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David S. Williams, 59
[Calling hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., SATURDAY, 11/29, at Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - On Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, God in His infinite wisdom, called David S. Williams to his Heavenly Home on High.

David was born on March 10, 1955, in Greelyville, South Carolina, a son of the late Deacon Acorn and Janie Williams.

In his youth, David accepted Christ as his personal savior and joined Good Hope Baptist Church in Greelyville. David was a 1973 graduate of Williamsburg Training High School in Greelyville (C.E. Murray High), and subsequently worked for Welch’s Enterprise Trucking.

In the late 1970s, for better employment, David relocated to Youngstown and worked with FedEx Freight for a number of years. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and member of Masonic Lodge No. 59 in Youngstown.

Mr. Williams was joined in holy matrimony to the former Ruthe Rush on May 26, 1984, and together they had a lovely daughter.

David was a one of a kind man, and there aren’t enough words to express his kindness, compassion, and giving nature. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend to many. David was an avid hunter, fisherman, and he loved boating. His favorite pastime was watching football on Sunday with his daughter, and rooting for the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.

He leaves his beloved and loving wife of 30 years, Ruthe Williams; his daughter, Janie-Marie Williams of Youngstown; two sisters: Celia Mae (James) Parson of Greelyville and Tujuana (Basil) Jalllah of Savannah, Ga.; three brothers: Joseph Shaw of Kent, John Lewis (Ollie) Shaw of Cleveland, and Marvin Shaw of Greelyville; many nieces and nephews, including his niece, Hayden, who was the light of his life the past two years; many cousins and extended family members; and many, many friends.

Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on SATURDAY, Nov. 29, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will take place at 1 p.m.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

"To everything there is a season, a time to every purpose under the heaven; a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted."  -Ecclesiates 3:1-2

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Grace E. Barner, 83
[Private services. Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

GIRARD - Grace E. Barner, 83, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, Nov. 20, 2014, at Liberty Health Care Center, following a lengthy illness.

Grace was born Oct.19, 1931, in Peabody, Mass., a daughter of the late James P. and Marie Houghton Martin, and came to this area with her family as a child.

Grace worked at Strouss’ Department Store in downtown Youngstown for 10 years in the central receiving department, and later worked at Northside Medical Center in the dietary department, the laundry department, and as a nurse’s aide.

Mrs. Barner was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard. She enjoyed playing bingo and the lottery, and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Her husband, Richard William Barner, whom she married April 18, 1949, passed away Jan. 26, 1974.

She leaves two daughters, Debbie Zatvarnicky of Girard, with whom she made her home, and Ruthann Groff of Howland; five grandchildren, David (Amy) Zatvarnicky, Amber (Joe) Hulsizer, Daniel James Groff, Kimberly (Chris) Judge, and Richard William III (Florence) Barner; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Friend.

Besides her husband, a son Richard William Barner Jr., and a granddaughter, Melissa Barner, preceded her in death.

Private services will take place on MONDAY, Nov. 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., in Girard.

Interment will be at at Girard City Cemetery, where Grace will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Mrs. Barner’s family would like to thank the entire staff of Liberty Health Care Center for the kindness shown and care given to Grace during her time there, especially the staff of the west extension, where she spent most of her time.

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William R. “Butch” George, 70
[No calling hours or services.]

GIRARD - William R. “Butch” George, 70, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Nov. 18, 2014, at his home.

William was born April 30, 1944, in Youngstown, a son of the late William and Peggy Eckert George, and was a lifelong area resident.

Butch was a United States Navy Veteran and worked as crane operator at Brier Hill/WCI Steel in Youngstown for 41 years.

Butch loved carpentry work and was a very good carpenter. He also enjoyed gardening, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

He leaves his wife, Rita Jones George, whom he married Dec. 31, 1965; a son, Stephen L. George, at home; a daughter, Brenda Lee (Dave) Hudson of Carmel Ind.; twin grandsons, Cameron James Hudson and Andrew Jonathan Hudson; a nephew, David Gossett of Boardman; two brothers, Richard “Rusty” (Amy) George of Petersburg and David George of Florida; three sisters, Linda (Tom) Pregi of Boardman, Peg (Bob) Butler, and Marilyn (Pudge) Sarisky; a sister-in-law, Lynne Jackson of Jacksonville, Fla.; and his beloved dog and companion, Ginger.

