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HUBBARD – Private memorial services were held at the St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael Swierz officiating, for Rosemary Schaville Black, 88, who died Friday morning, Jan. 6, 2017, at Sharon Regional Hospital.

She was born June 8, 1928, in Hillsville, Pa., a daughter of Nicholas and Theresa Sacco Schaville, and had lived in Hubbard since 1952.

Mrs. Black was a self-employed beautician and a devout Catholic.

Rosemary’s joy in life were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Robert Black, whom she married May 5, 1984, died in 1994.

She leaves a son, Walter Spincic Jr. of Hubbard; a daughter, Rosalyn (Glenn) Gault of Hubbard; a brother, Francis (Mooney) Schaville of New Castle, Pa.; four grandchildren, Glenn (Atty. Jessica) Gault of Howland, Atty. Clint (Alissa) Gault of Avon, Meghann (Joe) Flynn of Hermitage, Pa., and Atty. Doug (Atty. Ashley) Gault of Bay Village; and 10 great-grandchildren, Gianna and Gavin Gault, Samantha, Blake, Farrah and Astoria Gault, Joey, Madyson and Brooke Flynn and Austin Gault.

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial donations may be made to the Northern Ohio Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 8001 Sweet Valley Drive, Suite 3, Valley View, OH 44125.

Rosemary’s final resting place will be at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Hillsville.

Visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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CAMPBELL – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Apostles Parish at Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Joseph Rudjak officiating, for Mary Bozic, 101, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who passed away Jan. 17, at Guardian Windsor House.

Mary will forever be remembered as a generous, sweet, yet feisty lady who devoted herself to her family.

She was born July 31, 1915, in Youngstown, to Anthony and Helen Furac Kocanyer. Mary lived most of her 101 years in Campbell.

Mary was a devout Roman Catholic and always looked forward to going to her Croatian Church on Sunday mornings.

One of her fondest memories was taking her first airplane ride at age 74 to Disney World, where she had as much fun as her grandchildren did.

Mary leaves behind to mourn her passing, her sons, John and Matthew (Betty Thomas) Bozic of Campbell; her daughter, Barbara Matthews of Glenshaw, Pa; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Matthew, who shared her love of playing cards; her sister, Barbara Kocanyer; her brothers, John and Peter Kocanyer; and her son-in-law, George Matthews.

The Bozic family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Monday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church, located at 421 Covington St., in Youngstown, prior to the 10 a.m. funeral Mass.

Interment will be a private family affair at Calvary Cemetery.

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

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WARREN – Julia Bevelaqua, 95, passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Gillette Nursing Home in Howland.

She was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Rankin, Pa., the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Rohac.

She came to Warren in 1942, and served in the U.S. Navy W.A.V.E.S. as a seaman 1st class during World War II. Following her discharge and return to Warren, she worked for Strouss’s in downtown Warren as a salesclerk, retiring in 1974.

Julia was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and enjoyed reading, crafting, and gardening.

She is survived by her daughter, Laura Boich; and her husband, David of Warren; and by her 19 nieces and nephews and their families.

Mrs. Bevelaqua was preceded in death by her husband, Peter, whom she married on Nov. 10, 1945, and who passed away Jan. 24, 1999; her four brothers, Stephen, Michael, Nicholas, and Andrew Rohac; and by her five sisters, Mary and Elizabeth Rohac, Helena Hughs, Ann Lucas, and Elizabeth Simko.

A service will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road NE in Warren, with Fr. Kenneth Bachofsky officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the start of the service.

Burial will be at All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Julia’s name to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church or to the Animal Welfare League.

Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Bevelaqua family.

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LIBERTY - There will be a prayer service at 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica in Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Michael J. Cariglio Jr. celebrating the life of Jerome “Jerry” A. Dietz, 69, who passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, Jan. 19, surrounded by his loving family.

Jerry was born July 2, 1947, in Youngstown, the son of Charles J. and Josephine (Bettura) Dietz.

He was a 1965 graduate of Liberty High School and then went on to courageously serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era, from 1967 to 1969. He worked for Hartford Machine Company until 1973, and then became owner/operator of Crank’n Sleeve Shop in Girard for 40 years.

Jerry was an active and faithful member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica, where he was a member of the festival committee, and was head chef of the spaghetti dinners. He was vice-president of Mahoning Valley “Olde” Car Club.

Jerry enjoyed cooking, baking, cars, and going to the gym, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends. His home was always open to everyone.

