Previously Listed Rossford Record Journal Obituaries 2009



LUISE CIEPLY

Luise Maria (Recknagel) Cieply died December 13, 2009. She was born August 11, 1915, in Germany. She came to the United States in 1953 with her son, Alfred Cieply, and daughter, Ursula Sosbe. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, cooking and baking. She worked at the Ohio Table Pad Co., Schauss Daisy Bakery and Belmont Country Club. She was an active member of several German Societies at Oakshade Grove for more than 50 years. She also was a member of the Senior Citizens Club in Rossford. Ms. Cieply is survived by her children, Alfred Cieply and Ursula Sosbe; 14 grandchildren; 25 greatgrandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew, in 1976. She donated her body to the UT Medical Center and requested that instead of visitation there would be a prayer service at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg which will be held December 29, at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to Zoar Lutheran Church or Hospice of Heartland.




ROBERT UTTER SR.

Robert G. Utter Sr., 75, of Perrysburg, died at his home. He was born in Toledo, on November 24, 1934, to James and Susie (Hencher) Utter and was a 1952 graduate of Macomber High School, where he played on the first Macomber football team, scoring the very first touchdown. He was All City in football, basketball and baseball. He also played baseball for the Dunbar Drillers and during the 1950s played fast pitch softball for the East Side YMCA, Local 9 and the Rooster Inn. He attended the University of Toledo, where he also played football and basketball. In 2002, he was inducted into the Toledo City League Athletic Hall of Fame. Mr. Utter married Sharon Carr on July 24, 1954, in Rossford, where he was a member of the Rossford Eagles F.O.E. 2322. He also was a member of the Maumee Elks Lodge PBOE No. 1850. For more than 44 years, Robert worked with Libbey- Owens-Ford, retiring in 1997 as maintenance supervisor. He was an avid fisherman and hunter throughout his lifetime. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Robert (Lila) Utter, Jr. of Northwood and Vickie (Richard) Honner of Perrysburg; grandchildren, Capt. Jessica Utter, USMC, Adrienne Utter, Bret Honner and Brad Honner; three greatgrandchildren; brother, James (Ginny) Utter of Maumee; sister-in-law, Ruth Utter of Oregon, Ohio; and brother-in-law, Neil Carr. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Ronald Utter; sister-in-law, Carol Carr, and mother-in-law, Marjorie Carr. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 22, in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg, with Deacon Bill Lochotzki, officiating. Burial was private. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider St. Louis Church, 455 Sixth Street, Toledo, Ohio 43605 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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SHIRLEY WATROL

Shirley A. (Kehren) Watrol, 84, of Rossford, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 20, 2009, at Heatherdowns Care Center, Toledo. She was born on November 1, 1925, in Saginaw, Michigan, to Robert and Elva (Dague) Kehren. She married Peter Watrol on September 21, 1946. She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and after graduation, during World War II, worked at the Electric AutoLite Company. While raising her children, she worked part time at Robert Hall and her favorite job at the Fannie Farmer Candy Store on Madison Avenue. She would arrive at work a half hour early because employees were able to eat all the candy they wanted before work. She attended mass almost every morning while she was able. She was a member of the former St. Mary Magdalene LCBA, CCL, PTA, and a member of All Saints Catholic Church Ladies Guild, where she enjoyed making pierogi for the festivals. She also served as secretary of the St. Francis Guild. Ms. Watrol is survived by her children, Robert (Laurie) Watrol and Deborah (Steven) Boris; sister and brother in-law, Carol (Buzz) Myers; sister-inlaw, Ruth Watrol; grandchildren, Deana (Marc) Manganello, Stacy (Scott) Kearney, Robert and Karen Boris and Michael Watrol; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Natalie, Isabella and Julianna Manganello, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter, and her brother, Robert Kehren Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, December 23, at All Saints Catholic Church in Rossford. Interment was in Fort Meigs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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PAULETTE GEIGER
Paulette (Cieply) Geiger, 63, of Perrysburg, died Monday, December 14, 2009, at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born in Toledo, on February 24, 1946, to Joseph and Vivian (Gregorasz) Cieply. She was employed at the Penta Career Center as math teacher for 10 years. She was a member of St. Rose Parish in Perrysburg. Ms. Geiger is survived by her daughter, Alysia Geiger; mother, Vivian Bjorklund; brother, Philip (Patricia) Cieply; sister, Victoria (Terry) DeGasto, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Geiger in 1999, and her father, Joseph Cieply. Friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road, on Saturday, December 19, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., where funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Rose Church at 11 a.m., with the Rev. John Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Meigs Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Koman for the Cure.


MARY DAUBNER
Mary Daubner, 93, of Rossford, died unexpectedly on Monday, November 30, 2009. She was born on May 9, 1916, in Rossford, to David and Magdaline Kopena. She worked at Libbey- Owens-Ford, making windshields for American bombers during World War II. After the war, she married Paul Daubner. She enjoyed crocheting, watching football, doing crossword puzzles, bird watching on her back porch and cooking “Ukrainian” cuisine for her family. She was a member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church in Rossford. Ms. Daubner is survived by her daughter, Joyce (David) Subleski; sister, Ann Pawlowicz; brother, Michael Kopena; sisters-inlaw, Mildred (Roland) Hayden of Appomattox, Virginia and Mary Kopena; grandchildren, Steve (Heather) Subleski of Columbus, Becca (Ron) DeLeeuw, Danny Subleski and Katie Subleski; greatgrandson, Caelen Subleski, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Paul Daubner. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Natalie Paulochak, Mildred Wrobel, and brother, John Kopena. Family and friends may visit today, December 3, from 2 to 8 p.m., at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road. Funeral services will be held Friday, December 4, at 11 a.m., in the funeral home, with the Rev. Joseph Steinbauer officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Meigs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
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GLENN HAMMER

Glenn R. Hammer, 67, of Point Place, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, November 27, 2009. He was born in 1942, to Edward and Jane (Givens) Hammer in Toledo. He served as a police officer on the Toledo Police Department for 27 years, retiring in 1992. He belonged to various organizations such as the FOE Rossford AERIE #2562, FOP, PRCUA, and the Commodore Club. He was an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Lions. He dedicated his time to children by coaching girls softball and boys little league baseball. He also officiated in basketball, football and baseball. Mr. Hammer is survived by his wife of 48 years, Peggy (Horseman) Hammer; children, Cheryl (Jon) Parker and Randall (Chris) Hammer; grandchildren, Nicholl, Joseph, Nathan, Jimmy, Meghan and Marti; great-grandson, Steven; brothers, Dale (Mary), William (Sue) and James (Gloria) Hammer; fatherin- law and mother-in-law; Sam (Betty) Carter; brothers- in-law; John (Linda) Carter, and Paul Schultz; sisters-in-law, Pat Oliger, Gloria (Mike) Ferree, Diana (Bill) Patterson, Debbie (Jeff) Gottschaulk, and Tina Crawford, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-inlaw, Vicki Schultz and brother-in-law, Samuel Carter Jr. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 1, at the David R. Jasin-Hoening Funeral Home. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
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CHESTER KADAS JR.

Chester L. Kadas Jr., 48, of Bowling Green, Ohio, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, November 26, 2009. He was born on December 27, 1960, at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island, to Chester and Jessie (Haywood) Kadas. He was a 1979 graduate of Eastwood High School and served in the U.S. Air Force. After being honorably discharged from the service, he became an ace mechanic and later specialized in hazardous material removal with Laborers Local 500. In the most recent years, he has been unable to work due to health issues. He, along with his family, enjoyed the outdoors and nature. He loved his country and had a great appreciation for those in the military. He enjoyed studying recent and historical wartime events. He also enjoyed gardening and photography and was an avid gun, sword and knife collector. Mr. Kadas is survived by his wife, Julie; daughter, Jessica; mother, Jessie (John) Mathers; siblings, Cherie (David) Moore, Becky (Mark) Banner, Gene (Beverly) Kadas, and Nikki (Chaz) Russell; nieces and nephews, Stacey, Michelle, Bob, David, Kristy, Paige, Jordan, Alexa, Sam, Chloe, and Mia, and many great nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Kadas Sr. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 2, in the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Interment was in Troy Township Cemetery.
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EILEEN BELL
Eileen V. Bell, 92, of Rossford and formerly of Oxnard, California, died Sunday, November 22, 2009, at the Manor at Perrysburg. She was born on May 11, 1917, to Harry and Marie Ivory in Columbus, Ohio, and was raised in Toledo, where she graduated from Scott High School in 1938. She married E. Wyant Bell in 1940, and they raised seven children, five of whom they had together. She resided in California for 31 years, where for 10 years she had worked at UCLA for a professor. Ms. Bell is survived by her children, Pamela (James) Clark Sr., Randall Bell, Kevin (Kathy) Bell and Wyant Bell; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and two greatgreat- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wyant; sons, Terry and Ted; daughter, Shonna; daughter-in-law Nancy Bell; granddaughters, Michelle and Monique, and great-granddaughter, Kylie. A memorial service was held Wednesday, November 25, at Immaculate Conception Church in south Toledo. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.




RAYMOND LARK

Raymond J. Lark, 79, a Northwood native who worked tirelessly for decades as both public servant and community volunteer to improve the quality of life in his hometown, died Saturday, November 21, 2009, at the Northwest Ohio Hospice Center. He was very civic minded, as was his father George Lark and his grandfather Christ Lark. He married Donna Steveson in 1949. The couple recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. It was in the early 1950s when he made his first run for Northwood School Board, missing the post by one vote. He ran again, successfully, in the early 1960s. He also later was elected and served on the Northwood City Council for 16 years, from 1978 to 1994. He had purchased his own school bus and drove students in the Northwood School system for more than 30 years. He made it a tradition to buy his students ice cream on the last day of school. Mr. Lark was one of the founders of the Ross Township Volunteer Fire Department, now Northwood #1, in the early 1950s. Once the organization was created, he served as firefighter for several years. He managed and coached the Ross Sox, the first baseball team in the Northwood area for boys, ages 12 to 15. He created the Lark Lions for boys, ages 9 through 12. Both teams played in the Toledo League. Mr. Lark also took it upon himself to personally create a ball diamond for the players, as well as groom and maintain the field for each game. He was instrumental in organizing the Northwood Recreational Board, the Northwood Athletic Boosters, and in the development of the Central Park and Nature Trails. He worked as a railroad conductor from 1948 through 1992 for Conrail and Amtrak. He also worked on various construction projects, such as the new Northwood High School, both Lark and Olney elementary schools; Northwood Middle School cafeteria; Trinity Church; Toledo Airport; High Level Bridge, and the Walbridge Elementary and Millbury Elementary additions. An entrepreneur, he started numerous businesses of his own over a period of 15 years, including three gas stations, as well as Lark’s Auto and Truck Repair in 1970, a Texaco station at Wales and Oregon in 1971, a carry-out in 1975 and an ice cream and sandwich shop in 1976. Mr. Lark is survived by his wife, Donna; son, retired Chief of Police Sidney (Cindy) Lark; daughter, Marla (Harold) Lark-Landis; grandsons, Sidney Lark, Zachary Lark, Matthew Bugbee, Kyle Landis, Kurt Landis; many great-grandchildren; brothers, Edward and Melvin, and sisters, Ruth Dazell and Martha Pompos. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard. Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 25, at noon, in the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Jerry Craig officiating. Interment was in Lake Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wood County Humane Society or D.A.V.
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JOSEPH DESTATTE
Joseph H. Destatte, 54, of Rossford, died Saturday, November 7, 2009, at the Toledo Hospital. He was born on October 23, 1955, in Toledo, to John and Gladys (Eckel) Destatte. He was a 1975 graduate of Perrysburg High School. He married Carol Reucher on March 24, 1984, and they made their home in Rossford. He was employed with Blako Plastic Co. in Dunbridge, Ohio, until his retirement due to disability. Mr. Destatte was a devoted cheerleader for his children in all the sports they took part in, and was an avid fan of the Tigers, Lakers, Cowboys and Ohio State. He was a member of Fremont 1915 United Steel Workers of America and the Rossford Eagles #2322, where he cooked steaks at the Eagle’s steak dinners. Mr. Destatte is survived by his wife of 25 years, Carol; children, Kimmie, Jenny, Kevin and Jamie; siblings, Bob (Nguyet), Sister Marcia Marie SND; Gene (Hazel), Dave (Ruth), Ted (Sally), Rum (Cheryl), Terry Gfell, Mary Destatte, Linda (John) Andrews, Judy (Ted) Coulianos, Rick (Candy), Tom (Karen), John, Tim, and Sandy “Sam” (Alan) Hanna; mother- in-law, Dorothy Reucher; brother-in-law, Michael (Kay) Reucher; sisters-inlaw, Linda Papulias and Joyce (Charles) Berry; many nieces and nephews, and friends, Theresa Destatte and Don Crispen. He was preceded in death by his parents; father in-law, Edward Reucher, and nephew, Ryan Destatte. The Eagles conducted a service on Wednesday, November 11, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today, November 12, at 10 a.m., at All Saints Catholic Church. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.




KAREN SWARTZ

Karen (Schaller) Swartz, 69, of Perrysburg, died Saturday, November 7, 2009, at Mercy St. Charles Hospital, Oregon, Ohio. She was born in Lima, Ohio, on November 17, 1939, to Willard and Helen (Thomas) Schaller. She married Robert Swartz on July 18, 1959, in Waterville, Ohio. From 1965 to 1985, she was a teacher, coach, advisor, dean of students and athletic director for Rossford Public Schools. She had been inducted into both the Rossford High School and Anthony Wayne High School Athletic Halls of Fame. She was a volunteer coordinator for 10 years with the Wood County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, Ohio, Order of the Eastern Star, Perrysburg, and in her spare time she enjoyed being with family, reading, and watching sporting events. Mrs. Swartz is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter, Karrie (Erven) Failor of Perrysburg; son, Kristopher (Sue) Swartz of Perrysburg; grandchildren, Kyle (Erin), Robert (Laura), Amanda and Kathryn; great-grandson, Collin, and sister, Kay (Dorsey) Sergent of Bowling Green, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be conducted today, November 12, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church, U.S. 20 and Route 163, Stony Ridge, where there will be visitation one hour prior to services. Officiating will be the Rev. Daniel Beaudion. Interment will be in Troy Township Cemetery, Luckey. There will be a bereavement luncheon served in the church fellowship hall immediately following the cemetery committal services. Arrangements were made by the Marsh Funeral Home, Luckey, Ohio. Those giving a memorial contribution may wish to consider Friends of Wood County CASA.
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JULIE MIERZEJEWSKI

Julie A. Mierzejewski, 62, died Thursday, October 29, 2009. She was born on April 10, 1947, to Chester and Evelyn Mierzejewski. She was a member of the first graduating class of Cardinal Stritch High School in 1965 and subsequently attended Mary Manse College, graduating cum laude in 1969. Her first job was with the Lion Store, where she served on the teen fashion board. She then worked for Ohio Bell/ AT&T for 24 years. After leaving there, Ms. Mierzejewski returned to school to become a paralegal. She currently worked at the law firm of Eastman and Smith. She was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church. A voracious reader, she enjoyed going to Symphony concerts and Jazz in the Garden. She enjoyed sharing dinners out with her friends and spending time with her family, especially her mother. She is survived by her mother, Evelyn; brother, Jerry (fiancée, Mary Nugent); sisters, Marie and Annette (Bill) Gadt, and nephew, Joshua. She was preceded in death by her father, Chester, and brother, Paul. A Scripture Service was held Sunday, November 1, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. A Mass celebrating her life was held Monday, November 2, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman and the Rev. Joseph Steinbauer concelebrating. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Church, Cardinal Stritch High School, Assistance in Health Care (CTCA) or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.




