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Tributes published on February 19, 2010

Constance Pachner

NEW MIDDLETOWN – Constance Pachner, 92, passed away on Tuesday evening at GlennEllen Care Facility in North Lima.

Connie was born in Hillsville, Pa., on Jan. 22,1918, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Gugliotte) Gagliano.

She married her husband, John J. Pachner on Jan. 25, 1941, and he survives. Connie was a loving wife and mother to her five children.

She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Bessemer, Pa., joined the Struthers Sr. Citizens Group and was a member of the New Middletown and Bessemer 500 Club. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in New Middletown, where she served on the Altar Guild and assisted with the Perogi sales. Her family remembers her as a gifted cook and baker.

Connie leaves behind her husband, John; daughters, Anita Chiaro and her husband, Pat of New Middletown and Patty Slosser and her husband, Bob of Bessemer; sons, John and Liz Pachner of North Lima, Rob and his wife, Mandy Pachner of New Springfield and Phillip Pachner also of New Middletown; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Connie also leaves a sister, Mrs. Josephine Aquaviva of Butler, Pa.; and brother, Jim and wife Rose Gagliano of Bessemer.

Connie was preceded in death by her brothers, Neal and Frank Gagliano; sisters, Mary Rapone, Rose Errera, Virginia Kashubara and Frances Santillo; and a great-grandchild, Anthony Joseph Wayne Reidy.

Hours of visitation will be held today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak St. in Bessemer

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Christ the King Parish St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bessemer.

Connie will be laid to rest at Zion Cemetery.

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Margaret R. Pinter

LEAVITTSBURG – Margaret R. Pinter, 96, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Community Skilled Care Center, following a lengthy illness.

Margaret was born the daughter of the late Elec and Maria (Rozsa) Foder on March 30, 1913, in Oroszi, Hungary and came to the United States in 1929.

She had been employed as a cook with the Leavittsburg School System for several years, retiring from her duties in 1972. She was of the Catholic faith.

Margaret was united into marriage with Joseph G. Pinter in 1934, and had shared 65 loving years together until his passing in October of 1999.

She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother with a special love for flowers, gardening, birds and animals. Margaret had a strong sense of strength and independence and will forever be with “us.”

Her memories will be cherished by her family, son, Joseph Pinter Jr. of Warren; daughters, Mary Pinter and Margaret Dimoff, both of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Dawn Pinter, Laura Zigmont, Debbie Hannah and Mark Dimoff; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph; son, Paul Pinter; and daughter-in-law, Kay Synder Pinter.

Private family services will be Saturday at the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home in Warren. Private burial will follow at Pine Knoll Cemetery in Warren Township.

Pauline was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all her knew her.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road, N.E. in Warren.

Dedicated To Serving Your Loved Ones.

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Sylvia E. Csizmadia

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held on Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home Inc. for Sylvia E. Csizmadia, 74, who died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at her home.

She was born Wednesday, Sept. 4, 1935 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Guy and May Colbrunn Martin.

She was a 1953 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. She once worked at General Fireproofing. She was a member of the Heritage Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Deacon. She was a former member of the Gibson Heights Presbyterian Church.

Surviving is her husband, Louis J. Csizmadia, whom she married Feb. 26, 1966; a son, John (Kay) Csizmadia of Boardman; three daughters, Susan (Bill) Danley of Panama City, Fla., Patricia (Jim) Annis of Las Vegas and Linda (Chris) Robertson of Las Vegas; a sister, June Reel of Austintown; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister; and two very special nieces, Claire Mazzela and Jeanette Grady.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Virgina Hevner; and her brothers-in-law, Ray Hevner and Ralph Reel.

There are no visiting hours planned.

Arrangements are by the Kirila Funeral Home Inc., 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Heritage Presbyterian Church General Fund.

Please visit www.kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.

Kirila Funeral Home, Inc., Dedicated to Caring since 1952

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Thomas N. Shives

YOUNGSTOWN – A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman for Thomas N. Shives, 63, who died Tuesday morning at Camelot Arms Care Center.

Thomas was born May 7, 1946, in Youngstown, a son of the late Herbert L. and Genevieve Pasinski Shives and was a lifelong area resident.

