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Archive for September, 2009

Mother of Colleen Cassidy Cook ’71, Pat Cassidy Elfering ’68 and Sharon Cassidy Thompson ’67

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 26, 2009

I learned of the passing of Collen, Pat and Sharon Cassidy today. 

Agatha Rose Cassidy 83 years old  passed away on June 28th.  “We found out that she had cancer but not the sage until the day before she died.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. 

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Class of 1962 – Christine Mikolajczyk Misiak

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 23, 2009

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 MISIAK Christine (Mikolajczyk) 10/22/1944 – 8/7/2009 On Friday afternoon, August 7, 2009. surrounded by her family, Chris received her medal of valor as she entered the Heavenly Kingdom after a year long battle against Leukemia. Chris was born in Toledo to Valentine and Pearl Mikolajczyk. She attended St. Anthony’s Grade School and McCauley High School. She was a member of the original Jerry Francis Singers and Toledo Council of Catholic Young Adults. Together with her husband, John, they raised 3 fine children. In 1986 the family moved to Durham, NC where she began work at Infant Catholic Church. In 2000 she and her husband moved to Modesto, CA. Chris was active in and volunteered for many church activities. As a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic church, she was a member of the Respect Life committee and, after joining St. Anthony’s Catholic church in Hughson, she organized and became the chairperson of the Respect Life Committee. She was also a member of the Young Ladies Institute. She is pre-deceased by her parents and her brother, Valentine. She is survived by her husband, John: three children, Brian Misiak of Charlotte, NC, Heather Lynn Geggatt of Savannah, GA, Laura Shields of Morrisville, NC, and eight wonderful grandsons. She is also survived by her sister, Alice Pacer and brother, Carl Mikolajczyk, both of Toledo, OH. A Memorial Service honoring her life will be held Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Toledo. Interment will be in North Carolina. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, c/o Team in Training, 1132 Pestana Ave., Manteca, CA 95336

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Class of 1983, Beth Tillman’s Brother passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 8, 2009

Beth’s brother Chris passed away in Clermont, Florida; where he lived with his wife Pat and son Karlton.  Chris was 56 years old and a graduate of Bowsher High School. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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Class of 1972, Molly Wasserman’s Mother passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on September 2, 2009

From the Toledo Blade 9/2/09

Ann Maria Wassermann

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WASSERMANN Ann Maria Ann Maria Wassermann, 81, died Sunday, August 30, 2009, in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg center. She was a courageous 25-year breast cancer survivor thanks to Drs. Horvath and Pipoly and the staff of HOA Cancer Center. Born December 24, 1927, in Toledo, she annually hosted a birthday/Christmas Eve party for family and friends, young and old. It ended in the wee hours of Christmas with carol singing accompanied by the hostess. An accomplished pianist, she played professionally at the Sylvania and Toledo Country Clubs, UT Savage Hall’s Rocket Club, as well as for benefits and special events. Her passion for music was inherited from her parents. Mother Maria Watkins played piano and father H.G. “Watty” Watkins was a member of a Vaudeville song-and-dance duo called Watkins and Lee. She was the widow of Bill Wassermann, who died in 1989. They met at a Toledo Council of Catholic Youth dance, where they discovered a common interest in music and theatre. They were married in 1953. Ann Maria was an avid bridge player, a voracious reader, and loved to dance. She was one of the earliest members of Toledo’s Manhattan Dance Company. She also enjoyed traveling, especially to Ireland, and was very proud of her Irish heritage. The Wassermanns were founding members of the Maumee Civic Theater and of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish, where Ann Maria chaired the church’s blood drive for many years. She was also a volunteer usher at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle. Ann Maria was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy and attended the University of Toledo. She was retired from the Maumee School District where she was secretary to the superintendent of schools. Memberships included Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Maumee Elks Club and the Knitwits at The Victory Center of Toledo. Surviving are daughters, Molly Wassermann, Toledo; Gretchen (Peter) Olszak, Chicago; Mary Wassermann, Philadelphia; son, David J. (Kelley), Sylacauga, AL; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, H. Griffin (Patricia) Watkins, Toledo. She was predeceased by a sister, Sue J. O’Neal in 2007. Visitation is Thursday, September 3, at Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Road, from 2 to 8 p.m. The memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns. Memorial contributions to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or The Victory Center of Toledo are preferred. Please view and sign the “on-line” guest registry at:

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