Trisha Ann (Adamski) Appelhans, age 34, of Luckey, OH passed away unexpectedly after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at The Toledo Hospital, Toledo, OH. She was born on November 26, 1978, in Toledo, OH to Steven and Patricia (Newman) Adamski. While attending school she was very active in softball, basketball and cross country. On May 15, 2004, she married the love of her life, Matthew Appelhans, in Sylvania, OH and he survives. In 1997 she began her career as an EMT for Swanton Rescue and was also a 911 Dispatcher for Fulton County. Trisha received her Paramedic and Fire Certification in 2000 and was employed at UTMC in the ER and volunteered with the Swanton Fire Dept. She graduated at the top of her class academically and clinically. Soon after that, she became a part-time paramedic instructor for Northwest Ohio Paramedics Training Program. At the same time, Trisha worked for Sandusky County EMS until she received a full time position as a medic instructor at UTMC. She was responsible for the education of hundreds of first responders in the Northwest Ohio region. Wanting to pursue her medical career she attended Mercy College School of Nursing in 2004 and became an RN. Trisha was the recipient of The Helen Mae Dickman Award (highest award received for academic excellence) and many other clinical honors from Mercy College. While employed at UTMC she was instrumental in developing the SANE Program. She was a well respected RN at UTMC in the ER with various care giving and supervisory positions. Due to health issues, it devastated Trisha to end her career in 2012.
Her memberships included: Blessed John XXIII Catholic Community, Perrysburg, OH and SPOHNC: Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer. In her spare time she was a Bethlehem Lutheran Pre School Board Member, Pemberville, volunteered with the Luckey Elementary Reading Program and was a manager and score keeper for the Luckey Ducks softball team. Trisha loved receiving arts and crafts from her daughters and giving them butterfly kisses. She was a loving wife, dedicated and devoted mother, special friend and an inspiration to all that knew her.
Trisha is survived by her loving husband, Matthew; daughters, Jordan and Josie; parents, Steve and Patti Adamski of Toledo; brother, Josh (Marcia) Adamski of Sylvania; father-in-law, Thomas Appelhans of Pemberville; mother-in-law, Sharon (Dan) Mouch; sisters-in-law, Kelly (Kris) Garman, Tracy (Drew) Binkowski all of Bowling Green; brother-in-law, Scott Appelhans of Pemberville; nieces, nephews, and godsons. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Anne and Donald Adamski, Captain Zernie and Betty Newman, and special uncle and mentor, James Patterson.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Marsh Funeral Home, 4094 State Route 105, Pemberville, Ohio. A Funeral Mass will be conducted on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Blessed John XXIII Catholic Community, 24250 Dixie Highway, Perrysburg, OH. Officiating will be Father Herb Weber. Interment will be in Westwood Cemetery, Woodville, OH. There will be a bereavement luncheon served at Perrysburg Twp. Fire Station #1 immediately following the cemetery committal services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to: Trisha's Daughters College Education Fund or SPOHNC. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at
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Published in Toledo Blade on June 25, 2013