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Ann Kihm, 89
[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., THURSDAY, 7/31, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Ann Kihm, 89, passed away early Monday afternoon, July 28, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown following a brief illness.

Ann was born Jan. 21, 1925, in Campbell, a daughter of the late Steve and Eva Litwin Melnik, and was a lifelong area resident.
                                
She was a 1943 graduate Campbell Memorial High School, and in her younger years, worked for the Penn-Ohio Towel Company and as a housekeeper at the rectory at St. Joseph Parish in Austintown.

Mrs. Kihm was a founding member of St. Joseph Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and boating on Berlin Lake.

Ann leaves her husband of 50 years, Charles F. Kihm, whom she married May 9, 1964; her daughter, Carol (Michael) Petrucci of Austintown; two sisters, Olga Kowalczyk of Lowellville and Maria (Edward) Tirpack of Campbell; and many nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Walter and Peter Melnik, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to8 p.m. on THURSDAY, July 31, at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on FRIDAY, Aug. 1, at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial which will take place at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church on New Road in Austintown.

Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

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Eric T. Koehler, 56
[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., THURSDAY, 7/31, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown; calling hours from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., FRIDAY, 8/1, at the funeral home.]
 
NORTH JACKSON - Eric T. Koehler, 56, passed away Monday morning, July 28, 2014, at Hospice House, with his family, friends, and his dog, Gunner by his side, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
 
Eric was born Jan. 6, 1958, in Youngstown, a son of the late Erich and Alwina Sauter Koehler, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1976 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, and worked inside sales for Northern States Metals in Youngstown for the past eight years. Previously, he had worked at Bliss Manufacturing in Youngstown and in Newton Falls, and for Plastech in Cleveland and Newton Falls.

Eric was a diver on the Search & Rescue team for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department. He was also an accomplished musician, playing guitar in several area bands.

Mr. Koehler was of the Lutheran faith. He enjoyed motorcycles, four-wheeling, singing karaoke, and he especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends.
 
He is survived by his wife, Karen Martinko Koehler, whom he married Oct. 13, 1979; a brother, Peter D. Koehler of Youngstown; his stepmother, Irene Koehler of Boardman; two stepsisters, Nancy Cleland of Columbus and Laura (Gary) Prest of Austintown; many nieces and nephews; many extended family members; many good friends; his dog, Gunner; and his two cats, Dexter and Noli.
 
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on THURSDAY, July 31, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on FRIDAY, Aug. 1, at the funeral home, where a funeral service will take place at 11:30 a.m.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

Memorial contributions may be made in Eric’s name to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Rd., Poland, 44514.

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Elizabeth A. Yozwiak, 89
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 7/28, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

CANFIELD – Elizabeth A. Yozwiak, 89, passed away July 24, 2014, at the Inn at Ironwood.

Elizabeth was born May 23, 1925, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Joseph and Ann Tilicky Machuga, and was a lifelong area resident.

She graduated as a registered nurse in 1946 from the Youngstown Hospital Association, and worked as an industrial nurse for Republic Steel for 24 years, retiring in 1982.

Mrs. Yozwiak was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown, and of its Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Senior Citizens Group at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, and was a member of the Catholic Nurses Association.

She leaves two sons, Dr. Raymond A. (Bobbie) Yozwiak of Lexington, Kentucky and Robert R. (Stacy) Yozwiak of Canfield; a daughter, Karen (Robert) Shuttleworth of Canfield; seven grandchildren, Lynn (Douglas) Shodd, Bob Shuttleworth, Ashley (Brett) Bartholomew, R.J. Yozwiak, Frank Yozwiak, Carrie Yozwiak, Nicole Yozwiak; and two great-grandchildren, Kalleigh and Khloe Shodd.

Her husband, Raymond C. Yozwiak, whom she married in 1948, passed away Dec. 6, 2004. Four brothers, Frank Machuga, Atty. Robert Machuga, Atty William Machuga, and Joseph Machuga, and three sisters, Helen Machuga, Mary Machuga, and Julie Tilicky, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call on MONDAY, July 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where the Altar & Rosary Society will hold a service at 4:45 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, July 29, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave.

