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AUSTINTOWN – A private memorial Mass was held for William O Acri, 95, at St. Joseph Church in Austintown.

William Acri, known as “Bill” to his family and friends passed away Monday, July 4, 2011, with his family at his side.

William was born Nov. 25, 1915, to James Acri and Maria Lewis. William grew up on the Eastside of Youngstown, where he met his beloved wife, Helen.

He attended East High School and worked for Renner’s Brewing Company many years, before opening his own company, Miller High Life Distributors in 1951. Later, he went to work for Lipton Brewing Company, before retiring in the 1970s.

William served in World War II, he was shipped to Germany and served his country well. His occupational specialty was rifleman. He received the Good Conduct Medal, EAME Theater Service Medal and the Victory Medal. William was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Austintown. William loved to work with his hands and helping others with projects.

He leaves behind to hold on to his memories, his beloved daughters, Donna (Robert L.) Greco of Hubbard, Lois (Richard) Ozuna of Las Vegas; a loving son, James Acri of Austintown; his grandchildren, Anthony (Susan) Greco, Helen Marie (Mark) Semanovich and Charlene (Michael) DePalma, all of Hubbard, Anthony (Roula) Pasquine of Henderson, Nev., Debra (Mark) Chopp of Austintown and James (Lori) Pasquine of Poland; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, the former Helen Marie Sammartino, whom he married June 17, 1936, she passed away May 22, 2010. He was also preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Michael, Jack and Lee; and sisters Mildred, Jessie, Annette and Fonci; as well as two infant siblings.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Grace Hospice of Ohio, 7330 Southern Blvd., Suite No. 3, Youngstown, OH 44512.

Arrangements were by the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

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

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“Together Again”

WILSON, N.C. – William “Tom” Thomas Edwards, 88, peacefully passed from this life on Wednesday, July 6, 2011.

He was born May 23, 1923, in Stantonsburg, N.C., to the late Luther Edwards and the late Blanch Ivey Edwards.

After graduating from high school and joining the U.S. Army during World War II, he met his late wife, Shirley Slater Edwards, in Youngstown, while stationed for training in Pennsylvania. He was then deployed and was a part of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France. He traveled all over Europe as part of his military service, from June 1944 to July 1946, and was even a driver for General George Patton. He returned home and married Shirley, moving her back to North Carolina.

Tom and Shirley spent the first 20 years of their marriage in North Carolina, where they farmed for a few years, after which Tom owned his own Esso Station. They then moved to Youngstown, where Tom worked as a station manager and later property manager for The Lyden Oil Company for 28 years. The couple retired to the Wilson area in 1993, to be closer to their daughter and family. Tom was then employed part-time by Barkley’s (later Boykin’s) Amoco, and fully retired at the age of 80.

Shirley passed away in 2008, after 61 years of marriage. Theirs was a romantic and renowned love story.

Tom was a loving, loyal, soft-spoken and gentle family man. He was a friend to all, and was happiest when he was helping someone else. He was a talented wood-smith, and created many masterpieces his family and friends will always treasure. Tom’s life was a strong example of what it means to be a Christian. He had a strong faith which was apparent to anyone who knew him. He served as Sunday School Superintendent at the Winstead United Methodist Church in the Wilson area, as deacon for the Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Youngstown and continued his worship while a resident at Long Leaf Neuro-Medical Center, where he attended weekly services.

Tom is survived by his daughter and loving caretaker, Linda (Wayne) Pollard of Wilson; a son, William T. “Tom” (Christine) Edwards Jr. of Antioch, Ill.; daughter, Stacey Slater (Michael) Durkin of Youngstown; six grandchildren, Wayne (Tracy) Pollard Jr., Michael (Lisa) Pollard and Chad Pollard, all of Wilson, Jacob Edwards of Antioch and Grace and Lily Durkin of Youngstown; and three great-granddaughters, Ciera, Anna Brooke and Kaitlyn Pollard of Wilson; two nephews; and a niece he helped rear, Donald “Duke” (Jo Jo) Slater and Keith Slater (Frank Daloise) of Canfield and Linsy (Edwin) Perez of Boardman; and his loyal dog, Barbie.

