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YOUNGSTOWN – Prayers will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel, followed by funeral services at 10:30 a.m. at the Christ Church Presbyterian for Caryl Martha Wynne, 83, of the city’s Westside, who passed away Monday afternoon, Aug. 19, 2013, at Hospice House, surrounded by her family, following a brief illness.

Caryl was born Jan. 8, 1930, a daughter of the late Winfred and Martha (Forsyth) Schwab.

Caryl married William (Scotty) Wynne on March 30, 1962, recently celebrating 51 years of marriage.

Caryl graduated first in her class from Struthers High School in 1948. Following high school, she attended University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelors in Nursing. She worked in hospitals across the United States, including Ann Arbor, Mich., San Francisco and Boston. She then ended her nursing career at Southside Hospital in Youngstown, where she served as both the head nurse of pediatrics as well as assistant head nurse on a medical/surgical floor.

She was a long time member of the Christ Church Presbyterian, where she served on numerous committees and clubs, including Sarah Ester Circle, Lydia Circle, Couples Club and Bible Study. She was also an active member of the Binky Patrol, Knit Wits, Red Hat Society, Music Club, Garden Club and University of Michigan local alumni chapter.

After having children, Caryl dedicated her life to raising her two daughters, and retired from nursing in 1966.

Judy (Rick) Neff of Cincinnati and Patty (Brian) Frank of Hudson were blessed to have the benefit of their mother’s time and talents during their years growing up on the Westside of Youngstown. Caryl also enjoyed her role as grandma to her five grandchildren, Henry and Tyson Neff, and Camden, Peyton and Addison Frank. She was a loving sister to Phyllis (Ed) Grisa of Struthers.

Caryl will be remembered as an amazing baker, where pies were her specialty. She loved knitting, crocheting and other crafts, as hundreds of her handmade-knitted Christmas stockings are hung on mantles every year.

She also enjoyed reading, golfing, walking and playing cards.

She was preceded in death by her in-laws, John and Bridget Wynne, and her brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Jane Wynne.

Family and friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in Caryl’s name to either Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512 or to the Christ Church Presbyterian Women’s Organization, 1933 Canfield Road, Youngstown, OH 44511.

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

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COLUMBUS – Grace Virginia Katzenmeyer, 87, passed away on Aug. 16, at Riverside Methodist Hospital, after a mercifully brief illness.

Grace was the quintessential casserole-cooking 50s and 60s mom. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School. She met the love of her life, Phil, and they were married for 59 years, until he passed away in 2006.

Grace spent most of her life in Youngstown, where she raised two sons, John (Lynn) of Delafield, Wis. and Tom (Mary), who lives in Columbus. In Youngstown, she was very active in the community, Republican politics (one son strayed dramatically from this), the garden club, the PTA, and the library. She was the president of the PTA, much to the chagrin of her younger son, Tom, who was a high school senior at the time.

She was a sports fan, too. Her teams were the Steelers, the Buckeyes, the Georgia Bulldogs, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Together they attended multiple football games each year. She was known for her annual Super Bowl party. There were bowling balls, golf clubs, and tennis rackets in every closet.

Grace was particularly proud of her four grandchildren, James of St. Francis, Wis., David and his wife, Carrie of Stillwater, Minn., Patrick of Columbus, and Anne of Atlanta. Grace was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her first great-grandson in November.

Phil and Grace were fortunate to live in retirement for 28 years on the par three 7th hole on Course Number Three at Pinehurst Country Club, where an occasional ball would come crashing through their window. She continued her civic involvement in Pinehurst, notably with the local library. She had a life-long love of libraries.

Grace spent her final years at First Community Village in Columbus.

Grace’s ashes will be scattered at a private family ceremony, joining Phil’s, in the rose garden at The Village Chapel in Pinehurst in North Carolina.

The family has asked, instead of flowers, that contributions be made to any of the following charities, the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation for their current capital campaign, 96 South Grant Ave., Columbus, OH 43215, Attn. Donna Zuiderweg, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (www.foodbankcenc.org), or Operation Christmas Child (these donations should be in check form addressed to the “Village Chapel” with a note on the memo line “Grace Katzenmeyer, Operation Christmas Child,” Village Chapel, 10 Azalea Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.)

