YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at the Antioch Baptist Church for Mrs. Johnnie Mae Anderson, 78. God wrapped her in his loving arms and took her to heaven on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Mrs. Anderson was born May 24, 1936, in Georgetown, Ga., a daughter of John L. and Pinkey Holley Sutton.
She was a charter member of the Antioch Baptist Church, with over 50 years of service. Johnnie was past president of the No. 2 Usher Board. She was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians baseball team and the Cleveland Browns football team. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She had great love for all that knew her.
Johnnie Mae was united in marriage on June 15, 1957, to Jessie Anderson. He preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 2005.
She leaves to cherish her beloved memory, three sons, Maurice Sutton of Atlanta, Willie D. (Belinda) Anderson and Thurman (Brenda) Anderson; one daughter, Lisa R. (Ivory) Patterson, all of Youngstown; her one and only brother, William James Sutton of Clinton, Md.; one sister-in-law, Elma Vincent of Anniston, Ala.; a host of cousins in Miami and Albany, Ga.; and nieces, nephews, and friends, who will miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jessie Anderson Jr.; and four sisters, Emma L. Scott, Annie Mae Casey, Jean McKinney and Rosie B. Sutton.
Friends may call Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
POLAND A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish at St. Matthias Church, officiated by Father Martin Celuch, for Dorothy M. Babnic, 72, who went to be with the Lord on Dec. 23, 2014.
Dorothy was born June 30, 1942, in Brody, Poland, Europe, a daughter of Basil and Eugenia Bogdon Udycz. Her father was killed in World War II, and she was raised by her mother and her stepfather, Raymond Jozwiak.
Dorothy graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1961, where she earned a scholarship for a nursing degree. She applied this scholarship towards the Youngstown Hospital Association School of Nursing, where she earned her nursing degree. She was employed as a registered nurse by Woodside Hospital, and would retire from Beeghly Oaks in 2003.
She was a very devoted Catholic and was very involved at St. Matthias Church. She was a member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild, the Sacred Heart and Rosary Society, and the Quilters of Our Lady of Sorrows. Dorothy was wonderful at crafts such as needlework, crocheting, flower arranging, and sewing, as well as baking. She most loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Dorothy leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Eugenia Jozwiak; her husband, Robert A. Babnic, whom she married Dec. 23, 1963; a son, Robert (Cyndi) Babnic of Poland; grandchildren Becca and Jason Babnic; sister Josephine (George) Jarbeck of Boardman; nieces and nephews Allison (Dan) Sebaugh, Stephanie Jarbeck, and George Richard Jarbeck; as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Basil Udycz, and her stepfather, Raymond Jozwiak.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the 4West Wing at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center and Hospice House for their compassionate care of Dorothy.
Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery.
The Babnic family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Kubina-Yuhasz-Wasko Funeral Home, where they will receive friends, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a 3:45 p.m. prayer service, lead by the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild. Calling hours will also be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Matthias Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view the obituary and send the Babnic family condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN Carmella D. Daugherty, 85, formerly of Girard, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Park Vista Nursing Home.
She was born July 17, 1929, in Struthers, the daughter of the late Leonard and Philomenna Ruggierio Emanuel.
Carmella was a member of St. Rose Church, and a former member of the Eagles, the Old Timers Club and had belonged to several card clubs.
She is survived by her son, Jack N. (Janis) Daugherty Jr. of Youngstown and two grandchildren, Jack and Taylor.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack N. Daugherty Sr., whom she married April 29, 1950, and passed away Sept. 4, 2009; sister Mary Jane Cammack; and her brothers, Alfred, James, John Anthony and Leonard Emanuel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Church.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard and also on Tuesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at St. Rose Church.
Carmella will be laid to rest at Girard City Cemetery, next to her husband.
The family requests that any material contributions be made to Second Harvest Food Bank in Youngstown.
Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.
KERRVILLE, TEXAS - David Lloyd Fry, 64, passed from this life on Dec. 20, 2014, at his home in Kerrville.
David was born Dec. 25, 1949, to Raymond and Jo An Fry in Youngstown.
David grew up in Petersburg and graduated from Springfield Local High School in 1969. Shortly after graduating, David was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served one tour in Vietnam. After being honorably discharged in Ft. Hood, Texas, David continued to serve his country and fellow veterans for 34 years as a registered nurse at the Kerrville V.A. Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Fry, and son, Travis Fry.
