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History

Witzler-Shank Funeral Home has been serving the community for 160 years. The rich history of the business began in 1859, when Peter Witzler moved his new bride, Margaret, to Perrysburg. There, he formed a wood-working shop on the hydraulic canal, at the foot of Mulberry Street, where he bought power from the town to run his lathe and other machinery. An advertisement was discovered in the Perrysburg Journal for furniture and chairs, as well as coffins-"a narrow house for the dead"- and a hearse at reasonable charges. This began the Witzler family's commitment to funeral service.

Twenty-three years later, in 1892, Peter and Margaret's son Charles founded a furniture and undertaking business at 116 Louisiana Avenue. When Charles died shortly after opening the business, his brother Alfred (A.J.) took it over and continued at that location for nearly 40 years. In 1930, A.J. purchased the Hoover house at 128 East Front Street, which was built in 1875, and converted it into a funeral home for the community. Norm and Marcena Witzler and their son, Earl, began to operate the funeral home as a separate and independent business. A.J. died in 1934, having never conducted a funeral at the new location. In 1947, the Witzlers and their six children moved down to 240 East Front Street. Norm continued to run the business until his death on April 16, 1964.

With the financial help of Mrs. Witzler and Earl, Clara and Bob Shank bought the business on August 1, 1964. In 1967, a branch funeral home was built in Walbridge to serve that community. The Shank family members lived upstairs until 1973, when they built a funeral home at 222 East South Boundary, which remains its location today.

Today, Bob Shank, Sr. and Bob Shank Jr. are continuing the family ownership and traditions that the Witzler and Shank families have supported for the last century and half.

The current facility is spacious and handicap accessible, and features a lovely chapel and large visiting rooms. The building also accommodates memorial gatherings and receptions with ease.

Whatever the type of service desired-cremation or burial, traditional or contemporary, for a veteran or truly personalized to reflect the life of the deceased-the experienced and compassionate people at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home are committed to serving families in a professional and dignified manner.

Witzler-Shank Funeral Home
Phone: (419) 874-3133
222 E. South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551


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