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FAYETTEVILLE, GA. – Mr. Leonard Woodrow Shaw, 92, passed away on Feb. 4, 2011.

After 30 years of service, Mr. Shaw retired as the manager of the retail department at Isaly’s Dairy in Youngstown. He later retired from McArthur’s Dairy in Miami.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Emerson Shaw and Bertha Marie Dietzel Shaw and his sister, Dorothy Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Della L. Shaw; son, Leonard Shaw Jr. of Westminster, S.C.; daughter, Diana Lynn Balas and her husband, Robert of Fayetteville; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Mark Westmoreland officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Fayetteville First UMC Children’s Fund, 170 E. Lanier Ave., Fayetteville, GA 30214.

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SIDNEY –  On Oct. 7, 1943, in Youngstown, the Lord blessed Peter and Thelma Poulakos with their second child. It was a beautiful baby boy, he was named James Thomas Poulakos. There was great joy in the Poulakos household. The joy however would turn to great concern when the doctor informed the new parents that James had Down Syndrome. The doctor further indicated that James would never learn to walk or talk. His advice to Peter and Thelma was to place him in an institution and forget about him for that would be the easiest and best thing to do for him and the rest of the family.

 The doctor’s advice fell on deaf ears. Peter and Thelma brought baby James home and loved and cared for him and never told their seven other children that he had Down Syndrome. What would that doctor say if he knew that James lived 67 years, four months and four days?

 James “Jimmy” Poulakos passed away Feb. 4, 2011, surrounded by his loving family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter D. Poulakos (1973) and Thelma Bainbridge Poulakos (2002); and a sister, Georgianne (1961).

Jimmy leaves behind sisters, Teria Claire (Butch) Ross of  Columbiana, Donnajean (Dennis) Ruble of Sidney, Esther Lee Pederson and Rody Reed of Cincinnati, Elizabeth Ann (Ted) Warmoth of Girard JoAnn (Dave) Lataster of Xenia; and a brother, Peter (Cindy) Poulakos of New Middletown.

He will be greatly missed by his nephews, Michael Ross, Daniel Ruble, Peter Poulakos, Chip Morley and Nathan Warmoth; and nieces, Michaelle Ross, Dana Ruble, Jennifer Warmoth, April Marchese, Mandy Garner, Jamie Morley and Sarah Morley. 

Jimmy was also a wonderful uncle to eight great-nieces and nephews.

 Jimmy grew up in the Youngstown area and attended programs through the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities when they became available in the 1960s. He moved to Sidney in 1993 and had been a loyal employee of S&H Products.

 Jimmy was known for his unconditional love of people, his wonderful manners, his beautiful smile that would light up anyone who met him and his forever love of Lawrence Welk. For nine years, he lived with his sister, Donnajean and her husband, Dennis in Sidney. For the past six months, he was a resident at Dorothy Love Retirement Community Center. He will be remembered as the best Sorry (board game) player, giver of peppermints and his ability to charm every woman by telling them how beautiful they were and kiss their hand. Chivalry lived forever in Jimmy’s heart.

 At a time like this, Jimmy’s family believes there is a sorrow for which no heart could ever be prepared.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb Funeral Home in Hubbard.

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

Burial will be at Belmont Park Cemetery.

 Memorial contributions may be made to S and H Products Senior Programs, 435 South Stolle Drive, Sidney, OH 45365.

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

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COLUMBIANA - Feb. 6, 2011, Richard Wade Steepleton, 59, of 4400 Signal Road, died at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday at his home.

Mr. Steepleton was born Feb. 10, 1951, in East Liverpool, a son of Richard E. and Phyllis Hall Steepleton.

Richard was an electronics technician for Ellwood Quality Steels, New Castle, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, the former Patricia J. Pusser, whom he married Dec. 4, 1983 and a sister-in-law, DeeDee Steepleton of Poland.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Gregory D. Steepleton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana with Pastor Gary Rozier officiating.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.  Inurnment will take place in Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Please visit www.familycareservices.com to sign the guest register and send condolences to the family.

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LIBERTY – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Church for William J. McGuire, 90, of Liberty, who died Thursday morning, Feb. 3, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Mr. McGuire was born May 2, 1920, in Youngstown, the son of James P. and Mary Elizabeth (McGovern) McGuire. 

He graduated from Ursuline High School in 1937 and attended St. Joseph Seminary College and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  Mr. McGuire was a U.S. Marine World War II veteran, where he was a sergeant serving with Fifth Marine Division landing on Iwo Jima and witnessing the flag raising in 1945.  He was honorably discharged June 10, 1946. 

