Josie Gonzales Langsdorf, age 41, died peacefully on Monday, February 17, surrounded by her family and friends after a valiant battle with lung cancer, even though she was a lifelong non-smoker.
Born in Toledo on July 12, 1972, to Junior and Melody Gonzales, she graduated from Waite High School in 1990 and worked for NAMSA and Honeywell before she became a stay-at-home mom, a job she loved. Mrs. Langsdorf had a passion for scrapbooking, reality TV shows and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Proud of growing up in east Toledo, she loved people and lived her life to the fullest and her smile lit up the room. During her fight with cancer, she fulfilled many of her bucket list wishes, including meeting reality TV star Scott Disick from Keeping Up With The Kardashians, made possible with the help of the Anthony Wayne community. She was an inspiration to all who met her and will be sadly missed.
Surviving are her parents; daughters, Ashley and Allison “lil dog” Langsdorf; brother, Manuel “Goozer;” sister, Angie “DeeDee” Gonzales; special niece, Olivia; brother-in-law, Greg Langsdorf; special friend, Kari Meyers; special aunt, Gloria Rodriguez, who cared for her; and the father of her daughters, Brian Langsdorf. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and special canine companion, Simon.
Friends and family were received on February 21 at Coyle Funeral Home. A funeral mass was celebrated on February 22 at Gesu Catholic Church, followed by interment in Resurrection cemetery. Memorial donations ay be made to Gesu Church.
Eric James Burghardt, age 37, of Bowling Green, passed away on Wednesday, February 19.
Born in Toledo on February 8, 1977, to Dale and Teresa (Blankley) Burghardt, he was a leukemia survivor and even though it took his sight and a heavy toll on his body, he rarely complained. No one had a better outlook on life. Always the first to make anyone around him laugh, he adored his family and friends, playing his guitar and all types of music. Mr. Burghardt was a past president of the Toledo Chapter for the National Federation of the Blind. It was at a conference for the NFB that he met his friend and future fiancée, Elisha Wells.
She survives, along with his parents, Dale and Terri Burghardt; sister, Stacie King; grandmother, Helen Blankley; nieces, Emily and Paige; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Irene Burghardt and Marvin Blankley.
Services will be private.
Sharon Ann Graves, age 82, of Perrysburg, passed away at peace and with grace on Wednesday, February 19.
Born in Toledo on February 26, 1931, to John and Marie (Mondt) Powell, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all. Her primary concern was always for her husband, children and God. She also loved traveling with friends and working in her flower gardens.
Mrs. Graves is survived by her son, Howard (Janis) Graves; daughter-in-law, Lisa Graves; sister, Carolyn Switzer; grandchildren, Stefany Sims, Barak (Minnie) Graves and Libby Graves; and great-grandchildren, Aleesha Sims, Morgan Graves, Curtis Harris, William Graves and Ewan Graves. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; son, Brian; brothers, James, Eugene and Jack; and sisters, Yvonne Powell and Erma Jones.
Visitation and a service took place on February 22 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, followed by private interment in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Perrysburg Commons, 10542 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Caroline Marie Sybert, age 88, of Maumee, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 19.
Born in Toledo on March 26, 1925, to Kenneth and Julia (Pollauf) Lehmann, she graduated from Waite High School. She began volunteering at St. Luke’s Hospital when it was on Robinwood and was an active member of the auxiliary after it moved to Maumee. Mrs. Sybert was one of the original volunteers for Channel 13 Call for Action and a longtime supporter of the Toledo Jazz Society and the Toledo Museum of Art. She and her best friend, Dorothy Zonner, were regulars at Rusty’s Jazz Café.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, in 1986. Surviving are her son, Robert Sybert; daughter, Susan (Christopher) Barry; grandsons, Robert Sybert II, Corwin (Sandi) Carr and Benjamin (Kathleen Karoly) Carr; and great-grandchildren, Tess, Corwin and Dashiell Carr.
Private services took place on February 21 at the Bersticker-Scott Funeral Home, with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Maumee.
Jeffery Lynn Schmenk, age 68, of Waterville, died on Thursday, February 20.
