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STRUTHERS – A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the Faith Community Evangelical Covenant Church, 1919 Midlothian Blvd. in Youngstown, for Cynthia Marie (Skoloda) Mannismith, 51, who passed away on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in Marysville.

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NEW CASTLE, PA. –  There were private services held for Dorothy Huber, 81, who passed away Tuesday morning at L.C. Geri Care.

She was born March 17, 1930, in Youngstown, a daughter of Edwin F. and Cora V. Messer Frye and was a lifelong area resident.

Dorothy worked for Mahoning National Bank. She enjoyed collecting and reselling antiques.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Jim (Gay) Miller of Pulaski, Pa.; her two stepsons, Greg Huber of New Middletown and Eric Huber of Pittsburgh;  a granddaughter, Brandy McAllen of Pulaski; three great-grandchildren, Lucas, Ciarra and Ashlynn; and three sisters, Kathleen Carson of South Carolina, Nancy Chavet of California and Carol Barber of New Castle.

Besides her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Gregory Huber, who died in June of 2010; a brother, Edwin Frye; and two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Frye and Margaret Frye.

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

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CORTLAND – Ray Adkins, 79, passed away Nov. 28, 2011, Monday morning, at Briarfield Manor.

Ray was born Dec. 27, 1931, in Sias, W.Va., the son of the late  Millard and Mabel Adkins.

Ray was a Union Representative for many years at Local 717 and Packard Electric Division of General Motors. He served as an Alternate, District and Zone Committeeman and acting Shop Chairman. He was a member of a negotiating committee for two contracts, 717 Trustee, Board Member of 717 Building Corporation. He served as a Pension Representative until retiring after 39 years of service with General Motors Corporation.

He enjoyed computers, music, riding his motorcycles and photography. He was an avid traveler and played Steel Guitar for many local bands, as well as Nashville Stars, throughout his career.

Ray married Martha Lee Wilcox on April 3, 1950. Martha passed away on Oct. 3, 1998.

He leaves his daughters, Sherry (Augie) Colucci of Austintown, Barbara (Tim) Lingo of Spokane, Wash. and Nanci Rich of Austintown; and his son, Mark (Karen) Adkins of Midfield, Texas. He also leaves one brother, Wayne Adkins of Victorville, Calif.; his grandchildren, Zachery Lingo, Sarah Lingo, Mark Adkins Jr., Jonathan Racco, Danielle Long, Chance Rich, Emma Rich, Ty Lingo, Jenny Skaftun, Christy Catheline and Dena Casey; and great-grandchildren, Cameron, Makenna and Isabella Long, Madison, Payton, Chloe and Colby Lingo, Trajan, Makenna and Christian Skaftun, Rocco and Angelina Catheline, and Brady and Colin Casey.

Ray also leaves his long time friend and companion, Laree Brown of Howland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Martha; and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held Dec. 3, 2011, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.

Calling hours will be Dec. 2, 2011, Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home.

Ray’s family would like to thank all the staff at Briarfield at The Ridge and all those at Harbor Light Hospice.

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HUBBARD – Graveside funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Hall Cemetery for James Leo McCabe, 81, who died Tuesday morning Nov. 29, 2011, at Pembrooke Place.

He was born July 30, 1930 in Ransom, Pa., a son of John J. and Gertrude Schuman McCabe and moved to Youngstown as a child in 1940.

Mr. McCabe worked in the payroll accounting department of Youngstown Sheet and Tube at Campbell and Brier Hill for 28 years before retiring in 1980. He graduated from The Rayen School, attended several vocational programs and was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. James was a former member of St. Columba and St. Dominic Churches. He had many hobbies, including crafting and floral design and in general, enjoyed collecting things.

He leaves three nieces and a nephew, Maureen (Bill) Bross, Kathleen (James) Fagan, Edward (Kim) Patrick and Christine Patrick; three great-nephews; and one great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jean A. Patrick.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial donations may be made to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road., Canfield, OH 44406.

Visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Union Baptist Church for Ms. Darlene Tennant-Beacham, 47, who the Lord called home Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Ms. Tennant was born Sept. 20, 1964, in Sharon, Pa., a daughter of Clem Evans and Patricia Tennant.

She was a 1982 graduate of Farrell High School. Darlene loved singing, spending time with family and friends and making them laugh. Her family was a very important part of her life.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother; a son, Rashun P. Tennant; two daughters, Taiesha L. Tennant and Kenysha (Mudder) Beacham, all of Youngstown; her fiancé, Jerome Justice of Youngstown; a stepsister, Clemacie (Tina) Evans of Hermitage, Pa; three stepbrothers, Marlon Evans of Michigan, Richardo (Ricky) Evans of Warren and Terrance Evans of Sharon; two grandchildren, whom she adored, Ty-Quan Smith and Tylayah Tennant; her best friends, Kayla Lites of Farrell, Pa. and Cynthia Boatwright of Sharon; and a host of family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and grandmother, Lenora Moore.

