INDEPENDENCE, MO. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home, with the Rev. Basil Marchak officiating, for Michael Thomas Pesta, 70, formerly of Campbell, who passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at his residence.
Michael was born Sept. 3, 1942, in Youngstown, the son of George and Virginia Johnson Pesta.
He was a 1960 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School. He worked for the Boeing Aircraft Company.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving on the Aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga, from 1961 to 1964.
Michael was a great sports fan and enjoyed cheering on the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. When returning back home to Campbell, he often spent time fishing with his brother, George.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his brothers, Robert of Boardman, George of Hubbard and Joseph of Struthers; his sister, Mary Ann Gura-Lossman of Austintown; his nephew, George, with whom he shared a very special bond; nephews Bill, Joe, Ron and Mike Gura; his nieces, Sharon, Michelle, Lynn, Christine and Joann; his companion of 14 years, Pat Loges of Missouri; and his dog, Kansas.
Michael was preceded in death by his brother, John.
The Pesta family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send the Pesta family condolences.
CANFIELD A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at the Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 South Broad St., for Mary G. Enterline Courtney, 94, who died early Sunday morning at her residence.
Mary was born July 6, 1918, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late L.B. and Mary E. Happer Grindlay, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mary graduated from The Rayen School in 1937, received her Bachelors Degree from Ohio Wesleyan in 1941, and received her Masters Degree in Health Education from Kent State University in 1975. She had been an instructor of Health Education at Youngstown State University for 17 years, retiring in 1983.
Mary was a member of the Junior League of Youngstown, the Tourist Club, North Hill Study Club, Canfield Historical Society, Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Garden Club of Youngstown, AARP, and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. She was also a member and volunteer at the Butler Art Institute of American Art, and the Stambaugh Pillars.
Mary was active on boards of Volunteer Service to Seniors, Visiting Nurse Association of Youngstown, the Institute for Learning in Retirement at YSU, and Friends of Canfield Library. She participated in National and International Elderhostel programs. Mary was an avid knitter and a member of the Western Reserve Knitting Guild. She also taught knitting at the former Knitting Corner in Canfield. She was an avid bridge player, travel enthusiast, and according to the family, was a wonderful cook and made the best pies.
Her husband, S. Walter Enterline, whom she married Aug. 1, 1942, died in 1986.
She leaves their children, Mary Elizabeth Betsy (Gary) Weimer of Aurora, Ann Kathleen (Robert) Kurz of Canfield, Jeff (Monica) Enterline of Austintown, and Bruce (Marina Schaum) Enterline of Calcutta.
Her second husband, William F. Courtney, whom she married Jan. 19, 1998, died in 2000.
Mary leaves his children, Sarah Sally Courtney of Washington, D.C., Frank Courtney of Columbus, Thomas (Donna) Courtney of San Diego, and Christopher (Ellen) Courtney of Fairfax Station, Va. Mary also leaves seven grandchildren, Inga, Kirk, Lindsay, Grant, Bethany, Jessica, Caitlin, and eight great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and her husband, Mary was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth G. Cover; two brothers, Dr. John H. Jack Grindlay and Robert Grindlay; as well as sisters-in-law, Kay Diehl, Doris E. Kelley; and brother-in-law, Edwin K. Enterline.
The family will greet friends following the service at the church.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512, the Youngstown Boys and Girls Club, 2105 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown, OH 44507, or to the Canfield United Methodist Church.
WEST HARTFORD, CONN. Maxine Allen Zeigler died on Nov. 6, 2012, at Hughes, Health and Rehabilitation Inc.
She was born April 3, 1917, in Youngstown. She was the daughter of Abraham Allen and Eva Gold Allen of Youngstown, and the wife of the late Charles David Zeigler.
Maxine was the oldest of five children. She was predeceased by her brothers, Dr. Herman L. Allen (and his late wife, Remelda) and Sidney Allen (wife Betty Solomon Allen, who now resides in Florida) and her sister, Lila Davis (wife of the late Max Davis). She is survived by her sister, Shirley Solomon, wife of the late Marvin Solomon, who now resides in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Maxine and Charles had four daughters, the late Barbara Z. Coopersmith, wife of the late Howard Coopersmith, Gail Dawson, wife of John H. Dawson of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Leslie Zeigler of New York City and Debbie Kaplove, wife of Dr. Kenneth Kaplove of Farmington, Conn. She had four granddaughters, Kelly Dawn Couch, wife of Christopher Couch of Twinsburg, Julia Caroline Dawson of Chapel Hill, N.C., Charly Rebecca Kaplove of Farmington and Alizah Brooke Kaplove, a student at Union College in New York. She also leaves two great-grandchildren, Sydney and Hayden Couch of Twinsburg and many nieces and nephews.
