Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel

1985 South Taylor Road, Cleveland Heights, OH


Joel C. Gellin

19 February, 192920 March, 2020

beloved husband of Fran Joseph Gellin (nee Benowitz). Loving father of David (Ellen) Gellin, Mindy (David Klein) Gellin, Gregg (Debbie) Gellin, Jane (Robert Elson) Joseph, Elizabeth (John Emerman) Rae, Ellison (Cary Hodous) Joseph and the late Jonathan Joseph. Devoted grandfather of Julie (Dan) Reznick, Carrie (Ari) Shapiro, Cameron Klein, Josh Klein, Leah (Rabbi Daniel) Reiser, Michael Joseph, Max (Samantha Schiffman-fiancé) Joseph, Evan (Carrie) Rae, Brandon (Madolyn Noll) Rae, Hannah Elson, Molly Elson, Rachel Elson, Alisha (Dan) Bennet. Great grandfather of Ben and Molly Reznick, Logan Shapiro, Gavi and Nomi Reiser, Sophia and Ryan Rae. Dear brother of Dr. Milton and the late Jack Gellin. Joe epitomized what life should be, open, joyous, humble, warm and generous of spirit and heart. He was the most devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, son and friend. It was impossible not to love Joe. His love for his and Fran's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren knew no bounds. He lit up when he saw his grandchildren and his love was deeply felt. His knack for spot-on nicknames and quotable sayings was endearing to everyone. Joe was President of his class at Cleveland Heights High School. An outstanding athlete, he played football for University of Cincinnati and continued to play Turkey Bowl until he was 80. Joe ran a successful floor and tile business, The Gellin Company for 40 years. A-a-amen! Joe, your leaving us wasn't in the brochure. Whenever we love or do anything good, it's because of you. Private graveside services will be held at the Bet Olam Cemetery. Family requests no visitation. A future celebration of Joe's life will be announced. Friends who wish may contribute to the American Heart Association.


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Laurie Arnold

22 March 2020

Joe was the greatest, I always loved being around him. My fond memories of basketball and brunch at your house on Sundays were the beginning. Whenever he saw me it was always “ aw Lefton, what are you up to now?” I have great pictures documenting many fun times together, it’s hard to see him go!

Sending love and warm thoughts during this difficult time!


Laurie Lefton Arnold


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