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Today's death record

  • Jerry A. Colaizzi, 76, Venice, Fla.
  • George Toma David Jr., 44, Las Vegas, formerly of Wheatland.
  • Laura Kathryn Forsythe Perry, 74, of 708 Cedar Ave., Grove City.
  • Stephanie F. Thier, 84, Boise, Idaho, formerly of Brookfield.
  • Jack L. Wilson, 77, of 110 Beechwood Ave., Wheatland.

Today's obituaries
Jerry A. Colaizzi
Fla. man was Leetonia native, had sister in Grove City

VENICE, Fla. -- Jerry A. Colaizzi, Venice, died at 2:50 a.m.Wednesday (5-31-00) at home. He was 76.

Mr. Colaizzi was born Jan. 4, 1924, in Leetonia, Ohio, to Domenick and Maria Antonia Celano Colaizzi.

He lived in Kane, Pa., and moved to Venice in 1987.

Mr. Colaizzi was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church; and the Hurricane and Monday Night Men’s Bowling leagues, all Venice; and the South Venice Civic Association.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Shirley Virginia Smith, at home; a son, Randall M., Wellesley, Mass.; two daughters, Paula D. Jennings, Orlando, Fla.; and Melinda S. McKnight, Grove City; a brother, Robert; and two sisters, Martina Baulo and Bertha Ruozzo, all Leetonia; and five grandchildren.

No services are scheduled.

George Toma David Jr.
‘74 Farrell High graduate was salesman in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- George Toma David Jr., 5419 W. Tropicana Ave., Apartment 1903, Las Vegas, formerly of Wheatland, died at 5:30 a.m. May 17, 2000, in Nathan Adelson Hospice of cancer. He was 44.

Mr. David was born Feb. 11, 1956, in Sharon to George and Joanne Reagle David Sr.

A 1974 alumnus of Farrell High School, Mr. David later moved to Las Vegas, where he was a salesman in the flooring industry.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Keven Ann Price, at home; two daughters, Ashley Marie, Las Vegas; and a daughter by a previous marriage, Chelsey, Shenango Valley; his parents, Sun City, Ariz.; a sister, Victoria Korpa, Medford, Ore.; and a brother, Thomas, Peoria, Ariz.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 19 Jefferson Avenue, Sharon 16146.

Cremation was held. Memorial services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday (6-3-00) in Christ Church Episcopal; and Tuesday (6-6-00) in Cornerstone Christian Church, both Las Vegas.

Francis I. ‘Iggy’ DeBlase
AK Steel retiree was starter for ‘56 Tiger football team

Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday for Francis I. "Iggy" DeBlase, 331 Lincoln St., Sharon. He died at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday (5-31-00) at home following a battle with leukemia. He was 61.

Mr. DeBlase was born Jan. 5, 1939, in Sharon to Frank and Josephine Mitchell DeBlase.

He was a 1957 alumnus of Sharon High School, where he was a starter for the 1956 undefeated championship Tiger football team.

Mr. DeBlase retired as a shipper on March 26 of this year after 41 years of service from AK Steel, Sawhill Tubular Division, having worked for its Wheatland and Sharon plants.

He was previously active as manager and past president of Patagonia Little League.

Mr. DeBlase enjoyed golf and was an ardent Cleveland Browns and Indians fan.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Patricia E. Sagenich, whom he married Oct. 24, 1973; a son, Anthony E., Masury; a daughter, Kimberly A. Greene, Sharon; a stepdaughter, Mischelle M. Kostik, Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers, Joseph L., Boswell, Pa.; and John P., Piqua, Ohio; two sisters, Mary T., Sharon; and Rosalie A., Lakewood, Ohio; and five stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Cemetery Chapel Fund, 40 S. Irvine Ave., Sharon 16146; Sharon Regional Health System’s Hospice Home Care, 490 N. Kerrwood Drive, Suite 204, Hermitage 16148; or the Leukemia Society of America, 2 Gateway Center, 13 North, Pittsburgh 15222.

Francis I. "Iggy," 61, of 331 Lincoln St., Sharon.
    Calling hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today (6-2-00) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
    Service: Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (6-3-00) in Church of the Sacred Heart, Sharon, with Monsignor Salvatore P. Mitchell, deceased’s cousin, as celebrant. Brief prayer service at 9:45 a.m. in the funeral home.
    Burial: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hermitage.

