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ANDRE D. HARRISON

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the Union Baptist Church, 528 Lincoln Ave. in Youngstown, for Andre D. Harrison, 34, who passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016.

He was born May 27, 1982, in Fayetteville, N.C., the son of Perry Harrison and Nancy (Cauley) Harrison.

Andre was a 2002 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and was a member of the Union Baptist Church. He loved movies, men’s fashion clothing, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid Miami Dolphin’s fan.

Andre will always be remembered by his father, Perry (Janice) Harrison of Youngstown; mother, Nancy Harrison of Youngstown; three sons, Andre D. Harrison Jr., Deshaun Homes, and Devon Harrison; twin brothers, Jason and Jared Harrison of Youngstown; sister, Evelyn Cauley of Boardman; brother Marcus Harrison of Youngstown; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Walter E. and Evelyn A. Harrison; and maternal grandparents, Wilbert and Rachel (Boyd) Cauley.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until noon at the Union Baptist Church prior to the service on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions may be made to the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

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

GRAZIELLA GIANNINI

POLAND - Graziella Nistri was born in the city of Florence, Italy, on April 20, 1927, the oldest child of Gianna and Guido. She died Sept. 16, 2016, as Grace Giannini in Poland.

Over the course of her life, she would be a daughter, an older sister, a member of the Italian Resistance during the Nazi Occupation of World War II, a war bride, a mother and grandmother, an Italian and an American, and a friend to many.

Graziella was raised by her mother and a large loving family in Florence. She had fond childhood memories of traveling throughout Europe and especially of her close relationship to brother Carlo and cousin Mario. As a teenager during World War II, she was a student at the Collegia di Giovanni Pasquale and employed at Florence’s City Hall, where she was also a member of the Italian Resistance movement. She assisted this anti-Nazi underground organization by forging identification papers for its members, dismantling weapons, and hiding those who would otherwise have come under Nazi persecution.

At the age of 17, she met the Italian-American soldier, Matthew Giannini, when he was stationed in Florence during the American takeover. After six weeks of courtship, he proposed; they were married at the Church of San Marco in Florence. After traveling across the Atlantic with other Italian war brides on the ship Vulcania, Graziella, now Grace, reunited with her husband and settled in the East Side of Youngstown.

Over the years she would serve as a PTA president at East High School and a CCD teacher at St. Joseph’s. She was a lifelong Catholic and longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, where she would often deliver readings in both English and Italian. She was also known for her artistic skills, having made countless quilts, curtains, clothing, and Christmas decorations over the years.

After three decades on the East Side she and her husband moved from Youngstown to Poland. They would die 12 years apart in the same home after 59 years of marriage.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, as well as many beloved in-laws.

She is survived by her sons, Dr. A. James Giannini of Georgia and Atty. Matthew Giannini of Youngstown; the granddaughters she very much helped to raise, Juliette (Deke) of Pennsylvania and Jocelyn (Brian) of New York; as well as her step great-grandson Henry; her nephews, Roberto and Lorenzo and their families in Florence; and many nephews and nieces-in-law.

The family extends a sincere appreciation to the friends and neighbors who were essential to her comfort and contentment over the past few months.

Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

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

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Condolences from Karen Tyndall

A.James, Matthew and Families: Sending you my condolences upon the passing on your mother. I am so very sorry. I will be keeping you in my prayers.

LYNN M. SYLVESTER

POLAND – Lynn M. Sylvester, 44, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.

She was born May 7, 1972, in Barberton, the daughter of Shirley Courtwright.

Lynn graduated from Barberton High School and moved to Poland in 1998.

She worked as the office manager for Gaffin, Schwebel and Malcoff Counseling Agency. She also worked as a barista at Starbucks, and most recently in special education at Valley Christian School. She was currently pursuing her special education degree at Liberty University.

Lynn was a beautiful wife and wonderful mother who had great love for her family. She will be remembered by all those who knew her and her love for the Lord.

She was a member of the Poland Village Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a longtime member of the Lake Milton Baptist Temple, where she was a Sunday school teacher for over 15 years.

She enjoyed fishing, football, quilting and cross-stitch, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Lynn will always be remembered lovingly by her husband, Robert Sylvester of Poland, whom she married Dec. 12, 1998; two daughters, Laura and Grace at home; sister Laura Jean (Gary) Vanpelt of Sebring; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; two great-nephews; and a great-niece.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, at the Poland Village Baptist Church, 79 Hill Drive in Poland, and again on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church followed by a 2 p.m. memorial service

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman.

