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Obituaries: 10-12-17

Joanne Laskowski
Joanne Lee (Cline) Laskowski, age 66, of Hampton Twp., Mich., our caring and loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 29 at her parents’ home in Ohio.
Born in Wadsworth, Ohio on June 6, 1951 to Phillip and Mary Ellen (Nelms) Ditch, she graduated from Maumee High School and went on to obtain a degree in chemical engineering at Ferris State University in Michigan. She met Paul “Texas Ski Karaoke” Laskowski through mutual friends while performing karaoke. They dated, fell in love and on October 3, 1999, they had an intimate marriage ceremony in Mio. Joanne enjoyed the casino, painting, bingo, karaoke and fishing.
In addition to her husband and parents, Joanne leaves to cherish her memory, her daughters, Lynnette (Kevin) Moore and Rochelle Salla; grandchildren, Caitlynn and Elizabeth Moore and Ashley Messenger; siblings, Helen (Jack) Kunz and Phillip (Linda) Ditch, Jr.; sisters-in-law, Kathy (Tom) Miller, Helene (Michael) Nast, Judy Adams and Carol Laskowski; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Joanne was welcomed home to heaven by her first husband, Ronald Cline; and brother-in-law, Larry Laskowski.
Family and friends were received on October 6 at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Hampton Twp., where a celebration of life service took place that evening. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Association or the American Lung Association. Memphis, TN 38105.

James Batch
James “Jim” Batch, age 78, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, October 6.
Born in Toledo on February 22, 1939 to Harold and Ruth (Inks) Batch, he attended Toledo Public Schools and graduated in 1958 from Libbey High School. Mr. Batch served in the Ohio National Guard and the U.S. Naval Reserve and was a Taystee Bread driver for 30 years, retiring in 1993. After his retirement and before his illness, he enjoyed traveling and spending time at his condo in Ft. Myers, Fla. He will be fondly remembered as a man who enjoyed having a good time with family and friends.
Mr. Zwyer was a member of the Teamsters Local Union 365 for 25 years, serving as a trustee and vice president. In addition, he was a lifetime member of Barton Smith Masonic Lodge 613 and a member of the Knights Templar, Toledo Commandery 7, Grand Council Royal & Select Masons of Ohio, Toledo Council 33; Chapter of Royal Arch Masons and Fort Miami-Calumet 191. He also belonged to the Rossford Eagles, Sylvania Moose, American Legion Post 320 and the Maumee-BG Elks Lodge 1850, receiving the 1996-97 Elk of the Year award.  He was also a retired member of  Turtle Pond No. 3.
Surviving are his wife, Brenda (Garnsey); daughter, Kathi (Tom) Lyke; son, Christopher (Ann) Batch; step-grandchildren, Danielle and Andrew Hayes; sister in-law, Gaydelle Hornyak; and many nieces, nephews and their families. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Braun.
Family and friends were received on October 11 in the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, with an Elks service that evening. Private burial will take place in Lake Township Cemetery. Please join the family for a luncheon to celebrate Jim’s life at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 at the Maumee-BG Elks, 139 W. Wayne St. in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Maumee-BG Elks 1850 or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E.

Thomas Zwyer
Thomas J. Zwyer, age 74, of Monclova, passed away on Thursday, October 5.
Born on February 8, 1943 to Raymond and Thelma Zwyer, he married Mary Paulette Gross on June 11, 1966. In the 1960s, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve and for 44 years managed Ray Zwyer and Sons Poultry and Produce Farm. After closing the business in 2004, Mr. Zwyer went to work at Finish Master in Toledo for six years, retiring in 2010. He enjoyed hunting as well as restoring International Harvester tractors and was particularly proud of his work on his father’s very first tractor. Mr. Zwyer was a member of Ohio Chapter 6 IH Harvester Collectors Club and an avid follower of tractor shows throughout the country. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, where he shared many beloved friendships.
Surviving are his mother, Thelma; wife, Paulette; children, John (Elena Hartman) Zwyer and Cathy (Andrew Kalmar) Zwyer; grandsons, Caleb and Carter Pant and Roman Nikolaev; and siblings, Joanne (Tom) Klumm, Janice (Joe) Rothman, Mike (Marilyn) Zwyer and Robin (Gary) Hagemeyer. He was preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services began on October 10 in the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, followed by a Mass in St. Joseph Church. Interment was in Roth Memorial Cemetery in Monclova. The family suggests memorial donations to the missionary work of Sr. Carol Gross in the Dominican Republic or the Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio.

Jane Pierce
Jane A. Pierce, age 84, of Maumee, passed away on Sunday, October 8.
Born in Maumee on July 16, 1933 to Joseph and Loretta (Rectenwald) Kervin, she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, the Maumee Elks and the Maumee Eagles. She loved animals, her family and life.
Surviving are her husband, Bill; three children; her faithful companion, Minnie; seven sisters; and three brothers. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 12 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, where visitation with recitation of the Rosary will begin after 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place,

Bernard Dennis
Bernard C. “Ben” Dennis, age 84, of Maumee,  passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 7.
Born in Toledo on August 28, 1933 to Charles and Marguerite (Pilliod) Dennis, he was a U.S. Army veteran who served from August 1954 to July 1956, was stationed in Germany and was a member of the VFW. He married Jane Sieber on October 19, 1957, and they shared 60 years of marriage together. Mr. Dennis was a farmer and also a tool and die maker, retiring in 1999 after 28 years with Peterson Springs (formerly Lockrings Corporation). He will be dearly missed by his loving family. His sharp wit, infectious laugh and friendly disposition endeared him to everyone who was blessed to know him.
Surviving are his loving wife, Jane (Sieber) Dennis; son, Michael; daughter, Lynne (Terry) Cousino; daughter in-law, Kristen (Patrick) McCormick; grandchildren, Ben (Allison) Cousino, Liz (Thomas) Velker, Haley (Isaiah) Miller and Alec Dennis; great-grandson, Jack Cousino; and brother, James Dennis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Leo Dennis; and brother, Donald Dennis.
Family and friends will be received from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 12 in the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 13, followed by the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

David Warner
David L. Warner, age 82, of Maumee, passed away on Saturday, October 7.
Born David Wiewiorkowski to Alex Wiewiorkowski and Jean Sandham in Goodells, Mich., on August 17, 1935, he graduated from Lakeshore High School in St Clair Shores in 1952. Mr. Warner was a journeyman tool and die maker and retired from Chrysler Corporation in 1996. He received numerous awards for NRA Competition Shooting in Michigan and Camp Perry and loved fishing, golfing, Bay Point and telling stories. He was a member of Northern Light Lodge 40, Triune Chapter 344, Order of the Eastern Star, Zenobia Shrine, O-Ton-Ta-La Grotto and St. Omer Commandery 59 and received the Knight York Cross of Honor.
Preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Jean; first wife, Mildred (Sakowicz) Warner; second wife, Nancy (Kern) Warner; and sister, Melissa Lozon, Mr. Warner is survived by his beloved children, Gerald (Sally) Warner, Sue (Greg) Sottek, Brian Warner and John (Brenda) Warner; stepchildren, Terri (Mike) Gross and Doug (Tracy) Austin; grandchildren, Michelle, Amanda and Emilie Warner, Robert, Matthew and Christopher Sottek, Michael and Jordan Warner, Sarah, David, Gabriel and Mikayla Warner, and Jack and Jeff Austin; four great-grandchildren; and siblings, James (Diane) and Doug Warner.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on October 11 in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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