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MONACA, PA – On Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, CDR Albert L. Goldfinch (Ret.), 77, passed away at Sunrise Assisted Living in Poland.

He was born July 23, 1940, in Uruguay to missionary parents Sydney and Francis (McCaw) Goldfinch.

He is survived by his wife, Maureen (O’Connell) Goldfinch; former wife, Elizabeth Goldfinch; children Nancy Goldfinch (Ed Wentz) of Kernersville, N.C., Albert Goldfinch Jr. of Turnersville, N.J., and Charlene (Paul) Glatkowski of Concord, N.H.; stepdaughter Lisa Silliman of North Jackson; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Albert attended MIT and Vanderbilt and taught the Navy ROTC program at the University of South Carolina. He was an avid car enthusiast and ballroom dancer. Albert was a member of the Boardman Knife Collector’s Club and the Pittsburgh Mercedes Benz Club.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN – A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., for Norma Amill, 59, who passed away on Aug. 25, 2017.

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HUDSON – Barbara J. Hookway Bickler passed away Nov. 12, 2017, at the age of 90, with her devoted daughters by her side. After a long, courageous fight with Alzheimer’s, her body surrendered and is finally at peace.

Preceded in death by her beloved husband, Raymond; parents Ernest and Loraine Hookway; brothers Jack (Edmond) and Bill (Dale), she is survived by her loving daughters, Carol (Greg) Dohner of Hudson and Sue (Don) Tamulonis of Boardman; was the caring grandmother of Danielle (Jarrod) Mink, Christopher (Kalyn) Dohner, Loraine (Dan) Wysmier, Lindsey Tamulonis, Courtney (Josh) Colla, and Scott and Mark Dohner; great-grandmother of six; and also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Barbara will be remembered for her compassionate and nurturing soul, with an unselfish heart, a sense of humor and wit. Even at death, she donated her brain to the UH Medical Center for research, in hopes to find a cure.

She was a long-time resident of the area. After graduating from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1945, she continued her studies at the University of Akron, earning a B.A. degree in Home Economics, where she was a proud member of Delta Zeta.

Barbara met her future husband, Raymond, while working at Jones Confectionery in Cuyahoga Falls (she made the best vanilla milkshakes). They were married on June 18, 1949, and enjoyed 41 wonderful years together prior to his passing on Aug. 7, 1990.

Barbara was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing for her daughters, cooking, baking, volunteering and traveling. She enjoyed substitute teaching at Hudson High School when her daughters became teenagers.

She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be deeply missed.

Friends are invited to the Redmon Funeral Home, 3633 Darrow Road (Rt. 91) in Stow for visitation on Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The Rev. Paul Beal will conduct a service on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Hudson United Methodist Church, 2600 Hudson Aurora Road in Hudson.

Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

Should friends desire, donations may be made to the GriefCare Place in Stow, the Alzheimer Association in Hudson, or your favorite charity.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Donald Balser, 87, formerly of Austintown, passed away peacefully just after midnight Friday morning, Nov. 17, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Donald was born Nov. 12, 1930, in Youngstown, a son of the late Raymond R. and Ethel Mellinger Balser, and lived most of his life in the area.

Mr. Balser attended West High School in Akron and was a 1948 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. Don played football, basketball, and baseball at Fitch and was a member of the class that determined that “Falcons” would be the school mascot and nickname.

He also graduated from Youngstown College in 1954 with a degree in journalism, and subsequently served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.

Don worked for 27 years for Youngstown Sheet & Tube, retiring when the mill closed.

He was an enthusiastic sports and NASCAR fan, and he played many years for local sandlot and softball teams. Don also participated in the Senior Olympics for 17 years and was a charter member of the famed Austintown Men’s Volleyball League, where he was known as “Big Don” Balser.

Donald leaves a cousin, Mae V. Cumiskey of Sea Girt, N.J.; and many devoted friends throughout the area.

Don was preceded in death by two infant brothers.

Family and friends may gather from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at  Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, for a celebration of Don’s life.

Interment will take place at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown, where Don will be laid to rest with his family.

Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Donald’s family.

