Obituaries

 

Nancy Barrios
Nancy Ann Barrios, age 82, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, March 28.
Born in Toledo on August 18, 1931, to John and Winifred Dunning, she graduated from DeVilbiss High School and attended Stautzenberger Business School. She married Melvin Barrios on November 17, 1956 and worked for Sealtest, Food Town and the Anne Grady Center. A 50-year member of Faith Community United Church of Christ, Mrs. Barrios served in many roles and sang in the choir. She was a member of Dendarah Court No. 10, Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, where she served in various leadership positions. She also served as a Girl Scout leader and Maumee Band Booster. She was always giving of her time and talents to serve her family, church and community. Cooking was her passion and she was well known for her pies.
A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, she loved her family and is survived by her husband, Melvin; children, Mark (Michelle) Barrios, of Wooster, Heidi (Ron) Denlinger, of Holland, and Heather Speck, of Whitehouse; 11 grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Friends were received on April 11 at Walter Funeral Home, where the funeral service took place on April 12, followed by interment in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Community U.C.C. or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Louise Ann Karchner died peacefully on Monday, March 31, after a long illness.
Born on June 30, 1927, to Emmett and Emma (Noftz) Mizer near Fremont, she graduated from Clyde High School and the Maumee Valley Hospital School of Nursing and was an RN at Flower Hospital for many years. Married to Martin Karchner, they spent most of their lives in south Toledo, where they raised two sons, Brent and Mark. She was part of that special generation that was strong, compassionate and never afraid of hard work. Mrs. Karchner was an animal lover, particularly her dogs, who were great companions over the years. Her other great love were her grandchildren, who will truly miss her but are thankful for all the time they spent together.
Mrs. Karchner was preceded in death by her husband, Marty, and son, Brent Karchner, and is survived by her son, Mark (Kim) Karchner; granddaughter, Kendall Karchner; and grandsons, Brendan and Evan Karchner. She also leaves behind many friends and relatives.
There will be no visitation and services and internment will be private at Toledo Memorial Park. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Toledo Area Humane Society or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Ann Miller
Ann T. Miller, age 86, of Maumee and formerly of Holgate, passed away on Tuesday, April 8.
Born on July 20, 1927, in Marquette, Ontario, Canada to Henry and Angeline Van Poppel, she married Max Miller, Sr., on April 18, 1948. They had a loving marriage that lasted more than 53 years; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Miller was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Holgate for nearly 30 years. Later moving to Maumee with her family, she attended All Saints Lutheran Church in Toledo, where she and her husband were very active. She volunteered her time and talents at the Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek Auxiliary and was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She worked for many years as an administrative assistant at Campbell’s Soup Company in Napoleon.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her sons, Max (Lou Ann) Miller, Jr., of East Lansing, Mich., and Roger (Deborah) Miller, of Basking Ridge, N.J.; grandchildren, Stephanie, Carrie, Angela, Kristi, Brian, Bradley, Matthew, David and Emily; nine great-grandchildren; siblings, Jim Van Poppel, Bob Van Poppel, Mary Klear, Dorothy Van Poppel, Susan Latta, Evelyn Good and Kathy Sanniti. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Angeline Van Poppel; brother, Hank Van Poppel; and daughter, Lois (Mark) Merrill.
Visitation was on April 11 at Snyder Funeral Home in Holgate. Funeral services took place on April 12 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Holgate. Memorial donations may be made to the Lois Merrill Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.

William Wright
William H. Wright, age 81, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, and formerly of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr. Wright owned and managed Northwood Coin Laundry, Northwood Car Wash and Peaches Sundae Shoppe for many years. A devoted and loving husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Scot (Ivy) Wright, Tod (Adela) Wright and Rick (Dawn) Wright; and five grandchildren.
A private service took place for immediate family members. The family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Joan Gusky
Joan M. Gusky, age 86, of Whitehouse, died on Wednesday, April 9.
Born in Cleveland on April 6, 1928, to Hollis and Edith Whitcomb, she worked as a beautician for many years and was a member of St. Richard’s Church in Swanton. She married Richard Gusky on February 12, 1947, and he preceded her in death.
Survivors include her sons, Richard (Cindy) Gusky, of Whitehouse, and Robert (Linda) Gusky, of Ocala, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and brother, Quentin (Janet) Whitcomb. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and daughter, Juanita.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at Hope United Methodist Church in Whitehouse. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 2500 N. Reynolds Rd., Toledo, OH 43615.

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Leo A. Thomas, age 88, of Perrysburg, passed away on Wednesday, April 9.
Born in Toledo on July 1, 1929, to Arthur and Gertrude (Keubler) Thomas, he retired in 1991 from the City of Maumee, where he was a commissioner for the city streets and water department and a surveyor. A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, Mr. Thomas enjoyed traveling and fishing and was an avid golfer and a ranger at Fallen Timbers.
He is survived by his sons, Phillip (Rosette), Martin, Tony (Yvonne) and Arthur (Barbara); daughter, Maria Wilder; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Haupricht) Thomas.
Friends and family were received on April 15 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where funeral services took place on April 16. A private interment took place in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research.

Fred Taylor
Fred J. Taylor, age 84, of Maumee, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 10, with his loving wife and son by his side.
Born on November 5, 1929, in Middleport to the late Fred and Beulah Taylor, he was a 1947 graduate of Macomber High School. He began an after-school job working for the Barnes family at Paramount Printing in 1945 and eventually retired as president after working for 50 years for four generations of the Barnes family. A former member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Mr. Taylor served on several boards and as moderator in 1979. He was a member of Northern Light Lodge No. 40 F&AM and was active in Zenobia Shrine, serving as parade marshal from 1970-73. He was recognized for gathering the largest number of Shrine band members together, filling the field at Ohio Stadium. He enjoyed organizing golf outings for his friends at Brandywine Country Club, where he was an active member for 45 years. He will be remembered as a thoughtful, caring and compassionate man of faith. His first priority was always his family.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Lois; son, Thomas (Debra); grandchildren, Shelley (Doug) Borgerson, Tamara Taylor, Nick (Gretchen) Taylor, Nathan (Lisa) Taylor and Brittany (Scott) Schulze; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Friel; and daughter-in-law, Dorothy Taylor. He was preceded in death by his son, Jim, and grandson, J.J.
Friends were received on April 13 in the Walker Funeral Home. Funeral services took place on April 14 at Sylvania United Church of Christ, followed by interment in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Sylvania United Church of Christ or to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Michael Stepniewski
Michael Boyd “Mike” Michael Boyd Stepniewski, age 51, of Perrysburg, passed away on Monday, April 14.
Born in Toledo on December 28, 1962, to Dr. Donald and Ann (Hood) Stepniewski, he graduated from Perrysburg High School and was employed by various Perrysburg businesses. He will be remembered for his caring ways and his sense of humor.
Surviving are his stepmother, Jean Stepniewski; brothers, Dale (Heather) Stepniewski, of Nashville, and David (Cheryl) Estel, of Memphis; sisters, Lynn Kennon, of Cincinnati, and Linda Wegman, of Maumee; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
According to Mr. Stepniewski’s wishes, there will be no visitation and a memorial service celebrating his life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Perrysburg. Interment will be private. The family suggests memorial contributions to Bethel Assembly of God Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

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