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

In lieu of flowers, Betty’s family requests that memorial contributions be made in her name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

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Helen Wesolowsky, 97
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 7/27, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Helen Wesolowsky, 97, of the city’s west side, passed away Wednesday evening, July 23, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Care Center, following a long and fulfilling life.

Helen was born April 4, 1917 in Shoaf, Pa., a daughter of the late John and Catherine Parimucha Surak, and came to this area in 1942.

She was a homemaker and also worked for a time for the National Tea Company. Helen retired from the St. Elizabeth Hospital admitting office, and also worked as a presiding judge and poll worker for the Mahoning County Board of Elections for many years.

She was a member of St. Brendan Church, a member of the church’s Altar & Rosary Society, it’s Social Concerns Committee and Senior Citizens Club, and was an avid bingo worker at the church for many years. Helen was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Ann No. 1875, and of the Knights of Columbus Ladies’ Auxiliary, Msgr. Mears Council No. 3930.

Mrs. Wesolowsky was an avid reader, and enjoyed cooking, baking, and crocheting for her family, whom she loved dearly.

Her husband, Vincent Wesolowsky, whom she married Jan. 21, 1942, passed away, July 27, 1968.

Helen leaves two sons, Vincent (Joan) Wesolowsky of Wichita, Kansas and Mark J. (Mary) Wesolowsky of Austintown; five grandchildren, Jennifer and William Wesolowsky of Wichita, Kathryn (Wayne) Talbot of Manhattan, Kansas, Mark V. Wesolowsky of Poland, and Michelle Wesolowsky of Boardman; three great-grandchildren, Roman T. and Sarah G. Talbot of Manhattan, and Ella Lynn of Boardman; and many dear nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, three sisters, Kate Volpe, Marie Bacho, and Ann Surak, and five brothers, John, Stephen, Andrew, Joseph, and Frank Surak, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on SUNDAY (7/27), at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown, where the Altar & Rosary Society will have a service at 4:45 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday (7/28) at the funeral home, and continue at 11:30 a.m. at St. Brendan Church in Youngstown.
                                
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Brendan Church Improvement Fund, 2800 Oakwood Ave., Youngstown, 44509.

Helen’s family thanks the staff of Windsor House Assisted Living in New Middletown for the kindness shown and care given to Helen during her stay there.

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Ann Cirelli, 95
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 7/27, at at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Ann Cirelli, 95, formerly of the city’s north side, passed away early Thursday morning, July 24, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Liberty Township, surrounded by her loving family.

Ann was born Jan. 5, 1919, in Musselshell, Montana, a daughter of the late Frank and Anna Malenich Kerchak, and came to this area in 1929 with her family as a child.

Ann was a homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family.

Mrs. Cirelli was a member of the former St. Casimir Church in Youngstown, and was a member of St. Columba Cathedral. At St. Casimir, she was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, the choir, the St. Casey Senior Citizens, and was a current member of the St. Casimir Society. She was also a member of the Polish Legion of American Veterans, Ladies’ Auxiliary Post No. 87, and of the organization’s ladies bowling league, which bowled at Kay Lanes on Friday nights.

Her beloved husband, Joseph Cirelli, whom she married Feb. 23, 1946, passed away Oct. 10, 2010.

Ann leaves her son, Frank (Roberta) Cirelli of Odenton, Maryland; her daughter, Karen (Richard) Kolenich of Liberty Township; four grandchildren, Lori and Jason Kolenich, Cynthia Natoli, and Vicki Cirelli; and six great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Ciminero, Alexis and Aidan Kolenich, Peighton Wittway, and Nicholas and Anthony Natoli.

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

Besides her husband, Mrs. Cirelli was preceded in death by three brothers, George, John, and Michael Kerchak, two sisters, Mary Poljak and Ann Kerchak, and a great-granddaughter, Lea Bella Wittway.
                                
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on SUNDAY, July, 27, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin on MONDAY (7/28) at 9:15 a.m at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Cathedral in downtown Youngstown.

Interment will follow at Belmont Park Cemetery, where Ann will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Mrs. Cirelli’s family thanks the staff of Senior Independence Hospice for the care given and kindness shown to Ann during her illness.

