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2009 – Gathering at Walbridge Park

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 30, 2009

The Annual “Gathering” at Walbridge Park was held yesterday.  We had about 82 in attendance.  The Class of 1987 had the largest in atttendace with 13.  This appears to have been one of the largest attendances we have had.  Many attended with their sisters, including the Mercurio, McHugh, Erford Boellner & Bohnett sisters.

Next year, lets try to get our sisters to attend with us.  Or call a former classmate and see if they want to go with you. 

Please feel free to post your comments and let others know you attended and were hoping they would have too…

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Class of 1963 – Maureen “Moe” Degnan Michael

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 30, 2009

I was resently advised of the passing of Alumna Maureen Degnan Michael on 6/19/09… her obituary was in the Toledo Blade and follows:


Maureen “Moe”Maureen Michael, 63, of Toledo, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2009. She was born on September 10, 1945, to Joseph and Aurelia (Comte) Degnan. Maureen was an LPN working at
various nursing homes in the Toledo area.
Maureen was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Melvin Richard Dymarkowski, and son, Mark Dymarkowski. She will be dearly missed by her son, Sean Dymarkowski; daughter, Samantha Michael; grandchildren, Nathan, Monica, Markie and Michael; sister, Mary ‘Pat’ (Louis) Boyer; brother, Michael Degnan; and nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may visit the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy., on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 3:00 p.m.
until the time of Memorial Services at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor Randy Kutz officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.



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Class of 1977 – Shawna Norwood

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 20, 2009

Shawna sent this message in:

Hey just wanted to tell everyone this. Last year I was giving the flu vaccine to the faculty at a school called MERCY here in Cincinnati Ohio. And who would believe that Sister Nancy whom taught Algebra while I was a student at McAuley( I am from the graduating class of “77”) is the principle there. She remembered my full name without me even telling her. And that It was the Algebra lecture class she knew me from.  You guy’s remember the large class once a week where all the classes met for lecture? She  looks exactly the same except for all white hair. There is a McAuley High School here thus I was surprised she wasn’t on faculty their. She stated she actually graduated from Mercy. I forgot the story of how she ended up in Toledo at McAuley. but give me a break. I’m old now.

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’64 Clarice Bennett Killian – Comment

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 19, 2009

Due to ill health, I will not be able to attend (the Gathering).  However,
Cathy Nadeau Clark ’68, from Macon Ga. and I had lunch last Thurs. at Mancy’s Italian. She was visiting her family in Toledo. We haven’t seen each other in 30 years!!!  We met up again on Facebook.

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1964 – Christine Konczal Galvin

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 16, 2009

I have an interesting family of 11 children and 11 grandchildren with all the joy and drama that accompanies so many personalities and combinations.
Love the work I do with United Way, great neighborhood project underway called the Conestoga Project, helping people find all public and private resources to improve the infrastructure while building a strong community.  I’m on the stewardship team at Immaculate Conception.  We have distribute information about our parish and the diocese to 9,443 households in our area in September and October.

50th Celebration:

I was disappointed more members of the class of 1964 weren’t there.  However, it was a delight to see so many accomplished women.

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Class of 1979

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 13, 2009

Class of 1979’s 30th Class Reunion held on Aug. 8th at the Perrysburg Boat Club with 29 grads along with several spouses and guests in attendance.  

McHugh Branyan (class representative), Wendy Weston Held, Kathy Hower Campana and Mary Pat Arman Harms planned the reunion. Janice Leirer Braida provided the flowers and the beautiful table decorations. 

You can leave a comment by clicking on “comment” below.

(If you attened the Reuion and it is OK to post your picture and name here on the blog page please send me an e-mail to ok it –  I can not post without a release from everyone in the pictures.  Thanks!)

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Class of 1986 – Melissa Stukenborg Paskvan

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 11, 2009

I received this e-mail from Melissa and she gave me the OK to post it here… (Please include her in your prayers)

Subject: ToTAL SHOCK for me,  Last week I was diagnosed …..with breast cancer. found 1 in. lump under breast on Sunday.

Mammogram, ultrasound, needle biopsy, marker and mammogram again, all on Tuesday. Thursday , I received the call from my doctor that my biopsy tested positive for breast cancer. As of now, their plan is to do a lumpectomy, look at the lymph nodes and run more tests and see where they need to go from there.