After finishing high school in Youngstown, Maxine worked briefly as a pianist for a local radio station. Then she got a job as a secretary in surgery at a local hospital in Youngstown, which she enjoyed very much. After she married Charles Zeigler, she dedicated herself to her husband and children. She loved cooking, playing the piano and collecting antiques. She had many friends to whom she was devoted.
She was a lifetime member of Anshe Emeth Synagogue, now El Emeth Synagogue in Liberty.
She was buried at the El Emeth Cemetery, alongside her husband.
Memorials may be sent in her memory to the American Alzheimers Association at alz.org.
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. for Willie Chester Bryant, 67, who departed this life on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.
Mr. Bryant was born May 17, 1945, in Lumpkin, Ga., a son of L.C. and Sarah Chester Bryant.
He was a truck driver for B 1 Trucking Company. He was an Army veteran.
He leaves his wife, the former Sharon L. Smith, whom he married July 15, 2002; two children, Stephen (Khalilah) Smith of Youngstown and Sonya Smith of Cleveland; siblings John Bryant of San Francisco, Isaac (Lola) Bryant of Louisville, Ky., Carrie (Nelson) Blakely, Larry (Joyce) Bryant and Geraldine Flenoury, all of Warren, Mary Williams of Youngstown and Teasa (Pastor Walter) Bishop of Liberty; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Lindsey Bryant.
Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
BOARDMAN Services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Ohev Tzedek Synagogue for Irving L. Gorsky, 86, who died Sunday evening.
Mr. Gorsky was bon April 26, 1926, in Buffalo, N.Y., a son of Benjamin and Hannah Sisman Gorsky.
He was a World War II Army veteran, having served in the South Pacific Theater.
Irv was the former owner and operator of Westgate Fruit Market and Delicatessen. He was a 50 year member of Ohev Tzedek Synagogue and volunteer at Heritage Manor.
He is survived by his wife, the former Edith Fischer; two sons, David (Laura) Gorsky of Euclid and Mark Gorsky of Youngstown; and a brother, Herman Gorsky of Boardman.
Friends my call one half hour prior to the services in the Temple.
Contributions may be made to Ohev Tzedek Synagogue, 5245 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, OH 44512.
Arrangements are being handled by the Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home.
LIBERTY Carmela Saulino Pilolli, 88, passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at The Assumption Village.
Carmela was born on Aug. 18, 1924, to Giacinto and Mary Palozzi Saulino in Denver. The family moved to Youngstown in 1929, when she was a young girl.
She attended East High School.
Carmela married Michael A. Pilolli at the Immaculate Conception Church on Nov. 22, 1941. They resided in Smokey Hollow, raising five children, before moving the family to Liberty Township in 1960. She retired from Packard Electric in 1979, after having worked there 25 years.
Carmela was extremely proud of her Italian heritage. Affectionately known as Na Na, she was an excellent cook and baker, learning from her mother at a young age. She loved making all the old world recipes for her family, especially during the holidays. She enjoyed taking bus trips with the church to Italian shrines, listening to Italian music and attending all the Italian dances. She was an active member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, where for a number of years, she helped bake bread every Monday. She was also a member of the Mothers of the Crucifix Society.
She was an accomplished seamstress, making her childrens clothes and drapes for her house. One of her many joys included knitting each of her children and grandchildren a handmade afghan. Another activity she was especially passionate about was ballroom dancing. She took lessons for 20 years and received many accolades and recognition awards. Carmela was always the last person to leave the dance floor at any event. Her other hobbies included crocheting, gardening and playing cards with family members.
Carmela is survived by her five children, Anthony M. (Nora) Pilolli of Boardman, Patricia (Henry) Pisciuneri of Boardman, Mary Lucia (James) Hendrick of Niles, Michael A. Pilolli of Berlin Center and Elena Ferradino of Girard; as well as her brother, Raymond (Helen) Saulino of Boardman, who affectionately called her Babe; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Carmela was preceded in death by her husband, Michael, of 56 years, who died in 1998; as well as her parents; two brothers, Antonio and Annio Saulino; and one grandchild, Lynn Pilolli Osterholt.