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Violet M. Roman, 79
[Calling hours from 1 to 2 p.m., SATURDAY, 7/26, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Violet M. Roman, 79, of the city’s west side, passed away early Thursday morning, July 24, 2014, at Briarfield Manor, following an extended illness.

Violet was born March 6, 1935, in Sharpsville, Pa., a daughter of the late Merle and Thelma Porterfield Sloan, and came to Youngstown in 1960.
                                
Vi was a homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family.

She was a former member of Holy Name of Jesus Church, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish. She enjoyed bingo, cooking, baking, decorating, and truly enjoyed the Christmas season. Vi was a fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and a true “fan” of her entire family.

Vi leaves her husband, Albert P. Roman Sr., whom she married March 12, 1960; three children, Alberta J. (William) Law of Dayton, Tammy L. (Benjamin) Longo of Youngstown, and Albert P. Roman Jr. of Mineral Ridge; seven grandchildren, Jason (Erin) Law, Justin (Julie) Law, Shawn Roman, Derrick Longo, Hunter Longo, Eric (Ronnell) Rushwin, and Nicholas Rushwin; seven great-grandchildren, Adrien, Alexandre, Lily, Nora, Emma, Will, and Sapphire; a son-in-law, Joseph Rushwin of Boardman; and siblings, Jim (Marilyn) Sloan of Hubbard, Shirley (Dick) Lowe of Youngstown, Lawrence (Judy) Sloan of Nebraska, and Gene (Arlene) Sloan of Tennessee.

A son, Donald O’Kin, a daughter, Violet “Susie” Rushwin, and four brothers, Merle, Fred, Raymond, and Eddie Sloan, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. on SATURDAY, July 26, at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m.

Vi’s family extends sincere thanks to the staff of Briarfield Manor and to the staff of Hospice of the Valley, for the kindness shown and care given to Mrs. Roman and her family during her illness.

Memorial contributions may be made in Vi’s name to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, Ohio 44512.

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John J. Chiec Sr., 87
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 7/24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

GIRARD - John J. Chiec Sr., 87, passed away peacefully, late Monday afternoon, July 21, 2014, at Gillette Nursing Home in Warren, with his family by his side.

John was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Logstown, (now Aliquippa) Pa., a son of the late John and Kathryn Kanjia Chiec, and came to this area in the early 1950's.

Mr. Chiec was a graduate of Aliquippa High School. He was later drafted into the Army during World War II, and was very proud to be a veteran of the United States military and of service to his country.

John worked for General Motors at the Lordstown Plant, retiring in March of 1989.

Mr. Chiec was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard, the SNPJ Lodge No. 643, and of the NRA. He enjoyed camping, reading and watching the news, and he especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family.

John leaves a son, John Jr. (Susan) Chiec of Girard; two daughters, Lori Ewanish and Vicki Lynn (Frank) Messuri, both of Niles; four grandchildren, whom he adored and were his life, Nicholas Ewanish, Angela Ewanish (Alex Draper), Frankie Messuri, and Lauren Chiec; and a sister Anne Lucci of Pennsylvania.

His wife, Victoria O. Stacchiotti Chiec, whom he married in 1951, passed away in 2008. A sister, Helen Padak, is also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard, where funeral services will follow at 7 p.m.

John's family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Warren Family Mission, 2671 Youngstown Rd SE, Warren, OH, 44484, an organization he wholeheartedly supported.

His family would like to thank the staff at Gillette Nursing Home for the wonderful care and compassion shown to John during his time there.

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Mary Parkins Rizer, 96
[Calling hours from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., TUESDAY, 7/22, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

MCDONALD - Mary Parkins Rizer, 96, passed away Thursday evening, July 17, 2014, at Valley Care Northside Medical Center, after a long and fulfilling life.

Mary was born April 7, 1918, in Glenfield, Leicestershire, England, a daughter of the late Frederick and Lillian Dooley Parkins, and came to the United States and Youngstown in the mid-1940s, settling in McDonald in 1950.

While in England, Mary received her formal education and worked for her family-owned business, Rutland Leather Works. She was a volunteer in the Civil Defense during World War II.

