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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.

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. on Sunday, Aug. 28, 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 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.

JOSEPH GEORGE FIELD

STRUTHERS - Joseph George Field, 88, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 22.

“Joe” was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Youngstown, the son of John and Katie (Leshak) Field.

He graduated from South High School in 1947, and courageously served his country in the U.S. Navy. He then went on to a career as a sheet metal worker for Union Local No. 33 before retiring in 1988, after 32 years of service.

His wife, the former Elizabeth Stanovcak, whom he married Sept. 6, 1952, passed away May 14, 2011.

Joe loved to golf, bowl, fish, and dance, especially polka dancing. He belonged to many golf leagues such as TLNR, Visas, and St. Michael.

He was a member of the St. Michael Church and a past member of its Civic Men’s Club. He also enjoyed doing the jumbles and suduko puzzles.

Joe will always be remembered lovingly by his four children, Joann James of Pleasant Shade, Tenn., Nancy (Joe) O’Neill of New Middletown, Joseph Jr. of Struthers and John (Ruth) Field of Struthers; seven grandchildren, Leslie (Scott) Pope, Lisa (John) Flemmons, and April (Jonathan) Bush of Tennessee, Shaun and Megan O’Neill of New Middletown, Ashley Field of Michigan and Jimmy Field of Struthers; five great-grandchildren, Aiden and Addison Pope, Avery Flemmons and Isaac and Eli Bush of Tennessee; two great-great-grandchildren expected in August and December; and twin sister Josephine (Bebe) Nicora of Spring Hills, Fla.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Mike Field; four sisters, Winnie Barbato, Sophie Field, Mary Montmore, and Millie Dedo; and son-in-law William Randall James.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, with a funeral service to follow at 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 Joe’s family.

STEPHANIE 'DIGGY' R. LATTANZIO

NORTH LIMA – There will be funeral services at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, with Pastor Doug Reed celebrating the life of Stephanie “Diggy” R. Lattanzio who passed away on Thursday, Aug. 18.

Stephanie was born Aug. 17, 1984, in Warren, the daughter of Louis Mason and Yvonne (Cox) Slifka.

She was a 2002 Graduate of Boardman High School and earned her degree from ETI as a Medical Assistant. Stephanie was a member of the Bridge Of Hope Church in Boardman. She enjoyed spending time with her beloved twin daughters, Gennah and Alisha, and her nieces and nephew. She had a witty sense of humor and her smile and bubbly personality lit up the room.

Stephanie will always be remembered lovingly by her parents, Yvonne (Fred) Slifka of Boardman and Louis Mason of Youngstown; her twin daughters, Gennah and Alisha Lattanzio; her sisters, Tabitha (Steven) Kassin of Cincinnati and Jessica Slifka of Boardman; her brothers, Joseph (Deanna) Slifka of Liberty and Nicholas (Lanai) Slifka of Canfield; her grandfather, Louis Mason of Niles; and many loving nieces, a nephew, and cousins.

Stephanie was preceded in death by her fiancé, Michael Lattanzio III; her grandparents, Charlotte Mason, Lewis and Dolly Cox, and Joseph and Lois Slifka; and her niece, Sophia Marie Slifka.

Friends may call on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions may be made to her twin daughters at First National Bank in Canfield.

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

The family expresses that Stephanie lost her courageous battle with her addiction but she may now rest in peace with her Lord and Savior.

CHARLES M. BESHARA

COITSVILLE – There will be a Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial held on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at 10 a.m. at St. Maron Church, 1555 S. Meridian Road in Youngstown, with Chorbishop Michael Kail officiating for Charles M. Beshara, 72, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, with his loving family by his side.

He was born Sept. 13, 1943, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph and Eleanor (Dohar) Beshara, and was a lifelong resident.

He was a 1961 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and a graduate of Youngstown College, where he was a standout football player.

He courageously served his country in the National Guard.

Charles was part owner of Rebel Truck Plaza and was also a school bus driver for Campbell City Schools.

He was an avid bowler, golfer, softball player, and enjoyed playing cards. He also was a coach and umpire for softball, did local theater and was a great dancer.

He was a member of St. Maron Church.

Charles leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, the former Paulette Abeid, whom he married June 10, 1978; four children, Christine (Tim) Bean, Melissa (Todd) Dunderdale, Chad Cleland Beshara, and Justine (Robert) Truslow; nine grandchildren; sister Alberta “Birdie” Vantell; three brothers, William (Billie), Ronnie, and George Beshara; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by sister Renee; brother-in-law Richard Vantell; and infant brother, William.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, where the Prayers of Incense prayer service will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Family and friends may also pay their respects on Monday morning, Aug. 22, 2016, from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at St. Maron Church.

