It is with great sadness that the family of Gerald J. Arnal Jr. announces his passing, on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at the age of 58. He was born in Youngstown on November 22, 1961 to Gerald Sr. and Elaine Arnal, who both preceded him in death.
Gerald known loving as "Jerry," graduated from Austintown Fitch Highschool in 1980 and attended Youngstown and Kent State Universities.
Jerry will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Sharon; stepchildren, Brooke (Seth) Runser, Dana (Dante) DiRienzo; sister, Michelle Prusak; niece, Elaine Prusak; grandchildren, Dylan, Addison and Dominic.
Jerry was an outdoorsman who loved nature and all the scenic beauty this world offered. He loved adventure and could find peace while sleeping under the stars especially in his favorite vacation spot of Hawaii. Although, he loved adventure, he was always excited to return home to his canine companions. He retired from the Ohio Division of Wildlife where he never felt like he worked a day in his life because of his co-workers and their shared love for the outdoors.
Jerry had a lifelong passion for music, whether it be recording his own songs, listening to his favorite artists or singing in his original band, Blackjack. He was in several bands throughout his career and enjoyed singing lead vocals and playing his guitar where he formed lifelong friendships.
The Arnal family invites family and friends to a Memorial Gathering for Jerry on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at Cremation & Funeral Service by Gary S. Silvat Inc, 3896 Oakwood Ave, Austintown, Ohio 44515.
George David Protain, 58, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020, from an apparent heart attack while engaging in his favorite hobby, fishing at Lake Milton.
He was born Nov. 19, 1961, in Youngstown, a son of George D. and Donna Troll Protain and was a lifelong area resident.
George was a 1980 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and had a lifelong career as a baker, which he enjoyed doing until his retirement.
George had many passions throughout his life. He enjoyed being outdoors, sitting by the pool and soaking in the sunshine, fishing and playing cards, especially poker, but above all, he loved and adored spending time with his grandchildren.
George leaves behind two sons, George D. (Adrian) Protain-Blinsky of Lowellville and Joseph F. Protain of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Noah Blinsky, Noelle Blinsky, Wyatt Scheffler-Blinsky, Michael Blinsky and Charlotte Blinsky; a sister, Anna Mae (Robert) Williams of Austintown; three brothers, Joseph (Melissa) Protain of Austintown, Jeffrey (Anna Marie) Protain of Austintown and Anthony (Peggy) Protain of North Jackson; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Besides his parents, George was preceded in death by a niece, Donna Jean Protain.
George will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends for his generosity, smile and sense of humor.
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) - Jane M. Moss, 57, passed away peacefully late Sunday evening, March 24, 2019, at Oasis Care Center in Youngstown, with family by her side.
Jane, who was known to all as “Janie,” was born January 28, 1962, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late Thomas E., Sr. and Mary Jane McMahan Moss.
Janie worked an interesting job as a nuclear submarine painter for General Dynamics in Groton, Connecticut, where she lived for 12 years. She later moved to Seattle, where she worked for the United States Postal Service for ten years as a mail handler. Janie ended up retiring on disability and returning to Austintown shortly thereafter.
Janie enjoyed spending time with her family, frequenting casinos and playing keno.
She leaves her sister, Cynthia M. Moss of Austintown; her brother, Thomas E., Jr. (Lori) Moss of Austintown; three nieces and a nephew, Amanda, Jenny, Megan and Robert; five great-nephews, Jaylen, Joshua, Jaxson, Anthony and Lucas and her good friend, Tim Yambar of Youngstown.
Jane’s father passed away in 2015 and her mother passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019 and a sister, Kelly Johnston, also passed away in 2015.
BOARDMAN - Prayers will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for Kismeth J. McMillen, 57, who passed away Thursday at Park Center in Boardman.
She was born April 30, 1961, in Youngstown, a daughter of the late William McMillen and Betty (Finley) Mendzala.
Kismeth was a 1980 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School. She served her country in the U.S. Navy. In the 1980s, she was a nurses aid for the Little Forest Medical Center. Kismeth was a devout Catholic and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. When she lived in Florida, she was involved in various clubs. In her younger years, she enjoyed water skiing, camping, playing horseshoes, and throwing the frisbee around. She also enjoyed going on walks and shopping.
Kismeth is survived by her three sisters, Tammy (Mike Corrigan) McMillen of Arizona, Tamara (Raymond “Ed”) Zedaker of Hubbard, and Irene Calvin of Boardman; a brother, Steven (Kelly Hayes) Mendzala of Boardman; a niece, Rachael Zedaker; and a nephew, Dean Calvin.
