Ralph J. Behrendt

Born: Tue., Jan. 16, 1951
Died: Sun., Jun. 29, 2014


1:30 PM to 2:00 PM, Sun., Jul. 06, 2014
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sun., Jul. 06, 2014
Location: W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home

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Ralph Joseph Behrendt, age 65, passed away at home on Sunday June 29, 2014 of a massive heart attack. Ralph was the owner and operator 9 years of the Flying Rhino Coffee and Chocolate Co. Surviving is his loving wife Gini Porritt Behrendt. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents Ralph A. and Evelyn (Stygowski) Behrendt and his sister Karen Behrendt.
  Family and friends may visit after 1:30 p.m. on Sunday July 6, 2014 at the W. K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy. where a Celebration of Life service conducted by Pastor Anna Marie Hunter will be held at 2 p.m. Immediately following the service a living memorial potluck will be held at the Toledo Farmers Market. Celebrate Ralph’s love for home cooked food by bringing a dish to pass. For more information contact 419-340-1062 or 419-729-9488. Memorial tributes may be made to Grand Haven Hospice, 1061 S. Beacon B.W, Suite #200; Grand Haven, MI., 49417.  

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   Posted Wed July 02, 2014
Great guy, warm, and welcoming every time. Will be missed by many and there is no replacement.

Mickey & Paulette Balazs
   Posted Wed July 02, 2014
Dear Gini,
Please except our deepest sympathy. Even though we only met you a couple of times, way back when Ralph had his art studio downtown (both of them), he always spoke lovingly of you when we would run into him other places. We knew Ralph for over 40 years, he used to use his photography skills on our family. Unfortunately, we haven't seen him in awhile. BTW, his mom did the flowers for our wedding. May Ralph's memory and spirit guide you.

Suzanne & Andy Beavis
   Posted Wed July 02, 2014
Dear Gini,
Andy and I are so shocked and saddened to learn of Ralph's passing. He was a wonderful man and a talented artist. If we can be of any comfort or help to you , let us know. Rest in peace Ralph.

Timothy Swan
   Posted Wed July 02, 2014
Our hearts go out to you. He was such a spirit to make things happen I would not put it past him to stop this from happening! I will always remember him and how he helped so many glass blowers in the area. The local art and food community will miss him dearly. Rest in peace Ralph.

Christine Child
   Posted Thu July 03, 2014
I'm so sorry. I'm a stranger - one of the people you and Ralph always made feel like the Farmer's Market was home. I'm so sorry for you loss.

Steve and Jackie MIerzejewski
   Posted Fri July 04, 2014
Dear Gini,

We are so sorry to hear of Ralph's passing.
You have our deepest sympathies at this very difficult time.

We always enjoyed our time with Ralph and you at the store and at the various venues when you were selling coffee.

He was really good with the kids in my Economics class at Whitmer.

He will be missed by many.

Steve and Jackie

Sonmez Sahutoglu
   Posted Fri July 04, 2014
I am very happy to have known Ralf from the coffee club and the farmers market. He will be in our thoughts. Gini, please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss.

Natalie Swonger
   Posted Sat July 05, 2014
Dear Gini,

We cannot begin to fathom your loss. Ralph was one of a kind. I have many fond memories of Ralph patiently teaching Pam and I the skills of glass blowing. He was always chuckling and ready to share a good story. And it was fun to be part of the experimentation phase of the truffle era. Our thoughts are with you and many hugs from all of us. Natalie, Bill, Kirsten, Chris, and Jenny

Sandra and Bob Potter
   Posted Sun July 06, 2014
Dear Gini,
We are all in shock and saddened. Ralph is part of our market family and will never be forgotten. We will miss his wit, smile, and stories. Ralph was amazing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Sandy, Bob, and Meghan Potter
Tucker's Farm

Kathy Bradshaw
   Posted Sun July 06, 2014
Gini, I am so sorry for your loss, and for the loss to the community.
His generosity, kindness, and talents enriched us.

Denise Poage
   Posted Sun July 06, 2014

Our hearts are sad for you over the loss of your sweetheart. We will surely miss him too. He was my favorite of all Chuck's cousins. You are in our prayers, now and in the days to come.

Jim Groneck
   Posted Tue July 08, 2014
I have been away from Toledo for twenty years, but will forever remember Ralph and grateful to have had him as part of my life. He truly was a Man's Mam! Working with him at Gallery B was always an eventful time because no matter what you were doing, right or wrong, he was there to help.
The world need's more Men like him and I will have another friend to talk to at night, when I want to remember good thoughts and memories.

Thank You for sharing him with us!

Our deepest Colendences.

Jim Grooneck

Richard Hawkins
   Posted Fri August 22, 2014
I am deeply sorry to hear this. I am a musician/clarinetist that had met you guys in northern michigan many years ago and had bought at least 5 of his pieces which I look at on a daily basis and still love. If I remember correctly I had also given him some saxophone mouthpieces that I had collected over the years so that he might enjoy learning the sax. He was a treasure and I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss. I happened to have been going through an old drawer today to clean out old business cards and found Ralph's. It inspired me to look up what he was doing these days and was saddened to find the news. I wish you all the best and thank you for the ever lasting years of art and creativity Ralph. Warmest Regards

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