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GEORGE C. BRUSS

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a funeral service at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home for George C. Bruss, 72, who passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Oct. 20, 1944, in Youngstown, the son Gilbert D. Sr. and Helen (Viola) Ritter.

He courageously served his country in the U.S. Navy.

George was the owner of P.J. Auto Sales and was also a photographer at JC Penney. He was an impeccable dresser. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching football and baseball and was an avid Youngstown State University, The Ohio State University, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Indians fan.

He will always be remembered lovingly by his wife, the former Perverlyn Pagan of Youngstown; seven children, Terri Christoff of Campbell, Heather Brinkle of Florida, Stephen Bruss of Canton, Becky Bruss of Canton, Lloyd Fussneker of Youngstown, Amy Bruss of Youngstown, and Angelina (Jesus) Cuevas of Youngstown; 22 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jenith May Carroll of Cortland and Agnes Marie Caldwell of Youngstown; nieces Carol Ann Bruss-Reed and Deborah Kuch; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by son George Gilbert Bruss; three brothers, Melvin, Donald and Walter Bruss; and sister Peggy Bruss Kuch.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Interment will take place at Lake Park Cemetery, where full military honors for George’s dedicated service to our country, will be provided by the great men of V.F.W. Post 9571 of Ellsworth.

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

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

JOYCE E. (COLLINGSWORTH) NEILL

YOUNGSTOWN - Private services were held for Joyce E. (Collingsworth) Neill, 79, who passed away on Aug. 10, 2017, at Northside Medical Center with her loving family by her side.

Joyce was born Oct. 30, 1937, in Portsmouth, the daughter of Theodore and Velma Ollie (Horner) Collingsworth.

Joyce was of the Baptist faith and was baptized by her brother-in-law, Pastor Morgan Miller at the First Baptist Church in Marysville. She was retired from Austinwoods Nursing Home.

Joyce leaves her three children, Arthur Jr., Theodore and Robert, all of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Jennifer of Canfield, and Matthew and Emily of Phoenix; great-grandchild Silas Neill of Canfield; three sisters, Leona Blackburn of Columbia S.C., Jacqueline (Morgan) Miller of Pensacola, Fla., and Pam (Terry) Brophy of Crossville, Tenn.; and brother Rod (Joyce) Collingsworth of Florence, S.C.

Joyce was preceded in death and can now be with her son, Rodney; her sisters, Ruth Frick and Hilda (Flo) Cherol; brothers James and Dean Collingsworth; and her beloved brother-in-law, James Cherol.

There were no calling hours.

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 Joyce’s family.

FRANK P. 'CHEECH' GAMBERALE

POLAND - There will be funeral services at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke Church in Boardman for Frank P. “Cheech” Gamberale, 92, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 13, 1925, in Agnone, Italy, the son of Gaetano and Margherita (DiLazzaro) Gamberale. Frank immigrated to the United States in December of 1955.

He retired from United Engineering and then went on to work for the Youngstown YMCA, where he made many friends.

He was a member of St. Luke Church and the Sons of Italy.

In his spare time, Frank enjoyed gardening, wine making, traveling with his family and attending the local Italian festivals.

His wife, the former Soccorsa Antonietta “Ninetta” Minicucci, whom he married Jan. 24, 1959, passed away on July 10, 2011.

He will always be remembered lovingly by his two children, Margherita (John) Kavulla of Poland and Frank (Mary) Gamberale of Canfield; twin granddaughters, Carina and Gianna; and sister-in-law Doria Furano; and many loving nieces and nephews, both here and in Italy.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Elvira, Antonietta, Rosina, and Angelina; and brother Giuseppe Gamberale.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Robert Spratt and his entire staff, Hospice of the Valley, and Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman for the kind and compassionate care shown to Frank.

Contributions may be made in Frank’s name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512, or to St. Luke Church, 5235 South Ave., Boardman, OH 44512.

