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MARIA 'ELAINE' MIOKOVIC

YOUNGSTOWN – Maria “Elaine” Miokovic, 74, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Assumption Village, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Feb. 17, 1943, in Clymer, Pa., the daughter of John and Maria Stec. The family moved to the Youngstown area in 1950, where she worked and raised her family.

Over the years, she worked at Evergreen Bar and Tavern and more recently at Lowe’s in Boardman.

Her greatest joy, besides her family, was Demon, her Maltese, whom she spoiled to no end and was her constant companion.

She organized the Jack and Jill Chinese auction for the New Middletown Farmer and Sportsman Club for many years and was affectionately known as “The Cookie Lady” for her love of baking. Through the years, she made countless sweets for holidays and special occasions, including two weddings this past summer with the help of her niece, Lisa.

She was an avid crocheter, making many blankets as gifts for family and friends. She was a member of various card clubs and bowling leagues over the years.

She will be deeply missed by her two sons, James L. Orr Jr. and Thomas (Shelley) Orr; two grandchildren, Thomas (Kaylee) Orr and Katey Orr; four great-grandchildren, Carter, Paisley, Rylee, and Colton; two brothers, John (Rosie) Stec, and William (Gerrie) Stec; and many nieces and nephews.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; sister Bonita Stec; husband Nicholas Miokovic; and longtime companion, Howard Creps.

The family would like to thank the staff at Assumption Village for the compassion and care shown to Elaine and her family while she was in their care.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, followed by a service at 7 p.m.

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

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My deepest condolences from KMB

Now is Maria’s time to rest...may the God of all comfort...comfort her family and friends in this time of need...2 Corinthians 1:3,4

Her from Joe and margie simeone

we new her from john stec for a long time and rose stec is my sister in law

ANTONETTE M. (CENTOFANTO) BLACK

YOUNGSTOWN - Antonette M. (Centofanto) Black, 96, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born July 12, 1921, in Mt. Pleasant, Pa., the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Santore) Motto.

Antonette was a homemaker and also worked for 10 years at Westinghouse. She was a member of the Holy Apostles Parish at St. Stephen of Hungary Church.

She enjoyed reading, watching movies and “Dancing with the Stars,” fishing with her husband, and going to casinos, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots fan.

Antonette will always be remembered lovingly by her husband, Phil Black, whom she married Sept. 1, 1973; two sons, Robert Centofanto, and Anthony J. (Lynne) Centofanto; six grandchildren, Nadine (Tom) Keville, Lynn (Chris) Menard, Tony Centofanto, Todd (Erin) Centofanto, Troy (Carrie) Centofanto, and Cady Centofanto; six great-grandchildren, Shaelin Rose Keville, Matthew and Jade Menard, Carissa Centofanto, Hunter, and Tyler Grimes; four stepchildren, Terry (Sherri) Black, Karen (Hans) Basler, Colleen Nader, and Kathy (Kevin) Brennaman; eight stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; and four sisters, Elaine, Janet, Joyce, and Peggy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter-in-law Rose Centofanto; and stepson-in-law Richard Nader.

Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at the Holy Apostles Parish at St. Stephen of Hungary Church, 854 Wilson Ave. in Youngstown, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, with the Rev. Joseph S. Rudjak celebrating.

Interment will take place at St. Pius X Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, Pa.

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 Antonette’s family.

JEAN M. ECKERT

YOUNGSTOWN – Jean M. Eckert, 54, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

She was born July 9, 1963, in Elizabeth, N.J., the daughter of John and Mary (Sofchuk) Eckert.

She was of the Christian faith.

Jean will always be remembered lovingly by her sister, Joyce (George) Orochoski of Boardman; niece Kim (Gus) Ferro of St. Augustine, Fla.; nephew Kurt Johnson of St. Augustine; niece Lisa (Mike) Lane of Corpus Christi, Texas; and four great-nieces and great-nephews, Britney and Seamus Lane, and Alexis and Anthony Ferro.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Steven Eckert.

Friends may call from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, monetary contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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.

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Jean eckert from Darla

Rest in peace my friend

CARMEN I. DIAZ

YOUNGSTOWN - There will be funeral services at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman for Carmen I. Diaz, 77, who passed away Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Nov. 6, 1939, in Puerto Rico, the daughter of Angel Garcia and Juana Perez.

Carmen was a homemaker who loved to cook for her family. Her home was always open to everyone. She also enjoyed gardening and was very meticulous about caring for her yard and flowers. She was a member of the Church of God in Youngstown.

Her husband, Francisco Diaz Sr., whom she married Oct. 24, 1955, passed away Jan. 5, 2002.

