YOUNGSTOWN There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the New Life Church, with the Rev. Ray Skip Linebaugh celebrating the life of Jose Valentin Sr., 88, who passed away peacefully Sunday morning, May 13, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Jose was born Oct. 16, 1923, in Las Marias, Puerto Rico, the son of Santiago Valentin and Francisca Aponte and has lived in Youngstown the past 60 years.
He was employed as a welder with Youngstown Sheet and Tube and also worked 16 years for Wilkoff and for a short time with Allied Electric. Jose was member of the Victory Christian Center and also attended the Spanish Evangelical and the First Spanish Baptist Churches.
Jose loved spending his time and holidays with his family and enjoyed gardening and flowers. He played the harmonica and accordion and was a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees.
Jose will always be loved and remembered by his wife, Martha (Cruz) Valentin, whom he married July 19, 1956; his two sons, Jorge (Lesley) Valentin of Massachusetts and James Valentin of Youngstown; three daughters, Betsy (Lahsen) Boukrab of Boardman, Miriam Rios of Youngstown, and Elaine (Ralph) Peak of New Castle, Pa.; 21 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, Jose was preceded in death by two sons, Santos Bartolo and Jose Jr. Valentin; a grandson, George Davila; four sisters, Obdulia, Amalia, Carmen, and Genoveva; and two brothers, Francisco and Jose Valentin.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the New Life Church, 2250 Western Reserve Road, Poland, OH 44514.
The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, have been bestowed the honor of handling the funeral arrangements of Jose.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Joses family.
NEW CASTLE, PA. David John Ruzzine, 56, a resident of Silver Oaks Nursing Home, passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at 3:20 p.m.
David was born in Youngstown on April 30, 1956, the son of the late Dominic and Freda (Puz) Ruzzine.
David was disabled all his life.
David leaves behind to mourn his passing, two sisters, Laurie Ruzzine of Canfield and Vicki Ziegler and her husband, John of Graceland, Ga.; also three aunts, Mrs. Louise Bryan, Mrs. Dorothy Helvak and Mrs. Justine Ohlin.
Arrangments were private and under the care of the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home in Bessemer, Pa.
David was laid to rest at St. Anthony Cemetery in Bessemer.
CANFIELD There will be a memorial service at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 South Broad St., Canfield, for Glenn Ellsworth McKnight, 89, who died early Friday morning at his residence.
Glenn was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Dawson, Pa., a son of the late William Stewart and Mary Frances Junk McKnight.
He was a D-Day Army veteran, serving at Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Glenn was one of the founders of the Canfield Boys Baseball Club and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
His wife, the former Betty Jane Lardin, whom he married Oct. 16, 1946, died Aug. 16, 2002.
He leaves his son, Dan McKnight of Canfield; a daughter-in-law, Pamela Kidston of Poland; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert McKnight of Connellsville, Pa.; two sisters, Hazel Hixon of Dawson, Pa., Dora Ganoe of Scottdale, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and his wife, Glenn was preceded in death by a son, Terry L. McKnight; and two brothers, Paul McKnight and Newt McKnight.
Friends may call for one half hour at the church on Thursday, prior to the service.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the memorial fund of the Canfield United Methodist Church or to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Arrangements are being handled by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
NILES - Rosemary Ricki Weida, 67, passed away peacefully at her residence, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 12:10 p.m. following a long illness.
She was born in Morgantown, W.Va. on Nov. 26, 1944, the only daughter of Joseph and Mary (Kovach) Falter.
After moving to the Mahoning Valley during her childhood, she graduated from Niles McKinley High School in 1963. Ricki was a resident of Niles her adult life, where she worked as a title clerk for several area car dealerships, including Jim Pace Chevrolet, where she retired in 1998. She was a member of St. Stephen Church.
Ricki was a loving wife and mother, who dedicated her life to raising her two children. She enjoyed taking trips back home to West Virginia, where she enjoyed long hikes through the mountains, making crafts, planting and tending to her flowers, and most especially, spending time with her family.
