Obituaries

 

Rosalinda Altman
Rosalinda (Weyandt) “Rosie” Altman, age 62, passed away on Friday, October 10.
Mrs. Altman graduated from Waite High School and received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Toledo. She was employed by Buckeye Cable System for 14 years and formerly worked at Libbey Glass. She was an avid movie fan and true supporter of her sons’ wrestling events. She was also greatly involved with Holland Free Methodist, which she considered her extended family.
Surviving are her sons, Jeffery Altman and Jason (Jessica) Altman; grandchildren, Brayden and Amelia; and niece, Tiffany Leach. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Juanita (Sulaica) Weyandt; son, Joshua; and sister, Dolores St. John.
A memorial service took place on October 19 at Holland Free Methodist, followed by a wake. Memorial contributions may be made to Holland Free Methodist Church.

schmelzerGloria Schmelzer
Gloria Schmelzer, age 89, a longtime resident of Maumee, passed away on Sunday, October 12.
Born in Washington, Pa., to George Wallow and Agnes Pitko on March 26, 1925, she spent most of her youth in Youngstown, Ohio, where she became a model in her 20s and also worked as a secretary in the insurance industry. She met and married her husband, Howard Schmelzer, of Pennsylvania, and they moved to Pittsburgh for a short time early in their marriage. They eventually moved in the 1960s to Maumee, where they raised their family, met many wonderful friends and belonged to the First Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. Schmelzer enjoyed participating in several ladies auxiliaries in town and kept very busy. She belonged to the Toledo Symphony League for 50 years and participated in many events, and also loved helping with the spring rummage sale at the Toledo Animal Shelter on Wyman Road. She participated in many events in two other ladies groups, the Toledo Opera Guild and The Ability Center. She also enjoyed working at the Maumee voting booths, as well as going to the local Wolcott House sale every fall to look at antiques and visit her many Maumee friends and neighbors. Playing bridge and Scrabble and working with the local garden club were also fun pastimes.
Surviving are her son, Todd Schmelzer; daughter, Jill Henning; granddaughter, Sloane Henning; step-grandchildren, Michael Henning, Nicholas Henning and Brandi (Scott Jr.) Henning-Upp; great-grandchildren, Scott Upp III and Alex Upp; and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Joann Wallow. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Schmelzer; and son-in-law, Lawrence Henning.
Mrs. Schmelzer was entombed at Toledo Memorial Park in a private service. Memorial gifts may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Broadway St., Maumee, OH 43537.

Luanne Lipinski
Luanne I. Lipinski, age 80, of Whitehouse, died on Monday, October 13.
Born in Morenci, Mich., on June 28, 1934, to Ira and Ilvha (Stotz) Quillet, she was a member of the Grand Rapids Sportsman’s Club and the Moose Lodge.
Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Ramer, of Grand Rapids, and Peggy Lipinski, of Whitehouse; granddaughters, Carrie Yeary and Lacie Zuniga; 13 great-grandchildren; and brother, Lyle (Harriett) Quillet. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter Lipinski (1994); and son, Terry Lipinski.
Private graveside services took place in East Swanton Cemetery.

Galen Ebright
Galen C. Ebright, age 81, of Maumee, passed away on Tuesday, October 14.
Born in Toledo on June 3, 1933, to Frank and Erma (Metzger) Ebright, he served his country in the U.S. Army. Mr. Ebright was self-employed for many years in the insurance industry and was a member of Martin Luther Church and the Westgate Optimist Club.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Lehman) Ebright; children, Bruce (Gina) Ebright, Kelli (Troy Sprague) Rosonowski, Linda Ebright and Michael Ebright; stepson, John Burdo; stepdaughter, Lori (Thatcher) Burdo; grandchildren, Alexandria Rosonowski, Alyssa Ebright, Bryant Ebright, Ryan Burdo, Matthew Thatcher, Dave Burdo and Sara Burdo; three brothers; and four sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mary Ebright; infant daughter, Glenda Ebright; stepson, Dave Burdo; one sister; and one brother.
A memorial service took place on October 22 at Martin Luther Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westgate Optimist Club of Toledo Youth Fund, 4748 Fairfield Dr., Toledo, OH 43623.