ANNABELLE BILEK

Annabelle Bilek, 86, of Perrysburg, died Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born on October 27, 1922, in Toledo, to Albert and Belle (Phillips) McDonald. She attended Devilbis High School and Stautzenberger College. She was an office manager for Drs. Warren and Ruth Morris until her retirement. Ms. Bilek was a past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Association and a member of the Retired Toledo Police Association. She enjoyed camping, doing word search, crocheting and spending her winters in Florida with her husband, and spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Albert (Carolyn) Bilek Jr., Christine (Tim) Brandhuber and John (Denise) Bilek; grandchildren, Cory, Amy, J.J. (Brandy), Tori, and Ashley Bilek, Shaun (Kelly) and Shane (Destiny) Brandhuber; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Jace, Blake and Ashton Brandhuber and Lainey Bilek; brothers-inlaw, Frank (Nancy) Bilek and Maynard Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Bilek Sr., in 1988, and her sisters, Maxine Schwartz and Ruth Richardson. Funeral services were held Monday, October 26, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Albert Ceranowski officiating. Interment was in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. o •FRANK FERGUSON Frank Lewis Ferguson, age 63, of Perrysburg, died Thursday, October 22, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was born on August 16, 1946 to Frank and Lucille (Patterson) Ferguson. He was employed with Comfort Line as a tool and die maker until the time of his retirement. He had a passion for cars. He enjoyed working on them, restoring them and showing them. Surviving are his children, Troy (Amy) Ferguson, Trina Ferguson and Angela (Donald) Munger; his siblings, Brenda (David) Burns, Barbara Rucki, Betty Fountain, Bernadette (John) Johannsen and Donald Ferguson. Also surviving are six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Joyah Ferguson in 1996; his parents; brother, David Ferguson; and sister, Beverly Turner. Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, October 28, 11 a.m., at Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road. Entombment will follow at Toledo Memorial Park. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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MARY ANN CONNELL

Mary Ann Connell, 98, of Rossford, died Monday, October 26, 2009, at Manor of Perrysburg. She was born to Ignatz and Rosa Barnosak in Olesna, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). She came to this country with her mother in 1924, when she was 13 years old. She was a lifetime member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, now All Saints Church. She worked as a supervisor at the East Toledo Plant of the former Libbey- Owens-Ford Company, now Pilkington, for more than 40 years, retiring in 1974. She was an active member of Sokol Lodge 248, a fraternal Slovak organization in Rossford, serving in many capacities as a member and officer. Shortly after retirement, she volunteered her time at Owens Technical College and assisted with senior programs there and at the Rossford lunch programs. She is survived by her children, Stephanie Verbosky and James (Diane) Connell; grandchildren, William (Cathy) Verbosky Jr., Mary Kay (Mike) Scott, Susan (Gary) Yoder, James (Karen) Verbosky, Christien (James) Skowron, Jamie (Amy) Connell and Scott Connell; great-grandchildren, Michael and Maria Scott, Kristina, Patrick and Benjamin Yoder, Nikolas and Abby Verbosky, Lindsay, Nicholas and Noah Skowron. She was preceded in death by her son-in law, William Verbosky Sr. Friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road, today, October 29, from 2 to 8 p.m., where the Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, October 30, beginning at 9 a.m., at All Saints Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Kent Kaufman presiding. Burial will be held at Fort Meigs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.




FRANK FERGUSON

Frank Lewis Ferguson, age 63, of Perrysburg, died Thursday, October 22, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was born on August 16, 1946 to Frank and Lucille (Patterson) Ferguson. He was employed with Comfort Line as a tool and die maker until the time of his retirement. He had a passion for cars. He enjoyed working on them, restoring them and showing them. Surviving are his children, Troy (Amy) Ferguson, Trina Ferguson and Angela (Donald) Munger; his siblings, Brenda (David) Burns, Barbara Rucki, Betty Fountain, Bernadette (John) Johannsen and Donald Ferguson. Also surviving are six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Joyah Ferguson in 1996; his parents; brother, David Ferguson; and sister, Beverly Turner. Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, October 28, 11 a.m., at Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road. Entombment will follow at Toledo Memorial Park. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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GERTRUDE “GERTIE” PIORKOWSKI

Gertrude “Gertie” H. (Breksa) Piorkowski, 89, of Toledo’s Polish Village, died October 20, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born on October 18, 1920, to Anna and Anthony Breksa. She and her husband Walter ran Walter’s Self Serve grocery store on Maple Street for 18 years and raised their two children. She is survived by her daughter and caregiver, Cheryl (Jack) Emmitt of Perrysburg; daughter-inlaw, Marlene Piorkowski; sister-in-law, Irene (Bill) Moulton; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Walter; son, Richard Piorkowski; brothers, Sylvester “Uncle Boy” Breska, and sisters, Dorothy Kaminski and Louise Oberdier. A Recitation of the Rosary was held Friday, October 23, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, October 24, at St. Adalbert’s Church, Toledo, with the Rev. Richard Philiposky officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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JOHN CUPRYS
John Michael Cuprys, 58, of Rossford, died October 12, 2009, at his home. He was born on October 30, 1950, in Toledo, to Ignatius and Eva (Jones) Cuprys. He was an electrician by trade and was a member of the IBEW Local Union 8. He enjoyed water skiing, motorcross, working in his workshop and spending time with family and friends. Mr. Cuprys is survived by his children, Benjamin (Tammy) Cuprys, Amanda Cuprys, Casey Paul, Brian Cuprys and Emily Cuprys; grandchildren, Jonathan, Drew, Jeff and Chris; mother, Eva Cuprys; sisters, Diana Cuprys, Mary Ann (Mel) Roberts, Laurie Bick, Jodi (Gene) Kujawa, and Cris Cuprys; brothers, Paul, Scott, Jim and Todd Cuprys, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ignatius Cuprys; sister, Joanne Nichols, and niece, Cindy Jamgochian. There was no visitation. A Celebration of Life was held Sunday, October 18, at Moe’s Place, Rossford. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to the American Cancer Society.




LEVONNE GANTT

Levonne L. Gantt, 67, of Point Place, died unexpectedly along with her closest of friends on Sunday, October 11, 2009, in Barnsdall, Oklahoma. She was born in Toledo, to Lambert and Frieda (Draheim) Fink in 1942. She was involved in various organizations, including Order of the Eastern Star Toledo Chapter #341, serving as associate conductress; True Kindred, serving as supreme chaplain; Amaranth–DSRM, serving as past grand royal matron from 1986 to 1987. She worked for 30 years at Rossford High School as the head cook, retiring this year. She enjoyed traveling with her friends, Chris Fulghum, Martha Jacobs and Norma Ottersetter. She also enjoyed reading. She is survived by her children, Debra (William) Duseberg, John (Teri) Weaver II, and Rebecca (Robert) Orwig; grandchildren, Aaron Gross and Jordan Orwig, and greatgrandson, Aaron Gross. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Weaver Sr. and Benjamin Gantt. True Kindred and Amaranth services were held Friday, October 16, in the David R. Jasin-Hoening Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 17, in the funeral home, with the Rev. David Rushton officiating. Interment was in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Court of Ohio for Amaranth Diabetic Research, 314 Powderhorn Place, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110.
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HERALD “BUDDY" BELL

Herald R. “Buddy” Bell, age 74, of Perrysburg, died Thursday, October 8, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, on January 3, 1935, to Ralph and Gladys (Brook) Bell. He was employed with Libbey-Owens-Ford Rossford Plant 6 in the bending department for 40 years before retiring in 1993. He also was a longtime employee with Witzler- Shank Funeral Home, where he helped both the Witzler and Shank families for more than 52 years. He married Lois Redouty on August 28, 1954, in Perrysburg. In his spare time when not working or volunteering at the funeral home, he enjoyed working in his garden and tinkering around the house. He was an active member of St. Rose Church, where he served as an usher during the 5 p.m. Mass, and also cooked fish during Friday night Lenten fish fries. Mr. Bell was a member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus, where he was a member of the Honor Guard. He also was a member of the Maumee Elks. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois; sons, Herald “Rusty” Bell and Gary (Kristen) Bell; son-in-law, William Pearce; grandchildren, Jordan Pearce, John Montgomery, Morgan, Ryan, Caroline and Cole Bell, and sisters, Ruby Ann Ward and Joan Kirkwood. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Bell Pearce. A Scripture Service and Knights of Columbus Bishop James R. Hoffman Assembly #807 service was held Friday, October 9, in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, October 10, at St. Rose Church, followed by burial in St. Rose Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Little Sisters of the Poor or Helping Hands of St. Rose.
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WENDELL CARR
Wendell Bruce Carr, 61, of Rossford, died Saturday, October 10, 2009, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born in Hartsville, Tennessee, on March 18, 1948, to Hilmon and Eva Carr. He owned and operated the Testmaster Inspection Co. Mr. Carr was an avid golfer. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Angela (Scott) Maxwell; grandchildren, Alexander, Bradley and Cailin Maxwell; brother, Phillip (Geraldine) Carr; sisters, Rose (Frank) Lannon, Nancy Deering, Rebeca (Jerry) McClaud and Deborah Carr, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Tim Carr, and brother-in-law, Jimmy Deering. Visitation was held Monday, October 12, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Burial was in Hartsville, Tennessee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.




ETHEL NESTAK

Ethel R. Nestak, 95, of Perrysburg died Sunday, October 4, 2009, at the Manor at Perrysburg. She was born on March 3, 1914, to Peter and Bernadine (Kondel) Nestak in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. She had worked at Collins & Parker Drug Store for many years. She was a former member of the SS Cyril & Methodius Church in Rossford and was one of the original “Gray Ladies” at St. Charles Hospital. She also was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Ms. Nestak is survived by her nieces, nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 7, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Interment was be private in Calvary Cemetery.
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BETTY HEIDTMAN

Betty J. Heidtman died October 4, 2009. She was born September 27, 1924, in Liberty Center, Ohio, to Ruth and John Barlow. She had worked at Auto Lite during the war as a “Rosie the Riveter,” filling shell casings. She spent the next 31 years at Johns Manville, working in numerous positions throughout the plant and making many lifelong friendships. She retired in 1987. She is survived by her daughters, Patsy (Bob) Peneff and Mary (Herb) Eckhart; son, Time (Barb) Heidtman; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Donnelly; brother, Bub (Shirley) Barlow, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by Denny Allshouse; her sons, Terry and Rick Heidtman; sisters, Mary Kessler and Peggy Ann Lambert, and brothers, Guy and Billy Barlow. Funeral services will be held today, October 8, at 10 a.m., at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road. Interment will follow at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.
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IRENE GIAIMO
Irene M. Giaimo, 91, of Perrysburg Township, died Saturday, October 3, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. She was born on September 26, 1918, in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, to Charles and Lillian (Mermer) Saradin. She had worked for the Rossford Ordnance Depot, U.S. Post Office and was a clerk for Perrysburg Township. She was a member of St. Rose Church in Perrysburg. Ms. Giaimo is survived by her children, Irene Shiple, Kenneth (Janet) Giaimo, Charlotte “Jeri” Scholle, Charles (Christina) Giaimo and Fred (Nancy) Giaimo, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony; daughter, Barbara Giaimo; brother, Charles Saradin; three grandchildren and sons-in-law, John Scholle and Jerry Shiple. Family and friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road, on Friday, October 9, from 10 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Marvin Borger officiating. Interment will follow at St. Rose Cemetery in Perrysburg. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.




ANGELA PLICINSKI-FITZSIMMONS

Angela Marie Plicinski-Fitzsimmons, 46, of Liberty Center, Ohio, died unexpectedly on Monday, October 5, 2009, at her home. She was born on August 20, 1963, in Oregon, Ohio, to Pat and Sally (Szychowski) Plicinski. She was a 1981 graduate of Rossford High School. She married Dale Fitzsimmons on February 13, 1988, and together they had two children. Her employment included the Toledo Blade as a carrier, Food Town in the deli department, and a clerk for the U.S. Post Office in Liberty Center. She was a Liberty Center High School Tiger fan and spent many hours volunteering. She enjoyed gardening, cross stitching and was known for her apple pies and kolachki. She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Dale Fitzsimmons; children, Zachary and Hope Fitzsimmons; parents, Pat and Sally Plicinski; father-inlaw, Ron Fitzsimmons; brothers, Gary (Tess) and Tony (Lesbia) Plicinski; sister-in-law, Kelly (John) Box; goddaughter, Katie Somers; godmother, Joan Tucholski and godfather, Lenny Szychowski. She was preceded in death by her brother, Steven Plicinski, and mother-in-law, Dorothy Fitzsimmons. Friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road, today, October 8, from 2 to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, October 9, at All Saints Catholic Church in Rossford beginning at 9 a.m., where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Hope and Zachary’s college fund.
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KEVIN MOORE
Kevin D. Moore, 54, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and formerly of Rossford, died October 1, 2009. He was born in Toledo on October 13, 1954, to John and Anne (Dancik) Moore. Mr. Moore was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed with the U.S. Postal Service. He is survived by his son, Kevin Moore Jr.; daughter, Cassie Anne Moore; step-children, Claude (Tonya) Cheatham and Dana Domiqiue; 11 grandchildren; mother, Anne Moore; brothers, David (Terrie), Paul (Diane) and Kyle (Tina) Moore; 13 nieces and nephews, and best friends in Las Vegas, Gillian, Genesis and Tyler Stover. He was preceded in death by his father, John Moore Jr. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, October 8, at 11:30 a.m., in All Saints Catholic Church in Rossford, with the Rev. Joseph Steinbauer officiating. Arrangements are being made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.




