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Tributes published on May 30, 2013

JOSEPHINE A. SEIFERT

YOUNGSTOWN – Josephine A. Seifert, 85, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Josephine was born Aug. 18, 1927, in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Louise (Zitto) Galairde.

She was a member of St. Brendan Church and its Altar & Rosary Society, and a past member of the Chaney Booster Club. She volunteered at St. Elizabeth Medical Center with the American Red Cross and also served on the Board of Camp Stambaugh.

Her husband, Stephen F. Seifert, whom she married Oct. 6, 1946, passed away Jan. 1, 1997.

Josephine will always be loved and remembered by her two sons, David (Mary) Seifert of Girard and Gregg (Shawna) Seifert of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Holly Hamilton of Fairfield, Conn., Samuel (Jamie) Hamilton of Fairfield, and Adam (Julie) Seifert of Pittsburgh; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Fanelli of Sharon, Pa. and Jenny Markovich; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen Seifert; her brother, Carl Galairde; and her sister, Rose Pickett.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Josephine’s family.

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MARGARET SCHAFFNER

McDONALD – On May 28, 2013, after a brief illness, Margaret Schaffner, 85, went peacefully and surrounded by her loving family.

Born Aug. 4, 1923, daughter of the late Frank and Orpha Boyd.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Schaffner, and her sister, Patricia Kovach. 

She leaves behind a son, Timothy Schaffner (Stephanie) of Diamond; daughter, Rebecca Long of McDonald; grandchildren, Richard Harvey (Andria), Maria Johnston (Michael), Colleen Sudol, Christine Berg (Matthew), Jessica Schaffner, Nicole Bailey (Daniel), Jakob Schaffner, and Jillian Schaffner; and eight great-granchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home, 222 S. State St. in Girard. 

A funeral Mass will be held on June 1, 2013, Saturday, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 618 Ohio Ave. in McDonald.

 In leiu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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RUTH ELLIOTT

YOUNGSTOWN – Ruth Elliott passed away May 22, 2013.

She was born June 8, 1951, in Youngstown, to Albert and Victoria Elliott.

Ruth was a member of the Greater Morris Chapel and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

She leaves to cherish her memory, fiancé Jacob Moss of West Middlesex, Pa.; daughter Althea Tanton “Pinkey” of Cleveland; goddaughter Celeste Berry of Youngstown; brothers Derryl (Terry) Elliott of Los Angeles, Mark (Karess) Elliott and James Elliot; sisters Brenda Elliott-Davis, Vanessa Elliott-Denson and Deboraha (Robert) Elliot-Wade, all of Youngstown; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and nephew Raoul Elliott.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home, 1755 Shehy St., Youngstown, at noon. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Howard-Rhoden Memorial Home.

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ELEANOR 'NELLIE' FALBA

NEW CASTLE, PA. – Eleanor “Nellie” Falba passed away peacefully at her home on May 28, 2013, with her daughter by her side following a courageous nine month battle with small cell lung cancer.

Nellie was born in New Castle on Jan. 7, 1930, the oldest daughter of the late Herman M. and Clara Mann Lutton and was one of seven children.

Nellie’s education was in the New Castle school system, she was always so proud of having skipped the fourth grade to go to fifth grade ahead of her classmates. She loved to play marbles as a youth and tells stories of how much candy you could get for a penny.

Nellie married her beloved Joe on Nov. 26, 1949, and together they enjoyed roller skating, baseball games and bowling. Joe built their home in the South New Castle Borough, where they raised four children, Joseph G. (Barbara), James D. (Rae Lynn), John M., and Melissa A. (Todd) Davies. They led a busy, but fun filled life with the four kids. Nellie lost her husband in the year of 1975.

