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Holly Gaston Mismuke ’82 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 27, 2013


Holly Ann

Holly Ann Dismuke, 49, of South Toledo passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013. A baptized child of God, Holly was an active member at Trinity Lutheran Church. Holly attended both McAuley and Bowsher High Schools. She worked as a dedicated office worker and enjoyed photography, scrap booking, and animals. Holly was a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and OSU football teams. She regularly volunteered at Trinity Lutheran School where her son Cody is in the 5th grade.

She is survived by her son, Cody; her husband, Frank, and her godson, Craig, whose sister, Sarah and parents, Kim and Steve Sutphin have been lifelong friends of the family. Holly leaves behind a brother, Mark. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas; mother, Barbara, and brother, John.

Visitation will be at the Walter Funeral Home, 4653 Glendale Ave. on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Christ’s victory over death for Holly and all who believe in Him will be proclaimed at a service on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 4560 Glendale Ave. at 3:30 p.m.

Memorials may be given to the family in care of Trinity Lutheran Church and School.

Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 27, 2013

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Husband of Michelle Brandys Meyer ’82 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 21, 2013


Richard “Fred”

Richard “Fred” Meyer, age 60, of Toledo, Ohio passed away Monday, September 16, 2013, at Ebeid Hospice Residence. Fred was born December 7, 1952, in Toledo to Ralph and Louise (Ulliman) Meyer. He was employed with the Nabisco for more than 13 years. Fred was an avid fisherman, excellent cook, loved animals, adventurous, compassionate and had a great sense of humor. He loved all of the Cleveland sports teams (Indians, Browns and Cavs).

Fred is survived by his wife, Michelle (Brandys) Meyer; daughter, Hannah (Austin Smith) Meyer; son, Samuel Meyer; brothers, John (Sharon) and Ralph (Maria) Meyer; sisters, Sandy (Daniel) Draper, Diane (Stan) Cooper, Kathryn Fox and Dorothy (Jeff) Mierzejewski.

The family will receive guests Thursday, September 19, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo, (419-381-1900). Funeral Services will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Interment will follow in Resurrection Cemetery.

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Published in Toledo Blade on Sept. 18, 2013

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Shirley Dunlap Adams ’63 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 21, 2013


Shirley Ann

As we celebrate her life and treasure her existence on our own, words cannot describe the sadness felt in our hearts when she departed from this life on Friday, October 18, 2013. She was born to Mary (Kirby) and Martin Dunlap on October 27, 1945. She led a full accomplished life and positively touched the hearts of many. Shirley graduated from McAuley High School and further completed her education at Mary Manse College. She took pride in working very hard as she was a devoted loving mother. Shirley worked 27 years as unit controller for Travel Centers of America. Many will also fondly remember her as operator of the American Legion Bingo Hall on Byrne Rd. for several years. She made numerous friends while residing at Waterford (Levis Commons), where she was known for her positive outgoing attitude while stimulating many to participate in organized activities there. Shirley loved Wii bowling, crafts, cards, bingo and most importantly, visits made by her granddaughters, Cali and Macy. Further friendships developed when she moved to Luther Crest.

Shirley was most grateful for the staff at Heartland (Waterville) where she spent many days for extended rehab on several occasions. There were many there who willingly gave so much of themselves to add promise to her days. The family would like to express most sincere gratitude for the excellent compassionate care extended to Shirley while at DaVita Dialysis, the life squad who assisted and Drs. Olson, Mahmood and staff at the ED at UTMA. All was further complimented by Drs. Hammersly, Maholtra and Manenvees in the Medical ICU. The family will forever be most humbly grateful to them as well as the other staff/chaplains working in the unit. Most deserving to be mentioned are her nurses Shiloh, Begum, Jeff, Kim and Aaron. Their expertise, knowledge and compassion will always be remembered and held with high regard.

