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HERZOG August J. “Dutch” Dutch Herzog, age 85, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on September 19, 2016. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Detroit Michigan to the late Elizabeth and William Herzog. Dutch proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from a long career at DANA Corp. Dutch loved fishing and hunting with his brothers and grandson. Throughout his life he played a variety of sports and was always active. He was a very devoted member of Lewis Ave. Baptist Church. Dutch was a friend to many and was always willing to help. His humor kept him and those around him laughing. He and his wife Barb were still very much in love after all of their years together. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 65 years, Barbara; daughters, Barb (Richard) Ziegert and Su (Anthony Campbell) Harambe; brothers, Bill (Mary Ellen), Nick (Pat) and Louie; grandchildren, J. Ryan Joseph, Shawn Herzog and Katie Gonzalez; great-grandchildren, Alexis Hernandez and Jackson Herzog. Dutch was preceded in death by his siblings, Dorothy, Ginny, Alice, Frank and Pete. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Lewis Avenue Baptist Church, 6320 Lewis Avenue in Temperance, Michigan. Memorial donations may be made in Dutch's name to Hospice of Northwest Ohio. To leave condolences for Dutch's family, please visit: www.NewcomerToledo.com As published in The Blade
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(News story) PEMBERVILLE, Ohio - Richard M. Heckman, who was an established business owner - and a father with children - when he went back to school, changed careers, and became a high school English and journalism teacher, died Sept. 21 in ProMedica Toledo Hospital. He was 80. He'd developed complications of cancer, his wife, Karol, said. Mr. Heckman retired in 1995 from Eastwood High School after 25 years. He taught English and, for much of his tenure, journalism. He also was adviser to the student newspaper, Eagle's Eye. "I just remember he was a lot of fun," said Karen Beck Graf, a 1971 graduate who was features editor and a student of Mr. Heckman's during her senior year. "He always had a smile, but he could be strict." Mrs. Graf retired as a third grade teacher at Tinora Elementary School near Defiance. "You always remember the good teachers, the way they conduct their classroom, the discipline," she said. "We could joke with him, but he made it clear he was the teacher, not a pal." At Eastwood, Mr. Heckman also coached junior varsity baseball and served as athletic director. He was born March 13, 1936, in Tontogany to Helen and Edward Heckman. The family moved, and he attended the former Webster High School - after consolidation, part of the Eastwood District - graduating in 1954. He attended Bowling Green State University, but left after a term for a job at the Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. glass plant in Rossford. He bought a Pemberville service station in 1959 and became proprietor of the renamed Heckman's Texaco on Bierley Avenue. He pumped gas and checked oil and repaired cars. He sponsored softball teams and was respected in the community. Paul Rolf, a friend, was studying at BGSU to be a teacher in the mid-1960s. Mr. Heckman told his friend, "'I always wanted to do something like that.' I said, 'Dick, why don't you?'" Mr. Heckman took on a business partner and returned to BGSU. "He believed in education so much," his wife said. "He felt a need to teach." He received his bachelor's degree in 1970, sold the service station, and started teaching at Eastwood. "He really wanted to do things for other people, and I think teaching just fit him," said Mr. Rolf, who went into marketing after teaching. "I gave him so much credit. He changed careers and knew that's what he wanted to be doing." Mr. Heckman in retirement continued to read classic literature and follow the news. He practiced a type of family journalism, writing about his life experiences as a legacy for children and grandchildren. He soaked up information and quizzed others in the Peach section's "Trivia Challenge." "He was very inquisitive by nature and made everybody else smarter because of that," grandson Chris Lorenzen said. Surviving are his wife, the former Karol Dewyre, whom he married Feb. 25, 1956; sons, Thomas and James Heckman; daughter, Sandra Jess; brother, Robert Heckman; nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today in the Marsh Funeral Home, Pemberville. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Pemberville, where visitation is to start at 10 a.m. The family suggests tributes to the church. This is a news story by Mark Zaborney. Contact him at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.
