VIENNA- Philip J. Brenkus, 91, passed away from natural causes on May 28, 2015.
Philip was born in Jefferson in 1923.
Phil was a decorated veteran of World War II, who entered active duty in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. He earned the rank of sergeant during his years of service in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and earned the World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, five Bronze Service Stars, American Theater Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal. Phil spoke proudly about his service to his country and received an honorable discharge in 1945.
Philip married Aggie Hrenko in 1946, and the couple was blessed with four children. Phil supported the family by working as a sheet metal worker for 40 years, before retiring in 1985.
Phil was preceded in death by Aggie; and their son, Paul Brenkus.
He is survived by his three daughters, Shirley Moy of Greenville, S.C., Linda McElhinny of Greenville, Pa., and Laura McLaughlin of Howland. He will be dearly missed by his seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Phil received full military honors in a private service at All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel.
Please visit www.LaneFuneralHomes.com to view obituary and to send online condolences to the family.
POLAND - Karen Strozier Cleveland passed away on May 5, 2015, following a difficult struggle with cancer.
Karen was a native of Columbia and attended Irmo High School. For the past 23 years, she lived in Poland, with her life partner, Paul Rovnak.
Paul and her brother, Erich Strozier, were at her side at the time of her death.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Karl Strozier, and survived by her brother, Erich Strozier.
A memorial brunch will be held Sunday, June 7, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Byzantine Center at the Grove, 3801 Shady Run Road, Youngstown.
Material tributes may take the form of donations to Silver Lining Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 401, Canfield, OH 44406.
Professional arrangements were handled by Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.
SUGAR LAND, TEXAS The Lord called home Helen J. Emery on April 29, 2015.
Helen was born in Youngstown, the second child of Anthony and Mary (Bilinska) Luszcz.
She graduated from South High School in 1938, graduated from Youngstown College and attended Kent Universitys Masters program.
She was married to Kenneth R. Emery of Youngstown from May 9, 1942, until his passing on April 12, 1984.
She was a longtime resident of Liberty Township and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hubbard.
In 2007, she moved to Sugar Land, Texas, to be closer to family.
She is survived by her children, Leslie (Robert) Kennedy of Campbell, Calif., Kenneth (Jane) Emery II of Warner Robins, Ga., and Lynn Ramsey of Sugar Land; as well as her older brother, Henry Luszcz of Naperville, Ill.; six grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Helens active lifestyle and career included teaching at the Youngstown College Business School and the W.S. Guy School of the Liberty School District. She served with the Red Cross Motor Corp during World War II, was a member of OEA, NEA and TRTA educational associations, Delta Delta of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, a member of Hit & Miss, GHY, Par Pals golf league, and was active in line dancing groups, Liberty Seniors and the Liberty Historical Society.
She continued her active life in Sugar Land, where she was involved in golf, line dancing, and other activities.
A memorial service for Helen will take place Saturday, June 6, 2015, at 1 p.m., at the chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 5400 Market St., Youngstown.
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PALMYRA Walter K. Head passed away at the age of 104 on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
Walter was born Feb. 11, 1911, in Palmyra, to parents Ella (Davis) and John Head.
He resided his entire life in Palmyra with his wife of 69 years, Irma Sampson Head.
Walter graduated from Deerfield High School and Lincoln Electric and Welding School in Cleveland. He was the floor manager at the Milton Roller Rink in Lake Milton. Walter and his wife, Irma, did a roller-skating act called Fun on Wheels, along with sisters-in-law Ruth and Frances Sampson, performing on unicycles. The group performed for 25 years at county fairs, lodges, night clubs, and Christmas parties.
Walter retired from Youngstown Welding at the age of 70. He was a full-time farmer, active in horse 4-H with his daughter, Jane. He was a member of the Central Ohio Saddle Club Association for many years, showing Appaloosa Horses. Walter was a Master Mason, and member of Charity Lodge No. 530.
