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Josephine Jane (Gibson) Shelly

Josephine Jane (Gibson) Shelly, 84, residing in Norwalk, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Stein Hospice Care Center after a lengthy illness.

Josephine was born on October 22, 1930 in Upper Sandusky, OH to the late George and Eva (Payne) Gibson.

Josephine graduated Cum Laude from Upper Sandusky High School in 1948 and was a 1951 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a degree in Education. She worked for 22 years teaching math at Berlin-Milan Schools. Josephine was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Oxford Township where she was secretary of the Adult Fellowship for a few years. She volunteered in the manuscripts department of the Hayes Center, Fremont for 14 years. Her hobbies were genealogy, reading and watching football games on t.v. Her family was everything to her.

Josephine is survived by her husband of 60 years, Rev. Edgar Shelly Jr., whom she married on September 3, 1954; daughter, Rachel Borck of Sandusky; son, Timothy (Holly) Shelly of Milan; granddaughter, Hannah; sister, Zilpha (Homer) Darling of Dunedin, FL; brother, William (Jackie) Gibson of Bowling Green, OH; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

In addition to her parents, Josephine is preceded in death by her son, Eric Shelly in 1979 and brother, Eugene Gibson.

Friends may visit on Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory Milan Chapel, 1 South Main St., Milan. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 16, 2015 at St. John's United Church of Christ, 2712 Mason Rd., Oxford Township, Milan with Rev. Wendy Schindler-Chasney presiding. Inurnment will take place in St. John's UCC Cemetery, Oxford Township, Milan, OH.

Those wishing to contribute to Josephine's memory may do so to Cancer Services of Erie County, 505 E. Perkins Ave. Sandusky, OH 44870, Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to St. John's United Church of Christ, 2712 Mason Rd., Milan, OH 44846.

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