Timothy Masten, 70, of Vermilion, died Thursday, December 27, 2007 at his home. He was born May 22, 1937, in Lorain and had been a Vermilion resident since 2002.
He was a graduate of Wittenberg University and was also a music teacher at Elyria Public Schools, retiring in 1990. He taught at Southeastern High School in South Charleston, Ohio and Pitchin Elementary School in Springfield. He directed the Elyria High School Choirs and the Elyria High School Musicals during his career. He sang in the St. John’s Cathedral Choir, Cleveland and at St. Marys Church in Vermilion. He co-founded the Springfield Civic Opera Co. and was a member of the Lorain County Arts Council and a previous member of the Lorain Kiwanis. Timothy was an excellent musician and sang professionally and also a gourmet cook. Recently, he worked as a prep chef at Tom’s County Place in Avon. He enjoyed his job as First Mate on the Charter Boat ‘Miss Majestic’, Lorain.
Survivors include his daughter, Tammi Sanders, South Charleston; one granddaughter, Kara Nicole Sanders; his former wife, Tonja Graves; a brother, Dale Masten, Vermilion; a sister, Ann Henriksen, Holland, Michigan; and aunt, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Ralph and Catherine (nee Mahla) Masten.
Friends may call Sunday, December 30, 2007 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion. A Christian Wake Service will be held at 6:30 P.M. Prayers will be said Monday at 10:45 A.M. at the gathering space at St. Mary Catholic Church, 731 Exchange Street, Vermilion, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 A.M. The Reverend Jim Holmer, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain.
Contributions may be made to the Tim Masten Memorial Fund, c/0 Lorain National Bank, 4455 Liberty Ave., Vermilion, OH 44089 or Give Kids the World Village, 210 South Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746. Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com.