Obituaries

Thomas Geiger

Thomas William Geiger passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 6th, 2015, at Lutheran Village of Wolf Creek. He was 77 years old. Tom was a lifelong resident of Toledo and graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1955. Tom went on to the University of Toledo, where he received his bachelor of arts in education. While at UT, he served as president of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Tom worked in the Toledo Public School System for over 30 years, retiring in 2000. Tom taught English at various schools, including Scott, Waite, Start, Bowsher and DeVilbiss. Tom always said of his students in his classroom, “they learn more than nouns and pronouns – they learn about the realities of life.” Tom served in the Peace Corps in Bogotá, Columbia. While in the Peace Corps, he worked in remote villages helping build schools, libraries, gardens, water wells and fish farms for the community. Upon returning to the states in 1964, Tom brought back his most cherished companion–his parrot Charlie. Charlie stayed with Tom until he passed away Thanksgiving night 2011 at the age of 110. Anyone who ever met Tom knew of his sharp wit, old jokes, goofy hats and colorful shoes. His stories (many of them true) were legend in their own right. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Leroy Geiger and Verona Meade Geiger, and brother, Arthur Meade Geiger. Tom leaves behind two loving and devoted nieces, Rebecca Geiger of Toledo, and Jennifer Geiger of Indianapolis, Ind.; sister-in-law, Arlene Geiger of Toledo; special cousins Cynthia (Jeff) Coleman of Holland, Ohio, and Allison (Daniel) Baptist of Loveland, Colo.; godson Ian O’Phalen of Los Angeles, Calif. and good friends Arnold Elzey, Florence Fuerst, Max Korl, Sandra O’Phalen, and Kenneth Sharp, all of Toledo. In keeping with Tom’s wishes, there will not be a memorial service. However, a celebration of life event will be held at a later date to send him out in style. In lieu of flowers, direct memorial contributions in Tom’s name to either the Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Dr., Toledo, Ohio 43615, or the Discovery Shop for the American Cancer Society, Sylvania, Ohio 43560.

Robert Mason

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Robert “Bob” Mason, 73, of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at the Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, to parents Sylvester and Cecelia (Hens) Mason. Bob was a graduate of Whitmer High School, and was proud to have served with the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army from 1960 – 1963. Bob retired from the J.M. Smucker Company after more than 21 years of service. He loved the time he was able to spend with his family. Bob enjoyed golfing, bowling, camping at Walden Woods, NASCAR, and was a staunch fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes.

He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Darlene Mason; daughters Kimberly (Ron) Crawford, Monica Mason, and Brandy Schmitt; sons William (Steven Fall) and Joseph (Autumn Penrod) Schmitt; grandchildren McKenzie, Kylie, Landon, Mason, R.J., Conner, and Skyler; brothers Jerry (Diana), Doug (Deb), and Ralph Mason; sister-in-law Janet Mason; extended family Shelley (Shannon) Kameron; and their children Tyler and Austin Felser; and a host of nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother LeRoy Mason; and sister-in-law Gail Mason.

Bob’s family would like to thank the staff of the Ebeid Hospice Residence for their loving care during this difficult time. Those wishing to offer memorials are asked to the ProMedica Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania, Ohio. GO BUCKS!

Robert Smelser

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Robert B. Smelser Sr. 77, of Sylvania Township, passed away suddenly Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at his residence.

Born November 17, 1937, in Toledo, Ohio to Giles and Mildred (Russell) Smelser.

Robert was employed as a manager with Carter Lumber for more than 30 years, before retiring in 1996. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Robert was an avid gardener. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a skilled woodworker in his younger years.

Robert is survived by his son Robert B. Smelser, Jr.; daughters Penny M. (Ralph) Priest, Sheryl M. (Noel) Carter, and Dawn M. (David) Malinowski; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sister Alma Scott. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Joan Smelser; and sisters Gleneva Hart, Olive Williamson, Carol Willet and Diane Bialecki. Funeral Service was held on June 14th at Toledo Memorial Park. Those wishing to offer memorials in Robert’s memory are asked to consider the charity of their choice.

Richard Thebeau

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Richard R. Thebeau, 58, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Richard was an over the road truck driver with Great Lakes Synergy for many years, before retiring due to health constraints.

He is survived by his loving wife Robin Thebeau; daughter Lyndsey (Dwayne, Jr.) Moore; son Tim (Abagail) Thebeau; grandchildren Hannah and Nathan Thebeau and Elise, Kristianna, and Skylar Moore; mother Barbara Thebeau; grandmother Ellamae Widney; sisters and brothers Pamela, Karen, Darrell, and Kenneth Thebeau. Also surviving are Lindsay Albright and Alaina Boyd. Richard was preceded in death by his father Darrell Thebeau; and sisters and brother Barbie, Sandy, and Mike.

