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YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mr. William Eugene Baker, 84, who departed this life Tuesday evening, June 30, 2015, at Carington Park Nursing Home in Ashtabula.

Mr. Baker, affectionately known as “Ham,” was born Nov. 8, 1930, in Hazlehurst, Miss., a son of Albert Earl and Eugenia Pendleton Baker.

He was a former employee at Fithian Wilbert Vault Company, and had been employed as a supervisor at General Motors Lordstown for 32 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Sardis Missionary Baptist Church in Hazlehurst and its deacon ministry, and a member of the NAACP. William was an avid Cleveland Browns football fan and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He leaves to mourn his passing, but rejoice in his peace, two daughters, LaWanda Clinkscale and Davida Baker (Ernest Miles), both of Youngstown; two sons, Donald (Melatta) Baker of New Orleans and Terrence (Rebecca) Baker of Allentown, Pa.; 17 grandchildren, including Carlton Baker, Donnitia Decembly and Shanelle Clinkscale, whom he helped to rear; 18 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, including Gus Murckson, whom he also helped to rear; and a host of family and friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Baker; two brothers, Willie Fred and Julius Baker; a sister, Sally Murckson; and a great-grandson.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home.

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TALLHASSEE, FLA. – Emil J. Bertolini, 85, formerly of Austintown passed away peacefully on Monday, June 22, at his home in Tallahassee.

Emil was born Jan. 25, 1930, in Youngstown, the son of Emil G. and Lucia (DePonte) Bertolini.

Emil was a former member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

Emil was born and raised in Austintown, where he graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1948, and Youngstown College in 1953. He grew up in his father’s family business of Bertolini Bros. Marble & Tile Co., where he worked from 1943 to 1977. He served in many capacities, including secretary/treasurer, vice-president, and partner. The Regency House in Austintown was a product of his creative ingenuity, where he was a partner from 1973 to 1993.

He loved his community and dedicated himself as an Austintown Township trustee from 1961 to 1973, and served as president, director of state of trustees and clerks, and president of the Mahoning County Health Advisory Council. He was also a long-time member of Austintown Kiwanis and served as president. He later moved to Tallahassee, where he continued his career in marble and tile as chief estimator and manager of T.J. Manning and Manning & Smith Tile Co., until he retired in 2013.

Emil had a passion for model slot cars, with a collection spanning six decades and documented in various publications. Emil was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, and will truly be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; a son, Emil John Bertolini of Poland; two daughters, Janis (Jack) Daugherty of Youngstown, and Sandra (Todd) Belsan of Orlando, Fla.; sons Edward (Ginger) Stanley of Tallahassee, Scott (Earlena) Stanley of Girard, Ga., Thomas (Sara) Stanley of Appling, Ga., and Christopher (Kelly) of Nicholasville, Ky.; and his grandchildren, Daniel (Breanna) Bertolini, Jack Daugherty, Taylor Daugherty, Richard Emil Belsan, and Nathan, LeAnna, Josiah, and Avery Stanley.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Norma; a daughter-in-law, Sue Bertolini; a sister, Arthurina Bertolini; and three brothers, Dominic, Henry, and Rudolpho Bertolini.

Friends may call Wednesday, July 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, with a graveside service to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

The Bertolini family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to Big Bend Hospice Foundation, www.bigbendhospice.org, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.

Visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

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GIRARD - Gertrude Barrett, 87, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center with her family by her side.

Gertrude was born, Sept. 25, 1928 in Big Sandy, Tenn., a daughter of the late Vernon and Lois Harris Lowery and came to the area in the early 1950s.

Mrs. Barrett was a member of First Baptist Church in Girard.

She greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Marvin Barrett, whom she married June 27, 1950, passed away April 23, 2007.