Although she grieved his loss, Nellie, being the strong independent person that she was, stayed in their home and continued bowling with her lady friends, climbing to one of the top 10 bowlers in the area. She loved playing billiards and was very competitive in all types of games. She was always up on current events, read the paper daily and worked the crossword. She was an avid reader of murder mysteries and some of her favorite TV shows included the original Hawaii 5-0, Murder She Wrote, Jeopardy and The Golden Girls, which always cracked her up. She enjoyed all of the Pittsburgh sports teams and Penn State Football. She was a volunteer and member of the Challenges Senior Center, where she power walked, played bingo, cards and had many friends.

She loved trying her luck at the local casinos and went on numerous trips with her daughter to include Edisto Island, Washington D.C., Disney, New York City, a Caribbean cruise, Las Vegas, Fallingwater, Hoover Dam, Niagara Falls, Nashville and Graceland. She was always amazed at all the wonderful things she got to do and see on their trips. Nellie was always on the move and led a full and enjoyable life until her recent health issues.

Nellie will be deeply and forever missed by her two sons and daughter; sisters, Eileen Slagle and her husband, Butch, and Marie Brandenberg; her dear helpful grandson, Joey; and her bingo buddy, Linda. She also leaves many other grandchildren and one-great granddaughter.

Besides Nellie’s parents and her beloved husband, she was preceded in death by her cherished son, John; her sisters, Mary Libengood and Josey Mowat; and brothers, Tom Lutton and Herman (Butch) Lutton Jr.

The family invites you to share memories of Nellie’s life by joining them for a visitation on Friday, May 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road in New Castle.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home and will be officiated by hospice chaplain, Patricia Sawaya.

Nellie will be laid to rest next to her husband and among her son’s ashes at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

“A special thank you goes to Dr. Ned Underwood and Dr. Nicholas Prioa of St. Elizabeth’s Health Center, who discovered the cancer in its early stages. This led us to the phenomenal Dr. Sheryl Simon and Dr. Steve Wilson and their compassionate staff that gave my mom incredible care and kindness during her treatment.”

“Fear says we can’t. Faith says we can.”

Her remission status was a good four months, but on May 6, the metastasis went to her liver. She never cried a tear.

Much gratitude to Jameson Hospice for providing Nellie excellent health care during her final weeks. Her family is most appreciative for their loving support.

Please visit www.cunninghamfh.com to view this obituary and offer online condolences.

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LUKE LEO HEFFRON SR

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman for Luke Leo Heffron Sr., 96, who died Monday evening, May 27, 2013, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.

Luke was born May 6, 1917, in Youngstown, the son of the late John and Augusta (Burt) Heffron.

He graduated from East High School in 1935 and was a lifelong area resident.

He work for Truscon Steel in Youngstown for over 35 years and later worked as a foreman at Fox Industries for 10 years, retiring in 1980.

Luke was a member of St. Patrick Church. He served his country in the Navy during World War II.

He is survived by two daughters, Judith (Carl) Parrot of Punta Gorda, Fla. and Alice “Sally” (Donald) Dennis of Circleville; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Martha Heffron of Youngstown; and a sister-in-law, Gladys Heffron of Austintown.

Besides his parents, Luke was preceded in death by his wives, the former Alice D. Arance and Mammie Moore; a son, John F. Heffron; two brothers, Elwood Heffron and Thomas Heffron; four sisters, Madlyn Sovik, Jean Shurbert, Katherine Emrich and Winifred Tobin; a granddaughter; and great-granddaughter.

Family and friends may call on Friday, May 31, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Please visit www.thompsonfh1932.com to view this notice and send condolences.

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JOHN LOUIS TAKACS

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – John Louis Takacs, 57, died Saturday, May 25, at Hilton Head Hospital. At his side were his wife of 26 years, Sarah O’Leary Takacs and his son, Zachary Louis Takacs.

He was the son of JoMarie Takacs of Youngstown and the late Louis Takacs. John was born on Aug. 1, 1955, in Youngstown.

He graduated in 1973 from Ursuline High School in Youngstown, where he excelled at football and baseball and was a member of the Ursuline Athletic Hall of Fame. After considering scholarship offers from several major universities, John chose to play football at the University of Pittsburgh and was privileged to be a member of the Panther team that won the NCAA National Championship in 1976.

