Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Linda Jean Sponseller

Linda Jean Sponseller, age 72, of Shelby, died Sunday, September 8, 2019 at the home of her daughter, Rachel, in Tiffin.

Linda was born January 26, 1947 in Shelby to the late Gordon Vernon and Marrietta Mae (Schiefer) Sharpless. She was a 1965 graduate of Shelby High School and attained a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Linda had a 40-year career in food production management working at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Mansfield General Hospital, and Fisher Titus Medical Center Carriage House Assisted Living facility in Norwalk from where she retired in 2013.

When her children were young, Linda was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and enjoyed crocheting blankets and giving them to others to enjoy, watching classic movies and reading poetry and art.

On April 4, 1970, Linda married Dr. Trent Arthur Sponseller and he survives. Also surviving are 3 children: Christa (Jonathan) Russell of Olmsted Falls, Rachel (Steven) Robinson of Tiffin, and Kevin (Annette) Sponseller of Leander, TX; 8 grandchildren: Natalie, Nicholas, Michael, Nathan, Matthew, Olivia, Anthony, and Nicholas; a sister: Gwen (Bernard) Rush of Etters, PA; and 2 nephews: Zac and Joel Rush.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, were funeral services will immediately follow at 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ( or the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Robert Cassity says:

    To Linda’s family:
    Sad to learn of Linda’s passing. She was a dear one at Mansfield Hospital, always professional, respected, hard worker, kind, good listener, I enjoyed working with her as in our middle management jobs doing the hiring process, me personnel/HR her Dietary. I’m sure she will be missed.
    Robert Cassity, HR 1968-2009
    Aka Col Bob
    Mansfield, Ohio

  2. Ron and Linda (McNew) Nelson says:

    To the Sponseller Family,
    Linda was one of the best food production managers at Mansfield General. Linda was always focused on customer service. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Linda.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  3. Ed Sharpless says:

    For Trent and your children. Linda’s father was my father’s brother, and we saw each other often as young children. We all especially enjoyed Christmas at our Grandparent Sharpless’s home, where a large kitchen table overflowed with food and the living room was grey with cigar smoke. Linda, as a teen and older, reminded me so much of her mother in looks and disposition. She seemed always to have time to listen and had a goodness about her that was so like her mother’s. We have all been blessed with her life and her service to others.
    Ed Sharpless
    Washington, NJ

  4. Ruth "Cedar" Collander- Farris & David Farris says:

    Lord send your comforting, heavenly realm, good angels to comfort her family and friends in their special time of grieving. Thank you for the beautiful life of Linda Jean Sponseller, and for bringing my nephew Jonathan his lovely wife Christa, their precious daughter Natalie, and Natalie’s Grandfather, Aunt, Uncle, & fun adorable cousins. “May the Lord Bless you and keep you. May the Lord shineth His countenance upon you, and grant you peace”~Bible; David Farris & Ruth “Cedar” Collander Farris

  5. Marcia Reed says:

    I was hired by Linda at The Carriage House and just wanted to say what a class act she was. She was an awesome boss and never asked any employee to do something she wouldn’t do herself. As for her family, she loved all of you very much and her grandchildren were the light of her life. She set a great example of what a boss, mother and grandmother is. You are all very fortunate to call Linda wife, mom and grandma and each one of you made her proud! Take care of each other and know she will be missed dearly.

  6. Sonia Collander says:

    My deepest sympathy to your whole family. She fought a long hard battle and is now at peace. May your precious memories keep her close.

  7. John Varos says:

    Trent: Our deepest condolences to you and your family on your loss.
    John and Claudia Varos



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