MuenzerPaul Muenzer
Paul W. Muenzer, age 82, of Naples, Fla., died peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 14.
Born in Elmore, Ohio, on February 26, 1932, to Frank and Marie Muenzer, he graduated from Elmore High School, Miami (of Ohio) University and Bowling Green University, from which he received a master’s degree in education. His teaching experience included Oak Harbor from 1954-59 and Maumee High School from 1959-69. He was named both Teacher of the Year and Coach of the Year (in basketball) at both schools. At Maumee, he taught world history and his 1965 basketball team won a district championship.
Mr. Muenzer moved to Naples in 1969 and began his career in school administration at Naples High School as assistant principal, at Gulfview Middle School as principal from 1973-83 and Collier County School Administration as facilities planner from 1983-88. He also had a love for politics and served on Maumee City Council from 1967-69, Naples City Council from 1988-92 and as mayor of Naples from 1992-96. He also served on the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Board from 1988-96, including two years as chairman. Mr. Muenzer also served on many community organizational boards, including Optimists International as president, and as Lt. Governor and later Governor for both the State of Florida and the Caribbean District.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Dean (Barbara) Muenzer, of Bonita Springs, Fla., Joanne Muenzer and Mary Reeve, both of Naples; and grandchildren, Ashley and Ryan Reeve. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Stephanie Reeve.
Family and friends were received on October 21 at Fuller Funeral Home in Naples. Private inurnment was in Naples Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Project Help, 3123 Terrace Ave., Naples, FL 34104.

William Strayer
William A. “Bill” Strayer, age 73, of Maumee, died on Tuesday, October 14.
Born in Perrysburg on October 17, 1940, to the late Marion and Virginia (Adams) Strayer, he graduated in 1959 from Anthony Wayne High School, attended The University of Toledo and served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Strayer worked as the production planning/scheduling supervisor and master scheduler for Libbey Glass for 39 years, retiring in 2000. An active member of his community, he served on the boards of Monclova Historical Foundation (recent president), The Lakes of Monclova and Monclova Township Zoning Board (chairman) and was a member of Garden Road Christian Church. Since his retirement, he was passionate about the revitalization of the Monclova Community Center. Selfless and generous with his time, he volunteered many hours to make the center a vibrant place for all to enjoy.
While he loved to work outdoors, particularly gardening, his greatest enjoyment was found in spending time with family, especially his beloved grandchildren. Mr. Strayer will be remembered for his loyalty, honesty and patient demeanor, and for his terrific sense of humor. He lived his life in such a great way with service to his family, work and community. He was a friend to many and will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 47 years, Martha (Urban) Strayer; children, Melissa (Tony) Colburn, Amy (Dale) Rose, Stephanie (Marcus) Villagomez, Todd (Bobbie) Strayer and Amanda (Travis) Ratcliff; grandchildren, Jack, Marcus Jr., Adam, Audrey, Gabby, Owen, Nicholas, Grace, Peter and Andrew; sister, Carolyn (Cecil) Carlson; and brother, Fred (Norma) Strayer.
Family and friends were received on October 19 in the Walker Funeral Home. Services were conducted on October 20 at the Monclova Community Center. Interment was private. Memorial donations are suggested to the Monclova Historical Foundation, 8115 Monclova Rd., Monclova, OH 43542.

Frances West
Frances Jeanne West, age 90, of Toledo, passed away on Tuesday, October 14.
Born in Toledo on November 28, 1923, to Frank and Jeannette (Bronson) Farman, she was a charter member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns, where she was active in the choir, a past president of the Mother’s Club and volunteered actively at both the church and in the school library.
Mrs. West is survived by her children, William West, James (Carmen) West, Janet (Bill) Moore, Michael West and Mark (Lisa) West; grandchildren, Melinda (Jonathan) Grey, W. Christopher (Elissa) Moore, Estefania West, Bailey West, Sydney West, Harrison West and Bennett West; four great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Farman; sister-in-law, Betty Lou Farman; and special friend, Jo Sullivan. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne; brother, John; special friends, Marge McBride and Barney Sullivan.
Friends were received on October 16 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. A funeral Mass was celebrated on October 17 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church, followed by interment in Riverside Cemetery in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns.