Carmen will always be remembered lovingly by her four children, Frank Diaz Jr. of Youngstown, Iris Diaz of Youngstown, Migdalia (Michael) McClendon of Boardman, and Betsaida (Christopher) Reading of Pequa, Pa.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Ismael (Maria) Garcia; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, 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 Carmen’s family.

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Condolences for Carmen Diaz from Kathrine Pierce and family

To Frank Diaz Jr., Migdalia, (Michael) McClendon, Iris Diaz, Betsida (Christopher) Reading and extended family: the family of Kathrine Pierce wish to offer our sincerest and loving condolences to your family. Mama Carmen was a special lady.

ANGELO M. GENTILE

YOUNGSTOWN - Angelo M. Gentile, 60, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 27, 2017.

Angelo was born Aug. 10, 1957, in Berea, Italy, the son of Antonio and Filomena (Campana) Gentile.

He worked for over 30 years as a mechanic and also was employed at Polaris in Austintown.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing.

Angelo will be remembered lovingly by his daughter, Elisa Weaver of Lake Milton; his son, Angelo Jr. (fiancée Jennifer Brown) Gentile of Florida; three grandchildren, Christopher and Isabella Weaver and Rossi Gentile; his mom, Philomena Gentile of Youngstown; and a brother, Bruno Gentile of Youngstown.

He was preceded in death by his father, Antonio Gentile; and two brothers, Mario and Gino Gentile.

Friends may call on Saturday morning, Sept. 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, followed by prayers.

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

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Condoglianze from Amalia Campana

Sono addolorata per la perdita del caro cugino ti ricordo sempre con il meraviglioso sorriso

MARY PATRICIA GAUDIO

YOUNGSTOWN - There will be funeral services at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home in Boardman, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Charles Borromeo Church, with the Rev. Gerald DeLucia celebrating the Mass for Mary Patricia Gaudio, 89, who passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, surrounded by her loving husband, Anthony J. Gaudio and her family.

She was born Feb. 20, 1928, in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph and Josephine (Battaglia) Campolito.

She was a graduate of Boardman High School and worked as a comptometer for Strouss. She also was a professional wedding cake decorator and was well-known for her Italian sponge cake, Lambeth and Australian cake decorating. Baking was her passion. She loved making cookies, pastries, and desserts for family and friends. Whatever she baked or cooked was done with perfection and love.

In her spare time, Mary enjoyed traveling to Italy with her husband, Anthony, and spending time at Daytona Beach, Fla. with her children and grandchildren floating in the pool. While at the beach Mary could be found reading romance novels which she often times traded with her sister, Carmel “Chickie.” She loved to ballroom dance with her husband at Idora Park, Elms, and other venues in the area. She also enjoyed square and round dancing. She loved the Cleveland Indians, any basketball team she could watch, and was an avid fan of ice skating.

She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Church, where she served as a Eucharistic minister. She would pray her rosaries many times throughout the day.

Mary will always be remembered lovingly by her husband, Anthony J. Gaudio, whom she married on May 27, 1948; four children, Anthony J. II (Mary Jo) Gaudio, Jareth J. (Lynn) Gaudio, Mary Joette Gaudio, and Timothy J. (Karen) Gaudio; 12 grandchildren, Anthony III (Lisa) Gaudio, Dominic (Amy) Gaudio, Mary Gaudio, Elizabeth Gaudio, Gabriella Gaudio, Ja reth Gaudio (Ryan), Joseph Gaudio, Jessica Gaudio, Jeannine Lonardo, Timothy Gaudio II, Arleigha Gaudio, and Celina (Taylor) Pidgeon; two great-grandchildren, Mia and Dominic Gaudio; three stepgrandchildren, Justen, Katrina and Josefa; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Tyler and Noah; two brothers, Joseph (Claudia) Campolito and John (Patricia) Campolito; two special cousins, Elsie Fabek and Jenny Angeloff; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by sister Carmel Scardina.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, 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 Mary’s family.

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My deepest sympathy from Chris Healey

I'm so sorry for your loss. We were blessed to live next door to your family for many years and thankful for the friendship that we shared. I'm sure my Mom & Dad will now be waiting to greet her in Heaven to catch up on old times. God Bless all of you.

My deepest condolences from KMB

Now is Mary's time to rest...may the God of all comfort...comfort her family and friends in this time of need...2 Corinthians 1:3,4

MARION BROWNLEE

NORTH LIMA - Marion Brownlee, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

She was born Jan. 26, 1927, in East Liverpool, the daughter of Andrew and Georgina (Carnie) McNaughton.

She worked as an executive secretary for Ohio Edison in Youngstown.

Marion was a former member of the John Knox Presbyterian Church and a current member of the Westminister Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the Miriam Chapter No. 278 Order of the Eastern Star.