Ricki leaves behind her husband, Charles Francis Weida, whom she married Oct. 18, 1969; her two sons, Brad and Michelle Weida of Niles and Chad and Sandra Weida of Delaware; her mother, Mary Falter of Niles; and brother Randy and Celeste Falter of Niles. She will also be greatly missed by her four grandchildren, Brandon, Dylan, Grace and Joshua.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her father, Joseph K. Falter on Aug. 10, 2002, and her brother, Joseph Falter on May 26, 2002.
In fulfilling Rickis wishes, family and friends may call at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home on Saturday, May 19, 2012, from 10 a.m. until the noon memorial service at the funeral home. The Rev. Thomas Kraszewski will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley.
Visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to send condolences.
MINERAL RIDGE Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel, for Betty May Timko, 86, who passed away on Sunday at Briarfield at the Ridge.
Betty was born June 28, 1925, in Evansville, a daughter of the late Frank and Margaret (Holbrook) Smith.
A homemaker, Betty was a former member of the Mineral Ridge Church of Christ. She enjoyed flower gardening and her backyard nature. She also loved all kinds of music and dancing.
Her husband, John, whom she married June 30, 1945, passed away on Oct. 20, 2009.
Betty will be sadly missed by three children, John G. (Chicki) Timko of Mineral Ridge, Gary L. Timko of Mineral Ridge and Wendy S. Lawrence of Niles; one sister, Norma (Lawrence) McGranahan of Adamsville, Pa.; one brother, Larry (Kay) Smith of Niles; seven grandchildren, Christine (Bill) Holland, Jennifer Timko, John Michael (Andrea) Timko, Brent Timko, Jeffery (Jackie) Lawrence, Ryan (Ursula) Lawrence and Mark Lawrence; and eight great-grandchildren; Gregory and Emily Holland, Natalie Timko, Katelyn and Alex Lawrence, Taylor and Ryley Lawrence, and Kenzi Lawrence.
Besides her parents and husband, Betty was predeceased by a sister, Mary Alberta; two brothers, Frank and Charles Smith; and a granddaughter, Amy Lawrence.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512 in Bettys name.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the services on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
POLAND Judith Irene Collier, 74, died suddenly May 12, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center Emergency Room.
She was born Nov. 2, 1937, in Newark, N.J., a daughter of the late James and Mary (Lynskey) Hackett.
Mrs. Collier was a 1955 graduate of Cranford High School and received her RN from St. Peters Nursing School, both in New Jersey. She later did graduate work in nursing from Boston University.
She was a U.S. Air Force nurse for two years, stationed in San Antonio. While stationed there, she met her future husband, James, who was also stationed there. After both were honorably discharged from the Air Force, they made their home in Boston and were married on Oct. 13, 1973. After her marriage, she dedicated her time to raising her two sons. They made their home in Boston until moving to Poland in 1994.
She was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church in Boardman, where she was a Eucharistic Minister, and a former member of the Sacred Heart Church in Newton, Mass.
Mrs. Collier volunteered for the American Red Cross, helping with their blood drives. She was also an ardent bridge player and belonged to several clubs.
She leaves her husband, James F., of 38 years; two sons, James F. (Elizabeth) Collier Jr. of Fort Bragg, N.C. and John (Jacqueline) of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren, Ethan, Emma, Abigail, Ava and Catherine; sister, Ann (Michael) Noone of Warrenton, Va.; and brother, James Hackett of Phoenix.
A prayer service will be held on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions in Mrs. Colliers name to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
HUBBARD There will be services at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home, for James W. McMillen, 68, who passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Northside Medical Center.
James was born June 29, 1943, in Indiana, Pa., a son of Ward and Catherine Kanouff McMillen.
