Joel Charles Gellin beloved husband of Fran Joseph Gellin (nee Benowitz). Loving father of David (Ellen) Gellin, Mindy (David Klein) Gellin, Gregg (Debbie) Gellin, Jane (Robert Elson) Joseph, Elizabeth (John Emerman) Rae, Ellison (Cary Hodous) Joseph and the late Jonathan Joseph. Devoted grandfather of Julie (Dan) Reznick, Carrie (Ari) Shapiro, Cameron Klein, Josh Klein, Leah (Rabbi Daniel) Reiser, Michael Joseph, Max (Samantha Schiffman, fiancé) Joseph, Evan (Carrie) Rae, Brandon (Madolyn Noll) Rae, Hannah Elson, Molly Elson and Alisha (Dan) Bennet. Great-grandfather of Ben and Molly Reznick, Logan Shapiro, Gavi and Nomi Reiser, and Sophia and Ryan Rae. Dear brother of Dr. Milton and the late Jack Gellin.
Joe epitomized what life should be, open, joyous, humble, warm and generous of spirit and heart. He was the most devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, son and friend. It was impossible not to love Joe. His love for his and Fran’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren knew no bounds. He lit up when he saw his grandchildren and his love was deeply felt. His knack for spot-on nicknames and quotable sayings was endearing to everyone.
Joe was president of his class at Cleveland Heights High School. An outstanding athlete, he played football for University of Cincinnati and continued to play in the Turkey Bowl until he was 80.
Joe ran a successful floor and tile business, The Gellin Co., for 40 years.
A-a-amen! Joe, your leaving us wasn’t in the brochure. Whenever we love or do anything good, it’s because of you.
Private graveside services will be held at the Bet Olam Cemetery. Family requests no visitation. A future celebration of Joe’s life will be announced.
Friends who wish may contribute to the American Heart Association.