CHARLOTTE, N.C. Dale Butch Allen Armstrong, 55, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014.
Born in Youngstown, he was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Jean Pople Armstrong and his son, Jason Lucas Armstrong.
Mr. Armstrongs immediate family includes his father, Clifford H. Armstrong; two sisters, Robin Lee Farina and her husband, Thomas, and Linda Sue Whitmer and her husband, Eric; and one brother, Clifton H. Armstrong and his wife, Vickie.
Family visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014, at the Eastside Community Church, 10132 Harrisburg Road, Charlotte, NC 28215.
Funeral services will beheld at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, also at the church. Burial will follow at Charlotte Memory Gardens.
The Armstrong family is in the care of the Gaskin Funeral Services in Matthews, N.C.
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NEW MIDDLETOWN Carol Joyce Ramsey Cyrus died March 6, 2014, after a 14 year battle with Alzheimers disease.
There will be a grave side service for the immediate family of Carol Joyce Cyrus at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
Joyce was born Dec. 6, 1926, in Youngstown, the daughter of James and Wilda Black Ramsey.
She grew up at 17 Matta Ave. on the west side, graduating from Chaney High School in 1945 and was married to Donald Clark Cyrus July 25, 1953, at the Chapel of Friendly Bells in Youngstown.
After graduation, she worked as an operator for Ohio Bell, leaving to start her family in 1957. Joyce was a worker for the Board of Elections, and twice a regional supervisor for the U.S. Census. She started full time work again in 1970 at Strouss-Kaufmanns, Southern Park Mall in the mens furnishings department, outfitting countless customers with matching shirts, ties, and accessories for nearly 20 years. Joyce received the annual Chairmans Award numerous years for high sales and customer satisfaction.
Joyce was strong in her faith and instilled that same faith to her family. In her youth, she was a member of the Mahoning Methodist Church and would tell of her enjoyment walking to church with her friends. Moving to New Middletown in 1955, she was a member of the Old Springfield United Church of Christ, where she was a deacon, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir for many years. She was also a many year member of the Community All Faith Choir. We have many fond memories of her playing the basement piano and teaching us to harmonize the favorite hymns.
She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Embroiders Guild of America, (Joking that it would fill up a line in her obituary.) She finished many detailed works in counted cross stitch, and left several unfinished heirlooms that were completed by her daughter-in-law, Cindy. These won blue ribbons at the Canfield Fair after her failing to Alzheimers.
Joyce and Don loved to travel, searching for that next cool antique pick. Growing up, every year we had an incredible vacation trip traveling the U.S. and Canada, experiencing natures wonders from Florida to Maine, and even a two week summer driving trip (in a car with no A/C) across the old west to visit her aunt on the Kansas-Colorado border.
With her husband, Donald they celebrated 44 years of marriage before his sudden passing on March 15, 1999.
Beside her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, First Lt. Victor Ramsey, Ellis Ramsey, and an infant daughter.
She will be sadly missed by her family, her children, Rex (Cindy) Cyrus of New Middletown and Jill Niddel of Fond du Lac, Wis.; her grandchildren, Ryan Niddel of Columbus, Matthew (Lynsey) Cyrus of New Middletown, Ashley (James) Gobel of New Middletown and Christine (Brent) Blawat of Slinger, Wis.; and great-grandchildren, that due to the disease, she never knew Haley Gobel, Colton Blawat, and on the way Amelia Cyrus.
There will be no calling hours.
Special thanks to St. Marys Alzheimer Center and Sunrise for their excellent care.
Arrangements handled by the Clemente Funeral Home, New Middletown.
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GIRARD William D. Carter, 65, passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.
Bill was born Jan. 4, 1949, in Youngstown, the son of the late William H. and Anna Mae Price Carter.
Bill graduated from Poland High School in 1967 and then went on to Drafting School. He lived his entire life in the Youngstown area, where he owned and operated William D. Carter Carpet Cleaning for 35 years. Bill and his family spent many summers at Geneva-On-The-Lake, where he enjoyed water skiing. Bill was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching football, baseball, and basketball, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his nine grandchildren.
He is survived by his two daughters, Julie Carter of Youngstown and granddaughter Kelsi, and his daughter Jill (Ted) Kinsey of Wellsville and grandchildren Teddi, Kodi, Zane, Zeb, Zavier, Zander, Boone, and Bowie; and sister Ellie Carter and husband Larry Hane of Canfield.
Also surviving is his companion Karen Day.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant sister.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.
William will be laid to rest at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
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AUSTINTOWN A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for Carmel (Orlando) DelliQuadri, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, with her loving family by her side, following a brief illness.
