YOUNGSTOWN - A funeral service celebrating the life and legacy of Mrs. Lula Mae Alli, 91, will be held Friday at noon at the Temple Emmanuel Seventh Day Adventist Church, with Pastor Robert Moore delivering the eulogy. Mrs. Alli departed this life June 26, 2016, in Boardman, surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Alli was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Struthers, a daughter of Willie and Rosa Lee Wilson Lemon.
She was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and was formerly employed with Charles Livingstons dress shop. She later retired from Tamco Distributors after 30 years of loyal service. She faithfully served as a member of the church, dedicating her time and talents as a Sabbath teacher, choir director and organist. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend, who will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving children, Jesse L. Alli Jr. of Austintown, Gayle E. and Carolyn R. Alli, both of Boardman; her sisters, Josephine Rollins of Youngstown and Helen Lewis of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and dear friends, including Delores J. Lawson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jesse L. Alli Sr., whom she married Sept. 18, 1948; her siblings, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Willa Mae, Edward and Fred Lemon; her son, Kenneth L. Alli Sr.; her daughter, Cheryl A. Alli; and her grandson, Kameron Alli.
The family will receive friends Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.
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YOUNGSTOWN - Helene Anna (Schuller-Strupkus) Bendel, 92, was born July 1, 1923, at home, on the south side of Youngstown, to Andreas and Anna Hartman Schuller. She lived in the Youngstown area all of her life.
A graduate of South High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society. She was born into the Honterus Evangelical Lutheran Church, now merged with the Bethel Lutheran Church. For many years, she sang soprano and alto in the choir and was financial secretary, along with various other church offices. A member of Branch 22 of the Youngstown Saxon Club (Alliance of Transylvanian Saxons) she was honored as Woman of the Year in 1998. Helen sang with the Concordia Chorus for over 25 years. She was also a member of the Youngstown Maennerchor and its chorus.
Rooted in her German immigrant heritage, music was an important part of Helens life. It was one of the talents she used to express her faith, passion, and joy.
Helen was proud of her attention to detail, especially in her work. Before her marriage to Jerry, she was a bookkeeper for the Printz Company, a mens clothing store and Cavanaugh Hardware (mill supplies). As her children grew, she served as church secretary to Honterus, and as bookkeeper for First Federal Savings and Loan.
Her first husband, Gerard Jerry R. S. Strupkus, who adored her (he took lessons just to dance with her), died on Aug. 20, 1957. During this tragic time, her parents, father-in-law and sister-in-law, had also recently passed away. Helen drew on her strong spiritual faith, the support of her family and many friends, and most especially her mother-in-law, Martha Borm Strupkus, to build a good life for her small family. Emotionally fragile, but strong in spirit, she remained firm and clear in her responsibilities to raise her children. Her leadership by example has resulted in a legacy of family and family of friends who remain close, loving, and embracing however far flung.
Her beloved second husband, Erwin J. Bendel, whom she married in 1972, died on Oct. 7, 1993. Her time with him was most likely the happiest years of her adult life. Erwin also shared her love of music, her ethnic interests and background, and was a perfect fit with her family and friends.
Beside her parents and husbands, Helen was preceded in death by her sister, Dorthea (Martin); and her dear, like-a-sister cousin, Christine Teeny (John) Pukulski.
She leaves with us to cherish her life and memory, her two children, Richard A. (Robin) Strupkus of Leander Texas and Elayne M.S. (Lawrence) Bozick of Coitsville; a loving sister, Alma (Robert) Ingersoll of Poland; two grandchildren, Kimberly and Kevin (Heather) Strupkus: two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Benjamin Strupkus; as well as her nieces and nephews; second cousins; and extended family of cherished friends.
Services will be held at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman, at 11 a.m. on Friday.
Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boardman.
Those who wish to celebrate the life and legacy of Helen will be received Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
CONOVER, N.C. - Charlotte Choppa, 88, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016, at Trinity Place in Albemarle, N.C.
Born July 14, 1927, in Hubbard, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Randolph and Lorena Kesner Deane.
Mrs. Choppa graduated Hubbard High School in 1946. She had worked in retail and in a doctors office in Youngstown. She was a homemaker and attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Newton, N.C.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Choppa Sr.; two brothers, Richard Deane and Alfred Deane.
