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Benjamin M. Leinbach

Benjamin M. Leinbach, age 89, of 2959 Hazelbrush Road, Shelby, entered into rest on Saturday, March 2, 2024 after a brief illness.

Born February 5, 1935 in Brecknock Township, PA, he was the son of the late John and Katie (Martin) Leinbach. A retired farmer and carpenter, he was a member of the Springmill Old Order Mennonite Church.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Naomi (Hurst) Leinbach; 3 sons: Amos (Erma) Leinbach of Greenwich, David (Marlene) Leinbach of Mohnton, PA, Mark (Martha) Leinbach of Greenwich; 6 daughters: Irene Snyder (Ammon, deceased) of Pembroke, PA, Esther Shirk (Elvin) Of Spencer, TN, Mary Stauffer (Allen) of Shelby, Ruth Martin (Glenn, deceased) of Shiloh, Bernice Zimmerman (Ben Nevin) of Shelby, Grace Leid (David) Newmanstown, PA; 66 grandchildren; 137 great grandchildren; siblings: Harvey (Lydia) Leinbach both deceased, Mattie Leinbach deceased, Amanda Zimmerman (Willis, deceased) of PA, Levi Leinbach (Esther, deceased) of PA, Amos Leinbach (Katie, deceased) of MO, Adin Leinbach deceased (Fern) of PA, Ella Zimmerman deceased (Wayne) of PA, Ed Leinbach (Ella) of PA, John Leinbach (Edith) of MO,  and Allen Leinbach (Anna) of MO.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the family home, 2959 Hazelbrush Road, Shelby. Funeral services will be at Springmill Old Order Mennonite Church, corner of Dinninger and Plymouth Springmill Roads, on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 9:30 am. Bishop Ammon Burkholder will officiate with burial in the church cemetery.

Care for Benjamin and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. www.PenwellTurner.com

Charles W. “Chuck” Steele

Charles W. “Chuck” Steele, of Shelby, also known to many as “Cheese”, died Saturday night, February 17, 2024 under the care of Hospice of Central Ohio at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He was 60.

Chuck was born November 22, 1963 in Shelby to the late Charles D. and Dorothy (Adkins) Steele. A 1982 graduate of Shelby High School, Cheese worked the majority of his career at MTD Shelby Operations from where he retired. As a hobby, Chuck enjoyed riding his motorcycle and four-wheeling, loved tending to his garden, and enjoyed making trips to Kentucky to visit family.

Chuck always made sure to be present for his daughter and son, no matter what. Surviving are his daughter: Kelli (Branden) Christensen of Tomah, WI, and son: Josh Steele of Shelby. He loved spending time with his grandson, Julius Christensen, who also survives, along with brothers: Roger (Elaine) Steele of Willard and Rick (Elizabeth) Steele of FL; half-sister: April Steele of Shelby; step-siblings: Jennifer (Steve) Keith of Mansfield and Scott (Sarah) Steele of Bloomville; step-mother: Sherri Steele Gowitzka of Shelby; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister: Vicki Weaver.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 11 am-1pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Funeral services will immediately follow at 1 pm with Rev. Gary Adkins, his uncle, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation (LiverFoundation.org).

Condolences may be made on Chuck’s obituary on the funeral home’s website or their Facebook page (Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral).

Marjorie E. Roush

Marjorie E. Roush, age 88, of Shelby, passed away peacefully at her home Monday morning, February 19, 2024.

In her own words, here is the story of Marge’s life. “I was born August 17, 1935 at home in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio to Adam and Caroline “Lena” (Zimmerman) Holzworth. I graduate from Union High School in 1953 and worked at AMF in Shelby as a secretary until going into the auction business with my late husband, Sam Roush. We worked 35 years in the business. Sam and I dearly loved the auction business and the wonderful people who came to the auctions. To you all, thank you. We also had Wall Street Storage- a business we too loved for over 50 years.”

“I was the first woman to sit on the First National Bank of Shelby Board of Directors. What a wonderful honor. I also continued to sit on the Civista Bank Board of Directors following the merger. Additionally, I was elected to St. Mary School Board. What a great experience and a great school.”

