Doris May Plassman (nee Smart) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on May 20, 1926 to C. Howard and Katherine (Wagner) Smart. She left this life on April 6th in Xenia where she has lived for the last six years. Doris was preceded in death by her parents, sister Jean Blankenburg, and husband J. Fred Plassman. She confirmed her Christian faith on March 12, 1939 at Church of the Incarnation (Episcopal) in Cleveland. She graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1941. During WWII she took a job at the General Electric Nela Park Plant working on the production line assembling aircraft landing lights for the military. She studied for one year at Fenn College before transferring to Bowling Green State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1949. While at BGSU she joined the yearbook (The Key) staff and in her Senior year served as its Editor. Also while at Bowling Green she met and fell in love with J. Fred Plassman whom she married on June 18, 1949. She taught elementary school for three years in Lyndhurst, Ohio, before beginning her family. Together they raised two sons, Fred and David, and enjoyed the blessing of two daughters-in-law, Jan and Jerri, along with five grandchildren: David (wife Lisa), Anna, and Steve (wife Sarah), as well as Erin (husband Joe) and Drew. With time they also added seven great-grandchildren: Nicholas and Leah; Bella and Gabby; Grace, Jesse and Samantha. She was a faithful and involved member of St. Paul's Lutheran for more than 45 years where she was active in the Choir, the Women of the Church, and Vacation Bible School. She also was active at Monclova Elementary School serving the P.T.A., the Mother's Club, and as Librarian. She was active in the Swan Creek Garden Club, volunteered with the March of Dimes, was a Cub Scout Leader, and served the Board of Elections at the polls. She and her husband belonged to several nature-oriented organizations: Naturalists Camera Club of Toledo, Toledo Naturalist Association, and Black Swamp Bird Observatory. She is survived by her sons with their families, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be on April 12th from 6pm to 8pm at Maison Dardenne Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. A Celebration of Life will be April 13th at 10am at St. Paul's Lutheran, 112 E Wayne Street, Maumee, Ohio. Burial will follow at Wauseon Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a Memorial Fund at St. Paul's Lutheran.