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ILDEFONSO MELENDEZ

POLAND – Ildefonso Melendez, 79, passed away Friday, July 10, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Ildefonso was born May 5, 1936, in Scayey, Puerto Rico, the son of Octavio and Rosalia (Vacquez) Melendez.

Ildefonso made a career of out the military, serving in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was a loving husband and loved to read and draw. He volunteered at the food bank and worshiped at the Church of God.

Ildefonso will always be remembered lovingly by his wife, the former Luciana Otriz; six children from his previous marriage, Ildefonso Jr., David Glen, Shirley Ann, Douglas I, Damaris, and Daniel Melendez; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Elba Melendez.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Octavio Melendez Jr.

There will be no calling hours or services.

Interment will take place in Puerto Rico.

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

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

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Ivywoods Manor from Denise Spillman

RIH Mr. Melendez, you were a very nice man. My prayers and condolences are with the family at this time. Be blessed!

HENRY R. TESTA

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be funeral services on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at 9 a.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Angela Merici Church in Youngstown, with the Rev. Kevin Peters celebrating the Mass, for Henry R. Testa, 93, who passed away Friday evening July 17, 2015.

Henry was born Sept. 23, 1921, in Campbell, the son of Ross and Laura (Flask) Testa.

He retired from Youngstown Sheet and Tube. Henry was a member of St. Angela Merici Parish, SOAR, No. 1418 Seniors, the Sunshine Seniors, and Amvets Post 13 in Deland, Fla., and was a former member of the V.F.W. in Struthers.

Henry courageously served his country as a U.S. Army Sergeant with the 119th Antiaircraft Battalion during World War II. He arrived in Normandy 11 days after D-Day and was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 5 Bronze Stars.

His wife of 70 years, Ellen Grace (Mantini) Testa, whom he married Feb. 14, 1944, passed away Jan. 3, 2015.

Henry will always be remembered lovingly by his son, Richard (Joanne) Testa of Deland, Fla.; granddaughter Angela (Chris) Button of Monroe, Mich.; and great-granddaughter Sydney Button.

Besides his parents, Henry was preceded in death by three brothers, Anthony, Louis, and Charles Testa; and a sister, Jennie Romeo.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2015, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

Henry will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery, where his dedicated service to our country will be further recognized with full military honors.

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

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From Regina Rovnyak

Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of both of your parents. They were wonderful neighbors. May their memory be eternal

RYAN ALEXANDER GIAMBATTISTA

BOARDMAN - There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2015, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman, with the Rev. Gerald DeLucia celebrating the Mass for Ryan Alexander Giambattista, 23, who passed away in a tragic accident on Friday, July 10, 2015.

Ryan was born Feb. 3, 1992, in Youngstown, the son of Terri DiGennaro and Bruce Giambattista.

Ryan was a 2010 graduate of Boardman High School and attended the Pittsburgh Art Institute. He worked as a mail carrier at the Sharon Post Office.

Ryan was a free-spirited artist and spent much of his time spray painting buildings around the greater Youngstown area. He had his art work displayed at various local shows and events including Grayland Gallery in Youngstown.

He was a truly caring and compassionate soul and was always available to lend an ear or shoulder.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Bruce and Dina Giambattista of Boardman and Rocco and Terri DiGennaro of Boardman; his grandparents, Alex and Margie Giambattista, Delores Zakrzewski, and Rocco and Rose DiGennaro; siblings Victoria (Alan), Brittany (Geoff), Craig, Rocco, James, and Deana; nephew Grayson; and aunt and uncles Alex Giambattista Jr., Richard (Carolyn) Zakrzewski, and Patricia (Sam) Kochefski; as well as various extended family.

He was preceded in death by grandparents George Zakrzewski and Helen and “Babe” Ferko.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. and again on Friday, July 17, at St. Charles Church, from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass.

In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions may be made to the family, to be given in memory of Ryan’s passion for the arts.

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

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From Regina Rovnyak

Please accept our deepest sympathy. May the memories you have help you through t,his difficult time. May his memory be eternal.

From Terri Moschella Marian

Bruce and family, Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time of loss. My deepest sympathy and God bless.

Local 125 from David D.

So sorry Sympathy and prayers coming your way

From Bob & Joann Vanik

Our deepest sympathy to you Terri and your family. Cannot even imagine losing a child. You are in our prayers

From Bob & Joann Vanik

Our deepest sympathy to you Terri and your family. Cannot even imagine losing a child. You are in our prayers

From Balzic Family

So very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

From Balzic Family

So very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with al of you.

Sympathy from Ejsta9760@att.net

SORRY WE COULD NOT EXTEND OUR SYMPATHY IN PERSON. TOM HAD A PACE MAKER LAST WEEK & IS HAVING PROBLEMS. OUR LOVE & PRAYERS. - EVELYN SEDLAR

HELEN M. POSZUST

YOUNGSTOWN – There will be a Mass for the Repose of the Soul at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 13, 2015, at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica in Youngstown, with the Very Rev. Gregory Maturi O.P. celebrating the Mass, for Helen M. Poszust, 78, who passed away Thursday, July 9, 2015, and for her late husband, Stanley J. Poszust, who passed away on Jan. 17, 2014.

