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NEW SPRINGFIELD – Private services were held yesterday at the Old Springfield United Church of Christ in Petersburg, for Shirley V. Brothers, 79, who passed away at the Vibra Hospital early Wednesday morning.

Shirley was born on Feb. 1, 1934, in Struthers, a daughter of Charles R. and Pearl Rorbaugh Morjock.

She lived in the area her whole life and worked at J.C. Penney’s, Brentwood Originals, Eastern Discount and Ferguson’s Market, both in Columbiana.

She was a member of the Old Springfield United Church of Christ and enjoyed being a homemaker.

Shirley leaves her husband, Jack R. Brothers, whom she married on Sept. 22, 1951; three sons, Daniel L. (Debra) Brothers of New Middletown, Jack R. Jr. (Betty) Brothers of Salem and Jeffrey (Kim) Brothers of New Springfield; one sister, Helen Chamberlain of Boardman; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Arthur Morjock; one half brother, Charles Smith; and one sister, Vera Hamilton.

Arrangements are being handled by the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown.

Material contributions can be made to the Old Springfield United Church of Christ, 11957 Youngstown-Pittsburgh Road, Petersburg, OH 44454

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

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CAMPBELL – Prayers will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. Joseph the Provider Catholic Church, officiated by Father Michael Swierz, for Antonio Verrocchi, 81, who passed away Wednesday afternoon at the Cleveland Clinic.

Antonio was born March 3, 1932, in Sulmona, L’Aquila, Italy, the son of Domiano and Filomena Imperatore Verrocchi.

Before coming to the Campbell area in October of 1963, Antonio served in the Italian Army from 1959 until 1962. He worked as a steelworker when he came to the area.

Antonio was a member of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. Joseph the Provider Catholic Church and St. Anthony Men’s Society.

He was an avid gardener and he enjoyed making wine and homemade Italian meats.

Antonio was very proud of his Italian heritage and loved teaching his children and grandchildren the Italian culture.

Antonio leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, the former Loreta Mangiarelli, whom he married Nov. 23, 1963; a son, Anthony Verrocchi of Cincinnati; his daughters, Linda (Joseph) Reinthaler of Canfield, Anna Liptak of Boardman and Luciana (Timothy) Myers of Mineral Ridge; five grandchildren, Nicholas and Domenic Reinthaler, Daniel and Jennifer Liptak, and Aaron Myers; his three brothers, Salvatore, Mario and Armando Verrocchi; and two sisters, Iole Verrocchi and Anna Ciancarelli, all of Sulmona, Italy.

The Verrocchi family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.

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

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STRUTHERS – Edward J. “Jim” Rivalsky, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at his home.

Mr. Rivalsky was born May 26, 1930, in Struthers, a son of John and Mary (Yuhasz) Rivalsky.

Mr. Rivalsky attended Struthers High and worked at Republic Steel as a millwright, retiring in 1985 after 30 years of service. After retirement, he sold real estate for D’Amico Real Estate.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1945 until 1947 and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3538.

Mr. Rivalsky was a member of Christ Our Savior Parish at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Struthers and the United Steel Workers.

In his spare time, he enjoyed tending to his flower and vegetable gardens. He also enjoyed swimming, and taught his grandchildren how to swim. A Cleveland Indians fan, Jim loved going to watch games with his family.

His wife, the former Lucille Conti, whom he married Oct. 20, 1951, died Jan. 24, 2010.

Mr. Rivalsky is survived by two daughters, Linda (John) Terlesky of Poland and Cindy (Joseph) Muron of West Chester; son, Edward Rivalsky of Cleveland; brother, Albert Rivalsky of Campbell; and five grandchildren, Bradford, Sean, and Ross Muron, and Mike and Lauren Rivalsky.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Paul, infant James, and Charles Rivalsky; and four sisters, Mary Kopcash, Elizabeth Liptak, Katherine Simon, and Ann Hrina.

A prayer service will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial Monday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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POLAND – Richard P. Anderson, 81, passed away Thursday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Richard was born on Oct. 24, 1931, in Youngstown, the son of Carl and Clara (Perry) Anderson, and was a lifelong area resident.

A 1949 graduate of North Lima High School, Richard completed an electrician apprenticeship program at Youngstown State University.

He was a union electrician for over 40 years, working for various companies throughout the area.

Richard proudly served his country from 1951 to 1955 in the U.S. Navy, and held the position of Third Class Electronics Technician.

Richard belonged to the Bethel Lutheran Church, Allen Lodge No. 276, and Shriner’s International.

