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Archive for January, 2011

Father of Mary Gasser Pfleghaar ’81 & Sandra Gasser Zwayer ’83

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 30, 2011

Milton Henry GASSER

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GASSER Milton Henry Milton H. Gasser, age 80, passed away on January 25, 2011, in the Ebeid Hospice Center in Sylvania, Ohio, surrounded by his loving family Milton was born in Toledo, Ohio, on May 10, 1930, to Leonard and Ruth Gasser. He graduated from Macomber High School in 1948 and spent his life working in the food industry. Milton first worked for the Kroger Co. from 1946 to 1958 where he was promoted to store manager at the young age of 19. From 1958 to 1969 he worked for the Vlasic Food Co. where he started out as a salesman and then promoted to assistant sales manager and frozen food merchandiser for the Food Town Store. In 1969, Milton was hired as sales manager of the retail division of Valley Farm Foods until 1972. Milton joined the food brokerage firm of, Harold M. Lincoln Co. where he served as sales manager for their dairy and frozen food division. He then joined the Carl Hays Co. Food Brokers in 1976 as sales manager, and then became part owner with Dan Puccetti. The company was renamed Puccetti-Gasser Inc. where he served as Executive Vice-President until he retired in 1988 for health reasons. Milton was a member of the National Food Brokers Association for 20 years where he served on its Deli/Dairy Committee for 3 years. He was the past President of Northwest Ohio Frozen Food Association, past President and lifetime member of Toledo Area Grocery Manufacturers Representatives. Milton served on the advisory boards of Quaker Oats Co, VandeKamp Foods, and the J.R. Simplot Co. Milton was a former member of St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish where he was a member of the Boosters Club and served on the Stewardship Committee for 2 years, he was also a Eucharistic Minister. He was the past President of St. Johns Jesuit High School Fathers Club, past Vice-President of Mobile Meals Board and a former board member and advisor to the Mobile Meal Market Program. Milton was also the Vice-President of the Centennial Meadows Home Owners Association and was one of the founders of the “Not So Over The Hill Gang”, a group of retired grocery and food sales people who met monthly at the former Surf Supper Club. Milton was an active supporter in his grandchildren’s many activities. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan. One of his greatest honors was throwing out the first pitch at a Tigers home game. Milton and Catherine loved to travel and enjoyed many trips together. He had a passion for beaches and beautiful sunsets. His love for music filled his home daily. Milton was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nancy Ruhl. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Catherine “Peachie” (Limongi); children, Leonard (Andrea) Gasser, Connie (Jim) Carter, Tom (Sharon) Gasser, Karen (Bill Tucker) Murphy, Jim (Kim) Gasser, Mary (Greg) Pfleghaar, Sandi (Dave) Zwayer, Steve (Melissa) Gasser; 28 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S Reynolds Rd., on Friday, January 28th, from 2-8 p.m. where a Scripture Service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral Services will begin in the mortuary on Saturday, January 29th, at 9:15 a.m. followed by the funeral mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sylvania, Ohio, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials may take the form of a contribution to either the Ebeid Hospice, Mobile Meals, or to St Joseph Church. Please view and sign the on-line guest registry at CoyleFuneralHome.com

Published in Toledo Blade from January 27 to January 28, 2011
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Joanne Herr – Counselor at McAuley in the 80s passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 20, 2011

Notice in the Blade today 1-20-2011 – I will post when this site will let me.

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’70 Kathleen Stockwell passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 17, 2011

Kathleen Ann STOCKWELL

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STOCKWELL Kathleen Ann Kathleen Ann Stockwell, 58 years, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She was born in Toledo, Ohio on September 10, 1952 to John and Elizabeth Stockwell. She was a graduate of McAuley High School and the University of Toledo where she majored in education. She was an outstanding teacher of mathematics at Perrysburg Middle School, St. Joseph’s in Sylvania, and St. Mary’s in Assumption, Ohio before heading to New York City to pursue her dream of working in the music business. Kathy was a talented pianist, composer and playwright who worked for seven years as a record producer at RCA Records. “She had the best stories about Elvis, the Beatles, and even current rap artists,” her sister Mary remembers. “She even turned down a date with Elvis – something that we always teased her about!” Kathy was a talented performer from her days in the Miss Teenage Toledo Pageant to her many gigs playing the piano at clubs around New York. She loved everything about her adopted city, especially the Mets, and even witnessed the attack on the World Trade Towers. “We had to walk out of the city back across the bridge to Queens with the towers burning in the distance,” her younger sister Roberta recalls. Kathy was also devoted to the study of French history and culture and was fluent in the French language. One of the highpoints of her life was a trip to Paris paid for by her family. After her visit to France, she returned to graduate school at St. John’s University as a graduate fellow and was working on her doctoral dissertation in education when she became ill with a brain tumor. She returned home to Toledo to live with her family and survived for four years with the help of clinical trials through Henry Ford Hospital. “Kathy was brilliant and a decent human being – the kind you don’t often meet in life,” remembers her brother John, “She and her music will be greatly missed.” She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sisters, Mary and Roberta Stockwell; brother, John (Michelle) Stockwell; nephew, Aidan Stockwell; her aunts, Mary Ellen Clayton and Betty Wolfe, the family cocker spaniel Jamie, and her beloved Westie Adam. Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S Reynolds Rd. on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 from 2-8 p.m. where a Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. Funeral services will begin in the mortuary on Wednesday January 19, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may take the form of a contribution to the Henry Ford Health System at: www.henryfordgiving.com Please view and sign the on-line guest registry at: CoyleFuneralHome.com

