Joseph F. Lutz, age 97, died peacefully on Friday, March 24, surrounded by family. He died as he lived, inspiring so many and asking for so little.
Born in Toledo on March 11, 1920, his life was shaped by the challenges of the 20th century, from the Great Depression to World War II and the waves of opportunity that opened up for hardworking Americans in the post-war years of the ‘50s and ‘60s. A U.S. Army veteran who had the good luck to marry an East Side girl, Evelyn Kornrumpf, he set out in 1947 to make a life for his family in Maumee. Many of their siblings followed and raised their families in Maumee, which made for many great family memories.
Mr. Lutz was a skilled carpenter and a loyal co-worker and foreman for various construction companies in Toledo. He was a voracious reader and an avid Detroit Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He was known for his wit, fierce independence, generosity and optimism. His story of service to our country was recorded in the Veterans History Project by The University of Toledo and his family had the good fortune to accompany him on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in May 2012. A member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee for more than six decades, Mr. Lutz served as a member of the church council and was most proud of his contributions to the church planning committee.
He is survived by his children, Barbara Cronin, of Bellingham, Wash., Jo Anne Lutz, of Maumee, Patricia (Ed) Sheppard, of Cincinnati, Robert (Tina) Lutz, of Wayland, Mich., and Mark (Jacqueline) Lutz, of Newtown, Pa.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ruth Watrol; brother-in-law, Ronald Kornrumpf; and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by his extensive family, friends and neighbors.
No funeral or memorial service is planned, as his life will be celebrated privately by his family. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Daniel K. Brubaker, age 71, of Maumee, passed away on Thursday, March 30.
Born in Toledo on September 8, 1945 to Ortis and Evelyn Brubaker in the old Irish “Darby” neighborhood of South Toledo, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, graduated in 1963 from Central Catholic High School and attended Lourdes University. Dan was most proud of being a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, as well as being a member of the Central Catholic football team that won the 1963 Ohio Class A football championship. He and his team members were later inducted into the Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame. Dan was employed by Calvary Cemetery prior to working at St. Joseph Parish in Maumee, where he was the maintenance supervisor and cemetery sexton. In that position, he was responsible for the church, elementary school, parish property and the cemetery. He retired in 2010.
Dan’s family is very proud of both his moral and religious character – his moral character because of his sincere kindness and friendship to all. As for his religious life, he was an active member of Maumee St. Joseph Catholic Church. He is also known for being a very humble and decent man. He loved to travel, with special destinations within the U.S. including the barrier islands of North Carolina and Las Vegas. Favorite destinations abroad included Egypt, Israel, Greece, Ireland and Italy. Of course, Dan’s favorite college football team was The Ohio State University Buckeyes, as many of his friends and neighbors will attest. His basement “man cave” is adorned in Ohio State scarlet and gray and has always been a beehive of activity on “game day.” His blood truly ran scarlet and gray. Dan was also well-known and active in the city of Maumee, where he was a longtime resident and friend of both the civic and law enforcement community. He most recently completed a Maumee community law enforcement program, from which he received a certificate of merit.
Dan is survived by his true love, companion and soul mate, Annie Johnson; children, Tony (Jeri) Brubaker, of Cygnet, Ohio, and Dane (Alex) Brubaker, of Phoenix; stepchildren, Tamara O’Leary, of Youngstown, Jessica (Steven) McReynolds, of Perrysburg, Lauren (Nate) Rieman, Matt Johnson and Sarah Johnson; grandchildren, Tyler, Lanie, Kalan, Carter and Camden; brother, Art (Sheila) Brubaker; and nephews, Richard, Thomas, Michael and nieces, Karen and Kathy. Dan will also be very much missed by his very special nephew, Daniel Brubaker, of Temperance, Mich., and dearest friend, Rick Abel, of Toledo. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gayle Beyer, in September 2003; and sister, Patricia Brubaker in September 2008.
Prayers will begin in the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, followed by the funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Vickie J. Allen, age 68, of Whitehouse and formerly of Swanton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 30, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Toledo on July 7, 1948 to Harold and Molly (Womack) Galbraith, she was a graduate of Anthony Wayne High School/Penta County Vocational School and was employed for many years at the former Swanton Sports Center. Mrs. Allen enjoyed bowling, family, knitting, Sunny’s Campground, traveling with her husband in their motor home and having fun with her sisters. She was a member of the Red Hat Society.
Surviving are her loving husband of 50 years, David Allen, Sr.; children, David (Jenni) Allen, Jr., Michael (Jodi) Allen, Dawn (Nagarjunreddy) Atugonza and Scott (Niki) Allen; grandchildren, Ryan, Brendan, Alexa, Taylor, John, Molly, Christopher, Cody, Chase, Courtney, Landon, Kendyl and Angelo. (She was also a nana to Avhyah and Dominic.) Also surviving are her siblings, Becky Taylor, Michael (Denise) Galbraith, Sandy (David) Komarisek, Karen (Darryl) Weaver, Sharon (Kenneth) Wilson, Gay (Brian) Keiser and Dean (Denise) Galbraith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Angel Cranston; sister, Suzan Thatcher; and brother in-law, David Taylor.
Following visitation, a service was conducted on April 2 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Toledo Humane Society, 827 Illinois Ave., Maumee, OH 43537.
Joseph E. Sayers, age 93, of Maumee, died on Tuesday, March 28.
Born in Toledo on August 1, 1923 to Francis and Katherine (Holmes) Sayers, he graduated from Central Catholic High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in World War II, serving as a radar operator aboard the destroyer USS Thompson during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He married Eleanor Olson of New York City and worked for Champion Spark Plug in Toledo for 36 years, 1950-86, starting as a tool and die maker and later earning an associate’s degree from the UT Community and Technical College and retiring as head of the Machinery Design Department in 1986.
Active in the community, Mr. Sayers was a charter member of the Monclova Township Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department, serving for 35 years from 1961-96. He was also a zoning inspector for the township in the late 1980s and served as an usher for many years at St Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. A true handyman, he made home repairs and improvements of all kinds and supported his wife, Ellie, in her many volunteer efforts. They enjoyed camping with friends, traveling and attending USS Thompson reunions around the country.
Mr. Sayers was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 63 years, Ellie, in 2010; brothers, Patrick, John and William; and sister, Sister Mary Virginia. He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Sayers, of Toledo; son, Thomas (Mary Lou Huseby) Sayers, of Los Angeles; step-grandchildren, Anne and David Epstein; brother, James; and many nieces and nephews.
Following visitation at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, the funeral Mass was celebrated on March 31 in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery, with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Commitment to Community Campaign, 104 W. Broadway, Maumee, OH 43537; Sunset Retirement Communities, 4040 Indian Rd., Toledo, OH 43606; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Donna L. Cook, age 87, of Maumee, passed away on Thursday, March 30.
Born in Toledo on March 27, 1930 to Carl and Lucille Thornton, she was employed as an admissions specialist at Owens Community College for many years. She lived for her kids and grandkids and was a proud member of Waite High School Alumni and the Maumee Elks.
Surviving are her son, Dan Cook; daughter, Ann (James) Huddleston; grandchildren, Joe, Matt, Jake, Andy, Nick, Mitchell and Derek; and great-grandchildren, Leila, Chase, Charlie and one on the way. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cook; and daughter, Carol Wagner.
Funeral services were conducted on April 4 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee. Memorial contribution may be made to Waite Inc., 301 Morrison Dr., Toledo, OH 43605; or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
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