A resident of Hilton Head Island since 1983, John was the longtime manager of the Hilton Head Office of Smith Turf and Irrigation. A devoted, loving husband and father, John was also passionate about youth sports. He was active in coaching football, baseball and soccer on the island and served on the coaching staff for Hilton Head Preparatory School football team during two state championship seasons. John was a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also loved raising Irish Wolfhounds. Friends and neighbors in Spanish Wells Plantation were often treated to the extraordinary sight of John leading the dogs he so dearly loved during their early morning walks.

In addition to Sarah and Zac, both of Hilton Head Island, John is survived by his sisters, Mary Jo Fisher (James) of Aurora, Donna Santisi (Samuel) and Marie Guerrieri (Thomas); nephew, Garrett; niece, Alexis; his only uncle, Michael Provenzale; and his two first cousins, Tony Provenzale and Donna Provenzale, all of the Youngstown area.

He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Susan Wise (Steve), Amy Creeden (Gregory), Christine O’Leary (wife of predeceased brother-in-law Sean) and Megan O’Leary; brothers-in-law, Michael O’Leary (Connie), Patrick O’Leary (Kathleen), Francis O’Leary, Christopher O’Leary, Gregory O’Leary and Thomas O’Leary; and many O'Leary nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held in Youngstown on Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Brendan’s Church.

Visitation with the family will be held prior to the Mass from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Internment at the St. Francis Columbarium on Hilton Head Island will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Francis by the Sea Athletic Fund, 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 or to the John Paul II Catholic School Athletic Fund (future football fund), P.O. Box 1260, Bluffton, SC 29910.

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FAYE LYNETTE MCCAIN

YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be Friday, May 31, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips and Holden Funeral Home for Ms. Faye Lynette McCain, 59, who departed this life Thursday, May 16, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Ms. McCain was born May 21, 1953, in Youngstown, a daughter of Fred and Rose Winlock McCain.

Faye attended South High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Christ Centered Church. She loved helping others, skating and cooking.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her child, Kareem “CeCe” McCain of New York City; reared four nieces, Trina McCain, Darcela Stubbs, Natasha McCain, and Shayla McGrady; a nephew, Maurice (Priscilla) McCain; a goddaughter, Tracey Adams; her companion, Ricardo Wallace; and a host of great-nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Darlene McCain; and a niece, Rasheeda McCain.

Visitation hours will be Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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RAYMOND KLINE ANDERSON

NORTH LIMA – There will be services at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel for Raymond Kline Anderson, 90, formerly of Canfield, who died Saturday morning at his home.

Mr. Anderson was born May 11, 1923, in Canfield, a son of LeRoy and Dorothy E. Kline Anderson.

He was a graduate of Canfield High School. Raymond served his country during World War II with the Army Air Corp in the European Theater. He was a commander of a B-24 bomber and flew 11 missions.

Following the war, “Ray” worked for the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co., briefly while also working at his life’s vocation which was a grain and beef cattle farmer. Raymond worked on his family’s farm which was founded in 1809 and has been in continuous operation in his family since then. The farm is currently 200 acres and in the seventh generation of operation under his son, Wayne. The family is quite proud of a white oak tree on the farm which is the largest in the state, estimated to be over 350 years old.

Raymond attended the Calla Church. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and a supervisor in the Soil and Water Conservation District. He was also a former member of the Canfield Sportsman’s Club.

Ray loved to travel and had been to every state in the union. His overseas travel included China, Egypt, Kenya, and his favorite, Peru. Ray also rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon when he was 75. He loved woodworking and making arrowheads.

