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Obituaries

George E. Kennedy 1938-2019

NORTH LIMA — George E. “Mickey” Kennedy, 80, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. He was born Nov. 2, 1938, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to George C. and Alma A. Bruan-Englert Kennedy, and moved to the area in 1968. Mickey graduated in 1956 from ...

Margaret Steiner 1931-2019

STRUTHERS — Margaret Steiner, 87, passed away early Monday morning, Sept. 30, 2019, at Hospice House. Margaret was born Nov. 6, 1931, in Struthers, the daughter of the late John and Sophie Fok Gavran. She was a graduate of Struthers High School and had worked as a phone operator for ...

Alfonso Byrd, 1929-2019

YOUNGSTOWN — Alfonso Byrd, 90, transcended to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Mr. Byrd was born July 3, 1929, in Youngstown, a son of Charles Sr. and Ethel Cofer Byrd. He was a graduate of The Rayen School. He was an Army veteran and had been employed for 48 years as a ...

Mary Alice Grace, 1929-2019

YOUNGSTOWN—Mary Alice Grace, 90, departed this life Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. Mrs. Grace was born April 28, 1929, in Girard, a daughter of the late James and Lucy E. Southerland Thorpe Sr. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church ...

Jeannetta P. Haselow, 1930-2019

CORNERSBURG — Jeannetta P. Haselow, 89, passed away Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at her residence. Born March 3, 1930, in Granville Township, Pa., she was the daughter of Harry and Mabel Weakland Daff. Jeannetta was an entrepreneur and owned and operated two business in Austintown, Haselow’s ...

Olga Fortini, 1925-2019

POLAND - Olga Fortini, 93, of Poland Township, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. She was born Nov. 24, 1925, in Collesannita, Provincia Benvento, Italy. It was there that she met her husband of 60 years, the late Joseph Fortini, who died Sept. 13, 2011. Olga was employed ...

Donald O. McRae Sr., 1931-2019

YOUNGSTOWN — Donald O. McRae Sr. departed this life Oct. 1, 2019, at Ohio Living Park Vista. Mr. McRae was born July 1, 1931, in Youngstown, a son of Raymond Sr. and Susan Jackson McRae. Mr. McRae was a graduate of East High School. He had been employed as a brick mason with ...

Hilda Manello, 1938-2019

YOUNGSTOWN — Hilda Manello, 98, passed away Friday morning in Levy Gardens Assisted Living. Hilda was born July 7, 1921, in Youngstown, to the late Ephriam and Hattie Berman. She was the oldest of five children. She graduated from The Rayen School in 1938 and from Ohio University in ...

Dorothy I. Johnson, 1923-2019

YOUNGSTOWN — Dorothy Irene Johnson, 96, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at Ohio Living Park Vista in Youngstown. Dorothy was born Aug. 6, 1923, in Youngstown, a daughter of William H. & Ethel E. Rogers Johnson. She worked at Truscon Steel in the purchasing department, and later ...

Activist Ron Daniels urges aid for cities at NAACP centennial

By SEAN BARRON Correspondent YOUNGSTOWN — For the most part, Ron Daniels is pleased with the progress he’s seen during a recent visit to his native Youngstown, but he’s also disheartened by the effects he feels certain negative forces have had on the city and elsewhere. “We’re ...