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Garber, Marion V. - Sylvania  
GARBER Marion V. Marion V. Garber, 86, of Temperance, MI, a world-renowned champion caster and master angler, died Friday surrounded by his family in ProMedica Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania after a lengthy illness. Born February 23, 1930, in Toledo, he was the son of Victor and Kathryn Garber, who both were avid anglers and campers and who shared those outdoors loves with their beloved son. Victor was a lifelong Jeep worker and helped build Toledo's renowned four-wheel-drive vehicle in World War II, a fact often remembered by Marion. Marion is survived by his loving wife, Vivian, and son, Gregory; brother-in-law, Rick Orovitz (Vicky); sister-in-law, Marilyn Shaffer, and brother-in-law, Ed Pollauf. In his casting career, Marion won more than 880 competition titles overall, including 88 national championships and 13 world championships and scores of others. He set 14 world records for accuracy and distance, some of which still stand for casting accuracy in baitcasting, spinning, and flycasting. He also mentored scores of individual casters over the years. Marion also was an accomplished golfer who enjoyed participating in and following the sport all his life. He was instrumental in coaching and encouraging many others, especially aspiring young golfers, to enjoy the sport. Similarly, he was an expert skeet shooter in the shotgun sports, winning several titles, so he was a champion in both rod and gun venues. Again, he mentored many other aspiring shooters in this demanding clay-target sport. When it came to fishing, the family of three - mother, father, and son - often enjoyed weekends camping and fishing at what now is East Harbor State Park at Lakeside on western Lake Erie. But their hearts were centered at Harry Stevenson's fishing camp, a cluster of rustic backwoods log cabins, at Combermere, Ontario, well north of Toronto on the fabled Madawaska River. They began their summer diversions there, a two-day journey from Toledo on old corduroy roads, in 1944. Marion missed only two summers there in 61 years, even after the passing of his parents, and that was for service with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division in the Korean Conflict. Marion joined the Toledo Casting Club at age 13 in 1944. It was during an era when casting, part and parcel of the art and science of sport fishing, reigned as a popular sport. Though small of stature, he was doggedly determined, and encouraged by his parents, quickly rose in competitive ranks. His first national title came quickly, by 1945, in junior dry-fly accuracy and all-around accuracy. By 1946 he was a member of the All-American casting team. For him, 1948 was his biggest year, the year he left junior ranks to compete as a senior, though only 18 years old. But he won the first of many senior casting titles and his first world championship. In the 1948 banner year, Marion was named Toledo's Amateur Athlete of the Year during a widely publicized festival, the three-day Banquet of Champions, at the former Commodore Perry Motor Inn, orchestrated by Toledo's internationally known Champion Spark Plug magnate, R.A. Stranahan. Mr. Stranahan used to watch from inside his limousine as Marion practiced his daily casting on the waters at Ottawa Park, such was Marion's early reputation. The banquet brought major sports heroes to Toledo, from Red Sox .400 slugger Ted Williams, who became a lifelong friend of Marion and with whom he fished around the world, including salmon in Norway, and the New York Yankees' famed Joe DiMaggio and Lou Boudreau, star shortstop of the 1948 world champion Cleveland Indians,, plus golfing luminaries such as Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson and even Guy Lombardo, the big band leader and a noted powerboat racing figure. Another attendee was 1948 (and later 1952) Olympic decathlon champion Bob Mathias, who also would become Marion's lifelong friend. Marion retired from competition in 1966 because of injuries, but went back to the line in 1987 and picked up where he left off for several years, winning accuracy contest after accuracy contest. Over the years he regularly demonstrated his accuracy prowess at local outdoors shows, and at casting clinics, including wrapping a cast line around the tip of a volunteer's finger at 80 feet. He was inducted into the DeVilbiss High School Hall of Fame (1948) in 1992, and the International Athletics Hall of Fame in Hamburg, Germany, in 1986. Along the way, Marion designed and built rods of split bamboo, then hollow fiberglass, and later graphite, including for several major elite manufacturers. He also modified his competition casting reels with the help of expert Toledo machinist friends during Toledo's manufacturing zenith. These men fashioned his ideas into lightweight, perfectly balanced reel spools with