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McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio

Mother of Kathy ’74, Marisa ’78 and Julie Viviano ’80 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 21, 2017

Eleanor K. Viviano Obituary

Eleanor K. Viviano, 84 of Toledo, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017 at University of Toledo Medical Center after a brief illness. Eleanor was born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on February 24, 1933 to John and Kathyrn (Hyde) Keyser. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University she married Sam Viviano on July 2, 1955 in Detroit, Michigan. In 1964, the family left Detroit and moved to Waterville, OH where she raised her young family and was an active member of Waterville Playshop. During that time, Ellie also enjoyed working in the family flower business, Bartz Viviano Flowers and Gifts.

Ellie loved the arts and expressed herself through painting, writing, and acting. She was also an accomplished gourmet chef and will be remembered for the wonderful dishes she prepared for family gatherings and for sharing her cooking skills with her daughters and daughters-in-law. Ellie was a nature lover at heart and throughout her life she showed a deep appreciation for God’s creation. She spent the last 20 years living in her own home in South Toledo where her love for gardening became her passion. She transformed her yard into a rich tapestry of beautiful flowers and plants that culminated in winning the award for the Best Perennial Garden in Toledo in 2011. She was also a longtime member of the Garden Club and enjoyed her weekly painting group. She was an avid golfer and played in ladies golf leagues for many years. In all her endeavors Ellie will be remembered for always striving to be her best. Her passion for excellence will always be an inspiration to her family.

Her grandchildren were her joy, each one was welcomed with delight into her arms and heart. All the kids in her life whether hers or not, called her Grandma Ellie. Ellie left a rich legacy to her 6 children, 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathryn; father, John, and brothers, Randall and Jack. She is survived by her sister, Molly and children, Kathy Hauck (Jim), Frank (Sandy), Sam (Judy), Marisa Johnson (Steve), Julie Sofo (Mike), and Matthew (Donna).

Following Eleanor’s wishes there will be no visitation. There will be a Mass in her honor on December 26th at 11 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 2240 Castlewood Dr., Toledo, OH 43613. We also invite family and friends to join us for a Celebration of Ellie’s life on December 26th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg, OH 43551. Arrangements by Eggleston Meinert & Pavley Funeral Home.

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Mother of Marcia ’69, Jan ’70 and Connie ’77 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 20, 2017

Alice A. Brandel Obituary

 

Alice A. (Arthur) Brandel was born on March 24, 1926 to Ralph and Genevieve Arthur in Toledo, Ohio. Alice graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1943. She was employed at Autolite where she met her husband, William F. Brandel whom she married June 17, 1950. Bill and Alice enjoyed gathering with many friends in Fort Myers every winter. They traveled to all 50 states and over a dozen countries. She was active in the OLPH Altar Society, and very involved in her children’s school activities.

She is survived by her loving children, Marcia (Mike) Linenkugel, Jan Konrad, Connie (Vince) Curtis, Bill (Sue) Brandel; and sisters-in-law, Pat Arthur and Pat Brandel. Alice was also deeply loved by her grandchildren, Lisa King, Ryan Konrad, Christi Ansberg, Eric Walter, Kelly Biggs, Nathan Konrad, Andrew Velker, David Brandel, Sharilyn Brandel, Mike Curtis, Greg Curtis, Rob Linenkugel, Mike Linenkugel, and Julie Emerson; and her 27 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; her brothers, Ralph, Ray and Richard; and her grandson, Charles Curtis.

A celebration of Alice’s life will be held at a Memorial Service on Tuesday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Ohio Living Swan Creek. Special thanks to the staff at Swan Creek for their warmth and kindness. Memorial contributions can be made to Ohio Living Swan Creek Retirement Village or Toledo Children’s Hospital Foundation. Condolences for Alice’s family may be expressed online at:

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Mother of Mary ’70, Regina ’72, Maureen ’76, Marie ’81 McCartney (and daughter-in-law Joie Zatko ’70) passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 19, 2017

Irene Janet McCartney Obituary

Irene Janet (Kotynski) McCartney of Geneseo, IL passed away peacefully on December 9th, 2017 with family members by her side. Services will be held on Thursday, December 21 at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. The visitation will be from 9:30 (rosary at 9:30 a.m.) to 10:30 a.m. in the church followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. There will be a luncheon in the church hall following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Irene’s name to the Geneseo Food Pantry, 217 North Russell Street, Geneseo, IL 61254. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Irene was born to the late Anastazy S. and Janet (Jaskulska) Kotynski in 1926 at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital, Chicago, IL. She was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hammond, IN. Her godmother was Cecilia (Chessia) Glazer. Irene attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from Hammond High School. Irene worked at a Naval Office in South Chicago and at Hammond City Hall as secretary to the City Engineer.