Richard’s life will be celebrated at The Bunker, 1950 Eber Road, Holland, Ohio, Saturday June 20th from noon until 3 PM.

Those wishing to offer memorials in Richard’s memory are asked to consider the American Cancer Society.

Ruth Wentworth

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Ruth Arlene Wentworth passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2015, surrounded by her family at Ebeid Hospice Residence of Sylvania at the age of 68. Born on February 6, 1947, in Monroe, Mich., she was the daughter of the late John McKeever and Luella (VanBuskirk) McKeever.

Ruth graduated from Summerfield High School in 1965. She married her high school sweetheart Robert Wentworth on April 2, 1966. Together they had three children, Robert Jr., James and Kimberly. Ruth was a devoted grandmother to James (Bubby) and Emily (Emsee’s) Wentworth, two of her favorite people. She was in every sense of the word a “caregiver.” She enjoyed caring for the residents of Lake Park, sometimes bringing them home for the holidays. She later became an In Home Healthcare provider. Ruth loved to dance and listen to music, her favorites being Bob Wurst and The Beatles. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband Robert; sons Rob (Gina) and James; daughter Kim (Tim) Thrush; grandchildren James (Bubby) Wentworth and Emily Wentworth; siblings Jerry McKeever, Herb McKeever, Lucinda McElray and Kathy Gorr. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents John and Luella McKeever; siblings Anna Benore, John McKeever, Donald McKeever, Mary Margaret, Betty Martin, and Clifford Mckeever. A Celebration of Life will be held at Church of God, Deerfield, Mich. on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 2 p.m. The family suggests donations in Ruth’s memory be made to Ebeid Hospice Residence, Sylvania, Ohio. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Reeb Funeral Home.

Suzanna Hedges

Suzanna (Lawniczak) Hedges, age 77, passed away, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at her Toledo residence. She was married to Harold E. Hedges for 59 years prior to his death October 15, 2012. Suzanna loved to play at the casino and play slots; whenever she won she would donate her winnings to the church. She enjoyed crocheting blankets which she donated to local nursing homes. Suzanna had a very giving nature always thinking of others, very loving to her family and friends, she especially adored her grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving family, daughters, Kathryn (Jeff) LaChapelle, and Peggy (Tony) Suwinski, grandchildren, Valerie (Shaun), Jeffrey (Renee), Ian (Gabe), Anthony (Joy), Bradley (Susan), and Melissa Suwinski, great-grandchildren, Brandy, Brittany, Breanna, Barri, , Zach, Tyler, Ryan, Nick, Sophia, Eli, Bailee, Natalie, Joey, Marcus and Isabella, Max, great-great-grandchildren; Tori and Levi, sisters; Barb, Connie, Marcia, Mary, brothers; Mike, John, Paul, Bill, and Joe. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, Norman Lawniczak.

Friends may call at the Reeb Funeral Home, Sylvania, Ohio, Friday, June 5, 2015, from 3-8:00 p.m. where a Rosary will be recited. The funeral mass was held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Toledo, Ohio. The family suggests tributes to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 5153 N. Summit St., Toledo, Ohio 43611.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.reebfuneralhome.com.

Beverly Buechner

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Beverly A. Buechner, 81, of Whitehouse, Ohio, died peacefully, May 10, 2015. Born in Lodi, Ohio, April 18, 1934, to Lloyd Ashley and Freda L. (Johnson) Pelton, she graduated from Medina High School in Medina, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1956 with a degree in education. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. Beverly taught kindergarten and owned/operated nursery schools. She had successful sales careers at Jacobson’s, Principle Business Enterprises, and was Administrator of Perrysburg Commons. A member of the Anthony Wayne Garden Club and Flower Hospital Auxiliary.

Beverly was married to Charles A. Buechner for 25 years, who precedes her in death. Survived by her daughters, Kimberly J. Buechner (Richard) Fouse of Cold Spring, Ky. and Julie A. (William) Verhelst of Swanton, Ohio; brother, Robert L. Pelton of Ft. Myers , Fla.

A memorial service took place on June 27, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church in Maumee, Ohio. Beverly’s passions were flowers and the making and sending of greeting cards. In lieu of flowers to the family. Memorials may go to the Toledo Botanical Gardens or Ebeid Hospice at Flower Hospital.

