Hon. Mitchell F. Shaker
(January 3, 1922 - August 24, 2012)
Retired Judge Mitchell F. Shaker,
96, passed away Friday, August 24, 2012, in the
comfort of his home.
Mitchell was born January 3, 2012,
in Niles, the sone of Isaac and Sophia Hikel Shaker.
He attended St. Stephen School in
Niles and graduated from Niles McKinley High School
in 1939. He earned Magna Cum Laude distinction
at John Carroll University in 1943, after which he
served two years as U.S. Navy Captain LCT during
World War II in the South Pacific Theater.
He attained a Juris Doctor degree
in 1948 from Case Western Reserve University School
of Law, where he was inducted into the honorary
scholastic society, Order of the Coif.
Mitchell spent much of his career
in public service. He served 22 years as Niles
City Law Director and 23 years as Executive
Secretary-Treasurer of the Trumbull County
Democratic Central and Executive Committees.
He held a private law practice in Niles from 1948
until 1983, at which time he was appointed to the
Common Pleas Bench in Trumbull County, serving until
Post-retirement, he was assigned by the Ohio Supreme
Court to preside as Acting Retired Judge in several
other counties until 2002. He then joined his
sons, Christopher and Robert, at Shaker & Shaker,
LLP in Niles as "Of Counsel" until 2009.
Notable projects for which he advocated over the
course of his career include renovating the Trumbull
County Courthouse and annexing to the City of Niles
commercial property along State Route 422 that
encompasses the Eastwood Mall, Great East Plaza and
Niles Park Plaza. He also developed
residential property in Niles with his brother,
Mitchell was a lifelong member of St. Stephen
Church, where he also served as an usher.
He is survived by his eight
children, Mary Alice, Peggy (Holmes), Mitchell,
Kathryn (James) Earnhart, Thomas, Patricia,
Christopher (Bonnie) and Robert (Angee), eleven
grandchilren and five great-grandchilden.
His wife, Mary Christopher Shaker,
with whom he cherished more than 50 years of
marriage, died April 17, 1998.
Mitchell is preceded in death by
his parents, two brothers, Simon and Joseph Shaker,
and a sister, Josephine Stets.
Tributes may be made to the
Tuition Angel Fund at St. Stephen School, 45 South
Chestnut Avenue, Niles, Ohio, 44446.
John E. King, Esq.
(February 11, 1924 - November 6, 2012)
Attorney John E. King, 88, died Tuesday
evening, November 6, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic.
He was born February 11, 1924, in Warren,
the son of the late Earl G. and Helen Brinkerhoff King.
He graduated from Warren City Schools,
playing trumpet in the Warren G. Harding School Marching Band.
He served in the Army as a corporal during
World War II, serving in the European Theatre, where he was
wounded in Germany and was awarded the Purple Heart.
After the war, John attended and graduated
from Kent State University, where he was a member of the Delta
Tau Delta fraternity. In college, he met his future wife,
Nadine Mae Phillips from Alliance, whom he married June 25,
He received his law degree in 1956 from the
William McKinley School of Law in Canton.
John then joined his father and great-uncle
in the law firm of Phelps and King, Attorneys at Law in Warren,
as a third-generation lawyer. He was a 56-year life member
of the Trumbull County Bar Association, a life member of the
Ohio Bar Association and served as an active Judge in the Warren
Municipal Court for many years.
John had a special interest in Trumbull
County and Civil War history, restoring his grandfather's 1800s
doctor's office in Bristolville and arranging for a monument to
be placed on the grave if renowned Civil War photographer Mathew
Brady in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
He was well-known for his research and
presentations on the only hanging in Trumbull County, that of
Ira Gardner in 1834, executed for killing his 16-year-old
stepdaughter, Maria Buell. John ensured that a monument
was placed on her grave in Gustavas.
He was an active member of First
Presbyterian Church of Warren, where he served for many years as
a trustee and elder.
He served as the secretary-treasurer for
the Oakwood Cemetery Association, the third generation of his
family to do so since 1847. John had been treasurer of the
Trumbull County Historical Society and was on the board of the
Salvation Army. He and his wife were members of the Drum
and Fiddle dance club for many years. They were known to
do a fine jitterbug.
He was also a golf enthusiast, golfing on
the church league at Cloverleaf. He greatly enjoyed music,
was a stellar joke teller and a patriot.
John is survived by three daughters, Leslie
G. King of Warren, Barbara (James) McCabe of Troy, Michigan, and
Marilyn (William) Corsetti of Alexandria, Virginia, and one
beloved granddaughter, Mary Catherine Corsetti.
His wife preceded him in death December 29,
1993. Two sisters, Jean Lehman and Patricia Henry, also
preceded him in death.