“Sam and I were married 38 years. We loved to travel. We went to Antarctica and saw the penguins- one wonderful trip. Later I went to the Arctic. It also was a wonderful trip. I really did enjoy traveling. Following Sam’s passing in 1995, I married Bert E. Davis in 2007. We were married for 13 years until his passing in 2020.”

“I found a lot of happiness in sewing and embroidery work over the years and I’ve created many projects throughout my life. I have also been a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church.”

“Sam and I adopted our two children Samuel David and Cynthia Ann.” Marge’s survivors include her children: S. David (Brenda) Roush and Cynthia (Steve) Carroll; grandchildren: Jamie Roush, Garrett Schroeder, Morgan (Cameron) Lawrence, Stephen “Burl” (Jenny) Carroll and Michael Carroll; great grandchildren: Alainah, Collin, Carmen, Luke, Riley, Kylie, and Colin; sister: Lena Rose Holzworth; God daughter: Denise Carriere; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Sam, and Bert, Marge was preceded in death by her sisters and their husbands: Marie (Jim) Melching, Evelyn (Carl) Bemiller, and Eleanor (Al) Borsani; and a brother who passed at the age of 9: Lawrence Holzworth.

Per Marge’s wishes, calling hours and funeral services will not be observed. Burial will be beside her husband, Sam, in Little London Cemetery, Jackson Township, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary School, 26 West Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875.

Care for Marge is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Condolences may be left on Marge’s obituary on the funeral home’s website or their Facebook Page (Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral).

Sue Carol Lewis

Sue Carol Lewis, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 12, 2024 at the age of 87 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital’s Inpatient Hospice Unit.

Sue was born on July 3, 1936, in Shelby, Ohio, to the late Russell Laverne and Emma Gertrude (Dick) Apger. A graduate of Shelby High School, Class of 1954, Sue contributed to various places of employment throughout her life, including Struble’s Drug Store and Shelby Autocall, though her primary role was that of a dedicated homemaker and mother.

Sue was a faithful member of Messiah House of Prayer in Shiloh, where she found joy in singing gospel songs and staying connected with her faith community. She had a green thumb and found solace in her flower and vegetable gardens, often sharing the bounty of her labor with others. Sue had a passion for baking, especially for her loved ones, and enjoyed spending time with her family, caring for her grandchildren, and watching professional wrestling on television. She was also known for her love of mowing grass and staying informed with the news.

Sue’s legacy lives on through her devoted children: Carol Akers of Columbus, Steve (Melanie) Lewis of Mansfield, Dan (Jill) Lewis of Johnsville, David (Joyce) Lewis of Johnsville, and daughter-in-law Robyn Lewis of Lexington, KY. She was also cherished by her grandchildren: Tiffany (Cory) Idle, Dustin Akers, Nicole Lewis, Amy (Eric) Fletcher, Matt (Katie) Lewis, Jordan (Greg) Eichorn, Kendra Morrison, Sarah (Joshua) Rivers, Molly (Josh) Mateo, and her 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her immediate family, Sue is survived by her sister, Charlene Briggs of Shelby.

In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 1/2 years, Jackie Dale Lewis, on June 8, 2007. Jackie and Sue shared the same birthday, just five years apart. Additionally, her son and daughter-in-law: Timothy D. and Kathleen M. Lewis; and her siblings: Janice Donnenworth, Shirley Dewitt, Sandy Burkhart, Dorothy Bailey, Bonnie Apger, Russell Apger Jr., William Apger, Dean Apger, and Harold Apger preceded her in death.

Sue will be remembered for her unwavering love for her family and friends. She touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 10-11:30 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will immediately follow at 11:30 am. Rev. John Montgomery, Pastor of Temple of God in Shelby, will officiate the services with burial following in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation via their website, www.support.kidney.org.

Online condolences may be left on Sue’s obituary on the funeral home’s website (PenwellTurner.com) or their Facebook page (Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral).

