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Shelley R. Town

July 17, 1969 — October 27, 2020


Shelley R. Town of Niles passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. in her residence following a courageous battle with cancer. She was 51 years old.

Shelley was born in Warren on July 17, 1969, the daughter of Darrell L. and Connie Oliver Gantz.

She was a 1987 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School. Following high school Shelley further her education at Trumbull Business College.

Ms. Town began her career as the Howland Townships first female firefighter. She then had the opportunity to serve as a dispatcher for Warren City and then as a dispatcher for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. She had a passion for her profession and loved and cherished the people she worked with. Her career meant the world to her.

Shelley was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and was the first female Exalted Ruler in the State of Ohio.  In her spare time, Shelley was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Indians fan.

She is survived by her mother, Connie Dobransky and her significant other Larry Hixenbaugh of Hartford, OH; her father, Darrell L. (Mary Lou) Gantz of Warren; a son Jordan Town of Niles; a brother, Brian Gantz of Warren; her former husband Joel (Vicky) Town of Southington; She is also survived by numerous step brothers and step sisters.

Shelley was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.

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Memorial contributions can be made to any organization that supports our local police officers.

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services 614 Warren Ave. Niles, OH 44446.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Wm Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services 614 Warren Ave. Niles, OH 44446.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

3:00 - 6:00 pm (Eastern time)

WM Nicholas Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC

614 Warren Avenue, Niles, OH 44446

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