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YOUNGSTOWN – Tarri L. Batterby, 53, died Sunday morning on April 23, 2017, at Hospice House on Sharrott Road in Poland, with her family at her side.

Tarri was born Jan. 30, 1964, in Youngstown, a daughter of Kenneth and Carol Price Brown and was a lifelong area resident.

Tarri had worked as a veterinary technician at the Crago Clinic in Boardman for several years and had also worked at the Pet Emergency Clinic in Austintown. She had participated in 4-H in her younger years and had a tremendous love of animals.

Besides her mother of Canfield, she leaves her husband, Jeffrey P. Batterby, whom she married July 28, 2007; her sister, Shari (Bill) Voigt of North Lima; her brother, James (Stella) Brown of Struthers; her grandmother, Mary Price of South Carolina; three nieces; one nephew; and two great-nephews.

Her father and her grandparents are deceased.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman, where friends may call two hours prior to the service from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Material contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

Visit www.beckerobits.com where condolences may be sent.

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POLAND – Richard H. “Bird” Ellashek Jr., 69, passed away on March 22, 2017, at the Hospice House.

Richard was born Nov. 4, 1947, in Youngstown, the son of the late Richard H. Ellashek Sr. and late Antonette (Taormina) Ellashek.

Richard graduated from South High School in 1965. As a class member, he served his graduating class by helping organize each of their class reunions.

He served his country with the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran, serving in 1968 and 1969.

He was a member of the American Division, company 5th Battalion, 46th infantry, 198th infantry brigade. During his service, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal with a bronze star.

He was well respected in the business community, and continued to serve as a resource for family and friends, often using his connections to help people in need. With extensive broker and provider experience and knowledge in sales of health insurance products for over 27 years, he was an account executive with such companies as Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shields, Health America and R. Kashmiry and Associates Inc. He also was an advertising specialties sales consultant for General Graphics.

Richard enjoyed travel, photography and bowling, but, his real passion was golf.

He was a member of Sigma Club and its golf league since 1979 and the official photographer for many club events.

Richard was a loving husband, brother, uncle, son-in-law, and godfather and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He leaves his wife, the former Lind L. DeMoss, whom he married on June 19, 1976; brother Donald (Cindy) Ellashek of Austintown; sister Deborah (Michael) Mondora of Youngstown; sisters-in-law Margaret (Thomas) Ellashek of Struthers and Terry (Robert) Begala of Canfield; and father-in-law Edward K. DeMoss of Poland.

He also leaves to cherish his memory, nieces Megan Ellashek, Danielle Jones, Kimberly Begala and Katie Begala; nephews Thomas P. Ellashek, Donald A. (Lori) Ellashek, Bradley Mondora and Nicholas Mondora; great-nieces Victoria Jones and Ava Ellashek; and great-nephews Evan Jones and Ayden Ellashek.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas F. Ellashek of Struthers; and mother-in-law, Lucille G. DeMoss of Poland.

A private service, officiated by Pastor Mark Nelson, was held at the Austintown Community Church.

Richard will be missed for his friendship, his leadership, his intentionality, and the way he served others with his time, attention, and love.

Family, friends and colleagues are invited to share memories and to honor Richard on Friday, April 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kenneth F. McMahon Hall at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm in Canfield, State Route 46, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road in Canfield. A military honors ceremony will be held at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley or Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc., and mailed to 2226 Venloe Drive, Poland, OH 44514.

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

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GIRARD – A memorial Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Martin Celuch at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Christ Our Savior Parish Holy Trinity Church for Patricia L. McFarland, 79, formerly of Boardman, who passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon.

Patricia was born June 14, 1937, in Youngstown, a daughter of Michael and Helen Simchick Farkas.

She was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School’s class of 1955, and she obtained a BS in Education from Youngstown State University and a MS in Education from Kent State University. After graduation she returned to teach for 12 years at Campbell Memorial High School.

Patricia was a former member of the Christ Our Savior Parish Holy Trinity Church. The greatest passion in her life was her family, that she took great pride in.

Her husband, Edward C. McFarland, whom she married Aug. 16, 1969, passed away on June 22, 1999.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Robert S. McFarland of Girard.

Besides her parents and husband, Patricia was preceded in death by her daughter, Stacy L. McFarland, who passed away Sept 4, 2011.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Christ Our Savior Parish Holy Trinity Church, 250 North Bridge St. in Struthers.

Material tributes can be made in Patricia’s memory to the Fox Funeral Home.

Arrangements are by the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

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

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NILES – Mario M. Panissidi, 77, died at 11:58 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2017, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

He was born Feb. 20, 1940, in Gioiosa Marea Sicily, Italy, the son of Nicola and Maria Fallo Panissidi.

