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Patricia Zirkelbach WCR State Chapter President 2017
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I am completely heartbroken to announce former member, Past Local Network President, real estate maverick and Past State President Karen O'Donnell's mother, Jennie Chiccola passed away last night. What am amazing woman and pioneer in our industry who paved the way for all of us.
Please enjoy this article written by Jill Sell in celebration of Jennie's 100th Birthday in October of 2015...
The couple was definitely interested in a house on the market they had seen. So they returned for a second look. Realtor Jennie Chiccola noticed that they brought along a load of firewood. When Chiccola inquired about the bundle, the potential buyers said, "We wanted to see if the fireplace worked."
Chiccola, always protective of her sellers, replied, "Not on my watch you're not."
You didn't want to mess with Chiccola when she was in her prime. Her daughter, Karen O'Donnell, an agent with Northwood Realty Services, said Chiccola was known as "The Closer." Once everyone sat down at the table to negotiate, Chiccola made fast work of the proceedings.
"They just wanted me to stop talking," said Chiccola, who became 100 years old on September 24.
Chiccola was born in 1915 in Cleveland to Russian immigrants Ben and Sarah Weiser. She was the oldest of three sisters who were raised on a farm in Geneva.
Chiccola began her real estate career about 1965. She had secretarial training in high school. But when she noticed that her neighbor (whose family was in the real estate profession) had new furniture, Chiccola said she "went for the money." She sold houses in northeast Ohio for 55 years.
After earning her agent's license she quickly became a broker, one of the first women in the region to achieve that title. She partnered with several other real estate professionals over the years, but is best known for owning Jennie Chiccola Realty that at one time boasted of 150 agents.
Chiccola was also active in the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors (now Akron Cleveland Association of Realtors) and the association's East Side Round Table. She served as president of the area's Women's Council of Realtors in 1972 and 1974, an honor of which she is still very proud.
Even though the real estate industry was very much "a man's world" when she first entered the profession, Chiccola felt little resistance from her male colleagues, whom she called very supportive. She was also supported by her clients.
"But some of her professional choices were risky at that time for a woman. But it worked and she always made time for her five children," said O'Donnell. "She was a den mother, Girl Scout troop leader, school helper and served on the PTA. And she never missed a Little League game or school concert."
The long, but flexible hours were a plus to Chiccola, a resident of Mayfield Heights for 53 years, as they enabled her to juggle a successful career and family.
Obviously, much as changed in the real estate profession since Chiccola first showed her first house. But she said the methods of communications have seen the most radical changes.
"We used the telephone, of course, but it wasn't unusual that an agent would meet in person with someone at 11 or 11:30 at night closing a deal. Now with computers, you don't even have to leave your house to do something like that," said Chiccola. "But I worry that the one-on-one relationship may get lost. The most important thing you must have is your client's trust. You must always be honest with them."
Housing prices were a tad different back then, too. Chiccola recalls houses that sold for $9,000 in the 1960s in Mayfield Heights "are now selling for $99,000."
Chiccola keeps up with real estate news by being a voracious reader of newspapers and magazines, and of course, having a daughter in the same profession.
"Not long ago I was in a restaurant when a young man came up to me and said, 'Jennie?' I said yes, and he told me I had sold his grandmother a house 40 years ago. He said I hadn't changed," said a most pleased Chiccola.
The feeling Chiccola gets when holding a signed contract in her hand hasn't changed either.
"I still get a rush from it," admitted Chiccola.
Patricia Adolph, Stark County WCR 2008 Past Presidents passed this morning, Wednesday 4/26/17.
Pat fought a year-long battle with courage and strength but in the end, cancer won. Cancer sucks!! We take comfort in knowing she is pain free and went home to be with our Lord.
Pat was an amazing REALTOR, Broker, Manager, Friend and WCR supporter. I spent the drive home from OAR today reflecting on all the fun road trips to WCR, OAR, Nationals and Region II with Pat over the last 20+ years. The hotel stays, crazy side trips and laughing until you cried moments.
Pat was always there to assist on committees and events at both WCR and SCAR activities. She was also a Board Director at SCAR, WCR Stark County Member of the Year in 2006 and 2016, Stark County WCR Entrepreneur of the year in 2011.
Pat pre-arranged a "Celebration of Life” event on May 6th. More details to follow. Please pray for Pat's immediate Family: her husband, Don; her two children Brian and Christy, and her grandson Nikko (the joy of her life) as they need a lot of support and HUGS to help them through this difficult time.
Cards can be sent to the Family at 2687 Beaconfield St NW, Uniontown Ohio 44685.
Visitation and Memorial Service Information
Patricia Louise (Casto) Adolph began a new journey beyond this Earth to walk with her Savior and family in Heaven on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. She had been fighting a courageous battle of late stage Ovarian Cancer since August of 2015.
Pat was born to John "Glen" and Harriet Casto on March 31, 1949 in Akron, OH. She lived in North Canton, Ohio where she raised a loving family and was active in her community. She was cherished for her extensive selfless love and compassion for others.
Pat is preceded in death by her father, John "Glen", and her mother Harriet. She is survived by her husband, Donald of 43 years; her daughter, Christy Kraemer and grandson Nykko of Twinsburg, OH; her son, Brian (Catherine) Adolph of Jackson Twp.; her beloved sister Sue (Terry) Harget of Manchester, OH, and brother John (Terry) Casto of Grand Rapids, MI; her brother-in laws George (Beverly) of Jackson Twp, Jim (Sue) Adolph of Suffield, OH, and sister-in-law Mary Adolph of Austintown, OH.
She has greatly impacted the entire local real estate community, all of which she also considers family. Lastly, she leaves behind a world of friends, realtors, cousins, fellow church members, and all those who have been touched by Pat's courage, determination, strength, loyalty, humor, and love.
Pat's strength and courage could not be fathomed as she held on to her life as long as she could. She greatly adored her family, especially spending time with her grandson, and she was looking forward to another grandchild on the way this July. Her love for us all, loyalty, strength, and trust will always be remembered. Her absence leaves an ache and emptiness within all of her loved ones, and those she has helped throughout a very productive real estate career for over the past 35 years. She was active in supporting Faith United Methodist Church, the Domestic Violence Project, Akron Children's Hospital Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and several other local community causes.
Calling Hours will be held on Friday, May 5th, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Faith United Methodist Church, 300 Ninth St. North Canton, OH 44720, 330-499-6040.
A Memorial Service will also be held at Faith United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 6th, at 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
A party will then be held in Pat's honor following the Memorial Service at 4:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center of the church. It may be untraditional, but so was Pat in almost everything she did, and she wanted to see people having fun, rather than mourning an Earthly loss.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) 2501 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 435 Dallas, Texas 75219, or the Pat Adolph Medical Fund at Huntington Bank 1340 N. Main St. North Canton Ohio 44720 to specifically go to raising medical awareness and other research related causes she believed in.
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