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Today's death record

  • Elmer R. "Buzz" Belleville, 87, Niles, Ohio, formerly of Pothour-Wheeler Road, Hubbard.
  • Zula Rae Bible, 95, of 686 state Route 7 NE, Brookfield.
  • Robert J. Kiefer, 75, of 450 Melbourne Ave., Boardman, Ohio.
  • Helen G. McDonald, 88, formerly of University Heights, Ohio, and Sharpsville.
  • Ann Nina Balatine Tupy, 86, of 745 Greenville Road, Coolspring Township.


Today's obituaries
Ann Nina Balatine Tupy
Coolspring Twp. homemaker was born in Titusville

Ann Nina Balatine Tupy, 745 Greenville Road, Coolspring Township, died at 9:58 a.m. Sunday (5-6-01) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 86.

Mrs. Tupy was born Feb. 17, 1915, in Titusville to Lewis and Victoria Horvath Balatine.

For 12 years, she worked in a silk mill in Titusville and served in the Women's Army Corps as a baker during World War II. Mrs. Tupy also was a former dietary aide for Harrison Hospital in Arkansas.

A homemaker, she was a Protestant.

Her husband, Joseph L. Tupy, whom she married on Oct. 8, 1948, died in June 1968.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary A. Wonderling, Titusville; and Catherine Beroldi, Hollidaysburg, Pa.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dolly Balatine; and two brothers, Steven and John Balatine.

TUPY
    Mrs. Joseph L. (Ann Nina Balatine), 86, of 745 Greenville Road, Coolspring Township.


    Calling hours: 10 a.m. to time of service Tuesday (5-8-01) in CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME Inc., 144 S. Pitt St., Mercer.


    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Ken Meiderhiser, interim pastor of Mercer Church of the Nazarene, Coolspring Township, officiating.


Burial: Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens, Franklin.Zula Rae Bible
Garden club, Brookfield U.M. member was a homemaker

Zula Rae Bible, 686 state Route 7 NE, Brookfield, died at 12:42 a.m. Sunday (5-6-01) in Hospitality Care Center in Hermitage. She was 95.

Mrs. Bible was born Aug. 20, 1905, in Madisonville, Tenn., to Edgar Webb and Anna Mary Watson Webb.

An alumna of Madisonville High School, she was a homemaker.

As a member of Brookfield United Methodist Church, Mrs. Bible was a past president of the church Altar Guild and of the United Methodist Women.

She was also a past president of the Pymatuning Valley Garden Club and belonged to Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 518 in Hartford.

Mrs. Bible was an avid gardener.

Her husband, Maxwell L. Bible Sr., whom she married July 21, 1924, died in November 1980.

Surviving are: three sons, Charles E. Bible of Brookfield; Donald A. Bible of Pickerington, Ohio; and Robert W. Bible of Gatlinburg, Tenn.; two daughters, Ruth Jennings of Brookfield; and Mary Anna Evans of Hubbard; a brother, Joe Vance Webb of Jupiter, Fla.; a sister, Ruby Blaner of Charlotte, N.C.; 20 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Maxwell L. Bible Jr. and James E. Bible; five sisters; and two brothers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brookfield United Methodist Church, 6951 Grove St., Brookfield 44403.

BIBLE
    Mrs. Maxwell L. (Zula Rae), 95, of 686 state Route 7 NE, Brookfield.


    Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (5-8-01) and 10 a.m. to time of service Wednesday (5-9-01) in MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with the Rev. Geoffrey Oswald, pastor of Brookfield United Methodist Church, officiating.
    Burial: Brookfield Township Cemetery.


Robert J. Kiefer

Longtime casket company owner was Navy veteran

CLEVELAND -- Robert J. Kiefer, 450 Melbourne Ave., Boardman, Ohio, owner since 1951 of Youngs-town Casket Co., passed away Saturday morning (5-5-01) in Cleveland Clinic. He was 75.

Mr. Kiefer was born July 4, 1925, in Youngstown, a son of John Robert and Lillie Merriman Kiefer.

He graduated from South High School in Youngstown in 1944 and attended what is now Youngstown State University and Kent (Ohio) State University.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, Robert served in the United States Navy as a radio operator.

He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Bears Club since 1967, both Youngstown; Sebring (Ohio) Country Club since 1971; and belonged to the "Corner Boys of Youngstown."

Besides his wife, the former Betty Sue Hill, whom he married on Aug. 7, 1951, he leaves two sons, John R. Kiefer, president of Youngs-town Casket Co., at home; and James R. Kiefer, Columbia City, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Dorothy Bradley and Lillie Mae Patton Tedrow.

KIEFER
    Robert J., 75, of 450 Melbourne Ave., Boardman, Ohio.


    Calling hours: 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (5-8-01) and 10:30 a.m. to time of service Wednesday (5-9-01) in ROSSI BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME Inc., 4442 South Ave., Youngstown.


    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, with Pastor William Rotar officiating.


    Burial: Lake Park Cemetery, Youngstown.


