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John J. Chiec Sr., 87
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 7/24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]
GIRARD - John J. Chiec Sr., 87, passed away peacefully, late Monday afternoon, July 21, 2014, at Gillette Nursing Home in Warren, with his family by his side.
John was born Nov. 6, 1926, in Logstown, (now Aliquippa) Pa., a son of the late John and Kathryn Kanjia Chiec, and came to this area in the early 1950's.
Mr. Chiec was a graduate of Aliquippa High School. He was later drafted into the Army during World War II, and was very proud to be a veteran of the United States military and of service to his country.
John worked for General Motors at the Lordstown Plant, retiring in March of 1989.
Mr. Chiec was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard, the SNPJ Lodge No. 643, and of the NRA. He enjoyed camping, reading and watching the news, and he especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family.
John leaves a son, John Jr. (Susan) Chiec of Girard; two daughters, Lori Ewanish and Vicki Lynn (Frank) Messuri, both of Niles; four grandchildren, whom he adored and were his life, Nicholas Ewanish, Angela Ewanish (Alex Draper), Frankie Messuri, and Lauren Chiec; and a sister Anne Lucci of Pennsylvania.
His wife, Victoria O. Stacchiotti Chiec, whom he married in 1951, passed away in 2008. A sister, Helen Padak, is also deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard, where funeral services will follow at 7 p.m.
John's family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Warren Family Mission, 2671 Youngstown Rd SE, Warren, OH, 44484, an organization he wholeheartedly supported.
His family would like to thank the staff at Gillette Nursing Home for the wonderful care and compassion shown to John during his time there.
Mary Parkins Rizer, 96
[Calling hours from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., TUESDAY, 7/22, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]
MCDONALD - Mary Parkins Rizer, 96, passed away Thursday evening, July 17, 2014, at Valley Care Northside Medical Center, after a long and fulfilling life.
Mary was born April 7, 1918, in Glenfield, Leicestershire, England, a daughter of the late Frederick and Lillian Dooley Parkins, and came to the United States and Youngstown in the mid-1940s, settling in McDonald in 1950.
While in England, Mary received her formal education and worked for her family-owned business, Rutland Leather Works. She was a volunteer in the Civil Defense during World War II.
Mary was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in McDonald, where she was the Senior Choir Director for over 20 years, and she served on the Parish Council. Mrs. Rizer was also a member of the Boy Scouts Mothers’ Club, and was an avid track and field fan in support of her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Rizer leaves three sons, William F. Rizer of Liberty Township, Mark L. Rizer of McDonald, and Christopher C. Rizer of McDonald; two daughters, Mary Elizabeth (Richard) Smith of Austintown and Pamela V. Rizer of Aurora, Colo.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a nephew, James Haslegrave of England.
Her husband, William Lawrence Rizer, whom she married July 21, 1945, passed away March 27, 2007. Two brothers, William and Fred Parkins, and two sisters, Dorothy Haslegrave and Madge Parkins, are also deceased.
Family and friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, July 22, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St. Girard.
Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on TUESDAY, (7/22), at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 618 Ohio Ave., McDonald.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Vincent J. Carosella, 70
[Calling hours from Noon to 1 p.m., MONDAY, 7/21, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]
AUSTINTOWN - Vincent J. Carosella, 70, passed away late Wednesday afternoon, July 16, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Vincent was born April 7, 1944, in Youngstown, a son of the late Frank and Anna Vivo Carosella, and was a lifelong area resident.
He worked for U.S. Steel at the Ohio Works for 10 years a pump-tender helper.
Vincent was a member of the St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Youngstown.
Mr. Carosella is survived by his wife, Geraldine V. Simko Carosella, whom he married Feb. 7, 1970; two sisters, Suzanne DeRose of Girard and Mary Parker of Youngstown; and a brother-in-law, Harry Simko Jr. of Columbiana.
A brother, Michael Carosella, preceded him in death.
Family and friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. on MONDAY, July 21, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a funeral service will follow at 1 p.m.
Interment will follow at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Cemetery on South Schenley Avenue in Youngstown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help Vincent’s family with final expenses.
James W. Forsyth Sr., 68
[Calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m., SUNDAY, 7/20, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]
GIRARD - James W. Forsyth Sr., 68, passed away early Thursday morning, July 17, 2014, at The Vista at the Ridge, following a courageous battle with cancer.
James was born Oct. 18, 1945, in Youngstown, a son of Mark S. and Ruth E. Johnson Forsyth.
He was a 1963 graduate of Lakewood High School and later worked in the body shop at General Motors in Lordstown, retiring in 2003 after 30 years.
Jim was a member of The Presbyterian Church in New Castle, Pa. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, caring for stray animals, and he especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family.
Mr. Forsyth was a member of The National Guard and dedicated many years to volunteering for the American Legion as well as the Honor Guard.
Jim leaves a son, James (Sheri) Forsyth Jr. of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Melanie M. Minen of Medina; five grandchildren, "Steffy" John Michael Minen, April M. Minen, Brittany Forsyth, David Forsyth, and Brooke Forsyth; his mother, Ruth E. Johnson Forsyth; a brother, John (Joyce) Forsyth of Lewisburg, Ky.; and a sister, Mariann (Robert) Ulam of Marathon, Fla.