Besides his parents, a daughter, Michele Lynne George, passed away in 1983. 

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the George family, to help defray the cost of final expenses.

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Ralph A. Martin, 67
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 11/21, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Ralph A. Martin, 67, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 18, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, following a brief illness. 

Ralph was born March 8, 1947, in Youngstown, a son of the late Ralph Sr. and Helen Ragan Martin, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1965 graduate of Chaney High School, and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. In addition to tours of duty in Vietnam, during which he was the recipient of the Purple Heart, Ralph also served for many years in the National Guard, 838th Military Police Division, and was deployed during Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf War.

Mr. Martin was a Mahoning County Sheriff’s Deputy for 24 years, retiring in January of 2007. Prior to being a deputy, he worked at Youngstown Steel Door and as a security guard for the Western Reserve Transit Authority.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and motorcycles. 

Ralph was a quiet man who loved his family and friends deeply, and had wished to spend his retirement years watching his grandchildren grow and be active.

Ralph leaves his loving wife of 46 years, Verina Piscitani Martin, whom he married Oct. 18, 1968; two sons, Timothy F. (Peggy) Martin of Austintown and Daniel A. (Amy) Martin of Westlake; four grandchildren, Colin, Maya, Chloe, and Makenlie; a sister, Darlene Martin of Youngstown; a brother-in-law, Joseph (Kathy) Piscitani of East Liverpool; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, a beloved son, Ralph A. Martin Jr., his in-laws, Felix and Lina Piscitani, a brother-in-law, Frank Piscitani, and an aunt, Margaret Ragan, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on FRIDAY, Nov. 21, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on SATURDAY (11/22) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown.

A committal service with military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ralph’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or donate by phone, 1-800-805-5856.

Ralph’s family thanks his doctors, Dr. Robert Wetzel, Dr. Sherif A. Solimon, and Dr. John A. Flauto; Dr. Thomas J. Mako, from the VA Outpatient Clinic; the wonderful, supportive staff in the ICU at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center, who cared for Mr. Martin during his final hours; and to the VA Hospital who provided ongoing assistance to Ralph after his military service ended.

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Louis Gabanyic, 70
[Calling hours from 11 a.m. to Noon on THURSDAY, 11/20, at St. Catherine Church in Lake Milton.]

LAKE MILTON - Louis Gabanyic, 70, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, November 15, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.

Louis was born Sept. 18, 1944, in Cleveland, a son of the late Andrew and Margaret Gabanyic, and came to Lake Milton as a child. 

He was a graduate of Jackson-Milton High School and proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era.

Mr. Gabanyic worked for the Mahoning County Engineers and retired in 1999. He also owned and operated Lou's Outboard Marine Service in Lake Milton. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post No. 737, where he was instrumental in forming the post’s bocce league.

Lou enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, skiing, hunting and boating. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be truly missed by all who loved him.

Louis is survived by his wife, Josephine Wroblewski Gabanyic, whom he married August 23, 1969; many extended family members; and many friends.

Family and friends may gather from 11 a.m. till noon on THURSDAY, Nov. 20, at St. Catherine Catholic Church, 1254 Grandview Road, Lake Milton, where a memorial service will be held at noon.

Memorial contributions can be made to AMVETS Post No. 44, 305 Elm Street, Struthers, Ohio 44471 to help with special projects provided for the veterans.

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

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John R. Strobel, 73
[Private hours.]

McDONALD - John R. Strobel, 73, passed away peacefully Monday evening, Nov. 14, 2014, at St. Mary Alzheimer Center in Columbiana following a lengthy illness.

John was born May 29, 1941, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of the late Peter and Anna Strobel Cervello, and came to Youngstown with his family as a child.

He was a graduate of East High School and worked for General Motors for 33 years at the Lordstown Assembly Plant, retiring in 1998.

John was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard. He enjoyed dancing and fishing.

Mr. Strobel leaves his wife, Frances Swartzen Strobel, whom he married Sept. 27, 1996; two step-daughters, Kimberly Thompson of Austintown and Deborah Green of McDonald; and five grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Tyler, Megan, and Marissa.