Gertrude leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Linda (John) DeProfio of Liberty Township; a son, Dennis Barrett of Liberty Township; nine grandchildren, Kristina (Dave) Richmond, Gina (Jeff) Allen, Tony (Jen) DeProfio, Carlie Taylor, Lisa (Nico) Barrett, Amy (Jason) Lucik, Kelly Barrett, Michael Barrett, and Laura Barrett; six great-grandchildren, Jessica and Johnathan Richmond, Dominic Allen, Eric and Emily Lucik, and Lane Barrett; a sister, Marie Berry of Tennessee; a brother, Wilbur Lowery of Tennessee; and four special grandchildren, Heidi Edgar, Bryan Edwards, Meridith Polando and Evan Polando.

Besides her parents, four sisters, Jewell Bowles, Mary Clark, Wilma Pierpoint and Betty Jean Wheatley, two brothers, Clarence Lowery and Raymond Lowery and a daughter-in-law, Carol Barrett, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2015, at Kinnick Funeral Home McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St. in Girard.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Liberty Township Churchill Cemetery, where Gertrude will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Gertrude’s family would like to thank the staff of Autumn Hills Nursing Home for their loving care to Gertrude during her stay there, especially Erin, Andrew, Tammy and granddaughter Tina.

Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to send condolence’s to Gertrude’s family and to view this obituary.

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JEFFERSONVILLE, IND. – Corynne “Connie” Lee Daugherty, 83, went to be with her Heavenly Father on June 30, 2015. With her family at her side, she died at the Clark Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center in Clarksville, where she had been a resident.

Connie chose cremation and a celebration of life service is planned at the Scott Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at 1 p.m. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service.

The daughter of Elizabeth and Clark Colligan, she was born July 12, 1931, in Youngstown.

After graduating as valedictorian at Jackson-Milton High School in North Jackson, she attended Kent State University, where she earned her teaching certificate and began a career in the elementary classroom that lasted until 1986.

She married Gilbert Daugherty in August of 1952, shortly before he was called to serve his country. That began a 20-year Army career, during which time the family spent time in Germany, France, and England and across the United States, where she raised her family and taught.

The family settled in Jeffersonville in 1971, where Connie taught in the Greater Clark School system while getting her degree in Elementary Education at Indiana University. She later obtained her Master’s and her Specialist Degrees at IU. She served as principal at Rose Hill Elementary School. After those doors were permanently closed, she moved to the main offices of Greater Clark, where she was assistant superintendent for Elementary Education. Following two years there, she moved to Indiana University Southeast, where she trained elementary teachers for the remainder of her formal working career.

In addition to serving on many local boards, Connie was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, a past president of the Pilot Club, and a past president of the Jeffersonville Evening Optimist Club. She held the distinction of being the first female to have become an Optimist Club member in all of southern Indiana. She is believed to be the first female president of an Optimist Club in all of Indiana. For her lifetime accomplishments, Connie was honored in her hometown, where she was inducted into the Jackson-Milton Hall of Fame.

Connie, or “Giggy,” as she was called by family and friends, enjoyed many aspects of life, but she considered the most precious time to be when she was with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gilbert; two sons, Rick and his wife, Sue, and Jerry and his wife, Robyn; a sister, Linda Warner; four granddaughters, including Amanda and husband Gary, Erin and husband David, Jessica and her spouse, Victor, and Alice. She was also extremely proud of four great-grandchildren, Dayna, Ayden, Ashlynn and Skylar.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving stepfather, Clifford Leyshon.

The family asks that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Jeffersonville Optimist Youth Foundation.

Please visit www.scottfuneralhome.com to leave a special message for the family.

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CHAGRIN FALLS – Edward Fire, 78, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 3, 1936, in Lowellville, the son of Frank and Pauline Fire.

He was a 1954 graduate of Lowellville High School and attended Youngstown State University.

Edward served in U.S. Navy shortly after gradation at age 17 from 1954 to 1958.

