Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Teresa B. Hicks

Teresa B. Hicks, age 91, of Crestline, died early Friday morning, October 1, 2021 at Avita Ontario Hospital following a brief and unexpected battle with pneumonia.

Teresa was born December 6, 1929 in Crestline to the late Charles and Bertha (Kempf) Rietschlin. A 1947 graduate of Tiro High School, she was rightfully crowned Miss Tiro that same year. Throughout her life, Teresa worked for several years at UFORMA/Shelby Business Forms and later retired from CPI Photo Finish, located at the Richland Mall, after many years of service. Her two main hobbies included maintaining a healthy lifestyle and caring for her yard and landscaping. Teresa enjoyed walking and was active with Silver Sneakers fitness classes. She adamantly cared for her yard, flowers, and shrubs and loved being outdoors, especially mowing the lawn- that is until “they” made her quit at the age of 90!

Teresa’s husband of 62 years, James H. Hicks, survives. They married May 9, 1959 and, as a gift for their 50th wedding anniversary, were given a gazebo from their family. This gazebo quickly became her pride and joy and time spent in it brought her extreme joy and happiness- as did her family. She adored spending time with them whether that be babysitting grandchildren or attending their sporting activities. Teresa was a voracious reader and was always in attendance at church activities at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church where she was an active member.

In addition to her husband, Teresa is survived by her 8 children: Dianne Shell of New Washington, David Hicks of Crestline, Susan (Allen) Yetzer of Shelby, James (Linda) Hicks, Jr. of Crestline, Joseph (Tammy) Hicks of Hamilton, William Hicks of Orlando, FL, Rebecca Hicks-Concilla of Naples, FL, and Heidi (Brian) Barga of Blacklick; 19 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren; a sister: Charlene Spitan; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, Teresa was preceded in death by a son-in-law: John Shell; a grandson: Eric Yetzer; and siblings: Leonard Rietschlin, Eugene Rietschlin, Raymond Rietschlin, Pauline Arnholt, and Leona Metzger.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7 pm. Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 2 pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 5742 State Route 61, Shelby. Fr. Jeff Smith will celebrate with burial immediately following in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on Teresa’s obituary at or by leaving a comment on her post on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Dawn (Dickson) and Alex Murray says:

    Our condolences to the Hicks family. I have so many wonderful, fun memories at your home as teens. She was an amazing lady/mom to so many, and opened her home to us all. You were very blessed to have her for so long. Thinking of Big Jim during this time, please let him know I miss running into him. Hugs to you all.

  2. Ann Imhoff says:

    Jim and family
    So very sorry to hear of Teresa’s passing
    She will be waiting for you. Love to you and your family

  3. Greg and Jane Butler says:

    To the Hicks family,
    We were saddened to hear of Teresa’s passing. We will be remembering her and your family in our prayers. May she Rest In Peace.
    Greg and Jane (Rietschlin) Butler

  4. Dave and Chris DeVito says:

    So sorry to hear of Teresa’s passing. Such a kind heart lady. We will be praying for you Jim and all of the family. Call us any time.

  5. John and Donna Rietschlin says:

    We offer our deepest condolences to Jim and all the members ofTeresa’s family and our prayers. Growing up just down the road from the Hicks family home, John enjoyed many visits with Teresa and her older children, especially Dave. We are confident that she is already with Jesus, her parents and siblings in heaven and praying for all those left behind on earth.

    John and Donna Rietschlin, Ottawa, Canada

  6. Richard and Marilyn Vogt says:

    Our condolences to all the Hick’s family. Teresa was always such a friendly, kind person. We will miss seeing her at church. May she rest in peace.

  7. Al & Amy Bartosiak says:

    My heart goes out to the Hicks family for the loss of your mom and wife. I have nothing but great memories hanging out at both houses growing up. Every time I drive by the house on main st. I think of all the good times we had and mischief we got into. Prayers to you all.

  8. Mark Young says:

    Sorry to hear about your mom Jim,Take care of your dad,accept our condolences from the Youngs

  9. Moe and Bev Hartings says:

    Please accept our sincere sympathy for the loss of Teresa. We are sorry that we could not attend in person. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Scott Kempf Family and Phyllis Kempf says:

    Prayers and condolences for the Hicks family.

  11. Barbara Cole Finney Strine says:

    Jim and Family
    So very sorry to hear this sad news. I always had a special place in my heart for you and Teresa!!! Wherever I seen you two you always talked to me as you would a close friend or family!! One special family all of you guys are!!

  12. Ned & Deb Heydinger says:

    Hicks Family

    so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother, your memories will live on forever in your hearts.

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