NILES A private graveside service was held for William D. Bridges, 82, who passed away peacefully late Sunday evening, Oct. 26, 2014 in Autumn Hills Care Center.
William was born April 13, 1932, in Youngstown.
He graduated from Struthers High School in 1950. Mr. Bridges joined the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War. He worked for Wean Manufacturing as a machinist assembler for more than 30 years. He enjoyed dancing with his wife and roller skating, and he was an avid football fan.
Survivors include the love of his life, Rose Bridges, whom he married Aug. 12, 1967.
Besides his parents, William was preceded in death by a brother, Ron Hartke.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences
YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the Christ Centered Church (Tri-C), 3300 Hudson Ave., for Mr. Eric Charles Brown, 32, who entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, surrounded by his loving and devoted family.
Mr. Brown was born Jan. 8, 1982, a son of Richard C. and Brenda L. Moses Brown.
He was a 2000 graduate of Chaney High School, where he played football and was on the 1998-1999 Chaney Football Hall of Fame Team. He also played football with the Youngstown Little Penguins Organization. One of his favorite NFL teams was the New York Giants. He was employed with GM Lordstown and a member of UAW Local 1112. Eric had a great sense of humor and adored his family. He was a person who loved people, and, in return, people loved him. He was an Air Force veteran.
He leaves to forever cherish his memory, his parents of Youngstown; a daughter, Amari N. Brown of Youngstown; a son, Tayshawn Brown of Panama City, Fla.; a sister, Monica L. Brown; a nephew, Braylen Miller, both of Youngstown; his godmother, Della Austin of Youngstown; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends who loved him and will dearly miss him.
At Heavens gate, he was greeted by his grandparents, Juanita Penny, Mary Sue Abron, Herbert Brown and Vernon Penny; and his godfather, George Bucky Austin.
Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.
BRACEVILLE Claudia H. Berry, 70, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at 9:58 a.m. of natural causes at her residence.
She was born on April 9, 1944, in Warren, the daughter of the late John Frances and Roseann (Jones) Clifford.
Claudia married the love of her life, Kenneth Lee Berry, on June 13, 1964, and they enjoyed 50 years of marriage together. Claudia and Kenneth have lived 21 years in Braceville, formerly of Warren. She retired from Riverview Golf Course.
Claudia enjoyed bowling on a league at Freeway Lanes, reading her Bible, and most of all, spoiling her grandchildren.
Memories of Claudia will be carried on by her loving family, her husband, Kenneth of Braceville; her daughter, Kimberly Berry of Las Vegas; her son, Kevin and Natalie Berry of Mineral Ridge; her brothers, John D. and Judith Clifford of Warren and Michael and Barb Clifford of Leavittsburg; her sister-in-law, Sue Clifford of Brookfield; and her grandchildren, Tannor and Makayla Berry.
Claudia was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Steven Clifford.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where funeral services will immediately follow at 7 p.m. Pastor Joan Purnell will be officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad St. in Newton Falls.
Family and friends may visit www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com to view this obituary online or to send condolences.
MINERAL RIDGE - Charles J. Chuck Jeswald, 59, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at Cleveland Clinic Medical Center.
Chuck was born in Youngstown on April 5, 1955, to parents Charles F. and Babetta (Buechler) Jeswald.
Chuck was raised in the family business and was partners at Jeswald Auto Truck Service in Austintown. He loved what he did and loved helping others.
Chuck was past president, secretary, and chairman of the Towing & Recovery Association of Ohio. He was active on the committee for Austintowns 4th of July celebrations, the Austintown Generational Enrichment Committee, and member of the Saxon Club. What meant the most to Chuck was his family, friends and his co-workers.
Survivors include his son, Chuckie Jeswald of Austintown; his sweetheart and his Angeline, Angela Mix of Mineral Ridge; brother Anthony (Jennifer) Jeswald of Austintown; grandchildren Tyler, Hannah, and Devin Jeswald; nieces Amanda and Samantha Jeswald of Austintown; and nephew Christopher Jeswald of Austintown.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, and Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at the funeral home.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
ALLIANCE - Janice L. Miller, 72, formerly of Niles, died at 5:05 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at the Sterling House of Alliance.
She was born Nov. 24, 1941, in Niles, the daughter of Vincent and Jenny Brutz Infante Sr.
Janice was a 1959 graduate of Niles McKinley High School, employed as a cook for eight years at Ciceros Deli in Warren, retiring in 1986, a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, and enjoyed cooking and crafting.
