Richard “Rick” Hettel, age 60, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 8.
Born in Ames, Iowa, to Henry and Doris (Cline) Hettel on November 30, 1953, he was a nurse, paramedic and educator for many years, retiring in 2001. He helped and touched the lives of many people during that time.
Mr. Hettel is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Inkrott) Hettel; daughter, Karen (Tracy Smith), of Summerfield, Fla.; sons, Michael, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Daniel (Rosaline), of Cleveland; granddaughter, Elaine Kathryn; sisters, Virginia Karbousky, Kathryn Hettel and Jennifer (Dean) Schmitz; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation took place on November 13 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Whitehouse. Funeral Services were private. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Sophie Kaczala, age 81, of Whitehouse, passed away on Monday, November 10.
Born on July 9, 1933, to Greek immigrants David and Stella (Tsanaktsides) Chanak, she attended Waite High School and graduated from the former Whitney High School. Mrs. Kaczala retired from the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority as a purchasing agent in 1991. She loved being at her cottage on Carpenter Lake in Michigan, reading books, traveling, woodworking and working with stained glass. When she set her mind to something, she did it. Her strong family values, strength and perseverance are an inspiration to her daughters, who loved her dearly. She will be sorely missed by her family.
Survivors include daughters, Kathleen Tollison, of Sylvania Township, and Kelly Kaczala, of south Toledo; grandchildren, William and Brooke Tollison and Ellen Black; former son-in-law, Bill Tollison; and Sami Long, her grandson’s fiancée. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Kaczala; and brother, Andrew Chanak.
Family and friends were received on November 14 at Reeb Funeral Home, where funeral services took place on November 15, followed by burial in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the American Diabetes Association.
Charles Lane “Chuck” Holland, age 81, of Maumee, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 11, surrounded by his family.
Born on December 26, 1932, in Murray, Ky., to John and Carol (Walker) Holland, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and worked as an engineer for Chrysler for more than 38 years, retiring in 1989. Mr. Holland was a member of Echo Meadows Church of Christ, an avid car enthusiast and enjoyed trips to Amish country.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mae Evelyn (Corwin) Holland, whom he married on August 18, 2007, in Wilmont, Ohio; children, Chuck (Vicki) Holland, Denise Johnson and Richard (Donna) Holland; stepchildren, David (Jeneice) Corwin, Michele Blake and Mary Kaye Corwin; grandchildren, Corey, Brooke, Nikki and Tara; step-grandchildren, Daniel, Michael, Taylor, Delmicca and Levi; great-grandchildren, Emily, Catherine and Eleanor; siblings, Charlotte (Alton) Hughes, Gerald Holland, Billy (Jan) Holland and Larry Holland; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Helen Holland; and brother, Carl Holland.
Friends were received on November 14 in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home in Perrysburg, where funeral services were conducted on November 15, followed by burial in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or Echo Meadows Church of Christ.
Charlene Ruth Rosol, age 59, of Toledo, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, November 11.
Born in Flint, Mich., to Charles and Mary (Roome) Maves on June 20, 1955, she graduated from Ben Davis High School and later attended Ivy Tech Community College, both in Indianapolis. She took great pride in volunteering – as a teacher’s aide for special education, a candy striper at local hospitals and for Heroes in Action. Mrs. Rosol was a proud U.S. Navy mom and wife. She enjoyed art, music, creative writing and poetry, baking and cake decorating, photography and repairing computers.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughter, Danielle (Willis) Hardy; sons, Charles (Brittany) and Joseph Rosol, Jr.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; three half-sisters; and special friends, Joan Plott, Judy Anders-Mendez and Dawn Heisler. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services were conducted on November 14 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Interment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may directed to University of Michigan, Pancreatic Discover Fund, code 320827.
Martha Irene McNeely, age 86, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, November 12.
Born in Toledo to Harlow and Bessie (Scherer) Jimison on March 21, 1928, she enjoyed all sorts of crafts and needlepoint. She was an avid reader and a member of the Maumee Chapter of AARP. Mrs. McNeely loved spending time in Florida or fishing at the cottage on Marble Lake in Michigan. She and her husband, Walter, were a great team – they enjoyed woodworking projects together, but their greatest treasure was the time they spent with family.
Mrs. McNeely is survived by her son, Randy (Sandy); daughters, Vicki (Jeff) Carstens and Amy (Rick) Kaiser; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; parents; and four siblings.
Friends and family were received on November 16 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where funeral services took place on November 17, followed by interment in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551; or Planned Pethood, P.O. Box 350908, Toledo, OH 43635.
Shirley Jean Ponceby, age 84, of Waterville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, surrounded by her loving family and cats, Emily and Jackson.