In his spare time, he enjoyed model railroading, golfing, and attending the Shaker Woods Festival.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory, his wife, Pauline, whom he married June 28, 1986; three stepsons, John and Don (Tamara) Sebest, both of Michigan and Anthony Sebest of South Carolina;  a stepdaughter, Lori (Robert) Kurta of Poland; his grandchildren, Kyle Harrison, Megan Sebest and Robert Kurta; a sister, Ruth (Andrew) Ragan of Poland; his brothers, David (Jo Ann) Anderson of Boardman and Jim (Pat) Anderson of Virginia; and his children from a previous marriage, Carla, Lori and Skip.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima with Pastor Paul Burgeson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, where the Allen Lodge 276 will hold a Masonic Service at 8 p.m., and one hour prior to the services, Monday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Lake Park Cemetery.

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

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McDONALD – Milos Drobnjak, 77, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Omni Manor.

He was born Jan. 7, 1936, in Croatia, the son of the late Stanko and Ljubica Drobnjak.

He was a member of St. Elijah Servian Orthodox Church in Warren.

Milos is survived by his son, Nikola (Savka) Drobnjak of McDonald; daughter, Jovanka (Bozo) Bogdanovic of Serbia; brother, Nikola (Mandica) Drobnjak of McDonald; four grandchildren; one niece; and one nephew.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will take place at Belmont Park Cemetery.

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

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NEW WATERFORD – Valerie R. Peddicord, 47, passed away Thursday afternoon at Salem Community Hospital.

Valerie was born on June 22, 1966, in Ocala, Fla., the daughter of Vivian (Krimmer) Pew.

A 1984 graduate of Crestview High School, she attended the Columbiana Career and Technical Center for two years.

Valerie was employed by Palusak Dental in Columbiana for 13 years as a dental assistant and was a member of the Abundant Life Fellowship in New Waterford.

In her spare time, Valerie enjoyed reading, crocheting, but most importantly, spending time with her grandchildren.

Valerie leaves to cherish her precious memory, her husband, Jeff, whom she married on June 23, 1984; her daughter, Tiffany (Jerret) Hupp of New Jersey; her son, Steven of Columbiana; her mother, Vivian (George) Carvender of Columbiana; two sisters, Joyce (Dave) Brown of North Lima and Cindy (Jim) Beckner of New Waterford; three brothers, Raymond Pew Jr., John Pew of Saginaw, Texas and Wayne (Christal) Bonsall of Columbiana; her granddaughters, Maria Hupp and Addia Peddicord; and many extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cecil.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana.

There will be no services.

Material contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

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

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RICHLANDS, N.C. – MaryBeth Bergsten, 59, passed away on Monday, Aug. 5.

She was the daughter of Mario and Elsie Klupik Constantine. She was born in Youngstown on Nov. 15, 1953.

Marybeth was a 1972 graduate of Ursuline High School in Youngstown.

She married Robert L. Bergsten Jr. on May 26, 1978, and relocated to Andover, Conn., where she spent most of her life with her family. Two years ago she moved to Richlands to care for her mother-in-law.

She graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a computer science degree and was employed for many years at Pratt and Whitney/United Technologies in East Hartford, Conn.

She leaves behind to cherish her loving memories, her husband of 35 years, Robert of Richlands; three children, Andrew Bergsten (fiancé Sarah Cooper) of Glastonbury, Conn., Alisa (Will) Pegram of Holly Ridge, N.C. and Amanda Bergsten of Andover; and two grandchildren, Jonah and Areannah Erazo.

She leaves also two brothers, Bruce (Nancy Marzo) Constantine of Lake Milton and Michael (Nancy Kane) Constantine of Ft. Meyers, Fla. and three sisters, Elise Antoinette (Barry) Robbins of Bradenton, Fla., Paula Kacir of Lowellville and Margaret (David) Bentz of Youngstown. MaryBeth will also be missed by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

The Bergsten family would like to thank the Griffin/Lanier family and Pegram/Whatley family for their love and support during this difficult time.

A private family service will be conducted by Mr. James Warren, on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2013, on Topsail Island, N.C. There will be a memorial service held at the First Congregational Church of Andover at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in MaryBeth’s name to the BACH program in care of Boston Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home in Richlands.

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GIRARD – There will be services at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman for Evelyn Mae Chamberlain, 79, who passed away Thursday morning at Trumbull Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

Mrs. Chamberlain was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Youngstown, a daughter of Marvin and Evelyn Lambert McNeish.

A 1951 East High School graduate, Evelyn worked at General Fireproofing Company and A & P Grocers.

She was a founding member of the Alzheimer’s Referral Network. Evelyn was an avid fan of her grandchildren’s Boardman School sports teams. In her leisure she enjoyed cheering for her favorite NASCAR driver, Jimmie Johnson. She was fortunate to have many friends for Friday Lunches and evening card games.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Donald E. Chamberlain whom she married Nov. 23, 1957, at the Christ Church Presbyterian, where she was an active member for many years, helping to found the church library.

