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McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio

Pam Dolve ’65 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 18, 2020

Pamela J. Szczepanski

Pamela J. Szczepanski, 73, of Toledo, passed away on October 13, 2020. She was born to Robert and Beatrice (Czubachowski) Dolve in Toledo. She worked in customer services with various businesses in the Toledo area. She was a member of the AARP, ASPCA and the Humane Society. Pam was a very loving grandmother and cherished her 5 grandsons.

Pam was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gary; son, Todd; and her father. She will be dearly missed by her children, Tracy (Elijah Clay) Myers and Troy (Holly) Szczepanski; her mother, Beatrice Balusik; grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Alex; “Auntie” Irene Czubachowski; and extended family and friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020, at St. Hyacinth Church at 11:00 a.m., where friends may visit after 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery along with the blessing and burial of her late husband, Gary.

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Published in The Blade from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2020.

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Sister Noel Frey passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 14, 2020

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Sr. Mary Noel Frey, RSM

Sister Mary Noel Frey passed away early Sunday, October 11, 2020, at St. Bernardine Home in Fremont, Ohio, at the age of 83. Born Imelda Sylvia Frey on November 28, 1936, she was one of thirteen children born to Mary Ann Hunkele and Jerome George Frey, Sr. of Kirby, Ohio.

A few months after graduating from Union Building High School in Upper Sandusky, she entered the Sisters of Mercy of Cincinnati in 1954. At her religious Reception in 1955 she received the name Sister Mary Noel and she pronounced her lifelong vows on August 16, 1960.

Sr. Mary Noel was a Sister of Mercy for 66 years. Her early ministry included teaching elementary and secondary education at St. Vincent de Paul, St. Catherine, and McAuley High School, all of Toledo, as well as at St. Mary’s Mansfield. She earned a BS in History and Latin from Our Lady of Cincinnati College and a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton. She also received certification and advanced training in pastoral care and was a professional hospital Chaplain for over 25 years, providing care at a variety of hospitals in northern Ohio, including St. Charles Hospital of Oregon, Lorain Community Hospital, and St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

In 1992 she received the “Woman of Achievement Merit Award of Recognition,” as well as the 1993 “Elizabeth Coleman Award,” for her outstanding ministry to the Lorain community. Then, in 2011, she was further recognized as a “Legend of St. Rita’s” for her pastoral work in this at St. Rita’s hospital.

Sr. Mary Noel loved music throughout her whole life. A gifted pianist and organist, she taught herself the guitar when it became popular for use in the Catholic Church. Her arrangement of the “Our Father” is still used in parishes and in the Mercy Community. In addition, Sr. Mary Noel served as Director of Music at St. Paul in Chains of Huron, Ohio, and as Chair of the Music Committee of the Toledo Diocesan Liturgical Commission.

Sr. Mary Noel retired in 2012 to St. Bernardine Home in Fremont, Ohio, where she continued to enjoy an active life and remained eager to share her gifts as a liturgist, organist, and sacristan. Sr. Mary Noel also loved nature, especially flowers. She was known to take daily walks through the Our Lady of the Pines grounds. She would look for new blossoms and then use them to create beautiful bouquets of flowers to decorate St. Bernardine chapel for each liturgical season.

Sr. Mary Noel was preceded in death by her parents, Jerome and Mary Ann Frey, and by her siblings, Agatha E. (Frey) Thomas, Edwin Frey, Wilfred Frey, Gerold Frey, Norman Frey, Miriam C. (Frey) Vent, Jerome S. Frey, and Herman J. Frey.

Sr. Mary Noel is survived by her siblings, Cyril R. Frey, Frederick D. Frey, Rosalie D. (Frey) Pahl, and Norbert R. Frey along with their families, many friends, and her beloved Sisters of Mercy community.

Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Bernardine Home in Fremont, OH. Private services will be held at St. Bernardine Home later this week.

Hanneman-Chudzinski-Keller Funeral Home, Fremont, Ohio has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hannemanfuneralhomes.com

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Published in The Blade from Oct. 14 to Oct. 16, 2020.

