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GIRARD - Joseph D. Brackbill passed away at 4:15 a.m., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, while a patient at the Hospice House, Poland, following a period of declining health. He was 57.

Joe was born in Dodge City, Kan., on Dec. 10, 1956, a son to Arlo and Beulah (Ray) Brackbill.

He worked for over 15 years for the State of Nevada as a Registered Nurse in a psychiatric hospital before his retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Lorie M. (Satre) Brackbill, whom he married on Aug. 4, 2001; his children, Aprile Thomas-Ward (Donnie) of Ely, Nev., Kadie Thomas of Austintown, Richard W. Thomas (Lulu) of Riverside, Calif., and Brian Thomas (Stephanie) of Las Vegas; his father- and mother-in-law, Lowell and Ellen Satre of Youngstown; his seven grandchildren; his brothers-in-law, Pete Satre (Maria) and Jody Satre; and sisters-in-law Ruth Satre-Williams and Lorna Edwards.

A memorial service for Joseph will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the Liberty Assembly of God Church, led by the Rev. Patrick Mitchell.

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NILES - Frank C. Bernard, 74, died at 5:38 a.m., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, after a courageous four-year battle with COPD and cancer.

He was born Feb. 6, 1940, in Warren, the son of Patsy and Connie Pellino Bernard.

He was a 1958 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, and employed for 42 years at LTV Republic Steel as a computer tech retiring in 1993.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles and VFW in Niles. He enjoyed walking the mall, spending time with friends, traveling, holding his pilots license and was a U.S. Army Veteran.

Frank, who was very sociable, will be deeply missed by his brother, Nick Bernard and his wife, Kathleen, of Niles; his nieces, Patty Smith and her husband, Jeff, and Polly Milijons, who was also his caregiver; his nephews, Nick A. Bernard Jr. and Jason Bernard; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, and 9:30 to 10 a.m., Thursday, at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles. The Mount Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct prayers at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday.

Services of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery, where Frank will be honored for his military service by The Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard.

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Son Funeral Home in Niles.

Family and friends may visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book, and send e-mail condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – John Francis Carter, 67, lovingly known as “Fat Rat,” passed away Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at University Hospital Medical Center in Cleveland.

Mr. Carter was born Nov. 10, 1946, in Pensacola, Fla., a son of William and Ora Wyer Carter.

John was employed as a steel worker. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, but most of all, he loved having his family all together for birthdays and holidays.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his wife of 47 years, the former Ida M. Sanders; five daughters, Fayth and Josette Carter, Christine Bridges, Traci Hills and Marty Kneely; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a very special brother-in-law and best friend, Raymond Sanders; and a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

The F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. is handling the arrangements.

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MCDONALD - Holly Jordan, 59, passed away Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at her residence.

Holly was born in Youngstown, to parents Charles and Ann (Connors) Jordan.

Holly worked at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center as a Licensed Practical Nurse, retiring after 20 years of service.

Holly’s passion was working at Trumbull County Dog Pound. She volunteered there for years and served as a Deputy Dog Warden for two years. The dog pound dedicated the “Holly Jordan dog run” at the dog pound. Recently, she had been sharing available pets for adoption on Pawsitively Pets for the Trumbull County area.

Survivors include her mother, Ann Jordan of McDonald, and brother Charles Jordan of McDonald.

Holly was preceded in death by her grandparents; father; and uncle and godfather David Connors.

Per family request, there are no calling hours or services scheduled.

A memorial contribution may be made in Holly’s memory to the Trumbull County Dog Pound.

The Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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

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POLAND – Private services were held for James Anthony Traficant Jr., 73, who passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 27, 2014.

Jim was born May 8, 1941, in Youngstown, the son of James Sr. and Agnes (Farkas) Traficant.

He was a counselor with the Mahoning County Drug Counseling Program from 1971 to 1981, until the time he became Mahoning County Sheriff. He served as sheriff until his successful election in 1985 as Congressman of the 17th Congressional District. Jim served as this area’s Congressman until July 24, 2002.

Jim was a 1959 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, where he excelled at football. He continued his football career at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1963. He earned his Master’s Degree from Youngstown State University in 1976.

Jim meant so much to so many people, and he will be sadly missed by all.

