Obituaries: 11-23-17

Kenneth Pauken
Kenneth S. Pauken, age 88, died on Thursday, November 16. Born in Toledo to Paul and Mary (Gay) Pauken, he grew up in Maumee and attended St. Joseph Catholic School and Maumee High School, graduating in 1947. Following three years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he joined the Toledo Fire Department and served 22 years before retiring in 1976 with the rank of deputy chief. That same year, Mr. Pauken was appointed to the U.S. Fire Administration in Washington, D.C., where he worked for six years. Returning to Ohio in 1982, he worked for seven additional years with the Office of the State Fire Marshal. He was active in St. Joseph Catholic Parish programs, primarily the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the religious education program for seventh- and eighth-graders. He especially liked working to help feed homeless and poor people in the inner city, including taking grade school students who were preparing for Confirmation to work with him in the soup kitchens. Mr. Pauken served on the St. Joseph Pastoral Council, the Helping Hands of St. Louis Advisory Board and, for a number of years, on the parish newsletter Connections committee. His interests included writing, gardening and woodworking – he was elated when the wooden cross he made was accepted for the annual Good Friday ecumenical procession on Conant Street in Maumee. He also made the oak processional cross used at Mass in St. Joseph Church. Surviving are his spouse of 64 happy years, Rose Marie (Neary); children, Julie (Ron) DiCecco, Charles (Juanita), Sharon (Mike) Englert and David (Kristie); grandchildren, Michelle Cruz, Patrick Sohnly, Nathan Sohnly, Christine Weirauch, Joseph Pauken, Mary Rose Pauken, Nicholas Pauken and Kathryn Pauken; great-grandchildren, Trent, Taylor, Hope, Jacob, Alyssa, Jakob and Jace; brothers, Raymond and Martin (Jackie); and sisters, Mary (Robert) Tiemann and Connie (Bill) Williams. Mr. Pauken was predeceased by his brothers, James (Laura), Richard (Nancy), Carl (Connie) and Robert; and infant granddaughter, Angel. Friends and family were received on November 19 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where prayers began on November 20, followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at St. Joseph Church. Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery. Mr. Pauken suggested memorial tributes to the Helping Hands of St. Louis Ministry, 459 Sixth St., Toledo, OH 43605.

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