Obituaries

 

Gloria Hintz
Gloria Ann Hintz, age 74, of Okeechobee, Fla., and formerly of Whitehouse, died in Ft. Pierce, Fla., on Friday, July 11.
Born in Toledo to Francis and Helen (Mylek) Geremski on December 1, 1939, she married Glenn Hintz in Monroe, Mich., on August 25, 1958. A longtime resident of Whitehouse, Mrs. Hintz spent the last few years splitting her time between her homes in Fremont, Ind., and Okeechobee. She was a member of the Women of the Moose in Fremont, the American Legion Auxiliary in Orland, Ind., and a former member of the Order of Eagles in Whitehouse.
Mrs. Hintz was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn; life partner, Glenn Kiser; and brother, Eugene Geremski. She is survived by her son, Gregory Hintz, of Whitehouse; brother, Terry (CeCe) Geremski; sisters, Sharon Geremski, Camille Jaquillard and Fran Welever; nieces and nephews; and Glenn Kiser’s children, Bill Kiser, Carol (Earl) Bonner and Charol (Bob) Klepper.
Friends and family were received and funeral services took place on July 19 at the Peinert Dunn Funeral Home in Whitehouse. Interment was on July 21 in Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville. Memorial donations are encouraged to the American Kidney Fund.

Nicholas Prebeg, Sr.
Nicholas Prebeg, Sr., age 84, of Ft. Wayne and formerly of Maumee, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 14, surrounded by his family.
Born in Shadyside, Ohio to Nick and Mary (Koschal) Prebeg on December 18, 1929, he was employed at several car dealerships in the Toledo area, including Nollenberger Ford and Maumee Lincoln Mercury. He was also employed at the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office. Earlier in his career, Mr. Prebeg owned and operated his own detective agency. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and neighbor to many, he will be remembered for his love for his family, animals, gardening and his willingness to give advice.
Mr. Prebeg is survived by his wife, Paulette; children, Tracey (Joe) King, Robin (David) Henderson, Nick Prebeg and Victor (Diane) Prebeg; grandchildren, Mandy (Jeff) Ienna, Faith Merritt and Christian (Paige) Haas; great-grandchildren, Greydon and Clementine Ienna and Christian Workman; and faithful feline companions, Rebel and Shadow. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Barbara (Cook) Prebeg; daughter, Patience Prebeg Haas; brothers, Joseph and Frank Prebeg; and cat, Max.
Family and friends were received on July 17 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. There was a funeral procession on July 19 to Riverside Cemetery in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project or the Humane Society.

Velma Krumm
Velma J. Krumm, age 62, of Maumee, died on Tuesday, July 15, after a lengthy and very courageous battle with melanoma, surviving much longer than anticipated.
Married to Daniel Krumm on August 14, 1970, at Whiteford Wesleyan Church by her father, the late Rev. Forest Shumway, she and her husband raised their two children, Lori and Jason, in Deerfield, Mich. After the children were out of school, they moved to Banner Elk, N.C., to live in the Appalachian Mountains, which they both loved. While in Banner Elk, she assisted her husband in building new homes, working with suppliers and customers. During this phase of her life, Mrs. Krumm discovered another treasured role, that of grandma. She loved spending time with her grandkids and enjoyed each one in a very special way. Her children and grandchildren are very grateful for the wonderful mom and grandma they had.
Her most cherished titles were wife, mother, homemaker and grandmother, and she had many talents, including sewing, basket weaving, baking, decorating wedding cakes and her favorite activity, flower arranging and gardening. The time of year that brought her the greatest joy was Christmas and she was known for her wonderful baking. She and her husband attended Alliance Bible Fellowship in Boone, N.C., Whiteford Wesleyan Church in Michigan and Westgate Chapel in Toledo. She taught Sunday school and actively served in all of the churches. Mrs. Krumm was an amazing woman with great faith and peace, even as she very courageously faced a long battle with cancer.
Preceded in death by her parents, Forest and Erma Shumway; and her role model for a grandma, Dorothy Krumm, she is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Daniel Krumm; children, Lori (Edward) Ligon, of Butler, Tenn., and Jason (Amy) Krumm, of Sylvania; grandchildren, Hannah and Jacob Ligon and Mason and Andrew Krumm; and eight siblings.
The family received friends on July 18 at Reeb Funeral Home in Sylvania. A funeral service was conducted on July 19 at Whiteford Wesleyan Church, followed by burial in Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville. Memorial donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation or The Caring Bridge at www.caringbridge.org.

