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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: Please view and sign the on-line guest registry at:

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

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