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LUCAS: Michael "Mike" C. Fanello, 62, of Lucas, Ohio died on the family farm Friday, October 15, 2010 while doing one of the many things he enjoyed-cutting wood. He was born April 3, 1948 in Mansfield.

Growing up on Cook Road, he graduated from Lexington High School in 1966 and attended The Ohio State University. He moved to the family farm in Lucas after marrying Sherry, his wife of 40 years. He dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren.

Mike enjoyed many things in life including boating and skiing on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky with his family and friends; working on the farm; maintaining equipment in his barn; and cutting wood with his father and boys. He also enjoyed dirt track racing which progressed into a 21-year involvement with NASCAR. Mike loved spending time in Marco Island, Florida with his parents, walking on the beach with his wife and fishing around the island with friends. He had recently taken up the sport of trap shooting with his sons and several friends. He enjoyed all Lucas school sporting events. He was a member of the Lucas School Board for 16 years, serving as President for 10 years, giving him the privilege of personally handing each of his three sons their high school diploma. Mike cherished the time spent with his family, all of whom were very important to him. His kind and giving spirit is a legacy his family will treasure.

In 1999, he founded Ohio Valley Manufacturing, Inc., where he was presently the CEO, operating the company alongside his sons until the time of his passing. He was very compassionate toward his employees and helped many people throughout his life. Mike began his working career at the age of 9, sweeping floors for his father at Shiloh Tool and Die. While working professionally at Shiloh Corp. for 33 years, he obtained valuable knowledge being involved in all aspects of the business.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon "Sherry" Ormiston Fanello; three sons, John (Carrie) Fanello, Jeff (Traci) Fanello and Steven (Aubrey) Fanello; four grandchildren, Tori, Paige, Andrew and Anthony, all of Lucas; loving mother, Rose M. Fama Fanello; two sisters, Patti (Nick) Patrick and Nancy Fanello (Fred Fawley); niece, Lisa (Chris) Parker; nephews, Kris (Kathy) Patrick and Matt (Cynthia) Patrick; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Dominic "Mick" C. Fanello in 2009.

Friends may visit from 4-6 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Road, Mansfield. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Resurrection Parish with Father Nelson Beaver officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lucas Schools Sustaining Fund. Online guest registry at www.wappner.com

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Published in News Journal from Oct. 18 to Oct. 19, 2010.
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October 12, 2020
mike was a great guy and friend. think about him often.
JOHN GLAZE
November 15, 2010
matt jolovich sheridan wy
October 25, 2010
Sherry - I just found out about MIke today and I am still in shock! My heart hurts so much for you and the kids/grandkids. I don't know why such precious people are taken from us way too early...but I do know God is faithful and He will heal your heart with time.
Rana Robertson
October 25, 2010
Sherry, John, Jeff, Steven, and Family:

I was very saddened to learn of Mike's recent passing.

Mike was perhaps the most gentle, compassionate, and geniune person I've met in my lifetime. From his unassuming coaching assistance when the boys were in little league, to our wonderful trips to Lake Cumberland when we all let loose a bit, he was as solid as a rock.

May the many, many, wonderful memories warm your hearts, and make each coming day a little easier to face.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Michael, Konda, & Karly Pollard
October 23, 2010
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Fanello family. Mike had many friends and will be missed by all. I am sorry to hear of this. May God Bless
Ron Jones
October 23, 2010
We are keeping your family is in our prayers during this hard time. He was a good man and always had a smile. God Bless
Tia and JJ Stone
Tia Stone
October 22, 2010
Our prayers are with you all. Please let us know if you need anything at all. -Heath and Jenny Stone
October 21, 2010
To Sherry,John,Jeff&Steven: Only time and the wonderful memories you have will help get you through the days ahead. Always remember Mike was a good man to his family and friends.We will never forget the great fun we always had at the lake.Dick still talks about the joking and comparing of their saws while cutting wood for all your families.
To Rose,Nick and Patti and all your extened families: Always remember how proud he was of the entire family and the hard work everyone did to make your homes and grounds look so beautiful! He was a good son and brother to you. I am sure He and Mick are talking and having a great time in heaven together. Our sincerest condolences go to your entire family.
Dick&Sherry Marshall
October 21, 2010
My prayers are with you. I remember Mike as a very sharp and talented person.
Bob Andrews
October 21, 2010
So sorry for your loss, I know this was sudden, but no matter how the loss of a love one happens it always hard to let go. We never know how strong we are until we have to be. I went to school with Nancy and have ties to Carrie. I have always felt that the Fanello family was special and a close knit family and this will help you through this difficult loss. May God Bless you all and keep his loving arms around you.
Moore Family
October 20, 2010
John, Carrie and the whole Fanello family, I was really sad to hear about your loss, Your in our thoughts and Prayers.

