PIQUA — Barbara J. Shellenberg, 89, of Piqua, died suddenly at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy, March 24, 2014, at 2:06 a.m. She was born in Detroit, Mich. on March 3, 1925, to the late Julius and Christine (Coombs) Meyers. She married the love of her life, Marcus Arthur Shellenberg, on May 18, 1946, in Detroit, Micgh., at Grotto Catholic Church in Detroit. Shortly after, they moved to Piqua, where they shared their life together. He preceded her in death on March 29, 2003.
Barbara is survived by seven children, Kathy Ryan, Troy, Pamela Leugers, Tampa, Fla., Margaret Morales, Duncansville, Pa., Jill (John) White, Troy, Mark Shellenberg, Tampa, Fla., Thomas (Laurie) Shellenberg, Tampa, Fla. and John (Denise) Shellenberg, Augusta, Ga.; one son-in-law, Mark Pitts, Naples, Fla.; one brother, James Meyers, Warren, Mich.; special niece and Godchild, Judy Provagna, Livonia, Mich.; special nephew, Eddie Mays; 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Lynch and Christine Meyers; one daughter, Julie Pitts; a beloved foster daughter, Kay Keller, and three sons in law, Mike Ryan, George Leugers and Chuck Koon.
Barbara graduated from Denby High School, Detroit, Mich. Later in life she attended Edison State College, Piqua. Barbara was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, where she was a member of St. Claire's Society. She was a Girls Scout leader and a Den Mother for five years. She belonged to American Legion 184 in Piqua, where she was a leader of the American Legion Junior Auxiliary for five years. Barbara worked at Dettmer, Piqua Memorial and Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy, as a pediatric nurses aide, unit secretary and monitor tech before retiring in 2000, after 25 years of service.
Known as Grandma Barb to most everyone, she loved children of all ages. Every grandchild felt as though they were her favorite. Her love and warmth will continue on for generations through her 18 grandkids, namely Matt (Sara) Ryan, Katy (Mike) Jacomet, Jonathan (Carmen) White, Laura White, Katlyn White, Ben Leugers, Alex (Lori) Leugers, Emily (Damon) Essert, Abby Pitts, Jorge Morales, Angie (Sam) Beckwith, Christine, Jacob and Katie Shellenberg, McKain Shellenberg, Brandon Zimmerman; Sandy Evers and Steve Keller. 16 great-grandchildren: Anna, Sophie and Ava Jacomet, Charlie and Lydia Ryan, Justin and Kristen Leugers, Madison Essert, Emma White, Sara, Julia and Sammy Beckwith, Jasmine and Ryan Morales, Kayla and Andrew Wall. She also held a special place for Julie Obenchain Skillman and her children Grace, Emily and Luke.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Piqua with the Rev. Fr. Angelo Caserta and the Rev. Fr. Thomas Bolte as co-celebrants. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Boniface Catholic Church Educational Fund, 310 South Downing St., Piqua, OH 45356. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.