Mary Jo Saplin

Mary Jo Saplin, age 88, passed away May 1, 2021, in Claridon Township.

Born May 9, 1932, in Franklin, Pa., she lived in Ormond Beach, Fla., for many years before moving to Chagrin Falls.

Mary Jo worked for the State of Florida, retiring after over 20 years of service.

She was a parishioner of the Church of Saint Anselm in Chester Township and a member of Young of Heart. While residing in Florida, Mary Jo was a member of the American Legion.

She was a voracious reader and was known as a real “people person,” always enjoying spending time with all her family and friends.

Mary Jo collected everything frogs and also owned many dogs during her life, including her last poodle Beau.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Dennis) Popelka and Paula (Bill, deceased) Somers; daughter-in-law, Joyce McClain; grandchildren, Lori Jo (Wes) DeBruhl, Jessica (Josh) Wessel, Kelly Jo (Justin) Stafford, Aaron (Shelby) Popelka, Virginia Somers, Emma Somers, Eileen Somers and Dale Somers; step-grandchildren,Greg (Debbie) Popelka, Pam (Clint) Spangler and Roger (Nadine) Popelka; five great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Mary Jo is preceded in death by her son, Chuck McClain.

Friends may call at Gattozzi and Son Funeral Home, 12524 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, on May 6, 2021, from 4-7 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Church of Saint Anselm, 12969 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland. (Please meet at church.  Masks required and social distancing will be observed at all services.  Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed at

Entombment at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary Jo’s name may be made to St. Anselm Support-a-Student, 12969 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, OH 44026, or online at

Online tribute video and condolences at


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