CANFIELD - Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 9:30 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, and 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church, for William Casey, 81, who passed away peacefully at home on Monday.
He was born Feb. 4, 1933, in Youngstown, son of Patrick Casey and Helen Conaboy.
He was a 1951 graduate of East High School, and a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving from 1951 until 1955. William worked in Engineering at Ohio Bell for 40 years before retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. Christine Church, a volunteer as a money counter at the church, and also belonged to the Saxon Club. William enjoyed playing bocce, going on vacations, and many other things with his family and grandchildren.
Surviving is his wife, Sheila Bownas, whom he married April 11, 1959; a son, Timothy P. (Heather) Casey of Virginia; a daughter, Kathleen (Jason) Olesh of Canfield; a sister, Eileen (Jim) Mauch of Austintown; and nine grandchildren, Madison, Spencer, Mackenzie, Brennan, Cameryn, William, Delanie, TaraLynn, and Decklan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Christopher T. Casey; in-laws Norman and Tillie Bownas; two brothers, Tom Casey and Mickey Casey; and five sisters, Maryellen, Anna, Catherine, Theresa and Patricia.
Friends will be received on Friday, July 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home, Inc., Youngstown.
Contributions may be made to St. Christine Church.
Please visit www.vaschak-kirilafh.com to view this obituary or to send condolences to the family.
BOARDMAN - Private family services will be held at a later date for William R. Crawford, 83, who entered into rest Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
William was born July 12, 1931, in Niles, a son of the late William A. and Selena (Wick) Crawford. William was an area resident most of his life.
He retired from GM Lordstown.
William leaves his wife of 54 years, Maureen Crawford; a daughter, Pam Valentino of Warren; five sons, Skip Crawford of Lafayette, Ind., Tom Crawford of New Port Richey, Fla., Gary Kompanik of Houston, Mike Kompanik of San Diego, and Tim Kompanik of McDonald and their families; and a sister, Jean Plant of Uniontown.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Charles David Crawford.
Family requests that material tributes may take the form of donations to Angels for Animals, 4750 South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.
Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.
HERMITAGE, PA. - A funeral service celebrating the life of Mrs. Wilma Christman, affectionately known as Bunny, will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Second Baptist Church, with the Rev. Forest Underwood delivering the eulogy.
Mrs. Christman was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Birmingham, Ala., a daughter of Rufus and Billie Battles Mitchell. The family relocated to Youngstown, where Wilma graduated high school.
Bunny married Harry B. Benny Christman on Aug. 29, 1941. Together they reared their niece, Dorothy Christman-Peyton, as their eldest and were later blessed with two children, LeeAnn Christman and Harry Jr. Corky Christman. They were inseparable, until Bennys unexpected death in October 1972.
Bunny, a licensed cosmetologist, operated a home beauty shop for many years, she later worked at the former Masons and Treasure Island Department Stores in Hermitage, Pa. In the late 70s, Bunny moved to Cleveland and worked at Halley Brothers. Upon her return to Farrell in the early 80s, she worked at MCAR until her retirement. Bunny was a former member of the Eastern Stars, the Home Makers Womens Club and the First Baptist Church, serving in the Kitchen Ministry for several years.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving children, Dorothy Christman-Peyton and her husband, Rev. Robert Peyton, LeeAnn Christman, and Harry B. Corky and his wife, Gloria Christman Jr.; her grandchildren, Michelle A. Henderson, Lachelle M. Christman, Harry B. Ben and his wife, Michelle Christman III, and Jarel A. and his wife, Meagan Christman; great-grandchildren Kiara L. Cromartie, Imani Y. Hilton, Brionna C. Henderson, Dante R. Wallace, Marcus T. Wallace, Jayden Henderson Hightower, Jalyncia R. Christman, Jarel A. Christman Jr., Holden I. Christman, and Aniyah L. Christman; a great-great-grandson, Maurion A. Brodie; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.
