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LARRY 'CHICK' CICORETTI SR

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – There will be funeral services at 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Columba Cathedral, for Larry “Chick” Cicoretti Sr., 95, who passed away Saturday morning, July 19, 2014.

Chick was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Struthers, the son of Harry and Philomena (Ferranti) Cicoretti.

He was a proud graduate of Struthers High School and retired after 35 years of service at General Fireproofing. Chick proudly served his country during World War II with the U.S. Army Air Force. He was a member of St. Columba Cathedral.

Chick was extremely family oriented and he cherished every day by surrounding himself with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Chick will always be lovingly remembered by his dear wife of 74 years, Mary (Barthalamew) Cicoretti, whom he married June 22, 1940, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church; his daughter, Donna (Andy) Bodzak of Liberty Township; his son, Larry (Marianne) Cicoretti of Poland; four grandchildren, Monique (Tom) Abbas, Dean (Andrea) Cicoretti, Andrea (Jim) Allender, and Chelana (Dean) Maggs; and five great-grandchildren, Jimmy Allender, Deandra and Jayden Maggs, and Giana and Aviana Abbas.

Besides his parents, Chick was preceded in death by his two sisters, Mary Angelo and Nate Zillo; and his brother, Dominic Cicoretti.

Friends may call on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. 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 Chic’s family.

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From Chuck Saulino and family

What a beautiful man and what great memories we have. We are truly blessed to have met and know Mr. C. God bless.

MARGARET E. JAMES

NEW MIDDLETOWN – Margaret E. James, 86, formerly of Struthers, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Hospice House after a brief illness.

She was born May 16, 1928, in Youngstown, the daughter of Michael and Mary (Czmur) Balog.

Margaret was an avid bingo player and made the circuit on a regular basis. She will be missed by all, especially her buddies at Sandy Court.

Margaret will always be lovingly remembered by her two children, Diana (Dennis) Schiraldi of New Middletown and Dennis Keith (Dori) James of Las Vegas; three wonderful grandchildren, Melissa (John) Argiro of Mt. Jackson, Pa., Dennis A. (Joanna) Schiraldi of Poland, and Anthony James of Miami; five great-grandchildren, who were her greatest joy and whom she was so proud of, Michael Santino Schiraldi, Matteo Paul Schiraldi, Paulina Rose Schiraldi, Gianni Vincent Argiro and Marco William Argiro; and sister Ann Balog of Austintown.

Besides her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Dominic James; and son Donald R. James.

As per Margaret’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or services.

The family respectfully requests any contributions be made in Margaret’s name to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514, for the kind and compassionate care shown to Margaret.

The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman have been bestowed the honor of handling arrangements for Margaret.

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

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Son from Dennis James

We miss you deeply Mom. You were always there for me when no one seemed to care about the pain of failures in my life. I love you and will meet up with you in Heaven.

From Dori

Mom I love you so much and will miss our talks a lot.

GERALDINE 'JERRY' SKIDMORE

POLAND – There will be a funeral service at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Brendan Church in Youngstown, with the Rev. Kevin Peters celebrating, for Geraldine “Jerry” Skidmore, 86, who passed away on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Jan. 23, 1928, in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Pupino) Willmitch.

Jerry was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and was known for her homemade pizza. She loved spending time with her family, especially having picnics with them. She was a member of St. Brendan Church and the Youngstown Firebelles.

Her husband, Clarence Skidmore, whom she married Sept. 2, 1948, passed away Nov. 6, 1989.

Jerry will always be lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Kathy (Michael) Nyalka of Monroeville, Pa., Geralyn (Joseph) DeNiro of Austintown, and Laura Carson of Myrtle Beach S.C.; six granddaughters, Nicole and Gina DeNiro, Jennifer (Jonathan) Junker, and Lauren, Jacquelyn and Maureen Nyalka; great-granddaughter Taylor Lynn Junker; two sisters, Carmel Kozesky of Youngstown and Joann Willmitch of Austintown; two brothers, James (Barbara) Willmitch and Robert Willmitch, both of Austintown; brother-in-law William Wylie of Leesburg, Va.; sister-in-law Dorothy Stroney; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Jerry was preceded in death by two sisters, Connie O’Nesti and Dolly Wylie; infant brother, Joseph Willmitch; brother Nick Willmitch; sister-in-law Florence Willmitch; three brothers-in-law, Bob Kozesky, Charles O’Nesti, and John Bagin; and nephew David Kozesky.

