Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Mary E. (Kempf) Cline

Mary E. Cline, age 96, formerly of 34 Park Village, Shelby, died Tuesday, September 24, 2002, at the Crestwood Care Center after a short illness.

She was born December 17, 1905 in Antwerp, OH the daughter of the late Christian and Sarah Elizabeth (Dangler) Kempf. On July 18, 1934 she married John H. Cline and had been a Shelby resident most of her life.

She was a homemaker and a Member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and Ministers of Praise. She helped establish the St. Mary’s School lunch program and the CYO Youth Program in the 1940’s. Mary and her husband lived several years in Florida where she worked as a nurse’s aid. After the death of her husband in 1980, Mary worked with the foster grandparent program at St. John Children’s Home in Carrolton, Ohio, returning to Shelby in 1983. She helped with the St. Mary’s Bingo program by baking and working in the kitchen well-past the age of 90.

Mary is survived by 3 daughters and a son-in-law: Gaylene M. and Robert Bishop of Newark, OH; Sister Lois Ann Cline, OSF of Rockford, IL; Janet C. Beer of Lake Preston, SD; a son and daughter-in-law: James F. and Audrey Cline of Mobile, AL; 8 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; 3 sisters: Mildred Hook of Joliet, IL; Luella Guisinger of Shelby; and Sister Madonna Kempf, CPPS of Dayton, OH.

She was preceded in death by her husband; 2 granddaughters: Patricia Cline in 1971 and Lisa Cline in 1985; 6 brothers: Benedict, Charles, George, Vincent, Clair and Raymond Kempf; 5 sisters: Bertha Rietschlin, Sister Helen Kempf, OSF, Frances Moore, Mary Frances Kempf and Mary Kempf.

Calling hours will be on Thursday, September 26, 2002 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where the rosary will be recited at 7:45 PM. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 AM at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Father Nick Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to the church.

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