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Naomi Masterleo

Naomi Mae Harrold Masterleo, age 94, of Columbus, Ohio passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 at her home.  She was born on November 26, 1924 in Newman Grove, Nebraska to her parents John and Emily Dickerson Harrold. Nebraska was her home until she married her loving husband of 72 years, Edward Masterleo in Seneca Falls, New York before eventually settling in Ohio. Together they welcomed three sons, providing an idyllic childhood in Columbus.  The home she made was the house where all of the neighborhood children would gather.  Naomi was a champion of all animals, especially cats. Although, the raccoons, opossums, and squirrels will also miss the treats she would always provide. Her son, Doug, moved home from Montana to grant her wish of remaining in her home, which meant the world to her. Marlena “sunshine” provided a loving and fun final month with giggles, walks, songs, and reminiscing through her adventurous life. She was a gentle and loving person. Naomi accepted her friends and family just as they were.  She was known for her cookouts and banana bread. However, her family will never forget her kindness and wonderful sense of humor.  Naomi is survived by her husband, Edward Masterleo; sons, Douglas Masterleo and Mark (Melissa) Masterleo; granddaughters, Marlena and Miranda Masterleo; along with many nieces, great nieces, and great nephews. The family will be forever thankful to the personal relationships and professionalism of the dedicated team at Ohio Living Hospice.  They would also like to extend a thank you to Naomi’s neighbors, friends, and family for their devoted support that enriched her days and warmed her heart.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Epworth Methodist Church, 5100 Karl Rd, Columbus, OH 43229 where she was a proud member of the congregation or Columbus Humane, 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Ct, Hilliard, OH 43026

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  • jim Harrold says:

    To Ed, Doug, Mark & Melissa and Family,

    My Aunt Naomi is the last of my dad’s siblings to leave this Earth. Sherry and I recall how kind both Uncle Ed and Aunt Naomi were to us, when we were stationed in DAyton. They would invite us up for the Winter Picnic, and really loved our sons, who were only toddlers at the time. Each Memorial Day, Aunt Naomi would call me in Omaha to make sure I planted a flag on the grave of my Uncle Dick, the youngest brother and child of the Harrold children. I know she will be missed.


    (Nephew) Jim and Sherry Harrold

  • Suzanne Reed says:

    I have such wonderful memories of Penny as a neighbor and friend for many years. She always enjoyed seeing my daughters grow over time. I’ll miss seeing her smiling face at the screen door welcoming me in. Love you Penny.

  • Joan & Patrick Moloney says:

    Our wonderful and forever friend Penny, Naomi will be in our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers, part of our lives – always.

    Never did Naomi know a stranger; she lifted people with her words, her wit. Penny proved to be the strength in our day when we had little. Loyal, smart as a whip, without edit, Penny lived her life without hesitation, always as generous as she was funny.

    We so loved this fine lady.

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