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MICHAEL N. ANDERSON

JAMESTOWN, PA. – Michael N. Anderson, 60, of Depot Street, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016.

He was born March 31, 1956, in Greenville, Pa., to John Anderson and the late Evelyn Francis (Speir) Anderson.

He married Julie A. DiOrio, April 21, 1997, she survives.

He was a certified financial planner for 30 years and owned/operated Anderson Financial Services, in Greenville, since 1997. He attended the Bethel Life Worship Center in Greenville.

He was a graduate of Jamestown High School and the class valedictorian. He loved spending time with his family, following his daughters school activities, and sports, and was their soccer coach for six years. An avid golfer, he had recorded two hole-in-ones. He was a Steelers fan, loved music and was a Bruce Springsteen fan.

In addition to his wife, he’s survived by twin daughters Ashley Laurelle Anderson and Lindsey Annette Anderson, both of Jamestown; six sisters, Margaret Anderson of Jamestown, Mary Lee Anderson and Karen L. Anderson, both of Powhatan, Va., Kay T. Lenkner and her husband, Phil of Greenville, Rose Leonard and her husband, Greg of Kinsman and Joyce Anderson Randall of Jamestown; five brothers, Mark Anderson and his wife, Toni-Renee of Ebensburg, Pa., Dale Anderson and his wife, Susan of Jamestown, Douglas Anderson and his husband, Michael Mooney of Conneaut, Robert “Bob” Anderson of Jamestown and Alan Anderson of Mercer, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Visitation will be Monday, May 30, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Bethel Life Worship Center, 246 South Mercer St., Greenville, PA 16125.

A Memorial service will be Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Life Worship Center with the Rev. Kent Bell officiating.

Please visit www.loutzenhiserfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook and view video tribute.

Arrangements are with the Loutzenhiser-Randall Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 416 Liberty St., Jamestown, PA 16134.

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MARIAN L DENMEADE BATOR

“Together Again”

MINERAL RIDGE – Marian L Bator, 90, died early Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Vista Care Center.

She was born July 6, 1925, in Struthers, daughter of the late George and Lucinda Miller Denmeade.

Marian was a 1943 graduate of Struthers High School.

She was employed as a secretary with Youngstown Sheet and Tube and later in the same position at Doctors Hut, Hovanic and Dodgson.

She leaves her two sisters, Harriet Wilson of Poland and Shirley (Bill) Leck of Struthers and three brothers, Donald (Doris) Denmeade of New Springfield, Robert (Fran) Denmeade of California and Ray (Judy) Denmeade of Poland.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Bator on Nov. 13, 2009; her son, Stephen Bator Jr on June 3, 1990; brothers, George and Harry Denmeade; and her sister, Betty Woods.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Davidson-Becker Funeral Home, 11 Spring St. in Struthers.

Visitation will be held prior to the service from 2 to 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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PAT ELDER BOYER

“Together Again”

AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP – Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, at the West Austintown United Methodist Church for Pat Boyer, 81, who passed away Friday, May 27, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Pat was born Aug. 24, 1934, in Youngstown, the daughter of Glenn and Dolores (Gifford) Elder.

She attended Chaney High School and was the owner/operator of Wishing Well Florist, with her sister, Beverly, for 10 years.

Pat was a proud homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Pat became a member of the West Austintown United Methodist Church after the closing of the Mahoning Methodist Church, where she and her husband, Bill were members for many years.

Pat married Bill Boyer on Sept. 29, 1951. Bill passed away on Oct. 18, 2005.

She leaves three daughters, Dr. Sharon Boyer of Senoia, Ga., Sue (Kalman) Adorjan of Austintown, and Kelli (Rich) DeSantis of Collierville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Michael (Lauren) Connors, Greg (Samantha) Connors, Rick DeSantis, Jennifer (Troy) Chaffin, and Michael DeSantis; and five great-grandchildren, the oldest McKenzie Connors, the daughter of her late grandson, Kevin Connors.

Besides her parents, husband, and grandson, Pat was preceded in death by a brother, Norbert Elder; and a sister, Beverly Bielik.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel and again on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the West Austintown United Methodist Church, where services will be held at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the West Austintown Church in Pat’s name.

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

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WILLIAM 'BILLY' MARR

STRUTHERS - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at noon at Christ Our Savior, St. Nicholas Church for William “Billy” Marr, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 27, 2016, with his loved ones by his side.

William “Billy” Marr was born the only living child to Pedro Marr and Mary (Reto) Marr on Jan. 6, 1943, in Alexandria, La.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, at which time his cousins, Jackie (Kevin Sr.) Stout, took care of him like their own child for years, along with her deceased mother, Antonette (Larry) Barber and their children, Amber (Eddie) Bonilla, Kevin (Lauren) Stout Jr. and Eric (fiancee Alexa) Stout, within their home. Billy was also like an uncle to Antonio and Ellianna Bonilla.

William “Billy” was employed with Bev Road Masco for several years working on a variety of assembly jobs, however working was not Billy's favorite thing to do. He loved to walk throughout his neighborhood to tell old stories to family and friends, bowl for the Special Olympics, draw, sing Elvis Presley songs, play slot machines, collect belt buckles, hats, and 49ers memorabilia, and visiting all his favorite restaurants.

