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HUBBARD – There will be services at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Velma M. Parris, 89, who passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at Hospice of the Valley Hospice house.

Velma was born Dec. 13, 1921, in New Bedford, Pa., a daughter of Edward J. and Bessie M. Irwin Keller.

Her husband, James W. Parris Sr., whom she married April 22, 1944, passed away Dec. 9, 1981.

She is survived by her sons, James W. (Suzanne) Parris Jr. of Hubbard and Donald L. (Isabel) Parris of Melbourne, Fla.; four grandchildren, Dr. Maria Parris-Ramie, Atty. James R. Parris, Donald L. Parris Jr. and Steven H. Parris; and five great-grandchildren.

She also leaves her brothers Wilbert Keller of Floral City, Fla and Derald Keller of Andover.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband.

There will be calling hours on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, from 2 to 5 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in New Bedford, Pa.

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

Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home

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« Sign the guestbook for VELMA M. PARRIS.


POLAND – A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Matthias Church in Youngstown for Margaret Plak, 84, who passed away Nov. 8, at Masternick Memorial Health Care in New Middletown.

Margaret was born in Pulaski, Pa. on Nov. 13, 1926, a daughter of Andrew and Mary Halula Handlovich.

She graduated in 1944 from Woodrow Wilson High School in Youngstown. On Sept. 12, 1953, she married her husband, Albert Plak, at St. Elizabeth Church in Campbell.

She was employed in the personnel department of Key Bank for 20 years, retiring from there in 1986. She also belonged to St. Matthias Church and was a member of its Infant Jesus of Prague Guild.

Margaret was preceded in death by her brother, John Hyduchic and by her sisters, Helen, who died while still a baby, Vernie Malarchik, Julie Nanowski and Mary Dunn.

She is survived by her husband, Albert; her son, Robert Plak of Poland; her daughter, Karen Plak of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and her sister, Annie DeNicholas of Liberty.

Friends may call at the church Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m., one hour prior to the Mass.

Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Kubina-Yuhasz-Wasko Funeral Home in Boardman.

« Sign the guestbook for MARGARET PLAK.


ALLIANCE – Alverta Irene Campbell, 93, formerly of Sebring, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Alliance Community Hospital.

Alverta was born in Sebring on Oct. 15, 1918, the daughter of the late Clarence B. and Grace C. (Durrant) Manning.

She was a graduate of Sebring McKinley High School and worked as a nurse’s aide at Alliance Hospital for eight years. She was an active member of the Sebring Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the choir and various other church activities.

Alverta enjoyed knitting, crocheting, crossword puzzles, tending her flowers and bird watching.

Survivors include her daughter, Sue (Dave) Adair of Canfield; a son-in-law, John Dennis of Sebring; eight grandchildren, Mark (Lindsay) Adair, Jeffrey (Lisa) Dennis, John “Brian” Dennis, Jill Dennis, Becky (Kyle) Billingsley, Julie (Jerome) Finley, Jerilyn (Bob) Dier and Jodi (Claire Rutherford) Royer; and great-grandchildren, Domonique, Cody, Lexi Noah, T.J., Morgan, Nicole, Taylor, Lucas, Johnnie and Gracin.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Campbell; daughter, Kay Royer and daughter Grace Ann Dennis; and a great-grandchild, Jasmine.

A funeral service will be held today, Nov. 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Sebring Presbyterian Church with Pastor Herb Goetz officiating.

Friends may call at the church today, the hour prior to the service.

Burial will take place at Highland Memorial Park in Beloit.

Friends may www.grfuneralhome.com to send condolences and sign the guest register online.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or the Sebring Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are by the Gednetz-Ruzek Funeral Home.

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NILES – Betty L. Albu, 86, died at 3:05 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at Humility of Mary Humility House in Austintown.

She was born Sept. 5, 1925, in Sebring, the daughter of Howard and Mary McFarland Ewing.

She was a 1943 graduate of Sebring High School, a 1946 graduate of Warren City Hospital Nursing School and employed as a Pediatric Nurse at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for 20 years, before retiring in 1979.

She was a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Her husband, Nick Albu, whom she married Sept. 29, 1947, died March 3, 1991.