The family would like to thank the caregivers at First Community Village and Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Arrangements by the Schoedinger Midtown Chapel in Columbus.

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

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NILES – A get-together will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. at the East Side Civics on South Avenue in Youngstown. Virginia “Ginger” Baker-Sanford, 53, passed away Thursday morning, Aug. 15, peacefully in her sleep.

Virginia was born on May 18, 1960, in Wichita Falls, Texas, a daughter of the late William and Gail Russell.

She leaves behind her children, Andrew Baker and Danielle Diamantes; three grandchildren, Norah, Jonathan and Emma; along with two brothers, Bill “Scooter” (Renee) Russell and Glenn (Yvonne) Russell.

She will be greatly missed by those that knew and loved her.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Gloria Flannery Crofford, 92, passed away quietly on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, after a prolonged illness. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Church, celebrated by the Reverend James A. Clarke.

Gloria was born in Youngstown on July 6, 1921, to Martin and Margaret Noble Flannery.

Gloria, a lifetime resident of the Valley, attended St. Ann School in Youngstown and Ursuline High School, where she graduated in 1939. Upon graduation, she attended Notre Dame de Namur in Washington, D.C. for a year long secretarial program and graduated in 1940. Gloria returned home to take up the position of secretary to the Chief Metallurgist at Republic Steel in Warren. It was at Republic Steel where Gloria met her husband of 48 years, Robert S. Crofford.

Gloria and Bob were married on Oct. 12, 1946, at St. Ann Church in Youngstown. Bob and Gloria raised their six children on the north side of Youngstown. Bob passed away Jan. 10, 1995.

Gloria was employed at J.C. Penny in the Liberty Plaza. She then was employed as an Admitting Officer at North Side Hospital for 17 years.

Gloria was a long time member of St. Edward Parish and belonged to the St. Edward Prayer Group. When her children attended Ursuline High School, Gloria was secretary of the Parent Teachers Association. Gloria lived at The Inn at Christine Valley from 2007 until recent months. Gloria enjoyed playing cards and mingling with her friends at The Inn.

She leaves to cherish her memory, daughter, Kathleen (Donald) Bouquet of Liberty; and four sons, Martin (Lori) Crofford of Liberty, Jerry (Elaine) Crofford of Glen Gardner, N.J., Chuck (Jeanne) Crofford of Akron and John (Patty) Crofford of North Canton.

Her oldest son, Bob M. Crofford, passed away on March 31, 2000, and his wife, Paula, is deceased.

Gloria also leaves 17 grandchildren, Greg (Heather) Crofford, Susan (Nathan) Jones, Megan Crofford, Erin Bouquet, Liam Bouquet, Elizabeth (Tim) Hall, Todd (Angela) Crofford, Allison Crofford, Patrick (Mary) Crofford, Katie (Jason) Eck, Colleen Crofford, Sean Crofford, Michael Crofford, Kevin Crofford, Chelsea Crofford, Jessica Crofford and Andrew Crofford. There are 14 great-grandchildren. Gloria also leaves two sisters, Grace (Frank) Gallagher of Youngstown and Margene (Paul) Chambers of Canfield. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m. today, at St. Edward Church, 240 Tod Lane, Youngstown and the family and friends will gather Thursday morning at 11 a.m. for the funeral Mass.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Briarfield Manor for the loving care they gave Gloria the past four months, as well as the staff of The Inn at Christine Valley, where Gloria lived for almost six years. A sincere heartfelt thanks goes to Kevin McGuire for all that he did over these years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to MVI Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505 or Ursuline High School, 750 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.

Arrangements by the McCauley Funeral Home, serving the Valley for more than 111 years!

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YOUNGSTOWN – There will be graveside services on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Lake Park Cemetery, 1459 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, for Elizabeth “Betty” Stewart, 86, who died Monday evening, Aug. 19, 2013, at Park Vista Retirement Community.

Betty was born June 19, 1927, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late David P. and Christina (Murray) Stewart, and lived her entire life in the Youngstown area.

She was a school teacher with the Youngstown Board of Education, teaching at Scienceville and Jackson Elementary Schools for 34 years, retiring in 1983.

