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Joan Roberts

Joan Roberts, longtime Shelby resident, died early Friday Morning, January 27, 2023 at The Village at Westerville in Westerville, Ohio where she had been a resident since 2019. She passed peacefully on her 92nd birthday.

Joan was born to the late John and Myrtle (Upperman) Feller on January 27, 1931 in Marlboro, Ohio and graduated from Middlebranch High School in 1949. On November 15, 1953 she married Buddy Merton Roberts and together they enjoyed nearly 68 years of marriage until his passing on October 29, 2021. Joan worked at Shelby Mutual Insurance Company and retired after 18 years of service. Together throughout their lives, Buddy and Joan were active members and volunteers for many organizations including their church – Trinity United Methodist, F.I.S.H Food Pantry, and the Shelby Helpline.

Surviving are three daughters: Rhonda Roberts of Gahanna, OH; Renae Roberts (Sid Eskridge) of Valrico, FL; and Radell Roberts (Claire Bobrycki) of Syracuse, NY; granddaughter: Abby Eskridge, of Lithia, FL; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. Buddy and Joan were also blessed to be “adopted” by Raina Pfahler, Brad Rudd, and Brook Hostetter as surrogate grandparents in recent years. In addition to her parents and husband, Joan was preceded in death her brother: Donald (Patti) Feller and sisters: Joyce (Paul) King and Velma (Eugene) Hodge.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 1:30 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Main Street, Shelby, OH 44875. Pastor Jeff Croft will officiate the services and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to F.I.S.H Food Pantry/Shelby Helpline, 29½ Walnut Street, Shelby, OH 44875 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Main Street, Shelby, OH 44875.

Care for Joan and her family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, OH 44875.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Karen says:

    Joan and I worked together at Shelby Mutual insurance. She was a lovely lady. May the Lord be near to her family and comfort their broken hearts.

  2. Steven Haverfield says:

    Ellen & I are so sorry for your loss. Joan was a sweet lady and a wonderful neighbor. The whole town will miss her smile and willing to serve heart. God bless you all with peace and comfort.

  3. Jill (Dunbar) Humphrey says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom.
    I am praying for comfort for all of your family.

  4. Joanne Gallick says:

    I had the privilege of getting to know Joan and Buddy when I worked at the Village. We shared a love of jigsaw puzzles.

  5. Jocelyn McAuley says:

    I grew up with your wonderful family in Church at the EUB then Trinity United Methodist Church. Your Mom & Dad were such loving, happy Christians. Your Dad’s sense of humor was the best! And your Mom just seemed to put up with it & smile. They were both definitely Saints on earth & now together with our Heavenly Father. God bless you all!

  6. Nancy (Steele) Lewis says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Joan’s passing. I worked with her at Shelby Insurance. I have pictures of her dressed up at Halloween, I just loved her. Keeping all of you in my prayers. I lost my mom in December and I know how hard this is.

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