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Judy Ann Zehner

Judy Ann Zehner, age 81, of Shelby, passed away Sunday night, June 30, 2024 at Crestline Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Judy was born September 25, 1942 in Mansfield to the late Clarence W. and Nellie M. (Stauffer) Summers. A 1960 graduate of Shelby High School, Judy married Thomas R. Zehner on April 9, 1962 together they have had 62 wonderful years of marriage.

Judy was highly regarded and respected for mothering over 200 foster children and grandchildren together with her husband, Tom. For her 40 years of dedication, Judy was awarded with multiple achievements of service – 20 years with Richland County Children Services and 20 years with Cuyahoga County Children Services. She never hesitated to support whatever endeavor her children aspired to achieve or do. Judy enjoyed drying, cooking, and canning foods for her family and was always busy crocheting or making quilts for her children.

Judy will be remembered for her kindness, upbeat attitude towards life, humor, and, certainly, her love of family. In addition to her husband, Tom, Judy is survived by 3 natural children, 7 adopted children, numerous foster children, and her brother, Jim Summers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Kenny Zehner, and sister, Joyce Runkle.

Family and friends are welcome to attend graveside services on Friday, July 5, 2024 at 1 pm at Shenandoah Cemetery, State Route 13, Shenandoah. Fr. Daniel Orr will officiate the services. Memorial contributions may be made to FISH of Shelby, 29 ½ Walnut Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875, where she and Tom were dedicated volunteers for over 20 years.

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

Memories & Condolence

  1. Rosie Detillion says:

    Tom and family. I am so sorry for the loss of Judy. Such a dedicated women to her lovely family. Prayers of comfort for all through this difficult time.

  2. Bobbi Weaver says:

    So sorry to hear or Judy’s passing. She was a kind soul that loved her family. Prayers of strength and comfort to Tom and her children.

  3. Dave & Marianne Williamson says:

    Tom and family,
    Our condolences to your all for your loss. Judy will be missed throughout the community.

  4. Kent & Shelley Risner says:

    Donny and Eric, you and your entire Zehner family are in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve the loss of your mother. We hope all your precious memories of your mother will comfort all as you travel this road of loss. God Bless.

  5. Sandy Coon says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of your mother passing, Mary Jane. Please express my deepest condolences to your dad. Your mother was such a kind soul, always putting others before herself. I hope you can find comfort from the fact that she is now at peace.

  6. Bryan Van Wagner says:

    Donald, John, Eric, Heidi, Tom & and the rest of the Zehner family so sorry for your loss

  7. Becky Barber says:

    Donald, Eric and Tom and the rest of the Zehner Family, Kurt Barber & Becky Barber extend deepest condolences in the loss of their loved one, Judy. We remember the kindness Judy showed to others. May God continue to bless all of you.

  8. Joyce Barnes says:

    Tom and Family, so very sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace, comfort and wonderful memories in the coming days. Joyce Barnes

  9. Margie Hoover says:

    Tom and family so sorry to learn of Judy’s passing. I was Judy’s neighbor on Myers Road until I finished 8th grade and we moved into town. She was always so sweet and admired her for her love of fostering children. my deepest sympathy.

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