Jerry will always be remembered lovingly by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 50 years, the former Linda Walley, whom he married on May 28, 1966; two sons, Mark Dietz of Austintown and Frank (Jennifer) Dietz of Liberty; and four grandchildren, Cayla, Brianna, Brandon and Kayden Dietz.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., today, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Interment will take place at Belmont Park Cemetery where Jerry’s dedicated service to our country will be further honored by the great men of V.F.W. Post No. 9571 of Ellsworth.

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

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STRUTHERS - There will be a Mass of Christian Burial held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica in Youngstown, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service held at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman (new location), with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio officiating, for Colla Kay DiPaola, 77, who passed away early Saturday morning, Jan. 21, 2017, following a courageous battle with cancer, with her loving family by her side.

Colla will be sadly missed, but always remembered and loved by her family and friends. She was a devoted and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Colla was a very sociable person who made friends with everyone she met.

She was born Nov. 29, 1939, in Youngstown, the daughter of Carmen M. and Mary G. Ross, and was a lifelong area resident.

Colla was a 1957 graduate of The Rayen School and then attended Youngstown College. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica.

Colla was a true matriarch for her family and a proud homemaker and was well-known for her coveted Italian dishes that will be missed by all.

She was employed for over 30 years as an administrative secretary for the Youngstown City Schools’ Board of Education.

Colla had many passions throughout her life always putting her family first. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting. Colla was happiest when she was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Her husband, Nick R. DiPaola, whom she married Feb. 5, 1966 at St. Edward Church, died April 24, 1988.

She leaves behind to hold onto her precious memories, three children, Nicholas R. (Linda) DiPaola of Houston, David M. (Dawn) DiPaola of Akron and Janine C. DiPaola, with whom she made her home; three grandchildren, Natalie, Lauren and Zachary; a brother, Denis A. (Donna) Ross of Akron; a sister, Janice M. Ross of Warren; a nephew, Denis M. (Holly) Ross of Jacksonville, Fla.; a niece, Laura M. (Scott) Ankrom of Akron; and five grandnieces and grandnephews.

Colla was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman (new location).

Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, material contributions may be made in Colla’s name to Habitat for Humanity, 480 Youngstown Poland Road, Struthers, OH 44471.

On behalf of Colla’s family, they would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff of doctors and nurses at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center Intensive Care Unit.

Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to Colla’s family.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Gail Christine Finzel, 63, died peacefully Thursday night, surrounded by family and friends.

Gail was born on Oct. 9, 1953, at Northside Hospital in Youngstown and lived her entire life in the Mahoning Valley.

She was a 1971 graduate of South High School, a member of the National Honor Society and COE, working at Standard Slag downtown in her senior year and for some years after graduation. She had been a member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church and attended the Immanuel Lutheran Church in later years.

Gail was a quiet person, who loved her family and friends, good music, and beautiful things. She loved to shop for gifts for people, never forgetting a birthday. She loved to laugh, and brightened up a room with her beautiful smile.

Perhaps her greatest passion in life was her love of animals, especially her two rescue cats that lived a very long time under her loving care. She was an advocate for animal rights and a supporter of animal charities.

She was preceded in death by her father, Frederick N. Finzel, and her mother, Betty Jane Finzel, to whom she was devoted.

She is survived by two brothers, William P. Finzel of Columbus and Carl A. Finzel of Youngstown; and a sister, Lois J. Finzel in Cuenca, Ecuador.

She will be remembered fondly by many cousins and friends.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m.

Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

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CANFIELD - Jean E. Eagleton Gardner, 85, passed peacefully into heaven on Sunday morning, Jan. 15, 2017, at Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House in Poland.

She was born on March 23, 1931, in Youngstown, the daughter of Dorothy Ellen and George William Eagleton. She was the eldest of three children.

She grew up in the Brownlee Woods area and attended Paul C. Bunn Elementary School and later graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, class of 1949.

She was a candy striper for the Youngstown Hospital Association while in high school. She furthered her education after high school and attended the Youngstown Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated as an RN, class of 1955. She was a member of the ONA District No. 3 on Mahoning Ave. in Youngstown.

She married the love of her life, Robert V. Gardner, on June 16, 1956, and they made their home in Youngstown, later moving to Boardman.

She worked at Southside Hospital from 1955 through 1987, until an accident prevented her from working any longer. She cherished her nursing career and fellow nurses, her family, and her animals. She worked as a float nurse for much of her career but preferred pediatrics and intensive care.

