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LOWELLVILLE - Irma P. Bizub, 84, died early Thursday morning, Feb. 26, 2015, at her residence.

Irma was born May 21, 1930, in Youngstown, a daughter of Frank and Grace Reilly Stanfield.

Irma was a graduate of Ursuline High School, class of 1948. She worked as a nurses’ aide for St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown until her marriage. Irma’s greatest joy was staying at home, taking care of her husband, four sons, and their home. Over the years, she and her family enjoyed traveling the United States in their 1972 Chrysler Newport Royal.

She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, where she was active in ministering the food pantry, cleaning the church, and taking care of the yard.

Irma leaves her husband of almost 62 years, Frank Bizub, whom she married June 27, 1953; three sons, twins John (Kathy) Bizub of Seffner, Fla., and Larry (Debra) Bizub of Moline, Ill., and Brian (Barbara) Bizub of Campbell; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Irma was preceded in death by her son, Paul Bizub; two brothers, Ted and Bill Stanfield; and one sister, Emily Stanfield.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, at 7 p.m., at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers, with Elder Mark Sitch officiating. Private Interment will follow Wednesday at the Green Haven Memorial Gardens, Canfield.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 4 to 6:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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BOARDMAN - Private family services will be held at a later date for Arnold M. Brenner, 90, known as “Red,” who peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at the Inn at Christine Valley, surrounded by his family.

Red was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Youngstown, the son of the late Wilhelm and Katherine (Linder) Brenner, German immigrants from Romania.

He graduated from The Rayen School in 1942, and was a lifelong area resident.

Red was a World War II Army veteran in the 75th Infantry known as “The Diaper Division.” He fought in “The Battle of the Bulge” and various other areas in the European Theatre as an anti-aircraft machine gunner. He was the recipient of three Bronze Stars. Fluent in the German language, he also served as an interpreter and was a part of the liberation of German concentration camps.

Red was an electrician at Youngstown Sheet & Tube Brier Hill Works for 37 years, retiring in 1979. During his younger years he was an avid poker player, spent many hours on the links at Mill Creek Park, and enjoyed gardening. He was a lover of animals, the outdoors, and especially his family.

Memories of Red will be cherished by the true love of his life, his wife of 52 years, the former Charlotte L. Woods, whom he married Jan. 26, 1963, his adored children, a daughter, Sherri J. (Bob) Mangapora of Canfield, and two sons, Eric A. (Denise) Brenner of Kent, and Phillip W. Brenner of Boardman; four beloved grandchildren, Katherine Mangapora, Matthew Mangapora, both of Canfield, and Gillian Brenner and Haley Brenner, both of Kent; an older brother, Walter C. (Delphine) Brenner of Emmett, Idaho; a brother-in-law, Walter (Kathy) Woods; a sister-in-law, Beverly Woods; and many other special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Brenner; two sisters, Erna Stere and Gertrude Howard; a brother-in-law, George Woods; and an infant daughter, Barbara Ann.

Although his life may seem ordinary, it was actually extraordinary, as Red had the gift of finding happiness in every situation.

As per his request, there will not be calling hours.

Red’s wife and children would like to thank his extended family, the special neighbors, dear friends, as well as those kind souls at the Inn at Christine Valley, who laughed at his jokes, enjoyed his stories, showed him love and whom he loved.

Any material tributes should take the form of contributions to Mill Creek Metroparks, P.O. Box 596, Canfield, OH 44406, in his memory.

Please visit www.thompsonfh1932.com to view this notice and send condolences to the family.

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STRUTHERS - Dominic Edward Carcelli, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at his son’s home in Chicago.

Mr. Carcelli, affectionately known as “Eddie,” was born in Youngstown, a son of Joseph and Florence Aline Davis Carcelli.

He was a 1963 graduate of Struthers High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Mount Union College in 1967.

Mr. Carcelli worked as an assistant compliance director for WRP Investments.

Eddie was a truthful, loyal and hard-working person. He lived his life with an easy dignity and it reflected on everyone he met. In school, he excelled not only in academics, but also in football at Struthers High School and Mount Union College. He continued to apply that determination and effort to succeed in all that he did, whether as a husband, father, brother, friend or co-worker. He especially loved being a grandfather to his three grandsons and they will always remember the positive influence he had on each of them.

