Description: On Thursday, August 28, after seventy years of dedicated service to the Church and to the community, Sister Mary Laurann gave back her soul to the God she served so well. Her warm and generous heart embraced everyone she ministered to in her years of teaching and working with the elderly and infirm. Patients in nursing homes in Fostoria and St. Anne's Hospital welcomed her as she visited, consoled and brought spiritual comfort and peace as gifts to each one. She developed these traits in the loving home of Matilda and August Dietrich, two brothers and five sisters. Agnes attended St. Louis School in Toledo for her first six years, and completed her elementary years at St. Thomas School. After her graduation, she enrolled in Notre Dame Academy. Because of the warmth of her personality, she also loved to help her parents in their store, Dietrich Health Foods and could often be found there as she assisted them even at an early age. In her senior year, she entered the Aspirancy of the Sisters of Notre Dame and later became a postulant in the community.
In August of 1943, she was given the name of Sister Mary Laurann and began her studies. She received her BA and MA in education from Mary Manse College in Toledo and then went on to teach for forty-four years. As a teacher and later an administrator, she served in the following schools: St. Joseph, Maumee; St. Augustine, Napoleon; St. John, Delphos; Sacred Heart, Fremont; St. Michael Ridge; St. Mary, Sandusky; and Sacred Heart, Gesu, St. Mary and St. Ann, Toledo.
At St. Wendelin, Fostoria, Sister Mary Laurann spent seven years in the school and twelve years in parish ministry where she visited, consoled, instructed, and celebrated life's special moments with others. In 2002 when St. Anne's Hospital opened, she volunteered to assist in the Pastoral Office where her former experience made her highly appreciated and was a great asset in those new beginnings. Her retirement in 2011 marked an ending and a new beginning. She now became a receiver instead of the giver of peace and so embraced the gift of acceptance in her declining years.
Preceding her in death are her parents; brothers, Leo and Eugene; sisters, Blanche, Florence, Marie and Sister Mary Laurietta, SND (Theresa).
Left to mourn her passing is her sister, Cecilia Lumbrezer of Toledo; many nieces and nephews and her sisters of the Toledo Province.
Visitation will be at the Toledo Provincial Center on Secor Road on Tuesday, September 2, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. with Sharing of Memories at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in the Provincial Center Chapel. The burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery on Thursday, September 4 at 9:30 a.m.
Arrangements are made by Urbanski Funeral Home 5055 Secor Rd, Toledo, OH. Any tributes may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame.
Description: Bernard "Bernie" Hugo Erdmann, 65, of Oregon, OH passed away August 30, 2014, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Oregon, Ohio on March 16, 1949, to Konrad and Mildred (Dearsman) Erdmann. Bernie married his loving wife of 45 years, Linda (Zibbel) Erdmann in 1968. He owned and operated West Equipment Company Inc. that his father started in 1952, where Bernie began working as a teen. Aside from work, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, traveling and casinos. He was also a social member of VFW post 9816 and a Mason with memberships at the Toledo Port Lawrence Chapter 161, Toledo Council 33 and the Paragon Lodge F. & A. M.
Surviving is his wife, Linda; sons, Paul Erdmann and Chad (Samantha Tank) Erdmann; daughter-in-law, Denise Babcock; granddaughters, Katelyn and Emily Babcock; sister, Christine St. John; brother, Fredrick, and many nieces, nephews and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Keith Erdmann and James Babcock, and siblings, William, Cecil, Karl, Konrad II and Helen Henry.
Friends may visit at the Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Oregon Chapel, 440 S. Coy Road, on Tuesday, September 2, from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday September 3 from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home on Thursday at 1 p.m. with interment following in Restlawn Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or First St. John Lutheran Church.
Description: Mr. Henry Gamble Jr., 75, of Toledo, OH, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014, in The Promedica Toledo Hospital. He was a painter 33 years for the Ford Motor Company, Monroe, MI prior to retirement.
