Jeffrey Robert and Linda Kay Conn
1945 - 2020
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Jeffrey Robert and Linda Kay Conn

Jeffrey Robert Conn, 75, and Linda Kay Conn, 76, of Sylvania, died days apart during Thanksgiving week from COVID-19. Jeff passed away on November 24 and Linda on November 27.

Jeff was the firstborn child of Dr. Melvin and Mrs. Ann Conn. He was born on May 7, 1945, in New Orleans where Melvin was stationed during World War II. The family returned to Toledo where Jeff was raised. He graduated from Whitmer High School and the University of Toledo with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He served in the Air National Guard and was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Linda was the second child of Saul and Elizabeth "Libby" Held. She was born on June 14, 1944 in Toledo, where she was raised. Linda graduated from Ottawa Hills High School.

Jeff and Linda were childhood friends who dated in high school, and later reconnected as adults. They were married on August 15, 1971. They lived briefly in Florida and Michigan before returning to Toledo. They were a loving and devoted couple to the end.

Jeff owned and operated Jack's Men's Wear in Toledo for more than 40 years. Known to his customers as "Jack" he was beloved by people throughout the city and beyond, some for multiple generations. His store was unlike any other.

Jeff considered many of his customers to be friends first and customers second. Not all of them, but many of them! "Jack" shared many hilarious, outrageous and heartwarming stories from the store with his family over the years. And while Linda did not work in the store, many customers knew of and frequently asked about "Mrs. Jack".

Linda was a homemaker who volunteered for many organizations over the years. She was a kind, gentle and loving woman with a terrific sense of humor and a very picky appetite (she would never even try cauliflower because she said it looks like brains, and she fastidiously avoided "anything green").

Any time Linda went out in public, like to the grocery store or to a doctor's appointment, strangers would approach her and start talking to her. Not idle chit-chat, but personal and often lengthy conversations. She could never understand why people zeroed in on her. But it was the natural warmth and love that she exuded that attracted them to her.

Jeff and Linda will be remembered by their children as the most loving, caring, supportive, protective and generous parents any child could hope for.

Jeff and Linda were fortunate to have many wonderful friendships in Toledo, some going back to their early childhoods, some to college and others made as adults.

Jeff and Linda are survived by their children, Julie Brown and Adam (and Kelley Edwards) Conn.

Linda is survived by her sister, Nancy (and Alan) Feinstein.

Jeff is survived by his mother, Ann; and his siblings, Charles (and Mary Jo), Fred, and Margo (and Mark) Hopkins.

Jeff and Linda were preceded in their deaths by their son, Eric Conn. Jeff was preceded by his father, Melvin. Linda was preceded by her parents, Saul and Elizabeth "Libby" Held.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you simply wear a mask when you are out in public and practice social distancing. It is not a difficult thing to do. It is not an infringement on your freedom or civil liberties. It is literally the least, smallest thing you can do to help reduce the risk that vulnerable members of our community will die unnecessarily and leave their loved ones heartbroken and devastated.

A private funeral is planned for 11:00 am on Friday, December 4. The ceremony will be live streamed for family and friends. Details are available at https://calendly.com/consoleum/jeffrey-and-linda-conn-graveside-service.

Arrangements by the Robert H. Wick/Wisniewski Funeral Home (419) 535-5840

www.wickfh.com



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Published in The Blade from Dec. 3 to Dec. 5, 2020.
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December 16, 2020
I was Jeff’s Stacy Adams Rep for many years and enjoyed going to the store and talking with him. It was a visit I always looked forward. I was shocked hearing the news about he and his wife. I just was at the store less than 2 months ago. I will miss seeing Jeff and his employees.
Peter Wolf
Friend
December 11, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Tina Addie-Reynolds
Friend
December 11, 2020
Marsha and I were truly saddened when we heard about Jeff and Linda. They were close friends when we lived in Toledo many years ago. We remember many hours of playing games and going to dinner with them. I also spent a lot of Saturday's working with Jeff at Jack's. It was a unique experience. We went to see Jeff at Jack's on our infrequent visits to Toledo over the years. We were looking forward to seeing them if we go to my high school reunion next summer. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