He leaves his wife of 67 years, the former Nelda P. Hofmann, whom he married June 11, 1945; his children, Emily (Lawrence) Serett of Rockport, Texas, Bonnie (Thomas) Kellett of Manassas, Va., Donna Snyder of Sterling, Va., Linda (Bruce) Keylor of Las Vegas, Wayne Anderson of Canfield, and Elaine (Paul) Medved of Greenford; his sisters, Sally Leon-Guerrero and Marie Wood; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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

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

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L.B. WESLEY KENNEDY

YOUNGSTOWN – A funeral service celebrating the life of Mr. L.B. Wesley Kennedy will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Mr. Kennedy departed this life May 24, 2013 at Hospice House in Poland.

Mr. Kennedy was born Jan. 6, 1922, in Florence, S.C., a son of Joseph Edward and Ella Dargan Kennedy, coming to the Valley in 1957.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was formerly employed with LTV Republic Steel, retiring in 1981 after 28 years of service. He was a faithful member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he served as a member of the count committee.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving children, James (Terri) Kennedy of Youngstown, Janiro Kennedy of Denver, Wesley (Vanessa) Kennedy of New York, N.Y., Vernajean (Lorenzo) Wise of Campbell, Damon (Yolanda) Kennedy of Youngstown, Robert (Mary) Howell of Austintown, and Robyn Kennedy of Los Angeles; children whom he reared, JeHugh (Juanita) Faucet of Charleston, W.Va., Marsha (Robert) Rese of Los Angeles, Ginger Casey of Dallas, William Howell of Cincinnati, and Rhonda (Bernard) Fulton of Los Angeles; four sisters, Elease Broady of Florence, Emma Lee Frierson of Effingham, S.C., Helen D. Kennedy of Jamaica, N.Y., and Diane Kennedy of Winchester, Va.; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn Kennedy, whom he married on May 13, 1967; seven sisters; and five brothers.

The family will receive friends Monday one hour prior to services at the church.

Please visit jewashingtonfuneralservices.com to leave condolences or to sign the online guestbook.

Ministry of comfort provided by the J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.

Interment will be at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

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THOMAS J. THORNTON

YOUNGSTOWN – Thomas J. Thornton, 83, passed away Monday morning, May 27, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Thomas was born in 1929 in Cornamona, County Galway in Ireland, and came to Youngstown in 1949.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, began work at the East Ohio Gas Company after his discharge from the service, and retired as a supervisor in the gas operations department in 1990. During his time at East Ohio, Tom proudly started the current family business with his sons, Thornton & Sons Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

Mr. Thornton was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish, Sacred Heart Church, was a founding member of the Mahoning Valley Gaelic Society, a member of the American Legion Post No. 472, a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 213, and was actively involved in the Irish National Caucus, along with other Irish organizations.

Tom’s beloved wife of 58 years, Dorothy T. O’Hara Thornton, whom he married July 18, 1953, passed away March 21, 2012.

He leaves a son and daughter-in-law, James and Deborah Thornton; grandchildren, Heather Thornton, Tom Thornton, and Jimmy Thornton; a sister, Kathleen Staunton; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Thornton Sandine; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by two sons, Bryan Thornton and Michael Thornton. A sister, Molly Thornton Jennings, and a brother, Peter Thornton, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at Kinnick Funeral Home.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Angela Merici Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 400 Lincoln Park Drive, Youngstown.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Tom will be laid to rest next to his wife.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Angela Merici Parish, Sacred Heart Church.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view a full obituary and to send condolences online to Tom’s family.

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JAROD TODD CAMERON

SALEM – Jarod Todd Cameron, 23, passed away Monday night, May 27, 2013.

He was born March 27, 1990, in Canton, son of Jason Cameron and Karen (Sanor) Cameron.

Jarod was a 2008 graduate of West Branch High School, where he played golf and served as team captain his senior year on the high school soccer team. He played soccer most of his life. Jarod attended Penn State University, Behrend Campus in Erie, Pa., and was pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at Akron University.

He was a lifeguard for many years, and enjoyed the outdoors, golf, hiking, playing piano and guitar, and listening to music. He attended the First Brethren Church in North Georgetown.

