Thomas Richard Watson
Thomas Richard Watson, age 92, passed away Nov. 10, 2023. He was born to the late Wade and Sarah (Daugherty) Watson on Oct. 22, 1931, in Danville, Ohio. After serving two years in the US Army from 1953 to 1955, Tom graduated from The Ohio State University in 1960 with a master’s degree in education and music and was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band. He met his wife, Helen, at Ohio State and they were married in 1954. Tom spent his professional career as band director and music teacher within the Sylvania Ohio public schools. His Sylvania High School bands regularly received Superior ratings in state competitions and were highly regarded in Ohio. Tom was also an active member of the Sylvania United Church of Christ for over 60 years serving as deacon and member of the music committee and choir.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Wade and Sarah Elizabeth “Libby” (Daugherty) Watson, and his brothers George and William Watson. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen Marie (Click) Watson, his brother Roy Watson; and four children, Danny “Doc” (Gayle) Watson, Dennis (Rose) Watson, Roy (Barb) Watson and Thomas (Catrina) Watson. Tom was a beloved grandfather who is survived by seven grandchildren, Daniel Watson ll, Eleanor Watson, Maria Watson, Andy Watson, Madeline Watson, Michael Watson, and Megan Darst. He was also dearly loved by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Throughout his life Tom shared his musical talents with his church, through private lessons given to students, and as a member of two Civil War bands. He truly enjoyed all his students, and their respect was exemplified by some pursuing a career in music education and many frequently seeking him for continued advice and friendship.
A private memorial service for immediate family only was held on Nov. 20 at Dublin Retirement Village in Dublin, Ohio. A public celebration of Tom’s life will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Ohio State University College of Music or the Sylvania United Church of Christ.
Donald Howard Conn
Donald Howard Conn, age 95, was born Dec. 5, 1927, and was called home to the Lord on Nov. 17, 2023. He was born to Harry and Lois (Hall) Conn in Toledo, Ohio. Donald graduated from Libbey High School where he played the trumpet. He was an Ohio State Buckeyes fan. Donald worked in various warehouse positions. Donald had a passion for the Lord and faithfully read his Bible every day. He was a member of Whiteford Wesleyan Church for over 40 years and previously attended Sylvania Baptist before they closed.
Left to cherish his memory is his adoring wife of 73 years, Esther; daughters Becky Glover, Brenda Roadarmel, Cindy (Marty) Heller; grandchildren Brandon, Ronda, Shane, Joey, Sarah, Ashlie; great-grandchildren Shana, Shawn, Jacori, Matthew, Owen, Brianna, Aydan; and great-great-grandchild Noah. Preceding him in death are his parents; two sisters; one brother; and sons-in-law Doug Glover and John Roadarmel.
The family will welcome visitors at Whiteford Wesleyan Church, 10285 Sylvania-Petersburg Road, Ottawa Lake, MI on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, from 10 to 11 am with a memorial service beginning at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Arrangements were by the Walker Funeral Homes
.Jennifer Dawn Barnhart
Jennifer Dawn Barnhart, 51, of Oregon, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 18, 2023, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Jenni was born in Toledo Hospital on Aug. 28, 1972. She graduated with honors from Whitmer High School and earned her degree at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Toledo. During her career, she worked at several pharmacies in the Toledo area. Her most recent position was as the head pharmacist at Kroger in Monroe, Mich. She had a passion for helping people and taking care of everyone, family or not.
Jenni was a happy, loving woman who created fun whenever she could. One of her favorite activities was to organize vacations with her loved ones. She especially loved the water and the beach, from Lake Erie and Lake Michigan to Myrtle Beach, where she enjoyed taking time to walk the beach with her dad. Jenni was a Jeep girl, traveling to Jeep events with Lance, family, and friends.
Jen was an amazing wife to Lance for 24 years. She never planned on a dog, but Bubby stole her heart. Together they were the three amigos!