Mr. McGuire started his steelmaking career with US Steel’s Bessemer Operations in Pittsburgh and later was employed by Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company Campbell Works, where he was General Foreman in the Open Hearth.

Mr. McGuire was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy E. O’Hara, whom he married Oct. 24, 1942. She died Feb. 24, 2006. 

He is survived by four children, William E. McGuire of Liberty, James P. (Michelle) McGuire of Monroe, Mich., Michael J. McGuire of Arlington, Va. and Darline (John) Franken of Canton; five grandchildren, Brian McGuire, Sean McGuire, Briget (Franken) Morrison, Erin (Franken) Collins and Jake Franken; and seven great-grandchildren. 

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, James P. McGuire; and sister, Alice White.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Edward Church. 

The family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to MVI Home Care and MVI Hospice Care, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.

Arrangements are being handled by the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home.

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SEMINOLE, FLA. – There will be services at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Kathleen R. Bartlett-Baigrie, 57, formerly of Hubbard, who passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at home.

Kathleen was born Oct. 1, 1953, in Youngstown, a daughter of Bernard M. and Shirley Ann Doyle Granttham.

She was a registered nurse at Palms Hospital of Passadena in Passadena, Fla.

Her husband, Gerald Baigrie, passed away in 2003.

She is survived by her son, Ray (Kim) Bartlett of Austintown; her daughters, Amanda Marasco of Seminole and Amber (Paul) Newman and Jenna (Mike) Andrews, both of Largo, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

She also is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Bartlett of Hubbard.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Matthew J. Bartlett; and an infant brother, James Granttham.

There will be calling hours on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sun Coast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.

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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YOUNGSTOWN – Khariella Bailey passed with God on Feb. 3, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She is sadly missed by friends and family and is forever cherished by mother, Katie Horuath and father, William Bailey.

Mommy and daddy love you pooder.

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CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church for Peter Spiro Mastrovaselis, 78, whose 20 year struggle with Parkinson’s disease finally came to an end Monday evening.

Spiro was born April 13, 1932, in Campbell, the son of Giorgios and Kalliope Mastrovaselis of Kalymnos, Greece.

A lifelong resident of Campbell, he fondly recalled the lively, diverse neighborhood around his 11th Street home, where he played street ball and jumped rail cars with his friends and brother John.

As a boy he shined shoes from Wilson Avenue to downtown Youngstown and later boxed at the Pirone A.C. Athletic Club.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and became a radioman on the ship the Arneb, where he continued his love for boxing and the adventure of sailing. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he worked at the Campbell Sheet and Tube, while he earned teaching degrees from Youngstown State University and later his Masters Degree in Education from Westminster College.

In 1957, he was appointed Street Commissioner in the city of Campbell. A 1939 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, Spiro loved the people of the city of Campbell and participated in functions at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, where he helped coach the GOYA athletic teams.

Spiro contributed 35 fulfilling years of teaching and coaching the youth in the Campbell City Schools and made great friendships with his fellow teachers. In addition to teaching mainly reading and special education, he coached football, basketball, tennis, track and cross-country. Because he never forgot the difficulties of his own childhood and “where he came from,” Spiro enjoyed motivating young men who came from challenging circumstance.

Spiro was a sports enthusiast, he especially enjoyed watching track and field events. He spent his whole life surrounded by good family and friends. He enjoyed watching his nieces and nephew grow up and especially his grandsons. He had a great time playing poker and having food parties with his brother and sisters. His empty chair between them can never be filled.

In addition to his wife, the former Ioanna Triantafilou, whom he married in Heraklion, Crete, Greece, July 26, 1961, he leaves his children and grandchildren, who will miss him dearly, Christine (John) Schialdone of Lowellville, Colleena Mastrovaselis of New York City, Zambia (Matthew) Jamison of Howland and George Spiro of Campbell; his four grandsons, Tony, Big Spiro, Little Spiro and Niko; and he also leaves many nieces and nephews who he loved as much as his own children.

In addition to his children and wife, he leaves his brother, John (Bertha) Mastrovaselis; Mary (Donald) Barker, Themelina (Nikolas) Ginnis and Martha (Constatinos) Marousis.

