Ronald Joseph Dennis, age 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 1, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, surrounded by his loving family.
Mr. Dennis was born in Toledo to William and Agnes (Yager) Dennis and graduated from Maumee High School. He retired from Hammill Manufacturing, where he worked as a maintenance technician for many years. He was a proud volunteer firefighter for the Maumee Fire Division for more than 40 years, serving as a lieutenant, and a longtime parishioner and usher at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. He was also a member of the Starcraft Camping Club and loved traveling with his family and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Nancy; second wife, Sandra; and brother, Walter Dennis, he is survived by his and Nancy’s loving daughters, Melinda (Rick) Kujawa, of Lambertville, Mich., and Kristin (Jeff) Usko, of Westfield, Ind.; grandchildren, Amanda, Nathan and Elizabeth Kujawa and Madelyn and Ryan Usko; brothers, Donald (Mary Lou), Duane (Lynn) and Wayne Dennis; sister, Rose (Rick) Rankin; sister-in-law, Sally Dennis; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends and family were received on January 8 at the Coyle Funeral Home, with a scripture service and Last Alarm Ceremony that evening. Funeral services began on January 9 at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph Church in Maumee and burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, the Maumee Fire Division or St. Joseph Church.
Kit (Rudolph) Rowland, age 63, of Maumee, passed away on Sunday, January 1, surrounded by family.
The daughter of Don and Marian Rudolph, she grew up in Monclova on Coder Road along with her sister, Kay and brother, Kim. She graduated in 1971 from Anthony Wayne High School, where she played the flute as a proud member of the Marching Generals. Mrs. Rowland was a radiologic technologist certified in mammography, became a registered radiologic technologist at Riverside Hospital and worked in the Breast Care Center at The Toledo Hospital for many years. She also received an associate degree in accounting from Owens Community College.
She married the love of her life, Tim, in 1980, and with her adventurous spirit the two of them traveled to some of the world’s most beautiful places. She was always researching and planning their next trip, whether it was with their two boys, Jeff and Matt, or with their wonderful circle of close friends. Mrs. Rowland was a strong-willed individual who always kept everyone in the family in line. She loved to have fun, dance with her friends and family, and listen to the latest music. She was always the go-to when her family and friends needed advice because she loved to research and learn. She loved nothing more than a good debate and had the cleanest house in town. She will be deeply missed by all who had the honor of knowing her.
Mrs. Rowland is survived by her best friend and husband of 36 years, Timothy Rowland; sons, Jeff (Lindsay Weills) Rowland and Matthew (Jaime) Rowland; sister, Kay (Dallas) Lawson; brother, Kim (Diane) Rudolph; grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Isabelle and Beckett; nieces and nephews, Heather Mackan, Brandon (Cass) Lawson, Nicholas Lawson and Garrett, Tyler and Blake Rudolph; and great-nieces and nephews, Tucker and Eva Mackan and Darcy and Devin Lawson.
A celebration to honor her life took place on January 8 at Le Petit Gourmet in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg.
Diane K. (Snyder) Whitmore, age 72, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, January 4.
Born on October 1, 1944 to George and Eileen (Errington) Snyder, she graduated in 1962 from Maumee High School. Over the years, she was a secretary for Allstate Insurance, Mass Mutual Insurance, Owens Corning and Owens Illinois. She enjoyed dancing and music in her younger years and was a talented artist, avid crafter, reader and seamstress. She loved Halloween, sewing costumes and her kitty. Above all, she was a devoted mother.
Mrs. Whitmore is survived by her twin daughters, Candy and Heather Whitmore; father, George Snyder; brother, Dennis Snyder; sister, Debra (Donald) Driscoll; nephews, John, Chad and Marc Snyder; and great-nieces Grace, Allison and Erin Snyder; and great-nephew, Dane Snyder. She was preceded in death by her mother and sister-in-law, Patricia Snyder.
She requested to be cremated and services will be private.
Betty Ann Burgess, age 89, passed away on Thursday, January 5, after a long period of dementia.
Born in 1927 in Weston, Ohio to Vera and Frank Harrington, of Maumee, she graduated from Maumee High School in 1945 and received a degree in elementary education from Bowling Green State University. Mrs. Burgess taught first grade for 31 years at Fort Miami School in Maumee, retiring in 1981. She and Raymond Burgess were married by her husband’s stepfather, Rev. Lynn Young, in 1951, and they enjoyed 65 wonderful years together.
Mrs. Burgess attended Calvary Church and was a member of the Ohio and Maumee Education Associations, Brandywine Country Club, the Toledo Zoo and the Stranahan Lecture, Music and Theater Series. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and being near the water and shared many trips to Bermuda, Hawaii and many cruises. Annual visits to the Conrads’ (of Maumee) White Birch Lodge in Elk Rapids, near Traverse City, Mich., were always highlights for them. Mrs. Burgess especially enjoyed her home, flower gardens, Christmas decorating, cookie baking, cross stitching, stamping and window displays at the Elegant Stamp.
Surviving are her husband, Raymond; brother-in-law, Jim (Sandy) Burgess; sisters-in-law, Judy Thomas and Marge Young; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dan Harrington; and brothers-in-law, Jack Young and Dale Thomas.
Funeral services were conducted on January 10 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, followed by interment in Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund of the Maumee Education Association or Calvary Church in Maumee.
Beatrice M. Przepiora, age 79, of Maumee, passed away on Thursday, January 5.
Born in Toledo on June 12, 1937, she enjoyed spending time with her family, bingo (of which she was in charge at her church), camping, knitting and casinos.
Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Frank Przepiora, Sr.; children, Barb (Doug) Futrell, Fred (Lori) Przepiora, Sr., Brian Przepiora, Sr. and Brenda Przepiora; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry (Linda) Sekulski; sister, Pat Reed; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Frank Jr.; great-granddaughters, Natalee, Reece and Maci; and brothers, Bob, David and Richard.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on January 9 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, followed by interment in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Our Lady of Lourdes Church Building Fund or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Gale Fulton, Sr.
Gale P. Fulton, Sr., of Holland, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, December 23 at the home of his daughter in Colorado at the age of 76.
Mr. Fulton is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia (Haase) Fulton; son, Gale (Kim) Fulton, Jr.; daughters, Angela Fulton and Kristen (Kevin) McFadden; brothers, Michael (Cindy) and Ken Fulton; sister, Susie (Pat) Sheahan; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Manley; parents, Ellsworth and Marjorie Fulton; and stepmother, Shirley Miller.
The family will receive friends at Neville Funeral Home, Southwest Chapel in Holland on Saturday, January 14 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m., with burial to follow at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or an animal rescue organization of the donor’s choice.
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