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Mary Willets

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Mary "Kay"

Mary Kay Willets, 90, passed away on February 25, 2013, at home surrounded by her son Jeffrey and daughter-in-law Kathy, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. She was born on December 26, 1922, to Cloid D. and Ruth C. Kirkman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Willets in 2007. Kay was a loving daughter to her parents, and a loving sibling to her sisters, Francis "LaVerne" Wiley and Margie Perz who both preceded her in death, and to her baby sister Donna Jacobs. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Kristin Meghan Willets in 1985 of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Kay was a "pioneer" in the world of woman's aviation, earning her pilots license in 1940 shortly after her graduation from Libbey H.S., and before she earned her drivers license. Around this time she met the love of her life, Robert Willets at Gem Beach, and they began dating. Both Bob and Kay joined the Civil Air Patrol, with Kay being named "Miss Civil Air Patrol". She reached the rank of Lieutenant and Bob reached Sgt., they served during WWII. Her first foray into the world of business was as a secretary at R.B. Brigham Co. Toledo. They married in June 1942.

Kay was a member of Alpha Rho Tau Sorority for many years and was chairman in 1949, for many years the sorority rented a cottage every summer at Devils Lake, where all the kids learned to swim and ate ice cream cones from Perry's every night, how great were the 50's?

Kay took time off to be a stay at home mother until 1959 when she went to work at Dana Corp. and once again became a secretary, this time for the head of the Power Train Division. She retired from Dana after 30 years.

Kay was a member of the Toledo American Turners for nearly 60 years, and along with Robert, a member of the original group who Started the German American Festival. Her contribution to the festival over the past 40 years has been the "glue" that kept the "Deutsche Trachten Gruppe" Folk Lore Dancers together. The group was sponsored by the Seven German and Swiss American Societies in Toledo. Kay personally designed and sewed all of the woman dancers costumes, working endless hours every year to the early morning hours. When health concerns prevented her from her duties, the group ceased to exist, and has been missed by all at the Festival. Mary and Bob were life long members of Fairgreen Presbyterian Church and were members of it's predecessor, Rosewood Presbyterian Church.

Kay is survived by her son, Jeffrey (Kathy) Willets of Toledo; granddaughter, Ashley Willets, and great-grandson, Connor Scherer of Port St. Lucie FL; daughter, Robin (Bob) Majewski of Toledo, and granddaughter, Raela of Toledo, and stepgrandsons, James and Michael Fede of North Carolina; sister, Donna (Harley) Jacobs of Luckey, OH; along with many nieces and nephews.

Kay leaves behind many friends from Ft. Myers Beach FL where she and Bob spent their winters for 25 years. Kay will be missed by those that had the good fortune to know her.

The family wants to personally thank Jim Palvis and Paulette Sherline for their personal help over these past years. We also want to thank Hospice of North West Ohio for their constant support and care. The family will be receiving friends in the Urbanski Funeral Home 5055 Secor Rd. Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, March 9, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. where services will begin at 12:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Toledo Memorial Park. Online condolences can be shared at
Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 3 to Mar. 7, 2013
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