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CORTLAND - Ruth Marie Cole, 90, formerly of Wexford, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, after a lengthy battle with dementia and pneumonia.

She was born on Nov. 22, 1925, in Chireno, Texas, daughter of the late, Felix and Laura Mae (Lazarine) Y’Barbo.

After high school, Ruth moved to Leavittsburg, and worked at Trumbull Lamp for 10 years. She then moved to Cortland, where she owned and operated her own beauty salon in her home.

Ruth married John Cole from Wexford and moved her salon, The Professional Look, to Wexford. Soon after her husband’s death on Nov. 18, 2001, Ruth relocated back to Cortland to be closer to her daughter.

Ruth loved vacationing with her husband, John, and was an avid bowler and golfer. She also enjoyed playing bocce with all of her friends and loved to spend time with her beloved poodles and cats.

Ruth is survived by her granddaughters, Kelli (Daniel) Swain and Colleen Foley; great-grandchildren Kendra, Donovan, Kellcey, Alexandria, Malyck and Malyiah; sister and best friend, Helen Y. Snyder of Cortland; two brothers, Clifford (Martha) Y’Barbo and Dennis (Pauline) Y’Barbo; a sister-in-law, Oletta Y’Barbo, all of Houston; three brothers-in-law, Robert Cole, James Cole, and Thomas Cole; two sisters-in-law, Carol S. McElhinny and Kathleen L. Cole; her favorite friend and primary caregiver, Sharon Gilmore of Cortland; and her precious cats, Smokey and Shadow.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Cole; daughter Cheryl Foley; and one brother, John Earl Y’Barbo.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel, 164 N. High St. in Cortland, from noon to 2 p.m.

Funeral services will follow calling hours at the funeral home beginning at 2 p.m.

Burial will be at the Allegheny County Memorial Park in Allison Park, Pa.

Please visit www.LaneFuneralHomes.com to view this obituary and to send online condolences to the family.

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AUSTINTOWN - Funeral services will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman, officiated by Pastor John Musgrave for Lydia S. Farcas, 66, who passed away peacefully Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

Lydia was born May 22, 1949, in Paxton, Ill., a daughter of Ivan and Maxine Irvin Murray.

She was a 1967 graduate of Girard High School and a former member of the Girard First Assembly Church. Lydia was a caregiver for many area families. Her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her family.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Cornelius P. Farcas, whom she married June 16, 1979; two daughters, Renee (Dominic) Perry and Heidi (Larry) Balben; a son, Timothy Farcas; two sisters, Becky Gilbert and Cara Dunlap; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Lydia was preceded in death by a infant daughter, Danielle; two brothers, Larry Combest and Jimmy Murray; and a sister, Iris Murray.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.

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BOARDMAN - After a brief illness on Sunday morning, Feb. 7, 2016, at Select Specialty Hospital, Boardman Campus, Paul Raymond Heffelfinger, 84, formerly of Youngstown, passed quietly, with his beloved daughter, Barbara M. Heffelfinger, and very dear, close friend, Nick Di Fabio, at his side.

Paul was born on Sept. 5, 1931, in New Kensington, Pa., to the late John and Mary Heffelfinger.

He was a Dutch Irish man, with a quiet, unassuming and private personality and had an appreciation for art projects that were reflected in his home, yard and garden. Working hard his entire life, Paul spent his career in the maintenance division for air conditioning and refrigeration at the GM Plant in Lordstown. According to Barbara, her “Dad was more than a father. He was someone people could really trust and rely on in life. You could talk to him openly and honestly always knowing he would neither judge you nor hold his opinion back.”

Besides his daughter, Barbara, and longtime friend, Nick Di Fabio and his family, Paul is survived by Deborah and Elizabeth Macro, two women he raised from a young age.

In 1988, Paul suffered the tragic loss of his only son, John.

A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Greenwood Memorial Park in New Kensington, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at noon, with inurnment to take place at 12:30 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to the Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat Inc.

Visit www.cremateohio.com to send condolences to Paul’s family.

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BOARDMAN - Jack D. Johnson, 78, died Tuesday evening at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Jack was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Youngstown, a son of Nels and Orpha Snyder Johnson.

He was a 1956 graduate of Boardman High School. Jack worked at SKF Industries and was owner of Antiques on Market Street.

