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McAuley High School, Toledo, Ohio

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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Mother of Colleen Joyce Moyer ’81 and Mary Joyce Reed ’85 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 22, 2020

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Carol Anne (Mauter) Joyce passed away on April 7, 2019 at Lakes of Monclova, OH. Carol was born November 8, 1938 in Toledo to William S. and Florence M. (Blanchard) Mauter.

She was a graduate of St. Catherine of Siena grade school and Saint Ursula Academy where she was honored with The Bishop’s Cross. She achieved a Diploma of Nursing from Toledo St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing and earned her BSN from the University of Toledo.

Carol was known for her compassion, faith, and determined spirit in her life and profession as a Registered Nurse. She had a forty year career with the majority at the University of Toledo Medical Center (formerly MCO), her specialty was pediatric nursing. Carol loved working with children and making a difference with her devoted care, for which she was often recognized years later by her former patients.

Above all, she was a loving spouse, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her 58 year marriage with Jim was a wonderful example of Christian marriage. Carol had a strong work ethic enjoying the fulfillment of any task with a warm smile. She balanced family and work while returning to school to earn her BSN. She appreciated life’s celebrations and family togetherness including daily family dinners, holiday gatherings, picnics, card games, zoo trips with the grandchildren, and baking chocolate chip cookies. She enjoyed traveling near and far, especially the annual family trip to St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. Her house was always open to her cherished family and friends. Her ten grandchildren were the light of her life.

Carol put her faith into action as a volunteer at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns including funeral luncheon ministry, nursing home ministry, and tutoring at Rosary Cathedral School. She enjoyed her involvement with St Patrick’s Renew and Rosary groups, and The Christ Child Society. Late in life she met the challenges of an atypical form of Parkinson’s disease with grace and dignity.

Her love and spirit will continue to shine through her loving family including husband James W. Joyce, sons Jim (Lynn) Joyce, Jeff (Tracey) Joyce, daughters Colleen (Kevin) Moyer and Mary (Dave) Reed; her beloved grandchildren Jim, Sean, Ryan, Sarah (Stephen), Shannon, Nick, Molly, Dan, Jamie, and Alex. Carol held a special place in her heart for her 34 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Florence Mauter, and siblings Evelyn (Richard) Andray, Bill (Jean and Pat) Mauter, Don (Jane) Mauter, and mother-in-law Isabel (Malone) Joyce.

Her family extends a heartfelt thanks to the caring staff at Lakes of Monclova, her physicians, and Hospice of NW Ohio. We are grateful to the nurses and aides who gave such beautiful kindness and care to her.

Family and friends are invited to gather at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo on Monday, April 15 starting at 9:30 AM followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 AM. Carol will be laid to rest at a later date at Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution in Carol’s memory, to either St. Patrick Heatherdowns Church; Hospice of NW Ohio, 30000 East River Rd, Perrysburg; Parkinson Foundation of NW OH 150 W South Boundary Street, Perrysburg; or a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Coyle Funeral Home. Please view the online guest registry at CoyleFuneralHome.com

www.coylefuneralhome.com

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Published in The Blade from Apr. 14 to Apr. 16, 2019.

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Mary Jo Barker ’75 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 22, 2020

I recently was advised by Mary Jo’s sister Susan Barker  (class of 1965) that she passed away of brain cancer on 11/10/2019.

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Diane Stanfa Rice ’73 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on May 5, 2020

photoDiane Stanfa Rice

Diane, age 64, of Toledo passed away April 26, 2020 of ovarian cancer. Diane was born to Joseph and Lois Stanfa on July 14, 1955. She was a 1973 graduate of McAuley High School. She worked at the former National Family Opinion for 35 years.

Diane loved being with her grandkids. She also loved spring and fall vacations at the beach and summer vacation at the lake. She enjoyed walking, eating out, reading, happy hour and the casino.

She is survived by her husband Gail; sons, Matthew and Nicholas; grandchildren, Heaven, Maizen, Mekhi and Mila; parents, Joe and Lois Stanfa; sister, Cathy (Dave) brother, Mark (Diane); in-laws, Herb and Shirley Rice, Brent and Shelly Rice, Kent and Lisa Rice; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother Chris Stanfa and brother-in-law, Roger Rice.

Diane is out of pain and on to the Afterlife. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home (419) 269-1111.

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Mother of Kathleen Recht ’79 and Cynthia Recht ’85 passed away:

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on April 1, 2020

Patricia "Pat" Recht Obituary

Patricia “Pat” Recht (February 19, 1936-March 24, 2020) was lovingly carried back to Jesus and reunited with her husband Robert “Bob” Recht in Heaven on this day after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

She is survived by her two daughters, Kathleen Speer (Thomas) of Katy TX and Cynthia Carmichael (Andrew) of Longmont, CO; along with four grandchildren, Benjamin Speer (Jennifer), Ian Carmichael, Charlotte Carmichael and William Speer; along with four great grandchildren. We are grateful for all of those who assisted in her care these last few years. She has never stopped missing our father and we are blessed to know she is at peace now with the love of her life.

In lieu of flowers or a memorial a donation can be made to the orphanage her grandfather founded-Nazareth Children’s Home in North Carolina at NAZCFC.org

www.berstickerscottfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Blade from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2020

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