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BETTY JANE BERNADELLA

MASURY - Betty Jane Bernadella, 83, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at O’Brien Memorial Nursing Home in Masury.

She was born June 1, 1931, to the late Grant and Elnora (Dahringer) Robinson in Brookfield.

Betty was a member of the Masury VFW Auxiliary Post No. 8860. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and cooking and was an avid Ohio State University football fan. She was a loving and devoted mother and wife to her four sons and husband.

She is survived by her four sons, Edward (Penny) Taylor of Carrollton, Texas, Ronald (Suzanne) Taylor of Sharpsville, Pa., Carmen Bernadella of Brooksville, Fla., and Richard Bernadella II of Columbus; five grandchildren, Valerie, Douglas, Matthew, Christopher and Kasey; sister, Margie Jean Ser of Farrell, Pa.; two brothers, William Robinson of Franklin, Pa., and Grant Robinson Jr. of Franklin.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Richard “Ozzie” Bernadella in 1987; her parents; brother Ernest Robinson; half sister Dorothy Lawler; and two half brothers, Thomas Robinson and Stanley Robinson

Calling hours will be Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel, 6932 Warren-Sharon Road in Brookfield, from 4 to 6 p.m., with a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be held at a later date at Brookfield Township Cemetery.

Visit www.MadaszChapel.com to view this obituary and to send online condolences to the family.

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JOHN J. CHRISTIE

WARREN – John J. Christie, 79, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Eagle Pointe Nursing Center in Orwell.

He was born Aug. 16, 1934, in Enfield, Conn., the son of Charles and Esther Christie.

John retired from the United Telephone Company as the Manager of the Engineering Department after 34 years. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish (St. James Church) in Warren. John enjoyed woodworking and was an avid baseball fan.

John served in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his two sons, Thomas J. (Rene) Christie of Farmdale, and Richard (Dianna) Christie of Warren; three grandchildren, T.J, Courtney, and Chelsey Christie; and a sister, Carmella Wopschall of Enfield, Conn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kathleen Christie, whom he married Aug. 8, 1959, and who passed away Dec. 6, 2012; a sister, Madeline Christie; and three brothers, Joseph, Charles, and Samuel Christie.

Family and friends may call today from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel in Warren.

A service will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. James P. Walker officiating. Entombment will be at All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John’s name to Western Reserve Hospice.

Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolence’s to the Christie family.

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WILLIAM J. ELLIOTT

NILES - William J. Elliott, 52, died at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

He was born March 6, 1962, in Warren, the son of William and Mary Kay Livani Elliott.

He was a 1980 graduate of Niles McKinley High School and employed as a supervisor at Home Depot in Howland for 16 years.

He enjoyed sports, fishing, reading, and spending time with his family, especially with his granddaughter, Olivia.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Kimberly Bednar Elliott, whom he married June 6, 1997; a son, Matthew Elliott and his girlfriend, Kara Worley and their daughter, Olivia of Cuyahoga Falls; his stepfather, Victor Petillo, who raised him, of Niles; his brothers, V.J. Petillo and his wife, Ronda of Richmond, Va., and Sam Petillo and his wife, Traci of Niles; his nephews, Zachary and Jake; his nieces, Halli, Emily, Avery, Maddalena, Gigi, Lauren, Andrea, Layni, and Layken; his sister-in-law, Linda Elliott of Howell, Mich., his mother-in-law, Gloria Bednar of Youngstown; his brothers-in-law, James Bednar of Youngstown and Tim Bednar and his wife, Jodi of Canfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Thomas Elliott; and his father-in-law, James Bednar.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles with Fr. John-Michael Lavelle officiating.

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, sign the guest book, and send e-mail condolences.

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GEORGE W. GOULD

LYNCHBURG, TENN. – George W. Gould was born Nov. 25, 1923, and died July 23, 2014, in Lynchburg.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Gould; mother Elizabeth Haney Gould; and several sisters and brothers.

He is survived by his niece and caregiver, Catie Gould McLaughlin and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gould was a veteran of World War II and lived most of his life in Canfield. He loved the Cleveland Indians and Browns. His passion was playing the horses at Mountaineer Park.

Interment will be at Four Mile Run Cemetery in Austintown.

