Richard W. Koker, 85, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning, May 23, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, with family by his side. Richard was born Oct. 3, 1932, in Youngstown, a son of the late Charles M. and Catherine Haramija Koker, and was a lifelong area resident. Fluent in sign language, he was an interpreter for the Youngstown Speech & Hearing Center, an interpreter for the hearing impaired for the Youngstown Diocese, and he taught sign language classes in the area at several schools and churches. Among the most memorable moments in his life were the times he served as an interpreter for local events held by Billy Graham, Margaret Thatcher, and Al Gore. Richard was a longtime member of Holy Apostles Parish, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Youngstown, where he was a member of the Men’s Club and served as an Eucharistic Minister for the homebound. Very active in the community, he was also a member of Croatian Fraternal Union, St. George Lodge No. 66 in Youngstown; the Korean War Veterans Mahoning Valley Chapter No. 137, where he was a trustee, secretary, chaplain, and lifetime member; the United Veterans Council, where he was named “Veteran of the Year” for 2002; the Ohio Association of Deaf/Blind Service Providers of Columbus; the American Legion Post No. 15 in Poland. Richard leaves his wife of nearly 60 years, Phyllis Fish Koker, whom he married Sept. 13, 1958; two daughters, Brenda Phillips of Austintown and Sandra Koker of Youngstown; two sisters, Emily Draca and Cathy (Mladen) Doslovic, both of Youngstown; two brothers, Leonard (Sandra) Koker of Youngstown and Daniel Koker of Largo, Fla.; two grandchildren, Jennifer (John) Avolio of Wexford, Pa. and Alyssa Phillips (fiancé John Mock) of Tremont; and his “grand-fur-babies,” Sebastian, Geno, Colin, Nikki, Oscer, Noah, and Helen. Richard was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Thomas, and infant David Koker, and by two sisters, Pauline and Margaret Rose Koker. Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary.
Frances M. Rogan, 98, who passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Frances was born June 8, 1919 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late John and Rose Martinovich Mikovich and lived in Youngstown the majority of her life. She was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church of Holy Apostles Parish her entire life and currently was a member of the Daughters of Sts. Peter and Paul. She was a long time member and treasurer of the former Altar Rosary Society at the church. Frances was a 79-year member of St. George Lodge 66 of the Croatian Fraternal Union where she served as Financial Secretary/Treasurer for nearly 30 years and represented the lodge at several events and functions throughout the country for many years. While her children were in the Youngstown City Schools, Frances was active in the PTA and other organizations at every school on the west side. She was active in several professional auxiliary organizations and worked with her husband in his accounting practice for many years. In lieu of floral tributes, donations can be made to CFU Scholarship Fund (Rogan Fund), 100 Delaney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235; Tom Heckert Scholarship Fund at Adrian College, 110 S. Madison Street, Adrian, MI 49221 or to SS. Peter and Paul Church of Holy Apostles Parish. Friends may call at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home Wednesday, May 16 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and at SS. Peter and Paul Church Thursday from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. prior to the Mass on Thursday, May 17.
Gene Paul “Smitty” Smith, 84, passed away Sunday evening, May 6, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, with his family by his side.
His wife, of 46 years, Violet J. McFall, whom he married Nov. 13, 1954, passed away March 9, 2001.Gene leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter, Susan (Regis) Smith of Youngstown; two sons, Peter (Ann) Smith of Lowellville and Michael (Amy) Smith of Youngstown; four grandchildren, Derek (Hillary) Smith of Greenville, S.C., Dylan (Cinthia) Smith of Front Royal, Va., Anita Smith of Youngstown, and Natalie Smith of Youngstown; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Raphael Smith; and his girlfriend and best friend of 17 years, Frances Kupec. He was a social member of Croatian Fraternal Union, St. George Lodge No. 66 in Youngstown. Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and to send condolences online to Smitty’s family.
Edward Garasic, 84, passed away Monday, April 30, 2018, at his home at Prairie Rose in Tulsa. Edward was born Sept. 8, 1933, in Youngstown, a son of the late Frank and Barbara Novosel Garasic, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1951, where he played football and baseball. He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Youngstown, where he served as a councilman and usher for many years, and he was a member of the Men’s Holy Name Society. He was a member and trustee of the American Croatian Citizens’ Club, and was involved in the Catholic Sokols No. 108, and C.F.U. St. George’s Lodge No. 66. Ed leaves his wife, Loretta Haring Garasic; his daughter, Laura Dubos; his son, Glenn (Krista) Garasic; three grandchildren, Adam Dubos, Jacqueline (Jeremy) McGrath, and Anna (Nathan) Ott; three great-grandchildren, Landon McGrath, Oliver McGrath, and Olivia McGrath; and many nieces and nephews. Ed was preceded in death by sisters Diane Martin, Barbara Kish, Agnes Bednar, and Catherine Badovinac; brothers George Garasic and Steve Garasic; and his son-in-law, Peter C. Dubos, who was his daughter Laura’s husband. Locally, a Memorial Mass will take place on Monday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 421 Covington St., in Youngstown. Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary.
Dorothy A. Nenadich Balog, 83, passed away peacefully late Saturday evening, April 28, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, surrounded by the love of her family. She was a member of Holy Apostles Parish, Sts. Peter & Paul Church in Youngstown. Dorothy was also a member of Croatian Fraternal Union, St. George Lodge No. 66, and of SNPJ Lodge, No. 153.
