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John Michael Garn

April 22, 1938 ~ April 17, 2017 (age 78)


John M. Garn was born April 22, 1938, in Toledo, Ohio, to George J. and Catherine

(Weickgenant) Garn. He married Mary Kay Labino on April 22, 1961, at St. Patrick of Providence Church, Grand Rapids, Ohio. He died on Monday, April 17, 2017 at the age of 78.

John volunteered over the years with different organizations including Rescue Crisis, Mobile Meals, Read for Literacy, St. Vincent dePaul Society, and Kids Unlimited.

He especially enjoyed reading, music, museums, dining out, travel, and Notre Dame football.  John had a bachelor of philosophy degree (1960) and a master of arts in education degree (1970). He was in the field of education for over 30 years.  He and Mary Kay traveled in the states and to Canada, Europe, North Africa, and South  America. John especially liked ocean cruising. In the states, two of their favorite places to travel to were Amelia Island, FL, and Chautauqua, NY.

John was a proud sponsoring member of the USO. John also belonged to The Toledo Museum of Art and Common Cause. He enjoyed time visiting with family and friends. The Thursday morning coffee group was something John looked forward to, and the Potluck Group was a special lunch group that he enjoyed, also.  John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Kay; his children, Katie Hardin (Fomby) of Quitman, GA, Edward of Rose City, MI, Julie Wolff (David) of Erie, CO, and Michael Garn (Ellen Posman) of Berea, OH. Grandchildren, Noah Buehrer, Kathryn Surrency (Jonathan), Nicholas Garn, Celine, Claire and Rosie Wolff, and great grandson Bren Surrency. Sisters, Mary Ann Donnelly and Peggy DeMarsh, and brothers, Joe (Judy) and Grant (Susan) Garn. Visitation will be held at the Reeb Funeral Home 5712 Main St., Sylvania on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 5-8:00 P.M.  The Funeral Mass will be conducted at St. Joseph Church, Saturday at 10:00 AM.  In lieu of flowers contributions to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Online condolences to the family at


 Service Information

April 21, 2017

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Reeb Funeral Home
5712 Main Street
Sylvania, OH 43560

Funeral Mass
April 22, 2017

10:00 AM
St Joseph's Catholic Church
5373 S. Main Street
Sylvania, Ohio 43560

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