Two sisters, Angeline Bettura and Dolores Green, preceded him in death.

Services were held on WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19 at St. Rose Church, on Main Street in Girard.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

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

John’s family thanks the staff of St. Mary Alzheimer Center, and the staff of All Caring Hospice, for the kindness shown and care given to John during his illness.

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Alene Cummins, 91
[Calling hours from 2 to 4 p.m., THURSDAY, 11/20, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Alene Cummins, 91, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 15, 2014, at her home following a year-long illness.

Alene was born April 20, 1923, in Cleveland, a daughter of the late William and Anna C. Dusek Metzel, and lived in this area for the past 40 years.

She was a graduate of Brecksville High School, Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland School of Art.

Mrs. Cummins was a homemaker who was also a caretaker and preserver of all things living, and was an environmentalist long before it became fashionable. She loved nature, especially birds and flowers, and her little kittens. Alene will be remembered for her love of life, and her generosity to her family and many friends.

She and her husband were active in the Erie County and Mahoning County Power Squadrons, and kept their sailboat at the Cedar Point Marina in Sandusky.

Her beloved husband, Dale W. Cummins, whom she married in Sept. 22, 1966, passed away Jan. 17, 1991. A beloved nephew, Timothy A. Green, also preceded her in death.

Alene leaves a sister, Jane W. Green of Castalia; two nieces, Gretchen (Ken) Miller of Sandusky and Cindie Green of Olmsted Falls; a nephew, Patrick E. Green of Castalia; a step-daughter, Kathleen Warner of Oak Harbor; a step-son, Daniel Warner of Fremont; four great-nephews; two great-nieces; and two step-grandchildren.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on THURSDAY, Nov.20, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 4 p.m.

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Alfred J. Bondar, 61

[Calling hours from 9:30 to 11 a.m., TUESDAY, 11/18, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Alfred J. Bondar, 61, of the city’s west side, formerly of Austintown, passed away early Friday morning, Nov. 14, 2014, at his home following a courageous battle with thyroid cancer, with his wife holding his hand.

Alfred was born Aug. 21, 1953, in Vineland, New Jersey, a son of John S. and Amelia “Irene” Jannett Bondar. He came to the area with his family as a child, was raised in Austintown, and graduated from Fitch High School in 1971. 

Al served during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Navy, aboard the U.S.S. America. From 1999 to 2007, he worked for General Electric at the Mahoning Glass Plant in Niles and at the Austintown Coil Plant. For the past five years, Al worked for Rulli Brothers in Austintown.

He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown.

Mr. Bondar loved sports, and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and of the Detroit Lions. Most importantly, he loved his family and friends and he truly enjoyed sharing his life with them.

Al leaves wife, Beth Buckley Bondar, whom he married Oct. 4, 2002; his son, Scott (Julie) Bondar, and his grandsons, Jonah and Ezra, all of Washington, D.C.; his daughter, Melissa “Missy” Bondar of Ravenna; his mother, Irene Bondar of Austintown; his brother, John (Patti) Bondar of Youngstown; his sister, Debbie (Bob) Doinidis of Bradenton, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Kathy Buckley of Boardman; a sister-in-law, Amy (John) Radosevich of Fort Myers, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

His father, John Bondar, and his father-in-law, Chuck Buckley, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on TUESDAY, Nov. 18, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Norquest Blvd., where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m.

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

Al’s family sends a special thank you to everyone at Rulli Brothers, to parishioners at Immaculate Heart of Mary, and to Hospice of the Valley, for the help given and special attention offered during Al’s illness.
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Helen J. Carantz, 93
[Calling hours from 10:30 a.m. to Noon on SATURDAY, 11/15, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Helen J. Carantz, 93, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 11, 2014, at Omni Manor Nursing Center in Youngstown.

Helen was born Oct. 24, 1921, in Library, Pa., a daughter of the late Sarafin and Anne M. Kaczorowski Klimowicz, and came to this area with her family as a child in 1926.

She was a 1939 graduate of Scienceville High School and worked at C & S Beauty Supply for 35 years.

Mrs. Carantz was a member of the former Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church in Youngstown. She was a member of the Ladies Adoration Society at the church, was a member of the church choir, and was a member of Sponja PNC No. 197. Helen was also a member of the Polish Bard for 50 years, a choir that sang throughout the PNC Diocese. 