Survivors include her husband, Lance Willingham; her parents, Charlie and Diane Pearce Barnhart; a brother Greg Barnhart (Melissa) and children Julie and Zack; along with beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A service in her honor was held at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave. In lieu of flowers, consider a charitable donation in Jenni’s name to Life Connection of Ohio, 3661 Briarfield Boulevard, Suite 105, Maumee, OH 43537, or online at https://www.lifeconnection.org/charitable-contributions.
Connie Jo Lange
Connie Jo Lange, 61 years old of Sylvania, Ohio, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 4, 2023, after an all-too-short battle with cancer. Family, with the incredible support of ProMedica Hospice, helped make her final journey full of love, laughter and memories.
Born Dec. 31, 1961, to Leonard and Evelyn Michael, she was the seventh of seven children. Connie graduated from the Toledo School of Nursing and spent twelve years as an OB nurse at Toledo Hospital, and most recently, the last eighteen years as a private duty nurse for a patient who became more like family. Earlier this year, Connie graduated from the Toledo School of Ministry, becoming ordained as a pastor in the final month before her passing. Though, she’d been doing the work of a pastor far before that.
Connie was a woman who wore the heart of Jesus on her sleeve. Bold and unashamed, she shared the love of Christ wherever she went. A faithful servant of God, she was always on the lookout for where she could be used to preach the gospel, chasing after the people no one else would. For so many, she was a guidepost and an example of what it truly meant to be poured out like a drink offering, and the fruit of her work had been made manifest by the amount of love and support that flooded to her side in her final season.
Connie’s greatest joys were her granchildren: Rosie, Lucas and Cullen. Whenever she could, she enjoyed making train tracks, swinging, brownie making, and snuggling while watching “tee-wee.” Connie also loved finding a good deal at a garage sale or estate sale and loved “running errands” to Homegoods or T.J. Maxx with her daughters. A great deal of her time was also spent volunteering for several local ministries, including The Haven, the Lewis House, and The Storehouse. She was always willing to lend a helping hand or a meaningful prayer.
Preceding her in death were her parents, as well as brothers: John Michael and David Michael, and nephew Alex Michael. Connie is survived by her three children Kristin (Chris) Allen, Molly (Daniel) O’Shea and Robert (Christina) Lange along with three grandchildren as well as brother Bill (Joan) Michael, sister Pat (Fred) Leachman, sister Vicki (Don) Means, brother Joe (Cindy) Michael, a nephew that became more like a son, John Michael, as well as many more nieces, nephews and their children.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Toledo School of Ministry: http://www.toledosom.org/donate.
Arrangements were by Walker Funeral Homes.
Joy Armstrong was certainly one of a kind. To know her was to admire and respect her. To know her well was truly a blessing!
For someone so diminutive, she was a large presence. Putting the Energizer Bunny to shame, Joy was constantly in action. As the original director she kept all the Sylvania Historic Museum and Village “balls” in play and did the same when she later volunteered at the Sylvania Moose Lodge 1579 and the VFW Post 2898. This was all while taking care of her family, hosting Wine Wednesdays for family and friends, and filling her home with delicious aromas from her home cooked meals, baked goods, jams, and jellies which she willingly shared with her family, her volunteer corps, and her many friends. Her dining room was usually filled with the latest craft projects, which also always found their way as gifts to her “peeps.” Generosity was her strong suit along with loyalty and passion for all things Sylvania past, present, and future. That passion was demonstrated by her love for her family, corps of volunteers, coworkers, and friends as those who knew her can attest.
She served as the curator of the Sylvania Historical Museum and Village from its founding in 1993 until her retirement in 2015. She was responsible for the village expansion, adding four buildings to the original log cabin and Cooke-Kuhlman Museum. She created all the educational school filed trip programs experienced by thousands of children. She also collaborated with Sylvania Schools special education department providing hands-on learning opportunities for their students, just to name a few of her innovations.
Previously, Joy was the manager of the original Jo-Jo’s Pizza and then the Tam-O-Shanter Loft, where she met Robert “Army” Armstrong, whom she married in 1985. He preceded her in death on October 16, 2021.