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

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Friend from Patty Graygo

Marge - so sorry to hear of your loss - I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Deepest Sympathy from Ray Calcagni

Frank, I never had the opportunity to meet your dad, but just knowing what I know about you, he had to be a great guy. My condolences to you and your family.

Sorry Frank from Richard Dunbar

It's never easy to loose your dad. I'm thankful you had your Father as long as you did. May all the good memories help to lift you in the lonely times. May God Bless

JENNIE DIORIO

NORTH LIMA – There will be funeral services at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke Church for Jennie DiOrio, 99, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017.

She was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Carmel (DiMaio) Felde.

She worked as a clerk for F.W. Woolworth Company.

Jennie was a charter member of St. Luke Church and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of Happy Hearts Senior Citizens and The Assumption Village Red Hat Society.

Jennie was a very kind and compassionate person. She would always send cards and flowers to family and friends for special occasions. She was an outstanding cook and baker and her home was always open to everyone.

Her husband, Dominic DiOrio, whom she married April 28, 1951, passed away Feb. 23, 2004.

She will always be remembered lovingly by her two daughters, Ann Marie (George) Firth of Boardman and Carmel (Greg) Mastran of Charlotte, N.C., and granddaughter Andrea (Jesse) Plaskett of Madison.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brother Sam Felde and sister Jennifer Felde.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the staff at The Assumption Village, especially the Special Care Unit, and Hospice of the Valley for the kind and compassionate care shown to Jennie.

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

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Condolences from Cindy (Greenaway) Halt

Ann Marie & Carmel, My thoughts and prayers are with you both & your family. I have sweet memories of both your parents with us growing up across the street, very special people.

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY from BOB AMENDOLEA

KEEPING YOU IN MY PRAYERS

MICHAEL B. NOVAK

NORTH JACKSON - Michael B. Novak, 84, passed away on Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Aug. 19, 1932, in Campbell, the son of Michael and Mary (Skorich) Novak.

He courageously served his country in the U.S. Army. Michael retired from Youngstown Sheet and Tube.

In his spare time, he enjoyed collecting coins, golfing and bowling.

Michael will always be remembered lovingly by his seven children, Lisa (John) Tennant, Suzanne (Jim) Baglama, John Rosenberg, Albert (Debra) Rosenberg, Robert (Liz) Rosenberg, Michele (Ted) Helminiak, and Debra (Ron) Mayer; 26 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four siblings, Evelyn Baker, Richard (Peggy) Novak, Jack Mulac, and James Baglama.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, the former Mary Boccieri; sister Darlene Velasquez; daughter Cynthia Hall; and granddaughter Nicole Baird.

Friends may call from noon until 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m.

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

ANTHONY JAMES 'TONY' DEFELICE SR

POLAND – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Holy Family Church in Poland, with the Rev. Msgr. William J. Connell officiating for Anthony James “Tony” DeFelice Sr., 87, who passed away at Hospice House on Aug. 6, 2017.

Anthony was born in Mahoningtown, New Castle, Pa. on March 28, 1930, to Francesco and Carmella (Schioppa) DeFelice.

He had eight brothers and sisters who preceded him in death, Mary Citro, Coletta Crandall, Antoinette Conti, Isabelle Mastrantuoni, Emma Sandora, William DeFelice, Joseph DeFelice, and Antonio DeFelice.

He attended Mahoning School and graduated from New Castle High School in 1947, where he participated in band and orchestra.

He enjoyed bowling and played baseball for various teams, Ecclesian Club, St. Margaret, Elliot Steel, Sandy and Chuck, and Crotin A.C. He also had a tryout for the Pittsburgh Pirates Farm Team when Branch Rickey was general manager.

He entered the service in December of 1951, stationed in Camp Roberts, Calif., playing in the First Armored Division Band and later was sent overseas to Wurtzburg, Germany, where he played for the 31st Army Band. He attended Youngstown State University and was also a self-employed grocer in New Castle.

