Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Esther Mae “Tess” Love

Esther Mae “Tess” Love, age 90, of Shelby, died Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at her home.

Tess was born on March 4, 1933 in Shelby to the late Earl and Alice (Saddoris) Boreman and was a Shelby resident most of her life.  She was a 1951 graduate of Shelby High School and enjoyed continuing to meet with her class for monthly luncheons when her health permitted. On May 15, 1954 she married William Dean “Bill” Love in Angola, IN. She always said, “marrying him was the best thing she ever had happen in her life.” Together, she and Bill were active in their children’s activities such as Shelby Whippet Band Parents and following Shelby sporting and music events her kids were involved in.

Tess was active with Girl Scouts for 15 years while her girls were growing up along with PTO and Parents Club at Plymouth and Shelby School Districts for over 26 years. She was the first member of the Shelby Auburn School Hall of Fame for her combined Room Mother and Head Room Mother work where she assisted with all activities necessary for the children’s success.

An active member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby, Tess taught Sunday School, Summer Bible School- where she was one of the “cookie ladies” for many years, helped work funeral dinners, and assisted with the food pantry. She loved gardening, reading, and working in her flower beds. Together, she and Bill had large vegetable gardens and Tess canned and froze all the vegetables, fruits, and jams and jellies their large family needed.

She is survived by her children: Debra Love of Shelby, Tammie (Dick) Brieck of Columbus, Toni (Shawn) Clark of Columbus, and Doug (Kimberly) Love of Olivesburg; 7 grandchildren: Stephanie (John) Thull, Sam (Kendall) Brieck, Peter Brieck, Noelle (Blake) Brieck Ford, Ruby Clark, Nathan Clark, and Wyatt Love; 5 great grandchildren: Olivia Amick, Steven Amick, Bravery Brieck, River Brieck, and Everett Ford; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her parents, Tess was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, on June 15, 2014; sister: Edith (Jerry) Jones; brothers: Jack (Kazuko) Boreman, James “Gint” (Ann) Boreman, and Thomas Boreman; and nephews: James Boreman and Wade Boreman.

The family would like to thank Heritage Healthcare, Southern Care Hospice, and Shelby Fire Department for their care and support.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, April 30, 2023 from 2-5 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, OH 44875. Funeral services for Tess will be held on Monday, May 1, 2023 at 11 am at First Lutheran Church, 33 Broadway Street, Shelby, OH 44875. Pastor Rus Yoak will officiate and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby Fire and EMS Equipment Fund or the First Lutheran Church Food Pantry.

For those unable to attend, sympathy may be expressed by commenting on Tess’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,

To view Tess’s tribute video, click the link provided:

Memories & Condolence

  1. Marilyn Wilkinson Hopkins says:

    Debra, Thinking if you and sending my sympathy. Marilyn Wilkinson

  2. Suzanne Reinke Nagy says:

    My deepest condolences go to the entire Love family. May you find peace.

  3. Andi Shank says:

    To all the Love family,
    Your Mom was a true gem. I so enjoyed spending time with your Mom and Dad and your whole family through the years. May she rest in peace. Prayers to all of you!

  4. Ed and Jean Russell says:

    Deb, Tam, Toni and Doug:

    Jean and I are very sorry for your loss. Tess was a wonderful person. May she rest in peace.

  5. Larry Frontz says:

    Debra and family, so sorry for the loss of your mother ✝️✝️✝️

  6. Lisa (Kaple) Carter says:

    Deb, Tammie, Toni and Doug – so sorry for the loss of your mom, Tess. I have found memories of your parents and the time that our families spent together when we were kids. Much love and prayers. Lisa (Kaple) Carter

  7. Holly Korbas says:

    I was sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I first met your mom when she was my Girl Scout leader in Plymouth and she was wonderful! I always enjoyed our talks when we ran into each other! She will be missed by all who knew her!

  8. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  9. Joanne Russo Insull says:

    A life of service and caring! A life well-lived and lived well for others! Condolences to the family and may her memory be a blessing to you all.

  10. Alicia Drengberg says:

    Deb, Steph, and family

    I am so sorry about losing the amazing Esther. I always enjoyed my visits and talks with her. I am completely honored to have had my time with her, and having my time meeting her amazing family she created. The love and care you have for her, shows the love and care she has for all of you instilled inside of all of you. My heart is with all of you!

  11. Amy Albert Brown says:

    Deb and Family,

    Sending sympathy on the loss of your dear mother.

  12. Bonnie Johnson says:

    Sorry for your loss. I loved having you Mother as our neighbor she was always so friendly and kind. Had a lot of good times with your family. Her big kind heart will be missed. May you find peace of heart in your memories in the coming days and years. Bob and Bonnie

  13. Marilyn Wilkinson Hopkins says:

    Debbie, sending sympathy. Thinking of you.

  14. Jim Alexander says:

    Debbie, You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Patrick & Joannah Clark & family says:

    We are saddened to hear of the passing of Tess. We wish that we could be present to celebrate her life with family and friends. May God grant everyone who loved her peace during this difficult time.

  16. Shirley Mitchell Burrer says:

    Tess was a wonderful lady and Bill and she were special friends of my parents. I always like talking with Tess when we would meet at the whippets ball games. I send my deepest sympathy to the whole family. God bless you all!

  17. Ron & Susan Keiser says:

    Our sympathy to the Love Family.
    May your memories bring you comfort in days ahead.
    We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Kerry McGuire says:

    Rest in peace great-aunt Tess. You will be greatly missed by those who love you. I always loved coming to your house and hearing your beautiful laugh. You always had a warm heart for us. I wish I could have been there in person but my heart is with you all ❤️

  19. Wendy Bowling says:

    Deb, Tammy, Toni, Doug and Steph, I am heartbroken over the news of Aunty Tess’s passing as is our entire family. We know what an impact she had on Mom’s young life and it continued through her whole life, and ours. She was a force. A presence . You always knew when she was around.
    I tried to live stream the service today but wasn’t successful. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. She was the kind of mom to give you an infinity of memories to hold dear at this time.
    Darron and Wendy

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