Shirley was preceded in death by parents, Raymond and Mary Kirby; aunts, Betty, Margaret and Joan. Left to cherish her memory are loving son, Troy (Amy) Adams; granddaughters, Macy and Cali; sister, Sharon Bilius; nephew, Todd (Ronit) Bilius and their children, Evan and Jake; niece, Amy (Any) Gardner and their children, Lincoln, Griffin and Bowen.

Visitation will begin for Shirley in the David R. Jasin-Hoening Funeral Home, 5300 N. Summit St., Toledo, OH 43611 (419.726.1583) on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, from 2-8 p.m. Funeral Services will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Fr. Tony Borgia officiating. Interment will be in Restlawn Memorial Park. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Shirley’s name are asked to consider the American Legion Pond Post # 99, 3247 E. Manhattan Blvd., Toledo, OH 43611. Condolences for the family may be left at – See more at:

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Step-Father of Linda Baranoski Doering ’82 & Julia Baranoski ’86 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 20, 2013


David W.

David W. Ruffert passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2013 in his home surrounded by his devoted family. He fought a courageous battle against cancer for over 6 months. He was 69 years old. Dave was born in Toledo on November 22, 1943 to William and Edith (Aubry) Ruffert.

Dave was a graduate of Lake High School Class of 1961. He played football and basketball while in high school. Dave loved to work on cars and he was a great mechanic. He worked at Surface Combustion. Dave also ran a gas station in Gibsonburg, Ohio and a gas station in Woodville, Ohio. Dave worked for 19 years at LOF. Then he moved on to work for Colton Chemical for 5 years finally working for E.S. Wagner Construction where he retired on January 1, 2011.

Dave was a member of the Rossford Eagles. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, camping at the Country Campgrounds and various area parks with friends and family. David loved to go to St. Pete’s Beach in Florida. His all-time favorite recreational enjoyment was playing poker and gambling at casinos. He loved fishing on the lake with his family and friends. A special highlight for Dave was watching granddaughter, Maddy, play soccer.

On October 17, 1981, on Sweetest Day, Dave married Barbara Baranoski. They would have celebrated their 32nd Anniversary. For all those years, Dave attended Catholic Church with Barb and finally was anointed Catholic while in the hospital. He was so excited to finally take communion. Dave and Barb moved back to Walbridge, OH to his original stomping grounds of his high school days. Dave was a very loving family oriented man. He was a man of very few words but deep emotions.

Dave is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; children, Tamra (Bob) O’Neil, Victoria (Carlos) Rios, Linda (Tom) Doering, Suzanne (Ray) Weis, Julie Baranoski; son, Steven (Patti) Baranoski; sisters, Judy Herman and Bonnie (Tom) Newby; brothers-in-law, Robert (Maggie) Ballard, Willard (Nancy) Ballard, and Allen (Diane) Miller; sister-in-law, Louise (Red) McClain; grandchildren, Mitchell, Blake, and Matt (Cassie) O’Neil, Ashlie (Tom) Gallagher, Jude (Jim) Jensen, Christie (Daniel) Quisno, Nicholas (Sarah) Yanez, Thomas (Tracy), Anthony, R.J., Katlynn, and Gracie Weis, Amanda (Jerry) Muncy, Christopher and Madeline Hines, and Justin Baranoski; eleven great-grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews. Dave was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph Baranoski, and brothers-in-law, Jack Herman and Ted Smith.

Dave requested that his nephew, Father John Herman, conduct his final Mass. The family would like to thank Jennifer Fryman, RN and Theresa for all your care and help. “Farewell to my loving buddy and companion, Hobo.”