A 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Carmela by the Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Youngstown.
Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley; the special care unit of The Assumption Village; spiritual caregiver Tom; as well as the nurses, social workers and all others who provided excellent care to Carmela.
With deep appreciation, the family would also like to thank Carmelas at-home caregivers, Diane, Renee, and Debbie.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any gifts take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman OH 44512.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Carmelas family.
CAMPBELL Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc., for Harry Joseph Ford, 78, who departed this life Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Briarfield at Ashley Circle.
Mr. Ford was born Nov. 12, 1933, in Akron, a son of George and Ruby Morgan Ford.
He graduated from South High School in Akron. He worked at General Motors as an assembler, retiring after 30 years, in August of 2005. He served in the Army Air Force for 20 years, retiring on Sept. 1, 1973.
His wife, the former Joan Price, whom he married May 13, 1990, died Dec. 3, 2009.
He leaves his children, Ricky Graves of Liberty, Crystal Floyd of Youngstown, Paul Graves and DaShania Graves, both of Cincinnati, and Terrence (Gwendolyn) Graves of Campbell; a host of grandchildren, including Derrick Tinker of Youngstown, Demetirus Ticker of Alliance and Tony Ford Jr. of Liberty; host of great-grandchildren; siblings Mary (Eddie) Paige of Glenellen, Ill., Ruby Lamb and sister-in-law, Ann Ford, both of Akron; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; children Randy Tony Hot Dog Ford and Linda Ford; siblings Beatrice (Robert) Autry, Robert (Edna) Ford, John Artie (Lucille) Ford, Jerry Jake Ford, Franklin (Alonzetta) Ford, George and Willie Ford; and a brother-in-law, John Lamb.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
WARREN Joseph Campana Sr., 96, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, with his family at his side.
Joseph was born May 17, 1916, in Warren, the son of Donato and Rose Campana.
He was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and retired in 1982 from the Warren City Street Department as a truck driver after 30 years.
Joe has made Warren his home since his birth in 1916.
He was a member of the WGH golf team, where the sport became a passion that he had enjoyed for his lifetime. His many accomplishments as an amateur golfer have been well documented in numerous newspaper articles and his vast collection of both trophies and plaques. He holds well over 100 titles, including many earned in the Warren City League, a number of Knights of Columbus championships, and OPGA Seniors wins. He had served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Penn-Ohio Golf League, where he played as a captain for many years and also a team member spanning over four decades.
He and his wife have raised three sons, and have five grandchildren.
He had made five holes in ones was inducted in to the Warren G. Harding Hall of Fame and the Trumbull County Sports Hall of Fame. He enjoyed working at flea markets, dancing, fishing and telling jokes and had a great sense of humor.
Joseph served in the U.S. Marines and was a World War II veteran.
He married Ann Betty Campana on Oct. 21, 1939, who passed away Feb. 4, 2003. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Oct. 14, 1989.
Joseph is survived by his sons, Joseph (Betsy) Campana Jr. of Brookfield and Robert (Susan) Campana of Bazetta; five grandchildren, Michael, Daniel, Jennifer, Alana and Antonio Campana; daughter-in-law, Ann Marie Campana of Warren; and two brothers, Daniel (Mary) Campana and Robert Campana.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Leonard Lennie Campana; two brothers, Ray and Alfred Ed Campana; and two sisters, Mary Natale and Edith Fancher.
Family and friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel in Warren.
Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Ralph Cartino officiating.
Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery in Cortland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.
McDONALD Born June 27, 1946, the daughter of Harper and Gerry Rudge, Sandra Lee Rudge, 66, died unexpectedly at her home in McDonald on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.
Preceded in death were her brothers, Raymond and James Rudge.
Sandy graduated in 1964 from McDonald High School. She worked in admitting at Warren General Hospital. Sandy was a homemaker.
She leaves her daughter, Joy Hostutler Sypert of Mineral Ridge and son-in-law Bill Sypert, along with her grandsons, Jacob and Jaret; and also her son, Troy Hostutler of Lordstown and his wife, Carrie, and granddaughter Monet.
She also leaves nephews Barry Rudge and his wife, and Jeffery Rudge and his wife.
Sandy enjoyed spending time with her three grandchildren, her family, and her many friends. She enjoyed doing crafts, and her love of dogs. She enjoyed and loved spending time at the Woodland Park area in McDonald.
