Obituaries: 05-09-19

Marion Deck

Marion Caroline Deck, age 96, of Maumee, passed away on Saturday, April 27.

Born in Toledo on October 3, 1922 to Fred and Bertha (Keusen) Hadorn, immigrants from Switzerland, she graduated from Libbey High School in 1940. She was employed at Ohio Bell Telephone Company, Spicer Manufacturing, Division of DANA as a PBX operator and later in the Maumee City Schools. Mrs. Deck met her husband, Arthur Deck, of Leipsic, while working at Spicer and they were married on April 10, 1948. 

Preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Judi Stair; and brother, Frederick, she is survived by her children, Carol (Edward) McInteer, David (Laura) Deck and Gregory Deck; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two nephews.

Friends and family were received on May 3 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Graveside services took place on May 4 in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.

Dorothy Shellhammer

Dorothy “Dot” A. (Simpson) Shellhammer, age 90, went to be with her husband, Richard, on Friday, May 3.

It all started with Dot being born in Tiffin on August 8, 1928 to Clyde and Martha (Wilcox) Simpson. She married Richard Shellhammer on October 7, 1950 in Tiffin and they had one son, Ronnie Shellhammer. Dot was a go-getter, taking on golf tournaments, Christmas card deliveries and running the offices of Seaway Beverages as the executive secretary. She enjoyed meeting new people and getting together with friends and family. She was a real jokester – life was fun to her. She was proud of her husband, who played for The Ohio State University and also her Cleveland Indians. 

Dot is survived by her son, Ron (Karen) Shellhammer; grandchildren, Steven (Becky) Shellhammer, Lisa (Robert) Nofzinger, Tonya (Justin) McComb, Tiffany (Sean) Baek and Joshua Shellhammer; and 15 great-grandchildren and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Hazel Lewis.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, 6603 Providence St., Whitehouse, Ohio.

Thomas Peternel, Sr.

Thomas J. Peternel, Sr., age 65, of Maumee, passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 28, while on his annual golf trip with his good friends in Las Vegas. 

Born in Toledo on November 26, 1953 to Joseph and Helen (Garn) Peternel, he graduated in 1971 from Maumee High School, where he excelled at basketball and gained the nickname “Pete Panther” and where he will be inducted into the hall of fame later this year. After working for Biniker Builders, he met and married the love of his life, Barbara Biniker, in 1975. Mr. Peternel began a long volunteer coaching career in 1981 at the YMCA, where he coached his son in basketball. He also coached basketball and football at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church and at Maumee High School, as well as being the basketball play-by-play announcer for Maumee High School for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Friday night golf league, Northern Lights Masons and the Wauwauwaska Hunt Club. He was a past president of the Toledo Association of Home Builders and a longtime member of Ducks Unlimited.

Mr. Peternel enjoyed hunting with his dogs, Duke, Hondo, Buckeye, Maggie, Coot and others and golfing with his friends, but most of all watching his grandkids play sports. In summer 2011, he had three of them on the same Maumee Little League team (Mady, Ethan and Mickey); they were all able to play together with his son, son-in-law and friends as the coaches. Typically, his oldest grandson Joey was on the adjacent field playing so he could see both at the same time. To date, one of his favorite pastimes was watching Joey excel in baseball in high school and now in college; he very rarely missed any of his more than 100 games a year.

Mr. Peternel’s four oldest grandchildren were relatively close in age and he was able to enjoy many of their activities together, but then came the second wave – Noah led it off, followed by Jaxson, Kinley, Sophia and Luke, who was 15 years younger than his older brother. This brought a whole new life to Papa and his love for his babies and they couldn’t have been happier or had anyone better to just hang out with. He was an avid Ohio State football, Duke basketball and Green Bay Packers fan, recently taking a trip to Lambeau Field with his son Matt and grandson Mickey, and in the last year he was able to take his grandson Ethan to a Notre Dame game and Joey to see Duke play at Camden Indoor Arena; these kids will cherish these memories forever.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Thomas, Jr. (Brittany), Jill (Wes) Byrd, Beth (Steve) Kujawa and Matthew (Victoria); and grandchildren, Joey, Mickey, Ethan, Madyson, Noah, Jaxson, Kinley, Sophie and Luke.

Friends and family were received on May 5 at the Coyle Funeral Home, where funeral services began on May 6, followed by a funeral Mass at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church. Interment was private.

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