LEAVITTSBURG — God opened his gates and welcomed Edith Church Flickinger, 87, who died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at her daughter’s home, for her to join her husband, William Flickinger, whom she married July 24, 1948.
They will celebrate with many loved ones who have preceded her in death. Edith has her parents, William and Edith Stewart Church; two grandsons, Evan Patrick Hartman and Calub Polden; sister, Norma Dubey; and daughter-in- law, Barbara Flickinger, all of whom have been there waiting for her. Also, preceding her were her in-laws, William and Adeline Flickinger; and brothers-in-law, Donald and Philip Flickinger.
Edith was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Erie, Pa. She was a June 1948 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School.
She had worked at several retail stores before retiring from Skorman’s Miracle Mart.
She was baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Erie as a young child. Although the last church she attended was Delightful Evangelical Church in Southington, she remained very proud of her spiritual ties to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. Throughout the lives of Edith and her children, the visiting teachers and the missionaries from the Mormon Church were always welcomed at her home. The evidence of her strong faith could be observed as she was saying her prayers and the fact that no matter how much pain she was in, when she was given her CD’s of spiritual hymns, we always noticed her becoming more comfortable. Edith always believed God was in control of our lives and we should not worry because “whatever will be will be,” and God will handle our burdens.
One of the legacies Edith left behind was her being a “Bullheaded Irishman,” as she always said. You will see that trait in each of her children.
Edith was a member of the original Leavitt Elementary School Parents Club, Blue Star Mothers, Leavittsburg Athletic Club Woman’s Auxiliary, LaBrae Band Boosters, where she assisted her husband in running the concession stand, Girl Scout leader, Boy Scout Troop 12 auxiliary, several bowling leagues, and she was the weight recorder for the T.O.P.S Club in Leavittsburg for several years. She also was named queen in 2009 because of the amount of weight she had lost.
When she noticed, unlike other schools, that LaBrae did not have a banner, she used her wonderful sewing skills, designed and sewed the LaBrae Cross Country team a banner.
Edith and William loved family. They had six children, four daughters, Gloria (David) Stewart, Patty Flickinger and Susan (David) Hartman, all of Leavittsburg, and Edith (William) Polden of Tennessee; and two sons, Billy Flickinger of Arizona and Russell (Kelly, the favorite) Flickinger of Champion.
She also is survived by sisters, Emmelene Fahndrich Londonderry of New Hampshire; brothers, William (Buster) and Jerry (LouRene) Church of Warren; and a brother-in-law, Hubert (Dube) Dubey.
She always referred to herself as Jerry’s second mother. God also blessed them with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Edith is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at James Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Edith will be laid to rest next to her husband, William, in Pine Knoll Cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444 (330)872-5440. Family and friends may view this obituary online or to send condolences, please visit us at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.