Monica (O’Neill) Szewczak, 94 of Toledo, Ohio passed away on Monday, May 28, 2018 in her home of 64 years. Her strong sense of Catholic faith, her humor, and family guided her final days. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan; her parents Martin and Edna; and her brother, Harold O’Neill.
She was born on March 23, 1924 in Toledo, Ohio to Martin and Edna (Bick) O’Neill. She was, from an early age and throughout her life, a nurturer of those she loved, from her siblings through her great-grandchildren. Sally, as she was affectionately known to her friends, attended Holland High School, graduating in 1942. After spending a year in California at the start of WWII, she returned to Toledo, where she met her husband Stanley while working at Champion Spark Plug. They had six children who gave her a tremendous sense of pride and were the absolute joy of her life. Sally welcomed and loved all those who walked through her door, usually with a lasagna, chocolate chip cookie, or coffee cake in hand. Her home was always the place where everyone felt at home, loved, and accepted just as they are. She was an avid gardener, loved to travel anywhere warm where she could spend time with her family, and many days were spent watching her beloved Ohio State basketball team. She has left an awe-inspiring legacy and will be deeply missed by all she touched.
She is survived by her siblings, Kenny (Jan) O’Neill, Patricia Zonsius, and Jim O’Neill; sisters-in-law, Laverne O’Neill and Evelyn Urbanski; children, Linda (Jim) Tolosano, Judy Szewczak (Bob Breese), Anita (Jack) McLaughlin, Janet Albright-Rideout (Richard Rideout), Sue Broadway (Mark Furrer), and James (Pam) Szewczak; her grandchildren, Michelle Albright-Peters (Dave Peters), Lyndsey Albright (Chad Kruse), John (Amanda) Broadway, III, Payton and Morgan McLaughlin, and Samantha Szewczak; and her great-grandchildren, Finnegan and Tate Peters and Myles, Colin, Liam, and Rowan Broadway; countless nieces and nephews, and her children’s friends who viewed her as a second mom.
A celebration of her life will be held on Friday June 1, at 9 a.m. with a funeral Mass at St. Josephs in Maumee. A celebration of life luncheon will be held immediately following the mass at the church hall where the family would love for you to share your favorite Sally stories. Graveside burial will be private. The family requests that donations in her name be made to Cherished Friends of Ahava, Humane Ohio or Planned Pethood.