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HOOPPOLE, ILL. – Rev. David T. Bailey, 60, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at the Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis, emergency room.

David was born Dec. 12, 1954, in Youngstown, the son of Thomas M. and Martha V. (Adams) Bailey Jr.

He was a 1972 graduate of Boardman High School, a 1976 graduate of Youngstown State University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and went on to Myerstown Theological Seminary for a Master’s Degree in Divinity in 1979.

David served his Lord and Savior for 38 years with the Evangelical Congregational Church. He served multiple churches in Pennsylvania and most recently, the Calvary EC Church in Hooppole. He had also served within the Quad City Walk to Emmaus Community.

David loved volunteering with local theater organizations, as he yearned to make himself, as well as others, laugh. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and overseeing church camp at Rock River Bible Camp and Camp Echo.

David joined Wanda M. Forney in holy matrimony on Nov. 26, 1977, for 25 years. Together, they raised three children, Bryn of Florida, Bryan of Pennsylvania, and Brianne of Pennsylvania; and two grandchildren, until she passed away on May 20, 2003.

David also shared his heart with Sandy Caton-Glass-Bailey on May 19, 2012, and gained six additional children, Bill of Massachusetts, Rob of Texas, Cyndy of Illinois, Bryan of Illinois, Laurie of Illinois, and Valerie of Illinois; and 12 grandchildren, who all survive him.

David is also survived by his sister, Barbara E. (Bailey) Nesbitt of Conneaut.

David was preceded in death by a twin sister, Diana Sue Bailey (1954); and a daughter, Martha Grace Bailey (1980).

In addition to funeral services that were held in Moline, Ill., funeral services will be held, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the David’s Community Bible Church, 1072 State Rte. 25, Millersburg, Pa., with Bishop Bruce Hill of the Evangelical Congregational Church officiating.

David will be laid to rest beside his first wife at the Reigel Cemetery in Millersburg.

Family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 9 a.m. until time of services at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Rock River Bible Camp, 910 N. Bend Road, Dixon, IL 61021, or Camp ECCO, 5140 Pioneer Road, Carrollton, OH 44615.

Visit www.thompsonsmithnesbitt.com to view the online guestbook and to send condolences.

Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Thompson-Smith-Nesbitt Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Conneaut, whom is honored to serve “our Uncle David” and his family.

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YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services at 7 p.m., Monday evening, Feb. 2, 2015, with the Rev. Kevin Peters officiating, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, for Arlene E. Durrett, 65, who passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 29, 2015.

Arlene was born April 4, 1949, in Youngstown, the daughter of Robert L. and Mary L. (Melko) Durrett.

Arlene was a 1967 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. She worked as a receptionist for Senior Independence. Arlene was a member of St. Angela Merici Church and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers Fan.

Arlene will forever be remembered lovingly by her longtime companion, Raymond C. Martinez of Youngstown; brother Richard Durrett of Boardman; sister Nancy (Randy) Savo of Campbell; niece Jessica (John) Pena of Columbus; nephew Jason (Tiffany) Savo of Harlansburg, Pa.; great-niece Haylie Savo; great-nephews Landon and Carter Savo; and her beloved pets, Goldie and Sheba.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Durrett.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, prior to the service at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

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

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SALEM - Lola Ann Kurtz, 77, passed away Jan. 29, 2015, surrounded by family in her home, after a lingering illness of Alzheimer’s.

Born June 3, 1937, Lola Ann was the only child born to Clarence and Doris Charlton Sheller in Youngstown.

She grew up in Greenford, where she graduated from Greenford High School as salutatorian of her class of 1955.

On June 12, 1955, Lola Ann married Edgar Kurtz and together they enjoyed a life, while raising their family as part of Kurtz Farms. She grew a large garden, helped on the farm and shared her hospitality to many. Later in life, Lola Ann became a nurse at Salem Hospital.

Lola Ann was a member of the Leetonia Mennonite Church, where she led and participated in many of the church activities. Her faith was evident in her walk in life, such as starting the children’s puppet ministry at church and singing church songs with the grandchildren while swinging on the front porch swing. For many years, she was a part of the Prison Ministry for Women that was sponsored by the Gideon’s, as well as supporting the Gideon ministry. Lola Ann served on the Mahoning County Farm Bureau Board for many years.

Over the years, Lola Ann and Eddie were able to travel extensively, visiting Hawaii, the Caribbean and Europe. Each summer, the family spent time on Kentucky Lake, where many memories were made. For the past several years, they were able to get away from the winter by spending time in Florida, enjoying their motor home as a home away from home.

Survivors include Edgar; children Sherri Goodwin (Dean), Dan (Priscilla), and Linda Witmer (Mark); nine grandchildren and spouses; and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank those that have offered care including her sister-in-law, Anna Marie Kurtz, caretaker Emma Nason, Hospice, and others who have helped these past few months.

Services will be held at the Leetonia Mennonite Church on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Phil Slabaugh officiating. Burial will follow at Midway Mennonite Cemetery.