Carmel was born on Feb. 8, 1924, in Youngstown. She was the daughter of the late Luciano and the late Merceda (Vechiarelli) Orlando. She grew up on Youngstowns Smokey Hollow and followed the ethnic Italian heritage, along with her late parents, siblings, and close friends that she kept her entire life.
Carmel attended the Youngstown City Schools and catechism classes at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, where she was a current member.
On April 22, 1950, she married Giacinto DelliQuadri at the church, and became a dedicated wife and mother.
She volunteered at St. Edwards Elementary School, serving hot lunches, and was an avid bowler in the 1970s. She loved to cook and bake for her family, especially on Christmas Eve and other holidays, and loved to shop at the mall with her two daughters.
She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Linda (Joseph) Landers and Nancy (Timothy) Edwards, and a grandson, Timothy, whom she adored, all of Austintown. She also leaves her brothers John (Edith) Orlando of Liberty, Anthony (Lisa) Orlando of Boardman, and Charles (Ruth) Orlando of Campbell; a sister-in-law, Dolores Orlando of Liberty; and many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Giacinto, of 56 years, who died on July 25, 2006, and her beloved brothers Sabatino and Felix Orlando.
She was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, who put family first, and cared deeply about all of them.
Calling hours will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday morning at the church for family and friends to give their condolences.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses in both the SICU and PIC units at St. Elizabeth's Health Center and Hospice of the Valley for their dedicated care and compassion.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley.
Arrangements by the Fabrizio Funeral Home in Youngstown.
TUCSON, ARIZ. Memorial services were held for former Youngstown resident, Louise M. Ellis at the Villa Hermosa in Tucson on Feb. 22, 2014. Pastor Steve Melde of the Christ Presbyterian Church presided. Louise passed away suddenly in Tucson on Feb. 7, 2014.
Louise was born in Youngstown, to Andrew and Margaret Ellis on Dec. 25, 1932.
She graduated from South High School in Youngstown and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music.
Louise taught piano in Youngstown after graduating from college. She was also the church organist for the John Knox Presbyterian Church. She went on to work for the Girl Scouts of the USA in New York City and was transferred by them to the Washington, D.C. area. In 1974, she began working for Holy Cross Hospital as Manager of Compensation and Benefits and continued to do so until retiring in 1994.
Louise was a former member and Deacon of St. Marks Presbyterian Church in Rockville, Md. After moving to Tucson in 2010 to be near family, she joined the Christ Presbyterian Church of Tucson.
Louise is survived by her aunt, Margaret Kollus of Tucson; her cousins, Rita Slovan of Tucson and Thomas Kollus of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; and her best friend and pet cat, Oliver.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two uncles, Louis and Karl Kollus.
Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown on March 19, 2014.
If you wish to honor Louise with a donation in her memory, please send it to St. Marks Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD 20852.
LOWELLVILLE Jacquelyn Anne Gawron passed away March 6, 2014, Thursday evening, at Kobacker House in Columbus.
Jacquelyn was born Feb. 7, 1939, the daughter of Louise and Mary (Mika) Gawron.
She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1956 and received an Ohio PTA Scholarship. She taught at St. Stanislaus School while a senior in college. Jacquelyn graduated from Youngstown University in June of 1960 with a B.S. in Education and did post graduate work at the University of Hawaii, then received a Masters Degree in Education at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. in June of 1967. She did more post graduate work at Youngstown State University, earning a masters degree plus 45 hours.
She began teaching in Youngstown City School in September of 1960 at Williamson Elementary School, taught at Tod Elementary School, Thorn Hill Elementary School and Taft Elementary School, where she was Mahoning County PTA Teacher of the year and Youngstown City School Teacher of the Year in 1987.
She became an elementary supervisor for the school systems, assistant principal at Lincoln Elementary School, and intervention supervisor until retiring in 1996, returning and working part time for the school system in charge of textbooks.
She as been a member of YEA, OEA, and NEA and reading and math groups. She was president, vice president and treasurer of American Association of University Women. She was a member of Catholic Collegiate, Fortnightly and Gamma Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.
She was co-chair for Woodrow Wilson High School Last Stand in 2007, when her alumnus was closed, spearheading the dinner dance to which more then 1100 alumni attended, and the final walk through of the school where over 3000 alumni attended. She also co-chaired the Wilson Scholarship dinner in 2009 and was instrumental in establishing the Woodrow Wilson Legacy Scholarship at Youngstown State University.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Eugene Rubino; brother and sister-in-law, Lou and Jacqueline McDonough Gawron; and nephews, Patrick Gawron and George Baldridge.