Jim will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Family and friends may call on SUNDAY, July 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard.
Funeral services will take place on MONDAY, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman.
Robert E. Slovkovsky, 77
[Calling hours from 9 to 10:30 a.m., SATURDAY, 7/19, at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Robert E. Slovkovsky, 77, passed away Tuesday evening, July 15, 2014, at Assumption Village in North Lima, surrounded by his family.
Robert was born July 16, 1936, in Youngstown, a son of the late John and Helen Layko Slovkovsky.
He graduated from Chaney High School in 1954, and subsequently served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
Bob married his high school sweetheart, Sue Cardelein, on Sept. 20, 1958. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church.
Mr. Slovkovsky had a strong work ethic, which was evident with his many years of service at Wean United.
Bob’s service was not limited only to his employer and his country; he also served his community by coaching youth sports and volunteering for the church. He found enjoyment in gardening and the time spent with his grandchildren.
Bob is survived by his wife Sue; daughters, Terry Slovkovsky of Grand River, Donna (Tom) Chaffee of Boardman, and Linda (John) Murphy of Boardman; grandchildren, Kelly (Tim) Persin, Shannon Chaffee, and John Murphy.
A sister Rita Stelter, brother, Richard Slavkovsky, and a granddaughter, Kayla Chaffee, preceded him in death.
Family and friends will be greeted from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on SATURDAY, July 19, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Ave, Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Bob’s family requests donations be made to Sue Slovkovsky who will use the funds for charitable purposes, in Robert's name.
James "Jinx" McKinna, 86
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 7/17, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]
AUSTINTOWN- James "Jinx" McKinna, 86, passed away Sunday evening, July 13, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, with family by his side.
James was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Youngstown, a son of the late Peter and Mary Rose McKinna, and was a lifelong area resident.
He worked at Youngstown Sheet and Tube / LTV Steel Corp. in Brier Hill for 30 years, retiring from the open hearth in 1980.
Mr. McKinna proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a member of the Catholic War Veterans John J. Buckley Post No. 1292. He was also a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown, where he had been a member of the Rosary Society.
Jinx enjoyed hunting, fishing, sketching pictures and socializing. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his family. He was truly admired and respected by his family and friends.
James leaves two daughters, Sandra (Danny) Basora and Rose (Mike) Swiger, both of Youngstown; a son, James S. (Jeannie) McKinna of Youngstown; two brothers, Joseph McKinna of Austintown and Stephen "Pete" Mikina of Youngstown; five grandchildren, Corina, Alex, Eric "Diggy" and Eric’s wife, Lauren, Ericka and Shane Patrick; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and his "adopted" children, Sabrena Grantling and Cheata Hamner.
His wife, Sarah, passed away Dec. 10, 1995. Two brothers, John "Fats" McKinna and Peter McKinna Jr., and four sisters, Rose DePinto, Ann Vavrinak, Barbara Wurmson and Mary Frances McKinna, also preceded him in death.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on THURSDAY, July 17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 North Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. on FRIDAY (7/18) at the funeral home. A committal service with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Stephen T. Lesko Sr., 94
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., THURSDAY, 7/17, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Stephen T. Lesko Sr., 94, of the city’s west side, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Monday morning, July 14, 2014, at his home.
Stephen was born June 22, 1920, in Youngstown, a son of the late Andrew and Mary Hlebak Lesko, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Lesko attended Chaney High School and then served in the Civilian Conservation Corps as a young man, where he was stationed in Montana. He subsequently joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, and served in Guam during World War II.
He worked for Youngstown Sheet & Tube Corp. / Youngstown Metal Products in Brier Hill as a die-setter and a foreman for 40 years, retiring in 1980.
Mr. Lesko was a lifelong member of Holy Name of Jesus Church, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Youngstown, and he was a member of the American Legion.
Stephen will be forever remembered as a gentle man who enjoyed the beauty of nature and all of God’s creations. He was a man of strong religious faith, and was a firm believer in God and Jesus Christ.
Stephen was an active man with many interests. He was an oil landscape painter, and enjoyed gardening and watching and feeding birds and squirrels. He loved animals and often brought home stray cats as pets for his family. Stephen also enjoyed golfing and was affectionately nicknamed “Sam Snead” by his golfing buddies. He was a lifelong University of Notre Dame football fan, and enjoyed vacationing in Montana and Florida.
Mr. Lesko’s wife of nearly 60 years, Eleanor V. Gruver Lesko, whom he married May 15, 1942, passed away March 12, 2002.
Stephen leaves nine children, Joyce (John) Lakovich of Canfield, Raymond S. (Sandi) Lesko of Goodyear, Ariz., Geraldine Morar of Austintown, Donald (Yvonne) Lesko of Chicago, Phyllis (Joseph) Werner of Poland, Karen Lesko of Youngstown, Kathleen Ragan of Brookfield, Stephen Jr. (Debra) Lesko of Youngstown, and James (Jeraldine) Lesko of Youngstown; 14 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Irene Steck of Dayton.