Irene married the love of her life, Michael John McCartney, Jr. in 1950. Witnesses at her marriage were her brother Edward S. Kotynski and Michael’s sister, Gertrude A. McCartney. Their first three children were born in Hammond, IN – Michael III, Mary and Regina.

Michael took a job with Detroit Testing Lab and Irene had the next three children while living in Detroit – Chris, Maureen and John. Their youngest child, Marie, was born in Toledo when Michael took a position with Owens-Illinois.

Michael and Irene raised their family in South Toledo, attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where both were very active in the church and community. They spent time making and maintaining numerous friendships that lasted a lifetime. Irene was particularly fond of her birthday club and her Weight Watchers group (they met after meetings for lunch and joked about how they “watched” as their “weight” went up!) After Michael retired from O-I, Irene and Michael moved to Chickasha, OK and lived there until Michael passed away in 2008 after 58 years of marriage. Irene moved to Geneseo in 2009 and to the Good Samaritan Nursing Village in Geneseo in 2017.

After Irene and Michael retired, they had calling cards printed with the phrase, “We have lived fully; We have loved well.” Michael and Irene certainly did!

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael, Jr.; her parents, Anastazy S. and Janet (Jaskulska) Kotynski and her brothers, Edward, Henry and George.

She is survived by seven children, Michael III (Joie Zatko), Schererville, IN, Mary, Owatonna, MN, Regina (Al) Sutherland, Chickasha, OK, Chris, McCook, NE, Maureen (Robert) Hall, Pfafftown, NC, John (Sally Lonsdale) of St. Petersburg, FL and Marie (Kevin) Lillis, Geneseo. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

The burial will take place on January 6, 2018, in Chickasha, OK at the Fairlawn Cemetery (Grady County, OK) next to her husband of 58 years, Michael, Jr.

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Published in Toledo Blade on Dec. 19, 2017

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Mother of Karen ’76, Sharon ’79 and Laura and Linda ’84 Kotula passed away.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 12, 2017

 

Having lived a life of humble service and lifelong commitment to others, Betty Jane Kotula, Perrysburg Ohio, age 88 left this earthly life on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Otterbein Portage Valley. She was born and named Elizabeth Jane on June 1, 1929 to Ernest and Carrie (Dlugiewicz) Jakubowski in Toledo, Ohio. She married Gerald P. Kotula on October 19, 1957 at St. Adalbert’s Church, Toledo. Betty was a graduate of Woodward High School and subsequently worked at the Rossford Ordnance Depot until the birth of her girls. She remained a selfless servant to her church, family, friends, and neighbors during her entire life. During the 80’s, she was employed by the Frank School cafeteria in Perrysburg. Upon retirement she and Gerald enjoyed time at their winter home in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents; Brothers Edward, Arthur, John, Walter and Daniel.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Gerald; sisters Rose Bogdanski, Sister Sandra Jakubowski; brothers Paul and Melvin; daughters Karen (Scott) Schwind, Sharon (Bill) Brinker, Laura (Paul) Brady and Linda Melvin; ten very special grandchildren, Lesley Bevil, Eric and Adam Schwind, Rob Groves, Aaron and Jared Brinker, John Paul and Allison Brady, Kate and Jake Melvin; and 5 great grandchildren.
Many thanks to her caregivers Kathy Ringler and Janet Aldrich, Otterbein staff and Hospice staff. A gathering of family and friends will take place at St. Rose Church, Perrysburg on Saturday December 9, 2017 beginning at 9:30 AM. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM in the church followed by a luncheon. A private burial at St. Rose Cemetery will be held at a later date. Gifts in memorium should be directed to St. Rose Parish, Hospice of Northwest Ohio or Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Lifestyles. 

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Father of Terri ’78, Tracy ’79 and Tamara Schnapp ’81 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 22, 2017

Richard Schnapp Obituary

 Richard C. Schnapp, a concrete mason and Toledo firefighter who kept his cool at emergencies, died Monday in Arden Courts in Westlake, Ohio. He was 83.

Mr. Schapp, most recently of Perrysburg Township, had Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter Tracy said. He shared the news with friends after he learned, said Kent Reecer, who worked with Mr. Schnapp at fire station No. 5.

“He dealt with it like he dealt with everything – head on, same as he would fight a fire,” Mr. Reecer said.

He was born Aug. 4, 1934, to Eunice and Peter Schnapp. The longtime south end resident grew up on Queen Street and, with his wife and children, lived on Geneva Avenue and Heatherdowns Boulevard.