Tom’s family would like to thank the staff at Long Leaf Neuro-Medical Center for caring for Tom during the last years of his life.

Arrangements will be made by the Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson, N.C. 27893, where the family will be receiving friends on today at 7 p.m.

Interment, officiated by the Rev. Melvin Barnette, will be at 11 a.m. at Stantonsburg Town Cemetery, Stantonsburg, N.C.

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CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday evening at St. John Catholic Church for Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Petruska, 79, who passed away at Briarfield Manor.

Betsy was born May 10, 1932, in Campbell, the daughter of John and Catherine Kanna Petruska and was a life long area resident.

She was a 1950 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and was a bookkeeper for the D.C. Produce Company at Pyatt Street Market.

She was a member of the church, it’s Altar and Rosary Society, Infant Jesus of Prague Guild and Ladies Guild.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a sister, Mary Wattenbarger of Oak Brook, Ill.; 16 nieces and nephews; 10 great-nieces and nephews; and five great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, John, Andrew, Joseph and Steve Petruska; and three sisters, Kay Petruska, Anne Neely and Helen Neeley.

The Petruska family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends on Friday evening from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at the church.

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

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CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the Wasko Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church for Zetha Mary Margaret Rozum, 87, who passed away Thursday evening.

Zetha was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Edinburg, Pa., the daughter of Francis and Julia Palmerich Siegel.

She was a member of the church.

She retired from Youngstown State University in 1995, where she worked in the library in accounts payable and cataloging. After her retirement, she worked for the local precinct Board of Elections for many years.

Zetha or “Zee” as she liked to be called, loved baking, traveling, shopping, especially for bargains, and she was an excellent seamstress, making many of her own, her daughter’s and sisters clothes throughout the years.

She had a great zest for life and a wonderful sense of humor but loved being with her family more than anything else.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband John, whom she married May 18, 1946 and they recently celebrated their 65 wedding anniversary; four children, Cheryl Conte of Swampscott, Mass., John Rozum Jr. of Greneva-on-the-Lake, Edward Rozum of Campbell and Douglas Rozum of Stow; six grandchildren, Alica Rozum, Edward Rozum, Michael Rozum, Melanie Rozum, John Rozum and Anthony Rozum; three sisters Frances Molchan of Sharon, Pa., Loretta Kozlowski of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Clara Siegel of The Villages, Fla.; and one brother, Frank Siegel of New Castle, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Anna Koshar; and a brother, John Siegel.

The Rozum family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends this evening from 5 to 7 p.m.

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

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STRUTHERS - Wilma Catherine Tiller, 83, died Thursday evening at Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House.

Wilma was born May 11, 1928, in Boardman, a daughter of William and Gladys Hendershot May. She was raised in Austintown and came to Struthers 1951.

A 1946 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, Wilma was a homemaker. Before her marriage, Wilma was a comptroller for Ward Bakery in Youngstown. Wilma was a volunteer for St. Elizabeth Medical Center. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, auctions and shopping at thrift stores. Wilma especially enjoyed spending time and cooking her specialty, Corned Beef Brisket for her children and grandchildren.

Her husband, Obie Tiller, whom she married Aug. 7, 1951, died Jan. 7, 1999.

Wilma leaves one daughter, Barbara (Raymond) Repasky of Struthers; two sons, Robert Tiller of Boardman and Thomas (Karen) Tiller of Whispering Pines, N.C.; three sisters, Vada Reel and Freda Kochera, both of Austintown and Janice (Robert) Wehr of Arlington, Texas; one sister-in-law, Mildred Brintzenhofe of Beaver Falls, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland. Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown.

Friends will be received Monday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home in Poland.

Contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Valley Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Barbara M. White, 69, who departed this life Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Northside Medical Center.

Mrs. White was born March 17, 1942, in Youngstown, a daughter of Percy D. and Mary M. Petress Womack.

She attended North High School and was a former member of the Faith Temple Church of God In Christ. A loving homemaker, Barbara enjoyed shopping, traveling and cooking. She loved being with children and was known as the “Built in Family Babysitter.”

Her husband, Clyde, whom she married in July 1973, passed away Feb. 15, 1986.

