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E. Grace Artz

E. Grace Artz, age 88, of Ontario, died Sunday night, November 14, 2021 at Elmcroft of Ontario where she had been a resident for several years.

Grace was born December 21, 1932 in Willard to the late John B. and Beulah K. (Rhine) Hollenbaugh. She was a 1950 graduate of Shelby High School and was an outstanding homemaker, lovingly caring for and raising her family. She later began a career with Shelby City Schools as a cook retiring as the Director of Food Service in 1985 after 22 years of service. After her retirement, Grace, along with her late husband, Dean, drove for local car dealerships for many years and also delivered Meals on Wheels from 1987-2014. She attended both Trinity United Methodist Church in Shelby and Richland Church of the Brethren in Mansfield.

In addition to her parents, Grace was preceded in death by her loving husband, Dean M. Artz, on December 20, 2017. They married on Christmas Eve- 1950 and celebrated 67 years of marriage together. She was also preceded in death by her son, Brian Richard Artz in 1959; 2 daughters-in-law: Kathy Artz in 1995 and Linda Artz in 2014; a son-in-law: James Wiedmayer in 2020; and a sister and brother-in-law: Ruth and Jack Stickney. Her 3 children survive her: Lora Wiedmayer of Saline, MI, Jerry (Adrienne) Artz of Shelby, and Jim (Betty Rudd) Artz of Shelby; 6 grandchildren; 8 step grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 14 step great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; 1 step great great grandchild; 1 great grandchild on the way; 2 great great grandchildren on the way; a brother: Rich (Jan) Hollenbaugh of Shelby; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

At Grace’s request, there will be no calling hours. Graveside services at Little London Cemetery will be announced at a later date. Care for Grace and her family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875. Memorial contributions may be made to Richland Church of the Brethren, 786 Linn Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44903 or Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1021 Dauch Drive, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

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

Memories & Condolence

  1. Linda Zuercher says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was such a caring and wonderful woman.

  2. Robin Hamilton Smedley says:

    Deepest sympathies Jim and Family!
    How blessed you are to have had such a sweet mother.

  3. pat keen says:

    Dear Family
    So sorry to hear about Grace. I had the privilege of being with her at Elmcroft doing activities. She did exercises with us and loved her participation in Discussion and Trivia time. She always had a witty answer.

    She enjoyed nail time and learned things about her as we chatted. She loved to tell the story about when State would come in to the school and they would be baking cookies.

    I will miss her and her special craftwork that Dean did with the plastic canvass that decorated her room,

    Cherish your great times and memories!

  4. Rob and Cathy Wolfgang says:

    Jerry and family,
    We are truly sorry in the passing of your mom. She was a special lady. We remember her when she used to visit your grandparents home. She is reunited with your dad. Your in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times.

  5. Sharon Houseworth says:

    Rich Jan and Jim and Betty so sorry for your loss. May you all be comforted at this time and she is at peace.

  6. Ray Myers says:

    Grace was such a wonderful lady. I never saw her upset or angry. The devotion of her children is proof of what a great mother she is. I’m so very sorry for your prayers are with you!

  7. Tim Wood says:

    Jim and Jerry,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom’s name is so appropriate. She and your Dad were regular attendees at the meals we served at our church. Your families will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Chris and David DeVito says:

    Rich, Jan, Lora, Jerry, Jim and family

    Our deepest sympathy to you all.
    Grace was a special lady and left a mark on me. Her sincere love and kindness for others and her charitable acts was a true example of a Christian. Such a great inspiration.
    Our eyes met often when I went to visit my mom at Elmcroft the past year and a big smile would be shared by us both.
    May she be at peace now.

    God Bless
    Chris DeVito

  9. Fred Beeching says:

    Jim, Jerry and families. So sorry to hear about your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. Remember all the great memories of her life. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  10. molly says:

    Dear Jim, Thinking of you and your family in this time of sorrow and blessed memories. Molly Harrington

  11. John Waldruff says:

    We are saddened, Jim, in hearing of your dear Mother’s passing. Keep the wonderful memories of her dear to your heart. You have our sincere sympathy. John & JoAnn

  12. Roberta(Bruner) Rapp says:

    Our deepest sympathies. May GOD Bless you and give you comfort and peace.

  13. James & Barbara Eakins says:

    Jim, our sincere sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your mother. She left a legacy of which you can be very proud.

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