 

To view Sue’s tribute video, click here: Sue Carol Lewis Tribute Video

Marsha Lynn Chase

Marsha Lynn Chase, age 65, of Mansfield, died Saturday, February 10, 2024 at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus following complications of heart surgery.

Marsha was born September 2, 1958 in Shelby to the late Henry Edward “Ed” and Claris (Adkins) Kemplin. A graduate of Shelby High School, she was primarily a homemaker. Marsha absolutely adored her grandchildren and her dogs, both of whom she put at the very top of her priority list. She loved going to her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities and she especially enjoyed faithfully attending the Richland County Fair each year. A faithful spectator of both The Ohio State University Buckeye football and Hallmark movies, Marsha also enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels.

On March 26, 1982 she married Gregory L. “Greg” Chase and he survives. Also surviving are her sons: Jason (Amanda) Waddles of Plymouth, Josh Chase of Mansfield, Zac (Kristi) Chase of Mansfield, and Matt (Renee) Chase of Mansfield; grandchildren: Gavin, Ryleigh, Henry, Kaitlynn, Caden, Logan, Connor, Brody, Bella, Brinn, and Benji; faithful canine companions: Abby and Lexie; siblings: Pam Ridenour, Terri Kemplin Howard, and Ed Kemplin; and numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew: Jacob Edward Kemplin.

Family and friends are welcome on Friday, February 16, 2024 from 10-11 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 11 am. Rev. Gary Adkins, Marsha’s uncle, will officiate the services with burial following in Mansfield Memorial Park, Ontario. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland County Dog Warden & Adoption Center, 810 North Home Road, Mansfield, OH 44903.

Online condolences may be made on Marsha’s obituary post on the funeral home’s website (PenwellTurner.com) or their Facebook page (Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral).

 

To view Marsha’s Tribute Video, click here: Marsha Lynn Chase Tribute Video

Marion L. Holland

Marion L. Holland, age 72, of Ontario, passed away Sunday afternoon, February 11, 2024 at Crestline Nursing Center surrounded by her loved ones.

Marion was born March 19, 1951 in Northumberland, PA, the daughter of the late Niles and Violet (Groner) Oehrli. She lived with her beloved Mimi until 5th grade when she returned home and graduated from Crestline High School and Pioneer Joint Vocational School in 1969. Throughout her life, Marion worked in various positions and careers but ultimately found her passion in nursing. She also loved her career in truck driving, which afforded her the opportunity to travel and see the country.

Marion thoroughly enjoyed reading, playing bingo and the lottery, and traveling. A true thrift and bargain shopper, she could, and would, negotiate on any purchase she could. Of course, shopping was a must in Marion’s life as well. She loved going all out for people and gifting them with her finds and purchases. Truly, she spent time with family for everything and was actively involved in their lives. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Marion is survived by her son and daughter-in-law: Ricky and Starla Holland of Ontario; grandchildren: Cassandra Marcum, Cheyenne (Dylan) Stull, Ricky Holland, Jr., Dominic Holland (Mark Scheck), and Noah Holland (Tyler Harris); great grandchildren: Derrick, Elijah, Millie, Rose, Jayce, Dylan Jr., Kolton, Bentley, and Hudson; siblings: Niles (Shirley) Oehrli, Robert (Lee) Oehrli, Joseph (Wynona) Oehrli, Sherry Brooks, Lori Coward, and James Oehrli; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents and beloved Mimi, Marion was preceded in death by an infant brother, Steven Oehrli.

Calling hours and funeral services will not be observed. A donation to a charity involving juvenile diabetes, the nursing or trucking career, or breast cancer would be an appropriate way to honor Marion and some things she respected throughout her life.

Care for Marion and her family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Condolences may be left on their website (PenwellTurner.com) or Facebook page (Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral).

 

To view Marion’s Tribute Video, click here: Marion L. Holland Tribute Video

Sandra Lynn “Sandy” Russell

Sandra Lynn “Sandy” Russell, age 77, of Shelby, died unexpectedly Saturday, February 10, 2024 at her home.