Walter is survived by his beloved wife, Irma Head; daughter Ella Jane Heavner; son-in-law Steven Heavner; granddaughter Kimberly Heavner; great-granddaughter Taylor Jones; great-grandson Brian Andrick; and great-great-grandson Noah Rose; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends will be received today, June 3, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, where funeral services will be officiated by Fr. Joseph L. Martin Ph.D., on Thursday at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow at West Cemetery in Palmyra Township.
Visit www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com to share memories and condolences.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Portage County Animal Protective League in Walters name.
The Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
HUBBARD William Donald Joshua, 74, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2015, of cancer, at OBrien Memorial Health Care Center in Masury.
Don was born on Dec. 3, 1940, in Youngstown, and was the son of the late Donald William and Catherine Frances Riley Joshua.
He was a 1958 graduate of Hubbard High School and a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was actively involved in the Hubbard community, and was passionate about serving the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). As founder of the DAV spaghetti dinner fundraisers at the VFW Post 3767, he helped raise thousands of dollars for those in need. He was the owner of Professional Bookkeeping Services and remained active in his business as a tax preparer and advisor.
Don loved to continually improve his golf game, vacation with his family, and attend Ohio State football games. Those around him were touched by his love of family, practical outlook on life and readiness for a practical joke.
He will be sadly missed by his bride of 53 years, the former Patricia E. Kopp of Hubbard; his son, Bill Joshua and his wife, Amy, of Las Vegas; his daughter, Victoria Gresh and her husband, Steve, of Columbus; and his beloved grandchildren, Lillian and Mason, whom he adored.
He also leaves two sisters, Dorothy Wine and her husband, Ronald, of Hubbard and Alice Werner and her husband, Fred, of North Palm Beach, Fla.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Stephen Joshua.
There will be calling hours at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Hubbard on Friday, June 5, 2015, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with a memorial Mass to follow at 3:30 p.m.
Contributions may be made to Trumbull County DAV Chapter 11, 2044 Youngstown Road SE, Warren, OH 44484.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.
Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral homes website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.
POLAND - Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, for John Lawrence Kraynak, 92, who died early Tuesday morning at Greenbriar Nursing Home.
John was born Aug. 28, 1922, in Struthers, the son of Joseph and Anna (Kaschak) Kraynak.
He attended Struthers High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.
John worked as a millwright at Youngstown Sheet and Tube for over 42 years, until retiring in 1983.
He was a member of St. Nicholas Church, the Struthers VFW No. 3538, and several golf leagues in the area. In 1977, John shot a hole-in-one in Hubbard on the 16th hole, and also won two golf championships in 1977 and 1979.
He is survived by his wife, the former Alma Dempesis, whom he married June 1, 1950, and had recently celebrated 65 years of marriage; a daughter, Nancy Jean (Larry) Moritz of Gilbert, Ariz.; a son, Robert John Kraynak of Richmond, Va.; a sister, Delores Suszynaki of Cincinatti; a brother, Joseph (Chris) Kraynak Jr. of Struthers; three grandchildren, Amber Root, Krystle Henderson and Jesse Kraynak; and one great-grandchild.
John was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Pollock, Sally Stetson and Margaret Kraynak.
Family and friends may call Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will take place at Poland Riverside Cemetery.
The family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to send condolences.
MINERAL RIDGE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Thursday at St. Anthony Catholic Church for Joseph McCormick, who died peacefully, Sunday afternoon at Meridian Arms Nursing Home, surrounded by his family.
Affectionately known as Joe Mac, Joseph was born March 12, 1942, son of Daniel and Kathleen (OHara) McCormick.
Youngstown born and raised, he attended St. Anns School, was a football player and 1961 graduate of Ursuline High School, followed by attendance at Youngstown State University. He joined the U.S. Navy serving on the USS Proteus AS-19 during the Vietnam War. He began his career with Ransom and Randolph Company as a sales rep, followed by Y&N Railroad, where he met future jewelry partner, Dean McClain. The two formed the McClain Corporation. Joe worked simultaneously for General Electric Lamp Plant as a mechanic, where he met his future wife, Rose. In 1980, he and his wife, Rose, started their own corporation, McCormick Jewelers Inc. in Austintown, retiring in 2003.
