Mary A. Beittel

June 08, 1952 ‒ August 19, 2017

Columbus, Ohio
Formerly of Delaware, Ohio

Mary Beittel, born June 8, 1952, went with God, the Great Physician, on August 19, 2017 and concluded her long battle with cancer.

She is the loved daughter of Dominic and Mary Casbarro and the extraordinary matriarch of the Beittel clan. Her greatest joy has always been her family. With her husband Kent by her side, she has poured her immense well-spring of love into their children; Sue (Mike) Poulton, Dee Pendleton, Don (Stacy) Miller, Shanti (Michael) Kelly, Brian (Laura) Powell. Her capacity to love seemed to have no limits, embracing and cherishing their nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mary and her husband served for over three decades as the leadership partnership which created and managed The Open Shelter in Columbus. She had blessed the lives of thousands of our homeless neighbors with her gifts of insight, wisdom, resources, and genuine respect and compassion. She has enriched the lives of countless volunteers with whom she joined and guided in opportunities for coordinated service and sharing. She has been the ally of all who genuinely cared about community stability and inclusion, and a champion for all who needed and ally.

Mary’s faith in God and love for people is evidenced, not only by her commitment of the guests of The Open Shelter and her family, but also by her dedication to Broad Street United Methodist Church where she served as treasurer for many years, redesigning the entire financial management efforts and championing the structural restoration of her community of faith.

As she begins this new aspect of life, joining with those who love her and have gone on before her, she is remembered, respected, and loved by her brothers and sister, many cousins, nieces, and nephews, and thousands from the streets.

All aspects of this life, so worth celebrating, are grounded in her amazing clarity of faith and depth of love with which she has blessed so many.

The family asks that community members and friends join them Saturday August 26, 2017 at the Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware 101 Valleyside Dr., Delaware, Ohio 43015 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for a period of reflection.

A memorial celebration service will be held 4:00 p.m. Monday August 28, 2017 at Broad Street United Methodist Church 501 E. Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio. A community dinner will follow, which does not surprise anyone who knows her.

Her children have asked that , in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to The Open Shelter, 61 E. Mound St. Columbus, Ohio 43215.

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The Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is honored to be serving the Beittel Family during this time.

  • Amazing woman who accomplished so much in her short time here with us. Truly sitting at the right hand of God now. Blessings and prayers are with those she left behind.

    • We love you Kent and are asking God to send you the Peace that passes all understanding. We are so so sorry.
      Laurel and Richard Kuhl

  • Our deepest sympathy goes out to the whole family . Mary will always be remembered for the kind loving person that was , always willing to give whatever she could to anyone . She raised a remarkable family that has and will carry on her kind ways . In the days to follow I hope you find comfort in all the wonderful memories you’ll share of her . Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time

  • So sorry, we photographed your wedding years ago and have not forgot you people and what you do for others. So sorry…..

  • My deepest sympathy to the Beittel family. Kent and family may your memories of Mary bring some comfort during this time of sorry and may those memories also sustain you. Keeping your family in my thoughts.

  • my condolences to you. I can tell from her story she was a remarkable person. So sorry for your loss.

  • May God wrap His arms around you and bring you peace and comfort during these hard times…. We love you ALL as we loved our friend Mary, she will truly be missed.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Donna – my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the memories of the good times you and your family shared with your beautiful mother bring you comfort in the days ahead.

  • Our deepest sympathy and prayers of support and peace, are with Kent and the whole family. We were so saddened to learn of Mary’s passing . We’ve been able to have a glimpse of her ministry and that of Open Shelter’s , by following on FB. Her example of love and that of my cousin Kent’s , is what the world so desparately needs now and what they gave on a daily basis. She lived the golden rule.
    I’m praying the love she gave, comes back in droves to support and lift up the family, and the work of The Open Shelter.
    With love and prayers of support from afar.

  • God bless the Casbarro and Beittel families. Praying for you all. Special grace for my Aunt Mary and Uncle Dom – the loss of a child is the worst of heart breaks.

  • Dear Kent and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. She was too young to go so soon. I hope her love of you all and her amazing commitment to community bring solace to your grieving hearts.
    Sally Luken

  • Few words possible to Kent and families. Only my love sent in my feeble attempt as a companion to Mary’s immesurable capacity to give her love, and to assuage your grief.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She did God’s work every day. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved her.

  • She fought the good fight and it is no doubt that our Lord will say “Well done, My good and faithful servant.” Kent, I’ve never seen two people more in love with each other. She was your anchor and you were hers. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. May the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, help you find peace as you reflect on all of the memories that were created and her loving legacy.

  • Kent, I am so sorry about Mary. She was a really magical woman. She made things happen that continually amazed me. Our community has lost a great champion for the disenfranchised.

