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Tributes published on September 1, 2010

Dallas Harris

YOUNGSTOWN – A memorial service celebrating the life of Ms. Dallas Harris will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, Hubbard Congregation, 278 Jacobs Road in Hubbard. 

Interment will be at Tod Homestead Cemetery Youngstown.

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

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Margaret (Slavic) Crishi

NORTH CANTON – Margaret (Slavic) Crishi, 88, passed away peacefully Sunday evening Aug., 29, 2010, at St. Luke Lutheran Home for the Aging in North Canton.

Margaret was born May 30, 1922, in New Salem, Pa.

Her husband, George, whom she married on Oct. 20, 1945, died Jan. 29, 1992.

Her greatest joy in life was her family! 

She leaves to cherish her memory, a son, Gregory (Barbara) of Texas; three daughters, Beverly (Thomas) Murphy and Janet (Mark) Hamilton, both of Chicago area and Patricia (David) Milam of North Canton; brother, James (Velma) Slavic of Struthers; 10 grandchildren; and two great- grandsons. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church of North Canton, 241 S. Main St. in North Canton with Msgr. James A. Clarke celebrant. 

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at Lake Park Cemetery Chapel, 1459 E. Midlothian Blvd. in Youngstown, with prayers conducted by Fr. Joseph Fata at 2 p.m.

The family requests no flowers.  Please make a donation in Margaret's name to St. Paul's Catholic Church of North Canton.

The Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements. Those wishing to share a fond memory or their condolences may visit www.reedfuneralhome.com to sign the Reed on-line guestbook.

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Marilyn Emily Swift

NILES – Marilyn Emily Swift, 84, passed away on Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at 1:55 p.m. at her residence, with her family at her side.

She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on April 7, 1926, to Frank M. and Florence (Friedmann) Zeiser Sr., and moved to Niles as a child, where she resided all her life.

A graduate of Niles McKinley High School, she attended Kent State University and received a bachelors of science degree in education from Youngstown State University.

For over 25 years, she was an elementary school teacher for the Niles City Schools.

A member of St. Stephen Church, she enjoyed baking, reading, breakfast wither her lifelong girlfriends and playing cards, especially beating everyone in 500 rummy. An Ohio State fan, she cherished the time attending her grandchildrens activities.

Marilyn is survived by two daughters, Betsy Swift of Columbus and Kathy Swift of Columbus; son James (Heidi) Swift of Niles; four grandchildren, Erin Swift, Ryan Swift, Kyle Swift and Emily Swift; sister Jeanne Mann of Cape Coral, Fla.; and her beloved dog, Holly.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George J. Swift, whom she married Nov. 24, 1949, and who passed away Feb. 23, 2005; and a brother, Frank M. Zeiser Jr.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at noon at St. Stephen Church. The Rev. Thomas Kraszewski will be the celebrant.

Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.

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

Visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to send condolences.

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Artice Lee Dixon

YOUNGSTOWN – A funeral service celebrating the life of Mr. Artice Lee Dixon, 70,  will be held Thursday at noon at the Washington Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lewis Macklin officiating.

Mr. Dixon was born Jan. 31, 1940, in Greenville, Ala., a son of Buddy L. and Leamaude McKinnon Dixon.

He was a graduate of Greenville High School and  later moved to New York, where he worked as a food handler for Bruno Meat Company. In 1973, he relocated to Youngstown, where he worked for several area car dealerships. In 1989, he retired from Woodside Receiving Hospital but his true passion was working on cars.

On Aug. 27, 2010, “our heavenly Father cast his eternal light onto Ron Joy Nursing Home and beckoned him home.”

He leaves to cherish his memory, a son, Artice Dixon Jr. of Youngstown; three stepsons, Cleveland, Robert and Joseph Jackson, all of Youngstown; three stepdaughters, Brenda Jackson of Pittsburgh, Mary and Shirley Jackson, both of New York;  a brother, John Dixon of Rock Island, Ill.; a sister, Glennie and her husband, James Young  of Boardman; an uncle, Johnnie and his wife, Mary McKinnon of Davenport, Iowa; an aunt, Florence Brown of Birmingham, Ala.; a grandson, Naquan S. Jackson; a devoted friend and companion, Bertha Jackson, both of Youngstown; a host of other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family will receive friends Thursday 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.

