Vivian Charlotte Oakley, age 85, of Byhalia, MS, died Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at Methodist Olive Branch Hospital in Olive Branch, MS.
Charlotte was born December 5, 1936 in Ontario to the late James Edwin “Bud” and Meriam Eileen (Riddick) Danals. She was a graduate of Union High School.
Charlotte is survived by her children: Tom (Gigi) Oakley of Ashland and Susan (Eric) Copsey of Greenwich; granddaughters: Hillary (Mike) Canan and Alexis (Ben) Parks; great grandchildren: Lane, Shaw, Evie, Dell, Rhys, and Wes; siblings: Ethel France of Lucas, Winona Reber of FL, and Fran (Chuck) Miller of Shelby; and numerous nieces and nephews including Linda (Jerry) Robbins and Eric Kenner with whom she has made her home and have been her caretakers. In addition to her parents, Charlotte was preceded in death by her siblings: Frank Danals, Ed Danals, Charlene Carte, and Leona Kenner.
Family and friends are welcome on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 10-11 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. A procession to Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shiloh will immediately follow the visitation with graveside services beginning at 11:30 am.
Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence on Charlotte’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on her post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
Janet Elaine West, age 73, of Shelby, died early Sunday morning, June 12, 2022 at her home surrounded by her family following a 20-year strong battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Janet was born on October 15, 1948 in Shelby to the late Marabelle E. (Baker) and Ross B. Fackler, Sr. She was a 1966 graduate of Shelby High School. Janet spent her career in the banking industry in various position. She worked for First National Bank of Shelby from 1986-2005 in the accounting department as a loan processor.
Janet was a founding member of Country Farm Hands 4-H Club and was a member of ABC’s Guidance League. She loved flower gardening, canning, and watching the birds out the window. Janet enjoyed collecting antiques and friends- she never met a stranger. Above all else, Janet was very proud of her family and their accomplishments.
On July 8, 1967, Janet married her husband of nearly 55 years, Larry E. West, and he survives. Also surviving are her children: Larry West, Jr. of Norwalk, Rechelle (Michael) Silverwood of Trussville, AL; and Jill West of Shelby; grandchildren: Lynette (Tylor) Nester, Ashley West (fiancé Dakota), Haley West, Michael Brandon Silverwood (fiancé Abigail), Lauren Silverwood, and Kaitlin Silverwood; great grandchildren: Owen, Adler, and Harlynn; siblings: Shirley (James) Silverwood of Crestline, Lucinda (Charles) Johnson of Shelby, and Ross B. Fackler, Jr. (Theresa) of Hamilton, MT; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, Janet was preceded in death by her aunt: Hildred McMahon.
Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 16, 2022 at the funeral home at 2 pm, where family and friends are welcome an hour prior to the funeral service. Rev. Kathy Kollar will officiate and burial will follow in Little London Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, https://www.apdaparkinson.org/donate.
Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence on Janet’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on her post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
Robert Howard Gwirtz, age 92, died peacefully on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at the Kobacker House in Columbus following a brief illness.
Bob was born on June 27, 1929 in New Washington, Ohio the son of the late Joseph M. and Estella T. (Durnwald) Gwirtz. He was a 1947 graduate of Shelby High School. Bob began working at the Shelby Salesbook Co. during high school in the shipping department, then worked many years in the printing department and retired under the Miami Systems ownership in 1993 after 48 years.
Bob was a charter member of the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield Lahm Ohio Air National Guard Base in Mansfield, from which he retired from Security and Law Enforcement as Senior Master Sergeant after 37 years of service in 1985.
Bob was a lifetime member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the Shelby Knights of Columbus Council 1968, and several military organizations including the Shelby American Legion O’ Brien Post #326.
Bob loved golfing throughout his life and was a member of the Shelby Country Club where he participated in numerous golf leagues. He enjoyed annual golf vacations for several years with 11 of his coworkers to Callaway Gardens Golf Resort and regularly golfed with friends at Woody Ridge Golf Course during his retirement. Bob also enjoyed playing cards and was interested in anything aviation- having his pilot’s license and loving to fly.