Those left to honor and cherish his memory include his wife, JoAnn; son Clinton (Jessica); and stepsons Christopher Cardwell (Sarah) and Shawn Cardwell (Elizabeth). The lights of his life were his grandchildren, Codey, Jacob and Emily. David is also survived by family still living in the Youngstown area which include, his mother, Jo An Pucci; brother Larry Fry (Paulette); and sisters Becky Milhoan (Ben), Betti Piper, Lucy Burtner and Barbara Moore of Houston.
A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m., Dec. 29, 2014, at the historical Union Church in Kerrville. It was Davids wish that those attending feel free to share any special memories they may have of him at the gathering.
A memorial service will be held in Petersburg on a date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or the charity of ones choice.
The family invites you to visit www.kerrvillefuneralhometx.com to leave a message or memory. Select obituaries then select sign guestbook at the top of the individual memorial.
Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at the Kerrville Funeral Home, (830) 895-5111.
MURPHY, TEXAS - David Joseph III, formerly of Austintown, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Garnett Hill Rehab Facility in Wylie, Texas.
David was born in Youngstown, on Feb. 21, 1935, the son of David Joseph Jr. and Marian (Vogel) Joseph. David lived in the Youngstown area until July 2012, when he and his wife moved to Texas to be close to their daughter.
He was employed by Dunning Crum Bottling Co., Republic Steel Corp. and Grinding Equipment & Machinery, prior to his retirement.
David was a member of the Disciples Christian Church. David loved music and especially loved singing with the choir at the Disciples Christian Church, the Noteables from Austintown AARP No. 4439, a barbershop chorus and the choir at the Christ Church Presbyterian.
David is survived by his wife, Marma Jean Toni, whom he married in May of 1956; a daughter, Pamela (Rick) Weaver; two granddaughters, Jessica Bohmer and Heather (Scott) Fetty; two great-grandsons, Taylor TJ Bohmer and Brock Fetty, all from the Dallas area; a sister, Dorothy Johnson of Boardman; and many nephews and nieces.
In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin R. Joseph, who died in 2011; and twin daughters, Darlene and Debra, who passed shortly after birth, in December of 1956.
Davids life will be remembered and celebrated at the Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road (across from Giant Eagle) on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at 4 p.m.
There will be calling hours at the church on Sunday, from 3 to 3:50 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Joseph family.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Disciples Christian Church, Music Department, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman, OH 44512, or to the American Diabetes Association, 471 E. Broad St., Ste. 1630, Columbus, OH 43215.
LOWELLVILLE - Constance M. Iudiciani, 86, affectionately known as Connie, passed away peacefully, Christmas Eve morning, at the St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, surrounded by her family.
Connie was born on March 31, 1928, in Lowellville, to Anthony and Jenny DAmico Donatelli, who immigrated from Pescocostanzo, Italy.
On July 3, 1948, Connie married the love of her life, Venanz Bananas Iudiciani. Together, they shared 58 years of blessed marriage. Bananas passed away on Dec. 1, 2006.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Benjamin, Daniel, and Rudolph; and sisters Josephine Perry and Jean Fitch.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Kamensky and son-in-law Kurt; grandchildren John and Candace; her sister, Mary Di Ianni; brothers Alfred (Donna) and Anthony Jr. (Pat); and brother-in-law Bob Fitch.
Connie worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Victor Balmenti, and was a member of the Our Lady of The Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville. Connies greatest joy was taking care of her home and family, and she was immensely proud of her grandchildren, John Vincent and Candace Marie. She looked forward to hosting the annual parade during The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, with wine and refreshments at her home, in honor of her late husband.
A prayer service will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 244 McGill St., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Dr. Nicholas Proia and the entire staff in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center for their devoted compassion and excellent care given to Connie.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
NEWTON FALLS Emily Kistler, 89, died Dec. 25, 2014, in Newton Falls.
She was the daughter of Frank and Rosa (Macak) Kuta, born a first United States generation Czech in her parents home on June 19, 1925, outside of Cambridge.
Emilys father left the coal mines of Southeast Ohio and brought his family North to work at a steel mill, where they lived for a time in Paris, Ohio, then settled in Newton Falls. Emily always loved Newton Falls, graduated in 1943, and looked forward to attending high school reunions. After high school, she had a couple of jobs, but she would mostly bring up about getting to meet local farmers while working at a store owned by the Jones family, that sold farm implements and parts. It was not long before she met her love of life Orris Kistler. They were joined in marriage June 1, 1945, and had four children.
Emilys favorite place to be was out in nature, whether that was in her own yard or out at parks hiking. She was literally a tree hugger, who loved the sounds of birds, frogs and insects. She had an extensive knowledge of the names of plants in the woods and fields, as well as her own flower beds and garden, full of many types of plants. Most of her life, she canned or froze goodies from the garden.