She is survived by her sister, Dolly (Neal) Lynch of East Hartford, Conn.; nieces, Kathy Rubino (David Dunlap) of Portage, Mich., Julie (David) Dunlea of Canal Winchester, Christina Baldridge of Hudson, Sharon (Brent) Van Hoose of Hillard and Ami Lynch (Sang Won Lee) of Arlington, Va.; nephews, Lou (Stephanie) Gawron of Columbiana and Todd (Danielle) Lynch of Ashburnham, Mass.; six great-nieces; three great-nephews; and her aunt, Dorothy Mika of Youngstown.
The family will receive family and friends on March 11, 2014, Tuesday evening, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home, 711 Wick Ave., Youngstown.
There will be a funeral Mass on March 12, 2014, Wednesday morning, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph the Provider Church, 633 Porter Ave., Campbell.
There will also be calling hours at St. Joseph the Provider from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday morning.
The family request memorial contributions go to either Woodrow Wilson Legacy Scholarship at Youngstown State University or to Ohio Health Hospice, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, OH 43214.
Arrangements by the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home.
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. Veronica Jean Giurato, 94, passed away on March 6, 2014.
She was born to the late Steven and Mary Walko in Sharon, Pa.
She married the late Anthony John Giurato in 1947, and lived in Canfield and Naples, Fla. before relocating to Jacksonville.
She was a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church in Canfield and St. Williams Catholic Church in Naples.
Veronica is survived by sons, Dr. Gerald Giurato (Joan) of Jacksonville and Tony Giurato (Susan) of Marietta, Ga.; grandchildren Jeff, Gerry (Christy), Jessica (John Eric) and A.J. (Natalie); and four great-grandchildren, Annabelle, Cole, Anthony IV and Aubrey.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tony and her brother, Paul.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014, at St. Matthews Catholic Church, with Fr. Jose Kulathinal officiating. Interment will follow at Jacksonville Memory Gardens.
Arrangements entrusted to the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave. in Jacksonville, (904-388-2711).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Matthews Catholic Church, 1773 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210.
MARYSVILLE Lorraine LeBlanc Harty, 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 1, 2014, knowing the love of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends. She had been residing at Emeritus at Halcyon Village in Marysville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles LeBlanc and Clara Roy-Desjardins LeBlanc; sisters, Rose Hammond and Alice ONeil; brothers, Rene LeBlanc, William LeBlanc and George LeBlanc; infant child Matthew Edward Harty III; and husband, Lt. Col. Matthew Edward Harty Jr.
Lorraine lived a remarkably full, productive and meaningful life.
Of French Canadian ancestry, she was born in Marblehead, Mass. on Aug. 28, 1919.
She and her family were members of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church and she graduated from Marblehead High School. After high school she worked as a professional tap dancer and telephone operator.
She enlisted and served with the U.S. Womens Army Corps, specializing in communications. During World War II, she was an aircraft dispatcher for the 8th Air Force Headquartered in High Wycombe, England. She worked in direct support of General James Harold Jimmy Doolittle.
It was during this time that Lorraine met Matthew Edward Harty Jr., an American glider pilot. They were married at St. Marys Catholic Church in Grantham, England on March 6, 1945. On returning to the U.S., they established their home of many years in rural Poland.
Family and community life for Lorraine was rich and fulfilling. She loved being with family and friends, searching for antique treasures, warm beaches, new adventures, and enjoyed the illustrator Tasha Tudor and author Leo Buscaglia. Her travel abroad extended to England, Ireland, Ghana, Togo, Italy, France, Fiji, Western Samoa, and New Zealand. She worked with the Youngstown YMCA and Camp Fitch, at the Poland Library, and with New York Life Insurance as the first women agent in Youngstown. She was a founding member of the Holy Family Church (Poland), served on the Camp Fitch Board, was a member of AMVETS and the Arms Historical Society (Youngstown), and volunteered with the American Red Cross and the Worthington Historical Society. She was known to many as the Daisy Lady.
Her spirit, life example, and love will live on through her family.
She is survived by children, Patricia Marie Harty Vanderburg (Joel Vanderburg) of Karitane, New Zealand, Kevin Thomas Harty (Melinda Guzman-Harty) of Worthington, Michele Marie Harty-Marchese (John Marchese) of Poland and Matthew Edward Harty IV (Rebecca Vinkler Harty) of Powell; grandchildren, Sarah Faye Vanderburg Austria (Noel Austria), Elizabeth Marie Vanderburg, Arne Matthew Vanderburg (Sarah White Vanderburg), Karina Marie Harty-Morrison (Nicholas Paul Morrison), Alexander Matthew Harty (Sylvia Meral Kuyel), Caitlin Marie Harty and Elizabeth Marie Harty; and great-grandchildren, Ava Pearl Austria, Katherine Lorraine Austria, Kai Harty Morrison, and Isla Harty Morrison.
