Obituaries: 12-31-20

Walter Smigelski Jr.

Walter John Smigelski Jr. “Junior,” 88, of Maumee, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2020 at Browning Masonic Community. He was born on March 24, 1932 in Whitehouse to Walter J. and Margaret (Veres) Smigelski Sr. Walter was a graduate of Whitehouse High School, then served in the U.S. Army in 1952-54. He worked as a technical engineer for Jeep Corporation, retiring in 1987 at the young age of 55.

His job required him to travel all over the world, working in six of the seven continents, loving every minute of it. His “claim to fame” was that he had the opportunity to fly on the Concorde jet from Paris to New York. 

He was an impeccable dresser from head to toe and could always be seen with a fashionable hat, shiny shoes and a spotless car. A true gentleman, he was also a perfectionist. “If you’re going to do it … do it right!”

His hobbies included landscaping, and he enjoyed the ability to repair or re-engineer anything, often making it better than the original. His family was often the beneficiary of his talents. He loved music, the great outdoors, sunshine and summers at Devils Lake, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family. 

Originally a member of St. Richard Church in Swanton, he was later a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish.

Walter married his high school sweetheart, Mary Louise (Wielinski) on November 12, 1955. She preceded him in death on December 5, 2004. He is survived by sons, Chris (Susan), Mark (Robin), Todd (Karen) and daughter, Valerie Waterman; grandchildren, Jeremy (Kelli) Jason (Steffanie), Christopher (Heidi), Danielle Meyers, Katie Hire, Keri (Jason) Sadowski, Andrew (Elaina), Jonathan and Sarah Waterman and Connor and Kyle; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Barb), Robert (Bonnie) and John; sister, Patricia Weber; sisters-in-law, Betty Smigelski, Dorothy Wielinski, Clementine Carpenter and Kathy Wielinski; brother-in-law, Richard Wielinski; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, spouse and brothers, Joseph, Eddie and Jim; brothers-in-law, Richard “Bud” Weber, Lawrence Wielinski and Richard Carpenter; and sister-in-law, Beverly Smigelski.    

The family would like to thank The Pathways staff at Browning Masonic Community and the nurses and aides of Ohio Living Hospice for always treating Dad like family.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the family will have private services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, Whitehouse. Memorial contributions may be given to Ohio Living Hospice. To share a memory with the family, visit

Robert Conklin

Robert P. Conklin, 68, of Whitehouse, passed away on December 22, 2020 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. He was born on December 26, 1951 in Bowling Green to Kenneth and Maryln (Berkebile) Conklin. Robert was a 1970 graduate of Anthony Wayne High School.

Robert enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He loved riding his Harley, collecting cars and spending time outdoors. 

He is survived by his son Quinn (Lynn Tessman) Conklin; father, Kenneth Conklin; grandchildren, Cayden and Chase Conklin; brother, Michael (Beverly) Conklin and sister, Carolyn Conklin; nephew, Scott Conklin and niece, Heather (Tim) Baumgrather-Zirkle. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maryln.  

The family would like to thank Robert’s friends for always being there to help him out.

Friends and family are invited to a graveside service on Tuesday, January 5 at 11:00 a.m. at Wakeman Cemetery in Waterville. Arrangements have been entrusted to Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, Whitehouse. Memorial contributions can be given to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave a memory for the family, visit 

Jan Espen

Florence Joanne Poulson Espen, a longtime resident of Maumee and Perrysburg, passed away four days before her 92nd birthday at Mercy Hospital Perryburg on December 13, 2020. Jan, as she preferred to be called, was the daughter of X. Carl and Isabelle Poulson of Cincinnati.

A graduate of Withrow High School, she studied interior design at the University of Cincinnati. She married Fred S. Espen, a World War II Navy veteran who was stationed in the South Pacific on the USS Sierra. Fred and Jan had two children, Stephanie and Fritz “Sandy,” who died in 1968.

Jan worked at Maumee Carpet Laying Service, which she owned with her husband Fred. She also worked for Lee’s Trim Shop, McCrory’s, TG & Y, Big Lots, Kazmaier’s and The Andersons. Fred passed away on October 3, 2015. 

Jan is survived by daughter Stephanie Espen Hennigan (Dale), granddaughter Andrea Hennigan Whiting (Corey) and two great-grandsons, Jaydon and Colton Whiting.

Jan and Fred donated their bodies to The University of Toledo anatomical donation program so there will be no service. 

Frederick Sneider

Frederick “Fred” Alexander Sneider, 72, of Perrysburg, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at his home. He was born in Toledo on October 21, 1948 to Francis Bernard and Marie (Smith) Sneider. 