IVAH LISTERMANN

Ivah R. Listermann, 95, of Branson, Missouri, and formerly of Rossford, died September 23, 2009, at Skaggs Memorial Hospital in Branson. She was born in 1914, in Toledo, to Delbert and Hattie (Overmire) Johnson. She married William Listermann in 1934 in Toledo. She attended Toledo schools and a local business college. She was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church and Clark Street United Methodist Church. Ms. Listermann was a homemaker and enjoyed volunteering at the St. Louis Soup Kitchen. When she was younger, she enjoyed bowling, crocheting, ceramics and fishing. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Chuck Rublaitus of Branson; grandchildren, Darcy Harbaugh of Michigan, Rose Firdous of Pennsylvania, Dawn Macut of Texas, Tina Boyea of New York, Shannon Zeller of Pennsylvania, Megan McCormick and Travis Irmen of Texas, and Brandon Smith of Michigan; 22 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 1981. She also was preceded in death by her daughter, Diann Irmen; granddaughter, Tara O’Keefe; brothers, Kenneth Johnson, Ersel Johnson, Dale Johnson, Richard Johnson and Raymond Johnson, and sisters, Gladys Boose and Ruby Briner. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 29, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Burial was in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


PATRICIA MEWHORTER
Patricia L. Mewhorter, 79, died September 8, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born May 22, 1930, in Lima, Ohio, to Marion and Dorothy (Ellerbrock) Wells. She graduated from Delphos Jefferson High School. She married Gillispe “Jack” Mewhorter on July 24, 1948, in Delphos, Ohio. Ms. Mewhorter worked at Hunt Wesson Foods as an office worker, and later she and her husband owned the general store in Bowling Green, Ohio, for five years. She is survived by her sons, Douglas (Diane) Mewhorter of Lakeland, Florida, David Mewhorter of Rossford, Jack Mewhorter of Ballston Spa, New York and James (Valerie) of Huntersville, North Carolina; grandchildren, Christy, Matthew, Emily, Samantha, Mary, Ashley, Austin and Ryan; great-grandchildren, Sara, Scarlett and Carly; sister, Darlene (Bill) Best of Delphos; nephew, Larry Best, and great niece, Whitney Best. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gillispe, on January 4, 1999. She also was preceded in death by her daughterin- law, Elizabeth Mewhorter. Funeral services were held Friday, September 11, at the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg. Burial was in Fort Meigs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 East River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551.
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WILLIAM VEDRA SR.

William “Bill” F. Vedra, Sr., 77, of Rossford, died September 6, 2009, at his home. He was born January 17, 1932, in Rossford, to Elizabeth and Mathew Vedra. During the Korean Conflict, he served as a medic and bandsman and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. After his return, he worked for 36 years for Libbey-Owens-Ford, primarily at the east Toledo Plant 8 facility. Mr. Vedra served as a lifelong member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, which was merged into All Saints Parish. He was an active member of All Saints, where he served as a maintenance person after retiring from Libbey-Owens- Ford, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also served in various positions for more than 40 years as a volunteer fireman for the Rossford Fire Department. Throughout his life, Mr. Vedra was an active musician in the Toledo community. He was a continuous member of the Old Dutch, PNA, and Polish American Concert Band for more than 50 years, as well as being a member of the Zenobia Shrine band (Lodge #298) and Deutchmeister’s band. For more than 25 years, he had an active dance band, Bill Vedra and His Orchestra, with which he played countless weddings and community functions. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Agnes; sons, William Jr. (Valerie), John (Karen), Michael (Angela), James, Patrick (Jennifer), Robert (Colleen) and Tom (Erin); daughters, Marie (Joseph) Kraus and Cecilia (Peter) Mallet; 23 grandchildren; brothers, Matthew (Carolyn), Stephen (Joanne) and Joseph (Chris) Vedra; sister, Julie (Mike) Kulakowski, and many nieces and nephews. A Recitation of the Rosary was held September 8, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home, Rossford. Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial were held September 9, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Catholic High School Performing Arts Center or the All Saints Parish building fund.


JOYCE HEINEMAN
Joyce Heineman, 76, of Toledo, died Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. She was born on May 2, 1933, in Toledo, to Howard and Almyra (Gensenleichter) Colledge. She was 17th of 20 children. Ms. Heineman was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and baking and was affectionately known as the “Candy Lady” to her neighbors, family and friends. She bowled for many years at the Rossford Lanes. She is survived by her children, Dennis (Anita) Heineman, Douglas Heineman, Dawn (Terry) Conroy and Debra (Brian) Dillon; seven grandchildren; ninegreat- grandchildren; brother, Robert (Mary) Colledge; sister, Donna (Paul) Russell; brother-in-law, Thomas Heineman, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Heineman, in 1990. She also was preceded in death by 17 of her siblings. Services were private. Interment was held at Lake Township Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.
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HERBERT “BUD” ECKHART JR.

Herbert Lester “Bud” Eckhart Jr., 86, of Rossford, died Monday, August 24, 2009, at Bay Park Hospital. He was born on December 17, 1922, in Toledo, to Herbert Sr. and Iva (May) Eckhart. He was retired from M&H Trucking and NYC Railroad. He also was owner and president of the family operated Eckhart & Sons. After retirement, he worked at Priority Transport. Mr. Eckhart enjoyed bowling for many years. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and he enjoyed camping and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Annette (Golatka) Eckhart; children, Herbert (Mary), Roseanne Veizer (Bob Schmidt), Dennis, Steve (Linda), David (Gloria) and Daniel (Kim); 16 grandchildren; 22 greatgrandchildren; sisters, Helen (Darl) Weaver and Bea Karambalas, and brothers, Robert (Alice Jean) and Marvin (Joyce) Eckhart. He was preceded in death by his brother, Art Eckhart. Funeral services were held Friday, August 28, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.


DOROTHY MACHOWSKY
Dorothy Machowsky, 90, of Perrysburg, died Friday, August 21, 2009. She was born June 29, 1919, in Rossford, to Michael and Anna (Hudak) Mazor, and was the last surviving child of the large family. She was a 1938 graduate of Holland High School and had worked for Jeep during World War II. In her younger years she was a dental assistant. She married Michael Machowsky on July 13, 1942. She was a lifelong member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church in Rossford. She is survived by her children, Mary Ann Machowsky and Michael Machowsky, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Michael. Parastas services were held Monday, August 24, Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, August 25, at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church, with the Rev. George Mullonkal officiating. Interment was in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church.
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NATALIE BOHACZENKO
Natalie M. Bohaczenko, 90, of Rossford, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009, in St. Luke’s Hospital. She was born September 26, 1918, in Perrysburg, to Jack and Mary Kushner. She had worked for Chrysler, and was a member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church. She was married to Paul Bohaczenko, who preceded her in death on June 30, 1947. She is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Tom) Managham; granddaughters, Julie (Reg) Mitchell, Amy (Scott) Carpenter and Lisa Managhan; greatgrandchildren, Scott, Brandon, Taylor, Allie and Nathan, and sister-in-law, Mary Jane Kushner. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Ann Skotynsky and Anita Beloff; brothers, Pete and Mike Kushner and Bill Walczak, and sister-in-law, Donna Walczak. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, August 21, in St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, with the Rev. George Mullenkal officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.




OTILLIA “TILLIE” BILKA

Otillia “Tillie” Bilka, 96, of Rossford, died August 19, 2009, at her home. She was born on December 12, 1912, in Skidmore, Texas, to Alois and Susan (Kucharik) Minarik. She moved to Michigan at the age of 10, finally settling in Ohio. She is survived by her sons, Daniel (Kathy) Bilka, Paul (Sue) Bilka; daughters, Violet (Edward) Yoster, Susan (Mike) Alt; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-greatgrandchildren; brother, Joseph Minarik, and sister, Agnes Minsel. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Paul Bilka; her infant daughter, Mary Jane; grandsons, Christopher Shoviak and Edward Yoster, Jr. A Recitation of the Rosary was held Sunday, August 23, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, August 24, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to All Saints Catholic Church or Family Services of Northwest Ohio.
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LUCILLE FERGUSON

Lucille V. Ferguson, 85, of Perrysburg, died Thursday, August 6, 2009, at her home. She was born on July 27, 1924, in Goshen, Virginia, to George and Susie (Wood) Patterson. She enjoyed playing cards, scrabble, bingo and spending time with family and friends. Ms. Ferguson is survived by her children, Brenda (David) Burns, Frank Ferguson, Barbara Rucki, Betty Fountain, Bernadette (John) Johannsen and Donald Ferguson; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brothers, William Patterson of New Kensington, Pennsylvania, and Robert Patterson of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, and special friends, Shelby and Lucille. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Ferguson; daughter, Beverly Turner; son, David Ferguson; sisters, Mildred Sokol and Evelyn Patterson, and brothers, Lester, Earl, George “Junior” and Raymond Ferguson. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 11, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Joseph Steinbauer officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.




LOUIS COLAPIETRO

Louis “Larry” Colapietro, 85, of Rossford, died Sunday, August 2, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. He was born in Toledo to Benedetto Colapietro and Teresina Cerroni, both of Ceccano, Italy. Growing up in east Toledo’s Birmingham community, he attended Holy Rosary School and Waite High School. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electrician’s mate 1st Class from 1942 to 1946. He has been a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Birmingham Post #4906. He married Norah Eckhart of Rossford on August 10, 1944. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he worked for Gulf Oil Refinery as instrumentation mechanic for 32 years, retiring in 1978. During this same period he was the proprietor of the Stag Bar and Colapietro’s Lounge in Maumee, as well as the Hilltop Lounge, Wayward Inn and Colapietro’s Party Store in Rossford. He also served as a Boy Scout troop leader and president of the Rossford Archery Club, the Instinkters. After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Colapietro moved to their Brevort Lake home, “Wayside Cottage,” in Moran, Michigan, where they resided for 28 years before returning to Rossford in 2006. They filled their days with hunting, fishing, gardening and wine making. They spent the past 13 winters in Fort Pierce, Florida. Mr. Colapietro was active with the Lion’s Club, Community Action Board for the Aged, Michigan United Conservation Club, Straights Area Sportsman Club, and served on the Brevort Township Zoning Board. Mr. Colapietro is survived by his wife, Norah; children, Theresa (William) Romp, John (JoAnn Buehrle) Colapietro and Darlene (Robert Nitschke) Colapietro; grandchildren, Brian (Victoria), Michael (Melora Hunt), David and Eric Romp, Lia (Sam Misiura), Cullen (Lindsay) and Aislinn Colapietro; greatgrandchildren, Rosalia, Tristan, Maeven, Zephram, Leo, Boniface, Avery, Gareth, Ewan, Eli and Brynn; sister, Mary Krompak, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Lawrence; sister, Antoinette Nenno; brothers, Frank, James, John and half-brother, Anthony Sargenti. Friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road, on Friday, August 7, from 2 to 8 p.m., where members of the Birmingham VFW Post 4906 will conduct services at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating, will be held Saturday, August 8, at 10:30 a.m., at All Saints Catholic Church, where the family will receive visitors beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Toledo Memorial Park, where the Northwood VFW Post 2984 will conduct Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are preferred to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio or All Saints Catholic Church.
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EARL TAYLOR

Earl Curtis Taylor died July 30, 2009, at his home in Rossford. He was born in Alba, Texas, to James and Ethel (Swindell) Taylor, where he grew up with his three brothers, Edgar, JT and Ernest. He left home at age 15, and worked as a driver for the banker in town. At age 17, he enlisted into the Navy, which took him to Toledo. He served on the LST 917 from September 1941 through 1947 as the chief commissary steward. He was known as “Chief” to his shipmates. During World War II, the LST 917 saw action in the South Pacific. He met and married Marie Szymanski and they had one daughter, Earletta. His wife died shortly afterwards. Mr. Taylor then met and married Rose Piotrowski, and they had one daughter, Lorraine “Lori.” Mr. Taylor worked at a variety of jobs. His first job was picking cotton and working with horses. He drove trucks and cabs. He worked at Libbey-Owens- Ford and retired from Spicer’s after 21 years of service. He also was an electrician, and installed the fire alarms for the Rossford Fire Department and fixed many lights, switches and wiring. He did electrical work at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Rossford and helped make pierogis for the church’s festival. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor frequently visited family members in Texas and also enjoyed trips to Hawaii and Poland. Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Rose; daughters, Earletta (Gregorio) Gumban of Rossford and Lorraine (Spencer) Sunderland of Plain City, Ohio; grandchildren, Gregory Gumban of Rossford, Julie (Benjamin) Roberts of Maumee, Dean Gumban of Grandview; great-granddaughters, Remy and Olive Roberts; brother, Ernest (Margie) Taylor; sister-inlaw, Ann (John) Swemba, and many nieces, nephews and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, August 3, at All Saints Catholic Church. Interment was in Fort Meigs Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.


