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Marie E. “Lena” Munnell, 91

[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., THURSDAY, 4/17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

GIRARD - Marie E. “Lena” Munnell, 91, passed away early Monday evening, April 14, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Marie was born Nov. 17, 1922, in Niles, a daughter of the late Joseph and Amelia Pascarella Baragona, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Munnell was a graduate of Girard High School and became a homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family. She also worked as a hairdresser and beautician for over 30 years, known as “Lena,” and worked for Kay Beauty Salon.

She was a member of St. Rose Church, where she was a volunteer and active in many church projects.

Marie loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and was known to all of them as “G.M.”

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Pedrick, with whom she made her home; two grandchildren, Zeke R. Pedrick and Zach Pedrick; a great-granddaughter, Penney Lane Pedrick; and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Robert N. Munnell, whom she married in 1954, passed away in 1985. A son, Larry Goudy, and three brothers, Louis, Albert, and Salvatore, also preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on THURSDAY, April 17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on FRIDAY (4/18) at St. Rose Church in Girard.

4-16-14

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Dolores A. Dota, 71

[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, 4/15, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Dolores A. Dota, 71, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2014, at Vibra Hospital of Mahoning Valley in Boardman, with her family and her loved ones by her side, following a courageous five-year battle with cancer.

Dolores was born Oct. 24, 1942 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Andrew and Jenny Terletsky, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a 1961 graduate of Rayen High School and became a homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family. Mrs. Dota also was a self-employed beautician for over 25 years.

A loving and unselfish person, Dolores always put others before herself. She enjoyed spending time with family, and truly enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren. She was always nearby to lend a helping hand to those in need.

Mrs. Dota was a member of the former St. Casimir Church in Youngstown, and enjoyed bowling, casinos, racetracks, and cooking.

Dolores is survived by her husband, Daniel J. Dota Jr., whom she married Nov. 14, 1970; two sons, D.J. (Lori) Dota of Boardman and Michael Dota of Mineral Ridge; four grandchildren, Carson, Ella, Dax, and Delaney; and a brother-in-law, Raymond Pallante of Pennsylvania.

A sister, Mary Ann Pallante, and a daughter-in-law, Danielle Dota, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., on TUESDAY, April 15, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown,

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on WEDNESDAY (4/16) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Christine Church in Youngstown.

4-15-14

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Mary Katchmer
[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., FRIDAY, 4/11, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

GREENVILLE, PA. - Mary Katchmer, formerly of Austintown and of Orlando, Fla., passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, April 9, 2014, at Whitecliff Rehabilitation Center in Greenville.

Mary was a daughter of the late Peter and Philomena Zemko. She was a graduate of Chaney High School and dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family.

Mrs. Katchmer was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown. She enjoyed collecting antiques, working in her yard, watching baseball, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Mary is survived by a son, Mickey (Karen) Katchmer of Poland, Ohio; a daughter, Phyllis (Thomas) Bodnar of Orlando, Fla., with whom she made her home; two nieces, Stacy (Frank) Marino of Tarpon Springs, Fla. and Cathy (Brian) Weaver of Greenville, each of whom she whom she raised from childhood, and who she treated as daughters; four grandchildren, Megan Katchmer, Thomas Bodnar, and Donnie and Joey Marino; two sisters, Rose Rappach of Youngstown and Kay Lasko of Girard; and a brother Joseph Zemko of Port Charlotte, Fla.

Her husband, Mike Katchmer, whom she married July 20, 1946, passed away Feb. 12 1993. A brother, John Zemko, and a sister, Ann Gill, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on FRIDAY, April 11, at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 5:15 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 12:30 p.m. on SATURDAY (4/12) at the funeral home, and will continue at 1 p.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown.

Interment will follow at the parish cemetery, where Mary will be laid to rest next to her husband.

4-11-14

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Antoinette Martuccio DeConcilis, 86

[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 4/10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

GIRARD - Antoinette Martuccio DeConcilis, 86, passed away late Monday morning, April 7, 2014, at Valley Care Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, with her family by her side.

Antoinette was born May 1, 1927, in Riccia, Italy, a daughter of the late Alexandrio and Marianna Mastroianni, and came to America and Girard in 1957. She proudly became a United States citizen in the mid-1960s.

She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Girard. She was also a member of the Mount Carmel Society, the Knights of Columbus Girard Council, Ladies Auxiliary, the Sons of Italy Lodge in Brier Hill, and was a member of numerous bocce leagues.

