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FRANCIS 'FRANK' APREA

CANFIELD - Private services were held Saturday, June 25, 2016, for Francis “Frank” Aprea, 69, who passed away Wednesday evening at Hospice House of Poland.

Francis, known as Frank, was born Oct. 10, 1946, in Manhattan, N.Y., a son of Silverio and Filomena Cappuccio Aprea.

Frank graduated from Fordham University in Bronx, N.Y., and served his country in the U.S. Army. From 1982 to 2002, he was treasurer and then trustee for the Board of Employees’ Pension Fund of Essex County. He had worked as a chief accountant for the Board of Education in Newark, N.J. for 25 years before retiring and coming to this area in 2002. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown.

Besides his wife of almost 36 years, the former Minerva Ortiz, whom he married June 26, 1980, he leaves his mother, Filomena Aprea of Long Island, N.Y.; his son, Matthew Aprea; his daughter, Alyssa Aprea, both at home; and a brother, Salvatore Aprea of Long Island.

Frank was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Gerard Aprea.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, uncle, brother-in-law and a very kind person to everyone and will be dearly missed.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice House for their compassionate care given to Frank.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests material tributes take the form of donations to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel.

Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and give their condolences.

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BRADFORD BAKER

CANFIELD – Funeral services will be held at noon on Tuesday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel for Bradford Baker, 88, formerly of Mineral Ridge, who went home to the Lord on Thursday, June 23, at Assumption Village.

Bradford was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Warren, the son of Willard and Margaret (Little) Baker.

He graduated from Warren G. Harding High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy. Bradford worked for Packard Electric and retired in 1991 as a general foreman after 43 years of service.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Niles, where he was very active for many years. He was also an active member of the Weathersfield School Board for many years and was the scorekeeper for both the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams.

Bradford raised Hackney ponies and was most proud to show them for more than 50 years at the Canfield Fair. He also traveled and showed them throughout the northeast part of the country.

On Nov. 24, 1948, he married Margaret Thomas. Margaret passed away in 1992.

Bradford leaves two children, Marlee (Jerry) Postlethwait, with whom he made his home, and Gary (Patty) Baker of McDonald; four grandchildren, Beau Baker, Nicole (Ray) Hobbs, Kimberly (Joel) Barkelew, and Angel Postlethwait, 11 great-grandchildren, Kameron, Trinity, Mirryn, Gavin, Blake, Chase, Shaelah, Alahna, Alexis, Katelyn, and George; as well as two sisters, Joyce Obertots and Betty Sigler.

Besides his parents and his wife, Bradford was preceded in death by two sisters, Jean Williams and Phyllis Day; and one brother, Jack Baker.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, where services will be held at noon.

Friends and family may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and give their condolences.

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LACY R. BRYANT

STRUTHERS - Lacy R. Bryant, 84, passed away on June 18, 2016.

Lacy was born in Alderson, W.Va., to Jake and Bessie (Dixon) Bryant.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Estie Tincher, Mable Berry, Fanny Bryant, Nellie Tincher, and Viunnia Bryant; and two brothers, Albert Bryant and Plummer Bryant.

Lacy is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Nancy (Walthers) Bryant; daughters, Lori Bryant of Delaware, Ohio, Janet (John) Howley of Boston, and Linda Bryant (Rod Wood) of Akron; granddaughters, Skylar and Raina Wood; sisters and brothers, Lee (Steve) Coy, Bea Bond, Luster Bryant and Maynard (Ruby Jo) Bryant; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Cecil and JoAnn Duffett; nephew, Charles (Helen) Tincher; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Upon an honorable discharge, he moved to Youngstown to work at Commercial Shearing, now Parker Hannifin, where he retired after 30 years of service.

He enjoyed traveling with family, hunting, fishing, volunteering at St. Elizabeth Health Center, playing tennis at Boardman Park and Mill Creek Park, and swimming at the Jewish Community Center.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Bethel Friends Church, 2771 Spitler Road in Poland, where a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 5400 Market St. in Boardman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to a tribute gift fund may be made and sent “In memory of Lacy Bryant” to Mill Creek MetroParks, Attn.: Development, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

Arrangements are being handled by the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home in Struthers.