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

CAROL (RAMUNNO) HYNES

LOWELLVILLE – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville, for Carol (Ramunno) Hynes, 76, who passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 16, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 20, 1940, in Youngstown, the daughter of Ernest Sr. and Philomena A. “Minnie” (Altiero) Ramunno.

Carol was a homemaker who lived for her family, especially her grandchildren.

She will always be remembered lovingly by her husband, Dennis Hynes of Lowellville, whom she married July 30, 1960; four children, Denise (Mario Sr.) Nero of Lowellville, Lisa (Kevin Sr.) Duncan of Poland, Paul Hynes of Poland, and Dennis (Lori) Hynes of Lowellville; 10 grandchildren, Melissa (Jesse) Coon, Tamara (Dustin) Socie, Amanda and Mario Nero Jr., Kevin Duncan Jr., Colleen (John) Wilaj, Kenny Duncan, Vince and Matt Hynes, and Adam Hynes; five great-grandsons; sister Anita (Anthony) Mediate of Lowellville; two brothers, Ernest Jr. (Gen) Ramunno of Lowellville and Sam Ramunno of Lowellville; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

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

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My prayers are with you! from Tracy (Slaven) Sabol

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I have such fun memories of her all those years ago when we were in school. I pray that God will give you comfort and peace.

Cousin from Gross family

Joe, Barbara, Joey, Jimmy, Susan and Amy are saddened to hear of Carol's passing. She will be truly missed.

Sorry to hear of your loss from Francis and mary ann buckley

so sorry to hear about the loss of your wife the buckley family aka:big red

Cousin from Jim Bisconti (California)

Denny, Denise, Lisa, Paul, Denny Jr. and Family, So sorry for the loss of my cousin, Carol. I always enjoyed seeing her during my visits to Ohio. Don and my prayers are with you. She is now with Uncle Ernie and Aunt Minnie in peace.

Ms. from Dorie Altiero

I'm heart broken to hear of Carol's passing. My Dad loved her so much that he'd do anything for her. May she rest in peace. She'll be truly missed.

FLORENCE A. CARNEY

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at noon at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, to celebrate the life of Florence A. Carney, 79, who passed away on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, following a brief illness.

Florence was born Aug. 29, 1937, in Youngstown, the daughter of Michael G. and Florence (Grimm) Carney.

She worked as a cashier at Sparkle Market for seven years. Her career in service began with in-home child care and private in-home healthcare. She then owned and operated her own home healthcare business, He Careth For You Caregivers.

She was a member of the New Beginning Church and co-founder of the “Shield of Faith” prayer group.

Florence will always be remembered lovingly by her two daughters, Linda A. (Jack) Uhl of Canfield and Lynn M. (Gary) Bretz of New Middletown; five grandchildren, Jordan, Alyssa and Meagan Uhl and Katie and Kevin Bretz; her brother, Gerard “Jerry” (Judy) Carney; a sister-in-law, Caroline Carney; two stepchildren, Jimmy and Kelli Jo McCarthy; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Florence was preceded in death by five sisters, Mary Spiezio, Brigetta Carney, Joann Carney, Cassie DeSantis, and Betty D’Alesandro; and six brothers, former Congressman Charles J. Carney, Patrick, Robert, Edward, John B., and Michael Carney.

Friends may call on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 11 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of Florence’s caregivers, especially Kelly McGuire and her beloved niece, Denise DeSantis.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that contributions be made in Florence’s name to the New Beginning Church Food Pantry, 3000 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44507.

Having endured and overcome all the personal challenges in her life, Florence’s perseverance was an inspiration to her family and friends. She can now rest in peaceful harmony with her Lord.

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

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<3 from Taryn D'Alesandro

Miss our little Aunt Flo Flo :( <3 GG & Taryn

REV. PAT B. FERRARO

STREETSBORO - The Rev. Pat B. Ferraro, 51, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 2, 2016.

Father Ferraro was born Jan. 12, 1965, in Lowellville, the son of Joseph and Clara (Polis) Ferraro.

He attended Lowellville Public Elementary and High School. He attended Youngstown State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, with a minor in Philosophy. He studied for the priesthood at the Athenaeum of Ohio, Mount St. Mary Seminary of the West in Cincinnati. He was ordained June 13, 1992, at the Cathedral of St. Columba by the Most Rev. James W. Malone.

