Shelva Jean (Kinsinger) Falkner

Born: 03/17/1942 Passed:

Shelva Jean (Kinsinger) Falkner age 78, passed away Monday, December 14th, 2020 from a short but courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Canton, Ohio to the late Lester (Grace) Kinsinger and Mary (John) St. John. She was a 1960 graduate of Perry High School where she was actively involved with her class reunions. She worked for Home Interiors for twenty-five plus years. Shelva enjoyed going to lunch and dinner with her multiple groups of friends. She loved playing Mahjong and cards with the ladies and her special friends, Sharon, Dick, and Ed. Most of all, she loved spending time with her large family, especially her nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.  She was the most loving and caring person with the biggest heart to all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Gary; daughter, Laurie Wagner; brother, Dwain Kinsinger; and brother-in-law, Edward Falkner.

She is survived by her four children, Tracey (Sam) Psaris, Craig (Andrea) Falkner, Tiffany (Jeff) Vollmer and Brett (Melissa) Falkner; grandchildren, Cody (Taylor), Conner, Christian, Ansley, Kylie, Jake, Max, Owen, Eleana; great-granddaughter, Everly; sister-in-law, Terry Kinsinger; nieces, Tylene, Julie, Lisa; and nephew, Jeff (Sarah).

The family would also like to extend extreme thanks and gratitude to Sharon and Dick Forte and Ed Miller for all the support and care they gave our mother from her first diagnosis until her final day with us.

Due to the Covid pandemic and restrictions, there will not be any services at this time. We will have a Celebration of Life for this great lady when we can all gather safely.


18 Tributes to Shelva Jean (Kinsinger) Falkner

  1. Anonymous says:

    I was a neighbor and friend of Shelva. My children grew up with hers. She was a sprecial lady who would do anything for you. My card club just enjoyed subbing with us. I’m so sad missing her. She is in heaven suffering no more. Jan. Eaton. Leeper.

    • Kathy Knobloch says:

      Shelves was such a beautiful woman. She was a great mentor. I dearly loved her and thought of her often. I was in her Home Interiors unit for 8 years. My condolences for her family and multitude of friends. She impacted so many lives in such a meaningful way. My prayers are with you all.

  2. Richie Williams says:

    Nothing but fond memories of Shelva and the many vacations our families took together. They are among my most precious memories. My condolences to all her children , of whom I love dearly and humbly consider my family. She is and will be missed.

    • Ansley - granddaughter. (Craig’s daughter) says:

      My Gandma Shelva was the definition of a perfect Grandma. Selfless, caring and oh so kind. It’s kind of like she was put on this earth to care for others.
      I will never forget the excitement I felt as we pulled up to Grandma and Grandpas house Christmas Day. Year after year my Grandmas excitement to see us never changed, always greeted with a smile you could see from miles away, big ol kiss on the cheek and one tight hug. I remember one year we told our family we weren’t coming to Canton for Christmas but we were secretly surprising Grandma and Grandpa, everyone was in on it but they were clueless. I remember ringing the door bell with my brother and sister, Grandma opened the door and started jumping up and down with her two hands over her mouth and eyes filled with tears, you would’ve thought she won the lottery or something .. in reality she was just overwhelmed with joy to have her whole family together for Christmas. Truly, my Grandmas favorite thing was to spend time with her large family.
      One time my parents went on a vacation and my brother, sister and I got to stay with my Grandparents for a whole entire week. You would’ve thought I’d be upset about not getting to go to the beach with my parents but absolutely not, spending an entire week at Grandmas house was 10x better than going to the beach. A week of being spoiled, a week of Grandmas cooking, a week of pure love and happiness. I remember my parents coming to pick us up at the end of the week and the whole ride home from Canton to Cincinnati I bawled my eyes out because I didn’t want to leave Grandma and Grandpas house (sorry mom and dad I love you guys too).
      Talk about an own personal hype man.. my Grandma filled me up with compliments, always calling me beautiful and making me feel good. At one point in my Grandmas life she worked in a school cafeteria and she told me she would carry a picture of me in her pocket and would show it to all the cute boys, how many people can say that their Grandma was a wingman.
      My Grandma Shelva is probably one of the strongest ladies I know. From raising 5 children who all turned out to be successful, to losing one child, her parents, husband and then brother all within a few years. If you didn’t know my Grandma you’d never guess she’s been through all that because she was constantly smiling and radiating happiness wherever she went.
      My Grandmas death was pretty unexpected and I hate to think that she passed alone. Why, why her? The lady who put everyone else before herself, the lady who took care of every single person without hesitation. Why did God have to take such an innocent soul that way.. it’s not fair. At first it was hard to accept that my Grandma was dying and I wanted to question God. My heart was filled with anger and sadness. Typically I’m a pretty positive person but i could not seem to find any positivity in this situation.
      A few days have gone by since my Grandma passed and I’ve had time to think. I’ve come to the realization that death only takes the body, and God takes the soul. My Grandma Shelva isn’t gone, she’s up in heaven with God, my Grandpa, her parents, brother and daughter. Her soul remains with us, she’s an angel guarding all of us.
      Although I’m upset my Grandma isn’t with us anymore I know she is in a better place. I’m more than thankful I got to spend 22 years of my life with her on this earth. Im going to miss her cooking, random “I love you” texts, hugs, kisses, the excitement I got when pulling up to her house .. I’m going to miss it all, most importantly I’m going to miss her unconditional love. If only I could hug and kiss her one more time.. I will forever cherish and hold on to all the memories she gave me.
      She’s more than likely looking down at all of us smiling and saying, “don’t worry about me.” She’s safe, in God’s arms. Eases my mind knowing she’s not alone. Rest easy Grandma Shelva, forever my guardian angel.