He had been a mill worker for the Republic Steel Company.

He leaves his children, Thomas, Ronald, Brian, Connie and Kathy; two brothers, Herbert C. Shives of Youngstown and Lawrence P. Shives of Canfield; two sisters, Fannie Febo of New Middletown and Patricia Scarpine of Virginia Beach, Va.; several grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Sunday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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John B. Yancsurak

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will beheld Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hungarian Presbyterian Church, 745 Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown, for John B. Yancsurak, 86, who passed away Tuesday afternoon at Hospice House.

John was born Sept. 22, 1923, in Youngstown, a son of John and Elizabeth Marton Yancsurak.

John was a retired teacher from Springfield Local Schools, retiring in 1987 after 27 years.

He was a member of the Mahoning County Retired Teacher’s Association, Ohio Retired Teachers Association, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Sulgrave 696 F& AM, a life member of VFW Post 4237 and a member of the Hungarian Presbyterian Church, William Penn No. 28 and HRFA No. 22.

He was a graduate of Chaney High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown College and attended Kent State University.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army in the European Theatre, serving in C Company in the 550th Airborne Infantry Battalion in the First Allied Airborne Task Force, where he received the Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.

He also volunteered at North Side Hospital.

John is survived by his wife, the former Nancy J. Caraffa, whom he married Sept. 6, 1952; two daughters, Jeannie Sause of Youngstown and Janice (Rob) Yancsurak Solomon; two sisters, Helen Sabo of Youngstown and Clara Kovach of Poland; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Steve and Louis.

Friends may call Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

The family would like to thank all the medical personnel, family and friends for all their support and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the church or Hospice of the Valley.

Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Szabo and Sons Funeral Home.

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Beatrice Anne Ratkay

NEW ALBANY – Beatrice Anne Ratkay, 81, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at New Albany Gardens.

She was born in Niles on Nov. 12, 1928, to the late Stanley and Mary Szczotka.

After graduating from high school, Bea worked as a photographer’s assistant and secretary before marrying her husband of 57 years, Edward J. Ratkay. Bea was completely devoted to her husband and spent many years caring for him. She put her family above all else, and she loved spending time with them, especially around the holidays.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Church in Canfield, and the St. Michael’s Altar Guild.

She dearly loved the friends she met and kept up with for so many years through bowling and bridge in Canfield.

Bea was preceded in death by her husband, Edward John Ratkay.

She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Russell) Howard and Barb (Kevin) Knott; grandchildren, Caitlin and Kelsey Duff; sisters, Mary Feher and Carolyn (Richard) Velican; and several nieces, nephews and other family members.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today, Feb. 19, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 6300 E. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany, with Fr. Jerry Rodenfels officiating. Interment will follow at St. Stephen Cemetery in Niles.

Contributions can be made in Bea’s name to American Lung Association or to Madden Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease at The Ohio State University.

Visit www.schoedinger.com to leave condolences.

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Mary Ellen Nesnidal

HUBBARD – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph the Provider in Campbell for Mary Ellen Nesnidal, 85, formerly of Campbell, who passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Briarfield at Ashley Circle in Austintown.

Mary was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Campbell, a daughter of Vido and Anna Ihnat Vratkovich and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.

She was a homemaker, a lifelong Catholic, and a member of St. Joseph the Provider Church of Campbell.

Her husband, Frank A. Nesnidal, whom she married April 7, 1951, passed away March 21, 1990.

She is survived by her daughter, Roseann (Eric) Williams of Liberty Township; her sister-in-law, Eileen Spadaford of Hubbard; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Frank C, Nesnidal; and brothers, George Vratkovich and Joseph Spadaford.

There will be calling hours Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. with prayers at 10:30 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard.

The family would like to thank the staff at Briarfield at Ashley Circle and Southern Care Hospice for the care and kindness given to Mary.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Southern Care Hospice, 5401 Ashley Circle, Suite E, Austintown, OH 44515.

Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home’s web site at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences with the family.

Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home

Providing Funeral Service Since 1850

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Amy Marie Davis

MASURY – Amy Marie Davis, 36, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010.