Bob married his wife, Georgia C. Hewitt on August 24, 1949 and together they raised their family in Shelby. She preceded him in death on December 7, 2018. Also preceding him in death were his parents; and brothers: Richard, Donald, and Norman. Survivors include his daughters: Sally (Larry) Steward of Columbus and Marlene (Pat) Wears of Groveport; granddaughters: Anne (Eli) Barrett and Amanda Steward (Kevin Dye); 5 great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Willow Brook Christian Home for their wonderful care of Bob as well as the staff of the Kobacker House who helped him and his family through his final days.
Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 12 noon – 1 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow visitation at 1:30 pm at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, with Fr. Chris Mileski celebrating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the United States Air Force with members of the 179th Airlift Wing assisting with the honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary School.
Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence on Bob’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
Bob McClain, age 86, of Shelby, died Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at his home.
Bob was born December 26, 1935 in Logan County, West Virginia to the late Ersel and Opal (Crum) McClain. He was a proud United States Marine Corps veteran, serving in Japan during the Korean War from 1954-1956, and remained in the Reserves from 1956-1962. Bob spent his career at General Motors in Ontario for 36 years as a crane operator and a die setter and retired in 1993. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Shelby and the American Legion O’Brien Post #326.
Bob was a golfer through and through- a hobby and sport he genuinely loved and enjoyed. He was proud to have earned a hole-in-one at Woody Ridge Golf Course. In addition to golf, Bob had enjoyed shooting trap and sporting clay, was a hunter, and was a proud member of the NRA. He also loved to travel.
Bob was a loving father and husband who will be sorely missed by his wife of nearly 63 years, Vella (Horn) McClain, whom he wed on June 6, 1959; his daughter: Debra McClain of Cincinnati; sisters: Donna Jean Adkins of WV and Loretta Grass of FL; in-laws: Della (Bugsy) Newport and Sherlen (Della) Horn both of Shelby; and other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother: Teddy McClain; and sisters: Icelean Franklin, Maxine Nelson, Janice Elkins, and Louise Ellis.
Funeral services for Bob will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 1 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Calling hours will not be observed. Pastor Brad Gentille will officiate with burial following in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Shelby, 185 South Gamble Street, Shelby, OH 44875 or to the Richland County Dog Shelter, 810 North Home Road, Mansfield, OH 44904.
Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence on Bob’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
Maureen Patricia Ingram, 85, went peacefully to our Lord surrounded by family on Sunday night, May 29, 2022 in Gaylord, Michigan.
She was born in 1936 in Perth, Scotland, the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Josephine Porter. She lived in Scotland until she moved to High Wycombe, England in 1944. She was a graduate of Saint Bernards Catholic School in High Wycombe, England.
Maureen met her late husband, Denzil Ingram, while he was serving in the United States Air Force in High Wycombe, England. In 1957, Maureen moved to the United States to live with her brother and parents where she and Denzil were reunited and married in Shelby, Ohio in 1959. It was in Shelby where they made their home for 62 years before moving to Gaylord, Michigan in 2021 to be closer to family. Maureen retired from the Mansfield News Journal in 1995 after serving 25 years in a variety of positions.
Maureen enjoyed gardening, traveling, antiquing, and spending time with family and friends. We will miss her for her gentle nature, wisdom, guidance, quick wit and dedication and love for her family.
Maureen is survived by her daughter: Maria (Dave) Barton of Indian River, Michigan; son: Jim (Rachelle) Ingram of Mint Hill, North Carolina; three grandchildren: Drew (Mandi) Ingram, Spencer Ingram, and Cassie Barton; great grandson: Denver Ingram; sisters: Shelagh Manhart of Loveland, Colorado and Sophie Swallow of Reading, England; and sister-in-law: Reba Montgomery of Monroe, Ohio. In addition to her parents, Maureen was preceded in death by her husband: Denzil Bertis Ingram on October 8, 2021; brother: Andrew Porter; and brothers-in-law: James Ray Ingram and Robert Montgomery.
Family and friends are welcome at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main St., Shelby, Ohio on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 5-7 pm, where funeral services will immediately follow at 7 pm. Father Jeff Smith will officiate and burial will follow on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 10 am at Oakland Cemetery, Shelby.