He was a 1953 graduate of Libbey High School and learned the concrete trade from an uncle. Mr. Schnapp aimed for perfection and in time he and his RC Schnapp Concrete Construction were sought out by those who admired his sidewalks and driveways and basement footers. For a project outside the Toledo Zoo’s museum of science more than 50 years ago, he marked his initials in the concrete.

“They’re worn away from time, but you can still see them,” his daughter Tracy said.

He was drafted and became a sergeant in the Army, serving in what was then West Germany from 1957-59.

He joined the Toledo fire force in 1961 and worked at stations No. 1 downtown; No. 5 – first at Broadway and Logan Street and then at Ontario and Washington streets; No. 9 at Broadway and Orchard Street, and No. 21, at Detroit and Glendale avenues.

“Dick Schnapp was highly regarded by everyone, from privates to chiefs,” Mr. Reecer said. “They respected his opinion.”

And they drew on his experience and know-how.

“The major thing was always keeping a calm demeanor,” Mr. Reecer said. “The new guys on the job looked up to him, because he knew what he was doing.”

He also went on runs as a first responder to traffic crashes, household accidents, street violence, and medical emergencies. When he spoke of a day’s tragedy, it was in whispers to his wife, away from his daughters.

“He didn’t want to bring home any sad stories,” his daughter Tamara said.

His daughter Tracy added: “He protected his daughters.”

Mr. Reecer recalled a firehouse where coworkers told jokes and got along.

“We had to laugh and make jokes or it would become overwhelming,” Mr. Reecer said.

Mr. Schnapp was on duty Sept. 9, 1980, when lightning struck the steeple of the Historic Church of St. Patrick downtown. Firefighters managed to save the church, despite the blazing steeple. To mark the 35th anniversary,the church in 2015 honored firefighters there that day with a ceremony and picnic.

He retired in 1987.

He was a member of South Toledo Golf Club, where he made two of three holes-in-one. He could be found on the course at least three days a week.

He and Maradell Karchner were sweethearts as Libbey students and married May 26, 1956. She died April 7, 2007.

Surviving are his daughters Terri Johnson, Tracy Schnapp, and Tamara Zawodny; brother, Gary Schnapp, and four grandsons.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Coyle Funeral Home, with a Last Alarm Service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the mortuary.

The family suggests tributes to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Published in Toledo Blade from Oct. 18 to Nov. 11, 2017

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Father of Patricia ’67, Veronica ’70 & Rosemary Pinciotti ’74 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 22, 2017

Don Pinciotti Obituary

Don Pinciotti, born in Carey, Ohio October 25, 1922 passed away on October 3rd, 2017, just weeks from his 95th birthday. “Pince” is remembered as a generous, hard-working, and influential force in the lives of his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Cheryl of twenty-two years and her son Marty Toukonen, as well as Don’s brothers Frankie and Gabriel (Lucy Ferrara) and sister Carmela (Frazier). He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alma (Mantini), siblings Anthony, and Theresa (Calmes) and grandson Dominic Pinciotti.

Don graduated from Central Catholic high school (1940), and was an all-city standout in baseball and football. He was named first team All-City in football and played in the Ohio All Star game. He wasinducted into the Central Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. Don received a full scholarship to the University of Dayton earning six varsity letters in football and baseball. As a Dayton Flyer, Don was selected to the “All-50 Harry Baujan Team”, All Ohio Catholic All-American team and chosen as Most Valuable Athlete in 1947.

In WWII, Don served as a second Lieutenant and physical education instructor at Fort Benning, Georgia before joining a troop ship in the Pacific. With the 8th Army, he escorted Japanese POW back to Japan. In Yokohama with the 8th Army football team he played in the Tokyo Bowl as the game captain and was selected as MVP. After the war, he was promoted to first Lieutenant, serving as 8th Army athletic director managing and playing on troop baseball teams.

He returned to UD and graduated in 1946 with academic honors, All-Catholic, and All-American distinctions. He was offered a contract with the Detroit Lions and Chicago White Sox organizations. Don chose to play baseball with the Chicago White Sox and the Memphis Chicks for five seasons. Don was inducted into Toledo’s City League Hall of Fame’s all-time greatest athletes in 2000.

Don married Rita Clarahan in 1948 and returned to Toledo with a growing family to work at Willys Jeep in 1953. Don worked as an UAW International representative and was instrumental in bringing the “Kaiser model” of health care to all United Auto Workers in Toledo. Don believed athletics, nature, and creativity were important to a well-lived life providing this opportunity for thousands at Local 12 Summer camp. “Pince” was an entrepreneur, a Toledo Recreation department commissioner, and developer for Outdoor Resorts of America. He was a sports enthusiast, collector, and a CYO coach. A natural storyteller and life-long Democrat, Don loved debates about politics and sports.

