Margie was 71 years old.
Freddy Pérez de Tagle loved to sing, whether it was in his church choir or just answering the phone, his son told us. He moved from the Philippines to Toledo, Ohio at the age of 20 to live with his wife Priscilla. A devoted grandfather, Freddie loved to go out and camp.
He also had a lifelong interest in fashion. Her family said they take pride in choosing what to wear every day. Freddie was 67 years old.
Melvin Greennagel lived a long, full life of music, service, and family. Raised on a farm in Metamora, Illinois, he played tuba in a US Army band during World War II, and was the last surviving member of the band that marched under the Arc de Triomphe on Victory on Europe Day, 1945.
After the war, Melvin married and settled in Arlington, Virginia, where he continued to play music for the US Army and raise a family. His granddaughter told us that he was a calm presence who embraced quiet moments, and in retirement, loved to nurture his grandson, the basset hound, and the many plants. He died at the age of 103.
Mary Beth Nolan’s parenting and teaching philosophy was to let children learn by making their own choices and mistakes, her family said. She applied it while homeschooling her three children, then as an elementary school science teacher in Houston, Texas. Mary Beth was also a lifelong learner, her sister said.
At the age of 50, he earned a master’s degree in educational technology. And she was instrumental in turning her school into virtual education during the pandemic. She lived with chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis, but never complained, her daughter said. Mary Beth died two weeks before her 60th birthday.
His son said seventy-year-old Rosalynn Knox was the backbone of his family and a confidant to many others. Born in Ohio, Roslyn grew up in Colorado and played the violin in the All State Orchestra. She moved with her husband Sylvester to military bases, where he was stationed around the country and the world. Eventually, they settled in Tacoma, Washington with their two children.
Faith was central to Roslyn’s life. She volunteered at her church for decades and founded a Christian non-profit focused on connecting women with the gospel online.
Yvonne Brown loved poetry and believed in the power of literature, friends and family tell us. She shared these passions in her class as an English teacher at Parkland High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Yvonne volunteered for the Toni Morrison Society for 15 years and wrote a memoir about growing up in an Iranian-American family. A friend told us, she lived the loud life, and wanted her daughters, Sameera and Laila, to be confident and comfortable in any setting. She was 44 years old.
Salvador Ortiz, better known as Cano, was warm, funny and selfless, his daughters told us. Cano grew up in a large family in Puerto Rico, then moved to Lorraine, Ohio with his wife Julie. He worked for three decades at the Lorraine City Water Department and also worked as a handyman to support his family, his daughters said.
Cano loved the relationship with the Cleveland Browns and his seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was 68 years old.