Ellen M. Shields age 73, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 10:45 P.M. on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville. Ellen was born May 20, 1938 in Laura, Ohio, to Florence (Sluterbeck) Dietrich of Laura and the late Glen Dietrich.
In addition to her mother, Ellen is survived by her husband, Duane E. Shields whom she married August 16, 1958; son & daughter-in-law, Doug & Susan Shields of Greenville; grandchildren, Marc, Elizabeth and Jason Shields; brothers & sisters-in-law, Ronald & Sue Dietrich of Arcanum and Donald & Mary Jane Dietrich of Greenville; niece, Julie & Mike Maloney of Dayton; and a nephew, Jeff & Tammy Dietrich of Arcanum.
In addition to her father, Ellen is also preceded in death by a nephew, Tom Dietrich.
Ellen began teaching 5th grade at Greenville School in 1958 until her retirement in 1993 with 35 years of service. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelors Degree in 1961 and the University of Arizona with a Masters of Education in 1975. Ellen was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Greenville where she was secretary of the Women of the Church. Ellen was a member of D.A.R.; D.A.V.; Darke County First Families; Farm Bureau; Greenville V.F.W. Post 7262 and Secretary of the Darke County Republicans Club. Ellen was a life member of the Greenville V.F.W. Post 7262 Ladies Auxiliary; Ohio Teachers Association; O.E.A.; Darke County Retired Teachers Association and the Farmers Union.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, February 6, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church 7814 St. Rt. 121 North Greenville with Pastor Alan Knoke officiating. Burial will follow in Abbottsville Cemetery in Darke County. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville and Monday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Retirement Community or the Darke County Cancer Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com