Joy was sustained by her deep faith and unwavering devotion to her family. She was a parishioner of St. Anthony of Padua parish where she especially enjoyed providing for those in need during the holidays.
Joy blessed her parents, Antoinette and Ralph Stephenson, on Dec. 13, 1945. On her passing Oct. 31, 2023, she was at home surrounded by her loving family, Stephen (Jodi) Przymierski, Desiree (Rick) Drumm, Veronica Bashaw, and Martin (Jamie) Armstrong. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Justin Przymierski, Lauren Goldberg, Corbin Przymierski, Geoffrey and Derek Bashaw, Zachary and Kathryn Drumm, Holden and Mackenzie Armstrong, great-granddaughter Nora Martin, sister-in-law Penny Sherman, nieces Wendy Sherman, Carrie Carter and Diane Smith. She was preceded in death by infant grandson Christian Parker Drumm.
Joy also offered care to many others over the years who she considered “family,” most importantly Stan Kowalinski, who called her his “momma 2.” The family is grateful for the support he has been able to provide.
Arrangements were by Reeb Funeral Home.
The family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or the Wounded Warrior Project.
William (Bill) Todd Wagoner
William (Bill) Todd Wagoner, age 68, passed away peacefully on Nov. 1, 2023, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital surrounded by his family. He was a selfless, devoted, hardworking family man who loved his family very much and did everything he could to help them. Bill definitely was the person you wanted at your party: Michigan/Ohio State game day gatherings won’t be the same without his creative mind and extravagant games (especially his hink-pinks.)
Bill graduated in 1973 from Start High School, then attended Ohio University before earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toledo in 1979. He hiked the Appalachian Trail in its entirety. He completed the M.S. Bike-to-the-Bay fundraiser 20 times including the last 17 years in a row. Bill’s love of the outdoors continued with fishing trips and spending time in his ever-expanding gardens. An Eagle Scout, Bill continued his support for the Boy Scouts of America by becoming an active board member of Erie Shores Council. At the age of 25 he began his career as a financial advisor. His patience, teaching, and training skills led him to become a district manager where he mentored numerous successful advisors.
His hard work alongside his wife Colleen led to ownership of their own Ameriprise Franchise. In 2006, Bill qualified for his Circle of Success Diamond Ring Award. He was honored at the Ameriprise National Conference in Toronto. Then, in 2018 he became a member of the Hall of Fame, which is the company’s highest honor. Despite all of his personal and professional accomplishments, Bill will be remembered most for loving his family until his last breath.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara Colleen Wagoner; his children Gregory (Amy) Wagoner and Rebecca (Brett) Glavan; sisters Virginia Wagoner and Marilynn Wagoner; brother Robert (Terry) Wagoner; several nieces and nephews, and grandchildren Bianca Glavan and Macy Wagoner. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Jean Wagoner, and daughter Jennifer Wagoner.
Contributions can be made to Justice for Sierah. Online condolences to reebfuneralhome.com
Rev. James F. Cryan, OSFS
With everlasting hope in the Resurrection, we announce that our beloved brother and confrere, the Rev. James F. Cryan, OSFS, died at the age of 86 on Nov. 3, 2023. He was a professed member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and professed his first vows in September of 1955 and was ordained a priest in February of 1965. Fr. Cryan served the Oblates and the people of God as a, priest, teacher, pastor, provincial superior, formator and scholar. He was faithful to his vocation and the will of God in his life. Adopting the spirit of the Oblates he met at Central, he loved life, the arts, scholarship, music, fine food, faith, friendships, and family. He lived life well.
