YOUNGSTOWN - Mrs. Karen McClendon Christian departed this life on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at her home.
Karen was born June 14, 1952, in Youngstown, the daughter of Edward and Bertha Heath McClendon.
Karen attended South High School. She was a former employee at Park Vista and the former Southside Hospital. Karen had numerous talents she enjoyed such as writing poems, she received many awards in track and field, and loved fashions, cooking and was very creative with her hands. Karen was a member of the Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church.
Karen leaves to cherish her loving memories, her mother, Bertha McClendon; her son, Ervin Chucky Cowan; two daughters, Kimberly Cowan and Jillian Russell; and her sister, Janice Torbert, all of Youngstown. Karen also leaves her loving canine, Gizmo. She also leaves eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four nieces; two nephews; and a host of family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Christian; her father, Edward McClendon; brothers Darnell and Bruce McClendon; sister Darlene McClendon-Holmes; and grandparents Ida Mae Snipes and James Heath Sr., and Louise and Cleveland McClendon.
There will be no services.
HUBBARD - Frank R. Dick Hough, 89, died Monday evening April 13, 2015, at Briarfield Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Dec. 25, 1925, in Scottsdale, Pa., a son of Frank James and Louise Anderson Hough, and moved to Hubbard in 1960, coming from California.
Mr. Hough served with the U.S. Navy, was a meat cutter at A & P Grocery Store and had been a postal worker in California. Dick was a Mason, a member of the Girard Elks, the Hubbard VFW Post No. 3767, and loved to golf.
He leaves his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Buck, whom he married Jan. 10, 1962; a daughter, Cheryl Hough of Canfield; three granddaughters; a great-grandson and a great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews; and a grandson-in-law.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, who died at infancy; a sister, Ethel Minnick; and a nephew.
There were no calling hours or funeral services.
Memorial donations may be made to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.
Arrangements were handled by the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.
Please visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.
CANFIELD Funeral services will be Monday, April 20, at 11 a.m., at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., for Robert Earl Bobby Hammond, 66, who died early Wednesday morning.
Bobby was born Dec. 26, 1948, in Alliance, a son of Donald L. and Ruth E. (Thomas) Hammond, and was a lifelong area resident.
He attended Canfield Schools from kindergarten until he graduated in 1967, where he was honored at graduation for 13 years of perfect attendance. He graduated from Youngstown State University in 1971, with an Engineering Degree, and also had perfect attendance at YSU.
Bobby owned and operated a fabricating shop, specializing in drive shafts. Race drivers from many states were constant customers, as he could make and fabricate all needed parts and repairs. He was the king of drive shafts.
Bobby built and drove stock cars at many speedways, including Canfield, Sharon, Butler, Pa., Pittsburgh, Orrville, and Expo. He also helped his father, Donnie, maintain the Canfield Speedway track.
Bobby received state champion in 1979 (track rabbit), in a go-cart made in Sebring. He raced at Lake Placentia, Sebring and Youngstown.
He was inducted into the Tri-state Hall of Fame Racing Club as a driver-mechanic and was a former member of the Canfield Methodist Church.
He leaves his mother, Ruth Hammond of Canfield; a brother, William Richard (Michele) Hammond of Canfield; a sister, Bonita Viele of Hubbard; nephew Jeremy Hammond; niece Monique Tomko; and a great-niece, Ava Grace Tomko, all of Canfield.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Friends may call on Sunday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, from 2 to 5 p.m.
CAMPBELL - Funeral services will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. Lucy Catholic Church, for Josephine (Srnec) Misko, 91, our loving mother, who passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at her son, Jeffreys, home, and is now in the loving arms of our Father and Lord.
Josephine was born March 20, 1924, in Youngstown, the daughter of Stephen and Theresa Stadahar Srnec.
She was a 1942 graduate of The Rayen School. She worked at the A & P Grocery Stores as a cashier and also as a manager at the Alba House.
Josephine was the past president of the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild and the Altar and Rosary Society. She participated in adult catechumenate, and chaired parish council, religious education, and formation committees. Josephine received the St. Pius X Award for outstanding service to the parish in the area of religious education. She also received the 25-year award, signifying her dedication to religious education. Josephine was also recognized in 1993, at the 50th anniversary of the diocese by St. Lucys Parish Council for the Role of Women in the Church. She was a Eucharistic minister at St. Lucys Parish and St. Elizabeth Health Center, served on the parish liturgy committee and as a greeter. Josephine served as the parish liaison to the Catholic Exponent. She was a member of the Ladies 37th Division Veterans Association and the St. George Croatian Center Senior Citizens.
Josephines passion was her Catholic faith and spending time with her sons and their families. She served as an inspiration and was always there for them.
