YOUNGSTOWN Jacqueline Jackie Abrams passed away Oct. 15, quietly, at her home in Youngstown. She was 87 years old.
Mrs. Abrams was born Jacqueline Albert on June 26, 1927, to Yetta and David Albert in Brooklyn, N.Y.
She is survived by her three children, Mitchell Abrams and wife Patricia, Richard Abrams and wife Karen, and Katherine Koblenz and husband Andrew. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jessica Dravis, David Abrams, Samantha Abrams, Rachel Straus, Daniel Koblenz and Michelle Koblenz. Mrs. Abrams also had three great-grandchildren, Michael Dravis, Cameron Dravis and Eli Straus.
Jackie was raised in Brooklyn, where she attended public schools, including a high school focusing on the performing arts. Her love of theater played a major role in her interests and activities throughout her life. She also loved the beach and thrill rides, often recalling happily going to Coney Island throughout her childhood. Although raised in the city, she learned and loved to ride horses as a young child. Her father was a retired U.S. Calvary officer, who taught her to ride in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. She was also an accomplished seamstress. Her mother had been a seamstress, and she taught Jackie to sew at a young age. In addition, Jackie was a talented artist.
Jackie was married to Michael Abrams in 1948, and they lived happily together until his passing in 1998. When first married and living in New York, Jackie worked as a secretary and office administrator for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Not only did she perform administrative duties for Mr. Rogers office, but she also booked guest stars for his television show. She also managed all functions of his national fan club, from appearance requests to autograph and souvenir requests. She took art classes at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and took every opportunity she could to go to the theater.
In 1957, they moved from the New York City area to Vestal, N.Y., where Mr. Abrams began his professional career with IBM. Jackie was an active member of the Binghamton Civic Theater. She starred in and directed many productions and was the president of the organization for many years. Jackie and her husband were involved in developing a mainstreaming program for children with learning challenges in the public school system, and several charitable organizations, including the American Red Cross, the United Ostomy Association and the United Jewish Federation.
In 1991, she and her husband moved to Liberty, where she became a member of the Congregation Rodef Sholom, also serving on the Temples Board of Directors. She joined the Ohio Watercolor Society and had her work exhibited in many local art shows and won many awards for her paintings. She became a docent at the Butler Art Museum and volunteered there for many years. Jackie was involved in the Western Reserve Opera Guild and the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, where an opera scholarship was set up in memory of her late husband, Michael Abrams. She was active with the Youngstown Symphony Guild and served on the Board of the Symphony Guild.
A memorial service will be held at Rodef Sholom, on Elm and Woodbine in Youngstown, beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. Calling hours will be begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Temple.
The family is requesting that donations be made in memory of Jackie to either Rodef Sholom or the Butler Art Museum.
The Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home in Youngstown is handling the arrangements.
NAPERVILLE, ILL. - Evelyn M. Bundy, 89, formerly longtime resident of Girard, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Edward Hospital.
She was born on Nov. 4, 1924, in Youngstown.
Evelyn is survived by her loving children, Linda (Thomas) Polomsky of Naperville and Cindy (Dennis) Grasso of Gulf Shores, Ala.; her adored grandchildren, Jeffrey (Jenni) Polomsky, Douglas (Dannee) Polomsky, James (Lisa) Polomsky, Bryan (Wendy) Grasso, Michael (Traci) Grasso and Nikki (Kevin) Waugh; 14 cherished great-grandchildren; her dear sister, Ruth Forte; and sisters-in-law Pam Rosenberg and Thelma Davis.
She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 67 years, Harry W. Bundy Jr. in 2011; her parents, Guy and Ruby Rosenberg; and her brother, Richard Rosenberg.
Evelyn was a longtime member of the Girard United Methodist Church. She was a dedicated volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program for many, many years. Evelyn loved to travel with her husband, but above all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Private funeral services will be held.
For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Evelyns life, memorials may be directed to the Emmanuel Community Care Center, 2 N. State St., Girard, OH 44420 or the Salvation Army.
The Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements.
For information please visit www.friedrich-jones.com or call 630-355-0213.
GIRARD Emilia Millie Blazina, 86, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.
Millie was born Nov. 1, 1927, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Steven and Susan Joseph Zapka.
At a young age, Millie had worked as a Candy Stripe for Northside Hospital. Millie had also worked for Triangle Raincoat Co. and Aerorad, both formerly in Youngstown. For most of her life, Millie was a devoted homemaker to her husband and son. She was a former member of Girard Old Timers Club and enjoyed her sewing.
She is survived by her husband, Rudolph Blazina, whom she married Aug. 20, 1950; her son, Kenneth and daughter-in-law, Marian of Brimfield; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ann Babinchac and brothers Steven Zapka and Milan Stanovich.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. at Girard City Cemetery Chapel, where Millie will be laid to rest.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the Blazina family.
