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STRUTHERS – Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Edward E. Amicone, 96, who died Tuesday at Maplecrest Nursing Home in Struthers.

Edward was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Santa Fe, Argentina, a son of Joseph and Bambina Manuppelli Amicone.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, receiving five Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal. He retired as a custodian from Youngstown State University. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica.

Edward is survived by his companion of 40 years, Irene Eshenbaugh, and her family.

Edward was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Katros, who died in 1975; and his son, Edward Amicone Jr.

Friends may call on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Edward’s family would like to extend their appreciation to Hospice of the Valley and the staff at Maplecrest Nursing Home for the outstanding care and compassion that they extended.

Please visit www.ClementeFuneralHomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

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POLAND - Robert “Bob” L. Bindas, 79, formerly of Niles, passed away Tuesday evening, July 28, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. Bindas, affectionately known as Bob, was born Dec. 14, 1935, in Youngstown, a son of Michael and Susan Sich Bindas.

He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Youngstown State University. Mr. Bindas moved to the state of Delaware in the 1960s, when accepting an accounting job with DuPont Chemical. He worked their several years, until moving back to the Youngstown area to work for Packard Electric. Mr. Bindas worked for Packard Electric for many years in the accounting department until his retirement.

Mr. Bindas served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He was a member of the Heritage Presbyterian Church and the National Slovak Society Lodge No. PO9A, where he most recently served as the president of the Youngstown chapter. In his free time, he enjoyed going on bus trips and cheering for all the professional Cleveland sports teams.

He is survived by his three sisters, Margaret DePillo of Boardman, Dorothy Badnarik of Poland, and Betty DeArcangelis of Youngstown; six nieces, Georgette Kollay, Margaret Jo (Jim) Naples, Kathy Willig, Louise (Frank) Rulli, Trudy Farbman, and Carole Ann Price; five nephews, Michael DeArcangelis, Joseph DeArcangelis, Michael (Patricia) Bindas, George (Joan) Babinchak, and John (Elaine) Babinchak; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Bindas and infant John Bindas; and two sisters, Ann Babinchak and Susan Bindas.

A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1951 Mathews Road, with Pastor Kristin Stroble. Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St., and on Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church, prior to the service.

The family requests that any memorial tributes take the form of contributions in Mr. Bindas’ name to the Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1951 Mathews Road, Poland, OH 44514.

The family would like to express their appreciation and thank Dr. Robert Spratt and Pastor Kristin for all they had done for Bob.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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PHOENIX – Sophie Danchise, 89, passed away on May 23, 2015, in Phoenix, after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease for five years.

Sophie (Holoveski) was born Feb. 8, 1926, and grew up on the west side of Youngstown, daughter of Nick and Pauline Holoveski.

She married the love of her life, Lou, in 1947, and settled on Youngstown’s west side in 1956.

Sophie worked at Copploe Jewelers for many years. She enjoyed planting and growing flowers, listening to music, and was an avid reader. She sometimes read several books per week until she lost her eyesight in 2004.

Sophie and Lou moved to Phoenix in 2006, to be closer to their daughter and to enjoy the mild winters.

Sophie was preceded in death by her husband, Lou; sister Mary Jane Sakara; and brother Pat.

She is survived by son Roger Danchise; daughter Jacalyn Danchise-Edie; and four grandchildren, Devon, Kiley, Korin, and Jessica.

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NEW SPRINGFIELD – Thelma E. Davison, 81, passed away Thursday morning, July 30, at her home, with her loving family around her.

Mrs. Davison was born on March 12, 1934, in Youngstown, a daughter of Herschel and Bertha (Simmons) Burkey.

A 1952 graduate of Springfield Local High School, Thelma also attended secretarial school and obtained her real estate broker license. She was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Springfield.

She married R. Keith Davison on June 20, 1953. They celebrated almost 59 years of marriage before he passed away on March 13, 2012.

