Obituaries: 06-13-19

Mary Jane Eding

Mary Jane Hoag Abel Eding, age 91, passed away on Friday, May 17.

Born in Chicago on October 13, 1927, her life was blessed with family and friends. Her memberships included St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for more than 75 years, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Maumee Community Church. She was also proud of being part of the Top of the Hill Gang (Maumee High School Class of 1945). Mrs. Eding worked in finance and secretarial work for most of her career, retiring from the Owens Community College Financial Aid Department in 1991. She loved sports of all kinds and followed the Maumee Panthers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Detroit Tigers and Duke University basketball. She took pride in the Maumee Little League founded by her family. 

Mrs. Eding enjoyed working puzzles and found a love for “Facebooking” the last several years, informing all her friends of the sports scores of the day and encouraging those in their Faith Walk. She also blessed many family and friends with handmade baby quilts over the years. She was blessed to live the last several years of her life at Genesis Village. She made an impact on the staff and residents there and enjoyed participating in all the activities offered.

The last surviving child of the union of Charles and Grace Hoag, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Estell and Grace; brothers, Charles (Bud), Lou, Steve, George, Orville, Robert and Jack; husbands, Howard Abel in 1988 and Phillip Eding in 2018; grandson, Juston Fisher; and nephew. Johnny Hoag. She is survived by her children, Donald (Elaine) Abel and Mary Beth (Bill Gower) Abel; Phil’s children, John (Debbie) Eding and Ellen (Eddie) Ledesma; grandchildren, Marna (Nick) Kern, Asa Abel, Jessica Fisher, Garrett (Crystal Wagener) Abel, Ilyana Martens, Ashley Hanicq, Mariah Hanicq, Tobiah (Kimberly) Ledesma, Julian (Kelsey) Ledesma and Sarah (Shawn McCarty) Ledesma; 15 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild and another on the way; sister-in-law, Phyliss Hoag; nephews, Ron (Vicky), Robert (Noreen) and Richard (Diane); Phil’s siblings, Patricia Heider, Duke (Deb) Eding and Jan Hoffman; many other Abel/Eding/Ash nieces and nephews; and close friend, Charmaine McClellan. She also cared for more than 40 foster babies in her home over the years.

A celebration of Mary Jane’s live will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23 at Genesis Village, 2429 S. Reynolds Rd. in Toledo, officiated by Pastor Paul Doerfler. (Please park and enter in the event parking area with entrance off Heatherdowns Boulevard.) Memorial donations may go to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Janice Burchfield

Janice Lennette Schad Burchfield died on Sunday, June 9 at her apartment at The Kingston Residence of Perrysburg.

Originally from Bryan, Jan graduated from Bryan High School, where she enjoyed participating on the bowling and archery teams,  and then attended the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing, where she trained as a registered nurse, a profession she loved. In her early years, Jan was known for saying she would “never marry a farmer or a doctor.” It was while Jan was working at Toledo Hospital that she met the love of her life, the one who would become her husband of 60 years, John, a man who earned his degree in agriculture at MSU and later went to medical school at OSU and practiced medicine for over 30 years.

Jan, who was also known as “Mom,” and “Grandma Jan,” enjoyed many hobbies. She learned to golf in the 1970s; during her lifetime, she made three hole-in-ones, one after recovering from a heart attack. Jan was also an avid bowler, active church member, a gifted cook and baker, wife, mother and grandmother.

Jan attended hundreds of her son’s and daughter’s sporting events over the years. She learned to play golf with her son John and they played many rounds together including one day when they played 45 holes, all walking. Jan also taught her daughter how to ride a bike, gently caring for her daughter’s cuts and scrapes after she ran into several mailboxes during one particular lesson. She was devoted to her family, and enjoyed taking her grandchildren, John III, Michael and Elisabeth out to lunch and shopping at “Toys R Us” for their birthdays. She also loved listening to the three perform mini music concerts for her when she visited them on holidays. Her three granddaughters, Adah, Leah and Anna, remember the wonderful “Grandma Jan Scoops” of ice cream (the largest servings of ice cream known to human kind), and playing “Possum” with them until they were all piled on the floor squealing with laughter.

In Jan’s later years, she took care of her husband, John, always putting him first. She became a tell-it-like-it-is kinda gal, who let people know when they were appreciated and loved by singing “I love you, a bushel and a peck…” Her favorite saying in her final days was “What will be, will be,” or “Que sera sera.” (Doris Day had nothing on Jan.)

Jan is survived by her son, John II (Mary); daughter, Brenda (Allen) Kinzer; six grandchildren, John III, Michael and Elisabeth Burchfield; and Adah, Leah and Anna Kinzer; and sister, Gwen (Gerald) Ames. 

Jan is preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Helena (Schrag) and Cloyd Schad; and sisters, Zola (Dave) Evans and Dewanda Van Dyke.

The Burchfield family would like to thank the many friends, health care aides, and people who visited and helped care for Jan. We are especially grateful for the loving care provided to Jan by Rhonda May Houston.

The visitation will be held on Friday, June 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by the funeral at 1:00 p.m. at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to The C.D. Burchfield Endowment for Agricultural and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. 

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