CLEVELAND Barbara E. (Bires) Aggers passed away Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, 2013, at the University Hospital.
Barbara was born on March 27, 1922, the daughter of Michael and Anna Danko Bires.
She married Frank A. Aggers on March 31, 1943.
Barbara was a member of St Joan of Arc Parish, Chagrin Falls, and a former member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Campbell.
She came to Cleveland to raise her granddaughter, Meredith. Barbara was the matriarch of her family and loved to cook, sew, and bake. All who knew her loved her banana cake, chocolate sheet cake, and famous spaghetti sauce. Her grandchildren and great-grandson were the light of her life.
Barbara leaves to cherish her memory, her son, David F. Aggers of Chagrin Falls; her daughter, Francine D. Nieburg (Paul); her grandchildren, Taryn, Kevin, (Christina), and Matt, all of St. Louis, and Meredith OBrien (Patrick) and great-grandson, Patrick OBrien Jr., all of Columbus; along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank A. Aggers, who passed away in 1973; two brothers, Mike and John Bires; and two sisters, Ann Doran and Mary Shver.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 496 E. Washington St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 with Father Gary J. Malin officiating.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home, 95 S. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls.
She will be laid to rest with her husband at St. Johns the Baptist Cemetery, Campbell.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Aggers requests that donations be sent to the Carman Cassese Memorial Scholarship Fund, Youngstown University, Youngstown.
GIRARD Private funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 5, 2013, at the Schiavone Funeral Home for Anna Marie Bertilacci, 72, who died at Masternick Memorial Healthcare Center.
Anna Marie was born on Feb. 1, 1941, in Youngstown, and was a daughter of James and Ann Malesky Bertilacci.
She was a homemaker and had been a travel agent with a porter travel service. She enjoyed golfing, especially at Mahoning Golf Course and was a 1959 graduate of The Rayen School.
She is survived by four brothers, Michael (Kay) Buchenic, Joseph (Charlene) Bertilacci, Prospero (June) Bertilacci and Jimmie (Ann Marie) Bertilacci; a sister, Janice Bertilacci; a daughter, Kimberly (Chip) Paulin; a son, Rocco (Marybeth) Mango; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Ron Bertilacci; and her companion, Frank Nemick.
The Bertilacci family would like to give special thanks to Masternick Memorial and its staff for their care given to Anna Marie.
Please visit www.schiavonefh.com to make condolences.
HUBBARD Irene A. Brall, 73, died Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2013, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
She was born Sept. 19, 1940, a daughter of Joseph and Caroline DePaul Carano and was a lifelong Hubbard resident.
Mrs. Brall was a graduate of Hubbard High School. She owned and operated her own horse farm for 25 years. Irene was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and bowled on several leagues at Bell Wick Bowl. She loved animals and took great pride in raising horses for both riding and racing.
Her husband, Steven M. Brall, who she married June 3, 1961, died Feb. 26, 2010.
She leaves three sons, Stephen J. Brall, Mark A. Brall and Thomas M. Brall, all of Hubbard; two brothers, Joseph (Sue) Carano and Mark Carano, both of Hubbard; and three sisters, Rita (Ray) Fenton, Virginia (Carmen) Morocco, and Laura (Bill Neal) Gonzalez.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a sister, Carol ORourke.
Friends and family may call on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.
Interment will be at Hubbard Union Cemetery.
Please visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
SAN DIEGO - Maryfrances Fran T. Bertolini, 54, died of a sudden illness, Nov. 23, 2013, in her home.
Born April 20, 1959, a native of Niles, she relocated to southern California in 2002.
A graduate of Niles McKinley High School, she received a B.S. in Child Psychology from Youngstown State University, and was a dedicated Special Education teacher for two decades, in both Youngstown and San Diego public schools.
Creative, eclectic, and free-spirited, she was a lifelong activist for peace and social justice, author, poet, expressive painter, folk singer, modern dancer, dog rescuer, traveler, film-buff, chess player, linguist, diviner, and daughter of the Moon.
She enjoyed studying about the fine and performing arts, history, ancient cultures, esoterica, numerology and the sciences.
She was the beloved mother of Bonnie Rose Bryan (Lucien D. Assaban); sister of Joseph L. Bertolini and Lawrence E. (Eileen) Bertolini; and cherished aunt, cousin, and friend.
