Jean L. Robertson, age 89, passed away on Monday, November 16. An active member of the Ashland Garden Club, she was also a member of Peace Lutheran Church prior to moving to Toledo to be cared for by her grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lee Robertson; and daughter, Kathy (Robertson) Holowacz. She will be deeply missed by her grandsons, Chris Schwab, Neil (Cortney) Schwab and Adam Holowacz; six great-grandchildren; sister, Judy Haverstein; and several nieces and nephews, including Nancy Rogers.
Respecting her request, there was no visitation and graveside services were private. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Ashland Garden Club, 166 Sharon Ave., Ashland, OH 44805; or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Jeremy Ray Coger, age 34, passed away on Thursday, November 19.
Born in Toledo on November 16, 1981, he attended Rossford Schools, where he was involved in sports and made many lifelong friends. He enjoyed being a part of the youth group and going on mission trips with the First Presbyterian Church in Maumee. Mr. Coger’s favorite gifts to give were smiles and laughter. He was always there when anyone needed him, always asking how he could help. Very intelligent, charismatic and creative, he loved to play his guitar and had many diverse interests, including cooking, teaching himself to crochet and being the family grill master with his cousin Brittni. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and will live on in the hearts and lives he touched.
He will be dearly missed by his mother, Tracey; daughter, Lucy Demmy and her mother, Maria Demmy; grandmother, Orthella “Red” Swalla; girlfriend, Aaron Frederick, expecting son, Nikolai; aunt, Barb Kiernan; uncles, Todd Swalla, Stephen Swalla and Tom (Sarah) Kiernan; cousins, Brittni and Connor Kiernan, Zayvian, Zyair, Zariah, Sean and Cali; longtime friends, Ryan Horvath and Deann Patronik and her daughter Maddie; and “Grandma” Barb Mandry. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Donald S. Swalla; and great-grandfather, Donald P. Swalla.
A memorial service will be conducted at the First Presbyterian Church in Maumee at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 12, followed by a celebration of life in the church community center. Memorial contributions may be made to Racing for Recovery, P.O. Box 160, Sylvania, OH 43560.
Genevieve “Gene” Nielson, age 93, died peacefully on Thursday, November 19.
Born in Toledo on June 26, 1922, to Peter and Alice Wojtowicz, who arrived from Poland in 1912, she attended primary school in the Lagrange district of Toledo and graduated from Woodward High School in 1940. She began employment in 1941 by the Carpenters and Millwrights Labor Union, where she remained until her retirement 48 years later. She married Robert Nielson, Sr., on July 26, 1952, and was a loving and devoted wife during his long battle with rheumatoid arthritis. He died in 1999. They lived together in the same Maumee home they purchased in December 1956.
Mrs. Nielson was a lifelong volunteer and believed in “payback time,” starting with Toledo State Hospital and visitation to senior shut-ins, helping them with transportation and meals. More recently, she was a volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital for more than 25 years and was known as the “coffee cart lady.” She retired from St. Luke’s Auxiliary at age 88. She was also a member of the Maumee American Legion Auxiliary for more than 50 years and served as treasurer for more than 20 years. Mrs. Nielson belonged to the Maumee Eagles, the Maumee Senior Center and was a 50-year member of the Maumee Methodist Church. A lifelong Democrat, she belonged to the Women’s Democratic Federation of Ohio and received an award for voting in 50 continuous elections. She also loved and supported the Toledo Zoo as a member for many years.
Surviving are her son, Dr. Robert (Judy) Nielson, Jr., and grandsons, Robert and Joshua, all living in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; many loving nephews and nieces who visited her often; and special neighborhood friends, Tammy Malinoski and Sharon Keller, who supported her in a way that allowed her to remain in her own home years after she was no longer able to drive. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Alice Ruby; and brothers, Harry, Peter, Edward, Melvin and John Wojtowicz.
Funeral services took place on November 23 at Walter Funeral Home, followed by burial in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. The family requests donations to the Elizabeth Scott Memorial Fund or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Edward Alan Bachman, age 72, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, November 20.
Born in Dayton on December 23, 1942, to Lawrence and Charlotte (Chittum) Bachman, he worked as a professional printer in the Toledo area, having started at the ground floor and working his way into regional sales. Mr. Bachman was proud of his work and associations with Graphic Arts, Howson-Algraphy and Polychrome. He met Sandee, the love of his life, at the age of 12, and they have been together ever since, recently celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary. Mr. Bachman was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He liked to camp and explore the road, either in his RV or on his motorcycle. He also enjoyed a good round of golf and spending time with the family on their boat.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sandee; son, Lawrence (JoAnn); daughters, Kindl (Ann) Bachman and Marnie (Jean) Bachman; grandsons, E.J. and Evan; granddaughters, Jordyn and Rylee; sister, Sharon Grandfield; mother-in-law, Joanne Emnett; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends and family are invited to gather at Riverside Cemetery in Maumee at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 27, for a Louisiana-style funeral procession. A celebration of life will take place at Fallen Timbers Fairways Club House in Waterville immediately following the committal service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Thomas Alvin Biggs, age 80, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, November 20, following complications from a fall.
Born in Toledo on June 13, 1935, to Walter and Helen (Shugar) Biggs, he was a 1953 graduate of Maumee High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Defiance College and a master’s degree in education from The University of Toledo. Mr. Biggs was employed by Toledo Public Schools as a teacher and dean of students, retiring in 1987 after 30 years of service. He officiated football and wrestling throughout Northwest Ohio for 25 years. He was a member of the Maumee Elks Lodge, where he served as lodge secretary from 1975-2003 and as Exalted Ruler and district chairman and was the Ohio Elks Association state president in 1998-99.
A member of Phi Delta Kappa at Defiance College, he played on the 1953 undefeated football team as a scholarship player and was a proud member of The National Football Foundation, Riverby Country Club, Valleywood Golf Club, Brandywine Country Club, the UT and Defiance College Alumni Associations, Sylvania Moose Lodge and Maumee Eagles. Mr. Biggs had many friends and associates through his charitable works with the Elks and their youth activities, along with many other local, state and national charitable foundations. He enjoyed his close association with his neighbors and his work with the Brandywine Condo Association, where he served as treasurer and board member for many years.
Surviving are his sister, Kathy (David) Neiman; sister-in-law, Suzanne Biggs; nieces and nephews, Jeffrey (Lisa) Biggs, Teri (Karl) Martin, David (Chris) Neiman, Brad Neiman, Brian (Michelle Fite) Neiman and Darrin (Colleen) Neiman; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and very close friends, Donna Asfar and Marty Flynn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald (Gerry) Biggs.
In honoring Mr. Biggs’ wishes, services were private. He will be interned with his parents in Calvary Cemetery in Toledo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Alma M. Beck, of Toledo, passed away on Sunday, November 22.
Born to Fredrick and Gertrude in Toledo, she was a manager for 25 years at A&P Credit Union. She also volunteered with the G.B.U. at the German American Festival, was also a lifelong blood donor and loved animals, baking and playing cards with her friends.
Mrs. Beck is survived by her daughters, Susan (Robert), Kathleen (James), Jacquelyn (Douglas) and Sandra (Mark); son, John (Linda); grandchildren, James, Heather, Jared and Brian; great-grandchildren, David, Makayla, Megan, David and Claire; sisters, Ann and Elizabeth; and brother, Fred. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; and sisters, Ruth and Gertrude.
Services were private.
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