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MARY ELIZABETH BOWMAN

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – Funeral services will be at noon on Monday at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. for Ms. Mary Elizabeth Bowman, 70, who departed this life Monday, June 20, 2016, at her residence.

Ms. Bowman was born Nov. 24, 1945, in Birmingham, Ala., a daughter of Isaac and Willie Bell Maxwell Bowman.

She attended Youngstown State University, majoring in Business Administration. She worked for Delphi Packard Electric, retiring after 33 years, and attended the New Bethel Baptist Church. She was a member of the Christian Study Center and was an organ donor. She was a dance choreographer for various line dances, including Celebrity, Monteen’s Ultimate, and United We Dance. She was a member of the Copper Penny and Early Morning Risers bowling leagues and was sergeant-of-arms for the Ladies Die Hard Bowling League and was a member of the Chinese Rummy Card Club and the United Counsel of Corvette Club; Family & Friends; and Wednesday Birthday Clubs.

She leaves a son, Bobbie Ki-Idris (Linda Liz) Bowman of Los Angeles; a niece, Adrian I. Bowman of St. Louis; siblings Isaac Bowman and Sharri Wagner of Arizona, Irene Miller, Dorothy “Bobbie” (Bishop Paul) Pegues, Peggy (Albert) Tremble and Debra Berry, all of Youngstown; her second mother, Dorothy Berry of Campbell; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday at the funeral home.

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DONALD L. BLACKMON

YOUNGSTOWN – Donald L. Blackmon, 60, a kind-hearted son, brother and friend, died Sunday, June 19, 2016.

There will be a celebration of his life on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home on Rayen Avenue.

Donald was born Dec. 25, 1955, in Youngstown, a son of W.T. Blackmon and Catherine Hall Blackmon.

He attended East High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He will be deeply missed by his loving mother; brothers Willie Blackmon and David (Gloria) Blackmon; sisters Diane Blackmon Murray and Peggy Blackmon; and several nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his father.

Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

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JAMES 'DOG MAN' R. CREIGHTON

AUSTINTOWN - James R. “Dog Man” Creighton, 67, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016, following a three-year battle with cancer and lung disease.

Born May 18, 1949, in Youngstown, he was the son of James J. and Ella M. (Taylor) Creighton.

“Jim” was the owner/operator of Austintown Creamery. He volunteered for 15 years for Angels for Animals, where he coordinated motorcycle runs for 10 years to raise funds. He and his wife fostered and found “forever homes” for hundreds of dogs over the years. He also loved motorcycles, was an avid fan of NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhart Sr., followed the Cleveland sport teams, and was a member and supporter of FOPA.

Survivors include his loving and dedicated wife of 25 years, Margaret A. “Meg” (Durkin); children Michelle and Melissa; grandchildren Jonathan, Tara, and Xavier; siblings Butch, Linda, Joe, Carol Ann, and Tommy; and special, rescued, four-legged children, Shadow, Katy Jo, Ralphie, Polamalu, Tippy, Kelly, and Butters.

He was preceded in death by his parents and many four-legged angels with fur.

Friends will be received at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m., where services will begin at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Angels for Animals calendar contest to cast a vote for “Angel Baby” at www.angelsforanimals.org.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com To share a memory or to send a condolence.

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MARY THERESE DAUGHERTY

NORTH LIMA - Private family services were held Thursday, June 23, for Miss Mary Therese Daugherty, 88, who passed away the afternoon of Wednesday, June 15, at Assumption Village.

Mary was born May 14, 1928, in Niles, to parents William and Anne McGowan Daugherty.

She was a 1946 graduate of Ursuline High School, and attended St. Charles Church.

Mary worked as an executive secretary for the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company in Niles until its closing. She continued to work in the secretarial field after moving to Boardman, and eventually retired from the office of the Mahoning Valley Medical Group.

Mary was an avid golfer and was awarded a third place finish in the Greater Youngstown Area Golf Classic in 1998. She also played tennis, bowled, water-skied, and used to enjoy ice-skating on winter evenings at the Mill Creek Park rink.