She will always be remembered by her two daughters, Frances (Joe) Coppola of Poland and Marilyn Ohlin of Boardman; two sons, Lawrence (Nel) Heckel of Jacksonville, Fla. and Gregory (Lynnie) Heckel of Columbus Grove; nine grandchildren, Renee Sobnosky, Theresa (Frank) Montgomery, Lisa Sobnosky, Kayla (Josh) Emanuelson, Marina Ohlin, Andrew Heckel, Gregory Jr. (Shari) Heckel, Ryan (Marissa) Heckel, and Bobbi Lin Heckel; and seven great-grandchildren, Anthony and Danny Montgomery, Lukas Raubenstraw, June Emanuelson and Isabella, Savannah, and Vanessa Heckel.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by sister Florence Krahling.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman, followed by a 11 a.m. funeral service.

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

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In sympathy from Ann Porter

Sorry for your loss, Ann

Sorrow from Jeanie Dilsaver

My deepest sympathy.

CONSTANCE ROSE NAPOLITANO ROSSELLI

“Together Again”

POLAND – Constance Rose Napolitano Rosselli, 95, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Friends may call on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, Via Mount Carmel in Youngstown. Following visitation at the Basilica, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in her honor at 10 a.m.

She leaves a legacy of good works and beautiful creations. She was known for her graciousness, her determination, her style, her sense of humor, and her curiosity about the world. In the words of her husband, Dominic, writing to her in 1942, she was “the sweetest person in the world.”

“Connie” was born to Rose and Stephen Napolitano, May 13, 1922, in Youngstown.

She was married for 67 years to her beloved husband, Coach Dominic Louis Rosselli, who preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2008.

Connie and Dominic lived their entire lives in Youngstown except for a year spent in California during World War II, where she acquired a taste for California cuisine. Her life among the orange groves was rich in gardening possibilities and provided the impetus for future gardening experiments in Ohio. In the 1960s, during a family road trip across country to California, she shared with her children her delight with California’s year-long growing season.

She earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from Youngstown State University. She started her university work at age 40 by first learning to drive in order to transport herself to class. For her entire teaching career, she taught in Youngstown City Schools. She cherished her work with elementary children, especially introducing them to the printed word.

Connie was the consummate professional. Instrumental to her pursuit of a career in education was her mentor and friend, Mrs. Irma Beede, spouse of YSU Coach Dike Beede. Besides an interest in education, these women shared an affinity for handwork, nature, and creativity. Throughout her life, Connie served in leadership roles with various professional and civic organizations. She was a proud life member of both the Ohio and the National Education Associations, the Mahoning Valley Retired Teachers, and the Youngstown Business and Professional Women. She particularly enjoyed her collegiate associations provided through membership in the Youngstown Chapter of the Association of American University Women and the Youngstown State University Alumni Association.

Connie took great comfort in her faith and in prayer. Her rosary beads could be found in every room of her home. She was dedicated to faith-based service at both St. Anthony of Padua Parish and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica. She served as a lector for many years with both churches and found great purpose as a member of numerous Catholic organizations, including the Legion of Mary, Mothers of the Crucifix, and the Altar and Rosary Society. In the wee hours of Friday mornings, she and her husband, Dominic, would head to St. Anthony’s to make dough for The Briar Hill pizza. She enjoyed serving spaghetti dinners at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, making Easter bread and found great solace in visiting the sick at various nursing homes in the valley.

Family and friends marveled at her expertise in gardening and textile handiwork, skills she learned at her mother’s side. Working with plants never failed to excite her scientific curiosity. Her garden fed her family through the summer and her canning skills saw them through the winter. She and her son, Chip, spent many a harvest season putting up hot peppers and making wine. She loved experimenting with plant varieties and cultivation techniques, including rooting plants from cuttings, raising orchids, and using the crown of pineapple to start her own plant. She gave gentle attention to the Rosselli family fig tree for over 40 years. In her 70s, she enjoyed participating in the Master Gardener Program at Mill Creek Park.

Connie was an excellent seamstress and skilled at crocheting and knitting, talents she learned from her husband, Dominic. She tailored clothing for her children and grandchildren with fastidious attention to detail, including special event costumes, wedding dresses and First Communion dresses, one of which won a first prize at the Canfield Fair. She continuously demonstrated her gift for combining beauty and usefulness.

Connie was devoted to her family, Italian traditions and gatherings of friends and family, all bound in her faith. She provided humor, perspective, and vast practical knowledge in matters of the head and heart.

Her six siblings preceded her in death, Theresa Fiordelise (Sam), John Napolitano, Millie Lariccia (Joe), Dorothy Casciano (Tony), Grace Orlando (James), and Fred Napolitano (Betty).

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Porcase Napolitano.