Mary was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in McDonald, where she was the Senior Choir Director for over 20 years, and she served on the Parish Council. Mrs. Rizer was also a member of the Boy Scouts Mothers’ Club, and was an avid track and field fan in support of her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Rizer leaves three sons, William F. Rizer of Liberty Township, Mark L. Rizer of McDonald, and Christopher C. Rizer of McDonald; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth (Richard) Smith of Austintown and Pamela V. Rizer of Aurora, Colo.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a nephew, James Haslegrave of England.

Her husband, William Lawrence Rizer, whom she married July 21, 1945, passed away March 27, 2007. Two brothers, William and Fred Parkins, and two sisters, Dorothy Haslegrave and Madge Parkins, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, July 22, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St. Girard.

Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, (7/22), at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 618 Ohio Ave., McDonald.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

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Vincent J. Carosella, 70

[Calling hours from Noon to 1 p.m., MONDAY, 7/21, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Vincent J. Carosella, 70, passed away late Wednesday afternoon, July 16, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Vincent was born April 7, 1944, in Youngstown, a son of the late Frank and Anna Vivo Carosella, and was a lifelong area resident.

He worked for U.S. Steel at the Ohio Works for 10 years a pump-tender helper.

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

Mr. Carosella is survived by his wife, Geraldine V. Simko Carosella, whom he married Feb. 7, 1970; two sisters, Suzanne DeRose of Girard and Mary Parker of Youngstown; and a brother-in-law, Harry Simko Jr. of Columbiana.

A brother, Michael Carosella, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on MONDAY, July 21, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m.

Interment will follow at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Cemetery on South Schenley Avenue in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help Vincent’s family with final expenses.

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James W. Forsyth Sr., 68

[Calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m., SUNDAY, 7/20, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

GIRARD - James W. Forsyth Sr., 68, passed away early Thursday morning, July 17, 2014, at The Vista at the Ridge, following a courageous battle with cancer.

James was born Oct. 18, 1945, in Youngstown, a son of Mark S. and Ruth E. Johnson Forsyth.

He was a 1963 graduate of Lakewood High School and later worked in the body shop at General Motors in Lordstown, retiring in 2003 after 30 years.

Jim was a member of The Presbyterian Church in New Castle, Pa. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, caring for stray animals, and he especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family.

Mr. Forsyth was a member of The National Guard and dedicated many years to volunteering for the American Legion as well as the Honor Guard.

Jim leaves a son, James (Sheri) Forsyth Jr. of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Melanie M. Minen of Medina; five grandchildren, "Steffy" John Michael Minen, April M. Minen, Brittany Forsyth, David Forsyth, and Brooke Forsyth; his mother, Ruth E. Johnson Forsyth; a brother, John (Joyce) Forsyth of Lewisburg, Ky.; and a sister, Mariann (Robert) Ulam of Marathon, Fla.

Jim will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Family and friends may call on SUNDAY, July 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard.

Funeral services will take place on MONDAY, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman.

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Robert E. Slovkovsky, 77

[Calling hours from 9 to 10:30 a.m., SATURDAY, 7/19, at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Robert E. Slovkovsky, 77, passed away Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014, at Assumption Village in North Lima, surrounded by his family.

Robert was born July 16, 1936, in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Helen Layko Slovkovsky.

He graduated from Chaney High School in 1954, and subsequently served his country in the U.S. Air Force.

Bob married his high school sweetheart, Sue Cardelein, on Sept. 20, 1958. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church.

Mr. Slovkovsky had a strong work ethic, which was evident with his many years of service at Wean United.

Bob’s service was not limited only to his employer and his country; he also served his community by coaching youth sports and volunteering for the church. He found enjoyment in gardening and the time spent with his grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife Sue; daughters, Terry Slovkovsky of Grand River, Donna (Tom) Chaffee of Boardman, and Linda (John) Murphy of Boardman; grandchildren, Kelly (Tim) Persin, Shannon Chaffee, and John Murphy.

A sister Rita Stelter, brother, Richard Slavkovsky, and a granddaughter, Kayla Chaffee, preceded him in death.

Family and friends will be greeted from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on SATURDAY, July 19, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Ave, Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.

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

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Bob’s family requests donations be made to Sue Slovkovsky who will use the funds for charitable purposes, in Robert's name.

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James "Jinx" McKinna, 86
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 7/17, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN- James "Jinx" McKinna, 86, passed away Sunday evening, July 13, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, with family by his side.