Wayne D. Moyer

RHS grad was Hermitage schools maintenance worker

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family for Wayne D. Moyer, 11 Scenic Mobile Home Park, Lot 71, Pymatuning Township. He died at 7:50 a.m. Saturday (5-5-01) in UPMC Horizon, Greenville, following a brief illness. He was 48.

Mr. Moyer was born April 18, 1953, in Sharon, to Glenn Moyer Sr. and Mary Plummer Moyer.

He attended Reynolds High School and was most recently employed in the maintenance department of Hermitage School District. Mr. Moyer previously was a machine operator for Hartford Hills, Kinsman; and for Andover (Ohio) Industries.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Surviving are: a companion, Leslie Pilson, Transfer; three sons, David P. Moyer and Shawn M. Moyer, both Jamestown; and Dakota L. Moyer, at home; his mother, Greenville; a sister, Cynthia McClimans, Jamestown, N.Y.; a brother, Glenn Moyer Jr., Adamsville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; his maternal grandparents, Charles and Alice Plummer; and his paternal grandparents, Alvin and Beatrice Moyer.

MOYER
    Wayne D., 48, of 11 Scenic Mobile Home Park, Lot 71, Pymatuning Township.


    Service: Funeral service will be held at the convenience of family.


    Burial: Cremation.
    Arrangements by LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville.


Eileen Ruth Grande

Sharon homemaker belonged to St. Joseph's Church

A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday for Eileen Ruth Grande, 2048 DeBrakeleer Ave., Farrell. She passed away unexpectedly at 3 p.m. Saturday (5-5-01) in her home of an apparent heart attack. She was 69.

Mrs. Grande was born Aug. 6, 1931, in Sharon, a daughter of Joseph and Theresa Mirage Koch.

She attended St. Joseph's School and Sharon High School and belonged to St. Joseph's Church in Sharon.

A homemaker, Mrs. Grande enjoyed baking, gardening, knitting, crocheting and sewing.

She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Her husband, John J. Grande, whom she married on Sept. 7, 1957, passed away Sept. 27, 1979.

Surviving are: three daughters, Annette Soper, Tacoma, Wash.; Gloria Grande, Vienna; and Susan Grande, Farrell; four sons, Master Sergeant John M. Grande, Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, N.M.; Anthony J. Grande, Farrell; and James P. Grande, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Gregory R. Grande, Edison, N.J.; one sister, Betty Metelsky, Sharon; one brother, Joseph Koch, Florida; and 11 grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Jerome Edward Grande; four brothers, Edward, Walter, Frank and Robert Koch; and three sisters, Mary Tomczak, Catherine Pollock and Delores Serb.

GRANDE
    Mrs. John J. (Eileen Ruth), 69, of DeBrakeleer Ave., Farrell.


    Calling hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (5-8-01) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may also e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net


    Service: Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday (5-9-01) in St. Joseph's Church, Sharon, with Monsignor William C. Karg, pastor, as celebrant. Brief prayer service at 9:25 a.m. in the funeral home prior to leaving for the church.


    Interment: St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage.


Helen G. McDonald

Sharpsville native retired as university secretary

Helen G. McDonald, formerly of University Heights, Ohio; and Sharpsville, died at 5:03 a.m. Sunday (5-6-01) in Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital. She was 88.

Miss McDonald was born June 16, 1912, in Sharpsville to Frank A. and Anna V. Boyle McDonald.

She attended St. Edward Parochial Grade School; and was a 1931 alumna of Rayen High School, both Youngstown.

Miss McDonald retired in 1977 as secretary to the vice president of student affairs at John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, where she worked for six years.

She previously had been employed as secretary for New York Central Railroad and Republic Steel, both Cleveland.

Miss McDonald was a member of Jesu Roman Catholic Church, University Heights, and its Women's Guild.

Surviving are three nieces and three nephews.

Her parents; a sister, Catherine L. Grady; and a brother, Frank, T. McDonald, preceded her in death.

McDONALD
    
Helen G., 88, formerly of University Heights, Ohio; and Sharpsville.
    Calling hours: 10 to 10:30 a.m. Wedneday (5-9-01) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may also e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net
    Service: Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage, with Monsignor John B. Hagerty, pastor of Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, as celebrant.
    Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.


Concetta Clara Palombi

Formerly of Sharpsville, homemaker was born in Italy

A memorial Mass will be held at a later date for Concetta Clara Palombi, Hermitage, formerly of Sharpsville. She died at 10:10 p.m. Friday (5-4-01) in John XXIII Home, Hermitage. She was 100.

Mrs. Palombi was born May 2, 1901, in Castro di Volci, also known as the Providence of Rome, Italy, to Dominic Campagna and Anastasia Leonetti Campagna.

A homemaker, she was a former member of St. Bartholomew Church in Sharpsville and its St. Aleva Society.

Mrs. Palombi enjoyed knitting, crocheting and bowling.

Her husband, Joseph Palombi, is deceased.