Treated like a dear brother, he will also be missed by his wife Ioanna’s family, Panorea (George) Kambouris, Maria (Andreas) Vamvakis, Nick (JoAnn) Triantafillou, Kyriaki (Ioannis) Kambourakis, Nitsa Triantafillou, Eleni Triantafillou and Maria Trigoni

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Sakellarios (Charles); beloved godfather Triantafillos, who helped raise and guide him in his youth; and brothers-in-law, Triantafillos and Andonis.

The Mastrovaselis family would like to thank Hampton Woods and Hospice of the Valley for the excellent care given to Spiro near the end of his life.

Should friends desire, monetary donations can be made to The Spiro Mastrovaselis Scholarship Fund; donations will be received at the funeral home.

The Mastrovaselis family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., where there will be a 6 p.m. prayer service and on Friday morning from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the church.

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

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DENVER – Born in 1917 while armies of the world clashed in Europe, Anna May Jenkins saw the birth of “talking” films, television and space travel. She was familiar with both hard and good times. Afflicted with numerous childhood illnesses while growing up in the Pittsburgh and Youngstown areas, she later enjoyed nearly perfect health into her 90s.

She loved going to the Palace Theater in Youngstown with her father, George Fuls, perhaps even more so after losing her mother, Irene Bach Fuls, to cancer. With her father often on the road as a traveling salesman, Anna May had to help raise her younger sister Ruth and did so admirably. The Great Depression left a lasting impact on Anna May, teaching her to “make do” with whatever was available. For decades afterward, Anna May’s fruit cellar was always stocked with fruits and vegetables she had canned herself.

During World War II while armies of the world again clashed, Anna May worked in a Youngstown employment office, where she met Ivor N. Jenkins who soon left for college in Michigan. Following a two-year courtship, Anna May informed Ivor that she had invested two years of her life (and untold dozens of tasty baked goods) in the relationship and she was not about to see that effort wasted. And so following the war, the two married and moved to Minnesota where three children, Jennifer, Gareth and Marilyn, were born. The last child, Alan, was born back in Youngstown after Mr. Jenkins took a position as superintendent of Boardman Park. Alan does not remember a single day in which his mother was not there to greet him when he came home from school.

Indeed, probably the greatest joy of her life was to see all four of her children grow into independent and (somewhat!) stable adults whom she loved to visit – “seeing the country” that way. She and Ivor often toured the country in their van and in later years, she visited Hawaii, Switzerland, Germany, the Northwest coast, Alaska, Colorado and many places in between.

She also enjoyed fellowship with friends as well as community service. One time, Anna May and a couple of friends wanted to hold a small women’s prayer meeting in their local church. When the rector refused to open the church building for the meeting, Anna May quietly protested by holding the meeting on the bench outside the locked church building! The bishop heard of this and eventually formed a new church body of those similarly led to exercise their faith in a personal way. Determinedly independent, Anna May moved to Columbiana following her husband’s death in 1986 and lived on her own for more than 20 years, until she was past 90 years old. During that time, Anna May kept busy with gardening, Bible studies, visiting her children and grandchildren, and volunteering with St. Elizabeth Hospital and Hospice of the Valley. The Lord only knows how many lives she touched that way.

In good health until the end, Anna May recently enjoyed visits from her two daughters and grandson, talked with all her children on the phone, and told her son “I have my shoes on and I’m ready to go home.” She fell asleep and passed quickly to glory with her daughters at her side, she was 93.

Anna May leaves her four children; five grandchildren, Jolie, Tim, Peter, Mara and Jesse; and one most determined great-granddaughter, Vanessa.

Her children ask that you honor her memory by giving of yourself to others so as to make this a better world for all.

Donations can be made in her memory to the Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512 or to a charity of your choice.

No public memorial service is scheduled.

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LOWELLVILLE – Shirley M. Walkama, 87, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at the Hospice House.

Mrs. Walkama was born May 29, 1923, in Struthers, a daughter of Charles and Helen Smiley Walter.

She was a graduate of Struthers High School and was a homemaker. Mrs. Walkama was a member of the Lowellville Christian Church, a former member of the Eastern Star and was once active in the former Cafaro Memorial Guild. She enjoyed spending time with her family, embroidery and needlework.

Her husband, Jacob E. Walkama, whom she married June 25, 1941, died March 27, 1989.

She leaves her three daughters, Karen (Bill) Baker of Forest, Va., Susan (Larry) McNab of Leetonia and Lori (Wayne) Tibbits of Ellsworth; sister, Hope Sokol of Struthers; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Edward Walkama; sister, Lena Grinnen; and brother, Leroy McLure.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland, where family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Interment will be at the Lowellville Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions in Mrs. Walkama’s name to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

« Sign the guestbook for SHIRLEY M. WALKAMA.