She leaves to cherish and forever hold dear her memories, six children, Freddie Clark, Tracy (Alonzo) Bailey, Alina (Mark) Young, Vincent Clark, Adriann (Ashanti) Bunch and Randall (Megan) Miller, all of Youngstown; two stepchildren, Lisa (Victor) Jones of Shelby, N.C. and Sherry (Joel) Pagan of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Ronald (Phyllis) Womack of Youngstown; a sister, Joyce Woods and a brother-in-law, Ferman McRae, both of Youngstown; 36 grandchildren, including Laquita Clark, whom she helped rear; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

A mother to many who needed someone to lean on, talk to, or who needed some place to stay, Barbara never turned away anyone. There were many whom she reared and loved, to name a few, Arlette Green, Eugene Warner, Jessie White and Clair White.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Corey C. White; five sisters, Dorothy Bass, Sarah Settles, Gladys McRae, Marjorie Womack, and Carolyn Womack; three brothers, Percy Jr., Larry and Lawrence Womack; and a granddaughter.

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

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NAPLES, FLA. – Joan Ellis, 87, passed away on July 7, 2011, following a brief illness.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Ellis; daughters, Jane (Ron Feichter) of Massillon and Joyce (Dennis Rody) of Brookfield, Wis.; son, Jack McMacken of Louisville, Ky.; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Joan was born in Canton, Aug. 20, 1923, to John and Carrie Weaver, where she graduated from Canton Lehman High School in 1941.

She moved to Youngstown in 1958, where she was an EEG technician for the Youngstown City Hospitals.

In 1993, Joan and her husband of 45 years, moved to Naples, Fla., where they have resided for 18 years.

Her passions in life were music, tennis and golf in which she won numerous trophies including the Cambier Ladies of Summer women’s double championship.

At her request, there will be no services.

Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Youngstown.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Tuesday at noon at the Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church for Ms. Shirley V. King who departed this life July 5, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Ms. King was born June 18, 1952, in Youngstown, the daughter of John Henry and Sophronia Long King.

She was a member of the church, where she sang in the choir. She had been employed as a Health Care Aide while living in Baltimore.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother, Sophronia, with whom she made her home; four children, Darrin Berry and Carla Berry, both of Mobile, Ala., Leroy Hammonds of Pennsylvania and Fatima King of Youngstown; two brothers, Ronald D. King of Paterson, N.J. and John A. King of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two aunts, Robernette Harvey of Youngstown and Lorena Long of New York City; an uncle, John Walker of Struthers; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Rev. David and Sarah Long and an uncle, Robert James Long.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.

Arrangements of comfort entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home.

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AUSTINTOWN – There will be funeral services on Monday, July 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Mahoning United Methodist Church, 2214 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown for Evelyn Ruth Molin, 94, who died comfortably at home with her family on Thursday evening, July 7, 2011.

She was born May 7, 1917, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Homer H. and Vida R. Strickland Matthews.

Evelyn graduated from Chaney High School and attended Youngstown College. She was a homemaker and worked in the offices of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company.

She was a member of the Mahoning United Methodist Church. Evelyn was a former member of the Administrative Board, the Mission Commission and enjoyed spending her time with the children at the church.

Evelyn’s husband, Henry G. Molin, whom she married on Dec. 30, 1939, died Nov. 25, 1998.

She is survived by a son, David A. (Sandy) Molin of Silva, N.C.; a daughter, Barbara H. (Edwin) Childs of Austintown; and a sister, Marjorie A. (Charles) Freed of Youngstown.

Besides her parents and husband, Evelyn was preceded in death by her brother, Edwin L. Matthews.

Friends may call on Monday, July 11, 2011, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Mahoning United Methodist Church, Youngstown.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512 or to the Mahoning United Methodist Church, 2214 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509.

Arrangements are being handled by the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman.

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STRUTHERS - Edward H. Roofner, 85, passed away July 7, 2011, at the Hospice House.

Mr. Roofner was born Nov. 11, 1925, in Kittanning, Pa., son of Charles and Sarah Davis Roofner Sr.

