Obituaries: 05-10-18

Gene Hugg, Jr.

Gene R. Hugg, Jr., age 49, died on Tuesday, April 3, surrounded by loved ones in his Maumee home.

Born in Toledo on June 15, 1968, he worked for more than 28 years at Belle Tire, where he was known as “Beaner” and was responsible for managing the UPS account for both Maumee and Perrysburg. Mr. Hugg was an avid Notre Dame fan, loved NASCAR and boating and enjoyed attending his children’s sporting events, dance recitals and school functions. He was a member of Maumee United Methodist Church, where he faithfully served as an active leader for the Awesome God class.  

He is survived by his cherished children, Kristi, Heather and Steven; mother, Karen (David) Miller and her children, Kyle (Shannon) Kervin and Megan (Kyle) Miller; father, Eugene Hugg, Sr. and his children, Dena, Mick, LaDawna, Dee Dee and Josh; grandparents, Willis and Lola Finical; beloved extended Stewart family, Scott, Amanda, Jimmy, Ashley and Laura; close friend, James Stultz; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life took place on April 7 at Maumee United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, the Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Mary Bondelier

Mary “Fran” Bondelier, age 88, formerly of Maumee, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, April 20, in Fairfield Bay, Ark. 

She was a vibrant, loving woman with a great sense of humor who took special delight in old-time songs and ditties such as “Mares Eat Oats,” “Raggedy Man” and “30 Purple Birds,” which she loved to teach to anyone who would listen, but especially her children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Mrs. Bondelier was a wonderful wife, mother and “Nana,” who loved a good adventure, planning many family camping trips and traveling as far away as Finland. She was a great cook who made amazing pies and the world’s best fudge. She was also a “snazzy” dresser, a competitive card player, a loyal friend and sister, and an enthusiastic aunt who was like a second mother to her sisters’ children. Her backyard was often filled with kids and the sounds of laughter. She loved deeply, gave generously and spoke openly of her passions, whether it be the Ohio State Buckeyes, her friends and family, or the people she served through Mobile Meals, the caregiver respite program at her church and The Salvation Army. She was a bright and shining light in the world and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Daniel (Sandra) Bondelier; grandchildren, Carly, Damian and Desiree Bondelier; sister, Anabel (Tom) Stubbs; brother, Bob Kopp; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Tom; daughter, Debra; grandson, Brody Bondelier; sister, Elbee Kopp-Sanders; brother, Billy Kopp; mother, Nelda Worst-Kopp; and father, Raymond Kopp.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, officiated by the Rev. J. Paul Board, of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Maumee, which Fran attended and served. A graveside service will follow in Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg. Following the services, a luncheon will be served at Brandywine Country Club in Maumee.  

Fred Ferguson

Fred R. Ferguson, age 78, of Monclova Township and formerly of Shoreland, passed away on Saturday, April 28, surrounded by his family after a hard-fought five-year battle with cancer.

Born to Fred and Clara (Kurth) Ferguson, he was a 30-year employee and retiree of Dana Corporation. He enjoyed competing in the Dana Retiree Golf League, as well as mowing the greens at Detwiler Golf Course. An accomplished golfer, he loved golf trips with his buddies to Myrtle Beach, S.C. He had four holes-in-one and thoroughly enjoyed his golf game. His family, however, provided him with his greatest joy – he was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, married for 57 years to Beverly, with whom he raised three sons, Dean (Barbara), Marty (Kim) and Andy (Denise). He coached all three sons in the Trilby Baseball Association over many years and many age levels of baseball.

Mr. Ferguson also took an active interest in the lives of his grandchildren, Matthew, Malory, Kelly, Tim, Katelyn and Ryan. A lifelong Cleveland sports fan, he loved the Indians the most, becoming a fan during the 1948 World Series, and remained a diehard fan for the next 70 years. He enjoyed trips to both Cleveland Stadium and Progressive Field to cheer on the Indians. His parents, brother James and an infant daughter preceded him in death.

Friends and family will be received on Saturday, May 19 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee from 1:00 p.m. until the service at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Prostate Cancer Foundation or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Willis Finical

Willis N. Finical, age 93, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 28.

Born in Whitehouse on May 15, 1924 to the late Elleta (Beis) and Noah Finical, he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 4th Armored Division of the U.S. Army. He was a life member of the VFW Post 6596 in Liberty Center. Will was a longtime member of Maumee United Methodist Church and volunteered at St. Luke’s Hospital for 33 years up until his passing. He owned a Shell Service Station in Maumee for almost 20 years. He and his wife, Lola, enjoyed spending winters in Texas, where Will loved music and enjoyed jam sessions. He was a devoted husband, active and hard-working father and adoring grandpa.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 74 years, Lola; children, Willis (Kathy), Mary (Bob) Grimes, Karen (David) Miller, Janet (Dennis) Luginbuhl, Nancy (Don Durkin) Fenchel and Todd (Beth); grandchildren, Mike, Diane, Bill, Kimberly, Stephanie, Kyle, Megan, April, Lori, Sarah, Aaron, Kurin, Raquel, Ashton and Todd; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter. Will was preceded in death by his son, Steven; and grandchildren, Jimmy, Jennifer and Gene.

