Ursula Marie (Mary) Elchert, 96, passed away peacefully at home Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 29, 1917, in Rossford, she was the only child of Stephan and Stella Kotowski.
Mary will be dearly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Mike Wray, with whom she made her home these past nine years; and her three grandsons, Brandon Wray (Kerry) of Shaker Heights, Kevin Wray of Houston, Texas, and Brett Wray (Shayla) of Dayton, currently deployed in Kuwait; two great-grandchildren Joshua Mink and Katherine Wray of Shaker Heights; a wonderful extended family; two brothers-in-law Richard Elchert (Monica) Nuremberg, Germany, Fred Elchert (Anna), New Riegel, Richard Walters, Tiffin, and many dear nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and son Jimmy, a casualty of the Vietnam War.
A lifetime area resident, Mary was a graduate of Perrysburg High School and Davis Business College. In her early years, Mary worked for Owens Illinois, where she met her future husband, Gerald Elchert. They were married in 1945. They were married 32 years before his untimely death in 1977. Mary was a long time volunteer at St. Luke's Hospital and also a member of St. Luke's Auxiliary, Team 2. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she loved to travel and was an avid reader. She was a parishioner at St. Joan of Arc Church and also a Gold Star Mother.
Family and Friends will be welcomed from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Road, Toledo, where a Scripture Service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in the mortuary followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, St. Luke's Hospital, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Heartfelt thanks to Mary's wonderful caregivers who made it possible for her to remain in her home during this extended illness: Jessica, Tiffany, Rachel, Jenny, Sherry, Nikki and especially Pat Sahadi. We will be forever grateful for the loving care you provided.
Please view and sign the online guest registry at www.coylefuneralhome.com.