Edith Cottrell

July 12, 1948 - December 4, 2023

07/12/1948 - 12/04/2023

Edith Cottrell, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2023, in Wheeling, WV, at the age of 75. She was born on July 12, 1948, in Elsfleth, Germany, to the late Olaf and Elfriede (Ohlrogge) Saar.

Edith dedicated over 30 years of her life to serving her community through her work at the Social Security Administration office in Wheeling. Her passion for her job was evident to all who knew her. She retired from her position, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and dedication. It was a career that shaped her life.

One of the proudest moments of Edith’s life was when she became an American citizen on September 21, 1973. It was a significant milestone that filled her heart with joy, symbolizing her commitment and love for her new home.

Edith is preceded in death by her loving husband, Lloyd F. Cottrell, her parents, Olaf and Elfriede Saar, her grandparents, Johann and Frieda (Von Haefen) Ohlrogge, and her brother, Robert Saar.

She is survived by her sons, Lloyd Anthony “Tony” Cottrell and his wife, Brenda, and Alexander “Alex” Scott Cottrell. Edith’s pride and joy were her grandchildren: Tiffany (Josh), Cory, Bradley (Nicole), Zachary, June, and Sierra. Additionally, she leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and cousins who will cherish her memory.

Edith’s heart was filled with an abundance of love and pride for her two sons, Tony and Alex. Watching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren grow into productive members of society gave her immense joy. She will forever be remembered for the unwavering love and dedication she showed to her family and friends.

A private interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery on Saturday, December 16, followed by a Memorial “Celebration of Life” Service on Sunday, December 17, at 2:00 p.m. at the Elm Grove Civics in Wheeling.

Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.altmeyerfuneralhomes.com.

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Erin Cuffaro
2 months ago

I live in Welty across from Edith’s beautiful back patio. We had the same admiration of flowers & birds. I sure miss seeing her on daily walks.
So sorry for your loss and know that you are all in my prayers.
Love, Erin Cuffaro

Brenda J. Harris
2 months ago

Edith was one of my coworkeers and she was one of the sweetest people ever. We sat in adjoining cubes and many days of laughter and sharing. She also helped my daughter with a project she had to do at one time and it was greatly appreciated. I can’t believe she is gone but what I do believe is that someday we will meet again. She was truly a joy to know.

Lori a murphy
2 months ago

Tony and Alex. I worked with your mother for over 25 years at the social security office. She was the most kindest, sweetest, and compassionate person I knew. Always bubbly and happy. I loved her stories about Germany, Lloyd and you two boys. She always was willing to help anyone who needed it. I will miss her dearly. Love and prayers for you both and your families.

Beth Fristick
2 months ago

I met Edith at the Wellness Center and have to say she was one of the most genuine and dear people I ever knew. I wish I could’ve been in touch with her after she stopped attending classes at the Center. It was heartbreaking to hear of her passing. I only knew her for a short
time, but I was truly blessed to have met her!!!

Jane Dever
2 months ago

Edith was a Gem. She brought to our Condo community her joy of life, her boundless energy, her selfless participation and beautification. She will be greatly missed. Honestly she will live in my heart forever. My most sincere sympathy to her family she loved so very much.

Elaine Anderson
2 months ago

I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Edith and want to extend my heartful condolences to you, Tony & Alex, as well as the rest of the family. Edith was truly a fireball of activity, and her vibrant spirit will be greatly missed. I looked forward to seeing Edith while in Wheeling visiting my sister, Pat Franklin. Edith’s passion for being the best hostess to visiting guests was truly remarkable. Her thoughtfulness, generosity and fun-loving nature made every gathering a memorable experience. Whether it was preparing delicious meals and desserts or creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Edith’s dedication to hospitality was unmatched. Her legacy as a loving and caring individual will forever be cherished in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her. My prayer for you is to find comfort in the precious memories you shared with Edith, and may her spirit continue to inspire and guide you. Rest in peace in Lloyd’s loving arms, Edith!

Patricia Franklin
2 months ago

Tony, Alex & families — Edith and I had so many MORE walks to take, concerts to hear, meals to eat, shopping to do, and laughter to share. She knew I loved her, so I’m at peace that she is reunited with your father. I told her we’ll continue our walks in heaven. Love, Pat

Martha (Sorge) Myles
2 months ago

Alex we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers martha and tom myles

Marty Maness
2 months ago

I met Edith a few years ago, and had the pleasure of working for her. She was a treasure; we’re all saddened to hear of her passing.

Marty Maness

DeRaymond Family
2 months ago

May peace and comfort be with you knowing that somebody so special will not be forgotten. From Edith’s contagious smile, gentle ways and abundance of kindness, her memories stay with us forever. You have an angel in heaven looking down upon you and guiding you in the days ahead. The entire Cottrell Family is in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate her beautiful yet humble life. Hugs, love, and prayers, George, Stephanie, Alyssa and Justin DeRaymond