CAMPBELL - Anna Gibson Evans, 83, departed this life Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, following a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 13, 1931, in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph and Ophelia Pyatt Gibson.
Mrs. Evans was employed with ValleyCare Northside Medical Center for 35 years as a Lab Technician, before retiring in 1996.
She was a member of the Gospel Temple Baptist Church, where she belonged to the Senior Saints, Deacon Board, Chairman of the Womans Day Programs and Pastors Aide Committee and enjoyed shopping, cooking, cleaning, watching Soap Operas and spending time with her family and friends. She was a 1949 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.
She was widowed twice, marrying John H. Glover in 1951, he died Oct. 15, 1969 and Thornton Evans, he died in 1995.
She leaves to mourn one son, Russell (Michelle) Glover of Fayetteville, Ga.; three daughters, Mrs. Deborah (Ronald) Madison of Houston, Ms. Linda Glover of Niles and Ms. Patricia Baker of Jonesboro, Ga.; one sister, Ms. Rose Rupert of Dallas; twelve grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles Gibson and Marion Gibson ; and four sisters, Mrs. Mary Louise Horton, Mrs. Mary Lee Norman, Ms. Josephine Gibson and Mrs. Viola Rogers.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at noon at the Gospel Temple Baptist Church. Calling hours will be held one hour prior to service from 11 a.m. to noon.
Burial will take place at Belmont Park Cemetery.
Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.
YOUNGSTOWN - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio Jr. as celebrant, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman, for Christine Mary (Palombo) Tootsie Guerrieri, 91, who passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, surrounded by her family.
Known as Tootsie by family and friends, she was born in Youngstown on April 27, 1923, the daughter of Patsy and Margaret (Santillo) Palombo and married Frank Guerrieri on Nov. 23, 1946.
Tootsie cherished loving and taking care of her family; always attentive and never without advice; making everyone feel special. She had a passion for baking and cooking, originating Friday Pizza Day and passing down the technique and love of homemade cooking and Italian traditions. Tootsie found delight in welcoming everyone to a seat at her kitchen table for conversation and a meal.
She is survived by two brothers, Alex Palombo of Canfield and Felix (Joann) Palombo of Columbus; a sister, Margaret (Dom) Greco of Arizona; eight children, Mary (James) Andric of Poland, Paul Guerrieri of Youngstown, Deborah (Tom) Patterson of Masury, James (Patti) Guerrieri of Delaware, David (Brenda) Guerrieri of Arizona, Diane Guerrieri of Youngstown, Joseph Guerrieri of Boardman and Robert Guerrieri of Arizona; 37 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank Guerrieri; a son, Frank (Noonie) Guerrieri; a brother, Louis Palombo; and a sister, Rachel Magyar.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, from 8:30 to 9:10 a.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home 4700 Market St., Boardman.
Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Guerrieri family.
Tootsies family would like to extend a special thank you to Lori Greenwalt, a long-time family friend who was loved as a daughter and to the staff of St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center and the Hospice House for all their exceptional care they showed to our mother.
YOUNGSTOWN - Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Mr. Ray J. Vines Jr., 63, who departed this life Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at his residence.
Mr. Vines was born Nov. 1, 1950, in Camphill, Ala., a son of Matthew Leavett and Sadie M. Vines.
He worked for US Steel and was of the Baptist faith. His hobbies were music and dancing.
He leaves his wife, the former Carolyn Walker; children Tony and Demetrius Vines, all of Anniston, Ala., and Melanie Vines of Nashville, Tenn.; four brothers, Alfonzo Poole of Los Angeles, Raymond (Patricia) Poole of Wadley, Ala., John (Gwen) Poole, and Arthur Vines; three sisters, Angie Jenkins, and Thelma and Angileek Vines, all of Youngstown; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Matthew Leavett and Sadie M. Vines Poole; a brother, James Poole; and two sisters, Elizabeth Simmons and Charlie Anderson.
Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
POLAND - Ernest Smith Jr., 82, died unexpectedly Saturday evening Oct. 18, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mr. Smith was born Nov. 20, 1931, in Youngstown, a son of the late Ernest and Helen Guy Smith, and was raised in New Bedford, Pa.
He was a 1951 graduate of Union High School. After graduation, he served in the National Guard of Pennsylvania and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Smith served during the Korean War from June of 1951 until being honorably discharged in June of 1955. Upon his return from the service, he attended Youngstown College.
Mr. Smith was first employed by Republic Steel, then worked for 19 years as a route supervisor for Servi-Clean Industries, and retired as a driver from Miller Foods after 15 years of service. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 377.
In his free time, he enjoyed reading and had a passion for gardening and especially loved planting his annual vegetable garden.