Local arrangements were handled by the Lane Funeral Home in Austintown.

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ROSEMARY C. HUM

COLUMBIANA – Rosemary C. Hum, 84, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. at Hospice of the Valley in Poland.

Rosemary was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Salem, to the late Harry and Mary (McCoy) Hum.

She was a graduate of Lisbon High School, the Youngstown Hospital Association School of Medical Technology, and had worked for the hospitals in Youngstown and Drs. Firestone, Neidus, Zlotnick, and Rosenblum. She later graduated from Youngstown State University and had taught at Cardinal Mooney, St. Dominic’s and other schools for the Diocese of Youngstown. She also taught at Roosevelt for the Youngstown Public School System.

She is survived by as sister, Helen Whan of Columbiana; two nieces, Beth (Kevin) Biscella and Kay (Dave) Thompson; one nephew, Jeff (Beth) Whan, all of Leetonia; three great-nieces, Erin Pusateri, Elaina (Craig) Schmidt of Leetonia, and Jaime (Matt) Booth of New Waterford; four great-nephews, Mike Vignon and Dan (Rachel) Vignon of New Waterford, Jared Thompson of Leetonia, and Jordan Vignon with the U.S. Air Force in Okinawa, Japan; and four great-great-nephews, Nathan Pusateri and Cayden, Kyle and Caleb Booth.

She was Catholic by faith.

There will be no calling hours.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Youngstown at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

The family asks that memorial contributions in her memory be made to Hospice of the Valley, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44512 or Humane Society of Columbiana County, 1825 S. Lincoln Ave., Salem, OH 44460.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center and Hospice of the Valley for their kind and loving care.

Arrangements are by the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

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

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ALLEN BURTON SILLAMAN JR

YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be Sat. Aug. 2, 2014, at noon at the West Austintown United Methodist Church for Allen Burton Sillaman Jr. who died Tuesday evening.

Mr. Sillaman was born March 8, 1963, in Warren. He was born to Allen Burton Sillaman Sr. and Mary Ellen Hughes and was adopted by the late Rev. Donald and Edith G. (Ryan) Sillaman Sr.

Allen graduated from Fitch High School in 1981. He was very well-known throughout the area. He was a drummer in several local bands and was most commonly known for White Noise and Noisy Mama. While in the band Dopamine, they acquired a record label and traveled to Japan to open up for the Foo Fighters. He most recently played in the local band Deep Cuts.

He leaves behind his wife, Nicole (Glass) Sillaman; his biological parents, Allen Sillaman Sr., and Mary Ellen (Chester) Hughes; children Ashley Sillaman of Mineral Ridge and Nathan Amelung of Minerva; and siblings Deborah Sillaman, Tim (Robin) Sillaman, Dennis (Lois) Sillaman, Donald Sillaman Jr. and Amy Girton.

He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Rev. Donald and Edith G. (Ryan) Sillaman Sr., and sister Judith Sillaman

Family and friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at noon at the West Austintown United Methodist Church. A luncheon will follow funeral services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Allen’s wife, Nicole, in order to pay medical bills and funeral costs.

Sometime in the near future, there will be a celebration of Allen’s life for all who knew and loved him.

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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EDWARD W. KROK

MINERAL RIDGE - Edward W. Krok, 82, passed away at his home on July 30, 2014.

Ed was born Sept. 25, 1931, in Warren, a son of the late Joseph and Theresa Krok.

He was a 1949 graduate of McKinley High School and then served in the U.S. Navy. Ed and his wife, Doloris, had previously owned and operated Ed Dee Printing Co. for 20 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Ed is survived by his wife, the former Doloris Holmes, whom he married Aug. 9, 1958; sons Scott (Dr. Marcelle Wilson) Krok of Youngstown and Todd (Cheri) Krok of Howland; grandchildren, Whitney Krok and Alexander Krok; and great-grandchild Mealea Krok.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Dave, John, Lou, and Gay Krok.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Girard. The family will receive relatives and friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.

The family requests any material contributions be made to the funeral home c/o Ed Krok.

Ed will be laid to rest at Girard City Cemetery.

Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the Krok family.

