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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Hubbard, with the Rev. Michael Swierz officiating, for Maria Catone, 56, who passed away Friday, April 29, 2016, at Hospice of the Valley Hospice House.

Maria was born Aug. 15, 1959, in Youngstown, a daughter of Angelo J. and Cecelia M. Mozzillo Catone.

She was a 1977 graduate of Hubbard High School and later graduated from Youngstown State University with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education.

Maria was a teacher for Youngstown City Schools for 30 years, retiring in 2012.

She will be sadly missed by her family, her siblings, Joseph (Andrea) Catone of Liberty, Carol (Randy) Sylvester of Duncannon, Pa., Rafael (Jerry) Langley of Brookfield, Jane (Paul) Bertolasio of Liberty, and Bart Catone of Hubbard; several nieces and nephews; and her dog, Bella.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Angelo G. Catone.

There will be calling hours on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m., and prayers on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 9:15 a.m. at the Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home in Hubbard.

Maria will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38173-0704.

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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PHOENIX – Larry Deane Corbett, 79, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016.

Born in Rimersburg, Pa., and raised in Youngstown, he was the son of Deane and Dessie Corbett, owners of Corbett Realty.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol Stefanski-Corbett, who died in 2012.

Larry and Carol were married for 56 years and had lived in Austintown, Irmo, S.C., Bluffton, S.C., Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

Larry proudly served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1950s.

Larry is survived by his sister, Linda Beach; sons Deane and wife Karen (Buchenic) of Phoenix, Steven of Las Vegas, and Larry and wife Kathy (Buchenic) of Raleigh, N.C.; granddaughters Faustin McDonald, Candace Turley, Brittany Corbett; grandson Alexander Corbett; great-grandsons Braden and Gage McDonald; and great-granddaughter Emmerson Turley.

Both Larry and Carol are greatly missed and will always be tremendously loved.

“Now eternally together.”

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DEERFIELD - On the far side of heaven sits a small house overlooking a calm ocean and eternal sunset. A wooden deck offers a majestic view of this perfect scene, and it is where a beautiful woman sits, now petting her dogs, as she listens to a baseball game playing over the radio. The woman’s name is Dorothy Louise Hanlon-Ford, 71, known by family and friends as “Dotty,” and the setting resembles a place she loved not long ago before passing away on April 14, 2016.

She was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians throughout her whole life. When she lived in places that didn’t broadcast the games on TV, she followed the team by listening to Tom Hamilton on the radio, a medium she came to prefer because of Hamilton’s enthusiasm. Like any true Cleveland fan, she believed every year was the year and told the family recently she felt the “Tribe” had a real good shot in 2016.

On the afternoon she passed, the Indians were playing a day game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Of course, Dotty was watching. The Tribe went on to beat the Rays, 6-0. Hopefully, they will honor her by winning the pennant this year. Go Tribe!!!

Dotty was born March 7, 1945, in Youngstown.

After graduating from Cardinal Mooney High School in 1963, she moved to Washington, D.C., to work at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing at the U.S. Mint. It was in Washington, D.C., she became a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins. To fulfill her dream of helping people, she graduated from the University of Akron and then worked as an RN at the Cleveland VA’s Wade Park Medical Center.

Dotty was a lifelong champion of the abused and neglected, taking care of our nation’s veterans at Wade Park Veterans hospital, adopting dogs nobody else wanted, and befriending the sick, aged and disabled during her nursing career.

When she grew weary of the Ohio cold, she moved to Topsail Island, N.C., and settled on a beach-front home that overlooked the Atlantic Ocean. Dotty loved it there, and she once told a nephew who later sat on the deck next to her, “I imagine heaven must be a lot like this.”

Dotty was preceded in death by her parents, William M. Hanlon and Dorothy (Ricciuti) Hanlon.