He was a landscaper for many years at Ducan Landscaping and Lande-Con, and an assistant for Beall Construction of Hubbard.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving with the 2nd Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Marksman Badge Rifle M14.
He was a national member of the VFW. He also enjoyed NASCAR and old cars, especially Fords.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, family, friends, neighbors and his cats.
He leaves his wife, the former Nancy M. Becker, whom he married Feb. 9, 1973; his brothers, Gene (Carol) Lunger of Austintown and John (Sue) McMillen of Hubbard; his sisters, Arlene (Zeke) Pomroy of DuBois, Pa., Ruth (Lee) Heiner of Corry, Pa., Sara Jane Hinchman of Austintown, Jackie Rickard of Boardman, and Betty Smith of Youngstown; and brother-in-law Andy Zarguiski of Rochester Mills, Pa. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth McMillen; his sisters, Catherine Adams and Phyllis Zarguiski; a nephew, Kenny Boy McMillen; a niece, Berlinda White; and two brothers-in-law, Fred Hinchman and John Smith.
There will be calling hours on Thursday, May 17, 2012, one hour prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home. Full military honors will be provided by the Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes Web site at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.
CAMPOBELLO, S.C. Joseph L. Smith, 72, passed away at his home unexpectedly in Campobello on May 10, 2012.
Jo Jo was born March 1940, in Youngstown, son of Joseph L. Smith Sr. and Alice (Nan) Wootoplus Smith.
Joe and his surviving wife, Roberta Robi Bode Smith, just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 6, 2012. He Lived his life to the fullest. starting as a wrestler for Ursuline High School and then turned Cowboy, doing Rodeos and training/showing horses while life guarding.
Joe received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics at St. Vincent College in Latrobe Pa., while on the Bearcats football team. He was part of the National Ski Patrol, where he received a Heart of Courage for saving a skiers life. Joe was a Corporate Systems Analyst for Bethlehem Steel in Chesterton, Ind., Buffalo, N.Y. and in Johnstown Pa. Joe continued his education and graduated from Harvard Business School and worked at the Jockey Club in Lexington, Ky.
He was Chief Information Officer at ComDisco in Chicago. He also worked for Reeves Industries and traveled to their branch in Italy. Before he retired, he worked for Dunlop/Maxfli/Slazenger.
Joe was the owner/developer of Bore Brite. He continued to work for Spartanburg school district as a tutor and teacher for adult education in math. He also worked for Thompson Law Firm as a legal consultant. He was a level 3 sporting clay instructor and member at River Bend and past instructor at the Paragon School of Sporting.
He was NRA certified, and recently completed the course in concealed weapons to become a certified instructor. Joe was a very giving person and donated/volunteered for many organizations, one of them being the American Red Cross. He was a dedicated member of St. John Catholic Church in Tryon, N.C., along with the Knights of Columbus.
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Roberta Bode Smith; sister Arlene Ivan (Nicholas); niece Susan Prosser (Brian) and her son, Edward Curran; nephew Dr. Todd Ivan (Brynda) and his children, Maddy and Rhys, nephew Alan Paul, niece Christina Stowe and her children Tanya, Shauntae, Kaelyn, niece Janice Paul and her children David, James, Eric, niece Sharon Paul, and niece Kathryn Morrow and her children, Aksel and Rayana.
Joe has been an inspiration and father figure to all of us and he will be missed tremendously.
A memorial service will be held at St. John Catholic Church in Tryon, N.C., today, May 15, 2012, at 7 p.m.
Please visit www.pettyfuneralhome.com to leave condolences. Petty Funeral Home & Crematory in Landrum, S.C.
CANFIELD - A memorial service will be held Wednesday evening at 7:45 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel for Richard A. Depp, 64, who died Friday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. Richard and his family generously donated his body to N.E.O.MED to assist medical students in their education.
Richard was born Feb. 13, 1948, in Cleveland, the son of Richard L. and Agnes L. Haramia Depp.