“Ed’s” career as union leader, began in 1961 at Packard Electric in Warren, where he served in elected union offices for 40-plus years at the local, district and international union levels. In 1964, he was elected President of the 13,000-member IUE Local 717 at Delphi Packard and re-elected in 1966, 1968, and 1971. He also served as vice president of the Ohio AFL-CIO. In 1974, he was elected secretary-treasurer of the 80,000-member IUE District seven, headquartered in Kettering, and re-elected in 1976.

In 1977, he was elected chairman of the IUE-General Motors Conference Board in Kettering, representing IUE members employed by GM in Dayton, Rochester, N.Y., Warren, New Brunswick, N.J., Clinton and Brookhaven, Miss., Anaheim, Calif., and Gadsen, Ala. He participated in IUE-GM national contract negotiations with GM in 1967, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993,1996, 1999 and 2003. In 1980, he was elected president of IUE District seven. In 1982, he was elected secretary-treasurer of the International Union, IUE AFL-CIO, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and was re-elected in 1984, 1988 and 1992.

In 1996, he was elected the fifth president in the history of the 180,000-member IUE AFL-CIO and re-elected in 2000, shortly before the merger of the IUE and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). He also served as vice president and member of the Executive Council of the National AFL-CIO.

He was a laborer of love in every aspect of his job to help people have good jobs with good pay. His humanitarian gestures and our precious memories will be remembered by all his friends and family.

The highlights of his career included leading the union’s bargaining teams with major corporations, GM, GE, and Delphi. He led IUE’s efforts in the merger with the CWA. He also led the union’s political action efforts, including being actively involved in the campaigns of Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as Ohio Governor Dick Celeste, and Senators John Glenn, Howard Metzenbaum and Sherrod Brown.

Edward retired in 2004, and resided in Chagrin Falls with his wife, Margaret.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Fire of Chagrin Falls; three sons, Dino (Pamela) Fire of Jenson, Mich., Patrick Fire of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Ted (Melissa) Fire of Stow, Mass.; three granddaughters, Morgan and Lina Fire, and Capri (George) Kandris; two grandsons, Sam and Jake Fire; a sister, Jeanette Farley of Warren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Fire; and four sisters, Margaret Fire, Ida Marino, Rosemarie Whalen and Ann Fire.

Family and friends may call Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road, NE, Warren, and Tuesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 131 E. Wood St., Lowellville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. John Jerek officiating.

Burial will be at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Edward’s name to Special Olympics Ohio, 3303 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH 43232; the Second Harvest Food Bank, 2805 Salt Springs Road, Youngstown, OH 44509; Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home, 6801 Brecksville Road, Suite 10, Independence, OH 44131; or Patriots for Change (Ed Fire Memorial Fund), 200 Industrial Parkway No. 21, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.

Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book, and send condolences to the Fire family.

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TWINSBURG - Robert A. Gentzel, 96, passed away on July 1, 2015, while residing at Grande Village Assisted Living in Twinsburg.

Born in Pennsylvania to the late Frank and Bertha Gentzel, he had lived most of his life in the Canfield area.

During World War II he served with the U.S. Coast Guard, after which, he trained as an electrician and heating/air conditioning specialist. In the 1960s, he became a dealer and installer of commercial air conditioning equipment. His expertise in this area took him to many exotic areas of the world, such as, Columbia, Tahiti, Iran, and Pakistan. In addition to his professional trips, his love of travel led him to circumnavigate the world twice, visiting nearly every continent and dozens of countries.

In 1969, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marian. Later, his second wife, Clara, also preceded him in death.

His survivors include daughters Carol (Steve) Bowman of Aurora and Nancy Gentzel of Houston; son Robert Allen (Mel) Gentzel of Roanoke, Va.; grandsons Kevin and Mike Bowman, and David (Melinda) Gentzel; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Canfield Chapel, 65 N. Broad St., Canfield, where the Rev. Russell Adams will officiate at a funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Canfield Cemetery.

