Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Darlene J. Hartz

Darlene J. Hartz, age 91, of Shelby, died Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Crystal Care Center in Mansfield.

Darlene was born June 23, 1929 in Grafton, Ohio, the daughter of the late Willis and Freda (Burns) Rader. She was a former employee of the Shelby Gum Company and had enjoyed volunteering for the Shelby Hospital Guild in years past. She loved her cats, especially her most recent, Precious. Darlene was a Christian woman and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

On March 31, 1951, she married Wayne M. Hartz and he preceded her in death in 1990. Her parents, her brother, Marvin Rader, and her sister, Elvetta Ragase, also predeceased her. Her son, Richard Hartz, survives.

Funeral services for Darlene will be private with Pastor Jeff Croft officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Plymouth. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875.

Care for Darlene is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Pat Keen says:

    I am saddened to hear of Darlene’s death but know she is with her Savior.
    Visiting Darlene was a treat and hearing her stories of “Precious” her cat.
    She liked sharing about Jesus with friends and neighbors.
    She also enjoyed playing Bingo and shared with me her love of Crystal Care since she could be with people and do the things they did daily.

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