Sherry Jay “S.J.” Shelton

September 23, 1955 ‒ May 19, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Sherry Jay “S.J.” Shelton, age 65, of Marion, passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Hospice of Central Ohio at The Ohio State University Medical Center with her loving family by her side following a courageous battle with cancer.

On September 23, 1955, Sherry was born in Marion, Ohio, the fifth of six children of the late Robert “Jay” and Clara “Boots” (Thacker) Shelton.

For the past 10 plus years, Sherry has worked at Cardington Yutaka Technologies, where she often worked seven days a week and her retirement papers came in the mail while she was still in the hospital.  She also had worked at Ranco, GTE, and MCCAC.

Sherry loved spending time outdoors and shopping with her sisters.  She was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes fan.  Most important of all to Sherry was her family.  She overflowed with love for her daughters, for whom she was the best “Bonus Mom”, her “grandbabies”, and her sisters and her brother.

Sherry will be remembered for “having a heart of gold, and the spirit of a lion.”  She had an “infectious smile” and “it was impossible to have a bad day around her.”

Left to cherish her memory are her five siblings: Nancy Rosenberger of Waldo, Brenda Crist of Texas, Robert (Chris) Shelton of Lewis Center, Pam Spreng of Loudonville, and Marla (Steve) Runyon of Marion; two daughters: Stevie (Jason) Johns, and Stephanie (Mike) Succio; four grandbabies: Ava and Layla Johns, and Alec and Landry Succio; and many loved nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Sherry was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Gary Spreng.

Her family will greet friends from 1 – 3 pm on Monday, May 24, 2021, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 W. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring her life will follow there at 3 pm, with Celebrant Galen McLeod officiating.  Burial will follow in Waldo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio ( or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to everyone at Hospice of Central Ohio for their tender care of Sherry during her final weeks and days while transitioned to her new life.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Sherry’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • I am very shocked and sad to hear about the passing of Sherry. I have a lot of good memories with Sherry back in the day. My you find comfort in the Lord. Rest easy and fly high.

    Sandy (Ashbrook) Simmons

  • Dear Marla and family,

    I am saddened by your loss of Sherry. Please know that you are all in my thoughta and prayers.

  • Shelton Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers. Sherry was definitely one of a kind!! She was one of the kindest people I know. Her amazing laugh and her joy will be greatly missed. Rest in heaven Sherry, I know your mom had a great big hug waiting for you❤️

  • Sending my condolences to the family of Sherry Shelton. She was a wonderful person. Always smiling. Always helping anyone that needed help. I have known Sherry and the family for more than 60 years. She will be missed dearly. Rest In Peace Sherry.

  • I have so.. Many Wonderful Memories SJ ❤️ Rest In Peace Dear Friend and know how much you were Loved ‼️

  • So very sorry to hear of Sherries passing. She was a wonderful friend to our family. She had the sweetest smile for everyone, my prayers to all the family. Jean Piatt

  • I am so shocked. My deepest sympothy to Sherrys Family. I trained Sherry at GTE and we became fast friends. She called me Ralphie. I have so many great memorys with Sherry. She was one of the kindest and most supportive friends I ever had. My heart is broken.

  • We send our Love and Prayers to each one. We grieve the loss of Sherry on this earth, but know in our hearts she is at peace with the Lord joining in the Heavenly Spirits with all of our family members in Heaven. Aunt Marilyn, Terri Lynn, Jimmy Dean

  • We”re going to miss your gorgeous smile and happy hugs. Prayers and Love to the Shelton Family

    Julie and Mikie McKinniss

  • I was truly sad to hear of Sherry’s passing. She was always so kind and caring and also wasn’t afraid to voice an opinion for what was right. I enjoyed spending time with her, all the years we worked together at GTE/Verizon. Her nickname for me was “Doob”. Most of all, I remember how much she loved her family. I recall many wonderful, and some hilarious, stories she would tell of her times spent with them. May all the many memories and her spirit live on in your hearts forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.