Thelma enjoyed ceramics, jewelry making, knitting and crocheting. She crafted numerous afghans and baby layettes for her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She met regularly with her classmates from the Springfield Local class of 1952. Early in her career, she worked as a real estate broker and owned D & W Realty. After retiring from this, she secured a position as bookkeeper at State Alarm. She rounded out her career as general manager of Heck’s Restaurant in Columbiana, where she worked for 17 years.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory, three daughters, Kathryn Miller of North Lima, Joy (John) Repasky of Petersburg, and Michele (Tom) Yoder of New Springfield; grandchildren Jason (Heidi) Whitten of Coventry, John (Brianna) Repasky of Ashtabula, Bradley (Lauren) Miller of Struthers, Krista (Justin) Zuchowski of Stow, Cara Repasky of Pittsburgh, Levi Miller of Tallmadge, Anna Miller of North Lima, and Aaron, Courtney and Joshua Yoder of New Springfield; and great-grandchildren Ella, John and Sophia Repasky of Ashtabula, Lillee Miller of Struthers, and Eli Zuchowski of Stow.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and siblings Florence, Creedean, Ernest, Herschel, Theodore, Virgil, and Hazel.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 3, at 2:30 p.m., at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, New Springfield, with the Rev. Aimee Raymond and Pastor Larry Kinker officiating.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Aug. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, 11500 Market St., North Lima, and also at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the church.

The family has entrusted the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima with the arrangements for their loved one.

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

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WARREN - Russell E. Florida, 47, died suddenly in a truck related accident on July 29, 2015.

He was born on Oct. 5, 1967, in Warren, and was the son of Wayne and Shirley (LeTourneau) Florida.

Russell was a 1986 graduate of Warren Western Reserve High School. For his career, he was employed by ConWay Freight in Lordstown for six years. Russell enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, riding motorcycles, and mostly spending time with his family and friends. He was always fun to be with and will be missed very much by his family and all those who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Florida, whom he married in 2001; son Skylar Thomas Florida; mother Shirley L. Florida; sister Janis (Mark) Boley; brother Randall W. (Donna) Florida; aunts and uncles; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his father, Wayne M. Florida; paternal grandparents, Francis and Edith Florida; maternal grandparents, George and Phoebe LeTourneau; niece Jasmine Fortney; and uncle Robert Florida.

Friends are invited for visitation to honor Russell from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at McFarland & Son Funeral and Cremation Services Co., Warren, with a funeral service to follow. Cremation to follow services.

Arrangements are entrusted to McFarland & Son Funeral and Cremation Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren.

Please visit www.McFarlandCares.com to view this obituary, and send condolences.

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DEERFIELD - Michael Robert “Mike” Hernan, 74, died Friday, July 24, 2015, at his home.

He was born Dec. 1, 1940, in Youngstown, to Frank E. and Gertrude G. (Heath) Hernan.

He attended Central Catholic High School in Massillon. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and Psychology from LaSalle College in Philadelphia and completed post-graduate work in Management at Columbia University in New York. He retired as manager of product support at Diebold in North Canton. Before joining Diebold in 1972, he had been the director of education of the American Automotive Institute in Canton, supervisor of service publications with Hercules Engines Inc. in Canton, and an instructor at St. Francis Vocational School in Philadelphia.

Mike had a lifelong love and interest in mechanics. His hobby was rebuilding Mercedes and later he began rebuilding mopeds. He was a tinkerer at heart and always had a desk or tabletop scattered with parts of a clock or something he was repairing. He was especially gifted as a teacher and mentor to young men. He always had a kid working by his side in his shop. He enjoyed watching them learn and take the next step.

After leaving Diebold, he moved to what turned out to be his own private paradise on Berlin Reservoir. He renewed friendships with his Diebold coworkers and quickly made new friends. He was variously described as “Big Bear,” uncle and friend.

He is survived by sisters, Frances Hernan of Canton, MaryLou Baltrinic of Springfield Township, and Lori (Alan) Coogan of Kent; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held by family and friends at a later date.

If you wish, please visit www.BisslerandSons.com to leave condolences at his obituary.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Prayers will begin Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church for Carmel Ann (Pupino) LaMarco, 83, who died Wednesday, July 29, 2015, surrounded by her loving family at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Carmel was born Oct. 18, 1931, in Youngstown to Nicholas and Viola (Tocco) Pupino.

“Carm,” as she was affectionately known by friends and family, grew up in Youngstown and graduated from Chaney High School in 1949, as a member of the National Honor Society.

After being introduced to the love of her life, Ralph LaMarco, at the local swimming pool in 1951, Carm and “Ralphy” were married in 1954. She worked as a secretary and bookkeeper at GMAC and The Kroehle Company before retiring and realizing her true calling as the matriarch of the LaMarco family.

