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Father of Diane Petsche Spencer ’74 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on July 13, 2015

Edwin F. Petsche, age 86, passed on to life everlasting surrounded by his wife and family on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Mr. Petsche, a lifelong Toledoan, retired from White Westinghouse where he worked as the appliance service manager for over 30 years. Ed served in the United States Marines as a reservist and was called to active duty during the Korean War. He was presented a purple heart for wounds received at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir by Senator John Glenn in 1995 at Korean War Memorial dedication in Washington D.C.

Mr. Petsche was an accomplished singer, having performed with Charlie Spivak Orchestra in the early ’50s. Throughout his lifetime, Ed continued to sing in church, at weddings, and social gatherings. A devout Catholic, Ed and his wife, Angela, were one of the founding families at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Church where he served on Parish Council, Religious Education, Choir, Lector and Lay Communion Distributor.

To his family, Ed was a devoted husband and father who lived his faith out every day in both word and deed. Up until his final breath he would say to his wife, Angie, “You are my life!” He lived those words every day of their 62 years of marriage and was a devoted father, providing for his family, leading them in prayer and example, and was the family enthusiast who made ordinary life events special.

Mr. Petsche is survived by his loving wife, Angela (Heintschel) Petsche; son, Gary (Beth) Petsche; daughters, Ruth (Mike) Rankin and Diane (Bob) Spencer; grandchildren, Shawna, Lisa, Jake, Hannah, Joanna, Katy, and John and great-grand-children, Ashley, Emily, Hunter, Micah, Hailey, Abby, Jackson, Graham, Mabry, Kate, Audrey and Espn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Frank.

Friends may call at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant Street, Maumee, Ohio, on Thursday, July 9, 2015, from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 7 p.m. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, Ohio. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Josiah’s House, a home for orphaned boys in the Dominican Republic. You may make your donations electronically at:

or mail checks to Josiah’s House, c/o Grace Chapel Church, 3279 Southall Rd., Franklin, TN 37064. Online condolences may be shared at:
Funeral Home
Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Homes
501 Conant St Maumee, OH 43537
(419) 893-7686

Published in Toledo Blade on July 7, 2015

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