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YOUNGSTOWN – There will be graveside services on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Market St., Boardman for Waldean K. Thorndell, 88, formerly of Adeer Drive, Canfield, who died Saturday morning, Sept. 7, 2013, at her residence at Park Vista Retirement Community.

Waldean was born Nov. 18, 1924, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Kayati) Koran.

She graduated from South High School and lived in the Youngstown area her entire life.

She was a homemaker and previously worked in the Accounting Department at Aetna Standard Engineering.

Waldean was a member of the Christ Church Presbyterian, where she was a charter member of the Women’s Organization, a member of the Red Hatters, a former board member of the Monday Musical Club, Youngstown and a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

Her husband of 62 years, Frank E. Thorndell, whom she married on Feb. 22, 1946, died July 6, 2008.

Waldean is survived by a daughter, Barbara A. Thorndell of Harrison, Maine; a brother, Frank D. Koran of Saint Simons Island, Ga.; two grandchildren, Davin Thorndell and Raiden Thorndell; a niece, JoLynn Kelty of Akron; and five nephews, Douglas Pezzuto, Jon Koran, David Koran, William Koran and Walter Koran, all of Georgia.

Besides her parents and husband, Waldean was preceded in death by a son, Reverend Richard A. Thorndell; and a sister, Dorothy K. Pezzuto.

There are no calling hours.

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

Arrangements are being handled by the Thompson Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman.

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CANFIELD – Jacob D. Stolte, 21, passed away Friday morning at St. Elizabeth Hospital. 

Jacob, known as “Jake,” was born July 28, 1992, in Silver Springs, Md., a son of Bryan D. Stolte and Karen Dinunzio Stolte and graduated from Canfield High School in 2011.

Besides his parents, Jake leaves a brother, Bryan J. Stolte of Canfield; his maternal grandparents, James F. and June M. Dinunzio; paternal grandparents, Darwin E. and Carol L. Stolte; and many loving, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Friends may call on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St.

The family requests material tributes take the form of contributions to the Youngstown Foundation for donation to the Children’s Dyslexic Center, 223 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44501.

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

« Sign the guestbook for JACOB D. STOLTE.


TOLEDO – Mark R. Thomas, 59, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo.

He was born in Youngstown, on March 29, 1954, to Robert and Norma (McCully) Thomas.

Mark married the former Colleen Cassady in Toledo on July 14, 1984.

He was a University of Toledo graduate and earned his B.S.E.E in 1976, his P.E. in 1983, and his M.B.A., also in 1983. From 1977 to 1998, Mark worked for the Prestolite Company and later worked for the Barns Group from 1998 to 2013.

Mark loved traveling to Myrtle Beach, playing golf, bowling and was a big Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Celtics fan.

Mark is survived by his wife, Colleen; son, Matthew Robert Thomas; father, Robert; mother, Norma; brothers, Jim (Lynne) Thomas and David Thomas; sister, Christine Thomas; niece, Rhiannon Thomas; and his cat, Max.

He was preceded in death by his favorite dog, Jada.

Visitation will be held today, Sept. 10, 2013, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. in Toledo, west of Corey Road.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Toledo Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions for Mark may be given to the Lucas County Humane Society.

Please visit www.walkerfuneralhomes.com to give online condolences.

« Sign the guestbook for MARK R. THOMAS.


AUSTINTOWN – Michael A. DeVito, 58, passed away unexpectedly Friday evening, Sept. 6, 2013, at his home.

Michael was born Dec. 24, 1954, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph and Katherine Bahny DeVito, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. DeVito attended Austintown Fitch High School and later earned his GED. He was a graduate of ITT Technical School, and worked as a computer technician. He worked for Xerox, for Ultimate Technology, and last worked for Zimmer’s Duplicating Products, retiring in 2010.

Mike was a ham radio enthusiast, having the call letters, WB8VWO, and he loved to play pool.

Mike leaves his daughter, Marla (Ronnie) Hoffman, and his grandchildren, Victoria, Arianna, and Joseph, with whom he shared his home; two sisters, Kathleen Goterba of Austintown and Mary Hoffman of Andover; a brother, Richard (Beverly) DeVito of Austintown; and his former wife, Cynthia DeVito of Youngstown.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 7 p.m.

Interment will be at Belmont Park Cemetery at a later date.

Due to Mr. DeVito’s untimely passing, his family requests that memorial contributions be made in care of the funeral home to help defray the cost of final expenses.

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

« Sign the guestbook for MICHAEL A. DEVITO.


BEAVER, PA.- Dorothy J. Dillehay, 93, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday afternoon, at Friendship Ridge in Beaver, Pa.

Dorothy was born on Oct. 23, 1919, in Cleveland, the daughter of Homer and Ethel (Spickler) Harrold.

