Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Donna J. Shindeldecker

Donna J. Shindeldecker, age 87, of Shelby, died Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2022 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital’s hospice unit following a brief illness.

Donna was born November 3, 1935 in Crestline to the late Omer and Bernice (Williams) Counterman. She was a 1953 graduate of Crestline High School and had been employed for many years with Shelby City Schools as a custodian at Dowd’s Elementary School from where she retired. As a hobby, Donna was an avid word search puzzler.

Donna is survived by her children: Brenda (Mark) Simmons of Shelby, Dennis Shindeldecker of Shelby, Margaret (Jeff) Owens of Shiloh, and Paula (Bud) Adams of Ontario; grandchildren: Kevin (Laurie) Simmons, Joe (Mandy) Simmons, Tabitha Shindeldecker, Samantha (Steve) McHan, Jenny (Randy) Brown, Courtney (Nick) Yates, Larissa Hughes, Erin (Erik) Vaughn, Rachel (Nick) Eaton, and Amanda (Scott) Long; numerous great grandchildren; a sister: Doris Pry; a brother-in-law: Henry Baker; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by her husband: Glenn Shindeldecker on June 6, 1979; sister: Diane Baker; brother-in-law: Gordon Pry; and great grandchildren: Raelyn Yates and Noah Adams.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 11 am at Oakland Cemetery, South Gamble Street, Shelby with Pastor Jason Voelp officiating. Calling hours will not be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Care for Donna and her family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. For those unable to attend, condolences may be expressed on Donna’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Paula says:

    My condolences to the family on this great loss. Prayers for strength & comfort.

  2. pat says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Donna. I met her at Ontario Estates working in activities. Loved her sparkly eyes and that smile. I also did their weekly menu choice and she would just look at me with that look. Prayers for all the family and cherish your memories of a great lady!

  3. Janet says:

    My Sincerest Condolences & Prayers To All The Family.. I Love You All

  4. Lorna Albert says:

    My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  5. Chris DeVito says:

    Sending our Condolences to the Family. Mom’s room was just down the hall from Donna’s at Ontario Estates.

  6. Deb Sallee says:

    Brenda, Denny , Paula and Margaret, I’m so very sorry to hear about the death of your mom . She was always a good friend to my mom and dad . Many fond memories of our families growing up. Your dad and mine loved coaching the Little Indians back in the day
    Love, hugs and prayers as you lay your mom to rest . Just think they’re all up in heaven tonight probably talking about baseball and cooking. ❤️Deb

  7. Doreen says:

    Prayers to all the families. We will miss all of her orneriness.

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