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Obituaries: 10-04-18

Christopher File

Christopher C. “Chris” File, age 66, died at his home in Maumee on Monday, September 17.

Born in Dowagiac, Mich., on November 4, 1951 to Helen and Clair File, he retired from Tolco Corporation in June 2017 after 39 years of service. Within weeks of his retirement, Mr. File was diagnosed with brain cancer, the disease that would take his life. During the final year of his life, he visited with the family he loved so much. In May, he proudly walked his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. He loved outdoor activities: fly-fishing, bicycling, hiking and snow shoeing. He designed and built a country home in Ellicottville, N.Y.

Mr. File is survived by his wife, Jean (Leahy); daughter, Erin (Correll) Heard; son, Daniel (Liisa Hantsoo) File; sister, Sharon (Jose Raphael) Emperador; brother, John “Joe” (Sandy) File; sister-in-law, Charlotte Miller-File. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, James “Whit” File.  

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 13 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551. 

Devon Dinkens-McMahon

Devon Whitney Dinkens-McMahon passed away on Saturday, September 22, at peace and with family at her bedside. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma 15 years ago and had “no evidence of disease” until being re-diagnosed this past February with metastasis to the lungs. 

Born in Davenport, Iowa on August 23, 1987, Devon was a 2005 graduate of Carroll High School, a 2007 graduate of Del Mar College (culinary arts), a 2009 graduate of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (education) and 2011 graduate of Texas State with a master’s degree in recreation and leisure therapy. She had many interests growing up, including Girl Scouts, soccer, cheerleading and diving, but most important to her was her time dancing with the Corpus Christi Ballet and Munro Ballet Studios. She was a member of Tri Delta Sorority (whose philanthropy is pediatric cancer), through which she made many lifelong friends. She was a loyal friend to many and will be remembered as always happy, smiling, positive, kind-hearted, hopeful, forgiving, strong, determined and faithful throughout her years of health concerns. Her beautiful smile and sense of humor were ever-present. She was always a fearless fighter, willing to share her story with TAMU-CC nursing students in their pediatric rotation and to other groups through the American Cancer Society and MD Anderson. 

Devon is survived by her spouse, Jay McMahon, of New Orleans; parents, Dr. Scott and Shelley Dinkens, of Rockport, Texas; siblings, Dillon, Drew and Dana; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws in Texas, Ohio, Florida, Georgia and Rhode Island who were able to spend precious time with her during her “bucket-list” trip to Harry Potter World, at her commitment ceremony in June and during visits to Houston. Devon was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Paul and Glenda Boehk, from Rockport, and Richard and Ellen Dinkens, from Maumee; uncle, Rod Dinkens; and cousin, Brandon Dinkens. 

Devon’s choice was to be cremated. A Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on September 29. She wishes that all donations be sent to Triumph Over Kids Cancer, a foundation started by her good friend and fellow osteosarcoma hero, James Ragan, at TOKC, 723 Coleman Ave., Corpus Christi, TX 78401. All donations are for research and are matched by MD Anderson. More information about this wonderful organization can be found at its website, http://triumphoverkidcancer.org/. 

The family would like to thank the caregivers from New Century Hospice and the many medical teams that assisted with her care, from MD Anderson, Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Fla.), and Dr. John Carmichael and the Thomas Spann Clinic staff. We appreciate every effort to extend and improve Devon’s quality of life. 

David Shepler

David A. Shepler, age 77, of Maumee, passed away on Monday, September 24.

Born in Toledo on September 7, 1941 to Donald and Virginia (Armstrong) Shepler, he retired from Ford Motor Stamping Plant in Maumee. He was a proud member of Local 1892 and served as the health and safety representative. 

Mr. Shepler is now with his loving wife, Judy Shepler. He was also predeceased by his parents; sons, David and Daniel Shepler; and stepson, Robby Taylor. He is survived by his sons, William (Marilyn) and David (Joy); daughter, Christy Shepler; stepchildren, Lori (Randy) Bowman and Brandee (Jay) Rawlins; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

A celebration of life service took place on September 29 at Calvary Church in Maumee. 

Leo Wymer

Leo Eugene Wymer, age 89, of Maumee, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 24. He spent his last day surrounded by his devoted family and friends. 