Sandy was born October 1, 1946 in Shelby to the late Forrest A. and Kathleen (Cashen) DeLong. A 1964 graduate of Shelby High School, Sandy most recently enjoyed spending time with classmates at their monthly luncehon. She also attended cosmetology school following graduation. For many years, Sandy worked at Miami Systems in Shelby and later worked at Broshco Fabricated Products in Mansfield.

Family was so very important to Sandy. She loved her grandchildren deeply and enjoyed attending all their sporting events and activities. More recently, her time was entirely devoted to her great grandchildren and caring for them. Sage, her dog, was certainly family too and was a faithful companion.

Sandy is survived by her children: Scott (Erica) Straker of Crestwood, KY, Beth (Marc) Hartz of Shelby, and Becky Russell (Matt Kropf) of Perrysburg; grandchildren: Alec (Laura Lee) Straker, Whitney (Chandler) Durbin, Nathan Straker, Kaitlyn (Dylan) Osborne, Kearsten Morrison, Zack Hartz, Jaret Straker, Tanner Hartz, and Conner Hartz; great grandchildren: River and Raina Durbin with one more on the way; brothers: Jim (Donna) DeLong of MI and Bill (Kathy) DeLong of AZ; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William K. “Bill” Russell on March 6, 2019.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. There will be no funeral services.  Online condolences may be made on Sandy’s obituary on the funeral home’s website (PenwellTurner.com) or their Facebook page (Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral).

 

To view Sandy’s tribute video, click here: Sandra Lynn “Sandy” Russell Tribute Video

 

Pamela Kay (Kissel) Hoffman

 

Pamela Kay (Kissel) Hoffman, age 69, of Shelby passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at her home.

Pam was born March 20, 1954 in Ashland, Ohio to Ronald and Carolee (O’Green) Kissel. A 1972 graduate of Shelby High School, she also attended Pioneer Joint Vocational School. For 26 years, Pam worked in training and safety at Abbott Labs in Ashland until its closing. She then began working in customer service at Hi-Stat (now Stoneridge) in Lexington for over 10 years until her retirement.

An active member of Mansfield First Church of the Brethren, Pam had served on several committees over the years, including church leadership, and enjoyed helping with any church dinner or activity. She was committed to People Helping People of North Central Ohio and, at least once a month, faithfully assisted with feeding the homeless and less fortunate. A welcoming face at Shelby Whippet sporting events, Pam sold tickets to attendees at home games and was faithful to volunteering for many years. She also was passionate about supporting Mission 22 and their dedication to helping veterans and their families.

Family was so very important and cherished to Pam. She gleamed when talking about her grandchildren and children whom she most sincerely loved. She was always dedicated to following their sporting events and anything they were involved with, including showing at the fair, and loved cooking Sunday dinners at the farm for all to enjoy. In fact, she loved cooking and baking in general and was always sharing what she made with others. Traveling increased, especially after retirement, and it too revolved around family. Some trips were going to Hawaii and the beach with her siblings, and others, like visiting her daughter in Missouri and granddaughter in Pennsylvania, were so she could be close to them. Most recently, Pam was actively making quilts for her beloved great grandchildren.

Pam is survived by her children: Josh (Heidi) Hoffman of Shelby, Christina (Wes) Baker of Lawson, MO, and Jonathan (Cherie) Hoffman of Gibsonburg; grandchildren: Noah (Alexus) Hoffman, Dani (Connor) Nelson, Ty (Marissa) Hoffman, Taylor (Lucas) Ortiz, Tyler Hoffman, and Lexie Hoffman; great grandchildren: Lane Hoffman and Finely Ortiz; mother: Carolee Kissel; siblings: Joyce McKown, Jerry (Deb) Kissel, Wayne (Cheryl) Kissel, and Bonnie Bishop; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Pam was preceded in death by her father: Ronald Kissel; her infant daughter: Jennifer Hoffman; and brother: Michael Kissel.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, February 11, 2024 from 2-5 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Funeral services will be on Monday, February 12, 2024 at 10:30 am at her church, Mansfield First Church of the Brethren, 889 Grace Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44905 with burial following in Franklin Church Cemetery, Mansfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Online condolences may be made on Pam’s obituary on the funeral home’s website (PenwellTurner.com) or their Facebook page (Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral).