She is survived by her sisters, Ann Marie (Robert) Barnes and Carol (Anthony) Varverys; her brother, William J. Hanlon; one niece; six nephews; four great-nephews, the youngest of whom, as a 5-week-old, had the privilege of meeting his “Great-Aunt Dotty” before passing away. She is also survived by her beloved dogs, Jake and Hercules; and her caring neighbors Nettie and Alan.

A private memorial Mass will be held at the Holy Family Church.

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

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YOUNGSTOWN - Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the L.E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home for Mrs. Beatrice Marie Johnson, 62, who departed this life April 25, 2016, at the Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Johnson was born Oct. 6, 1953, in Youngstown, a daughter of Luther and Marie King Shorter.

She was a 1971 graduate of South High School and had attended ITT Technical Institute. She had been employed at Tamco Distributors as a computer data processor.

On June 17, 1972, Beatrice married Alvin “Asa” Johnson, and to this union three daughters were born, Monica, Marquita and Marshawna.

She loved cooking and had served as president of the Little League Penguins football team booster club.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Monica and Marshawna (Richard) Johnson; three sisters, Gloria Jonner, Rose Winlock, and Charlotte Grant, all of Youngstown; a brother, Ray Shorter of Montana; her stepmother, Orabelle Shorter; her God-given children, whom she helped rear, Theodore Johnson of Columbus, Robin Johnson and Louis Jones, both of Youngstown; three grandsons, Ramon Terry, Richard Buchanan Jr. and Khemani Johnson; goddaughters Ashley Harris and Tonya Williams; godsons John and Jerald Johnson and Jermaine Young; two best friends, Nancy Wallace and Darlene Stevens; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Marquita Johnson; two brothers, Luther and Jerald Shorter; a grandson, Jayontae Driver; and a best friend, Mary Helen Johnson.

Friends may call one hour prior to the services on Tuesday, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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GIRARD – Paul Moening, 72, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 28, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul was born Jan. 21, 1944, the son of Ralph and Margarette E. (Boals) Moening.

He worked more than 30 years in construction and owned and operated Moening Co. Paul was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his wife, Linda (Robison) Moening, whom he married Dec. 22, 1993; his children, Bridget Perry of California, Edward Perry of Girard, Jennifer Perry of Girard, and Valerie (Jeff) Bona of California; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Paul was preceded in death by his sister, Claira.

A private military burial at sea will be held at a later date.

Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Kenneth Frank “Ken” McClain, 61, went to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, April 24, 2016, with his family by his side.

Ken will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends for his strong faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

He was born Aug. 11, 1954, in Uniontown, Pa., the son of Kenneth Craft and Agnes Ann (Rogers) McClain, and moved to Ohio as a young child.

Ken was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and then was employed with Conrail Railroad as a tracks man for more than 23 years. Ken enjoyed cooking and grilling and loved the outdoors, where he fished and hunted, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and children. They have so many great memories of the times that they spent at the parks, fairs and festivals.

He had a passion for riding motorcycles, especially his Harley-Davidson. Ken also enjoyed working as a mechanic, on cars and motorcycles, for a hobby and was so proud of his 1923 Ford Model T.

Ken leaves behind to hold onto his memories, his father, Kenneth Craft McClain of Gettsyburg, S.D.; his children, Kenneth Clarence “Kenny” McClain of Niles, Kyle McClain of Warren, Travis and Jessica McClain of Greenville, Pa., and Theodore Sulich of Warren; two grandchildren, Mia and Cora; three sisters, Nancy Scofield of Ravenna, Diane (Steve) Clifford of Gettysburg, S.D., and Carrie McClain of Brookings, S.D.; three nephews; a niece; a grandniece; and a grandnephew.

Ken was preceded in death by his mother, Agnes Ann McClain.

Per Ken’s request, a caring cremation has taken place and no calling hours or services will be held.

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

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

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WAUSEON - James F. Moore, formerly of Poland, died on April 17, 2016.

