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Morrison, James - Toledo  
MORRISON James A. James "Jim" Morrison, 86, of Toledo, passed away peacefully at Ebeid Hospice Residence on January 18, 2015, after a short illness. Born on July 21, 1928, in Charleston, WV to George and Kathelein (Anderson) Morrison, Jim attended DeVilbiss High School and the University of Toledo. Jim served his country in the United States Army in Korea. He worked for Taystee Bread for 25 years, with delivery routes throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Jim was a loving husband and father, a sports fan, and an avid bowler in leagues at both Westland and Jugs. Formerly residing on Elsie Avenue, he and his surviving spouse, Alcena, relocated to Sun City Center, FL in 1989 where Jim took up softball. He played for the traveling team of his retirement community, acting as one of the league chairmen. He played until his 80th year. In 2012, the Morrisons relocated back to Toledo, settling at Oakleaf Village. Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alcena (Wittenberg); son, Jim (Kym) Morrison of Lambertville and son, Dan of Atlanta. The family is having a private service.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 25, 2015
Olmstead, James Edward (Featured) - Delta  
(News article) James Edward Olmstead, a retired Toledo teacher and administrator who was a champion of vocational education and a Masonic leader, died Wednesday in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township. He was 78. He was given six to eight months to live in 1999 when he learned he had mantle cell lymphoma, his son Mike said. Mr. Olmstead received treatments and had relapses. "He always told me, 'Listen, Mike, you're going to be thrown curves. There are times where you're going to fall or fail. The key is to fall or fail forward,' " said his son, who is mayor of Perrysburg. "That's how he lived." Mr. Olmstead retired in 1992 after 30 years with the Toledo Public Schools. He led vocational programs for much of his tenure. He also was director of the Agriculture Education Center on Elmer Drive near what is now Toledo Botanical Garden. Recruiting students could be a challenge. "When you say agriculture to a lot of people, that is the guy that's out there on the tractor or raising hogs," Mr. Olmstead told The Blade in 1983. "It's not." Students spent half days in their Toledo high school and half days at the center, learning about floriculture and landscape and animal care. Students found jobs at veterinarians' offices and the Toledo Zoo. Alumni could be found at local greenhouses and golf courses; with state wildlife programs, and employed by the National Park Service. "Our real responsibility," Mr. Olmstead told The Blade, "is to provide the kids with basic entry-level skills to get a job. For every farmer, there are four other agriculture jobs." In 1983, Mr. Olmstead was named industrial arts educator of the year by the Ohio Industrial Arts Association. He was regional educator of the year for 1982. The facility he oversaw has been renamed the Frank Dick Natural Science Technology Center. "He was the true vocational professional," said Joseph Rutherford, a retired administrator in the school system. "At one time, Toledo had the best vocational program in the state. He was a part of that." Mr. Olmstead won wide respect among those he supervised. "He hired me and hired a lot of others," said Larry Williams, who started in 1971 and taught at Whittier School, and DeVilbiss, Woodward, and Waite high schools. "He mentored a lot of good young shop teachers who are all retired now. He had a desire to see the programs grow." Mr. Olmstead was open to a good joke, whether telling it or listening, and remained professional yet easygoing, said Dan Kitz, who retired from Waite High School. "He was willing to look at new ways of doing things, new technology, and integrate those into the classroom and was willing to look for more funds to enhance the situations," said Mr. Kitz, a former president of the Northwest Ohio Technology Education Association. He was born July 2, 1936, in Hampton, Iowa, to Esther and Roscoe Olmstead. He was a 1959 graduate of Hampton High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and became an industrial arts instructor - a shop teacher - in the Sioux Rapids, Iowa, schools. Toledo Public Schools hired him in 1962, and he taught shop at Woodward High School. He received a master's degree from Bowling Green State University and was a former president of the state association of industrial arts educators. Mr. Olmstead, of Perrysburg and formerly of Maumee, became a master mason in 1969 at the Phoenix Lodge, F&AM in Perrysburg and was lodge worshipful master in 1975-76. His many Masonic leadership posts included service as grand master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio. He became a 33rd Degree Mason and was a former deputy for Ohio. "He exemplified the ability