SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Surrounded by her family's love, Shirley Ann Crease peacefully went home on Friday, August 9, 2013.
Born August 5, 1927, in Cleveland, the daughter of Al and Stephanie (Begusch) Blumel, she graduated from Collinwood High School and attended Hiram College before marrying her high school sweetheart, Alfred Lawson Crease on June 12, 1948. They raised their family in Cleveland before moving on to Mentor. Shirley then spent about 2 years at The Liberty in Chardon where she made many dear friends. She spent her final weeks in loving care at Saybrook Landing.
Prior to her retirement in 1996, she worked 30 years as an office administrator for the family company, Blumel Ignition.
Shirley was committed to participation in her children's activities as a Sunday School Teacher, Brownie Scout Leader, and Cub Scout Den Mother. She was an avid reader and enjoyed hand crafts, stamp collecting, gardening, playing piano, and letter writing. She also found great joy in feeding and watching birds.
She is survived by her five children, Catherine J. (Dannie) Pedigo of Cortland, Barbara J. (Tom) DiPaolo of Churchville, Pa., Paul A. (Joyce) Crease of Saybrook Township, Janet E. Crease Bell of Mentor, and Theodore A. “Ted” (Debbie) Crease of Mantua; 14 grandchildren, Bruce, Chuck, Brian, Christina, Suzanne, Dominic, Vincent, Nicholas, Paul, Jennie, Ashley, Alex, Erica and Amanda; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brother, Kenneth (Patricia) Blumel of Willoughby Hills; and a sister-in-law, Edith (Crease) Kardos.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred on Feb. 15, 2012; and her parents.
A private family service will be held on Saturday, August 17th. Burial will be in Saybrook Township Cemetery.
No calling hours will be observed.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Saybrook Landing and Tridia Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.
The family request contributions be made to Ashtabula County Lights On The Lake, P.O. Box 1395, Ashtabula, Ohio 44005-1395 or to Tridia Hospice, 1933 State Route 45, Austinburg, Ohio 44010 as an alternative to flowers. DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, is in charge of arrangements.
Obituary at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.