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SUSAN DELORES 'FOLAMI' (DAVIS) MORRIS

YOUNGSTOWN - Susan Delores “Folami” (Davis) Morris, 57, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at University Hospital in Cleveland.

Susan was born in Youngstown, on Nov. 21, 1956, the daughter of Abron and Geraldine (Jackson) Davis.

Susan graduated from East High School in June 1975, where she excelled in the sport of track. She competed in the 4x4 Relay and 100-yard dash in the state champion events. She was inducted in the East High Hall of Fame in 2005, and Ebony Lifeline Support Hall of fame in 2013.

Susan was employed at the Academy of Urban Scholars and Mature Services. She also was an instructor of African dance with the Harambee Youth Organization. She attended the Triedstone Baptist Church in Warren. Susan’s joy was spending time with her family and her many friends. Her passion was her grandchildren, one of whom she was rearing, Marcus Coates. Susan was known for her giving spirit, outgoing personality and she “never met a stranger.”

Susan leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Lee Henry Morris Sr.; her children, Maisha Jones Wyche (Joseph B. Wyche) of Lancaster, Marcus Morris of Atlanta, and Lee Henry Morris, Jr. of Anderson, S.C.; her siblings, Cynthia “Sam” Davis-Tavlor, I. Lynnette (Wm Ronald) Miller of Youngstown, Jeffrey {Sheila) Davis of Campbell, Laveeda Muhammad of Lancaster, Richard J. Dodson, Jeanetta Berry of Youngstown, and Starla Colpetro of Columbus; 12 grandchildren; and a special friend, Welton Glenn “Doc” Thomas.

Greeting her in Glory are her parents; stepfather Richard Dodson; her siblings, Abron E. Davis and Elaine C. Davis; and her grandson, Aundra Ajani Jones.

Celebration of Life and Homegoing Services will be today, Aug. 1, 2014, at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., Youngstown. Family will receive guests at 4:30 p.m. and services will be at 5:30 p.m.

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BARBARA JEAN ROBERTS

BOARDMAN - Prayers will begin Monday 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, for Barbara Jean Roberts, 74, who died early Thursday morning at Hospice House.

Barbara was born July 4, 1940, in Youngstown, to Michael and Jennie (Labato) Mazanski.

She was a 1958 graduate of Ursuline High School and owned and operated Angelo’s Pizza for 15 years. Barbara dedicated her life caring for her family, especially her husband and children.

Barbara was a member of St. Stanislaus Church, the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild, and the Cursillo Movement.

Barbara’s husband, Lawrence E. Roberts, whom she married Aug. 2, 1958, died Sept. 17, 1995.

She is survived by her children, Thomas Roberts of Boardman, Larry (Nancy) Roberts of Boardman, and Michael (Marie) Roberts of Austintown; five grandchildren, Shawna, Carly, Katie, Mikey, and Jenna Roberts; and four great-grandchildren.

Barbara was also preceded in death by her parents.

Family and friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrot Road, Poland, OH 44514, or the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

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CAROL K. RASCHILLA

MINERAL RIDGE - Carol K. Raschilla, 74, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Carol was born June 11, 1940, to parents Richard D. and Kathryn E. (Garrett) Shadle in Cowling, Ill.

Carol married Fred J. Raschilla on April 4, 1959, and together they had four wonderful sons. Carol was blessed with 40 years of marriage.

Carol was a devoted homemaker and her children and family were her pride and joy. Carol was a licensed beautician, and worked at several shops for a time.

Survivors include her sons, Curtis (Terri) Raschilla of New Waterford, Todd (Cindy) Raschilla of New Waterford, Bryan (Laura) Raschilla of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Denis (Nancy) Raschilla of Mineral Ridge; grandchildren Joseph (Michelle) Raschilla, Scott (Kristen) Raschilla, Forest Raschilla, Kathryn (Dominic) Giovannone, Dirk Raschilla, Adam Raschilla, Kathryn Raschilla, Kiersten Barron, Kimberly (Bradley) Chunyo, Becca Wertz and Jarett Wertz.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, and husband.

Visitation will be held today, Aug. 1, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at St. Mary’s Church, Mineral Ridge. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at St. Mary’s Church in Mineral Ridge.

Interment will follow at Kerr Cemetery.