Friends may call today, July 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. 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 Jerry’s family.

RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ JR

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, July 18, 2014, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, with Pastor Juan Rivera, for Rafael Rodriguez Jr., 62, who passed away early Wednesday morning, July 16, 2014, peacefully at his home.

Rafael was born Aug. 13, 1951, in Salinas, Puerto Rico, the son of Rafael Sr. and Maria (Feliciano) Rodriguez.

He was employed at LTV Steel and the Youngstown Board of Education for the last 27 years. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was a fun-loving guy who was full of jokes and laughter.

He will be remembered lovingly by his mother, Maria of Cidra, Puerto Rico; his loving companion of 24 years, Virginia Viera of Youngstown; three sisters, Margaret (Luis) Rodriguez of Cidra, Puerto Rico, Gladys (Carl) DePizzo of Youngstown ,and Helen Rodriguez of Puerto Rico; two brothers, Reinaldo (Kathy) Rodriguez of Boardman, and William Rodriguez of Puerto Rico; five stepchildren, Kaira (Brian) Johnson, Jeffrey (Mari), Jannette (Frank), Joseph (Becky) and Marlene; 11 step-grandchildren; eight step-great-great-grandchildren; and six loving nieces and nephews, Erica Marie Rodriguez of Loveland, Reinaldo Rodriguez Jr. of Boardman, Natasha and Carl DePizzo of Youngstown, and Erick and Ricardo Gonzalez of Puerto Rico.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rafael Sr., who passed away nine years ago to the day.

Friends may call on Friday, July 18, from 4 to 7 p.m., prior to the services at the funeral home. Rafael will be laid to rest in Puerto Rico alongside his father.

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

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From The Medina Family

Our prayers go out to the entire family.

From Sandy Kelty-Mislevy

"Ralph was an awesome employee! He made me laugh and made me smile everyday I had the honor to work with him in Youngstown City Schools. You will be missed!

From James vass

I always felt a good vibe around Ralph. He was such a kind hearted person. I had much laughter working with him. He was such a good worker and I will miss him very much.

Librian at McGuffey School from Trish Nardella

I will miss all the jokes and your great smile. My prayers to the entire family.

Librian at McGuffey School from Trish Nardella

I will miss all the jokes and your great smile. My prayers to the entire family.

From Hector L Santiago

Ralph was a good friend and schoolmate. The years passed and I lost track of him. We graduated together in 1970. My condolences to his family and sad to hear of his departure. May he rest in peace

From Holly Testa

My prayers to the entire family. Had the privilege of working with him with the Youngstown Schools. Rest peacefully.

WILLIAM J. 'BILL' RIPPLE SR

CANFIELD – There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman for William Ripple, 83, who passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born Jan. 9, 1931, in Lowellville, the son of James W. and Rose L. (Perrotta) Ripple.

He graduated from Lowellville High School and briefly attended Youngstown College. After graduation, Bill started as a stock boy at the Stambaugh-Thompson Company. On Dec. 1, 1951, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and graduated from leadership school as a corporal. Bill was stationed in Aschaffenberg, Germany, until he was honorably discharged in 1953.

He married the former Rena Mariani on June 11, 1955.

After his service, Bill returned to Stambaugh-Thompson, where he stayed for almost 30 years. He worked his way up the company, including time as the downtown store manager, branch supervisor for all 24 locations, and as the company’s director of logistics, warehousing, and traffic.