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SCHAEFER Joseph Patrick Joseph Patrick Schaefer, 63, of Toledo, died tragically in an auto accident on September 20, 2016. Joe was born September 29, 1952, to John and Esther “Pat” (Haubert) Schaefer in Sandusky, Ohio. He graduated from St. Mary Catholic High School in Sandusky before studying at Bowling Green State University. Rather than wait to be drafted, he interrupted his studies to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was very proud of his service in the 101st Airborne Division, nicknamed the “Screaming Eagles”, and took a great interest in Veterans issues for the rest of his life. He ultimately graduated from the University of Toledo and began his career in finance. After years of working for The Equitable, Joe left to form Schaefer, Kvasnicka & Kneip and established a very successful career as an independent financial consultant. He poured his heart and soul into building his business and truly loved helping his clients. He received many awards during his professional life and was recognized as being a top producer nationally by several broker-dealers. Joe was a people-person and loved his community. He served as a coach for the Trilby Baseball Association, was President and Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis Club of Toledo, and served as Historian and Chaplain for the American Legion Adams Township Post #553. He was a regular at bars and restaurants in his neighborhood and was always ready to tell a story or have a laugh. He hosted countless parties at his home for friends and family, cruised to Put-In-Bay on his boat, drove across the country in his RV, and traveled to warm beaches. Joe's personality was larger than life and he will be missed by many. Joe was preceded in death by his sisters, Cindy Lou Schaefer and Christine Vodicka; brother, Reid (Gena) Schaefer, and mother, Esther Schaefer. He is survived by his children, Neal (Lydia) Schaefer and Jessica (Alex Duncan) Schaefer; grandchildren, Willow Schaefer and Ivy Duncan; stepdaughter, Alexandra Wolf; brothers, John (Deborah) Schaefer, Peter Schaefer, Paul (Charmaine) Schaefer and Tom (LaDonna) Schaefer; father, John Schaefer; and countless other friends and family members. A visitation service honoring his life will be held Thursday, September 29th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home - Northwest Chapel, 4150 West Laskey Road, Toledo (419-473-0300) with Adams Township American Legion Post #553 Services at 6:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial contributions in Joe's name to Veteran's Matter - http://veteransmatter.org/ or Heroes in Action - http://www.heroesinaction.org/ . To leave a special message for Joe's family, please visit www.NewcomerToledo.com As published in The Blade
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KUSIAN Shannon (Saggese) Shannon (Saggese) Kusian, 43, peacefully went home to God on September 21, 2016. Born July 20, 1973, in Toledo, Ohio, to Paul and Barbara Saggese she graduated from Sylvania Southview High School, in Sylvania, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio in 1997. She worked as an accountant for the Pharm Drug Store in Sylvania, Ohio, starting while she was in college. She and her husband Jamie started their family with the birth of their first daughter, Paula in 1998. She became a full time homemaker and welcomed their daughters Delaney in 2002 and Angelena in 2005 into this world. Being a mother and homemaker was her life work and she loved it. She lived for her family and was devoted to her children. She loved the many pets the family had over the years and cherished the family time she spent with her children. She believed that her best times in life were spent with her children. It was evident to everyone that knew her that she loved her children dearly. She was a woman full of life, motherly love, godly character, and wisdom. She was devoted to loving and serving others. She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio. Shannon is survived by her former husband, Jamie Kusian; children, Paula R. Kusian, Delaney J. Kusian, and Angelena Kusian of Oregon, Ohio; father, Paul Saggese of Sylvania, Ohio; Robert S. (Shannon) Saggese of Sylvania, Ohio and their three sons; Michael D. (Carla) Saggese of Sylvania, Ohio and their son; uncle, John (Carol) Saggese and family of Sylvania, Ohio; aunt, Arlene (Charles) Tucker and family of Temperance, Michigan; and many cousins including her cousin, Amie Saggese of Sylvania, Ohio, with whom she was especially close. She leaves behind many friends to join her family in mourning her passing. The family wishes to thank the doctors and medical staff of St. Luke's Hospital and Heartland of Waterville Nursing Home who provided her with loving, professional care during her final illness. She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara (Young) Saggese. Friends may visit the family on Monday from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd), with a Scripture service and sharing of memories at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin at the funeral home with prayers at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com As published in The Blade