She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Frances Weber and her grandfather and grandmother McMillen.
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Robert W. Moherman (Sharon, Pennsylvania), born in Youngstown, Ohio, who passed away on September 21, 2018, at the age of 56, leaving to mourn family and friends.
He was predeceased by : his father Robert. He is survived by : his parent Margaret; his son Robert W. Moherman III; his step-daughter Shannon Ray-Powell; his sisters, Cheryl Moherman, Lori Bouman (John) and Susan Stanley; and also, Peg and Moherman, Sr.. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Warren—Richard A. Wolfson Jr., 56, passed away comfortably, knowing that he was loved, and unafraid, on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 23, 1962, in Youngstown, the son of Richard A. Wolfson Sr. and Patricia Murphy. Richard worked for General Motors. He was a member of Highway Tabernacle Church. He volunteered at the Maronite Center for bingo which he loved to play. He enjoyed shooting pool, antique cars, restoring cars, and was a huge Harley Davidson fan. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. Richard will always be remembered lovingly by his parents, Richard (Rita) Wolfson and Patricia (Gene) Oesch; two daughters, Darra Wolfson (Josh), and Rhianna Wolfson; son, Richard A. Wolfson III (Amanda); two grandchildren, Axel Wolfson and Elijah Yoder; two sisters, Jill (James) Daley, and Natalie (John) Winkle; two brothers, Jeff (Michelle) and Greg (Martha)Wolfson; and wife, Sandy Wolfson. Friends may pay their respects from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 at the Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, 4442 South Ave. in Boardman. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17 at Highway Tabernacle Church, 3000 S. Raccoon Road, in Youngstown. Family and friends may visit the Book of Memories at www.rossifunerals.com to view this tribute and send condolences to Richard’s family. Rick was always funny and always laughing. Let the world remember him for how he truly was.
AUSTINTOWN - Alan D. Burkholder, Sr., 54, passed away Sunday morning, Aug. 20, 2017, at Hospice House with his family by his side.
Alan was born Sept. 7, 1962, in Youngstown, a son of the late Jack and Deane McElwee Burkholder, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was a 1980 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and worked as an electronic technician for Chuck-E-Cheese in Boardman for the past 20-plus years.
Alan enjoyed skydiving, shooting pool, and spending time with family and friends.
He leaves his wife, Garnett J. Utsinger Burkholder, whom he married June 17, 1997; his son, Alan D. Burkholder II of Austintown; his daughter, Alison N. (Nicholas) Thompson of Austintown; his brother, Timothy Plahs of Greensburg, Pa; his sister, Linda (Ed) Black-Weiner of Elizabethtown, Ky.; his nieces, Angela Stanley of Garner, North Carolina and Jennifer Black of Texas; and two great-nieces.
Two brothers, Jack Dean Burkholder and Cory K. Burkholder, and a sister, Tami M. Riley, preceded Alan in death.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m.. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a memorial service will follow at 4 pm.
Alan's family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution, do so by donating to the funeral home to help with final expenses. “God bless you!”