His beloved wife of 50 years, Sharan Lynn Carcelli, whom he married Dec. 19, 1963, preceded him in death on April 25, 2014.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas (Allison) Carcelli of Ladera Ranch, Calif., and Todd (Irene) Carcelli of Chicago; daughter Kristin (Jeff) Warren of Huntington Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren, Dominic, Bison, and Orson Carcelli; and a sister, Luigina (Larry) Barnhart of Palmetto, Fla.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Carcelli was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Carcelli.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, March 6, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St., Struthers.

The family requests that any memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Mount Union Fund.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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CANFIELD - Thomas George Dripps passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.

He was born May 29, 1959, and was the youngest son of the late Theresa (Kral) and Lawson E. Dripps.

Thomas is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife, Mary (Barone) Dripps, whom he married on June 14, 1980; his three sons, Joshua Kane of Philadelphia, Matthew Payne of New York City, and Nathan Thomas of Canfield.

He also leaves behind his brother and best friend, Lawson E. Dripps II (Lori) of Canfield; and sisters Carol (David) Novotny and Nancy (George) Peplow of Dublin, Ohio. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends will also miss him deeply.

Thomas was the co-owner of Related Metals Inc., a local commercial sheet metal and roofing company which he and his brother, Lawson, established 30 years ago. He was a member of both St. Michael Parish and Sheet Metal Local Union No. 33. A former recreational pilot, he also enjoyed spending his free time golfing and riding his Harley.

Thomas will be remembered for his abundant love for his family, generosity and unwavering loyalty to his friends. He will be missed dearly, but lives are brighter for having shared time with this compassionate spirit.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Michael Parish in Canfield, followed by a memorial Mass at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the St. Michael Church Building Fund, 350 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.

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NORTH LIMA - Vincent S. “Ben” Giering, 92, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Assumption Village.

Ben was born on Jan. 25, 1923, in Youngstown, son of the late Norman and Dorthea (Kirkpatrick) Giering.

Ben was a U.S. Army veteran and served in North Africa during World War II. After his service, Ben worked for Wean United, formerly United Engineering, for 32 years, retiring in 1984.

On Dec. 26, 1944, Ben married the love of his life, Martha L. (Stevens), whom he spent 66 years with until her passing on Oct. 4, 2011.

Ben was caring, loving and sentimental. He lived life to the fullest and loved people, and they were drawn to him like a magnet everywhere he went.

Ben loved all kinds of music, especially big band and jazz. He and his wife enjoyed dancing. Ben played the organ and the harmonica. During the years he worked at United Engineering, he and the guys at work had their own lunch time band.

In his younger days, Ben enjoyed camping at Pymatuming Lake with his wife, and later they built a retirement home there, calling it their “own Little Williamsburg,” which they loved.

Ben collected and refinished antiques. He loved the outdoors, birds, gardening, and playing golf. He loved the Canfield Fair and went every year.

But most of all, Ben will be remembered for his love of family and friends, especially the proud words he always spoke about his grandchildren.

Left to mourn Ben’s passing are, his daughter, Deborah L. Giering; his grandchildren, James Watson, Nicole Giering, and Michael (Amy) Watson; and his great-grandchildren, Courtney Shirilla, Shane Gear, and Alex Watson.

In addition to his wife and parents, Ben was preceded in death by two sons, Jeffery and Dennis Giering; two brothers, Robert and William Giering; and his sister, Shirley Thorpe.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, March 2, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, 5797 Mahoning Ave. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m.

Inurnment will take place on a later date at Lake Park Cemetery.

The Giering family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Assumption Village for the excellent loving care given to Ben during his time there.

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

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POLAND – Herbert G. Hill, 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Sunrise Assisted Living.

He was born in Limestone, Maine, on Feb. 5, 1924, to the late David Franklin and Margaret Donovan Hill.

Herbert proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II at Ft. Knox, Ky., as a mechanic. For 35 years, Herbert was employed with Youngstown Sheet & Tube as a train transportation coordinator.

When he came to Youngstown, he met and married Mary Olsinkowsky on Nov. 27, 1952. Mary preceded Herbert in death in January of 1991.

Herbert enjoyed animals, fishing, gardening and traveling to visit his family, from Maine to California.

