James “Jim” Brenneman, age 82, of Monclova, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, June 17.
Born in Toledo on February 1, 1933, to Howard and Gladys (Graver) Brenneman, he graduated from DeVilbiss High School and went on to attend General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich. He joined the U.S. Army in 1953 and spent 18 months in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Brenneman enjoyed water and snow skiing, fishing, flea markets, antiques, collecting scrap metal, family vacations and frequent trips to Florida. He was a proud humanitarian, frequently donating his time to Carpenters for Christ, Old Newsboys and Habitat for Humanity.
The epitome of a family man, he is survived by his wife of 56 years, Norma Jean (Fischer) Brenneman; children, Mike (Diana), Greg (Amy), Michele (Jeff Smith) Lambert, Skeeter and Angie (Joe) Ceglio; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren (and another due in August); brother, Jeff (Jane) Brenneman; and brother-in-law, Jack Webber. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jackie Webber.
A celebration of life service took place on June 27 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Waterville.
Clara June Tanner, age 98, passed away on Saturday, June 20.
Born in Toledo on June 29, 1916, to David and Clara (Gosche) Small, she married Hamlin Tanner in 1936 and with him raised three successful, adoring daughters. Any one of them would delight in being told they’re like their mother, a steadfast and loving matriarch. Mrs. Tanner was brave, witty, smart, practical and a hard-working homemaker. She worked for 28 years as an insurance secretary to help fund college for her daughters. In retirement, she managed a condominium complex for 13 more years. She enjoyed extensive travel (including visits to Japan and China), playing golf and a longtime membership to Brandywine Country Club, but mostly, she relished family.
She is survived by her daughters, Sheila (Jack) Vaccaro, of Plymouth, Minn., Sharon (Jon) VanDuzen, of Maumee, and Deanna (Len) Sucsy, of Quogue, N.Y.; grandchildren, Dean Vaccaro, Shari Vaccaro, Michael (Demitri) Sucsy and Laurel (Benjamin) Sucsy-Butler; and great-grandchildren, Leo, Sabrina, Hamlin and Clementine. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hamlin, in 1998; and sister, Ruth Crosby.
Visitation took place on June 26 at Walker Funeral Home, with services and burial the following day in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Woodlands, 4030 Indian Rd., Toledo, OH 43606; or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
James Robert “Bob” Norton, age 71, of Maumee, died on Tuesday, June 23, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Toledo on August 10, 1943, to Bearl and Beatrice (Birmingham) Norton, he graduated from Macomber High School and The University of Toledo, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Mr. Norton served in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Vietnam War and was a systems analyst for Doehler-Jarvis, NCR, AP Parts and Libbey-Owens-Ford. In retirement, he enjoyed working for The Toledo Museum of Art as a gallery guard. A member of Trinity Lutheran Church, he served on the board of elders and church council, as president of the PTO and brought joy to the shut-ins.
Surviving are his loving wife of 47 years, Carol Norton; daughters, April Norton and Alicia (Blake Beetler) Smith; grandsons, Isaiah Smith and Donovan Dent; sister, Joan (Sterling) King; father and mother-in-law, William and Helen Schaub, Sr.; brother-in-law, Charles (Kristine) Schaub; sister-in-law, Sharon (Ken) Kamm; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, William Schaub, Jr.
Funeral services were conducted on June 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, followed by interment in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Surrounded by loved ones, Christina A. Geiger passed away on Wednesday, June 24.
Preceded in death by her husband, Charles, she is survived by her daughters, Leona (Larry) Fazenbaker, Toni (Mark) Hylton and Charlene (Ed) Schutte); grandchildren, Christi (Dave) Sienkiewicz, Kendra Swartz, Larry (JJ) Fazenbaker, Markie Hylton, Mallory (Claudio) Cabrera, Matt Hylton, Eddie Schutte, Justin Schutte and Casey (Josh) Johnson; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Anna and Ernestine; and brothers, Ernie, Jerry, Dave and Johnny.
The Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on June 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, followed by interment in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Cemetery Board in care of the church.
Marjorie B. Callahan, age 94, of Maumee, passed away on Thursday, June 25.
Born in Toledo on January 28, 1921, to Howard and Marguerite (Schneider) Myers, she graduated from Scott High School in 1939 and attended Stautzenberger Business College. She worked while in high school as a waitress, later had a job as a “cigar-cigarette girl” at Swayne Field and then worked as a secretary in a law firm. After furthering her education through correspondence bookkeeping courses, Mrs. Callahan took a sales job with Gibboney Plumbing and Heating and then went on to be a controller for Dunbar Mechanical, Inc., from which she retired after 28 years. An avid flower gardener, she enjoyed taking care of her beautiful lawns.
Married to Thurman (Bill) Turner for 25 years, she then married the love of her life, Frank Callahan, with whom she enjoyed 29 years prior to his death. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Roberta Myers; stepson, Jim (Debbie) Callahan; nephew, Scott (Marilyn) Sheperd; nephew, Tim (Cathy) Callahan; great-nieces, Marjorie (Jerry) Houlihan and Lynne Tribble; great-nephew, Joe Schramm; and many other nieces, nephews and extended family. In addition to her husband Frank, she was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Howard; sister, Phyllis (Robert) Sheperd; and niece, Sue (Mike) Schramm.
Services were conducted on June 28 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Interment was private in Fort Meigs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or St. Joan of Arc, 5856 Heatherdowns Blvd. Toledo, OH 43614.
Edward Robert Newman, age 95, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, June 26.
Born in Maumee on September 7, 1919, to John and Lucy (Gorney) Newman, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and worked for Western Electric for 31 years. Mr. Newman was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, American Legion, VFW and DAV and enjoyed farming and traveling.
He is survived by his sons, Robert (Cathy) and Rick (Bonnie); three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anna; grandson, Jay Newman; and siblings, Helen Donnely, Walter Newman, Frances Miller, Pearl Hamburg, Stanley Newman and John Newman.
Funeral services took place on June 29 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, followed by entombment in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
George G. Beck, age 84, of Whitehouse, died peacefully on Sunday, June 28, surrounded by friends.
Born in Detroit on June 27, 1931, to Harold and Rolieda Beck, he developed coatings used in the automotive industry, earning three patents over more than 39 years. His friends knew him as an auto enthusiast, an electronics wizard and a welding aficionado. Mr. Beck also enjoyed working with tools, reading, gardening and bird watching. A true gentleman, he will be missed by all who knew him.
Friends will be received beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 2, at Peinert Funeral Home in Whitehouse, where the funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.
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