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Dear Conneaut School District Family,

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Joel Wentling, principal of Conneaut Lake Middle School, passed away Saturday morning after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was deeply devoted to the staff, students and families of the Conneaut School District for over 22 years.  His death is a profound loss to all who had the good fortune to know him.  The district will have counselors available throughout the week for those students that need help with the grieving process.  If you feel that your child needs to talk to one of the counselors available, please email Dr. Ben Stumpf, school psychologist, at:

Calling Hours:
Friday, October 18, 2019, 4:00-8:00pm
Anderson Lounge of Zion's Reformed UCC
260 Main St., Greenville, PA

Memorial Service:
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:30am
Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ
260 Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. June Boutwell, Pastor, officiating

Joel Jamin Wentling, age 51, of Greenville passed away Saturday morning, October 12, 2019 at his home after an 8 month long fight with pancreatic cancer. Every single day he received input from friends and family, who wished him well and boosted his spirits. He truly got to see examples of the best in humanity and was so grateful for that.

Joel was born in Greenville on September 29, 1968 to Dallas and Joan Wentling. Following graduation from Greenville High School in 1987, he began his studies in secondary education, specifically social studies, at Grove City College graduating in 1991. He played defensive tackle for the Wolverines, was captain, and a 4 year starter. After college, he began a position he enjoyed immensely, for 2 years he worked as a teacher and counselor of troubled youth for Vision Quest, based in Franklin, PA. Vision Quest operated a unique “wagon train” program that gave troubled young adults the extraordinary experience of traveling 1000 miles across country on horseback or covered wagon. He helped the kids develop self-confidence, patience, and coping skills.

In 1993, he began teaching 8th grade social studies at Reynolds High School. At this time, he obtained his masters degree in education at Westminster College including certificates in guidance counseling and secondary administration. In 1997, he began his 22-year stint as principal and assistant principal working at Conneaut Valley High School and Conneaut Lake Middle School.

Joel was also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistant Professionals and on the state board for 22 years. He also served on the Crawford County Children's Advocacy Council. He loved his students and thought it was important to understand kids, respect them, and have relationships with them. He always said “Principal ends in PAL”. Joel shared his passion for the outdoors with his family. Over the years, they spent many hours fishing, hunting whitetail, turkey, groundhogs, pheasants and grouse with his dog “Willy”.

He attended Zion's Reformed United Church of Christ where he was very involved as an elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and choir member. He also enjoyed serving meals at the Good Shepard Center.

On September 4, 1998, Joel married the former Michelle McClimans, she survives. He is also survived by his parents of Greenville; his son Jamin Wentling, daughter Mesa Wentling and son Justin Lewis and his wife Kylee, all of Greenville; brother Kyle Wentling and his fiance Amanda Boggs and her children Gavin and Peyton, brother Parke Wentling and his wife Jennifer; nephews Bryer and Trap Wentling; nieces Ada and Iris Wentling; grandchildren Lincoln and Lexi Lewis all of Greenville.  He was preceded in death by his uncle Rodney Wentling.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepard Center, 10 N. Water St., Greenville, PA 16125.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.


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