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Janice Hatfield Spindler ’62 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 21, 2020

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Janice K. Spindler

Janice K. Spindler passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 16th, 2020. Jan was born and raised in Toledo, OH and graduated from McCaulley High School. She married her childhood Sweetheart, Norman Spindler, November 7th, 1964 and had 52 wonderful years together. Jan raised 3 sons and loved being a mom. She also loved music and loved to sing. She was a proud member of the Sweet Adelines singing group for many years. She was also very active With the church in many aspects over the years.

Janice is survived by her 3 sons, William (Tammy), Mark (Heather) and Jayson (Karen); along with 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and special friend, Jerry Keck.

The family wishes to invite family and friends for a celebration memorial on Tuesday, September 22nd, at 3pm at Crossroads Church in Ottawa Lake, MI, with a reception celebration following after at Mark and Heathers home in Ottawa Lake, MI.

Address to the church is 6960 Sylvania-Petersburg Rd., Ottawa Lake, MI 49267. Address to Mark and Heathers home is 8445 Sterns Rd., Ottawa Lake, MI 49267.

 

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Published in The Blade from Sep. 20 to Sep. 22, 2020.

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Husband of Sara VanGunten Toerne ’72 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 13, 2020

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Kevin T. Toerne

On Monday, August 10, 2020, Kevin T. Toerne, devoted and loving husband, father and Papa, passed away in the comfort of his home at the age of 66. He entered Heaven’s gates with an

‘Halleluiah!’

Kevin was born on December 22, 1953, to Richard and Aileen Toerne in Toledo, OH. He was number six of eleven. As a father, he liked to use this middle-child status (and the fact that his birthday was so close to Christmas) as a way to procure extra gifts from his children! He was a proud graduate of St. John’s Jesuit, class of 1972. His friends knew him as the funniest and the most quick-witted class clown with a mean curve ball! In Kevin’s own words, they also described him as dashingly handsome.

While simultaneously, owning and operating a General Contracting & Painting business and raising four young children, he earned his BA of Education from the University of Toledo, graduating magna cum laude. This definition, given to him by his wife, is how he measured success:

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men, and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.”

He married his childhood sweetheart and lifelong love, Sara (Van Gunten), in 1974, who is survived. And if you’ve ever seen them, you’ll know they raised four beautiful children together. Survived are his son, Kevin (Elizabeth Lynch) Toerne; his daughters, Anna (Kyle) Williams, Elizabeth (Anthony) Sorensen, Rebekah Toerne and her partner, Chris Hogan. He was a selfless, patient, giving and fun-loving father.

He was adored by any little person who came in contact with him. He was the go-to baby whisperer, imaginative and creative playmate. He built and played in endless forts, igloos, Barbie and superhero castles. He will be deeply missed and forever loved by his adoring grandchildren, Emma, Sam, Lilly, Ben, Van, Seton, Kate and Quinn. He had recently retired from FedEx and was looking forward to the boundless doughnut dates ahead of him!

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Aileen Toerne and brother, David of Maumee, OH. He will be lovingly missed by his siblings, Lynne, Rick, Suzen, Steve, Beth, Lisa, Judy, Tim, Tom; countless in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, no funeral services will be held.

We would like to share the phrase that brought the most joy to our family, “Daddy’s home!” Now, he truly is.

Celebrate the life he led! As he often reminded us, with his favorite verse, Psalm 118:24 “Today is the day the Lord has made, we will Rejoice and be glad in it.”

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Published in The Blade from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18, 2020.

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2020 “Gathering” Cancelled

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on July 9, 2020

Sorry to report that our All School yearly “Gathering” has been cancelled this year due to the epidemic.  

Stay Safe!

McAuley Planning Committee

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Sue Grindle Rumpf ’74 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on July 7, 2020

(This was originally posted on our McAuley FB Page by Michelle Badhorn-Hall)

Sue Grindle Rumph’s class of 1974-daughter wrote:

Today, May 15, just one day shy of her 64th birthday our mom went home to be with the Lord. Her husband and all three kids got to be with her to say goodbye. We are absolutely devastated! But our hope remains in the Lord, that we will see her again someday! And we are so thankful for all the precious years we had with her. The best wife, friend, sister, mom, and Mimi

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Husband of Kay Floyd Gifford ’66 passed away (Kay is sister to Jean ’67, Susan ’70 and Cynthia ’83)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 8, 2020

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12/31/1948 – 5/27/2020

Charles Robert Gifford, our beloved patriarch, passed away on May 27, 2020. He was a fighter but a second protracted bout of cancer exhausted him. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathryn A. Gifford nee Floyd. Charlie’s last wish was to die at home and his awesome children and their equally amazing spouses made that possible: Charles F. (Vanessa) Gifford, Trinity, Florida, Cara C. (Lee) Hendricks, Lawrence, Kansas, Catelyn M. (Andy) Orsini, Santa Cruz, California, and Clayton E. (Kristen) Gifford, Sylvania, Ohio. Their love for their Dad is a tribute to him as a father.

