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Published: Sunday, 8/24/2014 - Updated: 4 weeks ago

Doris Fauble: 1929-2014; Toledo teacher beat cancer, gave time to help other patients

BY MARK ZABORNEY
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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Doris J. Fauble, who taught in the Toledo Public Schools and was a volunteer for church, charitable, and advocacy groups, died Aug. 16, in the Parkcliffe assisted living community. She was 84.

She was dressing to attend the wedding of her granddaughter Erin when she collapsed, family members said. She entered the community several months ago after suffering a stroke and heart attack at her Maumee home.

Mrs. Fauble retired in 1990 from Arlington Elementary School, where for 23 years she taught kindergarten through third grade.

“She was understanding and patient,” her daughter Kris said. She liked to work with children, daughter Kim said, and to see “them progress as she taught them.”

Mrs. Fauble was a secretary at Electric Auto-Lite Co. as a young woman, while her husband, B.C. Fauble, completed his education. He became a principal and teacher in the Maumee schools, and she was a stay-at-home mother for several years. She enrolled in the University of Toledo when her two oldest were in school full time, and in 1967, she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Mrs. Fauble and her husband were longtime members of Park Congregational Church and in 1950 joined a couples group there that was a support through young married life and young parenthood into middle age and beyond. She also volunteered at Park, from answering phones to assembling the bulletin to coordinating church dinners.

After her own recovery from breast cancer, she volunteered for the American Cancer Society and Reach for Recovery, which is aimed at breast cancer patients. She explained to patients their options and shared what might happen next — “or just listened,” daughter Kris said. “Sometimes that’‍s what they needed.”

After her husband developed Alzheimer’s disease, she was a regular volunteer at the Alzheimer’‍s Association office in Toledo. She helped patients and their families settle disputes with nursing homes through the ombudsman program of Advocates for Basic Legal Equality.

“She enjoyed being with people and giving back to people,” daughter Kim said.

Mrs. Fauble remained active on vacation as well. She, her husband, and children traveled in their tent camper and, with her daughters and husband, backpacked around Isle Royale National Park. She liked to cross-country ski and snowmobile. For years, she and her husband had season tickets to the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, and the Village Players Theatre. She attended home games of the UT women’s basketball team as long as she was able.

She was born Aug. 25, 1929, to Helen and Homer Stone and grew up in the 1200 block of Colburn Street in South Toledo, across the street from her future husband. She was a 1946 graduate of Libbey High School.

She and B.C. Fauble married July 1, 1950. He died Oct. 17, 2003.

Surviving are her son, Craig Fauble; daughters, Kris Tierney and Kim Perry; sisters, Loa Mae Thobe and Shirley Cofer, and four grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday — which would have been her 85th birthday — in Park Congregational Church, followed by memorial services at 5:30 p.m. Arrangements are by the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, Maumee.

The family suggests tributes to the church or the Alzheimer‘‍s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, in Toledo.

Contact Mark Zaborney at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.



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