Mary loved to travel and enjoyed many adventures over the years. Some of her favorite trips included white water rafting in Colorado, the beaches of Aruba and Hawaii, and of course, touring Ireland. She especially enjoyed a trip to Florida with her sister, to attend their nephew’s wedding on the beach in St. Augustine.

She leaves a sister, Marcella Duffy of Boardman; nieces Eileen Duffy, also of Boardman, Kathleen (Bill) West of Warren and Heidi (Marc Prisant) Heltzel of Colorado; and nephews Patrick (Vicky) Duffy of Columbus, Michael (Jackie) Duffy of Aurora and John (Shannon) Heltzel of Florida. She also leaves great-nieces Erin Duffy of Texas and Jillian Duffy of Aurora; and great-nephew Ryan Duffy of Columbus.

Her sister, Eileen Heltzel preceded her in death.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the entire staff of Assumption Village for their patience, humor and exceptional care of Mary. God bless.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley.

Family and friends may visit www.foxfuneralhome.org to view this obituary and send condolences.

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MARY RITA (MULLEN) FAGAN

CHAGRIN FALLS - Mary Rita (Mullen) Fagan, 97, passed away June 23, 2016. 

She was the beloved wife of the late Matthew Thomas; devoted mother of M. Michael (wife Barbara), Colleen Rogers (husband Russell), James Patrick (wife Kathleen), and Mary Elizabeth Cooper (husband Russell); cherished grandmother of Bridget Foist (husband Brian), Maureen Moore (husband Michael), Maxwell, Charles, and Jacob Cooper, and Matthew and Molly Fagan; great-grandmother of Addison, Anna, Michael James, Wyatt, and Abel; loving sister of Anne Theresa Jacobs and the following deceased: Frank and Bill Mullen, Colletta Slivka, and Catherine Marsden; and daughter of the late Frank and Anna Mullen. 

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 2, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Gesu, 2470 Miramar Blvd. in University Heights, where the family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Please meet at the church.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc., 26345 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1263. 

Arrangements by the Maher-Melbourne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, (216) 382-4500.

Please visit www.mahermelbourne.com to send condolences.

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SOPHIE TOBIAS FERENCZY

NORTH JACKSON - A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, July 1, 2016, at noon, at St. James Catholic Church, 50 Rosemont Road in North Jackson, for Mrs. Sophie Tobias Ferenczy, 93, who died Thursday afternoon at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Ferenczy was born on Feb. 2, 1923, in Youngstown, daughter of Joseph and Teresa (Hvizdos) Tobias, and was a resident of the greater Youngstown area her whole life. Sophie, along with the rest of her family resided in Youngstown, Girard, and North Jackson.

She graduated from Chaney High School in 1941. Sophie had a very strong Catholic faith. She was a longtime member of the Holy Name Parish in Youngstown, St. Rose Catholic Church in Girard, and Our Lady of the Lakes/St. James in North Jackson.

Sophie believed the most important thing that she could do was care for her family. She will always be remembered for her holiday celebrations, and family picnics that she would prepare for “at the farm.” She loved to cook, bake, and play bingo.

In later years, she enjoyed taking trips to her favorite casino, Mountaineer, which she referred to as the “track.”

Sophie’s husband, William “Bill” Ferenczy, whom she married on Sept. 16, 1948, died Oct. 16, 2006.

Sophie leaves behind to cherish all their wonderful memories her daughter, Diane Downing, with whom she made her home; son William (Linda) Ferenczy of North Jackson; sister Dorothy Ryznar of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Holly, Sarah, William, and Courtney; and three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Addie, and Maddie. She is also survived by in-laws, Joe (Anne) Ferenczy, Betty (Steve) Choban, and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Joseph, and Teresa and husband Bill, Sophie was preceded in death by her nine siblings and in-laws, Mary (Joe) Grubiss, Helen (Joe) Janosov, Anne (Phil) Crish, Katie (Andy) Jubak, Betty (Galen) Mentzer, Frances Tobias, Merle Ryznar, Charlie (Betty), Mike (Betty), and Frank (Vicki) Tobias.

Family and friends may pay their respects Friday morning from 11 to 11:50 a.m. at the church.

Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, North Jackson Chapel.