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(News story) BOWLING GREEN - Carl D. Hall, who led the design division for Bowling Green State University's school of art and helped introduce hot glass to the program, died Tuesday night at the University of Toledo Medical Center, the former Medical College of Ohio Hospital. He was 86. He'd fallen several hours earlier in the parking lot of a Toledo restaurant, his wife, Kathleen, said. Mr. Hall retired in 1985 as a professor of art in the design division after 28 years at BGSU. "He needs to get credit for starting the whole design program," said Ron Jacomini, a professor emeritus of art, who studied under Mr. Hall as a graduate student; became a design instructor afterward, and succeeded Mr. Hall as head of design. "He was interested in students and spent time with them," Mr. Jacomini said. Mr. Hall's specialty was product and environmental design. "He was a good, solid faculty member and a reliable colleague, and very level headed," said Willard Misfeldt, a professor emeritus of art history, who arrived at BGSU in 1967. Mr. Hall and his then-wife Lorene "were the first ones who showed me any friendliness among my colleagues." In the mid-1960s, an advanced art class of Mr. Hall's created a standard system of design, color, and lettering for signs around campus. The uniform design replaced nearly 1,000 traffic, information, and courtesy signs in a jumble of shapes and styles. In that era, Mr. Hall took an interest in the studio art glass scene coming to life in Toledo and worked with Dominick Labino, one of the movement's champions, Mr. Jacomini said. Mr. Misfeldt recalled that Mr. Hall "was the one who started working with glass, and he was playing around with it and experimenting with it, and it became a program on its own." Mr. Hall also converted unused space in the student health center into classroom and studio space for design students, to which they had 24-hour access. "You can't imagine what it did for the program and the students," Mr. Jacomini said. Mr. Hall also did design and product development for several businesses, including Quikut, then of Fremont, which produced the Ginsu knife, and Ohio Art Co., in Bryan, best known then for Etch A Sketch. He was a former president of the Bowling Green Curling Club and the Ohio Curling Association and was a member of Bowling Green's state championship team. He was a pilot and took an interest in the Ercoupe, an aircraft only built from 1938-68. He was a former president of the Ercoupe Owner's Club and a former chairman of the annual fly-in that drew hundreds to Wood County Airport. He was a former president of the Bowling Green Optimists Club. In retirement, he sold real estate. He was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Lathrop, Mo., to the former Hazel Currell and Fred Hall. After Lathrop High School, Mr. Hall served stateside in the Marine Corps. He received a bachelor's degree from Southwest Missouri State University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa, where he became a design instructor. He was preceded in death by his son Charles Hall. Surviving are his wife, Kathleen, whom he married June 10, 1994; son, Kirk Hall; stepson, Erik Clark; stepdaughter Elizabeth Clark-Hague, and three grandsons. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday in Dunn Funeral Home, Bowling Green. No services are planned. This is a news story by Mark Zaborney. Contact him at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.
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SHIVELY Betty J. Betty Jane Shively, age 89, passed away surrounded by loved ones on September 19, 2016. She was born December 11, 1926, and was the ninth of ten children. She was the last of the family of ten to pass. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, James Shively. Before she had children, Betty was a telephone operator for the Toledo Bell. She dedicated a large part of life to caring for family. At retirement age, Betty went back to work as an inspector supporting a family member in a new business. She was a member of Zoar Lutheran Church. She loved to strike up a conversation with any kind soul. Anyone who knew her loved her. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-great-aunt and friend. She will be sadly missed by all that knew her. Betty lived in Castle Rock, Colorado for the last two years with her daughter, Roxanne. Surviving are her daughter, Roxanne Fredrickson; son-in-law, Gereon Fredrickson, and grandchildren, Brynn and Gereon Fredrickson. Betty adored her grandchildren and if you knew her, you knew all about the grandchildren. Visitation will be from 3:00-8:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee, OH. The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016, at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials to Zoar Lutheran Church, Perrysburg, OH or The American Heart Association. Online condolences may be offered to Betty's family at walkerfuneralhomes.com As published in The Blade
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(News story) BOWLING GREEN - Raymond H. Fahle, 103, who cut hair across northwest Ohio and chronicled his barbering career in a self-published memoir, died Sept. 15 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township. His daughter, Glenna, attributed his death to advanced age. He continued to live at home, with his daughter's help. Mr. Fahle was author of My Life As A Barber - subtitled, "and other stories" - which he had published in 2000. But if called a barber, he might counter that he was a "tonsorial artist." "That's how I've always liked to refer to myself," he told a Blade reporter, with a wink, in 2013, not long before his 100th birthday party at First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green. He left his art in 1972, an era of infrequent barber shop visits by many boys and men. "He loved people and just being able to share his stories," his daughter said. "He said he loved cutting hair. Up until a month or two ago, we'd find him with scissors in his hand. Those scissors were part of him to