A private family graveside service with military honors will be conducted at Poland Riverside Cemetery in Poland at a later date.
Please visit www.schoedinger.com to post comments, stories and/or pictures for the family, in honor of the life of Lorraine LeBlanc Harty, or send by mail C/O Matthew E. Harty IV, 2547 Salyer Court, Powell, OH 43065-8891.
The family would like to thank the staff of Trillium Place and Emeritus at Halcyon Village for their outstanding care and Dr. Douglas Scharre, of the OSU Department of Neurology.
The family appreciates donations given to be in support of VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, www.vitas.com/community, 655 Metro Place South, Dublin, OH 43017, (614) 822-2700.
She was a beautiful woman who lived a wonderful life and now has eternal peace.
FORT MYERS, FLA. On April 26th, friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon at the Holy Family Church in Poland with a memorial service to follow for Ronald E. Hoffman, retired Boardman Police Officer, formerly of Boardman, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, Fla.
He was born July 15, 1946, in Youngstown to the late Thomas and Alyce Hoffman of Phoenix.
Ron was a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and a U.S. Army veteran, where he received the National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals.
Ron started his police career at the Beaver Township Police Department before moving onto the Boardman Police Department in 1975, retiring in 1999. He was a member of the F.O.P. Lodge 43. Ron was also affiliated with the Boardman Local School District as a school bus driver and with Ludts Towing as a driver and dispatcher.
Rons love of motorcycles led him to be a member and past Vice President of The Blue Knights International and a member of GWRRA, both in Ohio and Florida. He enjoyed spending time drinking coffee and riding with his Gold Wing friends. Rons love for the sunshine and warm weather brought him to Ft. Myers in 2009. He enjoyed sitting by the pool, going to the beach, and going to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball games.
His greatest love was his family and friends.
Ron is survived by his wife of 29 years, Christine; children, Lance Corporal Michael Hoffman USMC of San Diego, Calif., Patrick Hoffman of Ft. Myers, Jennifer Hoffman of Sarasota, Fla. and Sherry Hoffman (Mike) Montell of Boardman; stepchildren, Dr. Jon-Paul (Taylor) Fritz of West Palm Beach, Fla., Ryan Fritz of Tampa, and Erin (Daniel) Memo of Poland; and four grandsons, Jon-Daniel, Kelley, Noah, and Hunter Memo.
Ron is also survived by the mother of his three children, Linda Hoffman Clark of Poland; stepmother, Betty Hoffman and sister, Carol Sue Smith, both of Phoenix; brother, Thomas Hoffman of San Diego; and his faithful companion, Black Jack.
A brother, William Hoffman preceded him in death.
Ron was approved to receive a double lung transplant in Tampa. Memorial contributions can be made to the family to help defray medical costs.
YOUNGSTOWN Mary Mae Hyrb, 72, of the citys west side, passed away peacefully, Friday afternoon, March 7, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Mary was born May 14, 1941, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late George and Kathryn Terlesky Hyrb, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a 1959 graduate of Chaney High School, and worked at Northside Hospital in Youngstown for over 40 years as a dietary aide.
Mary enjoyed sewing and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by three brothers, Michael Hyrb of Youngstown, James (Darlene) Hyrb of Poland, and Jerry Hyrb of Youngstown and a sister, Irene (Joseph) O'Hara of Youngstown.
A sister, Ann Pawlyschyn, and a brother, Eugene Hyrb, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, and continue with a Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church on North Belle Vista Avenue.
Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view this obituary online, and to send condolences to Marys family.
YOUNGSTOWN Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. Calvin Winslow Harris, 86, who departed this life Thursday, March 6, 2014, at his home.
Mr. Harris, affectionately known as Cal, was born March 23, 1927, in Youngstown, a son of Neal and Jennie Herndon Harris.
A very fun loving and caring person, Calvin enjoyed watching television, looking at cars and automobile magazines. He especially enjoyed being with his family and friends.
He leaves to cherish his beloved memory, two sisters, Mattie Demery and Anna L. Price, both of Youngstown; his caregivers, Geraldine Simmons and Carol J. Hayes; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Boisseau, Lester and Harry Harris.
Friends may call Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
The family wishes to thank Home Care Network Company and Senior Independence Home Care and Hospice for their care and concern during Calvins illness.
Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips, and Holden Funeral Home.
