DELPHOS – Eloise V. Shumaker, age 87, of Delphos, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center.
She was born December 13, 1933 in Delphos to Everett and Eleanor (Hesseling) Buettner. She graduated in 1951 from Delphos St. John High School. On June 25, 1955 she married James “Jim” Shumaker and he preceded her in death on August 2, 1996.
Eloise is survived by three sons; Mike (Shirley Marcum) Shumaker of Milford, OH, Chuck (Cindy) Shumaker, and Joe (Jackie) Shumaker, both of Delphos, a daughter Amy (Scott) Nowak of Sylvania, OH; six grandchildren, Craig (Garnet) Shumaker, Matt (Jessica) Shumaker, Curtis (Genna) Blankenship, Crystal (Jerry) Smith, Lindsay (Mike) Simpson, Ryan (Samantha Garlock) Shumaker; grandson-in-law Wes Myers; and 15 great grandchildren with two on the way. She is also survived by two sisters, Marie Fullerton of Lancaster, CA, and Kathy (Dr. Tom) Raabe of Findlay, OH; sisters-in-law Doris Buettner, Bonnie Buettner, Ann (Dan) Stemen, and Norma (Leo) Geise; brother-in-law Gene (Dottie) Shumaker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Eleanor Buettner; her mother- and father-in-law, Richard and Marcella Shumaker; two brothers, Charles and Melvin Buettner; a sister, Virginia Will; and brothers-in-law, Gordon Fullerton, Robert Christen and Gerald Will; a granddaughter, Nicole Myers; and other family members.
Eloise had worked for the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Fund, then at the Allen County Auditor’s office for 45 years, retiring in 2012. She also worked part time for the German Mutual Insurance office and in the office at Shumaker Plumbing and Heating. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church where she was a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered at the Ministry Center as a Sunday donation envelope counter. She very much enjoyed volunteering at the Delphos Inter Faith Thrift Shop, and with the Red Cross Blood Mobile at the Charter House in Lima and the Delphos KofC and helped at the Delphos Canal Museum when needed. She proudly donated over 28 gallons of blood over the years and in 2019 was the recipient of the Humanitarian Services Award for the West Central Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross. She was an Allen County Board of Elections poll worker for 0ver 50 years, most recently as Voter Manager. She is also a former Phi Delta Sorority President and a member of the Delphos Eagles.
Eloise loved volunteering, if something needed to be done or a volunteer was needed, she was right there to take part. She enjoyed trips with her siblings, on her bucket list was a trip to Hawaii, which she made with her family in 2016. She loved watching and being involved with each of her kids, right down to the great grandkids and their many activities. She gave her family a great work ethic and taught them if you wanted something you worked for it.
A Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John School Tuition Assistance Program, or the donor’s choice.
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