Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Betty I. Eckstein

Betty I. Eckstein, age 88, a lifelong Tiro and New Washington area resident, died Wednesday night, July 15, 2020 at Galion Pointe.

Betty was born August 3, 1931 in Auburn Township, Crawford County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Ralph C. and Viva M. (Gutshall) Bevier. She was a 1949 graduate of Tiro High School where she was proud to have written the school’s alma mater which continues to be sung each year at reunions. Betty excelled as a homemaker always keeping her house meticulous, her garden plentiful, and plates always full for meals. She was an excellent cook and baker, was an avid gardener of both produce and flowers, and was a talented seamstress making many articles of clothing from scratch and tailoring countless others. In addition to keeping the house in order, Betty assisted with all aspects of the family farm to aide in its success.

Betty was proud to be a lifelong member of Crouse Memorial Lutheran Church in Tiro where she had served on church council and various committees, sang in the church choir, and was a former Sunday School teacher. Betty was active in several activities and organizations throughout her life, including but not limited to: WELCA, Tiro-Auburn Fire Department Auxiliary, former 4-H advisor, PTO and room mother when her daughters were little, Crawford County Farm Bureau, and had been an officer in both Tiro Community Homemakers and Crawford County Homemakers Councils.  Betty was always active in her families’ lives and anyone who knew Betty knew her ministry of sending cards to family and friends for all occasions was a blessing.

Betty is survived by her 5 daughters: Pat Keen of Shelby, Peggy Jenkins of Galion, Pam (Van) Greene of Corpus Christi, TX, Penny Reeve of Mt. Gilead, and Paula (Doug) Newlove of Tiffin; 8 grandchildren: Aaron (Jessica) Jenkins, Amy (Paul) Harmych, Jason (Sasha) Greene, Alise Robinson, Leah (John) Gillam, Sam (Courtney) Reeve, Ross (Bradi) Newlove, and Jami (Seth) Andrews; 15 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way; a brother: John (Carol) Bevier; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Eckstein, whom she wed on April 9, 1949 and predeceased her on May 5, 1990; 2 sons-in-law: Darl Keen and Scott Reeve; a granddaughter: Carrie Reeve; a brother: Walter Bevier; and a sister: Pauline Hammond.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 10-11 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will immediately follow at 11 am. Rev. Don Neumann will officiate the services and burial will follow in Tiro Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crouse Memorial Lutheran Church and left in care of the funeral home.

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, both the family and the funeral home wish that everyone remains safe. Therefore, we ask that visitors be mindful of current restrictions and pay respects appropriately and promptly, without linger.

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

Memories & Condolence

  1. Tom Adams says:

    To the family of Betty, my sincere condolences on her loss. Even after having been gone from the area for many years I remember her well.

  2. Mary Ann Snow says:

    Sorry for your loss Betty was a wonderful person . I go to Crouse and in WELCA with her for years . God be with all Heaven is open for her

  3. Penny Ramey says:

    To Betty’s family…
    I’m sorry for your loss. I know she was a great mother as can be witnessed in the beautiful and caring daughters she raised. Special hug to Paula, my classmate.

  4. Rob Aldrich says:

    Paula & Doug, so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  5. Connie Bores says:

    So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing, She was the sweetest! My thoughts and prayers for all family members that you find comfort in your memories!

  6. Diane Mann (Reffert) says:

    So so sorry about your loss! My love, thoughts, and prayers to all!

  7. Joan jagger says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. You probably don’t know me but I worked at Rosewood Manor and knew your mom through visiting with your grandma Viva Bevier and also was Scott’s neighbor and watched him grow up. My deepest condolences at this time

  8. Kathy Bair says:

    Im sorry for yor loss. Betty was a great lady. She and Ross raised 5 beautiful daughters. Im happy to have made memories with your family. I’ll always remember our hide and seek day
    I’d have liked to have spent a longer day and maybe have skipped hide and seek
    She can be proud of her whole family.

  9. Ann Cooper says:

    Pat and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know God will be your comfort and strength at this time. I am out of town so I will be thinking of you on Tuesday. In Christian Love, Ann Cooper

  10. Elaine Lybarger says:

    So sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. She was an angel on Earth! Her inviting me each year to the Tiro Church Mother Daughter Banquet with her family was so precious and thoughtful of her. Will always have those wonderful memories. May God give the family comfort and strength.

