the late Anthony and Lena Carfagnia Mangee.

Monk was a 1953 graduate of East High School, proudly served in the U.S. Army and was employed as a pattern maker for Commercial Shearing for over 30 years.

He leaves his daughter, Linda (Brian) McKnight of Hilliard; son Patrick (Christine) Mangee Jr. of Glen Burnie, Md.; grandchildren Jeffrey, Chad, Kyle and Matthew; and a very special friend, Judy Biondillo.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Mangee, who passed away on Feb. 22, 2007; and his brother, Anthony “Junior” Mangee.

In honoring his wishes, Monk will be cremated and there will be no services.

The Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland is handling arrangements.

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EVELYN VIRGINIA MILLER

RAVENNA – Evelyn Virginia Miller, 97, formerly of Deerfield, died on Jan. 15, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Long Meadow Care Center in Ravenna.

Evelyn was born on Sept. 4, 1919, in Kane, Pa., a daughter of the late Frederick and Ruth Anderson.

She graduated from Kane High School in 1937.

She was a proud Christian and a former member of the Four Mile Run and the Randolph Christian Church.

Evelyn was a homemaker, dedicating her life to her beloved husband and children.

She was a former treasurer of Leisure Lake and would spend her summers at various camp sites.

In her free time, she enjoyed spending countless hours watching birds and tending to her flower garden.

She leaves behind three sons, James (Susan) Miller of Scottsboro, Ala., Ronald (Diane) Miller of Deerfield, and Robert (Candace) Miller of Akron; seven grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; two brothers, Fred (Connie) Anderson and Carl Anderson; and one sister, Liz Savoia.

Besides her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life and best friend, the late Robert W. Miller. They were married on June 19, 1943, and Robert died on Dec. 6, 2007, after 64 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Genevieve, Mildred, Marie, Harry and Paul.

Family and friends may call Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, from noon to 2 p.m., with services starting at 2 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

Interment will take place at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations can be made in Evelyn’s name to Crossroad Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Uniontown, OH 44689.

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WANDA CHWIEJ PAYNE

NEW MIDDLETOWN – Wanda Chwiej Payne, 89, formerly of Boardman, died Jan. 16, 2017, at Masternick Memorial.

Wanda was born Jan. 19, 1927, in Youngstown, a daughter of Adam and Helen Nieradka Chwiei.

At the age of 5, her father passed away and her mother took Wanda and her brother back to Poland. She was in Poland when she made her first communion. Her family later traveled to Brazil to make their home.

In 1948, when their mother passed away, Wanda returned to the United States and made her home in Youngstown.

Wanda worked as a server in the cafeteria of Northside Hospital until her marriage to her husband, William R. Payne, on June 8, 1951. He died Jan. 11, 2010.

She leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Robert Jan (Genevieve) Payne of Youngstown, and one brother, Janek Chwiej of Wilkes Barre, Pa.

Wanda enjoyed being a housewife and a mother. She was a wonderful cook, enjoyed crafts and her hobby was cleaning.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel.

Friends will be received Thursday from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the funeral home.

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JUDITH 'JUDI' ANN (CURTICIAN) MELEKY SCHULER

HERMITAGE, PA. - Judith “Judi” Ann (Curtician) Meleky Schuler passed away peacefully at 2:44 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 70.

Mrs. Schuler was born Feb. 6, 1946, the daughter of Cornell “Slick” Curtician and Helen Yohman Curtician.

She was a 1964 graduate of Brookfield High School. Judi was proud that she went back to school and got her LPN license when she was 50 years old. She was employed as an LPN for different local nursing homes until her retirement in 2008.

Judi was a member of the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed Chinese auctions, gambling, playing games on her tablet, browsing on Facebook, cooking, she was known for her desserts, and going on trips.

Judi was able to live out two of her dreams, visiting Hawaii and owning a convertible. She was always trendy, youthful, sparkling and enjoyed showing off her beautiful smile. An avid reader, her favorite authors are Jane Collins and James Paterson.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Schuler Sr., whom she married in 1998; her son, Andrew Meleky and his wife, Kathryn, of Warren; two stepdaughters, Rachel Spurgen and her husband, Josh, of Martinsville, and Tiffany Mary Steele of Struthers; a stepson, Larry Schuler Jr. and his wife, Kim, of Boardman; a stepsister, Linda Scibelli and her husband, Vince, of Masury; a stepbrother, David Curtician of Diamond; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Judi was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Frank Pushnick; her stepmother, Ann Marie Curtician; her first husband, Andrew George Meleky Sr.; and a brother, Carl Curtician.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St. in Sharon, Pa.

Please visit www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com to send online condolences to the family.

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ANNABELLE JEANNE (OROFINO) STASHINKO

CANFIELD - Prayers will begin Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon at St. Brenden Church, for Annabelle Jeanne (Orofino) Stashinko, 92, who died peacefully on Monday at home, surrounded by her family.

Annabelle was born Feb. 4, 1924, to Joseph Anthony Orofino and Ella (Massaro) Orofino, both deceased, and grew up in a very loving Italian family.

She graduated from Chaney High School in 1942, and Youngstown College with a Business degree. She worked as an executive secretary for Judge W.L. Countryman and as an assistant to Attys. Bert and Sid Rigelhop.

She was a lifelong member of St. Brendan Church, married at the church, and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.

She met and married her soulmate, the love of her life, John S. Stashinko, deceased, on Nov. 14, 1953, and became a wonderful, loving mother to two daughters, Kathy Ann Carkido and Candia Zlenka, with whom she made her home, and will be sadly missed.