Carm could almost always be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen for the crowd of family and friends who gathered around the kitchen table eagerly anticipating Carm’s pasta. Within minutes of walking through the front door, guests were bombarded with invitations for meatballs, a beer, or anything she had to welcome them into her home.

When she wasn’t in the kitchen cooking, she could be found on the phone chatting with her girlfriends about neighborhood gossip or planning their next trip to the casino. She was a socialite at heart, always looking forward to breakfast with the girls, club with friends, or the monthly couple’s card game. Although she loved all those activities, nothing brought Carm more joy than spending time with her family, especially her two great-granddaughters, Ava and Alaina.

To Carm’s family, she was the rock they all relied upon, providing solutions to all life’s obstacles, small or large. She was the voice of reason, the boundless open heart, and the unrelenting giggle that brought joy to every moment spent with her.

Carm leaves behind her loving husband, Ralph; her daughter, Pam Dickerhoof; her son, John (Chris O’Leary); grandsons Matt Dickerhoof (Vivian) and Mark Dickerhoof; two great-granddaughters, Ava and Alaina; three brothers, Jim Pupino (Sophie), Bob Pupino (Isabel), and Nick Pupino (Marie); sister-in-law Connie Lepore; brother-in-law Gus Lepore; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the kidney group, Dr. Garg, Advanced Cardiology, Dr. Yossef, and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Associates. They also want to express sincere thanks to Carmel’s caregiver, Brittany, Carmel’s wound care nurse, Chris Zysk, her neighbors, and family who looked after her and Ralph.

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

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CUYAHOGA FALLS - Delores W. (Vasko) Sobnosky, 86, formerly of Youngstown, passed away on July 26, 2015.

Family and friends will be received Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Road, Akron.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, at 11 a.m., at St. Mathew Catholic Church, 2580 Berne St., Akron. Burial will follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

Visit www.hopkinslawver.com to view Delores’ full obituary.

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MIAMI - There will be a celebration of the life for Rita J. (Rostan) Sadler, formerly of Youngstown, held at the Davis Center in Fellows Riverside Gardens of Mill Creek Metro Park, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, for family and friends.

Rita was born May 30, 1948, in Youngstown, to Henry E. Rostan Sr. and Jane E. Rostan.

She graduated from Liberty High School and attended Youngstown State University, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Pi sorority.

Rita married her husband of 40 years, Robert W. Sadler, on May 24, 1975. With Robert, she eventually moved to and lived in Omaha, Neb., Reno, Nev., Las Vegas, and finally, Miami, where she passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015, after a brief illness.

While here, Rita had worked for the Simco Corp. office in Girard. Her most recent employment was as a legal assistant, with the Las Vegas law firm of Reisman Sorokac.

Besides her beloved husband, Robert of Miami, Rita is survived by her mother, Jane Rostan of Austintown; brothers Henry E. Rostan Jr. (Jeanne) of Poland and Ronald R. Rostan of Gilbert, Ariz.; nephew Benjamin Rostan (Heather) of Poland; and nieces Daniele Kight (Jason) and Tina Michalek of Gilbert.

She was preceded in death by her father, Henry E. Rostan Sr. of Youngstown; sister-in-law Carolyn Rostan of Gilbert; and niece Kathy Mitchell of Gilbert.

Rita will always be remembered for her generosity to her family and friends, her helping hand, her love of a good party, and her love of shopping and traveling.

Friends and family members are invited to the Davis Center in Mill Creek Park to pay respects, share memories, and celebrate the times shared with Rita.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial tributes are made in the form of contributions to organizations that provide assistance to women in need, such as The Sojourner House or The Beatitude House.

Services in Miami were entrusted to the Caballero Rivero Funeral Home.

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SPRINGFIELD, ORE. - Gary L. Sprankle, 67, passed away on Monday, July 13, 2015, at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, following a lengthy illness.

Gary was born Aug. 14, 1947, in Youngstown, the son of the late Richard L and Mazie V. Sprankle.