She will be deeply missed by a son, George Albu and his wife, Nancy of Columbus; a daughter, Tina Rupert and her husband, Bill of North Carolina; five grandchildren, Luke Albu, Doug Rupert and his wife, Amy, Tim Rupert and his wife, Allison, Sarah McKechnie and her husband, Dan and Mark Hammond; three great-grandchildren, Brady McKechnie, Nick Rupert and Alex Rupert.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Hammond; a brother, Richard Ewing; and a sister, Jean Murphy.

At Betty’s request, there are no calling hours and no flowers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Niles, with Fr. Larry Frient officiating.

Burial will be at Niles City Cemetery.

Family and friends can visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send e-mail condolences.

« Sign the guestbook for BETTY L. ALBU.


BESSEMER, PA. – Ruby (Yarnevich) Shulack, 94, a long-time resident of Bessemer, passed away with her family by her side on Nov. 9, 2011, in Valparaiso, Ind.

She was born Jan. 14, 1917, in Akron, N.Y. and married William Shulack on Sept. 22, 1940. They were blessed to be married for 53 years.

Ruby retired from the May Company/Strouss Department Store in Youngstown after more than 12 years of service. She was a collector and a seamstress, a gardener and a homemaker.

She loved to work with her hands and rarely found the time to sit still. She was a wonderful and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a good friend to all.

She leaves behind three loving children, Madeline Oblonsky of Jersey City, N.J., Katherine Micco of Valparaiso and William Shulack of Galesburg, Mich. and his wife, Cindy. She will be forever missed by her eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William and her five brothers and sisters.

Visitation with the family will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on  Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Cunningham Funeral Home in Bessemer. Graveside services to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ruby’s name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization dear to the family or the VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso. 

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YOUNGSTOWN – Andrew Joseph Douglas Jr. died the night of Nov. 7, at his home in Youngstown.

He was born in Youngstown and currently was attending Youngstown State University for his second Master’s Degree.

He is survived by two twin daughters, Marilyn and Samantha; a son, Page; his mother, Frances; a sister, Laura; and a brother, John.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Mildred Douglas; maternal grandparents, Stanley and Theresa Fleece; and his dogs, Scrappy and Red Dog.

Andrew loved his children more than anything and loving is what he did best. Andrew was much loved. He was a very witty man who had a passion for nature and knowledge.

Andrew’s first Master’s Degree was in Geography, as he loved studying the natural world around him. He was close to completing his second degree in English. Andrew loved music and played the drums, guitar and piano. He was inspired by U2, Prince, and Led Zeppelin.

There will be no services or calling hours.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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HUBBARD – Theodore Grzejka Jr., 71, passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown following a brief illness.

Theodore was born Dec. 24, 1939, in Sharon, Pa., a son of the late Theodore Sr. and Shirley Kekich Grzejka, and was a lifelong area resident.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, was a machinist at Youngstown Steel Door for 10 years, and subsequently worked for David Joseph Boiler Works in Hubbard as a welder for 25 years, retiring in 2008.

Mr. Grzejka was a member of the Sharon VFW and the Johnson Boat Club in Pennsylvania. Ted enjoyed fishing, shooting pool, and playing video games with his son and grandchildren.

Ted leaves his daughter, Samantha Franklin (fiancé Rob Parsons) of Salem; his son, Theodore Paul Grzejka of Youngstown; three grandchildren, James Franklin Jr. (Megan) of Vienna, Stana Franklin of Salem, and Abigail Parsons of Salem; a great-grandson, James Ray Franklin III of Vienna; a half-brother, Theodore (Patty) Grzejka of Sharon; and a half-sister, Mary (Kevin) Baldwin of Sharon.

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

Family will gather on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a private memorial service will take place at 1 p.m.

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

« Sign the guestbook for THEODORE GRZEJKA JR.


CANFIELD – John G. Mavar, 80, passed away Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown following a brief illness.

John was born March 12, 1931, in Youngstown, a son of the late James and Mary Mavracich, and was a lifelong area resident.

He worked for A&P Supermarkets for 16 years, and subsequently owned and operated Mavar’s Supermarkets for 25 years.

Mr. Mavar was a member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown. He enjoyed gardening and his greatest joy was his grandchildren.

