Kayan Stickles Jordan, age 71, died on March 14 in Phoenix, following a valiant battle with brain cancer.
Born in Perrysburg to Elmer and Millie (Williams) Stickles on January 9, 1944, she graduated in 1962 from Anthony Wayne High School, where she played trumpet in the Marching Generals band. She worked at the U.S. Post Office and transferred to the Chula Vista, Ca., branch in the 1980s. She retired in 2003 and moved to Yuma, Ariz. She traveled in the summer months, including the last several years in the Waterville area, enjoying kayaking, bike riding and roller-skating. She loved reading, music and travel.
Preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ben Stickles, she is survived by her siblings, Jerry, of Las Cruzes, N.M., Bonnie (Marvin) Heminger, of Waterville, and Patsy (Dan) Roe, of Loyal, Wis.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Kayan attended Emmanuel Mennonite Fellowship while spending her summers in this area. Reid Short, pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite will officiate at her memorial service.
A memorial service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 at the Waterville Recreation Building. Memorial donations may be made to Sage Hospice, 5111 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250; Mulberry Assisted Living, 3750 W. Mulberry Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85019; or a local dog rescue organization.
Diana “Dede” Jane (Krieger) McDonald, of Jackson, Wyo., died peacefully on Friday, March 27, surrounded by her family in Laramie, Wyo., after a nine-month battle with brain cancer.
Born in Toledo on July 30, 1950, to Bob and Dolores (Shanahan) Krieger, she graduated from Whitmer High School in 1968 and earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from The Ohio State University in 1972. She later continued her education at Rocky Mountain University, where she earned a Ph.D. in physical therapy. Mrs. McDonald moved to Jackson in 1981 and enjoyed an extremely successful 43-year career, dedicating her life to children with developmental disabilities. In Jackson, she worked with the Children’s Learning Center, C-Bar-V Ranch, Teton County School District No. 1, Jackson Hole Therapy Riding Association, and the Wyoming Special Olympics, to name just a few of her contributions to the community.
Preceded in death by her parents, she is survived by her husband, Jeff McDonald, of Jackson, Wyo.; sons, Ryan, Kyle and Sean McDonald; brother, Rob (Gina) Krieger, of Maumee; and nephews, Todd Krieger, Brad (Emily) Krieger and Steven Krieger.
A celebration of her life is scheduled in Jackson at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the South Park Polo Fields. Memorial donations may be made to Dede’s legacy to “Presume Competence of Jackson” at www.pcjackson.org, a non-profit corporation that aims to continue her life’s work by providing assistance, support and therapeutic equipment to in-need disabled children in the Jackson Hole area.
Ryan Joseph Alfaro, age 22, passed away on Wednesday, April 1 in Virginia.
Born in Delta on April 9, 1992, to Manual and Annette (Szymanski) Alfaro, he graduated from Central Catholic High School in 2011 and attended North Central State University in Mansfield prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy on May 22, 2013. An exceptionally dedicated sailor who clearly displayed pride in his work as a yeoman, he reported to the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in March 2014 and immediately set to work learning his new field of naval administration. Mr. Alfaro’s ultimate goal was to become a professional poker player in Las Vegas. He was an avid fan of Olive Garden, Taco Bell, Pepsi Cola and Lays Potato Chips. His willingness to help others is reflected in his decision to be an organ donor.
Preceded in death by his grandparents, Stanley and Constance Szymanski; and aunts, Rachel and Gloria Alfaro, he is survived by his mother, Annette (Ernie Ruiz) Alfaro; father, Manual (Mona) Alfaro; sisters, Ursula Alfaro and Marissa (Matt Cavazos) Rodriquez; niece, Giliahna Cavazos; grandparents, Manual and Delia Alfaro; his dog, Lucky; and many aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.
A funeral service took place on April 12 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Cynthia Jo Young-Killough, of Albuquerque, N.M., died on Wednesday, April 1.