Besides his wife, a daughter, Beverly Lewis, three brothers, Andrew, Thomas, and John Lesko, a sister, Margaret Zetts, and a grandson, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on THURSDAY, July 17, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on FRIDAY (7/18) at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Ave., Youngstown.
A graveside service with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 915 Cornell St., Youngstown, 44502.
Mr. Lesko’s family thanks the staff of St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, the staff of the VA Outpatient Clinic, and Dr. Tejdeep Singh and his staff, for the kindness shown and care given to Stephen over the years. His family also sends special thanks to Stephen’s in-home caregivers, who treated him with love and respect.
John Bilas Jr., 92
[Calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m., SUNDAY, 7/13 at Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown; calling hours from 9:30 to 10 a.m., MONDAY, 7/14, at St. Michael Orthodox Church in Youngstown.]
BOARDMAN - John Bilas Jr., 92, formerly of Youngstown’s south side, passed away early Friday morning, July 11, 2014, at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman after a long and fulfilling life.
John was born Jan. 3, 1922, in Dubova, Czechoslovakia, a son of the late John and Hannah Barolak Bilas, and came to the United States and Youngstown with his family as a child.
He was a World War II decorated U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Combat Engineers Division. John was a part of the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, saw action at the Battle of the Bulge, and he was the recipient of two Purple Hearts.
Upon his discharge from the service and return to the States, Mr. Bilas worked for Republic Steel, and later retired from Wean United as a carpenter.
Mr. Bilas was a lifelong member and trustee of St. Michael Orthodox Church in Youngstown.
John will be forever remembered as a strong and kind man who lived a simple life, and who was very proud of his family. His strong work ethic and discipline has truly been passed on to his sons and grandchildren.
Mr. Bilas leaves his wife of 58 years, Frances Brzezinski Bilas, whom he married Nov. 19, 1955; two sons, Dennis John (Karen) Bilas of Greenford and Lt. Col. John Eric (Kim) Bilas, serving with the Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan; six grandchildren, Katelyn, William, Beau, Christian, Christine, and Nicholas; three great-grandchildren, Ashur, Charlotte, and Emily; and two brothers, Michael Bilas and Luke (Ruthanna) Bilas, both of New Springfield.
A brother, Peter Bilas, is deceased.
Family and friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. on SUNDAY, July 13, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a prayer service will take place at 5:30 p.m.
Family and friends may also call from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on MONDAY (7/14) at St. Michael Orthodox Church, 125 Steel Street, Youngstown, where funeral services will follow at 10 a.m.
Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Boardman.
Vernon Carl Thomas Sr., 62
[No calling hours.]
AUSTINTOWN - Vernon Carl Thomas Sr., 62, passed away Wednesday evening, June 25, 2014, at his home with family members by his side.
Vernon was born May 7, 1952, in Youngstown, a son of the late Harry Thomas and Amylouise Burrows Lindsay, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a 1970 graduate of Hubbard High School, and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
Upon his discharge from the Corps and return to the United States, he worked as a truck driver, retiring from ABF Trucking in 2012.
Vernon is survived by daughters, Mandy Ogle, Sarah (Mike) Corbitt, and Alexandra Spivey; sons, Vernon C. Thomas Jr. and Seth Thomas; grandsons, Niles and Theodore Corbitt; sisters, Edythe Taylor and Candace Blough; a brother, Ray Thomas; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Bonita Lou Thomas.
Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial gathering from 6 to 8 p.m. on FRIDAY, July 18, at the Hubbard VFW Post No. 3767, 710 West Liberty St., Hubbard.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
Susan A. “Sue” Hassay, 55[No calling hours. Memorial Service at 11 a.m., FRIDAY, 7/11, at Highway Tabernacle in Austintown.]AUSTINTOWN - Susan A. “Sue” Hassay, 55, passed away early Saturday morning, July 5th, 2014 at Meridian Arms Living Center.Sue was born on Nov. 29, 1958, a daughter of John and Josephine Simon. She grew up in Boardman and lived Austintown for over 30 years. A 1977 graduate of Boardman High School, Sue played in the marching band. She was involved at Highway Tabernacle Church for the last 10 years, and enjoyed cooking and playing the piano for her friends and family.She leaves twin sons, Garrett (Andrea) of Boardman and Terence of Hubbard; her sister, Sally Huddleston of Boardman; her father, John Simon of Boardman; her niece, Taylor (Rich) Griffith of Youngstown; her nephew, Jacob Simon of Arizona; a grandson, Garrett David; and many other family members and friends.Sue was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine, and a brother, Michael. A memorial service for Sue will be held at 11 a.m. on FRIDAY, July 11, at Highway Tabernacle Church on Raccoon Road in Austintown.In lieu of flowers, Sue’s family requests monetary donations to Highway Tabernacle Church in her memory.Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
Joseph T. Shirilla, 72
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., TUESDAY, 7/8, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Joseph T. Shirilla, 72, of the city’s south side, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, July 2, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Joe was born April 20, 1942, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph and Anne Borosky Shirilla, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a 1960 graduate of South High School and retired as a painter for Ken Hoffman Painting. After retirement, he worked as a deliveryman for Car Parts Warehouse in Youngstown. In his younger years, he had worked for R.C. Cola and for Tamco.