Born in Lima to Ernest and Arietta (Decker) Schmenk, who preceded him in death, he attended Lima Bath High School, where he was a member of the football team. Mr. Schmenk worked in sales and management until his retirement in 2009. He enjoyed touring with Model A clubs, restoring a 1976 Corvette with his son, Tony, playing golf and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. He was an avid Ohio State and Pittsburgh Steelers fan and an active member on several committees within the Community of Christ Church.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 33 years, Jane (Piper) Schmenk; children, Tony (Lynn) Schmenk, of Sylvania, Todd (Lyndsey) Burriello, of Franklin, Tenn., Leslie (Dan) Parker, of Allentown, Pa., Don (Diane) Hensley, Jr., of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Trisha Kline, of Whitehouse, and Holly (Brian) Root, of Morganville, N.J.; grandchildren, David and Danielle Schmenk, Joe Oliver, Kaitlyn and Nick Kline and Jeremy, Austin and Piper Root; and siblings, Sue (Don) Bott and Roger Schmenk. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jim, Mick and Richard Schmenk; and son, Scott Burriello.
Friends were received on February 24 at the Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Waterville. The funeral was conducted on February 25 at Community of Christ Lutheran Church in Whitehouse, followed by interment in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to church or the Toledo Zoo.
James F. Foster, age 95, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, February 21.
Born in Cleveland, next to League Park, he married Margaret Hutchison while on military leave in 1943 and they spent most of their lives in Cleveland, Maple Heights and Moreland Hills.
Mr. Foster was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; daughter, Peg Roser; a brother; and three sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Susana (Lary) Youngsteadt; son-in-law, Gary Roser; granddaughter, Megan (Adam) Lanhals; and grandson, Brian Roser.
Friends were received on February 25 at the Peinert Dunn Funeral Home in Waterville. Funeral services took place on February 26 in Harmony Hall at the Browning Masonic Community in Waterville, followed by interment in Wakeman Cemetery.
Michael J. Kurek, age 47, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, February 21.
Born in Toledo on March 24, 1967, to Paul and Dottie Kurek, who preceded him in death, he graduated from Maumee High School and worked for Throm Supplies Company. He also served as a Maumee volunteer firefighter for many years and enjoyed duck hunting.
Mr. Kurek is survived by his two beautiful daughters, Kaitlyn (17) and Kelsey (15); and his beloved brother, Bill.
Family and friends were received on February 26 at the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, where funeral services will begin with prayers at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, followed by a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be given to the family.
Margaret L. “Marge” (Gormley) Monahan, age 90, of Maumee, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 21.
Born on June 16, 1923, she was a proud 1941 graduate of Libbey High School, where she met her high school sweetheart and future husband, Edward Monahan. Married for more than 52 years, they resided in Ohio and Florida. Mrs. Monahan loved her friends, volunteering at St. Luke’s and her fellowship at church.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Carol (Don) Ryan, Nancy (Daniel) Kapudjija, Tim (Sandy) Monahan and Brian (Charlene) Monahan; grandchildren, Amy Kopas, Mike Ryan, Eric Jon Benington, Molly Jo Brixey, Shawn Monahan, Kevin Monahan, Marc Sanzenbacher and Nicki Monahan; and 15 beautiful great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed; son, Michael Monahan; and grandson, Matthew Benington.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Maumee United Methodist Church. She will be honored privately.
William R. “Bill” Steel, age 67, of Toledo, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, February 21.
Born in Toledo on November 24, 1946, to Robert and Bonnie (Heltebrake) Steel, he graduated from Maumee High School in 1964 and went on to play football for two years at The University of Toledo. After college, Mr. Steel went on to work for C&O Railroad, Surface Combustion Corporation and ConAgra Foods, from which he retired after 25 years. He enjoyed golf and bowling and was a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Detroit Tigers. He was a member of the 14th Ward Oldtimers Association and enjoyed meeting up with high school classmates for breakfast on Tuesdays.
Mr. Steel is survived by his wife of 21 years, Lorrie; brother, R. David (Shirley) Steel; sister, Penny (Rob) Greenlese; brother, Jack (Pat) Steel; father- and mother-in-law, Norman and Shirley Streichert; sister-in-law, Sam (Jay) Lovejoy; brother-in-law, Kenny Streichert; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends were received on February 24 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where funeral services were conducted on February 25. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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