Her husband, George Carantz, whom she married in July 20, 1948, passed away Jan. 3, 2005.

Helen leaves a sister, Dorothy Derkach of Howland; a sister-in-law, Barbara Klimowicz of Oregon; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, sisters, Sophie Kutan and Frances B. Zyvith, and brothers, John, Edward, and Charles Klimowicz, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to noon on SATURDAY, Nov. 15, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at noon.

Interment will take place at Tod Cemetery in Youngstown, where Helen will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Helen’s family thanks the staff at Omni Manor for the care given and kindness shown to Helen during her stay there.

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Marjorie C. D’Alesandro, 67
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 11/16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, Girard.]

ROSWELL, GA. - Marjorie C. D’Alesandro, 67, formerly of Girard, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, 2014, at home with her family by her side.

Marjorie was born Feb. 18, 1947, in Youngstown, the fourth of six children of the late Bernard and Marjorie Charles.

Marjorie recently retired from a career as a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) in Chicago, and was an active volunteer in the community. Her most substantial contribution benefitted Rainbow Hospice, and she dedicated time and labor to the rebuilding from the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Marjorie enjoyed golf, canoeing, and rollerblading.

Her husband, Robert A. D’Alesandro, whom she married Nov. 5, 1966, passed away March 1, 2004. 

Marjorie leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter and caregiver, Lisa Leek, son-in-law, Loney, and grandchildren, Allyson, Connor, and Brandon, all of Roswell, Ga.; her son John, daughter-in-law, Clarissa, and granddaughters Cassandra, Abigail, Mary, Jane, and a great-grandson, JJ, all of Clearwater Beach, Fla.; her son, Robert, and grandchildren Sabrina and Anthony, all of Eaton; her son, Daniel, daughter-in-law Heather, and grandchildren Gabriel, Benjamin, and Daniel Jr., all of Eaton; a brother, Harry Charles of Girard; and a sister, Caroline (Richard) Derkach of Cortland.

Besides her husband, a son, James, and three brothers, Thomas, Richard, and Bernard Charles, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on SUNDAY, Nov. 16, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 South State Street, Girard.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on MONDAY (11/17) at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Rose Church, Main St., in Girard.

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

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Michael T. Little, 51
[Calling hours from 6 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 11/17, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Michael T. Little, 51, passed away as a result of injuries suffered in an accident at work on Monday morning, Nov. 10, 2014.

Michael was born March 5, 1963, in Warren, a son of David Rees and JoAnn Roberts, was a graduate of West Middlesex High School (Pa.), and lived in Austintown for the past eight years.

He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and of the U.S. Army, and was also a member of the National Guard.

He owned and operated MTL Home Improvement for the past 10 years. 

Mr. Little leaves two children, twin daughters, Danielle and Alexia Little, and his former wife, Brie Little, all of Austintown.

Family and friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, Nov. 17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a memorial service will follow at 7 p.m.

Due to Michael’s unexpected passing, memorial contributions may be made to his family to help support his children.

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Raymond B. Brayer, 80
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 11/14, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

AUSTINTOWN - Raymond B. “Ray” Brayer, 80, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2014, at Caprice Health Care Center in North Lima. 

Ray was born Aug. 12, 1934, in Campbell, a son of the late John and Ann Eperjese Brayer, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1952 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, and earned a bachelors degree from Youngstown University. Ray served in the U.S. Army after the Korean War and was stationed in Europe.

He worked in the offices at Youngstown Sheet & Tube in Struthers, until the company closed in the mid-1980s, and more recently worked for Valley Drug Company, retiring in the mid-1990s.

Mr. Brayer was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown.  He enjoyed golfing, polka dancing, and most importantly, he loved the time he spent with his family.

Ray leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Anna Mae Sefcik Brayer, whom he married Aug. 31, 1957; three children, Darlene (Neil) Erickson of Cortland, Randy (Susan) Brayer of North Canton, and John Brayer (Michelle) of Austintown; six grandchildren, Brian (Lauren) Patton, Eric Patton, Keith Patton, Randall (Shellie) Brayer, Kevin Brayer, and Victoria Brayer; four great-grandchildren, Anastasia, Randall III, Landen, and Autumn; a sister, Geraldine Santangelo of Detroit, Mich.; and many extended family members.

Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on FRIDAY, Nov. 14, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on SATURDAY (11/15) at the funeral home, and will continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Ave., Youngstown.

A committal service will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Ray’s family thanks the staff of Briarfield Manor, Caprice Health Care Center, and Hospice of the Valley, for the kindness shown and care given to Mr. Brayer and his family.

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Barbara Ann Zebosky, 62
[No hours or services.]

AUSTINTOWN - Barbara Ann Zebosky, 62, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 11, 2014, at The Woodlands at AustinWoods.

Barbara was born July 10, 1952, in Canton, a daughter of the late Thomas and Martha Ball, and came to the Lake Milton area from Alliance in 1985.

She was a graduate of Alliance High School and had worked at the Workshops of Gerald E. Henn in Lordstown.

Barbara enjoyed gardening, flowers, the outdoors, and spending time with her grandsons.

She leaves her daughter, Jennifer Kubacko of Austintown; a son, Kenneth Blake; and two grandchildren, Stephen and Michael Reibold.

Two sisters, Betty and Brenda, and a brother, Chuck, are deceased.

There are no services or calling hours.

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

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Mary A. Slaina, 79
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 11/12, at Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown; calling hours also from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., THURSDAY, 11/13, at the funeral home.]

CANFIELD - Mary Ann Slaina, 79, passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 9, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, with her family by her side.

Mary was born Jan. 17, 1935 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Anthony and Audrey Clapp  and was a lifelong area resident.

Mary was a graduate of Girard High School and was a long-time employee of both Ohio Bell and the Ohio Utilities Protection Service.

She was a member of St. Christine Church, and the MACO and the Arco Clubs.

Mary enjoyed cooking traditional Sunday dinners, playing bingo, trips to the racetrack, and cards with friends. She was also an active Mount Union University athletic booster. Most importantly, Mary treasured the time she spent with her family and friends, and she will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mary leaves five children, Judy (Mark) Eddy of Canfield, Marijo Matune of Canfield, Johnna (Kenneth) Kersten of Canfield, John J. Slaina Jr. (Molly) of Poland, and Andrea (Andrew) Conroy of Cleveland; 11 grandchildren, Jonathan, Matt, Kenny, Jessica, Jordyn, Grace, Jack, Tess, Frank, Will, and Sam; two brothers, Joseph (Carol) Clapp and Steve (Gaye) Clapp, both of Columbus; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Theresa and Joe Koken; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Slaina; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband John; brother in-law Richard “Doc” Slaina; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Irene and Roy Curtis; and a son-in-law, Mark Matune.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., on WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, and from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. on THURSDAY, Nov. 13, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 10:15 a.m. on THURSDAY (11/13) at the funeral home, and continue at 11 a.m. at St. Christine Church on South Schenley Avenue, Youngstown.

Committal services will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Flowers are welcome, and/or memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH, 44512.

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Nicholas Cooper, 90
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, 11/11, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Nicholas Cooper, 90, of the city’s west side, passed away Saturday evening, Nov. 8, 2014, at his home, after a long and fulfilling life.
Nick was born Dec. 14, 1923 in Youngstown, a son of the late Evan and Anna Capperes, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving his country during World War II, and was a retired firefighter for the City of Youngstown Fire Department, serving the community for 32 years.  

Mr. Cooper was also the owner/operator of the AMA Club on Steel Street in Youngstown for many years, and was the co-owner of the former Spring Lakes Golf Course in Lake Milton (now The Olde Dutch Mill) for 27 years.
Nick was a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Youngstown. He was an avid sports enthusiast and was inducted into the Baseball Old-Timers Hall of Fame for his outstanding baseball talent.
His beloved wife of 51 years, Ann M. Scavina Cooper, whom he married May 26, 1951, passed away Jan. 28, 2003.