NEW MIDDLETOWN - Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Poland United Methodist Church for Thomas M. Hatmaker, 57, who passed away Sunday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Thomas was born Sept. 19, 1953, in Salem to Dr. William F. and Olga (Evankovich) Hatmaker Sr.

Thomas was a 1972 graduate of Springfield Local. He graduated from Barber College and Choffin in Nursing. He was a barber for over 10 years and was an LPN for Enrichment Center Inc. He loved sports and NASCAR. His greatest love was for his grandchildren.

Thomas leaves his wife, the former Susan Barber, whom he married May 8, 1981; his mother, Olga Hatmaker of Poland; two sons, Billy (Michelle) Joyce of New Middletown and Travis (Tara) Hatmaker of Mineral Ridge; a sister, Jayne Green of Pittsburgh; a brother, William F. (Kathy) Hatmaker Jr. of Columbiana; and two grandchildren, Jakob and Hallie Joyce.

Thomas was preceded in death by his father; his paternal grandparents, William T. and Bessie Hatmaker; and his maternal grandparents, Mary and Michael Evankovich.

Family and friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel and Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.

Material tributes may take the form of donations to Springfield Township Rescue Squad.

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YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church for Michael F. Brennen Jr., 88, who passed away Monday evening, Feb. 7, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center after a brief illness, surrounded by his daughter, Susan and loving family members.

Michael was born Oct. 7, 1922, in Poland, to Michael F. and Sara (Anderson) Brennen Sr.

Michael was a 1940 graduate of Ursuline High School and then went on to the U.S. Marine Corp, where he served as Sergeant in World War II from 1942 to 1945. While serving in the military, he attended college at the University of Hawaii.

Returning from the service Michael returned to Youngstown and was employed at Aeroquip Republic Rubber as a purchasing agent and later went to Hynes Industries Inc. for many years, where he retired as a purchasing agent. He was a founding member of St. Christine Church. He was president of Mill Creek Baseball League, where he coached many years. He also coached St. Christine’s football team for many years as well.

His first wife, the former Elizabeth Notaro, whom he married Feb. 17, 1944, in San Francisco, passed away Jan. 30, 1996.

Michael leaves his wife, the former Lillian Fairless, whom he married in November of 1996; his daughter, Susan (John) Whitcomb of Sarasota, Fla.; three grandchildren Lori Elizabeth Edwards and Bret and Matthew Rupe; and five grandchildren, Tristan Edwards, Joshua, Jonah and Madilynn and Susanna Rupe, all of the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and his brother, Norman J. Brennen.

Arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Elizabeth L. “Betty” Shirilla, 72, passed away late Sunday afternoon, Feb. 6, 2011, at Briarfield at the Ridge Nursing Home in Mineral Ridge.

Elizabeth was born April 23, 1938 in Erie, Pa., a daughter of the late Stanley and Teresa Rogers, and came to Liberty Township with her family as a child.

She was a graduate of St. Rose Elementary School, and was a 1956 graduate of Liberty High School. Betty was a dedicated homemaker, and worked at Fazio’s Grocery Store from 1968 to 1980, the last four years as head cashier.

Betty was an avid reader and especially loved medieval England and Egyptian history. She enjoyed annual trips to Las Vegas and celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to San Francisco.

Mrs. Shirilla leaves her beloved husband and high school sweetheart, John R. Shirilla, whom she married June 1, 1957; two daughters, Janice L. (Donald) Zupko of Leominster, Mass. and Julie A. (Thomas) Anderson of Rapid City, South Dakota; two grandchildren, Zoe and Zachary Zupko, whom she loved spending time with; a sister, Joan Biro of Coitsville Township; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Adams and Helen (Nick) Marsh, each of Liberty Township; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Betty will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 7 p.m.

Betty’s family extends heartfelt thanks to the nurses and aides of Briarfield at the Ridge for the kindness shown and care given to Betty during her stay there.

Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Betty’s family.

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LAKELAND – Carl E. Miller, 78, formerly of Hubbard, passed away at 6 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Lakeland Regional Hospital after an extended illness.

Mr. Miller was born April 12, 1932, in Clark to John and Bernice Fagan Miller.

