Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1954
IDENTIFY DEAD WOMAN AS MRS. YESSO
Reveal Mistaken Identity of Auto Victim; Mrs. Woodworth Critical
A startling discovery of a
once-in-a-million mix-up of accident victims revealed late Tuesday night
that Mrs. Mabelle Mae Yesso, 34 of 371 Harbor St, was the Conneaut woman
who died of a fractured nick following a one-car crash south of
Westfield NY at 9:55 p.m. Sunday. The victim was originally identified
as Mrs. Lyle Woodworth, 33, of 139 Marshall St. Mrs. Woodworth, now at
Westfield Memorial Hospital, today is reported in very critical
condition and still unconscious. Late X-rays have shown she suffered
several fractured vertebrae in addition to a fractured skull in the
The strange case of mistaken identity was corrected largely through the
insistence of Mrs. Woodworth’s mother, Mrs. Joseph Holecko of
Youngstown, that the person for whom calling hours were being held at
the Cunningham Funeral Home Tuesday was not her daughter. The first
indication of the mistake came Monday, soon after the funeral home had
brought the body back to Conneaut. Mr. Woodworth, although believing it
was his wife’s corpse, said the rings did not look like hers.
Doubted Daughter Victim
Mrs. Holecko doubted the victim was her daughter from the time she
arrived here from Youngstown. Finally, Tuesday night she asked that the
body’s ears be checked. Her daughter, she said, had pierced ears. The
body did not. She asked for a check of an earlier accident scar on the
knee. There was none. A check of teeth (Mrs. Yesso had bridges and Mrs.
Woodworth didn’t) was the final request by Mrs. Holecko and proved her
correct. Earlier, a local hairdresser called to the funeral home to
groom the body, steadfastly denied that the person was Mrs. Woodworth.
Another friend who accompanied the hairdresser, however was not certain
Westfield Memorial Hospital Superintendent, Mrs. Grace R. Shields, today
said the hospital was "absolutely blameless" in the mix-up. She said
clothing and purses were deposited "in a bunch" at the hospital and that
neither Mr. Woodworth nor Mrs. Yesso’s former husband, Julius,
questioned the identification. Mr. Woodworth accompanied Mrs. Yesso’s
body back to Conneaut and Mr. Yesso and Mrs. Yesso’s sister, Mrs. Felix
Bartone of 116 Orange St, remained at the hospital until last night with
Mrs. Woodworth, thinking it was Mrs. Yesso, Mrs. Shields said. "With
injuries such as a fractured neck and fractured skull, the faces swell
up" almost beyond recognition, Mrs. Shields said. Funeral Director Leo
Cunningham today said the two women were very similar in weight, height
and color of hair.
Called by Mr. Cunningham, a doctor at Westfield made correct
identification about 11 p.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Yesso and Mrs. Woodworth and
their three children were on a Sunday ride when the accident happened.
The car went off Rt. 17, at a curve between Mayville and Westfield NY,
hit loose gravel, went out of control and rolled over several times
before coming to rest on its roof. All five were thrown out of the
The two Woodworth children, Arlene, 10 and Raymond, 6, and the Yesso
boy, Richard, 10, all escaped serious injury and are now at home.
Mrs. Yesso was born March 14, 1920, in West Springfield PA, and had been
a resident of the area her entire life. She was employed at State
Garage, 322 State St. She is survived by her son; parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Wheeler of 486 Furnace Rd; sister, Mrs. Bartone; and brother,
Edwin Van Gorder of Cherry Hill PA. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.
Thursday at the Thompson Funeral Home with Rev. Arthur Kirk of East
Conneaut Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Center
Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home at any time. Funeral
arrangements for Mrs. Woodworth, originally scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
Friday at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Youngstown, have
Note: Original article is below, also dated Wednesday, Nov 10, 1954 –
pictures of Mrs. Yesso and Mrs. Woodworth are with both articles.
Set Rites for Auto Victim; Mrs. Yesso Still Critical
Funeral services have been scheduled for Mrs. Madeline Woodworth, 33,
wife of Lyle Woodworth, 139 Marshall St. Mrs. Woodworth died of a
fractured neck early Monday following a one-car crash on Rt. 17, south
of Westfield NY, Sunday night.
Driver of the car, Mrs. Mabelle Mae Yesso, 34, of 371 Harbor St, is
still on the critical list at Westfield Memorial Hospital today. She
suffered a fractured skull in the crash. The two Woodworth children,
Arlene, 10, and Raymond, 6, also passengers in the car, returned home
Monday, but Richard Yesso, 10, remained at the hospital with a minor
knee injury. The women and children were on a Sunday drive when the car
went off the road at a curve, hit loose gravel and overturned several
times. The car, which Mrs. Yesso recently purchased at her place of
work, State Garage, 322 State St, was a total loss.
Mrs. Woodworth’s body will be taken to the Joseph Vaschak Funeral Home,
40 Lincoln Ave, Youngstown, Wednesday morning. Funeral services will be
at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church,
Youngstown. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the
Leo Cunningham Funeral Home here tonight.
Mrs. Woodworth was born July 22, 1921, in Youngstown, the daughter of
Joseph and Catherine Holecko. She and her husband, who is an Astatic
employee, came here approximately 10 years ago. She was a member of St.
Mary’s Church and Conneaut Women of the Moose. Survivors, in addition to
her husband, children and parents, include a sister, Mrs. Margaret
Calabrat, two brothers, Joseph and David, and maternal grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. Stephen Ruby, all of Youngstown.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 1956
Rites Monday For
Funeral services for Michael F. Stanziano, 44, will be
held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Cunningham Funeral Home. Officiating
will be Rev. Orlando Rich, pastor of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church.
Burial will be in the family lot at St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Mr. Stanziano died Friday in Brown Memorial Hsopital.
Friends may call at the funeral home this evening as well as Sunday
afternoon and evening.