Charlie,Billie Sue,Ryan&Brandi Reiheld
Billie Reiheld
October 20, 2010
So sorry to hear the passing of your father. He made a big impact on peoples lives and our blessings good to the family. May he rest in peace.
From a former shiloh employee.
Jeff & Kim Knapp
October 20, 2010
To The Fanello Family and Friends:

I had the privilege of knowing Mike and working with him, while I was at Tower Automotive. Mike was a wonderful person, a man of integrity, humor, and kindness.
May The Lord comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Mike Moyer
October 20, 2010
John, Carrie, and Family, sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you. Melissa Turesson and The Staff of Studio Cheveux
Melissa Turesson
October 20, 2010
He was a good person to my family when we were in need
sowders
October 20, 2010
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this time of you loss of Mike. My God bless you and your entire family.
Jason, Becky, Mason and Maddison Spohn
October 20, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Verlin & Diane Sunderland
October 20, 2010
We are so very sorry for your loss. Mike will truly be missed throughout the community.
Phil and Kathy Reining
October 20, 2010
To The Fanello Family.
May you know that my thoughts are with you.
I went to Lexington H.S. with Mike. Yes he always had a smile on his face. He was a great person.
Barbara Anderson
October 20, 2010
So sorry for your loss. Mike was a wonderful man who left a great legacy for all that knew him. The Bakers. (Rodney, Steve,Dustin,Brittany and Zackary).
Rodney Baker
October 20, 2010
It is difficult to find words to express our regret in Mike's death . May God wipe away your tears and comfort you as friends and neighbors pray.
Len & Kathy Kleilein
October 20, 2010
Dear Sherry: God has truly blessed your family. Mike was such a great man. His memories will live forever. He will be greatly missed by all. My condolences to all of the family.
Pearl Norris
October 19, 2010
John and Carrie I am sorry to here about your fathers passing. I am praying for your family's comfort. Burnease Dean
Burnease Dean
October 19, 2010
Sherry and Family, May you find God's comfort in friends who care,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sandy Milum (Tara's)
sandy milum
October 19, 2010
Sherry,
Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of Mike. While I didn't know him personally, he was much the influence on my niece and nephew, Jeff and Michelle Layne. May God comfort and keep you and yours.
Sandy (Nunn) Bever
October 19, 2010
To Sherry, John, Jeff and Steve
I am very sorry to hear of Mike's sudden passing. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Joel Green
October 19, 2010
Dear Sherry, John, Jeff and Steven,...our prayers will continue to be with all of you. Mike had a heart of gold and touched many lives, we will always remember him in the highest respect. Such a kind and gentle spirit. Much love to all of you. Pete and Missy Moritz
Pete and Missy Moritz
October 19, 2010
To the Fanello family, i am deeply sorry for your loss. Mike was a great man and a great boss. your famly will be in our prayers
Robert Scott
October 19, 2010
Fanello family, So sorry for your loss. the thing i will always remember is coming around the corner and seeing his smiling face.Everybody in heaven will be smiling upon his arrival. my family`s prayer`s are with you all.
Grant best (ov) and family
grant best
October 19, 2010
Fanello family. so sorry for your loss. the thing i will alway`s remember is coming around the corner and seeing his smiling face. no matter what the day or time, every time i saw him he was smiling. everybody in heaven will be smiling upon his arrival. my family`s prayers are with all of you. grant best and family. (ov)
Grant Best
October 19, 2010
To the Fanello family, What a great loss to your family and the community. You are in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in the coming days.
Linda McFarland
October 19, 2010
We are so very sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed in his community!
The Fitzgerald Family
October 19, 2010
Sherry, Jon, Jeff, Steven and extended Fanello family, may the love & support of friends and family bring you comfort during this difficult time
Bill & April Hardin
October 19, 2010
I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family now and always.
Becky (Stubbs) Foss
October 19, 2010
Fanello Family,
Neighbors, we grieve for you and will keep your family in our prayers. Your family remains a super example of the way life should be and can be lived. May God draw near to you during this hard time. Joe & Liesl Wyka and family.
October 19, 2010
Our deepest sympathy to your family. You are in are prayers.
Tim & Heather Kruse
October 19, 2010
Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Mike was always looked up to in our growing up years.
The Cutter's