Born in Toledo, Ohio on Dec. 29, 1936, he was the son of James Cryan and Helen (Tucholska) Cryan. Baptized at Immaculate Conception Church on Jan. 10, 1937, his vocation was fostered by a faith filled family. As a student at Central Catholic High School, Fr. Cryan first encountered Oblates of St. Francis de Sales as his teachers. He was attracted to their joy, optimism, and love for life. Upon his graduation from Central Catholic in 1954, Fr. Cryan entered the Oblates. As a reference, he selected his pastor at Gesu Church, Fr. Stephen Driscoll, S.J. who wrote, “James Cryan informs me that he is anxious to enter the Oblates. I am glad to recommend him to you as a young man of fine moral character.”
Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts in Latin from Niagara University (1960) and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Toledo (1970). He completed his studies for the priesthood at De Sales School of Theology in Washington D.C.
Following ordination, Jim was a teacher at Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, St. Francis de Sales in Toledo, Bishop Duffy in Niagara Falls, prior to working in formation for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Most recently prior to retirement, he was pastor at St. Pius X and then Gesu Church in Toledo. Giving his whole heart to the Oblates, Fr. Cryan served faithfully as the Provincial Superior for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Toledo/Detroit Province from 1991 to 2003. He led the province to develop the Pastoral Plan to guide or identity and apostolic ministries.
When Fr. Jim was elected Provincial Superior, he resigned as Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church. In his honor 900 parishioners came to a farewell picnic. According to the West Toledo Herald, Fr. Cryan was the Grand Marshal of the opening parade at the event.
In 1998, the Blade did a dossier on Fr. Cryan as the Provincial Superior. When asked about his most memorable learning experience, he responded, “Being a pig-tender in the novitiate was supposed to teach me humility. It taught me how to work.” As the Provincial he said this about his Oblate Brothers, “They affirm my strengths, challenge my weaknesses, make me laugh when I would not, put up with me when I will not, and give me reason to start over every day.”
Fr. Cryan is preceded in death by his parents, James and Helen Cryan, and his nephew Daniel Sulier. He is survived by his Oblate confreres, his sisters Patricia A. Cryan and Mary (Robert) C. Sulier, and nephews James (Gina) Sulier and Joseph (Sienna) Sulier, and six grandnieces and grandnephews.
May the angels lead him into paradise and may he rest in peace.
Arrangements were by Walker Funeral Home.
Gordon Harold Lynch,
Gordon Harold Lynch, age 88, of Toledo, Ohio and Fort Myers, Fl., passed away Sept. 17, 2023, at St. Anne’s Mercy Hospital. He was born May 3, 1935, in Toledo, Ohio to Harold Ernst and Bernice (Berman) Lynch. After graduating from Whitmer High School, Gordy went on to study at Bowling Green University. Gordy married Barbara Jean (Hayton) and had many loving years together before her passing. Gordy was in the Naval Reserve for 22 years with the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class and was an avid golfer and tennis player as well as a member of Old Hickory Golf and Country Club in Fort Myers. Gordy was in banking and mortgage companies his whole life including the Toledo Trust Co., Ohio Citizens Co., and other financial firms. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and friend to all who knew him.
Gordy is survived by loving sons James (Deborah) Lynch, Jeffery (Lena) Lynch; stepdaughter Amy (Patrick) Mueller; step-grandsons Jack, Theodore, and William; several nieces and nephews; brothers George (Helen) Lynch, Ronald (Dee) Lynch; beloved dog of 14 years, Sofie; and countless extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his two sons, Barbara Lynch; second wife and loving companion, Judith (Etchen) Lynch; and grandsons James, and Ryan Lynch.
A private memorial service will be held for the immediate family. Those wishing to leave memorial contributions are asked to consider a local animal shelter.
Arrangements were handled by Walker Funeral Home, Toledo.
Michael D. McGee
Our brother, Mike, age 74, passed away after a brief illness on March 4 2023. Mike was the son of Foster (Mac) and Donna McGee and was born in Glouster, Ohio on November 25, 1948.
Mike attended Sylvania High School and worked at the Franklin Ice Cream Company. He loved his horses, his dogs, motorcycles, puttering around in his man cave, and living in the mountains of southern Ohio.