Following ordination, Father Ferraro served as associate pastor of St. Christine Parish in Youngstown from 1992 to 1998, and then the Holy Family Parish in Poland, where he also served as pro-tem administrator from 1998 to 2001, and he served as associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Hubbard from 2001 to 2002. Father Ferraro’s first pastorate was St. Joan of Arc Parish in Streetsboro, where he remained until his death.

Father Ferraro served two four-year terms on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, the vocations director advisory committee, and two three-year terms on the Presbyterial council, where he served as chair of the Priestly Life and ministry committee.

He is survived by two sisters, Karen (Joseph) Simko and Kathleen (Garry) Boosinger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held from noon until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 8894 State Route 14 in Streetsboro, followed by evening prayer at 7 p.m.

Calling hours will be held again on Friday, Sept. 9, from noon to 6:30 p.m., followed by the funeral Liturgy at 7 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Joan of Arc Capital Campaign.

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

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Sympathy from Barb Zorn

Dear Karen, Joe and Family - Please accept my sympathy at the passing of your brother. I remember good times with him and cherish memories of his ordination. May the angels lead him to paradise! Barb

Saddened and Shocked from Patrick DiRusso

Thoughts and Prayers. May the Lord comfort the friends and family of Father Patrick. We went to high school together (Lowellville High). He played the bass drum in the band. Many times we would walk home together after school. He always was an excellent role model and was the first to set a good example. During many of our conversations he gave good advice and shared wisdom beyond his years, Like for example "Enjoy your high school years because they go fast." Boy, was he right on that! I had the privilege of attending his Ordination Mass at the Cathedral. He was pastor at the Church not too far from where I went to college for awhile. Fr. Patrick my friend, rest in peace!

JEAN DILORETO

PHOENIX – Jean DiLoreto, 99, born in Youngstown in 1917, passed away peacefully in Phoenix, surrounded by her loving family on Aug. 27, 2016.

Jean cherished her family more than anything and was the ultimate babysitter for many generations.

She was a devoted Catholic, and an avid opera and sports fan.

She is survived by the DiLoreto, Cera, Durkin, Hagan and Cavanaugh families, and extended family that loved her dearly.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Christine Church in Youngstown.

Family and friends may call from 10:15 a.m. until time of the Mass on Friday at the church.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Beth Churosh Scholarship Fund at Xavier Foundation, 4710 N. 5th St., Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman.

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

DONALD E. D'ONOFRIO

LOWELLVILLE – Donald E. D’Onofrio, 82, passed away Aug. 25, 2016, at Masternick Memorial Healthcare Center, surrounded by his family after a long bout with cancer.

“Don” was born June 29, 1934, in Lowellville, the son of Joseph and Josephine (Perotte) D’Onofrio.

He graduated from Lowellville High School in 1952. He was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish in Lowellville, serving as an usher and was part of the group of men who gathered quarry stones for the building of the new church. He retired from Ohio Bell in 1994 and was a member of the CWA and Pioneers. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Don was a past president of the Mt. Carmel Society and member of their bocce league, was a member of the American Legion Post No. 247, officer of the Lowellville Business Association and vice president of the Lowellville Senior Citizens. Don enjoyed time spent with the Lowellville Car Cruz on Mondays, working the registration table and visiting with his many friends.

His love of community extended to volunteering his time spent and his generosity of donations to various local groups and organizations. He published the Lowellville Monthly booklet for over 40 years. Don also loved playing poker and slot machines. One of his favorite sayings was “family first.”

Don will be sadly missed by his wife, the former Delores Polis; two children, Dalene Lawless (William Scranton) and Donald (Carrie) D’Onofrio; three grandchildren, Samantha Lawless (Zack Mazurek), Kyle (Amber) Allen and Justin (Chasity) Allen; three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Amara, and Tucker; soon to be great-granddaughter, baby Lucy; sister Loretta D’Onofrio; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, John, Patrick, Robert, William and Vincent; and two sisters, Ursula Moffet and Mary Fleming.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, with the Rev. John Jerek celebrating and the Rev. Pat Ferraro co-celebrating, the life of Donald.

Burial will take place at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at Masternick Memorial and Southern Care Hospice for the kindness and loving support during this difficult time.

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

RALPH AMBROSIA

YOUNGSTOWN – Ralph Ambrosia, 64, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

He was born Aug. 8, 1952, in Youngstown, the son of Michael and Mary (Troia) Ambrosia.

He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and worked various jobs, most recently at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Ralph will always be remembered by his sister, Maryann (David) Martini and brother Ronald (Becky) Ambrosia.

Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to Scleroderma Foundation or to the donor’s charity of choice.

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