Burial will take place at St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

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

MARY A. (SOFRANEC) PAVLINA

“Together Again”

YOUNGSTOWN – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 252 East Wood St. in Youngstown, with the Rev. Melvin Rushnak celebrating the Mass for Mary A. (Sofranec) Pavlina, 92, who passed away Aug. 15.

Mary was born July 1, 1924, in Youngstown, the daughter of Martin and Veronica (Panik) Sofranec.

Mary was a lifelong member of SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, it’s Altar and Rosary Society, Infant Jesus of Prague Guild, Ladies Guild, and SS. Cyril’s Seniors, also, St. Rita’s Lodge LPSCU Branch 132.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, shopping, dancing and listening to polka music. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Mary was a homemaker and a devoted loving wife. As a mother and grandmother, she loved her family dearly. She lived her entire life in this area.

She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, class of 1943.

Mary will be sadly missed by her children, Marilyn (Leonard) Sheehn of Big Pine Key, Fla., George M. (Susan) Pavlina of New Middletown, and Debra (Brian) Sobnosky of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; three granddaughters, Lindsay Pavlina, Marissa Sheehn and Emma Sobnosky; two stepgrandchildren, Duane (Karla) Harris of Ward, Ark. and Jessica Harris of Boardman; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces an nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, George R. Pavlina, whom she married Sept. 12, 1946, and who passed away Sept. 22, 2007, after 61 years of marriage; and a brother, Thomas “Tom” Sofranec.

Mary leaves two brothers, Joseph (Janet) Sofranec of Poland and Robert “Bob” Sofranec of Boardman.

The family will receive friends at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass on Friday.

Interment will take place at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

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 to send condolences to Mary’s family.

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MILDRED E. KANIK

PASADENA, TEXAS - There will be a funeral service at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave. in Youngstown, with the Rev. Edward P. Noga celebrating the Mass, for Mildred E. Kanik, 87, formerly of Boardman, who passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016.

She was born Dec. 21, 1928, in Youngstown, the daughter of Samuel and Ann (Krossman) Peloza.

Mildred graduated from the Youngstown Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. She then went on to become a pediatric registered nurse at Southside Hospital, retiring in 1986, after 34 years of service. She was a member of Nurses Association, Boardman Garden Club, and Doll Club.

Her husband, Stephen F. Kanik, whom she married July 5, 1952, passed away Feb. 9, 1976.

Mildred will always be remembered lovingly by three children, Stephen A. (Sandy) Kanik of St. Louis, Tina Mikeska of Pasadena and Mary Kaye (Joe) Falcony of Newburgh, Ind.; two grandsons, Daniel and Christopher Thurik of Houston; granddaughter Sister Lynn Marie Falcony O.S.B. of Ferdinand, Ind.; three sisters, Rita Nolfi, Bonnie (Tom) Augustine, and Georgenne (John) Pavlic; and two brothers, Samuel Peloza and Steve (Carolyn) Peloza.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sister-in-law Rose Peloza; and brother-in-law Tony Nolfi.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests monetary donations be made to Northeastern Ohio Adoption Services, 5000 E. Market St., No. 26, Warren, OH 44484 or to OperationSMILE.org.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 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 Mildred’s family.

WILLIAM R. NYE

CANFIELD – Private services were held for William R. Nye, 92, who passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 9, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

William was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Erie, the son of Dale and Margaret (Brown) Nye.

He courageously served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He then went on to be a self-employed truck driver until his retirement.

His wife, the former Ardieth Weimert, whom he married Dec. 12, 1945, passed away Nov. 23, 2010.

He was a member of St. Michael Church.

William will be always remembered lovingly by his three children, Richard (Jean) Nye of Canfield, Gary (Wanda) Nye of Florida and Donna (Gary) Tringhese of Boardman; eight grandchildren, Karri (Mark) Verratti, Stacy (Bruce) Tessena, David (Erin) Nye, Daniel (Kristen) Nye, Kevin (Christina) Nye, Sandra Nye, Julie (Ramon) Alarcon, and Terry Tringhese; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Aaron Tringhese; brother John Nye; and sisters Mary Selner and Eileen McCarragher.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

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 William’s family.