Mr. Depp earned his Bachelors degree from Cleveland State University and served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He later worked at National Refractories and Minerals for over 25 years before retiring as its executive sales manager. In addition to other positions, Mr. Depp worked for the Ohio Turnpike Commission and most recently enjoyed working with his neighbor at Fernandos Wedgewood Pizza.
Richard enjoyed his daily visits to Austintown Park with his dog, Buddy, was an avid sports fan, especially for the Cleveland Browns and Indians and enjoyed boating on the Sandusky and Marblehead regions of Lake Erie.
Richard is survived by his wife, the former DJ McGarry, whom he married in 1986; a sister, Laverne (Ron) Zahuranec of Arizona; his mother-in-law, Helen McGarry of Youngstown; two sisters-in-law, Sandy (Pat) Chrystal of Youngstown and Patty (Ken) Crago of Canfield; a brother-in-law, William (Jocelyn Shimek) McGarry; his nieces, Shawn (Mark Griffith) Chrystal, Amanda Crago and Jeneane (Brent) Hugus; a great-nephew, Keighan Griffith; and great-niece Mackenzie Chrystal.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, John McGarry; a nephew, Patrick Chrystal II; niece Ryleigh Griffith; and his dog, Bob.
Friends may call from 5 to 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.
The family would like to thank the staff of the 8th floor at St. Elizabeth Health Center and Hospice for the compassionate care.
The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley in Richards memory.
CAMPBELL Funeral services will be held on Thursday at noon at the Wasko Funeral Home with Father Michael Swierz officiating for Mary Ann (Grachanin) Mastoris, 73, who passed away Friday evening.
Mary Ann was born Nov. 7, 1938, in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Cecelia Frankovitch Grachanin.
She was a 1957 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and a life long area resident.
Mary Ann was a homemaker and early in her life, she wrote poetry. She enjoyed singing country music and listening and dancing to polkas.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Nick Mastoris Sr., whom she married Sept. 27, 1958; two sons, Frank (Charles Lewis) Mastoris of Washington D.C. and Nick Mastoris Jr. of Campbell; a granddaughter, Samantha Mastoris, a step-grandson, Tony White and former daughter-in-law, Tammy Johnson, all of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Nick Mastoris III; her brothers, John, Chuck, Tony, Joe and Frank Grachanin; and an infant sister.
The Mastoris family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send the Mastoris family condolences.
CANFIELD Born Nov. 9, 1929, Barbara Jean Syx, a long time resident of the Canfield area, was granted her angel wings on April 28, 2012.
Although she was tiny and frail, she gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life.
Barbara was known as BJ Creations, wall hangings going to craft shows for over 20 plus years. Her creations have been sent all over the world and will always be cherished.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ted Syx; three children; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday, April 28, in Michigan.
Donations may be sent to Hospice of the Valley in Ohio.
AUSTINTOWN A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Our Lady of the Lakes, St. James Parish in North Jackson for George Edward Stickle Jr., 87, who passed away Monday morning at his home after a battle with cancer.
George was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of George Edward Stickle Sr. and Maude Hill Stickle.
He retired in 1980 from General Motors Lordstown Plant as a Supervisor. He was a member of the church, the Eagles Club and the Saxton Club. George enjoyed hunting and cars, but most of all he loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports and their school activities.
His first wife, the former Shirley Davis, whom he married Nov. 30, 1946, passed away Sept. 9, 1991. George was also preceded in death by his second wife, Ruth Simons, whom he married in 1992, she passed away in 2001.
He leaves eight children, four daughters, Cindy (David) Forinash of New Waterford, Mary Ann (Randy) Snyder of Columbiana, Sue Webster of Austintown, and Rebecca Stickle of Campbell; four sons, Patrick (Debi) Stickle of Canfield, Kevin (Melinda) Stickle of Brandenburg, Ky., George (Kim) Stickle of Kunkletown, Pa., and Christopher (Judy) Stickle of Canfield; one sister, Dorothy Dolezal of Rapid City, Mich.; as well as 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, where closing prayers will take place at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Fox Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman, for William L. Drennen, 94, who died Sunday night at Vibra Hospital in Boardman.