Joe was a member of the Ohio National Guard. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Mr. Shirilla is survived by his wife, Jean Carlson Shirilla, whom he married in 1973; three children, Michael J. Shirilla of Chicago, Joseph T. Shirilla Jr. of Youngstown, and Michelle L. Shirilla of Youngstown; a sister, Carole Mashorda of Poland; an uncle, Frank (Patty) Borosky of Poland; and many extended family members and many friends.
A sister, Mary Ann Riley, preceded him in death.
Family and friends may gather from 5 to 7 p.m. on TUESDAY, July 8, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a funeral service will follow at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s name to West Side Cats, 2217 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, OH 44509.
Joe’s family thanks Dr. Ronald Aiello and his staff for the kindness shown and care given to Joe over the years.
Carol Ann “Cookie” Joseph, 66
[Memorial service at 11 a.m., TUESDAY, 7/8, at the Gazebo at Fellows Riverside Garden.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Carol Ann Joseph, 66, of the city’s west side, passed away Wednesday morning, July 2, 2014, at Hospice House with her daughters by her side, following a brief illness.
Carol, who was known to all affectionately as “Cookie,” was born Sept. 2, 1947, in Youngstown, the daughter of Martin G. and Lucy Pasku Kalmer, and was a lifelong area resident.
The greatest joy and happiness in her life came from spending time with and enjoying her daughters and grandchildren. Cookie loved her friends and family with her whole heart and gave her all to them always with extra special effort and the “Cookie touch.”
Cookie leaves to cherish her memory, a daughter, Michelle Ragan Houlihan of Washington D.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sheree and Travis Green of California; three grandchildren, Jordyn Ann, Blake and Brodan Green; her mother, Lucy Kalmer; and a brother, Marty Kalmer.
Cookie’s father, Martin, and a sister, Pamela Jean Kalmer, are deceased.
Family and friends are welcome to attend a memorial prayer service on TUESDAY, July 8, at 11 a.m., officiated by Rev. Edward Noga at the Gazebo at Fellow’s Riverside Garden, 123 McKinley Ave., Youngstown.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
David A. Schultz, 56
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., MONDAY, 7/7, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]
AUSTINTOWN - David A. Schultz, 56, passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning, June 30, 2014, at his home.
David was born April 28, 1958, in Youngstown, a son of Edward and Dorothy Henik Schultz, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a 1977 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, and worked in the aluminum extrusion industry with Extrudex Aluminum in North Jackson, as well as with various other companies.
David was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed golfing and fishing, and was a fan of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.
He is survived by his wife, Eileen Pastovich Schultz, whom he married July 16, 1993; his mother, Dorothy Schultz of Austintown; a sister, Kathy (Robert) Boris of Austintown; three daughters, Brooke, Kayla, and Heather; two step-daughters; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward, a brother, Edward, and an infant daughter, Chealsey.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on MONDAY, July 7, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a memorial service will take place at 7 p.m.
Joseph T. Hlinka, 83
[Calling hours from Noon to 1 p.m., MONDAY, 7/7, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Austintown.]
AUSTINTOWN - Joseph T. Hlinka, 83, passed away Sunday morning, June 29, 2014, at Hospice House in Poland after fighting a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Joseph, who was affectionately known as "Penner", was born Oct. 20, 1930, in Youngstown, a son of the late Vincent and Mary Margosiak Hlinka, and was a lifelong area resident.
Joe worked as a steel hauler/truck driver at Youngstown Cartage for 32 years, and later worked at Worthington Industries in Salem for 12 years before retiring in the mid 1990s. While employed for Youngstown Cartage, Joe received recognition from the Ohio Truckers Association for driving a million miles accident-free.
Penner was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and enjoyed flower gardening and watching his great nephew, Troy, play ball. He was also an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Joseph is survived by his loving wife of nearly 59 years, Gloria Inhouse Hlinka, whom he married Sept. 3, 1955; his son, Joseph R. Hlinka of Austintown; his brother, Richard Hlinka of Youngstown; and several nieces and nephews.
A brother, William Hlinka, and two sisters, Rosemary Eagan and Irene Amundsen, preceded him in death.
Family and friends may gather from noon to 1 p.m. on MONDAY, July 7, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4700 Norquest Blvd., Austintown, and are welcome to stay for a Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated at 1 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.
Brenda J. Cronk, 61
[Calling hours from 3 to 5 p.m., SUNDAY, 7/6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, Youngstown.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Brenda J. Cronk, 61, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, June 30, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Brenda was born July 7, 1952, in Youngstown, a daughter of William C. Sr. and Carol Porter Cronk, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a 1970 graduate of Chaney High School, was a bookkeeper and also worked for Leone’s Pizza.
Brenda was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed crocheting, children, cats and dogs, watching football, and cheering for the New York Yankees.
She leaves her mother, Carol Cronk of Youngstown; two brothers, Larry (Melanie) Cronk of Youngstown and Gary Cronk of Austintown; a sister-in-law, Kathy Cronk of Liberty Township; two aunts, Peg Patrone of Youngstown and Barbara Spicer of Austintown; nieces and nephews, including Bonnie Cronk, Tara Fisher, and Anthony Whitaker; and two great-nieces, Elizabeth and Bella.
