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ROSWELL, GA. – Therese (Bronnimann) Marinkovich, 81, was called home on June 28, 2013, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born on April 29, 1932, in Zollikofen, Switzerland, to Frieda and Gottfried Bronnimann.

Therese came to America in 1951, where she met her husband, Momcilo Marinkovich and married him on April 15, 1960.

Her Momcili built her a house in Campbell, where they lived until his death on Dec. 23, 1989.

Therese was a wife and homemaker. In her later years, she worked as a Teacher’s Aide in the Campbell school system.

Momcilo and Therese were longtime members of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, where she enjoyed cooking with the Mother’s and Sister’s Clubs for church events.

Therese is survived by her son, Marko Marinkovich, ”her favorite child,” of Cortland and her daughter, Juliana Spaeth-Leek, “really her favorite child,” and her son-in-law, William Leek of Roswell.

While she loved being a mom, it was when her grandchildren, Brian, Lauren, Miranda, Liliana and Sean came along that “GroGro” really found her true calling. She loved taking care of her grandchildren and they loved their GroGro. She also enjoyed cooking, sewing and knitting beautiful sweaters for “her gang.”

Therese is survived by her brother, Gody (Lottie) Bronnimann (Robert, Alfred and Yvonne) and sister, Kathi (Gusti) Bannier (Sidney and Caroline) and her niece, Beatrice, all still in Switzerland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her older sister, Christine Bronnimann.

Marko and Julie want to thank all of Therese’s friends who cared for her and supported them throughout her long fight with Alzheimers. It is their fondest hope that a cure for this disease will be found.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Alzheimer’s Association.

“Vecnaja Pamjat”

Calling hours will be at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, with a church service following at 10:30 a.m.

Therese will be laid to rest next to Momcilo in Belmont Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN –  Sophia “Tillie” Tylasky,  91, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Tillie was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Youngstown,  the daughter of Andrew and Julia (Pabis) Tylasky.

She was a graduate of South High School and attended Youngstown College. Tillie was a secretary for United Steel Workers Local No. 1462 for 33 years.

She was a member of St. Columba Cathedral, St. Christine Senior Citizens, Catholic Alumni Club, and Volunteer at St. Elizabeth Health Center. She was also a member of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program, where she received Presidential Awards from President George W. Bush and most recently from President Barrack Obama, for reaching 20,000 hours volunteered.

Tillie is survived by her brother, George S. Adams of Poland and two sisters, JoAnne Kern of Austintown and Georgia Morris of Girard. She also leaves 20 nieces and nephews, along with several great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Wanda Sizemore.

There will be a funeral Mass held Tuesday, July 2, 2013,  10 a.m. at St. Columba Cathedral,  with prayers at 9:30 a.m. at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home, prior to the church Mass.

There will be calling hours Monday, July 1, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home.

Burial will take place a Calvary Cemetery.

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POLAND – Alan G. Deeley, 81, died Friday evening, June 28, 2013.

Alan was born May 21, 1932, in Youngstown, a son of the late H. Alan and Marguerite Duncan Deeley.

A graduate of Liberty High School, Alan attended Youngstown College before serving in the U.S. Navy Dental Corps during the Korean Conflict. After the war, Alan returned to the area and graduated from The Ohio State University School of Dental Technology.

Alan’s career began in his father’s dental laboratory in downtown Youngstown in 1946 as a delivery boy after school.

He spent several years as a Certified Dental Technician before beginning scientific research in 1962 in the field of treating the edentulous patient.

In 1972, he began training dentists and technicians throughout the United States and Canada. His efforts were geared towards promoting patient care programs.

He holds several patents for dental occlusions and custom teeth design. His work has been aired on ABC, NBC, and CBS in their health segments and his work has appeared in various publications including Readers Digest.

Past President of the Ohio State Dental Laboratory Guild, Alan received the Richard Redd award for his contributions and educational expertise to the dental laboratory industry. The guild was a state component of the National Association of Dental Laboratories and Alan was presented the Merit award for his contributions to a study and report of Denturists practices in Canada.

Alan was contributing editor to Inside Dental Technology dental magazine, Peer Review Committee for IDT magazines, and co-author of Dental Economics magazine article.

A 50 year member of Toastmasters International, Alan was past president of Executive Toastmasters No. 408. Alan was recognized many times for his leadership and support of the organization’s members. He was a member of the William Farr Lodge F & AM and a 32nd Degree Mason of the Valley of Youngstown Scottish Rite.

Alan was a dedicated and active member of the Poland United Methodist Church, where he served on numerous committees.

A loyal Buckeye fan and a NASCAR fan, Alan remembered early NASCAR races at the Canfield Speedway in the early 1950s.