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TWINSBURG – Elizabeth Ann Bees, 72, long-time resident of Shaker Heights, passed away at The Cleveland Clinic on Sept. 24, after a brief illness. She courageously battled health issues for several years prior to her death.

“Betty Ann” was born Oct. 3, 1944, in Youngstown, to the late Thomas R. and Josephine (McBride) Bees.

She graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1962, and went on to graduate from St. Luke’s School of Nursing as a RN. After many years at St. Luke’s Hospital as an O.R. nurse, Betty Ann became an administrator and later worked in administration at Rockside Clinic in Independence.

She loved the Cleveland Indians and enjoyed attending Indians’ games, as well as their spring training games in Goodyear, Ariz., with her family She was always up for an adventure and traveled extensively.

She leaves behind her brothers, Thomas (Barbara) Bees, Timothy Bees, and Jeffrey (Lorraine) Bees. She was actively involved in the lives of her nieces and nephews and their families, Melissa Fabits, Thomas “Josh” Bees Jr. (deceased), Ryan Bees, Matthew Bees, Christina Gorney, Kate Solvesky, Bradley Bees, Eoghan Bees and Hugh Bees. She also leaves behind 10 great-nieces and great-nephews, and one on the way; and her good friend, Bill Lavigna.

Betty Ann was especially close to several of her health aides who were of great help and comfort when her health began to fail. She is greatly missed by all.

There will be a private family memorial service at a later date.

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HUBBARD – Margaret “Marge” E. Mikovich Battista, 83, died Monday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2017, at Country Side at the Elmwood Assisted Living.

She was born Feb. 16, 1934, in Youngstown, a daughter of Joseph and Helen Mikovich, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Battista, a graduate of The Rayen School was a homemaker. She enjoyed watching TV, was a Sci-Fi addict and loved cats.

Her husband, James L. Battista, whom she married Aug. 29, 1959, died Feb. 22, 2006.

She leaves a son, James (Susan) Battista of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Rebecca Morocco and Jessica Battista, both of Hubbard; and one grandson, Mark V. Morocco.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four brothers and two sisters.

There are no calling hours or funeral services.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Activities Department at Countryside at the Elmwood Assisted Living, 871 Elmwood Drive, Hubbard, OH 44425.

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

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STRUTHERS - Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers for Annette M. Diciccio, 94, who passed away at her home on Thursday morning, Nov. 16, 2017.

Annette was born July 11, 1923, in Youngstown, a daughter of Gustavo and Cecelia Navy. Before becoming a homemaker, she worked at Automatic Sprinkler and McCrory’s.

She was a member of the Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers. She enjoyed cooking for her family with her sisters and she liked to bowl and play cards.

Annette married James W. Diciccio on June 7, 1947, and he passed away on Nov. 5, 1980.

She leaves two sons, James W. (Marian) Diciccio Jr. of Howland and David Diciccio of Struthers, with whom she made her home; a sister, Angelina Bezjak of Poland; two grandchildren, Julie (Steven) Landra and Beth (Dan) Sielski; and three great-grandchildren, Emma, Taylor and Leah Sielski.

Annette was preceded in death by her husband; two brothers, Tony and John Navy; and one sister, Theresa Esposito.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Clemente Funeral Home in Struthers.

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HAIG POINT, DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, S.C. – Rebecca Parrot Flask, 71, a resident of Haig Point, Daufuskie Island, S.C., and Haymarket, Va., passed away peacefully on Nov. 9, 2017, at the Capital Caring Adler Center in Aldie, Va.

Rebecca was born on Nov. 26, 1945, in Newnan, Ga., to Ann Glover Parrott and Thomas Sargent Parrott Jr., both of whom have predeceased her. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Thomas Sargent Parrott, III.

Rebecca, who was called “Becky” or “Becky Knight,” was raised in Newnan, where she enjoyed warm summers, swimming in the pool or nearby lakes, horseback riding, tennis, summer camps and the joy of living in a relatively small idyllic community, a place she always loved and considered home.