She subsequently left her job to raise her children and became very active in the PTA and all of her children’s activities. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother.

She leaves behind four beautiful grandchildren, Joseph, Jolanta, Miranda, and Teresa Carkido, who she loved and cherished spending time with. Annabelle also leaves behind one sister, Betty (Jack) Scahill; one brother, Robert (Betti) Orofino; one sister-in-law, Helen (Paul) Kana; and 15 nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her sister, Rita (Edward) Slaven; sisters-in-law Paula (Steve) Topoly and Wanda (Ron) Paris; and brother-in-law Stanley (Josephine) Stashinko.

Annabelle was a very social person. She loved having fun, laughing, dancing, and making those around her smile. She was a gracious hostess and loved having and going to parties. She especially loved gambling, both locally and traveling to Las Vegas with her daughter. She went to Bingo as often as possible and had a great deal of fun at Candi’s home bingo parties. She also enjoyed classic TV shows and was an avid Cleveland Browns and Indians fan.

Above all, Annabelle loved life and will be remembered by those close to her as an inspiration for how precious life is. She persevered through five very difficult years with a smile on her face and love in her heart. She will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched.

Family and friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. a the funeral home.

Candi and Annabelle would like to offer a special thank you to their angels of mercy, Jolanta Carkido, Finn Coleman, Donna McConnell, Jan Cefalu, Marie Boggs, Lisa Roberts, Debbie Yurko, and Andrea Deafenbaugh. “We would also like to thank Dr. Chris Knight, Kim Hildebrand CNP, and the caring nurses and staff at the Hope Center, along with Dr. Bhargava Ravi, Dr. Joseph Ambrose, and Hospice of the Valley for the very caring and compassionate care they gave us throughout this journey. It is greatly appreciated.”

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DARLENE R. LIPPIATT VANJURA

NEW MIDDLETOWN - There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman for Darlene R. Lippiatt VanJura, 62, who passed away Friday, Jan. 13, after a short battle with cancer.

Darlene was born Oct. 2, 1954, a daughter of Eugene and Evelyn Diver Lippiatt.

She was a 1973 graduate of Western Reserve High School. She was a member of 4-H and loved reminiscing about her wonderful times with the club. She had a passion for movies and especially scary movies and enjoyed watching them with loved ones and friends.

Darlene was a loving mother and grandmother whose most cherished gifts were her son and two granddaughters. She loved spending time with them and they made many memories together.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Drew (Emily) VanJura of New Middletown; her two granddaughters, Hayley and Riley VanJura of New Middletown; her sister, Annette James of Berlin Center; her niece, Brandy James Wolf of Berlin Center; and great-niece Kahlan Wolf.

Darlene was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Jesse James.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank all of Darlene’s doctors, nurses and the staff at Hospice House for their amazing care and all they did for her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Darlene’s name may be given to Hospice House, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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

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JOANN F. VARSHO

GREENSBURG – Funeral services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. John Catholic Church, for JoAnn F. Varsho, 75, formerly of Campbell, who passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at the hospital, with her family by her side.

JoAnn was born Nov. 15, 1941, in Youngstown, the daughter of Steve and Loretta May Pavelko.

JoAnn will always be remembered by her family as a very kind, and giving person, who devoted her life to taking care of her family.

JoAnn’s husband, Stephen R. Varsho, whom she married in September of 1959, passed away June 20, 1973.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Stephen, John Paul, and Jason Varsho; daughter-in-law Lisa; five grandchildren, Joshua, Aaron, Nicole, Shaun, and Brittany Varsho; and her three brothers, Richie, Johnny, and Michael Pavelko.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stephen and two brothers, Steve and Bobby Pavelko.

The Varsho family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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MICHAEL J. VASCHAK

BOARDMAN - Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, with the Rev. Philip Rogers officiating, for Michael J. Vaschak, 62, who passed away early Monday morning at the Hospice House, with his family by his side.

Michael was born Aug. 12, 1954, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph and Sylvia (Calcagni) Vaschak.

He was a 1972 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and went on to graduate with a BS in Education from Youngstown State University in 1976. Most recently, he earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from YSU in 2010.

Michael was a lifelong resident of the Mahoning Valley. He lived in Campbell and recently resided in Boardman, moving there in 2004.

Michael served as a school teacher in the Campbell City Schools for 35 years and retired in 2015. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman.

Michael was an accomplished football and basketball official, having worked 10 boys’ and seven girls’ state basketball championship games, as well as a title game and three semifinal contests in football. To Michael, however, his greatest joy came from time spent with his family.

A devoted and loving father to his son, Jonathon, Michael enjoyed coaching many of his son’s basketball and baseball teams, and simply watching him play. He was a humble, loving man who readily gave of himself for his family and friends.

Besides his parents, Michael leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Jennifer (Anhorn) Vaschak of Boardman; his son, Jonathon Vaschak at home; his brothers, Dr. Robert Vaschak and wife Bridget of Sandusky, and Joseph Vaschak and wife Diane of Westfield, Mass.; brother-in-law Scott Anhorn of Boardman; his in-laws, Nancy and Dennis Anhorn of Trinity, Fla.; and many loving nieces, nephew and their spouses.

The Vaschak family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend its most heartfelt gratitude to the staff and volunteers at Hospice House for the loving, respectful care provided. In honor of that exceptional, loving care Michael received during his time at Hospice House, donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley.

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