He is survived by wife, Daisy M. Gamble; sons, Antonio L. and Leonard Gamble; daughter, Marilyn Gamble; grandchildren, Camaria P. and Leonard Gamble; brothers, Herman and Norman Bine; sister, Eula M. Pressley and a host of other loving relatives and kind friends.
Visitation 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at The C. Brown Funeral Home, Inc. Chapel, 1629 Nebraska Avenue. Funeral Services 11 a.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014, preceded by Family Hour/Wake at 10 a.m. at The Deliverance House of God, 401 N. Detroit Avenue. Pastor Donald Pressley, Officiant. District Elder Sylvester Awls, Eulogist.
Description: Marian Veronica (Rectenwald) Harrison, age 89, of Rossford, Ohio passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 13, 1925, in Perrysburg, Ohio to Frank and Lula (Eckel) Rectenwald. Marian was raised on a farm at Eckel Junction Rd in Perrysburg until she married William Harrison on June 7, 1947. He preceded her in death in 1993. Marian had worked as a comptometer operator at Willis Overland during World War II and was a Postmistress at Lime City, Ohio. She was a member of the former St. Mary Magdalene Church and currently a member of All Saints Catholic Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be dearly missed.
Surviving are her children, Janice (Richard Jr.) Beehner, Randall (Lisa) Harrison and Joyce (John) Pollock; grandchildren, Dan, Patti, Missy, Kevin, Teresa, Liz, Racheal, Kristin, Lauren, Billy and Johnny; sister, Mildred Sattler. Also surviving are 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Marian was preceded in death by her siblings, Howard Rectenwald, Pauline Kemper, Edgar Rectenwald and Loretta Kervin.
Family and friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Rd. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. until time of services beginning at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow at Fort Meigs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to D.A.V. or to the Wounded Warrior Project. To leave online expressions of sympathy, please visit
Description: Sonia S. Jessie, 85, of Northwood, died August 30, 2014, at her residence. She was born on November 12, 1928, in West Virginia to Robert (Iva Scott) Stanley. She married Robert T. Jessie on August 17, 1948, in Russell, KY and he preceded her in death in 2004. She retired from Foodtown as a bookkeeper after thirty years of service.
Surviving is her daughter, Penny Losoya; grandchildren, Sarah Carlo, Matthew Dunaway, Jeremy Jessie; five great-grandchildren; sister, Judith (John) Harper. Sonia was preceded in death by her son, Robert T. Jessie Jr.
Friends will be received in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 701 N. Main St., Walbridge, Ohio (419-666-3121) from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014, where funeral services will be Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Cherry Street Mission. Online condolences may be left at
Description: Vera I. Rennhack, 94, lifelong resident of Toledo, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Lutheran Village at Wolfcreek, where she resided the last several years. She was born on October 24, 1919, to George and Elizabeth Deakin.
Vera, along with her husband, Raymond, were long time members of the former Westminster Presbyterian Church and she was a current member of First Presbyterian Church in Maumee, Ohio. Vera had been a member of Triune Chapter # 344 Order of Eastern Star since 1950. She served as Worthy Matron in 1976 and 1995, was 1987 Grand Representative of Scotland from Ohio, and served as Chapter Treasurer for 6 years and Secretary for 10 years.
Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond and daughter, Judy Burgess. She is survived by her son, Richard Rennhack (Judy), of Texas; 6 grandchildren, Betsy (Mark) Lowe, Rick (Leah) Rennhack, Sandra (Chris) Chandler, David (Regina) Rennhack, Michelle (GPaul) Holliman, and Kirstina Lingel, and 19 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 3, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Avenue, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow in Toledo Memorial Park. O.E.S. Chapter #344 Memorial Service will be Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a contribution in memory of Vera to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
Our deepest gratitude to our private caregiver Deb Lester, the staff of Hospice of Northwest Ohio, and the staff and members of First Presbyterian Church of Maumee.