Survivors include his mother, Karen Cameron of Salem; father and stepmother, Jason and Dawn Cameron of Mineral Ridge; his best friend and girl he planned to spend the rest of his life with, Katie Tressler of Salem; paternal grandparents, Wayne and Sandy Cameron of Beloit; maternal grandparents, Ray and Kathryn Sanor of Beloit; stepsister, Allie Watkins of Mineral Ridge; stepbrother, Cameron Watkins of Mineral Ridge; and many aunts and uncles.

Preceding him in death were his great-grandparents, Lorin and Mary Cameron, Dale and Jean Malmsberry, Earl and Bessie Sanor and Ralph and Erma Smith; and his dog, best friend and “brother,” Jakie.

Private family memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Ronald W. Waters officiating. Calling hours will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to West Branch High School Boys or Girls Soccer Program, West Branch Athletic Boosters, P.O. Box 1954, Beloit, OH 44609 or the Damascus Community Center, P.O. Box 112, Damascus, OH 44619.

Visit www.starkmemorial.com to view his obituary and send condolences to the family online.

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ROSE MARY KUNOVICH

McDONALD – Rose Mary Kunovich, 67, passed away Monday morning, May 27, 2013, at her home with her family by her side.

Rose Mary was born Dec. 19, 1945, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late William and Glenna Kegley Shoff, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a 1963 graduate of East High School and attended Choffin Career Center, where she studied cosmetology. She was a homemaker, and worked in the meat department at Giant Eagle and at various other grocery stores in the area for 22 years.

Mrs. Kunovich enjoyed spending time with her family, and she especially enjoyed the time she spent with her grandchildren.

Rose Mary leaves her three sons, Brian Kilbourne of Columbus, Timothy Kilbourne II of McDonald, and Michael Kilbourne of Lakewood; four step-children, Joseph (Stephanie) Kunovich, Christina (Rick) Waltman, Donna (Ken) Burton, and Lynn Kunovich; 10 grandchildren, Katheryn, Miranda, Meghan, Jenna, McKenzie, Tanner, Jase, Joshua, JJ, and Lyndsy; and several step-grandchildren.

Her husband, Joseph S. Kunovich Jr., whom she married May 23, 1987, passed away Oct. 22, 1998. A brother, John “M.C.” Johnson, and two sisters, Holly Sturm and Jeanette Moore, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call on Friday, May 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

A committal service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Resurrection Cemetery.

Rose Mary’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, 44512.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Rose Mary’s family.

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MARY ANN SIEGEL

GIRARD – Mary Ann Siegel, 73, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013, at Lake Health in Madison.

Mary Ann was born Aug. 3, 1939, the daughter of William P. and Mary Louise (O’Day) Kaley.

Mary Ann retired from Gluck Insurance in Youngstown, where she was a CSR. She was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard. She enjoyed traveling to Siesta Key, Fla. However, Mary Ann was happiest when at the lake surrounded by family and friends, collecting her sea glass, and shopping.

She married Richard Siegel on Sept. 26, 1959. 

Besides her husband, Richard, she is survived by her children, Sharon (Ed) Donoghue of Boardman, Richard J. Siegel Jr. of Girard, William K. (Lisabeth) Siegel of Ipswich, Mass., Mary K. (David) Gatesman of Boardman, Scott M. (Katie) Siegel of Girard, Amy (Rod) Jarzebowicz-Gonzales of Lynnwood, Wash. and Alex Jatzebowicz of New York; and grandchildren, Brian, Kaley, Kelly, Kirstin Donoghue, Garrett Siegel, Liam Gatesman, Scott Jr., Patrick Siegel, Griffin, Spencer and Finley Gonzales. 

She also leaves behind her life long friend and sister of her heart, Judy (Bob) Hackley of Poland and nephews, Thomas, James and Michael Siegel.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Kathleen; and a brother, Robert.

Mary Ann’s family will receive family and friends today, May 30, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard.

There will be a funeral Mass on May 31, 2013, Friday, at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Catholic Church. There will be prayers at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning at the funeral home prior to the church Mass.