Ilona Miller
Ilona Joyce Miller, age 69, of Toledo, died on Wednesday, July 16.
Born in Toledo to Louis and Mary Szabo on June 7, 1945, she graduated from Whitney High School in 1963 and shortly thereafter met Robert Miller, whom she married in 1965. Together they raised three boys. Mrs. Miller enjoyed visiting with family and friends, playing card games, especially poker, and for the last 25 years of her life, the hobby of touring in a 1914 Model T Ford around the Northwest Ohio area with her husband. One of her favorite things to do was taking loving care of her husband.
Surviving are her children, Robert, Scott and Todd Miller; daughters-in-law, Theresa Luken and Lisa Miller; grandchildren, Zachary, Brandon, Aaron, Mackenzie, Aubrey, Danny, Holly and Emily; brother, Marvin Szabo; sisters, Marlene Dansack and Loretta Kovacs; and countless other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Robert Miller; brothers, Louis and Leonard Szabo; and sisters, Mary Lou Makatura and Kathlene Siminiak.
Visitation was on July 18 at Maison Dardenne Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where funeral services took place that evening. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth “Betty” Taylor, age 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 18.
Born in Tiffin to Raymond and Elamay (Burlingame) Taylor on January 11, 1925, she graduated from Whitmer High School. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Pythian Sisters, a 4-H advisor, Anthony Wayne Boosters and an active member of Hope United Methodist Church, all of Whitehouse.
She is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Terry) Zimmerman and Suzanne (Rick) Myers; grandchildren, Brett (Morgan) Weimer, Kevin Weimer, Anne (Chris) Palmer, Michelle (Matt) Parsons, Michael (Trisha) Bucher, Chandra (Brian) Wall, Kendra Zimmerman Matthews, T.J. (Carrie) Zimmerman, Jennifer Gamble and Stephanie (Josh) Cornell; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, David Taylor and Nanette (Robert) Norris; sister-in-law, Loretta Taylor; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Bill Boyer and Ralph Harkless; and siblings, Patricia Jimison and Sonny Taylor.
Visitation took place on July 21 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Whitehouse. A celebration of life service was conducted on July 22 at Hope United Methodist Church in Whitehouse. The family suggests memorial donations to the church, Otterbein Senior Communities or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

DerkinMark Derkin
Mark Stewart Derkin, age 66, of Monclova, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 19, surrounded by family, after a five-year battle with cancer.
Born in Detroit to Hall Derkin and Aurel Pole on June 14, 1948, the family relocated to Toledo in 1955 and settled in south Toledo. Mr. Derkin graduated in 1966 from Bowsher High School, where he played in local bands with his brother Scott, and attended both The University of Toledo and The Ohio State University. After years in Columbus, Ohio and Yakima, Wash., he and his family relocated to the Toledo area, settling in Monclova, where they lived for more than 30 years. Mr. Derkin was president of Derkin and Wise, Inc., a well-known local industrial distributorship founded by his father.
In addition to his business and community work, he was a respected and much-beloved figure in the local recovery community for nearly 30 years. He had a lifelong passion for both music and the written word, spending time writing stories and poetry and playing his guitar and singing with friends. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, which he rode on an extended solo cross-country trip in 2008 to his son’s wedding in California, up the West Coast and back to Toledo over the span of three weeks.
Mr. Derkin is survived and sorely missed by his wife of 39 years, Shelley (Stevens), and their four children: daughters, Sarah (Perez), her husband Rob and children, Jackson, William and Natalie; Emily Star and Anna (Wisniewski), husband Eric and son, Harrison; and son, Blue Christopher and wife, Tess; brothers, H. Scott (Carol) and James (Mari-Jo) Derkin; nieces, Lisa and Elizabeth; and nephews, Joel, Benjamin, Samuel and Joseph.
A gathering of family and friends will take place from 5:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where there will be a memorial service at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Chronic Disease Fund.

Nina Eyrse
Nina Eyrse, age 68, passed away on Saturday, July 19.
Born on December 22, 1945, she worked for City Auto Stamping for 20 years, Hunt-Wesson and Electra Prime, where she suffered a work injury and had to take early retirement. She moved in with her sister in Whitehouse and was doing fine, walking with a cane and a leg brace, after more than a year of rehab. The sisters started a bucket list of places they wanted to visit, and they just completed the first two. The first was a trip to Las Vegas, including a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon with a picnic lunch at the base of the canyon. The three sisters also went to New York City to see the Christmas decorations. Many more trips were planned, but tragedy struck Ms. Eyrse again with a triple aneurysm, which she survived, thanks to the Cleveland Clinic neurosurgeons, and lived another four years. She had a green thumb and loved taking care of her yard and also loved her old Jeep Wrangler, kids and dogs. She was the favorite aunt.
Ms. Eyrse is survived by her sisters, Ruth Ann (Sissy) Perry, of Whitehouse, and Pennie (Tom) Whatmore, of Ft. Myers, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; and friends she loved as family, John, Phillip and Sharyn Purcell. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Wilma (Craig) Eyrse; brother, Donald Craig; brother-in-law, Donald Perry; and best friend, Pat Purcell.
Funeral services were conducted on July 22 at the Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Waterville, followed by burial in St. Joseph Cemetery in Sylvania.