The apples of his eye were his nine grandchildren: Tirian and Asher Gifford, Willem and Wyatt Hendricks, Everett, Ansel and Cedar Orsini and Logan and Claire Gifford.

Charles was the youngest child of Carl Charles and Suzanne Gifford nee Chambers. He was born in Toledo on New Years’ Eve, 1948. His parents and brother, Richard, preceded him in death.

Charles was a member of the first graduating class (1966) of E.L. Bowsher H. S. to attend all four years there. He graduated from the University of Toledo with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1973. He served in the US Army Reserve, honorably discharged in 1976.

He was employed by the Toledo Zoo as a youth, a place and people he always remembered fondly. Post college, he worked at Haughton Elevator, Sohio Refinery, Henry Filters (BG) and finished his career at Toledo Jeep and Chrysler Motors Corporate Engineering as a Launch Manager, retiring after 32 years. In this position he worked with wonderful people all over the country and Brampton, Ontario.

Charlie was adventuresome and fun. His interests were many. Over the years, He taught Local 8 Electrician apprenticeship classes, refereed Anthony Wayne Youth Soccer, coached CYO basketball, tutored at St. Francis De Sales and read extensively. He served as a past president of the Instrument Society of America local chapter, did sudoku puzzles daily and enjoyed Teen Town Reunions. He loved food, taught himself to cook and mastered it. When a new restaurant opened, he visited. He took the concealed carry class. He was always happiest working outside. For many years he kept bees and chickens. He was a member of the Maumee Valley Beekeepers’ Association. He loved all animals but especially his dogs and his cat. He taught four children and two foreign exchange students to drive.

As a child he loved sports, particularly sandlot baseball; pickup games went on for hours. Later, he followed the Cleveland Indians, English Soccer as a Liverpool fan and he especially loved any sport played by the University of Toledo. He held season tickets to UT football and Men’s and Women’s basketball and was a member of Downtown Coaches’ Club for many years. He exercised faithfully and did a few 5K races in his dotage.

Charles will be remembered for his quick wit and wisdom often leaving his family and friends laughing. He was creative and artistic. A hell raiser as a child, he matured into a most caring, generous man, devoted to and extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. His was a life well-lived.

Our heartfelt thanks go to Tim and Susan Iorio and Christine of Sincera Palliative Care for their amazing kindness and care. And a special thank you to Rich and Barbie Munn for their support and friendship. In keeping with the current climate, Services for Charles will be private. Please consider an act of kindness to any creature or planting a tree in his honor.

www.toledocremation.com

 

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Published in The Blade from May 31 to Jun. 2, 2020.

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Husband of Deborah Zvanovec Kos ’75 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 7, 2020

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John L. Kos

12/30/1946 – 5/31/2020

John (Les) Kos passed away peacefully after a brief illness on May 31, 2020 in Perrysburg, Ohio at the age of 73.

John is survived by his wife, Deborah; and their daughter, Lauren; as well as his son, David and daughter, Kimberly from a previous marriage; brother, Philip (Deborah); father-in-law, Joel Zvanovec (Jeannie); brothers-in-law, Jay Zvanovec and Jon Zvanovec; four nieces; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Roberta; and his brother, Larry.

John was born on December 30, 1946 to John and Roberta (Sprink) Kos. He grew up in Whitehouse, Ohio, graduating from Anthony Wayne High School in 1964, and Bowling Green State University in 1968. After serving in the Air Force, he began a long and successful career in the life insurance industry, where he qualified for the Million Dollar Round Table “Top of the Table” award. John worked hard to build his business which afforded him the freedom to enjoy his many interests, all of which included wheels.