Sophie’s family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Senior Independence Hospice for their compassionate care of Sophie, and requests material tributes be made in Sophie’s name to them, 6715 Tippecanoe Road E-201, Canfield, OH 44406.

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ANNE BARABASCH FISHER

AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP - Private services were held for Anne Barabasch Fisher, 91, who passed away early Tuesday at Briarfield at Ashley Circle.

Anne was born Feb. 18, 1925, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Martin and Katherine (Terimi) Barabasch.

Anne had worked for Truscon Steel in the billing department from 1949 until 1954. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Anne was also a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church. She was well known as the “Cookie Lady” because of her love of baking.

She leaves four daughters, Linda Anne Syphard of South Carolina, Sandra Lee (Kevin) George of Boardman, Deborah Jean Wollitz of Youngstown and Pamela Sue (Mark) Steele of Newton Falls; as well as eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Anne was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Ralph H. Fisher, whom she married Sept. 10, 1949. Ralph passed away March 4, 2011. Anne was also preceded in death by two brothers, John and Martin Barabasch; and two sisters, Katherine Lindert and Elizabeth Rodney.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Anne’s memory to the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in North Jackson.

Arrangements were handled by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

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ROBERT J. HOUSTEAU

GIRARD – Robert J. Housteau, 88, passed away on June 24, 2016, at Vista Center at the Ridge.

“Bob” was born May 5, 1928, the son of Carl and Margaret Rossiter Housteau.

Bob was a Girard High School and Youngstown State University graduate and served his country during the Korean conflict in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne. He later taught and coached football for the Warren School System, and after retirement, he was a recreation director of Girard Parks.

Bob was a member of St. Rose Church. He was a Football Hall of Fame Curbstone Coaches recipient in 1997, GHS in 1998 and Youngstown State University in 1988. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and bowling and often organized golf tournaments.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 61 years, the former, Rosemarie Buehrle, whom he married June 18, 1955; and a son, David (Nancy) Housteau of Thibodaux, La.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe and Jack; and his sisters, Mary Ellen Danko, Karen Staton and Dolores Zevkovich.

Memorial services will be Monday, June 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the Blackstone Funeral Home, with the Rev. Msgr. John Zuraw officiating.

Family and friends will be received on Monday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Network, 4214 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

You may visit www.blackstonefuneralhom.com to view this obituary and share any condolences.

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ETHEL H. HVIZDAK

“Together Again”

LOWELLVILLE - Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at the Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. Joseph the Provider Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael Swierz officiating, for Ethel H. Hvizdak, 90, who passed away Friday evening.

Ethel was born June 29, 1925, in Campbell, the daughter of Frank and Ludmilia Horvatich.

She was a member of the Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. Joseph the Provider Catholic Church.

Ethel was a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan.

Her husband, Joseph J. Hvizdak, whom she married July 12, 1943, passed away Sept. 28, 1996.

Ethel leaves to cherish her memories, her daughters, Dorothy (Pete) Nicolaou of Lowellville, with whom she made her home, Marilyn Hvizdak Percival of Maryland, and Gloria (Tom) Franco of Campbell; grandchildren Nicole (Jim) Jablonski, Jaimie (Charles) Gasior, Michael Nicolaou, Aaron (Jenn) Percival, William (Cassie) Percival, Sarah (T.J.) Percival, Tom Franco and Francine Franco; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson, John W. Percival; her brothers, Frank, Mike and Nick; and her sister, Violet.

The Hvizdak family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends Tuesday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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JOSEPH F. 'BRUTZ' BERNARD JR

CANFIELD - Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home Inc., for Joseph F. “Brutz” Bernard Jr., 89, who passed away on Friday, June 24.

He was born June 18, 1927, in Leetonia, son of Joseph F. Bernard Sr. and Elizabeth White.

Joseph belonged to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canfield.

Honored for coaching, Joseph Bernard was a 1945 graduate of Leetonia High School, where he was an outstanding football player. He was the center for the varsity team and was selected as team captain in both 1943 and 1944. He was picked for the All-County and All-State football teams in 1944.

Joseph attended Miami University of Ohio in 1945, where he played football under Coach Sid Gilman. In 1946, he transferred to Youngstown College where he played for coach Dike Beede in 1947, 1948 and 1949, graduating in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He later earned his Master of Education degree.