In 1980 he became a consultant for Cyclops Corp. of Pittsburgh, and when Armco Inc. purchased the company in 1986, he stepped up as their director of traffic until he retired in 1997. In 2002, he was hired as an independent consultant with Winner Steel Company of Sharon, Pa. Bill served as real estate agent and a member of the Youngstown Board of Realtors from 1960 to 1980.

He was honored as a 1990 member of the Who’s Who of America Executives. His favorite pastimes included fishing, boating and spending time with his family at their summer home on Lake Milton and their winter home in Jupiter, Fla. In 1955, Bill had a hole in one in league play at Doughton Golf Course in Hubbard.

Bill will always be lovingly remembered by his wife, Rena; two sons, William Jr. (Monica) and Robert (Susan); three grandchildren, Amanda, Andrew and Kyle; and beloved sister-in-law, Yolanda Ricci.

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

Friends may call on Thursday, July 17, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests monetary contributions be made in Bill’s name to All Caring Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Bill’s family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman for the kind and compassionate care shown to Bill.

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

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From Richard mihalik

I will miss bill walking in the neighbor hood saying hi and talking to me. Rest in peace.

From Nettie Ricci

You have my hearfelt sympathy on the loss of one of the kindest men I have ever known, Uncle Bill. I will always remember the good times and the smile on his face. He was very much loved and will be truely missed. Love you, Uncle Bill.

ELEANOR L. 'WEEGIE' GIAMPETRO

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Youngstown, with the Rev. Msgr. Michael J. Cariglio celebrating, for Eleanor L. “Weegie” Giampetro, 85, who passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec. 4, 1928, in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (Perry) Minnio.

Weegie was employed by Federal Wholesale. She was a member of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and the Arco Women’s Auxillary. Weegie loved to dance and cook, and was especially known for her famous pizza.

Weegie was deeply loved by her family and friends who loved her for her kindness and loving ways. Her home was always open to everyone.

Weegie will always be lovingly remembered by her four children, Robert Gampietro at home, Joyce (Nick) Ballabon of Poland, Jane Planton at home, and Janice Renda of Youngstown; daughter-in-law Marcia Giampetro of Boardman; four grandchildren, Nick, Rick, Carrie and Pamela; six great-grandchildren, Vinnie, Alex, Lauryn, Emily, Jayden and Robbie; and three sisters, Vera DeGenaro, Jean (Bill) Hull and Joan (Ernie) Gardner.

Besides her parents, Weegie was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent J. Giampetro Sr., and son Vincent Jr.

Friends may call on Friday, July 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. 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 Weegie’s family.

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"Sorry for your loss" from Nancy

Joyce and family I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. May God bless you all at this time. Nancy Martinez and family.

From Bigbossfan065

To my favorite Aunt, you will be forever loved and always missed. Sam

From Sam

You'll be forever loved and always missed.You will always be my favorite aunt. Love, your nephew...Sam

From Jack and Roslyn Niddel

So sorry to hear about your mom. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. may God Bless and keep you in the palms of His hands.

FRANK STEVE NAGY

CLEVELAND – Frank S. Nagy, 88, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Cleveland.

He was born on Oct. 9, 1925, in Youngstown, and married Ann Sosnowski on May 22, 1954.

Frank courageously served his country in the Pacific during World War II. He and Ann were longtime members of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church. Frank retired, after a 39-year career at Republic Steel. Frank and his wife resided in their Boardman home for more than 50 years before moving closer to family in Cleveland.

Frank will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Ann Nagy; his daughter, Charlene Nagy of Cleveland; his son, Frank (Katherine) Nagy of Peachtree City, Ga.; and his five grandchildren, Bethann (Olsavsky) Johnson, Charles Olsavsky, Andrew Nagy, Luke Nagy and John Nagy; as well as many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers. Frank was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, July 12, 2014, from 9 until 10:15 a.m., in the chapel at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4310 Kirk Road in Youngstown. The Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:30 a.m., immediately following the visitation.

Frank will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman have been bestowed the honor of handling Frank’s funeral arrangements.

Friends may visit www.rossifunerals.com to leave online condolences for the family at Frank Nagy’s Book of Memories.

