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Memorial Gathering

Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
Saturday July 24th, 2021
3:00pm - 5:00pm

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Mary Ann Lepisto

Beloved mother and educator, Mary Ann Lepisto passed from this realm onto her final rest on March 1, 2021. Mary Ann (or Mary) was born to Floyd E. and Evelyn A. Holdren in April 1938 in Sylvania, Ohio, graduated from Ohio University, and taught at Rosary Cathedral, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and Scott High School in Toledo, Ohio. Mary was an avid gardener and crafter, a devoted reader of science fiction and thrillers, and a keen watcher of butterflies and birds.

She also raised five children--Eva (John) Lepisto/Paolini, Eric (Vafa) Lepisto, Joshua (Karen) Lepisto, Jennifer (Steve) Reau and Jeremy (Lynda) Lepisto, each of whom has found success in their personal and professional lives. Mrs. L. was valued by colleagues and neighbors along with a host of former students as a caring, helpful, inspirational, and occasionally daunting friend and mentor. Her cherished memory will live on through her brother, Terrence E. Holdren, her children, their spouses, and her grandchildren Christopher, Isabel, Alexander, Dominic, Evan, Leyla, Sona, and Archer.

A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, July 24th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton.

The family asks, in lieu of flowers, that you support your local library or nature preserve and then share a meal and a moment with someone you love.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Mary Lepisto, please visit our flower store.


I was friends with Eva Lepisto back in the 70s, and her mom and my mom were friends. Mary Lepisto was an incredibly kind person. I was sad to learn of her passing.

Diane Hutson Apr 4 2022 1:09 PM

A great amongst many great educators at Scott. She was someone who's reputation proceeded her with the student body. Stern, no nonsense, caring and compassionate. More than chemistry, she taught us accountability and push us all to reach out potential. Definitely one of the standout individuals from a great high school experience of mine. Her impact was tremendous.

Theo Winston Jul 13 2021 5:21 AM

The best and most caring teacher at Scott! I was able to get through inorganic chemistry already prepared in college at OSU because of everything that she taught us. The world needs more teachers like her, I will cherish my memories of being in her class and she will greatly be missed!

Chennel Hill Jul 12 2021 9:46 PM

Ms. Lepisto made sure all of her students were at the top of their learning no matter what she made sure we did what we needed to do and never allowed us to settle for an average grade when she knew we were more than capable of doing better. May you rest in paradise

Anthony L Jordan Jul 12 2021 5:38 PM

Ms. Lepisto was one of the best teachers ever at Scott. I still know the periodic table to this day because of her. My sincerest condolences.

Nicole Smith Jul 12 2021 3:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Mary Lepisto

Lugalabamu Mugashe Jul 12 2021 3:53 PM

I worked with Mary at Scott HS in the first years of my teaching career. She taught me to always be sure that my bark was worst than the bite. If you bark loud enough you really didn't need much of a bite. I have followed this advice my whole career and I still use it(remotely now) today. I plan to retire this year and it was some of the best career advise I ever learned. So Mary not only taught students she also taught a cocky young teacher how it was done.

David Garza Apr 13 2021 12:00 AM


My Mom loved working with you at Mill End and also loved to detail the absurdity of the management as well as the colorful nature of the clientele! It warms my heart that you found this place and the time to share your thoughts. I know that my Mom would be very glad to hear from you as she loved her time spent with you. Thank you for your care and friendship.

Jeremy Lepisto Apr 7 2021 12:00 AM

Thank you Faye for your words. I understand that you helped with my Mother's care - thank you very much for that. I am thankful that she had others looking out for her who knew how precious she was. Thank you.

Jeremy Lepisto Apr 7 2021 12:00 AM

She was always teaching (except when it came to how to work the remote). She also encouraged all of 'her kids' to keep growing. She is the most inspirational person I know. She gave to others what she could whenever it was possible. That was lesson one...

Jeremy Lepisto Apr 7 2021 12:00 AM

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