Elsie Kelble, 97, of Berlin Heights, passed away on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012. She died peacefully in the home she and her husband, Ralph “Butch,” shared all their married life.
Elsie (Kishman), was born May 17, 1915, in Lorain, grew up in Vermilion, graduated from Vermilion High School in 1932 and then lived and worked in Cleveland until moving to Berlin Heights.
Her life was one of service to her family, friends, church and community. Elsie was an active member of Lakeview United Methodist Church in Berlin Heights, a founding member of the Berlin Heights Fire Debs, a PTA member and room mother at Berlin Local School for more than 20 years, Girl Scout leader, member of the Pythian Sisters, and was named Berlin Heights Citizen of the Year in 2004.
She is survived by her three children, Barbara (Ed) Butcher, of Solon, Ohio, Richard (Lisa) Kelble, of Huron, and Joan (Bud) Hughes, of Fort Worth, Texas; three grandchildren, Christine (Matt) McClester, Sondra (Derek) Johnson and Bryan (Angela) Hughes; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph “Butch”; her parents, Charles and Anna (Kropp) Kishman; a brother, Charles; sisters, Alma Bradley and Ruth Ruetnik; and a son-in-law, Ed Butcher.
Friends may call 5-7 p.m. Sunday Sept. 23, at Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home, 38 South St., Berlin Heights. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 6 South St., in Berlin Heights. Pastor Dick Kretchmar will officiate. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.
Condolences may be shared at mormanfuneralhome.com.
The family appreciates the kind support they have received and request that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of one’s choice.