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Tributes published on February 25, 2010

Raymond J. 'Chief' Baytos

YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, and at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Catholic Church, with Father Kevin Peters officiating for Raymond J. “Chief” Baytos, 84, who entered into rest Sunday evening at St. Elizabeth Select Specialty Hospital surrounded by his family.

Raymond was born May 14, 1925, in Youngstown, the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Kramer) Baytos.

He attended Chaney High School, served in the U.S. Navy, during World War II as a Seaman, and retired from Heinz Steel, where he was a supervisor for 45 years.

He was a member of St. Christine Catholic Church and the Infant Jesus of Prague.

Raymond loved gardening, western movies, and was an avid Cleveland Indians fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Raymond will be sadly missed and remembered by many, especially his wife, the former Margaret Reese, whom he married Oct. 25, 1952; his son, Raymond (Shirley) Baytos of Youngstown; his daughter, Deborah Baytos of Seattle; his stepson, Thomas (Phyllis) Murphy of Lake Placid, Fla.; a sister, Dolores (John) Eckenrode of Youngstown; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by a son, Gary F. Baytos; and two sisters, Josephine Tellman and Dorothy Garwon.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Shah, his associates and staff, the staff of Briarfield Manor Nursing Home, St. Elizabeth Select Specialty Hospital, and St. Elizabeth Health Center for their kindness and compassion to Raymond and the family during this time.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home.

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

Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, Dedicated To Caring Since 1907

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Doris M. Balakoff

COITSVILLE – Doris M. Balakoff, 64, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh.

She was born May 28, 1945, in Bristol, a daughter of Kenneth and Gladys Hartle Angell and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Balakoff was an assembler for JET Stream International in Niles for five years and had previously worked for Northern States Metals in Youngstown for four years and Youngstown Aluminum Products for 28 years.

Doris enjoyed pets, classic cars, hot air balloons and especially her family.

She leaves her husband, Kenneth L. Balakoff, whom she married Aug. 25, 1983; two sons, Ken (Davina) Mumma of Youngstown and Dan (Andrea) Mumma of Beaver Falls, Pa.; a brother, Kenneth (Sandy) Angell of Warren; five grandchildren, Dan, Jessica, Christopher, Eric and Gregory Mumma; and two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Jack Patton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Eilene Kolley.

Calling hours will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.

There are no services.

Please visit www.kelley-robb.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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Donald C. Carlson

JOHNSTON TOWNSHIP – Donald C. Carlson, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2010, at 11:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

He was born on June 17, 1926, in Monon, Ind., a son of the late Emery J. Carlson and Zelma (Thrasher) Carlson.

Donald was a lifetime member of the Johnston Federated United Methodist Church and a 1944 graduate of Johnston High School. 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War, obtaining the rank of Sergeant. Prior to his enlistment, Donald had served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.

Donald was a past member of the Mapelwood School Board. He was a member of the Johnston VFW No. 7614 Bailey Barto Post, where he had served as past Commander and a member of the Cortland American Legion Post 540.

Donald was very active with the American Legion, having served as a team member for the Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard.

He retired from General Motors/Packard Electric, where he had worked as a millwright for 38 years and spent most of his life working as a farmer.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.

His wife, Flora S. (Barron) Carlson, whom he married on March 8, 1951, preceded him in death on June 14, 2002.

He is survived by six sons, Richard (Karen) Carlson of Johnston, Robert (Sharon) Carlson of Johnston, Gordon Carlson of Vienna, Gary (Kelli) Carlson of Champion, Roger Carlson of West Farmington and Jeff Carlson of Johnston. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Eric, Jon and Nicole.

Donald was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Carlson and a sister, Mary McClelland.

Funeral services will be at the Johnston Federated United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Internment will be held at Johnston Township Cemetery at a later date.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Shafer-Winans Funeral Chapel in Cortland.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Johnston Federated United Methodist Church, 6262 Kingsville Road, Farmdale, OH 44417 or Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512-2198.

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

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Samuel A. Loree

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Samuel A. Loree, 84, who passed away Tuesday afternoon at Omni Manor Care Center.

Sam was born Sept. 18, 1925, the son of William and Tillie (Sloan) Loree.

He retired in 1992, after more than 30 years of service, from the Youngstown School System and Harding School, where he was the principal. During his career, he was the principal at Jefferson, John White, Warren Richie and Paul C. Bunn Schools. Sam started his teaching at Sheridan.