some extent." Mr. Fahle inscribed a copy of the book and gave it to his own barber, Tom Snyder. "I'll cherish that forever," said Mr. Snyder, of BG Barber Shop. "I felt it was an honor to cut his hair all these years." Mr. Fahle was born March 6, 1913, the fourth of what would be Edna and Edward Fahle's seven sons. He was a student at the former Pemberville High School when he became an apprentice of local barber Bill Ridgely. He later had his own shop above a Pemberville bakery. After marriage, he had a shop at Bono in eastern Lucas County. He later was a barber in West Unity and Bryan, Ohio. During World War II, he was a timekeeper for Electric Auto-Lite in Toledo. He and his wife, Madeline, had moved to Bowling Green and, after the war, he returned to barbering - cutting hair at Shorty Dohm's basement shop in the 100 block of West Wooster Street. He spent a year cutting hair at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in the early 1960s. He later worked at Dick Michaelis' barber shop on East Court Street in Bowling Green. He became a custodian for Bowling Green Schools in 1972. He eventually was the head high school custodian. He wore dress trousers, a white shirt, and tie to work, as he did at the barber shop, but tucked in his tie and rolled up his sleeves when he pitched in to help the custodial crews he oversaw. He retired in 1979. After his wife's death, he became reacquainted with a friend from high school whose spouse had also died, Eleanor Juergens Specht. They took walks in the park and visited friends or stayed in and cooked. "They had a great time together," Mr. Fahle's daughter said. "My dad was like a teenager." Mrs. Specht died July 25, 2007. He and the former Madeline Hemminger married Sept. 5, 1933. She died May 28, 2000. Their son, Dwayne, died Dec. 17, 2013. Surviving are his daughter, Glenna Heimerdinger; four granddaughters; eight great-granddaughters, and six great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Dunn Funeral Home, Bowling Green. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at dunnfuneral home.com. The family suggests tributes to the church or a charity of the donor's choice. This is a news story by Mark Zaborney. Contact him at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.
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KUHN June Eloise (Unger) June Eloise Kuhn, 97, widow of Joseph R. Kuhn, died Wednesday, September 21, 2016, of Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Akron, Ohio on June 15, 1919, but lived most of her life until marriage in Tiffin, Ohio. She married the love of her life on January 25, 1947. For many years she lived at 3900 River Road, where her husband was Golf Course Superintendent of Toledo Country Club. She died peacefully at her daughter and son-in-law's home surrounded by her family and felt the deep love from them at her passing. June was a loyal witness of Jehovah for over 60 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyrus and Jesse Unger; brothers:, Maurice and Harold; sisters, Margaret and Lois and sisters-in-law, Hazel and Evelyn. June is survived by daughter, Linda (Richard) Pitzen; son, Thomas (Gloria) Kuhn; grandchildren, Amy (John) Schmidt, Elissa (Michael D) Tapley, Joel (Mary Jo) Pitzen, Tracey (Jon Sr.) Hawkins, Jared and Brittany Kuhn; great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Erika, Lindsey, Stephanie, Allen, Jon Jr., and Joseph (Joey); brothers, James (Linda) Unger and John (Sharon) Unger; special niece and helper, Sharyn McMullen, and many other nieces and nephews. There will not be a visitation and a memorial service will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Jehovah's Witnesses at https://www.jw.org/apps/E_DONATE can be made. Finally, the family would really like to thank Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their wonderful care of June during the last few months. To leave a special message for June's family please visit www.NewcomerToledo.com As published in The Blade
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REIF Roger E. Roger E. Reif, 87, of Graytown, Ohio, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Parkcliffe Alzheimer's Community Home, Northwood, Ohio. He was born on December 18, 1928, in Benton Township, Ohio, to Fred and Edna (Wittman) Reif. Roger served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952. On June 11, 1954, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Martin, Ohio, he married Marilyn Guth, and she preceded him in death on May 20, 2009. Roger worked for Shell Oil in Toledo, Ohio, for 33 years before retiring in 1986. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Martin, and the American Legion Post #114 of Oak Harbor. Roger enjoyed hunting, fishing, and especially gardening. Roger is survived by his sons, Bradley (Carrie) Reif and Randall (Kimberly) Reif, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Jeffrey Reif; brothers, Fredrick “Joker” Reif and Ralph Reif and sisters, Margaret Lacer, Phyllis Kontak and Betty Millinger. Visitation for Roger will be on Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 2-8 p.m. at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Oak Harbor. Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m., Friday, September 23, 2016, at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 17877 W. St. Rt. 579, Martin, with interment to follow in Elliston Cemetery, Elliston. Memorial contributions for Roger are suggested to St. Peter Lutheran Church, Martin, Great Lakes Hospice, Graytown Park or a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com As published in The Blade
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