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Theodora Lucille (Leonard) Wilson
June 4, 1937 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Theodora L. Wilson, resident of The Grove at Oakleaf Village, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2024. She was 86 years old. Born Theodora Lucille Leonard in 1937, the eldest of five siblings, Ms. Wilson spent the balance of her life in Toledo’s Old West End, to which she was devoted. A superb student from an early age, she attended Rosary Cathedral Elementary, St. Ursula Academy, and Mary Manse College, and she was proud of her local schooling. In 1963, Teddy married Dick Wilson, UT wrestling legend and Olympian. She committed her entire professional career to education, serving for years as an English teacher at Rogers and DeVilbiss high schools and later, after graduate study at UT, as a curriculum specialist for the Toledo Public and Washington Local systems. An intense reader with an impressive library, she loved history, politics, theology — most of all fiction and poetry. She found it difficult in her last years to sustain focus as her eyes moved across a page, and this outraged her spirit. As her visitors knew, she was also an amateur gardener who spent untold hours with the flowers and trees she’d grown from seeds and the creatures and changes that naturally came. A lifelong Toledoan with a mercurial personality, Teddy was a regular contributor to The Blade, publishing numerous opinions through the years on matters ranging from the failings of Columbia Gas to the fearful link between former President Trump and Shakespeare’s tragic King Lear. As well, she traveled widely across the U.S. and to Europe, Latin America, and North Africa. But while reluctant to say so aloud, she preferred Toledo — not only its museum, equal in her view to any in the world, but also its zoo, its churches, the riverfront, the restaurants with global flavors, the hard-working residents from every background and viewpoint. She leaves behind one sister, Mary Jo Haskins, of Coopersville, MI; one brother, Patrick J. Leonard, of Toledo; two sons, Matthew Wilson and Andrew Wilson, of Toronto and Chicago, respectively; five grandchildren, Rachel Phillips, Zachary Wilson, Jasmine Wilson, Sophia Wilson, Samuel Wilson; four great-grandchildren, Layla Phillips, Noah Phillips, Elyse Phillips, Rylan Phillips.
Visitation will be held at Reeb Funeral Home, Sylvania, OH, Friday, February 9, 2024, from 4-8:00 P.M.The Funeral Mass will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 10, at Little Flower Catholic Parish, 5522 Dorr St., 11:00 a.m. The family asks that any contribution in Teddy’s name be given to Bethany House (bethanyhousetoledo.org) or the Toledo Museum of Art (toledomuseum.org). Online condolences to reebfuneralhome.com