Obituaries: 08-22-19

Glen Shoemaker

Glen Dale Shoemaker, age 92, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, August 14.

Born in Lindsey, Ohio, on April 5, 1927 to Charles and Margaret (Auxter) Shoemaker, he was a U.S. Army veteran and retired as a crane operator. He loved fishing, watching movies, going to Florida and playing cards.

Mr. Shoemaker was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Shoemaker; son, Michael Shoemaker; and brothers, James and Donald Shoemaker. He is survived by his daughter, Janine (Rick) Hilbert; and grandchildren, Morgan Hilbert, Angel Hilbert, Shianne (Dewayne) Houghtlin and Tammy (Tim) Shelton. 

Funeral services took place on August 16 at the Walker Funeral Home in Toledo, followed by interment in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Maumee Senior Center or the Monclova Senior Center.

Joanne Monroe

Joanne Riley (Jo) Monroe, age 94, of Maumee, passed away at her residence in Findlay on Thursday, August 15.

Born on November 9, 1925, she spent a lifetime traveling and was a dedicated member of the Toledo Opera Guild, Toledo Opera Association, Laureate Beta Pi Chapter Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Ladies Auxiliary Sixth Armored Division Association for many years.

She is survived by her very special friend and niece, Marquita Marie (Craig) Collingwood; daughter, Belinda Jo Jackson; grandsons, Jary, Christopher and Collin; sister-in-law, Barbara Riley; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Samuel Monroe; and siblings, William Riley, George (Ingeborg) Riley, Okla Stabb and Mary (Henry) Weckbacher.

Services will be private.

Ross Kuhner

Ross Joseph “Joe” Kuhner, age 72, passed away unexpectedly of cardiac arrest on Sunday, August 11, surrounded by his extended and loving family.

Born in Columbus on March 5, 1947, the oldest of seven children, to Ross and Bernice (Klarman) Kuhner, he and his wife of 44 years, Cheryl Ann (Vallade), resided in Maumee for the last 20 years. Joe was a 1965 graduate of Bishop Hartley Catholic High School in Columbus and a 1970 graduate of Ohio University. He retired from Columbia Gas and began a second career with Gas Technology Institute as a trainer of engineers in the natural gas industry, before retiring to a life mowing his lawn, being Papa Joe to his cherished grandchildren and fattening up the army of squirrels in the backyard. 

An accomplished carpenter, Joe handcrafted exquisite furniture and gifts for family and friends, of course first starting with precise pencil drawings on graph paper. Whatever he couldn’t fix with his dozens of organized clamps, he could always fix with WD-40 and/or duct tape. Joe loved Major League Baseball and maintained his lifelong love of the Cleveland Browns, even while surrounded by his Pittsburgh sports-loving family. Under careful tutelage by his mom in the ways of cheating at euchre, he passed on his knowledge to his baby brother, and the duo spent many decades hoodwinking unsuspecting partners. With a hearty laugh, Joe celebrated many important events with his large, loud and ebullient families and friends. The laugh, his wicked sense of humor and extensive vocabulary of curse words when woodworking, will be missed more than his family can express.

Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Lyons; brother-in-law, Douglas Brehm, father-in-law, Robert Vallade, and niece, Elise Vallade, Joe is survived by his best friend and wife, Cheryl; his adoring children, Steven (Jennifer) Humphrey, Krista Kuhner (and her mother, Mary Kay Sturbois), Ross (Leane) Kuhner and Jeremy (Jamie) Kuhner; cherished grandchildren, Olivia, Owen and Alex Kuhner; siblings, Patricia Kuhner, Linda (Richard) Vallade, Susan Brehm, Thomas (Suzie) Kuhner, Cindy (Steve) Perry, Robert (Polly) Vallade, Sandy (Bob) Lindner and Jeff Vallade; mother-in-law, Leona Vallade; and more nieces, nephews, grand-nephews and -nieces and close friends than can possibly be listed.

A funeral Mass was celebrated on August 16 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, followed by burial in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be directed to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org).

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