Wayne J. Worthington, age 68, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away on Friday, October 18.
Born in Kenton, Ohio, on September 11, 1951 to Joe and Doris (Hoyt) Worthington, he was a 1970 graduate of Ada High School. He started working for Ford at the Lima Engine Plant and later transferred to the Maumee Stamping Plant, where he eventually became a machine repairman after earning a degree from Owens Community College. He retired in 2007 when the plant closed but continued working part time for Ford at the Brondes dealership in Maumee. Mr. Worthington loved to spend his free time golfing, bowling and watching sports. He especially loved the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds.
Preceded in death by his wife, Denise Worthington, and his parents, he is survived by his children, Bethany Worthington, Holly (Aureliano, Jr.) Villarreal, Brian Worthington and Bradley (Kat) Worthington; grandchildren, Halle, Ella, Lilly and Brody; stepsons, Matthew and Brandon Burkholder; sisters, Cheryl (Tom) Barthlow and Penny (Dr. David) Perkins; a niece and nephew; and many friends in Ohio and Florida.
Per Wayne’s request, there were no services. His children are hosting a celebration of life in his honor from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 at the American Legion Hall in Maumee.
Mary Theresa Flahie, age 85, passed away on Monday, October 14.
Born in Toledo on January 11, 1934 to Edward and Margaret (O’Sullivan) Kelly, the eldest of two daughters and three sons, she met her husband of 62 years, Thomas Flahie, at Central Catholic High School in Toledo. They married in 1956 after she graduated from Mercy School of Nursing in Toledo. After Tom’s service at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Mary and Tom moved their family to Tucson, Ariz., where they lived for 58 years. Mary worked at Tucson Medical Center in various capacities and medical units her entire working life, only taking time off when her children were very young. She maintained the household, raised four children and helped three grandchildren with their homework after school until they were in high school.
The most important aspect of her life was her family. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and “Gigi,” and she was the host of nearly all holiday gatherings, family dinners and other events. She loved to have her family around her and she made every event special. The welcome mat was always out and there was an extra place at the table for whoever stopped by.
Mary and Tom raised four children, Thomas (Janice), Colleen (Patrick), Maureen (Henry) and Irene (Mark) and were blessed with 11 grandchildren, Carlo, Anneliese (Jason), Brigid (Travis), Kelly (Michael), Ryan, Jason, Dominic, Anthony, Mary Margaret, Nicholas and Anne Marie; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Edward; daughter, Colleen; and two grandchildren, Dominic and Mary Margaret.
Friends and family celebrated her life at a funeral Mass on October 21 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tucson, followed by interment in All Faiths Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Casa de la Luz Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports end-of-life care in Tucson.