Taking a drive was another pleasure time for Emily. In the early years the drives were with Orris and sometimes the kids. Once he was gone, her son, Larry took her on several drives a week. When the family was young, they would all go on yearly vacations all around the country to visit family mostly. Near the time Orris retired, they bought a camper and traveled all over the country and into Canada. She always said she enjoyed those times of traveling in their camper most of all. Emily was also thankful for a trip to the Czech Republic and to some of the surrounding countries.
Throughout her life, she enjoyed activities that brought socializing along with physical benefits, such as roller skating, dancing and even belly dancing. Emily believed in eating healthy and staying active. Emily loved to read and did so daily. She was always interested in topics such as biology, nature, and history.
As most women of her generation, she was a seamstress, sewing for herself, her daughters and granddaughters. She was very enthusiastic about the bicentennial celebrations in 1976, and sewed outfits for herself and family and entered contests in Newton Falls. She won first place for best dress in 1976, and received second place the following year.
Cherished memories of Emily will be carried on by her son, David Kistler of Newton Falls; daughters Linda Carter of Newton Falls, and Nancy Borowski (Bruce) of North Jackson; her granddaughters, Mechelle Kistler, Julie Kistler, Renee Neatrour and Stephanie Ward (Danny Lynn); one great-granddaughter, Olivia Ward; two sisters-in-law, Mildred and Shirley Kuta; and her former daughter-in-law, Beth Ernest. In early 2015, another great-granddaughter is expected, Emma Lynn.
Preceding Emily in death were her most beloved husband, Orris and son Larry. Also preceding her in death were her parents and all of her siblings, Carl (Marie) Kuta, Helen (Pete) Kever, Rose (Bus Cameron) (Ed) Schobel, Tony Kuta, Frank (Marilou) Kuta, and Bob Kuta.
Calling hours will be at the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls on Sunday, Dec. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Emily will be laid to rest at Newton Falls Lutheran Cemetery on Monday.
LANCASTER, PA. - Larry W. Kurtz, 61, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014.
He was born in Salem, the son of the late Raymond and Marie Kurtz.
On May 20, 1978, he married his wife, Lucie, and she survives in Lancaster. He is also survived by a daughter, Jocelyn Kurtz of Strasburg, Pa.; a son, Steven Kurtz of Lancaster; brothers William (Vickie) Kurtz of Indianapolis and Alan (Carmen) Kurtz of Plymouth, Ind.; a sister, Kathy (Gary) Lehman of West Liberty; and many nieces and nephews.
Larry was a 1971 graduate of South Range High School in North Lima, and a 1975 graduate of The Ohio State University. He enjoyed traveling all over the world and experiencing new things. He met his loving wife while working in Haiti. They lived in Haiti for 13 years, raising their family and serving with Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Economic Development Association and World Vision International. The family moved to Pennsylvania, where Larry enjoyed working with farmers and their cows.
He was a faithful and loving servant of the Lord. Larry attended the Calvary Church. The church family has provided tremendous love and support through Larrys battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at the church.
Interment will be held at the Landis Valley Mennonite Cemetery, 2420 Kissel Hill Road (Landis Valley/Oregon Pike), Lancaster.
Memorial contributions in Larrys name may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 21 South 12th St., Akron, PA 17501.
Please visit our website: www.thegroffs.com to post online condolences.
Arrangements handled by the Groffs Family Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., 528 West Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17603, (717) 394-5300.
YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be at 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Ms. Kathryn M. Musgrave, 67, who departed this life Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Ms. Musgrave, affectionately known as Tweety and Kathy, was born Sept. 4, 1947, in Youngstown, a daughter of Leon E. and Muriel M. Pierce Rogers.
A homemaker, Tweety was formerly employed with LAS Recycling Company. Ms. Musgrave enjoyed bingo, WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), and cooking. She loved cooking breakfast for her family, especially her grandchildren, who loved french toast and grilled cheese sandwiches. Kathy had a strong faith in God, and loved being with her family.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Tamara Tammy McOwen, Jenny L. Musgrave and Naomi Rosa, all of Youngstown; a sister, Donna Ellis of Arizona; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Dwight Musgrave Jr.; and a sister, Geri Carroll.
Friends may call on Monday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
ORLANDO, FLA. Teofil T Joseph Stadnik is survived by his son, Joseph Edward Stadnik (Denise) of Tacoma, Wash.; brother Chester Stadnik of Struthers; sisters Helen Grodski of Youngstown and Jane Popa of Youngstown; and granddaughter Jennifer Stadnik.
Teofil was predeceased by his wife of more than 30 years, Joyce, and his brother, John Kalonsky of Struthers.
