Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

James L. Niese

James L. Niese, age 78, of Crestline, died Monday, January 12, 2015 at OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital.


Jim was born October 30, 1936 in Miller City, Ohio the son of the late Waldo and Cecelia (Rieman) Niese. He was a graduate of Tiro High School. Jim worked 10 years at AMF in Shelby and then began a career at Peabody-Galion which later became McClain EZ Pack from which he retired after 34 years of service. Jim grew up as part of a hard working farm family which was something he continued after his retirement by working for his brothers. He was an active member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Bethlehem. Jim was a member of the Shelby Knights of Columbus Council #1968 where had been past grand knight and was the chairman of their Measure Up Campaign for over 25 years – something he was very proud of. He was a former member of Shelby Moose. Jim enjoyed golfing and watching all sports- from his grandchildren to the Cleveland teams.


Jim is survived by his wife: Shirley (Norris) Niese, whom he wed on May 11, 1957; 7 children: Mark (Karla) Niese of Norwalk, Lori (David) Riedel of Centerville, VA, Dale Niese of Hilliard, Paul Niese of Shelby, Lisa (Gary) Langjahr, David (Lowren) Niese, Craig (Jenny) Niese  all of New Washington; 16 grandchildren; 4 brothers: Jerry (Carol) Niese of Crestline, Joe (Maxine) Niese of Crestline, Robert (Lillian) Niese of Shelby, Thomas (Dorothy) Niese of Tiro; 1 sister: Mary Ann (William) Tabor of Georgia; a sister-in-law: Susan Huss of Luckey. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son: Keith McCurdy Niese in 2009.


Friends and family are welcome on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where the rosary will be recited at 8 PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 5750 State Route 61 South, Shelby with Father Christopher Bohnsack officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.Memorial expressions may be made to the church or to the K of C Measure Up Campaign.


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Memories & Condolence

  1. Art & Patti Page says:

    Sending love and prayers to the whole Niese Family. Sorry for the loss of someone so special to all of you. May your many happy memories give you laughs and comfort in the days ahead.

  2. Marsha & Gary Erickson says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers go out to you and all your family.
    Marsha and Gary Erickson

  3. Joann Rudd says:

    The Rudd family is deeply sorry for your loss. May God bless you all with comfort and strength through this time. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Dave Carson says:

    Please pass on to your Mom and the rest of your family how sorry I am for your loss. Your Dad was a great man, truly enjoyed the times I had the pleasure of spending with him. I hope that all of the memories of the good times will keep smiles on all of your faces. My thoughts are with you and your family buddy.
    Dave Carson
    Lenexa, Kansas

  5. Al and Lisa Hueve says:

    Please accept our condolences on the loss of your husband, father and brother. It has been a number of years since I’ve visited with Niese cousins, and we still hope to be able to stop by Friday morning to see some of you then. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Al and Lisa Hueve
    Ottawa, Ohio

  6. Kevin Wirtz says:

    Lori and Family,

    We are saddened by the loss of your father. May you find peace and comfort with your lasting memories over the coming days. We will be thinking of you and your family on Friday.

    Kevin and Natalie Wirtz

  7. Janet L McGonagle says:

    Dave, I am sending you Love and a Huge hug from SE Ohio. I know it’s hard, been there myself. The memories are what keeps us going. Love you Buddy!!

  8. Rachel Cefalu says:

    Mark & Karla,
    Our deepest sympathies to you in this time. Many prayers for you all!
    Shawn & Rachel and the boys

  9. Gary Chapman says:

    Lori, having really known just Dave, I can only imagine the sense of loss that you and your family are going through. But knowing Dave and the feelings he holds for you and his entire family, it’s clear that you are all very special people. From me and my family back here in Centreville, VA, please accept our prayers for you and your family as you deal with your loss.
    Gary Chapman and Family
    Centreville, VA

  10. Mike & Linda Wall says:

    Dale, we are so sorry to hear about your Dad. May loving memories help you and your family through this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy.
    Mike & Linda Wall
    Olathe, KS

  11. Marti (Lay) Smith says:

    Shirley and family:
    I am so terribly sad to learn of Jim’s passing. What an incredibly wonderful man he was. I have such fond memories of you, Jim and the family. There are no words to ease your loss but I hope that the millions of memories you made through the years can lessen the pain. Sending thoughts and prayers to you all.
    Marti (Lay) Smith

  12. Jackie Eckstein says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  13. Bill Majors, Danny & Brenda Marti says:

    To the Niese Family:
    Our prayers are with your family in this sad time. We did not know James well but we are related to Joe throught his wife Maxine. Our blessings of healing thoughts, love of Jesus Christ are with you at this time of sorrow. God bless we will be praying for your family.
    Brenda marti

  14. John and Tami Smith says:

    Our sincerest condolences to the entire family for your loss. We are equally feeling the deepest pain anyone can imagine.

  15. Bill Majors, Danny & Brenda Marti says:

    We are so sorry of your loss of James. Our prayers & throughts are with you in this time of sorrow. We did not know James to well, but we are related to Joe through Joe’s wife,Maxine,. SO please know you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers at this time of sorrow.

    Brenda Marti

  16. Linda Horning Pitt aka Gabby says:

    Keeping all of you in my prayers! Jim was a great man. Always had a smile for me! He will be greatly missed.

    Love and hugs to all of you,

    Linda Pitt aka Gabby

  17. Daniel Jones says:

    To Shirley and Family
    So sorry to read of James’s passing! May our Heavenly Father give each of you Peace and Comfort during this time of loss and grief!!
    Keeping you in my prayers!!!
    May God Bless!!

  18. Arthur L. Wilson says:

    My sympathy on Jim’s passing. We talked at one of the last Tiro Alumni Meetings that I attended. What a nice guy he was and will be missed by many of his friends in the alumni association.

  19. Dan & Lois Kehres says:

    Shirley and Family

    Our thoughts and prayers join that of many who are thinking of you at this very difficult time. May God bless you with His peace and comfort.

  20. Ed Kurtzman says:

    i got to know Jim better thru the Knights of Columbus. He was so easy to talk to and helpful as I became Grand Knight. My deepest sympathy to the whole family.

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