MARY BOWEN
Mary Lee Seemann Bowen, 65, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009. She was born on March 7, 1944, in Toledo, to John and Mary (Provos) Lampley. She was employed with Conrail Railroad, and was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society. She is survived by her husband, Johnny Bowen of Jacksonville, Florida; children, Gail Wilkins Jr. (Cherie), Tamie (Tim) Becker, Pam (Jim) Bubenko, Kristy Morgenstern, Renee (Shaun) Nabywaniec, Elaine Bowen and Stephanie (Christian) McClockin; grandchildren, Nicki (Terry) Rowan, Jenni (Jon) Bartek, Amanda LaPointe, Randy Wilkins, Heather, Jessica and Ashley Becker, James Bubenko, Elliot and Zach Morganstern, Brittney and Griffin Bowen, Hunter McClocklin and Kyle Nabywaniec, and special friends, Gail and Gloria Wilkins. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Carol Spurgeon. A Scripture Service was held Tuesday, July 21, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. A Memorial Mass was held Wednesday, July 22, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. Those wishing to make a memorial are asked to consider the Lucas County Humane Society.
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DONNA WULCZAK

Donna Mae (Greene) Wulczak, 80, died July 19, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born in Toledo, on November 9, 1928, to Orville and Theresa (Luff) Greene. She was raised in south Toledo with her brother Robert and was a 1947 graduate of Libbey High School. She attended Toledo University and graduated in nursing from the Woman’s and Children’s Hospital. She worked at Sears and Roebuck, and for 20 years at Ohio Citizens Trust. She married William Wulczak in 1949 and gave birth to their only son, Gregory, in 1963. She was raised as a Lutheran but converted to Catholicism because she enjoyed the Ukrainian traditions and services at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church. She served holiday meals at the Cherry Street Mission, and was a contributor to numerous organizations. Her favorite pastimes were taking trips with inlaws and friends, shopping for trinkets, and playing with her cats Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Natalie Bohaczenko and Mary Jane Kushner; nieces, Sandra (Tom) Managhan and Terri (Jeff) Oshnock; nephews, Paul (Marilyn) Skotynsky, Michael Scott, Matthew (Lea) Skotynsky and Peter (Betty) Kushner; lifelong friends, the Rev. George Mullonkal, Sue Stolar, Sue and Joe Thompson, Marilyn and Mary Ellen Molitoris, Angie Bobak, Roberta and Steve Korpita, Cora Korpita and Catherine Nazark. She was preceded in death by her husband, William; son, Gregory, and brother, Robert. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, July 22, at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Rossford. Burial was in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery, Perrysburg. Arrangements were made by the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.


STELLA MAZOR
Stella V. Mazor, 87, of Rossford, died Sunday, July 19, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. She was born January 30, 1922, in Toledo, to John and Veronica (Mucha) Mazor. She worked as an accountant for Owens Illinois for 35 years. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church. Ms. Mazor was an avid collector and enjoyed playing golf. She is survived by several cousins in Ohio and Michigan. The Rosary was recited on Wednesday, July 22, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Visitation will begin today, July 23, at 9 a.m., at All Saints Catholic Church, where a Funeral Mass will begin at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Burial will be in Fort Meigs Cemetery.
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EVELYN DEMKO

Evelyn Marie Demko, 85, of Toledo, died July 8, 2009. She was born on December 5, 1923, in Toledo, to Harold and Marie (Krueger) French. She worked for Toledo Public Schools as a teacher’s aide for many years. She was a longtime member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Toledo. Ms. Demko is survived by her children, Mary (Lewis) Dingess, Nancy (Larry) Oberdorf, Barb (John) Fix, William Demko, Debbie Loyer and Judy Cain; grandchildren, Jenny (Mike) Bunting, Larry (Christine) Oberdorf, Laurie (Chip) Abele, Bob (Jen) Oberdorf, Billy (Jen) Oberdorf, Kristina Loyer, Katie (Shannon) Fix, Edward (Billie) Cain and Mike (Deana) Loyer, and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Demko, in 1969, and by her sisters, Dorothy Ohm and Joanne Hoover. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 14, in the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Beth Giller officiating. Interment was in Lake Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church, 649 Elmore Street, Toledo, Ohio 43605.


NANCY GARNER HUMMER
Nancy Garner Hummer, age 85, of Perrysburg Township, Ohio, passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side on July 12, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio-Perrysburg. Nancy was born on April 3, 1924, in New Albany, Indiana, to her beloved parents, Dr. William H. and Mary Cavanaugh Garner. Nancy graduated from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and moved to Toledo in 1928 after her marriage to Donal Hummer the same year. Donal and Nancy were married for 35 years and she is survived by her children, Mary Clare (Michael) Hummer-Decker, William (Claudia) Hummer, Suzanne (Peter) Havens, Donal (Beth) Hummer Jr., and E. Mark (Laura) Hummer. Nancy was the proud grandmother to 14 grandchildren, Nancy (Brandon) Simons, Kate (Greg) Gamwell, Elizabeth Decker, William (Lauren) and Brett Hummer, Justin Brandon and Dillon Havens, Jake and Natalie Hummer and Hannah, Nick, Elise and Bea Hummer. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dr. William Garner, Jr. as well as her husband Donal. Nancy was an avid reader, writer, gifted artist and an enthusiastic card player. At the bridge or gin rummy table she was a preferred partner or feared opponent. She was quite skilled at games and her talent with words was so strong that she would complete the daily newspaper crossword puzzle with a pen. As a loving and devoted mother she enjoyed preparing family meals and was an excellent cook. Southern dishes were her specialty and every evening the family gathered in the dining room for a wonderful meal. She would also prepare a full made to order breakfast for each child before they left for school. Nancy was a member of All Saint’s Catholic Church in Rossford, Ohio and a former member of Belmont Country Club, The Toledo Country Club and The Toledo Club. In her younger days, she was active in the Junior League of Toledo, Toledo Zoological Society, and 577 Foundation amateur artist guild. A guest reception will be held at the W.W. Knight Nature Center, East River Road, on Thursday, July 16, 2009, from 4 to 8 p.m. A Christian Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 17, 2009, at All Saint’s Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m., where the family will receive friends beginning at 9:30 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, The 577 Foundation, Perrysburg or the Wood County Park District. Arrangements entrusted to the Foth-Dorfmeyer Mortuary.
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EDWARD KACHMARIK

Edward G. Kachmarik, 67, of Oregon, Ohio, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 10, 2009, in Bay Park Community Hospital. He was born September 26, 1941, in Toledo, to Frank and Magdalen (Kondel) Kachmarik. A lifelong Oregon resident, he graduated from Clay High School in 1959, and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in eduction. He married Dorothy Lewandowski in 1963, and they had four sons. He earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Toledo. Ed was a teacher and coach at Fassett Junior High School, along with being an administrator in the Oregon City Schools and principal of Wynn Elementary for a total 33 years, retiring in 1997. He then continued his career working at the Northwest Ohio Area Office on Aging for the past 11 years, where he taught computer classes to seniors and as a communications specialist. Ed enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren and coaching his sons in the Oregon Recreation leagues. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife, polka music, woodworking, sports, digital photography and restoring his ’63 Chevy Nova II convertible. He was a founding parishioner and eucharistic minister at St. Jerome Catholic Church for the past 47 years. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy; sons, Scott (Lynn), Craig (Louise), Kevin (Laura), David (Kelly); grandchildren, Katy, Taylor, Josh, Evan, Carter, Kyla, Connor, Maggie and Owen Kachmarik; mother, Maggie Gibel (Kachmarik); brother, Richard (Janet); in-laws, Tina Kachmarik, Larry (Pat) Lewandowski, Dan (Marge) Lewandowski, Bev Lewandowski, and Lori (Kamal) Kotaich; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank; brother, Frank Jr.; stepfather, Andrew Gibel, and brotherin- law, Dick Lewandowski. A Scripture Service was held Tuesday, July 14, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, July 15, at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Walbridge, with Father David Cirata officiating. Interment was in St. Ignatius Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be directed to St. Jerome Catholic Church.
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DOROTHY GILLEY

Dorothy Opal (Walker) (Smithers) Gilley died Monday, July 6, 2009, at the Eleanor Jennings Adult Care Facility in Rossford. She was born August 27, 1913, in Merryville, Louisiana, to James and Della Walker. On June 7, 1930, she married Robert Ford Smithers and moved to Toledo. She worked at City Auto Stamping. Her husband, Robert, died, and she raised their three children as a single mother. She later worked for several Toledo area Kroger stores, was a union steward for many years, and retired after 22 years with the Kroger. Soon after, she married Joseph Gilley and they moved to Hemphill, Texas. They were married for 25 years. After his death, Ms. Gilley moved back to the Toledo area to be close to family. She resided at Otterbein-Portage Valley Retirement Living Community for 4-1/2 years, where she made many friends and lived a few doors away from her daughter, Jennie Ferguson. Ms. Gilley recently moved to the Eleanor Jennings Adult Care Facility. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Luckey, Ohio. She is survived by sons, Robert (Kathleen) Smithers, Paul (Nancy) Smithers; daughter, Jennie Ferguson; grandchildren, Marilyn (Steve) Hall, Jerry (Amy) Smithers, LuAnn (Mike) Crites, Keith (Val) Smithers, Beth Smithers and partner, Cherie, Scott (Rita) Smithers, Pat (Kim) Ferguson, Mike (Christine) Ferguson; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; 12 halfbrothers and sisters, and many family members and friends in Texas. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Smithers and Joseph Gilley; sister, Myrtle Smith; brothers, Arthur, Floyd and Wallace Walker; son-in-law, Charles Ferguson, and granddaughter, Karol Lynn Smithers. Visitation for family and friends was held Thursday, July 9, at the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg. Funeral services were held Friday, July, 10, at Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Living Community, Pemberville, with the Rev. Pete Johnson officiating. Graveside services were held at Fort Meigs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Faith United Methodist Church in Luckey, or the Eleanor Jennings Adult Care Facility, Rossford.


MICHEL KAZAN
Michel Kazan, 73, of Northwood, died Monday, July 6, 2009, at the Toledo Hospital. He was born on March 15, 1936, in Beirut, Lebanon, to Wadih and Matilde Kazan. He was a welder with Toledo Machining for many years and was a member of St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church. He is survived by his son, Wadih Kazan; daughter, Viviane Kazan; grandchildren, Michael and Elijah Kazan; brothers, Elias and Tony Kazan; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Khoury; nephew, George (Nancy) Khouri; great-nieces and greatnephews, Joshua (Heather) Khouri, Natasha (Matt) Perlowitz and Jordan Khouri; and nieces and nephews in New York and Lebanon. Mr. Kazan was preceded in death by his wife, Maya Kazan, and sisters, Selwa, Freiha and Leila. The Trisagaion Prayers were held Thursday, July 9, at St. Elias Church of Sylvania, with the Very Rev. Fr. Paul Albert presiding. Funeral services were held at the church on Friday, July 10. Interment was in Willow Cemetery in Oregon, Ohio. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to St. Elias Church, 4940 Harroun Road, Sylvania, Ohio.
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TIMOTHY TILIMON

Timothy J. Tilimon, 53, of Rossford, died July 5, 2009, at the Manor at Perrysburg. He was a graduate of Rossford High School and worked as a tool and die maker throughout his career. He enjoyed his many fishing and hunting trips with his friends and family. Mr. Tilimon is survived by his mother, Josephine; brothers, David (Sandi) Tilimon and Rick (Doris) Tilimon; nieces, Kelly, Chelavette, Eunicevette, Terravette and Deannavette, and nephews Matthew and Steven. He was preceded in death by his father, and his brother, Joseph. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m., at All Saints Catholic Church, 628 Lime City Road, Rossford. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider All Saints Catholic Church.


LEONA SANKIEWICZ
Leona Marie Sankiewicz, formerly of Rossford, died Sunday, July 5, 2009, at her home. She was born in Toledo, to Joseph and Jeanette (Ziarno) Sroczynski on July 8, 1927. She grew up in Gowanda, New York, and graduated from Gowanda High School in 1944. She returned to Toledo, where she was employed at Libbey Glass. She was later employed as a chef assistant at Owens Illinois. On May 8, 1948, she married Leon Sankiewicz. She was an avid fan of the Detroit Pistons and the University of Toledo basketball team. She enjoyed following the basketball games on television. Ms. Sankiewicz was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Rossford. She is survived by her sons, Tom (Lynne) Sankiewicz of Liberty Center, Ohio, John (Reenie) Sankiewicz of Buckingham, Virginia, and Jim (Lee) Sankiewicz of Clay Center, Ohio; granddaughter, Jessica Sankiewicz; grandsons, Matthew Sankiewicz and Jim Sankiewicz II; brothers, Richard and Tom Sroczynski, Donald Pazdzior, Ray Hollerbach and Dennis Hollerbach. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon, on November 11, 1977. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, John Pazdzior and Jim Sroczynski; and sisters, Eleanor Sroczynski and Norma Shepler. A Mass of Christian Burial was held July 8, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Toledo Memorial Park. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.
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DOLORES GROD

Dolores J. Grod, 79, of Rossford, died Sunday, June 28, 2009, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was born on March 11, 1930, in Rossford, to Joseph and Helen (Mazur) Taper. She was a member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church, where she was in the choir. She also was a member of the Rossford VFW Auxiliary, where she was past president. Mrs. Grod is survived by her husband of 60 years, George Grod; children, David (Billie) Grod, Marilyn (William) Wagoner, Judith (David) Fedio, Stephen Grod and Patricia (James) Rosso; grandchildren, Emily (James) Nunez, Nicholas (Nora) Grod, Benjamin (Bryanna) Grod, Megan (Eric) Biel, Courtney Wagoner, Eric Fedio, Leigh Wagoner, Andrew, Ashley, Alexandra and Stephanie Grod, Jacob, Joshua, Matthew and Nicole Rosso; sisters-in-law, Virginia Heban, Anna Wasylyshyn and Irene DeBrock; brother in-law, Norman Southward, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Joan Southward and Marjorie Leganik. A Parastas Service was held Wednesday, July 1, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Funeral services will be held today, July 2, at 9:30 a.m., in the funeral home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Church with the Rev. George Mullenkal officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg.


ROSELLEN HARTMAN
Rosellen Hartman, 47, of Walbridge, died Monday, June 29, 2009, at her residence. She was born on March 10, 1962, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Lawrence and Betty (Rudnicki) Hartman. She had worked as a veterinary technician for 20 years. She formerly served as vice-president and editor of the newsletter for the Golden Retriever Club of Greater Toledo. She was a former member of the Toledo Kennel Club. Ms. Hartman is survived by her sisters, Laurel (James) Riehm, Andrea (Kenneth) Urbanski and Alesa Andrews; nephew, Andrew Urbanski; nieces, Erin Andrews and Angel (Dan) Frattinger. A Funeral Mass will be held today, July 2, at 10:30 a.m., in All Saints Catholic Church, 628 Lime City Road, Rossford, with a bereavement luncheon to follow in the church hall. Inurnment will take place following the luncheon at Resurrection Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to Best Friends Sanctuary.
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DAWN GHESQUIRE
Dawn Marie Ghesquire, 46, of Perrysburg, died Monday, June 22, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born on October 17, 1962, in Toledo, to John and Nancy (Baker) Smahaj. She was a 1981 graduate of Perrysburg High School and attended Bowling State University. Mrs. Ghesquire is survived by her husband, Michael Ghesquire; children, Kristen and David Ghesquire; step-children, Joshua Ghesquire, Katie (Tim) Meyers and Rebecca (Charles) Burgoon; grandchildren, Megan and William Meyers and Patty Burgoon; father, John Smahaj, and siblings, Tim (Debbie) Smahaj, Tammy (Rick) Lerch and Becky (Don) Anderson. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Smahaj. Funeral services will be held today, June 25, at 10 a.m., at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road, with the Rev. Marvin Borger officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Meigs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.