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NEW CASTLE, PA. - Bonnie S. Hunt, 70, passed away the morning of Feb. 10, 2015, at Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Born June 11, 1944, in New Castle, she was a daughter of Friend Peebles and Edna Jones Peebles.

She was a 1962 graduate of Union High School After her retirement from Penn Power Company as a store room clerk, she delivered parts for NAPA Auto Parts. In earlier years she was employed by Ralph’s Supermarket as a stock clerk.

Among her many interests, Bonnie enjoyed playing Bingo, porcelain painting, and teaching ceramics.

She was a former member of the First Christian Church.

She is survived by her two brothers, Gary (Cathy) Peebles of Beaver Falls, Pa., and Dave Peebles of New Castle, with whom she made her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.

Please visit www.cunningham.com to offer online condolences.

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AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday for Annabelle (Rickard) Kunkle, 91, who passed away Friday morning, July 3, 2015.

She was born March 13, 1924, in Center Township, Pa., a daughter of the late Austin R. and Grace L. Rickard (Kunkle).

Annabelle married Vernon A. Kunkle on Oct. 27, 1945. He passed away on April 2, 2010.

She was a homemaker, an extraordinary baker, and a member of the former Wickcliffe Christian Church, where she was an active quilter.

Mrs. Kunkle is survived by two sons, Vernon E. Kunkle of Burghill and Michael A. Kunkle of Austintown. She is also survived by a daughter, Patricia Ann Kunkle of Niles. She leaves two grandsons, Michael and Jeffery Kunkle; as well as three granddaughters, Michelle and Sarah Kunkle and Jessica (Clint) Raubenolt. Annabelle also leaves two great-grandsons, Liam and Logan Raubenolt.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Pauline Lingenfelter and Roberta Mae Fairman.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., one hour prior to the services, on Tuesday, July 7, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

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

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POLAND – Prayers will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Holy Family Church, for Frances A. Kesic, 92, who passed away Thursday July 2, 2015, at The Commons at Greenbriar.

“Fran” was born June 2, 1923, in Bradley, the daughter of Dominic and Nicolina (Pillicioni) Albanesi.

After graduating from The Rayen School in 1942, she worked at the General Electric Plant in Youngstown and later, worked at General Fireproofing for two years as part of the war effort, preparing engine parts for our military.

Fran was a longtime member of the Holy Family Church. She will be remembered as a caring, loving and giving person who enjoyed crafts, crocheting, ceramics, painting and quilting. Her favorite pastimes included vacationing with her family on Kiawah Island, S.C. and Hutchinson Island, Fla.

Her husband, Thomas M. Kesic, whom she married Jan. 26, 1952, died Jan. 22, 2014.

She is survived by her two daughters, Denise (Lawrence) Crookshanks of Concord, Ohio and Kim (Brent) Moellering of Westerville; a son, Thomas M. Kesic Jr. of Poland; two grandchildren, Lindsey and Michael Crookshanks; and two sisters, Inez Naples and Phyllis Corsell.

Frances was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Kesic.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in memory of Frances to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Suite E., Green, OH 44685, and The Commons at Greenbriar Activity Fund, c/o Karen DeLisio, 18060 South Ave., Boardman, OH 44512.

Family and friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel.

Please visit www.higgins-reardon.com to view this tribute and to send condolences.

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OLIVE BRANCH, MISS. – Nina O. Laney was born in Struthers on Nov. 6, 1919, and died June 28, 2015, in Olive Branch.

Nina served as a Liberty School nurse from September of 1963 to June of 1985.

She is survived by her son, Michael H. Laney; her three grandchildren, Nina, Cara, and Brett; and her best friend, Marge Pemberton.

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RICHMOND, VA. - Rose Marletto joined her husband in Heaven on Thursday July 2, 2015, from her home in Richmond, surrounded by her children and grandchildren, after a brief illness.

