Mary “Toots” Dolores (Sell) Dobelbower, age 78, passed away on Sunday, December 7 in Birmingham, Ala.
Born in Claysburg, Pa., to Lawrence and Mary (Bowser) Sell on July 2 1936, she married Dr. Ralph Dobelbower, Jr., on August 29, 1963. She graduated as valedictorian of the 1955 class of Claysburg High School, where she was very active in all the performing arts, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and later an associate degree in the culinary arts from Owens Community College. Mrs. Dobelbower spent many years teaching music in Pennsylvania before moving in support of her husband’s military service, spending some time in San Diego, the Philippines and Durham, N.H. Later, she worked in the culinary arts, mostly teaching at Owens Community College. She retired after 17 years of teaching in 2006 and moved to Alabama to be closer to her son, Chris and his family.
She leaves behind her children, their spouses and three grandchildren: son, Ralph Riddall III (Christine) and their son, Ralph Riddall IV; son, Dr. Michael Christian (Kristie) and their sons, Joshua and Rhett; and daughter, Barbara; and brothers, Edwin and Eugene Sell. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles, who died as an infant, and Chalmer Sell, who passed away on August 13 of this year.
Funeral service were conducted on December 12 at Leslie-Miller Funeral Home in Claysburg, Pa. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Martins in the Pines in Birmingham, Ala.
Lloyd Joseph Dunlap, age 84, of Maumee, passed away on Monday, December 8.
Born in Cleveland to Lloyd and Helen (Grinkalunas) Dunlap on July 17, 1930, he was a devoted husband and father and especially loved his grandchildren. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, retired from Rolled Alloys in Temperance, Mich., and enjoyed fishing and camping.
Mr. Dunlap is survived by his daughters, Pamela (Alex) Thurmond, Suzanne (Thomas) Corey and Leigh Dunlap; grandchildren, Abigail, Evan and Madison; and son-in-law, James Miller. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorretta, and his parents.
A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on December 12 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH43551; or the American Diabetes Association, 300 Galleria Officentre Suite 111, Southfield, MI 48034.
Franklyn Jay “Frank” Roach, age 84, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 9.
Born in Toledo on February 25, 1930, to Felix and Ruth Roach, he graduated from Holland High School and studied agricultural science at The Ohio State University. Mr. Roach served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Air Force. He married Nancy Roach on April 21, 1960, and she preceded him in death. A farm boy at heart who loved to grow and build things and was known for his strong entrepreneurial spirit, he founded several companies focusing in residential, commercial and industrial real estate in Northwest Ohio. His more than 60 years in business became the driving force for the creation of three foundations supporting non-profit efforts globally.
Mr. Roach’s motto, “Do the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people,” is a reflection of his faith and motivation to help others. He invested his time and efforts in several organizations, including American Legion Post 553, Bart & Smith Masonic Lodge, Anthony Wayne board of education (1985-86) and the Monclova Zoning Board. He was also one of the Monclova Historical Foundation’s founding members, who renovated and created the Monclova Community Center.
He is survived by his daughters, Judy Roach, Jennifer (John) Bailey, Amy (Kerry Patrick) Clark, Rebecca Roach and Holly Roach; grandchildren, Mitch McVicker, Matt (Haley) McVicker, Aubrey Bailey, Fletcher Bailey and Robbie Clark; great-grandchild, Isla May McVicker; and best friend, Marilyn Morris.
Friends and family were received on December 11 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Waterville. The funeral took place on December 12 at Maumee United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be directed to the youth program at Maumee United Methodist Church.
Leonard Elliott “Ben” Strayer, age 94, of Perrysburg, passed away recently.
The fifth of eight children born to Walter and May (Matzinger) Strayer, his early youth was spent during the Great Depression years and the farm was the place to be at that time. In 1941, Mr. Strayer enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served a total of six years active duty, including serving during all of World War II at sea, first on the USS Salamone until she was damaged in the North Atlantic and then on the USS Hill, doing anti-submarine warfare with Task Force 221 in the Atlantic and Island Attach Support in the Pacific Arena. Finally, he was part of the great Battle Force nearing Japan when the war finally ended. He was an Engineering Chief Petty Officer.
Mr. Strayer married Dorothy Elbert on December 16, 1945, at the Immaculate Conception Episcopal Church in New York City and in 1947, he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service by the U.S. Coast Guard. He sailed out of New York City for the next five years as a Chief Marine Engineer Officer. He came ashore in 1953 to accept an insurance position in Industrial Loss Control. He worked out of offices in New York City, Albany, N.Y., and Toledo, retiring in 1983. He was supervisor of loss control and engineering for parts of a tri-state area and a professional engineer and authorized nuclear inspector. After retirement, he worked part time as a loss control consultant until 1996. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and outdoor activities. He was a member of the American Legion Post 28 and Phoenix Lodge 123 F&AM, both in Perrysburg, and Brandywine County club in Maumee for 28 years.
He is survived by his children, Susann, Leonard and Daniel Strayer; brothers, Marvin (Doris) and Robert Strayer; and sister, Martha Nelson. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Dorothy; brothers, Wallace and Kenneth; and sisters, Mary and Lovina.
Funeral services took place on December 13 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, followed by a graveside service at Swan Creek Cemetery in Monclova. Memorial contributions may be made to a veterans organization in Maumee or Perrysburg.
Matthew Frederic Burdo, age 57, of Perrysburg, passed away on Wednesday, December 10.