He will be lovingly remembered especially by his wife, Patricia “Tish” (Choppa) Traficant, whom he married Feb. 24, 1968; his two daughters, Elizabeth (John) Chahine and Robin O’Grady; his grandchildren, Jon, twins Maria and Elena Chahine, Jennifer Bogli, Edward Sigafoos, and Donald O’Grady; his sister-in-law, Pennie (Richard) Davis; his brother-in-law, Tony Choppa; his uncle, Steve and aunt Eleanor Farkas; and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Sam Traficant; sister-in-law JoAnn Barrett Traficant; and in-laws Guy and Lucille Choppa.

There were no calling hours.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the nurses and staff in SICU at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Mary Samsone CPTC from Life Bank, Tracy Penwell RN and liaison from Hospice of the Valley, and Dr. Lisa Young and the staff at the Hospice House.

The family respectfully requests monetary donations be made in Jim’s name to Hospice of the Valley, Attn. Liz McGarry, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, has been bestowed the honor and privilege of handling the arrangements for Jim.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Jim’s family.

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NILES - John Alan Lokash, 59, passed away on Saturday evening, Sept. 27, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic.

He was born in McKeesport, Pa., on Jan. 8, 1955, the son of William G. and Wilma (Kaye) Lokash.

He was a 1974 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, where he was the co-captain of the football team. He retired in November of 2013, after working 36 years at General Motors, Lordstown Plant. For many years he was the scorekeeper for the Niles McKinley High School Boys Varsity Baseball Team. He was a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed fishing, traveling, and spending quality time with his granddaughter, Madison.

John is survived by his wife, Sharyn (Bradley) Lokash, whom he married on Oct. 29, 1977; two daughters, Christina Lokash and Ashley Lokash; granddaughter Madison; brother William (Kim) Lokash; sister Gail (Dennis) Dermer; and mother-in-law Rose Bradley, all of Niles.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jeff Lokash; and father-in-law Bill Bradley.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Private burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Niles McKinley High School Dragon Baseball Boosters Inc., 1446 Pepperwood Drive, Niles, OH 44446.

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GOSHEN, IND. – There will be a memorial service at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, for Mark Edgar Morrison, 51, who passed away Sept. 22, 2014.

Mark was born Feb. 26, 1963, in Youngstown, the son of Jerry and Carol (Baker) Morrison.

Mark was a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, where he excelled in football and baseball. He was employed at Bentley Automotive in Indiana and formerly worked at Aluminum Extrusions in Georgia and Astro Shapes in Struthers. He enjoyed golfing, baseball, lifting weights and playing guitar. Mark was a loving father who loved his children unconditionally.

Mark will always be lovingly remembered by his mother, Carol Reedy of Boardman; three children, Kelly, Erin and Matthew Morrison all of Elkhart, Ind.; two sisters, Kim Morrison of Youngstown and Margaret Porter of Youngstown; brother Scott Morrison of Youngstown; aunt Rochelle Tarabassi; uncle Gary (Louisa) Baker; nephew Ryan Eric Porter; brother-in-law Eric Porter; several cousins; and close friends, Ray, Mike, and Paul.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Morrison; step-mother Denise Morrison; step-father Clair Herky Reedy; paternal grandparents, George and Ruth Morrison; maternal grandparents, Marion and Betty Baker; aunt Charlane Morrison; and uncle Coe Baker.

Friends may call on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. prior to the service at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Mark’s family.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Drakes Landing in Canfield for Mary M. “Midge” Scharrer, 85, who passed away on Sept. 27, 2014, at her home.

Midge was born on May 5, 1929, in Brookville, Pa., daughter of the late Samuel and Margaret (Cyphert) Bortz.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed going to garage sales, flea markets, visiting Amish country, cooking, and spending time with her family, and beloved dog, JJ.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond E. Scharrer Sr.; two sons, Jim (Ashley) Blair of Missouri and Raymond E. (Terry) Scharrer Jr. of Youngstown; three daughters, Heidi (Tim) Keene of Golden, Colo., Helen (James) Gray of Westminster, Colo., and Barbie Leyshon of Bennett, Colo.; her sister-in-law and best friend, Ruth Bortz of Prospect, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Midge was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Bugos, and two brothers, Ralph Bortz and John Bortz.

Midge was known for her love of children and helping anyone in need. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Hazel and her family for all their friendship and love.

Arrangements are by Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Struthers.

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