Daniel F. Marinik, 50, a Toledo lawyer who had been a manager of the former Boogie Records with his wife, Debbie, died suddenly Wednesday in his Sylvania home. Mrs. Marinik said the Lucas County coroner had not determined the cause of death as of late yesterday.
Mr. Marinik was an associate with the Baran, Piper, and Tarkowsky law firm. He practiced insurance defense law.
Mrs. Marinik described her husband as a passionate political junkie and basketball fan, and said they shared a strong love of music that brought them both to Boogie Records.
Mrs. Marinik was a co-owner and Mr. Marinik was a manager before attending law school. She said they worked together for a couple of years before dating in 1978 and marrying in 1979. Mrs. Marinik said yesterday would have been the couple's 25th wedding anniversary.
"He was such a good looking guy that I was tongue-tied earlier on," Mrs. Marinik said. "We were both [dating] other people at first, but we developed a friendship. Then one day he wasn't dating the person he was with and I wasn't and a romance developed from there."
Mr. Marinik was born in Green Bay, Wis., raised in Fremont, and graduated from Fremont St. Joseph's High School. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Toledo and worked for Willis Day and Disc Records in Franklin Park Mall before joining Boogie Records.
"Dan was very fair and nice," Mrs. Marinik said. "He was intelligent, sarcastic, loving, and wonderful. He was a liberal Democrat and loved to talk and read about politics."
The couple's only child, Molly, was about to enter kindergarten when Mr. Marinik decided to return to school to pursue a law degree. She said they would alternate taking care of her while the other worked before Molly attended school.
"He said he was always interested in going to law school, and I told him, 'Don't think about it, just go ahead and do it,'●" Mrs. Marinik said. "He started law school and Molly started kindergarten in a four-week period. It was a whirlwind."
Even after receiving his law degree, Mr. Marinik continued to work at Boogie Records on Fridays, which the couple called their "date night."
Surviving are his wife, Debbie; daughter, Molly; father, Ed Marinik; and sister, Jane Dunn.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Congregation Temple Shomer Emunim in Sylvania. The Wick/Wisniewski Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
The family suggests tributes to the charity of the donor's choice.