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Anna Tresnowsky Sernulka, 91
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 9/4, at Kinnick FH, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

McDONALD - Anna Sernulka, 91, formerly of Warren, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Anna was born Oct. 20, 1923, in Youngstown, the daughter of Michael and Paraskeva “Nellie” Sennyk Tresnowsky, immigrants from Rosokhy and Bilychi, Ukraine.

Anna grew up in McKinley Heights and later moved to Girard where she attended Girard High School, until she went to work at age 16. She worked for Packard Electric’s Sunlight Division in Warren for 10 years during the 1940s.

She was a stay-at-home mother and wife for 14 years, taking care of her five children until she rejoined the workforce in 1964. She worked at the General Electric Ohio Lamp Plant in Warren for 22 years and retired in 1987 alongside her husband, Mike, who retired on the same day.

On June 4, 1949, Anna married Michael Sernulka in Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, where she was a member for over 65 years. Anna belonged to the parish's St. Mary's Sisterhood.

In 1992 and 1995 Anna visited her parents’ native villages in Ukraine, meeting her one surviving aunt and numerous cousins.

Anna loved to cook her family’s favorite ethnic and holiday foods. She cherished the times she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandsons. She enjoyed going to all their sporting events over the years and was able to attend her great-grandsons’ games until last year.

Anna is survived by four sons, John (Marion) of Ellicott City, Md., Leonard (Marsha) of Fort Mill S.C., Richard (Connie) of Seffner Fla., and Michael of McDonald; her daughter, Linda (Greg) of McDonald; nine grandchildren, Holly, Jonathan, Brian, Staci, Kristen, Adam, Richard, Melissa (Mike), and Heather (Dave); three great-grandsons, Kaden, Kyle, and Bentley; a sister, Patricia Logue of Girard; two sisters-in-law, Josephine Prokup and Nancy Sernulka, both of Cortland; many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews; and her dear friend and caregiver, Elana.

Anna's husband, Mike, died seven years ago, April 9, 2008, after 58 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, John and Steve Tresnowsky, and a sister, Mary Daniels.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, Sept. 4, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Chapel, 222 S. State Street, Girard, where a prayer service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on SATURDAY (9/5) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown.

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




John Valentine Hudak, 91

[No calling hours.]

AUSTINTOWN - John Valentine Hudak, 91, entered into Eternal Rest Thursday evening, Aug. 27, 2015, passing away at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

John was born Feb. 14, 1924, in Youngstown, a son of the late George and Anna Hovanes Hudak. He attended Washington School and East High School, and was a lifelong area resident.

John left school in 1941 to join the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he was stationed at Camp McGee in Idaho and developed a lifelong love of the West and of outdoor pursuits. Drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, John was a member of the 33rd Infantry Division, stationed in the Philippines. After the war, Mr. Hudak was part of the occupation force in Takarazuka, Japan, and in addition to his official duties, he collected treats from his fellow soldiers to pass out to the local children.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, John returned to Youngstown and worked as a car salesman, meeting his future wife, Emma, while employed at Berger Motors, where she was a secretary. Mechanically-inclined, he later became a tool & die maker, retiring in 1986 from King Tool & Die in Austintown.

John was a member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and painting.

Mr. Hudak leaves his beloved wife of 64 years, Emma Legany Hudak; sons, George Hudak of Billings, Mont., John (Dawnna) Hudak of Austintown, and Dan Hudak of Kinsman; his daughter, Barbara of Austintown; three grandchildren, Christina (Kevin) Anderson, Joseph (Rachael) Hudak, and Anna Johnson; a great-grandson, Gavin Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Joe and George Hudak, and sisters, Ann Anness and Mary Hudak.

There are no calling hours. Family members are welcome to attend a funeral service at 11 a.m., TUESDAY, Sept. 1, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Chapel in Boardman, where interment will follow.

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

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to St. Christine Parish, 3165 S. Schenley Ave., Youngstown, 44511.




Irene Lovitz, 89

[No calling hours. Private cemetery services.]