Betty was a member of the Heritage Presbyterian Church and was a former member of the Brownlee Woods Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and a Deacon.

She was a member of the Beta Pi, chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. Betty loved music, playing the violin and knitting.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents.

There are no calling hours.

Material tributes may take the form of contributions to the Heritage Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Fund, 1951 Matthews Road, Poland, OH 44514 in memory of Betty.

Please visit www.Thompsonfh1932.com to view this notice and send condolences.

Arrangements are being handled by the Thompson Funeral Home in Boardman.

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POLAND – Ellen “Gert” Friend, 85, soon to be 86 on Aug. 28, passed away peacefully with her devoted husband at her side on Aug. 19, 2013.

Ellen affectionately known as “Gert,” was born Aug. 28, 1927, a daughter of David M. and Cathrine Hone Williams.

A 1945 graduate of South High School, Gert received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Mount Union College in 1949, where she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority.

Gert married Howard B. “Howdy” Friend on June 17, 1950, and recently celebrated 63 years together.

Gert began her teaching career in the city of Youngstown. After raising her three children, Gert returned to teaching in Poland, Boardman, and Canfield School Districts. Her passion was teaching children with special needs.

Gert was a member of the Mahoning County Retired Teachers Association as well as the Ohio Education Association. She was a member of the Poland Junior Women’s Club and many bridge clubs which she loved very much. Along with her husband, Howdy, Gert was a member of the Youngstown YMCA, Four Square Club, Carnival Dance Club, Groupee, and Therapy Group.

Gert was a friend to all and a stranger to none. She was many things to many people, teacher, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and bridge buddy. To Howdy, her husband, she was “Gert,” to her sons, “Gertie,” to her daughter she was “Mom,” to her grandchildren, she was either “Mimi” or “Gy,” (her license plate was “Mimi-GY”) to her bridge buddies she was “Ellie,” and to everybody else she was a friend. She had much love for everybody and quick to give a hug. She was a little lady with a big heart.

Without question her greatest pleasures of life were being with family and especially grandchildren. The family has attended Camp Fitch together for many years. Howdy and Gert met at Camp Fitch in 1946 after his return from World War II.

Gert is survived by her husband, Howard B. “Howdy” Friend; her two sons, Howard T. (Cathi) Friend of Lisbon and David Scott (Susan) Friend of Okemos, Mich.; daughter, Judith (Craig) Sheetz of Houston; sister; Marilyn (Gene) Jacobson of Rochester, Mich.; brother, Thomas (Mollie) Williams of Poland; four granddaughters, Alison Friend of Columbus, Megan (Drew) Englert of Arlington, Va., Sarah (Dennis Gilligan) Friend of Lexington, Ky., and Amy Sheetz of Arlington; five grandsons, Chris (Julie) Friend of Columbus, Marc (Meghan) Friend of Indianapolis, Matt Friend of Madison, Wis., Tim (Hollie) Sheetz of Yukon, Okla., and David Friend Sheetz of Fort Worth, Texas; and one great-granddaughter, Molly Friend. Gert also leaves many nieces, nephews, and special family friends, Ken and Paula Ekis and family and Tom and Holly Fender and family.

Besides her parents, Gert was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Gene Jacobson.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Poland United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Grant officiating.

Friends will be received Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, Gert’s family requests that memorial tributes take the form of a contribution made in Gert’s name to the 2014 Camp Fitch Capital Campaign c/o Camp Fitch North Springfield, PA 16430 or to the Poland United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 1940 Boardman-Poland Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – John Nick Molinaro, 93, passed away Aug. 14, 2013.

John, also known as Nick, was born Jan. 6, 1918, in Youngstown, a son of the late Duilio and Enes Molinaro.

He served 35 years in government service. Ten years were with the military as a B-29 Pilot during World War II, and 25 years as Civilian Quality Control Representative for Defense Supply Agency. After the war’s end, he volunteered to join a B-29 Photo Reconnaissance Unit in Alaska, where he spent another three years. During his service in Alaska he was granted a commercial pilot license by the Civil Aeronautics Administration, which he never pursued as a occupation. His employment covered duties in Youngstown, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. He was an avid bridge player and a member of the Canfield Bridge Club.