Her husband, Ralph Miller, whom she married Oct. 30, died June 23, 2005.
She will be deeply missed by two sons, Edward Miller and his wife, Luzma, of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Christopher Miller and his wife, Kimberly, of Sebring; a brother, Neil Infante of Niles; a sister, Carol Slovinsky and her husband, Steve, of Warren; and a granddaughter, Lorena Miller.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald Infante and James Infante; and two sisters, Joyce Lukas and Geraldine Nuzzi.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles. There will be calling hours one hour prior to the 10 a.m. memorial services at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home.
Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Family and friends can visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.comto view this obituary and sign the guest book.
YOUNGSTOWN A celebration of life will be held Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at Davidsons Restaurant for June Lucille Rolfe, 89, who died Saturday at Camelot Arms Care Center.
June was born Oct. 5, 1925, the daughter of William and Florence Layton Flaherty.
She was a homemaker and a self-employed bookkeeper.
June was a mother, grandma, great-grandmother, sister and friend, who lived her life to the fullest until her final days. Her smile was brighter than the sun, and her touch always warmed the hearts of others.
One of her favorite scriptures, 1 Corinthians 13:4, Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, is how she lived her life. Through love and giving, she has touched many hearts by giving and providing because that was her personality. She cherished every moment of her life through family.
Our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother has now joined our Lord, to walk the streets paved with gold while joining her mother and husband for the traditional family dinner and conversation that she so missed. My mother will never be forgotten, as I feel her presence all around me, reassuring me everything will be okay. You will be missed but not forgotten.
Besides her parents, June was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Harrison Rolfe, on Feb. 22, 2004; and a brother and sister.
Among others, she is survived by a daughter, Debra L. Clark-Smith, with whom she made her home, and a grandson, Darryl. N. Smith.
Professional arrangements are by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.
STRUTHERS - Jo-Ann Josie K. Rigelsky, 81, died early Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, 2014, at Maplecrest Nursing Home in Struthers.
Mrs. Rigelsky, affectionately known by many as Josie, was born Nov. 6, 1932, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late William and Corynne Thompson Daugherty, and had been a resident of Struthers since 1957.
She was a 1950 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Mrs. Rigelsky worked as a waitress at the Holiday Bowl in Struthers and for many years in the warehouse for Tamarkin.
Mrs. Rigelsky was a member of the Struthers Parkside Church, where she was a deacon and former Sunday school teacher, and a former member of the New Life Assembly. In her free time, she enjoyed tending to her flower gardens, baking, and sewing.
Her husband, Michael, whom she married Jan. 12, 1952, died on Oct. 11, 1988.
She is survived by her four sons, Michael (Dottie) Rigelsky of Newton Falls, Philip Rigelsky of Youngstown, David Rigelsky of Struthers, and Bruce Rigelsky of Struthers; two grandchildren, Jessica Ann (Nate) Craik and Brandon Walter Rigelsky; and a great-granddaughter, Evelyn Craik.
A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 270 N. Main St., Poland.
Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
The family suggests that any memorial gifts take the form of contributions in Mrs. Rigelsky's name to the Struthers Parkside Church, 110 Poland Ave., Struthers, OH 44471.
Mrs. Rigelskys family would like to express their appreciation and thank the staff of Maplecrest for the wonderful care they gave to Jo-Ann over the last two years.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
Even though she knew how good life is here on earth, Jo-Ann is answering a reply to an invitation from her Savior, to her Lord, to the wedding feast, knowing that the best is yet to come.
BOARDMAN - A Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Maron Church, with Chorbishop Michael Kail officiating, for Michael Joseph Dohar Sr., husband of Julie (OHead) Dohar. Michael peacefully entered into eternal rest on Oct. 28, 2014.
A lifelong resident of Youngstown, he was born to Joseph Michael and Sadie (Merhab) Dohar.
He was a graduate of St. Dominics School and South High School. While attending Youngstown State University (formerly Youngstown College), Michael was drafted into military service in the Korean War. He owned and operated PIO Delivery for over 30 years and, subsequently, was a realtor until his retirement.
As a lifelong member of St. Maron Parish, Michaels dedication to his church was evident in his tireless commitment to all parish activities. He was elected as an inaugural member of the Parish Council and conducted Parish Council elections for many years. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the St. Saba Club. He also served as the chairman of the Family Life committee and the chairman of the Festival Raffle committee. He was instrumental in establishing the St. Marons education fund. With his wife, Julie, he chaired the Social committee for over 20 years.
