Barry Gerald Stirn, of San Marcos, Texas and formerly of Maumee, passed away on December 6, 2018.
Born in Toledo on March 13, 1950 to Jerry and Dixie Stirn, he moved with his family to Maumee in 1951 and was a 1968 graduate of Maumee High School, where he was active in football, tennis and Hi-Y. He attended West Virginia University on a football scholarship and later transferred to Kent State University. Following college, he worked for several years for Ritter & Company, his father’s produce brokerage business in Toledo. Barry was involved in many business ventures involving produce, automobile sales and petroleum cleansers in his career.
After several brief marriages, he met Hope Fernandez and settled down and they were married for more than 25 years. They raised Gennaro Fernandez, Andrew Flores and Nicholas Stirn. Nicholas and his children were the lights of Barry’s life. Blessed with an open and friendly personality like his father, he never met a stranger and was always upbeat and cheerful. Like his mother, his attire was always fashionable, even when wearing jeans and boots.
Surviving are his wife, Hope; sister, Dian Stirn Groh; sons, Corbin, Genaro, Andrew and Nicholas; and grandchildren, Jake, Dahlia, Arianna and Adrian.
A funeral was conducted last December in San Marcos, Texas, and his body was cremated, with the ashes scattered at a location of his choice. A Celebration of Life for family and friends will take place at noon on Saturday, July 27 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee. A family reunion will follow on Sunday, July 28 at the home of Gwyn and Dan Stechschulte, 16247 Road 11-J in Columbus Grove, Ohio. Photos, recollections and stories may be e-mailed to Grohds@aol.com or written in the memory book at the reception. The family suggests memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Michael Patrick Kirby, CPA, age 64, of Waterville, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 17.
Born in Sandusky on August 22, 1954 to Thomas and Evelyn Kirby, the third of seven children, he graduated from Huron High School in 1972 and in 2007 was inducted into its athletic hall of fame for excellence in both football and basketball. A graduate of Miami University, Mike majored in finance and accounting and began his accounting career in 1972 with Arthur Young & Co. and then served as controller of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. He joined Principle Business Enterprises in Dunbridge, Ohio in 1996 as chief financial officer. In 2014, he accepted the role of managing director to allow him more time with family. For 29 years, he served as business manager for the Maumee United Methodist Church and was the treasurer for Citizens for Anthony Wayne Schools.
Mike was and always will be known for his integrity, devotion, compassion and overall kindness. He loved playing tennis, running, Cleveland sports and traveling, but above all, spending time with his family. Sundays were always known to be spent at Papa and Grammy’s house. His trusty companion, cocker spaniel Henry, will also greatly miss their daily strolls through the neighborhood.
Surviving are his loving wife of 43 years, Paula; their five children, daughters Jennifer (Mark Buckenmeyer) Hildebrand, Jackie (Tim) Repicky, Julie (Brad) Fox and Jillian Kirby and son, Brian (Adrienne) Kirby; 11 grandchildren whom he adored and who will miss him dearly, Owen, Kate and Colleen Hildebrand, Jacob, Lucas and Nathan Repicky, Bexley and Barrett Fox and Conor, Duncan and Ethan Kirby.
Following visitation on June 20 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Homee in Waterville, a celebration of life service took place on June 21 at Maumee United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Anthony Wayne Education Foundation or Toledo Area Humane Society.
Jeffrey P. Gurecky, age 68, of Maumee, passed away on Saturday, June 22.
Born on November 28, 1950 to the late John and June Gurecky, he was a 1969 graduate of Maumee High School and graduated from Alpena Community College in 1973 with an associate degree in fisheries biology. Mr. Gurecky retired as a bench jeweler from Jared Jewelers in 2015, having spent most of his adult life working in the jewelry industry in Toledo. In the late 1970s, he lived in Santa Fe, N.M., where he began his lifelong love of working with gemstones. When he returned to Toledo, he learned how to facet semi-precious stones and became a highly skilled gem faceter. In fact, one of his stones, a 91.93-carat ametrine, was acquired with the Tiffany & Co. Foundation endowment and is in the Smithsonian Institution. When the weather turned warm, Jeff turned to his other love – fishing. On nice days, he could be found with his fishing pole and a cup of coffee fishing in his favorite spots on the Maumee River.
Mr. Gurecky was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marcia Gurecky; and nephew, Jacob Gurecky. He is survived by his sister, Cheryl (Richard) O’Connor; and cousins, Catherine Roberts, Sr. Ann Bartko, OSC, Fr. Louis Bartko, OFM, and Andrew and Donald Gurecky.
Friends and family will be received from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 29 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, with a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. Interment will be private in St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Toledo Area Humane Society.