Mario was employed in construction as a union hall carpenter and millwright for Local 1438 from 1958 to 1977, and as a millwright at Packard Electric for Local 717 from 1979 to 2007. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, enjoyed gardening and motorcycle riding.

He will be deeply missed by his stepfather, Tindaro Calabrese of Niles; a son, Nicholas Panissidi and his wife, Carol, of Sparks, Nev.; two daughters, Tina Keever and her husband, Mitch, of Fernley, Nev. and Lori Panissidi of Sparks; two sisters, Carmela Villanti and her husband, Geno, of Niles and Maria Merlo and her husband, Nunzio, of Niles; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Maria Tindara Panissidi Calabrese; his father, Nicola Panissidi; and a brother, Rosario Panissidi.

Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi & Sons Funeral Home.

Visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com where family and friends can light a candle and send email condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home Inc. for Jerome David Rycek II, 30, who passed away on April 19, 2017.

Jerome was born on Sept. 30, 1986, in Youngstown, son of Jerome D. Rycek and Dianna (Bloom) Rycek.

He was a 2004 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School.

Jerome worked for Great American Steaks.

He was an avid fisherman and a dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan and watched every game with his dad. More than anything, he loved his daughter Layla, with all of his heart. She was the apple of his eye.

Jerome will always be loved and remembered by his parents of Youngstown; his daughter, Layla Lynn Rycek; two sisters, Heather Rycek (Randy) of Austintown and Crystal Broll (Bridgit) of Youngstown; brother Douglas Adkins of Liberty; niece Brooke Beniston of Youngstown; great-nephew, Gracen Jerome Beniston of Youngstown; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Stanley and Ann Rycek and maternal grandparents, Jack and Sue Norman.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home Inc., 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to the family.

Please visit www.kirilafh.com to send online condolences.

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COLUMBUS – Alma Jones Thompson, 95, passed away April 21, 2017, at home.

Born July 10, 1921, in Mardy, South Wales, Alma was the only child of Evan Hughes and Elizabeth Johns Jones.

She celebrated her first birthday on an ocean liner on the way to the USA. Her family landed in New York on July 13, 1922, and immigrated to Youngstown. She graduated from South High School in 1939.

She married Edward Carl Thompson Sr. on Aug. 25, 1940.

Alma and “Ed” also lived in Boardman and Canfield. They moved to Upper Arlington to be with family in June of 2003.

Alma and Ed were members of the Boardman United Methodist Church for over 65 years. Alma was a charter member and the third president of the Calon Lan Welsh Club (organized in 1950), a former member of the Boardman Tennis and Swim Club, Monthly Book Review, and several bridge clubs. Alma and Ed were fortunate to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 25, 2005. They loved to travel, and were able to travel throughout the US and 25 countries including Europe and Africa.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ed on Nov. 1, 2005, and their beloved daughter, Joan Elizabeth Ewing, who passed away on May 16, 1997.

Alma leaves her son, Edward “Ted” (Pamela) of Columbus; son John Evan of Lancaster, Calif; grandchildren, Airman First Class Edward C. Thompson III of McGuire AFB, N.J., Elizabeth C. Thompson at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Lauren Ewing (Daniel) Luce of Winter Garden, Fla., and Jessica E. (Jeff) Haney of Palm Dale, Calif.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St. in Boardman. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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AURORA - John E. Tucker, 82, passed away on April 15, at Anna Maria of Aurora.

He was born on July 23, 1934, in LaCrosse, Ind. to Thomas and Eva (Rosenbaum) Tucker. He married Lorraine (Lippelt) Tucker on Aug. 17, 1957, and together they would raise four children.

John graduated from Purdue University in 1956, and was a registered Civil Engineer working in water production in Michigan, before coming to Youngstown in 1976, to be Chief Engineer of the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District. He was past president of the Austintown Rotary Club and for many years ran the Youngstown Cribbage Tournament. Upon his retirement, he volunteered as a lay minister for his church, the Zion Lutheran, taking services and communion to many nursing homes and shut-ins in the area. He was a proud blood donor, wood worker, and avid gardener. He loved to ride his bicycle, often with his children, and rode all over Mill Creek Park, usually stopping for ice cream along the way. He even rode with one of his sons to western Indiana and to Connecticut.

John is survived by his wife, Lorraine; sons John Jr. (Laura) of Hudson, Paul (Mari) of Honolulu, Jeffrey (Anita) of Belmont, Mass.; daughter Julie Meil (Douglas) of Chagrin Falls; and nine grandchildren, John III, Joshua, Thomas, James, Maegan and Audrey Tucker and Abigail, Ellen and Ian Meil. Also, three great-grandchildren, Lyla, Gavin and Grady Tucker, and a sister, Marilyn Heinold of Valparaiso, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Thomas.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road in Youngstown at 2 p.m. with a calling hour prior to the service.

Material tributes can be made in John’s name to the Zion Lutheran Church.

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