  11. Pat Weaver says:

    Pat and Family, I am so very sad for the loss your Dear Mom. I know how much she meant to you and what good care you gave her. You know she is safe and well now. Love, thoughts and prayers are with you

  12. Jeanette and Ron brown says:

    To Betty family I was sorry to hear of Bettys passing. But she will never be forgotten. She was a loving and beautiful person along with your Dad. We had a lot of visits on the phone and in person. And the sewing of slacks for me repairs in Ron’s work pants I would of pitched but she’d repair making Ron happy. We could go on and on. Like other memories others have in their hearts. On top of everything she was faithful Christian women in all her ways and it showed. Our love and sympathy to each of you.

  13. Beckie Stacklin says:

    Pat and family
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  14. Cheryl Depler says:

    Pat-so very sorry for your loss. I lost my mom 6 months ago. Thinking of you all.

  15. Linda Zuercher says:

    Pat, we are so sorry for the loss of your mom. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Pam Miller says:

    Pat and Family
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that my hugs and prayers are with you.

  17. Steven Daniel says:

    What a wonderful person. She was always gracious and kind with a warm sense of humor. She raised a wonderful family but secretly, Pam and Penny were my favorites–they always knew how to make people laugh and enjoy life. Much love to all of you.

  18. Kathy Green says:

    Prayers to your entire family. I have MANY fond memories of the “Eckstein Girls” from school and 4-H ! Looking back, it was a wonderful time growing up with a mom like you had always helping, volunteering, and teaching all of the stuff that we were going to need to be successful adults. And by the way, I always thought it was cool that there were 5 of you with names beginning with P…..we only had 3 beginning with K!!! Hold on to those happy precious memories.

  19. Dreama and Loyd Caudill says:

    We rejoice with Betty that she is now at home with Jesus. These past few years have been very difficult for her, yet she always remained pleasant, and her love for Jesus always shined brightly. We have lots of good memories of times spent with her, especially in years gone past when she would come with Peggy and her family to our home for Christmas dinner. No one made apple dumplings like she did. She loved her family dearly and appreciated all that they did for her in seeing that she was cared for. She will be missed. Our love and prayers are with each of you.

  20. Nancy L Crum says:

    So sad to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a wonderful role model for you girls and was a special neighbor to us. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. Doris Berdanier says:

    My sympathy to Betty’s four daughter. Being a cousin of Betty I have enjoyed time with Betty remembering family times and our connections. I remember the big Faulkner reunions we shared in our younger days. A cousin Doris Baird Berdanier

  22. Tami Westart says:

    Sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.

  23. Cindy Hagerty says:

    So sorry for your loss. I know she will be missed by all.

  24. Carlyle Fuhrer says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Paula. I’m so very sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. I never met her but she sounds like she was a very special lady who was loved by her family. Hugs and love to you and your family.

  25. Roger/Marianna Jump says:

    Roger and I were so sorry to read of the passing of your Mom. She must have been one great, wonderful wife and mother; it’s obvious that she did everything with a lot of love and devotion. You have wonderful memories to cherish and hang onto. She is at peace, but your grief is real-there’s nothing like a mother, a cheerleader, a best friend, the place you went for guidance. You all have our deepest sympathy.
    Roger, Marianna, and Connor ❤️

  26. RITA & JERRY CANTU says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

  27. Bev Bernotas says:

    Very sorry for your loss

  28. JoAnn and John Waldruff says:

    Pat and family,

    You have our sympathy in the passing of your mother. Remember all the good times. You are in our prayers.

    JoAnn and John

  29. Cheryl Walters says:

    Jo and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences, know thoughts and prayers are with you as you love and remember this special woman.

  30. Scott Sheaffer says:

    Betty’s teaching in Sunday School has been a huge influence in my life. I will never forget her, and always smile when I think of her. Condolences to all.

  31. Pam Burgin & family says:

    Sorry for your loss, our thoughts & prayers are with the family.

  32. Tom and Connie Coe says:

    We are very sorry to hear of you mother’s passing. You have our deepest sympathies.

  33. Kathy Sabourin says:

    Pat & Family:
    I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers at this difficult time.

  34. Sharon Kanis Kessler says:

    I am sorry for your loss. It was such a special time when, as children, we came to your home! Betty always made everything so much fun! May your memories bring you peace. Love to all.

  35. Mike Minck says:

    My condolences to the the family. Always looked forward to seeing Betty at family events. Our conversations were exciting and educational. Most recently when I visited Betty at the care facility where she resided in a beautiful “suite” she started with a great conversation before I even sat down beside her in the dining room. I will always remember her smile and humor.

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