Estella B. Decker

Estella B. Decker, age 90 of Ravenna, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 17, 1923, in Charlestown Township, Ohio, to parents William and Lula (Baldwin) Babb. Estella grew up on the family farm in Charlestown, which is now Camp Ravenna, formerly the Ravenna Arsenal.

She attended Charlestown School, and after high school, attended Bohecker's Business College. Estella later was a secretary at the Ravenna Arsenal where she worked for 38 years prior to her retirement. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kent.

Estella served as the treasurer of the APCO Fish and Game Club of Ravenna for over 30 years. She was an avid bowler and also enjoyed golf. Estella loved visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always wanting to know what they were doing. Recently, she had the opportunity to meet her first great-great-grandchild.

Estella is preceded in death by her husband Blaine W. Decker, her first husband Robert Pavlik, and her sister Nola Bleadingheiser of Gaithersburg, Maryland.

She is survived by her children: Mary Lou (Richard) Kline of Kent, Thomas (Jeanne) Decker of Mogadore, and Mike (Brenda) Decker of Ravenna. Estella also leaves behind her grandchildren: Wendi (Tim) Holcomb, Amy (Bobby) Decker, Eric Decker, and Adam (Landi) Decker; her great-grandchildren: Blake, Brooke, Rowyn, Hollie, Dylan, Nina, Morgan, and Haden; and her great-great-grandchild Kyleigh. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and her brother-in-law Jim Bleadingheiser.

Friends will be received Friday, August 22, 2014, from 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM funeral service officiated by Reverend Elizabeth Hazelton at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna. Interment will follow at Charlestown Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. The family would like to thank the staff and physicians of Robinson Memorial Hospital and Hospice Care for their kindness and concern during Estella's care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church of Kent or Robinson Visiting Nurse and Hospice.

(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436, RC 8-21-14)

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  • Estella was a "Grand Lady".  She will be missed beyond measure.  Her  loving kindness and gentle ways have blessed me and the entire Decker family.  She came into the family with no children and adopted all of us, the grandchildren and most recently a new great-grand baby.  She was a wonderful loving grandma.  All of our children teased and kidded with her....but she always got the best of them!

    I would like to express my deep appreciation and thanks to Tom, Cookie, Mary Lou, Chip, Mike and Brenda for caring for and holding her in their arms as she passed from this world to the next.

    The angels are singing today!

    Jeanine Szczesny