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Theodore A. Ostavitz, 88

[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 10/26, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown; calling hours from 9:30 to 10 a.m., MONDAY, 10/27, at St. Matthias Church in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Theodore A. Ostavitz, 88, of the city’s north side, peacefully passed away surrounded by loving family, Wednesday morning, Oct. 22, 2014, at Pembrooke Place Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center in Youngstown.

Theodore was born March 28, 1926, in Youngstown, the son of the late Alex and Mary Sowron Ostavitz, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mr. Ostavitz served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was one of the soldiers who liberated the Nazi concentration camps. Many photos from this experience are on display at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

He subsequently worked as an inter-plant truck driver with Truscon Steel, retiring in 1979 after 35 years with the company. He also worked as maintenance supervisor at the Comfort Inn for over 20 years.

He was a member of St. Matthias Church in Youngstown.

Ted was a life member of VFW Post No. 8841, and he was a member of the American Legion post in Youngstown. He was a charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 3298, was a member of the AARP, the Truscon Retirees, and he was a supporter of Boys Town. Mr. Ostavitz also served as president of Hubbard Conservation Club.

Ted’s wife Shirley Anne Hern Ostavitz, whom he married March 1, 1969, passed away Aug. 30, 2010.

Mr. Ostavitz leaves 11 daughters, Merrillee (Stanley) Stevens, Denise (Ron) Skowron, Margaret Manion (James Conricote), and Elizabeth Stein (Geordie Kissos), each of Youngstown, Shirley (Frank) Bevins of Nebraska, Patricia (Jesse) Alvarado of Virginia, Michelle (James) Burwell of Virginia, Marianne Badger of Illinois, Donna (Norman) Allen of Pennsylvania, Denise (Joe) Serensky of Berlin Center, and Paula (Jessie) Riggleman of Pennsylvania; seven sons, Edward Sullivan of Youngstown, Sean (Kelly) Sullivan of Texas, Lawrence Sullivan of Columbus, Michael (Rodina) Reynolds of Marysville, Theodore Ostavitz Jr. of Hubbard, Joseph (Michelle) Ostavitz of Florida, and John (Mary Ann) Kirsh of Youngstown; a brother, Edward Ostavitz Sr. of Andover;  and over 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Ted was preceded in death five sisters, Nell Vigarino, Helen Cordova, Jean Surkalo, Marie Barita, and Betty Buchanan; and by two brothers, Joseph and Eugene Ostavitz.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on SUNDAY, Oct. 26, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Family and friends may also call from 9:30 to 10 a.m., MONDAY, Oct. 27, at St. Matthias Church, 915 Cornell Ave., Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m.

Entombment will be at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Ted will be laid to rest next to his wife.

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Thom P. “Tom” Krug, 56
[Calling hours from Noon to 2 p.m., FRIDAY, 10/24, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Thom P. “Tom” Krug, 56, passed away Sunday morning, Oct. 19, 2014, at his home following an extended illness.

Tom was born June 11, 1958, in Youngstown, a son of the late William and Beverly Rewarts Krug, and was a lifelong area resident. 

He was a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, and worked at Lordstown Rubber, was also a truck driver, and helped work on homes for the handicapped as a maintenance worker. 

Tom was a motorcycle enthusiast, and he enjoyed the outdoors.

Tom leaves a brother, John Krug of Austintown; many friends; and his beloved dog, Precious.

Besides his parents, a brother, James Krug, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 2 p.m.

Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman, where Tom will be laid to rest next his mother.

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Joseph J. Chance, 88
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 10/23, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Joseph J. Chance, 88, of the city’s west side, passed away Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, 2014, at Hospice House, after a lengthy illness. 

Joseph was born Jan. 15, 1926, in Youngstown, a son of the late Carlos and Angeline Alverenzo Ciancia (Chance), and was a lifelong area resident. 

He attended Chaney High School, and later earned his GED while in the service. Joe served his country during World War II as a navigator and bombardier in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed in LaJunta, Colorado, Roswell, New Mexico, and Biloxi, Mississippi.

He worked for 34 years for Republic Steel, retiring in 1983 as a supervisor in the B&C shipping department. In addition, Mr. Chance had a 50-year career as a registered IRS Practitioner, working with his sons, Terry and Joe.

He was a member of St. Brendan Church in Youngstown.  

