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Joseph Michael Colturi

April 5, 1928 December 31, 2017
Joseph Michael Colturi
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Obituary for Joseph Michael Colturi

Joseph Michael Colturi, 89, passed away December 31, 2017 at Ebeid Hospice Residence in Sylvania, Ohio. Joe was born in Toledo to Pete and Mamie Colturi on April 5, 1928. He attended Good Shephard grade school, and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1947 where he met and later married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Irmen in 1949. Together they raised and cherished six children.

Joe’s very successful career started with roles in the banking and savings and loan industries. From there, he spent 35+ years at Port Lawrence Title and Trust Company where he became the Senior Vice President. He often said, “I never worked a day in my life.” He loved people and was known affectionately as “The Mayor of Madison Avenue.” He greeted everyone with a firm handshake and often a joke or two. He believed in the importance of giving back to his community and leaves a remarkable legacy to many organizations. He served on the board of numerous organizations: Greater Downtown Business Partnership, Downtown Toledo Parking Authority, Toledo Cultural Arts Commission, Lourdes University, Kidney Foundation of NW Ohio, Mareda, Inc., (Catholic Diocese of Toledo Low Income Housing Corp.), The Toledo Club, and Toledo Opera. He was also a member of: Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Toledo Improvement District, Rotary Club of Toledo, Central City Ministries and co-founder of Downtown Toledo Vision, Inc.

Within the family, Joe was lovingly known as Papa. Joe had intense love and pride of his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. He always encouraged education. We celebrated milestones often and he rewarded good grades with quarters, dollars, and praise. For many years he traveled to watch his children and grandchildren graduate college, medical school, and law school; compete in the Boston Marathon, state volleyball tournaments, NCAA and cliff diving competitions; and performances at the Kennedy Center. Weddings were special occasions from Toledo, to Atlanta, and recently Chicago. He kept his wife Mary Ann busy printing photos and sending emails about everyone’s professional success. His children and grandchildren cherished his encouragement, enthusiasm and advice. His advice to our family was to always carry three bones: a backbone, a wishbone, and a funnybone.

The Toledo Opera was one of Joe’s favorite organizations. He loved attending performances and meeting the performers and music directors. He was a member of the Opera Board for 20 years, and served as president for 7 years. As Paul Geiger painted the Valentine Theatre mural, Joe visited him daily, and he was honored to be one of the many caricatures. As a longtime member of the Toledo Club, Joe was often seen in the main dining room for lunch at the “Tiger Table.” He enjoyed the company of close friends known as “The Clusterfers,” a diverse group of gentlemen who enjoyed social outings, meals, and grog.

Joe was an avid sports fan, loved Notre Dame football, Duke basketball and attended the Masters Golf Tournament for over 10 years. Joe was passionate and proud of his Italian heritage. He loved fine clothes, was renowned for his many colorful ties (always an extra one ready after spilling food during lunch), and enjoyed great Italian food and wine. He was lucky to travel to Northern Italy to see the birthplace of his father, Pete. We remember many family meals where Joe was the life of party with toasts and many great stories. He held a strong Catholic faith which he passed down to his children, and they in turn to theirs. Joe led the blessing at all family gatherings. Hilton Head Island was one of his favorite places, where he enjoyed family, the beach, and a glass of wine. He loved boating and fishing on any body of water, from the Maumee River to a cold Canadian lake. Joe knew people everywhere from local restaurants and theatres to distant airports and cities.

Joe was preceded in death by his sister Mary Powers. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Ann and children, Chris (Paul) Berlacher, Tom (Denise) Colturi, Jeff (Gina) Colturi, Jon (Michele) Colturi, Mark (Marie) Colturi and Lynn (Deb Carcus) Colturi. He was a very proud Papa to 14 grandchildren, and 6 greatgrandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, January 4, from 2:00-8:00 pm, with a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm at Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Avenue (west of Corey Road). A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, January 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5373 Main Street, Sylvania, Ohio. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s honor to Toledo Opera, 425 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 601, Toledo, Ohio 43604; or Ebeid Hospice Residence, 5340 Harroun Road, Sylvania, Ohio 43560. Online condolences may be shared at

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2:00 PM 1/4/2018 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/4/2018 8:00:00 PM
Walker Funeral Home

5155 W Sylvania Avenue
Toledo, OH 43623

Prayer Service at 7 pm

Walker Funeral Home
5155 W Sylvania Avenue Toledo 43623 OH
United States

Funeral Mass




10:00 AM 1/5/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania

5373 S. Main St
Sylvania, Oh 43560

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania
5373 S. Main St Sylvania 43560 Oh
United States

Cemetery Details


Toledo Memorial Park Final Resting Place

6382 Monroe St.
Sylvania, OH 43560

6382 Monroe St. Sylvania 43560 OH
United States

Memorial Contribution

Toledo Opera

Ebeid Hospice

5340 Harroun Road
Sylvania, OH 43560

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