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Archive for February, 2010

Edmund D. Soule – father of Diane (’74), Laura (’75), Mary Ann (’77), and Linda (’88) passed away Feb 20th.

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 26, 2010

Edmund D. Soule, age 87, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2010, in St. Luke’s Hospital with family by his side. Born on January 30, 1923, in Toledo, Ohio to Ira and Hilda Soule, he was the owner of Soule Floor Covering. During World War II he was the Ball Turret Gunner on the Stanley Reed Crew, one of the original 398th Bomber Squadron crews who flew the northern route to England in April 1944. Ed was extremely proud of his service to his country and although he didn’t talk about it until later in life, he came to love sharing those memories with his family. But his greatest pride was his growing family. Ed married Bernice Burns on June 9, 1945 at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio. She survives along with their children, Bruce (Gerry), Marty (Mark) Bassett, Diane (Mike) Wells, Laura (Joe) Fulop, Mary Ann (Mark) Weiler and Linda (Mike) Ryan; grandchildren, Brian (Christine) Soule, Michelle (Bob) Haney, Julie (Frank) Lawton, Kevin (Angela), Keith (Rosa) and Ken (Shay) Bassett, Valerie and Matthew Wells, Jason (Katie), Adam (Jenni) and Anna Fulop, Leigh Anne (Steve) Apke, Bradley and Melissa Weiler, Evan and Sean Ryan; 16 great-grandchildren and brother, Elmer Soule. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irma Swantner and brother, Harold Soule. He was a Charter member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council, achieving 4th degree and a member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns. Ed’s hobbies included golf and fishing, whitewater rafting and playing cards. He traveled abroad and across much of North America. His favorite trips were to Alaska to visit his brothers. Lately he found great joy in visits from his widespread family, watching deer in his yard and exchanging daily e-mail messages with family and friends. Ed leaves behind a legacy of love and a set of personal values that will continue to be reflected in his family for generations to come. Ed was a role model husband, dad and grandpa and was admired by all for his gentle soul and kind-hearted nature. Family and friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Wednesday, February 24th from 2-8 p.m. where a prayer service will be recited at 7 p.m. and a Knights of Columbus service will follow at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010 beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the mortuary, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church at 10 a.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Diabetes Association . Please view and sign our “online guest registry” at:

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Class of 1975 – Vicki Taylor Bertka’s Mother Passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 10, 2010

Catherine “Kate” TAYLOR

TAYLOR Catherine “Kate” Catherine “Kate” Taylor, 74, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away Monday, February 8, 2010, from complications related to a brain AVM. She was born July 30, 1935, to Alphonse and Marie (Bittman) Brandel. A graduate of Notre Dame Academy, she worked for a short time at LOF before marrying Larry Taylor in September 1955. She quit work to raise “the five greatest children in the world”; after the youngest was in school she returned to work for Taylor’s Heatherdowns Electronics for many years. Kate grew up in OLPH parish. She spoke fondly often of the friendships among her elementary school classmates; they were all true friends for life. OLPH was a part of her adult life until a move took the family to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns. After raising her children, she joined the Folk group at St. Pat’s and sang at liturgies with that group for 18 years until 2000. She was one of those “Bunco” moms, playing the game with a tight-knit group of ladies since 1958; it was a source of friendships that lasted way beyond the child-bearing years. Her latest interest that gave her the most giggles and grins in her “older” days was belonging to the Red Hat Society, being a member of the “Crimson Cuties” chapter. She loved dressing in her purple and wearing her red hat to go to events with her chapter; something she missed dearly as the disease process took away her independence. For mom, her faith in God was her foundation. She prayed daily for healing, a healing that was ultimately found in her passing into Eternal Life. She had a special devotion to Mary, a tradition handed down to her from her own mother; with that devotion came a collection of Madonnas hand-picked on trips abroad by her mother which mom proudly displayed wherever she lived. Much of her inspiration came from her mom who was eternally happy “to have shared with so many in Christ’s beliefs and teachings.” She told her children that she “lived a wonderful life having come from a fabulous family,” and prayed that we felt the same. Kate is survived by her children, Dr. Vicki (Dr. Ken) Bertka, Ron (Cindy) Taylor, Bob (Shelly) Taylor, Rick (Cindi) Taylor and Tina (Jerry) Hallgren; by her grandchildren, Brian (fiancee Debora Baliu-Rodriguez) and Kevin Bertka, Dan Taylor, Julie (Mike) McCort, Brad and Scott Taylor, Valerie (Tim) Tuca and Keith Mapes; step grandchildren, Ashleigh and Jeremy Pauken and Jessica Hallgren; great-grand-daughters, Aliyah, Lily and Jayden Taylor. She is also survived by her brothers, Rick, Bill (Alice) and Joe (Pat) Brandel, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Larry; grandson, Christopher Taylor and sister-in-law, Esther Brandel. Family would like to thank all the people that helped take care of mom during her final months and days, especially Nicole, Rachel, Stephanie, Cindy at Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek, including those we can’t remember by name, and to Sue Boyne and Marilyn London that helped to make things happen. Wolf Creek is a wonderful place; you all loved mom very much and it showed, even if she was plain grumpy (who wouldn’t be?). Also many thanks to all the hospice nurses and aides from Hospice of Northwest Ohio, especially Jean, Cathy Richards, Marilyn, Linda, Anna, and Jodie; we couldn’t have done it without you. Friends and family may visit Thursday February 11, 2010 from 2-8 p.m. at Coyle Funeral Home on Reynolds Rd. where scripture service will begin at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 12th at 9:30 a.m. with final respects at Coyle Funeral Home preceding the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Catholic Church with interment at Calvary Cemetery. The family suggests tributes in the form of contributions to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd., Perrysburg, Ohio 43551, or to St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church. On-line condolences may be shared at:

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Class of 1968, Alice Garcia Sutton’s Mother passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 9, 2010


GARCIA Ruth (Maria del Refugio Gonzalez) Born December 27, 1920, in Omaha, Nebraska and was a resident of Toledo, Ohio area since 1932, passed away on February 6, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. Ruth retired from the Toledo Board of Education in 1988 from food service management after twenty-six years. She worked for various restaurants and bakeries as well as Willys Overland and the Toledo Box Lunch program in the late thirties and during WW II. Ruth married Tech-Sergeant, Fred S. Garcia, Sr., U.S. Army, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission. Ruth was widowed after forty-three years of marriage in 1986. Ruth Garcia was a long time member of Immaculate Conception Parish where she raised her seven children and St. Charles Parish until residing at the Sacred Heart Home for the last decade. Ruth was a local, state, and national activist, an advocate for civil rights and voters registration as well as immigration reform. Ruth and her sister founded “La Voz del Barrio”. With support base of two hundred Latino families, direct impact influenced South-End city projects ending in the actualization of the Aurora Gonzalez Community Center providing an array of health services for children to seniors. Streets were named Ruth Gonzalez-Garcia Way (from Anthony Wayne Trail to Broadway in South Toledo) and Aurora Gonzalez (her sister) Drive in recognition of community achievements. In 1977 Ruth was awarded The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Leadership Institute. As recent as 2008 Ruth received the Cesar Chavez Achievement Award for lifetime contribution to the community. In September of 2009 she was inducted into Ohio’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame and the end of 2009 received the award: Key to The City of Toledo honoring the Gonzalez family. She was also a proud member of The Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary. Ruth was preceded in death by son, Richard; brothers, Frank, Manuel, Fritz, Sylvester Jr.; sisters, Aurora, Maria Sue, Josephine and Elenore. She is survived by her children, Frederick (Linda), Alice Sutton (James Pemberton), Ruth Ann (Terry) Mohler, Raymond (Cheryl), Ron and John Garcia and niece, Isabel Rojas Dailey; brothers, Peter (Jessie) and Anthony (Irene) Gonzalez; sisters, Sr. Maria Jose, OSU and Salud Cortez; fifteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and was Madrina to many. Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home; 1770 S Reynolds Rd. on Monday 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday 2-8 p.m., where a scripture service will be recited at 7:30 p.m. The funeral will begin in the mortuary Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Interment Assumption St. Mary’s cemetery. Memorials may take the form of a contribution to the Sisters of The Visitation Monastery, 1745 Parkside Blvd., or the Little Sisters of The Poor. Online condolences at:

Published in Toledo Blade from February 8 to February 9,

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Class of 1977, Dana Hendricks Harrell’s Mother passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on February 8, 2010

Dr. Virginia Konz Hendricks Mazur, 84, of Reno, Nev., formerly of Toledo, Ohio, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Griffin, Ga., passed away Dec, 23, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Reno, Nev.

Born Jan. 16, 1925, in Toledo, Ohio, to Alfred Joseph and Ruth Edna (Wagner) Konz, Dr. Mazur was a graduate of the Olivet Nazarene College and the University of Illinois College of Medicine (Chicago campus). Dr. “Virginia” practiced general/family medicine with her late husband, Dr. “Bob” Hendricks, and then worked for the state of Ohio in various positions before retiring in 1985. Her positions with the state included medical director of the Zucker Clinic, Northwest Ohio D.C., Tiffin Developmental Center, Toledo Mental Health Center (now known as Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital) and as a consultant to Sunshine Children’s Home and the Margaret Hunt Center. Dr. Virginia also worked for the state of Ohio evaluating nursing homes.

Dr. Mazur was preceded in death by her husbands, Dr. Robert Hendricks (1977) and Edward Mazur (2002), brother, Leon Wagner Konz, and sisters, Ellen Lucille Brenner, Dorothy Good, and Thelma Bushnell.

Surviving are her daughters, Nancy (Richard) Silvers of Pittsburgh, Pa., Susan Hendricks Frishman, of Reno, Nev., and Dana Harrell, of Athens, Ga.; sons, Robert Stewart (Vonnie) Hendricks, of Sommerville, Ohio, and Todd Alan (Stephanie) Hendricks, of Toledo, Ohio; and brothers, Ronald Konz, of Whitelake, Mich., and the Rev. Harold Konz, of Mansfield, Ohio. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Bersticker-Scott Funeral Home, 3453 Heatherdowns Blvd. at Byrne Road, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, after 10:30 a.m, followed by services at noon and interment at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Renown Institute for Cancer (Reno, Nev.), the American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.

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