Antoinette was a homemaker who dedicated her life to raising and caring for her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and growing vegetables, roses, and fig trees. Antoinette was a fabulous cook who enjoyed preparing weekly Sunday dinners for her entire family. She also enjoyed playing cards with her friends.

Antoinette’s first husband, Giovanni “John” Martuccio, whom she married Dec. 7, 1941, passed away Oct. 30, 1981. Her second husband, Louis DeConcilis, whom she married April 15, 1989, passed away Jan. 31, 2007.

Antoinette leaves two sons, Samuel M. (Caroline) Martuccio of Girard and Nicholas J. (Wendy) Martuccio of Austintown; seven grandchildren, John (Janet) Martuccio, Missy (Rocco) Guzzi, Antonette (Giorgio) Femia, Maria Martuccio, Nick (Alexis) Martuccio, Joette Martuccio, and Lucia Martuccio; eight great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Giorgio, Giovanni, Gianmarco, Kori, Connor, Mackenzie, and Makayla; a stepdaughter, Mary Jane (Vic) Resnik; a stepson, Nick DeConcilis; and a sister, Maria Zeolla of Milton Keynes, England.

Antoinette will be truly and sadly missed by all who loved her.

Besides her husbands, an infant daughter, Libera, two sisters, Carmella and Giavannina, and a brother, Salvatore, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on THURSDAY, April 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard.

Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on FRIDAY (4/11) at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose Church.

Committal services will follow at Girard Cemetery.

Antoinette’s family thanks the nursing staff at Valley Care Northside Medical Center’s MICU, and extends a special thanks to Dr. John Gianetti, for the kindness shown and care given to Antoinette and her family during her recent illness.

Memorial contributions may be made in Antoinette’s name to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Rd., Suite 1000, Silver Springs, MD, 20910; or to the Emmanuel Community Care Center, 2 N State St, Girard, OH 44420.

4-9-14

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Dr. Norman W. Jackson, 82

[Calling hours from 6 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 4/7, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

CANFIELD - Dr. Norman W. Jackson, 82, passed away peacefully early Thursday afternoon, April 3, 2014, at his home.

Dr. Jackson was born Sept. 19, 1931, in Dover, a son of the late Dr. William J. and Mae Hurst Jackson, and came to the Mahoning Valley in 1973.
                                
He was a 1949 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a 1959 graduate of the Illinois School of Optometry.

Dr. Jackson was one of the first doctors of optometry to be selected to the Gesell Institute of Child Development in New Haven, Connecticut. He was the author of “Understanding Your Child’s Mind” and was currently working on another publication about child development.

Norman was a member of Western Reserve Community Church in Boardman. He enjoyed sports and hiking, and spending time with his family and friends.

He leaves his wife of nearly 60 years, Jo Ann, whom he married June 11, 1954; four children, William, Lori, Karen, and Charles; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Bruce; and a sister, Marjorie.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, April 7, at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Jackson’s name to The Hope Center For Cancer Care, 835 Southwestern Run, Poland, OH 44514.

4-6-14

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Douglas P. Centafanti Sr., 56

[Calling hours from 1 to 2 p.m., MONDAY, 4/7, at CHURCH.]

 
NORTH JACKSON - Douglas P. Centafanti Sr., 56, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident.
 
Douglas was born Jan. 22, 1958, in Youngstown, a son of the late James and Nancy Huish Centafanti, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1976 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and was a mechanic by trade, working at Redlich Transmission Service on Steel Street in Youngstown for 20 years. He subsequently owned and operated Doug’s Transmission in North Jackson from 2000 to 2003, and worked for Bellino Lube Plus in Canfield before retiring on disability in 2013.
 
Doug was a member of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown. He was an avid drag racing enthusiast and was an active outdoorsman, enjoying fishing and hunting.
 
Mr. Centafanti is survived by his wife, Georgette Baker Centafanti, whom he married May 10, 1986; four sons, Douglas P. Centafanti Jr. of Kentucky, James Centafanti of Youngstown, D.J. Polchies of North Jackson, and Matthew Centafanti of Marion; two granddaughters, Marissa and Angela; two brothers, James (Terri) Centafanti of Austintown and Mark (Marty) Centafanti of Niles; five sisters, Cindy (Frank) Candiotta of Sharpsville, Pa., Jaci (Dave) Forgac of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Judy Scott of Niles, Lisa (Elmer) Maynard of Youngstown, and Joyce (Terry) Cahill of Youngstown; his father-in-law, George Baker of North Jackson; a brother-in-law, Gregory (Fran) Baker of Austintown; and many nieces and nephews.
 
