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NEWTON FALLS – Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel for George Edward Keifer Jr., 68, who passed away Friday evening at Caprice Health Care Center.

George was born May 20, 1943, in Warren, a son of the late George Edward and Mary (Compel) Keifer Sr.

He was a mechanical engineer, retiring in December of 2004, from WCI Steel after 42 years.

George was a devout follower of the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, loved music and songwriting, and played the guitar and piano. While living in Colorado, he founded Harvest Holdings, a music ministry outreach for young children and teaching them guitar and song writing.

In the 1960s, he was a member of the music group LTD’s, he was a member of AHEPA, served as past president of the Howland Athletic Club and was an avid baseball fan.

George will be sadly missed by his three children, George Edward (Mary Ann) Keifer III of Boardman, Alicia (Greg) Was of Lordstown and William Benjamin Keifer of Ellsworth; one brother, John (Mary) Keifer of Athens; one sister, Jackie Reeves of Warren; and two granddaughters, Amber and Kaycee.

Friends may call from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

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NORTH BEAVER TOWNSHIP, PA. – Lyle H. Kroesen, 76, passed away at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh on March 9. Lyle passed away peacefully with his family around him.

Lyle was born in South New Castle Borough ,Pa., on Oct. 8, 1935, the son of the late Ralph L. and Mary Rose (Campbell) Kroesen.

He married his wife, Audrey Beckman, on July 6, 1957.

Lyle had served his country as a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Lyle entered the work force as a repairman in the final processing division of GM Lordstown, where he worked for 30 years. Lyle then filled his time working for the Student Transport of America as a driver for four years.

His faith started at the Christian Alliance Church in South New Castle, and then he attended for many years, the first Covenant Church in Bessemer, Pa. and finally he attended the First Baptist Church in New Castle.

As a Bessemer resident, Lyle served for years on the Bessemer Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed being a tinkerer and could fix and repair anything, he was good with his hands.

Lyle’s greatest joy was his five grandchildren.

Lyle will be sadly missed by his wife of 54 years, Audrey; his daughters, Mrs. Cindy Macek and her husband, Mike of Bessemer and Mrs. Cathy Micco and her husband, David of North Beaver Twp.; a son, Steve Kroesen and his wife, Shelly, also of North Beaver Twp. Lyle also leaves two sisters, Gloria Young of Bessemer and Jean Savage of Butler, Pa.; two brothers, Dick Kroesen of Pulaski, Pa. and Don Kroesen of Edinburg, Pa;. and his grandchildren, Michael, Hannah, Ian, Karrissa and Katelin.

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Virginia Anderson; and a brother, Ralph.

The family will receive friends today, March 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home, 203 Oak St. in Bessemer with an evening service to follow at 8 p.m. with Lyle’s cousin, The Rev. Terry Stoops, officiating

A service of committal will be held on Wednesday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at the Castleview Memorial Gardens in the chapel.

Lyle will be laid to rest in the mausoleum.

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ARCHBOLD – Gene V. Carlson, 88, a former Salem resident, died Saturday afternoon, March 10, 2012, at the Fairlawn Nursing Home in Archbold.

Gene was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Clarkson, Ohio, the daughter of the late Charles and Rena (Vaughn) Souders.

Gene was a homemaker and a member of the Phillips Christian Church. She was a 1941 graduate of New Waterford High School.

Her husband, Wilmer “Ike” Carlson, whom she married May 14, 1942, preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 2003.

Survivors include a son, Roger Carlson and his wife, Kathleen Moreau of Bryan; two daughters, Linda (Al) Coleman of Wilmington, Ohio and Nancy Carlson of Columbus; a half brother, Charles Souders of Rochester, Mich.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by her stepmother, Tessie Souders; three sisters, Marie Grant, Ida Dangle and Clara Rosenbaum; and a half brother, Carlos Stewart.

Services will be held today, March 13, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home, with Pastor Robert Laughlin officiating.

Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in Beloit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Phillips Christian Church, 35459 Salem Grange Road, Salem, OH 44460.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Private services were held for John “Jack” Gill, 70, who passed away peacefully with his family at his side, on Saturday, March 10, 2012, after a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 8, 1941, to Edward and Eva (Mann) Gill, in East Liverpool.

