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Brother of Joanne ’65 and Mary and Martha Boellner ’67 passed away.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 5, 2022

John Paul Boellner  (71) passed away on March 28, 2022 in his Maumee home after a long struggle with COPD and leukemia. He was born February 14, 1951 to Anthony Boellner, Sr. and Helen (Promenschenkel) Boellner. Most of his friends knew John as JB.

A 1969 graduate of St. John Jesuit High School, John spent his career as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service in Maumee. A proud member of the Letter Carriers Branch 100, John held the positions of steward, trustee, and treasurer, and chairman of the Political Action Committee. He organized the first Letter Carrier Food Drive in 1994. He served many years as a delegate to the Greater Northwest Ohio AFL-CIO, held positions on executive board (25 years), was a trustee and political director.

John was a delegate to the Toledo Port Council, former president of Toledo Area Union Label and Service Trades Council, and former member and executive board member to the local chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

John was a charter member of the Labor Blood Drive Committee and of the Workers Memorial Day Committee. He served 25 years as a member of the Labor Day Committee (15 years as chairman). He was honored to serve as the Labor Day Parade Grand Marshall in 2016.

For more than 30 years, he had been a blood donor (10- gallon donor) and a volunteer for more than 25 years for the Toledo Chapter of American Red Cross and was inducted into the Walbridge Society. He also served on the boards of the Toledo Lucas County Library and the Toledo Area United Way.

An active Democrat, John worked on many campaigns and finally threw his hat in the ring and was elected to two terms on Maumee City Council (2012-2019).

John is survived by son, Paul (Kira Wetzel) Boellner of San Jose, CA, daughter, Amy Boellner of Bowling Green OH; former wife, Sandy Smith of Toledo, stepsons Brian Smith of Toledo and Trent (Nia) Smith and 3 grandchildren all of McComb, MI; brother, Anthony Jr. of Covington, KY, sisters, Sister Joanne Mary Boellner, RSM of Maumee, Mary Boellner of Maumee, and Martha Kleinfelter of Milford, OH.

John was a lifetime fan of University of Alabama football and Paul Bear Bryant. Roll Tide!

Visitation will be Tuesday April 12, 2022 from 2:00 -7:00 pm at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home (501 Conant St. Maumee OH 43537) with a prayer service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will resume on Wednesday April 13, 2022 from 10:00-11:00 am at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church. The Funeral Mass will immediately follow.

Memorial Contributions may be made to American Red Cross (1111 Research., Toledo OH 43614); United Way of Greater Toledo (1001 Madison Ave. Suite 100, Toledo OH 43604) or Toledo Lucas County Library (325 North Michigan Ave. Toledo OH 43604).

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of John, please visit our floral store.

One Response to “Brother of Joanne ’65 and Mary and Martha Boellner ’67 passed away.”

  1. Winifred Dunham said

    Dear Mary and Martha..I am so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. keeping you all in my thoughts

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