Obituaries: 05-14-20

Thomas Ehni

Thomas M. (Tom) Ehni, born in March 1935, passed away on April 10 in Chicago.

Tom spent most of his life in the Toledo/Maumee area, was a graduate of DeVilbiss High School in 1953 and went on to the University of Michigan, where he was a third-generation student. He majored in accounting and was active in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and ROTC. After college, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy for two years and then returned to U-of-M for an MBA. With family in tow, Tom moved to several Midwest cities while working for Owens-Illinois for many years and later ran the family business of Newell B. Newton in Toledo.

Tom met his wife, Molly Boyer, during high school through Trinity Episcopal Church, where both families were very active. Throughout their life together, they greatly enjoyed family road trips, directing several Toledo Museum of Art trips, involvement with Trinity and St. Paul’s Maumee and supporting the Maize and Blue in as many ways as possible. Tom’s passion for art and history was also demonstrated through his love of reading and collecting books. Together, he and his wife especially enjoyed entertaining and spending time with extended family and their many friends in Maumee. 

Tom and Molly had two daughters and three grandsons: Karen and son Spencer, of Dallas, and Marcia (Robert) with sons Mitchell and Jack, of Chicago. Tom’s sister and her family all reside in St. Louis: Barbara (Bill) and their sons Eric (Kristie) and Jay (Jenn). He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Molly; and his parents, Ruth and John.

A memorial service will be planned at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Maumee later this year. Memorial contributions are welcome to a charity of the donor’s choice. The family wishes to thank all his caregivers, who were so important to him later in life, and the doctors and nurses at Glenbrook Hospital, who were with him as he succumbed to COVID-19.

Alice Lewinski

Alice Lucille Lewinski passed away on April 28, 2020 at the Lakes of Monclova, where she lived for the past year. 

Born on March 11, 1936 to Clarence and Edna Retzloff, she married William E. (Pat) Lewinski on January 22, 1955 and is survived by her three children, William F. Lewinski, Jr., Gale (Steven) Homegardner, Richard Lewinski; her grandchildren, Melissa, Bill, Jason, Tanya, Erica, Kiley and Andrew; and 15 great grandchildren. 

Alice was preceded in death by her husband Pat, brother and sister-in-law Raymond and Jean Retzloff, daughter-in-law Cheryl Lewinski, infant grandson Jeremy Lewinski and special friend and dancing partner Duane (Fuzzy) Bauer.

A celebration of Alice’s life will be planned later. 

Memorial donations may be made to Alice’s granddaughter’s medical GoFundMe for Kiley Van De Velde or an act of kindness gift card for the staff at Legacy, Lakes of Monclova, attention: Jennifer. Special thanks to those who cared for Alice during this difficult time. To share an online condolence, visit www.dunnfuneralhome.com.

Jack Barrett

Jack Edward Barrett, age 77, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, May 8.

Born on May 13, 1942 in Knoxville, Tenn., to Taso and Vida (Loveday) Barrett, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran and former member of the Sylvania Masons. A loving husband, father, grandpa and friend, Jack was employed by the former Champion Spark Plug in Toledo, first in the office and then as a truck driver.  He enjoyed carpentry and working on cars.

Preceded in death by his three sisters, Jack is survived by his wife, Marlene; daughters, Kathy Werner, Tammy Barrett Krichbaum, Lisa Shuster and Dawn Barrett; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three nieces.  

Visitation with strict social distancing took place on May 11 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Funeral services will be private. Condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.

Hallie Mitchell

Hallie Rachel Mitchell, age 95, of Maumee, died on Saturday, May 2 at Lakes of Monclova. 

Born in Monclova on June 16, 1924 to Alfred and Ora (Buck) Butz, one of 10 children, she graduated from Monclova High School in 1942 and eventually met the love of her life, Elmer Mitchell. They married on February 6, 1954. Hallie loved being a grandmother and celebrated that love by always having cookies, candy and cakes for her grandchildren at every holiday, hosting many special holiday meals and offering pure kindness and support with every bite. A true lady, she always had time for a little mischief when warranted; however, out of respect, those stories will remain between her and those with whom she shared them – with the hope that those partners in crime will enjoy a smile when thinking of her. She leaves behind a legacy of love, dignity and family ties that will last for generations.