Jack attended The Ohio State University after graduating from East Liverpool High School in 1959. In 1962, he began a 38-year career at American Paper Products Company in Boardman, where he rose to the position of Vice-President of marketing and sales. He then spent seven years with Envelope 1 in Columbiana, before retiring in 2007.

An airplane enthusiast his entire life, one of his fondest memories was a “ride along” in the cockpit of the Concorde in July of 1991, while on a trip to London and Ireland with his daughters. He was an avid golfer and reader, particularly history and politics.

Jack will be deeply missed by his wife, the former Betty Balog, whom he married Nov. 16, 1963; two daughters, Kathy (John) Thomas of Austintown and Christine Gill of Cleveland; a brother, Tom (Judy) Gill of East Liverpool; his grandson, Patrick; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be invited to a memorial luncheon to be held at a later date.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donors choice.

Please visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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LIBERTY – Services are to be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Itts Memorial Chapel of El Emeth Granada Cemetery for Mr. Irving E. Ozer, 92, of Sun City Center, Fla., Associate Director of Youngstown Jewish Federation, who died of a heart ailment Sunday morning.

Mr. Ozer was born on Wick Oval in Youngstown on May 7, 1919, to Louis and Anna Ozersky.

After graduating from The Rayen School, he attended Youngstown College, later transferring to The Ohio State University, where he played in the famous OSU Marching Band. In 1941, he joined the Air Force earning a commission at Harvard and serving three years in the South Pacific.

After the war, “Irv” married Beatrice Orgel and joined the Albro Packing Company, eventually residing in nearby Meadville, Pa. There he helped found a Jewish Community Center and served as president. Irv returned to Youngstown in 1963, joining the staff of the Jewish Federation of Youngstown, eventually becoming the associate director in 1975 after earning a Social Work Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Always active in the community, Irv served as board member at the Temple Emanuel and El Emeth. Upon his retirement in 1984, Irv wrote and published modernized “Passover Haggada” and a Jewish history of Youngstown. In 1993, Irv debuted a three part musical composition, “Shir Emunah.”

After Beatrice passed away in 1998, Irv married Deborah Swartz Lustig and eventually retired to Florida.

Irv leaves his wife, Deborah; a daughter, Lorrie Mainzer of Bowie, Md.; a son, Richard Ozer of Lexington, Mass.; grandson Jeremy Ozer of Schenectady, N.Y., grandson David Mainzer of Bowie, Md. and grandson Joshua Ozer of Lexington, Mass.

There will be no calling hours.

Memorial contributions can be made to Heritage Manor.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.

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CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, for Jennie R. Pesce, 94, who passed away Friday morning at Pembrooke Place.

Jennie was born April 5, 1917, in Hillsville, Pa., the daughter of Dominic and Philomenia Yeropoli Marzano.

Jennie was loved by everyone and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.

She was one of the owners and operators of Pesce Bakery, which was located on Youngstown’s East Side.

Jennie was a member of the Sacred Heart Church and was a model of a true Christian, as she lived by the example set by the Lord.

Her husband, Michael L. Pesce, whom she married on Feb. 16, 1945, passed away on July 5, 1972.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Marie Teski of Boardman and Phyllis Gurd of Campbell; a son, Anthony Pesce of Campbell; a brother, Joseph Marzano of Youngstown: two grandchildren, Richard Teski and Pamela Gurd; and a great-grandson, Zackary Gurd.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Carrie Mascola; and four brothers, Santo, Nick, Vito and Tony Marzano.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Frank Rich and Pembrooke Place for the excellent care they provided to Jennie.

The Pesce family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home.

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

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SALEM – Mary Catherine (Maloney) Riebe, passed away Friday, March 9, 2012, in her home shortly after 9 p.m.

She was born on June 14, 1943, to William Maloney Sr. and Catherine (Ryan) Maloney, and was a 1961 graduate of Ursuline High School.

Her parents; brother William Maloney Jr.; and sister Barbara Maloney, all preceded her in death.