In 1960, he married the former Carmel Gatti at the Immaculate Conception Church in Youngstown.

In 1961, he was employed by Metropolitan Insurance Company, becoming a sales manager, and district sales manager, winning many awards and trips for his production. He obtained his CLU in 1977. He later moved to Campbell, where he was a member of St. Lucy’s Church, where he served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and leader of prayer. He also served as a Eucharistic minister of St. Elizabeth Hospital for over 25 years and enjoying volunteering at the Campbell Food Pantry and being in the service of others.

After moving to Poland with his wife, Carmel, they became parishioners of the Holy Family Parish.

He was recently honored this past Memorial Day for 50 years of service in the American Legion Post 560 in Campbell.

He very much enjoyed being a musician and playing concert music for the Blue Coat and Red Coat Bands from New Castle, and the Paul Rossi Symphonic Band, Warren Band, The Plazateers and the Lowellville Concert Band.

He and his beloved wife, Carmel thoroughly enjoyed dancing with one another at the various Italian festivals in the Youngstown area and the experience of socializing with their many friends during these joyous occasions. They could also be seen at the myriad of sporting events and dance recitals in support of their grandchildren who they loved immensely.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carmel, on June 28, 2016.

He is survived by his two children, Anthony (Tina Marie) DeFelice of Poland and Annette (Vince) Romeo of Warren; seven grandchildren, Marielena (Stan) Gozur, Anthony DeFelice III, Dominic DeFelice, Vincenzo Romeo, Giuliano Romeo, and Lucianio Romeo; and one great-grandchild, Michael Thomas Gozur.

The DeFelice and Romeo family would like to thank Hospice of the Valley for providing professional service at compassionate care.

Friends may call at the Holy Family Church from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Friday.

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 Tony’s family.

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Sympathy from Sandy and Bob Shellito

Our Deepest Sympathy. Sandy and Bob Shellito. Sandy had Eye Surgery and she is under the weather.

RICHARD A. DYCE

STRUTHERS – Richard A. Dyce, 57, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 20, 1960, in Youngstown, the son of Homer and Grace (Tritt) Dyce.

Richard was a 1978 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, where he was a standout basketball player. He worked for United Music for 30 years, then AVI Food Systems for six years. In his spare time, Richard enjoyed fishing, playing pool in several local leagues, vacationing in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and spending time enjoying fishing and campfires at his lake house on Lake Milton.

He will always be remembered lovingly by his wife, the former Karen Viglione, whom he married on Aug. 18, 1990; mother Grace; two brothers, John (Sally) Dyce and Pat Dyce; sister Sharon (Chris) Matesevac; seven children, Holly (Joe) Bada, Jennifer (Adam) Archuleta, Richard (Monica) Dyce, Angela (Jawaun) Jones, Kimberly Dyce, Shaun Dunmire, and Bryan Dyce; seven grandchildren, Darion, Gabrielle, Annalei, Liam, Jett, Hawk, and Piper; and his beloved dogs, Beemer and Roxy.

He was preceded in death by his father and sister Judy Kushner.

There will be no calling hours. A private memorial service was held for the family.

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 Richard’s family.

RALPH J. FERRARA

“Together Again”

STRUTHERS - Ralph J. Ferrara, 99, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Aug. 2, 2017.

He was born March 24, 1918, in Youngstown, the son of James and Antoinette (Serafini) Ferrara.

Ralph was a 1937 graduate of East High School and courageously served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He worked for Commercial Shearing and Stamping from 1940 to 1953, and then moved to Syracuse, N.Y., where he went on to work for the Chrysler Corporation, retiring after 30 years of service.

He was a member of the Christ Our Savior Parish at St. Nicholas Church, the East High School Breakfast Club and ITAM Post 3.

In his spare time, Ralph enjoyed fellowship at the VFW with fellow veterans, attending the East High School reunions, watching football, and golfing.

His wife, the former Clara B. Barone, whom he married in 1947, passed away in 1983.

