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SALEM – Gaberial Joseph Strawderman, 1, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

Born June 18, 2011, he was the son of Stephen W. Strawderman II and Samantha M. Loth.

Besides his parents, survivors include his brothers and sister, Stephen W. III, Aundrea B., and Aiden E., all at home; grandparents Linda M. (Fred Butcher) Loth of Salem, Betty Strawderman of Warren, and Stephen W. Strawderman I of Fla.; great-grandparents Joseph and Lillian Nagy of Austintown, Gladys Long of Newton Falls, and Gayle Strawderman of W.Va.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wayne E. Loth II.

Friends will be received at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., where a funeral service will begin at 3.

Cremation will follow the service.

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

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SOUTHPORT, N.C. – Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Campbell for Frances Mastorides, 96, who passed away Saturday in Southport.

Mrs. Mastorides was born in Symi, Greece in 1915.

She married Arist Mastorides in 1937 and came to the United States.

She was active at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church. She enjoyed traveling, sewing, and cooking.

She was the beloved mother of Nick Mastorides of Southport and Fay M. Rellas of Naples, Fla.; her grandchildren are Arist Mastorides, Vicki Nesper, Peter Rellas, and the late Aris Rellas; her six great-grandchildren are Alex, Nick, Katie, Paul, Abby, and Nick.

The Mastorides family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church.

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

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“Greatest Generation”

NEWTON FALLS – Betty Rose Hammond, a member of the Greatest Generation, left this life on Tuesday July 17, 2012, after losing her courageous battle with cancer at the age of 88. She was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at Laurie Ann Nursing Home in Newton Falls.

Betty was born on June 11, 1924, in Tiffin, to Zula Fern (Krupp) Birch and Charles Birch. She was one of five children in a loving family and liked to tell stories of her childhood.

During World War II, Betty was one of the almost 400,000 women that served in the armed forces. She joined the U.S. Navy and served for almost two years as a WAVE. Betty completed boot camp in New York City and was stationed at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. She married George David Hammond, also a U.S. Navy veteran, in December of 1942, and together they had six children.

Betty made her home in Lake Milton from 1950 to 2012. There she had wonderful neighbors that kept a careful and loving eye on her - for this her family is grateful.

She was an active member of the Lake Milton Presbyterian Church for years, teaching Bible School, and Sunday School, and was involved in many other ways.

Betty had a charitable heart and a generous soul, her children believe this is one of the greatest gifts she gave them. There was always room at the Hammond table for one more friend or neighbor kid. She created many keepsakes for a prison ministry, as well as many crafts, for family and friends. Her hands were never still. One year she crocheted 387 crosses for mission gifts.

Betty was also a room mother and in PTA for everyone of her children. In addition, she worked the band booth at Jackson-Milton Football games on many cold nights.

Betty will be lovingly missed by her children, David (Patti) Hammond of Diamond, Patricia (John) Firby of Palmyra, Mike (Patty) Hammond of Lordstown, Kathy (Bill) Bodnar of Cuyahoga Falls, Rebecca Hammond (Phil Lombard) of Ferndale, Mich. and Susan (Tim) Holub of Newton Falls. She also leaves 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great- great granddaughter. Betty helped care for every one of these children at one point or another until late in her life.

Betty is also survived by a dear sister and brother, Eileen Shumaker and John Birch of Tiffin and two loving sisters-in-law, Donna Birch and Edna Hammond.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Hammond; her parents, Zula and Charles Birch; two brothers, James and Howard Birch; and many other loved ones who are waiting to greet her.

Cremation has taken place.

The family will receive friends for calling hours on Friday, July 20, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.

Memorial services will be at the funeral home on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Bo Schneider officiating the service.

Betty will be laid to rest beside her husband George, at Vaughn Cemetery in Lake Milton.

The family has asked that all donations please be made to the Lake Milton Presbyterian Church, 942 Grandview Road, Lake Milton, OH 44429.

Betty’s family would like to thank the staff at Laurie Ann Nursing Home and MVI Hospice for the loving care they provided for Betty at the end of her life.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444 (330) 872-5440.

Family and friends please visit www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com to view this obituary online or to send condolences.

