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AUSTINTOWN - Ernestine Alexander, 70, passed away Friday at her residence, with her family by her side.
Ms. Alexander was born Aug. 21, 1946, in Monroe, La., the daughter of Ernest and Althanet Coleman Alexander.
Ernestine graduated from Carroll High School in Monroe in 1964, coming to this area shortly after. She worked at Windsor House at Liberty Health Care for 15 years as a restorative care assistant retiring in 2015.
Ms. Alexander was a member of the Phillips Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, serving as a trustee. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Ms. Alexander is survived by two sons, Edmond (Carolyn) Flakes II of Youngstown and Carson (Andrea) Flakes Sr. of Austintown; three daughters, Sonya (Kevin) Bennett and Angela (M. David) Sanders, both of Austintown, and Stephanie (Jermaine) Phillips of Hubbard; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four brothers, Rev. Larry Alexander, Hakim Luqmaan, Sherry Ray Alexander, and James Johnson; seven sisters, Dorothy (Bruce) Sims, Patricia Alexander, Cindy (Keith) Neal, Joyce Alexander, LaVonne (Steven) Brinkley, Kimberly Alexander, and Daisy Childs; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Ernestine was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Phillips Memorial Missionary Baptist Church.
Calling hours will be held one hour prior to service from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Services of comfort entrusted to the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home in Youngstown.
YOUNGSTOWN - Margaret L. Peggy Burkett, 60, passed away early Tuesday morning at Greenbriar in Boardman.
Peggy was born Aug. 29, 1956, in Youngstown, a daughter of Eugene and Elizabeth Squibbs.
Peggy was a homemaker. She was a 1974 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. Peggy loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed history and government.
Peggys husband, Geoffrey R. Burkett, died July 13, 2013.
Peggy is survived by her son, Thomas D. (Heather M.) Burkett of Lisbon; her stepsons, Greg Burkett of Youngstown and Michael Burkett of Niles; and her grandchildren, Noah and Chloe Burkett, and Annie Perod and Greg Burkett Jr.
Besides her husband, Peggy was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
According to Peggys wishes, there are no calling hours or services.
Arrangements are by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
WADSWORTH - William Skip Cunningham, 71, died on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
He was born on March 24, 1945, in Negley, a biological son of Betty Cunningham Marker, adopted by Harold and Bessie Wilson Cunningham.
What mattered most of all was the dash between those years. -Linda Ellis.
Mr. Cunningham served proudly during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Navy.
He was an avid fan of NASCAR and enjoyed camping and fishing.
He is survived by his children, James (Diana) Cunningham of Florida, Theresa (Jeff) Murray of Virginia, Lisa (Kevin) Tinney of Ohio and Elizabeth (Ray) Bohac of Ohio; 18 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mr. Cunningham is also survived by his siblings, Nadine Cunningham Heaton, Eddie (Teresa) Marker, Harold (Carol) Cunningham, Kevin Marker, Hattie (Mark) Vojovodich and Marlene (Mike) Whitco; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cunningham was preceded in death by three brothers, William Cunningham, Andy Rae Marker, and Chuck Marker.
Nobody said life would be easy, they just said it would be worth it.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home in Columbiana.
Services will be held on Friday at the funeral home at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jan Winnale officiating.
Burial will be at Crest Haven Memorial Gardens in New Waterford.
Donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.
Family and friends may visit www.familycareservices.com to view this obituary and to send condolences.
COLUMBIANA - Carolyn Ann (Cox) Clunk, formerly of Calcutta, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center. She was 74.
Born in Steubenville on April 16, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Clyde A. and Esther E. Peach Cox.
A resident of this area all her life, she was a member of the East Liverpool High School class of 1960. Carolyn worked at the former Smith & Phillips Company in East Liverpool and later worked as a bookkeeper for the Edward J. DeBartolo Corporation.
She enjoyed jewelry design and quilting and along with her sister, she operated Tillies Treasures.
Above everything in life, she loved her family. Carolyn was a beloved wife and best friend of her one and only love of her husband of 53 years, James D. Clunk, at home. The couple married June 22, 1963.
She was a devoted mother to her daughter, Kim Brazelton of Canfield and a son, Christopher Clunk and his wife, Melissa, of Annapolis, Md.
She will also be fondly remembered by four granddaughters, Alexis Brazelton, Kaitlyn Brazelton, Madison Clunk and Emily Clunk.
In addition, she leaves behind a sister, Linda Ferello of Calcutta; and a brother, Charles Cox and his wife, Carolyn Sue, of Gallipolis.
Friends may visit today at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be at Columbiana County Memorial Park.
Following the service, friends and family will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.
Memorial tributes may take the form of contributions in care of Joanie Abdu Breast Center, 1044 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44504.