Published in Toledo Blade from January 17 to January 18, 2011

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Father of Carol Compte Keller (’67), Mary Lynn Comte Hope (’71) & Barbara Comte Gail (’79) Passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 9, 2011

Robert F. COMTE Sr.

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COMTE Robert F., Sr. Robert Comte, Sr., age 85, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his residence, the Waterford at Levis Commons. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, on March 8, 1925, to William H., Sr. and Anna Rose Comte. He was a proud graduate of Central Catholic High School where he was a member of the boys basketball team that went on to the state finals. After high school he served almost 2 years in the Navy. He came back and graduated in Business from the University of Toledo. He started his career as an accountant with the Libbey Estates. He had a passion for the stock market which led him to join Prescott, a local brokerage firm, where he was a stock broker. After his father died in 1967 he joined the family business, Comte Construction Company. He became Vice President and was the office manager until his retirement in February 2009. He met the love of his life, Margaret Sweeney, at Centennial Terrace and decided that “she is the girl I am going to marry”. They married on November 25, 1948. They celebrated 61 years of marriage together and raised 5 wonderful children. Bob thoroughly enjoyed family events, playing golf, traveling around, going to Loma Linda’s, telling silly jokes (May the horse rest in peace!) and was interested in statistics wherever he went such as population, seating capacity, etc. Bob and Marge were members of Heatherdowns Country Club, Brandywine Country Club, Elks of Maumee and St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Church where they cherished good times with their many friends. Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marge; their son, Jack Comte; his parents and siblings. Surviving are his daughters, Carol (Larry) Keller, Mary Lynn (Bob) Hope and Barbara (Mike) Gail and son, Robert (Linda) Comte, Jr. Along with 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., on Sunday, January 9th, from 2-8 p.m. where a Scripture Service will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 10th, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the mortuary, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, Central Catholic High School, 2550 Cherry Street, Toledo, OH 43604 or to St. Patrick’s of Heatherdowns Church, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, OH 43614. Please view and sign our “online guest registry” at CoyleFuneralHome.com

Published in Toledo Blade from January 8 to January 9, 2011

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Sister Barnabus/Sister Elizabeth Marie Baumgardner Passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on January 6, 2011

Sister Betty BAUMGARDNER

BAUMGARDNER Sister Betty, RSM Born: 2/16/1920 Died: 12/29/2010 Sister Betty Baumgardner, RSM, returned to God, Wednesday, December 29, 2010 after suffering a long illness at St. Bernardine Home in Fremont, OH. Sister Betty Baumgardner, formerly Sister Mary Barnabus, RSM, was born February 16, 1920 in Tiffin, OH to Gertrude C. (Ehrenfried) and Carl William Baumgardner. A graduate of Calvert High School, Tiffin, OH and Tiffin University Business School, she received her Baccalaureate Degree in Education from Mary Manse College in Toledo, OH and a Masters Degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC. Sister Betty entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cincinnati, OH on February 2, 1945 and professed her final vows in Cincinnati, OH on August 16, 1950. Sister taught in the elementary schools 11 years. The schools were: St. Ann’s in Fremont, OH, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Catherine’s in Toledo, OH. In 1959 she assumed the management and teaching of “Business Education” at McAuley High School in Toledo, OH. In 1983 Sr. Betty became a member of the pastoral care department at St. Rita Medical Center in Lima, OH until 1992 when she retired at St. Bernardine Home in Fremont, OH. Sr. Betty was an accomplished educator, especially in the business area. Many of her students are still her friends. She loved music had a beautiful alto voice and directed the Chancel choirs at the elementary schools at which she taught. She was an avid golfer and had her golf clubs in use until she was too ill to do so. Sister Betty was a kind generous Sister of Mercy, who offered her love to all in need. Sister Betty is survived by many loving nieces and nephews, especially, Thomas Crates, James Crates, Martha Thorne, Kathleen Minor, Angie Forest, Susan Shay, David Hamilton, Dr. Jan Baumgardner, Martin Baumgardner, and Mary Hamilton Klingensmith. Preceding her in death were her parents, her brother, John Baumgardner, and her sisters, Mary Crates and Martha Hamilton. She will continue to be fondly remembered by her Sisters in the Mercy Community Visitation and Funeral Mass will be at St. Bernardine Home in Fremont, OH on Tuesday, January 4, 2011. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Funeral liturgy will be at 6 p.m. in the Chapel at St. Bernardine Home. Burial will be on Wednesday, January 5, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of the Pines Cemetery.

Published in Toledo Blade on January 1, 2011

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