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AUSTINTOWN A memorial service celebrating the life of Marcella Faye Cunningham Bartels, 89, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church.
Marcella passed away Thursday morning. She was born May 23, 1922, in Middleport, the daughter of Harley D. and Ida Jane Taylor Cunningham.
Marcella graduated from Middleport High School on her 18th birthday and married the late Robert F. (Fred) Bartels the next day. In 1940, they moved to the Youngstown area.
Marcella was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, its Adelphian Bible Class and served in the Cradle Roll Department. She always loved interacting with young children and was able to do that while working in the Austintown School cafeterias, where she retired in 1980, after 26 years of service.
For many years, Marcella enjoyed designing and making clothes for her daughter and playing cards. Later in life, she loved shopping, crossword puzzles and reading. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Judy Cebriak and husband Tony, who she considered a son; two grandsons, Todd (Ann) and Rob (Christina) Cebriak of Columbus; and two great-grandchildren, Alex and Madeline.
Marcella was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a brother, Ancil Eugene Cunningham; stepmother Estella King Sanford Cunningham; and a stepsister, Jewell Mowry.
Marcellas family would like to thank the staff of Park Vista Assisted Living and the staff on the fourth floor PIC Unit at St. Elizabeth Health Center for their concern and tender care.
In lieu of flowers, material tributes to Marcella may take the form of donations to the Organ Fund of Calvary Baptist Church at 1463 Shields Road, Boardman, OH 44512, or a charity of their choice.
In following Marcellas wishes friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church prior to the memorial service.
The Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel assisted the family with Marcellas arrangements.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.