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PATRICK F. 'PAT' FUSILLO

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Friday, May 31, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio Jr. officiating, for Patrick F. “Pat” Fusillo, 56, who passed away suddenly Thursday evening, May 23, 2013, from an apparent heart attack.

Pat was born June 6, 1956, in Youngstown, the son of Michael and Mary (Hamner) Fusillo.

He was a graduate of Chaney High School.

Pat owned and operated for over 20 years Fusillo Home Improvements, which he took great pride in every job that was done by his company.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, the American Legion Post 301, and was former Commander of ITAM Post 3 on Meridian Road.

Pat was an extremely proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served during the Vietnam War over seas. He earned the rank of Private First Class and received the following decorations, Rifle Marksman Badge, the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He also served in the Marine Corps Reserves.

He was proud of his Italian heritage and enjoyed fishing, cooking and playing Texas Holdem, but he especially loved spending time with his family.

He leaves behind to hold on to his memories, three sons, Shawn Fusillo, Matthew Fusillo and Dominic Fusillo, all of Youngstown; a stepson, Jacob Miles of Howland; a grandson, Ashtyn Fusillo; and two sisters, Susan Chakos of Florida and Lisa (fiancé Dan Mikus) Silvestri of Mineral Ridge.

Besides his parents, Patrick was preceded in death by two sisters, an Infant Elizabeth Fusillo and Carol Patek; and a brother, Michael Fusillo.

Friends may call on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 9:55 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 343 Via Mount Carmel in Youngstown.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.

Burial will take place at a later date at Rittman National Cemetery, where military honors will be observed.

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

In lieu of flowers material contributions may be made to the family.

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PHYLLIS M. HEDGLIN

HUBBARD – There will be services held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Phyllis M. Hedglin, 84, who passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Hospice of the Valley Hospice House.

Phyllis was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Greenville, Pa., a daughter of Waldo and Mae Walker Reigelman.

She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Hubbard, and had worked at Revco in Hubbard for 10 years.

Phyllis enjoyed gardening spending time with her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her dogs. She loved to travel, especially trips to Jekyll Island, Ga.

Her husband, Fred W. Hedglin, whom she married June 2, 1947, passed away Dec. 18, 1996.

She will be sadly missed by her children, Bonnie G. (Jim) Wilkinson of Austintown, Ronald W. (Deborah) Hedglin of Howland, Debra J. (Jack) Ackworth of Hubbard, Marsha A. (Eugene) Walp of Clinton, Miss., Patricia J. Rotz of Hubbard; her eight grandchildren, David Kline, Laura Maravish, Adam Hedglin, Kara Stewart, Jack Ackworth, Amy Francis, Stephen Rotz, and Margaret Lenhart; and her 14 great-grandchildren.

She also leaves her brother, Herman (Sally) Reigelman of Brookfield.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; and son-in-law, Randy Rotz.

There will be calling hours on Friday, May 31, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 1, 2013, one hour prior to the services from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Phyllis will be laid to rest at Mahoning Valley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, 111 Hall Ave., Hubbard, OH 44425 or 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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JOHN F. 'JACK' DANKS JR

BOARDMAN – John F. Danks Jr., 70, died Tuesday afternoon, May 28, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

John, affectionately known as “Jack,” was born March 7, 1943, in Youngstown, a son of John and Irene Robinson Danks.

Raised in Boardman, Jack attended Boardman High School. In 1962, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served for four years. Returning to the area in 1966, Jack was employed by General Motors as an autoworker for Local UAW 1112. He retired after 42 years of service.

Jack was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, especially on Lake Erie, having breakfast with his retired buddies from Local UAW 1112, watching old cowboy movies, his favorite John Wayne, and the Pittsburgh Steelers (no choice of his own, but his wife Kay’s). Most important to Jack was spending time with his family and his grandchildren and their annual vacation to Myrtle Beach.