He was a graduate of Kittanning High School, attended Penn State University, graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with his Bachelor’s and received his Master’s from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Roofner worked for the United States Department of Defense as the Director of Education Services in Germany, where he was responsible for training the soldiers in their field of expertise and for the soldiers college degree. Mr. Roofner was a World War II veteran, serving with Company G 347th Infantry and was a recipient of the European Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star.

He was a member of 32nd Degree Mason at Scottish Rite Valley of Cloudersport, Pa., where he had been a 60 year member and a member of Kittanning East Brady Lodge 244 F.&A.M. in Worthington, Pa. He enjoyed and loved his model trains, his pets and playing the organ.

Surviving are his wife, the former Bettie J. Hofmann, whom he married Jan. 1, 1974; a daughter, Roni J. (Fred) Owens of Poland; a granddaughter, Alexa J. Miller of Poland; and a great-granddaughter, Amanda J. Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles H. Roofner Jr.; and a sister, Catherine Baum.

Private services will be held at the Cunningham Becker Funeral Home in Poland on Monday. Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

The family has requested that contribution be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 3695B Boardman-Canfield Road, Suite 301, Canfield, OH 44406

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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AVON – Roselyn “Rosie” Peters, 54, passed away at Good Samaritan Nursing Home on July 7, 2011.

Roselyn was educated within the MRDD Workshops in both Mahoning and Lorain counties. She loved to dance and enjoyed the music of the 1950s. “Rosie” also loved being in the company of people and will be remembered for her wonderful smile.

She was the beloved daughter of Clementine Peters of North Ridgeville and the late William Peters and loving sister of Carolyn Haas (Peter) of Manassas, Va. and Kimberly Ferenchak (Joseph) of Westlake.

Roselyn was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary Ann.

Memorials may be forwarded to Mahoning County Board of DD Administrative Offices, 4791 Woodridge Drive, Austintown, OH 44515.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 11, at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 33601 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011.

Family will receive friends at the church one hour before Mass.

www.buschfuneral.com 440-937-6175

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 EAST WARREN, PA. – Livio Louis Bertolini, 82, of E. Wayne Street and formerly of Mogadore, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at his residence following a brief illness

Livio was born July 17, 1928, in Youngstown, the son of the late Louis and Elena Macor Bertolini.

He was a graduate of Fitch High School in Youngstown, then went on to receive a B.S. in Education and Music from Youngstown State University. He then continued at Westminster University receiving a Master‘s Degree in Education. Livio served in the U.S. Army, as an artillery tester during the Korean War.

After moving to Warren, he was an elementary school teacher at Pleasant Township Elementary for many years. He loved music and had played clarinet with the Warren Civic Orchestra for 42 years. He had also played saxophone and the clarinet with the Elks Club Band for several years. Livio was also a private music teacher for many years.  He enjoyed his family and his many grandchildren and traveling with his wife.  He and his wife were members of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church.

 Livio is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Carr Bertolini, whom he married on July 24, 1954, in Youngstown; eight children,  Douglas Bertolini and his wife, Donna of Ft. Collins, Colo., Celeste Gustafson and her husband, Randall of Warren, Gregory Bertolini and his wife, Jane of New York City, Mark Bertolini of Jamestown, N.Y., Michael Bertolini and his wife, Beverly of Peachtree City, Ga., Matthew Bertolini of Warren, Melissa Zalewski and her husband, Daniel of Hanover, Pa. and  Cameron  Bertolini and his wife, Julie of Cary, N.C.; 17 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mario Bertolini and a granddaughter, Laura Gustafson.

 Friends will be received at the Peterson - Blick Funeral Home Inc., 1003 Penn Ave. E., Warren on Thursday evening, July 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A memorial Mass will be held at the Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, 11 Russell St., Warren, at 11 a.m on Friday, July 22, with Monsignor John Lucas, pastor, Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, celebrant.

 The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Warren Civic Orchestra Victoria Hanson, 418 Water St., Warren, PA 16365.

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COLUMBUS – Charles J. Nider Jr., 54, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2011, at The Ohio State University Medical Center.

He was born in Youngstown and was a graduate of Chaney High School, Class of 1975.

Chuck received a B.S. in Marketing from The Ohio State University in 1980. He was a member of the OSU Alumni and the Ohio Zeta Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He loved coaching football, basketball and baseball at Trinity School and was the Athletic Director from 1994 to 1996.