SEBRING Ruth A. Halls, 84, formerly of South Schenley Avenue in Youngstown, passed away late Thursday afternoon, March 6, 2014, at Salem Regional Health Center.
Ruth was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Paul and Anna Bradac Sherfel, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was graduate of Chaney High School, and was a homemaker who also worked part-time for the Youngstown Board of Elections as a clerk.
Ruth was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir. She was also a member of the Saxon Club, St. George Croatian Lodge No. 66, and she was a Republican Precinct committeeperson.
Her husband, Michael Halls, whom she married June 11, 1955, passed away May 16, 2003.
Ruth is survived by two sons, Michael P. (Patty) Halls of Westerville and Mark S. (Brenda) Halls of Berlin Center; and seven grandchildren, Allyson, Amy, Adam, Amanda, Aaron, Afton, and Alexander Halls.
She will be truly and sadly missed by all who loved her.
Besides her husband, a sister, Rosemary Brocious, and two brothers, John Jack Sherfel and Paul Sherfel, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Family and friends may also call from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1429 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Interment will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ruths name to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.
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YOUNGSTOWN Lucy Gay (Rice) Jacobson died on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Park Vista Retirement Center in Youngstown, surrounded by her family.
Lucy was born on July 23, 1927, to Elmer Guy Rice and Sylvia Strickland Rice.
She grew up on the family farm in Indiana County, Pa., near the village of Dixonville, Pa. Lucy attended a one room elementary school and graduated from Green Township High School in 1945.
She immediately went to work for the Army Quartermaster Corps in Philadelphia as a clerk/stenographer. She was in Philadelphia on VJ Day and for the end of World War II. After returning to Indiana, Pa., she worked as a waitress before enrolling in the School of Nursing at the Indiana Community Hospital. She graduated in 1950 as a Registered Nurse and worked at the hospital.
She married LaRayne Clifford Jacobson on Nov. 24, 1951, in Dixonville and moved to Youngstown. They bought a home and raised their family in the Brownlee Woods neighborhood of Youngstown.
Lucy worked for a period of time at the South Side Hospital in Youngstown and later was a shift supervisor at the Little Forest Medical Center.
Lucy was an active member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School yeacher, a greeter, Past President of the Ruth Circle, and member of the Booster Club. LaRayne and Lucy enjoyed camping at Pymatuning Lake, and traveling. Lucy enjoyed embroidery and crocheting, gardening, and growing flowers. She also enjoyed cooking and holding family dinners.
She is survived by her four sons, Paul of Albany, Ga., Carl of Greenford, Daniel and wife Sunni of Hartville and James and wife Michele Fredrick-Jacobson of Boardman; a sister, Sara Mauk of Haines City, Fla.; and eight grandchildren, Amanda and Steve Jacobson, Scott Yungen, Matthew and Brandon Jacobson, Nicolina Fredrick, Antonio and Marcello Jacobson.
Mrs. Jacobson was preceded in death by her husband, LaRayne who died Jan. 29, 2005; two brothers, Walter and William Rice; and two sisters, Blanche Bush and Millie Fulmer.
There will be a funeral service held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive in Boardman.
Friends may call on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. in Boardman and on Wednesday from noon until 12:50 p.m. at the Good Hope Lutheran Church.
Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Jacobson family.
The family requests that material tributes take the form of contributions to the church endowment fund, the Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive, Boardman, OH 44512.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CALIF. Rose Masny passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 23, 2014, in Laguna Niguel.
She was born Maria Rosina Miraglia in Youngstown of Italian parents, Silvio and Sabina in September of 1918.
Rose graduated from South High, worked as a secretary for the U.S. Immigration Dept., and then during World War II worked in an aircraft factory, riveting airplane wings an authentic Rosie the Riveter.
Rose married Peter Masny in 1940 and gave birth to three children. Their marriage lasted 59 years when Peter died in 1999.
In 1963, the family moved from Boardman to Laguna Niguel, where Rose continued managing household as well as being a founding member of the local Franciscan Third Order and the Laguna Niguel Seniors Club, where she continued to be an active member. She also did volunteer work with the auxilary at South Coast Hospital, Laguna Beach. Rose was famous locally for her cooking, especially ethnic Italian and Czech recipes.
Rose was loved by all those around her and will be deeply missed by those close to her who still remain.
She leaves two surviving children, Bruce Masny of Laguna Niguel and Paula Meyer of Laguna Beach, and was predeceased by daughter Mary Divel, also of Laguna Niguel. She also leaves three loving grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Rose was a generous person; she gave any way she could, whether is was caring, or time, or fruit from her trees to family and friends, or funds to charities and the needy. Her outgoing personality, and charm always made her the center of attraction and the life of the party.