Later in life, she took up running as a hobby and ran the Youngstown Peace Race Fun Run with her granddaughter, Brittany, at age 72. She loved sports throughout her life and was known as a “tomboy,” participating in many of them herself. She had a tender heart for animals, picking up and homing many strays and even rescuing one of her eventual pet dogs after being thrown from a moving car in Youngstown.

She was a lifelong member of the Faith Community Covenant Church, formerly the Bethlehem United Church of Christ, where she served on the kitchen committee and was a volunteer for Angels for Animals of Youngstown.

Jean leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Kim E. (Jim) West of Canfield, with whom she made her home these past six years, and Robert B. (Joanne) Gardner of Poland. She had seven grandchildren, Brittany Nicole (Matthew) Kominak of Boardman, Brenton (Bethany) Beck of Austintown, Sarah McNally of Columbus, Garrett Gardner of Poland, Jaclyn (Ryan) Grissett of Holly Springs, N.C., Randee (Steve) Graham of Boardman, and Brooke (CJ) Brink of Damascus. Jean had 13 great-grandchildren, Brynn Kominak, Micah and Levi Beck, Elise, Ethan, and Adlee Grissett, Vanessa, Jasmine, Rocky, Jackson, and Dean Graham, Caden West and Tyler Brink. She also had many nieces and nephews that she loved with all her heart, Pam, Brian, David, Denise, Danielle, TJ, Arick and Matthew. Finally, Jean leaves her very dear friend, Bill Luth, who brought much joy to her life in recent years.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; an infant son, Jeffrey; brother, William Eagleton; sister-in-law, Florence Eagleton; and nephew, Brian Eagleton; sister, Sally Hammar; and brother-in-law, Ernest Hammar; and brother-in-law, Charles Gardner.

Family visitation is scheduled at the Faith Community Covenant Church on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, from 1 to 3 p.m.

A memorial service will be held at the church on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at 2 p.m. Dinner to follow at the church fellowship hall.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for the kind and compassionate care they provided in Jean’s final months, and her nurses, Leslie and Janet. Also, Hospice House nurses, Natalie, Janette, Amanda, Tammie, Paul and Laura.

Jean’s family requests that any gifts please take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512; or Angels for Animals, 4750 State Route 165, Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements are by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

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COLUMBIANA - Karen Llewellyn, 65, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday night, Jan. 3, 2017, at her home.

Karen was born Oct. 13, 1951, in Salem, a daughter of the late Arden and Ethel Warner Llewellyn, and had lived in this area all of her life.

She had been a secretary for the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office and most recently, had been a secretary for Youngstown State University.

She was a member of the Washingtonville Robbins United Methodist Church and had been a member of the former Leetonia Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her brother, Kenneth (Melissa) Llewellyn of Youngstown; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Randy and an infant brother; and two infant sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at the Grace Church in Columbiana. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church.

The Woods-Rettig Funeral Home in Leetonia. was entrusted with the arrangements.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Willie “Dobie” James McClure passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his home.

Dobie was born June 25, 1953, in Youngstown, a son of the late Willie B. and Mary Lee Breedlove McClure.

A 1972 graduate of South High School, his employment began with the City of Youngstown Street Department, and he retired from the maintenance department of the Youngstown Airport with more than 30 years of service.

Dobie attended the People’s Chapel C.O.G.I.C. in Youngstown. He enjoyed customizing vans, auto detailing and auto mechanics.

He will be sadly missed by his son, Josh Howard of Hubbard; his daughters, Erica N. (Newton) McClure-Allen and Latwana (Todd) McClure-Hicks, both of Virginia Beach, Va., and Brittany M. Howard of Hubbard; two brothers, Norman C. (Sharon) McClure of Las Vegas and D. Delaney (Mattie) McMullen of Daleville, Ala.; one sister, Diedra Edwards of Salinas, Calif.; four grandchildren, DeAmber, Latonya, Sarah, and Layla; an uncle, Cabble “Cap” Breedlove of Youngstown; and a special friend, Dorenda Reed of Youngstown.

Dobie was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Elizabeth McClure; and one brother, Harold Adrian “A.G.” McClure.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at the People’s Chapel C.O.G.I.C., 2145 Hillman St. in Youngstown, with Pastor Charles Daniels officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Staton-Borowski Funeral Home, 962 North Road, NE, in Warren.

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CLEARWATER, FLA. - “On Jan. 12, 2017, our beloved mother/grandmother Yolanda “Gramma Yollie Gizz” Gizzarelli Malys, after feeling her good deeds on earth were completed, prayed to God and He granted her last request by allowing her to enter into His kingdom.”

She was born Oct. 13, 1926, to Joseph Gizzarelli and Caroline Manella in Struthers.

During high school, Yolanda met the love of her life, Michael J. Malys Sr. When he went off to war, Yolanda worked at McKelvey’s department store. In 1949 they wed. They devoted their entire lives to family.

Yolanda was a person of serious religious convictions. She volunteered countless hours to the church and church family. She exemplified and personified the word “Mother.” She participated fully in her children’s functions, whether be it Blue Birds, Boy Scouts, or band. She led by example to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her what it meant to love unconditionally, to be selfless, and to be thankful with what you have.

She fully enjoyed cooking, washing dishes, washing clothes, using a mangle to press them, scrubbing the floor with a brush until it passed her most thorough inspection, cleaning the rafters in the basement with a dust mop, and arguing who was to pay for dinner and she always won!

In her spare time, Yolanda enjoyed baking, gardening, watching “Wheel of Fortune,” playing cards, and summers on Lake Erie. But most of all, she loved spending time with all her children, and her beloved grandchildren, Michael John Malys III, Dane Andrew, Victoria Judeth, Lucas Todd, and Vanessa Malys. She was vigilant in spending time equally with all her children and their families. She and her husband traveled for extended visits to be with them, which took them from one side of the country to the other for more than 30 years. Amongst her favorite phrases were “yeah, right,” “ok,” “that sounds good,” “I like to tell you what to do,” “that means it tasted good,” “when are we going to go shopping” “you’re something else,” and “let’s play cards!”

She was preceded into death by her parents, Joseph and Caroline Gizzarelli; her husband; sisters; and brother.

She leaves behind to treasure her memory and to carry on her legacy forever, Linda Malys Yore of Oldsmar, Fla., Michael John Malys Jr. (Suzanne) of Conneaut, Joseph Walter Malys (Jeanne) of Phoenix, and Robyne Judeth Malys of Largo, Fla.; five grandchildren; and her constant companion, Gigi. “Her guardian angel, who was passed on from Papa, is now passed on to all of you.”

A private family service was held on Jan. 18, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Church in Campbell.

If desired, donations can be made in her memory to St. John the Baptist Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Conneaut, or Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater.

Her journey on this earth made a difference to everyone she encountered. She was a beautiful spirit in an often ugly world.

“Grandma, you held high a beacon to light our way in a very dark world.

We shall continue to strive to be like you!”



WARREN - There will be a funeral service held on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at noon at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road in Warren, with Pastor John Rutherford officiating for Marian Nicholson, 88, who passed away on Friday morning, Jan. 20, 2017, with her loving family by her side.

Marian will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends for her kindness, her generosity and her sense of humor. She was a wonderful, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.

She was born May 8, 1928, in Youngstown, the daughter of Michael and Suzanne (Sproch) Raykovich, and was a lifelong area resident.

Marian was a graduate of Canfield High School.

Besides being a proud homemaker, Marian was employed at General Motors Lordstown for 16 years as a press operator and retired in 1988.

Marian had many passions throughout her life. She loved line dancing and spending time with her grandchildren. Her family will miss all her excellent cooking and baking, especially her famous kolachi.

Her husband, Charles H. Nicholson, whom she married Nov. 21, 1957, died Feb. 18, 1992.

She leaves behind to hold onto her precious memories, her three daughters, Barbara (Jack) Lindenmuth of Warren, Charlotte Nicholson of Cortland and Shirley Pappada of Warren Township; her grandchildren, Mary (Shawn) Walker, Brittany Pappada, Zayne Pappada, Jeremiah Lilly, and Linda (Kristofor) Penny; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Martha (Joseph) Messaros of Boardman and Julia Kornkovich of Georgia.

Besides her parents and husband, Marian was preceded in death by two grandsons, George Rutherford Jr. and Bradley C. Rutherford; two brothers; and six sisters.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, from 11 until 11:55 a.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road in Warren.

Burial will take place at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.

On behalf of Marian’s family, they would like to extend their heart felt gratitude to Amy Heilman of Crossroads Hospice for all the care and compassion that was shown to them and to Maria n during her illness.

Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to Marian’s family.