Beyond the Veil, she joins her parents, Mario S. and Ada Doran Bertolini; as well as her sisters, Maryhelen Schnetker and Judith Lynn Bertolini.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning at 2 p.m., at The Peace House, 1335 Elm St., in Youngstown.
For donations in memory of Fran, please give to Peace Action Youngstown, www.paytown.org, or to an animal charity of ones choice. Frans dog, Ellie, in San Diego is seeking a home. For more information, please contact her newphew, Martin: email@example.com.
Dance In Peace
YOUNGSTOWN Richard W. Burns, 81, passed away Monday afternoon, Dec. 2, 2013.
Richard was born on May 2, 1932, in Gustavas, the son of Thomas and Alice (Mathews) Burns.
He was the owner/operator of Burns Barber Shop in downtown Youngstown for many years. Richard was known as the first mens hair stylist in Youngstown and is well-known for his shop in the former Hotel Pick Ohio.
Richard proudly served his country during the Korean conflict with the U.S. Navy and also was the past commander of AMVETS Post 44.
Besides his wife, Margaret R. (Atwood) Burns, whom he married Feb. 18, 1956, he will always be loved by his daughter, Susan (Johnnie) Bryant; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Karen (Tom) Klatt and Kathryn Davison; three brothers, Bruce (Alma) Burns, Alan (Carol) Burns and Vincent Burns; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Richard T. Burns; and a brother, Eugene Burns.
The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, has been given the honor of providing the services for Richard.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Richards family.
YOUNGSTOWN Private funeral services were held for Dolores A. Pietro Craig, 81, who passed away the morning of Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Dolores was born Oct. 12, 1932, in Cleveland, a daughter of Michael and Catherine Smith Pietro and had been an Ohio resident all of her life.
She was a graduate of East High School of Cleveland in 1950 and came to the Youngstown area as a young adult. She was hired in the Youngstown City Schools at the central kitchen first, then transferred to the East High School cafeteria and then to the custodial staff at Kirkmere Elementary School until she retired. Dolores had a love for music and dancing. She also loved animals, especially her cat, Precious, who passed away in November of last year.
Dolores leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Lisa Gallagher of Youngstown; four sons, Daniel and his wife, Kae Birmingham, Patrick Birmingham and Raymond Birmingham, all of St. Petersburg, Fla. and James Chip and his wife, Renee Birmingham of LaPorte, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Daniel, Christina, Jennifer, Jessica, Kayla, Raymond and Danielle; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Besides her parents, Dolores was preceded in death by her son Michael Birmingham.
The family would like to extend their gratitude and thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Elizabeths Health Center; Stephanie Coppin and Hospice House; and all the friends and family who sent their love and support, in particular, Vince Raver, Cindi Farina and Janice Yancsurak Solomon.
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.
McCONNELSVILLE A memorial service will be held for Jean A. Dill, 74, on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 3 p.m. at the Zion Hill Church of the Brethren in Columbiana. She passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at 6:43 p.m. She was surrounded by all her children and her husband, Al.
She was born March 2, 1939, to Carl and Hazel Bartholomew.
She is survived by two older brothers, John and Rich.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard Mellinger; son, Stevie; a brother; and two grandchildren, Megan and Matthew.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Cherie (Mike) Joker, Cathy (Karl) Hoffman, Susan (Mark) Wutz, Debbie (Alan) Ward, Doug (Chris), and David (Renee) Mellinger.
She also leaves a grandson, Stephen (Emily) and two great-granddaughters, Natalie and Madeleine; a granddaughter, Michelle (Joey) and three great-grandchildren Jolene, Naomi, and Jared; a granddaughter, Jenny; grandsons Ben (Lynsey), Sean (Soma), and Donovan (Cassidy); and two great-grandchildren, Ava and Asher.
She also leaves a grandson Trevor (Carrie) and a great-grandson, Graham.
With sadness, she left Al, her husband of 22 years, whom she loved, adored, and treasured as he did her.
She was active in her church and gave to all in need. She loved God with all her heart. She was the most wonderful mother, grandmother, and wife.
The family would like to thank Genesis Hospice of McConnelsville. They were so kind, loving and gentle with the care they gave our mom in her last days. Well be forever grateful!
