TOLEDO -- Wilhelm A. "Willi" Fiedler, 86, of Toledo, passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, where he was surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on January 22, 1926, to Michael and Luise (Pfandler) Fiedler in Sapron, Hungary. Willi immigrated to the United States in 1952 and settled in Toledo in 1954, where he and his wife, Ursula, raised their family.
He was a mason contractor and owned his own business for 45 years in Toledo, (F&L Mason Contractors). Willi was a member of the Home Builders Association, GAF Retirees, GBU Schuetzenverien at the Oakshade and the Local 1 Bricklayers Union (50-year member). A large portion of his life and his family's life was devoted to the GBU (Greater Beneficial Union). Since settling in Toledo in 1954, Willi and his family were members of the GBU, where he was the president of District 510-Toledo for 35 years.
Willi was instrumental to the GAF Society. He was one of the founding fathers and truly enjoyed the time he dedicated to the GAF Society. He also served as a past chairman of the annual GAF festival. He also was influential with obtaining the Oak Shade Grove property and managed many of the volunteers who built the hall and clubhouse for the GAF Society. He worked relentless hours in hopes to strengthen the GBU District 510, the GAF Society and the GAF grounds.
In his spare time, he enjoyed cheering for the Northwestern University football team, traveling with his wife by cruise ship, playing cards and shooting air rifles.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 65 years, Ursula M. (Muschik) Fiedler; children, Gisela (Steven) Mohr, Irmgard (Richard) Green, Christine (Terry) Blackman and Michael (Vickie) Fiedler; grandchildren, Nicole (Dave), Natalie (Derek), Krista (Billy), Julie (Shaun), Kyle, Brooke, Shelly (Richard), Erin (Matt), Michael and Sydney; 10 great-grandchildren; and brother, Ferdinand (Elfriede) Fiedler.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three of his brothers.
The family will receive guests on Saturday, December 1, 2012, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4150 W. Laskey Road. (419-473-0300). Funeral services will begin in the funeral home on Saturday at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
The family would like to specially thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the diligent care and compassion they provided to Willi.
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