Jack leaves his wife, the former Katherine Korda, whom he married July 24, 1965; one son, John F. (Tammy) Danks III of New Middletown; one daughter, Kathy (Guy) Franklin of Canfield; three grandchildren, Ashley and Courtney Franklin, both of Canfield and John F. Danks IV of New Middletown; one brother, Frank (Cookie) Danks of Austintown; one sister, Martha Dripps of New Castle, Pa.; brothers-in-law, Michael (Mary) Korda of Austintown and Richard (Gail) Korda of Weathersfield; and 18 nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Jack was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry and Buddy Roof and Robert Danks; one sister, Doris Tarr; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Barbara and Richard Mikesell; and his four legged friend, his dog, Sterling.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home at the new location, 8536 Market St. in Boardman.

Interment will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield.

Friends will be received today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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BETTY ANN DAVIDSON

YOUNGSTOWN – “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. (II Timothy 4:7).

Early Friday morning, May 24, 2013, God’s Angel came to escort Betty Ann Davidson to her heavenly home.

Betty was born May 27, 1932, in Youngstown, a daughter of Lingar and Lovice Mitchell Humphrey Sr.

She attended and graduated from South High School in 1950. She was employed with the Social Security Administration for 25 years, retiring in 1990. Betty was a former member of the Lincoln Christian Church, but had been attending the Holy Trinity Church. She was a lovable and fun person with a dazzling personality.

She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, a daughter, Lovice “Michelle” Davidson of Youngstown; a son, Miles Davidson of Columbus; a sister, Lois Henderson; and a brother, Lingar (Virginia) Humphrey Jr., both of Youngstown; a granddaughter, Alexis Thomas of Connecticut; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter.

The family would like to thank Vista of Boardman for the excellent care given to Betty; and special thanks to Asia, her personal caregiver, and all others who supported the family.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 1, 2012, from 9 to 10 a.m., with funeral services following immediately at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Baptist Church.

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

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ZENAIDA RODRIGUEZ

CAMPBELL – Zenaida Rodriguez, 87, passed away Monday afternoon, May 27, 2013.

She was born April 22, 1926, in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Luis Rodriguez and Arcadia Leon.

She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith. Zenaida was a very loving, happy and outgoing person who loved to sing, dance and laugh. She was a woman of faith and believer of prayer. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family.

Zenaida was very special and loved by her three children, Frankie (Roseann) Rodriguez of Boston, Daniel M. Rodriguez of Brooklyn and Leticia Mangual of Campbell, with whom she made her home, along with her granddaughter, Margie (Vic) Ramos; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a niece; and two nephews.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her children, Hector Mangual, Jose Mangual and George Torres; and a brother, Angel Luis Rodriguez.

The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave., in Boardman have been bestowed the honor and privilege of handling the services for Zenaida.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Zenaida’s family.

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GEORGE M. BERNARDICH

YOUNGSTOWN – George M. Bernardich, 84, passed away Tuesday morning, May 28, at Hospice House, following a brief illness. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

George was born Nov. 8, 1928, in Youngstown, the son of the late Margaret Bernardich Chingary. He was a life long area resident.

He worked for the LTV Steel Truscon Division for 37 years and retired in 1982.

George was a member of St. Matthias Church and its Holy Name Society. He was a Eucharistic Minister and reader for the Parish.

George leaves his wife, Lulu Ann; a son, Andrew D. (Mary Jane) Pokrivnak; a grandson, Andrew M. Pokrivnak; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) Evans; a sister, Nancy (the late George) Maltonic; two nieces, Wendy Maltonic (Lou Beard) and Heather (Frederick) Garber; and a nephew, Scott (Monica) Maltonic.

George was preceded in death by his first wife, Anne Marie; his mother; three sisters, Irene Gary, Ruth Bickerton and Elsie Carlisle; and a brother, Lt. Colonel Jack W. Gary.

There will be no calling hours.

A family service will be planned for a later date.

The family would like to thank Hospice House for all of their wonderful care and compassion.

The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman has been bestowed the honor and privilege of handling the services for George.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to George’s family.

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