Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Mildred Irene Wentz

Mildred Irene Wentz

Mildred Irene Wentz, age 89 formerly of St. Rt. 96 East, Shelby, and currently of 433 Buena Vista, Ashland, died Sunday, May 9, 2004 at the home of her daughter in Ashland.

She was born May 8, 1915 near Shelby, on her parent’s farm, the daughter of the late Oren Ivan and Lottie (May) Dick. Mildred was a 1934 graduate of Shelby High School. She began her working career as a clerk/treasurer for Marsh Run country school. On May 27, 1939 she marred G. Willis Wentz. She was a cook for the Shelby City Schools, having worked at Auburn and Central Elementary, retiring after 25 years of service.

She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby, where she faithfully attended Sunday school. She was a member of School Employee Retirees of Ohio, AFSCME #1184, AARP, Shelby Hospital Guild, OCCL Mothers Club, and Pinochle Club. She was a charter member of Hazel Grove Grange having received a 50-year pin. Mildred was a poll worker for many elections working for the Democratic Party. She was active in Girl Scouting and 4-H for many years. Mildred enjoyed traveling, baking, flower gardening, and the outdoors and was interested in collecting and antiqueing. She was always a very giving person to those in need and especially treasured keeping in touch with friends and neighbors. Her greatest passion was her family.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Dave Kowalka of Ashland; a sister, Gaylee and Stephen Korbas of Shelby; Nieces and nephews, Ann Marie and Jim Mulder of Chesapeake Beach, MD, Julie and Dave Noggle of Galion, Greg Korbas of Shelby; great nephews, Michael and Stephen Noggle; Extended family, Javier, Wendy, Felipe and Nina Garcia of Ashland; Steven Kolacz of Ashland; John, Barb, Jennifer, Jessica and Jackie Baker of Ashland; Special caregiver, Mary Schweyer of Ashland and her companion, Skeeter. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband G. Willis Wentz on November 20, 1996, sister, Doris May Dick in 2003 and a special pet Heidi.

Friends may call on Tuesday, May 11, 2004, from 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby and one hour prior to the 1:30 PM funeral Wednesday at the funeral home conducted by Rev. Steven C. Bond. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio or to the church.

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