YOUNGSTOWN Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Ms. Shelia Denise Mayes, 52, who departed this life Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Ms. Mayes was born June 9, 1964, in Laurel, Miss., a daughter of Charles and Jerdine Graham Mayes.
She was a employed in housekeeping with Super 8 Motel. Shelia enjoyed bingo, social gatherings, cooking, especially grilling, cleaning and shopping. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Cavaliers fan.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her parents of Youngstown; three children, Benjamin, Venita and Antwain Mayes, all of Youngstown; three sisters, Margaret Rose Abercrombie of Leeds, Ala., Jenny (Brian) Moore and Beatrice (Barry) Miller, both of Youngstown; two brothers, Billy and Ben Mayes, both of Youngstown; six grandchildren; her companion, Richard Hickson of Youngstown; a special uncle, Willie Mayes; lifelong friend, Geraldine Bryant; and a host of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles E. Mayes Jr.; and grandparents Albert and Mamie Lee Graham, and Ben Sr. and Jennie Mays.
Friends may call Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
SOUTH PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP, PA. - Daniel M. Ser, 65, passed away peacefully Monday evening, Feb. 20, 2017, at his residence, following a courageous battle with multiple myeloma. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 and had a stem cell transplant in July of 2015, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Dan was born June 8, 1951, in Sharon, Pa.
He was a 1969 graduate of Sharon High School, where he was a standout athlete and vice president of his senior class. He then matriculated to Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., and the University of Pittsburgh.
During the 1980s, Dan was a therapist for Narcotics Anonymous (NA) at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Center in Youngstown, before relocating to Florida. He was very proud of the fact that he spent the last 35 years of his life sober. Dan lived in Florida until 2009, when he returned home to care for his mother.
An actor, he was employed by the Jerdan Model and Talent Agency in North Miami and appeared in Miami Vice and the Rocky Bleier Story, and did voice overs and stunts. He also served as a property manager for a marina and apartment complex in Miami for 25 years.
Dan was a member of St. Bartholomew Church in Sharpsville, Pa. Music and dancing were his passion. He met his fiancée, Diana, at a dance and enjoyed music until the very end. Some of his favorite groups were Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Little River Band and Kid Rock. He also loved listening to the blues.
While living in Miami, Dan became an avid Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins fan, however, he remained a Steelers fan too.
Dan was a humble, courageous, loving and inspirational man throughout his life and possibly more so during his illness. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
Surviving is his fiancée, Diana DeJulia Bougher of Wheatland, Pa.; a brother, Ronald Ser and his companion, Linda Langley, of Hubbard; an uncle, Don Pacifico of Reynolds, Pa.; three nieces, Carrie Martin and her husband, Jason, of Florida, Mary Bess Ser of Chicago, and Salena Ser and her companion, Tom, of Lake Milton; a nephew, Michael Ser and his companion, Saara, of New York City; three great-nephews, Owen, Maxwell and Effram; a great-niece, Lucy; many cousins who were like siblings; special friends who provided great support, Walt and Dee Dee Gill Stec; and his beloved cat, Gigi.
Dan was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Bridget and Nicholas Mitrovich; his wife, Elizabeth and her daughter, Chasten; an uncle, Pasquale Pacifico; and a cousin, Patrick Pacifico.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Animal Appeal, P.O. Box 197, Sharpsville, PA 16150; or St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by visiting www.stjude.org/.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m., today, Feb. 24, 2017, at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St. in Sharon.
Please visit www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com to send online condolences to the family.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at St. Bartholomew Church in Sharpsville, with the Rev. Matthew Strickenberger, pastor, as celebrant.
Interment will take place at St. Marys Cemetery in Hermitage, Pa.
AUSTINTOWN Paul G. Schobel, 76, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at 1:15 p.m., at his home, with his loved ones by his side.
Paul was born on Nov. 24, 1940, in Chicago, a son of the late, John and Sarah (Roth) Schobel.
Paul graduated from Berlin Center High School in 1958.
He worked for over 40 years as a mechanic and truck driver at General Motors.
Paul was a member and a past Master of the Meander Lodge F.&A.M.
He would spend countless hours working on cars, as this was his true passion.
His most precious memories were spent with his grandchildren whom he loved and adored.
He leaves behind his wife, the love of his life and best friend, Barbara Schobel, whom he married on Oct. 20, 1962. He also leaves behind his three sons, Michael Schobel of Florida, Steven Schobel of Columbus, and Richard Schobel of Austintown; four grandchildren, Brittany, Hannah, Zander, and Brynna; two great-granddaughters, Olivia and Arabella; and two siblings, a twin brother, Ed (Donna) Schobel, and a sister, Gretchen (Roland) Barnhouse.
Besides his parents, Paul was preceded in death by a brother, John.
Private services and interment will take place at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to send a special thanks to MVI Homecare and Hospice, especially Pauls nurses, Liz, Nick and Stacie, for all the love and compassion they gave Paul during his time of need.
Care has been entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
YOUNGSTOWN Lillie Mae Thornton, 89, passed away on Feb. 20, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, with her family at her side.
She was born on Jan. 15, 1928, in Sumter, S.C., to Henry and Sudie Fortune (Weston).