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Elizabeth J. Brott

BOARDMAN - Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, Aug. 31, 2010, at the Thompson Funeral Home for Elizabeth J. Brott, 81, who passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at her residence.

She was born May 3, 1929, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Lee and Ethel Booth Elmes.

Elizabeth, known as “Betty” was a graduate of South High School and a member of the Westminister Presbyterian Church. Before retiring in 1992, she was a cashier for Loblaws and then Value King. She had a passion for sewing and loved to quilt and crochet.

She is survived by her son, James M. Richard Jr.; a daughter, Heather Richard; and adopted daughter, Vicci Polish, all of Boardman; one brother, Roy Elmes of California; a sister, Martha Rodgers of Youngstown; and two great-granddaughters, Aeva and Celesta Richard. Betty also leaves her cherished cats, Zoe and Megan and a grand kitty, Sadie.

Besides her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Brott, whom she married in 1991 and died October 1997; a daughter, Saundra Lee Richard; and two brothers, William and James Elmes.

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Myron Daniel Krebsbach

CANFIELD – Myron Daniel Krebsbach was a beloved husband, father of four, uncle, brother, and friend that will be deeply missed. He was known for having a big heart and a never-ending compassion to helping and assisting others around him throughout his entire life.

Myron was born April 3, 1957, in Seattle, the son of Raymond and Florence Krebsbach.

He and his wife, Deborah, relocated to Ohio from Seattle in 2006 to be close to family. Myron always had an interest in animals and farming and brought those dreams to a reality by developing their farm in Canfield. He had a true compassion and love for all of their farm animals and his dog, Rusty, was a constant companion and sidekick.

He had a great love for his country and took great pride in his service in the U.S. Air Force, retiring after 20 years of service.

Myron was a gifted carpenter by trade that lived by a motto of “Do it Right, the First Time!” He used his skills beyond the workplace by volunteering his time to assist in Habitat for Humanity projects, as well as in several trips to Mississippi to help rebuild homes, families and communities after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Myron was also an accomplished culinary chef. He took his talents beyond an occupation and blessed others, often coordinating large meals for church groups and family events.

Myron was one that made friends everywhere. He would reshuffle his own schedule to help someone else in need of assistance. He had a natural compassion for serving others. He was also richly blessed with a gift for singing which he did in the church choir and in barbershop quartets. He also played the French horn and trumpet. He had a strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ which enabled him to put others ahead of himself. Myron attended the Damascus Friends Church in Damascus.

Besides his beloved wife, Deborah (Abrigg), he leaves four adult children, which are Marie Krebsbach of Bandon, Ore., Daniel Krebsbach of Akron, Greg Arseneault of Seattle and David Arseneault of Logan, Utah. He also leaves 10 nieces and nephews in Canfield and Norfolk, Va., as well as his mother and sisters in the state of Washington.

Friends may call at the Lane Funeral Home, Canfield Chapel from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and again from 10 until the time of services at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.

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

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Dolores J. Schlaegel

NILES – Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Idaho Road Alliance Church for Dolores J. Schlaegel, 78, who passed away Tuesday morning at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Dolores was born July 10, 1932, in Osceola Mills, Pa., a daughter of the late Glynn C. and Thelma M. (Frantz) Glass.

She attended the Idaho Road Alliance Church, enjoyed reading, baking and cake decorating. She worked at Delta Lake Bible Conference Center in Rome, N.Y. for 16 years.

Dolores is survived by her husband, Harold D. Schlaegel, whom she married June 26, 1954; four children, Doug (Robin) Schlaegel of Warren, Kim Moore of Leavittsburg, Brian (Miriam) Schlaegel of Franklin and Matthew (Ramona) Schlaegel of Lindenwold, N.J.; three brothers, Rey Glass of Niles, Clifton (Donna) Glass of Girard and Garry (Paula) Glass of Niles; four sisters, Lucille (William) Jones of Girard, Jane (Frank) Kashien of Niles, Lorraine Glass and Elaine Glass, both of Warren; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Idaho Road Alliance Church, 450 Idaho Road, Austintown, OH 44515 or Delta Lake Bible Conference Center, 6420 Pillmore Dr., Rome, NY 13440 in Dolores’ name.