Mary is survived by her children, Thomas Riebe, Barbara (Curt) Hileman, Jennifer (Michael) Riebe-Grady, Amanda (Josh) Hamiliton, and David Riebe; five grandchildren, Zachary, Julia, Daniel, Caitlyn, and Cara; one step grandchild, Jason; and siblings Thomas (Judy) Maloney, Elizabeth “Cookie” (Dominic) Pauline, Theresa (Daniel) Durkin, Timothy (Judy) Maloney, Robert (Debbie) Maloney, Margaret Lorenzi, and Anne (Dennis) DiTulio.

All family and friends are welcome to pay their respects at St. Dominic’s on Southern Boulevard in Youngstown on Thursday, March 15, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of any flowers or plants, please make a donation to Hospice of the Valley in her memory.

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PETERSBURG – David Eugene Will, 62, died Sunday afternoon, March 11, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Will was born Dec. 24, 1949, in Youngstown, a son of Carl and Mildred (Barchie) Will.

He was a 1968 graduate of Boardman High School. Mr. Will previously worked for Youngstown Iron and Metal, Metalico, and retired in 1998 from General Motors. He also owned his own business in North Lima, Dave’s Auto Service for many years.

He had a love of cars including racing cars and NASCAR. His pride and joy was his 1971 Chevelle, which he took to cars shows and won awards in many states.

Mr. Will was a proud Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War from Aug. 11, 1969, until being honorably discharged Aug. 10, 1971. He was member of the 1st Infantry at Ft. Hood, Texas, receiving numerous medals including, the Sharpshooter Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and Marksman.

In addition to his father, Carl, of Florida, he is survived by his wife, the former Joyce Little, whom he married March 6, 2008; his first wife, Linda Will of Florida; daughter, Kristy (Andrew) Vargo of Canfield; son, Chad (Amanda) Will of New Middletown; brother, Thomas (Peg) Will of Canfield; three sisters, Jan Daley of Columbiana, Patricia Will of Calcutta, and Linda (David) Skillman of Columbiana; four grandchildren, Kailah and Karah Vargo and Dakota and Hayden Will; stepdaughter, Misty Fox of Salem; and three stepsons, Justin, who helped care for him in his last few months, Daniel and Anthony Zimmerly, all of Salem.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Market St., Boardman, with full military honors to follow.

Family and friends will be received today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 4996 Market St., Boardman.

Contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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GRAND ISLAND, FLA. – William “Bill” Edward Flight, 87, died on the morning of March 8, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, of 60 years Dorothy Eleanor (Pembridge) Flight.

He was born in Moosic, Pa., on Nov. 30, 1924, the son of the late William H. and Elizabeth W. Flight.

Bill graduated from Moosic High School in 1942. He went to Youngstown, where he was hired on to the Erie railroad. Soon after war broke out, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy submarine service. As a “plank owner” of submarine USS Blackfin, he served all five of the boats war patrols and after the war ended, he returned to Youngstown, and continued his service with the Erie railroad.

His service with the railroad continued for over 43 years, earning him numerous promotions culminating in his position of Division Superintendent located in Tyrone, Pa., where he retired. He served the railroad in Youngstown, Meadville, Pa., Ramsey, N.J. and Williamsville, N.Y.

Bill was a lifelong affiliate of the Moosic Presbyterian Church and the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Youngstown.

He is survived by his sons, William E. Flight Jr. and his wife, Laura of St. Petersburg, Fla. and David Wayne Flight and his wife, Vinda of Key West, Fla. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Travis, Jennifer, Jessica, Jeremy and Kimberly; as well as six great-grandchildren, Kirsten, Alexi, Isabella, Andrew, Jonathon, and Alena.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at the Moosic Presbyterian Church, 625 Main St. in Moosic, officiated by the Rev. Joyce Warner, Pastor.

Interment will follow at Spring Brook Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Friday, March 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Bill’s name to Hospice of Lake and Sumter, 2445 Lake Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778-9660.

Arrangements are under the care of the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, PA.

Please visit www.KearneyFuneralHome.com for directions or to send an online condolences.

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NEW CASTLE, PA. – Carmen R. Gagliardo, 84, of N. Vine St. passed away the morning of March 11, 2012, at Golden Hill Nursing Home.