AultLeona Ault
Leona Jane Ault, age 86, of Perrysburg, died on Wednesday, October 15.
Born in Perrysburg on April 6, 1928, to Walter and Charlotte (Snyder) Artz, she was involved at St. Rose Parish, serving on the Alter Rosary Society and in the Senior Club. She was a member of the American Legion Post 240, the Women’s International Bowling Association and the Toledo Area Horseshoe Pitchers Association. Mrs. Ault was an avid Barbie collector and actively involved in sports. She was a state champion in women’s softball, placed first in Class B and Class C in horseshoes and holds the record in basketball in the Senior Olympics since the age of 55.
She is survived by her sons, Rick (Kenda), Tim (Amy) and Bill (Beth); grandchildren, Amy (Brad) Keller, Nicole (G.T.) Parris, Daniel (Aly) Ault, Dana (Glen) Merritt, Richard (Kristy) Ault and Jeremy Ault; and great-grandchildren, Paul, Addison, Ava, Ryder, Mason, Rylan, Quinn, Evan, Henry and Claire. Shewas preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; sister, Virginia (Ralph) Thompson; and brothers, Robert (Dorothy) and Walter (Ona) Artz.
Friends and family were received on October 20 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Rose Parish in Perrysburg on October 21, followed by interment in Ft. Meigs Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rose Parish or the Wood County Humane Society, 801 Van Camp Rd, Bowling Green, OH 43402.

ReidPaul Reid, Jr.
Paul A. Reid Jr., age 71, of Whitehouse, died on Thursday, October 16.
Born in Holland, Ohio, on March 28, 1943, to Paul and Grace (Taube) Reid, Sr., he graduated from Springfield High School in 1961 and married Vera Mae Patton on October 11, 1963 in Toledo. A journeyman electrician for more than 50 years, Mr. Reid was a loyal member of the IBEW Local 8, serving on the apprenticeship committee for many years. He was also a member of the Community of Christ Lutheran Church, the Northern Light Masonic Lodge 40, Laurel Hill Swim and Tennis Club and Valleywood Golf Club. He enjoyed golf, tennis, fishing and working in his woodshop and was also an avid supporter of Anthony Wayne Athletics.
Mr. Reid is survived by his wife, Vera; children, Kirk (Kelly) Reid, of Waterville, Joel (Michelle) Reid, of Whitehouse, and Susanne (Ron) Donnal, of Monclova; mother, Grace; grandchildren, Andrew and Mark Donnal and Taylor, Madison, Jacob, Spencer, Zoe and Haley Reid; sister-in-law, Carolyn Shirey; nieces, Aimee Reed and Christa Lammers; and nephews, Nathan Reid, and John and David Fitch. He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Charles Reid.
Visitation was on October 20 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Whitehouse. Funeral services were conducted on October 21 at Community of Christ Lutheran Church, followed by interment in Whitehouse Cemetery.

McKinseyMarcella McKinsey
Marcella D. “Dutch” McKinsey, age 97, of Maumee, passed away on Saturday, October 18.
Born in Bowling Green on February 10, 1917, to William and Clara (Lindle) Kellermeier, she was a switchboard operator for Bowling Green Telephone and owned the Whitehouse Restaurant in Maumee for 20 years with her husband, “Brownie.” She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Mrs. McKinsey took pleasure in traveling in her motor home and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed bowling, golfing, crocheting, working in her yard and her dogs.
She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Jeff) Knoblauch and Linda McKinsey; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clare McKinsey; parents; brother, Norman Kellermeier; and sister-in-law, Marion.
Family and friends were received and a service took place on October 21 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.

Philip Keller
Philip J. Keller, age 77, died on Monday, October 20.
Born in Wauseon on January 19, 1937, to Philip and Eva (Lichtenwald) Keller, he was baptized and confirmed at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Wauseon. Mr. Keller proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion. He was very involved at Trinity Lutheran Church in Toledo, where he served as an elder, treasurer, secretary, member of the choir, usher, member of the dartball team and treasurer of the Lutheran Dartball League. He was also a member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League, German Lutheran Heritage, Lutheran League Bowling and the treasurer for Chesterfield-Dover Alumni Association. He was a Gold Medal winner in the Senior Olympics in swimming.
Mr. Keller is survived by his loving wife, Lillian (Kahrs); son, Scot (Laura); daughter, Ann (Mark) Presley; grandchildren, Joshua, Jennifer, James and Caitlyn; brother, Victor; and sister-in-law, Marie. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald; sister, Ruth Irene; and sister-in-law, Wanda.
Friends and family were received on October 22 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church, followed by private interment in Bayes Cemetery in Wauseon. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Laymen’s League.


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