Ralph will always be remembered lovingly by his nephew, Ralph (Denise) Nespeca; niece Annette (Chuck) Petrarca; nephew John (Anne) Holecko; and niece Kathy Thomas; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Connie Nespeca, and Carmel Holecko; and two nieces, Virginia Nespeca and Leanna Nespeca.

Friends may call from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today, Aug. 4, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, followed by a 5:30 p.m. funeral service.

The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Maplecrest Nursing Home for the kind and compassionate care shown to Ralph.

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

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God Bless you eternally, Uncle Ralph from Karen Tallerino Kinney

Uncle Ralph, my Godfather, you were my special uncle and I have so many wonderful childhood memories of you and Aunt Clara. I am so happy that you have gone to your eternal rest to be with God, Aunt Clara and your family that you loved so much. May your Soul rest eternally in the Peace of Our Lord God. Karen XO

Rest in Peace, Uncle Ralph from Kathy Tallerino Kirby

Rest in Peace Uncle Ralph..you were a good man, uncle and husband to Aunt Clara, and now you are with her and Pierre!!!! Love you!!

BARBARA 'JOAN' (SMITH) DAVIS

YOUNGSTOWN - Barbara “Joan” (Smith) Davis, 79, went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Sunday, July 30, 2017, after a brave and valiant battle with cancer.

She was born Aug. 2, 1937, in Volga, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Orsie and Vaughnee Smith.

She was a graduate of Boardman Beauty Academy, where she was an instructor and passionately taught students for 23 years.

Beautiful memories will be carried on by her adoring husband of 61 years, Billy, whom she married on Sept. 25, 1955.

Billy and Joan moved with her parents to Youngstown in 1955, where they all laughed, lived and enjoyed every family event together. Joan and Bill have lovingly attended the Gibson Heights Church for over 50 years. She loved the Lord, His church, reading the Bible and singing in the choir. She was passionate about caring for others, and served for over 30 years as moderator of the deacons, president of the Ladies Guild, fixing free meals for the needy, hosting at all the funeral dinners, giving freely her service when the church needed a janitor, visited the shut-ins, and loved to put together Thanksgiving dinners for community families in need. One of her biggest joys was singing karaoke at the church when they had “fun activities night.”

When she wasn’t busy at the church, she was on the bowling lanes where she participated in four to five teams every year. She loved her teammates and looked forward to throwing the ball, sharing laughs, stories and won many championships. She was a wonderful cook and hostess, and no one left her home hungry or feeling unloved. She will be missed very much by her family and friends.

Joan is survived by her loving husband, Billy; daughter Lesa Davis Willard of Dothan, Ala.; daughter Melia McKean (Eric) of Youngstown; son Billy Ray (Loretta) of Youngstown; and her grandchildren, George, Nick, Eric, Emma and Evan, whom she loved and was extremely proud of. She is also survived by her brother, Rick Smith (Terry) of Volga, W.Va.; and sister Jean Sheppard of Charlotte, N.C.

Besides her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her infant children, Lynn, Sarah and Terry; and son-in-law Thom.

Family and friends may pay their respects from 10 a.m. until noon on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at the Gibson Heights Church, 755 E. Dewey Ave., with a service to immediately follow.

Burial will take place at Lake Park Cemetery.

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

The family wishes to thank the amazing staff at Dr. Amy Awaida, Boardman Hope Center, The Cleveland Clinic, the Hope Lodge and MVI Hospice Care for their exceptional care of Joan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Hope Lodge, 11432 Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106; or MVI Hospice Care, 4891 Belmont Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.

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

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Mr. & Mrs. from Dean & Marilyn Haddle

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. She will be deeply missed

My Condolances from Patty Magazzine

To Lesa & family, What a beautiful tribute...what a wonderful woman! She was so giving of herself. May God bless her & all of your family. May you find comfort in her resting with the Lord. Hold onto all those wonderful memories that she made possible for each of you & your families. You were blessed to have her, as she was to have each of you.