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Louis Hattner passed away April 7, 2013, at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania Ohio. Lou was born October 1, 1927, to Abraham and Eva Hattner in Toledo, Ohio. Lou graduated from Scott High School in 1945. He then attended The University of Toledo where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in 1949. Lou served his country in the Army and then returned to Toledo to marry Joan Nathanson in 1955. He had first met Joan when he was five and she lived in the upstairs duplex in the Old West End. He saw her in her crib and pronounced "I'm going to marry her someday." They raised four children and were married for 53 years until Joan's death in 2008. During the early years of their marriage, Lou worked with his father in their business the Hattner Paint Company on Dorr Street. In his late 30's with three young children Lou made the decision to attend night classes at The University of Toledo Law School. He befriended many fellow students who were much younger then he, but with whom he had humor, ambition and intelligence in common. Lou graduated in 1968 at the top of his class and then three months later their fourth child was born. He joined the Spengler Nathanson Law Firm upon graduating law school and retired as a full partner.
He served as President of the Lucas County Bar Association in 1976, he was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association. He served as a Board Member for the Arthritis Foundation and he was a founding member of the Washington Local Schools Educational Marketing Group. He played a lead role when the Toledo Metroparks purchased the Stranahan Family Estate which became Wildwood Metropark. Lou had many interests including traveling with friends, playing tennis, playing poker, reading, and attending Toledo Symphony Concerts as season ticket holders. Lou and Joan spent many winters in a Sun City in Henderson, Neveda where Lou regularly competed in Texas Hold'em Tournaments. He felt very strongly about Toledo, national and world political issues and was never shy about sharing his opinions in the Toledo Blade Pages of Opinion.
Surviving are his children, Eva (Larry) Hulisz, Nancy Hattner both of Toledo, Fran (Charles Shisler) Hattner of Manteca CA, and David Hattner of Portland, OR; grandchild, Rachel Ray and great-grandchild, Jackson Thomas Ray, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan and his brother Herbert and sister Sivia Goldman.
A memorial service for Lou will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Temple Shomer Emunim in Sylvania, Ohio.
Arrangements by The Robert H. Wick/ Wisniewski Funeral Home, 419-535-5840.
Published in Toledo Blade from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2013