His wife, the former Sandra Hetrick, whom he married Aug. 22, 1959, died April 22, 2013.
He is survived by his three daughters, Naudine Best and Lisa (Ken) Conzett, both of Poland, and Candy (Dan) Greene of Columbiana; son, Thaddeus (Kiesha) Smith of Canfield; brother, Donald (Dee) Smith of Parma; eight grandchildren, Royce (Katie) Best of Baltimore, Cassandra Best of Poland, Callista (Ryan) Dammann of Hilliard, Shayna Conzett of Canal Winchester, Chelsea Conzett and Chandra Conzett, both of Poland, Jarret (Emily) Greene of Columbus, and Tanner Greene of Columbiana; and a great-granddaughter, Camden Dammann.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St., Poland.
Family and friends will be received on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.
Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
NEWTON FALLS Elizabeth Ann Kezele, 90, passed away peacefully into eternal life on Saturday morning, Oct. 18, 2014, at the Windsor House Nursing Home in Champion.
She was born on Feb. 23, 1924, in Alliance, the daughter of the late John Santo and Mary (Achsun) Santo.
The family relocated to Newton Falls when Elizabeth was a child and she obtained her formal education in the Newton Falls schools, graduating in 1942.
She married the love of her life, Jack Kezele, on Jan. 7, 1946, and he passed away on March 15, 2008.
Elizabeth worked at Colvins Nursing Home as a cook and nurses aide. She also worked for the U.S. Government from 1943 to 1945, doing certificates for tires.
Elizabeth loved crocheting, listening to music of all kinds, bowling, cooking, baking, playing bingo, and watching TV.
Memories of Elizabeth will be carried on by her loving family, her daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and James Lewis of Newton Falls, Rosemary and Ronald Domyanich of Leavittsburg, and Diana Kurtz of Roaming Shores; her sons, John F. Kezele of Newton Falls and Thomas and Rebecca Kezele of Eugene, Ore; her sister, Margaret Leigh of St. George, Utah; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters, Maryanne Poyant and Kathryn Jackson; and one brother, John Santo.
The family has requested that all donations go to St. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church, 131 West Quarry St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, in memory of Elizabeth Kezele.
Calling hours will be at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m.
A short prayer service will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Newton Falls, with Father Thomas Ungashick officiating the service.
Elizabeth will be laid to rest next to her husband, Jack, at St. Joseph Cemetery in Newton Falls.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad St. in Newton Falls.
Family and friends may visit www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com to view Elizabeths obituary online or to send condolences to the family.
YOUNGSTOWN Janet R. (Crawford) Thompson, 71, passed away early Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, after a brief illness.
Janet was born on Nov. 7, 1942, in Sandusky, to the late Emerson and Emmadel (Perrine) Crawford.
Janet was a 1961 graduate from Sandusky High School. Janet was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church in Youngstown. In her spare time, she enjoyed being outdoors, especially mowing the grass, attending drag races, she loved buying stoves, refrigerators, furniture and cars, and always loved spoiling her family and friends.
Janet is survived by her husband, Duane C. Thompson of 23 years. She is also survived by her sisters, Joyce Risk and Jackie (Gary) Shade; her fur babies, BB, Bert, and Anne; and hundreds of loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Davis; and brother, Chuck Crawford.
Friends may call on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave. in Sandusky.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Meadow Green Memorial Park in Huron.
Those wishing to contribute to Janets memory may do so to National Rifle Association, P.O. Box 420648, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0648, or to ones favorite charity.
Please visit www.grofffuneralhomes.com to offer condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church for Elvira Babe Tareshawty, 86, who died peacefully, early Sunday morning at home, surrounded by her family.
Babe was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Belaire, to Andrew and Rita (Partezana) Paige.
She was a graduate of The Rayen School and began working as a court reporter and legal secretary. After quitting to raise her children, she returned to work as a secretary for McKay Machine and Wean United. She went on to receive a real estate license, that she kept active for years, and continued to further her career by studying and becoming certified as a Paralegal. She worked for several years in the prosecutors office, until her retirement.
Babe volunteered her time and skills working for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Preservation of Mill Creek Park.
Babe was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. She was fun-loving, enjoyed traveling, dancing and music, but most of all, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Tareshawty of Youngstown and Kathy Jo (Michael) Santisi of Youngstown; a sister, Louise DiMargio of Canfield; a brother, Doug (Heidi) Jones of Austintown; and three grandchildren, Anna Paige, Salvatore and Sophia Jean Santisi.
Babe was also preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Gloria Jean Paige; and a brother-in-law, Nick DiMargio.
Family and friends may call Tuesday for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
The family would like to thank the staff at MVI Hospice and Babes caregiver and friend, Patti Luoma, for the exceptional care and compassion given to their mother.
Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.