After graduation, Joseph was hired by Leetonia High School as a teacher and assistant football coach under Coach Bob Gibson. He stayed at Leetonia from 1951 through 1953. In the fall of 1954, Joseph began his career at East High School as a drivers education teacher. He also began his coaching career the same year as an assistant football coach, first under Coach Pete Lanzi and then Coach Ed DiGregorio. Among his other duties at East, Joseph was assistant track coach under Coach Gus Hlebovy and for two years was athletic director at East.

Joseph coached football from 1955 to 1982 at East, coaching the championship teams of 1955 and 1959. Joseph also coached the city championship track team of 1960, coaching track from 1959 through 1980. Although he began as an instructor of driving education, Joseph, after about five years, taught health, science, biology and higher math classes for the remainder of his career. Joseph retired from teaching at East in 1982. He was a lifelong Notre Dame fan.

After retiring, he was a substitute teacher at both Chaney High School and West Jr. High. Joseph also worked for 13 years at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home. On Jan. 10, 2004, Joseph was inducted into the Leetonia Sports Hall of Fame.

He leaves his wife, Lucille DeStefano, whom he married May 24, 1952; a son, Joseph Craig (Carole) Bernard of Canfield; a granddaughter, Kathryn (Kevin) Antal of Boardman; and a grandson, Michael Bernard of Canfield. He also leaves a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, G. Richard and Diane Booth of Poland; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Anthony Bernard; and a sister, Helen Bernard.

Friends will be received Monday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home Inc. in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley.

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MEARL IRA BUTLER JR

LEHIGH ACRES, FLA. – Mearl Ira Butler Jr., 80, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016.

He was born July 30, 1935, in Youngstown, to Mearl Ira and Hazel (Beauchamp) Butler.

He graduated from Youngstown College with a Bachelor of Science in Business.

He served our country in the U.S. Army.

He worked for First Federal Savings & Loan of Youngstown, moving to Florida in the late 1970s. He retired from Sun Bank of Southwest Cape Coral in 1994, where he was the vice president of the Real Estate department. His spare time was enjoyed by playing golf and entertaining his family and friends.

Mr. Butler is survived by his wife of 39 years, Patty L. (Noling) Butler; his son, Kurt Butler (Laura) of Kingsville; and his grandchildren, Amanda, Sean, Lance and Garrik Butler.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers, (239) 936-0555.

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DR. RAYMOND J. NICOL

JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Former Canton resident, Dr. Raymond J. Nicol, 60, recently passed away, with his wife of only two years by his side, at Community Hospice of NE Florida in Jacksonville. After a three-year battle with bladder cancer, he will finally be joining his loving companion of 15 years, Katie, his Irish Terrier, who predeceased her master two years earlier.

Dr. Nicol, a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and a retired dentist, was born May 16, 1956, in Marysville, to Betty and Harold Nicol.

He was an incredible athlete and a triple black diamond skier.

He is survived by his wife, Atty. Annette (Ciavarella-Haut) Nicol of Jacksonville, formerly of Canton and Youngstown; his mother, Betty Nicol of North Canton; his stepdaughter, Arielle Haut of Chicago; his stepsons, Evan Haut of Canton and Benjamin Haut of Columbus; his sisters, Carole Alexander (James, deceased) of Glendale, Ariz., Jan (Robin) Just of Hartville, Donna (Jay) Meena of Columbus, and Mary (George) Simopoulous of Noblesville, Ind.; and his brothers, David (Jeanette) of Springville, Calif. and Wayne Nicol of Uniontown.

Condolences may be mailed to 1401 Riverplace Blvd., Apt. 2910, Jacksonville, FL 32207.

At Dr. Nicol’s request, no service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to www.give.org.

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MARIAN E. (FITZ) SIBSON

AUSTINTOWN - There were private funeral services held for Marian E. (Fitz) Sibson, 88, who passed away Tuesday morning at Austinwoods Nursing Home.

Marian was born Dec. 22, 1927, in Youngstown, a daughter of Elmer and Anna White Fitz, and spent most of her life in the Youngstown area and for 10 years, in the South Bend, Ind. area.

