Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Eileen Wetz

Eileen Wetz, age 88, died Tuesday evening, November 6, 2018. She was a lifelong Shelby resident until moving to Ashland four years ago to be closer to her daughter.


Eileen was born May 18, 1930 in Shelby, the daughter of the late Ernest and Lettie (Bachelder) Ruhl. She was a 1948 graduate of Shelby High School and began working at the Coffee Shop and Wilken’s Air Force Depot before becoming employed at First National Bank in Shelby. She spent her career at the bank and retired after many years of dedicated service. Eileen was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby, the Red Hat Society, and MOM Mother’s Club- where she had remained active since its origin. She enjoyed time with her graduating Class of 1948 at lunch gatherings at Ted and Ali’s Café.


Eileen thoroughly adored her family and many friends, including new friends made since her move to Ashland. Those surviving include her two daughters: Linda (Shim) LaGoy of Lafayette, CA and Karen Cooke of Ashland; 6 grandchildren: Brian Wray, Patrick LaGoy, Marc (Stacy) LaGoy, Stacy (Rob) Chisari, Justin (Amanda) Cooke, and Kristin (Brett) Kerr; 14 great grandchildren: Connor and Alexis Wray, Marc Jr., Lily, and Tray LaGoy, Rex, Nora, and Graham Cooke, Jacob, Liam, and Natalie Raynor, and Owen, Taylor, and Justin Kerr; 2 sisters in law: Alice Ruhl and Sue Wetz; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death on March 4, 1991 by her husband, Robert. E. Wetz, whom she married April 16, 1949; her son in law: Rick Cooke; and 4 brothers: Harold Davis, Hylas Davis, Leland Ruhl, and Leslie Ruhl.


Family and friends are welcome on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 4-7 pm at the PENWELL TURNER FUENRAL HOME, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 am. Pastor Rus Yoak will officiate with burial following in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to her church, First Lutheran Church of Shelby.


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Memories & Condolence

  1. Bob & Sue Stover says:

    The world has lost a very special person. We are shocked & sad. RIP Eileen. You will be missed.

  2. Rick Wetz says:

    I’m so glad you were able to come out and visit with Karen and Linda. Rest in peace and say hello to everyone.

  3. Joyce & Ron Eyestone says:

    We send our sincerest sympathy and condolences to the family. I was a member of the MOM organization and loved being with Eileen. What a gal! We have great memories of her in our heart. Joyce and Ron

  4. Alice Wheeler Mescher says:

    My Deepest Sympathies you you and all family members.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Alice Wheeler Mescher

  5. Michele Black Abrams says:

    Linda and Karen,
    So many memories of all of us growing up together with our mothers planning MOM mother’s club events; gathering apples in your orchard and riding along to the cider mill; playing at each other’s houses, and so many other school and church memories through the years. Our mothers were very good friends and very special women indeed! Always so smart, kind, and caring.

  6. Fred Studer says:

    Linda and Family, So sorry for your loss. May God Bless and Keep You and Yours Always!!! Fred……..

  7. Pamela A Walton says:

    Dear Linda and Family, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I have many fond memories of your mother and playing at your home after school. God Bless Pam Walton

  8. Colleen Hobson Free says:

    To Karen & family: I was so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was such a pleasant lady when she came into the office or called in. May God be with you during your time of grieving.

    Colleen Hobson Free

  9. Clarence and Nancy Ousley says:

    Dear Linda and Karen! So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing! She was a true gem!

  10. Amy Albert Brown and Helene Albert says:

    My mom, Helene Albert (a classmate) has many great memories of Eileen. She was such a kind and thoughtful lady. She came to see my mom when she was in Crestwood and sent her many cards. May you treasure your memories. Rest in peace Eileen.

  11. Ike and Juanita Carson says:

    Linda & Karen and Family,
    We were so sad to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a sweet, beautiful lady and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with all her family at this difficult time. She will be missed by many.

  12. Kim & June (Haverfield) Heuberger says:

    Karen and Linda, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the great loss of your mother!

  13. Barbara Parsons Fensch says:

    Linda, Karen & family, Your mother was always so sweet & fun to be around. Great memories of her from church, to Bay Point, to saving me seats at football games to watch my girls cheer & in the band. She was a friend who has always held a special place in my heart. I know you will miss her greatly. May God comfort you & give you peace during these tough times.

  14. Nancy Parsons Schmidt says:

    Dear Linda, Karen and Family. I’m sorry about the loss of your mother. She always had a smile on her face and was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. She will be greatly missed. God Bless you all!

  15. Karen Boyd says:

    So sorry to hear of Eileen’s passing. She was a beautiful person. She was always so kind to my mother and father. My brother and sister-in-law were very involved like Bob and Eileen at the First Lutheran Church. Mom always told me that Eileen liked my name so much that she named her little girl Karen too! Don’t know if that’s true but its a nice thought.
    May you Rest in Peace Eileen! God knows his angels and give them wings to soar! Sincere Condolences. Karen Kenton Boyd

  16. Gail Adams says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Eileen was a special lady. Always loved talking to her. She will be missed. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Jean Wagenman says:

    Dear Linda and Karen, I’m so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I had an opportunity to visit with her last spring at her home in Ashland. We shared our memories of the fun our families had owning and sharing our travel trailer when you girls and our girls were young. May you be comforted knowing how much she was loved.

  18. Karol Keiser says:

    I was so sad to hear of Eileen’s passing. She lived across the street from us on Renfrew and we just loved her. She was so sweet and loving, especially to my girls. She will definitely be missed. Thinking of you all during this sad time.

  19. Mignon Rosinsky says:

    So sorry to hear about your Mom . She was such a beautiful lady.

  20. Sandy Hartz Irish says:

    Linda and Karen,
    I was so sad to hear of your mom’s passing! She was always so kind and such a sweetheart. I will treasure the memories of growing up nearby, picking (and baking) apples, watching cider being made, going on vacation with Karen, Eileen and Bob (minus Linda for some reason), being in Karen and Rick’s wedding and more recently having a meal together with both our moms in Ashland. So many good memories! I am so sorry I am out of state and can’t attend the funeral, but please be assured you will be in my thoughts and prayers!

  21. Lori and Tom Lantz says:

    Linda and Karen. We are so sorry that we are away and not there to share in your loss. Eileen was truly mom’s best friend. It is so rare that two girls grow up next door to each other and remain best friends the rest of their lives.
    There are many great memories that they shared – Bay Point, Mother’s Club (MOM), Lutheran Church, Shopping, Traveling, McDonalds and so many more.
    I know they are hugging each other in Heaven.
    I really enjoyed your mom’s postings and comments on Facebook. I just talked to her a few weeks ago on the phone and and I can still hear her voice saying that “she was doing fine!” Eileen was a beautiful person as well as a wonderful friend. We will miss her.
    Tom and I are praying for Eileen and all your families.

  22. Erma (Cotter) Oswalt and RuthAnn (Cotter) Staats ... (cousins) says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Eileen Wetz

    Erma (Cotter) Oswalt and RuthAnn (Cotter) Staats

  23. Sonia Hull Dyer says:

    My Dear Friends,
    I just received the paper with Eileen’s obituary and was so shocked and saddened by the news! She was a wonderful person and back yard neighbor! I know that God has received a very special new angel in Heaven! My thoughts and very special prayers go out to all of your family! My love to you all!

  24. Jeanette brown says:

    Sorry to read about Eileen’s passing she was such beautiful person I got to know when I worked in shelby. Rest in peace Eileen

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