Obituaries

Duane E. Emerson, age 81, of Shelby died Wednesday June 20, 2018 at Ohio Health Mansfield.
Born June 16, 1937 in Shelby to Earald and Thelma (Randall) Emerson, he had been a 1955 graduate of Shelby High School. A 1959 graduate of Ohio University, Duane married his high school sweetheart and started his career at Price Waterhouse in New York. He had lived in many places, including Toledo, Muncie and Singapore. After his retirement from the Ball Corporation in 1997, Duane had lived in Arkansas and Florida, returning to Shelby after his wife's passing in 2005.
A member of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Duane was a runner and enjoyed athletics. He was an avid reader and enjoyed autobiographies and historical non-fiction and was a member of the "400" Club at Ted & Ali's on Thursday mornings for breakfast.
He is survived by his wife, Marie (Bettinger) Emerson of Cold Water, Michigan; two sons, Thomas (Yvette) Emerson of Wichita, Kansas, Michael (Julia) Emerson of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Kathryn Emerson of Shelby, Mary Ann Emerson of Asheville, NC; seven grandsons Joseph, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Samuel, Sean, Maximino & Thomas; 5 step-children and 14 step-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Suzanne (Bourgeois) Emerson and sister Dorothy Bilsing.
Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Sunday, June 24, 2018. A Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM Monday at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby. Father Chris Mileski will officiate and interment will be held in the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial expressions may be made to the Texas Children's Hospital at 6621 Fannin CC1410, Houston, TX 77030.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com.


Carol Ruth Belsterli age 80, resident of Shelby died Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
Born September 23, 1937 to Carl and Alice (Noecker) Bendle, she had been a life long Shelby resident. Carol was a graduate of Shelby High School and was formally employed at Shelby Insurance Co., Perrotti Chrysler and Broadway Auto Parts.
A member of the first Lutheran Church in Shelby, Carols enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting and helping with costumes for Pat Faulkners School of Dance as well as bowling, playing cards, line dancing and especially loved jigsaw puzzles.
She is survived by two sons, Gary and Rob Belsterli, both of Shelby; two daughters Teresa "Teri" Kuhn of Shelby, Amy Belsterli of Mansfield; ten grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; one sister Pat Faulkner of Bradenton, FL; nieces, nephews and other relatives
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert E. Belsterli in 2013; three daughters, Tammy Belsterli, Annette Belsterli, and Valerie Jean Ritchie, two brothers, Glen Bendle and Gerald Bendle; one sister Janice Clark and brother-in-law Skip Faulkner.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday, June 25, 2018 in Crawford County Memorial Gardens officiated by Reverend James Robinson. Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory in Shelby is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
Memorial contributions can be made at www.barkdullfuneralhome.com


Beatrice “Betty” May Barker, 92, of Ashland, passed away on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. She was born May 20, 1926 in New London, the daughter of Andrew Loyal and Bertha (Stout) Lash.
Maxwell Barker and Beatrice “Betty” Lash were married on Oct. 31, 1948 in New London. Betty loved cardinals, crocheting, knitting, needlework, reading, flower gardening and working jigsaw puzzles.
She was a secretary at New London High School and a 4-H advisor with the King Road Queens and Ma Barker’s Gang in Ashland. She has been affiliated at the Ashland County Fair as superintendent of the photography department since 1991 replacing her late husband. Betty was an active volunteer with Hospice of North Central Ohio accumulating such nicknames as, “The Whip Lady, The Bag Lady, The Flower Lady, Betty Boop, Baby, Energizer Bunny”, etc. She was also active in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
She loved to travel with her “kids” and had been in 49 of the 50 states and on seven cruises.
Betty is survived by four daughters, Claudia Dunn of Ashland, Carol Golden of North Port, Florida, Cathy (Sam) Collier of Sarasota, Florida, and Coleen Sweeney of Readfield, Maine; two sons, Andrew (Chris) of Ashland and Patrick (Rosemary) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; eleven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Maxwell Barker; five brothers, Joe, Herle, Don, Vaughn, and William; two sisters, Lois Thomas, and Joanne Ruth Lash; two sons-in-law; a granddaughter; plus nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 16 at the Ashland Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 308 Claremont Avenue Ashland, with Pastor Dave Langdon of the Ashland Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial foloowed in Ashland Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive Ashland, Ohio 44805. Words of comfort may be expressed to the family at www.wappner.com.

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