 

To view Pam’s Tribute Video, click here: Pamela Kay (Kissel) Hoffman Tribute Video

Christopher Andrew Lucius

Christopher Andrew Lucius, age 40, of Mansfield, died Monday, February 5, 2024 at his home.

Chris was born January 19, 1984 in Shelby and was a 2002 graduate of Shelby High School and Pioneer Career and Technology Center’s Graphic Art’s Program. Chris was artistically expressive and incredibly creative. He drew, wrote songs, played music, and had also been in a band. Chris enjoyed reading non-fiction and American History books but, most of all, loved being with friends.

Chris is survived by his mother and step-father: Sarah (Reese) and Steve Shifley of Haines City, FL; his brother: Scott (Jessica) Lucius of Lexington, KY; God parents: Laura Leach and Duane Lucius; step-grandmother: Betty Shifley; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, including: Rochelle Surgener, Alyssa Vogt, Nathan Fike, and David Fike. Chris was preceded in death by his father, Edward W. Lucius, and grandparents, Paul and Patricia Reese and Eileen and Ronald Kurtz.

Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 12 noon to 2 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation at 2 pm with close friend, Cory Wells, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland Academy of the Arts (Richlandacademy.com/give/).

Online condolences may be left on Chris’ obituary on the funeral home’s website (PenwellTurner.com) or their Facebook page (Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral).

 

To view Chris’ Tribute Video, click here: Christopher Andrew Lucius Tribute Video

Linda Helen Frary

Linda Helen Frary, age 69, of Shelby, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at her home. Her death follows a year long battle with ALS.

Linda was born June 13, 1954 in Reading, PA to the late Roy Edgerton and Geraldine Ann (Bogart) Hansen. A 1972 graduate of Rogers High School in Michigan City, IN, she married Richard Leslie “Rick” Frary on February 1, 1975. Lin worked as an administrative assistant to numerous attorneys in both Indiana and additionally in Ohio following their move for Rick’s job.

Lin began working at the Richland County Court of the Common Pleas in 1993. She functioned as the court administrator for the General Division of the Richland County Court of Common Pleas, serving Judge James D. Henson, Judge James DeWeese and Magistrate Garry Dalbey from 1996 to 2001. She also worked directly for Judge Henson from 2001 to 2004. In 2004 she ran for Richland County Clerk of Courts and became the face of the Richland County Clerk of Courts for nearly two decades, winning five different four-year terms in office. After winning the seat in 2004, Frary was re-elected in 2008, winning 58 percent of the vote in the November general election. She was unopposed in 2012, 2016 and 2020. Lin remained as Clerk of Courts until June 30, 2023 when she retired due to her ALS diagnosis.

Linda was dedicated entirely to family and work. It was not worth trying to win an argument with her- you simply could not; and she truly had such a successful life and career built from her high school education. She was an active and dedicated member of the Richland County Republican Party and was a member of the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association (OCCA). With OCCA, Lin was an integral part of the new clerk orientation program. She was a lover of the Great Lakes, especially Erie and Michigan, and took every chance she could to take her grandchildren to Vermillion.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Rick; children: Jeff (Ginny) Frary of Crestline, Allen Frary of Columbus, Nate Frary (Rachel Shepherd) of Shelby and Lydia Dennin of Shelby; grandchildren: Zoe Frary, Damon Frary, and Camren Dennin; siblings: Laura Hansen Dean of Indianapolis, Nancy Riordan of Indianapolis, and Mike (Sue) Hansen of Atlanta; and several nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Graveside services will be private on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at North Oregon Cemetery, Oregon, Ohio. Pastor Dan Peterson will officiate the graveside services. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio (www.hospiceofnorthcentralohio.org/support-us/memorial-donation) or ALS Association (www.als.org/donate).

Online condolences may be left on Linda’s obituary post on the funeral home’s website (www.PenwellTurner.com) or their Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral).

 

To view Lin’s Tribute Video, click the provided link: Linda Helen Frary’s Tribute Video