Sincerely,
Marsha and Paul Kimmelman
Paul L Kimmelman
Friend
December 10, 2020
Julie, Adam, Ann - we've never met but I've been a long time supplier to the store and spoke with your father frequently over the phone. My deepest condolences and thank you all for your call to action in the obituary. To protect my employees I have supply of masks at my office and I just donated 1,000 to a homeless shelter after reading your parent's obituary. They were both always very kind to me, great business partners, jovial and trustworthy and I am grateful for my relationship with them.
Leonard Kang
Acquaintance
December 9, 2020
I met Jeff while working on a nursing home project to make sure every person received a new gift on Christmas .Jeff was more than happy to contribute. After that I frequent the store for my son's prom suites and recently made the trip three hours away and bought a couple for my husband.We was devastated to hear this news of the passing along with your mother. We will miss him. Toledo will miss him. My husband being from Tijuana we always had a good time at the store cracking jokes. Our condolences to you children . As well as the employees. May God Bless and comfort you. We Continue to Mask up & Be Save
Mr & Mrs Ricardo Macias
Friend
December 8, 2020
You have my deepest condolences. Your father and I have been friends for 45 years. He was literally one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I am a clothing rep and your father and I go back to his days on Summit. In al my travels I never heard anything but good things about your father. Again you have my deepest condolences to you and your family. If you need any assistance in dealing with the store please contact me. My name is Jonas Goldberg and my number is (248) 298-9127
Jonas Goldberg
Friend
December 4, 2020
My heart aches for your family. Jack was such a nice man. Took my son to get his first suit 25 years ago. Jack treated him like he was a grown man buying the suit! He use to say I have e to go see Mr Jack for my Easter suit! 25 years later he is still a customer. We will miss him and we will be praying for you God bless
The Porchia-Fails family
Acquaintance
December 4, 2020
I ran a caring tree program for a local church and Jeff always helped me with the hard to find items men requested. He always made sure I had everything I needed to make someone's Christmas a little better. Thanks Jeff for caring.
Vicki
Acquaintance
December 4, 2020
He was always smiling glad to see you may God bless your family
Willie Tucker
Acquaintance
December 4, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Theresa Harris
Coworker
December 4, 2020
God has open his doors for the two of you to make your way home. Thanks for the many years of friendship. You’ll will be missed and cherished. Take care, until we meet again my friends.
Don Harris
Coworker
December 4, 2020
My very dear friend I know some how you will read this. My heart is broken. Our friendship was one of a kind no one could ever break. I treasure every moment we had. We had so many laughs and tears but what a wonderful ride we had. Until we meet again love you❤❤
Terri Smith
Friend
December 4, 2020
Dear Margo,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very sad time.
Vicki Kaplan
Vicki Kaplan
December 3, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
December 3, 2020
Miss you uncle Jeff and Aunt Linda. Love you.
David Conn
Family
December 3, 2020
My sincere and deepest sympathy for the Family of Jeff and Linda Conn. Jeff was a Great Boss and Friend. From Reggie, Todd, Pam and TJ. You will be missed Jeff A.k.A. Daddio!
Reggie
Coworker
December 3, 2020
So sad and sorry to hear about this lovely couple. Jeff was my boss when I worked at Jacks in the mid 70s through HS and college. He was a great guy, and a pleasure to work for, and so generous, he gave me my first big raise! Lots of great memories. Rest in peace.
Douglas Easter
Coworker
December 3, 2020
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Patricia Conn
December 3, 2020
I've been shopping with Jack menswear for over 30 years Jack was a good man I tried to help everybody he know. RIP. Till we meet again.
Sonny Rodgers
Acquaintance
December 3, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. Linda,we loved you too ❤ and will miss you also.
Earl E Smith
Coworker
December 2, 2020
My heart goes out to Julie and Adam and the Conn family - I myself is still in shock these 2 people where very special to me and will always be - I talked to mom everyday on the phone sometimes more when I had a story to tell her they both made me a better person.. I will miss are trips together and the laughs we shared. Gone but will never be forgotten.. Chris
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