She grew up in Greenville, Pa., and married Dominic J. Marletto in 1947, on her birthday. They raised three children in the Sharon, Pa. area, Annette Gregg and husband Mark of Richmond, Michael Marletto and wife Diane of New Castle, Pa., and Joseph Marletto and wife Pamela of Sharpsville, Pa.

Rose leaves behind six adoring grandchildren, Maria Goebert, Lucinda Stevens, Theresa Fersch, Joseph Rini, Mikie Marletto, and LeeAnn Marletto; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dominic; granddaughter Christina Marletto; grandson Nicholas Marletto; her parents; and her siblings.

She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Sharon. She was very skilled at making delicious homemade Italian sausage and cavatelli among other Italian dishes. Rose was an exemplary mother and grandmother. Her family is a tapestry woven together by her love. Rose and Dom will always be admired for their graceful and lively polka dancing.

Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2015, at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.

Please visit www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com to send online condolences to the family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at St. Joseph Church, Sharon, with the Rev. Thomas Whitman, pastor, as celebrant.

Entombment will be at St. Rose Cemetery Mausoleum, Hermitage, Pa.

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WESTLAKE - Evelyn M. Nelson, 88, passed away July 2, 2015.

Please see Tuesday’s Vindicator for obituary and service information.

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ALLIANCE - Margaret F. (Ketchel) Percic, 89, went to be with the Lord on June 27, 2015, at the Alliance Community Care Center.

Margaret was born Oct. 30, 1925, in Bessemer, Pa., to the late Anthony and Pauline (Snezic) Ketchel.

She was a member of the Regina Coeli Catholic Church in Alliance.

She enjoyed traveling, her retail career in Pennsylvania, Florida, New Jersey and Ohio, photography, and especially enjoyed raising her daughter, Kathleen.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph; her daughter, Kathleen Mangini; sisters Catherine Ketchel, Pauline Kelley and Helen Rape; and brothers Rudy and Harry.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas (Patricia); and many nieces and nephews.

Per her wishes, cremation has taken place.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m., at the Christ the King/St. Anthony Parish in Bessemer.

Interment will be at St. Anthony Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home, Alliance.

Please visit www.sharerfuneralhome.com to give online condolences.

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AUSTINTOWN – Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, 8387 Tod Ave. in Boardman, for Ethel DeLadurantey Stryffeler, 84, formerly of Boardman, who passed away Wednesday evening, at Austinwoods Care Center.

Ethel was born July 4, 1930, in Johnstown, Pa., the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred (Oaks) Glass.

She worked as a bookkeeper for JB Supply for 10 years and also worked as a CNA (Certified Nurses Assistant) in Naples, Fla., for four years before retiring in December of 2006.

Ethel was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School, where she was a majorette and married her high school sweetheart, Charles DeLadurantey. She loved the Lord and was a former member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman, where she also served as the secretary for a couple of years. Her hobbies included fishing, boating, dancing and music. Ethel loved the music of Jimmy Buffet especially the song “Holiday.” Most of all, Ethel loved to spend time with her family.

She leaves five children, Christopher (Joan) DeLadurantey of Naples, Charles (Michelle) DeLadurantey of Nashville, Tenn., Linda Barnes of Boardman, Laura (Jack) MacCartney of Jacksonville, Fla., and James (Kathy) DeLadurantey of Boardman; and one brother, Ted Glass of Austintown; as well as 23 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Ethel was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles DeLadurantey, whom she married March 29, 1950, and who passed away Feb. 21, 1991; her second husband, Herbert Stryffeler, whom she married Sept. 29, 1995, and who passed away Oct. 2, 1997; and one son-in-law, Gary Polder.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., today, at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Anstrom Chapel, and again from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home on Monday.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.



BOARDMAN - Lillian Ellen Thomas, 94, died June 27, 2015, in Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House.

She was born June 24, 1921, in Youngstown, daughter of the late Lloyd and Anita Berna Bryan.