BLACKLICK Surrounded by family, Edna Mae Millard, 91, peacefully passed away at home on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
She was born to the late John and Ida (Pusch) Windle on May 15, 1922, in Youngstown.
In her free time, Edna Mae enjoyed cooking, needlepoint, and camping, but her greatest pleasures were serving her church, spending time with her husband, Joe, and being Grammy to her children and grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Joseph, and her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Rev. Jack Windle.
She is survived by her daughters, Joanne Stewart and husband, Roger, Judith Taylor and husband, David, and Joyce Stasko and husband, Mike; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, 1051 E. Johnstown Road (at Beecher Road) in Gahanna, where funeral services will begin at 7 p.m. with the Rev. James Taylor officiating.
Interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Forest Lawn Memorial with the Rev. Richard Williams officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to www.caringbridge.org/visit/judytaylor28590/tributes.
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NILES Josephine A. Marrara, 87, died at 12:50 p.m. on Friday March 7, 2014, at Vibra Hospital in Warren
She was born Oct. 20, 1926, in Dover, the daughter of Anthony and Julia Pietro Cardinal.
She was a 1944 graduate of Niles McKinley High School and employed as a matron for 17 years for the Niles City School District, retiring in 1986.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, Mt. Carmel Society, festival volunteer and enjoyed dancing and playing cards.
Her husband, Sam N. Sarge Marrara, whom she married Nov. 20, 1948, died Aug. 28, 1998.
She will be deeply missed by three sons, Samuel Marrara of Millersburg, Michael Marrara and his wife, Brenda of Niles and Matthew Marrara of Niles; and two grandchildren, Alicia and Michael Marrara
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Jeannie Marie Marrara and Lorraine Marrara; two brothers, Daniel Cardinal and Vincent J. James Cardinal; and a sister, Virginia Cardinal.
Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles, where the Mount Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct prayers at 7:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Niles, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.
Josephines calling hours and Mass will be held in conjunction with her brother Jim Cardinal.
Arrangements are being held by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
Family and friends may visit www.josephrossifuneralhome.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book, and to send e-mail condolences.
HOUSTON Melissa A. Markovitz, 36, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 16, 2014, at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston following a brief illness.
Melissa was born Feb. 24, 1977, in Youngstown, moved with her mother to Texas at the age of two, and lived in Houston and Cypress, Texas until her passing.
She was a graduate of Cy-Fair High School in Texas and was of the Catholic faith.
Melissa leaves her mother and stepfather, Cheri Loy Haynes and Vern Haynes of Austintown; her father, Phillip Markovitz of Boardman; a brother, Bryan Markovitz of Rhode Island; a stepsister, Leah Haynes of Houston; a stepbrother, Trent (Michelle) Haynes of Houston; a stepsister, Debbie Klasing of Houston; a stepbrother, Ryan Dohoney of Chicago; and many dear friends in Texas.
Melissa was preceded in death by her grandparents, Thomas and Betty Loy, Phillip and Josephine Markovitz, Arnim and Agnes Haynes, and by an aunt, Geraldine Markovitz Wellington.
Private services were held on Saturday, March 8, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to send condolences to Melissas family and to view this obituary online.
POLAND A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Poland Presbyterian Church for John Weed Powers, 93, who passed away Nov. 22, 2013.
Friends and family will be received Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland and Saturday prior to the service from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church.
The family requests that any gifts take the form of contributions to the Youngstown Symphony Society, 260 West Federal St., Youngstown, OH 44503 or the Poland Presbyterian Church, 2 Poland Manor, Poland, OH 44514.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel.
BOARDMAN - Sam Sarantos Petrakos, 82, passed from this life on Friday, March 7, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Sam was born on Oct. 25, 1931, in Daphne-Sparta, Greece to the late Gregory and Joanne (Goranitis) Petrakos.
Sam served as a Sergeant in the Greek Army. In 1957, Sam left Greece and immigrated to Toronto, where he worked in the restaurant business and developed a desire to some day own his own restaurant.
In 1960, he married Marina Pappas and he moved to Youngstown, where he acquired Jays Famous Hot Dogs from his Uncle Jay Pappas. He transformed the business from a downtown establishment to a fast food hot dog shop.
Sam was a member of St. Johns Greek Orthodox Church in Boardman, where he served on Parish Council. He was a member of AHEPA Chapter 89. Sam was also a member of St. Catherines Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, Fla., where he vacationed for the past 21 winters. While in Florida, he was an avid fisherman.