Born in New Castle on Oct. 27, 1927, Carmen was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Dorothy Angioelli Gagliardo.

Surviving is his wife, the former Delores Trivilino, whom he married on Oct. 9, 1976.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church. Carmen was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from Consolidated Rail Corporation in 1988, where he worked as a engineer and conductor. He was a member of the Duca Degli Abruzzi Club. Carmen enjoyed golfing, playing cards and working crossword puzzles. He also loved going to casinos and playing the lottery.

Carmen cherished the times he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchild.

In addition to his wife, Delores, Carmen is survived by two daughters, Carmen Jean Gallo of Charlotte, N.C. and Phyllis Ann Leishman of Waxhaw, N.C.; two brothers, Frank G. Gagliardo and wife Shelvie and Ettore Gagliardo and wife Sis, both of New Castle; two sisters, Sara Dantonio and Helen Morgan, both of New Castle; four grandchildren, David DeMonaco and his wife, DeAnna, Aimée Gallo, Patrick Leishman and Rachel Leishman; and one great-grandchild, Aidan Turner.

Carmen was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dorothy Fagan; one niece, Elaine Withrow; and two brothers-in-law, John Dantonio and Anthony Morgan.

Visitation is Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.

A procession will leave the funeral home on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. for St. Joseph the Worker Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. The Rev. Father Victor Molka, pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Church will officiate.

Entombment will take place at Parkside Mausoleum.

Please visit www.decarbofuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to offer online condolences and memories.

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STRUTHERS – Frank Yuhasz, 94, passed away on March 8, 2012.

Frank was born Nov. 11, 1917, the son of the late Frank and Betty Timar Yuhasz. He was raised on the east side of Youngstown.

During World War II, he served as a T/4 grade in 1277 Engineer Combat Battalion, serving in France and Germany at the battle front of the war. Frank received several medals including a Bronze Metal.

After World War II, he leased a Pennzoil Gas station and operated as Frank’s Service at 4100 Market St. in Youngstown. Frank and two brothers, George and Nick, repaired cars, working together.

Frank married Betty Virginia Heintzleman on April 5, 1956, they have three children, Roberta Yuhasz of Struthers, Donald (Anna) Yuhasz of West Middlesex, Pa. and Robin (Bob) Majcherek of Fontann, Calif., who have two children, Daniel and Andrew Majcherek. Frank also has two great-grandchildren, Emily Floyd and Connor Kmetz.

Frank has one surviving sister, Dolly Desantis (Frenchie).

He was preceded in death by his parents and 10 brothers and sisters, Julia Simon, Andrew Yuhasz, Mary Yuhasz, Florence Neri, Theodore Lupe, Betty Lupe, George Lupe, Thomas Lupe, Nick Lupe and Duke Julius Yuhasz.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2012, at the Kirila Funeral Home, 258 Poland Ave., Struthers, OH 44471. There will be a one hour visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Services start at 11 a.m.

A donation to the Hospice of the Valley will be welcome in place of flowers.

Visit www.kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday,  March 14, 2012, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel for Mary Rose Rosen, 55 , who lost her battle to cancer  Sunday evening with her family at her side.

Mary was born July 10, 1959, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Charles R. and Helen D. Cahill Neff and was a lifelong area resident. 

Mary Rose was a homemaker and enjoyed camping and the outdoors. She was a strong woman with a heart of a lion who loved her family more than anything. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Mary leaves her husband, John, whom she married Dec. 2, 1989; two daughters, Kelly (Layne) Shumaker of Struthers and Kimberly (Chris) Coggins of Youngstown; one son, Nick Rosen of Youngstown;  six grandchildren, Kailee, Alayna, Averi and Samme Shumaker, Lexis and Zackery Coggins; a sister, Patty (Hank) Bauer of Austintown; and several nieces and nephews, Michael Swanson, Kevin Swanson, Keith Swanson and Dawn Fountain. 

Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Seamna; and two infant daughters, Bobbi and Kayla.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

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

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WARREN – Joyce Lorene Kovach, 70, died March 11, 2012, at Community Skilled Health Care Center.