Jack and his wife, Joyce, were active members at the Bethel Friends Church in Poland, singing on the praise team in the choir. In earlier years, they sang in a gospel quartet, “The Duplicators.” Jack and Joyce were avid fans of travel and were “celebrities” on cruise ships. When they weren’t traveling, they enjoyed watching and supporting their grandchildren’s various activities.

He is survived by his wife of almost 57 years, Joyce Johnson (Niemiec), whom he married March 9, 1959. They have three daughters, Janet (Dr. James) Haynes of Columbia, S.C., Joan (Mark) Alessandrini of Boston, and Jacqui (Jack) Zocolo of Boardman; nine grandchildren, Kristin, Brooke, Scott, Diane, Andrew, Christopher, Kenny, Chloe and Dominic; and two great-grandchildren, Emmie and Zack.

Friends and family will be received Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St. in Boardman, with the Rev. Cynthia Adcock and Pastor Bobby Murphy officiating.

The family requests that donations be made to the Bethel Friends Church, 2271 Spitler Road, Poland, OH 44514 or the Caring Voice Coalition at www.caringvoice.org.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP – Donald J. Kincaid, 87, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

Donald was born Nov. 25, 1928, in Girard, the son of Harry and Margaret Baumgartner Kincaid.

He retired in 1989 from U.S. Steel McDonald Works after 45 years as an electrician. Donald enjoyed boating and fishing during his lifetime.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda DiAngelis of Hubbard; his brother, Jack Kincaid of Weathersfield Township; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former, Helen Aikins, whom he married Sept. 23, 1970, and who died in 2001; and his sister, Ethel White.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m., at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 3 p.m. until the time of service.

Donald will be laid to rest at Belmont Park Cemetery.

Please visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.

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COLUMBIANA - Nancy Sara Lantz, 82, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, Feb. 6, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, surrounded by her family.

Nancy was born on Aug. 20, 1933, in Tacoma, Wash., a daughter of Carroll C. and Sara LaVern (Collins) Carkin.

A Clover Park (Washington) High School graduate, she worked as the secretary for the shipyard Comptroller of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash. She retired from there in 1994. She enjoyed traveling, and lived in places across the United States and around the globe from Alaska to England. Nancy was a proud member of the D.A.R. and an elder and the organist for the Bessemer Presbyterian Church. A professional seamstress, she also enjoyed knitting, quilting, and other handicrafts.

Nancy leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Susan Conder and her husband, Harold, of New Springfield; her five sons, Bob and his wife, Kathy, of West Bend, Wis., Timothy and his wife, Judy, of Jacksonville, Fla., Carroll (Chip) of Spokane, Wash., Mark and his wife, Kat, also of Spokane, and Jonathan “Jack” and his wife, Belinda, of Alexander, N.C.; 18 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She also leaves her sister, Judy Fodge of Newberg, Ore.

Nancy was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Caryl (Jay) Hendricks.

Memorial services will be held on Sunday, Feb. 14, at noon at the Bessemer Presbyterian Church, with Pastor Nathan Leslie officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made in Nancy’s memory to the Bessemer Presbyterian Church, 29 N. Main St, Bessemer, PA 16112.

The family has entrusted the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, with the arrangements for their loved one.

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

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MADISONVILLE, TENN. – Donald E. Pittser, formerly of Lake Milton, passed into eternal rest on Saturday, Jan. 30, at home, with his fiance by his side.

Born June 25, 1930, he lived a full life and was a little guy with a big personality.

He was loved by many and never met a stranger. Always willing to help, he was respected and loved by his neighbors and friends. He loved talking about the “good ol’ days” and nobody told a story like him. He was proud of the many things he done in his life and of his family. In the 70s, “Don’s” family and close family friends formed a band called The Blue Boys and The Country Sweethearts, who were proud to play for many veterans at special events and at the veterans hospitals. He was also very proud of his American Indian (Apache) heritage.

He had many professions in his life, including Bronco buster, rodeoing, truck driver (CB handle, Lil Apache) and an ordained minister.

Don was a veteran of the Korean War and was proud to serve his country.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Launa Miracle Pittser in 2010; infant son, David; mother Florence Gordon Leeson; father Ottawa Ollie Pittser; and brothers Raymond Ross and Johnny Leeson.

Don is survived by his fiance, Judy Wright; four sisters, Louise, Bonnie, Aida and Barb; two brothers, Bill and Clarence; four children, Willie (Marlene) Pittser, Charlie (Patricia) Pittser, Nina (Joel) Ashcraft and Donna Pittser Wells and fiance Todd Adelman; and many nieces and nephews.

