Deanna (Kiefer) (Creps) Leady, age 62, recently of Punto Gorda, Fla., and formerly of Northwest Ohio, passed away on June 12.
Born in Toledo, the youngest daughter of the late Thomas and Lillian Kiefer, she had many careers during her life, beginning with a job at McDonald’s in high school. She frequently had two or three jobs at a time, in addition to taking classes, and would mark her calendar with the two or three days a month reserved for sleeping. Fortunately, she could fall asleep instantly. Mrs. Leady was one of the first female over-the-road truck drivers with her first husband; one of the first females to join the Air National Guard Reserves; a Sylvania Township Police dispatcher and its first female police officer; a security guard for the Owens-Illinois World Headquarters in Toledo; and a park ranger for the Metroparks of Toledo.
When the parks began their horse patrol program, Mrs. Leady volunteered but unfortunately was thrown from her horse and sustained a broken back. She left the Metroparks and was unable to work for several years. After several surgeries and much therapy, she took a desk job with the Air National Guard Reserves. During this time, she also received an associate degree in civil engineering. She was activated during the Iraq war and was deployed to Washington, D.C., South Carolina, France and the Middle East.
Deanna will be greatly missed by her sisters and her many friends. She would not want anyone to be sad but rather to take her death as a reminder that life is short and unpredictable – go live it with joy.
She is survived by her recent husband, Bob; brother, Tom; sisters, Teresa and Cheryl; and stepchildren, nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to a celebration of life service at the Monclova Community Center, 8115 Monclova Rd., from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 13.
Richard H. “Rick” Perino, age 52, of Waterville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 30.
Born in Dearborn, Mich., on July 4, 1965 to Richard and Donna (Charboneau) Perino, he earned an associate degree in forest technology from Hocking Technical College and a bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Toledo. Mr. Perino was employed at UPS for 31 years, beginning his career as a sorter and becoming a package car driver and later a feeder driver. He accrued more than 22 years of safe driving.
An avid Michigan and Detroit sports fan, he also enjoyed gardening, cooking, hiking, fishing, downhill skiing, the outdoors and spending time with his family. He was a loving husband, father, son, grandson, brother and friend to many and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. He was so proud of his wife and three sons. Those who met him had a friend for life and he will be remembered as a one-of-kind, loving guy.
Surviving are his loving wife of 24 years, Bridget (McKimmy) Perino; sons, Jacob, Joel and Justin Perino; parents, Richard and Donna Perino; grandmother, Mary Charboneau; brothers, Randy (Laura) and Ryan (Jude) Perino; father-in-law, Richard (Kathy) McKimmy; stepfather-in-law, Hal Sarmento; and many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. Mr. Perino was preceded in death by his grandparents, Louis and Frances Perino and Henry Thomas Charboneau; and mother-in-law, Marian Sarmento.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on August 4 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Campaign Fund at St. Joseph Church.
Mary Helena (Spychala) Koder, age 62, passed away on Monday, July 31.
Born in Toledo on September 21, 1954 to Jim and Pat Spychala, she spent her first five years in Toledo and then moved to Maumee with her family in 1959. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School, Maumee High School (where she was a member of the Spanish Club and treasurer of the Pep Club) and The University of Toledo, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. Mrs. Koder taught at mostly inner-city schools during her teaching career and was a member of the Future Teachers of America. During her early years, she enjoyed playing volleyball and golf and later enjoyed couponing and cross stitching
She is survived by her loving daughters, Elizabeth (Grant) Grohowski and Amanda Koder; granddaughters, Isis Jean and Myra Pacelli; mother, Patricia Spychala; brothers, Edward and Raymond; nieces, Raychel and Erin; brother, James, Jr. (Donna); nephew, Jimmy; sister, Patricia Spychala; godmother and aunt, Juanita Skoczen; ex-husband, Ted Koder; and mother-in-law, Rachel Knect and family. She was preceded in death by her father, James Spychala, Sr.; grandparents, Martin and Helen (Losek) Spychala and Frank and Mary Doyle; uncles, Mike (Dorothy) Spychala and James Doyle; nine great-uncles and aunts; many cousins; and pets, Padmé and Chew Chew.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on August 8 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church, followed by interment in St. Joseph Cemetery in Maumee, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.
Robert L. Flagg Jr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, August 4.
Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., on August 29, 1971 to Robert Flagg Sr. and Rita Dalton, he enjoyed being a father of three beautiful kids and loving husband for 14 years. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially fishing with his son. Bobby loved manning the grill to feed family and friends at BBQs. He had a great sense of humor, whether it be embarrassing his kids or telling jokes, he was able to put a smile on anyone’s face. He was a stay -at-home dad supporting his family and never missing any events for his children. Bob also enjoyed trips to Las Vegas and Los Angeles. He was recently baptized at the Road Com-munity Church in Fenton, Michigan.
Left to cherish Robert’s memory is wife Mandy; children; Chloe, Olivia, and Robert III; mother, Rita Dalton; grandmother, Frances Dalton; siblings, Donna (Lloyd) Helm, Michele Flagg, Anthony West, Aja Flagg, and Alexander Flagg; nieces, Tanisha, Shalonda (Phil), Tylia, and Liyah; nephews, Anthony Jr., Tajon, and LA, cousins, great-nieces, and great-nephews; aunts, Mary, Annette, and Maggie; step-mom, Karen Flagg; mother-in-law, Debra (Richard); and cherished friends, Tuff, Matt, Dan, Daiego, Keith, Guber, Broderick, Dale, Reese and Tim.
Preceding Robert in death is his father, Robert L. Flagg Sr.; daughter, Candace; uncle Charles Dalton; great-nephew, Richard Scrivner; cousin, Crystal Duncan; nephew, Dominique; and niece, Marika.
Family will receive guests on Tuesday, August 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. The funeral service will begin at 3:00 p.m.
In honor of Robert’s love for Michigan, please come with proper Michigan gear. MAIZE & BLUE!!!
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the family.