Maridell Carpenter Bartscht, 87, of Shelbyville, went home to be with the Lord, Monday (July 5, 2010) in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 13 in the First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville with Dr. Bruce Owens and Rev. Lee Lovett officiating. Graveside services will immediately follow at Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 12 in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Shelbyville.. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church, Shrinerís Hospital or the Shelbyville Chautauqua Fund. Online condolences may be directed to the family at:

Maridell was born September 16, 1922 in Tower Hill, the daughter of Fritz and Wilma (Kennedy) Simpson. She married Rodelle S. Carpenter on August 30, 1946. He preceded her in death on June 14, 1993. She married Charles Bartscht on October 18, 1997. He survives.

Maridell was a legal secretary in Springfield and a secretary at Sta-Rite Ginnie Lou in Shelbyville. She began teaching in Shelbyville in 1955, retiring in 1982, but continued to substitute teach for several more years. In 1983, she bought Tiny Tech Preschool in Shelbyville where she continued to touch the lives of children. Teaching was her passion and she considered every student a treasure.

Maridell belonged to The American Business Womenís Association, Retired Teacherís Association, Charter member of the Red Hat Ladies, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was an avid bridge player who enjoyed the social time as much as the game. She loved to travel and never missed an opportunity for a road trip. She was a humorist who wrote many memoirs for her children and grandchildren. Maridell was a former member of the Greater Decatur Chorale and passed this love of music to her children, grandchildren and their families.

Some people are lucky enough to find one wonderful mate to share their life with. Maridell had the opportunity twice; first, with Rodelle, to build their loving family, and second, with Charles, whom she discovered to be her second soul mate and provided her with a wonderful extended family. She was truly blessed. She gave joy to all around her. She was especially proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband, Charles; daughters, Martha Lynch (David) of College Station, Texas and Patty Finks (Jim) of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Troy Lynch (Denise), Erica Webb (Stephen), Emily Jordan (John), Greg Finks, and Allison Yantis (Rusty); great-grandchildren, Kade, Kolton and Kennedy Lynch, Abbie, Will and Joel Webb, Jacob and Janie Kate Jordan, Adam Finks and Delanie Yantis; step-daughters, Charla Fischbach (Richard) of Shelbyville and Cheryl Ellison (Terry) of Watertown, Tennessee; step-grandchildren, Christopher and Craig Ellison. Also surviving is her favorite brother, Bobby K. Simpson and his wife Wilma of Champaign.