In addition to his volunteer work at St. Maron Church, Michael was also a parishioner at St. Charles Church and St. Dominics Church, where he served on the festival committee. He was a lifetime supporter of Cardinal Mooney High School, where his children and grandchildren attended school.
In addition to spending time with his family, Michael enjoyed reading American history, bowling, and playing cards and backgammon.
For Michael, his legacy is simple: God is first, family is everything, character and integrity are primary, and less is always more.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather (Gido), and, most recently, great-grandfather, he leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 57 years; his four children, Michael Jr. (Sandra Chicone), Linda Awad (Dr. Mounir Awad), Dr. Joseph Dohar, and Atty. Julie Palusak (Dr. Jeffrey Palusak); his 10 grandchildren, Dr. Sheena Dohar, Atty. Cassandra Dohar, and Michael J. Dohar III, Dr. Marie Awad-Alexander (Atty. Louis Alexander), Dr. Diana Awad Scrocco (Dr. John David Scrocco), Dr. Jeanine Awad, and Michele Awad, Juliette, Jacqueline, and Jillian Palusak; and his great-grandson, Andrew Michael Scrocco.
Family and friends may call on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at St. Maron Church, 1555 S. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.
Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Dohar family.
LOWELLVILLE - Eugene Gene Moretti Sr., 88, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, 2014, at Hospice House.
Mr. Moretti, known as Gene, was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Hillsville, Pa., a son of Nazzareno and Angeline Mangine Moretti. He was raised in Erskine Quarry and attended Union High School. Gene moved to Lowellville upon his marriage.
In November of 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in November of 1946, with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Upon his return home, he began working in the coal mines, until taking the position of heavy equipment operator with Honeycreek Stone in Petersburg. He worked with the company for over 20 years, retiring in 1991.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville and was proud to have helped with the building of the church. Gene was also a member of the American Legion in Lowellville and a proud member of the International Union Operating Engineers District 66. An avid gardener, Gene always looked forward to planting and tending to his annual vegetable garden.
His wife of 62 years, the former Mae Marie Albrecht, whom he married Oct. 22, 1949, died Nov. 27, 2011.
He is survived by his son, Eugene (Kimberlee) Moretti Jr. of Cato, N.Y.; three daughters, Christine (Robert) Skebo of Dayton, Michele (Patrick) Madison of Lowellville, and Stephanie (Peter) Bice of Allen, Texas; a brother, Donald (Helen) Moretti of Struthers; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, Gene was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Bonace; and three brothers, Pat, John, and George Moretti.
A prayer service will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, 244 McGill St., Lowellville, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, with Fr. John Jerek officiating. Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made in Mr. Morettis name to the Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
WAYNE TOWNSHIP, PA. Mrs. Lynn A. Sharp, 55, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, at her residence.
Mrs. Sharp was born July 2, 1959, in Youngstown to the late Leonard Loepp and Carole Reese Cadman of Ohio.
She graduated from North Allegheny High School, and then from Penn State University with a Degree in Nursing. Lynn worked as a Registered Nurse at the Ellwood City Hospital, the Lawrence County Jail, and for various personnel care facilities in the area. She enjoyed her Quarter Horses, her German Shepherd dogs, and doing crafts.
Lynn is survived by her husband, John Sharp III; her daughter, Katie Sharp of Columbus; her son, John A. Sharp of Wayne Township; her mother, Carole Cadman of Ohio; and her brother, Scott Loepp of Portland, Ore.
Visitation will be held today from 6 p.m. until the time of services at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home Inc. and Cremation Services in Ellwood City, Pa., with the Rev. Cindy Antinossi officiating. An additional memorial service will be held on Sunday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 119 Stadium Drive in Boardman, at 12:30 p.m.
The family requests you visit www.teolisfuneralhome.com to view the obituary and sign the guestbook.
Memorial contributions can be made to Compass Family & Community Services, 535 Marmion Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.
BROOKFIELD Florence Louise (Fitch) Shaffer, 88, who was born in her family home in Andover, on Feb. 28, 1926, to her parents, John Orasmus Fitch and Nettie Evelyn (Amon) Fitch, and was a life-long resident of Brookfield, transitioned to rejoin her husband and be with the Lord on Oct., 27, 2014. Vibrant and independent through her last day, she passed following a very brief and unexpected illness.
Florence was the last surviving child of John and Nettie Fitchs nine children. Her brothers and sisters preceding her in death were Lewis Fitch, Ethel Fitch, John Fitch, Leona Fitch, Clarence Fitch, Lyle Fitch, Donald Fitch, and Archie Fitch.