Besides his parents, a brother-in-law, Ernest Scott, and his mother-in-law, Mary Baker, are deceased.
 
Family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on MONDAY, April 7, at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, at the corner of Kirk and Raccoon Roads in Austintown, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m.

4-6-14

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Thomas P. Valeriani, 69

[Calling hours from 3 to 5 p.m., SUNDAY, 4/6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

NILES - Thomas P. Valeriani, 69, passed away Tuesday morning, April 1, 2014, at Hospice House following a lengthy of illness.

Thomas was born Nov. 10, 1944, in Pittsburgh, a son of the late Phillip and Angeline Piccili Valeriani, grew up in Campbell and later moved to Niles as an adult.

He was a 1962 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, and shortly after graduating, joined the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam.

Upon his discharge from the service, Mr. Valeriani worked in the truck plant at General Motors in Lordstown for almost 40 years.

Tom was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and he enjoyed cooking meals for, and spending time with, his wife and grandchildren.

He leaves is wife of 33 years, Annette Corsale Valeriani, whom he married Nov. 26, 1988; a daughter Gina Tibbs of Niles; a sister, Mary Lou Valeriani of Youngstown; and three grandchildren, Devin Valeriani, Chloe Tibbs, and Haylee Tibbs.

Besides his parents, a brother Alvin Faiella is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on SUNDAY (4/6) at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State Street, Girard, where funeral services will follow at 5 p.m.


4-4-14

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Richard T. "Dick" Murray, 88

[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 4/4, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Richard T. "Dick" Murray, 88, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, April 1, 2014, at Valley Care Northside Medical Center in Youngstown.

Mr. Murray was born April 3, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of the late Alexander and Elizabeth Beaudis Murray, and was a lifelong resident of Youngstown’s west side.
                                
He was a 1943 graduate of Chaney High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Boatswain Mate, 2nd Class. He served during the Normandy Invasion at Omaha Beach aboard the USS LCG-424, and in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Cortland (APA-75), earning three Bronze Stars.

Upon his discharge from the service, Mr. Murray worked for 29 years for Republic Rubber / Aeroquip Corp., where he was the manager of the print shop. He subsequently owned and operated Murray’s Printing until he retired in 1988.

Dick was a lifelong member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown, where he served as an altar boy until he entered the military. He was an avid fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes and the YSU Penguins. He enjoyed traveling, especially on cruises, and he loved the time he spent with his family.

Dick leaves his wife of 65 years, Mary Roman Murray, whom he married June 12, 1948; a daughter, Carole (Rick) Gray of Frisco, Texas; a son, Chuck Murray of Burton; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Murray of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Heather (Andy) Guarnera, Sean (Kristi) Gray, Rebecca (Derryl) Strong, and Rachel Murray; and six great-grandchildren, Sasha, Aidan, Kylie, Harrison, Landon, and Hudson.

A son, Thomas R. Murray, passed away in 2008.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on FRIDAY, April 4, at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on SATURDAY (4/5) at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.

A committal service with military honors will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.

4-3-14

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Mary Frances Fedorchak Hudak, 82
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 4/4, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard; calling hours from 9 to 10 a.m., SATURDAY, 4/5, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Girard.]

GIRARD - Mary Frances Hudak, 82, passed away Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, following a brief battle with lung cancer.

Mary Frances was born Oct. 13, 1931, in the Lansingville area of Youngstown, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Ann Chamer Fedorchak, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of St. Matthias Elementary School and was a 1948 graduate of Wilson High School, and worked as an office secretary for 15 years with the Republic Rubber / Aeroquip Corp.

Mrs. Hudak was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Girard, and also attended St. Michael Orthodox Church in Youngstown.

She was a member of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, PERI of Mahoning County, and of the Slovak Catholic Sokols.

Mary Frances leaves her beloved husband, Joseph Hudak, whom she met at the Avon Oaks Ballroom in Girard, and married on Sept. 10, 1960; her daughter, Carolyn (Jack) Hartigan of Shelby Township, Mich.; her son, Gregory M. Hudak of Girard; her granddaughter, Grace Frances Hartigan; a sister, Gert McGarry of Boardman; and many nieces and nephews.