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BRONX, N.Y. – A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Reed’s Chapel AME Church, 1939 Jacobs Road in Youngstown, for Ms. Georgia Patterson, known as “Shibby” by her friends and family, 85, who passed away on June 25, 2012, after a brief illness.

She was born in Columbus on Aug. 18, 1926, the daughter of the late Gertrude and Lewis Rogers.

Georgia worked at the former Pic-Ohio Hotel, as their elevator technician until the hotel closed. She also worked at the YMCA operating their elevator until she retired.

Georgia was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Lucille Hassell; her grandmother, Alberta Childs; a brother, Elmer “Ham” Rogers; and a sister, Marilyn Rogers.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Yolanda Hassell of Bronx; seven sisters, Emma Wallace, Jeanette Belt, Albertha McMillian, Beverly Rogers, Loretta Rogers, Sandra Rogers and Charmaine Evans; two brothers, Lewis “Red” (Darlene) Rogers of Youngstown and Larry Rogers (Gloria) of Howland; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Local arrangements handled by Sibley-Murray-Wellington Funeral Home of Alliance.

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SALEM – Craig Charles Gainor, 63, formerly of Alliance, died at 1:22 a.m. Tuesday at Salem Community Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1948, in Alliance to Hilda (Gockel) Gainor and the late Charles Gainor.

Craig graduated from Alliance High School and attended Kent State University. He had worked in the Salem area as a produce Manager at the former Kroger Store, then as a car salesman at Greenwood Chevy in Courtland, an independent distributor for Ecoquest International, a sales manager for Current Energy in Salem and currently was the Vice President of Newtec Corp. here in Salem.

He was an avid sports fan and followed all the teams from the Cleveland area and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He enjoyed going golfing and bowling in his spare time.

He is survived by his mother of Alliance; his wife, the former Penny Ann Smith, whom he married on Aug. 21, 1993; his sons, whom he was real proud of, Kyle Wayne (wife Susie) Gainor of Salem and Kirk Charles (wife Monica) Gainor of Winamac, Ind.; his stepchildren, Chris (wife Theresa) Callisto of St. Louis and Sara (husband Daniel) Martincic of Louisville; his siblings, Scott Gainor of Daytona Beach, Fla., Todd (wife Marian) Gainor of Alliance and Anna Marie Gainor of Orlando, Fla.; his grandchildren, who affectionately will remember “Grandpa Cookie,” Samantha and Lacie Gainor; and his step grandchildren, Donivin, Dylan, Chloe, Julie, Mason, Tyler and Karsten.

A time of visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, July 20, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Kari Lankford officiating.

There will be a private family burial.

Please go to www.apgreenisenfh.com to sign the guest book, send condolences, or to view this obituary.

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McDONALD – William D. Sperati, 61, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at his residence.

“Bill” was born July 10, 1951, in Salem, the son of Rocky B. and Patricia Jean Fowler Sperati.

Bill worked at General Motors for 30 years, retiring in 1999. He graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in 2000. He then worked for the Canfield School System as a teacher and substitute.

He was a football coach for the McDonald Midgets for 17 years, the McDonald School System for several years and then for the Canfield School System for five years. He was also a football official for several years.

Besides his parents of Girard, he is survived by his loving and devoted wife, the former Jennifer Hamilton, whom he married March 18, 1989; a son, Joseph D. (Suzanne) Sperati of McDonald; son William C. Sperati; and stepdaughters Kristen (Greg) Betts of Hilliard and Jodi (Jeff) Cintron of McDonald. He had eight grandchildren who were his pride and joy, Paige, Julian and Hannah Sperati of McDonald, Lucas Sperati of Columbus, Megan Betts of Columbus, Jacob (Jillie) Betts of Las Vegas and Tyler and Alex Cintron of McDonald. He also leaves his brother, Rocco (Leslie) Sperati of Girard; his sister, Gwen (Carl) Arthur of Warren; and brother Michael Sperati of Youngstown. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Bill was a man who made a positive difference in the world. He left a legacy of strength, courage and dignity to all his family and friends and was a role model for all the young people he touched through his teaching and coaching.

Funeral services will be held today, July 19, at 1 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home, where the family will receive relatives and friends from noon until the time of service.

