COLUMBIANA - The Crestview community will adjourn from classes Wednesday in order to pay their final respects to their lost co-worker, teacher and friend, Michelle Pelino.
Pelino died Sunday after her long battle with cancer. She was 51.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Charles Catholic Church in Boardman. Calling hours are 3-7 p.m. today at Davis-Becker Funeral Home, 8536 Market Street, Boardman.
Crestview Superintendent John Dilling was aware of many staff members and students who were planning on attending the funeral, and felt the decision to cancel school was necessary.
"Michelle was an important part of our Crestview family and we want to be able to support her family," Dilling said. "We felt like this was the right thing to do."
Pelino was deeply involved in the Crestview art program and at one time had secured an international traveling art show, featuring student work from both Crestview students and abroad, to be on display at Crestview High School.
"It was pretty amazing to me that she was able to get a small school like Crestview to host these art exhibits," Dilling said. "Parents came in and were amazed at not just our students, but students around the world were able to do."
An innovator and well-respected member of the art community, Pelino had her students involved in several different types of art.
"She encouraged them to appreciate the art and I think that's one of the things that I will remember about Michelle," Dilling said. "She was a well-respected staff member and had a great impact on the entire Crestview community."
From her first day as a member of the Crestview family, Dilling knew Pelino was a unique individual who would make a lasting impression.
"It's difficult when we go through this and even more so because we're a small school and everyone knows everyone," Dilling said. "She was a very special lady and was important to Crestview. We are going to miss her very much."