Her father, two brothers, James “Bo” Cronk and William C. Cronk Jr., and a nephew, Robert Cronk, preceded her in death.
Family and friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on SUNDAY, July 6, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown, where a funeral service will take place at 4:30 p.m.
Private committal services will take place on Monday at Brunstetter Cemetery in Austintown.
Julia M. “Jay” Puhalla Morris, 93
[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 7/2, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown; calling hours from 9:30 to 10 a.m., THURSDAY, 7/3, at St. Christine Church in Youngstown.]
YOUNGSTOWN - Julia M. “Jay” Morris, 93, of the city’s Kirkmere area, passed away peacefully late Saturday evening, June 28, 2014, at Austinwoods Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Austintown, on what would’ve been her 62nd wedding anniversary.
Julia was born July 17, 1920, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Michael J. and Julia M. Troyan Puhalla, and was a lifelong area resident.
Mrs. Morris was a 1939 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, and devoted her adult life to raising and caring for her family. She also worked for a time at MacKenzie Muffler and as a head caterer for the Voyager Motor Inn.
Julia was a member of St. Christine Church, its Infant Jesus of Prague Guild, and she loved spending time with her family.
Her beloved husband, John J. Morris, whom she married June 28, 1952, passed away April 28, 2008.
Jay leaves three sons, twins James W. Morris of Youngstown and John M. (Darlene) Morris of Canfield, and Gregory J. (Renee) Morris of Chagrin Falls; a daughter, Julieann M. Morris (Ted Kistler) of Youngstown; three grandchildren, Chanel (Mark) Piunno, Aimee (Christopher) Quiring, and Christopher Morris; a great-granddaughter, Leigha; a brother, Leonard (Margaret) Puhalla of Youngstown; a sister, Eleanor (John) Medvec of Youngstown; and a sister-in-law, Jean Puhalla.
Julia was very close to her family, in fact, her family was her life, and she will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Besides her husband, three brothers, Edward, Michael, and Thomas Puhalla, and two sisters-in-law, Agnes and Rose Puhalla, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, July 2, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown.
Family and friends may call also call from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on THURSDAY, July 3, at St. Christine Church on South Schenley Avenue in Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, where Jay will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Lois M. Hartwig Frederick, 88
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., WEDNESDAY, 7/2, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]
AUSTINTOWN - Lois M. Frederick, 88, passed away Saturday evening, June 28, 2014, at Clare Bridge in Austintown.
Lois was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Frederick and Lillian Jenkins Hartwig, was raised in Brier Hill, and was a lifelong area resident.
Lois was a 1943 graduate The Rayen School, and after her marriage to Julius Frederick shortly thereafter, became a homemaker who dedicated her life to raising and caring for her family in Austintown.
Mrs. Frederick was of the Lutheran faith.
Lois’s husband of 61 years, Julius S. “Curly” Frederick, whom she married Sept. 29, 1944, passed away Oct. 2, 2005.
She leaves her son, David (Ronda) Frederick of Winter Haven, Fla.; two daughters, Paula (James) McGarry of Berlin Center, and Sandra Frederick (Guy Hassen) of McDonald; three grandchildren, Valerie Carpico, Kimberly Sparks, and Steven Cox; and four great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, a brother, Donald Hartwig, is deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, July 2, at Kinnick Funeral Home 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
Funeral services will take place at 11:30 a.m. on THURSDAY at the funeral home.
Committal services will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown, where Lois will be laid to rest next to her husband.
Lois’ family thanks Dr. Ted Faull and the staff of Clare Bridge for the kindness shown and care given to Mrs. Frederick.
Memorial contributions may be made in Lois’s name to Southern Care Hospice through http://www.southerncareinc.com; to the Alzheimer Association through http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Antoinette M. Simeone Barbati, 93
[Calling hours from 10 to 11 a.m., MONDAY, 6/30, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel.]
NILES - Antoinette M. Barbati, 93, passed away Thursday afternoon, June 26, 2014, at Shepherd of the Valley in Niles.
Antoinette was born Nov. 29, 1920, in Girard, a daughter of the late Gambattisto and Filomena Billeto Simeone, and was a lifelong area resident.
Antoinette attended Girard High School and worked during World War II at the Ravenna Arsenal. She later worked for Strouss Department Store in downtown Youngstown, where she was the manager of the famous Malt Shop.
She was a seamstress and enjoyed needlework. Antoinette also enjoyed cooking, and she especially loved the time she spent with her family.
She leaves a daughter, Pearl Rose Cox and Pearl’s husband, Charles Cox of Millsboro, Delaware; a brother, Frank Simeone Sr. of Niles; and several nieces and nephews.
Two brothers, Archie and Michael Simeone; two sisters Duina Marrapese and Virginia Perry; and her ex-husband, Edmond Barbati, preceded her in death.
Family and friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. on MONDAY, June 30, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard, where funeral services will take place at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow at Belmont Park Cemetery on Belmont Avenue in Liberty Township.
Elmer Lakatos, 87
[Private services were held.]
NORTH LIMA - Beloved husband and father, and renowned local boxer, Elmer Lakatos, 87, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, early Tuesday evening, June 24, 2014, after a lengthy battle with dementia.