“Herbie” will be remembered always for his quiet and smiling manner, by his loving and caring family, sisters Madeline Hirst of Portland, Maine, Mildred Porter of Perham, Maine, Thelma Greenwald of Schertz, Texas, and Beverly Hill of Madawaska, Maine; his brother, Alan Hill of Exton, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Idela, Lorraine, Rita, Geneva, Shirley and Diane; and three brothers, Guy, Ernest and Colby.

Herbie’s longtime and special friend, Eva Horky, lives in Poland.

The family would like to thank, Dr. Frangopoulos and Dr. Ricchiuti and their staffs, Pastor Bobby Murphy and staff at the Bethel Friends Church, Susan at Sunrise Assisted Living, Shepherd of the Valley, and a special thank you to the entire staff at All Caring Hospice.

Memorial tributes may be made in memory of Herbert to All Caring Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Bldg. B, Suite 101, Canfield, OH 44406.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

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

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HUBBARD – There will be a memorial service at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the First Baptist Church of Hubbard, with the Rev. Luke Oskin officiating, for Donald R. “Corky” Hardin, 86, who passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at UPMC Horizon in Farrell, Pa.

Donald was born Feb. 25, 1929, in Hubbard, the youngest son of Merle J. and Lynn Drummond Hardin, and was a lifelong Hubbard resident.

He was a 1947 graduate of Hubbard High School.

After a brief stint with Youngstown Sheet and Tube, he went to work for the Burrough’s Corporation as a field engineer, repairing office machinery for 24 years. He also worked for Brownlee Oil as a manager for five years, and worked the service desk at Stiver Motors for 12 years. He also was a civil service public safety commissioner.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hubbard and the Masonic Lodge Hillman 481. He also was an active volunteer and served as assistant leader to Squad 104 of the Air Scouts. He had soloed at the age of 16, and as his three boys grew older, he was a Cub Master and a Commander. Donald was a 16-year member of the Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department, where he had served as assistant chief for four years. He was a member of the Hubbard Historical Society, and in 2012, he and his wife, Dolly, were honored with a Lifetime Recognition award from HCIA (Hubbard Christians In Action), where he had volunteered and held many different offices for more than 22 years.

His wife, the former Dorothy Mae “Dolly” Brownlee, whom he married April 8, 1950, passed away Jan. 29, 2015.

Corky will be sadly missed by his family, his daughter, Heather (Lindsay) Randall of Hubbard; his sons, Donald Hardin Jr. of Hubbard and Scott (Renee) Hardin of Lakeland, Fla.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly; his son, Jeffrey A. Hardin; and his brothers, William C. Hardin, and Robert W. Hardin.

There will be calling hours on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, one hour prior to the service, from 4 to 5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Hubbard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, 59 Orchard Ave., Hubbard; or Hubbard Christians in Action.

There will be an interment service in the spring, when Dolly and Corky’s cremated remains will be laid to rest together at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home’s website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.

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VIENNA - Guy T. Hull passed from this life at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at home, following a brief period of declining health. He was 76.

Guy was born Feb. 19, 1939, at home in Vienna Township, a son to Lyle L. and Doris (Andrews) Hull.

After graduating from Vienna High School in 1957, he was drafted by the U.S. Army to defend our flag and to keep our country free. He was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, 4th U.S. Army, as a Military Police Officer. Following his honorable discharge, he married the love of his life, Kerry J. Beny, on July 9, 1966. Together, they started a family, and born to this union were two children, Scott and Erin.

He found employment to support his family with Starr Fabricating in Vienna, where he worked for more than 40 years as a supervisor before his retirement.

In his spare time, Guy loved playing golf, so much so, that he was a former golf-pro at Squaw Creek Country Club. In addition, he enjoyed working crossword puzzles, but most especially, his yard was his sanctuary. When he wasn’t tending to his surroundings, Guy was cheering on his Cleveland Indians.

He is survived by his wife, Kerry; his son, Scott C. Hull and his wife, Meghan, of Parkman; his daughter, Erin K. McKinney of Vienna; his two granddaughters, Brenna Kathleen and Madelyn Elizabeth Hull; and by his beloved, Mello.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his sister, Lois Howells.

A time of gathering to honor Guy will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015, at the Vienna United Methodist Church, 4265 Warren-Sharon Road, Vienna. His celebration continues with a memorial service at 2:30 p.m.

