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Glenn M. Zastany, 58
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 7/2, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

CAMPBELL - Glenn M. Zastany, 58, passed away unexpectedly Monday afternoon, June 29, 2015, after suffering an apparent heart attack.

Glenn was born Jan. 21, 1957, in Youngstown, a son of Helen Sulak Esposito and Michael Esposito, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Zastany was a 1974 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, and earned an associate degree in computer programming from Youngstown State University. Glenn worked as a computer programmer for 25 years, and most recently, he was a certified gemologist for Samuel Jewelers, a job he truly loved.

Glenn was a member of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, St. Joseph the Provider Church in Campbell. He enjoyed traveling and caring for his cats, Misha and Stevo, and truly cherished the time he spent with his family. Glenn will always be remembered as a kind and generous person by all who knew and loved him.

Mr. Zastany leaves his parents, Helen and Michael Esposito of Campbell; his sister, Michele Esposito of Campbell; his brother, Robert (Joyce) Zastany of Gurnee, Ill.; two nephews, Rob (Gina) Zastany and Mark (Alexandra) Zastany; a niece, Rebecca (Ben) Wilson; a great-niece, Cecelia; four aunts, Anne Soroka of Campbell, and Stephanie Martin, Amelia Parimucha, and Pauline Nachim, each of Youngstown; many extended family members; and many, many friends.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on THURSDAY, July 2, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9 a.m. on FRIDAY, July 3, at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Joseph the Provider Church, 633 Porter Avenue, Campbell.

Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.




Louis F. “Lou” Fiedor, 75

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 7/1, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN – Louis F. “Lou” Fiedor, 75, of the city’s west side, passed away early Saturday morning, June 27, 2015, following a brief illness.

Lou was born June 19, 1940, in Green County, Pa., in Monongahela Township, the son of the late Louis J. and Anna Centrich Fiedor.

He grew up in Niles, and graduated from Niles McKinley High School in 1958. Lou served in the U.S. Army from November of 1958 through February of 1962, serving 27 of those months in Okinawa, where he played baseball for the Army Rangers. 

After being honorably discharged from the Army, he worked in the steel mills while he attended Youngstown State University. Lou earned a B.S.B.A. degree from YSU in 1968, and then became a State Examiner for Ohio’s Service and Inspection Department. Lou worked for the State of Ohio Auditor’s Office for over 20 years before retiring.

Mr. Fiedor lived on the west side of Youngstown for over 36 years. and he was a member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown.

An avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching all sports. He especially liked following the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns.  

Lou is survived by two daughters, Kimberly (Robert) Jenkins of Hubbard and Terri (Anthony) Watters of Fredericksburg, Va.; his granddaughter, Kayla Jenkins; his grandson, Alex Watters; two sisters, Catherine Schnurr of Raleigh, North Carolina and Lois Vrable of Sarasota, Fla.; a brother, John (Winnie) Fiedor of Bloomington, Ind.; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Besides his parents, two brothers, Paul and Frank Fiedor, and two brothers-in-law, Charles Schnurr and Stephen Vrable, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, July 1,  Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on THURSDAY (7/2) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Christine Church.

Interment will follow at St. Stephen Cemetery in Niles.

Lou’s family thanks the staff and the residents at The Inn at Christine Valley for the wonderful care and kindness provided to Lou and his family during his stay there.

In lieu of flowers, his family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market Street, Youngstown, OH 44512.




Louis R. DeNiro, 83

[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 6/29, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

BOARDMAN - Louis R. DeNiro, 83, passed away Thursday evening, June 25, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown following an extended illness.

Louis was born March 23, 1932, in Youngstown, a son of the late Frank and Helena Catoline DeNiro, and was a lifelong area resident.

He attended East High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948 at the age of 16 with a modified birth certificate. He served his country in combat on the front lines during the Korean War, with much of that time spent at an outpost just miles from North Korean and Chinese communist troops, surviving frostbite, ambushes, mortar, and sniper attacks..

In the 1960s, he owned one of the most prestigious restaurants in the midwest, Cicero's Restaurant, on Market Street in Youngstown. He was also a pioneer in the vending business. As the owner and corporate officer of a vending company, he opened the first game rooms in shopping malls in 1974, and remained in this business with his brothers until 2005. 

Louis was a member of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown.

Mr. DeNiro leaves his beloved and devoted wife of 49 years, Katherine Danylyk DeNiro, whom he married May 16, 1966, and who lovingly cared for him at home during his illness; his son, Vincent L. (Lisa) DeNiro of Columbiana; and two grandsons, Vincent D. and Matthew A. DeNiro.

He was known by family and friends as the most generous man in the world.

Four brothers, Vincent, Michael, Frank, and William DeNiro, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, June 29, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 4 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 10:45 a.m. on TUESDAY (6/30) at the funeral home, and will continue at 11:30 a.m. with a Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church on the corner of Kirk and Raccoon roads in Austintown.

Committal services with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Mr. DeNiro’s family suggests anyone wishing to make memorial contributions do so by donating to St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church for the celebration of Divine Liturgies.




John L. “Jack” Harris, 80

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 6/29, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - John L. “Jack” Harris, 80, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, June 25, 2015, at Hospice House following an extended illness.

John was born April 20, 1935, in Youngstown, a son of the late Jack and Thelma O’Neill Harris, and was a lifelong area resident.

Jack attended Chaney High School, and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He worked in supervision for General Motors at the Lordstown Assembly Plant, from its opening until he retired in 1992. He then worked for GM as a contract employee until 1999.

He was an active 50-year member of the Free & Accepted Masons, and was a past master of Wick Lodge No. 0481 and of Western Star Lodge No. 21.

Jack attended St. Joseph Church in Austintown. He enjoyed reading, and loved the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Harris leaves his beloved wife of 50 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Zielinski Harris, whom he married May 22, 1965; his daughter, Betty (Paul) Stevens of Canfield; his son, Thomas L. (Diane) Busico of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren, Ryan Stevens, Holly (Steve) Kongmuang, Amy Stevens, John Stevens, and Lissie Busico; and two great-grandchildren, Ava Elizabeth and Andrew Jack Kongmuang.

Two brothers, William and Richard, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, June 29, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a masonic service will take place at 6:45 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on TUESDAY (6/30) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Joseph Church on New Road in Austintown.

Committal services with Marine Corps military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.




Henry J. Panfil, 67

[Calling hours from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., SUNDAY, 6/28, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Henry J. Panfil, 67, passed away Thursday morning, June 25, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Henry was born July 25, 1947, in Youngstown, the middle son of the late Henry and Pearl Polosky Panfil, grew up in the city’s Brier Hill neighborhood, and was a lifelong area resident.

As a youth, Mr. Panfil attended St. Casimir Elementary School and was a member of St. Casimir Church in Youngstown. He was a member of The Rayen School’s graduating class of 1966, and proudly served for seven years in the U.S. Army, mostly during the Vietnam War.

He worked for 34 years for the Mill Creek Metro Parks, retiring as a supervisor in maintenance.

Henry enjoyed life thoroughly, and he loved the many good times he shared with special friends and family.

Mr. Panfil leaves his wife, Mary Ann Oswick Panfil, whom he was proud to share his life and family with, and whom he married Sept. 18, 2014; three children, Melanie Anne (Vincent) Shay of Marietta, Ga., and Henry James Panfil and Nicole Lynn Panfil, both of Youngstown; his precious granddaughter, Abigail Ruth Shay, who he called his “red-haired princess;” a brother, John Panfil of Atlanta; a sister, Michelle (John) Simone of Florida; stepchildren,  Charles (Evy) Oswick of Lake Milton, Carol (Joe) Cosier of Coitsville, and  Cathy (Jim “Shaggy”) Shively of Struthers; seven step-grandchildren, John, Maleah, Jessie, Cindy, Zachary, Zoey, and Zada; and two step-great-grandchildren, Hayden and Rowan.

