Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Sue Carol Lewis

Sue Carol Lewis, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 12, 2024 at the age of 87 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital’s Inpatient Hospice Unit.

Sue was born on July 3, 1936, in Shelby, Ohio, to the late Russell Laverne and Emma Gertrude (Dick) Apger. A graduate of Shelby High School, Class of 1954, Sue contributed to various places of employment throughout her life, including Struble’s Drug Store and Shelby Autocall, though her primary role was that of a dedicated homemaker and mother.

Sue was a faithful member of Messiah House of Prayer in Shiloh, where she found joy in singing gospel songs and staying connected with her faith community. She had a green thumb and found solace in her flower and vegetable gardens, often sharing the bounty of her labor with others. Sue had a passion for baking, especially for her loved ones, and enjoyed spending time with her family, caring for her grandchildren, and watching professional wrestling on television. She was also known for her love of mowing grass and staying informed with the news.

Sue’s legacy lives on through her devoted children: Carol Akers of Columbus, Steve (Melanie) Lewis of Mansfield, Dan (Jill) Lewis of Johnsville, David (Joyce) Lewis of Johnsville, and daughter-in-law Robyn Lewis of Lexington, KY. She was also cherished by her grandchildren: Tiffany (Cory) Idle, Dustin Akers, Nicole Lewis, Amy (Eric) Fletcher, Matt (Katie) Lewis, Jordan (Greg) Eichorn, Kendra Morrison, Sarah (Joshua) Rivers, Molly (Josh) Mateo, and her 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her immediate family, Sue is survived by her sister, Charlene Briggs of Shelby.

In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 1/2 years, Jackie Dale Lewis, on June 8, 2007. Jackie and Sue shared the same birthday, just five years apart. Additionally, her son and daughter-in-law: Timothy D. and Kathleen M. Lewis; and her siblings: Janice Donnenworth, Shirley Dewitt, Sandy Burkhart, Dorothy Bailey, Bonnie Apger, Russell Apger Jr., William Apger, Dean Apger, and Harold Apger preceded her in death.

Sue will be remembered for her unwavering love for her family and friends. She touched the lives of many and will be deeply missed.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 10-11:30 am at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will immediately follow at 11:30 am. Rev. John Montgomery, Pastor of Temple of God in Shelby, will officiate the services with burial following in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation via their website,

Online condolences may be left on Sue’s obituary on the funeral home’s website ( or their Facebook page (


To view Sue’s tribute video, click here: Sue Carol Lewis Tribute Video

Memories & Condolence

  1. Holly Korbas says:

    Sue was such a special person to all who knew her! So kind and caring and I always enjoyed seeing her and visiting. My prayers are with you as you say good bye to your loved one.

  2. Teresa Armstrong says:

    I am so sorry to see this!
    So was a sweety!
    Always enjoyed doing her hair!❤️

  3. Kaye Massie says:

    So sorry for your loss. She sang a song when her sister my mom passed away almost three years ago at the grave. She had a beautiful voice and I appreciated her doing that. I remember how good her butterscotch cookies were. Heaven gained a good lady when she took her last breath on this earth.

  4. Axel Wittig says:

    Rest in peace Aunt Sue, my prayers are with the rest of the family.

  5. Debbie Heichelbech says:

    Dan and I are expressing our deepest Sympathty to the family of Sue Lewis…We have memories of her from The Messiah House of Prayer in Shiloh where she had attended..she was a true and dedicated Christian woman and we enjoyed her singing …God surely gained another angel in heaven…Dan and Debbie Heichelbech..

  6. Carla DeWitt says:

    So very saddened to hear of Aunt Sue’s passing. I have many cherished memories of her. Condolences to my cousins and their families.

  7. Pete Estep says:

    Very sorry for your loss.

  8. Rob Parrigan says:

    Danny and David,
    So sorry to read about your mom. Brings back memories of our good times in Shiloh. I remember you both teaching me how to ride my bike without hands all the way from our house to Main Street. Your mom and dad were great people and set examples of how to live life the honorable way. Hope all the Lewis families are well.

  9. Wilma Ammons says:

    My condolences for your loss. May the Peace of the Lord be with you. I will try to make the calling hours. Much love to your family.

  10. David & Sheila Tackett & family says:

    Jackie and Sue and their family were long-time friends of ours and our family. Our condolences to the family and prayer that God will give you comfort and peace.

  11. Susan McFarland says:

    Dear Lewis family, I went to dialysis the same days as Sue. I looked forward to seeing her in the waiting room. We were the “two Sues”. We would sing Christmas carols and gossip. I was able to stop dialysis about a year ago. I have thought of Sue frequently since then. We even sat by each other before I stopped dialysis. We Never made the connection of our families.
    Dear Sue, rest in peace and I hope your chair in heaven has the softest, cushiony seat for you.

  12. Esta Polachek says:

    Sending Prayers of Love and Comfort to the family. So sorry for your loss. I have many memories of Sue and Jackie and their Love for God. She will surely be missed, I hope to meet them in Heaven someday!

  13. Sharon McNary says:

    Dear Lewis family, your mom was such a sweet and Godly woman! I will forever remember her sweet spirit and her delicious pies!

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