He was blessed to have nine grandchildren, Adam, Andrea, Allison, Evonne, Eric, Shonna, Cody, Cheyenne and Nathan; and 14 great-grandkids, Emma, Olivia and Blake (debuting soon), Vincent, Carson, Avery, Elizabeth, Skylar, (plus one debuting this year), Connor, Vinnie, Lexi, Jayden and Charlie. He loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, near or far he always kept them close in heart.

As per his request, cremation has taken place. A family graveside interment will take place Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at noon at Atwater Cemetery, 1237 State Route 183, in Atwater, with military honors.

A memorial will take place at the Pricetown United Methodist Church at 2 p.m., 4704 (Mahoning-Trumbull) County Line Road, Newton Falls.

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WARREN - Susan K. Russ, 75, passed away on Tuesday evening, Feb. 9, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Warren.

Susan was born on April 17, 1940, in Canton, a daughter of the late Paul and Florence (Griffith) Chopson.

She was a graduate of Lincoln High School in Canton. She was a proud homemaker and found work at Johnny’s Pastry in Canton. She moved to the Niles area after she got married to her husband, Joseph Russ, on Oct. 10, 1975, and moved to Brookfield in 1983. Once she moved, she became a member of the Payne’s Corner Christian Church in Brookfield.

She had a love for animals and enjoyed being around people.

Susan will be deeply missed by her daughter, Terri (TC) Dankovich of Canfield; her son, Bret Shaw of Phoenix; her stepson, Steven Russ of Corpus Christi, Texas; three grandchildren, Joshua, Tyler, and Zachary Dankovich; and her two sisters, Merry Ann (Don) Nehlen of Florida and Donna (John) Brendus of Massillon.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Russ, who passed away on Dec. 14, 2004.

A memorial service will be held for Susan on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at 4 p.m., at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., Canfield.

Friends may call one hour prior to services.

In lieu of flowers, friends may send memorial contributions to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406; or the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504.

Family and friends may visit www.madaszchapel.com to send their heartfelt condolences and to view Susan’s obituary.

Susan’s arrangements were entrusted with the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel in Brookfield.

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EAST PALESTINE - Frank S. Behne Sr., 88, died at 3:05 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at the St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

He was born March 25, 1927, in Youngstown, the son of the late William O. and Bertha (Hagerman) Behne.

He worked for Ohio Edison for 40 years, retiring as superintendent of the Salem district. Frank was a member of the Greenford Lutheran Church and Gustavus Lodge No. 442 of the F.& A.M. He was a pilot, built and flew his own planes, and also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

He was in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in Panama during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Carlson (Griffes) Behne, whom he married Dec. 24, 2005; two sons, Frank S. (Rebecca) Behne Jr. of Youngstown and John W. (Kathryn) Behne of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Diane E. (Joe) Matasek of Boardman and Carol Jean Behne of Hubbard; a stepdaughter, Sandra Davis (Lawrence) Camp of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two stepsons, Jeffrey (Debbie) Earnest of Frazeysburg and Eric A. (Judy) Earnest of Wernersville, Pa.; and five grandchildren.

His first wife, Pearl Molnar Behne, preceded him in death July 8, 2001. Five brothers, T. Russell, William, Herbert, Donald, and Neil Behne; and three sisters, Reba Ensell, Freda Lloyd, and Selma Rolland also preceded him in death.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the Greenford Lutheran Church, with Pastor Mike Knauff officiating. Calling hours will be held one hour prior to service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenford Lutheran Church, 7450 W. South Range Road, Greenford, OH 44422.

Arrangements were handled by the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.

Please visit www.starkmemorial.com to view his obituary and send condolences online.

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CAMPBELL - A prayer service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Tod Homestead Cemetery for Marie M. Sweetko, 94, who passed away Feb. 1.

Marie was born May 26, 1921, in Campbell, the daughter of Matt and Katherine Schmidt Gogesch.

She was a 1939 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School. Marie was a homemaker and in the 1950s, she owned China Lane Restaurant on Market Street. She was also one of the original owners of the Diamond Tavern in Campbell. She was a member of the Prime Timers of the First Baptist Church in Campbell and enjoyed traveling with the group. Marie was a proud owner of a 1955 black Thunderbird. Most of all, Marie loved animals, especially her dog “Sweetie,” whom she had for 19 years. She was also a lifelong donor to the World Wildlife Fund. She loved to eat and cook and most appreciated receiving homemade foods from her family and friends.