Family and friends may call from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., SUNDAY, June 28, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Henry’s family thanks Dr. Patsy Buccino and his staff for the kindness shown and care given to Henry during his illness.

Henry would like to leave everyone his closing words of wisdom, “Never regret anything that made you smile.”




Lucille T. Vodilko, 95

[No calling hours. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., FRIDAY, 6/26, at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Lucille T. Vodilko, 95, of the city’s west side, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 23, 2015, at Hospice House.

Lucille was born Feb. 29, 1920, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, a daughter of the late Salvatore and Margaret Fitzgerald Barbarotta, and came to this area with her new husband in 1949.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker, Lucille worked for several years for the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, and for the Medical-Dental Bureau in Youngstown.

Mrs. Vodilko was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown.

Her beloved husband, Michael J. Vodilko Jr., whom she married Oct. 22, 1949 in New Jersey, passed away Sept. 14, 2002.

Lucille leaves her son, Michael J. III (Laurie) Vodilko of Poland; and four grandchildren, Luke Zuzga, Jennifer Cupp, Allison Cramer, and Michael Vodilko IV.

Besides her husband, a daughter, Marie Zuzga; a grandson, Joseph Zuzga; four sisters, Madeline Barbarotta, Sister Mary Salvatore S.M.S., Clare Burns, and Catherine Oakes; and two brothers, Peter and Joseph Barbarotta, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may gather FRIDAY, June 26, for a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Ave., Youngstown.

Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Lucille will be laid to rest next to her husband.




Samuel G. Patton, 76

[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 6/28, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Samuel G. “Sam” Patton, 76, passed away early Tuesday afternoon, June 23, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown following a brief illness.

Samuel was born Dec. 20, 1938, in Youngstown, a son of the late James H. and Marion Mitchell Patton, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Patton was a 1958 graduate of South High School, and proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958 until 1963. He attended Chicago Technical School and Youngstown State University, and was a machinist and manufacturing engineer with United Engineering / Wean United. He worked for the company from 1963 until 1993, when he retired as an NC programmer. Since 1997, Sam worked part-time for Amers Hobby Shop. 

He was a member of the Tri-State Chapter of the Marine Corps League, was a volunteer for Ohio’s civil defense / disaster services, and served as a radiological defense officer from 1963 to 1978. 

Sam was a member of the former Our Lady of Hungary Church in Youngstown, where he served on the parish council, as it’s CCD principal, and as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a current member of St. Patrick Church in Youngstown.

Mr. Patton leaves his beloved wife of 55 years, Billie Jane Kopachy Patton, whom he married May 14, 1960; two daughters, Virginia Renee (Michael) Brembeck of Beavercreek and Christine Lynn (James) Cerimele of Youngstown; five grandchildren, Samuel (Alyssa) Brembeck, Leah Brembeck, Seth Brembeck, Jim Cerimele, and Jason Cerimele; and a brother, James C. (Kim) Patton of Mentor.

Two sisters, Diane and Bonnie Mae Patton, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, June 28, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on MONDAY (6/29) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., Youngstown.

Committal services with Marine Corps military honors will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Austintown.

Sam’s family thanks the staff at St. E’s CVIC Unit, Dr. Pratherk Kakkasseril, and the staff at Briarfield Manor, for the kindness shown and care given to Sam and the Patton family during his illness.




(Infant) Joshua Gerald Hoover

[Calling hours from 5 to 6 p.m., THURSDAY, 6/25, at First Covenant Church in Boardman.]
AUSTINTOWN - Joshua Gerald Hoover, infant son of Erick J. Hoover and  Autumn C. Sheely, passed away in the loving arms of his parents Monday, June 15, 2015, at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron.

Little Joshua was born June 13, 2015, at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, and lived two days before succumbing to respiratory failure.

Besides his parents, Joshua leaves a brother, Eli J. Hoover at home; a sister, Shane M.S. Burton at home; grandparents, Gerard R. Hoover and Patricia A. Hoover of Boardman; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family members.

Family and friends are welcome to gather from 5 to 6 p.m., THURSDAY, June 25, at First Covenant Church, 5210 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, where a memorial service will follow at 6 p.m.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Joshua’s family to help with expenses.




Eleanore D. Tomak, 89

[Calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., MONDAY, 6/22, at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Eleanore D. Tomak, 89, of the city’s west side, passed away peacefully June 17, 2015.

Eleanore was born March 21, 1926, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Hromyak Kohl. Eleanore was a lifelong area resident and was the first of her 12 siblings to graduate from East High School. Following graduation, she worked for Stambaugh Thompson in downtown Youngstown.

She married Joseph Tomak on June 13, 1946, and together they shared 55 years of marriage. She was a longtime and faithful member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown where she was a member of its Altar & Rosary Society. She enjoyed baking, bowling, gardening, crocheting, playing cards and cheering for the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. 

Eleanore will always be remembered and loved by her family and friends for her hard work ethic, loving personality and sense of humor.

She will be sadly missed by her many friends and family members, including her son, Joseph Tomak, Jr. (Debbie) of Summerville, South Carolina; granddaughter, Krista (Richard) Lane; and great-granddaughters, Tessa and Parker; her brothers, Bill, Joe, and Ed (Rose) Kohl; and many nieces and nephews, including her loving caretakers Donna and Tom Wainio, and her dear friends, Sherley Henchar and Gerry Mazzone.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph, who passed away Jan. 10, 2002; brothers, John, Michael, Steve, and Andrew; and sisters, Mary Kohl, Katie Finamore, Helen Briya, and Martha Halus. 

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., MONDAY, June 22, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Ave., Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Eleanore will be laid to rest next to her husband.

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

Eleanore’s family thanks the staff of the Marian Living Center and of Assumption Village for the kindness shown and care given to Mrs. Tomak and her family.




Helen E. Klauson Mehalko, 99

[Calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m., FRIDAY, 6/19, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

MCDONALD - Helen E. Klauson Mehalko, 99, formerly of Austintown, passed away peacefully, Tuesday afternoon, June 16, 2015, at her home after a long and fulfilling life.

Helen was born March 7, 1916, in Clearfield, Pa., a daughter of the late Julia Bacsinsky and Stephen Kotyuk, and was raised by her mother and stepfather, Frank Tarr, coming to Youngstown as a teenager.

Mrs. Mehalko worked as a supervisor in the credit and bookkeeping department of the Stambaugh-Thompson Company for 21 years, retiring in 1981. Prior to that, she worked as a sales clerk for Livingstons in downtown Youngstown.

Helen was a charter member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown. She was a member of the church’s Altar & Rosary Society, the Garden Club, the Senior Citizens organization, and was a volunteer worker at the Immaculate Heart of Mary School and with the annual parish festival.

Mrs. Mehalko was also a member of the American Business Women’s Association, AARP Chapter 4339, and she volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen. She enjoyed golf, bowling, bridge, reading, traveling, and was an accomplished seamstress.

Her first husband, W.B. "Bill" Klauson, whom she married in 1932, passed away in 1962. Her second husband, Charles E. Mehalko, whom she married Dec. 29, 1973, passed away April 16, 2005.

Helen leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Beverly (James) Sharnek of Austintown and Kathie Perry, with whom she made her home in McDonald; two granddaughters, Diane Sharnek of Liberty Township and Lynne Sharnek of Lakewood; and a sister, Margaret Savage.

A sister, Irene Kotouc, a brother, James Kotyuk, and a son-in-law, John Perry, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, FRIDAY, June 19, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. on SATURDAY, June 20, at the funeral home and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4500 Norquest Blvd., Austintown.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.




