She graduated Valedictorian of her high school class and after earning her teaching degree from Missouri State College, taught for two years in a small one room schoolhouse. She married Don in 1942 and together they raised four children while he served for almost 30 years in the U.S. Air Force.
They retired in 1965 to Venice, Florida and enjoyed golfing, sailing, camping, ballroom dancing, walking on the beach and traveling around the country in their RV. They were also active Ham radio operators.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Don; parents, Roy and Rosa brother Marvin; sons, Gary and Mike; and grandchildren, Tom and Becky.
She is survived by her daughters, Jan (Bob) Leither of North Ridgeville and Pati (Rich) Ventresca of Venice, Florida; 13 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be private.
Donations in her name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.
Online tributes and condolences may be viewed and expressed at catavolosberryfuneralhome.com
Arrangements entrusted to Catavolos-Berry Funeral Home, Westlake, (440) 331-0999.