Clara Ossoff, 1926-2021

COLUMBIANA — Clara Ossoff, 94, passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 19, 2021, at her daughter’s home in Morrow, surrounded by her family.

Clara was born Feb. 2, 1926, in Franklin, Pa., the daughter of Thomas and Mary Nalepa. She married Theodore J. Ossoff Sr. on June 7, 1952, and together they raised four children.

After graduating high school in Franklin, she entered the Army Nurse Corps during World War II, attending Sewickley School of Nursing, Sewickley, Pa., where she graduated as a registered nurse. Clara worked in public health, was a school nurse and worked for local doctors. She was a parishioner at St. Jude Catholic Church in Columbiana, where she was a member of the women’s guild and church choir. She enjoyed sewing, golfing, painting and singing. She especially took joy in spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, Ted Jr. (Maryann) of Columbiana; daughters, Michele (Forrest) Barber of Baldwyn, Miss., and Pamela (Bob) Rothermund of Morrow; and three grandchildren, Robert, Kevin and Kay Rothermund.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Theodore; her son, Michael; and siblings, Stanley, George, Tobin and Ted Nalepa, Stella Wotjewicz and Mary Snyder.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, 180 Seventh St., Columbiana, officiated by the Rev. David Misbrener. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Due to our current health crisis, COVID-19, we are asking everyone in attendance to please wear a mask or face covering and to maintain all social-distancing guidelines mandated by our governor (6-foot rule and not to linger). Thank you.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made in Clara’s memory to Hospice of Cincinnati, PO Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597 or Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St, Boardman, OH 44512.

The family has entrusted Seederly-Mong and 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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