A celebration of life took place on May 5 at Maumee United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be made to the church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Special thanks to the caregivers at the Lakes of Monclova.

Sylvia Gentry

Sylvia Gentry, age 80, passed away on Saturday, April 28.

Born in rural Magoffin County, Ky., on November 6, 1937 to Daniel Boone and Emma (Craft) Whitt, she was raised in a caring family of 11 siblings by loving parents. She married the love of her life, Robert Gentry, on December 21, 1954. Her children were blessed to have her as a stay-at-home mother while she raised her family in Maumee. Later, she earned her real estate license and sold real estate alongside her husband. Mrs. Gentry was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Maumee for more than 50 years, where she was known as the “Cake Lady.” She enjoyed cooking for family and friends and hosting tea parties. 

Preceded in death by her husband, Robert, left to cherish her memory are her children, Myrna (Paul) Macke, Cindy Gentry and Rob (Michelle) Gentry; grandchildren, Sylvia Stambaugh and Jack Gentry; brother, Paul (Emogene) Whitt; cherished nephew, James (Vicki) Crace; and many other nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends will be received from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the First Presbyterian Church in Maumee, where funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, followed by interment in Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church or the American Diabetes Association.

Richard Dutkiewicz

Richard Carl Dutkiewicz, age 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 29.

Born in Toledo to John and Mary (Korlewski) Dutkiewicz on April 22, 1932, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and worked at GM for 31 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee.

Mr. Dutkiewicz is survived by his wife, Patricia; sons, Mark (Cheryl), Donald and James (Dianne) Dutkiewicz; granddaughters, Brianna (Andre) Carpenter and Nicole Dutkiewicz; great-granddaughter, Autumn Carpenter; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and 10 brothers and sisters.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on May 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee.

David Toerne

The world has lost a loving father and grandfather, a witty brother, a fun-loving uncle and cousin, a dedicated letter carrier, a close-knit childhood chum and a caring and giving friend. 

David Lee Toerne, age 59, the eighth of 11 children and son of Richard and Aileen Toerne, died on Monday, April 30 in a tragic car accident after suffering a heart attack as he was driving to work. Born on June 16, 1958, he spent his formative years in Maumee and attended St. Joseph School and St. John’s Jesuit High School. An adventurous spirit took him to southern California, where he worked for Nielsen-EDI in the film industry after his college days at Bowling Green State University, but he returned to the area that he loved best and settled back in the south end of Toledo, working for the U.S. Postal Service. Mr. Toerne was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, where he served as a lector.

Predeceased by his parents, Richard and Aileen, he is survived by his daughters, Aileen and Julie Toerne; their mother, Carol Tillman, along with his grandson, Joshua, all of Burbank, Calif.; siblings, Lynne Toerne, Rick (Annette) Toerne, Suzen Toerne, of Maumee, Steve (Cindy) Toerne, of Waterville, Beth (Dwight) Basilius, Kevin (Sara) Toerne, Lisa (Chris) Basting, Judith (Jim) FitzGibbons, Thomas (Kelly) Toerne and Tim (Laurie) Toerne, of Maumee; and many, many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.  

Friends and family gathered to share memories on May 6 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on May 7 at O.L.P.H. Catholic Church. The family suggests donations to a memorial fund for Mr. Toerne’s daughters, Aileen and Julie Toerne, and grandson, Joshua. 

Paul Hiser

Paul Monroe Hiser, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, May 1 at his Whitehouse home of 56 years.

Born in Bradner, Ohio on September 11, 1930, he graduated from Bradner High School in 1948 and enrolled at Bowling Green State University. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served in the Korean War as an aircraft instrument specialist with the 335th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. After his honorable discharge, he returned to BGSU in 1955 and graduated in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in education. Mr. Hiser began teaching industrial arts at Anthony Wayne High School and spent the majority of his career in the Washington Local School District, retiring in 1986 after 26 years in the classroom.

Mr. Hiser’s passionate, lifelong project was building and remodeling his home. He was an avid woodworker and furniture craftsman, voracious reader, charismatic storyteller and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He rarely missed an opportunity to cheer on his beloved Buckeyes, Falcons, Indians and Browns. He intently followed the athletic and academic achievements and endeavors of his seven grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 58 years, Dorothy (Lawrence) Hiser; children, Jeff (Tanya) Hiser, Roger (Beth) Hiser and Laura (Al) Stevens; grandchildren, Katie, Hunter, Kennedy, Eric, Anne Marie, Alyssa and Mitchell; and sister, Patricia (Lee) Miesle. Mr. Hiser was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Helen Hiser; and siblings, Jack, Robert, Beverly and Paula Hiser and Betty Boyd.

Family and close friends gathered for a private remembrance on May 6. Memorial contributions may be made to the Library Legacy Foundation, 325 Michigan St., Toledo, OH 43604 (

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