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COLUMBIANA – Elsie VanPelt passed away peacefully on July 2, 2019, at Covington Skilled Nursing, where she had resided the past eight months.

Elsie was born Nov. 11, 1933, to Frank and Ida (Witmer) VanPelt and lived in the Columbiana area most of her life.

She attended the Germantown Country School for the first four years of school. She attended North Lima School until age 16. After school she helped many people in the area with numerous tasks. She served two years at a children’s home in West Liberty, Ohio, where she was a house mother to 18 boys. Elsie was encouraged to attend college, so after taking her GED, she attended Eastern Mennonite College, Harrisonburg, Va. She then served under the Eastern Mennonite Mission Board for eight years, teaching English in Somalia, Africa.

When she returned from Africa, she attended Kent State University and received her teaching certificate. She then taught 7th and 8th grade English at South Range Middle School for 25 years and was a much beloved teacher to many.

Elsie was known as a great seamstress and made and donated hundreds of quilts in her lifetime to relief organizations. Elsie always had a heart for the less fortunate and was especially fond of children.

Elsie is survived by four brothers and two sisters,  Arthur VanPelt of Columbiana, Willard (Charlene) VanPelt of Lancaster, Pa., Jacob (Marilyn) VanPelt of Lincoln City, Ore., Albert (Lana) VanPelt of Columbiana, Alice Helmuth, Sarasota, Fla., and Mary Good of Columbiana and a sister-in-law, MaryAnn (Perry) VanPelt, Goshen, Ind. 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Perry VanPelt; sisters-in-law Anna Ruth (Showalter) VanPelt, Viola (Snyder) VanPelt; brother-in law Elvon Helmuth; three nephews, Marc VanPelt, Darrel Good, Ron Helmuth; and a great-great-nephew Michael Byers. 

Elsie has 24 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Elsie was a member of Midway Mennonite Church, where earlier in her life she taught Sunday School, Bible School and served on the Sewing Circle of the church.

A private family burial was held July 4, 2019, at Midway Cemetery.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Midway Mennonite Church in Columbiana on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 21S 12th St., PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-9989.

The family has entrusted the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, with the arrangements for their loved one.

Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.

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In Memory Of A Dear Colleague

“To Elsie’s Family, You have my deep condolences on Elsie’s passing. I taught with Elsie at S R Middle School where I learned much about being a steadfast Christian teacher. She was kind, loving and full of energy. I learned too how to be strong when faith and politics collided. My favorite memory was seeking her out to pray for a particular student who was becoming a follower of Satan. One morning before school we walked over to his desk and prayed the blood of Jesus over that very seat and desk and his soul. She cherished all students in her care. She was a saint of God was one of His most fervent disciples. May God grant you fond memories and His peace to carry you through. ”

 » Joseph Kane on July 4, 2019

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