Family and friends may visit the Freck Funeral Chapel, 1155 S Wynn Rd., Oregon, on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 and Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 3-9 p.m., where the scripture service will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday evening. Visitation will continue after 9 a.m. on Friday, at Epiphany of the Lord Parish at St. Thomas Aquinas Church with the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Lake Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Cherry Street Mission Ministries. – See more at:

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Father of Jennie Reiser Scoby ’82 & Heather Reiser Chase ’85 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 20, 2013

Ralph John Reiser Jr. (1935 – 2013)


Ralph John Reiser Jr., 78, died Oct. 8, 2013, at his home in Southport. He was born on July 31, 1935, in Festus, Mo.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; three children, Jennie Scoby of Columbus, Ohio, Heather Chase of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. and RJ Reiser of Houston; three stepchildren, David Wortman of Wilmington, Jess Wortman, and Laura Wortman, both of Dallas; siblings, James Reiser, Jacqueline Redding, Michael Reiser and Lynda Schwanekamp; nine grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Glenola Reiser.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, Oct. 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Southport.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to First Tee of Brunswick County, P.O. Box 1820, Shallotte, NC 28459.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Brunswick Funeral Service, Southport/Oak Island.

Published in The Brunswick Beacon from Oct. 17 to Oct. 23, 2013

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Father of Rebecca Kosier Taylor ’81 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 14, 2013

McMillan E. Mick Kosier(1930 – 2013)

(News Article) McMillan E. “Mick” Kosier, the owner of a hardwood flooring business whose reputation for quality work ensured he was in constant demand, died Friday in his South Toledo home.

He was 82.

He suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, his wife, Helen said.

After his return from Army service in Germany, Mr. Kosier did construction work. In August, 1955, he bought a used truck and new sanding equipment and struck out on his own, forming Kosier Hardwood Floors, said his wife, who kept the books.

Builders of new houses contracted the firm.

Homeowners hired Mr. Kosier to refinish floors, whether for appearance’s sake or because allergies led them to get rid of carpeting. He installed and maintained church aisles and dance floors.

And those builders and homeowners told others, and his calendar quickly filled based on referrals alone.

“I don’t ever remember a time he was looking for work,” his wife said. And he often worked 12-hour days and six-day weeks.

At his retirement in 2007, he was doing work for the grandchildren of customers he’d started with, said Eric Hoffman of Hoffman Builders Inc.

“He was the best in town, no question,” Mr. Hoffman said.

Mr. Kosier was contacted by interior designers in Chicago and Pittsburgh and turned down an expenses-paid offer from a would-be client in California, said James Begell, who worked for Mr. Kosier when off duty as a Toledo firefighter.

” ‘No, I don’t want to get that big,’ ” Mr. Begell recalled Mr. Kosier saying.

Then there was the time that Mr. Kosier finally made it to the Ottawa Hills home of a woman who’d been trying for months to get an estimate. When he arrived, she was having a card party. Several of her guests noticed Mr. Kosier in the doorway and called out, “Hey, Mick!” They’d been clients, Mr. Begell said.

“She was impressed. That sold her right away,” Mr. Begell said. “He was a very good guy and honest and very personable. We just tried do good work, that’s all. He didn’t slough off on anything. He looked at all the details.”

He was born Oct. 14, 1930, to Eleanor and David Kosier.

The youngest of nine, he was given his maternal grandmother’s family name. He grew up in South Toledo and attended Libbey High School. He later took a photography class at the University of Toledo.

He and his wife, before they married, liked roller-skate dancing. For decades, they took part in round and square dances organized by groups they belonged to. He was easygoing and even tempered.

“If I saw him angry three times in 58 years, I would be stretching it,” his wife said. “He was very social and loved people.”

He and friends met for morning coffee at Schmucker’s Restaurant on Reynolds Road and more recently at Dino’s in Maumee.

He liked to hunt in northwest Ohio and eastern Ontario. He fished Lake Erie and when visiting the family cottage in Cheboygan, Mich.

Surviving are his wife, Helen, whom he married Oct. 15, 1955; sons, Brian and Eric Kosier; daughter, Becky Taylor; brother, LaVern Kosier, and nine grandchildren.

Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Monday in the Coyle Funeral Home, with a Scripture service at 7 p.m. Monday in the mortuary. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

The family suggests tributes to the church or to the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation in support of the pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Contact Mark Zaborney at: or 419-724-6182.

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Brother of Terry Lewinski Faulkner ’77 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 12, 2013

John Lewinski


John P. Jr.