Timothy Jameson

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Timothy J. Jameson, age 62, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015, in Spokane, Wash., after a lengthy illness. He was born on May 13, 1953, to Glen and Mary (Sanderbeck) Jameson in Toledo, Ohio. Tim was a 1972 graduate of Sylvania High School. Tim was retired from the United States Air Force in 1993 as a Master Sergeant.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Grace and his brother Jerry Jameson. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Michael Brown, Timothy Jameson II, Kenneth Jameson, step-children Bernice Bishop, Deanna Wolfe, Shawn Gilmore, brother Tom (Connie) Jameson, sister Mary Joe (Chuck) Faller, sister-in-law Pat Jameson, several grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Tim was laid to his final rest in Spokane, Wash. on Friday, June 5, 2015. Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Maude Schmidt

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Maude A. Schmidt, 85, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away, Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Orchard Villa.

Maude was employed for more than 15 years with the former Ted’s Bar located on Lagrange St.

She is survived by her daughter Beth A. Stephens; and son Karl W. LaVrar; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 great great-grandchildren, brother Lawson H. Burrow, and dear friend and aide Sheila Glover. Maude was preceded in death by her sisters Margaret Steih, Florence Hopkins, and Mildred Klinetop; brother Samuel Barker; daughter in law Michelle LaVrar.

Those wishing to offer memorials in Maude’s memory are asked to consider the charity of their choice.

Amanda Snowdy

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Our beautiful daughter and sister, Amanda Snowdy, was taken from us on June 2, 2015. Amanda was a fiercely independent and intelligent woman who dearly loved her family and friends. With a unique sense of humor and an unyielding loyalty to those closest to her, she is sorely missed by all who knew her.

Amanda loved animals and in her life kept a menagerie populated by any number of dogs, cats, birds, iguanas, and the occasional snake and amphibian. She carried this love beyond her home through her volunteer work at the Toledo Humane Society. Her four legged survivors include Kiki, Ruby, Precious, and Compton, all of whom miss her so. Amanda was an avid photographer and artist. She loved to garden and spent her last day with us potting herbs for the family garden. She was the truest friend one could hope for. Those of us who were privileged to know her were truly honored by her devoted friendship.

Most important, she was the best daughter and sister ever, hands down. She showed her love for us in countless ways. While some of these were edible – cookies, salads and enchiladas come to mind – the sweetest usually came gift wrapped in a wry comment and a sly smile.

Amanda is survived by her mother, Mary Beth (Mark) Vitou; father, David Snowdy; sister, Marisa (Jesse) Hagen; brother, Kyle Snowdy; stepbrothers, Nick (Dara) and Adrian (Erica) Vitou; nephew and godson, Jesse Hagen; nephew Bronson Vitou; grandparents, John and Helen Barber, and Janie Snowdy; aunt Diane Snowdy; uncles Darryl (Mary Lou) Snowdy and John Barber, Jr.; and special friend, Matt Nadolny. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Lee Snowdy.

Those wishing to offer memorials for Amanda are asked consider making a contribution in her memory to the Toledo Humane Society or Red Cross of Northwest Ohio.  The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the Firefighters, on the scene EMT’s, and the nurses, Doctors and Toledo Hospital personnel for their compassion and excellent care of Amanda.

Don Barnes

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Don Barnes joined his Heavenly Father on June 7, 2015. He loved his Lord, his family, and others in which he served in various roles. Don was an Army Veteran, a member of the Serra Club, and the Maumee Elks Club. His belief in hard work was exemplified by his service in the community as a Real Estate Developer, General Manager of Grogan Realty, Past President of the Toledo Board of Realtors, a former member of the Home Builders Association. Don was the Owner and President of Barnes Realty and Investment Company for more than 30 years before retiring.

He was a philanthropist at heart. Don loved helping others, especially children, giving his time and resources to multiple charities, including Heartbeat of Toledo, Mom’s House, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Unbound.

Don was an avid boater and fisherman. His love of boating began at an early age, fostered by his mother, which he shared with his family. He served as Cruise Chairman for the Toledo Yacht Club.

He is survived by his loving wife of more than 57 years, Helen (Broda) Barnes; daughters Karen (Richard) Craig, Mary (Steve) Couture, and Kathy (David) James; son Gregory (Shelley) Barnes; 10 grandchildren; and 5 ½ great-grandchildren.

The Funeral Mass was conducted at St. Joseph Church, Sylvania, June 13. Those wishing to offer memorials in Don’s memory, in lieu of flowers, are asked to consider, Mom’s House, 2505 Franklin Ave, Toledo, OH, 43610.