As suggested by his family, material contributions can be made in his honor to the Vienna U.M.C. Memorial Library Fund or Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

Please visit www.bricelandfuneralservice.com to leave expressions of sympathy for his family.

Coordination of this tribute for Guy will be presented by Daniel Briceland, owner and director of the Briceland Funeral Service LLC, 379 St. Rte. 7, SE, Brookfield.

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BRENTWOOD, CALIF. – Tove Johnston peacefully went to be with the Lord at John Muir Hospital in Concord, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.

She was born March 1, 1937, in Oslo, Norway, and immigrated to California, later relocating to Boardman, where she owned and operated Tova’s Bridal Shop until retiring to Brentwood.

She is survived by her son, Eric Johnston and wife Patti of Poland; daughters ToveAnn Delte and Karen Sprankle and husband Vince of Washington; along with seven grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Evan, Robert, Kevin, Tara and Alan; and one great-grandson, Alex.

Private services were held for the family.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Ms. Dianne Victoria Martin-Gordon, 59, who entered eternal rest on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.

Ms. Martin-Gordon was born July 6, 1955, in Youngstown, a daughter of Allen Sr. and Pecola McLean Martin.

She was a 1973 graduate of East High School and a graduate of ITT Business College, where she majored in Business and Accounting. Dianne had been employed as a nurse’s aide in homecare.

She was a member of the Beulah Baptist Church. She enjoyed interior decorating and gardening and had a greenhouse at her home. Dianne especially loved being with her family and grandchildren.

Besides her mother of Youngstown, and father of Austintown, she leaves to cherish her beloved memory, three sons, Edwin (Sandra) Martin, Dionne Martin (Shannon Walter) and Mylan Martin (Shannon Carter), all of Florida; her siblings, Allen Jr., Marvin Martin and Gail White, all of Youngstown, Allen Mitchel of Cleveland, Cherol Martin of Florida, and Lesha Hood of Springfield, N.J.; her fiancé, Joseph Haywood of Youngstown; 13 grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was greeted at Heaven’s gate by her sister, Sarah Martin.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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GIRARD - Margaret A. “Peggy” McCann, 78, passed away on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at the Hospice House after a two-year battle with leukemia.

She was born Dec. 2, 1936, in Niles, the daughter of the late Patrick Lee Perrone and Dorothy Soda Perrone Blair.

Margaret retired after 37 years from Packard Electric as a cutter and inspector. A lifelong resident of the area, she was involved with the Liberty School football booster program many years in official roles, including president.

She is survived by her children, Frank McCann, with whom she made her home, Edward (Chris) McCann of Howland, Patricia Krolopp of Girard and David (Reiko) McCann of Warren; sister Carmel Blair of Akron; brothers George, Dennis and Roylee Blair, all of Florida; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin D. McCann, whom she married July 29, 1955, and who passed away Oct. 30, 2003.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Church. A prayer service will be held prior to the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home. Family will receive relatives and friends Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard. Margaret will be laid to rest at Niles Union Cemetery.

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

The family would like to be extend special thanks to all the care givers at Mahoning Valley Hospice House and those at the St. Elizabeth Infusion Center of Youngstown, Cleveland Clinic Leukemia Service, and Taussig Cancer Institute.

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BRADENTON, FLA. - Marjorie Catherine Phipps Osborn died on Feb. 12, 2015, at the age of 92.

She was the first child of Dr. Leland Phipps, a physician, and his wife, Ada Faerber Phipps. The eldest of three children, she was born on Jan. 15, 1923, in Youngstown.

An excellent student, she attended Northwestern University for a year, but transferred to the unorthodox Antioch College in Yellow Springs, where she spent two and a half years.

With Norman Vance Osborn, whom she married in 1944, she raised five children in Summit and later Tenafly, N.J.

She worked on civil rights campaigns with the YWCA during the 1940s and 1950s, the League of Women Voters, and the Tenafly Women for Peace in the 1960s. In the early 1970s, Marge was elected twice to the Tenafly Board of Education.

