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Angela Petsche passed away. Taught at McAuley in the 70’s

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 1, 2018

Angela Ruth Petsche

Angela passed from earth to heaven on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Brookdale Muirfield Senior Living in Dublin, OH where she lived for nearly three years. Angela was born on July 2, 1928, the daughter of Edward and Ruth Heintschel, of Toledo, OH. She was joined in marriage on August 30, 1952 to Edwin Petsche of Toledo, OH. Angie and Ed enjoyed a long and happy marriage until Ed’s passing on July 4, 2015.

Angie was a devoted wife and mother. She spent the majority of her life as a loving wife and homemaker and gave of herself not only to her three children, but also to countless babies whom she fostered in her home for many years through Catholic Charities. She was an active member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church for over 50 years. Angela ran the bookstore of McAuley High School in Toledo to help offset the cost of private education. Many of the students would come to the bookstore just to visit with her.

All who knew Angela found her to be a kind and caring person with a great sense of humor. Even up to her last days, Angie befriended the residents and staff at Brookdale and shared her joy with all.

Angela is survived by her children, Gary (Beth) Petsche, Ruth (Mike) Rankin, Diane (Bob) Spencer; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all whom she loved dearly; her sisters and brothers, Ann Marie Etue, Barbara Nelson, Edward Heintschel, Thomas (Marilyn) Heintschel; sister-in-law and best friend, Joanne Heintschel and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Monsignor Donald Heintschel, Richard Heintschel and James Heintschel.

The family will greet relatives and friends at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee, OH on Monday, April 2, 2018 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. to include a prayer vigil at 7:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH 43614.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Josiah’s House, a home for boys and girls in the Dominican Republic. Donations may be given on-line at or by mail at Josiah’s House, 3279 Southall Rd, Franklin, TN 37064. Online condolences can be shared at

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Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2018

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Pamela Anne Hollenbeck (1946 – 2018) – Taught at McAuley in the 70’s

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 1, 2018

Pamela Anne (1946 - 2018) Hollenbeck Obituary

Pamela Anne Hollenbeck (1946 – 2018)

When Pam Hollenbeck entered a room she changed the room. She filled the space with grace and light. But when Pam entered the room, she never got very far. She inevitably saw someone she knew and engaged them in conversation. To the frustration of her four daughters and the admiration of her husband, these conversations, which lasted twenty, thirty, forty minutes—could and did happen everywhere—the grocery store, the post office, the park, the library. She made you feel like you mattered. Pam listened like listening could save the world, maybe, in fact, it did. A Pam-inspired celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, June 17th at Wildwood Metro Park.

Pamela Anne Hollenbeck was born in Syracuse, New York to Marjorie “Marmie” and Robert “Hap” Hodapp on March 13, 1946. As the eldest daughter of the “6 P’s” (Peter, Pam, Patti, Payge, Paul, and Piper) Pam helped care for all the P’s: tending to the younger ones and making sure the older ones didn’t get in trouble despite whatever mischief they stirred up.

Following Hap’s career, the family moved often during Pam’s childhood before settling in Adrian, Michigan. In 1963, Pam asked Paul, the shy boy whose locker was next to hers, to a dance. “I married my first date,” says Paul. Paul and Pam (“P Squared”) were together from that day forward—married in 1968 and celebrating their 50th anniversary this June.

After falling in love with theatre in high school, Pam decided to make it her major while attending Saint Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. In her last days on earth, Pam slipped her SWMC class ring on her finger, affirming how much she cherished the memories and friendships made during those years.

Pam earned her Masters of Fine Art in Children’s Theatre from Miami University in 1970. This was also the site of her activist awakening as she protested the Vietnam War, joining a sit-in occupying the ROTC building. Throughout the years, she would join countless other demonstrations, fighting for peace and justice often with her daughters in tow decked out with buttons and signs of their own. In 1986, she and Paul joined the Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament. In 2017, she helped lead the campaign urging the Sisters of Notre Dame to reconsider their decision to leave their sacred ground and its 200-year-old trees. She passionately championed for an alternative that would more appropriately honor their legacy.

