Rachel G. (Shankster) McKelvey

Born: Sun., Apr. 21, 1918
Died: Sat., Jan. 20, 2018


3:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Thu., Jan. 25, 2018
Location: Montpelier - Empire St.

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 26, 2018
Location: Montpelier - Empire St.

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Rachel G. McKelvey, age 99, of Montpelier passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon January 20, 2018 at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice in Defiance, Ohio.  She was born April 21, 1918 in Superior Township, Ohio to Alva and Myrta (White) Shankster.  She married Carl W. McKelvey and he preceded her in death November 22, 1984.  Rachel was a lifelong Williams County resident who had worked as a dietary cook for the Williams County General Hospital in Montpelier retiring in 1988. She was a member of the West Bethesda Presbyterian Church, the Chit-Chat Club and an active member of the Montpelier Senior Center where she enjoyed playing cards. For 27 years, she and her husband had enjoyed spending winters in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Survivors of Mrs. McKelvey include her two sons: William G. (Sandra) McKelvey of Edgerton and Keith R. (Marilyn) McKelvey of Montpelier; four daughters: Janet Cooley of Montpelier, Virginia (Gary) Ingersoll of Monticello, Illinois, Marilyn (Paul) Kline of Hicksville and Karen Weirich of Montpelier; one daughter-in-law: Nancy McKelvey of Montpelier; fourteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren and twenty-four  great- great grandchildren; ten step grandchildren, eight step great grandchildren and fourteen step great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Carl, two sons: Marvin L. and infant Robert Eugene, two sons-in-law:  Robert Weirich and Jess Cooley, one brother: Clarence Shankster, four sisters: Lillian Kohl, Mildred Motter, Alice Johnson and Julia Smith.

Visitation for Rachel will be from 3:00 to 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Thompson-Geesey Funeral Home, Empire Chapel in Montpelier.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Reverend David Tilly to officiate.  Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier. Preferred memorials are to West Bethesda Presbyterian Church or the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.  

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Joe Bohner
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I didn't know Rachel personally, but my mother Aletzia Bohner worked with her in the hospital kitchen, and she always told me very nice things about her.

Marilyn Dunseth Moor
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
My thoughts and prayers to Rachel's families...What a wonderful lady!
She lived the life and now God has her in his hands. God bless you all.

Angie (McKelvey) Manuszak
   Posted Tue January 23, 2018
My Auntie Rachel was a steady, level-headed, and joy-filled person in my life, keeping a farmstead just a couple of miles down Co Rd 10 from ours, and attending West Bethesda as well during my growing-up years. I have fond memories of visiting the farm, eating her famous WB Ice Cream Social chicken noodle soup, and more recently visiting her at home in Montpelier. When he was young, my dad spent as much time at her home as his own -- working on the farm and getting into mischief with her boys (probably not in that order). She was always a dear friend to my grandma - wives, and then widows, of McKelvey brothers. Rachel never had a bitter word to say about anyone and I do not recall anyone having a harsh word to say about her. I pray God's peace for all my cousins and family members missing her. ((hugs))

Ric and Judy Dye
   Posted Wed January 24, 2018
We were saddened to hear of Rachel's passing but realize that Heaven has received a wonderful Lady that we'll get to see again.You are all in our thoughts and Prayers. May God comfort all of you. Ric and Judy Dye

Norma Sanders
   Posted Thu January 25, 2018
My Sincere Sympathy to the Family, I enjoyed playing cards with Rachel at the Senior Center.

Debra Allman
   Posted Fri January 26, 2018
Prayer's and thought's go out to the Families of Rachel McKelvey. I'm so
sorry for your loss. I always remember going with my mother (Marilyn Allman)
to see her or at family gatherings. Great lady. God Bless!!
Deb Allman

Denny & Tami Smith
   Posted Fri January 26, 2018
To Rachel's family,
Please accept our belated expression of sympathy. I'll always remember her many years of attending West Bethesda Church as well as her "spunky" personality. Needless to say, she was an excellent cook also!
We had planned to attend the visitation last evening, but we both are recovering from the flu.
May you find comfort in knowing that Rachel now rests in the loving arms of her Lord & Savior.

Dave & Linda Reitzel
   Posted Fri February 16, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Your mother was a wonderful person. I loved working with her in my first days at the Hospital. May God continue to be with your family

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