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Mother of Karen Kozek ’77 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 28, 2014


Barbara A.

Barbara A. Kozek, age 78, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014. She was born on September 5, 1935, in Toledo, Ohio to Herman and Martha (Ritter) Brack.

Barbara was a graduate of Mercy School of Nursing and worked as the Director of Nursing at Fairview Manor, where she was the DON of the year in 1990. Although she enjoyed being a nurse, her greatest occupation was being a Grandma. Her grandchildren were her life and she enjoyed staying busy with them. She was a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, Ohio and served on the Rosary Altar Society. Barbara was also an avid reader and enjoyed staying in touch with alumni from Mercy School of Nursing and Central Catholic High School.

She is survived by her sons, Ken (Melanie Hanna), Tom (Alli) and Bill (Sharon); daughters, Karen (Terry) Hickey, Mary (Jim) Kuebler and Susie (Patrick) Hickey; grandchildren, Kyle, Travis (Lora), Sarah (Noah), Nathan, Dylan, Danica, Haley, Brett (Kim), Chad, Luke, Noah, Sam and Abby; great-grandchildren, Jonah, Ryan and Ellie. Also surviving are brother, Robert (Connie) Brack; sister-in-law, Maureen Brack; dear friends, Elaine Hoefflin, Jeanette Ceglio, Pam Young, Carolyn Kinnee and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Lawrence Brack, and niece, Kathleen Fortunato.

Friends and family will be received at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant Street, Maumee, Ohio on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Prayers will begin at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2014, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 104 W. Broadway Street, Maumee, Ohio. Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Commitment to Community Fund or the Jeanne Hickey Memorial Scholarship Fund, 1952 Brim Road, Toledo, Ohio 43613. The family would like to thank Dr. Don Hickey and Dr. Shaili Desai for their care and compassion during Barb’s journey the last 10 months. Online messages and condolences may be shared with the family at

Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 22, 2014

One Response to “Mother of Karen Kozek ’77 passed away:”

  1. The Cole Family said

    Dear Kozek family, we sre so sorry to hear about the loss of your sweet mother. None of us live in the Toledo area anymore. Our mom now lives near Susan in Indianapolis. We fondly remember our childhood with our Maumee friends and families! Love, Bryce, Marie, Sally, Susan, Mike, Peggy, Cindy

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