In 1992, she retired and moved to Bradenton, where she continued her community activism, volunteering as an English language tutor and being named Tutor of the Year by the University of South Florida, and serving on the church leadership board at the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

In addition to her sister, Eleanor Hogan, she is survived by five children, Timothy, Susan, Barbara, Kevin and Marc; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at the Westminster Shores in Bradenton on May 29.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ACLU of Florida or Heifer International.

The full text of this obituary is available on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Marge.Osborn.1



PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. – Joseph Patrick “Pat” Runyan, 58, passed away peacefully at his home in Palm Springs on Aug. 14, 2014, of heart failure.

He was born June 11, 1956, a son of John and Mary (Nalley) Runyan, and was the youngest of three boys.

Pat attended St. Edwards Elementary and Junior High School and graduated from Ursuline High School in 1974.

He worked for the Youngstown Developmental Center before his move to Palm Springs, where he was employed by Walmart.

He will be remembered for his caring, kindness and smiling face, and for always being the “life of the party” and making everyone feel welcome.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his brother, John “Jack” Michael Runyan.

Pat is survived by his brother, James Thomas Runyan of Cathedral City, Calif.; cousins Peggy (Nalley) Horn of Rumson, N.J., Peggy (Nalley) McDonough of Canfield and Bill Haas and MaryAnn (Haas) Lysyk of Palm Springs; and nieces and nephew Kristen Runyan, Shawna (Runyan) Atilano, Carlene (Runyan) Diaz and Johnny Runyan of Scottsboro, Ala.; along with great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends who this gentle soul touched along the way.

A private memorial service was held at his brother’s home.

The following poem was found in his personal effects:

I’m Free

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following

the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I

heard him call, I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day. To laugh, to love to

work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way.

I found that peace at close of day.

If my parting has left a void, then fill it with

remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh,

a kiss, Ah yes, these things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I’ve savored much.

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief

don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your hearts and share with me

God wanted me now; HE set me free!

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POLAND – Timothy L. Smith, 60, passed away early Friday morning, Feb. 27, surrounded by his family.

He was born Oct. 8, 1954, in Sharon, Pa., to parents Warren Kay and Colleen (Feeney) Smith.

A graduate of Kennedy Christian High School, Tim also served his country by joining the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era. 

Tim worked for many years for P.I. and I. Motor Carriers as a truck driver. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Christine; his mother, Colleen Smith; his brothers, Jeff Smith and wife Marie Magri-Smith and Greg Smith and wife Jeannie; as well as many other family members and friends.

Tim was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 3, at 3 p.m. at the Mt. Olivet United Church of Christ, 410 W. South Range Road in North Lima, with Pastor David Howell officiating.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 3, at 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests material contributions may be made in Tim’s memory to the American Cancer Society, Mahoning County Unit, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406-9274.

The Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.

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CANFIELD - Mary Ann Sova, 75, passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2015, at Meridian Arms Living Center in Austintown.

Mary Ann was born April 13, 1939, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Thomas and Ethel Tumpak Pallone. She was a 1957 graduate of The Rayen School and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Sova was a homemaker who also worked for several grocery stores. She worked at A&P in the 1960s, then in the bakery at Conroy’s Grocery, and finally in the bakery at Santisi’s IGA in Austintown, from where she retired in 2005.

She was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown.

Mary Ann was an avid bowler, and she loved to play cards and enjoyed traveling to casinos.

Her loving and beloved husband of 44 years, Stephen Joseph Sova Jr., whom she married Feb. 9, 1963, in Holy Name of Jesus Church, passed away Nov. 3, 2007.

Mary Ann leaves her daughter, Michele (Steve) Slifka of Ogdensburg, New Jersey; two grandchildren, Tyler and Carly; a sister, Betty Bobovnyk of Youngstown; two sisters-in-law, JoAnn M. DelFraino of Austintown and Mary Ann (Kenneth) Barnett of Youngstown; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, a sister, Theresa Sebena, passed away in 2009. Three brothers-in-law, Joseph Bobovnyk, James Sebena, and Henry DelFraino, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 2, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 1 p.m.

Private interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Mary Ann will be laid to rest next to her husband, Steve.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows, Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church, 915 Cornell Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Mary Ann’s family.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be Wednesday at noon at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. for Pearl Mae Scissum, 61, who departed this life Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at The Cleveland Clinic.

Ms. Scissum was born July 14, 1953, in Youngstown, a daughter of Marcella Tubbs.