Family and friends may gather from noon to 1 p.m., Saturday May 5, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 421 Covington St., Youngstown, where a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m.
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Lucille D. Rich Kesic, 86, of Liberty Township, passed away on April 26, 2018, peacefully at her home. She became the secretary, for over 30 years, of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Youngstown, Ohio. She was proud to work for Monsignor Branimir Radetic, pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul. She leaves her three children, John J. Kesic Jr. (Jill), Richard S. Kesic, and Lisa M. Vaturi (Dr. Shani). She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband John J. Kesic, Sr., and brothers, William and Carl Rich.
Monsignor Siffrin officiated a private Mass of Christian Burial held on April 28, 2018, at St. Anthony Parish in Youngstown, Ohio. Please visit www.schiavonefh.com to share condolences.
Mildred Jane Gunyula, 101, April 22, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Health Center. She is survived by two sons, James (Nancy) Gunyula of Poland and Joseph (Wendy) Gunyula of Hubbard; one daughter, Mary Ellen Schuntich of Charlotte, N.C.; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Larry Frient officiating. Burial will be at Belmont Park Cemetery in Youngstown. Friends and family will be received Saturday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the church.
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Evelyn Ann Pavlik, 86, died April 20, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Her husband, Charles Pavlik, whom she married Aug. 23, 1952, died Jan. 29, 2001.
She is survived by one daughter, Denise Pavlik; two sons, Danny Pavlik and David Pavlik; four grandchildren, Taylor, Chase, Emily, and Chad; and two brothers, Robert and Philip Loncar.
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Sheila M. Lanancusa, 50, daughter of the late William and Irene Laska Lovitz, passed away on March 23, 2018, at St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center,with her family at her side folowing a courageous battle with cancer. She was a 1985 graduate of Liberty High School and attended Youngstown State University for a time, and was a former member of Our Lady of Hungary Church in Youngstown. Family and friends may call prior to the services, from 11:00am to 1:00pm Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Kinnick Funeral Home, where funeral services will follow at 1:00pm. Committal services will take place at Calvary Cemetery. Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to send condolences online to Sheila’s family.
Ann M. Drapcho, 95, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018, with her family at her side. Ann was born March 8, 1923, a daughter of Vjekoslav “Louis” and Kata “Katherine” (Pacic) Vadjina, who migrated to the U.S. from Croatia. On July 14, 1951, she was married at SS. Peter and Paul Croatian Church to Ambrose Drapcho. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Matthias Church, 915 Cornell St. in Youngstown, with Fr. John Jerek officiating. Visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.
Catherine A. “Kay” Basich, 95, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Kay was born September 30, 1923 in Youngstown, a daughter of John and Ruth Cvetkovich Basich. She worked in the meat department at Loblaw’s and Century 21 until her retirement. Kay was a wonderful cook and embraced her Croatian heritage. She was a member of STS. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church, where she worked tirelessly at various church functions, cooking and making homemade noodles. She was a member of the Daughters Association of STS. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church and also a member of the Croatian Pensioneers.
There will be no calling hours, there will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at the Paisley House, 1408 Mahoning Avenue, Youngstown, 44509, celebrated by Fr. Joseph Rudjak. Visit www.waskofamily.com to send the Basich family condolences.
Gertrude Anastasia Minneman, 80, passed away on March 6, 2018. Gert began her teaching career with the Youngstown Catholic Diocese School system as an elementary school teacher. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Youngstown, and was very involved with mentoring children in the Youngstown School system.
Mary Ann Poczatek, O.F.S., 87, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, March 3, 2018. Family and friends may gather to celebrate Mary Ann’s life on Friday, March 9, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Brier Hill Cultural Center (the former St. Casimir Church), 145 Jefferson St., Youngstown. Family and friends may also gather from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 10, at Sts. Peter & Paul Church on Covington Street in Youngstown, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.
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Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at the Holy Apostles - Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church, for Mary Ann Sinkovich, 90, who passed away Feb. 11, 2018.
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Funeral services will be Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at 9:45 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home and at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Apostles – Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church for Renee L. Ples, 57, who passed away Feb. 9, 2018.
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Sister M. Gertrude Paris, OSU, died at the Ursuline Motherhouse just after midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, two days after her 88th birthday. Sister Gertrude taught at St. Nicholas, Struthers, SS. Peter and Paul, St. Ann, St. Columba, and Immaculate Conception elementary schools in Youngstown, as well as Cardinal Mooney and Ursuline High Schools. She served as principal at St. Rose, Girard and St. Nicholas, Struthers. For 22 years, Sister Gertrude worked in the Finance Department at the Diocese of Youngstown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at 5 p.m. at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road. Friends may call prior to the funeral beginning at 3 p.m. at the Motherhouse.
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Joseph Melago, age 85, passed away Monday, January 15, 2018, in St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital after a brief illness.
A memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at 4 p.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 421 Covington St. in Youngstown.
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Dr. Ivan Nenadic, born in Croatia July 4, 1940, passed away in his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA on January 10, 2018 after a long illness.
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Edward J. Orosz, 77, of Wauwatosa, WI, and formerly of Vestal, NY, died January 6, 2018, after a 54-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He faced his illness with dignity, grace & was an inspiration to many.
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Andrew A. "Andy" Rauzan Jr. passed away peacefully on New Year’s Eve surrounded by his family, whom he loved so dearly, after a long battle with several illnesses.
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Julie A. Pezzuto, 49, entered into eternal rest Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
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