We will love and miss you Mom for all eternity! Hugs from our Hearts!
YOUNGSTOWN - Patricia Renea Gaffney, 55, died Dec. 4, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Patricia, affectionately known by her middle name, Renea, was born Jan. 21, 1958, in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Patricia Baker Skelley.
Raised in Boardman, Renee was a 1977 graduate of Boardman High School. Renea was a homemaker and loved taking care of her husband and daughter.
Renea was an artist and especially enjoyed drawing. She loved art, collecting bears and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was an animal lover, and was especially partial to Boxers. She was a member of St. Christine Church.
An outgoing and loving person, Renea will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Renea leaves her husband of 29 years, Lynn R. Gaffney, whom she married Feb. 14, 1985; one daughter, Rachael Gaffney of Youngstown; one sister, Debra Rishel of Youngstown; and two nephews, R.J. and Patrick Rishel, both of Youngstown.
A memorial Mass will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at St. Christine Church.
Family and friends will be received Tuesday from noon until time of service at 1 p.m.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
NORTH JACKSON - Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Wedgewood Park Evangelical Church for Daniel F. Hale, 62, who passed away early Thursday morning at his home. with his family by his side.
Daniel was born March 20, 1951, a son of Fredrick D. and Patricia A. (Mills) Hale.
Daniel was a 1969 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. He owned and operated Hale Construction. He loved cooking for his family, antiquing, and traveling to the Caribbean to enjoy the beach and snorkeling. His greatest love was for his family and he will be deeply missed.
Daniel leaves his wife, the former Cynthia S. Martell, whom he married Aug. 23, 1979; his two sons, Joshua J. (Taryn M.) Hale of North Jackson and Jared J. Hale of Ithaca, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Lila M. and Daniel D. Hale; his mother, Patricia A. Hale; and a sister, Diana Jones of North Jackson.
Daniel was preceded in death by his father.
Material tributes may take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA. Francis J. Joe Pratt III, 76, entered Heaven on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at VCU in Richmond.
Please visit covenantfuneralservice.com to send online condolences.
AUSTINTOWN John E. Jack Aey Jr., 74, passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 7, 2013, at Hospice House following a lengthy battle with cancer.
John was born Dec. 5, 1939, in Youngstown, a son of the late John E. Sr. and Marian Messerly Aey, and was a lifelong area resident.
Jack was a graduate of East High School and was a graduate of the Elkin Technical School. He worked for 44 years for WHOT Radio, retiring as chief engineer in 1998. Mr. Aey subsequently worked for a time for Boardman Medical Supply, and most recently as a funeral assistant with Kinnick Funeral Home.
Jack was an active member of Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield, and was a member of the Lions Club. He was a fan of NASCAR, loved trains, and was a loyal follower of YSU sports.
He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, who thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent with his family.
John leaves his wife of nearly 50 years, Joyce Leone Aey, whom he married Jan. 25, 1964; two daughters, Cheri Aey of Youngstown and Barbara (Tim) Rosenburg of Jefferson; two grandsons, Tim Rosenburg Jr. and Brian Rosenburg; his mother-in-law, Carmel Leone; two sisters, Winnie (Don) Trotter and Ruth (Ray) McCune, each of Canfield; many nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and great-nephews; and his beloved dog, Kody.
Two brothers, William E. Aey and Richard C. Aey, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, where services will take place at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Western Reserve United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 4580 Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406.
Jacks family expresses sincere thanks to Dr. Roberto Bacani and his staff for many years of wonderful care, and to the staff of St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, for the kindness shown and care given to Mr. Aey during his illness.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Jacks family.
AUSTINTOWN - Prayers will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for Armand E. DeToro Jr., 64, who passed away suddenly Friday at his home.
Armand was born June 30, 1949, in Youngstown, a son of Armand E. Sr. and Ann (Felice) DeToro.
Armand was a 1967 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and received a bachelors degree in Journalism from Ohio University.
He loved sports and was an avid Notre Dame and Yankees fan. Armand loved golfing, cooking and eating. He especially loved going to Ocean Isle, N.C. with his family.