The family requests that any material contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Please visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the Sperati family.

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WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP – Sara M. Blews, 64, died suddenly on Monday, July 16, 2012, at Northside Medical Center.

Sara was born Dec. 25, 1947, in New Castle, Pa., the daughter of the late Albert G. and Emma M. McClain Teleis.

Sara had previously worked for Bell Telephone Co. and later a daycare center, but most recently had just enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Walter L. Blews, whom she married April 19, 1969; children Jeff (Aubrey) Blews of Girard, Scott (Monica) Blews of Punta Gorda, Fla. and Amy (Tony) Fiore of Racine, Wis.; grandchildren Aaron Blews, Benjamin Blews, Bryan Fiore, Aden Fiore and Mia Blews; a sister, Patty Czajka of Youngstown; and a brother, Thomas Teleis of Volante, Pa.

Preceding her in death was her brother, Richard Teleis.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will take place at Ressurection Cemetery.

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

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NEWTON FALLS – Agnes O. (Rohm) Frantz, 100, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 13, 2012, at Laurie Ann Nursing Home in Newton Falls.

She was born on May 5, 1912, in Littleton, W.Va., the daughter of the late Arthur Sayre and Della (Gorby) Ward. She had lived in Newton Falls for the past 72 years.

She married her first husband, Leslie Rohm Sr. in 1930, and he passed away after 28 years of marriage in 1958. She then married her second husband, Robert A. Frantz Sr. on Feb. 1, 1969, and he passed away on Nov. 20, 1999.

Agnes worked at Republic Steel in Warren for 13 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, the Louise Circle Senior Citizens of Newton Falls, Lordstown and Southington, the Good Timers Club and the Voyagers Club. Agnes enjoyed cooking, gardening and dancing.

Memories of Agnes will be carried on by her loving family, her stepson, Robert and Shirley Frantz Jr. of Dunwoodie, Ga.; her sisters, Ethel and Harry Keenan of Windridge, Pa. and Irene Loor of Moundsville, W.Va.; her brother, Francis Ward of South Bend, Ind.; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Agnes was preceded in death by her first husband, Leslie Rohm Sr.; her second husband, Robert A. Frantz; her son, Leslie D. Rohm Jr.; her three sisters, Bertha King, Wanda Burgess and Mary Rohm; and one daughter-in-law, Naomi Rohm.

Calling hours will be at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls on Saturday, July 21, 2012, from 10 to 11 a.m.

The funeral service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Gordon Ferguson officiating.

Agnes will be laid to rest at Newton Falls Cemetery.

The family has requested that all donations be made to the Newton Falls United Methodist Church, c/o United Methodist Women, 336 Ridge Road, Newton Falls, OH 44444.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad St. in Newton Falls.

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

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“Together Forever”

AUSTINTOWN – Prayers will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Austintown for Nina A. Marsilio, 76, who passed away Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Nina was born April 14, 1936, in Bugnara L’Aquila, Italy, a daughter of the late Oddino and Josephine (DiFiore) Felice.

She grew up in Pittsburgh, and graduated from St. Paul’s Cathedral. She came to the Youngstown area when she married in 1957. Nina was a member of St. Joseph Church and their choir for many years. She was also a founding member of St. Joseph Ladies Guild. Nina enjoyed her time with her quilting friends and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.

Her husband, Emilio L. Marsilio, whom she married Sept. 7, 1957, passed away Oct. 28, 2008.

Nina leaves her two daughters, Amy A. Marsilio and Jo Marie Marsilio, both of Austintown; her son, Jerry (Mary) Marsilio of Chicago; a granddaughter, Angela (Zack) Cain of Texas; and a great-granddaughter Kayla Cain of Texas.

Nina was also preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Felice.

Family and friends may call Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at Resurrection Cemetery.

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YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Church for Edith A. Roth, 83, who passed away Tuesday, July 17, at Maplecrest Nursing Home.

Edie was born, in Youngstown, Dec. 31, 1928, a daughter of Dominic and Antonette Vacarro Columbo.

