Obituaries: 05-24-18

Mildred Fisher

Mildred L. Fisher, age 92, of Maumee, passed away on Tuesday, May 15.

Born in Maumee on May 10, 1926 to Arthur and Anna (Rapparlie) Allyn, she attended Maumee High School and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee. She enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her family, ceramics, sewing and being a volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Surviving are her children, Jean (Steve) Oehlers, Dennis (Cindy) Fisher, Vickie (Dave) Ritchey and Dave (Chris) Fisher; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis “Boo” Fisher; sisters, Charlotte Wooley and Eunice Trabbic; and brother, Milton Allyn.

Funeral services were conducted on May 21 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, followed by entombment at Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551 or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Robert Cole, Sr.

Robert W. Cole Sr., age 91, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, May 16.

A U.S. Navy veteran who served his country in World War II, Mr. Cole was employed at Champion Spark Plug and was a member of the Masonic Northern Light Lodge, honorary post commander of St. Omer, past master of Calumet Lodge and past president of Zenobia Shrine.

Surviving are his daughters, Diane Daugherty, Sue (Tom) Spellis and Barb (Geoff) Glick; sons, Rob (Jane), Brian and Corey (Becky) Cole; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; and son-law, Dave Daugherty. 

Funeral services took place on May 23 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, followed by interment in Toledo Memorial Park.

Mary Southerland

Mary Kumpe Southerland, age 86, a former resident of Hidden Valley Lake, Ind., passed away on Wednesday, May 16.

She graduated from Maumee High School in 1949 and then entered training at Toledo Hospital School of Nursing. She received her RN certificate in 1952 and moved to Cincinnati, where she was employed by Children’s Hospital for 20 years. She married Charles Southerland in 1970 and joined him in his CPA office. Mrs. Southerland was an active member of the Order of Eastern Stars as a member of Mt. Healthy Chapter in Cincinnati, serving as Worth Matron several times; the Daughters of the Nile in Cincinnati; Point Blank Lady Shooters; and The Well-Armed Women. 

Preceded in death by her husband, Charles Southerland, in 2010, she is survived by her niece, Becky (Jim) Elliott, of Maumee; nephew, Dr. David (Rosemary) Kumpe; the former spouses of other nieces and nephews; and great and great-great grandnieces and nephews. 

Services were conducted privately by the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Maumee Methodist Church, 405 Sackett St., Maumee, OH 43537.

Michael Whitacre

Michael Alan Whitacre, age 64, of Maumee, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 18.

Born in Wood County on January 29, 1954 to Jackson and Dortha (Sterling) Whitacre, he married Margaret Davis on March 23, 1974 and was employed as a pipefitter/project superintendent for Local 50. Mr. Whitacre was a family man who adored his six grandchildren. He was a soccer coach for Maumee Express for more than 25 years and enjoyed traveling with his wife, golfing with his son, spending time with his daughter, fishing with friends, car and horse races with his brothers and rides in the truck with his canine companion, Gus.  

Surviving are his loving wife, Margaret “Peggy” Whitacre; son, Jason (Abbe) Whitacre; daughter, Carrie (Stephen) Cline; grandchildren, Reid, Graeme, Nohl, Addelyn, Kathryn and Vivian; brothers, Jack (Betty) and Daniel (Diane) Whitacre; sisters, Barbara Middleton and Mary (Don) Genalo; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 24 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunshine Communities, 7223 Maumee Western Rd., Maumee, OH 43537 or a charity of the donor’s choice.  

Geoffrey Cottier

Geoffrey Allen Cottier, age 70, of Monclova, passed away on Friday, May 18, after a short, unexpected illness. 

Born in Fremont, Ohio on October 13, 1947 to John and Donna Cottier, he graduated from Maumee High School and The Ohio State University and completed his law degree at The University of Toledo. He was an avid naturalist and horticulturist, as well as a brilliant pianist. Before finishing law school, he taught in Maumee City Schools. Mr. Cottier was a magistrate for Defiance County for more than 35 years, in addition to his law practice.

Preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Patrick; and stepson, Andrew Whittenburg, he is survived by his wife, Page; son, Dan; stepchildren, Hans and Page Whittenburg; sisters, Susan (Jeff) Barley, Laura (Ron) Calhoun, Amy (Oscar) Reza and Ann (Steve) Hughes; nieces and nephews, Kerry (Paul) Hurd, Brent (Hiromi) Barley, Katie (Bradley) Mayer, Patrick Calhoun, Owen and Sophia Reza and Robert and Samantha Hughes; granddaughter, Sarah DeLeon; and eight grandnieces and nephews. 

Friends and family will be received beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, with a celebration of life service at 1:00 p.m. at the Maison-Dardenne Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Planned Pethood or the Lucas County Humane Society.

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