Hallie was preceded in death by her husband on May 4, 1997; parents; brothers, Harry, Wayne and Bobby Butz; sisters, Betty Simpson and Florence Drennan; stepsons, Jim and Eddie Mitchell, who she loved as her own; and her best friends, Louise (Carl) Goldner and Ethel Vargovich. Her marriage produced a large and loving family, who all miss her and believe she and her beloved “Mitch” are together again, holding hands and looking out for those on Earth. She is survived by her brother, Marvin Butz; sisters, Dorothy Bunde, Doris Grill and Reata Fox; devoted daughter, Mary Mitchell; stepdaughter, Betty (Don) Rumsey; daughter-in-law, Jayne (Charles) Pauken; grandchildren, Jackie (Randy) Wairse, Jim (Eileen) Mitchell, John Mitchell, Jerry Mitchell, Bill and Ricky Rumsey, Margy (Russ) Couron, Rhonda (Conrad) White, Chuck (Teresa) Pauken, Jeanette (Joe) Matthews, Janice (Chris Ferree) Pauken, Joy (Mark) Stacey and Chandra (Chris) Niklewski; many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends; and dear friend, Charlotte Ernest. 

Visitation and a private service took place on May 6 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, followed by a private graveside service in Highland Memory Garden. Another memorial and celebration will take place at a later date when her family and friends can join together safely. The family would like to thank the staff at Lakes of Monclova and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their care of Hallie at the end of her life. For those so inclined, please consider donating to either of these organizations.

Paul Kinney, Sr.

Paul G. Kinney, Sr., age 71, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 3.

Born in Toledo on November 8, 1948 to Richard W. and Mary K. (Holmes) Kinney, who preceded him in death, he was a graduate of DeVilbiss High School and enjoyed alumni gatherings. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Germany. Paul retired from Prudential Insurance Company of America after 36 years. He enjoyed being a football referee for Toledo area schools, coaching his children in various sports, and was very happy when golfing. His favorite place for 50 years was “the cottage” on Prairie Lake, where he enjoyed fishing, swimming, cutting grass, taking his grandkids to Sugar Shack and most of all spending time with his family. “Poppy” loved the days he attended his grandkids’ sporting events and their musical and dance shows. 

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Gretchen (Gratcl) Kinney; daughter, Heidi (Rick) Wallace; sons, Paul (Julie) Kinney, Jr. and Eric (Jenny) Kinney; grandchildren, Madeline Kinney, Zoë Kinney, Allie Wallace, Max Wallace, Peyton Wallace, Joe Wallace, Maya Kinney, Ava Kinney and Murphy Kinney; his little dog, Barkley; and siblings, Mary Lou (Kent) Fontaine, Rick (Linda) Kinney, Bill (Sandy) Kinney, Kathy Kinney and Pam (Dave) Hughes.  

Memorial donations may be directed to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation or the American Cancer Society.  

Marcella Gerhardinger

Marcella (Marcy) Gerhardinger, age 83, died peacefully in her home on Tuesday evening, May 5. 

Born in Altoona, Pa., in 1936 to Frank and Stephanie Eggerstorfer, she moved to Toledo at age 19 and met and married Bill Gerhardinger, who preceded her in death. She is survived by their children, Pete, Jim, John, Joe and Ann; their spouses; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Louise Hinterberger, of Altoona.

Marcy cherished family gatherings and she gave and received much love in this world, including the love of a few deep and loyal friendships. The family wishes to thank St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish and Ohio Living Home Hospice.

Joanne Emnett

Joanne Emnett, age 98, passed away on Wednesday, May 6 due to COVID-19 at the Lakes of Monclova Care Facility in Maumee.