He leaves a brother, Forest Molinaro of Austintown; a sister, Marie Zimmerman of Fairfield; and 12 nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ninfa Ruane and Norma Summers; and a brother, Albert Molinaro.

Family and friends may call Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

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HUBBARD – Dr. Robert W. Price, 100, a long time dentist in Hubbard, died at his home in Liberty Township on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, after a long illness.

He was born on June 25, 1913, in Youngstown, grew up on its Northside and graduated from The Rayen School, Ohio State University and its Dental School.

He served in the Army Dental Corps during World War II and afterwards began his dental practice in 1946 on West Liberty Street in Hubbard. He practiced there for 37 years until he retired in 1982.

He was a charter member of the Hubbard Rotary Club and was active until his retirement.

He was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hubbard, where he served as an Elder.

On July 22, 1943, he married Edna Woods of Sharon, Pa., and were married for over 50 years until her death in 1998.

In June he celebrated his 100th birthday with his family and friends.

He is survived by his two sons, William (Janice) of Fairfax, Va. and Ralph (Betty) of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and three granddaughters, Katie of London, England, Christie of Fort Worth, Texas and Julie of New York City.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home with calling hours one hour prior, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Dr. Price will be laid to rest at Haywood Cemetery in West Middlesex, Pa.

The family requests that donations be made in his name to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers or other gifts.

Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home’s website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.

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CINCINNATI – Irene A. Allen, 93, lived most of her life in Hubbard until moving to Cincinnati in 2000, died Friday afternoon, Aug. 16, 2013, at Anderson Nursing Home in Cincinnati.

Irene was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Mary Orlovsky Slavik.

Mrs. Allen was a teacher’s assistant for Fairhaven School for 19 years, retiring in 1982 and enjoying summers at Billow Beach on Lake Erie.

She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Hubbard, the first president of the Hubbard Conservation Club Ladies Auxiliary, and was a past president of Fairhaven School Mothers Club. Irene also enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, bingo or any game with the potential for profit!

Her husband, former Mayor of Hubbard, W. Robert “Bob” Allen, whom she married Aug. 11, 1943, died Aug. 6, 1996. Her son, Bill A. Allen, died June 13, 2007.

She leaves a daughter, Marijane (Thomas) Olenick of Cincinnati; a sister, Edna Mae Bresnahan of Hubbard; two grandchildren, Christopher Olenick and Cindy Lyons of Cincinnati; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Albert Slavik; and two sisters, Agnes Stone and Margaret Senvissky.

Family and friends may call on Saturday, one and one half hours prior to the service from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Church.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.

The family requests that contributions may be made to Shrine of Saint Jude, 1909 South Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60608.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for Reginald Burt, 61, who departed this life Aug. 15, 2013.

Mr. Burt was born Sept. 5, 1951, in Alexander City, Ala., a son of Lendsey and Lessie Harrell Burt.

He was a graduate of East High School and had been employed by General Motors Lordstown. He was skilled in automotive and home repair. He enjoyed fishing, drag racing, watching NASCAR and golf.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother; two brothers, Rodney (Sally) Burt of Los Angeles and Ricky (Jackie) Burt of Youngstown; three sisters, Renae Rozenblad, Rita Clark and Rhonda Burt, all of Youngstown; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held at noon on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the Third Baptist Church in Youngstown for William Adger, 81, who entered into eternal rest Saturday morning at Campus Health Care Center.

“Willie” or “Billy,” as he was affectionately known, was born Oct. 30, 1931, in Youngstown, a son of Levester and Wilhelmina Bryant Adger.

He left school to support his family and joined the U.S. Air Force, serving as a welder during the Korean War. He returned home and worked at Wean United, McDonald Welding, Fab Art and other mills until forced to retire due to a heart attack in 2000. He also worked for J.C. Penney in the Southern Park Mall.

He married the love of his life, Geraldine Jackson, on Nov. 30, 1957, in a service officiated by the late Rev. S. S. Booker. They remained united until her death in 2001.