  • Kent ~ my prayers are will you and your family during this difficult time of grief. Mary was such a beautiful person inside and out. She will be missed.

  • We were so very, very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She graced and blessed the Powell families by giving us Brian !! RIP Mary!!!! You will be missed!! Praying for all the families heavy hearts from your huge loss!!

    Kenny & Janet Powell and families.

  • Mary’s spirit lives on in all of us who care and work for social justice, for as Mary showed us in the way she lived, what affects one of us affects all of us, we are all connected in the same thread of destiny. Thank you, Mary, for your love,
    Rebeka Maples & James Upton

  • Prayers to Kent and the rest of the Beittel family. And thank you, Mary, for all your good works.

  • My deepest sympathies to Kent and family on Mary’s passing. She was a tenacious advocate for those with great needs for housing, food, health care, and jobs. If Mother Theresa was right that “at the end of life, we will be judged by “I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in,” then Mary will be found to be the epitome of that gospel.

  • My deepest sympathy to Don and Stacy Miller and the whole family. Even though I didn’t know Mary personally, I learned through Stacy what a wonderful person she was and how much she contributed to her community and most importantly to humanity.

  • My sympathy to Kent and all the family who showed their love and support during her illness. Mary Anne and I had not seen each other probably since we were teenagers when she and Kent welcomed me into their house for Michelle and Evans wedding. When she opened the door I was startled to see my aunt Mary standing there, so when I realized it was my cousin I said hi Mary Anne and she was startl d because no one had called her that for a very long time. We quickly got over the time thing and had a great weekend, a wonderful memory for me.

  • Dearest Family,,
    I so love Mary Ann who will always be in my heart and prayers. I am so sorry for her loss but know she is now at peace and free from pain.
    Love to all,Rie

  • Dear Kent and family,
    I was blessed to come in contact with Mary over 30 years ago as a humble foot soldier for the Open Shelter. When I was in the presence of Mary I knew I was in the presence of a “Saint On Earth.”
    It’s rare when you come into contact with someone who makes such an impact on everyone she met. I know she made me a better person just by observing her actions.
    May God bless Mary.

  • My heart and prayers go to you Kent and the entire family. You and Mary together were a very powerful voice for those that had none. Words can’t express my deep sympathy for all of you. I pray that your loving memories be a comfort to you in the days and weeks to come. Mary left a very large mark on many and will be fondly remembered by a multitude of grateful people.

  • Mary and Kent are “heroes in everyday dress.” I am grateful for their example of compassion in action. Mary’s work was a powerful example of the power of love to change lives–in individuals and in a community.

  • Im sorry for your loss. Losing someone special to our hearts is difficult. Such beautiful sentiments, I know she will be missed. May the many hugs caring thoughts and prayers comfort you. One day in the near future experiences of suffering will be in the past, Revelation 21:4 and only tears of joy will surface.May God strengthen you for the days ahead

  • Mary fought a long hard battle with cancer, her memory will live on in the hearts of all who loved and knew her. Hoping your pain will ease in the passing days to come – only time and the love of family and friends help heal.
    Love the Inscho Family

  • Dear Kent and family: My deepest condolences on the passing of Mary. Kent, you and Mary made a huge difference in the lives of many folks in Columbus; you were a great team. Praying for peace for you and your family.

  • The contributions of Mary and Kent to helping those in great need of that help can never be fully measured. It was the day-to-day kindness, support, love, and sage advice they both gave that was of such value to hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of our citizens. Thank you to both. Mary, we will miss you but always remember you with fondness.

  • Dear Kent and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Mary. Although our paths had not crossed in quite a while I still felt connected to Mary. I did not know she was ill so I was shocked to see her obituary and knowing Mary she was as courageous as is possible- the way she was with everything. Her passion , kindness and devotion to all was beyond. I feel blessed to have known her. She was a beautiful role model and the way she lived was a lesson to all. My deepest sympathy.
    Jeri Block

  • I am so sad to hear this news. My thoughts are with you Kent and family. I so admired all of Mary’s hard work, her huge heart, her fearlessness, and her compassion. I’m so fortunate I had the opportunity to work with her during my days at QFM. What a positive difference she made in our city. What a lady.

  • Kent and Family, may Mary’s spirit of love, compassion and care live on in each of us today and into the future. Mary exemplified the recognition that we all share a common bond of humanness that makes us all worthy of respect, dignity and justice.

    Thank you for sharing her with our community of people. You have such wonderful memories to sustain you in your grief and celebrate her life.

  • My prayers are with you and the family Kent. Maty has joined the angels. “Well done good and faithful servant.” She was a great lady.

    Blessings and Love

  • My prayers are with you and the family Kent. Mary has joined the angels. “Well done good and faithful servant.” She was a great lady.

    Blessings and Love