Sharilyn ‘Shari’ Sue Meneilly, 80, Jasper

Sharilyn “Shari” Sue  Meneilly, 80, Jasper, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from complications of COPD.

Shari was born in Anderson on August 10, 1939, to H.K. “Buck” and Charlene (Davies) Rice. She married Louis A. Meneilly in 1961. He preceded her in death in 2010. They moved to Jasper in 1978 when Lou became a partner in Krapf-Bartley Insurance and eventually became sole owners of the business.

Shari spent most of her life as a consummate volunteer. Starting as a Cub Scout Den Mother and Girl Scout troop leader, she continued to serve on many non-profit boards. She was a past board member of the Shiloh Meeting House/ Cemetery, the Jasper Chamber of Commerce’s Patoka 2000 and the Strassenfest Committee, and was past president of Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Inc, Twentieth Century Literary Club, and Historic Jasper, Inc. During her time with Historic Jasper, Shari was one of the editors and writers of the “History of Jasper” book and was instrumental in helping move the Gutzweiler-Gramelspacher House to its current location. She served for several U.S. Congressmen as an advisor for recommending Southern Indiana high school students for the nation’s military academies. She was a long-term Republican inspector for Dubois County elections. In 2000, she was awarded the Jasper Jaycee’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition for her volunteerism.

She was collector of porcelain, an avid nonfiction book reader and a history enthusiast.

Surviving is one son, Scott Meneilly, Jasper; one daughter, Diann (Mike) Meneilly-Horney, Jasper; and four grandchildren, Anastasia Meneilly (Eric Hopf), Jasper, Miamour  Meneilly-Horney (Dusty Uebelhor), Huntingburg, Andrew Meneilly, Evansville, and Hali Horney of Jasper.

Contributions may be made to the Dubois County Humane Society or Jasper Chamber of Commerce Patoka 2000.

Private services were held at Becher Kluesner Funeral Home. 

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