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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HUBBARD – There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Mary M. Robbins, 80, who entered into rest on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Park Vista Retirement Community.

Mary was born on Sept. 29, 1931, in Sharon Pa., a daughter of William and Margaret Pierson McCann.

She worked as an LPN for many years at Heritage Manor in Youngstown and later North Side Hospital.

Mary was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Hubbard.

Her husband, Charles A. Robbins, whom she married on Sept. 1, 1951, passed away Nov. 13, 2000.

She is survived by her daughter, Candy (Eugene) Eliser of Hubbard and her son, Charles W. (Tamara) Robbins of Marion. She also leaves her brother, William McCann of New Springfield; six grandchildren, Erica, Adam, Erin, Ian, Kristopher, and Kelly; and a great-grandson, Isaac.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Burial will be at Hubbard Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Joanie Abdu Breast Care Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504.

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

Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home Providing Funeral Service Since 1850

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MINERAL RIDGE – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by the Rev. Stephen Popovich, at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul the Apostle Church, New Middletown for James Sabelli, 89, who passed away Sunday morning at Hospice House.

James was born Dec. 1, 1921, in Youngstown, a son of Philip and Philomena Bernard Sabelli and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a veteran in the U.S. Army, where he served in the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment and was awarded two Bronze Stars. James was a longtime employee at Republic Steel and a longtime parishioner at St. Dominic’s parish.

He enjoyed bowling, was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns, but most of all, loved his family and was dedicated to his wife, Anna, of over 65 years.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Anna Sipusic, whom he married Sept. 14, 1946; his two sons, Robert (Debi) Sabelli of Aurora and Michael (Berni) Sabelli of Poland; a brother, Daniel Sabelli of Boardman; six grandchildren, Ryan (Jamie) Sabelli, Marc Sabelli, Erin (Kyle) Moon, Gina (Mathieu) Morris, Tony Sabelli and Danielle Sabelli; and two great-grandchildren, Patrick and Kyle.

Besides his parents, James was preceded in death by a brother, Louis Sabelli and three sisters, Mary LaGamba, Lena Marciano and Antonette Merritt.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman.

James’ family wishes that any memorial donations be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

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

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BROOKFIELD – Michael “Mickey” Dutton, 59, entered peacefully into rest on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at 6:10 a.m., surrounded by his loving family, at the Hospice House in Poland, following a four month illness with Pancreatic Cancer.

Mickey was born the son of the late Roy and Jean ( Brennen) Dutton on April 13, 1952, in Youngstown, and was a resident of Brookfield for 36 years.

He was retired from the General Motors Corporation in 2000, after 30 years of service and was a member of the New Life Lutheran Church in Liberty.

Mickey was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He most often would be found outdoors, teaching his sons his skills in hunting, or giving tirelessly to coach them in all sports. His true passion was his Harley and having his best friend, his wife, riding safely behind as one, searching for new adventures together. He always had a smile and time to help a friend. He will be sadly missed by all.

On April 26, 1975, Mickey was united into marriage with the former Darlene Morris and had shared 36 years together.

His memories will be remembered and cherished by those he leaves behind, his wife, Darlene Dutton; sons, Bryan Dutton (Danielle) of Akron, Brad Dutton (Jessica) of Las Vegas and Brandon Dutton (Nicole) of Hubbard; a brother, Scott Dutton of Fowler; a sister, Sandy Stark of Austintown; stepmother, Dot Dutton of Kinsman; grandchildren, Dino, Sonny, Joey, Bella and Michael, and Brandon and Nicole, expecting a girl in January 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at the New Life Lutheran Church in Liberty. Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home in Warren. Officiating will be the Rev. Bill Wessner.

Contributions may be made to the Michael Dutton Benefit Fund, c/o the Seven Seventeen Credit Union, 585 Youngstown-Kingsville Road, Vienna, OH 44473-9318 or to the Hospice House, c/o 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road, N.E. Warren, OH 44483.

Dedicated To Serving Your Loved Ones

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BOARDMAN - Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Christ’s Church, 7155 Glenwood Ave., for Ronald W. Savon, 55, who passed away Tuesday morning at his home after a courageous six year battle with cancer.

Ron was born May 5, 1956, in Youngstown, a son of Eugene R. and Mary Ann (Byers) Savon.

Ron graduated from Chaney High School in 1975 and Youngstown State University with a Bachelors Degree in Science. He was a job placement coordinator for Burdman Group. He was a former member of the Boardman Rotary and was a member of the National Association of Realtors. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends.

Ron leaves his wife, the former Mary Lou Prezioso, whom he married Aug. 10, 1984; his daughter, Jennifer Latell of Boardman; his mother, Mary Ann Savon of Youngstown; his two brothers, Bob (Sheree) Savon and Rick Savon, both of Youngstown; and his granddaughter, Bree Latell.