Chuck very much enjoyed working in the catering/restaurant industry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles J. Sr. and Isabelle Nider.

He is survived by his son, Charlie; and his sisters, Juliana (Anthony) Trolio and Mary Margaret (Bert) Cook.

“In Heaven there is rest.”

Friends may call today, July 10, 2011, at the John Quint Treboni Funeral Home, 1177 W. 5th Ave. in Columbus, from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life.

In lieu of flowers, friends who wish, may contribute in memory of Chuck to the Trinity School Athletic Association, 1420 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43212.

Condolences maybe sent via www.johnquint.com

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VIENNA – Carmella Jones, 61, passed at 10:44 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at the Cleveland Clinic.

She was born in Chardon on Sept. 11, 1949. She was the daughter of the late Archie and Mary Kovach Ritz.

A lifetime area resident, Carmella graduated from Champion High School. She retired from Delphi Packard Electric in 1999, where she was a general laborer. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and crocheting in her spare time. She loved to listen to music and was also a member of the AmVets Women’s Aux Post 290 in Vienna.

She married her husband, John Jones, whom she is survived by on Nov. 16, 1974. Together they shared 36 years of marriage. Also surviving Carmella are her children, Christopher (fiancée Jamie) Jones of Champion and Anthony Jones of Vienna; sisters Chris (Joe) Dixon of Warren, Palma (Marty) Belik of Brookfield and Anita Ritz of Texas; her brother, Nick (Delores) Ritz of Champion; and two grandsons, Braden Jones and Zaine Musolf.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Brian Jones, who passed away on May 21, 2010.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the Madasz Funeral Chapel, Brookfield, with Father Charles Crumbley officiating.

The family will be receiving friends on Monday evening at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m.

Carmella will be laid to rest following the services at the funeral home on Tuesday at Vienna Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Christine’s Church, preceded by closing prayers at 9:15 a.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Gloria Jean Pochiro, 70, who passed away Wednesday evening at Northside Medical Center.

Gloria was born Oct. 10, 1940, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late George and Sophie (Pugel) Kupec.

She worked as an operator at Ohio Bell, as a receptionist for Youngstown Buick and was First Deputy Clerk of Youngstown City Council until she left employment to devote herself full-time to the care of her husband, children, and grandchildren.

She belonged to various Democratic Women’s Clubs and participated in the Christmas Craft Shows at the Butler Museum, showing her handmade miniatures and hats.

She leaves behind with their loving memories of her smiling and caring presence, her husband of 38 years, Patrick Rocco Pochiro, whom she married Aug. 10, 1973; three children, Jennifer (Ronald) Bennett of Youngstown, Patrick R. (Autumn) Pochiro II of Glendale, Ariz. and Melissa M. Pochiro of Albuquerque, N.M.; three brothers, Michael (Laura) Kupec of Youngstown, Robert Kupec of Youngstown and George Kupec of New Waterford; and three grandchildren, Nicole Bennett, McKenzie Pochiro and Addison Pochiro.

Gloria’s family would like to thank the nurses, aides and therapists at Austinwoods Nursing Home for their care and making her last months as pleasant for her as possible.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3695 B Boardman-Canfield Road Suite 301, Canfield, OH 44406 in Gloria’s name.

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

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AUSTINTOWN – Charles J. Kuharich Sr., 97, formerly of Palmer Avenue in Youngstown, passed away Thursday evening, July 7, 2011, at his home at Humility House Assisted Living.

Charles was born Jan. 31, 1914, in Youngstown, a son of the late Kuzman and Anna Bata Kuharich, and was a life long area resident.

Mr. Kuharich was a graduate of The Rayen School, and owned and operated Charlie’s United Family Foods on Covington Street from 1938 to 1975, the family business he had purchased from his father.

Charlie was a lifelong member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, where in his younger years he donated his time and talents to the annual parish picnic. He was a member of CFU St. George Lodge No. 66, and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers. He also enjoyed golfing and bowling, and remained active until the age of 92.