Belief in a college education, hard work, and athleticism were passed on to his children and grandchildren who survive him: Patricia (Howard Rappaport), Rocky (Joan Glase), Veronica, Dennis (Anita), Rosemary (Michael Quaranta), Philip (Kris), Dino (Lisanne), and Frank. Don often bragged about the interests and individual athletic/academic accomplishments of his grandchildren — Zak, Nikki, Jesse, Gabe, Andrew, Christopher and Rachel, Michelle, Jaclyn, Dan and Lindsay, Kevin, Caitlin, Dean, Ben and Mandy, Andrea and Ryan, John Paul, Tori, Livy, Mimi, Mike, Julia, and Lauren and was overjoyed about his great-grandchildren, Bailey, Dean, Vincent, Luke, Sadie, Elliot, and Harley. Borrowing from Lou Gehrig, Don “considered himself the proudest father on the face of the earth”.

The family will be receiving guests Friday, October 27, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419 381 1900). There will be a Military salute at6:45 p.m. followed by a scripture service.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 28, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo (419 381 1540).

In lieu of flowers his family requests donations be made in Don’s name to the Toledo Diocese Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) – 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43604.

To leave condolences for Don’s family please visit:

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Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 22, 2017

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Sharon Guhl ’64 passed away (sister Pat Guhl ’62)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 7, 2017

Sharon A. (Guhl) Puhl, age 71, departed this world unexpectedly on October 4, 2017 at home. Sharon was born on June 17, 1946 in Toledo to Frederick E. and Genevieve M. (Simon) Guhl. Sharon attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Maumee and then graduated from the former McAuley High School in 1964. On April 22, 1967 she married Thomas Puhl, then built their family home in Springfield Township in 1971. Their marriage brought two children, Kerry Anne and Thomas J. Puhl II. When it was time for them to begin school, she worked part-time in various positions allowing her to attend and participate in her children’s activities. In 1990 and 1992 she was blessed with two grandsons, John Thomas and Alexander Joseph Zappone. Sharon chose to work at various Springfield schools her grandsons attended in order to enjoy their daily activities and to have lunch with them. Her family was always her first priority. She retired in 2012 from Springfield Schools after 27 years of service.

After retirement, she reconnected with several of her high school friends and old neighbors to enjoy dinners and shows. She would enjoy the frequent company of her sisters and sisters-in-law for afternoon lunch all enjoying her contagious smile.

Along with her children and grandsons she is survived by sisters, Pat Shirtz and Nancy Guhl; in-laws, Carrie Reimer and Pat (Nelson) Pfleghaar; many nieces and nephews; God-daughter, DeAnna Long; and canine companion, Daisey Mae. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom; parents; and brother, Robert.

Friends may be received at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. where a Scripture Service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral services will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the funeral home followed by the funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Rose Church, Perrysburg. Interment will follow in St. Rose Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the American Heart Associationor the American Lung Association. Condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com.

Our mom, grandma, sister and dear friend touched so many lives. She will be missed by many. Fly high, sweet angel.

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Published in Toledo Blade from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2017

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Carol Mika ’70 (sister of Nancy Mika ’72)

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 18, 2017

Carol Ann Mika-Freimark Obituary
Carol Ann Mika passed away suddenly in St. Luke’s Hospital on Monday, September 11, 2017 after a short severe illness. Carol was born in Toledo, Ohio on October 14, 1952 to Henry and Phyllis Mika. She attended St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns and McCauley High School. She excelled in academics, graduating second in her class and was recognized for her achievements in national math testing. She made many lifelong friends from McCauley and was proud of the education she received.

Carol traveled to Europe with her high school girlfriends, spending summers exploring the many cultural wonders which she would remember for the rest of her life.

Carol attended the University of Toledo and worked for many years at St. Luke’s Hospital in the accounting and administrative departments. She was a detailed and professional employee and was often the go-to person to solve difficult problems. After St Luke’s she worked at many and various businesses both large and small in Toledo, Aeroquip, an eye clinic, Metzgers Printing, a veterinary office, Blue Cross, HCR Manor Care, never quite finding the right challenge.

Carol had a lifelong love for music, theater, the arts, film, and fashion. She had an amazing ability to take in information on the subjects she was passionate about and could recite facts about people, places, and events, often besting Jeopardy competitors. She was a member and/or supporter of such organizations as the Black Swamp Blues Society, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Valentine Theater. She credited her Aunt Ruth for exposing her to the arts at an early age.

