It is with deep sympathy that I send this message about the passing of two former Maumee Valley Winnies members.  I am sure most of you will remember them.  Keep their families in your thoughts and prayers

Marlene L. Fairbanks, age 80, of Bradner, Ohio passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 24, 2020 surrounded by her loving family at her home. She was born on August 17, 1940 in Fremont, Ohio to the late Eugene & Angeline (Linke) Paul. Marlene married Ned A. Fairbanks on November 15, 1958 at the St. James Lutheran Church in Bradner. Surviving Marlene is her loving husband of 62 years, Ned; children, Leslie (Jeff) Stanford of Perrysburg, Perri Garber of Bradner, Ned (Julie) Fairbanks II of Bradner, Amy (Matthew) Mulholland of Risingsun, Angela Fairbanks-Kern of Risingsun, Cory (Jacki) Fairbanks of Bradner; sisters, Susan Dobis of Wayne, Judith (Robert) Sandella of Gibsonburg, Marsha Olmstead of Florida; 20 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene & Angeline; brother, Eugene Paul; and granddaughter, Sarah Garber. Marlene was a 1958 graduate of Gibsonburg High School, was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church in Bradner, and was a member of the Pollyanna's Group. She was a former Girl Scout and Boy Scout Leader, was an avid bowler, and she loved to camp and travel. Marlene has been to every state except one (Delaware)! Among many hobbies, she enjoyed sewing, crafting, knitting, cross stitch, and her greatest love of all was spending time with her family. Friends will be received from 2:00-6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Barndt Funeral Home in Wayne, Ohio. Additional visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the St. James Lutheran Church in Bradner, where a Celebration of Life Service will begin at 11:00 AM with Pastor Melanie Haack officiating. Burial will be at Bradner Cemetery. Due to Covid-19 masks will be required and social distancing will be observed. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to St. James Lutheran Church. On-line condolences may be sent to Marlene's family at

Raymond R. Roché, 79, passed away peacefully in Orlando, Florida on October 14, 2020. He had fought and struggled with a number of illnesses, but was ready to rest and join his beloved wife of 53 years, Cecilia A. Roché, who preceded him in death (2016). Born in Cleveland, OH on April 27, 1941 to Melvin And Norma (Holstein) Roché, Ray attended Bowling Green State University, where he was an active member of Phi Kappa Psi and is where he met the love of his life Cecilia. After many successful years in business, Ray and Cecy retired to Florida enjoying RV'ing and spending time at Disney with their family and friends. A longtime resident of Sylvania and Holland, Ohio, Ray was an active member of Little Flower Catholic Church. Ray is survived by five children, Patricia Roché of Ocala, FL, Raymond & Irina Roché of Vero Beach, FL, Robert & Suanne Roché of Orlando, FL, Jeffrey & Diane Roché of Louisville, KY, and Christine (Roché) & Alan Widner of Waterford, MI; and ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Lynne (Bob) White of Ohio; and brother, Philip Roché of New York. Visitation will be Friday, October 23 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Home, 2426 N. Reynolds Rd. The funeral mass at 12 p.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church. Burial to follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to Little Flower Catholic Church.


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