ROSSETTI, Ronald Ron Rossetti - known as "The Green Dragon" to his fellow runners and "Gigi" to his grandchildren - crossed the finish line of his amazing life's marathon on Thursday, October 15, 2015. His neon green running gear has been retired. Born Ronald Guido Rossetti, Jr., he was only 53 years old when he finished the race. Those cheering most loudly for Ron and his greatest fans include his spouse, Sarah Collins; his four children, Anastasia Rossetti Macaluso, Alexandra Rossetti, Nicholas Rossetti and Aaron Rossetti; his mother Joan Rossetti; his sisters Julie Cloud, Susan Lyden, and Shelly Delfraino; and four grandchildren, Faolan, Sionn, Shea and Finn Macaluso. He was admired and respected by his nephew and niece, Tommy and Victoria Lyden, and Sarah's children, Rachael and Michael Branum. Ron's father, Ronald Rossetti, Sr., was waiting to welcome his son across the finish line, having gone ahead of Ron in 2000. His early years were spent in scenic northeast Ohio where Ron discovered his love for long-distance running and his professional calling as an attorney. Ron worked for Ohio-based Nationwide Insurance for 29 years, holding leadership positions in Claims, Underwriting and Trial Division. Ron loved Nationwide and was very proud of the company. During his tenure there, Ron served in multiple capacities, embracing servant leadership as a God-given responsibility in every role. Prior to his most recent assignment as Associate Vice President in Nationwide's Trial Division, Ron served as Vice President of Field Claims, Texas Claims Officer and then as Texas Underwriting Product Officer. Before moving to Texas in 2002, Ron served in Nationwide's Home Office in Columbus, Ohio as Compliance & Legal Officer. Ron's other assignments included State Claims Counsel for Pennsylvania Operations; State Claims Counsel for Ohio Operations; and Regional Claims Attorney for Ohio Operations. Earlier in his career, from 1989 to 1994, Ron was a Trial Attorney in Ohio, practicing at different times in Dayton, Youngstown and Akron for Nationwide.In 2001, Ron was diagnosed with cancer and proceeded to fight back against the disease through philanthropic means. He participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life every year, and in 2012 founded AngelsFallUp, a non-profit entity that raises funds to support cancer research and preventative education. Fighting cancer by instilling hope became Ron's life mission. He shared these thoughts with a friend: After cancer, you see the world with a new perspective. You face your own mortality. You imagine your family and friends without you. You realize this life is just a blip on the radar tracking man's march through time. ...[Y]ou think about whatever time remains and, at least for me, you appreciate the present more and recognize every day for the gift it is. You wonder too, about your legacy. It derives not from what we want but from what we do. It is about others. And for me it is a simple thing: Create Hope. My aspiration is to help victims of serious illness see there is hope always. Hope is a decision, not a prescription or condition. Some come through a life-threatening calamity in peace, others in pieces. Hope is the first step, without which there can be no peace. Ron will be honored in a private Celebration of Life event on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015. Friends, associates, and the community are invited to join family members on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 at 10 a.m. to honor Ron during the awards ceremony of The Colony Half Marathon, for which Ron was the race director. The Colony Half Marathon and awards ceremony will take place at Stewart Creek Park, 3700 Sparks Road, The Colony, Texas 75056. In lieu of flowers, the family invites those who wish to make a gift to AngelsFallUp. Checks payable to AngelsFallUp can be sent c/o The Colony Roadrunners to 6413 Stewart Blvd, The Colony, Texas 75056.
AUSTINTOWN - Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 PM at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, for Deanna M. Hosey, 53, who died Tuesday afternoon at Hospice House surrounded by her family.
Deanna was born March 20, 1962, in Anchorage, Alaska, the daughter of William English and Dolores (Hinrichs) Downing.
She was a graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and spent her junior year as an exchange student studying in Japan.
Deanna worked as a florist for 15 years and owned Something Unique Florist for the past eight years.
Deanna was proud to be from Austintown and was very involved in the community. She was a member of Austintown Junior Women's Club, Austintown Rotary, Diva Donations, the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the 9/11 Memorial.
She is survived by her parents, Dolores Downing of Boardman and William and Linda English of Austintown; a daughter Jessica L. (Jason) Munger of Austintown; two sons, Joe T. (Fiance Teresa Griffith) Hosey of Canfield and Jason J. Hosey of Austintown; two sisters, Jody English of Boardman and Heather English of Austintown; her former husband John M. Hosey; and her cat, Isabella.
Deanna was preceded in death by her son John W. Hosey.
Family and friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 PM and Friday from noon to 1 PM at the funeral l home.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that material tributes take the form of donations to the "Petals of Love" fund established at any Farmers National Bank.
YOUNGSTOWN - Thomas Richard Hassay Sr., 54, passed away April 2, 2015, Thursday afternoon, at the St. Elizabeth Health Center emergency room.
Thomas was born March 28, 1961, in Youngstown, the son of Ted and Nancy (Jonas-Bates) Hassay.
He was a 1980 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School, attended Youngstown State University and was employed at Hassay Tire.
Thomas is survived by two daughters, Allison and Taylor of Austintown; and one son, Thomas II of Austintown; his mother, Nancy of Austintown; two brothers, Ted (Paula) Hassay and Terry (Melodee) Hassay, all of Youngstown; one sister, Susan (Ambrose) Kalasky of North Jackson; and his girlfriend, Charlotte Good of Austintown. Thomas also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ted; a sister, Jackie; and a brother, Michael
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on April 7, 2015, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, St Matthias Church. There will be calling hours from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church prior to Mass.
Thomas’ family request memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of Sorrows, Holy Name Church, in Thomas’ memory
Arrangements are being handled by the McVean, Hughes & McClurkin Funeral Home, 711 Wick Ave., Youngstown.