One of Pam’s first jobs was at the old Mott Library, where she was hired despite her skeptical supervisor who remarked that Pam was “long of hair and short of skirt.” As her skirts grew longer (and longer still) and her hair slightly shorter, Pam’s professional life expanded yet remained rooted in art and education. As a teacher at McAuley High School and Lourdes College, she pushed her students to see the big picture, consider the connections of all things, and do it all through a lens of empathy and kindness. Working with Arts Unlimited as a Teaching Artist and as Interim Director, she changed the conversation in classrooms throughout NW Ohio. At the state-level, she championed a curriculum that valued the arts as, not an afterthought, but essential to all learning. She founded the Northwest Ohio Peace School. Throughout her life she worked in schools, organizations, and hospitals as a storyteller and teaching the medicine wheel.

It’s impossible to adequately express Pam’s love for her four daughters: Corey, Emily, Annie, and Sarah. Tucked in every room of the family’s Old Orchard home are scraps of paper crammed with notes that Pam scrawled during phone conversations she had with her four daughters. Whenever any of them was participating in anything that included an audience, she was in it, radiating with pride. This same devoted pride continued when Pam became Grammy Pammy with the arrival of her grandchildren Lena, Matt, Josie, and Alice.

Pam also entered the room without even being there—through your mailbox. As the digital age makes physical mail increasingly obsolete, Pam did her part to keep the United States Postal Service in business with her homemade cards delivered regularly to your mailbox. If you knew Pam and she had your mailing address, chances are you got a card—brown paper folded in half, a picture clipped from a magazine taped to the front of the card and another one taped to the envelope. Each card was specifically designed just for you. These small cards, huge in heart, brought together all the disparate parts of Pam’s life—art and family and peace and justice. Through these tiny handcrafted works of art, she built family, created connections, and expressed her activism, which in one form or another was to let everyone know that they mattered, that they were loved.

Pam profoundly touched the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people every day. And every day since her death, another person emerges who has a story to tell about Pam and what she meant to them. So many of you have reached out to our family to express your shock and ask what you can do and how you can help.

On March, 23, 2018, the world lost Pam at a time when the world needs a Pam more than ever. The best way to honor Pam is to fight for the light that she brought with her every time she entered the room. Be the Pam you want to see in the world: Stand up at concerts. Dance at weddings. Light candles at dinner—even on weeknights, especially on weeknights. Read books. Finish books—even the bad ones because it’s important to understand why some endeavors fail. Send homemade cards to everyone you know. Talk to children without talking down to them. Hold babies. Trust women. Vote. March. Call out the hypocritical and the petty—in the church, in the government, on your own block. Write letters to the editor. Savor the foam on a cappuccino. Order champagne or Prosecco—or any alcohol with bubbles—even when you are at the diviest dive bar and they have to wipe a thick layer of dust from the bottle. Tell stories. Get angry. Get outraged. Speak for the trees. Make friends who are decades younger than you. Feel everything. Be invested. End phone calls and sign cards with the word “peace.” Be a Mamabear for every kid who needs one in their corner. Cry at movies. Cry at plays. Cry at books. Cry every day. Write it all down. Have at least one long conversation with a friend or stranger every time you run an errand. Play Patti Smith‘s Easter after dark, loud enough to disturb the neighbors. Go see Bruce Springsteen wherever he is touring. Never turn off a good song in the middle of a lyric. Boycott soulless corporations. Donate to worthy causes. Support locally owned businesses. Believe that words matter. Believe that art will save the planet. Believe in your daughters unfailingly. Believe in the world even when it gives you so many reasons not to. If you’re going to hug someone, really hug them. Go outside. Roll down the windows. Grow more and more beautiful with age. Hold hands with the love of your life. Love. Love. Love.