She was born May 31, 1941, in Warren, a daughter of her late parents, Joseph Kovach, Viola Jane Witherspoon Tiernan, and Robert Tiernan.

She was of strong Catholic faith, and took great joy from being a mother, grandma, and sister. She enjoyed visiting friends and family, shopping, listening to music, and watching TV. She liked looking at the leaves as they changed color in the fall time. She also attended SCOPE and the Salvation Army.

She is survived by her daughter, Constance Lorene Farrell of Warren; grandson, Chance Allen Farrell; siblings, Joseph (Marion) Kovach of Linesville, Pa., Faith (Jim) Farrell of Bristol, and Holly (Michael) Papa of Poland; step-siblings, Robert “Bobby” Kovach, Charlotte Papada, Nancy Holmes, Mary Jo Johnstone, Judy Kovach, and Barbara Heeter; five nieces; three nephews; and 13 great-nieces and nephews.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joyce Lorene Farrell; brother, Jonny Kovach; step-sisters, Margaret “Sissy” Cline and Betty “Tiney” Venti.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, where Fr. Thomas Eisweirth will officiate.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, Mahoning Valley Unit, 525 North Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

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NORTH JACKSON – Helen Baldwin Moherman entered into eternal rest at her home in North Jackson on March 11, surrounded by her family.

Helen was born in Gustavus, Ohio, to Rosamond Mae Harpst and Park Nelson Baldwin on Jan. 25, 1915. Her family moved to West Farmington and after the death of her mother, when Helen was 12, to North Jackson.

She met and married the late John Eugene Moherman on Aug. 4, 1940, sharing 65 year of marriage with him.

A graduate of North Jackson High School, Helen attended Kent State University and later graduated from Youngstown College with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She retired from teaching second grade at Jackson Milton Local Schools in 1980. Always a teacher, at age 90 she volunteered for Lake Milton Head Start by assisting teachers with lesson prep.

Helen loved the outdoors and often shared bouquets of flowers picked from her garden with her family and friends. She donated a sidewalk for the students of Southeast Primary School to enjoy in their butterfly garden. In her later years, she enjoyed watching the wildlife in her back yard and shared stories and facts about nature with willing listeners.

The oldest female citizen currently living in North Jackson, Helen was a member of the First Federated Church and former president of the Keenagers group. She was an original member of the North Jackson Citizens’ Association and volunteered to help with Red Cross blood drives.

She had a notorious sense of humor and was always ready to tell a story or good joke. Halloween often brought tricks as well as treats.

Vacations were a time of joy and excitement for her. She always had her bag packed ready to go at a moment’s notice. She and her Ohio sisters made many journeys to visit her youngest sister, Eleanor, as she moved around the country. Helen especially enjoyed the many camping adventures with daughter, Natalie, and her family. At age 80, she traveled to Alaska to fulfill a lifelong desire to see the country where her father and uncles had driven in the mid-30s, a time when no street signs were present for directions.

Helen’s strong dedication to family will always remain a part of her legacy. Her sisters gathered frequently to celebrate occasions, which allowed the next generation to build relationships. She loved each child, grandchild, great-grandchild, niece and nephew and made each feel important and loved.

Helen leaves to cherish her memory, her four daughters, Natalie Ann (Jerry) Dechant, Helen Jeanne (Rodney) Sudimak, Rosemary (John) Laughlin and Valerie Grace (Kevin) Toole. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, Shea (Amy) and Scott Sudimak, Natalie (Chuck) Keefe, Blake (Jennifer) Dechant, Jaimie and Jonathan Laughlin, Amanda (Mario) Donato, David, Brianne, and Ben Toole and five very special great-grandchildren, Stephen Lewis , McKenna, Cody and Hunter Keefe and Troy Sudimak, as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family would like thank Hospice and especially thank special friends Karen, Sherry, Ellen, Nancy, and Jessie for their compassion, care and many acts of kindness. Also greatly appreciated are the many neighbors who were so kind to Helen over the years.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, John Eugene and three sisters, Esther Stauffer, Lois Miller and Eleanor Thomas. She was the last of her generation in the Park Baldwin family.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lane Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, Fred Schrock officiating. Internment will be at the Jackson Township Cemetery.

If desired, contributions in lieu of flowers, may be made to the North Jackson Historical Society, P.O. Box 104, North Jackson, OH 44451.

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BOARDMAN – There will be prayers at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Charles Church for John W. Draia Jr., 68, who died Sunday morning at Hospice House.

John was born in Youngstown, on Nov. 30, 1943, a son of John W. and Margaret Ferguson Draia Sr., and was a lifelong area resident.

He attended Cardinal Mooney High School and graduated with the Class of 1962. John worked at General Motors until retirement, and then worked part time at Reserve Run Golf Course.

He was a member of St. Charles Parish and was involved in Monday Night Golf League at Valley Golf Club.

He leaves to treasure his memories, his three sons, John C., Chris W., and Michael J. Draia of Boardman; his mother, Margaret Draia of North Lima; his sister, Patricia (Charles) Troll of North Lima; a  grandson, Jordan Draia of Youngstown; his ex-wife, Geraldine Draia of New Middletown; a niece, Tina Bukovi; a nephew, Chuck Troll; three great-nephews, Trevar, Charles, and Christopher; and four great-nieces, Catherine, Christine, Caroline, and Clare.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Sr.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that any monetary donations be made Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

Visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to send  condolences.

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LEETONIA – Wayne J. “Pete” Holloway, 94, of 38025 SR 558, died at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012, at Whispering Pines Village, Columbiana.

Mr. Holloway was born June 24, 1917, in Leetonia, a son of Harry David and Zella Peppel Holloway and had lived in this area all of his life. 

He attended Maple Run School and was a graduate of Leetonia High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II at Normandy, Rhineland, and in Central Europe.

He was a self employed farmer for many years and worked for the State of Ohio in the construction department. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where he was a past Sunday School Superintendent. He was a charter member of the Leetonia Ruritan Club and had been a member and past president of the Midway Grange. He was a life member of the Joe Williams Post No. 131 American Legion, where he had served as commander and was a life member of the York Drexler Post No. 5532 VFW of Washingtonville. He had served on the Leetonia Board of Education for 13 years and had served as president.

His wife, the former Marian H. Helt, whom he married May 12, 1943, died June 26, 2011.

He is survived by two daughters, Dena (Merwyn “Burr”) Garwood of Columbiana and Dawn E. (Greg) Chepke of Leetonia; a son, Dennis J. (Suzanne) Holloway of Leetonia; five grandchildren, Sean J. (Jessica) Holloway, Shannon L. (Mark) Ingram, Tara D. (Craig) Muntean, Keri D. (Nick) Stevens, and Kelli L. Chepke; and four great-grandchildren, Jack, Hailey, Kathryn, and Grant.

Two sisters, Verla Caldwell and Twila Zimmerman and a brother, Ewing L. Holloway are also deceased.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2012, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Kari Lankford officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery, where the Salem Honor Guard will accord military honors.

Friends may call at the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home, Leetonia from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and at the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Brick Fund or Grace Hospice of Ohio, 7206 Market St., Suite B, Youngstown, OH 44512. 

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

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MEDINA – Edward R. Lacy, 85, passed away on March 11, 2012.

He was born in W. Union, to Ernest and Ida (Mitchell) Lacy.

Mr. Lacy served in the U.S. Army and was employed as a Millwright at Republic Steel. He was a Masonic Lodge Member and very active with the New Life Assembly of God Church in Poland. His special time was spent with his grandchildren and working on cars.

He leaves behind his daughter, Wanda (Norman) Wheelock; sons, Mark (Dipti) and Dary; grandchildren, Lacy, Lauren, Kristi, Holly, and Mark; great-grandchildren, Lilly and Asher; and siblings, Thomas, Edna, Ruth, Robert, Mary, Millard, Betty and Johnny.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Norma (Anthony); son, Dean; and brothers, Charles, Eugene, and Don.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 14, 2012, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Chapel in Green Haven Memorial Gardens, 3495 S. Canfield Niles Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Funeral service with full military honors to follow at noon.

Carlson Funeral Homes & Cremation Services in Medina was entrusted with arrangements.

