Obituaries

Virginia B. Hettinger, age 94, resident of rural Shelby died Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She is finally with the God and Savior she loved and served for over 80 years. She was born April 17, 1924 to Alfred and Fleta (Pittinger) Fackler on the family homestead east of Shelby.
Virginia followed God with a passion. As a young girl she accepted the gift of peace with God purchased by Jesus Christ when he gave his life to pay for her sin. She longed for everyone to know and share that gift of peace with God. That desire became the driving force of her life.
She graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with the goal of becoming a missionary in Africa. Her future husband, William Hettinger, also graduated from MBI and then trained to be a missionary pilot. They were heartbroken to be rejected by the mission board because of health concerns but soon began to realize that God had a mission field prepared right here in Ohio.
Shortly after her marriage in 1946, Virginia began teaching bible classes in the county schools of Plymouth, Shiloh, and Crestview. She developed and produced her own teaching material for grades 1-12. Known as "the bible teacher," she used felt figures on flannelgraph to tell bible stories to approximately 1000 children every week. She loved every child and they in turn loved her. When teaching bible classes in the local schools became illegal, she devoted her teaching to the First Baptist Church in Shelby, community vacation bible school, and Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Virginia never retired from teaching about God. Even in her late 70's she crafted a hands on experience using live ducks and chickens to teach about God's unique creation. She went from school to school in Richland, Huron, and Ashland counties presenting her show-and-tell feathered chicks to every school that would open their door.
Virginia was one of a kind and unique in her approach to life, ministry to people, and service to God.
She is survived by daughters, Louise (Ross) Anderson of Shelby, Mary (John) Dove of Chardon, Susie (Rick) Blum of Burgettstown, PA; grandchildren, Matthew (Jacqueline Henshaw) Anderson, Marchelle (Eric) Asp, Molissa Anderson, Katie (Jeremy) Downing, Karen Dove, Laura (Ben) Francis, Stephen (Christine) Dove, Shouna (Derek) Jellsey, Karmen (Ryan Hales) Ratcliffe; seventeen great-grandchildren; brother, Clarence (Linda) Fackler of Shelby, many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In addition to her parents Virginia was preceded in death by her husband whom she wed August 30, 1946, sister Eileen (Joseph) Kirkpatrick, sister-in-law Evelyn Fackler and granddaughter Kristie Dove.
A funeral service will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Shelby. Reverend Walter Keib will officiate with interment in Adams Cemetery. Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelby from 5:00 PM-7:00PM on Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Moody Bible Institute at 820 N LaSalle Blvd, Chicago,IL 60610 or Child Evangelism Fellowship at 535 Beer Rd, Ontario, OH 44906 .
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdull funeralhome.com


Thelma Thornsberry, age 91, of Shelby, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. She was born on August 19, 1927 to the late John and Lizzie (Hall) Thornsberry. Thelma retired as a press operator from Quanex/Tech Form Industries in Shelby. She was a member of Little Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening, and her cats.
She is survived by her daughter, Charlene (Dr. Vince) Trago of Lexington, OH; 4 grandchildren, Brendan, Patrick, Killian and Bridget Trago; 3 sisters, Imilee Amburgey, Louise Hall, Sarah Thornsberry; best friend, Eva Jean Coburn, and special nephew, Cledith Amburgey.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Crawford Thornsberry; daughter, Anna Lou Thornsberry; 2 sisters, Ivilean Brown and Delma Isaac; 1 brother, Buel Thornsberry; and infant brother, Luther Thornsberry.
Visitation will be at the Secor Funeral Home in Plymouth, Ohio on Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. Visitation will continue at Little Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church, 4982 Henry Road, Plymouth, Ohio on Friday, December 14, 2018 from 1:00 - 9:00 PM with church services at 6:00 PM. Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the church with the church Elders officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven. A funeral dinner will be provided at the church following the burial. Memorial contributions may be made to Little Rebecca Old Regular Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.secorfuner alhomes.com


