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NILES John C. Gatta Jr., 68, died at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at his residence.
He was born March 3, 1945, in Niles, the son of Ciriaco and Rose DeMase Gatta.
John was employed as an assembler for 28 years at General Motors Lordstown, retiring in 1998. He was of the Catholic faith, enjoyed watching western movies, and working the Rogers and Four Seasons Flea Markets.
He will be deeply missed by three daughters, Denise Jackson of Niles, Victoria Jarome and her husband, Phillip Sr. of Lisbon, and Gina Gatta and her fiancée, David Gill Jr. of Niles; two brothers, Ernest Gatta of Liberty and Sam Gatta and his wife, Sue of Cortland; a sister, Susie Rhodanz of Liberty; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Larry Gatta and Rocco Gatta; and two sisters, Rose DeCapua and Ann Van Ness.
Funeral services are private.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery
Material contributions can be made to MVI Hospice, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.
Family and friends can visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book, and send e-mail condolences.
Arrangements are being handles by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Niles.
NEW CASTLE, PA. Elizabeth Peluso Nocera, 104, formerly of Vista South, passed away the evening of June 9, 2013, at Golden Hills Nursing Home.
Elizabeth was born on May 17, 1909, in Roccaraso, Italy. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Elodia DiCola Cugini.
Elizabeth was married to the late Anthony Peluso for 30 years and he preceded her in death in 1965. She then married Andrew Nocera and he preceded her in death in 1981.
Mrs. Nocera was of the Roman Catholic faith and attended St. Vitus Parish. Elizabeth was a loving mother and homemaker for her family. She worked at the former G.C. Murphy Company as a sales clerk. Mrs. Nocera retired in 1974 after 16 years of service. She was a member of the Christian Mothers of St. Vitus Parish and the Catholic Daughters of America. Elizabeth used to volunteer her time at the former St. Francis Hospital in New Castle. Elizabeth was well known by her family and friends for her crocheted blankets and quilts she hand made.
Mrs. Nocera is survived by a stepdaughter, Margaret Morici of New Castle; sister, Clara Lombardo of New Castle; three nephews; three step grandchildren; and seven step great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands and parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by, three brothers; and a sister.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, June 12, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Noga Funeral Home Inc., 1142 S. Mill St. A procession will leave the funeral home Thursday at 9:30 a.m. for St. Vitus Parish, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. The Rev. Frank D. Almade, Pastor of St. Vitus Parish, will officiate.
Burial will be at St. Vitus Cemetery.
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YOUNGSTOWN Anna Diacin, 92, of the citys west side, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, June 10, 2013, at Omni Manor Health Care Center.
Anna was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Nizna Rybnica, Czechoslovakia, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Benko Pihonsky, and came to Youngstown as a young woman in 1938.
She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed being a homemaker and taking care of her family. She enjoyed family parties, gardening, and loved to embroider in her younger days.
She was a member of St. Brendan Church.
Anna leaves two sons, Thomas J. (Carol) Diacin of Austintown and John M. Jr. Jack (Yvonne) Diacin of Southington; a daughter, Patricia Diacin of Youngstown; five grandchildren, Michael J. Diacin, Ph.D. of Indianapolis, Thomas D. Diacin of Hilliard, Jackie (Adam) Mazur of Warren, John M. III (Erin) Diacin of Cortland, and Jessica (Jason) Gribble of Warren; three great-grandchildren, Paige, Parker, and Gavin; a brother, George Pihonsky of Slovakia; and a sister, Susan Kolesar of Slovakia.
Her husband, John M. Diacin Sr., whom she married June 3, 1941, passed away, Dec. 25, 2003. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, James Diacin; a brother, Michael Pihonsky; and a sister, Mary Seman.
Family and friends may call on Wednesday, June 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Anna will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Annas family thanks the staff of Omni Manors Ronald Reagan Memory Care Unit for the kindness shown and care given to Mrs. Diacin during her stay, and also thanks the staff of Hospice of the Valley.