Elmer was born in Youngstown on March 31, 1927, a son of the late Peter and Elizabeth Lakatos, and lived in this area for much of his life.
He married his childhood sweetheart, the former Mary Billec, on Aug. 26, 1950. Mary preceded her husband in death on Feb. 18, 2003.
He will be deeply missed by his daughter, Elizabeth (Mike) Solvay; two sons, Gary (Cheri) Lakatos and Elmer Jr. (Dawn) Lakatos; seven grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Elmer had a very good work ethic and even after working long hours still found time to spend time with his family. He and his family spent a good deal of time fishing and enjoying Mill Creek Park. He had a special love for thoroughbred horse racing and spent many Saturday nights at Mountaineer Racetrack in West Virginia.
A private service with military honors was held in his honor.
Interment took place at St. John Cemetery in Coitsville, where Elmer was laid to rest next to his wife.
Elmer was a standout boxer from the time he was a very young man, known for his incredible knockout power. Since the Joe Louis era of boxing began after the Great Depression in the 1930s, the Youngstown area has received national recognition for its fighters. A 1947 issue of Ring Magazine called Youngstown at the time “Fight Town USA.” Beginning with Jack Trammell in the mid-1930s, through the 1940s and early 1950s, this area saw Lenny “The Original Boom Boom” Mancini, Tommy Bell, Tony Janiro, “Red” D’Amato, George “Sonny” Horne, Joey Carkido and many others come to national prominence as fighters. And even including more modern, local greats, who fought after Elmer’s time, like heavyweight knockout artist Earnie Shavers, and Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, local boxing enthusiasts still point out one man as the best one-punch knockout fighter to ever come out of this area – Elmer Lakatos.
A tough kid from Youngstown’s westside, Elmer left Chaney High School to enlist in the Marine Corps. While in the service, he completed his high school education and studied two years of college engineering. Another education that Elmer received while in the Corps was that as a fighter in the ring. Fighting out of the Marine camp at Cherry Point, South Carolina, he became the 1947 Welterweight Champion of the Corps. In 1948, saw Elmer dropped down to 135-1b weight class and won both the North Carolina and South Carolina State Amateur Boxing titles.
After his discharge from the Marine Corps, Elmer returned home and began a local amateur boxing career under the tutelage of boxing wiseman, Carmen Chicklo. An orthodox boxer with a powerful left hook, Elmer left very few of his opponents standing as he easily won Youngstown and Cleveland titles in 1949 and 1950. He was a 126-lb titleist in 1949, and won the dual 135-lb titles in 1950. He totaled 65 amateur fights, winning 60, losing five, with an amazing total of 49 knockouts. In 1950, he walked through the Cleveland tournament by knocking out five opponents in the first round. Then, at the relatively advanced age of 23, he took his bombing left hook into the professional ranks.
He began as a lightweight and finished as a growing welterweight. Elmer was a guy who always came at his opponent, always the aggressor, always looking for the opening to put his opponent away, and always having his opponents fear that deadly left hook. So much so, that many fighters during Lakatos’ short pro career dodged him, not giving him the opportunity to fight the best in the boxing world. His biggest fight in the East was in an eight-round semi-windup bout to a RexLayne / Bob Satterfied main event at Madison Square Garden. He put the Connecticut lightweight champ away in the sixth round, and those in the so-called boxing clique in the East saw enough of Elmer, and fighters there wanted no part of him.
In the 1950s, boxing became a television staple, with Monday, Wednesday and Friday presentations originating from all over the country. Elmer was on the Pioneers of Boxing's fourth television night, a short, national series on Saturday nights that was shown from Detroit. The nation’s fight fans saw Elmer lose a tough 10-round decision to an up and coming southpaw lightweight, Kenny Lane. Elmer fought Lane again and lost another tough decision. One of Elmer's most memorable fights was against local lightweight L.C. Morgan in Boardman with then recently retired heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano refereeing. It was a loss for Elmer, and at the time, caused him to decide to end his fight career, but those who saw that bout remember it as one of the most exciting pro fights ever seen in this area.
Elmer had 37 professional bouts. He won 29, lost six, and had 2 draws, with 15 of his victories coming by knockout. As an amateur and a pro, he had 102 fights, winning 89, losing 11, with 64 knockouts, 31 coming in the first round. He was an exciting boxer who didn't like to take a step backward, and perhaps if his boxing timetable had him becoming a pro five years earlier, and if he would have won in the television era, his national fame would have compared to some of those who preceded him locally.
After his boxing career, Elmer worked for many years for the Packaging Corporation of America and was forced into an early retirement when the company left the area. He then worked for Daniel Becker of Becker Funeral Home & Gold Cross Ambulance for about 10 years, where Elmer and Mr. Becker had a great working relationship.
Special thanks to all of Elmer’s caregivers, who so kindly took care of him throughout his 11-year journey. His family appreciates everything done to make “dad” comfortable.
Ronald J. Sturm, 61
[No calling hours or services.]
AUSTINTOWN - Ronald J. Sturm, 61, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, June 24, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Ronald was born March 8, 1953, in Youngstown, a son of the late Joseph and Loretta Scullen Sturm, and was a lifelong area resident.