Marie’s husband, John, passed away July 29, 1993.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her nephews and nieces, Frank Richards, Patricia Adams, Mary Pat Scali, Dorothea Davis, Elan Maddick and Russell Bacharach; and many great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Besides her parents and her husband, John, Marie was preceded in death by her brother, John Gogesch; her sisters, Rose Richards and Katherine Julius, and her nieces, Patty and Carole Julius.

Marie’s family wishes to send a special thank you to her caregiver of many years, Louise Gibb.

The family requests monetary donations be made to Angels for Animals or an animal charity of your choice in Marie’s name.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN - Funeral services celebrating the life of Mrs. Alberta Colyar Tellington will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the J.E. Washington Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lewis Macklin officiating. Alberta passed away peacefully at St. Elizabeth Health Center on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016.

Alberta was born May 18, 1956, in Youngstown, a daughter of Noble and Ora Lee Spires Colyar.

She was a 1974 graduate of The Rayen School and for over 19 years was employed as a laundry coordinator at the Ohio State Penitentiary.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband, Mr. James Tellington, whom she married Dec. 25, 1999; two daughters, Timisha Colyar of Marietta, Ga., Iteia Colyar of Youngstown; three brothers, James Colyar and Clifton Colyar, both of Youngstown, and Lewis Colyar of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Loretta McClellan of Chicago and Elenora Mitchell of Beuford, S.C.; two grandchildren, Richard “Bootsie” Harris IV of Georgia and Bryona “Buttons” Colyar of Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Julia Mae Cochrane.

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

Please visit Jewashingtonfuneralservices.com to leave condolences and to sign the online guestbook.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN - Dorothy A. Uhran, 95, formerly of Boardman, passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 10, 2016, at Brookdale Cornersburg.

Dorothy was born July 8, 1920, the daughter of the late Elmer and Elizabeth (Hammond) Beatty.

She graduated from South High School in 1939, and was a lifelong area resident. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where she attended as a child.

Dorothy is survived by two nephews, Joseph Beatty of Jonesboro, Ark. and Thomas (Cassandra) Beatty of Poland and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, George E. Uhran, whom she married on June 26, 1947, died May 12, 1999; three sisters, Sara Reynolds, Frances Krimmer and Anna Beatty; four brothers, John Beatty, Andrew Beatty, David Beatty and George Beatty; and niece-in-law Josephine Beatty.

Family and friends may call on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home, 4221 Market St., Boardman.

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

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VIENNA – Shirley A. Wise, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Feb. 10, 2016.

Shirley was born April 4, 1935, in Hastings, Pa., the daughter of the late Andrew G. and Anne Hudak Morgan.

She was united in marriage to Joseph J. Wise on March 12, 1957. He preceded her in death April 21, 1996. They were married for 39 blissful years.

Shirley had worked as head cashier for Kroger’s, and later went on to demonstrate for the Toy Ladies company, where she won several awards for top sales. Shirley loved being in her kitchen preparing meals for her family and friends. She was an excellent baker. At Christmas time, and for special occasions, she baked and sold cookies. Shirley had a heart of gold, and loved the life gifted to her by God. She was a long standing member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. She was past-president of the Women’s Guild and also of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She devoted many years to serving others at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen (dining hall).

Shirley will be deeply missed by her children, Joe (Katie) Wise of Vienna, John (Carol) Wise of Fowler, David (Junett) Wise of Fowler; her brother, John “Sonny” Morgan, of Vienna; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Andrew S. Wise, in 1998.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Feb. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Blackstone Funeral Home, 672 Churchill Road, Girard. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, at 11 a.m., at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Vienna, preceded by a prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home.

Shirley will be interred at Crown Hill Cemetery in Vienna, next to her husband.

The family would like to thank Autumn Hills Care Center, where she made her home for the past year, and Hospice of the Valley for their dedication to Shirley’s comfort.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the facilities that provided her comfort at the end of life and any of the organizations she spent her life serving, St. Vincent DePaul Society (soup kitchen), 2415 Niles Road, Warren, OH 44484; Hospice of the Valley, 5980 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512; or Autumn Hills Care Center, 2565 Niles-Vienna Road, Niles, OH 44446.

Please visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.

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