Born on January 4, 1930, in Bowling Green, she married Gordon Ponceby on April 24, 1948; he passed away on April 9, 1984. Mrs. Ponceby was a loving wife and mother and a hardworking retailer – she was a co-owner of Little House gift shop in Waterville and a longtime employee of the Whitehouse Apothecary.
Also predeceased by her parents, Lola (Seem) and Paul Armstrong; and siblings, Irma (John) Zabowski, Rose (Lloyd) Fletcher and James Armstrong, she is survived by her sisters, Linda (Earnie) Columber and Louise (David) Watts; children, Gayle (Tony) Iacofano, Edward, David (Pam), Bruce and Laura (Tom) Zitzelberger; grandchildren, Ian Ponceby, Chris (Evelyn) Iacofano and Kim (Aaron) Wilhelm, great-grandchildren, Sidney and Ruby Wilhelm; and many nieces and nephews of the Armstrong, Columber, Fletcher, Watts and Zabowski families.
The family suggests memorial donations to Nature’s Nursery in Whitehouse.
Lucille Elizabeth Howard, age 89, of Waterville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 13, with her family by her side.
Born in Toledo on October 8, 1925, to Frank and Julia (Nadolny) Watras, she was a proud homemaker but also worked for J.C. Penny, Leslie Optical and Libbey Glass. Mrs. Howard was a member of the Idlers and Loafers in Waterville and was a great cook. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons, Jim (Beverly) and Glen (Jean); six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Howard; parents; and five siblings.
Visitation took place on November 16 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. A funeral Mass was celebrated on November 17 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Interment was planned for a later date in Wakeman Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg.
Janet G. Rowe, age 77, was called home on Saturday, November 15, with her husband and daughter at her bedside and final moments of loving messages from her sons.
Born on January 28, 1937, in Jackson, Ohio, she married her high school sweetheart, Harold “Puck” Rowe, Sr., on May 27, 1956. She was employed at Bowling Green State University for 25 years as the intramural administrative assistant until her retirement in 1998. Mrs. Rowe was a very devoted, wonderful and beautiful wife, caring and loving mother, grandmother and sister-in-law, always willing to lend a hand to her family and many friends. She loved cooking, arts and crafts, her flower gardens, knitting, reading, watching Westerns and music, especially Christmas music. She was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Rowe is survived by her husband; children, Rich (Carol) Rowe, of Findlay, Randy (Diane) Rowe, of Cummings, Ga., and Bristol, Pa., Brian (Karen) Rowe, of Cincinnati, and Jill Molnar (Bud Butler), of Maumee; grandchildren, Michael and Kelly Rowe, Courtney (Craig) Brisson, Katherine and Isabelle Rowe and Sam and Nate Molnar. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lurline Krumm; her only sibling, James (Mary) Krumm; and grandson, Kyle Rowe
Friends and family will be received from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25 at the Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home in Findlay. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 26 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Findlay. Memorial donations may be made to the Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association, Hancock Historical Museum or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Marian Jean “Sandy” Rudolph, age 86, of Monclova, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, November 15.
Born to Harry and Milda Sander of Pemberville, Ohio, she married the love of her life in 1951 and raised three children, who gave her eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, whom she cherished right up until the end. Mrs. Rudolph spent her working life as a registered nurse, receiving her degree and the nickname “Sandy” at Riverside Hospital in Toledo, where she also worked as a delivery nurse and in the nursing office. She then went on to work at Midland Ross as an industrial nurse and at Chrysler in Perrysburg, until she retired in 1988. She was a silent partner in her husband’s business, Don’s Bakery in Whitehouse, where she worked behind the scenes.
She also volunteered at Monclova Elementary, putting her nursing skills to use while her children were in school. Upon retiring, she and her husband moved to Cape Coral, Fla., for 10 years before returning to Ohio to be close to their family. A former member of Zion Lutheran Church in Waterville and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee, Mrs. Rudolph enjoyed playing marbles and bridge with her circle of friends, along with dancing with her husband. The activity in which she really shone, however, was in making every holiday and family gathering memorable for all who attended.
Preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Milda Sander; and brother, Rev. Daniel Sander, she is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Donald; daughters, Kit (Tim) Rowland and Kay (Dallas) Lawson; son, Kim (Diane) Rudolph; grandchildren, Jeff (Lindsey Weils) Rowland, Matt (Jaime Grant) Rowland, Heather (Wes) Mackan, Brandon (Cass) Lawson, Nicholas Lawson and Garrett, Tyler and Blake Rudolph; and great-grandchildren, Tucker, Eva, Darcy, Devin and Isabelle.
Friends were received on November 19 at the Walter Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 20 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee, followed by interment in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.
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