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Jean C. Hartz

Jean C. Hartz, age 89, of Shelby, died early Tuesday morning, December 19, 2023 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.

Jean was born January 28, 1934 in Vinton County, Ohio to the late James and Edna (Canode) Barber. Throughout her life, Jean had been employed at Crestwood Care Center and Cornell’s Laundromat- both in Shelby, and Head Start Pre-School and Five Cousins- both in Mansfield. Jean married Albert E. Hartz on August 25,1951 and they were married 55 years until his death on May 1, 2006. A member of Taylortown Community Church, Jean frequented reading her bible, thoroughly enjoyed flower gardening, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children: Edna (Fred) Karnes of Shelby and Greg Hartz of Willard; grandchildren: Sarah Karnes, Leah Karnes, Brandon (Beth) Hartz, and Mandi (Nathan) Martin; 16 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandsons; a brother: John Barber of Johnsville; sisters-in-law: Margie Baird and Fran Hartz; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. In addition to her husband and parents, Jean was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law: Bobbie Hartz; and siblings: Audrey Lewis, Margie Smith, Dixie Hilliard, Marilyn Rinehart, June Russell, Clovis Barber, Jimmy Barber, Jerry Barber, and Vernon Barber.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 11 am at Oakland Cemetery, South Gamble Street, Shelby. Pastor Bryan Schatzinger will officiate the services. It was Jean’s request that flowers not be sent. However, for those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to Abigail Pregnancy Center, P.O. Box 68, Norwalk, Ohio 44857, or Richland Pregnancy Services, 1560 West 4th Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44906.

Care for Jean and her family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Online condolences may be left on Jean’s obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Debbie Crabbs Newmeyer says:

    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. As you lay your mother to rest, I always loved your mom. She always took such good care of my sister and I when she would watch Us. We have so many good memories of her and Albert.

  2. Viola Hutchison says:

    Sorry for your loss Greg. Prayers for you and your family

  3. Joe and Sue Dirz says:

    Greg, please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  4. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  5. Emma Caldwel says:

    To Greg and family…so very sorry for your loss

  6. Bonnie Wilson says:

    Edna and Greg and families,

    I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Jean that I will cherish always. She was always so kind and loving with not a selfish bone in her body. I am so thankful for every moment spent with her and Uncle Abe growing up and I am so happy I was able to spend time with her recently. When we visited she told me she wanted to “go home” to see Uncle Abe, grandma and grandpa and my momma. I have no doubt there was a joyful reunion at the gates of Heaven awaiting her, no more pain or suffering only days filled with glory, and I know I will see her again. Please know you are in my thoughts and my prayers. Much love to you both. Love Bonnie

  7. Chris says:

    You all are in my thoughts and prayers! Jean was such a sweet, loving woman! I will never forget asking her “Jean honey is there anything else you need before i leave?” and her reply was “Honey just $1,000,000” then we’d laugh. From the seemingly short time of knowing Jean i could tell she was such a loving mom and grandma! I brought my 3 children to see her and her eyes just lit up especially for my daughter! Ill also never forget the times she made me say “Please” and “Pretty please” to get her to allow me to help her. There were many times she’d just reach out for my hand in such a soft sweet voice and say “I love you”. I am one whom had the pleasure of helping care for Jean up to her final breath on earth. I thank the family myself for allowing me to care for her and if there’s anything I can do please reach out!

  8. Brenda Abrams says:

    I’m so sorry , Prayers for comfort and peace during this time of grief. Love you my friend

  9. Barbara J. Eakins says:

    Edna, our sincere sympathy to you and yours on the passing of your dear mother.

    Jean and Albert were such good neighbors to us. I can still see, in my mind’s eye, Jean pushing Sarah’s stroller past our house. She would always wave.
    We really missed her when they moved. We lost touch with Jean but found her later at Park Village. We didn’t know she had gone to Crestwood Care .
    She will always have a place in our hearts.
    Jim and Barbara

  10. Steve Baird says:

    Edna & Greg: so sorry to hear of Aunt Jean’s passing. May good memories comfort you during this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Steve

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