Helen was born July 15, 1936, in Youngstown, the daughter of Paul and Erma (Gualtieri) Petrella.

Helen was a graduate of Wilson High School and a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica.

She had a passion for reading and enjoyed going to Mountaineer. Helen loved her family more than anything and always put others before herself. Her great sense of humor will be dearly missed.

Helen will always be remembered lovingly by her two daughters, Cynthia (Michael) Dikun of Boardman and Diane (Michael) Jordon of Austintown; five grandchildren, Frank (Julie), Daniel, Jason (Jodi), Zachary (Taylor) and Leann (Josh); six great-grandchildren, Michael, Natalie, Isaiah, Landen, Mia, and Noah; brother John (Lisa) Petrella; sister Janet Sutton; brother-in-law James Colaluca; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Norma Colaluca; sister-in-law Irene Gozur; and brother-in-law Emil Gozur.

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

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

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From Linda long

Cindy, so sorry for your loss praying for you and your family. Linda from the clerks

ELIZABETH 'BETTY' TANFERNO

STRUTHERS – Elizabeth “Betty” Tanferno, 85, was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 6, 2015, at the Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born March 8, 1930, in Meadville, Pa., the daughter of Anthony and Victoria (Kupic) DeCapio.

Betty lived her life as a servant, constantly serving the Lord as a devoted Catholic, while caring for her family. She not only catered her famous “Betty Spaghetti,” but also her love and affection to many people, as well as pets.

Betty will always be lovingly remembered by her son, Thomas Sr. (Yvonne) Akers of Florida; daughter Theresa Tanferno of Struthers; grandchildren Thomas Jr. (Kristine) Akers of Youngstown, Laila (Justin) Green of Poland, and Carmen (Alyssa) Tanferno of Struthers; six great-grandchildren; her dearest friend, Iris Pike of Canfield; and several others who knew her as “Grandma Betty.”

Along with her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her companion, Carmen R. Tanferno; and two children, James “Bidgie” Akers and Carmen Tanferno.

There will be funeral services at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2015, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Church in Youngstown, with the Rev. Edward Noga celebrating the Mass for Betty. Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Brian Palumbo, Dr. Tofil, the Hospice House, and others who provided kind and compassionate care for Betty.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home.

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

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Friend from Ray Grow

T, so sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers. Sorry I missed the calling hours, but just found out yesterday. B Strong!

Memories from Charlotte

The memories as a friend will last forever.

From Tina and family

RIP Betty. You were an amazing lady. You will be missed.

ARACELIS FELICIANA ROSARIO

YOUNGSTOWN – Aracelis Feliciana Rosario, 90, passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

Aracelis was born Sept. 13, 1924, in Santurce, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Gonzalo and Carmen Alvarez Rosario.

Upon moving to the area in the 1950s, Aracelis worked at the home of Dr. and Mrs. James Sansone.

She was a member of the St. Angela Merici (Sacred Heart) Church and the Sacred Heart Altar Guild. She enjoyed gardening and loved being around people.

Aracelis will always be remembered lovingly by her grandson, Carlos John Rosario; daughter-in-law Karen (Bob) Morgan and their son, Devon Morgan; nephew Jack (Sheryl) Johnson; niece Joyce Jones; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Carlos Rosario; three sisters, Pura Martinez, Inocencia Martinez, and Saturnina Alvarez-Johnson; brother Pedro Rosario; and niece Sandra Prater.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the St. Angela Merici Church in Youngstown, with the Rev. Kevin Peters celebrating the Mass for Aracelis.

Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church prior to the Mass.

The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman had the honor and privilege of handling the arrangements for Aracelis.

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

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From Terry anness

Ara was loved very much by my family. she helped me many years. Our deepest sympathy.

From Janet Pagan

Rest In Peace sweet sweet Arita. I will always love you.

PAUL GILBERT VAUGHN

CANFIELD – Paul Gilbert Vaughn, 46, was born on Aug. 1, 1968, and left the world too soon, on June 29, 2015.

Upon his high school graduation, he entered the U.S. Army in 1986. While in the Army, he was an armament/electrical systems specialist who was awarded an Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Expert Medal, Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Grenade Bar, and Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Bar. He also passed courses in Primary Leadership Development, Aircraft Systems Repair, and Helicopter Weapons Systems Repair. He was in the original Persian Gulf conflict and then served a tour of duty in Germany. He completed his Army service in 1995.

With the completion of his military service, he began his career in the traffic industry, specializing in traffic controllers and signals. During these years, he acquired his IMSA Level II certification as a signal technician. He was a certified inspector of traffic signals and cabinets, as well as earning his certificate as an accredited trainer in Highway Safety and Signal Maintenance.