Doris J. Baer, 86
[Calling hours from 10 to 11:30 a.m. SATURDAY, 6/20, at Kinnick F.H., McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard] 
 
GIRARD - Doris J. Baer, 86, passed away early Tuesday morning, June 16, 2015, at Liberty Health Care after a long and fulfilling life.
 
Doris was born Feb. 10, 1929 in Bagley, Pa. a daughter of Howard and Helen Oliver Fritz and came to the area as a child.
 
She was a 1946 graduate of Girard High School. She worked as a teller and a loan officer at Security Dollar Bank in Girard. Doris also worked at J.C.Penney and at the Girard Chamber of Commerce. 
 
Mrs. Baer was a member of First Christian Church in Girard.
 
Doris started the Nifty Fifty Club at the church and belonged to the church choir. She was also an elder at the church and a church trustee. 
 
She bowled for many years at Kay Lanes with the “Merchanettes.” She was very crafty, loved teddy bears, music, singing and she especially loved the time she spent with her grandchildren. 
 
Mrs. Baer will be remembered by her big heart, her big laugh and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
 
Her husband, Lonnie Baer, whom she married May 7, 1949 passed away April 18, 1985.
 
Doris leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, James (Carol) Baer of Hillsboro; David (Lora) Baer of Girard; seven grandchildren, Danielle, Nicholas, Matthew, Andrea, Leslie, Brandon, and Jordan; three great-grandchildren Aubrey, Arianna, and Giovanni; a sister, Ruth (Bob) Hill of Girard; and a brother, Howard (Edna) Fritz of Vienna.
 
Besides her husband, a daughter, Linda Baer, a son, Richard Baer, a daughter-in-law, Linda Baer, a sister, Edith O’Connell, and a brother-in-law, William O’Connell, preceded her in death.
 
Family and friends may call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on SATURDAY, June 20, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St. Girard.
 
Funeral services will take place at noon at First Christian Church of Girard, 140 E. Broadway Ave., Girard.
 
Interment will follow at Girard Union Cemetery, where Doris will be laid to rest next to her husband.
 
Doris’s family would like to thank the staff of Liberty Health Care for the kindness shown and care given to Doris during her time there. 



 
Joan M. Biro, 83
 [Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, 6/16, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

COITSVILLE TOWNSHIP - Joan M. Biro, 83, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, June 13, 2015, at Austinwoods Health & Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness.

Joan was born Aug. 15, 1931, in Erie, Pa., a daughter of the late Stanley and Teresa Nowak Rydzewski (Rogers) and came to this area as a teenager.

She was a graduate of Ursuline High School and went on to earn a college degree as a registered nurse.

Mrs. Biro worked as a registered nurse for 45 years at Northside Hospital/Medical Center, where she was the head nurse in the emergency room for most of her tenure. She retired in the late 1990's.

Joan was an avid reader, enjoyed needlework, and enjoyed caring for her cats. 

Her husband, Imre Biro, whom she married May 10, 1975, passed away Oct. 6, 2009.

Mrs. Biro leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Mary Jo (George) Smith of Phoenix, New York and Mary Beth (James) Adovasio of Warren; three stepdaughters, Irene Biro, with whom she shared her home, Edith, and Ilona; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, sister, Betty Shirilla, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, June 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 7 p.m.

Interment will take place WEDNESDAY (6/17) at Belmont Park Cemetery in Liberty Township.

In lieu of flowers, Joan's family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution do so by donating to the West Side Cats, 2217 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, OH  44509.




Joseph S. Leshnack, 88
[Calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m., TUESDAY, 6/16, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Joseph S. Leshnack, 88, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, June 14, 2015, at Austinwoods Health & Rehabilitation Center,

Joseph was born Aug. 26, 1926, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph S. Sr. and Catherine Melek Leshnack, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Leshnack attended East High School. At age 17, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served  aboard the USS Feldspar from 1944 to 1946.

Joe worked for General Electric at the Mazda Lamp Plant for five years, for Aeroquip / Republic Rubber for 27 years, and then for the Youngstown Public Library for 10 years.

He was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Youngstown, where he was a member of the Golden Pillars and was a volunteer bingo worker. He was also a member of the Greek Catholic Union. 

Joe enjoyed fishing and golfing, and he loved to do carpentry. He earned the affectionate nickname “Mr. Fix-it” among family and friends, and his reputation was that he could fix everything and solve all problems. Joe especially loved the time he spent with family and “spoiling” his grandchildren and great-grandson.

Mr. Leshnack leaves his beloved wife of 60 years, whom he adored, Helen M. Lancy Leshnack, and married Oct. 23, 1954; two daughters, Laurie Lynn (Rick) Dover of Knoxville, Tenn. and Jennie Lee (Philip) Ward of Center Township, Pa.; five grandchildren, Brian Ward, Katie (Andrew) Frizzell, Jessica (Shea) Ramsey, Ricky Dover, and Jenna Dover; a great-grandson, Nolan Frizzell; and two sisters, Margaret Penk of Youngstown and Kay Kalischak of Boardman.

Joe was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Lesnak, Leonard and Eugene Leshnack, and a sister, Mary Louise Lesnak.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., today, Tuesday, June 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a Panachida will take place at 5:30 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17, at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church.

Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s name to the St. Mary Byzantine Cemetery Chapel Fund, 356 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509.




Laura M. Sitler, 84
[Calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m., MONDAY, 6/15; and from 9:30 to 10 a.m., TUESDAY, 6/16, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

NORTH JACKSON - Laura M. Sitler, 84, passed away early Friday morning, June 12, 2015, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren following a brief illness.

Laura was born July 30, 1930, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Raymond and Lottie Archer Mehlo, was a 1950 graduate of Jackson-Milton High School and a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Sitler worked for more than 20 years at Superior Industries/Easco Aluminum, and retired in 1991. She was a devoted homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family, and she truly enjoyed the times they were together.

She was a member of Corner House Christian Church in Hubbard.

Laura leaves five children, Sharon (Terry) Williams of Hubbard, Patty (Bill) Rhoads of Hubbard, Debbie (Ron) Gray, with whom she made her home in North Jackson, Paul (Barbara) Sitler of North Jackson, and Mary Ellen (Bill) Albrecht of Augusta, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, William J. Sitler, whom she married Oct. 13, 1950, died Oct. 19, 1992. A sister, Loray Lamb, is also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., MONDAY, June 15, and from 9:30 to 10 a.m., TUESDAY, June 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. TUESDAY (6/16) at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Castle View Memorial Gardens in New Castle, Pa.


In lieu of flowers, Laura's family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution do so by donating to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512. 



Raymond L. "Joe" Metcalf Jr., 85
[Calling hours from 1 to 3 p.m., TUESDAY, 6/16, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

BOARDMAN - Raymond L. "Joe" Metcalf Jr., 85, passed away Tuesday evening, June 9, 2015, at the Louis Stokes VA Wade Park Medical Center in 
Cleveland, following a brief illness.

Raymond, who was known to all by his nickname, “Joe,” was born Nov. 7, 1929, in Youngstown, a son of the late Raymond L. Sr. and Mary Drobny Metcalf, was a graduate of East High School, and a lifelong area resident.

Joe was a proud U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He attended Youngstown College and worked for LTV Steel at the Campbell Works, retiring from the seamless mill when he was 55 years old after more than 30 years of service with the company.

Joe was also a proud member of USW Local No. 1418, a member of the New Middletown Farmers & Sportsmen Club, and he was a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, Post No. 6621 in Emporium, Pa. for 40 years. 
He was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown. 