Janet Yohn, age 85, resident of Shelby died Tuesday evening December 11, 2018 at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Ashland. She was the daughter of the late Elton & Eloise (Longnecker) Robertson. She was a 1951 graduate of Plymouth High School.
Janet was a member of the Lutheran Church in Plymouth and the Presbyterian Church in Shelby and Willard. Janet enjoyed life and especially music and people. She could and would converse with anyone anywhere at any time about any subject. She not only raised 5 children but later on worked at the K&H Drug store in Willard and owned and operated a laundromat with her husband in Panama City, FL. Janet also loved to read, arts & crafts, especially knitting and crocheting and she loved to sing and dance.
Janet is survived by her husband, Richard Yohn, whom she married May 9, 1952; Jenifer (Jake) Merle of Mansfield, Richard (Mary Yohn Jr. of Mansfield, Brenda (Bill) Tucker of Shiloh, Jackie (Richard) Bouchard of Panama City, FL and Robbie Yohn of Columbus; nine grandchildren, Brian, Chris and Matt Bistline, Emily Ratterree, Kaitlin Tucker and Joshua, Jason, Jacob and Shawna Brown; twelve great grandchildren, Justin & Alexis Bistline, Alexis Nelson, Jasper, Jase, Josh and Josiah Brown, Olivia Kittrell, Aaliyah and Ivy Bistline and Raeghen and Preston Bistline; one great great grandchild, Xavier Bistline; sister, Mary (John) Fetters of Columbus and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory on Friday from 1:00-3:00 PM. A funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM conducted by Pastor Julie Thoms. In lieu of Flowers memorial expressions may be made to the donors choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuner alfhome.com.


George A. Eshelman age 83, died Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at his home.
Born April 20, 1935 in Everett, Pennsylvania to John G and Elva (Sipe) Eshelman, he had been a resident of Pennsylvania until moving to Shelby in 1958. George and his son had owned and operated a construction company, where he had been a 50 year operating engineer. His main passion was being a farmer, and continued to farm until 2017. He had also been the owner and operator of the Pine Grove Mobile Estates in Plymouth.
George was a 50 year member of the Shelby Masonic Lodge #350 Lodge, a member of the NRA, the Ohio Good Sam's Camping Club and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 18 for 50 years. He had enjoyed Camping with his wife, and was passionate about farming.
George is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jane (Morris) Eshelman, whom he wed January 24, 1955; son Mark (Deb) Eshelman and daughter Julie (Joe) Heichelbech both of Shelby; four grandchildren Randi (Brian) Dorion of Butler, Cassie (Drew) Harwood of St. Mary's, Georgia, Mindy (Zac) Tuttle of Shelby, Nicholas Claytor of Shelby; seven great grandchildren Devon and Savannah Dorion, Tripp and Jett Harwood, Maddie and Charlotte Tuttle and Maxwell Claytor; three brothers Bill (Shirley) Eshelman of Shelby, Charlie (Deb) Eshelman of Florida, Larry (Martha) Eshelman of Shelby, sister Elmira (Dean) Grimes of Pennsylvania, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers Dan, Ron and John Eshelman.
Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. A funeral service will Monday at 10:30 AM at the funeral home with interment being held in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Richland County at 3025 Park Ave W, Mansfield, OH 44906
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com


Lena O. Preston, age 97, resident of Shelby, died December 8, 2018 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
Born Sept. 14, 1921 in Phoenix City, Alabama to Fonnie and Florence (Wright) Truett she had been a Shelby resident since 1950. Mrs. Preston was a former employee of the Shelby Mutual Insurance Co. retiring in 1983. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Shelby and was affectionately known as the "Bag Lady" at the church food pantry where she volunteered for many years. She also enjoyed line dancing at the Shelby Senior Center.
Survivors include her niece and caregiver Kathy Booth of Delaware; one half sister Joyce Schoonoder of Canton; nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Norman Preston 1994; one brother Howard Truett; her step-mother, Irene (Hobbs) Truett; three half brothers Jerre, Frank and Edsel Truett; two half sisters Doris Bernberg and Margie Mitchell.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory in Shelby. Pastor Russel Yoak will officiate with interment in Greenlawn Cemetery, Plymouth. Friends may call at the Funeral Home one hour prior to the service at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers memorial expressions may be to First Lutheran Church or the church food pantry at 33 Broadway St, Shelby, OH 44875.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdull funeralhome.com