Memorial contributions may be made to the McDonald Lions Club in Sandys name.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel, where a memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
NILES Raymond R. Kovach, 60, passed away Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2012, at Hospice House following a lengthy illness.
Raymond was born Sept. 26, 1952, in Youngstown, a son of Robert and Helen Steck Kovach, lived in Texas and Arizona after high school, and returned to this area in 1994.
He was a 1970 graduate of Fitch High School and worked as a machinist for various companies throughout the years.
Ray was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping and fishing.
Mr. Kovach leaves his mother, Helen Kovach of Austintown; his beloved companion, Irene Caracanas of Niles; four children, Amy of California, Stacy of Arizona, Laura of Arizona, and Joshua of Arizona; eight grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Darlene of Indiana; a brother, Richard (Phyllis) Kovach of North Jackson; and two sisters, Deborah Connelly of Nantucket, Mass. and Cindy Woloschak of Youngstown.
Ray will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
His father, Robert Kovach; and two brothers-in-law, Joseph Woloschak and Paul Connelly, are deceased.
Private funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 12, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Rays family.
SALEM Anthony Joseph Crish passed away on Nov. 12, 2012, surrounded by family at Essex House in Salem.
Tony was born the son of Anthony and Mary (Presciano) Crish on June 8, 1928, in Youngstown.
He grew up in Youngstown and attended Chaney High School. He served as a Military Police Officer in Yokohama, Japan for the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947.
He married Esther Criscione on June 17, 1950.
Tony worked for Youngstown Steel Door from 1947 to 1983. He was an active member of St. Rose Church in Girard until 2005. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus as well as a frequent church and community volunteer. He also belonged to St. Christines Church in Youngstown from 2005 to 2012.
Tony was an avid golfer and belonged to the YMCA and Steel Door Golf leagues.
Tony is survived by his loving daughters, Janice Crish of Niles, Marj (Kevin) Schmidt Snohmish of Washington, Linda Berringer (Chuck Freeland) of Pembrook Pines, Fla., and Mary Jo (George) Vaughn of Austintown; grandchildren Melissa Hormuzdi, David Berringer, Nicholas Schmidt, Natalie (Schmidt) Marrano, Angela and Jenna Vaughn; and six great-grandchildren.
Tony is also survived by his two brothers, Richard Crish and Robert Crish, both from Boardman; family members; brother-in-law Joseph (Rita) Criscione of Girard; sister-in-law Margaret Criscione of Virginia; special, close friends Jeannie Durivage and Casey Machak; and multiple nieces and nephews.
Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Esther, who passed away six years ago and his many brothers and sisters.
Calling hours will be on Nov. 15, 2012, Thursday, from 4 to 7 at the McClurkin Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Nov. 16, 2012, Friday, at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church. There will be prayers at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning at the McClurkin Funeral Home prior to the church Mass.
CANFIELD There will be services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Church for Katherine Cuteri Schuller Buongrazio, 88, who died Sunday evening at her residence.
Mrs. Buongrazio was born Sept. 6, 1924, in Hubbard, a daughter of Frank A. and Mary Cuva Cuteri.
Kay was a clerical worker for Ryan Service Co., retiring in 1983.
She was a member of the church and a member of the former Honterus Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. Kay also belonged to Christian Women and the Youngstown Saxon Club Branch No. 22.
Katherine always enjoyed baking and cooking for her family and friends. She loved to spend time with her family and her dog, Penny.
She leaves her daughters, Toni L. (Todd) Mattozzi of Austintown and Shari M. Buongrazio of Youngstown; her son, Raymond L. Buongrazio of Columbus; her sisters, Theresa and Dorothy Cuteri and Caterina Cristofaro; her brother-in-law, David Pinky Maloney; her grandchildren, Michael Raffa and Marissa Mattozzi; her nephew, David (Margaret) Maloney; her niece, Diane (Mark) Davis; her grandniece, Jennifer (Chris) Rankin; and her grandnephew, David (Mandy) Maloney.
Kays first husband of 29 years, George Schuller, whom she married Dec. 21, 1944, died July 9, 1974, and her second husband of 30 years, Albert C. Buongrazio, whom she married Aug. 2, 1980, died May 8, 2011. Her sister, Josephine Maloney is also deceased.
The family would like to thank Katherines care givers, Cindy, Sharon, and Robyn for their kindness and how they cared for Kay.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church, prior to the service.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
CANFIELD Prayers will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Parish, 300 N. Broad St., Canfield, for Pauline Weldon, 80, who died Sunday evening at her residence.
