March 26, 1915 ‒ December 24, 2012
LEXINGTON: Birdell Addlesperger, age 97, of Lexington
passed away early Monday morning, December 24, 2012 at
Hospice of Media County.
She was born March 26, 1915 at home, in Holmes
County to Valentine and Pearl (Purdy) Mellor. In
addition to being a twin, Birdell was one of 13
children. A graduate of Glenmont High School in Holmes
County, she finished her nurses training (RN) at the
Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing in 1943.
She married Leland Addlesperger in 1943 and
raised two children.
Birdell enjoyed reading, baking and sewing.
She belonged to the FOREMS group of retired hospital
employees and was in charge of making stuffed animals
for the children in the emergency room for many years.
She also belonged to the “Knotty Ladies” at the
Lexington Church of the Cross where she made countless
baby quilts. Most of all, she loved spending time with
She is survived by her two children, John
Addlesperger of Lexington, and Nancy Best (nee
Addlesperger) of Olmstead Falls, her grandchildren Dr.
Amy Best of Nashville, TN, Rebecca (Shannon) Baker and
great grandson Joshua Baker of Stow. She is also
survived by her sister Odessa Ferris of Millersburg and
many nieces and nephews.
The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is
serving the family, and a memorial service will be held
in late March.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to
the Troy Township Firefighters Association, 199 West
Main Street, Lexington, Ohio 44904 or the Church of the
Cross, 236 Otterbein Drive, Lexington, Ohio 44904.
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