“You started in His heart….
Were created by His hands….
And were presented to the World as a gift.
That makes it so easy to celebrate you today
And why you brought so much joy all the other days too.”
Luella E. Wright, 99, of Tiffin, passed away on Tuesday morning, March 17, 2020 at Elmwood at the Shawhan.
She was born on March 15, 1921, in New Riegel, to James H. and Agatha (Wagner) Kimmet. On February 8, 1941, in St. Mary Catholic Church, she married Paul J. Wright and he preceded her in death on June 12, 1997.
She is survived by her daughter, Dianne (Steve) Schafer of Tiffin; sons, Ron (Suzette) Wright of Brighton, MI and Ric ((Shirley) Wright of Tiffin; son-in-law, Ron Burkett of Tiffin; six grandchildren, Fayanne (Daniel) Corfman of Fremont, Victoria (Troy) Stillberger of Sycamore, Aaron (Shantelle) Burkett of Tiffin, David (Staci) Wright of Beavercreek, Brian (Nurgul) Wright of Worthington and Laura (Alex) Wright-Motter of Lima; and nine great grandchildren, Christine Corfman, Trace Elling Cockerell, Ethan Wright, Kobe Stillberger, Colin Burkett, Amy Corfman, Kyle Stillberger, Lily Wright and Sydney Wright.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Barbara Burkett; granddaughter, Staci Biller; grandsons, Jeffrey Stephen Schafer and Kyle Patrick Wright; great granddaughter, Megan Meyer; sister, Anna Marie Cole; and brothers, Alvin Kimmet and Paul Kimmet.
Luella graduated from Tiffin Calvert in 1939. She married Paul and worked side by side building a home on Prospect Street and running Paul’s Grocery. In 1965, they built and ran Paul's delicatessen where she was known as "Mrs. Paul". In 1968, they added on and developed the first drive-thru in Tiffin. In 1973, they moved to a farm, south of town where they built a home, raised and boarded horses and ran a Sand Pit business.
After Paul died, Luella did volunteer work, going to nursing homes with Allen Eiry to play bingo, St. Paul’s Sharing Kitchen, and enjoyed wood carving with Jerry Hill and Kent Cartwright, making wedding cakes for her children and grandchildren, looked forward to making noodles for St. Joseph Festival and continued to mow her lawn and split wood. (Paul had built a splitter in the barn run by a tractor) She would put the split wood into the basket of her tractor and stack it outside the house to burn for the winter. She hunted groundhogs with .22. She and her sister-in-law, Sue (Wright) Kuhlman, took a hot air balloon ride in 2011 and she showed remarkable strength thru rehab when she broke her knee in 2014! She looked forward to Wednesday evenings….”Granny's night”, when her kids, grandkids, great grandkids and whoever came out to join in conversation.
Luella was in and out of St. Francis several times and entered Elmwood at the Shawhan in 2018.
Her Funeral Mass will be at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, March 20, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. A Rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may visit with the family from 11:00 A.M. until 12:45 P.M. on Friday at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, (419) 447-2424.
A Celebration of Life will also be celebrated later this summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, The Cancer Society, St. Mary Catholic Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Elwood at the Shawhan, St. Francis Home, St. Joseph The Worker at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.
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