Family meant the most to “Grandpa Charlie” and his happiest days were the days he spent with his family, especially his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Kuharich leaves a son, Raymond (Diane) Kuharich of Austintown; three daughters, Mary Ann (Peter) Gordick of Cape Coral, Fla., Katherine (Dean) Pulakos of Fort Mill, S.C., and Joan (Paul) Ruchtie of Canfield; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Kuharich of Austintown; 19 grandchildren, Jack, Vincent, Daniel, Douglas, Diana, Bonnie Sue, Raymond, Ryan, Chuck, David, Nicolle, Michael, Jeffrey, Lisa, Michael, Nicholas, Kathryn, Paul, and Kristen; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Charlie will always be remembered by those closest to him for setting a Christian example of love for all. His love, laughter, and smile will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

His beloved wife, Katherine Kolesar Kuharich, whom he married Aug. 31, 1938, passed away April 25, 1982. A son, Charles J. Kuharich II; a daughter, Carol Jean Kohl; two brothers, Paul and John Kuharich; a sister, Helen Shuntich; a son-in-law, John E. Kohl; and an infant grandson, Kenneth, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today, July 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, and continue at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 421 Covington St., Youngstown.

Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Mr. Kuharich’s family thanks the staff at Humility House Assisted Living, and the staff of Hospice of the Valley, for the kindness shown and care given to Grandpa Charlie, and send special thanks to Dr. Robert Spratt and his staff for the wonderful care and friendship provided over the years.

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

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GIRARD – Edward K. Lasko, 89, died Friday July 8, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital.

Edward was born May 23, 1922, in Niles, the son of the late Anthony and Mary Ann Bilicki Lasko.

He retired from Packard Electric as a journeyman electrician and had previously worked for US Steel in Youngstown as an electrical engineer. Edward was a member of St. Rose Church. He was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed watching the fights and going to the Niles football games. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, receiving the Purple Heart award.

He is survived by his wife, the former Katherine “Kay” Zemko, whom he married Sept. 29, 1951; sons Kenneth (Mary Lee) Lasko of Niles and Dr. Kevin (Stephanie) Lasko of Lancaster, Pa.; brother Richard (Judith) Lasko of Ada; grandchildren Justin (Brittany), Kendra, Madison, Brock, Natalie and Olivia Lasko; and two-great-granddaughters, Kyleigh and Julia.

Preceded in death were his sisters, Genevieve Nizlak, Martha Gossick, Albina Nestor, Sophia Gossick and Adele Hantula.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at St. Rose Church, preceded by a 9 a.m. prayer service at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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LOUISVILLE, KY. – Frank Nicholas Hubert, 70, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Frank was born in Youngstown May 20, 1941. Frank was the son of Frank and Genevieve (Lucas) Hubert.

He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and Youngstown State University.

He was prededed in death by his wife, Judy (Cullinan) Hubert, and his parents.

He is survived by his daughter, Shannon Kraesig (Cliff) of Shepherdsville, Ky.; son Frank Hubert (Aymee) of Louisville; sister Genevieve (Bob) Tedde of San Diego; brother Joseph Hubert (Paula) of Akron; and grandchildren Cole Kraesig, Kaylee Hubert and Jacob Stonefield.

A memorial service was held in Louisville.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Brian K. Stauffer passed away early Friday afternoon, July 8, 2011, at Omni Manor Nursing Home, following a brief illness.

Brian was born Feb. 12, 1974, in Youngstown, a son of Ralph K. and Shirley A. Rainey Stauffer, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1993 graduate of The Rayen School and earned a diploma in PC repair.

Brian enjoyed NASCAR.

He leaves his mother, Shirley Stauffer of Youngstown; a brother, Ronald Stauffer of Youngstown; three sisters, Kathleen Miller of Youngstown, Patricia Hellam of McDonough, Ga., and Lucinda Pasku of Hubbard; and several nieces and nephews.

Brian will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

His devoted father, Ralph Stauffer, with whom Brian spent a lot of time, passed away Oct. 2, 2008.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 2 p.m.

Interment will follow at Hubbard Union Cemetery.

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

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AUSTINTOWN – Sallie P. “Sal” Lucarielli, 64, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011, at her home with her family by her side.

