Mary Ellen Taylor
Mary Ellen “Corkey” Taylor, age 86, passed away on Saturday, October 28 at Red Bay Hospital in Red Bay, Ala., where she and her husband Bill resided for the past 11 years.
Born in Toledo on December 2, 1930, her family and friends will remember her as being an avid Michigan Wolverines and NASCAR fan. She loved sitting on the back porch with her husband, playing Euchre and Rummikub. She was a quiet soul who was loved by many and will be missed by more.
She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, William Taylor; son, Steve (Donna) Taylor; grandchildren, Sarah, Erin and Evan; daughter, Mary “Terri” (David) Martin; brothers, Cornelius (Pat), Joseph and John (Sharon) Crowley; and many nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cornelius and Florence Crowley; brother, James (Gym) Crowley; and nephew, Michael J. Crowley.
There will be a celebration of Corkey’s life at her home in Alabama on Saturday, December 2. Family and friends are welcome.
Glenn R. Fennell, age 79, of Newport, N.C., and formerly of Maumee, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 20.
A U.S. Navy veteran who honorably served his country from 1957-62, he was a member of Local 50 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union for 61 years. Mr. Fennell was the general foreman for many projects in the Toledo area, primarily Dunbar Mechanical. He was enthusiastically involved in his children’s activities, coaching Little League and girls softball teams, serving on the school’s parent-teacher organization and leading a Boy Scout troop. He was also actively involved at Providence Lutheran Church and the Springfield Township zoning board. He and his wife Judy enjoyed going on Caribbean cruises and attending USS Hank Navy reunions together.
After retirement, Mr. Fennell expertly cared for his grandchildren while their parents worked and was a bike patrol volunteer for the Toledo Metroparks, where he made some dear friends. He was known as a very generous man who would help anyone in need. In his free time, he loved to spend time with his dog, solve crossword puzzles and watch detective series on TV.
He is survived by his loving wife, Judy (Kachenmeister); daughter, Kim (Dan) Pawlicki; son, Scott (Janet) Fennell; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kyle, Danielle, Scott, Jr., Carolyn and Colette; siblings, David Fennell, Marsha Noe and Linda Montgomery; three great-grandchildren; and beloved cocker spaniel, Cookie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenford and Dorothy (Porter) Fennell.
Family and friends will be received on Saturday, November 18 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee from 11:00 a.m. until a memorial service at 1:00 p.m., followed by burial in Springfield Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to No Stomach for Cancer, Inc., P.O. Box 46070, Madison, WI 53744.
Carl L. Phillips, age 93, of Toledo, passed away on Friday, November 10.
Born on July 21, 1924 in Pt. Marion, Pa., to Lester and Bertie (Campbell) Phillips, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II who served during the Invasion of Normandy. He worked for 25 years for Riehle Manufacturing. Mr. Phillips always believed in helping others and he could fix anything.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Dorothy; children, Sandra (Daniel) Pavuk, Richard Phillips and Diane (Kerry) Obitz; eight grandchildren; and14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and many cousins.
Family and friends were received on November 15 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, followed by interment in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551; or the Maumee United Methodist Church, 405 Sackett St., Maumee, OH 43537.
G. Eileen Ford
G. Eileen Ford, age 92, of Maumee, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 8.
Born in Kenton, Ohio on March 27, 1925 to Theodore and Cleda McElheny, she studied pharmacy at Ohio Northern University, where she met her husband, Richard Ford. At the end of World War II and upon his return from service, she joined him in Maumee, where she has resided since 1946. Mrs. Ford was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Maumee and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, where she served terms as unit president at both Walter Weller Post 135 and Maumee Post 320. She belonged to the 8&40 (the honor society of the American Legion Auxiliary), advocated for youth in her service to Buckeye Girls State and was dedicated to serving veterans through the annual sale of poppies and volunteering tirelessly at both the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Sandusky and the former Toledo Mental Health Center.
Mrs. Ford and her husband were founding parents of the Maumee Suns Drum and Bugle Corps, which later became the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps. In the 1940s and ’50s, she worked at Tomlinson Drug in Maumee, but she was a devoted homemaker and mother during her children’s early years. When her children reached adulthood, she was a dedicated employee of Prescription Supply and Kaufman Lattimore Pharmaceutical Supply.
After celebrating 50 years of marriage, Eileen was predeceased by her husband, Dick Ford, and more recently by her brother, Rowland McElheny and his wife Kathryn. Survivors include her son, Alyn (Allyson) Ford, of Findlay; daughter, Patti (Dave) Watson, of Maumee; grandchildren, Hilary Ford-Bommarito, Colin Ford, Sage Hess, Stephanie Robinson and Katy and Sarah Watson; and great-grandchildren, Raife and Cheyenne Robinson.
Funeral services took place on November 13 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Maumee. Memorial donations may be made to the church or the National Children and Youth Foundation of the American Legion.
Marcia R. Armbruster, age 88, of Monclova, passed away on Saturday, November 11.
Born in Toledo on Sept-ember 8, 1929 to Maurice and Marion (Rogier) Van Dorp, Sr., she grew up in Maumee and was a graduate of Maumee High School. She married Neil Armbruster on August 21, 1948 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Mrs. Armbruster worked as a waitress at several area restaurants, including the former Plantation Inn, the Surf and the French Quarter Holiday Inn. She then worked as a teller for 15 years at the Waterville branch of First National Bank. She was a longtime volunteer at St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she served on many boards and committees. She was also active in the Monclova Democratic Club. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she was happiest when spending time with her family and friends. She had a friendly and bubbly personality and always had a smile on her face. She enjoyed talking with anyone and seemingly everyone she encountered – she never met a stranger.
The widow of Neil Armbruster, she was also predeceased by a brother, Earl Van Dorp; and sister, Judy Pershing. Surviving are her sons, Tod (Clare) and Donald (Deborah); grandchildren, Sean, Luke, Mary, Tiffany, Trinity and Kirston; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Maurice Van Dorp, Jr.
Friends and family will be received after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, November 17 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where prayers will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Joseph’s Commitment to Community Campaign.