Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Regine M. Kreim

Regine M. Kreim, age 88, of Shelby, died early Friday morning, March 3, 2023 at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital. Regine passed peacefully just two days prior to her 89th birthday.

Born March 5, 1934 in the Shelby Settlement, Richland County, Regine was the daughter of the late Clair and Alvena (Hook) Kempf. A 1952 graduate of Crestline High School, Regine married John William Kreim on January 28, 1956. Together they spent nearly all their married life in New Washington where they raised their four children and eventually lived on the Kreim family farm. Regine and John were very active members of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and Regine had been a member of the New Washington American Legion Auxiliary. Regine’s career was spent as a hairdresser and she was the former owner of Village Hair Fashions. A few years prior to John’s February 24, 2010 death, they moved to a condo in Shelby and Regine became active at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church and their Altar and Rosary Society and Catholic Ladies group. A talented seamstress, Regine had sewed baptismal garments, First Communion dresses, and doll clothes, amongst many other things for her children and grandchildren.

Regine is survived by her daughters: Joan (David) Field of Marion, Kathy (Gary) Siesel of Bellevue, and Denise (Jim) Bowen of Green; daughter-in-law: Shirley Kreim of Shelby; grandchildren: Andrew (Rachel) Field, Jessica (Kevin) Schulze, Natalie (Bryan) Bault, Jacob Siesel, Lindsay Siesel, Monica (Adam) Cox, Anthony (Emily) Bowen, Anna (Ryan) Kiefer, Jennie Shasky, Tyler Kreim, Katie Kreim, Elliott Kreim; 20 great grandchildren; brothers: Harlan Kempf, Denis (Sharon) Kempf, and Tom (Linda) Kempf; sister: Judith Kempf; in-laws: Jerry (Mary Ann) Kreim and Woody Tackett; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Regine was preceded in death by her son: Robert “Rob” Kreim in 2016; brothers: Herbert Kempf and Milton Kempf; and sisters: Mary Kreim and Jane Ruhe.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 4-8 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where a rosary will be recited at 8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Chris Mileski celebrating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, St. Bernard Catholic Church, or the New Washington American Legion.

For those unable to attend, condolences may be expressed online on Regine’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Jean & Ed Russell says:

    Aunt Jean lived a very full life. Peace and love to you all.

  2. Mark Ebbeskotte says:

    My deepest sympathy to the entire family. I always looked forward to seeing Regine at the Legion Gun Raffle and Memorial Day services once Tyler, Katie and Elliott had graduated. Unfortunately I will be out of town and unable to express my sympathy in person. God bless you all. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take solace in knowing she is resting in the living arms of our Lord and is reunited with John and Rob. Hugs for you all Ebby

  3. Michael Follett says:

    Tyler, Eliot, Katie and Jennie,

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your grandmother. I always enjoyed our talks and time together. She was a loving mom to your father and too you grandkids.
    My prayers are for your comfort during this difficult time. I am sure she is smiling down along with your dad and grandpa.

    Love and prayers,
    Mike Follett

  4. Jenny Marcum Kehres says:

    Kathy, I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Years ago when she was part of the Chatfield weight loss program our moms became friends. My mom really enjoyed that friendship and thought a lot of your mom. My deepest sympathies to you and the Kreim family. May God comfort you all.

  5. Emily Eidt says:

    Sending prayers during this time for the whole Kreim family. What a special lady who will be dearly missed!

  6. Janet Kehres says:

    I loved visiting Regine every Saturday to give her communion. She was a very special lady with a heart of gold. She loved to talk about her faith in God and she was a devoted Catholic. Peace be with her family.

  7. Greg Sens says:

    Joan, I am so sorry on the passing of your mother. I am sure she watching over you in Heaven

  8. Melody Heydinger Mergenthaler says:

    Many prayers to her family and friends. I have many great memories of her and her family. She always had a big smile on her face. May she rest in peace!

  9. Jerome and Penny Heydinger says:

    Our sincere condolences to all the family. Loved always talking with Regine, one of the nicest ladies you would ever meet, may her soul rest in peace!

  10. Anita Kraft says:

    With sympathy and love, memories of good neighbors in New Washington.

  11. Lynne Kraft Schneider says:

    My sympathies to the Kreim family. Your mom was always a very friendly, welcoming person. It was obvious she was very proud of her family. I always enjoyed talking to her. Our moms of Jeffrey Dr. had the “Green Circle” as a good play ground for us. What fun we had there. When the light came on, it was time to go home. Fond memories. Prayer to all.

  12. kathleen savitski says:

    Monica and family, Sounds like your Grandmother had a nice life, prior to illness. . If I remember correctly, your Grandma and Mom made the best bakery at your wedding! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family . Babcia and Aunt Kathy

  13. JOE WECHTER says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

  14. Chelsea Field Hesler says:

    Aunt Joanie, uncle Dave, Andrew, Jessica, Natalie and family.
    I’m so sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet woman and I know she just absolutely adored her family. God bless her and your whole family always! Love you all!

    Chelsea Field Hesler and family
    Adam, Hudson, Brooks and Kingston

  15. Linda Hoffman says:

    My sympathy and prayers to the Kreim family. Regine was a special lady. A life to celebrate!


    Joan (David), Kathy (Gary), Denise (Jim), Jerry and Mary Ann, Shirley and families, our sincere sympathy to you in the passing of Regine. We always remember her with that smile and a very sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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