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February 7, 1945–January 22, 2019

Joey Lynne Lengel was welcomed home in the arms of our Lord on January 22, 2019, after a lengthy battle with a pulmonary disease.

She is preceded in death by her father, Stanley Idzkowski, and mother, Vicki Idzkowski.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Jeannine (Dolly) and Richard Howe; daughter and son-inlaw, Andrea and Andy Noonan; son and daughter-in-law, Tony Lengel and Brie Myers. In addition are her three granddaughters, Abby Noonan, Kate Noonan and Samantha Lengel which were the everyday roses in her life. She also was aunt to many cherished nieces and nephews.

Joey was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years in Toledo Public and Parochial schools. She was an excellent teacher, enriching the lives of hundreds of students. She taught at various schools but her longest tenures were at Sacred Heart Parish School and Navarre Elementary.

She took great pleasure tending to the plants and flowers which surrounded her house on the east side. Joey was an accomplished seamstress and she was an incredibly skilled artist. Art was one of her passions of which many of her friends and family have her works adorning their homes.

She was an animal lover. She loved all kinds of animals but was especially fond of cats and birds. She was a supporter of the ASPCA, the Toledo Zoo and the Toledo Humane Society. Most importantly, though, was her relationship with the Lord. All her life she was an active Catholic participating and volunteering in various ways for each parish she belonged to. More recently she was involved in Bible study and craft activities such as the cookie club for The Epiphany of the Lord parish. One of her proudest accomplishments was becoming an associate of the Notre Dame Nuns.

Joey was a happy, kind and loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend and teacher. She touched and helped countless lives. She saw the Lord in the setting sky, the birds in flight, the smile of a stranger and cherished life.

In keeping with her approach to life, a memorial mass to celebrate her life will be held on May 4, at Sacred Heart Church, 509 Oswald Street, Toledo. Receiving will begin at 10 a.m. The mass will be held at 11 a.m., with a lunch immediately following in the hall underneath the church.

In lieu of flowers, Joey would encourage you to donate to Helping Hands of St Louis, Toledo–Catholic charities at 419-244-6711; https: //catholiccharitiesnwo.org/product/donate/

If making a donation online, at the proceed to check out phase type “HHSL in memory of Joey Lynne Lengel” under “Additional Information: Order notes.”

To send an online condolence, please visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes .com.

Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush

I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry;

I am not there. I did not die.

–Patricia Farinelli

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