An intimate memorial service was held Thursday afternoon for homicide victim Take Gangloff at Georgetown Village apartments where she spent the last few years of her life.
The 75-year-old was shot and killed Sept. 13 while walking to a nearby bus stop at Norwood Avenue and Mound Street.
Gathered to remember her were members of her family, detectives from the Dayton Police Department who investigated her death, members of the Okinawa Tomonokai of Ohio and numerous friends from the apartment community who said she was like family to them.
“Everybody that knew Take knew that she gave from her heart,” said Carolyn Tripp, who works at Georgetown Village. “That woman was loved.”
Local friends got to meet Gangloff’s sister-in-law, niece and great-niece whom she hadn’t had contact with in nearly a decade.
“I would like to thank all of you for being her family,” Alice (Gangloff) Fischbach told the residents. A member of the local Okinawa immigrant group read a statement from Gangloff’s family in Okinawa that also expressed thanks to the Dayton community.
Fischbach recounted stories about Gangloff in her younger years to the delight of her friends from Dayton who only knew her in later years.
Gangloff was described as a private, but very caring person.
“She didn’t talk to everyone, but I was one of the lucky ones,” said Doris Hardwick, who recalled their trips to get 12-packs of Gangloff’s favorite treat, Diet Coke.