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Mary Mae Hyrb, 72
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 3/10, at the funeral home.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Mary Mae Hyrb, 72, of the city's west side, passed away peacefully, Friday afternoon, March 7, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Mary was born May 14, 1941, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late George and Kathryn Terlesky Hyrb, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a 1959 graduate of Chaney High School, and worked at Northside Hospital in Youngstown for over 40 years as a dietary aide.
Mary enjoyed sewing and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by three brothers, Michael Hyrb of Youngstown, James (Darlene) Hyrb of Poland, and Jerry Hyrb of Youngstown; and a sister, Irene (Joseph) O'Hara of Youngstown.
A sister, Ann Pawlyschyn, and a brother, Eugene Hyrb, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, March 10, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on TUESDAY (3/11) at the funeral home, and continue with a Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church on North Belle Vista Avenue.
Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.
Ruth A. Halls, 84
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on TUESDAY, 3/11 at the funeral home; calling hours from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on WEDNESDAY, 3/12, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.]
SEBRING - Ruth A. Halls, 84, formerly of South Schenley Avenue in Youngstown, passed away late Thursday afternoon, March 6, 2014, at Salem Regional Health Center.Ruth was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Paul and Anna Bradac Sherfel, and was a lifelong area resident.She was graduate of Chaney High School, and was a homemaker who also worked part-time for the Youngstown Board of Elections as a clerk.Ruth was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir. She was also a member of the Saxon Club, St. George Croatian Lodge No. 66, and she was a Republican Precinct committeeperson.Her husband, Michael Halls, whom she married June 11, 1955, passed away May 16, 2003.Ruth is survived by two sons, Michael P. (Patty) Halls of Westerville and Mark S. (Brenda) Halls of Berlin Center; and seven grandchildren, Allyson, Amy, Adam, Amanda, Aaron, Afton, and Alexander Halls.She will be truly and sadly missed by all who loved her. Besides her husband, a sister, Rosemary Brocious, and two brothers, John "Jack" Sherfel and Paul Sherfel, are deceased.Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.Family and friends may also call from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1429 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, where funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m.Interment will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.Memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s name to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Peter “Pete” Cooper, 83
[Calling hours from 2 to 5 p.m., SUNDAY, 3/9, at the funeral home.]
AUSTINTOWN - On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Peter “Pete” Cooper, 83, went home to be with the Lord, passing away peacefully at Hospice House with his loving family by his side.
Pete was born July 18, 1929, in Youngstown, a son of the late Evan and Ann Mazur Capperes.
A lifelong area resident, Pete was a graduate of Chaney High School, where he was a standout baseball player, pitching a no-hitter against Austintown Fitch, which still stands as a record.
Pete was employed by the Tamarkin Company for 43 years, retiring in 1991.
Pete was a very active and devout member of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown, and was a former member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Youngstown. For many years, Mr. Cooper was involved as an officer of the Apostolic Men’s Society and the Men’s Rosary Group. He was also an usher leader, a bingo and festival worker, and was the head of the parish’s pyrohy project. Mr. Cooper and his wife were also involved for many years at the church in fundraisers, festivals, and in decorating the church for holidays and special events. He was involved with his wife in the Cursillo Movement.
Pete was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandpa, and friend. He especially loved the special days spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was very loved by all and will be forever missed.
Mr. Cooper lost his devoted and beloved wife of 63 years, Ann Gidowski Cooper, who passed away eight months to the day of his death. Lovingly devoted to each other all through their lives together, Pete lost his will to live without her near, but now they will be reunited and eternally together forever.
Pete leaves three children who will lovingly remember him, and who he loved and cherished, Sherry Landis, Larry (Arleen) Cooper, Melanie Cooper (Carl Congemi); 14 grandchildren, Darren, Tyler, and Kendra Landis, Lauren (Terry) Kaleel, Peter (Mimi) Vass, Nicole (Pete) Haas, Christopher (Erica) Vass, Kory (Nancy) Cooper, Kara (Kevin) Garland, Kristi (Josh) Palmer, Dustin, Cody, and Tanner Congemi, and Hunter Bradley; two great-granddaughters, Kendall Kaleel and Delaney Dianne Vass; five great-grandsons, Ronnie and Rocco Haas, and Christopher, Michael, and Patrick Vass; a brother, Nick Cooper; a son-in-law, Ron Vass; and a step-great-grandson, Pete Haas.