Joe was proud of his Italian heritage, and he was very proud of his immediate and extended family. He enjoyed studying world and American history, and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Joe leaves his loving wife of nearly 67 years, Gloria M. Croutch Chance, whom he married Nov. 1, 1947; three sons, Terry Chance of Austintown, Gary (Marianne) Chance of Berlin Center, and Joseph A. (Michele) Chance of Austintown; six grandchildren, Tony (Julia) Chance, Gina (Jeff) Kirlik, Kerri (Mark) Dixon, Eric (Linda) Chance, Shannon Kohl, and Joellin Chance; four great-grandchildren, Autumn, Justice, Corrine, and Jack; two brothers, Albert Chance of Youngstown and Thomas (Marie) Chance of Austintown; and many nieces and nephews.

Brothers, James, Carl, and Philip Chance, and sisters, Phyllis Romeo, Rose Chance, Anita Greico, Mary Jane Bielik, Norma Jean Mahon, and Loretta Bucher, preceded him in death. 

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on THURSDAY, Oct. 23, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on FRIDAY (10/24) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Brendan Church, 2800 Oakwood Ave.

A committal service will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Chance’s name to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514.

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Eugene P. “Gene” Dobrindt, 90
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 10/22, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Eugene P. Dobrindt, 90, formerly of Manchester Avenue on Youngstown’s west side, passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 20, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center following a lengthy illness.

Eugene was born July 12, 1924 in Youngstown, a son of the late John S. and Edith McClay Dobrindt and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1942 graduate of Chaney High School, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, participating in landings in North Africa, Italy, and at Normandy Beach on D-Day.

He worked for 40 years for the Davies Can Company, Adcraft Division, where he was a shop steward and a plant foreman.  

Gene was a member of the former Our Lady of Hungary Church in Youngstown. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, bowling, and traveling, and most of all, he enjoyed the time he spent with his family.

His wife of over 60 years, Irene Beaudis Dobrindt, whom he married Aug. 25, 1945, passed away March 16, 2006.

Mr. Dobrindt leaves three children, Jeanette (Gilbert) Newman of Vero Beach, Fla., Dennis Dobrindt of Youngstown, and Gary (Dr. Edwina Burke) Dobrindt of Canfield; three grandchildren, Brian (Jenn) Newman, U.S. Army Colonel Dean (Kecia) Newman, and Tyler Dobrindt; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Newman, Kashmira Newman, and Abraham Newman; and a brother, John (Mary Beth) Dobrindt of Austintown.

Besides his wife, two sisters, Pat Waller and Darlene Havrila, and a half-brother, Vincent Dobrindt, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on THURSDAY (10/23) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Michael Church in Canfield.

Interment with military honors will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens, where Eugene will be laid to rest next to his wife.

Gene’s family thanks the staff of Briarfield Manor in Austintown for the kindness shown and care given to Mr. Dobrindt and his family during his stay there.

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

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Mary Magdalena Hudak, 66
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 10/17, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

BOARDMAN - Mary Magdalena Hudak, 66, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday evening, Oct. 14, 2014, at Valley Care Northside Medical Center in Youngstown.

Mary was born May 26, 1948, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, a daughter of the late Silverio and Guadalupe Serrano Cruz Burgos, and came to the area as a child.

She was a 1966 graduate of Chaney High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Art from Youngstown State University. She worked as an educational assistant with the Youngstown City Schools, and had previously worked at Lucianno’s Restaurant in Austintown.

Mary was of the Catholic faith. She was passionate about photography and art, and was a master gardener who volunteered her time and talents at Fellows Riverside Gardens.

Mrs. Hudak enjoyed keeping busy and spending time with her family. She was a good wife and mother who loved her husband, children, and family dearly. She will be truly missed by all who loved her.

Mary leaves her husband, Lawrence “Rick” Hudak; three children, Robert L. Taylor Jr, stationed with 8th Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Carolyn S. Wooten of Boardman, and Tracy M. Taylor of Boardman; five grandchildren, Morgan, Crysta, Bryce, Taylor, and Zoe; siblings, Joe (Kim) Medina of California, Carlos (Debbie) Burgos of North Jackson, William (Verde) Burgos of California, Sylvia (Steve) Toombs of Vienna, and Linda (Tom) Dugan of Youngstown; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

A brother, John Cruz, is deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on FRIDAY, Oct. 17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on SATURDAY (10/18) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church on South Schenley Avenue in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fellows Riverside Gardens, McKinley Ave., Youngstown, OH  44509.