Please visit www.carlsonfuneralhomes.com to view online memorials.

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SALEM – Doris Geraldine Wright Wallace Shinn, 101, died at 4:45 a.m. Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Blossom Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 21, 1910, in Andover, the daughter of the late Chester and Iva (Twitchell) Phillips.

Doris was a homemaker and a member of the Greenford Christian Church.

Her first husband, Allen Wright, whom she married Aug. 12, 1930, preceded her in death Aug. 25, 1966; her second husband, William Wallace, whom she married Jan. 23, 1970, preceded her in death April 18, 1982; and her third husband, Lester Shinn, whom she married Oct. 30, 1987, also preceded her in death. A son, Edward Wright, preceded her in death in 1941 and she was also preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Dennis Wright of Salem, Jeffrey Wright of Salem and Ronald Wright of Phoenix; stepchildren, Robert Shinn, Janice Hill, Gale Shinn and Gay Griehs all of Salem; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Sean Kelly officiating.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the services. Burial will be at Hope Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenford Christian Church Memorial Fund, 11767 Lisbon Road, Greenford, OH 44422.



NEW SPRINGFIELD – Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown for Mary E. Ferko, 83, who died Sunday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.

Mary was born July 18, 1928, a daughter of Mato and Rose Rozman Balasko, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a member of the church and had belonged to the Croatian Club. She also enjoyed gardening and being outdoors.

Her husband Thomas Ferko Sr., whom she married in 1957, died Aug. 8, 1981.

She is survived by her son, Thomas Jr. and his fiance, Tracey Sciaretta of North Lima; her daughter, Barbara Ferko, at home; as well as Barbara’s fiancee, Charles “Chachi” Shasho. She also leaves a sister, Pauline Jurich of Poland and a brother, Joseph Balasko of North Lima.

Two sisters, Anna White and Caroline Matock, as well as a brother, Paul Balasko, are deceased.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the service at the church.

Arrangements are by the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown.

Visit www.clementefuneralhome.com to send condolences and view this obituary.

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LOUISVILLE, OHIO – Iva M. Halm, 77, formerly of Salem, passed away peacefully at 11:10 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2012, following an extended illness at St. Joseph Care Center in Louisville, surrounded by family.

Iva was born Dec. 23, 1934, in Philadelphia. She was the daughter of the late George and Agnes (MacLachlan) Jensen and was adopted later in life by Mary Jensen.

Her husband, Raymond Halm, whom she married Nov. 10, 1956, and raised five children with, preceded her in death Feb. 4, 2002.

Iva was a dedicated surgical nurse in Flint, Mich. and Youngstown, retiring after 30 years as an occupational health nurse from General Motors Lordstown.

She will be missed by Stephen (Victoria) Halm, Stephanie (Ron) Reagan, Mary Trimm (Rob Barrone), Anne Halm, and Larry (Lisa) Halm. She leaves her grandchildren, Kelly, Lauren, Jen (Jerry), Tim, Cory, Lindsey, Kelsey and Casey. She adored her grandchildren and will be greatly missed during family vacations.

The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Joseph’s Memory Care Unit, Louisville. The family would like to especially thank Rita Herrera for providing companionship and love to our mother.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Iva’s final resting place is Hope Cemetery in Salem.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Cindy Carapella, St. Joseph’s Memory Care Unit, 1882 Knob Street, Louisville, OH 44641.

Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.

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COLUMBIANA- Mary E. Porrazzo, 63, passed away Monday, March 12, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. 

Mary was born on July 22, 1948, in Salem, a daughter of Ralph and Vista “Becky” (Jewell) Flory, and was a lifelong area resident.

A 1968 graduate of Columbiana High School, Mary was an adult education teacher and administrator at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, retiring in 2009.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory, her husband, Richard, whom she married on July 21, 1990; her son, Steven (Marcy Augustine) Tyson of Girard; her sisters, Dot (Tom) Confer of Salem and Hazel (Sam) Scott of Youngstown; her grandchildren, Mary, Nick, Raymond, Brooke, and Dom; several loving nieces and nephews; and her precious dog, Pepina.

Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana with Pastor Jan Winnale officiating.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Columbiana Cemetery.