To share a memory or send a condolence to the Ingram family, please visit: www.PenwellTurner.com or Maureen’s post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
William H. “Bill” Sweeney, age 63, of Shelby, died Friday, May 27, 2022 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital following a brief and unexpected illness.
Bill was born August 2, 1958 in Pittsfield, MA to the late William H. and Betty E. (Johnston) Sweeney and was a 1977 graduate of Shelby High School. He started his career at Shelby Mutual Insurance as a custodian where he remained until their closing. Shortly after, Bill continued to maintain that same building working for North Central State College Kehoe Center where he was still employed. Bill truly loved his job and enjoyed working to ensure things were properly taken care of and that the events held there were successful. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he had served on the custodial staff.
Bill loved the outdoors, mowing the lawn, and gardening. He was a storm chaser and enjoyed what he would call “windshield time” which consisted of getting in his truck and going for drives. Bill enjoyed collecting models and pictures of lighthouses and old ships, was very particular with keeping his truck clean, and was always tinkering. Bill loved the holidays, especially Christmas, and had many inflatables and decorations for every occasion.
Bill is survived by his sister: Pamela A. Sweeney of Shelby; godchildren: Roy (Britt) Brown and their daughter, Keelie, and Ami (Jeff) Finster; aunt: Anna Lee Johnston; his faithful canine companion: Macy; and cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his uncles: Robert Johnston and Donald Sweeney.
Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 from 4-6 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 10:30 am. Rev. James MacDonald will officiate and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Central State College Foundation, https://ncstatecollege.edu/foundation-2021-giving, or the Richland County Humane Society.
Appropriate ways to express sympathy may be done by leaving an online condolence on Bill’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
David A. “Dave” Hartz, age 58, of Shelby, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 after suffering an unexpected brain aneurysm.
Dave was born July 14, 1963 in Shelby to Charles Floyd and Kay (Miller) Hartz. He was a 1981 graduate of Shelby High School and Pioneer Joint Vocational School where he was in the Machine Trades Program. For over 25 years he was the owner and operator of Hartz Manufacturing- his CNC machine shop. A man of God, Dave was an active member of Taylortown Community Church where he served the church in various capacities and volunteering efforts. As “the handiest guy ever”, Dave was a very skilled craftsman, always wore cowboy boots and loved western movies, and enjoyed visiting Lake Erie and riding Sea-Doos.
Dave is survived by his wife, Marlo D. (Koerner) Hartz, whom he wed on May 5, 2005; his children: Seth Hartz, Markie Hartz, Mariah (Clay) Armstrong, Hollie Hartz, Nicholas Hartz, Stephen (Meghan) Fryer, II, and Mason (Annalee) Fryer; grandchildren: Millie, Myah, Jasmine, Alexis, Sean, Scarlett, and Silas; mother: Kay (Miller) Hartz; sisters: Cathy (Bill) Gardner and Sandra Tener; and other relatives and friends. His father, Charles Floyd Hartz, preceded him in death along with is brother-in-law, Mark Tener.
Funeral services will be private. Care for Dave and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby.
Sympathy may be expressed by leaving an online condolence on Dave’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his obituary post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
Richard M. “Dick” Friebel, age 90, of Shelby, died early Thursday morning, May 12, 2022 at the home of his daughter, Denise.
Dick was born March 15, 1932 in Sylvania, Ohio, to the late Walter and Otillia (Hoehn) Friebel. He was a 1951 graduate of Shelby High School. Dick was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean War from 1952-1954. He served on the front lines and, for his service, was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and a Combat Infantry Badge. Upon his return to Shelby from Korea, he was a farmer and worked for Friebel and Hartman prior to beginning his career at Sears. He worked at Sears until his retirement in 1991 and managed their Paint, Electric, and Toy Departments. However, Dick’s “work” never ceased, but merely his hobbies and passions became his life’s work.
