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January 19, 2007

Obituaries for 1/19/2007



ROZELLA U. HARPST



JEFFERSON - - Rozella U. Harpst, age 79, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, January 16, 2007, in the Hospice Unit of the Ashtabula County Medical Center.

Born November 23, 1927, in Albion, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Nicholas and Neva (Terrill) Ulan. She has been an Ashtabula County resident since 1972.

Rozella graduated from Albion High School, continuing her education at Mercyhurst College, where she received her bachelor's in education. On October 3, 1947, she married Clifford Lawrence Harpst in Westfield, New York.

She taught home economics at West Springfield and Northwestern High Schools in Pennsylvania, prior to teaching at Harbor High School in Ashtabula. She retired in 1993 after 38 years of teaching. She also served as advisor for the American Red Cross and Future Homemakers of America.

Rozella was an active member of Saybrook United Methodist Church, where she was chairperson of the annual Poinsettia Punch for many years. She was also a member of the Saybrook Grange, the Ashtabula TOPS Club, and volunteered for the Contact Helpline. She served as a judge for canned goods and baked goods at the Albion Fair, and served as a judge at a variety of other county fairs.

Survivors include her husband; four children, Lynda H. (Bradlee) Terry of Santa Rosa, California, Coletta S. Bernauer of Jefferson, Ohio, and Jon C. (Dolly) Harpst and William L. (Debbie) Harpst, both of Ashtabula, Ohio; three grandchildren, Kira L. Lugo, Nathan M. Veshecco, and Jeremy E. Bernauer; and three great-grandchildren, Alex, Zach, and Max Lugo.

A Memorial Service will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2007, at the ASHTABULA HOME OF FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, INC., 526 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula, Ohio, with the Reverend Donna VanTrees, of Saybrook United Methodist Church, officiating.

Visitation will be Saturday from 2 p.m. until the time of service at the Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01202, or submitted to the family to be given to her favorite local charities.

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