Survivors include her daughter, Sue Ellen Dalton and husband Dan of Charlotte, N.C.; sons Robert Bob L. Choppa Jr. and wife Cathy of Conover and David Deane Choppa and wife Beth of Woodstock, Ga.; grandchildren Ellie Choppa, Bobby Choppa, Bryan Choppa, Jack Peattie and wife Stephanie, and Nicholas Peattie and wife Shalece; and great-grandchildren Jack, Ben, Mason and Zane Peattie.
A private service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.
Please visit www.drumfh-conover.com to send condolences to the Choppa family.
The Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover is honored to serve the Choppa family.
AUSTINTOWN - A family memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, with the Rev. John Trimbur as celebrant, for Mr. Jarod Camacci, 43, who passed away suddenly Sunday morning at St. Elizabeth Heath Center, after suffering a major brain aneurysm at his home.
Mr. Camacci was born on Aug. 5, 1972, in Youngstown, son to loving parents Wayne A. and Carolyn (Marmagin) Camacci.
Jarod was a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School in 1990. Following high school, Jarod began his career as an electrician, completing a five-year apprenticeship to become a journeyman. Over the past 21 years, Jarod worked for several electrical companies, and most recently, was focusing on starting his own electrical business. He was also affiliated with the baseball fields in the area, and would have his birthday celebrations at the Scrappers Field every year.
Jarod was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown.
Jarod will be greatly missed by all who knew him for his big heart, and willingness to help people. He was a loving husband to his wife, and a great father to his three children, whom he adored with all his heart.
An avid sports fan, Jarod played and coached soccer for many years. He also enjoyed watching football.
Jarod leaves behind to hold onto his precious memories, his wife, the former Lori Gresley, whom he married on April 5, 2008; his parents, Wayne and Carolyn Camacci of Austintown; three children, Katlyn, Kole, and Anthony Camacci, all at home; sister Cara (Geno) Shonce; brother Mark (Denise) Camacci, and identical twin, Todd (Michelle) Camacci, both of Austintown; seven nieces and nephews, Sam, Meghan, Jennie, Mark, Marissa, Ava, and Nicolas; mother-in-law and father-in-law Don and Dianne Gresley; and sister-in-law Lisa Gresley.
Jarods family requests material tributes be made to the Gofundme account that has been setup, www.gofundme.com/2bd9tx5q.
Jarods final act was to give the gift of life through organ donation.
Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences.
COLUMBIANA Elinor P. Kerr, 82, died on Monday, June 27, 2016, at Parkside Health Care Center in Columbiana.
She was born on Jan. 29, 1934, in Poland, a daughter of the late Roy and Ruth Schwartz Kerr.
Elinor had worked as a bookkeeper for Frederick Dodge for 35 years.
She enjoyed growing roses and watching sports. Mostly, she enjoyed watching the Ohio State Buckeyes football games.
She is survived by a sister, Jean Hart of Columbiana; and a nephew, Brian Hart of Columbus.
Elinor was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Kerr.
Per her wishes, no services will be held.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Warrick-Kummer- Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana.
Family and friends may visit www.familycareservices.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Donald E. Kocher, 77, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, June 24, 2016, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.
Don was born May 8, 1939, in Pennsylvania, the son of Elmer R. and Mary E. Turner Kocher.
Don served his country for six years in the U.S. Navy. He had worked for General Motors as an assembler, retiring in 2004.
Don attended the Church Hill United Methodist Church. He was an avid NASCAR fan, enjoyed going to car shows and liked to bowl and golf.
Don was an inspiration to all who knew him. His positive attitude and sense of humor always made others feel good about themselves, and his love for his family was immeasurable.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, the former Beverly Thomas, whom he married April 24, 1998; his children, John (Monica) Kocher of Warren, Donald (Nicole) Kocher Jr. of Austintown and Dina Sparent of Niles; his stepdaughters, Kimberly Sheward (fiancé Michael Varley) of Canfield and Rhonda (Justin) Simpson of Vienna; sisters Arlene Ramsey of Pennsylvania and Janet Kocher of Liberty Township; brothers James Kocher of Niles and David Kocher of Austintown; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 28, at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
Don was laid to rest at Churchill Cemetery with military honors.
