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Archive for August, 2011

Barbara Ruby Donovan ’66 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 27, 2011

Barbara Jean (Ruby) DONOVAN

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DONOVAN Barbara Jean (Ruby) After an eight year battle with Leukemia, Barbara Jean (Ruby) Donovan, age 63, of Springfield Township, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 13th, 1948 to William and Mary Alice (Ewald) Ruby in Toledo. Barb was a 1966 graduate of the former McCauley High School and a retiree of Ameritech, now known as AT&T. In addition to her parents, William and Mary Alice (Ewald) Ruby, Barb was also preceded in death by her first husband, John M. Groah and brother, William O. (Joan) Ruby. Barb is survived by her dear husband of 16 years, Michael Lyle Donovan; daughters, Lisa (Robert) Groah Hessler and Lori (Greg) Groah Matuszak; stepdaughter, Cathi (James Busch) Donovan; stepson, Eric (Melissa) Donovan; grandchildren, Amber and Sydney Hessler and Brenden Matuszak and step-grandchildren, Dustyn and Karen Oliver and Scott Donovan. Cremation with no visitation or service was Barbara’s choice. Those wishing to make a contribution are asked to consider the Toledo Zoo. To leave a special message for Barbara’s Family, please visit

Published in Toledo Blade from August 27 to August 28, 2011

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Teacher – Terence L. Leazer passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 25, 2011

Terence L. “Terry” LEAZER

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LEAZER Terence L. “Terry” Terence L. “Terry” Leazer, 87, of Sylvania, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at the Franciscan Care Center. He was born June 20, 1924, in Soiux City, IA and was the fifth of seven children born to Clarence and Beata Leazer. He was a former teaching brother at the Marianist Order, for over 20 years. Terry had advanced degrees in math and taught in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Honolulu. He taught locally in the 80’s and 90’s at the former McAuley High School, Owens Tech and the University of Toledo. In 1970, he met his sweetheart, Marge, and married her. They just celebrated their 41st anniversary on August 17th. Terry was a member of Christ the King Church, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. Since retiring, he volunteered at St. Luke’s Hospital for over 10 years. Terry was a kind and faith filled person and will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his wife, Marge Leazer; son, Chris Leazer; daughter, Eileen (Jody) Collins; grandchildren, Anastasia, Emma, Grace and Jonathan; brothers, Delane (Marian) Leazer and Lynn (Ruth) Leazer and his sisters, Velva Maguire and Diane Gampe. He was preceded in death by his brother, Erven Leazer and sister, Lorna Conger. Friends are invited to visit from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, in the Ansberg-West Funeral Home, 3000 Sylvania Avenue, where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, from the funeral home followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Christ the King Church. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ursuline Convent, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales or Christ the King Church. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting our website at 

Published in Toledo Blade on August 25, 2011

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Father of Nanette Brendlen Contat ’62 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 23, 2011


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BRENDLEN Paul G. Paul G. Brendlen, age 94, of Maumee, passed away Monday, August 22, 2011, in his home. He was born July 2, 1917 in Toledo to Alfonse and Eugenia Brendlen. He and his late wife, Anne were the proprietors of the former LaNan Salon of Beauty in Maumee for many years retiring in 1979. He also was employed with the Maumee School System as a bus driver and custodian. An army veteran of World War II serving in the 13th Airborne Division, Paul was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Maumee, the Knights of Columbus and the Maumee American Legion. He loved the outdoors and hunting and was an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Brendlen. He is survived by his daughter, Nanette (Robert) Contat; grandson, Corey Contat; niece, Marge Wertz; nephew, Damien Pfleghaar; and dear friend, Sherrill Sattler. There will be no visitation. A memorial mass will be held Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Maumee. Interment will be private. The family suggests memorials to St. Joseph Council 11370 of the Knights of Columbus, c/o St. Joseph Church, 108 W. Broadway, Maumee, Ohio 43537. Arrangements by Maison- Dardenne -Walker Funeral Home, Maumee. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in Toledo Blade on August 23, 2011

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Margaret Gregory O’Shea ’64

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 16, 2011

Margaret Rose “Marge” O’Shea

O’Shea, Margaret Rose “Marge”
Aug 13, 2011

Las Vegas, NV. Passed away after a six month battle with cancer. Marge is survived by her loving husband of 42 years Dan O’Shea; her two married sons, both of Omaha NE, DJ and Tara O’Shea and Justin and Desiree O’Shea; her brother, Thomas Gregory of The Villages, FL; and her adoring grandson Liam O’Shea. She is preceded in death by her parents Aloysius and Lottie Gregory of Toledo, OH.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held in the coming weeks at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 925 S 84th St, Omaha, NE 68114. Donations may be made to the church in her name. Marge enjoyed several careers throughout her lifetime, most fondly her work as a special education teacher’s aide. She was a caring matriarch; her family is a reflection of her love and character.