Evelyn will be sadly missed by her two daughters and their families, Susan Downie, her husband, Brad and children, Austin, Alexis, and Ashlynn all of Boardman and Linda Chamberlain, her friend, Hank Darlington and children, Max and Owen King, all of Wilmington, Vt.; and her sisters, Mary Lee Glowacky and Paulette Gothard.

Another sister, Louise Bosela preceded her in death.

Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Drive, Boardman, OH 44512.

Arrangements are by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel.

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

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NEW CASTLE, PA. – Services celebrating the life of John R. Shafer will be held in New Castle on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home, 3000 Wilmington Road. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. with services at noon.

John was born Aug. 7, 1934, in Pittsburgh, and as a young boy moved to Slippery Rock, where he began his schooling in a one-room schoolhouse.

Upon moving to Grove City, John played for the high school basketball team. He graduated from Grove City High School, Slippery Rock University, and earned his master’s degree and administrative degrees at the University of Akron.

John began his career as a chemistry teacher at New Castle High School, working summers as a chemist for American Cyanamid. He later became an educational leader as principal at Meadville High School, Mohawk High School, North Hills High School, and Peters Township High School. His understanding of teaching and learning combined with a sense of humor allowed him to touch the lives of so many fellow educators and students.

John tremendously enjoyed reading, traveling, fishing, boating, and spending time with his family and friends.

He was a loving and dedicated father. His middle name, Reichwine, translates as “powerful friend” and indeed that is what he was to so many.

A Pittsburgh boy at heart, he loved the city, its museums, restaurants, theaters, and warehouse district. He was known to be the most faithful Pittsburgh Steelers fan, even when he later moved to Pompano Beach, Fla.

John is survived by his son, David (Jennifer) Shafer of Sarasota, Fla.; his daughter, Anne Shafer of Mentor; former spouse, Shirley Shafer of Boardman; two sisters, Joan Chesin of Atlanta and Margaret Marshall of Savannah, Ga.; as well as three step daughters; four nieces; and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Dotterweich Shafer; his father, John Shafer Sr.; and his wife, Jessie Stevenson Shafer.

Pease visit www.decarbofuneralhome.com to give online condolences to the family.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Metro Assembly of God, 2356 South Ave., Youngstown, for Mrs. Mabel Barnett, 95, who crossed over to be with Jesus on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Park Vista Retirement Home, surrounded by her family and friends.

Mrs. Barnett, also known as “Maybell,” was born Oct. 5, 1917, in Girard, a daughter of Bert and Leona Jackson Huffman.

She had been employed as an aide with Trumbull Memorial Hospital, retiring after 18 years of service. She was an active member of the Metro Assembly of God, where she was lovingly known as “Mother Barnett.” She loved helping others, and enjoyed shopping, bingo and watching TV, especially baseball, and of course, her favorite team was the Cleveland Indians.

She leaves to forever cherish her memory, three daughters, Barbara Aziz, Willa Pleasant and Joan Primm, all of Youngstown; a loving sister, Helen L. Jackson of Youngstown; sister-in-law, Ora Womack of Cleveland; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; eight great-great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, George Womack and Alfred Huffman; a sister, Juanita Saunders; son-in-law, Henry Primm; and a grandson, Darryl Terry.

The family would like to thank Park Vista and Hospice of the Valley for their wonderful end of life care.

Friends may call Monday, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

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

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MARIETTA, GA. – Mrs. LV Mitchell, 99, formerly of Youngstown, departed this life peacefully at home on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

While in Youngstown, she was an active and faithful member of St. Andrewes AME Church for over 50 years. Mrs. Mitchell served as President of the Ladies Auxiliary of Donald Lockett VFW Post 6488, and President of The Mahoning County VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Mitchell possessed a magnetic, charismatic personality that captured everyone. If you were fortunate to meet and talk with her, you would soon learn that it could very easily become one of the “highlights” of your life that you would not forget. Her kindness and her whole being was a treasure to behold by all who were fortunate to know and love her. She encouraged everyone to hold tight to your dreams and to trust in God, for God is there for everyone.

LV was preceded in death by her husband, Grant Mitchell; daughters Roberta Parker and Beverly Ellis; grandson Willie Parker Jr.; granddaughter Debra Parker; brother John (Jack) Sharpe; and sister Lula M. Parrish.

She leaves to mourn, her son, Joe Pettaway Jr. (Bettye Ann) of Phenix City, Ala.; daughter Betty Marshall (Harvey) of Marietta, Ga.; one sister, Mrs. Clementine Gillum of Cleveland; six grandchildren, Yvonne Howell and Cheryl Pete, both of Youngstown, Ron Pettaway (Wanda) of Newnan, Ga., Adrian Ellis of Acworth, Ga., and Melanie Brooks of Nashville, Tenn.; 10 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Greenhaven Cemetery in Canfield on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lawrence Thompson officiating.

Arrangements by the L.E. Black Phillips & Holden in Youngstown.

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