Mike was preceded in death by his loving parents, Foster and Donna. He is survived by his sisters, Evelyn McGee Gummow and Barbara McGee, as well as his wife Mary, sons Carl and Michael, and granddaughter Katelyn.
No services were held for Mike, but he will always be loved and missed by his family.
JoAnn M. Broyles
JoAnn M. Broyles, age 73, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Sept. 24, 2023 at Ebeid Hospice surrounded by her loving daughters.
She was born Jan. 14, 1950 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Penn., to Joseph and Marguerite (Silverthorne) Zalipski.
The greatest joy in JoAnn’s life was her family. She was very involved in the lives of her children and grandchildren. When her children were growing up, JoAnn was active with the school PTA, Girl Scouts and vacation bible school. Her kind and compassionate nature led her to always be the caregiver to family members in need. JoAnn was devout in her faith and was very involved with her church, Good Shepherd Lutheran.
She is survived by her daughters Pamela (Thomas) Roper, Angela Broyles, and Rena (Kenneth) Gobble; grandchildren Anna Roper, Chelsea (Dee) Wilson, Matthew Woods, and Samantha (Brad) Gauze; brother James (Mary) Zalipski and Edward (Kathy) Zalipski; great-grandchildren Noah, Cheyenne, Macy, Emma, and Ava; and many neices, nephews, great-neices and great-nephews. JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband of 31 years, Don E. Broyles; daughter Kimberly Broyles Woods; grandsons Derek Woods and Christian Simmons; and great-grandson Gavin Gauze.
Memorial donations may be given to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Please share memories and condolences at http://www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.
Barbara Fox Schad
Barbara Fox Schad (Baker), age 90, passed away on March 13, 2023 in Lafayette, Colo.. She was a fun- loving person with an infectious laugh, who you wanted at your party. She loved her family very much and did everything she could to help them. Christmas won’t be the same without her Grasshoppers! Barb was born Sept. 13, 1932 and graduated 1950 from Devilbiss High School. Her high school girlfriends became lifelong friends. The “Card Club” met monthly for their entire lives.
At the age of 17 August 1950 she started working for Foster Bros. Young and Company, a Toledo brokerage firm. The Dow Jones Industrial average was at 217.76. On July 12th, 1952 she married her Marine, Sargent Ralph James Fox, from St. Louis, MO. They returned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and started their family. They returned to Toledo in September of 1954 and Barbara returned to the brokerage business working as the personal secretary to Mr. Herbert Young at Collin Norton and Company.
In 1959 she became the first woman broker in the Toledo area. She was a top producing broker for 56 years. She retired December 31st, 2006 as a vice president at Wachovia Securities. The Dow Jones stood at 12,317.50. She loved breaking those glass ceilings, not only did she have the distinction of being the first woman stock broker in Toledo. She was also the first woman to be elected to a municipal office in Swanton, Ohio. She was one of the first brokers to become a C.F.P. She was the president of the Quota Club of Toledo and was a board member of the Toledo Dental Dispensary. She was a 1983 Twin Honoree (Toledo Women in Industry) and served on the YMCA’s nominating committee.
She was interviewed by the Toledo Blade numerous times to get a woman’s perspective on the stock market and business in general. She was quoted as saying, “To make it in this man’s world, a woman must act like a lady, think like a man, and work like a dog.”
After being widowed for 17 years she married a former high school friend Patrick F. Schad on Valentine’s Day in 1999. They shared a love of jazz music and fine art.
Barbara is survived by her children, Barbara Colleen (William) Wagoner, J. Timothy (Patricia) Fox; grandchildren, Gregory (Amy) Wagoner, Rebecca (Brett) Glavan, Teagan (Clayton) Miller, Tristan Fox, Taryn Fox, Patrick (Lindsay) Horne; great grandchildren, Bianca Glavan, Macy Wagoner, Logan Miller, Emerson Miller, Lennon Johnson, Leah Johnson, and Tegan Horne.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Henry Baker and Ruth Edna Monagin; husbands, Sargent Ralph James Fox, Patrick F. Schad; daughter Terry Fox; grandchildren Kelly M. Horne, Logan Fox, Jennifer A. Wagoner, and Tara Horne.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to justiceforsierah.org.