John loved to build models and always had a car or airplane (sometimes both) in process. He enjoyed collecting anything with wheels, big or small, and made many friends who shared his interests along the way. John made us laugh and always had a story to share, and he could remember every joke he ever heard. He was generous with his time and knowledge, teaching insurance classes and serving on various boards and committees, the most recent of which was a several year involvement with Adopt America Network.

John will be remembered as a fun, hardworking man of integrity who was fiercely independent and liked to think big. He was loved by his family and friends who mourn his passing, miss him dearly, and remember him fondly.

A celebration of John’s life will be scheduled for a later date once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Adopt America Network, 3100 Central Ave., Ste. 225, Toledo, OH 43606, or a charity of the donor’s choice. The family would like to thank all John’s caregivers for their efforts and dedication. Condolences may be made online to the family at

www.witzlershank.com

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Mother of Cheryl Spino Belcher ’74 and Val Spino Raitz ’76 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on June 7, 2020

Margaret Spino
Margaret Ann (Thiel) Spino, age 85, of Toledo, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 5, 2020 at home with loving family by her side. She was born on October 17, 1934 to Joseph and Bernadette (Neumann) Thiel in Toledo. Margaret was a graduate of Central Catholic High School in 1952. She was an LPN for many years before retiring in 1996. Margaret was a longtime member of OLPH. Margaret enjoyed gardening and was an animal lover. She was always taking care of others, very generous and had a heart of gold. Margaret loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her smile, spirit and caring nature will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence Thiel. Margaret is survived by her loving children, Cheryl Belcher, Valerie (Jeff) Raitz and Anthony (Kathy) Spino; grandchildren, Richard (Regina) Spino, Jamie (Jonathan) Nadaud, Joe (Judith) Belcher, John (Alix) Belcher, Jacob (Kaitlin) Raitz, Jonathan (Sunni) Raitz and Justin Raitz; great-grandchildren, Shawn, Sara, Trayce, Trevin, Nathan, Nadiya, Gus, Cora, Gavin, Adam, and Kali; sisters-in-law, Patricia Thiel and Anna Lou Spino; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

The family will receive guests, Monday, June 29, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2255 Central Grove, Toledo, OH 43614.

Newcomer – Southwest Chapel, Toledo (419-381-1900) assisted the family with professional services.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Bandera County Young Life, P.O. Box 1741, Bandera, TX 78003, which is a non-profit Christian organization of which her grandson, Jacob is the area director or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, in Margaret’s memory.

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Services & Gatherings

Visitation:
Monday, June 29, 2020 from 9:30am to 10:30am
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2255 Central Grove, Toledo, OH 43614
Memorial Service:
Monday, June 29, 2020 at 10:30am
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2255 Central Grove Toledo, OH 43614
Interment:
Calvary Cemetery
Toledo, Ohio
Newcomer – Southwest Chapel (419-381-1900) is assisting the family

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Father of Deborah Andrus Wallace ’78 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 28, 2020

Obituary for James C. Andrus

James C. Andrus

James Charles Andrus passed away peacefully on April 9th 2020. James was born September 11, 1933 to Rollin and Violet Andrus. He was preceded in death by his older brother Richard (Dick) Andrus in 1998.
After serving in the Army, James returned to Toledo and went to the work for the Lucas County Engineer where he became a licensed professional land surveyor in 1961.
In 1957, he married Bernadette (Mikrut) and had children James Joseph (Ann-deceased), Deborah Ann Wallace (Matt), and David A. (April). grandchildren: Nicole, Sarah, Gretchen, Clare, Benjamin, Aaron, and Isaac.
In 1966, James founded JC Andrus & Associates Inc. For over 50 years the company has performed thousands of land surveys in the Toledo Area. Many of the local surveyors in this area had their start or worked with Andrus over the years. The company will continue in honor of its founder.
In 2001, James married Mary Margaret Grimshaw (widow) who had daughters Pamela Grimshaw, Debra Incledon (Richard), Melissa Gordon (Peter) and grandchildren Luke, Olivia, and Shane Gordon.
James never retired and enjoyed being at work every day until nearly the very end. He also enjoyed throwing large parties, spending time with his grandchildren, and gathering every Friday night with friends he called his “Friday Night Group”.
Due to the current gathering restrictions a memorial event will be held at a future date. The family requests that those who wish to honor him do so by supporting the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio and the VA. James always promoted the profession and was involved with the VA in his later years. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at CoyleFuneralHome.com

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