She was a 1941 graduate of Springfield Township High School and worked as a secretary for Postal Church of America Paper for 26 years, retiring in 1986. Lillian was a member of the Boardman United Methodist Church and will be deeply missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Thomas, in 1978.

Graveside services were held on Friday at 10 a.m. at Lake Park Cemetery.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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CANFIELD – Paul Gilbert Vaughn, 46, was born on Aug. 1, 1968, and left the world too soon, on June 29, 2015.

Upon his high school graduation, he entered the U.S. Army in 1986. While in the Army, he was an armament/electrical systems specialist who was awarded an Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Expert Medal, Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Grenade Bar, and Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Bar. He also passed courses in Primary Leadership Development, Aircraft Systems Repair, and Helicopter Weapons Systems Repair. He was in the original Persian Gulf conflict and then served a tour of duty in Germany. He completed his Army service in 1995.

With the completion of his military service, he began his career in the traffic industry, specializing in traffic controllers and signals. During these years, he acquired his IMSA Level II certification as a signal technician. He was a certified inspector of traffic signals and cabinets, as well as earning his certificate as an accredited trainer in Highway Safety and Signal Maintenance.

Paul enjoyed spending time with his family and friends playing corn hole, attending concerts, going to the movies, golfing, working out, but most especially, he loved going on relaxing family beach vacations in Outer Banks, Orange Beach and Maui. Paul was the true epitome of a loving, caring, and devoted human being.

Paul is survived by his unconditional loving wife, Nicole; his sons, Bryce and Brock; and his daughter, Devyn. Paul will be sadly missed by all who really knew, cherished, and loved him for who and what he was.

In honor of Paul’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal services.

The Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman had the honor and privilege of handling the arrangements for Paul.

Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Paul’s family.

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HOUSTON - Margaret S. Wills, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2015, at Manor Care Health Services in Webster, Texas.

Born in Toledo on March 4, 1927, she was the first of three children, to William J. Sampson Jr. and Margaret Thomas Sampson, and grew up in Cleveland and Youngstown. She moved to the Galveston, Texas and Houston area in 1981.

“Peggy” was a free spirit, having been educated at The Ethel Walker School, Miss Porter’s School for Girls, and graduated with a B.S. in Education from Adelphi College. She later found business and art more interesting.

She was a member of AARP, and enjoyed arts and crafts, antiques, and “the hunt” of garage sales.

She married Gordon Wills, of Carbondale, Pa., and had three children. Later, she met Biktor Mpehlibanis of Athens, Greece, with whom she traveled throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. She was especially fond of the Greek islands and the archeology that she loved.

She was predeceased by her parents; both husbands; sister Mary W. Block of California; and brother W.J. Sampson III of New Jersey.

She leaves her daughter, Megan (Phillip) Mather of Richmond, Texas; sons William J. Wills of Youngstown and Gordon “JR” (Rita) Wills of Dickinson; three nieces, Virginia Block of Houston, Elizabeth Mitchell of Conneticut, and Virginia Sampson of Oregon; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Per her wishes, there were no calling hours or funeral.

Those wanting to make material tributes, are asked to make a donation in her name to the animal charity of their choice.

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CANFIELD - Shirley D. Rankin Weatherall, 77, was granted her angel wings on June 29, 2015.

She was a beloved sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who brought joy and wisdom to all who were privileged to have known her.

Shirley’s journey began Nov. 30, 1937, in Youngstown, the ninth child of Scott and Thelma Rankin.

She graduated from North High School, where she was a majorette.

She was an active member of the New Bethel Baptist Church, where she served as an usher and worked in the daycare. She contributed to multiple charities, Operation Smile, various homeless shelters, and especially Easter Seals. Shirley was a published author of poetry. She had a variety of hobbies, including bowling and skating.

Shirley was the first African American ward clerk at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She was employed and retired from Packard Electric. After retirement, she accomplished her dream of opening a daycare. Her greatest joy was caring for children.

