Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Doris A. Berdanier

Doris A. Berdanier, age 90, of Shelby, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, December 17, 2022 at Ontario Estates where she resided.

Doris was born Easter Sunday March 27,1932 in Shelby to Virgil C. and Florence M. (Stroup) Baird but her birth was officially recorded by the doctor as March 28,1932. She graduated in 1950 from Shelby High School and furthered her education at The Ohio State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education in 1954. Doris began her working career at Butler High School and, ultimately, spent 27 years teaching home economics at Lexington High School from where she retired in 1997. Throughout her working career, Doris increased her education earning a master’s degree from Ashland University in Curriculum and a certification in reading supervision.

Following her retirement from Lexington High School, Doris worked five years as the office assistant with Lutheran Brotherhood prior to serving eight and a half years as the Director of the ABC Center at First Lutheran Church in Shelby. As an active lifelong member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby, Doris participated in various volunteer opportunities with the church and also was a member of the Women of ELCA where she had served as President of the Northeast Ohio Synod.

In addition to being an active member of her church, Doris was committed to maintaining her health through physical activity. She enjoyed walking for many organizations in their fundraising/awareness events and successfully completed the Multiple Sclerosis bike-a-thon (MS Bike)- a 150-mile route. Doris was an outstanding pie baker, and because of that, she served as an expert pie judge for the Richland County fair.  She also enjoyed traveling throughout her life including several trips abroad.

Doris is survived by her children: Barry (Pam) Berdanier of Lafayette, CO, Bruce (Melinda) Berdanier of Ontario, Sherri (William) Stewart of Ontario, and Brian (Marianne) Berdanier of Spring Lake, MI; eight grandchildren: William (Lay) Berdanier, Emma Berdanier, Aaron (Jessica) Berdanier, Reid (Catherine) Berdanier, David (Cameron) Stewart, James (Melodee) Stewart, Kevin (Erica )Stewart, and Alanna (Jeff) Douville;  five great grandchildren: Jacob and Soren Berdanier;  Nace, Aribella, and Weston Stewart; “adopted” daughter through American Field Service: Gundi Osswalt of Stuttgart, Germany; sister: Sally (Phillip) Niedermeier of New Washington; sisters-in-law: Marjorie Baird and Patricia Baird both of Shelby; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband: F. Nace Berdanier on November 13, 1997 whom she had wed December 18, 1954; and brothers: William Baird and Howard Baird.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 from 10-11:30 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 11:30 am. The family respectfully requests that anyone in attendance wear masks in precaution for family health concerns. Pastor Diana Seaman will officiate the services with burial following in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church ABC Center, 33 Broadway Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 or to The Shelby Foundation (

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Christina says:

    I’m so sorry for the family. Doris was a very special woman. She always had a special heart for children. She will always have a special place in my and my kids heart. We will miss her.

  2. Connie Fry Ament says:

    My very first job was helping your Mom one summer because she needed to rest during her pregnancy. I enjoyed helping babysit Barry, Bruce and Sherri and caring for the house. I learned so much from her from this experience. She always inspired me and I sure she will be missed. Unfortunately I cannot attend the service as I now live out of town and am working I will keep you all in my prayers.

  3. Dana Pennell says:

    I am sorry to hear of Doris’s passing. Having worked on several committees with Doris at First Lutheran Church,she was always easy to work with and reflected kindness and sincerity. Prayers for her family.

  4. Pat Keen says:

    I am sorry to hear this news. What a lovely lady and we enjoyed having her at Ontario Estates and joining in the activities we do. She shared many bits of wisdom and kindness, She loved being a part of eduction. Cherish the good times and memories.

  5. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  6. Paula Newlove says:

    We are so saddened to hear the news of Doris passing. We will miss her at the Faulkner Reunions. What a wonderful lady and leader in the community. You are in our prayers.

  7. Sue Amato says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts.

  8. Buck Morton says:

    Mrs. Berdanier was the kindest and nicest teacher. I graduated from Lexington in 1991 and took two classes she had taught. I can remember talking to her in my cooking class about thanksgiving and having and creating traditions. I could tell she was a wonderful person and dedicated to her family. Never forgot what she taught me and how to enjoy preparing food. She was a genuine lady and I am sure she will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by many. Praying for peace and rest that only God could give you!

  9. Shelley St. John says:

    Your loved one was one of my favorite teachers. I learned much from her. She was a great lady.

  10. Elaine Lybarger says:

    Doris was the dearest and most wonderful friend anyone could have for a friend. With her exceptional personality she was such a joy to be with and do things with. Will miss her so much but will have lots of wonderful memories.

  11. Sue and Al Vogel says:

    Bruce, Melinda and Family, we were sorry to hear of Doris passing. She was the sweetest lady . Our sympathy to you.

  12. John Gerwig says:

    Mrs. Berdanier was my home economics teacher at Lexington High School in 1986. Her “Food for Thought” class taught me many things that I still use today in cooking. She was a very sweet lady who, I could tell, genuinely cared about her students. My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time.

  13. Cheryl L Dreher says:

    I enjoyed meeting with Doris at WELCA events. She was so friendly and welcoming! She was a great person.

  14. Lorna Albert says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss to your family. Many thoughts and prayers to you.

  15. Kathryn Cutlip-Mills says:

    I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Doris for a short 19 years, but my life was enriched by that friendship. She was on the RSVP Advisory Council at the United Way when I was hired as its director. She was always willing to help with volunteer projects and events if she wasn’t already committed to another event. When I first asked her to judge pies at the Richland County Fair, her response was yes if I thought she would do a good job and she did for at least 17 years. I will miss her beautiful smile and dedication. My deepest condolences are with all of you as you celebrate your kind and loving mother.