Born in Waterville on May 29, 1949, she graduated in 1967 from Anthony Wayne High School. She spent her summers in Lakeside, Ohio at her family’s cottage, where she learned at an early age to love tennis and later served as director of the Lakeside Tennis Club. She also played viola in the Lakeside Summer Symphony. She earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in music from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of music in 1972 and taught orchestral instruments in Ohio during the ’70s. Following graduation from The Ohio State University with a master’s degree in sports administration in 1980, her 25-year tennis teaching professional career began at Valparaiso University. She later taught in private clubs in the Chicago area and was head pro in the Nashville and Cleveland areas.
Upon her retirement in 2000, she relocated to Albuquerque, N.M., where she continued to give generously of her time, her music and her tennis talents. She was an accomplished violinist in the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra and competed in tournament tennis throughout the southwestern U.S. She also became a regionally recognized and sought-after videographer in the Albuquerque area.
Surviving are her spouse of 25 years, Lori Davis Killough; sisters, Dr. Christine Young, of Washington, D.C., Leslie (Frank) Whittum, of Marietta, Ga., and Pollie (Dan) Miler, of Waterville; brother, H. Squire Young, of Waterville; brother-in-law, Tom Edwards; sister-in-law, Delores Young; seven nieces and nephews; nine great-nieces and nephews; one aunt; and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Norton and Alice Young; and sister, Deborah Edwards.
Memorial donations may be directed to the purchase of audio-visual equipment for Chatter, P.O. Box 7464, Albuquerque, NM 87194., an unusual, spunky chamber music organization that was brilliantly served by Cindy Young-Killough’s enormous talents and generosity from its inception. Chatter, which embraced her in return for the past seven years, will perform a special spring concert dedicated to her life. Interment will take place in Wakeman Cemetery in Waterville at a later date.
Darlene Jimenez, age 58, of Maumee, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 4.
Born in Toledo on June 7, 1956, to Jose and Donna (Simpson) Jimenez, she was employed by Toledo Municipal Court in the probation department for the last 21 years. A very hard-working and generous person, she loved her grandsons more than life itself.
Preceded in death by her parents, Ms. Jimenez is survived by her daughter, Stacy (James) Schiavone; grandsons, Devin, Dillon and Drake; dog, Lizzy; brother, Jose (Wendy) Jimenez, Jr.; and sister, Cynthia Jimemez.
Per her wishes, there will be no visitation or service, although friends and family are encouraged to attend a memorial luncheon at El Vaquero, 24 Main St. in Toledo, at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 19. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee.
Donald C. Brierley Sr., age 79, of Maumee, died peacefully on Sunday, April 5.
Born in Glen Daniel, W.Va., to Thomas and Cora Clay Brierley, following high school he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and later completed his degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Concord, in Athens, W.Va. Mr. Brierley married the former Martha “Marty” Bernat, of Cleveland, in 1964. As a design engineer, he was the founder of the former Convey-Rite, Inc., a company that specialized in designing conveyor systems, retiring in 2005. He was a 30-year member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher. He enjoyed time spent with his family and friends and was a fan of the old Cleveland Browns.
Mr. Brierley was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Thomas Bowling, Jr. Surviving are his wife, Martha Brierley; daughters, Donna Pople and Theresa Brierley; son, Donald Brierley, Jr.; beloved grandchildren, Donald Brierley III, Skye Johnson, Haley Pople, Eli Myers, Grace Pople, Makayla Brierley, Mariah Davenport, Jabrail Davenport, Tiffany Davis and Kendra Davis; and many other relatives and friends.
The funeral service was conducted on April 12 in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Toledo, to which memorial contributions may be made.
Patrick A. Falkner, age 49, of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, April 5.
Born in California on June 21, 1965, to Donald and Jacquelyn (Goode) Faulkner, he was a mechanic for the majority of his life and most recently worked for California Auto Shop. He enjoyed muscle cars and was known for his hands-on mastery of anything mechanical.
