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Edward Tabaka

September 12, 1960 — April 12, 2022

NEW MIDDLETOWN — Edward R. Tabaka, 61, passed away after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. He passed away in the home he built, with his family by his side.

Ed was born Sept. 12, 1960, in Youngstown, to the late Stephen J. and Frances Grusykowski Tabaka Sr. He was a longtime resident of New Middletown. He graduated from Springfield Local High School in 1979 and, shortly after, built his home from the bottom up, alongside his father and brothers.

Ed was a hardworking, handyman and took pride in his work. He started a roofing business with his cousin at age 17 and worked at Sheely’s Furniture & Appliance for 42 years. He was a longtime member of St. Paul the Apostle Church and belonged to the Optimist Club of New Middletown.

Ed was a very giving and selfless man. He always thought of others right up to the end of his life, making sure his family and friends had what they needed. His family was his pride and joy. He enjoyed traveling, especially to tropical beach vacations throughout the years with his family.

Ed is survived by his wife, the former Francine Anzelmo of 29 years (together for 36 years total), whom he married Nov. 13, 1993; his two daughters, Jaclyn (Stephen) Balluck and Jillian Tabaka; as well as his 6-week-old grandson, Klayton Edward Balluck, all of New Middletown. He also leaves his siblings, Robert (Libby) Tabaka, Patty (Bill) Dye, Stephen Tabaka Jr., Kathy (Tom) Voytko, Rich (Stephanie) Tabaka, Michael Anzelmo, Paul Anzelmo, Ann-Marie (Bill) Chase and Joelle (Bill) Hatala; four nieces, seven nephews, seven great-nieces; and five great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen Tabaka Sr.; and mother, Frances Tabaka; mother-in-law, Kathleen Anzelmo; and brother-in-law, Anthony Anzelmo.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2022, at the Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Poland Chapel, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at St. Paul the Apostle Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with the Rev. Stephen Zeigler officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ed’s name to the Optimist Club of New Middletown, P.O. Box 153, New Middletown, OH 44442.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Monday, April 18, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Higgins - Reardon Funeral Homes

2726 Center Rd, Youngstown, OH 44514

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

10:00 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)

St. Paul the Apostle Church (Poland Chapel)


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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Paul the Apostle Church

10143 Main St, New Middletown, OH 44442

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