Jerry J. Hanlon, age 75, resident of Shelby, Ohio died Monday, December 10, 2018 at her daughters home.
Born April 18, 1943 in Cleveland, Tennessee to Warren & Florence (Mills) Branam, she had been a Shelby-Tiro area resident the majority of her life, moving to Galion in 2002. Jerry was a graduate of Crestline High School. She had been employed for 25 years at the former North Electric in Galion before her retirement. Mrs. Hanlon enjoyed crocheting and flower gardening.
Survivors include one daughter and son in law, Michele & Robert Weaver of Shelby; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael & Chris Hanlon of Springfield, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Zachary & Philip Weaver, Ashley, Hunter, Allison, Cody, Austin & Christa Byanna Hanlon; five brothers, Howard Branam of Georgia, Warren Branam, Jr. of Galion, Randall Branam of Galion, Ronnie Branam of Georgia and Frankie Branam of Georgia; one sister, Mary Goin of Galion; nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy in 1999, two brothers, Lester & Claude Branam and one sister, Reva Brown.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00PM Thursday, December 13, 2018 at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory in Shelby. Sister Barb Weaver will officiate with interment in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hanlon Family to help defray some of Jerry's hospital expenses.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdull funeralhome.com


Wilber “Butch” Franklin of Madison, Tennessee died Dec. 3, 2018 at Skyline Medical Center. He was born Oct. 25, 1940 in Clarksfield, Ohio to the late Willis and Wilma Franklin.
Butch was raised and went to school in Clarksfield, Ohio. He drove truck and lived in Wyoming for a time.
Butch is survived by his sister Joyce (Al) Perry of Cambridge, Ohio and Lois Blackert Grosscup of Bucyrus, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents Wilma (Clapp) Franklin and Willis Franklin, sister Laura Lilly, infant sibling Donald Leroy Franklin and Carol Ann Franklin, along with many nieces and nephews, and special friend Marie Payne.
He was a colorful character and will be missed.



Oscar “Sheldon” Parsons, 72, of New London, passed away on Dec. 10, 2018 at The Laurels of New London. He was born on March 12, 1946 in Pike County, Kentucky to the late Graden and Jane (nee Case) Parsons.
Sheldon was an accomplished interior designer and floral designer, who also flipped million dollar homes and traveled the world extensively. He had lived in Pikeville, Kentucky and had attended school in New London, before living in Palm Springs, California; Dallas, Texas; Naples, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia to name a few places. He had also spent many months overseas in Paris and England, returning only recently to New London where he passed peacefully.
Sheldon never married, but he loved his family and treated his nieces and nephews as if they were his own children.
He is survived by his nephews, Rick (Linda) Hamilton, Mike Hamilton, Bobby (Kari) Steele; nieces, Geora Jean (Perry) Lester, Sonja Gore, Renee (Dale) Lester; and sister, Fatima Steele of Greenwich, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings and nephew Randy Hamilton Sr.
A private memorial service is being planned for a later date. Eastman Funeral Home, New London is honored to assist the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.




