Ethel was born to Harlow T and Mable L (Harris) Sheperd on February 27, 1925 in Tontagony, Ohio. She was one of nine children. She worked at the H.J. Heinz factory in Bowling Green, Ohio and at the Green Gables restaurant inside the Greyhound Bus station in Bowling Green. This is where she met the love of her life Thomas P. Barnhizer. They were married on June 8, 1947, at the United Brethren Evangelical Church in Tontogany. They had Eight children, four girls and four boys. They had a farm in Ottawa Lake, Michigan. She attended Whiteford Wesleyan Church in Ottawa Lake, MI. The past five years she lived at the Kingston Residence of Sylvania. While living there she enjoyed putting puzzles together and playing Bingo. She would rarely miss playing and especially liked it when she had a bingo and the cover all.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; siblings Dorothy Brough, Clyde Sheperd, Thelma Meridith, Gladys Mathney, Donna Marie Kelley, Bernice Sheperd and grandson Richard Robert (Bobby) Barnhizer.
She is survived by sisters, Vera Moore and Janet Markin; children, Tom (Meg) Barnhizer, Don Barnhizer, Ron (Mary) Barnhizer, Peg (Mick) Tscherne, Anita Howard, Richard (Ellen) Barnhizer, Beverly Martin and Judi (Ron) Clark; 27 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.
A special thank you to Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their care and especially her hospice nurse Laura Biel for her care and support over the past year.
Friends and family will be received for visitation on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at Reeb Funeral Home Main Street, Sylvania, OH from 4pm to 8pm. Masks will be required per CDC guidelines along with social distancing. The funeral will be on Thursday, January 7, 2021, for family only. Pastor Rick Deisler from Whiteford Weslyan will be officiating. Burial will be at Whiteford Union Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Whiteford Weslyan Church, Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio.
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