The funeral service took place Saturday,
November 10, 2012, with a burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in John's memory may
be made to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue,
Cleveland, Ohio 44195, or to the Smith Lemli Optiz (SLO)Rsh
Foundation, P.O. Box 10598, Fargo, North Dakota 58106, or
through the Network for Good online.
Bruce Birrell, Esq.
(April 17, 1927 - November 27, 2012)
Bruce Birrell, 85, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012.
He was born April 17, 1927, in Warren, the
son of the late honorable George Henry and Mary Ann Rook Birrell.
Mr. Birrell graduated from Warren G.
Harding High School in January 1945. He attended Yale
University from 1946 to 1950. He attended Case Western
Reserve University and graduated law school in June 1953.
He was admitted to the Bar in August 1953. Mr. Birrell
started his own law practice in 1956 and practiced law up until
his death. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and was
stationed in San Francisco.
Mr. Birrell married Joan Laiblin on
November 24, 2956. She preceded him in death in August of
Mr. Birrell was elected city solicitor of
Warren in January 1958 and served three two-year terms. He
was named Jaycees Young Man of the Year in 1958. He was
very active in the First Presbyterian Church, where he was clerk
of the session, and on the Board of Deacons and Trustees.
Mr. Birrell was a member of the American Legion and served as
chairman of the Boys State Committee. Bruce also served on
the Board of the American Cancer Society, was a member of the
Young Republicans and served two terms on the Board of the VNA.
He was treasurer of the Upton Association, Treasurer of the
Trumbull County Historical Society and was a member of the
Kinsman Historical Society and the Knights Templars. He
was also a member of the Trumbull Country Club and The Buckeye
Club, and the Trumbull County Bar Association.
He is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Kirt)
Hyde of Chardon and Lisa (Tom) Turner of Chagrin Falls; twop
grandchildren, Cameron Bruce Turner and Virginia Birrell Turner;
three stepgrandchildren, Gavin, Brynne and Mitchell Turner; and
many four-legged canine critters, whom he adored.
Bruce was preceded in death by two
brothers, George and William, and his second wife, Gretchen
Contributions in Bruce's memory may be made
to the American Legion Post 278, Boys State Program, 2237 North
Park Avenue, Warren, Ohio, 44483; or to the memorial fund of
First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Avenue, NW, Warren,
Anthony L. Antonucci, Esq.
(May 3,1950 - January 26, 2013)
Anthony Louis Antonucci, 62, died Saturday, January 26, 2013, at
the Hospice House after suffering an accident October 26, 2012
He was born May 3, 1950, in Youngstown, the
son of Joseph and Priscilla Acerra Antonucci.
Anthony was a public defender for Girard
Municipal Court and a member of the Victory Christian Center.
He leaves his wife, Heather Pratt; a son,
Joel, a daughter, Jillian Coccoli; an expected granddaughter;
and a brother Joe.
He was preceded in death by his parents and
a stepmother, Rose Antonucci. Calling hours will be from 3
to 6 p.m. Saturday, February 2 at McClurkin Funeral Home in
Girard. There is a memorial service of his life at 4:00
p.m. Sunday, February 3 at the Victory Christian Center in
Youngstown, where visitation is also one hour prior to the
Daniel P. Osman, Esq.
(December 20, 1972 - February 4, 2013)
Funeral services will be held Saturdaym
February 9, at 1:00 p.m. at the Wasko Funeral Home, with Father
Michael Swierz officiating, for Attorney Daniel P. Osman, 40,
who passed away Monday.
Daniel was born December 20, 1972, in
Youngstown, the son of the late Dr. Richard L. and Rosemarie
He was a 1991 graduate of Campbell Memorial
High School. Daniel graduated from Westminster College
with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration.
He went on to graduate with Cum Laude honors from the University
of Toledo Law School in 2001.
Dan was a member of the Columbiana County
Bar Association, the Trumbull County Bar Association, the Ohio
Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Association for Justice,
the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Dan leaves to cherish his memories, his
mother, Rosemarie; his brothers, Richard, Russell, David,
Douglas and Dennis; sisters-in-law, Christine and Jennifer; and
nieces and nephews, Alec, Alyssa, Nathan and Vanessa. He
was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Richard Lee Osman.
The Osman family has entrusted their loved
one to the care of Wasko Funeral Home and will receive friends
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Hon. John M. Stuard
(March 26, 1939 - February 7, 2013)
The Honorable John M. Stuard, Sr., 73, passed away at 10:24
a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the Trumbull Memorial
Hospital in Warren following a sudden illness.
Mr. Stuard was born March 26, 1939, in
Sharon, Pa., to his parents Carl M. Stuard and Violet R.