Born on October 9, 1921 in Portsmouth, Ohio, she was happily married to Howard (HB) Emnett for 46 years. She was a longtime member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Reynoldsburg and St. Joseph in Maumee. She was active in the Rosary Alter Society, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, the Catholic Ladies of Columbia and the VFW Auxiliary. Mrs. Emnett was a very caring and generous person, volunteering and donating to many different charities. She worked her entire adult life to help support her husband and family. Family was always most important for her and she will be dearly missed. Family and friends would always request her special potato salad at every gathering.      

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard B. Emnett; parents, Charles and Dorothy Wetta; brother, David Wetta; sister-in-law, Betty; sister Charlene and brother Billie during their toddler years; brother-in-law, Harry Yoder; and son-in-law, Edward Bachman. She is survived by her daughter, Sandee Bachman; son, Charles (Julie) Emnett; grandchildren, Larry (Joanne) Bachman, Kindl (Ann) Bachman, Marnie (Jean) Bachman, Brian (Juniper) Emnett, Kaitlyn (Joe) Gaines and Devin (Maddie) Emnett; great-grandchildren, E.J., Evan, Jordyn, Rylee, Ellie and one due in July; brother; Robert (Mary Ellen) Wetta; sister, Becky (Scottie) Thomas; and many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current health crisis, services were live-streamed on May 13 from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Private entombment was in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Columbus, Ohio. The family extends its deepest appreciation to the Lakes of Monclova staff for its loving care of Joanne for the last four to five years, as well as special thanks to Hospice of Northwest Ohio for its professional care during her last days. Memorial donations may be directed to the Hospice’s Perrysburg Center at 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551; or to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 104 W. Broadway, Maumee, OH 43537. Arrangements entrusted to Schoedinger East in Columbus. Please visit www.schoedinger.com to offer condolences or to share a favorite memory of Joanne.

Roy Heinz

Roy A. Heinz, age 88, of Hilliard, Ohio and formerly a longtime resident of Waterville, went to Heaven on Wednesday, May 6, where he was reunited with his sweetheart of 74 years, Joan E. Heinz, who passed away on February 9, 2018.

Roy was a veteran of the New York Army National Guard. An avid sports fan, he loved music, his church in Waterville, Zion Lutheran Church, and was a member of the Waterville Playshop, where he made many lifelong friends. Roy will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor.  

He is survived by his children, Barbara (Tim) Anderson, of Hilliard, Laura (Rey) Janes, of New Concord, Ohio, Claudia (Gary) Ceccardi, of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Roy Heinz, of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Heather (Aaron) Conrad, Brad (Jennifer) Anderson, Matt (Lesli) Anderson, Beth (CJ) Hansen, Lindsey (CJ) Neading, Mandy (Chad) Cox, Caitlin (Sean Otlowski) Janes, Nick (Molly) Janes, Cam (Michelle) Ceccardi and Allison Ceccardi; 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Sheila (Carlton) Myers, Gail Mandarino and Cheryl (Bob) Goodnough and their families; and many friends.  

Private family burial will take place later in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Hilliard. A celebration of life service will be held later when health conditions permit. In recognition of their exceptional care of Roy, friends are asked to consider memorial contributions to Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Dr. No. 170, Columbus, OH 43231; or online at www.capitalcityhospice.com. The Tidd Family Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich St., Hilliard, OH 43026, assisted the family. Please visit www.tiddfuneralservice.com to send condolences to the Heinz family.

Guyneth Schaller

Guyneth Schaller, age 74, of Maumee, passed away on Sunday, May 3 in the Lakes of Monclova Care Center. 

Born in Toledo on June 8, 1945 to Guido and Dolores (Maloney) Nordhaus, she was the widow of Harry Schaller. She is survived by her sons, Norman (Holli), Alexander, Ben and Dale (Jacqi) Schaller; daughters, Jodi (Jim) Hoppensteadt and Jill Schaller; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Karen Martin and Gary, Peter and Kurt Nordhaus. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Robin and seven siblings. 

Due to the current health crisis, services were live-streamed on May 7 from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, OH 43551. 

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