Sam will always be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Marina; his daughter, Calypso (John) Bletsos of Midlothian, Va.; his son, Dr. Frank Petrakos of Boardman; two grandchildren, Vassili and Marina Bletsos of Richmond, Va.; two brothers, Frank (Voula) Petrakos of Boardman and George of Daphne-Sparta, Greece; a sister, Georgia Katsetos of Krokees-Sparta, Greece; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Sam was preceded in death by two sisters, Panayiota Demerako and Eleni Haloulos of Sparta, Greece.
Sam was blessed to be a heart transplant recipient of 17 years.
The family would like to thank all of his personal physicians and the nurses and staff of St. Elizabeth Health Center for all of their care.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 10, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Johns Greek Orthodox Church in Boardman.
Calling hours will be held Monday at the church from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Burial will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to St. Johns Greek Orthodox Restoration Fund or to the Sam Petrakos Memorial Scholarship at St. Johns Greek Orthodox Church.
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LADY LAKE, FLA. Nicholas Roman, 92, passed away Feb. 20, 2014.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Alice of 65 years; daughter, Alice McDarby (Dennis McDarby) of Ohio; son, John Roman (Kristin Stanek); brother, George Roman of Ohio; and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Nicholas Eugene Roman; grandson, Daniel Keith Cutlip; and siblings Ann, Mary, and Mike.
A celebration of life was held at The Springs of Lady Lake, 620 Griffin Ave. Lady Lake, FL 32159.
WARREN On Wednesday, March 5, John M. Hyre Sr. went to be with his wife of 64 years, Elouise.
John was born in French Creek, W.Va., in 1923 and grew up as the only boy of six siblings.
After graduating from Buckhannon Upshur County High School in 1941 at 18, he went to Alliance, to work in a war plant until he was drafted in 1942. It was on an Alliance downtown sidewalk that he met Elouise Martin.
During World War II, John was a member of the 202nd Battalion of Combat Engineers, Company C. The company was involved in all five major campaigns in the Northern Europe Theatre and supported the 1st, 2nd, Pattons revered 3rd, 9th and 15th armies. In March of 1945, Company C built a pontoon bridge across the Rhine River roughly 1/4 of a mile long in less than nine hours, far short of the anticipated three days; it is a world record that stands to this day. The infantry was then able to push the Germans further back into Germany and win the war within months. The bridge is pictured under pontoon bridge on Wikipedia. After declining two Purple Hearts, John was honorably discharged in 1945 as a Sergeant.
After the war, John returned to Alliance to wed Elouise in 1946 and graduate from Mount Union College with an engineering degree in 1955.
John and Elouise moved to the area in 1955 when John joined the engineering department at the Warren American Welding facility, from which he retired in 1987.
He and Elouise had three children, John (Silvia), Hugh (June), and Mary (Dan Scafidi); three grandchildren, John M. Hyre III, Lisa (Hyre) Timms, and Sarah Scafidi; and five great-grandchildren, Alexandra Hyre, John M. Hyre IV, Isabella Hyre, and Grant and Annaleese Timms, whom he thoroughly enjoyed and loved with his very large heart.
John was a lifetime member of the VFW and the Battle of the Bulge Veterans Group. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was lauded for his donations of blood to the American Red Cross and became the Drive Chairman for Trumbull County. He was a Boy Scout troop leader, helped form the first Boy Scout troop at Fairhaven, and was a helper to Elouise in all of her volunteer endeavors. He was also a member of the Pioneers of Upshur County and Wingrove School reunion group; part of him never left West Virginia.
Know John and you know that he loved to travel with Elouise, loved the outdoors and gardening, and loved to figure out all things mechanical. Until the very end of his life, John had a keen engineers mind, a wry sense of humor, and an easy and uplifting demeanor. He was gracious, kind, and had tremendous integrity. But most of all, he had the will and the heart of a tiger. To borrow from Winston Churchill, he never, never, never, never gave up on anything important to him, including life.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Elouise; parents, Hugh and Clara Hyre; sisters, Gladys, Mabel, Zola and Dorothy; and just as much loved in-laws, Imogene, Lawson (Bud), and Dorothy Pearl (Parky).
He is survived by his sister, Ernestine; children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, both his and Elouises, who were as dear to him as his own; and his snowshoe Siamese, Darn Cat.
Calling hours will be at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Roberts-Clark Chapel, 180 Garfield Drive N.E. in Warren from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 14, and 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15.
The funeral service will begin immediately after the calling hour on Saturday and will end with a graveside military service at Howland Community Cemetery.
SAN DIEGO, CALIF. John Siskowic, 82, died on Feb. 23, 2014, from lung cancer.
