Mary Catherine Gagnet, age 87, of South Toledo, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, May 31, due to complications from cancer.
Known to many as “Sweet Mary,” she was born on February 17, 1932 to Charles and Anna Simons. She graduated from St. Ursula Academy in 1950 and shared pride in her daughter and three granddaughters – and eventually a fourth granddaughter – who also graduated from the academy of which she had such fond memories. On June 29, 1957, she married Roland James Gagnet, with whom she spent 56 wonderful years until his death in 2013.
Early in her life, Mary worked in the office of LaSalle’s Department Store and later Libbey-Owens-Ford. She eventually became a homemaker, dedicating her life to serving and caring for others while raising her children. Over the years, she served with many Mother’s Clubs groups at the schools her children attended. She had many friends and an active social life even in her most recent years, meeting monthly with her grade school friends and two other dinner groups. She was also a dedicated charter member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church.
Mrs. Gagnet cherished time with her family, especially during the holidays and on many birthday occasions and Sunday dinners. The family also gathered regularly at her second home on Bear Lake near Hillsdale, Mich., where her delicious Italian spaghetti and meatballs, pork ribs and Hungarian pigs in the blanket were widely enjoyed, along with sunset rides on the pontoon boat and Friday evening dinners at Ray’s Tavern. Forever known for her genuine kindness, Mary sincerely and equally loved her three children, their spouses and nine grandchildren. She frequently shared stories with her friends of how proud she was of each and every one of them and their accomplishments. She showed this pride by sending yearly Christmas cards with a picture highlighting them all. Mary will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Anna Simons; infant brother, Charles, Jr.; and loving husband, Rolly Gagnet. She is survived by her children, Tony (Kelly) Gagnet, Jim (Nancy) Gagnet and Annette (Rich) Meklus; and grandchildren, Paul, Anna, Cate and John Gagnet, Nicole, Ryan and Julia Gagnet, and Samantha and Daley Meklus.
Visitation was on June 4 at the Coyle Funeral Home and a funeral Mass was celebrated on June 5 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, followed by interment in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, St. Ursula Academy or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Brenda Lee (Garnsey) Batch, age 78, passed away on Monday, June 3, surrounded by her loving family.
Born on November 26, 1940 to Dale and Ferne (Avery) Garnsey, she graduated from Maumee High School in 1958 and married James Batch on October 27, 1962. They spent 55 years together until his passing in 2017. She was a dedicated homemaker and took pride in her children. Mrs. Batch was part of a ladies’ monthly Bunco group for more than 57 years. She also belonged to the Maumee-Bowling Green Elks, the Sylvania Moose and the Rossford Eagles. She enjoyed having a good time with family and friends and nobody was a stranger to her. Whether it was at her condo in Fort Myers, Fla., or at the Elks Club, she could always be counted on for a party. After her husband’s retirement in 1993, the couple traveled regularly with frequent stops at the nearest casino. They enjoyed splitting their time between Fort Myers and Maumee. Their doors were always open and cocktails and snacks were always available.
In addition to her parents and loving husband, Jim, Brenda was preceded in death by her sister, Bonnie McCartney, and niece, Cheryl McCartney. Survivors include her children, Kathi (Tom) Lyke and Chris (Ann) Batch; sister, Gaydelle Hornyak; niece, Darla Hornyak; and nephews, Rick (Dawn) Hornyak, Todd (Lisa) Hornyak and Gregory (Emily) McCartney.
Friends and family will be received from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Burial will be private in Lake Township Cemetery. Please join the family for a luncheon to celebrate Brenda’s life at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at the Maumee-BG Elks at 139 W. Wayne St. in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551.