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BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP - Mr. Joseph Planey, 76, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, with his family by his side, following a brief battle with cancer.

Joseph Planey was born on Jan. 10, 1941, in the Lansingville neighborhood of Youngstown. He was the youngest of four sons born to Peter Sr. and Anna (Garnek) Planey.

Joseph attended Adams Elementary School and from an early age had a love and appreciation for art and architecture. Joseph graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1959, and then attended Youngstown State University, where he studied mechanical engineering and was a member of the national Theta Xi fraternity.

Joseph excelled in sales and retired from Carrier. He developed a passion for writing, and his works include many short stories, several of which were published in Steel Valley Voices.

Joseph was a member of St. Charles Church and attended St. James Episcopal Church, where he made many friends. He enjoyed traveling domestically and abroad, as well as sailing and golfing, and was proud of his hole-in-one and double eagle.

He was preceded in death by his father and loving mother; as well as brothers Michael, John and Peter Jr.

He leaves his former wife, Suzanna; and four daughters, Mary Anna (David) Schapel, Jennifer (Andrew) Saylor, Kirstin Planey and Rebecca Planey.

At Joseph’s request, there will be no public services or calling hours.

Donations may be made to Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Villa Marie Road, Villa Maria, PA 16155.

Arrangements by Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat Inc. in Austintown.

Send online condolences to Joseph’s family by visiting www.cremateohio.com.

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LAKE MILTON – A private memorial service celebrating the life of Edna May Ross Plato, 73, will be held at a later date.

Edna passed away Jan. 18, 2017, at her home, with family by her side.

She was born Sept. 14, 1943, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late Thomas and Della (Godwin) Ross.

She was a graduate of Erie Community College and was the vice president and co-owner of Plato Marketing until her retirement in 1998. Edna was a former member of the Bay-side Community Church in California, where she had lived for many years. She was also a member of the Jaguar Club and Welcome Wagon. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Edna leaves her husband, Charles Plato, whom she married Aug. 14, 1981; four children, Lynnae (Brian) Tucker of High Point, N.C., Sherry (Howard) Nager of Canfield, Donald Lee Nordquist of Lake Milton, and Cindy (John) Haley of Mack, Colo.; one brother, Dr. Herbert Ross of Spokane, Wash.; one sister, Elody Fitzpatrick of Buffalo, N.Y.; as well as six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Edna was preceded in death by one grandson, Ross Steven Nager.

Local arrangements were entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512, in Edna’s name.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com friends and family may view this obituary and give their condolences.

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AUSTINTOWN – Carl Frederick Russell, 84, passed away on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Born Jan. 6, 1933, in Youngstown, he was the son of Charles F. and Beatrice N. (Pershing) Russell.

He was a lifelong resident of Austintown, graduating from Fitch High School in 1951.

He married his high school sweetheart, Janet DeHoff, on July 28, 1956.

Carl worked for Mahoning County Engineering for 42 years as a heavy equipment operator, retiring in 1995. He attended the Wedgewood Park Evangelical Church, where he served as a trustee and groundskeeper, where he spent countless hours devoting his time. After retiring, he and Janet spent each winter in Florida where they enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Carl also enjoyed traveling, camping, bowling, playing cards, classic cars, horseshoes, and spending time with the family and his grandkids.

Survivors include his children, James (Sue) Russell, Cyndi (Bernie) Grilli, and Larry Russell; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and two more arriving in February; a sister, Ruth Mechling; as well as many other friends and neighbors.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (DeHoff), who died in September of 2009; and two brothers, Harry and Jack Russell.

Friends will be received at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m., where services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Jim Hansen and the Rev. Andrew Carr officiating.

Burial will take place at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to thank the caring staff at Briarfield Manor, the Inn at Christine Valley, and Hospice House for all their kindness and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman for Joella Rozzi, 61, who passed away peacefully, Thursday afternoon, with her family by her side.

Joella was born Jan. 1, 1956, in Youngstown, a daughter of Jim and Beatrice “Pudgie” Colby Kachurek Krell Sr.

She was a hairdresser, homemaker and Jehovah’s Witness.

Joella loved spending time with her family and telling them how much she loved them.

She leaves to cherish her memory her fiancé, Steven Grier; mother Pudgie Kachurek; father Jim (Margaret) Krell; daughter Sherry Thistlewaite; brothers Rickey, Jim (Lucille) and Kennedy Krell; sisters Jamie (Mike) Fitzpatrick and Sandy Pearl; grandchildren Michael and Cydney Anderson, Chloe and Ellie Cruz and David Thistlewaite; and several nieces and nephews, whom she adored.