Please visit www.dawsonfuneralhome.com to view Carolyns memorial web page and express condolences online.
AUSTINTOWN - There will be a memorial service held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman, with the Very Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio officiating, for Renee J. (Miller) Elgabri, 53, who passed away early Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, with her loving family by her side, after a courageous battle from a long illness.
Renee will always be remembered by her family and friends for her zest for life, her smile and happy personality.
She was born July 16, 1963, in Youngstown, the daughter of John Jack and Mary LaLa (Fusillo) Miller, and was a lifelong area resident.
Renee was a 1981 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and of the Catholic faith.
Renee was a proud homemaker and loved spending time with her children and watching them accomplish all their achievements. Her family will miss all her wonderful cooking, especially her wonderful spaghetti sauce and meatballs. She was employed at Exal Corporation as a utility person for over six years.
Renee had many passions throughout her life. She enjoyed watching TV and movies along with socializing with family and friends.
She leaves behind to hold onto her precious memories, her beloved mother, Mary LaLa Fusillo, with whom she made her home; a daughter, Lindsey (fiancé Justin McMenamin) Elgabri of Florida; a son, Anthony Elgabri of Austintown; a brother, Jack (Kim) Miller of Austintown; a former husband, Kassim Elgabri of Austintown; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, along with her beloved Pug, Pugsley.
Renee was preceded in death by her father John Jack Miller.
Family and friends may pay their respects from 11:30 a.m. until 12:50 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Elgabri family.
Renees family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to St. Elizabeth Health Center and especially to the MIC and CVIC Units for all the care and compassion shown to all of them during this difficult time.
GIRARD - Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at the Centenary United Methodist Church for Mrs. Carolyn Ruth Fort, 68, who departed this life Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at her home.
Mrs. Fort was born Dec. 7, 1947, in Youngstown, a daughter of Lloyd D. and Edna Forrest Catley.
She was a 1965 graduate of South High School and had worked at Delphi Packard Electric for 24 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church, where she served as Communion stewart and historian and served with the Outreach Ministry, Food Pantry, SPPR, and the worship committee.
Carolyn enjoyed shopping and crafts. She was a die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, two sons, Derrick L. Catley of Virginia Beach, Va. and Danté M. Catley of Pensacola, Fla.; daughters Shirlene (Sidney) Hill and Lillian (Michael) Davila, both of Liberty, Fabian Howard of Pensacola and Virginia Faircloth of Girard; three sisters, Nanette Isom of Youngstown, Michelle Catley of San Antonio and Lenora Jefferson of Youngstown, Texas; two brothers, Ronald (Yvonne) Catley of El Paso, Texas and Timothy Catley of Youngstown; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Diane Fort; stepchildren Roger Jr., Rodney, David, Ronnell, and Geneva Fort, and Gwen Moton; her lifelong friends, Pastor Catherine Lockhart and Sheila Braxton; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two aunts, Aletta Keplinger and Easter Catley; a goddaughter, Brianna Catley; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Benjamin Catley; grandson Jamail Earl Johnson; and grandparents Harry and Caroline Forest, and Ben and Zyphia Catley.
Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.
LAKE GUILFORD - The Rev. Richard Dick Mason Ferris, 80, formerly of Poland, passed away quietly at his home, with his family at his side on Sept. 25, 2016.
Richard, affectionately known as Dick, was born Sept. 1, 1936, in Montclair, N.J., a son of the late Harrison and Audis Mason Ferris.
Dick graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors Degree in preparation for theological training. He received his Masters of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1963. He was ordained as a pastor while serving the Presbyterian church in Polo, Ill. Later, he served a three point parish for the United Church of Christ in Jamestown, Mo. The three churches that comprised this UCC parish were St. Pauls, Moniteau Advent and Pleasant Grove. He moved to Ohio with his family in 1985 when he was called to be a pastor at Poland Presbyterian Church. From 1990 to 2001, he was pastor of the Struthers Presbyterian Church, where he retired. After that he was active in Presbytery, serving on various committees, acting as an interim pastor, moderating sessions and filling the pulpit as needed for multiple area churches.
Dick was a friend and a mentor to many people. He loved to travel and spend time with his family, making sure there was a Ferris reunion every year. He was also a self-taught carpenter. He designed and built his retirement home by the water on Lake Guilford. Living on the water allowed Dick to enjoy sailing, canoeing, kayaking and pontooning.
Dick had a love of classic cars and innovative automotive technology. He loved attending custom street rod shows and the yearly manufacturer show in Cleveland. He was a voracious reader, musically talented and played the piano.
