August 7, 1941 – October 30, 2018
SPINOLA, Lidyann “Lid” age 77, of Kettering, passed away on October 30, 2018 in her home after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Lidyann was born in Norwalk, Connecticut to the late Wilbur and Julia Thompson. Lidyann is survived by her devoted husband of 48 years, Salvatore Spinola, Jr.; daughter,Laura and husband Gary Sanders; son, Keith; and six grandchildren, Jacinta Ann (age 27), Julia (19), Nicole (16), Maria (14), Michael (11), and Connor (10). Lidyann graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics (Greek and Latin) and a minor in French, followed by a Masters of Education from Columbia University. She began her career teaching French and Latin at Norwalk High School where she remained for seven years, after which time she and Sal were married and she relocated to Dayton, OH where Sal was employed by NCR. Lidyann chose to put her career on hold in order to raise their two children. She eventually returned to teaching – first as a substitute for Kettering City Schools, then as a full-time Latin teacher at Bellbrook High School until retiring six years later. Lidyann was an actively involved member of Normandy United Methodist Church for over 45 years, serving on multiple committees, working in the church office, leading worship frequently as liturgist, participating in community outreach, and was a member of Sarah Circle. She loved participating in various music ministries, including Chancel Choir and playing piano for the women’s Triple Trio and Joyful Noise. Lidyann especially loved playing in the bell choir, which became even more special when her husband, Sal, joined the group, where they were both committed members for over 10 years. Lidyann loved reading and going to book club, traveling, playing bridge with friends, and attending the Dayton Symphony. Lidyann was totally immersed in being a wife, mom, grandma, and friend. She was tireless and fearless in solving problems and helping others. This devotion to her family, friends, and church will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Normandy United Methodist Church, 450 W Alex Bell Rd, Dayton, OH 45459. The immediate family will be receiving guests in the narthex beginning at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either Normandy United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society.
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December 24, 2018
I remember Lidy's tremendos smile and her wonderful personalty. I will miss her a great deal and send to Sal and her family my heartfelt sympathy.
Michelle Van Jura
November 15, 2018
Having lived next door to the Spinolas for all of my youth, they, Keith and Laura were a second family to me. My favorite childhood memory with Lidyann was the harvesting of the cherry tree for her amazing cherry pies!!! When I went away to college and even later having moved to LA, but would come home for visits, my parents had moved from their next door home. I would go visit Lidyann and over a cup of coffee talk about my life and challenges - like I said she was a second mother to me. She will be dearly missed.
November 14, 2018
I was sad to learn of the passing of Lidyann. I was a student in her Latin class at Norwalk High School in 1965. When read about a word and the Latin derivation, I remember conjugating words Miss Thompson's (she was Miss Thompson when I last saw her) Latin class.
I remember her as a kind and understanding person. She made an impact that has survived all these years later. I am sorry for your loss
Cindy Lenz Horosky
November 5, 2018
Lidyann was an amazing teacher and our class advisor for NHS class of
1966. Everyone loved her. I just found out that my cousins Vin and Pat Lopez were your neighbors....such a small world...... you can't get away from Norwalk.....All of our hearts are saddened by this news and our hearts and prayers are with you Sal and your family.
Cindy Lenz horosky NHS 1966
October 31, 2018
Lid was one of my best friends in college, and was my maid of honor. We loved playing piano duets together, picking movements from Beethoven and Brahms symphonies, and probably driving our dormitory mates crazy. We saw each other rarely after graduation, but each of those occasions was very special, and we had been planning to get together with other close friends this year. I am utterly sad, and send my heartfelt sympathies to Sal and the rest of the family.
This photo, taken in 2003, shows, left to right, Maureen Perkins, who passed away earlier this year, me, Sue Wilkinson, and Lidyann.