Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Annette Elisabeth (Fry) Gibson

Annette Elisabeth (Fry) Gibson, age 61, of Shelby, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky.


She was born December 1, 1953 in Shelby, the daughter of the late Richard B. and Peggy J. (Major) Fry. She was a 1972 graduate of Shelby Senior High School and a 1975 graduate of Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing. Annette began her nursing career in 1975 at Shelby Hospital, having served her entire career there. She was a very dedicated nurse spending 23 years in labor and delivery and then in administration as a case manager. She retired in 2010. Annette especially appreciated the lifelong friendships she made in her career, beginning in nursing school.


She was an active life-long member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby where she was a member of the welcoming and fellowship committee, adult choir, hand bell choir, was a lector, shepherd, and helped with vacation Bible school. She was also a member of the Young Reflections Mothers Club, Hazel Grove Jolly Club and Hazel Grove Ladies Aide. She enjoyed needlepoint and embroidery.


She is survived by her husband: Harold E. “Hal” Gibson, whom she wed on June 21, 2003; 2 sons: Aaron Reed of Parma and Christopher Reed of Shelby; a granddaughter: Austyn May Batory; a step daughter: Jenny (Mike) Kelly of Mansfield; a step grandson: Michael Kelly; 2 siblings: Connie (Mic) Ament  and Mark (Susan) Fry all of Shelby; Nieces, nephews and other relatives; a special friend and personal caregiver: Lynne Phillips of Greenwich.  She was preceded in death by her parents.


Friends and family are welcome on Friday, February 20, 2014 at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby from 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at First Lutheran Church, 33 Broadway, Shelby with Pastor Russel Yoak and Mrs. Gaye Shira officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Plymouth. Memorial expressions may be made to Northern Ohio Chapter of ALS Association or to First Lutheran Church.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Julie Wells says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Sue Hill says:

    Very much appreciated Annette!
    Loved her heart.
    Sorry for your loss.

  3. Dave & Ruth Burford says:

    So sorry for all the family. Ruth was babysitter for the boys in Shelby. Annette was a very friendly, loving and beautiful person. The boys were a ton of fun. God bless you all.

  4. Bobbi says:

    So sorry for your loss. I worked at the hospital for a little while in housekeeping and met Annette then. She was so nice. Thoughts and prayers to her family..

  5. Eva Heckert says:

    My deepest sympathy to Annette’s family….I had the honor of working with her at Shelby Hospital for 18 years. She was a wonderful and caring nurse and person. May God wrap his comforting arms around you all.

  6. sue egner says:

    She was the most loving person. She will be miss by all. sorry for your loss.sending love to the family.

  7. Beth & Marlin Nicol says:

    Annette has joined the angels in heaven. Our deepest sympathy to the family.She was a wonderful friend, caring nurse, and lovely person.She faced this challenge with dignity and faith.

  8. Angela VanRiper says:

    We lost a true Angel here on earth but now she is watching from above!
    Sorry for you great loss

  9. Tom and Susan Spangler says:

    Dear Hal,
    We wanted you to know we are thinking of you and your family and sending you our deepest sympathy.

  10. Doris Berdanier says:

    To Hal, Connie,Mic,Mark,Susan and sons, Annette was a very special cousin and friend. I enjoyed all my visits with Annette and her friendship. I prayed for God’s loving arms to hold her in her last days. God bless you all in her passing, but in passing we know the precious beauty of her heavenly home. Love and God’s peace. Doris Berdanier

  11. Jill Humphrey says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss.
    Annette was an absolutely lovely person and an amazing nurse.
    Aaron and Chris were great guys and it was a pleasure to know all of them.
    Praying for comfort for her husband, sons, and all of her family.

  12. Mary Ann Stotts says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Annette was a wonderful and very caring person. Her life has been a witness of her courage and faith in the Lord. I Praise God for her life. May the Lord comfort you as you remember Annette and how she has touched your lives. You are in my thoughts and Prayers.

  13. Ray and Wanda Pfahler says:

    We are sad at the news. Hal, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God’s comfort and hope carry you during this time.

  14. Frank and Linda Hicks says:

    Our deepest sympathy, Mark. Our thoughts and pray.

  15. Rusty Zeigler says:

    Sorry for your loss. Annette was a wonderful person. My GOD comfort you and your family.

  16. Wendy Sutter says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Annette was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. You all will be in my prayers.

  17. Daniel Jones says:

    GOD BLESS!!!!

  18. Steve Faulkner says:

    My deepest condolences on Annette’s passing. She will be missed.

  19. Kim & June (Haverfield) Heuberger says:

    Mark, Connie, & families, Our thoughts & prayers are with you in the loss of your sister, Annette!

  20. Sally Niedermier says:

    Wish the family our Deepest Sympathy, and know she is in a better place now with no more suffering. Will keep you in our prayers. Annette was a very good person and a good cousin.

  21. Theresa Coovert says:

    So sorry to hear about Annette’s passing. She was truly a wonderful person.
    She will be greatly missed by all.

  22. Elaine Overly says:

    As a classmate from nursing school, I want you to know that Annette was a good student, and an excellent nurse. Although I saw her only a few times over the years since nursing school each time was special. I admire the grace with which she dealt with a devastating disease. My heart goes out to each of you. May you seek Jesus for comfort, and be blessed as you remember this very special woman. Prayers and hugs for all of you.

  23. Ron and Linda Nelson says:

    Hal and Family,
    We were so sorry to read about the loss of Annette. She was a very special and competent person. We will miss her. Please accept our sympathies and prayers.
    The Ron (Linda) Nelson Family

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