He leaves to cherish his memory, daughters, Stacey and Michelle, at home, Christine (Quintin) Flanagan of Austintown and Lori of Memphis, Tenn.; sisters, Nadine (late Melvin) Parker, Wilma (late Arnett) Mullens, Thelma and Caroline Brown; brothers, Alan and David Brown, all of Youngstown; a brother-in-law, Ronald C. Jackson of Cincinnati; and his beloved grandchildren, Ryon, Kiya and Keon Flanagan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Henderson.

Calling hours will be one hour prior to the service. A special military service will be held at Belmont Park Cemetery immediately following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Network, 4214 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512 or the American Heart Association, 840 Southwestern Run, Youngstown, OH 44512.

The family thanks all present and former Campus Health Care Center staff for the care and love shown to William during his stay.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Boardman to celebrate the life of Brian Lee Bjorson, who went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at his home in Colorado Springs.

Brian was born May 1, 1954, in Youngstown, the youngest son of William and Arlene Burkman Bjorson, and moved to Canfield in 1959.

He was an active member of the Bethel Lutheran Church, and grew up in the church.

Brian graduated from Canfield High School in 1972, where he was very active and a three year letterman in football, basketball, and track.

He graduated from Wittenberg University in 1976, with a degree in Business Administration and played football for three years as the kicker. They were NCAA National Champions in 1975.

The majority of Brian’s business career was in retail property management with the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., the Reef Corp., and the Axis Corp. while living in both Florida and Colorado.

He married Robin Holland on July 31, 1979, and they had three children.

Always with a smile, he enjoyed the outdoors while spending time with his family, camping, traveling, and playing golf and tennis. Brian was able to be in Canfield in July to visit with his family.

He will be sadly missed by everyone he leaves, his parents of Canfield; his former wife of Florida; his son, Kristofer of Colorado Springs; his daughter, Laura (Ryder) Curry; and his grandchildren, Brayden and Alyssa Curry, all of Panama City, Fla.; his brothers, David (Nancy) of Pensacola, Fla. and Jeffrey of Canfield; and his six nieces and nephews.

Brian was preceded in death by his daughter, Jennifer Lee Bjorson.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service at church.

Memorial gifts may be made to either the Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Drive, Boardman, OH 44512 or to the American Cancer Society, 525 North Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel.

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

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“Together Again”

STRUTHERS – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at Christ Our Savior Parish (St. Nicholas Church) in Struthers at noon for Joan Avritt, 93, who died at home Saturday night.

Joan was born April 20, 1920, in Leetonia, a daughter of Matthew and Lucy Giambattista.

She married John T. Avritt on June 1, 1946, and was a member of Christ Our Savior Parish (St. Nicholas Church).

Joan leaves a son, John (Mary Ellen) Avritt from Houston; a daughter, Bonnie (Jim) Gillis of Houston; a daughter-in-law, Marilou Avritt of Southington; two brothers, Alex (Margie) Giambattista of Youngstown and Michael (Anita) Giambattista of Boardman; one sister, Grace Ferenchak of Youngstown; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, who died Dec. 2, 2008; a son, Tom who died in May of 2011; two brothers, Tony and Gabe Giambattista; and a sister, Kay Paul.

The family requests that material tributes in Joan’s name be made to the Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley, 962 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Youngstown, OH, 44510.

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

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – There will be services held at noon on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for William L. “Bill” Kohn, 65, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center surrounded by his family.

William was born Oct. 2, 1947, in Youngstown, a son of Homer W. and Georgia R. Robinette Kohn.

He was a mechanic for G.E. in Warren for 32 years before retiring in 2003.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, chess, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren and his pets.

William was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War and was a Spec. 5 Sharpshooter, and was a member of VFW post 3307 Albert Street Youngstown, where he was a past Commander for 15 years. He also enjoyed participating in the parades with the VFW. He also was a former Boy Scout Leader in Hubbard.

He is survived by his wife, the former Maeouida M. Stroney, whom he married July 15, 1978; his son, Homer F. Kohn of Youngstown; his daughter, Maeouida (Nathan) Barrickman of Fowler; a daughter to a former marriage, Theresa Rhinehart of South Carolina; and 10 grandchildren.

He also leaves his sister, Nancy M. Jarvis of Liberty Township and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Stephanie Kohn and brother-in-law, Harold “Snooky” Jarvis.

