WOOSTER, OH - Former East Liverpool resident Robert B. "Ben" Campanell, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Wooster Community Hospital, following a lingering illness. He was 83.
He was born at home in Lisbon on May 18, 1929, and was the son of the late Leonard Antonio and Josephine (Cocco) Cook Campanelli, who had immigrated to the United States from Italy in the early 1900's.
Following his graduation in 1947 from Lisbon High School, he was drafted and served with the 8th U.S. Army Headquarters (EUSAK) in Korea from 1951 to 1953. Following his return home, he attended Youngstown State University on the G.I. bill, and received an associate's degree in Business Administration.
For most of his working life, he was associated with Ferro Corporation as a sales representative for industrial products. He had been elected as a precinct member of the Republican County Central Committee, and was proud to be an American.
Ben was a 60-year member of American Legion Post #275 and a lifetime member of VFW Post #4111, both of Lisbon.
He and his wife, the former Theresa Schneller, whom he married on December 29, 1956, moved to her hometown of East Liverpool soon after their marriage. Together, they had raised their family here and enjoyed following their various sports and activities, prior to Theresa's death on September 24, 1996. He had moved to the Wooster area ten years ago to be nearer to his family.
Surviving him are his beloved children and their families: Lisa Campanell Komara and her husband, Joe, of Wooster, and their sons Andrew and Kevin; Cathy Kovach and her husband, Dave, of Moon Township, PA, and their children Katelyn, Kellee and Bobby; and Robert Campanell and his wife, Ella Temprosa, of Austin, TX, and their sons, Jay and Nico. Several nieces and nephews survive as well.
The last surviving member of his family, Ben was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers, Pearl Koenreich, Anna Campanelli, Paul Campanelli and Samuel Campanelli.
Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home on Tuesday, where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Parish at St. Aloysius Church at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday with Father Peter Haladej as the celebrant.
Burial will take place at Columbiana County Memorial Park, where the Tri-State Veterans Burial Group will provide full military honors. Ben will be laid to rest beside his wife, Theresa.
Following the service, family and friends will return to the Dawson Family Center for a continued time of fellowship.
View Ben's memorial webpage and send condolences to the family online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com