AUSTINTOWN - Irene Lovitz, 89, formerly of Liberty Township, passed away peacefully early Thursday evening, Aug. 27, 2015, at her home.

Irene was born Jan. 14, 1926, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Gustav and Mary Herenyi Laska, and was a lifelong area resident.

Irene attended Chaney High School, and worked at the Captain’s Table Restaurant at the Ramada Inn in Liberty Township, as well as the Town & Country Restaurant in Warren, and for MacKenzie Muffler.

Mrs. Lovitz was a devout Catholic and was a member of the former Our Lady of Hungary Church in Youngstown. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and had an adventurous life. 

Irene was a loving mother and grandmother who will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her husband of 56 years, William C. Lovitz Jr., whom she married April 11, 1945, passed away June 4, 2001.

Irene leaves four children, Heidi Sigley of Mineral Ridge, Holly (John) Hahn, with whom she made her home, William C. III (Dorothy) Lovitz of Liberty Township, and Sheila (Samuel) Lamancusa of Vienna; and seven grandchildren, William, Zachary, Carmello (Chelsea), Matthew, Samantha, John, and Santino.

Besides her husband, a son-in-law, Clarence Sigley, two sisters, Mary Mayoras and Margaret Jordan, and a brother, Charles Laska, preceded her in death.

A celebration of Irene’s life will take place at 2:30 p.m., SUNDAY (8/30), at the home of Bill and Dee Lovitz, 930 Keefer Road, Girard.

Private services will take place on Monday, Aug. 31, at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Irene will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard.




Joseph A. Pappagallo, Jr., 71

[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 8/30, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Joseph A. Pappagallo, Jr., 71, passed away late Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown following a courageous 13-year battle with cancer.

Joseph was born Nov. 9, 1943, in Youngstown, a son of Joseph A. Sr. and Kathryn Kitt Pappagallo, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Pappagallo was a 1961 graduate of Chaney High School, and proudly served in the U.S. Army in Germany in the armored division.

He worked with U.S. Steel at the Ohio Works, for Ohio Edison, for Paragon Industries, and for ATPAC in Akron.

Joe was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown. He enjoyed playing the Ohio Lottery, always playing the daily number, and he loved visiting casinos. Most of all, he loved the time he spent being with his family.

Mr. Pappagallo leaves his wife, Donna Jean Parker Pappagallo, whom he married March  14, 1997; a stepson, Wayne Unger of Austintown; three grandchildren, Corey Jenkins, Kelly Unger, and Courtney Unger; four brothers, Anthony (Andrea) Pappagallo of Las Vegas, Andrew (Sandra) Pappagallo of Mineral Ridge, Frank (Ruth) Zone of Austintown, and Carmen (Karen) Zone of Chino Hills, Calif.; a sister, Joan (George) Babinchak of Struthers; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and several extended family members.

His father, Joseph A. Pappagallo Sr., his mother, Kathryn Pappagallo Zone, his stepfather, Frank Zone, and a sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Andrew Breznai, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, Aug. 30, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on MONDAY (8/31) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, on Norquest Blvd., Austintown.

Committal services will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.




Claudia Penelope “Penny” Kula-Nicosia, 73

[No calling hours. Memorial service at 7 p.m., MONDAY, 8/31, at Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Claudia Penelope “Penny” Kula-Nicosia, 73, of the city’s west side, passed away peacefully early Sunday evening, Aug. 23, 2015, at her home.

Penny was born June 18, 1942, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Stephen and Jean Bucey Foley, and was a 1960 graduate of Chaney High School.

She graduated from Choffin in 1974, became an LPN, and was a nurse for 35 years, retiring from Northside Medical Center in Youngstown. She also worked for two years as a nurse for the Youngstown City Schools.

Penny was an active member of Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield, and was a former member of Mahoning United Methodist Church in Youngstown. She loved the church and its members, and participated in many church functions. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who were the loves of her life, and she loved to cook and to “look beautiful.” Penny also loved to travel with her lifelong friends, many from kindergarten, and her two Irish cousins.