Mr. Drennen was born June 15, 1917, in Youngstown, a son of Joseph Gray and Anna Garrett Drennen and was an area resident for all of his life.
William attended South High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He worked as a union painter for 45 years, the last 12 years as the business agent. He was a member of Local Union No. 476, the American Legion, and a long time member of the Christ Church Presbyterian.
He leaves his wife, Dellora Sterling whom he married April 5, 1947, just celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Suzanne (Joseph) Taormina of Austintown; two grandchildren, Heather (David) Blazo of Miamisburg and Joseph (his fiancé, Brianna) Taormina of Austintown; two great-granddaughters, Isabella and Alayna Blazo; a sister, Katherine McGarry of Lisbon; and a brother, J. Gray Drennen of Austintown.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, William G Drennen and two sisters, Dorothy Crane and Ruth Smith.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fox Funeral Home.
Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boardman.
Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP Services will be held at noon on Wednesday, May 16, at the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home in Youngstown for Elayne T. Cohn, 82, who died Sunday.
Mrs. Cohn was born Oct. 27, 1929, in East Liverpool, a daughter of Carl and Esther Shatkoff Turk and graduated from David Anderson High School in 1947.
She was co-owner/operator of Edwards Flowers with her husband, Edward L. Cohn, whom she married in 1954. Prior to her marriage, she worked as a secretary for Lisbon Court House and The Land Title Company of Youngstown.
Elayne was a member of Rodef Sholom Congregation, its sisterhood, Bnai Brith Bowling League and Pine Island Country Club in Florida. She enjoyed playing Canasta and Mahjong in her spare time.
Mrs. Cohn is survived by a son, Mitchell T. (Ilona) Cohn of Liberty; two daughters, Lisa Chiarella of Liberty and Randi (Russell) Carnahan of Columbus; and eight grandchildren, Zachary and Joshua Cohn of Liberty, Lauren Chiarella of Pickenington, Alex Chiarella of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Brian, Michael, Stephen and Haley Carnahan of Columbus.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward L. Cohn in 2000; and her sister, Maxine Hartman.
The family thanks Dr. Knight, nurses and staff of the Hope Center. We also thank Comfort Keepers for their excellent care.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to Rodef Sholom Congregation or the Hope Center.
Arrangements are being handled by the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.
LOUISVILLE, OHIO Mrs. Bette M. Murphy, 90, formerly of Youngstown and Hubbard, passed away Sunday afternoon, May 13, 2012, at 4:20 p.m. at St. Josephs Care Center in Louisville, where she had been a resident for the past several years.
Mrs. Murphy was born in Youngstown on Oct. 6, 1921, the daughter of the late John and Marie (Cutting) McDonald.
She was a lifelong homemaker and loving wife to her husband, Robert, whom she cherished dearly. Together Bette and Bob shared the love of their only son, Mark.
She was a longtime fan of Elvis Presley and had enjoyed spending time antique shopping in later life.
Bette is survived by her niece, Ashley Brooks of Tarzana, Calif. and her dear friend, Pat Tyson of Rockport, Ky.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Robert; son Mark Murphy; and her brother, Robert McDonald.
A graveside service will take place on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, and burial will take place next to her husband and son at the Brookfield Township Cemetery.
Arrangements for Mrs. Murphy were entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel, 6923 Warren-Sharon Road, Brookfield, OH 44403.
Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN Paul Lawrence Benford, 79, passed away peacefully at Hospice of the Valley, surrounded by his family, on May 12, 2012.
Paul was born on May 6, 1933, in Youngstown, to parents Charles Sr. and Bertha Benford, both of whom are now deceased.