He attended Hickory and Mercer schools. Mr. Miller was employed as a body mechanic for 40 years at U.S. Can in Hubbard, retiring in 1992. A Navy veteran, he served from 1949 to 1953 in the Korean conflict. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3767, Hubbard. Carl enjoyed playing the guitar, camping with his family, fishing and boating.

His wife, the former Eleanor L. Seidle, whom he married June 12, 1953, passed away Feb. 14, 2009.

Also surviving are two daughters, Susan Vigus and her husband, Roger, Lakeland and Mary Jo Paris of Campbell; two sons, Charles E. Miller of Grove City and Carl Blane Miller and his wife, Audrey of Hubbard; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Eleanor Morford Miller; a sister, Shirley Stafford; and a brother, John Miller.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at the John Flynn Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., 2630 E. State St. in Hermitage, Pa.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the funeral home chapel with Roger Vigus Jr., deceased’s grandson, officiating.

Military honors will be rendered by Veterans of Foreign Wars Hickory Post 6166 in Hermitage.

Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage.

Memorial contributions may be made to any hospice of the donor’s choice.

Friends may visit www.flynnfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook.

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VALLEJO, CALIF. – Mary Kennedy Lucy, 89,  passed away on Feb. 7, 2011, in Vallejo. She was a native of Youngstown.

She was the daughter of Robert and Rose Cavanaugh. 

During World War II she served in the U.S. Navy (Waves) for two years.  She worked  for the Catholic Social Service in San Francisco, for many years.  She was a resident of Vallejo since 1968.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas and brothers Richard Cavanaugh, MD and Rev. James Cavanaugh, both of Ohio.

Internment will be private.

Arrangements by the Colonial Chapels, Vallejo, Calif.

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TACOMA, WASH. - Dr. Michael Olejar, 76, of 1418 South Sunset Drive, Tacoma, WA 98465, passed away Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011.

Michael was born March 17, 1934, in Dubova, Czechoslovakia, a son of the late Michael and Anna Kekelik Olejar, and came to America and Youngstown in 1947.

He was a 1952 graduate of Wilson High School and earned bachelor of science degrees in chemical engineering and mathematics at Youngstown State University. Michael continued his education at The Ohio State University where he earned a master of science degree in biophysics and a doctor of medicine degree in 1963.

As a U.S. Navy officer, Dr. Olejar served for the U.S. Public Health Service in Staten Island, N.Y. and San Diego, and subsequently settled in Washington State during the late 1960s.

Dr. Olejar had a private medical practice in Seattle for 17 years and continued his practice in Tacoma where he and his family relocated in 1987. He retired in 1997.

He leaves his wife of 42 years, Janet Marckx Olejar; three children, Cindy Olejar, Michael (Maria) Olejar and Sonya Olejar and a granddaughter, Malina Olejar, all of Washington State; two sisters, Anna (Stephen) Kiddon and Suzanna (Lamar) Boyer, both of Austintown; two nieces, Kathy Kiddon Till and Lynn (Rich) Morris; and two nephews, Greg (Laura) Kiddon and Bob (Cindy) Kurty.

A sister, Mary Kurty and her husband, Joseph, and a niece, Gail Boyer, are deceased.

Funeral services will be held in Tacoma on Friday, Feb. 11.

Dr. Olejar’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Franciscan Hospice, 2991 Bridgeport Way West, Tacoma, WA 98466

Tribute information submitted by Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Michael’s family.

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AUSTINTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Boardman for Mrs. Ruth M. Abrams, 87, who died Monday evening at Woodlands of Austinwoods.

Ruth was born Nov. 28, 1923, in Youngstown, a daughter of Patrick and Rose Driscoll Deskin.

She was a graduate of The Rayen School, a member of the church and was the manager of Livingston’s until they closed.

Ruth was married to Norman Abrams, whom she married Oct. 28, 1960, and he died April 2002,

She leaves many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her three sisters, Madeline Bannon, Rose Deskin Perl and Patricia O'Toole and three brothers, Lawrence, William and John Deskin.

Friends may call Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

The family would like to thank Carlon and all the staff for all their love and care of Ruth.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s or Hospice House in Ruth’s memory.

Arrangements are by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

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

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SEMINOLE, FLA. – William A. Rittenhouse, 79, passed away Feb. 3, 2011, at his home. 

He was born Sept. 15, 1931, in Cleveland and lived most of his life in the northeastern Ohio area. 

He was preceded in death in 1987 by his first wife, Laurel Wagner;  in 1998 by his second wife, Violet Bell;  and in 2009 by his third wife, Joan Bartholomew. 