The family requests any memorial contributions be made to the Animal Welfare League, 812 Youngstown-Kingsville Road SE, Vienna, OH 44473, in Dons memory.
Friends may visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and express any condolences to the family.
LAKE MILTON My most wonderful husband, Scott W. Morey was taken from me unexpectedly on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Scott and Claire (McKenzie) exchanged vows on Oct. 27, 1989.
Scott was an accomplished engineer for over 27 years, and a member of the International Association of Bridge and Iron Workers, Windsor Local No. 700.
He left behind a son, Ryan Morey; and two grandchildren, Carson and Kara.
He was preceded in death by his father, Chuck Morey.
He is survived by his mother, Robin Morey; and siblings Taylor (Donna), Dunstan (Patty), Adrienne (Bill) and Drew (Margie) Morey. He is the beloved brother-in-law of Christen, Angus (Naomi), Aimee and Tom (Cindy) McKenzie, and he will be missed by his aunt, Beth Trudell and many nieces and nephews, who loved him dearly.
He will be in our hearts forever.
Friends will be received at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, 5797 Mahoning Ave., on Saturday, July 2, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m., where a memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the newly established food bank in Lake Milton. Checks can be made out to Yost Community Food Bank, c/o Joseph Leonard, 1162 NE River Road, Lake Milton, OH 44429.
Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to share a memory or to send a condolence.
AUSTINTOWN Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, celebrated by Pastor Andrew Clark, for Mr. James W. Price, 56, who passed away peacefully, Saturday afternoon, with his loving family by his bedside.
Mr. Price, affectionately known as Jim, was born on March 13, 1960, in Youngstown, son of George V. and Mary E. (Narducci) Price, and remained a resident of Austintown his entire life.
Jim graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1978, and attended Youngstown State University. Following graduation, he began his career as a care taker for Youngstown Developmental Center. He just recently retired after 30 years.
Jim was known for many things, especially his love for the Minnesota Vikings. He was a member of the Vikings Club, liked to attend flea markets, and was an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast.
He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Boardman, where he was very active.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Durrie Davis of Michigan; siblings Donna (Mryon) Reese of Austintown and Denny (Margie) Price of West Middlesex, Pa.; 11 nieces and nephews; and one grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will take place following the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
The family requests that contributions be made in Jims name to the American Heart Association, 840 Southwestern Run, Youngstown, OH 44514.
Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences.
CASA GRANDE, ARIZ. - Beloved father, brother and grandfather, Richard J. Phillips passed away May 30, 2016.
Born in 1934, in Youngstown, Richard served proudly in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war. Richard retired a lieutenant colonel in 1984, after 25 years of loyal service.
Richard was an avid gardener, loved being outdoors tending his plants and reading books. His favorite pastime was cards and he was a devout bridge player. He loved both the game and his bridge club. He was a great storyteller and often spoke of fond memories of time spent on his grandfathers farm in Perryopolis, Pa. and his military service overseas.
Richard was preceded in death by parents Steven and Veronica Phillips; and siblings John, Marion, Steve and Raymond.
He is survived by his siblings, Larry, Bob, Virginia and Dorothy. He will be greatly missed by Andy and Sylvia Phillips, Veronica and Larry Webb and Christina Phillips; as well as loving grandchildren, Cruz Phillips, Sophia and Dillion Webb and many friends.
A military honor guard service will be held July 6, at 10:30 p.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.
MCDONALD - Penelope L. Reese, 74, passed away June 27, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on Feb. 1, 1942, the daughter of Thomas and Kathryn Fox of Martins Ferry.
Penelope enjoyed working around children, especially helping out at Kids First Child Care. Her greatest love and enjoyment was being around her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son Joseph Myers; and sister Debra Fox.
Penelope is survived by her daughter, Kelly A. Grove; granddaughter Sara Fetherolf; sisters Carol (Kenneth) Tillery, Pamela Channell, Kathy (Nick) LaNeve and Kathleen (Andrew) Steen; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hope Center and Hospice of the Valley for the love and care that was given to Penelope.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at 4 p.m. at Amen Corners, 20 W. Main St. in Girard.