Penny leaves her daughter, Jacqueline “Jackie” Kula, with whom she made her home; her son, James Kula of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Cortney and Nicholas Kula; her brother, U.S. Coast Guard Captain Jerome Foley (Ret.) of Deerfield, Mich.; and many dear and close friends.

Her first husband, James Kula, is deceased. Her second husband of 20 years, Rosario Nicosia, who treated her like the princess she was, preceded her in death.

Per Penny’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.

A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m., MONDAY, Aug. 31, at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, Canfield.

Penny had a soft spot in her heart for the youth group at her church, and donations may be made in her memory to the youth group at Western Reserve United Methodist Church.




Albert L. Venosky, 82

[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 8/26, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

OLMSTED FALLS - Albert L. Venosky, 82, formerly of Youngstown, passed away Monday morning, Aug. 24, 2015, at Austinwoods Rehabilitation Health Center in Austintown.

Albert was born Aug. 4, 1933, in Youngstown, a son of the late Stanley and Catherine Sonoga Venosky, and was a graduate of Sacred Heart Elementary School and was a 1952 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School.

Al was a proud United States Marine Corps veteran. He had a very strong work ethic, working locally for Roth Brothers, York Heating and Air Conditioning, and for Carrier Corporation. Mr. Venosky was a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local No. 87 (now No. 397).

In 1990, Al moved to Orlando, Fla. to work for Walt Disney World in the HVAC Engineering Department at the Grand Floridian Hotel. In 2003, he relocated to Olmsted Falls and worked for 10 years shuttling cars at Cleveland Hopkins Airport for Dollar Thrifty Rental Car, retiring in 2014.

A devout Catholic, and a devoted father, brother, and family man, Al was a member of St. Mary’s of the Falls Catholic Church in Olmsted Falls. He loved sports and was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers, and of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Mr. Venosky leaves his daughter, Gretchen L. (Allen) Turnbaugh of McDonald; his son, Jarrod P. (April) Venosky of Salisbury, North Carolina; his grandson, Zachary J. Stasko; three sisters, Dolores (Jack) Willison of Columbiana, Patty Mountford of Struthers, and Kathleen Chicase of Poland; a brother, Joseph (JoAnn) Venosky of Liberty Township; two sisters-in-law, Judy “Cookie” Venosky and Jackie Venosky; his former wife and friend, Gloria Jean of McDonald; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, George Richards, three brothers, Richard and Stanley Venosky, and George Richards, and a sister, Sally Umstead.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on THURSDAY (8/27) at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. at St. Angela Merici Parish, 400 Lincoln Park Dr., Youngstown.

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


Carl Clifford "Cliff" Wulfert, 90 
[Calling hours from 1 to 3 p.m., TUESDAY, 8/25, at Kinnick Funeral Home McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard]
 
YOUNGSTOWN - Carl Clifford “Cliff” Wulfert, 90, formerly of Girard, passed away Thursday afternoon, Aug. 20, 2015 at Campus Health Care following a brief illness.

Carl was born April 18, 1925 in Punxsutawney, PA, a son of the late Carl and Margaret Horner Wulfert and came to the area in the late 1950's.

He worked for 33 years at LTV Steel as a Head Peeler Man retiring in 1980. 

Cliff was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II as a half track driver. 

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Girard.

Carl was a member of the VFW Post 419 in Girard, the Korean War Veterans Association and the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Wulfert loved telling war stories. He greatly enjoyed listening to country music. His favorite artists included Roadwork and Rudy Fowler. Cliff was a fan of NASCAR and he enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends.

Cliff will always be remembered for his great sense of humor and will be deeply and sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

His wife, Grace Marie Dutrow, whom he married July 20, 1953 passed away June 24, 1999.

Cliff leaves to cherish his memory, many loving, extended family members and friends including Pamela Case-Paul of Girard and Larry Means of Austintown.

His daughter, Viola Margaret “Penny” Wulfert preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Kinnick Funeral Home McClurkin Memorial Chapel 222 S. State St., Girard, where funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. 