MILDRED HOFF
Mildred V. Hoff, 89, of Perrysburg, and formerly of Point Place, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at Heartland of Perrysburg. She was born on January 10, 1920, in Rahway, New Jersey. She married Donald Hoff in 1941. Ms. Hoff is survived by her children, Marion (Ernie) Rigney of West Virginia; David (Terry) Hoff of Rossford, and Cindy (Renee) Hoff of Toledo; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; special niece, Judi Augustine of Las Vegas, Nevada, and special friends, Carmen, Donna, Jannelle and Vil. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Donald, in August 2001; daughter, Donna (Hoff) Deese, and grandson, Michael Wilson. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 23, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Heartland of Perrysburg or All Saints Catholic Church.
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CHESTER WINIARSKI
Chester M. Winiarski, 88, died Saturday, May 23, 2009. He was born October 10, 1920, to Mary and Klemons Winiarski. He graduated from Rossford High School in 1939, and later joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served his country from 1941 to 1945. Afterwards, he spent 38 years working for Libbey-Owens-Ford in Rossford. He enjoyed dinner and conversation with his friends at his favorite restaurants. Mr. Winiarksi is survived by his niece, Diane Kaemming, and lifelong friend, Charlie Brown. He was preceded in death by two brothers and long time love, Helen Kirk. Graveside services were held Monday, June 22, at Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg, with Father Thomas Leyland officiating.


MICHAEL HAAS
Michael George Haas, 60, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009. He was born September 28, 1948, in Toledo, to George and Marie (Ernsthausen) Haas. He graduated from Rossford High School in 1966, and attended The Ohio State University from 1967 to 1971. He was point guard for the Rossford Bulldogs his senior year and led them to the finals of the high school Class A State basketball championships. Mr. Haas enjoyed rock music with great guitar rifts rooted in the blues with a lot of soul. Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Neil Young, John Lennon were favorites of his. He also enjoyed sports trivia and was an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings and Ohio State Buckeyes football and basketball. He was at the games to see the Buckeyes football team win both the 1969 and 2002 national championships. He is survived by his mother; sisters, Diane (Jim) Baker and Connie (David Leonhardt) Haas; sister-inlaw, Mary Jo Haas; nieces, Andrea and Allison; nephews, James, Joseph and Timothy, and great-nieces, Yasmina and Rania. He was preceded in death by his father, and brother, Lynn Haas. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 14, at the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg. Burial was private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Larry M. Emch Scholarship Fund.
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WILLIAM SZABO
William Szabo, 80, of Perrysburg, died June 13, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was born on October 21, 1928, to Andrew and Agnes Szabo. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War. He worked and retired from Libbey-Owens-Ford, where he worked for 42 years. Mr. Szabo was a member of the Rossford Eagles Aerie 2322, where he was secretary for many years, an organizer of their cancer fund, the Northwest Zone Outstanding Eagle of the Year and was inducted into the Ohio State Aerie Hall of Fame in 2006. He also was a member of A.L. Wroblewski Post 18, CWV Jude Thaddeus Post 1675, Alliance of Poles Circle 8 and the National Democratic Club. He was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians and enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing euchre at the Eagles. Mr. Szabo is survived by his sons, Jim (Christi), Stephen (Vicki) and Ronald; grandchildren, Ronald Jr., Justin, Kyle, Cody, Chelsea and John Michael (Carly); greatgrandchildren, Christina, Bethany and Adrianna; brothers, Ernie (Mary Lou) and Albert (Pat) Szabo; sister- in-law, Ginny Ross; many nieces and nephews, and special friends at the Rossford Eagles. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ann. An Eagles Service was held Wednesday, June 17, at the W. K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Highway, where Funeral Services will be held today June 18, at 11 a.m., with Deacon Tom Carone officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.


JOHN PUSTAY
John Pustay, 88, of Gulfport, Mississippi, and formerly of Rossford, died Monday, May 11, 2009, after a long illness. He was born June 10, 1920, in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, to Steve and Theresa (Valkovszki) Pustay. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran, serving during World War II as an aerial engineer. Mr. Pustay was an appliance repairman for many years. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and enjoyed gardening and photography. He was seldom seen without his cameras. Mr. Pustay is survived by his children, Dana (Clarence) Gordon, David (Cathy) Pustay, Terry Pustay and Tom (Karen) Pustay; sister, Dolly Dobbins; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn (Hill) Pustay; siblings, Mike Pustay, George Pustay, Theresa Moore, and Helen Radocy. A graveside service will be held Friday, June 12, at 9:15 a.m., at Fort Meigs Cemetery followed by a Memorial Celebration at the Rossford United Methodist Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Arrangements are being made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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VIRGINIA ROSS
Virginia M. Ross, 91, of west Toledo, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was born on December 4, 1917, to Frank and Stella (Biegala) Pawlicki. She graduated from Woodward High School in 1935. In 1940, she married Alden Ross and they had a daughter. She was employed as a secretary at Seaway Beverage Company and retired in 1963. Ms. Ross was a charter member of Regina Coeli Church and a member of the Altar Rosary Society. Ms. Ross is survived by her daughter, Pamela (John) Waypa; granddaughters, Michele (Ed) Mikonowicz, Lori (Jeff) Kiel and Trisha (Bob) Semler; great-grandchildren, Jeff and Ryan Kiel, Sarah, Kelly, Kyle and Samantha Mikonowicz, Katie, Ashley and Jack Semler, and sister-in-law, Helen Powell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden, and brother, Irvin Powell. Visitation was held Monday, June 8, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial were held Tuesday, June 9, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was private in Calvary Cemetery.




HARRY WILCOX

Harry J. Wilcox, 59, of Perrysburg, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at his home. He was born on August 30, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to James and Anna Mae Wilcox. He was a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a master’s degree in education and became a teacher of French, drama and English. He taught for 35 years, including 23 years at Rossford High School, five years at Dexter High School in Dexter, Michigan, and was a member of NEA and OEA. Mr. Wilcox enjoyed theater and directing plays. He took many students on school trips, some of which included France, Quebec, New York, Stratford, Chicago and London. He directed the summer theater program for children in the Rossford community for many years, was a member of the Village Players and a member of the Fremont Community Theater. He was honored for his devotion to his work and students with the Rossford High School stage being named in his honor. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Janet (Smith) Wilcox; sister inlaw, Sandy (Gherin) Johnston and brother in-law, Robert (Sue) Smith. Mr. Wilcox also is survived by a niece, nephews, cousins and many friends. Visitation was held Friday, June 5, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Additional visitation and funeral services were held Saturday, June 6, at All Saints Catholic Church in Rossford, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Burial was in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Feed the Children or the Northwest Ohio Food Bank.
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PAUL HUDSON
Paul “Junior” Hudson, 69, of Perrysburg, died unexpectedly in his home on May 25, 2009. He was born on December 23, 1939, in Erie, Monroe County, Michigan, to Paul and Lois (Hurst) Hudson. He was a cement finisher by trade and his handy work can be found in many homes in the northwest Ohio area. He also spent several years as a private contractor working in Jacksonville, Florida. On November 17, 1965, he married Naomi Sharp and they raised two children. He was proud of his heritage from Greenup, Kentucky and enjoyed sharing the stories of his youth. He was an avid collector of western memorabilia and replica model cars. He was an auto enthusiast for many years. Mr. Hudson is survived by his children, Paul (Joan) Hudson and Sheryl Hudson; siblings, Betty (Harry) Lewis, Phyllis (Nathan) Lewis, Francis (Dean) Johnson and Mildred (Henry) Junge. He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Naomi; parents, and sisters, Eva Martin and Naomi Bork. Funeral services were held Friday, May 29, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Jerry Craig officiating. Interment was in Springfield Township Cemetery in Holland, Ohio.


CHESTER WINIARSKI
Chester M. Winiarski, 88, died Saturday, May 23, 2009. He was born October 10, 1920, to Mary and Klemons Winiarski. He graduated from Rossford High School in 1939 and later joined the US Army Air Corp where he served his country from 1941 to 1945. Afterwards, he spent 38 years working for Libbey-Owens-Ford. He enjoying dinner and conversation with his friends at his favorite restaurants. He is survived by his niece, Diane Kaemming, and life long friend. Charlie Brown. He was preceded in death by two brothers and long time special friend, Helen Kirk. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 30, in the David R. Jasin Funeral Home, Inc. Interment was in Fort Meigs Cemetery, Perrysburg.




REBECCA WELLS

Rebecca “Becca” Marie Wells, 8, of Perrysburg, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital. She was born in Toledo, on September 25, 2000. Becca was a secondgrader at Glenwood Elementary School. She is survived by her parents, mother, Sandra “Sam” Swy; father, Denzil “Denny” Wells; sisters, Jennifer Wells, Kalsea Wells; grandparents, Barb and Paul Kropaczewski, Helen and Wayne McNall, Marlene and Tom Chio, Tim Watson; great-grandmothers, Joyce Bannoura, Phyllis Swy; aunt and uncle, Zandra and David Chio, and her cousin and best friend, Danny Shadler. Visitation will be at H. H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home, 3219 Tremainsville Road, today, Thursday, May 21, from 2 to 8 p.m., and Friday, May 22, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Toledo Baptist Temple, 5732 Douglas Road, Toledo, with funeral services at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery. Becca’s family has asked any memorial contributions be given to Rebecca Wells Memorial Funeral Fund. Contributions may be given at Fifth Third Bank in care of Sandra Swy.
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JOAN SOUTHWARD

Joan Patricia Southward, 74, of Toledo, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek. She was born on June 7, 1934, to Joseph and Helen (Mazur) Taper in Rossford. She was a 1952 graduate of Rossford High School and had worked for the former Montgomery Wards for 25 years. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. Mrs. Southward is survived by her husband, Norman Southward, whom she would have celebrated 56 years of marriage with on Saturday, May 16, 2009. She also is survived by her children, Deborah (Greg) Lempke, Edwin (Lynn) Southward, Anne (Todd) Getzinger and Scott (Juju) Southward; grandchildren, Aaron Getzinger, Justin Southward, Julie Getzinger, Natasha Southward and Taylor Southward; sister, Dolores (George) Grod and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Marjorie Leganik. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, May 16, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with Noelle Stevens officiating. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 1755 Indianwood Circle, Maumee, Ohio 43537.
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HELEN LISIAKOWSKI
Helen Lisiakowski, 83, of Perrysburg, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Parkcliff Community at Wright- Harvey House in Northwood. She was born on October 29, 1925, in Toledo, to Earl and Maren (McIntyre) Robarge. She worked for Tillitson as a stockroom clerk until her retirement. She had been a Girl Scout Leader and enjoyed baking and gardening. Ms. Lisiakowski is survived by her daughter, Gloria Simmons; grandchildren, Dannette (Joseph) O’Neill, Dana (Sam) Escabedo and Ryanna Simmon; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Lisiakowski on February 20, 2004; granddaughter, Brandi Jo Simmons; two sisters and two brothers. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 9, at All Saints Catholic Church, Rossford, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in St. Rose Cemetery in Perrysburg. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.


FRANCES “JOAN” DOLLAR
Frances “Joan” Dollar, 73, of Rossford, died May 2, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born on March 5, 1936, in Butler, Pennsylvania. On August 2, 1952, she married James Dollar. She enjoyed good jokes, and telling funny stories. She also enjoyed watching tennis and football, following Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ms. Dollar is survived by her children, James (Debra) Dollar, Sandra Dollar-Wilson and Christine Dollar; grandchildren, Jennifer (Eric) Juhasz, Julie Dollar, and Jamie Dollar; greatgrandson, Alexander Juhasz; brothers, Allen (Cook) Reesman of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, Donald Kerry of Shora, Pennsylvania, and sister inlaw, Margaret Lonchyna of Rossford. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, on December 30, 1997. Funeral services will be held today, May 7, at 11 a.m., at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road, with the Rev. Joseph Steinbauer officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Meigs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the American Diabetes Association.
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HELEN WILLIAMS
Helen M. Williams, 76, of Toledo, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Toledo Hospital. She was born to Elma (Johnson) and Herman Martin Sr., in Rossford, Ohio on March 15, 1933. She married Roy Williams Sr. She retired after 25 years of service in 1993 from Glenwood Elementary School as a cafeteria worker. Mrs. Williams was a member of Allen Chapel AME Church in Rossford, serving as secretary, steward and president of the Usher Board. She is survived by her husband, Roy Williams Sr.; daughter, Patricia Williams; sons, Brian Williams Sr. of Southfield, Michigan, Jeffrey Martin Sr., Roy Williams Jr., and step-son, Terry McCamery, all of Toledo; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; five step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Odessa Reddick, Wanda Moore, Lucille Samuels and Sandra Martin; brothers, Herman Martin Jr., James (Juanita) Martin, David (Susie) Martin Sr., all of Toledo, and Donald (Anita) Martin of Southfield; special friend, Shirley Johnson, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters. Funeral services were held April 30, at Warren AME Church, with the Rev. Darin Banks officiating. Interment was in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.