Following graduation from Newnan High School, she entered and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. Becky worked in Atlanta for several years until she moved to Washington, D.C., to join the staff of Congressman John “Jack” Flynt Jr. of Griffin, who represented Georgia’s then 6th District in Congress. It was in Washington that she met Jon Flask, who would become her husband of 45 years.

Following the birth of their child, Becky became a stay-at-home mom whose time was spent raising Ansley, reading and traveling. She continued as an avid tennis player who played at Springfield G&CC, then the Country Club of Fairfax, the Fairfax Racquet Club and finally the Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island until her health prevented her from continuing.

She is survived by her husband and daughter Ansley Flask French (Eric) and grandchildren Layla and Dylan.

Following a memorial service at the First Union African Baptist Church on Daufuskie Island, commencing at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2017, she will be interred in its cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation, P.O. Box 52, 44 Old Haig Point Road, Daufuskie Island, SC 29915.

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CAMPBELL - Olga Friedman, 89, passed away early Friday evening, Nov. 17, 2017, at St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center in Columbiana.

Olga was born Dec. 6, 1927, in Campbell, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Susie Vavrec Pacak, and was a lifelong resident of Campbell.

She was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and in her younger days worked for the Kresge Five & Dime in downtown Youngstown. She later became a homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family.

Olga was a long-time member of St. Michael Orthodox Church in Youngstown, where she belonged to the church choir and was active in various church organizations.

She will always be remembered for her fine baking skills, her famous clothespin cookies, and her preparation of many delicious ethnic foods.

Her husband of 58 years, Edward J. Friedman, whom she married Feb. 20, 1954, passed away Dec. 16, 2012.

Mrs. Friedman leaves two daughters, Deborah (Robert W.) Bellino of New Middletown and Susan (David) Hutnyan of Boardman; three grandchildren, Christine Bellino, Rachel (John) Carbon, and Jonathan Hutnyan; two great-grandchildren, Ellie and Johnny; a sister, Mary Geletka; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Olga was preceded in death by a grandson, Daniel R. Bellino, and a brother, Joseph Pacak.

Family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 1 p.m.

Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery, where Olga will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary, and to send condolences on-line to Olga’s family.

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COLUMBIANA - Mr. Daniel Marshall Hartsock, 62, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Merritt Island, Fla.

He was the son of Walter and Barbara Hartsock.

He graduated from South Range High School in 1973, where he participated in varsity sports and was a member of the National Honor Society. He attended Ohio University and earned a bachelor’s degree. He worked as a certified public accountant until the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Hartsock.

Daniel leaves to cherish his memory, his loving mother, Barbara Hartsock; and his children, Daniel and Michelle Hartsock, both of whom live in Jacksonville, Fla. He is also survived by his sister, Toni; and his brothers, David, Donald, Dennis and Bruce.

Daniel was a member of the Greenford Ruritans. His lifelong passions included outdoor activities, and he was an avid fisherman. Dan had a courageous and fighting spirit.

Dan shared the last few years of his life with his beloved companion, Elizabeth Frasco, and her son, Alex, in Merritt Island.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of Island Cremation & Funeral Home in Merritt Island.

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BOARDMAN – Beatrice A. Householder, 81, passed on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at the residence of her daughter.

Beatrice was born Aug. 29, 1936, in Carbon/Hillsville, Ohio, the daughter of Clinton and Luonia Sutphin Jones.

She was a graduate of the Poland Seminary High School.

On Dec. 20, 1958, Beatrice and Clifford V. Householder were united in marriage in the Jones Family Homestead on State Line Road in Carbon/Hillsville. Throughout the years, the couple shared time between their residences in Ohio and Homosassa, Fla.

Beatrice had been employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, from where she retired.

Loving memories of Beatrice will be carried on by her husband, Clifford V. Householder; her daughter, Denise A. Russell (Dennis O’Neill); her granddaughter, Michelle A. Russell (Scott Ulreich); and her great-grandson, Jaxon M. Ulreich.

Preceding Beatrice were her parents and her son, Clifford W. Householder.

