Melvin “Mel” R. Zegarlowicz passed away peacefully on September 17th in his home at the age of 85. He was born November 13, 1933 in Toledo to Ludwik and Sophia (Tonkel) Zegarlowicz and graduated from Macomber High School in 1951. Mel enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan where he met his wife Saeko Okuyama whom he married on July 7th, 1958. After serving his country, he returned to Toledo and joined the Toledo Fire Dept. retiring in the early 70’s last stationed at #17. Mel then went in to the tool & die industry as a partner that started Unique Tool & Die until his retirement.
He was a longtime member of St. Clement Catholic Church and was a member of the Eagles where he played darts. Mel enjoyed bowling, softball and spending time at the cottage with his brother Art making kielbasa. He also loved boating, fishing, gardening and crossword puzzles.
Mel is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mary Jurski and Martha Grzechowiak; brothers Louis and Arthur Zegarlowicz; daughter Cheryl; grandchildren Joshua Billegas and Corie Abitua. He is survived by his wife Saeko; daughters Janice (John Billegas) Zegarlowicz, Michelle Alt and Susan Abitua; grandchildren Erica (Aaron) Sherman, Jonathon Alt, Jenna Billegas, Jillian Billegas, Darek Abitua, Damen Abitua and Alexis Seibers; little companion “Chico” as well as 9 great grandchildren.
His family would like to thank the Promedica Hospice staff Kelly, Ashley, Kreadance and Chaplain Ron & Jenna from Always Best Care for their loving care of Mel. . Memorial tributes may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Family will receive friends at the Castillo Funeral Home 1757 Tremainsville Rd. Sunday from 4-8 PM where a Rosary will be recited at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will be held Monday in St. Clement Catholic Church at 10 AM followed by interment at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. Celebration of Life luncheon following interment at St. Clement's Jaeger Hall.
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