Ron worked for Youngstown Sheet & Tube until the mill closed. He enjoyed fishing, listening to music, and playing his guitar.
Ron leaves three sisters, Arlene Zvara of Austintown, and with whom he shared his home, Darlene Fitzgerald of Austintown, and Margaret Revis of Campbell; nieces and nephews, Kevin Zvara, James Fitzgerald, Tracy Fitzgerald, and Lisa Green; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Ron will be truly and sadly missed by his entire family.
Per Ron’s request, there will be no services or calling hours.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd. Youngstown.
Shawn M. Acevedo Rodgers, 30
[Calling hours from 11 a.m. to Noon, FRIDAY, 6/27, at Faith Fellowship Church of God, Struthers.]
GIRARD - Shawn M. Acevedo Rodgers, 30, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic.
Shawn was born Aug. 4, 1983, in Youngstown, a son of James and Christina Dillon Rodgers, and was a lifelong area resident.
He attended Youngstown Christian School and worked as a truck driver for Equity Trucking Company.
Shawn belonged to Faith Fellowship Church of God in Struthers. He was fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, loved fishing and traveling, and his dog, Brutus. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his mom, whom he loved very much.
Shawn is survived by his parents, Jim Rodgers of Pittsburgh and Christina Rodgers of Youngstown; two brothers, Rocky (Alecia) DeFrank and Ricco Acevedo, both of Girard; two sisters, Rachel Acevedo (Mike Davis) of Columbus and Dawn Davila of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call on FRIDAY, June 27, from 11 a.m. to noon at Faith Fellowship Church of God, 238 Elm St., Struthers, where funeral services will follow at noon, with Pastor Arlie Dorman presiding.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard.
In lieu of flowers, Shawn’s family requests that donations be made to the funeral home to help with final expenses.
Robert R. "Bob" Bach, 65[Calling hours from 5 to 8 p.m., TUESDAY, 6/24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel.]GIRARD - Robert R. Bach, 65, passed away early Saturday morning, June 21, 2014, at Concord Care Center in Hartford.Robert was born Oct. 30. 1948, in Youngstown, a son of the late Michael Sr. and Helen Mikita Bach, and was a lifelong area resident.Bob was a 1966 graduate of Chaney High School and then joined the U.S. Army, serving as a Sargent during the Vietnam War. After his discharge from the service, Mr. Bach worked for the Y&N Railroad and for Syro Steel.He liked to take walks and collect various items. He had a very compassionate nature but also had funny side. Mr. Bach owned a Road Runner car and was nicknamed "Whips" because of his driving skills.Bob leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Guiseppina Gravante Bach, whom he married Aug. 6, 1971; a son, Anthony (Mona) Bach of Cortland; a daughter Alfonzina "Fanny" Chacon of Weathersfield; two step-daughters in Italy, Catherina Fiorello and Christina Gravante; four grandchildren, Richard Chacon, Carlos Bach, Liliana Schiavone, Malana Langham; five step-grandchildren, Giovanni Fiorello, Vincenzo Fiorello, Ammedo Gravante, Jada Gravante, Barbara Gravante; two great-grandchildren, Julia Gravante and Mario Fiorello; five sisters, Alice (Dale) Hawkins of Boardman, Helen Borton of Youngstown, Mary Ann Bach of Liberty, Rita Montgomery of Boardman, and Donna Cramer of Austintown; two brothers, Patrick (Andrea) Bach of Brookfield and Paul Bach of Youngstown; his stepmother, Dolores Bach; and four half-sisters, Kathy Bach of Youngstown, Marsha Bach of Austintown, Michelle Rosace of McDonald, and Linda Carroll of Austintown.Two brothers Eugene Bach and Michael Bach Jr., are deceased.Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on TUESDAY, June 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St., Girard.Funeral Services will begin at 9:30 a.m. on WEDNESDAY, June 25, at the funeral home, and continue at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Rose Church.Mr. Bach's family would like to thank the staff at Concord Care Center of Hartford for the love and care given to Bob during his stay there.
Rose Christy Kohler, 94
[Calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., SUNDAY, 6/22, at Kinnick Funeral Home in Youngstown.]
POLAND, OH - Rose Kohler, 94, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, June 18, 2014, at Hampton Woods Care Center after living a long and fulfilling life.
Rose was born March 21, 1920, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late John and Katherine German Christy, and was a lifelong area resident.
She was a homemaker for most of her adult life and devoted her time and energy to raising and caring for her family. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Rose leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Alan Beaudis of Poland and with whom she made her home for 12 years; her daughter-in-law, Marianne Kohler of Boardman; four grandchildren, James (Jaime) Beaudis of Canfield, Stephanie Beaudis of Poland, Kimberly (Tim) Divito of Streetsboro, and Ashley Kohler of Canfield; and her great-grandson, Tyler Joseph Divito.
Her husband, John J. Kohler, whom she married in 1945, passed away in 1981. A son, Joseph Kohler, a brother Joe Christy, and two sisters, Mary Naples and Joan Newcomb, also preceded her in death.
Family and friends may gather from 5 to 7 p.m. on SUNDAY, June 22, 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 MONDAY (6/23) at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home and continue at 10 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1025 N. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown.
Interment will follow at the parish cemetery.