Joe enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and of the Cleveland Browns. Most of all, he loved the time he spent with family and “spoiling” his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joe leaves his beloved wife of 54 years, Gloria J. Murrilo Metcalf, whom he married June 6, 1961; four children, Robert O. (Michelle) White of Youngstown, Esther White of Arizona, David J. (Mary Monica) Metcalf of Beaver Township, and Michelle (James) Raymond of Youngstown; seven grandchildren, Bobby III, Justin, Matthew, Joy Marie, James Jr., Brittney, and Salinda; 11 great-grandchildren, Nate, Emily, Ryan, Isabell, Andrew, Vanessa, James III, Arjenis, Elias, Michael, and Olivia; and two sisters, Delores Kaminski of Austintown and Jackie Jones of Metamora, Ill.

A brother, James Metcalf, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m., TUESDAY, June 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a memorial service will take place at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Metcalf’s name to the New Middletown Farmers & Sportsmen Club, P.O. Box 263, New Middletown, OH 44442-0263.




Marianne Prokop Fitz, 83
[Calling hours 10 to 11 a.m., TUESDAY, 6/16, at St. Joseph Church on New Road in Austintown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Marianne Prokop Fitz, 83, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, June 10, 2015.

Marianne was born July 1, 1931, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late John “Jack” and Anna Grein Prokop, and was raised in Youngstown. She lived in Minnesota from 1959 to 1971 before she returned to this area.

She was a 1949 graduate of South High School, and had attended Youngstown College. She worked for Easco Aluminum / Superior Division for 20 years, retiring in 1992.

Marianne was a member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown, where she belonged to the Altar Guild. She was also a member of the Austintown Chapter of the AARP.

Marianne leaves her son, John G. Fitz of Duluth, Minn.; a sister, Elaine (Jim) Bachtel of Canfield; and several nieces and nephews, including Michael (Denise) Bachtel of Cleveland, James (Cindy) Bachtel of Harrison City, Pa., and Martha (John) Contur of Akron.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John A. Prokop; by a daughter-in-law, Barbara Fitz; by two infant children; and her special friend, Firmin Farragher.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., TUESDAY, June 16, at St. Joseph Church, 4545 New Road, Austintown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Committal services will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

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

Marianne’s family thanks the staff at The Manor at Autumn Hills, and the staff of Hospice of the Valley for the kindness shown and care given to Marianne and her family.

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




John H. Zemko Jr., 78
[Memorial service at 4 p.m., THURSDAY, 6/11, at Woodland Park United Methodist Church in McDonald.]

NILES - John H. Zemko Jr., 78, passed away Sunday evening, June 7, 2015, at his home following a courageous two-year battle with lung cancer, with his family at his bedside.

John was born May 1, 1937, in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Catherine Lapushansky Zemko, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Zemko attended South High School, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1955. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 26, 1960, and served in the Naval Reserves until 1962.

John, who was affectionately nicknamed “Shifty” by his coworkers, was an electrician at U.S. Steel, McDonald Works. He also worked at Republic / LTV Steel, and he retired at the age of 62 from WCI Steel.

A former member of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, John was very proud of his Ukrainian heritage and he loved to share his ethnic traditions with his family.

He enjoyed visiting Mountaineer Resort & Casino in West Virginia, where he enjoyed horseracing, and he was a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers and of the Cleveland Indians. Most of all, he enjoyed the time he spent with his loving family.

John is survived by his wife, Terry Emma Hydrick Zemko, whom he married Aug. 19, 1959; five children, John D. (Marla) Zemko of Cypress, Texas, Davida L. (Chris) Russell of Brazoria, Texas, Sherri D. (Carl) Tangredi of Houston, Texas, Cathy D. (Tom) White of Niles, and Nick D. Zemko of Richmond, Texas; an adopted daughter, Jamie L. Hydrick of Girard; four grandchildren, Heather, T.J., Brittany, and Emma; a great-granddaughter, Maya; and a brother, William D. (Ruthie) Zemko of Youngstown.

John will be truly missed by all, and he will be fondly remembered by his family for his love and commitment to them.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial service that will take place at 4 p.m. on THURSDAY, June 11, at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 601 Ohio Ave., McDonald. After the service, all are welcome to stay for a celebration of John’s life and to partake in a light luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, the Zemko family asks that contributions be made to the Woodland Park United Methodist Church.

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

John’s family thanks the staff of hospice, for the kindness shown and care given to John during his illness, and to John’s neighbors for their help and kindness.




Kristen M. Kent Grant, 40

[Private memorial service.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Kristen M. Grant, 40, passed away early Friday morning, June 5, 2015, after an extended illness.

Kristen was born July 27, 1974 in Youngstown, a daughter of Lawrence J. and Kathy J. Myers Kent, was a 1992 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, and earned a college degree in nursing.

She worked as a registered nurse in pediatric oncology at several facilities in Colorado and Virginia before returning to Youngstown in 2014.

Kristen enjoyed cake decorating, arts and crafts, and was an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes.

She leaves her husband, Scott H. Grant, whom she married June 9, 2005; her parents, Larry and Kathy Kent of Youngstown; a brother, Christopher (Clara) Kent of Youngstown; her grandmother, Nancy Shepherd of Youngstown; four nieces and a nephew.

Her grandparents, Jacob and Ruth Kent, preceded her in death.

Per Kristen's request, a private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Entombment will take place at Calvary Cemetery.

Kristen's family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution do so by donating to the family to help with final expenses.

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



Kenneth F. Senvisky Sr., 68

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 6/10, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Kenneth F. Senvisky Sr., 68, went home to the Lord late Sunday morning, June 7, 2015, at University Hospitals in Cleveland.

Kenneth was born July 15, 1946, in Youngstown, a son of the late Frank J. and Helen Hamarik Senvisky.

Mr. Senvisky was a 1964 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, and he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Ken worked for GM at the Lordstown Plant for 31 years, and then for Dow Chemical Company for eight years, retiring in 2008.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown, and he was a member of Argus Lodge No. 545 F&AM of Ohio. Ken was also a past-member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 3298 in Austintown.

Ken was a beloved and loving father to his children, was a wonderful husband to his wife, and loved his family more than anything. He was a great sports fan, enjoyed golf, and was a member of Stoneybrook Golf Club in Sarasota, Florida.

Mr. Senvisky leaves his beloved wife of 47 years, Carol Goldner Senvisky, whom he married Nov. 25, 1967; two sons, Kenneth Jr. (Christina) Senvisky of North Royalton and Brian (Tammy) Senvisky of Austintown; a daughter, Shelly (Donnie Jr.) Burns of Austintown; a sister, Doreen (Scott) Burin of Boardman; a sister-in-law, Rose Senvisky of Austintown; and grandchildren, Frank T. Senvisky, Michael R. Senvisky, Matthew R. Senvisky, Basil Jones III, Kayla Jones, Kaylee Marie Senvisky, Ashlee Taylor Senvisky, and Riley Lynn Burns.

A brother, David M. Senvisky, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, June 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on THURSDAY (6/11) at the funeral home, and will continue with a Mass of Christian Burial which will take place 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Norquest Boulevard, Austintown.

Committal services with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.




John Jeffrey Holan, 74

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 6/8, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - John Jeffrey Holan, 74, formerly of Campbell, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 4, 2015, at Omni Manor, where he had been a patient since 1999.

John was born Aug. 30, 1940, in Chicago, a son of the late John and Angeline Shaffer Holan.

Mr. Holan was a 1958 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, and he proudly served for four years in the U.S. Navy after graduating high school. Following his time in the service, he was a steelworker for LTV Steel in Campbell, until the mill closed.