Pauline was born March 15, 1932, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Albino and Julia DeVicchio Bruno, and was a lifelong area resident.
She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and Beauty School and was a beautician prior to her marriage. She later worked in the school cafeteria at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center from 1982 until she retired in 1994.
Pauline was a charter member of St. Michael Catholic Parish. She was a woman of great faith, which was evident through her service of attending daily Mass, performing many duties in the Sacrastine, volunteering for bereavement dinners, attending weekly faith sharing bible studies and as a member of St. Michaels Altar Guild.
She was an avid crocheter, crocheting many afghans for family and friends as well as for Stitchers of St. Michaels, which were then donated to local nursing homes. Pauline also volunteered for the RSVP Association as an elder caregiver. In 2004, she received the Elder Caregiver of the Year Award from the Ohio Department of Aging.
Her husband, James D. Weldon, whom she married June 12, 1954, died on their 29th wedding anniversary, June 12, 1983.
She leaves her daughter, Paula (Ken) Horvath of Canfield; two sons, Don (Lisa) Weldon of Canfield and James (Connie) Weldon of Oxnard, Calif.; four grandchildren, Glenn Weldon, Janis (Michael) Evatz, Nicole Weldon, and Dominique Weldon; and two sisters and one brother, Ann Frattaroli of Youngstown, Robert Bruno of Struthers and Lucy (Sandy) Stuart of Boardman.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to her caregiver, Lorrie Shumaker, for her loving care given to their mother.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to St. Michael Altar Guild, 300 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
AUSTINTOWN Derek F. Bajgier, 67, died Sunday following a declining period of health.
Born Sept. 29, 1945, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, he was the son of Frank and Alice (Grolla) Bajgier. Derek lived most of his adult life in the Youngstown area, but grew up in Trafford, Pa.
He retired from Pitney Bowes Company. He was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard; NRA and the National Rifle and Pistol Association of North Jackson, where he participated in the Cowboy Action Shooting. He loved hunting, especially in Pennsylvania and the Dubois area.
Derek gave the gift of life through tissue donation upon his death.
Survivors include his wife, Patti (Booty), whom he married on Oct. 4, 1992; daughters Sherry (Brad) Forward of Niles and Danielle (Tim) Bailey of Austintown; grandchildren Kayla, Brooke, and Taylor Bailey; stepchildren Andrea Engel of Columbiana, Leslie (Mark) Dirienzo of Berlin Center, and Michael (Michele) Hughes of New Middletown; step grandchildren Brittany and Kailee Engel, Courtney Hughes, and Dante Dirienzo; mother-in-law Grace Booty; and brother-in- law Harry W. Booty III. He will also be sadly missed by his dogs, Maggie and Zoey.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends will be received on Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2432 Raccoon Road in Austintown, where a memorial service will take place at 3 p.m.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
STRUTHERS A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. Angela Merici Parish, Sacred Heart Church for Donald C. Cormell, 81, who died on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at his home.
Mr. Cormell was born Feb. 27, 1931, in Youngstown, to the late Shaffer and Elma Ireland Cormell.
He was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Church and a current member of the Sacred Heart Church, both in Youngstown. He was the founder and owner of Cormell Floors Inc. in Struthers. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus No. 274, the Youngstown Italian Mora League, and the Carpenters Union Local No. 171. He loved to read. He enjoyed outdoors and all sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ohio State football teams.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian Corso Cormell, whom he married Aug. 23, 1952; his children, James R. Cormell in Villa Rica, Ga., Deborah A. Cormell in Struthers, Charles (Debie) Cormell in Struthers and Lori M. Fiscus in Youngstown; four brothers, Shaffer Cormell in Austintown, Leland Cormell in Arizona, Quinton Cormell in Orville and David Cormell in Cincinnati; three sisters, Juanita Burgy in Austintown, Evon Hunt in Florida and Selma Bolash in Youngstown; 10 grandchildren, David (Kylee) Jones, Mary Beth Jones, Lyndsy Jones, Kathryn Jerek, Melanie Cormell, Chuck (Kristen) Cormell, Kristen Cormell, Rebecca Cormell, Mike (Cindy) Fiscus and Tom (Donielle) Fiscus; and five great-grandchildren, Alyssa Fiscus, Anthony Fiscus, Joseph Minniti II, Zachery Fiscus and Julia Jones.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Cormell was preceded in death by a brother, Laird Cormell.
