LENZ, Shirley Jean

LENZ, Shirley Jean, age 72, of Pickerington, OH, formerly of Rayland, OH, drew her final breath on Sunday, May 13, 2012, Mother’s Day, before being taken from this world to eternity with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She was born in Martins Ferry, OH of the late Walter and Lola (Jackson) Callahan on August 12, 1939.

She married the man of her dreams, the late Charles Nelson Lenz, and spent the next 26 years loving him and being loved by him.

Shirley was a 1959 graduate of Warren Consolidated High School and was known for her beautiful singing voice, which she graciously shared with others. She was a retired beauty consultant from Kaufmann’s/ Macy’s where she made many friends and genuinely cared for all she served.

She was a life-long member of the Tiltonsville United Methodist Church and directed the chancel choir from 1974-2011 while spending many summers assisting with Vacation Bible School. She is a former member of the Ohio Valley Chorale, the Wheeling Camerata Choir and the Martins Ferry Community Choir.

Shirley never knew a stranger and was known for the loving-kindness with which she bestowed on everyone she met. Her radiant smile and timeless beauty illuminated the world for many. Her legacy of love will be remembered by the numerous lives she touched.

She is survived by her loving and faithful daughters, Valery Staskey of Wheeling, WV, Trina (Jeff) Wiater of Pickerington, OH, with whom she resided for the last year of her life. She also leaves behind her two grandsons, Joshua and Samuel Wiater, both of Pickerington, as well as special friends, Mary Ulczynski, Marylee (Rusty) Boroski, Chris Parker, Sue Lee, Chris Wisell, Karen Wright and all of her “Red Hat” ladies. They were the very best, faithful friends with which one could ever be blessed.

A memorial celebration will be held in her honor on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Tiltonsville United Methodist Church at 106 Grandview Avenue in Tiltonsville, OH.

Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation from 4-6 p.m. with a service honoring her life following at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her honor to the Tiltonsville United Methodist Church.

There will be a private interment for the family.