Georgia (Loebrich) Schaich, a beautiful, generous and joyful mother, wife, extraordinary woman and community force slipped the bonds of consciousness on Friday, November 1.
Born in Maumee while her father and namesake, George, was still away in Army service during World War II, her mother Eva (Blue) Loebrich cared for her in the home George had built, without running water, hoping his namesake would know him on his return. As a young girl, before sitting down to the family dinner, Georgia would deliver plates of food prepared by her mother to the elderly homebound couple down the street affectionately known as Grandma and Grandpa Andrews. She also played accordion at local nursing homes. The course of her life would continue along this theme of service and caring for others, especially our elder population.
Georgia was a joiner who reveled in collaboration. Once a part of a club or group, she would become its biggest cheerleader. She was a Girl Scout and attended Camp Libby along the Maumee River. During high school, she was active in many clubs, marched in the band playing snare drum or triangle, cheered on Maumee High School squads and was the first in her family to attend college. She married Bill Schaich, whom she had first met in sixth grade, in December 1966 while completing a degree in elementary education. She then taught kindergarten for three years in Newfield, N.Y.
Husband Bill’s studies and career took Georgia to live for a time in Ithaca, N.Y.; Bristol, England; La Jolla, Calif.; Jülich, Germany; Bozeman, Mont.; and Orlando, Fla. Bloomington, Ind., was her home for more than 46 years; the community both strengthened and received her gifts. As her daughters grew, so did Georgia’s community involvement. After delivering for Meals on Wheels, she stepped up to lead Girl Scout Troop No. 65, which provided mentoring and leadership development that Georgia would continue to apply and pass on throughout her career. The troop leader role evolved to co-directing day camp and then serving as president of the Tulip Trace Council from 1987-90.
She joined the workforce as a Civic Newcomer hostess in 1981, welcoming families to the area. She next moved to a position as a nursing home activity director for several years. Georgia found her true vocation in the role of RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) director for Area 10, where she served from 1989-2005. She delighted in the friendships and camaraderie formed while finding ways to celebrate and acknowledge the wisdom and skills of the senior members of our community. Georgia was dedicated to making the world a better place. Her calm and steady presence was the cornerstone for projects ranging from neighborhood organizing to the promotion of global peace. Her community work was always imbued with a sense of purpose, empathy and integrity and the sparkle in her eyes let you know that anything was possible if we worked together. She personified kindness, generosity, wisdom, perspective, determination, creativity and a good dose of light-heartedness. She did this despite the challenges in her later years of Parkinson’s disease. Georgia did not let any of it stop her, saying, “This is my journey and I will do this to the best of my ability, until I can no longer do.”
Georgia will continue to live in the hearts of her devoted husband of 53 years; her children, Amy (Gregory O’Neill) Schaich and Lucy (Sean Pendergast) Schaich; siblings, Gale (Ann) Loebrich, Sarah (Donn) Bitter and Susan Johns; siblings-in-law, Seren (Larry) Bradshaw, Terry (Wendlyn) Schaich, Tom (Wendy) Schaich and Bob (Rosemarie, “Ro”) Schaich; nieces and nephews; and many, many friends, collaborators and partners in service and community. She will always and forever be with us and we will be better because of her. Her life reminds each of us of our power to make a difference. We ask that you honor her memory by sharing your own gifts with your community in a way that is meaningful to you.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)
A service took place on November 24 at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg. In Indiana, a celebration of life service is planned from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 at FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, 202 S. Rogers St., Bloomington, Ind.
Richard Johnson, Sr.
Richard A. “Rick” Johnson, Sr., age 66, of Maumee, passed away on Tuesday, November 26 in his home from lung cancer.
Born in Toledo on January 31, 1953 to Ralph and Beatrice Johnson, he was employed for 23 years at Doehler Jarvis, where he was also a union steward. Mr. Johnson retired from American Steel Treating in Perrysburg. He enjoyed fishing, video games and relaxing in his yard, about which he was meticulous.
Preceded in death by his parents and siblings, he is survived by his wife, Gale; son, Ricky (Crystal) Johnson; and grandchildren, Lucas and Dylan.
Friends and family will be received after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where a memorial service will take place at 3:00 p.m. The family suggests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Nancy Holloway passed away quietly in her home on Sunday, December 1.
Born on July 30, 1939 to Seymour and Mildred Holloway, she lived all her life on Lose Road, Monclova. She graduated from BGSU and began a 35-year career teaching third and fourth grade at Whitehouse Elementary School in the Anthony Wayne school district.
During the summers, Nancy always had an extensive garden and traveled around the U.S. as time permitted. In later years, she spent a lot of time assisting with the care of her mother and father. Around 1980, she had a home built on the farm and lived there until her death. After retirement, she finally had time to pursue her passion in art, painting in particular. She attended classes at Crosby Gardens in Toledo and workshops in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Family members treasure her work with oils and watercolors.
Nancy is survived by her sister, Ruth Stafford; and two brothers, Charles (Carol) Holloway and Robert (Jennifer) Holloway. She adored her nieces and nephews: Jeff and Russ Stafford, Julie, Steve, Mark and Mary Holloway, Robyn Holloway, Heather Peliski and Lisa Trumbull. She had nine great-nieces and nephews; and two great-great nieces.
Nancy was an animal lover, especially dogs. She always had a fox terrier, most recently Abby, who just passed away. They spent many happy hours roaming the farm.
Family and friends will be received on Thursday, December 5 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 6 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by interment at Swan Creek Cemetery, Monclova. Memorial contributions may be made to Toledo Area Humane Society.