Besides his wife, Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by a loving daughter, Dianne Vass, and an infant son, Peter “Petey” Cooper; two brothers, Michael and Mitchell Capperes; and a sister, Catherine Serbin.
Family and friends may call on SUNDAY, March 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. on MONDAY (3/10) at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Pete will be laid to rest next to his beloved wife.
Pete’s family thanks the staff of Caprice Health Care Center in North Lima for the care given to Pete during his time there, and his family gives special thanks to the staff of Hospice House for the kindness, love, and respect given to Pete and his family during Pete’s end of life care.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, Ohio, 44514.
Melissa A. Markovitz, 36
HOUSTON, TEXAS - Melissa A. Markovitz, 36, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 16, 2014, at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston following a brief illness.
Melissa was born Feb. 24, 1977, in Youngstown, moved with her mother to Texas at the age of two, and lived in Houston and Cypress, Texas until her passing.
She was a graduate of Cy-Fair High School in Texas and was of the Catholic faith.
Melissa leaves her mother and stepfather, Cheri Loy Haynes and Vern Haynes of Austintown; her father, Phillip Markovitz of Boardman; a brother, Bryan Markovitz of Rhode Island; a stepsister, Leah Haynes of Houston; a stepbrother, Trent (Michelle) Haynes of Houston; a stepsister, Debbie Klasing of Houston; and a stepbrother, Ryan Dohoney of Chicago; and many dear friends in Texas.
Melissa was preceded in death by her grandparents, Thomas and Betty Loy, Phillip and Josephine Markovitz, Arnim and Agnes Haynes, and by an aunt, Geraldine Markovitz Wellington.
Private services were held on Saturday, March 8, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
Interment will be at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
Kathleen “Kathy” Talley Milligan, 69
[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., FRIDAY, 3/7, at the funeral home.]
BOARDMAN - Kathleen “Kathy” Talley Milligan, 69, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, March 4, 2014, at her home with her family by her side.
Kathy was born March 13, 1944, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Charles E. and Margaret Endres Talley, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a 1962 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School and became a homemaker who dedicated her life to raising and caring for her family.
Mrs. Milligan was a member of St. Christine Church in Youngstown, and was also a supporter of St. Patrick Church in Youngstown.
Kathy was a giving and generous person. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and loved the University of Notre Dame, especially the football team. She enjoyed walking, sewing, coffee and conversation with loved ones, and she was a devoted and amazing mother and grandmother.
Kathy is survived by her beloved husband, Thomas E. Milligan, whom she married Aug. 9, 1975 in St. Patrick Church; three children, Jeffrey T. (Jennifer Lynn) Milligan of Pittsburgh, Michelle L. Milligan of Chicago, and Heather Marie (Andy) Varsho of Hubbard; two grandchildren, three-year-old Connor Michael and five-month-old Charlotte Grace; three brothers, James (Jean) Talley of Boardman, Thomas (Joan) Talley of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Rev. Charles Talley, OFM of Santa Barbara, Calif.; three sisters, Patricia (Thomas) Downey of Youngstown, Carol (Thomas) Friedman of Columbiana, and Margaret “Peg” Talley of New Philadelphia; many nieces and nephews; many godchildren; and many, many friends.
Two sisters, Mary Slezak and Sheila Edwards, preceded her in death.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on FRIDAY, March 7, at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. on SATURDAY, March 8, at the funeral home, and will continue at 11 a.m. with a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at St. Christine Church on South Schenley Avenue.
Kathy’s family thanks Dr. Robert DeBernardo and his staff, and the staff of Hospice of the Valley, especially Marilyn , Barb, Karen, and Kim, all of whom were very kind and caring to Kathy during her illness.
Arla Mae Johnson, 90
[No calling hours. Services TUESDAY, 3/4, at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Arla Mae Johnson, 90, of Camelot Arms Care Center, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
Arla Mae was born Dec. 27, 1923, in Chicago, a daughter of the late Leroy and Dorothy Johnson.