Surviving are: a son, Phillip Palombi, Brookfield; two daughters, Lena Ferrara, Brookfield; and Jeannie Woods, Clearwater, Fla.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to John XXIII Home, 2250 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage 16148.

PALOMBI
    
Mrs. Joseph (Concetta Clara), 100, Hermitage, formerly of Sharpsville.
    Calling hours: Private.
    Service: Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.
    Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Hermitage.
    Arrangements by MADASZ FUNERAL HOME Inc., 6923 Warren Sharon Road, Brookfield.


Elmer R. 'Buzz' Belleville

County Hall of Famer helped organize Hubbard LL

NILES, Ohio -- Elmer R. "Buzz" Belleville, Niles, formerly of Pothour Wheeler Road, Hubbard, died at 1:20 p.m. Sunday (5-6-01) in Autumn Hills Nursing Care Center. He was 87.

Mr. Belleville was born Dec. 24, 1913, in Wheatland to Elmer and Lillian Lloyd Belleville.

He was employed by the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. and later was a security guard for Sharon Tube Co.

Mr. Belleville belonged to First United Methodist Church; and the Optimist Club, both Hubbard.

He was inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame in 1986, having starred in basketball and baseball at West Middlesex High School, where he later was an assistant basketball coach.

Mr. Belleville played baseball for several area teams including the Donegan Raiders of Sharpsville and Sharon American Legion.

In 1952, he helped organize the Little League program in Hubbard, where he served as a manager for Little League and Babe Ruth teams.

Mr. Belleville was founder and secretary of the 50 Plus Golf League of Hubbard.

In his later years, he played for the Youngstown Oldtimers.

Surviving are: his wife, the former Doris E. Ellison, whom he married on Sept. 5, 1936; a son, Elmer L. "Buzz" Belleville, Hubbard; two daughters, Janice K. Gardinier, Cortland; and Connie S. Keller, New Port Beach, Calif.; a brother, William Belleville, Florida; a sister, Edna Mercer, Okeechobee, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bing and Raymond Belleville; three sisters, Mary Jane Jones, June Weimer and Elma Belleville; and a great-grandchild, Emily Clark.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Optimist Club of Hubbard.

BELLEVILLE
    
Elmer R. "Buzz," 87, Niles, Ohio, formerly of Pothour Wheeler Road, Hubbard.
    Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (5-8-01) in STEWART-KYLE FUNERAL HOME, 407 W. Liberty St., Hubbard.
    Service: Funeral service at 1 p.m. Wednesday (5-9-01) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Jerry Phelps, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Hubbard, officiating.
    Burial: Hubbard Union Cemetery.


PREVIOUS DEATHS
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BERRY
    
Rev. Mrs. Charles (Esther Scott), 77, of 118 S. Mercer St., Greenville.
    Obituary was published 5-6-01
    Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today (5-7-01) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 366-68 S. Main St., Greenville.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (5-8-01) in the funeral home with the Rev. Dale L. Hawes, pastor of Wings of Faith Church, Lorain, Ohio.
    Burial: Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville, with full military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3374, Greenville.


DECELLO
    
Mrs. Anthony (Jennie), 89, of 460 Arbor Circle, Liberty Township, formerly of Farrell.
    Obituary was published 5-6-01
    Calling hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today (5-7-01) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may also e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net. Prayer service at 5:45 p.m. today in the funeral home.
    Service: Funeral mass at 10 a.m. Tuesday (5-8-01) in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, with Monsignor Salvatore P. Mitchell, retired, as celebrant.
    Burial: St. Anthony's Cemetery, Hermitage.


FIGGINS
    
Mrs. Rosie H., wife of Simon Coates, 53, of 943 Emerson Ave., Farrell.
    Obituary was published 05-05-01.
    Calling hours: 11 a.m. until time of service Wednesday (5-9-01) in Cedar Avenue Church of God, 1045 Cedar Ave., Sharon. Condolences may be sent by fax at (724) 347-1917 or by e-mail to: shannonfhltd@netscape.net
    Service: Funeral service at noon Wednesday with the Rev. Angel L. DeLaCruz, church pastor, officiating.
    Burial: Morefield Cemetery, Hermitage.


    Arrangements by WILBERT L. SHANNON FUNERAL HOME Ltd., 33 Broadway Ave., Wheatland.


HODIL
    
Mrs. John (Norma Jean), 67, of 5540 Nova Road, St. Cloud, Fla.
    Obituary was published 5-6-01
    Calling hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today (5-7-01) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to www.flynnfuneralhome.com.
    Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday (5-8-01) in the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. John A. Frey, pastor of the Sharon Baptist Church.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.


PLUMMER
    
Gary Michael, 35, of 439 Malleable St., Sharon.
    Obituary was published 5-6-01
    Calling hours: 11 a.m. until the time of service today (5-7-01) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Friends may send condolences by e-mail to www.flynnfuneralhome.com.
    Service: Funeral service at noon today in the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Haines, pastor of Grace Chapel Community Church, Sharon.
    Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Hermitage.



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