Norbert J. "Monk"
Norb left to be with the Lord and his loving wife Lorene of 40 years on December 16, 2012, surrounded by his family. Norb was a Korean War veteran serving from 1952 through 1954. He was drafted into the army and served in Trieste Italy where he specialized in communications. He was hired in 1958 onto the Toledo Fire Department in which he worked for thirty years. He truly enjoyed his job until his retirement in 1987. Norb also enjoyed playing many sports especially fast pitch softball for the fire department and also played for the south end bar the Oxford for many years. Later, after retirement he enjoyed golfing with his buddies and his children. He also looked forward every year to the Keil, Mazzurco Memorial Golf Outing which was always a great gathering of his south Toledo friends. He was a 42 year parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help exemplifying his strong faith and love for family, he was also a long time member of the Knights of Columbus and the Maumee Elks.
Norb was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lorene; mother and father, Irene and Al; brothers, Don and Ray. He leaves behind many loved ones including daughters, Karen (Jeff) Medere, Mary Beth (Ted) Lorigan; sons, Joe (Cindy), Gerard (Kim), Jim (Tina), Ned (Holly); grandchildren, Jon and Devin Medere, Shannon (Dustin) Tunison, Nichole (Mike) Givenni, Joe and A.J. Mehling, Nick and Adrienne Mehling, Ava and Gus Mehling; great-grandchildren, Xavier and Maddix Wise, Michael Givenni. He is also survived by his sister, Thelma Wood, and in-laws, Jackie and Ralph Hower, Helen Abbenzeller, Mary Vogel, Jack Cable, and long time companion, Jan McClaughlin; twenty nieces and nephews, and many lifelong and dear friends. Special thanks to Drs. Doumet, and the staff at Ebied Hospice and his wonderful neighbors the Boston's. As my dad would always say we are only here for but a short time and thanks for stopping.
Family and friends can visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, from 2:00-8:00 p.m., with a Scripture service and Last Alarm service at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will begin in the mortuary on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Resurrection cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to OLPH Church, Little Sisters of the Poor, or the Toledo Firefighter's Museum. Please view and sign our online registry at
Published in Toledo Blade from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2012