A resident of Maumee for the past 20 years, he was born in Ravenna, Ohio on September 1, 1929 to Frank and Minnie (Shoe) Wymer. He graduated from Ravenna High School in 1947 and attended Kent State University. Mr. Wymer served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and devoted 32 years to Chrysler Corporation, first in Twinsburg, Ohio and later at the company headquarters in Hamtramck, Mich. He and his wife moved to Lambertville when he retired in 1988 to be closer to his first grandchild, Katie. He was active in the Elks Club in Ravenna, enjoyed sports his entire life and was an avid golfer and an enthusiastic Cincinnati Bengals and Ohio State Fan. He took great pride in the activities and achievements of his grandchildren.

Mr. Wymer is survived by his wife, Anna Marie (Romano), whom he married on September 12, 1953; daughter, Jeannie (James) Herold, of Maumee; son, Martin (Ilene Roth) Wymer, of Solon; grandchildren, Katherine (Alec Thieda) Herold, Christian Leo Wymer, Nicholas Wymer and Chase Wymer; brother, Floyd (Elaine) Wymer; sisters, Wanda Biltz and Inez Lemon; many beloved brothers and sisters-in-law, Kathryn King, Bridget (Tom) Gray, Frank (Connie) Romano, Russel (Bev) Romano, Patricia Naulty and John (Diane) Romano; and many loving nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his faithful and devoted caregiver, Pat Repka.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donald, Royal and Roger; sisters, Blanche (Robert) Peacock, Clara (Herman) Knapp and Freida (John) Dalrymple; brothers-in-law, Russel Biltz and John Lemon; and in-laws, Marion and Carmella Romano, who loved him like a son, as well as their deceased family, Joseph (Nadine) Romano, Leonard (Ginger) Romano and Bill King.

A memorial service was conducted on September 29 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio Living Home Care and Hospice, which provided wonderful care.

Sue DeMarco

Sue Marie DeMarco, age 75, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, September 26.

Born in Toledo on July 8, 1943 to Walter and Coletta Rahman, she graduated in 1961 from Central Catholic High School. She was an active member of St. Joan of Arc Parish, where she volunteered at the food pantry and in many other capacities. She was a member of the Christ Child Society, where she also worked on projects, and volunteered at The Toledo Hospital and Angie’s Place. She was an avid tennis player and a member of Two’s Tennis Club. She also enjoyed golf and pickleball.

After raising her children, Mrs. DeMarco joined the staff at the family business, Vas-ko Company, from which she retired, and then spent much of her time with family and friends at the lake house on Johnson’s Island, Marblehead. Family was everything to her and she was always present for family gatherings and sporting events of her grandchildren. She also loved to travel and see new things. She was comfortable in any situation and always made those around her feel better.

Surviving are her children, Nick (Kelly) DeMarco, of Perrysburg, Cindy (Jim) Gothier, of Avon, Ohio, and Angela (Scott) Shern, of Holland; brothers, Jack and Paul Rahman; grandchildren, Geno, Nicholas, Kristina and Julia DeMarco, Jack, Amanda, Allison and Nicole Gothier and Ellen, Marla and Grace Shern; and significant other, Mike Smith, with whom she traveled around the world and attended the grandchildren’s sports and school events. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of nearly 40 years, Gene, who passed away in 2004; brother, Jim Rahman; and sister-in-law, Virginia Hyslop.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 4 in St. Joan of Arc Church in Toledo. Memorial donations may be made to the ProMedica Foundation Hickman Center, Care of ProMedica Foundation, 444 N. Summit St., Ste. 100, Toledo, OH 43604; or the Christ Child Society of Toledo, P.O. Box 352254, Toledo, OH 43635.

Dennis Bennice

Dennis Lee Bennice, age 72, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, September 28.

Born on October 11, 1945 to Dominic and Lucille (Fondessy) Bennice, he worked for the Dana Corporation for 40 years, including as president of Dana Risk Management Services, Inc. He also served as president of Dana’s Bermuda-based Wren-ford Insurance Captive and established a Wrenford-sponsored scholarship for Bermudian insurance students. His professional achievements earned him a place on Business Insurance’s 2006 Risk Management Honor Roll. After retiring from Dana, Mr. Bennice continued in the risk management field as vice president at the Toledo-based Hylant Group and as a consultant for various companies. He also spent numerous years on the Maumee Planning Commission. An avid golfer and member of Belmont Country Club, he also enjoyed target shooting and fishing and was a loyal fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavaliers.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia; daughter, Jennifer (Chris Hooper) Bennice; son, Todd (Carrie) Bennice; brother, Donn (June) Bennice; brother-in-law, Tom Wahl; and nephews, Eric (Mindy) Wahl and Wesley and Matthew (Shelby) Bennice.

Funeral services were conducted on October 3 at Maumee United Methodist Church, followed by private interment. Memorial contributions may be directed to Maumee United Methodist Church.

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