He was a 1951 graduate of East High School in Youngstown. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served for five years. Upon his return to civilian life, Paul was employed by the Mahoning County Engineers. Subsequently, he became employed at General Motors and retired as a supervisor after 33 years of service. He later accepted a post retirement position with General Motors, serving in supervisory positions in Austin, Texas and Mansfield. His final employment was with Postal Priority, where he delivered supplies to the various hospitals and banks.
Paul was a people person. He enjoyed debating with his family and friends and always taking the opposing view. Some of his most rewarding moments occurred when he volunteered in the Food Distribution program at the Centenary United Methodist Church. This position gave him an opportunity to serve and talk to a lot of people. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards and watching his favorite football teams, Cleveland Browns and Ohio State.
Paul will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. All whose lives he touched, will cherish is memory forever.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, the former Mary Franklin; a daughter, Debra Harris of Troy, Mich.; a son, Kevin (Jennifer) Benford of Youngstown; two grandsons, Mitchell Harris Jr. of Washington, D.C. and Ryan Harris of San Diego; one sister, Barbara Betters; a brother, Charles Benford Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clement Benford; and two sisters, Dorothy Ricketts and Betty Hodge.
Friends may call Wednesday, May 16, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home and on Thursday, May 17, 2012, from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will follow immediately on Thursday at 1 p.m.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley, St. Elizabeth staff, Boardman Campus and Caprice Health Care Center for the kind and compassionate care shown to Paul.
BOARDMAN There will be funeral services on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Christ Church Presbyterian, 1933 Canfield Road, Youngstown, for Betty A. (Forner) Zboray, 96, who died Monday, May 14, 2012, at Shepherd of the Valley, Boardman.
She was born Nov. 13, 1915, in Toledo, the daughter of the late Paul H. and Alice F. (Dix) Forner. She moved to the Youngstown area in 1945.
Betty graduated from Kent State University with a bachelors degree and the University of Michigan with a masters degree in physical education. She was a physical education teacher with the Youngstown Schools for 25 years, teaching at Chaney High School and Hillman Junior High. Later on, she taught health at Youngstown State University.
She was a member of the Christ Church Presbyterian, Youngstown, where she served as an Elder, Trustee and belonged to the Womens Club. Betty was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority from Kent State University and the Federation Womens Club, Illalie II of Youngstown.
Her husband, Stephen M. Zboray, whom she married on July 31, 1956, died Feb. 9, 1988.
Betty is survived by her daughter, Janet R. Wolf of Akron; three grandchildren, Casey (Jennifer) Wolf, Sarah Wolf, and Joshua Wolf; and three great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by a sister, Marion Bloom and son-in-law Dennis.
Family and friends may call on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Christ Church Presbyterian, Youngstown.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Kent State University College of Education.
Please visit www.Thompsonfh1932.com to view this notice and send condolences.
Arrangements are being handled by the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman.
LIBERTY Attorney Kimberly A. Kohli, 43, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012, at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Youngstown.
She was born April 4, 1969, in Youngstown, the daughter of Paul P. Yannucci of Youngstown and Judy A. Fertig of Howland.
She was a 1986 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, a graduate of Youngstown State University and The University of Akron School of Law. She passed the bar exam in 2005 and went into private practice doing guardian ad litem work for Trumbull and Mahoning County.
Kim was of the Methodist faith, a member of the Mahoning County and Trumbull County Bar Association, enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. She was involved in numerous community charities and gave selflessly of herself to others.
Kimberly is survived by her mother, Judy Fertig of Howland; her brother, Paul J. Yannucci of Pensacola, Fla.; her sister, Rachel Doyle of San Diego, her brother, Frank Yannucci of Poland; her sister, Tracey Wardle of Leetonia; and her brother, Robert E. Wardle III of Youngstown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Aneal Kohli, whom she married Oct. 18, 2003, and her father, Paul P. Yannucci.
Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles, with the Reverend James Bear officiating.