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Laura Katherine Bilka, 83
[No calling hours or services.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Laura Katherine Bilka, 83, passed away peacefully late Tuesday evening, Oct. 14, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center, with her family by her side.

Laura, who was also known in her youth as "Laura Davis," was born April 30, 1931, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Ludwig and Katherine Davidowski, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and devoted her adult life to raising and caring for her family. In her younger years, Laura was a secretary for U.S. Steel.

A practicing Catholic, Laura enjoyed politics, sewing, quilting, crocheting, and cooking and baking. She was an avid die-hard fan of the Cleveland Indians, and she loved the time she spent with her family.

Laura was very close to her daughters, Paula and Laura, and to her grandchildren, Jessie, Rachel, and Kenny, and to their children. She was regarded by her family as the “perfect” role model for a mother and grandmother, and she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Laura leaves three daughters, Paula of Youngstown, Laura (Daniel) Dull of Austintown, and Janet Majirsky; five grandchildren, Leah, Sarah, Jessie, Rachel, and Kenny; and five great-grandchildren, Kenny Jr., Natalie, Brody, Jack, and Hannah.

Her husband, Kenneth Bilka, whom she married in 1955, passed away Dec. 17, 1994. Three sisters, Mary Slifka, Cecelia Kovachik, and Stella Goldich, and a brother, Teddy Davidowski, also preceded her in death.

At Laura’s request, there will be no calling hours or services.

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


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Victor Hillock (Virgil Costarella), 86
[No calling hours. Graveside services on FRIDAY, 10/31, at Tod Homestead Cemetery.]

WARREN - Victor Hillock, 86, formerly of Girard, passed away Monday evening, Oct. 6, 2014, at Washington Square Nursing Center.

Victor was born Virgil Costarella on Oct. 3, 1928, in Girard, a son of the late Anthony and Angelina Costarella. He was raised in Girard and was a graduate of Girard High School.

Mr. Hillock was a U.S. Army veteran, and studied at Kent State University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry. He later completed postgraduate study at The Ohio State University, and he also studied abroad.

He was a teacher for various school systems and institutions.

Victor leaves a sister, Cecelia Amedia of Poland, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

Siblings, Erminia Drugan, Adam Costarella Sr., Virginia Szymanski, Victoria Lubanovich, Joseph Costarella, and Julia Brass, are deceased.

There are no calling hours. Family and friends are welcome to attend a graveside service that will take place on FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.

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


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Robert W. Sattler, 84
[Calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m., THURSDAY, 10/16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, Girard.]

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Robert W. Sattler, 84, passed away Friday evening, Oct. 10, 2014, at Hospice House, following a brief illness.

Robert was born Sept. 4, 1930, in Youngstown, a son of the late Leo and Anna Nicpon Sattler. He was a graduate of The Rayen School and was a lifelong area resident.

He proudly served in the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged from the service, he returned to Youngstown, where he met his wife, Erna Kandler, a native of Germany, who had been living in the United States. They were married in September of 1960 and lived in Liberty Township for the remainder of their lives.

Robert worked for 30 years for the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company as a master scheduler, and he also owned and operated his own cleaning business.

In his spare time, Robert enjoyed playing bingo, golfing, and traveling with his family. He also enjoyed the outdoors, watching wildlife locally or at a zoo, playing cards with his friends, and sports of all kinds. He remained active even in his later years, tinkering around his house while still using an old-fashioned manual push mower to cut his grass. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Robert will always be remembered by his sons, Erich (Anita) Kandler of Germany and Robert J. (Michele) Sattler of Liberty Township; three grandchildren, Abigail, Benjamin, and Michael Sattler; a sister Margaret Lucas of Youngstown; two nephews, Stephen Lucas and "Chip" Lloyd Bayer Jr., both of Youngstown; and last but not least, the family German shepherd, Zebulen Hercules Sattler.

Robert’s beloved wife, Erna, passed away in 2007. An infant son, Leo W. Sattler, a sister, Mary Louise Sattler, two half-sisters Kay and Genevieve, and a brother Leo Sattler, are also deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St. in Girard, where a funeral service with military honors will follow at 6 p.m.

Interment will take place at a later date.

