Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Maureen C. Rupe

Maureen C. Rupe, age 61, of Shelby, died peacefully Sunday morning, August 20, 2023 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. Her death followed a brief battle with pancreatic cancer- a battle fought with an outstanding attitude, extreme bravery, and a sense of humor unmatched to anyone but Marueen.

Maureen was born September 21, 1961 in Shelby to the late Maurice L. and Anna M. (Chavez) Simon. She was a 1979 graduate of Shelby High School and Pioneer Joint Vocational School’s Cosmetology Program. Maureen was well known for working at Cracker Barrel in Mansfield, Bob Evans in Ontario, and Dollar General in Shelby. No matter where she worked, she made many friends with both co-workers and patrons- many of whom faithfully checked on her and came to see her during her most recent illness. Her impact on them was undoubtable.

Marueen was easy to make friends with. She was hilarious, inappropriate at all times, always fun, lived with the mindset that rules were made to be broken, and continuously chose to live life happy. Maureen’s hobbies changed throughout her life from a love of reading, to painting- which even got as large as wall murals, to cake baking, and, most recently, to a love for dogs- especially her Boston Terriers. Her unique sense of humor could make anyone laugh and she was always entertaining and fun to be around.

Marueen is survived by her children: Nikki (Nick) Webster of Shelby, Donald Browing III of Shelby, and Danielle (Ben) Browning of Columbus; her best friend and partner: Kevin Combs and his son: Keith; grandchildren: Taylor and Hailey Webster, Ethan Browning, Leonidas Zaglanis, and Lennox Vallandingham; her sisters: Josephine Simon, Jackie (Todd) Potts, Karen (John) Dillon, Mary Simon (Doug Collins), and Tisha Saunders; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband: Paul Rupe in 1980; and sisters: Lorraine Simon and an infant sister.

Maureen wanted everyone coming to her calling hours and funeral to be dressed in bright colors so please feel comfortable and free to do so. Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where a rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, where Maureen was a member, 29 West Street, Shelby. Fr. Chris Mileski will celebrate the Mass with burial following in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with final expenses.

Online condolences may be left on Marueen’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,


To view Maureen’s tribute video, click the provided link: Maureen Roop Tributue Video


Memories & Condolence

  1. Ruth(yosick) Frazier says:

    I extend my love and prayers to all of the family. Maureen was the friendliest, funny, outgoing person. You will be greatly missed. RIP

  2. Billie harvey says:

    My prayers to all of your family! Just know she’s there in your heart and memories! And watching over you now!

  3. Rochelle Heston says:

    Fly High with the Angels beautiful soul. You will be missed by many and were loved by many more. I wish you could have had more time on this Earth with your loved ones Mo Mo. I’ll never forget you my friend ❤️ my heart is broken in a million pieces.

  4. Miranda S. says:

    I will always remember Mo in the best ways. She was one of my trainers when I started working at Bob Evans in Ontario when I was 16 (18 years ago). She has always made me laugh and feel like I was part of the gang. Words cannot express how bright she was and how her personality could just shine through anything.

  5. Jen says:

    I remember her from Dollar General, always friendly and nice to talk to. I’m Sorry to hear of her passing

  6. Nadine (Binion) Patrick says:

    I am so sorry to hear this! Maureen was a good friend and we had many good times. The obituary is right that she had a wicked sense of humor! She will be missed!!

  7. Anita Geddes says:

    I will miss her laughter so much !!! You could hear it all the way outside !!! Such a fun and enthusiastic lady. So proud to be in the “ mother in law club “ with this amazing lady !!! I will miss her beyond words my loving friend . I’ll see you again…. Save me a seat !!!!

  8. Debbie Heichelbech says:

    With my deepest Sympathy to all the family of Maureens.. the lord needed another angel up in heaven to help out and he sure picked a perfect one,God bless you all through your loss but know that she is in our lord’s arm’s and out of her pain and suffering just like my son who is in heaven too ….much love and prayer’s sent to you all….Debbie Heichelbech ….

  9. Connie Kennedy says:

    Jo, so sorry for your loss.
    Connie Kennedy

  10. Jim and Barbara Eakins says:

    We send our sincere sympathy to Maureen’s entire family. She sounds
    like someone anyone would want to know and have as a friend. Keep your dearest memories of her close to your heart.

  11. Matt & Sonya Francis says:

    We are saddened to hear of Maureen’s passing. We wish you all of Christ’s peace and comfort.

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