Dick’s green thumb and love for gardening was a major part of not only his life, but also his entire family’s lives as well. From his many years of cantaloupe farming to supply produce for Friebel’s Farm Market to growing multiple varieties of flowers for Friebel’s Greenhouse, which he owned and operated from 1974-1999, his passion was always evident. Even after the closing of the greenhouse, he continued to have a personal greenhouse where he would tend to his flowers which often ended up being gifted to others. For over 20 years, starting in 1994, Dick was the largest Olde Whalers Candle distributor which all took place at his “warehouse”. It was not just candles that were distributed, and eventually made, at the warehouse, but also was a place which created many great memories, housed other hobbies and businesses, and served as a home to his well-known collection. It was at the warehouse that he, his brother, Butch, and friend, Carl Sifferlin, manufactured, painted, and sold cornhole boards for their company (BC&D), making over 2,000 sets over the years. Later, his passion and obsession for collecting Beanie Babies needed a homebase, and the warehouse served as that space for his collection of over 35,000. He traveled multiple states many times over to add to the collection of which he was so immensely proud. But no matter what happened during the day or week at the warehouse, Happy Hour was a staple every Friday at 5 pm where friends and family would gather to unwind from the week- something that Dick would never miss.
Dick was so very proud of his entire family and instilled in them the true meaning of hard work whether that be with assisting with the gardening, to helping with candle packing, to even being the driving instrument and encourager to each grandkid working and selling sweet corn each year at their stand. Dick was a longtime member, 38 years to be exact, of the Shelby Y where he faithfully went each and every morning at its opening to swim and exercise. He was also a lifetime member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, always actively supporting St. Mary School and its mission, and was a member of the Shelby Knights of Columbus Council 1968 where he was a 3rd Degree Knight and had been for over 70 years.
Dick is survived by his children: Becky (Victor) Morris of Shelby, Shelly (Mike) Gwirtz of O’Neals, CA, Mark (Julie) Friebel of Shelby, and Denise Carriere of Shelby; grandchildren: Nikki (Jason) Fortman, Heidi (Josh) Hoffman, Abby (Jeff) Payne, Richele (John) Bruno, Joshua (Katrina) Gwirtz, Terra (Brad) Edris, Michael Friebel, Danny Friebel, Alana (Eddie) Wagoner, Joe (Jayde) Carriere, and Jacob Carriere; 16 great grandchildren; siblings: Tina Cooper, Raphael “Butch” Friebel, Brother John Friebel, OFM, and Theresa (Mike) Lake; sister-in-law: Glenda Friebel; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Berniece “Mickey” (Albert) Friebel, whom he wed on October 1, 1955. Also preceding him in death was his son-in-law: Paul Carriere; and siblings: Roman Friebel, Marie Maier, Wally Friebel, Bob Friebel, and Gerald “DoDo” Friebel.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, from 4-7 pm, where a rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, May 23, 2022 at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby. Father Chris Mileski will be the celebrant with Fr. Rick Friebel, Dick’s nephew, and Fr. John Missler, concelebrating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary School, Shelby Y, or OhioHealth Hospice and left in care of the funeral home.
For those unable to attend, sympathy may be expressed by leaving an online condolence on Dick’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on his obituary post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
Linda Siler Sherman Clark, age 84, of Mansfield, died early Thursday morning, May 5, 2022 at The Waterford at Mansfield.
Linda, born September 17, 1937 in Ashland to the late Lyman and Reba (Korns) Siler, was the first female to be born in the Siler Family in five generations. She was a 1956 graduate of Ashland High School and, at the age of 15, worked as a waitress at the Lyn-Way Restaurant in Ashland- a job she fondly reminisced about and to this day still enjoyed a great piece of pie and a meal. Linda was a retired employee of Packaging Corp of America in Ashland. Prior to that she was the manager of Rhythm Bowl in Shelby where she started the children’s bowling league and enjoyed teaching many children how to bowl.
