Margaret Marie Battisti

May 29, 1925 ‒ January 01, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio
Formerly of Youngstown, Ohio

MANSFIELD: The writer of Ecclesiastes proclaimed: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. Somehow, Margaret Battisti had a time for everything. Remembered as a kind and unselfish woman, unwavering in her faithfulness to God and His creation, she taught those values to her family.

The Lord was gracious to Margaret in her final season, calling her to himself Friday evening January 1, 2016 from Brookdale Senior Living. She was 90.

Born Margaret Marie Easton May 29, 1925 in Clinton, Indiana the eldest child of Ira B. & Mary (Farmer) Easton, she earned her degree in education from Thiel College.

She worked in settlement houses in the Youngstown area until moving to Mansfield in 1957. Margaret accepted a position with Ontario schools, she taught Business and Accounting classes for 30 years, organized the GAA (girl’s athletic association), and she served as the first girl’s basketball coach.

The seasons of Margaret’s life were varied: she had been active in numerous civic and service clubs and organizations. Notably among them was the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She served as former Mansfield Branch AAUW President, and worked tirelessly chairing the AAUW annual book sale. She was elected treasurer of the Ohio AAUW and was named “Woman of the Year” one of the 40 years of her membership. She was also a member and former officer of Mansfield Women’s Club.

A great supporter of the local arts community, Margaret was a member and docent of the Mansfield Symphony; a member of the Mansfield Community Playhouse; and sustaining member of Mansfield OSU Theater.

A member of Richland County Retired Teachers Association, Margaret was a founding trustee of the Richland County Teacher’s Credit Union, the foundation of Direction’s Credit Union.

Margaret was a member of Sons of Italy, member and former officer of Noon Optimisses, member and former officer of Mansfield Tygers Boosters Club, and volunteered as a reading tutor for students in Prospect Elementary School.

A longtime member of First English Lutheran Church, she taught the high school and then the Jerial Sunday school class. She also served the congregation on the luncheon committee, visiting shut-ins, was a member of the Sarah Circle, and represented the church at Church Women United and with the ELCA.

She will be remembered for her phenomenal pasta (ravioli & sauce) and desserts, playing a mean hand of cards, traveling the globe, dancing (jitterbug, swing & polka), and for the immense love she had for her family.

They include her daughter Marianne (James) Sweat of Lucas, her son James (Jill) Battisti; grandchildren James & Kelli Sweat of Lucas, Megan & Jason Goings of Mansfield, Jodi Lynn & Edward Shafer of Henderson, NV, Jennifer N. & Mel Kyees of Yorba Linda, CA, Peter F. & Anne Battisti and Angela M. Battisti all of Henderson; 19 great grandchildren; a great great grandson; step-sister Beatrice & Ernie Garner and step-brother Robert & Janet Easton all of Hubbard; nieces and nephews Janice Margaret Kutsko and Katherine Easton both of Youngstown, John Morecock of Colorado, and Robert Morecock of Texas; and a sister-in-law Jeannette Easton Bodnar of Youngstown;

She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years Peter Battisti in 1980; and also by her brothers William Easton and Jackie Easton.

The Battisti family will receive friends Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 2 to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in First English Lutheran Church, 53 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, where friends may call on the family the hour prior to the funeral. The Revs. Paul Larsen and Andrew Jones will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to OhioHealth Hospice or Friendly House may be made at the funeral home.

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  • To the family of Margaret Battisti,Mrs.Battisti was my business and accounting teacher at Ontario High School.She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.My thoughts and prayers are with her family.God Bless.
    Janie (Walker ) Thornton

  • So sorry to hear of Mrs. Battisti’s passing. She was my favorite teacher and the reason why I became interested in accounting/business. She was an awesome lady.

  • Mrs. Battisti was a good teacher, will never forget how she helps my son to graduate high school when he was having difficulties , she believed in him ,,, and helped him, many thanks, she was so helpful turkey a good person

  • To the family of Mrs Battisti, I remember her for her teaching me know to type for a requirement for my college days. She was a great lady and a lot of fun. She will be missed greatly.

  • She was my favorite teacher. We kept in touch all these years at least with a Christmas card but I would come to visit Mansfield and come and see her. Last time I came with my son Stefan and we visited her. I loved her very much. She was such a happy and giving soul. Such a beautiful lady. I will miss her very much.

  • My condolences to the family for the loss of such a wonderful lady. We knew her from First English Lutheran… parents adored her and she was my favorite teacher at Ontario. A life well lived!

  • What an amazing lady who lived and loved with all she had! She will be dearly missed by everyone who loved and cared for her. It was an absolute pleasure getting to be Margaret’s nurse, getting to know her personally, and have her become like an extension of my own family. When I had a free minute I’d slip into her room as she sipped her coffee and ate her raisin toast. We’d talk about how terrible the News Journal was, the crazy stuff on TV, family, and most importantly God. I shared a scripture with her often out of 2 Corinthians 4:16 for times when she was down or didn’t understand what was going on, she knew it well and loved it. “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.” Talking and praying with her brought unspeakable joy to my heart, not because it made me feel good inside (which it did), but because I saw a faith I strive to have. She is finally home and what a celebration they are having…I’m envious and look forward to going home one day myself.

    I pray for comfort and peace for all of Margaret’s family and loved ones. Losing someone like her leaves an absence like no other, but the love she had for you all should help remind you constantly of the woman she was….that helps the pain. It was a pleasure to have known her and her family. Love you guys. – Jacob

  • Mrs. Battisti taught accounting and typing. Never was all that great at typing but I’m lots better then the hunt and peck method! She was a wonderful woman. I remember serving food at some big meeting and not many showed up to “help” but we got the job done! Rest In Peace. I think of you often.

  • What a wonderful person. Her family loved her dearly and so did the students whose lives she touched. I was one of those students. Peace and serenity to her great family.

  • Marianne and family… I am so sorry for the loss of Margaret. Your family was such a large part of my younger years. I know what a close family you have always been. I know she will be missed by all. I still smile and cry when I think of Pete… I loved him so ! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

  • Sorry for your loss. May the love of family and friends carry you through your grief.
    My sincere condolences.

  • My most sincere sympathy to the family. Margaret was a very special lady. May God hold you in his arms and give you solace.

    Sherry Winbigler

  • Margaret was a Great Christian Lady who loved her Church and Family. ! Remember her as our Sunday School teacher, and served at our Wedding Reception at First English 47 years ago. She will always be in our memories.

    We send our Condolence to the family!

  • Prayers for the family. Mrs. Batisti was my accounting , business, and advanced typing teacher at Ontario. I also worked on the school newspaper, she was the advisor. She was a wonderful teacher. I was always late,to her class, rather than count me tardy she would have me take the milk and lunch money to the office. She touched a lot of people.