Teresa Mae Rae Marie Howell, 24, currently of Greenwich, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 from injuries sustained in an accident. She was born on July 7, 1994 in Coshocton to Darrell and Jenny (nee Reilly) Shaffer. Teresa was a 2012 graduate of Glen Oak High School.
A dedicated and hard worker, Teresa worked most recently for Lake Erie Construction, a job which she loved. She was a member of the Local Labor Union. Teresa enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, and camping. She also enjoyed fitness and exercising. Teresa will be remembered for her outgoing and independent personality and especially for her beautiful smile. Most of all Teresa cherished the spent with her two boys.
Survivors include her sons Leland and Chevy; her parents Darrell and Jenny; her boyfriend Cyle Leach; grandparents Paula and Doug Tolliver and Darrell and Joanne Shaffer; siblings Darrell, Daniel, Jaryd, Bobbie Jo, Miranda, her special sister Jenny, and special brother Derek, and Destini.
She was preceded in death by her brother Nicholas Amore.
Friends and family will be received on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 4-7 p.m. at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 West Main St, New London. Funeral services will be held Friday, beginning at 12 p.m. at the New London Alliance Church, 4625 State Route 162 West, New London with Pastor Paul Wilson officiating. There will be a gathering after the services at the New London Eagles.
A fund for Teresa’s children will be set up at Key Bank and donations may be directed there. Condolences may be expressed online at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.



Patricia Ellen Young, 78, of Nova, passed away peacefully on Dec. 9, 2018 at The Laurels of New London.
Patricia was born on Sept. 24, 1940 in Wadsworth, Ohio to the late Dare Mougey and Leona Marie (nee Madigan) McConnell. Most of her schooling was through Ruggles/Troy but Pat went to Florida for a year and graduated from Sarasota High School in 1958.
Pat was the backbone of her family. Although she suffered from a disease that affected her memory she had an extraordinary ability to remember family birthdays and important dates. She would always remember to send a card to commemorate such events, and never missed out on a family party. Pat enjoyed bowling, crocheting and sewing and had made quilts for everyone. She loved the Cleveland Indians and her family, children and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered and forever missed for her thoughtfulness and caring and selfless nature.
Her Catholic faith was very important to her and Pat had attended church at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Nova when she was able and she and her late husband Paul David Young had renewed their wedding vows at the church.
Patricia is survived by her children, Paul David II (Ann) Young of Nova, Jere Dare (Tracy) Young of Virginia, Patricia Ellen (Kevin) Shays of New London; grandchildren, Jeremiah David, Joshua Tyler, Paul David III, Matthew Scott, Sara Ann and Benjamin Troy Young, Dylan Mitchell, Lukas Maxwell and Payton Skyler Shays; siblings, Richard, Donald and James; great grandchildren, Ryan, Sadie, Emma, Addison and Maci. She is also survived by several sister in-laws including her close friend Betty Young.
In addition to her parents and late husband, Patricia was preceded in death by her siblings, Mary Lou, Margaret, Dare and Robert.
A visitation will be held at Eastman Funeral Home, New London from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 where a rosary will be held at 4:45 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in New London at 10:30 a.m. with Father Kishore Kattana officiating. Burial will follow the mass in Ashland County Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Attn: Religious Education Program, 18 Park Ave, New London, OH 44851, or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.



Hope G. Meyer, age 91 of Owosso passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 at Pleasant View.
A time of sharing with the family will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at Nelson-House Funeral Homes, Owosso Chapel.
Hope was born Sept. 3, 1927 in Corbridge, England, the daughter of John and Marie (Twedell) Guthrie.
She attended New London Schools and Stephens College in Missouri. Hope enjoyed being involved with Women Study Clubs, bridge clubs and was an avid reader.
Hope married Charles P. Meyer in New London on June 20, 1946 where they lived until moving to Owosso in 1973; he predeceased her on Aug. 29, 1991.
She spent her years taking care of her family and loved watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.
Hope is survived by her children Megan (Roger) Zanitsch, Mark (Margie) Meyer and John (Denise) Meyer; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren and many other loving family and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband; her daughter Kim Pelham; granddaughter Olivia Meyer and her parents.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Owosso Public Library or the Action for Child Care, P.O. Box 4983, East Lansing, MI 48826.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at Nelson-House.com.