After his retirement, Sam was a chaperone and tour guide with Sutton’s Travel, traveling across the United States. He and his wife, Doris and family enjoyed traveling and camping throughout the country. They also traveled throughout Europe and took cruises to Alaska and Mexico.

Sam was a member of St. Christine Church. He was a decorated World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, receiving a Purple Heart. He was also a volunteer with the Boy Scouts, a Cub Scout Leader, and received the Silver Beaver Award for outstanding leadership and volunteer work with the scouts.

He and his wife, Doris, were also avid gardeners, bird watchers and bird lovers.

Sam’s wife, of more than 60 years, the former Doris Mae Tekac, whom he married in 1949, passed away Jan. 31, 2010.

He leaves three sons, Stephen (Kathy) Loree of Canfield, Michael (Carol) Loree of Wintersville and Samuel (Alva) Loree of Houston: six grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Sam was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister; and five brothers, Bill, Dale, Louie, Bruce, and Clarence Loree.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and again from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either the Rescue Mission of Mahoning County or the Salvation Army in Sam’s name.

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

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Charles 'Chuck' W. Davis

NEW BERN, N.C. – Charles “Chuck” W. Davis, 85, died at his home Feb. 24, 2010, after an extended illness.

He was born in Bigler, Pa., Oct. 6, 1924, and was the son of the late Lytton and Irene Weaver Davis.

He was an Army veteran and served in Europe, during World War II.

Mr. Davis was a salesman for Ecolab Inc., for over 30 years and had been retired since 1987. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his companion of 21 years, Joanne Doles of New Bern; two daughters, Kathleen Davis of Etters, Pa. and Phyllis (Patrick) Smith of Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Mark (Debbie) Davis of Warrenton, Va. and Scott (Lynn) Davis of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Davis of Howland; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 41 years, Elaine (Daley) Davis; one brother, William Davis; one sister, Phyllis Palmer; two sons, William “Bill” and Charles “Joe” Davis; one daughter-in-law, Linda Herrit Davis; and one granddaughter, Kimberly Davis.

The funeral service will be private.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Community Home Care and Hospice, 1423 S. Glen Bernie Road, New Bern, NC 28562.

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Joseph J. Eidam

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers for Joseph J. Eidam, 90, who died Wednesday morning at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Mr. Eidam was born May 17, 1919, in Cleveland, the son of Peter and Catherine Knoblauch, coming to Youngstown in 1945.

He graduated from John Adams High School in 1937. Mr. Eidam was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II as a medic.

He was employed for 37 years at Truscon Republic Steel, retiring in 1983 as a foreman in the print shop.

Mr. Eidam was a member of St. Nicholas Church and its Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus Poland Council 4471, where he was a third degree and a fourth degree at council 2596. He was a member of K of C bowling league and was an avid golfer.

His wife, the former Ann McEvoy, whom he married Dec. 7, 1942, died March 29, 2008.

He is survived by a son, Richard (Thelma) Eidam of New Castle, Pa.; two daughters, Patricia Campbell of Youngstown and Kathleen (Dennis) McKenney of Youngstown; one brother, Norbert Eidam of Cleveland; two sisters, Ceil Belock of Cleveland and Mary Catherine Simec of Cleveland; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Bernard, Leonard and Richard Eidam; and two sisters, Delores Runevitch and Thersa Eidam.

Family and friends may call on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral.

The family request that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley.

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Allan G. Bosak

LIBERTY – A Christian funeral service will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at the Schiavone Funeral Home for Allan G. Bosak, 62, who died Monday, Feb. 22, at Forum Health Northside Medical Center.

Allan was born July 28, 1947, in Youngstown, the son of George M. and Susan Meleg Bosak.

He retired in 2009 from Canfield Metals Coating, where he was a paint line operator. Allan was an Army veteran, who enjoyed motorcycles, fishing, gardening, shopping and his dogs, Poochie and Prince, but the loves of his life were his children and grandchildren.

Surviving Allan is his wife, Shirley Hixson Bosak, whom he married Dec. 31, 1969; daughter Debra (Jeffery) Bosak-Jones of Youngstown; sons Allan G. (Debbie) Bosak of Warren and Larry J. (Cathy) Bosak of Liberty; and eight grandchildren, Allan and Daniel Bosak, Jeffery Jones Jr., Allison, Susan, Katlin and Millie Bosak and Cortney Jones.

Allan was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Arlene Bosak.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. with services at 7 p.m.

Contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral costs.

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William E. Atkin

CHAMPION – William E. Atkin, 93, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

He was born Sept. 29, 1916, in Braceville, the son of James and Viola (Drake) Atkin, and lived in Trumbull County all his life.

A graduate of Braceville High School, Mr. Atkin also earned an engineering degree. He worked 46 years as superintendent of Ohio Edison, retiring in 1983. He was a 50 year member of Old Erie Lodge No. 3, F. & A.M. and a member of the Champion Presbyterian Church, the Champion Rotary Club and the Lions Club. He enjoyed woodworking, golf and tennis.

Surviving are two children, David W. (Lori) Atkin of Canton and Diane (Donald) Cordner of Canfield; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth Kraft of Austintown.

Preceding him in death are his parents; his wife, Veramae (Hendricks) Atkin, whom he married July 1, 1939 and who died Aug. 19, 2001; two sisters, Vera Kraft and Marion Davis; and two brothers, James and Samuel Atkin.

Family services are at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Ferris officiating.

Friends may call 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Interment will take place 11 a.m. Saturday at Canfield East Cemetery.

Material contributions may be made to Champion Presbyterian Church, 4997 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, OH 44483.

Arrangements are entrusted to the McFarland & Son Funeral Services Co, 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481.

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

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Martha A. Blosser

NEW WATERFORD – Martha A. Blosser, 90, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, with her family by her side.

Martha was born Feb. 22, 1920, in New Springfield, the daughter of the late Walter and Mary (Sieferd) Hanna.

Mrs. Blosser and her husband owned and operated Blosser’s Service Station in New Waterford. She also worked with her husband in the wholesale egg business, at New Waterford Furniture Company and at the Vittle Village Convenience Store.

Martha was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in New Waterford and a 50 year member of East Palestine Chapter 38 Order of Eastern Star.

Martha was preceded in death on Sept. 10, 1995 by her husband, Rudolph P. Blosser, whom she married on Oct. 22, 1937.

She is survived by three daughters, Gail (James) Rupert of New Waterford, Joyce (Roy) Allen of Stow, Shirley (Tom) Hickman of Leesburg, Fla.; one son, Wayne (Laura) Blosser of Largo, Fla.; one sister, Edith Franklin of Salem; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Blosser was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel and Esther and four brothers, Clayton, Paul, Winfield and Eugene.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana with the Rev. Kari Lankford officiating.

Burial will be at New Waterford Cemetery.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, and one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, all at the Seedery-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana.

Friends may visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary, sign the guest register or send private condolences.

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Flossie E. McDonald

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Flossie E. McDonald, 70, who departed this life Monday, Feb. 22, 2010.

Mrs. McDonald was born April 5, 1939, in Youngstown, a daughter of James and Thelma Colbert Cottle.

She was a 1959 graduate of North High School and attended Central State University. She had been employed with the Record Rendevous for many years, and retired from Howell Industries, after 20 years as a press operator. She attended the Reed’s Chapel. Flossie enjoyed cooking and sitting on her porch listening to her scanner.

She leaves to forever hold dear her memory, her daughter, Antornette “Toni” Hightower of Youngstown; her grandchildren, Tanisha Hightower and Leonard “Anthony” Hightower, both of Youngstown; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, JoAnn (Butch) Gibson of Cleveland and Gail Hubbard and Anna Holland, both of Youngstown; four brothers, James McDuffey of Florida, James E (Maud) Cottle, Ernest K. (Barbara) Cottle and George Cottle, all of Youngstown; and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Cottle; her mother and stepfather, Thelma and Willie James Carter; and two brothers.

Friends may call Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Acy L. Jackson

YOUNGSTOWN – A funeral service celebrating the life of Mr. Acy L. Jackson, 72, who passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, will be held Saturday at noon at the Washington Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Logan officiating.

  Mr. Jackson was born Sept. 24, 1937, in Bainbridge, Ga., a son of Charlie and Ollie Green Jackson, coming to the valley many years ago.

He was a 1954 graduate of The Rayen School. He retired from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., where he held the positions of Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Career Planning Center. He was also a part time instructor at the English Institute at Syracuse University. Prior to Colgate, Mr. Jackson was Associate Dean of Students, Director of the Career Planning and Placement Center, and instructor at-large at the College of Wooster.

He was director of Armaghan English Language Institute in Tehran, Iran and taught English at a boarding school in West Pakistan. Before his illness, he was an adjunct professor in the English department at Terra Community College in Fremont.