JOSEPH MACHALA

Joseph F. Machala, 93, of Rossford, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at St. Charles Mercy Hospital. A lifelong resident of Rossford, he was born on March 16, 1916, to Paul and Pauline (Suchan) Machala. He was employed for 45 years at the former Libbey- Owens-Ford as the wareroom foreman. He was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church and his father, who immigrated from Czechoslovakia, was instrumental in founding the former St. Cyril and Methodius Church in 1923. He was a veteran of World War II. He was proud of his ability to build boats as a young man. Also, in his earlier years, he enjoyed annual trips to Black Lake, Michigan, with family, golfing, fishing, bowling and gardening. Mr. Machala is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jeanette (Ziemianski); daughters, Eleanor “Ellie” (Paul) Kotowicz of Perrysburg, and Marie (Rick) Crosby of Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina; daughter in-law, Kathleen Machala; grandchildren, Karen (Steve) Mason of Seattle, Angela (Todd) Scaife of Chicago, Brian (SuLin) Kotowicz of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Adam Nickell of Hilton Head, South Carolina, Ashley Nickell of Mt. Pleasant, Jennifer Machala of Knoxville, David (Jill) Machala of Indianapolis, Matthew (Sally) Machala of Peoria, Kristen (Jon) Hopkins of Nobelsville, Indiana, Michael Machala and Andrew “AJ” Machala both of New Palestine, Indiana; step-grandchildren, Zac Mason, Jake Mason, Davis Crosby and Townsend Crosby; greatgrandchildren, Caroline, Nicholas and Madalyn Machala, Benjamin Scaife and Kayla Hopkins; brother, Paul Machala of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; special family members, Charles (Geri) Machala, Walter and Delores Ziemianski, both of Toledo, and Stanley Ziemianski of Rossford, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Paul. A Scripture Service was held Friday, May 1, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 2, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Church, or the Mazie Foundation, P.O. Box 692, Maumee, Ohio 43537.
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THADDEUS SIKORSKI

Thaddeus G. Sikorski, 94, of Rossford, died Monday, April 27, 2009, at the Eleanor Jennings Home in Rossford. He was born in Toledo, where he lived until he married and moved his family permanently to Rossford. He married his high school sweetheart Regina and they had two sons, Jim and Mike. Mr. Sikorski worked for Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. until a health issue forced him into early retirement. He and his wife then began a ceramic business known as “Reggi’s Ceramics.” He received many awards for his creative designs in his work in ceramics. He also was a skilled carpenter and holds several patents under the name “Siko” Products. Mr. and Mrs. Sikorski traveled extensively, making many new friends along the way. They were both proud of their Polish heritage and enjoyed speaking the language. Mr. Sikorski was a founding member of Holy Family of Knights of Columbus Council. He also was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. He was an active member of St. Jude’s Church until moving to Rossford, where he joined All Saints Catholic Church. He is survived by his son, James (Judy) Sikorski; grandchildren, Daniel of Columbus, Ohio, and David Sikorski of Toledo and Jennifer (Chris) Waldvogel of Toledo; great-granddaughters, Emily and Madison Waldvogel of Toledo. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Regina; son, Michael, and infant great-granddaughters, Megan and Valeria. Mr. Sikorski donated his body to the University of Toledo Medical Center. A memorial service will be held Monday, May 18, at 11 a.m., at All Saints Catholic Church, 628 Lime City Road, Rossford. Arrangements are being made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, the Eleanor Jennings Home in Rossford or to All Saints Church.
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HELEN BUDD
Helen (Drain) Budd, 64 of Perrysburg, died Thursday, April 23, 2009. She was born on January 24, 1945, in Bowling Green, Ohio, to Maxwell and Corabel (Cook) Drain. She is survived by her children, Peggy McManaray, Mary Louise Haynes and Martin Dean; siblings, Martin Drain, Roger (Karen) Drain, Dan Drain, Mary (Larry) Wise and Paul Drain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Budd; sons, Jacob Wright and Glenn Wright Jr.; parents, Maxwell and Corabel Drain, and brother, John. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m., at the Wizard World Softball Facility, 1045 South McCord Road in Holland. Arrangements are being made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.


MARY RUBLAITUS
Mary E. Rublaitus, 95, of Northwood, Ohio, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Ridgewood Manor in Maumee. She was born on November 26, 1913, in Rossford, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Molnar) Baker. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and baking. She was a long time parishioner of Good Shepherd Church. She is survived by her children, Michael Rublaitus and Mary Loeffler; grandchildren, John Rublaitus of San Diego, California, Dr. Stephen Rublaitus of Chicago, Illinois, Michael Rublaitus, Michelle Rublaitus of Orlando, Florida, Lori Ryan, Molly Scott, John and Joe Loeffler, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Rublaitus, in 1985, and three siblings. A Funeral Mass was held Friday, April 24, at Good Shepherd Church. Interment was in St. Rose Cemetery in Perrysburg. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.
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MARJORIE SCALIA
Marjorie H. Scalia, 73, of Rossford, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was born in Toledo, to Raymond and Gertrude Gable and attended Libbey High School. She worked at Owens Illinois for 20 years and was employed by St. Vincent’s Hospital for the past 15 years. She enjoyed attending high teas, gardening and traveling. Ms. Scalia is survived by her son, Anthony; brothers, William Gable and Leonard Gable, and sister, Lorraine Scobee. She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy. Arrangements are pending, by the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scalia Lab at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.




JOSEPH TYMIAK

Joseph Phillip Tymiak, 79, of Rossford, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was born November 2, 1929, in Toledo, to Phillip and Mary (Waynar) Tymiak. A Rossford High School graduate, he married Rosemary Newbury on November 25, 1950. Mr. Tymiak served as a mechanic in the United States Army. He worked for Libbey- Owens-Ford as a maintenance mechanic for 41 years, retiring in 1992. After retirement, he worked as a bailiff for the Perrysburg Municipal Court System for 15 years. He was a member of Zoar Lutheran Church and was actively involved in various activities. He was a past master of Phoenix Lodge #123 F.A.M., past president of the Wood County Shrine Club, and currently a 32nd Degree Mason, a Roadrunner for the Shriners, driving sick and injured children to various hospitals. He was a motorcycle safety instructor and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He traveled to all 50 states and most of the world. He also enjoyed attending Bowling Green State University women’s basketball games. Mr. Tymiak is survived by his wife, Rosemary; children, Craig (Tina Lodge) Tymiak, Diane (Eileen Weithman) Tymiak and Keith (Lisa) Tymiak; grandchildren, Shannon, Tiffany, Courtney, Wesley, Bradley, Michael, Nathan and Kristie; great-grandchildren, Deven, Mackenzie, Kendel and Skylar; son-in-law, Bob Wallace; uncles, Michael, Don and George Waynar; aunt, May Waynar; cousin, Suzanne Tomasik, along with other cousins, nieces and nephews and good friend, Marilyn Brossia. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Wallace. Friends will be received Friday, April 24, from 1 to 9 p.m., at the Witzler- Shank Funeral Home, 222 East South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, where a Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday, April 25, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Zoar Lutheran Church, 314 East Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg, where funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Timothy Philabaum officiating. Burial will be private. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Zoar Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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PHILLIP KOPP
Phillip J. Kopp, 66, of Perrysburg, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at his home. He was born on January 15, 1943, in Rossford, to Joseph and Bernetta (Reau) Kopp. After graduating from Rossford High School, he served his country in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966. After being honorably discharged, he worked for Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company for 30 years, in the shipping department. Mr. Kopp is survived by his son, Chris Kopp; daughter, Valerie Kopp; grandchildren, Alison and Justin Kopp; brother, Joseph Kopp; and sisters, Catherine Asbury, Betty Jean Wills and Barbara Bischoff, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Joanne; son, Brian Kopp; parents, and brothers, Robert and Carl Kopp. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 14, in the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Jerry Craig officiating. Interment was in Fort Meigs Cemetery, Perrysburg.


RICHARD VASCIK
Richard A. Vascik, 76, of Holland, and formerly of Rossford, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Flower Hospital. He was born on August 31, 1932, in Rossford, to George and Anna (Augustine) Vascik. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. After serving his country, he worked at Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Co. for 30 years. Mr. Vasik is survived by his daughters, Sherry (Dick Elias) Vascik, Brenda (Jim) Bronson and Annie (Victor) Rodriguez; grandchildren, Ashley and Michael Bronson, Victoria, Monica and Sabrina Rodriguez; brother, Alois (Marlene) Vascik and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie Vascik, in September of 1997. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m., in the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road, with the Rev. Jerry Craig presiding. Interment was private.
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MARVEL HOLLERBACH

Marvel Geane Hollerbach, 75, of Perrysburg, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 3, 2009, at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was born on December 11, 1933, to Marvin and Lucille (Bacon) Wood. She was a 1951 graduate of Olney High School. She married Jack Almroth and together they had four children. She worked at Holiday Inn and was co-owner of Almroth Fuel Oil Co., retiring in 1994. She was remarried in 1986 to Raymond Hollerbach. She was an avid reader, a talented oil and watercolor painter and a Thai Chi enthusiast. She had written two books and was currently working on another. Mrs. Hollerbach is survived by her husband, Raymond Hollerbach; children, Mark (Sandra) Almroth, Jill (Derk) Jackson, Julie (Roger Barron) Almroth; stepchildren, Michael Hollerbach, Julie (Paul) Swartz, Debbie (Paul) Lamb of California; 11 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren, and sister, Katherine “Kitty”Wilson. She was preceded in death by her son, Kirk Allen Almroth. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 8, in the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Interment was private.


VIOLA KRUTA
Viola E. Kruta, 70, of Rossford, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at her residence. She was born on May 25, 1938, in Toledo, to Andrew and Thelma (Greene) Ruziscska. She was employed with the Pinkerton Tobacco Co. for many years in Toledo and Kentucky until her retirement in 1993. Ms. Kruta is survived by her sons, Edward (Debbie) Eldred, Andrew (Nancy) Eldred, Darryl (Michelle) Kruta, Bryant (Sherry) Kruta and Frank (Mary) Kruta III; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Brittany Kruta. Funeral services were held Friday, April 3, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was private.
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ANNA CIEPLY

Anna Veronica Cieply, 97, of Rossford, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. She was born on June 23, 1911, to Thomas and Anna (Henichick) Heban in Rossford. She married Peter Cieply on May 28, 1949. She was a lifelong member of All Saints Catholic Church and a member of the Rosary Sodality. She enjoyed crocheting and baking. Mrs. Cieply is survived by her husband, Peter; children, Janice (Bob) Busch, Dennis Cieply and Peter Cieply; grandchildren, Elizabeth (John) Walsh, Melissa, Natalie, Ryan and Jessica Cieply, Lindsay, Dennis, Lauren Cieply, Nicole (Mark) Dotson and Mark Busch; great-grandchild, Maya Cieply, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Andrew, Nicholas, Thomas and John Heban and her sister, Mary Cincala. A Recitation of the Rosary was held Tuesday, March 31, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 1, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery in Perrysburg.
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JOHANNE KOCICA

Johanne R. Kocica, 85, of Rossford, died Friday, March 27, 2009. She was born in Rossford on October 13, 1923, to Anthony and Johanna (Chabron) Soviar. After graduating from Rossford High School, she married Anthony Kocica on July 13, 1946. She had worked as a cashier for Toledo Edison until she retired. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church. She is survived by her siblings, Amelia Studenka, Edward (Dolores) Soviar, Mary Soviar and Helen (Eugene) Borkowski, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony, in 1999. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 30, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery in Perrysburg. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.




ANGELA KOBYLAK

Angela M. Kobylak, 96, a lifelong resident of Rossford, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. She was born in Rossford, on September 10, 1912, to Joseph and Anna (Mika) Kornasiewicz. She had worked for Autolite, Gorsuch Catering and Maumee Valley Country Day School in the cafeteria. She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and the LCBA. Ms. Kobylak is survived by her sons, Ronald (Anita) and Theodore (Corinne) Kobylak; grandchildren, Trudy (Mark Turner) Kobylak, Tricia Kobylak, Scott (Diana Biggins) Kobylak, Kenneth (Denise) Kobylak and Cheryl (Leland) Flox; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Gabriel, Isaiah, Jackson, Mira and Tyler: niece, Dolores Dominickowski, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Kobylak, in 1982; siblings, Emily Zajac, Sadie Zuchowski, Mary Wojton, Catherine Dominickowski, Josephine Ceparski, Lawrence, Walter and Stanley Kornasiewicz. A Funeral Mass was held Monday, March 23, at All Saints Catholic Church in Rossford, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was held in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Church or to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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JEROME LAWNICZAK

Jerome (Harry) Lawniczak, 80, of Rossford, died Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was born on July 23, 1928, to Walter and Josephine (Smietana) Lawniczak in Rossford. He was a lifelong resident of Rossford, where he graduated from high school in 1946 and excelled in football. On June 4, 1949, he married Betty Zieroff. Mr. Lawniczak retired from Libbey Owens-Ford- Glass Co. in 1986, after 40 years of service. His favorite past time was sports whether it was playing, coaching or watching his favorite teams which included the Tigers, Pistons and Wolverines. Mr. and Mrs. Lawniczak enjoyed spending time at Silver Lake in the Irish Hills in Michigan, with their family and friends. Mr. Lawniczak is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Jim (Debbie), Linda (Jim) Kreger, John (Shelley), Daniel, Sue (Herb) Cook; grandchildren, Christie (Alan), Scott (Cori), Todd (Amy), Troy, Kelly, Megan, Austin and Abbey; five great-grandchildren, and his sister, Loretta Wyszumiala. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, March 21, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery in Perrysburg. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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FOREST UTHOFF

Forest William Uthoff, 88, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Bay Park Community Hospital. He was born January 13, 1921, in Genoa, Ohio, to Emmett and Helen (Knowles) Uthoff. He married Claribel “Sally” Vajen on November 21, 1945, in Napoleon, Ohio. Mr. Uthoff worked for Libbey Glass Division as a machine operator for 40 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the O&I’s Club of Owens-Illinois, Golden Emblem Club and the NRA. He managed roller-skating at Forest Park, and enjoyed skating, hunting and fishing. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. Mr. Uthoff was preceded in death by his wife, Sally, on March 24, 1996. He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Wanda Plauche, and Margaret Baumgardner and brother, Warren J.H. Uthoff. Friends will be received today, March 25, from 4 to 8 p.m, at the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 East South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, where funeral services will be held Thursday, March 26, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Timothy Philabaum officiating. Burial will follow in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Zoar Lutheran Church.
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LOUIS BAUER SR.