Friends and family may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Niles Chapel, 415 Robbins Ave., Niles, OH 44446 and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

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

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Marilyn A. Roumfort

MEDINA – There will be services at 11 a.m. Friday at the Christ’s Church, 7155 Glenwood Ave., for Marilyn A. Roumfort, 81, of Western Reserve Masonic Community, formerly of Boardman, who died early Saturday morning, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Youngstown, a daughter of George E. and Hilma O. Nord Hake.

Marilyn was an Executive Secretary with G.F. Business Equipment in Youngstown, retiring after 30 years. She was a 1946 graduate of South High School and had attended Youngstown College Business School.

Marilyn was a member of the Christ’s Church where she sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Federated Club.

Marilyn is survived by her husband of 60 years, Richard R. Roumfort, whom she married, May 6, 1950; her daughters, Denise A. (Ray) Kollar of Canfield and Jodi K. Blais of Canal Winchester, Ohio; her son, Mark R. (Laurie) Roumfort of Muscatine, Iowa; and her grandchildren, Courtney, Kelsey and Jared Roumfort and Miranda and Mac Blais.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul A. Hake and her niece, Nancy L. Weimer.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Anstrom-Velker Funeral Home, 75 E. Midlothian Blvd. and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church, prior to the service.

Services will be conducted by the Reverend John R. Selders, Pastor of Christ’s Church in Boardman.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Western Reserve Masonic Community and Hospice of Medina for their compassionate care and concern for Marilyn.

Memorial contributions in Marilyn’s name may be give to: The Nancy L. Weimer Scholarship Fund, c/o Denise Kollar, Rem Ohio, 25 N. Canfield-Niles Road, Suite 40, Austintown, OH 44515.

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Donald J. Restle

BOARDMAN – Prayers will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by the Rev. Shawn Conaboy at  11 a.m.  at St. Charles Church, Boardman  for Donald J. Restle, 91, of Boardman who passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Don was born April 19, 1919, in Youngstown, a son of Emil and Nellie Newell Restle. 

On July 25, 1942, in Cleveland, Don married Leslie G. Fish, who passed away on April 30, 2008.

He was a member of St. Charles Church since 1956 and a member of Teamsters Local No. 416.  Don was affectionately known as the “Jukebox Man” by the many friends he made while working for more than 30 years for Acme Music.  Changing records on juke boxes and servicing equipment throughout the area resulted in his lifelong hobby of coin collecting. 

“Our Dad shared his passion for gardening by giving cuttings on home grown seedlings of his favorite plants to anyone who showed an interest.  For more than 70 years Dad captured the highlights of our family lives through his love of photography.  He also obtained a patent for 3-D mounted photographs.  Dad enjoyed performing magic tricks, making homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs on Sundays, watching silent movies, Judge Judy, the Price is Right and Glen Beck.  Dad inspired his children and grandchildren to pursue their interests in coin collecting, photography and gardening. ”

Don leaves his four daughters, Madonna Lee (Paul) Holko of Acworth, Ga., Louise Naples of Manteca, Calif., Suzanne (William “Buddy”) Schreiber of Minnesota and Jamie (John) Kovach of Findlay; a son, Donald P. (Kelly) Restle of Canfield; 12 grandchildren, Christopher, Anne and Paula (Holko), Jason and Kelly (Naples), Jonathan, Aimee and Dory (Schreiber), John, Eric and Holly (Kovach), Donnie and Dylan (Restle); and 18 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife and parents, Don was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Robert Restle.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m.  Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.

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Francis L. Tisler

“Together Again”

POLAND – Francis L. Tisler, 67, of Poland, died Tuesday morning, at his residence.

Francis, affectionately known as Frank, was born Dec. 18, 1942, in Campbell, a son of Joseph and Anna Perrott Tisler. He was raised in Campbell and moved to Poland in 1976.

He was a 1960 graduate of Ursuline High School and attended Youngstown State University. He was employed at the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company and Easco Aluminum now known as Indalloy. In the 1960’s Frank served in the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves and was activated and deployed in the Philippines.