John leaves his wife, Helene Labozan Mavar; his daughter, Kelly Mavar-Kostek (Randy) of Canfield; his son, John J. (Elena) Mavar of Canfield; five grandchildren, Francesca Kostek, and Giovanni, Mario, Gioia, and Maximus Mavar; four sisters, Ann Bruner, Kathryn (James) Bryer, Helen Verina, and Margaret Marghella; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Four brothers, Joseph and James Mavar, and George and Michael Mavracich, and a sister, Mary Ann Tkach, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church on South Schenley Avenue, Youngstown.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to St. Christine Church.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Portia Thomas Hood, who departed this life on Monday, Nov. 7.

Mrs. Hood was born Feb. 8, 1917, in Opelika, Ala., the daughter of Issac and Mary Gilmore Thomas.

She was the wife of Ira L. Hood Sr. and to this union 11 children were born.

Portia was a member of the Youngstown East Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was a homemaker who loved caring for her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Hood leaves to cherish her memory five daughters, Renee Grant, Janice (Alexander) Blandon and Antoinette (Ronnie) Price, all of Youngstown, Judith Sanders of Niles and Portia (Donald) Rhodes of Lithonia, Ga.; four sons, Ira (Dorothy) Hood Jr., Daryl (Leslie), Jerry (Lesha) and Gary (Darlene) Hood, all of Youngstown; one brother, Cornelius (Viola) Thomas of Montgomery, Ala. She leaves over 100 grand, great-grands and great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and three sisters-in-law, Erie Mallory of Cleveland, Terry Hood and Althea Green, both of Youngstown.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Ira; a daughter, Carolyn Davis; a son, Alvin Hood; a grandson, Eddie Hood; a great-grandson, Jamail Johnson; seven brothers, Silas Reynolds, Henry, Benjamin, Willie, Joseph, Noah and George Thomas; and two sisters, Nellie Thomas and Ruth Hollen.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Diane L. (Fowler) Comerford passed away Wednesday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by her family.

Diane was born Dec. 21, 1946, in Youngstown, a daughter of Wilton L. and Margaret I. Davis Fowler.

She was a graduate of Chaney High School and the Penn Ohio Business College.

She had been employed with the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company for 12 years in the I.T. Department and then by BWC/State of Ohio for 25 years, where she had many wonderful friends and co-workers.

Diane enjoyed her time as a volunteer with Angels for Animals.

She is survived by her parents, Wilton of Boardman and Margaret of Youngstown, with whom she shared her home; her brother, Raymond, his children, Eric Fowler, Stacie (John) LeSicko, Dr. Ashley Fowler and Raymond Fowler, all of Austintown; and her two sisters, Marlene Fisher, her son, Corey (Jacqueline) Fisher of North Caroline and Lori (Vince) Lucia and their children, Reese and Olivia Lucia of Youngstown.

According to Diane’s wishes, there will be no services or visitation.

Material contributions may be given to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406 or to Noah’s Lost Ark Animal Park, 8424 Bedell Road, Berlin Center, OH 44401.

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

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STOCKTON, Calif. – Michael C. “Slack” Jones, 56, formerly of Youngstown, departed this life Oct. 30, 2011, at Hospice of San Joaquin, Calif.

Mr. Jones was born Dec. 16, 1955, in Jonesboro, La., a son of Frank and Catherine Watson Jones.

Michael was a graduate of The Rayen School and was an avid fisherman.

He leaves his mother of Youngstown; wife, the former Grace Alverez; children, Davis J. Morris of Stockton and R. Jaelon Garner of Columbus; sisters, Patricia (Ron) Ellerbe and Mary Dotson of Youngstown; brothers, Gary Jones of Merced, Calif. and Alvord (Rose) Jones of Altoona, Pa.; granddaughter, Aalijah S. Morris of Stockton; grandmother, Rose Watson of Crossette, Ark.; the Jennings family of Youngstown; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, James Watson, Frank Jones Sr. and Susie Askernese.

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MT. PROSPECT, ILL. – Helene “Oma” Golec, 84, passed away peacefully at 7:55 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at Hospice of Northeast Illinois, following significant medical complications including a recent major stoke.

Helene “Oma” will be deeply missed by her daughter, Monica Oblinger and her son, John Golec. Helene will also be missed by Monica’s husband Don, their children, John and Anna, along with John’s wife, Erin and their children, Jack and Danny, along with her extended family and friends.

Oma will also be missed by the Oblinger’s beloved therapy boxer, Hans and the Golec’s family dog, Sydney, who were always near her. It might have been because she loved children and animals so deeply or perhaps because she occasionally gave them a few treats under the kitchen table.