John was born on July 26, 1931, in Youngstown, a son of Martha and John Siskowic Sr.
He was a June of 1949 graduate of Struthers High School, where he was valedictorian of his senior class, class president for four years, football captain for four years, and National Honor Society President. In 1988, John was inducted into the Struthers Football Hall of Fame.
John attended Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship and transferred to the College of Wooster. At Wooster, he was a star halfback and the second leading scorer in Ohio his senior year. Johns claim to fame at Wooster was scoring three touchdowns in three minutes and in 1995, John was inducted into the schools Hall of Fame.
John was a U.S. Army veteran, serving two years.
In 1960, he received his Master of Education degree from Kent State University. Mr. Siskowic taught social studies at Boardman High School for six years. He also coached football and was fond of recalling one undefeated season. John then moved to Torrance, Calif., where he taught at West High for 25 years.
He and his first wife, Nancy, had two children together. Upon his retirement, John moved to San Diego, married his college sweetheart, Shirley, and enjoyed his retirement years.
John is survived by his wife, Shirley; two children, John and Julie; three brothers, Sam (Polly) of San Diego, David (Marge) of Centennial, Colo., and Paul of Marietta; and several nieces and nephews and close cousins.
John was described by others as loving, humorous, friendly, kind, responsible, thrifty, and a warrior on the football field. He was a strong Christian.
May his rest be this day in peace and his dwelling place in heaven with God. Our love for him will be with us throughout eternity and his spirit will forever shine in our hearts.
Services were held in San Diego.
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YOUNGSTOWN Paul Richard Sinkey, 70, died Thursday evening at the Hospice House in Poland.
Services will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home, 75 E. Midlothian Blvd. in Youngstown.
A time of visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with full military honors will be held at the conclusion of the services Monday.
Paul was born Aug. 17, 1943, to Harold and Sadie Sinkey in Youngstown.
He was a graduate of Boardman, High School. He enlisted with the USAF in 1961 and served for 21 years with two years in Vietnam.
He leaves his wife to cherish his memory, Karen Wendland, who he married in 1961.
He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Theresa Satterfield; a son, William Sinkey; sister, Joanne Fox (Joseph Fox) of Westminster, Colo.; two grandchildren, Nicole Wiecek (fiance Pete Prato) and David Wiece; and three great-grandchildren, Paige, Bonnie and Peter Prato.
The Matthew W. Conley Funeral Home Family Funeral Services LLC, 75 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, OH 44507, (234) 228-9160, is in charge of the arrangements.
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CINCINNATI Sister Mary Raymond Balash S.C., 96, a Sister of Charity, formerly a Vincentian Sister of Charity of Bedford, beloved daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Suckenik) Balash, dear sister of Julie Fabian and the late Elizabeth, Edward, John, Joseph, Andrew, Steve, Raymond, Frank, Catherine Horvath and Mary Kingure, loving aunt of many, died Saturday, March 8, 2014.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, 5900 Delhi Road, Mount Saint Joseph, OH 45051.
Friends will be received Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, 521 Broadway Bedford, 440-232-1441 and Wednesday March 12, 2014, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Union Street, Bedford, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery.
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BROOKFIELD William Waclaski, 90, passed away Friday afternoon, March 7, 2014, at Heritage Manor in Youngstown.
He was born July 15, 1923, in Donora, Pa., the son of Joseph and Helen Beck Waclaski.
He was a Hartford High School graduate.
He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater on the U.S.S. Jason.
He retired from Westinghouse Transformer in Sharon, Pa. after working 37 years. He was an electrical transformer tester. After retirement, he worked part-time at the Madasz Funeral Home.
He was inducted into the Mercer County Bowling Hall of Fame in 2009. He was a life member of the 700 Bowling Club of America and was a member of the Westinghouse Clerks Association.
Besides bowling, he enjoyed polka dancing and golf, getting a hole in one in 1988.
He is survived by four daughters, Jinx (Ted) Jervis of Youngstown, Jill (John) Madasz III of Brookfield, Jaci (Robert) Collier Jr. of Hubbard and Joni Waclaski of Hubbard; one son, Kirk (Lucinda) Waclaski of Hartford; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John and George Waclaski; and his former wife, Amy Krichko.
Friends and relatives may call at the Galloway-Onstott Funeral Home, 3451 St. Rte. 7 in Hartford on Tuesday, March 11, from 4 to 7 p.m.
The funeral service will be on Wednesday at the funeral home at 11 a.m.
Burial will be at Brookfield Cemetery.
The family gives special thanks to the staff and caregivers at the Heritage Manor for their support and loving care of William.