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Cynthia Ann Kondas, 59
[Calling hours from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., MONDAY, 4/28, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Cynthia Ann Kondas, 59, passed away Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, at her home following a brief illness.

Cynthia was born March 5, 1955, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Rakos Kondas, and was a lifelong area resident.

Though disabled, life for Cindy was all about music and the party. She worked at the Meshel Masco Workshop, and made her home for the past four years with Peggy Brink, her caregiver, and also with Terry Hunter for six years through Turning Point Residential, Inc.

Cindy will be truly and sadly missed by all who knew and loved her, and by the many friends whose lives she touched.

Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on MONDAY, April 28, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m.

4-25-14

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Sybella Goss, 70

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 4/25, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Sybella Goss, 70, of Brownlee Woods, passed away Monday evening, April 21, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, with her family by her side.

Sybella was born Feb. 15, 1944, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Roger and Sybella Dow Davis, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Goss was a 1962 graduate of South High School and became a homemaker who dedicated her life to raising and caring for her family. She loved to travel, and enjoyed spending time with her awesome loving family, especially her grandchildren.

Sybella was a member of Christ United Presbyterian Church.

Sybella’s beloved husband of nearly 50 years, Grant H. Goss, whom she married Dec. 14, 1963, passed away Nov. 4, 2013.

She leaves two sons, Brian E. (Brenda) Goss of New Waterford and Douglas G. Goss of Yorktown, Va.; two daughters, Christine A. (Robert) Burrows of Thousand Oaks, Calif. and Stefanie D. Goss of Yorktown; nine grandchildren, Randy, Doug, Zach, Tanner, Spencer, Tobin, Isabella, Madison, and Kendal; and two sisters, Judith Usternul of Vero Beach, Fla. and Barbara Orr of Lakewood; and many loving friends.

Besides her husband, a brother, Rev. Benjamin Davis, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, April 25, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a memorial service will take place at 6:30 p.m.

4-24-14

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Alvira Schultheis, 91
[Calling hours from 9 to 10 a.m., MONDAY, 4/28, at St. Michael Church in Canfield.]
 
FORT WALTON BEACH, FLA. - Alvira Schultheis, 91, World War II Nurse, educator, world traveler, author, mother, and wonderful friend was born on Sept 11, 1922 in Burkettsville, and passed away March 17, 2014, in Ft Walton Beach, Fla., following a brief illness.

A 1943 graduate of St Elizabeth School of Nursing in Dayton, she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps as a lieutenant, and arrived at her first assignment in England on her 21st birthday. She was assigned to the 162d General Hospital at RAF Nocton Hall, UK, where she cared for severely wounded soldiers and airmen. After V.E. Day, she was assigned to the 98th General Hospital in Munich, Germany, where she tended soldiers too seriously injured to return to the United States at the end of the war.

She received a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Dayton in 1949, and worked as an R.N. in Dayton and Youngstown for several years. In 1960, she received a B.S. in Education from Youngstown University and taught elementary school for 28 years at St. Christine School in Youngstown, and later in the Newton Falls school system.

She and her husband, Werner, married in 1947. They traveled extensively in Europe and the U.S. after they both retired. After his death in 1989, she continued to travel with her daughter to the Far East, Canada and South America.  She enjoyed numerous cruises and made many new friends on every adventure.

Alvira was a devout Catholic and member of St Michael Parish in Canfield, where she was the past president of the Altar Guild, was a Funeral Mass server, an Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Thursday Scriptures Sharing Group, and the Stitchers Group. She was also a member of the Retired Officers Association, VFW, Trumbull County Teachers Association, Catholic Nurses Association, and the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.

She leaves twin children, Judy Ann Schultheis of Alexandria, Virginia and James Werner (Janice) Schultheis of Fort Walton Beach; two grandchildren, Erich Werner (Kristine) Schultheis of Mason, and Dr. Lisa (Christian) Got of San Francisco, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Amber, Alexander and Gabrielle; a sister-in-law Gaylee (Paul) Goubeaux Foley of Huber Heights; a brother-in-law Ernst (Gail) Schultheis of Dayton; and dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides her husband, Werner, and parents, Charles and Josephine Hemmelgarn Goubeaux, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Wiggins and her three brothers, Alvin, Robert and Richard Goubeaux.

Family and friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. on MONDAY, April 28, at St Michael Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m.

A committal service with full military honors will follow at Green Haven Memorial Park.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Alvira’s name to the WWII Women’s Memorial Foundation (WIMSA), Dept. 560, Washington, DC 20042-0560; or to St Michael Parish, 350 N Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406.


4-23-14

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Rose Rappach, 90

[Calling hours from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., TUESDAY, 4/22, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

NORTH LIMA - Rose Rappach, 90, formerly of Youngstown’s west side, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, at The Assumption Village.

Rose was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Bessemer, Pa., a daughter of the late Joseph and Philomena Kozmensky Zemko, and spent much of her life in this area.

She was a graduate of Chaney High School, and became a homemaker who dedicated her life to raising and caring for her family. Rose also worked for a time as a secretary for the Moyer’s Manufacturing Company.

Mrs. Rappach was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, where she served as the church’s financial secretary. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, baking her delicious apple pies, bowling, and playing cards. She especially enjoyed the time she spent with her family.

Rose’s husband of 62 years, Steve Rappach, whom she married June 7, 1947, passed away Nov. 9, 2009.

She leaves her son, Richard (Carol) Rappach of Boardman; her daughter, Peggy Rappach of Canfield; four grandchildren, Christopher (Melinda) Rappach, Shaun Rappach, Sarah (Tyler) Booth, and Andrew Bozick; three great-grandchildren, Lilia and Tyler Rappach, and Gracie Ann Booth; a sister, Katherine Lasko of Girard; and a brother, Joseph Zemko of Florida.

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

Besides her husband, Mrs. Rappach was preceded in death by a brother, John Zemko, and two sisters, Mary Katchmer and Ann Gill.

Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, April 22, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on TUESDAY (4/22) at the funeral home, and continue at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church on North Belle Vista Avenue.

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

4-21-14

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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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