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Obituaries: 10-10-19

Rita Graven

Rita Rose Graven, age 85, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, September 6.

Born in Toledo on February 10, 1934 to Leon and Mary (Sobczak) Ziarno, she is survived by her husband, Leslie Graven; children, Richard (Mary Pat), David (Linda), Thomas (Lisa), Duane (Lisa), Cynthia (Jim) Stover, Sandra Bak and Kenneth; 22 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; brothers, Eugene and John (Lea Ann) Ziarno; sister, Theresa Beczynski; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Mrs. Graven was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Gloria Gangway.

Per her request, there will be no visitation or formal funeral; interment will be private in Resurrection Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns in Toledo.

Doris Pinz

Doris Janell (Baggett) Pinz, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, September 25 in Surprise, Ariz., five weeks after her brother.

Born on May 24, 1924 in Dickson County, Tenn., she moved to Maumee in 1936. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Stan Cornelius and Laurin Pinz; daughter, Shirley Cornelius; parents, John and Lela Baggett; brothers, Newell, Fulton, Willard, Kenneth and Bobby; and sister, Myrtle Klinger. Surviving are her son, Mark (Rilean) Cornelius; sister, Eva (Bud) Pratt; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  

Doris was special and will be missed.

Steven Kahle

Steven Wesley Kahle, age 55, of Maumee, died on Sunday, September 29.

The fifth of six children (Chuck, Tom, Sue, David and Sarah), he was born in Lawrence, Kan., to Rosemary and Charles Kahle, who preceded him in death. Steve spent his youth in Bowling Green and Perrysburg, enjoying time with friends and family. He attended Perrysburg High School and subsequently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bow-ling Green State University. He enjoyed working as a coroner’s investigator for the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for 26 years. The entire Kahle family extends its deep-felt thanks to everyone at the coroner’s office and all the police officers who embraced Steve throughout his career. His compassion and professionalism were often noted in this challenging job by those who worked closely with him. He always felt it was his responsibility to treat those who had lost a voice with respect and dignity.

Steve loved his family and cared deeply about people. His love for riding his motorcycle, small animals, beautiful flowers, classical music and fishing brought him joy throughout his life. One of his great pleasures was to take his motorcycle with his closest friends to the Maumee River to fish and relax. He is loved and will be missed greatly by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving daughter and best friend, Hannah. 

A Mass was celebrated on October 3 at St. Rose Parish in Perrysburg, followed by a reception. Memorial donations may be made to the Toledo Police Foundation, 525 N. Erie St., Toledo, OH 43604 (toledopolicefoundation.org).

Henrietta Szymanski

Henrietta M. “Hankie” Szymanski, age 87, of Toledo, passed away on Saturday, October 5.

Born in Toledo on June 4, 1932 to George and Clara (Soninski) Stevens, she was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and the 14th Ward Old Timer’s Women’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling, Bunco, left-right-center and spending time with her family.

Surviving are her daughter, Sandy (Danny) Stahl; grandchildren, Connie (Kevin) Dugan, Gary (Sherry) Davis, Alexis (Trucker) Allred and Steven and David Fisher; sons in-law, Mike Rogers and Dave Fisher; sister-in-law, Helen Szymanski; and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; daughters, Denise Rogers and Marie Fisher; and brothers, Robert and Richard Stevens. 

Family and friends were received on October 9 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Additional visitation will take place on Thursday, October 10 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Toledo, from 11:30 a.m. until the start of the funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shiners Hospitals for Children.

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