Sallie was born on July 13, 1946, in Punxsutawney, Pa., the daughter of the late Austin Clark and Ivy Pauline (Himes) Kennedy and became after the passing of her mother, the daughter of the late Ada (Himes) Kennedy in 1952.

She graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1964. While in school, Sallie spent summers with her cousin, Bonnie and Gerald Yarger in Hubbard. After graduating in 1964, she became a full time resident of Ohio, where she worked at Lake Shore Motor Freight in Youngstown. Sallie then went into the insurance business and worked for Suburban Insurance for 17 years before purchasing the agency from Steven Patrick in 1990. Sallie was currently running the agency with her good friend and employee of 25 years Barbara Tuttle of Austintown.

Sallie will be missed by her husband, Ron Thomas, whom she married on Oct. 5, 1991; two children, Ralph (Christine) Lucarielli of Hubbard and Melonie Chace of Austintown; and grandchildren Zach, Austin, Sevth and Rosie Chace and Rachel and Ralph E. Lucarielli. She is also survived by two sisters, Helen (James) Glatt and Nancy (James) Davis, all of Punxsutawney; a brother, Richard (Maxine) Himes of Beaver Falls; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; and by a host of friends and clients.

Calling hours will take place on Monday, July 11, 2011, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, 5797 Mahoning Ave., Austintown, OH 44515, where a funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

As a sign of condolences, the family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations in Sallie’s name to Hospice of the Valley.

Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this memorial tribute and share condolences to the family.

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POLAND – Scott Hockenberry passed away Friday, July 8, 2011, at the Hospice House in Poland, surrounded by his family after a courageous 6-year battle with cancer.

He was an inspiration to all of his family and friends and will be missed terribly by all.

Scott was born Aug. 13, 1959, in Altoona, Pa., to Robert E. and Janet E. Hockenberry.

He studied music at both The Ohio State and Youngstown State Universities and accounting at Youngstown State University. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Music and Accounting (Magna Cum Laude) from YSU. Throughout the years, he worked passionately in both fields. In business, he earned both the CPA and CMA certifications with scores in the top 10 percent of the state.

As a CPA, he worked for five years for Packer Thomas and more than eight years with Cohen and Company. He concentrated in manufacturing consulting in both firms. During this time, he took numerous Board of Directors and committee positions. These positions included those with the Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) and YSU. He spent a two-year term as president of the local chapter of OSCPAs and was on various boards for them.

He was also a very active member of the YSU Outreach Accounting Advisory Board and The YSU Accounting Department Advisory Board and was a campaign team leader for the United Way of Youngstown and Warren.

He was a frequent guest lecturer and instructor for YSU accounting and business courses and was the lead auditing and accounting instructor of a national CPA review course. Scott’s final work in the accounting field was a six-year stint in private industry, acting as the financial manager for Accuform Manufacturing in Youngstown.

During the entire time, Scott was very active in the music field, working with area bands and organizations. His first paid studio recording occurred when he was just 16 years old. He could be seen performing with many local big bands, rock bands and local shows and productions. He led his own jazz group that performed throughout the area. These affiliations led him to recording dates and work with national acts including The Four Tops, Marie Osmond, Donnie Iris and Al Martino. Scott had numerous critical reviews and articles published in nationally released jazz magazines.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Elizabeth, whom he married Aug. 9, 1987; his mother, Janet of Austintown; and his brothers, Gregory (Jill) of Wooster, Robert (Diane) of Boardman and Jeffrey (Cynthia) of Champion.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of the Valley for their compassion and care of Scott during his final days.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Scott and Elizabeth Hockenberry Accounting Scholarship, c/o The YSU Foundation, 606 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.

A Celebration of Scott’s life will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland, with the Rev. Michael Setser officiating.

Family and friends may call from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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BOARDMAN - Robert Arthur Baer, 93, passed away Saturday morning, July 9, 2011, at Clare Bridge of Austintown, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Baer was born April 9, 1918, in Fredonia, Pa., a son of Lawrence Sherman and Ina Odessa Magee Baer, and came to the Youngstown area as a child.

He was a machinist and foreman employed by United Engineering and Foundry (Wean United) and retired in 1962 after 44 years of service.