Marc Cutter
October 19, 2010
Out deepest sympathy to you and your family. Mike was a wonderful and loyal man, and he will be very much missed. Our prayers are with you.
Tim & Donna Rimmer
October 19, 2010
What an amazing man and family! We will forever cherish the good times that our family has had with yours. Mike will be dearly missed. God Bless you!
Randy,Debbie,Ricky & Whitney Marshall
October 19, 2010
Growing up in Lucas my family and I were honored to know Mike and even share many Cumberland memories together. My thoughts and prayers go out to each member of the Fanello family during this time.
Laura Fox
October 19, 2010
Dear Fanello Family,
The world was a better place because of your family. May the Lord comfort you at this time. Love & Prayers, Jim & Judy Berry
Judy Berry
October 19, 2010
Sherry, Steven, Jon & Jeff and Rose of course, through the years, Mike as well as your whole family has touched our lives and left wonderful friendships and memories, and given kindness to all that you have met. Both of my sons and I think alot of your family. Sherry when you were in the hospital I could see the worry on Mike's face, he just loved you so much. Steven thank you for being Jake's friend, he loves you and Aubrey so much and he hates the pain you are feeling right now, he worries about you and your family, he will always be here for you. Mike will be greatly missed. Just keep all of your family close and keep the memories of Mike close to your hearts. Mike has left a legacy of love and kindness and touched many lives. He will be missed by many. Steven, Jeff and Jon take care of your mom she needs you more than ever now so just always be there for her and give her a big hug for me. Also, Rose, I know this is a great loss for you, hugs to you. May God Bless all of you.
Brenda & Thom Esterline
October 19, 2010
Jennifer Arnold-Baker
October 19, 2010
Sherry and family,
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike took our
wedding pictures back in 1977.
Darlene & John Bohland
October 19, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Paul and Brenda Delianides
October 19, 2010
Carrie-I am sad to hear of the accident and death of your Father-In-Law. I am thinking of you and keeping you,your husband,sons, and members of your family in my prayers. May God grant you peace and comfort during this time of grief. God Bless.
Peggy Morgan
October 18, 2010
It is so hard to put into words how I feel. Mike was a very special guy. He was a great father, grandfather and a great husband. Sherry, John, Jeff and Steven my sympathy and love....Auntie Pat Anderson. Massillon, Oh
Patricia Anderson
October 18, 2010
Mike took the safety and wellbeing of his employees very seriously and it has been a privilege to work with OVM for many years as a safety consultant and trainer. I considered Mike to be a friend as well as client and he will be in my thoughts and prayers............
Jim Driskill
October 18, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this diffulcult time. In the short time we have known Mike, he touched our hearts tremendously. He had a heart of gold and will be sadly missed. No one could ever compare to the way he could always make you smile and laugh. He always had a smile for everyone he meet.
Dewight and Heather Baker
October 18, 2010
I was a salesman who called on Mike. He was a pleasure to see and always a gentleman. It was a pleasure to talk to him whether he placed an order or not. I know he loved that farm!
Fred Meiser
October 18, 2010
Steven and Family,
I am honored to count my own amonst the many lives your father's gracious,kind heart has touched over the years. Our hearts go out to you and your family at this difficult time and in the days ahead.
Nicole Iceman
October 18, 2010
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. The Beach Family
Andrew Beach
October 18, 2010
Our prayers go out to Sherry and the family and I am saddened at the passing of Mike. I served with him on the Lucas school board and grew to admire his honesty, generosity and love of his children. He will be missed. May the good Lord comfort all of you . Dick & Deb Wyka
October 18, 2010
SHERRY, I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT WHEN I HEARD WHAT HAPPENED TO MIKE. I'AM JUST SICK THAT I DIDN'T GET TO SEE HIM BEFORE THIS HAPPENED. GOD BLESS YOU AND THE FAMILY. YOUR FRIEND TOM GLAZE
October 18, 2010
Sherry,John,Jeff and Steven, I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with each of you and your families. He will be greatly missed in our community. His smile will live on forever in all of hearts.
Karen Blackledge
October 18, 2010
To the entire Fanello family, we are so sorry for your loss. Mike was a very special person to so many people in so many ways. A special thanks for all that he has done for Lucas Schools and our community. He will be deeply missed. So very sorry John and Carrie.