He was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Youngstown, to James F. Moore and La Rue Johnson Moore.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Chicko Moore, whom he married in June of 1951. They have three children, Kimberly Moore Hackett of Wauseon, Richard J. Moore of Medina, and Robert F. Moore of Medina. They have six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

“Jim” was a carpenter. He joined Carpenters Local Union 171 in Youngstown in January of 1948 as an apprentice. He served in elected office in Local 171 and kindred labor organizations from July of 1954 through the time of his retirement on Dec. 31, 1989. At that time, he was president of the Northeast Ohio District Council of Carpenters.

Jim was appointed a commissioner of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority by Mayor Jack Hunter in years 1973 and 1977, and again by Mayor Pat Ungaro in years 1981 and 1985. By the time he retired from the Commission in January of 1990, Jim had been chairman of the Board of Commissioners since November of 1980.

He was a member of the board of directors of Leadership Youngstown.

Jim was a life member of the Fifth Marine Division Association. He served with the Fifth Marine Division in the Pacific theater in World War II.

There are no calling hours.

A Mass in celebration of Jim’s life will take place at St. Caspar’s Church in Wauseon at a later date.

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WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICH. - Janet “Jan” Banninga Penney, passed away on April 21, 2016, at the age of 85.

She was born in Toledo and grew up in Youngstown.

Jan is survived by her companion, Tom Fritcheck; daughter Linda Penney Redman; son Steven Penney; brother Scott Banninga; sister-in-law Lin Banninga; grandchildren David and James Redman; and great-grandchildren Leila and Kathleen Redman.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, Richard Penney.

Jan attended the University of Michigan for two years. She loved Mozart, folk music and folk dance.

An informal memorial service will be held in southeast Michigan later this year.

Charitable donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society, Focus: HOPE; or American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by the Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home in Royal Oak, Mich.

Visit www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com to leave condolences.

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CAMPBELL – Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home, with Deacon John Rentas officiating, for Juan Rodriguez, 76, who passed away Wednesday.

Juan was born Dec. 19, 1939, in Guanica, Puerto Rico, the son of Monserrate and Fundadora Vargas Rodriguez.

Juan liked attending the workshops at Gateways to Better Living. He will always be remembered for helping people with their gardening and housework. Juan enjoyed spending time at Chick’s Place in Campbell. He was a member of the Christ the Good Shepherd Parish at St. Rosa de Lima Catholic Church.

Juan leaves to cherish his memories, his sisters, Carmen Guevarez of Pasco, Fla., Sara (Fred) Maguire of Youngstown, Lucy Rivera of Campbell and Irma Rodriguez of Youngstown; his brother, Hector (Leslie) Rodriguez of Seattle; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his four sisters, Mona Rodriguez, Esmeralda Rodriguez, Candida Rodriguez and Dominga Rodriguez; his brother, Jose Rodriguez; and his brother-in-law, Carlos Enrique Rivera Sr.

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

Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Juan’s family condolences.

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HUBBARD – Steven W. Ballew Sr., 64, died Wednesday morning, April 27, 2016, at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

He was born Aug. 31, 1951, in Sewickley Valley, Pa., a son of LeRoy and Beatrice J. Taylor Ballew Sr., and lived most of his life in Hubbard.

Mr. Ballew owned and operated Ballew’s Body Shop for many years before retiring in 2001 and enjoyed anything and everything to do with cars.

He leaves a son, Steve (Kasey Schmitt) Ballew II of Austintown; two brothers, LeRoy (Judith) Ballew Jr. and Virgil Ballew, both of Girard; and two sisters, Darlene Anderson of Hubbard and Connie (Bob) Ressler of Girard.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents; a niece, Jessica Ballew; and a nephew, Stewart Lee.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home.

Interment will be at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

Visit www.krcummins.com to view this obituary and to send condolences to the family.

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YOUNGSTOWN - David A. Senchesak, 66, of the city’s west side, passed away early Saturday morning, April 30, 2016, at his home with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer.

David was born May 20, 1949, in Youngstown, a son of the late Metro and Ann Marie Lasko Senchesak, and was a lifelong area resident.

Dave graduated from Chaney High School in 1967. He subsequently served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded three Purple Hearts.