Special thanks from the Sattler family to all the caregivers in the St Elizabeth Health Center SICU Department, and at Hospice House, for the kindness shown and care given to Mr. Sattler and his family.  

In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Rd., Poland, OH 44514, in Mr. Sattler’s name.

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Michael Kopczyk, 94
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 10/15, at Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown.]

BOARDMAN - Michael Kopczyk, 94, passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 12, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, following a brief illness.

Michael was born Feb. 4, 1920, in Senkova, Western Ukraine, one of 13 children born to the late John and Maria Sliwiak Kopczyk, and came to America and Youngstown in May of 1951.

Mr. Kopczyk worked as a laborer and track inspector for P&LE Railroad for 32 years, retiring in 1982.

He was an active member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown. He was a church councilman in his younger years, and volunteered for the parish’s pirohy project and for many other church projects and activities throughout his life.

An accomplished handyman, Mike was always able to repair anything that was broken. He enjoyed projects of making things that were functional around the house. He also enjoyed his vegetable garden very much.

Mike leaves his beloved wife of 59 years, Teodora Wasylyszyn Kopczyk, whom he married July 28, 1955; his son, Michael Kopczyk of Boardman; his daughter, Mary (Ben) Morucci of Poland, Ohio; two grandsons, Anthony (Nicole) Morucci and Gary (Karyn) Morucci, both of Poland, Ohio; and six great-grandchildren, Amanda, Jason, Anthony Jr., Alyssa, Benjamin, and Jared Morucci.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will begin on THURSDAY (10/16) at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, and continue at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Interment will be at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Michael’s name to Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, 526 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown, OH 44502.


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Irene Galambossy
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 10/15, at Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Irene Galambossy, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Oct. 11, 2014, at The Woodlands at Austinwoods, after a blessed life.

Irene was born in Youngstown and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of Chaney High School, and worked for McKelvey’s Department Store in downtown Youngstown.

Irene was a charter member of St. Joseph Parish in Austintown, and was a member of the Ladies’ Guild and Golden-Agers.

She was an avid golfer who participated in local ladies’ golf leagues for many years. Irene was a former member of both the F.O.E. and of the Catholic War Vets, and she was a volunteer with the St. Vincent DePaul Society’s soup kitchen.

Irene leaves several nieces and nephews, and her companion, Gus Puskas, with whom she shared her home for many years.

Besides her parents, her husband, David Galambossy, a brother, Stephen Hoffer, and four sisters, Mary Lautner, Margaret Niggel, Helen Bernat, and Katherine Hay, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 5  to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the funeral home, and will continue at St. Joseph Church in Austintown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.


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John P. Kolar, 74
[Private services to be held at a later date.]

GIRARD - John P. Kolar, 74, passed away unexpectedly Friday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2014, at his home.

John was born Aug. 18, 1940, in Pennsylvania, a son of the late Vinko and Mary Peterson Kolar, and came to this area with his family as a child.

He was a graduate of North High School and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He subsequently worked for 36 years at the U.S. Post Office in Youngstown, retiring in 1998.

Mr. Kolar was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard. He was the secretary of the Youngstown Men’s Garden Club, and was a member of the YSU Penguin Club. John loved to tailgate at YSU football games, and he was an avid golfer.

John leaves his wife, Cathryn Anderson Kolar, whom he married Aug. 17, 1968; two daughters Colleen (Steve) Diaz of Macedonia and Jennifer Kolar (fiancé Brian Vrtachnik) of Parma; a brother, Robert (Rae) Kolar of Canfield; a brother-in-law, Russell Barbor of Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.

A brother, Jack, and a sister, Ann Katherine Barbor, are deceased.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, Girard.


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Karen M. Portik, 72
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 10/8, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Karen M. Portik, 72, formerly of Austintown and Cortland, passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Oct. 5, 2014, at Liberty Health Care Center.

Karen was born Nov. 14, 1941, in Cleveland, a daughter of the late Harry and Lillian Trudeau Wheaton, and came to Austintown in 1974.

She was a 1960 graduate of Euclid High School and retired in 2005 after working for 30 years in the finance industry.
                                    
Her husband, Michael Portik Jr., whom she married Jan. 16, 1965, passed away Oct. 11, 1994.

