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William F. "Bill" Vedra Sr.

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VEDRA William F. Sr. William "Bill" F. Vedra Sr., age 77, of Rossford, passed away September 6, 2009, at home and in the presence of his family. Bill was born January 17, 1932, in Rossford to Elizabeth and Mathew Vedra. During the Korean Conflict, he served as a medic and bandsman and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant for the U.S. Army. After his return, he worked for 36 years for Libbey Owens Ford Company, primarily at the East Toledo Plant 8 facility. Bill was baptized within and served as a lifelong member of Ss. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, which was merged into All Saints Parish. He was an active member of All Saints where he served as a maintenance person after retiring from Libbey Owens Ford and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Driven with a strong commitment to his community, Bill also served in various positions for over 40 years as a Volunteer fireman for the Rossford Fire Department. Throughout his life, Bill was an active musician in the Toledo community. He was a continuous member of the Old Dutch, PNA, and Polish American Concert Band for over 50 years, as well as being a member of the Zenobia Shrine band (Lodge #298) and Deutchmeister's band. For over 25 years, Bill had an active dance band, Bill Vedra and His Orchestra, with which he played countless weddings and community functions. Bill was a very dedicated husband, father and grand-father. His family was his pride and joy. He is survived by his loving wife, Agnes, of 53 years; along with his sons, William Jr. (Valerie), John (Karen), Michael (Angela), James, Patrick (Jennifer), Robert (Colleen), and Tom (Erin) and daughters, Marie (Joseph) Kraus and Cecilia (Peter) Mallet. Bill was also blessed with 23 grandchildren who loved him. Also surviving are his brothers, Matthew (Carolyn), Stephen (Joanne), and Joseph (Chris) Vedra; sister, Julie (Mike) Kulakowski along with many nieces and nephews. Friends and family are invited to visit Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Road from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2009, where a Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church beginning at 9:30 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Interment will follow at Ft. Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg. In lieu of flowers family requests donations to Central Catholic High School Performing Arts Center or the All Saints Parish Building Fund. The family would also like to give a heartfelt thanks to Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their loving care provided to Bill. To leave condolences for the family please visit: www.sujkowskirossford.com

Published in The Blade from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2009
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