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Published in Toledo Blade on Apr. 1, 2018

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Father of Kay ’66, Jean ’67, Susan ’70 and Cynthia Floyd ’83 passed away.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 27, 2018

Edward Dresser Floyd Obituary

Edward Dresser Floyd, age 92 of Whitehouse, OH passed away on March 23, 2018.

He was born to Edward Leroy and Vivian Rae (Dresser) Floyd on March 7, 1926. He was a graduate of Waite High School and then went on to serve his country proudly in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII. Ed was only home from the military a couple of weeks when he met the most beautiful woman at the Trianon Ballroom. That was when history was made and he married Lois Dorothy Murphy on July 12, 1947, and together they raised 10 children. He spent his career working for Libbey Owens Ford as a Shift Electrician Supervisor for over 34 years, where he invented numerous patents for the glass manufacturing industry which are still in use today. Ed was a devout Catholic and was very committed to his faith. He was a lifetime member of the Catholic church and a longtime member of St. Joseph Church in Maumee. He was able to fix or build almost anything. He obtained his pilot’s license and loved to fly with his military buddies, friends and family.

Ed was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Lois; his parents, brother, Jim; and grandson, Nicolas Iorio. He is survived by his children, Kay (Charles) Gifford, Jeane Swemba, Dr. Edward J. (Susan) Floyd, Susan (Timothy) Iorio, Michael Floyd, Laura (David) Rahanian, Amy (Rob Brown) Goins, Lisa Armstrong, Patrick (Clare) Floyd and Cindy (Charles) Skeens; sister, Mary Corese Floyd, S.N.D., 20 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and his faithful dog, Dottie.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Sunday, March 25 from 2-8 p.m., where a Scripture Service will be recited at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 26 beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the mortuary, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph Church, Maumee at 10 a.m. Interment Whitehouse Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Gretchen, Mary, Jayme and Tom for their commitment and loyalty to Ed.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Sisters of Notre Dame. Please view sign our online “guest registry” at

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Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 24, 2018

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Ginny Puhl ’67 Passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 22, 2018

irginia Ann “Ginny” Puhl(1949 – 2017)

Virginia Ann “Ginny” Puhl

Virginia Ann “Ginny” Puhl age 67 of Maumee, Ohio went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2017 after a long standing illness and more recently, cancer. She was born in Perrysburg, OH on July 30, 1949 to Louis J. and Viola J. (Borck) Puhl. Ginny graduated from McAuley High School in 1966.

Surviving are her sisters, Carolyn “Carrie” Reimer and Patricia (Nelson) Pfleghaar; sister-in-law, Sharon Puhl and many nieces and nephews. Ginny was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Thomas and David Puhl and sister, Laura Puhl.

The funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 104 W. Broadway St., Maumee on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, Maumee. Online condolences may be shared at

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Funeral Home

Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home
501 Conant St Maumee, OH 43537
(419) 893-7686

Published in Toledo Blade on July 6, 2017

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Joan English ’67 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 22, 2018

Joan E. English(1949 – 2018)

Joan E. English

Joan E. English, 68, of Ft Lauderdale, FL and formerly of Toledo, OH, passed away on January 1, 2018 after a short illness.

She was born April 28, 1949 to Thomas and Gladys (Mohr) English. She graduated from McAuley High School in 1967.

She is survived by sisters, Jean (Bob) McKee, Chris Harrigan, Kathy Schultz of Toledo, OH and Dorothy (John) Luetzow of Seminole, FL and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Tom English and nephew, Tommy Braker.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial will be held at a later date.

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Published in Toledo Blade on Jan. 7, 2018

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Regina Schneider Arps ’62 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 19, 2018

Regina S. Arps Obituary

Port Charlotte, FL

Regina Schneider Arps, 73, of Port Charlotte, FL, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017, at her Port Charlotte residence.

