Beverly J. Oberlin Obituary – Massillon Independent
Beverly J. Oberlin, 92, of Jackson Twp. passed away on September 8, 2022.
She was born in Cleveland, November 18, 1929, the daughter of Ralph R. West and Janet Engle West.
Beverly attended Shore High School at Euclid and graduated from the College of Wooster in 1952. On August 9, 1952, she married David E. Oberlin de Massillon and the couple immediately set their sights on Europe. After spending a month in London, Paris and Rome, they became students at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece for 6 months before joining the University of Pennsylvania Archaeological Expedition at Gordion, a historical site in central Turkey, the capital of Phrygia whose famous king was Midas of the Golden Touch, and later in Korian on the island of Cyprus. Returning to Massillon in 1954, Beverly wrote for the society department of The Evening Independent until the birth of their daughter, Tracy. Beverly later received a B.Ed. and later M.Ed from Kent State and began teaching at Whittier Elementary in 1965. After retiring in 1987 as a member of the Massillon branch of the American Association of University Women, she and others have created the AAUW Puppeteers, making their own puppets and adapting stories. to present to various groups. They ended up making puppets and finished with the show “A Sheep’s Tale” about the history of Spring Hill Historic Home. This show presented annually in Spring Hill later became part of the June 19th celebration. At the time, Beverly was a member of the board that developed the first version of the program.
She was a life member of the Massillon Woman’s Club and piano accompanist for The Five Oaks Chorus. Beverly enjoyed traveling to many countries including the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. She was a member of the Central Presbyterian Church for 68 years, an enthusiastic genealogist and a member of the Massillon Heritage Foundation.
Beverly is survived by her husband of 70 years, David, her daughter Tracy (Richard) Wilder, her granddaughter Amy (Michael) Grinstead and her great-grandson Benjamin Grinstead, as well as several cousins. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caregivers at Home Place, Massillon, especially Erin and Susan, who have provided much needed comfort and care over the past few years.
A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Central Presbyterian Church, 47 2nd ST NE, Massillon, OH 44646, with calling hours beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Presbyterian Church.
Paquette Funeral Home
Posted on September 21, 2022
Published by Cantonal Depot, Independent Massillon