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Sarah (Cipolla) Joann Spath

November 25, 1935 ~ August 24, 2021 (age 85)


Sarah Joann Spath, 85, of Van Wert passed away at 5:10 AM on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Vancrest of Payne.

She was born on November 25, 1935, in Cleveland, the daughter of the late Victor and Wilma (Malzan) Cipolla. On December 17, 1966, she married Robert P. Spath, who passed away on December 15, 2011.

Joann retired, with her husband Robert, from Howard Johnsons in Santa Fe, New Mexico after living in Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Florida and traveling to many other places throughout the U.S. during their adventures.

She was sweet and always loving to her son Bobby, his wife Sara, and their 5 children, Rachel, Bobby Jr, Noah, Lizzie and Eli, whom she adored and talked about often. She looked forward to heaven and the hope of being with Jesus.

Surviving are her children, David (Nola) Zarko of Strongsville, Ohio, and Robert (Sara) Spath of Van Wert; 7 grandchildren; brothers, Phil Cipolla of Middlefield, Ohio, Victor Cipolla of Seven Hills, Ohio and Fred Cipolla of Walton Hills, Ohio; sisters, Laura Orosz of Twinsburg, Ohio, Diane Mattasolio of Friendswoord, Texas.

A private family service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joann`s memory may be sent to EverHeart Hospice, 230 W. Main St, Coldwater, OH 45828 .

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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Private Services

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory
722 S Washington Street
Van Wert, OH 45891

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EverHeart Hospice
230 W. Main Street, Coldwater OH 45828

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