John leaves two sisters, Kathy (David) Harris of Youngstown and Lisa Franklin of Warren; a brother, Phillip (Barbara) Holan of Mineral Ridge; two nephews, Joe Harris and Jeff Franklin; two nieces, Christa Franklin and Tina Holan Sine, who was also his godchild; a great-niece, Kayla Sine; and a great-nephew, Zachary Sine.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, June 8, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on TUESDAY, 6/9, at the funeral home.

Committal services will follow at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.




Mary Merdich, 94

[Calling hours from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., MONDAY, 6/8, at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown.]

DILLSBORO, IND. - Mary Merdich, 94, formerly of the Youngstown area, passed away peacefully late Tuesday morning, June 2, 2015, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Ind., after living a long and fulfilling life.

Mary was born July 20, 1920, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Frank and Catherine Murdock Kozlowsky. She lived in this area until moving to Houston, Texas in 1977, before returning to Austintown in 1997. In 2006, she moved to Indiana to be close to family, after the death of her husband.

Mrs. Merdich a beloved mom, grandma, and great-grandma, was a homemaker, and also worked for five years for Weatherbee Coats in her younger years. Later, she was a secretary for the Johnson & Okarz Sign Company.

Mary was a member of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown, and was a member of the Saxon Club.

Mary’s husband of 65 years, John Merdich, whom she married Aug. 31, 1940, passed away Nov. 26, 2005.

Mrs. Merdich leaves her son, Eugene (Carol) Merdich of Canfield; her daughter, Pamela (Gene) McClafferty of Lawrenceburg; five grandchildren, Chris, Dennis, Tiffany, Matthew, and John; and 11 great-grandchildren, Alicia, Michael, David, Kayla, Greg, Katie, Andrew, Kalum, Landen, Ahrya, and Giovanni.
Besides her husband, two brothers, Michael Kozlowsky and Nick Kozlow, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may gather from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on MONDAY, June 8, at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, on the corner of Kirk and Raccoon roads in Austintown, where a Divine Liturgy will take place at 11:30 a.m.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Mary will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Mary’s family thanks the staff of Waters of Dillsboro Nursing Home, and the staff of Dearborn County Hospital, for the kindness shown and care given to Mary during her illness.

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Josephine Hrina, 86
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 6/7, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

CANFIELD - Josephine Hrina, 86, formerly of Youngstown’s west side, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully late Thursday morning, June 4, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family following a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s.

Josephine was born Sept. 8, 1928, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Andrew and Anastasia Horak Kitt, and was a lifelong area resident. She was very proud of her Ukrainian heritage and shared her traditions and her ethnic cooking with her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Hrina was a homemaker and also worked at Republic Steel / LTV in housekeeping from 1972 to 1993.

Josephine was a member of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Youngstown. 

She enjoyed visiting Mountaineer Park, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas to play the slots. Josephine would often walk to the lottery store to visit and talk with her friends.

Her husband, George “Hooksie” Hrina, whom she married July 10, 1948, passed away Nov. 6, 1993.

Josephine enjoyed her family very much, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Sharon Hrina, with whom she made her home, Linda Wibly (Tamp) of Boardman, Robert Hrina (Lori) of Canfield, and Gloria (Eric) Allshouse of Canfield; six grandchildren, who lovingly called her “Baba,” and who she helped raise during their preschool years, Jennifer (Carl) Farina, Timothy (Patricia) Hrina, Tamplin (Ashley) Wibly, Christopher Allshouse (fiancé Meaghan), Shayna (Tim) Bell, and Kacie Hrina; five great-grandchildren, Carl and Isabella Farina, Camryn and Jack Hrina, and Peyton Wibly; and many nieces and nephews, who affectionately called her “Dodo.”

Josephine will always be remembered by her family for her love and commitment to them. She will be truly and sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Pappagallo-Zone and Ann Varone, and four brothers, Peter Kitt (MIA in the Korean War), and John, Michael, and Stephen Kitt.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on SUNDAY, June 7, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a Panachida will take place at 3:30 p.m.

Funeral services will begin on MONDAY at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, and continue at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church on South Belle Vista Avenue.

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

Josephine’s family thanks the staff with MVI Hospice, and the many personal caregivers that provided many years of gentle, loving care and support to her in the very long journey on her way home. Jamie, Amy, Carrie, Mary, and most recently, during the final stages of Josephine’s illness, Stephanie, Patty, and Jane, who was with her at the time of her passing. Extra special thanks to Susan, who kept Josephine’s hair colored and beautiful, per her wishes; to Sr. Bernarda, who brought beautiful thoughts, prayers, and songs to Mrs. Hrina during her regular visits; and to Fr. Richard Lambert, who delivered prayers, blessings, and comfort.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hrina’s name to the St. Mary Byzantine Church Chapel Fund.




Frank P. Cvetkovic, 95

[Calling hours from Noon to 2 p.m., MONDAY, 6/8, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Frank P. Cvetkovic, 95, passed away early Thursday morning, June 4, 2015, at his home, following a long and fulfilling life.

Frank was born Nov. 29, 1919, in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Helen Magasith Cvetkovic, and was a lifelong area resident.

Frank was a United States Army veteran of World War II, where he served with the Division Quartermaster in charge of Army supplies. Prior to his military service, he worked as a teen with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Yellowstone National Park.

Mr. Cvetkovic retired from his own business, Liberty Permit Service, at the age of 62, where he helped trucking companies keep oversize vehicles legal for travel. Frank also worked as an over-the-road truck driver, worked in the marble contracting business, and he worked for Railway Express.

His favorite hobbies were golfing, following the Cleveland Indians, and attending YSU tailgate parties and football games.

His beloved wife, Guerrina Guerra Cvetkovic, his “Italian war bride,” whom he married in 1946 after the war, passed away Jan. 27, 1999.
 
Frank leaves two sons, Gregory F. (Nikki) Cvetkovic of Austintown and Frank G. (Judy) Cvetkovic of Liberty Township; three grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, Jim (Chrissy) Cvetkovic of Canfield, Matt (Nikki) Cvetkovic of Amherst, and Adreinne (Jake) Figelman of Twinsburg; five great-grandchildren, whom he also loved dearly, Andrew, Ally, Jillian, Evan, and Reagan; and a sister, Veronica Grossi of Rootstown.

Besides his wife, four brothers, Steve, John, Joe, and George Cvetkovic, and a sister, Ann Vernosky, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from noon to 2 p.m., Monday, June 8, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 2 p.m.

Committal services with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

The Cvetkovic family thanks Hospice of the Valley and Valerie Pupio, for the professional and compassionate care provided to Frank during his final days with his family at home.

Memorial contributions may be made in Frank’s name to Children’s Mental Health Circle of Friends Foundation, 142 Javitt Ct., Youngstown, OH 44515.




Andrew Backur, 90
[Calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m., SUNDAY, 6/7, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

GIRARD - Andrew Backur, 90, passed away late Wednesday morning, June 3, 2015, at Hospice House, following a brief illness.

Andrew was born Aug. 1, 1924, in Youngstown, a son of the late Anthony and Anna Luczejko Backur, and was a lifelong area resident, moving to Girard in 1961.

Andy was a United States Army veteran of World War II, and prior to that worked in camps for the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Mr. Backur worked for 42 years for Truscon Steel, retiring in 1983 from the cold rolling mill.

Andy enjoyed fishing at Lake Erie and Lake Milton, and he enjoyed the Sunday dinners he shared with his family.

His wife, Helen I. Thompson Backur, whom he married in December of 1961, passed away Feb. 2, 2001.
 
Andy leaves several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Besides his wife, three brothers, John, George, and James Backur, and two sisters, Rose Kusnic and Mary Kellman-Moraghan, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m., SUNDAY, June 7, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:45 a.m. on MONDAY (5/8) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Stephen of Hungary Church on Wilson Avenue in Youngstown.

