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POLAND Stanley J. Pogacnik, 94, formerly of Hamilton Boulevard in Struthers, died early Wednesday morning at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.
Stan was born Oct. 27, 1917, in Struthers, a son of John and Frances Zitnik Pogacnik.
Stan attended Struthers High School and left to support his family by working at the Youngstown Foundry and Machine Company. In 1943, while working for Youngstown Foundry, Stan enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He received both the Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal. After being honorably discharged in 1946, Stan returned to the area, and to Youngstown Foundry, which later became Wean United. He retired as General Superintendent of Operations for Wean United in 1980, after 46 years of service.
Stan was a member of the Christ Our Savior Parish, St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Struthers, the Struthers VFW Post No. 3538 and its golf league. Stan was an avid golfer and in his lifetime Stan accomplished nine holes-in-one.
Stan was a friend to everyone he met and a helper to all who needed help. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Stans wife, the former Margaret Peggy Petkunas, whom he married Feb. 17, 1947, died Feb. 25, 2010.
He leaves one daughter, Pat (Ron) Janci of Sarasota, Fla. and Hudson; two grandchildren, Karen (Nathan) Hagan of Aurora and Laura (Chris) Meeks of Green River, Wyo.; one great-granddaughter, Nia Rae Hagan; and one sister, Dorothy Lucarell of Youngstown.
Besides his parents and wife, Stan was preceded in death by four brothers, Lou, Steve, John and Andy Pogacnik; and one sister, Mary Pogacnik.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Christ Our Savior Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 250 N. Bridge St. in Struthers, with Fr. Bernard Bonnot officiating.
Interment will follow at the Poland Riverside Cemetery.
Friends will be received on Saturday from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. at the church.
The family wishes to thank Dr. John Koval, the Hope Center for Cancer Care, Dr. Masud Bhatti, Dr. Chris Knight, and their staff, for their long time care and kindness.
In lieu of gifts, contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Northern Ohio Chapter, 23297 Commerce Park Road, Cleveland, OH 44122 or online at www.LLS.org.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
POLAND Prayers will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church for Donald A. White, 81, who passed away early Wednesday morning.
Donald was born April 12, 1931, in Youngstown, a son of the late Nicholas and Mary (Williams) White.
For many years Donald was the manager of the Moo Shop, a popular north side restaurant in the fifties and sixties. Later, he was an instructor in cooking and restaurant management at Choffin Career Center.
Donald loved gardening and enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor with his family and friends. He was a member of the Holy Family Church.
Donald leaves his wife, the former Lenore Tamburro, whom he married Nov. 25, 1965; a brother, Anthony Tom White of Poland; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Louise Armini of Naples, Fla. and two brothers, Henry and Richard White.
Family and friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will take place at Poland Riverside Cemetery.
SOUTHPORT, N.C. Richard Dick E. Scheetz Sr., 79, passed on Thursday, June 21, 2012, peacefully at home, surrounded by family.
Mr. Scheetz arrived March 25, 1933, in Youngstown, the son of Peter and Mary (Keaggy) Scheetz.
He is survived by wife of nearly 60 years, Rita (Mangie) Scheetz; sister Joan Democko (Steve); twin brothers Lawrence and Jerome (Suzie); children Dr. Richard E. Scheetz Jr. (Cindy), Charles Scheetz, Peter Scheetz, Dr. Kurt (Kathryn) Scheetz, Karl (Alba) Scheetz and Laura (Dr. Anthony) Michelakis. He is also survived by grandchildren Lilly and Carly Michelakis, Crescenzo, Marisa and Luke Scheetz, Lauren, LeighAnn and Thomas Scheetz, Ryan and Kristin Sloan, Jessica Scheetz, Derek, Richard F., Heidi and Erika Scheetz, and Brita Scheetz Smarrella; great-grandchildren Conlin, Romy, Lana Sloan and Dominic Smarrella; two brothers-in-law, James Mangie and wife Evelyn, and Dr. Ronald Mangie and wife Davene; also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Mr. Scheetz graduated with honors from Ursuline High School in Youngstown in 1950 and the Catholic University of America in 1954, and attended the University of Pittsburgh. Dick was first in his engineering class at the Catholic University of America and elected into the Phi Kappa honorary fraternity. He wrestled varsity for four years and was captain of the wrestling team.
