Ken Richard Phillips, age 63, of Maumee, passed away on Sunday, September 22.
Born in Toledo on June 12, 1956 to Richard and Rita (Smith) Phillips, he enjoyed working on F-16s at the 180th Fighter Wing in Swanton, where he was a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1976 through 2003, when he retired as a Tech Sergeant. He had many deployments during his time in the service, including Kuwait and Turkey. He was employed with the city of Maumee Street Division in December 1990 and retired in February 2017 after 27 years. His hobbies included bowling, golfing and watching the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Tigers. He collected anything that had to do with fighter jets, and he also loved tinkering with just about anything. Ken was a former volunteer firefighter with the Maumee Fire Division for several years. A longtime member and trustee for 10 years of the American Legion Post 320 in Maumee, before recently stepping down, he volunteered for numerous events and benefits. He was also a longtime member and past president of the Maumee Eagles.
Mr. Phillips is survived by his children, Ryan (Jennifer) and Autumn (Tony Lutz); granddaughter, Abby Phillips; and siblings, Teri (Greg) Heppe, John (Pam) Phillips, Rick (Karol) Phillips and Danny Phillips. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Debra Phillips.
Visitation and funeral services took place on September 27 and 28 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, followed by interment in St. Joseph Cemetery in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion.
Sandy S. (Kuresz) Karamol, age 75, passed away on Monday, September 23 in her sleep at her home of 41 years in Monclova.
Born in Toledo on November 29, 1943 to Chester Kuresz and Dorothy Moxley, she attended Springfield High School, where she was set up on a blind date by a friend with her future husband, Edward Karamol. They married in February 1962 and lived on Rega Drive in Toledo, where their two sons were born. Mrs. Karamol worked for 25 years in surgical supply at The Toledo Hospital, where she met and loved lifelong friends. She spent the years after retirement doing what she loved most, traveling the U.S. in her camper with Edward, cousin Jim Stover and her loving companions, Buddy and Max.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lena Hetrick; mother, Dorothy Moxley; aunt, Jenny Stover; uncle, Edgar Stover; and cousin, Bill Moxley. She is survived by her loving husband, Edward Karamol, Sr.; children, Edward (Natalie) Jr. and John (Nicole); grandchildren, Devin, Kylee, Brianna and Jacob Karamol and Taylor Neeley; great-grandchildren, Oliver Gibson, Raelyn Karamol and Jaxon and Ashton Neeley; and her Jack Russell, Max.
Visitation was on September 26 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. The funeral was on September 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee.
Mary Jane Hayward
Mary Jane “MJ” Hayward, age 65, died unexpectedly on Friday, September 27.
Born near Dayton to Robert and Doris Baker, who were members of the Experimental Aircraft Association along with her uncle, she grew up attending air races around the country and gatherings at Oshkosh. As a teenager, Mary Jane was mostly relegated to polishing the aluminum on the aircraft. Later in life, she did not like to polish anything, for some reason. MJ received her degree in nursing from Ohio University and The University of Toledo; she worked for many years as a medical assistant for a private practice and at Riverside Hospital in Toledo. She was a full-time mom with her children as they grew up in Waterville and Florence, S.C.
When living in the country near Waterville, MJ (pregnant with Robert) was known to take a long bamboo pole and chase the neighbor’s pig out of her garden. While volunteering for the Toledo Humane Society, she became good friends with five women who were all named Mary. They called the place where they worked “Mary Mart.” Mary Jane once saw an entire family of foxes cross her best friend Lori’s yard – the female and three kits – and followed later by the male who had a duck in his mouth. A true lover of nature, Mary Jane said this was one of the most touching and wonderful scenes she had ever witnessed.
MJ loved her family more than anything. Despite liking neither coconut nor licorice, she never had a bad word to say about anybody or anything. Everyone who knew MJ loved her. She celebrated her 65th birthday on September 10 by spending all day trying to figure out Medicare, using the easy-to-follow instructions. Then we went out to dinner – Mary Jane had taco salad.
She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Donald; children, Robert (Abbey) and Emily (Tom); two beloved sisters-in-law, Sally and Sue and their husbands, Lou and Tom; nephews and nieces; and grandnephews and grandnieces (although she wasn’t sure that was a thing). She had many friends.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial visitation from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 3 at Peinert Dunn Funeral Home in Waterville. The family will laugh about her obsession with being at least an hour early to any and every event; the time she bought sugar-free root beer by mistake, taking almost a year to drink it all; the time she took the helm of a sailboat and complained that she couldn’t see because the sails were in the way; and the way she always took the hand of anyone nearby when walking – not because she was being overtly friendly, but because she didn’t want anyone to know that she had multiple sclerosis. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Toledo Humane Society (toledohumane.org) or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (nationalmssociety.org).
We will always know you, Mary Jane – you have joined the stars and are with us always, wherever we look.