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Obituary for Edward Clement Schleappi
Edward Clement Schleappi, age 78, of Caldwell, Ohio, died Monday, February 23, 2015, at his home. He was born August 30, 1936, in Canton, son of the late Charles and Twila Schleappi. He was a graduate of Malone College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, later earning a master’s degree from the University of Akron. Mr. Schleappi was a United States Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. He taught school in Canton, Mineral City, and Tusky Valley. From 1980-1994, he was employed by Cambridge City Schools as Director of Special Education, where he worked closely with the superintendent, and he served in the same capacity for the East Guernsey School District from 1995-2000. He also taught at Washington State Community College. Mr. Schleappi was a lay pastor who served the Irish Ridge and Lewisville churches, and he filled in at many churches as needed. He achieved many awards, including being named Teacher of the Year, earning an Exemplary Service Award from East Guernsey Local Schools, named Most Valuable Person at Tusky Valley’s Class of 1969’s 40th high school reunion, and recognition for helping establish the Early Childhood Partnership in 1994.
Ed was a wonderful, loving and caring husband, and a good father and grandfather. He loved the outdoors and gardening, and he owned and operated the Coffey Knob Orchard, where he made the best cider in a two hundred mile radius. He enjoyed golfing, playing euchre with friends Rose and Art, and pampering his wife, Maryellen. He enjoyed reading about the Civil War and touring its battlefields. He enjoyed travelling and spending time with his wife, Maryellen.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one son, Scott Schleappi; two brothers, Fred Schleappi and Charles Schleappi, Jr.; and two sisters, Twila Cooper and Maudleen Host.
Surviving are his wife, Maryellen Wise Schleappi, the love of his life and soul mate, whom he married August 18, 1990; one daughter-in-law, Rose Schleappi of Florida; two step-sons, Michael Sulek of St. Clairsville and Jeffrey (Beverly) Sulek of Raleigh, North Carolina; two grandsons, Samuel Schleappi of Wooster and Jacob Schleappi of Cleveland; one-step-grandson, Charles (Emma) Sulek of Columbus; two sisters, Fran Houtz of Canton and Janet (Bill) Bedsworth of Redding, California; two brothers, Dale (Dianne) Schleappi of Massachusetts and Don Schleappi of Canton; very dear friends, Dr. Tarlok and Amar Purewal of Marion; numerous nieces and nephews; and his puppies, Hobo and JoJo.
Friends may call Wednesday, February 25, 2015, from 1-3 and 5-8PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, where the funeral service will be observed Thursday, February 26th at 11AM with Rev. Christine Moore officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association online at www.alz.org, or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. An online guestbook may be signed at www.mcvay-perkins.com
Ed was home when he passed away, with loved ones by his side. God has taken him home where he will no longer be in pain, and surrounded by God’s glory. Ed will be missed dearly, but I know we will be together again. When God calls me home, Ed will be waiting for me. I love you, Ed. Maryellen.