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James Charles Koelsch

James C. Koelsch, age 69, died at his home in Metamora, OH on Sunday, August 16, 2015 with family and friends at his side.

Jim was born February 6, 1946 in Toledo, OH to the late Charles and Lorene Koelsch. He was raised on the family's farm and lived there for the last twenty-five years of his life. He attended St. Mary's Assumption Catholic School where in high school he participated in theater and basketball. He served as an altar boy at St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the University of Toledo and obtained his Professional Engineering license in Ohio and Michigan. His professional accomplishments include managing the maintenance painting of the High Level Bridge through the City of Toledo Department of Streets, Harbor and Bridges, overseeing sewers and drainage in Monroe County Michigan as Drainage Engineer, and supervising quality control for Dundee Cement Company, Dundee, MI. His last professional position was at the University of Toledo where he taught a Civil Engineering Senior Design Capstone Course.

In the 1970's the farm boy became an “urban pioneer” in Toledo's Old West End and with his wife Vicki renovated an historic home on Glenwood Avenue. They joined neighbors to preserve the historic homes, to celebrate diversity, and to participate in citizen advocacy.

As a runner Jim noticed symptoms that lead to a diagnosis of chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. He built a house on the family farm that he could productively live in with his scooter, enjoy his siblings and old friends, drive around the countryside in his handicap accessible van, and mow lawn risking life and limb.

Jim will be remembered for his love of life despite his slow, steady physical decline. His greatest joy was his family and friends, especially Wednesday lunch and outings with the Moore Brothers, Sunday Suppers with wife Vicki, sister-in-law Suzi and the Knowles, and the most recent project the Koelsch Farm Homestead!

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Victoria; children, Leslie (Eric) Getzinger of Washington, DC, Emily (Todd) Rebori of Yorktown Heights, NY, and Peter (Ellena) Koelsch of Schwabisch Hall, Germany; grandchildren, Curran and Lucy Getzinger; William and Alexander James Rebori, Pan Schumacher Koelsch. Siblings and spouses, Judith Snyder, Janet Sagert,

David and Trisha Koelsch, Joyce and Tom Eley, Gerard and Joyce Koelsch and Jacqueline and Greg Oehlers.

On Saturday, August 22 family and friends are invited for Visitation at 1:30pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish at US 20 & Rt. 64, Swanton, OH to be followed by the Memorial Mass at 2:30pm. Dinner and fellowship following the Mass at the Holy Trinity Community Center. Internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the St. Vincent De Paul Society at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish or to the Mike Holland Scholarship Fund at Evergreen High School, Metamora, OH.

Residence: Metamora, Ohio

Visitation: Saturday, August 22nd from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption

Mass of Resurrection: Saturday, August 22nd at 2:30 pm in the Church

Interment: Private

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Vicki, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Fickel Family Aug 27 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Vicki and the Mika-Koelsch family, Praying for you at your time of loss. Wishing that you find peace on the other side of sorrow. May you find comfort on the other side of loss. And most of all, that you find in this sad farewell, that love you have for Jim lives on in the memories of the heart. Thinking of you, John and Carla Laver

John W. and Carla Laver Aug 25 2015 12:00 AM

Vicki & Family: so very sad to know of Jim's passing. It's been a long time but I remember our high school days well and certainly our years as neighbors. Sending prayers your way for strength and wonderful memories to ease your sadness.

Janine Mossing Moon Aug 24 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Vickie and the Koelsch family please accept our sincere condolences and sadness for Jim's passing. It was a pleasure to know him when we lived in the OWE. We recall Jim as a kind and honorable family man. May you be comforted in the days to come. Wishing you peace, Becky Ozolins Ceravolo & Jim Cervolo

Becky and Jim Ceravolo Aug 23 2015 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to the entire Koelsch family. May you rest in peace, Jim!

Harry and Aggie Miller Aug 22 2015 12:00 AM

Jim & Vickie I feel fortunate to have known Jim and many of you growing up. The Koelsch farm was like a second home at times, especially when the pond froze. Growing up, we had some mighty corn cob fights in the barn. I was never afraid of being shot as a kid, but know the pure joy of being checked to the ice or hit with a flying corn cob. And, of course, there was the full tackle football (no equipment) at the Bolgers for many years. Jim, God rest your soul!! Of course I know He will. Vickie and children I know you will hear this often too, JIM WAS A GOOD MAN AND FRIEND. God Bless and Keep All of You.

Bob & Nancy Mossing Aug 21 2015 12:00 AM

Vicki, Leslie, Emily and Peter - My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sending you much love - Patty O'Toole

Patty O'Toole Aug 20 2015 12:00 AM

Mrs Koelsch and family, My deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. I only met your husband once, however his enthusiasm and personality were contagious at the time. Vicki, I've always admired your incredible hard work and guidance. The amount of individual time you invested on us at Maumee Valley, despite great personal obstacles at home, speaks to your character and your care for others. Love and prayers heading your way, Alex Karcher

Alex Karcher Aug 20 2015 12:00 AM

Craig and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to Vicki and the family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Craig and Gail Northcott Aug 20 2015 12:00 AM

Vicky and family, So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Gods' blessing to you.

Richard O'Neill Aug 19 2015 12:00 AM

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