to reach beyond yourself," said his son Mike, who is also a Mason. "He had an uncanny ability to help people lift themselves up." Surviving are his wife, Shirley, whom he married Nov. 26, 1959; sons Michael and David Olmstead; brothers Richard and Steven Olmstead, and five grandchildren. Services will be at 3 p.m. today in Grace United Methodist Church, Perrysburg, where the body will be after 2 p.m. He was a member of the church. Arrangements are by Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg. The family suggests tributes to the Grand Lodge Scholarship Fund in Springfield, Ohio, or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. This story was written by Blade staff Writer Mark Zaborney. Contact him at mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 25, 2015
Rodgers, Shonna - Elmore  
RODGERS Shonna Shonna Rodgers, age 69, passed away peacefully at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on January 23, 2015. Survived by her daughter, Tracy (JoEllen); son, Dennis (Patricia); granddaughter, Olivia; brother, Donald (Grace) Bauman. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, George and Peg Nick; brother, Gerald (Phyllis) Bauman. The family would like to extend special thanks to friends and co-workers, including, Mildred and Donna. A Celebration of Life gathering is planned for Wednesday, January 28, 2015, from 5-8 p.m. at Red White & Brew Coffee Shop Gathering Room, 366 Rice St., Elmore, OH 43416. In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to The Ursuline Center, 4045 Indian Rd., Toledo, OH 43606 or Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital, 930 S. Detroit Ave., Toledo, OH 43614.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 25, 2015
Rutkowski, Josephine - Toledo  
RUTKOWSKI Josephine Lucy (Adam) Josephine Lucy (Adam) Rutkowski, formerly of Hudson St., age 93, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015. For the past six years, she had been living at The Lutheran Home at Toledo. She was born on December 12, 1921, in Glen Campbell, PA to the late Antoni and Tekla (Kondek) Adam. The family moved to Toledo when she was three years old and she lived the rest of her life in the city that she loved, never understanding why anyone would want to live anywhere else. A life-long member of St. Adalbert Church, she attended the parish elementary school and then later Woodward High School. She loved school, and did so well that she was promoted from the second to the fourth grade, skipping the third grade entirely. She often spoke of the fun she had at Woodward, attending activities, laughing and talking with her friends. She instilled that same eagerness for school and learning in her family. She loved to dance and sing and some of her favorite memories were of singing in the church choir and performing in the shows and plays produced by Lucy, the church organist, and Fr. Wachowski, the pastor at the time. She passed on that love for music to her children all of whom sang, danced and/or played a musical instrument. On January 10, 1942, she married Joseph S. Rutkowski, whose life was cut short by cancer in 1964, and remained a widow the rest of her life, living for her family. They had six children, Judith M. (Anthony) Viertlboeck, Carol L. (David) Barber, Timothy M. (Gay Elaine) Rutkowski, Alice A. (Michael) Oldham, Joseph A. (Paula) Rutkowski and James C. Rutkowski who died tragically in an accident in 1974. She has nine grandchildren, Christopher, Chelsea, Lance, Adam, Casey, Jessica, Zac, Chad and Eric and nine great-grandchildren, Cameron, Mikayla, Madeline, Amelia, Matthew, Andrew, Connor, Evan and Skye. Family and friends may visit in the Urbanski Funeral Home, 5055 Secor Rd. (near Laskey), 419-475-5055, Toledo, Ohio on Monday, January 26, 2015, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. where scripture services will begin at 7 p.m. Additional visitation will be on Tuesday January 27, 2015, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. in St. Adalbert Catholic Church followed by the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences can be shared at: urbanskifuneralhome.com
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 25, 2015
Schumaker, Lucille - Gibsonburg  