Rose's family extends a sincere thank you to the staff of Hampton Woods and Crossroads Hospice for the kindness shown and care give to Rose and her family.
Her family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution, do so by donating to Crossroads Hospice.
Feliciano "Felix" Bevilacqua, 92
[Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m., FRIDAY, 6/20, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel in Girard.]
BOARDMAN - Feliciano "Felix" Bevilacqua, 92, formerly of Girard, passed away late Tuesday evening, June 17, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.
Felix was born Oct. 21, 1921, in Introdacqua, Abruzzo, Italy, the first-born son of Luigi and Maria Louisa Monaco Bevilacqua, and he came to the area to be with his father in 1937.
Felix attended Tod Woods School for a short time and later was sent out to work so that he and his father could send money for his mother, sister and brother to come to America.
Mr. Bevilacqua was drafted into the military when WWII began, even though he was not yet an American citizen. He served the country in the U.S. Army under General George S. Patton for three years, storming Omaha Beach on D-DAY, a day he never forgot, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Crossing of the Rhine. He received five Battle Stars, the Bronze Arrowhead Medal and the Croix de Guerre for his service.
Felix became a U.S. citizen in May of 1945 while still in Germany, and then returned to the United States in September of that year. On Dec. 1, 1945, he married the love of his life, Angela Petrella.
Felix worked as a welder and later as a foreman at the Youngstown Foundry and Machine Company for 26 years until it merged with Wean United, where he worked for many years, and then he went to work for Youngstown Steel Tank. In 1973 Felix founded Northeast Fabricators in an unused building in downtown Youngstown which grew to employ 25 people. It was quite an achievement for anyone, but especially for someone who "came across" and made his way all on his own.
He always worked hard and taught his family the importance of hard work, saving money, loyalty to this country, which he fought so hard to defend, and to never forget their Italian heritage. Mr. Bevilacqua had many friends and did whatever he could to help them out. He could always be counted on to "fix" things and always stressed the importance of keeping the family together and to always be a good friend.
Mr. Bevilacqua was a member of St. Rose Church in Girard, where he served as a trustee for the St. Rose Senior Citizens. He was also a member of the St. Rose Grounds Crew and worked many other jobs at the parish, including usher and altar server at the church. Felix also belonged to the Knights of Columbus, the Mahoning Valley Foreman Association, served as President of the Mahoning Valley Technical Society, where he was awarded Man of the Year in 1994, was a Group Commander for the Civil Air Patrol, and also served as navigator and secretary for the Girard Council.
Felix leaves his wife of 68 years, Angela Petrella Bevilacqua; two daughters Mary Louise (Patrick) Carlon of Boardman, with whom he made his home, and Patricia (James) Brown of Jackson, Mich.; a son, Ronald (Shawnee Spicer) Bevilacqua of Hudson; 11 grandchildren, Dina Maiorana (Ben Barnes) of Columbus, Angela (Josh) Bloniasz of Suffield, Conn., Joseph (Erin George) Maiorana of Columbus, Anthony (Julie Sincich) of Girard, Joy Maiorana of Boardman, Keith Brown of Eaton Rapids, Mich., Kristopher Brown of Adrian, Mich., Elise (Ryan) Berndt of Chicago, Chrisitan (Kristen Ensler) Ambrose of Tennessee, and Natalie and Nathan Bevilacqua of Hudson; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Stella (Joseph) Comichisto and sister-in-law, Mary Bevilacqua both of Hollywood Fla.; and three brothers-in-law, Andrew (Millie) Petrella of Girard, Sam (Dahlia) Pagano of Girard, and James Petrella of Boardman.
A brother Pasquale Bevilacqua, a sister-in-law Dolores Petrella, and a brother and sister-in-law, Guy and Irene Pagano, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on FRIDAY, June 20, at Kinnick Funeral Home, McClurkin Memorial Chapel, 222 S. State St. Girard.
Funeral services will begin on SATURDAY (6/21) at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and continue with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Rose Church at 1 p.m.
A committal service with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown.
Randy D. Vazquez, 29
[Calling hours from 2 to 4 p.m., FRIDAY, 6/20, at Victory Christian Center in Coitsville.]
BOARDMAN - Randy D. Vazquez, 29, passed away early Monday evening, June 16, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic.
Randy was born Nov. 27, 1984, in Humacao, Puerto Rico, a son of Rafael and Migdalia Lopez Vazquez. He came to America as a child, settling with his family in the Bronx, N.Y., and came to Campbell in 1992.
He attended Campbell Memorial High School and worked at Walmart in Alliance for seven years.
Randy was a member of Victory Christian Center. He enjoyed fishing, poker, golfing, watching movies, and playing video games.
Mr. Vazquez is survived by his parents, Migdalia of Campbell and Rafael of Youngstown; a son, Gabriel Vazquez of Austintown; a brother, Neflee Vazquez of Youngstown; a sister, Sheyra Vazquez of Campbell; and his grandparents, Olga Rosario, Rafael Vazquez, Maximino Lopez, and Maria Rodriguez, all of Puerto Rico.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on FRIDAY, June 20, at Victory Christian Center on Rt. 422 in Coitsville, where services will follow at 4 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
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