Services for Teofil Stadnik were handled by the Carey Hand Colonial Funeral home in Orlando.
AUSTINTOWN - John J. Serenko, 87, passed away peacefully, Christmas evening, Dec. 25, 2014, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center, following an extended illness.
John was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Youngstown, a son of the late John J. and Anna Slavkovsky Serenko, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a graduate of Chaney High School, and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Serenko was a carpenter by trade, working out of Carpenter Union Local No. 171, and he was lead carpenter for Prout Boiler in Youngstown for 40 years, retiring in the mid-1980s.
John was an active, charter member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown, where he was instrumental in the construction and maintenance of the parish complex. He was also a member of its senior citizens group, was a 3rd-degree life member of Knights of Columbus, Msgr. Mears Council No. 3990, and was instrumental in starting the Austintown Senior Center, where he was a member for many years and served on the board of directors.
He enjoyed spending time at his home in Ft. Myers, Fla., and he loved the time spent with his family.
His wife of 60 years, Ella Mae Girts Serenko, passed away Jan. 19, 2009.
John leaves to cherish his memory five children, John J. Jr. (Carla Westhart) Serenko of Ft. Myers, JoAnne M. (John) Wiery of Columbiana, James T. (Linda) Serenko of Austintown, Judy (Donald) Balas of Cleveland, and Joseph S. (Kelly) Serenko of Austintown; 10 grandchildren, Jonathon, Jason, Jim, Jeff, Jenn, Janelle, Julie, Jessica, Jamie, and Nicole; five great-grandchildren, Alaynie, Braxton, Caleb, Nathan, and Emma; a sister, Mary Oakley of Cleveland; and two brothers, Steve Serenko and Thomas (Ann) Serenko, both of Austintown.
Besides his wife, a sister, Catherine Dulick, and a great-granddaughter, Sarah, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Norquest Blvd.
A committal service with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown, where John will be laid to rest next to his wife.
Memorial contributions may be made in Johns name to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Senior Citizens, c/o 4490 Norquest Blvd., Austintown, OH 44515.
Visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Johns family.
NORTH LIMA There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown for Tillie Sikora, 90, who passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 25, 2014.
Tillie was born Dec. 19, 1924, in Youngstown, the daughter of Ignatius and Sue (White) Sikora.
Tillie graduated from Youngstown State University with a Masters Degree in education. She retired as a teacher from Youngstown City Schools. Tillie was a member of St. Columba Cathedral. She was a very giving person, who gave so much to her family, as well as many charities.
Tillie will always be lovingly remembered by her brother, Tom Sikora; nieces and nephews Paul Sikora, Paulette Bueno, Rosemarie (Brent) Pontuti, Tom (Sue) Sikora and Lisa Sikora; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Besides her parents, Tillie was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Theresa Sikora; and three brothers, Paul, Joseph and Francis Sikora.
Friends may call on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.
The Sikora Family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the Specialty Care staff at Assumption Village and Hospice of the Valley for the kind and compassionate care shown to Tillie.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Tillies family.
YOUNGSTOWN - Dorothy S. Webb, 88, passed away on Dec. 18, 2014, in the comfort of her own home, from complications of cancer.
She was born on Sept. 21, 1926.
She was the loving wife of the late Rev. William J. Webb.
She is survived by four children, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her many relatives.
Dorothy was an active member of the Episcopal church, enjoyed family, travel, reading, and social activities with her many friends. She will be greatly missed by us all.
The memorial service and visitation will be held on Monday, Dec. 29, at St. James Episcopal Church, 7640 Glenwood Ave., Boardman.
Visitation time is at 10 a.m., with the memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. A luncheon and celebration of life will be held at the church, downstairs, immediately following the service. All family and friends are welcome.
Donations to help in family expenses will be accepted through St. James Episcopal Church.
The internment and burial will take place at Glenhaven Memorial Park in Austintown, time and date to be determined.
We love you always Mom. Rest in peace.
HUBBARD - There will be services held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Stephen F. Young, 57, who passed away Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.
Stephen was born Aug. 28, 1957, in Youngstown, a son of Jack and Carmela Vitucci Young.
He was a 1976 graduate of Hubbard High School.
Stephen had been a machinist at Latrobe Specialty Metals. He was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church of Hubbard, and Odd Fellows Lodge Hubbard 495.
He enjoyed guns, science fiction novels and movies, loved fishing, good food, and especially spending time with family and friends.
He will be sadly missed by his son, Craig Young of Hubbard; his stepson, Donald Davis of Chicago; and his brother, Ronald (Terri) Young of Hubbard.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, George Young.
There will be calling hours on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.