Interment will take place at Churchill Cemetery in Liberty Township.

Cliff’s family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of the Valley and his many care givers for the kindness shown and care given to Cliff.

Carl’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Valley 5190 Market St. Boardman, Oh. 44512
 



Annabelle Lerch, 89

[Calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m., MONDAY, 8/24, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown; calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., TUESDAY, 8/25, at Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Annabelle Lerch, 89, of the city’s west side, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, Aug. 19, 2015, at Austinwoods Health & Rehabilitation Center in Austintown.

Annabelle, who was lovingly known as “Ann” or “Annie” to her family and close friends, was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Frank and Jennie Alice Linn Fear, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a 1944 graduate of Chaney High School, where she was elected vice-president of her senior class and was honored as class salutatorian. 

Mrs. Lerch worked for four years as a clerical worker for General Fireproofing in the 1940s, before becoming a loving and beloved wife, mother, and homemaker. She married Melvin F. Lerch on Sept. 3, 1948, and dedicated the remainder of her life to enriching the lives of her family. 

Annabelle was very active in the community. After raising her children, she was a preschool teacher at Boardman United Methodist Church for 15 years. She volunteered her time for several years in locally-sponsored drives to raise donations for cancer, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis research. She served as president of her PTA, and worked at local polling places on election days. Annabelle also served as the director of a local vacation bible school, and was president for many years of the Women’s Society at Indianola United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Lerch was a member of Western Reserve United Methodist Church in Canfield. She enjoyed bowling, bowling with the Early Risers League at Boardman Lanes and with the Golden Girls at Camelot Lanes.

Her beloved husband of 59 years, Melvin, passed away May 17, 2008.

Annabelle leaves her daughter, Janet Adams of Youngstown; her son, Ross F. Lerch of DeBary, Fla.; three grandsons, Joe Jr. (Vicki) Teague of Bellefontaine, and Brian (Patricia) Teague and Justin Teague (Randi), both of Youngstown; and seven great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, two sisters, Margaret Carl and Virginia Blomstrom, and two brothers, Robert and Clyde Fear, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., MONDAY, Aug. 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.

Family and friends may also call from 10 to 11 a.m., TUESDAY, Aug. 25, at Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Lerch’s family requests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512; or to Western Reserve United Methodist Church.



Constance “Connie” Markovich, 78

[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., SUNDAY, 8/23, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Constance “Connie” Markovich, 78, passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning, Aug. 17, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Connie was born March 17, 1937 in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Joseph and Valeria Socha Dannery, and was a lifelong area resident. 

She was a graduate of North High School, and became a homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family. Mrs. Markovich was also an Avon representative for 30 years.

Connie was an active member of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown and volunteered for many parish fundraising projects. She was also the caterer at the parish social hall, preparing food for church functions, bereavement luncheons, and special events.

She enjoyed cooking and baking, playing cards, and spending time with her “girls” from high school. She truly enjoyed sharing her life with her loving family and many dear friends.

Mrs. Markovich’s husband of 52 years, George Markovich, whom she married June 15, 1957, passed away Aug. 28, 2009.

Connie leaves two sons, George Markovich Jr. (Barb Miller) of O'Fallon, Illinois and Michael J. (Patty) Markovich of Boardman; three grandchildren, Matthew, Libby, and Melissa; her “adopted” daughter, Becky (Chuck) Nock of Hubbard; Becky’s daughters, Danielle (Brandon) and Amanda; Becky’s grandchildren, Ethan, Brandon Jr., Hunter, Lindsay, Melissa, and Charlee; and many, many, friends.

Besides her husband, a brother, Joseph Dannery, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. SUNDAY, Aug. 23, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will be held at 6 p.m.

Funeral services will begin on MONDAY (8/24) at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home and will continue at 11 a.m. at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, at the corner of Kirk and Raccoon Roads in Austintown.

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




Jamal H. Nasser, 49
[Private services.]
 
