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Linda Lorraine Bell, 75 of Cortland, formerly of Lordstown, passed away on the morning of October 10, 2023 at Trumbull Regional Medical Center. Lorraine was born in Kittanning, PA on August 25, 1948, to Raymond and Ruth (Geidel) Rothwell.
She graduated in 1966 from Elderton High School, and then attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and earned her Bachelors in education in 1970. She was the first person in her family to attend college. She then went back to school in 2000 and obtained her Master's Degree from Marygrove College in Detroit. Lorraine highly valued education and worked as a teacher for over 30 years before retiring in 2013. She taught at Lordstown High School and also at H.C. Mines Intermediate School in Howland.
On November 22, 1969, Lorraine married the love of her life, The Rev. Dr. Johnny R. Bell. Together, they shared 35 years of marriage together before his passing on October 10, 2005. They moved to Lordstown in 1981 and then to Cortland in 2003.
Lorraine was a lifelong Lutheran in the ELCA and was a faithful member of Living Lord Lutheran Church where she volunteered her time in almost every part of the church. She was a Sponsor for Al-Anon, and a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma-Alpha Omega Chapter. When she was not volunteering, she enjoyed traveling, dinner with friends, spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren's many functions and activities.
Lorraine is survived by her four children; her twin daughters Sondra (Ryan) Blankenhorn-Cook of Fort Wayne, IN, and Sharon (Jeff) Lewis of Newark, OH; her two sons Tim (Janis) Bell of South Charleston, OH and The Rev. Andrew (Angela) Bell of Palos Heights, IL and her 10 grandchildren Sydney, Carson, Jonah, Rachel, Ethan, Kirsten, Dylan, Kalina, Isaac and Marek, her great-granddaughter Elliana, her sister Gail (Jack) Kinnard and her brother Scott (Michelle) Rothwell both of Kittanning, PA. along with many nieces and nephews and other beloved family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, Allen Rothwell and her son-in-law The Rev. Aaron Blankenhorn.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 from 10AM to 12PM at the Living Lord Lutheran Church, 851 Niles Cortland Road NE, Warren, Ohio 44484. Funeral Services will follow at 12PM at the church.
Additional calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 10AM to 12PM at the Kennedy-Blodgett Funeral Home, 235 North Grant Avenue, Kittanning, PA 16201. A prayer service will follow at 12PM at the funeral home. Lorraine will then be laid to rest next to her husband at Lawn Haven Burial Estates.
The family asks that instead of flowers, donations be made in Lorraine’s memory to the Living Lord Lutheran Church or to Camp Luther in Conneaut, Ohio or their charity of choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, Ohio 44444 (330) 872-5440. Family and friends may view this obituary online or to send condolences to the family please visit us at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.