Joella was preceded in death by a daughter, Melanie Ann Anderson; and brothers Sammy and Glen Krell.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman.

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

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AUSTINTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, Jan. 18, at St. Maron Catholic Church for Jeanne R. Saadey, 85, who passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, at her home with her children and grandchildren by her side.

Jeanne was born Dec. 11, 1931, in Canton, the daughter of Joseph M. and Margaret E. (Elum) Abraham.

She attended Ursuline High School and graduated from St. Mary Academy in Monroe, Mich., where she majored in Language and Fine Arts. Upon graduation, she attended Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. as an Art student, and later graduated summa cum laude from Youngstown State University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She studied at Kent State University under the Master of Arts program.

Jeanne was a celebrated and well accomplished artist who began her career at the age of 14. Her love for the arts will live on forever within her paintings. She was honored as Northeast Ohio Artist of the Year. Her works have been exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, and will continue to be displayed at the Upstairs Restaurant and Saadey’s Place, both located in Austintown.

Jeanne enjoyed traveling the world and spending time with her family and friends at her Art studio.

She was a gourmet cook and loved entertaining family and friends weekly at her home.

Jeanne married her husband, Russell J. Saadey in 1951, and they celebrated their honeymoon in Havana, Cuba.

“Russ” and Jeanne were in the real estate development business, and she recently opened Chippers Practice Range and Phil’s 4494 Store, both located in Austintown.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Russell J. Saadey; son George “Chipper” Saadey; sister Joan (Abraham) Lonsway; and brother Phillip Abraham.

Jeanne is survived by her six children and 14 grandchildren, Jody (James) Sabatine (James Jr., Jeana and Joey), Russell J. “Champ” Saadey Jr. (Russell J. III, Ashley B. and Sabrina J.), Joe Saadey, Anthony P. Saadey (Anthony P. Jr.), Missy (Michael) Malvasi (Michael II, Giana and Mia), and Phillip E. Sr. (Jen) Saadey (Merissa J., Phillip E. II, Jasmine J. and Giancarlo A.); four sisters, Barbara (Robert) Nelson of Washington, D.C., Peggy (Eli) Saadi, Maureen (Frank) Horvath, and Susan Abraham; and many nieces and nephews.

“The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all extended family members, doctors and caregivers who gave our mother excellent and compassionate care.”

Memorial donations may be made to St. Maron Church, Antonine Sisters, or the Butler Institute of American Art.

Professional arrangements were handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

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SILVER SPRING, MD. - Azeem B. Shakoor (Daryl Keith Smith), was born Nov. 12, 1954, in Youngstown, the son of Patricia A. Smith and the late Harold Williams, and grandson of Benjamin and Vera Smith. 

He received his formative education within the public schools of Mahoning County, and was a 1972 graduate of South High School. He attended Youngstown State University and The University of Toledo, where he excelled among his peers. An active member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and graduated with honors, one of the top three students of his class. 

His career spanned many fields including, labor relations, manager at Ohio Steel, Juvenile Justice facilities director, family counseling, behavior change specialist, mentoring, videography and scriptwriting. In 1989, he relocated to the Metro Washington area where, for 13 years, he dedicated his life to serving the developmental disabilities community of Maryland and Montgomery County. He worked with many agencies including, the Arc of Southern Maryland, the Department of Mental Health, and the Jewish Foundation.

Health concerns lead to an early retirement. 

He was a loyal friend to many and loved by those who knew him.

Azeem is survived by his wife of 14 years, Patricia; his mother, Patricia Smith; brother Iben Smith (Shelley); father of his heart, Sahib Shakoor; sister-in-law Jeannie Malone; two nieces, Gianna and Lynette; three nephews, Keilan (Beverly), Darnell, and Osei; and many relatives of the Douglas, Shakoor and Smith families of the Youngstown area and across the country. 

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HUBBARD - There were private services held on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Margery E. “Eloise” Svirbely, 79, who passed away Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Margery was born July 18, 1937, in Youngstown, a daughter of Willard and Marian Houy Fox.

She was a 1955 graduate of Hubbard High School and received her certificate for medical tech in Cleveland.

Margery worked as a medical assistant for many years for Dr. Lurie and Dr. Bottar, and was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church of Hubbard.

