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“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be services at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman, for Betty J. Young, 96, who died Sunday morning at Park Vista Retirement Community.

She was born Aug. 7, 1916, in Youngstown, a daughter of Rudolf and Elizabeth A. Gething Veith.

Betty was a homemaker and had been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for many years. She was a 1934 graduate of South High School.

Betty was a former member of the Brownlee Woods Presbyterian Church and a current member of the Heritage Presbyterian Church. She was a 50 year and life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as Worthy Matron in 1959 and as Grand Ada in 1964. She was also a member of the White Shrine. Betty enjoyed playing cards and bingo, knitting and taking bus trips. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and attending her family reunions.

Her husband, John A. “Archy” Young, whom she married Sept. 4, 1942, died Jan. 25, 1981.

Betty is survived by her sisters, Naomi V. Garver of Columbus and Vivian L. Cook of Struthers and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Orrilla Schuller and Esther Zarbaugh; and her brothers, Paul H. Veith, William H. Joerndt and Carl R. Joerndt.

Betty’s family wishes to thank all at Park Vista and Hospice Senior Independence for Betty’s wonderful care. Thanks also to Carole Price for all her cards and inspirational notes.

Friends may call from 1 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be given to Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1951 Mathews Road, Youngstown, OH 44512 or to Park Vista Retirement Community, 1216 Fifth Ave. Youngstown, OH 44504.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will take place Wednesday at noon at the Kubina-Yuhasz-Wasko Funeral Home in Boardman for Emil J. Dzuray Sr., 75, who died Saturday, Feb. 16, at St. Elizabeth Health Center on Belmont Avenue.

Emil was born in Youngstown on April 27, 1937, a son of Michael and Mary Garcar Dzuray.

A 1955 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, he also served in the U.S. Army.

He was a supervisor at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich. and then worked security at the Delphi plant in Warren.

He was a member of Sokols and an avid model train collector.

Emil was preceded in death by both his parents; his wife, the former JoAnn Nespeca, whom he married in 1965 and who died April 27, 1993; his brother, Michael Dzuray; and his sister, Mary Vergallito.

He is sadly missed by his four children, Richard Dzuray of Boardman, Mary (Paul) Bires of Austintown, Emil (Jodi) J. Dzuray Jr. of Columbia, Md. and JoAnn (Greg) Lewis, also of Columbia; his nine grandchildren; and his two great-granddaughters.

Friends and family may call at the Kubina-Yuhasz-Wasko Funeral Home on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, prior to services.

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AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services were held yesterday at noon at the Schiavone Funeral Home for Eleanor L. Staffrey, 80, who died Friday afternoon at Omni Manor.

Eleanor was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Youngstown, a daughter of George Stephenson and Eva Woods.

She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and crocheting items for family and friends. She was a member of the Idaho Road Alliance Church.

She is survived by her children, Leonard N. (Sharyn) Staffrey Jr. and Karen (Robert) Hermes, both of Canfield, Gary C. (Chris) Staffrey of North Jackson and Daniel Staffrey of Madison, Wis.; grandchildren, Theresa, Kimberly, Lennie, Angela, Kristen, Jaime, Brenda, and Anthony; great-grandchildren Dante, Donovan, Alaina, Natelle, Alyssa, Ava, Veronica, Dominic, Anthony, Aliva, Trish, and Debbie; a sister, Harriett Roth; and four step great-grandchildren in Savannah, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leonard N. Staffrey Sr., whom she married Aug. 30, 1951, and died Aug. 12, 1994; and a grandson, Daniel Staffrey Jr.

A special thanks to the staff of Omni Manor and Hospice of the Valley for their loving care given to Eleanor during her confinement.

Contributions can be made in her name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

Please visit www.schiavonefh.com to share condolences with the family.

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AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman for Anna Mae Naples, 90, who passed away peacefully Monday morning.

Anna was born Jan. 24, 1923, in Youngstown, a daughter of Frank and Agnes Reape Coyle.

She was a Woodrow Wilson High School graduate and worked as a telephone operator for Ohio Bell.

Anna loved to play bridge and was a member of St. Joseph church in Austintown. Her biggest joy in life was spending time with her family.

Her husband, Victor J. Naples, whom she married Feb. 6, 1954, passed away Aug. 26, 2011.

She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Debbie (Jim) Calcagni of Canfield, Dr. Robert (Donna) Naples Sr. of Warren, John (Robert Farraglia) Naples of Youngstown and Karen (Rich) Ames of Cortland; eight grandchildren, Dr. Chris Calcagni, Dr. Robert (Holly) Naples Jr., Angie (Jimmy) Carchedi, Krystal Naples, Tommy Naples, Tyler Ames, Kyle Ames and Dominic Naples; three great-grandchildren, Lucia Naples, Sophie Naples and Angelo Carchedi.

