Molly and Eli Hespenheide

HESPENHEIDE, Molly Jo Bender, 40, and unborn baby Eli James Hespenheide, of Columbiana, OH, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, April 11, 2013, at their home.

Molly was born February 8, 1973, in East Liverpool, OH, daughter of Ronald S. and Sylvia Mae Porter Bender.

Molly was employed by Akron General Hospital as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She graduated from Edison North High School in 1991, received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Malone College in 1995, and furthered her education by receiving a Masters of Nursing from Kent State.

In addition to her parents, Molly and Eli are also survived by their husband and father, James W. Hespenheide of home whom she married on July 3, 2010; sister and aunt, Sarah (Joseph) Pelegreen of Hopedale, OH; father and mother-in-law and paternal grandparents Fred W. and Christine A. Hespenheide of Mars, PA; brother-in-law and uncle, Jason Graham of Butler, PA; sister-in-law and aunt, Jessica (Jason) Eisenreich of Cranberry Twp., PA; and sister-in-law and aunt, Jennifer (Josh) Brudney of Middlesex Twp., PA. Molly also leaves behind her niece and nephew, Anthony and Mikayla Pelegreen along with several other nieces and nephews and cousins of Eli.

Visitation for Molly and Eli will be held on Sunday, April 14 from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the J.E. Foster Funeral Home, 701 Findley St., in Toronto, OH. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 15 at 11 a.m. at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, 3419 St. Rt. 213, Steubenville, OH with Rev. Jeff Proya officiating. Burial will follow in Island Creek Cemetery in Toronto, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made in Molly and Eli’s name to: NAMI of Summit County, PO Box 462, Cuyahoga Falls 44222-0462.

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