May 4, 1954 - July 1, 2021
Mom, wife, beloved friend, and local radio personality Mary Beth Zolik-Smith died at home on July 1st, 2021, in the presence of her family and a beautiful sunset. She has been valiantly fighting various forms of cancer over the last nine years. Left to cherish the memories of her extraordinary life are loving husband Terry, and loving children Tara (Zachary) Cowell, Derek Smith, and Cullin Smith. Mary Beth was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 4th, 1954, to Michael and Gaye Zolik. She shared an Idyllic childhood with brothers Michael (Cathy), and Daniel (Jan). Also surviving are sister-in-law Kathy (Dave) Redman, brother-in-law Michael (Sharon) Smith, nephews Sean (Diane) Smith, Nathan (Heather) Zolik, Michael (Sasha) Zolik, and nieces Alycia (Marty) Rhein, Maureen (Andrew) Faris, Laura (Brandon) Pearce, Antonia (Harry) Johnson Lesgold, Erin Smith, and Maribeth Redman. Mary Beth graduated from Immaculata High school, an all-girls Catholic school in Warren, Michigan. She believed the foundation of her high school education empowered her as a woman to pursue a career in radio when few women were a part of the industry. She went on to study broadcast journalism at Wayne State University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. Mary Beth began her radio career in 1976 at WJR in Detroit, moved on to a station in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in 1980, her 36+ year career in Toledo commenced. First with partner Jack Mitchell, and upon his retirement, with partner Rick Woodell. Mary Beth was blessed to have two radio partners who made her job more fun than work. She experienced fulfillment bringing her wit, humor, and humility to radio listeners throughout Northwest Ohio. Mary Beth's relatability made listeners want to tune in each morning. Additionally, she received great joy in volunteering her time to help raise funds in support of organizations like The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Humane Society, the Alzheimer's Association, WGTE Public Media, and Mom's House (where she was awarded Mother of the Year in 2011). In addition to her charitable works, Mary Beth was honored to be inducted into the Ohio Broadcaster's Hall of Fame in 2005. Aside from her decades-long career, Mary Beth loved to travel, having visited destinations on 6 of 7 continents. Some of Mary Beth's favorite international travel experiences included climbing Mount Fuji in Japan, riding a hot air balloon over the Serengeti in Tanzania, visiting the Vatican in Rome, and dancing atop the Hills of Salzburg, Austria where her favorite movie The Sound of Music was filmed. However, of all the international locations she visited, Mary Beth felt most connected to Ireland. The family trip there created memories that will remain vibrant in our minds forever. Stateside, frequent vacations to the beaches of Rhode Island encompassed two of Mary Beth's favorite things: her feet in the sand and family by her side. Without question, raising Tara, Derek, and Cullin gave Mary Beth her greatest joy. She continuously showed her children unconditional love and taught them that kindness is the best gift you can give to others. Mary Beth and her family are most appreciative of the care provided to her at Flower Hospital, University of Michigan, and the Cleveland Clinic. The family would like to acknowledge Timothy Kasunic, MD, who served as a remarkable physician, advisor, and friend during her battle with cancer. Joining Mary Beth on her journey of life are countless loving and faithful friends. We're confident you know who you are and how much she valued your companionship, laughter, and prayers. Mary Beth was a bright light in this world, and her spirit will continue to shine. We hope you smile and think of Mary Beth when you witness your next breathtaking sunset. Memorial contributions may be made to the following organizations in her memory. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Toledo Humane Society, Alzheimer's Association, WGTE Public Media or to Moms House. Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S Reynolds Rd on Thursday July 8, 2021 from 3-8 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday July 9th at Little Flower of Jesus Catholic Church, 5522 Dorr St., Toledo, Ohio, 43615 at 10:00 am where the family will start greeting guest at 9:30 am. Interment will be private. For those who wish to attend the Funeral Mass via Live Stream, please go to littleflowertoledo.org and click on the LiveStream link to watch the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m.
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