Please visit www.oakmeadowcremation.com to send the family condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be at noon on Wednesday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home for Mr. Lawrence Leon Harris, 87, who departed this life on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Danridge Burgundi Manor.

Mr. Harris was born Oct. 1, 1930, in Youngstown, a son of George and Charlotte Harris.

He worked for Commercial Intertech, was a deacon and a member of the 120 Church of God in Christ. He was also a member of PTA and the Car Club.

He leaves his wife, the former Olive R. Parter, whom he married June 9, 1984; children Robert (Rhonda) Williams, Doris (Jefferson) Townsend, Tiffany (Kenneth) Venable and Frankie Harris, all of Youngstown, Charlotte Solomon of Campbell, Denise (David) Diehl of Florida, Shalynn Harris of Texas, Levar Lee of Salt Lake City, Utah, Latara Barnett, Brittany (Michael) Hayes and Braylin Lee and Kira Lee, all of Youngstown; a cousin, Frances Duvall of Columbus; 20 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and several siblings.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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COLUMBIANA – Joyce Eloise Jenkins, 94, formerly of Poland, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 15, 2017, at Parkside Health Care Center.

Joyce was born March 23, 1923, in Graham, Tenn., a daughter of the late George and Kate Weems Plunkett, and came to Youngstown as a young child.

She was a 1942 graduate of Liberty High School.

Mrs. Jenkins worked in the pricing department of LTV Steel for over 33 years, retiring in 1979.

Mrs. Jenkins was a lifelong member of the Boardman Baptist Church, where she was active in the Ladies Missionary Fellowship, was a member of the choir and was the church organist.

Her husband, John R. Jenkins, whom she married in 1965, preceded her in death on March 12, 1968.

She is survived by her stepdaughter, Patricia Gaines of Oregon, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her four brothers, McCloy, Ray and Charles Plunkett and Tom Thomas; sister Ruth Paulin; and stepdaughter Carol Bott.

There will be no calling hours or services.

Interment will take place at Glenview Cemetery in East Palestine.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman.

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POLAND – There will be a celebration of life for Carmela M. Jones, 57, at 11 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 25, at the Greenhaven Memorial Gardens Chapel. Carmela passed away Tuesday morning, Nov. 7 at Hospice House.

She was born July 16, 1960, in Naples, Italy, the daughter of Umberto and Antonietta Canonico Lippiello.

Carmela was a 1978 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. She was a retail manager for Lane Bryant. Carmela was a very friendly and generous person, who would do anything for anyone who needed her help. She enjoyed cooking very much, as evidenced by her many recipes. Carmela also loved to walk through the Rose Garden at Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Park, enjoying the many flower scents and watching the colorful butterflies.

Carmela is survived by her mother, Antonietta Lippiello; her daughter, Jennifer Lynn (Dan Boss) Jones of Austintown; her son, Samuel Anthony Jones of Austintown; and her brother, Pat (Iwona Liebig) Lippiello, also of Austintown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Carmela’s name maybe given to the donor’s choice.

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

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AUSTINTOWN - Virginia Marie Kamperman passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 12, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 90 years old.

Virginia was born in Youngstown on Oct. 6, 1927, to parents James and Alexandrea Shagla, both Albanian immigrants. Her father served in the U.S. Army during World War I.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul; her daughter, Sandra (Cable); and her husband of 61 years, Fred Kamperman, who passed just two months prior.

She is survived by a brother, Bill; son Kurt Kamperman; daughter-in-law Carrie; daughter Jill Owen; granddaughters Lauren and Kara Kamperman and Ashley and Kayley Owen; and several nieces and nephews.

Virginia was a homemaker who was an active volunteer for much of her life. She enjoyed bridge, gardening, travel and spending time with her grandchildren. Her family and friends will always be grateful for the gift that was her life.

No services are planned at this time.

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

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BOARDMAN – Mark Mu, 91, passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 15, 2017.

Born in China on March 18, 1926, Mark later traveled to Brazil, where he met his wife and started a family, before moving to the United States in 1971. Through dedication and sacrifice, he achieved the American dream. Mark and his wife were the owners and operators of the House of China Restaurant in Boardman for over 28 years.