special bearings, all of which helped Marion to title after title. Marion was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, inducted in 1951 and eventually serving with the famed 101st Airborne Division in its 8032 Airborne Combat Unit. In his later years he proudly wore his “Korea Veteran” ball cap to breakfast as a reminder of America's “forgotten war.” He was one of the last post-war surviving members of his unit, attending annual reunions until very recent years. He worked a lengthy career as a purchasing manager in the paper products industry in the Detroit area, retiring in 1994. But he always made it clear that the job was just a way to pay bills. Casting and fishing were his life. When it came to fishing black bass were his preferred target, especially smallmouth bass, more so than its largemouth cousin, though he landed and released thousands of each. He thought the smallmouth to be the gamest fish in freshwater. He pursued black bass from Canada to Mexico over the years, and many places in between. In his later years he returned regularly to Sand and Evans lakes in southeast Michigan's lovely Irish Hills; they perhaps were his sentimental home. In sum, this man of small stature was a little giant, truly one of a kind in a one of a kind era. He is gone, but not forgotten. The family wishes to thank the staffs of ProMedica Flower Hospital and Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania for their loving care in Marion's final days. Visitation is set for Monday, 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., in Urbanski's Bedford Funeral Chapel, 8300 Lewis Ave., Temperance, MI. Further visitation is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, prior to Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Luncheon to follow. Burial will take place in Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the Lambertville VFW Posts 9656. On-line condolences may be shared at bedfordfuneralchapel.com As published in The Blade
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Published in Toledo Blade on July 24, 2016
Garno, Loann M. - Temperance  
GARNO Loann M. Loann M. Garno, 79, of Holland, OH, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, July 18, 2016, at Lutheran Home of Wolf Creek. Born April 23, 1937, in Temperance, MI, she was the daughter of Dawson and Bessie (Miller) Grosteffon. She was employed as a regional manager for the Industrial Commission/Ohio Bureau of Workman's Compensation, Rehabilitation Division. For those who knew her, she loved her family, especially her grandkids and great-grandkids. Loann loved to travel and was able to take trips many can only dream of. Her favorite travel companion was her dear friend, Pam Prince. Loann was amazing in the kitchen and was like Snow White with her birds and feeders. She blessed and enriched our lives in too many ways to count. She is survived by her loving children, Jeffery Scott, Lisa (Shawn) Dearing and Trent (Tammy) Garno; grandchildren, Elissa (Keith) Rapp, Allison (Jason) Portala, Lauren Scott, and Hannah and Bailey Garno; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Addisyn Rapp, Kamryn, Wyatt, Emersyn Portala and Hayden Scott; sister, Sharon (Ted) Bialorucki; sister-in-law, Patricia Grosteffon and 6 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Glen Grosteffon. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at the Michael W. Pawlak Funeral Home, 1640 Smith Rd. (at Jackman), Temperance, MI, where a memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Nate Elarton, officiating. Memorials may be made to Tourette Syndrome Association of America, Ohio Chapter. pawlakfuneralhome.com As published in The Blade
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Published in Toledo Blade on July 24, 2016
Gibson, Virgil Ray  
Gibson, Virgil Ray, age 51 years, of Delta, OH, passed away July 21, 2016. Barnes Funeral Chapel, Delta, OH. As published in The Blade
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Published in Toledo Blade on July 24, 2016

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Garber, Marion V. (Featured) - Sylvania  
(News story) TEMPERANCE - Marion V. Garber, a champion caster whose skill at the sport made headlines for decades, died Friday in ProMedica Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania. He was 86. He had pneumonia most recently, his wife, Vivian said. Mr. Garber also had Parkinson's disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, she said. He was in declining health the last two years, Steve Pollick, a longtime friend and retired outdoors editor of The Blade, said. Mr. Garber, who lived in Temperance, came of age in an era when casting - a companion sport to fishing - was popular with casting clubs from coast to coast. He won attention - and titles - for his accuracy in bait-casting, spinning, and fly-casting. "He was a total celebrity in Toledo," according to