She graduated from Ursuline High School with the class of 1946 and was employed at East Ohio Gas for over 40 years at various departments.

She was a longtime member of Holy Family Parish, and volunteered at the Heart Association and Memorial Hospital in Indiana for 10 years.

Her husband, Donald Sibson, whom she married in 1986, died after 10 years of marriage, at which time she moved back to the Youngstown area.

She leaves to cherish her memory, a nephew, Norman (Sharon) Cleland of Columbus; a niece, Pamela (Robert) Robinstahl of Twinsburg; her beloved cousins, Robert W. Pugh of Boardman, Kellie Armstrong of Knoxville, Tenn., Christine (David) Ohle of Boardman, Robert B. (Jennifer) Pugh of Youngstown and Brad (Mary) Pugh of Boardman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

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ROBERTA STANFORD

BOARDMAN – Funeral services will be Tuesday at noon at the F.D. Mason Memorial Funeral Home Inc. for Mrs. Roberta Stanford, 90, who departed this life Thursday, June 16, 2016, at her residence.

Mrs. Stanford was born Oct. 12, 1925, in Dublin, Ga., a daughter of Elder and Ellen Butler Taylor.

She was a chef and caterer, enjoyed playing cards and the lotto, going to the race track and playing other various games, and she loved to talk about the family heritage.

Her husband, Archie Stanford Sr., whom she married in 1945, died Feb. 22, 1997.

She leaves her children, Archie (Darlene) Stanford Jr., Rose Hooks, Diane (James) Hairston and Jackie Miller; five sons-in-law; three sisters, Wilma Nash, Arrow and JoAnn Taylor; a host of grandchildren, including Archie Stanford III and Tia T. Stanford; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four children, Donna Jean Haskin, Marvin, Melvin and William Cook; seven sisters; two brothers; and two sons-in-law.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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VICTOR UGRAN SR

YOUNGSTOWN - Victor Ugran Sr., 94, passed away early Friday morning, June 24, 2016, at Omni Manor after a long and fulfilling life.

Victor was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Youngstown, a son of the late Peter and Irma Tancer Ugran, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1940 graduate of The Rayen School and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown College. Victor was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in North Africa with the Military Police from 1943 to 1945.

He worked as an elementary school teacher in both the Girard and Warren City School systems for 38 years, retiring in 1986. Mr. Ugran also worked for the U.S. Postal Service part-time, as a postal clerk in the main post office in Youngstown for 25 years, retiring in 1971.

He was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown, and was a 50-year member of the Croatian Fraternal Union. He enjoyed gardening, camping with his family, and fishing with his sons, and he and his wife were very proud to have traveled through each of the country’s 50 states.

Mr. Ugran leaves his wife of 70 years, Katherine Markovich Ugran whom he married Jan 19, 1946; two sons, Victor Ugran Jr. (Janis) of Boardman and Joseph (Claudine) Ugran of Austintown; a daughter, Kathleen (Richard) Antonucci of Austintown; two sisters, Rose Simion of Canfield and Valeria Hollis of Florida; six grandchildren, Victor Scott Ugran, Rebecca Foltz, Richard and Robert Antonucci, Lisa Pacconi, and Kimberly Ugran; and nine great-grandchildren.

Four brothers, Peter, Dan, Leo, and Vasile Ugran, and two sisters Mary Capacia and Anne Petretich, preceded Victor in death.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, June 27, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.

Interment will take place at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Victor’s name to the Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Foundation, 100 Delaney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA. 15235.

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ANDREW 'ANDY' J. ROTUNNO SR

YOUNGSTOWN - Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Andrew “Andy” J. Rotunno Sr., 64, formerly of Lowellville, passed away at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center, after a brief battle with cancer.

Andy was born in Youngstown, on Oct. 23, 1951, a son the late Lawrence and Dorothy (Provaznick) Rotunno.

Andy graduated from Lowellville High School where he loved and excelled in the school’s football and track and field programs. He was a former owner of Dream Pools Inc. and was known for his hard work and skill. Simply, Andy was a “great man.”