She was born Oct. 11, 1973, in Sharon, Pa., the daughter of Kathleen Schuster Price and Raymond Price, Sr.

She is survived by a daughter, Shelby Davis of Masury; her stepmother and father, Lori and Raymond Price Sr. of Brookfield; a sister, Sonja Renee Ezzo of Hubbard; a brother, Raymond Price Jr. of Mobile, Ala.; maternal grandmother and stepgrandfather, Marjorie and Ted Rodgers of Fredonia, Pa.; and paternal grandfather, Richard Price of Wheatland, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathleen Price in 1999.

Friends and relatives may call the Galloway-Onstott Funeral Home, 3451 st. Rt. 7 in Hartford on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, from 2 to 5 p.m. The funeral service will be at 5 p.m.

Burial will be at Mt. Washington Cemetery in Mercer, Pa.

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Martha Mae Antal

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, for Mrs. Martha Mae Antal, 79, who died Wednesday morning at Hospice House after being ill since November.

She was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Water Valley, Miss., a daughter of Jesse A. and Myrtle Anthony White and came to Youngstown in 1951.

Martha was employed in the past as the Office Manager for General Fireproofing, at Remington Rand, and as the church office secretary at St. John Lutheran Church. She shared her love of God bringing many youth to Christ by being very active in the church all of her life, teaching and being superintendant of Sunday school and bible school, singing in the choir, serving on church council, leading the Healing Hearts Group, and leading Bible studies.

Martha is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Andrew Antal Sr., whom she married Nov. 19, 1955; a daughter, Martha A. (Michael) Campbell of Youngstown; two sons, Andrew (Debra) Antal Jr. of Ithaca, N.Y. and Thomas J. (Dineen) of Akron; five grandchildren, Brent, Jonathan (Natalie), Christopher, Emma and Joseph; four brothers, Thomas (Jean), Jimmie (Faye) and Henry (Grace) of Mississippi and John (Colleen) of Texas; two sisters, Dorothy Shirey of Texas and Frances Haynes of Tennessee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Myrtle White and two brothers, John W. and Charles White.

Friends may call Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel and Monday from noon to 12:45 p.m. at the church.

The family requests that material contributions to be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Choir Music or Building Fund or to the Mahoning Valley Hospice House.

Please view www.higgins-reardon.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.

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Maurice 'Reese' Bridges

YOUNGSTOWN – Maurice “Reese” Bridges, 63, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 12, 2010, at 6 p.m. at 420 S. Garland Ave., after many complications of a two year old stroke.

Mr. Bridges was born Dec. 3, 1946, in Millersferry, Ala., a son of Beulah Bridges. He was reared by his grandmother, Pearlie (Williams) Bridges in Millersferry. She instilled many of the great values that he possessed.

He was a U.S.A. First Class Quartermaster Navy veteran that enlisted on March 20, 1964 and was honorably discharged on March 19, 1970 and was a naval reserve from January of 1970 to March of 1982, following active duty. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Arms Forces Expeditionary Medal during his service.

He was an only child and has no siblings but has an extensive family. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Mrs. Gloria Bridges; four sons, James Bridges of Brooklyn, N.Y., Bruce Woodbridge and fiance, Christy Wyatt of Akron, Travis Woodbridge of Youngstown and Marcus Woodbridge and fiancee Wendy Rue of Xenia; and four daughters, Kadijah Smith of Newark, Del. and Sharese Woodbridge. Janel Woodbridge and Jessica (John) Carter, all of Youngstown.

Maurice was preceded in death by his mother, Beulah (Roberts) Bridges in 2000; his aunts, Pearlie (Bridges) Jones in 2003, Ella Bridges in 2007 and Annie Bridges in 2008; first cousin, Walter Bridges in 1992; his grandmother, Pearlie (Williams) Bridges in 1979; his uncle, Leon Tazel in 1969; and grandfather, John Henry Jr.

Services will be today at 11 a.m. at the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

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Ronald E. Zins

LORDSTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. Monday at the Pricetown United Methodist Church for Ronald E. Zins, 69, who died late Wednesday morning at his residence.

He was born Jan. 18, 1941, in Youngstown, a son of Richard and Lillian (Sheddy) Zins and he resided in this area all of his life.

