–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: Nov 13, 2018

Keith Walker

Keith Walker, owner and president of Walker Funeral Homes, announced the partnership of his company with Sujkowski Funeral Home, 830 Lime City Rd.,  in Rossford. The funeral home there will be known as Sujkowski-Walker and will maintain the same Sujkowski family commitment of excellence to its clients.

 “Walker Funeral Home is thrilled to partner with Brian, Wendy and Mark Sujkowski. Both family-owned funeral homes are dedicated to the same goals and share a mission for quality and reasonable pricing. This synergy will allow the continuation of serving our customers and honor lives well lived at all locations,” Walker said.

Brian Sujkowski added “I am excited to partner with theWalker Family of Funeral Homes. I feel the standards and values that the Sulkowski family has worked hard to uphold in this community for the past 42years will continue on as I partner with Keith and his staff to provide the highest standard of care to the families we serve.”

About Walker Funeral Homes
The Walker Funeral Home was founded in 1933 when Alvin W.Walker opened his first chapel on Monroe St. Later, he relocated the business and opened the Talmadge Park Chapel on Talmadge Road. His son Gary joined the family business in 1965, and his grandson Keith became a member of the business in 1993. The chapel moved to its current location in Sylvania in 1995. Under Keith Walker’s leadership, the family purchased the Maison-Dardenne Funeral Home in Maumee, which is now known as Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home. This expansion of community service was followed by the acquisition of three other funeral homes in Ottawa County with locations in  Genoa, Oak Harbor and Port Clinton.                                                                                                                  

History of the Sujkowski Funeral Home
In 1888, William C. Sujkowski opened a furniture store in the Polish Village on Lagrange St. in North Toledo. His business expanded to include caskets and eventually became a funeral home. The business expanded in1920 to include a location on Nebraska Ave. and in 1980 the business was moved to Airport Hwy., in South Toledo where it remains today.  In 1976, Eugene Jr. and his wife, MarciaSujkowski, purchased the Rossford Funeral Home on Dixie Hwy. from the late Norm and Sweet and renamed it Rossford-Sujkowski Funeral Home. In 1983, their sons, Brian and Mark Sujkowski, the fifth generation,  joined the business full time.

The Rossford-Sujkowski Funeral Home moved to a newly constructed facility on Lime City Rd. in Rossford in 2000 to better accommodate the families they serve with Brian, his wife Wendy and brother, Mark running the day to day operations. In January 2017, Brian’s daughter, Ashley Sujkowski, the sixth generation, received her funeral directors license.