James was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Youngstown, a son of the late Peter and Mary Rose McKinna, and was a lifelong area resident.

He worked at Youngstown Sheet and Tube / LTV Steel Corp. in Brier Hill for 30 years, retiring from the open hearth in 1980.

Mr. McKinna proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Catholic War Veterans John J. Buckley Post No. 1292. He was also a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown, where he had been a member of the Rosary Society.

Jinx enjoyed hunting, fishing, sketching pictures and socializing. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family. He was truly admired and respected by his family and friends.

James leaves two daughters, Sandra (Danny) Basora and Rose (Mike) Swiger, both of Youngstown; a son, James S. (Jeannie) McKinna of Youngstown; two brothers, Joseph McKinna of Austintown and Stephen "Pete" Mikina of Youngstown; five grandchildren, Corina, Alex, Eric "Diggy" and Eric’s wife, Lauren, Ericka and Shane Patrick; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and his "adopted" children, Sabrena Grantling and Cheata Hamner.

His wife, Sarah, passed away Dec. 10, 1995. Two brothers, John "Fats" McKinna and Peter McKinna Jr., and four sisters, Rose DePinto, Ann Vavrinak, Barbara Wurmson and Mary Frances McKinna, also preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on THURSDAY, July 17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. on FRIDAY (7/18) at the funeral home. A committal service with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

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Stephen T. Lesko Sr., 94
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 7/17, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Stephen T. Lesko Sr., 94, of the city’s west side, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Monday morning, July 14, 2014, at his home.

Stephen was born June 22, 1920, in Youngstown, a son of the late Andrew and Mary Hlebak Lesko, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Lesko attended Chaney High School and then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps as a young man, where he was stationed in Montana. He subsequently joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, and served in Guam during World War II.    

He worked for Youngstown Sheet & Tube Corp. / Youngstown Metal Products in Brier Hill as a die-setter and a foreman for 40 years, retiring in 1980.

Mr. Lesko was a lifelong member of Holy Name of Jesus Church, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Youngstown, and he was a member of the American Legion.

Stephen will be forever remembered as a gentle man who enjoyed the beauty of nature and all of God’s creations. He was a man of strong religious faith, and was a firm believer in God and Jesus Christ.

Stephen was an active man with many interests. He was an oil landscape painter, and enjoyed gardening and watching and feeding birds and squirrels. He loved animals and often brought home stray cats as pets for his family. Stephen also enjoyed golfing and was affectionately nicknamed “Sam Snead” by his golfing buddies. He was a lifelong University of Notre Dame football fan, and enjoyed vacationing in Montana and Florida.

Mr. Lesko’s wife of nearly 60 years, Eleanor V. Gruver Lesko, whom he married May 15, 1942, passed away March 12, 2002.

Stephen leaves nine children, Joyce (John) Lakovich of Canfield, Raymond S. (Sandi) Lesko of Goodyear, Ariz., Geraldine Morar of Austintown, Donald (Yvonne) Lesko of Chicago, Phyllis (Joseph) Werner of Poland, Karen Lesko of Youngstown, Kathleen Ragan of Brookfield, Stephen Jr. (Debra) Lesko of Youngstown, and James (Jeraldine) Lesko of Youngstown; 14 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Irene Steck of Dayton.

Besides his wife, a daughter, Beverly Lewis, three brothers, Andrew, Thomas, and John Lesko, a sister, Margaret Zetts, and a grandson, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on THURSDAY, July 17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on FRIDAY (7/18) at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Ave., Youngstown.

A graveside service with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 915 Cornell St., Youngstown, 44502.

Mr. Lesko’s family thanks the staff of St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, the staff of the VA Outpatient Clinic, and Dr. Tejdeep Singh and his staff, for the kindness shown and care given to Stephen over the years. His family also sends special thanks to Stephen’s in-home caregivers, who treated him with love and respect.

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John Bilas Jr., 92

[Calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m., SUNDAY, 7/13 at Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown; calling hours from 9:30 to 10 a.m., MONDAY, 7/14, at St. Michael Orthodox Church in Youngstown.]

BOARDMAN - John Bilas Jr., 92, formerly of Youngstown’s south side, passed away early Friday morning, July 11, 2014, at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman after a long and fulfilling life.

