Obituaries: 05-28-20

Marlene Toepfer

Marlene Toepfer, age 82, of Waterville, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 15.

Born in Toledo on December 11, 1937 to George and Eleanor (Pasternak) Rajner, she was a 1955 graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Toledo and married John Toepfer on September 21, 1957. She was a co-owner of Four Wheel Drive Diversified Inc. in Maumee and operated the business for more than 30 years with her husband John and son Daniel. She was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee, where she was active as a lay speaker, in the church choir, and in adult Bible studies and Vacation Bible School. Marlene was a member of the Manhattan Dance Company and enjoyed bowling, photography and sports car rallies. 

She is survived by her daughters, Denise Toepfer and Deborah (Brandon) Simenski; daughter-in-law, Gerry Toepfer; grandchildren, Natalie (Anthony) Kniss, A.J. Toepfer and Aidan Simenski; sister, Carol Labounty; brothers, Robert (Sharon), George, Jr. and Mark (Jane); and several nieces and nephews. Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents; and son, Daniel.

Services have taken place and interment was in Whitehouse Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Guatemala Missions Trip. 

Richard Smith

Richard W. Smith, age 81, of Toledo, passed away peacefully, while surrounded by his family, on Friday, May 22.  

He was born to Arthur and Mary (Ost) Smith on August 23, 1938 and graduated from Central Catholic High School and The University of Toledo. Dick married the love of his life, Janet Weaver, on October 17, 1964, and together they raised two children. He spent his career working as a plant controller for Doehler-Jarvis for 30 years and also Harvard Industries for 10 years, until the time of his retirement. Dick was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and was an active member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church. He enjoyed UT football and basketball games. Dick was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends, and especially his grandchildren. In his later years, he relished the time that he spent with his family at his cottage on Round Lake.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George; and sisters, Gladys Paschal, Bernice Pinkelman and Barb Greenlese. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Janet; daughter, Cindy (Matt) Simon; son, John Smith; grandchildren, Bailey and Alec Simon; sister, Marilyn Mossing; and sister-in-law, Margie Smith, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current circumstances, visitation was private. A funeral Mass was celebrated on May 27 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church and was livestreamed at Toledo St. Pat’s YouTube channel. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, the Knights of Columbus or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Please view and sign our online guest registry at

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