Lawrence Swicegood, Jr.
Lawrence D. Swicegood, Jr., age 61, of Maumee, passed away on Saturday, July 19, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Fort Campbell, Ky., to Lawrence and Ida Mae (Lewis) Swicegood on August 22, 1952, he was employed with Food Town for 26 years and TARTA for more than 12 years. Mr. Swicegood was a car enthusiast, his favorite being the Olds 442, and enjoyed working on, restoring and racing cars with his sons. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Bengals fan.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Stephanie (Villa) Swicegood; sons, Brad (Danielle) and Chad (Meechelle) Swicegood; grandchildren, Cody, Dylan, Samantha, Dawson and Dakota Mae; mother-in-law, Carol Villa; Cheryl Swicegood; cousin and “brother,” Mark (Peg) Swicegood; uncle, Morris (Vonda) Lewis; friend, Arnold (Elaine) White; dogs, Zeus, Zelda and Ziva; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Ralph Villa, Jr.
Friends and family were received on July 23 at Newcomer Funeral Home, where funeral services took place on July 24. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.

Wanda Whitmer
Wanda Jean Whitmer, age 87, of Grand Rapids, Ohio, died on Saturday, July 19.
Born on February 15, 1927, in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, to Oscar and Bessie (Nusbaum) Metzger, Mrs. Whitmer was a cafeteria aide for Anthony Wayne Schools at Waterville Elementary for more than 25 years. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Waterville. She married Bryan Whitmer on April 5, 1951, in Tiffin.
He survives, along with their children, Jim (Martha) Whitmer, of Cleveland, Jean Whitmer, of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Jeff (Gail) Whitmer, of Grand Rapids, Ohio; grandchildren, Lauren, Kari, Aimee and Ellie; great-granddaughter, Shelbie; and sisters, Judy Hill and Shirley Milburn. Four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
A celebration of life service took place on July 23 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Whitehouse. The family suggests memorial donations to the church.

DeBrosseHerman DeBrosse
Herman R. DeBrosse, age 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 20, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Toledo to Joseph and Helen (Shawver) DeBrosse on July 7, 1928, he was a 1947 graduate of Macomber High School and a veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1950-52 with the 101st Airborne Division, 2nd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment. Mr. DeBrosse married Marilyn Haffner on June 27, 1953 and they enjoyed a wonderful and loving 61 years together.
Mr. DeBrosse was in sales for 20 years before opening Maumee QuickPrint in 1980. He was a 48-year parishioner of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church and a member of 3rd Degree St. Jude Council Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Maumee Elks and was past president of the Maumee Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed golf, bowling, playing cards with his friends as well as traveling and vacationing with his family and friends. As an avid Detroit Tigers fan, he arranged many bus trips to Tiger Stadium through the Maumee Chamber of Commerce. For 50 years, he looked forward to going on a religious weekend retreat at St Paul of the Cross Retreat House in Detroit.
Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joseph DeBrosse, he is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn; children, Michael (Debra) DeBrosse, Peggy (Gary) Masters, Terri (Jeff) Gramling and Jennifer (Mark) Starr; grandchildren, Meghan (Eric) Ford, Katie (Nick) Kresta, Jillian and Tayler DeBrosse, Jamie (Robbie) Rego, Melissa and Jessica Masters, Kerri (Conor) Neville, Kristin Gramling (Andrew Parks) and Matthew and Sara Starr; and great-grandchildren, Lincoln and Tenley Rego, Michael Kresta and Kyleigh Casertano.
Friends and family will be received from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 24 at the Coyle Funeral Home, with a scripture service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 25, with a mass of Christian burial to follow at St Patrick of Heatherdowns Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, St Patrick of Heatherdowns Endowment Fund or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

PritscherConrad Pritscher
Conrad Paul Pritscher, age 82, of Maumee, passed away on Sunday, July 20.
Born in Chicago, he retired from Bowling Green State University in 2002 and continued to write, publishing numerous articles and seven books. He volunteered generously and especially loved cooking for the patrons of Claver House every Monday. He was a lifelong avid Chicago Bears fan. Whether it was in reciting the sayings of Buddhism, his work against racism, the originality of his teaching, the honesty of his writings, the joy he spread to those who shared his company or the passion with which he fought against injustice, Mr. Pritscher gave to those around him as though there was nothing he enjoyed better than the giving itself. He was a wise man, one whose wisdom will remain deposited in his family, his friends, his students, and even the strangers who were lucky enough to cross his path.
Mr. Pritscher is survived by Kay, his wife of 59 years; brother, Tom; sons, Conrad (Katie), of Chicago, and Denny (Fran), of Waterville; daughters, Kathleen (Todd), of Clemson, S.C., and Patty (Tony), of Toledo; grandchildren and great-granddaughters; and many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe and John; sister, Lucy; and good friends, Jim Guinan and Dan Tutolo.
Following his wishes, his body was donated to The University of Toledo Medical Center and there was no service. Those wishing to made a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Claver House at St. Martin dePorres Church, 1119 W. Bancroft St., Toledo, OH 43606; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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