Mark is remembered and loved for his strong work ethic and devotion to the betterment of his family. He especially enjoyed cooking and spending time with his grandchildren. Mark was an intelligent man, self-taught and fluent in several languages.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, and is survived by his wife of 50 years, Alzira Mary Fuji Mu; two sons, John (Lydia) Mu of California and Mike (Schuyler) Mu of Pittsburgh; three grandchildren, Emily, Alex and Archer; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Per the family’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4221 Market St. in Boardman (new location).

Mark’s family would like to thank the staff of Hospice House for their dedication and kindness.

Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send condolences to the Mu family.

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JUPITER, FLA. - Katherine “Kay” Novak, 101, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Prosperity Oaks in Palm Beach Gardens, of natural causes.

A resident of Campbell for nearly 90 years, Katherine was born Jan. 19, 1916, in Gary, Ind., the daughter of Paul Skorich and Mary Drvodelic.

She graduated from South High School in Youngstown.

Katherine was a devoted wife, mother, sister and homemaker.

She married her husband, Andrew J. Novak, on Sept. 9, 1933. Andrew, whom she called “Ambro,” passed away in 1987 after 54 years of marriage.

Katherine and her husband loved music and dancing and together often graced the floor of the Idora Park ballroom. She was an avid card player and continued to win at cards up until her death. A parishioner and long-time member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Katherine was also active in the Campbell Senior Citizens. She served her country by working at Youngstown Sheet & Tube during World War II as a crane operator and foreman.

Katherine will be greatly missed by her daughters-in-law, Josephine Novak and JoAnne Novak; her grandchildren, Deborah (Novak) Leo, Russell Novak, Dina (Novak) Ruden, Kimberly Novak and Natalie Novak; three great-grandchildren, Corinne Long, Aaron Kelley and Travis Leo; and one great-great-grandchild, Alexander Kenneth Kelley.

Besides her parents and her husband, Andrew, she was preceded in death by her sons, Melvin Novak and Kenneth Novak. Her brothers, Joe and Fred Skorich; and her sisters, Anne, Mary, Helen and Agnes, are also deceased.

A private family service was observed at St. John’s cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Wasko Funeral Home in Campbell.

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

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POLAND – Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, for Marilyn E. Nepple, 82, who died Friday, Nov. 17, at her home, surrounded by her daughter, Laurie Rossi, and granddaughters, Marie and Sara Zambotti.

Marilyn was born July 28, 1935, in Vandergrift, Pa., the daughter of Charles F. and Zelda (Cribbs) Veitch.

She was a 1953 graduate of Vandergrift High School, where she was a majorette. Marilyn was a member of the Vandergrift Thunderers Drum and Bugle Corps.

She was a secretary at U.S. Steel, Vandergrift location, and Monroeville research lab, for many years until retiring.

Marilyn was an active member of The Vandergrift Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was also a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vandergrift, where she led the youth group for many years.

After moving to the Poland area, she became a member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman.

Marilyn’s husband, Jerry C. Nepple, whom she married Jan. 28, 1956, died June 25, 2008.

She is survived by her daughters, Laurie (Frank) Rossi of Largo, Fla., and Jane (Bruce) Bevilacqua of Murrysville, Pa. Marilyn is also survived by five grandchildren, Philip (Kristi) Mazero of Pittsburgh, Chad Mazero of Los Angeles, Alicia Rossi of Largo, and Marie and Sara Zambotti of Pittsburgh; and a great-grandson, Lucas Mazero of Pittsburgh.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Richard Veitch; and her step-granddaughter Danelle Rossi.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will take place at the Poland Riverside Cemetery.

The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences to the family.

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VIENNA TOWNSHIP – Christine D. Nelson, 95, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Liberty Health Care Center.

Christine was born July 15, 1922, in Girard, the daughter of John and Nancy (Callard) DeRubba. She was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.

Christine worked in the office of Federal Machine and Welding in Warren and later at Vienna Valu-King as a clerk for 19 years before retiring in 1983. She loved being a homemaker and enjoyed baking, reading, walking and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and even found time to attend and enjoy all their activities, especially their programs, parades and sporting events.