A brother, George Fedorchak, and a sister, Genevieve Paliga, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on FRIDAY, April 4, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard, where a Panachida Service for the deceased will take place at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Andrew Gromm officiating.

Family and friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. SATURDAY (4/5), at St. Rose Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Carl Kish, Mary Frances’ cousin, officiating.

Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mary Frances’ name to St. Rose Catholic Church, 48 E. Main St., Girard, 44420; or to St. Michael Orthodox Church, 125 Steel St., Youngstown, 44509.


4-3-14

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Fredric H. “Fred” Harrison, 64
[No calling hours. Memorial service at 6 p.m. on FRIDAY, 4/4, at Bible Memorial Baptist Temple.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Fredric H. “Fred” Harrison, 64, passed away early Thursday morning, March 27, 2014, at his home following a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Fred was born Feb. 25, 1950, in Lansing, Michigan, a son of the late Howard and Eileen Osgood Harrison, and came to Youngstown after being relocated by General Motors in 2004.

He was a 1968 graduate of Everett High School in Lansing, and was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, receiving both the Air Medal Award and the Purple Heart.

Fred worked locally since 2004 at the General Motors, Lordstown Plant, as a master electrician, retiring from the plant in 2011.

He was a member of Bible Baptist Temple in Campbell, and was a member of UAW Local No. 112. Fred enjoyed collecting firearms and was a member of the Single Action Shooter’s Society.

Mr. Harrison is survived by his wife, Darla Untch Harrison, whom he married Dec. 16, 2008; a son, Louis Harrison of Michigan; a daughter, Brenda Kirk of Columbus; four stepchildren; and a brother, James Harrison of Tucson, Ariz.

A brother, Rob Harrison, preceded him in death.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service celebrating Fred’s life at 6 p.m. on FRIDAY, April 4, at Bible Baptist Temple, 230 Lettie Ave., in Campbell.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.


4-3-14

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Wilma Mae Bravenec Kaminsky, 89
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 3/30, at the funeral home.]

AKRON - Wilma Mae Bravenec Kaminsky, 89, formerly of Austintown, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Bath Manor Special Care Centre in Akron.

Wilma, who was know to all as Mae, was born Oct. 8, 1924, in Temple, Texas, a daughter of the late Frank and Hermina "Minnie" Jezek Bravenec.

She grew up on a farm in Oscar, Texas, attended Little Elm School, and graduated in 1942 from Temple High School. She was employed by Western Union in Temple and also in Portland, Oregon.

On Aug. 13, 1945, Mae married Francis Kaminsky, whom she met while he was stationed in the military at Fort Hood, Texas. They moved to Youngstown after his discharge from the service, and in 1953 they moved to Austintown, where they continued to raise their three children, Pat, Richard, and Ed.

Besides being a loving mother and wife, Mae sold Avon for ten years and was a driver for the PEDA Transportation for disabled students.

Mae loved to sew and was an accomplished seamstress for her family, friends, and others. She and Francis enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, and Mae enjoyed taking pictures of her travels and of family and friends. She also enjoyed watching and feeding birds and caring for her rescue cats, Tiger, Spanky, and ChiChi.

Mae and her husband were charter and active members of the Mahoning County Council for Retarded Citizens (the ARC of Ohio, NE branch), and Mothers of Retarded Children.

She was an active member of the Mahoning County Extension Homemakers Council, Bethel Assembly of God, Women's Ministry, and Youngstown Developmental Center Citizens' Advisory Council.

In 1981, Mae received the Mother of the Year Award from the Ohio Department of Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Franklin) Harrah of Akron; and her son, Edward of Austintown.

Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Francis, her son, Richard, a sister, Ruth Hopkins, and brother, Frank Bravenec. Jr.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on SUNDAY, March 30, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place on MONDAY, March 31, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. James Hopkins, Mae's nephew, and Rev. Dan Tayman officiating.

Interment at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Mae will be laid to rest next to her beloved husband, and her son, Richard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mae's memory to Gateways to Better Living, Inc., 6000 Mahoning Ave. Suite 234, Youngstown, OH 44515, for the Client Activity Fund.

3-29-14

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Mary M. Pittock, 86
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 3/28, at the funeral home.]