She leaves two daughters, Lynnette (Michael) Keller of Champion and Kelly (Stephen) Remner of Macomb, Mich.; a son, Michael (Kim) Portik of Glendale, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren, Cory, Kyle, Ian, Jeffrey, Nicholas, Justin, and Lucas.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will take place on THURSDAY (10/9) at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where Karen will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.


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Richard Daroski, 80
[Calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., WEDNESDAY, 10/8, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - Richard Daroski, 80, passed away unexpectedly early Saturday morning, Oct. 4, 2014, at his home.

Richard was born Nov. 21, 1933, in Youngstown, a son the late Michael and Mary Prowznik Daroski, and was lifelong area resident.

Dick was a 1951 graduate of The Rayen School, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, earning the rank of Sergeant 1st Class.

He worked for the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad / Conrail for 42 years, retiring as a brakeman in 1995.

Mr. Daroski was a longtime member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Dick is survived by his son, Michael (Lisa) Daroski of Hubbard; his daughter, Cathleen (Dominic) Gatelaro of Girard; three grandchildren, Rachel, Richard, and Chelsea; a sister, Mary Ann Veres of Casa Grande, Ariz.; and two step-grandchildren, Nicole Hoover and her children, Haylie and Wyatt, and Danielle Reynolds, and her children, Alana and Alex.

Dick’s wife of 50 years, Linda J. Speicher Daroski, whom he married Aug. 16, 1958, passed away Dec. 17, 2008. Two brothers, Dr. Ted Daroski and Michael Daroski, and a sister Janet Martin, also preceded him in death.

Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, at Kinnick  Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown, where Dick will be laid to rest next to his wife.


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Joseph D. “Jody” DiTunno, 55
[Calling hours from 4 to 8 p.m., MONDAY, 10/6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

GIRARD - Joseph D. “Jody” DiTunno, 55, of Girard and Niles, passed away suddenly early Thursday evening, Oct. 2, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital in Warren.

Joseph was born Jan. 21, 1959, in Warren, a son of the late Joseph R. and Mary Fanning Bacon DiTunno, and was a lifelong area resident.

Jody was an accomplished athlete, beginning as a standout sandlot baseball legend. He was a 1977 graduate of Girard High School, where he earned 11 varsity letters during his high school career, and he was selected All-MVC in baseball, football, and wrestling.

He was a walk-on college football player for coach Woody Hayes at The Ohio State University, and later completed his football career at Youngstown State University, playing for Bill Narduzzi. A proud member of the 1979 YSU team that set a school record with 11 wins, Jody played in the 1979 National Championship game in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2011, he was inducted into the Girard High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his contribution to Girard sports.

Mr. DiTunno earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from YSU in 1982. Jody was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard, the YSU Football Alumni, the Philosophy Circle, the Penguin Club, and the YSU Alumni Association.

Jody worked for many years for the former McClurkin Funeral Home in Girard, and was currently employed by its successor, Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel.

Jody leaves his wife, Lori L. Armstrong DiTunno, whom he married Aug. 18, 2007; two stepsons, Jason B. Shelton and Justin E. Shelton, both of Niles; three brothers, Jeffrey, John “Jack,” and James DiTunno, all of Girard; a sister, Phyllis DiTunno of Girard; an uncle, Anthony DiTunno of Girard; an aunt, Patricia Morrow of Austintown; nieces and nephews, Tiffany and her son, Dominic, Joe, Anthony, Cameron, and Carter; godchildren, Jennifer Melfi Santangelo and Matthew Pontuti; and many, many wonderful friends.

No matter where Jody was, he always knew a friend and he always had an impact on their lives. He will be truly and sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on MONDAY, Oct. 6, at Kinnick Funeral Home McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard.

Funeral services will begin at 11:45 a.m. on TUESDAY, Oct. 7, at the funeral home, and continue at 12:30 p.m. at St. Rose Church in Girard.


Memorial contributions may be made in Jody’s name to the Girard High School Football program, c/o the Girard High School Athletic Association, Girard Junior/Senior High, 1244 Shannon Rd., Girard Ohio 44420.

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Ann Sheets, 87
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 10/5, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown; calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., MONDAY, 10/6, at First Free Methodist Church in Canfield.]

BOARDMAN - Ann Sheets, 87, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Sept. 30, 2014, at Hospice House in Beaver Township, with her family by her side.

Ann was born Dec. 4, 1926, in Hubbard, a daughter of the late John and Anna Lupse Farcas, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a 1944 graduate of Hubbard High School and devoted her adult life to raising and caring for her family.