He earned a B.B.A. degree from Westminister College in Pennsylvania, an M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Selected as a participant in the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University in 1985, he received the “Administrative Development Award” from Colgate University that year. He served as distinguished instructor of career life planning for the American Management Association’s Operation Enterprise Program.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother of Youngstown; a son, Tsekani A. and his wife, Danielle Jackson of Fredericksburg, Va.; two sisters, Shirley Foster, with whom he made his home and Agnes Kimbrough, both of Youngstown ; a brother, Joseph Jackson of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Jamil, Lourdes and Quinn Jackson, all of Fredericksburg; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Charlie Mae Jones.

Friends may call Saturday one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Condolences may be emailed to JEWASHTON@aol.com or faxed to 330-782-2050.

Ministry of comfort provided by J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.

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Arrie Mae Smith

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church for Mrs. Arrie Mae Smith, 94, who departed this life Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at the St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Arrie was born May 8, 1915, in Macon, Ga., the only child of Edith Huckaby and James Battle, coming to this area at the age of five years.

She attended Butler, Covington, Hayes and The Rayen Schools, where she participated in volleyball and track. Through the years, she had various occupations and participated in a variety of activities, appointed to the position of city commissioner, teacher for the Skilled Learning Center, first PTA president at Thorn Hill School, a member of the civic league, a civil defense volunteer, former member of the Order of Eastern Star, worked as a chauffer and was a life insurance agent. She was a longtime member of the Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church, where she served as choir director and church clerk.

Arrie enjoyed traveling and had visited more than 12 countries and 12 states. Her favorite place to visit was Las Vegas and her favorite past-time hobbies included, completing complex puzzles and watching old game shows on TV. She was also a member of four bowling leagues, one being the Travelers League who presented an award each year called “The Arrie Smith Senior Citizen Award.” She was recognized for being the oldest attendee at the Sharonline Reunion Banquet in August of 2007. She was honored by the Robert’s Deliberating Club in 2007.

Arrie’s husband, James Edward Smith Sr., whom she married in 1934, passed away Feb. 10, 1970.

Arrie leaves to cherish her memory, five children, James (Daphne) Smith, Joan Fuller, Jean (Timothy) Butler, Josephine Smith and Janice (Paul) Wright; 14 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a half brother, Joseph Lawson.

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

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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Michael A. Cornicelli

HOWLAND TOWNSHIP – Michael A. Cornicelli, 85, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Hospice House of Poland.

He was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Warren, the son of the late Anthony and Consiglia (Giordano) Cornicelli.

Mike is survived by his wife, Anastasia (Zenevich) and five children, Michael (Donald Barshinger) Cornicelli of Chicago, Marilyn (Richard) Walton of Niles, Jerry (Christine) Cornicelli of Lakewood, Colo., Cheryl (Frank) Geidner of Austintown and Raymond Cornicelli of Howland Township. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Mark, Kim, Michael Paul, Andrew, Alex, Michael Francis, Jaclyn, Kelly and Frankie and two great-grandchildren. Ella and Maison. Mike also leaves two brothers, Matthew (Leona) Cornicelli of Howland and Joseph (Ann) Cornicelli of Niles and a sister-in-law, Mildred Cornicelli of Warren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel.

Mike was a 1942 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served aboard the USS Mascoma in World War II through five campaigns in the south and central Pacific. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Medal with five stars and the Philippine Liberation Medal. He was life member and past commander of VFW Post 2662.

He founded Cornicelli Cleaners in Warren in 1955 and was its sole proprietor until his retirement in 1989.

Mike enjoyed cooking, gardening, and civic work. He was a member and past president of the Warren Optimist Club, served as a member and chairman of the Howland Township Park Commission, a member and lifetime trustee of the Howland Athletic Club and a member, past president and lifetime trustee of the Howland Tigers Booster Club. He served 11 years as a member of the Howland Township Zoning Commission and five years as its chairman. He was also inducted into the Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame in its Heroes Corner.

The Rev. Donald King will celebrate a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2009, at the Blessed Sacrament Church.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Roberts-Clark Funeral Chapel.

Interment will be at All Souls Cemetery, where military honors will be observed.

The family suggests material contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley’s Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514 or Celtic Hospice 3530 Belmont Ave. Youngstown, OH 44505.

Please visit www.robertsclarkchapel.com to view this obituary online or to send condolences.

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