Bunny was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harry B. Christman Sr.; a sister, Ruby L. Lomax; and a half-sister, Janie McCormick.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Interment will be at Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Sharon Hospice, Sharon Regional Health Care System.
POLAND - Albert C. Fox, 84, formerly of Canfield, died suddenly of a stroke Tuesday afternoon, July 22, at Hospice of the Valley Hospice House.
Al was born May 4, 1930, in Youngstown, a son of Thomas and Ruth Thompson Fox.
Raised in Struthers, Al graduated from Struthers High School in 1948. From 1948 until 1957, Al worked at Republic Steel. In 1957, he began his own business as a building contractor, building numerous homes in the area. In 1961, Al was employed at Ohio Edison, where he held numerous positions and retired in 1991.
Al was a member of the Boardman Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon and Superintendent of the Sunday school. He was a former member and President of the Optimist Club.
He enjoyed attending his grandchildrens sporting events, playing cards, watching the Cleveland Indians and spending winters in Estero, Fla. He was known for his friendliness, was very outgoing and never met a stranger. Al most enjoyed his family and friends.
His first wife, the former Jean Sharp, whom he married June 26, 1950, died May 31, 2003.
He leaves his second wife, the former Darlene Helsel Zaba, whom he married July 20, 2007; four sons, James T. Fox and Daniel C. (Doreen) Fox, all of Struthers, Rick L. (Donna) Fox of Canfield, and Randy A. (Gerry) Fox of Philadelphia; stepdaughter Janet (Sam) Pitzulo of Canfield; grandchildren Jennifer (Mike) Agnone, James (Dana) Fox Jr., Jodi (Steve) Kishel, Daniel Fox Jr., Missy (Shick) Park; Atty. David Fox, Joseph Fox, and Brian Fox; stepgrandchildren Christine (Bob) Milone, Matt (Diane) Cox and Mike (Melissa) Cox, Dana (Cody) Allen and John Pitzulo; great-grandchildren Natalie Agnone, Kelsey Agnone, Jocelyn Koziorynski; Tommy Koziorynski, Madison Fox, Kian Fox, and Aria and Onyx Park; step great-grandchildren Brittany, Bobby, Brooke, Anthony, Gina, Ben, Emily, Lauren, and Nathan; and one step great-great-grandson, Christopher; sister Dorothy Ridenour of Struthers; and sister-in-law Margaret Fox of Poland.
Besides his parents and first wife, Al was preceded in death by his siblings, Nina Fisher, Lawrence Fox, Alice Walker, and Esther White; and daughter-in-law Marsha Fox.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Boardman Baptist Church, with Pastor Dennis Massie officiating.
Interment will be at the Poland Riverside Cemetery.
Friends will be received Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St., Boardman, and Saturday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the church.
Contributions may be made to the Boardman Baptist Church, 1207 Shields Road, Boardman, OH 44511.
Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
AUSTINTOWN - Raymond E. Heaven, 68, passed away after a long battle with cancer on Monday, July 21, 2014.
He was born in Youngstown on Aug. 18, 1945, to the late Ralph and Helen (Hoback) Heaven.
Raymond was a North High School graduate. He went on to work for GM for 30 years before retiring in 2001.
Raymond loved bowling and was a member of several leagues, most recently the Amron Wednesday Senior League. He was a past director and president of the Youngstown Mens Bowling Association and was given the honor of being inducted into the Youngstown Mens Bowling Hall of Fame in 1992. Among Raymonds bowling accomplishments were his 300 game that he bowled in 2004, and an 800 series.
Raymond was also a member of the Friendship Golf League and an avid Cleveland sports fan.
Left to mourn Raymonds passing are his loving wife, Linda Varso; his sons, R. Scott (Kikuyo) Heaven of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Greg (Marisha) Heaven of Leetonia; his stepchildren, Timothy Varso of Austintown and Shawn (Melissa) Varso of Austintown; his grandchildren, Ava and Scarlett Heaven of Leetonia, and Emily, Lindsey, and Adam Varso of Austintown; and his brother, James Heaven of New Middletown.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert Heaven.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Chris Knight and staff at The Hope Center for Cancer Care and Javit Court Dialysis Center, and the staff of Hospice of the Valley for their compassion and care.