Ron was preceded in death by his father, Eugene R. Savon and a brother, Raymond Savon.

Family and friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Christ’s Church.

Burial will take place at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

« Sign the guestbook for RONALD W. SAVON.


YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc., for Joseph McArthur Croom, 65, who departed this life Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Croom was born Aug. 1, 1946, in Boothton, Ala., a son of William and Nellie B. Honeycutt Croom.

He served in the U.S. Navy.

He leaves a daughter, Alicia Croom of Newark, N.J.; a son, Rodney Mills of Gainesville, Fla.; a brother, Halden (Dorothy) Croom of Chicago; four sisters, Nellie Wheeler of Villarica, Ga., Louise Kendrick of Strongsville, Asye Muhammad of Akron and Marci (Edward) Malone of Chicago; three half sisters, Kathleen Ervin of Youngstown, Katherine Roberts of Atlanta and Jeanette Barrett of Boardman; and niece and guardian, Linda Hollis of Youngstown;

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wali Rasul; and four sisters, Minnie Johnson, Leola Mitchell, Catherine Williams and Wilma Croom.

Condolences may be sent to Linda Hollis, 3820 Huntmere Ave., Austintown, OH 44515.

Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

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MAPLE HEIGHTS – Phyllis E. (Clacko) Gedeon passed away Nov. 25.

She was the dearly beloved wife of Walter Sr. (deceased); dearest mother of Thelma J. Rhome, Deborah A. Portale (Charley), Walter N. (Sue), Kathy M. McHalffey (Robert), Phyllis A. Tomajko (Robert) and Michael W. (deceased); loving grandmother of 10; great-grandmother of nine; dearest sister of Mary Bizzari, Sue Federico and Anthony Clacko; dear aunt and great-aunt.

Services will be Saturday, Dec. 3, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home and at 10 a.m. at St. Monica Church.

The family will receive friends at Vito-Nero Funeral Home, 6130 Turney Road in Garfield Heights (two blocks south of Rockside) on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

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FLORIDA – A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 5400 Market St. in Boardman for Lucille Carlson Hodes, 96, who passed away on Nov. 13, 2011. A time to greet family and friends will be held after the committal service.

Born Jan. 29, 1915, Lucille was raised in Boardman as the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Boardman High School and attended Youngstown College before marrying Dr. Phillip B. Hodes in November of 1939.

Having lived in Liberty Township for 32 years, they retired together to Manasota Key, Fla. in 1971, where she enjoyed living on the beach. She had been a resident of Bay Village of Sarasota since 1992.

She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, Youngstown, where she taught Sunday School, was president of the Presbyterian Women’s Association and was an ordained Elder. Later, she served the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Sarasota, in the same roles. She served as project chairperson for Church Women United. She was a volunteer for remedial reading and other one-on-one student programs in Youngstown and later in Florida. She participated in the Adopt a Grandparent program. Throughout her life, she was committed to sharing her gifts with others. If anyone had need for compassion, mercy or justice in his life, she was a kind, gracious and generous benefactor.

A devoted daughter and mother, she is survived by one sister, Isabelle Sandquist of Vestavia, Ill.; a daughter, Judy Watts of New Orleans; and a son, Jeff Hodes, formerly of Youngstown, now of Herndon, Va. She leaves five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband, Dr. Phillip B. Hodes, preceded her in death in October of 1992.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial tributes in her honor be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 1130 N. Rampart St., New Orleans, LA 70116 or Project C.U.R.E., Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 7950 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231.

Local arrangements are by the Anstrom-Velker Chapel, a Lane Family Funeral Home.

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STRUTHERS – A memorial service will be held Friday at noon at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Charles P. Pokopatz, 61, who passed away at home.

Charles was born on July 3, 1950, in Youngstown, a son of John and Margaret Wasser Pokopatz.

He lived in the area his whole life and worked for the P&LE Railroad, then as a custodian at the Struthers High School and was currently working for the CSX Railroad in the car department. Charles was of the Catholic faith.

Charles leaves his mother, Margaret of Poland; one brother, John M. Pokopatz of Poland; one sister, Jane (Harry) Ringer of Washington, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Jenna Ficker and Jacob Ficker. He also leaves his nephews, John Pokopatz, Dan (Amanda) Thomas, Mark DeLost and Harry and Jason Ringer; his nieces, Nina and Jennifer DeLost; and a great-niece, Ava Jean Pokopatz, whom he adored very much.

Charles was preceded in death by his father; one daughter, Amy S. Pokopatz; and one sister, Jean Pokopatz DeLost.

Friends may call one hour before the service at the funeral home on Friday from 11 a.m. to noon.

Material contributions can be made in Charles’ name to the donors choice.

Visit www.clementefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.

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