Christine leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Ronald M. (Judith) Nelson of Canfield, John W. Nelson of Vienna, and Nancy L. Paddock of Vienna; her brother, John DeRubba of Colorado; her grandchildren, Kristina, Ronald, Kara, Yvonne, Rachel, Ian, Sophie Rae, and Seth; and her great-grandchildren, Brent, Karis, Brooklyn, Harper, Palmer, Leightyn, Rilee, Nash and a soon to arrive baby boy. Christine also leaves numerous nieces and nephews whom she became a part of their lives too and held them very dear to her heart.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Nelson, who died Dec. 5, 1997; her sister, Louise DeRubba; her brother, Anthony DeRubba; and her granddaughter, Shaina Nelson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.

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VENICE, FLA. - Charles Harry Pittman passed away on Sept. 28, 2017, at his home in Venice.

He was born on Nov. 1, 1926, to Harry and Rosabell Pittman of Ohio.

Charles and his wife, Nancy, were married for 68 years and have resided in Venice since 1995. The couple formerly resided in Boardman, where Charles was very active in serving at the Old North Church for many years, working with the youth and adult ministries.

He leaves behind his wife, Nancy; his son, Mark Pittman of Indianapolis; as well as daughter Judith Luteran of Columbiana. He also leaves behind four grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Pittman will be buried at the VA Sarasota National Cemetery at a date to be determined.

Donations may be made to the Venice Hospice House of the First Baptist Church of Venice.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Edward P. Pollock, 48, passed away Thursday evening at Windsor House in Youngstown.

Edward was born March 30, 1969, in Youngstown, a son of George G. and Helen J. Elchuck Pollock.

Ed was employed in the health care industry before retiring. He was a 1987 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. Ed was a diehard Cleveland Browns and Indians fan and also enjoyed professional wrestling.

Ed is survived by his daughter, Samantha Pollock of Youngstown; his brothers and sister, Jim Pollock of Warren, Tom (Maureen) Pollock of San Leon, Texas, Robert Pollock of Austintown, Mary Lou Pollock also of Austintown and George (Brenda) Pollock of Lowellville; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his sister, Darlene Kroll.

According to Edward’s wishes, there are no calling hours or services.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com where family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN - Terrance M. Paige, 60, born Oct. 17, 1957, was a loving father, grandfather, uncle, brother, cousin and friend, who left this life at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, with his daughter by his side. “Terry” peacefully departed at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Terry, a lifelong resident of Youngstown, was preceded in death by his beloved father, Ollie Paige Jr., and mother, Ettra Ziegler Paige.

Terrance will be forever remembered for his devotion to the Cleveland Browns, his favorite football team, his love for cooking and spending time with family and friends.

He worked previously at Youngstown Steel Door and the Youngstown Fire Department.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his adoring son, Justin Terrance Paige, who is currently serving in the U.S. Army (Kuwait); his loving daughter, Adrienne Paige of Youngstown; his brother, Timothy (Paula) Paige of Atlanta, and their children, Rodd, Timothy and Jordan; and his sister, Trisha Angel Paige, and her son, Jaiden, of Youngstown; and his precious grandchildren, Braylon, Brandon, and Brianna Paige of Youngstown. He also leaves his cousins, Sherrolyn Staten and Sherrod Garner, both of whom he lived with for a time, and a long-time girlfriend, Harriet Hooks; along with a host of cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends and family at 628 W. Evergreen in Youngstown for the repass.

The family also wants to thank the St. Elizabeth Intensive Care Unit for taking excellent care of Terry.

Terry’s family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Conley & VandenBerg Funeral Home, 75 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, and will receive family and friends on Nov. 21, 2017, at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to noon, with the homegoing service to start at noon.

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BOSTON – On Oct. 14, 2017, John David “Johnie,” Szmaj quietly passed away, with family by his side, after a battle he lost to cancer. He fought with dignity and was determined to assume a normal life, refusing to give into this cruel disease.