John P. Lewinski Jr., age 55 years, of South Toledo, passed away Tuesday

evening, October 8, 2013, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. John was born in Toledo on May 26, 1958, to John P. and Norma (Flemion) Lewinski Sr. He had been employed as a custodian for 17 years at Queen of

Apostles Catholic School and

recently was a self-employed

construction worker. He was a longtime member of Immaculate Conception Parish.

He was preceded in death by his father. Surviving is his wife, Kristen M. (Robinson) Lewinski; children, John P. (Krista) Lewinski III, Tammy (Shad) Burdue, Lori (Jake) Chinnis, Alexia Lewinski, and Tyler Lewinski; mother, Norma Lewinski; brother, Daniel Lewinski; sister, Terry (Robert) Faulkner; five grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 2 until 8 p.m. in the Thomas I. Wisniewski

Funeral Home, 2426 North Reynolds Rd. (419-531-4424). The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 12, at 11 a.m., in the Immaculate Conception Church, 434 Western Avenue, Toledo. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 10, 2013

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Linda Tucholski Klempner ’65 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 10, 2013


Linda Susan

On Monday, July 29, 2013, Linda Susan Klempner

(formerly Tucholski) passed away in Dayton, Ohio, the

result of a sudden and

unexpected stroke.

Linda was a woman who was defined by her heart. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, on June 28, 1947, the second daughter of Aloysius and Martha Tucholski. At an early age it was determined that her congenital heart condition would make her unlikely to live long enough to see her 18th birthday. Her deeply

religious Catholic family rallied around her and a special devotion was made to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation and prayers of intervention were made to St. Anthony, patron of impossible causes. While having to avoid physical exertion, Linda continued to grow up a happy child, often visiting family and having fun with her cousins. Linda met and dated, Raymond Dennis Klempner, shortly before he left for the Vietnam War. Upon his return, they continued to see each other and were married on January 15, 1972. The raucous and fun-filled ceremony following the wedding on that bitterly cold day is still fondly recalled by those in attendance. On July 27, 1973, over the objections of her doctors, Linda gave birth to her son, Matthew, who was named from the Greek form of the Hebrew meaning “Gift from God.” Throughout her life, Linda remained very close to her son and instilled in him the values that she regularly embodied – compassion for others, generosity, fairness, and equality for all. In 1979, Linda moved with her family to Cambridge, Ohio where they remained until moving to

Enterprise, Alabama in 1993. Linda worked as a Secretary for Columbia Gas of Ohio and for Manpower, Inc. Linda remained active in her church, and assisted with

local charities. She enjoyed spending time with her

extended family, visiting Seaside and Panama City Beach Florida, and pursuing her daily routine of shopping and looking for gifts for her friends and family. She also enjoyed spending time with her pet cats.

Linda is survived by her husband, Raymond; son, Matthew; daughter-in-law, Jennifer; sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Nicholas Alex; nieces; nephews;

cousins; uncle; father-in-law; friends; neighbors, and by the hundreds of people whose lives she touched.

True to her heart, and in keeping with her spirit of generosity and desire to help others in whatever way she could, Linda’s organs and tissues were donated to Community Tissue Services. Linda disliked funerals and hoped that family and friends would see each other more often under happier circumstances.

The family of Linda would ask that in lieu of flowers or other tokens of sympathy, that donations be made to a local animal shelter or the Humane Society.

Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 4, 2013

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Father of Sherry Hart ’78 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on October 10, 2013


John L. “Jack”

John L. “Jack” Hart, age 85, noted local educator, Teen Town host, and avid University of Toledo supporter; born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, passed away October 3, 2013 at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo, surrounded by his loving family. Throughout his career he was active in many committees, organizations, and outside interests where he volunteered much of his time.

Hart was born October 15, 1927, to Leona and John P. Hart (Both passed by the time Jack reached eight years old). His aunt Helen Hart-Young came into his life to raise him. He attended grade school at Blessed Sacrament and Sacred Heart; graduated from DeVilbiss High School 1945; enrolled at the University of Toledo immediately following high school and then was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and served for almost two years as an x-ray technician. Then he returned to Toledo to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Education 1950 and a Master’s Degree in Administration in 1953.

