Dorothy V. Hartsell

Dorothy V. Hartsell

Dorothy “Dottie” V. Hartsell (Shaw), beloved wife of John “Jack” Hartsell, passed away peacefully at Shell Point Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22, 2012, after a weeklong illness due to a massive stroke.

Dottie was born in Wauseon, Ohio, one of seven children born to the late Cloid and Prudence (Keaser) Shaw. She graduated from Wauseon High School in 1946.

Shortly after graduation, her family moved to Lyons, Ohio, when they bought and ran the Trading Post Restaurant. That is where she met her future husband, Jack. This year, they celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. Dottie and Jack raised their three children (Pam, Jon, and Dawn) in Delta, Ohio, where they owned their own businesses, first Delta Shell and then Jacks Marathon and Tire Center. In 1992, they moved to Anderson, Ind., and lived there until 2005, when they moved to Fort Myers, Fla.

Dottie touched many people with her outgoing personality, always-present beautiful smile and her wonderful singing voice. She loved singing and listening to Christian music and always had some playing in her home.

She loved family and friends and entertaining in her home. She had been very involved in the Delta Church of Christ Choir, Women’s Groups, teaching Vacation Bible School and Jr. High Girls’ Sunday School. After she retired and moved to Anderson, she was active in the Eastside Church of God Choir.

Surviving relatives besides her husband, Jack, are daughter, Pamela (Jackson) Maynard of Fort Myers, Fla., son, Jon Hartsell of Milton, Fla., and daughter Dawn Shirey of Anderson, Ind.; grandchildren, Tesa (Anthony) Free of Fort Myers, Fla., Caleb (Ashley) Nofziger of Seminole, Fla., Josiah Hartsell of Milton, Fla., Rachel Hartsell of Milton, Fla., Tiffany (Kevin) Hermann of Milton, Fla., Tara (BJ) Perry of Anderson, Ind., Brent Shirey of Anderson, Ind.; and eight great-grandchildren.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents; six siblings, Don Shaw, Eleanor “Eli” Morrell, Wayne “Red” Shaw, Glenn “Chub” Shaw, Erva Jean “EJ” LeGall and Max “Mick” Shaw; and a grandson, Ryan Shirey.

A small family memorial is planned.

Family and friends may sign the guest register by visiting or post online condolences at

Affordable Cremations and Horizon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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