She leaves her memory to be cherished by her three daughters, Rosanne Volpini of Poland, Mary Lou Africa (Jim) of Aurora, and Stephanie Rosselli (Eugene Grupp) of Poland; her son, Dominic Louis Rosselli Jr. (Eleanor), also of Poland; 10 grandchildren, Connie Wolgemuth (Tony) of Bloomington, Ill., Arthur Volpini (Tami) and Stephanie Hann (Greg) of Poland, Amy Drew (Charles) of Aurora, James Africa (Cheryl) of Ellwood City, Pa., Alexis Stevenson (Bradley) of Williamsburg, Va., Joseph Callahan of Portland, Ore., Anne Callahan of Cambridge, Mass., Dominic Rosselli III (Natalie) of Columbus, and Anthony Rosselli of Dayton; 10 great-grandchildren, Arthur John, Ellianna, Preston, Savannah, Madeline, Dominic, Greggory, Emerson, MarenEmilia, and Everly; and her extended family.

Twin granddaughters, Alyssa and Christina Rosselli are deceased.

The family extends their deep appreciation to the dedicated caregivers who attended to Connie, encouraged her interests, and lifted her spirits in countless ways. “We thank Dr. C. Wilkins for his insight and gentle care of our mother. The family also express our profound gratitude to Dr. Thomas Detesco, who shared informative and sweet conversations with our mother and, who thoughtfully cared for her for many years.”

Her children are grateful to Connie for the wise lessons she provided to them, have faith, support one another, solve problems, and above all, share joy.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rosselli Scholarship care of the Youngstown State University Foundation, 655 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH44502.

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

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

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One of a Kind from MITZI TALARICO

My heart goes out to the extended family of Mrs. Rosselli. She was a gracious, selfless, generous, truly classy Lady........and that is not something you learn. If you were invited into her beautiful home, she truly welcomed you. May you all embrace your wonderful memories with a truly remarkable woman.

Sympathies from Miriam Davis

My thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. May her memory be a blessing to the family!

Dear Rosselli Family from Lori Rippel

I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great woman and a wonderful role model. I have thought of her often since my move, and I miss her. I am sorry I am not able to come to the service, but will be with you in spirit. Sending love and hugs,

Our Sympathy from Ken and Fran Brayer

Our sincere sympathy to all the Rosselli children and their families. We currently are on vacation and sorry we will miss the services.

Condolences to the Rosselli Family from Paul Truhan

Chip and Family, My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother. She was such a huge supporter of Penguin Basketball. MAY HER MEMORY BE ETERNAL.

Condolances from Bob Bluedorn

Chipper and Family: I was saddened to hear of the loss of your Mother, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Bob Bluedorn

First Class Lady from Marilyn Richards

My short experience in caring for Connie was amazing. She was one first class lady, a loving and caring mother, grandmother,great grandmother. She had such a gentleness about her, you could not help but love her. She lived a beautiful life and is now reunited with her husband. She will be missed by all.

Wonderful woman from Billy Johnson

I am saddened to read of Mrs. Rosselli's passing. She was such a wonderful person with a smile that lit up any room. My condolences to the Rosselli family and thank you Mr. & Mrs. Rosselli for changing my life.

Constance Rosselli from Barbara Robeson

Connie was such a loving woman who loved everyone. She raised beautiful, loving, caring children. Her love for life is reflected in all who came in contact with her. Sending love and prayers to her family....her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Love, Barbara Robeson

DR. JAMES A. SCRIVEN JR

POLAND - Dr. James A. Scriven Jr., 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

He was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Abilene, Kan., the son of James A. and Loretta M. (Viola) Scriven.

He courageously served his county in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for five years, receiving the Army Commanders Award for public service. He was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in 1945. He then went on to receive his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Kansas State University and his Doctorate of Education at the University of Oklahoma in 1962.

Dr. Scriven worked 40 years in education, nine years in public schools as a teacher, and 31 years in university administration, the last 19 years at Youngstown State University, retiring in 1988.

Dr. Scriven will always be remembered by his wife, the former, Kathryn E. Stump, whom he married Nov. 29, 1980; sister Laurine Atkinson of Abilene; brother William (Linda) Scriven of Kansas; two children, Dr. Karen Scriven and James D. Scriven; and grandchildren.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 18, at the Holy Family Church in Poland.

There are no calling hours.

Burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery in Crestline.

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 Dr. Scriven’s family.

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Our friend Jim from Peach Barnes

Kathryn, so sorry to hear Jim passed away. What a sweet and gentle man! No one would have guessed that he was so accomplished because he was so humble. He had that part down good "its not about me". His earthly presence will be missed, but we know that he rests comfortably in the arms of Jesus. Our prayers are with you. Love Bob & Peach