Survivors include his daughter, Brittney (Scott) Muir; grandchildren, Kelsey and Austin Muir; brothers, Donnie (Joyce) Faulkner and Dino (Corie) Tyner; sister, Sharon (Steve) Falkner; nieces, Anna and Victoria; great-nephew, Alijah; and in-laws, Carl and Cheri. Mr. Falkner was preceded in death by his parents and the love of his life, Debbie.
A memorial service will take place at a later date and burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Robert “Bob” Edwin Walker, age 69, of Maumee, passed away on Monday, April 6, with his loving family by his side.
Born in Bowling Green on September 3, 1945, to the late Rev. Ray and Fern Walker, he graduated from Bowling Green High School and studied at Davis Business College. On December 19, 1964, he married Sharon Carpenter after their sisters introduced them. Mr. Walker worked as a banker at First Federal Bank of Toledo as the senior vice president for 35 years and Exchange Bank as a loan officer. He also opened his own mortgage company, Walker and Associates. As a business manager, he leveraged his financial knowledge to help Dayton Christian Center build its $3 million Family Life Center, debt-free. He loved his family and enjoyed family vacations, fishing and serving Jesus Christ.
Mr. Walker is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Walker; sons, Daryl and Brad Walker; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lois; brother, David; and daughter-in-law, Laura (Brad) in 2014.
Friends and family will be received from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at The Dwelling Place, 8201 Angola Rd. in Holland, where a memorial service will take place at 5:00 p.m. Interment will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Sharon through The Dwelling Place.
Patricia Kay Genson, age 74, of Grand Rapids and formerly of Neapolis and Whitehouse, passed away on Thursday, April 9.
Born in Toledo on November 23, 1940, to Charlie and Leola (Rutter) Jeffers, she married Daniel Genson on December 13, 1958, and he survives.
Mrs. Genson is also survived by her sons, Robert (Cindi) Genson, of Aztec, N.M., and David (Dixie) Genson, of Grand Rapids; daughter, Terri Genson, of Lakewood, Colo.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Judy Peper; and brother, William Jeffers. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Scott Genson; and great-grandson, Charlie.
Funeral services were conducted on April 15 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Whitehouse, followed by burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Janet Marie (Swartz) Bennett, age 74, beloved wife and mother, died on Friday, April 10, after her courageous battle with cancer.
Born on July 11, 1940, to the late Norbert and Margaret (Yager) Swartz, she was a true homemaker. As a member of St. Joseph Parish in Maumee, she volunteered at many functions over the years.
Mrs. Bennett leaves to mourn her loss her husband of 53 years and devoted caregiver, Bill; and their daughters, Denise Bennett, Christine (Fred) Custer, Jeanne (David) Faulds and Lynette Bennett. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Janet (Jonathan) Rollins, Alfred Custer, Rita Custer, Grace Custer, John Custer, Daniel Custer and Nicholas Faulds; and siblings, Carole (Larry) Cousino, Anita (Norm) Gajewski and David (Mary Jo) Swartz.
The funeral Mass was celebrated on April 13 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, followed by burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations to the St. Joseph Maumee Building Fund or the American Red Cross, for which Mrs. Bennett enjoyed volunteering with the blood drives for many years.
Jacqueline Gearig, age 60, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, April 10.
Born in Youngstown on May 1, 1954, to Jack and Rose (Booth) Tocco, she graduated from Bowsher High School and married Scott Gearig in Toledo on April 25, 1987. Mrs. Gearig was an Ohio State fan and loved reading, being on the beach and being with family and friends. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Surviving are her loving husband, Scott; son, Corey (Emily Konecki) Fountain; daughter, Alison (Eric) Kish; grandchildren, Jayla and Kya Kish; father, Jack Tocco; and sister, Sandy (Joe) Accera. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rose Tocco.
A gathering of family and friends took place on April 15 at Neville Funeral Home in Holland. Funeral services and burial were private. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Evans Scholars or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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