Armand leaves his wife, the former Lora Bridgen, whom he married April 18, 2009; his mother, Ann DeToro of Canfield; his daughter, Sedra (Sean) Kessman of Las Vegas; stepdaughters, Traci (Matt) Brown of McDonald and Sara (Donald) Fridley of Warren; a stepson, Anthony (fiance Stephanie March) Tamburro of Niles; five grandchildren, Elizabeth and Blaine Kessman, Alyssa Bunker, Connor and, Maryanne DeToro of Boardman; and numerous cousins who were very dear to him.
Armand was preceded in death by his father, Armand E. DeToro Sr. and his son, Nicholas J. DeToro.
Family and friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Brother and Sister
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Ms. Shirl Denise Jackson, 51, who passed away Dec. 1, 2013, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center, and her brother, David Jackson, 26, of Youngstown, who passed away Dec. 1, 2012.
Shirl was born Aug. 8, 1962, in Danville, Ky., a daughter of Hubert and Doris Jackson Floyd.
She worked at SOSOS Club and in the dietary department of Northside Hospital. She was a member of Early Morning COGIC and enjoyed being with family and socializing with others.
David was born Jan. 8, 1986, in Youngstown, a son of Hubert and Doris Jackson Floyd.
He also was a member of Early Morning COGIC.
Shirl and David leaves to cherish their memory, their father, Rev. Hubert Floyd of Youngstown.
Shirl leaves two children, Donella D. and Denise L. Jackson; six grandchildren, DaTayeia, Tremaine, George, Welnaizha, Welniyah, and Tasharla; and a great-grandson, Christian.
David leaves six children, Davieuna, Davieune, David Jr., Davoughn, LaRyan and Janero.
They leave siblings, Hubert Floyd Jr., Joseph Floyd, Mary Floyd and Leetta Floyd, all of Youngstown.
Both Shirl and David were preceded in death by their mother, Doris; brother, Robert Floyd Sr.; and grandparents, Mary Helen Cowan, David Jackson, Marsha Bates and David McMillian.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
STRUTHERS Private graveside services were held for Richard W. Kane, 82, who passed away Monday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Richard was born May 13, 1931, in Youngstown, a son of the late William R. and Mary L. (McCambridge) Kane.
Richard graduated from Ursuline High School. He served in the U.S. Airforce. He was a shipping manager for Truscon for over 30 years. After his retirement from Truscon, he worked for Crowe Manufacturing in Atlanta for 10 years.
His wife, the former Sundrean Sandy M. Genco, whom he married Sept. 10, 1960, passed away May 6, 2004.
Richard leaves his sons, Richard W. (Marti) Kane Jr. of Youngstown and Peter D. Fiest of Ft. Walton Beach; four grandchildren; and a sister Jacqueline R. Mudryk of Poland.
Richard was also preceded in death by a brother, Jack Kane.
Material tributes may take the form of donations to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel.
YOUNGSTOWN While holding the comforting hand of her sister and her boyfriend nearby, Laurie passed peacefully on Dec.2, 2013, at the Hospice House in North Lima after a lenghty illness.
She was born on Nov. 28, 1962, in Youngstown, the daughter of John Joseph and Veronica Telepak Missik.
A graduate of Chaney High School and the Choffin School of Practical Nursing, Laurie had cared for patients at various nursing homes in the area.
Laurie had a wonderful sense of humor and an infectious laugh that drew others in. She loved her family, her cats, riding on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, cooking and celebrating holidays.
Left to cherish memories of Laurie are her brother, John (Christine) Missik of Danville, Ky.; her sisters, Evelyn (Bill) Roth and Joan (David) Updegraff, all of Austintown and Bernadette (Joe) Kascak of Louisiana; her partner, Clarence Robinson ; her numerous nieces and nephews; and her cat, Baby.
Preceding Laurie in death were her parents, her brother, Charles Chip Missik; her sister, Andrea Anderson; and her husband, Ron Olenik.
The family will hold a private memorial service.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley, especially her nurse, Marilyn, and the entire staff of Hospice House for the loving care given to Laurie.
Good night, sleep tight, dont let the bedbugs bite.
Ill squish em!
GIRARD Elaine L. Parker, 63, a long time resident of Girard, passed away peacefully and was reunited with her husband on Dec. 6, 2013, with her family by her side.
She was born Jan. 28, 1950, in Davis, W.Va., a daughter of Esten and Thelma Lipscomb Carr.