Interment with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Andy will be laid to rest next to his wife.




Josephine Williams, 79

[Calling hours from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., FRIDAY, 6/5, at Kinnick FH, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

GIRARD - Josephine Vern Kopylec Williams, 79, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 31, 2015, at her daughter Colette’s home, surrounded by her loving family.

Josephine was born Feb. 18, 1936, in Banks Township in Indiana County, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Georgie and Vernie Brink Kopylec.

She was a 1954 graduate of Montgomery High School in Arcadia, Pa., and moved to this area after graduation to marry the love of her life, Charles
 Allen "Chud" Williams.

Mrs. Williams worked for 15 years in the infirmary at the Ursuline Motherhouse, where she cared for the elderly Ursuline Sisters. Josephine later left her job to care for her grandchildren while their parents worked.

She was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard for over 55 years.

Josephine had many hobbies which included crocheting gifts for family and friends, taking long rides, and preparing meals for many holiday parties. Her favorite vacation spot was Presque Isle in Erie, Pa., where she spent every summer with her children and grandchildren. Josephine loved solving wordsearch puzzles, in books and on her Kindle, and she worked those puzzles up to the day before her passing.

Her beloved husband, Charles, whom she married Oct. 20, 1954, passed away June 28, 1993.

Mrs. Williams leaves to cherish her memory her four children, Pam Williams Sump of Mineral Ridge, Colette (Jerome) Miodrag of Transfer, Pa., Charles (Pam) Williams of Liberty Township, and Annette (Don) Bishop of Girard; eight grandchildren, Jason (Sylvia) Miodrag of Transfer, Ryan (Tiffany) Williams of Girard, Amanda (Brian) Garbus of Howland, Carlie Williams of Girard, Jackie (Andrew) Lauffer of Sharpsville, Pa., Tyler Williams of Liberty Township, Donnette Bishop of Girard, and Donny Bishop of Girard; three (soon to be four) great-grandchildren, Cooper Garbus, Evan Miodrag, Abbey Miodrag, with “baby” Lauffer expected to arrive in November; two brothers, Tom Sunderland of Harpersfield and Charles (Dee) Sunderlin of Burnside, Pa.; a sister, Jane Zernic of South Euclid; an uncle, Paul (Audrey) Kopylec of Brunswick; many treasured nieces and nephews; and her beloved pets, “Mr Nik” the cat, and little dog, “Brandy.”

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

Besides her husband, three brothers, Harry, Raymond, and Bob Sunderland, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on FRIDAY, June 5, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard.
 
Funeral services will begin at 12:30 p.m. on FRIDAY (6/5) at the funeral home and will continue at 1 p.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Rose Church, 48 E. Main St., Girard.
 
Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Hermitage, Pa., where Josephine will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Josephine’s family extends very special thanks to the staff with Hospice of the Valley, especially to Richard Crish, and to Traci and Tiffany. Special thanks also to Dr. Steven Swain, and loving thanks to Josephine’s hairdresser and friend, Ted Homitz, and also to Fr. Anthony Esposito.




Michael J. Prystash, 89

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 6/4, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Michael J. Prystash, 89, passed away suddenly Saturday morning, May 30, 2015, at his home, following a long and fulfilling life.

Michael was born Aug. 2, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of the late Michael and Christina Kusper Prystash, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Prystash retired from the Youngstown Sewage Plant, and he owned and operated the Lighthouse Tavern on the corner of South and Myrtle Avenues in Youngstown.

Mike was a United States Navy veteran, serving aboard the USS Collett (DD-730) Destroyer, and was a past commander of VFW Post No. 93. He was also a former Youngstown 7th Ward Committee leader.

He leaves his wife, Kathryn Kurylak Prystash, whom he married in 1990; his son, Michael Prystash; three brothers, James Bernard of North Port, Fla., Edward Bernard of Myrtle Beach, and William Bernard of Hollywood, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

A sister, Dolores Bernard Bevilaqua, and three brothers, John, Joseph, and Steve Prystash, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, June 4, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a memorial service will take place at 6:30 p.m.




John B. Mosca, 85

[Calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., WEDNESDAY, 6/3, at St. Charles Church in Boardman.]

BOARDMAN - John B. Mosca, 85, formerly of Youngstown’s west side, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015, at his home following a long and fulfilling life.

John was born March 29, 1930, in Youngstown, a son of the late Salvatore and Josephine Piesto Mosca, and was a lifelong area resident.

He attended Chaney High School, and began working at the age of 18 for U.S. Steel at the McDonald Works. John then joined the U.S. Army, serving proudly and with distinction for two years during the Korean War as a corporal in the 7th Infantry Division.

After his discharge from the military, John returned to work for U.S. Steel, retiring as a boilermaker and welder after 32 years, when the mill closed in 1980. He subsequently worked as a millwright at Packard Electric in Warren, retiring in 1991 after 11 years on the job with Packard.

Mr. Mosca was a former member of St. Brendan and St. Anthony Churches in Youngstown, and was currently a member of St. Charles Church in Boardman. John was a member of ITAM Post No. 3, and he  was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns and of the Cleveland Indians.

A good baseball player, John played baseball for 19 years for Cherol’s Market and for Triple A. He also bowled in many area bowling leagues, and he enjoyed fishing, golfing, dancing, and planting his garden. His favorite hobby, though, was woodworking, and he loved creating many fine works for his family and friends.

John’s first wife, Betty Malandra Mosca, whom he married April 18, 1959, passed away Sept. 16, 1989, after 30 wonderful years of marriage. They had fond memories of traveling to Daytona Beach, Italy, Hawaii, and to many other places around the country.

John leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and beloved wife of the past 22 years, Joann Grsetic Mosca, whom he met at a hospice support group. They married March 27, 1993, and John was a loving and caring husband to Joann, He also leaves his dear sister, Antoinette (Leonard) Tamburro of Poland; his dear brothers, Samuel (Karen) Mosca of Youngstown and Joseph (Nancy) Mosca of Canfield; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; his dear stepdaughter, Karen (Thomas) Kotasek of Carthage, New York; his dear stepson, Ken (Susi) Basista of Mt. Vernon; four wonderful step-grandchildren, who he loved as his very own, Aaron (Leanna) Kotasek, Michael Kotasek, and Sierra and Andrea Basista; and a step-great-grandson, Benaiah James Kotasek.

John often said, “God’s been good to me,” and he will be loved and missed by his dear family and many friends.

Family and friends may gather from 10 to 11 a.m., WEDNESDAY, June 3, at St. Charles Church in Boardman, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Interment with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

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

The Mosca family thanks Dr. Scott Tofil and Dr. Santuccio Ricciardi, the staff at Vista Care Center in Boardman and with Senior Independence Hospice, and especially Joann Howley and Pastor Brian Etheridge, for the kindness shown and compassionate care given to John and his family during his illness.

John’s family requests that anyone wishing to make memorial contributions, do so  by making them to Senior Independence Hospice, 6715 Tippecanoe Rd., Bldg. E, Suite 201, Canfield, OH 44406; or to the Rich Center for Autism, on the YSU campus, through http://richcenter.ysu.edu/ online.

Assurance
When life is bright and sunny
Or when the teardrops fall,
There's one Thing I am sure of;
God's with me through it all.

He did not put me on this earth
To walk life's path alone;
He sent His Son to be my Guide,
The dearest friend I've known.

When my life draws to a close,
I will not go alone;
He who safely guides me here
Will safely lead me home.