Prior to her marriage, Ann worked during World War II as a welder at Truscon Steel, and she also worked at McCrory Department Store in downtown Youngstown.

Mrs. Sheets was an active member of the Youngstown First Free Methodist Church, and was a member of the Cornersburg Happy Seniors. She enjoyed Ohio State football, listening to polka music, and attending Senior Fun Days at Boardman Park.

Ann especially loved spending time with her family and friends, and she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ann leaves two daughters, Shirley Banfield of Austintown and Nancy Eckhart (fiancé Larry Huston); a daughter-in-law, Diane Sheets; five grandchildren, Michael Sheets, Mark (Jaime) Banfield, Ann (Dave) Hosler, James Banfield, and Karen (Brendan) Considine; seven great-grandchildren, Robert, Saroiny, Vincent, Patrick, Henri, Fleur, and Carson; three sisters, Eugenia (William) McConnell of Hermitage, Pa., Elizabeth Shank of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Eleanor (Daniel) Bross of Hubbard; and a brother, Raymond (Nicolette) Farcas of Hubbard.

Her husband, Carl R. Sheets Sr., whom she married Aug. 11, 1947, passed away April 22, 2004. A son, Carl R. Sheets Jr., two brothers, John and George Farcas, and an infant sister, Mary Elizabeth, also preceded her in death.

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

Family and friends may also call from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, at First Free Methodist Church, 3999 McCarty Drive, Canfield, where funeral services will take place at 11 a.m.

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

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


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Alexis R. “Lexy” Harshbarger, 31
[Calling hours from 2 to 4:30 p.m., SATURDAY, 10/4, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Alexis R. “Lexy” Harshbarger, 31, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Sept. 30, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Alexis was born Dec. 8, 1982, in Youngstown, a daughter of Louis and Betsy Uscianowski Stark, and was a lifelong area resident.

Lexy was a 2001 graduate of Chaney High School. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and served as the church’s receptionist and wedding coordinator. Alexis worked as an aide and assistant at the Lewis School For Gifted Learning. She was also a Thirty-One consultant.

Alexis loved volunteering at New Lease on Life, Legacy Dog Rescue, and with the Oakley’s Heart program. She was an avid dog lover and rescuer.

Lexy leaves her husband, Donald L. Harshbarger Jr., whom she married Jan. 22, 2005; her nine-year-old son, Logan L. Harshbarger; her three-year-old daughter, Miley R. Harshbarger; her parents, Louis and Betsy Stark of Youngstown; her sister, Alicia (William) Umbel of Austintown; her mother-in-law, Wendy Harshbarger (Albert Harris, deceased) of New Bedford, Pa.; her father-in-law, Donald “Tink” Harshbarger Sr. of Youngstown; many extended family members; and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, Lexy’s family suggests that donations be made to the Alexis Harshbarger Memorial Fund at www.gofundme.com/fabx9o. All contributions will be used to set up a trust fund for Lexy’s children.


Family and friends are welcome to attend calling hours from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on SATURDAY, Oct. 4, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 4:30 p.m.

A memorial dinner will follow services at Trinity United Methodist Church, 30 W. Front St., Youngstown.


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Rose M. Koc, 92
[Private hours and services on SATURDAY, 10/4.]

BOARDMAN - Rose M. Koc, 92, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, Sept. 27, 2014, at Masternick Memorial Home in New Middletown, after a long and fulfilling life.

Rose was born May 22, 1922, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Patricia Terlesky Meredith, and was a lifelong area resident.

She worked at Packard Electric for 23 years, retiring in 1978.

Rose was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Youngstown’s west side. She enjoyed crocheting afghans, making draperies, and going on trips with her husband.

Her husband, John J. Koc, whom she married Feb. 19, 1966, passed away Oct. 28, 2011.

Rose is survived by a sister, Esther Pritchard of Minneapolis; and by many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, four sisters, Kay Book, Ann Fabrizio, Helen Houser, and Mary Bury, and three brothers, Charles, John, and Michael Meredith, are also deceased.

Private services will be held on SATURDAY, Oct. 4, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

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

Rose’s family suggests that anyone wishing to make memorial contributions do so by donating to the St. Mary Sisterhood of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44509.