Frank enjoyed gardening with his father-in-law. The garden was like a maze and together they produced vegetables, strawberries and pumpkins. He was an excellent baker and was especially known for his pizza. He not only baked, but enjoyed sharing all the baked goods with family, neighbors and friends. He was a runner, enjoyed bowling and golfing and was a member of the Greek Catholic Union Bowling League and The Vindicator Golf League. Frank was an active member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Church in Boardman.

His wife, the former Evangeline Lolakis, whom he married April 6, 1974, died Nov. 2, 2003.

He leaves his mother, of Campbell; three daughters, Filia Doctor, Carmel Sattarelle and Antoinette (Shawntel) Patton, all of Poland; four grandchildren, Anthony Tosca, Michael Doctor, Paige and Nomiki Willis; one sister, Louise (Joe) Korhan of Austintown; and three brothers, Joe and George (Martha) Tisler, all of Campbell and Anthony (Joanne) Tisler of Youngstown.

Besides his father and wife, Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Yvonne Tisler; father and mother-in-law, Gus and Filia Lolakis; and son-in-law, Michael Doctor.

A Panachida service will be held Friday at 9:15 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, in Poland and a Divine Liturgy will be held at 10 a.m. at the Infant Jesus of Prague Church in Boardman with Fr. Christopher Burke and Msgr. Alexis Mihalik officiating.

Interment will follow at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Lowellville.

Friends will be received Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home Poland, where the Parastis service will be held at 7 p.m.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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Charles 'Chas' E. Weimer

CANFIELD – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Charles “Chas” E. Weimer, 80, who died Monday morning at the Hospice House.

Chas was born Jan. 15, 1930, in Niles, the son of Fred and Thara Weimer.

Chas retired in 1992 after 37 years from Ohio Bell, where he had been a lineman and repair man. He graduated from Niles McKinley High School then served his country in the Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gail Anderson Weimer, whom he married July 14, 1951; daughters Barbara (David) Bernath of Chicago, Sherry Grimm of Columbus and Lori (Ken) Mikicic of Austintown. Chas is also survived by five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Mildred Blum of Niles and Maxine Gwinnup and brother John, both in California.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

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

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Lisa L. Martin

AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Boardman for Lisa L. Martin, 39, who died early Tuesday morning, at the Cleveland Clinic following a bone marrow transplant and a prior illness.

She was born Aug. 2, 1971, in Youngstown, the daughter of Richard and Linda Ann (Stefanick) Martin and she resided in this area all of her life.

She was a 1989 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. She also received an associate degree in floral design and marketing from the Ohio State University.

She was the owner and operator of Pickett Fences Floral and Gifts in Kentucky and Ohio for the past twenty years. She also worked in landscaping, she was a licensed real estate agent for Mike Coman Realty and most recently she worked for Zinz Construction and Restoration.

She played softball for the Austintown Little League for many years where she was known as “Animal,” for her competitiveness and excellent play.

Lisa was vivacious and talented and she had a great love for animals and farm life. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her parents, Richard and Linda, with whom she recently made her home; her two dear children, McClintock and Clay Ramseyer; a brother, Richard Martin of Austintown; her fiancée, Andrew Niederkohr and his daughter, Ashley of Carey, Ohio; her grandmother, Tillie Stefanick; her grandfather, Roy L. Martin; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and dear friends who were always there for her.

She was preceded in death by a grandfather, John Stefanick; a grandmother, Winona Martin; and a stepgrandmother, Wilma Martin.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lane Funeral Home, Mineral Ridge Chapel and from 10 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

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

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Grace E. McDougal

NORTH JACKSON – Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Grace E. McDougal, 95, who died Tuesday morning.

Grace was born Dec. 7, 1914, in North Jackson, the daughter of Wade and Maude (Burkey) Urich and was a lifelong area resident.

Grace married Thomas H. McDougal, May 29, 1931, they were married 67 years, until his death, in 1998. After they were married she moved less than a quarter mile down the road and has lived on Bailey Road all 95 years.

During her younger days, she had a butter and egg route in Warren and North Jackson, she also worked at the Lordstown Depot during World War II nailing boxes together to ship ammunition to the troops overseas. After the War she had various jobs, running a press making pullies for appliances, worked as a cook at Paul’s Truck Stop and retired from North Jackson Islay’s where she had been a cook for over 18 years. She was a very good cook and made the best potato salad around. Her family always said, “no one can beat Grandma Grace’s potato salad.”