      • Paula Snipe says:

        What a great tribute. Hugs to you and your family!

      • Mary Jane Ditty and sons says:

        My sympathy to Shelva,s family. She was a beautiful and kind person and was always glad to see you with her great smile. Rest In Peace with Gary and Laurie, Shelva.

      • Sue Surmay McCleary says:

        Wow, beautifully written!

        • Buddy and Lorraine Kamp says:

          A lovely tribute to your truly amazing grandmother. You managed to express your sentiment and love so eloquently with words every grandmother would be so proud to have spoken of them. We are friends from her past but you never forget someone who has left a lasting impression and she truly was that person. Our deepest sympathy to her family for your loss of this kind and loving beautiful soul. May she rest in peace. Our love,

    • Sue Surmay McCleary says:

      Beautifully written…very sweet!

      • Charlene and John Spaziani says:

        We have been neighbors for decades. She was always very active, jovial, friendly and pleasant; spending hours tending to the lawn and garden. What energy and dedication.

        She will be missed by many.
        Sincere condolences to her family and close friends.

        There are really no words, other than to say she is in a better, pain-free place. She fought it gallantly and lives on as a inspiration to us all.

  3. Ginny and Jeff Sarbaugh and family says:

    Our sincere sympathy to the family. Shelva was such a friendly person. Always saw her in her yard working and she would always wave. We hope your wonderful memories of her will help you through this time.

    The Sarbaughs, (Shelva’s neighbors)

    • Fran and ernie chiudioni says:

      Deepest sympathy to shelvas family

      I met Shelva thru mahj…didnt know her that long….but
      I will remember her smile, up beat personality and her appreciate the small things attitude…

  4. Karen Pouliot, a neighbor says:

    I didn’t get to know Shelva until later years. She was a very kind woman with always a smile on her face. As time moves forward, may the beautiful memories you have be replaced with the sadness you feel today.

  5. Ruthanne Mancini - Wilkof says:

    My dear Tracey, Craig, Tiffany, and Brett! I’m not quite sure what to say as words cannot convey my feelings at this moment. I was in complete shock when I read the news in yesterday’s Rep. It just seems like yesterday that I had lunch with your mom and even after all those years in Home Interiors, she never changed. She looked just as lovely as the day we met some 40 years ago when I started selling for her and remained just as beautiful on the outside as she was on the inside. Tracey you know how much I loved your mom, she was very special to me and we always knew how to make each other laugh, which wasn’t difficult! I’m going to miss that gorgeous smiling face!
    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with each of you!

  6. Neil, Stephanie (Vollmer), Liam and Siena Fildes says:

    Shelva made anyone she met feel like family, especially me. She will always have a dear place in my heart. We will miss her incredible feasts at Thanksgiving, she was happy at sharing a room with my new born daughter, Siena. Shelva was the kindest, fun loving, and most caring person I have had the pleasure of knowing. She will be missed by all her family but lives on in each of them.

  7. Bruce Vollmer says:

    I got to know Shelva over the last 20 years because she allowed her beautiful Daughter Tiffany to marry my son Jeff. We had many family gatherings in Canton, Cincy and Naples. Through our conversations on many topics, I could tell she loved being with her children and grandchildren.She was very proud of them. She was the perfect Mother and Grandmother. Her family and friends loved being with her.. She will be missed but remembered as someone to emulate. We all loved Shelva.

  8. Molly Vollmer says:

    Shelva was one of the dearest people I have ever known. I always looked forward to visiting with her and always enjoyed her company. I will truly miss this sweet, dear lady. We are truly grateful for having been blessed to have been given the opportunity to know her and to have her in our lives. We are thankful because Shelva & Gary through the very grace of God gave us their very sweet daughter, Tiffany as a wonderful daughter-in-law. We will always remember Shelva with much fondness. May God bless her soul.

  9. Judy Melchior says:

    I first met Shelva when Sue Williams and I where in high school, Sue and I would go shopping on Saturdays in downtown Canton. One Saturday Sue took me to Shelva’s Mother’s restaurant to meet her. I remember Shelva being such a sweet and kind person. Over the years we became good friends with her and Gary. My deepest condolences to all of the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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