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Forester Art Landseadel fondly remembered by city

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Art Landseadel next to the Heritage Bur Oak  this year, which helped Sylvania again be recognized as Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Art Landseadel next to the Heritage Bur Oak this year, which helped Sylvania again be recognized as Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.
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Art Landseadel, who died at 91 last month, initiated several programs in Sylvania and officials said his legacy of making the city  beautiful will live on.

Sylvania resident Julie Hoch remembers the days before Mr. Landseadel, a forester, was directed to make Sylvania a better looking place.

“My neighborhood looked like a desert,” she said about the Highland Meadows subdivision that has been her home since 1971.

Today, the streets of her subdivision are lined with full-leaved trees, which are “a monument to Mr. Landseadel. Before him, no one even thought about planting trees,” she said.

Mr. Landseadel, a landscaper by trade, died June 28 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg Township. He had the title of special events coordinator for the past 10 years, and developed Harroun Park, the Parks and Forestry Division, and also managed many happenings around the city since he began its tree street program more than 30 years ago. 

He was a welcomed member at the executive staff meetings that Mayor Craig Stough held each Thursday morning. “He gave us ideas, solutions and perspectives for a better Sylvania,” Mr. Stough said.

The mayor remembers his father taking him to Mr. Landseadel’s business, Secor Landscape, when he was a young boy to buy a Japanese maple bush which is still alive today. The two became friends and colleagues after Mr. Stough became a councilman in 1986.

Mayor Stough said he does not anticipate an end any of the programs initiated by Mr. Landseadel, including the Sylvania Youth Conservation Corp. "It will be watched in the next coming months to see if it will be viable without Mr. Landseadel," he said. The program taught children business principles through nature conservation projects in the city and parks. The program is being administered this year by Patrick O’Brien, superintendent of the Parks and Forestry Division.

Since Mr. Landseadel’s health declined in the months before he died, Mr. O’Brien also coordinated the festivities for the annual Arbor Day Celebration.

Office Manager Deb Raszka knew “Art,” as many called him for 27 years. She and the others of Parks and Forestry were called the “Green Team” by him, and will continue to beautify Sylvania with trees and plants, while maintaining the city’s parks, she said. She is also coordinating the annual River Ball Race, which takes place Saturday.

Ken Katafias, operations manager for Sylvania Recreation Corp., took the lead on this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony and is planning the upcoming Patriot’s Day Ceremony held in honor of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Mr. Landseadel was a contracted employee. In 2012, he was compensated $32,917.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com 



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