Andy was truly loved and will be sadly missed by his beloved wife, the former Jackie Boano, whom he married on May 3, 1975; children Karrie (Pete Delboverlando) Rotunno and Andrew J. (Brandi Schrom) Rotunno Jr.; brother Ronnie (Linda) Rotunno; sister-in-law Barbara Rotunno; grandchildren Amber, Brandon Rotunno of Boardman, and Dom and Allie Rotunno of Youngstown; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Andy was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Amy J. Rotunno; brother Lawrence “Larry” Rotunno.

In keeping with Andy’s wishes, private families services were held.

Funeral arrangements handled by the Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat Inc. in Youngstown.

Please visit www.cremateohio.com to send condolences to Andy’s family.

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TIMOTHY MICHAEL BRADLEY SR

NILES - Timothy Michael Bradley Sr., 55, of Vienna, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.

He was born May 24, 1961, in Warren, the son of the late Janice Bradbury. He was raised in Niles, and had been a resident there since 1961. 

“Tim” was a 1979 graduate of Niles McKinley High School. He worked at RMI in Niles for many years.

Tim loved riding his motorcycles, and enjoyed working on cars and spending time with his boys. 

He is survived by two sons, Timothy Michael Bradley Jr. of Liberty Township and Todd (Malorie) Bradley Sr. of Warren. He adored his only grandson, Todd Mitchell Bradley Jr.

Tim was also survived by one sister, Cindy (John) Cory of Kansas; one niece, Brandi Russo; and nephew John Cory Jr. 

His mother, Janice Bradbury, preceded him in death in 1971, and his grandparents, Dewey and DeDe, are also deceased.

A memorial service for Tim will be Tuesday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at Girard City Cemetery Chapel.

Care was entrusted to the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard.

Family and friends may visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this memorial tribute and share condolences with the family.

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ROBERT B. THOMSON

HUBBARD – There will be services at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home for Robert B. Thomson, 73, who passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Robert was born Aug. 31, 1942, in Youngstown, a son of Robert B. and Shirley M. Kerr Thomson.

He was a 1961 graduate of Hubbard High School.

Robert was a heavy equipment operator for Youngstown Sheet & Tube for 25 years, and was an outside contractor for Niles Iron and Metal retiring in 2007.

He was a member of the National Guard.

He enjoyed NASCAR, riding his motorcycle, and being with his grandchildren and attending all of their sporting events.

Robert will be sadly missed by his family, his wife, the former Judith A. Wimer, whom he married Sept. 4, 1965; his children, Dawn Shaffer (Steven Glenn), Robert B. (Tammy) Thomson, and Stacey (Mike) Fabrizio, all of Hubbard; and five grandchildren, Kassandra Shaffer, Jachob Shaffer, Brodie Thomson, Brady Fabrizio, and Delaney Thomson.

He also leaves his brother, Mark (Kathy) Thomson of Hubbard; and his sister, Gail (Nick) Habel of Baldwinsville, N.Y.

His parents preceded him in death.

There will be calling hours on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, one hour prior to the service, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home.

Robert will be laid to rest at Hubbard Union Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home’s website at www.stewart-kyle.com to share memories and condolences.

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ROBERT ARGYLE UNGER

COLUMBIANA - Robert Argyle Unger, 89, peacefully passed Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

Robert was born on Dec. 5, 1926, to Lester and Mabel Unger in New Waterford.

Robert was a 1945 graduate of New Waterford High School. He was a great athlete and known as one of the toughest, most competitive football players in his class.

In 1947, Robert met and married the love of his life, Phyllis Johnson, who preceded him in death in 2013.

Robert enjoyed running and operating the family business of Unger and Son Upholstery, with his wife working by his side until their retirement. In addition to the many loves he had for her, he especially loved her cooking and nurturing ways of being a wife, mother, and grandmother. They both shared many common interests including the love, passion and knowledge of American History. Robert and Phyllis enjoyed traveling and participating in Revolutionary War reenactments.

Robert’s special interests included spending time with the family, gardening, bowling, fishing, playing cards and board games. He was an avid Cavs fan and on his last Father’s Day, listened to them bring home the championship.

He was known and addressed by his entire family as “Paukey,” a name that was given to him by his first grandchild, Jenny, as she attempted to say “grandpa.” It was repeated simply as “Paukey.”