She was a member of the former St. James A.M.E. Church, which was merged with the Gibson Heights Second Presbyterian Church in Youngstown.
She loved spending time with family and friends, playing cards, singing in the church choir, traveling, going to New York City and shopping.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughters, Vera Carroll of Warren and Cynthia Johnson of Youngstown; and her grandson, Thomas Mars of Youngstown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her late husband, Mars Dutley Thornton; her son-in-law, Robert E. Carroll; and her sister, Grace R. Page.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Gibson Heights Second Presbyterian Church, 755 E. Dewey Ave. in Youngstown.
Friends may call one hour prior to the time of service.
A private interment will be at the Tod Homestead Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the directors at the Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home.
NORTH LIMA - There will be funeral services at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Sorrows, 915 Cornell St. in Youngstown, with the Rev. John Jerek celebrating the Mass, for Gerald A. Vigliotti, 69, who passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
He was born Aug. 15, 1947, in Youngstown, the son of Sylvester M. and Agnes (Lucansky) Vigliotti.
Gerald was a 1965 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He courageously served his country as a U.S. Navy CB Sea Bee, UT-3, E-4 from 1967 to 1970. During that time, he served two tours in Vietnam. He retired in 1996 as a general foreman from the Youngstown Street Department. Gerald was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Immacolata Council No. 15086, where he earned his third degree Knight and was also a member of the No. 2596 Assembly John Lettau, where he earned his fourth degree Knight.
Gerald was an avid reader and enjoyed westerns most of all. He enjoyed car shows and camping. The majority of his trips were shared with the love of his life, Carol in a 1975 VW camper around the country. He was always there for his family and friends.
Gerald will always and forever be remembered lovingly by his wife, the former Carol Cheff, whom he married May 30, 1970; his mother, Agnes; three sons, Anthony J. (Kathy) Vigliotti of Wexford, Pa., Michael A. (Therese) Vigliotti of Poland, and Gerald A. Jr. (Deegan) of Mayfield Village; special niece, Shari (Dennis) Gonatas of Boardman; seven grandchildren, Giana, Bella, Gabriel, Violet, Lola, Vincent, and Lucius; three sisters, Margie (Bob) Spirko, Jean Constance (fiancé Steve Mondak), and Judy Collins; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Besides his father, he was preceded in death by brother Joseph Vigliotti; and brother-in-law Chris Collins.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sun day, Feb. 26, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery, where full military honors for Geralds dedicated service to our country will be provided by the great men of V.F.W. Post No. 9571 of Ellsworth.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Geralds family.
MINERAL RIDGE Frances M. Wolfe, 88, formerly of McKinley Heights, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 12:34 a.m., at Vista at the Ridge Care Center in Mineral Ridge.
She was born Aug. 23, 1928, in Niles, the daughter of Frank and Edith Sankey Bianco.
Frances was employed as an Avon lady for most of her life, as she was known as the Avon lady of Niles, and was also a member of their Diamond Club.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Niles, auxiliary for the McKinley Heights Mutual Benefits Association through the McKinley Heights Fire department and also the VFW of Girard.
She enjoyed traveling, word searches, the soap opera Young and the Restless, and loved to devote her time to her grandkids.
Her husband, Harry O. Wolfe, whom she married July 12, 1947, died in 2002.
She will be deeply missed by two sons, Harry Wolfe and his wife, Shawn, of Cypress, Texas and Frank Wolfe and his wife, Marilyn, of McKinley Heights; two daughters, Sandra Kover of Mineral Ridge and Vickie Schuller and her husband, Cho, of Niles; a brother, Frank Duke Bianco of Warren; nine grandchildren, Harry Wolfe and his wife, Tracey, Lee Wolfe, Forrest Wolfe, Spencer Wolfe, Frank Wolfe Jr. and his wife, Brittney, Daniel Wolfe and his wife, Stephanie, Heather Kulon, Jessica Schuller and Traci Vigorito and her husband, Nathan; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Also special thanks to her great-niece, Karren Dermer St. Clair.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents; grandson Tim Wolfe; brother George Bianco; and three sisters, Peggy Collier, Betty Harker and Edna Shelar.
Friends may call today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home in Niles and also one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service held on Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.
Material contributions may be made to Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities for Autism, 45 North Road, Niles, OH 44446.
Family and friends may visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to email condolences and to light a candle.
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Zion Hill Baptist Church for Hazel I. Wilson, 92, who departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Hospice of the Valley.
Mrs. Wilson was born July 15, 1924, in Spindale, N.C., a daughter of Champ L. and Eva R. Eaves Logan.
She had worked for Northside Medical Center for 35 years, and was a former member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. She was a foster mother for years.
Her husband, Charles Wilson, is deceased.
She leaves the children of her sister, Coretha Miller, whom she reared, Jennifer Miller of Youngstown, Dorothy (Charles) Carson of Spindale, Rachel (Bill) James of Florida, and Donald (Kay) Miller of North Carolina; and she also leaves 25 nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers George, Champ, John, James, Luke and Luther Logan; and a sister, Coretha Miller.
Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.