Louis “Lefty” Bauer Sr., 96, of Rossford, died March 12, 2009. He was born on January 10, 1913, in Crystal City, Missouri, to Joseph and Mary (Faikosh) Bauer. He was a resident of Rossford since his early childhood and active in the community. He graduated from Rossford High School in 1932, and worked for Libbey-Owens Ford (Pilkington) Glass Co. for 42 years, retiring in 1974. As a young man he competed at the national level in gymnastics with the Rossford Sokol Club. He once competed in the old Madison Square Garden. He was a member of the Holy Cross Council 5139 of the Knights of Columbus and a Fourth Degree member of Bishop Hoffman Assembly 807. He was awarded the 1997 Member of the Year. He also received many attendance awards. He was a devout member of All Saints Catholic Church. For many years, he served as a Eucharistic Minister and visited the sick and elderly of the Parish with his wife Alice. He also served as an “altar boy” at daily mass. Up to the time of his recent illness, he was fully able to continue to drive his car and live independently. He participated in the Local 9 Glassworkers Retirees bowling league, and worked at a family-owned car wash, performing maintenance well into his 90s. He was an active member of the Rossford Senior Citizen Club and enjoyed attending their daily lunches with his friends. He recently accompanied his friends on a gambling bus trip to Detroit. He also enjoyed going to Thursday night bingo, and attending or watching sporting events on television. He turned down an opportunity to sing in a traveling band to marry Alice (Lehmann) on August 31, 1940. Mr. Bauer is survived by his children, Alice Clark of Arlington, Texas, Diane (Paul) Miller of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Louis (Tricia) Bauer Jr. of Perrysburg; grandchildren, Heather (Gerardo) Crispin, Mark (Susan) Miller, Matthew (Shelly) Miller, Amy (Tony) Walters, Michael Miller, Sarah Bauer, Christopher (Stephanie) Meyer and Andrew (Melissa) Meyer; great-grandchildren, Jacob Sullivan, Gabriela, Juan Carlos, and Gerardo Crispin, Nicholas and Katherine Miller and Alex, Kyle and Kevin Walters, and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Alice, in October 2007. He also was preceded in death by his sisters, Teresa Bartosky, Emily Stockton, Mary VanCamp and Frances Skidas; brothers, Joseph, Jack, Nicholas, Paul, and three brothers in childhood, Frank, Ernie and Tony Bauer. The Holy Cross Knights of Columbus recited the Rosary on Sunday, March 15, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, followed by a presentation by the Bishop Hoffman Fourth Degree Assembly and a reflection of Mr. Bauer’s life by family and friends. Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 16, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in New Belleville Ridge Joint Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Church, 628 Lime City Road, Rossford, OH 43460 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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MARY ALICE NIRSCHL

Mary Alice Nirschl, 86, of Toledo, died Monday, March 16, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Toledo, on March 19, 1922, to Theodore and Marcella (Spenthoff) Taylor. She was a former member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church and a current member of St. Charles Church. Her employment included Doeler-Jarvis and 25 years working at Lanes. She enjoyed music and was a singer for more than 50 years with the East Toledo Swiss Singers. Ms. Nirschl is survived by her son, David (Nancy) Nirschl; grandchildren, Christine and Nicole Nirschl, and brothers, Raymond, Donald, Jack and Edward Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Nirschl; granddaughter, Adrienne Nirschl, and siblings, Dorothy Gadt, Marcella Zimmerman, Rose Ann Mazurek and Norman, Leonard and Theodore Taylor. A recitation of the Rosary was held March 18, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today, March 19, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church at 10 a.m., where the family will receive visitors after 9 a.m. Fr. Greg Peatee and Ms. Nirschl’s nephew, Fr. Doug Taylor, will be concelebrating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Countrybrook Assisted Living.
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SARAH (STOLAR) PASSLEY

Sarah Ann (Stolar) Passley of Campbell, Missouri, died December 5, 2008, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. She was born March 18, 1941, in Toledo, to John and Catherine (Hodulik) Stolar. She was a graduate of Rossford High School and was married to Morn Passley on April 15, 1962, in Florida. She is survived by her daughters, Mary (Charles) Hobbs and Catherine (Barry) Provorse, and granddaughter, Mercedes Provorse, all of Campbell, and sisters, Kathryn Archambo, Agnes Takats, Celia Takats, Wilma Geldien, and brothers, John and Edward Stolar. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 16, 2003. She also was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters, Elizabeth Gerrard, Millie Prettyman, Irene Wisniewski and Josephine Furgeson. A Memorial Service was held December 9, at the United Methodist Church in Campbell. Arrangements were made by the Landess Funeral Home, Campbell.
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VALLI RAMAVARAPU

Valli Y. Ramavarapu, 76, of Rossford, died March 16, 2009. The daughter of Narasimha Chary and Sita Devi (T. Kandalam), she was born October 26, 1932, in India. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in science (B.Sc.) and a graduate degree in Education (M. Ed.). She was a high school principal in Bhimavaram, India, until her retirement. She is survived by her daughter, Mithilesh Kumari (Kiran) Tamirisa of Rossford; son, Radha Raman (Shailaja) Gargeya of Sudbury, Massachusetts; daughter, Veena (Ram) Peddada of Casper, Wyoming; seven grandchildren and brother, T. K. N. Alwar of India. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ranganatha Rao, and her brothers, T. K. Acharya, T. K. Satagopam, and T. K. K. Chari. Visitation was held Tuesday, March 17, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home, Rossford. Funeral services were private. Donations in her memory may be made toward respiratory support (Ernest Clark Fund) or education (Marin Vallejo Fund) to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center Foundation, 2213 Cherry Street, Toledo, Ohio 43608.
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ILA REIGHARD
Ila Mae Reighard, 85, of Northwood, died Thursday, March 5, 2009, at her residence. She was born on April 7, 1923, in Perrysburg, to Arthur and Elizabeth (Kirchoff) Brossia. She is survived by her sons, Richard Reighard Jr. and Arthur Reighard; daughter, Joyce (Geoff) Gardner; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Reighard Sr., on November 17, 2003 Friends may join the family for a graveside service for Mrs. Reighard on Thursday, March 12, at 1 p.m., at Fort Meigs Cemetery. Arrangements are being made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.




ELIZABETH BAUER

Elizabeth “Betty” M. Bauer, 85, died Tuesday, March 3, 2009. She was born on March 13, 1923, to Stephen and Elizabeth (Radocy) Verbosky. She was a 1941 graduate of Rossford High School. She was honored to be named the May Queen during her senior year. She married Paul Bauer on May 11, 1946. They remained life long residents of Rossford. Together they raised seven children. Betty managed to remain a familiar face in her family’s Rossford grocery store, Verbosky’s Market, helping her brothers behind the checkout counter. After her children were grown, Betty went on to work at St. Charles Hospital Dietary Department, where she enjoyed working in the Nun’s Dining Room and the Coffee Shop until she retired. She is survived by her children, Paulette Zatko, Gerry (Charlie) Brown, Mary Beth (Paul) Wines, Philomene (Steve) Miley, Patrice Salyers, Thomas (Joanne) Bauer and John Michael Bauer; 14 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Stephanie Verbosky and Irene Verbosky; brother-inlaw, Louis Bauer Sr. and special godchild, Diane Bauer Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, on December 31, 2005. She also was preceded in death by her brothers, Stephen and William Verbosky. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, March 7, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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ELSIE DURIVAGE
Elsie F. (Reitzel) Durivage, 93, died Monday, February 23, 2009, at the Eleanor Jennings Adult Family Home in Rossford. She was born in Perrysburg Township on October 6, 1915, to Henry and Laura Reitzel, who owned and operated a large farm on Route 20. She was married in 1932, and the family moved to Rossford five years later. During World War II she joined other local women in the defense effort, working at the Libbey-Owens- Ford prism lab. She also spent many years as a sales clerk and later as a buyer in the book department at Lasalle’s and then Lamson’s department stores in Toledo. She was an active gardener, and her family was known for the azaleas and rhododendrons that surrounded their yard. She also was an avid reader who patronized the Rossford Library throughout her life. Ms. Durivage was a long time member of the Lutheran Church of the Master in Perrysburg. She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen (Robert Earl) Smithers of Rossford, and Betty (Robert) Bienstadt Taylor of Huntington Beach, California; grandchildren, Jerry (Amy) Smithers of Grand Rapids, Marilyn (Steve) Hall of Holland, Ohio, Luann (Mike) Crites of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Jeffrey Bienstadt of Seattle, Washington, and Kristen (Kelly) Kimberlin of Costa Mesa, California; nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Canfield, Jessie Robinson and Eleanor Bachmayer, and brother, Glen Reitzel. Friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road, today, February 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. Private funeral services and interment will be held with the Rev. Chuck Campbell officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Church of the Master or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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RICHARD KOVACH

Richard A. “Rick” Kovach, 52, of Rossford, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 21, 2009, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. He was born on January 24, 1957, to Gene and Joyce (Gwozdz) Kovach. He was a 1975 graduate of Rossford High School, where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He was a graduate of the law enforcement program at Owens Community College. Mr. Kovach spent 10 years as a Rossford police officer and was a managing partner in a real estate and property rental business. He served his community from 1997 to the present as an elected Rossford City Councilman and volunteered at Friday night football games as part of the “Chain Gang.” He also was a member of the Holy Cross Council Knights of Columbus, the Rossford Eagles, and was long time secretary of the Wednesday night K of C Golf league. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, where he was a longtime volunteer at the annual summer festival. Mr. Kovach is survived by his daughter, Stephanie; mother, Joyce Kovach; brother, Gary (Trudy) Kovach, niece, Erika Kovach; nephew, Matt Kovach; godparents, Ken and Bonnie Gwozdz, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Kovach. Friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road, today, February 26, from 2 to 8 p.m., where the Holy Cross Knights of Columbus will hold services at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at All Saints Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment will be in Fort Meigs Cemetery, Perrysburg. The family suggests that those wishing to make a memorial contributions consider All Saints Catholic Church.
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ANTHONY TAPER
Anthony Taper, 92, of Rossford, died Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at the Parkcliff Community in Northwood, Ohio. He was born in Castle Shanna, Pennsylvania, to John and Victoria Taper, on August 20, 1916. Mr. Taper was a U.S. Army veteran, where he served as a military policeman during World War II from 1942 to 1946. In 1943, he married Florence Kocinski in Toledo. After serving his country, he went to work for Libbey-Owens- Ford Glass Co. at the East Broadway Plant in the wareroom, retiring at age 62. He was a former member of the Eagles and a member of the Northwood VFW Post 2984. During his younger years, he was an avid bowler and acquired many awards. Mr. Taper is survived by his son, Robert (Sue) Taper; grandchildren, Stacey and Betsy; great-grandchildren, Addison, Alex and Jacob. He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence, in 1983. Funeral services were held February 14, in the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery.
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JAMES COOK JR.
James Thomas Cook Jr., 41, of Toledo, died Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at Toledo Hospital. He was born on August 25, 1967, to James and Charlotte (Hanson) Cook in Chicago, Illinois. He was a sales manager in the automotive industry for many years. Mr. Cook enjoyed bowling, golfing and spending time with his family. He is survived by his children, James and Jacob Cook, along with their mother, Heidi Cook; mother, Charlotte Pascoe; father, James Cook Sr.; sisters, Debra Cook-Waldburg (John) and Tina Lake; brothers, Jeffrey and Jonathan Cook; step-father, John Golubski; former wife, Drea Rodriguez, many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 14, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Dan Adams officiating. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cook Children Memorial Fund.
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DORIS MARCY
Doris Marcy, 94, died Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at Arbors of Waterville Nursing Home. She was born on August 23, 1914, in Rudolph, Ohio, to Ross and Emma (Chamberlain) Newsome. She married Chancie Baumgartner on March 7, 1933. He preceded her in death on June 20, 1945. She married Walter Marcy in 1950. He preceded her in death in 1964. She was employed by Libby Glass for 29 years, retiring in 1976. Ms. Marcy was a member of the Harvest Tabernacle Church of God for many years. She is survived by her children, Earl (Donna) Baumgartner of California, Ruby (Harold) Grigson and Pearl Brock of Perrysburg; 11 grandchildren; 32 greatgrandchildren and 21 greatgreat- grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 17 at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Garrett Fitzpatrick officiating. Interment was in Willow Cemetery.