He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church where he also served as a deacon. Bob was a member of the Wick Masonic Lodge of Youngstown for 73 years, where he achieved the 32nd Degree Mason and served as a Chaplain. He was a 1937 graduate of South High School where he lettered in both football and basketball.

Surviving are his wife of 70 years, the former Helen Pfingsraff, whom he married June 19, 1941; sons Robert A. Baer Jr. of Poland and Ken B. Baer of Livermore, Calif.; daughter Sally E. Baer of Mission Viejo, Calif.; grandchildren Robert Baer of Poland, Julie Layne of Austintown, David Baer of Salem, Matthew Baer of Youngstown, Bryce Baer of Dublin, Calif., Adam Baer of Riverbank, Calif., Shannon Mazzarelle of Benicia, Calif., Amanda Packard of La Plata, Mo., and Caroline Packard of Mission Viejo, Calif.; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Charles.

Services will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday July 11, at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland, where family and friends will be received from 4 to 5:45 p.m., prior to the service. A Masonic Service will be held Monday at 3:30 p.m., prior to the calling hours.

The family has requested that contributions may be made to Clare Bridge of Austintown, 1420 S. Canfield Niles Road, Youngstown, OH 44515, in memory of “Papa Baer.”

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Clare Bridge for their care and compassion towards their husband, father, and grandfather.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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CAPE CORAL, FLA. – Albert Edwin Ferguson, formerly of Youngstown, passed away at his home in Cape Coral, on June 29, 2011, with his family at his side.

He was born on July 23, 1937, in Youngstown. The oldest of twin sons to Henry and Frances Fern Metzler Ferguson.

Albert is survived by his wife of 42 years, Shirley Cline Ferguson; his children, Dennis (Kim) Ferguson and Kenneth Ferguson; five grandchildren, Christopher, Tyler and Bradley of Youngstown, and Beau and Shelby of Cape Coral. He is also survived by his brother, William (Delores) Ferguson and sister, Naomi (Richard) Hart, all of Youngstown; and sister-in-law, Nancy Pasha Ferguson of Cape Coral and Youngstown.

Albert served three years in the Army from 1955 to 1958, being discharged on a hardship case due to the death of his father.

He was employed by the former Republic Steel Corporation in Youngstown, Ohio but retired as a supervisor from General Motors of Lordstown, Ohio in 1993.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping with the family. In the mid 1960s, while still living in Ohio, he raced and repaired his own stockcars.

Albert was preceded by death by his parents and his younger twin brother, Allan Edward Ferguson.

A memorial service for Albert will be held at the National Cremation & Burial Society at 3453 Hancock Bridge Parkway, North Fort Myers, Fla. on July 16, 2011, at 11 a.m.

He will be forever missed and loved!

Please visit www.nationalcremation.com where condolences may be offered.

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AUSTINTOWN - A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, preceded by closing prayers at 9:20 a.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, for Bertha M. Gratz Amendol, 81, who passed away Saturday morning at her home.

Bertha was born May 4, 1930, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Oscar and Anna (Simon) Gratz.

She was a Charter member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, served on the Altar and Rosary Society at the church and belonged to its Senior Citizens. Bertha was Past President of American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 301 in Austintown and recently won “Auxiliary Member of the Year” for 2011.

Prior to retirement, she had worked for many years at Petrie’s Dress Shop.

Bertha will be sadly missed by her husband, William Amendol, whom she married Oct. 28, 1950; four children, William D. Amendol Sr. of Broomfield, Colo., Lawrence M. (Melody) Amendol of Austintown, Beverly (Stephen) Zentko of Poland and Lynne (Andrew) Sinchak of Austintown; one sister, Rita (Andy) Rozum of Cleveland; one brother, Leo Gratz of Struthers; five grandchildren, William (Amy) Amendol Jr., Michelle (Anthony) Sebastiani, Stephanie (Steven) Rozman, April Zentko and Shawn Zentko; and three great-grandchildren, Matthew, Giuliana and Mia.

Besides her parents, Bertha was preceded in death by four sisters, Dorothy Malone, Dolores Thorton, Thelma Thorton and Anna Schmitt.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, where the American Legion Auxiliary will conduct a service at 7:45 p.m.

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

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