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Michael J. Schriner, 67
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 10/1, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Michael J. Schriner, 67, of the city’s Cornersburg area, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, Sept. 29, 2014, at his home.

Michael was born Jan. 30, 1947, in Youngstown, a son of the late Donald and Jeanne Nollen Schriner. He was a lifelong area resident, raised in McDonald, and he later lived in Austintown and Youngstown.

He was a 1964 graduate of Ursuline High School, and served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.

He worked for 25 years for Aqua Ohio Water, retiring in 2009. Mr. Schriner was a member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown.

Mike will be sadly missed by his four children, Kelley Shaughnessy, Kenneth Schriner (fiancé Tomilyn Albrecht), and Karen Bartoletti, each of Austintown, and Kathleen (William) Pickup of Reading, Pa.; nine grandchildren, Jacob, Mathew, Jordan, Kelsey, Jeremy, Justin, Elijah, Anastasia, and Madison; and his friend and former wife, Diane Schriner of Austintown.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown,

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

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.


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Arthur Nick, 86
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, 9/30, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Arthur Nick, 86, of the city’s west side, passed away Friday afternoon, Sept. 26, 2014, at Austinwoods Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Austintown, after a brief illness.

Arthur was born Feb. 25, 1928, in Youngstown, a son of the late Gus and Martha Nick, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1946 graduate of The Rayen School, and served his country for a year at age 17 in the Merchant Marine following World War II. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was a part of the 101st Airborne Infantry Division.

As a young man, he worked for the New York Hat Cleaning & Shoe Shining Shop in the Realty Building in downtown Youngstown, a family business he took over following the untimely death of his father. He subsequently worked for Mahoning County Sanitary Engineers for 20 years, retiring in the early 1990s.

Mr. Nick enjoyed coaching his daughter’s softball teams, supporting his sons at their sporting events, listening to Cleveland Indians games, and spending time with his friends at The Chalet.

His beloved wife of nearly 47 years, Esther R. DiBartolomeo Nick, whom he married July 25, 1953, passed away July 11, 2000.

Arthur leaves two sons, Gus F. (Patti) Nick of Palm Harbor, Fla. and Robert C. Nick at home; a daughter, Barbara A. (David) Balestrino of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Angelina and Lisa Nick of Palm Harbor, and David Jr. (Abbie) Balestrino of Youngstown; three great-grandsons, Anthony Nick, and Brady and Dominic Balestrino; a sister, Eve Russo of Boardman; two sisters-in-law, Diana DiBartolomeo and Mary Bundy, who helped care for Art during his illness; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, a son, Anthony M. Nick, a daughter, Carol Nick, a brother, Charles Nick, and his stepfather, Carl Saviors, also preceded him in death.

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

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on WEDNESDAY (10/1) at the funeral home

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

Art’s family thanks the doctors, nurses, and aides at Austinwoods for the kindness shown and care given to Mr. Nick and his family during his time there.

Memorial contributions may be made in Arthur’s name to the Mahoning County Special Olympics, in care of: Treasurer, Mahoning County DD Special Olympics, 5132 South Turner Road, Canfield, Ohio 44406.


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James W. Clawson, 79
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, 9/29 at Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown; calling hours from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on TUESDAY, 9/30, at the funeral home.]

BOARDMAN - James W. Clawson, 79, passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 27, 2014, at Park Center Health Care, following a lengthy illness.

James was born March 31, 1935, in Youngstown, a son of the late Wilfred J. and Doris Bates Clawson, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a graduate of Liberty High School and served his country in the National Guard.

Mr. Clawson worked for Youngstown Sheet & Tube / LTV at the Brier Hill Works for 23 years, and subsequently worked for Syncor as a deliveryman for five years, retiring in 2002.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Austintown. Jim enjoyed bowling and golfing, spending his winters in Florida, and he especially loved sharing his life with his family.

Jim leaves his beloved wife of 58 years, Sonia Michaelian Clawson, whom he married May 19, 1956; his son, Eric J. Clawson of Austintown; his daughter, Andrea L. (Richard) Seidler of North Lima; five grandchildren, Sean Seidler, Aaron Seidler, Aleah Seidler, Taylor Clawson, and Sarah Clawson; and a sister, Patricia (John) Radovich of Liberty Township.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, Sept. 29, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Family and friends may also call from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on TUESDAY, 9/30, at the funeral home, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m.

Interment will be at Green Haven Memorial Gardens.


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