John was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Dubova, Czechoslovakia, a son of the late John and Hannah Barolak Bilas, and came to the United States and Youngstown with his family as a child.

He was a World War II decorated U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Combat Engineers Division. John was a part of the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, saw action at the Battle of the Bulge, and he was the recipient of two Purple Hearts.

Upon his discharge from the service and return to the States, Mr. Bilas worked for Republic Steel, and later retired from Wean United as a carpenter.

Mr. Bilas was a lifelong member and trustee of St. Michael Orthodox Church in Youngstown.

John will be forever remembered as a strong and kind man who lived a simple life, and who was very proud of his family. His strong work ethic and discipline has truly been passed on to his sons and grandchildren.

Mr. Bilas leaves his wife of 58 years, Frances Brzezinski Bilas, whom he married Nov. 19, 1955; two sons, Dennis John (Karen) Bilas of Greenford and Lt. Col. John Eric (Kim) Bilas, serving with the Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan; six grandchildren, Katelyn, William, Beau, Christian, Christine, and Nicholas; three great-grandchildren, Ashur, Charlotte, and Emily; and two brothers, Michael Bilas and Luke (Ruthanna) Bilas, both of New Springfield.

A brother, Peter Bilas, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on SUNDAY, July 13, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 5:30 p.m.

Family and friends may also call from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on MONDAY (7/14) at St. Michael Orthodox Church, 125 Steel Street, Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 10 a.m.

Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman.

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Vernon Carl Thomas Sr., 62
[No calling hours.]
 
AUSTINTOWN - Vernon Carl Thomas Sr., 62, passed away Wednesday evening, June 25, 2014, at his home with family members by his side.
 
Vernon was born May 7, 1952, in Youngstown, a son of the late Harry Thomas and Amylouise Burrows Lindsay, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1970 graduate of Hubbard High School, and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Upon his discharge from the Corps and return to the United States, he worked as a truck driver, retiring from ABF Trucking in 2012.

Vernon is survived by daughters, Mandy Ogle, Sarah (Mike) Corbitt, and Alexandra Spivey; sons, Vernon C. Thomas Jr. and Seth Thomas; grandsons, Niles and Theodore Corbitt; sisters, Edythe Taylor and Candace Blough; a brother, Ray Thomas; and many loving nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Bonita Lou Thomas.
 
Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. on FRIDAY, July 18, at the Hubbard VFW Post No. 3767, 710 West Liberty St., Hubbard.

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

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Susan A. “Sue” Hassay, 55

[No calling hours. Memorial Service at 11 a.m., FRIDAY, 7/11, at Highway Tabernacle in Austintown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Susan A. “Sue” Hassay, 55, passed away early Saturday morning, July 5th, 2014 at Meridian Arms Living Center.

Sue was born on Nov. 29, 1958, a daughter of John and Josephine Simon. She grew up in Boardman and lived Austintown for over 30 years.

A 1977 graduate of Boardman High School, Sue played in the marching band. She was involved at Highway Tabernacle Church for the last 10 years, and enjoyed cooking and playing the piano for her friends and family.

She leaves twin sons, Garrett (Andrea) of Boardman and Terence of Hubbard; her sister, Sally Huddleston of Boardman; her father, John Simon of Boardman; her niece, Taylor (Rich) Griffith of Youngstown; her nephew, Jacob Simon of Arizona; a grandson, Garrett David; and many other family members and friends.

Sue was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine, and a brother, Michael.

A memorial service for Sue will be held at 11 a.m. on FRIDAY, July 11, at Highway Tabernacle Church on Raccoon Road in Austintown.

In lieu of flowers, Sue’s family requests monetary donations to Highway Tabernacle Church in her memory.

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

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Joseph T. Shirilla, 72
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, 7/8, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Joseph T. Shirilla, 72, of the city’s south side, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, July 2, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Joe was born April 20, 1942, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph and Anne Borosky Shirilla, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1960 graduate of South High School and retired as a painter for Ken Hoffman Painting. After retirement, he worked as a deliveryman for Car Parts Warehouse in Youngstown. In his younger years, he had worked for R.C. Cola and for Tamco.