She married her husband, and life-long partner, Lieutenant Colonel Emmett C. Shaffer Jr., on May, 25, 1946. Together they traveled the world, both while on active duty during her husbands military career in the U.S. Army and then afterwards, during retirement. In recent years, she was often seen driving around town in her little red truck, as she pursued her passions, supporting her aging brothers and sisters, raising chickens, maintaining her flower garden, building things, and caring for her daily companions, her dogs.
Were all still in shock. It just happened so quickly, said Naomi Williams, also of Brookfield, her best friend and recent daily care giver. She was an extraordinary, physically strong and multi talented person that would give the shirt off her back to help someone in need.
Florence dropped out of high school in the 9th grade, as did all but one brother, Don, following the early death of her mother and father, to work, support the family, and help raise her brothers and sisters.
We were poor, and didnt have a pot to pee in back in those days, but running around the yard with all of my brothers and sisters, not knowing where our next meal was coming from those were the best days of my life, said Florence. Florence died an incredibly successful woman, having raised herself and her family out of poverty. Her strength and wisdom had a profound impact on her children. Money isnt everything, and remember to be nice to everyone, because you dont know the hardship, sorrow, or pain they may be going through, a lesson from mom, that her children never forgot.
Her name sake, Dr. Florence Louise (Shaffer) Diorio of Green, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Emmett Clair Shaffer III of Clarksville, Tenn., and Colonel (Retired) Donald Lyle Shaffer of Stafford, Va., will make certain her memory will never be forgotten.
Florence enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow and prosper, Tara and Jonathan Diorio, Emmett and Megan Shaffer, and Leah and Kurt Shaffer. Most recently, she cherished time with her five great-grandchildren, Logan and Gianna Welsted, Jonathan Diorio, Jaxson Cole Shaffer, and Henley Elizabeth Farris.
Services will be held at the Briceland Funeral Home, 379 State Rt. 7, SE, Brookfield Center, on Saturday, Nov. 1.
A gathering will be from 9 to 11 a.m., with formal services immediately following. Florence will be laid to rest with her husband at Brookfield Cemetery.
As suggested by her family, memorial contributions can be made to the Brookfield Township Outreach Association, c/o the Briceland Funeral Service.
Visit www.bricelandfuneralservice.com to send condolences and expressions of sympathy to Florences family.
HUBBARD - Ruth D. Wray, 91, died Monday morning, Oct. 27, 2014, at Autumn Hills Nursing Home in Niles.
She was born March 15, 1923, in Brookfield, a daughter of Glade J. and Mae D. Hamlin Clark, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mrs. Wray, a homemaker, was a 1941 graduate of Brookfield High School and was of the Baptist faith. Ruth enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting and painting, and loved camping and spending time with her family.
Her husband, George H. Wray, whom she married March 9, 1945, died Sept. 11, 2014.
She leaves a son, George H. Wray Jr. of Hubbard; a daughter, Linda (William) Haydu of Niles; a sister, Marjorie Rodgers of Fredonia, Pa.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lois Stitt.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home, with Pastor Mike Byus officiating.
Family and friends may call on Saturday, one hour prior to the services, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Interment will be at Corner House Cemetery.
Please visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
HERMITAGE, PA. Karen M. (Henegan) Wooten, 60, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at 1:34 a.m., after an extended illness.
She was born in Grove City, Pa., on July 24, 1954, to parents, Charles Hennegan and Dolores June Grimm Hennegan Campbell
Karen married Douglas Wooten on Aug. 5, 1978
She worked as a cake decorator at Hermitage Bakery, Shop and Save, and was also a cake decorating instructor for Wilton at JC Penneys at the Southern Park Mall
Karen was a member of the New Fellowship Baptist Church in Mercer, Pa., and a member of the Red Hats.
She is survived by her husband, at the residence; two daughters, Heather, wife of Raymond Rice of Masury, and Kristin Wooten of Hermitage; one brother, John Hennegan and his wife, Debbie, of Mercer; and two grandchildren, Caitlyn and Connor Rice.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Kenneth Hennegan.
Funeral services will be held at the New Fellowship Baptist Church, 7103 W. Market St., Mercer, PA 16137, on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, at 11 a.m.
Visitation will be held at the Cunningham Funeral Home Inc., 144 S. Pitt St. in Mercer, on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Pastor Gene Habbyshaw, Pastor of the New Fellowship Baptist Church, will officiate.
Burial will be at Findley Cemetery in Findley Township, Pa.