Obituaries: 11-29-18

Brian Sabo

Brian Michael Sabo, age 40, of Temperance, Mich., died on Monday, November 19 in his home.

Born in Toledo on December 10, 1977 to Richard and Deborah (Lenz) Sabo, he graduated from Bedford High School in 1996 and attended The University of Toledo, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He was most recently employed by the Anthony Wayne Local Schools at Monclova Primary School. Brian’s passion in life was caring for his students. He also enjoyed NASCAR and drag racing and was an avid football fan, especially Notre Dame.

He is survived by his mother, Debbie Sabo, of Temperance; brother, Brian (Amy) Sabo, of Oxford, Mich.; sisters, Dawn (Robert) Yockey, of Toledo, and Holly (Louie) Coduti, of Maumee. He was preceded in death by his father.

The family received visitors on November 26 at Rupp Funeral Home in Monroe, Mich. Memorial donations are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences to the family may be sent through

Cornell Pezzino

Cornell (Cono) Pezzino, age 91, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, November 21.

Born in 1927, a child of immigrant parents Salvador Pezzino and Antoinette Schiavone, he was raised by his maternal grandmother along with his sister Marianna in East Toledo. As a young child, he sold newspapers to support his family and later in life picked apples from his own tree to share with the less fortunate in his community. Mr. Pezzino attended Waite High School before joining the U.S. Army. In spite of being wounded in combat, he was field promoted on the Korean battlefield to sergeant of his platoon.

Upon his return to the States, he married Gloria Uhrman and they settled on Wheeling Street in Oregon, Ohio, where they raised their sons. That marriage ended in divorce, but Mr. Pezzino was later blessed to find the caring soul of Clara Murphy. They were married in 1979 and made their home in Maumee. Always with a supportive and compassionate spirit, Clara remained his devoted and loving wife until the time of his passing. 

A husband, father, uncle, cousin, scoutmaster, Conrail railroad maintainer (where they called him Joe), snow bird, gardener, fix-it man and go-to guy when you were down and needed a strong spirit, Mr. Pezzino raised his sons with an Italian work ethic, allowing them both to own their own businesses and prosper. He was always community-minded – even as a senior citizen, he was honored by the city of Maumee Police Division in a public ceremony acknowledging his assistance in an investigation leading to the arrest of a wanted fugitive.

Surviving are his loving wife, Clara; sister, Marianna; sons, Michael and John (Linda) Pezzino; stepson, Patrick (Arlene) Murphy; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several godchildren; nieces and nephews; and extended Italiano family members.

Visitation and a memorial service took place on November 28 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, followed by Christian burial services with graveside military honors in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. 

Sandra Rodgers

Sandra L. “Sue” (Downs) Rodgers, age 79, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, November 23.

Born in Maumee on June 27, 1939 to Donald and Marian (Wootton) Downs, she graduated in 1958 from Maumee High School and married Bob Rodgers on August 27, 1960. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was a past Worthy Matron of Maumee Chapter, Order of Eastern Stars. She and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the country, including many trips out west, where one of her favorites was Jackson Hole, Wyo. – “God’s country,” she often said. Mrs. Rodgers enjoyed family gatherings, home projects, preparing holiday dinners (always served at 1:00 p.m.) and attending her grandchildren’s sporting and school events. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Rodgers; sons, Richard and James Rodgers; sister, Jacqueline Kopp; and brothers, Richard and Donald Downs. She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly (Steve) Wesolowski; daughters-in-law, Patricia and Nancy Rodgers; grandchildren, Peter Wesolowski, Patrick (Katie) Wesolowski, Erin (Brad) Weiker, Jennifer (Chris) Keiger, Matthew Rodgers, Brandi Rodgers and Anthony Rodgers; five great-grandchildren; brother, Neil (Shirley) Downs; and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were conducted on November 27 at the Maumee United Methodist Church, followed by interment in Riverside Cemetery in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg.

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