OBITUARY

Mary Jo Saplin

May 9, 1932May 1, 2021
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Mary Jo Saplin, age 88, passed away May 1, 2021 in Claridon Twp. Born May 9, 1932 in Franklin, PA, she lived in Ormond Beach, FL for many years before moving to Chagrin Falls. Mary Jo worked for the State of Florida, retiring after over 20 years of service. She was a parishioner of the Church of Saint Anselm in Chesterland and a member of Young of Heart. While residing in Florida, Mary Jo was a member of the American Legion. She was a voracious reader and was known as a real “people person”, always enjoying spending time with all her family and friends. Mary Jo collected everything frogs and also owned many dogs during her life, including her last poodle Beau. She is survived by her daughters Kathy (Dennis) Popelka and Paula (Bill, deceased) Somers; daughter-in-law Joyce McClain; grandchildren Lori Jo (Wes) DeBruhl, Jessica (Josh) Wessel, Kelly Jo (Justin) Stafford, Aaron (Shelby) Popelka, Virginia Somers, Emma Somers, Eileen Somers, and Dale Somers; step-grandchildren Greg (Debbie) Popelka, Pam (Clint) Spangler, and Roger (Nadine) Popelka; five great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. Mary Jo is preceded in death by her son Chuck McClain. Friends may call at Gattozzi and Son Funeral Home, 12524 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland on Thursday 4 – 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 am, Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Church of Saint Anselm, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland. (Please meet at church. Masks required and social distancing will be observed at all services. Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed at www.stanselm.org) Entombment All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Mary Jo’s name may be made to St. Anselm Support-a-Student, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026 or online at https://churchofstanselm.weshareonline.org/

  • FAMILY

  • Jack Kaufman, Father (deceased)
  • Helen McCoy, Mother (deceased)
  • Kathy (Dennis) Popelka, Daughter
  • Paula (Bill, deceased) Somers, Daughter
  • Chuck McClain, Son (deceased)
  • Joyce McClain, Daughter-in-law
  • Lori Jo (Wes) DeBruhl, Grandaughter
  • Jessica (Josh) Wessel, Grandaughter
  • Kelly Jo (Justin) Stafford, Grandaughter
  • Aaron (Shelby) Popelka, Grandson
  • Virginia Somers, Grandaughter
  • Emma Somers, Grandaughter
  • Eileen Somers, Grandaughter
  • Dale Somers, Grandson
  • Greg (Debbie) Popelka, Step-grandson
  • Pam (Clint) Spangler, Step-granddaughter
  • Roger (Nadine) Popelka, Step-grandson
  • Five, Great Grandchildren
  • Four, Step-great-grandchildren
  • DONATIONS

  • In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Mary Jo’s name may be made to St. Anselm Support-a-Student, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026 or online at https://churchofstanselm.weshareonline.org/

Services

  • Visitation (Masks and Social Distancing Required)

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • (Mask required and social distancing observed)

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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  • Entombment (Mask required and social distancing observed)

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Amber Slane

May 6, 2021

I have pleasant recollections of Mary Jo as an enthusiastic volunteer usher for Chagrin Valley Little Theatre. She was a gracious woman with a charming sense of humor. Certainly, she will be missed by many beyond her loving family.
With sympathy,
Amber Slane

Paula Whewell

May 5, 2021

Thank you for sharing the beautiful and loving pictures. What a joy Mary Jo was! Mary Jo you will always have a special place in my heart.

Shirley Chambers

May 4, 2021

Prayers and blessings for Kathy, Dennis and the extended family!!! May she rest in the arms of Jesus!!! And may God bless all of you and give you strength at this most difficult time.

Joan Johnston

May 4, 2021

Dear Kathy & Family - I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your Mother. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Aaron Popelka

May 3, 2021

Janet Kramarz

May 3, 2021

My thoughts & prayers are with you.

Ginger Nemunaitis

May 3, 2021

Mary Jo was a great friend. We were members of Young of Heart, sat at the same table and thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company. It hurts that we couldn’t visit because of COVID but we did talk on the phone at least. I will so much miss you my joyful friend I love you.
Ginger

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