Laura Kathryn Forsythe Perry

Grove City woman was homemaker, Protestant

Laura Kathryn Forsythe Perry, 708 Cedar Ave., Grove City, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday (5-30-00) at home following an extended illness. She was 74.

Mrs. Perry was born Feb. 16, 1926, in Clay Township, Butler County, to Clarence A. and Mabel G. Stevenson Forsythe.

An alumnus of Grove City High School, she was a homemaker and a Protestant.

Surviving are: her husband, Robert E. Perry, whom she married April 18, 1946; her mother, Grove City; three sisters, Mrs. Gerald (Doris) Wojtola, Trenton, Mich.; Mrs. Roger (Shirley) Clarke, Hot Springs, Ark.; and Sally Blakley, Mercer; and two brothers, Gary L. Forsythe, Grove City; and Richard L. Forsythe, Midwest, Okla.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Roberta Schmeltzer; and a brother, Kenneth L. Forsythe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grove City Community Library, 125 W. Main St., Grove City 16127.

Mrs. Robert E. (Laura Kathryn Forsythe), 74, of 708 Cedar Ave., Grove City.
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City, with the Rev. W. Stephen Morse, associate pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, Grove City, officiating.

Stephanie F. Thier

Former Brookfield resident belonged to Sacred Heart

BOISE, Idaho -- Stephanie F. Thier, Boise, formerly of Brookfield, died at 5:35 a.m. Wednesday (5-31-00) in Capital Care Center. She was 84.

Mrs. Thier was born May 3, 1916, in Chicago to John and Frances Radecky Scehovic.

A longtime resident of Brookfield, she was a member of Church of the Sacred Heart, Sharon.

Mrs. Thier later moved to Boise, where she belonged to St. Mark’s Church.

Her husband, Walter Thier, is deceased.

Surviving are a son, Ralph, Boise; a grandson; and two granddaughters.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday (6-3-00) in Ridgewood Cemetery, Chicago.

Jack L. Wilson
Jack L. Wilson, 110 Beechwood Ave., Wheatland, died Thursday evening (6-1-00) in Shenango Inn Personal Care Residence, Sharon. He was 77.

Obituary information was incomplete.

    Jack L., 77, of 110 Beechwood Ave., Wheatland.
    Arrangements will be announced by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.

Look in past days’ obituary files to find the full obituaries

Mrs. Willis (Annie "Mozell"), 74, of 8129 Campbell St., Masury.
    Obituary was published 6-1-00
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday (6-4-00) in WASHINGTON FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1059 Hamilton Ave., Farrell. Wake service from 11 a.m. to time of service Monday (6-5-00) in Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Masury.
    Service: Funeral service at noon Monday in the church, with the Rev. Raymond O. Brown, pastor, officiating,
    Burial: Brookfield Township Cemetery.

Mrs. Glen Dale (Fern Irene), 90, Villa Maria, formerly of Route 208, New Bedford.
    Obituary was published 6-1-00
    Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today (6-2-00) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday (6-3-00) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Douglas Runyan, pastor of New Bedford Presbyterian Church, officiating,
    Burial: Neshannock Cemetery, New Wilmington.

Mrs. Frank A. (Ethel Jean), 68, of 20 Jones St., Stoneboro.
    Obituary was published 6-1-00
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (6-2-00) in SCOTT A. BLACK FUNERAL HOME, 99 Franklin St., Stoneboro.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday (6-3-00) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Galen "Joe" MacDonald, pastor of Sandy Lake Presbyterian Church, officiating,
    Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Sandy Lake Township.

Mrs. Edwin G. (Betty R.), 76, of 952 Fredonia Road, Perry Township.
    Obituary was published 6-1-00
    Calling hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today (6-2-00) in ANDREW J. VANA FUNERAL HOME, 102 Church St., Hadley.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday (6-3-00) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Kathy Mitchell, pastor of Jerusalem United Church of Christ, Otter Creek Township, officiating.
    Burial: Hadley Cemetery.

Frederick "Fritz" W., 91, Masury, formerly of Farrell.
    Obituary was published 6-1-00
    Calling hours: None.
    Service: Private funeral service will be today (6-2-00) in the chapel of JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.
    Entombment: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.

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