A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Dick leaves his wife of 56 years, Carmen Bonilla, whom he married Sept. 3, 1960; four sons, Arthur (Maria Crider) Ferris of Cincinnati, Paul (Lisa) Ferris of Louisville, Randy (Shelly) Ferris of Jamestown, and Daniel (Denise) Ferris of Alexandria, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, Joseph, Richard, Sarah, Anna, Matthew, Timothy, Joshua, Kelsay, Jacob, Anne, and Jonathan; and five great-grandchildren. Dick also leaves his two sisters, Margaret Gharis of Garland, Texas and Joan (David) Torgerson of Hill City, Minn.
A memorial service celebrating Dicks life will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. at the former Struthers Presbyterian Church now known as the Parkside Church, 110 Poland Ave., with his friend, the Rev. James Ray officiating.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.
Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
BOARDMAN - Irene D. Fedoruk, 90, passed away on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born April 17, 1926, in Youngstown, daughter of late Joseph and Katherine Vallus.
Irene was a member of the Holy Name Church and a member of the Ladies Catholic Slovak Society. She had a great sense of humor and had a very quick wit.
Irene was unable to have children of her own, so with great love, she adopted her daughters, Laura and Lynn. She was also an animal lover and adopted many stray animals over the years. Irene will always be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother.
She leaves her two daughters, Laura (Tarick) Bernat of Boardman and Lynn (Ken) Schreffler of Macedonia; her former son-in-law, James Stafford Jr.; four grandchildren, James Stafford III, Lisa (William) Boxler, Samantha Fox and Brandy Fox; and one great-grandchild, Annabella Huffman.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Fedoruk in 2003; her brothers, Ed and Joe Vallus, and Bob Chumra; and her sisters, Theresa Duffy, Margaret Gallo, Kay Shabella, Mary Thomas and Ann Tumpak.
Funeral services will be Friday at 7 p.m. at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market St. in Boardman, with the Rev. Fr. John Jerek officiating.
Friends will be received prior to the service from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Flowers are beautiful, however the family asks that any donations be made to Hospice of the Valley, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514 or to an animal charity of your choice.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
NEWTON FALLS - Michael Scott Hunyady, 19, died on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, after being struck by a car on his bicycle while going to work.
He was born on June 11, 1997, in Youngstown, the son of Robert Scott Hunyady and Jennifer L. (Rader) Tuchek.
Michael worked as a stock boy at Shop-N-Save in Newton Falls. He lived in Newton Falls for the past six years, formerly of Lake Milton.
He loved collecting knives, spending time with family, playing video games, and watching The Walking Dead.
Michael was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Michael is survived by his mother and stepfather, Jennifer and Robert Tuchek Jr. of Paris Township; his father, Robert Scott Hunyady of Niles; three brothers, William Weimer of Howland, James Tuchek of Akron and Jordan Tuchek of Newton Falls; maternal grandparents, Robin and Boyd Thomas of Lebanon, Ohio, and Kenneth Rader of Warren; paternal grandparents, Dorothy Cessna of Howland and Robert W. Hunyady of Niles; stepgrandparents Jill Bassin of Girard and Robert and Dee Tuchek of Hubbard; and great-grandmother Wilma Moore of Hubbard.
Funeral services will be at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls on Friday Sept. 30, 2016, at 6 p.m.
The family will receive friends for calling hours from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Michael will be laid to rest at Hawley Cemetery in Paris Township.
The family has requested that contributions please be made to GoFundme.com to help with all funeral expenses for Michael Hunyady.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St. in Newton Falls.
Family and friends may visit www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com to view this obituary online or to send condolences to the family.
NEW MIDDLETOWN - A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown for Ann P. Kutchel, 95, who passed away Tuesday afternoon at Hampton Woods.
She was born May 10, 1921, in Youngstown, a daughter of Paul and Anna Solonya Berdy.
Ann grew up in Carbon, Pa., moving to Lowellville and then residing in New Middletown.
Ann was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul the Apostle Church and the Morning Mass Group and the Altar Guild.
She married Joseph A. Kutchel on Nov. 16, 1946, and he passed Aug. 23, 2001.
Ann leaves one son, John (Virginia Ginny) Kutchel of New Middletown; two grandchildren, Michelle Kutchel and Daniel (Felicia) Kutchel; and four great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Rebecca, Abigail and Gwendolyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Michael, John and Paul Berdy; and three sisters, Mary Olinik, Catherine Kodash and Tassie Blazinic.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hampton Woods for the care they gave to Ann.
Friends may call on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New Middletown and one hour before the Mass on Saturday at the church from 9 to 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Blessed Mother Statue Fund c/o St. Paul the Apostle Church, 10143 Main St., New Middletown, OH 44442.
Arrangements by the Clemente Funeral Home in New Middletown.
Visit www.clementefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
NILES Wanda H. Kanchok, 89, passed away at 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
She was born in Youngstown on Nov. 30, 1926, the daughter of William and Hilda (Patzenhauer) Weidel, and lived here most of her life.