Mr. Pollick, whose predecessor as Blade outdoors editor, Lou Klewer, wrote about Mr. Garber in the 1940s. In all, Mr. Garber amassed nearly 900 titles in competition, including national and world championships and set world accuracy and distance records. "He did his best, and he wanted to win, to be the No. 1," his wife said. Mr. Garber was 13 when he took his first casting championship. "Marion was small of stature. Big contact sports were out for him," Mr. Pollick said. "He was able to excel with casting because he grew up fishing with his parents and because casting was so popular at the time." As a member of the Toledo Casting Club, Mr. Garber was determined to excel. "He was one of the most dogged competitors," Mr. Pollick said. "Like any stars or champions, he worked at it really, really hard. Every single day, he worked at it. "Marion's casting techniques were self-developed and self-taught, way past the class textbook methods, and he wrote a whole new book in a figurative sense on how to cast. It was amazing," Mr. Pollick said. Mr. Garber also designed fine fly rods for manufacturers. He won his first adult championship at age 18. That year, he was among athletes honored at a three-day Banquet of Champions at the Commodore Perry Motor Inn, with a guest list that included baseball greats Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. He and Mr. Williams became friends and went on saltwater fishing trips off the Florida coast. Through the years, he also taught and gave casting demonstrations, including at Blade-sponsored outdoors shows. Years of exertion caused knee and shoulder injury, causing him to leave the competitive casting circuit behind in the late 1960s. Mr. Garber also was a master angler. He could catch fish. "Marion took me to a whole new level," said Gary Woollard, a longtime friend. "He taught me how to catch fish when they were down deep. He taught me about finesse fishing and how to fish on ledge and structure. He taught me how to fly fish. I still didn't look pretty doing it. He looked like poetry." Mr. Garber liked bass fishing the best, he told Mr. Pollick in 1989. "Largemouth or smallmouth, it doesn't matter. They're just a terrific fish," Mr. Garber said back then. Mr. Garber liked a rustic camp on the Madawaska River in northern Ontario, where he'd gone with his parents. He also favored the inland lakes of southeast Michigan's Irish Hills. He was born Feb. 23, 1930, to Kathryn and Victor Garber. He was a graduate of DeVilbiss High School and, in 1992, was inducted into its Hall of Fame. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He served in the 8032nd Airborne Combat Unit of the 101st Airborne Division. He retired in the 1990s as a purchasing manager for Georgia-Pacific based in Livonia, Mich. He worked for paper companies since the 1960s, starting with Central Ohio Paper Co. Surviving are his wife, Vivian, and son, Gregory. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in Urbanski's Bedford Funeral Chapel, Temperance. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Temperance. The family suggests tributes to a humane society. This is a news story by Mark Zaborney. Contact him at mzaborney@theblade.com "> mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.
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Published in Toledo Blade on July 23, 2016

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Gray, Carole Jean - Toledo  
GRAY Carole Jean Carole Jean Gray (Woggermon) of Toledo, OH passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the age of 79. She was born on July 25, 1936 to Charles and Lena (Keel) Woggermon of Swanton, OH and was the youngest of three children. She graduated from Waite High School in 1954. On September 7, 1957 Carole married Thomas Gray, the father of two sons, Randolph and Kim. They went on to welcome two more children, son, Marcus and daughter, Julie. In addition to her children she was godmother to the beloved Hufford children. Carole worked for the Toledo Municipal Court for 4 years before leaving to help with the family business, Gray Plumbing and Heating. After 23 years there, she returned as Deputy Clerk for the Toledo Municipal Court and served the City for another 22 years. As the matriarch of the Grays, Carole prided herself on nourishing her family. Food is love, and both were abundant. Carole had many friends everywhere. She was renowned for her cooking and the delight she took in entertaining. The holidays were celebrated with gusto, and her home was always festive with decorations fitting the season. At her table there was always room for one more. Carole also enjoyed boating and relaxing at her home on Devil's Lake, as well as playing bridge. Carole was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas; sister, Opal Whitney; brother, Roy R. Fay; and son, Kim Gray. She is survived by her daughter, Julie Gray; son, Marcus Gray (Susan