Following college, he was employed at Hetlzel Steel, then entered the U.S. Navy and attended officers training school. He was stationed at Parris Island, S.C. and Blackbush Naval Airstation in England as a full Lieutenant and was the Base Engineer at both locations.
Later, he moved to Boardman, where he was employed by the East Ohio Gas Company as Chief Engineer for seven years. He became a partner in the Youngstown engineering firm Mosure and Fok. Mr. Scheetz then left to become employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, where he was responsible for the safety of Ohio airports. After that, he then worked 15 years for the 910th Tactical Unit at the Youngstown AFB until his retirement. In 1977, he and his family moved from Boardman to New Middletown into a house that he designed and constructed, and then moved to Southport, N.C. with his wife and Grannie, where his son, Dr. Kurt Scheetz, and daughter, Laura Michelakis, reside.
Dick was known for his firm handshake, infectious smile and laugh. He was intelligent, loving, hardworking, and especially honest. He was highly admired and loved by many. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
Memorial services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport on June 23, 2012.
A memorial service will be at noon on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Main Street in New Middletown.
Special thanks to the people of Liberty Healthcare and Home-care Hospice, Ocean Trail Rehabilitation and Convalescent Center, New Hanover and Dosher Hospitals and the doctors and staff of all. The family appreciates all the hard work and special care of his wife, Rita, and daughter, Laura Michelakis, the last few months of his life.
The world lost a great man but he carries on in the impressions he left on all of us.
In lieu of flowers, the family desires that donations be made to The Brunswick Senior Center in Southport, 1513 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461.
Please visit www.peacocknewnamwhite.com to send online condolences.
Arrangements are by the Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service in Southport.
WARREN Nettie B. Ashelman, 94, died at the home of her son in Medina, on Tuesday morning, July 3, 2012.
She was born in Mesopotamia, the daughter of Ralph B. and Hattie (Wilcox) Staib, on Jan. 8, 1919.
She was a graduate of Mesopotamia High School and worked for General Electric Ohio Lamp Works right out of high school, where she retired as their longest term employee after 50 1/2 years.
Her second career was serving on the Trumbull County Board of Elections, retiring at age 89, but continued to serve on many civic boards and committees.
Nettie was an esteemed longtime dedicated member of Warrens 1st Presbyterian Church, where she had served as a Deacon.
As a Warren icon for community service and volunteerism, Nettie was acknowledged many times for her tireless endeavors. Some awards being; 1993 - voted One of the Most Influential Women in Mahoning Valley; 1999 - Governors Service Award; 2005- Shepherd of the Valleys Legacy Award for Volunteer Work; 2005 - voted one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Trumbull Co.; 2006 - Ohio Senatorial Citation for Outstanding Service from Tim Grendell, State Senator; and in 2006 - Ohio Federation of Republican Womens Senior Hall of Fame.
When she retired, she received Accommodation Awards from Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell, Attorney General Jim Petro and the Ohio House of Representatives, Rep. Randy Law.
Mrs. Ashleman had been very active in the Republican Party since 1965, serving as a Precinct Committee Person and a member of the Executive Committee. Also, she was a member of Warrens Republican Womens Club since 1966, having served as their President, Secretary and for 30 years, their membership chairman and a member of the Giddings Republican Club, serving as Secretary and President in 1970, and a member of the Mahoning Valley McKinley Republican Club since 1970, serving as President, Vice President and their Banquet Chairperson up until her death.
She was elected to serve a seven year term under the Chairmanship of Bob Bennett as the State Central Committee Woman to the 32nd Senatorial District. Nettie was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 278 since 1960 and serving as the Americanism Chairman for 25 years, and for the past 30 years was an interviewer and selector of delegates for Buckeye Girls State. She was a Cardinal Member of Ohio Federation of Republican Women and was appointed to the Mahoning Valley Labor Citizens Committee by then Congressman Lyle Williams, where she served for 25 years.