Visiting hours will be on today, Nov. 13, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kirila Funeral Home Inc., 258 Poland Ave. in Struthers.
GIRARD Linda Lee Colapietro Esposito, 62, went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 11, 2012, at 8:30 a.m., surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Linda was born June 30, 1950, in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph and Betty Chismark Colapietro.
She attended Girard City schools in the class of 1969. Linda was previously employed by Superior Printing of Niles.
She was a devoted mother, sister and grandmother who always thought of others first. She enjoyed spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed games of chance, listening to music and taking care of others.
She will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her. Linda is survived by her former husband and caregiver, Louis Esposito; her children, Sheri Kramer and her husband, Mike, Jennifer Esposito and her companion, Nick Foster, both of Niles, and Kari Esposito and her companion, Zach, of Girard; her mother, Betty Chismark Swank; sisters, Gail Kovach, Darlene Vigorito, Nancy Stephenson, and Betty Jo Colapietro; a brother, Joseph Colapietro; grandchildren, Sabrina, Michael III, Abigail, Isabella, Kylee, Kenzie and Mya; and 22 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Colapietro; a stepfather, Forrest Swank; and two nephews, Brian Sullvan and Michael Colapietro.
Friends may Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Robert P. McDermott Memorial Home, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
Entombment in Crown Hill Burial Park.
LOWELLVILLE Jodi Ann Coppola, 50, entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, surrounded by her family, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Jodi was born on Feb. 3, 1962, to Joseph Jr. and Carol Ann Gadzia Coppola.
Jodi worked for the Ohio Bureau of Workmans Compensation. She also worked as a real estate agent for 15 years, most recently with Burgan Real Estate. She was a lifelong resident of Lowellville and a member of the Holy Rosary Church.
She was especially proud of being from Lowellville and vowed she would never leave the village. In her spare time, Jodi enjoyed photography and baking. She enjoyed going to the Lowellville festival every year for the food and entertainment. She especially liked the Baby Doll Dance which the festival has every year. She also loved the Canfield Fair, attending two or three days every year with her young relatives.
There is not a friend who will not willingly relate a story of something Jodi had helped them with and tell you of their mutual love for each other. She most enjoyed spending time with her entire family.
Besides her parents, Joe and Carol, Jodi leaves behind her loving companion, Lou Vari; her four children, Kate Elizabeth, and triplets, Carlina Danielle, Lily Christina, and Patrick Edward, all at home. She also leaves her brother, Joe Coppola III (Michelle) of Lowellville; her loving niece, Ally Marie Coppola; nephew Joey James Coppola; her maternal grandparents, James and Jennie Gadzia of Edinburg, Pa.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.
Jodi was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Joseph Sr. and Mary Coppola.
There will be a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville with the Rev. John Jerek celebrating the Mass for Jodi.
Friends may call today, Nov. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman. Friends may call again on Wednesday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the church, prior to Mass.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Hospice of the Valley for the wonderful care given to Jodi.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to Jodis family.
YOUNGSTOWN There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman for Frank R. Morris Sr., 76, who passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
Frank was born Sept. 26, 1936, in Youngstown, the son of Herman Luther and Mary (Byrd) Morris.
He was formerly employed at Flintkote, Republic Steel and was the owner/operator of CMS Club in Campbell.
He was a member of the Gibson Heights Church in Youngstown and a member of American Legion No. 472. He served his country in the U.S. Army tanker division stationed over seas in Lebanon and Germany. Frank was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan. He was always happy and you rarely saw him without a smile on his face.
Frank will be lovingly remembered by his wife, the former Darlene Smith, whom he married Oct. 17, 1987; three children, Larry (Patti) Morris of Campbell, Denise (Ray) Balas of Cleveland and Lisa (Brad) Moody of Youngstown; six grandchildren, Jason and Larry Morris, Raymond, Dillon and Derrick Balas and Jarod Moody; many loving nieces and nephews, especially Patrick Underwood; two sisters, Dolores (Mike) Pizzuto of Liberty and Wanda Jean Dambrogio; and his faithful dog, Puggy.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Frank R. Morris Jr.; two brothers, Ralph and Herman Morris; two sisters, Hyacinth Krepps and Genevieve West; and his brother-in-law, Don Dambrogio Sr.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at the Rossi Brothers & 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 Franks family.