Alan leaves his wife, the former June Gerlach, whom he married June 2, 1962; his brother, James D. (Elvira) Deeley of Athens, Ga.; and nieces, Marguerite of Evans, Ga., and Elizabeth of San Francisco.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland with Pastor Michael Grant officiating. Interment will follow at the Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

Alan’s family request any memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Poland United Methodist Church Enrichment Fund or the Food Pantry, 1940 Boardman-Poland Road, Poland OH, 44514 or to donate blood in Alan’s name to the American Red Cross.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – A funeral service and committal were held Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Belmont Park Cemetery for Scott Edward Duygo, 29, who died Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Scott was born April 18, 1984, in Uniontown, Pa., and was the son of Donald Duygo and Loretta (Christian) Bassinger.

His mot recent employment in the construction business was with M.T.L. Home Improvements.

He grew up in the Brier Hill section of Youngstown, enjoying the outdoors, fishing, playing pool and cards.

He is survived by his parents; brother Donnie Duygo; sister Christine Christian; four stepbrothers; three children Scott, Kevin and Nathaniel; and nieces, nephews, aunt, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, “Butch” Bassinger and stepsister, Wendy Bassinger.

Arrangements were by the Schiavone Funeral Home.

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BOARDMAN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave., Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Peter Polando as celebrant and Father Gregory Maturi as con-celebrant, preceded by a prayer service held at 9:30 a.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman for Carmine L. Cassese, 57, a lifelong resident of Youngstown, who passed away Friday, June 28, surrounded by family and friends. A host of angels, led by his daughter, Jaclyn Marie, lifted him to heaven.

Carmine was born on July 30, 1955, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph L. and Carmela G. Cassese.

He grew up on the South Side of Youngstown and attended St. Dominic grade school and Cardinal Mooney High School before graduating from Ohio State University in 1977.

He married the former Patty Bires on Aug. 26, 1977, at St. Cyril and Methodius Church. Following graduation, he taught Industrial Arts at Cardinal Mooney and worked for the City of Youngstown before leaving to join Youngstown State University’s Athletic Department, where he worked as the Head Equipment Manager for 25 years before retiring in 2011.

In addition to Youngstown State, Carmine worked endlessly and tirelessly at his family’s restaurant, the MVR. As the third generation Cassese to serve Youngstown, Carmine gradually transformed a small family restaurant in the Smoky Hollow into a destination spot. Besides the additional dining rooms, bocce courts, or patios resulting from his passion for projects, Carmine left behind a legacy of memories resulting from his gift for storytelling. Whether at the bar or joining customers at their table, Carmine touched many people’s lives and made everyone feel like family. Even though Carmine was often going in a thousand directions, family and friends were always his top priority.

In addition to his parents, he leaves behind his loving wife, Patty (Bires) Cassese; son, Joseph and his wife, Erica; and son, Frank and his fiancée, Jessica Mansfield. Carmine is survived by his sisters, Theresa (Anthony) Provenzale, Carla Coristin, Gina (Patrick) Kiraly, and Lia (Bill) Stana; his beloved grandchildren, Francesca Jaclyn and Carmine Joseph (Baby Pa) Cassese; as well as his many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Preceding Carmine in death are his daughter, Jaclyn Marie; his grandparents, Catherine and Carmine Cassese and Theresa and Michael Altomare; and his brother-in-law, Michael Coristin.

Friends may call today, July 1, 2013, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman

Burial will take place at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Coitsville.

Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Cassese family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be sent to the Youngstown State University Penguin Club (a 501-C3 non-profit) (checks made out to The Penguin Club), Youngstown State University, One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555, where the funds will be distributed between the Carmine L. Cassese Scholarship at Youngstown State University and The James Cancer Center at Ohio State University for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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HUBBARD – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Church in Hubbard, preceded by a prayer service at noon at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman, for Diana C. Sweed, 92, who peacefully passed away early Saturday morning, June 29, 2013.

Diana will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends.

She was born Nov. 17, 1920, in Hubbard, the daughter of Alphonso Pannuzzio Patrick and Margaret (Marinelli Cereimele) Patrick and was a lifelong area resident.

Diana was a graduate of St. Patrick Elementary School. She spent her entire life caring for others. Diana could not continue on with her education because of her mother passing away in 1943. She assumed the responsibility of becoming an instant caregiver and mother figure for her brothers and sisters. Once her two oldest brothers left to fight in the war, she was assigned all the motherly duties to raise the rest of her siblings.