She was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of the city. She was also a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her grandson, Stefen, was the light of her life. She enjoyed gardening with her husband, Steve, and was also an excellent cook. She made the best pizza and her wedding soup was a mainstay at family parties.

In addition to her parents, Edie was preceded in death by her sisters, Lucy Columbo and Mary Reda; and by her brothers, Dominic, Joseph and Nicholas Columbo and Anthony Vacarro.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Steve H. Roth, whom she married July 25, 1953; her son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Diane Roth of Boardman; her sister and brother-in-law, Jean and William McMillen of Campbell; her sister-in-law, Jennie Columbo of Youngstown; her grandson, Stefen Roth; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will take place at the church on Friday from 9 to 10 a.m., one hour prior to the Mass.

Her family would like to express appreciation to both Dr. Spratt and to the staff of Maplecrest Nursing Home for the care they provided Edie.

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

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POLAND – Philip J. Stropich, 97, died July 17, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Mr. Stropich was born April 26, 1915, in East Youngstown, a son of Fred and Anna Marshall Stropich.

He was a 1933 Struthers High School graduate. Baseball was everything to him. At age 17, Philip started his career with Holy Trinity, where he played two years before moving to Lansingville, where he remained until 1936. He helped Struthers Northside Civics win three Slovak League crowns. In 1940, he entered the ‘AA’ League with the Buddie Furniture team, which won the championship.

Mr. Stropich went on to the Army, where he served with the 82nd and 13th Airborne Division in the European Theatre. He served for 45 months and was discharged as a Staff Sergeant, receiving an American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon with one bronze star, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Victory Medal for World War II.

After being discharged in 1946, he went on to play baseball with the Lustig’s Shoes team and helped them win the ‘AA’ crown. During his baseball career, Phil played with the 1939 state semi pro champs and with the Army Tri-State champs in 1945. Some of Phil’s other baseball achievements include induction to the Baseball Town Old Timers Association Hall of Fame in 1989, 1939 All Star Player with the all state semi pro team, and carrying a top batting average of .526 in the area and state tournament games at Idora Park with the Civics. He also had a tryout with the Cardinals from the Bronx in 1940.

Apart from baseball, he owned and operated Phil’s Tavern in Struthers for 37 years. He also was a member of Holy Family Parish, where he was an usher for over 40 years.

His first wife, Cecelia (Popovich), whom he married Nov. 8, 1941, died Aug. 7, 1956. He then went on to marry Jennie (Hevalo) on Oct. 25, 1958, who died Feb. 28, 2002

He is survived by two daughters, Paulette (Larry) Fry of New Middletown and Phyllis Stropich of Texas; one sister, Gertrude Petko of Campbell; and two grandchildren, Christopher Leach and Kimberly Petersen, both of Texas.

Besides his parents, and his first and second wife, Philip was preceded in death by one brother, Frederick Stropich; and one sister, Margaret Lucas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in New Middletown, where friends may call one hour prior at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Dorothy M. (Flowers) Kuhn-Walters, 84, passed peacefully from this world to her heavenly home this day, July 18, 2012.

She was born in Uniontown, Pa., to Adolph Sr. and Veronica (Kurnava) Flowers (Cvetko).

She graduated from Chaney High School in January of 1947 as Salutorian of her class.

Dorothy was a strong woman of faith, who faced life’s trials and tribulations with the courage and grace that can only come from her Heavenly Father. Even this last battle was waged with that same determination, courage and grace. She freely told anyone who would listen how blessed her life had been, even though, in review, she had her share of struggles and grief.

She worked at the Y.M.H.A until starting her family and staying at home to work. She went back to work as the secretary of the Wickliffe Christian Church, where she was a member of the congregation since 1940. She served at this church as the president of the Christian Women’s Fellowship, and was the adult and children’s choir director, before retiring in 1977 to spend the winters in Punta Gorda, Fla. She was a member of the Burnt Store Road Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda, where she sang in their choir.

She was also a 60 year member of the SNPJ Lodge 153.