He was a 1960 graduate of Youngstown South High School. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served from 1960 to 1962.

He worked as a millwright for WCI Steel for 17 years before retiring in 2006.

He was of the Protestant faith. He enjoyed cars, especially restoring his 1954 Buick, and he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Ron was a kind and loving man and he will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Larinda E. Kurth, whom he married Jan. 26, 1963.

He also leaves behind his mother of Columbiana; four daughters, Ronda (Steve) Pirko of Lake Milton, Lisa (Bill) Wolff of South Lyon, Mich., Ranee (Dean) Fear of Phoenix and Mindy (Mike) Davis of Cortland; nine grandchildren, Steven, Kelly, Carly, Kara, Alexis, Jack, Ethan, Elisabeth and Evan; and four brothers, Richard (Joanne) Zins of Chantilly, Va., James (Barbara) Zins of Lisbon, Edward (Jean) Zins of East Palestine and Russell (Candice) Zins of Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by visiting www.cholangiocarcinoma.org/donate or Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation for bile duct cancer research, 5526 West 13400 South No. 510, Salt Lake City, UT 84096.

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

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Etheleen S. 'Dee' Tarantino

CANFIELD – Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman for Etheleen S. “Dee” Tarantino, 86, who died early Thursday morning at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Etheleen, known as “Dee” was born Aug. 6, 1923, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Otis and Hazel Neidemeir Garling and was a lifelong area resident.

Dee worked as a riveter on the fighter planes at General Fireproofing Co. during World War II. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Free Methodist Church, where she was a lifetime member. She served the Lord for her entire life. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, woodworking and cooking.

She leaves her husband, Joseph, whom she married July 16, 1955; two sons, Joseph J. (Barbara) Tarantino of Louisville and Charles L. (special friend, Andrea) of Youngstown; her daughter, Lisa F. (Rev. Richard) Morgan of Spring Arbor, Mich.; a brother, Kenneth Garling of Youngstown; a sister, Fay Killian of North Jackson; several grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Dee was preceded in death by two brothers, Lester J. Garling and Melvin Garling; and a sister, Lauree Layne.

Friends may call today at the Thompson Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 23297 Commerce Park, Cleveland, OH 44122 or to the Memorial Fund of First Free Methodist Church, 3999 McCarty Drive, Canfield, OH 44406.

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Carol Jean Skokan

YOUNGSTOWN – A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Matthias Church for Carol Jean Skokan, 72, who died Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the St. Elizabeth Health Center on Belmont Avenue.

Carol was born June 4, 1937 in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Mary Elko Mikula.

After graduating in the Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1955, she attended the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, earning her Registered Nursing degree in 1958. Later, she worked in the office of the Auditor of the State of the Ohio, retiring in 1997 after 18 years of service.

Carol was a member of St. Matthias Church and of the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild. She was also a member of the Greek Catholic Union.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Skokan, whom she married Oct. 28, 1961, and who died March 16, 1979; by her brothers, John, Paul, Joseph, Mitch, and William Mikula; and by her sisters, Mary Hallas and Helen Felt.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Edward Skokan of Youngstown; her daughter, Donna (David) Danko of Austintown; and her sisters-in-law, Helen Olbrych, Agnes Kalwarcyk, and Jean Ferkula.

Visitation will take place at the Kubina-Yuhasz Funeral Home, 5925 Market St. in Boardman today from 5 to 7 p.m. and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the church, prior to the Mass. A prayer service will also be held at the funeral home today at 4:45 p.m.

Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

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Mary Catherine Cole

CAMPBELL – Mary Catherine Cole, 59, departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at her home.

Mary Catherine was born Jan. 24, 1951, in Farrell, Pa., the daughter of George and Carmela Weidner.

She worked as a LPN for over 24 years.

Mary Catherine’s memories will always be cherished by her husband, Gerald “Jerry;” her children, Heidi (Roderick) Williams and Ean (Antonette “Toni”) Weidner; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sister, Patricia “Pat” Weidner; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Services for Mary Catherine’s life will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. until noon at the funeral home on Saturday.

The family would like express a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of the Valley for their excellent care and compassion of Mary Catherine.

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