Mary Ellen Vanasdale, 72, of Shelby passed away at the family farm on November 18, 2018 surrounded by her family.
Mary Ellen was born on May 23, 1946 in Nevada, Ohio to the late Harold & Etta (Sours) Fritz. She graduated from Buckeye Central in 1964 before marrying her high school sweetheart, Ronald Vanasdale, on April 10, 1966 at the Tiro United Methodist Church. Together they spent the next 52 years growing their farm on the west side of Shelby, where they raised their five children.
Throughout her life Mary Ellen held positions at United Telephone, Tiro National Bank, Crawford County Auditor's Office, and Waycraft Industries. She was also a full-time farm wife who managed to help run the family farm managing accounts and feeding the many farm hands during planting and harvesting. Once retired, she enjoyed traveling across the western United States with Ronnie and spending time together visiting with family and friends. Mary Ellen was gifted in many areas and enjoyed painting, gardening, traveling, reading, playing cards and dominoes.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ronald Vanasdale, her children, Gail (Kurt) Dreier of Zanesville; Rhonda (Brian) van Ooyen of Baltimore; Jason (Jessica) Vanasdale of Zanesville; Sara (Jose) Bazan of Worthington and Heidi (Benjamin) Brubach of Shelby. She was richly blessed with 15 grandchildren and 17 nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brother, Darl Fritz; brother-in-law, Joseph Dunlap and sister-in-law, Linda (Vanasdale) Colwell.
Mary Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law, Louise (James) McDaniel; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth (Dorothy) Fritz; sister-in-law, Virginia Fritz; sister, Velma Dunlap and brother-in-law, Michael Vanasdale.
Friends may call from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Tuesday November 20, 2018 at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Dr. Rev. Edna Stahl will officiate with interment held in Myer Cemetery.
Memorial expressions may be made in honor of Mary Ellen to Hospice of North Central Ohio or to St. Jude's Medical Center.