In addition to his immediate family, that he resided with, he leaves behind his aunts, Fannie Marr of Niles and Viola Marr of Struthers; an uncle, Jimmy (Rosane) Marr of Struthers; and numerous cousins.

Billy’s genuine love of friends and family came out in his unique nicknames he would give to everyone he truly loved like “Jabroni,” Kristina Vecchione and “Beautiful,” Casie Tournoux. Summer parties and birthday parties at the Belleria in Struthers with “Twin Brother” Uncle George Guarnieri and their family, he looked forward to every year!

William “Billy” was always amazed at the work our police officers do on a daily basis. He loved to see the smiles on children’s faces, therefore his family has decided that in lieu of flowers, Billy would have been thrilled to have you make a donation to, Struthers Shop with a Cop.

Family and friends may call Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.

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

“Love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go, you have made my life complete, and I love you so... - Elvis Presley.”

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MARY JEAN PURUCKER

BOARDMAN - Private family services will be held for Mrs. Mary Jean Purucker, 84, who passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Friday morning at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Mrs. Purucker was born on June 2, 1931, in Warren, daughter of Glenn and Beryl (George) Martin.

She graduated from Austintown Fitch High School.

Mary Jean was a beloved mother and homemaker, who dedicated her life to caring for her family, and for her home for her entire life. Spending time with her children, and later her grandchildren and great grandchildren was one of her favorite things to do.

She was a member of a bowling league, ladies card club, and she loved to sing and sang Ave Maria on WKBN Radio. She enjoyed cooking, especially her famous spaghetti dinners. She was a classic movie enthusiast and shared the love of old movies with her children and grandchildren.

In her spare time, Mary Jean also enjoyed and took pride in teaching her family about art, history and politics. She was known for her kind, generous heart, and willingness to help anyone who needed it. She always looked her best wherever she went. She was the epitome of class, style and grace.

Her husband, John C. Purucker, whom she married on April 7, 1952, died Feb. 13, 2009.

Mary Jean leaves behind her four daughters, Jennifer (Dan) McNally of Boardman, Julia (Jerry) Kurtz of Columbiana, Judy Purucker of Boardman and Jackie (David) Jacobson of Poland; son John Purucker of Canfield; three sisters, Corrine Crish of Boardman, Carol DeZee of Texas and Dinah Taddai of Canfield; brother Bill Martin; nine grandchildren, Joseph, Justin, Natalie, Kristin, Jason, Erika, Zachary, Jenna and Katie; and three great-grandchildren, Morgan, Austin and Sophea.

Mary Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Beryl; and her husband, John; two brothers, Richard Martin and Glenn Martin; two sisters, Judy Fortnat and Patricia Martin.

Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Boardman-Canfield Chapel.

Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and send condolences. “Mom, I wish for nothing more than just one more day, for I would give it all just to see you again!”

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RICHARD O. SPENCER

COLUMBUS – Richard O. Spencer, 65, passed away on May 26, 2016.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church, 2821 Hillman St., Youngstown, OH 44507.

Funeral service will immediately follow.

Interment will be held at Belmont Park Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to the Sommerville Funeral Services in Akron (330) 836-2725.

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HELEN VESSELLA

NEW CASTLE, PA. - Helen Vessella, 98, a resident of Latavo Drive, passed away the morning of May 28, 2016, at Jameson Care Center.

She was born on Sept. 16, 1917, in Monaca. Helen was the daughter of the late Arsenija and Stana Orell Pavkovich.

The family moved to West Pittsburgh, where she met James J. Vessella. They married on June 8, 1933, and were married for 49 years until “Jim’s” passing on Dec. 18, 1979.

Helen will be remembered for her love of her Serbian heritage, the music, dance and ethnic foods. She encouraged her children to participate in the culture. Her daughter, Mary Ann was awarded a scholarship to the Duquesne University Tamburitizans. Helen became involved in the parent organization supporting the Duquesne Tammies. She accompanied them to their work shop and rehearsal site at Lake Nebagaman, Wis. She cooked and helped with the student performers. She also traveled to Europe several times with Tamburitizan groups. She was active with the group for twenty years during which the parent group was a high light at the Pittsburgh Folk Festival. She demonstrated and taught the art of making ethnic foods and she was featured on Channel 11 News in Pittsburgh and in the New Castle News in 1985 for making strudel. Helen continued her love and support of her heritage by becoming a member of the adult Tamburitizans, Veseljaci, of Farrell, Pa. She played the Preem and performed with the group in fund raising by making and teaching the art of strudel making. Helen became an honorary member of the Veseljaci Tamburitizans on Dec. 11, 2011.

She is remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Helen is survived by a son, James J. Vessella, of Greenville.; a daughter, Dr. Mary Ann Nobers of New Castle.; four grandchildren, Mark Vessella and wife Lori of Phoenix, Suzanne Vessella of Ellwood City, Lorrin Vessella Bowser and husband, Bob of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Maret Vessella McNeil and husband David of Phoenix; and four great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Samantha, Matthew and Noah.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in passing by her son, Peter Vessella; five brothers, Joseph, Steve, Michael, Theodore and Micky Pavkovich; and one sister, Violet Vukovich.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Mary Mother of Hope Parish, were she was a member. The processional will leave the funeral home by 9:30 a.m. Father Frank Almade will officiate.

Internment will take place at St. Vitus Cemetery.

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