Carol’s passions took her to concerts and plays across the country, especially Chicago, and New York City. Carol was an intrepid traveler often trekking to destinations solo to witness the latest and best the artistic world had to offer. She recently went to Broadway to see the original cast and performance of Hamilton which she said was one of the best performances she had ever witnessed.

Carol was always in the know with the latest releases and new musicians and movies often correctly predicting critical acclaim and future success.

Carol was a firm believer and supporter of the library and frequented her local branch often. She had an extensive personal collection of books, especially cookbooks, which inspired her to often prepare gourmet meals for friends and family.

Carol spent the last years of her life caring for her aging relatives. She was a tireless and compassionate caregiver to her mother, her father, her uncle and most recently her aunt in their declining years.

Her compassion extended to nature where she donated her resources to Natures Nursery and would many times save young or injured creatures she would find in the Oak Openings region of Whitehouse, where she lived.

Carol was preceded on death by her parents, Phyllis and Henry Mika; grandparents, and uncle, Bert. She is survived by her loving and adoring husband, Tom Freimark; her brother, Tom Mika; her sister, Nancy Mika, and her aunt, Ruth Mika.

Carol’s enriching presence will be profoundly missed by all who knew her.

A celebration of Carol’s life will be take place at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant Street, Maumee, Ohio on Wednesday, September 20th, from 3-7 p.m., followed by a short memorial service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, any contributions or donations can be given to Natures Nursery in Whitehouse in Carol’s name.

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Published in Toledo Blade from Sept. 17 to Sept. 19, 2017

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Son of Linda Nadeau Gogol ’65 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 29, 2017

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Dr.  Kenneth W. Gogol, 41, of Rockford, Illinois died Thursday, August 24, 2017.  Ken was born June 10, 1976 in Toledo, Ohio to Thomas S. and Linda S. (Nadeau) Gogol.  He is survived by his loving husband, Chia-Feng (Max) Chang; parents; brothers, Lee (wife, Mishelle Daines) Gogol, Steven (partner, Shane Eicksteadt) Gogol; sister, Beth (husband, Dean) Foust; best friend Darrell Nelson; and nieces and nephews.

Ken was a 2016 graduate of UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford and was voted by fellow students as Student of the Year.  He is remembered for his intellect and quick wit, his contagious laughter, his philanthropy, his love of animals, dancing, reading, learning, meeting new people and his strong familial bonds.

An informal visitation and memorial gathering will be held Monday, August 28, from 5:00 to 7:00pm in Honquest Family Funeral Home, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to an organization supporting mental health awareness or suicide prevention.

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Mother of Cathy ’72, Karen ’73 and Barbara Durham ’77 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 29, 2017

Alice Catherine Durham

Obituary for Alice Catherine Durham

Alice Durham, 90, left us on August 26, 2017 in Toledo Ohio.

In her last weeks, she spoke of being “really blessed.” And she truly was. She was blessed with her beloved husband Dan who cherished her for 65 years; her 4 children – Cathy (Bruce) Wilson, Karen (John) Heinrichs, Barbara (Tony) Hirsch, and Daniel (Joan) Durham who loved her sweet, thoughtful guidance and wit; her 9 grandchildren who thrived in her joyful attention; her wonderful great grandchildren; adoring parents and siblings, Bill Gleespen and Mary Fox; treasured sister-in-law, Jane Gleespen Nachtrab; precious high school “sorority” friends, together for 70 years; close friend Toby Hoover; and many dear nieces and nephews. But we were even more blessed – by her faith, strength, wisdom, humor and devotion to all of us.

Alice was born on May 6, 1927 to Albert and Louise Gleespen. She went to Central Catholic high school and played clarinet in their marching band. She married her dear husband Dan in 1951. Because of Dan’s 26 years with the fire department, Alice was able to stay home to raise their young children. As they grew older, she embarked on her own career as an HR Block tax professional, working for 38 years into her 80’s. With Dan, she traveled to many places, including Ireland, Alaska and the Atlanta Olympics. Disney World with grandchildren was a favorite. Their 50th wedding anniversary celebration was celebrated in style in 2001. And this year, they reached a landmark 65th anniversary.

Alice is preceded in death by her parents and siblings. She is survived by her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sister-in-laws, and other close friends.

Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Wednesday, August 30th from 5-8 p.m. where a Scripture Service will be recited at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, August 31st at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Church at 10 a.m. Entombment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery at 1 p.m..

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Dr. William M. Gleespen Scholarship fund at St. John’s High School, 5901 Airport Hwy, Toledo, OH 43615. Please view and sign our online “guest registry” at CoyleFuneralHome.com

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