Joe was a member of the Ohio National Guard. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.        

Mr. Shirilla is survived by his wife, Jean Carlson Shirilla, whom he married in 1973; three children, Michael J. Shirilla of Chicago, Joseph T. Shirilla Jr. of Youngstown, and Michelle L. Shirilla of Youngstown; a sister, Carole Mashorda of Poland; an uncle, Frank (Patty) Borosky of Poland; and many extended family members and many friends.

A sister, Mary Ann Riley, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may gather from 5 to 7 p.m. on TUESDAY, July 8, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a funeral service will follow at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s name to West Side Cats, 2217 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509.

Joe’s family thanks Dr. Ronald Aiello and his staff for the kindness shown and care given to Joe over the years.

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Carol Ann “Cookie” Joseph, 66
[Memorial service at 11 a.m., TUESDAY, 7/8, at the Gazebo at Fellows Riverside Garden.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Carol Ann Joseph, 66, of the city’s west side, passed away Wednesday morning, July 2, 2014, at Hospice House with her daughters by her side, following a brief illness.

Carol, who was known to all affectionately as “Cookie,” was born Sept. 2, 1947, in Youngstown, the daughter of Martin G. and Lucy Pasku Kalmer, and was a lifelong area resident.

The greatest joy and happiness in her life came from spending time with and enjoying her daughters and grandchildren. Cookie loved her friends and family with her whole heart and gave her all to them always with extra special effort and the “Cookie touch.”

Cookie leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Michelle Ragan Houlihan of Washington D.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sheree and Travis Green of California; three grandchildren, Jordyn Ann, Blake and Brodan Green; her mother, Lucy Kalmer; and a brother, Marty Kalmer.

Cookie’s father, Martin, and a sister, Pamela Jean Kalmer, are deceased.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial prayer service on TUESDAY, July 8, at 11 a.m., officiated by Rev. Edward Noga at the Gazebo at Fellow’s Riverside Garden, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown.

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

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David A. Schultz, 56
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 7/7, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]
 
AUSTINTOWN - David A. Schultz, 56, passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning, June 30, 2014, at his home.
 
David was born April 28, 1958, in Youngstown, a son of Edward and Dorothy Henik Schultz, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1977 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, and worked in the aluminum extrusion industry with Extrudex Aluminum in North Jackson, as well as with various other companies.

David was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed golfing and fishing, and was a fan of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.
 
He is survived by his wife, Eileen Pastovich Schultz, whom he married July 16, 1993; his mother, Dorothy Schultz of Austintown; a sister, Kathy (Robert) Boris of Austintown; three daughters, Brooke, Kayla, and Heather; two step-daughters; and four grandchildren.
 
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward, a brother, Edward, and an infant daughter, Chealsey.
 
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, July 7, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a memorial service will take place at 7 p.m.

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Joseph T. Hlinka, 83
[Calling hours from Noon to 1 p.m., MONDAY, 7/7, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Joseph T. Hlinka, 83, passed away Sunday morning, June 29, 2014, at Hospice House in Poland after fighting a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Joseph, who was affectionately known as "Penner", was born Oct. 20, 1930, in Youngstown, a son of the late Vincent and Mary Margosiak Hlinka, and was a lifelong area resident.

Joe worked as a steel hauler/truck driver at Youngstown Cartage for 32 years, and later worked at Worthington Industries in Salem for 12 years before retiring in the mid 1990s. While employed for Youngstown Cartage, Joe received recognition from the Ohio Truckers Association for driving a million miles accident-free.

Penner was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and enjoyed flower gardening and watching his great nephew, Troy, play ball. He was also an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of nearly 59 years, Gloria Inhouse Hlinka, whom he married Sept. 3, 1955; his son, Joseph R. Hlinka of Austintown; his brother, Richard Hlinka of Youngstown; and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, William Hlinka, and two sisters, Rosemary Eagan and Irene Amundsen, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may gather from noon to 1 p.m. on MONDAY, July 7, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4700 Norquest Blvd., Austintown, and are welcome to stay for a Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated at 1 p.m.