Johnie was born July 21, 1959, in Youngstown, the first born of Casimir and Alexandra Szmaj.

Johnie attended St. Stanislaus Grade School, Woodrow Wilson High School and graduated from Youngstown State University, earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

He began his work career with Ormond Stores at the age of 14, stocking shelves and went to work full-time in store management after college.

Johnie left his hometown of Youngstown, making stops in Albany, N.Y., Washington, D.C., and finally settling in Boston where he remained for over 25 years, most recently with Bed Bath & Beyond. It was in Boston where Johnie found his true love, soulmate and husband, Troy Adam Brassard.

Johnie leaves behind his siblings, Teddy (Kathy) Szmaj, Ella (Bob) Jornigan and their children, Lexxi, Evan, Kyle and Taylor, Greg (DeAnna) Szmaj and their twins, Grayson and Isabella; brother-in-law Joseph Brassard; sister-in-law Norma (Jeff) Kelley; nieces Christine (Rich), Caroline (Adam), and Lexi; nephews Liam, Richard and Thomas; and mother-in-law Mary Brassard Lirette and her husband, Ed.

Preceding Johnie in death was his husband, Troy; his parents; and sister-in-law Cherylynn Brassard.

For those who knew him, Johnie was simply Johnie, a one-of-a-kind guy. Words that describe him are genuine, dedicated, honest, big-hearted, and funny. But above all, he was extremely generous, both of time and resources. He was the first to arrive and the last to leave. He always remembered special occasions and would send cards or gifts or the timely phone or text message. You name it, Johnie remembered it. He never thought of himself, he always took satisfaction when the people around him were ok or got it or were comforted. If you ever needed anything, you could count on Johnie.

He enjoyed traveling with family and friends, be it Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico, Las Vegas, Hawaii and the vacation Mecca – Youngstown. Most of all, Johnie loved interacting with people, enjoyed social gatherings, concerts, family get-togethers and even started his own “Polish Day” celebration replete with traditional ethnic food, particularly his famous pickle soup.

Johnie will be remembered by all, not because of huge accomplishments in his life, but because of the little everyday things and idiosyncrasies that Johnie did for each and every person he knew.

A memorial tribute will be held on Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. at the Davis Center/Mill Creek Park in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Center (www.danafarbergiving.org

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MASURY – Michael A. Smith Sr., 64, passed away Friday morning, Nov. 17, 2017, at his home.

Michael was born July 30, 1953, in Sharon, Pa., a son of the late John and Catherine (Soltis) Smith.

He was a 1971 graduate of Brookfield High School and continued his education at Youngstown State University, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 1975. He worked at Ajax and DeMay Heating and Cooling until his retirement. In his spare time, he loved going to the casino and camping with his boys. He also loved to give a helping hand to anyone he could.

Michael will be deeply missed by his sons, Michael Smith Jr., Tim Smith, Kevin Smith, and Bob Kelty; his sisters, Dolly, Jean, Rosemary, Marian, Eileen, Linda, Diane, and Kitty; and his brothers, John and Marty.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Smith.

Funeral services for Michael will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel, 6923 Warren-Sharon Road in Brookfield. Family will receive visitors two hours prior to services from 4 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com where friends and family may send their heartfelt condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Tabernacle Baptist Church for Mrs. Mary Emma Towns, 89, who departed this life on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, at Park Vista Community.

Mrs. Towns was born July 15, 1928, in Youngstown, a daughter of George and Lula Williams Meyers.

She worked for the Overall Factory, was a member of the church and its Willing Workers and Bible Study, and was also a member of the Young at Heart Club.

She leaves a niece and caregiver, Mrs. Alfred (Joseph) Perez of Youngstown; and a sister, Ruby Curry of Cleveland.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, George, Russell and Oscar and Wade Meyers, Pecora Greer and Pearl Pearson.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc.

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NILES – Carmen Vadino, 92, passed away peacefully at 1:32 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center in Youngstown.

