Andy Fellman was born December 8, 1969, to Phyllis and Roger Fellman, their youngest child and only son. He joined a family with seven sisters and grew up with all the daily chaos that surrounds a large family in a small home, always filled with extras.
Despite profound disabilities due to a birth accident, Andy played a special role in the lives of his family members. Through all the family gatherings and holidays, along with the continuous flow of his sisters' friends, boyfriends, and eventually children, Andy was at the center of it all, either propped up on the couch or on the carpet with the other young ones.
Andy, extraordinarily resilient, showed us that all life has purpose. Doctors said he would not live past his first day, yet he survived and surpassed many other challenges in his life. It may be difficult to imagine what Andy's purpose in life might be, but it was greater than all human imagination and logic. Not only was Andy an example of resilience despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, he also reminded us that joy can be felt in even the most difficult circumstances.
Andy will always be remembered for his deep, intense, and prolonged laughter that instantly caught attention and brought laughter to all throughout the house. We always wondered what Andy was thinking during those frequent fits of infectious laughter, but whatever the reason, it was absolute joy spread through Andy's unspoiled soul.
Our father called Andy an angel, incapable of sin. Truly, Andy's soul was pure and untainted by the world. His life was a gift, and he remained under the loving care of his parents until they could no longer care for him at home. That is a heartbreak our parents never recovered from. However, Andy received great kindness from the staff at the Ann Grady Center, and the family is grateful for the excellent care they provided him daily. We are also thankful for the surrogate family who visited him over the years.
Andy is survived by his seven sisters, Sandy Chaffee, Linda (Mike) Jacobs, Cindy Fellman, Kelley Knitz, Janice Fellman, Liz (Rich) Grimm, and Annette (Rene) Lucas. He is also survived by a multitude of nieces, nephews, their children, and cousins. His parents, Phyllis and Roger, preceded him in death. It is our belief that Andy is now free and happily reunited with them.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, from 12 noon until a service is held at 2:00 p.m. in the Thos. I. Wisniewski Funeral Home, 2426 North Reynolds Rd., Toledo, OH. (419.531.4424).
Memorial donations are suggested to the Anne Grady Center.
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