A funeral service will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 25, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
Family will receive friends prior to the service from 4 to 7 p.m.
Interment to take place at Petersburg Cemetery.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
STRUTHERS - George H. Orf Jr., 78, died Tuesday afternoon, July 22, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
George was born Aug. 31, 1935, in Struthers, a son of George and Laurabell Ferguson Orf.
He was a graduate of Poland Seminary High School and entered the U.S. Navy Reserves after graduation. George was a member of the Ironworkers Local 207 and worked as an Ironworker, retiring after 44 years of service.
In his free time, George enjoyed bowling and golfing in his earlier years, hunting and fishing, especially enjoying his annual fishing trips to Canada.
He leaves his wife, the former Irene Hempstead, whom he married March 10, 1957; three sons, Charles (Mary Jo) Orf of Franklin, Pa., Kenneth (Debbie) Orf of Lowellville, and Michael (Cindy) Orf of Struthers; sister Lois Ballew of Florida; and four grandchildren, Charles, Jacob, Michael, and Kenny Orf.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Allen, and a brother, Robert Orf.
Per Georges request, there will be no calling hours or services.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
HUBBARD - There will be services held Friday, July 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for William W. Knapp, 53, who passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
William was born Sept. 1, 1960, in Ridgefield Park, N.J., a son of Edward C. Jr. and Evelyn West Knapp.
He was a graduate of Ramapo College in New Jersey.
William was a regional vice president for many years at Primerica Financial Services in Youngstown.
He loved sports, especially the New York Yankees, the New York Jets, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also enjoyed music, cars, cooking and smoking meats, making sausage, and loved life itself.
He will be sadly missed by his family, his wife, the former Maureen Pimpinella, whom he married Aug. 29, 1998; his siblings, Georgia (Robert) Massimi of Oakland, N.J., Edward (Kathleen) Knapp III of Martinez, Ga., Lisa (George Eddie) Kuglar of Evans, Ga., and Thomas (Christine) Knapp of Teaneck, N.J.
He also leaves his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dominic and Maria Pimpinella; sister-in-law Yvonne Huber; brothers-in-law Alex (Sharyn) Pimpinella and Mike (Jennifer) Pimpinella, all of Hubbard; several nieces and nephews; and his two best friends, his dogs, Duncan and Connor.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, George Rusty Knapp.
There will be calling hours Friday, July 25, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at 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.
NEW CASTLE, PA. Mary C. Lombardo, 93, of South Lafayette Street, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren.
She was born April 5, 1921, in Meadville, Pa., a daughter of the late Tommaso and Enrichetta (Cubellis) Rotunno.
She was married to the late Ralph Lombardo Sr., who died Aug. 16, 1995.
Mrs. Lombardo was a homemaker and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church. She also was a member of the St. Lucy Holy Rosary Society, the 37 Club and St. Margarets Club. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
She is survived by two sons, Gregory Lombardo and his wife, Terri of Boardman, and Jeffrey Lombardo Sr. of New Castle; and three grandchildren, Staci Lombardo, Jeffrey Lombardo Jr. and Natalie Lombardo.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Ralph Lombardo Jr.; one brother, James Matteo; and four sisters, Rose Matteo, Ann Mangino, Florence Perrino and Nora Naples.
Visitation will be held at the William F. & Roger M. DeCarbo Funeral Home, 926 Cunningham Ave., on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church. Father Nick Vaskov of St. Vincent de Paul Church will be officiating. A funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. Lucy Cemetery.
Please visit www.williamrogerdecarbo.com to leave online condolences.
LOWELLVILLE Daniel Mark Lucido, 47, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Dan was born Sept. 13, 1966, the son of Mary (Stanich) Lucido and the late Frank Lucido Sr.
He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish.