Tom, Kasey and Tyler McNeely
Tom McNeely
October 18, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you all....Bobbie O'Day
Bobbie O'Day
October 18, 2010
We are very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. We'll be praying for you at this difficult time.
God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

The Robles Family
Dara Robles
October 18, 2010
GOD BLESS YOU THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY
October 18, 2010
To the Fanello family,
I am very sorry for the loss of your father husband and friend, my father has always spoken very highly of the Fanello's. I know he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you all. Vikki (Welty), Lester Meeker and family
October 18, 2010
KRIS AND FAMILY,
IAM SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR UNCLE.
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND THE FAMILY.
kELLY JESSOP
KELLYS COFFEE MED CENTRAL HOSPITAL
October 18, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Tara Born
October 18, 2010
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
Tom & Yvonne Brogan
October 18, 2010
To Sherry, and to John, Jeff, Steven, and family. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May all your wonderful memories of your husband and dad see you through this difficult time and each day forward.
Tami Lehnhart
October 18, 2010
Our sincere sympathy to your family. Mike was a good man and will be greatly missed, not only by all of you but by the Lucas community.
Our prayers are with your family
Gary & Audrey Cook
October 18, 2010
I Am So Sorry for Your Loss, You Have My Deepest Sympathy
I have met with Mike only a few times over the past two years both in Ohio as well as Rhode Island. Each time I met with him I learned so much about the man as well as his entire family. We talked about his future plans on the way to breakfast one morning and continued the conversation later that day on the way to dinner. He thought so very much of his family and had great plans for them. You boys had the Dad that everyone wishes they had in their lives…
God bless Mike and I will see you on the other side where we WILL shoot a wedding together…
Dennis & Xien Gignac
October 18, 2010
Dear Sherry, There are no words that can express how sorry I am for the loss of your treasure. To the family, I am sorry for your tremendous loss, as well. I know of the closeness you all share, and that all burdens you carry together as family should. Christ alone can understand your sorrow and pain, but please know that you are being lifted up in prayer both now and in the days to come. May the promise of the resurrection bring you comfort, even in the midst of your sorrow.
Love & Prayers, Judy (Harris) McKinnon
Judy (Harris) McKinnon
October 18, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jim and Bev Stewart
October 18, 2010
Sherry and Steven our hearts and prayers are with you at this time.

Ron and Kathy Foote
October 18, 2010
Our prayers are with your family . Its so hard to know what to say at a time like this. He will be missed greatly . May God be with you.
Mike,Ann and Levi Markham
October 18, 2010
Our condolences go out to the Fanello family. Being in Lucas athletics I can remember first hand the impact he had on the school. From the chartered bus rides, to the nemesis meals, and much much more. He will be deeply missed. Thanks for everything Mike.
Kyle & Kristen Dech
October 18, 2010
A great man,and a fine father,im sorry for your lose.

Tony and Mary Ciavarella,Cincinnati,Ohio
October 18, 2010
Kris,
We are so sorry for the loss of your uncle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Peter and Claudette Dering
October 18, 2010
"Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God give you comfort and peace during this time. " John and April Kleilein
October 18, 2010
Sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Scott Hamilton
October 18, 2010
A very special man, a very special family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray that God wraps you all in his arms and helps you through this time. Heaven has received an Angel....
Diane and Craig Sloey
October 18, 2010
DEAR FAMILY , GOD BLESS YOU ALL IN YOUR TIME OF NEED, I REMEMBER WHAT A WONDERFUL CLOSE FAMILY THAT YOU ARE FROM WORKING WITH YOU WHEN YOUR TWO OLDEST SONS WERE MARRIED. MY HEART AND PRAYERS GOES OUT TO YOU ALL. MIKE TOUCHED SO MANY WITH HIS KINDNESS AND STRENGTH ROB & ELAINE ROBERTSON AND FAMILY
ELAINE ROBERTSON
October 18, 2010
my condolences to the amazing fanello family....much love.
carri stearns
October 18, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss.
Brent & Jane Sponsler
October 18, 2010
my sister and i are so very sorry for your loss. we will always smile and think of mike when someone asks for a well done pizza - there will never be another customer to replace the "burnt pizza fanello" your family is in our thoughts and prayers