Mr. Senchesak worked for 37 years with the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 2010.

David was a member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown. He was a member of Catholic War Veterans, John J. Buckley Post, No. 1292, in Youngstown, and he was a life member since 1971 of the Youngstown DAV, Chapter 2. Dave was also a member of the Vietnam Vets of American, and he was a proud fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Dave is survived by his wife of nearly 40 years, Margaret Gorman Senchesak, whom he married May 15, 1976; three sons, Daniel Senchesak of Aurora, Timothy (Christa Franklin) Senchesak of Youngstown, and Thomas Senchesak of Youngstown; a granddaughter, Gabryella Senchesak; two brothers, Dennis (Betty) Senchesak of Garfield Heights and Daniel Senchesak of Youngstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at the funeral home, and will continue with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church on South Schenley Avenue in Youngstown.

Committal services with military honors will take place Thursday, May 5, at 12:30 p.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary, and to send condolences online to Dave’s family.

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WARREN - Ralph E. “Jim” Snelson, 80, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at Lake Vista of Cortland, after a long illness.

He was born on May 13, 1935, in Warren, the son of the late Dr. Ralph “Snick” and Anne Lewis Snelson.

Jim was a local dentist with Snelson & Snelson. He had partnered first with his father, Dr. Ralph A. “Snick” Snelson and then later with his son, Dr. Lee Snelson, who continues the family practice. He graduated from DePauw University in Green Castle, Ind. and in 1961, he earned his Doctorate of Dental Science from The Ohio State College of Dentistry.

Memories of Jim will be carried on by wife, Diane Woodward Snelson of Howland; sons Dr. Lee (Angela) Snelson of Howland and Dr. Mark (Suzanne) Snelson of Gates Mills; brother Lynn A. Snelson of Cortland; and grandsons Zachary Snelson, Colin Snelson, Dean Snelson.

Dr. Snelson has been very involved with his professional and civic organizations throughout his career. He served as president of the Corydon Palmer Dental Society and in 1993, he served as president of the Ohio Dental Association. Reflective on Jim’s enthusiasm of life, was his slogan during his presidency, “Foreword Ever, Backward Never.”

He was awarded the Ohio Dental Association’s, Distinguished Dentist Award in 2002 and their Achievement Award in 2015. He served on the American and Ohio Dental Political Action committees as well as other task forces. He always demonstrated his passion and energy for the betterment of his profession and the community that he loved.

Dr. Snelson’s other professional organizational affiliations include the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Academy of Dentist International.

Giving back to his community was a lifestyle of Jim’s for which he had been honored. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award for his efforts with the Boy Scouts of America, named Warren’s Community Star by the Warren Tribune Chronicle and Trumbull 100 that recognizes volunteers who go above and beyond to serve the community. He was elected into the Warren G. Harding’s Hall of Fame.

His community commitment was just as impressive. They include organizations like Trumbull Lifelines, Trumbull Memorial Hospital board, Christ Episcopal Foundation board, and past president of the Trumbull 100. He served as chairman of the United Way Campaign, Boy Scouts and was a member of the Buckeye Club.

The Snelson family will receive friends Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home in Warren, and Friday, May 6, 2016, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church. A celebration of life service will follow at 1 p.m. in the church sanctuary, with the Rev. Fr. J. Jeffery Baker officiating. A private inurnment will be at the Christ Episcopal Columbarium.

His family suggests contributions be made in the form of donations to the Christ Episcopal Church Foundation, 2627 Atlantic St., NE, Warren, OH 44483; or to Lake Vista Foundation, https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1319852, OPRS, 1001 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229.

Arrangements are entrusted to the McFarland & Son Funeral and Cremation Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren.

Please visit www.McFarlandCares.com to view this obituary, send condolences, and order flowers.

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NILES – Priscilla L. “Missy” Setting passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 3:14 p.m. in the St. Joseph’s Health Center Emergency Room after battling DVT. She was 43.