Material contributions may be made to Cleveland Clinic Palliative Medicine, ATTN: Michele Wells (R35), 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44195.

Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the online guestbook or to send private condolences. 

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LIBERTY –Services will be Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Grace AME Church, 1137 Main St. in Warren, for Mrs. Emma B. Scott, 85, who departed this life Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Mrs. Scott was born March 12, 1926, in Houston, Pa., a daughter of George and Francis Williams Blackwell.

She was a graduate of Houston High School and was a homemaker. Emma was a member of the Grace AME Church for over 50 years, and she loved quilting, crocheting and knitting.

Her husband, Russell Scott Jr., whom she married Jan. 17, 1946, passed on Jan. 19, 1996.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Gregory (Betty) Scott of Liberty; a sister, Florence Randolph of Houston, Pa.; three grandchildren, Curtis Lamont Scott of Cleveland, Eric, and Stacey Scott of Liberty; three great-grandchildren; and a host of other loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Russell C. Scott III; two brothers, Vernon and James Blackwell; and a sister Mildred Blackwell.

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

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home in Youngstown.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Thursday, March 15, 2012, at the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church for Mrs. Ida Mae Black, 84, who departed this life Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Hospice House.

Mrs. Black was born Dec. 29, 1927, in Youngstown, a daughter of Alonzo and Ruby Lee Pauline James Carter.

Upon the death of her father, Alonzo, Ida was then reared by her beloved stepfather, Enoch Whipple.

She was a 1945 graduate of The Rayen School and a graduate from the Penn Ohio Business School. She worked for Ohio Bell Telephone Company, and had been employed as a Program Analyst and Women Program Liaison with the Department of the Army with the Pentagon.

She was a member of the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church, where she served as secretary for the Young Peoples Ministry and sang in the choir. She was also a volunteer for the March of Dimes at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She leaves to cherish her memory and rejoice in her victory, her husband, Leroy, whom she married May 30, 1992; her children, Carl P. Butcher of Washington D.C., Omar Johnson and Dianna Townsend, both of Dayton, Tyrone Black of Cleveland, and Deborah Johnson of Youngstown; two brothers, Enoch Ramon Whipple of Youngstown and Ronald Lee Whipple of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Dianna Lynn (Jesse) Gamble of Columbus; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Alonzo; mother and stepfather, Ruby and Enoch Whipple; and a sister, Anna Scott.

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

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – Ronald E. Seckler, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Hospice House.

“Ron” was born July 12, 1937, in Sharon, Pa., the son of Howard and Ardis (Shonce) Seckler.

He was a 1956 graduate of Brookfield High School and proudly served his country as a Signalman with the U.S. Navy. He worked in the Maintenance Department at General Motors, retiring in 1998.

Ron was a member of the Bible Baptist Church in Campbell and the U.A.W. Local No. 1112.

Ron enjoyed his family and grandchildren and especially the time he spent with them at family gatherings.

Ron also enjoyed working on cars and motorcycles, spending time with his buddies, his pet dogs, Petie and Princess.

His wife, the former Dorothy Jean Stone, whom he married June 25, 1960, passed away on Nov. 27, 1994.

Ron will always be lovingly remembered by his son, William (Jean) Seckler of Andover; his two daughters, Brenda Seckler of Youngstown and Kimberly (James) Sause of Youngstown; five grandchildren, David DeSalvo, Jennifer (DeSalvo) Ludovici, Christopher (Sheila) DeSalvo, Nicholas (Merika) Seckler, and James (Linzi) Sause; six great-grandchildren, Julie DeSalvo, Jessica and Jersey Ludovici, Gianna, Angelina, and Draven DeSalvo; one future great-grandchild to hold on to his legacy; and a brother, Thomas (Kim) Seckler of Brookfield.

Besides his wife and parents, Ron was preceded in death by a son, James E. Seckler.

There will be funeral services at 10 a.m.on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home with Pastor Matt Ferguson.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today, March 13, 2012, at the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

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

The family would like to extend their sincere and heartfelt thank you to Dr. Mashburn, Dr. Young, and the entire staff at the Hospice House for their compassionate care.

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