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Brother of Diane Pfleghaar ’67 and Father of Debbie & Dawn ’82, Julie ’83 and Andrea ’88 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 24, 2016

Gordon “Gordie” Pfleghaar, 79, died peacefully January 19, 2016, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, being lovingly touched and prayerfully comforted by his wife of 52 years and his six daughters. Born May 11, 1936, to Joseph and Henrietta (Brickner) Pfleghaar, Gordie was raised in Maumee and graduated from Maumee High School in 1955.

Early in his marriage to Rose Boellner, he established his home in South Toledo. Gordie was a very active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. A heavy equipment operator, mechanic, and talented jack-of-all trades, he made major renovations over the years to his own home, and helped his sons-in-law with improvements to their homes until poor health relegated him to the role of head supervisor. Gordie enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and observing life from his front porch.

Treasuring his memory as they cherished him in life are his loving wife, Rosie; daughters, Dawn (Robert) Fink, Debra (Richard) Eyre, Julie (Ronald) Miller, Leah (Brent) McFry, Andrea (Mark) Kelly and Vicki Birkhahn; grandchildren, David, Kevin and Michael Fink, Stephanie and Brian (Nichole Wachter) Eyre, Jay (Cristen), Erin and Kelsey Miller, Makayla and Rebecca McFry, Corvion and Cory Kelly, and Heather, Ryan and Laurel Birkhahn; great-grandchildren, Roderic and Nolan Miller. Also surviving are brothers, James, Robert, Ronald (Kathy), Gerald (Beverly), David (Janet) and Daniel, and sisters, Dolores (Robert) Gardner, Ellen Dinkens, Sharon (Edwin) Cleghorn, Carol (Adrian) Carvalho and Diane Jenkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene.

The family extends grateful thanks to all Hospice of Northwest Ohio staff and volunteers for their gracious care of Gordie and his loved ones.

Friends and family will be received at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant Street, Maumee, on Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Scripture Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Prayers will begin at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, January 22, 2016, with the Mass of Resurrection celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2255 Central Grove, Toledo, Ohio 43614 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Maumee. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to OLPH Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Road, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Funeral Home

Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home
501 Conant St Maumee, OH 43537
(419) 893-7686

Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 21, 2016

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