Left to cherish her example and memory, are her children, son Mark Kuhn Sr (Mary) of Texas, daughter Debra (Clark) Fynes of Austintown, and daughter Amy (David) Walters-Vargo of Westerville; grandchildren Mark (Michelle) Kuhn Jr. of Texas, Thomas (Catherine) Clark of Hartville, Jason Clark of Warren, and Jessica, Zachary, Catherine and Michael Vargo of Westerville; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She also leaves her sister-in-law, Marian Flowers of Poland; sister Donna (Ken) Edinger of Rockville Md.; brothers Robert (Lucia) Flowers of Antioch, Calif. and James (Jeanne) Cvetko of Alexandria, Va.

Preceding her in death were her parents, her first husband, Vergil Kuhn; second husband, Presslye Walters; brother Al Flowers Jr.; and grandson George Kuhn.

Special thanks to her caregivers while she was at home, and to the Hospice Home, and Hospice House staff for their kindness and support during a very difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, send memorial gifts to the Wickliffe Christian Church, Austintown or Burnt Store Road Presbyterian Church, Punta Gorda, Fla., or Hospice House, Poland.

The family will receive friends and family at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Wickliffe Christian Church on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boardman.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be at noon today, July 19, 2012, at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Ms. Mattie K. Hogan, 69, who departed this life Friday, July 13, 2012.

Ms. Hogan was born Aug. 29, 1942, a daughter of Melvin and Mattie Marshell Cook.

She was a missionary with the Third Baptist Church, and worked as a beautician and domestic cleaner.

Mrs. Hogan leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Walter Hogan Jr., whom she married Aug. 10, 1972; a daughter, Lynette (John) Austin of Youngstown; stepsons Craig Jones of Virginia Beach, Va. and Tyrone Hogan of Youngstown; several grandchildren, including Jessica Austin of Youngstown; and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepson, Keith Hogan; and stepdaughter Rhonda M. Hogan.

Family and friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

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AUSTINTOWN – Mario Crivelli, 85, passed away Wednesday morning at Hospice House.

Mario was born Aug. 15, 1926, in Aliquippa, Pa., the son of Phillip and Marianna (DiNardo) Crivelli.

He was a sergeant for the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He retired in 1986 from Republic Steel, where he worked for 40 years.

He attended Youngstown State University, was a member of SOAR and also a member of the United Steel Workers. Mario enjoyed reading and spending time sitting outside in the good weather.

He leaves his wife, the former Marilyn Schinker, whom he married April 28, 1954; five children, David Crivelli of San Jose, Calif., Debbie Crivelli, twins Donald and Dianne Crivelli and Darren Crivelli, all of Austintown; one sister, Eleanor Anders of Columbus; and two grandchildren, Anne and Nickolas Crivelli, both of San Jose.

Besides his parents, Mario was preceded in death by a sister, Armeda Neff.

There are no calling hours or services.

Arrangements were by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice House in Mario’s name.

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

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CANFIELD – A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2012, at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel with Pastor Jim Comenzo officiating for Bonnie L. Petrock, 62, who passed away and went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Saturday evening at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

She was born March 30, 1950, in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of Joseph and Louise LaPointe DeSalvo.

Bonnie was a 1968 graduate of New Castle High School and had worked in many different professions, such as Real Estate and Insurance, but the most rewarding profession for her was being a private home health caregiver. She was devoted to helping build and caring for a healthier life-style for her clients.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She warmed the hearts of others with her laughter and contagious smile. Bonnie was loved by everyone she came in contact with. She will be truly missed.

In her spare time, she enjoyed interior decorating, traveling with her husband, cooking, planning parties and spending time with her family and friends.

Bonnie leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, Jerry Petrock, whom she married April 3, 1999; a daughter, Gina Fitzgerald and her fiance, Jason Brown of Brookfield; a son, Anthony and his wife, Charlene Fanno of New Castle; two grandsons, Ian Fitzgerald and Brandon Fanno; and a precious puppy named Phoebe. She also leaves seven sisters and six brothers to cherish her memory.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Carolee Kadunce; and a brother, Arthur Joseph DeSalvo.

Friends may call Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Bonnie gave the Gift of Sight though eye donation. Donations maybe made in Bonnie's memory to the Cleveland Eye Bank, 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106-1716.

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

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SALEM – John A. Cabas, 94, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2012.

He was born Sept. 13, 1917, in New Castle, Pa., the son of the late John Login and Elizabeth (Titian) Cabas.