Helene was born on a small farm in Eastern Slovakia in the small village of Mihalok on March 13, 1927, to Emily “Millie” and Jakob Hilgart. She lived through the tragedy of World War II, including losing her adopted Slovak brother, “Joshel.”

After the war, she moved with her mother and father to small villages in Northern Austria and outside of Heidelberg, Germany, before eventually moving to New Castle, Pa., in 1950, to be near her mother, “Millie’s” close sister, Agnes Ritter.

On Jan. 16, 1954, Helene married John Golec of Mali Bukovec, Croatia. She became a hardworking homemaker, mother, wife and master gardener, canner and accomplished baker. Helene deeply loved her children, her family and was a giving and caring neighbor.

She was a devout member of Catholic churches in both New Castle and McDonald, where the family moved in 1970 to a new home they built on 1121 Parkview Ave.

After her husband and our beloved father, John, died at an early age of 59 in 1979, Helene continued to care for her parents, including her father, Jakob, who passed away in 1986 and her mother, who was very ill for more than five years before Millie passed away at 91 years of age.

In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Helene spent hundreds of days in hospitals, comforting and caring for husband, father and mother and yet still found time to bake and cook the all important major feasts during the happy holiday seasons.

She taught us by example many valuable lessons in life: “Love your children and family unconditionally.” “Work hard,” “Treat people with respect, no matter what their religion, their race or their background,” “Share what you have,” “Save,” “Don’t waste” and “Be kind to animals and those in need.” These are values that will live on through her children and grandchildren and be passed to her great-grandchildren.

We will miss the matriarch of our family dearly but will always have fond memories of the times we laughed and cried together.

Bye Mom, we love you!!! May you rise on angels wings to external happiness. You have showed us by your words and actions how to love unconditionally and live the life of a true Christian.”

John and Monica

Family will receive friends on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in McDonald, with Fr. John Madden officiating, preceded by closing prayers to be recited at 9 a.m. at the funeral home prior in leaving for the church.

Interment will follow at Girard City Cemetery.

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

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PALM HARBOR, FLA. – Edith Catherine (Bonser) Mazorek passed quietly in her sleep on her 87th birthday, Oct. 24, 2011, after a series of health setbacks.

She is survived by her devoted, loyal and loving husband of 64 years, Carl “Chuck” Mazorek; her son, Carl W. Mazorek (Dianne) of Orlando, Fla.; brothers George Bonser and Charles Bonser (Nancy), sister-in-law Opal Theisler and their many children and grandchildren.

She was the daughter of Anita (Bromlee) Bonser and William Harley Bonser.

Edith was born Oct. 24, 1924, and raised in Brownlee Woods in Youngstown, where she met and married Chuck in 1947. They moved to Akron and lived in Bath Township until they retired.

Edith was known as “Sis” or “Aunt Sis” to her friends, her neighbors, and the entire extended families of the Theislers, the Bonsers, and the Burketts.

Edith was employed at Ohio Bell Telephone for 32 years, where she rose from service rep to manager of training for the business offices and phone stores in northeast Ohio. A firm but fair boss, she remained friends with her many co-workers until the end of her life.

Edith was a member of the Bath Grange, where she and Chuck made many lifelong friends. They moved to Palm Harbor in 1987. In retirement, Edith enjoyed new hobbies of quilting and candy making.

A memorial will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road in Palm Harbor, where calling hours will be at 10 a.m. with a service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation, in Edith’s memory.

Visit www.curlewhills.com.

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GIRARD – Patricia A. Lehner, 73, passed away Nov. 10, 2011, Thursday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Patricia was born Aug. 7, 1938, in Girard, the daughter of Thomas and Winifred (Madden) Desmond Sr.

She was a member of the Girard High School graduating Class of 1956. Patricia retired from AGA Gas in 1998, where she was a branch manager, prior to that she was a branch manager for Weber Welding in Girard.

Patricia belonged to St. Rose Church, St. Rose’s Catholic Women Club, Moccasin Trail Garden Club, and Card Clubs.

She enjoyed most was spending time with her beloved children and grandchildren, both at home in Girard and at her beloved cottage at the lake. Pat enjoyed traveling and time spent with friends and family.

Patricia married Robert P. Lehner on June 21, 1958.