Most of his favorite times out and about were to watch his grandchildren and later his great-grandchildren play basketball, baseball, football, wrestling, softball and volleyball. If there was a game, “Paukey” was cheering them on, whether it was for his grandchildren or great-grandchildren.

Left to honor Robert and remember his love are his brother, Donald (Roberta) Unger of New Waterford; his sister, Janis (Don) Sutherin of North Lima; his sons, Robert (Ellen) Unger of East Palestine and Daniel (Karen) Unger of Washington, Pa.; his six grandchildren, Jenny (Michael) Stadulis, Kevin (Marcia) Unger, Vicky (John) Snyder, Chris (Robin) Unger, Ryan (Laurie Chamoun) Unger, and Kyle (Jen) Unger. He also is survived by 12 beloved great-grandchildren, Andrew and Tyler Stadulis, Erin and Sammie Unger, Paige and Aiden Snyder, Cole, Caden, Anna and Meia Unger, and Samantha and Gracie Unger.

Robert’s presence, wisdom, stories and contagious smile will truly be missed. There are many grandfathers and great-grandfathers, but there was only one “Paukey.”

In remembrance of his beloved wife, Robert found comfort in this poem: “The moment that you died my heart was torn in two, one side filled with heartache, the other died with you. I often lie awake at night, when the world is fast asleep, and take a walk down memory lane, with tears upon my cheeks. Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday, but missing you is heartache that never goes away. I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain. Until the joyous day arrives That we will meet again.” - unknown. “The only thing that makes your passing bearable, is knowing that you and Grandma are together once again.”

Visitation on Monday, June 27, from 10 to 11 a.m., will be at the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral home in Columbiana. Services provided by Pastor Mark McTrustry of the Centenary United Methodist Church of East Palestine will immediately follow the visitation.

Interment will be at the New Waterford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512.

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CHASE LAREN WILLIAMS

YOUNGSTOWN - Private services will be held Monday for infant Chase Laren Williams, who passed away peacefully in his parents arms shortly after birth.

Chase was born Wednesday, June 22, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, to parents Marquis and Lauren Williams.

Chase will always lovingly be remembered by his parents; brother Gavin Williams; maternal grandparents, Susan Scott and Gregory Norris; paternal grandparents, Cynthia Williams and Markle Williams; great-grandmothers Patricia Thomas and Callie Womack; as well as a host of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Frank Scott Sr.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Jennifer Baird and staff, as well as the Maternal Fetal Medicine and nursing staff of St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center for all of their compassion.

Family and friends may visit www.cremateohio.com to sign the guestbook and send condolences.

“An angel in the book of life wrote down my baby’s birth. Then whispered as she closed the book ‘too beautiful for earth.’”

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ISABEL FRAZIER WILSON

WARREN - Services will be at noon on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at the All Souls Body Of Christ Ministry, 1444 Youngstown Road SE, for Mrs. Isabel Frazier Wilson, 79, who departed this life Thursday, June 23, at Community Skilled Health Care.

Mrs. Wilson was born July 7, 1936, in Youngstown, a daughter of John Frazier and Eula Lee Miller.

Through her life, she worked at AMPCO, the U.S. Post Office and General Motors of Lordstown.

She was united with Hollie O. Wilson in September of 1958, until his death in 2002. She was most recently member of the All Souls Body of Christ Ministry and a former member of the Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she served on the hospitality committee and as an usher. Mrs. Wilson found pleasure in bowling and enjoyed arts and craft projects.

She leaves to cherish her memory, four children, Jeffrey Frazier of Las Vegas, Trudi Bernstein of Campbell, Darlene (James) Brown of Warren and Michelle Chilton of Youngstown; a stepson, Hollie O. Wilson Jr. of California; a sister, Janet Martin of Youngstown; a brother, Arthur (Barbara) Frazier of Youngstown; a sister-in-law, Mildred Fortner of Youngstown; seven grandchildren, including Kyra Jackson, whom she reared; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Coree Wilson; two brothers, John and William Frazier; a sister, Roberta Williams; two sisters-in-law, Marion and Inez Frazier; a brother-in-law, James A. Martin; and close friend, whom she considered a sister, Hazel Turnage.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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