Nick leaves five children, Patsy Tamburino of Youngstown, Linda Urbanowicz of Youngstown, Nick (Karen) Cooper of Canfield, Brenda Adair of Youngstown, who was his caregiver and with whom he shared his home, and Lisa (Tom) Scanlon of Youngstown; nine grandchildren, Michelle (Eric), Tim, Jill, Scott, Mario, Nicholas, Tom, Jim, and Amy; and three great-grandchildren, Cooper, Nolan, and Carter.
Besides his wife, a daughter, Michele Cooper; three brothers, Mitch Capperes, Pete Cooper, and Mike Capperes; a sister, Catherine Serbin; and a son-in-law, Colin Urbanowicz, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., on TUESDAY, Nov. 11, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Funeral services will begin on WEDNESDAY (11/12) at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home and will continue at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church, on West Rayen Avenue in Youngstown.  

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, where Nick will be laid to rest next to his wife.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Cooper’s name to Angels for Animals, 4750 West South Range Rd., Canfield, OH  44406; or to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

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Sam J. Carissimi, 86
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 11/10, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Sam J. Carissimi, 86, passed away early Friday morning, Nov. 7, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center.

Sam was born in Youngstown, a son of the late Charles and Angelina Carissimi. He remained a lifelong Youngstown resident and advocate.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and worked for CCC Trucking Company for 30 years, retiring in the mid-1980s as a member of Teamsters Local No. 377.

Sam enjoyed watching action and western movies and dining out. He took great pleasure in doing home projects. In his own words, he was a “jack-of-all trades and a master of none.” Sam was an amazing father and husband who always put his family first.

Sam’s wife of nearly 53 years, Bridget Rogenski Carissimi, passed away in 2006. Two brothers, Vincent (died in WWII) and John Carissimi; and brothers-in-law, Raymond Rogenski and Benjamin (Elizabeth) Rogenski, also preceded him in death.

He leaves behind his son, Samuel Carissimi; his daughter, Sandra (Stephen) Bialik; brother, Charles (JoAnn) Carissimi; sister-in-law, Virginia (Ronald) Taffaria; and brother-in-law Martin (Barbara) Rogenski.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, Nov. 10, at Kinnick  Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on TUESDAY (11/11) at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial that will take place at 10 a.m. at St. Dominic Church in Youngstown.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, where Sam will be laid to rest next to his wife.

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Margaret R. Baytos, 88
[Calling hours from 9 to 10 a.m., FRIDAY, 11/7, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Margaret R. Baytos, 88, formerly of Winston Avenue on the city’s west side, passed away peacefully Monday evening, Nov. 3, 2014, at St. Mary Alzheimer Center in Columbiana.

Margaret was born May 21, 1926, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Surgota Baytos, and was a lifelong area resident.

She was a graduate of Chaney High School and worked for General Electric for 35 years, at both the Mazda Lamp Plant in Youngstown, and at the Austintown Coil Works.

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

She enjoyed gardening and crafts.

Margaret leaves a sister, Eleanor Valentz of Youngstown; a niece; seven nephews; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Four sisters, Mary Welcomer Volovar, Helen Baytos, Josephine Bartos, and Anne Smolko, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. on FRIDAY, 11/7, at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial that will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Ave., Youngstown.

Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.

Margaret’s family thanks the staff of Clare Bridge of Austintown, and the staff of St. Mary Alzheimer Center, for the kindness shown and care given to Margaret over the years.

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Anthony M. “Tony” Marzo, 93
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 11/3, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]

NILES - Anthony M. “Tony” Marzo, 93, of Shepherd of the Valley, formerly of Girard, passed away Wednesday evening, Oct. 29, 2014, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren after a long and fulfilling life.

Anthony was born Oct. 19, 1921, in Youngstown, a son of the late Anthony and Philomena Gavazzo Marzo, and was a lifelong area resident.

He was a 1939 graduate of The Rayen School and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Africa and Italy with the 1108th Engineer Combat Group, 235th Battalion. Tony then attended The Ohio State University after returning from the war.

Mr. Marzo was a bricklayer for more than 40 years, working with Bricklayers Locals No. 43 and No. 8, retiring in 1984.

Anthony was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns, and enjoyed gardening, bowling, fishing and golfing. In his younger days, he played amateur golf in the YAC Golf League, and more recently he golfed and bowled with the Girard Senior Citizens.

While at Shepherd of the Valley, he took up painting and was awarded 4th place for his art in Columbus in the senior citizen category. He also tended the garden at Shepherd of the Valley, made pizzas to sell at the annual craft shows, and he was president of the residents’ council.