Missy was born in Warren on Feb. 22, 1973, the daughter of Cecilia Setting Raya-Castro and Robert Allen Jones.

She attended Western Reserve High School. For the past 13 years, Missy was the store manager of Sally Beauty Supply in Warren. Missy was an outstanding cook. She loved to collect different artifacts of Japanese culture.

Most importantly, she cherished the time spent with family, especially her children and grandchildren.

Missy is survived by her loving companion of 10 years, Bryan Jenyk, with whom she made her home; her mother, Cecilia Raya-Castro of Warren; four children, Aaron Setting of Carnegie, Pa., Cara (Danny) Boney of Dalton, Brandon Bumgardner of Niles and Saralin Bumgardner of Niles; a sister, Amanda (Jesse) Yanvari of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Logan and Kaidyn Boney; and four nieces and nephews, Elyssa, Annalise, Ireland, and Liam.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Setting, and her maternal grandparents.

Because of the love that she had for children, the family requests memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Friends and family may visit www.NicholasFuneralHome.com to view the obituary and send condolences.

Calling hours will be on Monday, May 2, 2016, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Wm. Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 614 Warren Ave. in Niles.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Curtis Miller, pastor of the New Hope United Methodist Church, officiating.

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YOUNGSTOWN – Alberta L. Segreto, 68, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.

Alberta was born Sept. 16, 1947, in Cuyahoga, the daughter of James and Pauline (Schmidt) Segreto.

She will always be remembered lovingly by her sister, Rosalie (George Sr.) Maczko; four nephews, George (Tim Thurman) Maczko Jr., Richard Jr. (Ranee) Bumblis, Roy (Janet) Bumblis, and Jimmy Segreto Jr.; four nieces, Anna Marie (Richard) Allgood, Bernadette (Dale Sr.) Gottberg, Dawn Barbara (Larry) Yates and Diana (Guy) Soliday; five great-nieces and great-nephews, Linda (Chris) Allgood-Forman, Louis Mastroberardino, Dale Jr. (Stephanie) Gottberg, Erin Lee Gottberg, and Chad Gottberg; nine great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and brother-in-law Richard Bumblis Sr.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brother James A. Segreto and sister Barbara Bumblis.

Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, followed by a 1 p.m. memorial service at the Rossi Brothers & Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman.

The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the Youngstown Development Center for their great care of Alberta for the past 30 years, to Turning Point in Struthers for their compassionate care, and to the Vista Center in Boardman for their wonderful care in such a short period of time.

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

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ALBANY, GA. – Michael “Mike” Nicholas Varveris, 91, passed away peacefully at his home on April 25, 2016.

Mike was born July 26, 1924, in Youngstown, the son of the late Nicholas M. and Vassilia (Mavroudis) Varveris.

Mike was a 1942 graduate of South High School, and upon graduation, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Mike proudly served in the CBI Theater of War in India and Burma from 1943 through 1946 with the Air Transport Command. While there, Mike edited a mimeographed newspaper, the Sunday Mud and Mildew, which led to his interest in journalism. Mike continued serving his country as a member of the Air Force Reserves, retiring as a captain in 1958.

Mike graduated from Kent State University in 1950, where he received BA in Journalism. Mike also attended Akron University Law School from 1965 to 1966. A journalistic career spanning more than four decades began in 1951. Mike was employed by Wick Newspapers from 1951 to 1963 and for Phoenix Publications in Niles from 1963 to 1992, retiring as executive editor of the companies prize-winning weeklies in Girard, Niles, Liberty, Howland, Boardman, Austintown, Canfield and Poland, as well as The Niles Daily Times. In more recent years, Mike had done feature writing for The Review Newspapers.

Mike’s love of the communities in and around Youngstown, where he lived and worked, was evident in his gregarious personality and in his passion for writing. Mike enjoyed people: meeting them, interviewing them, and writing about them. He was lifelong fan of the Cleveland Indians, as well as an avid boxing fan. Mike was author and publisher of a nationally well-received book on the life of undefeated heavyweight boxing champion titled, “Rocky Marciano: The 13th Candle” in 2000. Mike later authored and edited a book entitled, “Remembering Arcadia,” which tells the story of the immigrants from Arcadia who came to America in the early 1900s and settled in Youngstown area.