sue barr/vickie shaffner
southside pizza
October 18, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss; my heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Sarah (Roy) Schoenman
October 18, 2010
Sherry and Family
I was so sorry to hear of Mike's passing,it's been a long time since I had seen or spoken to him, but have lots of memories of spending time on the farm (Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe's). I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless You.
Donna Mazza Addison
October 18, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Fanello's passing. May you find the strength and peace to cope during this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Take care.
Shannon Shafer-Kelleher
October 18, 2010
There are no words that can ease the pain during this time of sorrow.You can though hold your heads up proudly and know you been blessed with a man that has touched so many lives in and around our community.
Mike & Sarah Thompson
October 18, 2010
SHERRY AND FAMILY,

We are so sorry for your loss of Mike. He had taken our wedding pictures back in 1979 and you also were patients, where I work, many years ago. God Bless you all.

Brenda(Kelser)Maglott
Brenda Maglott
October 18, 2010
"We are especially sorry to hear about your loss." He was a great man and full of life and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the the family through this trying time....... From Shelly and Nikki and the Papa Gondolas gang!
October 18, 2010
In a time like this it is hard to find the words. Mike has touched so many in so many ways and will deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with all of my great friends this week. Even though I am far away, in spirit I stand beside you all
Dustin Claypool
October 18, 2010
Heaven gained an angel on Friday, October 15, 2010. We are so sorry for your loss.
Rick & Penny Tamburrino
October 18, 2010
All of our thoughts and prayers are with the Fanello Family. We are so sorry for your loss. Butch and Sherry Ballard
Sherry Ballard
October 18, 2010
Mike was a Lucas icon, and will be sadly missed. During this time you will be on our minds and in our hearts.
In sympathy and love,
Mark and Kim Mayer and family
Gary and Ruthie Pollard
October 18, 2010
We were so sorry to read about Mike. We remember some good times from the past, involving Mike's family, Nick and Patti,and how gracious all the family was. You all love life and all it has to offer and we will never forget you Mike. Tom and Cheryl Zeuch
October 18, 2010
Sherry Mike was a good Man He was Ron's boss for many years. Please except Our Condolences, if We can help You in any way We will be glad to do so. You and Your Family are in Our Prayers.
Betty and Ron Davis
October 18, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. .......Charlie and Lori Walker
October 18, 2010
Our sincerest condolences at this time for your family. There are many fond memories of knowing Mike and Sherry. Senior pictures, Wedding pictures and being a part of the Shiloh T & D Family. This loss is shared by many and may our hugs surround all of you.
Valerie (Watson) DeNero
October 18, 2010
I will always remenber you for your sense of humor.....I had many great time with Sherry.... Marilyn Rinehart
October 18, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fanello family and the Lucas Community. Mike Fanello IMPACTED everyone he came in contact with, including and especially, me and my family. He always cared more for people, particularly young men and women, than he did for himself. What he did for Lucas goes far beyond dollars and cents. Mike truly loved and cared...unconditionally! To Sherry, and to John, Jeff, Steven, and your families, we send our most sincere sympathies. We owe a great deal to Mike and what he did for us, and especially for the kids of Lucas Local, during our time in your wonderful community. When we left Lucas, Mike made us promise to "keep helping kids!" - in his memory, we will! Our blessings to all!

Jerry Miller and family - former Head Football Coach (1999-2004) - Lucas HS.
Jerry Miller
October 18, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is so special to all who meet you.
God Bless you.
Pattie (Condon) Thomas
Pattie Condon-Thomas
October 18, 2010
Thank you for your many contributions to the Lucas community. You are much appreciated.
Ray and Mary Dixon
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