Paul Bartelle “Bill” Brooks, aged 90, died on Thursday, May 7, in Naples, Fla.
Born on June 5, 1924, to E. Paul and Florence (Bartelle), he was a member of the second class of seniors to graduate from Ottawa Hills High School in 1942. Mr. Brooks attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute but graduated from Purdue University in engineering in 1947, after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married OHHS classmate Alice Gay Crowther on April 22, 1948, and started working at Brooks Insurance Agency, founded in 1922 by his father. He returned to the Navy during the Korean conflict, serving aboard a minesweeper patrolling the southeastern Atlantic coast of the U.S. Mr. Brooks and his growing family then settled in Ottawa Hills. Following the death of his father in 1966, he became president of Brooks Insurance, where he remained until his retirement in 1988. He and Alice then became snowbirds, living in Naples and Ottawa Hills, before moving permanently to Naples in 2006.
An avid sailor, beginning at age 13 when he sailed his 12-foot dinghy on Lake Erie, over time he graduated to a cruising sailboat “Mist.” Although he enjoyed the challenge of racing, he most enjoyed time spent aboard with family and friends. He loved sailing around the Manitou Islands on Lake Michigan and cruising Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Canada’s North Channel. Mr. Brooks was also an accomplished and prolific watercolor artist, painting scenes from the Great Lakes as well as interesting harbors, villages and landscapes he and Alice visited on their travels in the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean. He gave freely of his time, serving on a number of local boards and the Independent Insurance Agents Association of Ohio. He was also a member of the President’s Council at the Toledo Museum of Art and served on the vestry at St. Michael’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. He and his wife were members of the Toledo Club and the Toledo Country Club, where they enjoyed golf and the pleasure of many wonderful friendships.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James and Robert; and his wife of 67 years, Alice, who died on December 26, 2014. He is survived by his sons, Michael (Robin), of Ann Arbor, Thomas, of Maumee, and Malcolm, (Minh Ho), of San Diego; grandchildren, Sarah (Ruthanna) Emrys, Andrew (Jennifer) and Elizabeth (Aaron Dodd); and great-granddaughter, Miriam Emrys.
A memorial service for both Alice and Bill will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 5 at St. Michael’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial donations to the church or the Toledo Museum of Art.
Joseph Charles Pauken, age 86, of Maumee and formerly of Palm Bay, Fla., passed away on Saturday, May 16, with his family at his side.
Born in Maumee on December 15, 1928, to Leo and Hazel (Schwab) Pauken, he graduated from Ohio Northern University with a degree in pharmacology and served in the U.S. Army. He married Margaret Ann Harrigan on September 26, 1953 and they had eight children. Mr. Pauken proudly served the community of Maumee as a city councilman from 1971 to 1981, was a life member of the Maumee Elks and a fourth degree Knights of Columbus member and was inducted into the Maumee High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. He enjoyed painting and photography – his paintings paid for his college education and he had two published books of cartoons relating to his career.
Mr. Pauken is survived by his sons, Michael (Vickie), Stephen (Margaret), David (Christine), Jeff (Linda), Dennis (Elaine), Timothy (Karen) and Mark (Amy); daughter, Judith (Steve Holmes) Tuttle; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; sisters, Joanne Hogan and Leona Haas; and brothers, Donald and Charles. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Maggie; and brother, Norman. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Friends and family were received on May 20 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where prayers will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 21 and proceed to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee for the funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Francis Patrick “Charlie” Hamilton, age 81, of Las Vegas and formerly of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, May 13.
Born in Ft. Wayne, Ind., on September 19, 1933, to James and Lucille (Cochoit) Hamilton, he graduated from Libbey High School in 1951 and then joined the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War. On August 14, 1957, he married the love of his life, Patricia Becker. Mr. Hamilton retired from Lucas County as an electrician in 1991 after years of service at the Rec Center, various quarries, Mud Hens games and Children’s Wonderland. After retirement, he and Pat made Las Vegas their forever home.
Mr. Hamilton loved sports and participated in many softball and bowling leagues over the years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Maumee and the American Legion Post in Whitehouse. He was a very loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. He proudly attended the graduations and weddings of all his children and grandchildren. He will be sorely missed and always cherished. His smile and laughter were contagious and his positive outlook was a gift.
He is survived by his children, Lee Anne (Bob) Jagodzinski, of Dundee, Mich., Danny (Carol) Hamilton, of Toledo, Diane (Randy) McAtee, of Dayton, Carol (Bill) O’Brien-Owen, of Delaware, Ohio, Mickey Hamilton, of Holland, and Beth Kerekes, of Toledo; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brothers, James, Joseph and John Hamilton.
Family and friends will be received at Foth-Dorfmeyer Mortuary in Toledo on Thursday, May 21, beginning at 3:00 p.m. with a celebration of life ceremony at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the America Lung Association or Paws & Whiskers Cat Shelter.
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