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From Diana Frame Dripps

Charlene ...you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers

ATL & BHM from Audit Co-workers

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

From Mr & Mrs Clifford Wachuck

And he will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand. Uncle Frank... You Will Be Truly Missed.

SHIRLEY K. FIEHLER

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman for Shirley K. Fiehler, 83, who passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 27, 1930, in Youngstown, the daughter of George E. and Harriet M. (Johnson) Anderson.

Shirley was retired from the Mahoning County Board of Health. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, where she volunteered. Shirley enjoyed making blankets for Akron Children’s Hospital. She was always there to lend a hand to those in need. She loved to read and spend time at Lake Erie with her family and friends.

Her husband, Richard Fiehler whom she married July 14, 1951, passed away March 22, 2009.

Shirley will always be lovingly remembered by her two children, Paul (Debra) Fiehler of Austintown and Rhonda (Kathy Waterson) Fiehler of Doylestown, Pa.; three grandchildren, Steve Fiehler of Boardman, Stacy Wayland of Austintown and Amy (Chris) Spencer of Austintown; three great-grandsons, Joshua, Ryan and Luc Wayland; and her beloved dog, Harley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Friends may call on Wednesday, July 9, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service 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 Shirley’s family.

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From Steve and Sandee Uecke

So sorry to hear about Shirley, she always a good friend to us when we worked together at the health Dept. So glad i was able to have lunch with her when I was in town last summer, great memories. Sandee

Cousin from Georgia collins

So sorry to hear about Shirl.Sympathy to Rick and Roni and families Georgia Collins on7-7-14

From Maureen LaCivita

I was so sad to hear that grandma passed. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I have so many good memories of her. She will be dearly missed. I'm not able to come in for the funeral but if you need anything I'm here. Xoxoxo

From Debi Fynes

Was sorry to hear about Grandma Fiehler ... sympathy to Paul and the entire family.

From Sue welch

With my sympathies Roni and family.

PATRICK J. DEMICHELE

“Together Again”

BOARDMAN – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave. in Youngstown, for Patrick J. DeMichele, 93, who passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

Patrick was born March 13, 1921, in Montelogno, Italy, the son of James and Julie (Petrella) DeMichele. He came to America in 1937, at the age of 16.

Patrick courageously served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and served at the Battle of the Bulge.

He worked for McKelvey’s as a professional master tailor, a skill that Patrick began at a very young age. He was a member of St. Dominic Church. Patrick enjoyed vacationing in Florida with his wife and spending time with his family during the holidays. He especially enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Patrick took great pride in his homemade wine and loved to drink and share it with family and friends.

His wife, the former Georgia Vitullo, whom he married Feb. 15, 1947, passed away Dec. 26, 2003.

Patrick will always be lovingly remembered by his two children, Christine (Jimmy) Malie of Boardman and James DeMichele of Poland; two grandsons, Jimmy Joe Malie of Boardman and Patrick Malie of Corpus Christi, Texas; and sister Rose (Andy) Russo of Boardman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Friends may call on Tuesday, July 8, at St. Dominic Church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests monetary donations be made in Patrick’s name to St. Dominic Church.

The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, has been bestowed the honor and privilege of handling the arrangements for Patrick.

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

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Mayor from George Mckelvey

I am so proud to say that your Dad was an Honored member of the McKelvey's family. He dressed my Dad and the 5 boys for more than 50 years. He was more than a Master Tailor, he was a kind and giving man. As a family, we were blessed to have Pat in our lives. God bless all of you.

From Blaine Gerdes

"Jimmy and Christine: I am truly sorry for your loss.

From Tony Lucarell

Christine and Jimmy: I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. He was such a great guy to have as a next door neighbor growing up. I still can't find anyone who could match him as a tailor! Tony Lucarell

From KEN WILSON

Pat did my tailoring at McKelveys for many years. After he retired he did my tailoring at his homes. Pat was a real gentleman and we would spend hours talking about everything under the sun.