Description: James "Jimmy" W. Shipp Sr., age 81, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away with his loving family by his side at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on Saturday, August 30, 2014. He was born in Toledo on November 13, 1932, to James and Eva Shipp. James was a proud veteran of the United States Navy. While in the Navy, he was a pipefitter and paratrooper, serving on USS Wooster and USS Demoine. He enjoyed telling stories of how he met such people as the Pope, Kurt Douglas and pianist, Floyd Cramer while serving in Italy. James started his career becoming an Ohio State Highway Trooper for 5 years in Akron, later working as a bus driver for TARTA for 33 years. He enjoyed running marathons, playing and coaching softball, watching college football, traveling, bowling and listening to county music. James was an animal lover, especially his dogs, Buddy and Bailey.
He was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Taylor Worley. Jim is survived by his loving and caring wife, Carol Shipp; children, Sharlene Bittenbender, Patrick (Tanya Styer), James "460 1/2" (Laurie) Shipp Jr., Rodney Shipp, Kelley Hufford, Dawn Sanders and James Jr.; stepchildren, Jeff Farrell, Mark (Patty) Farrell, Kathy (Gordon Neal) Farrell, Patricia Gowing, Roger Gowing, Sheila Gowing, Joe Littleton; grandson, Brandon Worley. He also is survived by his sisters, Juanita Mackey and Joyce Riley and extended family and grandkids.
Visitation will be at H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home, 3219 Tremainsville Rd. (419-473-1301), on Tuesday, September 2, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services are in the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be given to ASPCA or to Wounded Warriors Program. Online condolences may be given at
Description: Robert E. Smith, age 57, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014 at St. Lukes Hospital. He was born in Wesson, Mississippi on May 7, 1957, to father Sebron Smith and Gertha Mae Patterson. Robert was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. He was an active member of The Masonic Composite Lodge 108. He was employed with the U.S. Postal Service as manager of customer service for 20 years. Prior to that he was employed with Lucas County Job and Family Services where he became president of AFSCME Local 544 during his 10 year tenure. He was involved in various political and social organizations through the years.
Robert was preceded in death by his mother and father; stepfather, Terry Wagner; sisters, Albertha Rayford, Carolyn Smith, Nora Jean Smith and aunt, Ruby Paterson. Robert is survived by his loving family, wife, Lisa Smith; children, Jemael (Cara) Smith, Reva Smith, Joey Alahmad, Anthony Smith; grandchildren, Dominic, Tyler, Savannah, Lennon, Jaycee, and Zachariah. He is also survived by his siblings, Floyd (Pearl) Smith, Jonas (Betty) Smith, Estella Peyton, Velma Smith, Leslie (Bo) Bradenberry, James (Marilyn) McNair, Derrick (Prisicilla) Smith, Victoria (Michael) Young, Seretha (Eric) Smith, Marquita Smith; stepmother, Mary Alice Smith and host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at H.H. Birkenkamp Funeral Home, 3219 Tremainsville Rd. (419-473-1301) on Wednesday, September 3, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 12 noon on Thursday. Interment will follow at Restlawn Cemetery. Online condolences for Robert's family may be given at
Description: Daniel J. Walters, 76, of Millbury, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg. Dan was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 22, 1938, to Daniel J. Sr. and Arlottie (Nixon) Walters. He was a 1956 graduate of Macomber High School. Dan had worked as an Ironworker for 35 years with the Ironworkers Local 55. He will be missed by his family and especially his grandchildren, where he was Todd's biggest fan and supporter of all his sporting events and how he would pick up Kylie from preschool and take her to a Chinese restaurant so the staff could teach her how to use chopsticks. He loved spending time with his family.
Surviving are his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley; son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Wendy Walters; grandchildren, Kylie and Todd Walters; sister, Beverley (Albert) Kalisik. Dan was preceded in death by his parents; son, Greg; brother, James.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. at Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home, Millbury Chapel, 1111 Woodville Road, Millbury where his funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and where the family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Lake Township Cemetery. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy in Dan's memory may do so to the donor's choice.
Description: Cooper, Cindy, age 65 years, of Fostoria, OH, passed away August 30, 2014. Mann-Hare-Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria, OH.