Crystal Lynn Ortel



Crystal Lynn Ortel, 49, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2024.She was born June 26, 1974, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Henry Cristofori Jr. and Beverly (Allen) Cristofori. On August 2, 1997, she married Chad Eugene Ortel, and he survives.In addition to Chad, Crystal is survived by her mother of Shelbyville; her children, Allyssa Marie Steele and husband, Caleb, of Indianapolis, Owen Ortel of Shelbyville, and Seth Ortel of Southport; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larrry and Janice Ortel of Fairland; sister-in-law, Mandy Marie Fleming of Zionsville; nieces, Claire Fleming and Sylvie Fleming.She was preceded in death by her father. In 1992, Crystal graduated from Shelbyville High School. She received an associates’ degree in Secretarial Science from Ivy Tech.She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, where she enjoyed helping with church dinners. Crystal was currently employed as the Office Business Manager for Bloom Senior Living. She had previously worked for Reed Enterprises from 1992 until December 31, 2007, then at Kent Property Group beginning in 2008. Crystal also worked very hard, at the family owned and operated business, Cousins Tents and More, from 2010 until 2021.She enjoyed playing pool, exercising, reading, gardening, making family recipes, going on long walks and going for motorcycle rides with Chad. She also enjoyed hosting and attending family events, helping other people, and being a caretaker for family members and close friends.Crystal loved being a mother to her three children and spending time with them and Caleb and Kenzee. Some of her favorite times were the annual vacations in Florida and hanging by the pool hosting pool parties.She was preceded in death by the beloved family dog of 17 years, Koda Bear.Visitation will be from 10 am to 1 pm, Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church, 6513 W 300 S, New Palestine, Indiana 46163.Funeral services will follow at 1 pm, Saturday, at the church, with Pastor Jason Taylor officiating.Interment will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Counseling Center at Zion Lutheran Church.Online condolences may be shared with Crystal’s family at