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Margaret G. “Maggie” Case

MARGARET G. “MAGGIE” CASE (nee Ginthner), age 81; beloved wife for 59 years of David; loving mother of Julie Vlach and Amy Seyer (husband David); devoted grandmother of Elizabeth Baxter (husband Conner), Kathryn Buell (husband Jack), Megan Vlach (Jared Lundgren), Caroline Seyer and Benjamin Vlach; cherished daughter of the late Russell and Susan (nee Rogers) Ginthner; dearest sister-in-law of the late Cynthia Edwards; dear aunt to Laura Andrews (husband Andy) and Kristen Pardee and great-aunt of many.

Maggie lived in Aurora for the past 20 years and previously in Highland Heights and Cleveland. She was a member of Church of the Holy Angels and previously at St. Ann and St. Paschal Baylon Catholic Churches. She assisted with the Pre Cana-Program at St. Paschal. Maggie graduated from Beaumont High School in 1959 and went on to college at Western Reserve, graduating in 1963, and was a member of the Sigma Psi Sorority. She later went to Kent State to complete her master’s degree in teaching and went on to become a teacher at CEVEC. Maggie loved to travel and was an avid Cleveland Indians/Guardians fan. She was very social, friendly, giving, had a great sense of humor and cared for others with her whole heart. She was devoted to her family and to her faith. Maggie will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know her.

In lieu of flower, contributions may be made in memory of Maggie to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Relatives and friends are requested to meet for the Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 16, 2022, at 11 AM at Church of Holy Angels, 18205 Chillicothe Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023. Private burial will take place at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Maggie at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) THURSDAY 4 – 8 PM.

Below please find a heartfelt letter from Maggie’s dear friend Barry.

One day in early January 1980, at Brush High School, the doors of CEVEC opened for the very first time. I believe there were about 5-6 staff welcoming those kids through the doors and Maggie Case was there to welcome them. Well, Maggie is being welcomed with wide open arms into heaven.

Maggie passed away this morning after recovering from two TIA’s during the summer followed up with 2 bouts of pneumonia, which she also recovered from. As tough as Maggie was, she spent the past 2 1/2 months in the Anna Marie Nursing Facility before giving up the fight.

It was the 1982-83 school year when Maggie started the Hillcrest Hospital program. I don’t remember exactly when Maggie retired, but I would estimate about 15 years ago. Maggie actually started out as a classroom assistant, finished up her masters work from Kent State and became the classroom teacher in 1982 at the new CEVEC where we rented space at Greenview Elementary School in South Euclid.

Many of the positive training techniques used with our students, CEVEC policies and programs were due in part to Maggie’s vision and teamwork in an effort to give our students the best chance for success once they left CEVEC.

Outside of CEVEC, given a couple drinks, the laughter would begin telling stories of our Washington DC trip and of other absolutely hilarious events that occurred over the years.

Maggie and her husband, Dave were inseparable. Dave was at all the special CEVEC events celebrating with staff. It was Dave who called me this evening to share the news.

For those of us who had the honor to work with Maggie, we will miss her kindness, great listening skills, humor, laughter and great storytelling. To those CEVEC staff who didn’t get to know her, I’m sorry you didn’t have the privilege. Maggie (at 81) is leaving behind her husband, two daughters and five grandchildren. And lots of middle aged adults with disabilities that are working in the community thanks to her efforts.

Sorry for the sad news.

Barry Leven

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