Aili Jappinen Case, (1920 - 2016)

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age, 96, formally of Upper Arlington, OH and Bradenton, FL passed away at home on March 29, 2016 in Fortson, GA with her daughter by her side. Aili was born on February 11, 1920 to kind and gentle parents, Esa and Bertha Jappinen. Esa emigrated from Finland and was a tailor, specializing in coat making. He worked in tailoring houses in New York, Chicago, and Pittsburg, where he met and married Bertha Konkola, who had also emigrated from Finland. They lived for a time in Nashville, TN where Aili was born. The family moved to Columbus in 1920 and purchased their beloved home on Frebis Avenue. Aili graduated in 1937 from South High School where she was Editor in Chief of the Optic and the Senior Book, a member of the National Honor Society and Valedictorian. She was a talented pianist who accompanied choral groups at the school. A petite blue-eyed blond with a beautiful smile, she won a Sonja Henie look-a-like contest. Aili continued her education by obtaining a degree at Buckeye State College, an accredited business school. Boldly trying out new slang, a fellow student said to her, "Hi, Babe." She gave him a cold stare and replied, "MISS Babe to you." That bold, young, West High School graduate with a twinkle in his eye, a gift for gab, and quite the sense of humor was Robert L (Bob) Case, the son of Jason C. (Pete) Case, Sr. a railroad conductor and Jane Spence Case. Aili and Bob married in the backyard of the home on Frebis Avenue in 1943. After a honeymoon to Lake Erie using war rations to purchase gas, the couple settled on the Hilltop. She worked as executive secretary to Edgar Wolfe, Sr. at the Ohio State Journal and he was a meat salesman for David Davies Packing Co. In 1944, Bob (ever the entrepreneur) and Aili took a leap of faith and purchased a business that they proudly operated together for 41 years. That business was the Hilltop Swim Club in Valleyview. Built by the American Legion, the pool was originally named Bender's Pool after the first Hilltop resident killed in World War I. They enjoyed running the swim club where 1000 children a summer learned to swim. Operating a summer seasonal business allowed Bob and Aili time to travel to all 50 states and to Finland. Winters were spent in Bradenton, Florida. They were golfing members of Scioto Country Club and Bradenton Country Club. They were also avid Ohio State Buckeye fans, who saw Hilltop's Howard "Hopalong" Cassady lift his knees and gallop to victory and the National Championship Rose Bowl Victory after the 1968 season. Aili and Bob shared a beautiful, loving relationship for 52 years. They were blessed with a son, Geoffry Vernon and a daughter, Jennifer Jo. They were wonderful parents who were very involved and supportive of the activities of their children. Education was a top priority, and the hard work at the swim club provided a college education for their children. Geoff graduated from Dennison University and The Ohio State University and became an attorney. He married the former Sandra Kay Stone. Jennifer graduated from Auburn University and Columbus (GA) State University and became a Certified Public Accountant. She married William A. Brannan of Columbus, Georgia and they had three sons, William, Jr., Joseph Case, and Robert Milford. After Bob's passing in 1995, Aili continued to travel between Ohio and Florida. Grannie, as she was affectionately known, made frequent stops in Columbus, Georgia to visit her grandsons. She played golf until age 87. She enjoyed attending her South High Class Reunions and participating in activities of the West High School Alumni Association. Aili became a Georgia Peach in 2013, when she moved to live with her daughter. Aili was formerly active in Twig 77 – Children's Hospital, Columbus Symphony Westgate Unit, Westhill Child Conservation Unit, Exemplar Unit Beta Sigma Phi, and Hilltop Lions Auxiliary. She was secretary of the Upper Arlington Orchestra and Band Boosters. She spoke fluent Finnish. Aili was passionate about her hometown of Columbus, OH. She was a Christian, who served by quiet example and who instilled a deep faith in her children. She was active in the Women's Groups at Covenant Presbyterian Church and played in the bell choir. In later years, she became a member of Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. Aili is preceded in death by her parents. She is also preceded in death by husband, Robert L. Case; son, Geoffry V. Case; sister, Edith Konsen Bush; grandson, William A. Brannan, Jr; sisters and brothers in law, Dick and Ethel Garling, Fred and Anna Gene Schaaf, and Jason and Delores Case. Aili is survived by her loving family: daughter, Jennifer Case Brannan and her husband William A. (Bill) Brannan, Sr. of Fortson, GA; Grandson, Joseph Case Brannan and his wife Emily Smith Brannan of Columbus, GA; Great Grandson, William Arthur Brannan of Columbus, GA; Grandson, Robert Milford Brannan and his girlfriend Shannon Donelson, of Atlanta, GA; daughter-in-law, Sandy Van Brimmer and her husband Rick Van Brimmer of Columbus, OH and nieces and nephews. She is also survived by dear friends: Betty Galbraith of Columbus, OH and Larry and Ruth Covins of Bradenton, FL The family expresses gratitude for the care given to Aili by the staff of Columbus Hospice (GA) and a special thanks to her devoted caregiver, Theresa Parker of Hamilton, GA. Funeral Services for Aili will be on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 10am at SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL, 1740 Zollinger Road, Columbus, OH 43221; where family will greet friends for one hour prior. Interment to follow at Sunset Cemetery. Pastor Paul T. Ulring will officiate. Memorials can be made to: West High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund P.O. Box 28056, Columbus, OH 43228. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to send condolences and share memories.
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Published in The Bradenton Herald on Apr. 1, 2016
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