Henry L. Majka, a longtime accountant for Owens-Illinois, Inc., died of pulmonary disease yesterday in his West Toledo home. He was 82.
Mr. Majka had a 33-year career with O-I, retiring in 1988.
Afterward, he worked as a contingent employee for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, monitoring the loading and unloading of grain shipments at storage facilities on the Maumee River.
The part-time work was unlike any he had done, but he brought to it the meticulous habits he had developed as an accountant, and was well-regarded by his superiors, according to his wife, Sally.
"He did his accounting with precision, and it carried over into his everyday life," Mrs. Majka explained.
The couple met in the spring of 1951, in the hospital today known as St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. She was a nursing student. He was a patient.
They dated on and off until 1953, when they began seeing each other on a steady basis. They were married in 1955.
An Army veteran, Mr. Majka was stationed in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
Mr. Majka grew up in North Toledo. He graduated from Macomber High School and the University of Toledo, where he earned a degree in business.
Mr. Majka was a lifelong member of St. Adalbert Parish. His other memberships included the University of Toledo Alumni Association, O-I's Golden Emblem Club, and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 3122.
Surviving are his wife, Sally; daughters, Carol Anne Majka and Susan Rutkowski; son, Martin; sisters, Peggy Amborski and Helen Wodarski, and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Adalbert Church, 3233 Lagrange St.
The body will be in the Urbanski Funeral Home, 5055 Secor Rd., after 2 p.m. Friday, with a Rosary recitation at 7 p.m.
The family requests tributes to the church.