An avid sports lover, Joe was a boxer in the Navy, was instrumental in starting the Proteus Pirates Football League, loved golf, and played frequently until a serious hip injury curtailed his game.
Joe was a thoughtful, caring man, a delightfully engaging storyteller, toastmaster and speaker. He had a captivating, easy charm. He loved people and enjoyed camaraderie with his fellow Legionaries and was active in many charitable organizations. He was a member of the Austintown Memorial American Legion Post No. 301. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Argus Lodge No. 535 Canfield, grand council Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, the grand chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, and St. Johns Commandery No. 20 Knights Templar Youngstown. He was past commander of Post No. 301, past commander of the American Legion and past ninth district assistant adjutant. He was also a deacon and youth counselor at St. Roccos Church.
Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Rose Marie (Righetti); his only son, Joseph E. McCormick, a stepdaughter, Denise DiLallo of Arizona; brothers Daniel (Cory) McCormick of Tennessee, and James (Margaret) McCormick; a sister, Bernadette (Tom) Winsen; grandchildren Cole and Shane McCormick; numerous nieces and nephews; and brothers-in-law Frank (Carol) Righetti and Alex (Linda) Righetti of Nevada.
His parents and sister Peggy Davis of Dayton preceded him in death.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., today, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel. Argus Lodge will hold a Masonic service at 8 p.m. and the Tri-State Marine Corps will hold a service at 8:15 p.m. Friends and family may also call from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, at the funeral home, prior to Mass at St. Anthonys at noon.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting all donations go to Hospice of the Valley, Poland.
The family would like to express appreciation for the wonderful care Joe received from the aides and staff at Meridian Arms Nursing Home.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN - Michael J. Prystash, 89, passed away suddenly Saturday morning, May 30, 2015, at his home, following a long and fulfilling life.
Michael was born Aug. 2, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of the late Michael and Christina Kusper Prystash, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Prystash retired from the Youngstown Sewage Plant, and he owned and operated the Lighthouse Tavern on the corner of South and Myrtle Avenues in Youngstown.
Mike was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving aboard the USS Collett (DD-730) Destroyer, and was a past commander of VFW Post No. 93. He was also a former Youngstown 7th Ward Committee leader.
He leaves his wife, Kathryn Kurylak Prystash, whom he married in 1990; his son, Michael Prystash; three brothers, James Bernard of North Port, Fla., Edward Bernard of Myrtle Beach, and William Bernard of Hollywood, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
A sister, Dolores Bernard Bevilaqua, and three brothers, John, Joseph, and Steve Prystash, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 4, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a memorial service will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Mikes family.
YOUNGSTOWN Alfred Siciliano, 61, passed away on May 30, 2015, at Guardian Health Care Center, Windsor House.
He was born in Youngstown, the son of the late Alfred and Doris Roseburg Siciliano.
He was a lifetime area resident and was a self-employed handyman. Alfred was of the Catholic faith, loved to fish and totally enjoyed antiquing.
Surviving are three brothers, Dale (Susan) Siciliano of Hubbard, and Dennis (Carmel) Siciliano and John (Wendy) Siciliano, both of Girard; and a sister, Margaret (Edwin) Barrios of Girard. He also leaves his dogs, Meeke, Boxer and Wally.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Mary Deavens; and two brothers, Craig and Eugene of Girard.
There were no calling hours or services.
The Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home, Youngstown, is in charge of arrangements.
PULASKI - Michael Nosik Sr., 92, of 2359 Marr Road, passed away the morning of June 1, 2015, at his residence.
Michael was born July 6, 1922, in New Castle, Pa. He was the son of the late Dennis D. and Anna Kowalchik Nosik.
He married the late Virginia R. Nosik. They were married for 59 wonderful years on Aug. 13, 1944. She preceded him in death on Feb. 18, 2004.