He was born in Girard on April 14, 1925, the son of Anthony and Rose Marie (Cavalcanti) Vadino, and lived in this community most of his life.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired in 1980 after working 38 years in the electrical maintenance department as a supervisor at US Steel, McDonald Works. He was a long-time member of the Niles First Church of the Nazarene where he was active with all church activities especially the church choir. He was a volunteer at the Niles Shepherd of Valley Bible Study and enjoyed helping anyone with electrical repair work.

Carmen is survived by two daughters, Karen (Becky) Vadino of Youngstown and Cathy (Dennis) Manor of Niles; two grandchildren, Briannne Giancola Dennis of Seattle and Reggie Giancola of Niles; two great-grandchildren, Hayden Gionni Dennis and Stella Noelle Dennis; two sisters, Clara Phillips of Carlton, Ore., and Regina Baker of Niles; and brother Anthony Vadino Jr. of Scottsdale, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Margaret (Cochran) Vadino, whom he married on April 26, 1952, and who died on Dec. 10, 2008; seven sisters, Madeline Fonce, Irene Pinciaro, Angeline Mikolaj, Rosemarie Johnston, Marie Adams, Irene Candio and Lucia Santangelo; and two brothers, August Vadino and Joseph Vadino.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Niles First Church of the Nazarene where family and friend may also visit one half hour prior to the service. Pastor Mark Deneen will officiate. Entombment will be at Pineview Cemetery.

Visit www.holetonyuhasz.com to view this tribute and send condolences.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Jack Christopher “Chris” Wolfgang, 52, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at his residence.

Jack, known as Chris, was born Jan. 17, 1965, in Youngstown, the son of the late Jack E. and JoAnne A. (Hetherington) Wolfgang.

He graduated from Boardman High School in 1983, and was a lifelong area resident. Chris was an autoworker and a member of UAW Local 1112 for General Motors in Lordstown.

Chris is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Wendy A. Davis, whom he married on Sept. 20, 1995; a daughter, Jessica E. Wolfgang of Youngstown; a son, Raymond C. (Kara) Wolfgang of Poland; a brother, Craig (Lisa) Wolfgang of Boardman; his sister, Candice K. (Charles) McGrath of Canfield; his brother-in-law, Jeff R. (Angela) Davis of New Middletown; three nieces, Heather Bowers of Austintown, Amanda (Ryan Hahn) Skica of Canfield, and Ashlee Wolfgang of Columbus; and two great nephews, Charles Bowers of Austintown and Logan Skica of Canfield.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date for Chris. There are no calling hours.

The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406, in memory of Chris.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home in Boardman.

Please visit www.thompsonfh1932.com to view this notice and send condolences to the family

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YOUNGSTOWN – Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at the New Hope Baptist Church, 437 Albert St., for Mr. Willie Eris Williams, 72, who departed this life on Nov. 12, 2017.

Mr. Williams was born Feb. 10, 1945, in Macon, Miss., a son of Judge Tate and Ollie B. Williams.

He had been employed at General Motors Lordstown for 35 years. He had attended the Nevels Temple Church of God in Christ. He loved fishing, racing, estate sales, singing and collecting coins and stamps, and being with his family. Willie enjoyed traveling and taking cruises.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his father; his wife, the former Elaine Booker, whom he married Oct. 30, 2001; seven children, Melanie Williams of Detroit, Tiffany Williams and Tonnachamane Carter, both of Youngstown, Eris and Ramirez Williams and Julian and Janee’ Eggleston, all of New Castle, Pa.; siblings, six brothers, Duane Witherspoon of Youngstown, Eddie (Geraldine) Tate, Robert (Charity) Tate, James and Bruce Tate, all of Erie, Pa., and Jerry (Shirley) Tate of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Stella (Paul) Beckwick of Maryland and Della Quinn of Erie; 30 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; uncles Eddie and James Williams; aunts Bernice Williams, Ella Mae Skinner and Mattie Williams; his nephew, Jamal “Tito” (Lynette) Brown; and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother; a son, Kevin Williams; three sisters, Ruby and Mattie B. Witherspoon, and April Rose Davis; and two brothers, Tommy Witherspoon and Lee Ervin Williams.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services, from 9 to 10 a.m., at the church.

Arrangements were entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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