Regina was born February 20, 1944, in Toledo, Ohio, to the late Lee A. and Catherine T. Schneider. Regina met and married William V. “Bill” Arps, and together, left their native Toledo for Greenville, South Carolina where they raised two daughters. Regina, a former Legal Secretary, retired with her husband Bill to Port Charlotte in 2007, where they had been wintering since 2005. She enjoyed many activities, but none more than weekly Friday night fish dinner with friends, exercising at Curves’, weekly Bingo night, Tuesday Bridge Club at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center, and regular visits to the Punta Gorda Elk’s Lodge and Port Charlotte Loyal Order of Moose.

In addition to her parents, Regina was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Henry, in 2017. She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, William V. “Bill” Arps, and daughter Kelli Carlton of Greenville, SC; son-in-law, husband of Karen, John Henry of Greenville, SC; four grandchildren, Zak, Taylor, Samantha, and Sawyer; and one sister.

The Arps family invites friends to attend a Celebration of Life gathering for Regina, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10th, 2017, at the Green Valley Country Club located at 225 Green Valley Road, Greenville, SC 29617.

In lieu of flowers, to honor Regina, memorial giving is suggested to the American Cancer Society, 2970 University Parkway Suite 104, Sarasota, FL 34243, or online at .

Friends may visit online at to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Homes & Crematory, Port Charlotte Chapel.

Published in The Greenville News on June 7, 2017

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Mother of Mary Beth Dibling ’68 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 18, 2018

Mary Catherine (Gavigan) Dibling Obituary

Mary Catherine (Gavigan) Dibling

Maumee’s “Uptown Girl” as coined by the late Dennis McCarthy, died February 27, 2018 at the age of 90. Mary spent 40 years in uptown Maumee, working in the family business, Dibling Floor Covering. She retired at age 80. Mary was a longtime treasurer of MUBA and involved in the many community projects sponsored by the business group. Other past involvements include the Maumee Senior Center, St. Joseph’s Church, Maumee River Yacht Club, and served as president of St. John’s High School Mothers Club. Mary was a proud 1945 graduate of Central Catholic High School and attended Mary Manse College. She taught third grade at St. Joseph before leaving to help run the family business

Mary and Edward James “Jim” were married in 1949 at the Rosary Catherdral. He passed in 2001. She is survived by Mary Beth (David) Rumer, Tom (Dianne) Woggon and Michael (Karen); grandchildren, Katie Wiercinski, Bridget and Brian Rumer, Andrew, Matt, Nicole and Ashley Dibling and 3 great-grandchildren.

The family would to thank Hospice of Northwest Ohio, and the best friend anyone could have, Denisha Jacobs.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 on Friday, March 23, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Maumee, Ohio. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Ursuline Convent in Toledo. Online condolences may be given at

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Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 6 to Mar. 18, 2018

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Mother of Susan ’69, Mary Caye ’70, Lynn ’72 & Janet McCann ’73 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 17, 2018

Susanne McCann Clees Obituary

Susanne McCann Clees, 88 of Toledo, died at home on Friday, March 9, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born November 5, 1929 in Chicago, IL to Thomas and Marie Hanton.

Susanne worked for years as a Market Research Consultant then as an accomplished Salesperson for the Lion Store of Toledo. Her children nicknamed her “the fashion police”. Susanne was a lifelong volunteer in her church, her children’s various schools and at MCO. Her family, books and sewing were her passions. The christening gown she handmade for her first child has been worn by three generations. Our friends always felt like they were home because Susanne was so warm and approachable.Susanne is survived by her husband of 16 years, Donald Clees, “she filled my heart with love”; children, Susan McCann, Mary Caye McCann, Lynn (Dan) McCarty, Janet (Steve) Kyle, Jim (Julie) McCann, Brian (Margaret) McCann; daughter by choice, Barbara Hertzsch; stepsons, Don (Nina) Clees and Tom (Janet) Clees; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, as well as sister, Patricia Dawkins and sister-in-law, Marianne Hanton. Susanne was predeceased by husband, James J. McCann and brother, Thomas Hanton.There are not enough words of gratitude to thank the amazing and caring people at Promedica Toledo Hospital and Hospice of Northwest Ohio. You gave our Susanne the gift of dignity. A warm thank you to Susanne’s friend, Trisha, for the beautiful visual, “she is now dancing in the cosmos”.Visitation will take place at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds on Friday, March 16 from 2-8 p.m. with sharing at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 17 at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Church at 10 a.m. where the family will receive friends beginning at 9 a.m.Donations may be made to either Hospice of Northwest Ohio or St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Church. Please view and sign the guest registry at