She was a homemaker, and a member of the New Life in Poland. She was a spiritual influence and loved by everyone that knew her.
She leaves behind one daughter, Thelma (Mike) Clemente of Struthers; two brothers, Pearly (Karen) Carr of Austintown and Lenny (Patty) Burke of Boardman; two sisters, Helen (Tom) Frill of Boardman and Jenny (Robert) Gonzalez of Boardman; one brother-in-law, Donald (Alberta) Parker of Girard; five grandchildren, Danielle (Cody) Webb, Joseph (Samantha) Jorge, Michael Clemente Jr, Jeremy and Jacob Clemente; one great-granddaughter, Ella Rose Webb.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard Parker, and; five brothers, Lee, Esten, Robert, Charles and David Carr.
Her family will receive family and friends Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
Funeral services will be held immediately following visitation at noon at the funeral home.
Her family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the Parker family.
WARREN Kathy A. Pondillo, 61, died at 4 a.m. on Saturday at her residence.
She was born May 2, 1952, in Warren, the daughter of Andrew and Faye Boyazis Graham.
She graduated from Howland High School in 1971 and married Albert Pondillo on July 3, 1977.
Kathy was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. She spent anywhere from three to six months a year serving as a missionary in Africa, working with orphans in the country of Zambia. As an animal lover she always had a dog or a cat in the house. Spending time by the water with her husband, Al, at their beach house in Nags Head, N.C. was another one of her favorite things. Her hobbies included writing poetry, short stories and painting. Kathy had a wonderful and special sense of humor.
She is survived by her parents, Andrew and Faye Graham of Warren; her husband, Dr. Albert Pondillo of Howland; two sisters, Kaye (James) Soffos of Warren and Nora (John) Millik of Warren; and her best friend JoAnne Byrum.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Nicholas Graham
Funeral services will be held at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.
The family requests that material contributions be made to Noah Ministries, P.O. Box 1653, Kitty Hawk, N.C., in her memory.
COLUMBIANA There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Covenant Church for Ronald R. Rapp, 76, who died Wednesday afternoon at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 11, 1937, in Youngstown, a son of Harvey and Geneva Boyce Rapp.
Ron was the owner of the Village Print Shop in Columbiana, retiring in 1995.
He was a 1955 graduate of Canfield High School.
Mr. Rapp was a 35 year member of the First Covenant Church, where he was a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Ron was the first president of the Board and the investors group for Salem Hills Golf and Country Club. Ron enjoyed everything that involved cars, especially his restored 1963 Ford Thunderbird. He also enjoyed drag racing and at one time had a Willys Coupe. Ron was the president and founder of The Kool Time Kruisers Classic Car Club.
Mr. Rapp is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Diane L. Olson, whom he married March 17, 1978; his son, Kevin (Bridgette) Rapp; his daughter, Michelle (William) Grombacher; his stepson, Christopher (Amanda) Dickson; his stepdaughter, Heidi Shelton; his brother, Dennis (Brenda) Rapp; his sisters, Jeanette (James) Metzger and Doris Ford; his grandchildren, Alicia (Todd) Gibson, Kara Hawes, Samantha Griffiths, Morgan Shelton, John Rapp, Bradley, Katlyn and Wesley Dickson; his great-grandchildren, Logan and Lukas Gibson; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Rapp.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be given to the memorial fund of the First Covenant Church, 5210 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, OH 44512.
Arrangements are by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN Ronald Gene Ross Sr. passed away Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center with his family by his side.
Ron was born April 1, 1934, in Akron, the son of the late Wayne and Helen Ross.
He was a steelworker with the Youngstown Sheet & Tube for over 28 years, retiring in 1982.
Ron was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean conflict and later served in the Army National Guard.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Veronica J. Sopik, whom he married on Sept. 27, 1958; two sons, Ronald G. (Cheryl) Ross Jr. of Boardman and John A. Ross of Youngstown; two brothers, George and Patrick; and three sisters, Geraldine, Mary and Helen.
Besides his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a brother, Paul; and his stepfather, George Brooke.
Private services were held at the Thompson Funeral Home, Boardman.
Please visit www.thompsonfh1932.com to view this notice and to send condolences to the Ross family.