Besides her husband, Anna was preceded in death by three brothers, Frank, Jack and James Coyle and two sisters, Kathleen and Eileen Coyle.

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

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and to send condolences.

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HUBBARD – There will be services at noon on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church of Hubbard for Charles D. Koebel, 67, who passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at home.

Charles was born on Nov. 22, 1945, in Hubbard, a son of George D. and Vivian M. Chittle Koebel.

He graduated from Youngstown State University with an Associate Degree in Business.

He was a supervisor for 35 years at General Motors in Lordstown, retiring in 2005 and later was a part time driver for Greenwood’s Hubbard Chevrolet.

Charles was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hubbard and was very active on many committees and most recently as a trustee of the church.

He was very active in youth sports in Hubbard, was a coach and director of the Hubbard Community Youth League, was a high school soccer referee, volunteer driver for the Hubbard Senior Citizen’s Van and a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Hubbard.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam Era.

Charles enjoyed traveling, especially with his grandchildren, loved the beach, music, sports, woodworking and being outdoors.

He loved spending time with his family and was very close to his nieces and nephews.

He will be sadly missed by his family, his wife, the former Carolyn J. Varga, whom he married Sept. 20, 1969; his son, Jason W. (Tracy) Koebel of Austintown; his daughter, Laura J. Koebel of Kernersville, N.C.; and six grandchildren, Andrew, Taylor, Cassidy, Nicholas, Austin and Logan.

He also leaves his sisters, Josephine Baumgarner and Olive Shepherd, both of Hubbard; his brothers, George R. (Sandy) Koebel of Austintown and Fred (Lynn) Koebel of Boardman; and several nieces and nephews.

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

There will be calling hours on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home and on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, one hour prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to noon at the First United Methodist Church of Hubbard.

Charles will be laid to rest at Hubbard Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 48 Church St., Hubbard, OH 44425, to Second Harvest Food Bank, 2805 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown, OH 44509, or to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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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“Together Again”

NILES - Karola Dieck, 63, passed away peacefully at 9:48 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, on April 22, 1949, the daughter of Hans and Lana (Heittich) Hertrich and came to the United States many years ago.

A member of the Warren Bible Methodist Church, she enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, baking, cooking and caring for animals. She loved and cherished the time spent with her family and grandchildren.

Karola is survived by four children, William T. (Teresa Ward) Holbrook of Niles, Diane (Donald) Frum of Niles, Michelle (Dean Cubbin) Penn of Hubbard and Nicole (Victor) Yancar of Hubbard; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Susan Little of Niles and Mia Dieck of Warren; several stepgrandchildren; two sisters, Anita Gregg of Youngstown and Hannelore Raush of Germany; two brothers, Dieter (Lisa) Hertrich of Germany and Jeiken Hertrich of Germany and her beloved cat, Mabel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dieck, whom she married on July 26, 1982, and who passed away on March 9, 1990; parents; and brother Hans Hertrich.

Calling hours will be Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.

The funeral will be Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, where family and friends may also call one hour prior to the service. Rev. Paul Young will officiate.

Burial will be at Kerr Cemetery.

Visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to send condolences.

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 BOARDMAN –  Memorial services will  be officiated by the Rev Michael Zabel  at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman, for John Calvin Schweinsberg, 79, who passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon. 

John was born Aug. 13, 1933, in New Castle, Pa., a son of John and Irene Harry Schweinsberg. 

He was a 1951 graduate of Vermilion High School and received a B.S. in Business Administration from Youngstown State University. His career started at Youngstown Sheet and Tube in 1953, and retiring in 1985 as a supervisor, he then went to work at Leemar Steel in Cleveland from 1985 to 1988, then Sharon Steel, finally retiring after working for Tom Bode. Cal was a member of the former Pilgrim Collegiate Church, where he was the treasurer and a member of the choir. He recently became a member of the Faith Community Covenant Church. 

John enjoyed woodworking and golfing. He was an Navy veteran. 

John leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, the former Norma L. Peters, whom he married Sept. 5, 1959; three sons, Mark D. Schweinsberg of Youngstown, Todd A. (Mary) Schweinsberg of Boardman and Brian K. Schweinsberg of Youngstown; a daughter, Terry L. (James) Glidewell of Boardman; a sister, Mary Wentzel of Tucson, Ariz.; and five, grandchildren, John Beaumont, Jared Beaumont, Sarah Beaumont, Jessica Schweinsberg and Josh Schweinsberg. 