He is survived by his brothers, Walter E. (Joy) Sprankle and Richard L. (Caryl) Sprankle Jr.; his sister, Mazie V. (Robert) Blower; five nieces and nephews, Robert Blower Jr., Melinda Sandine, Derrick Sprankle, Kristin Sprankle, and AJ Sonnier; and four great-nieces and great-nephews, Landon Blower, Julianna Sandine, Joseph Sandine III and Angelina Sandine.

Private services will be held. There will be no visitation.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the New Bethel Baptist Church for Jarell Rashaad Brown Sr., 18, who departed this life Sunday, July 26, 2015.

Mr. Brown was born Jan. 9, 1997, in Youngstown, a son of Derrick D. Brown Sr. and Nichele Y. Morris.

He was a student at Academy of Urban Scholars and played football and basketball in this area.

He leaves his mother, Nichele Y. Morris; a son, Jarell R. Brown Jr.; siblings Jawuan, Jalesa, Imeri and Derrick Brown Jr., all of Youngstown, Kayera (Marcell) Jackson of Georgia and Brianna Davis of Columbus; grandparents Vicki Morris and Renay Brown; great-grandparents Edgar Brown and Reuben and Dorothy Smith; and a special friend, Tanyce Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his father; sister Derisha Brown; grandparents Joseph Morris and Michael Smith; great-grandmother Cillar Brown; and godfather Terell Greet.

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

Arrangements by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home.

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NICE, CALIF. - Ann Sosnowchik, 96, left this world in Nice.

Born in Campbell, she had lived in Lake County for nine years. For the last six years she happily resided at A Nice Care Home in Nice.

In her high school years in Ohio, Ann enjoyed being a cheerleader and still has her cheerleader letter. She graduated high school in 1937, with the honor of being class salutatorian. Ann loved bowling and was a member of two leagues for several years. She also loved singing and sang in her church choir in both Ohio and Florida.

While her children were in school, she was actively involved with the PTA and the Mother of Twins Club. She was a loving and caring stay at home mother. After her children were grown, she went back to school and was very proud to earn her real estate license.

After moving to Florida, she enjoyed a lot of social activities. Then, in 2006, she moved to Clearlake, Calif. For several years, she attended the adult day care program in Clearlake and Lucerne. This was one of the highlights of her time spent here.

Ann is survived by her children, Carol (Thomas) Hewlett, Thomas (Barbara) Sosnowchik, John (Katie) Sosnowchik, and James (Shelbie) Sosnowchik; 12 grandchildren, Kristi, Amber, Brian, Sam, Doug, Adam, Marc, Jeffrey, Laurel, Jena, Rachel, and Erin; six great-grandchildren; and her brother, Matthew (Helen) Pacak.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1994, to whom she was married for 51 years! She was also preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

Friends are invited to attend a visitation on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at the Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel in Lower Lake, Calif., beginning at noon, with a funeral service beginning at 4 p.m.

Ann will be interred at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater, Fla., with her late husband, John.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s memory may be made to Northlake Adult Day Center, 1026 Compton St., Lakeport, CA 95453.

Arrangements under the care of the Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel.

Please visit www.jonesandlewis.com and www.legacy.com to share your loving memories of Ann by signing her online guest book.

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CANFIELD - Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., for Sandra J. Wertz, 76, who died early Thursday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown.

Sandra was born June 19, 1939, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Edgar M. and Mabel I. Cotterman Kimmel, and was a lifelong area resident.

She graduated from Canfield High School in 1957, and had worked as a bookkeeper for the family business, Wertz Towing since 1979.

Sandra was a member of the Twin State Auto Racing Club and enjoyed going to SWAP meets with her husband. She loved animals, especially horses, and was an avid gardener. She was awarded the “Flower Power” award by then-Canfield mayor, Spike MacLaughlin, in the early 80s. Sandra was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavs Fan.

Her husband, Phillip F., whom she married Nov. 11, 1963, died Dec. 13, 2008.

She leaves her five children, daughter Terri Tisone and her husband, Michael, of Boardman, twins Timothy P. Wertz of Canfield and Kimberly K. Wertz of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Wendy R. Wertz and Philip G. Wertz, both of Canfield; a brother, James (Karen) Kimmel of Boardman; two sisters, Barbara (Lee) Simmers of Canfield and Joann (Bob Vestal) Speece of Canfield; her granddaughter, Alexandra N. Tisone of Boardman; and her beloved dog, Daisy.

Friends may call on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and give their condolences.

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