Wanda was a graduate of The Rayen School in Youngstown and received an Associate Degree from Youngstown State University.
She was an active member of the Niles Women of the Moose and served as a past president and graduate regent. Wanda was also a member of the Professional Business Womens Association and served as a past president.
During her lifetime, she worked in the bakery department at Tops grocery store in Niles, and at several other area retail establishments. She was a successful Avon representative and enjoyed painting, doing crossword puzzles and traveling, especially to the casinos.
Wanda is survived by a daughter, Kathy L. Kanchok, with whom she lived; son Bill Kanchok and Cyndi Conn Kanchok of Lordstown; three grandchildren, Bill (Sarah) Kanchok, Mary Henderson, and Cindy (Nick) Pawcio; and two great-grandchildren, Piper Kanchok and T.J. (Catlin) Foder.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer L. Kanchok, whom she married in June of 1944, and who died on Feb. 20, 1983; son Jack Roy Kanchok, who died on Aug. 14, 1978; and a sister, Evelyn Yonnotti.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home. The funeral will follow at 3 p.m., with Dwight Hedglin officiating.
Burial will be at Gustavus Township Cemetery.
Visit holetonyuhasz.com to view this tribute and send condolences.
COLUMBUS - David Eric Metzler passed away unexpectedly at his home Sept. 17, 2016.
He was a loving father, son, brother, and friend.
David was born in Youngstown, and was a resident of North Jackson throughout his childhood. He graduated from Ursuline High School and St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing. After college, he and his family lived in Columbus.
He is survived by his parents, David and Jane Metzler; siblings Grace (David) Sexton and Patty Metzler; children David, Kyle, and Gianna; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
Davids smile and laughter always brought joy to those around him. Although immensely missed by all, he will remain in our hearts and fond memories forever.
NORTH JACKSON Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel for Joyce A. Patton Moore, 79, who passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, at University Hospitals of Cleveland, after a short illness.
Joyce was born Aug. 12, 1937, in Warren, the daughter of Carl and Ruth (McFadden) Patton.
She retired in 1997 as a nursing assistant with Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
She was a member of the Heritage Baptist Church and the Retirees of Trumbull Memorial Hospital. Joyce was also a past member of the Red Hat Society.
Her husband, Howard Wilson Moore, whom she married Sept. 15, 1980, passed away April 24, 2016.
Joyce leaves one daughter, Deborah Miller and her husband, Jim, of Niles; four stepdaughters, Cindy (Terry) Krol of North Jackson, Bobbie Jo Moore of Youngstown, Jackie Albright of North Jackson, and Tammi (Rev. Herman Jr.) Bucklew of Upper Sandusky; two sisters, Carol and Judy; a grandson, Fred Harris of Warren; as well as 21 other grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents and her husband, Joyce was preceded in death by a son, Norman W. Lancaster; a stepdaughter, Judy Prout; three granddaughters, Kelly Jean, Christina Renee, and Laura Marie; and three great-grandchildren.
Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, where services will be held at 12:30 p.m.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
STOW Sally R. Shilliday, 81, passed away Sept. 27, 2016.
Funeral announcements later.
The Adams Mason Memorial Chapel in Akron is in charge of arrangements.
STRUTHERS - Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel for Angeline T. (Catullo) Stanwood, 88, who passed away Tuesday evening, after a short battle with cancer at Shepherd of the Valley Boardman, with her family by her side.
Angeline was born Feb. 8, 1928, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Constanzo and Maria (Marino) Catullo.
Angeline graduated from The Rayen School. She worked in activities at Windsor Nursing Home for 15 years.
She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, quilting and baking. She also loved going to the casino with her sisters. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who loved being around her family, especially on the holidays.
Angeline leaves her daughter, Mary Jo Streb of Struthers; a son, Jay (Margie) Stanwood of Columbiana; eight grandchildren, Steven Streb, Audrey (Bobby) Gentile, Aaron and Derek Streb, Jay (Amanda) Stanwood, Shannon (Brent) Baker, Rachel (Tyler) Boyle, and Katie (fiancé Neil Allen) Stanwood; seven great-grandchildren, Jacob, Madlyn, Juliana, Paisley, Sienna, Clayton, and Weston; a sister, Cecelia Casciano of Youngstown; sister-in-law Mary Ann Catullo of Boardman; and many nieces and nephews.
Angeline was preceded in death by two sisters, Congetta Perfette and Ann Rostier; and a brother, Dan Catullo.
Family and friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Material tributes may take the form of donations to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Angelines family would like to thank the staff and everyone at Hospice House and Shepherd of the Valley for all their care and compassion given to their mother.
Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.