  16. Missi Hoskins says:

    Praying for comfort and strength for the family through this difficult time. Doris was a great person. She had a good heart and only wanted the best for people. She was my director for over 10 years at the Lutheran Church. She will be missed greatly ❤️

  17. Anf & Jenette Ziadat says:

    Dear Bruce, Melinda and family:
    Your mother’s kindness was well known to all, and her memory will live on forever through her family. Our deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Your mother was an amazing woman, we enjoyed the time when we met her and had the most wonderful times in Rapid City South Dakota with all of you, she will truly be missed. A mother is with us always, first in her lifetime, then forever in our memory.
    May she rest in peace.
    Anf and Jenette Ziadat
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  18. Dianne Risch says:

    Aunt Doris was so kind, generous, gracious, inspirational and super smart. What an incredible life she lived ! I will never forget our Baird family Christmas dinner back in 2019 when she joined us (Bill, Pat, Roger and Teresa Baird along with my husband, kids and the dog). She had so many interesting stories to tell and kept it very entertaining. I remember her being startled and then laughing as our dog started licking her ankles under the table. I will miss my sweet Aunt Doris !! My dad, Uncle Howard, Uncle Nace, and Grandma and Grandpa Baird will be happy to see you up in heaven! Love, Dianne (Baird) Risch

  19. Kim and Laurie Baird says:

    Aunt Doris was such a wonderful, sweet, giving woman. If anyone was destined for Heaven, it was Aunt Doris. She will be missed. Praying for comfort and peace for Barry, Bruce, Sherri, Brian and their families. Your mother, Doris, will live forever through you and all the other people she touched during her lifetime. We are sorry that we could not attend Aunt Doris’ funeral.

  20. Barbara J. Eakins says:

    Bruce, Barry and families, I extend sympathy to all of you in the loss of your mother. Doris was an amazing woman, and she touched lots of lives with her kindness and knowledge. I got to know her in exercise class at the
    Senior Center and when we went on a bus trip to Amish Country in Pennsylvania, and in Genealogy meetings. You have so much for which to be proud, and I hope these memories of her help you in the coming days and years. I would have loved to attend in person, but unfortunately I have a bad cold and do not feel well, and I did not want to spread it around.

  21. Kara Kapustar says:

    I send my deepest sympathy to the Berdanier family.

    Doris and my mom, Kathy, taught across the hall from each other at Lexington High School for many years and remained dear friends in retirement. They enjoyed adventures together and even traveled to explore the headwaters of the Mississippi River. That was a special trip for my mom, and I am thankful she could make the trip with her very special friend.

    During my high school years, Mrs. Berdanier taught me cooking and sewing skills that I continue to use today. I have held on to some of the recipes she shared in her cooking class; I will pull out one of those recipes to make something sweet in memory of gentle and sweet Mrs. Berdanier.

    With sympathy and prayers,
    Kara Kapustar

  22. Jim and Robin Lumadue says:

    Barry, Bruce, Sherri and Brian…your mom was always a calm and kind soul. And what a life of contribution she lived. The Lumadue family will have your family in our thoughts and may you spend these holidays remembering the very best that she brought to this world.

  23. Joan (Hogue) Wildman says:

    My sincere condolences to the family. I remember “Mrs. Berdanier” from when my family lived on George Hawk Road, right around the corner from the Berdaniers. She was incredibly kind and I have fond memories of her. I hope your good memories sustain you during this difficult time.

    The family will remember me as “Joanie Hogue.”

    Joan Marie Wildman

  24. Chris Dill says:

    Bruce, Barry and family
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She was such a sweet person. May your memories guide you through this sad time. She certainly raised a wonderful family.

  25. Paula Ross says:

    Prayers for peace & comfort to the family. She is spending her first Christmas with our Lord & Savior.
    My sympathies.

  26. Kathy Hogue says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your moms passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  27. Jim Lumadue says:

    Barry, Bruce, Sherri and Brian…your mom was such a kind and compassionate soul. And what a life of contribution she lived. The Lumadue family has your entire extended family in our thoughts. May you spend these holidays remembering the very best that she brought to this world.

  28. Nancy Barton Abbott says:

    Bruce, Barry, Sherri, and Brian, My deepest sympathy to each of you and your extended families. May God touch you in this time of grief and comfort with His peace. I am so grateful for Mrs. Berdanier and her kind, gentle and sweet spirit. (yes, it seems as if I always called her Mrs. Berdanier!) She was always so sweet to me and when I’d come in town, she’d be sure to greet me, ask about me and catch me up on your lives. Her loss is significant to me. I can’t remember a time at the First Lutheran Church when she wasn’t around! She contributed to so many ministries and truly had a heart for God, which was caught by others. Sending love and prayers at this time, Nancy Barton Abbott

  29. Nancy Abbott says:

    I was saddened to hear of the loss of Mrs. Berdanier. May God comfort you, Barry, Bruce, Sherri and Brian in your loss. I have such fond memories of Mrs. Berdanier greeting me at church and being interested in what I was doing and catching me up on what y’all were doing. What a gifted teacher, caring heart, love for learning and kindness toward others. I will definitely miss her presence on this earth. I don’t remember a time where she wasn’t around at church since I was a little one. Sending love and prayers.❤️❤️

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