Joseph David “Dave” Branson, age 66, of Maumee, passed away on Monday, August 6.
Born in Pennington Gap, Va., on November 6, 1951 to Joe and Jean (Christian) Branson, he was an electronics tech at CB&I for 30 years and spent 15 years as a laboratory technician at St. Vincent Medical Center. Mr. Branson was an avid golfer, fisherman and sailor who enjoyed running, biking and participating in 10Ks and triathlons. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling to his home in Venice, Fla., and tending to his hibiscus. He attended St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Joe brightened up any room; his laugh and wittiness were contagious and he never met a person he did not consider a friend. His family and friends know he is up there talking about the elusive “green flash,” making holes-in-one and sending his positive energy and love to them all.
Surviving are his loving bride of 33 years, Leslie; sons, Scott, Mark (Morgan) and Matthew; daughter, Tracy (Alan) Flak; grandchildren, Eli, Miles, Vaughn, Liv and Nolan; parents, Jean and Joe Branson; brother, Tim (Mary) Branson; father-in-law, Lester (Gloria) Seward; sisters-in-law, Vikki Chandler and Robin Seward; nephews, James and David Branson; his infamous golf posse, Dan, Jeff, Goodie and Randy; and foster dog, Addie. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; mother-in-law, Betty Seward; and canine companion, Gracie.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on August 10 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Toledo Area Humane Society or Mercy Health Foundation Alcuin Bennett Fund.
Robert “Bob” Macrina, age 78, of Maumee and Summerfield, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, August 8, surrounded by loved ones following a brief illness.
Born on August 6, 1940 in Brockton, Mass., to Italian immigrants Joseph and Grace Macrina, he received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in 1962 and earned a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Florida. He spent several decades as an accomplished executive in aerospace design at Pratt & Whitney, Teledyne CAE and Chrome Alloy and then as a consultant for several aerospace firms before retiring in 1999. In addition to traveling with his wife Eileen and spending time with family and friends in retirement, Mr. Macrina was an avid golfer and enjoyed restoring his prized ’62 Corvette, which he owned for more than 50 years. He was actively engaged in politics and known for his candid takes on current affairs.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Eileen Macrina; brother, George (MaryLou) Macrina; son, Craig (Kristen) Macrina; daughters, Michele (Michael) Daum and Karen Macrina; and grandchildren, Katelyn, Marissa, Mason, Cortni and Callie.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on August 11 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Janet Sue Spohn, age 77, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, August 8.
Born in Findlay on April 19, 1941 to Marceille Vida and later adopted by her grandparents, Otis and Myra Friddell, she was a National Rifle Association shooting champion and enjoyed sewing, knitting, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughter, Pam (Chris) Righi; son, Ron (Niki) Spohn; grandchildren, Anthony, Allison and Alex; and sisters, Marian Ridgway and Luella Dunlap. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Harold and Kenny; and sister, Audrey.
The funeral service took place on August 13 at the First Presbyterian Church in Maumee.
Margaret Ann Laderach, age 93, of Maumee, passed away at home on Friday, August 10.
Born in Toledo on September 19, 1924 to Ercil and Flossie (Perriatt) Berning, she married the love of her life, Bill Laderach, on October 10, 1942 and they enjoyed 65 years of wedded bliss. She lived in the home that Bill built for 63 years. She and her late husband were avid bowlers, and she bowled in the Senior Olympics. Mrs. Laderach was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed baking, gardening and big dinners around the holidays. Her family was her life.
She is survived by her son, Gary (Sheila) Laderach; daughter-in-law, Evelyn Laderach; grandchildren, Holly (Brad) McCormick, Nathan (Brittany) Laderach and Katarina (Jordan) Leete; great-grandchildren, Brad, Jr., Hannah and Blake McCormick, Maxwell Laderach and Sophia, Alexander and Charlotte Leete; brother, James Berning; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; sons, William, Jr. and David; and siblings, Bob, Jerry, Francis, Elaine and Virginia.
Family and friends will be received on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Providence Lutheran Church in Holland from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.