Her strong commitment to civic duty was evident with her involvement with the Warren YWCA, YWCA Town Hall Lecture Series Committee, the American Cancer Society for over three decades, and the Trumbull Co. Historical Society.
Nettie was a founding member of the Historic Perkins Homestead Neighborhood Assoc. and the Harriet Taylor Upton Association Board of Directors, where she worked tirelessly for many years. She was also involved with the Warren Civic Music Association Board of Directors for four decades, Warren Jr. Military Band, Warren Philharmonic Orchestras Board of Directors and financial supporter, Shepherd of the Valley Legacy Committee, where she was appointed 2006, and an Animal Welfare League financial supporter.
Netties hardy laugh and love of family and friends will be missed by all, especially her family son, James E. McCreanor and wife Suzan of Medina, as well as her five grandchildren and their families including her five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister and husbands, James B. McCreanor in 1957 and Donald C. Ashelman in 1978.
Services will be held at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Warren today, July 6, 2012, at noon, with Rev. Rusty Cowden officiating.
Calling hours are Thursday, July 5, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home in Warren and today, July 6, from 10 a.m. to noon in the parlor of the church. Committal services and internment will follow in Champion Township Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to the McFarland & Son Funeral Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481.
Please visit www.mcfarlandcares.com to view this obituary, send condolences, and order flowers.
Contributions may be made to the Warrens Republican Womens Club, c/o Trumbull Co. Republican Party. P.O. Box 428, Girard, OH 44428, or the 1st Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, OH 44483, or the Harriet Taylor Upton Association, P.O. Box 847, Warren, OH 44482.
YOUNGSTOWN Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Mrs. Ruth Woodall, 87, who departed this life Friday, June 29, 2012, at Liberty Health Care Center.
Mrs. Woodall was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Youngstown, a daughter of William Newman Henderson and Nannie M. Outlaw Henderson.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Butler Memorial Church. She was president of Eastside Senior Citizens, chairperson of Northeast Ohio Share Program, chairperson of Edgewood Apartments, a volunteer for Protestant Family Services, and member of Edward Court Calantes No. 30 Order of Eastern Star.
He leaves daughters Ruth Penny Monroe Yancey and Krystelle Monroe (Sherwood) Bogan and sisters, Mildred Warren and Florence Dial, all of Youngstown; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Archie O. Butch Monroe III, Herman PeeWee J. Monroe and Michael J. Monroe; four sisters, Louise Fleming, Ethel Payne, Helen Wilson King and Margaret Phifer Howze; and two brothers, William Kenny Henderson Jr. and Norman Henderson.
A special thank you and appreciation to Liberty Health Care Center.
POLAND Tassie O. Blazinic, 87, died Thursday, July 5, 2012.
Mrs. Blazinic was born June 23, 1925, in Carbon, Pa., a daughter of Paul and Anna Solonyna Berdy.
She was a member of the Christ Our Savior Parish (St. Nicholas).
She is survived by her children, Trudy (Boe) Korody, Thomas R. Blazinic, and Sandy Trolio; a sister, Ann Kutchel; and grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen K. Blazinic; three brothers, Michael, John and Paul Berdy; and two sisters, Catherine Kodash and Mary Olinik.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at noon at the Christ Our Savior Parish (Holy Trinity). Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers
Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
LOWELLVILLE Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at the Rossi-Lellio Funeral Home, 151 Second St. in Lowellville for David A. Johngrass, 33, who passed away on Tuesday, July 3, from a fatal traffic accident.
David was born April 8, 1979, in Youngstown, the son of Raymond J. Johngrass and Debra Greco.
He was a 1998 graduate of Lowellville High School and was employed at JD Sealcoat.
David was a UFC fighting fan and an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
He will always be remembered and sadly missed by his dad and stepmom, Raymond and Sandy Johngrass of Poland; his mom and stepdad, Debra Greco and Kenny Orf of Lowellville; two sisters, Victoria and Nicole Johngrass of Poland; his paternal grandfather, James Johngrass; his grandparents, George and Irene Orf of Struthers; two aunts, Vera (Larry) Meyer and Santa (Bill) ODea both of New Middletown, Pa.; three uncles, Victor Johngrass of Hillsville, Jim (Diana) Johngrass of Boardman and Michael (Cindy) Orf of Struthers; and his many cousins, especially John Timkovich. He will also be greatly missed by his many friends who are like his extended family.
David was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Johngrass; paternal grandmother, Rose Johngrass; his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Dolores Greco; and his uncle, Robert Johngrass.
Friends may call from 11 to 1 p.m., prior to services at the funeral home on Saturday.
MINERAL RIDGE Charles Walter Walt Welliver Sr., died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at his home.
Born May 1, 1934, in Millville, Pa., he was the son of John and Clara (Earnest) Welliver.
Walt lived in Millville until 1966, when he moved to Mineral Ridge.
Walt worked for Girton Manufacturing in Millville and retired in 1999, from Oakes and Burger in Niles.
He served in the U.S. Army, was a member of the Millville Fire Department, was a Mason with the Orangeville, Pa. Lodge, and was a member of the Ohltown United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Janet (Crawford), whom he married on Sept. 4, 1966; sons Donald (Paula) Welliver of Mineral Ridge and Walter Jr. (Elise) Welliver of Alabama; and grandchildren Jason, Jordon, and Shelby.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no services.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
STRUTHERS Services will be on Monday, July 9, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home, Inc. and at 10:30 a.m. at the Christ our Savior Parish, Holy Trinity Church for Elizabeth D. (Betty) Liptak, 98, who passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at her home.
She was born Dec. 24, 1913, in Donora, Pa., daughter of the late John and Mary Yuhasz Rivalsky.
Betty moved to Struthers in 1924. She married her husband, Stephen L. Liptak on Sept. 8, 1937, and he died Aug. 19, 1962.
She was a member of the Christ our Savior Parish, St. Nicholas Church and its Altar Rosary Society.
Betty retired as a Seamstress for Weatherbee Coats in August of 1979. She was active in the Campbell Senior Citizens and the Democratic Party. She loved to cook, sew, be in her garden and most especially, dancing.
She is survived by her sons, Lawrence (Nancy) Liptak of Coitsville and Stephen (Deborah) Liptak of Boardman; her daughter-in-law, JoAnne Liptak of Niles; brothers, Edward J. Rivalsky of Struthers and Albert Rivalsky of Campbell; nine grandchildren, Troy (Nina) Liptak, Tomi (Domenic) Cardinale, Tracy Liptak-Cantelmo, Tristan (Nicole) Liptak, Heather Liptak, George (Jonelle) Liptak, Christopher (Tracie) Liptak, Stephanie and Matthew Liptak; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild..
In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Liptak; sisters, Katherine Simon, Mary Kopkash and Ann Hrina; and brothers, Charles, John and Paul Rivalsky.
Visiting hours will be on Sunday, July 8, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home, Inc., 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery.
Betty will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother and for her strong will and her joyful laughter.
COLUMBIANA Lawrence Wellman Stacey, 78, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at his home.
Larry was born Aug. 20, 1933, in Salem, a son of Otto and Irma Stacey and had lived in this area all of his life.
Larry was certified as an Eagle Scout in 1949. He was a 1951 graduate of Columbiana High School and received his law degree from The Ohio State University in 1958.
Attorney Stacey was Past President of the Columbiana County Bar Association from 1987 to 1988 and served on the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates and Board of Governors. He was a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio. Attorney Stacey received recognition of 50 years of service as an attorney and counselor of law in 2009.
Larry served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Columbiana, Allen Lodge No. 276 F&A in Columbiana, Salem Commandery No. 42 Knight Templar, Grand Council Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, the Shriners, Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, York Drexler Post No. 5532 VFW, Washingtonville and the Benjamin Firestone Post No. 290 American Legion, Columbiana. He was also a life member of The Ohio State University Alumni organization and was an avid OSU fan.
His wife, the former Patricia Hum, whom he married Sept. 17, 1955, died April 8, 2009.