BOARDMAN - Private funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at Masjid Al-Khair for the Beloved Jamal H. Nasser, who passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Jamal Nasser, was born June 16, 1966, in Palestine. He was an Adored, Admired, Beloved, Courageous, Respected, and Honorable Son, Brother, Uncle, and Great-Uncle. Jamal was the son of the late Hassan and Mariam Nasser. 

Jamal H. Nasser is survived by six brothers and three sisters, Maher, Nader, Ali, Nasser, Mousa, Mohammed, Najah, Rita, and Mimi; two brothers-in-law, Dr. Rajy Rouweyha and Craig Lamborn; and four sisters-in-law, Sana, Tamim, Tammy, and Eva. The Adored Uncle is also survived by nephews and nieces, Shannon, Ashley, Nadia, Leila, Jamal, Maya, Hassan, Hamoudi, Nesreen, Aleena, Emma, Iman, Mariam, Fatma, Maya, Jasmine, Jordan, Jayda, and Nick; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Nicholas, Lilly, Aden, Aya, Laith, Jameela, and Amalah. 

In honor of Jamal Nasser, and in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes to be made to Masjid Al-Khair, 1670 Homewood, Youngstown, OH 44501. 




Randy M. “Bud” Champion, 64

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 8/14, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Randy M. “Bud” Champion, 64, passed away unexpectedly late Tuesday morning, Aug. 11, 2015, at Briarfield Manor in Austintown.

Randy was born April 27, 1951, in Kittaning, Pa., a son of Edward and Patricia Croyle Champion, came to Youngstown as a child with his family and most recently had lived in Fort Myers, Fla.

He was a 1969 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and was a dedicated employee of the General Motors Lordstown Plant, where he worked for 36 years.

Bud was an avid fisherman and was a diehard fan of the Cleveland Browns. He also enjoyed camping at the Green Acres Campground at Lake Milton.

A loving and dear husband, father, grandfather, son, and uncle, Randy will be truly and sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Randy leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 44 years, Karen Giancola Champion, whom he married Oct. 24, 1970; his son, Joseph (Heather) Champion of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; his father, Edward of Mineral Ridge; a granddaughter, Stella Rose, whom Bud cherished; and a goddaughter, Michelle Beany; two brothers, Doug (Sandy) Champion of North Jackson and Tim (Melissa) Champion of Palm Bay, Fla.; two sisters, Cindy Swiger of Palm Bay and Sue (Bill) Bevan of Lehigh Acres; and a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marian and John “J.J.” Banyots of Austintown.
His mother, Patricia Champion, and his brother and fishing buddy, Edward “Ern” Champion, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call on FRIDAY, Aug. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on SATURDAY, Aug. 15, at the funeral home.

Committal services will follow at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.




Helen L. Tumbri, 91
[No calling hours or services.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Helen L. Tumbri, 91, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Helen was born July 26, 1924, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late George and Anne Brown Belosic, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of South High School and was a homemaker who also worked for 30 years as a receptionist at Goodwill Industries on Belmont Avenue.

Helen was a member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown. She enjoyed music and dancing, and she enjoyed cooking for her family. She enjoyed the time she spent with her family, and she loved doing good deeds for others.

Helen leaves three sons, John W. (Regina) Tumbri of Ellsworth, Thomas G. (Debbie) Tumbri of Conyers, Ga., and James C. Tumbri of Youngstown; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Three brothers, Edward Belosic, Frank Belosic Sr., and Fred Belosic, and a sister, Tillie Tochman, are deceased.

Per Helen’s request, there will be no services or calling hours.

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

Memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s name to Goodwill Industries, 2747 Belmont Ave, Youngstown, OH 44505.





Margie M. Diamond, 90

[Calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., THURSDAY, 8/13, at St. Joseph Church on New Road in Austintown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Margie M. Diamond, 90, passed away Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at her home.

Margie was born Jan. 26, 1925, in Jefferson County, Pa., a daughter of the late John and Laura Engle Kordes.