Judithe A. Lynch
Judithe A. Lynch, age 79, of Toledo, Ohio, died June 2, 2023, at St. Anne’s Hospital. Judy was born Sept. 30, 1943, in Toledo to the late Curtis and Alice “Betty” (Bauslin) Etchen. She graduated from Whitmer High School in 1961 and attended Ohio University. She was employed as an administrative assistant at Sylvania Southview High School and with the Fifth Third Bank Trust Department. She also worked as a Realtor® with GIO and other agencies.
An avid and skilled golfer, Judy played regularly at Highland Meadows Golf Club and Olde Hickory Country Club in Ft. Myers, Fla. She earned many golf tournament victories on her own, as well as playing with her husband, Gordon. More recently, she enjoyed playing mahjong and dining out with her friends, often including her favorite, coconut shrimp.
She was so proud of her three grandsons, often bragging about them and enjoyed engaging with them. She also delighted in being a prankster with her great niece Emily.
Judy had an engaging personality, coupled with an amazing smile and laugh, that gave her the ability to turn a stranger into a new best friend. She was very sociable and loved a good party. Judy also enjoyed anything sweet, especially chocolate, and grabbing a coffee and donut with her brother Bob.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Gordon Lynch; daughter Amy (Pat) Mueller and their children Jack, Teddy and Will; brother Bob (Peg) Etchen; several nieces and nephews; and stepsons James (Debbie) and Jeffrey (Leah) Lynch. Judy was preceded in death by her son Scott Baughman.
All services will be private. However, special memories and/or and pictures may be shared at kudoboard.com/boards/2G6ZTPjX
Theresa F. Shultz
Theresa F. Shultz, 86, of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away June 12, 2023, with family by her side. The daughter of Edmund Kurdys and Mary Steinbart, she grew up in St. Hedwig’s Parish, attended Central Catholic High School, graduated from Woodward High School, and attended the University of Toledo. Theresa married Robert Shultz on Feb. 16, 1957. They enjoyed raising their four children at Devils Lake in the summer and many weekends throughout the year creating lifelong memories. After raising her children Theresa held administrative positions, eventually working for the Toledo Museum of Art where she managed the Docent tour scheduling from 1987 through 2009, a role she enjoyed immensely while making many wonderful friends. She participated in many of the Docent trips, traveling throughout the U.S. as well as abroad. Many of these friendships lasted her lifetime. In later years Theresa and Bob spent time boating around Lake Erie and the islands and loved taking family vacations with their children and grandchildren. Theresa enjoyed the arts, traveling regularly throughout the tri-state area to various art shows. Organizing an annual Stratford trip to see plays, enjoying friendships and good food for more than 20 years were among her favorites. She had a love for flowers and gardening, enjoyed her weekly mahjong games with friends as well as book club. She loved cheering on Michigan football and Xavier basketball. In retirement she enjoyed working at Walker Funeral Home as a greeter. Theresa lived a wonderful life filled with many close, lifelong friendships and will be dearly missed.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, a brother Eugene Kurdys, her husband, Bob, of 55 years and daughter Linda Shultz. Theresa is survived by her children; Bob Shultz Jr., Sandra Shultz (Robert Dickens) and Jeannie Gibson (Brett), grandchildren; Brandon Shultz, Lauren Mann, Christopher and Melissa Rhoades, Alissa Shultz and Sage Gibson, great-grandchildren; Madison, Mia, MacKenzie, Lennon and Colton.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 6, from 4 to 8 pm at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. A memorial mass will be Friday, July 7, at 10 am at St. Joseph Church, 5373 S. Main St., Sylvania. In lieu of flowers, consider a memorial contribution to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Theresa’s family sends their heartfelt thank you to the ProMedica Flower Hospital fifth floor nursing staff for the care they provided to their mother and to Northwest Ohio Hospice for their support during her time with them.