TERRY PRINGLE
Terry Lee Pringle, 62, of south Toledo, died Sunday, February 8, 2009, at his residence. He was born on December 26, 1946, in Northwood, Ohio, to Kenneth and Mary (Gingrich) Pringle. Mr. Pringle is survived by his children, Glenda (Darrell) Billings, Mary (Darrell) Duncan, Corey Pringle and Brian Pringle; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Faye Disher, Carol Mejia and Joyce Feltner, and brother, Randy Warner. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn Jo Pringle, and brothers, Kenneth Pringle, Jr., Gerald Pringle and Gary Warner. A memorial service was held February 12, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Jerry Craig officiating. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be given to the family.
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FRANK SCHAETZKE
Frank R. Schaetzke, 85, of Rossford and lifelong summer resident of Allen Cove, Michigan, died Monday, February 9, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. He was born to Frank and Katherine (Herbert) Schaetzke, in Toledo, on March 19, 1923. He was raised in the east Toledo neighborhood of Fassett Street. He graduated from Waite High School in 1941, and received a baseball scholarship to Findlay College. He elected instead to join the United States Navy. He was a storekeeper 2nd Class on the CM10 Miantonomah, which was sunk off the waters of Le Harve, France, during the invasion of Normandy, in 1944. As one of 75 survivors, he was awarded the Purple Heart. He married Betty Schumacher on May 6, 1950, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Toledo, where he was a lifetime member. They resided in Rossford, where they raised four children. Mr. Schaetzke worked as a purchasing agent for the Robert Carter Company from 1950 to 1959. He then served as a warehouse operations manager for Zurn Industries, until his retirement in 1987. As a young man, he played Federation football for Polman’s Restaurant. Remaining strong to his east Toledo ties, later in life he served on the Board of Trustees for W.A.I.T.E. Inc. and was a member of the Fassett Street group and East Toledo Senior Center. He enjoyed Wednesday breakfast with the “Has Beens” at Bayshore Supper Club. Mr. Schaetzke served as past president of the Rossford Athletic Boosters and received the Governor’s Minuteman Award for voluntary service at the Friendship Center in Luna Pier, Michigan. Most recently, he had joined the American Legion Daly Post. He enjoyed spending summers with family and friends at his home in Allen Cove, Michigan, on the shore of Lake Erie. He also enjoyed fishing, boating, and planting his annual vegetable garden. Mr. Schaetzke is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; children, Cathy (Larry) Gordon, Karen Fitzgerald, Frank (Nancy) Schaetzke and Kimberly Schaetzke- Thompson; grandchildren, Kelly (Brad) Rynearson, Elizabeth and Frank Schaetzke, Kate Fitzgerald, Brent and Ben Thompson; step-grandchildren, Duane (Mary) Gordon, and Denny (Amy) Gordon; step-greatgrandchildren, Ariel and Amber Gordon and Seth Gordon; brother, James (Audene) Schaetzke; sisterin- law, Mary Schaetzke, and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Howard Schaetzke; infant grandson, John Gallagher, and stepgrandson, Joseph Gordon. Memorial services were held Friday, February 13, in the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, with the Rev. Larry Michaels of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church officiating. Interment was private. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Capital Campaign.
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JOHN McKINNEY JR.
John F. McKinney Jr., 89, died February 11, 2009. He was born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, to John and Dorothy (Welsh) McKinney. He graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1941, and received a master of science degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1943 as a member of the research Honor Society Sigma Xi. Some years later he attended Harvard for an advanced management degree. After college, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Burnes in 1944. Starting with Sunoco in their Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, refinery in 1943, he became an expert in catalytic processes to make gasoline. During the war, he was on a government advisory committee, HEC, to maximize aviation gasoline. He regularly came to Sun’s refineries in Toledo and Sarnia, Canada, as an advisor and coordinator. In 1960, he transferred to Toledo as an assistant superintendent, advanced to superintendent and became manager in 1973. Mr. McKinney was involved with many volunteer organizations. This, along with technical accomplishments, earned him the Engineer of the Year award in 1974. He volunteered with the Red Cross for 20 years and was disaster chairman during the Palm Sunday tornado and the Lake Erie flooding. He served as chairman of the board from 1976 to 1979. In 1972-73, he headed the Major and Corporate Gifts Division of United Way and served on its board of directors. He was a trustee of the Chamber of Commerce from 1974 to 1976 and vice president from 1975 to 1976. While a member of the founding board of the Medical College of Ohio, he helped to set up a tissue-typing laboratory with a major gift from Sun Co. The lab was the start of their organ transplants. He served on the executive council of Boy Scouts. Mr. McKinney was active in the Toledo Management Association. He became president and helped them to win first place ranking of similar associations in the country. The association awarded him the Silver Knight and later its Golden Knight Award. He served on an advisory board of Owens Technical College and later served in an advisory capacity to the chemical engineering department of the University of Toledo. He was awarded the AAU’s highest service award for contributions to amateur sport and youth of Ohio because of his support to Joe Scalzo in bringing the World Cup of Wrestling to Toledo. Mr. McKinney was a life member of the Toledo Naturalists Association and a member of the American Birding Association. He had a life list of 655 birds found in the United States. The last 10 years he volunteered in the State Eagle Watch Program by monitoring an eagle’s nest near his home in Eagle Point Colony. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Toledo Rotary and an emeritus life member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Chemical Society. He was a member of the Toledo Club and the Musician’s League of the Toledo Symphony. While a member of All Saints Catholic Church, he served as an usher for 30 years, donated the library for the new school and the choir room for the new church. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty; son, John III; daughter-in-law, Diane, and grandchildren, Molly, Jessica Hansen, Lydia, John IV, and Kathleen. A Scripture Service was held February 15, in the Coyle Funeral Home. Funeral services were held February 16, at all Saints Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to All Saints Catholic Church, the Red Cross, or the Toledo Symphony.
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MELVIN NITSCHKE

Melvin John Nitschke, 87, of Rossford, died Monday, February 9, 2009, at his home. He was born December 27, 1921, in Fremont, Ohio, to Anna (Kollat) and Bruno Nitschke. He was a 1939 graduate of Waite High School, and attended Davis Business College in downtown Toledo prior to going to work for Art Iron. He entered the Army near the end of World War II, serving part of that time in Germany post-war. He was honorably discharged from the Army Counter-Intelligence-Corps. Returning to Art Iron, Mr. Nitschke worked his way up from the mailroom to become director of purchasing with responsibility for all purchasing in Art Iron’s five plants. He retired in 1986. He had a strong interest in boating, and built his first boat with his mother in their garage at an early age. Graduating from canoes and sailboats, he enjoyed several larger powerboat cruisers, the latest being sold in 2003. He was a 50- year member of the Toledo Power Squadron, at one point providing instruction in celestial navigation. Mr. Nitschke is survived by his special life companion, Betty Wegener; stepson, Gary ( Deborah) Yoos; grandchildren, Steve (Danielle) Yoos, Dennis Yoos, Roxanne Yoos and Jennifer Hayward; greatgrandchildren, Jordan Yoos, Hannah Yoos and Cadyn Cole; brother, Norman Nitschke; nephews, Steve (Cam) Nitschke, Dean (Rozanne) Nitschke, David Nitschke, Robert (Darlene) Nitschke; niece, Susan (Daniel) Ouellette, and 15 great-nieces and greatnephews. He was preceded in death by his special life companion, Norene Yoos, and granddaughter, Michelle Hayward. Funeral services will be held today, February 12, at 10 a.m., at the Witzler- Shank Funeral Home, 222 East South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, with the Rev. Timothy Philabaum officiating. Burial will be in Fort Meigs Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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MALCOLM COFFMAN
Malcolm J. Coffman, 84, formerly of Bowling Green, died Saturday, January 31, 2009, at St. Charles Hospital. He was born on August 8, 1924, in Rossford, to Walter and Victoria (LaHote) Coffman. He was a 1943 graduate of Scott High School and a World War II Navy veteran. He was employed at Libbey-Owens-Ford for 38 years and retired in 1983. After retirement, he worked 10 years for Wood Lane Industries in Bowling Green. On July 10, 1948, he married Kathleen Mack in Defiance, Ohio. Along with family, they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. He enjoyed gardening, bird feeding, reading and engaging in active discussion of world events. He also enjoyed sharing his collection of Hummels and nutcrackers with family and friends. He was an outstanding athlete at Scott High School and continued his interest in sports throughout his life. He was an avid fan of Michigan Wolverine football. Mr. Coffman is survived by his wife, Kathleen; daughters, Victoria (Ron) Thompson, Susan (Gary) Donaldson; son, Michael Coffman; grandchildren, Anthony and Daniel Coffman, Matthew Thompson, Meghan Thompson- Payne, Michael Thompson, Erin and Justin Donaldson and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and John, and sister, Ruth Coffman. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, February 4, at Blessed John XXIII Church, Perrysburg, with Father Herb Weber officiating. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bowling Green. Arrangements were made by the Dunn Funeral Home, Bowling Green. Memorial contributions may be given to the church or Otterbein-Portage Valley Homes.
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MARY WATSON
Mary A. (Cervenec) Watson, 90, of Rossford, died January 27, 2009, at Arbors of Oregon. She was born on August 4, 1918, to Stephen and Dorothy (Garet) Cervenec in Springdale, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Rossford High School, she was a long time member of All Saints Catholic Church. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially taking care of her lawn, gardening and taking walks. Ms. Watson is survived by her children, Barbara Knutson and David Watson both of Oklahoma; four grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; three greatgreat grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Watson; son, Steven Watson; grandson, Brian Stanley, and siblings, Kelly, Steven, Annie, Agnes, Zita, Michael and John. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, January 31, at All Saints Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment was in Fort Meigs Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Catholic Church.




FRANK SZYCHOWSKI

Frank J. Szychowski, 81 of Rossford, died Saturday, January 24, 2009, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. He was born in Toledo, to Simon and Petronela (Warchol) Szychowski. He was a graduate of Rossford High School and was an Army veteran, serving during World War II. Mr. Szychowski worked at Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Company, where he retired after 41 years of service. He was a parishioner of All Saints Catholic Church, where he enjoyed making pierogi for the annual festival. He also enjoyed golfing and playing pinochle. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Myerholtz of Perrysburg; son-in-law, Charles Bucko; grandchildren, Jeffrey (Allison) Bucko; Holly Myerholtz, Clint Myerholtz, Sarah Bucko; Ashley (Mike) Thomas and Marcy Myerholtz; great-grandchildren, Colin, Brenden, Joselynn and Kylynn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne, in 1993; daughter, Phyllis Bucko; son in-law, William Myerholtz; brothers, John and Edward Szychowski, and sisters, Stella Szul and Josephine Reed. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, January 27, at All Saints Catholic Church in Rossford. Interment was in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery. Arrangements were made by the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford.
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WILLIAM TINNEY SR.
William C. Tinney Sr., 90, a long time resident of Perrysburg Township and formerly of Maumee, died Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at Heartland of Perrysburg. He was born on June 23, 1918, to Charles and Mable Tinney in Lime City, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was the former owner of The Lime City Market, which was located at the corner of State Route 20 and Lime City Road. Mr. Tinney retired as a glassworker from Libbey- Owens-Ford. He is survived by his daughters, JoAnn (Zane) Cordell and Vicki Keller; sons, William (Cathy) Tinney Jr., Thomas Tinney and Michael (Margaret) Tinney; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren. A memorial dinner was held January 25, at the Rossford Eagles. Arrangements were made by Freck Funeral Chapel, Oregon, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Northwest. Ohio.
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CAZAMIA “KATE” SCHMIDT
Cazamia “Kate” Schmidt, 88, of Palm Harbor, Florida, and formerly of Eagle Point Road in Rossford, died January 3, 2009. She was born on April 21, 1920, to Felix and Mary (Smietana) Mazur, and graduated from Rossford High School in 1938. As a young woman, she worked for the Libbey- Owens-Ford company during World War II. Known as Rossford’s original “Rosie the Riveter,” she helped make the first gun turret shield for U.S. armed forces overseas, and was there to finish the last one for the war effort. After that, she worked for the Kroger company, retiring after 29 years at their Colony location. She married Henry “Hank” Schmidt on August 2, 1941. She and her husband travelled all over the United States. They were actively involved with the Rossford Aerie Eagles organization, and often travelled to their state and national conventions. Mrs. Schmidt enjoyed playing slot machines at various casinos. Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt retired to the Lake Tarpon Villages in 1977, and later moved to the Orange Tree Villas, also in Palm Harbor. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Henry, in 1985. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Zaracki, Stella Bicanovsky, Genevieve Wieczorek and Florence Strzelecki; brothers, Joe, Ed, Irv and Don Mazur. She is survived by her sister- in-law, Angela Mazur, and many nieces and nephews, including niece, Kathi (Warren) Mahaffey and their sons, Jason and Ryan, who spent most of the last 30 Christmas holidays with her in Florida. There will be no services. Interment was in Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Boulevard, Clearwater, Florida 33760.
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PATRICIA SPELLIS

Patricia Ann (Appleby) Spellis, 74, of Perrysburg and formerly of Holland, Ohio, died January 11, 2009. She was born in Toledo on December 8, 1934, to James and Ruth (Lower) Appleby. She graduated from Woodward/Whitney High School, where she received her cosmetology degree. After raising her four daughters, she went to work for St. John’s Jesuit High School, where she was a dietary assistant to the priests and teachers. She was an auxiliary member of the Holland American Legion Post 646 for more than 30 years. She enjoyed playing bingo and crocheting. Ms. Spellis is survived by her daughters, Ruth Major, Reneé (Ralph) Hahn, Rhonda Agard and Robyn (Kirk) Aldrich; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, James (Mary Ellen) Appleby; sisters, Shirley (Don) Miles, Mary (Ed) Cieslikowski, Rita (Ron) Darrow, and Corrine (Kenny) Burress; special friend, Dee Logan and special uncle, Horace Appleby. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Spellis, and grandson, Aric Major. Visitation and services by Holland American Legion Post 646 were held January 14, at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford. Visitation will continue at the funeral home today, January 15, at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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Previously listed Rossford Record Journal Obituraries 2009
(alphabetical order)

ELIZABETH BAUER

LOUIS BAUER SR.

EILEEN BELL

HERALD “BUDDY" BELL

ANNABELLE BILEK

OTILLIA “TILLIE” BILKA

NATALIE BOHACZENKO

MARY BOWEN

HELEN BUDD

WENDELL CARR

ANNA CIEPLY

LUISE CIEPLY

MALCOLM COFFMAN

LOUIS COLAPIETRO

MARY ANN CONNELL

JAMES COOK JR.

JOHN CUPRYS

MARY DAUBNER

EVELYN DEMKO

JOSEPH DESTATTE

FRANCES “JOAN” DOLLAR

ELSIE DURIVAGE

HERBERT “BUD” ECKHART JR.

FRANK FERGUSON

LUCILLE FERGUSON

ANGELA PLICINSKI-FITZSIMMONS

LEVONNE GANTT

PAULETTE GEIGER

DAWN GHESQUIRE

IRENE GIAIMO

DOROTHY GILLEY

DOLORES GROD

MICHAEL HAAS

GLENN HAMMER

ROSELLEN HARTMAN

BETTY HEIDTMAN

JOYCE HEINEMAN

MILDRED HOFF

MARVEL HOLLERBACH

PAUL HUDSON

NANCY GARNER HUMMER

EDWARD KACHMARIK

CHESTER KADAS JR.

MICHEL KAZAN

ANGELA KOBYLAK

JOHANNE KOCICA

PHILLIP KOPP

RICHARD KOVACH

VIOLA KRUTA

RAYMOND LARK

JEROME LAWNICZAK

HELEN LISIAKOWSKI

IVAH LISTERMANN

JOSEPH MACHALA

DOROTHY MACHOWSKY

DORIS MARCY

STELLA MAZOR

JOHN McKINNEY JR.

PATRICIA MEWHORTER

JULIE MIERZEJEWSKI

KEVIN MOORE

ETHEL NESTAK

MARY ALICE NIRSCHL

MELVIN NITSCHKE

SARAH (STOLAR) PASSLEY

GERTRUDE “GERTIE” PIORKOWSKI

TERRY PRINGLE

JOHN PUSTAY

VALLI RAMAVARAPU

ILA REIGHARD

VIRGINIA ROSS

MARY RUBLAITUS

LEONA SANKIEWICZ

MARJORIE SCALIA

FRANK SCHAETZKE

CAZAMIA “KATE” SCHMIDT

THADDEUS SIKORSKI

JOAN SOUTHWARD

PATRICIA SPELLIS

KAREN SWARTZ

FRANK SZYCHOWSKI

WILLIAM SZABO

ANTHONY TAPER

EARL TAYLOR

TIMOTHY TILIMON

WILLIAM TINNEY SR.

JOSEPH TYMIAK

FOREST UTHOFF

ROBERT UTTER SR.

SHIRLEY WATROL

CHESTER WINIARSKI

DONNA WULCZAK

RICHARD VASCIK

WILLIAM VEDRA SR.

MARY WATSON

REBECCA WELLS

HARRY WILCOX

HELEN WILLIAMS

CHESTER WINIARSKI