He is survived by three children, Gail Rittenhouse of Phoenix, Don Rittenhouse (Sarah) of Philadelphia and Nancy  Wehrkamp (Terry) of Paulding;  and four grandchildren, Michael, Connie and Laurel Wehrkamp and Gregory Close. 

After graduating from James Ford Rhodes High School, he served in the  National Guard in Cleveland from 1949 to 1950 and as a U.S. Army Bandsman at Fort Benning, Ga. from 1950 to 1952.  While there, he attended the U.S. Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C. 

He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music and a Master’s degree from the VanderCook College of Music, and also completed training at the Perkins School of Piano Tuning and Technology. 

He was the band director at East Palestine High School from 1955 to 1983, guiding and shaping that program to produce consistently award-winning bands. His spirit lives on in the many former students who went on to pursue careers as professional musicians. 

After retiring from public school teaching, he became a piano technician in the Mahoning/Columbiana County area. He retired from piano work and moved to Florida in 1987.

He was an active member of the American School Band Directors Association, the Ohio Music Education Association, the Ohio Education Association, the National Education Association, the East Palestine Education Association, and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.

In Florida, he taught driving to other seniors as part of the AARP “55 Alive” Safe Driving Program. He also volunteered for Hospice of the Florida Suncoast until his own health declined.

To those so inclined, the family suggests a contribution in his name be made to the Hospice Foundation of America, www.hospicefoundation.org, an organization he held in high regard, where he not only served as a volunteer, but also received compassionate care and comfort.

There will be no services.

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WARREN – Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel for Winifred June Scheck, 90, formerly of Canfield, who passed away Tuesday morning at Shepherd of the Valley Howland.

June was born June 28, 1920, in Detroit, the daughter of George and Grace (Ulm) Metzgar.

She retired from the meat department of Kroger Grocery as a wrapper in 1970, after 17 years of service. She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and her hobbies included gardening, crocheting, fishing and bird watching. June enjoyed baking and made a great apple dumpling.

Her husband, Bruce F. Scheck, whom she married Oct. 18, 1942, passed away December 2004.

June leaves four children, Danny Bruce (Gabriella) Scheck of Topeka, Kan., Vicki Lynn (Dale) Marino of Sarasota, Fla., Pamela Beth (Ken) Buckner of Mineral Ridge and Keith Frederick (Colleen) Scheck of Poland, 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, June was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be madeto the Shepherd of the Valley in Howland in June’s name.

The family would like to thank the staff of Shepherd of the Valley for all of the care, love and support given to June and her late husband, Bruce during their many years of residence there.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Shaun A. Pettiford, affectionately known as “Slappy” by his many friends. Mr. Pettiford departed this life Feb. 3.

He was born March 26, 1965, in Youngstown, the son of John and Anna Patterson Pettiford.

He had been employed by Calex as a forklift operator. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and loved fishing in any weather and challenging his close friends in a game of chess. He also loved to share with family and friends his extensive collection of music.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his father of Youngstown; a daughter, Ariel R. Pettiford of Joplin, Mo.; three sisters, Tracy L. of Austintown and Lenora Pettiford of Youngstown, Toni (Keith) Pettiford-Smith of Columbia, S.C.; his fiancée, Annetta Bryant of Youngstown; six nephews, Antwan Hunt of Austintown, Keith and Kevin Pettiford and Larry M. Allen of Youngstown, Jerel L. Johnson of Fort Braggs, N.C. and Andre T. Smith of Columbia; a niece, Jasmine Smith also of Columbia; a granddaughter, Natalie Yoder of Joplin; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a sister, Dawn.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services from 10 to 11 a.m.

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BERLIN CENTER - Magdalena H. Wittmann, 91, passed away Sunday afternoon at her daughter’s residence in Berlin Center.

She was born Dec. 28, 1919, in Tattendorf, Germany, a daughter of Alexander and Stephanie (Blam) Blacha.

She married Max Wittmann, on May 2, 1947, and he preceded her in death in August 1982.

She is survived by a daughter, Uta (Harry Franks) Alexander, with whom she had recently made her home; three grandchildren, Jessie (Dan) Franks, Karen Ewing and Tammy (Dave) Feliciano; five great-grandchildren, Eric, Clay, Danielle, Tracie and Dominic; and two great-great-granddaughters, Magdalena and Athena.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother; and five sisters.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

There are no calling hours.

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

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