In addition to being a homemaker, and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Mrs. Diamond, along with her husband and brother-in-law, owned and operated three Ben Franklin stores in Hubbard, Struthers, and Girard.

Margie was a member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown, where she was a member of the Ladies’ Guild. She enjoyed bowling and bowled in the Thursday Trio League at Wedgewood Lanes. She was also a member of the Saxon Club.

Margie leaves two sons, Robert (Kathy) Diamond of Avon Lake and Thomas (Marie) Diamond of Herndon, Va.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, James (Marie) Kordes of Reston, Va.

Her husband, Robert Diamond, whom she married Oct. 8, 1949, passed away Oct. 10, 1978. Besides her husband, a daughter, Karen Watson, and a sister, Lillian Baldwin, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m., THURSDAY, Aug. 13, at St. Joseph Church, 4545 New Rd., Austintown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m.

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




Jeffrey W. Carroll, 40

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, 8/11, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Jeff W. Carroll, 40, of the city’s Kirkmere area, passed away unexpectedly early Thursday morning, Aug. 6, 2015, at his home.

Jeff was born Oct. 8, 1974, in Youngstown, the son of Harold and Julie Nagel Carroll, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1993 graduate of Chaney High School, and was a graduate of Choffin Career Center, where he excelled in welding classes and was a state champion welder.
 
Jeff worked for Jenkins Sign Company and for Becdir Construction Company. He enjoyed riding his Harley and his ATV. Jeff was also an avid gun collector.

He leaves two children, his daughter, Brooke Carroll, and his son, Jeffrey “Jack” Carroll; his parents, Harold and Julie of Youngstown; two sisters, Amy (Frank) Webber and Jennifer (Robert) Mackall, both of Austintown; his ex-wife, Linda Bach Carroll; many extended family members; and many friends.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, Aug. 11, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, at the funeral home.

Committal services will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in care of Huntington Bank, to a fund to be set up for the education of Jeff’s children (details will be posted here as they become known).




Helen Titak Centofanti, 85
[Services were held.]

POLAND - Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, for Helen Titak Centofanti, 85, of Shetland Lane, who passed away late Thursday afternoon, Aug. 6, 2015, at Beeghly Oaks in Boardman. 

Helen was born April 21, 1930, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late John and Mary Prachak Titak, and was a lifelong area resident. She lived in Poland since 1958.

She was a 1948 graduate of Chaney High School and worked for General Electric at both the Mazda Lamp Plant and the Austintown Coil Plant for 40 years, retiring in the early 1990s.

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

Her beloved husband of 50 years, James F. Centofanti, whom she married Nov. 26, 1955, passed away July 29, 2006.

Helen leaves many nieces and nephews, including Mary Wynn Martin, whom she helped raise; a sister-in-law, Barbara Titak of Youngstown; and a neighbor and dear friend, Jay Pokapatz, who was very helpful to Helen.

Besides her husband, two sisters, Mary Senvisky, who also helped raise niece Mary Martin, and Ann Marshall; and two brothers, Joseph and John Titak, are deceased. 
Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Helen was laid to rest next to her husband.

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

Helen’s family thanks Dr. Armand Minotti and his staff for the kindness shown and wonderful care given to Helen over the years.




George A. Smail, 89

[Private calling hours and services.]

YOUNGSTOWN - George A. Smail, 89, of the city’s west side, passed away Thursday morning, Aug. 6, 2015, at his home following a brief illness.

George was born Dec. 19, 1925, in Wilton, Pa., a son of the late Benjamin and Amelia Thomas Smail, and came to this area as a youth.

Mr. Smail was a graduate of Chaney High School, and proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, where he was stationed in San Diego and in the South Pacific.
George worked as a crane operator with Republic Steel for 37 years, and prior to that had worked as a journeyman carpenter.

He enjoyed fishing, especially ice fishing, which he continued to enjoy through this past winter. Mr. Smail made his own fishing lures and enjoyed working in his workshop and in his yard. He had a great love of animals, and provided a home for stray dogs when their owners couldn’t be found. He was also a fan of the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns.