In 1956 Jack married Sophie D. Harbol, a registered nurse, and began their life together. They were blessed with two children, John Patrick Hart and Sherry Lynn Hart.

Hart was a noted local educator who began his career in education in 1950 at Jerusalem School, Oregon, OH, as a fifth grade teacher; in September 1950 he entered the Toledo Public School system, where he was a teacher and principal for forty plus years. He was a beloved principal at DeVeaux, Navarre, Fulton, Walbridge and Chase schools. Generations of Toledo students still remember his mottos, such as “Hustle, Pride and Respect,” “If you believe, you will achieve,” and “I am somebody.”

Many Toledoans remember Hart from his long tenure as principal at DeVeaux school, where he served for twenty years. Some of the awards and recognitions Jack received include the Toledo public school leadership plaque; in 1987 had his name and photo installed at the DeVeaux “Hall of Fame” instituted by the student body with the inscription “Principal Hart, a man and his magic. You open your heart to us and tell we are somebody. You tell us to believe and we will achieve. You are special.” In 1988, he was named educator of the year by District 1 Ohio PTA; in 1988 was selected as one of the eight most outstanding educators in the state of Ohio; in 1990 Board of Education named the DeVeaux Junior High field house the “John “Jack” L. Hart Field House” in his honor, and in 1990 had his name inscribed in the cornerstone of the DeVeaux Junior High addition, for being instrumental in its planning.

Upon receiving a certificate of appreciation from the Toledo Board of Education for his forty years of service, Hart prophetically told the Board “You can lead the winds of change, or you can just get blown away.” Hart retired in 1990.

“When he talks about education, John Hart doesn’t talk about pupil units, learner outcomes or instructional objectives,” Toledo Blade staff writer Doug Iverson wrote, “He talks about kids.”

Hart was a member of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce for Effective Education; Knights of the Round Table (St. Francis DeSales High School); Toledo City-Wide School Testing Program; the Paul Block Committee for Recreation, a Trustee Member of T.R.A.P. “Toledo Association of Administrative Personnel”; and a past president of the elementary principal’s association.

Hart was an avid supporter of UT athletics and was an active member of its many support organizations. The organizations include the UT Alumni Association (25 years), the Downtown Coaches Association (25 years) where he was president in 1996-97, a full-time Volunteer and Chairman of all 50/50 ticket sales for all football and basketball at UT. For over 25 years he worked on the Downtown Coaches Raffle committee and led the ticket sales for over 10 years. In 2000 Mr. and Mrs. Hart won the coach of the year award, in recognition of their outstanding service from the Downtown Coaches Association and the UT Athletic Dept. Scholarship Fund. He won the UT 12th Man Award in 2002. He was a strong supporter and member of the UT Men’s and Women’s Basketball Fan Club.

As Highland Park Teen Town director, from 1954-1967, Hart became the common adult thread for years of adolescents in South Toledo. Teen Town held weekly dances at the Highland Park shelter house. The school principal by day became deejay by night. Several outdoor events drew over 2,000 youth. “Jack Hart was the reason Highland was so successful,” said Jenny Price, at one of the many Teen Town reunions, one of which drew over 700 attendees, some from out of the country.

“Mr. Hart made sure all teenagers participated. He was a wonderful man who touched many lives,” said Mrs. Price.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sophie; his children, Dr. John Hart, a professor and chair at Hawai’i Pacific University, and Sherry Hart, a retired Toledo special education teacher, and his granddaughter, Jacqueline. The family, at Jack’s request, invites donations to the University of Toledo Rocket Fund: Scholarships and the DeVeaux School library resources fund in lieu of flowers.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Parish, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo at 10 a.m. He will be interred at Toledo Memorial Park. Arrangements are by the Newcomer Funeral Home (419-381-1900).

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