Michael was of the Orthodox faith and attended St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church.
Michael was a graduate of Bessemer High School, class of 1940.
Michael worked for many years for Truscon Company in Youngstown. He retired after 40 years as a weld-fitter at Wean United in Warren. Mr. Nosik was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time at his camp in West Hickory, Pa.
Mr. Nosik is survived by two sons, Douglas D. Nosik of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Michael Nosik Jr. and his wife, Rose, of Sigel, Pa.; daughter Carolynn A. Benninghoff and her husband, Sam, of Rushville Ill.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife Virginia, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill (Wasil) Nosik and John Nosik; three sisters, Vera Tarasek, Olga Kachmer, Josie Skuta; and a set of twins, shortly after birth.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2015, at the Noga Funeral Home Inc., 1142 S. Mill St. A parastas service will be held at 7:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Additional calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday morning, at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Campbell.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. The Rev. Andrew Nelko, pastor of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church will officiate.
Rite of Committal and entombment will be at Castleview Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 301 Struthers Liberty Road, Campbell, OH 44405.
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YOUNGSTOWN - John H. Sandy, 88, passed away on June 2, 2015, at his home in Youngstown, with his loving family at his side.
He was born on Aug. 19, 1926, in Youngstown, to Ralph and Margaret (Caizzo) Sandy. John grew up in Youngstown.
He graduated from Youngstowns East High School in 1944. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1944, and served on the Destroyer USS Wilkes in the Pacific during and after World War II.
He worked for The Brainard Rivet Company of Girard as an electroplater, where he retired in 1988.
John married Eleanor M. Sulick in 1956, in Angola, Ind. They were happily married for 59 years.
John was a member of the Christ Our Savior at St. Nicholas Church. He was an avid golfer, big boxing fan, talented artist, and enjoyed bocce, gardening and watching collegiate and professional sporting events. He always said that, despite all of his years of playing the areas golf courses, he never got a hole-in-one.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Margaret Sandy; his brothers, Tony and Willie; his sister, Mary Sandy, all of Youngstown; and his niece, Mary Therese Neville of Mason.
John is survived by his loving wife, Eleanor; his daughters, Margaret Sandy of Youngstown, Jeanne (Thomas) Williams of Liberty and Susan Tropea of Campbell; his son, Robert (Bonnie) Sandy of Manassas, Va.; and sons John Sandy and Joseph (Sherry) Sandy, also of Youngstown; his sister, Florence Colburn; his brother, Joseph (Patricia); seven amazing grandchildren, Vincent and Valerie Williams, Cecily Sandy, Joel and Anthony Sandy, and Paul and John Tropea; and his nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A visitation will be held at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St., Struthers, on Thursday, June 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, June 5, at 9:30 a.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Christ Our Savior at St. Nicholas Church, 764 5th St., Struthers, on June 5, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Johns Cemetery on Villa Marie Road, Lowellville.
GIRARD - Josephine Vern Kopylec Williams, 79, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 31, 2015, at her daughter Colettes home, surrounded by her loving family.
Josephine was born Feb. 18, 1936, in Banks Township in Indiana County, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Georgie and Vernie Brink Kopylec.
She was a 1954 graduate of Montgomery High School in Arcadia, Pa., and moved to this area after graduation to marry the love of her life, Charles Allen Chud Williams.
Mrs. Williams worked for 15 years in the infirmary at the Ursuline Motherhouse, where she cared for the elderly Ursuline Sisters. Josephine later left her job to care for her grandchildren while their parents worked.
She was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard for over 55 years.
Josephine had many hobbies which included crocheting gifts for family and friends, taking long rides, and preparing meals for many holiday parties. Her favorite vacation spot was Presque Isle in Erie, Pa., where she spent every summer with her children and grandchildren. Josephine loved solving wordsearch puzzles, in books and on her Kindle, and she worked those puzzles up to the day before her passing.
Her beloved husband, Charles, whom she married Oct. 20, 1954, passed away June 28, 1993.
