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Fatal crash victim was 'smart, wonderful,' family says

By Brandon Addeo • Feb 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM

CASTALIA — The niece of 21-year-old Castalia resident Noah Wiswell called him “Batman.” He called her “Batgirl.” Another young family member called him “my Noahy.”

And Noah’s mother called him a “wonderful man.”

Noah Wiswell died Monday in a Cleveland hospital after his car crashed into a utility pole on Ohio 101 late Sunday night.

At their Castalia home Tuesday, Noah’s mother, Kelly Wiswell, said her family was “doing OK” following her son’s death.

Kelly Wiswell described her son as a smart man who liked being with family and friends. He attended Margaretta Schools and later earned his GED.

“You can’t put Noah into words,” said Noah’s sister-in-law, Kendra Wiswell. “If you walked up to him and talked to him for the first time, he was the most chill and calm guy. You could talk to him about anything and he’d listen.”

He was born June 18, 1997, in Sandusky. He was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Castalia and graduated from Margaretta High School.

Kendra Wiswell said he was an avid computer gamer. Noah especially liked Counter Strike.

He also loved cars, particularly BMWs. She said Noah also loved fashion and his hair. She remembered Noah while looking at a cardboard box filled with Noah’s hair products sitting on a counter.

“That’s only the first box,” Kelly Wiswell said, and she and Kendra laughed. “There’s still more.”

Noah worked as a line tech at Ventra in Sandusky, along with his brother, Brad, and was a member of UAW Local 913.

His eventual goal was to become a military police officer, but a hand injury sidelined that aspiration, Kendra Wiswell said.

Noah’s family said he was known and loved by many.

“If you ask anybody he’s ever worked with, they’ll all say he’s lovely,” Kendra Wiswell said. “I don’t think anyone would have anything bad to say about Noah. He’s that kind of person.”

Kelly Wiswell said they visited an Ohio 101 convenience store Tuesday morning, where employees knew Noah as a store regular.

“They were crying,” Kelly Wiswell said.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the crash, Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

The Wiswells said people have been contacting them on Facebook inquiring about the nature of Noah’s death. They asked social media users to respect their privacy during this difficult time.

Survivors include his parents, George and Kelly (Shaeffer) Wiswell; paternal grandparents, George and Bonnie Wiswell; maternal grandfather, Rudy Shaeffer; brother, Bradley (Kendra) Wiswell; two nieces, Arabella Dupont and Aliyah Wiswell; one nephew, Alias Wiswell; godmother, Tracy Byers; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and many friends, including his best friend, Doug Hebert.

Noah was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mary Shaeffer.

Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Ransom Funeral & Cremation Service, 610 S. Washington St., Castalia. The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kathleen Suggitt officiating. Entombment will be in Castalia Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Margaretta Fire Department, 113 South Ave. Castalia, OH 44824, Grace Lutheran Church, 203 S. Washington St., Castalia, and to Back to the Wild, PO Box 423, Castalia.

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