Thomas Totaro

September 08, 1916 ‒ May 29, 2006

Marion, Ohio

Thomas Totaro, 89, of 4044 County Road 31, Galion died Monday, May 29, 2006 at Galion Community Hospital.

Born September 8, 1916 in Marion, he was the son of the late Joseph Totaro and Grace Lomonica Totaro. He was preceded in death on April 26, 2002 by his wife, Mary Jane Fralick Totaro whom he married on August 21, 1939.

He was a 1936 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Marion. He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He had many hobbies and was a Ham Radio Operator and member of the Marion and Crawford County Ham Radio Operators Clubs, the Radio Relay League and International Society of Photographers.

He enjoyed woodworking and building grandfather clocks. He did a lot of lettering and enjoyed painting signs. He first was a tool designer at Tecumseh in Marion and an engineer at W.A. Rodell Co., Bucyrus. He later retired from the former Peabody-Galion in 1981 after 28 years where he was a project engineer. He was involved in the development of the E-Z Pack Refuse Body which was released for production in 1956. His name is on several patents for inventions related to E-Z Pack and other refuse equipment.

He is survived by a sister-in-law, Stella Totaro of Marion: a half brother and his spouse, Don and Shirley Myers of Edison and a nephew, James Totaro, Jr. of Marion.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James Totaro.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2006 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Very Rev. Michael Schelling, Pastor/Dean officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

A Vigil Service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday during calling hours with Deacon Greg Kirk officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 135 North Liberty Street, Galion, OH 44833.