Published in Omaha World-Herald on August 16, 2011

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Kris Wagener Murphy ’83

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 15, 2011

Kris writes:  … a brief update: Living in Lake Orion, MI with my husband Sean and my daughter Layne who will be a senior in high school this year.  My son Spencer attends The Ohio State University.  I currently substitute teach in the Lake Orion School District as well as tutor students in reading and writing.  I enjoy substitute teaching as it offers me a new “adventure” most every day!

I’ve recently had the pleasure of re-connecting with Michelle Irons from the class of ’83 who has SO generously shared with Lane and me her love for Broadway musicals!  Michelle has come up here to the Detroit area a number of times and we have been able to attend some fantastic performances together!  My daughter Layne is VERY impressed that I actually have a friend who is a DOCTOR!  LOL!! 🙂

Thanks to all involved with keeping the “girls” of McAuley well connected and informed!  I loved my four years at McAuley and think back on that time quite fondly!


Kris Wagener Murphy

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Linda Baranoski Doering ’82

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 15, 2011

Here is what Linda had to say in your Update:

Working on my 2nd Masters in Special Education through BG.  I have 3 grandchildren and my son returned safely from Afghanistan – life is good 🙂

Update Question:  Went to a ladies retreat a few years back at Our Lady of the Pines and saw several former (retired) teachers (nuns) there!  They remembered me too!

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Peggy Garn DeMarsh ’67

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 15, 2011

Peggy writes on her update:

Active in Houston Grand Opera Guild especially supporting rising opera singers.  I’m active in a running club,Fort Bend Fit, to train for marathons and half marathons.  Completed 8th marathon in Jan ’11 (7 & 1/2 hours in the rain)

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Father of Laura Petrie Berkowitz ’66 & Linda Petrie ’67 & Daughter-in-law Carolyn Lauer Petrie ’77

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 13, 2011

Sorry I am late in posting this…

PETRIE Donald Charles Donald C. Petrie of Rome, Ohio, formerly of Toledo, Ohio, passed away August 10th, 2011, at Ashtabula County Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born November 22, 1922, the son of Charles and Ada Petrie and was the loving husband of Leona (Hanrahan) for 14 years. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years, Lorr…aine; brother in-law, Duke Reilly and step son, Patrick Hanrahan. He is survived by his sisters, Marilyn Reilly and Arlene (Jack) Florian. He is also survived by his children: Laura (Michael) Berkowitz, Linda, Charles, Joel (Susan), John (Alice), Michael (Joyce), Matthew (Carolyn) and Robert (Andrea). He is also survived by 18 grand children, 5 great-grand children, 5 step children and 19 step grandchildren. Don was a WWII Army veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in the Battle of the Bulge. He was the owner of Petrie Plumbing and Heating until his retirement and lived in Toledo until 1997. Don and Leona spent their summers in Roaming Shores, Ohio and winters in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. His greatest joys were his faith, his family, travel, reading and golf. Don had a zest for life and lived every day to the fullest. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Friends may visit at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S Reynolds Rd. Toledo Ohio 43614; on Friday, August 12, 2011, from 2-8 p.m. where a scripture service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will begin in the mortuary on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a charitable contribution to Little Sisters of the Poor. Please view and sign the on-line guest registry at .

Published in Toledo Blade from August 11 to August 12, 2011

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Rose Kochinski Wheatley ’68 News that missed the Newsletter

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on August 3, 2011

Rose writes:

Sandpoint, Idaho – USA Today’s pick as the most beautiful small town in America.  We are so excited to now live here!  Our townhouse is surrounded by the Rockies, and located just blocks from Lake Pend Oreille.   (And our Ohio house sold in one month!)  New adventures await!!!

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