After graduating high school, she joined the United States Navy and proudly served as a Hospital Apprentice First Class during World War II. Following her honorable discharge from the service, Arla worked as an actress in New York City, as a waitress, and as a private duty caregiver.
She leaves her sister, Darlene Wrzesinski of St. Petersburg, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.
A sister, Dorothea Dakes, preceded her in death.
Family and friends are welcome to attend an interment service with military honors on Tuesday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman
John Elko Jr., 39
[Calling hours from 11 a.m. to Noon on MONDAY, 3/3, at Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church.]
AUSTINTOWN - John Elko Jr., 39, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at his home.
John was born Nov. 5, 1974, in Youngstown, the son of John Sr. and Therese Bowman Elko, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School, where he received training to become a machinist.
John was a very active member of Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Austintown, and was a member of the Cleveland Photographic Society. In his spare time he enjoyed target shooting with his father, golfing with his buddies, taking pictures of his nephews, and watching hockey and auto racing.
He leaves his parents John Sr. and Therese Elko, with whom he made his home; a sister, Mary (Larry) Melago of North Lima; three nephews, James and John Moore, and Lawrence Melago; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
John was preceded in death by his grandparents, Michael and Helen Elko, and Claude and Elizabeth "Betty" Bowman.
Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to noon on MONDAY, March 3, at Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2432 S. Raccoon Rd. in Austintown, and are welcome to stay for the funeral service that will take place at noon.
In lieu of flowers, John’s family requests that donations be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas P1, Memphis, TN 38105, in his memory.
Ida Tamburino, 90
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 2/27, at the funeral home.]
AUSTINTOWN - Ida Tamburino, 90, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, 2014, with her family by her side.
Ida was born Feb. 2, 1924, in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of the late Dominic and Amerina Vitullo DePinto, and came to this area in 1948.
She worked at Strouss' Department Store in downtown Youngstown during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ida enjoyed reading, cooking, baking cookies, and most importantly, spending time with her family.
Ida leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Ronald (Wilma) Tamburino of Port Orange, Fla. and Richard (Chris) Tamburino of Austintown; a daughter Toni Lynn Tamburino (Todd Hathaway) of Galena; seven grandchildren, Sheila, Sherri, Michelle, Jill, Mario, Jackson, and Ashlynn; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Tony J. Tamburino, whom she married Aug. 28, 1948, passed away June 25, 2008. Three brothers, Joe DePinto, Ralph DePinto, Bill DePinto, and a sister, Jay Szoke, are also deceased.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown.
Funeral services will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at Brunstetter Cemetery in Austintown, where Ida will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Irene Vona, 94
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 2/27, at the funeral home.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Irene Vona, 94, of the city’s west side, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, Feb. 23, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, after a long and fulfilling life.
Irene was born Oct. 6, 1919, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Harry and Ruth Berry Dugan, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a graduate of East High School, and worked at the Ravenna Arsenal during World War II before becoming a homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family.
Irene was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Church in Youngstown.
Mrs. Vona enjoyed spending time with her family, and listening to Frank Sinatra songs.
Her husband, Frank Vona, whom she married Nov. 23, 1946, passed away April 19, 1986.
She leaves her daughter, Julia Braun of Youngstown; her son, Frank Vona II of Youngstown; her grandson, John (Nicole) Braun of Youngstown; her great-granddaughter, Terra Braun; her great-grandson, Phoenix Harley; her great-great-granddaughter, Mia Moffo, the light of her life; and her great-great-grandson, Santino Moffo.
Besides her husband, Irene was preceded in death by a brother, William Dugan; and two sisters, Beulah Partlow and Harriet Boomhower.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a memorial service will follow at 7 p.m.
Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Margaret C. Phelps, 91
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 2/26, at the funeral home.]
AUSTINTOWN - Margaret C. Phelps, 91, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, after a long and fulfilling life.
Margaret was born Jan. 6, 1923, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Walter and Caroline Staudmeister, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a graduate of South High School, and was a devoted homemaker who dedicated her adult life to raising and caring for her family.
