Funeral services to be held this week for Toledo mayor

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Posted: Feb 09, 2015 9:00 AM
Funeral services to be held this week for Toledo mayor

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Memorial and funeral services will be held this week for the mayor of Toledo, Ohio.

A public viewing for Mayor Michael D. Collins has been scheduled for Wednesday night at the University of Toledo's Savage Arena. A funeral Mass will be held Thursday.

Collins died Friday, five days after suffering cardiac arrest while driving during a snowstorm.

The 70-year-old was in his first term as mayor. He was thrust into the national spotlight in August when algae blooms in Lake Erie tainted the tap water for 400,000 people in Ohio and Michigan for two days.

Toledo City Council President Paula Hicks-Hudson will serve as mayor until a November special election.

Gov. John Kasich has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff outside all public buildings in Toledo.