Family and friends can visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook, and send e-mail condolences.
STRUTHERS Marsha Lynn (Kirkham) Fox, 63, died May 13, 2012, at her residence.
Mrs. Fox was born Nov. 2, 1948, in Youngstown, a daughter of Victor and Lois Nolt Kirkham.
She was a 1966 Boardman High School graduate. Mrs. Fox worked at Al-Mart during her high school years and Youngstown Foundry, Comfort Inn in North Lima and Best Western in Austintown as a receptionist/manager. Marshas favorite things included Christmas with the grandchildren, traveling, Mountaineer, Cleveland Indians, and Fox News.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Fox of Struthers, whom she married July 4, 1997; a daughter, Christine (Bob) Milone of Struthers; two sons, Matthew (Diane) Cox of Avon and Michael (Melissa) Cox of Struthers; two stepdaughters, Jennifer (Michael) Agnone of Struthers and Jodi (Steve) Kishel of Struthers; a stepson, Jim (Dana) Fox of Brunswick; a brother, Thomas Kirkham of Troy; and 12 grandchildren, Brittany, Bobby, Brooke, Anthony, and Gina Milone, Benjamin and Emily Cox, Natalie and Kelsey Agnone, Madison Fox, and Jocelyn and Tommy Koziorynsky. She also leaves behind three nieces.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, David Kirkham.
Services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, Struthers, with Steve Varga officiating
Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
POLAND - Michael John Schwartz, 72, died May 13, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
Mr. Schwartz was born Nov. 9, 1939, in Youngstown, a son of Michael and Mary Gyetvai Schwartz.
He was a 1957 Campbell Memorial High School graduate and attended Youngstown State University.
He went on to work as a crane operator in the coal strip for Youngstown Sheet and Tube (LTV), from where he retired in 1983. After retirement, he then worked in security for OSS and Shane Security.
He was a member of the Holy Apostles Parish St. Stephen of Hungary Church, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society. He also was a member of The Saxon Club.
Michael was an avid golfer and Ohio sports fan and enjoyed going to the casinos with his wife.
He leaves behind his wife, the former Joan Norwood of Poland, whom he married May 22, 1965; two daughters, Mary Ellen Schwartz of Poland and Michelle Schwartz of Poland; and his beloved Pug, Lily.
He was preceded in death by both his parents.
A prayer service will be held on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon at the Holy Apostles Parish St. Stephen of Hungary Church, with Fr. Bob Bonnot officiating.
Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery.
Friends will be received on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Michaels family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley, the staff at Boardman St. Elizabeth Floor 3 West, and Dr. Theodore Cubbison for their excellent care.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
CANFIELD There will be a funeral service at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio, celebrating the Mass for Celeste Ricci Donnadio, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 13, with her loving family by her side.
Celeste was born in Bella Potenza, Italy, the daughter of Luigi and Angela Maria (Benizzi) Ricci.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church.
Celeste was a beautician for many years and was also employed as a sales clerk at Bailey, Banks & Biddle Jewelry Store.
Her former husband, Mario E. Donnadio, whom she married Oct. 27, 1958, passed away July 10, 2007.
Celeste enjoyed fine décor and loved decorating her home. She also enjoyed taking trips to her home in Italy and loved the Tuscany Region. She enjoyed walking, being outdoors and taking casino bus trips with her friends, but she especially enjoyed shopping with her daughter.
Celeste will always be lovingly remembered by her son, Mark (Janet) Donnadio of Poland; her daughter, Sheila Donnadio of Canfield; two grandsons, Mark J. Donnadio of Poland and Anthony M. (Melissa) Donnadio of Mineral Ridge; granddaughter Heather M. Donnadio of Boardman; great-grandchildren Marcus, Dylan, Abby, and Ryan Donnadio; and brother Antonio (Grazella) of Livorno, Italy.
She was preceded in death by her parents and former husband.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 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 Celestes family.