In her younger years, Margaret played softball and worked at Idora Park. She was a Saving Stamp Lady volunteer at Woodside Elementary School, was a Cub Scout Den Mother, a Bluebird Leader, a Sunday School teacher, and a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Phelps enjoyed bowling, and served as secretary and treasurer for several leagues. She enjoyed camping, was a member of Coachman Drifters Group No. 353, and she especially loved the annual camping trips she took to Myrtle Beach.
Margaret also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, enjoyed dancing, arts and crafts, and watching game shows and sports of all kinds on television.
Her beloved husband of nearly 61 years, William I. Phelps, whom she married Nov. 28, 1946, passed away Oct. 15, 2007.
She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Walter I. (LaDonna) Phelps of Newton Falls and William P. Phelps of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Mary Ann (Rod) Waller of Youngstown; a grandson, Tyler Phelps; two step-grandchildren, Wesley and Julie Davis; three step-great-grandchildren, Haleigh Davis, Trent Roberto, and Jaslyn Davis; and two sisters, Jean Goist of Arizona and Betty Kraynak of Texas.
Besides her husband, Margaret was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Staudmeister, and a sister, Virginia Donaldson.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, Feb. 26, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Margaret’s name to Trinity United Methodist Church, 30 W. Front St., Youngstown, 44503.
Margaret’s family thanks Dr. Charles Wilkins and Dr. David Hoffman, and the staff of St. Elizabeth Health Center, for the kindness shown and care given to Margaret and her family during her brief illness.
John Szymanski, 70
[Calling hours from Noon to 1 p.m., MONDAY, 2/24, at the funeral home.]
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP - John Szymanski, 70, formerly of Youngstown’s west side, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, Feb. 20, 2014, at Valley Care Northside Medical Center.
John was born Sept. 12, 1943, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph Sr. and Sophie Bukoski Szymanski, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Szymanski was a former member of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown. He enjoyed watching movies, listening to Friday night high school football games on the radio, cheering for the Cleveland Browns, and he loved to listen to country music.
John leaves a brother, Joseph Jr. (Carol) Szymanski of Austintown; a sister, Ann Twyford of Austintown; nieces and nephews, Sharon Szymanski, David “Shane” Twyford (Kendra Dangerfield), with whom he made his home, and Ashley Randall; and one great-niece and four great-nephews.
A brother, Larry Szymanski, and a nephew, Bobby Randall, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on MONDAY, Feb. 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 1 p.m.
A committal service will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Nicholas A. “Nick” Petrella, 81
[Calling hours from Noon to 1 p.m., FRIDAY, 2/21, at the funeral home.]
GIRARD - Nicholas A. “Nick” Petrella, 81, passed away late Tuesday evening, Feb. 18, 2014, at Vista Care Center in Mineral Ridge, following a brief illness.
Nick was born Sept. 12, 1932 in Youngstown, a son of the late Phillip and Mary Miladore Petrella, was raised in Brier Hill, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Petrella was a truck driver with the Teamsters Union before he retired, and prior to that worked for the City of Warren Maintenance Department for 10 years.
He owned and operated the Variety Boxing Club in Girard during the 1980s.
Mr. Petrella is survived by his son, Nicholas (Donna) Petrella of Austintown; two daughters, Denise (Juan) Ubidia of Yosemite Village, Calif. and Stacey (Scott) Mihalick of Austintown; eight grandchildren, Bernadette Phelps, Valerie Sanborn, Tiffany Smigiel, Joseph Smigiel, Nicole (Phil) Liberto, Monica Petrella, Nicholas Petrella, and Miah Mihalick; four great-grandchildren, Elias and Emma Sanborn, and Baylor and Brynlee Liberto; and many nieces and nephews, including Phillip, Jimmy, and Vince Petrella, who were each very close to him.
His wife, Phyllis Johnson Petrella, whom he married Nov. 18, 1975, passed away Feb. 1, 2010. A brother, Jimmy “Dankers” Petrella and a sister, Connie Long, are also deceased.
Family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on FRIDAY, Feb. 21, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 1 p.m.
Interment will follow at Brunstetter Cemetery in Austintown.