Besides her loving husband, Robert, Patricia is survived by a son, Robert W. and Kathy Lehner and a daughter, Lynn and Dr. Ronald Rhodes, all of Girard; four grandchildren Kaitlin and Corie Lehner and Ronald Jr. and Patrick Rhodes; and one brother, James Desmond of Girard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, John, Thomas, Robert and Bernard Desmond; and two sisters, Margaret Theresa Titgk and Mary “Winnie” Goist.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Rose Church at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011.  There will be prayers at 9:30 a.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home, prior to the church Mass.

Calling hours will be Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to St Jude’s Children Hospital in her name.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Joseph Manuel May Sr., 58, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown.

Mr. May was born June 3, 1953, in Montgomery, Ala. and was raised by his grandparents, Robert and Eula May.

He was a 1970 graduate of East High School. He attended Greater Friendship Baptist Church, enjoyed drawing cars and motorcycles and was an avid Cleveland Brown fan. He was a former band member, who played drums and bass guitar. He had been employed at Towel Supply.

He leaves to cherish his beloved memory, his daughter, Dominique G. Lott of Youngstown; seven grandchildren; his companion, Barbara Freeman; and a host of other family and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded by his son, Joseph M. May Jr.

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

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“Together Forever”

NORTH LIMA – Harold L. Baer, 74, of 12275 Market St., went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the love of his life early Thursday morning, Nov. 10, 2011, following a short battle with cancer.

Mr. Baer was born in Hagerstown, Md., Aug. 5, 1937, the son of Alvey and Elizabeth (Kuhns) Baer.

Harold moved to the area in 1958. He was a truck driver and later became a sales manager at Barth Farms in Poland for 28 years. In later years, he was a truck driver for Edgar Miller Company in Youngstown and then for Lemon Tree Flowers in Columbiana. He was a member of the North Lima Mennonite Church, where he was a past Sunday School teacher and superintendent, Elder and janitor.

Mr. Baer was preceded in death by his wife, Effie (Ropp) whom he married Jan. 1, 1959.

He is survived by two daughters, Gloria (Ed) Wilson of New Springfield and Marlene (Gerald) Witmer of Poolesville, Md.; two sons, Gareth (Karla) Baer of North Lima and Arnold (Dawn) Baer of Poolesville; three sisters, Gladys (Raymond) Shank of Harrisonburg, Va., Marie (Raymond) Davis of Mineral Ridge and Esther (Ernie) Mast of Lancaster, Pa.; one brother, David (Nancy) Baer; nine grandchildren, Bob (Kristy) Wilson, Heather (Nick) Shaulis of New Springfield, Ryan Witmer of Hutchinson, Kan., Austin (Connie) Witmer of Roanoke, Va., Kayla and Leana Witmer of Poolesville, and Lauren, Landon and Logan Baer of North Lima; five great-grandchildren, Lydia, Robby, and Makenna Wilson, and Alaina and Ava Shaulis, all of New Springfield.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the North Lima Mennonite Church and also one hour prior to the service Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at the church.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, with Pastor Robert D. Wengerd officiating at the North Lima Mennonite Church, 90 Mennonite Drive, North Lima.

Burial will be at North Lima Mennonite Cemetery.

The family suggests that material contributions be made to the North Lima Mennonite Church or Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, 11500 Market St., North Lima.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church for Mrs. Olivia Ann Queener-Goodwin, 61, who entered eternal life Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at Valley Renaissance.

Mrs. Queener-Goodwin was born June 24, 1950, in Youngstown, a daughter of Carl and Amy Carter Queener.

She was a 1968 graduate of North High School, and received her BS degree in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University. She was Child Support Enforcement Officer with Mahoning Count Children’s Services before retiring on disability. Olivia was a member of the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church, its Sunday School Ministry and Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing and reading.

She was married to John Goodwin and to this union was born three children.

She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, her children, John W. Goodwin, Clarence (Nichole) Goodwin, Barry Goodwin and Amy Williams, all of Youngstown; two sisters, Carol Queener and Linda Lewis, both of Youngstown; three brothers, Milton (Ophelia) Queener of South Carolina, Gerald Queener and Nathan (Bernadette) Queener, both of Youngstown; four grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Queener.

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

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

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GIRARD – Private services where held Friday at the McClurkin Funeral Hone for Anthony J. Sentich who passed away Wednesday morning,  Nov. 9, 2011, at Liberty Health Care.