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

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Brenda J. Cronk, 61
[Calling hours from 3 to 5 p.m., SUNDAY, 7/6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Brenda J. Cronk, 61, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, June 30, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Brenda was born July 7, 1952, in Youngstown, a daughter of William C. Sr. and Carol Porter Cronk, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a 1970 graduate of Chaney High School, was a bookkeeper and also worked for Leone’s Pizza.

Brenda was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed crocheting, children, cats and dogs, watching football, and cheering for the New York Yankees.

She leaves her mother, Carol Cronk of Youngstown; two brothers, Larry (Melanie) Cronk of Youngstown and Gary Cronk of Austintown; a sister-in-law, Kathy Cronk of Liberty Township; two aunts, Peg Patrone of Youngstown and Barbara Spicer of Austintown; nieces and nephews, including Bonnie Cronk, Tara Fisher, and Anthony Whitaker; and two great-nieces, Elizabeth and Bella.

Her father, two brothers, James “Bo” Cronk and William C. Cronk Jr., and a nephew, Robert Cronk, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on SUNDAY, July 6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a funeral service will take place at 4:30 p.m.

Private committal services will take place on Monday at Brunstetter Cemetery in Austintown.

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Julia M. “Jay” Puhalla Morris, 93
[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 7/2, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown; calling hours from 9:30 to 10 a.m., THURSDAY, 7/3, at St. Christine Church in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Julia M. “Jay” Morris, 93, of the city’s Kirkmere area, passed away peacefully late Saturday evening, June 28, 2014, at Austinwoods Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Austintown, on what would’ve been her 62nd wedding anniversary.

Julia was born July 17, 1920, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Michael J. and Julia M. Troyan Puhalla, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mrs. Morris was a 1939 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, and devoted her adult life to raising and caring for her family. She also worked for a time at MacKenzie Muffler and as a head caterer for the Voyager Motor Inn.

Julia was a member of St. Christine Church, its Infant Jesus of Prague Guild, and she loved spending time with her family.

Her beloved husband, John J. Morris, whom she married June 28, 1952, passed away April 28, 2008.

Jay leaves three sons, twins James W. Morris of Youngstown and John M. (Darlene) Morris of Canfield, and Gregory J. (Renee) Morris of Chagrin Falls; a daughter, Julieann M. Morris (Ted Kistler) of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Chanel (Mark) Piunno, Aimee (Christopher) Quiring, and Christopher Morris; a great-granddaughter, Leigha; a brother, Leonard (Margaret) Puhalla of Youngstown; a sister, Eleanor (John) Medvec of Youngstown; and a sister-in-law, Jean Puhalla.

Julia was very close to her family, in fact, her family was her life, and she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Besides her husband, three brothers, Edward, Michael, and Thomas Puhalla, and two sisters-in-law, Agnes and Rose Puhalla, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, July 2, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

Family and friends may call also call from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on THURSDAY, July 3, at St. Christine Church on South Schenley Avenue in Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m.

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

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Lois M. Hartwig Frederick, 88
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 7/2, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Lois M. Frederick, 88, passed away Saturday evening, June 28, 2014, at Clare Bridge in Austintown.

Lois was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Frederick and Lillian Jenkins Hartwig, was raised in Brier Hill, and was a lifelong area resident.
                                
Lois was a 1943 graduate The Rayen School, and after her marriage to Julius Frederick shortly thereafter, became a homemaker who dedicated her life to raising and caring for her family in Austintown.

Mrs. Frederick was of the Lutheran faith.

Lois’s husband of 61 years, Julius S. “Curly” Frederick, whom she married Sept. 29, 1944, passed away Oct. 2, 2005.

She leaves her son, David (Ronda) Frederick of Winter Haven, Fla.; two daughters, Paula (James) McGarry of Berlin Center, and Sandra Frederick (Guy Hassen) of McDonald; three grandchildren, Valerie Carpico, Kimberly Sparks, and Steven Cox; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, a brother, Donald Hartwig, is deceased.

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

Funeral services will take place at 11:30 a.m. on THURSDAY at the funeral home.

Committal services will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown, where Lois will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Lois’ family thanks Dr. Ted Faull and the staff of Clare Bridge for the kindness shown and care given to Mrs. Frederick.

Memorial contributions may be made in Lois’s name to Southern Care Hospice through http://www.southerncareinc.com; to the Alzheimer Association through http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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