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Eleanor Ohlman Williams (1918 - 2012)

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(NEWS ARTICLE) Eleanor Ohlman Williams, a mother of eight who made cooking and food service her occupation, and not just an endeavor at home, died Thursday in the Elizabeth Scott Community, Springfield Township. She was 93.

The cause of death wasn't known, but she was in declining health the last three weeks, her son Gary said.

Mrs. Williams grew up on a Hill Avenue farm, which is still run by family members as Ohlman Farm and Greenhouse. And when she married James Williams, her sweetheart from Libbey High School, she moved down the road to his family's farm and greenhouse.

She helped plant seedlings in the winter. Most of the time, she was managing the household and caring for the children.

"Dinner around a table with 10 people, it was something to see and manage," her son said. "And when we had friends over, they usually were in awe. We consumed a lot of food."

With her organizing skills, she began to cater events, whether she had to bake a wedding cake in her home kitchen or supply the potato salad and cold cuts. She was particularly skilled at cake decorating.

She later managed the cafeterias at St. Francis de Sales High School and Mary Manse College. She managed banquets at the University of Toledo and directed food services at Haughton Elevator. She retired in the 1980s, yet still got letters from former employees. "She was well liked and well remembered," her son said.

She volunteered for 18 years at Heartbeat of Toledo, where she counseled young women who were pregnant.

She was a faithful Roman Catholic and volunteered through the years at her parishes, Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Patrick of Heath-erdowns, and her children's schools, St. Charles and St. Jude. "She believed honestly that everything good that happened to her came from God," her son said. "She did all of these good works because she knew she was going to heaven anyway. She felt blessed. She had a thankfulness."

Mrs. Williams was a 1936 graduate of Libbey High.

She and her husband married Oct. 8, 1938. He died in August, 1973.

Surviving are her sons, Ed, Ron, John, Jim, Gary, Dan, and Allan; daughter, Jeanne Ryan; brother, Raymond Ohlman; 23 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday in the Coyle Funeral Home, where Scriptures services will be at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. The family suggests tributes to the retirement fund of the Ursuline Sisters of Toledo.

Contact Mark Zaborney at: or 419-724-6182
Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 18, 2012
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