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman. 

Material tributes can be made in John’s memory to MVI  Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH  44505.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and to send condolences.

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MASURY – Bert E. Christy, 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Hospice House in Poland, following a brief illness.

He was born in Sharon, Pa. on Nov. 18, 1926, a son of Bert H. and Grace (Stevenson) Christy.    

Mr. Christy served as a Private in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was an expert with the M-1 Garand. For his service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Ribbon. Following his discharge, Bert would go on to operate as a self-employed truck driver for more than 40 years, before his retirement.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 55, American Legion Post No 299, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, the former Masury V.F.W. Post No. 8860, and also had enjoyed photography and model airplanes.

He leaves behind his brother, L. David Christy; two nieces, Cindy White and her husband, Rod and Tammy Schmidt and her husband, Rich, all of Hubbard; and by his great-nephew and great-nieces Zachary, Nicole, Kalyn, and Abby.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ruth Prowitt and Aurelia Bailey; and by a nephew, Bill Prowitt.

Funeral services be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Madasz Funeral Chapel, 6923 Warren-Sharon Road in Brookfield, with the Rev. Ray Linebaugh of the Victory Christian Center, officiating.

Friends may call one hour prior to the start of the services at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at Brookfield Township Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests contributions may be made to Hospice House, C/O Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – “Our beloved Mom, Betty Ruth Lafity Steward, went home Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center. The struggle is over.”

Betty was born Sept. 16, 1948, in Florence, Ala., a daughter of Charles and Beatrice Reynolds Lafity. She moved to Chicago in her teens.

In 1962, she married James E. Steward Sr. and from this union five children were born.

“Our Mom enjoyed Life to the fullest before she became ill.”

Betty was a homemaker, mother, and wife first until her husband died. After his death, she went back to school and obtained her G.E.D., and then went on to business college. She worked for the Illinois Department of Public Aide in Chicago for 17 years until she became ill.

Betty truly loved her family and traveled extensively from Chicago to Youngstown to spend time, enjoy and live life with them. She will be so sadly missed.

She leaves to mourn her passing, but to rejoice in her peace, her children, Gloria E. Steward, Teresa F. Steward and Karen E. (Albert) Steward Jones, all of Youngstown; stepmother Mattie Lafity; brother Charles Lafity Jr; sisters Betsy Turner and Joyce (Ricky) Lafity Ragland, all of Florence, Ala.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of loving family and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, James, who passed away in 1977, she was preceded in death by her sons, James E. Jr. “Smooth,” and Tracy M. “Baby Smooth” Steward; sisters Martha N. Sample and her husband, Giles, and Helen Lafity House and her husband, Phillip; and a brother, Gerald Lafity.

“A huge thank you to Caprice Nursing Home and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center Emergency Room, for your help, concern and support. We will be forever grateful.”

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

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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the New Life Lutheran Church for William K. Weimer, 90, who passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Omni Manor Health Care Center.

William was born on July 23, 1922, in Youngstown, a son of Fred and Helen Hawker Weimer.

He was a lineman/foreman for Ohio Edison, retiring in 1984, after 39 years of service.

William was a member of the New Life Lutheran Church and was an avid golfer.

He was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II in Africa and Italy.

His wife, the former Bernice R. Kulow, whom he married May 6, 1949, passed away Jan. 29, 1994.

He will be sadly missed by his family, his sons, Wayne W. Weimer of Girard and Wesley K. (Annette) Weimer and eight grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; and his daughter, Wendy Crown.

William will be laid to rest at Churchill Cemetery with full military honors provided by Trumbull County American Legion Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life Lutheran Church, 1181 Churchill Hubbard Road, Youngstown, OH 44505.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

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

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WILMINGTON ISLAND, GA. – Harry James Jerald, 69, born Jan. 28, 1944, died Feb. 7, 2013, at his home on Wilmington Island.

He was raised in McDonald and graduated in 1962.

He was on the Clemson football team under Coach Frank Howard, served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1966 and was in the trucking business for 45 years before his retirement in June of 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; his children, Scott (Cristy) Jerald, Stacey (Paul) Buff, Trey Kelley, and Clay (Michelle) Kelley; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a stepbrother, Frank (Dris) Toth of Canfield.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Frank Toth Sr.; mother, June Seybert Toth; father Harry O. Jerald; and stepsister, Diane Toth.

Visitation with the family was on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Strickland Funeral Home, 901 U.S. Highway 80 in Pooler, Ga.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Feb. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 51 Wilmington Island Road in Savannah, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts were sent to the American Cancer Society or to Serenity Hospice, 5719 Highway 21 South, Rincon, GA 31326.

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