Suzanne Carol Ketzer Casey, age 73, passed away suddenly but peacefully on Wednesday, April 5.
Born in Toledo on October 4, 1943, she attended St. John the Baptist, Central Catholic High School and The University of Toledo, where she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority and obtained a master’s degree in education. Mrs. Casey taught at the elementary level for Millbury and Lake Local Schools for more than 30 years. She was an avid fan of all sports teams, but especially the Ohio State Buckeyes and UT Rockets. She participated in a variety of recreational card games, played in a weekly golf league and served on the social committee in her neighborhood. She also volunteered for her church and her community.
Mrs. Casey is survived by her loving children, Patricia (Bruce) Edwards, Matthew (Beth) Casey, Kathleen (Michael) Hart and Erin (Michael) Centa; grandchildren, Morgan Casey, Ellen Edwards, Olivia Hart, Casey Edwards, Madelyn Hart, Samuel Centa and Katherine Centa; and siblings, Diane (Marshall) Adams, Thomas Ketzer, Tim (Mary) Casey and Patrick (Ruth Ann) Casey. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Cecelia Ketzer; husband, Michael Casey; and grandson, Brandon Centa.
Friends and family were received on April 7 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where prayers began on April 8, followed by the Mass of Christian burial in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Memorial donations may be made to the Helping Hands of St. Louis Food Pantry, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH 43605.
Tom Grams, “Just a Farmer,” age 68, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, April 7.
Born in Toledo on July 31, 1948 to Robert and Helen (Wagner) Grams, he was a farmer for his entire life. He grew everything from potatoes, sweet corn, melons, apples and wheat to soybeans and also raised livestock. Along with his wife, son and daughter, he operated Grams Farm Market. A member of Providence Lutheran Church and the Lucas County Farm Bureau, he loved talking to people and made many lifelong friendships.
Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Grams; daughter, Holly Grams; son, Robert Grams; and nephew, James (Dee) Jewell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marlene Jewell.
Family and friends were received on April 11 and 12 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, followed by interment in Springfield Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Life Connections of Northwest Ohio, 3661 Briarfield Blvd., No. 105, Maumee, OH 43537.
Edward Koepfler, age 89, of Toledo, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 7.
Born in Toledo on November 22, 1927 to Edward and Mary Koepfler, he was a loving husband of 68 years to Catherine, with whom he raised five loving boys, a proud grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of 22. A U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Koepfler worked at Allied Chemical Co., which later became Plascon Corp., for 37 years until it closed. Then he opened a heating and air conditioning company with his brothers-in-law and became a Realtor. He belonged to the Northern Light Lodge No. 40, where he was 32nd degree Mason, and was active in the Shriners and the clowns. He was also a member and past monarch of the O-Ton-Ta-La Grotto, a member of the GBU and volunteered for many years selling popcorn at the German American Festival.
In his free time, Mr. Koepfler enjoyed playing cards and square dancing at the Maumee Senior Center. During the past 35 years, he relished spending time at his cottage on Lake Columbia in Michigan with his large family. The family’s fondest memory of him is watching him roll around on the ground during a “family-friendly” game of volleyball.
Mr. Koepfler is survived by his sister, Miriam Keating; sons, Edward, Thomas (Nancy), Alex (Sandy), James (Debbie) and Greg Koepfler: grandchildren, Tom (Shannon) Koepfler, Michelle (Craig) Miller, Dawn (Ryan) Sekinger, Jimmy (Jessica) Koepfler, Mike (Erika) Koepfler, Chad Koepfler, Dr. Jeff (Tammy) Koepfler, Melissa Koepfler (Darrus), Amy (Tom) Bird, Stephanie Koepfler, Benn Koepfler and Troy and Cody Maples; great-grandchildren, Mackenize, Tyler, Madasyn, Caleb, Bella, Kaiden, Nolan, Drake, Mallory, Carter, Mason, Lily, Graham, Gracie, Morgan, Evan, Alexander, Logan, Zoe, Adalynn and Lyndsey; plus many nieces, nephews and special friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine; parents; brother, Donald (Betty) Koepfler; great-grandson, Warren Koepfler; brothers-in-law, Dick Baron and Frank Keating; and son Greg’s fiancée, Brenda Mowka.
Family and friends were received on April 10 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral in Maumee, where funeral services took place on April 11, followed by interment in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider St. Clare Commons of Perrysburg or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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