Obituaries

Richard H. Barker 1930-2019

NILES – Richard H. Barker, 88, of Niles, entered into eternal rest Friday, March 15, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born July 16, 1930, in Warren, the son of Richard H. and Caroline Zempkey Barker, and had lived in the ...

Robert E. Byers 1930-2019

BURGHILL — Robert E. Byers, 88, of Burghill, passed away Saturday evening, March 16, 2019, at home, with his loved ones. He was born Nov. 27, 1930, in Youngstown, the son of Elmer and Frances Brainard Byers. He retired as a tool grinder after working 36 years at American Welding in ...

Barbara J. Drohn 1956-2019

LEETONIA — Barbara J. Drohn, 62, died Friday, March 15, 2019, at home. She was born Aug. 14, 1956, in Youngstown, the daughter of McCloud and Margaret Bowser Drohn. Barbara was a homemaker. She is survived by her three children, Kim Drohn of Cortland, Lisa Brabant of Youngstown and ...

Carol F. Eli 1940-2019

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Carol Frances Lough Eli, 78, of Hamill Avenue, Clarksburg, W.Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, March 15, 2019, at West Virginia University Hospitals, Ruby Memorial, Morgantown, W.Va. She was born Sept. 23, 1940, the daughter of the late ...

Robert J. Orr 1971-2019

WARREN — Robert J. Orr, 47, passed away, Saturday, March 16, 2019. Dr. Robert J. Orr was born July 2, 1971, to Robert and Patricia Orr of Hubbard. He’s a 1989 graduate of Hubbard High School, and a magna cum laude graduate of Youngstown State University with a degree in ...

James M. Cluse 1965-2019

MASURY — James “Jim” M. Cluse, 54, died Friday, March 15, 2019, at his home, from cancer. Jim was born Jan. 8, 1965, in Sharon, Pa., the son of Charles M. and Patricia M. Yoho Cluse. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had worked for Sharpsville Container, and was a member of the ...

Robert E. Elser Sr. 1941-2019

CORTLAND — Robert E. Elser Sr., 77, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, at St. Joseph Warren Hospital. Robert was born in Warren, June 3, 1941, to Gerald and Sarah Anderson Elser. Bob started his career at Brass Works and quickly went on to spend the majority of his career working in ...

Kathryn Hites 1939-2019

BRISTOLVILLE — Kathryn “Katie” Hites, 79, of Bristolville, passed away peacefully, Sunday, March 17, 2019, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. She was born June 27, 1939, in Lower Salem, the daughter of William and Freda Boney Oliver. Katie retired as a line worker from Packard Electric ...

Ruth L. Wells 1939-2019

MASURY — Ruth L. Wells, 79, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at home. She was born Sept. 25, 1939, in Cleveland, the daughter of John and Ruth Malindzak. Survivors include her son, Dale A. Moerch of Masury; one grandson; and sisters, Janice McWilliams and Marylynn Podusiwski, both of ...

Gerald L. Rouge 1931-2019

BURTON — Gerald L. Rouge, 87, died Sunday morning, March 17, 2019, at Burton Health Care. He was born July 23, 1931, in Cleveland, the son of Carl and Lillian Primosh Rouge. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. Gerald worked independently as an artist and at his ...

Linda L. Frame 1943-2019

NILES — Linda L. Frame, 75, a longtime resident of Niles, passed away peacefully in her home Friday, March 15, 2019. She was born Sept. 16, 1943, in Charleston, W.Va., the daughter of Denver Ashworth and Anna Ward. Linda retired as an auto inspector at General Motors in Lordstown, after ...

Doris F. Sakas 1946-2019

NEWTON FALLS — Doris Faye Holloway Sakas, 72, of Newton Falls, went to be with the Lord Saturday, March 16, 2019, due to natural causes. She was born May 11, 1946, in Haywood County, N.C., and graduated from Jackson Milton High School. Doris enjoyed reading, gardening, and, above all, ...

Services

LOIS I. ANDREWS, 85, North Jackson. SERVICES: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel. CALLING HOURS: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday and 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, funeral home. SALVATORE N. BARBATI, 86, of Niles. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Niles. CALLING ...

Service pending

ARCHIE R. KESTER, 75 of Ravenna, died Wednesday at the Woodlands in Ravenna. (Staton-Borowski)

Vergil L. Easterling 1940-2019

NILES — Vergil L. Easterling, 78, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at home. He was born April 29, 1940. in Olive Hill, Ky., the son of Ephraim and Georgia Easterling. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was employed with RMI Titanium and was a member of DeForest Free Will Baptist ...

Ronald C. Smith 1948-2019

KINSMAN — Ronald C. “Smitty” Smith, age 70, of Kinsman, died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at his home. He was born June 6, 1948, in Meadville, Pa., a son of Ralph Herman Smith and Rose Anne Kircher Smith. A lifelong Kinsman resident, Mr. Smith was employed as a truck driver for the ...

Larry E. Reppart 1940-2019

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Larry Edward Reppart, 78, formerly of Warren, died Friday, March 8, 2019, at the North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. of an aortic aneurysm. He was born Nov. 14, 1940, in Cadiz, the son of the late Charles and Mary Lyle Reppart. He attended the Ohio ...

David F. Shahan 1932-2019

HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. — David Franklin Shahan, 86, of Hacker Valley, W.Va., formerly of Newton Falls, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. He was born Dec. 6, 1932, in St. George, W.Va., to Charles I. and Sadie Pearl Ludwick Shahan and was a ...

Margaret K. Komlanc 1940-2019

McDONALD — Margaret “Margie” Kay Komlanc, 78, of McDonald, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at her home, with her family by her side. Margie was born Dec. 6, 1940, in Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of Thomas and Margaret McMillan Leighton. Margie devoted her life to being a ...

Lois I. Andrews 1933-2019

NORTH JACKSON — Lois I. Andrews passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the age of 85. She was born Dec. 10, 1933, in Youngstown, the daughter of Clifford and Esther Brobst Sinn and was a lifelong area resident. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and ...