Walter Nelson, age 74, of Perrysburg, passed away peacefully at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on Saturday, August 11, after a short illness.
Walt was born in Cleveland on January 16, 1944 to Mildred and Paul Scherer. After his father was killed in World War II, his mother married Howard Nelson, Jr., who adopted and helped raise him. Walt attended Vermillion Public Schools, where he participated in musicals, and later attended Stautzenberger College until he was hired by Barber, Normand and Associates, Architects Inc., with whom he spent most of his architectural career. He worked for 52 years completing drawings and supervising construction of churches, clinics, Dana factories and buildings at Luther Home of Mercy, as well as the Filling Home. His mission was group homes for mentally and physically challenged adults
Walt was a deacon and usher at Zoar Lutheran Church for many years and helped with Kitchen of Hope, serving monthly meals for anyone in need. He was also an avid golfer and a member of the Maumee-Bowling Green Elks Lodge and Turtle Pond 3.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Lola (Suhrbier); daughters, Jennifer (Dan Pless) Rossbach, Laura (Rodney) Clark, of Toledo, and Sara (Billy) Adams, of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; nine grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and brother, Howard Nelson III, of Amherst, Ohio.
A celebration of life service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31 at Zoar Lutheran Church, officiated by Dr. Timothy Philabaum and Rev. Donald Wukotich. Lunch will follow the service at the church and everyone is asked to wear khaki pants and polo shirts. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Walt’s memory may be directed to the Luther Home of Mercy Foundation or Zoar Lutheran Church’s Kitchen of Hope.
Delbert Lee Alldaffer, age 84, of Maumee, passed away on Sunday, August 26.
Born in Toledo on February 19, 1934 to William and Alice (Gueth) Alldaffer, he spent his career as a foreman at Power Brushes Inc., after serving in the U.S. Army. Mr. Alldaffer enjoyed perfecting his yard, fishing, traveling to the national parks and the western states, NASCAR and photography.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Lori (Jeff) Gumone; son, Scott Alldaffer; grandchildren, Justin and Myla Gumone; and siblings, Burt Alldaffer and Carol (Bob) Heinemann. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends and family will be received from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where the funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, followed by interment in Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Leo T. Kazmierczak, age 96, of Maumee, passed away on Monday, August 27.
Born in Toledo on May 2, 1922 to Michael and Catherine (Graczyk) Kazmierczak, he graduated from Macomber-Whitney High School and later joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in November 1940. He was a staff sergeant with the Quarter Master Corps stationed in the Panama Canal Zone during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Kazmierczak was a retired letter and rural route carrier at the Maumee Post Office, retiring after more than 30 years of service. He enjoyed taking road trips and traveling around the country and especially loved camping and fishing trips to Michigan and Canada with his sons. His favorite fishing spots included Houghton, Mullett and Burt Lakes. He also enjoyed visiting the area’s senior centers and playing euchre, pinochle and bridge with his fellow seniors.
Surviving are his children, Julie Newby, Rick (Pam) Kazmierczak, Dave Kazmier-czak, Bob Kazmierczak and Karen Krzyminski; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia (Ladadie); siblings, Joe, Ted, Stan, Josephine, Helen and Mary; and daughter, Janet.
The family will receive guests from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 31, followed by the funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Toledo Humane Society.
Joseph W. Fife, age 83, of Maumee, passed away on Monday, August 27, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania.
Born in Lima, Ohio on November 23, 1934 to John Fife and Angela M. (James Melvin) Lowe, he graduated from Lima High School and also attended The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo. He worked 15 years at Metropolitan Life Insurance, 10 years at LOF, and also founded Fife and Son’s Carpet Cleaning in 1978. He enjoyed golf, bowling and was also a lifetime member of the Maumee Elks.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, M. Joanne Fife; eight children, Debbie (Jim) Maedel, Kerry Head, Rebecca (Michael) Overholt, Joe (Sonia) Fife, John (Sue) Fife, Julie (Marty) Powell, David Fife, Vicki (Michael) Watts; 29 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren on the way; brother-in-law, Darrell Wilson; sister-in-law, Wanda Wilson; and many nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary (Harold) Davey; brother, John Fife; sister-in-law, Linda Wheeler, brother-in-law, Dick Wilson.
Friends and Family will be received on Saturday, September 1 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo; with the funeral Mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns.