Ida Jewell Spellman

May 27, 1953January 12, 2021

Ida Jewell Spellman (nee Marks), age 67, fought the good fight and passed into life peacefully on January 12, 2021.

Ida is survived by her Cherished Husband, Paul Spellman, her two Beautiful Daughters Paula Wendelken and Franny Bess, her Adored Son-in-Laws Mat Wendelken and Aaron Bess, and her Fabulous Granddaughter and light of her life, Iris.

Ida was a proud graduate of West Tech High School Class of 1971. She loved her family and was loved beyond measure and touched the lives of every person she met.

Ida was the Beloved Daughter of the late Robert and Clara Belle (nee Davis) Marks. Loving Sister of Robert (Rachel), the late George William (Bill) (Delores, deceased), the late James (Eva, deceased), the late Charles (Chuck) (Grace), Sarah (Fayne) Paris (Bob, deceased), the late Dorothy (Sis) Micklos (Bill, deceased), Clara (Joan) Kleja (Buddy), and the late and fabulous Tommy Marks (Jerry). In addition to Ida's siblings, Ida was an Amazing Sister-in-Law, Aunt, Cousin, Friend, and an Inspiration to so, so many.

VISITATION SATURDAY JANUARY 16, 2021 FROM 10am - 1pm at the CRACIUN BERRY FUNERAL HOME 7200 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102 with SERVICE DIRECTLY FOLLOWING visitation at the funeral home with Interment at Riverside Cemetery.

If flowers are ordered, the family recommends contacting Blossom Cleveland or (216) 512-0700 for those arrangements

RESTRICTED VISITATION AND SERVICES - FOLLOWING STATE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES Everyone attending Visitation and Funeral Services are required to wear a mask and social distance themselves from others. We welcome friends and relatives requesting that you do not linger giving others an opportunity to visit.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared below for the Spellman family.


  • Paul Spellman, Beloved husband
  • Paula Wendelken, Beloved daughter
  • Franny Bess, Beloved daughter
  • Mat Wendelken, Son-in-law
  • Aaron Bess, Son-in-law
  • Fabulous Granddaughter and light of her life, Iris.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


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James Krell

January 18, 2021

I went to Wilbur Wright Jr High with Ida. I remember her as a sweet gal. Rest in peace.

Nicholas Miller

January 18, 2021

I went to school with Ida since the 4th grade. My favorite memory is that we had a class Christmas gift exchange at Almira grade school. 1 dollar limit. I bought her a Barbie doll. She thought was soooo cool. Loved seeing her at the WTH reunions. Gonna be an empty seat at our 50th this year. God speed Ida.

Linda Hochartz

January 17, 2021

Ida and her husband bought their house a few months before I did. They are on W. 137 and I was on W. 138. We would always wave to each other when I walked my dogs when she'd be out on the front porch. She expressed her condolences when one of my dogs would pass away. She would know as I was walking a new dog. Rest in Heaven, Ida.

Nora Fairbanks

January 17, 2021

My husband and I went to high school with Ida. I had classes with her. She was always smiling, laughing and fun to be around. Ida was a blessing to everyone at West Tech. I looked forward to seeing her at every reunion. I don't think she ever missed one. She was always smiling, never pretentious, and so sweet! Everyone at WTH loved her! When we were pulling into the funeral home on Saturday we got a call from our 1971 WTH class president, Larry Orenich. He said he always loved talking to Ida, she was special. He asked that we get a remembrance card for him. We loved the beautiful pictures you had of Ida. It was a blessing to see her life unfold before us. Her wedding album is precious and something I know you cherish. May your memories of sweet beautiful Ida be a blessing and comfort to you. We will remember her at our 50 year WTH reunion.

Marlene Winling

January 15, 2021

Ida was loving, caring and full of uplifting smiles and laughter .

Ronald Cooley

January 15, 2021

My memories of Jewel are from old to new. Thinking of all the good times at our family reunion over the years. Sitting here writing this
to say goodbye is very hard for me. I will miss her lasagna and wonderful smile.

Love forever Ron

Chrissy & Bruce Shomon

January 15, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. Ida will be remembered fondly by all who knew her. Her kind heart, sparkling eyes and great smile live on thru her beautiful girls. Just remember that those we love don't go away, they walk beside us everyday. 🙏

Cathy Collins - Kukla

January 15, 2021

I can't help but smile about Ida. She was the friendliest, sincere, person I knew. Never had a bad thing to say about anyone and always was smiling and laughing.

Prayers to the family and good thoughts always. RIP my friend.


Robert Holdway

January 14, 2021

Ida was my aunt, but she was more like a big sister to me. My whole life she was there for me. Every time I had an important event, she was there even if nobody else was. The most wonderful person ever to grace us with her presence. I cannot count the good times that we shared. A more loving, giving, supportive,
caring and fun person you could never find. The heavens will surely shine a little bit brighter for her being there. God, love and keep the Spellmans and their extended families. I love you all sooo much.

Tracey L. Holdway

January 14, 2021

There are not enough words to express how much I'm going to miss this amazing woman. From the first time I was abandoned and trapped at her kitchen table to solving the problems of the world at the same kitchen table...while Paul and Rob were doing God knows what...she made me feel like I belonged in this family, and sometimes it's still so weird. I have too many memories to pick just one. I love you to the moon and back Ida Jewell...til we meet again...keep Tom in check until I get there XOXO