AUSTINTOWN - Mary M. Pittock, 86, passed away Tuesday afternoon, March 25, 2014, at Austinwoods Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center following an extended illness.

Mary was born April 7, 1927, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Julius and Lillian Zadonia Vasko, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of The Rayen School, and subsequently graduated from Youngstown College with a bachelor’s degree in education and a degree in music from the Dana School of Music.

Mary was a schoolteacher in the Youngstown City School system for many years, teaching elementary education and special needs children at the junior high level. She retired in 2001.

She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown, where she was a former member of the church choir. She was a member of the State Teacher’s Retirement Association, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Mary is survived by a sister, Martha Laurie of Austintown, with whom she made her home; two nephews, David (Marie) Laurie and Mark (Christie Lillie) Laurie, both of Austintown; a great-niece, Amanda; and a great-nephew, David Joseph.

A brother, Paul Vasko, and a brother-in-law, Andrew Laurie, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on FRIDAY, March 28, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on SATURDAY (3/29) at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Norquest Blvd. in Austintown.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery.


3-27-14

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Nicholas "Nick" Gula, 89
[Calling hours from 11 a.m. to Noon on FRIDAY, 3/28, at the funeral home.

YOUNGSTOWN - Nicholas "Nick" Gula, 89, of the city's west side, passed away peacefully, Tuesday morning, March 25, 2014, at Hospice House following a brief illness.

Mr. Gula was born Dec. 8, 1924, in Youngstown, a son of the late Paul and Dorothy Wolkanycz Gula, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a graduate of Chaney High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

Upon his discharge from the service, Mr. Gula worked for Youngstown Welding and Engineering for over 20 years and was president of the union during this time.

He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church and was a 50-plus year member of the Hillman Lodge, No. 481, F&AM.

Nick leaves his wife of 65 years, Mary Yurchyk Gula, whom he married July 10, 1948; two daughters, Nikki Pupa and Valerie Yaughn; four grandchildren, Jeff, Jarrod, Noah, and Faith; a brother Paul (Dolores) Gula of Boardman; and a brother-in-law, Nicholas Yurchyk of Girard.

Five brothers, Charles, John, Michael, Frank and Steve Gula, and two sisters, Ann Gula and Helen Petaccio, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on FRIDAY, March 28, at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a funeral service will take place at noon.

A committal service will follow at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery Chapel.


3-26-14

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Carolina G. Czombos, 89

[Calling hours from 1 to 2 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 3/26, at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Carolina G. Czombos, 89, of the city’s west side, passed away Friday evening, March 21, 2014, at Valley Care Northside Medical Center.

Carolina was born Nov. 4, 1924, in Baltimore, Md., a daughter of the late Peter and Helen Rusenek Alhimook, and came to this area in 1946.

She was a homemaker who also worked for 12 years at the former Northside Hospital as a nurse’s aide.

Mrs. Czombos enjoyed working in her yard, and crocheting.

Carolina is survived by a daughter, Andrea Czombos, with whom she shared her home; and two grandsons.

Her husband, Andy Czombos, whom she married April 13, 1945, passed away July 15, 1998. Two sons, Danny and Paul Czombos, and a daughter, Carole Hofmann, also preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, March 26, at Green Haven Memorial Gardens, where a funeral service will follow at 2 p.m.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown.

3-25-14

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Richard C. “Dick” Vickers, 80

[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., MONDAY, 3/24, at the funeral home.]

NORTH LIMA - Richard C. Vickers, 80, formerly of Youngstown’s west side, passed away Friday evening, March 21, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.

Richard was born Jan. 28, 1934, in Youngstown, a son of Andrew C. and Helen Grummel Vickers, and was a lifelong area resident.

Dick was a 1952 graduate of Chaney High School, where he played on the football team, and subsequently served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Austria.

He worked for over 30 years for United Interiors, and then worked for Eagle Interiors, retiring in December of 1995 as a carpenter.

Mr. Vickers was a member of St. Christine Church, and was a member of the Renewal Team and of the St. Vincent DePaul Society at the church. He was also a member and past-commander of Catholic War Veterans, John J. Buckley Post, No. 1292.

Dick was a member of the CWV post’s golf league, and he golfed in other area leagues. He was also a bowler, and bowled in leagues at West Side Lanes for over 40 years.

He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and attended many of their activities.

His beloved wife, Carmella Gizzi Vickers, whom he married Aug. 30, 1958, passed away April 6, 2004.