                       ---Kay Hoffman 



Catherine A. Kusnic, 58

[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., MONDAY, 6/1, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Catherine A. Kusnic, 58, of the city’s west side, passed away early Saturday morning, May 30, 2015, at her home following an eight-month illness.

Catherine was born March 6, 1957, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Peter and Rose Backur Kusnic, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a 1975 graduate of Chaney High School and attended Choffin Vocational School. Cathy owned and operated Cathy Kusnic’s Once-A-Week Cleaning Company for the past 20 years. Prior to that, she worked as a waitress and bartender, and she especially enjoyed her work at Pizza Hut in Niles.

Cathy was a member of the former Our Lady of Hungary Church in Youngstown, and was currently a member of Holy Apostles Parish, St. Stephen of Hungary Church, where she belonged to the church’s Altar & Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Chaney High School Class of 1975 Reunion Committee.

Cathy had an upbeat personality and she enjoyed sunshine, The Home Shopping Network, music, “Luther” concerts, and spoiling her nieces, nephews, great-niece, and great-nephews.

She leaves her twin sister, Carol A. Kusnic, with whom she made her home; her brother, Peter M. Kusnic of Youngstown; two nieces, Rachel Kusnic (Sam Papa) of Boardman and Jillian (Justin) Eddy of Cleveland; a nephew, Peter P. Kusnic of New York City; four great-nephews, Roan, Jake, Ben, and Nick; and a great-niece, Ellie.

Family and friends may call MONDAY, June 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a bible vigil and rosary service will take place.

Funeral services will begin at 10:45 a.m. on TUESDAY (6/2) at the funeral home, and will continue at 11:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Stephen of Hungary Church on Wilson Avenue in Youngstown.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where she will be laid to rest next to her parents.

Cathy’s family thanks Dr. Eledeth Krishnan and Dr. Tejdeep Singh, and the staff with Hospice of the Valley, for the kindness shown and care given to Cathy and her family during her illness.




Robert E. Jakubek, 83

[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 5/31, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Robert E. Jakubek, 83, of the city’s west side, passed away Thursday evening, May 28, 2015, at Austinwoods Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Austintown, following a long and fulfilling life.

Robert was born June 1, 1931, in Campbell, a son of the late John J. and Josephine Dukes Jakubek, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1949 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bob worked for The International Paper Company for 29 years until he retired, and then he worked for Masonry Materials Plus for 12 years as a warehouseman.

Mr. Jakubek was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown, and he was a member of Korean War Vets, Post No. 137 in Youngstown. Bob was also a member of the booster clubs at both Chaney High School and Ursuline High School, and he managed baseball teams in the Mill Creek Junior Baseball League and in the Babe Ruth League, where he led the 13 year-old All-Star team to the State of Ohio Championship in 1973.

Bob leaves his loving wife of 61 years, Gloria “Mitzie” Zitello Jakubek, whom he married May 22, 1954; his son, Robert “Jake” Jakubek of Coconut Creek, Fla.; two daughters, Cheryl (Ken) Latessa of Charlotte, N.C.. and Gloria (Jim) Demetra of Boardman; and five grandchildren, Jana Latessa, K.C. (Elise) Latessa, Jade Jakubek, Bobby Jakubek, and Maddy Demetra.

Two brothers, John and William Jakubek, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, May 31, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., MONDAY, June 1, at the funeral home, and will continue at 11:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.

Interment with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

The Jakubek family gives thanks to the staff at Austinwoods and to the staff with Crossroads Hospice, for the kindness shown and care given to Bob and his family during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oak Dr., Suite E, Uniontown, OH 44685; or to St. Brendan Church.




Steve “Frenchy” Hawryluk, 72

[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., SUNDAY, 5/31, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

GIRARD - Steve “Frenchy” Hawryluk, 72, passed away early Wednesday morning, May 27, 2015, at his home following a brief illness.

Steve was born Nov. 29, 1942, in France, the son of the late Michael and Mary Hawryluk. He came to the United States and to Girard with his family as a child.

He was a graduate of Girard High School, and joined the U.S. Army, proudly serving for two years. Steve retired from the General Motors Lordstown plant in 1997 after 30 years of service.

Mr. Hawryluk was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, where he volunteered at the parish bingo games. An avid bowler, Frenchy also worked for a time at Kay Lanes in Girard.

He leaves his wife of 43 years, Arlene Damiano Hawryluk, whom he married Aug. 28, 1971; his daughter, Lisa Hawryluk of Greeneville, Tenn.; his granddaughter, Ashlea Hawryluk of Austintown; and two sisters, Emily Williams of Akron and Janine Douglas of Masury.

Besides his parents, a son, Michael Hawryluk, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on SUNDAY, May 31, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will begin on MONDAY, June 1, at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church on North Belle Vista Avenue on Youngstown’s west side.

Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.




Edward R. Drozdik, 77

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 5/28, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

POLAND - Edward R. Drozdik, 77, passed away early Monday evening, Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, at his home following a brief illness.

Edward, who was nicknamed “Cookie,” was born Oct. 4, 1937, in Youngstown, a son of the late Edward and Helen Yuhas Drozdik, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a graduate of St. Brendan Elementary School and of Chaney High School, and he  was also an ITT graduate, certified in radio and TV repair.

Ed worked as an electrical engineer for Wean United. He also owned and operated Wedgewood Auto Body in Austintown, and was the owner of Pizza Village in Canfield. Most recently, he worked as a maintenance man at the Chelsea Court Apartments in Boardman, and was referred to fondly as a “master of all trades.”

Mr. Drozdik enjoyed tinkering in his machine shop and woodworking in his toolshed. He attended Holy Family Church in Poland, and he was a 32nd-degree Mason.

Ed leaves five sons, Richard Young of Alliance, Russ Edward Drozdik and Robert Edward Drozdik, both of Clearwater, Fla., Edward R. Drozdik II (Michelle Davis) of Galveston, Texas, and Anthony Edward Drozdik (fiancé Alaine Annerino) of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Alexis, Anthony, and Annabella Drozdik; two stepchildren, Austin Royer and Janessa Chizmark; a sister, Patricia Infante of Austintown; two nephews, Christopher M. (Angela) Infante and Matthew P. Infante; and his former wife and friend, Martha Jane Drozdik of Youngstown.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, May 28, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on FRIDAY, May 29, at the funeral home.

Committal services will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.




Elizabeth A. DelGenio, 88
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 5/28, at Kinnick FH, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

GIRARD – Elizabeth DelGenio, 88, passed away peacefully Monday, May 25, 2015, at Valley Care Northside Medical Center in Youngstown.

Elizabeth was born Jan. 26, 1927, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Perry Palmer, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. DelGenio was a graduate of Girard High School. She worked at Strouss’ Department Store in the shoe department in downtown Youngstown, at Imperial Shoes, at the Belmont Avenue Dairy Queen, and she helped out at Perry’s Flowers.

Elizabeth was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard.

She enjoyed playing bingo and working bingo at St. Rose, cooking for the holidays, making pizza, crocheting, and spending time with her family.

Elizabeth leaves her husband of nearly 69 years, Angelo J. DelGenio, whom she married June 1, 1946; two sons, Thomas (Rose) DelGenio of Venice, Fla. and Anthony (Sue) DelGenio of Liberty Township; two daughters, Carole (Dan) Moadus and Patricia DelGenio, each of Girard; seven grandsons, Christopher, James, Tom, and John DelGenio, Matthew Miles, and Wyatt and Elliott Moduas; five great-grandchildren, Matthew, Dominic, Gabriella, Katie, and Kara; four sisters, Priscilla Kordic, Josephine Rossi, Louise (Frank) Martin, and Gloria Dutton; two sisters-in-law, Josephine (Leo) Bakes, Susanne DelGenio; and two brothers-in-law, Tom (Florence) DelGenio and Sam DelGenio.