Robert “Bobby” Mason Jr., 53
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 2/19, at the funeral home.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Robert “Bobby” Mason Jr., 53, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at his home following a lengthy illness.
Bobby was born Feb. 5, 1961, in Youngstown, a son of the Robert Sr. and Helen Joan McClelland Mason, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Mason was a 1979 graduate of Rayen High School and worked as a mechanic for 14 years for Interstate Truck Parts.
He leaves his mother, Helen Mason of Austintown; a sister, Claudette (Jack) Karstetter of Austintown; and many friends.
His father is deceased.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a memorial service will take place at 7 p.m.
Mr. Mason’s family sends thanks to Bobby’s numerous friends for the kindness and friendship shown to Bobby during his illness. His family also sends many thanks to Dr. Alex Vrable and his staff for the kindness shown and care given to Bobby during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bobby’s name to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Rd,, Canfield, OH 44406.
Ted F. Ruz, 81
[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., TUESDAY, 2/18, at the funeral home; and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., WEDNESDAY, 2/19, at the funeral home.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Ted F. Ruz, 81, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, Feb. 16, 2014, at Hospice house following a lengthy illness.Ted was born Jan. 5, 1933 in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph and Barbara Wilczkiewiecz Ruz, and lived most of his life in this area.He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1953 to 1955, and was stationed in Panama during the construction of the Panama Canal.Ted worked for International Paper, and later for Commercial Shearing, where he retired as a forklift operator in the early 1990s.He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Austintown.Family was most important to Ted, and he loved spending time with and caring for them. He enjoyed trips to Las Vegas with his family, and loved attending sporting events and the activities of his great-nieces and great-nephews.Mr. Ruz is survived by two sisters, Mary Yarwick with whom he made his home, and Betty Peyko of Campbell; and many nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews, all of whom will have fond memories of Ted.Three brothers, Stanley, Walter, and Joseph Ruz, and three sisters, Louise K. Yarwick, Veronica Bush, and Sister Dosithea, are deceased.Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, TUESDAY, Feb. 18, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.Family and friends may also call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, at the funeral home, where funeral services will begin at 10:30, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church on New Road in Austintown.Interment will take place at Boardman Township Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to National Psoriasis Foundation 6600 SW 92nd Ave., Suite 300, Portland, OR 97223; or to Animal Charities Humane Society, 4140 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512, in memory of Ted.
Clifford A. Chapella, 65 [Calling hours from 3 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 2/16, at the funeral home; Calling hours from 10 to 10:30 a.m., MONDAY, 2/17, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.]YOUNGSTOWN - Clifford A. Chapella, 65, of the city’s west side, passed away early Wednesday evening, Feb. 12, 2014, at Vibra Hospital of Mahoning Valley in Boardman, following a lengthy illness.Clifford was born July 19, 1948, in Youngstown, a son of the late Andrew and Ann Pavlik Chapella, was raised in Struthers, and was a lifelong area resident.Mr. Chapella was a 1966 graduate of Struthers High School, attended Youngstown State University, and became a skilled carpenter by trade, working for 27 years through Carpenters’ Local No. 171.Cliff was an active member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Youngstown, where he had been president of the church council, and was a longtime church trustee. He was also a member of Sulgrave Lodge No. 696 of F&AM, and would have received his 25-year membership pin on February 18.Mr. Chapella enjoyed bowling, watching sports, and enjoyed horse racing at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. He also enjoyed playing cards, and he thoroughly enjoyed the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.He leaves his wife of nearly 44 years, Karen Martin Chapella, whom he married April 19, 1970; two daughters, Laura (Kenneth) Sutherin and Pamela Chise, each of Austintown; two grandchildren, Robert Chise Jr. and Amanda Chise; and three brothers, Andrew (Sandy) Chapella of Columbus, John Chapella of Struthers, and William (Silvia) Chapella and their son, Chip, of California.A brother, Charles Chapella, is deceased.Family and friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a Masonic service will be held at 6:30 p.m.Family and friends may also call from 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church on Mahoning Avenue in Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m.A committal service will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Chapella’s name to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1429 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509.