Mr. Vickers leaves four children, Richard A. (Chris) Vickers of Austintown, Patricia L. (Richard) Caven of Lake Elsinore, Calif., Andrea M. Cappuzzello of Cortland, and Jeffrey M. (Megan) Vickers of Liberty Township; nine grandchildren, Ricky, Randy, Joel, Cory, Andrew, Cara, Emma, Bella, and Blake; his fiancé, Jacqueline Trgovac; a sister, Katherine Rosser of Youngstown; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, Dick was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Vickers.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on MONDAY, March 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on TUESDAY (3/25), at the funeral home, and will continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church in Youngstown.

A committal service will follow at Calvary Cemetery, where Dick will be laid to rest next to his wife.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dick’s name to the St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Christine Church.

3-23-14

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Terrence J. Stahura Sr., 82

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 3/21, at the funeral home.]

CAMPBELL - Terrence J. Stahura Sr., 82, passed away Wednesday morning, March 19, 2014, at his home.

Terrence was born Dec. 20, 1931 in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Josephine Bura Stahura, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Stahura was a graduate of Rayen High School, served in the U.S. Air Force during the early 1950s, and worked for AT&T for 32 years, retiring as an installer in 1991.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown. Terry enjoyed golfing, and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns and the Ohio State University Buckeyes.

Terrence is survived by three sons, Ronald (Corrine) Stahura of Austintown; Kenneth (Bernadette) Stahura of Marysville, Calif., and Terrence “John” Stahura Jr. at home; seven grandsons, Bill, Tom, Kenny, Brian, Steven, T.J., and Mark; a granddaughter, Aimee; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Irene (William) Fedak of Lakewood; and a brother, Daniel Stahura of Indiana.

His wife, Franziska “Penny” R. Stahura, whom he married May 9, 1954, passed away Aug. 11, 2006. A son, James A. Stahura, is also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on FRIDAY, March 21, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will be held at 4:30 p.m.

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. on SATURDAY (3/22) at the funeral home.

Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Terry will be laid to rest next to his wife.


3-21-14

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Gary L. Jenkins, 57

[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., THURSDAY, 3/20, at the funeral home.]

NILES - Gary L. Jenkins, 57, passed away Tuesday morning, March 18, 2014, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.

Gary was born Sept. 17, 1956, in Youngstown, a son of the late William and Velma Shaffer Jenkins, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a graduate of South High School and served in the U.S. Navy.

Gary was an ironworker for over 30 years. He spent the last 19 years working with the Pauly Jail Building Company of Indianapolis, where he was more than just an employee, developing a strong personal relationship with the Pauly Jail family.

He was a member of Ironworkers Local No. 207, and enjoyed fishing, baseball, and spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Tyler.

Mr. Jenkins is survived by his wife, Phyllis M. Deuley Jenkins, whom he married Sept. 17, 1994; daughter, Allison Deuley and her fiancé, William Lowe, at home; his grandson and best friend, Tyler Deuley at home; son, Gary L. Jenkins Jr. of Florida; daughter, Martha and her family of Florida; siblings, Carl (Ann) Jenkins of Austintown, Darlene (Mark) Jones of Tennessee, Linda (Charles) Carson of Canfield, Danny (Kim) Jenkins of Canfield, and Vicki (Bob) Himes of Youngstown; and many extended family members.

A sister, Rose Barich, and three brothers, William, Bernard, and Doyle Jenkins, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on THURSDAY, March 20, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on FRIDAY (3/21) at the funeral home.

A committal service with military honors will follow at Hartzell Cemetery in Deerfield.

3-20-14

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Mary Louise Mariash, 87

[Calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., TUESDAY, 3/18, at St. Joseph Church.]

AUSTINTOWN - Mary Louise Mariash, 87, passed away Friday evening, March 14, 2014, at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

Mary was born Jan. 2, 1927, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Martin and Mary Skruck Krempasky, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a 1944 graduate of Wilson High School and a 1947 graduate of the Youngstown Business College. She was a secretary in the offices of U.S. Steel for 12 years, in addition to being a loving homemaker who devoted her life to raising and caring for her family. Mrs. Mariash was especially devoted to the care of her aging parents, and became a public advocate for the Agency for the Aging.

Mary was a member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown, bowled in leagues at the West Side Lanes, and enjoyed luncheon clubs and her membership in various senior citizens’ organizations.