Anthony was born May 23, 1921, in Uniontown, Pa., the son of John and Susan Sentich

He retired from the David Joseph Baler Co. in Hubbard, where he was a foreman. Anthony was a World War II Army veteran, a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and  a member of Local Boiler Makers.

He married Mary Vesco on Feb. 14, 1942. Besides his wife, Mary, he is survived by a daughter, Linda and Jim McKernan of Girard; a son-in-law, Robert L. Heasley of Pleasant Valley, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Jim, Robin, Heather, Allison and Suzanne; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Margaret Heasley; a brother, Frank Sentich; and two sisters, Isabella and Jenny Sentich.

Burial will be at Girard City Cemetery.

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MINERAL RIDGE – It is with great sadness that the family of Timothy J. Rutushin announces his passing after a brief illness on Nov. 7, 2011, at the age of 59 years.

“Tim” was born on May 7, 1952, in Youngstown. He graduated from Chaney High School in 1970 and served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1971 to 1977. He also attended Choffin Career Center and Youngstown State University.

He was a foreman for several years at Sheldon-Gantt and also was employed at General Motors, Lordstown, in the early 70s.

Tim was an avid golfer and bowler for many years. His generosity was never ending; he felt great pleasure in helping others while never expecting anything in return.

Tim will be truly missed by all who knew him and loved him. His smile, sense of humor, and caring personality will forever live on in our memories.

Tim’s life will be remembered and cherished by those he left behind, including his loving wife with whom he spent 25 years, Debbie (Houser) Rutushin; two sons, Jeff Rutushin of Cleveland, Jason Rutushin (Kari) of San Diego; and daughter, Sara Rutushin of Mineral Ridge. He also leaves behind three brothers, Adam (Pat) Rutushin, Raymond (Trish) Rutushin; and Randall (Karen) Rutushin; a sister, Sandi (Dennis) McCartney; a granddaughter, Oleana; and several nieces and nephews.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, Adam J. Rutushin and Elaine (Steeves) Rutushin

A celebration of Tim’s life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, 3100 Canfield Road, Youngstown, OH 44511, from 4 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the family to cover the medical and burial expenses.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman followed by an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Matthias Church with the Rev. Msgr. Peter Polando celebrating the Mass for Stephen T. Basic, 87, who entered into eternal rest on Nov. 10, 2011, at 4:15 a.m.

Steve Basic was born on April 11, 1924, in Youngstown to parents, Thomas and Theresa Dubic Basic. He was known to his friends and family as “Patty.”

Steve attended Woodrow Wilson High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. As an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate First Class on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Antietam, he supported the war effort in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Steve also served in the Korean conflict and left the Navy as a decorated veteran.

Steve married Julia Rodzik on June 26, 1948 at St. Matthias Church. He worked at Ohio Edison for 32 years, beginning his career in the meter department and retiring as an inspector in 1980. He was a member of St. Matthias Church, American Legion Post 472, and Mahoning County Sportsmen’s Association.

“Patty” was an avid fisherman who spent a great deal of time catching walleye and perch on Lake Erie and Mosquito Lake. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and family as well as watching sports, particularly football and golf.

He leaves behind his wife, Julia; son, Stephen T. Basic Jr. (Patricia) of Poland; and son, Robert A. Basic (Mary) of Austintown. He also leaves four grandchildren, Dr. Stephen T. Basic III (Julie) of Charlottesville, Va., Christen Maurer (Dave) of Poland and Robert Basic and Jason Basic of Austintown.

He is survived by sisters, Dolores Shuster of Cambria, Calif. and Marion Creed of Struthers; sister-in-law, Dolores Basic of Boardman; five nephews; and four nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas J. Basic; and sister, Ann Hickey.

The family would like to extend many thanks to Dr. Ravinder Nath, the wonderful staff at Assumption Village, St. Elizabeth’s Boardman Health Center and Vibra Mahoning Valley Hospital for their compassionate care.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave., Boardman.

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery with full military honors provided by the great men of V.F.W. Post No. 9571 of Ellsworth to recognize Steve’s dedicated and courageous service to our country.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to St. Matthias Church, 915 Cornell St., Youngstown, OH 44502 or to Assumption Village 9800, Market St, North Lima, OH 44452.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Steve’s family.

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