Phyllis Ann Bird, of Waterville, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.
A loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend, she was a homemaker whose biggest passion was cooking for her family and friends. Her home was always open to others and she was such a maternal figure that many called her “Mother.” She had a motto of “the more the merrier,” was a lady of great faith and was loved by many.
Mrs. Bird leaves behind her loving husband of 37 years, H. James Bird; children, Anthony, of Phoenix, Rina (Sam), of Defiance, James, of Fairfax, Va., Danah (Dave), of Wadsworth, Ohio, Chris (Marc), of Washington, D.C., and Jeff (Karen), of Lebanon, Ohio; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Molly; brother, Carter (Thomaseah); and many nieces and nephews. Also left behind are “Monty” and Angie, of Holland; and family/best friends, Gloria Addington and Ruth Devivo. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Benjamin, Mac and Sam; sisters, Charlotte and Zona; and son-in-law, Dave.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 20 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, followed by interment in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Terence Lee Kroeger, age 72, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, March 18.
Born in Toledo on September 28, 1942, to Louis and Virginia (Piszchala) Lonzy, he served his country in the U.S. Army, spent his professional career in sales and thoroughly enjoyed being around people. He was always busy with projects or working a few days a week at Kohl’s or The Mortise & Tenon. Mr. Kroeger was passionate about his PT Cruiser and was a member of the Greater Toledo PT Cruiser Club. An avid gardener, he had a special touch with Christmas cacti. He had a kind heart, loved to cook and enjoyed helping out his family and friends. He was a former member of the American Legion in Elmore.
Mr. Kroeger is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Kim (Jay) Bowling and Gina (Jeff) Scheff; grandchildren, Caitlin, Stephen, Lauren and Madilyn; former wife, Judith; and sister. He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepfather, Henry Kroeger.
A funeral service was conducted on March 22 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Stroke Foundation, 5916 Dearborn St., Mission, KS 66202; or Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, 19255 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore, OH 43416.
Jeanne R. Schneider, age 84, formerly of Monclova, passed away recently.
Born to Emma and Erford McGregor on February 13, 1931, she met and fell in love with Richard Schneider in south Toledo while attending Central Catholic High School. They were married in 1950 and raised six daughters. Mr. Schneider cleared an area of wooded land on SR 20-A in Monclova, which became their home. Truly magical, it was a place surrounded by woods and barns filled with horses, cows, pigs, geese and chickens; in the 70s there were 7,000 when they opened Schneider’s Egg Lane.
Mrs. Schneider loved her job as a cashier for 24 years at the Food Town in Maumee, where the customers loved her, too. She and her husband spent their retirement years traveling back and forth from Toledo to Florida. On the way they made many “new” lifelong friends. Her talents included cake decorating, baking, stained glass, sewing, embroidery, knitting and ballroom dancing. Her love for creating miniatures led her to join the miniature club at Crosby Gardens, where she created many award winning scenes.
She will forever be remembered by her daughters, Debbie Clouse Biddle, Pam McIntyre, Cindy (Jim) Turner, Laurie Schneider (Dave) Hahn, Amy Schneider and Sheila (David) Johnson; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services took place on March 21 in Roth Cemetery in Monclova. Memorial contributions may be made to Therapy Dogs International Chapter 122, 88 Bartley Rd., Flanders. NJ 07836.
Phyllis Imogene (Mapes) Ross, age 87, of Monclova, died on Thursday, March 19.
Born in Swanton on December 1, 1927, to Alfred and Gladys Mapes, she graduated from Swanton High School in 1945. She loved to bake and decorate cakes and was member of the Whitehouse American Legion and Grand Rapids Sportsman Club, where she loved to play euchre. Mrs. Ross also loved family get-togethers and enjoyed playing cards.
She is survived by her children, Gary (Janice), Ray (Louie), Faye (Phil), Gail and Sally; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Lottie Mapes and Dora Mae Mapes; several nieces and nephews; other family members; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; a baby boy; companion, Joseph Hudecker; two brothers; and four sisters.
Funeral services took place on March 23 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Whitehouse, followed by interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Grand Rapids. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or Otterbein Senior Lifestyle in Monclova.
Myrna Teresa Leite, age 82, of Maumee, passed away with her family by her side on Friday, March 20.
Born in Cleveland on July 28, 1932, to Cornelius and Gladys (Lutz) Brennen, she drove a bus for Maumee City Schools. She was deeply loved by her family and will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Leite is survived by her grandchildren, Heather (Michael) Wise, Lindsay (James) Fisher and Cortney (Neil) Schwab; great-grandchildren, Michael, Jasmyn, Jayden and Jordon Wise, Parker and James Fisher and Wyatt Schwab; and son-in-law, Tom Coburn. She was predeceased by her husband, James; daughters, Laura Leite and Martha Coburn; son, Jimmy Leite; and grandson, Jared Leite.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on March 24 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Robert Andrew Schaefer, age 68, of Toledo, died on Friday, March 20.
Born on June 6, 1946, in Alton, Ill., to Earl and Opal (Hacker) Schaefer, he graduated from Bowsher High School and received a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois. He taught history and social studies at Robinson Junior High School and Macomber and Waite High Schools. After his retirement, Mr. Schaefer owned and managed a local theater and spent many years as a camp counselor for the Boys & Girls Club at Camp Big Silver. He was an avid collector of antiques and historical memorabilia.
Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his brother, Fred (Claire) Schaefer; sister, Carol Andrews; caring friend, Chris Champion; beloved dogs, Clara and Molly; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive guests from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys & Girls Club, 2250 N. Detroit Ave., Toledo, OH 43606; or the Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway St., Toledo, OH 43614.
James Edward “Jim” Zink, age 81, of Toledo, passed away on Friday, March 20.
Born in Toledo on December 22, 1933, to Margaret (Zink) Mauthe, he graduated in 1951 from Woodward High School and later attended The University of Toledo. He was a supervisor for more than 30 years at General Mills, an avid bowler and loved to travel with his family, especially to Myrtle Beach. Mr. Zink coached Little League football for Washington Local Schools and also coached football and baseball for the Westwood Elementary Rams.
He is survived by his loving wife of more than 60 years, Carolyn; son, Bob (Karis) Zink; daughters, Kim (Robert Webber) Ruetz and Vicki (Buddy) Haggard; grandchildren, RaeAnn (Angela) Ruetz, Jenna (Jared) O’Neal, Quinton Haggard, Candi Blaesing and Chad (Shannon) Blaesing; five great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Fritz Wilguess. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Cheryl Wilguess.
Funeral services were conducted on March 24 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, followed by interment in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association, 1701 Woodlands Dr., Maumee, OH 43537.
Kathryn J. Robinson, age 81, passed away in Waterville on Sunday, March 22.
Born in Maumee on January 22, 1934, to Fred and Hazel (Baker) Hutchinson, she is survived by her son, Bob Ryan, Jr.; and daughters, Vicki Conover and Judy Miller. Services will be private.
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