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

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WILLIAM VICTOR STEFANSKI

BURGHILL - William Victor Stefanski, 85, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

He was born June 1, 1929, in Youngstown, the son of William and Julia Petrowski Stefanski.

He retired as a welder from Republic Hose in Youngstown after working 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of St. Patrick’s in Hubbard, where he was a former altar boy.

He was preceded in death on Aug. 23, 2003 by his wife, Marge O’Grady Stefanski, whom he married May 26, 1956.

William is survived by five daughters, Michelle (Bill) Shaffer of Hubbard, Roxanne Gibson and her partner, Marilyn Highland, of Charleston, W.Va., Brenda (Jim) Hoffman of Burghill, Kim Stefanski of Brookfield, and Jennifer King of Indiana; three sons, William Stefanski of Jacksonville, Fla., Bryan Stefanski of York, Pa., and Ronald Stefanski of Brookfield; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Alice Scudier of Hubbard, and Virginia Matti and Dee Searcy, both of California; an honorary daughter, Sue Weaver; and a special niece, Helen O’Grady of Austintown.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa Stefanski, and two sisters.

There will be no visitation.

A private military memorial service will be conducted by the Trumbull County Honor Guard.

Arrangements were handled by the Galloway-Onstott Funeral Home, Hartford.

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FORMER MAYOR GEORGE VUKOVICH

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at St. Angela Merici Parish, formerly Sacred Heart of Jesus, with Father Kevin Peters officiating, for former mayor George Vukovich, 87, who died unexpectedly with his loving wife at his side.

George was born Sept. 8, 1926, in Youngstown, the son of John and Mary Vukovich.

He attended Woodrow Wilson High School and Youngstown State University and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. George worked at Republic Steel before embarking on his political career, holding elected offices in the City of Youngstown for a span of 20 years, including being the Mayor of Youngstown from 1980 to 1984. George also was Seventh Ward Councilman and Clerk of Youngstown Municipal Court. He was very active in the Youngstown Democratic Party, and was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, the Croatian Fraternal Union (Lodge 185, Campbell) and St. Angela Merici Parish (Sacred Heart of Jesus).

During retirement, George and Helen spent many winters in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., where he became an avid boater and beach walker. He greatly enjoyed hosting visits from family and friends, especially those from his grandchildren, who were his greatest joy.

George leaves to cherish his memories, his beloved wife of 64 years, the former Helen Bogovich of Youngstown, whom he married June 24, 1950; his daughters, Carol (Mario) Palazzolo of Harrison Township, Mich., and Sonia (Ken) Lisko of Columbus; grandchildren Dr. Carrie (fiancé Adam Hourani) Palazzolo, Michael Palazzolo, and Carly and Katie Lisko; brothers Peter Vukovich of Youngstown, Henry (Wilma) Vukovich of Canfield; and many friends.

Besides his parents, George was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann DeLost and Helen Chiarelli; and three brothers, Jack, John and Thomas Vukovich.

The Vukovich family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Kubina-Yuhasz-Wasko Funeral Home, where they will receive family and friends Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, from 2 to 6 p.m. and again Monday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in George’s memory to The Ursuline Center-Sister Jerome’s Poor, 4280 Shields Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

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EDWARD F. ZAJAC

STRUTHERS – Edward F. Zajac, 85, died July 30, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Zajac was born Nov. 11, 1928, in Struthers, a son of Joseph and Theresa Mraz Zajac.

He was a 1947 graduate of Struthers High School and worked for Youngstown Sheet and Tube (LTV) for 35 years.

Edward was a member of Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Church and was also a member of the Struthers VFW 3538.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean conflict.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, the former Lucille Winsen, whom he married May 14, 1955; one daughter, Elaine Calabrette of Struthers; one son, Joseph (Darla) Zajac of Poland; two grandchildren, Joseph and Joshua Calabrette; and one sister, Rosemary Dubos of Campbell.

Besides his parents, Edward was preceded in death by one son, Edward Zajac Jr.; and three sisters, Stella Loboy, Mary Yarnevich, Irene Orenic.

A prayer service will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Church. Interment will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Friends and family will be received today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Contributions may be made to MASCO, 825 Bev Road, Youngstown, OH 44512

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