Memorial donations may be made to Hope Center, 1745 Niles-Cortland Road NE, Warren, OH 44484; or Hospice of the Valley, 5000 E. Market, Warren, OH 44484.
The family invites you to visit www.reedfuneralhome.com to read the obituary, sign the online guestbook and share fond memories.
YOUNGSTOWN John Thomas Kapturasky Sr., 78, of the citys west side, passed away Saturday morning, June 25, 2016, at Vibra Hospital of Mahoning Valley in Boardman.
John was born March 7, 1938, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph and Anna Hanisko Kapturasky, and was a lifelong area resident.
A 1955 graduate of The Rayen School, John worked for U.S. Steel for 20 years, and for the State Liquor Store for 11 years.
Mr. Kapturasky enjoyed following the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers, and he especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family.
John is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carole Walters Kapturasky, whom he married Feb. 14, 1959; three children, John Jr. (Lori) Kapturasky of Canfield, James Kapturasky of Youngstown, and Charlene Kapturasky of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Jared and Alaina; a brother, Edward Kapturasky of Niles; and a sister, Sally Ann (Paul) Bedenik of Youngstown.
A brother, Joseph Kapturasky, is deceased.
Per Johns wishes, there will be no services or calling hours.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Please visit www.kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary, and to send condolences online to Johns family.
YOUNGSTOWN - Jerome C. Williams Sr., 67, departed this life Tuesday, June, 21, 2016.
He was born Dec. 30, 1948, in Youngstown, the son of Wrenn and Doris Brooks Williams.
Mr. Williams was employed with the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier before retiring. He was a member of the Greater Friendship Baptist Church where he sang in the male chorus. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, receiving several honors.
He leaves to mourn, one son, Jerome C. Williams Jr. of Youngstown; one daughter, Mrs. Danica (Anwar) Cooper of Columbus; four stepsons, Issac Smith and Tremayne Smith, both of Youngstown, Sterling (Chris) Haywood of Columbus and Tony (Sandy) Haywood of Chicago; one brother, Wesley Williams of Youngstown; one sister, Ms. Melanie Forest of Youngstown; one grandchild, Alexandria Pearl Cooper; and a host of stepgrandchildren, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Juanita Smith Williams; and one brother, Earnest Williams.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 1, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church. Calling hours are one hour prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Arrangements of comfort were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.
BROOKFIELD - Nancy A. Wylie, 83, formerly of Hubbard, passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at OBrien Memorial Nursing Home in Brookfield.
Nancy was born May 7, 1933, in Youngstown, a daughter of John A. and Irma C. Lobinger Woodward.
She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.
Her husband, Leon G. Wylie, whom she married Aug. 8, 1952, passed away March 10, 2016.
She will be sadly missed by her family, her children, Gale (David) Kuzell of Erie, Pa., Sharon Williams of Grafton, Va., Bruce (Laurie) Wylie of Brookfield, Leon (Diane) Wylie Jr. of Poland, John (Kelly) Wylie of Hubbard, Brian (Teena) Wylie of Hubbard, and Jeff (Patricia) Wylie of Hubbard; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She also leaves her brother, Robert H. Inglis of Canton.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and her sister, Jean Marie Woodward.
There are no calling or services.
Nancy will be laid to rest at Lake Park Cemetery.
In memory of Nancy, memorial contributions may be made to Angels for Animals, 4750 State Route 165, Canfield, OH 44406.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday at the Third Baptist Church for Mrs. Sarah L. T. Washington, 88, who departed this life on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mrs. Washington was born July 17, 1927, in Opelika, Ala., a daughter of Harrison and Idell Sanders Moore.
She was a long-standing member of the Third Baptist Church, where she served on the courtesy committee, was active with the Ruth Bible class and Keenagers Club. She was a ward clerk at Southside Hospital for 15 years, before working as an assembler and retiring from General Motors in 1985.
She leaves a son, James H. Torbert Jr. of Youngstown; two grandsons, James III of Leavittsburg and Duane L. (Sonya) Martin Sr.; great-grandson James IV of Hubbard; a great-granddaughter, Danaysia L. Martin of Columbus; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Patricia A. Torbert, who went to be with the Lord as an infant in 1948; brothers James Anderson Moore and Thomas L. Moore; and stepbrothers Louis Williams Jr.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.