Carolyn Pennington

September 08, 1944 ‒ April 02, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

Carolyn Joyce (Smith) Ruehle Pennington, age 75, peacefully passed away April 2, 2020, at her Mansfield home under the care of OhioHealth Hospice following a 3 year battle with leukemia.

Carolyn was born Sept 8, 1944, in Crestline to parents Bernard & Rose (Salvati) Niebes. She was a graduate of Crestline High School.

Carolyn worked multiple years at the Customer Service Desk at the Meijer supermarket store in Ontario. She enjoyed listening to country/Italian opera music, “girls’ night out” with her co-workers from Meijer and watching the Cleveland Indians with friends.  She also enjoyed activities at the Lexington Senior Civic Center and the Richland County Humane Society. But above all, Carolyn cherished spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children Ryan (Chrissann) Ruehle of Marco Island, FL, Rodney (Tamara) Ruehle of Pickerington, Ohio, and Renee (Jeremy) Yeager of Mansfield; grandchildren Andrew Ruehle, Mitchell Ruehle, Connor Friend, and Alaina Friend (and of course Bootsie, the cat).

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Denver Pennington, grandson Cameron Friend, and sisters Alice Fatch and Eileen Fanello.

Due to social gathering restrictions, limited calling hours will be observed at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home followed by a private family memorial service officiated by Celebrant Jerry Wilson.  All are invited to watch the service live on Snyder Funeral Homes’ Facebook page beginning 1pm Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Her final resting place will be in Oak Grove Memorial Park near Lexington beside her husband Denver. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Richland County Humane Society or the Lexington Senior Civic Center.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Carolyn’s family. Share a memory and watch her tribute video at

  • Ryan, Rod and Renee – you have my sincerest sympathies. God be with all of you and your families!

  • My deepest sympathy Ryan, Rod and Renee. My prayers are with you all, along with Tammy and Chrissann and all the grandchildren. She is in a wonderful place with all her precious family that has gone before her. Gone but never forgotten. Love you all.

  • So sorry for your loss. She was a great friend and will be so missed by alot of people God Bless

  • Ryan, Rod and Renee –

    My heart and my thoughts go out to all of you. Your mom was the most wonderful lady and I will always remember her laugh and the times I stayed with you all. I especially remember her patience with us making and throwing all the paper airplanes in the basement at Rod’s B-Day Party.

    May God bring you peace in this challenging time.

    Thinking of you all.

  • Cari will be missed by many! She was such an outgoing person. I attended Crestline High School with her. I saw her the last time in a store in Mansfield a few months ago. We were able to “catch up” on things. I will be notifying fellow classmates of her passing. On behalf of CHS 1962 Classmates our sympathy goes out to all of Cari’s family. God Bless!

  • Ryan, Rod & Renee,

    My condolences to you. I have a lot of fond memories of your mom when I was growing up.

  • I have known Carrie for over 50 plus years, thru High School and after. Always friendly and to me never seemed to age. The last Time I saw Cari it was either at our class brunch, or at a store in Mansfield. I want to offer my sincere condolences to the family, may she rest in peace.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Cari was a wonderful friend I will miss her laugh and the fun times we had at girls night out. May she R.I.H until we meet again.💔 Prayers for Rod and Ryan and their families.

  • Ryan, Rod and Renee,
    I am so sorry for your loss! Cari was a big part of my childhood. Our mom’s were one of a kind! Her laugh would brighten up a room! She will be greatly missed! I’m praying for each of you during this time!

    Love always!
    Lori (Shaw) Marsh

  • Thank you for the beautiful service. It was a very appropriate tribute to the Queen of the Crestline pool!

  • To her family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. It was a blessing to have worked (at Meijer) with, known, and called Cari a friend for nearly 21 years. She was a very special person!

  • Dear Ryan, Rod, Renee, and families, we are praying that God’s healing touch will comfort, support, and strengthen you in the days ahead. May good memories and happy times spent together with Cari soon replace the pain you now feel.
    Love and Prayers,
    Larry and Barbara Sparks

  • Ryan, Rod, Renee
    So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. We all had a lot of really good times together. RIP.