Local news Friday, Nov. 16, 2001
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William R. Ruffo Sr.
Midget grid league organizer formerly worked at GATX
A funeral Mass will be held Saturday for William R. Ruffo Sr. of 1326 Wakefield Drive in Hermitage. He passed away peacefully at 12:10 a.m. Thursday (11-15-01) in his residence following an extended illness. He was 71.
Mr. Ruffo was born on March 4, 1930, in Sharon, a son of Anthony and Mary Barretta Ruffo.
He was a 1948 alumnus of Sharon High School, where he was a four-year standout letterman in football. In his senior year, he was captain of the varsity team.
He was employed by General American Transportation Corp.'s former Masury plant for more than 20 years. He had also worked for the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. as a coil winder for 10 years.
Mr. Ruffo was instrumental in forming the Shenango Valley Midget Football League in the early 1960s. He was a football and basketball referee for both the Pennsylvania Interscholastic and the Ohio High School Athletic associations.
He served with the United States Navy from 1948-50, and later served as a United States reservist.
At one time, Mr. Ruffo enjoyed both hunting and golfing, but most recently loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending their activities.
He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7599 in Reynolds.
His wife, the former Patricia M. Green, whom he married Oct. 21, 1950, survives at home.
Also surviving are: five sons, William R. Ruffo Jr., Sharpsville; David P. Ruffo and his wife Jan, Culpepper, Va.; Terry E. Ruffo and his wife Amy, Grove City; Timothy J. Ruffo, Hermitage; and Christopher M. Ruffo and his wife Wendy, Sharpsville; two sisters, Mrs. Lloyd (Eleanor) Ross, Sharon; and Mrs. Frank (Delores) Kompas, Sharpsville; 10 grandchildren, Lana and Chelsea Ruffo; David, Danielle and Jimmy Ruffo; Anthony and Kami Ruffo; and Tim, Sam and Jake Ruffo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Regional Health System's Hospice Home Care, 490 N. Kerrwood Drive, Suite 204, Hermitage 16148.
Sharon Steel retiree served in Italian Army in WWII
Rosario Costa, 701 Crowder Ave., Sharon, died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, in his residence of natural causes. He was 81.
Mr. Costa was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Sicily, Italy, to Carmel and Paulina Toma Costa.
He immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island and settled in Farrell in 1951.
A World War II veteran, Mr. Costa served in the Italian Army.
He retired after 30 years of working in various positions at the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant.
Mr. Costa was a Catholic and a member of the Italian Home Club in Farrell.
He loved to garden and enjoyed going out to dinner with his caregiver, Helen Shafer, who survives in Farrell.
His wife, the former Lena Vasconi, preceded him in death.
Besides his wife, Mr. Costa was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Josephine; and a brother, Pavolino "Paul" Costa.
John Sember, 797 Hartford Road, South Pymatuning Township, died at 6:47 p.m. Thursday (11-15-01) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. He was 73.
Obituary information was incomplete.
Marcella E. 'Connie' Grimm
'54 Brookfield grad, Packard retiree had brother in Farrell
WARREN, Ohio -- Marcella E. "Connie" Grimm, 3192 N. Park Ave. Ext., Warren, died of cancer at 7:11 p.m. Tuesday (11-13-01) in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 66.
Mrs. Grimm was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Sharon to Phillip Conti Sr. and Ralphella Manzi Conti.
The 1954 graduate of Brookfield High School had attended Youngs-town Business College. She came to Warren in 1963.
Mrs. Grimm retired in 1997 from Delphi Packard Electric Systems, Warren, after 41 years as an inspector.
She belonged to St. William's Church, Champion, Ohio; and had been involved in numerous charitable fund-raisers.
Mrs. Grimm enjoyed cooking, traveling, country western music and shopping.
Surviving are: her husband, Richard C. Grimm, whom she married June 8, 1963; two sons, Richard C. Grimm II and Timothy J. Grimm, both Cortland; three brothers, Donald Conti, Farrell; and Ralph Conti and Phillip Conti Jr., both Canfield; a sister, Anne Curtin, Hubbard; and two grandchildren.
Her parents; two brothers, Thomas and David Conti; and a sister, Marcellina Conti, preceded her in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. William's Church, 5411 Mahoning N.W., Warren 44483.
Farrell woman was active in Bethlehem Baptist Church
A funeral service will be held Monday for Catherine Mazyck, 1010 Beechwood Ave., Farrell. She died at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday (11-14-01) in UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh.
Mrs. Mazyck was born Nov. 17, 1931, in Yatesville, Ga., to Grant Edge and Elnore Calhoun Edge.
As a 25-year member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Sharon, she belonged to the church Spiritual Counsel, the Mothers Board and the Deaconess Board. Mrs. Mazyck was also a former member of the church Usher Board and Youth Department.
Her husband, Edward N. Mazyck, whom she married July 19, 1954, died Oct. 18, 1992.
Surviving are: two daughters, Rachine Mazyck and Peggy L. Mazyck, both Sharon; three sons, Billy Mazyck and Kenneth N. Mazyck, both Farrell; and Timothy L. Mazyck, Howland, Ohio; three sisters, Lorene Shaffer, Dayton, Ohio; Josephine Funny and Betty Brown, both Summerville, S.C.; two brothers, Curtis Edge, Summerville; and Larry Edge, Waterboro, S.C.; and six grandchildren.
She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Mazyck was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Cynthia Mazyck; and a brother, Douglas Edge.
Phyllis A. Herbick
WE retiree aided Red Cross, served in First Presbyterian
Funeral service will be Monday for Phyllis A. Herbick, 1966 Rettig Drive, Hermitage. She died at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 74.
Mrs. Herbick was born July 6, 1927, in Sharon to Clarence W. and Hazel Mangold Wick.
The 1945 graduate of Sharon High School retired in 1982 after 37 years of service to Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. as a service analyst.
Mrs. Herbick served as an elder and deaconess at First Presbyterian Church, Sharon, where she was an active member for 62 years. She also was a Sunday school teacher for many years and a dedicated bazaar worker.
She and her second husband, Andrew Herbick, whom she married in 1984, were active with the American Red Cross and its blood drives throughout the Shenango Valley.
Surviving besides her husband Andrew are: three stepdaughters, Mrs. Robert (Elise) Flowers, Bethel Park; Mrs. Dennis (Teresita) Urig, Sheffield, Ohio; and Diana Przybylowitz, Lorain, Ohio; seven stepsons, Mark Herbick, Sharon; Dr. William Herbick, Johnstown, Pa.; Terrence Herbick, Bridgeville, Pa.; David Herbick, Chevy Chase, Md.; Aaron Herbick, Cranberry Township, Butler County; and Ralph V. and Charles M. Diaz, Lorain; and 19 grandchildren.
Her first husband, Raphael Diaz, whom she married in 1979, died in 1981. She also was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. State St., Sharon 16146.
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