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Shelley Toms


Shelley A. Toms, age 69, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away Sunday evening, February 24, 2019 at the Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center.  She was born April 20, 1949 in Oregon, Ohio to Joseph and Betty (Shelley) Balusik. 

Shelley worked for the Auto Parts Store in Delta and Swanton. She was a 4-H Leader and Horses were her passion.

Shelley is survived by her husband, Leroy; daughters, Jodie (Mike) Napolski and Michelle (Bryan) Finfera; son Jason (Brandi) Toms; 9 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Joe (Lorrie) Balusik and John Balusik.

Shelley was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Jay and Mike Balusik.

In keeping with Shelley's wishes, she will be cremated and there will be no services.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Leroy and Family. I am so sorry to hear about Shelly passing. She was a amazing gal. And will be missed by all. Heaven gained another Angel. Rest in Peace Shelly.

Bonnie and Ron Holdeman Mar 6 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about your mother ! What a great lady sending prayers to the whole family Debbie (Holdeman) Bettinger

Deb Bettinger Mar 1 2019 12:00 AM

My heartfelt condolences to the Toms family. May your family throw all their burdens on our Heavenly Father to help during this difficult time and he will sustain you. (Psalm 55:22)
With deepest sympathy,

Michelle Feb 28 2019 12:00 AM

My heart is broken. It was Shelly's love for horses and determnation in her beliefs that contributed to all of our 4-h years , which made a huge impact in our lives.
Our thoughts, prayers and heart felt memories are with family and friends. May you find comfort in all the people lives she touched. Barb and Family

Barb Feb 28 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Shelley Toms

Jim and Dee, Allyson, Josh and Brooklyn Feb 28 2019 12:00 AM

Deepest Sympathy to Lee, Jodie, Jason, Michelle and your families. Shelley really made a difference in my life - she taught me everything I ever knew about horses and had the patience of a saint. She was an amazing leader and role model for all of the 4H community. She picked us up late from skating and drug me and my horses to shows and the fair year after year. I will always remember her fondly and a mainstay in my early teenage years- thank you for sharing her with us.
- Kris (Sautter) Poturalski

Kristin (Sautter) Poturalski Feb 27 2019 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy and prayers for Shelleys family. It was a pleasure being involved in 4-H when Shelley was a leader and our children were competing. She worked hard with all of us to change the 9 year old rule about showing horses so many years ago, and she was definitely one of the good ones. God Bless her family and know that she is remembered with fondness.

Tom & Penny Hall Feb 26 2019 12:00 AM

Saying goodbye to someone we love is heartbreaking. We hope you find comfort in all the special memories shared with Shelley as we do. All our love and prayers.

Amber & Alyssa, Sandy & Riley, Yvonne Feb 26 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in God's promise of the resurrection where we have the hope of seeing our loved ones again. (John 5:28, 29) May the God of all comfort bring you a measure of peace in this most difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

Amy Feb 25 2019 12:00 AM