Mrs. Williams leaves to cherish her memory her four children, Pam Williams Sump of Mineral Ridge, Colette (Jerome) Miodrag of Transfer, Pa., Charles (Pam) Williams of Liberty Township, and Annette (Don) Bishop of Girard; eight grandchildren, Jason (Sylvia) Miodrag of Transfer, Ryan (Tiffany) Williams of Girard, Amanda (Brian) Garbus of Howland, Carlie Williams of Girard, Jackie (Andrew) Lauffer of Sharpsville, Pa., Tyler Williams of Liberty Township, Donnette Bishop of Girard, and Donny Bishop of Girard; three (soon to be four) great-grandchildren, Cooper Garbus, Evan Miodrag, Abbey Miodrag, with baby Lauffer expected to arrive in November; two brothers, Tom Sunderland of Harpersfield and Charles (Dee) Sunderlin of Burnside, Pa.; a sister, Jane Zernic of South Euclid; an uncle, Paul (Audrey) Kopylec of Brunswick; many treasured nieces and nephews; and her beloved pets, Mr Nik the cat, and little dog, Brandy.
Josephine will be truly and sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Besides her husband, three brothers, Harry, Raymond, and Bob Sunderland, preceded her in death.
Family and friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard.
Funeral services will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home and will continue at 1 p.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Rose Church, 48 E. Main St., Girard.
Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage, Pa., where Josephine will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Josephines family extends very special thanks to the staff with Hospice of the Valley, especially to Richard Crish, and to Traci and Tiffany. Special thanks also to Dr. Steven Swain, and loving thanks to Josephines hairdresser and friend, Ted Homitz, and also to Fr. Anthony Esposito.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send condolences online to Josephines family.
NILES A private memorial Mass was held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the Holy Family Church for Thadius Ted Zarzycki, 54, who passed away peacefully on May 26, 2015, surrounded by his family.
Ted was born Dec. 12, 1960, in Youngstown, a son of Stefan and Wanda (Kuligowski) Zarzycki.
Ted was a devout Catholic, who could be found attending Mass at a number of different churches in the area. He is now blessed to be home with the Lord. Ted was an avid reader and a loving pet owner.
Ted leaves to cherish his memory, his brother, Steve (Mary) Zarzycki of Poland; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Other than his parents, Ted was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret Russell; a brother, Henry; and two sisters, Stephanie and Christine Zarzycki.
Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that material contributions be made to the Youngstown Catholic Diocese in his memory.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to send the Zarzycki family condolences.
STRUTHERS Frank G. Zeigler, 40, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015, surrounded by his loving family.
Frank was born March 2, 1975, in Youngstown, the son of Jack H. and Frances (Turek) Zeigler.
He was a cook at Perkins Restaurant in Boardman.
Frank will always be lovingly remembered by his wife, Julie (Hunsbarger) Zeigler; mother Frances Hanley; two children, Nicholas and Justin Hunsbarger; stepmom Carolyn M. Zeigler; two brothers, Jack H. Zeigler Jr. and Daniel Zeigler; two sisters, Tina Zeigler (Gary Cramer) and Missi Barnett; stepsister Kim Duncan; stepbrother Joe (Keri) Duncan; in-laws Joe (Barb) Hunsbarger Jr. and Elsa Pesa; 24 nieces and nephews; and beloved friends, Frankie Crone, Curtis Davis and Barb Hull.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Zeigler; paternal grandparents, Jack and Betty Zeigler; maternal grandparents, John and Jean Turek; and maternal stepgrandparents, Mike and Carrie Gamgene.
There will be a memorial service at 4 p.m. on June 6, 2015, at the Faith Fellowship Church of God, 388 E. Midlothian Blvd. in Youngstown.
The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Select Specialty Hospital at St. Joseph Hospital for the kind and compassionate care shown to Frank.
The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home 4442 South Ave. in Boardman have the honor of handling the arrangement for Frank.
Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Franks family.