SCHUMAKER Lucille "Skip" Lifelong Gibsonburg resident, Lucille "Skip" Schumaker, 98, died Friday evening, January 23, 2015, at Bethesda Care Center in Fremont. Born on December 12, 1916, in Gibsonburg, Skip was the third of four children of John and Corneila (Humberger) Ottney. She graduated in 1934 from Gibsonburg High School where she lettered in basketball and track all four years. Lucille was a homemaker and, during WWII, and worked at the Carbon Works in Fremont. She enjoyed camping, fishing and loved spending time with her husband in their RV at Zeller's Beach for many years. Skip will be remembered for her knitting, even until the age of 92. She also did sewing work for family, friends and community throughout her adult life. Skip was a long time member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and its Altar Rosary Society. On September 11, 1937, she married Charles Schumaker at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Gibsonburg. Charles passed on November 21, 1987. Surviving is her son, Jeffrey of Gibsonburg, and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; siblings, Betty Lanning, Juanita Gerwin, Raymond Ottney, and nephews, Bill and Jim Gerwin. Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 27, 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Herman-Kinn-Veh Funeral Home & Cremation Services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at St. Michael's Catholic Church on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Ted Miller officiating. Burial will follow at West Union Cemetery, Gibsonburg. Memorials may be made to the St. Michael's Church Window Fund or to the Gibsonburg Branch of Birchard Library. To express online condolences or to view her video tribute, please visit: www.hermankinn.com
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 25, 2015
Seeger, Shirley - Fremont  
Seeger, Shirley A., age 78 years, of Fremont, OH, passed away January 23, 2015. Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Oak Harbor, OH.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 25, 2015
Seiling, Jack  
SEILING Jack Jack Seiling was born November 28, 1945, in Toledo, Ohio and passed away at his home in Bay City, Michigan on December 29, 2014. Jack proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He will be interred Friday, January 30, 2015, at 1 p.m. in Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road in Holly, Michigan.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 25, 2015
Seiple, L. Dolores - Sylvania  
SEIPLE L. Dolores L. Dolores Seiple, 84, of Toledo, Ohio passed away at Flower Hospital in Sylvania on January 24, 2015. She was born on July 28, 1930, in Des Moines, Iowa to Clarence G. and Lillian Lillard. Dolores was an office manager for several automotive dealerships in the Toledo area, retiring from the Yark Automotive Group in 1995. She was a loving, considerate and giving lady who enjoyed her work but most of all enjoyed her children and grandchildren. Dolores was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her daughter, Lynda Suzanne (John) Hysong; her sons, Donald Robert Seiple and John Arthur (Cindy) Seiple; grandchildren, Alec Seiple, Ben, Sarah, and Clacy Hysong; great-grandchildren, Alex and Tenleigh Hysong; she is also survived by her brother, Burnette (Phillis) Lillard Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the mortuary at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Maumee, Ohio. Please view and sign the online guest registry at: www.coylefuneralhome.com
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 25, 2015
Shook, Gerald - Perrysburg  
SHOOK Gerald L. "Jerry" Gerald L. Shook, 73, of Perrysburg, died Thursday, January 22, 2015, at St. Charles Hospital. He was born on April 16, 1941, and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. Jerry was a lifelong member of Operating Engineers Local 18. He loved his family and enjoyed classic cars. Surviving is his loving wife, Marsha Shook; children, Bill (Mandi), Shawn (Heidi), and Jody; several grandchildren, including Jake, Jessica, Wes, Zach and Hailey; sister, Kathy (Harry) Mitchell; brother, Ronald (Mary) Shook, and numerous nieces and nephews, including Tammy Paul and Julie Cain. Visitation and services will be private with the Hoeflinger-Bolander Funeral Home, Oregon, OH. hoeflingerfuneralhome.com
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 25, 2015
Smalley, Richard "Bear" - Toledo  
SMALLEY Richard "Bear" Richard K. Smalley, 77, of Toledo, Ohio passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015, at Mercy St. Vincent Hospital. He was born on May 8, 1937, in Toledo, Ohio to James and Katherine Smalley. Richard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from Rieter Automotive in 2002 after 20 years of service as a fabricator. In his spare time, Richard enjoyed fishing and gardening. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sally Smalley; children, Chris (Wendy), LuAnn and Cathy Smalley; grandchildren, Dustin Pollick and Adam Frees; siblings, Phyllis Phillips, Ralph (Patty) Palm and Bruce Palm and many nieces, nephews and extended family; as well as his canine companion, Titan. Richard was preceded in death by his parents. Family and friends may visit Freck Funeral Chapel, 1155 S. Wynn Rd. in Oregon on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, from 2-8 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at North Oregon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church. www.freckchapel.com
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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 25, 2015
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