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Arlene (Phipps) Popelka

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Arlene (Phipps) Popelka Obituary
Arlene (nee: Phipps) Popelka, age 104, of Burton Twp. passed away May 24, 2014 at UH Geauga Regional Medical Center.
Born July 6, 1909, in Chardon, to Freeman and Pearl (nee: Stephenson) Phipps, she had been a lifelong area resident.
Arlene Phipps married Ernest Popelka on Nov. 4, 1931. She worked at Parker Hannifin in the tool room from 1942 until her retirement in 1974 and she was a life member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Arlene enjoyed gardening, bowling, needle crafts, making latch hook rugs, her dogs and working at the Hunger Center at St. Christopher's by the River Church. She was very active doing Jazzercise into her 80's. Arlene was an avid Cleveland Indians fan.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith (Bruce) Hixon of Uniontown, Ohio; grandchildren, Debra (Robert) Lehman of Mineral Ridge, Ohio, Darlene Cipra of Andover, Ohio, Laurie (David) Millard of Pierpont, Ohio, Lois Elaine Spencer of Middlefield, Ohio, James (Sonia) Malz of Brecksville, Ohio, Drew Hixon of Columbus, and Mark (Kimberly) Merickel of Chardon; 13 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest L. Popelka; daughters, Arlene Merickel and Eileen Malz; grandsons, David Malz and Johion Merickel; brothers, Gordon, Wayne, Audrey and Zenneth Phipps; sisters, Faunetta Mallula, Dorothy Phipps and Carol Schneider.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Christopher's by the River, 7601 Old Mill Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040 with burial to follow at Chardon Municipal Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Burr Funeral Home, 116 South Street (On Rt. 44, 500' south of Rt. 6/Chardon Square), Chardon, Ohio.
Donations suggested to St. Christopher's by the River, 7601 Old Mill Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040.
Information and condolences on line at www.burrservice.com.

Published in www.News-Herald.com on May 27, 2014
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