Calling hours will be at the church on Monday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m., with a Gideon service at the close of calling hours. Friends may also call at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gideon International.

Arrangements are being made by the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home in Leetonia.

Please visit www.familycareservices.com to sign the register and send condolences.

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NEW MIDDLETOWN - Prayers will begin Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 a.m. at the Holy Family Catholic Church, for Fred F. Petrolla, 84, formerly of Poland, who died at his home in New Middletown.

Fred was born Sept. 28, 1930, in Youngstown, the son of Michael and Palmina (Panuzio) Petrolla.

He graduated from East High School in 1948. He was an accomplished drummer, a member of the band and also played with the Ohio’ins band. He wrote, composed and recorded six songs with his band “Freddie and the Polka Pals.” In addition to his musical talents, Fred was a gifted carpenter, was an amateur astrologist, and worked at Republic and LTV Steel.

Fred was a longtime member of the Holy Family Church, where he was also an usher.

He also coached and managed for the Poland Baseball Association, was a former president of the Mahoning Valley Astrology Association, and was a member of the Poland Council of the Knights of Columbus.

His wife, the former Lola Deramo, whom he married July 8, 1950, died Jan. 4, 2001.

He is survived by his daughter, Pattie (Thomas) Welsh, with whom he made his home; a son, Joseph (Christine) Petrolla of Poland; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Dr. Heather Petrolla.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Angelo Petrolla; a sister, Virginia Neff; and brothers John, Felix, James and Domonic.

Friends may call Monday from 9 a.m. until prayers at 10:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel.

Fred’s family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the local Parkinson’s Foundation in Fred’s memory, in care of the funeral home, 2726 Center Road, Poland OH 44514.

Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be held on Monday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. at the Szabo & Sons Funeral Home for Margaret E. Sikora, 88, who passed away Thursday morning at Assumption Village.

Margaret was born April 17, 1926, in Youngstown, a daughter of Louis and Margaret Kavesky Sikora.

She was a graduate of Chaney High School, a member of the Holy Apostles Parish, and a former member of Our Lady of Hungary Church. She worked in the accounting department of U.S. Steel.

Margaret is survived by a nephew, Louis (Inger) Sikora of North Carolina; a niece, Priscilla Peterson of South Carolina; several great-nephews; and several great-great-nephews and great-great-nieces; and a close friend, Agnes Heredy of Youngstown.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis and Alex Sikora.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

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BOARDMAN – Prayers will be at 9 a.m., Tuesday, at the Fox Funeral Home, Boardman, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, concelebrated by the Rev. Gregory Maturi and the Rev. Tim O’Neill at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic’s Church, Youngstown, for John D. Sinclair, 78, who died peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief illness, on Jan. 28, 2015.

Born Oct. 21, 1936, in Youngstown, he was a son of the late Charles and Mary (Hillhouse) Sinclair.

John graduated from South High School in 1954, where he garnered All-City Series honors as a basketball player. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1956.

John married Edith A. Stiffler on July 30, 1960, the beginning of 54 loving years of marriage.

John was a printer for The Vindicator for 42 years. He also officiated high school football and basketball games for over 25 years. Always sports oriented, he coached his children’s little league teams, taught them to play tennis and was a handball champion at the Youngstown YMCA. In recent years, he exercised at the Davis YMCA and at Creekside Fitness Center, where he was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Creekside.” If he was not hitting 11 three-pointers in a row on the court at Creekside, he could be found holding court at the Blue Wolf.

John loved life, cherished his friendships, and never had an unkind word for anyone.

John took great pleasure in following the athletic accomplishments of his grandchildren. He continued to follow high school football throughout the state with his Friday night football gang, but never on Saturday, as that night was reserved for date night with “Edie,” the love of his life. John loved his family and in return he was much loved.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Edie; his loving children, John F. (Simone) Sinclair, Jill Mettille (Newland), and Charles (Mary) Sinclair of Canfield; and eight grandchildren, Jeffrey Sinclair, Tyler Mettille, Mack Mettille, Alexis Mettille, Teresa Sinclair, Charles Sinclair, Marcella Sinclair, and Nicholas Sinclair.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Sinclair and sister Elizabeth Ford.

Family and friends will be received on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Fox Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

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

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EAST PALESTINE - Kay L. Woods, 64, of Bacon Avenue, passed away at 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at her residence, following a lengthy illness.

Kay was born Jan. 29, 1951, in Salem, a daughter of the late Kenneth E. “Barney” and Margaret Brelih Reesh, and was a lifetime resident of the community.

She had at one time been employed with the former Union Commercial & Savings Bank.

Her husband, Gregory A. Woods, whom she married on Aug. 22, 1970, preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2011.

Kay is survived by three daughters, Jennifer (Mike Smith) Woods of Canaan, N.H., and Stacey and Lisa Woods, both at home. She also leaves a brother, Kenneth (Bonnie) Reesh, also of East Palestine.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at the Oliver-Linsley Funeral Home, with Dennis Claypool, speaking. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the time of service.

Please visit www.oliver-linsley.com to view this obituary.

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