Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Edessa Madeliene Hollenbaugh

Edessa Madeliene Hollenbaugh, age 90, of Shelby, died Thursday, January 31, 2008 at Hospice House of North Central Ohio in Ashland.

She was born July 24, 1917 in Shelby the daughter of the late William Whitney and Bertha Agnes (Mayer) Robertson. Edessa was a homemaker and her family was the focus of her life. She was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby. She and her husband, Frank, were world travelers. Their trip to Rome was their favorite destination.
Edessa was well known in the community for her many garage sales.

Edessa is survived by her husband, of 58 years, Franklin George Hollenbaugh, whom she wed on June 4, 1949; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Roberta Bobbie and William Singleton, Jr. of Wooster, Ohio and Melissa and Robert Sharp of Blacklick, Ohio; a grandson and his wife, Taylor and Elizabeth Singleton of Denver, Colorado; a brother and his wife, Joseph and Freda Robertson of Shelby; 2 sisters-in-law, Hazel Robertson and Jennie Robertson both of Shelby. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, William Robertson, Sr., and George Robertson; 3 sisters, Mary Veronica Robertson, Alberta Robertson, and Carmelita Nicki Robertson Dority; and 3 grandchildren.

Friends may call on Saturday, February 2, 2008 from 3-5 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where the rosary will be recited at 5 PM. There will be no visitation on Sunday. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, February 4, 2008 at 10:30 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Nick Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to St. Mary’s School. The family would appreciate on-line condolences at

Memories & Condolence

  1. Guest says:

    Family_of: Holenbaugh
    Your_Name: Rob Sharp (Son-Iin-Law)


    I’d like to extend my deepest condolences to both daughters, Melissa Sharp and Roberta Singleton, and husband, Frank Hollenbaugh. Dess was always endeared to her angles around the house, as they brought comfort in times of need and solidtude. It was a pleasure to escort her and Frank to the Rocky Mountains this past summer where atop a mountain she was able to touch the face of God. As she said, “This is heaven”. You could see the the sincerity and warmth in her eyes for her maker. And now, being granted her well deserved reward, we can be at ease for her, and know she’s only a thought away.

    With deepest sympothy and love,


    Family_of: Edessa Madeliene Hollenbaugh
    Your_Name: Betty O’Leary

    I am sorry to hear about your mom, Melissa and I wanted to let you know that I am thinking and praying for you and your family.

    Family_of: Edessa Madeliene Hollenbaugh
    Your_Name: Tami Moore

    To Melissa Sharp and family – Deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers and with you.

    Tami Moore
    IAAP – Dublin Chapter

    Family_of: Melissa Sharp
    Your_Name: Karen Beal (Nationwide)


    My deepest sympothy goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Family_of: Edessa Hollenbaugh
    Your_Name: Melissa Killen


    Melissa Sharp and family- I am truly sorry for your loss. I pray God is a comfort to you at this time, as you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Melissa
    Family_of: Frank Hollenbaugh
    Your_Name: David Leo Studer


    Dear Frank & Family,
    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Dess. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the peace of God be with you.
    Love, Mary,David,Fred Studer & Joyce Pendrey
    Family_of: edessa Hollenbaugh
    Your_Name: Lisa Decker


    Melissa and Rob, my family and I send our deepest condolscences for the loss of your mom. We have you in our prayers and are there for you if you need us.


    Lisa and the kids

    Family_of: Frank Hollenbaugh & Family
    Your_Name: Joan Sexton


    Aunt Dess was my Godmother. She always made sure I had birthday and Christmas gifts. When I had an operation at the age of 16 she gave me a white handkerchief with a crocheted yellow border. The handkerchief is now a treasured keepsake.

    I remember attending the wedding of Dess and Frank on June 4, 1949, when I was only 7 years old. For something borrowed, I gave Dess a medal from my first communion necklace and she carried it in her white gloves that day.

    Dess was such a pretty aunt and Godmother. She always called me Dearie. I was glad that I got to speak with her on Christmas Day last December.

    I and my husband Bill have fond memories of Aunt Dess and will miss her dearly.

    Bill and Joan Sexton

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