Mike leaves behind his beloved wife, Kanella (Stanos), whom he married on Dec. 12, 1964; son Atty. Nicholas M. (Dr. Maria Y.) Varveris of Columbus; son Dr. Michael P. Varveris of Naples, Fla.; daughter Frances I. (Dr. Andrew S.) Michas of Leesburg, Ga.; and grandchildren Ariana, Alexandra of Naples, Alexandria, Michael of Leesburg, Efrosini and Anastasia of Columbus.

As a proud 28-year Rotarian, Mike was a member of both the Niles and Boardman Rotary. He continued his love for writing as a Rotarian where he wrote and edited the Boardman Rotary’s 50th Anniversary Album in 2005. He served the Boardman Rotary as Club Service director in 2003 and 2004, and was the Career Day chairman in 1996. The Niles Rotary presented him with the prestigious Paul Harris Award in 1992.

Mike served as president of the Girard Chamber of Commerce, was charter member of the Hubbard Optimist Club, served on the Air Council Reserve in Vienna, was a charter member of the Eastern Orthodox Men’s Society, and was a member of AHEPA, Lincoln Chapter 89.

Mike was an equally active and dedicated parishioner of St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Boardman, where he served for more than 30 years on the parish council and served five years as parish council president. He also served two years on the Diocesan council. In 2005, during the 90th anniversary of the founding of St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, Mike was bestowed the Top Lay Leader Award of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Medal of St. Paul, by Archbishop Demetrios, for Mike’s continued devoted work on behalf of Orthodoxy.

Preceding Michael in death were his parents and brothers John N. and Homer B.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 11 a.m., following calling hours at 10:30 a.m., at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Youngstown.

Contributions may be made to St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church Endowment Fund, 4955 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, OH 44512; or to Albany Community Hospice, 320 Foundation Lane, Albany, GA 31707.

“Zoe Se Sas (May His Memory Be Eternal).”

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HARTFORD - Grace A. Woofter, 96, passed away peacefully Friday afternoon, April 29, 2016, at Lake Vista Retirement Community in Cortland.

She was born Aug. 17, 1919, in Greene, the daughter of Harry Crow and Edith Birdella Rice Crow Wolcott.

She attended Greene Local Schools most of her life and graduated from Farmington High School.

Along with her husband, “Stan,” she was a part owner of Stanwade Metal Products in Hartford.

Grace was a longtime active member of the Hartford United Methodist Church, its U.M.W., formerly the W.S.C.S., and served on many of committees of the church over the years. She took great joy in cooking for Youth Club and the church’s spring and fall roast beef/turkey dinners. She was also a member of the Trumbull County Farm Bureau and the former Hartford Grange. She was a great Cleveland Indians fan. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards and gardening and was a good artist. The thing that brought her the most happiness was her family.

On May 6, 2000, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley L. Woofter, whom she married June 10, 1938.

Grace is survived by three daughters, Karen (Dale) Likens of Forsyth, Ga., Regina (Steve) McCalister of Fowler and Marjorie (Pete) Hunkus of Kinsman; four sons, Ronald Woofter of Bowling Green, Dennis (Sue) Woofter of Cortland, Timothy (Joni Jo) Woofter of Kinsman and Thomas (Akemi) Woofter of San Leandro, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Lauralee Hunkus; one grandson, James McCalister; three great-grandchildren; two sisters; and four brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the memorial fund of the Harford United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 36, Hartford, OH 44424.

Friends and relatives may call at the Hartford United Methodist Church, 6846 State Route 305, Hartford, on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Thursday, May 5, from noon to 2 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Mary Ann Rufener and the Rev. Doug George.

Burial will be at Hartford Township Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Galloway-Onstott Funeral Home in Hartford.

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