A 1937 graduate of Columbiana High School, she attended the Youngstown School of Comptometry.

Dorothy worked at Mullins Mfg. in Salem from 1945 to 1950. She later worked at A & P in Dallas as a comptometer operator for 22 years.

A Dallas resident for 47 years, and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She always dreamed of returning to Columbiana, which she did when her husband passed away in 1997.

Later with failing health, Dorothy relocated to Aliquippa, Pa., to live with her daughter and son-in-law.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory, her daughter, Marilyn (John) Davie of Aliquippa, Pa.

Besides her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, who died in 1997; her first husband, Herman Rohrer; and two grandsons, Richard and James Camp.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, located at 154 S. Elm St., with Clarence Mansfield officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Columbiana Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or to send private condolences.

« Sign the guestbook for DOROTHY J. DILLEHAY.


CANFIELD – Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, with Father Steve Denas, Father Gus Valentasis, and Father Peter Maillis officiating for Sylvia G. Maillis, 37, formerly of Campbell, who passed away early Sunday morning.

Sylvia was born Nov. 4, 1975, in Youngstown, the daughter of George and Susan Vitus Maillis.

She was a 1994 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School.

Sylvia worked as an overnight support manager for Walmart in Salem for the past eight plus years.

She was a member of the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church.

Sylvia will always be remembered as a wonderful mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, niece and friend. She devoted all of her time to her most cherished gift, her daughter, Marisa. Sylvia always enjoyed spending life’s precious moments with her daughter, and participating in girl scouts and school activities.

She leaves to cherish her memories and will be sadly missed by her parents, George and Susan of Canfield, with whom she made her home; her daughter, Marisa, at home; her sister and brother-in-law, Eleni and John Vanca of Campbell; her brother and sister-in-law, Nick and Katie Maillis of Austintown; her nephew and niece, Luke and Alexi Vanca of Campbell; her maternal grandparents, James and Helen Vitus of Campbell; and many aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, friends, and a host of co-workers.

Sylvia was a special person and a special friend to so many people. “She was like no other.”

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Nick and Sylvia Maillis; her maternal great-grandmother, Elvie Vitus; and her cousin, Nick Ginnis.

The Maillis family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and again from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday morning at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church.

Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Sylvia’s family condolences.

« Sign the guestbook for SYLVIA G. MAILLIS.


CHAMPION TOWNSHIP – Melinda E. Carey, 62, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital of a sudden illness.

She was born April 25, 1951, in Warren, the daughter of the late Wayne Charles and Jane Romanov Masters.

Melinda was a 1969 graduate of Newton Falls High School. She was a devoted “Baba” and homemaker. She was a member of St. Williams Catholic Church in Champion. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and was a loving wife, mom and Baba.

Melinda enjoyed bowling and yardwork, taking great pride in the appearance of her yard.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas L. Carey, whom she married Aug. 10, 1974; two sons, Michael Douglas Carey of Denver and Steven James (Noel) Carey Sr. of Warren; two grandchildren, Madison Jane Carey and Steven James Carey Jr.; one sister, Patricia E. (Christopher) Hanzel of Newton Falls; and one brother, Wayne C. Masters Jr. of Newton Falls. Three nephews also survive.

A private family funeral service will be held at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts-Clark Chapel.

Burial will be at Champion Township Cemetery.

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

Please visit www.robertsclarkchapel.com to make online condolences to the family and to view the obituary.

« Sign the guestbook for MELINDA E. CAREY.


NEWTON FALLS – Marie M. (Koch) Ballas, 84, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Laurie Ann Nursing Home.

Marie was born April 1, 1929, in Woodburn, Ind., the daughter of Henry and Ida (Messman) Koch. She had lived in Newton Falls since 1970, formerly of Indiana.

Marie married John Ballas Jr. on May 24, 1986. They had a wonderful blessed marriage until his passing on June 4, 1987.

Marie was an inspector in the final assembly department at General Motors from 1973 to 1993. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Newton Falls since 1970, where she was very active in church activities. Marie enjoyed cooking, baking and solving crossword puzzles.

Loving memories of Marie will be carried on by her daughter, Lori (James) Becker of Lake Milton; her sons, DeWayne (Deborah) Wells of Cortland, Tim (Mary) Wells of West Lafette, Ind., and Jon (Joan) Wells of Southington; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; a sister; and three brothers.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Messiah Lutheran Church, where family will greet family and friends one hour prior to the service.

Marie will be laid to rest next to her husband, John at Newton Falls Cemetery.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Messiah Lutheran Church, 4920 Fairport Road, Newton Falls, OH 44444 in Marie’s memory or to Trumbull Mobile Meals, 323 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44481.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444.

Family and friends may visit www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com to view this obituary online and send their condolences.

« Sign the guestbook for MARIE M. (KOCH) BALLAS.


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