Fred and his sweetheart, Dorothy Daoust, were married on June 20, 1969. They spent the next 48 years sharing a mutual devotion to family, faith and each other until her passing on January 16, 2018. Fred was very social and active, and particularly enjoyed bowling, golf and playing cards (especially poker). Fred loved to camp, because it provided opportunity for his favorite activity, spending time with his family. Fred was an avid fan of Toledo Rockets football and could routinely be seen in the stands until the final whistle, regardless of the weather or the score. Later in life, Fred loved to go dancing and traveling with his fiancée, Linda McKinsey. He retired from Marathon Special Products as a comptroller in 2013. He was a member of the Maumee Elks and a faithful member of St. John XXIII Catholic Church. 

Fred is survived by his children, Pamela (Steve) Miller, Cheryl (Geoff) Plummer, Marilyn (Mike) Trafelet, Becky (Sean) Stover, Angela (Billy) Horn, Vincent Sneider, Veronica (Pete) Millon and Joseph (Kayla) Sneider; 22 incredible grandchildren; one great-grandchild with one on the way; siblings, James (Fran) Sneider, Larissa Sneider and Janice (Mike) O’Rourke; and fiancée, Linda McKinsey. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy; brother, Thomas Sneider and his son-in-law, Timothy Ort.

Friends and family were received at St. John XXIII Catholic Church, Perrysburg, on Wednesday, December 30 followed by burial at Fort Meigs Union Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held on June 20, 2021. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John XXIII Catholic Church. To share a memory with the family, visit 

Donald Sack

Donald E. Sack, 78, of Maumee, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Born in Toledo, on May 13, 1942 to Frank E. and Elizabeth S. (Chapman) Sack, he was a 1961 graduate of Anthony Wayne High School and served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and the Cuban Missile Crisis.  

He married the love of his life, Dorothy J. Monroe, on November 5, 1969. He was employed at Teledyne as a machinist and inspector from 1966 until his retirement. His memberships included UAW Local 12 and Maumee Eagles. Don enjoyed golfing, fishing, spending time with his family at the cottage in their younger years and watching C-SPAN. 

Surviving is his loving wife, Dorothy J. Sack; daughters, Angela (Douglas) Fisher and Nicole (Phil) Cook; and grand-dogger, Lola. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Sack, and his canine best friend and grand-dogger, Hannah. 

Family and friends were received at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, Maumee, on Wednesday, December 30 followed by interment at Roth Memorial Cemetery, Monclova. Memorial contributions may be made to the Toledo Humane Society, 827 Illinois Ave., Maumee, OH 43537 or Maumee Fire & EMS, 220 Illinois Ave., Maumee, OH 43537. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

James Snyder

James Frederick Snyder, 84 of Waterville, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 25, 2020.

He was born on January 18, 1936, in Perrysburg, to Urvin and Ruth (Raney) Snyder.  Jim graduated from Anthony Wayne High School in 1954.

Professionally, Jim spent 45 years working for Libbey-Owens-Ford, Trinova, Aero-Quip Vickers and Eaton Corporation in its Data Center Support Operating Unit. His position afforded him the opportunity to work with professionals coast to coast domestically as well as all over the world. He retired in 2001 to allow more time to travel and spend time with his loved ones.

Jim enlisted in the Army National Guard of Ohio in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1964. A lifelong resident of Waterville, Jim served on the Waterville Fire Department as captain of the Emergency Medical Service Unit. He served 28 years and retired from the department in 1992. He was also a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church of Waterville and served as a deacon, elder and in his early years superintendent of Youth Education. Jim was a member of the Southside Sportsman’s Club and a true sportsman at heart, enjoying fishing and hunting small game with his trusty bird dogs. In his early years, Jim loved pitching for the church softball league and later adopted bowling and golf. His most beloved activity was watching his children and later his grandchildren excel in band, musical theater, basketball, track, cheerleading, soccer and equestrianism. 

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Crystal Snyder, as well as their three children, daughters Karen (Dale) Pease, Leanne (Dennis) Gill and son Fred (Karla) Snyder. He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Jared and Zachary Pease; Nathan, Lillian, and Evelyn Snyder; and Ainsley and Anderson Gill. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and William Snyder; ex-wife Janice Kidd and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends and family are invited to visitation on Friday, January 8, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home, 7220 Dutch Rd., Waterville. A graveside service will be held immediately after visitation at Wakeman Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Waterville. To leave an online memory for the family, please visit

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