Lillie J. French, age 85, of Maumee, passed away on Monday, May 1.
Born in Toledo to Andrew and Barbara (Zablocki) Czebatul on March 26, 1932, she was employed at Key Bank for 19 years, retiring in 1993. Mrs. French was an active member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church. She will be remembered for her generosity, care- giving, piano playing and for always putting others before herself. She enjoyed tap dancing, tennis, golf, walking and spending time with family and friends. The world was her family and she never met a stranger.
She is survived by daughters, Linda French, Elaine (Don) Abel, Pamela (Scott) Wegman and Ami French; son, Timothy (Barb) French; grandchildren, Ani, Marna, Mickey Lee, Kameron, Kyrsten, Asa, Olivia and Timothy; best friends, Elsie Czebatul and Jan Fralic; many nieces and nephews; and a host of church friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Raymond French; sister, Virginia Szkutnik; and brother, William Czebatul.
Visitation and a memorial Mass took place on May 4 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church. Interment was private. Memorial contributions are suggested to A.D.A.M.S. House, 940 W. Gramercy Ave., Toledo, OH 43612; or the American Lung Association.
Beverly M. Fisher, age 93, of Toledo, passed away on Wednesday, May 3.
Born in LaCrosse, Wis., on January 7, 1924 to Everette and Eunice (Delaney) Richardson, she grew up in Eagle Point Colony in Rossford after being adopted by Dr. and Mrs. Herold, her aunt and uncle, after the death of her mother. She attended Maumee Valley Country Day School, graduated from Scott High School in 1941 and attended The University of Toledo. A super saleslady first trained by Max Davis of Max Davis Jewelers, she then went on to a very successful real estate career at various companies, lastly Loss Realty Group. She was the first person Cliff Loss contacted before starting his company in 1985. Mrs. Fisher was a Life Member of the Toledo Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club.
She also excelled at golf and enjoyed more than 40 years at Highland Meadows Golf Club, shooting 82. She was a member of the Toledo District Golf Association and, both at Highland and District Golf, she made lifelong friendships. Those who counted Bev Fisher as a friend were greatly blessed, as she was an exceptional lady – smart, kind, caring, great sense of humor, a quick wit, always full of energy and laughter. She was little but mighty and always looked at the bright side of life and she always had a sparkle in her eye. In spite of limitations from an auto accident years ago, she managed to live on her own, thanks to her caring neighbor, Jan Monarch. She had a fall a month ago that changed everything.
Surviving are her sons, John (Joan) Fisher, Jr., of Sylvania, and Dave Fisher, of Toledo; grandchildren, David, Steven, John (Olga) and Joseph (Patricia) Fisher; five great-grandchildren; and very special friends, Donna Pollex-Najarian, Janet Monarch and loving caregiver, Cathi Cryan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Fisher, Sr.; great-granddaughter, Julia Fisher; and daughter-in-law, Marie Fisher.
Visitation and services took place on May 8 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cherry Street Mission.
Julius J. Johannsen, age 89, of Perrysburg, passed away on Wednesday, May 3.
Born in Lime City, Ohio, on August 8, 1927 to Julius and Minnie (Nissen) Johannsen, he attended Maumee High School and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked as an electrician and was a member of Local 1076. A longtime member of the Rossford Eagles Aerie 2322, he enjoyed traveling, camping, planting a garden and flowers. He was an avid bowler and bowled on several Ma & Pa leagues and his first date with his wife-to-be Ruby was bowling. Mr. Johannsen was a quiet man who liked spending time with his family and loved his many dogs over the years.
Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, Ruby (Holcomb) Johannsen; sons, John (Bernadette) and James (Holly) Johannsen; grandchildren, Lindsey, John, Braxton and Haven Johannsen; great-grandson, Preston Johannsen; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and all eight of his siblings.
A celebration of life service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Rossford Eagles Aerie 2322, 658 Lime City Rd., Rossford, OH 43460.
Donald K. Bilger, age 93, of Waterville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 6.
Born in Marion, Ohio, on January 20, 1924 to Marion and Margaret (Boyd) Bilger, he was a 1942 graduate of Woodward High School and served his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was an owner/operator truck driver for many years. A member of Rubicon 237 Lodge and the Valley of Toledo Scottish Rite, Mr. Bilger belonged to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Toledo. He enjoyed golfing, was an avid reader and loved spending time with his family.
He is survived by his sons, Donald “Rusty” (Mary) and Bill (Darlene); five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; stepfather, William Claggett; twin brother, Don K.; sister, Gladys Miller; and brother, Irving.
Friends and family were received on May 9 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where funeral services took place on May 10, followed by interment in Restlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Browning Masonic Community, 8883 Browning Dr., Waterville, OH 43566; or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Betty Ferris Nelson, age 84, of Waterville, passed away on Sunday, May 7.
Born on April 23, 1932 in San Pedro, Calif., to Robert and Ruth (Axner) Ferris, she graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1955 with a degree in education. She began her teaching career at Union Elementary School in Maumee for two years, then taught for 25 years in the Toledo Public Schools and spent 12 years as a substitute teacher after retirement. Her father was a career submariner throughout World War II and the family moved frequently to places such as Honolulu, Kansas City, Cleveland, Key West, Panama and Connecticut. She was a youngster in Honolulu when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Maumee Elks, where she was Lady Elk of the Year in 2001, and a member of the Wakeman Lodge, Roche de Boeuf, Chapter 163, where she was Worthy Matron in 1985.
She is survived by her husband, Clifford; daughter, Jamie (Bruce) Laurie; son, Clifford III; sister, Ruth Murray; brothers-in-law, M. Dale Nelson and Donald Murray; sisters-in-law, Guelda Nelson and Amanda Nelson; and 14 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Mell Nelson.
Visitation took place on May 10 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, followed by interment in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Waterville United Methodist Church.
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