Born in Toledo to Frederic and Suzanne (Baldwin) Burdo on November 24, 1957, he graduated from Maumee High School in 1976 and worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Perrysburg as a mail carrier, retiring after 32 years. Mr. Burdo enjoyed spending time with friends and family and often amazed them with his uncanny ability to recall significant dates and events in the lives of those he knew. His interests included history and weather. Although he lived his entire life in Northwest Ohio, he traveled extensively.
Mr. Burdo is survived by his mother, Suzanne; sisters, Claudia (Daniel) Stein, Rebecca (Gary) Davenport and Julie (David) Lenart; brother, Peter (Jeanette) Burdo; many nieces, nephews and cousins that he held dear; and his beloved dog, Ginger. He was preceded in death by his father, Frederic.
Friends and family were received on December 14 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Funeral services were conducted on December 15 at Maumee United Methodist Church, followed by interment in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Maumee United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Carl W. Theaker, age 83, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, December 10.
Born in Mansfield, Ohio, to William and Alice (Heffelfinger) Theaker on May 26, 1931, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for USFG as an insurance adjustor and after retirement, he spent 13 years as a crossing guard for Maumee City Schools. Mr. Theaker was a longtime coach for Maumee youth baseball and an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Maumee. He was 29-year member of the Maumee Elks and was honored as Elk of the Year in 1992.
He is survived by his sons, Carl Jr. (Jackie), Dave (Barbara) and Ted (Tammy); daughter, Kim (Randy) Lyons; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Douglas (Mary Jean); and sister, Ellen Bopp. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lydia; daughter, Rebecca Stanley; parents; and brother-in-law, Gene Bopp.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 27 at First Presbyterian Church in Maumee, followed by interment in Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Maumee Little League, P.O. Box 112, Maumee, OH 43537; or Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg.
Fred D. Farringer, age 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 13, after many long battles with a very rare neurological disease, cortico basal degeneration, in the presence of his loving wife Anna, daughter Nancy and many other family members.
Born in Rossford to Dewey and Esther Farringer on February 18, 1929, he graduated from Perrysburg High School and was a proud U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Farringer retired from Libbey Owens Ford after 40 years and then worked for 15 years delivering supplies for medical labs. He also worked with the Ohio Highway Patrol as an auxiliary officer. He loved music and played the alto saxophone in the Maumee Community Band for many years. More recently, he played in the Sylvania Center Band. He was the oldest living Past Commander of the American Legion Post 320 and loved cheering for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
One of his hobbies was singing in the Maumee Valley Barbershop Chorus, SPEBSQSA. A man who could fix anything, he built a boat, The Fancy Nancy, in his garage, and he used it on Lake Erie. He was a member of Maumee United Methodist Church and sang in the church choir. In 1952, he married Mary Beale – they were married for 47 years and had five children. She preceded him in death. In 2002, he married Anna. They have been devoted to each other and believed they were very blessed to have found each other.
Preceded in death by his parents, first wife Mary, oldest daughter Mary, youngest son Timothy and brothers, Jerry and Robert, Mr. Farringer is survived by his loving wife, Anna; children, Fred, of Oak Harbor, Nancy Farringer-Araujo, of Long Beach, Calif., and Robert (Patricia), of Maumee; brother, George (Carol); eight grandchildren; many stepchildren and step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and a host of kind friends and neighbors who gave their support and love.
Visitation was on December 17 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18 at Maumee United Methodist Church, followed by interment in Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg. Memorial contributions may be directed to Maumee United Methodist Church.
Robert Leo Klempner, age 91, of Toledo, passed away on Saturday, December 13.
Born in Toledo on February 11, 1923, to Robert and Florence (Masson) Klempner, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and fishing.
Mr. Klempner is survived by his son, Raymond Klempner; daughters, Karen Klempner and Kristine (Jim) Sulinski; grandchildren, Matt, Angie and Jim; great-grandchildren, Maggie, Lauren, April and Alexander; and sister, Marian Neumeyer. He was preceded in death by his wife, June; son, James; daughter-in-law, Linda; parents; and siblings, Donald, Art, Teresa, Joyce, Florence and Dorothy.
Friends and family were received on December 16 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where a memorial service took place on December 17, followed by interment in Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg.
Alfred Gray, Jr.
Alfred William Gray, Jr., age 89, passed away on Monday, December 15.
Born in Dayton to Alfred and Helen (Meyers) Gray on July 10, 1925, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Gray worked for Chrysler, was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed camping, boating and the ocean.
He is survived by his daughters, Joanne (Jim) Brown, Judy Brown and Rosemary (Steve) Alex; son, Alfred (Paulette) Gray; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne; parents; great-grandson, Cole; and seven siblings.
Family and friends will be received from 10:00 a.m. until the memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 19 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Richard O. Thomas, age 83, of Waterville, died on Monday, December 15.
Born in Waterville to Heber and Nellie (Heller) Thomas on January 3, 1931, he proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53 and worked as a farmer and a glassworker, retiring from Libbey Owens Ford in 1988. Mr. Thomas was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Whitehouse and a 60-year member and past commander of Whitehouse American Legion Post 384.
He married Frances Smith on September 29, 1956, in Whitehouse. She survives, along with his son, Charles (Tina) Thomas, of Grand Rapids, Ohio; grandchildren, Adam and Megan Thomas; step-grandchildren, Richard (Julie) Amos III and Holly Amos; step-great-grandchildren, Ellynn and Evan Amos; sister, Donna Box; brothers, Leland (Joyce), Gary (Frances) and Stephen Thomas; and daughter-in-law, Amy (Blair) Dyke. He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Jimmy Thomas; and brother-in-law, Boyd Box.
Visitation was on December 17 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Whitehouse, where funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 18, followed by interment in Highland Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Whitehouse American Legion Post 384 baseball team.
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