Mary leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Steve Mariash, whom she married in 1957; her son, Stephen (Jerri) Mariash of St. Cloud, Minn.; two grandchildren, Cameron and Corbin; and a sister, Elinor (Alfred) Talerico of Parma.

A brother, Larry Krempasky, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at St. Joseph Church on New Road in Austintown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

In lieu of flowers, Mary’s family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Joseph Church.

3-17-14

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Ann Savarin, 86

[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 3/17, at the funeral home.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Ann Savarin, 86, of the city’s west side, passed away peacefully Friday morning, March 14, 2014, at Victoria House in Austintown.

Ann was born Sept. 15, 1927, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Charles and Stella Horyak Olenych, and was a lifelong area resident.

She attended Chaney High School, and was a homemaker who also worked at the former Kress Five & Dime in downtown Youngstown. She subsequently worked for Packard Electric before retiring as an inspector from the General Electric Austintown Coil Plant in 1989 after 23 years of service.

Mrs. Savarin was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and was a member of the Eastern Orthodox Women’s Society.

Ann was a wonderful grandmother who cherished her time with her grandkids, who remembered to this day the Old Maid card games. She will be remembered fondly for her wonderful Orthodox Christmas parties that she lovingly prepared, her love for shopping, especially for her granddaughters, and for her fashion sense.

Ann is survived by her daughter, JoAnn (William) Sarich of Poland; two grandchildren, Tara (John) Hager of North Royalton and Lauren (Gary) Boris of Deptford, New Jersey; a great-grandson, Jack Hager; three step-grandchildren, Tara (Salvatore) D’Agostino of Florham Park, New Jersey, Christopher (Holly) Sarich of Cranberry Township. Pa., and Jessica Sarich of Youngstown; two step-great-grandchildren, Salvatore and Ava D’Agostino; and many nieces and nephews. Ann also leaves behind her lifelong friend, Helen Yurchyk, who was a blessing in her life.

Ann will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. She will be deeply missed by her daughter, JoAnn, who was devoted to Ann and loved bringing her treats to enjoy. JoAnn treasures all of their special moments together and will forever hold them close to her heart.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph "Jeff" Savarin. They loved to travel and made many happy memories of vacations with their friends and family. Three sisters, Rose Pope, Mary Castrucci, and Helen Roseman, and two brothers, Andrew Budinsky and Charles Olenych, also preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, March 17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. on TUESDAY (3/18) at the funeral home, and will continue at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church on North Belle Vista Avenue in Youngstown.

Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.

Ann's family would like to sincerely thank the wonderful staff and management at Victoria House and Hospice of the Valley for their kind and loving care.

Her family requests that memorial contributions be made in Ann's name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.


3-16-14

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Gail L. Harsanye, 82
 
[Calling hours from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday, 3/17, at the funeral home] 
 
YOUNGSTOWN - Gail L. Harsanye, 82, formerly of Moherman Avenue on the city’s west side, passed away Thursday afternoon, March 13, 2014, at Valley Care Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, with her family by her side.

Gail was born April 4, 1931, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late William Park and Mabel Robinson Widdersheim, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of The Rayen School and soon after became a homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family.

Gail was a member of the former St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Saxon Club, and her 500 Card Club, which she attended monthly for over 50 years. She enjoyed arts and crafts, traveling, short trips, going to Mountaineer Gaming Resort, and most importantly, spending time with her family.

She is survived by three sons, Glenn A. (Karen) Harsanye of Austintown, Gary L. Harsanye of Columbus, and Alex W. Harsanye Jr. of McDonald; two daughters, Sandra J. (Dale) Grabinski of Trabuco Canyon, Calif. and Gail L. (Tony) Puntel of McDonald; six grandchildren, Bradley (Tiffany) Soverns, Jason Harsanye, Anthony Puntel, Kayla Puntel, Zachary Puntel and Nicholas Puntel; two great-grandchildren, Braydon and Sophia Soverns; and two sisters Emily Berendt of Struthers and Mabel Nesbitt of Columbiana.

Her husband, Alex W. "Sonny" Harsanye, whom she married April 14, 1951, passed away Sept. 23, 2003. A sister, Sally Olson, and a brother, Bill Widdersheim also preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown, where a funeral service will take place at 6:30 p.m.

"Rest in peace mom, we love you!"
 
3-16-14

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