Mr. Cabas, a career teacher and coach, was a graduate of New Castle High School, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount Union College and a Masters Degree from Westminster College. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 305.

Cabas’ coaching career, which spanned 33 years, began in Salineville in 1940, continuing in Wellsville, Columbiana, Case Tech (Western Reserve), Elyria, culminating in Salem from 1950 to 1973. He retired from the Salem City Schools in 1985 as assistant principal.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jane (Orr) Cabas; daughter, Pamela (Cabas) Sigurani of Salem; son, John Mackey Cabas of Salem; brother, Victor N. Cabas (Brigadier General Retired U.S. Air Force) of California; and a nephew, Victor Nicholas Cabas of Virginia.

Preceding him in death was a daughter, Reynette Raye Cabas; niece, Laurie Anne Cabas; and two sisters, Annette (Cabas) Montgomery and Elena (Cabas) Stayden of Cincinnati.

Friends may call at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home on Friday, July 20, 2012, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the funeral home.

Burial will be at the Columbiana Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Salem Alumni Association, 330 East State St., Salem, OH 44460.

Visit www.starkmemorial.com to view this obituary online.

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DELAWARE, OHIO – Neva Rae (Rudolph) Graban, champion of the developmentally disabled and loving wife, mother and grandmother, died on July 15, at the age of 66.

She is survived by her husband, William of Delaware, and prior long-time resident of Senecaville; three children, Matthew D. (Miki) Graban of Shaker Heights and Sarah G. (Wade) Schwartz and Rachel G. (Lane) Caviness, each of Columbus; sister, Margaret R. (David) Larson of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Luke, Samuel, Anna Kate, Jacob, Lily and Madeline.

She had a long and distinguished career as the Superintendent of the Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities from 1988 through 2007, when she retired. Neva’s principal hobbies, in addition to spending time with her grandchildren, were downhill skiing, knitting and theater.

Friends who wish may contribute to the Neva Graban Memorial Fund, c/o Guernsey County Board of DD, 60770 Southgate Road, Byesville, OH 43723, where a memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. There will also be a panikhída (requiem service) for Neva at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 305 Struthers-Liberty Road, Campbell, OH, 44405, on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m.

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“Together Again”

LEETONIA – Colonel Joseph Anthony Lopshansky, 84, of 40836 Crestview Road, died at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at his home following a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Joe was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Poland, a son of Louis and Alexandria Stathi Lopshansky, and had lived in Leetonia since 1951.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After serving in the Army, he drove a truck for various companies for many years. He also farmed the family farm for several years and began his auction career in 1961 when he founded Crestview Auction, where he remained an active auctioneer for the past 51 years.

His wife, the former Martha M. Hough, whom he married Aug. 10, 1951, died June 14, 2002.

He is survived by two sons, Jay Allen Lopshansky of New Waterford and Martin Joseph Lopshansky of Virginia Beach, Va.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana, with Pastor Joe Congemi officiating.

Burial will follow in Cool Springs Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Benjamin Firestone Post No. 290 American Legion.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

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



POLAND - Phyllis A. Morrell, 63, died Tuesday afternoon at her residence after a courageous seven year battle with leukemia.

Phyllis was born Sept. 6, 1948, in Kingsport, Tenn., a daughter of Golden and Margaret Mullins Johnson. She was raised in Tennessee and came to this area in 1966.

A 1966 graduate of Katron High School, Phyllis went on to receive her Bachelor Degree in Mental Health from Harding University of Tennessee.

Phyllis was employed as a mental health counselor for Turning Point Counseling Center in Youngstown for 27 years.

Phyllis’ love of life was being with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Phyllis leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Keith Micco, and grandchildren, Anthony, Alex and Gianna, all of Boardman; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Gina Morrell and grandchildren, Michelle and Megan, all of Warren and William and Julie Morrell and grandchildren Tyler, Kassandra, Spencer and Hunter, all of Youngstown; one sister, Darlene Zarlingo of Poland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Phyllis was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Johnson.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, with the Rev. Raymond “Skip” Linebaugh officiating. Interment will follow at the Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.

Friends may call Friday from 9 until 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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