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’72 Lori Taylor’s “Father” passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 2, 2009

In the Toledo Blade 8/1 & 8/2

Earl Curtis Taylor

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TAYLOR Earl Curtis Oct. 22, 1922 July 30, 2009 Earl received his wings surrounded by his loving family at his home in Rossford. Born in Alba, Texas to James and Ethel (Swindell) Taylor where he grew up with his three brothers, Edgar, JT and Ernest. He left home, at age 15, after losing his mother, and worked as a driver for the banker in town. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy. This brought him to Toledo, Ohio. He often told the story of his first night in Toledo and his very first snowfall with only one small blanket. Earl served on the LST 917 from September 1941 through 1947 serving as the Chief Commissary Steward. He was known as “Chief” to his shipmates. During World War II the LST 917 saw action in the South Pacific. Through dear friends in the Navy he met and married Marie Szymanski and had one daughter, Earletta. Marie passed away shortly afterwards. Earl then met and married Rose Piotrowski, and had been married almost 58 years. They have a daughter, Lorraine (Lori). Earl worked a variety of jobs. His first job was picking cotton and working with horses. He drove trucks and cabs, beautician (he often cut his nieces’ and nephews’ hair). He worked at Libbey-Owens-Ford and retired from Spicer’s after 21 years. He was also an electrician, installing the fire alarms for the Rossford Fire Department and fixing many lights, switches and wiring. If customers couldn’t pay he would gladly accept some homemade pierogi or even a go-cart for his then 9 year old daughter. He was also known as the “Best Baptist” or “Honorary Catholic” at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Rossford for his electrical work and cabbage squeezing for the church’s festival pierogi making. He was creative and inventive and could fix anything. Earl and Rose traveled often to Texas to visit his family and even a few trips to Hawaii and Poland. Earl is survived by his loving wife, Rose Piotrowski Taylor; daughters, Earletta (Gregorio) Gumban of Rossford and Lorraine (Spencer) Sunderland of Plain City, OH; grandchildren, Gregory Gumban of Rossford, Julie Marie (Benjamin) Roberts of Maumee and Dean Gumban of Grandview; great-grand-daughters, Remy and Olive Roberts; brother, Ernest (Margie) Taylor; sister-in-law, Ann (John) Swemba and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was blessed with a great life and will surely be missed by all who had the opportunity to know and love him. Friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Rd. on Sunday, August 2, 2009, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. in All Saints Catholic Church where the family will receive visitors after 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Fort Meigs Cemetery. Those wishing to make a contribution in Earl’s memory are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio. For online condolences please go to

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