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NILES Charles J. Scheetz II, 64, died June 9, 2013, at his residence.
He was born June 6, 1949, in Warren the son of Charles and E. Jean Stephens Scheetz.
Chuck was a 1967 graduate of Niles McKinley High School and was employed for 39 years at General Motors Lordstown, retiring in 2006.
He was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Niles, UAW Retirees, avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, enjoyed riding street rods, hanging out with his friends, attending car shows and family picnics.
He will be deeply missed by a daughter, Shannon Grossman of Cortland; a sister, Regina Vaughn and her husband, Donald of Niles; three grandchildren, Ashley, Justin, and Jacob Grossman; his nephew, Shawn Crank and his wife, Jennifer; his niece, Heidi Berry; and several great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles with Fr. Thomas Kraszewski officiating.
Burial will be at Pineview Cemetery.
Material contributions can be made to St. Stephen Catholic School, 46 South Chestnut Ave., Niles, OH 44446.
Family and friends may visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.comto view this obituary, sign the guest book, and send e-mail condolences.
Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Niles.
STRUTHERS A Panachida Service will be held on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers and the Divine Liturgy will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Infant Jesus of Prague Byzantine Catholic Church in Boardman for Elizabeth (Kmetz) McCauley, 87, who passed away Sunday evening at her residence.
Elizabeth was born July 11, 1925, in Campbell, a daughter of John and Anna Dzuracky Kmetz.
She was a lifelong area resident and worked at McKinsie Muffler as a welder during World War II. She was a housewife and enjoyed crocheting and shopping and spending time with her family and was a member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Byzantine Catholic Church.
Elizabeth married Howard E. McCauley on June 15, 1946, and he passed away on Sept. 20, 2001.
She leaves two daughters, Pamela McCauley Rogers of Poland and Joan E. Kraljevic of North Lima; five grandchildren, Amy Kraljevic, Martin Kraljevic, Amanda Harris, Krystal McCauley and Matthew McCauley Rogers; and six great-grandchildren, Siena and Brody Harris, Austin Kraljevic and Ailey, Lennon and Renner Went.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; one son, Richard E. McCauley; two brothers, Michael and John Kmetz; three sisters, Helen Kmetz, Ann Pastrick, and Mary Chuey; and one grandchild, Sara McCauley.
Friends may call on Wednesday at the Clemente Funeral Home from 10 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. in Struthers.
The family wishes to thank Senior Independence Hospice and Dr. Patsy Buccino for their support of our mother.
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STRUTHERS Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. at the Christ Our Savior/St. Nicholas Church, both in Struthers, for Maria Avolio Ciccone, 87, who passed away peacefully on June 7, 2013, comforted by her beloved son, Sergio.
Maria was born March 17, 1926, in Pacentro, Italy, to the late Franco and Albina Avolio.
Maria and her husband, Carlo, brought their young family to the United States in 1956 and settled in Struthers.
Maria was a gifted seamstress employed by Creed the Cleaner, where loyal customers trusted her with their clothing alterations and repairs for 35 years. She was a proud member of the Youngstown Pacentrano Club and a faithful congregant of Christ Our Savior/St. Nicholas Church.
Maria is survived by her son, Sergio Ciccone of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Zupan-Ciccone of Middlebury, Vt.; a granddaughter, Marisa Zupan-Ciccone of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews in the United States, Italy and Australia.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carlo Ciccone; son, Franco Ciccone; sisters, Angela (Nicola) Corsetti, Anna (Stefano) Rubino, and Rosolina Avolio; and a brother, Antonio (Carmela) Avolio.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at the Cleveland Clinic, Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, and Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region for their care and guidance.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region at 1420 East Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204, www.HPCCR.org or to Christ Our Savior Church, 764 Fifth St., Struthers, OH 44471.
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