A brother, John Palmer, and two brothers-in-law, Frank (Ann) DelGenio and John DelGenio, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, May 28, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St. in Girard.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on FRIDAY, May 29, at the funeral home, and will continue at 11 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Rose Church, 48 E. Main St., Girard.

Interment will take place at Girard City Cemetery.

Elizabeth’s family would like to extend very special thanks to the nurses and staff of Valley Care’s 4 Northwest, the dialysis nurses, and to Dr. Barton, for the kindness shown and care given to Elizabeth during her hospitalization.




Michele Maree Cassile-Arroyo, 65

[Calling hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., THURSDAY, 5/28, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Michele Maree Cassile-Arroyo, 65, peacefully departed this life Saturday morning, May 23, 2015, after a courageous 12-year battle with cancer, rejoining her loved ones in Heaven with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She departed at home surrounded by her loving family.

Michele never lost hope while battling her cancer and remained a positive beam of light for everyone around her, even in her darkest moments. Known to all who loved her as the "beautiful light fairy" she was a lover of all things good, a free-spirited social butterfly with a selfless heart and beautiful soul. Those who knew her were blessed by her magical embrace, leaving them with a permanent mark on their inner soul.

Michele was born March 18, 1950, in Youngstown daughter of Roll "Buzz" and Marjorie Martin Cassile.  As a "Navy brat" she lived in many places, including California, which she had a profound fondness, until returning to Youngstown to raise a family of her own.

Michele was an environmentalist and advocate for social justice. She never lost her "flower power" nature, and she stood up for anyone and anything that suffered injustice. Her place at the B&O Station in Downtown brought together friends, family, and community who shared her vision through artistic expression and fellowship.

An amazing artist and pianist, her spirit poured into all she did. She loved the Butler Museum of Art and often played piano there upon request. She remained an active member of the Youngstown artist community throughout her life. 

Michele was a gentle soul, who never turned away a stray animal or a dying plant, nursing them all back to health. She gave all her wonderful plants and animals a permanent place on her beautiful land and in her 100-year-old historic home.

But Michele's greatest joy was being a mother and grandmother. She was known by her granddaughters Laura, Alison, and Julianna as their very own personal fairy and taught them about beauty through nature, laughter, love, music, and art. Thus planting the seeds for our future artists and lovers of nature, Gramma Shell's little fairies.

Michele married her one true love, Robert Arroyo, on April 26, 2015, in a private ceremony after 31 years together.

Their legacy is as follows; their son, Erik (fiancé Catherine Fetter) Cassile-Arroyo of Youngstown; daughters, Sandi Cassile-Arroyo of Youngstown and Melanie Rogers of Georgia; a blended family, Laura (Jason) Arroyo-Rupe of Hawaii, Jolene (Edward) Arroyo-Baldado and their grandchildren, Laura, Alison, and Julianna of Youngstown; Mariah (Vincent) Mramor and grandchildren, Elle and Peyton, of Arizona; and Randall (Shanel) Arroyo and grandchildren, Teo and Liam of Florida.

Along with her parents, her brother, Howard Cassile, precedes her in death.

Michele's family will receive friends on THURSDAY, May 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 7:30 p.m.





Felix J. “Phil” Herubin, 77

[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, 5/26, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown; and calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., WEDNESDAY, 5/27, at the funeral home.]

CANFIELD - Felix J. “Phil” Herubin, 77, passed away Friday evening, May 22, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown with his family by his side, after suffering a heart attack one week before.

Felix, who was also known as “Phil,” was born Aug. 27, 1937, in Youngstown, a son of Joseph S. and Anna Hlubik Herubin, and was a lifelong area resident, growing up in the Brier Hill neighborhood.
He was a 1955 graduate of The Rayen School, where he was class president,  and served afterwards in the U.S. Army. Phil served for 25 years as a firefighter and inspector for the Youngstown Fire Department, retiring in 1990. Prior to that, he worked for General Electric in Youngstown.

Mr. Herubin enjoyed following sports of all kinds, and he was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers. Phil loved to play golf and was an especially talented golfer, and he tutored his grandsons, Jake and Mike, who played on the Ursuline High School golf team. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, his brother firefighters, his friends from Brier Hill, and the new friends he made along life’s way.

Phil leaves his wife of 53 years, Lois J. Perez Herubin, whom he married in August of 1961; two sons, John F. (Therese) Herubin of Mentor and Joseph J. (Leora) Herubin of Newton Falls; a daughter, Cynthia (Ronald) Francisco of Youngstown; five grandchildren, James, Veronica, Jake, Michael, and Elena; a brother, Joseph (Bella) Herubin of Canfield; and a sister, Maryann (Stanley) Shuette of Canyon City, Colorado.

Besides his parents, Joseph Herubin and Anna Herubin Sackela, Phil was preceded in death by a son, James J. Herubin.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, May 26, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 11:15 a.m. on WEDNESDAY, May 27, at the funeral home, and will continue at noon with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Michael Church in Canfield.

Committal services will follow at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Herubin’s name to the Jimmy Herubin Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ursuline High School, 750 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH 44505.  




Stephen M. Mislay, 88

[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, 5/26, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown; and calling hours from 9 to 9:30 a.m., WEDNESDAY, 5/27, at the funeral home.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Stephen M. Mislay, 88, of the city’s west side, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, May 21, 2015, at Hospice House following a long and fulfilling life.

Steve was born Aug. 18, 1926, in Youngstown, a son of the late James and Sophie Belany Mislay, and with his family had been a member of St. Stephen of Hungary Church in Youngstown.

A 1944 graduate of Wilson High School, Steve worked to help support his family before going to Youngstown College. It was near the college, at the Elms Ballroom, that Steve met his future wife, Audrey Savoia.

From 1952 to 1954, Steve served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea, and he earned two Bronze Stars for his service to his country.

In 1957, Mr. Mislay became the owner of the Wonder Bar in Girard. A hands-on owner, he thoroughly enjoyed working his bar for 47 years, retiring in 2004 at the age of 78. Steve was very close to many of the members of the sports teams he sponsored, especially the baseball teams. Standing behind his bar with an unlit cigar in his mouth, and affectionately known as “Mr. Wonderful” to many of his patrons, he enjoyed talking sports and history with those who came into his establishment.

After he retired, Steve was a volunteer with the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, and with the VA Clinic in Youngstown, where he enjoyed making the coffee and talking with all. When at home, he enjoyed reading, walking, watching baseball, listening to classical music, and he loved his swimming pool. Most of all, he really enjoyed the time spent with his grandsons.

Steve was a member St. Brendan Church in Youngstown. He was a past-member of the Knights of Columbus, Father Gallagher Council, where he served for a time as Grand Knight, and he was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans Association.

Steve leaves his loving wife of 60 years, Audrey Mislay, whom he married Oct. 9, 1954; two daughters, Mary (Jeff) Hake of Boardman and Jeanne (Mike) Robinson of Monroeville, Pa.; two grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Robinson; a brother, James Mislay of Garfield Heights; a brother-in-law, Michael Lacivita; a cousin, Lillian (Jerry) Rosati of Tallmadge; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, in-laws, Jack and Mary Bertolini Savoia, and sisters-in-law, Lucille (Ralph) LaCivita, Margaret Lacivita, and Loretta Mislay, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, May 26, and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on WEDNESDAY, May 27, at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown.

Interment with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

The Mislay family thanks the staff of Hospice House, the staff of St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, and the staff of Greenbriar Healthcare, for the exceptional care provided to Steve during his final months.

Memorial contributions may be made in Steve’s name to the YSU Foundation, Office of Veterans Affairs, Youngstown, OH 44502; or to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.
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