Besides spending time with her family, she enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting and baking.

She will be sadly missed by her family, her husband, George S. Svirbely, whom she married June 18, 1960; her daughter, Kathleen (Thomas) Mills of Hubbard; her sons, Gregory (Sherry) Svirbely of Mechanicsburg, Pa. and Geoffrey (Angela) Svirbely of Hubbard; her grandchildren, Ryan Mills, Abby Mills, Michael (Serena) Fedor, Kenny (Regan) Fedor, Danny Svirbely, Brittany Svirbely and Joey Svirbely; and her great-grandchilren, Jackson Fedor and Parker Fedor.

She also leaves her sister, Mary C. Fox, and her brother, James (Marilyn) Fox, both of Hubbard; several nieces and nephews; and a special and close cousin, Nancy Melanson of Hubbard.

She also leaves her beloved fur “grandanimals,” Kelsey, Maxine, Sookie, and Jackie Onassis.

Her parents preceded her in death.

She will be laid to rest at Hubbard Union Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road SE, Vienna, OH 44473.

Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home’s website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.

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AUSTINTOWN - Joan A. Schneider, 82, of Forest Hill Drive, passed away late Friday evening, Jan. 13, 2017, at Hospice House.

Joan was born June 25, 1934, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late George and Marion Williams Schinker, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Schneider was a 1952 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and worked for the Youngstown Vindicator in the classified advertising department, retiring in 1997.

Joan was a master gardener, a gourmet cook, and she enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren.

Her husband of nearly 55 years, Paul N. Schneider, whom she married Sept. 18, 1953, passed away July 20, 2008.

Joan leaves her daughter, Pamela (Michael) Pechalk of Cranberry, Pa.; two grandchildren, Allison (Jason) Griffith of Cleveland and Christopher (Dana) Pechalk of Franklin Park, Pa.; three great-grandchildren, Cameron and Sadie Pechalk, and Jacob Griffith; and two brothers, John (Georgia) Schinker of Boardman and William (Ann) Schinker of Austintown.

Besides her husband, Joan was preceded in death by a brother, George Schinker.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, and are welcome to stay for a memorial service that will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary, and to send condolences online to Joan’s family.

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MECCA – Sadie L. Tomlinson passed away Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

She was born May 29, 1932, in Franklin, Pa., the daughter of Arthur A. and Mae G. (Beach) Dunlap.

Sadie moved to Mecca as a teenager, where she met the love of her live, Donald L. Tomlinson. They married Dec. 15, 1951, in Logansport, Ind., and were together 57 years before he preceded her in death Sept. 3, 2009.

Sadie retired from the Sparkle Market in Cortland, where she was a baker. She was previously a member of CCL, Mecca Community Church and its Ladies Aid Society. She was a devoted homemaker, whose greatest joy was her family.

She is survived by her son, Donald “Mike” (Teresa) Tomlinson of Cortland; daughters Sherry McFall of Keller, Texas, and Atty. Kimberly Tomlinson of Mecca; grandchildren Patrick (Amber) McFall, Adrienne (Michael) Rawl and Paige (Dan) Miller; and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Arthur L. Dunlap of Franklin, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers William, Wallace and Richard Dunlap.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Charles Wilkins and staff and the staffs of Brookdale Memory Care Center and Hospice of the Valley for their loving care during Sadie’s long illness.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel, 164 N. High St. in Cortland.

Private interment will be held.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to leave condolences to the family.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512; or Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation; 110 East 42nd St., 16th floor, New York, NY 10017.

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Mary Lou Hively Wolfe was called home to be with God and our blessed Lord in heaven on Jan. 17, 2017.

Born in Salem, Mary Lou was a very industrious woman. She joined EW Bliss Company, a receptionist 24 years in graceful service.

Mary Lou met and married the love of her life, Jim Wolfe, on July, 1, 1972. She gave up her career to support and help Jim in his career and followed him to Kansas City, Dallas, Farmington Hills and finally to retirement in Myrtle Beach.

She was a lifelong Presbyterian and was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach. Mary Lou will always be remembered by her friends and family for her warm loving personality and her great and beautiful smile.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her father, Leroy Hively; mother Katy Hively; and brother Eugen Hively.

She leaves behind her loving husband; one son, Charles William Leaf; two grandchildren, Charles William Jr. and Heather Michelle Leaf; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be private with no calling schedule.

Please visit MyrtleBeachFH.com for the online guestbook.

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