Linda was an active woman her entire life who was always welcoming, never meeting a stranger but rather always making a friend. Her friends were not limited to humans as she was an animal whisperer and lover always feeding and caring for animals both wild and domestic. Linda loved the outdoors, especially working in her garden and yard, and loved to fish. She was a sports fanatic following all sports but especially the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, The Ohio State University Buckeyes, and Duke University men’s and women’s basketball. As an athlete herself, she was an avid bowler and golfer and was instrumental in forming the Shelby girls’ softball youth league in 1968 of which she also coached. Together with her late husband, Bill, Linda enjoyed traveling and was especially fond of spending time with her family. She had a close group of friends which she remained extremely active with and enjoyed daily trips for morning coffee at various local restaurants. She herself was an outstanding cook, enjoyed playing cards, and was a Girl Scout leader when her girls were young. Most importantly, Linda was an honest God-fearing woman who lived her life and raised her family with strong Christian values.
On March 21, 1981, Linda married her husband, George William “Bill” Clark, Jr., and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2010. Also preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Dennis Siler. Survivors include her children: Monica (Dan) Wilson of Erwin, TN, Celeste Hummel of Galion, Cathy (Dennis) Esterline of Shelby, Tim (Lisa) Sherman of Dobson, NC; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother: Keith (Eloise) Siler; sister-in-law: Jan Siler; former sister-in-law: Nancy Zorn; and other relatives and friends.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, May 8, 2022 from 2-5 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 11 am. Pastor Rick Utt will officiate the services with burial following in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to Avita Home Health and Hospice, https://avitahomehealth.org/donate/.
For those unable to attend, sympathy may be expressed by leaving an online condolence on Linda’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on her obituary post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
Cheryl C. (Weber) Cullen, age 77, of Mansfield, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday morning, April 18, 2022 at her home.
Cheryl was born June 10, 1944 in Shelby to the late Robert W. “Bob” and Virginia C. “Jinni” (Finnegan) Weber and was a 1962 graduate of Shelby High School. Cheryl, or Duffy as she was known in her youth, was an heiress to a very small brewery fortune long since squandered on TJ Maxx shopping sprees, spoiled children, and a few rounds of drinks between years while living as a retired freelance Supreme Court Justice and homemaker. Cheryl misspent most of her youth visiting libraries, museums, and acquiring rare trivial knowledge by calling the information desk at the NYC public library- her go to source before there was Google. Cheryl loved spending time at any beach, especially Lake Erie Old Homestead Beach Huron, OH. Cheryl’s gregarious and fun-loving nature was only surpassed by her wit and wisdom that could make instant friends or very confused strangers! Once mentioned as the “Mother of Mansfield Golf” by former Mansfield News Journal Sports Editor Mike Van Sickle, Cheryl enjoyed all sports- with a real affinity for what she deemed the ‘most exciting’ sport, Jai Alai. Her love of playing cards and low stakes gambling was only exceeded by the love for her 3 children who she referred to as ‘The Irish Trinity’ and her 1st and only husband of 50 years. The Queen is gone, but she will never be forgotten.
Throughout her life, Cheryl was a member of the Mansfield Elks Lodge #56, once serving as Chaplain, Mansfield Knights of Columbus Council 687, and St. Peter’s Catholic Church where she had actively volunteered over the years and had even once been a track coach for St. Peter’s Grade School.
Her children survive: John “2-E” (Christine) Cullen of Highlands Ranch, CO, Rene “Minnie” (Martin) Prince of Fairfield, CT, and Chad “Ralphie” (Genevieve) Cullen of Mansfield; grandchildren: Lily, Sophie, and Emma Jane Prince, Caroline and Isabelle Cullen, and Zaven; her sister, Mary M. Weber of Ojai, CA; and nephews and niece: Garrett Gross, Nicholas Gross, Travis Weber, and Erin Weber; sister-in-law: Jean Cullen; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Cheryl was preceded in death by her husband: John R. Cullen, whom she wed on January 16, 1965 and preceded her in death on March 31, 2015; and her brother: Robert W. “Buzz” Weber in 1980.
On behalf of Cheryl and her family, a heartfelt thank you to the Ohio Health Hospice staff (Brittany, Chelsie, Dana, Ruth, Deb, and Abbey).
Calling hours and funeral mass for Cheryl will be announced at a later date. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to Harmony House, 124 West 3rd Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902. Care for Cheryl and her family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby.
Sympathy may be expressed by leaving an online condolence on Cheryl’s obituary at www.PenwellTurner.com or by leaving a comment on her obituary post on the funeral home’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.