Grace is survived by her children, Clara Mae (Bill) Sivert of Silver Springs, Fla., Thomas (Ruth) McDougal of Cropwell, Ala. and Wayne (Lucille) McDougal of North Jackson. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas and sisters Lois McDougal, Thelma Carlson and Florence McDougal.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions take the form of donations to the Shriner’s Hospital.

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

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Augustine 'Augie' William LaRosa

POLAND – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. Matthias Church, Youngstown, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman for Augustine “Augie” William LaRosa, 82, who passed away Sunday evening, Aug. 29, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, with his loving family at his side.

Augie will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends.

He was born July 14, 1928, in Youngstown, the son of James Vincent and Myrtle (Harmon) LaRosa.

He worked for Republic Steel Company for over 32 years and retired in 1982 from being supervisor in the maintenance department.

Augie was a lifelong member of St. Matthias Church, where he was a Eucharistic Minister and Lector for many years.

He was a World War II veteran, where he served in the U.S. Army and then in the U.S. Marines Corps.

Augie was an avid golfer, bowler and Cleveland sports fan, always supporting the Indians and Browns.

He leaves behind to hold onto his memories, his wife of over 59 years, the former Patricia Gibbons, whom he married on Sept. 12, 1950; a daughter, Kathleen (David) Williams of Canfield; two sons, James (Charlene) LaRosa of New Springfield and Gerald (Lindy) LaRosa of Perth, Australia; 10 grandchildren, Amanda, Melissa, Jason, Laura (Tom), Christie, James, Hannah, Aedan, Angie and Jason; and five great-grandchildren, Alex, Brendan, Nicholas, Nathan and Nina.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his 10 siblings, Lottie Zuckla, Lertie Harmon, Joseph LaRosa, Mary Jane Chitarovich, James LaRosa, John LaRosa, Nancy Altier, Ellen Frazzini Winters and Louis and Augustine LaRosa, whom both died as infants.

Friends may call on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m., where the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild will hold a prayer service at 4:45 p.m., all at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors provided by the great men from the Trumbull County American Legion.

Material contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, c/o Cancer Research, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

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Robert T. Vasvari

STRUTHERS – There will be funeral services Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home, 258 Poland Ave., in Struthers and at noon at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers for Robert T. Vasvari, 50, who passed away Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at his home.

He was born May 13, 1960, a son of Ronald M. and Joanne M. Novak Vasvari.

Robert was a 1978 graduate of Struthers High School and was previously employed at Rite Aid, Sparkle Markets and IGA. He was a member of the United Food Workers Local No. 880. He enjoyed Harley Davidsons. A special thank you to his good friends, Gabe and Chris. Robert loved his dog, Target.

Robert is survived by his parents of Struthers; a son, Michael of Youngstown; a sister, Debra (Randy) West of Columbus; two nephews, Randy and John West; and two nieces, Erin West and Nicole (Kevin) Rigby; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Helen Novak and Nellie and Victor Vasvari.

Friends may call today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery.

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

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Mary Elizabeth 'Betty' Clegg Young

TEQUESTA, FLA. – Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Clegg Young, 90, peacefully passed away at her residence on Aug. 27, 2010, after an extended illness.

Born in Rochester, N.Y. on July 11, 1920, a daughter of the late Florence McKelvey Harris, she had been a resident of Tequesta for over 40 years and formerly lived in Youngstown.

Mrs. Young graduated from The Rayen School (Youngstown) and attended Stephens College and Stoneleigh Junior College.

She was a dedicated volunteer and board member for The Junior League of Youngstown and The Palm Beaches, The Florence Crittenden Home, Planned Parenthood, Garden Club of Youngstown, Republican Women’s Committee and Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Betty, a member of Tequesta Country Club, loved to travel and was an avid tennis and bridge player.

Betty is survived by her husband of 67 years, James Young of Tequesta; a sister, Helene Klepper of Sarasota, Fla.; a son, J. Brann Young (Judy) of Canfield; a daughter, Liza Van Horn (Jim) of Pawleys Island, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Peter M. Young (Nancey) of Edinboro, Pa.; four grandchildren; and three great-grand children.

She was preceded in death by her son, Peter McKelvey Young, and brothers Robert Clegg and Edward Clegg.