MacPhee); son, Randolph Gray (Virginia Ortega); and grandchildren, Mia Ortega Gray, Dominick Gray and Natalie Gray. She is also survived by daughters-in-law, Ximena Gray and Diane Gray Spino. Friends may visit the family on Sunday, July 24, 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 West Sylvania, Toledo, OH where funeral services will be held Monday at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private. Those planning an expression of sympathy in Carole's memory are asked to consider the Toledo School for the Arts, 333 14th Street, Toledo, OH 43604. Condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com . Special thanks to the Hufford Family and Sharon Bertz for their continued love and support. As published in The Blade
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Published in Toledo Blade on July 22, 2016

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Girrell, Penny A. - Toledo  
GIRRELL Penny A. Penny A. Girrell, age 60, of Sylvania, passed away June 28, 2016. She was born on September 7, 1955 to Richard and Charlotte (Mulinix) Rawlings in Toledo. Penny worked at Jeep for over 30 years before retiring. She loved to read her Bible, to cook and spend time with her family. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy (Schermerhorn) Brown. Penny is survived by her loving husband of 23 years, Ed Girrell; son, Chad Schermerhorn; grandchildren, Sierra Schermerhorn, Mariah Washington, Alex Washington, Rhianna Schermerhorn and Lillian Schermerhorn; great-granddaughters, Halo Washington and Milica Lucic; mother, Charlotte Hooks; siblings, Diann (Kenneth) Meadows, Kathy Jividen, Richard Rawlings, Kim Dittman, Brad Rawlings, Cindy Collins and Rodney (Kim) Pickett; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. The family will receive guests on Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4150 W. Laskey Rd., Toledo (419-473-0300) with Memorial Services beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Cherry Street Mission. To leave a special message for Penny's family, please visit www.NewcomerToledo.com As published in The Blade
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Published in Toledo Blade from July 20 to July 21, 2016
Gonzalez, Isabel - Toledo  
Gonzalez, Isabel, age 63 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away July 19, 2016. Newcomer Funeral Home Southwest Chapel. As published in The Blade
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Published in Toledo Blade on July 21, 2016

Obituaries from the Past Week

Galvan, Lidia - Toledo  
Galvan, Lidia, age 51 years, of Lindsey, passed away July 18, 2016. Herman-Veh Funeral Home, Gibsonburg. As published in The Blade
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Published in Toledo Blade on July 20, 2016
Gedert, Nancy Ann - Perrysburg  
GEDERT Nancy Ann Nancy Ann Gedert, age 53, of Toledo, Ohio passed away peacefully on Monday, July 18, 2016 at her home. She was diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer, stage 4 in 2013. She was born in Toledo on June 27, 1963 to Gerald and Ruth Gedert, who preceded her in death. She was employed at Kantar and Key Bank before becoming ill. Nancy graduated from Start High School in 1981, she also attended Owens and Davis Business College. Nancy is survived by her siblings, Linda (Mark) Schramm, Robert Gedert, Michael Gedert, Janet (Tom) Winkleman and Donna Robbins. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews whom she adored, Andrew (Amanda), Christopher, Beth (Matt), Anne (Keith), Heather, Jenny and Stephen. Friends and family may visit on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home, 1163 W. Sylvania Ave., (419-269-1111) from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home on Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. As published in The Blade
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Published in Toledo Blade on July 20, 2016
Gelacek, Eileen M. - Oregon  
GELACEK Eileen M. Eileen M. Gelacek, 88, of Oregon, Ohio passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Mercy - St. Charles Medical Center. She was born in Oak Harbor, Ohio on August 17, 1927 to Richard and Minnie (Yauch) Zibbel and had been a loving wife to Leonard Gelacek who passed away July 11, 1989. For over 35 years, Eileen worked for Lakewood Greenhouse and in her spare time enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. She is survived by her children, Robert (Cassandra) Gelacek Sr., Daniel (Emma) Gelacek and Sue Ann Gelacek; seven grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and brother, Willys Zibbel. Eileen was also preceded in death by her son, Jeff Gelacek. Service will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. www.freckchapel.com As published in The Blade
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Published in Toledo Blade on July 17, 2016
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