Information and details are still very preliminary and will keep you all informed. I did send out a few posts prior to other friends who I did not talk to one on one on FaceBook to keep them in the loop too. I’m very public about this as like everything else that goes on in my life and would not exclude anyone that mean so much to me.  I do see the breast care surgeon on August 17th and will discuss their plan of action. I have a lot of medical forms to fill out now and pick up mammogram and ultra sound images to take with to Dr. Butler. Dr. Butler is well know in Toledo and I have a few breast cancer survivor friends that are being treated and/or have been treated by her and have had excellent results and experiences with her.

You all know that I’m a strong woman, very hopeful, and ready for this fight to beat this cancer – I have to for my 7 yr. old son who needs his mommy to be healthy and for my husband who is the best thing that ever happened to me.  I know most of you all for a very long time and you are all very dear to me. I hate breaking this news but can’t hold it in me and need to remind you to please do your breast self exam every month, early detection is the key.  Many of you know that my lump did not show up on the mammogram so please, please do your self exams, press firmly and be thorough. I know I’m surrounded by lots of great people, positive energy and laughter which will get me through this. For things are still sketchy for me, this is gonna be a long week till the 17th so keep the wise cracks on FaceBook coming to me! 🙂 Peace, Love and Friendship, Melissa Stukenborg Paskvan

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’70, ’71, ’82 The Presser Girls

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 5, 2009

I received this update about the “Presser Girls”.  Karen Presser Gerber  ’70, Debra Presser ’71, Penny Presser Goodman ’82… as well as their mother Nancy Presser who worked in the Cafeteria…

The Presser Girls

Karen, class of 70, married Tim Toth and had 4 children. She has been happily married to Dan Gerber for the last 13 years.  She put her “speed” in typing to good use working for Dun & Bradstreet for 17 years and is now happily a stay-at-home wife and grandmother of 12.  She lives in South Bend, IN, but is making plans to relocate to the Denver area.  Oldest daughter, Jennifer has 5 sons and she lives with her husband in Panama City, FL where they enjoy a home built by Habitat for Humanity.  Beth is in Tucson, AZ working as a Paramedic, going to school for nursing and raising a son.  Michael and his wife are in Rhode Island raising a son and daughter.  Karen’s youngest; Andy and his wife live in Goshen, IN and are raising a son.  Yes, the only granddaughter is a cutie.  Karen came into a personal relationship with the Lord in 1993 and truly enjoys living out her faith each day.


Deb, class of 71, joined the RSM’s after HS, stayed for 9 years and then went on to earn her Masters Degree in Counseling.  She lives in Sandusky and works for an Adult Career Center.  Deb is active with many groups: The Harlequin Community Theatre (her most recent show just won 11 awards at the Northwest Regional  Ohio Community Theatre Association and so the show is going to the state competition over labor day.  Break a leg Deb), Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians (PFLAG), the American Red Cross (Deb was a mental health worker during after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans) and an intimate spiritual community of working mystics.  Yes, she still plays the string bass and guitar.  She loves to ride her Honda Scooter back and forth to work (Don’t laugh, it gets 60 mpg). 


Penny, class of 82, married Brian Goodman.  They are getting ready to celebrate their 20th anniversary September 1st by vacationing on St. Simon’s Island.  She graduated from U.T. with a Bachelor’s in Business/Marketing.  Penny has worked in sales, specializing in bath and kitchen design in Toledo, Maumee & Arizona.  Currently, she and Brian manage a highly successful storage facility in Northwood.  Penny and Brian are very active in their church, Western Avenue Family Center, where Brian is the Chaplain & in charge of the food ministry to the less fortunate in the old south end.  Music ministry is still in Penny’s blood.  Together, they have helped many families find their faith, warm clothes and good food.    


Nancy, one of the “Cookie Ladies” of the snack bar and cafeteria, still lives in the neighborhood with husband George.  If McAuley was still McAuley, she would still be working there.  She loved it!  She misses the sisters, teachers, the staff and ALL the girls.  She loves keeping track of you and always lets us know when she hears about marriages, babies, deaths, etc.  She always seems to have a story of one of you or your family.  She does a better job of keeping track of who was in whose class than we do!  Nancy is still active at OLPH.  She and dad work very hard on the rummage sales.  Nancy is the queen of garage sales, having at least 2 a year over on Mapleway Dr.  Besides the girls, Nancy raised a son, who still lives in the area with his 2 children.