She worked in housekeeping at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She leaves her children, Andre and Lisette Tubbs, Chimire Scissum and Betty Myers; siblings John Tubbs, Matthew (Darlene) Tubbs and Ella Tubbs, all of Youngstown; 25 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, James Tubbs and Reginald Scissum; a brother, Gary Tubbs; a sister, Marianne Tubbs; a nieces, Alicia Tubbs; and a nephew, Brian Tubbs.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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HUBBARD - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church for Anthony A. Schlais, 94, who died Friday morning, Feb. 27, 2015, at St. Joseph Hospital.

He was born Jan. 30, 1921, at home in Youngstown, a son of Michael P. and Elizabeth Flatinger Schlais, and lived most of his life in Hubbard.

Mr. Schlais was a welder and press operator at General American Transportation for 38 years, retiring in 1982. He was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. Anthony served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was a lifetime member of the Hubbard VFW Post No. 3767. He enjoyed wood crafting, working at his house and gardening, and he especially loved spending time with his family.

His wife, the former Theodora Ann Pollice, whom he married Nov. 28, 1946, died Oct. 17, 2008.

He leaves two sons, Deacon Michael W. (Marsha) Schlais of Boardman and Wendell F. (Debbie) Schlais of Hubbard; a daughter, Catherine A. (Richard) Fulytar of Howland; six grandchildren, Richard (Sarah) Fulytar of Hudson, Ryan (Shannon) Fulytar of Chicago, Melissa (Daniel) Milush of Boardman, Michael (Danielle) Schlais of Strongsville, Laura (Kurt) Foster of Dublin and Ken Schlais of Cortland; and 10 great-grandchildren, Lydia, Daniel, Kaitlyn, Audrey, Jacob, Michael, Rose, Sophia, Afton and Emily.

Anthony was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son; two sisters, Kathryn Phillips and Elizabeth DeFoy; and a brother, Rudolph Schlais.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home and also one half-hour prior to the services on Tuesday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick School, 38 E. Water St., Hubbard, OH 44425.

Interment will be at Hubbard Union Cemetery.

Please visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and send condolences to the family.

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HUBBARD - Kathryn Jean Vass, 71, died Friday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2015, at her home.

She was born Dec. 31, 1943, in Youngstown, a daughter of Michael and Catherine Lisko Galko.

Mrs. Vass was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church and attended Youngstown State University. She was a salesperson at Reyer’s Shoe Store for 27 years. Kathryn enjoyed planting flowers, watching TV, she loved people and in general she loved a good conversation.

She leaves two sons, Edward Vass of Hubbard and Ron (Laurie) Vass of Toledo; a brother, Michael Galko of Colorado; a sister, Judy (Jim) Lipkovich of Poland; and two grandchildren, Luke and Brooke Vass.

Memorial services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home, with Deacon John Bartos officiating.

There are no calling hours.

Please visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and send condolences to the family.

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TUCSON, ARIZ. – Betty Walker, 100, passed away peacefully at her residence on Feb. 24, 2015.

Betty was born to Lewis and Christina Seifert in Mineral Ridge on Oct. 5, 1914.

She resided in Akron and Cuyahoga Falls for more than 60 years, before moving to Tucson in 2006.

She was trained as a nurse, and worked in doctors’ offices in the Akron area for many years. Following retirement, she was active with charitable organizations, particularly the Falls Cancer Club, where she was President from 1965 to 1967. Her service to the Cancer Club was among her proudest accomplishments. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Cuyahoga Falls.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Lawrence H. Walker; her sons, Larry and Robert; her sisters, Hazel Hoffman, June Baer, Dorothy Bloomfield, Harriett Gifford, and Lois Russell; and her brother, Lewis Seifert.

She is survived by her son, Paul Walker of Tucson; granddaughter Catherine Walker of Tucson; and her many nieces and nephews.

Betty lived a wonderfully rich life, made so by the thoughtfulness of her many friends and family members, and by her exceptional spirit of living each day to the fullest.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, where a memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. the same day.

A graveside service for family members will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, at Kerr Cemetery in Mineral Ridge.

Memorials may be made to the Falls Cancer Club, P.O. Box 3244, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223.

Please visit www.cliffordshoemaker.com to send condolences or sign the guest book.

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