Josephine is survived by her sons, Ralph J. Misko of Boardman, Wayne D. (Darlene) Misko of Noblesville, Ind. and Jeffrey B. (Mary Ann) Misko of Poland; her two grandsons, Derrick and Matthew; four granddaughters, Cristina, Adrienne, Jennifer, and Hannah; five great-grandchildren, Hudson, Mylan, Gwendolyn, Teagan and Corbin; and her sister, Rosie Secedi of Murietta, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralph Misko, who passed away May 10, 1986; her parents, Steven and Theresa Srnec; her brothers, Nick Srnec, Steven (Pep) Srnec, John Srnec and Thomas Srnec; and her sisters, Kathleen Srnec, Vernie Semic and Mary Burnich.
The Misko family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home, where a prayer service will be held at 2:45 p.m.
The Misko family would like to extend their deepest thanks and appreciation to TVC Homecare, Hospice of the Valley and to the nurses who helped us transition our wonderful mother in peace and comfort.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Josephines family condolences.
YOUNGSTOWN - Mr. Nelse Moore was born Oct. 31, 1943, in Selma, Ala., a son of Reese and Mary Queen Hatchett Cuyler Moore.
He relocated to the Mahoning Valley many years ago and was formerly employed with LTV Steel and the Mahoning County Engineers Department, retiring after 28 years of service. He was an avid Cleveland Browns fan who followed them throughout the United States. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Angie Moore and her fiancé, Elliott Joyner, of Montgomery, Ala., and Nelse Moore and Nelse Dumas, both of Youngstown; his sister, Lillian (Ronald) Shivers of Youngstown; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and dear friends, including Marilyn Moore of Youngstown.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the home of Marilyn Moore, 2342 Goleta Ave., Youngstown.
Ministry of comfort provided by the J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to the J.E. Washington Funeral Services Inc.
Please visit jewashingtonfuneralservices.com to leave condolences and to sign the online guestbook.
BOARDMAN Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman, for Phyllis L. Nelson, 92, who entered eternal rest Wednesday evening at Hospice House of Poland.
Phyllis was born Oct. 15, 1922, in Henry, S.D., a daughter of the late Rev. Albert J. and Louella Repp Oyer.
She met the love of her life, David E. Nelson, at Boardman High School, from which they both graduated in 1941. After Davids service in the U.S. Navy, they married on May 18, 1946. They shared 59 years of loving marriage before David passed away on Aug. 22, 2005.
She worked for Stambaugh Thompson and McKelveys Department Store prior to her marriage. She returned to the workplace in 1968, working as a switchboard operator for Northside Hospital for a short period of time. In 1969, Clarence R. Smith Jr., whom she referred to as the best boss in the world, hired her as a receptionist at Compco Metal Products, where she remained until her retirement in 1989.
To her friends and family, she was known as The Queen of the One-Liner, due to her quick wit and incredible sense of humor. She left her loved ones with unforgettable phrases on a variety of topics, including her childhood, spring storms and dying gracefully.
Phylliss sense of fashion was nothing short of glamourous. Knowing the importance of a fully coordinated outfit, complete with the proper accessories, she never missed an opportunity to go shopping.
Babies and beautiful flowers brought tears to her eyes and a smile to her face. She loved going on rides through Mill Creek Park and watching the seasonal changes. As a member of the Boardman United Methodist Church, her faith was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Phyllis leaves her son, Dennis and his wife, Anne, of Montague, Mich.; her daughter, Barbara Bestic and her husband, Mark, of Boardman; three grandbabies, Mark, Matthew and Michael; her sister, Vivian Harmon of Boardman; along with several nieces and nephews. In recent months, Lauren and Gabriella brought a special ray of sunshine to her life.
Besides her parents and her husband, Phyllis was preceded in death by a brother, Emerson Oyer.
Phylliss family would like to thank Dr. Scott Agnew, the staff of Masternick Memorial Health Care Center and the nurses and aides at Hospice House, who provided not only excellent care, but also friendship to Phyllis over the past several years. They would also like to thank Phylliss special angels, Kathy, Carly and Sharon, who lovingly cared for Phyllis, allowing her to remain in her home as long as possible.
Material contributions can be made to Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.
Friends may call on Sunday, April 19, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the funeral home.
Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and give their condolences.
AUSTINTOWN - Louis Posterli, 88, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, April 16, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, with his family by his side.
Louis was born Nov. 20, 1926, in Detroit, a son of the late Emilio and Adele Bocchio Posterli, came to Youngstown with his family as a child, and lived most of his life in this area.
Lou was a carpenter for 42 years with Carpenters Local No. 171, working with the Shutrump and A.P. OHoro Companies. He retired in 1988.
He enjoyed woodworking, and had fond memories of building his family home and of working on the construction of the stadium at Youngstown State University. Lou loved animals, and he was a kind, honest man who did all he could to help people.
Mr. Posterli was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, and he leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of nearly 69 years, Velma Goncy Posterli, whom he married May 11, 1946; four children, Eugene M. (Gerry) Posterli of Boardman, Diana Jean (Denny) Bernard of Oklahoma, Louis W. (Debbie) Posterli of Austintown, and Barbara Marie Posterli of Austintown; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank (Carolyn) Posterli of Liberty Township; a sister, Mary Powell of Youngstown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Louis was preceded in death by a brother, Elio Posterli.
Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 20, at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.
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