Her husband, Walter Weatherall, whom she married on June 30, 1990, died May 9, 2011.

Shirley is survived by her siblings, Stanley Rankin, Jane Jenkins, Dorothy Garay, Donald Rankin, Leonard Rankin, Ronald Rankin and Larry Rankin; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her siblings, Frances Jones, Scott Rankin Jr., Jean Stewart, Felix Rankin, Clarence Rankin, and Harold Rankin.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 6, 2015, at 11 a.m., at the New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., Youngstown.

Family and friends may pay their respects on Monday, July 6, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 10:50 a.m., at the New Bethel Baptist Church, Youngstown.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Youngstown.

Burial will take place at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends may visit www.rossisantuccifh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Rankin and Weatherall families.

“Shirley’s generosity and unyielding devotion to family, friends, and her community will last forever in our hearts. She will be sincerely missed.”

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NEW SPRINGFIELD - William E. Wolfe, 72, died unexpectedly, Tuesday morning, June 30, at the St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center emergency room.

Affectionately known as “Bill,” he was born Dec. 30, 1942, in Youngstown, a son of the late David and Josephine Couch Wolfe.

A 1961 graduate of South High School, Mr. Wolfe worked as an electronics service technician for South Side Radio and later for Doc’s Radio and TV, from which he retired. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in Vietnam and was a member of New Springfield VFW Post 2799.

William spent much of his free time volunteering for organizations he held dear to his heart, namely the YMCA, Camp Fitch, Boy Scouts of America, Boardman Little Spartans football team, and his favorite, Angels for Animals.

When volunteering at Angels for Animals, while wearing his usual white lab coat, he referred to himself as the “Doctor of Laundry” and “Best Friend” of the cats, who waited there to be adopted. He called each one by name and made sure that each one got his brief, but undivided, attention. He was an active member of the Western Reserve Amateur Radio Club for many years. A longtime member of St. John Episcopal Church, he sang in the choir, and had a great love for classical sacred music.

Bill was a knowledgeable, kind, and gentle soul, and had an amazing memory. He loved his God and his family.

He is survived by his sister, Martha “Martie” (Jim) of Poland; a niece, Alyson (Eric) Roeseler of Wyoming, Ohio and their children, Noah and Luke; along with several cousins. He also leaves his beloved cats, Buffy and Rosie.

A memorial service to celebrate Bill’s life will be held Saturday, July 11, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at St. John Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Gayle Cantinella officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests that any memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406 or to St. John Episcopal Church Music Program, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44503.

Arrangements are being handled by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.

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POLAND - Edith V. Allensworth Young, 97, died at her home on July 2, 2015, with her children by her side.

She was born April 3, 1918, in East Springfield, Ohio, the daughter of the late George T. and Alberta Thompson Allensworth.

Edith was a 1935 graduate of East Palestine High School.

She married Howard Young of New Springfield on June 7, 1938, and he preceded her in death in 1998.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three sisters, Catherine Horton, Marion Whitehouse, and Dorothy Hostnik.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jerilynne and Thomas Messenger of New Paris; and her son, Gary of Poland.

While she worked in her early years to help support her family during the depression and World War II, she always considered her most important role as a mother and homemaker. Edith was a gentle, compassionate, and loving woman, who put family above all else. Her home reflected her incredible talent with crocheting, sewing, and other crafts, and she created wonderful home-baked foods to celebrate the people she loved and life’s special events.

Edith was a long-standing member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church of New Springfield.

A memorial service will be held at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, with Pastor Aimee Raymond and Pastor Larry Klinker officiating, with the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service.

Edith and her family would like to thank her many friends and caregivers who have supported and loved her through her medical challenges over the last eight years. A special appreciation to Gary who provided such devoted caring.

Edith requested no flowers, however, messages and cards describing special memories with her are especially welcome. Tribute donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are being handled by the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland.

Please visit www.beckerobits.com to view the obituary and send condolences to the family.

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