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YOUNGSTOWN – Paul M. Rupert Sr., 81, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.

Paul was born Sept. 23, 1937, in Altoona, Pa., the son of Donald F. and Jessie E. “Tillie” (Hippo) Rupert.

Paul courageously served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Arcadia. He then went on to retire from the Railroad as an engineer. He was a member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church, the Youngstown Maennerchor Club, Masons, the Girard American Legion, and past president of the United Transportation Union. Paul was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan and loved all baseball, from little league to the Pittsburgh Pirates. His greatest joy was spending time with his family especially his wife of over 63 years, Carol, children and grandchildren.

Paul will always be remembered lovingly by his wife, the former Carol Wilfong, whom he married Nov. 23, 1955; five children, Debra (John) Thompson of Bedford, Pa., Denise Rupert of Naples, Fla., Bonnie (Michael) Rupert-Lizotte of Boardman, Paula (Randy) Niddel of Vienna, and Paul Jr. (Melissa) Rupert of Cranberry Township, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald S. (Patricia) Rupert of Vandergrift, Pa., and Frederick Rupert of Brookfield; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his beloved pet cats.

Besides his parents, Paul was preceded in death by a brother, Kemberly Saltsman; and grandson Jason Cannistra.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, at the funeral home, with Pastor Robert Quaintance officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to Animal Charity, 4140 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512, or Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive, Boardman, OH 44512.

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

Guestbook Entries

Christine Hippo

“So sorry for your loss Uncle Paul was a great man we will miss him your all in our 🙏 R.I.P. uncle Paul ”

 » Christine Hippo on August 17, 2019


“Carol so sorry for your loss.”

 » Linda YODER on August 14, 2019

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