Mr. Marzo leaves his daughter, Nancy (Bruce) Constantine of Lake Milton; his son, Michael (Carmel) Marzo of Niles; four grandchildren, Christopher (Jessica) Constantine, Danielle Constantine, Jeffrey Constantine, and Jeremy (Valerie) Rodgers; six great-grandchildren, Cameron, Gabriel, Tanner, Oscar, Lacie, and Mia; a sister, Florence Bevilacqua of Youngstown; a sister-in-law, Lois (Joe) Costarella of Girard; and several nieces and nephews.

His wife, Marie Lillian Marsico, whom he married April 14, 1951, passed away Sept. 3, 2007. Three brothers, Nicholas Bernard, Sam Marzo and Frank Marzo, and two sisters, Mary Yane and Liz Fasanelli, are also deceased.

Family and friends my call from 5 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, Nov. 3, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., in Girard.

Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, Nov. 4, at the funeral home, and will continue  at 11 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose Church, 48 E. Main St., in Girard.

Interment with military honors will follow at Girard City Cemetery.

Anthony’s family thanks the staff and management of Shepherd of the Valley Assisted Living, especially special friends, Sue and Norma, for the kindness shown and care given to Anthony during his stay there.

Mr. Marzo’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Shepherd’s Foundation, 5525 Silica Rd. Austintown, OH 44515, and earmarked for the Shepherd of the Valley in Niles.

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Elizabeth Toth
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 11/3, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown; calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., TUESDAY, 11/4, at the funeral home]

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. - Elizabeth “Betty” Toth, 88, formerly of Youngstown’s west side, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, 2014, at her home after a long and fulfilling life.

Betty was born in Youngstown on Oct. 25, 1926, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Elizabeth Horvath Szaday, and lived in this area until moving to Virginia Beach in 2002 to be near her daughter after the death of her husband.

She was a graduate of The Rayen School, was a homemaker, and also worked as a bookkeeper for the former W.O. Strausbaugh Dodge car dealership. 

Mrs. Toth was a member of Rockview Christian Church, which was the former American Hungarian Reformed Church, in Youngstown, where she had been a Sunday School teacher and was active in various church organizations. She had also been an active member of the Sam Camen Center in Youngstown.

She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Rodney Pennington of Virginia Beach; a sister, Pearl Sendry of Leechburg, Pa., and several nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Gabriel C. Toth, whom she married Aug. 8, 1948, passed away March 20, 2002. 

Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, Nov. 3, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown.

Family and friends may also call on TUESDAY (11/4) from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home, where funeral services will take place at 11 a.m.

Graveside committal services will follow at Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Rockview Christian Church, 925 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, 44502.

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Mary L. “Mitzi” Laska, 89
[Calling hours from 9 to 11 a.m., SATURDAY, 11/1, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]

YOUNGSTOWN - Mary L. Laska, 89, of the Cornersburg area, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.

Mary, who was known as “Mitzi,” was born Dec. 8, 1924, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Stephen and Sophie Zdelar Mokrovich, 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. She also worked for the State of Ohio at the former Woodside Receiving Hospital in Youngstown, where she retired as a supervisor in the business office.

Mrs. Laska was a member of the Word of God Christian Fellowship in Canfield.

Mary was a caring, kind, and generous person who loved her family, her church family, the Meser family, and her many other friends. She enjoyed the time she spent with her family and the delight of her life was her only grandchild, Melissa.

Her husband, Paul Laska, whom she married in July of 1953, passed away Nov. 6, 1992.

Mary leaves four children, Linda A. Shipsky of Boardman, Paula J. (Vern) McFarland of Youngstown, Laura J. Laska (Michael Marketch) of Austintown, and Paul S. Laska of Austintown; her granddaughter, Melissa M. Laska; a sister, Catherine Thurik of Arlington, Texas; many nieces and nephews; and Mary G. Laska.

Besides her husband, sisters, Caroline Mokrovich and Barbara Bratovich, and brothers, Joseph, William, and Charles Mokrovich, preceded her in death.

Family and friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. on SATURDAY, Nov. 1, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m.

Interment will take place at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown, where Mary will be laid to rest next to her husband.

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

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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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