Daniel J. Stipanovich, 52, died on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at 5:50 p.m. at Hospice House in Poland.
He was born in Youngstown on April 28, 1962, the son of Theodore “Ted” and Dolores “Dee” Guarnieri Stipanovich of Austintown.
Dan was a 1980 Austintown Fitch High School graduate. He worked as an electrician since 1985 for IBEW Local No. 64 in Youngstown. Some of his hobbies and interests were shooting guns and going to gun ranges, playing bocce, riding his Harley, the Oakland Raiders, NASCAR, and he loved to go fishing with his dad and brothers.
Other than his parents, Dan is survived by his wife, the former Betsy Doerr, whom he married on May 1, 1992; his daughter, Alexis Stipanovich of Austintown; and his three brothers, Chuck (Maria) Stipanovich of Poland, David (Jodie) Stipanovich of Austintown, and Ted (Robyn) Stipanovich of North Lima.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Brian D. Miller, 51, formerly of Austintown, who died unexpectedly Wednesday at home.
Brian was born Oct. 5, 1962, in Youngstown, to Richard M. and Sandra (Weston) Miller.
He was a 1980 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and worked as a graphic designer and videographer, most recently at NCCI in Boca Raton, Fla., where he received many awards for his work.
Brian enjoyed photography, graphic art and anything that allowed him to be creative. He had a talent for gourmet cooking and baking, and loved to spoil all his family and friends with his culinary skills. Professionally decorated cakes and cookies were his specialty. He collected Heisey glass and DC Comics, and was a movie enthusiast.
Brian also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and other various groups.
Brian will always be remembered as a very loving, thoughtful, kind and generous soul, who wanted to make life a little more special for everyone.
Brian is survived by his father; two sisters, Diana (Kenneth) Senyo of Austintown and Jennifer (Joel) Armstrong of Ft. Myers, Fla.; three brothers, Richard “Rick” A. of Austintown, Michael C. (Nancy) of Tacoma, Wash., and Russell S. (Collette) of Poland; his aunt, Virginia A. Miller of Youngstown; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother, Gary Miller.
Professional arrangements are being handled by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
Laura A. Brown, 51, of Shawnee, KS passed away June 25, 2014. She was born Oct. 27, 1962 in Youngstown, Ohio to Fredrick and Virginia Mackell Winch. Laura attended Austintown-Fitch High School and graduated in 1980. She joined the US Navy and served on the USS Point Loma in San Diego, CA. Following her service in the Navy, Laura attended and graduated from Virginia Common Wealth Community College. In 1993 she married David M. Brown in Shawnee, KS. David is formerly of Independence, KS. The son of the late J.T. (Terry) and Ruth Jean Brown. Laura worked for Transport Funding as a Credit Manager. Laura was preceded in death by her father and two brothers, Rick and Clifford Winch. She is survived by her husband David M. Brown, two sons, T.J. Cooper of San Diego, CA and Bruce Cooper of Shawnee, KS, by her mother, Virginia Winch, and two loving dogs, Bridget and Bella. Laura was loved by many and will be forever missed.
A prayer service will begin Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at noon at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4500 Norquest Blvd. in Austintown, for Mrs. Cheryl McHenry, 50, who died unexpectedly Thursday at work.
She was born Dec. 15, 1961, in Youngstown, a daughter of Pete and Dolly Macala Peterson.
Cheryl was a 1980 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School and was employed by Cambridge Home Health Care as a Branch Manager.
She was a loving daughter, wife, mother and grandmother and was the kindest, sweetest person. Her greatest love and joy was her family.
Cheryl leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Pete and Dolly Peterson of Austintown; her husband, Michael, whom she married Oct. 18, 2008; two sons, Matthew Bagoly of Austintown and Jason Bagoly of Kent State; three step daughters, Jennifer (David) Everett of Canfield, Jessica (Andrew) Amodio of Columbus and Megan McHenry of Youngstown; one brother, Ron (Jennifer) Peterson of Longs, S.C., and two grandchildren, David and Michael Everett.
Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions maybe made in Cheryl’s memory to Hospice of the Valley.
Arrangements are by the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home Austintown Chapel.
Damn hun I miss U tons.Playing hooky from work to swim.And late night hot tub parties.With you wife Lisa and my hubby John.I'll never forget your wedding day.I wasn't sure which one you or Lisa ,I was gonna be standing up for.Miss You Love you and will NEVER forget you. Lori