Besides his mother Mary, Dan leaves behind a sister, Carole (Jim) Noufer of Poland; his brother, Frank Jr. (Kathy) Lucido of Lowellville; a niece and nephew; and five great-nephews.
He is reunited in Heaven with his father, Frank and sister Marie Lewis.
A private graveside service, with the Rev. John Jerek, will be held for the family at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.
The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home has been bestowed the honor of handling the funeral arrangements for Dan.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Dans family.
STRUTHERS - Dean Macklen, 23, passed peacefully Tuesday morning, surrounded by family and his girlfriend, at Hospice House in Poland, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Dean was born March 5, 1991, a son of Richard and Rebecca Lendi Macklen.
Dean was a 2009 graduate of Struthers High School and was studying Geography at Youngstown State University. Dean was active in sports and especially loved the game of hockey. He played for Boardman and Mooney-Ursuline high school teams, and later in a mens pick-up league. He also played through Pony level in Struthers Baseball League.
He Is survived by his girlfriend, Sarah Hart, who was the light of his life; his parents, Richard and Rebecca Lendi Macklen of Struthers; sister Nicole Reeves Hernon; and brothers Rich Macklen and Sam Macklen. He also leaves his beloved nieces, Tabitha Pauline Patrick, Korinne Hernon and Sophia Hernon; his grandparents, Richard and Lois Cannon, Ralph and Helen Lendi, and Shirley Macklen.
He was preceded in death by grandmother Pauline Christein Lendi and grandfather Michael Macklen.
He was loved by many and had an exceptional circle of friends who loved him dearly and we all took comfort in this through these past months.
Calling hours will be at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St., Poland, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Valley Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Friends may visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN - Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. at the Green Haven Memorial Gardens on Friday, July 25, 2014, for Raymond Leonard Ong, who passed away early Monday morning in his Austintown home.
Raymond was the son of the late Zed and Vecil Martin-Ong.
He was born July 27, 1931, on Whitney Avenue in Youngstown.
He attended Chaney High School and then joined the U.S. Army in 1949.
On Aug. 2, 1950, he married Jean Marie Hottinger, who preceded him in death in 2008. Also preceding him were two brothers, Harold and Errington; and a daughter, Susan.
He fought for his country in the Korean War, where he received several medals. Once he returned from the war, he served as a corporal, training other troops in Indian Gap, Pa.
After his military service, Ray returned to Youngstown and became a journeyman electrician. Throughout his career, he served his union in many capacities including local president for the IBEW Local 64.
Since retiring in 1981, he has been a member of the Youngstown Saxon Club, Chaney Class of 49, Local 64 Retirees and numerous veterans groups, including the Chosin Few.
He leaves behind his two children, Marguerite Harkleroad of Austintown and Mark Ong of Cleveland; his close friend and companion, Ruth Sidhom; two grandchildren, Jason (Sara) and Matt (Christina); three great-grandchildren; and his faithful cat, Tommy.
Family and friends may call today, July 24, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
NEW CASTLE, PA. - Arlene M. Romeo, 76, passed away the evening of July 22, 2014, at Golden Hill Nursing Home.
Born on Nov. 7, 1937, in Bessemer, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Pauline Macek Likovich.
Surviving her at home is her beloved husband of 57 years, Vincent (Jim) Romeo, whom she married on June 15, 1957.
Arlene retired from her job as a postal clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Transfer, Pa. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Church.
A loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Arlenes greatest joy came from spending time with her family. In addition to her husband, Arlene is survived by her children, Rod Romeo and wife Renee of Canfield, James Romeo and wife Jonalyn of New Castle, Gary Romeo and wife Susan of Edinburg, Pa., John Romeo of New Castle, and Jodi Pallerino and husband Jeff of New Castle; brother Arthur Likovich and wife Connie of Bessemer; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road in New Castle.
A procession will leave the funeral home Saturday at 9:30 a.m. to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Vitus Church, officiated by Father Michael Ackerman of St. Vitus Church. Interment will take place at Parkside Cemetery.
Please visit www.decarbofuneralhome.com to offer online condolences to the family.