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Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2018

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Kathryn Humphrey Current ’62 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 16, 2018


Kathryn E. Current, 74, of Fort Wayne, died March 14, 2018 at Parkview Memorial Hospital. Kathryn was born February 22, 1944 in Tuscola, IL to the late Henry and Frances Humphrey. She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and was the co-founder of Current Mechanical Inc. She was a member of Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Kathryn is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert; sons, Timothy J (Dusti) Current of New Haven, IN, Ted R (Kathy) Current and Thomas M (Heidi) Current both of Fort Wayne, IN; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild; brother, Mike (Garnet) Humphrey; sisters, Elaine (Clem) Suski and Delia (Gary) Parker; sister-in-law Marlene Humphrey. Kathryn was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Humphrey. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am Monday, March 19, 2018 at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4916 Trier Rd with calling one hour prior. Visitation will be held Sunday from 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm at Divine Mercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, with a rosary at 3:30 pm. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame or Masses. To sign the online guest book, go to

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Tricia Kobylak ’87 Passed away – Daughter of Anita Eisel Kobylak ’62, Sister of Trudy Kobylak Turner ’84

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on March 13, 2018

Tricia Lynn Kobylak

Tricia Lynn Kobylak, age 48, departed this life on Monday, March 5, 2018 with her loving sister, Trudy Kobylak, by her side in Wilmington, NC. She was born to Ronald and Anita (Eisel) Kobylak on September 17, 1969 and began her life in Maumee, OH. The family embarked on their adventure together that began in a pop-up camper in Monclova, OH, that eventually became their beautiful home on Salisburg Road. Trish attended grade school at St. Joseph’s of Maumee and St. Joan of Arc Schools. From there, she attended McAuley High School. She graduated from Christian Brothers College in Memphis, TN where she became a Certified Public Accountant. Eventually, she relocated to New Jersey and worked as a controller for Sixth Avenue Electronics and later a Mazda Car Dealership. Most recently, she was working toward a teaching degree. While in New Jersey, she developed many solid friends who became a part of her extended family, especially Ellen Booker, Nadine Geoffrey and Jimmy Geoffrey and their families. She became the proud godmother of John Geoffrey, age 12; Becca Geoffrey, age 12; and Max Booker, age 11. Because Tricia so loved being near the ocean, she was planning a move to Wilmington, NC in April 2015. This was delayed by a diagnosis of an aggressive form of cancer. She started treatments in New Jersey, and with the help of her New Jersey family, she was able to make the move to Wilmington, where her sister and others were able to continue to help her in her hard fought battle against cancer. Tricia lived life to the fullest. Her many interests included photography, music, cooking, The Cleveland Browns, Michigan Wolverines, and reading a good book on the beach. She was always looking for ways to make people happy. Her family will always cherish the way Tricia had a unique way of bringing joy to others. She went as far as becoming an ordained minister so that she could surprise her younger brother and older sister at each of their wedding ceremonies. She performed the ceremony! Trish is survived by her parents, Ronald and Anita Kobylak; her sister, Trudy Kobylak (Mark Turner, husband); brother, Scott Kobylak (Diana); and Scott and Diana’s children, Tyler, Landon and Mallory.

A Mass to celebrate Trish’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 1 p.m. followed by a gathering of friends and family at the Elks in Maumee.

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Published in Toledo Blade from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2018

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