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Faculty – Margaret Gaynier

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 5, 2009

I recently received information that Mrs. Margaret Gaynier  (teacher) passed away in November 2006.  Posted in the Toledo Blade 11/11/06  (Note the year is 2006 – but I just found out and wanted to let everyone know).

GAYNIER Margaret F. Margaret F. Gaynier, 65 years, of LaSalle, MI, died Thursday, November 9, 2006, in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. An educator, she taught science and English at McCauley High School for several years. After raising her family, she taught science and religion at St. John the Baptist Elementary School in Point Place from 1986 till 2005. She was honored with the Governor’s Award for Excellence in teaching. The daughter of Alphonse and Charlotte (Kosydar) Wester, she was born August 11, 1941, in Toledo. Margaret had attended St. Hedwig’s Grade School, Central Catholic High School and graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelors degree in education. August 10, 1963, she married Alvin Gaynier in St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Toledo. Margaret was a Notre Dame, Lions and Tigers fan and loved working in her garden. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Erie, MI where she was a Eucharistic minister and taught Catechism. She is survived by her loving husband of over 43 years, Alvin; children, Mary Gaynier, John (Janine) Gaynier, Ann (John Atkins) Gaynier, Peter (Chris) Gaynier; mother, Charlotte Wester; brothers, Tom (Karen) Wester, Bill (Mary) Wester, and 3 grandchildren, Jonathan, Paige and Connor. Visitation will be held Sunday and Monday from 2 till 8 p.m. in the Bedford Funeral Chapel, 8300 Lewis Ave., Temperance, MI. The Rosary will be prayed Monday at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Erie, MI, where she will lie in state from 10:30 till 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be share at:

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’72 Lori Taylor’s “Father” passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 2, 2009

In the Toledo Blade 8/1 & 8/2

Earl Curtis Taylor

E-mail Visit Guest Book

TAYLOR Earl Curtis Oct. 22, 1922 July 30, 2009 Earl received his wings surrounded by his loving family at his home in Rossford. Born in Alba, Texas to James and Ethel (Swindell) Taylor where he grew up with his three brothers, Edgar, JT and Ernest. He left home, at age 15, after losing his mother, and worked as a driver for the banker in town. At age 17, he enlisted in the Navy. This brought him to Toledo, Ohio. He often told the story of his first night in Toledo and his very first snowfall with only one small blanket. Earl served on the LST 917 from September 1941 through 1947 serving as the Chief Commissary Steward. He was known as “Chief” to his shipmates. During World War II the LST 917 saw action in the South Pacific. Through dear friends in the Navy he met and married Marie Szymanski and had one daughter, Earletta. Marie passed away shortly afterwards. Earl then met and married Rose Piotrowski, and had been married almost 58 years. They have a daughter, Lorraine (Lori). Earl worked a variety of jobs. His first job was picking cotton and working with horses. He drove trucks and cabs, beautician (he often cut his nieces’ and nephews’ hair). He worked at Libbey-Owens-Ford and retired from Spicer’s after 21 years. He was also an electrician, installing the fire alarms for the Rossford Fire Department and fixing many lights, switches and wiring. If customers couldn’t pay he would gladly accept some homemade pierogi or even a go-cart for his then 9 year old daughter. He was also known as the “Best Baptist” or “Honorary Catholic” at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Rossford for his electrical work and cabbage squeezing for the church’s festival pierogi making. He was creative and inventive and could fix anything. Earl and Rose traveled often to Texas to visit his family and even a few trips to Hawaii and Poland. Earl is survived by his loving wife, Rose Piotrowski Taylor; daughters, Earletta (Gregorio) Gumban of Rossford and Lorraine (Spencer) Sunderland of Plain City, OH; grandchildren, Gregory Gumban of Rossford, Julie Marie (Benjamin) Roberts of Maumee and Dean Gumban of Grandview; great-grand-daughters, Remy and Olive Roberts; brother, Ernest (Margie) Taylor; sister-in-law, Ann (John) Swemba and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was blessed with a great life and will surely be missed by all who had the opportunity to know and love him. Friends may visit at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Rd. on Sunday, August 2, 2009, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 a.m. in All Saints Catholic Church where the family will receive visitors after 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Fort Meigs Cemetery. Those wishing to make a contribution in Earl’s memory are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio. For online condolences please go to

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