George was of the Catholic faith, and in his younger years was affiliated with St. Brendan Church in Youngstown.

George’s beloved wife of 64 years, Delores J. Long Smail, whom he married Dec. 31, 1947, passed away July 13, 2012.

He leaves three sons, George F. (Anna) Smail of Canfield, who were also Mr. Smail’s caregivers, Bruce D. (Phyllis) Smail of Columbiana, and Mark J. Smail of New Waterford; three grandchildren, Amy Smail (fiancé Chris Dalman),  Amanda (David) Ronyak, and Lori (Sam) Gibbons; great-grandchildren, Matea and Makenzie Ronyak, and Finn Gibbons; a brother, Ron Smail of Youngstown; two nieces; and a nephew.

Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Michael Smail, who was Mark’s twin, and a sister, Sally Atkinson.

Private funeral services will take place on TUESDAY, Aug. 11, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Interment will follow at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown, where George will be laid to rest next to his wife.

George’s family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Angels for Animals, 4750 W South Range Rd, Canfield, OH 44406, in his name.




Mary Louise Macynski, 93

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

YOUNGSTOWN - Mary Louise Macynski, 93, of the city’s west side, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 29, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, following a brief illness.

Mary was born Aug. 29, 1921, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Stetts Macynski, and was raised in the Brier Hill neighborhood of the city. 

She was a 1940 graduate of Chaney High School, and worked for F.W. Woolworth Company for 25 years at both the downtown Youngstown location and at the McGuffey Plaza. Mary also worked for the Joseph Horne Company for several years.

Mary loved the Lord and her Catholic faith, and prayed the rosary daily for her family, friends, and neighbors. She was a member of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown, and was a former member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown. 

A lifelong learner, Mary took over 60 classes at Youngstown State University. She was a secretary at the first aid station for eight years at the Cuyahoga County Fair, enjoyed bingo, crossword puzzles, crafting and sewing, and entering garden competitions at Fellows Riverside Gardens. She also loved listening to the “Ukrainian Hour” on local radio on Saturday evenings.

Mary leaves several extended family members and several close friends.

A sister, Roxanne Macynski, passed away in April of 2015. A brother, William Macynski, and a sister, Helen Marie Macynski, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, Aug. 6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 6 p.m.

Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. on FRIDAY (8/7) at the funeral home, and will continue at 11 a.m. at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, on the corner of Kirk and Raccoon Roads.

Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Mary’s family sends special thanks to Dr. Charles Wilkins, for the kindness shown and care given to both Mary and her sister, Roxanne, over the years.




Robert Storey, 66

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 8/3, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown; calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., TUESDAY, 8/4, at St. Christine Church in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Robert Storey, 66, passed away unexpectedly Friday afternoon, July 31, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, with his family by his side.

Robert was born Oct. 7, 1948, in Warren, a son of the late Helen Vermaetten and Dr. Hyde Storey, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1967 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and later joined the United States Army, serving in Germany as a tank operator from 1968 to 1971.

Mr. Storey owned and operated Major Appliance Service in Youngstown serving both Mahoning and Trumbull County for 42 years.

He was a member of the Mahoning Valley Mustang Car Club and was a lifetime lover of classic cars. Robert loved to travel, grill and lounge in the pool and he greatly enjoyed the time he spent with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

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

Mr. Storey leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Gloria Bartolomucci Storey, whom he married April 28, 2001; four children, Erika (Bob) Kopanic of Hubbard, Lt. Commander U.S. Navy (Ret) Christopher James (Julie) Storey of North Carolina, Daniel (Elizabeth) Storey of Uniontown, and Gretchen (Michael) Merritt of Canfield; eight grandchildren, Paige, Derek, Alexia, Travis, Gia, Riley, Haydyn, and Marin; and several nieces and nephews.

A sister, Patricia Frederick, preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call on MONDAY, Aug. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown, and on TUESDAY, Aug. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Christine Church, 3165 S. Schenley Ave., Youngstown, where a Memorial Mass will follow at 11 a.m.
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