No services are planned.

Memorials may be sent to the Fellows Riverside Garden, Mill Creek Metro Parks, 234 McKinley Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509.

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Marcella D. Charity

YOUNGSTOWN Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Marcella D. Charity, 76, who departed this life Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at her home.

Mrs. Charity, lovingly known as “Shang,” was born July 28, 1934, in Martins Ferry, a daughter of Irwin and Freda Wilson Palm, coming to this area from Pennsylvania in the early 1960s.

She was a 1952 graduate of Farrell High School.

She had worked at Sharon General Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Strouss and was a homemaker.

She was a former member of the East High Golden Bears Boosters and the Ruth A.M.E. Zion Church in Sharon, Pa., and attended the Victory Christian Center.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and traveling.

Her husband, Joseph P. Charity Sr., whom she married in 196l, passed away Jan. 9, 2008.

She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, two children, Yvonne (James) Smith of Hubbard and Timogen Charity of Dublin; a stepson, Joseph P. Charity Jr. of Lakewood, Calif.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Barbara Jackson of Salisbury, Md., Patricia Ferguson and Betty (Donald) Talbert, both of Sharon; two brothers, Leland Palm and Edward (Vivian) Palm, both of Lompoc, Calif.; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a stepson, Harry M. Charity.

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

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John Vernon Tapp

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. John Vernon Tapp, 94, who departed this life Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital.

Mr. Tapp was born March 3, 1916, in Corydon, Ky., one of 10 children born to Otho and Maggie Tapp.

He received his certification in interior decorating from Youngstown State University. He had been employed with Kreidler Construction Company for 47 years, retiring in 1982. He was a longtime member of the Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He leaves to cherish his beloved memory, a loving devoted daughter, Marylynn Erkard of Warren; his sister, Anna Lee Dixion of Corydon, Ky.; two great-grandchildren, Wohn E. Harden of Springs, Texas and Danell Ruedy of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Lillian Talbert, who passed away Nov. 9, 2004; a grandson, Wohn E. Erkard; and nine brothers and sisters.

Friends may call Friday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Julia Ann Garnet

CONNEAUTVILLE, PA. – Julia Ann Garnet, 92, formerly of Hartstown, Pa. and a resident of Rolling Fields, Conneautville, Pa., died there Aug. 31, 2010.

She was born Dec. 10, 1917, in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Ann Kalmer Kish.

She married Rocco Garnet in 1939, and he preceded her in death in 1972.

Julia was a graduate of Chaney High School and was employed at Conneaut School District for 35 years. She previously was owner and operator with her husband of Garnet’s Greenhouse, Hartstown.

She was a member of Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church.

Survivors include four sons, Phillip Garnet and his wife, Diane of McDonald, James Garnet of Hartstown, Gary Garnet and his wife, Connie of Cortland and Rocco Garnet and his wife, Cheryl of Conneaut Lake, Pa.; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, John, Pete, Joe, Frank, Gus, George, and Steve Kish; and a sister, Ann Fahl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, 155 S. Ninth St., Conneaut Lake.

Interment will be at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of the Americas Cemetery, P.O. Box 110, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Waid-Coleman Funeral Home, 12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.

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Verna Quaranta

BOARDMAN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Charles Church, Boardman, with the Rev. Shawn Conoboy officiating for Verna Quaranta, 88, who passed away early Saturday morning, Aug. 28, 2010.

Verna will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends.

She was born June 16, 1922, in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph and Anna (Danessa) Quaranta. Verna lived in California and Boston and returned to the Youngstown Area in 1966.

Verna worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for the Mural Room in downtown Youngstown.

She enjoyed playing Bingo, drawing, reading and was an avid historian.

She leaves behind to hold onto her memories, a brother, Ronald Quaranta Sr. of Boardman; six nieces and nephews, Joseph (Mary Jane) Quaranta, Gerald Quaranta, Anna Quaranta, Ronald Jr. (Carolyn) Quaranta, Sheryl Zupko, and Lynn (Frank) Guerrieri, all of Boardman; 10 great-nieces and nephews; five great-great-nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Mary Quaranta.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Quaranta; and three brothers, Lee, Edward, and Jerry Quaranta.

Friends may call on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at St. Charles Church, 7325 Westview Drive, Boardman.

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

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