He graduated from Sharon High School in
1957 and continued his education receiving his bachelor's degree
from Thiel College. On August 4, 1962, he married his
wife, Linda Breakall Stuard, recently sharing their 50th wedding
anniversary. Mr. Stuard went on to earn his law degree
from the University of Kentucky's Law School in 1965.
Mr. Stuard's work in the legal field started with serving as a
solicitor for Newton Falls and the Village of Orangeville.
Mr. Stuard also served as a criminal defense attorney as well as
a prosecutor for the City of Warren. In 1983, he was
appointed the first judge at the Central District Court in
Cortland and later to the Common Pleas bench of Trumbull County.
He was a life member of the Brookfield Conservation Club; a
member of the Hartford Optimist Club; am member of the Niles
Welsh Club; a member of the Trumbull County Bar Association; a
member of NSSA in Winchester, Virginia; a member of the 15th
Ohio Light Artillery Unit; Warren Council 58; Jerusalem Masonic
Lodge 15; Mahoning Chapter 10 and Warren Commandery 39.
Mr. Stuard was also a jack-of-all-trades
kind of man who loved spending time in his workshop fixing
things and rebuilding antique rifles and cannons.
He will be fondly remembered by his family
and friends as a man of patience and generosity, always willing
to share his time. Despite his stature as a judge, Mr.
Stuard was a simple man remembered as much for the flannel
shirts he wore in his workshop as the suit he left the house in
the morning wearing. He was a rare man and will be sorely
missed by all who knew him.
Mr. Stuard is survived by his wife at home;
a daughter, Elizabeth (Mark) Nicopolis of New Hill, N.C.; a son,
John M. Stuard, Jr. of Brookfield; three grandchildren, Margaret
Nicopolis of New Hill, N.C., Mason and Mary Stuard, who were
raised in the loving care of their grandparents in the family
home of Burghill; a brother, Charles (Betty) Stuard of
Burghill; two sisters, Linda Hodgson of Burghill and Ruth Ann
Newfield of Tennessee; a niece, Rebecca (Joseph) Clark; and
nephews, Todd A. (Lisa) Hodgson, Ben Hodgson, Dylan Stuard and
He was preceded in death by his parents and
a half-brother, Edward Stuard.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at
the Sample-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 555 East State Street,
Sharon, Pa. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m.
Monday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will take place
in Oakwood Cemetary.
Donations may be made to Make-A-Wish
Foundation, 6060 Rockside Woods Blvd., Suite 315, Independence,
W. Leo Keating, Esq. (January 4, 1922 - March 8,
W. Leo Keating, 91, died
Friday, March 8, 2013 at Hospice House of Poland, after a short
Leo was born on January 4, 1992, in
Saginaw, Michigan, the some of the late George and Marguerite
Leo was an attorney with Keating & Keating,
Attorneys at Law in Warren. He was a member of Blessed
Sacrament Church, Ohio State Bar Association, Trumbull County
Bar Association, Lawyer -Pilots Bar Association, National Health
Lawyers Association and the American Academy of Hospital
He served on the Board of Directors of the
Sacred Heart Retreat House and Steamship Historical Society, and
was an avid pilot, world traveler and loved to spend time at his
chalet in Quebec, Canada.
He was a graduate of the University of
Notre Dame in 1943 and received his Juris Doctorate degree from
Marquette University Law School in 1950. He served as
Warren City Law Director from 1954 to 1957.
Leo was a veteran in the Asiatic-Pacific
theater during World War II with the U.S. Army, with the 25th
Infantry Division. He participated in the landings of
Guadacanal and Vella Lavella in the Solomon Islands, and Luzon,
Phillipines, and earned three Bronze Battle Stars.
Memories of Leo will be carried on by his
daughter, Kathryn (Paul) Ayres of Twinsburg; son, James
(Bernadette) Bernadette Keating of Warren; son, Michael (Mary
Jane) Keating of Lenore City, Tennessee; daughter, Maureen
(Timothy) Barrett of Lyndhurst; son, Patrick (Diana) Keating of
Hudson; son and law partner, Attorney Daniel (Taryn) Keating of
Niles, 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wives;
Louise Heltzel and Agnes I. Laricque; and three brothers,
George, Lewis and Laurence Keating.
Family will receive friends from 4 to 7
p.m. Monday, March 11, 2013, at McFarland & Sons Funeral Home,
Warren. Services will be held Tuesday at Blessed Sacrament
Church with the Rev. Thomas Eisweirth officiating.
Services of final committal and full
military honors will follow at All Souls Cemetary in Cortland.
His family suggests donations can be in the
form of contributions to The Hospice House, Humility of Mary
Health Partners, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, Ohio, 44514.
Arrangements are entrusted to McFarland &
Son Funeral and Cremation Services Co., 271 North Park Avenue,
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