As an outstanding home-maker for her siblings, but then as well for her own children, Diana always put her family first and they were the center of her life. They will miss here outstanding Italian cooking and baking, especially her famous beans and greens, to polenta, to homemade cavatelli and braciola. She had a talent for whatever dinner she made had that great Italian flair. Her backyard garden was her pride and joy.

She was a lifelong active member of St. Patrick Church, where she was very instrumental in the organization with the building for the new St. Patrick Church. She offered countless hours volunteering for all the activities, especially working on the annual festival and fish fry’s. Diana was a devout Catholic and especially enjoyed praying the Stations of the Cross.

Her husband, Leroy Sweed, whom she married Feb. 26, 1947, died June 18, 1996.

She leaves behind to hold on to her precious memories, two sons, Robert P. Sweed of Hubbard and Jerry (Anita Bogan) Sweed of Canfield; three grandchildren, Kimberly Anne (Jason) MacDonald of Poland, Kerrie Anne Sweed of Monroeville, Pa., and Kristopher Sweed of Dublin; a great-granddaughter, Sydney Anne; two sisters, Margie (Roland) McCullough of Hermitage, Pa. and Lucile Tapper of Chicago; a brother, Alphonso “Sonny” (Gerri) Patrick of Chicago; and her beloved dogs, Louie and Bubbles, who have provided countless hours of companionship.

Besides her parents and husband, Diana was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Anthony, Josephine, John and Joseph Patrick, Rose Bruno, Merceda Evakich, Florence Dutko and Mary Theresa Schaeffer.

Friends may call on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 11:55 a.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

Burial will take place next her husband at Hubbard Union Cemetery.

Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Sweed family.

On behalf of Diana’s family, they would like to give a special thank you to the entire staff of the Briarfield Manor for all the care, support and compassion shown to them during Diana’s time of illness.

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LORDSTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell, with Fr. Michael Swierz officiating for Joseph P. Bieganowski, 54, formerly of Campbell, who passed away Thursday evening.

Joseph was born March 21, 1959, in Youngstown, the son of Kazimierz and Janina Bogatek Bieganowski and was a life long area resident.

He was a 1977 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School.

Joseph worked as a press operator and truck driver at Michigan Hanger Co. of Niles for 22 years and Cassens Transport as a truck driver for the last 13 years.

He was a member of Teamsters Local No. 377, and was of the Catholic faith.

His passion was drag racing with his son, where he was the crew chief of Bieganowski Racing.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, the former Karen S. Kichak, whom he married Oct. 7, 1978; a son, Joey Bieganowski of Lordstown; two daughters, Jennifer Bieganowski of Boardman and Jody (Matt) Stump of Lenexa, Kan.; his granddaughter, Kylie Stump, whom he adored; his Yorkie dog, Abbey; three sisters, Bernice (John) Ratliff of Canfield, Halina (Thomas) Churilla of Poland and Rose (Chuck) Kroner of Maui, Hawaii; two nieces, Tracy Gearhart and Brandy Warne; one nephew, Steven Churilla; and a great-niece, Zoey Gearhart.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The Bieganowski family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

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

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BOARDMAN - Kathryn M. Walker, longtime resident of Boardman, passed away June 28, 2013, at the age of 92.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Dr. Mark F. Walker, and by two daughters, Sara Kay Walker and Susan Walker Vitullo.

She is survived by her brother, George Howard McCain of Painesville; and three daughters, Jane W. Hallett and her husband, Win of Tucson, Ariz., Harriett J. Walker of Las Vegas, and Ellen Kim and her husband, Young-Nam of St. Paul, Minnesota. She was the much-loved grandmother of 11, Beth, Julie, Ben, Nikos, Ellen, Erika, Ariana, Nathan, Daniel, Andrea and Sara, and great-grandmother of seven.

Professional musician and consummate violin teacher, Kathryn received her B.A. in violin performance from Jordan Conservatory of Music at Butler University. She played with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Warren Chamber Orchestra, and was a member of the Youngstown Symphony for 32 years, many of those as principal second violin. Kathryn also performed in many other orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the Northeast Ohio area.

Kathryn taught countless violin and viola students in a career spanning 75 years, beginning in Indianapolis and continuing in Columbus, before moving to Boardman. She will be remembered by hundreds of her students who attended the Boardman schools. She was repeatedly recognized for her achievement by the Boardman High School Music Department, and also by the American String Teachers Association. In addition, a cherished achievement for Kathryn was that all her children and grandchildren continued her legacy by becoming performing musicians.

A memorial service will be held at a future time when friends and family can gather, at the Boardman United Methodist Church. Details will be announced. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, c/o Patricia Syak, 260 West Federal St., Youngstown, OH 44503.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman.

For online guestbook, please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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