There will be calling hours on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, two hours prior to the service, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

William will be laid to rest at North Jackson Cemetery.

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

Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.

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AUSTINTOWN – Prayers will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the Fox Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, celebrated by Fr. Edward Noga for Elizabeth Jane Booth, 90, who passed away peacefully on Aug. 18, 2013, at Clare Bridge Senior Living of Austintown.

Elizabeth was born in Youngstown on Feb. 14, 1923, the daughter of the late Catherine Mary and Francis Michael Smith.

She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Youngstown. Elizabeth was formerly a member of Saint Patrick’s Parish in Youngstown and later a member of Saint Michael’s in New Castle, Pa.

On July 7, 1945, Elizabeth married the love of her life, Joseph Grant Booth. They were married for 48 years and together they devoted themselves to raising nine children.

Elizabeth was employed at Windsor House Nursing Home in Youngstown. Starting out in 1971 as a part-time cook, she eventually became Nutrition Services Coordinator. Elizabeth thoroughly enjoyed her work and career with the Windsor House Company and after more than 30 years of service, she retired at the age of 80.

Elizabeth, or Betty as she was known to her friends and family, was an avid reader all her life and always had a book nearby. She was a chocolate lover and took great pleasure in giving, receiving and sharing chocolate with those she loved! Above all else, Elizabeth was a devoted wife and mother, who at all times put her family first. There was nothing she enjoyed more than being surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and hosted family dinners every Sunday for all her children and grandkids. She gave unselfishly of herself and her family will forever treasure the love, devotion and support she gave to each of them throughout her life.

Her husband, Joseph, preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 1993.

Also preceding her in death are a brother, Thomas Francis; her three sisters, Mary Broll, Patricia Jones and Jean Burke; her granddaughter, Melissa Booth; and her grandson, Tommy Booth. She was also preceded in death by a step grandson, Dylan Crump.

Elizabeth is survived by her children, Karen (Edward) Fitzpatrick of Poland, Joseph (Kris) Booth of McDonald, Daniel (Carol) Booth of Youngstown, Donna (Skip) Papa of Waterford, Pa., Thomas (Stacey) Booth of Volant, Pa., William (Melissa) Booth of Poland, Mark (Cynthia) Booth of Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla., Jean (Doug) Ferrante of Dacula, Ga. and Richard (fiance Mary Crump) Booth of Youngstown.

She is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Brad Fitzpatrick, Joe (Missy) Booth, Ricky Booth, Neale (Amanda) Booth, Elizabeth Papa, Jason (Julianne) Papa, Kevin Papa, Kaity Booth, PJ Booth, Cortny Booth, Spencer Booth, Vincent Booth, Jake Booth, Isabella Booth, Natasha Ferrante, Ashley (Jacob) Mullinax and Alex Ferrante and also step grandson, Ed Crump.

“Great-grandma” will always be in the hearts of her great-grandchildren, Michael Fitzpatrick, Tara (Joe) Ragozine, Joey Booth, Ryan Booth, Anna Booth, Olivia Booth and Neveah Booth and her great-great-granddaughter, Kayleigh.

“Elizabeth’s family would like to express our appreciation to the staff at Clare Bridge of Austintown for the compassionate care they provided. A special thanks also to Crossroads Hospice of Northeast Ohio for helping us through a most difficult time.”

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

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MELBOURNE, FLA. – Larry Lee Jayne, 67, passed away Aug. 17, 2013.

He was born on Oct. 5, 1945, in Struthers, a son of the late W. Dale and Betty Jayne.

He graduated from Struthers High School in 1963, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served for 25 years. He retired in 1991 as a Senior Master Sgt. and went back to the Air Force as a Civil Servant for 15 additional years.

Larry married Joan Latham of Ipswich, England, Dec. 19, 1964.

He leaves behind his wife, Joan; daughters, Kim Wire and Heather VanSickle; granddaughter, Elizabeth Wire; brother, Ron Jayne; and sister, Janet Sandy.

He has reunited with his parents and his beloved son, Larry Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 21, 2013, at the Florida Memorial Funeral Home, in Rockledge, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to a veterans organization of your choice.

Visit www.dignitymemorial.com to leave condolences in Larry’s online guestbook.

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