Kerry E. Pelton, age 54, passed away peacefully on Tuesday evening, November 29, in home hospice care after a year of fighting stage 4 cancer.
Born in Toledo on February 13, 1962 to Ivor and Jeanette, he attended Monclova Elementary and went on to graduate from Anthony Wayne High School in 1980. Beginning at age 16, he worked at Rinks Bargain City/Cooks, where he became a manager from 1984 until it closed. He went on to run the Spring Meadows branch of Hoover Company for 17 years. With several years of experience, he decided in August 2002 to venture out and founded Maumee Sweeper Center, where he appreciated the many relationships he gained with his customers. Mr. Pelton enjoyed many hobbies, starting with stamp collecting as a child and growing into motorcycles and cars (especially Corvettes). He also had fun with remote aircraft, radios, trading stocks and writing programs and was an excellent bowler. His favorite hobby was wood crafting and remodeling, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Surviving are his loving wife of four years, Shelley (Miller); mother, Jeanette; son, Josh; brother, Larry (Annette) Pelton; sisters, Beth (John) Raimonde, Cindy (Jim) Larimore, and Sue (Bruce) Shock; stepchildren, Jordan and Brooke; step-grandson, Hendrix; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation and the funeral ceremony took place on December 4 at Walter Funeral Home. Graveside services were conducted on December 5 in Swanton Centerville Cemetery.
Michael Stephen “Kono” Wysocki, age 64, of Maumee, passed away on Thursday, December 1 after battling pancreatic cancer for several months.
The eldest child of Gerald and Barbara (Sinnig) Wysocki, he was born on June 28, 1952 in Leesville, La. He grew up in Toledo and attended St. Catherine’s Grade School and Start High School. Following his graduation in 1970, Mr. Wysocki began working at C&O/CSX Railroad as a clerk, eventually working his way to yardmaster. The following year, he proudly joined the U.S. Army National Guard, continuing for six years. In 1980, after helping a friend move to Phoenix, he fell in love with the growing area and set his sights on living in the Valley of the Sun, which he accomplished in 1982.
Working for the U.S. Post Office in Phoenix, he met and fell in love with his future bride, Faith DiNardo, whom he married in January 1986. An avid outdoorsman and NRA member who enjoyed fishing, golf, target practice and biking, Mr. Wysocki loved golf so much that he would play in the midday sun after work. He bought his first motorcycle when he was 17 and simply loved the thrill of the open road. He continued riding throughout most of his life and loved the roar of his Harleys. Also an avid bicyclist, he took up mountain biking in the ‘90s. Friends were a huge part of his life and he could often be found with his buddies mountain biking in the hills and deserts of the West.
Mr. Wysocki and his wife both loved the outdoors, traveling and camping throughout the western U.S. every summer. Starting with tents and graduating to RVs and 5th wheels, their trips were punctuated with fun, love and laughter and they never tired of each other’s company. One of their favorite places was Yellowstone National Park, which they visited often and admired the scenery and wildlife. They made their home in a picturesque A-frame house nestled on Black Mountain in Cave Creek, Ariz. The outdoors was their home with days off spent on jet skis at the lake and weekends at Harold’s. An avid fan of the Arizona baseball and football teams, which made for a spirited rivalry across the miles with favored teams of family and friends, Mr. Wysocki was grateful to witness both of the professional teams play for championships.
After retiring from the Post Office in 2007, the Wysockis were able to devote even more to their travels. They volunteered as campground hosts at numerous campgrounds throughout Oregon and Utah, building many beautiful memories together. In 2012, they returned to the Toledo area and settled in Maumee to be closer to family and friends. After an especially cold Ohio winter, they decided to become “snowbirds” and bought a winter place in Sun City, Ariz. They were longtime parishioners of St. Thomas More in Glendale and more recently of St. Joan of Arc in Toledo. Family and friends will remember Mr. Wysocki for the wonderful, fun-loving, selfless person he was.
He is survived by his wife, Faith; stepson, Scott; grandchildren, Darren and Ximon; loving father, Jerry; loving brothers, Jeff (Maureen), Terry (Renee) and Rick (Sandy); and loving sisters, Lorri (Bob) Stark and Kris (Jim) Thielman; 11 nieces; 10 nephews; and many, many friends.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on December 5 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 5950 Heathersdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH 43614; or the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
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