Paul enjoyed spending time with his family and friends playing corn hole, attending concerts, going to the movies, golfing, working out, but most especially, he loved going on relaxing family beach vacations in Outer Banks, Orange Beach and Maui. Paul was the true epitome of a loving, caring, and devoted human being.

Paul is survived by his unconditional loving wife, Nicole; his sons, Bryce and Brock; and his daughter, Devyn. Paul will be sadly missed by all who really knew, cherished, and loved him for who and what he was.

In honor of Paul’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal services.

The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman had the honor and privilege of handling the arrangements for Paul.

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

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From Matt

Paul was a good man. He will be missed. Prayers for his father Martin; his brothers Martin and Phil; his daughters Elizabeth, Courtney, Cheryl; and his son Sammy. He also left 6 beautiful grandchildren behind. May he be at peace.

From Bobbi kaleel

My sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Love Bobbi, Alexis & Tommy Kaleel

From Brad

I have the privilege of knowing Paul for the last few years. His generous spirit and kind heart brought joy and caring to all those around him, and he finally found true happiness for himself with his current family and friends. He will be sadly missed.

From Tammy

Paul you are now in the arms of your mother, Phyllis.

From Hattie Langenheim

May God grant peace to the Vaughn family.father Martn brothers Martin and Phillip and his children Liz Courtney ,Cheryl And Sam

From Cheryl Downey

Paul will be missed by his children, Elizabeth Vaughn, Courtney Vaughn, Cheryl Vaughn and Sammy Vaughn. Also by his grandchildren, Victoria, Alannah, Taylor, Jacob, Tanner and Dominic.

ADELINE ARQUILLA

POLAND – There will be funeral services at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman for Adeline Arquilla, 80, who passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.

Adeline was born Sept. 20, 1934, in Youngstown, the daughter of Ernest and Theresa (Rich) D’Andrea.

Adeline was a 1953 graduate of East High School. She was a member of the Senior Club at Commercial Intertech. Adeline enjoyed traveling, especially trips to Aruba, Hawaii, and going on cruises with her husband. She also enjoyed gardening and cooking, especially her Italian specialties. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, whom she taught how to swim.

Adeline will always be remembered lovingly by her husband, Vincent, whom she married on Feb. 27, 1954; two sons, Eric (Christine) Arquilla of Youngstown and Brian (Amy) Arquilla of North Jackson; seven grandchildren, Nicole, Gabrielle, Gianna, Brooke, Kelsey, Abbey and Shelby; four great-grandchildren, Harvey, Gracie Lynn, Arya and Nicole; sister Delores (Tom) Strichek; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Jeanette Parillo.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 2, 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 Adeline’s family.

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From Philomena Tiberio

Dear Vince and Family, Just to say how sorry i am to hear about Adeline's passing. Our prayers are with you at this time. As you know that we went to school together and gratuated at the same year. Your friend Philomena (Santangelo) Tiberio

ARMANDO 'TONY' CENTOFANTI

NEW MIDDLETOWN – There will be funeral services at 9 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown, for Armando “Tony” Centofanti, 84, who passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.

Armando “Tony” was born Sept. 1, 1930, in Sulmona, Province of L’Aquila, Village of Mirane, Italy, the son of Ludovico and Rosa (DelSignore) Centofanti. He was raised on the family farm until 1953, and then came to America, leaving his wife, Lena, behind, only to join him a year later in the new country.

Armando “Tony” worked for Youngstown Sheet and Tube/LTV Steel, retiring in 1984, after 30 years of service. In 1968, Armando “Tony” and his wife, Lena, entered into the tavern business, owning three taverns on South Avenue in Youngstown and then joining his son, Ludovico “Vico,” in one last adventure of helping out in daily operations of the Bullwinkle’s Bar and Grill until 1998, where he was best known as “Bull Moose.”

He was a member of St. Dominic Church and enjoyed wine making, gardening, canning and later, fishing on the family pond.

Armando “Tony” will always be remembered lovingly by three children, Ludovico “Vico” Centofanti of Austintown, Patricia (Joe) Humenick of Canfield, and Lydia (Dean) Traficant of New Middletown; four grandchildren, Serena and Joseph Humenick, and Arianna and Alexzandria Traficant; many nieces, nephews and cousins in Italy and Australia; his special nephew, Paul (Maria) Leombruni and family; and his sister-in-law, Amelia (Tulio) Leombruni of Guelph, Canada.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lena; brother Joe; and two sisters, Maria and Yolanda.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Vincent Malkovits, Dr. Patsy Buccino and the nurses at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center for the kind and compassionate care shown to Armando “Tony.” The family would also like to say thank you to his personal caregivers, Beth and Amy.

“Arrivederci Poppy, until we meet again…”

Interment will take place at Lake Park Cemetery.

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