He is survived by two daughters, Kim (Mark) Bivens of Charlotte, N.C. and Stephanie Stacey (Lou Gawron) of Columbiana; a son, Lawrence (Lisa) Stacey II of Columbiana; a sister, Jane Charvat of New York; six grandchildren, Emma Bivens and Hannah Bivens, Lawrence Stacey III, Jonathan Stacey, Mackenzie Stacey and Connor Stacey.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Columbiana Cemetery Chapel.
There are no calling hours.
Burial will follow at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Columbiana.
Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana is handling the arrangements.
Please visit www.familycareservices.com to sign the guest register and to send condolences to the family.
NILES Velma Vel Alberta Liberatore, 78, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 24, 1933, in Turkeyfoot, Pa., the daughter of the late Austin B. and Alice M. King Miller.
Velma was a homemaker in Ohio, where she made her home. She a member of St. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Warren. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, traveling, and spending time with family.
Velma will be sadly missed by her husband of 37 years, Armand A. Liberatore, whom she married July 28, 1975; two sons, Kenneth D. Brown Jr. (Sharon) of Columbus and Frank B. Brown of Warren; two daughters, Elizabeth M. Balint of Warren and Jacqueline H. McCabe (Rick Williams) of Niles; four grandchildren, Kenneth K., Kerwin T., Austin J. and Frank B. II; three brothers, Austin Miller (Linda) of Melbourne, Fla., Samuel Miller (Hannalore) of Pensacola, Fla. and Paul Miller (Nancy) of Sugarland, Texas; three sisters, Jane Tressler (Roy Paul) of Somerset, Pa., Freda McClintick of Rockwood, Pa. and Betty Chonko of Somerset; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Clyde Miller, Jimmy Miller and Grant Miller.
Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles with Very Reverend Andrew Deskevich officiating.
Burial will be at Pineview Cemetery.
Many special thanks for the great care given to Velma in her home by Southern Care Hospice, where material contributions can be sent in lieu of flowers to 5401 Ashley Circle No. E, Austintown, OH 44515.
A special thanks also to Dr. Michael Cilettis office.
Family and friends can visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook, and send e-mail condolences.
NORTH LIMA Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 6, at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Boardman, for Mary A. Sharshan, 81, who passed away on Wednesday.
She was born in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Michael and Virginia Dimperio.
She was a graduate of Wilson High School and a member of St. Charles Catholic Church. She worked for various cleaning companies.
Surviving are her daughter, Kathy (Dale) Ross of Boardman and sisters-in-law, Helen Sharshan of Youngstown and Fran Viggiano of New Castle, Pa. She also leaves nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, the late Nick Sharshan, whom she married on April 20, 1953.
Friends will be received at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Youngstown on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, July 7, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St Charles Church.
Please visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.
CANFIELD There will be services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bethel Lutheran Church for Ruth A. Thomas, 84, who died Wednesday evening at Sterling House.
Mrs. Thomas was born March 1, 1928, in Phoenix, a daughter of William C. and Ruby I. Halverstadt Henderson. Ruth came to the area with her family as a child.
She graduated from Boardman High School and received her B.A. Degree in Education from Youngstown College. Ruth earned her M.A. in English from Case Western Reserve University. She also had worked on her Ph.D. at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Ruth had taught English at East High School and also had been a church organist for over 60 years. She had played for the former St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Boardman United Methodist Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Calvary Baptist Church.
Ruth was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church. She also belonged to the American Guild of Organists.
Ruth loved Psalms 98:4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
Ruth delighted in being a mother and grandmother.
She leaves her daughter, Linda (Scott C.) Adair of Canfield; her son, Robert (Candi) Thomas of Boardman; her sister, Leila Mae Straub of Houston; and her grandchildren, Lauren and Sara Adair, Christopher Helsel, Meghan and Colin Thomas.
Her husband of 56 years, William M. Sr., whom she married Oct. 15, 1954, died Aug. 4, 2010, and her son, William M. Jr., died in 1987.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church, prior to the service.
Memorial gifts may be made to the memorial fund, Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Drive, Boardman, OH 44512.
Arrangements are by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom-Velker Chapel.
Family and friends can visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.