WARREN - Ada Callahan Sutter, 86, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Community Skilled Nursing Centre in Warren after a yearlong illness.
She was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Ravenna, the daughter of Gilbert Andrew Hostetler and Mary Lou Binegar.
Ada lived and worked in Warren most of her life. She spent her career in data processing and implementing computer installations in hospitals, including St. Joseph Hospital and Hillside Hospital.
After her retirement, she began a new career as a community volunteer in conservation. She and her husband started a stream monitoring program in Trumbull County which was the first in the state.
For the past 25 years, Ada was a volunteer and eventually became vice chairwoman of both the great Ohio Lake to River Greenway Coalition and the Friends of Western Reserve Greenway. Ada has received several proclamations for her dedicated efforts in getting these bicycle trails completed.
During this time span, Ada also was a supervisor, associate supervisor and active volunteer for the Water Conservation District.
She and her husband received the Bill Penn Memorial Conservation Award in 1990 for their more than 500 hours of volunteer time in that year, which included coordinating the stream monitoring program. She provided education outreach for wildlife and the environment including a beaver station at the Watershed Field School, where school-age children could learn about the beaver's natural habitat. She loved working with children and encouraging their interests in wildlife.
Ada was a poll worker for the Board of Elections in the 1990s and served as a county central committeeperson for the Trumbull County Republican Party since 1998.
Ada loved life and was actively involved in her family, community, environment and world. She loved to travel, and visited many foreign countries and much of the United States.
Ada was a pioneer in the implementation of computers in several hospitals and was proud of her career in this field. She was also proud of her family and her contributions to the environment, particularly the completion of the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.
She was a caring mother who gave unconditional love and support to her family, friends and people in need. In a 1998 newspaper article about Ada's love of bird watching, she was quoted as saying she "wanted to do something to improve the world." She did.
Ada will be greatly missed by her daughters, Sandra Van Cleave of Lordstown, Lorraine Dziedzic of Warren and Patricia (Mark T. Stewart) Callahan of Champion; son, Mark Callahan of Warren; grandsons, Thomas Van Cleave, Michael Van Cleave and Bernie (Linda) Dziedzic; granddaughters, Marti Callahan and Amanda Callahan; and great-granddaughter, Sophia Callahan.
Ada was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Sutter; brothers Gilbert (Hack) Hostetler, Art Hostetler, and William Hostetler; sisters Alice Benshoff and Betty Whitman.
A memorial service for Ada will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Crown Hill Burial Park Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Ada's name to the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County.
Selby Funeral Home handled the arrangements.