Sharyle Jo “Sharry” Secrist
September 26, 1954 ‒ October 20, 2010
BELLVILLE ~ For Sharry Secrist, her flower gardens were her autobiography: in autumn she would plant bulbs in the promise that they’d burst through remnants of snow ~ daffodils symbolic of her generosity. In summer, though she cultivated more fancy plants, she preferred the dependable perennials: white daisies reflected her selflessness and loyalty to friends and family ~ always preferring to focus on others, and keep out of the spotlight. In fall, her hearty and vibrant yellow mums ~ returning year after year, always better than before ~ mirrored her never saying “goodbye”, but replacing it with a cheery “I’ll see you later.”
Wednesday afternoon, October 20, 2010, Sharry did not say “goodbye” rather, it was “I’ll see you later” as she passed into God’s Garden from the The Ohio State University Medical Center, following a courageous bout with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She was 56.
Born Sharyle Jo Weaver on September 26, 1954 in Mansfield, to Chester E. “Chet” and R. Joan (Kochheiser) Weaver, she was graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1973, and was a lifelong valley resident.
During high school she worked at the former National Seating and also as a waitress in the former Black Kettle on Bellville’s Main Street. It was there at the Black Kettle that she met David L. Secrist, and the two were married September 29, 1973 in St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Though she worked with Ingram’s Oldsmobile in Mansfield and Macy’s Department Store, most people remember Sharry as the 19-year office manager of her father’s business F&W Repair.
Sharry loved flowers, but she loved people more, and the past five years that she worked as a teller with Mechanics Savings Bank at the Lexington Avenue office endeared her to co-workers and customers alike.
While a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville, Sharry taught Sunday school, and more recently had been attending St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Mansfield.
Often seen wearing her favorite color purple, if you would ask Sharry her purpose in life, she’d tell you it was to serve others ~ and she poured time and attention on her sons and grandchildren. Remembered as the “Queen of Casseroles”, without benefit of recipes, she could whip together comfort food for her family, and made a sausage potato dumpling soup that was out-of-this-world.
She is survived by her husband Dave Secrist; sons and daughters-in-law Jeremy & Amy Secrist and Dave & Shannon Secrist all of Mansfield; grandchildren Thomas, Sylvia, Emma, Lily and Alayna; her mother and stepfather Joan & Richard “Dick” Echelberger of Butler; her father and stepmother Chet & Judy Weaver of Bellville; her brother Terry Weaver of Butler; her sister and brother-in-law Kathy & Jerry Layton of Mansfield; sisters-in-law and their husbands Anita & Loi Penrose and Reta & Marlin Hamilton all of Bellville and Mary & Terry Shoemaker of Ft. Wayne, IN; step sisters and their husbands Pam & John Bartley of Ashland and Tami & Bruce Karcher of Perrysville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Secrist family will receive friends Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Catholic Church (meet at church) . Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the James Cancer Center Fund 312904 Research Pilot Program on the highly resistant form of AML may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Secrist family, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com